May 162011

to say it goes on for miles is truely downplaying how far this flooding has spread…information on the roads and flooding here from the Missouri Department of Transportation MODOT

Here is the town info – Matthews, Missouri

Birds Pointe levee that was blown by the US Army Corps of Engineers…

Missouri’s Birds Point Levee

Miner Missouri , New Madrid County = TOTALLY flooded

All the way from Cape Girardeau , to where we are staying in Matthews Missouri.. so far.. several VAST swaths of land are flooded.. to say “fields” are flooded is a major understatement!

This shot is taken in Miner Missouri, in between Cape Girardeau and Matthews MO.

INTERSTATE highway.. I-55 , has water splashing across it like a spillway between lakes!

At night.. with the moon shining.. it looks like you’re driving on the top of the water.. like driving across a lake , like “walking on water” thats what it looks like.

As soon as the sun comes up.. im out and about to get some shots of it all.

peace – dutch

May 162011

Honda employees are taking time out from making vehicles to helping with the storm cleanup effort for the second week in a row.Monday, about 100 people worked on moving debris to the right of the way in Concord.“It’s humbling. It makes you want to cry,” Tawana Clay a Honda employee said.

Monday, about 100 people worked on moving debris to the right of the way in Concord.

“It’s humbling. It makes you want to cry,” Tawana Clay a Honda employee said.

Clay lives in Cleburne County which did not have major damage but she welcomed the chance to come to Jefferson County.

“It seems like the more you do, the more there is to do and anybody can come out here. Hands, hands, hands. We are all about hands at Honda,” she said.

The employees are being paid to work in Concord. In Lincoln, the Honda plant is on reduced production every Monday.

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May 162011


Miami scores just 28 points in final 21:18

There is little that is pretty about playing defense.

It takes sweat, hustle and commitment. And on the Bulls, you can often add hoarse-voiced screaming from coach Tom Thibodeau to the equation.

Nevertheless, when the Bulls defend like they did in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday night, sweat equity can be a beautiful thing.

The Bulls absolutely suffocated the Heat in the second half of their 103-82 victory at a United Center in full throat, holding first serve in the best-of-seven series that continues here Wednesday night. In the waning minutes, the sellout crowd started chanting “Overrated!” at the Heat.

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Wade-James = Jordan-Pippen: Not so fast

~ Getty images

In Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Hold off on those Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen references for Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.

And that’s not just a hometown angle talking. That’s ESPN analysts Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, who coached and played against Jordan and Pippen.

“I think it’s premature to talk about those guys as a combination in the same breath as Michael and Scottie,” Jackson said. “And I’m not one of those guys who say you have to win five or six championships before you put them in the discussion. I’m just saying let’s respect what those two guys did collectively.”

Jackson and Van Gundy, who will call the Western Conference finals for ESPN, were speaking on a conference call when asked about the comparison, which, coincidentally, began on their station.

“You can’t compare them to guys who played a decade together,” Van Gundy said. “It’s also discounting the greatness of Pippen. No one would discount what Michael did. Wade and James will go down as one of the best combinations I think to ever play. But you have to give them time and let them do it

Chicago Breaking Sports

May 162011

Large fish from Mississippi are swept through open spillway gates in Morganza Louisiana.

The Army Corps of Engineers has opened eight more bays on the Morganza Spillway after opening a single bay Saturday afternoon, part of the corps’ strategy to gradually increase the flow from the rain-swollen Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya basin.

With nine 28-foot-wide bays open, about 90,000 cubic feet of water per second is being diverted from the Mississippi to take pressure off the levees in Baton Rouge and New Orleans.

The corps plans to continue opening gates on the 125-bay structure 45 miles northwest of Baton Rouge until the flow rate reaches 125,000 cubic feet per second.


May 162011
over limit

A number of people have expressed concern to us that recent polling numbers reported by the media suggested Barack Obama was gaining significant ground in the polls. But things are actually much better than the media reported last week. The latest polling numbers by Gallup show Obama with a 48%-45% favorable-unfavorable rating. This represents an 8% drop in Obama’s approval rating in just the past week.

Pressure on lawmakers to cut a budget deal gets even heavier as U.S. government hits $14.3T debt ceiling, triggering last-resort measures from the Treasury Department to keep the country from going into default.

~ I can’t stand it so click image for article

~ And HERE is JUST One reason what this admin has done to us!:

The oil hearings last week revealed that BP (BP: 42.68, -0.25, -0.58%) is moving to cut its tax bill by about $11.8 billion by writing off the costs of its devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as an ordinary business expense, a spill which wreaked havoc on the Gulf, killed wild life and damaged the local economy.

BP booked $11.8 billion in tax savings in its fourth quarter as it partly wrote off the costs for the clean-up, the $20 billion victim compensation fund, and legal expenses.

Without the move, BP’s bottom line would have been deep in the red. BP says it has already taken a $40.9 billion total pre-tax charge to its income in 2010.

The oil company did not return calls or e-mail requests for comment.

Taxpayers on the Hook for BP’s Gulf Spill

May 162011

JEFFERSON COUNTY – Aerial footage of Jefferson County shot May 1, 2011 following the tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011.

May 162011

Apr 30, 2011

I am overwhelmed and humbled by the response to the video I made with pictures from the Tuscaloosa tornado. I should not be shocked by what God can do; however, His power never ceases to amaze me. Hackleburg and Phil Campbell were also devastated by a tornado Wednesday. My husband and I grew up in that area of Alabama and his family still lives and works there. I made this video to encourage the victims and their families. The pictures are from various places on the Internet, many, in particular, are from Times Daily photographers. I thank all those who are working on the ground to help the families who are changed forever by the storms.

— by Shari Gilbert

May 162011

Janice Rogers visits the tornado-devastated town of Hackleburg and finds that the storms could not damage the community’s spirit…


Hackleburg EF 5 Tornado Damage Aerials & Raw Tornado Footage

May 162011
man in praise

Apr 29, 2011

I couldn’t sleep at all last night. I couldn’t stop thinking about all the people who were suffering throughout Alabama. I can’t imagine trying to find the strength within myself to overcome such tragedy. The wonderful part is, I know with whom my strength lies. When I am weak, He is strong. He is my refuge. I will praise Him in the storm….mrsgilbert11

May 162011

— TUSCALOOSA – AL… “My Mind on Tuscaloosa” :

“I wrote a song without the intentions of initially helping people, but to help myself deal with it,” Sean Rivers said. “[Then I] realized it could probably touch some other people.”

With a few chords, 28-year-old Rivers has made the healing process for tornado victims much easier.

“My Mind on Tuscaloosa” is a heartfelt song about the city’s devastation, which is something he relives every performance.

“Everything you can imagine when you play that song, for me, goes through my head,” he said. “There’s something there in every part that touches me in some way.”

But for Rivers it’s personal.

“The line in the song ‘The sweetest girl I’ve known to this day,’ that’s the honest truth,” he said. “She was that person who lived life to the fullest and smiling all the time, making you laugh.”

Rivers’ good friend, 21-year-old Loryn Brown, died in the storms.

He remembers getting the call.

“First thing he said was ‘I have bad news’,” Rivers said. “I said ‘Who is it?’ He said ‘It’s Low’.”

But Rivers says his song isn’t filled with sadness. It’s filled with love, hope and the urge to move forward.

“The bottom line is that life goes on,” Rivers said.

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In memory of Loryn Brown, all those lost in The April 27th Tornados, and in honor of the great city of Tuscaloosa damaged in this tornado. We will be back and be even stronger than ever!


April 27th when the lights went out
I thought, Ive seen this Kind of thing before
so many storms come through
I’ve grown numb to it,
I don’t pay much attention anymore
But when our cell phone service weakened and we couldnt reach our friends
and the fear of the unknown
started to set in
some of us got angry
some of us just cried
when the storm that i blew off
changed all of our lives

We lost the sweetest girl that I’ve known to this day
We watched the city we all met in
get blown the hell away
and when you think about whats happened here
oh it’s sure to move ya
I’ve got my mind on Tuscaloosa

There used to be resturants on that street
and there used to be houses
on that concrete
and that storm may have made our population smaller
but he biggest thing it did
was make all of us stronger

(Repeat Chorus)

They say they’ve never seen anything like this in History
and I wonder why it took her
and why it left me
and every day i wake up praying that it’s all a dream
and try to look at the brighter side of things

We’ve got the sweetest angel looking out for us today
We’ve still got Bryant Denny
so we can still watch the tide play
and maybe god just knew we all needed something to move us
and keep our minds on Tuscaloosa
I’ve got my mind on Tuscaloosa