I haven’t been posting about Big Sandy (aka “Frankenstorm”) because I’m in California. If you are in the storm path there is nothing I can tell you that you don’t already know. I don’t have any idea how this will effect next week’s election.

I’m sure we will temporarily lose contact with many of our friends due to power outages. People are welcome to post updates here, but if you want up-to-date news, try television.

God bless and keep everyone back east, especially our friends. We’ll see you on the other side.

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126 Responses to Frankenstorm

  1. britgirls says:

    It’s weird having so much notice and just having to wait to see what the worst will be. As of now it just feels like a very windy, rainy day. The worst winds will be tonight.

    I’m home alone with the kids (they have tomorrow off, too) as my husband is in Dallas on business through Weds. But I have plenty of good friends and neighbors nearby … plus our trusty generator.

    So we’re just watching movies and waiting. So far we’ve seen Jurassic Park, The Pirates, and Barbie: Princess and the Popstar. HELP MEEEEEEEE!!! 😯

    • myiq2xu says:

      The Onion did a piece when Irene hit about people being forced to talk to their families because all the cell phones were out.

      • gram cracker says:

        Some do more than talk. My beloved grandson was conceived during a July 4, 2006 power outage even though three in-laws were in the house with them at the time. What else are you going to do when the power is off? My daughter warned her husband that she was ovulating then, but he thought odds were she wouldn’t get preggers.

  2. fif says:

    Rain & wind starting in earnest here in Eastern NY/Western MA a couple hours north of NYC. I just saw a headline that said flood levels have already reached Irene levels in certain areas of NYC and the storm hasn’t even hit yet…it feels like a tidal wave heading this way but only time will tell. No arguing with Mother Nature.

  3. swanspirit says:

    If I have to canoe to my polling place , I am going to vote . I don’t know how determined others might be .And for some , I have a feeling no amount of determination will help them get to vote.

    • Same here! If I have to walk, swim or drive the lawn tractor with the chains on- I am voting against that obomination!
      So far here it has been raining since I think it was last Thursday. Winds are gusty- but not bad yet. The high winds are supposed to come through tonight.

  4. myiq2xu says:

    The soon-to-be-ex-POTUS was on television this morning not politicizing the storm.

  5. I’ll tell ya tho – here on the Gulf in Florida, the wind has been blowing for a week now. It was calmer for about 1.5 days, but today the wrap-around from Sandy brought in REALLY cool air from the north. Tonight it is supposed to be 44 degrees! Last monday, it was about 90. Anyway, it’s again VERY windy today. Sustained breeze at about 10-12 and gusts as high as 35.

    I pray for my friends up in Sandy’s path. This is a bad storm. Y’all stay safe.

  6. My thoughts are with those in the path of the storm. Be safe, plan well, and may the damage not be too bad. Bless those of you planning to vote by canoe or methods. 😀

  7. Piers Morgan tweeted this pic of W 57th street crane

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Thank you myiq, this might get longer than the debate threads, most of us are in lockdown with power 😉

    From the a**holes at Dkos:

    ….. with Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the east coast, it’s worth remembering that last year Mitt Romney called federal disaster relief “immoral.”

    Click here to watch a video of what Mitt Romney said, and share it over Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. We need to remind voters that no matter the circumstances, a Mitt Romney administration would not be there for you.

    Please take care,
    Rachel Colyer
    Associate Campaign Director, Daily Kos

    Politicizing much? And why does kos have a campaign director?

    • DandyTiger says:

      Assholes to the last. Why am I not surprised.

      • DeniseVB says:

        In my kossack days, I’d be encouraged to a relief shelter to muck out the backed up public toilets. True story. How far we’ve come…. 😉

    • Erica says:

      And who sent his campaign bus to help already?

      • Lulu says:

        The sequestration Obama set up for political bargaining purposes makes huge cuts in the FEMA budget and disaster assistance. Everyone is a pawn to that asshole.

        • DeniseVB says:

          FEMA became useless since Katrina’s Heck of a Job Brownie days. They wasted billions of gov funds hanging around doing nothing, then blamed DHS for not answering the phone. Stupid.

          When President Romney takes over, it’s on my list to sh*tcan, DHS too, and give that money to the states affected. Can’t wait for an administration that has balls and a clue.

  9. @secupp

    No, Mitt Romney Doesn’t Really Want to Kill Off FEMA – Jordan Weissmann – The Atlantic

    • Mary says:

      Actually, the sequester recommended by the Obama administration is what cuts funds for FEMA and federal disaster assistance.

      True story.

      • DeniseVB says:

        The definition of bias is believing the lies. Right now, the Obamacrats are flinging everything against Romney hoping it sticks. I had my mental bubblegum shows on the other day, a marathon of Two and a Half Men/Big Bang and all the ads were Obamacrap and their nastiest attacks on Romney, out of context of course.

  10. myiq2xu says:

    Watching the news (Megyn Kelly) and they are showing the waves coming in. It reminds me of when El Nino hit California in the winder of 82-83. There were sandbag brigades in Santa Cruz trying to prevent flooding, and surfers out in the water.

    When a reporter asked one of the surfers why they weren’t helping with the sandbags he said, “Dude! When will we see waves like this again?”

    • LandOLincoln says:

      It reminds me of when El Nino hit California in the winter of 82-83.

      That was the winter a little twister hit the L.A. Convention Center, damaging it slightly. I was living on top of a hill in Silver Lake at the time and remember being afraid my picture window would blow out, the winds were that strong.

      • Erica says:

        Some friends of mine did have all their windows blow implode. They weren’t at home at the time, and good thing, there was glass imbedded in the floors and walls.

        • LandOLincoln says:

          Yikes! can you imagine if they had been home?
          I just remember coaxing my two cats into the bathroom with me, and huddling in there until the wind finally died down. We emerged only to discover the power was out; fortunately I had a fireplace and a good supply of wood (and candles). Roughing it in “balmy” L.A…

  11. Erica says:

    All you in Sandy’s path: stock up, hunker down, and stay safe! Keeping you in mind and heart, and see you when it’s over. Then we can celebrate the end of Sandy, and the end of a 0 presidency.

  12. Pretty good read on the storm effects already. Despite the End of the World headline (which will probably be true as well – it happened in Hurricane Andrew)

    • Lulu says:

      Gee, we all get along after disasters in the Gulf region and take turns, share, and look out for neighbors. Of course we are all armed to the teeth.

    • elliesmom says:

      We get along in my neighborhood in the Boston area, too. When the power goes out, those of us who have gas stoves help the people who have electric stoves eat all of the stuff in their refrigerators. Last year when the Nor’easter hit this same week, we had community dinners. I think the news stations want to plant the idea of looting and fighting so they’ll have stories to cover.

  13. swanspirit says:

    Denise Bowden of the Chincoteague VFC says that as of right now, the ponies have moved to the higher ground on Assateague. She says the fire company is hoping to get over there sometime tomorrow afternoon to check on the ponies’ welfare provided the tide allows. Water is preventing the fire company from moving around. Bowden noted that there is a curfew imposed on Chincoteague Island right now until further notice. – Kye Parsons

    We lost some of the ponies to a bad Nor’Easter one year , none to hurricanes . I hope they stay safe .

  14. and ya know…we have already had earthquakes in North Carolina, Arkansas, California and Arizona today (as well as Hawaii)

    guess the Obama Jinx is in full force.

    Heal the planet – stop the rise of the oceans

  15. Aww Swan, that makes me sad.

  16. I wouldn’t have believed it had I not experienced it myself. The whole store fell silent when I took off my jacket.

  17. DM says:

    Monday, October 29, 2012
    Gallup Polling During Hurricane Sandy
    This is a statement from Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport regarding Gallup polling and Gallup Daily tracking during Hurricane Sandy:

    Gallup has suspended polling for its daily tracking as of Monday night and will reassess on a day-to-day basis. The ultimate effect on the overall picture of polling between now and this weekend, including election polling, will depend on what happens as a result of the storm, about which we will have a better understanding of on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

    Look for future updates here.

  18. DM says:

    Political Wire quotes The Economist:

    The Politics of a Hurricane
    The Economist: “To be brutal, a certain amount of bad weather on election day helps conservatives in every democracy. In crude terms, car-driving conservative retirees still turn out in driving rain, when bus-taking lower-income workers just back from a night shift are more likely to give rain-soaked polls a miss. School closures are a particular problem for low-income families or single mothers scrambling to find childcare. In this case, the weather is supposed to clear up well ahead of election day, but the impact could be felt in the turnout of early voters.”

    • DM says:

      I think people twist everything to confirm their own political agenda.

      • Lulu says:

        To some extent you are right, but voter enthusiasm will be a large factor. When voting is physically onerous because of fuel shortages, power outages, and debris, it plays a big part in turnout.

        • Lulu says:

          And storm aftermath is exhausting because of stress and mess. Some people will be too tired to vote.

        • DM says:

          I agree with what you say. It’s when I read how conservatives will drive and vote no matter what, it’s taking a little bit to extremes. Voters who are more likely to vote, will vote. The emotional voters are less likely to get out and vote, especially if it takes effort and their candidate has not given them the enthusiasm to vote. We saw emotional voters Republican voters stay home in 2008, and we’ll probably see Obama voters stay at home in 2012.

  19. swanspirit says:

  20. tommy says:

    The polls – Gallup has R up by +5, Rassie by +2, ABC/WaPo by +1. The Politico/GWU/Battleground has O by +1.

  21. threewickets says:

    Flooding up to the house as per usual. Surge will be bigger when the storm really hits with the tide coming back in later tonight. Still have power so that’s good.

  22. indigogrrl1 says:

    Im locked and loaded for Sandy…. stocked up on goodies, got a meatloaf cookin before the power is out, jammies on , school canceled for tomorrow already and a date with the latest GOT book Heres hoping a tree doesnt fall in the middle of my house to disturb my snacking and reading.

  23. Mary says:

    Wishing everyone in the storm’s path good wishes…..stay safe!

  24. cj says:

    Everyone in the storm’s path, my thoughts & best wishes are with you. Stay safe. Just heard the storm may hit before high tide, so that’s a little good news.

    • DM says:

      I think Sandy will impact the voting in Philadelphia, and therefore, PA will be closer than the polls have indicated. Without a good drive to get the Obama voters to the polls in Philadelphia, we may see PA swing to Romney. That would be a huge loss to Obama.

    • fif says:

      Sandy could affect early voting, which favors O…he he he.

  25. yttik says:

    Best wishes to everybody. Hunker down and wait it out.

  26. myiq2xu says:


    Seriously NSFW

    • DM says:

      Cute. Old and young people are so similar.

    • Pathetic and likely representative of about .000002% of GGers. But to those .000002% I say:

      Bring it, assholes. Your Gen X grandchildren are just as ready to kick some ass, and we have 40 more motherfucking years on the planet. We will strip your diaper before we kick your ass and then we will bury your legacy for-fucking-ever.

      • elliesmom says:

        If my mom were still alive, she’d be 90 and she’d be on a rant about the language in that clip. She would have completely missed the message because she wouldn’t have heard past the first “vulgarity”. She’d be too busy letting everyone know how she felt. You would be directed to the bathroom to wash your own mouth out with soap for your response, young lady. lol Her mother, born in 1896, would have given you a lecture about “using bathroom words in the bathroom, bedroom words in the bedroom, and parlor words in the parlor”.

    • westcoaster says:

      it says it was produced and co-written by Michael Moore…sad

  27. myiq2xu says:

    • Rangoon78 says:

      So the NYT is all over Romney for his FEMA views. Which brings up the old conspiracy theory…

      Rule by fear or rule by law? – SFGate

      “The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.”

      – Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943

      Since 9/11, and seemingly without the notice of most Americans, the federal government has assumed the authority to institute martial law, arrest a wide swath of dissidents (citizen and noncitizen alike), and detain people without legal or constitutional recourse in the event of “an emergency influx of immigrants in the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs.”
      Beginning in 1999, the government has entered into a series of single-bid contracts with Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) to build detention camps at undisclosed locations within the United States. The government has also contracted with several companies to build thousands of railcars, some reportedly equipped with shackles, ostensibly to transport detainees.

      More tinfoil hats:

      Nah. That’s just silly.

  28. myiq2xu says:

  29. HELENK says:

    to all in Sandy’s path, good wishes , prayers for all,

  30. cj says:

    Whoa !

    Jazz Shaw‏@JazzShaw

    That’s a GREAT shot! Shades of Independence Day. RT @thegeorg: oh my. @JazzShaw needs to see this.

  31. gram cracker says:

    Ugh! Looks like hurricane parties have been replaced with looting parties.

    Scores of Twitter users have flooded the social networking site announcing their plans to go on looting sprees once Hurricane Sandy makes landfall, as the New York National Guard announced it would put troops on duty in Long Island to prevent such activity.

    • elliesmom says:

      I took Ellie for a walk this morning when the storm was just gearing up, but she and I opted for a nap this afternoon.

  32. DM says:

    Full Moon is exact right now. It’s not a Harvest Moon, but it’s still big. Maybe that’s why Sandy is so powerful, as the Moon pulls the tide just as Sandy makes its landing.

  33. taw46 says:

    Voted. Done. Go Mitt!

    I live in central Florida, east coast side. Took 1:15 min to vote. Early voting started Saturday, waits have been up to 3 hrs in my area.

    To all in Sandy’s path, please be safe. Hope this will be over soon for all of you. Be careful.

  34. britgirls says:

    Tree down! My neighbor has a collection of dead trees and one just landed in my driveway. My other neighbor will help me clear it with the chainsaw after the worst of this storm’s gone through tomorrow.

    • Lulu says:

      Send a bill to the neighbor. It is their liability for any damage or inconvenience to you for their dead trees. Their homeowners insurance can be cancelled for not removing hazards during a storm.

      • britgirls says:

        Actually another neighbor has already cleared the tree on my driveway, but there are two more trees in bad shape in my neighbors yard and they are lined up to hit another neighbors house when they come down.

      • Seriously? I thought the clean up responsibility belonged to whoever’s side it falls on.
        Though out here, we all just go out and help- if it falls on my side this time, it will be on their side next time. So we just get out the chain saws and go to it. All neighborly and all. Damn us bitter clingers! lol

        • myiq2xu says:

          The common law rule is the tree belongs to whoever owns the land its growing on.

        • Thanks. We have trees that mark the property line- mostly they grow smack dab on top of the property line- who knows who the hell planted them all those years ago. Our survey would seem to indicate that most of the trees on one side actually are the neighbors.
          I think we will continue on as we have- we have new neighbors on both sides- hope they are as neighborly as the old ones. So far they seem nice.
          They haven’t put up any Obama signs and have no bumper stickers.

  35. catarina says:

    Say-aren’t those bayonets in the pic up top?

  36. yttik says:

    I’ve seen many people really ticked off at the gas pumps today. Gas has plunged and people are like, WTH, isn’t there a hurricane about to hit? Forget feeling grateful gas has dropped, people are feeling resentful and manipulated by this election. Everybody seems to think Obama is toying with gas prices to try and get votes.The poor clerk over there was like, I don’t get it, I thought people would be happy.

  37. my son lives in the D.C. area and is getting ready to move to Honolulu where his air force wife has just been stationed (poor things). The movers cancelled today because of the weather, and he is supposed to drive here to Columbus, OH to drop off his dogs and his car and then fly on. He’s supposed to drive right through the storm. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out….

    • gxm17 says:

      Cynthia, it’s nasty out there. If he hasn’t already left, he should probably hunker down and stay put.

      • he thinks he’s going to leave Wednesday. Unfortunately he’s 23 and wonderful, but he doesn’t always listen to his mother these days…..

        but you are right gxm17 and thanks for the advice….

  38. leslie says:

    I just returned from a day-long conference in which a couple of the presenters were stuck back in MA. It is very windy here in Chgo and “they” are forecasting flooding near the lake here — due to Sandy! This is pretty weird, and I guess the rest of the week will be as well. And we are how many hundreds of miles inland????? No, really. I don’t know how many. I continue to cross fingers for everyone’s safety.

  39. votermom says:

    Gov Christie on tv said the Atlantic City mayor encouraged his residents not to evacuate despite Christie’s urging and no wthey are stick there. Said he will not risk rescue workers in the dark so just stay put until daylight.

  40. myiq2xu says:

    According to Shep Smith, Sandy is no longer a hurricane but she has turned into something worse.

  41. myiq2xu says:

    According to FOX, Sandy is hitting shore right now.

  42. myiq2xu says:

    I get the feeling most of our east-coast friends are hunkered down and waiting it out right now. Internet traffic is very light.

  43. gxm17 says:

    It’s been windy and rainy all day but now it’s really picking up here just outside the beltway in Loudoun County, Virginia. Fingers crossed that we don’t lose power. All of our lines are underground but we’re surrounded by neighborhoods with overhead lines and lots and lots of trees. Just hunkering down and waiting it out.

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