Nov 222011

Storm chasers Aaron Estman and Erik Fox documented multiple tornadoes during the November 7, 2011 tornado event in southwest Oklahoma, including the EF-4 tornado near Tipton that destroyed an Oklahoma Mesonet site, and the tornado that traveled through a large wind farm near Saddle Mountain.

Nov 222011

~ If you did not see my tweets on last nights show, here’s my hopeful outcome. I encouraged J.R. supporters to give him the five votes allowed. That Rob was @ the top of the leader board was surprising because although he’s improved greatly in the past two weeks, J.R. and Ricky have earned that mirror ball trophy.

~ So here are my favorite dances of the night, one from each of the three finalists…

Taking the number one spot, of course, J.R. and his free style. Can you say ‘Nailed It?” :

Second was Ricki…

Last Rob…

~ If Rob wins, it is the Kardashian name and the fix is in. In that case I will not watch my favorite show for the past thirteen seasons anymore. Break a leg J. R.! ~ JP

Nov 222011

Faces of the Storm Promo

Faces of the Storm Promo from Alex Beatty on Vimeo.

WVUA-TV and the Center for Public Television will present “Faces of the Storm,” a one-hour documentary on the impact of the April 27 tornado in Tuscaloosa, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. cst

Damage in Tuscaloosa, Ala., after tornadoes struck on April 27, 2011. (Izzy Gould / Tuscaloosa Bureau)

WVUA producer Terri Brewer said that the film was created to give a personal, local look at the storm. The documentary eschews a narrator to give survivors the opportunity to directly tell their stories about loss, resilience and heroism.

“We like to say that the storm is maybe the secondary player in this, and the people are primary players,” Brewer said. “We wanted to do a different type of production, and we hope this is it.”

Brewer said she and other staff members were moved by the stories of people they met in the aftermath of the storm, especially those from healthcare workers and first responders.

“It all goes back to the idea of of — yes, the storm was the reason and catalyst for the documentary and for what happened on that night, but it’s really the actions of the people that, in my opinion, even sort of eclipsed the power of the storm. Some very ordinary people did some very extraordinary things on that night and the days forward,” Brewer said.

After a few days following the tornado, producers saw that the story could take on a long form production.

NOTE: Proceeds from the sale of the documentary on DVD will go to the Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund. The DVD can be ordered at WVUA’s website.

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Nov 222011

CAIRO — Three young Americans were reportedly arrested in Cairo on suspicion of throwing Molotov cocktails at security forces during ongoing protests.

Egyptian state TV showed footage of the three young men who were reportedly arrested Monday near Tahrir Square after being accused of taking part in street battles with security forces.

The US embassy in Cairo was unable to confirm the arrests but said it was aware of the reports.

“There have been a number of reports of Americans being detained, and we are currently looking into that,” David Lynfield, a spokesman at the embassy told NewsCore.

The Americans were enrolled at the American University in Cairo.

Fellow students in Egypt identified the three on Twitter, and appealed directly to US lawmakers for help in freeing them. The three were named as Luke Gates of Bloomington, Ind., Derrik Sweeney of Northridge, Calif., and Greg Porter of Pennsylvania. The identities could not be independently confirmed.

The television pictures showed the three young men lined up against a wall and a table with several ID cards, including an Indiana driver’s license.

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Nov 222011

~ If I wasn’t pressed for time, this would be an ideal time for a major Hildebeast rant, we lose either way wouldn’t you say?! ~ JP

Hillary Clinton ‘happy to be out of politics’

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~ Why then does she want to torture us with her presence?

Reviving an idea they floated last year with an op-ed urging President Obama not to seek a second term, pollsters Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen are out Monday with a new op-ed drafting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be the Democrats’ 2012 nominee.

Obama should “abandon his candidacy for reelection in favor of a clear alternative,” Caddell and Schoen wrote in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, because “the kind of campaign required for the president’s political survival would make it almost impossible for him to govern — not only during the campaign, but throughout a second term.”

BUT take this first…

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~ Oh, btw, on a side note for another Park Ridge (Her home town) and Obama connection…

Park Ridge man pardoned by Obama

Nov 222011

A proposal to tax barrels of Jack Daniel whiskey was derailed Monday evening before it could reach the Tennessee Legislature.

The Moore County Council in Lynchburg voted 10-5 to rescind a vote asking lawmakers to authorize a local referendum on the proposal.

It would have taxed Jack Daniel up to $5 million annually with the revenue going to local coffers.

Charles Rogers of Lynchburg, who had spearheaded the effort, said the issue “is now on life support.”

Jack Daniel is the world’s top-selling whiskey, distilled in the tiny town which has been celebrated in folksy, black-and-white advertisements for years.

State Rep. David Alexander, who represents Lynchburg and attended the meeting, said he considers the issue dead.

“It’s the will of the people,” he said about the council vote. “They have spoken.”

A distillery spokesman did not return an after-hours call for comment.

A previous vote was 9-5 to send the proposal to the legislature, and Rogers said he was told the town had been depicted as greedy in worldwide news reports about the proposal since the first vote.

“Some people thought this type of publicity was unwarranted,” Rogers said in a telephone interview.

The 145-year-old distillery, owned by Louisville, Ky.-based Brown-Forman Corp., now pays $1.5 million in local property taxes. Distillery officials had opposed the measure, saying Jack Daniel is already paying its fair share.

Members of the legislature had said the proposal had little chance of passing.

The distillery, tucked away on 1,700 hilly acres in south-central Tennessee, has 450 employees, making it the biggest industry in the small county. About 210,000 people visit the distillery annually, qualifying it as a top tourist draw in Tennessee.

Ironically, Moore County is dry, meaning the iconic Old No. 7 cannot be legally sold in the county, just distilled.

Nov 222011

Items of interest found in nearby park, mother reportedly breaks silence to media

Nov 222011

ORIGINAL POST 12:10 pm: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a hastily-arranged press conference on Sunday night to announce the arrest of Jose Pimentel, an American influenced by the ideology of al-Qaeda who allegedly plotted to blow up police cars and post offices.

The press conference became a mutual admiration society for the city’s beleaguered public servants. Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly are under fire for their response to the Occupy Wall Street protests, while Vance is still working in the shadow of his botched prosecution of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

But the case was reportedly passed on by the Federal Bureau of Investigation because of unspecified “issues” — raising doubts about the seriousness of the threat. Kelly said the quick timetable forced his department to act without the FBI.

~ From the get go I did not trust this info on a ‘terrorist’, simply because Bloomie is in hot water over OWS and I felt this was merely typical deflection. ~ JP

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Nov 222011

For Walker County ~ Severe model hour by hour

James Spann 

Strong To Severe Storms Later Today:

Main risk of severe weather for AL is from 1pm to 1am… complete details on the ABC 33/40 Weather Blog