Nashville: The disaster America ignored?

posted at 9:30 am on May 6, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has drawn plenty of media attention, and for good reason. It touches on environmental, energy, and competence issues for the American government, and it has cost eleven people their lives. Can we clean up a major spill from an offshore drilling rig? If we can’t stop it from spewing oil quickly, our entire energy policy and the idea of energy independence could be at risk, at least politically.

However, the national media has overlooked another disaster in Nashville. Torrential rains have flooded a major American city, causing over a billion dollars in damage, which puts the crisis among the most expensive natural disasters in American history. Except for a couple of brief mentions, hardly any attention at all has been paid to it at all. Perhaps that’s because, as this video suggests, Tennessee has tried handling it themselves (via Newsbusters):

CNN did provide some coverage of the flood, which has killed at least nineteen people:

Nearly a week after record-setting rain swelled rivers to historic levels and sent a torrent of water rushing through Nashville, much of the Tennessee city of about 1 million people remained flooded. …

As rescue and recovery crews continued to look for more bodies, the death toll across the Southeast from the weekend storm stood at 28 on Wednesday.

Nineteen of the deaths were in Tennessee, with nine in Nashville alone. Two residents are missing, Dean’s office said.

The mayor estimated the flood damage to top $1 billion easily.

The storms have killed 28 people in the American Southeast. The Red Cross is trying to help. We may not be able to help with the Gulf crisis, but we can help the folks of Tennessee, Kentucky, and Mississippi by donating cash and goods through the Red Cross effort.

Update: WSMV will hold a telethon tonight that will be live-streamed on their site.  Dig deep.

Update II: I didn’t know this when I wrote the post, but there is a Townhall/Salem Communications link to this story, too. I received this statement from Townhall a few minutes ago:

Townhall Magazine subscriptions are handled out of Salem’s Nashville office and sadly Townhall Magazine’s circulation manager had her house flooded with more than 8 feet of water. Word is that it going to be a total loss. Our prayers and support go to Jamie in her moment of need.

Jamie, you’re in our prayers.


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Just wasn’t sexy enough to be exploited by democrats and the media for political gain.

Inanemergencydial on May 6, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Perhaps that’s because, as this video suggests, Tennessee has tried handling it themselves

And that is exactly the way it should be done. Do not bring in the Fed until/unless the situation gets totally out of local control.

Johnnyreb on May 6, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Obama doesn’t need votes there… so it’s cool.

He is ignoring it on purpose. Just like he ignored the flood victims in CT.

tetriskid on May 6, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Okay, someone has to say it … Barack Obama doesn’t care about white people.

Ian on May 6, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Oil-coated seagulls trump drowned Southerners in the great MSM 3-card monte game.

Mr. D on May 6, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Obama hates red states…

ladyingray on May 6, 2010 at 9:34 AM

“Barack Obama hates redneck people.”

The Monster on May 6, 2010 at 9:34 AM

It’s flyover country. The drive-bys don’t give a crap. It’s like those freezing temperatures that killed a bunch of people last year(I think it was in Kansas). Did we hear a peep about it? Did Obama ever even mention it in any of his 2,000 interviews?

I guess these days a natural disaster requires a political, racial, or environmental angle to interest the national media.

Doughboy on May 6, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Johnnyreb on May 6, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Actually, I agree. Still, the contrast is obvious.

ladyingray on May 6, 2010 at 9:35 AM

They always ignore disasters in the south and flyover country.

Probably glad to see the damage and a few, dead, white folks.

Cody1991 on May 6, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Just like he ignored the flood victims in CT.

tetriskid on May 6, 2010 at 9:33 AM

And that pi$$ed off the majority of the people here in the SE part of the state. I suspect Obama will not carry CT in the next election.

Johnnyreb on May 6, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Obama’s Katrina II … and it’s only 2010.

bitsy on May 6, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Can’t blame the rain on BIG OIL so no mention in the press.

angryed on May 6, 2010 at 9:36 AM

My family’s in Nashville. I talked to my dad last night; he says it’s terrifying — the downtown is totally flooded. He thinks whole neighborhoods will just be bulldozed once the waters recede.

S. Weasel on May 6, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Perhaps that’s because, as this video suggests, Tennessee has tried handling it themselves

Or perhaps it’s because 7 of 9 Tennessee Congressional districts voted rather heavily for McCain.

steveegg on May 6, 2010 at 9:37 AM

They always ignore disasters in the south and flyover country.

Probably glad to see the damage and a few, dead, white folks.

Cody1991 on May 6, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Ditto. From Rev. Wright’s mouth to Obama’s ears.

BuckeyeSam on May 6, 2010 at 9:37 AM

PLEASE reconsider the Red Cross donations. There are MUCH better ways to help us here.

BTW, I BEGGED bloggers to publicize the Ratiothon held this week and NO ONE WOULD POST IT. But it still raised over $200,000 that all stays in Middle TN.
Tonight there is a Telethon on WSMV. It will be streaming LIVE from 7-10pmCST online. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DONATE ANYTHING YOU CAN!
Of the 2 water plants, one is completely down so we are being begged to conserve water and not shower, do laundry, etc.

A LOT of coverage on tennessean.com and wlac.com for those who want to see it.

What if there was a disaster and NO ONE CARED? Now, we in Nashville, KNOW the answer to that.

labwrs on May 6, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Red. State.

Need I go on?

Sekhmet on May 6, 2010 at 9:39 AM

The demographic comparison between New Orleans and Nashville is almost perfectly opposite: one city has 67.9% black citizens and the other 67.5% white citizens.

Now you know why, the narrative template just doesn’t fit.

Bishop on May 6, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Can’t blame the rain on BIG OIL so no mention in the press.

angryed on May 6, 2010 at 9:36 AM

But what about Global Warming? Can’t they blame it on that? It’s not like the MSM to take a hanging curveball like that.

jwolf on May 6, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Did you expect him to abandon his Cinco De Mayo celebration?

Come on!

artist on May 6, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Nashville is ground zero for bitter, bible clinging, gun owning white people. There’s nothing there worth saving for Ogabe.

Fletch54 on May 6, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Red. State.

Need I go on?

Sekhmet on May 6, 2010 at 9:39 AM

Then why did Obama deny all relief to the flood victims of CT?

They are a blue state.

tetriskid on May 6, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Just like the Iowa floods a couple years ago. Cedar Rapids got practically wiped out, and we heard NOTHING about it. They were left to clean up themselves, and they did. That was not long after Katrina, and I had the same thought… where was the MSM screaming about why the government wasn’t helping these poor people. Oh, wait. They were white and in flyover country. Yeah. Yeah. Nothing to see here, move along please.

Also, does anyone else realize that we just had THREE MAJOR issues? The oil spill, the flood, and the NYC near bombing? Tell me, which one did the Obama administration look competent handling.

Oh, that’s right.

NONE OF THEM!

UnderstandingisPower on May 6, 2010 at 9:41 AM

The narrative is that big government is necessary because local government is insufficient.

If you’re a disaster in Tennessee and you contradict the narrative, you don’t exist.

Kafka covered all this many years ago.

jeff_from_mpls on May 6, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Now you know why, the narrative template just doesn’t fit.

Bishop on May 6, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Exactly.

If the pop was reversed, you would have HUNDREDS of media there literally CRYING and screaming for help.

artist on May 6, 2010 at 9:41 AM

They can’t blame mother nature so it’s ignored. Still hard to fathom the river rising that much to flood downtown Nashville. Include the people in your prayer today.

Kissmygrits on May 6, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Did you expect him to abandon his Cinco De Mayo celebration?
Come on!
artist on May 6, 2010 at 9:40 AM

It’s Cinco De Quatro, get with the program. Do I have to monitor this board 24/7?

Bishop on May 6, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Tip: Note how every person in both those video clips are white.

Now if the disaster had hit a Black, Latino or Muslim community then the Media would have made it a top priority and then twisted it into some type of a politicized blame “Conservatives-Republicans-Bush” bashing event and call for bigger government.

albill on May 6, 2010 at 9:43 AM

As a former resident of that great city, it’s unbelievable to see that amount of damage. And it’s sickening the lack of attention they received. I guess they should hold a telethon (if the media would even bother to inform anyone that it was happening) and Bruce Willis could talk about how Barack Obama hates white people. That might give the media something to talk about.

teffertoes on May 6, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Please say a prayer today for all those who have lost everything from West to East Tennessee. Obama and his Administration should be ashamed, but they are not.

kingsjester on May 6, 2010 at 9:43 AM

No one’s asking questions of the managers of the flood control dams on the Mississippi? No effort made to open the gates on the flood control structures to spill the excessive runoff from the storms? No weather warnings of impending floods? Federal government agencies all.

Obama is not an executive officer, nor are his political cronies. The Federal Government is running on inertia, anything out of the ordinary, and that bureaucracy will be unable to cope.

Skandia Recluse on May 6, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Too many bitter clingers.

Mr. Joe on May 6, 2010 at 9:45 AM

I live in middle Tennessee and we were affected by the flooding. My wife and I got off lucky though–water got through the trunk line of our HVAC ductwork and rainwater flooded our crawl space as well. We’ve only been in this house nine months. No damage to the floor joists, thankfully. I have a landscaping designer coming out this afternoon to draw up plans for re-routing rainwater since the former owned did a poor job of it.

We have friends that have lost everything. The damage is absolutely devastating. But because there were no looters and chaos, no one cared. Waiting to see if Kanye West will proclaim that Obama hates white people. Also not going to hold my breath for a multi-television network charity-o-thon, a la Katrina or Haiti.

Of course the Army Corps of Engineers screwed up downtown by prematurely opening the locks on the damn at Old Hickory Lake so the multi-million dollar homes would not get flooded. Instead, all of downtown Nashville and the surrounding communities got it. Well, that’s the conspiracy theory floating around middle Tennessee right now.

Also, not a peep from Nashville’s most notorious resident, ManBearPig. I’m sure he’ll eventually poke his head out and declare global warming was the cause of a storm that stalled and dumped nearly 20 inches of rain on us.

robblefarian on May 6, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Barak Obama doesn’t care about Southerners.

Seriously though, Tennessee has a special place in my heart (even West Tenn.). Help if you can.

Aquateen Hungerforce on May 6, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Did you expect him to abandon his Cinco De Mayo celebration?

Come on!

artist on May 6, 2010 at 9:40 AM

“Can I just eat my burrito?”

mwdiver on May 6, 2010 at 9:46 AM

“Barack Obama hates redneck people.”

The Monster on May 6, 2010 at 9:34 AM

Kanye West organizes a charity relief effort in 7,654,293,885,501,113,438…..7,654,293,885,501,113,437…..7,654,293,885,501,113,436….. 7,654,293,885,501,113,435…..7,654,293,885,501,113,434…..

Patrick S on May 6, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Nashville, not a black city … New BLT reality.

tarpon on May 6, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Then why did Obama deny all relief to the flood victims of CT?

They are a blue state.

tetriskid on May 6, 2010 at 9:41 AM

I didn’t follow that story. How many people died?

I think they’re over a couple dozen in TN.

artist on May 6, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Then why did Obama deny all relief to the flood victims of CT?

They are a blue state.

tetriskid on May 6, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Two words: Joe Lieberman.

mwdiver on May 6, 2010 at 9:47 AM

“Barack Obama hates __________ people.”

a) NASCAR
b) country music
c) bible thumper
d) gun owner
e) all of the above

Which of the 57 is Tennessee?–Barack Obama

VikingGoneWild on May 6, 2010 at 9:49 AM

We have gone through periods with extreme flooding over the years, lives and property lost with not one mention in the MSM and no offers of assistance other than from our wonderful neighbors in surrounding states.

It’s always the same old thing. No wonder people despise the media and government. It isn’t just a double standard, it’s all out war on the decent, hard working people of this country who value their independence.

Cody1991 on May 6, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Or perhaps it’s because 7 of 9 Tennessee Congressional districts voted rather heavily for McCain.

steveegg on May 6, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Bingo

heshtesh on May 6, 2010 at 9:51 AM

Has the POTUS toured the area yet? I did a cursory search and didn’t find anything.

Bishop on May 6, 2010 at 9:52 AM

flyover country

notagool on May 6, 2010 at 9:55 AM

What if there was a disaster and NO ONE CARED? Now, we in Nashville, KNOW the answer to that.

labwrs on May 6, 2010 at 9:39 AM
Hey you are not alone and as a north carolina resident I care so my donation has been made and I urge others to donate. god speed and stay safe.

unseen on May 6, 2010 at 9:55 AM

“Can I just eat my burrito?”

mwdiver on May 6, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Maybe we can diminish everyones heritage equally and have a WAFFITTO!

heshtesh on May 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Torrential rains have flooded a major American city, causing over a billion dollars in damage, which puts the crisis among the most expensive natural disasters in American history.

who could have predicted?

Economic Impacts of Climate Change on Tennessee

While precipitation is likely to increase for Tennessee on an annual average basis, so are extreme events such as heat waves, droughts, and floods… Increased temperatures and altered precipitation patterns could lead to more drought, flooding, and extreme weather events in the state at the expense of property and infrastructure. Floods will become more prominent as warmer temperatures dry out the soil making it less permeable and as rainfall…

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

BHO….Let them eat cake.

d1carter on May 6, 2010 at 9:57 AM

I live here and let me tell you, there is billions and billions of damage here. Things are pretty bad in some areas.

Dr. Manhattan on May 6, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Then why did Obama deny all relief to the flood victims of CT?

They are a blue state.

tetriskid on May 6, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Because CT is full of white people who’s greed runs a world in need. Haiti deserves the money more than CT. Its about choices. Obama has made his. will we make ours?

unseen on May 6, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Has the POTUS toured the area yet? I did a cursory search and didn’t find anything.

Bishop on May 6, 2010 at 9:52 AM

It’s hard to organize a photo op in a flood, and besides he’s probably still trying to recover from his recent trip south of the Mason Dixon to the Grove Park Inn.

Cody1991 on May 6, 2010 at 9:58 AM

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

This is not the time to advance a disproven theory. These people in Tennessee have lost everything they have. That is the harsh reality of the situation.

kingsjester on May 6, 2010 at 9:59 AM

There IS A TELETHON TONIGHT. ED PLEASE POST IT IN AN UPDATE…PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!

wsmv.com streaming LIVE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — WSMV-TV Channel 4 will broadcast Working 4 You: Flood Relief with Vince Gill & Friends on Thursday, May 6, in prime time from 7 to 10 p.m.

Other stars scheduled to appear include Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, Naomi Judd, Amy Grant, Darius Rucker, Phil Vassar, Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry, Steve Wariner, Buddy Jewell, Lonestar, Bo Bice and Lee Roy Parnell.

Nashville and the surrounding middle Tennessee communities have been devastated by floodwaters after the area received 15 inches of rain within a 48-hour time period. Thousands of middle Tennesseans have been evacuated from their homes with many losing everything to the flood. Many of the victims do not have flood insurance, and the demands on relief agencies are stretched to the limit.

“These are our friends and family; we always take care of our friends and family,” said Meredith Senior Vice President and WSMV-TV General Manager Elden Hale Jr. “It’s unfortunate that we’re called upon to do this again for our neighbors, but we are very proud to have the ability to reach out to so many people with Nashville’s flood relief telethon.”

All proceeds from Working 4 You: Flood Relief with Vince Gill & Friends will benefit The Salvation Army, The Red Cross and The Second Harvest Food Bank.

Channel 4 is unable to accommodate a live audience at the station. The only way to see the telethon is on Channel 4 and WSMV.com.

labwrs on May 6, 2010 at 9:59 AM

The Grand Old Opry is racist.

BrianA on May 6, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Can’t blame the rain on BIG OIL so no mention in the press.

angryed on May 6, 2010 at 9:36 AM

And the left can’t even blame Bush for the Obama-approved BP spill.

Rovin on May 6, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Increased temperatures and altered precipitation patterns could lead to more drought, flooding, and extreme weather events in the state at the expense of property and infrastructure. Floods will become more prominent as warmer temperatures dry out the soil making it less permeable and as rainfall…

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Well which is it? Can’t make up their minds apparently. You can’t have droughts and floods at the same time, it’s gotta be one or the other. Seems they just tossed a whole bunch of stuff out to see if anything stuck.

Johnnyreb on May 6, 2010 at 10:03 AM

The Grand Old Opry is racist.

BrianA on May 6, 2010 at 9:59 AM

They GOOpry is destroyed. Wont hold concerts or events for at least 6 months and most likely longer.

labwrs on May 6, 2010 at 10:03 AM

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Wow are you always this shameless? Don’t answer that. You have established that you were reprobate from long ago.

Inanemergencydial on May 6, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Where is Algore? Oh yeah, at his new mansion in California. I’m sure he’ll send lots of money for relief.

maryo on May 6, 2010 at 10:04 AM

I’m a Nashvillian and the devastation is quite bad. My neighborhood was largely spared, but many others are in very bad condition. The disaster was equal opportunity, sparing no ethnic group nor income group. But, as has been noted, there has been a tremendous response locally as residents have conserved water, gone out of their way to help neighbors and strangers, cooked meals and brought them to people who were flooded out. Churches and community groups are on the forefront of relief efforts, so of course you won’t hear much about that.

Nashville is a bit of a blue spot in an otherwise redstate, but has a hard core deep red heart (both our mayor and the governor are democrats — but not quite as loony as the coastal types). People are naturally self reliant, and although the local paper is trying to gin up anger at “evil insurance companies” for not covering floods, but most people’s response seems to be, “yeah, well I thought about getting flood coverage and didn’t, so I guess I’ll deal with it.” It is so opposite the mentality of liberalism. Pray for my city.

theblackcommenter on May 6, 2010 at 10:04 AM

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Hmm it was more likely the 13.57 inches Tenn got in 48 hrs. and not the “dry soil” form “global warming”

unseen on May 6, 2010 at 10:04 AM

robblefarian on May 6, 2010 at 9:45 AM

I live in East TN. I am sorry. I love to visit Nashville.

ladyingray on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Create a crisis
create a villian to villify .a target
blame Bush
Promise an expensive solution that only applied by Obama can save the results of the crisis.

Studies link droughts with the increase of of greenhouse emissions.

Obama also ignored the red River flood a couple months ago in the Dakotas.

seven on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

This is not the time to advance a disproven theory. These

people in Tennessee have lost everything they have. That is the harsh reality of the situation.

kingsjester on May 6, 2010 at 9:59 AM

this is exactly the right time to remind you that the catastrophe has been predicted by the climate change models you’re trying to discredit.

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

It’s not a major disaster until Shep Smith breaks down in squawling hysterics.

Bugler on May 6, 2010 at 10:08 AM

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Dude, you’re an idiot.

Bugler on May 6, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Well which is it? Can’t make up their minds apparently. You can’t have droughts and floods at the same time, it’s gotta be one or the other.

Johnnyreb on May 6, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Actually, yes you can. There’s a phenomenon informally called the ‘yo-yo effect’, where climate can swing from one extreme (like *no* water, AKA drought) to the opposite (LOTS of water, AKA ‘floods’).

The usual pattern for rainfall is to get it in moderate amounts over time, but it’s possible to not get any for some time and then get a whole bunch at once, overloading the local ecology.

Dark-Star on May 6, 2010 at 10:10 AM

this is exactly the right time to remind you that the catastrophe has been predicted by the climate change models you’re trying to discredit.

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Predicted. Uh, you obviously did not do well in school. A computer model can’t “predict” anything. They can only be programmed to show what might happen if every single piece of data occurs exactly as it was programmed. That’s not prediction in any sense of the word.

Oh and the Climate change scientists were the ones who discredited their own models, no one else but themselves did that. Remember stuff like “fudge factor” and “hide the decline”, real scientific stuff there.

Johnnyreb on May 6, 2010 at 10:10 AM

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Please. Is there a catastrophe that AGW doesn’t predict?

Aquateen Hungerforce on May 6, 2010 at 10:10 AM

Where is Algore? Oh yeah, at his new mansion in California. I’m sure he’ll send lots of money for relief.

maryo on May 6, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Yeah. His new mansion overlooking the OCEAN. The big, fat, fraud obviously isn’t concerned about being swept away when the oceans flood continents, is he? Oh… and that was supposed to have happened months ago – or tomorrow – or two weeks from now, something like that.

The hypocrisy and greed of this creep, and the Left, is truly stunning.

The amusing thing is that they think no one notices.

Cody1991 on May 6, 2010 at 10:10 AM

this is exactly the right time to remind you that the catastrophe has been predicted by the climate change models you’re trying to discredit.

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Are you nuts? REALLY? sheeeeeeeeeeesh…….go peddle that global warming garbage elsewhere..the “models” you believe in were PROVED FALSE AND UNRELIABLE…CLIMATEGATE ring a bell? Geeeeeeeeeez

AND IF that garbage WERE accurate, dont you think our Resident HIGH PRIEST ALGORE would be out there CROWING ABOUT IT? Instead he is SILENT…..on his HOMETOWN’S DISASTER.

labwrs on May 6, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Nashville and Middle Tennessee will rebuild without a lot of help from the “Gumint”.
So far Lamar and Bob have showed up 4 counties have been set up as disaster areas with more to come. Bredeson (D) has responded well so far.The local mayor seems to have a better grip on things than did Nagin.The locals responded in concert with the rescue crews very smoothly,boats,ATV”s supplies.Nobody standing around bitching that “W did not do nothin’ for em”.
The Army COE is way behind the curve as it was in NO.
Man bear pigs place seemed to stay dry and nobody has reported seeing Little Albert helping the Po Folks,ever.
As for the red cross save your money,at Katrina and Rita I had them bail out om me numerous times while running shelters and relief. Same with the tornado in Eagle Pass. The Salvation Army and the Baptist men cooks stepped in and made the RC look like fools.

Col.John Wm. Reed on May 6, 2010 at 10:12 AM

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Dispicable.

ladyingray on May 6, 2010 at 10:13 AM

this is exactly the right time to remind you that the catastrophe has been predicted by the climate change models you’re trying to discredit.

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

You’re oblivious, aren’t you? These are people’s lives we’re talking about. Not the biggest bunch of bull since the great cattle drives of the 1800s. Your “respected scientists” and Al Gore,himself are as reputable as sideshow barkers and half as honest. They’ve been caught cooking the books and you’re still believing them? Be careful, the ice might start chasing you like it did those actors in The Day After Tomorrow. I’m sure you believed that, too. By the way, would you like to buy the pew from Trinity Church where Obama sat for 20 years? It was hardly ever used.

kingsjester on May 6, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Too many “gun toting, Bible reading bitter clingers” in Nashville for Obama’s taste. Just as well, since that jug eared fool couldn’t pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel.

scullymj on May 6, 2010 at 10:15 AM

In my opinion it is the simple fact that there is a democratic controlled federal government and the media will not say anything to hurt it. They especially will not do anything to hurt their master and savior BO. If McCain had won this would be his second “Katrina” with the oil spill being his first. At least the media could grab hold of the “it’s all the fault of Bush” for the oil spill and NYC bomb but there just isn’t that angle here. At least not yet.

Ragamuffin on May 6, 2010 at 10:16 AM

this is exactly the right time to remind you that the catastrophe has been predicted by the climate change models you’re trying to discredit.

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

yeah just like they prediucted the record cold and record snowfalls 2 months ago. what an idiot you are. Cherry picking data to fit your worldview.

If the models are correct for Tenn then they also should have predicted the record cold winter we had they did not.

When your hypothesis is proven wrong even if one time to negatives your hypothesis. For instance if for some reason an apple would fall up instead of down towards earth then the law of gravity would no longer be correct.

Your models failed to predict the record cold winter, the record snowfalls etc therefore they are worthless.

If you really want to understand why the weather is so screwed up at the moment this might help you:

Maybe not. Sunspot counts for 2009 have dropped even lower. As of March 31st, there were no sunspots on 78 of the year’s 90 days (87%).

It adds up to one inescapable conclusion: “We’re experiencing a very deep solar minimum,” says solar physicist Dean Pesnell of the Goddard Space Flight Center.

“This is the quietest sun we’ve seen in almost a century,” agrees sunspot expert David Hathaway of the Marshall Space Flight Center.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2009/01apr_deepsolarminimum/

unseen on May 6, 2010 at 10:16 AM

I live just South of Franklin (about 22 miles from Nashville)in Williamson County, one of the wealthiest counties in the US. No disaster aid for us, mostly hilly here so a lot of people didn’t think they needed flood insurance, me neither. I’m cleaning out my basement and taking a break right now, it is a real calamity here, but you don’t see people standing around waving their arms and complaining that all they get are MRE’s and no hot food. Just for kicks I registered for FEMA aid, want to see what happens and how inefficient the system really is. I’ll report back on that. I must say that it is great to live here where neighbors help each other. I even have left stuff out in my yard and no one has tried to steal a thing. Life will go on and if I see a FEMA jerk I might just kick his hiney. Ok, back to slogging, too little sleep and too much work.

hip shot on May 6, 2010 at 10:17 AM

What if there was a disaster and NO ONE CARED? Now, we in Nashville, KNOW the answer to that.

labwrs on May 6, 2010 at 9:39 AM

I believe a whole lot of people in RI (esp. Westerly/ Warwick area) and MA learned the answer to that question a month ago. Geez, even I-95 just south of Providence was closed for several days and it seemed to only get local news coverage. Two weeks after the floods gallons of water were still being pumped out of basements in houses nowhere near any noticeable bodies of water.

White people, blue state.
But I suppose RI’s so small it could fall into the ocean and no one would notice, anyhow…

racecar05 on May 6, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Sad.

AlexB on May 6, 2010 at 10:17 AM

this is exactly the right time to remind you that the catastrophe has been predicted by the climate change models you’re trying to discredit.

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Your religion ‘predicts’ both sides of every outcome. This is typically called ‘pseudoscience’. Another example of pseudoscience are Karl Marx’s theories.

Epic fail.

Inanemergencydial on May 6, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Predicted. Uh, you obviously did not do well in school. A computer model can’t “predict” anything. They can only be programmed to show what might happen if every single piece of data occurs exactly as it was programmed. That’s not prediction in any sense of the word.

Johnnyreb on May 6, 2010 at 10:10 AM

interestingly, they even warned you that

Flooding is most likely to occur in the center of the state where an array of rivers and streams has carved
out the Tennessee Valley…

it’s hard to accept when you’re so wedded to the idea that global warming is a conspiracy, but it’s happening right now, predicted by climate scientists.

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Is Shep there standing on a bridge crying yet?

BacaDog on May 6, 2010 at 10:19 AM

this is exactly the right time to remind you that the catastrophe has been predicted by the climate change models you’re trying to discredit.

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

As were all those massive and destructive hurricanes we had over the last couple of years. Oh wait…
Well at least they got the cold temperatures right and the decreased ice at the poles and melting glaciers. Oh wait…

Ragamuffin on May 6, 2010 at 10:19 AM

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I predict that if carbon dioxide in the atmosphere decreases, it will get colder or warmer, wetter or dryer, soil will get firmer or less firm, causing more run-off or less run-off, we will have more earthquakes or fewer earthquakes, more volcanic eruptions or fewer volcanic eruptions, more hurricanes or fewer hurricanes, more tornadoes or fewer tornadoes.

Gee, this science thing is hard. Where is my funding?

/sarc

mwdiver on May 6, 2010 at 10:20 AM

Obooba’s Rita.

Akzed on May 6, 2010 at 10:21 AM

his is exactly the right time to remind you that the catastrophe has been predicted by the climate change models you’re trying to discredit.

Bullcrap. This was a once in 500 year event. No one predicted the front would stall over middle Tennessee–you can’t predict those things. I’ve lived in Tennessee for 27 years and only seen MINOR flooding one time–which was a flash flood downtown a few years back. People don’t have flood insurance because it was inconceivable that their homes would ever see water of this magnitude. Nashville isn’t like some of the communities that get flooded every generation, like those in parts of Iowa. This weather system was a complete anomaly that shocked the national weather service and local meteorologists.

Also, the Army Corps of Engineers have a lot of explaining to do.

Go troll somewhere else.

robblefarian on May 6, 2010 at 10:21 AM

this is exactly the right time to remind you that the catastrophe has been predicted by the climate change models you’re trying to discredit.

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

um hmm….. the state has had major floods dating back to the 1800s with a devastating one in 1926.

Try again.

tru2tx on May 6, 2010 at 10:22 AM

Flooding is most likely to occur in the center of the state where an array of rivers and streams has carved
out the Tennessee Valley…

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:19 AM

What? Flooding in valleys where they are rivers and no flooding on mountain tops where they are no rivers? Who knew?

/sarc

mwdiver on May 6, 2010 at 10:23 AM

this is exactly the right time to remind you that the catastrophe has been predicted by the climate change models you’re trying to discredit. sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

First, go here:
http://www.ClimateDepot.com

Second, tell us whether or not this is the first flood in history. Because if it’s not, you’re a moron.

Akzed on May 6, 2010 at 10:24 AM

Where the hell is Geraldo when you need him?

//

BacaDog on May 6, 2010 at 10:25 AM

it’s hard to accept when you’re so wedded to the idea that global warming is a conspiracy, but it’s happening right now, predicted by climate scientists.

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:19 AM

You’ve obviously forgotten St. Louis and the Mississippi River flooding of 1993. Shouldn’t the river have seen more of these by now, based on the climate change theory? Or do floods like this just sometimes happen throughout history? (Johnstown, Pa. in the 1880s, Lower Mississippi in the late 1920s)

jon1979 on May 6, 2010 at 10:26 AM

racecar05 on May 6, 2010 at 10:17 AM

I’m in southern MA and had over 3 ft of water in the basement and a river rushing though my front yard making my driveway almost unpassable. The really funny thing is I don’t even live near a river. I’m still pumping out the basement and can’t wait to see my electric bill from running 4 pumps 24/7 for the last month.

Ragamuffin on May 6, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Obama was too busy making fun of Jay Leno to care.

Heckuva job, Barry.

profitsbeard on May 6, 2010 at 10:26 AM

http://www.uss.salvationarmy.org/uss/www_uss_nashville_ac.nsf/

The local channel is having a telethon today from 7-10pm

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scalleywag on May 6, 2010 at 10:27 AM

sesquipedalian on May 6, 2010 at 10:05 AM

some more FACTS for you:

A 50-year low in solar wind pressure: Measurements by the Ulysses spacecraft reveal a 20% drop in solar wind pressure since the mid-1990s—the lowest point since such measurements began in the 1960s. The solar wind helps keep galactic cosmic rays out of the inner solar system. With the solar wind flagging, more cosmic rays are permitted to enter, resulting in increased health hazards for astronauts. Weaker solar wind also means fewer geomagnetic storms and auroras on Earth.

hmmmm mid 90′s why does that ring a bell? Oh yeah that was when the earth stopped warming and started cooling. Just a coincidence I’m sure.

and wow look at this:

A 12-year low in solar “irradiance”: Careful measurements by several NASA spacecraft show that the sun’s brightness has dropped by 0.02% at visible wavelengths and 6% at extreme UV wavelengths since the solar minimum of 1996.

there is that mid 90′s figure again imagine that

and one more:

A 55-year low in solar radio emissions: After World War II, astronomers began keeping records of the sun’s brightness at radio wavelengths. Records of 10.7 cm flux extend back all the way to the early 1950s. Radio telescopes are now recording the dimmest “radio sun” since 1955: plot. Some researchers believe that the lessening of radio emissions is an indication of weakness in the sun’s global magnetic field. No one is certain, however, because the source of these long-monitored radio emissions is not fully understood.

It’s almost like the mid 90′s was a tipping point or something. Now if only the temp of the earth from say mid 90′s to present would reflect that sun output….wait a minute it does….hmmm yes the graphs show that temp have DECREASED since the mid 90′s …..imagine that…

unseen on May 6, 2010 at 10:27 AM

A little over a year ago, Tennessee had major ice storms that caused damage and power outages that lasted weeks for some. That was equally ignored by the press and our federal government.

J_Crater on May 6, 2010 at 10:28 AM

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