Urbin Report

Thursday, August 07, 2003

Lowell Ponte is having fun at the expense of a well known Dumocrat:

THE GRIEVANCE INDUSTRY PROVIDES WEALTH AND POWER for thousands of people. Always seeking new causes for complaint, recently one of this industry’s greatest impresarios of indignation, raconteurs of resentment, entrepreneurs of enmity and divas of demand found an amazing new reason to scream “racism!”

African-Americans like herself ought to feel offended, Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D.-Texas) told The Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C., because hurricanes are given “lily white” names.

(Among the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration official names for tropical storms that hit Texas earlier this year were “Claudette” and “Juan.” Until 1953, when the U.S. Government adopted the use of alphabetical female names for tropical storms, it had followed the centuries-old tradition of naming these storms for the Catholic saints on whose day they were designated. In 1978 NOAA began using both male and female names to identify storms, no longer calling every hurricane a “her.”)

“All racial groups should be represented,” said Rep. Lee, adding that she hoped that the weather establishment in future “would try to be inclusive of African American names” such as “Keisha, Jamal and Deshawn.”

Consider those dedicated medical researchers whose highest reward is to have a dread disease they have studied named for them, thereby turning their name into a kind of curse. “Bad news, Mrs. Smith, your mother has Alzheimer’s Disease!” (It was named after German neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer, who discovered the disorder in 1906.)

As I have said on my own blog: What [expletive deleted] planet did this stupid bitch come from?

-- Les