The humbling force of nature

It’s interesting how natural disasters can bring people together. Of course they can also bring out the worst in others as some people can’t help using these kinds of situations to further their own agenda.

But thankfully most of us are decent, compassionate human beings. And as we continue to watch what’s going on in Alberta and pray for victims and their families, let’s remember that we’re all Canadians.

When it comes down to it, most of us can toss aside our partisan attitudes in an emergency and offer help and encouragement to our fellow citizens.

And that’s a good thing.

Hashtags to keep an eye on are: #abflood #yycflood

Stay safe Alberta!

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Update

ECO-ZEALOTS POLITICIZING DISASTEREzra Levant

EXPLOITING DEVASTATION IN CALGARY - SNN (Michael Coren and Lorrie Goldstein)

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37 Responses to The humbling force of nature

  1. fh says:

    the global warming crew want to take credit for Alberta’s worries
    God bless Alberta and prayers for all
    Only trouble is Alberta was cold all winter
    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/10/17/canada-winter-weather-forecast-2012-2013_n_1973958.html

    • bluetech says:

      Heard an interview of a guy from Canmore…he casually mention the very high level of snow this past year too.

  2. Gabby in QC says:

    Apparently, next week’s Conservative convention has been postponed. Wise move.
    http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/conservative-convention-slated-for-next-week-in-calgary-postponed–212619991.html (from NNW)

    Best wishes for a fast recovery to Alberta and hopefully none of the BLY commenters has been adversely affected.

    • Joanne says:

      Absolutely.

      Just curious, was anyone here planning to go to the convention?

      • Bubba Brown says:

        Any extreme weather related event is “proof” of global warming.
        Just because they said so, if you don’t agree you are a heritic.
        Any Northener will tell you spring is a dangerous time especially after a deep snow winter.
        That is why prudent folks do not build on flood plains.
        I have seen the Prophet river come up 3 feet in 12 hours, late fall and not a drop of rain in our area.
        As for the convention maybe next year.
        I would have liked to have gone Jo, especially as CBC is on the menu.
        Family issues have kept us very much occupied and close to home this last six months, family first.
        CPC needs to shake out the dust get reinvigorated, and ready for the next election.

  3. Anne in swON says:

    CBC has had continuous coverage of the utter devastation so I have to give kudos to them for that. There have also been interviews with many of those affected. The stoicism of the residents is remarkable.

    • Richco says:

      sorry fh – didn’t read your link closely enough. It’s amazing that so much is out there to counter the cult of the global warming nuts.

  4. Mary T says:

    So far none of my family in Calgary, were forced to evacuate. Watching the situation in Med Hat. I walked that bridge to and from school for many years. So far friends are safe there.
    My niece has been helping out at an evacuation center and says you can’t believe the devastation.
    Hutterites have taken over many of the kitchens in centers to feed the people. Those kitchens are all commercial. However, when they brought food in from the colony they were forbidden. There are not cleaner kitchens in Alberta than those on the colony.
    And during this time of crisis our premier has ordered all construction signs repainted tory blue, with her name on them. Cost for one project in Med Hat, 15,000. Nice to know we have no money problems in AB. (sarc)
    My friend is working on one such project and they were told, even if the job is almost done, you must change all the signs.
    Wonder if she will change our slogan, Wildrose Country.

    • Sandy says:

      Nice to hear from you Mary T. My brother and his family and my two sisters who live in Calgary are all okay too.

      But, in talking with my sister-in-law yesterday, she said there is still chaos trying to get around or get groceries or bottled water. My nieces and nephews are okay too. One of my younger sisters (I am the oldest) just moved from Canmore back to Calgary a few months ago and is worried about her friends still there.

      BTW, I have put Crux of the Matter on private for the summer or until I start up again.

  5. Joe says:

    I did get a chuckle from the CTV news network. I normally have them blocked but for the occasion of the flood I tuned in to hear the national host try his best to get one of the local mayors to blame global warming. The mayor would not fall for it blaming instead rapid snow melt and heavy rains.

    I think the biggest problem with the AGW crowd is their complete lack of historical data. Downtown Calgary is built on a flood plain. Combine a rapid snow melt in the mountains and a good heavy rain and the rivers will overflow their banks. It happens on a very regular basis. Sometimes worse than others. I have vague memories of the 63 flood in Calgary caused by the 10 inches of rain that fell in 3 days. Driving north from Calgary in the dark my mother pointed to a barn roof sticking out of the water as proof of the amount of water we received. A year of two later I realized that the roof had no barn underneath it and the water i had seen surrounding it was just a big mud puddle. Funnily enough that old roof is still there and every time I drive by it I smile in memory of those happy times.

  6. Richco says:

    Those who tout the global warming is to blame for every natural disaster came out after the tornado hit my town two years ago too. Funny thing was that they were nowhere to be found when the meteorologists delivered their postmortem on the storm and discovering that it was meteorological conditions that day, leading up to and feeding the super cell were the scientific factors that caused the storm.

    O/T – Here’s Gerry Nicholl’s take on the new PC Ontario ad that launched last week.
    I tend to agree with him on the message being muddled a bit with too much information for the general population heading to the beach to take in.

    http://gerrynicholls.blogspot.ca/2013/06/ontario-pcs-need-to-keep-message-simple.html?spref=fb

  7. Martin says:

    It takes a natural disaster like this to bring odious creatures like Suzuki out of the woodwork, as you say to grind the axe for his personal agenda. President Obama also mouthed this theme repeatedly in his State of Union address, that recent natural disasters are a result of man made climate change. How then to account for the 1900 Galveston Hurricane and flood, still the deadliest natural disaster ever to hit US. Over 8000 deaths and property damage worse than Katrina. The second deadliest storm to hit US is a 1928 Fla hurricane, and so on.
    It is not as if there were no floods and hurricanes prior to the popularization of the AGW theory.
    A time like this should elicit genuine concern and help for victims, not crocodile tears from the likes of Suzuki. Is his foundation active in assisting in any flood relief efforts, anyone know?

  8. Bubba Brown says:

    Great question Martin! Charitable Organizations like Saint Suzukis that have benefited lo all these years from the generosity (gullibility) of Canadians.
    Their tax free status should make it easy to be right there with aid and comfort…………..crikets.
    Like Junior Trudeaus cheque “if it comes to that” to the charity he “helped” with his awsome presence.
    You know after all has been said and done about the morality of fees for speaking accepting funds from unions and collages who Trudeau then advocated for in the HOC.
    He still does not see what the problem is or even that there is a problem.
    Has anyone heard that he cut a cheque?

  9. Liz J says:

    There’s another freaking poll out telling us Stephen Harper and Jr Trudeau are tied as best choice for Prime Minister with Mulcair well behind.
    Are we really that STUPID?

    • Richco says:

      Do you think “we” are that stupid Liz J. :-)

      Here’s a good column today. Please note Bob Fife’s admission that the media’s gone soft on Trudeau.

      Really Bob? Aren’t you and CTV leading the parade?

      Or can’t you get a glimpse of yourselves in the enchanted mirror behind Baby T.

      http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/canada-politics/justin-trudeau-getting-free-ride-media-192322740.html

      • Liz J says:

        Yeah Richco, “we” is a bit too inclusive !

      • Bubba Brown says:

        Exactly Richco!
        Best comment “Media and Justin should just get a room”
        As for the chicken littles and their one crisis fits all senarios.
        Well that picture of Suzuki naked except for a “very” small leaf covering his nads, must have been cold in the room lol.
        Anyway Mr Suzuki, Indian name Chief Frightened Turtle, looks to me like a theft in progress
        well made me want to yell “put it down, it’s not yours!”

    • wilson says:

      Canadians aren’t stupid, polls 2 years before the next general election are stupid.
      Liberals still stand for nothing.
      Trudeau get a Dion do-over when asked about the wisdom of talking to the Taliban, tells it all. Big empty space under that great head of hair.

  10. Liz J says:

    Good column in Ottawa Sun today by Monte Solberg: “Tories must refresh from a hideous month of scandals. scandalettes”. Couldn’t agree more.

    • Richco says:

      me too Liz J. The Harper gov’t and PMO haven’t helped themselves at all over the past months.

      O/T – Breaking in Ontario that another Liberal MPP is jumping ship. Laurel Broten this time. The gal that gave us FLICK OFF Ontario, a program that wasted tons of $$$ but bombed as soon as it left the gate. Broten was the enviro. minister who got caught when it was found out she was outfitting her home with a two-story, multi-car garage.

      She was also the Education Minister after Wynne, and I have to say she did very well staving off the unions and was left pretty much holding the bag when McGuinty left and thrown under the bus by Wynne.

    • wilson says:

      The scandalettes were blown out of proportion by the media.
      Even a Judge ‘clearing’ the MPs and the CPC of wrongdoing in the robocall case, where not one Canadian came forward to say robocalls prevented themn from voting, was turned into a scandal.
      I still need convincing that Duffy and Wallin ‘intentionally’ screwed the taxpayer, and that Nigel Wright did anything wrong.
      If Duffy reports the ‘gift’ he followed the rules.
      I don’t believe the ‘cheque’ was a bribe.

      • Liz J says:

        Agreed Wilson.
        We need more communication, I really hope our PM comes out over the summer recess to address issues, set the record straight, whatever it is, and tell us what he plans to do.
        The opposition and media have been over the top, never letting facts change their constant barrage of attacks. This can’t be a lazy summer.

        • Richco says:

          By the sounds of it that was the PM’s plan as part of the CPC convention.

          I really hope that they have a convention and sooner rather than later because the troops need rallying in a big way, scandals or faux-scandals or not.

          An agenda needs to be set for he next two years that will carry them in to an election.

  11. fh says:

    a late Happy Birthday wish to Laureen Harper June 23
    ” May you have love that never ends,
    lots of money, and lots of friends.
    Health be yours, whatever you do,
    and may God send many blessings to you.” Irish Blessig

  12. fh says:

    PM Stephen Harper threw a surprise birthday party for his wife Laureen
    photo
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmharper/9121102150/lightbox/

  13. Richco says:

    There are several things we know for sure about the left and the left-leaning media.

    It should not surprise us then that the twits did there level best to throw some mud on PM Harper’s visit to Alberta.

    They couldn’t fault him for tardiness because he was in the air very quickly and on the ground where most Canadians would expect him to be.

    They couldn’t fault him for anything much at all right?

    Except that the usual suspects tried to make hay out of the fact that the PM was wearing a flight jacket. Comments as you may expect were typical left-leaning pap.

    Like here in the Huffington Post, which links to the spin that blew back on the twits because that jacket was a gift to Harper from the troops and he wore it in their honour.

    Nicely done Stephen Harper. Nicely done.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/24/harper-military-jacket-alberta-troops_n_3491629.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-politics

    • Liz J says:

      Well the usual pack of leftist comments is hardly surprising, when there’s a disaster of this magnitude it’s mind boggling how they’d even notice what the PM was wearing.
      Even WK had to chime in, he’s “puzzled” as to why the PM is wearing a military jacket.
      Sad pack of boors and buffoons in our midst by some of the commentary.

  14. Bec says:

    Hi everyone….o/t (on topic:))

    The situation in High River is dire and the stories about how fast it happened (we thought ours was quick) is shocking.
    WE were talking to an elderly couple today at the funeral for my hubby’s bf and they think they won the lottery getting a cash card from our govt. That puts everything in perspective. The residents left with nothing, many of them had nothing, many of them had no ‘debit card’, purse wallet……..
    They bought clothes……omg…clothes? To come to a Funeral…..WOW! That’s an Albertan for you, respect.

    Thank you all so much for every thoughtful thing that you have said about us here in AB. I live here and even though I knew it was true, I sometimes wondered, I do admit.

    Today, yesterday and the day before, I am sure that you were right, this is the land of thoughtful, resilient, crazy at volunteering, people.
    WE don’t want this to cost us any more than it needs to and if we can HELP FOR FREE, we will. The volunteering is our strength!

    The photos don’t even come close to emotionalizing (is that a word?) this MESS. It’s hard to wrap your head around because it has involved fear, reaction, exhaustion…..so much humanity. In many cases the serious numbskulls, cause so much of the drama and expense.

    WE are so grateful to all of you. thank you.

  15. Liz J says:

    Listened to Michael Coren and Lorrie Goldstein gives credence to my impression of CBC’s Saint Suzuki, he’s a charlatan and an outright crackpot. He and other crackpots on the global warming cum climate change scam are the first ones out when natural disaster strikes, not to help in any way but to push their agenda, blame the victims.
    ‘Wouldn’t be surprised is they’re gloating at the opportunity this tragedy has given them to spew more lies.

  16. Martin says:

    Today the Ottawa Citizen, not to be outdone by Dr Fruit Fly, mentions climate change in a long editorial intended to show sympathy for Calgary. Next to this a letter talks of global warming playing a part in this disaster.
    Attitudes such as these come dangerously close to schadenfreude in my view. It is just not possible for some minds to let a crisis go to waste.

    • Liz J says:

      For Global Warming/Climate Change scammers it’s all about making big bucks, they can’t stop since they’ve been allowed to “educate” all the school kids from Kindergarten to Uni we’ll be hard pressed to instill the facts or any common sense until the next ice age hits.

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