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August 30th, 2005

Hurricane Katrina: The Hunker Down Report

Did you hear? There was a hurricane that hit the south yesterday!

It’s clear that news reporters get aroused by the very thought of a natural disaster and being able to report on it from their “Storm Centers (R).” They love the drama, being able to fake compassion, and most of all, they love to say “hunkering down.”

Yesterday I watched a couple hours of coverage in the morning and caught three incidents of “hunker down.” Two of them came from the same person within a 30-second timespan and the third came, disappointingly, from Brian Williams, who really should know better.

Google News currently shows 171 results for “hunkering down” and hurricane and 60 results for “hunker down” and hurricane.

Did you hear the dreaded phrase at all yesterday?

Other words phrases I’ve heard too much of the last few days: bracing, storm surge, and devastation. Only one channel was annoying enough to refer to Katrina as the “Storm of the Century.” Not surprisingly, it was the local Fox station, the same one that brags how many Emmys they’ve won, an award that you have to nominate yourself for and that most stations have too much pride to bother with.

Posted in In the News

FROM: David
DATE: Tuesday August 30, 2005 -- 10:17:04 am
Yes, you will be pleased to know that in a random, two minute viewing of cable news last night, I heard “hunker down” once. Calculate those odds.

As a further irritation to you, Ryan, you should know that “hunker” means “to squat on one's heels.” So the colloquial “hunker down” is actually redundant.

FROM: snaily
DATE: Tuesday August 30, 2005 -- 3:35:27 pm
CNN reporter-
"I don;t knkow if you can see this, but there is an unusually small shrub that has just lost a leaf from this massive storm! this devastation is just one example of why everybody should be prepared to hunker down for hurricane Katrina!"

FROM: Monica
DATE: Tuesday August 30, 2005 -- 9:11:06 pm
ugh, another reason to boycott cable news :-P

My brother lives in Baton Rouge, and apparantly slept through the storm. Dem students sleep like cr-a-zy!

FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday August 30, 2005 -- 9:24:14 pm
My brother was interviewed on CNN in the wee hours of the morning on Monday and although I did not see his report, I am fairly certain he did not say "hunker down". He knows better, maybe since he's a scientist.

On the serious side, please donate and help out these folks since this is the worst natural disaster our country has ever experienced.

DATE: Wednesday August 31, 2005 -- 9:43:06 pm
I'm probably going to anger a few people here (and I'm not unsympathetic to all those people who lost family, friends, pets, homes, cars), BUT...I'm just not sure what to think about people who deliberately live in flood prone, tornado prone, hurricane prone areas. Perhaps it's their right to build a house wherever the hell they want to, but I'm a little upset that my tax dollars are going to go and help rebuild a houses which could very well get knocked down again in a few years time.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday September 1, 2005 -- 8:00:42 am
Just wanted to report that on Dateline last night, Brian Williams said it again.

All anchor duties should be stripped from him.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Thursday September 1, 2005 -- 10:34:04 am
I've always missed New Orleans since I moved away from there five years ago, but I've never missed hurricane season. But I have many friends and some family from whom I've not heard from, and perhaps won't hear from ever again.

Stu: most of the damage will be covered by insurance. If the insurance companies can't cover the losses, get mad at the insurance companies for mismanagement, not the people who live there.

Also, New Orleans is (was?) a city that people from all over the world love to visit. The revenue earned from tourist tax dollars has contributed millions upon millions of dollars to the big federal tax pot, by which we all benefit since those monies reduce our individual tax burdens.

Just like Florida, where people love to vacation, these areas belong to the entire nation. Those who cater to the tourists have to live somewhere. Sure, it's a risky place to live, but we can't all live northeastern Ohio, where there is no faultline, hardly any tornadoes, probably no hurricane threat and plenty of fresh water to drink.

Further, there's lots of oil in that gulf, and those who are necessary to work that oil for the benefit of all of us, need to live somewhere. It may be that their houses will be hit again and need to be rebuilt. Perhaps, the solution then, would be for that area to keep all of its own oil revenue and not share it with the rest of the country, in which case, it could easily pay for its own losses.

While the production in the gulf is shut down, and you're paying three or four dollars per gallon of gas, and perhaps more, you might want to rethink your selfish position of resenting to offer a helping hand to those who have benefitted you for so many years.

FROM: Greg
DATE: Thursday September 1, 2005 -- 2:11:12 pm
My whole breakfast was ruined when "hunker down" was used twice in the period of a minute. Once by the reporter and once by the guy that was being interviewed.

FROM: Joe Revees
DATE: Tuesday September 20, 2005 -- 12:06:20 pm
CNN's headline right now is "Time to hunker down." Apparently that's what Jeb Bush told residents of the Keys to do.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday September 20, 2005 -- 1:24:10 pm
Another reason Jeb Bush is evil.

FROM: 15 YEAR OLD [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday October 13, 2005 -- 6:47:54 pm

DATE: Thursday October 13, 2005 -- 6:48:12 pm
EMAIL ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FROM: Paul
DATE: Thursday October 13, 2005 -- 6:53:45 pm
Time to hunker down for dumbasses.

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