Even New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg, whom conservatives detest for worrying about salt rather than getting the snow off the streets, deserves praise for taking the necessary precautions.
Irene was a tropical storm by the time it hit New York City.
So what? A tropical storm is no day in the park. Witness the photos of the big thick trees upended in Central Park.
As for Kurtz, he could not wait to blame the media for Irene being a bad rain rather than the end of New York City.
"It was raining in Manhattan on Sunday morning, and the dogged correspondents in their brightly colored windbreakers were getting wet," Kurtz wrote.
"But the apocalypse that cable television had been trumpeting had failed to materialize. And at 9 a.m., you could almost hear the air come out of the media's hot-air balloon of constant coverage when Hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm."
I will admit that the TV reporters on scene looked silly.
I watched Geraldo Rivera live from Times Square on Saturday night for entertainment purposes only. He was a poor man's Dan Rather in a poor man's hurricane.
But there is an old saying: Prepare for the worst and pray for the best. Those prayers were answered last weekend.
Instead of grumbling that the hurricane was overblown, people should be grateful.
They should also be prepared. Bastardi also predicted that a storm brewing off the coast of Africa could develop into a hurricane that follows the same path as Irene.
How big? Who is to say?
But I would keep the plywood and the flashlights handy, and the gas tank filled, just in case.