[FoRK] Re: Katrina - National Guard??

Luis Villa luis.villa
Wed Aug 31 07:50:19 PDT 2005


All that ranting about national guard and planning aside, this could
still start a backlash in other ways:

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001051313

Apparently spending on levees was cut by 80% in the name of diverting
funds for 'national security.'

Luis

On 8/31/05, Corinna <schultz at harlingen.isd.tenet.edu> wrote:
> Maybe it's me, since I don't watch TV, and I've been tied up in meetings the
> last couple of days, and I messed something, but the coverage I heard on NPR
> seems to indicate that there are volunteers, Red Cross people, and "rescue
> workers" on the scene.  No mention of the National Guard.  Is there no
> National Guard left in Luisiana?  Will Bush get fallout for this?
> 
> Once people realized that the hurricane was Cat 5, all sorts of people
> should have been on standby, ready to rush in as soon as the storm passed.
> It seems as though only the city-level people (mayor, emergency personnel,
> etc) were prepared.  I thought they had emergency plans for the case of the
> levess breaking. People shouldn't have to be trapped in the superdome.
> 
> Or maybe I missed something since I've been under a rock the last couple of
> days...
> 
> -Corinna
> P.S.  I was on the road last night, saw that local gas prices had jumped
> from 2.55 to 3.00, and I thought, "man, I should have filled the truck a
> couple of days ago." This morning I took my truck out to get filled since it
> was near empty, and got to the corner gas station just as they were changing
> the price from 2.56 to 3.09, but they hadn't reprogrammed the computer yet.
> Yea!  The early bird saves $5.00!
> 
> 
> "Robert Harley" <robert.harley at gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:bfcef10405082815485e4457f3 at mail.gmail.com...
> Is it my imagination or on Friday were people saying that the spike in
> oil prices on fears of Katrina hurting production in the Gulf of
> Mexico were unwarranted because it was only category 2, going on for
> 3, but would weaken at landfall around the Florida panhandle?
> Now it's a whopper and Exxon, Chevron, BP, Royal Dutch etc are
> evacuating rigs as fast as they can.  Hope the bayous are still there
> when it's passed.
> 
> R
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