Posted by: Scott | Tuesday, April 4, 2006



The InboxThis text is from a county emergency manager out in the western part of North Dakota after a recent snow storm. Sent by some friends in NW Ohio


Up here in the Northern Plains we just recovered from an historic event may I even say a "weather event" of "biblical proportions" — with an historic blizzard of up to 44" inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH that broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads, isolated scores of communities, and cut power to 10's of thousands


  • FYI: George Bush did not come….


  • FEMA did nothing…


  • No one howled for the government…


  • No one blamed the government


  • No one even uttered an expletive on TV…
  • Jesse Jackson nor Al Sharpton visited;
  • Our Mayors did not blame Bush nor anyone else;
  • Our Governor did not blame Bush nor anyone else;
  • CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, or NBC did not visit – nor report on this category 5 snow storm;
  • Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards;
  • No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House;
  • No one looted;
  • Nobody – I mean Nobody demanded the government do something;
  • Nobody expected the government to do anything either;
  • No Larry King, No Bill O'Reilly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews, and No Geraldo Rivera;
  • No Sean Penn, No Barbara Streisand, No Hollywood types to be found;
  • Nope, we just melted the snow for water; sent out caravans of SUV's to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars;
  • The truck drivers pulled people out of snow banks and didn't ask for a penny;
  • Local restaurants made food, and the police and fire departments delivered it to the snow bound families
  • Families took in the stranded people…total strangers.
  • We fired up wood stoves;


  • Broke out coal-oil lanterns or Coleman lanterns;
  • We put on extra layers of clothes because up here it is "Work or Die"
  • We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades votes for 'sittin at home' checks.


Even though a "Category 5" blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early…we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.


"In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 43 degrees North Latitude, 90% most of the world's social problems evaporate."


It does seem that way, at least to me.. I hope this gets passed on.. Maybe, SOME people will get the message, The world does not owe you a living….



  1. You folks up north should get out more, then you would not have to rely on narrow, politically-biased media coverage about important events. You know only a small fraction of the story of Katrina, the “sensational” fraction that the Jerry Springers of the news media pounce on. The story of the other 98% of people here who returned to the devastation, rebuilt our homes, businesses and our lives without waiting for help from the government, and helped our neighbors do the same is not sensational enough for the six o’clock news or, apparently, the viewers.

    I grew up in North Dakota, and have lived in the New Orleans area for many years. I have lived through more than one terrible blizzard in the middle of which we ran out of heating fuel, and had to dig our way out of our home when it was all over. But at least we still had a home. You are comparing apples to oranges because you do not know the facts.

    Please do not let your cultural and political biases dull your compassion for others who may be truly suffering.

    Jane Aldrich

    edited by Scott on January 14, 2007 @ 4:37 PM MST for decency violation.

  2. My social/political views do not interfere with my compassion. I never once have thought that the people of New Orleans “had it coming.” Yes, blizzards and hurricanes are two different types of storms, but they do both interfere with normal life.

    I wouldn’t equate the news media with Jerry Springer (though he does have a “talk” show, I’m not sure what is news on his show). However, you are right that media does go for the negative side of stories. Believe me, I would LOVE to hear and see more positive stories come out of Iraq, New Orleans and other famous places of media attention.

    Congratulations on going back to NO to rebuild. That is part of the American spirit. Another part of the American spirit is reaching out to those in need (and I know of many organizations that did–the church to which I am a member supported one of them; I also know personally some young men from right here in Northwest Wyoming that went down to NO to help out for a while).

    My only critique of the complainers is that they are waiting for the government to do something instead of going and getting busy at rebuilding. I do believe that the local government could have done much better, but at the same time, it wasn’t a huge secret that a storm was coming, so I also see a lack of citizen initiative.

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