[...](bolds mine) Old news now, but still worth a read. Conclusion? The man is an idiot. Why do I say this?
[New Orlean Mayor Ray] Nagin: I need reinforcements. I need troops, man. I need 500 buses, man. They're talking about, you know, one of the briefings we had, you know, they were talking about getting uh, uh you know, public school bus drivers to come down here and bus people out of here. I'm like, 'You gotta be kidding me!'
This is a national disaster. Get every doggone Greyhound bus line in the country and get their asses moving to New Orleans. That's, they're thinking small man, and this is a major, major, major deal. And I can't emphasize it enough, man.
This is crazy! I've got 15,000 to 20,000 people over at the convention centre, it's bursting at the seams. The poor people in Plaquemines parish, they're air-vacing people here over to New Orleans. We don't have anything and were sharing with our brothers in Plaquemines parish. It's, it's, it's, it's awful down here, man.
(image and link credit: Free Republic)
Original caption, and further credit: AP - Thu Sep 1, 4:15 PM ET An aerial view of flooded school buses in a lot, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005, in New Orleans, LA. The flood is a result of Hurricane Katrina that passed through the area last Monday.(AP Photo/Phil Coale)
Update: LOL, check this out:
Press ReleaseIf Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco had only done this LAST Saturday, or even Sunday, not only would the people have gotten out in time, but the picture featured above would probably not be in existence. Judging from the reaction and performance of the local officials there, I'm somewhat surprised they didn't try to back-date this.
Contact:Denise Bottcher or Roderick Hawkins at 225-342-9037
Governor Blanco Announces Executive Order
Baton Rouge, LA— Governor Blanco today announced the following Executive Order:
Executive Order NO. KBB 2005- 31- provides that pursuant to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, R.S. 29:721, et seq., grants emergency powers to the governor, where, she has in consultation with school superintendents, utilized public school buses for transportation of Hurricane Katrina evacuees. As you are aware most public school districts will not begin school until Tuesday, September 6th 2005.
The full text of the above mentioned proclamation is available on the Internet at www.gov.state.la.us.
Update II: (9/4/05 7:43 Am CDT) B. Preston at JunYardBlog has more on the busses featured above, complete with better images, counts, and evacuee analysis. Methinks Mayor Ray 'Schoolbus' Nagin is not long for this world, politically speaking.