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A maddening report in TPM Cafe tells how some private citizens organized an airlift to evacuate hundreds of hospital patients and others from New Orleans — and how the federal government did its best to block them all the way.

As a footnote, one of the people involved with the operation was former vice president Al Gore. A fellow called Greg in Oz comments: "How very libertarian: only as a private individual is a politician effective."