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The Atlanta snowstorm

I happened to catch a few minutes of CNN Newsroom this morning, and they were offering saturation coverage of the big snowstorm that hit Atlanta yesterday. Big by Atlanta standards, anyway. Their average annual snowfall is 2.1 inches, and yesterday they got 2.6 inches. Worried that road conditions might be bad, Atlantans promptly took steps to make sure they were, as businesses, governments, and schools released people early at approximately the exact same time, leading in massive traffic jams that resulted in hundreds of traffic accidents, cars running out of gas on the roads, schoolchildren being trapped on buses for several hours, and at least one woman giving birth in her car. There were similar problems all over the South, but CNN is based in Atlanta, so of course they focused on that.

Anyway. while I was watching, CNN anchor Carol Costello interviewed CNN reporter Kyra Phillips -- because there's nothing journalists like better than interviewing other journalists -- about her experiences getting home the previous day. Like many other people who'd gotten stuck in traffic, Phillips had ultimately decided to abandon her car on the road and walk home, which in her case was an eight-mile hike. Sounds pretty awful! But Costello kept saying ridiculous things to make it seem even worse.

First, she brought up her own experience of being in Baltimore for the back-to-back blizzards of 2010. As it happens, I was still in the DC area during those blizzards, so I know that yesterday's storm in Atlanta doesn't even remotely compare to that, even when you account for the Atlanta storm being in Atlanta. Baltimore got more than 50 inches of snow during that storm. In fairness to Atlanta, their storm hit on a weekday, while the first of the mid-Atlantic blizzards hit on a weekend, and the second while things were still shut down from the first, so we didn't experience anything like the traffic problems Atlanta got. But still, comparing the two events is wildly overblown.

Later, Costello prefaced one of her questions with, "Now, you've been in Baghdad ..." That one actually caused me to laugh out loud. Look, I wouldn't want to walk eight miles in 20-degree weather, but given the choice between that and being in a literal war zone, I'll take the walk, thank you very much.

Ten random things: September 1

Ten cooperatives:

  1. American Crystal Sugar Company (Moorhead, Minn.)
  2. Tree Top Inc. (Selah, Wash.)
  3. Tennessee Farmers Cooperative (LaVergne, Tenn.)
  4. Aurora Cooperative (Aurora, Neb.)
  5. CHS Inc. (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.)
  6. Walton EMC (Monroe, Ga.)
  7. United Cooperative (Beaver Dam, Wis.)
  8. NEW Cooperative (Fort Dodge, Iowa)
  9. Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association (Baraboo, Wis.)
  10. Urban Roots Community Garden Center (Buffalo, N.Y.)

All of these cooperatives were mentioned in the July/August 2010 issue of Rural Cooperative, a publication of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development office. Even the last one, which sounds pretty darn urban to me.


Ten random things: August 10

Ten politicians killed in plane crashes:

  1. Rep. Larry McDonald (D-Ga.)
  2. Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.)
  3. Sen. Bronson Cutting (R-N.M.)
  4. Gov. Mel Carnahan (D-Mo.)
  5. Richard Obenshain (Republican U.S. Senate nominee from Virginia)
  6. Rep. Jerry Litton (D-Mo.)
  7. Ron Brown (U.S. Secretary of Commerce)
  8. Sen. John Tower (R-Texas)
  9. Rep. Hale Boggs (D-La.)
  10. Sen. John Heinz (R-Pa.)

Sad news out of Alaska today: former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was killed in a plane crash near Dillingham, along with four others. This was, interestingly, the second time Stevens was on a plane that crashed; the first was in 1978, an accident that resulted in the death of five people, including his first wife, Ann. It may also be worth noting that Stevens was defeated for re-election in 2008 by Mark Begich, whose father, U.S. Rep. Nick Begich (D-Alaska), had been killed in the same plane crash that killed Hale Boggs.

10-J, 10-M

Ten random things: May 12

Ten state commissioners of agriculture or equivalents thereof:

  1. Tommy Irvin, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture
  2. Ron Sparks, Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture
  3. Dr. Jon Hagler, Missouri Director of Agriculture
  4. Seth Bradstreet, Maine Commissioner of Agriculture
  5. A. G. Kawamura, California Secretary of Food and Agriculture
  6. Richard Bell, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture
  7. Don Koivisto, Michigan Director of the Department of Agriculture
  8. Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
  9. Joseph M. Kelsay, Indiana Director of the Department of Agriculture
  10. Leonard M. Blackham, Utah Commissioner of Agriculture

My original idea was to do a list of ten secretaries of agriculture or equivalents thereof, but as you can see only three of the states I chose have secretaries of agriculture, so I renamed it.

Incidentally, I chose these ten states because their abbreviations can be found within the phrase "The Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution," a poster from which happens to be hanging on the wall opposite me.