Katrina as Bush’s fault

A couple of links here.

Captain’s Quarters gives the rundown of the money that did not get budgeted for the levee system this year and how that “would have” made a difference. ha, ha.
Money quote from the NYTimes:
Shea Penland, director of the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of New Orleans, said that was particularly surprising because the break was “along a section that was just upgraded.”

And The Anchoress just has a nice recap of what’s going on.

And Iraq the Model who’s been in the midst of their own hell this week, sends love.

Charity Walks/Runs/Bike rides

The people who run events like the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, or the Ride-the-Rockies are experts at taking care of a couple thousand people in tents for a week.
The government would be well served to ask them to help out in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama right now. They could provide immediate relief for the thousands there.
I know progress must be being made, but it seems amazing to me that after four days in the specific shelter that people were invited to use, there is no resources for human waste and only 1 nurse. Those people need some help now and while cash is great, what they need right now is water and a toilet or two.