Hurricane Irene Open Thread

Seems a bit of a fizzle – and Real Science is saying that it came ashore with only 33 MPH winds.  I don’t know about that – not nearly enough in the know to make a judgment.  So far, it does seem like the wall-to-wall news coverage is overblown…but, then again, what else is there to report?  Not like there are any wars involving American soldiers to report about; nor is it like there are any ongoing major revolutions and civil wars to cover; we know darn well that the economic news is boring because there is no risk out there of any sort of downturn…so, might as well cover the storm.

I know we have a bit of a national psychosis because of Katrina, but we should really understand what happened…it wasn’t a big storm so much as grossly incompetent government.  The city of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana (under weak executives who were no more than mouth pieces for a corrupt Ruling Class) failed, and that is why so  many people died…under non-corrupt government both New Orleans and Louisiana have weathered post-Katrina disasters with no mishaps.  The bottom line is that the chances of a Katrina-like event happening again can only be calculated as the day by day odds of a major storm hitting an area long under liberal-Democrat control…if you don’t have both sides of that, then you’re not going to have too much trouble unless it is a truly gigantic Category 4 or 5 storm.

At any rate, my prayers for those under the storm – even a modest hurricane can cause quite a lot of damage and disruption and I hope everyone gets through it ok.

19 thoughts on “Hurricane Irene Open Thread

  1. Luckee August 27, 2011 / 2:39 pm

    News coverage of a hurricane is “overblown”. Good one, Mark

  2. M.Q. Duck August 27, 2011 / 3:18 pm

    I do belive the msm was hoping for a disaster of the highest magnitude. Just to show what hero the pResident is in dealing with the aftermath. To bad the storm didn’t cooperate.

  3. Majordomo Pain August 27, 2011 / 3:54 pm

    Allow Us to clarify.

    This is a US weekend so unless there was the death of a large number of American troops there would be [as always] limited coverage from Iraq or Afghanistan.

    The Libyan war is at a standstill as Tripoli is nearly in the hands of the rebels.

    This hurricane is a major story in the United States because of the number of people that were in its potential path [Hampton Roads, DC, Philadelphia, New York-New Jersey, Boston]

    FEMA has done a very effective job up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Localities were better prepared than they ever could have been for Katrina because of topography and demographics not politics.

    On your assessment of Katrina you are wrong, Mark. This was the sixth strongest storm ever since Atlantic anticyclones were documented. In the end the fault lies not only on the Democrats who controlled the government in New Orleans and Louisiana, who clearly failed their citizens, but the incompetent man who was placed at the head of FEMA with no experience in the job and more concern with his appearance on TV than doing his job.

    • neocon1 August 27, 2011 / 4:52 pm

      majordumbo pain

      but the incompetent man who was placed at the head of FEMA with no experience in the job and more concern with his appearance on TV than doing his job.

      FEMA is a LAST responder,
      NO where in the constitution are citizens promised federal help for any disaster.
      blame the racist incompetent mayor
      the dumbed down populace on the reservation and the idiot governor.

      • neocon1 August 27, 2011 / 5:02 pm

        Funny all we hear about is NO and Katrina,
        NEVER a mention about Andrew, I know that was only White people there so who cares?

        OH by the way someone tell us how long it took FEMA to respond to Andrew

        Hurricane Andrew was the third Category 5 hurricane to make landfall in the United States, after the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 and Hurricane Camille in 1969. Andrew was the first named storm and only major hurricane of the otherwise inactive 1992 Atlantic hurricane season. During Andrew’s duration it struck the northwestern Bahamas, southern Florida at Homestead (south of Miami), and southwest Louisiana around Morgan City in August.[1] Andrew caused $26.5 billion in damage (1992 USD, $41.5 billion 2011 USD), with most of that damage cost in south Florida, which it struck at Category 5 strength; however, other sources estimated the total cost between $27 billion (1992 USD, $42.3 billion 2011 USD) and $34 billion (1992 USD, $47 billion 2011 USD). Its central pressure ranks as the fourth-lowest in U.S. landfall records. Andrew was the costliest Atlantic hurricane in U.S. history prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

        The primary purpose of FEMA is to coordinate the response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States and that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities. The governor of the state in which the disaster occurs must declare a state of emergency and formally request from the president that FEMA and the federal government respond to the disaster.

      • neocon1 August 27, 2011 / 5:02 pm



      • thomasg0102 August 27, 2011 / 5:09 pm

        here you go with the race baiting again. you’re not a victim idiot, get that through your head.

        hurrican andrew was also a disaster and people needed help just like they did in Katrina.

        You seem to think that it’s ok to not help people in New Orleans because we didn’t help as much when Andrew hit.

        Truly the mark of someone who is a race BAITER and an uneducated, or undereducated idiot.

        seriously, your ilk will be defeated. we are a MELTING POT, but we all know you don’t like that about our nation.

      • tiredoflibbs August 27, 2011 / 6:06 pm

        tommy-boy flails again: “we are a MELTING POT, but we all know you don’t like that about our nation”

        Oh yeah! We are a melting pot with separate languages on printed materials and accommodated in schools, businesses and the media. There was a time when all immigrants had to learn English and function in society – no more.

        We also have racial quotas, affirmative action and set-asides. We also have our institutions of higher learning teaching how each minority are being screwed by the evil white man.

        We have special interest groups that are for their race only. And we also have left wing politicians who play the race card at any chance they can get.

        Step into reality son and stop being a mindless drone listening to outdated rhetoric. The Democrats want a divided nation so they can keep them fighting amongst themselves and not see the potential of this country and the greatness it once had. You can here the fear mongering in the lib rhetoric – “The Republicans don’t want to count you in the census”. etc. etc.

        If we had a true MELTING POT (you do know where the term came from and how it applied?), then racial quotas, affirmative action and all that other BS would not apply.

        Lesson over tommy-boy.

      • Dvindice August 27, 2011 / 7:20 pm

        Before FEMA can respond, the Governer of the State that needs the aid has to send a writen notice asking for aid. Until then, FEMA can not do anything.

        Neo, when you call Blanco and Nagin (sp? don’t really care if I didn’t spell thier names right) idiots, you are dragging down the word idiot.

    • Sunnier August 27, 2011 / 7:08 pm

      But that “incompetent man” in charge of FEMA had everything possible in place in New Orleans before the storm surge hit. FEMA and the Salvation Army were told they had to keep their food, beds, blankets, medicine, kitchens etc in warehouses far from the Super Dome because Nagin did not want the Dome to become a magnet for people. There was nothing more FEMA could have done. They had the supplies and manpower in New Orleans before the emergency hit and then when the city government realized how bad it was there was no way for them to get across town through the flood with their semis of food and so on. They were stuck were they had been put by the mayor. No one has ever been able to say what FEMA did wrong or could have done different or should have done better, no one who knows the facts anyway.

  4. Green Mountain Boy August 27, 2011 / 5:18 pm

    Be careful Neo, you might be called a potty mouth or poopy butt. OH!!! The shame!!! Oh!!! The humiliation!!!! 😛

    • neocon1 August 27, 2011 / 5:19 pm


  5. neocon1 August 27, 2011 / 5:18 pm


    no race baiting on my part, who were the ones screaming that W hated black people and wanted them dead??? mmmmm?
    you obviously are from the short bus and do not recognize sarcasm.
    sucks to be dumbed down arianian eh Akbar?

  6. dbschmidt August 27, 2011 / 5:35 pm

    You want the honest truth??

    I was a resident of Miami, Fl through many hurricanes including Andrew–just as I sit through another here in NC today. You know what. I will fill in the blanks (which most of you have) when I have a minute.

    • neocon1 August 28, 2011 / 11:28 am


      not sure what you are getting at?
      hope all is well in NC

  7. Green Mountain Boy August 27, 2011 / 5:35 pm

    Lets just go ahead and end this little conversation now. It’s all buuuusssshhhhhsss fault!!!! What ever is not his fault we will blame on the Jooooossssss!!!!

    See how easy it is. Whatever problems there are in the little libbie world can be blamed on either George W. Bush or the Jews. Nice and simple. The way I prefer things. 😛

  8. RYan August 27, 2011 / 5:42 pm

    The primary purpose of FEMA is to coordinate the response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States and that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities. The governor of the state in which the disaster occurs must declare a state of emergency and formally request from the president that FEMA and the federal government respond to the disaster.

  9. James August 27, 2011 / 7:44 pm

    The fault with Katrina lied with the incompetent nagin and incompetent governor blanco, who didn’t even bother running for reelection. The only help those poor people got down there was from the federal government. blanco panicked and was in over her head. She was late in authorizing the national guard in which was the biggest problem. blanco and nagin did not get along and this reflected itself at the worst possible time. This was an entirely democratic error. However, even before the hurricane struck, the libs were going to use it as an opportunity to play politics. Even before the hurricane struck they began attacking Bush. It was probably one of the most times in the history of this country. The libs dared anyone to attack a black mayor or a woman governor. The fact is this was the largest and fastest feder

  10. dbschmidt August 28, 2011 / 3:22 pm


    I will answer it here and in the other thread where CO has his proverbial head stuck up stupid again. Irene wasn’t much of a real storm–thank goodness but I can hear the self-anointed elites and great thinkers of New York whining from here in NC. Geez, power goes out for less than 24 hours–they whine and can not tie their shoes. A little wind and rain and they panic. I reckon the elite have never had to do anything for themselves hence all the curling up in a fetal position and crying when anything happens.

    Katrina got the exact same response as Andrew did in S. Fla except Andrew was a little drier than Katrina. I saw Andrew pick up an 850,000 ton research vessel and plunk it down half a mile inland. Devastation like I have never seen before. Difference? We didn’t sit on our asses and cry for mommy or the big government “Daddy”to save us. We got out the saws and started working including helping neighbors and those less fortunate so when FEMA showed up 4 days later they could help those that needed it in an orderly fashion. It completely destroyed the houses of my younger brother, his wife’s parents, and a friend who we helped because we could. Point being is people helped people and did not rely on big daddy government.

    Now go watch the news (I had to turn it off after 30 minutes) 24/7 whining by the liberal thinkers and elites — not from the regular folks.

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