Katrina gloom

This looks like a potential catastrophe ahead in the next few hours. Katrina’s gotten so much worse – as if it wasn’t extremely bad already – as it prepares to buzzsaw New Orleans.

The loss of that beautiful city is unthinkable. Are these the last hours of that city? They could be.

Here are some weather sources to death-watch I suppose before the City of New Orleans disappears into nothingness.

Thomas Lifson at American Thinker points out that evacuation for the poor and the tourists is absent, something that could lead to big casualties. He asks why there aren’t trains and buses out of there? There aren’t – there’s just the Superdome and good luck.

Steve has an incredibly good essay here on the impact of this storm on the multibillion dollar deep sea platforms from which we get our oil. He even knows the names of these things and how much they pump or refine and where they are – he’s got deep knowledge on this. And has some pointed commentary on the poor planning of officials in the New Orleans area who are going to lose some bridges from this disaster, critical bridges that are responsible for our oil.

Who is going to replace that oil? Ecuador? Hugo Chavez? The whole thing gives me the creeps. We are stuck. And oil has already rocketed past $70 a barrel.

Hard times are coming.

11 thoughts on “Katrina gloom”

  1. Yes, New Orleans ( or soon to be old Orleans)is at fault in many ways. But in spite of it all the sky is not falling. We will rebuild. We always have that’s what makes us different. Perhaps we will learn some very valuable lessons from all this mess. I trust that it will not be too late and we will all wake up to whats important.New Orleans fate is in the hands of God. It always has been. It takes times like this to realize our frailty.

  2. Please pray for a dear couple, close family friends of ours. They’re from Cuba but been living in N.O. for a very long time. They are both older, and he suffers from Altzeimers (sp?).

  3. Please know that prayers are being said even now. I know of one priest staying in New Orleans so as to stand with his community and to be available after the storm and prvide recovery assistance and service. Please remember him in your prayers as well. This storm looks as if it will veer far enough to the east that the worst of the storm will hit Biloxi and Pascagoula, but a lot of people live there, as well. For those of us with family in the area, it will be a long night, not seen since Camille hit in 1969.

  4. I don’t like gloom-and-doom scenarios, being a glass half-full type person, but here is some perspective to cling unto in the wake of that jeva, Hurricane Katrina.

    – When cat 5 Hurricane Andrew hit SoFla, people said this city and its outlying suburbs would NEVER be the same again.

    They were right. It became a world class city with a real estate market second-to-none in the US.

    – Petroleum crude oil was very expensive, despite a war in Iraq which was fought (said critics) because of oil.

    It was going to bankrupt American consumers, forcing them into mini-compact cars.

    It didn’t. Enter The SUV era.

    – 1992 was an election year, and GHW Bush 41 lost crucial Florida votes because of his lethargic, even uncaring attitude as the National Guard didn’t arrive until a week later, with awful awful preparedness on the part of the local authorities.

    Dubya and Jebby learnt from Daddy’s mistakes.

    Does that make me sanguine about the wrath of this demented storm? After I sweated my balls off for 2 days without electricity (because we in Miami Beach got ours turned on before anyone else’s…), no, it doesn’t.

    I understand and pray very much for all who are in her path, especially those in New Orleans. I have two Cuban-American friends who live there, just like ebnelson’s viejitos, in exilio too.

    But this is America, and like they say, if bad things have to happen, at least let it happen here.

    We survive better.


  5. Just before we lost power on Thurs. at 8:20 PM EDT, I made a .wav of the uncoming hurricane.

    It’s here, via Geocities, so try again if it’s down.


  6. Victoria, I hope and pray that you’re right, but I just can’t quite believe it. There are many cities I love, but New Orleans is close to my heart in some ways I can’t even put into words. It’s more than bleeding Tulane green: it goes way beyond that. And I’m just at a loss for a words now.

  7. Im niot sure how smart it is to put a million people in a structure not designed to withstand hurricane force winds.

    I fear for all in New Orleans, including those evacuated into the Superdome.

  8. as for the oil prices, they have been artificially jacked up several times over possible scenarios. None of thos scenarios came to fruition yet the prices were not reset. Don’t sweat the oil issue and the hurricane together. Oil is oil and it will be jacked up no matter what. Tired of paying high prices for gas? Thank the environmentalist whackos! We are sitting on plenty of oil, the issue is its not politically correct to get it.

  9. Let’s see how many of our “friends” all over the world pitch in to help the poor people in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama recover from the Katrina catastrophe…

    As for oil, considering how much coal we have in this country, it is a disgrace not to start processing it into synthetic fuel. It’s been done before and it will help end America’s dependence on oil-rich pseudostates as we transition out of the fossil fuel economy into an alternative or renewable energy source one.

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