Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My Hurricane Sandy story

Hurricanes here, inland, are usually anticlimactic: after a big media scare, just another rainy day with a few gusts. Almost true again but I lost electricity for an hour yesterday afternoon, then as you can see, the wind got real last night for a few minutes at a time as Sandy went through. Took cover away from the windows, hoping branches wouldn’t shatter them. They didn’t. This tree next door landed on the deck behind my place, barely missing two people in the rooms next to the deck.


  1. Wish I could be there with my truck and chain saw. It appears to be poplar, great for the fireplace (next season)

  2. It's nice to know you got off easy. We have some water damage (because the front gutter hasn't been replaced yet, we're lucky we have a roof) but for once we kept power. There's flooding and power outages all over the area here and the western end of the state is buried in snow as well. NYC of course has no subway system at the moment; DC is getting its system back this afternoon.

  3. Tomasz11:34 am

    What do you expect when you live 100 km from seashore? (!)

    God didn't punish y'all badly - there have been Baltic Sea hurricanes going 150 miles inland, which is huge for such a small sea.

    Take into effact that God punishes those that He loves the most - to make them stronger.

    Although the worse thing in those pictures is the absolute lack of respect for the sanctity of property and thrift.

    These are the the main values of Catholic economic teaching : the immovability of private property and thrift. The house is unpainted, the paint is scrapping off, there are two satellite dishes and an airconditioner - an absolute waste of money (!!).

    We may have worse economies and higher unemployment than the Protestant states yet we survive better because we eat less and save more money - thrift is a virtue even in times of poverty.

    Catholics don't castigate the rich - we castigate the abuse of the riches.

    Giving loans to idiots is as morally damnable as starving your children or parents. Giving money to beggars who curse God is not laudable. Giving money to whores in the end that they buy a Holy Rood is condemable. Giving for the building of temples of other religions is a manifest act of apostasy. Giving to a bank which has unfair lending practices and cheats its customers is cooperation in sin. A bank-lender which forecloses without due process of law should be avoided. Taking of loans for non-enterprise efforts outside of feeding the family is grave dark matter. Taking a mortgage for later resale of property is sinful and condemnable. Truly property should available for all - that is why we should not make money off property realty.

    Chesterton may have been theologically correct yet he failed to recognise the economic and political power of Catholicism. That is the basis of the Catholic state is monarchal or republican govt., not democracy or even oligarchic aristocracy or enlightened despotism (!) My family have enough memories of being whipped by Austrian civil servants and the Josephinism which closed our monasteries, gave Poles and all <> Mass in German in 1775 and paid for the destruction of our gentry.

    The basis of the Catholic economy is not the employee but <>. <> not independent of the family. Similarly to the British custom of the <>.

    Sorry for the paternalistic tone - I am trying to be civil knowing that converts like to paint pictures of the Catholic religion contrary to the reel catholicisme.

  4. Tomasz11:37 am

    1 <.> "Austrians had"
    2. <.> "the father of the family" or "paterfamilias".
    3. <.> semper idem
    4. <.> "King-in-Parliament"

  5. Cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo . . . !


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