The Daily Rant
I spoke with a person in Joplin, Missouri this morning. You remember Joplin, Missouri, don’t you? It’s the town of approximately 40,000 people that suffered the wrath of a devastating EF-5 tornado on May 22, 2011. The tornado destroyed some 7,500 homes and apartment buildings. Four schools were destroyed, and six more including a college administration building, suffered extensive damage. Over 1,000 people were injured, and 161 lives were lost.
It is nearly a year and a half after the tornado — which had sustained winds in excess of 300 MPH — and Joplin has only approximately 10-percent recovered. The person I spoke with told me that it will be at least 10 years before the town recovers to the level of business it enjoyed before the deadly tornado struck.
Forensic pathologists and coroners were called in to do DNA testing to help identify the body fragments that were found in the storm’s aftermath. In some instances, family members had to wait several weeks for verification.
I’ve made specific mention of the people of Joplin numerous times since their tragedy because it is the least I can do to keep their needs on the front page of the nation’s mind.
But in the summer of 2011, tornados savaged much of the South. Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Alabama were hit by an EF-4 tornado with sustained winds of 200 MPH. The residents of those towns trail in recovery to Joplin’s 10-percent recovery because their local governments decided they would use the tragedy as an opportunity to require redevelopment juxtaposed to creating an environment conducive to speedy and immediate recovery, as the local government in Joplin did.
Residents in Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and Virginia were also hit by violent tornados.
There are the people in areas of Colorado and California who were devastated by wild-fires this summer. Many of those people are still displaced.
Of course, there are the people who are suffering in the aftermath of the superstorm Sandy. Residents in Staten Island are still without electricity. Other residents in New York and New Jersey are suffering from the damage caused by Sandy.
But, none of that is going to prevent “Mr. Cool-Breeze Mac-Daddy Take Care of The Least of These and his Mrs. Don’t You Eat That” from going on their $4 million, 20-day vacation to Hawaii.
Look, I’m not begrudging these “play-ahs” a vacation, but they’re supposed to be the leader and his wife. He’s supposed to show concern for the people of America.
h/t Flaming Hetero