Mea culpa, Irene

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A week or so back I did a post belittling fears of Hurricane Irene, saying Americans are such drama queens. After that Irene ravaged my own town. There are folks with big signs out saying, FEMA come here! The used-car dealer lost a couple of hundred thousand dollars of inventory. The dam on the lower pond in the woods near here was washed out in a scene straight out of Virgin and the Gypsy– flakes of concrete weighing a ton flung 100 yards. Many friends of mine have been without power.

Holding on to my pride for a moment, I would point out that we are talking about property damage by and large. Also, the actual damage was not predicted by the 24/7 cable meteorologists–Vermont, not New York. So the information was not really information. Oh the hubris of the mainstream media! All the New York fretting was over the top.

But I don’t believe in trivializing anyone’s suffering. So, add it to the list: I was wrong about Irene.

14 Responses

  1. Erasmus
    September 5, 2011, 1:02 pm

    ego te absolvo!

  2. POA
    September 5, 2011, 1:59 pm

    Actually, Philip, I was suprised at that thread.

    We have a local wildfire right now, and it seems like it will not live up to the dire media predictions that were being cast yesterday. But the two fatalities of the airplane crash that caused the fire, and the one family that lost their home might tend to disagree.

  3. tombishop
    September 5, 2011, 4:28 pm

    Now I’m waiting for your Mea culpa to those you dismissed last week (such as Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, though she is not above criticism for not informing about the dangers of Zionism as you stated) for informing about the dangers posed by Christian Zionism, Dominionism, New Apostolic Reformation, et al. :)

    See link to

    • annie
      September 5, 2011, 5:40 pm

      tom, i’m not recalling that post of phil’s. can you link to it or do you remember the name?

      • tombishop
        September 5, 2011, 6:24 pm


        I am referring to the article “Terry Gross gives a fearful earful on a Christian movement seeking ‘dominion of politics, business and culture’” by Philip Weiss on August 29th, 2011 at:

        link to

        I think it is wrong to compare Christian vs. Jewish Zionism and their impact on the culture. Right now the two have a symbiotic relationship to advance each others common agenda, the promotion of a theocratic state in Israel. I see Christian Zionism as a greater danger just by their percentage of adherents in the U.S. population. What happens if there is rapprochement between Jews and Palestinians in the Middle East (I know this is not on the horizon at the moment)? Christian Zionism would become even more extreme and turn on Jews for once again rejecting Jesus as the Messiah.

      • john h
        September 5, 2011, 8:34 pm

        Tom, what do you mean by “a greater danger” (“their impact on the culture”?) ? And what connection do you see between dominionism and Christian Zionism?

        I share your concern about CZ. They have hijacked evangelicals and their views and pronouncements are regarded as the holy grail by far too many who fail to see the danger from within that they are.

      • tombishop
        September 6, 2011, 9:09 am

        john h,
        Dominionists basically believe that our government must be based on the Christian Bible and Christian belief . Central to this is “end times” theology, the belief that the earth must be prepared for the return of Jesus. There are variations within Dominionism about the specific time line of the Rapture ( a glaring proof that all of this belief is based on human imagination, not divine inspiration). What they all share is that the establishment of Israel is a sign of the end times, and Jews must be converted to Christianity for the second coming.

        Every Dominionist is also a Christian Zionist. The reason I see them as the “greater danger” than Zionism itself is because of the portion of the population that accepts the Christian Zionist worldview, and the danger of the largest military in the world coming under their control. This is why Netanyahu received 29 standing ovations when he spoke before Congress a few months ago.

        See this video by Max Blumenthal to get an idea of their mentality:

        link to

      • john h
        September 6, 2011, 7:09 pm

        Thanks Tom.

        What an utter canard from Tom DeLay: “and obviously we have to be connected to Israel in order to enjoy the second coming of Christ”. Israel here is an idol replacing Christ as the only one to be connected to.

        These people have no clue what they are saying. Hagee is where it comes from: “support the Jewish people in the state of Israel today, tomorrow, and forever”; compare that with Hebrews 13:8.

  4. Donald
    September 5, 2011, 5:07 pm

    Phil, a few people died in New York too. Tropical storms generally dump huge amounts of rain on regions even if the wind speeds are relatively low and the floods do a lot of damage and can kill people. Those relatively low winds still bring down trees and power lines and people get electrocuted. (It happened in New York.) One reason the death toll is low is that people are warned and stay inside instead of wandering around to look at the damage–some of the deaths that do occur happen to the people who ignore the warnings.

  5. flyod
    September 5, 2011, 6:14 pm

    got it wrong too. a week here without power though trivial in comparison with some communities in the catskills being totally devastated. maybe time to divert some foreign aid $$$ for reconstruction here at home. any idea where 3 bil or so might be found?

  6. DICKERSON3870
    September 5, 2011, 6:22 pm

    RE: “Mea culpa, Irene” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: That just makes things worse in that it highlights your obstinate, obdurate refusal to effusively apologize* to “Red Sox” for committing the Cardinal Sin of “counting the Jews”!
    Repent Phil, repent!

    * Be forwarned that a mere “expression of regret” is unacceptable!

  7. Proton Soup
    September 5, 2011, 8:04 pm

    meh, you’re still drama queens. it’s just not the kind of inclement weather you’re used to is all. with blizzards, you’d probably just hunker down and tough it out. just another day. wind and torrential rain? not so much.

    here in alabama, we get that sort of weather all the time. people are used to it (this year being a dramatic exception). but every time snow is in the forecast, we clear the shelves of bread and milk. few dare to drive in it, and yankees have a bit of a chuckle over it. which is just fine, really.

  8. Richard Witty
    September 5, 2011, 8:16 pm

    We were assaulted with warnings of high winds, but none.

    In my home town, we didn’t have torrential rains even, strong rains, but not what I remember of tropical storms and hurricanes in Florida.

    But, upriver along the beautiful Deerfield River in Southern Vermont and Western Massachusetts, a very very large drainage area flowed down a normally vigorous but manageable river. On Sunday, that manageable river became violent, grossly so.

    Beautiful Shelburne Falls (my former hometown in the early 90’s) was inundated. I visited a friend in the next town yesterday, who watched as his neighbor’s newly constructed house 20 feet above flood stage, washed down the river. The garage is still there.

    My son, who went on his last vacation road trip to Niagra Falls, took two days to get across Southern Vermont and eventually found a way in Western Massachusetts. A close friend is visiting the region next week, and was planning business visits to clients across state in Southern Vermont, but you can’t get there from here.

  9. esteban
    September 6, 2011, 12:56 am

    since you mentioned

    i will include some telling photo’s
    as water is nothing to mess with

    link to

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