Monday, September 26, 2005

Hurricane Updates

The damage assessment for Hurricane Rita begins as the weather clears and rescue workers begin to move in. The official prediction out of Texas is that Rita caused about $8 billion worth of damage. With only 9 people reported dead so far, the human toll of Rita, thankfully, is considerably less than that of Hurricane Katrina. When evacution efforts are properly executed and local and state government officials do their jobs, lives are saved. The oil refineries also escaped major devastation, though they did not go unscathed. It is estimated that Rita will cost the U.S. 800,000 barrels a day in production, on top of the 900,000 barrels a day lost due to Katrina. In other words, while gas prices won't skyrocket, they could go above $3 a gallon again for a while.

Meanwhile, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is again trying to pursue his efforts to reopen the Big Easy so that residents can help rebuild the city.

On the other hand, it has surfaced that a lot of the reports of rapes and murders in New Orleans after Katrina never actually happened. Michelle Malkin investigates, and John Hinderaker of Powerline has some questions for the MSM.

Supreme Court rumors are again circulating after Bush, when asked about his next nominee, said "I will pick a person who can do the job. But I am mindful that diversity is one of the strengths of the country." If this hint at diversity implies the nomination of a woman or a minority, the president could go for a Garza or a Janice Rogers Brown. However, I still a Luttig or a McConnell would be a better choice. Check out the Supreme Court "Shorlist" for the most plausible nominees.

One reason the president's nomination could be greatly important is that the Bush administration is asking the Supreme Court to reinstate a national ban on a type of late-term abortion. This would likely be a big case for defining how the Court will look with its newly appointed members.

Finally, Cindy Sheehan was arrested today. She is also upset that the Hurricane got more coverage than her anti-war rally, saying that she couldn't understand how "a little wind and rain" could get so much attention. I wonder how the residents of homes and cities destroyed by Rita and Katrina feel about that statement. There are more important things in this world than Cindy Sheehan, and she apparently doesn't see that.

Go to and help out those afflicted by Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Katrina.