August 31, 2005

When Disaster Strikes: The Noble and Ignoble

Filed under: General,News from Other Sites — Tom @ 11:33 am

Katrina’s devastation has made it difficult to even think of blogging about anything else.

Disasters of this magnitude tend to bring out the best and worst in people. Here’s a roundup of a bit of both–It’s not too difficult to tell which category each piece falls in:
- Michael Daly of The New York Daily News: “It’s Our Turn to Help Biloxi”
- Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: “For They That Sow the Wind Shall Reap the Whirlwind” (who says that the storm is the fault of the Governor of Mississippi; you won’t believe why)
- Instapundit has an excellent collection of Katrina relief charities to donate to, a “Carnival of Relief” as he calls it, which he is keeping bumped to the top of his home page.
- Looters, the cockroaches of humanity in these kinds of situations, are apparently out in full force. Michelle Malkin has a roundup of the grimness. I have been and continue to be unapologetically in the “shoot ‘em” camp for genuine looters ever since the New York blackout in the 1960s.
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UPDATE: EU Rota unearths and charts the truth about hurricane frequency, and shows that hurricanes have been striking the US at a LOWER rate since the early 1950s. This reveals as total lies the it’s-global-warming’s-fault claims of Robert Kennedy Jr. and Germany’s Environmental Minister. If you extended EU Rota’s information and used the the twisted reasoning of Kennedy et al (a reasoning method not employed here at BizzyBlog), it would be an argument FOR expanding the use of things that cause global warming, so as to further reduce hurricane frequency!

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4 Comments

  1. I’m curious where you draw the line? If they need food and water what do they do? They obviously can’t wait for the store to go back to business as usual.

    Personally, I don’t really think that it’s high on the priority list right now.

    Comment by Editor — August 31, 2005 @ 12:33 pm

  2. Your point is why I said “genuine.”

    Food, water, liquids, and basic clothing? That’s not looting.

    Big-screen TV, computers, electronics (as I read somewhere)? Looting.

    Shoot someone in a store that sells all of the above? Tough call, unless you base it on what they have in the cart.

    Shoot someone in a Circuit City? Yes.

    And of course it’s a lower priority than saving people.

    Comment by TBlumer — August 31, 2005 @ 3:59 pm

  3. Okay, let’s take it easy on the hyperbole. RFK Jr. didn’t blame Barbour for a hurricane; he merely implicated him as part of an industry-driven campaign to marginalize environmental issues, one result of which is a worse hurricane problem such as the one we’re now witnessing.

    Comment by WestEnder — August 31, 2005 @ 11:00 pm

  4. Except that EU Rota shows that hurricane frequency is down. Oops.

    Comment by TBlumer — August 31, 2005 @ 11:06 pm

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