Sunday, August 24, 2014

TWO PINTS SHY OF A GALLON



WILL NEXT TEMECULA CITY COUNCIL ELECTION BRING DROUGHT REALITY?

Temecula, CA – Hearing the mayor of Ferguson, MO say there is no racial divide to the camera when clearly the nightly riots, demonstrations, worldwide reverberations show otherwise proves either someone trying to put a rug over a pile of shit in the middle of the room or is just a plain liar. A lying politician; the opposite of finding a sober Irishman on Saturday night is how the old joke goes. And though I’ve partied with plenty of Irish, sober ones do exist just like black people who have no rhythm. Unicorns are different.

But at some point when the lie becomes a false reality for a fake legacy delivering disastrous results, it’s time to say, “Are you smoking crack, Sir?


‘The United States is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in memory. More than 30 percent of the country was experiencing at least moderate drought last month.' - MSNBC

'In seven states, drought conditions were so severe that each had more than half of its land area in severe drought. Severe drought is characterized by crop loss, frequent water shortages and mandatory water-use restrictions. Based on data from the U.S. Drought Monitor through May 13, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the states with the highest levels of severe drought.

In an interview, U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) meteorologist Brad Rippey, told 24/7 Wall St. that drought has been a long-running issue in parts of the country. "This drought has dragged on for three and a half years in some areas, particularly (in) North Texas," Rippey said.

While large portions of seven states suffer from severe drought, in some parts of these states, drought conditions are even worse. In six of the seven states with the highest levels of drought, more than 30 percent of each state was in extreme drought as of May 13, as well as suffering widespread water shortages. 
Additionally, in California and Oklahoma, 25 and 30 percent of the states, respectively, suffered from exceptional drought, the highest severity of classification. Under exceptional drought, crop and pasture loss is widespread, and shortages of well and reservoir water can lead to water emergencies.

Drought has had a major impact on important crops such as winter wheat. "So much of the winter wheat is grown across the southern half of the Great Plains," Rippey said, in an area that includes three of the hardest-hit states. In the Southwest, concerns are less-focused on agriculture and more on reservoir levels, Rippey said.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced by the USDA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the seven states with the highest proportions of total area classified in at least a state of severe drought as of May 13, 2014. Also reviewed were figures recently published by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service as part of its 2012 Census of Agriculture.

No. 1: California
Percent severe drought: 100.0 percent
Percent extreme drought: 76.7 percent (the highest)
Percent exceptional drought: 24.8 percent (2nd highest)

California had the nation's worst drought problem as of May 13, with more than 76 percent of the state experiencing extreme drought. Severe drought conditions covered the entire state.

Drought in California has worsened considerably in recent years. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency earlier this year. California had 465,422 hired farm workers in 2012, more than any other state; those workers would likely suffer further if conditions persist.

The shortage of potable water has been so severe that California is now investing in long-term solutions, such as desalination plants. A facility that is expected to be the largest in the Western hemisphere is currently under construction in Southern California, and another is under consideration in Orange County.’ – MSNBC
I live here, in the sweetest fake reality of all, the bubble of Temecula, and I love it. However, even being a MMJ patient, I am still aware of the beauty and the reality, so you can maybe understand why I did a Roger Rabbit when I saw this headline in The Weekly, a once a week print affair ‘serving southwest Riverside County, published by the daily Press-Enterprise:

“Officials: More time needed for water park deal” – Aaron Claverie

Is it me or with the recent district salary debate with the teachers here and the drought issue also noted in the Valley News, is a warmed-over, long-promised, Mike Naggar water-park deal really in the best interest of the city? Were this Hemet or even Menifee, which bake long after T-town and vicinity have dawned sweatshirts or pulled up blankets, I would view this different even though I don’t have children to enjoy this type of amusement.

I might also view this differently were there no severe drought and no water park, though smaller scale, located in Murrieta. Why are we even discussing a water park deal? Mike’s daughter has graduated college so his promise to his little girl is long done, or does Mike stand to make a little sump-sump off the back end? Given today’s career politician, it’s hard to imagine any of them being that unrealistic toward their fellow constituent without some unseen motivation. Know what I mean, Verne?

I wonder if the voters in T-town will notice this?

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