This Old Land Mass called Mississippi By ANITA LEE
At least they know we exist.
While covering Isaac on Sunday, The Weather Channel referred to Mississippi as "the land mass" between New Orleans and Mobile.
This did not go unnoticed by fans of social media. A Facebook page called The Land Mass Between NOLA and Mobile was created Sunday and had more than 34,000 likes by Monday afternoon. It quickly became a repository for Mississippians' dismay over being neglected or forgotten, a feeling that lingers from Hurricane Katrina and is perpetuated when coverage cranks up each year from The City that Care Forgot for the monster storm's anniversary.
Now, mind you, we hate what happened in and to New Orleans. But even those folks admit they had a flood, not a hurricane. Katrina, as you will recall, devastated the land mass between New Orleans and Mobile.
But back to Isaac. If we were unable to find humor in a dire situation, what would we do?
Facebook member Debbie McLemore wrote the following under a cartoon, by Marshall Ramsey of the Clarion-Ledger, about the Land Mass being colonized: "This page goes to prove that you best not slight or ignore us and that we do stand as a united land mass! It also proves that we can find humor in the face of anything; even the force of nature."
An inventive young lady with the Twitter handle HipMayre worked The Weather Channel reference into her Isaac updates: "Bryant is urging (people) in The Land Mass Between NOLA & Mobile to evacuate from low areas."
Others indignantly tweeted that this is not a land mass, but a state. A state called Mississippi.
Well, to reiterate , Mississippi got the true brunt of Hurricane Katrina. The actual hurricane itself. New Orleans got the failure of the state and federal levee" protection" we pay for and have continued to pay for. If you live on a coast line you are invariably going to be vulnerable to storms of all nature. Mississippi Gulf Coast rebuilt their casinos and hotels in record time, largely because their then Governor, Barbour was a die hard Republican and had W's federal aid there in no time at all. I'm sure if you did a survey of how many people were able to return to their homes and rebuild in Mississippi and compare it with residents of NOLA, many of whom never got to come back, you would see a distinct huge difference in the population numbers. What I find even more abominable is how much focus has been on the RNC in Tampa when folks in Haiti are still living in tents from the big earthquake there. There should never be any display of partisanship when it comes to aiding one another no mater what!!
In the meantime, we are batting down the hatches. The main concern is flooding. We have moved our vehicles to higher ground. Spending most of the remainder of the day helping out elderly neighbors and friends and bracing ourselves for whatever is to come. We have friends in lower lying areas of town who will be coming and staying with us so at least it will be lively! It's real breezy outside,actually quite pleasant atm, no rain yet, a few spatterings.
Bixa, I have intentionally spared myself watching any TV coverage of the governor. I can't bear it.
We have so much food cooked up,I still have some black beans and a ton of rice left over from the MSMG Saturday night which I embellished on, and T. grilled up a batch of sausage and chicken and ribs... We took some food over to a few people in the neighborhood that we know live alone and somewhat reclusive and or infirm. Also made sure that they that had enough cat food because they all have cats. The wind is kicking up pretty good right now, I have pretty much done all I can at this point and hope these old windows hold out. I took a ride onto S.Carrollton Ave about an hour or so ago,everything is closed, many cars parked on the median strip "neutral ground", pretty much every business closed. I saw a few homeless people and gave them a few bucks to do with whatever,it's all I had on me and they didn't ask but, I gave it to them anyway and got my "God bless". What else can one do? We have 8 people here tonite or until whenever, they're all over at the local saloon atm,but, I suspect will be back before long, I'm hoping to sleep peacefully throughout the worst of it but that remains to be seen. I think the worst is going to be alot of relentless rain....and then the possible flooding. I'll keep y'all posted as long as we have power. Thanks for the well wishes, I'll be sure to try and get some pics!!
Just catching storm report. Lots of flooding. Strong surge. NOLO and coastal Mississippi areas are still being battered. (Casinos in MS have water right up to the doors) The threat for tornados is still strong and more flooding is very possible during and after this very slow-moving storm which has been downgraded to a tropical storm.
Casimira doesn't have electricity, not since yesterday. I talked to her briefly today, but the connection kept cutting out. They are high and dry in their part of town & both she & her husband told me it wasn't too bad. What was bad was that the already saturated ground plus high wind caused a huge oak to topple a few blocks from their house, covering parts of two streets & dragging power lines down with it. (the area where they live is 6' above sea level)
According to Yahoo headlines, the hurricane must have been really bad. Look -- it actually took a whole Lousiana parish & put it in Mississippi! Mass evacs ordered over possible Mississippi dam failure Heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Isaac is threatening a dam in Tangipahoa Parish in Southern Mississippi, leading local officials to order a mass evacuation.
Yes Bixa, thank you for letting us all know that you have spoken with Casi and she and her family are fine. Hopefully the power will be repaired soon. We went without power for 5 days in 2006, for us that also meant no water or septic pump.
Jeez, what an ordeal, The thing just lingered and lingered over us, Not nearly as much rain as we thought but high winds for a long time, And, thank goodness it never got to be be as hot to be unbearable. There's also much to be said about stormy weather and great sex....hee hee.. Highly recommended!!0