Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Somewhere in a past life there was a connection to Jefferson Parish (New Orleans). Bunked with Glen for a spell at the air station formerly known as NAS Memphis, which, in the beginning was like living with a foreigner. Sometime into week two, I realized that Glen actually was speaking English and I gradually came to understand him, lapsing easily into that drawl myself. There was also a sweet girl named Dahlia (hey, she's from the south) who wasted just a little of her time on a guy who was thousands of miles from home. Likely a grandmother these days, I still have a picture of Dahlia somewhere. Hadn't thought about her or Glen in years. I wonder if they're okay.
With most of New Orleans under water this morning one has to wonder where the backup generators for the pumps are. On a more fundamental level one has to wonder why the government authorities are still having meetings to figure out who ought to stick a finger in the dike (so to speak). Just do it. Me & my brother-in-law Rick with a good crew and a little equipment coulda had that thing plugged up long ago.
What's up with the Big Sleazy? What kind of people want to break into and loot a children's hospital? And where are the National Guard units and the police? At least one report has the police guarding the looters.
At a drug store on Canal Street just outside the French Quarter, two police officers with pump shotguns stood guard as workers from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel across the street loaded large laundry bins full of medications, snack foods and bottled water.
"This is for the sick," Officer Jeff Jacob said. "We can commandeer whatever we see fit, whatever is necessary to maintain law."
Just maintaining the law, ma'am.
Mrs TWC was wondering last night who, exactly, the President was reassuring on national TV last night? After all, nobody on the Gulf Coast was watching because they ain't got no electricity.
And finally, where is the vast international relief effort to help our neighbors down south?
My readers are a generous bunch and have doubtless already lent a hand but if you need information about helping out you'll find a lot of choices here. Otherwise, these are my two perennial favorites:
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American Red Cross: