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First let me say that I in no way, shape or form hope Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac makes landfall anywhere, ever. Having sat through a couple of them while living in Coastal North Carolina I can attest to the feeling of helplessness as the storm rages around you and dealing with the aftermath of even a tropical storm can be messy, time consuming and expensive.

However, having said that, I do admit I am feeling a bit of delicious irony watching Isaac bear down on the GOP convention. There is even a chance it will tee off directly on Tampa. However, the most likely current location for landfall is around Cape Coral, FL ~150 miles south of Tampa then wind it's way up the coast and pass directly over where the GOP's freak show will kick off on Monday.

I'm waiting with bated breath to find out how the Christian Conservative wingnuts are going to spin this one. I mean through the years they've blamed any number of natural disasters on God punishing Americans for our many sins. The most egregious being Pat Robertson. Though the widely reported story of Pat saying Katrina was punishment for Ellen Degeneres being selected to host the Emmys has been proven to be false, he and other evangelical preachers did manage to claim Katrina was punishment for a long list of other sins.  Michelle Bachmann has even said that Hurricane Irene and the subsequent earthquake were God's punishment for obesity or government or something equally insane. These aren't the only examples and through the years America's supposed lack of respect for God's laws has been blamed for any number of natural disasters by those who claim to have a direct line to the Big Man in the Sky.

So here comes Isaac, prepared to smack the GOP's big show on the very day the curtain goes up on all the extremism. The week they get the spotlight and get to show off their brand spanking new anti-women, anti-science, pro-large-clips-of-ammo agenda they might just get washed away. Of course by the time Mitt takes the stage Isaac will have long since passed along and maybe (hopefully) no lasting damage will be left behind. However, if Isaac decides to "forcibly" rip the roof off the Tampa Bay Times Forum injuring absolutely no one but sending a message that could be interpreted to say, "You don't fuck with Mama Nature especially when it comes to women's reproductive rights," it would be pretty freaking hilarious.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Progress 365 not just a slogan a goal - 300 progressive seats in the House and 65 progressive seats in the Senate.

    by jusjtim35 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 01:44:38 PM PDT

  •  You hit the nail on the head... (8+ / 0-)
    I mean through the years they've blamed any number of natural disasters on God punishing Americans for our many sins. The most egregious being Pat Robertson.
    Pat Robertson is one of America's most egregious sins.

    Facts are liberally bias

    by SuzieQ4624 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 01:50:36 PM PDT

  •  heh heh (3+ / 0-)

    even better than that time after Perry convened a prayer-a-thon to pray for rain and a hurricane headed his way made a sharp right turn at Louisiana instead.

  •  Karma says watch what you wish for... (8+ / 0-)

    Dems convention a week later up the coast in NC, not to mention Pres Obama speaking in open air stadium to close Convention.  

    An OFA Campaign Web Ad is the new Reid "sternly worded letter".

    by Jacoby Jonze on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 01:55:10 PM PDT

    •  I'm 90 minutes from Charlotte, and we do (1+ / 0-)
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      sometimes get remnants of hurricanes coming through, which can bring torrential rains for a day or so.

    •  Charlotte is too far inland. (0+ / 0-)

      It is extremely rare for tropical storms to do more than dump a lot of rain there, and even that does not happen often.

      So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

      by illinifan17 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 02:01:34 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, true. Didn't mean to imply otherwise. (0+ / 0-)

        With the notable exception of Hurricane Hugo in 1989, a hurricane has never done more than dump a lot of rain on places as far inland as Charlotte.

        Hugo was exceptionally large and came ashore in Charleston, then plowed inland.

        The hurricanes remnants we get, usually, in Greenville, SC, that then usually heard into Charlotte, come ashore in the gulf and then plow north. So they've been ashore for a good while, by the time they get to us, and have lost much or their strength.

        But it can make things miserable for a day and cause some minor flooding.

    •  Yeah, but he doesn't deny warming and wants to (0+ / 0-)

      do something about it. Though it would please his haters, it lacks the irony.

      There is only one planet suitable for human habitation in our solar system.

      by too many people on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 02:02:43 PM PDT

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  •  Oh the irony. (0+ / 0-)

    I can't recall the name of the hurricane, but didn't one hit FL and then turn around and smack it again? This was right after an unfortunate election in 2000?  or 2004 ?

    There is only one planet suitable for human habitation in our solar system.

    by too many people on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 01:56:48 PM PDT

    •  Adding to the irony is the recent weather in OK - (0+ / 0-)

      home of the biggest denier on the planet.

      There is only one planet suitable for human habitation in our solar system.

      by too many people on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 01:58:44 PM PDT

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    •  2004 Hurricanes (1+ / 0-)
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      2004 & 2005 were crazy here - we ran out of the alphabet in 2005 - started up with Alpha, Beta - Gamma.  We got hit by baby Katrina before she destroyed NOLA.  Then we got Wilma about 6 weeks later.  

      http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/...

      I can't tell from the NHC 2004 map if we got hit twice by the same storm, but we did get Charley, Frances, Jeanne & Ivan who made a pretty good mess and tried to cross out Mickey Mouse.  

      Two of them made a big "X" when they crossed paths near Orlando with a few days of each other.  

      I remember looking at a satellite pic in 2005 and it looked like planes stacked up on the runway for takeoff - storms lined up from the Bahamas, all the way back toward the coast of Africa.  

      "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

      by Ricochet67 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 03:17:04 PM PDT

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  •  No god luvvvvs the Rs; that's why they "win" (0+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 02:01:55 PM PDT

  •  The last thing we want... (3+ / 0-)
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    ... is for the convention to be called off.  We really want them to show the country their stuff in all of its glory.  If they are allowed to be even an iota less transparent than they normally would be, it's a loss for us as Democrats and a loss for the country.

    Having them cancel or shorten the convention would be like having one of the debates canceled.

    Let's see if Mitt truly can control the cats he has to herd for 4 days.  Let us see how "on message" all of those speakers can be.  Let us see the roll call of states - and which state Mitt chooses to put him over the top (my money is on the great state of Confusion).  Let us see those Ron Paul supporters cheering wildly for their party's standard bearer (right).

    I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

    by Hey338Too on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 02:02:16 PM PDT

    •  Could just add to the fun a chaos. (1+ / 0-)
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      Imagine people not that thrilled with Mitt anyway. Not that excited about going to Tampa. Or absolutely pissed Mitt's the nominee and bungling things so badly.

      A lot of people might think it's nice to have an excuse to stay away. Maybe we'll see lots of empty seats.

      •  I'm thinking chaos even without the weather... (1+ / 0-)
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        ... but I'm hoping for Four days of unadulterated Republican dogma.  I don't think the rethugs can keep it together for 4 days, and if the storm shortens the proceedings, it lets them off the hook.

        I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

        by Hey338Too on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 03:02:27 PM PDT

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        •  It's more likely to disrupt the beginning (1+ / 0-)
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          of the convention than the end. Most people are probably flying in Saturday or Sunday.

          Current projection has the storm coming ashore Monday on the West coast of Florida opposite Miami.

          So Saturday or Sunday, people will just be trying to figure out whether to get on their plane.

  •  Well, it won't (1+ / 0-)
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    be the money bag thugs that will be out there dealing with the emergency and putting their lives on the line if it does hit Tampa.
    But then again, they have their privately paid for hurricane response squad so maybe Florida's emergency management people and FEMA can just take care of the people that pay their taxes?

  •  Cue paranoid fantasies about the administration (3+ / 0-)

    using HAARP or some other technology to create the hurricane and guide it to the RNC convention in 3, 2, 1...

  •   Here's the Spaghetti Map of Different Track Proj- (2+ / 0-)
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    ections.

    They appear to be highly concentrated on W Coast Florida.

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    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 02:13:33 PM PDT

    •  And a link to an AP map showing possible paths. (0+ / 0-)

      If you can see the middle of all those lines above, the AP map has Isaac coming ashore Monday near... I don't know my Florida geography that well. The west coast of Florida, opposite Miami.

      Still enough to freak out anybody planning to fly into Tampa over the weekend, I bet.

      •  Geez, I'm scatter-brained today. (0+ / 0-)

        Here's the link

      •  Florida geography (0+ / 0-)

        That would be Ft. Myers / Naples (Collier County) across from Ft. Lauderdale / Miami (Broward & Dade County) .

        New Port Richey is near there - they nearly got wiped off the map by Charley in 2004.  And I think they were hit by either Frances or Jeanne right after Charley.  

        The whole state is going to be affected - the wind field is quite large - even if the eye makes landfall on either coast, the rest of the state is pretty much going to be in it - just depends on who gets the weaker side.  

        Andrew hit Miami Dade - Cutler Ridge / Homestead area 20 years ago Friday - ol' Isaac appears to just want to have an anniversary party.  They're predicting Cat 1 or Cat 2, not a Cat 5 like Andrew (thank goodness for small favors!)  

        "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

        by Ricochet67 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 03:22:19 PM PDT

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  •  Just wanted to say... (1+ / 0-)
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    the name Isaac means "he laughs." While I don't want any storm to hit and hurt anyone in Florida, I do wonder if Michelle Bachmann will have anything to say about this being "a message from God" should the hurricane move towards Tampa.

    Everyone living in Florida where that landing could cause harm, please be safe.

    I would rather spend my life searching for truth than live a single day within the comfort of a lie. ~ John Victor Ramses

    by KayCeSF on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 02:35:11 PM PDT

  •  Remember 2008 Republican Convention (0+ / 0-)

    was delayed because of Hurricane Gustav

    There is enough on Earth for everybody's need, but not enough for everybody's greed. - M. Gandhi

    by Singing Lizard on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 03:08:09 PM PDT

  •  GOP Freak Show... (0+ / 0-)

    ...that's the best description for what those Grand Old Prostitutes have devolved into...a carnival act and a parody of themselves.

  •  When was Katrina? August 30, 2005? (0+ / 0-)

    I seem to think that was the date, or am I wrong?

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 06:32:30 PM PDT

  •  God is PISSED (0+ / 0-)

    Just read about the rethugs swimming naked and drunk in the sea of Galilee. They thought there would be no repercussions?

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