Stay Safe!

As Hurricane Sandy gets ready to make landfall, we want to offer our prayers to all of those in harm’s way, whoever you might be.

Seek higher ground, preferably out of the danger zone entirely, don’t be idiots and think you can “ride this one out” (there are no merit badges for terminal stupidity), hunker down and wait for it to pass.

We can, and will, deal with cleaning up the mess later, but that’s not going to be of much use to you or your loved ones if cleaning up the mess includes dragging your remains from the ruins.

Hopefully it won’t be as bad, it wouldn’t be the first time that the media went into mass hysteria over something that turned out to be nothing but a bit of heavy rain and high winds, but this is one of those very few cases where His Majesty actually agrees with our fear pr0n addicted media, although it’s almost certainly not for the same reasons as the ones they have.

If all of those of us who were alarmist turn out to have been a bunch of hysterical ninnies who made you leave home and hearth for no good reason, then you’ve certainly earned the right to laugh at us derisively from your shelters outside the danger zone. We have no problem with that and, by the way, enjoy the laugh.

We’ll take that any day over having to regret for the rest of our lives that we didn’t do enough to get you out of there if it turns out to be a worst case scenario.

Stay safe, be well, and may G-d protect you.

Thatisall.

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Just Another Random Nut, GLOR
Just Another Random Nut, GLOR

So far, so good here in Fort Meade, MD, Sire. High ground? Check. Out of range of trees (home and car)? Check. Water, batteries, ice, and nonperishable food? Check. Backup for the sump pump? Not perfect, but it’ll have to do. Full charge and new books on the Kindle? Check. Kitty food / litter / carriers if I have to… Read more »

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

Ready in NH. At least the final remains of the Obama rally will be washed away. :em01:

watchyerlane
watchyerlane

Thank you, my Liege but we will be fine. I am at Ground Zero of this storm (Toms River NJ) and it isn’t that bad. We live right on the Barnegat Bay and we are going to ride it out. National Hurricane Center forecasts for less than 6 feet of storm surge and I need roughly 8 feet to get… Read more »

LC_Salgak
LC_Salgak

Here in the Shenandoah Valley, it doesn’t look too bad. 2-6 inches of rain forecast, winds to 40 with gusts to 55, ramping up any time now, and we’re 30-40 miles EAST of the expected snowbelt. Everything’s charged, generator and two 5-gallon tanks of gas in the garage, waiting to set up outside when/if we lose power. Plenty of food.… Read more »

NR Pax
NR Pax

Chiming in from the People’s Republic of MD as well. Bought a lot of water on Friday, pet food and crates are within easy access and we’re doing OK. Not going to try to be noble if an evac order is called; Just load the Forester, get to safety and deal with insurance later.

Just Another Random Nut, GLOR
Just Another Random Nut, GLOR

Also, can anyone confirm that the Romney / Ryan campaign has called off the campaign (including ads and fundraisers) in states hit by Sandy and are instead loading the buses with humanitarian supplies? If that’s true, how you view it depends on your level of cynicism. If you’re cynical, these are staunch blue states, and he’s got virtually no chance… Read more »

single stack
single stack

Just Another Random Nut, GLOR @ #: 6

I’ve seen reports this is indeed the case. Romney’s history of generosity and help to those in trouble shows that it’s fully consonant with his character and is not being done as a campaign ploy.

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952

I feel so damn helpless. If I lived a few hundred miles inland from the east coast I’d be inviting Rotties to come stay a spell. Guys, if any of you folks back there need anything when this is said and done…we are here. My prayers and wishes the immense power of a planet is held in abeyance. Stay safe,… Read more »

Just Another Random Nut, GLOR
Just Another Random Nut, GLOR

And while you’re at it, raise a warm one for the Old Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They have not left their post since 1937, and this time is no different.

single stack
single stack

watchyerlane @ #: 3 I’ve lived in Florida and the along the northern Gulf of Mexico all my life. I’ve ridden out, and gotten out of the way of, several hurricanes. I’ve lost property and seen friends and family lose everything to them. A friend and his entire family died riding out Katrina. I worked on recovery operations after Katrina… Read more »

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

Well, my company is based in Baltimore. (Although I’m in NH) The boss just told everyone who came in to be out of there by 12pm at the latest and go home. I asked if that included me. There were many chuckles. (I work from home now) My Brother inLaw is at his company down the street and they’ve all… Read more »

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

single stack @ #:

IF IT’S NOT TOO LATE GET OUT NOW!

I’m on high ground and my old tree came down in last years snow storm.

I also just saw how Romney has at least one campaign bus being readied to render aid if needed

single stack
single stack

angrywebmaster @ #: 12 My warning is directed at watchyerlane. The map shows he’s in one of the worst possible places to be in this storm. Anyone in a place with an evacuation order or even just a recommendation should heed the warning. If you stay and try to ride it out rescue or evacuation will be impossible about the… Read more »

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952

I don’t screw around with nature, toe to toe, she wins, I lose. Once destruction begins it escalates, weakened structures come down or are washed away, The power of the ocean is never to be underestimated. I learned that on board ship. Beware of airborne debris, a piece of sheetmetal can decapitate easily. Tree limbs break necks, or smash cars… Read more »

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952

Here’s an update.

FrankOK
FrankOK

I’m left wondering how much easier (or harder) this storm will make the ongoing election fraud.

:em08:

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator

FROM BLACKFIVE Having a back and forth with a former legendary Delta operator. Here is the gist of what he is implying: The news is breaking today but there is a small bit that is being overlooked. According to the statements from Fox News: The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

Just Another Random Nut, GLOR @ #: One question for our legal eagles – my neighbors did not secure their kids’ bicycles and they’re left loose on the deck next door. If the bitch launches one of them into my house and damages it, can I hold them liable for the damage? Maybe. Storms are generally considered “acts of god,”… Read more »

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952

Keep the bike…if you get both find a wheel, axles and make a trike out of it with a box.

readerjp
readerjp

I’m writing this as the winds and sheets of rain are pounding my windows on the 25th Floor, here in NYC – parts of which were already flooded and under mandatory evacuation orders. They’ve shut down the entire transit system and told everyone to go home. Except some city employees who had to go to work. Mayor Bloomberg was asked… Read more »

LC Gregory
LC Gregory

I’m riding it out at Momma’s house – fortunately on top of a hill in Fairfax County just inside the (shudder) DC Beltway. I have certain rules in life. 2.) Don’t pick a fight with a guy from West Virginia. He WILL shoot you. 1.) Do NOT Mess with a damn Hurricane! These things are Nature’s Vacuum Cleaner, designed to… Read more »

dcs2244
dcs2244

Fear and loathing in the Soviet Commonwealth of Massachusetts; His Excellency the Governor declared an “EMERGENCY”…we were on storm duty for the day. Nothing happened…but if it did, state agencies had special logging procedures to account for everything “Sandy” related. So we could get our “rightful” piece of the pending federal disaster aid. This way the feds will know how… Read more »

angrywebmaster
angrywebmaster

I’m in New Hampshire and at least this storm is blowing away the few Obama signs left from this weekends annoyance. The power is on and I expect it to stay up. I’m right between two hospitals on the main line. I’ve never had the power go out for more than an hour. The house is shaking nicely though. I… Read more »

LC hilljohnny
LC hilljohnny

i wonder how massive power outages would affect the up coming election. if there are enough roads blocked by downed trees and powerlines would Obama have the excuse to put off the election until he could be sure of getting all of his people to the polls?

JakeTheSnake
JakeTheSnake
Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan
Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan

Well we’re on generator power here in central PA, it’s getting pretty sporty out there. If it looks like this here…… my prayers go out to anyone on the coast.

single stack
single stack

LC hilljohnny @ #: 24

The President has no authority to cancel, postpone, or delay an election.
That power is in Congress or the states.

LC hilljohnny
LC hilljohnny

single stack says:

The President has no authority

this hasn’t stopped him before.

single stack
single stack

LC hilljohnny @ #: 28

If he tried to delay the election do you think he’d get away with it? I don’t.

single stack
single stack

Prayers for watchyerlane. From his post at 8 this morning (# 3) it’s obvious he has (now had) no experience with hurricanes and no idea what was about to hit him. Fortunately it’s not a very powerful hurricane, the wide area and media hype notwithstanding, but it’s still dangerous.

Imperial Grammar Hun, G.L.O.R
Imperial Grammar Hun, G.L.O.R

single stack says:

If he tried to delay the election do you think he’d get away with it? I don’t.

Since a good portion of the US is under siege by the ‘cane, couldn’t he just declare martial law? That supersedes the constitution.

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator

America voted in 2008 to prove that we are not racist, now we must vote in 2012 to prove we are not stupid.

single stack
single stack

LC Grammar Czar, G.L.O.R. @ #: 31 No. Posse Comitatus is in his way. The feds can’t come into a state without being invited by the governor. That’s why there was a delay in federal assistance in New Orleans after Katrina. Governor Blankstare didn’t authorize federal entry for several days after the storm. Here in Mississippi our governor got the… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches

Can people start smiting the reporters who use the word “unprecedented” in connection with the storm? Atlantic storms are totally unheard of, I know; but even allowing for that, a Cat I isn’t exactly a unique event, and 70 mph winds really aren’t even remotely impressive for a hurricane. Yes, it is damaging and hard on people in the area… Read more »

NR Pax
NR Pax

Good morning, all. High winds, bad rain and the worst the wife and I had to deal with was some water getting into one small area of the basement and my dog being dramatic about having to go out for a walk in this. I’m a hell of a lot luckier than most and grateful for it. Still taking today… Read more »

LC_Salgak
LC_Salgak

Update from the Shenandoah Valley. Nada. It’s wet, and the winds have dropped to normal. Worst power issue we had was a couple of less-than-a-second mini-brownouts.

NYC, on the other hand, looks like it’s been hit by the Wrath of God. And maybe it has been. . .

Just Another Random Nut, GLOR
Just Another Random Nut, GLOR

LC_Salgak @ #39: Update from the Shenandoah Valley. Nada. It’s wet, and the winds have dropped to normal. Worst power issue we had was a couple of less-than-a-second mini-brownouts. Same here in Maryland. The south got the back side of the storm, and while the Maryland coast got fucked without lube (Ocean City and Atlantic City are completely without power),… Read more »

LibraryGryffon
LibraryGryffon

Well, I’m up here in Woodstock Vermont at a Conference. We had a few power blips last night, but nothing else so far as I’ve seen or heard. They’ve been nervous since Irene took out a lot of roads and buildings, including ones next to the Inn I’m staying at. Home on the other hand….. My husband hasn’t called me… Read more »

LibraryGryffon
LibraryGryffon

They’ve lifted the travel ban in Connecticut, so I’ll be heading home after the meeting, which is ending earlier than scheduled, since one of our speakers couldn’t make it (*lots* of cancelled flights). The other speaker is having to deliver his talk by Skype.

LC SecondMouse
LC SecondMouse

LC Gladiator @ #17: I know it’s hard to imagine, but this gets even worse. The mooselimb extremists are known to use a cell-phone based night-vision technology that allows them to see the GLD laser, and thus pinpoint it’s source. This was obviously a well-known fact to Doherty and Woods, being former SEALs. The only way one of them would… Read more »

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator

MSNBC Ridicules Romney for Collecting Food and Supplies for Sandy Victims This one is really hard to believe, even for the most biased so-called “news network” in the nation. MSNBC on Tuesday totally trashed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for collecting food and supplies at a storm rally event in Ohio to be sent to victims of Hurricane Sandy (video… Read more »

single stack
single stack

Do the idiots at MSLSD think the Red Cross is the only organization that provides disaster relief? After Katrina church groups and good samaritan groups did a helluva lot more than the Red Cross ever thought about doing. One of the jobs I did during the relief effort was helping to coordinate the delivery of relief supplies, and the Red… Read more »

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
LC_Salgak
LC_Salgak

And, of course, the news coming out of Grasshopper Central isn’t good. . . . http://news.yahoo.com/tempers-flare-nj-city-where-thousands-stranded-171518266.html The payday quote. . . “Tempers flared Wednesday morning outside City Hall as some residents complained the city was slow to get food and other supplies out to the stranded.” I can even picture it, straight out of John Ringo’s “The Last Centurion“. .… Read more »

single stack
single stack

Those of us with experience with hurricanes know that the storm is the easy part. The weeks after the storm is when things get tough and the character of the people and their local culture shows. To illustrate, compare and contrast New Orleans and the Mississippi gulf coast after Katrina. We’re about to witness the spectacle of millions of people… Read more »