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Friday, August 24, 2012

Storm Isacc and other potential threats



Poor Tampa Florida. First the Republican National Convention takes over the town. Then a storm threatens to become a menacing hurricane. They can’t get a break.

Next month Charlotte, North Carolina will host the Democratic Convention. Will they be in the cross hairs of a storm too? Charlotte is as likely a storm target as anywhere.

Is god sending a message to the politicians? While it is tempting to think “acts of god” punish evildoers, that’s probably not the case. Think back to hurricane Katrina. God must have hated Baptists as plenty of churches got clobbered. Using the same logic, he loved the gays and party animals of the French Quarter. Could it be we got the whole “what god likes” thing backwards?

I don’t think so. Let’s leave god out of the whole thing for now.

It will be interesting to see how human beings deal with Isacc. There’s a struggle between money, politics and prudence. Let’s see how it goes. There’s pressure for the RNC convention to go on as scheduled. Changing the time or location would be a huge expense. It would upset the whole political calendar. There are strong forces are work to keep everything “business as usual.”

Here’s the thing about hurricanes. We know a lot more about them than we used to, but we still can’t predict what they’ll do with 100% accuracy. Decisions, important decision, have to be made on the best available knowledge -which isn’t good enough.

Now if I was living in the Tampa area, I’d certainly not base my evacuation decisions on what the politicians are doing. Come to think of it, I don’t want to base any of my important decisions on what politicians do. Republican or Democrat, doesn’t matter. Most of those guys have only a nodding acquaintance with reality.

What’s going on right now in Tampa is worth keeping an eye on. It’s a chance to see how political leaders deal with reality. Could be instructive.

Anyway, I don’t think god is sending a hurricane specifically to the Republicans.

It’s trailer parks. God hates trailer parks -at least that’s what the evidence shows. Every “act of god” wipes those things out.

-Sixbears

15 comments:

  1. I agree. Let's leave religion and politics out of the weather forecast. Right?

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    1. Right. People look at the world through belief filters when they should just be looking at the world.

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  2. Would be interesting to see how the rats leave the ship...

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    1. If nothing else, we should have an interesting show.

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  3. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)August 24, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    I miss the old conventions - Huntley & Brinkley
    showing the smoked filled floor fights, building the running platform, hand lettered voting scores.....

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    1. Today's conventions are a pale shadow of their former selves. Now everything is really decided before the meeting.

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  4. It now looks like it will more to the west.

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    1. The it's going to be a problem for the off-shore oil rigs.

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  5. WE certainly hope it goes way west. Not that we wish destruction on anyone but we live in a trailer. And though Tampa is two hours south of us we always seem to get the outer fringe of what they get.

    I agree that the "show" about to begin at the convention will be even more interesting if reality strikes.

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    1. I do worry about all the people I know in the Gulf area. Someone's going to get hit with something. When a big storm comes in, there's no way around it.

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  6. Hmm... maybe Romney was correct in introducing Paul Ryan as "the next President of the United States"....

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  7. Best quote ever: "Come to think of it, I don’t want to base any of my important decisions on what politicians do."

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    1. . . . and I don't. Life is so much better that way.

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  8. Charlotte hasn't been hit hard since Hugo in 1989. It is definitely a low risk location.

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