More than a little disappointed

Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail. Yep, this post is about Hurricane Irma, well not so much about Irma as it is about how people conducted themselves before and after the hurricane passed through. There is no excuse for bad manners. There is also no excuse for failing to plan.

Before I begin I would like to send out a great big Thank You to the following groups of people.
First I would like to thank the “Bubba Brigade”. These people exercised great initiative as they always do after these types of disasters. These are the people, men and women from the communities who go out immediately after the storm to begin clearing the roads of trees so as to allow passage in and out of areas. These men and women use their own time, energy, chain saws and trucks to help their neighbors and communities. At times they place themselves in great peril.
Second I would like to thank 2 local radio stations, 97.3 WSKY and 98.5 WKTK for staying on the air providing information and updates along with a bit of humor to help people laugh.
Third I would like to thank the employees of the power companies who worked so hard to restore power to homes and businesses.
Fourth I would like to thank the employees of the tree companies who helped clear the way for the power companies.
Fifth I would like all of the first responders who were out trying to help the citizens.
All of these people left their families behind to do what they do and did.

Now let us get to the point of this post. Disappointment before Irma. I start this out with a question. When is the time to prepare for a hurricane? There are three possible answers, choose one. Before the arrival of the hurricane. When a hurricane forms that is possibly threatening to your area. Prior to hurricane season. My answer is at the beginning of hurricane season. I actually begin my preparations well before hurricane season, failure is not an option. Three things are a given when a tropical storm or hurricane arrives. 1 The lights are going to go out. 2 There is going to be destruction on some level. 3 There will be flooding in some areas. I am writing this as a Floridian, tropical storms, thunder storms(some of which are severe), and hurricanes are a part of life in Florida. Tropical storms and hurricanes do not come every year but sooner or later they will come and sometimes one behind another, 2004 ring a bell? So why not be prepared?

There is a fourth thing that always accompanies tropical storms as well as hurricanes. I did not mention it above because this deserves great attention, it was not an oversight. There will be shortages, again this is a given. There will be shortages of fuel, food, water and almost everything else even if it is only isolated to a geographic location. This possibility should also be figured into your planning.

If it is a given that the lights are going to go out, why do you not have a generator? The time to buy one is before hurricane season. The day after the storm passes through is not the time to find a generator. You will be hunting a generator along with umpteen thousands of others who have lost power. If you do find one it will most likely be the wrong one, either to little or too much generator.

If it is a given that there will be damage on some scale and especially if you have large trees near your house you needed a tarp or two long ago. When you have a hole in your roof a tarp will come in handy, along with a way to secure it. The same applies to tarps as it did with generators.

If it is a given that flooding will occur, and you live in a flood prone area you should be prepared to evacuate. You should do this on your own and not wait for some government official to tell you to evacuate. If you live on or near a beach you know what a storm surge can do. Plan early plan ahead.

If it is a given that there will be shortages, why do you not have an ample supply of the things that will be in short supply. Not to the point of hoarding, but to the point of getting you by. Fuel, or the lack of became an issue before and after Irma. Why on earth did you not fill your tank when it was half full? A vehicle with even a half full tank will get you a lot farther than one that is empty if you should have to evacuate. Nothing was in short supply before hurricane season yet you had little if anything when Irma was bearing down on you. It pained me deeply to hear about women almost getting into a fist fight over a case of water. Panic does cause a new set of problems. Some local stores opened even without electricity, cash only. What you only had plastic?

Now let us go post Irma. This period was even worse than the time Irma was bearing down on us. Fuel was still in short supply as was food and everything else. Fuel trucks sat on the highways stuck in traffic unable to reach their destinations. Trucks bringing provisions for the stores sat in traffic as well. Crews trying to restore power were also stuck in traffic. The highways were a total gridlock. It was said for a few days after Irma if you could get to 20 mph on I-75 you were considered speeding. Evacuees were attempting to get home, there was not much use to getting back to the Keys, but they were on the roads. The exercise of a little patience would have gone a long way towards speeding some things up.

And there is this. I have heard people trying to sell their generators. Are you kidding me with two full months left in Hurricane season? Not to mention next year and all the years after. Hurricanes can and do occur outside of the traditional hurricane season, June 1st – November 30th.

Many people blamed Gov. Scott for the shortages, especially the shortage of fuel. I don’t think Gov. Scott owns a refinery much less a gas station, or a fleet of fuel trucks. Many others were waiting on government assistance. I sometimes wonder what the hades happened to the people, especially the people from Florida. This state was tamed and settled by some hardy people, surely they had some descendants. Where did they go, or what happened to them? Then I got to thinking about some of the people in this area. Some of them moved here from the big cities and brought their bad manners and bad habits with them. Still others moved here from other states, and like the former city dwellers they brought their bad habits and bad manners with them. It is plain to see, these people failed to assimilate.

The good news is that some who still live in Florida are the descendants of the original Floridians and Georgians, the Cracker Culture, though we are sorely outnumbered. Descendants of the Scots and the Irish and we still act like it. Self-Reliant. Self-Sufficient. We don’t stand around with our hand out, we instead roll up our sleeves and get busy doing what needs doing when it needs doing. We take care of our own and offer a hand to others, a hand-up not a hand-out.

God Bless Florida
God Bless Dixie

DEO VINDICE

May as well get back to it

Before getting started we got through Irma just fine, trees down, power was out and no phone service or internet. Pretty much the same story for the rest of this part of Florida. Some people did experience flooding and home damage. It is gonna take some time to clean up the mess. Parts of it was like a mini-vacation, some parts were an inconvenience. I was quite disappointed in the conduct of some of the people in this area before and after Irma which I will address later in this post, if not in this one certainly in a future post.

This post is a continuation of the last, and yes there will be gaps and holes and again they are intentional. A lot has happened since my last post and some of it will be covered and some wont. Most of it is just a distraction, drawing our focus away from the important matters. So let’s get started.

I am just about tired of hearing about the latest republican efforts to do something about the ACA. They are doing something about it by doing nothing, which is/was and has been their intention all along. They are going to leave that wretched piece of legislation in place because they don’t give a crap. If there ever was an intention to repeal the ACA there would have been legislation ready for the President to sign. It was said by a politician years back, “Watch what we do, don’t pay attention to what we say”. It looks like this problem is not unique in American politics, the U.K. may never get out of the E.U. thanks to the British politicians. America may be stuck with Obamacare forever and the U.K. may never see Brexit be fulfilled. Back to this later.

So the NFL players decided to protest the National Anthem. I would not have known that if that did not become the biggest news story of the century. Every news outlet TV, radio and print has covered this in great detail. As for me I have not watched a football game since the 84/85 season and then only if Miami was playing. Gave up on baseball shortly after. Never watched hockey or basketball, much less tennis or golf. Watched the Olympics once back in the 60s. Gave up on NASCAR years ago. Don’t care for college or high school sports either. I don’t even watch the pro-anglers anymore. No boxing, wrestling. No cable. No satellite. Oh, I can just hear it now. People screaming that that is just not American, those are all American pass times. I don’t go to amusement parks either, so take that.

Those listed above might be pass times to some they are just not how I wish to pass my time. None of those listed above are worth on minute of my time. How many hours of your life are spent in front of a TV or at some sports venue? Those are hours that you will never get back, and you get nothing of any real value in return. Lost and wasted. Some of you are outraged, outraged I say over the players protesting the National Anthem. Some of you have even said that you will boycott the NFL. Some, a very small majority are sincere and will do what you said. To the rest of you I say horses ass, your butt will be in front of the TV or in the stands watching the next game. Your anger will be short-lived. Why do I say this? The answer is simple, remember back to when the videos surfaced showing baby body parts being sold. The Republicans were outraged, outraged I say. They were so outraged they swore to defund Planned Parenthood. But when the time came to fund the government they funded Planned Parenthood just like nothing had ever happened. Their anger was short-lived too.

So I may as well give my opinion on what the NFL players did. They are “attention whores”, wanting attention and they got it wall-to-wall attention. They will continue to act in this manner as long as it gets them attention. If you want this behavior to stop the answer is simple stop opening the events with the National Anthem. They will have nothing to protest. I did not say stop playing the Nation Anthem, I said stop opening the event with it. It would be fun to just play the National Anthem at some point during a play, just to see how many of those attention whores took a knee or locked arms in protest, maybe on a 4th and long situation. Play it loud, Play it proud when they least expect it. Here is how I see it, what they did has had no effect on my life in the slightest and never will. I do not give a rat’s ass about them or their sport or how they conduct themselves.

As for me I did not boycott the sports listed above, I just lost interest and found a better way to spend my time. I found a better pass time. Maybe it is time for a new pass time in this country. How about this coming Sunday instead of sitting in front of the TV you take yourself and your family to Church, and after Church you take your family to the local park. You know the one you never seem to find time to visit because you are parked in front of the TV. Perhaps next Saturday you could take your kids fishing. You know spend some quality time with your family, you might just find out being a parent is a lot more rewarding than being a fan. Church and Family could be the new American pass times, actually they are not new pass times, they are the old pass times.

I have spent enough of my time on this subject. Remember this you only have so much time on this Earth, spend it wisely. You are outraged over the NFL players conduct and speak out yet you are silent on what the politicians have done to America.

Now let us go to nuclear weapons for just a moment. It is too late to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons and it is most likely too late to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. North Korea, Iran and their respective leaders are in the same category as the NFL players, “attention whores”. There is no need to waste resources and time with any further “shows of force”. It is time to send them a clear message. One that says “Welcome to the Nuclear Age”. Now that you have developed nuclear weapons it is best that you do the same as the other nuclear nations and not use them. If you choose to use them rest assured there will nothing left of your country or your people.

Up until this point in history only America has used nuclear weapons against another nation. America at that time was the only nation in possession of nuclear weapons. Japan can bear witness to destructive power of Atomic bombs. Now there exist even more destructive nuclear weapons. Lots of them and several nations are in possession of them.

If memory serves no nuclear nation has attacked another nuclear nation outright, yet. The nuclear nations have so far just engaged in proxy wars. Has anyone given any real thought as to how a nuclear armed country might react if attacked or act if they do not care about the consequences? A country could be duped into a preemptive strike. This subject is worthy of a future post on its own.

Now let us move on to DACA. Let me address the “immigration activists” and the “immigration rights” crowd. First off there is no right to immigrate to this country or any other. There may be a “desire” to immigrate but there is no “right”. People in this country illegally have no “rights” under the U.S. Constitution, quite simply the Bill of Rights does not apply to non citizens. This subject is also worthy of a future post on its own.

DEO VINDICE