Shifting Political Winds

September 24, 2004 | 11 comments
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I know we believe in a God of hurricanes, but this is starting to get ridiculous.

Florida map

(Link via Froomkin).

(Yes, I know, it’s a political cartoon, not a factually accurate portrayal.)

11 Responses to Shifting Political Winds

  1. D. Fletcher on September 24, 2004 at 10:08 pm

    My sister lives in Tampa.

    I read last spring that this was going to be a terrible year for hurricanes, the worst in many a decade. And we are now in a particular part of the weather cycle, that we may see a lot of hurricanes for the next few decades.

    From A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief (the 4th verse)

    ‘Twas night; the floods were out, it blew
    A winter hurricane aloof.
    I heard his voice abroad, and flew
    To bid him welcome to my roof.
    I warmed and clothed and cheered my guest
    And laid him on my couch to rest;
    Then made the earth my bed, and seemed
    In Eden’s garden, while I dreamed.

  2. Chris Grant on September 24, 2004 at 10:47 pm

    Hoax, yes. Political cartoon, no.

  3. Julie in Austin on September 24, 2004 at 10:55 pm

    This cracked me up, even tho snopes sets the record straight. However, given Elder Oaks’ talk, is the premise really that silly?

  4. Geoff B on September 25, 2004 at 7:01 am

    News from hurricane alley: the effects of hurricanes extend 100 miles in each direction from the path of the eye. That means that all kinds of blue counties (Palm Beach is one example) were badly affected by the storm. The new storm Jeanne is expected to hit Sunday morning, and it will follow a path similar to Frances. Four hurricanes have hit Florida so far, and another two months left in hurricane season! Unprecedented and quite scary.

    If you live in the hurricane zone, you can see the positive effects of a hurricane on people. Immense storms tend to humble people and make them more willing to love their neighbors and respectful of the power of their Creator. It is not accidental that all of these storms are happening in Florida today.

    I’ve had enough of these storms, and I want them to stop. But from an eternal perspective, I see the tremendous power of the Creator in them.

  5. Bryce I on September 25, 2004 at 2:00 pm

    From the political point of view, if Heavenly Father is using hurricanes to send an anti-Bush political message, he’s doing a bad job of it. Pres. Bush gets to come in after the disaster strikes and throw lots of Federal money around to help people rebuild their lives. I can guarantee that western North Carolina, which has been devastated by flooding from the recent spate of hurricanes, will not get the same attention from the federal government as Florida.

  6. Sterling Carroll on September 25, 2004 at 3:19 pm

    One would assume that this is placed to prompt discussion and you have no axe to grind. Otherwise one would be tempted to make comparisons with current events and a certain large media network / newsperson.

    This is very funny, entertaining but also very wrong – each of the hurricane tracks for Charley, Frances and Ivan are shown incorrectly. As a resident of Florida this is immediately obvious. One can view the actual hurricane track and see that the correct hurricane track differs from the graphic provided by Kaimi Wenger. The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Monterey Marine Meteorology Division website is one of the best to look at — http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/tc_pages/tc_home.html, select ALL under the heading of 2004 storms, then you can click on each hurricane for the historical tracks.

  7. Adam Greenwood on September 26, 2004 at 4:59 pm

    Neither funny nor illuminating nor accurate. But hey, its political! And the views espoused are cartoonish.

  8. Ebenezer on September 27, 2004 at 1:56 am

    Today hurricanes… Tomorrow Volcanos?

  9. Nate Oman on September 27, 2004 at 11:50 am

    “Neither funny nor illuminating nor accurate. But hey, its political! And the views espoused are cartoonish.”

    In short: vintage liberal law prof chic.

  10. Adam Greenwood on September 27, 2004 at 5:14 pm

    Sorry to hear it, Nate. At Notre Dame, perhaps because they didn’t think they were preaching to the choir, the liberal law profs were scarily bright and fair and well-informed. One’s attitude was, more or less, ‘please don’t say anything I’m going to feel forced to respond to, because then you’re going to eat my lunch.’

  11. Nate Oman on September 27, 2004 at 5:23 pm

    Yet another argument for more conservatives in legal academia. They make the liberals smarter…

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