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I've put this timeline together to try and come to grips with what just happened this last week in America. None of this is news to dKos readers but compiling it into a timeline starting from when Katrina made landfall in South Florida to the aftermath along the Gulf Coast helped me to process exactly what Bush and his government was and was not doing as the situation worsened.

I'm sure there are events and details I've missed so I thought I'd open it up for peer review to make sure I got it right for posterity.

Thursday Aug. 25, Day 1 - Hurricane Katrina makes landfall in southern Florida. Bush is at his ranch in Crawford, Texas and defends his habit of taking lengthy vacations.

"I think the people want the president to be in a position to make good, crisp decisions and to stay healthy, and part of my being is to be outside exercising. So I'm mindful of what goes on around me. On the other hand, I'm also mindful that I've got a life to live, and will do so."

Later, White House spokesperson David Almacy denies Bush is on vacation claiming the reason that Bush is in Crawford is "due to the renovation of the West Wing of the White House."

Friday Aug. 26, Day 2 - Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré, commander, Joint Task Force Katrina, acknowledges in Special Defense Department Briefing held on Sept. 1 that a request from the state governors in Louisiana, Mississippi was requested a week earlier Friday Aug. 26. (Dates corrected. Thanks to many comments)

Q General, Jamie McIntyre from CNN.  To what extent is this additional assistance you've outlined today a response to a request from the state governors in Louisiana, Mississippi?  And if so, can you tell us when specifically you got that request?
GEN. HONORÉ:  Yes, sir. The process starts, sir, in this particular event, with a request Friday of last week, as the approximate date for defense coordinating offices to be established in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.  Those were established in those states over Friday and Saturday.

Bush is still not on vacation in Crawford where he is living his life.

Sat. Aug. 27, Day 3 - Katrina, the sixth deadliest hurricane to hit Florida in a year, moves westwards toward the Gulf Coast at nearly 7mph (11kph). Forecasters said the hurricane, expected to make landfall on Monday, could hit anywhere from Florida to Louisiana. Bush remained on the grounds of his ranch behind a security perimeter and made his case for the Iraq occupation in his Saturday radio address

Sun. Aug. 28, Day 4 - LA Gov. Kathleen Blanco requests (pdf) Bush declare an expedited major disaster for the state.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered an immediate mandatory evacuation for all of New Orleans.

From his Texas ranch where he was not on vacation Bush warned, "We cannot stress enough the danger this hurricane poses to Gulf Coast communities. We will do everything in our power to help the people and the communities affected by this storm."

Later, Bush pressed for an emergency declaration in Alabama, which would allow federal operations in. Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi were already declared disaster states.

"These declarations will allow federal agencies to coordinate all disaster relief efforts with state and local officials," Bush said.

Mon. Aug. 29, Day 5 - Hurricane Katrina comes ashore just east of Grand Isle, Louisiana, at 6:30 a.m. ET. About a hundred miles to the north, New Orleans is said to be 80 percent evacuated, with the potential for historic damage. Evacuations were also ordered in Alabama and Mississippi.

Bush was briefed by Michael Brown, the director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency on hurricane preparedness then headed to Arizona for a speech on Medicare. Bush weighed a decision on whether to release oil from the nation's petroleum reserves as the price of light sweet crude rose to more than $70. No decision was made.

The White House did announce new low-cost options under the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit that will be available beginning in January 2006. According to a White House press release on Aug. 29, "This is great news for people with Medicare. They will be able to choose prescription drug plans costing $20 a month, or even less, while still getting medically necessary treatments and prescriptions at convenient pharmacies."

Correction from jennifer poole: It is reported by the New Orleans Times-Picayune that the 17th St. levee broke late Monday morning in Bucktown after Katrina's fiercest winds were well north

Addition from joejoejoe and Terre: The Federal Emergency Management Agency went into disaster mode as it and other federal agencies prepared to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Addition from DWCG: President George W. Bush joins Arizona Senator John McCain in a small celebration of McCain's 69th birthday.

Tue. Aug. 30, Day 6 - Water pours into New Orleans a full day after the hurricane hit. Breached levees from Monday submerged 80 percent of the city in water from Lake. There is no power. There is no fresh water or sewage systems.

"The situation is untenable," Gov. Kathleen Blanco said. "It's just heartbreaking."

Mayor Ray Nagin lashes out at federal officials, telling WWL radio "they don't have a clue what's going on down here."

Bush visits Naval Base Coronado in California, standing against a backdrop of the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, answered growing anti-war protests with a fresh reasons for American troops to continue fighting in Iraq: protection of the country's vast oil fields that he said would otherwise fall under the control of terrorist extremists.

Afterwards he was presented with a guitar bearing the Presidential seal by Country Singer Mark Wills backstage following his visit. Bush decides to cut short the vacation he was not on and return to Washington to focus on the storm damage. He comes back the next day.

Wed. Aug. 31, Day 7 - Bush flies back to Washington DC and holds a press conference from the White House Rose Garden during which he said he had been updated on the disaster from Secretary Chertoff and other Cabinet Secretaries.

"As we flew here today, I also asked the pilot to fly over the Gulf Coast region so I could see firsthand the scope and magnitude of the devastation."

In New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin said, "We know there is a significant number of dead bodies in the water, and others dead in attics," during an impromptu news conference at the Hyatt Hotel. Asked how many, he said: "Minimum, hundreds. Most likely, thousands."

About 15,000 to 20,000 people were in the Superdome, which had become hot and stuffy, with broken toilets and nowhere for anyone to bathe. Mayor Nagin estimated 50,000 to 100,000 people remained in New Orleans.

Army engineers struggle to plug New Orleans' breached levees with giant sandbags and concrete barriers.

Thurs. Sept. 1, Day 8 - "The president's statement this afternoon set the tone. Rather than direct the U.S. military to immediately assist the thousands of people without food or water in the city center, Bush assured the nation that expected gasoline shortages would be temporary and that his father and former President Clinton were ready to pass the tin can to ensure private-sector support for rebuilding New Orleans. As people began dying around the Convention Center, and Mayor Ray Nagin resorted to issuing a pathetic SOS over CNN, Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff spoke empathetically of the suffering of the people in New Orleans. But somehow he seemed proud that 72 hours after the hurricane hit, only 2,800 National Guardsmen had come to the city. The number is about to reach 12,000 by tomorrow."

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice gets busted shopping for shoes and is shamed by New Yorker who reportedly said, "How dare you shop for shoes while thousands are dying and homeless!"

Vice President Dick Cheney is still on vacation in Wyoming.

Congress quickly passes a $10.5 billion disaster aid package.

Friday. Sept. 2, Day 9 - Five days after Katrina makes landfall on the Gulf Coast "The Cavalry Arrives." National Guard relief convoy rolls into the Crescent City with Bush leading the charge.

Originally wrote "Calvary Arrives." Several comments suggested perhaps that was more accurate. lol.

Bush visits Gulf for photo op. "We're going to make it right," he said. Bush said he would sign the $10.5 billion disaster aid package by day's end.

Sat. Sept. 3, Day 10 - Refugees are bused and airlifted out of New Orleans. Bush ordered more than 7,000 active duty forces to the Gulf Coast. No one is yet certain how many were killed by Hurricane Katrina's floods and how many more succumbed waiting to be rescued. But the bodies are everywhere: hidden in attics, floating among the ruined city, crumpled on wheelchairs, abandoned on highways. And the dying continued -- at the convention center and an airport triage center, where bodies were kept in a refrigerated truck.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) reports that levee repairs during a Bush's photo-op the day before were faked and stopped soon after he left. "...It became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment," Landrieu said.

"In America, we do not abandon our fellow citizens in their hour of need," President Bush said.

Originally posted to Rp on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 08:10 AM PDT.

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  •  Absolutely Brilliant! (4.00)
    This MUST be recommended up.

    We are so fortunate to have patriots like you around here. Maybe some public officials will read this and get sick!

    by nyceve on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 08:08:01 AM PDT

    •  Need to document refugee stories, help please (none)
      Hi Timeline people,
        You've given me an idea.

        We need to document refugee stories, and we need to start right now. They're all over the web in bits and pieces, but imagine how powerful they'd be all together on one site. So that anyone could come and see over and over again the pain and the horror and destruction people suffered through because of this storm.
        We can't let these stories be lost.
        This is our indictment of George Bush & Co. -- all these people's stories.

        Can someone put up a site? Where anyone can come and post stories of what they went through? Where people who are in contact by e-mail with people can post their stories. Where we can go to shelters and take down people's stories there and post them?
        This could be a very powerful tool in making sure the world knows and doesn't forget, as powerful as the timeline.

        I don't know enough about web sites and don't have the bandwidth to do it, but I'm sure someone here does.

      •  Yes, we need something (none)
        similar to, remember from the day after the 2004 election?  Where people went and posted photos of themselves regretting that America had "re-elected" Bush, for the world to see.

        We need something like a or something.  Something easy to remember so word of mouth spreads easily.  A site that is organized in some way for ease of reference.  At the moment, everything is splattered all over the web and we need it instead to be a clear, single picture so that we can put a stop to this kind of thing forever.  I have no idea how to do it though.

      •  "survivor stories" (none)
        goodness knows i am never one to fall on the PC side of the fence.  but i hafta agree with al sharpton and say that "katrina survivors" is the best terminology to use here.


    •  Question: (4.00)
      Can we impeach Bush now, or do we have to wait until he fucks an intern?
  •  yay timelines! (4.00)
    I'm aware of a few other timeline efforts as well, at dkosopedia, ePluribus Media, and The Washington Monthly. Here's to eventually having one big comprehensive timeline.
  •  Recommended... (4.00)
    and yes....think dkosopedia.

    Maybe even make additions if folks make good suggestions...great work.

    •  Exactly, k/o (4.00)
      This will no doubt end up being a book-length document, but that's what we need.  A textual timeline accompanied with illustratory pictures such as those already plucked and pinned in icerat's diary here, and places for people to link in the incredible and heartbreaking and powerful first-person reports that we've already seen and that will no doubt start to come in much faster once survivors are past the initial shock of displacement and separation from loved ones.

      This horrible tragedy must be properly chronicled out of respect for the dead and commitment to the future of the survivors.

      I am holding onto the shred of hope that perhaps, just maybe, the long-term future for some of these families may turn out to be a little brighter than the future they'd face had the world's attention never been turned upon them.  Individual faces put onto the disaster, like the angry but effective young man forcefully helping unload supplies from the helicopter, or the four young men carrying a fainted woman from the crowd at the Superdome, or the black woman screaming for aid for an elderly white woman in a hospital gown...

      I want to find these people individually and personally do something, anything for them.  Just to thank them.  Just to apologize that collectively we failed them and to try to make some kind of amends for the lifelong misfortune that condemned them to the Superdome and the Convention Centre in the first place, and for the misery they have endured in the last week.

      •  2004 Hurricane Comparison (none)
        How about a side by side comparison to Bush's and the federal government response last year in Florida?

        What was the pre-storm preparation for Charley/Ivan, etc?

        When did troops and national guards start arriving?
        When did Bush speak publically about the hurricanes?

        When did FEMA begin coordinating and acting?

        The shameful behavior this year will become quickly apparent.

        I wonder which helped Florida more - Jeb Bush being the president's brother or the upcoming 2004 elections?

        "Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." (T. Paine)

        by dmmteacher on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 01:13:21 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  wonderful work. One suggestion: (4.00)
      Include the National Weather Service forecasts, which were apocalyptic, but precisely correct.

      Any president who ignored such forecasts, as Bush did, should removed from office.  He had PLENTY OF WARNING, but chose to turn his back.

  •  Excellent (4.00)
    and you should get together with icerat, who has been putting together the story pictorially.  Combining the two aspects, we'd have a single, poignantly illustrated, chronology of these dreadful failures.

    Props to both you and icerat for compiling this stuff.  It's really important work and you're providing a framework in which the full story can be told exactly as it played out.


      •  geez (4.00)
        what's a guy got to do to make the recommended list? :-)

        I put in pics and have more recommends than this diary and still don't make the list ... sob ... sob ... ;-)

        In any case, in terms of pure power, we've all been made redundant by this

        "a society is measured by how it treats the weak and vulnerable" - George W. Bush, State of the Union, Feb 2, 2005.

        by icerat on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 08:43:46 AM PDT

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        •  I threw (4.00)
          another one on your recommended pile.  Hope it helps because it's an excellent diary.

          Q. Yes. Is there any idea how long a 'last throe' lasts for? - Terry Moran, ABC

          by acuppajo on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 08:51:03 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

        •  repost your collage (4.00)
          icerat, please repost your updated diary (i.e. as a new diary).

          Resizing the images (using width/height attributes of the img to improve the flow may help (give  it some consideration).

          You should try to turn your work into a definitive collage of reference for a long time to come (hope you are keeping a full backup).

          Hopefully it'll make the rec. list next time.

          We can think about ways to distribute your work thereafter.


          •  agreed (4.00)
            I've been resizing the pictures myself, they're hosted on my server, so wanting them really r esized, not just for the end user! I agree they need to be sized and matched to improve the flow, very time consuming! The plan is to get it up with the pics I have in rough format then reformat it in a prettier way and reload it.

            "a society is measured by how it treats the weak and vulnerable" - George W. Bush, State of the Union, Feb 2, 2005.

            by icerat on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 09:27:00 AM PDT

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            •  Looking forward to recommending again (4.00)
              later when you get the prettier version up there.  Because icerat I really strongly feel today, I'm telling you I fervently believe, that what you and rp are doing with the timelines will bring down the government.  That's how important it is to get this up in a pictorially illustrated timeline of:

              A.  What Katrina was doing
              B.  What the weather service was saying
              C.  What Bush was doing and saying
              D.  What Mike Brown was doing and saying
              E.  What the Mayor was doing and SCREAMING
              F.  What the Governor was doing and saying
              G.  What Geraldo and Shep and Anderson were doing and saying
              H.  What was happening to the people of New Orleans, in their own words, grabbed from every dated news article or first-person blog we can find

              all in exact chronological order, almost as if we're making a film with multiple different transparencies all overlaid on top of each other.

              Because it's damning, damning evidence of criminal neglect by the Bush Administration and it will be up to the blogs to demonstrate this.

              I feel like I'm helplessly cheering you on from the sidelines at the moment, but this is gearing up and I'm looking forward to it gathering steam.

              •  weatherunderground (none)
                There's a good idea of what weather folks were talking about in the (chiefly technical) blog of Jeff Masters at [].

                I was reading these folks' posts the night the hurricane hit... there are some true alarmists among them, but, what with the incompetent management, many of their worst predictions came true.

                More timelines!

                •  That's not alamist (none)
                  It is a certainty that if the storm had come in 50 miles farther west, we would be counting the dead in the hundreds of thousands.

                  The slow and partial failure of the levees illustrated the vulnerability, but a sudden catastrophic collapse of the levees on both sides of the city with much higher water levels, and durring the height of the storm,...

                  The city of New Orleans flooded, and the response was a fiasco, but look and understand what you,re seeing in the pictres from Gulfport, and Biloxi, which were not nearly as vulnerable, and translate that in your imagination to NO.

                  "Good idea Chuck, but syrup won't stop 'em." Firesign Theater, Everything You Know is Wrong

                  by 3card on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 06:06:04 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks, I needed to cry ... (none)
          I was overwhelmed by the video.

          I have been overwhelmed by this whole disaster, but was so numb that I couldn't find my tears. I did while watching that awesome video and tears are still streaming down my face as I type.

          I will NEVER forget!

          A 4 for posting the link.  Now I'm off to check out your diary that I missed.

    •  Yes, recommended (4.00)
      Another important aspect which could be added are the numerous offers of help which were refused and/or ignored.

      The Red Cross and Salvation Army were not allowed into NO to deliver much needed food, water, medicine and other supplies while people were dying.

      Volunteers with boats by the HUNDREDS were delayed for days or turned away from helping by FEMA.

      Bush initially refused help from Canada and other countries, which came during Condi's shopping spree, delaying their much needed assistance with the rescue operation for days.

      FEMA refused offers of help from several states and cities in the form of qualified personnel, equipment and supplies.

      Those are just the ones off the top of my head but the list goes on and on.  


      Q. Yes. Is there any idea how long a 'last throe' lasts for? - Terry Moran, ABC

      by acuppajo on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 08:46:57 AM PDT

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  •  thanks for taking the time (4.00)
    to put dates and facts together.

    You can teach creationism in our school if we can teach calculus in your church.

    by offred on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 08:23:33 AM PDT

  •  Recommend! n/t (none)

    "The way out is via the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?" - Confucius

    by Blue Intrigue on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 08:25:37 AM PDT

  •  On August 27th (4.00)
    while still at Crawford, Bush declared a State of Emergency for any area where the hurricane was projected to hit landfall.

    Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?...Carley Sheehan

    by nupstateny on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 08:27:07 AM PDT

    •  and i think that this (none)
      needs to highlighted...the feds, i.e., FEMA(DHS) had all the authority they needed to start setting up shop as of these declarations on 08/27/05, BEFORE anything hit.
      •  They did that (none)
        There was a naval battleship sitting in the gulf all this time.

        The Red Cross was there.

        The NG was there.

        They were all ordered to stay out until DHS and FEMA  gave the orders.  

        Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?...Carley Sheehan

        by nupstateny on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 10:49:41 AM PDT

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    •  FEMA authority... (none)
      For those who keep saying that FEMA had to wait for the Mayor of NO and Governor of LA to request specific asssistance - Statement on Federal Emergency Assistance for Louisiana" from the White house web site.

      Note particularly the statement:

      "Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding. "

      So - no mention here of waiting for orders from the local authorities.  Hmm - if a disaster took out the Gov and other local authorities does that mean FEMA stands down?  Interesting thought...

  •  fabulous (4.00)
    and i'm glad people are thinking of items to add.  One small, small correction - fix the spelling of disastrous.

    I've copied this and I'm going to e-mail it to everyone I know.  Thanks for all your work on this.

  •  Great work (4.00)
    More backround for reserch below.
    National Hurricane Center Katrina History

    FEMA News Releases Louisiana, Mississippi
    DHS press releases and briefingss
    White House Briefings
    Times-Picayune Archives
    August 27 August 28 August 29 August 30 August 31
    September 1 September 2 September 3 September 4


    I said it. I meant it. I stand by it. - Major Paul Hackett

    by joejoejoe on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 08:31:04 AM PDT

    •  FEMA - August 29th (none)
      National Situation Update: Monday, August 29, 2005:
      NExtremely Dangerous Category Four Hurricane Katrina Moving Northward Toward Southeastern Louisiana And The Northern Gulf Coast

      A hurricane warning is in effect for the north central gulf coast from Morgan City Louisiana eastward to the Alabama/Florida border including the city of New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. Preparations to protect life and property should be completed this evening.
      Sounds pretty damn serious to me.
      Coastal storm surge flooding of 18 to 22 feet above normal tide levels, locally as high as 28 feet, along with large and dangerous battering waves can be expected near and to the east of where the center makes landfall. Some levees in the greater New Orleans area could be overtopped. Significant storm surge flooding will occur elsewhere along the central and northeastern Gulf of Mexico coast. NOAA buoy 42040, located about 50 miles east of the mouth of the Mississippi river recently reported waves heights of at least 46 feet.
      The alert goes on into more details of federal actions:
      FEMA Headquarters: The FEMA National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) Red Team is activated at Level I (Full Activation).

      FEMA headquarters is conducting daily video-teleconferences at noon EDT with FEMA Region IV, the National Hurricane Center and the potentially affected States.

      The Logistics Readiness Center is operational 24/7.

      MERS [Mobile Emergency Response System] Teams have been deployed to Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, and Texas to support Hurricane Katrina response operations.

      32 Disaster Medical Assistance Teams have been sent to staging areas in Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, and Tennessee in preparation for responding to Hurricane Katrina.

      Seven Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Task Forces have been deployed to Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi in preparation for responding to Hurricane Katrina.

      The ERT-N Blue is deployed to the Louisiana State Emergency Operations Center in Baton Rogue.

      FEMA Region IV RRCC in Atlanta activated at Level I (full activation).

      Four ERT-As are operational in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi.

      FEMA Region VI RRCC in Denton, TX activated at Level I (full activation). (FEMA HQ)
      •  I forgot to add this (none)
        report from CNN on 8/29:
        FEMA goes into disaster mode for Katrina
        Bush readies federal government for relief effort

        "I want the folks there on our Gulf Coast to know that the federal government is prepared to help you when the storm passes," President Bush said during a Medicare speech in El Mirage, Arizona. "In the meantime America will pray, pray for the health and the safety of all our citizens.

        "Our Gulf Coast is getting hit and hit hard," Bush said. "I urge the citizens there in the region to continue to listen to the local authorities. Don't abandon your shelters until you're given clearance by the local authorities. Take precautions because this is a dangerous storm."

        As the Category 4 the storm surged ashore just east of New Orleans, Louisiana, on Monday, FEMA had medical teams, rescue squads and groups prepared to supply food and water poised in a semicircle around the city, its director, Michael Brown, said.

        Speaking from Baton Rouge, just upriver from New Orleans, Brown told NBC's "Today" show that his agency had "planned for this kind of disaster for many years because we've always known about New Orleans' situation."
        Brown is such a dipshittwit. He can't even get his own spin straight.
  •  The pictures (none)
    The pictures say it best. Someone just needs to juxtapose Bush eating cake or playing guitar with the scene unfolding in New Orleans at the same time.
  •  Thanks! (4.00)
    Thanks for the recommend. You guys are brutal and I know you won't let me get away with anything. I have to step out for a bit but I will add it to dKospedia after posters have a chance to digest it and make comments.

    "I've already said too much."

    by Rp on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 08:54:21 AM PDT

    •  question on Day 2 (none)
      Rp, thank you, this is needed and it's a great start.

      One question -- Re: Day 2.  I wonder if you got the week wrong there... I think the hurricane was merely in its mid-Atlantic infancy as of Aug 19.  Did you mean to say that the military prep phase went into effect Friday, Aug 26?  That would make sense; that is the same day that meteorologists (including Steve Gregory who posted here at length yesterday) raised a call of alarm that Katrina, in the Gulf, was growing and on track to hit delta/NOLA/Miss.  That forecast of Friday was tragically 100% accurate, 3 days later.

  •  I don't think this is correct (none)
    8/31 Army engineers struggle to plug New Orleans' breached levees with giant sandbags and concrete barriers.

    The COE spokesperson stated that there was no way to begin any work on the levees until the water quit flowing and that they didn't even try.

    What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away.

    by Marie on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 09:05:18 AM PDT

    •  there was an attempt (none)
      to buttress the levees. I think there was a skeleton crew from the COE already in the city.

      8/31>(NYT) With most of the city under water, Army engineers struggled to plug New Orleans' breached levees with giant sandbags and concrete barriers.
  •  Aug 19th (none)
    I'm watching the talk shows and the one thing that keeps getting overlooked is the request for federal help on the 19th.

    Your work is excellent, however consider having that be the first entry. Nothing else quite shows the non reaction of the feds so clearly.

    YearlyKos...What's your AGENDA

    by gina on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 09:06:03 AM PDT

  •  Suggest inclusion of (4.00)
    GWB's golf game and McCain birthday cake on Monday.

    What FDR giveth; GWB taketh away.

    by Marie on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 09:06:22 AM PDT

  •  please add to ePluribus Media's timeline here (4.00)
    started by rba
    Timeline of Reactions to Katrina News

    and then polticize the war to make sure people identify Bu$h admin with the grevious fallout of their attempts to "strangle government in the bathtub", recommend my diary the Bu$h Katastrophe: Hurricane Katrina at max politicization!

  •  add: Blanco declared emerg. on 8/26 (none)
    Blance declared state of emergency on 8/26

    sourced here

    No matter how cynical you become ... you can never keep up.

    by LegalSpice on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 09:10:35 AM PDT

  •  This is a terrific (none)
    diary.  I've used some of the info for my own Katrina page (which has temporarily hijacked the main page of my own Iraq timeline site, linked below).  I've posted a diary at this link asking for more info, corrections, and so forth.

    Great job, Rp.

  •  Wow (none)
    It's just as infuriating in print today as it was in real life and real time, as it happened.

    And continues to happen.

  •  excellent timeline (none)
    It would also be helpful to add all the other countries who offered aid and were told by Bush that we could handle it ourselves.  I believe one diarist wrote that a Canadian Search and rescue team offered help early in the week and were turned away.  Also, another state team was awaiting a presidential ok
  •  Dear Catastrophe President (none)
    It's kind of like watching a really long Gallagher show, except that the American people are the watermelons.
  •  This shoots holes in the (none)
    right wing spin game which is that the governor of LA didn't even contact the feds until after the storm had hit.

    Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities-Voltaire

    by hairspray on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 09:43:31 AM PDT

  •  Was there a date change?? (none)
    Day 2 references a quote in an interview dated 9/1/05, but gives the date as 8/26...

    Is 8/26 the date the help was requested?

  •  THE CAKE...THE CAKE (none)
    Don't forget the cake:


    President George W. Bush joins Arizona Senator John McCain in a small celebration of McCain's 69th birthday Monday, Aug. 29, 2005, after the President's arrival at Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix. The President later spoke about Medicare to 400 guests at the Pueblo El Mirage RV Resort and Country Club in nearby El Mirage.


    by DWCG on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 09:45:26 AM PDT

    •  McCain is gonna regret that photo (none)
      Every Republican is gonna regret their Bush photo op.

      I think we could witness another house cleaning like occured after Watergate. Everyone with an (R) at the end of their name is in big trouble.

      Hell, even Mississippi could go blue.

    •  There is a better picture (none)
      otu there of Bush with his thumb in his mouth, sucking off icing from that cake I assume. It's awesome.
      Hunt for it! I am!
    •  GW has a brown suit on (none)
      I know this is only 'my' thing about brown suits or brown clothes. I think people with brown hair tend to be overtaken with brown and fade into the background. And I have never had any luck when I wear yellow (Disaster for me and I love the color) or brown. But when I saw Kerry show up for his convention speech wearing a brown suit and reporting for duty, I thought, oh no, he should be wearing navy blue and reporting for duty. NOT BROWN. Who put him in a brown suit?  I know it is the man and not the clothes, but I am hoping that GW in a brown suit will make him the lamest of lamest ducks. He really is the worse President of all times. Maybe I am a dreamer, but when disaster stikes I expect my President to show up on the TV within 30 minutes to show us he will leads us out of destruction and taking immediate action. This guy takes days to get the right speech. So out of touch. Maybe God is not on his side afterall.  
  •  This is great (none)
    But one add, if we can find it, I distinctly remember news reports on Tuesday night stating that Gov. Blanco wanted people evacuated out of the superdome within two days, that the situation was already deteriorating and would become worse.

    Does anyone remember this?

  •  Change: (none)
    Ray Nagin did not make his statement to WWL on Tuesday.  It was on Thursday.

    This is a beautiful piece of work.  

    They run this show, sure, run it into the ground -- Modest Mouse

    by ALO on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 09:50:22 AM PDT

    •  Thursday was his *second* interview (4.00)
      Great Job on the timeline, OP!!

      BTW Ray Nagin gave a 20 minute interview on Monday night.  And another, substantial interview on Tuesday. I believe that this is the interview that the OP is referring to.

      A key error in the timeline, that is absolutely positively necessary to defeat the BS that it is local and state administrators' fault:  everyone keeps saying that the levee broke on Tuesday.  THIS IS FALSE, and is being misused by the talking heads to claim that "nobody could have anticipated" the levees breaking "after" Katrina.

      The 17th street levee was breached very shortly after the storm on Monday.  By 5PM on Monday, the city was already flooding.  That was one of the issues covered by Ray Nagin in his interview on Monday night - even by then he had reported dead bodies floating in the streets of the 9th ward, and on Monday afternoon had already issued executive orders permitting local and state agencies to commandeer local property/vehicles if necessary for saving lives as the waters kept rising.

      You can go to and the local TV stations and use it to adjust your timeline to reflect the accurate dates/times.  Literally, on Monday and Tuesday, the timelines have critical events by hours, not just the day.

      My separate place for mental meanderings: Political Sapphire

      by shanikka on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 10:00:17 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Ok (none)
        Then a new link is needed, because it appears to talk about the Thursday interview.  

        The precise timing of landfall, when the storm itself blew over, the breaking of the levee, and the subsequent timing is key.

        They run this show, sure, run it into the ground -- Modest Mouse

        by ALO on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 10:51:06 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Proof The Floodwalls Broke Monday (none)
        I'm sure more can be found, but here you go.  It's a start.
      •  One thing people keep asking me (none)
        well, two actually:

        Why didn't Nagin use those school buses to evacuate the city before the hurricane hit?

        What was that conversation Nagin reported he'd had on Airforce One about options, where apparently Bush and Blanco went into a huddle, and when they emerged, told Nagin that Blanco had asked for "24 hours to think about it" (clip on CNN, I think from Wednesday)?

        There may be good answers to these, or there may not be.  But if there aren't, I'm sure we will be hearing more about them.  One ominous sign was Chertoff talking about DHS and FEMA having "the wrong model"  - strong subtext - we expected local people to do better, and for FEMA to "plug in" to local structures.  Makes it sound like their expertise would be in "co-ordinatio".  Ha.

        Other piece of the fictional narrative emerging: that there were "two" disasters - the hurricane and the levee breaking.  Elaborated (Chertoff, CNN) now as though overtopping was expected but not breaking.  Obvious BS, but you can just hear them elaborating the lies as they find out where the weak points (in the lies) are.  They remind me of kids caught out.

  •  An e-mail from a Bush voter (4.00)
    All this week I have been cut and paste from good diaries with decent factual information and sending them on to friends including my Republican friends. I got this one this morning from, he says he is a registered Democrat, but hated Clinton and Kerry and did not vote for them. I hope this is the view of the rest of the country as well.


    No confidence


    There's no argument from me at all; just total agreement. Bush sucked on this whole mess; total failure as far as I'm concerned. Where is all this new infrastructure that is supposed to react to national emergencies? I think the government has taken several huge steps backwards. I feel less "secure" now than ever.


  •  MSNBC (none)
    Just saw on MSNBC a shorten version of a timeline.

    Our president does not seem to believe in science or scientific studies...

    by mattes on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 09:56:23 AM PDT

  •  Sunday, Sept 12. Day 18. (none)
    Today HHS Sec. Mike Levitt admitted that his agency was unprepared for the pandemic of cholera and dysentary that have swept across the disaster-torn city of New Orleans. Additionally, he said it was still unknown if the flu-like symptoms affecting as many as 1000 people in area hospitals was actually West Nile or some other illness, although he admitted the disease appeared to be mosquito-born. He stressed that eradication efforts had begun, and included three Black Hawk helicopters spraying DDT across the flooded areas of the city.

    Fox News is a propaganda outlet of the Republican Party - DNC Chair Howard Dean

    by easong on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 09:59:48 AM PDT

    •  Actually, I did hear (none)
      that they've been pretty active re mosquito control.

      But that doesn't take care of cholera, typhoid and plague threats, which will only abate when they've got dry streets, clean water and no more corpses lying around for rat food.

      As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? - William Marcy Tweed

      by sidnora on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 10:28:04 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Corpse-Eating Rats (none)
        If the gators and crayfish don't eat them first.

        New Orleans has become a medieval city with 16th century problems! Way to go, federal authorities! Bush will probably hire The Pied Piper to deal with the rats (aka Halliburton).

        Fox News is a propaganda outlet of the Republican Party - DNC Chair Howard Dean

        by easong on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 10:32:48 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Scrubbing the internet? (4.00)
    Please don't forget these folks have a history of scrubbing the internet.  They are possibly working to eliminate information just as quickly as we collect it to document the events for the timelines.  This diary, USGS Louisiana Coastline Info Missing? information is already disappearing.  

    The links become useless when the pages are removed from the internet.  I suggest the information should be documented on multiple sites and copies of information must be saved to prevent them from disappearing.  Use the Internet Archive to find any pages that are not found.  

    Also help rba with this timeline Timeline of Reactions to Katrina News and luaptifer document the propaganda the Bu$h Katastrophe: Hurricane Katrina at max politicization!.  Multiple copies of information are not bad idea.    

  •  Now we need a timeline for FEMA actions (none)
    Like turning away the WalMart aid offered on the first day, not allowing 500 boats to rescue people, not allowing the Red Cross in, etc.  There's so much more.  Perhaps someone could create a timeline to complement the President's inaction - side-by-side.

    "How smooth must be the language of the whites, when they can make right look like wrong, and wrong like right." Black Hawk

    by Gabriele Droz on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 10:00:58 AM PDT

    •  YES. A timeline of all the volunteer (none)
      help that was turned away.  Like that story of the guy from Houston(?) who got his boat and drove down to NOLA to help, only to be told that he'd have to pay for his own gasoline for the boat--FEMA/DHS weren't gonna help.

      Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official... ~Theodore Roosevelt

      by caseynm on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 12:13:02 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  ASDF (none)
    I woudld love to see a timeline of website responses to the disaster. GOP vs Dem.

    Michael Moore vs. Ann Coulter. I know Moore's site was on top of everything. Coulter published an article on Ted Kennedy's penis and di a radio interview saying that New Yorkers are not Americans and won't help out the victims of Katrina.

  •  And where's Cheney? (none)
    When, if ever, did he make it back to D.C.?

    "I intend to live forever. So far, so good." Steven Wright

    by gsbadj on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 10:05:22 AM PDT

  •  Daniel Patrict Moynahan once called (none)
    Republican economic policies "benign neglect"

    Under this Republican who has taken conservatism to its extreme.

    It has become malignant.

  •  Oh, you're gonna love this (none)
    Pubs are now saying that the reason why FEMA showed up immediately in Mississippi was because that state was 'virtually untouched compared to New Orleans'.

    Apparently, Chertoff's letting slip that lots of aid was sent the MS the day after Katrina hit only made matters worse.

    But that excuse. My god.

    I guess Biloxi, Gulfport and Patchagoula aren't in Mississippi anymore.

    Maybe Kansas. :)

    It's only Nero-esque if the city is burning. :)

    by cskendrick on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 10:16:36 AM PDT

  •  Your Aug. 30 link is to incorrect AP story (4.00)
    implying the 17th St. levee broke Tuesday, "a full day after" blah blah blah.

    That's wrong -- despite the misinformation -- and Chertoff's lies -- that continue to be put forward in national media, the levee broke Monday morning.

    Here's the lead of the Tuesday morning New Orleans Times-Picayune story re: levee break:

    A large section of the vital 17th Street Canal levee, where it connects to the brand new `hurricane proof' Old Hammond Highway bridge, gave way late Monday morning in Bucktown after Katrina's fiercest winds were well north.

    T-P also had items on their breaking news web log on Monday re: the breach, including one that had local emergency personnel at 17th St. by 9:30 Monday morning, trying to determine if the levee had broken, or if it was just water flowing over the top. but I don't have a link handy for that.

  •  Additional (linked) Response Facts-via NOLA Forum (none)

    "See the pig dressed in his finest fine...believers stand behind him and smile as the day lights up with fire" Everybody Wake Up-Dave Matthews

    by Rigjob on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 10:25:05 AM PDT

  •  you need to add the Aug 27 FEMA press release (none)
    where they assert that they are in charge.

    And you also might want to put into this the March 1, 2005 directive issued by Homeland Security where they state they have primary responsibility for natural disasters.  That sets the stage.

    •  Are we including historical background here? (none)
      If so, you might want to add the National Geographic story from October 2004 that predicted the storm with uncanny accuracy, and the FEMA study that suggested the three most likely catastrophic events, terrorist attack on NYC, major earthquake in SF, and Major hurricane in NO.

      As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it? - William Marcy Tweed

      by sidnora on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 10:36:21 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  It was actually (none)
      March 1, 2003.

      Web Archive

      There is a cataclysmic void of leadership in the United States. Let us unite and change that.

      by Viktor on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 11:03:02 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  here's my source (none)

        Preparing America

        In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility on March 1st for ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared for any situation. This will entail providing a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to any large-scale crisis and mounting a swift and effective recovery effort.  The new Department will also prioritize the important issue of citizen preparedness. Educating America's families on how best to prepare their homes for a disaster and tips for citizens on how to respond in a crisis will be given special attention at DHS.

        Additional Resources

        The National Response Plan establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents.

  •  International Aid (none)
    Does anyone have a timeline of when and what type of aid was offered?  by which countries?  when and why it was refused?

    I think it would be informative to include this as well, showing our global neighbors' willingness to help and our macho refusals.

    •  France (none)
      Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said France was ready to offer support, telling TF1 television: "We have rescue teams based in the Caribbean and we are naturally ready to provide aid to the Americans, and that is what we have told them."

      After hurling insults at the French people for 5 years...they still offer to help us!

      SRI LANKA: Will donate $25,000 to the American Red Cross...This country hasn't even recovered from their own devastation...and they are helping.

      Other countries

      There is a wisdom of the head, and a wisdom of the heart.-Charles Dickens

      by Ranting Roland on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 10:48:34 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Blanco declared state of emergency (none)

    War is not an adventure. It is a disease. It is like typhus. - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

    by Margot on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 10:46:02 AM PDT

  •  Some other things (none)
    My brief contribution to a timeline from earlier this morning.

    There is a cataclysmic void of leadership in the United States. Let us unite and change that.

    by Viktor on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 11:04:54 AM PDT

  •  Wonderful (none)
    But to make a dent in the public psyche, we need a time line consisting of photos...
    Bush on vaction v. Katrina approach
    Bush eating cake v. ___
    Bush playing Guitar v. _____

    etc etc etc

    AND it needs to be in a single page PDF format for wide dissemination.

    I am frankly suprised that one of the progressive think tanks hasn't done that yet. (to my knowledge)

  •  correction/confusion: (none)
    From the pentagon briefing Q&A between Jamie McIntyre and Gen Honore quoted above:

    "GEN. HONORÉ:  Yes, sir. The process starts, sir, in this particular event, with a request Friday of last week, as the approximate date for defense coordinating offices to be established in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana."

    Given that this briefing took place on Sept 1 2005,  I believe Honore was referring to Friday Aug 26 [3 days before hurricane hit land on Monday Aug 29], (not Friday Aug 19, when Katrina was still a TS/TD in the Atlantic) as the day when LA requested Federal hurricane disaster help from DoD/FEMA.

  •  An ironic coincidence of timing (none)
    Bush takes office on Feb. 2, 2001. Barely six months into his first term, he drops everything - and takes a month off. Ignores specific terrorist warnings. New York/Washington DC get hit on Sept. 11.

    Bush takes office again on Jan. 20, 2005. Barely six months into his second term, he drops everything - and takes a month off. Ignores specific hurricane warnings. New Orleans/Gulf Coast get hit August 29, less than 2 weeks from the 4th anniversary of 9/11.

    (But at least he got some excercise in so he could make crisp decisions...)

    The Industrial Canal broke in two places on Monday DURING the storm, flooding the Ninth Ward up to the rooftops.  I seem to recall hearing about it on WWL tv on Monday morning while the eye of Katrina was still well south of New Orleans.

    The following is from a National Weather Service bulletin dated Monday, August 29, 2005, at 8:14 am cached by Google:

    814 AM CDT MON AUG 29 2005



    • UNTIL 215 PM CDT





  •  Four Different Disaster Plans? (none)
    I just discovered that there were certaintly three, and possibly four different disaster plans.

    First, there's this plan, dating from 2000. It's signed by parish presidents from the New Orleans area:

    Second, there's the State of Louisiana Emergency Operations Plan, which is signed off by lots of state officials, but no local officials.

    Third, there's the New Orleans Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, Annex I, Hurricanes:

    Also, in 2004, disaster planning for New Orleans was farmed out by FEMA to a company called IEM. IEM called in, among others, James Lee Witt Associates, (Lee Witt was FEMA head under Clinton, and by all accounts had real disaster training) so I suspect that the plan is pretty good, at least to the extent that planners listened to Lee Witt.

    The IEM plan was derived from a tabletop exercise which took place in mid-July of 2004. As far as I can tell, that's not on the web, but I presume that FEMA has it. (You'll also note the State of Louisiana Emergency Operations Plan does not mention IEM, so I suspect that local officials didn't like the IEM plan for whatever reason.)

    So we're looking at the horrible possibility that some portions of the state are using the 2000 plan, some portions of the state are using the 2005 plan, and New Orleans is using it's own plan, while FEMA is using the IEM plan.

    This is, of course, the recipe for a major clusterfuck. Given the incompetence of the current FEMA leadership, unifying the plans probably wasn't a real possibility.

  •  Please also look at br00mhilda's diary on this (none)

    Takne together, these provide a great documentation of the events.

    Please, fight revisionist history in our time!

  •  One thing people might forget (none)
    is that back a month or so before this, the scientists were warning this could be an especially bad hurricane year, because of the water temps in the Gulf...

    So we should have been even more prepared than we weren't...

    The dark at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming age.

    by peeder on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 12:05:52 PM PDT

  •  Landrieu's claim of fakery isn't the only one (none)
    but of course I can't remember the diary/comment I read it in--that the Dutch Press reported that Bush's little stop in Mississippi was at a 'Potemkin Village'--it wasn't a real relief center at all and it got ripped down right after he left.  They didn't use the term "potemkin village', I did because the story struck me as tremendously Bushlike:  use a lie to perpetuate the lie that the Feds are being effective.

    Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official... ~Theodore Roosevelt

    by caseynm on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 12:06:21 PM PDT

    •  On Laura Rozen's blog (none)
      •  Yup. Rozen's blog (none)
        and Drum cites her too, by the way.  It's (functionally speaking) unsourceable, though.  Unless someone in Europe saw the ZDF News story....

        "September 03, 2005
        If he could go to Baghdad, why didn't Bush go to the New Orleans Superdome or the Convention Center? It was bizarre for all of the country and much of the world to be watching those scenes for days on our TVs and news reports, and for Bush's photo ops to be in areas that were far less critical. I know there are security considerations but his visit seemed extraordinarily hollow even by this administration's standard of ultra-stage managed events.

        Dutch viewer Frank Tiggelaar writes:

        There was a striking dicrepancy between the CNN International report on the Bush visit to the New Orleans disaster zone, yesterday, and reports of the same event by German TV.

        ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time.

        The people in the area were once again left to fend for themselves, said ZDF."  Rozen's Blog--War and Piece

        Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official... ~Theodore Roosevelt

        by caseynm on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 01:28:40 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  Haliburton (none)
    You need to put in the fact that on Monday a contract was approved for Haliburton to do the clean up but Bush could not find the time to send the troops.  Shows where his priorities are.
  •  Where is the TV commercial? (none)
    I want MoveOn, Michale Moore, or somebody, anybody, to make a 20 second TV commercial showing this.  Just show the date/time, with photos of the disaster in the left frame, and what Bush was doing on the right.

    Pay to air it it a few times, and the MSM will pick it up and repeat it endlessly (a la swiftboat liars) while the Thugs spew outrage.

    I sure hope somebody's doing this.  Do it NOW, while people's outrage is fresh.

    This would have more impact on the 06 and 08 elections than any political campaigns we'll ever see.

    Am I nuts?

  •  Not that I'm wearing tinfoil on my head... (none)
    Has anybody noticed that if you plot the storm track of Hurricane Katrina, Bush was in Crawford until the day before storm hit and then he's on Air Force 1 heading to an event in California as Katrina comes ashore.  He returns after Katrina gets north of Crawford's latitude.  This would make a very interesting animation to pin to this Diary.

    You don't suppose that the Secret Service didn't believe NOAA's forecast and wanted to get their sorry Boss's butt out of the way?

  •  Sorry if this has been posted... (none)
    but it would be real nice to include reports of the NG or any help being delayed so as to coincide with Bush's arrival. That was a hot topic around here a while ago, but we can't let it die down - photo-ops are bad, but that would be even worse.
  •  Bush helps oil buddies (none)
    I am trying to find the business page story for exact date, but my recollection is that the FIRST thing Bush did was approve aid for oil and gas companies in the Gulf who might lose some profit. I will keep looking -- should be added.
  •  More dates and sources (none)
    I totally agree and had posted the same request at TPM.  I'll add my links and dates here.  I decided a detailed, source-linked, reliable timeline was needed after an AP chronology confused me earlier.

    To start, here's what I've found:

    July 23, 2004, FEMA press release at conclusion of "Hurricane Pam" excercise.  "Sustained winds of 120 mph, up to 20 inches of rain in parts of southeast Louisiana and storm surge that topped million residents evacuated and Hurricane Pam destroyed 500,000-600,000 buildings"

    August 27, 2005, Bush declares State of Emergency effective August 26 in Louisiana.

    August 29, 2005, Bush declares Louisiana and Mississippi disaster areas.

    Guard call-ups (link to Guard press release archive)

    August 26, 2005: Jeb Bush calls up 1000 guards for Katrina 1 in Florida.

    August 28, 2005: Louisiana Guard used in check-in at Superdome.

    August 29, 2005: "The Louisiana National Guard had called almost 3,500 of its members to state active duty as of 7 a.m." References to expectation of flooding.

    "In Mississippi, nearly 900 Army and Air Guard members were on active duty, with as many as 600 more expected to join them by the day's end..."

    "An estimated 160 Alabama National Guardsmen were on duty in the southern part of the state." "Although not on active duty at this time, Alabama has about 9,000 more guardsmen available..."

    "Arkansas National Guard was not on an official alert status this morning, officials said more than 9,000 soldiers and airmen were standing ready"

    "At the direction of the governor, the Arkansas National Guard has called approximately 350 personnel to state active duty to assist with hurricane relief efforts in Mississippi..."

    August 30, 2005, Arkansas Guard: "15 personnel and seven vehicles departed Tuesday evening from the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Hazen to respond to a request from the National Disaster Medical System to rescue patients stranded at the VA Medical Center in New Orleans."

     "an estimated 7,500 National Guard troops from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi were on duty today, supporting civil authorities, distributing generators, providing medical care, and setting up shelters for displaced residents."

    "As of 8 a.m. today, almost 3,800 Louisiana Army and Air Guard..." "In Mississippi, more than 1,900 Guard troops were providing similar support..."  "...the Alabama National Guard [in addition to 300 military police and 500 engineers it is sending to Mississippi] had another 800-plus troops on duty to support that state's Emergency Management Agency..." "Krenke called the interstate cooperation a sign of the success of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact."


  •  Forgot to post tpm story link (none)
    Here is TPM diary on the same topic.
  •  Small point on oil (none)
    For Monday, the crude oil quote should be preceded by the word "to," as in: "the price of light sweet crude rose TO more than $70." Otherwise, it suggests a change in price of over $70, which isn't the case.

    Great work!

  •  Anyone have the real skinny on this? (none)
    You may or may not be aware that one talking point being circulated is that Bush made a phone call urging the evacuation of NOLA and therefore is responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of lives.  I find this hard to believe in view of what's happened in NOLA and considering the history of Bush and such claims.  But does anyone have concrete info on this -- who called for the evacuation first and when?
  •  Wikipedia article (none)
    yo. check it out.

    Better still - help keep it real.

    I did my part. :)

    It's only Nero-esque if the city is burning. :)

    by cskendrick on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 01:21:16 PM PDT

  •  82nd airborne called in Friday, were there Sat (none)
    finally. They are always ready at a moments notice. They weren't called until Friday.

    OBTW, the posse comitatus law that supposedly prevents Federal troops, doesn't. It certainly can be used to evacuate, etc.

    Even the law enforcement prohibition of the posse comitatus law can be suspended by the president.

    Be a Carville, not a Colmes

    by seesdifferent on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 01:24:24 PM PDT

  •  dream (none)
    I'd like to see this in some kind of chart or spreadsheet form with a parallel timeline showing what a responsible and effective leader would have done.  Say on Thursday before the hurricane back in the situation room in DC with the military, disaster experts, leaders from the target states, etc. making a final plan, mobilizing, etc.  Then day by day, from then on, of what could have been done.
  •  You should have this and other...... (none)
    Timelines compiled into one, and then published.  Then send free copies to the Dems in Congress now, and every Dem candidate for office in 06.  Instructions should be included!  I'm afraid they won't know what to do with it, if you don't send instructions!

    When the middle class is gone, who will support the Republicans in the manner to which they have grown accustomed?

    by keepinon on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 02:30:33 PM PDT

  •  important entry for saturday, the 27th (none)
    FEMA had the authorization to do their thing as early as saturday - at least 2 days before katrina hit.  which puts their response time at one week.  and squarely in the "pathetic" column.

    And just as importantly, why are the White House and FEMA now claiming that they had no idea Katrina was going to be this bad when the president declared an emergency in Louisiana last Saturday, two days before the storm even hit?

    Note the specific language from the White House Web site:

        Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Debris removal and emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent Federal funding.

  •  Let's Flush out more (none)
    Where's Chertoff's interview with Robert Siegal from NPR news where Chertoff suggests that first hand reporter accounts of thousands of people living like animals in the convention center are dismissed as possible rumours?

    More dangerous are the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.

    by Titian on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:02:28 PM PDT

    •  When was... (none)
      -international aid put on hold or refused?  
      • Where's Bush's Good Morning America interview where he's doubtful of international aid and suggests the US will handle this crisis themselves?
      • When is the international Red Cross refused access to New Orleans because State (and so Federal) Homeland Security Office were afraid people would not evacuate?
      • Where is the levy photo op with Bush?

      More dangerous are the functionaries ready to believe and to act without asking questions.

      by Titian on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:06:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  If they say they didn't know...THEY'RE LYING (4.00)
    (but we knew that anyway....)

    FEMA knew storm's potential, Mayfield says

    Sunday, 4:44 p.m.

    By Mark Schleifstein
    Staff writer

    Dr. Max Mayfield, director of the National Hurricane Center, said
    Sunday that officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, including FEMA Director Mike Brown and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, listened in on electronic briefings given by his staff in advance of Hurricane Katrina slamming Louisiana and Mississippi and were advised of the storm's potential deadly effects.

    Mayfield said the strength of the storm and the potential disaster it could bring were made clear during both the briefings and in formal advisories, which warned of a storm surge capable of overtopping levees in New Orleans and winds strong enough to blow out windows of high-rise buildings. He said the briefings included information on expected wind speed, storm surge, rainfall and the potential for tornados to accompany the storm as it came ashore.

    "We were briefing them way before landfall," Mayfield said. "It's not like this was a surprise. We had in the advisories that the levee could be topped.

    (read entire posting up at

    I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

    by jillian on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 03:03:04 PM PDT

  •  Fake tbe Repairs, Cut the Phone Service for Chimpy (none)
    An acquaintance of mine has an 85-year-old uncle trapped in New Orleans. He is in much better shape than most who stayed, having suffered only minimal flooding and having stocked enough food and water to last until the National Guard actually started providing relief. He even still has a working cell phone.

    But on Friday, the day of Miserable Failure's photo opp in New Orleans, there was no phone service. Saturday it was fine again.

    He speculates that the outage was due to Chimpy's visit. Y'know, probably the FEMA suits had to use all the available cell phone capacity, or maybe they wanted to trip up all the terrorists who are undoubtedly headed down to destroy New Orleans.

    In any case, another callous disregard of the local population's needs in an attempt to bolster Chimpy's image.

  •  You know... (none)
    This needs to be posted on all the right wing blogs if possible.
  •  I think Brown FEMA DIRECTOR shd be fired NOW (none)
    FEMA prevented a lot of voluntary help because of red tape---this is unexcusable.

    Stop Corporate Influence; buy DEMOCRACY BONDS!!!

    by timber on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:01:35 PM PDT

  •  Ray Nagin's interview this afternoon CNN (none)
    Anybody see this interview?  He was walking through a large brick hallway with a female reporter named soledad.  He gave an account of his meeting on the Bush's helipcopeter with the Gov of LA.  I don't have the transcript but he was very blunt with the other 2 while they were sitting at a table.  He looked at both Blanco and Bush and said I need the two of you to figure this out.  Just get it done.  Make an agreement shake your hands whatever just get this done.  Bush was taken aback and said he and Blanco would go up to the front in a different room and talk.  Nagin said Bush came out of the room came over an said to him I gave her 2 choices she said she needs 24 hours.  

    Nagin in the interview this afternoon was beside himself and the reporter really had nothing to add.  The situation is not getting better.  I'm speechless after I heard this interview.  What the hell is Bush doing?

    I take political action every day. I teach.

    by jbfunk on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:02:55 PM PDT

  •  suggestion (none)
    you might also add the NOAA warnings to the early part of the timeline to show when the storm strengthened and when the potential consequences were spelled out (i.e. BEFORE the storm hit).

    In a democratic society some are guilty, but all are responsible. -Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

    by a gilas girl on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:04:03 PM PDT

  •  sorry I forgot (none)
    he was referring to His sitdown on Friday with Bush and Blanco.

    I take political action every day. I teach.

    by jbfunk on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:04:07 PM PDT

  •  dkosopedia (none)
    If the community is trying to put this together, the perfect place to put it is on dkosopedia.

    I have the beginnings of the entry pasted in over here: Hurricane Katrina Timeline .

    You can easily refer to it in any diary or comment here by just typing:

    dk {{Hurricane Katrina Timeline}}

    without the space between the dk and the curly brackets.  It will automatically link to the dkosopedia entry.

    Other people should add the rest of the diary into the entry by editing the page, and then add in more information as they come across it.  Do it by creating an account at dkosopedia (in most cases you can just have the same username as you have on dailykos), and edit the page.

    Iraq: Civil war is bad because the kurds would declare independence, which would draw in Turkey, etc.

    by tunesmith on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 04:54:53 PM PDT

  • (none)
    You'll find PLENTY of material here:

    Here is just ONE entry:

    4:32 P.M. - BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Volunteer physicians are pouring in to care for the sick, but red tape is keeping hundreds of others from caring for Hurricane Katrina survivors while health problems escalate.

    Among the doctors stymied from helping out are 100 surgeons and paramedics in a state-of-the-art mobile hospital marooned in rural Mississippi.

    "The bell was rung, the e-mails were sent off. ...We all got off work and deployed," said one of the frustrated surgeons, Dr. Preston "Chip" Rich of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    "We have tried so hard to do the right thing. It took us 30 hours to get here," he said. That government officials can't straighten out the mess and get them assigned to a relief effort now that they're just a few miles away "is just mind-boggling," he said.

  •  They might read the Mission Statement (none)
    of the Department of Homeland Security...

    In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility on March 1st for ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared for any situation. This will entail providing a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to any large-scale crisis and mounting a swift and effective recovery effort. The new Department will also prioritize the important issue of citizen preparedness. Educating America's families on how best to prepare their homes for a disaster and tips for citizens on how to respond in a crisis will be given special attention at DHS.

    I'm not going anywhere. I'm standing up, which is how one speaks in opposition in a civilized world. - Ainsley Hayes

    by jillian on Sun Sep 04, 2005 at 05:26:52 PM PDT

  •  Please add this item to Wed. Aug. 31 entry (none)
    As reported by The Associated Press:

    On Wednesday, August 31, Bush used a recess appointment "to bypass the Senate and fill a top Justice Department slot with an official whose nomination stalled over tactics at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, naval facility."

    Shocking and Awful: A Compilation of Katrina-Related Links

  •  Any pictures of the golf outing available? (none)
    by sendel42 on Sun Sep 4th, 2005 at 13:11:22 PDT

    I'd like to see our commander in chief struggling to survive those water hazards in La Habra.

    Excellent work!

    Thank you!

  •  Hurricane Katrina timeline on dKosopedia (none)
    There are some items on this timeline that need to be corrected. I am new to Daily Kos and am not familiar with wiki, or I would attempt the edit myself. As there have been no posts to this diary since Mon Sep 5th, 2005 at 08:33:43 CST, I will also attempt to address these changes with Kos.

    There were in fact two different letters sent from Gov. Blanco's office to the president, requesting assistance prior to Katrina's landfall. The first was for Emergency Assistance, as referred to by Section 501 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. Please note the date of 8/27/05 and the total amount requested of $9,000,000. This letter DID NOT list individual parishes, only the general areas expected to be impacted by the hurricane. The president's office did not recieve that specific information until the 8/28 letter.

    The second letter was requesting Major Disaster Assistance, as referred to by Section 401 of the Stafford Act. This letter was dated 8/28/05 and requested a total amount of $130,000,000.

    Neither letter requested funds for assistance in Coordination, Technical and advisory assistance, or Distribution of emergency supplies.

    Both letters can be found on the governor's site, at the following links:

    I am not sure why the 8/27 letter is only shown as a Press Release and not the actual letter, as the 8/28 letter is, but they are both damning to the governor's response efforts in the eyes of those of us who lost loved ones.

    Thank you for your assistance in getting the facts straight.

    "Look up and not down; Look forward and not back; Look out and not in; Lend a Hand." Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909)

    by Time of Crisis on Fri Sep 30, 2005 at 02:25:36 AM PDT

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