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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

We’re Doomed

posted by on November 14 at 9:15 AM

It’s always nice to wake up to the sound of blithering fuckwits blathering away on NPR. No one in Georgia thought to propose, oh, water conservation while reservoirs dropped to dangerously low levels. In fact, officials in Georgia didn’t take action until the drought gripping the region reached crisis stage. Now a major American city is on the verge of running out of water—sort of photo-negative of the Katrina disaster. And so what’s the plan now? Prayer.

Lakes and rivers have fallen to record low levels in Georgia, Alabama and Florida, states hit hard by a severe drought in the South. Most farmers have been forced to rely on irrigation, if they have it. And water restrictions put in place months ago don’t seem to be enough to conserve resources.

At the state capitol in Georgia Tuesday, the governor tried something different. On a partly cloudy warm fall day, hundreds of people from the region came to join Gov. Sonny Perdue in a prayer service for rain….

Many who attended the event are serious about the effect they believe prayer can have. Carla Clark and her pastor, David Harris, came from Cumming, Ga.

“There’s no doubt in our minds,” Clark said. “We came prepared with our umbrellas because we fully expected the heavens to open.”

But it didn’t happen—the heavens slammed shut despite the prayers of Carla and her pastor.

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Hopefully this will help people understand that prayer is not a substitute for competence and planning.

Posted by Greg | November 14, 2007 9:33 AM
2 could God ignore CARLA!!!

Posted by arduous | November 14, 2007 9:44 AM

You realize, of course, that if it rains any time in, oh, the next month, they will claim their prayers were answered. *rolls eyes*

Posted by SDA in SEA | November 14, 2007 9:44 AM

Bah, whatever. Next year, they'll totally forget this ever happened, and you'll have Georgians using half the water supply again to keep the lawns of Atlanta's suburbs unnaturally green.


Posted by tsm | November 14, 2007 9:44 AM

Something tells me you're not going to like the new Faith-based Climate Initiative currently being drawn up by the Cato Institute.

Posted by flamingbanjo | November 14, 2007 9:46 AM

Yes, I totally like that we apparently have a government endorsed prayer vigil. Did they also include a government endorsed rain dance? Perhaps a bit of santeria?


Posted by Phelix | November 14, 2007 9:46 AM

I'll bet the lawns don't even take 10%. Agriculture is the biggest user, just about everywhere. Farmers will howl, with reason, but they need to just shut down all ag irrigation, or people are going to start to die in large numbers.

Lest you gloat, consider that we'll be paying for it. We prop up Georgia with our tax dollars in the best of times, and that disaster money's going to be flowing out like a firehose in a month or two.

Posted by Fnarf | November 14, 2007 9:48 AM

Would have been FUNNY if fire and brimestone fell from the sky during the prayer service.

But SDA in Sea is right, any rain in the next month will be attributed to the power of prayer.

Posted by New Deal Democrat | November 14, 2007 9:48 AM

atlanta's 10-day forecast is nothing but sunshine.

Posted by Judith | November 14, 2007 9:52 AM


Posted by Mr. Poe | November 14, 2007 9:52 AM

I was listening to the same story. They reported that Gov. Sonny (Sunny?) Purdue has been focused on this for weeks now. Weeks?! It appears he's a little late to the game.

Posted by ahava | November 14, 2007 9:55 AM

I wonder what will happen once the water runs dry. I'm legitimately curious.

Posted by Gomez | November 14, 2007 9:57 AM

I don't know what you're talking about, Dan. My prayers to destroy Atlanta are working perfectly.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | November 14, 2007 10:03 AM

re Gomez @12;
I'm hoping for a Mad Max style post-apocalyptic Southeast Interior. In fact, I'm counting on it. My current 5-year plan includes moving there to become a ruthless and dominant warlord.
"Master Blaster runs Bartertown!!"

Posted by steve | November 14, 2007 10:04 AM

#14, you should be able to find a great deal on a 1974 Ford Torino.

Posted by monkey | November 14, 2007 10:08 AM

There's a town named "Cumming" in Georgia? Cool.

Posted by DOUG. | November 14, 2007 10:12 AM

Of course, Georgia is filled with mansions where people use 500,000 gallons of water a month - no, that is not a misprint.

And don't care if the media points this out.

At least in Seattle, when we have a drought and publicly shame people, like say CEOs of Starbucks or City Council members, they change their behavior ... a bit.

When I see people in Georgia and Florida letting the golf courses get brown and the yards get brown in the wealthy areas, I'll believe they have a drought.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 14, 2007 10:13 AM

not usually one to defend conservatives, i happen to have a bit of inside info on this as my sister and her family have quite close ties to georgia politics. saying that georgia officials haven't been planning for this isn't exactly fair. according to my sister, all sorts of plans have been introduced pretty much since that reservoir was put into use, but none of them have ever managed to pass the state legislature.

perdue, being the first georgia republican in the governor's office since reconstruction, i believe, inherited a DOA plan from his liberal rival. it's all political hooey, but to be fair, this wasn't a surprise to anyone, certainly not the governor. it's more a matter of the fact that georgia legislators couldn't agree that it was a serious, immediate, dire threat.

that said, the prayer for rain thing is totally silly. damn hicks.

Posted by kim | November 14, 2007 10:13 AM

"Cumming"... heh

Posted by matt | November 14, 2007 10:14 AM

All praise God, for He is finishing the job that General Sherman began.

(end snark)

Posted by ivan | November 14, 2007 10:19 AM

@12 Watch some documentaries about the Dust Bowl. You'll get a pretty good preview of the South in a few years.

Posted by Gitai | November 14, 2007 10:19 AM

the sad thing is that now if it ever rains again they'll say their prayers worked- it doesn't even have to be this week- it could be in three months and they'll stand on thri soapboxes and shout- see- we told you so all you foolish unbelievers. GAG!

Posted by NELBOT | November 14, 2007 10:22 AM

I believe the term is "fucktwits", not "fuckwits"

Posted by calvin | November 14, 2007 10:24 AM

So these people will praise god if it starts raining and this will make them happy and rejoice and God had nothing at all to do with there being no rain. He must have a hand in that too. But I guess they just conveniently ignore it while waiting for god to be good. I guess he is just busy or having a long coffee break. But in the long run it is ok because everyone is going to heaven anyway where there is lots of water, unicorns and Ronald Reagan and loved ones.

Posted by -B- | November 14, 2007 10:28 AM

LOL!!! General Sherman is laughing in his grave!!!!

Anyone want to bet someone will blame gays and unwed mothers for the drought?

Posted by LOL!!! | November 14, 2007 10:28 AM

Is your issue with NPR that they proposed the prayer session, or just that they reported it with snarking? The prayer thing is OK. The longer they stand around chatting with their imaginary friend, the less time they have to hunt down and kill the rest of us.

Posted by Karl Schuck | November 14, 2007 10:48 AM

God's aim is a little off. It's been raining in N. Alabama for almost 24 hours. Nothing for the heathens over in Atlanta though.

Next time they'll do things proper and sacrifice a virgin. If they can find one.

Posted by MapRef41n93w | November 14, 2007 10:53 AM

Pray for odd/even lawn watering!

Posted by RonK, Seattle | November 14, 2007 10:54 AM

Dear Prayer Warrior,

Please begin praying now for showers with a friend.

Pastor Tutch

Posted by Pastor Tutch | November 14, 2007 11:03 AM

Stupid Bible Molesters!

Posted by Madge-YoursoakingINIT! | November 14, 2007 11:12 AM

It's not like the tap is just going to run dry one day. Long before that, they'll start having pump and filter failures as the water gets more and more brackish. You won't have to worry about the lawns at that point, because if you did water them, the mineral concentration will kill the grass. People will start to complain about the foulness, the smell and the gunkiness. And the tanker trucks will start rolling in, a hundreds of thousands of them, all paid by FEMA and you and me.

Georgia's a good Bush state, and has a functioning infrastructure, they'll get all the relief they need.

The poor people will die though.

Posted by Fnarf | November 14, 2007 11:24 AM

Come on, this is Sonny Perdue we're talking about here....the guy who said that people should be allowed to vote for or against gay marriage, but then refused to let them vote to change the Sunday alcohol laws (he's a teetotaler).

Posted by Johnny | November 14, 2007 11:28 AM

However, if the Governor attened a native american indian dance for rain(like in the Southwest) this wouldn't be a story. It's only because of Christianity that this is a story.

Posted by raindrop | November 14, 2007 11:31 AM

Since it's raining here tonight, I guess that God loves Blue States and our core values of Truth, Justice, and the American Middle Class more than the Liars, Torturers, and Ultra-Rich Tax Cut people in the Red States.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 14, 2007 11:35 AM

In other words, I don't see anything wrong with public displays of spirituality especially since other religions were invited.

Posted by raindrop | November 14, 2007 11:37 AM

I live in Atlanta.

There has been no attempt to educate the public about what's happening--you'd think they could do a radio PSA, a TV spot, maybe a billboard. Atlanta has a very "this is so not my problem" attitude towards all issues environmental, from plastic bags to public transit to water conservation. I have no doubt that this will not be addressed to the public until the water is literally gone; the first time I anticipate passively receiving a message about the water shortage is when my apartment complex sticks a note on my door, telling me that the water is turned off.

I drive past Sonny Purdue's mansion every day on my commute. His vast lawn's sprinklers were running literally every day this summer, until three weeks ago.

Posted by Christin | November 14, 2007 11:50 AM

Oh Lord,

We pray that you continue to deliver your just wrath to the deep south. Bake it into dust. For verily, it is a shithole.

Posted by General Sherman | November 14, 2007 12:12 PM

Let them succeed

Posted by Jimmy Legs | November 14, 2007 12:20 PM

Do you smell that? That's the smell of drought, and when I am elected to city council, I will give the power of water back to the people. It is time for a change in our reservoirs.

Posted by Bruce The Juice Harrell | November 14, 2007 12:21 PM

Apparently god is floating around in heaven watching Georgia dry up, just waiting for someone to ask him to do something. He just likes to feel needed.

Posted by PdxRitchie | November 14, 2007 12:21 PM
Posted by Fuck 'Em | November 14, 2007 1:03 PM

Cormac McCarthy is a prophet. "The Road" is coming true in Georgia.

And bottom line: will this make my Coke Cola taste funny?

Posted by michael strangeways | November 14, 2007 1:03 PM

Georgia's governor is a heartless bastard, typical "Christian" hypocrite. In an interview about SCHIP, when asked about the fate of a diabetic Georgia girl not able to get coverage for her insulin, he was crass and defensive. See and watch the video.
This stunt is nothing but grandstanding by a vile cracker.

Posted by Madashell | November 14, 2007 1:49 PM

The California droughts of the 70s changed skateboarding forever.

Posted by DOUG. | November 14, 2007 1:52 PM

We need to beef up our borders if we want the desert southeast to be a Mad Max style post-apocalyptic Southeast Interior.

Otherwise they'll be coming here to steal our precious fluids.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | November 14, 2007 1:53 PM

As someone wise once said, "God always answers our prayers. Sometimes the answer is no."

Posted by AlAnon | November 14, 2007 1:57 PM

They must've forgotten to dance.

Posted by Justin | November 14, 2007 2:00 PM

So Im from Athens, Ga, and I don't know whats happening with the idiots in Atlanta, but I know Athens has been enacting increasingly strict water conservation measures since the drought started. People are rightly worried, and are trying to do everything they can, but at the moment theres very little to do besides try and use the least amount of water possible and pray. Even if you don't beleive in any higher power (I could care less if you do), praying gives comfort and hope to those who do beleive in one. Admittadly, the government publicly indulging in such things is sketchy, but really theres no need to criticize people for praying when theres nothing else to do. (FYI there is a total outdoor watering ban in Athens, despite the complaints of landscapers and the like.) So yea, if nothing else don't veiw all of N. Georgia as being like the idiots in Atlanta.

Posted by Andy | November 14, 2007 2:11 PM

I went to Alabama last August. I lived there as a kid and I have NEVER seen so many utterly clueless and compliant sheep in my life. When I asked my step-mom about how she felt about the impending eco-apocalypse all she could say was "...well, if it's God's will...". Amazing! Nobody wants to do a anything, nobody seems to really care and the government is useless. I am sorry for the liberal-minded conservationists who live there, but the other 90% maybe can take their heads out of their *sses and do something. God helps those who help themselves.

Posted by thissucks | November 14, 2007 2:42 PM

I dunno if prayer had anything to do with it, but it looks like rain:

Posted by Rev. George | November 14, 2007 3:27 PM

"Perdue" means "lost" in French. No wonder he's asking for directions from above.

Posted by sissou | November 14, 2007 3:50 PM

Will PRI counter-program and offer the Satan Perspective?

Posted by Boomer in NYC | November 14, 2007 4:02 PM

Praying for rain in the middle of November. How daring!

I just prayed for it to get dark at 4:15 pm and look what happened.

Posted by laterite | November 14, 2007 4:15 PM

I remember years ago when Vegas had a bad drought (I know, big shock), and we got heavy rain. The weathermen reminded us that just because we got a deluge doesn't necessarily mean there will be enough runoff to offset the drought.

Yes, Vegas rainfall isn't as significant as other regions, but I'm not so sure despite that that Georgia's out of the woods unless the sky spends all week raining (as it did in San Antonio back in 2000: we went from drought so bad the grass was grey, to having the ground so saturated that floods broke out everywhere, in less than 2 months).

Posted by Gomez | November 14, 2007 4:47 PM

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