Here's something I don't get about this hurricane/tropical storm/rain-cloud-with-a-girl's-name -- no one has explained to me how today's storm will shut down our State's ability to supply milk, bread, and toilet paper to its local supermarkets for more than two days (maximum). That puzzler does not even begin to touch on the predicted disabling of all major water arteries, which have prompted the purchase of pallets upon pallets of environmentally unsound plastic water bottles. My understand of "nesting" leads me to believe that if I had kids, I would be approaching this storm from a very different emotional perspective.
You want to know what my precautions have been? Charge a generator and get out my camping stove. These efforts are slightly more "friendly" than my neighbor's storm precautions, which have been "clean my gun." (I think the implication is pretty clear there...well, just in case -- should it become necessary, he plans to take your bottled water).
Governor O'Malley has used the opportunity to say something the nastiest things he's directed at anyone not named "Christie" or "McDonnell" since 2010: "Anybody who thinks that this is a normal hurricane and that they can just stick it out is being both selfish, stupid and also diverting essential public safety assets away from the task at hand, which is safeguarding lives and getting people out of the way," O'Malley said. "It is the height of selfishness for people not to evacuate." I prefer what the Mayor of Asubury Park, NJ said on the Weather Channel last night: "If you're going to do something reckless, you're doing it by yourself. No one will come get you."
One of my new favorite State-wide blogs, Maryland Juice, reports that non-declared-Gubernatorial-candidate-erstwhile-Howard-County-Executive Ken Ulman spoke at the Washington County Democratic Central Committee meeting on Thursday. For those who need a brush up on the Maryland geography, the Juice also notes how far Washington County is from dear old Howard.
Ellicott City found itself in the national news after one of our youngsters was caught trying to raise money for Jihad Jane. It may be worthy of note that Juan Williams would most likely not think twice if this particular jihadi sat next to him on a plane (well, he may think "Is that the woman from Rocky IV? I think it is. How do I break the ice? Play it cool, Juan. Play it cool.")
And that's all I have for today. Not much, but the Howard Section of the Sun is down to about four articles. If you want my prognosis, I think we can expect the section to wind itself up within the next six months.
Have a great Saturday!