Hurricane

Were any of you affected by Hurricane Gustav? It looks like we are going through the alphabet, with Hannah and Ike following close behind.

Do you credit John McCain and the Republicans for setting aside their political pep-rally in order to stress national unity in the face of the natural disaster? (No, it wasn’t a convenient excuse to cancel the speech from President Bush. He’ll do that tonight, via satellite.)

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Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Carl Vehse

    One difference between Gustav and Katrina mentioned by a Louisiana delegate in an interview at the Republican convention yesterday was the governor in charge during Gustav was Republican Bobby Jindal rather former governor Blanco who was criticized in the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina for delaying evacuations.

    BTW, the PBS interviewer changed the subject and didn’t pursue that point.

  • Carl Vehse

    One difference between Gustav and Katrina mentioned by a Louisiana delegate in an interview at the Republican convention yesterday was the governor in charge during Gustav was Republican Bobby Jindal rather former governor Blanco who was criticized in the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina for delaying evacuations.

    BTW, the PBS interviewer changed the subject and didn’t pursue that point.

  • The Jones

    I live in Louisiana, the northern part, and yes, I have been affected by Hurricane Gustav. Last night, when I was supposed to have a Fantasy Football Live Draft, my power went out due to thunderstorms’ wind gusts and heavy rain. Instead of fulfilling my hopes and dreams of bragging rights and smack talk, my dreams for this year have been shattered. I’m picking up the pieces of my life and trying to put something together from my Red Cross ration of Running Backs and Wide Receivers that will get me through the year. My team which could have included the likes of Steven Jackson and Tony Romo is now headed by an inconsistent Derek Anderson and Frank Gore. My dreams are shattered.

    Okay, my fantasy football team WAS ruined, but seriously, I’m faring very well. My town, Ruston, is too far north to REALLY get hit by hurricanes. We don’t get hurricanes, we just get evacuees. I volunteered at a local Red Cross shelter, and of the three shelters in town, all of them are full. I think we have about 500 people from down south in Ruston’s Red Cross shelters. I’m sure more are in family homes and whatnot. It’s been fairly remarkable how many people got out. Supposedly, 2 million people fled. That’s half the state.

    Carl, you’re half right that Bobby Jindal’s governor’s office has been responsible for the good response. I’ve interned for him before, I’ve seen him work, and I know his character, skill, and work ethic. It’s amazing. He’s all business, extremely intelligent, never overlooks the details, and he knows how to get things done. BUT, he also had some help. The federal government didn’t want to repeat the bad press they got, and plenty of resources poured into the state. While the governor’s office has been active in communicating with local governments, those local governments are all too eager to listen after their role in New Orleans. But most importantly, the governor has a population that is scared stiff of another Katrina and they are getting out! No empty buses and futile Shelters of Last Resort (Superdome), these people are getting OUT. And those evacuations, thanks to good planning by the state and high motivation by the people, went almost flawlessly.

    Finally, Gustav is a fast moving Cat 2 at landfall, and not a slow moving Cat 3. Thankfully, Gustav weakened as it neared land, from a 4 to a 2, instead of intensified. (Just like Hurricane Katrina, which went from a 5 to a 3). There’s still a load of damage and people have plenty to rebuild, but nothing compared to Katrina.

    Everything seemed to go wrong in Katrina, and everything seems to be going right with Gustav. Except for the fact that it IS a hurricane. We’re doing wonderful considering the circumstances.

  • The Jones

    I live in Louisiana, the northern part, and yes, I have been affected by Hurricane Gustav. Last night, when I was supposed to have a Fantasy Football Live Draft, my power went out due to thunderstorms’ wind gusts and heavy rain. Instead of fulfilling my hopes and dreams of bragging rights and smack talk, my dreams for this year have been shattered. I’m picking up the pieces of my life and trying to put something together from my Red Cross ration of Running Backs and Wide Receivers that will get me through the year. My team which could have included the likes of Steven Jackson and Tony Romo is now headed by an inconsistent Derek Anderson and Frank Gore. My dreams are shattered.

    Okay, my fantasy football team WAS ruined, but seriously, I’m faring very well. My town, Ruston, is too far north to REALLY get hit by hurricanes. We don’t get hurricanes, we just get evacuees. I volunteered at a local Red Cross shelter, and of the three shelters in town, all of them are full. I think we have about 500 people from down south in Ruston’s Red Cross shelters. I’m sure more are in family homes and whatnot. It’s been fairly remarkable how many people got out. Supposedly, 2 million people fled. That’s half the state.

    Carl, you’re half right that Bobby Jindal’s governor’s office has been responsible for the good response. I’ve interned for him before, I’ve seen him work, and I know his character, skill, and work ethic. It’s amazing. He’s all business, extremely intelligent, never overlooks the details, and he knows how to get things done. BUT, he also had some help. The federal government didn’t want to repeat the bad press they got, and plenty of resources poured into the state. While the governor’s office has been active in communicating with local governments, those local governments are all too eager to listen after their role in New Orleans. But most importantly, the governor has a population that is scared stiff of another Katrina and they are getting out! No empty buses and futile Shelters of Last Resort (Superdome), these people are getting OUT. And those evacuations, thanks to good planning by the state and high motivation by the people, went almost flawlessly.

    Finally, Gustav is a fast moving Cat 2 at landfall, and not a slow moving Cat 3. Thankfully, Gustav weakened as it neared land, from a 4 to a 2, instead of intensified. (Just like Hurricane Katrina, which went from a 5 to a 3). There’s still a load of damage and people have plenty to rebuild, but nothing compared to Katrina.

    Everything seemed to go wrong in Katrina, and everything seems to be going right with Gustav. Except for the fact that it IS a hurricane. We’re doing wonderful considering the circumstances.

  • Carl Vehse

    Another example of the depravity of the leftist moonbats:

    Former Democrat national chairman Don Fowler admitted to ABC News that he rejoiced at the prospect of Hurricane Gustav hitting New Orleans during the Republican National Convention.

    “The hurricane’s going to hit New Orleans about the time they (the GOP) start. The timing is — at least it appears now that it’ll be there Monday. That just demonstrates that God’s on our side. [Laughter] Everything’s cool.”

    In customary Leftist fashion, Fowler half-way apologized when he was caught on tape.

    “If this offended anybody, I personally apologize,” Fowler told ABC News.

    This weaselly apology to anybody hypothetically “offended” is like the smarmy apology offered by a Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor months after his syncretic co-officiating a Yankee Stadium interfaith prayer service, not for what he did and said, but for his “never intentional” offending someone.

  • Carl Vehse

    Another example of the depravity of the leftist moonbats:

    Former Democrat national chairman Don Fowler admitted to ABC News that he rejoiced at the prospect of Hurricane Gustav hitting New Orleans during the Republican National Convention.

    “The hurricane’s going to hit New Orleans about the time they (the GOP) start. The timing is — at least it appears now that it’ll be there Monday. That just demonstrates that God’s on our side. [Laughter] Everything’s cool.”

    In customary Leftist fashion, Fowler half-way apologized when he was caught on tape.

    “If this offended anybody, I personally apologize,” Fowler told ABC News.

    This weaselly apology to anybody hypothetically “offended” is like the smarmy apology offered by a Missouri Synod Lutheran pastor months after his syncretic co-officiating a Yankee Stadium interfaith prayer service, not for what he did and said, but for his “never intentional” offending someone.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Other differences between Gustav and Katrina are that the former only hit land as a Category 2, while the former hit as a rather strong Category 3 (with potential bursts up to 4 in places). To say nothing of the storms’ respective paths, levels of destruction, etc. This is all no doubt also to Jindal’s credit.

    Then, of course, there are the new levees built since Katrina. And Mayor Nagin is actually still around, and yet also seems to have learned from Katrina in regards to evacuation. President Bush also learned from last time, as he was not attending McCain’s birthday party this time while the hurricane hit. (“Heckuva job” Brownie was not around this time — perhaps also a lesson learned from Katrina.)

    But why chalk things up to hard-earned experience from the third strongest hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. when you can merely make a political point?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Other differences between Gustav and Katrina are that the former only hit land as a Category 2, while the former hit as a rather strong Category 3 (with potential bursts up to 4 in places). To say nothing of the storms’ respective paths, levels of destruction, etc. This is all no doubt also to Jindal’s credit.

    Then, of course, there are the new levees built since Katrina. And Mayor Nagin is actually still around, and yet also seems to have learned from Katrina in regards to evacuation. President Bush also learned from last time, as he was not attending McCain’s birthday party this time while the hurricane hit. (“Heckuva job” Brownie was not around this time — perhaps also a lesson learned from Katrina.)

    But why chalk things up to hard-earned experience from the third strongest hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. when you can merely make a political point?

  • Carl Vehse

    Earlier I had included “one difference” noted in an interview of a Louisiana GOP delegate. Those interested in the complete interview can read Delegate Rhett Davis’ complete comments, including:

    GWEN IFILL: Louisiana went through so much during Katrina. Do you feel echoes of Katrina at a time like this?

    RHETT DAVIS: Well, we did at first, but this storm turned out to be not quite as strong as everyone thought. And with our new governor, Bobby Jindal, a Republican, who’s got everything so well organized and is doing such an excellent job, under Jindal’s leadership, everything has just run very smoothly.

    And you can only do so much when nature strikes. But I believe that the government, the FEMA, the White House, Governor Jindal’s office have done an excellent job. And everyone in our state is so thankful for their leadership.

  • Carl Vehse

    Earlier I had included “one difference” noted in an interview of a Louisiana GOP delegate. Those interested in the complete interview can read Delegate Rhett Davis’ complete comments, including:

    GWEN IFILL: Louisiana went through so much during Katrina. Do you feel echoes of Katrina at a time like this?

    RHETT DAVIS: Well, we did at first, but this storm turned out to be not quite as strong as everyone thought. And with our new governor, Bobby Jindal, a Republican, who’s got everything so well organized and is doing such an excellent job, under Jindal’s leadership, everything has just run very smoothly.

    And you can only do so much when nature strikes. But I believe that the government, the FEMA, the White House, Governor Jindal’s office have done an excellent job. And everyone in our state is so thankful for their leadership.

  • Anon

    Wish they’d disband FEMA and replace it with *civil* defence, and get away from the messianic desire that the President of these united State be able to command the wind and the waves.

  • Anon

    Wish they’d disband FEMA and replace it with *civil* defence, and get away from the messianic desire that the President of these united State be able to command the wind and the waves.

  • surfergal

    I live on the gulf coast and while I didn’t experience the worst of Gustav, we did get some of it. August through October, I keep a bag packed with at least 3 days of clothes, important papers/meds. My car never gets below a quarter of a tank, and I stay ready to evacuate with little notice. It took some getting used to, but it’s neccessary when living down here.

  • surfergal

    I live on the gulf coast and while I didn’t experience the worst of Gustav, we did get some of it. August through October, I keep a bag packed with at least 3 days of clothes, important papers/meds. My car never gets below a quarter of a tank, and I stay ready to evacuate with little notice. It took some getting used to, but it’s neccessary when living down here.


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