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The Wake of Katrina - How Bad Is It?


This is almost beyond comprehension to me. I have seen some first-hand reports of how bad it is down there, via some emails from friends of mine who have family down there.

This is the starkest example:

"My sister just got off the phone w/ her good friend who is a nurse at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He stayed on the job through the hurricane and is now stranded there. She spoke to him very briefly because there is only one emergency phone working and there is a line of people trying to call loved ones. Their brief conversation and his conversation w/ his wife included the following description of the scene:

The generators at the hospital are out. All patients that were on life support are dead. From the upper floors dead bodies can be seen floating in the water. Men w/ assault rifles entered the hospital and took all the drugs. During one of the assaults on the hospital, a female nurse was raped and one male nurse that tried to defend her was killed. Some patients have died due to lack of medications. He told my sister that the scene is unfathomable. After dark last night they had to barricade themselves in an office to get away from the animals that were searching the halls w/ assault rifles. Yesterday they were told that the military was going to extract them using helicopters but no further word has come. He concluded saying that he might not live."

Send in the army, and have them deal with this appropriately. And don't try to tell me they're not animals.


It's bad. Very sad. One of my friends I met that I just started law school with just finished 2 years of Teach for America in New Orleans. Most of his friends there had their houses completely trashed


I suppose it doesn't help to be in a place where the police are part of the looting:


New Orleans has long been known as a corrupt city. It's a good thing the mayor has declared martial law, though it would certainly be better if it was the military that was enforcing things.


That's happening in America? That is one of the most nightmarish things I have ever heard. It?s hard to even believe.


This is terrible, terrible tragedy.

I don't know how to express the extent of my sadness. Those still in danger have my hopes and prayers.


Justed wanted to say from Oz that our prayers are with you guys in this terrible time.


I'm cross-posting this on related threads:

Here's a bunch of organizations to which you can donate, courtesy of Instapundit:


FLOOD AID UPDATE: Here are some places you can donate to hurricane Katrina relief: (Bumped to top -- scroll down for current posts.)

American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/

Catholic Charities is involved, and probably has lots of resources to draw on in the heavily Catholic New Orleans area: http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/news/katrina.cfm

Austin Bay is recommending Episcopal Relief and Development: http://www.er-d.org/

Liz at Rightalk suggests that animal lovers donate to the Humane Society: https://secure.hsus.org/01/disaster_relief_fund_2005?

Here's a link to Mennonite Disaster Services: http://www.mds.mennonite.net/ The Sanity Inspector says they're highly efficient.

Reader Peter Viditto recommends The Mercy Corps: http://www.mercycorps.org/

Here's the link for Methodist Relief: http://www.methodistrelief.org/site/pp.asp?c=bhKNI4PHIpE&b=876335

The Salvation Army does good work: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/ (WalMart just gave them a million dollars, but that's just the barest beginning of what's needed.)

Hugh Hewitt recommends Samaritan's Purse: http://www.samaritanspurse.com/

Scott Ott recommends Southern Baptist Disaster Relief:

I'll keep updating this as I get new suggestions.

Jay Allen has a further suggestion:

I would suggest people donate through their companies whenever possible. Most major corporations offer matching funds to the dollar for charitable donations. Find who's collecting money for relief efforts, then file for a match through your employer instead of sending to the agency directly.

Not bad -- if your employer is supporting this.

Chuck Simmins is tracking corporate donations: http://blog.simmins.org/2005/08/katrina-donations-begin.html

Technorati Tags: flood aid, Hurricane Katrina: http://technorati.com/tag/hurricane+katrina


Thank God we have a right to bear arms. I feel everyone could use a weapon to defend against the animals with assault rifles searching the hallways. Pieces of shit ahould not be the only ones with weapons.


Gregus, I don't believe I have spoke with you before. I hope I am interpreting your post correctly. It seems sarcastic toward our right to have arms. If so, then my reply is below. If I misunderstood you then please ignore my post.

Do you honestly believe the people raping, and stealing drugs, and killing patients got their weapons legeally?


I don't think he is being sarcastic.

I think he wants the right to fight back.


These type of sitiations being out the best and worst in people. Unbelievable. I've always been against owning a gun myself (not against citizens bearing arms, mind you, just a personal thing), but I'm considering an investment in a shotgun now...


One more comment about your nurse friend. He gives these heathens too much credit. Animals would never behave like that.


yeah this is bad, bad, bad. My heart hurts for those people there and who were evacuated...everyone as a whole. In my opinion, the part that scares the shit out of me is that this is possibly a slight glimpse of what the future holds for all of us.


I'll say it again they really need to get the Guard down there ASAP as many as possible and put the city on lockdown.




The evils of the interenet: Expression in communication is almost always lost.


It's pretty bad down here. I just moved to Gulf Shores, Alabama about two months ago and bought a condo on the beach. Well, the storm swells came in and washed it away. No condo now.
Everyday I have to find a new place to stay, and try to get back on my feet as soon as possible.
The thing is, I'm not complaining. Where I am, it's not that bad. I just know what I'm dealing with, and that it's nothing in perspective what the guys a little more west are going through.
Seriously, I think everyone should help just a little. Just a little...it really goes a long way. I'm going to do my part.



The last paragraph hit me really hard about the little boy losing his dog. I almost can't read or watch any more of what's happening there. It's unbearable.

Huge crowds, hoping to finally escape the stifling confines of the stadium, jammed the main concourse outside the dome, spilling out over the ramp to the Hyatt hotel next door ? a seething sea of tense, unhappy, people packed shoulder-to-shoulder up to the barricades where heavily armed National Guard troops stood.

At the front of the line, heavily armed policemen and guardsmen stood watch and handed out water as tense and exhausted crowds struggled onto buses. At the back end of the line, people jammed against police barricades in the rain. Luggage, bags of clothes, pillows, blankets were strewn in the puddles.

Many people had dogs and they cannot take them on the bus. A police officer took one from a little boy, who cried until he vomited. ?Snowball, snowball,? he cried. The policeman told a reporter he didn?t know what would happen to the dog.


No No i am all for our right to bear arms. Only thing that anti gun laws accomplish is taking them away from law abiding citizens and turns them into potential victims. In cases like this one outlined in this post, i would love to be there with an assault rifle myself to give those fuckers a taste of their own medicine, they're all tough guys until someone shoots back.


Walmart needs to do a better job of locking up its guns and ammo though.