Archive for April 2011
When the super cell chewed its way through Georgia, it picked up a shop sign and released it in Tennessee. The level of devastation in some of the communities is difficult to process. In some places there are piles of debris, but in others it has been swept clean, reminding me of some areas along the Gulf coast after a hurricane.
The Washington Post has a picture gallery which gives you the flavor.
An enterprising Alabama woman is using Facebook to try to reunite owners with their belongings scattered by the tornadoes which rolled through the state.
Across the South, others of us have been hauling water, food, chainsaws, ropes, chains, and anything else which might be useful to the affected areas near us. That’s what rural Southerners do mostly. We clear our driveways to get out, help the neighbors get out, then start clearing the public roads so emergency crews can get in. Nobody organizes us and we seldom get any recognition for it, but I’m damned glad I live in a place where it’s just what we do.
This is an aerial view of some of the damage in Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama.
And I’m glad I don’t know anyone involved in the Center for American Progress which has a post entitled: “Storms Kill Over 250 Americans In States Represented By Climate Pollution Deniers.” Of course, global warming has zip to do with what the South has suffered.
I haven’t gotten around to reading the birth certificate His Oneness suddenly released this week, presumably in response to Donald Trump’s fun with it, but I resent like hell that Col. Terry Lakin spent 6 months in jail because Obama would not release it in response to Lakin’s inquiry as to whether his orders were valid.
And after wagging his finger in our faces and telling us he had “more important stuff to do”, one of our least serious presidents ever, then flew off to Chicago to chat with Oprah, then on to fund raise in New York. Once again I am struck by the arrogance of the man to expect us to believe he’s an adult because he sticks his lips out in a pout and says he is. Too bad he hasn’t found time yet for any of the more important business of running the country.
Big media will now try not to think about this issue any more, but the same questions raised by Obama’s Certificate of Live Birth still exist on the Birth Certificate, and we still have no answers.
My little neck of the woods has escaped the twisters, but I have friends all over the South, including Tuscaloosa, which is a real mess. There’s a shot of that tornado, here. There are apparently entire buildings missing there and around Birmingham.
UPDATE: Alabama is reporting 131 dead and hundreds injured. Both totals are sure to rise now that they can begin search missions.
Back in February, His Oneness decided he could secure the gay lobby vote by having DOMA declared unconstitutional by his lapdog AG Holder. The practical effect was that Holder and his boss violate their oaths of office by refusing to defend the federal law, but the law remains intact.
House Speaker John Boehner hired Paul Clement, who served as solicitor general under former president George W. Bush, to defend DOMA, and announced he would seek to divert sufficient funds from DoJ to pay for any costs associated with the DOMA defense. He can’t do that without Senate approval, which he’ll never get.
The Human Rights Campaign, the militant gay rights group, called for a boycott against King & Spalding, and the law firm, so eager in its readiness to defend Gitmo detainees, folded under the pressure like a cheap suitcase and ordered Clement to cease work on this job. Paul Clement did not flinch — read part of his magnificent letter resigning from the firm. Clement has the courage his former law firm lacks.
If you’re interested in the law’s defensibility from a legal standpoint, William Duncan points the way to a paper on the subject.