Skip the middle woman today (me) and just go read these great blogs:
PUndit Guy: Especially How We Die; The post on Census Data; and the post on Internet Archives- maybe you can help.
Mudville Gazette: You want to read it all, but especially First Responders, Baghdad on the Bayou (here is possibly the only place you will read of Mayor Nagin and Governor Blanco’s statements like “These are some of the 40,000 extra troops that I have demanded,” Blanco said. “They have M-16s, and they’re locked and loaded … I have one message for these hoodlums: These troops know how to shoot and kill, and they are more than willing to do so if necessary, and I expect they will,” and Nagin’s idiotic statement that he had “declared Martial Law in the city and directed the city’s 1,500 person police force to do “whatever it takes” to regain control of the city.
Nagin said that Martial Law means that officers don’t have to worry about civil rights and Miranda rights in stopping the looters.
martial law means officers have permission to shoot to kill.” To count the ways that Nagin is wrong, you’ll have to read Mudville. HInt: He has no authority to declare ‘martial law,’ and martial law has nothing to do with the police officers.
And you especially want to read Riding on the City of New Orleans. HEre you will find all kinds of information and quotes from New Orleans’ disaster plan- the one they had on paper and were supposed to follow. I think you will be surprised by who is and who is not mentioned in this plan. Or maybe you won’t be surprised if you you don’t rely on CNN for your news.
And, of course, you want to read Junkyard Blog. Just keep reading. Note especially the story of another stolen bus, and keep it in mind when Nagin’s defenders complain that he might have had buses, but who would drive them. Note also the police officer who ” was given three month’s pay, at New Orleans Police Department, given three month’s pay and said, “You need to leave, you need to relocate, find another unit, another district, division, or another job because to clean up this city is going to take three to five years.”