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We Interrupt This Program

Update: Here’s an interactive CNN map of affected areas.

Excuse me, while I open a space in the political discussion to point out something beyond the primaries on Tuesday – a powerful series of thunderstorms ripped through the Mid-South with tornadoes that killed at least 54 56 people and injured hundreds. They have been promised help by George W. Bush, which I can tell you as someone who lives in an area struck by hurricane Ivan in 2004 and knows what the Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas Gulf Coast still looks like after Katrina and Rita in 2005, is not going to happen any time soon.

With so many states involved, many of the mutual assistance agreements, with sharing of manpower and resources, is overwhelmed. One of the tornadoes stayed on the ground to plow a 25 mile long ditch in Tennessee. People are hurting, and it would be in the best traditions of liberals, Democrats, and “hippies” to help them out.

Monkeyfister live-blogged the storms, and has the links for direct assistance. A lot of our neighbors in the Mid-South became instantly homeless, jobless, and foodless. It would be a good thing to do for your karma to put aside politics for a short time and walk the walk. Everyone knows that we can talk the talk.

[crossposted at the American Street]


1 hipparchia { 02.07.08 at 5:33 pm }

that’s the first map i’ve seen, thanks for the link.

am i the only one who finds it a bit disconcerting though when the little red darts drop out of the sky onto the map?

2 Bryan { 02.07.08 at 7:16 pm }

At least they aren’t cartoon twisters.