Historic Interior New England Blizzard – Scary Results

The storm mercifully waited a tad too long to organize to paralyze the cities with the worst of the snow, though New York City did get 2-5 inches of snow depending on the borough and DC did have white-out conditions at the White House (ha) for an hour or so.

However!

In the interior of New England, this storm will stack up well against the worst beasts seen in the dead of winter.

Windsor, MA: 26″
Plainfield, MA: 25″
Savoy, MA: 24″
Peru, MA: 23″
Tyringham, MA: 23″
Washington, MA: 22″
Becket, MA: 22″
Lee: MA: 21″
Dalton, MA: 20″
Hinsdale: MA: 20″
Leydon, MA: 20″
Peterborough, NH: 19″
West Milford, CT: 19″
Milbrook, NY: 18″
Shelburne, MA, 18″
Heath: MA: 17″
New Ipswitch, NH: 17″
Chester, MA: 16″
Charlemont, MA: 16″
Pine Plains, NY: 16″
Ridgefield, CT: 16″
Habburdston, MA, 15″
Westhampton, MA: 15″
Greenfield, MA: 14″
Ashburnham, MA: 13″
Wilmington, VT: 13″
Copake Falls, NY: 13″
Danbury, CT: 13″
North Caldwell, CT: 12″
Ringwood, CT: 11″
Terra Alta, NY: 10″
Monticello, NY: 8″
Worcester, MA: 7″
New York (Central Park), NY: 3″

THUMP!

This is quite a history-making storm given the time of year.

Now I’ve Heard Everything

This from the National Review: Connecticut wants to campaign for free government-issued diapers (austensibly for babies, we hope) while an overweight fetishist in California gets paid to be an overgrown baby.  It just gets more and more difficult to live on this planet anymore.

BTW, a tip for folks who can’t afford the Huggies for the many babies they’re having: if they kept their damned legs shut, they wouldn’t be…
They’re called cloth diapers.  And they work pretty well these days.  Look into it.

Wintry Weather in October?

Blame global warming…surely that must be the reason…

Seriously though…it now appears likely that the entire I-95 corridor (and points NW in particular) will experience a shocking early-season snow storm that could break records in the coastal plain for earliest significant snows and most snow in October.  Not that that is saying much…and I don’t anticipate catastrophic problems, but don’t be surprised to see the ground lit up with white by Sunday morning.

From DC (0.5 to 1.5″) – (Note these are grass accumulations only…urban areas may struggle due to heat island effects and pavement overload)
to Baltimore (1-3″)
to Philadelphia (2-3″)
to New York (2-4″)
to Boston (2-4″)…

the entire area will be wondering what happened to fall.  Especially since most of the trees are still green, let alone still foliated. Along the New England coast, trees down and power outages (due to a bad combination of wind and snow) will make things treacherous, and even to the coastal islands (Cape Code, Long Island), don’t be surprised if snow sticks to the grass.

Once you head into the interior of Southern New England and the Mid Atlantic, especially above 500 feet in elevation, there could easily be 3-6″ (and locally higher amounts) of heavy wet snow and that is a recipe for tree damage and some very confused citizenry.

All of this is made possible by a rare combination of subtropical energy extracted from dying Hurricane Rina and a sharp shot of cold air into the Northeast from an unusually cold Canada.  So get out your gloves and winter coats and find your snow brushes and shovels…you’re gonna need ’em.

The Oakland Protesters Started It

As you may have heard, the Occupy Oakland protest finally – perhaps inevitably – descended into a riot last night. “Zombie” has posted several videos of the conflict between the protesters and the Oakland PD here.

The usual suspects will certainly paint this as an incident of “police brutality” — but, of course, it is nothing of the sort. The force used was entirely non-lethal, and it was also provoked by the radicals themselves. Certain numbskulls need to get it through their thick heads that if you throw water bottles and paint bombs at the police, the police are going to throw tear gas and bean bags at you. The cops have a right to defend themselves. So you got bruised by a rubber bullet, eh? Let me whip out the world’s smallest violin so I can play my heart bleeds for you.

Wow. Pathetic.

Did Utah Valley University fire business prof for being too tough?
@ the Salt Lake Tribune

Business scholar Steven Maranville left a tenured appointment with the University of Houston to teach at Utah Valley University two years ago, but officials fired him after a one-year probationary period when they concluded his teaching did not suit their students.

According to a lawsuit filed Oct. 14 in U.S. District Court, Maranville’s lawyers allege UVU administrators justified the dismissal based on student complaints that his “capstone” course in business strategies was too rigorous and his Socratic style intimidated them.

“A number of students liked him a lot and said so. The brass came in and liked what he was doing. [Maranville] wanted students to get together in small groups and chew over the topics they were studying,” said his attorney, Robert Sykes. “They get him up here and toss him under the bus because some of the students wanted high school.”

Note to any university officials who may be reading this: You should probably discount the opinions of those students whose evaluations lack appropriate punctuation, capitalization, or grammar. Said students are idiots. They have no idea what sort of teaching approach would actually be good for them.

Mike Rowe Is Awesome

First of all, he’s awesome because he’s willing to make a fool of himself – repeatedly – in order to honor our blue collar work force. I’ve watched quite a few episodes of Dirty Jobs, and Rowe’s sincere respect for the people he interviews always comes through loud and clear. For Mike Rowe, “doing the jobs that make civilization possible for the rest of us” is not just a line. He means it.

Secondly, as it turns out, Rowe’s not all that impressed with Obama — or the public sector unions. Here he is on Obama:

He wants people to see “the rich” as the problem – not him, not spending, not debt, and not some other failed policy. He wants the Rich to be the scapegoat.

And here he is on the unions:

Personally, I find all of those vocations [teacher, bus driver, health care professional in a psychiatric hospital, sanitation worker, policeman, fireman] to be noble in the extreme. And I respect the people who do the work very much. But if you’re asking why public sentiment seemed to turn against them, I would suggest that it had to do with their respective Unions, and their absolute failure to persuade the masses. They took the same sort of aggressive posture that their private counterparts often do with management. In this sort of economy, that just isn’t persuasive to a lot of concerned voters. The entire country is struggling, and the issues facing public servants were old news for people in the private sector. They made a loud, strident, and unproductive case.

More of his commentary can be found here — and it’s all thoughtful and very classy. From all appearances, Rowe has allowed his extensive exposure to Middle America to influence his politics as well as his impression of the working man — and that’s a very good thing as far as I’m concerned.

(Hat tip to John Nolte @ Big Hollywood.)

Rising Cain: Part V – Campaign Strategy

We’ve talked about where Cain stands on the issues and shared some of our opinions…we’ve discussed Cain’s background and personality…we’ve even spent some time specifically dissecting his major campaign pillar, the 9-9-9 plan.

I think we ought to give a few moments of thought to how Cain is running his campaign and whether these tactics would serve him well in a battle to the death with Obama and the media.
One thing is very clear at this point – Cain is taking a different path to his celebrity status on the campaign trail…it largely involves…um…not having a campaign trail.  The big donations going to Romney and Perry cannot be combated by a true Washington outsider with a fundraising drive and the traditional system of organized, paid campaign management in all of the fifty states.  Cain doesn’t have the keys to the vault so he has to play a different game – at least for now.  Wisely, he and his advisers have agreed to debut a new style of campaigning that involves far less in the way of paid organizers and expensive TV ads and far more in the way of social media, viral web marketing and door to door volunteer work by energized populists in the grassroots. His staff in Iowa, for example, consists of (wait for it) four people in one building in a suburb of Des Moines (and the building looks more like a shack than an office complex).  In New Hampshire, he’s got one (that’s the number 1) staffer.  In Florida, where most of his boots are presently on the ground, he’s got two offices and a dozen or so paid staffers.
He’s choosing to do something that I do not believe has ever been done – he’s choosing to get his advertising for free by appearing on as many national TV newscasts and talking-head programs as he can and by tweeting and facebooking and blogging about his exploits along with his many passionate supporters (most concentrated in the Southern states).  He got this idea from his days in the tea parties.  His blog and his Atlanta radio show earned him the chance to be a spokesman for the tea parties at various rallies and conferences starting in about 2007 (before the movement was even called the Tea Party).  His close ties to American Freedom Works and other grassroots conservative non-profits got him exposed to the strategy that led to a sweeping Tea Party victory in the November 2010 midterm election.  In essence, he’s trying to run the kind of populist campaign that has worked in local and state elections but has never been tried for Presidential candidates.  His success or failure to capture the GOP nomination could be quite the statement about whether the Presidency is truly bought and paid for by powerful special interests or whether there is still room yet in Washington for a man of the people without those ties to the important and the connected.
That is of course…if he doesn’t throw away his current popularity with a lot of gaffes on national TV like his comments on abortion.  The press wants to destroy him because they are, themselves, a powerful and connected special interest, and they don’t want to see their influence slip far enough to lose their grip on the White House.  And so far, Cain has not proven immune to slip-ups that may haunt him for some time to come.  He’s got to play a tight game.  Like Billy Beane in 2002 and 2003 (GM of the Oakland As made famous for revealing market weaknesses in baseball that changed how front offices evaluated talent), Cain is at the leading edge of what could be a revolution in public policy and campaign strategy.  The days of the mainstream media holding the keys to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. may be coming to an end since advertising doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg if you get contemporary in your web usage and the people are starting not to trust them anyway.  But if Cain is going to be the one to lead that change, he’ll need to avoid mistakes…he’ll need to be nearly perfect.

The Occupy Protests vs. Human Nature

If you need a good laugh, read the following:

The Organizers vs. the Organized in Zuccotti Park
by Alex Klein @ New York Magazine

As the protest has grown, some of the occupiers have spontaneously taken charge on projects large and small. But many of the people in Zuccotti Park aren’t taking direction well, leading to a tense Thursday of political disagreements, the occasional shouting match, and at least one fistfight.

All belongings and money in the park are supposed to be held in common, but property rights reared their capitalistic head when facilitators went to clean up the park, which was looking more like a shantytown than usual after several days of wind and rain. The local community board was due to send in an inspector, so the facilitators and cleaners started moving tarps, bags, and personal belongings into a big pile in order to clean the park.

But some refused to budge. A bearded man began to gather up a tarp and an occupier emerged from beneath, screaming: “You’re going to break my fucking tent, get that shit off!” Near the front of the park, two men in hoodies staged a meta-sit-in, fearful that their belongings would be lost or appropriated.

Daniel Zetah, a 35-year-old lead facilitator from Minnesota, mounted a bench. “We need to clear this out. There are a bunch of kids coming to stay here.” One of the hoodied men fought back: “I’m not giving up my space for fucking kids. They have parents and homes. My parents are dead. This is my space.”

Radical left-wing principles are hard to live by, aren’t they?