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Will Hurricane Ike Kill Enough People In Cuba That It Becomes Less Of A Gulf Threat?

Flooded streets of Baracoa in eastern Cuba 7 September

I know that people use language incorrectly sometimes. I make mistakes in what words I choose. But I can’t help but notice that I’ve heard at least two weather reporters express hope that Hurricane Ike is sufficiently weakened while passing over Cuba, so that it becomes less of a threat for wherever in the Gulf of Mexico it lands.

( Above is damage in Cuba from Ike.)

Yet the longer Hurricane Ike stays over Cuba, the more harm it will do to people in Cuba. Instead of making it a zero-sum issue of who suffers to what degree, I imagine the hope people have is that the storm weakens in a way that harms as few people as possible. It would take just a small bit more extra effort to express concerns over the storm in that more helpful way.

Here is the National Weather Service report on Hurricane Ike.

September 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Driver Honks, Rolls Down Window, Asks If I Want Obama Sticker

A few days ago I was stopped at a red light when the driver in the car next to me honked and signaled me to roll down my passenger side window.

I eyed him warily and rolled down the window with one hand, while reaching for the revolver in my glove compartment with the other hand.

Ha!–That’s a joke. I rolled down my window to see what he wanted.

He said he saw the Rick Noriega for U.S. Senate bumper sticker on my car, and asked if I would like an Obama sticker. He waved a few Obama stickers around. I told him I had one already and that I had just not put it on my car as of yet. ( I’ve still not put the sticker on. I will, I will.)   

This interaction warmed my heart. It’s good to know people are driving about looking to do the right thing. Decent folks know this gentleman was motivated by a desire for a better country and for a government that helps people.

It is excellent that we all have the capacity to do small things that make other people’s day a bit better, and that some are able to help us all move forward even when stuck at a red light.

September 8, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Houston, Politics | , , , , | Leave a comment