Post-Irene Moves

By Steve Clemons

This morning, I hope to reflect a bit about this interesting report that the Center for American Progress just released, titled "Fear, Inc.:  The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America", but will be doing so from taxis, buses, and cars trying to make my way back from upper New York.

I had hoped to live blog what was shifting from a Hurricane category 1 to a tropical storm from the beaches of Southampton, New York which took a very bad hit from a category 3 hurricane in 1938.  But we were compelled by local authorities to evacuate to higher ground and ended up in Bedford, NY -- where the storm hit only lightly but where trees and power lines nonetheless were snapped apart all over the area.

I should add that what I had hoped to do was not smart.  I took to heart the tongue-lashing that NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave two kayakers who thought they could handle the mess and nonetheless had to be rescued from a violently churning New York Harbor.  It would have been stupid of me to try and live blog the storm from the beach -- but maybe less so, a couple of hundred yards away from the beach.  Next time perhaps.

Now all Amtrak trains to DC are cancelled today (Monday) so need to make my way home in buses -- and maybe by hitch-hiking.

Will be back soon with reactions to the CAP report.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/personal/archive/2011/08/post-irene-moves/244259/