September 15, 2004

Weather of Mass Destruction?

Yahoo! News - Hurricane Ivan Roars Toward Gulf Coast

Millions of people have been warned to get out of there. There is a possibility of serious destruction. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for the Big Easy.

“I ain’t going nowhere cause I ain’t scared,” Charles “Smitty” Smith, 60, said as he sipped a morning beer at the Double Play bar in the French Quarter. “I don’t care where you are. If you’re in the eye of a hurricane, it doesn’t matter. I believe in the Lord. … If the Lord wants to take me, take me.”

God helps those who help themselves, “Smitty.” And that doesn’t mean “to another beer.” “In the morning.”

Question: what country do you invade if a storm destroys one of your cities? If Bush wins a second term, maybe we’ll find out that Iran is behind the current bad weather in the gulf.

Posted by James at September 15, 2004 12:21 PM
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the mexicans are also suspiciously quiet about this recent rash of "natural" disasters

Posted by: ryan at September 15, 2004 12:24 PM

Shortly before the other Bush guy got voted out of office, we had Hugo (or was it Andrew, or maybe both) and I believe a couple of other natural disasters. After Bush lost the election, he went on a spending spree, which included a lot of relief money to the affected states.

Maybe it's a sign.

Posted by: Julie at September 15, 2004 1:06 PM

A picture in today's Boston Globe showed a dude boarding up his restaurant. The plywood had the following on it: "We don't run from hurricaines, we drink them."

Posted by: Patti M. at September 15, 2004 2:19 PM

perhaps Smitty is following the Key West philosophy on hurricanes - i hear that down there the people go to bars rather than churches for shelter during storms, because guess what's left standing when the storm is gone? right. bars. :)

on a more serious note, i heard that the waves in the Gulf are 40 to 50 feet high. !! here's hoping N'Awlins et al make it thru okay.

Posted by: beth at September 16, 2004 9:45 AM

That might well make sense for the Keys, but I would worry about being in a bar in New Orleans which potentially be completely under water because of the storm surge.

Of course, if you're going to have to face that, perhaps it's good to be somewhere well-stocked with potables.

Posted by: James at September 16, 2004 3:01 PM

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