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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

_____ is to Blame for Hurricane Katrina 

I've been reading all sorts of Katrina related blogging recently. With almost all terrible events that involve people, fertile minds tend to go crazy... and this has been no exception. It's not just concentrated on one side of the political spectrum or the other either... both sides have put forth a heaping dose of lunacy.

For instance, Abortion is to Blame for Hurricane Katrina.

The image of the hurricane above with its eye already ashore at 12:32 PM Monday, August 29 looks like a fetus (unborn human baby) facing to the left (west) in the womb, in the early weeks of gestation (approx. 6 weeks). Even the orange color of the image is reminiscent of a commonly used pro-life picture of early prenatal development (see sign with picture of 8-week pre-born human child below). In this picture, and in another picture in today's on-line edition of USA Today*, this hurricane looks like an unborn human child.

Louisiana has 10 child-murder-by-abortion centers - FIVE are in New Orleans ('Find an Abortion Clinic [sic]')

Baby-murder state # 1 - California (125 abortion centers) - land of earthquakes, forest fires, and mudslides
Baby-murder state # 2 - New York (78 abortion centers) - 9-11 Ground Zero
Baby-murder state # 3 - Florida (73 abortion centers) - Hurricanes Bonnie, Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne in 2004; and now, Hurricane Katrina in 2005

Abortion causing hurricanes? That's crazy. It's really all the Palestinian's fault:

This hurricane began its swirling pilgrimage toward the United States when it started to form up a couple of weeks ago. Is it a coincidence that the early formation of this storm occurred about the same time as the disengagement process in Israel was coming to a close? When pictures on your television screen of Israeli soldiers were dragging Jewish settlers from their homes as announcers were saying this eviction was supported and pressured by the United States government, the most embryonic winds of Katrina were beginning to form.

A couple of weeks ago I also sneezed while filling up my gas tank, right around when Katrina started brewing. Oh shit... is it my fault?! Alright, maybe that's a little out there. Maybe you'd rather blame President Bush for Katrina. After all, he didn't enact Kyoto, and hell, everything is his fault anyway... at least that's what Robert F. Kennedy Jr says:

On March 13, Bush reversed his previous position, announcing he would not back a CO2 restriction using the language and rationale provided by Barbour. Echoing Barbour's memo, Bush said he opposed mandatory CO2 caps, due to "the incomplete state of scientific knowledge" about global climate change.

Well, the science is clear. This month, a study published in the journal Nature by a renowned MIT climatologist linked the increasing prevalence of destructive hurricanes to human-induced global warming.

Now we are all learning what it's like to reap the whirlwind of fossil fuel dependence which Barbour and his cronies have encouraged. Our destructive addiction has given us a catastrophic war in the Middle East and-now-Katrina is giving our nation a glimpse of the climate chaos we are bequeathing our children.

Just out of curiosity Rob... what sort of gas mileage does your SUV get? Oh wait, someone so concerned with global warming would obviously take the bus everywhere. And you wouldn't have a gas guzzling private jet would you? Someone concerned with global warming would only take commercial airlines which are much more eco-friendly per passenger... right? Perhaps it's not as diabolical as all that. Hurricanes couldn't work on seasonal patterns could they? How narcissistic could we as a species be to think we're the root cause of everything?

This whole global warming thing is really just a smoke screen anyway, because we all know that white supremacists are to blame:

... it is no a coincidence that it is exactly 50 years from the time of (inaudible) lynching and murder. That it is not a coincidence that the storm's name is a sister. Katrina. For she represents the collective cries of mothers who have lost their sons (applause) to the brutality (louder applause) and the murderous grip of this racist white supremacist American culture (frenzied applause).

That idea is of course foolish because Katrina has been used by the government to kill black people... so it obviously isn't punishing white folks:

I am not going to apologize for being perceptive and reading between the lines. If you can't see that the poor people were herded into the unsafe Superdome because no one cares about them then that is not a problem I can address.

People have called for my banning for the title of a diary called "Put the Niggers in the Superdome". This kind of racism, this kind of stupidity is horrific and it needs a horrific title. It's obvious what that was all about. Any one who wants to think can see the Superdome roof is too large a span to be safe. If the Hurricane had been as strong as a Cat 5, I imagine it would have collapsed.

On a more common sense note, Wizbang offers some more practical advice for those who would cast stones:

With all due respect guys and gals... Chill out.

I've never seen one event inspire so many silly posts. Many of you need to put down the mouse and walk away. ;-)

I've seen the same blogger complain both that the coverage of Katrina was "Hurricane Porn" beforehand and in a separate post whine that the media did not do enough to convince people that they should have evacuated.... You can't have it both ways.

I fully understand if bloggers were disallowed from complaining about the media and politicians, that modem and broadband sales would suffer double digit sales slumps.... But take a break.

If you think you are more qualified to run the city then the people running it, then by all means when the next election cycle comes around, come on down and throw your hat in the ring. If you think you could have stopped the hurricane if only everyone had listened to you... well I can't help ya.

There'll be plenty of time to show off your 20/20 hindsight next week. For now, accept this for what it is... a natural disaster of biblical proportions.

If you want to do something, quit yer whining and do what blogs and bloggers do best... Use information to change the world.

Tomorrow is a blogger declared hurricane relief day. There are plenty of places where you can go to donate money and supplies (Instapundit, All Things Jen(nifer), American Red Cross, FEMA) Do something constructive with your money please. Donate to a good relief cause, not some fringe political group who would take advantage of this tragedy. Also, be sure to mark any donations with Katrina. Often times donations go into a general pool unless you specifically earmark them for a particular purpose.


Just when you thought it couldn't go any lower. Now I'm sick.

  Posted at September 02, 2005 3:49 PM by Blogger Be  
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