Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tornado Alley- "Raise Building Standards"

"Climate change has not been scientifically proven."

Is there a more deluded statement that could be made in the face of absolutely horrific tornadic results  in Moore Oklahoma.  Cars were strewn into piles like so many toys in a flooded sandbox.  Buildings, houses, and entire neighborhoods utterly flattened, three times now, all in the last two decades!?

Tornados are now commonly larger and spread further east than in years past.  These are not predictions, they are on the ground cold hardened facts.  People are dying in greater numbers, and tornados are causing more damage, much more often.  We have to adapt or continue to die needlessly.

If you live in hurricane prone areas, building standards do require that your structure be able to withstand 200 mph winds.  Doesn't it make sense to require safe rooms for tornado prone areas?  Earthquake prone areas include standards that would help prevent quake injuries and damage, right?  So, where are the appropriate levels of government oversight and regulation here?

Tornado alley is getting bigger and more violent, it is well past time to admit to this fact and begin to take action to counter its effects.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Benghazi Hay

"We still don't know what happened, that led to 4 dead Americans, in the Benghazi attack."

Not to diminish the fact that 4 souls may have had to take an early departure, but the Republicans are making far more hay out of this event than some could have with the actual 9/11 attacks on New York. Oh, how soon we forget that the cloud of war consumes all, and that the public can and shall never be allowed to know 'everything' that any Administration does on a day to day basis, during at an ongoing attack.

This is the only thing on Fox New or talk radio, and to what end?  What are they hoping to find?  Some are even talking impeachment trials!?

Now I am never in favor of comparing apples to say bananas, but on the day of the actual 9/11 attacks President Bush was TOLD "we are under direct attack," and INSTEAD of excusing himself and taking to the role of Commander in Chief, he read a book about a goat to some kids.  As a direct result, intercept jets could get NO shoot down order from the President because he was busy tending to toddlers...and THOUSANDS of people died.  The Pentagon itself was even hit!

Surely failing to report for duty when called upon is a high crime or a misdemeanor?

This faux outrage over the death of 4 people in the Benghazi attacks by Fox *cough*News*cough* reeks of fluffed hay production.  Why so much attention paid to this ONE attack, where 4 people died?  There are attacks almost monthly, somewhere in the world, where twice that many die!  In the pantheon  of Presidential piss puddles, this one hardly ranks or reeks at all.