The Northeast Nanny-staters Who are and the Blizzard that Never Was

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke   1/28/15
Call it the Blizzard of Oz. The “Snowstorm of the Century” Monday was supposed to be historic. All we got was histrionics. It turned out that the real blustery wind was hot air — and the worst accumulation was the knee-deep nanny-state politicians who think some snow warrants a travel ban.

In New York, the little man behind the curtain was Governor Andrew Cuomo, who, as usual, provided more bluster than any storm ever could.

I knew the blizzard would be a relative bust. How? Because they often are. Everything is over-hyped today, from the weather to entertainment to sports to hopey-changey politicians.

And we’re getting change alright, the kind effected by, as C.S. Lewis put it, “omnipotent moral busybodies” who “torment us for our own good [and] will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

As to this, a statewide travel ban in Connecticut began at 9 p.m. (ET) Monday, ordered by Governor Dannel Malloy. In my sorry state, the Peoples Republic of Nueva York, Il Duce II (hat tip: the late Bob Grant, who famously christened Andrew Cuomo’s father, Mario, Il Duce) prohibited travel in a trove of counties, including mine, starting at 11 p.m. For snow? Really?

For the record, the total snowfall in Central Park, NYC was 5.5 inches.

And though it was heavier in some other areas, let’s get something straight: in a supposedly free country, you don’t tell people they can’t travel because of some snow.

(Good test run for martial law, though.)

Of course, this position finds plenty of opposition nowadays, conditioned as people are to be protected puppets of the state. But know that heavy snowfalls aren’t unusual. During my childhood in the early and mid-’70s — you know, back when they warned us in elementary school of an impending ice age — we had impressive blizzards.

No one thought of telling free people they couldn’t drive around.

But that was at a time when we actually were something approximating a “free” people.

It’s not as if the commoners — the “folks” as ’BamaCare Barry likes to say — can’t have good reason to have to travel. There could be on-call obstetricians who have to rush to deliveries (I know doctors in this field), or it could be someone having to help an elderly parent. And there could be other reasons, not to mention the tens of millions of dollars ill-conceived travel bans can cost the economy.

We have become a soft people. Kids once might walk great distances to school, men marched a hundred miles to fight bloody battles and, believe it or not, for most of history no one had modern medical care. Now a winter storm means we hunker down as if a Viking raid is nigh.

An even larger issue here is the safety-freak mentality sweeping our secular society and dominating the craniums of callow neo-communists coast to coast. It’s reflected in Michelle Obama’s food-Nazi agenda, the banning of trans-fats and big sodas, child-seat and helmet laws, and the new commandment, “Thou shalt ensconce thy progeny in bubble wrap.”

And, for sure, every other nattering-nabob, nanny-state notion today is “for the children.” People are especially incredulous when I dismiss, as I did above, child-seat and helmet laws. But spare me. Yeah, a five-mph national speed limit would save lives, too, but the real limit we need is on government meddling. I experienced the childhood joys of riding in the back of a station wagon with a bunch of other kids and rode my bike helmet-free. I survived. I know, I know, better safe than sorry, they say. What “they” miss is that you can be safe and sorry.

We’re also supposed to believe our omnipotent moral busybodies care about us — deeply. But I could echo here Rodney Dangerfield’s reaction after a loud exchange with a mentally unhinged professor in the film Back to School. Yeah, our leftist politicians really care.

About what, I have no idea.

Cuomo and the rest of his ilk are so concerned about our well-being they’re going to save us from ourselves.

These are the same people who can’t shriek loudly enough for the killing of intrauterine babies.

But don’t dare increase your child’s risk of death even one iota after he’s born by failing to use a child seat or not providing a bicycle helmet. That’ll be a ticketing. For your own good, we’re going to liberate some cash from your wallet.

That reminds me of what I now call police: revenuers. Yeah, I know there are “good cops.” I hear about them all the time. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m fair; I defended in print Ferguson officer Darren Wilson and other impugned police as much as anyone. And I thoroughly admire Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Oath Keeper crew. But don’t kid yourself: like most people, the average cop is a low-info voter. Just like the Nassau County, NY, police who obediently did their masters’ bidding and stole $100,000-worth of guns and ammo from a citizen — just like the New Orleans jackboots who seized firearms from law-abiding residents just when they really needed them in Hurricane Katrina’s wake — most cops vill follow zee orders vhen zey are handed down. Remember, too, the Department of Injustice has warned that constitutionalists can be a terror threat. And this Spokane officer who explained why his department needed military equipment certainly got the memo.

I would be remiss if I didn’t deepen my little rant by mentioning that all our problems stem from a loss of faith. Just consider our safety-freak mentality. Those who believe in an afterlife may certainly tend to the temple of the soul, but they usually don’t initiate themselves into the Cult of the Body. When people believe this world is all there is, however, they can become maniacally obsessed with staying in this world as long as possible. This phenomenon’s ultimate manifestation is “transhumanism,” the new movement and aspiration to use technology to transcend being human and extend “life” virtually indefinitely. Why, it has even been theorized that we may one day be able to upload our consciousness into a computer. (Of course, this would imply there’s something beyond the brain — namely the mind — which contradicts the dogma of atheistic psychologists who say there is no such thing. Yet if we’re not just the organic robots of secularist dreams, a question presents itself: why not just wait for your consciousness to be uploaded into the hereafter, hopefully Heaven? {The world’s Andrew Cuomos might understandably want to delay that upload as long as possible}. But now I’m getting way too deep for a rant.)

So that explains the popularity of a Dr. Oz. It also explains why we’re living in Oz, with the con man behind the curtain.

Or is our third-millennium location better described as Go Ask Alice, in Wonderland, when she’s 10 feet tall?

Whatever the case, Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore. And Middle America will continue shrinking until we as a people find a heart, a brain and some courage.

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7 Responses to The Northeast Nanny-staters Who are and the Blizzard that Never Was

  1. Anniel says:

    I heard DeBlasio’s press conference and could not believe his choice of words when he said, “a CONSENSUS of meteorologists agreed” the storm would be huge. Smarter people probably wish he had kept his mouth shut.

  2. Timothy Lane says:

    Well, it was a major storm in most of New England, but of course some parts of it (such as Maine) are used to such things. The worst snows I can recall in Louisville have been in the 17-19-inch range, and people were certainly advised not to drive unless they had 4-wheel drive. (In the first of those storms, in 1978, I was doing third shift at Humana and had to drive home in it.) I liked Chris Christie’s response when some newsliars asked why he instituted a travel ban: that’s what the newsliars told him was going to happen.

    To be fair, I doubt many people ever walked very far in such deep snow in the past; for example, I recall reading about a sudden snowstorm a century or more ago in a Dakota town that led to a lot of people being killed trying to get home from school. Today, many people have a lot fewer shops and such within reasonable walking distance, and thus are more dependent on cars or public transport (which is rarely closed down, though Bill de Bastard did close it all down in New Barackum).

  3. GHG says:

    Selwyn, a fine article and right on the mark. However, I think there is another lesson to be learned here, a teaching moment – meteorological prediction is more a prediction than a certainty, especially the farther out it goes. There is probably a probability factor with predicting the “weather” and although I don’t know what that factor was in the case of the Juno blizzard, I’ll bet the odds quickly go from reasonable to improbable to impossible as you go from 24 hours to 24 days to 24 years. And yet, this same non-exact science is relied on to predict catastrophic climate change years down the road. Yes, climate change “science” is more complex because the earth’s ecosystems are more complex than tracking weather conditions moving across the country, but that’s the point. Relying on exponentially more complex prediction models to get it correct 24 years from now is exponentially more idiotic than relying on a simple 24-hour weather prediction to be correct.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Quite so. The whole global warming aka climate change aka climate disruption business is a blatant fraud, used partly to enrich a segment of the elites who invest in renewable fuels (and never mind the eagles killed by windmills or the tropical animals losing habitat to oil palm plantations) as well as to maximize government control over every detail of ordinary people’s lives.

      • Rosalys says:

        As pointed out in a Matt Walsh column I read today these climate hysterics don’t really behave as if they really believe the crap they try to shove down our throats. If they did they would change their own behavior dramatically – and they don’t. The Algiers of this world continue to eat steak, continue to live in humongous houses which consume as much electricity in a month as most of us peons use in a year, and they continue to zip around the globe in private jets. Actions, as they say, speak much louder than words.

        • Timothy Lane says:

          That was an excellent article, supplying almost every good argument against the global warming aka climate change aka climate disruption scam. I was pleased to see that he pointed out the “everything proves our argument” scam and its implications, as well as their hypocrisy (though he failed to point out, as you did, that they not only live like the rest of us, but in fact have vastly higher carbon footprints). The only minor flaw is that he failed to point out that the habit of demonizing anyone who fails to agree with the zealots rather than responding to their arguments is, in and of itself, a good reason for skepticism.

  4. Rosalys says:

    “Call it the Blizzard of Oz.”

    I like that! It is very apt and I will call it just that. It is much better than “Juno.” Normally I would just ignore the Weather Channel attempts at trying to start a new trend and call it the Blizzard of 2015, but I really like the Blizzard of Oz! It has been ridiculous!

    In RI the predictions weren’t as far off as they were in New York, but still about six inches shy of two feet. The final official accumulation at TF Green airport, only about 2 miles from my house as the crow flies, was 18.5 inches. As one who has done the lion’s share of the shoveling in our household (I actually like to shovel snow!) it didn’t feel like quite that much; but I have noticed over the past few years, when I would go over to shovel the driveway of an elderly couple from our church, that they would consistently seem to get two or three inches more than we would and that was a mere three miles away (again, as the crow flies.) However, a foot and a half of snow in coastal RI is nothing unusual. We expect it will happen from time to time (I actually am disappointed if we don’t get at least one good storm in a winter!) and we know how to drive in the snow. There is always some jackass out there who will do what a jackass is programmed to do, but most of us know how to be cautious. We don’t need self important politicians and narcissistic television personalities telling us what to do on an endless loop over the airwaves. This talking down to us like we are a bunch of four year olds got real old, real fast in the days of V.P Algore and our self proclaimed keepers had better watch it with the ‘dear little morons’ crap instead of emulating Albore’s delivery.

    The governor put a traffic ban into place, but when it was lifted at 8 p.m. she was still telling everyone not to go outside unless you have to. We’ll get in the way of the clean up and they want to keep the plow drivers safe. Well excuse me, but if I, in my little Honda CRV, am in an accident with a huge plow, I think I’m the one in trouble! And since when it is the government’s job to keep us safe anyway? I thought it was government’s job to safeguard our God given, Constitutionally recognized liberties!

    At 3 p.m. they were saying, “If you look out you may be thinking it is safe to go outside now – but you’d be wrong! There is more coming!” No! They were wrong! By 3 p.m. it was largely over. How could I, a mere mortal, know this? It’s called experience. I’ve lived in RI for over half a century. I have been through this many times and I know. And I was right. Over the next couple of hours we picked up one more inch of snow and the wind continued to blow it around. I went out around 1 p.m. to shovel and was finished by 3. Two hours. The next day I spent all of ten minutes cleaning up the tiny bit of further accumulation.

    The flooding in coastal MA and Nantucket, I’ll grant you, was a serious situation. Other than that, if there was anything historical or epic about the Blizzard of Oz, it was the amount of hysteria generated by various politicians and weather people. It was a pretty good storm (or bad depending on your outlook), but Snowmegedon or the Snowpoccalypse it weren’t!

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