Yeah, that sounds about the same

First it was Hiroshima, now this from Bob Williams in the Wall Street Journal:

As a former state legislator who represented the legislative district most impacted by the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, I can fully understand and empathize with the people and public officials over the loss of life and property.

Mount St. Helens:

It is most famous for a catastrophic eruption on May 18, 1980. That eruption was the most deadly and economically destructive volcanic eruption in the history of the United States. Fifty-seven people were killed and 200 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles (24 km) of railways and 185 miles (300 km) of highway were destroyed.

That’s total of course — not all (we guess) in Bob’s district.

Economic losses in the State of Washington have been estimated officially at $860 million, down substantially from earlier estimates. The largest loss, reported to be $450 million, was standing timber in areas affected by the lateral blast and mudflows. [link]

Bob’s got things figured out anyway:

However, if citizens expect FEMA to be a first responder to terrorist attacks or other local emergencies (earthquakes, forest fires, volcanoes), they will be disappointed. The federal government’s role is to offer aid upon request.

Hey, Bob, send some fucking help last week, ok?

In the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency, the Department of Homeland Security will assume primary responsibility on March 1st for ensuring that emergency response professionals are prepared for any situation. This will entail providing a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to any large-scale crisis and mounting a swift and effective recovery effort.


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Let me get this straight. So for Bob, the responsibility for rescuing people from their homes is that of the city and state, and FEMA’s just there to hand out sandwiches when we ask for them?


Not *just* FEMA! Also Homeland Security!
I think we might be better off if they’d pretended that there was a bomb somewhere in NO and they had twelve hours to find it. They don’t seem to wait on paperwork before rounding up “suspects” and shipping them off to Gitmo for “questioning”.


You don’t seem to know jack about the procedures followed in sending someone to “Gitmo” so why make a statement about it? Your farts required more sophisticated data collection and analysis than your babble.

And yeah…FEMA was set up to help people RECOVER, not survive, or think, or act responsibly or step out of the way of a freight train.

And…when the data is all in I would not be surprised to see that the majority of victims were white homeowners who chose to stay. All you meanspirited shitheads are spouting off without any thoughtful data collection to support your paranoid theories…Kind of like the “jobless economic recovery” you don’t talk about anymore, and the “overturning of Roe-v-Wade” that has been “just a day or two away” for the last couple of decades. Get a life Don Quixote!


That’s a fascinating series of statements to top off with referring to someone else as “meanspirited”.
Here’s a hint: Try not to use the words “meanspirited” and “shithead” in conjunction. It makes you sound like you’ve never seen a dictionary before.

Honestly, I don’t believe I’ve ever used the phrase “jobless economic recovery” in my life, and I certainly haven’t referred to the overturning of Roe as “just a day or two away”.

Uh, let’s see…
Oh, yes:
Get a life Uri Geller!


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