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Friday, February 8, 2008

Dangerous Weather

As a New York-Maryland girl, I know that I don't really understand what it feels like to be afraid of the weather. Oh, sure, we might get snowed in every once in a while, but that's about it.

Until a year and a half ago, Westchester County was not known for its extreme weather. Then, we got hit with a very small tornado less than 20 miles from where I live. Although no one was hurt, you can still see the damage to trees and property.

I shudder and weep to think of what lies ahead for Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Alabama.

Tornadoes and storms in the mid-South have killed 55 people since Tuesday evening in the deadliest tornado outbreak in the United States in more than 20 years.

The storms ripped apart homes and trapped residents of university dorms and a retirement home in debris.

The trail of death stretched across four states, with four people killed in Alabama, 13 in Arkansas, seven in Kentucky and 31 in Tennessee.

In some cases, there was almost no warning before the severe weather hit.
I am so sorry for the people of the South, whose suffering seems to grow and grow while the brain-damaged Chimp in the Oval Office shrugs and pretends that "prayer" will fix everything. I am so sorry for Americans, whose expectations of getting emergency services in return for their tax dollars seem to shrink and shrink, while the Vice President sneers and stacks more millions inside his man-sized safe. And I am so, so sorry that Congress is still saddled with heartless Republics, who block and water down every Congressional effort to make government work, while they pocket lobbyist money and insist on drowning government in the bathtub.

This Administration has managed to create seven years of dangerous weather. We are quickly turning into a third-world country, with poverty and joblessness on the rise, millions losing their homes, a dysfunctional educational system, and an economy that is consistently being bailed out by countries like Saudi Arabia and China.

The Bush Administration's tornadoes have been bad enough already. It's adding suffering to suffering when Nature's hurricanes and tornadoes come with them.


Woody (Tokin' Lib'rul/Rogue Scholar & O'erall Helluvafella!) said...

Meeting with storm victims today, the Chimp will quote Ronald Reagan, and tell them: "I'm the federal government and I'm here to help."

madamab said...


Timmy B said...

I think I know what will happen. Bush will get his photo-op, federal agencies will spend money inefficiently, with private organizations and local charities do the actual work.

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Southern Beale said...

Here's what's happening: church groups, volunteer organizations, and the citizenry of Tennessee are mobilizing en masse this weekend to help with recovery. They don't call us the "Volunteer State" for nothing.

Some local orgs. will get beaucoups bucks but as Timmy B point out, will they have done any actual work? Doubtful. And oh yeah, Bush got his photo op.

madamab said...

Southern Beale - I knew that your fellow Tennesseans would step up. Americans are always ready to lend a helping hand in times of trouble - it's one of the amazing things about us as a people.

Unfortunately, our government doesn't have the same instinct anymore. It's definitely time for a change.