Thursday, September 01, 2005

Stormy Weather

A post at Gathering Goat Eggs reminds me of a great novel by Carl Hiaasen called Stormy Weather about the devastation visited upon southern Florida by hurricane Andrew in 1992. Much of the action follows the shenanigans of the sorts of folks that Peggy Noonan would like to see shot on sight. It's rather difficult to imagine enjoying reading about the destruction caused by a hurricane, but there is a certain satisfaction in reading about bad guys getting what they deserve. There must be a special circle in hell reserved for the folks who would exploit or otherwise take advantage of the misery of others, especially when it is on the order of what we're observing in the aftermath of Katrina. I can't endorse shooting anyone, but if we can find a real life version of Skink....

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