Post Katrina Louisiana

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Mayor Nagin was just on tv announcing this layoff. Not unexpected but still a sad day for the workers. Despite the fact there is some jobs that should have been elimanated because they were nothing but political jobs many NOLA workers have served their city well.


The New York Times is reporting some hard facts relating to demographics and population loss as to the State of Louisiana here. The Times looks at the facts that we are basically going to lose a Congressional Seat come next decade.
Many here were already expecting Louisiana to lose one of its seven Congressional seats because of existing out-migration and high growth rates in other states, but the impact of the hurricanes has solidified fears.
Glenn Koepp, secretary of the Louisiana State Senate and one of the main officials in the state's redistricting office, said Louisiana had fallen so far behind other states that even if it managed to increase by 7,000 people in the next five years, it would still lose a Congressional seat

Ouch. We really didn't need that. As to the ongoing saga of how this will play out in state and national politics.
...if the population fails to return to the parish in coming years, New Orleans may be confined to just a few seats in each chamber through redistricting, Mr. Koepp added. That could change the state's racial and partisan balance
If evacuees from the Ninth Ward in New Orleans - a reliable bloc of 30,000 black voters that is traditionally easy to mobilize - choose suburban or rural areas over their urban roots in coming years, it could be a political blow to Democrats, said Roy Fletcher, a political consultant from Shreveport who helped elect former Gov. Mike Foster, a Republican

This has been the viewpoint of several local experts also that have been making the rounds of the local media. I think its to early to tell. I still think the predictions of the racial makeup of Nola of it being 70 percent white and 30 percent black are a little premature. Whats interesting as I noted before is what will the makeup be in surrounding Parishes and whether those voters whom by tradition vote conservative are returning.


Just a question to bloggers out there whouse bloggrolling for their links. Why do my links have a nasty habit of vanishing. Is it something I am doing when I post? I don'think so.

Monday, October 03, 2005


People Get Ready: Eddie Compass
Eddie Compass has received alot of heat the last few days. Allegations of corruption are swirling around and the rumor mill is overflowing with some new story. Peoplegetreadyblog has an excellent posting here with some good links as well as native insight thats a compelling read. Go there for some balance in what we have been hearing. I must say there used to be a time when we gave people their day in court before an all out smear campaign ie -Tom Delay, Bill Frist, etc. I guess it applies to everyone. Compass very well might have been guilty of some wrongdoing but the reporting so far I have seen has been very limited to any facts.


TOH to The Dead Pelican for this piece on the how some people are viewing the mayors management style. Forgotston who he quotes is the quite the commentator in Louisiana and gets alot of coverage with the local talking heads on the radio. Forgotston states:

The mayor of New Orleans has assumed dictator-like power. He refuses to meet with the citizens of New Orleans. He refuses to listen to and inform the elected representatives of those citizens. The mayor controls all access to information about the city. The mayor unnecessarily incites fear in the citizens. The mayor issues arbitrary edicts, without input from the citizens. His edicts are then unquestionably enforced by his Gestapo-like NOPD

Actually he has met with the big powers behind the scenes. What was often neglected about Nagin's Dallas trip in the flurry of coverage about buying a townhouse there for his family was who was he actually meeting with at the "Dallas meeting" as its called. Answer -lots of big Business folk/evacs that are weathering the post Katrina aftermath in Dallas Texas. This meeting caused quite a stir since many big NOLA politicos in city and state govt were not even notified of this meeting. Not meeting with lakeview residents is a mistake politically if its true. However the fact that the mayor is not bowing to the very political gurus that hardly gave him the time of day a few months back might not be such a bad thing. Look for possible updates during the day as to this issue.

Louisianapoliticalnewsblog has more quotes from Mr Forgotston. Excerpt below

The idea of using Zip Codes from the USPS to determine who gets into a city would be laughable if it wasn't so sad. In some Zip Codes that are open in the City of New Orleans there is still standing water, downed power lines, blocked access roads. In my neighborhood which is in a NON-OPEN Zip Code, there is no standing water and hasn't been for weeks. There are no downed power lines because all the utilities are underground. There is running water and sewerage, but no electricity. So why are we homeowners and business owners being forceably kept out by the NOPD? Why is the NOPD so surly and arrogant about keeping us out?
We keep hearing our public officials tell us that they want us back. They say they want businesses to open. They say they want things to get back to normal as quickly as possible.
Obviously, they aren't talking about a large segment of the white population of New Orleans that make up an ever decreasing minority of the city's citizens. Other than Senator Ed Murray, who is black, none of the elected officials who claim they want people to return even bothered to show up for a meeting of their constituents.
Perhaps, we should just hang a sign on I-10 coming into New Orleans -- WELCOME HOME -- WHITES NOT WANTE

UPDATE II - City Council Members respond To Mayor Nagins Recent Speech to the Council
Go to wwl radio here and click on the responses from the City Council to Mayor Nagins report to the council. Very Interesting reactions to the 9/27 meeting.

Saturday, October 01, 2005


Sorry for the delays in posting. My business kept me out of town for a couple of extra days. Posting to continue tonight

Wednesday, September 28, 2005



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I feel the need to respond certain myths, stereotypes, misconceptions, etc that are being spread all over the internet and in the mindset of American public opinion. In short this is a defense of my home, the State of Louisiana. I do not care if you are Republican or Democrat but its seems to me that the survival of a great city, a great state , and a great coast is or should be something we should unite over. Let me state clearly, that I appreciated the unprecedented acts of kindness and concern that has been given by the American people. The volunteers, the donations, the prayers have been much needed and appreciated. This is in response to a certain mindset out there that seems to be gaining some currency and on a personal level is starting to make me mad. It seems that in many cases Louisiana is being used as a political football here. Go to such infamous forums as or and examine some of the postings. From a discussion in the freerepublic I was having were these gems in relating to a post from a Mississippi guy who said we rebuilt FLorida don't forget us down here. A woman that goes by iron matron wrote:

Its New Orleans that I dont wish to have rebuilt with my money..not the way those folks acted.
Everyone else showed great courage and humanity..glad to give to specific charities for your State..I do not want funds directed to LA.
Do you know where I can send for your State and be sure it will not go to LA

What in the world is she talking about "not the way those folks acted." Perhaps its becasue of all the rapes, murders, and acts of violence that occured in the Superdome. But wait the MSM got that wrong didn't they. link.Perhaps she is mad because to lay fault(no matter how slight) at anything occuring in any Federal Agency is paramount to some sort of betrayal of George Bush. I have one thing to say to that don't get stuck on stupid. The beforementioned Dem forum is the same way. Using their time and energy to exploit this against the President. So here we go. To keep the flow of my thoughts going I will attempt to do all tips of the hat for links at the end of this post.

OBJECTION #1 Why Should we Care. It doesn't make sense to rebuild a city thats under sea level and help people that live in flood prone areas. There just a bunch of "welfare mentality' folks.

The above mentioned objection seems to have become a current theme the last week. Let me address the New Orleans under sea-level objection first. It amazes me that people in this Country would even contemplate letting a city like New Orleans vanish. We Americans rebuild and problem solve not surrender I thought. Excuse me if I sound a little arrogant but New Orleans has been around since 1718 for goodness sake. We have survived hurricanes, yellow fever , the French, and war before many cities in this country were even founded. In a lot of ways this was the perfect storm combined with problems the state and this country have ignored for decades. It might surprise people but most of the leeves held. It was the flood walls and canal that broke. The massive flooding in St Bernard and portions of Orleans appears to be the result of a massive Tidal like wave coming out of Lake Borgne. Links here,and here. The last time I looked Miami Beach and large portions of other cities are at sea level. I don't thinks its practical for those cities to all be rebuilt 30 mile inland. It seems that other areas are at the same risk in some ways as the NOLA area.
So why is NOLA different in people attitudes? Now the importance of a levee system and it being fuctional to handle such storms is a important issue. A good balanced blogger ,maxedoutmama,(thats the reason she is on my blogroll when it decides to appear) has pointed that out or alluded to that in several of her postings. links here, here. There is no sense in rebuilding till this Country gets behind that and spends the money to do so. I guess I just the expect the Country to do so. Does that make this Republican Blogger some Socialist now because I expect the Federal Govt to help rebuild one of the most important areas in the country but more on that later.
As Hurricane Rita showed ,if Katrina wasnt enough, areas of Lousiana flooded that have not flooded in peoples lifetimes. link. The problem is something we have been screaming about for help since the 80's. That is coastal erosion. For a quick two or three paragraph overview of the relationship of coastal erosion and hurricanes go to this news story here. For a slightly more official report but still easy to read go to this brief US House memo that was so ignored by the mainstream national media. here. To say the least the conclusions of that report as well as the the plan proposed must be accelerated. We have a plan to solve this problem. It can be accessed at this excellent site. link. The plan to save our coast will cost 14 billion. Yes $14,000,000,000. Buts that a nothing to compared to what we could lose.
To finish up this first installment of "Defense of Louisiana" lets me try to remind people whats worth saving. New Orleans and the New Orleans area is more than just some drug dealers and welfare queens and corrupt public officals(more on that tomorrow). New Orleans and Southern Louisiana is home to a unique Southern Catholic culture that is the backbone for so much of the society there. It has the largest Southern Jewish presence in the South outsides perhaps Atlanta. Its a area where familes and communities and neighbors mean something that is becoming more rare in American communities but has managed to hold on there. These people whether catholic, protestant, white, black, creole, or cajun often live right next to each other and not in great segregated blocks(esp in NOLA proper and the rural areas) producing a cultural gumbo that is rich in music, food, literature, and other traditions that have enriched this whole nation. For a great viewpoint on this go to this audio link to Mike Tidwell's, Bayou Farewell: The Rich Life and Tragic Death of Louisiana's Cajun Coast, along with a lecture he delivered at the University of Louisiana Monroe But if the culture doesn't grab you lets go to the cold hard facts about why Lousiana is needed by this country and must be rebuilt. From the beforementioned house report it states

There is approximately $100 billion of critical energy, transportation, and industrial infrastructure in the Louisiana coastal area that is at increasing risk from storm damage if coastal erosion continues unchecked. This includes major ports on the Mississippi between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Port Fourchon, a major port for offshore oil and gas exploration, 1,806 miles of navigation channel, 42,000 oil and gas wells and 4,200 miles of pipelines, 2,500 miles of highways, several of the nation’s largest oil refineries, and over 300,000 acres of agricultural lands.
Over 40 percent of the nation’s fish and shellfish harvest is produced in coastal Louisiana waters. As salinity has moved inland, the band of habitat suitable for oysters has moved as well. As a result, oyster reefs have been dying and have been reestablished in new locations. Similarly, habitat for other commercially valuable species has been affected by the loss of coastal marshes.
These coastal areas serve as waterfowl wintering habitat, resting stops for migratory birds, and habitats for endangered and threatened species. Associated with the fish and wildlife habitat are the commercial fishing, shellfish harvest, and recreation industries that depend on the coastal marshes. Equally important are the social consequences of coastal erosion that threatens to displace communities, people, and unique cultures of the Louisiana swamp

The reason for the panic in the markets esp oil and gas and reports of Governors asking school districts to cancel classes to save gas is because so much of what the Nation needs comes from here. Despite how many people rant about rebuilding this area these industries must have people to operate them. Thats means rebuilding communities to supply the workers. We are a working coast period. Finally to those not yet convinced go get a a atlas or nation wide map. Then locate Louisiana and Intersate I-10. In 40 years what you see below I-10 from border to border might not exist. If thats ok with you fine buts thats not the America I grew up in. I will ask the French to buy us back before I let that happen God Forbid! Tomorrow part II.

Tip of the hat to peoplegetready blog for the audio link ot Mr Tidwells book and lecture and to the humid haney rant blog from whom I downloaded the the pic that is at the start of this post. BY the way that pic is actually on a shirt that can be purchased here.

UPDATE- I plan to do 3 more evening post on "The Defense of Louisiana" that will occur over the next three days. In the posts I will try to show both the bad, the good, and the ugly of past and current affairs. My objective is truth not a whitewash. Coming up I will address what happened and didn't happen as to Katrina, politics and political figures, corruption, and of course the controversial Senate bill for rebuilding. I just felt putting all that in one post would cause reader fatigue. During the day regular posting will occur as to other events as time permits.


Well, the Gov is going to Washington to Well I guess she is going to testify in front of the Senate Finance committee not that inquiry in the house that Mr Brown was in front of yesterday.I wonder if the Congressman Shays is going to grill her as bad as Mr Brown got grilled yesterday when she finally appears.. I don't think she will get a grilling from some of the Gulf Coast Dems. Can you imagine Congressman Jefferson asking her tough questions. Alot has been made of Brown's firing. Perhaps Washington big thinkers should notice what has happened in Baton Rouge this week in the Gov. Office.

It turns out that the Gov has fired/transferred her chief of staff to a new position and brought in a new guy by the name of Jimmy Clarke. Lets examine the Gov Press release link

Governor Blanco Appoints Chief of Staff to Lead, Coordinate Recovery Efforts

Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco today announced that she has asked her chief of staff, Andy Kopplin, to lead and coordinate the state’s long-term recovery efforts at her direction

“Andy will be my voice to FEMA and other federal agencies, local governments, business and civic leaders, planners, foundation staff, and the many other citizens we plan to engage in this rebuilding process,” said Governor Blanco. “He will direct the implementation of the state’s plan through my cabinet and will coordinate the advisory committees that I will appoint to give me guidance in this rebuilding process.

Wait isn't that why we hired Mr Dewitt,Former Clinton FEMA Director, at such a nice salary to direct these efforts. I thought he was going to be our recovery czar. Whats going on? More on that below . we continue:

“To make sure that my Capitol staff’s efforts are well-coordinated in the process, I’m also bringing in additional help and leadership,” said Governor Blanco. “I have appointed Dr. Jimmy Clarke to become Director of Operations and take over the primary day-to-day management of our staff at the Capitol,” added Governor Blanco. “He’ll be in regular communication with me and with Andy and he has our full confidence and authority to make decisions and provide the leadership and support we need.”
Dr. Clarke, deputy commissioner of higher education, will temporarily work for Blanco by agreement between the Governor and Dr. Joe Savoie, Commissioner of Higher Education.
Dr. Clarke directed Governor Blanco’s transition team after her election in 20

Ok maybe I am missing something but this sounds like he is the new Chief of Staff even though he is called "additional help and leadership". Hmm so whats behind this. Can you imagine questions would be asked if Bush's Chief of Staff ,Andy Card, was fired/transferred to another position in the wake of Katrina. The has an observation here thats is eye opening. link. Excerpts below:

Reportedly, Chief of staff Andy Kopplin is mysteriously being "moved." The most recent AP report has described Kopplin as the "Recovery Czar." This title is a sham, Rogers has been told. Firing him would have been a "public relations nightmare," sources tell Rogers. So they've moved him to the OEP instead.

Public relations nightmare is right.
...Among many, he is now considered a "spin doctor." At least one talk radio host has stated that he doesn't want Kopplin on his show. Has he become an embarrassment to the Blanco administration? Speculation runs amok in Baton Rouge.

Jimmy Clarke, Commissioner for Academic and Student Affairs for the Board of Regents, will take over many of Kopplin's duties. Jimmy Clarke is said to be a friend of Raymond, "Coach" Blanco, Rogers has learned. Both Clarke and Coach have close ties to ULL in Blanco's home of Lafayette, sources tell Rogers. Jimmy Clarke, Coach, and Governor Blanco are all part of a "closed loop," which one source has derisively called the "Lafayette Mafia." With Clark's arrival, the "movers and shakers" of the Blanco Administration are all from Lafayette.

Ahh the influence of "Coach" as we call him now there. Actually his influence should not be underestimated the Blancos have been quite a political team since the 70's.

Questions-Why was the Chief of Staff fired/transfer to another office that by the way I thought we hired someone for. Is it because the Blanco team knows that their lack of response was in some part because of their own doing. PR wize I have to admit anyone would do a better job presenting the Gov in a better light.

UPDATE Louisiana Political Scientist and Fellow blogger weighs in here link

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


I know that many people might view me as just a conservative that doesn't cater toward my more liberal audience. Well in the sake of fairness, heres a place where you can support your local poltical heros. I have to admit I plan to buy the "Jeffersonia " t-


Rep King(R) from New York had quite an interesting exchange with Chris Matthews and pretty much got the best of him King was laying into Chris Matthews about his and MSNBCS coverage of the President's role in the response. Radioblooger has a transcript as well as recordings of the Some choice excerpts below:
CM: You can make that charge, but the fact is that most people trust the media on this story, because the pictures of what was happening down there in New Orleans apparently got to them before they heard of any federal action. But go ahead.

PK: Chris, you are totally distorting reality, and that's the problem with you. You're distorting reality. You're wrong on this story. You and MSNBC are carried away with this. You should be ashamed of yourself. You've disgraced yourself and the media

Good going Rep King. I wish he was on this Congressional Committee investigating Katrina. We contine to other parts:

CM: You said a moment ago before the break that we're guilty of, let me get the words, of hyping this thing, of hysteria, of creating a hysteria about this, of totally distorting reality in our coverage of the hurricane and the damage done in the South. Do you want to go on on that?

PK: I'm not talking about distorting the damage. I'm talking about distorting President Bush's role. Somehow, this was almost entirely blamed on him. That was a certain impression given by the media from the very first moment, when the levees broke. And you had Andrea Mitchell on talking about how that was because President Bush didn't put enough money into the water projects in Louisiana, or the levee control projects, when it turns out that he put more money in, in his first five years, than Bill Clinton did in his last five years. And no state gets more money in the country than Louisiana does. And use that as an example, and then go right through. There was much more focus put on what President Bush was supposedly not doing, when the fact is it was the mayor who didn't provide the trucks, the buses to evacuate the people, sent the people to the Superdome without adequate food or wate

Good point!The best part was the end when Matthews goes after Bush for not watching television to keep informed:
Chris, you won't give me a chance to answer the questions. Just because the president doesn't watch you on television, it doesn't mean he's not doing his job. You know, Franklin Roosevelt wasn't hired to listen to radio accounts of D-Day. You're hired to do the job, and the president can do his job without having to listen to Chris Matthews or Andrea Mitchell or Tim Russert, or any of the others.
Ouch and so true


Tip of the hat to the, whch points out The Hill's article on Congressman The reports:
Jefferson has been thrust into the spotlight by two events, the devastation in his district from Hurricane Katrina and his own troubles as the reported target of an FBI sting. He now faces the delicate task of balancing the two issues.

It will be interesting to see how the Feds act in response to the hurricane. If the Congressman did something illegal will there be political pressure for them to delay an indictment because of the appearance of a African American Lousiana congressman being indicted by the Bush Justice Dept. On Jefferson's relations to people in his on party the Hill reports:

Several Democratic aides suggest that his low profile might have more to do with his frosty relationship with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) than with political strategy.
Jefferson was once a staunch supported of Pelosi’s leadership, but Pelosi rebuffed him in 2003 when she did not tap him to be DCCC chairman, opting instead to appoint a fellow Californian, the late Rep. Robert Matsui. Since then, Jefferson has not worked closely with leadership, sources said.
His conservative stance on business issues has also put him on the outs with leaders. He was one of only 15 Democrats to support the Central America Free Trade Agreement, even as Democratic leaders lobbied strongly against it


As I posted earlier, the media is starting to realize that some of their reporting from New Orleans was over the top. Ap reports here that some reports were exxagerated. The Latimes has a great report also here. The La times reported:

Fox News, a day before the major evacuation of the Superdome began, issued an "alert" as talk show host Alan Colmes reiterated reports of "robberies, rapes, carjackings, riots and murder. Violent gangs are roaming the streets at night, hidden by the cover of darkness."
The Los Angeles Times adopted a breathless tone the next day in its lead news story, reporting that National Guard troops "took positions on rooftops, scanning for snipers and armed mobs as seething crowds of refugees milled below, desperate to flee. Gunfire crackled in the distance."
The New York Times repeated some of the reports of violence and unrest, but the newspaper usually was more careful to note that the information could not be verified.
The tabloid Ottawa Sun reported unverified accounts of "a man seeking help gunned down by a National Guard soldier" and "a young man run down and then shot by a New Orleans police officer."
London's Evening Standard invoked the future-world fantasy film "Mad Max" to describe the scene and threw in a "Lord of the Flies" allusion for good measure

Of interest is what the editor of the Times Picayune said to the La Times:

Times-Picayune Editor Jim Amoss cited telephone breakdowns as a primary cause of reporting errors, but said the fact that most evacuees were poor African Americans also played a part.
"If the dome and Convention Center had harbored large numbers of middle class white people," Amoss said, "it would not have been a fertile ground for this kind of rumor-mongering.

I am not exactly sure what he means by that statement. Does he mean that poor African Americans are more prone to believe and spread rumors than white Americans, or does he means if these were white middle class Americans the press wouldn't have believed it. I am sure he will like to clarify that statement.


Yes it was a sad night in Tiger Stadium last night.How did we blow a 21 point lead? It appears our Rose Bowl hopes have taken a serious downturn. THe usual mad rantings of fire Coach Miles are hitting the area. If you think its tough being the Governor try being LSU head football coach. Going to will lead you to the forums where you can judge the average rabid LSU fans reaction. But time to move on and I have faith that our tigers will brings us plenty of victories this year.

Monday, September 26, 2005

The Truth ABout the SuperDome and the Convention Center

I couldnt get my hours worth of sleep till I posted this article. I have kept my mouth shut about it till the newsmedia(this case the Picayune not the major msn) laid out the facts. I have my doubts about the accuracy of the some the reporting regarding the superdome and convention center after I talked to friends of mind in the Guard that were down there from the beginning. Here is the Picayune article. link
Excerpts below
After five days managing near-riots, medical horrors and unspeakable living conditions inside the Superdome, Louisiana National Guard Col. Thomas Beron prepared to hand over the dead to representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Following days of internationally reported killings, rapes and gang violence inside the Dome, the doctor from FEMA - Beron doesn't remember his name - came prepared for a grisly scene: He brought a refrigerated 18-wheeler and three doctors to process bodies.

"I've got a report of 200 bodies in the Dome," Beron recalls the doctor saying.

The real total was six, Beron said.

Of those, four died of natural causes, one overdosed and another jumped to his death in an apparent suicide, said Beron, who personally oversaw the turning over of bodies from a Dome freezer, where they lay atop melting bags of ice. State health department officials in charge of body recovery put the official death count at the Dome at 10, but Beron said the other four bodies were found in the street near the Dome, not inside it. Both sources said no one had been killed insid

Wow that doesnt seem to back up reports I have heard it continues

At the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, just four bodies were recovered, despites reports of corpses piled inside the building. Only one of the dead appeared to have been slain, said health and law enforcement officials.

That the nation's front-line emergency management believed the body count would resemble that of a bloody battle in a war is but one of scores of examples of myths about the Dome and the Convention Center treated as fact by evacuees, the media and even some of New Orleans' top officials, including the mayor and police superintendent. As the fog of warlike conditions in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath has cleared, the vast majority of reported atrocities committed by evacuees have turned out to be false, or at least unsupported by any evidence, according to key military, law enforcement, medical and civilian officials in positions to know.

"I think 99 percent of it is bulls---," said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Lachney, who played a key role in security and humanitarian work inside the Dome. "Don't get me wrong, bad things happened, but I didn't see any killing and raping and cutting of throats or anything. ... Ninety-nine percent of the people in the Dome were very well-behav

Bulls--- is right and confirmed to me last week by Guardsmen to my face. About the rapes, murders, armed robberies, etc

In interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Compass reported rapes of "babies," and Mayor Ray Nagin spoke of "hundreds of armed gang members" killing and raping people inside the Dome. Unidentified evacuees told of children stepping over so many bodies, "we couldn't count."

The picture that emerged was one of the impoverished, masses of flood victims resorting to utter depravity, randomly attacking each other, as well as the police trying to protect them and the rescue workers trying to save them. Nagin told Winfrey the crowd has descended to an "almost animalistic state."

Four weeks after the storm, few of the widely reported atrocities have been backed with evidence. The piles of bodies never materialized, and soldiers, police officers and rescue personnel on the front lines say that although anarchy reigned at times and people suffered unimaginable indignities, most of the worst crimes reported at the time never happene

Please read the whole article its worth it in note before these other articles vanish lets go back in memory lane

From Reuters linkOne police officer told Reuters there were 100 people in a makeshift morgue at the Superdome, mostly people who died of heat exhaustion, and that six babies had been born there since last Saturday, when people arrived to take shelter.

At the arena, too, there was much talk of bedlam after dark.

"We found a young girl raped and killed in the bathroom," one National Guard soldier told Reuters. "Then the crowd got the man and they beat him to death.
There is rapes going on here. Women cannot go to the bathroom without men. They are raping them and slitting their throats. They keep telling us the buses are coming but they never leave," she said through tears.

People here said there were now 22 bodies of adults and children stored inside the building, but troops guarding the building refused to confirm that and threatened to beat reporters seeking access to the makeshift morg

Is reuters going to issue an update? Prob not. Maybe reporters should play that game we had in school where the teacher gives us a sentence and we repeat to a person and than they repeat to another and so forth. You know the result. Again read the whole Picayune article.


Sorry about the lack of posts today. I spent a great deal of time at our local shelter with the old katrina veterns and the the new rita newcomers. So sad but they on the whole have a tremendous faith. As is apparent the damage appears to have been more extensive than first thought. Vermillion Parish especially. Of course as the sheriff from Cameron Parish, reported his Parish is now gone. Its hard to believe that Holly Beach is for all practical purposes not there. The only good news is that strong southernly winds will start pushing the water where it belongs that is the gulf. The word is that Lake Charles people may not be able to return for a week. Below Lake Charles God only knows. Its important to realize that in areas of Vermillion whole areas have never flooded in recent memory. This is clear warning sign of our Coastal ersosion problem that must be fixed or you mind as well start kissing all of Louisiana below I-10 good bye in our lifetime. For those not familar with LA geography go get a map and look at it. Somehow I don't think we want to be the generation that lost that. I have to go to Baton Rouge tomorrow. Remember root for out tigers tomorrow against Tenn. Blogging will resume Tuesday evening.
Our lady of Prompt Succor Pray For Us

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Day Two Rita Blogging

Well that wasn't so bad as to north louisiana. The blessing of this storm was that it went against all the weather people wisdom and did that stall over Louisiana. The effect of that would be massive flood problems in Southwest Louisiana. Much was made that the major problem of a stalled storm would be the added strain on levees in Nola along the Miss River. I never understood this since the levees hold back the Mississippi have suffered no damage. I understand why some people like to watch hurricanes near the coast as they come in. Even in Northwest Louisiana seeing the low clouds go at fast speeds in that circular way was quite impressive. Rita is now up in Arkansas for the most part and is probally already been labled a tropical depression. Southwest Louisiana did take a bad hit , but it could have been much worse. 6:45pm
Sorry about the delay but electricity has been going off and on so much today it was impossible to get on. It appears the center or eys of the storm is about to above us in Shreveport Bossier. The winds are really starting to whip up with damage to houses because of fallen trees. Some flooding has been reported. It appears that Cameron Parish has suffered horrible damage. My cable is out so its hard to tell whats going on down there. Local stations keep losing contacts with their reporters. Last word was a overpass over I-10 might have collapsed. Also one or two riverboat casinos split in half.(We really didn't need that). Latest reports said that water was rising and spilling some into downtown Lake Charles but this appears to be managable. Gov Blanco was on the air earlier and asked that for practical purposes that Katrian and Rita be treated as one event for recovery purposes. The mayor of NOLA is currently on wwl(broadcast through public television-hasd to find at weird loop thng to get it)and it appears considering what they went through things seem under control. Water is risng in Southern Parishes such as St Mary's and Lafouche and is a concern. It appears we will get the worst of this hurricane/tropical storm will affect us here locally during the next hour. Hope to have electricity will try to blog later if I can. 3:05 pm

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