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The national disaster which isn't being reported
American Thinker ^ | May 09, 2011 | James G. Wiles

Posted on 05/10/2011 8:27:10 AM PDT by george76

Virtually unreported by the national media - because it might detract from President Obama's victory lap...

The "Father of Waters," as President Lincoln called the Mississippi, is on a historic rampage. Almost no one now living remembers such a river crest.

The levees were blown on the Missouri side of the river, below Cairo, last Monday night. Memphis is being surrounded by water. New Orleans will not even see the river crest before Memorial Day Weekend...

Is CNN going wall-to-wall?

Nope.

...

What might this historic flood mean? Well, no one's talking, no one's predicting.

Because doing so might affect the chances of That Man in the White House to win re-election in 2012.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; US: Alaska; US: Arkansas; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi; US: Missouri; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: enemedia; media; msm; oldmedia
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1 posted on 05/10/2011 8:27:12 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76
Is LA a must-win state for The Won?

If not, hard cheese folks. You on you own.

2 posted on 05/10/2011 8:30:00 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: george76

Huh?

Nonsense.

I see abundant flood coverage on TV, newspaper, and internet.

Quit trying to politicize Mother Nature. We’ve had enough of that already.


3 posted on 05/10/2011 8:33:03 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters

ping


4 posted on 05/10/2011 8:33:25 AM PDT by lonevoice (Where the Welfare State is on the march, the Police State is not far behind)
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To: george76

Chicago way.


5 posted on 05/10/2011 8:33:25 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: george76
i am kinda indifferent to this too - we came to concordia parish louisiana to help move people out - now that we are here, no one wants to make the decision

they are confident the levees will hold (if no one tampers with them) - the seepage under the levees won't be as bad as 1973 (the crest this time will be higher) - and the sand boils are nothing to worry about

we are leaving soon - my fear is when the water begins to crest here, the roads will be closed (some are now), no trucks will be available and no storage facilities will be available

good luck to all the coonasses (and no - coonass is not an insulting word to a coonass - so don't go hypersensitive on me here)

6 posted on 05/10/2011 8:36:51 AM PDT by sloop (don't touch my junk)
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To: Jedidah

Well, last year’s terrible flooding in Nashville was virtually ignored by the MSM, and was never mentioned by Obama.

And after Katrina, I think many of us are concerned that the MSM and liberals will try to politicize natural disasters. Though since we now have a good Democrat in the White House, the MSM efforts would naturally be to minimize coverage, and/or show a heroic compassionate Obama delivering aid to the masses.


7 posted on 05/10/2011 8:38:50 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Jedidah

I’ve seen a bunch of coverage too. Then again, I’m paying attention. I used to live in LA. They have already opened up the Bonnet Carre and will open the Morganza soon, I understand. If these flood control structures work, and with any luck, the damage in LA will be limited. Unlike 1927.


8 posted on 05/10/2011 8:38:56 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: george76

???It’s been all over the news.


9 posted on 05/10/2011 8:41:38 AM PDT by stuartcr
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To: george76
There needs to be an agenda-pushing liberal angle or it's not a story.

Well, there's also the "hot missing probably murdered white lady" angle, but that doesn't apply here either.

10 posted on 05/10/2011 8:45:41 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: george76

I think this guy is right. This is a historic high in the River. There certainly has been some news reporting on it, but not nearly as much or as breathless as you would expect.

Compare this to Bush’s NOLA hurricane. In fact, I’m kind of surprised that they haven’t blamed Bush for leaving Obama with inadequate levees.


11 posted on 05/10/2011 8:46:32 AM PDT by Cicero
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To: george76

“Is it because the people mostly affected by the Great Mississippi Flood of 2011 are Republican?”

Memphis and New Orleans are not Republican. The basis of this article is nonsense.


12 posted on 05/10/2011 8:47:24 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: swain_forkbeard

Just checked. Looks like opening the Morganza could flood an area 20 miles wide by 100 miles long, along the Atchafalaya River. Mostly rural I think. But not without consequences.


13 posted on 05/10/2011 8:47:45 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: skeeter

The Memphis part of the flood was the top story on the Today show at 7A this morning.


14 posted on 05/10/2011 8:56:32 AM PDT by garyb
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To: swain_forkbeard

There are a few small towns and cities in the area. The difference is that they are working class and will do what needs to be done unlike the NOLA city dwellers.

It’s kind of a double edged sword in that the flooding will be bad for personal property but it will also be beneficial in replenishing the wetlands and fertile farming regions. I’m just wondering when the Mighty Mississippi decides it’s had enough of man trying to tell it where to go and changes course again.


15 posted on 05/10/2011 8:57:53 AM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: garyb
Don't watch the Today show.

The reports I've heard on the flooding have been the third or forth report down and have been very brief.

16 posted on 05/10/2011 9:02:40 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: CajunConservative
There are a few small towns and cities in the area. The difference is that they are working class and will do what needs to be done unlike the NOLA city dwellers slackers and deadbeats

Rearranged your sentence a little :^)

17 posted on 05/10/2011 9:05:55 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Bachmann, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: CajunConservative

you are right there - we have tried to keep the river on its current course for a long time - and she is past due to find her new course - it will happen one day - the question is when


18 posted on 05/10/2011 9:06:12 AM PDT by sloop (don't touch my junk)
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To: sloop
and she is past due to find her new course - it will happen one day - the question is when

Nearly happened 30-40 years ago when they *accidentally* found it undercutting a control structure......Came very close.

19 posted on 05/10/2011 9:10:11 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Bachmann, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun
on the upside, them coonasses can swim and shoot gators at the same time - gawdluvem - i added them to every prayer list i could find
20 posted on 05/10/2011 9:14:49 AM PDT by sloop (don't touch my junk)
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To: Jedidah

Agreed. I flip through all the news channels and they have all, national and local, covered the flood story. And of course, the Weather Channel.


21 posted on 05/10/2011 9:21:11 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: sloop
them coonasses can swim and shoot gators at the same time

LOL, and if you miss the gator, you learn to swim *real* fast!

22 posted on 05/10/2011 9:22:59 AM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Bachmann, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

I was trying to be nice, but you are right. :)


23 posted on 05/10/2011 9:23:40 AM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: george76

Diane Sawyer was on location from Memphis last evening.


24 posted on 05/10/2011 9:26:17 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Hail Mary Full of Grace, The Lord Is With Thee...)
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To: sloop

I wonder if they are filming Swamp People right now? Pissed off gators and moccasins should add to the drama.


25 posted on 05/10/2011 9:32:44 AM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: george76

If Il Douche were any more detached from the country he was elected to govern, the laws of gravity wouldn’t apply to him.

Sheesh! If this had been “W” [think Katrina], the MSM would be on it like buzzards on a gut wagon.


26 posted on 05/10/2011 9:37:10 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: george76

Very little being said about it.
If a Republican were in office, the press wopuld be claiming that the President MADE the river flood.


27 posted on 05/10/2011 9:39:42 AM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: Cicero

They will if problems happen.


28 posted on 05/10/2011 9:40:37 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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29 posted on 05/10/2011 9:44:23 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: george76

Thank God we have Bobby Jindal.


30 posted on 05/10/2011 9:45:38 AM PDT by trillabodilla (Jesus Saves)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
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31 posted on 05/10/2011 9:52:51 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: george76

So? He is a lying lawyer - and that is remarkable in what way?


32 posted on 05/10/2011 9:57:06 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: george76
Is CNN going wall-to-wall?

Nope.

Of course not. What does it matter what happens in the howling flyover wilderness?
33 posted on 05/10/2011 10:04:41 AM PDT by Lee N. Field (Never argue eschatology with a crazy person.)
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To: CajunConservative

Not a point to this article, but I LOVE the show “Swamp People”. Don’t worry.. Troy, Liz, and Bruce can handle it!!


34 posted on 05/10/2011 10:06:45 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: skeeter
"Is LA a must-win state for The Won?"

LA is virtually a "can't-win" state for The Won.

35 posted on 05/10/2011 10:09:08 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: CajunConservative

” I’m just wondering when the Mighty Mississippi decides it’s had enough of man trying to tell it where to go and changes course again.”

And when it joins up with the Atchafalaya, Morgan City replaces New Orleans as the big port.


36 posted on 05/10/2011 10:12:42 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Many liberals would like to see Popular Vote instead of Electoral College, just not in 2012. Obama would be decimated. There are many millions of regretful voters out there.

The old "Fool me once..." cliche comes to mind.

37 posted on 05/10/2011 10:20:19 AM PDT by houeto (Rev. 13. [7] And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them:)
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To: skeeter
This story has been the lead story on Fox News Channel for several days! They have On-location reporting from the flooded intersection of Riverside and Beale Streets with multiple reporters through the day to tag team it.

If anyone wants to make something broader from the story they should go back and read Mark Twain. The Mississippi was flooding long before the Crawdad even learned its name.

38 posted on 05/10/2011 10:20:49 AM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: george76

Foxnews just said that the river is at 48’ above flood level at Memphis and the water hasn’t stopped rising yet.


39 posted on 05/10/2011 10:21:13 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: george76

I’m seeing it talked about even on sports talk shows, I think it’s getting plenty of coverage.


40 posted on 05/10/2011 10:23:37 AM PDT by discostu (Come on Punky, get Funky)
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To: swain_forkbeard

http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/Corps-Up-to-25-feet-of-water-could-spill.html

Click on the map on the left side of this article. It looks like a parish wide swath, 7 parishes long will be flooded to at least 5 feet. IMO the River is changing course.


41 posted on 05/10/2011 10:31:35 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: george76

I read an article about the floods and barge transportation on the river. They said that although the large numbers of barges on the river have a tendency to raise the water level, the transportation dept had no plans to curtail or slow down the barge traffic because it would slow the economy. The barges carry ore, coal, grain and auto parts.

It’s crony capitalism trumping the red statevoters and farming.


42 posted on 05/10/2011 10:36:23 AM PDT by Eva
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To: george76

If the Mississippi River levees would fail around NOLA, Katrina would be remembered as a tea party.


43 posted on 05/10/2011 11:01:25 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Evan Bayh gave Indiana a twofer.)
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To: Eva
I read an article about the floods and barge transportation on the river. They said that although the large numbers of barges on the river have a tendency to raise the water level,

I am not an hydrologist but I suspect what you read is a bunch of hooey. Although there is a large number of barges and ocean going vessels on the river that river is so wide and deep that all of them combined would not raise the river level even an inch. Since the traffic is widely dispersed along the very long and wide river that also minimizes their affect on the river level.

I have lived in Baton Rouge and it is really scary to drive up that tall levee and upon reaching the top see that the river is 15 - 20 feet higher than the land the levee is protecting. It is also interesting to see a large ocean going vessel going up the river, look at the ship and then look back down the levee to the flat ground and observe the discontinuity of the two.

Since the river is still within the levee what is causing the flooding in Memphis? Are there things that drain into the river, like sewers, etc., which are backing up? Is there another creek or river that drains into the Mississippi and is backing up?

I don't remember the exact year but during the late 60's or early 70's I flew over the area between Dallas and Cleveland, Ohio, during a flood stage and at 30,000 feet there was water as far as the eye could see. The Red River, Big Black and Yazoo rivers were all backed up and flooding their own areas.

44 posted on 05/10/2011 11:34:51 AM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (I retain the right to be inconsistent, contradictory and even flat-out wrong!)
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To: Eva
They said that although the large numbers of barges on the river have a tendency to raise the water level,

Who are 'THEY' and WHY are they so stupid?

45 posted on 05/10/2011 1:08:48 PM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

It was someone with dept of transportation that regulates the commercial traffic on the river. Evidently there is some system like locks on the river that they have control over. It was a woman that they were interviewing.


46 posted on 05/10/2011 2:37:20 PM PDT by Eva
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To: sloop
good luck to all the coonasses

Concordia Parish is a little upriver of where the Acadians live ... and the old Creole planters .... Bordelonville, down near the Red River (which is something of a boundary), is about as high up the Mississippi as the Acadian names come.

You're more in the redneck part of the state, which includes the Florida Parishes and everything north of the Red River pretty much. That's Huey Long's Louisiana.

47 posted on 05/10/2011 4:40:45 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: swain_forkbeard
And when it joins up with the Atchafalaya, Morgan City replaces New Orleans as the big port.

If and when that happens, Morgan City gets redistributed all over the Sigsbee Abyssal Plain.

That town will be all river channel, wide and deep.

They will be very, very careful about opening the flood-control structure at the head of the Atchafalaya River near Simmesport. It tends to scour vigorously with volume releases, and there is reasonable fear that it might undermine the flood-control structure as a whole in a big flood event and break out ("crevasse, avulse") permanently. If it did, all hell would break loose all the way to the sea.

48 posted on 05/10/2011 4:54:21 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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To: sloop; lentulusgracchus
good luck to all the coonasses

As lg pointed out, Concordia Parish is a little beyond the Arctic Circle, so far as coonass are concerned.

It is, indeed, Huey Long's Louisiana and the proper terminology is "stump jumpers".

49 posted on 05/10/2011 5:03:28 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: wordsofearnest
If the Mississippi River levees would fail around NOLA, Katrina would be remembered as a tea party.

True fact. The "Katrina" flooding was caused by pump failures and Lake Pontchartrain getting over its levees. The river is 15' or so higher than Lake Pontchartrain.

During the day or so before "Katrina" arrived, my sister, holing up in her husband's office in the Tulane Medical School and hospital, saw med students measuring 21' up the side of the building below her with tape measures and chalk. They were measuring how deep the water would get if the river levee failed.

As things turned out, lake water was 6' deep around the building during the flood, and about 10-12" of water got into the first floor. At least it kept the mobs out of the hospital -- they forced their way into Children's Hospital a few blocks away instead and cleaned out the pharmacy there, menacing the staff as they did so.

50 posted on 05/10/2011 5:12:58 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus (Concealed carry is a pro-life position.)
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