Saturday, August 30, 2008

Three Years Later

Since Katrina, the Gulf Coast has been spared any serious hurricanes, but that appears to be about to change. Gustav may be a vicious Category 4 storm by the time it makes landfall in the U.S. tomorrow night or Monday. Tracking this storm on, I see it is projected to hit either Louisiana or Mississippi. Evacuations are underway.

Thinking back on the devastation I witnessed after Katrina, I'm just hoping that somehow Gustav takes pity on the people who have suffered so much already. It is unimaginable that Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Gulfport, and the other communities that took the brunt of Katrina's violence should be hit again.

New Orleans' levies are partly rebuilt. Will those again be breached? It's too early to bring climate change into this discussion, but the frequency of super storms is part of every reliable computer model scientists have devised.

For now, I am just hoping that those who have not yet recovered from Katrina will not be hit again...

Friday, August 29, 2008

A Political Error for the Ages

Let me get this straight. All this campaign season, Republicans have been bashing Barack Obama for his supposed "inexperience." His opponent for President, John McCain, is the oldest person ever nominated for the job, and has suffered from cancer and other ailments that raise legitimate fears about whether he could survive a term in the most stressful job in the land.

So far, so good.

Obama has chosen Joe Biden as his V-P, a man no one can accuse of inexperience -- either at home or overseas. He is widely respected as someone clearly qualified to be President, with many decades of public service at the national level, should the need arise.

And McCain has chosen...who? A woman from where? The mayor of a small town who somehow became governor of "the welfare state" less than two years ago?

My God, what was he thinking? That voters would be thrilled that for the first time in the GOP's history, a woman is finally on the ticket?

I don't think so.

For a while it looked like this election might be close. Both parties tried to bait the other to choose a V-P candidate that would, in actuality, make them more beatable. Obama, the smarter candidate, didn't take the bait. He picked a winner.

McCain has made a fatal political error. He fell for a well-laid trap and made one of the most foolish choices in the long history of American politics.

If his choice even shows up, this may be the most lopsided V-P debate any of us will ever witness. I can't wait. Joe Biden against...what's her name again? That person who probably doesn't even know what the mainland looks like, let alone the rest of the world.