May 082011

Aerials Part 2

WARNING: Very brief explicit language occurs around the 2:25 mark.

This is the same tornado that hit Hackleburg…

May 082011

Arab, Alabama Tornado April 27 2011 (Part 1)

This was taken across the street from Arab Elementary School.

(Part 2)

After taking the first video of the tornado. I drove down to help and this is what I saw. It was about 5 minutes after impact.

— dakidd84

May 082011

May 082011

JUST when I thought after post hundreds of videos, along comes this one Filmed by Jonathan Arndt I JUST had to share…

May 082011

ATLANTA — The last thing Bulls fans expected to see in crunch time was Derrick Rose getting the ball stolen from him.

That’s exactly what Hawks point guard Jeff Teague did to Rose with 3 minutes, 2 seconds remaining in regulation Sunday night. Teague’s timely defensive play led to a fastbreak layup by Al Horford right when the Hawks needed it the most.

The play put the Hawks up 90-84, just enough cushion to escape with a 100-88 win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Game 5 is at the United Center Tuesday night.

~ To read Full Story JUST click image…

May 082011

Thanks to ABC 33/40:

25 year old Jordan Lee said his father Tom, father of 13 children, died while trying to save family in Shoal Creek. Tom lived for the Lord:


“We were just kind of talking and looking out the windows, and then we heard it,” Jordan Lee said.

For Lee, a tornado does not sound like a train or a “bomb going off.”

“It got louder and louder, then it just hit,” he said. “Everything went dark and everyone was yelling.”

For him…a tornado sounds like panic, confusion and heartbreak.

Read story…

May 082011

In this first video you can see the EF4 damage from WIAT (CBS) the ‘ Day After ‘ :

:: Inside the Fultondale Tornado :: begins @ appox 1:00 min

Footage of the April 27, 2011 tornado that moved through Fultondale, Alabama just north of Birmingham. Filmed from the balcony of my 3rd floor apartment off I-65. (Before you get the idea I was being reckless and/or an idiot.. that was not the case. Between the time I walked from the front balcony to the back, it was upon me. So please consider your comments and use the manners your momma gave you.. or should have.) Thanks :) — minuszr0

We were on Hwy 78, not far from I 65. So the part of Fultondale we got out to view and talk to folks is from a different perspective. IMHO the film was also from Hwy 31 and it seems our images caught the brunt of the tornado. I was able to chat up a very nice lady, Sheila Winters, who drove here from Clarksdale, MS. to be with her son Charles for Mother’s Day. Charles lived JUST North of where we and everyone stopped to take these images:

~ Image credit * PF *…

The first two pics are of a house on 78 ( at the corner of Bankhead & LaFayette in Fultondale ) To the left of the house you see the tree trunk which is the size of the house.

~ In this shot you can see how huge the tree was on the left…

Tornado could change the look of Fultondale, AL. permanently

FULTONDALE — Alabama, Significant sections of the city of Fultondale may be permanently reshaped by the tornado that ripped through town last Wednesday.

The tornado — the tail end of the devastating Tuscaloosa-to-Birmingham twister — cut a mile-wide swath through the city stretching from the city’s southern border with Birmingham to Walker Chapel Road.

~ Click image for full story…

~ This shot had to be shot zoomed out to try to give you a scope of the magnitude how this entire neighborhood was leveled. As my mother-in-law Doris said : ” It looks like ancient ruins ” and with the tree stumps all straight up & broken, it certainly did.

~ As always, the tornado did not discriminate, as you can see some houses were left standing, while others were leveled

~ Another angle…

~ The ‘Ancient Ruins’. What was not captured in this shot was a home that was built like a medieval castle with moats. From that angle it was an eerie sight…

NOTE: Fultondale is JUST slightly North of Pratt City & was hit by the same tornado. It is the town Bill Cosby visited. It is JUST North of Downtown Birmingham, appox. 10 min away. It is appox. 45 miles from our town.

Fultondale family who lost all to Hurricane Katrina have to rebuild their lives again after Alabama tornado

FULTONDALE, Alabama — Tammie Marchese is all too familiar with losing everything.

Evacuating to Birmingham just before Hurricane Katrina, she returned to find her Chalmette, La., home had been swamped by oil-tainted floodwater. Two weeks after Katrina, her husband, Angelo, 48, died of a heart attack in their hotel room.

Full Story…

May 082011

— News you WANT to read…Digital media & images- All in one spot!

~ Just Piper News Ticker… Look JUST to your right…

NOTE: When an image is present click on it for story…

— ATLAS Shrugs…CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) – Chester police are urging vigilance after they found an improvised explosive device, this afternoon, near Amtrak and Septa railroad tracks and the Commodore Barry Bridge.

County rescue workers ride a Memphis Fire Department boat after helping evacuate about two dozen people from flooded Redwood Estates trailer park by in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday, May 7, 2011. About two dozen people were rescued and transported by bus to Raleigh Springs Mall. The National Weather Service is predicting a 48-foot crest of the Mississippi River on May 11. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey)

— FOX…Officials Go Door-to-Door to Evacuate Tenn. Residents – Memphis residents flee low-lying homes as Mississippi River swells and threatens to hit near-record levels

ALSO SEE: Photos

TWC… Mississippi keeps on rising, worrying residents from Tenn. to La.

There is an all-out battle going on in parts of the mid-South as floodwaters continue to rise.

Invitation: What: Herman Cain Announcement Rally
When: Saturday, May 21, 2011
Where: Atlanta, Georgia

After coming out as the clear victor of the first Republican presidential debate in Greenville, South Carolina, this past Thursday, Herman Cain has come closer to making a final decision regarding a bid for the White House. He will announce this decision at a free, public rally in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

:: Herman Cain Rocks America! ::

Herman Cain is a patriotic, successful businessman who is inspiring and encouraging the efforts across the nation to defeat progressivism and socialism.

I don’t NEED a Teleprompter! – Hermanator


— CFP By - Jerry McConnell – To Paraphrase – A Fool and His Life Are Soon Parted – Beware of Friends dressed in Islam?

The enemy adheres to an all-encompassing Islamic political-military-legal doctrine known as Shariah. The ‘cock-of-the-walk’ in our White House, meaning exactly, the usurper foreigner who has taken over the duties prescribed for the person we call the President of the United States and Commander in Chief of our armed services, has, since the death of Usama bin Laden, been strutting and preening himself with accolades almost non-stop. This phony is putting on an act for his gullible followers and those others who are easily fooled!

— Daily Mail…This just in from London-istan: Violent clashes outside U.S. Embassy after hundreds of UK Muslims stage mock funeral for ‘murdered’ Bin Laden

— Illinois Review…Palatine Tea Party begins to boil: Failed Priorities of IL Senate Republicans

PALATINE, IL. — Unfortunately, the Illinois Republican Party continues to turn a deaf ear to the Tea Party activists and grassroots that voted Republican in the 2010 election, putting an Illinois Republican into the U.S. Senate seat along with five Republican U.S. Congressmen and six new GOP Illinois House members.

— Heritage…House and Senate Cloakroom: May 9-13, 2011 – Congress will return to Washington Tuesday and begin legislative business at 2:00 pm

— FOX…Cheney: Justice Probe of CIA Interrogators an ‘Outrage’…Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday it’s an “outrage” the Obama administration continues to investigate CIA agents who interrogated terror suspects

An Amur Leopard attacked a child through a fence surrounding its enclosure at the Sedgwick County Zoo on Friday, May 6, 2011. A first-grade student on a class field trip to a Wichita zoo has been mauled by a leopard after climbing a railing and approaching the animal. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Travis Heying)

— NY Daily News…Leopard attacks first-grader during field trip to zoo in Wichita – the four-year-old Amur leopard slashed the boy’s head and neck.

— AP…Locals fear loss of interest in Southern tornadoes

HARVEST, Ala. (AP) — The Rev. Michael Katschke is worried, but not about running out of the food, diapers and other supplies he hands out to tornado victims at the Crosswinds United Methodist Church in northern Alabama. Katschke is worried about the rest of the country just moving on. “They’re going to forget us just like they forgot about Japan,” he said.

—> Please don’t FORGET About Us…

—> AP…Hundreds of Christians, Muslims clash in Cairo…CAIRO – Hundreds of Christians and Muslims are hurling stones at each other in downtown Cairo hours after mobs set fire to a church in violence that killed 12 people and injured more than 200.

May 082011

For all of you Mother’s and Grandmother’s it is our wish you have the day you desire. We hope you are not alone. Many of us have children far away & for us it is so hard. Many of us no longer have our own mother’s with us and that is a loss you never recover from. Our thoughts are with you all on this day. I personally feel every day should be Mother’s Day, not JUST one. I have a hard time with the way days are commercialized but hey that’s JUST me.

From us at JUST Piper, have a Blessed Day and let us pray for the Mother’s who have been lost from the tornadoes. Mother’s who have lost their children. And first time mother’s as in the following story…~JP

Leicia Fairchild had only one thing on her mind as a tornado ripped apart her home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, last week.

“My son, my son, I got to get to my son,” Fairchild recalls.

Fairchild was relieved to find her 8-week-old son, Christian, unharmed in her mother’s home down the hill. But her elation has turned into despair as she gets ready to spend her first Mother’s Day in a shelter with more than 200 others displaced by last week’s devastating storms.

“I pictured Mother’s Day at home with his father, and happy and everything, and it’s far from happy. I’m in a shelter with my son,” she said.

Read the full story here

Dedicated to my own mother who passed away JUST before this song came out in 1997. Even now as I listen I cry, though it is almost 14 years later:

You taught me everything
Everything you’ve given me
I’ll always keep it inside
You’re the driving force in my life, yeah

There isn’t anything
Or anyone that I could be
And it just wouldn’t feel right
If I didn’t have you by my side

You were there for me to love and care for me
When skies were gray
Whenever I was down
You were always there to comfort me

And no one else can be
What you have been to me you will always be
You will always be the girl
In my life for all times

Mama, Mama you know I love you
Mama, Mama you’re the queen of my heart
Your love is like tears from the stars
Mama I just want you to know lovin’ you is like food to my soul
Yes it is, yes it is, oh, yes it is, yes it is, yes it is oh

You’re always there for me
Have always been around for me even when I was bad
You showed me right from my wrong
Yes you did

When everyone was downin’ me
You always did understand
You gave me strength to go on

There was so many times
Looking back when I was so afraid
And then you come to me and say to me
I can face anything

And no one else can do
What you have done for me
You’ll always be, you will always be
The girl in my life, ooh oh

Never gonna go a day without you
Fills me up just thinkin’ about you
I’ll never go a day
Without my mama

A Song For Mama by Boyz 2 Men

–symbolizes purity

~ For MY Mother Stephania - December 31st, 1997