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Prophecies

Posted by Mark on September 8, 2005

A great description of Katrina and it’s aftermath:

It was a broiling August afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Big Easy, the City That Care Forgot. Those who ventured outside moved as if they were swimming in tupelo honey. Those inside paid silent homage to the man who invented air-conditioning as they watched TV “storm teams” warn of a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Nothing surprising there: Hurricanes in August are as much a part of life in this town as hangovers on Ash Wednesday.

But the next day the storm gathered steam and drew a bead on the city. As the whirling maelstrom approached the coast, more than a million people evacuated to higher ground. Some 200,000 remained, however�the car-less, the homeless, the aged and infirm, and those die-hard New Orleanians who look for any excuse to throw a party.

The storm hit Breton Sound with the fury of a nuclear warhead, pushing a deadly storm surge into Lake Pontchartrain. The water crept to the top of the massive berm that holds back the lake and then spilled over. Nearly 80 percent of New Orleans lies below sea level�more than eight feet below in places�so the water poured in. A liquid brown wall washed over the brick ranch homes of Gentilly, over the clapboard houses of the Ninth Ward, over the white-columned porches of the Garden District, until it raced through the bars and strip joints on Bourbon Street like the pale rider of the Apocalypse. As it reached 25 feet (eight meters) over parts of the city, people climbed onto roofs to escape it.

Thousands drowned in the murky brew that was soon contaminated by sewage and industrial waste. Thousands more who survived the flood later perished from dehydration and disease as they waited to be rescued. It took two months to pump the city dry, and by then the Big Easy was buried under a blanket of putrid sediment, a million people were homeless, and 50,000 were dead. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.

It was written in October, 2004. We all knew what was coming. We all knew.

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Scientists on Katrina: Just the Facts

Posted by Mark on September 8, 2005

The first to try to make political hay from Katrina were the Green hotheads:

�The hurricane that struck Louisiana yesterday was nicknamed Katrina by the National Weather Service. Its real name was global warming.� So wrote environmental activist Ross Gelbspan in a Boston Globe op-ed that one commentator aptly described as �almost giddy.� The green group Friends of the Earth linked Katrina to global warming, as did Germany�s Green Party Environment Minister.

Bobby Kennedy Jr. blamed Katrina on Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour for �derailing the Kyoto Protocol [on global warming] and kiboshing President Bush�s iron-clad promise to regulate carbon dioxide.�

But wait:

Time for an ice-water bath, hotheads. If you�d bothered to consult the scientists (remember them?) you�d find they�ve extensively studied the issue and found no evidence that global warming � assuming it�s actually occurring � is causing either an increase in frequency or intensity of hurricanes.

Read the whole thing.

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Rescuing Those Left Behind: Our Beloved Companions

Posted by Mark on September 8, 2005

It’s not just people that need rescuing. Thousands of pets have been left behind in the wreckage as well. This group is trying to help.

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Quiet Heroes

Posted by Mark on September 8, 2005

Ths is the church our care packages are going to, and where The Letter From Lexi will be delivered.

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Looks Worse All the Time

Posted by Mark on September 8, 2005

Great post from A North American Patriot on the widening scandal in Louisiana. Are the Democrats really sure they want hearings? It’s looking worse and worse, not for the Feds, but for the state and local Democrat officials.

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Wade’s Conservative World: Great Analysis of the Katrina Recovery

Posted by Mark on September 8, 2005

Per his profile, Wade’s a Captain in the Vernon Township Fire Dept, with 22 years experience as a FireFighter, and I assume, First Responder. His analyses of the Katrina disaster is some of the best work I’ve seen anywhere. A great resource!

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In For a Penny, In For a Pound

Posted by Mark on September 8, 2005

I’m still not comfortable jumping in to the whole Katrina mess. But the more I hear and read, the more important it becomes to take a stand. So, in the tradition of Martin Luther, if one must sin, then sin boldly!

Martin Luther wrote this to Philip Melancthon in 1521:

If you are a preacher of grace, then preach a true and not a fictitious grace; if grace is true, you must bear a true and not a fictitious sin. God does not save people who are only fictitious sinners. Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly, for he is victorious over sin, death, and the world. As long as we are here [in this world] we have to sin. This life is not the dwelling place of righteousness, but, as Peter says, we look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. It is enough that by the riches of God’s glory we have come to know the Lamb that takes away the sin of the world. No sin will separate us from the Lamb, even though we commit fornication and murder a thousand times a day. Do you think that the purchase price that was paid for the redemption of our sins by so great a Lamb is too small? Pray boldly–you too are a mighty sinner.

So, off we go with the following posts!

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Rescuing Those Left Behind: Our Beloved Companions

Posted by Mark on September 8, 2005

It’s not just people that need rescuing. Thousands of pets have been left behind in the wreckage as well. This group is trying to help.

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Quiet Heroes

Posted by Mark on September 8, 2005

Ths is the church our care packages are going to, and where The Letter From Lexi will be delivered.

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Who’s to Blame? New Gallup Poll

Posted by Mark on September 8, 2005

Only the usual 13% blame President Bush. That’s about the right number. So why is the MSM so hell bent on making us believe we all believe Bush is at fault for Katrina? Agenda, anyone?

No Apparent Outrage With Government’s Response to Hurricane

Despite widespread criticism of the response by Bush and, separately, the federal government, to the problems caused by the hurricane, the public seems on balance only mildly critical. Forty-two percent say Bush did a “bad” (18%) or “terrible” (24%) job, but 35% rate his response as either “great” (10%) or “good” (25%).

Do you think — [RANDOM ORDER] — has/have done a — great, good, neither good nor bad, bad, or terrible job — in responding to the hurricane and subsequent flooding?

Great

Good

Neither
good
nor
bad

Bad

Ter-
rible

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

%

%

George W. Bush

10

25

21

18

24

2

Federal government agencies responsible for handling emergencies

8

27

20

20

22

3

State and local officials in Louisiana

7

30

23

20

15

5

Federal agencies received a similar rating, with 42% of Americans giving a low rating and 35% a high one. The public was about evenly divided on state and local officials in Louisiana — 37% giving a high rating and 35% a low one.

The ratings for Bush are highly related to party affiliation.

  • By a margin of 69% to 10%, Republicans give Bush a positive rather than negative rating for his response.
  • Democrats give almost a mirror opposite — 66% negative to 10% positive.
  • Independents side with the Democrats, giving a more modest margin — 47% negative to 29% positive.

When asked to identify who was most responsible for the problems in New Orleans after the hurricane, 38% of Americans said no one was really to blame, while 13% cited Bush, 18% the federal agencies, and 25% state and local officials.

Who do you think is MOST responsible for the problems in New Orleans after the hurricane — [ROTATED: George W. Bush, federal agencies, (or) state and local officials], or is no one really to blame?

George W.
Bush

Federal
agencies

State/
local
officials

No one
to blame

No
opinion

2005 Sep 5-6

13%

18

25

38

6

Few Americans feel that any top official in the agencies responsible for handling emergencies should be dismissed from office — just 29% say someone should be fired, while 63% disagree.

Do you think that any of the top officials in the federal agencies responsible for handling emergencies should be fired, or don’t you think so?

Yes, should
be fired

No, don’t
think so

No
opinion

2005 Sep 5-6

29%

63

8

The Left’s onslaught against the President appears to have failed. But they’ll keep trying…

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