Ramblings, opinions, and general meanderings from the Deep South

Friday, April 29, 2011


God help these distraught people. Some of the clip crushes my heart. I've had to pause several times to try and subdue the sobbing. This is where I go to the VA clinic and the town is a treat to visit. A quiet, peaceful place and the people are nice and polite. After my appointments a stop was always at Mel's Diner to get at least a cup of coffee. I've eaten there many times. Good food. No more.

It absolutely makes my skin crawl to know there are assholes that were looting last night. Don't just shoot them, use gut shots so they die slowly and in great pain. These creeps will rot in the bowels of hell. And yes, I realize my anger issues need to be held in check - am working on it.

Hats off to MyFox in Memphis for covering this story and lending dignity to a news medium that many times goes for the impact. Ernie, the reporter, had the good grace to let local people recount this tragedy. When the man in the ball cap, standing outside the demolished Mel's Diner, told how he lost his Mother I sat here and cried. Still trying to shake the hollow feeling in my chest.

Overwhelming Devastation in Smithville: MyFoxMEMPHIS.com

"The supreme prayer of my heart is not to be learned, rich, famous, powerful, or good, but simply to be radiant. I desire to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage, and good will. I wish to live without hate, whim, jealousy, envy, fear. I wish to be simple, honest, frank, natural, clean in mind and clean in body, unaffected, as ready to say I do not know, if it be so, and to meet all men on an absolute equality, to face any obstacle and meet every difficulty unabashed and unafraid. I wish others to live their lives, too - up to their highest, fullest, and best. To that end I pray that I may never meddle, interfere, dictate, give advice that is not wanted, or assist when my services are not needed. If I can help people, I'll do it by giving them a chance to help themselves; and if I can uplift or inspire, let it be by example, inference, and suggestion, rather than by injunction and dictation. That is to say, I desire to be radiant - to radiate life."
~Elbert Hubbard (this may be my best quote ever)


Ashby Rhett Cullpepper III Jr. Esq. said...

I tried and tried to find Smithville coverage on the web and only found 1 article, and it just said the toronado that did so much damage in parts (that I shall not name) of Alabama started in Smithville MS. it never really covered the Smithville story. Finally saw a Smithville story on WTVA, but even it only touched on how widespread the damage was there. Even their Funeral Home AND CEMETARY were destroyed. There is no Mail Service in Smithville!

Ashby Rhett Cullpepper III Jr. Esq. said...

Lets Face it folks. Somehow by the Grace Of God, Tupelo dodged a bullet several times in the last weeks....

Mudslingr said...

Here are some aerial pics of Smithville, if you haven't seen any.

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Nightly News on NBC had a piece about Smithville too. See it here. They also have pics from different places.

I've got friends and family that live there. All are ok, thankfully.

Mudslingr said...

Here is the actual link for the video http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032619/vp/42807867#42807867 since the link i tried to make above doesn't want to work. Also the comments wouldn't let me use target in the pic links so you will have to hit the backspace key to return to the comments.

Mudslingr said...

And here is a long youtube video with video and pics.


Ashby Rhett Cullpepper III Jr. Esq. said...

Made a joke about not noticing any storms in anothe comment on another post........
But this is the first and only place I have heard of this and have talked to someone that liives about 10 miles out of Hamiliton in Smithville direction.

Dock said...

Wow! Comments are worth reading . Thanks everyone and special thanks out to Muslingr for the pics. It helped me establish that the VA clinic was just on the border of the F5 path.

Dock said...

Muslingr = Mudslingr!