we have a problem.
flooding, Windsor, and idiot sticks
famous Canadian Science Fiction novelist Mark A. Carter
rants about Hurricane Harvey,
the Houston deluge, and puts
Windsor, Ontario flooding
I have watched with
pity and fear for over a week as the
meteorological event called
Hurricane Harvey approached
Texas from the Gulf
and later Tropical Storm Harvey
hit and just wouldn't leave Texas
for five days. It
dropped from thirty-six to
fifty inches of rain and utterly
debilitated the City of Houston.
My hopes and prayers go out to the residents.
August 29, 2017, approximately
five inches of rain fell in
four and a half hours in Windsor,
Ontario. And it flooded the entire city. Now, the flooding
in Windsor pales in comparison
to the devastation that Harvey
wrought to Houston. It was merely
a taste. But in the aftermath of the rain here in
Windsor I saw what disgusted me about humanity.
It was just a little thing but
it rubbed me the wrong way. People who had no business to be
out-and-about, and who no
doubt were getting in the way of emergency
services, which had a legitimate reason to be out in
the storm, were actually walking around and playing in the flooded
parking lots and streets of Windsor.
WTF. Whereas people in Houston
were flooded with feet of rain that threatened their
lives, the goof balls and
dim wits here were out
prancing simple mindedly in the water. Older people who
show know better were out in the water for no good reason, as
if they had devolved to children
and just wanted to splash in the endless puddle. In fact, they
were bringing their children and grandchildren outside to splash
about. People were frolicking here in
ritualistic paganism or tribalism
while people in Houston
were fighting for their lives.
And amid the puerile activities
here I couldn't help but think of the serious situation in
Houston. And I considered that the
cavalier attitude toward the flooding here was disrespectful
to our American cousins in
Houston. Maybe it's just me.
Boulevard, Windsor, Ontario, August 29, 2017
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thousand homes were destroyed in
Houston. People there have had to be rescued from drowning.
In fact many have drowned and the death toll will indeed mount
as those who succumbed to the flooding will be discovered when
the water subsides. Search and rescue teams have already begun
going door to door. Whereas,
all we had here in Windsor
were a thousand flooded basements,
lightning strikes, sporadic electrical and phone outages, flooded
roads, parking lots, the Devonshire
Mall was evacuated; and, Met
Campus Emergency, Patient Food Services, Pharmacy, and
Diagnostic Imaging were all flooded as well. It could have been
worse. Big deal.
Let me remind you that the Service
men and women in Houston,
who were also flooded, never left
their posts at the 911 call
center, the police department, city government, the governor's
office, FEMA, the Coast Guard, National
Guard, DOD, the Red Cross,
and so many others. In fact, some even lost their lives
serving the public good like Sgt.
Steve Perez, 60, who got caught in floodwaters and drowned
on his way to work. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Mayor Sylvester Turner should
be commended for his decision to not order an evacuation. His
decision saved countless lives. Police
Chief Art Acevedo and his force have to also be commended
for the job they have done and continue to do to save lives and
to arrest looters.
Yet some people in
Houston who were saved had the
nerve to complain that they didn't have a cot reserved
for them and hadn't slept for a couple
of days. At least they didn't drown. The
Coast Guard and the Cajun
Navy saw to that. They were each given a blanket by the
Red Cross, dry clothes, shoes,
food, and drinking water. But no, but that wasn't enough. I have
to remind myself that there are always those who are never satisfied,
who always have their hand stuck out for more, who always think
that they are special. They make me sick.
Trump, who opened the floodgates
for all necessary aid for
Houston from before the storm struck should be commended.
And indeed, Texas Governor Greg Abbott
couldn't say enough good things about the
President in terms of mobilizing all resources to come
to the aid of Texas, unlike
George W. Bush with the
Katrina disaster in New Orleans
in 2005 who delivered
too little too late.
Rd., Houston, Texas, Aug. 27, 2017, in the aftermath of tropical
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Yet, the news media still had
to criticize President Trump
for not showing enough emotion in his
pep talk to the people of
Houston and the residents of
Texas in general. How disingenuous.
Give it a rest. What have you
so-called TV journalists done to help the victims of
Harvey? The answer is simple:
nothing. Stirring the pot
is not help. Get out there and save a few people instead of
running your jaws and picking
nits. It's what is needed now. Volunteer. All you demonstrate
by your non-action is that you're nothing but
parasites feeding off of death and destruction.
Anderson Cooper's mental breakdown after seeing all of
the bloated drowning victims
in New Orleans during
Katrina. It was bad enough to see the
floating corpses but to keep the camera on
Anderson and watch his breakdown
was low. It was CNN lowering
the bar on journalistic standards
in lieu of ratings.
And everyone has lowered their standards to match.
CBS is a shining example
of sensationalistic journalism. If
it bleeds, it leads or, if it bloats it floats
to the top of the news. I want to gag with disgust at
that kind of so-called journalism.
You and your nit-picking negativism
are what is wrong with modern journalism today and society in
general who have bought into your
commie-democrat rhetoric and
Let me remind you, since I am
a literary scholar, that
spectacle is the lowest form of drama. And this
sensationalistic TV news coverage is the
lowest form of journalism. To them, dead bodies equals
ratings. To them, complaining
welfare mothers equals
ratings. The focus is always on the negative, on what's
thirty thousand people thus far that have been
sheltered and the four hundred
and fifty thousand people seeking financial aid through
FEMA. Ignore the
valiant rescues made by the
Coast Guard boat and helicopter
assets that have been assigned to
Houston from all over the
United States. There are currently
twenty-two Coast Guard helicopters saving people in
Houston. Ignore the efforts of the
Cajun Navy and the other boating volunteers that have
taken it upon themselves to save people in dire need. Ignore
Missouri-based Bass Pro Shops
that provided eighty boats
to the search and rescue effort.
Ignore the volunteers helping the needy. And ignore the
donations of clothing, shoes, water, and food that have
poured into Houston from people
That being said, the
Hurricane Harvey flood disaster in
Houston wouldn't be complete in the minds of these
disingenuous TV News producers without a
marching band. So, bring in the
drums, the trombones,
and the majorettes with their
batons. And while you're at
it, shoot off some fireworks
as well. To quote from the 2001 film
Moulin Rouge! directed, produced, and co-written
by Baz Luhrmann, it would
be: "Spectacular Spectacular."
... aww ... the ratings, the ratings.
As for the
idiot sticks in Windsor, Ontario
cavorting in the flood waters, while the
hard working people of Windsor
struggled to avert damage to their businesses then struggled
to get home without stalling on the flooded streets only to discover
water damage to their homes, these
idiot sticks, these mindless
minions are of no consequence. Let's see if they dance
in the next flood when it's up to their necks. Let's see if they
help their neighbors when it's needed. No doubt they will be
the first to shout, "Help me."
And no doubt, like the welfare
moms in Houston, they
will not be satisfied being saved or with the free provisions
they are given by emergency services.
To quote from the 1969 novel Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade by Kurt
Vonnegut, Jr.: "And so it goes."
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