Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Blowhard Idiocy

I've been keeping up with the assorted hurricane stuff and now that Gustav is more or less gone (no longer an organized storm but still dropping plenty of rain), out come the complainiacs. Here's a wonderful little gem from today's AP coverage:

'Next time, it's going to be bad because people who evacuated like us
aren't going to evacuate,' Catherine Jones, 53, of Silsbee, Texas, who spent three days on a cot at a church shelter with her disabled son. 'They jumped the gun.'

They jumped the gun? How the hell was anyone supposed to know how bad things would get? Hurricane Gustav made landfall as a Category 3 storm. Sound familiar? As crappy as the government normally is, your life and thousands of your fellow citizens' lives were likely saved thanks to a bit of prudent planning (hardly perfect by any means) and concern. If you choose to gamble with your life, that's your business. But your gamble does not become the government's problem should you ignore a future evacuation order and need to be airlifted off the roof of your house.


Chris said...

hmmm... I do think there is a problem.

Rambling follows, since I've had alot of miscellaneous thoughts on this the last couple days and your blog is my first venue to spout off on the topic:

If you spent any time watching the news networks... they did really build this up. And on TV especially it turned out to be fairly uninteresting to watch. They had their fancy graphics ready to go, and they reported on practically nothing else during the lead up. (It seems the cable news is incapable of dealing with more than one story a day now)

The honest truth is, there is no way for the government to say they don't know. That it's weather, and it's nearly impossible to accurately predict.

And also... That just looks like a bad place to live to me. They've got mother nature pointing a gun at them every day late summer. They should just build bunkers if they want to live there and drop the whole white picket fence ranch or colonial illusion.

The news media isn't going to help them out (realistically representing the threat) either, because bad weather and big hype equals great special effects and great video... both of which equal viewers.

One interesting thing I noticed was that they learned not to bunch all the people up in one Superdome type emergency location this time. They denied the TV News' desire to show an endless sea of evacuees. That was smart from the government standpoint for managing the event visually, but it also makes the whole thing seem like less of a big deal too. Because all throughout the coverage... there was very little human element shown.

De said...

It's always good when you chime in, Chris.

Because all throughout the coverage... there was very little human element shown.

I think this nails it. With the evacuation and the preparation, there was very little to report about save for the damage, which was less than Katrina (but still relatively significant). And because there wasn't death-defying rescues of people from roofs or folks stranded in Thunderdome, the impact was collectively decided as not being so bad or overreaction.

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