Friday, January 05, 2007


Up here, in the "Mile-Hi City," we just recovered from a Historic event—may I even say a "Weather Event" of "Biblical Proportions”—with a 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 tens of thousands.

For the record:

  • George Bush did not come.
  • FEMA did nothing, and wasn’t expected to.
  • No one howled for the government.
  • No one blamed the government.
  • No one even uttered an expletive on TV.
  • Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit.
  • Our Mayor did not blame George Bush or anyone else.
  • Our Governor did not blame George Bush or anyone else, either.
  • 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'Rielly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews and No Geraldo Rivera, No Shaun Penn, No Barbara Striesand, 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 snowbound 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 hit this early, we sometimes have blizzards and we know how to deal with them ourselves.

That is a good lesson for the rest of the country.

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