About North of the 48th Parallel (Political Humor)
|January 20th, 2006||#1|
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North of the 48th Parallel (Political Humor) info
I chose the Political Discussion area because I thought we could use a little lighthearted entertainment to leaven the seriousness which seems to be the hallmark of this thread.
This text is from a county emergency manager out in the western part of South Dakota state after the recent snow storm.
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.
.. 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 Mayors 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 snow storm
.. 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 snow bound 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 an 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% most of the world's social problems evaporate."
I believe the above article says it all. Many Americans want the government to cure all their ills when things go awry, but bristle when they feel like Uncle Sam hasn't come through fast enough or with too little aid.
It's refreshing to read about people who DO NOT expect massive aid from the government but instead resolve their own problems.
Last edited by Chief Bones; January 20th, 2006 at 20:43..
|January 20th, 2006||#2|
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Great post, Chief. I saw this a few days ago but forgot about it, so you beat me to it.
"It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle." - Norman Schwarskopf, Commander of Desert Storm Operations
|January 20th, 2006||#3|
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Maybe we should introduce socialism to certain parts of the US. It just sounds like they are ready for it. And the other part is ready for communism: nothing works, there is a shortage of everything and the government won't do a thing.... Doesn't there hide a commie in every American?
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
Sir Winston Churchill
|January 20th, 2006||#4|
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Actually, Dakota is pretty close to where I grew up and I completely understand the tone of the article. The reason that FEMA and and everybody else immaginable did not intervene is quite simple. The Mountain West and Northwestern Plains are actually very very well setup for this sort of emergency. Everything has already been planned out and the social norms have already adapted ... all of that from prior insanely huge winter storms. 41" isn't what I would call "Biblical Proportions" either. More like a very big inconvenience and strong guarantee of some pretty ugly drifts and snow-ins. The Dakotas will do just fine without outside intervention. The schmucks in New Orleans were woefully unprepared right in the face of a very well known threat.
"It is well that war is so terrible, else we should grow too fond of it."
- General Robert E. Lee
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"It takes a big man to admit when he's wrong. I am NOT a big man." -Chevy Chase
|January 20th, 2006||#5|
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Same here in South Florida, we're used to hurricanes. Sure, sometimes people need help. But we arren't freaking out. We were hammered last year and the year before. But we're fine.
|January 21st, 2006||#6|
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Pretty much says it all.
|January 21st, 2006||#7|
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“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.”
—John Stuart Mill
|January 29th, 2006||#9|
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If we get 44 inches no big deal, the thousands of miles of power lines going down around the state sucked but we dealth with it.
Once we get 100 inches of snow though we start to worry a little.
Otherwise, break out the sleds, no school!
Please note that 98% of what I say is my opinion and/or my "version" of the facts. Most of what I say is rumor with little to no evidence to back it up, just something I picked up somewhere.
|January 31st, 2006||#10|
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Let me give you a tip..... Why not bury all your cables? I can imagine that that isn't so smart in earthquake country, but the midwest, why not? We have storms, rain, hail, storms and an occasional storm but rarly the power or phonelines go out. Why? Because we buried them all, smart isn't it?