So I was listening to Mark Davis whom laughs far too much at his own jokes that was filling in for Rush today and he was talking about something I’d been saying for the last couple of days – if it wasn’t for the fact that all the mainstream media is located along the east coast this hurricane wouldn’t be getting nearly the advance coverage it is. Don’t get me wrong this is a hurricane it – if it hits the coast will cause massive damage and destruction, but honestly do we need 24/7 coverage of a hurricane still out at sea on every damn news station on the air? Isn’t that what the Weather Channel is for?
We had huge fires in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona and you barely heard about it – we have severe droughts in Oklahoma and the parts of the American bread basket and you’ve barely heard a thing about it. The corn crops around here are going to be pathetic due to a lot of early rain and then nothing for a couple of months after that. That will effect you no matter where you live as food prices will rise at a faster rate than they are right now. And oh by the way we had 1000 year flooding all up and down the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio Valley’s this spring – did you know that? We still have people here (dumb enough to live in a flood plain) still rebuilding – lo these many months later.
I know this will likely be a really bad storm but news flash there is other news going on and the wall to wall coverage of something that hasn’t happened yet is a little tiring to the rest of the country – we care, were concerned but I’m sorry the world doesn’t revolve around the metro areas of the east coast…. sorry I know you think it does.. it doesn’t. You are but one small part of a much larger nation – now when and if the Hurricane Irene hits – then we in the rest of the country will give you all the due media exposure that you need and likely send you goods and services to rebuild but lets not put the panic before the problem.
Be prepared, be ready, be packed in case you need to leave, have adequate food and water on hand, have a generator, candles, cash, a flashlight, extra batteries and bring your pets inside, have some playing cards, books or a board game you might get bored setting in a shelter somewhere or in your house without power and be ready to move on a moments notice … it’s a hurricane it’s not going to sneak up on you like a earthquake or a tornado. I have a saying called the Six P’s and I use it quite often… PROPER PLANNING PREVENTS PISS POOR PERFORMANCE – so plan and be safe or don’t and die. Do you want to look like the idiots in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans making SOS signs on your roof with bed sheets? I don’t think so… but please, please can the hysteria all it does is create undo panic and fear- the good intentions to warn fall flat and it just creates a lemming mob of madness.
And to the media as I said we have a weather channel they cover the weather… it’s their job… a hurricane is oddly enough – weather! So let the professionals do it and chill the $%*# out on the hyperbole. Go cover Obama 100th round of golf or how many donuts Moochelle ate today there is news out there that effects the entire country just the precious east coast.
Sorry – to all my east coast friends I’m thinking about you and I hope you’ll be safe – heed my advice as I’ve been there, done that more than once… it just didn’t make the news.
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