Hurricane Katrina conspiracy.
I'll start this post with a couple of questions; it tends to lead me back to my salient points and keep me honest.
- Why would anybody want to live in
? New Orleans
- Does anybody remember when a tidal wave (tsunami) hit
- When was it declared a disaster area, thereby freeing up funds (and authority) for FEMA to begin action?
- Why didn't the government respond sooner?
- Why did they put LTG Honoré in charge of the military relief effort?
- And please Chuck, pretty please tell us how this is all FDR’s fault?
Anyway, during one of the hurricanes that went screaming up the East Coast while I was there, some of our friends had their houses damaged by the various floods and rising water the hurricane brought with it. Of course, they had flood insurance. Funny thing about living near place called
Anyone who's been reading my blog for more than a day knows this: Carren is smarter than me. She went ahead and purchased flood insurance. Guess what; if you own a home, you probably have homeowners insurance. Guess what else; it probably does not include flood insurance. Get it. Depending on where you live, it's probably pretty affordable, and it beats the hell out of losing all of your stuff and your homeowner's insurance company saying "hey sorry about that, but you weren't covered."
Other than the people that were unable financially to move away from
It sounds harsh, I know, but I was sitting in church this past Sunday, talking to one of our friends when she asked me my opinion of what was going on in
There are millions of reasons why people stayed in their individual spots in
Does anybody remember when a tidal wave (tsunami) hit
My question is: did a lot of countries just call up and say “Hi Mr. Bush. Sorry to here about the big flood thing. You have my sympathy. We're all over here your pulling for you and hoping it gets better.” Or, did a lot of countries call up 1-800 Red Cross (or whatever the number is), and say “Here's my credit card. Please charge 30 or 40 or $50 billion to it.” After all, just how many hundreds of billions of dollars in support did we send to other countries in the last decade?
When was it declared a disaster area, thereby freeing up funds (and authority) for FEMA to begin action? Before the hurricane ever hit, the President declared entire state of
Why didn't the government respond sooner? The government of the State of
Why did they put LTG Honoré in charge of the military relief effort? I have had the distinct pleasure of working as a lieutenant under LTG Honoré. Back then, he was a full colonel, and my brigade commander. Behind his back, we called him the Ragin’ Cajun; a name that he has probably had since he was a lieutenant. The thing that we respected and admired about him most was his ability to get down to the squad level and help leaders, even very junior leaders, figure out what was wrong; what they were doing wrong. And he would caveat a lot of his "counseling sessions" with words like “Son, if you don't get this straight, you’re gonna to end up dead... Grave. Yard. Dead.” He also had a penchant for firing stupid people. That, among other admirable traits, earned him a lot of respect among the junior leaders in the brigade. Just his personality, the way he runs the show, makes things happen. He was given a bunch of soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division, soldiers who until very recently were either in
And please Chuck, pretty please tell us how this is all FDR’s fault? Alas, this will have to wait until next time. I'm tired and I want to go to bed. I have to get up early and let somebody bend and twist and pull my arm and hand until I'm ready to scream. Then I will let them do it again. And again. And after the kids stop doing it, I'll go to the hospital and let them do it. This is called therapy. But rest assured, although still baked out of my gourd on narcotics, I will be able to explain why exactly how Franklin Delano Roosevelt was responsible for the flooding in
Until next time, donate to a charity, spend some time with your family, thank God that your only experience with hurricane Katrina was a weekend of nasty weather, call your parents and tell him how much you miss them (they're not to be around forever, you know.).