Thursday, October 11, 2007
Personal Asides: The Hurricane Katrina of Marathons
Read Dennis Byrne today at the Chicago Daily Observer website (cdobs.com) and youll discover that a Chicago media star-political analyst ever-present in the Sun-Times, on Channel 5 as political columnist and often on Channel 11 as political analyst for Chicago Tonight referred to the Chicago Marathon this way:
Some say it was the Hurricane Katrina of marathons.
In last weeks marathon, one runner died and an autopsy showed not from the heat but from a congenital heart condition.
In contrast Katrina took the lives of 1,836, was responsible for $81.2 billion in damage, struck Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, caused 53 different levee breaches in Greater New Orleans, caused power outages for more than 900,000 people, prompted the Bush administration to seek $105 billion for reconstruction, damaged or destroyed 30 oil platforms and caused closure of nine oil refineries, totally shut down oil production in the Gulf of Mexico for six-months at a loss of approximately 24% of the annual production, destroyed 1.3 million acres of forest lands, left hundreds of thousands unemployed with a total economic impact of over $150 billion, redistributed population from New Orleans across the southern U. S.Houston taking 35,000; Mobile, Alabama gaining over 24,000; Baton Rouge, La. Over 15,000; Hammond, Louisiana over 10,000 (nearly doubling its size) with Chicago receiving over 6,000 the most of any non-southern city.
Comparing the Marathon to Katrina was a small case of news hype, wouldnt you say?
Dear God--what comparisons and adjectives would she have to resort to if someone had truly died last weekend from the heat?
Also a key tenet of berserk liberalism here: When you decide to run in almost 90 degree heat and decide to do so of your own free will whos responsible? Why those who run the Marathon, of course. Never the individual. No such thing as individual responsibility in this world, is there?