For some reason, whenever I hear news or weather broadcasts of the now Hurricane Gustav (Russian hurricane?), my mind keeps being told that this is either just like Katrina or will be another Katrina attack on New Orleans.
I am beginning to suspect that it is the media reports themselves. (Ed: can you guess from who?)
Gustav became a hurricane again on Friday and moved through the Cayman Islands, the start of a buildup that could take it to the U.S. Gulf Coast as a fearsome Category-3 storm three years after Hurricane Katrina.It has also been
13 years after Hurricane Luis. And three years after Hurricane Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Stan and Rita. Or, it has been 49 years since Hurricane Cindy.
Why focus this storm story, WHICH IS NOT EVEN WITHIN THE GULF COAST YET, upon the memory of Hurricane Katrina?
Could it be that they have lost the Katrina story to the facts on the ground? Could it be that people, learning of the facts of Katrina, turned their thoughts that this was just another storm in a long line that has hit America? Could it be that the MSM needs to bring the story back in order to pre-hype anything that might happen?
Here are some more comparisons for ya:
Gustav, which killed 71 people in the Caribbean, on Friday evening reached the Cayman Islands, a tiny offshore tax haven studded with resorts and cruise-ship souvenir shops, on track to next hit Cuba's cigar country and heading into the Gulf of Mexico by Sunday.
Jealous much there Ms Axelrod? But you see, this is just the set up. Once again, the media begin by making comparisons to rich elite areas that survived the hurricane's effects to areas that are poor and where people have died. Could it actually be because "Caribbean" is a stand-in for the nation of Haiti and the other poor island nations out there? These islands are at sea level and the people live in huts and hovels. People die there each and every hurricane season.
Well-heeled tourists fled Cayman hotels by air, while Katrina victims in Mississippi still living in emergency cottages and trailers were told to evacuate beginning this weekend.
Now we come to it. While the Cayman Island elites were able to evacuate because they are wealthy and "well-heeled", the poor people living in government cottages and trailers have no choice but to be "told to evacuate" by their overbearing and incompetent government. This storm is not even in the Gulf, but we are told to start feeling sorry for New Orleans once again.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Gustav could grow to a Category 3 storm, with winds above 111 mph (180 kph), by the time it hits the U.S. Gulf coast next week.
Yep, and wasn't Hurricane Katrina a Cat2 or Cat3 when it hit the coastline? Well, at least the writer was intellectual and honest enough to post the obvious facts about the PROJECTED storm path of Gustav.
Gustav could strike anywhere from the Florida Panhandle to Texas, but forecasters said there is a better-than-even chance that New Orleans will get slammed by at least tropical-storm-force winds.
You get that? The storm could hit anywhere from Florida to Texas. If it does hit New Orleans, they might only get tropical storm winds. But, now time to counter that idiocy from scientists with the real facts.
Retail gas prices rose Friday for the first time in 43 days as analysts warned that a direct hit on Gulf energy infrastructure could send pump prices hurtling toward $5 a gallon. President Bush declared an emergency in Louisiana, a move that allows the federal government to coordinate disaster relief and provide assistance in storm-affected areas.
Nothing like a little fear-mongering.
So, what happens if it hits Florida? Boy, you people are going to look the fool with all of the disaster relief supplies in the city of New Orleans. You all do know that there is more than just New Orleans on the Gulf Coast of America, right?
And, you do recall that New Orleans was actually destroyed by its own waters and not really affected by Hurricane Katrina (in the normal sense of hurricane damage).
But then the writer finishes up with the comparison of America to Communist nations to show how better they are at handling potential disasters.
Authorities in the tobacco-rich western Cuba, where Gustav is expected to cross the island, hauled 465,000 sacks of tobacco to higher ground for safekeeping and began distributing extra rations of milk and bread.
Yep, cause those have always been shown to survive best during Hurricane disasters. Aren't we Americans stupid.