Professional Patronage in Action

The President arrived in Corus Christi with Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who is trained is as a neurosurgeon, a most brilliant one I’m told. Tom Price, an orthopedic physician and Republican politician, now U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. Department of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, civil servant, who became Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. Linda McMahon, small business administrator, formerly a professional wrestling magnate. All the professional staff a President would need to aid in the recovery of an overwhelmed devastated flooded area.

Oh No, Not Again

Not only have we who live in other parts of the country have learned that the Gulf of Mexico’s low-lying areas is dangerous for residential habitation but decidedly deadly as an industrial park in the manufacturing of petroleum products and their offshoots and this is not a new discovery, is well known, my thinking, because this land can be had dirt cheap. A catastrophic environment in the making and continuing with cries of rebuilding in the same old places again and again.

It Ain’t Natural

Yesterday I heard a resident of a flooded city ask, where did all this water come from? As if the earth has somehow produced more water today than there was the day before. The answer may be a little yes and a little no. Water stored in the northern and southern ice caps may be melting resulting in more liquid water as opposed to ice, swelling the oceans, seas, rivers and lakes. With the warming of the earth and its increased water evaporation seem to be producing more precipitation, our expanding cities love to have paved roads and surfaces, resulting in fewer dirt roads and natural outsides, that is all well and good provided drainage systems were also employed with the paving. Without good drainage, the water will just run from point to point and without any absorbing ground, the result is flooding.

And from Joni Mitchell…Big Yellow Taxi
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel *, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum *
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away that DDT * now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
© Siquomb Publishing Company

Glamour Journalist Practicing Appearance Journalism

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I confess that I watch a lot of television programing dealing with progressive issues, particularly women progressive issues, longtime favorite is, To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbe on my local PBS station WNET Saturday’s, which is always DVR’d, the idea eye opener for this post occurred on the broadcast that aired on 04/28/2017 with the appearance of Alveda King, an American activist not on a panel but in a short-recorded segment, the stand out for me was she appeared with gray hair. To the Contrary is well known for engaging in discussion on every progressive issue under the sun except for two let’s just call them the third rails of women’s issues, gray hair and age, for the sake of this post, no age numbers will be offered here. Long time and frequent panelist is United States Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, my guess she is the oldest reoccurring panelist, not…

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Katrina was no joke

If you live in a city surrounded by a sea wall and housed pumping stations and if a few drops of rain send the citizens off to sandbagging, you have built and are living in the wrong place, and Katrina was not just the canary in the coal mine… but an omen of things to come…

Glamour Journalist Practicing Appearance Journalism

I confess that I watch a lot of television programing dealing with progressive issues, particularly women progressive issues, longtime favorite is, To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbe on my local PBS station WNET Saturday’s, which is always DVR’d, the idea eye opener for this post occurred on the broadcast that aired on 04/28/2017 with the appearance of Alveda King, an American activist not on a panel but in a short-recorded segment, the stand out for me was she appeared with gray hair. To the Contrary is well known for engaging in discussion on every progressive issue under the sun except for two let’s just call them the third rails of women’s issues, gray hair and age, for the sake of this post, no age numbers will be offered here. Long time and frequent panelist is United States Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, my guess she is the oldest reoccurring panelist, not once did she appear with gray hair. As a side, I had to stop watching my much-loved ABC’s The View as I began to find an offence that no matter how old the women not one would dare appear with gray hair, I take that back, Jamie Lee Curtis did it once or twice. As progressive as both Contrary and View are on women’s progressive issues they dare not cross the cultural reptilian crocodilian line on aging and gray hair on women, not to mention baldness in public for fear of being bitten in the rear, now male television personalities are joining in looking just as silly as female age deniers confirming that gender fountain of youth fakery not only exist in the mind but on the surface too and is not gender specific, with the laughter of on-looking observers, but don’t tell anybody, let them think they are convincing. One last thought, industry wide, Fox News, though not exclusively, seem to employ the most ‘glamour journalist’ as news contributors practicing ‘appearance journalism’ than other network, which may explain in part the number of their harassment payouts, forgive me, for just thinking out loud…

“come hell or high water”

Hurricane Harvey is expected to move across the Gulf of Mexico, flooding many costal Texas towns, a hurricane is one dreaded thing, coupled with heavy rains is a whole other animal. Even a mild storm surge of one to three inches of water will flood most low lying towns in the area, but with a whapping thirty inches, the flood damage could be untold. Most of these coastal towns have already spent thousands of dollars for extra high sea walls, pumping stations and distribution points for sandbagging, to ward off flooding, rather than increasing this kind of funding which is what the future holds, it would certainly be much cheaper and wiser in the long run to think about moving these towns to higher ground. Climate change has set the table with the promise of ever increasing flooding and evacuations of whole communities to higher ground anyway… with any delay the cost will like the water only rise higher…