"Madame, bear in mind That princes govern all things--save the wind." -Victor Hugo, The Infanta's Rose

Thursday, October 20, 2005

A Place Right Out of History

As I am writing this, Hurricane Wilma is churning towards Florida, apparently drawing a bead on my former home town of Sarasota. I still have a number of friends there, and I certainly hope that they are spared the ravages that Katrina and Rita heaped upon other parts of the gulf coast. The most recent name of course conjures up the image of Wilma Flintstone, and I think it would be interesting to have an entire hurricane season consisting of only names taken from cartoon characters. Let’s see: we could have hurricane Dilbert, Elmer, Fred, Homer, Lisa, Maggie, Popeye, Yogi, etc. The biggest problem would be the letter “B”; it would be hard to choose from Betty, Barney, Boo-Boo, Bugs, Bart, or a host of others. I can see the headline now: “Hurricane Butthead Threatens Florida Keys”. It might be hard to take that one seriously.

But we should not be distracted by Wilma’s cutesy namesake. This cyclone has the unenviable distinction of being the strongest Atlantic-basin storm in recorded history, adding to an already devastating hurricane season. A lot of people can’t wait until it officially ends on November 30, and there’s a palpable buzz in casual conversation that this year has been something different. Has our mucking with the environment reaped Mother Nature’s retribution?

Some people think that all the recent global disasters are a sign from God that the end times are near. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer actually asked this question of American Ayatollah Pat Robertson the other night, and Robertson said:
"Wolf, I might say you're very perceptive to pick up the key in this. If you read back in the Bible, the letter of the apostle Paul to the church of Thessalonia, he said that in the latter days before the end of the age that the Earth would be caught up in what he called the birth pangs of a new order. And for anybody who knows what it's like to have a wife going into labor, you know how these labor pains begin to hit. I don't have any special word that says this is that, but it could be suspiciously like that. These things are starting to hit with amazing regularity."
Robertson rambled on.
"What was called the blessed hope of the Bible is that one day Jesus Christ would come back again, start a whole new era, that this world order that we know it would change into something that would be wonderful that we'd call the millennium. And before that good time comes there will be some difficult days, and there will be likened to what a woman goes through in labor just before she brings forth a child."
Blitzer nodded, as one might when confronted with a raving lunatic, and asked "So you think we're at that moment right now, perhaps?"
"It's possible, Wolf," Robertson replied. "I don't have any special revelation to say it is, but the Bible does indicate such a time will happen in the end of time. And could this be it? It might be."

Wow. There you have it. I guess we better start making preparations.


  • At 10/20/2005 09:42:00 AM, Blogger Mr. Toast said…

    All of that is a little scary for a Thursday morning. I think God is punishing our country based on who the majority voted as president. That is just a thought.

  • At 10/20/2005 12:36:00 PM, Blogger Susan said…

    I like the idea of a hurricane "Butthead".

  • At 10/20/2005 02:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Personally, I choose Boo-Boo for the "b" hurricane...although Butthead isn't half bad! It looks like the worst of Wilma should pass south of Sarasota, (I'm knocking on wood here!) so I'm just preparing for a little wind and rain.

    As for Robertson's comments, "end of the world" or "global warming"? While I believe in both (eventually) I tend to lean toward blaming global warming...could Robertson have been any more non-committal?

  • At 10/20/2005 04:16:00 PM, Blogger Mr. Toast said…

    Well, you've got to consider the source with Pat. If I remember correctly, Jesus said we should "love everyone", not "love everyone, unless they're a woman, gay, Muslim, or the President of Argentina".


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