August 30, 2005

Katrina and the Waves

I just had to be the first to use that headline. Anyone remember these guys (whose hit was ironically "Walking on Sunshine)? I sure didn't until it popped into my head last night. Remember, you saw it here first.

**Note: I guess you didn't hear it here first. Within an instant, alert Dopesters had told me that they'd seen it elsewhere. I guess it was inevitable.

And as an aside, it appears that most of the devatation and suffering, at least in the New Orleans area, is concentrated on the poorest, primarily black part of town. Imagine that.


At 8/30/2005 6:35 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Dope you are giving away your age...

At 8/30/2005 6:46 AM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Actually... you weren't the first. My dad (that age) told me 2 days ago that he saw it in a CNN crawl at the bottom of the screen, and wondered how many people got that pun.

At 8/30/2005 6:58 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Ah ... I figured I was a bit late. Damn. It figures. I think I'll go eat worms.

At 8/30/2005 7:03 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And I'm not sure what being aware of Katrina and the Waves reveals about my age. They had their hit in the 80s. I guess that means I must be at least in my late 20's or early 30's.

I'll have to try to dig up my birth certificate.

At 8/30/2005 11:49 PM, Blogger politicalwind said...

The hurricane hits most QC gas stations tomorrow. For instance, the Amoco on 53rd St. and Ave of the Cities will start tomorrow with gas at $3.19 a gallon. Tonight it was $2.60 a gallon.

A signifant portion of the US oil and gas supply comes from the oil refineries all over the Gulf Coast, now devastated.

Maybe this will put those Hummers and outrageous gaz guzzler SUVs out of business. It can't happen soon enough. Those cars are punching holes in our environment, all for the desire for excess and status among our fellow Americans.

At 8/31/2005 12:17 AM, Blogger shamalamadingdong21 said...

We gave a big fat tax break for small business owners to buy hummers, imagine that. I am sure that Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana could all use their National Guard members who are now serving in Iraq. In times like these we are reminded of the valuable service that George W. Bush gave to our country by serving in the Alabama National Guard. His example of service as a young man was a model to all of today's Guard members. Too bad we have never found even one (1) person who remembers seeing him show up for anything other than a dental exam!!

We have another preventable human tragedy that has been met with a poor response. What good is our mighty military if we couldn't mobilize it to evacuate and provide shelter for these people. Why have we not deployed hundreds of helicopters, small navy watercraft, and personnel to provide food, water and security to these people. It is a failure on the part of our Government of epic proportions.

We have spent billions trying to prevent another 9-11 instead of trying to prevent it in the first place. Here, we knew with certainty that a major hurricane would hit this area again someday and our preparations fell unbelievably short. Yet, we have heros who will never get medals, criminals who will never go to jail and untold stories of survival and death.

Then we have the story of the statue of Jesus that some view as having miraculously survived the fallen Oak trees. Simple physics dictated the shape and size of the tree and the direction of the wind and the location of the statue. There are too many stories of people NOT surviving who should have for me to believe in miracles. If you want to puit a religious spin on it, start adding up the toll that hurricanes have taken on the states that were responsible for electing George Bush president in the last few years. I think THAT might be a sign from God.

At 8/31/2005 7:08 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

Shama you are so right. Unfortnately, the southern states even with the "NCLB" act put into place by Bush are still miles behind on education of their kids and so, likely, the smart conclusions you can see will never be realized by the voters of the south.

They will continue to take on the fundamentalist bible belt hogwash and vote accordingly instead of looking at the bread and butter issues so vital to their very own households and kids' and grandkids' futures.

The uneducated electorate....yes it's in the majority south of the mason dixon line in our country.

At 8/31/2005 8:48 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

The Dope woke up the day after the hurricane and heard an analyst predict soaring gas prices. Within minutes, all the Dope vehicles were topped off at the "low" price of $2.59. With minimal driving, and catching some tailwinds, hopefully I can avoid paying $3 plus for some time.

At 8/31/2005 8:59 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Shama, I noticed that yesterday, three days after the hurricane and at least a week after it was forecast to hit, a special military rescue squad was just now starting to pack up to go to the area from California. The commander on camera was boasting of how they're able to respond almost instantly. But this was way late. The day after, after the levees gave way, was the time this help was most needed, and the time when most lives were in danger, particularly the elderly, very young, or those needing medicines or electricity for their existance, such as diabetics, etc.

No reports on how hospitals were dealing with this, or efforts to evacuate nursing homes, jails, or other places where the population would be trapped.

Bush, no doubt pissed about being told he had to cut his 3 month vacation short a few days, rushes back to DC to read stupid platitudes off of 3x7 cards. (Including the absolutely disgraceful attempt to compare the invasion of Iraq to WWII)

I'm sure that first on Bush's priorities is to give millions in aid to all the oil companies which were impacted, despite the fact that even financial analysts describe their recent obscene levels of profits as their having a license to print money.
(Yes folks, oil companies have never made as astronomical profits as they have in the past few years, yet the recent energy bill gave them millions in subsidies.)

Bush can't respond in the manner this disaster demands, as he's squandered both the treasury, and the military and their equipment on his ridiculous efforts in Iraq.

If even a fraction of the billions sqandered in the pursuit of profits and power and to aid Bush politically were devoted to this disaster, untold suffering could be avoided.

At 8/31/2005 9:09 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

And I am absolutely dumbfounded at the immediate reference to religion after this massive disaster.
The governor of Louisiana calls for a day of prayer, because the situation is absolutely out of control and sheer chaos.

People appear on camera in front of the kindling that used to be their home, left with nothing but a tee shirt, shorts, and memories, thanking God for still being alive.


It truly highlights the child-like mind-set that people fall into when faced with unbelievable death and destruction. They simply can not make sense of it, which is understandable, so they ascribe it to some invisible "thing" in the sky. But they only give God credit, never blame.

Now that's faith. It's like a husband that beats up his wife so bad she's a mangled disfigured quadraplegic, and she then sincerely thanks him for leaving her one tooth in her mouth. "I praise my husband for not killing me."

It's insane.

At 8/31/2005 3:55 PM, Blogger diehard said...

The silence on this blog to that last post is deadining Dope!

At 9/03/2005 4:28 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I think you meant "deafening", and yeah, I didn't expect many people to react. As long as it makes them think, it's ok.

People never like to hear that their beliefs amount to fairy tales or have the absurdity of it pointed out.

Faith is fine, even necessary. Religion in itself isn't a bad thing. It's fine for some, and no doubt has contributed to a lot that is good and true in society.

It's just that sometimes it astounds me how people can do mental contortions to maintain their belief that God is helping them.


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