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Posted: 1/3/2007 12:15:51 PM EDT


I found this on a Marine Corps Site I frequent.  

WEATHER BULLETIN


Up here, in the "Mile-Hi City", 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.


FYI:


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 Mayor 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
snowstorm. 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'Reilly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews and No Geraldo
Rivera.


No Shaun Penn, No Barbara Streisand, 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 snowbound 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 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% of the world's social problems evaporate."


It does seem that way, at least to me.


I hope this gets passed on.


Maybe SOME people will get the message. The world does Not owe you a
living.
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 12:38:41 PM EDT
It's the 49ers fault.

On a serious note, My Aunt and Uncle have pretty much the same experience every time they get nailed by a hurricane down in SC.  The community lumps together and figures out what needs to be done and who's doing it.
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 1:47:04 PM EDT
nice
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 2:05:00 PM EDT
Indeed.  I think the situations are slightly different... But the looting and generally being a-holes is the big difference..  A few rotten apples really ruin some emergency situations.
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 3:03:50 PM EDT
Not to belittle the situation, but trying to compare 44" of snow and 90 mph winds to 120-140 mph winds and then 72-144" (or more) of standing, toxic water...

...I think you broke your comparison.  Don't try to stretch it so far.  

You can plow snow, you can dig out of snow, you can walk on snow, you can use snow as an insulator if you do it right, you can even eat snow for water if you have to.
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 3:48:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/3/2007 3:50:17 PM EDT by GrumpyM4]

Originally Posted By Rogue-Sasquatch:
Not to belittle the situation, but trying to compare 44" of snow and 90 mph winds to 120-140 mph winds and then 72-144" (or more) of standing, toxic water...

...I think you broke your comparison.  Don't try to stretch it so far.  

You can  plow snow, you can  dig out of snow, you can  walk on snow, you can  use snow as an insulator if you do it right, you can  even eat snow for water if you have to.


As noted above, you say "You can" many times about things that people could do with snow.

There were many things that the people in NOLA could have done as well with the given situation that they didn't.

You could have writted a simiilar "you can" report for those people.

Knowing a bit about their mindset, lets play a little mental masturbation game.  Imagine if you will, those folks in NOLA, instead of in a hurricane and flood situation, in a cat 5 blizzard sitation.

I can EASILY see them allowing themselves to freeze to death in their cars and houses because they are more interested in stealing the SUV's and looting wally world then they are about finding stranded motorists.  I can see them shooting at the snow plows who come to clear the streets as they shot at the Search and rescue helicopters in NOLA.
I can see them breaking into other peoples homes who have heat and food and taking what they want by force instead of learning to get along with their neighbors.

In all honesty, the shitty situation dosn't matter. It could be hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, windstorms, earthquakes, etc.  The method of disaster is irrelevant.  The mindset of the people caught in it is everything.

I fear that stories such as this blizzard where people join together as a community to help eachother will become a rarity in the future.  From here on out, the "financially oppressed" will take the opportunity to revert to the animals they are because they all learned that because it worked in NOLA, it will work anywhere.






Link Posted: 1/3/2007 7:40:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Rogue-Sasquatch:
Not to belittle the situation, but trying to compare 44" of snow and 90 mph winds to 120-140 mph winds and then 72-144" (or more) of standing, toxic water...

...I think you broke your comparison.  Don't try to stretch it so far.  

You can plow snow, you can dig out of snow, you can walk on snow, you can use snow as an insulator if you do it right, you can even eat snow for water if you have to.


No I dont think so.  There was plenty of warning to get out of NOLA.  The people just wanted YOUR nice flatscreen TV...
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 8:02:47 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SkilletsUSMC:

Originally Posted By Rogue-Sasquatch:
Not to belittle the situation, but trying to compare 44" of snow and 90 mph winds to 120-140 mph winds and then 72-144" (or more) of standing, toxic water...

...I think you broke your comparison.  Don't try to stretch it so far.  

You can plow snow, you can dig out of snow, you can walk on snow, you can use snow as an insulator if you do it right, you can even eat snow for water if you have to.


No I dont think so.  There was plenty of warning to get out of NOLA.  The people just wanted YOUR nice flatscreen TV...


You mean those projected Hurricane path warnings that start about 6 weeks prior while the storm is a tropical depression way out in the Atlantic Ocean really mean something?????
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 8:20:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 8:26:51 PM EDT
Alright, alright!  

Get off the pile, I can't breathe.
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 8:29:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 8:33:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CrownAndSeven:

Originally Posted By SkilletsUSMC:

Originally Posted By Rogue-Sasquatch:
Not to belittle the situation, but trying to compare 44" of snow and 90 mph winds to 120-140 mph winds and then 72-144" (or more) of standing, toxic water...

...I think you broke your comparison.  Don't try to stretch it so far.  

You can plow snow, you can dig out of snow, you can walk on snow, you can use snow as an insulator if you do it right, you can even eat snow for water if you have to.


No I dont think so.  There was plenty of warning to get out of NOLA.  The people just wanted YOUR nice flatscreen TV...


You mean those projected Hurricane path warnings that start about 6 weeks prior while the storm is a tropical depression way out in the Atlantic Ocean really mean something?????


That's the one thing that I can't get my head around. Why were there still people in the city if they knew a hurricane was coming, and why, since they now they live in a hurricane prone area, did they not have any sort of preparations.
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 8:46:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Grey_Weasel:

Originally Posted By CrownAndSeven:

Originally Posted By SkilletsUSMC:

Originally Posted By Rogue-Sasquatch:
Not to belittle the situation, but trying to compare 44" of snow and 90 mph winds to 120-140 mph winds and then 72-144" (or more) of standing, toxic water...

...I think you broke your comparison.  Don't try to stretch it so far.  

You can plow snow, you can dig out of snow, you can walk on snow, you can use snow as an insulator if you do it right, you can even eat snow for water if you have to.


No I dont think so.  There was plenty of warning to get out of NOLA.  The people just wanted YOUR nice flatscreen TV...


You mean those projected Hurricane path warnings that start about 6 weeks prior while the storm is a tropical depression way out in the Atlantic Ocean really mean something?????


That's the one thing that I can't get my head around. Why were there still people in the city if they knew a hurricane was coming, and why, since they now they live in a hurricane prone area, did they not have any sort of preparations.


Those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it.

Which is precisely why they were not prepared for the last disaster.
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 8:51:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By OdT:
I knew I liked you for a reason...



And here I was thinking it was just because you think I have a sexy ass.....


I always wanted to be respected in the morning...
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 8:58:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Grey_Weasel:

Originally Posted By CrownAndSeven:

You mean those projected Hurricane path warnings that start about 6 weeks prior while the storm is a tropical depression way out in the Atlantic Ocean really mean something?????


That's the one thing that I can't get my head around. Why were there still people in the city if they knew a hurricane was coming, and why, since they now they live in a hurricane prone area, did they not have any sort of preparations.


Large city, poor city, general bad emergency plans, and doubters.  I've been in Florida on business just before hurricanes. Believe it or not, there are people that disagree with the news broadcasts.  Everyone has an opinion on the strength, the path, and everything else.  I have friends that refuse to leave their homes.  Insanity if you ask me, but it's true.



Link Posted: 1/3/2007 9:02:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CrownAndSeven:

Originally Posted By Grey_Weasel:

Originally Posted By CrownAndSeven:

You mean those projected Hurricane path warnings that start about 6 weeks prior while the storm is a tropical depression way out in the Atlantic Ocean really mean something?????


That's the one thing that I can't get my head around. Why were there still people in the city if they knew a hurricane was coming, and why, since they now they live in a hurricane prone area, did they not have any sort of preparations.


Large city, poor city, general bad emergency plans, and doubters.  I've been in Florida on business just before hurricanes. Believe it or not, there are people that disagree with the news broadcasts.  Everyone has an opinion on the strength, the path, and everything else.  I have friends that refuse to leave their homes.  Insanity if you ask me, but it's true.




+1
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 9:18:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/3/2007 9:21:33 PM EDT by OdT]
Link Posted: 1/3/2007 9:50:01 PM EDT

Originally Posted By CrownAndSeven:

Originally Posted By Grey_Weasel:

Originally Posted By CrownAndSeven:

You mean those projected Hurricane path warnings that start about 6 weeks prior while the storm is a tropical depression way out in the Atlantic Ocean really mean something?????


That's the one thing that I can't get my head around. Why were there still people in the city if they knew a hurricane was coming, and why, since they now they live in a hurricane prone area, did they not have any sort of preparations.


Large city, poor city, general bad emergency plans, and doubters.  I've been in Florida on business just before hurricanes. Believe it or not, there are people that disagree with the news broadcasts.  Everyone has an opinion on the strength, the path, and everything else.  I have friends that refuse to leave their homes.  Insanity if you ask me, but it's true.





Anyone can make the choice to stay and weather it out, but like my Signature says..."Shit happens when you party naked"  
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