Breaking Weather Records

I’m not talking about x amount of days of sunshine here.

For those not in Georgia, Kirk Mellish is the meteorologist at WSB Radio. His track record beats most of his peers, in that he’s almost always right. He has a detailed analysis up the storms that hit Georgia Wednesday.

As bad as it was here, our neighbors in Alabama had it worse. To paraphrase Charlie, The National Weather Service deserves a big pat on the back for not only warning early, but accurately. Since the p-rnification of weather shows, we’ve become numbed to weather warnings. While most alerts start out as “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”, the event usually ends up as a little rain, a little wind, nothing to see. On Wednesday the sky did fall in the South. Their timely and precise predictions saved many, many lives.

Please keep the affected families in your prayers.

(Aside: Many thanks for the concern shown for my son, who is a freshman at Shorter University in Rome, GA. Their campus was hit hard just as finals week was starting. The power was restored last night, and after two days, finals resume today. He is safe and has a new-found appreciation for the breathtaking force of weather.)

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Where in the world…

….have I been? At work, mostly. Too much work. Work. Work. Work.

I know I have sadly neglected this little blog of late, but life sometimes interferes. And paying the bills. And kids. And doctor appointments. And conference calls. And knitting. And danged scary weather. And one kid in the middle of danged scary weather.

It will get better, shortly. At least the blogging will.

Quote of the Day

Goes to Cap’n Ed on Obama’s latest task force assigned to ‘splain things to him:

In other words, we do have a problem with waste, abuse, and fraud. We have wasted years in developing our own rich resources, an effort that not only would insulate us from the political shocks from political turmoil in oil-producing regimes but would also employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in high-paying jobs. This administration in particular has abused its power, even to the extent of defying a court order, to keep American production from getting more domestic oil to the country and lowering prices through the hardly-mysterious mechanism of supply and demand. And the fraud involved is the idea that we elected a brilliant President — instead of one who apparently needs an entire task force to understand the most basic concepts of free markets and pricing.

Brave Public Servants. HartyHarHarHar.

Dick Yarbrough, fellow snarkophile, handed out some awards for this year’s edition of Georgia government. If you can call it that.

The Look-Ma-No-Heads Award is given to the Gang of Eight or Seven or Six — I can never keep up with cabals — who took over leadership (insert joke here) of the Senate and managed to distinguish themselves by doing absolutely nothing but bicker. They even embarrassed the House of Representatives and that’s hard to do.

Read the rest. It’s a pretty funny piece. The sad part is that it’s true, too. Georgia deserves better.

(h/t Charlie at PeachPundit)

A Name, A Name, What’s In a Name?

Sorry so quiet. Hip-deep in post-production troubleshooting, so will probably still be apologizing for even more silence into next week.

But say “BABY,” and you’ve snagged my attention, even if it is for just a minute.

Smitty is imploring the internetz to help him name the younger Smith due later this summer. I left my suggestion, go leave yours.

Quote of the Day

I love me some Mark Steyn:

America, 2011: A man gets driven in a motorcade to sneer at a man who has to drive himself to work. A guy who has never generated a dime of wealth, never had to make payroll, never worked at any job other than his own tireless self-promotion literally cannot comprehend that out there beyond the far fringes of the motorcade outriders are people who drive a long distance to jobs whose economic viability is greatly diminished when getting there costs twice as much as the buck-eighty-per-gallon it cost back at the dawn of the Hopeychangey Era.

It Would’ve Been a Trifecta, But There Was More Than Three

Friday was a busy, busy day.

The government didn’t shutdown after all. Dems blinked, but only nanoseconds before the GOP did. And we get to do all this again in September, when Congress has to pass a budget for 2012. What fun. Can’t wait.

After a shaky start, the Braves won their home opener against the Phillies. In a sweet ‘passing the torch’ moment before the game, former skipper Bobby Cox threw out the first pitch to Fredi Gonzalez, the new coach. Boy, does he have some big shoes to fill.

Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress, sent a belated bloggibirthday shout-out to yours truly. For newer readers, I claim Elizabeth as my Blog Mother, since her blog inspired me to start my own. Just do a search here, you’ll see.

The Masters… ahhh… The Masters. Besides being one of the most breath-taking places on Earth, Friday was a banner day for 24 year old Australian Jason Day. He shot a course record low for second day play of 64, 8 under par. And it’s his first Masters. We’ll have to keep an eye on this boy.

Ryo Ishikawa also made a bit of buzz in Augusta due to his pledge to donate all his 2011 tour winning to the Japanese earthquake/tsunami relief, along with 100K yen for each birdie he makes. Last year he was third on the Japanese money list, winning 151 million yen. He will be in Group 12 today, teeing off at 12:25.

I won’t even mention the sock. See, I don’t have a problem.

And finally, the last business day before the project I’ve worked on for over two years goes “live” came and went with little fanfare. By the end of next week, I may have most of my life back.

Candy Chang – Before I Die

Via Sweet Graduated College Girl’s Facebook page:

Meet Candy Chang, New Orleans artist. This project, Before I Die, brings a whole new twist to your personal Bucket List, doesn’t it?

Go here to see more awe-inspiring pictures. Especially the one with the pirate.

Schadenfreudia – Updated

I’m past the point of wondering why people are so stupid.

First, the frivolous lawsuit about not being black-enough continues to boggle the mind.

Georgia’s ethics laws have more wrinkles than a Shar-pei.

Obama believes Georgia is in play for 2012. I wonder if he’s planting seeds for discontent, similar to the trips he took to Wisconsin prior to the Governor vs Unions melt-down up there. I really don’t trust the fella on anything.

He is also whining that people need to act like adults in regards to the budget crisis and imminent government shutdown. Doesn’t this boil down to when he had the luxury of a Democratic Congress and they declined to pass a budget last year and blew every cent they could get their hands on instead? Shouldn’t that behavior start at the top?

Soldiers don’t count in his eyes. I wonder if the military pilots who shuttle him around on his numerous vacations count. Or the various military guards about the White House, the basketball court, the golf course and the many, many fundraisers; I wonder if they count. I bet they get a waiver and a paycheck.

UPDATE: In my everlasting pinin’ for college football funk, I had these tabbed up and then, well, Schadenfreudia happens.

Don’t ever miss an opportunity to diss the Ol’ Ball Coach. Even when he suspends his Meglomanical QB for the xth time for the xth infraction.

George O’Leary saying cheating is disgraceful. It is. But coming from him, this is downright funny.

Subliminal Man

Yawn. Obama announces his candidacy for 2012. Like when did he ever stop campaigning for 2008?

Even those that carry his water note the undercurrent of subliminal messages in his announcement.

A Freudian slip, indeed.

Jason Heyward New Georgia Senate Pro-Tem; Leadership Crisis Averted

Yesterday, Jason Heyward lead the Atlanta Braves to an opening Day win against Washington Nationals with a second inning lead-off homer. During the post-game locker room press conference, Jason was informed he’d been appointed by unanimous vote the new President Pro-Tem of the Georgia Senate. Humbled by the honor, he promised to abstain for partisan political sniping, back-room dealing and to have the mountains of languishing legislation reviewed and passed in time for all the Senators to make the first round in Augusta on Thursday.

Jason saves the day again.

Baseball returns and eases our ravaged souls for a time, until the real salve rolls around in the fall.

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April Fools! (But you know, you know, it would work better than the yowling blackhole of blithering ineptitude being exhibited by the current occupants.)

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