Mother Nature * Weekend Open Thread *



Sunrise and another day begins. How many people actually look at a sunrise and see the beauty and the continuity of it? For some it is a new beginning. For others it is another day that brings them no joy. They awake to an ugly reality. I hope somehow they can see the beauty and the hope of the sunrise.

Nature gives us beauty on one hand and destruction on the other. The flooding  in Louisiana reminds us that  often “Mother” Nature is to be feared. Our hearts and prayers go out to those whose lives have been devastated by a nature that has no concern for the little human beings caught in it’s path.

The people of Louisiana are victims of Mother Nature once again.

On August 14, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) began collecting damage assessment imagery in the aftermath of the August 2016 severe storms that caused significant flooding in Louisiana. Aerial imagery is being collected in specific areas identified by FEMA and the National Weather Service.

Louisiana flooding is ‘major disaster,’ governor says. Record flooding has displaced tens of thousands in southern Louisiana.

Tornadoes rip through the heartland every year and destroy lives and property without rhyme or reason. “Tornado Alley”  is a colloquial term for the area of the United States where tornadoes are most frequent.

Purdue researchers track Tornado Alley’s move east

Tornadoes that ripped through central Indiana this week were more than unprecedented. They support a startling and possibly scary discovery by Purdue researchers.

The nation’s tornado hot spot has moved much closer to Indiana, putting us in greater danger from late summer and fall tornadoes.

The study confirms what happened in one Brownsburg neighborhood Monday. Crews are still clearing downed trees and repairing homes. Indiana is seeing more and more powerful tornadoes outside of the traditional tornado season, times of the year most people thought they were safe

.The images of the devastation caused by tornadoes are reminders of the power of Mother Nature.

So much destruction and suffering and I haven’t even discussed earthquakes and hurricanes. I think for now I won’t.

California is being devastated by wildfires aided by the years long drought.

A wildfire raging through drought-parched canyons near Cajon Pass in Southern California has forced the mandatory evacuation of thousands of people. Authorities say the blaze is moving north toward Wrightwood and shows no sign of slowing down.

San Bernardino County fire officials could only confirm that dozens of structures had burned, and that big numbers are likely.

“There will be a lot of families that come home to nothing,” county Fire Chief Mark Hartwig said Wednesday after flying over a fire scene he described as “devastating.”

“It hit hard. It hit fast. It hit with an intensity that we hadn’t seen before,” he said.

“In my 40 years of fighting fire, I’ve never seen fire behavior so extreme,” said Incident Commander Mike Wakoski.

 Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are extreme, sudden events caused by environmental factors that injure people and damage property. Earthquakes, windstorms, floods, and disease all strike anywhere on earth, often without warning.

After reading the cheery little paragraph I thought about how I had been complaining about the heat and humidity in my part of the country that was making me miserable. Okay, not complaining, whining. I decided that maybe I wasn’t “miserable”.  I was uncomfortable.

My home is intact. My friends and family safe and secure. I have 4 air conditioners in my home that make it comfortable and easier for me to breathe. I am fortunate and I thank God for that.

For right now I’ve stopped my whining with the images of the misery, the suffering and the loss that many of my countrymen and women are suffering burned into my brain. The images I’ve seen when researching this post are extreme and heartbreaking. They have also made me realize how fortunate I am.

I think we all need a kick in the backside from time to time to realize how blessed we are. I know that I certainly do. And so I end this open thread with an image of a sunset. I started with the beauty of a sunrise so it seems appropriate to end with sunset. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that Mother Nature treats you gently. Because we have done nothing to deserve Mother Nature’s blessing any more than the unfortunate people suffering her wrath did.


56 Responses to “Mother Nature * Weekend Open Thread *”

  1. thedametruth Says:

    Another wise and beautiful post…perspective is all, and we all need to check ourselves out from time to time. While our pain is ours, it is good to remember that there are those who are having a worse day than we are, and send a thought or a prayer their way.

    And today IS a beautiful late August day in the Northeast…

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Great comment but one particular phrase caught my eye, “perspective is all.” That is so true and I need to remember it more often.

  2. helenk3 Says:

    trump’s debt

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t the Trumpanzees have conniption fit because Heidi Cruz worked for Goldman Sachs? Didn’t they have another fit because Ted Cruz had taken out a loan, long since paid back from Goldman Sachs? Hypocrisy is such a nasty thing.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        It is a nasty thing, but nothing will sway these people. When I saw that article at the NY Times, all I could think was how his people have claimed he is SUCH a great businessman, and he will do SUCH great things for our country as a result. Yeah. Right.

        Meanwhile, there is his rampant hypocrisy. Why Republicans have jumped on this Dem/OWS bandwagon abt places like Godman Sachs anyway is head scratching, but that he is so blatantly hypocritical and they still don’t care is telling.

        And I saw today that now Trump is talking abt legalizing illegals. Think that will change their minds? Nope, I am sure they will find a way to justify that, too:

        • kenoshamarge Says:

          Facts mean nothing once you’ve joined the cult.

          The bottom feeding Trumpanzees added to the dead-brained Trumpanzees added to the completely delusional and worshipful Trumpanzees make up a small and dangerous minority in this country. These people don’t think, can’t think or won’t think. Thus nothing will sway them. Nothing.

    • piper Says:

  3. helenk3 Says:

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  5. helenk3 Says:

    one of my all time favorites

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Another great song. I think this was my favorite John Denver song. Perhaps it was the lyrics as much as the music.

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Louisiana Flood Victims: Why Is Obama Ignoring Us?

    In 2005 President Bush was rebuked by Democrats for his handling of Hurricane Katrina.

    President Obama scored some cheap political points — blasting President Bush for his flyover of the devastation in New Orleans.

    Well, at least President Bush paid a visit.

    That’s a lot more than what President Obama has done for the people of Baton Rouge and other parts of southeastern Louisiana.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Good question. Bush was reamed for taking a relatively short time, yet Obama continues hitting the links and as always, gets a pass…

  7. helenk3 Says:

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Hillary Gets Caught In Email Lie, Blames Colin Powell

    On Thursday, Hillary Clinton told the FBI that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had told her to set up a personal email account during a dinner conversation. There’s only one problem: Powell totally denies it. According to a statement from Powell’s office to NBC News:

    General Powell has no recollection of the dinner conversation. He did write former Secretary Clinton an email memo describing his use of his personal AOL email account for unclassified messages and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department.

    At the time there was no equivalent system within the Department. He used a secure State computer on his desk to manage classified information.

    The General no longer has the email he sent to former Secretary Clinton. It may exist in State or FBI files.

    These politicians and their “blame-gaming” are so tiresome. Does anyone even believe a word they say any more? Certainly no one with a functioning brain believes any thing Hillary says. She’s a well known and well documented liar.

    As if the other candidate – Donald Trump.

    • piper Says:

      Colin Powell has made statements about everyone including Bush coming out of both sides of his mouth so I’m a bit unsure about his ‘recollections.’ Ego ranks high in politicians, military, senior officials etc.

  9. helenk3 Says:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Boy we sure could use some of the “rhythm of the falling rain around here”. Very dry. Great song. You find all the best ones Helen.

  10. helenk3 Says:

    when my son was young we were out shopping. I had to go to the bathroom. He was young enough I could take him into the ladies room. He started looking under the stalls. i told you can’t do that. he told me it is not nice to fool mother nature

  11. helenk3 Says:


  12. piper Says:

    Interesting —— Wayne A. Root is a politician, radio speaker, etc., who frequently is the opening speaker for many Drumpf rallies so one understand why he is writing the following thread.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Well maybe he’s right and everyone else is wrong. And maybe Julian Assuage and Wikileaks has something on Hillary that is destroying her peace of mind. I don’t know. Even my crystal ball doesn’t know.

      But with the crazy we’ve seen so far I don’t count anything out.

  13. helenk3 Says:

    new word and WOW

  14. piper Says:

    This poster needs to have Hillary’s picture along side of Donald

  15. helenk3 Says:

    the young lady earned this

  16. helenk3 Says:

    OH OH things they are a changing

  17. helenk3 Says:

    again tonight a glorious sunset. 360 degrees of beautiful pink clouds , blue skys .
    living here makes me wish I knew how to paint

  18. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Great post, Marge. My thoughts and prayers go out to those in Louisiana. Not only did I live there for a year, but I have dear friends and a godson living in Baton Rouge, so this touches close to home.

    As some of you know, I live on the coast of South Carolina on a barrier island below Charleston. So hurricanes are something with which we live. As we say, it isn’t a matter of if, but when. We know it, and prepare accordingly (for instance, my house has thousands of dollars worth of hurricane/earthquake clips from the subfooters to the top of the roof, as required by code. We do what we can.).

    That said, this planet is so amazing, and she has ways of taking care of herself that aren’t always good for us, but necessary for her, like floods, fires, all of those things. It is tragic when life is lost, no doubt abt it, but we can’t control Mother Nature. We can only live with her and do the best we can to get out of harm’s way.

    And yes, we need to appreciate the beauty of this magnificent world. Every morning when I go out to feed the birds, the sun has just come up, the birds are singing, often there are deer around, and the creek is ever changing (I live on a tidal creek). It is my favorite part of the day.

    We are blessed to live in such beauty, to have that continuity of which you spoke, Marge. What a beautiful world!

  19. kenoshamarge Says:

    The 7 Dumbest Things That Offended Liberals

    By John Hawkins

    When you’re a liberal, the best way to show how much more virtuous you are than other people is to become offended. The more trivial the issue you are offended by, the more caring, enlightened and, yes, virtuous you appear to other liberals. Moreover, if you think white privilege, racism and rape culture are running rampant, you’ll want to find ways to distinguish yourself from the masses, whom you view as troglodytes.

  20. kenoshamarge Says:

  21. helenk3 Says:

    interesting interview

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I don’t watch Judge Jeanine. Once she became a Trumpanzee I lost any interest in what she has to say.

      Sorry to hear Dinesh D’Souza was on with her – him I am interested in listening to and him I respect.

      Judge Jeanine and her ever present cleavage bore me.

  22. helenk3 Says:

    a really good question,

    did you ever notice that the dems run magicians for office? Hillary made over $6 BILLION disappear while she was SOS, Bill made millions disappear form his foundation. Now Bernie has made billions disappear. What talent they have

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Isn’t it amazing how that happens? We know that Bernie got a nice new beach house costing $600,000.00 but where that rest went is anybody’s guess. Poor little Berniebots actually believed him when he pretended to care about the “common” man.

  23. kenoshamarge Says:

    Mike Rowe brilliantly calls out liberal celebs when asked why he doesn’t use fame for ‘get out the vote’

    He took to Facebook to answer a fan’s request to “encourage your huge following to go out and vote this election.”

    Rowe reasoned that encouraging everyone to vote — regardless of their mental state or knowledge of issues and current events is crazy.

    “When they tell us that ‘everybody in the country should get out there and vote,’ regardless of what they think or believe, I gotta wonder what they’re smoking.”

  24. kenoshamarge Says:

  25. helenk3 Says:

    for a short break
    lets have a Sunday stroll. I’ll bet it will not be long before Amy can do this with us

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Oh Lord I remember that so well. I loved to do the “stroll”! I also had an outfit almost like the one the girl is wearing. It was a charcoal gray tweed skirt and a pink top.

  26. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Mike Rowe had a great response to a fan asking him to encourage people to vote. In short, he said it is a RIGHT, not a DUTY:

  27. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Speaking of Louisiana, IJ Review had this great juxtaposition of how Bush and Obama have reacted to Louisiana during its two major flooding events:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Different presidential responses and different media responses too. I’m writing about that tomorrow. It exposes the media bias once again.

      • helenk3 Says:

        I started to look up what Romney did during the 2012 flooding. I remember him going to help and bringing truck loads of supplies and water. The media did not seem to think it was such a big deal like they do with trump

  28. kenoshamarge Says:

    House Clinton and the Wages of Corruption

    Very long and very good piece by Jonah Goldberg. Gives a different perspective to the Clinton’s corruption. And I think Jonah is right – because with the power will always come the money.

  29. kenoshamarge Says:

    Mother of Paralyzed Football Player Can Hardly Believe What the Opposing Team Just Did for Her Family in Flood-Ravaged Baton Rouge

    For Devon Gales, life changed in the most dramatic of ways on September 26 of last year. That was the day the defensive back and special teams player from Southern University suffered a hit at the hands of University of Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan that left Gales paralyzed from the neck down.

    Throughout his recovery, Gales has maintained a positive, winning attitude, and the University of Georgia has taken care of him at every turn. Players, alumni, and fans alike have adopted him into the Bulldog Nation, while coaches and staff have kept a close eye on him as he recovered at the Shepherd Center, a rehab facility in Atlanta specializing in recovery from spinal cord injuries. Gales has even recently begun moving his legs a little.

    Too bad POTUS can’t be bothered to help the people of Louisiana.

  30. kenoshamarge Says:

  31. helenk3 Says:


    backtrack bunch landgrab in Utah.
    what is in Utah that they could sell to a foreign government? the last I heard that is where we dump our nuclear waste.

  32. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    In case there was still any doubt of how in the tank for Trump Sean Hannity is, this should dispel it:

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Add in Bolling and Kimberly Guilfoyle on “The Five”. Add in Greta Van Susteren. Add in O’Reilly. Add all that to Aisles now working for Trump and it exposes the whole corruption at FOX. With the leader of the corruption in Rupert Murdock.

      It’s funny that liberals think Murdock the next thing to the devil himself – because he is equally bad for Republicans if they only had the brains to see it.

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