This is going to be a long post, so go to the bathroom now. Ok, get a drink. Are you ready now?
I posted a lot of jokes and funny pictures over the weekend. It was a Holiday weekend, the weather was as close to perfect as you can get, and I did not want to waste all day on the internet. Was it appropriate with the death of a Supreme Court Chief Justice, and massive death and destruction in the heart of the Old South? I do not know nor care.
I enjoy reading a great number of blogs. One of my favorites is Moonbatty
. She is a liberal, but that is OK, it takes all kinds to make this great country work. She writes in an honest heartfelt manner. I believe she is a good and caring person. I made a half-thought comment on this post
. I believe more thought is in order.
My heart goes out to the families and victims of Katrina. I am truly sorry for their loss. Now for the heartless bastard side of me. This attitude represents much of what is wrong with this country. We have created a whole class of people who think they are owed something. Someone is always to blame. Spill some coffee -- blame McDonald's. Slip on some ice -- sue the homeowner. If life is not perfect -- someone is at fault!
I have a small scar on my left shoulder blade. I was born caesarian, the doctor cut me. Today, that little scratch would be a hefty lawsuit. My parents were just glad I was alive and healthy.
A few years ago my daughter was a passenger in a car driven by one of her friends. The driver hit a patch of ice and struck a utility pole. My daughter hit her head pretty hard and had to go to the hospital. The insurance company paid the doctor bills. She was fine, just a headache. A few days after the accident, I received a call from the adjuster. The insurance company wanted to send me a sizable check, if I would sign a waiver and promise not to sue. I refused. Not because I wanted to reserve the right to file a lawsuit, but because THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH MY DAUGHTER. I know many of you will think I am a dumbass. But how could I honestly take money for a non-existent injury? The adjuster said I should think of it as payment for me or my daughter missing work. No work was missed. I routinely bitch about the cost of my auto insurance, without a doubt, it is the rip-off of the times. But by taking the payoff, I would have only added to the problem. I signed the papers, refused the money.
This hurricane visited terrible tragedy and destruction upon the States of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. Moonbatty posted an incredibly sad quote from a NY Times interview with a victim
The guy who runs this building I'm in, emergency management, he's responsible for everything, Mr. Broussard said. His mother was trapped in St. Bernard nursing home and every day she called him and said, "Are you coming, son? Is somebody coming?" And he said, "Yeah, Mama, somebody's coming to get you. Somebody's coming to get you on Tuesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Wednesday. Somebody's coming to get you on Thursday. Somebody's coming to get you on Friday." And she drowned Friday night.
"Nobody's coming to get us" he said through his tears. "Nobody's coming to get us."
On Saturday, weather experts were predicting that Katrina, fresh from hitting Florida (we seem to have forgotten that 11 people died there), would gain strength to Catagory 5 and make a beeline toward New Orleans. By Sunday and Monday it was clear the Gulf Coast was in for a pounding. FEMA and others were calling for evacutaions of New Orleans. Why did the Mayor and Governor not order the mandatory evacuations of nursing homes and hospitals? More to the point, why did this man not personally go and rescue his mother and take her to safety himself? "Oh Mommy, I am so worried about you, I hope someone comes and gets you".
When (not if) the next big disaster comes, whether it be a tornado, a flood, a hurricane, an earthquake, or major terrorist attack, you are depending on someone else to save you and your family -- you are an idiot. Disaster preparedness begins at the local level. In this case, local is your immediate family. Next you look after your neighbors and friends.
The city of New Orleans did a woefull job of ppreparing for this tragedy. Now they just want to place the blame and point fingers. This hurricane was an act of nature. Regardless of RFK, Jr's idiotic position, this hurricane was not caused my global warming, George Bush, nuclear testing, big oil, the world bank, Karl Rove, Halliburton, Osama, Tony Blair or the Euro. It is a naturally occuring act of nature. Period. Go to the Hurricane Forecasting Center's page. You will see that hurricanes are not getting stronger, or more frequent, but they go in decades long patterns. We have more destruction, but that is because we have more to destruct than we did 70 years ago. 100 years ago we did not have hurricane warnings, just a strange swell to the sea, and storm clouds on the horizon. Hurricanes and typhoons struck with little warning of their true ferocity. Loss of life was stupendous. Now we know days and weeks before landfall. There is no reason the elderly are stuck in a nursing home waiting on rescue. Mr. Broussard should be ashamed, it was his responsibility to save his mother.
Much has been written and broadcast about the slow response of FEMA and others to rescue the victims. One jerkoff at the DU wrote with "trembling hands" of his anger over the delays. He related that the people of New Orleans had resorted to cannibalism. He made claims that we did not save these people because the were black. Such ideas sicken me, this is the worst kind of race baiting. I do not deny there are race problems in this country, but the individual who would let a person suffer and die for the color of skin are far and few between. I will take no arguments on that statement. One last bit, to really piss off some of you. It was less than 10 miles to dry ground from the Superdome. Many healthy able bodidied people stood there, screaming for help. Even the slowest, most out of shape person could have walked to safety in a day. Like hell would I just stand around and let my kids go hungry and thirsty. I would have carried them as far as necesary to get food and fresh water.
One of the commenters at Moonbaty described the process required to mobilize the National Guard. Funny, the same liberals who are against the military, do not want the guard recruiting in schools,are the first to scream for National Guard help.
Thank you for sticking with me this long. To sum the situation, the corupt administrations of the cities and Parishes and State of Louisiana did not prepare for a calamity of this magnitude. The plans were half formed at best. The Feds can react only with the speed of a turning battleship. The suffering is caused by people who did not heed warnings, who did not prepare, who counted on inept local politicians to save their ass. Somehow, all of this, to the liberals, is the President's fault.
Hell, lets blame my dog. He farts a lot, putting methane into the atmosphere. This contributes to the hole in the ozone that causes global warming. Thie rise in ocean and air temperatures created a hurricane force storm that hit the southern tier of States. Lots of people died and businesses and homes were destroyed. My dog killed Mr. Broussard's mother. It makes as much sense as blaming the President.