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Monday, July 18, 2005

When the wind blows...Part I


PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) - Hurricane Emily ripped roofs off luxury hotels along Mexico's Mayan Riviera, stranded thousands of tourists and left hundreds of local residents homeless Monday, forcing many to remain in crowded, leaky shelters.

Residents of Yucatan Peninsula resorts, including Playa del Carmen and Tulum, began wading through knee-deep flood waters to assess damage under a light drizzle, as the storm barreled west into the Gulf of Mexico.


OK, it's been too serious hereabouts lately...not that these violent storms are funny, but I think they're an excellent example of "P.C." gone awry.

Since we're all supposed to be "politically correct" nowadays, rather than hurricane or himmicane, why not just cyclone? No gender implied there. Even though conventional wisdom tells us that "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned", since we've been calling alternate storms by male names, why not use the gender neutral term "cyclone"?

Silly? Perhaps. That's my point; for the sake of the "P.C." crowd, the powers-that-be altered (yeah, pun intended) their long-standing policy of giving female names to cyclones.

Seems like just so much "hot air" to me...

46 Comments:

Blogger Kajun said...

Cyclones spin in a clockwise direction (and inhabit the Southern hemisphere)

Hurricanes don't.

July 18, 2005 10:16 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Kajun News:
You're probably thinking of a typhoon, which is a cyclone, too...

July 18, 2005 10:23 PM  
Blogger LebenFrei said...

It appears that these comments are spinning out of control.
PC also means "Petty Crazes". Check the dictionary for both meanings of "craze". Both meanings are applicable to the my definition of the acronym. (Many people trying to be P.C. are really Pretty Crazy don't you think?)

July 18, 2005 10:39 PM  
Blogger The trotting Possum said...

How about "doggone big storm!" and leave it at that?

July 18, 2005 10:50 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

LebenFrei:
Good one. Of course, "P.C." can also stand for personal computer, which is why I spelt it out.

The trotting Possum:
"Doggone big storm!" would work too, since it's gender neutral as well...

July 18, 2005 11:11 PM  
Blogger Kajun said...

¿How about hermacane?

July 19, 2005 1:49 AM  
Blogger JannyMae said...

I wish you wouldn't talk about, "hot air," Camojack! It was 117 today in Phoenix. Right now, it's 12:25 A.M. (which I guess means it was 117 YESTERDAY), and I can't get to sleep with the thunder. We don't give human names to our, "monsoons," as they are referred to, here. I suppose the chief reason for that is that they come and go so quickly! Hehehe

July 19, 2005 3:25 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

Kajun:
¡¿Hermaphrocane?!

JannyMae:
Sounds WAY too hot pour moi...but I reckon it's a DRY heat, non?

July 19, 2005 3:35 AM  
Blogger David said...

1. Hello little boys and big girls, oops...babes and others.

Now, remember I am a linguist, and anything else you want me to be. After all, its the blogosphere.

2. Cyclon comes from the word kuklon = to rotate (Greek); or kuklos = circle (Greek), because it circles; or kukla= doll (Russian), because its so damn sexy.

3. In the P.C. world, its not a cyclone - a product of the male oriented Greco-Roman Western civilization , but rather a dancing doll (say babe).

And, ah, a swirling Dervish, to be more inclusive of the Musliiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmsss.

4. Scott Ott left us all orphans while taking care of other kids. Not fair, not fair at all. (Oh well, I couldn't post on Scott's site anyhow).

July 19, 2005 12:10 PM  
Blogger kwl said...

Camo, good question. I am in Berlin Germany right now and logged on to see if it was heading towards my home near Houston. Looks like (what I would call "A FREAKING HUGE STORM") it will miss us except for the rain, thank goodness.
Now speaking of PC stuff, why, if it applies to women, do they call everything with a 'his' or a 'men' to it. Take Histerectome, or MENstration? If men had periods would we call it Herstration or Shestration.
Just go figure!!!

July 19, 2005 12:14 PM  
Blogger mig said...

Isn't 'doggone' big storm mean to animals.
(I just want to be in the conversation is all.)

And dogs are pretty dang loyal...

July 19, 2005 3:30 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

David:
So, you're saying cyclone isn't "P.C." either, huh?

Hmmm...

kwl
Berlin, huh? Guten tag! Ich bin ein jelly donut!

How 'bout womynstruation or hersterectomy, then?

July 19, 2005 3:31 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

mig:
I think if the storm is big enough, it could make a dog gone...as in "The Wizard of Oz", when Dorothy and Toto got blown away by another type of cyclone.

Or was that all a dream?

July 19, 2005 3:50 PM  
Blogger kwl said...

Camo:
Wurst for me!!!

OOOHHHH, Is this mike on?

HELLO!!!!!

July 19, 2005 4:05 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

kwl:
"Wurst for me!!!"
? Ouch.

Now it's guten abend, but I guess it already was the first time in Berlin, Ja?

July 19, 2005 4:24 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Camo,
The answer my friend, is blowin' in the wind... the answer is blowin' in the wind.

July 19, 2005 7:18 PM  
Blogger Hawkeye® said...

kwl,
Well, you've got...
your 'Knackwurst',
your 'Bratwurst',
your 'Weisswurst',
your 'Grutzwurst',
your 'Pinkelwurst',
your 'Liverwurst',
and all the 'wurst' stuff you could ask for.

July 19, 2005 7:29 PM  
Blogger RAM said...

kwl: Do they still have those little gambling machines in the beer places?

If so, they must take euros now.

I used to enjoy a bowl of goolosh (sp) right after a few lukewarm, high alcohol content beers. Not sure what were the ingredients, but after a few German beers, almost anything tasted good!

Even those odd looking salads.

July 19, 2005 11:50 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Hawkeye®
So that's where it is. How do I decipher it from there?

Also, from Bad to Wurst?!

RAM:
If a beer is any good, it's still OK when it's tepid.
(Lukewarm...)

July 19, 2005 11:59 PM  
Blogger SGT USMC 1ea said...

I tepid back a few warm beers in my time, most notably on the Greek Island of Rhodos (or was it Corfu?)where I found an Irish pub that served Guinness on tap--The only beer served with a knife and fork. I only had three beers (mugs the size o' me head) but the OOD didn't seem to believe me and I wound up in the brig for a few hours. It was that next morning that I found out brigs cause terrible hangovers and have tried to avoid them every since.

Deus est Semper Fidelis

July 20, 2005 9:54 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

SGT USMC 1ea:
Ah, Guinness...nutritionally complete!

I agree with you about incarceration; it's definitely not good for you...

July 21, 2005 3:57 AM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...

Technically, that was a 'twister' that took Dorothy and Toto, too.

You Southern folk can keep your big circle rain/wind storms. We have our own version up North: it's called a Saskaktuan (sp?) Screamer!

July 21, 2005 8:30 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

MargeinMI:
To quote Pat'sRick, "* sigh *".

OK, I previously posted a link to the definition of a cyclone, but now I'll just post the definition...

cy·clone
Pronunciation: 'sI-"klOn
Function: noun
Etymology: modification of Greek kyklOma wheel, coil, from kykloun to go around, from kyklos circle
1 a: a storm or system of winds that rotates about a center of low atmospheric pressure, advances at a speed of 20 to 30 miles (about 30 to 50 kilometers) an hour, and often brings heavy rain
b: TORNADO


The link is here.

July 21, 2005 8:54 AM  
Blogger SGT USMC 1ea said...

Wicked Sergeant o' pedia

Cyclone:
c:
A copy of a one eyed monster made from the DNA of the original.

Brig:
a:
A military prison aboard a ship that causes hangovers.


Guinness:

A book of world records which when ground up and mixed with thick black Tar and bitters can be quite tasty even at room temperature on a 95 degree day. One must be careful to stop at two though for the third gallon sized mug seems to cause Officers in White to become irrational and put one in the brig which we know causes hangovers.

Deus est Semper Fidelis

July 21, 2005 7:58 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

SGT USMC 1ea:
I'll say it again; you really shouldn't abandon your blog...you're too funny! I'd certainly add a link to yours, if you decide to take it up again. I particularly enjoyed your definition of a Cyclone.

On the subject of Guinness, did you know it was the brewing company that originally commissioned the book of world records? I just learnt that recently...

July 22, 2005 1:12 AM  
Blogger RAM said...

Just checking to make sure the night shift turned the lights out in here.

Energy shortage, you know. ;-)

On topic: I thought maybe camo had sent a cyclone to Indianapolis last night. I don't see any damage this morning, but I am surprized there is not after last night.

July 22, 2005 9:08 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

RAM:
If I'd sent something, it would've been a psychlone*...and there'd have been damage, trust me.

*Like that? I just made it up.
(Hold the presses!!! I did a search, and it was coined previously; let's just say I came up with it anew, independently...)

July 22, 2005 9:17 AM  
Blogger SGT USMC 1ea said...

Yeah I'll start the blog again maybe when I'm done with calculus 3 & 4 and pressure from intigrating the newly transferred DOD contracts lets up.

I see my blog picture here every time I post and It just hit me that I could have chosen from many SGT USMC'ish pictures of myself posing with bombs, bullets, bodies, blood and body armor but instead chose this one which shows me at my most vulnerable and under the control of a six year old girl. Not a very flattering picture but it captures some of the essence of my soul. I do so love my family and they are what I fight for.

I am traveling up to WV at 0 dark 30 tomorrow morning to pick up the wife and 3 kids. They have spent the summer away from me to be with my Mother In Law who is in poor health. See y'all Monday on Scrappleface.

Guinness- Its not just a brew, It is a book and a meal. Haven't had it in years though.

Deus est Semper Fidelis

July 22, 2005 9:21 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

SGT USMC 1ea:
As you wish. I think we choose our profile pictures as we prefer to represent ourselves...and a doting father is WAY better than a scruffy biker.

Where in WV? I'll be there for Labor Day Weekend; specifically, HERE.

July 22, 2005 5:01 PM  
Blogger SGT USMC 1ea said...

Sometimes the doting father IS a scruffy biker, or has been. They are not mutually exclusive. Maybe I just wanted to show that mean ol' Marines love their chldren too.

Webster county up in da hills.
Never heard of Robertsons camp ground but pretty much the whole state is a campground.

Jesu est Semper Fidelis

July 22, 2005 5:32 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

SGT USMC 1ea:
I know they're not mutually exclusive circustances; my point was regarding how we choose to represent ourselves.

The Robertson Association Campground is a private facility, for members only, of which I am one. It's just off of US 219, South of Elkins, WV...Dailey, to be specific. Speakin' of cyclones, it seems as though a lot of years we get the rainy remnants of one passing through the area for Labor Day Weekend. It makes for a wet ride on the Harley...

July 22, 2005 6:04 PM  
Blogger hooey said...

Ase we enter this year's hurricane season, ponder the fact that there may be a record number of 20 storms. Now ponder that America shuold ratify the Kyoto Protocol. NOW.

July 24, 2005 10:25 AM  
Blogger truth_is_freedom said...

"Seems like just so much 'hot air' to me..."

Couldn't agree more. The hot air coming from the bees that power Washinton DC ... lies, smoke, and mirrors.

July 24, 2005 10:47 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

howie:
Explain to me why the U.S. should ratify the Kyoto Protocol, when other "developing" countries get a free pass.

Can you ever defend the words you post, or just copy them from elsewhere?

truth_is_freedom:
I'm glad we can agree on something...

July 24, 2005 6:14 PM  
Blogger truth_is_freedom said...

The United States accounts for 4% of the world's population, but accounts for 25% of the damaging emissions. That's not a bad place to start!?

You worried about China and India?? Then show some leadership. I thought the US fancied itself as "leading" the world in the right direction ...

July 25, 2005 7:37 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

truth_is_freedom:
China in particular puts out a LOT of pollution; statistically they weight their emissions on a per capita basis, and they've got a LOT of people. While I'm not opposed to reducing pollution in any way, shape or form, I am opposed to other countries not having to play by the same rules. It's the principle of the thing, y'see.

Anyway, the Kyoto Protocol remark was addressed to howie, who brought it up in the first place...and I asked him if he could defend his words. Are you his surrogate, or something? Let the boy speak, if he's got something besides copy & paste to say...

July 25, 2005 8:51 AM  
Blogger truth_is_freedom said...

"It's the principle of the thing, y'see"

Precisely. And we're all signed up but you're not. Although you're putting out a hell of a lot more polluting emissions.
Why should we not ask you to do something about it? Bush only admitted publicly that man-made emissions were actually a problem just before the G8! You've been trying to argue all along that man made emissions weren't relevant. Even when over a 1,000 scientists worldwide were saying otherwise!
I find that you Bush-people parrot whatever Bush says, and don't seem to be able to think for yourselves.
Not for five minutes.
And I'm not stopping Howie commenting here. He can log in anytime. It's not my blog!

July 25, 2005 6:16 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

truth_is_freedom:
Did you even bother to read my last comment?

Here's a refresher:
"While I'm not opposed to reducing pollution in any way, shape or form, I am opposed to other countries not having to play by the same rules."

So what do you mean when you say "we're all signed up"? The collective "we", as in the world as a whole, most definitely is not. No free passes!

BTW, calling me a Bush-person who parrots him doesn't do anything positive for your credibility; I'm quite capable of independent thought, thank you very much...

July 25, 2005 6:35 PM  
Blogger truth_is_freedom said...

Oh, that's good to hear, Camo.

So where do you fundamentally disagree with Bush, then? Any examples?

July 26, 2005 5:04 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

truth_is_freedom...
(Speaking of hot air)

Where do I disagree with Bush?

1. Our porous Southern border. Bush needs to make it a real priority, before more terrorists infiltrate with nastier bombs and such.
2. No Child Left Behind. The Federal government should leave a lot more programs on a State level.
3. The multi-billion dollar Medicaid debacle. Yet another handout program that we can scarcely afford.

I could go on, but 3 will suffice. I don't have to answer to a sarcastic, adversarial person like you anyhow...but I'm magnanimous thataway. Bottom line, you don't know squat about me or what I think, and you're quite presumptuous with your little snide remarks. But please do keep it up; I find you amusing sometimes...

July 26, 2005 7:33 AM  
Blogger truth_is_freedom said...

I've seen your snide little remarks elsewhere, Camo.
Don't play the saint.

And since the US has such an (undemocratic) impact worldwide (given its proportion of the world's population), I wasn't really interested in how you disagree with Bush on your domestic issues.
I'm interested in how you disagree with him on foreign policy.

IF if pleases you to reply.

July 26, 2005 9:08 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

truth_is_freedom:
I never said that I disagree with Bush on foreign policy. Mostly, I agree with him on that. Better to combat terrorism in the sandbox that spawns it, than in our own backyard. And before you go off on a tangent about civilian casualties, they are most regrettable, of course. But the terrorists don't seem too concerned about innocents; they like bombing children that are getting candy from soldiers. Fact is, they kill more of the local residents than they do soldiers...

You asked if could give examples of where I do disagree with Bush, and I did.

You seem to avoid answering my question, but expect me to answer yours. We have a word for that hereabouts.

Once more:
"While I'm not opposed to reducing pollution in any way, shape or form, I am opposed to other countries not having to play by the same rules."

Here's the question again:
So what do you mean when you say "we're all signed up"? (Regarding the Kyoto business) The collective "we", as in the world as a whole, most definitely is not. No free passes!

July 26, 2005 9:55 AM  
Blogger truth_is_freedom said...

Precisely.
NO free passes!

July 28, 2005 7:59 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

truth_is_freedom:
I'm going to start to worry if you keep agreeing avec moi.

But seriously, I am not opposed to the concept espoused by the Kyoto Protocols; decreasing the emission of pollutants is a noble goal.

When I retire, for example, I intend to use catchment water and solar- & wind-derived electricity. I think those latter 2 technologies should be developed to the fullest feasible extent, worldwide...in addition to others.

July 28, 2005 8:19 AM  
Blogger truth_is_freedom said...

Moi aussi, je voudrais bien faire la même chose. Si nous n'faisons rien ... ce serait une catastrophe pour nos enfants. Nous avons déjà tué la moitié de la planète; il faut dire "assez!".

Don't you think, Camo? To me it's not just a noble goal, it's absolutely vital.

July 28, 2005 1:48 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

truth_is_freedom:
Actually my Español is better, but yes, I do think that controlling pollution is vital. I think ½ the planet is exaggerated, but can't disagree about doing it for future generations. We should focus on alternative energy sources without delay...

July 28, 2005 9:27 PM  

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