Old America, the land of the free and the brave is gone. In a media-fed Panic, Cities shut down, transportation is closed, and America shows the world we are affrighted souls that will cower before a Winter snow.
Once upon a time in a faraway place called Chicagoland, there were two seasons of the year that were always inevitable. Everyone knew they would come, and everyone knew they had to deal with them.
They were the dreaded seasons of Winter and Road Construction.
To date, these are two seasons that even the nonsensical hype of global warming and “climate change” cannot affect. In fact, I have discovered that in most urban and big city areas, these two seasons are like peanut butter and jelly. One will follow right after the other. Once upon a time in America, you shrugged your shoulders, perhaps you cursed, you rolled up your sleeves or windows and you slogged through both of those miserable seasons until you got to where you were going. Get there you would, no matter what it took, and no amount of complaining and whining would make any difference. You just dealt with it.
In the old days, school rarely, if ever, closed for the weather – and most folks braved elements that today’s wimpish people would not dare contemplate themselves enduring.
I remember vividly, the Blizzard of ’79 in Chicago. The two full days of wet snow dumping without ceasing, followed by a bone-chilling wind that would rip right through you. School was canceled only after about 8 inches fell, and I recall fondly the memories of digging out cars, shoveling off our roof (because the weight of the snow had been collapsing roofs in some suburban shopping centers) building the world’s largest snow forts and having days on end of Winter fun sledding off our roof and pummeling passers-by with snowballs.
Our parents and elders did as they always have done; curse the weatherman for a faulty forecast and trudge on out to shovel some more and help dig our neighbors. We would clear the streets before the plows walled-off homeowners in mountains of wet snow and slush that required immediate shoveling, or it would freeze at the end of your driveway into an impenetrable wall that one could not breach until perhaps late April. We made great money that Winter shoveling out neighborhoods and helping to excavate cars from snowdrift prisons. Blizzards and storms were not some kind of apocalypse or ‘historic’ event back in Old America.
In Old America, we used to call modern-day ‘snowpocalypses’: Winter. We called what the Northeast saw this week: Winter. We expected it would be bitter cold and we expected at some point or many points depending on how Winter rolled, we would have mountains of snow that would stay on the ground for months and over-time, plowed mountains of snow would turn soot-black and hang around parking lot light poles until mid-June. Those who loved the snow as we did, prayed and jumped with glee for forecasts of a foot or more of the white stuff, and even when rent could not be made unless every day was worked. A snow day was a welcome break in the bleak days of Winter.
I remember in 1979 that despite being buried in snow and drifts over 3 feet, life went on, and pretty quickly. Schools were opened as soon as the main roads were cleared. People went to work. I recall reading complaints from those in the city limits where the response to clearing the streets was slow. In fact, I think it was common knowledge that due to secondary streets being unplowed for a month, stalled L-trains and busses and trash piling up – that the mayor lost his reelection bid to a Jane Byrne. The politics of that Winter outlasted the snow in terms of memory for many Chicagoans.
We never needed to turn to the media or the government to tell us what to do to “prepare” for a winter storm. Perhaps in the event of Nuclear fallout from a Russian ICBM we might incline our ears to hear what we should do in the event Chicago got glassed by the Russkies – but not for flakes falling from the sky. We were not dependent on either the media or government to tell us what to do. We just did as we each saw fit, and most often, it was the right things to do.
That was then, back in Old America – back when America was a free country with a people that laughed at adversity and slugged themselves through difficulties, often without much complaining. It was what you did, back in Old America.
But this is no longer the America we once grew up in. In today’s America, the Praetorian Crisis-centered 24/7 media stokes a panic that today’s Nanny-State Government Politicians seize upon to impose quasi-martial-law and shut down entire cities if flakes are forecast to pile-up into more than a few inches.
So the blizzard of 2015 in the Northeast comes a-calling – not exactly Miami or Kingston Jamaica unfamiliar with the white stuff, and I offer the lunacy of this event as a text-book illustration of how wimped-out and afraid of our own long shadows of Winter Americans in Nanny-State Leftist controlled New America have become.
After a heavy bombardment of endless non-stop weather channel and media coverage panicking people to prepare for the end of daze two days before the event, government officials like New York Communist Mayor Bill DeBlasio, hop on the ‘Armageddon-is-coming – prepare-to-shelter-in-place-now’ bandwagon. Obama-hugging Chris Christie went on to declare a State of Emergency more than 24 hours BEFORE the snow started falling in earnest along with other mayors and government officials jumping in front of every camera they could find to ‘warn’ everyone of the impending ‘disaster’.
The hordes of megalopolis Northeasterners, like dutiful sheep freaked-out, and lined up in the elements as if waiting for tickets to a blockbuster, to invade stores like locusts to “prepare” for what was promised to be a ‘catastrophe’. Food staples like beer, M&Ms, chips, pretzels and wine flew off shelves. Carry-out establishments were mobbed with orders for citizens who have no knowledge of how to work a microwave oven. Lonely souls who were told everything, including bars, bathhouses and x-rated clubs were shutting down, put out invites on Craigslist for sexual partners to share the time whilst Winter destroyed civilization around them.
Bread and milk became extinct. In the height of the stoked panic, the politicians issued defacto orders of Martial law – announcing the complete closures of all roads to anyone besides emergency personnel. The NY Mayor, never allowing even a potential crisis to go to waste, urged New Yorkers to “Prepare for something worse than we have seen before”. Really. That is pretty stunning to suggest, considering anything worse than this:
…would undoubtably be a just-cause to panic and run around screaming that the world was indeed, coming to an end.
So, with the entire city closing, curfews being imposed and threats of fines for being outside after 11 PM, panicked residents crammed the highways and bottlenecked themselves into a parking lot as snow began falling. So, as I watched in amusement from afar – noting that the media makes every single weather event a :”catastrophic crisis unparalleled in human history” to push the GlobalWarming/Climate Change narrative down all out throats, I mused to myself that never before in the history of the country, has an entire city been shut down in fear over a potential weather event that had yet to occur.
So Tuesday morning dawns on America’s largest and “most important city”, to a blanket of…. 6″ of snow that covered a ‘City that never sleeps – but will shut down the moment there are flakes in the forecast”.
The media asks “What went wrong with the forecast?” as if it was not the panic and the hype that was overblown, misused and wrong – but the variables in the forecasting itself. Urging Americans to become helpless wimps beholden to the media and government is not to be questioned, but the weather forecasters for getting it wrong. Of course the agenda of Climate Change continues to be whipped about like a chain mace that it’s wielders promise to flog us with until everyone agrees for the remedy for regular Americans to go back living as if it were the 1600’s – minus coal and wood burning stoves.
I have to scream: “IT’S WINTER YOU IDIOTS! IT SNOWS BIG SOMETIMES IN THE WINTER AND GETS COLD!” Have we really become a nation of helpless wimps that need the media and government to turn every potential issue into a life-threatening crisis that demands we accept quasi-martial law? Or are we being conditioned for the same? Are we truly stupid enough to let ourselves be conditioned to accept such a fate?
This ridiculous event makes it a frightening prospect, that if ISIS and the Jihadist Caliphate wanted to conquer New York City – all they would have to do is forecast a blizzard or some weather event to shut down the city and impose martial law.
Americans have become afraid of their own shadows at the urging of the media and the government whom they have made into their god. Or at minimum as this event illustrates, afraid of some snowflakes.
As for those of you who may be left, I will also bring weakness into your hearts in the lands of your enemies. And the sound of a driven leaf will chase them, and even when no one is pursuing they will flee as though from the sword, and they will fall. They will therefore stumble over each other as if running from the sword, although no one is pursuing; and you will have no strength to stand up before your enemies. ‘But you will perish among the nations, and your enemies’ land will consume you.… – Leviticus 26: 36-38