Monday, January 08, 2007

Circulated E-Mail . . . Interesting Take

E-mails circulate regularly nowadays. Some are better than others. Some are awfully poor. Some are really really good. Some provoke a little thought. Here's most of one that triggers the latter.

Up here, in the Northern Plains, we just recovered from a Historic
event--
- may I even say a "Weather Event" of "Biblical Proportions" ---
with a historic blizzard of up to 44" inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH
that broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds
of
motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads, isolated scores of
communities and cut power to 10's of thousands.

FYI:George Bush did not come.FEMA did nothing.No one howled for the
government.No one blamed the government.No one even uttered an expletive on
TV.Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit.Our Mayor did not blame Bush or
anyone else.Our Governor did not blame Bush or anyone else, either.CNN,
ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC did not visit - or report on this category 5
snowstorm.

Nobody
demanded $2,000 debit cards.No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House.No one
looted.Nobody - I mean Nobody demanded the government do
something.
Nobody expected the government to do anything either.No Larry King, No
Bill O'Rielly, No Oprah,
No Chris Mathews and No Geraldo Rivera.No
Shaun Penn, No Barbara Striesand,
No Hollywood types to be found.Nope,
we just melted the snow for water.Sent out caravans of SUV's to pluck people
out of snow engulfed cars.The truck drivers pulled people out of
snow banks and didn't ask for a penny.Local restaurants made food and the
police and fire departments delivered it to the snowbound families.
Families took in the stranded people -- total strangers.We fired up wood
stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Coleman lanterns.We put on
extra layers of clothes because up here it is "Work or Die."We did not
wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess
created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades votes for
'sittin at home' checks. Even though a Category "5" blizzard of this scale
has
never
fallen this early, we know it can happen and how to deal with it
ourselves."In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of
about 48 degrees North Latitude, 90% of the world's social problems
evaporate."It does seem that way, at least to me.


Hmmmm. Provoke any thoughts?

8 Comments:

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Col. Hogan said...

He He! I just put a link to that story on my site. I grew up in N Dakota.

 
At 6:21 AM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

The only thought that it provokes is that comparing a blizzard to a hurricane the size of Katrina is assinine. Comparing hundreds of people in snow banks to thousands of people with no homes left is assinine. The whole article is a practice in obtuse idiocy.

If you want to complain about the complainers, that is fine, but don't compare Katrina to a blizzard.

 
At 4:48 PM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

Beef, you missed the comparison. The comparison is the reaction of the various parties to a catastrophy, not the level of the catastrophy. I agree there is a huge difference between the two.

 
At 8:25 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

Well, I see nowhere where it mentions party reaction to catastrophy. All I read is some guy saying how well prepared North Dakota is for blizzards and shame on everyone else for reacting the way they did to people's homes being ravaged and their lives being turned upside down by a hurricane. There is absolutely no mention of party affiliation or reaction in that piece. All it does is scold people for being crybabies. Well, let his house be flattened by a tidal wave and see what he says. Until then, I think he needs to do us all a favor and keep is ignorance to himself.

No social problems in North Dakota, he says? Could that be because there are no people in North Dakota?

 
At 11:21 PM, Blogger Col. Hogan said...

I've never been one to get all worked up over a little rain......

 
At 11:27 AM, Blogger RightWingRocker said...

Kinda relevant as to the question I've been trying to get an answer to ...

Of course the crickets continue to chirp ...

RWR
www.rightwingrocker.com

 
At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't want to compare a blizzard to a hurricane, then compare Katrina to Frances or Charlie or Andrew....I think you'll find that the people of Florida didn't whine and cry and demand debit cards.....

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

That's valid. Actually, the response time of the Feds was slower than Katrina as well.

 

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