Fw: Iowa Flooding

"I don't know for sure if this is a viral email or not, but someone posted this on a forum I frequent, billed as 'shamelessly stolen from a friend's email'. It comes across to me as being racist and filled with myths and exaggerations from the Katrina aftermath. I hope this is useful. I don't have right wing friends or relatives, so I rely on your place to keep up with the Internet legends." -Andy

Happy Fourth of July, Andy! Thanks for the fine right-wing find. You are correct, MRWD reader Michael just submitted a doozie that sadly confirmed your suspicions:

"I get this kind of junk all the time from various family members. I used to get angry...but what's the use?"- Michael

Right-wing comment found on a forum frequented by Andy:

Just a personal observation...as I watched the news coverage of the massive flooding in the Midwest with over 100 blocks of the city of Cedar Rapids, Iowa under water, levees breaking, and the attention now turned downstream for when this massive amount of water hits the Mississippi, what amazed me is not what we saw, but what we didn't see...

1. We don't see looting.
2. We don't see street violence.
3. We don't see people sitting on their rooftops waiting for the government to come and save them.
4. We don't see people waiting on the government to do anything.
5. We don't see Hollywood organizing benefits to raise money for people to rebuild.
6. We don't see people blaming President Bush.
7. We don't see people ignoring evacuation orders.
8. We don't see people blaming a government conspiracy to blow up the levees as the reason some have not held.
9. We don't see the US Senators or the Governor of Iowa crying on TV.
10. We don't see the Mayors of any of these cities complaining about the lack of state or federal response.
11. We don't see or hear reports of the police going around confiscating personal firearms so only the criminal will be armed.
12. We don't see gangs of people going around and randomly shooting at the rescue workers.
13. You don't see some leaders in this country blaming the bad behavior of the Iowa flood victims on "society" (of course there is no wide spread reports of lawlessness to require excuses).

Somehow, somewhere, sometime President Bush must be held accountable for this problem, but the people of Cedar Rapids don't seem to understand that is how it is done. What is wrong with them??

(Shamelessly stolen from a friend's email...)


---Actual email found by Michael---

> *Subject:* Iowa Flooding
> Why aren't Hollywood celebrities holding telethons
> asking for help
> in restoring Iowa and helping the folks affected by the
> floods?
> Why aren't the media asking tough questions about why
> the
> federal government hasn't solved the problem? Or asking
> where are the
> FEMA trucks (and trailers)?
> Why isn't the Federal Government relocating Iowa people
> to free hotels
> in Chicago?
> Why isn't it giving them $200 vouchers that they can
> spend on alcohol
> and vice?
> When will Spike Lee say that the Federal Government blew up
> the levees
> that failed in Des Moines?
> Where are Sean Penn and the Dixie Chicks?
> Where are all the looters stealing high-end tennis shoes
> and
> big screen television sets?
> When will we hear Governor Chet Culver say that he wants to
> rebuild
> a "vanilla" Iowa, because that's the way God
> wants it?
> Where is the hysterical 24/7 media coverage complete with
> reports
> of cannibalism?
> Where are the people declaring that George Bush hates
> white, rural people?
> How come in 2 weeks, you will never hear about the Iowa
> flooding ever again?


Leopold Stotch said...

"3. We don't see people sitting on their rooftops waiting for the government to come and save them.
4. We don't see people waiting on the government to do anything."

Awesome. Hopefully you don't mind then if the 'socialist' big government doesn't send you things from the dreaded public sector like the National Guard or Federal assistance.
You should see if Wal Mart will send you guys some free buckets to bail your ass out.

SJT said...

Sigh... I knew this was coming. Trying to score cheap politcal points off a natural disaster is shameful. Hurricane Katrina was the worst storm in recorded American history. Over 2000 people were killed or missing. 80% of a major US city was underwater. The storm caused an estimated $80 billion (!!!) in damage to New Orleans, the worst natural disaster in history. To try and compare it to the almost yearly flooding in the Midwest, however deadly and tragic those floods are, is simple asinine.

The fact that these wingnuts seem to miss is that the Federal government and the Bush Administration screwed around quite a bit when their job to do something. None of us believes that Bush caused the storm or that he had all the solutions, but he did botch that just like hes botched everything else during his two terms. Had the adminstration not been so incompetent it would never have gotten all this well earned criticism.

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