September 23, 2005

Near Miss

Looks like we'll get little, if any, of the effects from the hurricane. Maybe some clouds and cooling, which will help, but not much rain. I feel sorry for the people who evacuated from near Houston. They spent 20+ hours sitting on the outgoing highways in record heat for what looks like pretty much nothing because Houston will just get the equivalent of a bad thunderstorm, certainly not anything to evacuate over. I don't know about the people close to the water. They'll be on the west side of the eye when it hits land, so I don't think the storm surge will be that bad for them.

By the way, the levees in New Orleans broke again today. I've seen it reported on the web, on CNN, on MSNBC, on the Weather Channel and in several blogs. Someone better be sure to tell FEMA so that they know what the hell is going on. I hope the hurricane doesn't distract people too much from Cindy Sheehan's big rally in D. C. against the war.

I think Iraq is permanently shoved to the back burner at this point from hurricanes or missing white women or whatever the story of the day is. Everyone is against it, but the media just won't talk about it. It's going to take some enormous catastrophe or morale-sapping event over there, the equivalent of the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, to really convince people we should just get the hell out of there. At some point, I'd at least like the media to address the fact that we're building all these permanent bases there, which is just so depressingly stupid. They might as well paint the walls with big concentric red circles.

Posted by Observer at September 23, 2005 09:00 PM
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