Try not to get murdered at ALA.
Just in time for ALA the governor of Louisiana has deployed armed National Guard troops to keep order in the troubled streets of New Orleans. It seems Ray 'Chocolate' Nagin can't convince his police to do their jobs. Perhaps they are all out at the Caddy dealers checking out the Escalades and waiting for the next hurricane.
New Orleans can expect 300 armed National Guard troops and an additional 60 state police officers to patrol the gunfire plagued streets that have seen scores of shooting and at least a half dozen murders in the last 3 days. On the bright side there have only been 54 murders in New Orleans so far this year, compared to 81 in the same period last year. The fact that hundreds of thousands of people have moved away after Katrina seems to have cut down on crime.
The National Guard troops feel that they are still in the disaster phase, and I am sorry to tell them that anytime they must march into New Orleans it will be a disaster.
Amazingly people set to attend the ALA convention called the hotel but did not cancel. I wonder who will end up dead?
I've made my decision and it cost me $75 dollars in cancellation penalties. I will not be going to see Mrs. Bush in New Orleans; I don't have my own security detail. Enjoy the ABC News story here. Me, I'll be in Manhattan that week.
Of course the ALA is right on top of things (actually I'm impressed but then again that is how they make the big bucks through the BS feel good meetings). They have a < a href="http://ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=News&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=130362"> statement from the N.O. Convention and Visitors' Bureau on the front page. Unfortunately they omitted the part about "Run like hell for cover when the shooting starts."
I'm armed, I was a cop and I'm not going there. There is no emergency like Katrina where people need help it is just the usual lawlessness that has been created by decades of Democratic administration of New Orleans.
Take my advice, stay out of New Orleans, someone associated with ALA will be attacked. I don't hope this happens, but I am a pragmatist.
Stay home and phone this one in.