(Putting dead body on fire, Galveston, Texas - 1900)
As Hurricane Irene roars towards the East Coast, threatening millions of Americans, Ron Paul offered these
After a lunch speech today, Ron Paul slammed the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and said that no national response to Hurricane Irene is necessary.
“We should be like 1900; we should be like 1940, 1950, 1960,” Paul said. “I live on the gulf coast, we deal with hurricanes all the time. Galveston is in my district."
Yes, we should be just like Galveston, circa 1900, when a hurricane killed somewhere between 6,000 and 12,000 people. Here's how they dealt with it:
The dead bodies were so numerous that burying them all was not possible. The dead were initially weighted down and dumped at sea, but when the gulf currents washed many of the bodies back onto the beach, a new solution was needed. Funeral pyres were set up wherever the dead were found and burned for weeks after the storm. The authorities passed out free whiskey to sustain the distraught men conscripted for the gruesome work of collecting and burning the dead.
I hope that wasn't government whiskey.