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The Red Cross Blocked

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The Fox News Channel’s Major Garrett was just on my show extending the story he had just reported on Brit Hume’s show: The Red Cross is confirming to Garrett that it had prepositioned water, food, blankets and hygiene products for delivery to the Superdome and the Convention Center in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, but were blocked from delivering those supplies by orders of the Louisiana state government, which did not want to attract people to the Superdome and/or Convention Center. Garrett has no paper trail yet, but will follow up on his verbal confirmation from sources at the highest levels of the Red Cross.

The transcript of the interview will be available at Radioblogger later this afternoon.

And here is a very interesting article from Septmber of 2004:

Debate continues over Superdome as potential hurricane shelter

Seems that the debate over using the Superdome goes back almost a year, and that no one in New Orleans thought it would be a great place in a Cat 4 or 5 hurricane.

Key graphs:

‘If we were to lose power, if we were to lose plumbing facilities, if a storm were to hit and create flooding in the area; the Superdome would not be a desirable place to be,’

OSU v. Texas Hurricane Relief

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It is sad that many have decided to make an issue of the obvious college football superiority of the Buckeyes over the Longhorns, especially in this season of kind feelings towards the huge heart of Texas. Heart aside though, while the Longhorns could romp over USC, this is Ohio State we are talking about, not Tommy Trojan. And the game is in Columbus!

But to make the trouncing of Texas less painful to the Lone Star citizens, I have decided to use the game to good ends. I have bet one delusional Texas fan $100 of relief donation to the charity of his choice or my choice depending on the game’s victor. I do feel a bit bad as this really isn’t much of a risk for me. May I suggest other similarly deluded Lonhorn lovers e-mail me their willingness to wager, and Buckeye fans their willingness to match. I am told bookies keep the action even on both sides, so I’ll try and keep a running total.

BTW: Way to go Babalu Blog, though I suspect you are not Irish.

And here’s a great e-mail:


We have created a measage board for people to post what they wish to donate.

You can check that out. We also created a ‘latest update’

The Gifts That Just Keep on Giving

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NZ Bear’s scoreboard is a preview of the Buckeye’s offense against a USC defense in this year’s Rose Bowl —the numbers keep rising.

Please give generously to any of these great causes.

I am supporting Canal Street Presbyterian Church in the heart of New Orleans and the special fund at SoldiersAngels for the families of military deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan that have been impacted by Katrina.

If you are in Southern California and can spare a truck for ten days (they have the drivers) or collect baby care supplies from a local grocer, check at HurricanKatrinaKidsRelief for the info on a Saturday collection. They are looking for supplies in bulk –already packaged for delivery– and they may need additional truck(s) and certainly can use some donations to help with gas. The drop zone is Woodbridge High School in Irvine, California this Saturday afternoon from 1 to 5 PM.


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