Hurricane Gustav continued its swirling path north towards Louisiana and the city of New Orleans. Over the course of the day I've been watching a lot of the updates and I've been struck by the great amount of leadership that has been shown in the last 24 hours.
As of 5 p.m. ET, the eye of the Category 3 storm was about 215 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, said.
Hurricane-force winds could hit Louisiana's southern coast by sunrise Monday, and the storm's center could hit southwest of New Orleans by early Monday afternoon, CNN meteorologists said.
Those in the projected path of the storm -- particularly those in New Orleans, which was battered three years ago by Hurricane Katrina -- should leave without delay, said David Paulison, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"It does not make sense to put you, your family or first responders at risk by just sitting there when there's plenty of opportunity to get out," Paulison said Sunday.
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who demanded city residents evacuate, said the city will impose a "dusk-to-dawn" curfew and will cease efforts to help people leave the city Sunday afternoon.
Governor Bobby Jindal and his fellow governor's from Florida, Mississippi, and Texas have been doing a phenomenal job. I wasn't very impressed with Mayor Nagin last time, but I must admit he's not doing that bad. I've particularly been struck by Gov. Jindal, hes very straight talking, very straight forward, and a man of action. I like that, hes a good leader.
Like wise I was very pleased to see the decision by the Republican National Committee today about the convention.
From Fox News:
The Republican National Convention has suspended all but the most necessary activities to constitute a convention Monday and then will adjourn until further notice, John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee announced Sunday.
No evening session will be called and no speakers will offer speeches on Monday night. President Bush and Vice President Cheney had both canceled their Monday night appearances at the convention earlier in the day.
The convention “will suspend all activities except those that are absolutely necessary,” McCain said late Sunday afternoon. “We hope to resume some normal activities but frankly that is the hands of God.”
McCain Campaign Manager Rick Davis said that additional activities will be determined on a day-by-day basis. He added that all activities at the convention will be procedural and not political.
Right now we have a horrible storm bearing down on the gulf. People should be more concerned about that than an political campaign, and I think that’s the way we’re going to let the chips fall,” Davis said.
Senator McCain also had another great quote today when he said that these are the times when we take off our partisan hats and put on our American hats. I couldn't agree more. Whether your Republican or Democrat we are all Americans first and for most. We may have a difference in opinions on political issues, but our first obligation is to better our country and help our fellow citizens. I was very pleased today, with the Republican response. These are the times that we truly see what people are made of and I'm quite pleased with what I am seeing from Senator McCain and the southern governors.
Now for the idiot portion. Michael Moore....normally that's enough said, but this one took the cake.
From Fox News:
Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise is calling on liberal filmmaker Michael Moore to apologize after he said Friday that the timing of Hurricane Gustav is “proof that there is a God in heaven,” since the storm approaching the Gulf Coast could disrupt next week’s Republican National Convention.
Moore made the remarks to MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. Republicans have been monitoring the storm’s progress, considering whether to postpone their convention in St. Paul, Minn., if the storm wreaks havoc on the New Orleans area, just three years after Hurricane Katrina.
“I was just thinking, this Gustav is proof that there is a God in heaven,” Moore said. “To just have it planned at the same time, that it would actually be on its way to New Orleans for Day One of the Republican convention, up in the Twin Cities, at the top of the Mississippi River.”
Scalise released a statement Saturday blasting the documentary filmmaker for the remarks.
“I demand an immediate apology from Michael Moore to the people of south Louisiana for his offensive and inappropriate comments,” said Scalise, a Republican. “People in Louisiana, regardless of political affiliation, are making plans to leave to protect their families from this serious storm, and the God I know would not share Michael Moore’s glee for our plight.”
I've never liked Michael Moore. I'll completely admit it, and its not for his political views. Its the fact that he likes to take half truths and spin them to look like the truth and sell them to people who may mistakenly believe him. In my opinion, that's called taking advantage of someone to further yourself, and that's just beyond wrong.
But this goes beyond anything I've thought of him in the past. This just shows him totally for his true colors. He's a heartless air thief. To try to say that God would send a Hurricane to cause misery, death, and destruction, just to further his own political agenda is so wrong I cant even begin to describe it. So I will call him what he truly is; an idiot.
God Bless America
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