Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Thoughts on Hurricane Sandy ... and a new name for wind storms

So for the last week, it seems every politician with excess ear wax is trying their best to outdo each other with regard to how bad Hurricane Sandy is going to be.  It started out with "bad storm" ... to "Frankenstorm" ... to "worst disaster in out lifetimes."  Media examples follow:

“This is the most catastrophic event that we have faced ... in any of our lifetimes."

"People Will Be ‘Fighting In The Streets’ For Gas, Food In Sandy Wake"

Seriously, it reminds me of libs always trying to be the one that "saves" the biggest thing.  (Trees, Whales, Rain Forest, Africa, Planet, etc etc.)  Shut up you gd idiots ... someone ought to hit you in the teeth with a hammer.

And then governors all over the east were racing each other to "declare emergencies." So I was thinking, why?  Why do they do this?  And then it hit me ... money and power (and avoiding lawsuits.)

That's right, first and foremost, everything we do must revolve around the fear of being sued (FOBS.)  Isn't that a great way to spend your life?  Oh yes ... the freedom.  Thanks, slip-and-fall lawyers ... and thanks, politicians, for allowing us to be pillaged exploited like that.  But I guess they're too busy banning big gulps to attend to our liberty.

And when you think of it, fear of being sued is why we do a LOT of stupid things in life.  Whenever you see a company or municipality doing something idiotic, there is at LEAST a 50-50 chance the FOBS is behind it. 

For example, when produce etc is about to go bad or food is slightly damaged at large supermarket chains, they take the food out to dumpsters.  Much of it is still edible though so they have to keep the dumpsters locked so that poor people can't get to it ... otherwise, the poor person stands a chance of getting food poisoning ... and would be in a position to claim that the supermarket "knew or should have known" that this was a possibility and thus would be liable in a lawsuit.  

How do I know this?  Because it has been done before ... and that is why the dumpsters are locked.

Oh crap, I digressed ... that hardly EVER happens ... back to the hurricane.

Anyway, it occurs to me that governments have all kinds of money available to spend and distribute to their buddies when a disaster strikes ... and they've all been very careful to write this into their laws.  

That's right, it's VERY successful ... that's why most (if not all) states now have an official "declaration of disaster" which officially releases a TON of cash in whatever direction the politicians decide.  Part of that is handing out work contracts to their buddies in related businesses.  That's why they can't WAIT to declare a disaster ... well, that and the FOBS.

I Googled "Sandy worst disaster" and got a ton of hits.  In doing my research on these hits, I ran across this tidbit ... which I'm sure is an old one but I just heard it so it's new to me and it shall be my new term for any kind of windstorm from now on.
Farther south in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, Jimmy Butts raised hurricane warning flags over his seaside bar Saturday.

"It's going to be a ... strong mullet blow, what we call here in the fall," Butts told CNN affiliate WSOC. "(There will) be a lot of rain and maybe 30, 40 mph winds." More here:

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