Tuesday, August 30, 2005

When The Levee Breaks ...


You know it's bad when the typically disconnected asshole in chief, Bush actually cancels the last two days of his beloved vacation, as his poll numbers slip below the flood waters engulfing one of America's oldest & greatest cities...( see America Blog for entertaining factoids about how Bush decided to strum a guitar while The New Orlean's Superdome filled with storm refugees and the Gulf region dealt with death, disaster and epic levels of flooding.)





rescue workers help a man stranded atop a 9th Ward rooftop


Ella Fitzgerald ft. Nat King Cole - Stormy Weather

Indeed, looks sadly like it's getting worse around New Orleans before it gets better...

A story I just read in Wash Post reports that 80% of New Orleans is flooded ... a 5000 foot gap that cannot be plugged has occured in the levee wall and that "law and order" is but a TV show that no one there can watch anyway...


“People are leaving the Superdome to go to Canal Street to loot,” a city councilman said. “Some people broke into drug stores and stole the drugs off the shelves. It is looting times five. I'm telling you, it's like Sodom and Gomorrah.”


There is no where to process arrestees as New Orleans jail had to be evacuated, and prisoners in jumpsuits were being guarded in the open on a nearby highway cloverleaf as flood waters surrounded them. Police were seen looting themselves, awkwardly holding residents off at gunpoint while reclaiming what they called "emergency safety provisions" from stores...


INXS - Listen Like Thieves

Cops / Looters ?

who can tell the difference...

"It's downtown Baghdad," said tourist Denise Bollinger, who snapped pictures of looting in the French Quarter. "It's insane."



Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark

Regional curfews are in effect along the gulf coast, and shuttered grocery store chains are being looted... The chain "Winn Dixie" alone is reporting over 50 stores closed to the public throughout LA, MS and AL, and has dozens more on emergency generator power selling only non perishables... With that alone you can get a sense of the widespread chaos now setting in on a consumer society used to microwavable convienence...

“Rescue workers are not even dealing with dead bodies. They're just pushing them to the side,” New Orleans Mayor Roy Nagin said.

Tight Bros From Way Back When - Hurricane

As seen via helicopter, "most of the roads and highways are impassible, and water is still coming into the city of New Orleans," said Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). I wonder tonight how my fave southern city will fare as the waters roll in...

Kansas Joe w/ Memphis Minnie - When The Levee Breaks

The levees, built to keep water out, are now keeping the water in, and reports from across the city indicate that water levels are rising, with the electrical generators at the below sea level Superdome shelter site holding some 30,000 refugees quickly being engulfed. A vice president for the company that manages the Superdome, said two people have died there, however he did not provide details. One was rumored to have fallen in a jump from one level to the next.

80 percent of Mississippi residents have no power.

But despite the building sense of horror & dread in America's Venice...

At least I heard my online pal... the infamous 'Nawlins denizen Ms. Tits and Whiskey has high tailed it to the Hilton in Houston and is alright !


Christina Aguilara vs RikkiRok - Dirty In Dixieland Mash Up (Featuring New Orleans Jazz Band)

Much of I-10 is impassable and the town of Slidell is under 15 feet of water...

Buildings are submerged, washing away... the end is nigh?


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