Friday, June 27, 2014

I'm faintly surprised...

...that I haven't seen anybody trying to tie Tuesday's tornado in Indianapolis to Wednesday's decision striking down the ban on gay marriage in Indiana. People who link weather phenomena with newspaper headlines are, after all, rarely the sort of people who get all wrapped up in fancy-Dan concepts like "causality" and the "arrow of time".

No frogs were reported to have fallen from Tuesday's stormclouds, BTW, although I'll be on the lookout for a two-headed calf at the State Fair this year.
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15 comments:

Sport Pilot said...

Give 'em some time and some somebody will step up and pontificate a bit.

Tasso said...

Hutz: Well, Your Honor. We've heard lots of non-sequitors and straw-men arguments. Those are kinds of rhetoric.

Oh wait, I get it. When you apply post-modern deconstruction, we find that the person trolling your blog is you. How meta. Very self-aware. Four stars.

Tam said...

Tasso,

I believe I was fairly specific in my post. I know plenty of people who disagree with the decision without claiming it caused retroactive tornadoes.

Have a big ol' bowl of non sequitur yourself. :)

TerriLiGunn said...

Oh someone has I'm sure. Its probably just hasn't hit the mainstream media.
As someone who has family who fall into the "raging religious zealot" label I'm just waiting for a FB post about it.

og said...

I was once working outdoors and had a rain of small toads fall on me from a clear sky. There were probably forty of them, and they were about an inch long. I've never had any idea how or why it happened. I think I was about nineteen at the time. There wasn't a building close enough to me from which they could have been thrown nor any aircraft overhead. I always figured it was an editorial comment. I was not surprised.

Windy Wilson said...

What Sport Pilot said.
Of course I think the history of human beings shows that humans want to see causality in the hard, cruel world, so if it isn't tornadoes caused by court decisions it's hurricanes caused by the kind of car one drives or the light bulbs one uses, or volcanic eruptions caused by the volcano suffering a virgin deficiency.

mikee said...

My roomie and I missed buying at auction a stuffed 2 headed calf back at Texas A&M at one of the campus surplus auctions. The warehouse guys running the auction started early with that as the first item because of the crowd that showed up to bid. One of my life's more surreal regrets.

Anonymous said...

You forgot to include "reality", as if those people understand it.

Merle

Eric Wilner said...

Surely #{deity} can send retribution based on the time the decision was made, rather than the time it was announced.
Anyway, if Bush Administration propaganda can cause the Clinton Administration to proclaim Saddam a threat years earlier, and if a spike in gun sales can cause a crime wave weeks earlier, having a court ruling cause a tornado a mere day earlier is hardly a stretch.

tailwind said...

Many years ago I was riding my bike down a twisty mountain road, drafting a small tank truck. The truck finally pulled away and several curves later, I came upon hundreds of live 6-inch trout flopping around on the pavement.

It was a hatchery truck with an open top and the fish sloshed out in the sharp curves.

This decades before any thought of gay marriage, so I don't think there is a connection.

og said...

I'm pretty sure my rain of toads had nothing to do with gay marriage either.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Just be on the lookout for Spontaneous Human Combustion.

Windy Wilson said...

Isn't Nancy Pelosi held together with so much hairspray that SHC can occur with her without it being a Fortean event?

Roberta X said...

IF "Every time a bell rings/an angel gets its wings."

THEN "Whenever there is a true rain of toads/A son of the Kallikaks marries a son of the Joads."

AND "When L.L. Bean runs out of flannel/Sapphic wedlock has become untrammeled."

It's just logic, innit?

rickn8or said...

"Isn't Nancy Pelosi held together with so much hairspray that SHC can occur with her without it being a Fortean event?"

If such an event were to happen, I'd be too busy doing the Happy Clomp to debate.