Gut Rumbles

August 15, 2003

the blackout

When a failure of the power grid throws a large portion of the country into darkness, it's big news. That news was everywhere today. But the REALLY big news is that people seemed to cope with the outage calmly and rationally. They didn't riot. They didn't go on looting sprees. They didn't burn down any neighborhoods.

Some of the reporting I saw from New York was absolutely amazing. A 60 year-old school teacher was out in the street directing traffic at a busy intersection. She just saw a problem and decided to fix it. She had never directed traffic before, but she was doing such a good job that somebody came up and gave her a coach's whistle to use. That's when she ran the reporters off, saying, "I'm sorry, but you're really in the way here."

I saw ordinary people doing things like that all over the place. I saw businessmen in coats and ties sleeping on the sidewalk. I saw strangers picking up people holding up destination signs to give them a ride home. I saw people actually laughing about what a big pain in the ass the whole blackout was. The sights made me proud to be an American.

What I saw today is a far cry from the 1977 power outage. I believe that the difference is the effect of 9/11 on Americans in general and the effect of Rudy Giuliani on New York City. We are more willing to pull together during adversity than we were before 9/11 and New York City is a lot more civilized after Giuliani's term in office. Could you see New York handling the crisis as well under David Dinkins?

Of course, some pus-bag political opportunists took advantage of the situation to fire away at George Bush. What else do you expect out of a dung beetle such as Hillary Clinton?

"I happen to think that making sure we have a reliable, affordable system of energy is a national priority - and I don't think that this administration sees it that way," Clinton told CNN's "Larry King Live."

You didn't think that way when you your husband was President. You and Bubba had eight years to fix the problem and you did nothing. Don't point fingers now.

And ESPECIALLY DON'T DO THAT SHIT when people seem to be handling the crisis okay on their own. What were you trying to do last night, Hillary? Stir up a riot or two? Bejus! I have nothing but contempt for a politician who uses a volitile situation for personal aggrandizement. If Hillary gave a damn about her constituents, she would have been telling them to stay calm, help where you can and wait until everything is repaired.

But Hillary doesn't give a damn about her constituents. They are proles she needs to be elected. She gives a damn about HILLARY!

When the lights are back on, everybody can point all the fingers they want to point. But let's get the lights back on first.

What will be amusing in the aftermath is hearing the Democrat lynch-mob calling for an upgrade of the power grid and a guarantee that a similar outage will never happen again. How they'll pull that stunt without admitting that they are so beholden to radical environmentalists that THEY THEMSELVES are the reason our power system is not what it ought to be should be interesting.

They oppose building new power plants, they oppose drilling in the ANWR, they oppose nuclear power and they oppose everything nutball outfits such as Greenpeace tell them to oppose. They oppose EVERYTHING that could give us uninterruptable energy supplies, but they want uninterruptable energy, too.

We might actually have some fascinating debate about this blackout, and it might be fun to watch.

But let's get the lights back on first.


Yes it's enviro-wackos and the NIMBY attitude that is most to blame. Not to mention government price fixing that discourages electric companys from building new stations and lines. As far as nuclear power goes the media fear mongering involved in that is phenomenal. I'm an ex-US Navy nuclear reactor operator and laugh at all the misinformation the media puts out. I'm reminded on an old slogan "Radiation kills, it's much better to freeze in the dark."

Posted by: Bob on August 15, 2003 05:27 PM

{Lays flowers at your feet.}...
Thank-you kind Sir for saying everything I was thinking but better....Trease...

Posted by: Trease on August 15, 2003 05:29 PM

Lights are back on, and Dubya gave Psycho Bitch the much-deserved Bitch Slap.

Having no A/C sucked. Boozing it up in the streets in what ended up being a pseudo-block party, however, did not.

... back to the hangover.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on August 15, 2003 05:39 PM

Oh yes, the irony: We've got a nifty little nuclear plant known as indian point (which the enviro-nuts have been trying to close for years) not 20 miles from the city. It was churning out all the power we would have needed during the blackout, we just had no way of getting it here.

Elect Mr. Lion Mayor, I'll build a nuke plant in the middle of the goddamn city and start passing out the extension cords.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on August 15, 2003 05:42 PM

Hey, it was really Aunt Clara. One of her spells went wrong and she knocked out the eastern seaboard. Really! I just saw it on TV so it must be true.

Posted by: Da Goddess on August 15, 2003 05:43 PM

Why do they call them "Blackouts"? It sounds ....racist

Posted by: Sheila Jackson Lee on August 15, 2003 06:20 PM

nuff said.

Posted by: G-MAN on August 15, 2003 07:34 PM

So A-man, how do you think Bloomberg handled the situation?

I made the same assessment about why New Yorkers handled it so well - and one mention about Bloomberg being Jewish and I had the PC police all over my ass.

Like the man is not Jewish or something.

Posted by: Dawn on August 15, 2003 08:46 PM

Someone just needs to take the Hilabeast out behind a barn and put her out of her misery, excuse me, our misery...the biggest NUMBNUT of all.

Posted by: Laura on August 15, 2003 09:38 PM

Hillary "Thunder Thighs" Clinton is a parasitic leech! While true New Yorkers were busy helping each other last night, this carpetbagger was trying to take political advantage of the situation. I would expect nothing more or less from her.

Posted by: Robert on August 15, 2003 09:49 PM

Just, A-men Acidman! I hate carpet baggers, and that is what she is!

Posted by: Jennifer on August 16, 2003 12:07 AM

Those people you describe are the ones who want electricity from renewable sources, but then they complain when their power bills are too high. Renewable energy is expensive. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Posted by: sugarmama on August 16, 2003 08:34 PM

Oh, my goodness. The people of New York and Detroit had a power outage and they did not riot and there was no looting!? Wow! That's news! It's like, all of a sudden, LA is the only completely dysfunctional city in America! Who would have thought that people in the northeast would react in a sane manner to a social problem?

Had this happened to any other area of the country, the lack of law-breaking would not have been news-worthy; most places, when the power goes out people help each other and cope as best they can. Power outages are not rare. There are only a few cities where the national media assumes that a local crisis causes a crime spree, and the fact that they were wrong seems to be a story.

Imagine these headlines:

St. Louis Power Goes Out - No Looting Yet

In Spite of Lack of Power, Memphis had No Riot

Peoria Powerless - But Peaceful

I once called my Grandmother to chat with her. She first told me about winning $20 at bingo, then how her friends were doing, and then that she had spent the last 4 days sleeping in the gym at a local Catholic school because an ice storm had wiped out all the power in the area. The fact that there was no looting or riots wasn't news. Tips for dealing with frozen water pipes - well, that's important.

Of course, my grandmother lived in Minnesota, not New York.

Posted by: David D on August 17, 2003 03:46 PM

It is never a mistake to say good-bye.

Posted by: Lichtenberg Amanda on May 3, 2004 02:32 PM
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