Tuesday, January 09, 2007
The Continuing Trashing Of Katrina Victims
The same racist conservative bozos that were and still are passing around the "New Orleans had thousands of working school buses and refused to use them" bullcrap (debunked here and here) are now passing around a new e-mail intended to slag Katrina victims. Its first iteration concerned a snowfall in North Dakota that the e-mailer falsely claimed didn't cause the locals to ask for government help (see, because in the white wingnut mythology, the only people that ask for gummint he'p are spineless LIE-berals and Knee-Grows; never mind that the racist Red States are the biggest welfare queens of them all). The later version was tailored to say similar nonsense about how the good (white) citizens of Colorado didn't go begging the Feds for help after their big snowfalls. (Never mind that nobody in either North Dakota or Colorado was rendered homeless by the snowfalls in question, whereas nearly two thousand people died and hundreds of thousands were left homeless by Katrina. White people's suffering always counts for more than black people's in the wingnut calculus.)
Here's the Snopes debunking of the blizzard story:
Eli: It's probably half-melted in Colorado (if not North Dakota) already; Colorado may have high mountain peaks, but it's at a latitude where they can have toasty-warm days even in winter. And in North Dakota, they could use the moisture -- they've been under a drought for pretty much most of the the time Bush has been in office.
Denver gets really interesting weather. If you go in, say, October, it can literally be 80F one day, snow ten inches the next, and be 80F again the day after that.
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