It is saddening to see leftists literally praying for death and destruction to visit the United States, so long as it is aligned with their own prejudices. Here is one of many such supplications I’ve seen:
“Dear God, I promise to believe in you if you will just send Hurricane Isaac to Tampa while the Republicans are there.”
“far out…come on hurricaneeeee wipe out the hall and the lying GOP candidates”
Ah — this article collects some of the supplications and appeals to God and karma and such. You’ll find a number of references to “Hurricane Isaac” even though it is not yet a hurricane as of this writing.
The state of Florida is a former stomping ground of mine; it was common to have “hurricane parties” where bathtubs were filled with ice (to melt into drinking water) and cans of beer and other drinks to help weather the storm. I once participated in an experiment, in a van with doors tied open like sails, to see how fast we could go in 100 MPH winds. (We never hit much above 50 with the engine off, but we were also running out of road.)
But of course hurricanes can do lots of damage, from Andrew in 1992 to Katrina in 2005 to the many hurricanes back when they were common in the 1960s, and the earlier cycle in the 1920s.
Hurricane frequency runs in a cycle of a few decades, but some hurricanes form every year. At the peak of the current cycle back in 2000, there were a couple of years in which no hurricanes made US landfall at all. This apparently encouraged Louisiana and New Orleans officials that it was safe to embezzle tens of millions of dollars of federal funds that were intended for levee reconstruction — a re-routing that had tragic consequences later when the levees collapsed in Katrina’s storm surge, despite that storm’s only Category 2 or so strength at landfall.
Now, twelve years after the peak, Florida has not been hit by a hurricane for seven years. It seems likely that Isaac will break this record, but it’s not clear, as Isaac is likely to still be only a tropical storm when it crosses over the sourthern Florida Keys. There is a fair chance, though, that it will veer a bit east and come into contact with Florida’s west coast after becoming a hurricane in the next day or two.
And hurricanes can cause horrific death and destruction. One hurricane that is sort of a namesake to this one — it has been called “Isaac’s Storm” long before the idea of naming hurricanes developed — hit Galveston in 1900, one hundred and twelve years ago. It was named after Isaac Monroe Cline, an early hurricane expert who became somewhat notorious (and suffered personal tragedy) due to this hurricane. Continue reading