Isn’t it interesting how things we thought we so important in our lives become totally insignificant in the face of tragedy or disasters like the one in Houston? Sitting in the comfort of our homes here, it is beyond our comprehension to fathom what those people are going through. What is even harder to grasp is that this catastrophe seems to be never-ending. It just keeps raining and raining and raining and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
As well, there are no borders as to who’s home or business is completely destroyed. Rich and poor, black and white, immigrants, illegal aliens and residents – everyone is, pardon the expression, in the same boat. What is also unbelievable is that everyone is saving everyone else. No one is asking where someone came from before plucking them from their roof or car that’s almost completely submerged under water.
Goes to show how silly and meaningless some of our issues are. Especially when it comes to our leaders.
We have friends in Houston who told us that entire Jewish communities were wiped out. Not low cost housing – rather beautiful homes are entirely under water. If you want to help out, here’s one place that needs everything from toothbrushes to socks and diapers to food: http://www.chabadhouston.com/relief. G-d should have mercy on everyone there.
Quebec’s poster boy company, Bombardier is in dire need of someone who is able to make sure orders are met at the scheduled time. Right now, orders are often delayed by as much as two years as in the case of failing to fulfill a much smaller order for the New York rail system. Because of this, Bombardier lost a lucrative contract when the New York transit authority said that it can forget about bidding on a $3-billion-dollar contract to supply subway cars.
It appears that Bombardier could use some new management, eh Blanche? Wait, now’s the time to call in Morris the accountant and his friend Irving from management. Let’s just say these guys don’t sit on their brains, they actually use them.
We hope that Andrew Scheer and the conservative party will get in the game when it comes to sticking it to Trudeau and the liberal party for giving Omar Khadir $10 million and then some to make him go away. It appears that Omar’s sister is a radical islamist as is most of his family. How radical is she? At the second of her four weddings, among the guests was osama bin laden.
While her brother says he has nothing to do with his family, we wonder how he could be de-radicalized after spending so much time in Guantanomo. We are pretty sure that there was no shrink there to de-program him.
Trudeau is a neophyte and sneaky dude. Khadir should have been happy to have his freedom and be allowed to live in Canada. We hope the conservative party puts out huge billboards with four words: Omar Khadir $10 million. It would be a constant reminder of just what kind of liberal government we are dealing with.
Nothing Trump does is right for those who don’t like him. If he went to Texas now it’s too soon. If he didn’t go he’s heartless. He wisely chose to go today but stayed far away from Houston.
We do have a comment on Melania’s attire. She was going to a couple of cities ravaged by a hurricane, tornadoes and torrential rain. Did she need to wear six inch spike heels? Could she not have put on a pair of flat shoes?
It’s not that she didn’t look good. It’s that she looked like she was going shopping in Saks when in fact she was going to see people who either don’t have a roof over their heads or are wearing someone else’s clothing because they have none. A bit insensitive. We are guessing she’s also learning on the job.
As for blaming climate change on hurricane Harvey…think again. In Houston they had miles and miles of wetlands. While wetlands cannot prevent flooding, they do lower flood peaks by temporarily holding water and by slowing the water’s velocity. Wetland soil acts as a sponge, holding much more water than other soil types.
In Houston, developers paved over much of the wetland and built homes there. That meant that when it rained, the water had no where to drain.
Harris county, where much of the flooding is now occurring has a history of this. A major flood still occurs somewhere in Harris County about every two years. Most of the flooding is in areas developed prior to the current understanding of flood potential and prior to regulations restricting construction in flood-prone areas.
This of course does not lessen the impact on those affected right now, nor could any place withstand 50 inches of rain and counting. Nonetheless, one wonders if things would not have been so drastically tragic had building regulations been in place decades ago.
Now if you hear Al Gore go on and on about climate change while flying all over the world in his private jet, turn off the television Blanche. He’s made a massive fortune talking out of two sides of his mouth. Feh.
Kim Jong Un needs a big smack. Not only from Trump but from the world. We don’t care if you like or don’t like Trump. In the case of North Korea Trump is right on. He will not take on the regime alone nor should he. Every country in the world is threatened by that nutcase and every country in the world has to band together and get rid of him.
We are not army generals so we don’t know how to go about doing this. Perhaps blowing up his nuclear reactors would be a start. Whatever they do, they gotta hold hands, have a kumbaya moment and do it together.