It hurts, it truly hurts to say this, but I agree with Jesse Jackson on something.

I know it's just semantics, but I have been wondering why we're referring to American citizens as refugees. Louisiana and Mississippi are part of the country still, aren't they? The 1,000 people coming to Denver right now are not foreigners, they are fellow country-men who have been evacuated. They aren't refugees, they are evacuees. They are welcomed guests in my state.

Again, I know it's silly. That's why I've not said anything about it. But, of course, J.J. did.

ref·u·gee: noun: an individual seeking refuge or asylum; especially : an individual who has left his or her native country and is unwilling or unable to return to it because of persecution or fear of persecution (as because of race, religion, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion)

evacuee
n : a person who has been evacuated from a dangerous place