Inconceivable: (From the Times-Picayune Breaking News weblog) “Late Tuesday, Gov. Blanco spokeswoman Denise Bottcher described a disturbing scene unfolding in uptown New Orleans, where looters were trying to break into Children’s Hospital.”
Andrew Jackson’s volunteers: I live in Nashville a couple hundred yards from the trail Andrew Jackson started down as he led his volunteers to New Orleans to defend that city 190 years ago. When I read the quote, understandably said in the midst of great grief and disbelief, from a former mayor of New Orleans, who fears, “We lost our city,” I can’t help but think of the Tennesseans who to this day are knowns as “volunteers” because they voluntarily risked (and gave) their lives to defend New Orleans. Tennesseans — and the rest of the nation — are not going to allow New Orleans to be lost. Defending her is a part of our heritage. It’s a part of who we are.
Incomprehensible: ”We’ve lost our city,” said Marc Morial, a former mayor of New Orleans. “I fear it’s potentially like Pompeii.” (AP)
In Mississippi’s Hancock County, emergency workers went from house to house and put black paint on those where people died, CNN said. They planned to return later to pick up the bodies. (Reuters)