Friday, September 23, 2005

BURNT

Why haven't I been writing much lately?

I''ve said about all I care to say about Iraq, terrorism, the Democrats and hurricanes.

Think of it as a hiatus or a sabbatical, but I'm looking around for something else to write about. Might be cars -- I'm a certified car junky, so that would work.

Who knows.

Stay tuned.

Monday, September 19, 2005

OH CRAP --- NOT AGAIN??

The chances are slim, but if you looking at the current position of Tropical Storm Rita, she is only 100 miles or so south of where Katrina was when she first reared her ugly head.

The current 5-day track has Rita smacking the Texas coast south of Galveston next weekend, but there is a possibility that New Orleans could be the final destination. Even if it misses a direct hit, it will generate another tidal surge that could yet again overwhelm the levees.

Let's hope not . . .

WHERE'S THE ADVENTURE???

I found the following article to be quite funny.

You've seen/read/heard all the harrowing tales of British missionaries bringing the word of God to natives in darkest Africa.

Now, it appears, they are breaking new ground, taking untold risks, trying to convert the native population .... in Provence??

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

THESE PEOPLE SHOULD ROT IN HELL

Perhaps you've heard this story this morning. It hits home a little harder for me since these people live about 30 minutes away from me.

Friday, September 09, 2005

THE BLAME GAME, PART 3

Weary. That's how I feel about Hurricane Katrina, and I'm more than 1,000 miles away from New Orleans. God knows how anyone within the strike zone feels.

My weariness is over the hand-wringing and nonsense being spouted by those who are even further away from New Orleans than I. Those who are saying the calamity was driven by racial motives deserve to burn in Hell.

I've been looking for someone to piece it together and I think (as usual) Krauthammer has done an admirable job today of assigning and prioritizing the "blame." He doesn't leave anyone out, so this isn't a defense of anyone -- everyone gets some share of the blame.

But enough already -- just bulldoze the place and either rebuild it or build elsewhere, but if you rebuild in place without addressing the long-term problem of the lack of survivability of the Mississippi delta system, don't ask for another US tax dollar to support your folly.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

AND YOU WERE CONCERNED ABOUT EATING CAT OR DOG

You know the old cliche -- you never see a stray cat near a Chinese restaurant or a stray dog near a Korean restaurant.

Well, just when you thought it was safe to eat a little tiger meat . . .

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

THE BLAME GAME, PART 2

I had heard or read that no more than a year ago the New Orleans area had simulated a hurricane disaster. I think the Mayor even mentioned it in one of his press conferences a couple of days before Katrina hit.

So, if the plan for such a disaster called for the forced evacuation of the city's poorest by school bus, why didn't they do it?

It will be interesting to see if the non-Fox News national media pick up on this. I doubt it. In these situations, there is the default presumption the federal government (a/k/a George Bush) is responsible. Especially if the Mayor and Governor are Democrats.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

I TOLD YOU SO, PART 2

Look below for a post with a good scientific explanation why New Orleans is in the state it's in.

As for the policital answer, read this.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

THE BLAME GAME (Update)

I told you so. There, I said it.

Two days before Katrina hit the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Mississippi I told a friend of mine that anyone who didn't live 50 feet above sea level in a concrete block house should get the hell out of Dodge. As huge and powerful and fast-moving as it was, moving across relatively shallow water, Katrina was a giant "waterplow" pushing a veritable tsunami in front of itself.

Why did people stay? How many have died because of their reluctance to leave?

I understand there are some poor people who don't own cars, but did they try to get on a northbound bus? Or is the local government to blame for not enforcing a full evacuation with all the assistance at their disposal?

What I do know is this -- in the months to come, George Bush will be blamed by Democrats for whatever has happened. In a city and state dominated by Democrats, they'll say Bush was to blame. Their own mismanagment of the situation will not be admitted.

Sad. Tragic.

Update: A lot of folks were warning this not only could happen but was going to happen sooner or later. Here's a good piece that was written four years ago.