KATRINA – Quick Cuts

As I read down through Free Republic several things jumped out at me, like the quick cuts we see in movies:

Welcome to New Orleans Mogadishu

The American Prowler

New Orleans was ripe for collapse. Its dangerous geography, combined with a dangerous culture, made it susceptible to an unfolding catastrophe. Currents of chaos and lawlessness were running through the city long before this week, and they were bound to come to the surface under the pressure of natural disaster and explode in a scene of looting and mayhem.

New Orleans Times-Picayune Web Log,

As the security situation in New Orleans deteriorates, downtown hotels are desperately trying to remove any remaining guests, but they are having trouble getting buses…the buses keep getting commandeered for other rescue efforts.

From Slate, Why no mention of race and class?

HoustonChronicle.com, Astrodome calls a halt to accepting more refugees after taking in 11,375.

JWR, Shoot looters

“John Carolan was sitting on his porch in the thick, humid darkness just before midnight Tuesday when three or four young men, one with a knife and another with a machete, stopped in front of his fence and pointed to the generator humming in the front yard. [One] said, ‘We want that generator.’ [Carolan responded] ‘I fired a couple of rounds over their heads with a .357 Magnum . . . they scattered. You’ve heard of the law west of the Pecos? This is the law west of Canal Street.'”

Sun Herald.com,

One hundred people have been confirmed dead in Harrison, Hancock, Pearl River and Jackson counties. More bodies were being discovered under debris and in waterways.

I keep reading about the dead. A hundred here, dead pushed aside, alligators feeding on the dead. I have read speculation that there may be 50,000 dead. We may never know the scale of the horror.

The images of young black men looting out of a sense of entitlement, I don’t know, damages the relief effort. How many looters have been shot? I don’t think we are getting the real story. It’s Mogadishu and Hotel Rwanda. I suspected it could happen here. I am not happy to see it happen

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