A giant new Wal-Mart in New Orleans was looted, and the entire gun collection was taken, The Times-Picayune newspaper reported. "There are gangs of armed men in the city moving around the city," said Ebbert, the city's homeland security chief. Also, looters tried to break into Children's Hospital, the governor's office said.
On New Orleans' Canal Street, dozens of looters ripped open the steel gates on clothing and jewelry stores and grabbed merchandise. In Biloxi, Miss., people picked through casino slot machines for coins and ransacked other businesses. In some cases, the looting took place in full view of police and National Guardsmen.
It's frustrating to watch this happen. You want to reach through the screen and coldcock the opportunistic jagoffs.
Now they say ALL people in New Orleans must get out. The entire city is being shut down and it will take months or possibly years before the city can be secured, rebuilt and restored to anything close to "normal." The New Orleans Saints will be moved to San Antonio for the time being.
Less important but still poignant, it will be the year without Mardi Gras.
The debate has already begun regarding federal funding of coastline rebuilding projects. Should the guy who shovels snow in Michigan 4 months a year be expected to pay time after time for those who choose to live in high risk areas, enjoying the beaches and sunshine?
Just as a reminder: 1-800-HELP NOW, or www.redcross.org.