Fly-Over Country Tragedy 🛩 Open Thread

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There has been a terrible tragedy happening in what is often referred to as fly-over country and no one, seems interested in telling that story. Most of us heard something on television about some wildfires but that’s about all. Because the media, that so often is hysterical about the most minor of catastrophes wasn’t doing much to cover it we assumed their disinterest was because it wasn’t much of a story.

Knowing how detestable the media is I should not have assumed. That’s on me.

Until I read following article I had no idea how bad the fires were. I had no idea of the devastation.

Outpouring Of American Generosity Douses Horrifying Aftermath Of Midwestern Wildfires

“The flames were forty, fifty feet high, traveling at 80 to 90 miles an hour.”

Recent wildfires have seared millions of acres, leaving a swath of total devastation across Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Texas. The memories will haunt residents for generations. The thousands of dead cattle, their carcasses swelled even in the cool weather of spring, leave a smell that will linger in memory of anyone who has experienced it.

 Why Does The Media Ignore Flyover Country’s Plight?

The New York Times ran a story; the major networks covered the fires; and regional newspapers have offered extensive coverage of the fires. But the ranchers affected are more than a little offended that their tragedy, their story, has triggered so little interest in the rest of the country. Later stories have a global warming angle, with the subtext that those Trump voters are reaping what they have sown.

Locals aren’t much interested in speculation about sin and retribution, crediting the fires to a remarkably cool and wet summer last year which lead to more than normal growth of grass and a consequently large supply of flammable material to feed the fires. Despite the lack of bi-coastal interest, or maybe because of it, the response from fellow farmers and ranchers across the great middle of the country has been astonishing and heartwarming.

My social media feed is full of pictures of convoys of trucks headed toward the plains. Farmers are purchasing fencing materials and loading trucks for Kansas and points west. My neighbors are collecting items to deliver this week, and one of my friends has already made two trips west. Orphan calves are being adopted by 4-H clubs; the kids will bottle feed the calves until they are large enough to be returned to their home ranches.

Farm organizations, churches, and civic clubs are raising money, purchasing replacement items, and doing what they can to help their fellow farmers and ranchers recover. It is the most moving example of private action that people here have seen, and as far as we residents of flyover country can tell, the rest of the country is totally unaware.

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WEST TEXAS (Reuters) — When the Schwerzenbach family saw a wildfire racing toward their remote ranch in Lipscomb, Texas, there was no time to run.

“We had a minute or two and then it was over us,” said 56-year-old Nancy Schwerzenbach.

The fire, moving up to 70 miles per hour (112 kph), was one of several across more than 2 million acres (810,000 hectares) that hit the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma and Kansas last week, causing millions of dollars of damage and killing thousands of livestock.

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In this country we help our neighbors when tragedy strikes. We are one nation under God and when our neighbors need help we are there for them. We don’t care if they are Democrat or Republican, black or white or any shade or race in between. We help each other.

That the media has decided that they don’t need to pay much attention to what happens to people in fly-over country passes all bounds of decency.

They should be ashamed. We should be ashamed of them. And I, personally am ashamed of myself for not knowing. From now on, I will. Because it has been brought to my attention that the media, who’s bias I decry on a daily basis, is also without common decency. They don’t reflect the kind of people we are as Americans. They aren’t even close.

Wildfires in Oklahoma and Texas burn nearly 1 million acres, killing 7

Two of the people that died are pictured below. Two young people just starting their lives. Two wonderful smiles we will see no more.

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We are completely heartbroken over the loss of our favorite cowboy and his princess. Cody and Sydney were trying to save some cattle and got overtaken by the wildfire in McLean. There are no words for how much this amazing young man meant to us. If you have hunted with us, you have most likely met this well mannered cowboy. I can’t imagine not having him drop by for his favorite glass of sweet Georgia tea. We loved this kid so much. Life will not be the same without his big smile and his practical jokes. Please pray for his precious family as well as his girlfriend Sydney’s family. Heaven gained one handsome cowboy and an amazing sweet and beautiful princess tonight.

As many as five firefighters were injured while fighting another fire near Amarillo, Texas. Several blazes merged into one massive fire reportedly 12 to 15 miles across, according to Potter County Sheriff’s Office Capt. John Coffee.

Bodies of dead cattle pictured below as well as what appears to be some small animals laying on the ground. I can’t tell what they are but the images are seared into my brain. The cattle may have been scheduled to become steaks and burgers in time but being burned alive is a horrible fate for any living thing.

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“When we drive down the road and look out on the pasture lands, there’s no grass. There’s dead deer, dead cows, dead wildlife, miles of fence gone away. It looks like a complete desert,” said Ashland Veterinary Center co-owner Dr. Randall Spare, who is helping in relief efforts in Clark County, Kansas.

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian Rod Hall said bulldozers were being used to bury dead animals.

“They’re digging large pits and burying the animals in there,” he said.

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Trump Administration Comes to Aid of Ranchers Affected by Wildfires

A new authorization by the Trump administration lends a helping hand to ranchers whose land has been devastated by wildfires.

The Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that for a limited time, ranchers affected by the wildfires that began March 6 will be allowed to graze livestock on protected lands in Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

“Ranchers are facing devastating conditions and economic calamity because of these wildfires and they need some relief, or else they face the total loss of their herds in many cases,” Michael Young, deputy acting secretary of the USDA, said in a statement.

Trump Administration Comes to Aid of Ranchers Affected by Wildfires

The USDA estimated that the fire has burned roughly 1.6 million acres of grassland. 

This I will file under very good Trump. Would the ultra environmentalist Obama Administration have done the same? Impossible to know now. But if we go by past behavior I would say not. These states are red states and both the liberals and their liberal activist media have nothing but disdain for these citizens.

We knew that the media picked which subjects to cover and how to cover them. We knew they had a disgusting bias that made what they “reported” repugnant and dishonest.

However I never believed, even of them, that they would ignore a tragedy and people who had been devastated for political reasons. That passes revolting – that is just plain evil.

I don’t like Trump and I never will. But I applaud his administration for reaching out to help these people. God Bless the people he has put in charge for that.

God Bless and keep both the people who have been the victims of these terrible fires and the ordinary decent citizens that were coming to their rescue long before government did.

That’s the kind of people we are and have always been. That’s why people like us have no use or respect for the MSM. Now it is doubtful I ever will.

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12 Responses to “Fly-Over Country Tragedy 🛩 Open Thread”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    Brought this link from Piper forward from yesterday. It’s worth a second look IMHO.

    Gov. Walker’s welfare reform plan should go national.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/state-local-politics/327489-walkers-welfare-reform-makes-wisconsin-model-for-the

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      That it should. This is, among many reasons why I supported Walker for POTUS. So what if he had no “charisma”? He knew how to govern and what’s more he knew how to govern a fractious state like Wisconsin that never seems to quite make up it’s mind if it’s “red” or “blue” and so is often “purple.” I like that in a state. One that is always one of another isn’t, IMO open to changing realities.

      • piper Says:

        I listened to him speaking the other day and thought that he isn’t the best speaker definitely not the firebrand or charismatic, however, his skills are in planning and implementation benefiting us, not catering to small interest groups. As I’m also a doer I appreciate his governance.

  2. Cindyindie Says:

    Thank you Marge for this crucially important story!
    As I read yesterday, anything that happens between I-95 and I-5
    is of NO importance to the media.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Evidently. They spend endless hours on speculation, rumors and innuendo but little on the real problems that afflict real people. No wonder we regard them with disgust.

      Thank goodness there are still good people like Blake Hurst at the Federalist to bring it to are attention.

      For those interested in donating to the Panhandle Relief fund:

      Please contact Janice Neckar at jneckar@txfb.org or 254-751-2494 with donation questions.

      If you prefer to pay by check, it should be made out and sent to:

      Texas Farm Bureau Agriculture Research and Education Foundation
      Panhandle Wildfire Committee

      P.O. Box 2689
      Waco, TX 76702-2689
      Attn: Cyndi Gerik

    • piper Says:

      Agree. Until my friend moved to eastern Oklahoma, I never would have thought of visiting there. I found the people to be kind, friendly and respectful which is a bit different from where I live in Wisconsin.

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    Kansas Livestock Association is organizing hay and fencing material donations for delivery to affected areas in Kansas. To make in-kind donations, call KLA at (785) 273-5115.

    Cash donations can be made through the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF), KLA’s charitable arm, by going to http://www.kla.org/donationform.aspx.

    There is a need for milk replacer for calves that have lost their mothers in the wildfire. If you are so inclined to donate a bag,

    Ashland Feed and Seed said they can take credit card orders over the phone. A bag costs $44.50. Their number is (620) 635-2856. Thank you!

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    How You Can Help Fire Impacted Ranchers in Oklahoma

    Donations can be made via the mail with checks made payable to “Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation” and writing “Fire Relief” in the memo line. Send checks to:

    Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation
    P.O. Box 82395
    Oklahoma City, OK 73148

  5. creeper00 Says:

    Having moved to Oklahoma last November I’ve learned a lot about the locals. I suspect most of them would prefer Washington stay out of it, though they probably wouldn’t mind a little publicity and letting them graze cattle on otherwise forbidden lands is a nice gesture.

    Oklahoma is so used to getting short shrift from the Feds that we’ve figured out how to make it works for us. Oklahoma flies under the radar and we like it that way.

    Thanks for the address, Marge. I’ll send a check to the Cattlemen’s Association. We take care of our own.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I can understand your feelings towards the Federal Government. But I suspect every little bit of help people can get helps. I’d rather see the money go to people in the wildfire’s path than to some illegal immigrants.

      I think we’re all better off when we “take care of our own”. My whole rant was because many of us didn’t know how bad it was.

      We can’t help when we don’t know. I just put a couple of checks in the mail myself. I don’t have much but I’m sure it will all help in some small way.

      Nice to “see” you again Creeper.

    • cindyindie Says:

      Creeper!! great seein’ you, gal. So you’re an Okie, now!
      I’m sure you’ve discovered the great fishing in Oklahoma.
      We’ve got to chat later…Okla. was a big part of my life.
      Glad you’re well and happy.

  6. piper Says:

    Marge,
    Thank you for the update on what’s happening in our country. Will be sending checks tomorrow.

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