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Katrina, a photographic timeline: Powerful proof federal response was NOT slow (warning, many pics)
Yahoo News Photos ^ | 9/6/05

Posted on 09/06/2005 8:45:18 PM PDT by Wolfstar

The near total evacuation of the major American port city of New Orleans, Louisiana was accomplished between Tuesday afternoon, August 30 and Friday afternoon, September 2, 2005. This evacuation occurred while other search, rescue, relief and evacuation operations were simultaneously being conducted throughout the Gulf Coast between approximately Lafayette, Louisiana, on the west and the Florida panhandle on the east -– an area of about 90,000 sq. miles, or the size of the entire nation of Great Britain.

I'd say this amazing achievement is the opposite of slow. I'd say that it's a stunning accomplishment and one that demonstrates superb organization, remarkable logistics flow, and the greatness of the American spirit.

From the following photographic timeline, it should be clear to all reasonable people that the failure of government response occurred before the hurricane hit, and it occurred solely at the local and state level.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi
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1 posted on 09/06/2005 8:45:24 PM PDT by Wolfstar
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To: Wolfstar

Fabulous job Wolfstar, You are a treasure :-)


2 posted on 09/06/2005 8:47:20 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Whenever a Liberal is Speaking on the Senate Floor, Al-Jazeera Breaks in and Covers it LIVE)
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To: 1Peter2:16; 2Jedismom; 2Trievers; 4mycountry; 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; A_perfect_lady; ...

Pinging you to a Dose extra: A photographic timeline of the Katrina disaster.


3 posted on 09/06/2005 8:47:24 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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To: Wolfstar

Awesome, can't wait to see this, Wolfstar! (It's like I think I'm on The Dose or something!)


4 posted on 09/06/2005 8:47:51 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (As long as Dean's the head of the D-N-C, it just looks better for the G-O-P!!)
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South Miami-Dade County as seen during a fire department aerial reconnaissance mission in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, August 26, 2005 in the Gulf of Mexico after killing seven people across southern Florida.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite image of Hurricane Katrina taken as the hurricane continues to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico, August 26. The hurricane flooded neighborhoods, cut power to 2.4 million, and left Florida's densely populated southeast coast littered with branches and fallen trees.


5 posted on 09/06/2005 8:48:47 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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Traffic heading west on Interstate 10 gets rerouted north for 40 miles, after officials turned all four lanes one way to head north out of New Orleans August 27, 2005. People voluntarily began leaving on Saturday.


6 posted on 09/06/2005 8:49:23 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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Marc Crawford, with St. Tammy Parish, bags sand late into the night at the Parish Road maintenance building near Slidell, north of New Orleans August 27. One of five such locations around the parish, the crew has bagged over 8,000 sand bags and are bagging them at a rate of 1,500 an hour for parish residents. They would have been better off if officials dropped the sandbag filling and ordered a mandatory evacuation earlier.


7 posted on 09/06/2005 8:49:51 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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To: Wolfstar

Ping for reception.


8 posted on 09/06/2005 8:50:21 PM PDT by SouthTexas
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NOAA Satellite image of Hurricane Katrina at 11:09 ET, August 27, 2005.


9 posted on 09/06/2005 8:50:26 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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On Sunday, August 28, waters along the Gulf coast rise as Hurricane Katrina gets closer to Air Station New Orleans on Grand Isle, Louisiana, in this photograph taken by one of the last helicopters to leave the station.

Cars carrying residents leave downtown New Orleans ahead of Hurricane Katrina August 28. Note that contrary to New Orleans disaster planning, the both sides of this highway were not open to traffic going in one direction.

Tourists and residents stream north on Interstate 10 as they evacuate New Orleans in an attempt to flee Hurricane Katrina August 28.


10 posted on 09/06/2005 8:51:19 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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President Bush is handed a map by Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin during a video teleconference with federal and state emergency management organizations on hurricane Katrina from his Crawford ranch, August 28, 2005. The President approved major disaster declarations for the states of Louisiana and Mississippi, clearing the way for the use of federal money to help respond to Hurricane Katrina, the White House said. In addition, the President urged the governor of Louisiana and mayor or New Orleans to issue mandatory evacuation orders.


11 posted on 09/06/2005 8:51:50 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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A woman walks in the middle of a street through the rain-soaked and deserted French Quarter of New Orleans in advance of Hurricane Katrina August 28. Hundreds of thousands of New Orleans residents fled inland as Katrina strengthened into one of the fiercest U.S. storms ever seen and barreled toward the low-lying Gulf Coast city.

NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico on August 28, 2005.


12 posted on 09/06/2005 8:52:21 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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Thousands of people wait outside the Superdome to be let in for shelter from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans August 28. Mayor Nagin said this was a refuge of last resort. People were told to bring several days of food and water with them. However, despite telling people they would need several days of food and water, the city did no pre-positioning of supplies or security at any city hospitals, hotels or shelters, including the Superdome and Convention Center.

Drivers and passengers wait outside their cars as traffic snarls on the interstate highway leaving downtown New Orleans August 28.


13 posted on 09/06/2005 8:52:50 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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Marci Romagnoli and Ruth Calain of the Gulfport Oceanarium, feed dolphins in a swimming pool at a local hotel in Gulfport, Mississippi August 28. Officials at the Oceanarium were able to move the dolphins inland to safety in advance of Hurricane Katrina, but the Mayor of New Orleans didn't even try to use city resources to move people out of harms way.


14 posted on 09/06/2005 8:53:14 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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Power poles are pushed over in a flooded street after Katrina struck Gretna, Louisiana, Monday, August 29.

Hurricane Katrina destroys much of Biloxi, Mississippi August 29. Although the media reported from Biloxi and other points along the coast, the easy, "sexy" story was in New Orleans, a media hub.

Fifty-three-year-old Richard Googe looks around the Thomasville Apartments in Biloxi, Mississippi where he lives and weathered Hurricane Katrina August 29, 2005.


15 posted on 09/06/2005 8:53:55 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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To: Wolfstar
NOAA satellite image of Katrina taken as the storm continued to move farther inland after it came ashore August 29. While the media concentrated on the story in New Orleans, this photo shows the massive region hit by Katrina. East to west, it stretched across the Gulf Coast from the Florida panhandle to about Lafayette, Louisiana. North to south at the time this satellite image was taken, it stretched from well out in the Gulf up into Illinois and Indiana.

At points along the entire front of that monster storm, FEMA had to stage first responders and initial supplies in safe locations. As the storm moved out of the Gulf region Monday afternoon, the first response would have been directed to areas that seemed the hardest hit. At that time, New Orleans seemed to have escaped any serious damage. The area directly hit was the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. That's where initial first-response aid was directed.


17 posted on 09/06/2005 8:55:24 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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This NOAA satellite image was taken Monday, August 29 at 15:15 ET (3:15pm. 2:15pm Central), as the worst of the storm moved northward and skies were just beginning to clear along the Gulf Coast.

This image was taken a half-hour later at 15:45 ET. Although the worst had passed, there was still considerable cloud cover and rain in the region, while localities north of the Gulf were experiencing the effect of Katrina. With roads flooded and blocked by debris, first responders and supplies had to move through that weather on their way to the Gulf as initial damage assessments started to come in.

Mark the time. It was late afternoon before the weather cleared enough to begin moving the first responders into the area.


18 posted on 09/06/2005 8:56:24 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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You have to wonder why the Louisiana State Police were not untangling the "snarls".
19 posted on 09/06/2005 8:56:51 PM PDT by Sthitch
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To: Wolfstar
Some low-lying eastern districts of New Orleans were flooded during the afternoon of August 29, but the media gathered in the French Quarter was reporting that New Orleans had been spared any major damage.

Darnell Stewart, riding his horse Brandy, patrols around a flooded business site in the Terme area of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, August 29. (I have never seen any further info on what happened to Mr. Stewart and Brandy, but they were early heroes in New Orleans.)

The Treme area of New Orleans lies under several feet of water after Hurricane Katrina hit.


20 posted on 09/06/2005 8:57:09 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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A man measures the depth of the flooded Treme area of New Orleans. Despite the flooding, a number of people in this neighborhood were seen sitting calmly on their front porches as the weather cleared Monday afternoon.


21 posted on 09/06/2005 8:58:37 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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bump for later read


22 posted on 09/06/2005 9:00:16 PM PDT by zlala ("History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." -Dwight D. Eisenhower)
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To: Sthitch

Typical government idiocy...why weren't the inbound lanes used for outband traffic?


23 posted on 09/06/2005 9:00:33 PM PDT by IGOTMINE (Front Sight. Press. Follow Through. It's a way of life.)
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The first reports of possible fatalities came out of Gulfport, Mississippi, even as the storm was still raging. Gulfport police officer Jason Payne gets into his patrol car as Hurricane Katrina continues to rage at the Thomasville Apartments in Biloxi, August 29, after officers rescued a woman trapped in the rubble of a fallen brick wall that crashed through her roof, breaking several bones. If officers in Gulfport had the command, control and communications necessary to respond like this even during the storm, why did the NOPD lose all command-and-control functions?


24 posted on 09/06/2005 9:01:08 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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A New Orleans city police car with its rear window broken is abandoned in flood waters on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans August 29. The NOPD clearly knew on Monday that flood waters were rising in the city. Why did city officials wait until Friday before moving people to the dry west bank of the city?


25 posted on 09/06/2005 9:01:58 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Would you be so kind as to remove #16? TIA! :-)

...HH


26 posted on 09/06/2005 9:02:15 PM PDT by hiredhand (My kitty disappeared. NOT the rifle!)
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To: hiredhand

Check your mail


27 posted on 09/06/2005 9:04:02 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Lord, we need a Logan miracle for Simcha7 and Cowboy. Please.)
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To: IGOTMINE
why weren't the inbound lanes used for outband traffic?

So supplies could be ferried into New Orl... oh wait a minute, that is a dumb answer.

28 posted on 09/06/2005 9:04:14 PM PDT by Sthitch
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To: hiredhand; Admin Moderator

Thanks, much appreciated.


29 posted on 09/06/2005 9:04:21 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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Two early post-hurricane photos taken Monday in Mississippi as Katrina's dark clouds still moved overhead. Throughout the entire disaster area, including areas of Louisiana outside New Orleans, the kind of chaos and lack of local order seen in the city was almost completely absent. There were some sporadic reports of looting, but it was quickly brought under control.

Cathy Breazeale of Gulfport, Mississippi surveys damage to her home.

A view of the Sadler Apartments in Biloxi after Katrina destroyed them and close to 100 condominiums on the waterfront.


30 posted on 09/06/2005 9:05:46 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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To: Wolfstar; Admin Moderator

Ditto! THANKS!


31 posted on 09/06/2005 9:06:34 PM PDT by hiredhand (My kitty disappeared. NOT the rifle!)
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This Reuters-Yahoo caption (accompanying a photo of a damaged TV station), which was posted Aug 30 12:15 AM EDT, documents that initially the worst of the damage was thought to have occurred in Mississippi. The only mention of New Orleans is the fact that crude oil production in the region was shut down.

A television station loses its broadcasting tower and roof during Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi,August 29. Much of the city was heavily damaged during the peak of the category four storm. The storm slammed into New Orleans on Monday with winds of 135 mph, shutting 91 percent of the normal 1.5 million barrels per day of crude oil production in the Gulf Coast region.


32 posted on 09/06/2005 9:06:53 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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Photographic and Reuters-Yahoo caption posted Aug 30, circa 11:46 AM, are proof that federal assets were in the disaster area as soon as weather permitted on Monday. The caption also documents the fact that the scope of the disaster was not known until about mid-morning Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Huerta prepares to hoist two children into a Coast Guard rescue helicopter in New Orleans August 29, in this handout released on August 30, 2005. The children were among many New Orleans citizens rescued from their rooftops due to flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina. The Coast Guard has begun damage assessment overflights as well as search and rescue operations. A widespread disaster unfolded on the Gulf Coast Tuesday as up to 80 people were reported dead in Mississippi, and floodwaters poured into low-lying New Orleans through levees battered by powerful Hurricane Katrina.

Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Huerta scours neighborhoods over New Orleans, Louisiana, for citizens in distress as a result of flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina on August 29.


33 posted on 09/06/2005 9:07:33 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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Flooded roadways can be seen in this photo as the Coast Guard conducts initial Hurricane Katrina damage assessment overflights in New Orleans August 29.

In this caption, Yahoo was not worried about New Orleans, but about economic losses: Flooded roadways can be seen in this photo released on Tuesday as the Coast Guard conducts initial Hurricane Katrina damage assessment overflights over New Orleans, Louisiana August 29, 2005. Prices for energy, cotton copper and grains surged on Tuesday, as skies began clearing on stunning losses to homeowners, business and commodity production a day after Hurricane Katrina devastated coastal areas of three Gulf states.


34 posted on 09/06/2005 9:08:47 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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In this AFP-Yahoo caption accompanying an earlier photo of the damaged Superdome, posted Wed Aug 31, 2:29 AM ET, note that the media's concern was not for the people who took refuge inside the Superdome, but for the New Orleans Saints football team.

This 29 August, 2005 image shows damage to the roof of the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. American football's New Orleans Saints could be marching out of the storm-damaged Superdome and moving next week's workouts for their season opener to Texas because of damage here from Hurricane Katrina.


35 posted on 09/06/2005 9:09:47 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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Great photo essay on the Katrina disaster


36 posted on 09/06/2005 9:09:47 PM PDT by WOSG (http://freedomstruth.blogspot.com/)
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August 29, President Bush,pledged government aid for victims of killer Hurricane Katrina along the devastated Gulf Coast and said help was on the way.


37 posted on 09/06/2005 9:10:41 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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Reuters-Yahoo caption which accompanies a series of NOAA photos taken Aug. 30 and posted Aug. 31, documents that the Superdome evacuation began on Wednesday, one day after the extent of flooding in New Orleans became known:

NOAA aerial images show destruction on the shoreline in south Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, near Empire, Buras and Boothville where Hurricane Katrina made landfall at approximately 6:10 a.m. CDT, Aug. 29. Authorities began to evacuate about 23,000 refugees from the New Orleans Superdome arena on Wednesday [Aug. 31].


38 posted on 09/06/2005 9:11:51 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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To: Wolfstar

BUMP for a good job!


39 posted on 09/06/2005 9:11:54 PM PDT by Ronzo
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To: Wolfstar

BUMP for a good job!


40 posted on 09/06/2005 9:11:56 PM PDT by Ronzo
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To: Wolfstar

BUMP for a good job!


41 posted on 09/06/2005 9:12:02 PM PDT by Ronzo
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To: Wolfstar

You are SUPERB! Thanks for this!







(Is there, "somewhere," a list of the nations who have pledged "help" and how much they have pledged? I'm curious, so if you know, or know someone who knows, I would appreciate knowing. If you know what I mean...)

XO

'Face


42 posted on 09/06/2005 9:12:21 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Is a vegetarian permitted to eat animal crackers?)
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A patient is evacuated from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi August 30, due to flooding from Hurricane Katrina. People were transported by the Puerto Rico Air National Guard on a C130 to Kelly City Base USA. Their medical care will be continued at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas. The U.S. military will send an additional 10,000 National Guard troops to Louisiana and Mississippi to help in hurricane relief, bringing to 40,000 the number of such troops there, the Pentagon said on Saturday.

Individuals are evacuated from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi August 30, 2005 due to flooding from Hurricane Katrina.


43 posted on 09/06/2005 9:12:28 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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As this caption reveals, city officials only began planning to evacuate the people in city shelters on Tuesday:

Aerial photograph of a levee breach and heavy flooding in the greater New Orleans area Tuesday, August 30, the day after the hurricane hit. Floodwaters engulfed much of New Orleans on Tuesday as officials feared a steep death toll and planned to evacuate thousands remaining in shelters after the historic city's defenses were breached by Hurricane Katrina.


44 posted on 09/06/2005 9:13:12 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Beaty, part of a HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew, looks for survivors in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans August 30, 2005.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott D. Rady pulls a pregnant woman from her flooded New Orleans home August 30, 2005.


45 posted on 09/06/2005 9:13:43 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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To: Wolfstar

Mark for the next chapter.....


46 posted on 09/06/2005 9:13:51 PM PDT by Jaded (Hell sometimes has fluorescent lighting and a trumpet.)
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To: Wolfstar
Note that contrary to New Orleans disaster planning, the both sides of this highway were not open to traffic going in one direction.

Sheesh! Apparently they effectively planned to ensure that it was 100% disaster.

Thanks for the pix thread, Wolfstar. Quite interesting.

47 posted on 09/06/2005 9:13:57 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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A section of the bridge connecting Ocean Springs with Biloxi is destroyed by hurricane Katrina. On Tuesday, the first day after the hurricane, the first aerial surveys showed widespread destruction and blockage of the regional highway and bridge system, making the flow of relief personnel and supplies into the area far more difficult.

Katrina, one of the most powerful hurricanes in U.S. history, forced operators to close more than a tenth of the country's refining capacity and a quarter of its oil output, spurring a frenzied spike in gasoline and heating oil prices. An oil refinery is submerged in water in Codin, Alabama, August 30, 2005.


48 posted on 09/06/2005 9:14:22 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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To: Wolfstar
Amazing report Wolfstar - thank you!

I am still quite amazed how it all came to this. How much of a warning to people need?

49 posted on 09/06/2005 9:14:50 PM PDT by ozbushkin (Aussie Bushbot)
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To: Wolfstar
Note that the MSM's "Bush's fault" mantra had not yet gathered steam when this Reuters-Yahoo caption was posted Aug 31 at 7:51 AM EDT. Instead, the caption more honestly says authorities were overwhelmed.

Survivors, pulled from their apartment building in New Orleans by a Coast Guard rescue swimmer sit on the floor of an HH-65 Jayhawk rescue helicopter August 30. Hellish scenes of death, damage, and chaos wracked the U.S. Gulf Coast on Wednesday as overwhelmed authorities tried to rescue the living and count the dead amid the destruction left by powerful Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans was filling with water after an initial attempt to stop a leaking levee failed, while police fought a losing battle to stop widespread looting in the stricken city.


50 posted on 09/06/2005 9:15:12 PM PDT by Wolfstar (NOTE TO MSM: Each state is sovereign over its own territory. GWB is NOT king of the U.S.)
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