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  •  New Orleans (10+ / 0-)

    Not happy tonight.

    Also not happy with "progressives" chortling about it either hitting the RNC in Tampa (which looks completely unlikely now), feeling Schadenfreude that Isaac is offering up some proof of climate change; or yukking it up because it might hit a red state.

    I thought people might have learned since Michael Moore said that shiteous thing in 2008, when it looked like Hurricane Gustav might hit New Orleans during the last RNC:

    "I was just thinking, this Gustav is proof that there is a God in heaven. To just have it planned at the same time, that it would actually be on its way to New Orleans for Day One of the Republican convention, up in the Twin Cities, at the top of the Mississippi River."
    An hour ago, former Mich. Gov. Jennifer Granholm tweeted this:
    R convention delay due to Isaac: I guess God has ways to shut that whole thing down
    SMH, and trying to imagine how progressives would feel if a former GOP gov said something similar about an earthquake hitting San Francisco.

    Honestly, looking to score political points of any kind during a natural disaster is disgusting.

    •  Right on gutterboy... (5+ / 0-)

      I'm in New Orleans and let me tell you, don't wish this on anyone. And remember the protesters in Tampa.

    •  This is a cat 1 hurricane in August in the Gulf (1+ / 0-)
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      OK, I don't live on that side of the country but my understanding is that this is the time of year known as "hurricane season."   Isn't this a bit like a blizzard in Alaska during December or an October windstorm in the PNW?   Yes, dangerous and sad for the people involved but nothing unexpected.    

      Having lived through a real earthquake where I thought for sure I was going to die and afterwords  o-workers were crying because they thought that their loved ones had either been burned or crushed to death I find the comparison to a cat 1 hurricane a little off.   Yes, 100mph winds are nothing to sneeze at, but Bobby Jindal laughed at our volcano warning network.   Yes, I also survived Mt. St. Helens (but it was nowhere near as scary as the earthquake where I was at the time.)

      The Republicans had every reason to expect that there would be hurricanes in the Gulf this time of year.

      •  Silly. (1+ / 0-)
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        When you are in a 100 mph wind it is not only "nothing to sneeze at," it is a big fucking deal.

        By your logic - any earthquake that happens in the West is "nothing unexpected" because they have them all the time.

        Still enjoying my stimulus package.

        by Kevvboy on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 04:42:42 AM PDT

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      •  No, a potential 1, 2 or 3, with uncertain landfall (1+ / 0-)
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        Isn't this a bit like a blizzard in Alaska during December or an October windstorm in the PNW?
        Why, no. Indeed it's not.

        It involves streets flooding, trees falling on buildings, power out for an extended period of time and a great deal of stress for everyone involved.

        It involves last-minute orders for potentially millions of people to pack up all their important papers and pets, then sit in nervous-breakdown-level traffic for 10 or 12 hours (often with children) for a storm that might change course and head the way they're going.

        It involves people without cars to be stuck in many cases.

        It involves people without money to be screwed. Evacuation is expensive, and the Hurricane Fairy doesn't foot the bill. Gas, food, motel rooms, etc. are often beyond the reach of people who live week to week. (And, I'll point out, like Katrina this is coming at the end of the month, when many are on the last dregs of their paychecks, and gov't aid recipients have nothing left.)

        Yes, 100mph winds are nothing to sneeze at, but Bobby Jindal laughed at our volcano warning network.
        So send it to him. By that logic, any tragedy that befell the United States between Jan. 2001 and Jan. 2009 was somehow deserved, because the country elected George W. Bush. And if you say "But I didn't," I'll say: exactly.
    •  How much laughing... (1+ / 0-)
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      kyril

      How much laughing will she do when Isaac turns east and drops 6-8 inches of rain on Charlotte the weekend before convention, with the odd tornado to boot?  

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 11:05:45 PM PDT

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    •  They wish disaster on liberals and blame liberals (1+ / 0-)
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      for disaster all the time, Gutterboy.

      Yes, it's unseemly to admit to Schadenfreude.  Yes, it's not nice to make snarky comments back to the very Republicans who say that God sends natural disasters as punishment for cities tolerating gay people, feminism, abortion, critical thinking, etc.

      But people need to vent sometimes.  There are times to tell them to behave, and times to let them vent.

      That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

      by concernedamerican on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 05:39:29 AM PDT

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      •  Apparently some here do too. (0+ / 0-)
        Yes, it's unseemly to admit to Schadenfreude.  Yes, it's not nice to make snarky comments back to the very Republicans who say that God sends natural disasters as punishment for cities tolerating gay people, feminism, abortion, critical thinking, etc.
        Except you're not making them back to those people. You're making them to the people whose lives may be upended by the disaster.

        If Isaac goes to New Orleans, it's going to the place on the Gulf Coast that is most sympathetic to gay people, feminism, abortion and critical thinking. Does that make a difference to you?

        But people need to vent sometimes.  There are times to tell them to behave, and times to let them vent.
        Heaven forfend the people on the Gulf Coast keep you from "venting" if it's that important. We all have our priorities.
        •  The point is that nobody here wishes disaster on (1+ / 0-)
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          the city of New Orleans.  Nobody.  Nor on Mobile, or Panama City, or Tampa.

          People here can be forgiven, however, for indulging in fantasies about Republicans suffering.  Those are abstractions, and people need to daydream and vent.  Doing so is not the same as hoping that in reality, good people in good cities get hurt.

          That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

          by concernedamerican on Sun Aug 26, 2012 at 06:44:13 AM PDT

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