September 10, 2005


Death Toll in New Orleans May Be Lower Than First Feared (SEWELL CHAN and MICHAEL LUO, 9/10/05, NY Times)

The first organized effort to scour the city for its dead has turned up far fewer bodies than expected, officials said Friday. That raised hopes that the death toll from Hurricane Katrina might be much lower than the 10,000 that the mayor and others had predicted.

As the floodwater continued to recede, police officers, National Guard members and members of the 82nd Airborne Division of the Army began to canvass street to street and house to house in the first phase of a hunt to find, remove and identify the dead.

"There's some encouragement in what we found in the initial sweeps," Col. Terry J. Ebbert, the city's director of homeland security, said. "The numbers so far are relatively minor as compared with the dire predictions of 10,000."

The degree to which the Left is estranged from America is amply demonstrated by the fact they'll find these numbers disappointing. Indeed, there are likely already stories of how the "real numbers" are being covered up.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 10, 2005 6:08 AM

Cover up indeed. Since we know the media love to count the dead, why aren't they reporting the actual numbers? Are they covering up the fact that most of the deaths weren't caused by the forces of nature, but by the forces of murder and mayhem.

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 10, 2005 1:33 PM

Male cat lady James Wolcott is hoping the death toll is higher than that of 9/11, because he thinks that would present "a political and symbolic dilemma for the most avid advocates of the War on Terror".

Posted by: carter at September 10, 2005 1:59 PM

The deaths caused by the natural disaster or the deaths caused by the marauders?

Speaking about cats, did you see this one, A Cat Named Yoda, on She's taking things into her own hands, and rescuing herself, thank you very much.

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 10, 2005 2:46 PM