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5.25.2011

Random Wednesday Morning Thoughts



  • Yeah, I know that was crazy weather last night, but I suspect in the 1970s and 1980s it might have warranted a couple of television break-ins, but it wouldn't have been wall to wall coverage.
  • Have you ever heard of so many "hooks" and "potential"/"possible" tornadoes in your life? Weather coverage is now based upon the presentation of fear instead of information.
  • Number of deaths and injuries from last nights storms: Zero. (Edit: OK, maybe one.) You realize your ride home was more dangerous than the weather last night, right?
  • Not sure why Fox 4 decided to put a reporter off of 287 in Decatur yesterday evening.
  • But that wasn't as silly as having anchorwoman Heather Hays stand on the sidewalk in front of their studios in downtown Dallas for two hours. ("Let's go to Heather to see what she can tell us about the current conditions out there.")
  • I saw a ton of folks just standing in their yards and looking at the sky. I was one of them. My neighbor pointed out to me that he was from Illinois so he was used to tornadoes. Hey, hoss, don't try and scoreboard me - I grew up in Tornado Alley.
  • A story on Fox 4 last night seemed like an ad for a storm shelter company in Decatur.
  • There were some great storm shelters in my neighborhood as a kid, but I think they were built more for protection from the Soviet Union than from Mother Nature.
  • The rain delay at the Ranger game was bizarre. At one point, what looked like a few thousand fans (maybe more) huddled in the outdoor concourse during a rain delay were routed down and through the Rangers dugout as bad weather approached. (Screenshot of them getting in. Pic of some of them crammed into the underground walkways.). When that created a human traffic jam in the stands, and with fans being pounded by weather, officials changed gears and told everyone to go back. 
  • The long and snake like tornado over Argyle was pretty cool looking. Scary and dangerous, but cool. (Pic below on front page.)  Edit: Video of it here is fantastic.
  • But we had a real emergency at my house: The season finale of Glee was interrupted.
  • The most shocking news last night was that Channel 8 made the decision to run the finale of Dancing With The Stars instead of going with weather coverage. As The Ticket said this morning, "You know there had to be a tornado form in the Channel 8 newsroom and his name was Pete Delkus."
  • WBAP's Hal Jay confusion-of-the-day occurred early this morning when he butchered Rangers' manager Ron Washington's famous quote of "That's the way baseball go" by saying Washington had said "Baseball do what baseball do."
  • Joplin tornado damage: Before and After.




52 comments:

Anonymous said...

Got home last night and walked into living room to hear Pete's voice excitedly talking about how the upper decks @ the Ballpark in Arlington were being evacuated and talking about going to a live shot from the WFAA helicopeter, which pans the stadium, where tons of people are sitting in the sunshine out in the upper decks of the outfield. Awkward pause from Pete, and then, "it appears fans are being asked to vacate the upper decks and many are just staying." Very funny.

Anonymous said...

Theres nothing that brings the good folks of decatur out of their houses and into the street quicker than a tornado siren...of course decaturites aren't really known for their intelligence or common sense.

Anonymous said...

According to the Startle-gram, there were 12 people killed in Oklahoma and Kansas last night. Pretty sad.

Anonymous said...

here is a link to some of the worst pictures of the Joplin Tornado...warning some are graphic!!!

Isaac

http://m.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/05/tornado-ravages-joplin-missouri/100072/

jkcrooks said...

Love the comment on stormshelters - ours was a shelter built for the cold war to save us from nuclear attack. Mom still has soup from the '60's down there I think

Triple Fake... said...

I'm not defending Hal Jay, but based on what we already know about Wash, can you really rule out that he didn't say that? I seem to recall hearing him say about random players: "...gon' do what he do!" So, connect the dots

Strange occurence at Rangers' game last night: While chatting with Nolan, the on-air team asked him about the foul ball from the night before that almost landed on George W. and Laura, who were sitting in the owner's box. During their conversation, another foul landed in almost exactly the same spot. Sundberg's old catcher instincts kicked in, but he couldn't snag it. Probably just as well. If he had caught it, he might have swiped at an imaginary home plate and smacked his wife in the kisser

Excellent random pic today, but you can just about guarantee that somebody is going to question the bulge

Anonymous said...

A tornado should flatten your house and kill all your loved ones. Then maybe you wouldn't be so stupid when it comes to the weather men on TV keeping people informed about what's going on.

wordkyle said...

Unbelievable! Not a single word about Obama's "Bungling Across Europe" tour? He's managed to high-center, wrong-year, and toast-botch all in one visit! Who knows what antics tomorrow will bring?

Anonymous said...

I so love the fact that the Messenger says most damage was sustained in New Fairview... UMMMM... Hello??? It's because all the people there live in trailers!?!?! If your house can be moved by slapping a few wheels under it, I guarantee high wind will also do it for you!

Triple Fake... said...

Word:
I am usually loath to defend the president, but he wasn't driving the limo when it got stuck on the speed bump. You can claim he picked the inept team that planned the route, but there's plenty more to gig him on than that

And BG did post the limo video here

Anonymous said...

wordkyle, you're getting desperate. Well, more desperate. Which I didn't think was possible.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Hey, 9:10

Your post assumes that listening to the weather will save you. I don't think that you can prove that point or even come up with anything that says that the on-air hysteria is worthwhile. As Barry said, driving home last night was more dangerous than all the storms.

Anonymous said...

9:27 O.K., Pete, we know it's you, now quit being so damn bitter.

Anonymous said...

If George Bush high-centered his limo the story would be he should have known better from all the time he spends driving it around his ranch! Obama gets a pass.

If George Bush wrong-yeared, the media fires up the bungled word/quote machine and beats us to death with it for days! Obama gets a pass.

If George Bush botches a toast to the Queen then he is branded a miserable wretch of a man who has no bloody sophistication whatsoever! Obama gets a pass. Truth be told, if Obama were meeting with the leader of Hamas, you can darn well bet he would nail all cultural etiquette with the precision of a Mariano Rivera cutter

Anonymous said...

Boy, you should have heard what Ron Washington said when he saw that he left his windows down in his car last night (again).

Jose

Anonymous said...

10:02--somebody call the Wwwaaahhhmbulance!

Anonymous said...

Talk about typical tornado alley behavior...

The wife and I made cocktails and nachos, went outside and sat under our covered patio and watched the storms roll by....for 2 hours. The backyard faces south, so we had a great view of all the action. We didn't see any tornadoes but we did see some great lightening.

Cocktails were refreshed on a regular basis.

Double Fake Kerry "The Texas Tornado" Von Erich

Tater Salad said...

That dude in the bikini is tucking away a little suprise for ya, BE 'FRAID. BE VERY 'FRAID....

wordkyle said...

TF - I know BG posted the limo video, but that was just the first sign of more to come. Obama scored a hat trick of embarrassments in a single trip, something which at least one previous President would have been roasted for. This is enjoyable in light of the attributes ("sophistication" and "speaking skills") his supporters bragged about when he was elected. The irony is too fantastic not to mention.

wordkyle said...

Wait a second....Doritos are 2 for $4? That's more important than anything else anybody's talking about!

Anonymous said...

9:10

Get off mommy and daddy's computer and go to school.

Learn some manners.

Good Gawd.

Anonymous said...

"but I suspect in the 1970s and 1980s it might have warranted a couple of television break-ins,..." because back then the Radar sucked and they couldn't tell as much about the storms as they can now.

Anonymous said...

10:35 lol you better guess again. lmao

Anonymous said...

Best pic in many moons. But BG your Britney bias is showing.

Anonymous said...

TXU used to have a crew in Decatur now they send them to FT WORTH and fix these wise co towns when they can. Understand when you have storms of this nature that you can't be everywhere at once, these people have cut crews an it bites them in bad places when storms do arrive.

Anonymous said...

The local news have done shitty jobs of covering the storms lately. Has anyone else noticed that they wait till the storms are right on top of Wise County before they break in to the shows? By that time everyones satellite is already lost signal. but they will follow that same storm all the way to the Louisiana border.

Anonymous said...

At least there WAS a storm. "Red flag" warnings drive me nuts. Hey, dumass, the wind is blowing really hard today. Duh.

Anonymous said...

Rage, Be sure and save the stained blue dress you wear for future DNA testing.

Anonymous said...

12:24 Have you checked out our local newspaper, the Wise County Messenger's FB page? They are johnny on the spot about updates on weather alerts in Wise County.

Anonymous said...

My family has always loved storms and go outside to watch them. The scaredy-cats who have to watch every stupid weather bulletin and run to shelter must not have lived in tornado alley for 50+ years as I have. If they take off my TV for a dumb weather report it PISSES ME OFF. If I want to see teh weather, I look outside. It's not rocket science.

Anonymous said...

but you can just about guarantee that somebody is going to question the bulge

I don't think it's a dude. But I think she has a third pony tail.

Rage

Anonymous said...

Is that Britney in today's picture? The hands do not appear to be large enough. I always recognize the hands.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

wk you are such a boring one trick pony.

Uncle Wally

Anonymous said...

wk Obama is definitly unfit to be president because his limo driver high centered, he wrote the wrong date and didn't curtsy for the Queen. BIG MISTAKES!...nothing like Bush ruining the economy, starting a trillion dollar war in Iraq and killing 5,000 Ameicans...Noooo, Obama has BIG mistakes....oh wait!...breaking news...Obama just missed a button hole on his shirt....ohhh noooo!.......

Uncle Wally

wordkyle said...

Wally, I've got lots of tricks. I just hate to waste more than one on you.

Anonymous said...

Rages Uncle,

WTF are Ameicans?

Anonymous said...

Uncle Wally,

I would be very careful about throwing that "ruining the economy" label around. Where have you been for the last 2 years?

Oh yea, it is still Bush's fault. Lets hear you say it.

Anonymous said...

Uncle Walrus,

Can Obama spell potato without a teleprompter?

wordkyle said...

Let me restate my point in another way for those with slower cranial metabolisms: The superficial reasons that people gave for voting for Obama - his sophistication, his eloquence, his intelligence, etc. - are the very things that have been conspicuously absent on this trip. The essential skills necessary to be President have never been within his grasp, so poor performance there has been, and will continue to be, no surprise. Unacceptable, but not a surprise.

Anonymous said...

Can Obama spell potato without a teleprompter?

Interesting word choice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFe270pAvOE

Rage

wordkyle said...

349 - Apparently you flushed out one of the folks I mentioned earlier. It's a shame when a good not-so-subtlety goes to waste. Sometimes the point just whizzes right past.

Anonymous said...

The superficial reasons that people gave for voting for Obama - his sophistication, his eloquence, his intelligence,

wordkyle thinks intelligence and sophistication are superficial.

No wonder he's a Republican.

Rage

Anonymous said...

3:29
Where have you been?
As I said before, Bush took eight years to screw
up the economy, Obama hasn't totally fixed it in two years.
Last day of Bush's presidency DOW at mid 7,000's, today 12,000 plus.
Bush's last months in office losing 750,000 jobs per month, today adding jobs. Last days of Bush, GM facing bankruptcy, today showed a first quarter profit and is paying back the loan with interest. When Bush left the economy was going downhill now uphill.
If Obama was screwing up the economy wk wouldn’t have to focus on limo drivers, dates, and such.
wk, don’t flatter me, everything you say is waste....d. You actually think that progressive liberals voted for Obama for superficial reasons??? I guess the notion of embracing ideals is not in your capacity to comprehend.
Uncle Wally

Anonymous said...

Rage, Be sure and save the stained blue dress you wear for future DNA testing.

wordkyle said...

Back in 2006, right after the Democrats won control of the Congress, I listed some benchmarks to see how they would do the next few years. Let's see how they did.

Nov, 2006: The Dow Jones was over 12,000.
Nov, 2010: Dow Jones was at 11,000.

11/06: Unemployment 4.5%
11/10: Unemployment 9.8%

11/06: Federal tax revenues from wealthy taxpayers had increased due to the Bush tax (rate) cuts.
11/10: After screaming for years about "tax cuts for the rich," the Democrat Congress & Democrat President vote in Dec 2010 to extend the Bush tax rates.

11/06: National debt: $8.5 trillion
11/10: National debt: $13.5 trillion. As of May 24, 2010: $14.3 trillion.

11/06: GM & Chrysler belonged to secured shareholders who had invested their money, sometimes their retirement savings, for their shares.
11/10: Unions own 65% of Chrysler and 18% of GM, due to pressure from the Obama administration. Secured shareholders are left with little or nothing.

So it seems as though the economy did pretty well under Bush until the Democrat Congress took over. In 2008 voters amplified that mistake by electing an unqualified and unvetted empty suit they thought could hold all their hopes and dreams. Now all that's left is the suit.

Anonymous said...

Uncle Wally,

Of course you missed the biggest thing Obama has done. More freaking debt added than all the presidents from Washington to Reagan. More debt added in one month this year, than in Bush's last year in office. Printing money that has and will further cause runaway inflation.

What he has done will be almost impossible to dig out of.

Has made it to where our children and grandchildren will have no shot at teh life we have had. He is worse than Carter. Has provided no leadership, no plan, to get out of the mess he has made.

Get real.

Anyone But Obama.

Anonymous said...

Wk
You tell only half truths, for instance:

“11/10: After screaming for years about "tax cuts for the rich," the Democrat Congress & Democrat President vote in Dec 2010 to extend the Bush tax rates.”

You failed to mention that the Bush tax cuts were about to expire on Dec. 31st. Obama wanted them extended for the folks making under $250,000 only. The Republicans were willing to let them expire and throw everyone else under the bus unless the rich were included. In order to save them for the majority of Americans Obama had to extend them for one more year.
All of your points are half truths.
You skew things like the loser in a two man race, he said he finished second and he other guy finished next to last.
Uncle Wally

wordkyle said...

Wally - In your fairy tale the minority Republicans were powerful indeed, since Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. The Democrats managed to muscle through the stimulus bill and Obamacare with little problem.

If letting the Bush tax rates expire would have hurt the middle class, then by definition they were never "for the rich" at all, were they?

Anonymous said...

wk
The minority pubs were powrful indeed because of the fillibuster rule they forced every vote to have a super majority (60).The tax cuts were for everyone, Obama wanted to eliminate them for the rich only. You know this , you're not that dumb so you must be that dishonest. Here's the deal, you can't be honest so I can't continue.
Uncle Wally

wordkyle said...

"The tax cuts were for everyone." That is the truth. So the Democrats' complaint for years implying that they were "for the rich" only was false. All taxpayers benefited from the Bush tax rates. Plenty of Democrats supported the Bush tax rates when it wouldn't hurt them politically.

From a September 15, 2010 letter sent by 31 House Democrats to Nancy Pelosi:
"In recent weeks, we have heard from a diverse spectrum of economists, small business owners, and families who have voiced concerns that raising any taxes right now could negatively impact economic growth."

Sure, Republicans opposed a Democrat tax hike that specifically targeted higher income earners. So did many Democrats. The difference is that opposition to higher taxes is consistent with Republican principles and history.

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't call North Texas tornado alley, unless you live along the red river. Oklahoma has way more tornados!
The only bad weather in Wise County seems to be high winds, probably due to bad gas in the air due to all the Chick Fried MF's that live here.

Anonymous said...

12:52

Texas has more tornadoes annually than any other state. One of the reasons is the shear size of the state.