The Daily Slab – March 30

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An aerial view shows a house with a sandbag levee is surrounded by floodwaters south of Fargo, North Dakota March 29, 2009.

All the sandbagging seems to be paying off for folks in North Dakota – so far – but it will be touch and go until river drops another couple of feet. However, it was all go for a young couple who married “surrounded by family and flood water”.  More pictures from North Dakota are here.

Closer to home, a Moss Point school will be closed today because of flooding.

Orange Lake Elementary School in Moss Point will be closed Monday due to flooding.

“This is the only school in the district at this point that is closed, but people should stay in touch with the media,” Myya Robinson, director of communications for the Moss Point School District, said Sunday night.

Tobacco lawsuit dollars tracked from Clarion-Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell  story in the Sunday paper could lead one to believe Merkel is tracking reporters after Delaughter’s strong showing in last week’s motions – for example, this footnote from the Motion to Dismiss Counts Two, Three and Four:

The indictment concedes that Judge DeLaughter’s rulings in the Wilson v. Scruggs litigation were “not plainly unlawful.” Indictment at 2, ¶ 7. We take that double negative to mean that his rulings in fact were lawful and that the government will not attempt to show that any of Judge DeLaughter’s rulings favoring Scruggs was erroneous. (Judge DeLaughter made a number of rulings favoring Wilson during the indictment period. We assume the government will not contend that those rulings were erroneous.)

More during the the day as news comes our way – or yours.

The Daily Slab – March 27

All the coverage we’ve given to the flooding in North Dakota linked SLABBED to Retrieverman’s weblog. noth-dakota-flood-golden1

This is a golden retriever that I’m sure you’ve all seen on the news. The dog’s name is “Annie,” and she belongs to a resident near the Red River of the North in Fargo, North Dakota.

Fargo is expecting a record flood this time, which is why they’ve sandbagged. This is a pretty bad natural disaster by anyone’s imagination.

However, look at the dog for minute. This is the type of golden that is still common in the Upper Midwest, dark -colored and, in the case of this one, rather wavy-coated. This dog’s coat is really quite similar to what I imagine the Tweed water dog or Tweed water spaniel’s coat looked like. Continue reading “The Daily Slab – March 27”

The Daily Slab – March 24

If North Dakota floats by, please catch it!

News of the flooding there has been stuck in the infamous “drafts” file for three days now and it’s time for it to make the Daily Slab.

Yesterday, CNN was reporting Flooding threatened up to 6,000 homes Monday in Fargo, North Dakota, where residents rushed to fill more than 1 million sandbags to stem the flow of the Red River, city officials said.

“So far, we have 310,000 bags filled and ready to go, but that’s a long way from the 1.5 million sandbags we need to fight this flood,” City Administrator Pat Zavoral said Sunday.

The National Guard and FEMA staff have been dispatched to help.

National news has been filled with stories of people putting their interest first; but, not so in North Dakota. 20,000 HELPING HANDS: At least 10,000 volunteers turn out; more needed to fight flood.sandbag-fargo

Buses could hardly keep up Monday with the thousands of volunteers eager to fill sandbags and fight the flood.

More than 10,000 people volunteered in Fargo-Moorhead, according to estimates from people coordinating the efforts. That doesn’t include people helping out friends or family.

The State must be populated by some of the best, most self reliant folks on earth, God love ‘um.  Helping others is bred into them. Continue reading “The Daily Slab – March 24”