It seems to me that since there has been no news regarding the sequence of calls that something is funky. That folks are covering for each other in a certain sense... Things may be simply too crazy to recover a record of when exactly calls were first made and/or what the plans exactly were at x hours, but if we are to get a handle on what actually happened then this needs to be ferrretted out, before it is all lost or smoothed out...

I would find it astonishing that somebody, at the very least, in a national weather center of some sort, wasnt' frantically making calls on Sunday night saying we have some f*&king major sh*t coming that way, and what is the deal with the people there...

Another way of putting it, what were officials thinking/discussing when it became clear that only 3/4 of the population were leaving before Monday morning. And I mean officials at local, state and national levels. Was everyone just on a long weekend?

Did anyone in any agency say there is something seriously f*&ked coming this a way, and EVERYONE needs to be pulled out of there? Decisions had to have been made, either implicit or explicit. We need to know what those decisions were and when they happened. Was it considered good enough by all the 'authorities', that is the top brass, that only 3/4 of the city were on their way out of there? Was this response to this very possibly major crisis, considered adequate? Did anyone object in any agency in government, at all, at any time, before it hit landfall? Was there no thought of what would happen if the sh*t really hit the fan?

Did all the paid employees of the state take a vacation from their jobs to assess responsibly the situation ahead, and simply turn their backs on what was certainly dangerous enough-a-situation to call for (average, i.e. white, middle-class) people to leave town...

And if so, then we have a major systemic problem in this country. A profound cynicism where nothing but ones own ass matters. Until reality hits. Its like one giant delusional bubble -- and everyone knows it -- which only makes it more entrenched -- until reality hits... And it IS Bush and his corporate pals and patriarchal nervous followers who are setting the tone for this systemic failure of courage and humanity -- this blatant and base culture of yahoo egotism, where the only thing that matters is 'enjoying' yourself, making money baby!... the other 'stuff' is well as they teach you in business school, "externals"...


Anyhow, again, did anyone raise a holler when that thing was about to hit? I am sure people did. Big people. And we need to know what they thought about it at that point. What they started to mobilize or not, and if not, as seems to be surely the case, why not? What was decided and by whom? When were the feds in the loop on this storm? When exactly?