Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Storm aftermath

The mere fact this is being written means we made it through the storms. Many residents will probably question the local TV media's non-stop coverage (one weatherman called the event 'cataclysmic') but we really won't know the extent of the damage until the morning light. Whenever a tornado hits a metro area there is bound to be extensive damage but so far, only a handful of reported deaths. It was a little disappointing to see some blogs cover the twisters insofar as how they might have affected turnout. It's a cruel world.

It's also disappointing that some people are so shallow they'd email Fox 13 and demand that American Idol be put on despite the weather. Get lives, people. Actually, weatherman Joey made a comment that caused a little light bulb moment when he alluded to the thousands without power, suggesting they wouldn't be able to watch it anyway. And they also wouldn't see all those commercials, either! But enough.

We'll be posting more tomorrow, should you decide to revisit.

MORE 2/6/08

While taking a walk at the park in Shelby Farms today I came across some debris, undoubtedly from the tornado. It's some kind of torn insulation. Beside it is a map showing how far it would have had to be carried from the Mall site (or southeast Memphis in general):

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Water wars

This is one smart judge. In the spirit of the Super Bowl, he punted this turd:
A federal judge this afternoon dismissed Mississippi's $1 billion lawsuit against Memphis, ruling he did not have jurisdiction to hear the case in which the Magnolia State claims the city is stealing its water.
For those who haven't a clue about what's going on here, picture this...there's a vast cavern of water under both north Mississippi and Tennessee. Cities on both sides of this aquifer (which is no respecter of state boundaries) have wells to tap the water. Since Memphis has a bigger population and hence, bigger need for water, it sucks a lot more than does Mississippi. And they don't like it.

So they did the American thing and sued, as if anyone on the planet might be able to accurately determine how much water is actually being stolen based on drilling a well straight down into the ground on our side of the line.

Just add this to Mississippi's recent draft law restricting fat people from being served in restaurants and it paints a very compelling picture of the level of triple X dew juice being consumed down there in Jackson.