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Thursday, September 01, 2005

pointing fingers

Two quick things about the hurricane and its aftermath:

--first, people without food and potable water wandering into an abandoned grocery/ceonvenience store and grabbing the supplies they need to keep their family alive....are not "looters."
On the other hand, people wandering the streets helping themselves to flat panel TV's and expensive electronics are sick in the head (and they are looters).

--second, why are people wasting their efforts and breath and resources pointing fingers at government officials for a failure to protect them from a natural disaster? Have we come to a point in our evolution that we collectively believe that the all powerful federal/state/local governments can prevent a hurricane/flood? It is a natural disaster that has hit a particularly vulnerable city, and while search and rescue is still attempting to locate survivors, it seems particularly bad form to "blame Bush." For an example of this ridiculous finger pointing, see here.
It's a former Clinton advisor once again claiming that their administration warned everyone that a hurricane might hit New Orleans, but Bush diverted money to fight the war in Iraq. Do these guys ever shut up?
And is it terribly prescient to predict that a coastal city on the Gulf of Mexico might be hit by a hurricane? Isn't that akin to saying "it might get hot in the summer and after that it could be cold in the winter?"

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read this: http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00001782.htm

It's insane. Or rather, he is.

Your viewpoint, djobe, is always dead on and I appreciate you sharing it. There are too many crazies out there blogging up the world wide web with ridiculous crap.

-Lynne

10:22 PM  
Blogger WeSandmen said...

My thoughts exactly. Glad to see someone else say it.

9:33 AM  
Blogger WeSandmen said...

My thoughts exactly. Glad to hear someone else say it.

9:33 AM  
Blogger llear said...

Maybe we can't blame the President for the hurricane, but we most certainly point a finger at the slow manner in which we are helping our own. This is the United States not a third world country and there is no reason why we should have thousands of people stranded without food or water for days. I think we can point a finger at the government for taking too long to help our own.

9:56 AM  
Blogger djobe said...

You may be right...there are definitely logisitcal lessons to be learned from the response so far...

I think if the beauracracies would jsut get out of the way, the people of surrounding communities could and would do more...

1:43 PM  

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