Friday, September 23, 2005

String of Disasters

The levees have been breached in New Orleans...again. Perhaps this country will finally have a discussion about the funding cuts the Bush Administration enacted over the past few years to the Army Core of Engineers' budget.

As if the bad news wasn't enough to make a stoic man cry. There is also this:
A bus caught fire and exploded early Friday on a crowded Texas interstate, killing as many as 24 people who were fleeing ahead of Hurricane Rita.

The bus, carrying about 45 elderly evacuees, burst into flames on Interstate 45 south of Dallas. It pulled over and people were getting off when a series of explosions ripped through the bus.

Dallas County Sheriff's Sgt. Don Peritz said 14 or 15 people got off the bus and said as many as 24 people may have died.

There are no words. All I can picture is the string of headlights stretching for miles upon miles that were shown last night on the cable news networks. Evacuation routes have been clogged and I fear many will choose to ride out the storm rather then get caught on the interstates. This has truly been a disastrous summer in the United States.

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