In the wake of a terrifying missile alert...

Saturday, January 13, 2018

In the wake of a terrifying missile alert...

...that the 50th state was the target of an imminent attack, presumably from North Korea...

Emergency Alert
ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill.

...Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard [D, Hawaii 13] was on both CNN and Fox News condemning "the failure of our country's leaders for decades that have put this country in this position today."

(Last I looked, the Hawaiian archipelago is in the same position it always has been, 4,660 miles distant from North Korea.)

Gabbard added that is an urgent need for easily accessable nuclear shelters.

One of the related reports told of a woman who awoke this morning to find her sister and daughter huddled together in their garage, crying uncontrollably.

My first response was to laugh at the futility of such a reaction as I recalled a Cold War era gag from more than half-a-century past:

Q: What position should you assume during an air raid alert?

A: Bend over, put your head between your knees... and kiss your ass goodbye!

Words to remember even today.

Comments

1. WR Moore said...

Like you, I'm old enough to remember the Civil Defense Bomb Shelter signs on many buildings. I can't recall off-hand when I realized they weren't there anymore. One has to assume the structures still exist. The big question is if they've been repurposed?

Simply from the targeting priority standpoint, I'm not sure Hawaii has much to worry about.

Wonder which way the Congress Critter voted on military/CD budgets?

It wasn't 'til '68-'69 that we went into our 15-18 year old canned goods, Campbell's Black Bean Soup and Bean and Bacon, and Mary Kitchen Roast Beef Hash, deciding that the "atomic threat" was past.

Not sure why you would gainsay Hawaii's concerns... they are one of the 50 states, and the closest one to North Korea. That's gotta keep some on O'ahu, Maui and big Hawai'i awake at night, given the nuttiness of the little guy with the bad haircut and the big guy with the orange hair. Some Island residents, as old or older than you and I, also remember Pearl Harbor.

As for the young woman's voting record, check it out on her Congressional Website. Most of it is doctrinaire Progressive pablum... she'll probably go far in politics.
– Dean

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