Hurricane Irma Update

All is well at my place today. The hurricane came through my area as a Category 2, which isn’t too bad. Certainly, it is much better than a Category 4 or 5. Damage was minor. One of our trees came down, and the fence was damaged. Some minor cosmetic damage to the house, and certainly some of the usual debris cleanup. Overall, it was no big deal, nothing a day of hard work couldn’t fix. Already have the tree handled, the fence repaired (except for one post which needs to be recemented), and the debris and boards removed. The cosmetic details I can deal with later.

My brother-in-law is headed back down to the keys to inspect his house. The keys took it much harder than Tampa, so we can probably expect some damage there. My father’s home in Daytona suffered a broken window when a tree limb came through¬†the boards. But it was only one window, and he managed to get up an inside board before the house could be significantly damaged. A friend in Miami lost his roof. It was an older home, and it was pretty much expected that it would happen. Still, that’s a lot of work and a lot of money. Overall, Irma was a lot less damaging than it could have been. It basically brought Category 1 winds to the entire state, except the far-west panhandle. We took a direct hit here (I am actually somewhat east of Tampa, and we got the west eyewall), but it had already weakened some from landfall in Naples, and my home is newer, so resisted the winds better than most.

Irma was touted as another Katrina, or another Andrew, but with the exception of the keys, it wasn’t. It was rather amusing seeing the media trying to hype the storm as the worst thing ever while it was over central Florida. With them, it’s almost like they wish for people to die in job lots, so they can look like heroic journalists braving the terrifying storm or something. One Twitter follower suggested that it’s like they orgasm whenever a natural disaster strikes. Time for Chris Cuomo to pretend he’s the chosen of the gods, or something. You can almost sense their disappointment as they tried to exaggerate the storm on TV.

Either way, the doom-and-gloom quasi-apocalypse they were spouting failed to match the reality.

Still, the keys took it hard, and Naples bore the brunt of it on the west coast. So folks in those areas are going to have a hard time of it, and we shouldn’t lose sight of that. And the entire state got hit with Category 1 level winds, which while not the destructive terror of a Category 4 or a 5, is still no picnic. So a lot of Florida is in cleanup and repair mode for a while. And there¬†is a lot of cumulative lighter damage all over the state.

Irma was a nasty hurricane, to be sure, but not the world-ending superstorm of death the warmistas and journalists would have wanted.

Of Wolves and Men

Of Wolves and Men

10806307_10152527615047297_2609861124776722597_nThis bit on Ted Nugent’s facebook really got my blood boiling. I don’t necessarily disagree with Mr. Nugent, but I know precisely where this sort of thinking leads. I’m exhausted of this see-saw effect in American politics where the blatantly obvious solution to a problem is ignored in favor of wasting taxpayer money in knee-jerk reactions.

A century ago, the American government paid a bounty on wolf pelts. It wanted to eradicate the species (and in the lower 48 states, it more or less succeeded) and spent millions of dollars doing it. Farmers, hunters and settlers carried forth the usual excuses: livestock and pet kills, competition for prey animals and general fear.

Fast forward several decades and the American government paid millions of dollars to reintroduce wolves and protect them from the same people, farmers, hunters and settlers. The government had the usual excuses: animal rights, conservation, environmentalism, etc…

Am I the only one who sees the lunacy here? Pay to eradicate them, then pay to reintroduce them, and soon, pay to eradicate them again.

Handling wildlife issues is really a simple matter. When wildlife is in its own domain, leave it alone. The exception being: hunt it if you like, but don’t exterminate it (else there won’t be a wild anymore). If wildlife leaves its domain and comes into yours, kill it if necessary. Do this often enough and wildlife will generally understand that humans are bad and it is best to stay away from them. They aren’t stupid, and Darwinism is still in operation.

No campaigns or special government action is needed. In fact, it would be best for everyone if the government just stopped fucking with them in the first place. We wouldn’t have EITHER problem if it weren’t for them!

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