We didn’t need no stinkin’ disaster response

Ron Paul shows just how totally in tune he is with the real world:

After a lunch speech today, Ron Paul slammed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and said that no national response to Hurricane Irene is necessary.

We should be like 1900; we should be like 1940, 1950, 1960,” Paul said.

Ahhh, yes…those were the good ol’ days. Babies were healthy


…if they were healthy enough to survive.

Children had the strongest of mothers


…if their mother was strong enough to make it.

And we ate natural disasters for breakfast…


…when they didn’t have us for a snack.

Life was fabulous…


…while we had it.

Gooooooood times!


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    Wolfman Jack spews:

    Ron Paul’s statements are based upon his principles, not reality. This comment reminds me of Dana Carvey’s Grumpy Old Man who described the difficulties of things back in his day day and tag-lined each bit with the statement: “And that’s the way it was , AND WE LIKED IT!!!”

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    MikeBoyScout spews:

    Somebody send Ron Paul a telegram and let him know the best thing about the year 1900 in these here United States was that his dumb ass did not exist.

    Or… is it just possible this whole talk is just Ron Paul’s sly way of fighting for marijuana legalization??

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    Michael spews:

    Um… The federal government was part of the response to the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.

    We had a federal weather bureau back in the days of the School House Blizzard of 1888.

    So what was Paul’s point again?

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    Zotz sez: Teahadists are Koch suckers! spews:

    Here’s the really sad thing:

    Paul is definitely not alone. I know lots of people who know these things and think going back there is perfectly OK with them.

    “…then let them die and decrease the surplus population!”

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    Michael spews:


    Paul is definitely not alone. I know lots of people who know these things and think going back there is perfectly OK with them.

    What do they think they’re going back to? President Johnson went to New Orleans after Hurricane Betsy. It was Hoover’s role as the Secretary of Commerce, which headed up the federal response to the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, that primed him for the presidency.

    The Federal Weather Bureau, now the national weather service, was founded in 1870.

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    Michael spews:


    Paul is definitely not alone. I know lots of people who know these things and think going back there is perfectly OK with them.

    Time to bust their bubbles once and for all.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Glenn Beck Calls Earthquake, Hurricane ‘A Blessing’

    HuffPost reports, “Glenn Beck called Hurricane Irene a ‘blessing’ on his Friday radio show, saying it would teach people to be prepared for disasters … ‘it is God reminding you, as was the earthquake last week … you’re not in control.'”

    Listen to the audio here:


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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    When I was in Bunny Sunday School, they didn’t teach me nuthin’ about God throwing hurricanes at us! Lightning bolts, yeah, but nobody said nuthin’ about earthquakes and hurricanes …

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I mighta been a better behaved bunny if they’d told me God might let loose with the heavy artillery.

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    Enoch Root spews:

    You know, there was a hurricane in 1900. It hit Galveston, TX, and killed 8- to 12,000 people. It’s that first data point in the deaths due to hurricanes graph.

    Rand Paul thinks that’s A-OK, and that people who weren’t immediately killed should receive no federal aid of any kind.

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    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    Well, in NY, they seem to be doing the best they can to prepare, but ordering the MTA to pull the plug on the Metro-North RR, Long Island RR, all bus service in the 5 boroughs and Long Island, Staten Island RR, and the NYCTA Subway. I was wondering how the latter works, and was asking on a railfan board to some railfans in the Northeast whether they tied them all down at the Coney Island Complex, the MTA’s, and the world’s, biggest mass transit railyard. Turns out, the reason it will take 8 hours to shut it down, is they will be parking the bulk of 6000 subway cars, in various parts of the tunnels, and waiting out the storm. They also said, it will be a major undertaking sorting it out when it is all over. Going to be tough for the LIRR, they could have moved the electric trains inland, but unfortunately a legacy of when the LIRR was owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad is in the way. The LIRR and the New York Central both used third-rail power collection for their electric commuter trains, but they both used different methods of contact with the rail. On the mainlines, the NYC and PRR were fierce rivals, and that extended to services within the NY Metro area as well. Noon tomorrow is the absolute desdline to have the MTA shut down to ride out the storm.

    I noticed it seems regardless of party, the Governros of the coastal states are trying to get people to safety, ordering evacuations, whether it is Democrats like Cuomo in NY, Bev Pardue in North Carolina, or Republicans like Christie in New Jersey. On the last part, this is possibly only the third time since they allowed gambling in Atlantic City that the casinos are closing. Even Massachusetts and Rhode Island are not out of the path of this hurricane, yet.

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    Pete spews:

    @12 The reason so many people were killed is that the nascent US Weather Service had no idea there was a hurricane about to make landfall, and Galveston residents got no warning. Also, Galveston has been protected since then by its Seawall, built in 1902 with…taxpayer dollars. Paul thinks things like seawalls and weather forecasts are bad things.

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    Actually, Darryl missed the money shot in the crazy Congressman’s crazy statement. Immediately after the quote about 1900, 1940, 1950, 1960, he said:

    I live on the Gulf Coast; we deal with hurricanes all the time. Galveston is in my district.

    Yep, even though he represents the site of the great 1900 disaster, wherein thousands of Texans drowned, he still objects to FEMA and disaster response in general. And this guy calls himself a physician, follower of the Hippocratic Oath, as in First, do no harm.

    Feh! In reality, he’s a delusional libertarian zealot. And an asshole.

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    Michael spews:

    Paul had some good ideas back in the day, but he’s gone round the bend and is just a crazy nowadays. Makes you wonder if there should be an age cap on being a congressman.

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    Zotz sez: Teahadists are Koch suckers! spews:

    Paul had some good ideas back in the day

    Seriously, Michael?

    N tagged him: He’s always been a delusional libertarian zealot. I’d add infantile.

    That he supports pot legalization and a much smaller empire are beside the point and they’re definitely not “his” ideas.

    He’s a nut.

    Enlighten me?

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    Michael spews:

    No one has all the ideas to themselves! He’s supported things I’ve supported. Neither of us were the originators of those ideas. Hell yes, he’s always been a nut case. But, his nut caseness had never been the problem or threat that it is now.

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    Michael spews:

    I guess I see a place for nut cases in politics, but at the margins. Its getting a bit scary with the crazies getting portrayed as the middle. Same goes for a lot of other things, like the yuppies in Gig Harbor that dress up like they’re Hells Angels on the weekend. Why the hell would anyone want to dress up like drug dealing psychopaths?

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    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    Great article from the New York Times that a poster on a railfan board linked to, about how the MTA planned to do the rare total system shutdown, which tunnels are likely to be flooded and which are not. Plus, with 24 hour service on some lines, they rarely have too many of their 6000 subway cars in the yards, about 200 trains(I believe the trains are usually 5-10 cars). Parking those trains will be the easy part, most likely, they will not be back up and running on Monday Morning even if the damage from Irene is not too much.


    Although I don’t agree too much with Governor Christie on much, but his press conferences on d evacuating people from the beaches, are interesting. This is possibly the worst hurricane for the Northeast in nearly 3 decades, looks like they are as ready as they can be.

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    Puddybud, identifying northwest liberals who elected an underexperienced man to the presidency weighed down by an oversized ego spews:

    Hmmm… it seems libtards like Ron Paul.

    I found this site why liberals like Ron Paul. Some comments are truly amazing from libtardos!

    Next I went to rawstory… the favorite place of a moronic twit AKA misogynist rujax… More amazing libtardo commentary! Yet he skipped right past this entry. We all know why!

    This has to be devastating to the Obummer crew! This wasn’t removed after the trumped up visit to FB HDQTRS?

    I don’t like the man, but it seems many libtardos do like this “nut case/asshole” eh Michael and Seattle N [your written words]?

    Liberals like Ron Paul


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    Yeah right, Puddy, if by “libtardo” you mean LaRouchie.

    They’re the same people, except that the Paultards have aged-out of the LaRouche cult and into Paul’s target age group. I put the dividing line between them at around age 23. That’s the brand of “libtardo” — as in not by any stretch of the imagination a liberal — that backs Ron Paul.

    Let me add to [my written words]:

    Ron Paul is a crazy fucking nut case/asshole. His favorite century is probably the 14th, since that ultimate government-remover — the Black Death — occurred then.

    Who knew that the invisible hand was actually Yersinia pestis?

    I’ll give you a tiny bit of credit if you actually don’t like Paul. Even though that surprises me somewhat.