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Now is *not* the time for Snarky Weasel!

Yeah, I know, everyone would probably appreciate a break from all the storm coverage, but I ain’t going to be the one to provide it. Hurricane Sandy looks like an epically evil fucker, and I’m going to close my eyes, hold my breath and wait for it to go by.

Metaphorically, of course. After major storms, we often get winds a week later, but Sandy will mostly blow itself out by Montreal. Though my dad told me yesterday, they’re expecting dangerously high winds in Nashville, a thousand miles inland.

Stay safe, peoples in the path! Charge your Kindles and your phones now, eat the icecream first and don’t drink too much!


Comment from Tibby
Time: October 29, 2012, 2:57 pm

This is very much like Irene in that it is MASSIVE. I live about 45 mile inland in Louisiana and we had high winds for days before and after landfall. We got off easy, and I hope the East Coast does too. However you have to prepare for the worst and be grateful when it doesn’t happen. Because if it does happen this one is going to kill people. Be safe East Coasters!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 29, 2012, 3:03 pm

Oh, that split screen (minus the rude language) came from the WSJ.

I’m a lover of weather, but this one is by all accounts bigger than the Great Gale of ’38, and that was one of the most evil weather events in the US. On the 50th anniversary, TV in Rhode Island was all over the retrospectives. It was fascinating and very scary.

Comment from RealMc
Time: October 29, 2012, 4:15 pm

Fun in Virginia…….rain and wind is getting stronger and harder by the hour.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: October 29, 2012, 4:26 pm

And now the STORM-BLAST came, and he
Was tyrannous and strong:
He struck with his o’ertaking wings,
And chased us south along.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: October 29, 2012, 5:08 pm

“…eat the icecream first…”

Yes. Before your fellow citizens… 😉

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: October 29, 2012, 6:16 pm

When we lived in Virginny, Hugo passed right over our house. When the eye went over, we had just enough time to roast weenies outside.

Good times.

Comment from Davem123
Time: October 29, 2012, 6:41 pm

Dedication in repayment for sacrifice. I don’t know if this is a photo from today at the Tomb of the Unknowns, but it doesn’t matter. They’re out there right now.


Comment from kilroy182
Time: October 29, 2012, 7:49 pm

Thanks Davem123, It is heartening in times like these to realize there are still those who recognize Duty, Honor, and Sacrifice. Hopefully after these troublesome storms (climatic as well as political) pass over, we will reawaken to the fact that “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch”, and “The Gods of the Copybook Headings” are quite real indeed.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: October 29, 2012, 7:55 pm


From what I have seen, it is today. I understand that as has happened before; they were offered the option of securing the watch because of the storm. And as has happened before, they refused to do so. 3rd United States Regiment of Infantry, the “Old Guard”.


There are National Weather Service warnings of 33′ waves … on Lake Michigan … in Wisconsin. Normal storm waves 4-6′.

I would also note that, sadly, Twitter is showing gangs in the afflicted areas on the coast planning looting parties. I am given to understand that at least some of the locals are considering the concept of a “target rich environment”. Makes me glad my state has a “Make My Day” law.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: October 29, 2012, 8:12 pm

I’ve heard that if you stuff them with pearl onions & cauliflower, roasted looters are actually quite good.

Comment from Threads
Time: October 29, 2012, 8:32 pm

Fun in Ol’ Virginia tonight!

Comment from David Gillies
Time: October 29, 2012, 9:21 pm

We caught several days of very rainy weather all the way down here in Costa Rica, to give you an idea of how big this thing is.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: October 29, 2012, 9:32 pm

Boston shut down all mass transit at 2pm. So my and my cat are home with a bar cart that is well stocked. Lots of wind and rain.

Comment from Mitchell TAFKAEY
Time: October 29, 2012, 9:57 pm

I’ve got kinfolk in Maryland and I’m not real happy with Sandy. I don’t think any of them are near coastal areas but still. 🙁

Comment from Clifford Skridlow
Time: October 29, 2012, 10:30 pm

I am guardedly optimistic that the Texas Hill Country will be spared much of the worst of it, but Mrs. Skridlow and I made a precautionary stop at the liquor store this afternoon on the off chance I’m wrong.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: October 29, 2012, 10:47 pm

Good luck, folks!

Comment from Laughing Buddha
Time: October 29, 2012, 11:02 pm

The wind is making my walls creak…I love the sound of the wind and the rain. Gonna be a nice night for sleeping tonight.

Comment from Can’t hark my cry
Time: October 29, 2012, 11:17 pm

You know, Stoaty, I was looking at my freezer this evening and thinking “Hunh. A pint of ice cream. If we lose power I should probably consume that early on–although without heat in the apartment, that may have its downside, but if I curl up in bed under a lot of covers … ”

“Eat the ice cream first!” is my new mantra for disasters. Thanks! (Mind you–far enough upstate in New York, and on a high enough geologic feature, that losing power is pretty much the biggest thing I have to worry about. Well, and losing slates from the roof or like that. My thoughts are with those of the minions for whom this may be a life-changer.)

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: October 29, 2012, 11:47 pm

Here in Chicago, “Lakeshore flood warning” starting at 1 AM Tuesday.

This thing is a monster.

But in the general way of ill winds… this could be the end of Mayor Bloomberg. He held a bizarre press conference in which he minimized the danger on the basis of a fantasy theory about how storm surges develop. He hadn’t yet ordered any evacuations, even from the most exposed parts of NYC such as Rockaway and Coney Island.

There is a distinct possibility that the floodwaters will get into the NYC subways, which could be shut down for months. I saw one estimate that that alone could cost $55 billion in damages.

There is a distinct poss

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 29, 2012, 11:52 pm

Uh oh. There goes Rich Rostrom.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: October 30, 2012, 1:26 am

I saw on twitter that there is flooding in some subways. Of course, it’s twitter so flavor with however much salt you think is wise.

Comment from Malcolm Kirkpatrick
Time: October 30, 2012, 1:48 am

Nyaaah, nyaaah, can’t touch me: Honolulu, sunny and mid-70s.

Comment from Oceania
Time: October 30, 2012, 1:52 am

Salem Reactor experiencing Difficulties.


Meltdown time baby!

Comment from Mike C.
Time: October 30, 2012, 8:30 am

In an odd twist for normal US hurricanes, even the outliers that hit well up the east coast, this one is causing blizzard alerts in the Appalachians and Alleghenies. They got as far NE as Harrisonburg, VA yesterday, a mere hour by car away from our place in the lower Shenandoah valley. Waiting to hear from the wife this morning to see what’s up (I’m in Bolivia, so a bit out of the way.)

Comment from Mike C.
Time: October 30, 2012, 8:54 am

Just checked the history and forecast for the lower Shenandoah – lokks like another bullet dodged there. 3.5″ of rain in the past 24, maybe another .5 to 1″ today, winds gusting no higher than 50 mph, and no snow. Looks like the worst is over for the wife, thankfully.

Comment from Oceania
Time: October 30, 2012, 9:53 am

Oh – and everyone hates Cascade!

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: October 30, 2012, 12:09 pm

I imagine “Prepping” will become the cool thing to do now….after it’s to late.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: October 30, 2012, 1:38 pm

Ain’t it ironic. If the NE people fled to Loozyana, they’d be safe. (This time.) Remember how so many of the media pundits up in NYC and environs opined in 2005 that it was stupid to live on the Gulf Coast, with the constant threat of hurricanes? Well, they were right, of course; it is stupid. But their choice of dwelling place apparently isn’t any smarter.

That said, I don’t wish horrible destruction, dismemberment, or death on anyone. Stay safe, folk.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: October 30, 2012, 4:52 pm

I’m seriously worried. When is this hurricane going to hit?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 30, 2012, 5:02 pm


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: October 30, 2012, 5:18 pm

I hope your folks back home are well.

Comment from Formerly known as Skeptic
Time: October 30, 2012, 8:13 pm

“don’t drink too much” ??? Depends on how you define “too much” 😉

Comment from Scrumpy
Time: October 30, 2012, 8:32 pm

Happened across your ‘weasely’ blog and I love it! I am an ex pat living in Oklahoma…

Keep up the good work!

Sandy was a right ‘bitch’ btw 🙂

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: October 30, 2012, 8:44 pm

Comment from Scrumpy
Time: October 30, 2012, 8:32 pm

Is this HOTAIR Scrumpy? If so, you will like it here. Good folk, only one troll [a Kiwi], and we have a Dead Pool with spotted dick!

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 30, 2012, 9:49 pm

Oh! A HotAirian! One of my main ports o’ call. My aggregator of choice.

Welcome, Scrumpy!

Say, can anyone tell me the purpose of the “new” Green Room. It doesn’t seem sufficiently different from the main page to be worth doing. Were they just trying to dump some of their less-read contributors, or what?

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: October 31, 2012, 2:08 am

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 30, 2012, 9:49 pm

Say, can anyone tell me the purpose of the “new” Green Room. It doesn’t seem sufficiently different from the main page to be worth doing. Were they just trying to dump some of their less-read contributors, or what?

Best I can tell, it is to act as an in-house twitter for The Management. The lack of comments make it to a great degree pointless. And yes, as far as I can see they have dropped the idea of having the Green Room writers act as a farm team for Hot Air, and they are letting them go. It may have something to do with matching their corporate partner, Townhall’s policies. After the first day, I just ignore it. If I want one way news commentary, I’ll watch MSNBC.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: October 31, 2012, 2:18 am


Apparently they have put comments back in at Green Room. The first day, they weren’t there; and there was mickle upsettedness.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from mojo
Time: October 31, 2012, 3:41 pm

“God is pissed at the blue states.”

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: November 1, 2012, 2:10 am

Comment from mojo
Time: October 31, 2012, 3:41 pm

YHS is not of the Judeo-Christian faith in any of the many varieties. However, it has been noted that:

Hurricane Isaac swerved away from the Republican National Convention. At the Democrat National Convention, the delegates were televised overwhelmingly, loudly and literally voting against G-D and Israel three times. Hurricane Sandy comes along, the largest hurricane on record in the Atlantic basin, and thumps all the Blue states on the Atlantic coast.

If not a Deity, then someone has a puckish sense of humor.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from rickl
Time: November 6, 2012, 4:31 am

When I lost power for three days, I actually thought that it was a welcome relief from all the election coverage.

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