Playing politics

Partisans left and right are wasting no time degrading themselves by pointing political blame for Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.Leftists are attacking on multiple fronts, including

Global warming
President Bush not dropping everything and rushing to New Orleans to personally toss sandbags
The war in Iraq–taking up National Guard resources, diverting Corps of Engineers funds for shoring up the Louisiana coastline, etc.
Rightie bloggers not going 24/7 all Katrina all the time

Some of the things the righties are attacking about include:

The shaky leadership of the Louisiana governor and New Orleans mayorCindy Sheehan (how she relates, I’m not sure)
President Bush’s less-than-forceful response
The lunacy of building a major city on the coast below sea level
The list of leftie attacks shown above

I was going to link to some of this crap, but frankly it doesn’t deserve it.

Note to everybody: IT WAS A FREAKIN’ CATEGORY FOUR HURRICANE! Pull your heads out of your posteriors and get busy doing something helpful for a change, rather than trying to tear down your “enemies.” There’s plenty of time for the blame game–we’ve got a city to save! For crying out loud, we don’t even have any idea how many people have died on the Gulf Coast. Give the partisan B.S. a rest for a while, OK?

Morning Whip, August 31, 2005

Special Hurricane Katrina Recovery edition:

Levee breeches continue to flood New Orleans
Conditions deteriorate at Superdome
New Orleans hospital besieged by looters
U.S. Navy sends ships
NFL Saints head to San Antonio
Blogs Across America relief effort
Mississippi hurricane recovery news
Alabama hurricane recovery news
President Bush to release strategic petroleum reserves

NFL Saints head to San Antonio

The New Orleans Saints will practice in the Alamodome[*1] in San Antonio:

The Saints practiced in San Antonio last year when Hurricane Ivan threatened New Orleans.

The team is still uncertain whether the Superdome will be ready for its home opener against the New York Giants on Sept. 18.

Saints owner Tom Benson’s “second home” is San Antonio.

Iraqis are standing up

Christian Science Monitor reports “good news”[*1] about an Iraqi Army unit:

The 2/2 is hardly like an American battalion. Its troops conduct patrols in unarmored pickup trucks, and the chain of command is still too top-heavy, in the American view.

However, an Iraqi formation can fight the insurgents in an efficient manner, Theya says. “We have a dialogue with people. If I find an explosive device, we’ll close the road, and also close all the shops along it,” he says. “So if people work with us, they help themselves.”

Similar tactics by US troops tend to feed local hostility. Iraqi soldiers are inherently less provocative, Theya says, citing cultural affinities among all Arab Iraqis, whether Sunni or Shiite.

This is the progress that the anti-war people want to stop.

New Orleans is flooding, under martial law

Jefferson Parish in Louisiana is under martial law[*1] .

Michael Brown, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said on CBS that it would be “quite a while” before evacuees can return. In some places, “it will be weeks at least before people can get back.”

The city “is going to be incredibly dangerous” due to structural damage to homes, diseases from animal carcasses and chemicals in homes, Brown said.

Flood waters are still rising in New Orleans. There are reports that the 17th Street levee in New Orleans has a “two-block wide break.” Things appear to be deteriorating rapidly in New Orleans. The early assertions that the city had “dodged a bullet” appear to be premature.

Prayers and donations to the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, or other reputable charitable organizations are the rule of the day. Give blood if you can.There will be no Morning Whip today…frankly, the developing Katrina disaster is the only story worth reporting today.

UT, SDSU women’s volleyball

Tennessee defeats Lipscomb in the season opener[*1] .

In each of the first two games, the Lady Vols held commanding 10-5 leads before putting each game away with substantial runs: 13-0 in the first game and 9-0 in the second. The third was a different matter, however, as Lipscomb kept the match close throughout the early going, taking four different two-point leads, the last one at 9-7.

South Dakota State won one of four matches at the Oregon Kickoff tournament[*2] . SDSU defeated Gonzaga but lost to Portland State, Eastern Washington, and host Oregon.