September 9th, 2005

Ilsa

FOX News Update

Hey, has anybody seen Shep Smith on FOX News since he got kinda edgy last week about all the people stranded after the flood, and then, you know, kinda mentioned on-air the armed government check points that were set up to keep people in the city, turning back those who tried to walk out?

Maybe they're giving him a few days off or something, because he's, like, tired from working so hard. And from watching people die and stuff.

Speaking of which... what's the "official" death toll from this hurricane, anyway? I mean, within days we had pretty accurate estimates of the Indonesian tsunami toll, and those areas were really remote. I guess, because they were brown and foreign people, it was okay to talk about tens of thousands dead, and show piles of corpses in the streets. Down in Louisiana, however, while some sources mention rumors of death tolls "in the tens of thousands," isn't the official count something like 150 in Biloxi and, like, 3 in New Orleans? I don't buy this "we're concentrating on aiding the survivors at this point" anymore.

C'mon, I can't believe there are no reliable numbers on this. Either almost nobody died, or they're covering it up for fear of negatively impacting the economy.

Or maybe the gators ate 'em all.
Ilsa

Be Not Afraid....

For those living in the rural Pacific Northwest among the last of the mighty ancient Sitka and Redwood forests, I have two words to allay any fears you may have over being stranded in the event of a natural cataclysm: Salvage Logging.

Roseboro, GP, Weyerhaeuser, and Boise-Cascade will be fighting to see who gets to cut their way in before the last fluttering needle meets the forest floor. Uh, to rescue you, of course.
Ilsa

Basic Math

Let me see. About 500,000 people have been displaced due to Hurricane Katrina.

So far the Federal Government has alloted over 60-billion dollars for hurricane relief effort.

That equates to $120,000.00 per person.

Those are mighty expensive plastic water bottles and camp cots.

Oh, wait. The camp cots and water bottles are being provided by private charities or state and local organizations.

WHERE IS ALL THIS FEDERAL MONEY GOING?????

Here's MY plan: GIVE EVERY PERSON DISPLACED BY THE HURRICANE A HUNDRED-THOUSAND DOLLARS AND A PLANE TICKET TO ANYPLACE THEY WANT TO GO!

For a hundred grand, most of these people can get their lives back on track very quickly. Many of them might even end up better off than before. They could buy houses, cars, new clothes, and find a job.

And... WE'D SAVE A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY AND TIME!

Not that anyone cares what I think.