The devastation of New Orleans and the surrounding area, along with Mississippi and Alabama makes my heart ache. Luckily for me, my friends are safe and sound and accounted for since they evacuated before Katrina made landfall. The fury of Mother Nature is both terrifying and amazing. And now it's time to clean up. There are countless numbers of people needing to be rescued, in addition to the homeless who have evacuated with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. Please donate to the Red Cross or another charity listed on FEMA's website.
As far as the reports we're getting on looters...if they aren't stealing food in order to stay alive prior to rescue or a pair of shoes necessary to slog their way out of the affected region without cutting up their feet on debris, then they need to be treated with the maximum force necessary to restore order. Looting after a disaster is pathetic and the worst kind of greed.