Archive for September, 2005

Flood tide

A "breached" or "failed" levy is not the same as an overtopped or flooded levy.

A breached levy is far, far worse. It’s a structural failure, not a temporary condition. Not only to you have all the water dropped on the city by the storm, you also have an entire lake full of water pouring into the city even after the storm is long gone. Fixing a breached levy is much more difficult and time consuming. And until it is fixed (at least temporarily) there’s nowhere to pump all the water from the storm or from the leak.

Most of the commentary and quotes online seem to treat the two terms interchangably even though they actually mean very different things. I’ve been looking for a good discussion of this issue, and here’s an excellent summary.

To sum it up, most everyone assumed the levees would be overtopped as the water behind them rose to unusually high levels. When the storm subsided the next job would be to pump out all that water and put it back into the lake. What they did not assume or expect was that the levy would have a huge hole in it. It will require further analysis before we can sure how the breach occured.

Finally, here’s a bit of commentary from that same page that I must agree with:

Let me just say that this is one of the things that is really starting
to bore me about the Left. Even when it appears at first blush that
they really have something, you can almost guarantee it’s going to turn
out to be BS if you look into it–from Rathergate to the mythical 98.55% turnout in Miami County. 

Yes, I think that’s true. The Left’s most prominent arguments usually turn out to be simple lies, dumb mistakes, or suspiciously convenient misunderstandings. They’re so completely convinced by their own first impressions that they usually shoot first and do actual research, well, never. I wish there were more exceptions to this rule.


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Humor? What is this “humor”?


the Prankster
(33% dark, 30% spontaneous, 31% vulgar)
your humor style:

Your humor has an intellectual, even conceptual slant to it. You’re not
pretentious, but you’re not into what some would call ‘low humor’
either. You’ll laugh at a good dirty joke, but you definitely prefer
something clever to something moist.

probably like well-thought-out pranks and/or spoofs and it’s highly
likely you’ve tried one of these things yourself. In a lot of ways,
yours is the most entertaining type of humor because it’s smart without
being mean-spirited.

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Conan O’Brian – Ashton Kutcher

The 3-Variable Funny Test!
– it rules –

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You scored higher than 35% on vulgarity

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via Cold Fury

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September 11th, 2005

Four years later. Don’t forget.

There’s an awesome roundup of memorial posts and related thoughts here:
Winds of Change.NET: 9/11: Risin’ Up From The Ashes….

via Instapundit

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Because if a child can’t see his parents’ decaying, bloated corpse broadcast over and over again on international TV then the the terrorists have won. Er, or cyclonic weather patterns have won. Or something.

Fortunately we have CNN to defend this vital but previously overlooked Constitutional principle.

Hey, maybe those two enthusiastic graveyard watchmen from that episode of South Park can provide color commentary. They seem to have the right expertise.

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Me talk smart!

Your Linguistic Profile:

75% General American English
15% Dixie
10% Yankee
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

Mike’s score shows he’s a little less inclined toward General American English. Redneck hick.

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Tales from the Superdome

A very interesting personal account of what it was like inside the Superdome, from the perspective of a couple from New Zealand who found themselves abruptly changed from tourists to refugess.

The bullet points at the end ask some interesting questions.

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Bon Voyage to Gilligan

Bob Denver, TV’s Gilligan, Dies at 70

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