OK, This one’s fresh, and so it’s hot and has more than a few razors baked into it.
Turns out that two feet of snow in NYC is considered a blizzard. As such, people who live in the most taxed place in the nation, with the highest per capita of government employees (outside of Washington DC) is paralyzed. People have been digging out for days, and like any natural disaster there have been deaths. Some of them were preventable, in fact at least two grabbing national headlines were. Most moving, for my part, involves a newborn. Birthed from the mother, a 22 year old student, in a building lobby, it took 10 hours before Emergency Services reached her. The child did not survive.
Now there are reports that guilty men and women have come forward with allegations that the snow has not been removed because the City Sanitation Union wanted to teach the Mayor a lesson. They allegedly purposefully sabotaged the cleanup efforts, costing lives, because of demotions and budget cutbacks.
It is at times like this that I must remain calm.
Maybe it is a defect, but when I see: WORKER DID NOT DO JOB AND DEATHS RESULTED, I think MANSLAUGHTER. When I see: UNION BOSSES DESIGNED SLOWDOWN DURING NATURAL DISASTER, I see UNION BOSSES ENGINEERED MURDER OF CITIZENS.
The people of NYC should be outraged. If the slowdown did occur, then dozens, if not hundreds, should be charged and tried in a court of law for 1st degree murder (yes, they KNEW that deaths would result from their actions), and conspiracy at the very least. They should rise up and find the truth to the matter. If Bloomberg (never my favorite person) has lied to save his own throne then they should hang him from the lamp posts as a lesson to liars and tyrants. If I were king, there would already be heads on pikes on all bridges leading to the big apple, for some things cannot be borne. Some indignities require blood as ink to pen the punishment for someone so out of touch they use the life of an entire city in order to score political points.
The citizens of NYC have the power to demand justice and see it done. Now it remains to be seen if they have the political will and the attention span.But this is a part an even larger problem. Move past NYC, back years to Katrina, we saw another failure of government to protect individuals against the unexpected. Other, less politically convenient fires, floods, and failures have sprung up since then. When communities are saved, they pull together to act as a family unit. When government is allowed, or expected to fill that void it fails.
In fact I am shocked that anyone can expect the government to protect anyone from anything more serious than a paper cut. You must be self reliant, you must be prepared. To that end, may I suggest a little preparation? It For $60 you can get food, water, and some rudimentary shelter. It may not be much, but for the cost of a fairly inexpensive night on the town you could save yourself, someone you know, or a complete stranger from death.
Of course there are other ways of being prepared, but let’s start with a survival kit and move on from there.
A few other things:
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And, lastly something near and dear to me:
My favorite author is Joel Rosenberg. No secret there. He produced the finest series of fantasy novels I have ever seen. I have bought them over and over, only to give them away and buy them again. I know him to be humble, approachable, and totally unaware of the depth of his talent.
is a lawful concealed carry licensee has a valid license to carry [thank you for correction]. He followed the letter of the law, went out of his way to conform to the regulations of what is demanded of him, and was arrested anyway. I am not alone. Other bloggers are coming to his defense. They are keeping on top of things. Still, Joel Rosenberg, honorable, law abiding man, who has done more to train and keep people self sufficient than I could hope to, needs help.
If you have a few bucks, please donate to his defense. It would mean a great deal to him, to me, and most importantly to freedom.If you are in the area, go to his legal defense dinner. Join the page on Facebook.
Tomorrow I get paid. Monday I’m making my payment to his defense.
If I can bang out a worthy story, I’ll release it to raise cash.
I’m going to do what I can, because the LAW must mean something, especially to those sworn to uphold it.