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September 23, 2005

Bus Containing Houston Evacuees Explodes

At least one fatality.

The good news is that Texas officials seemed prepared for this. Fearing evacuees stuck in ferocious traffic would run out of gas, officials directed fuel trucks to be positioned along the escape routes.

Yes, this does come on the heels of the Katrina disaster, and everyone's being especially vigilant. Still-- Haley Barbour was able to prepare his state. Mississippi was also ravaged by Katrina-- you just don't hear much about that, because 1) Biloxi isn't as sexy a town as New Orleans but also 2) Barbour performed well and the media isn't interested in competency at the state level.

They only want to cover Louisiana, where loval and state officials allowed hundreds of people to die and tens of thousands to be stranded. Their incompency can be blamed on Bush, who apparently is supposed to do their jobs for them.

Talking up Haley Barbour's strong leadership would cast Nagin and Blanco in a bad light, and undermine the media's preferred narrative that FEMA is supposed to use their transporters to beam in during a storm and start setting up replicators to begin producing food out of empty air, so there's no need to mention him.

Thanks to DB.

Update from DB: 24 dead.


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