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County sheriff sitting on an ATV tries to warn young, fit, surfers out of the water, but the surfers wind up rescuing the deputy. OMG, this is so funny!

This video makes me angry. Some idiots decided to drink merrily on the seafront while the hurricane approached and later had to call 911 to be rescued. Ultimately they were airlifted to safety by the coast-guard.

I think it is perfectly fine if people decide to take their chance with a hurricane and ignore mandatory evacuation orders; but please be aware of the dangers and the consequences. If you decide to drink beer at the fishing pier after being repeatedly begged to leave and told umpteen times that the storm surge is going to sweep you away — do not call later for help. Millions of dollars of taxpayer money are wasted and other lives put at risk in rescuing those who take foolish decisions. It also makes it easier for the government to pass nanny-state laws which takes everyone else’s freedom away, including of those who really value this freedom and know the meaning of the term ‘personal responsibility’.

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Brendan Loy fears that years in the future, we will be referring to Hurricane Ike as “The Great Galveston Hurricane of 2008.” I think he is right.

This picture was taken many hours before Ike was scheduled to make landfall. The city of Galveston was already under 3 feet of water, despite not having experience any winds or rains yet. Ike is a monster, the likes of which have not been seen in 50 years.

As I write this, Ike is still out at sea. It will hit Galveston island in a few hours. The expected storm surge is over 3 metres.

The residents were warned days in advance that Ike is a freak storm. The exact language used was “Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single-family one or two-storey homes will face certain death.”

There is no exaggeration in that warning. It is a fact that the entire Galveston island will have experienced surges of upto 22 feet of water by this time tomorrow and winds upward of 110 miles an hour. Unless you live in the third storey of a building or higher, you are going to die, plain and simple.  Even if you do, and your house is not blown away or crushed by a tree, you will certainly be without food, water or electricity from outside for weeks. Not all the people who have refused to evacuate from Galveston island are stupid. Some of them are indeed extremely well-prepared and fully aware of the risks.

But I also fear that many are not. There are — by some accounts — 24,000 people on the island tonight. They have refused mandatory evacuation orders and decided to ride out the storm. I believe they have a right to do that. But I also hope they all sleep well tonight, for some of them will die before the sun is out tomorrow.

[Update]: It now appears that the storm surge was 10-15 feet, not 22 feet as predicted. So, the devastation and death toll will be much lower than I feared.

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John McCain gave a speech today where he said:

We both knew the politically safe choice was to support some form of retreat. All the polls said the “surge” was unpopular. Many pundits, experts and policymakers opposed it and advocated withdrawing our troops and accepting the consequences. I chose to support the new counterinsurgency strategy backed by additional troops − which I had advocated since 2003, after my first trip to Iraq. Many observers said my position would end my hopes of becoming president. I said I would rather lose a campaign than see America lose a war. My choice was not smart politics. It didn’t test well in focus groups. It ignored all the polls. It also didn’t matter. The country I love had one final chance to succeed in Iraq. The new strategy was it. So I supported it. […]

Senator Obama made a different choice. He not only opposed the new strategy, but actually tried to prevent us from implementing it. He didn’t just advocate defeat, he tried to legislate it. When his efforts failed, he continued to predict the failure of our troops. As our soldiers and Marines prepared to move into Baghdad neighborhoods and Anbari villages, Senator Obama predicted that their efforts would make the sectarian violence in Iraq worse, not better.

And as our troops took the fight to the enemy, Senator Obama tried to cut off funding for them. He was one of only 14 senators to vote against the emergency funding in May 2007 that supported our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. He would choose to lose in Iraq in hopes of winning in Afghanistan. But had his position been adopted, we would have lost both wars.

Reacting to this, Matt Welch (editor of Reason Magazine) says:

What interests me here is McCain’s classic trait of personalizing all policy debates. If you disagree with him, it must be because you are dishonorable, and placing politics ahead of country. He, on the other hand, continues to be motivated by a love of country more pure than Karen Carpenter’s singing voice, at a severe political cost that only a torture-surviving stoic would be willing to bear.

I think that is an accurate depiction of McCain, and one of the reason I sincerely hope he never becomes president. As Welch adds:

I don’t know about Obama (literally), but I can tell you this: The next time we face what McCain hyperbolically described as “a crisis as profound as any in our history,” President McCain will argue − stoically, and with patriotic sadness more than nationalistic anger − that the only thing he hates more than war is anyone daring to suggest that escalating troop levels yet again isn’t the answer to the transcendental crisis du jour. Will such sentiments work politically in 2008? I don’t know. But it’s likely his only hope.

Read the whole thing.

And incidentally, I am a HUGE fan of Karen Carpenter’s voice and the songs she sang.

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