College Football Open Thread

Better late than never:

Is anyone here in the path of Hurricane Nate? Looks like it might be a little stronger than they figured at first, so stay safe.

Thread open for all topics.

Does Trump understand that Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory?

It’s hell in Puerto Rico now. Via WaPo:

Hurricane Maria hammers Puerto Rico with force not seen in ‘modern history’

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hurricane Maria churned across Puerto Rico Wednesday as the most powerful storm to strike the island in more than 80 years, knocking out power and water to nearly the entire population and leaving people huddled in buildings to ride out powerhouse winds that have already left death and devastation across the Caribbean.

“On the forecast track, [Maria] would be the most destructive hurricane in Puerto Rico history,” tweeted Eric Blake, a forecaster at the National Hurricane Center.

The storm first slammed the coast near Yabucoa at 6:15 a.m. as a Category 4 hurricane with 155 mph winds — the first Category 4 storm to directly strike the island since 1932. By midmorning, Maria had fully engulfed the 100-mile-long island as winds snapped palm trees, peeled off rooftops, sent debris skidding across beaches and roads, and cut power to nearly the entire island.

Not a word today from Trump, who found time to compliment Fox & Friends, plug Luther Strange, flog Graham-Cassidy, excoriate “Crooked Hillary,” retweet knob-slobbering from MAGAts, etc.

He posted a perfunctory tweet about the imminent hurricane strike last night, similar and in close proximity to the tweet about the Mexico City earthquake. But Trump’s approach to this unfolding disaster is nothing like the multiple tweets he sent out about the hurricanes that hit Florida and Texas and the pains he took to be seen as engaged during those events.

Does he not know Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory? Does he not give a shit because its inhabitants are mostly non-white? Both?

Home Again…

We’re home safe and sound. I drove up and checked the house around 11:00 AM this morning. Power was on – I don’t think it ever went out. And no damage to the house at all. So I went back to my brother’s, loaded everything into the car, got the girls in, and we’re now home chilling.

A huge thank you to my younger brother, sister in law, my nephews, and their German shepherd for providing a port in the storm!

I checked with BettyC this AM when I got up and she said:

Everyone okay but it got pretty bad here. Some structural damage. No sleep for 48 hours. Kinda trapped with no gas, no power, etc. But we’ll be okay. Got food, water, our health!

This is at the place they evacuated too. So the good news is they’re all okay. I can tell you that they’re working both hard and fast to get power back on. So hopefully they’ll be back on the grid shortly.

I’m gonna get cleaned up, eat, and crash.

Checking In: Weathering the Storm

Just a quick note from here in Pinellas County. The local meteorologists I’m watching are forecasting that Irma is going to go more north than northwest. This means it’s going to go over Lakeland and Polk County and a bit of eastern Hillsborough County. They’re estimating near to and/or category 1 gusts for that area in about 90 minutes.

Orlando has also been taking a beating with about 70 mph gusts for several hours or so because of how the rain bands have moved. Naples took a beating, but that beating and Irma staying over land has helped the storm to weaken and begin to unravel.

Should this forecast hold, then the eye will pass east of Tampa Bay. This keeps us in this area on the west and less dangerous side of the storm. Though Ft. DeSoto Park in southwestern Pinellas County just registered a 76 mph wind gust. A heavy, hurricane force rain band is just moving over the area. Very quickly fortunately.

We’re safe. Dry, unless I go out with the dogs…  And we’ve still got power for now. I’ll check in in the comments as long as I’ve got either wifi or cell service.

We are also well hydrated!


Moving on?

Do you agree with Greg Sargent’s read here?

Maybe, but healthcare gains won’t be safe until the GOP is out of power.

In other news, is it just me, or is the shitgibbon’s tone weirdly euphoric?

Trump made similarly odd comments about Hurricane Harvey. He seems twisted enough to believe that BIG things happening on his watch, even BIG disasters, somehow reflect BIGLY on himself. What a fucking psycho. Fuck him, and fuck everyone who voted to put that lunatic in charge.

My family and I, along with millions on the west coast of Florida, are waiting to see what happens with the hurricane track. We’re in an “A” evacuation zone (the worst), so the potential for storm surge will be the deciding factor. There’s really no way to escape the hurricane-force winds if the current models hold true, but we don’t want to be stuck in a flood, so we (people, dogs and chickens) might go stay with relatives inland if it comes to that, even though the wind would be worse inland.

I’ll check in with y’all as I’m able. Open thread!

Monday Afternoon Open Thread

Here’s my favorite heron who resides on the western coast of Central Florida. His name is Igor:

He’s a smart bird; he can spot a fishing bucket half a mile away and hastens to that spot, hoping for a bait fish handout.

I’m gonna run out soon and get some stuff to make noodle salad. I make it with gemelli pasta (if I can find it, penne if not), Kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes, basil, olive oil and cubed mozzarella cheese. It shall be delicious!

I hope y’all are having a wonderful Labor Day. Open thread!

Rainy Wednesday (Open Thread)

Here’s an interesting photo of “invasive spawn,” i.e., baby tree frogs, from faithful reader cope:

We’ve had a ton of rain lately, so our local frog population is happy. We got a good soaking from TS Emily on Monday, dried out a little yesterday between sprinkles, and it’s been overcast and muggy as hell all day, with another big storm on the way.

I don’t mind a bit since rain keeps the heat down. But there is a lot of standing water, and that means the already ferocious clouds of mosquitoes will be increasing their numbers. That part sucks. Plus the muddy paw prints the dogs leave everywhere. And the aggrieved hens.

Oh well. Open thread!

PS: Lindy West has a really great op-ed in the NYT about why Democrats damn sure should make support for abortion rights a litmus test. An excerpt:

Democratic candidates are perfectly welcome to refrain from terminating theirown pregnancies. But to be anti-choice on a policy level is absolutely indefensible from an economic justice, racial justice, gender justice and human rights standpoint. And if the Democratic Party does not stand for any of those things, then what on earth is it?

It’s true that the left will have to choose (and soon) between absolute ideological purity and the huge numbers required to seize the rudder of the nation and avert global catastrophe. But abortion is not valid fodder for such compromise, nor is racism, nor is L.G.B.T.Q. equality, nor is any issue that puts people’s fundamental humanity up for debate. Abortion is not a fringe issue. Abortion is liberty.

I hear from some people on the left that Donald Trump’s victory was at least partially the fault of “identity politics” — of feminists pushing too hard, of Black Lives Matter being too aggressive, of trans people needing to go to the bathroom — as though the violent suppression of a movement points more toward its irrelevance than its necessity. What the Democrats need to do, I often hear, is to move away from issues of “identity” and toward purer, broader issues of economic equality.

But there is no model of economic equality that does not reckon with “identity politics.”

A thousand amens, and worth a click for the shitty NYT, IMO.