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September 06, 2005

Oh God: Why Did This Happen?

It's a proven scientific fact. As our good friends at the Institute have ably demonstrated, when Things Go Wrong, the people must have a scapegoat. And not just any old Tom, Dick, or Harry will do, mind you. After all, the Bush Dynasty has a long history of causing problems in this country. As various Democratic pundits have noted, there is a near-perfect correlation between Bush-related social indicia like Crime, Poverty, Racism, Political Incorrectness, Injustice and Kitten-bouncing and the myriad social problems caused by George W. Bush.


When America catches National Guardsmen putting women's panties on someone's head, bored troops inexplicably manage to flush entire Holy Texts down fist-sized holes in Gitmo, or a state governor blames the feds for not responding fast enough while refusing to relinquish a "control" last week's events prove she never had, the answer is obvious: it's never the man on the spot who's responsible. Oh no! blame the man in Washington:

Behind the scenes, a power struggle emerged, as federal officials tried to wrest authority from Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (D). Shortly before midnight Friday, the Bush administration sent her a proposed legal memorandum asking her to request a federal takeover of the evacuation of New Orleans, a source within the state's emergency operations center said Saturday.

The administration sought unified control over all local police and state National Guard units reporting to the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request after talks throughout the night, concerned that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. Some officials in the state suspected a political motive behind the request. "Quite frankly, if they'd been able to pull off taking it away from the locals, they then could have blamed everything on the locals," said the source, who does not have the authority to speak publicly.

Looking at a timeline of the events in New Orleans, hindsight clearly shows that Bush is to blame for this entire, sordid debacle.

The Shrub was clearly caught by surprise by Hurricane Katrina - he failed to anticipate event after event in this disaster.

Back in the 1990's Bush failed to secure vital federal funding for the Coast 2050 project. The fact that he was not yet President, nor even a Congressman at this time does not excuse his shocking blindness and failure to take responsibility for the future of a neighboring state.

Then he intentionally exacerbated the problem by starting that illegal and immoral war in Iraq. Everybody knows that if Bush hadn't depleted the National Guard in the Gulf states, they could have saved the day:

“the states have adequate National Guard units to handle the hurricane needs, with at least 60 percent of the guard available in each state. He said about 6,500 National Guard troops were available in Louisiana, about 7,000 troops in Mississippi, nearly 10,000 in Alabama and about 8,200 in Florida.

Interestingly, 75% of Louisiana's National Guard were still on hand when Katrina hit: at least as high a percent as in harder-hit Mississippi, which had no comparable problems because Republican Governor Haley Barbour sent in the National Guard right away. Wisely though, Gov. Blanco avoided that trap and waited until Wednesday to ask for federal troops.

Let's look at Bush's inexcusable failure to act, starting on the morning of Saturday, August 27th (2 days before Katrina made landfall):

What does the Shrub do? Clearly ignoring the problem, he orders a state of emergency for Louisiana, authorizing federal emergency management officials to release federal aid and coordinate disaster relief, efforts! Pitiful. He should have been commandeering buses nationwide from major cities and civilian transportation firms in the event that the levees broke.

He should have been sending in food and water and recalling troops from Iraq. He should have seized control of the state of Louisiana, declared martial law, forced everyone to leave their homes and businesses immediately at gunpoint.

He should have ignored the Posse Commitatus Act and sent the military in early, before a state of emergency existed and before state and local authorities asked for them. After all, neither the media nor the civil rights establishment would have drawn the wrong conclusion from such a quick deployment of force, given the fact that the majority of the refugees were "so poor and so black", would they?

Of course not. This is America. We've outgrown such childish, puerile accusations of racism.

Evidently the Twig tried to make up for his earlier mistake in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 28th, when he personally called the Governor of Louisiana to urge her to make evacuation mandatory.

Thank God for the Mayor of New Orleans. He was thinking of the business impact of making an evacuation order mandatory, so although he would have had to start Saturday to get everyone out in time, he didn't do that until Sunday. Of course, if Katrina had hit at maximum impact it wouldn't have mattered whether the levees had broken or not: the sheer height of the water would have topped the levees and flooded the city and EVERYBODY would have drowned:

For whatever reason, Mayor Nagin delayed the mandatory evacuation until Sunday morning, and that was a very bad decision on his part." (I wrote at the time: "I can't emphasize enough what a bad decision I think it is for New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to delay the mandatory evacuation order until tomorrow morning. ... Will Ray Nagin go down in history as the mayor who fiddled while New Orleans drowned? Could be.")
It is true, as some have pointed out in comments, that Katrina was not "likely" to hit New Orleans as of Saturday morning, or even Sunday morning for that matter. New Orleans was the hurricane's most likely target -- it remained in the crosshairs of the official forecast track all weekend -- but in terms of statistical strike probabilities, even the most likely target at 24-48 hours out still has a less-than-50% chance of getting hit, thanks to the uncertainties inherent in hurricane forecasting. However, given the technology that we currently have, you simply could not have a greater threat to a specific location, 48 hours before landfall, than the threat that New Orleans faced on Saturday morning. It was, as I said, a "high-confidence forecast," and one with enormously catastrophic potential. Thus, if an evacuation was not appropriate then, then it follows that an evacuation must never be appropriate at 48 hours. And that can't be, because really, 48 hours is already too late; studies have long shown that it would take 72 hours to completely empty the city of New Orleans. So unless the city's hurricane strategy was to throw up its hands and say, "there's nothing we can do," a mandatory evacuation -- school buses and all -- was most certainly called for on Saturday morning. As I wrote on Saturday afternoon, "If you knew there was a 10 percent chance terrorists were going to set off a nuclear bomb in your city on Monday, would you stick around, or would you evacuate? That's essentially equivalent to what you're dealing with here. I sure as hell would leave."

Finally, one last point. As horrible as the catastrophe has been, please realize that it actually could have been far worse. What occurred was not the long-feared "worst-case scenario," which involved not a levee breach equalizing the water level in Lake Ponchartrain and "Lake New Orleans," but rather a storm surge over-topping the levees and causing the water level in "Lake New Orleans," hemmed in by the still-intact levees, to rise substantially higher than the water level in the lake. If the storm had wobbled a meteorologically insignificant 20 or 30 miles to the west, and/or had not weakened from a Category 5 to a Category 4 at the last minute, that scenario would have occurred, and instead of a slowly developing 10-20 foot flood, New Orleans would have suffered a rapidly developing 30-40 foot flood. (Jackson Square would have been underwater, whereas in the real-world scenario it remained high and dry.) The whole thing would have happened Monday morning, and at the same time as the city was rapidly and massively flooding, the devastating winds that demolished the Mississippi coastline would have been tearing New Orleans apart instead. All of those attics where people took shelter would have been either submerged or shattered to bits. The French Quarter would have been swamped, instead of mostly surviving the flood. Second-floor generators in hospitals might well have drowned. Bottom line, there would be a lot fewer refugees and a lot more corpses.

Then on Monday when Katrina hit - where was Bush's team? Where was FEMA?

Surrounding New Orleans, as it turns out - right behind the storm. Where was Director Brown three hours after Katrina hit? In Baton Rouge, LA. Bush then waits FIVE HOURS to declare Louisiana and Mississippi major disaster areas. Can you believe it? What was he doing during this time? FIVE HOURS! Inexcusable!

So in hindsight, two courses of action are clear.

Ideally, Bush should have wrested control away from Governor Blanco on Saturday when it started to look like Katrina was being upgraded, declared a state of martial law, sent in federal troops along with commandeered buses (he would have had to have done this in time to evacuate everyone who stayed in New Orleans, as it turns out) and shot anyone who resisted the evacuation order.

Alternatively, he could have surrounded the state with federal troops during the weekend before the storm hit, and, knowing that New Orleans had an incompetent local government, a crime rate 10 times the national average, and that the majority of its residents were "so poor and so black", assumed that he needed to take over without being asked. Knowing this in advance (and this knowledge of course not being racist in any sense of the word) waited to see if the city flooded and then wrested control from the black mayor and the female governor and declared martial law and blanketed Louisiana with federal troops.

The media would have loved him, the civil rights establishment would be just singing his praises right now, and best of all, we know that none of the folks from whom he commandeered resources would have offered a word of protest!

And the most inexcusable failure of all is explained by David Brooks in this searing indictment of Bush's lack of leadership skills. We know Bush is a lousy leader because we can compare him with Rudy Guiliani, the mayor of New York, who had direct authority to act over a disaster in a very limited part of a major metropolitan area, where only 3000 people were killed as opposed to New Orleans, where much of the city was flooded, literally tens of thousands had to be evacuated over roads that were flooded and in some cases destroyed. Of course, it does not redound to Bush's credit that Haley Barbour handled the horrible devastation in Mississippi with no apparent difficulty and is not complaining of a lack of federal assistance. No, because the local leadership failed in this case, great minds like Brooks' are unable to trace the uncomplicated chain of responsibility from local to state to federal- his feelings have been damaged:

This is -- first of all it is a national humiliation to see bodies floating in a river for five days in a major American city. But second, you have to remember, this was really a de-legitimization of institutions.

Our institutions completely failed us and it is not as if it is the first in the past three years -- this follows Abu Ghraib, the failure of planning in Iraq, the intelligence failures, the corporate scandals, the media scandals.

We have had over the past four or five years a whole series of scandals that soured the public mood. You've seen a rise in feeling the country is headed in the wrong direction.

There you have it, folks. Our institutions are failing us. Yes, institutions are placing frilly panties over the heads of Abu Ghuraibians everywhere and disgracing us. They are Harshing the National Mellow:

DAVID BROOKS: But to reiterate the point I made earlier, which is this is the anti-9/11, just in terms of public confidence, when 9/11 happened Giuliani was right there and just as a public presence, forceful -- no public presence like that now. So you have had a surge of strength, people felt good about the country even though we had been hit on 9/11.

Now we've been hit again in a different way; people feel lousy; people feel ashamed and part of that is because of the public presentation. In part that is because of the failure of Bush to understand immediately the shame people felt.

Sitting up there on the airplane and looking out the window was terrible. And the three days of doing nothing, really, on Bush was terrible. And even today, I found myself, as you know, I support his politics quite often.

DAVID BROOKS: Look at him today earlier in the program, this is how Mark Shields must feel looking at him, I'm angry at the guy and maybe it will pass for me. But a lot of people and a lot of Republicans are furious right now.

And you know, he's exactly right. What we needed, to counteract the Storm Surge of Hurricane Katrina, was a Surge of Strength. As a matter of fact, if Kedwards had just been elected, this great nation would have seen the Strong Strength of Strongness, and America could have been America again.

It was unrealistic to expect the good people of New Orleans to go eight hours after the hurricane without looting. Feed people, and then ask of them virtue.

Because that's why I elected a President: to calm my fears and make me feel good about myself, and nothing - not looters, nor the fact that the jails were emptied onto the streets of New Orleans right before the levees broke, nor poverty, nor acts of God that kill people, nor even those cumbersome laws that prevent the President of the United States from simply seizing control over a state government and blanketing it with federal troops with M16s, should be allowed to get in the way of my peace of mind.

For God's sake, just make the damn trains run on time and don't bother me with the details.

Oh, and hold me, Daddy.

Posted by Cassandra at September 6, 2005 06:40 AM

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The administration sought unified control over all local police and state National Guard units reporting to the governor. Louisiana officials rejected the request after talks throughout the night, concerned that such a move would be comparable to a federal declaration of martial law. Some officials in the state suspected a political motive behind the request.

My God, woman, have you drunk the Kool-Aid? Thank heaven above for Governor Blanco and her clear vision of the real reason the feds tried to run roughshod over civil liberties in Louisiana. Can't you see New Orleans was the buckle in the fascist belt with which the BushReich has clandestinely, relentlessly, encircled the country? It is only Governor Blanco's heroic stance against Bush's encroachment (can you say Hitler? Do you remember the Sudetenland?) that has kept pResident Bush from declaring martial law in all the states! Then the takeover would be complete!

Wake up and smell the French Quarter roast, you benighted Pollyanna.

Posted by: MathMom at September 6, 2005 10:35 AM

Whoa! Are you trying to say that Bush isn't to blame? Haven't you been reading the newspapers or watching TV? The City of New Orleans had a nearly 10,000 word "Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan", which Mayor Nagin interpreted as "wait for federal authorities to come to rescue." From Bob Williams scathing piece in toady's WSJ:
A year ago, as Hurricane Ivan approached, New Orleans ordered an evacuation but did not use city or school buses to help people evacuate. As a result many of the poorest citizens were unable to evacuate. Fortunately, the hurricane changed course and did not hit New Orleans, but both Gov. Blanco and Mayor Nagin acknowledged the need for a better evacuation plan. Again, they did not take corrective actions. In 1998, during a threat by Hurricane George, 14,000 people were sent to the Superdome and theft and vandalism were rampant due to inadequate security. Again, these problems were not corrected.
I think it's about time for certain people the STFU and let those better able to rescue this city get on with it.

Posted by: spd rdr at September 6, 2005 11:03 AM

Yes I see that the harsh and constricting noose of federal MREs, water, transport, organization, and police support was threatening to disrupt the efficient network of complete and total panic and disarray set up by state and local authorities.

Thank God that threat was averted :)

Posted by: Cassandra at September 6, 2005 11:03 AM

That's George, Dick, and Karl.

Geez, woman! Get yer villains straight! Tom, Dick and Harry are Democrats and would never have had these many problems of this scope on their watch!

Posted by: Cricket at September 6, 2005 11:11 AM

MathMom, unless you live here, have read the emergency plans, and can tell folks when Chinooks started flying over your house in Baton Rouge, I second Spd's request.

If you'd like some undistorted facts on who was doing what, why N.O. turned into a madhouse, and why the problems are following the recent evacuees in Baton Rouge, feel free to ask.

Posted by: Jmarsh at September 6, 2005 11:23 AM

MathMom was just beating me over the head with my own sarcasm, Jmarsh

She has a notoriously dry wit... :)

Posted by: Cassandra at September 6, 2005 11:33 AM


I have been absent for quite a while from VC, so perhaps you don't know that I'm not really a wingnut. I only play one occasionally in the comment section. Maybe I should have linked to Liberal Larry instead.

Posted by: MathMom at September 6, 2005 11:37 AM

As usual you have cut to the chase. Between you and Cass and whathisname Randall, I know who to blame this whole debacle on: Britney Spears. Thank Gaia for such insightful, intelligent reporting that allows me to connect the dots and lets me sleep in peace at night.

On a serious side, I read a headline about two cops who killed themselves and another 500 that absented themselves from the aftermath. I didn't read the story, so like a good prgressyve, I read between the lines and came to my own conclusions.

They either don't want the responsibility and are overwhelmed, or they are getting part of the fallout and don't deserve it.

I know I should read it, but since the headline said it all, what is the point? I want to knee jerk too.

Posted by: Cricket at September 6, 2005 12:00 PM

Cricket -

I'm just getting started! I began to realize that Enron was Bush's fault, and it nearly brought the city of Houston to its knees (which was Dumbya's plan all along). Failing that, he caused this hurricane so that refugees would come here by the thousands to complete what Enron started.

(oops - my tinfoil hat just slipped over my eyes)

Posted by: MathMom at September 6, 2005 12:09 PM

The problem here is not with Bush. It is with the failure to call upon me. There is nothing that Bush couldn't have accomplished during this tragedy with the help of JLo's ass!

Posted by: JLo's Ass at September 6, 2005 12:37 PM

Yeah, JLo's ass could have plug those levees in a hurry.

Posted by: Wise Guy at September 6, 2005 12:42 PM

Must resist snark...hat is slipping...reality looms...aaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrggggggggghhhhhhhh!

Micahel Moore was busy reducing his.

Posted by: Cricket at September 6, 2005 12:48 PM

Whoops, extra sensitive about all MSM coverage :)

Posted by: Marsh at September 6, 2005 12:49 PM

There is nothing that Bush couldn't have accomplished during this tragedy with the help of JLo's ass!

Throwing out comment #1...

#2.... gone.


Oh dear.

Posted by: Biting Back The Snark... at September 6, 2005 12:51 PM

Just why is it that her so-called 'ass' always gets all the attention?

What are we, chopped liver?

Posted by: JLo's err...other assets... at September 6, 2005 12:53 PM

Look, the rest of you, you lack my magnatism, my gravitational force, and my leadership skills. Just because I am usually behind JLo doesn't mean I'm not running the show. Every time I let you all make a decision I end up having to clean up the mess. Puffy, Affleck and Gigli ring a bell? No, leave the real work to me. There is nothing wrong with you other assets, but there are hundreds of pretty faces, flat stomachs and perky B cups that can dance, sing and marginally act. There is only one JLo's Ass. Take the money I bring you and shut up.

Posted by: JLo's Ass at September 6, 2005 01:04 PM

After watching Pokemon, I would borrow the copyright protected name of 'Jiggly Puff' for JLo's A$$et, but
there would be 'issues' and 'copyright infringement' and hurt feelings.

Posted by: Cr'Q'T at September 6, 2005 02:10 PM

Sean Penn trolls for survivors in snark-infested waters...

Posted by: The Engineer at September 6, 2005 02:33 PM

Nice one, Engineer :D

Posted by: Bush Ate My Soul... at September 6, 2005 02:35 PM

That picture of Penn was priceless... He forgets that the red staters he hates so much usually know how to actually keep those contraptions known as *boats* afloat.

Posted by: Marsh at September 6, 2005 03:16 PM

Was Louisiana a red state? If so, then he needs to be given 'points' for non bias. Bless his little heart.

Have any of you read about the refugees being told where they are being sent and refusing? I also saw some footage of them being offered food and then making faces at it. For a city who has just been wiped off the map, they sure are ungrateful.

Posted by: Cricket at September 6, 2005 03:34 PM

Great post Cass. I can't speak for anyone else, but a good graph really drives the point home for me.


Posted by: Pile On at September 6, 2005 08:59 PM

Hey Marsh, the only thing better with Penn would've been if he had actually tried to scull a pirogue! I'd a paid admission to watch that one! :-o

So I guess we're stuck with eating Chinese peeled meat now huh? How much crawfish can the ponds in the central Parishes produce anyway? What's it been? A month since y'all have gotten any rain up there? How odd is that? Weird, weird year!

And what's up with the Tigers playing on the road? You'd think a game would be a massive morale boost to all of Louisiana?

Posted by: JarheadDad at September 6, 2005 10:25 PM

Cass...you're a trip, girlfriend.

I like that quality in a person...

Posted by: camojack at September 7, 2005 03:43 AM

Cricket, we were red by about a margin of 10 in the pres election. *BUT*, The New Orleans Metro area was decidedly hard core blue.

Yes, the stories of MREs being tossed on the ground because of taste are entirely true. Big Daddy Government should know little Loquisha only likes the Jiffy peanut butter, just like guvmint should know New Orleans better than, gasp, city and state government. Remember where the Kingfish came from, folks, and the attitude of these people will make all kinds of sense.

Sorry, Blanco, you send the Corps of Engineers to waste time figuring out how to build a bridge to an island with TWELVE people living on it because there are three kids that need to be picked up for school by a pirouge?

Actually, JarheadDad, I think the rain never made it across the Atchafalaya basin. They're crawfish anyway, they'll just dig themselves up :) ... probably lead to an explosion of crawfish in the eastern parishes with all the loosened silt and mud.

LSU not playing is CRAP. The PMAC and field house are overrun with the special needs folks, which is fine. Block off Highland to the interstate, you have a route for ambulances directly to the General Hospital. They can put the game on the big screen in there, and people could forget about why they are there for a few hours. Hell, wheel them out and let them watch the band come down South Stadium. I see old men and toddlers alike cry with joy at that every weekend.

So much for a short post; must go for accelerated SSS!

Posted by: Jmarsh at September 7, 2005 07:13 AM

Once upon a time, many years ago on the continent of Europe, I was given a three course MRE by my husband. It wasn't bad, given the fact that he wanted me to be familiar with them in case of a NEO, but I vowed to keep beans, rice, seasonings and chorizo as part of my food storage. Yes, I do have a food supply and 72 hour kits for the family. We have had to use them and in times when you have to tighten the belt in other areas, at least a loaf of homemade bread with honey butter is comforting.

I rotate our storage so that nothing spoils and you learn to be sneaky so the family members don't realize they are eating what they consider 'emergency rations.'

However, powdered milk is in my sights. If that was the only source of protein I could have, I will die. Hate that stuff with a passion.

Do I have enough for all my family for a year? Hardly. But there have been times when we had NO money coming in and I was very glad we had it.

We ate like royalty. Still do.

Posted by: Cricket at September 7, 2005 08:18 AM

12 Cans of Chef Boyardee form the "good food" supplement to my normal cupboard stock for hurricane season. They're even in pop top cans, for chrissakes. Couple spare cans of corn, beans, full jar of peanut butter, loaf of bread in the freezer. Some vacuum packed sausage. Cast Iron Skillet and dutch oven, plenty of charcoal. Protect the grill at all costs, I implore!

I'm single, so I can get away with it. Of course, I didn't buy any of this stuff two weeks ago, I bought it two months ago. I guess putting milk in the snow during week long power outages off-base in Japan rubbed off on me. Total cost, maybe $40 (and the extra cheap beer formed most of that :) . All I picked up the weekend before was extra dog food and a case of water for the mutt, since he probably wouldn't enjoy beer or gatorade very much. Although, since his name is Troop, he just might, lol.

Someone archive the NO disaster plan; someone will figure out that they'll need to replace "mayor" "city" and "state" with "FEMA" and "puppy kicker illegal war starter Bush) to further cover the evidence.

Posted by: Marsh at September 7, 2005 10:00 AM

When we lived in Alaska everyone knew that you had to have a 4-day supply of vittles AND WATER in case of a major earthquake. You had to know where your gas shutoff was, and you knew that it takes up to 4 days to get help when the earth has misbehaved. Whenever I felt a bump, I reflexively went and filled the bathtub so we would be able to flush the toilet with baled water.

When it gets stormy here north of Houston, I do the same, since we're now on a well, and when the power is off the pump doesn't run, so you only get a few flushes before you get the Super Dome Look. Grocery bags here have hurricane tracking charts on them, plus a hurricane preparedness chart on the other side. It's impossible to be unaware that it takes ABOUT 4 DAYS to get help after a major storm.

What is it that keeps the population of a city that is below sea level from understanding that water flows downhill, and to be prepared? Did George Bush put some sort of scrambling device on the computer chip he's had implanted in everyone's skull so that they don't understand how to run for their lives? Did the mayor have a recent upgrade in his chip that made him extra stupid?

I heard him on TV yesterday, thanking two cities profusely for all the help they had provided (Las Vegas and I think Atlanta). Las Vegas has opened a bunch of hotel rooms, Southwest Airlines is flying folks there and I don't know what else, but I sit here in Houston helping feed tens of thousands of refugees and that SOB can't acknowledge that WE'VE taken his poor, his soggy, his homeless masses yearning to be dry? What a creep.

And he said he was ordering a mandatory evacuation of the city (geez, you think?) but he wanted to dispel rumors that the National Guard had been given orders to withhold water from those who would not leave. He said he had specifically forbidden the National Guard from harming or hurting the residents in any way (Huh?), and that if they wouldn't leave they should be given food and water. That stupid SOB - why doesn't he order Domino's to deliver hot pizza?

Yeah, this FUBAR is FEMA's fault, all right.

Posted by: MathMom at September 7, 2005 11:00 AM

Our local congregation has been tasked, as have other congregations of my faith to go and help.

Same here, in CA, Mathmom. However, we figgered out that we can make a porta potty with garbage sacks in a bucket and use lime to biodegrade the waste.

We also have the storage capability of about 500 gallons of potable water. We are thinking of going off the grid and using a cistern and filtration system to capture rainwater.

Power is next. I hate being dependent on 'services.'

Posted by: Cricket at September 7, 2005 12:50 PM

We had a bunch of kids enroll at our local school today. I met a few of them but no parents. I did meet their uncles and aunts though. Nice kids, nice folks.

My darling daughter took a couple of the girls under her wing and helped them find their way around. The school campus is kinda' sprawling and confusing since it's had a bazillion additions since '57! She had a blast with them and tried to help them get over that uncomfortable period. I think they'll be alright.

Couple of football players as well. I watched them a bit at practice and they are strong athletes. Totally lost in a pro set and stunting defense but give them a couple of weeks and they'll be able to contribute. Hi skool football around here is only second to those TX teams down South but bigtime football nonetheless. Basketball too!

Oh well, back into the breach. I hate running nights! See ya' when I see ya' and if you're headed south on I-85 or I-65 stay the hell out of the left lane if you're not hauling boogie! Rock and roll will never die! :-o

Posted by: JarheadDad at September 7, 2005 05:34 PM

Yeah, you GOTTA stay out of the left lane on 65 and 85 if you're not going 10mph over. I've made the BTR-ATL/SC trip a bunch. I always stop in Auburn wearing an LSU TShirt to wizz on whatever ground I can owned by the enemy. I presume you're in northern GA... I'm moving up there on the 26th of this month, out of the teeth of this mess.

Posted by: Jmarsh at September 7, 2005 06:47 PM

Going to my ravioli comment:

While the streets were strewn with garbage, rotting food and downed power lines, Jones kept his block pristine, sweeping daily, spraying for mosquitoes and even pouring bleach down drains to kill germs.

Jones said the sick, the elderly and people who lack supplies should be evacuated — but not folks like him. He has 15 cases of drinking water, a generator, canned ravioli, wine, coffee and three cartons of Marlboros.

"I've got everything I need," he said. "I just want to be left alone."

Posted by: Jmarsh at September 8, 2005 06:48 AM

That Jones is a threat to the victims. He sounds proactive and positive and will bounce back because he was prepared.

The shock and horror of that word picture you painted will never fade from my mind. How DARE he be responsible? How Dare he be a role model? Or any of the other good stories we have heard about people doing the right thing?

Posted by: Cricket at September 8, 2005 10:56 AM

My DH and I were talking last night about the *forced evacuation* of NO. The fact of the matter (someone back me up on this?) is that no one can *force* anyone to leave areas hit by K. (The British back-in-the-day when US was a colony did this whole *taking over people's homes thing, ya may have heard of it.) The logic is that if someone is in danger, you get them the hell out. But then you have fine, upstanding people like Mr. Jones, who are doing fine.

So, I ask you, how many will be caught between *better safe than sorry* and *if it ain't broke, don't fix it*?

Posted by: Lisa at September 8, 2005 12:38 PM

Oh my God.

I have seen some snark in my day, woman, but you...you're, like, on a whole different level. I am in awe.

Into my bookmarks with you. I shall be checking back often to keep tabs on the naughtiness. You've been warned!

Posted by: Sloan at September 8, 2005 07:20 PM

Wow :) I am very flattered.

Thanks for reading.

Posted by: Cassandra at September 8, 2005 07:33 PM

We live out east of Atlanta directly on the road to Athens and only thirty minutes away. David Greene was the QB at our local hi skool and my youngest son played at that time. Those are hints JMarsh! ;-)

I'm originally from Bunkie and still have family there. Not to mention Baton Rouge, Alec, Pineville, Lemoyen, Big Cane, Palmetto, Opelousas, Cottonport, Lafayette, New Iberia, Slidell, Metairie, and Marksville.

Drop me a line when you get ready to roll. I've got some seriously good fishing holes close to the house where we can pass a good time. If I can help you out in any way feel free to ask! I'll even cook you up an etoufee' that'll make you smile. Think of it as a welcome to REAL enemy (UGA) territory! Geaux Dawgs! :-o

I guess you could say I've got split loyalties! :-)

Posted by: JarheadDad at September 8, 2005 10:35 PM

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