Don't care what they say about guns and shooting. I see hungry faces and I've got food. I'm going in. Okay, hold on, hold on, no need to mob me, there's plenty for everyone. Give me some time to spread it around, will you? Easy boy, stay calm. Don't let this surge overhelm you. Back off, there. Don't try to grab it all. There's others wanting some, too. EEEoouuchhh! Should never have worn these sandals. They're stomping my feet. There you go, see, I told you, you'd all get fed. Whew, sore as I am, it's okay. See them all eating makes up for the pain.

Humor still works, I hope. Sometimes hope is what floats the boat. Your heart goes out to the survivors of the hurricane and the flood. These are not throwaway people. Maybe they didn't contribute a penny to the presidential campaign. Who cares? Bad enough we're pissing away our goodies thousands of miles away, but this is happening here, and the federal response was pathetic. An opportunity for a real leader to step up and by damn get things done and done right now or heads will roll. We don't have that leader. Help has finally arrived and I do think things will continue to get better and that New Oreleans and the Gulf Coast will rise from the swamp and the debris. Our eyes are open. We won't be fooled again. Let those of us away from the killing zone enjoy our football and tennis and barbecues and other Labor Day Holiday weekend pleasures but if you are like me, we got pains we can't ignore, and they're not from old age, eitther.

-- Capn Skyp


From the Times Picayune:

Margret Miller of D'Iberville, Miss. lost every brick and board to Hurricane Camille in 73. The only item she ever found was her silver platter she found lying in a field. She rebuilt. Hurricane Katrina has now taken every brick and board of her home again. Nothing left at all...except the same silver platter which she again found lying in a field. She plans to rebuild again.

Very nice! You've captured a glimpse of an alternate universe, in which our Commander in Chief is an intelligent, competent, focused, and compassionate individual, committed to the stated purpose of upholding the Constitution and maintaining government of / by / and for the people. Quite a stark change from our universe, and perhaps even preferable.

Do you think Salvation Army is the best place to donate? If so, why?
I would like to suggest that everybody donate half of their tax refunds for hurricane relief. That would be hundreds of billions of dollars, would not further strain the treasury which was looted for the tax cuts and the "war", and would be kind of appropriate in that the said tax cuts & war led to the redirection of funds away from hurricane preparedness such as levee building and strengthening, thus at least indirectly leading to a worsening of conditions.
My tax cut was about $43, and I would gladly give back $21.50 if everybody else pledges half their tax cut.



"We're going on site. I want a first hand look. We'll use the WSAM gear."

He's orbiting the city 24/7. They land and transfer to the chopper.

First stop is the Superdome. The team is TV camera equipped, shooting, using the WSAM TV station cover.

"The evac is going too slow. Bring the transistor radios. 50,000 here, two double A battery size with six extra batteries. Spread them around. We'll pass the word over the radios. Now get the general on the horn and tell him we need a couple thousand porta potties, six big generators, a portable water purification plant, temporary showers. A MASH unit. Food and drinking water and tell him I want it up and running by this afternoon. We'll use just enough troops to keep order, the rest will assist the people. Let's go to the convention center."

It's a repeat. There's no evac plan so the same order goes out for the radios and the equipment.

Every small boat available on the Gulf Coast is requested over the FM radio. A staging area and then fan out through the flooded parts of the city, checking every house.

Next, all available cargo planes will be used at the New Oreleans airport to evaculate people. The buses are too slow.

"Get cell phone centers set up wherever they are working and let the people make calls."

"I want cash money on hand. Everyone will ned money and they will need cash, not some voucher. Have it on hand and dole it out. A couple hundred to each person, no questions asked, no receipts."

He's tired at the end of the day but for the first time feels like they're getting a handle on this thing.

-- Capn Skyp

Hastert and Bush

WASHINGTON - It makes no sense to spend billions of dollars to rebuild a city that's seven feet under sea level, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said of federal assistance for hurricane-devastated New Orleans..

"It looks like a lot of that place could be bulldozed," the Illinois Republican said in an interview about New Orleans Wednesday


Hey Cap'n,

Skypilot JT here.

Checking in with my family who barely escaped with their lives from the storm I learned that the home town doesn't exist anymore. No one in my family has a home town any longer. They, along with many others won't be allowed back to the area for weeks.

We know about the terrible flooding in New Orleans, especially over in the 8th and 9th wards. This is the poorest of the poor in N.O. If anybody wanted to know what it is like in Haiti, they could go to the upper 9th ward on a good day. Add to that misery that Mississippi is the poorest state in the Union.

All over the most depressed and desperate area of the United States people are suffering. Tell everyone you know to help the Red Cross. Donate money, offer to wield a chainsaw, send food and blankets, let's DO something to help our fellow citizens. Only through a cohesive and healthy society can we spread good will and a helping hand across the world. Live by the example of good will, lip service just don't cut it!

over and out

The Taylors


1:06 A.M. - CNN: Officials are confirming that the second Orleans Parish school bus to arrive at Houston's Astrodome was another "renegade bus" and not from the Superdome. The Astrodome will take in refugees from all three buses.

12:38 A.M. - CNN: Two more buses have arrived at Houston's Astrodome. One of the buses, an Sierra Trailways tour bus, has been confirmed by Harris County officials as part of the official caravan from the Superdome. Officials were not able to confirm the status of the other, an Orleans Parish School Bus.

12:35 A.M. - AP: Harris County judge Robert Eckels said that the bus was driven by a young person who found it in New Orleans, picked up a bunch of others and drove it to Houston.

Here's a Site run by a Gulf War Vet
living in New Orleans

Very Edgy

the Interdictor!

"All this riot and uproar, V... is this anarchy? Is this the Land of Do-As-You-Please?"

"No. This is only the land of Take-What-You-Want. Anarchy means "without leaders"; not "without order." With anarchy comes an age of ordnung, of true order, which is to say voluntary order. This age of ordnung will begin when the mad and incoherant cycle of verwirrung that these bulletins reveal has run its course. This is not anarchy, Eve. This is chaos."

- V

For anybody that's interested, you can load the free winamp lite program from and then use the "play URL" option to listen to the national guard channel being broadcast on

after the hurricane.

Skypilot Robert Register in Alabama is helping clean up the debris. He has lots of friends in the area that got slammed. Good luck to him and everyone involved. The people will perservere.

-- capn skyp.
Here's something from a blog:


I am well aware the logistics of providing help in this situation in this city are unprecedented. And the levee breach is potentially catastrophic, even more than the hurricane itself. But it also seems to me that we've been overly eager, as a nation, to rapidly deploy needed manpower to just about anyplace in the world to face a perceived threat. From what's I've seen and read so far today, now would be a good time to employ this same kind of quick action to at least provide a little protection to folks who just want to get through the next difficult day.


Looks like help and aid is happening, full blast.
-- Capn Skyp

(doesn't mean I agree with them or believe them all
-- Capn Skyp)

Pope Benedict is offering his prayers to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

As Valerie Bennett was evacuated from a New Orleans hospital, rescuers told her there was no room in the boat for her dogs. She pleaded. "I offered him my wedding ring and my mom's wedding ring,"

Jake Jacoby, a physician who's helping run the triage center at the airport, says "in the beginning it was like trying to lasso an octopus."

Excessive violence, rape and looting can be linked in part to drug-starved addicts wreaking havoc because they don't have anything to take the edge off. This small group in the spotlight creates the impression that everyone left in the city is a criminal. There are people who are scared and stranded, standing in single-file lines with the elderly up front waiting on help. They sweep the pavement, clean windows, and do anything else that quietly displays to anyone watching that they are not barbarians. (from the Huntsville Times)

Half of my clothes are ruined because a dog got into my suitcase and chewed, ripped apart, and peed on my clothes.