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A Really Scary Thing Happened

May 2, 2009

One of the things that tops Barack Obama’s domestic political agenda is improving America’s educational system and giving US kids the schooling that they deserve.

Towards this end, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) added its own “unique” contribution to this noble endeavor….

A September 11th coloring book for kids!

Entitled A Scary Thing Happened, the online coloring book was designed to help children deal with disasters by depicting scenes of floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and … the World Trade Center being hit by airplanes:

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The coloring book is part of the FEMA for Kids website, which even has a rap song about disasters in general:

“Disaster … it can happen anywhere,

“But we’ve got a few tips, so you can be prepared,

“For floods, tornadoes, or even a ‘quake,

“You’ve got to be ready so your heart don’t break.”

What’s next?

A Hurricane Katrina video game?!

The only thing more perverse would be, say, using Air Force One and some F-16 fighters to buzz New York City for some photo-ops that evoked memories of Sept. 11th.

Alas, A Scary Thing Happened was eventually removed from the FEMA for Kids website under pressure from the public controversy over its use of Sept. 11th imagery.

Personally, I don’t know what is scarier, the coloring book, the fact that FEMA even has a website for kids, or Herman “the spokescrab”/mascot of the site.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2009 1:31 pm

    Are there any left that might be sold on Ebay? I’d like to purchase one for my niece = O

  2. May 5, 2009 12:19 pm

    Hi MM: You’re joking, right?

    That coloring book was only offered online, so I don’t think it’s available as an actual book.

    But you can get an online copy of it here:

    http://www.thesmokinggun.com/graphics/pdf/femacoloringbook.pdf

  3. May 26, 2009 3:08 am

    Doesn’t seem like a very good idea for a colouring book. I like Smokey the Bear more.

  4. Linda permalink
    August 26, 2009 12:23 pm

    Obama certainly knows enough about the American public school system to send his daughters to private schools. Ditto for Congress. So my question is how is the US government able to fix this system if they don’t have any faith in it themselves? Or are they referring to the private sector, allowing the people to think public is included? Hmmm. We need to check out their lobbyists, as we all know issues aren’t solved based on doing the right thing. Take this pamphlet or wesbite for example, more money down the drain because as all true educators know nurturing adults should be the ones interacting with children when it comes to serious matters like these. Why would any conscientious parent/teacher send a kid to a website to learn about disasters on their own? And besides aren’t kids of the coloring age too young to really know and learn about the many disasters in the world? Is our government trying to perpetuate paranoia and fear in it’s children?

  5. August 27, 2009 9:32 pm

    Is our government trying to perpetuate paranoia and fear in it’s children?

    In a word, yes.

    Even Bush Homeland Security head Tom Ridge and the US Media now admit that there’s been pressure to use “terror warnings” for political purposes. This admission only confirms what many antiwar activists knew a long time ago.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/08/20/tom-ridge-alleges-pressured-raise-terror-alert-election/

    Personally, I prefer fire drills (or eating cafeteria lunches) for scary things to do at school.

  6. Linda permalink
    August 28, 2009 11:45 am

    Thanks for the chuckle. Also, thanks asianamericanmovement for the link but no link necessary. I grew up under anti-Mao Chinese parents and hippy American teachers teachings so my perspective on things have always been different from the rest. These wonderful people have instilled in me the value to look at things with an objective point of view and to always do the right thing, even if it goes against popular opinion. Also, just because something is published or a person supported by many doesn’t make its worth any better than the real truth, which is usually pushed aside and hidden. FYI: no matter how liberal the media may be, it’s still one sided and censored. I must also add that this country’s “Green Movement” is a joke. I learned all this stuff over 30 years ago in my public school! And it took a generation to spread the word to the rest of the country? Talk about slow intake, let alone a slower intake on changing our materialistic, greedy habits. So, are Americans waiting for other countries to exceed us in everything in order for us to really buckle down and get problems solved?

  7. August 30, 2009 9:00 am

    These wonderful people have instilled in me the value to look at things with an objective point of view and to always do the right thing, even if it goes against popular opinion. Also, just because something is published or a person supported by many doesn’t make its worth any better than the real truth, which is usually pushed aside and hidden. FYI: no matter how liberal the media may be, it’s still one sided and censored.

    It’s certainly good to go against popular opinion in the USA–which is a politically conformist nation through and through, despite its self-congratulatory backpatting about freedom and individualism.

    And the American “free press” has raised media deception to a science, far surpassing anything dreamt of by Joseph Goebbels or George Orwell.

    America’s lies about “Weapons of Mass Destruction” or its even bigger lie called the “War on Terrorism” are the most damning proof of this.

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