Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Jackson shows his true color

refugee: an individual seeking refuge or asylum

evacuee: a person who has been evacuated from a dangerous place

"It is racist to call American citizens refugees," Rev. Jesse Jackson said. He and others feel that the use of 'refugee' to describe Hurricane Katrina victims denegrates them as "second-class citizens — or not even Americans."

This is a new twist on the racial hatred Rev. Jackson has for all things not black African-American.

His habitual idiocy is exemplified again in a 9/1/05 press release. "Several questions remain unanswered. First, we note that the storms seem to be increasing in frequency and voracity. Are these storms sent by God alone? Or are they partly man-made? In other words, is global warming contributing to the frequency and harshness of these disasters? We must free our public scientific research from the grip of right-wing ideology and theology, in order to answer this question scientifically and protect our people."

Just like I'm sure Jackson did, I've conducted a very scientific and complicated experiment to determine the effects of global warming (if any) and how this has possibly increased the impact of hurricanes on North America. In a surprising turn of events unforeseen by many, the answers to Jackson's questions are an unresounding NO.

According to the 9/12/05 edition of Time, the following details are given:
  • 1911-1940: It's a split. Republicans were in the Oval Office for 14 years with Democrats having the chair for 15 years. There were 20 category 3 storms or higher.
  • 1941-1970: Democrats ruled the White House for 18 years with Republicans having the remaining 11. There were 24 category 3 or higher hurricanes during that 29 year span.
  • 1971-2000: The Republicans held court for 18 years while Democrats maintained a 13 year presence.
  • 2001-2005: In the new millenium, the GOP has had the presidency for four years with Democrats having it for one year. There have been five category 3 or higher storms (including Hurricane Katrina).
The count is virtually 50/50 that Republicans or Democrats controlled the presidency from 1911 to 2005. The years of 1941 to 1970 saw the Democrats win the presidency more than twice as often than Republicans. It was also the worst time for hurricanes striking the United States. The 1971 to 2000 era saw a reversal of political dominance in favor of the GOP in addition to a 1/3 drop in hurricanes striking North America. In other words, we can't control global warming and this event will continue until the next ice age whether a Democrat or Republican is president.

It's the same spin I've come to expect from politicians and political connoisseurs such as Rush Limbaugh, Michael Moore, Jackson and others of their ilk. This quote could apply to either political faction, but Ronald Reagan once said, "I've never been able to understand why a Republican contributor is a 'fat cat' and a Democratic contributor of the same amount of money is a 'public-spirited philanthropist'."

This, of course, is in my humble opinion.

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