26 February 2009

Community Support

This text (via JWP) is from a county manager out in the western part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan after a severe snow storm last winter:

Up here in the Northern part of Michigan 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.

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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's 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 even report on this category 5 snow storm.

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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'Rielly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews and No Geraldo Rivera.

No Shaun Penn, No Barbara Striesand, No Hollywood types to be found.

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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 snow bound families.

Families took in the stranded people - total strangers.

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We fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Coleman lanterns.

We put on an 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.

I hope this gets passed on. Maybe SOME people will get the message:

[Their] Bottom Line: The world does Not owe you a living.

6 comments:

  1. Well...that "story" has been being passed around for a few years now. The city in which it "happens" varies but the gist is the same.

    Here's one link to the same "event" in Denver - http://rockymtnmag.com/blizzard/commentary.htm .

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  2. Snopes is your friend:

    http://www.snopes.com/katrina/soapbox/dakota.asp

    How about another false story to keep us entertained?

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  3. Just like Bobby Jindal said in his response to the Chicken Little, doom and Gloom about Katrina and New Orleans, in the State of the Union Speach this week. The government was the problem!

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  4. Hey -- even if it's fabricated, it's a pretty good fairy tale to pursue!

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  5. I agree with you 100% David. Those 1800 dead Katrina victims had only their own affirmative-action -seeking laziness to blame. Nobody owed them a living.

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  6. Hey Jason -- there's a difference between a real victim and someone who takes advantage of "victim" status (either as a "giver" or "receiver") -- and I am sure that you know the difference and that you know I know the difference.

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