‘Windy Biggie is our friend’

FEMA funding for helping traumatized hurricane victims is going for puppet shows, bingo and yoga, reports the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

At the Pinitos Learning Center in Boca Raton, disaster workers dressed as “Windy Biggie” and “Sunny” teach 30 preschoolers a song about how the wind is good, even during a hurricane.

“Windy Biggie is our friend.
“Windy Biggie is strong wind.
“She turns, turns, turns, turns around.
“She’s knocking things to the ground.”

This is FEMA tax money at work. It’s also paying for Hurricane Bingo, puppet shows, “salsa for seniors,” and yoga on the beach.

FEMA gave Florida $22.6 million last year for “crisis counseling” for victims of hurricanes Wilma and Katrina.

Florida’s program, called Project H.O.P.E. — Helping Our People in Emergencies — is still in operation with about 450 workers across the state who spend much of their time leading games and performing shows for groups of residents — regardless of whether they’re in crisis or even experienced the storms, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has found.

Insanity is international. In Britain, a drug education program is encouraging children as young as nine to pretend they’re smoking joints and dealing drugs. Seven-year-olds act out drinking alcohol at a wedding. In a publishing error, schools were told the lessons were suitable for children five and six years old.

The teaching materials introduce pupils to drugs jargon such as “fix”, “spliff”, “hyping up” and “cutting” substances with other drugs.

Windy Biggie is our friend.

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  1. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Do grief counselors need a license?

  2. The waste is just disgusting. No wonder FEMA can’t get its act together when it really needs to help out.

    Now, the drug and drinking programs remind me of a friend whose 9 or 10 year old son discovered internet p*rn after a week where he heard different “warning” talks about the bad things and people on the internet (one talk was at church, one at school). So, of course, he had to find out if this was true…(he searched for b**bies) such is the power of suggestion. Warnings about bad things like this may be necessary, and sadly needed by younger and younger kids. But one wonders whether the warnings don’t contribute more to the spreading of the behavior than anything else, particularly in communities where things like drugs aren’t found on every street corner. Fine line between appropriate warning and inappropriate informing (but the programs described here definitely go way over the line).

  3. Wayne Martin says:

    FEMA has a terrible track record of managing disaster relief money. They will give it out in bucketfulls to anyone with a bucket. If you don’t have a bucket, they will give you a bucket too. The examples of fraud are extensive, with will effort on FEMAs part to recover taxpayer money.

    As a federal agency, FEMA has had little oversight. I doubt that FEMA could handle a national emergency, such as an nuclear attack. Most communities are ill-prepared for disaster relief since they have been depending on FEMA as their “goto” agency in such a situation.

    Congress needs to look at this, and call a commission together to probe FEMAs capabilities in the area of regional and national bio/nuclear attack.

  4. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

  5. Walter E. Wallis says:

    As a libertarian whose mother, two brothers and a sister were civil servants and whose father worked for a railroad, I believe I understand both sides of the story. When you scream forget the red tape, just get the money out, such stuff as this is inevitable. The rules are there for a reason. Kinda like when the WPA art projects hired all the college grads to write histories while their lesser endowed were leanong on shovels.