Thursday, August 31, 2017

On the Cusp of September, Bidding a Non-Fond Farewell to this Eclipsed August; Houston/Port Arthur Megaflooding Disaster Update

Lovely fall farm image in or near Woodstock, Vermont.

Today is the last day of climatological summer (astronomical summer ends on Sept. 22nd).


Apologies for no entry last night. Both Tuesday and Wednesday were non-gym after work nights -- with the usual results, although I managed to catch a conveniently timed S2 and S4 bus, respectively, on both nights the short distance from 16th and P Streets to 16th and U Streets and got home in time to watch Carol Burnett and Friends on Me-TV.

Prior to that, I was out and spent too goddamn much money. Last night, I went to Cuba Libre and then to the bar at DBGB at the CityCenterDC complex before walking to Trade and a quick Stoney's stop, where Howie was working upstairs.

No idea where this is but it is pretty. Except that pasture must be overloaded with bovine dung.


Tonight is a gym night (attempted hour-long jog, or at least a portion of an hour, and weightlifting). What's more next pay period -- when I have to pay my rent and my student loans -- will feature severe austerity, especially during the work week. The pool at the gym should be refilled and reopened this coming Tuesday, so I'm looking forward to that.

I'm visiting my mom in Glen Burnie this Labor Day weekend -- taking the MARC train to Odenton tomorrow and returning either Sunday or Monday (Labor Day). Rain is forecasted for Saturday as the remnants of former Hurricane / later Tropical Storm Harvey get caught up in a frontal boundary and move across the Eastern U.S.

Map of the astonishing amounts of rainfall over a 5-day period through 7AM CDT August 30, 2017.


I intend to post a comprehensive update on Harvey and the megaflooding / mega-disaster it caused in the Greater Houston area and east to Beaumont / Port Arthur, Texas.

Aerial view of flooded I-10, Houston area, August 29, 2017.


The widespread 24 to 48 inches of rain -- with isolated amounts nearing 52 inches (specifically, 51.88 inches near the town of Mont Belvieu -- made Harvey the greatest tropical cyclone rain event, or indeed, ANY rain event in United States history) turning much of the Houston area into a shallow inland sea -- filled with all manner of overflowing petrochemicals and the occasional exploding chemical plant (YAY! GOP FREEDOM!) -- and causing tens of thousands of people to be displaced. The current death toll is approaching 40 in both Texas and Louisiana.

Headline right now (11:19AM EDT) in the New York Times of the situation in Houston. The actual website has an animated loop of social media message cries for help as the disaster unfolded. What I have featured up there is as a particular screenshot.


The CWG estimates that 24.5 trillion gallons of rainwater fell on Texas and Louisiana including 19 trillion on Texas. For comparison, the Chesapeake Bay is estimated to have 18 trillion gallons of water in it. Source here.

It's a horrible situation with enormous human suffering, although Trump can't stop praising himself, whipping the dwindling base of hardcore Trumpanzees into a dung-flinging frenzy.

OK, that's all for now. I'll post more on the Houston / Port Arthur situation later tonight. And, yes, I still need to post my South Carolina total solar eclipse pictures.


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Houston Megaflooding Disaster Update - Prelude Entry: Joel Osteen's Mega-Yacht S.S. Sandbag Is Doing Just Fine; and Revisiting the Kathy Griffin Trumped Up Outrage, 3 Months Later

Houston Megaflooding Disaster Update ...

Evacuees (flood refuges) in the Houston, Texas area, August 28, 2017.


I'm still trying to put together my comprehensive entry on the situation in the Greater Houston area. After a mind-boggling 25 to 50 inches of rainfall (!) over a widespread area encompassing all of Greater Houston, the rains have mostly stopped, but 30% of Harris County remains underwater and the death toll is over 20 (and rising) and at least 13,000 people have had to be rescued and tens of thousands are in shelters or otherwise displaced.

New York Times infographic: Estimated rainfall in inches along the Texas Gulf Coast between 8AM Aug. 25 and 8AM Aug. 29, 2017.

The monster rainfall event has set all kinds of records.


An unknown number remain missing and the cleanup hasn't even begun in a sprawling area of low density sprawl with no zoning laws, no effective drainage system, and petrochemicals galore. Oh, and the Texas Congressional delegation -- basically, all of whom are Teabagger Republicans -- want a generous federal check for the Herculean cleanup even though nearly all of them (those still in office) voted against any help for Hurricane Sandy victims several years ago. More on that at a later time, too.

A man helps an elderly lady and their dog walk through a flooded out Houston suburb, August 28, 2017.

I couldn't find a caption for this image so I don't know the relation between them but I am assuming that is his mother. He looks like her son.


As for Trump -- beloved by that narrow but electorally dominate Idiocracy of America, a.k.a., the "Long Con" marks that dutifully show up to screech and yowl -- he showed up in Texas to praise himself and his crowd sizes in that creepy, hysterical, deeply psychosexually deranged way of his.

Speaking of long cons, Houston's very own televangelist mega-charlatan, Joel Osteen -- that Elmer Gantry wannabe reconstituted for that inexhaustible supply of early 21st Century American marks, dupes, and fleeceable flooded out fools -- would like you to know that his fucking mega-yacht S.S. Sandbag will be sailing around the more deeply flooded out parts of the Greater Houston area in the coming days.

What's more, for a recurring monthly love offering of $30, he'll give you a copy of his latest "Prosperity Gospel" bullshit for use as flood-preventing sandbags.

OK, enough of that of that topic for now In the meantime, I have reposted below a topic of interest to me.

Reposted (but without inline text embedded links) ...

Revisiting the Kathy Griffin Trumped Up Outrage, 3 Months Later ...

The Associated Press FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, Kathy Griffin attends The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles.

Kathy Griffin Yanks Apology For “Decapitated” Donald Trump Stunt While Promoting Overseas Tour

By Lisa de Moraes**
August 29, 2017 1:17pm

**Note: I once had lunch with Lisa de Moraes and Paul Fahri when they were both at the Washington Post (I think Fahri still is) in fall 1999 during a weekly class I had there taught by Dorothy Gilliam in the Washington Post cafeteria -- that is, in the old, now-gone Washington Post building)

Source here and reposted here.

Three months after apologizing for a photo shoot in which she held up a fake "decapitated" head of President Donald Trump, Kathy Griffin said she wants to take that back.

"I am no longer sorry, the whole outrage was B.S., the whole thing got so blown out of proportion. I lost everybody -- I had Chelsea Clinton tweeting against me!" Griffin complained in an interview with Seven Network in Australia, where she is on tour.

Speaking to the co-host of the net's program "Sunrise," Griffin reminded that even friends like Debra Messing criticized the stunt, adding that, in addition to being fired from CNN's annual New Year’s Eve special, her U.S. tour got scrubbed when venues got death threats. "These Trump fans are hard-core!" she warned.

When Sunrise host Samantha Armytage mentioned Clinton and Messing are not Trump fans, asking Griffin if she understood they thought the message was "over the line," Griffin shot back: "You're full of crap. Stop acting like my little picture is more important than talking about the actual atrocities that the president of the United States is committing."

"I've been talking to Australians who, for the first time, are saying 'We're afraid to go to America.’' I never thought I would hear that in my lifetime," Griffin said.

Griffin kicked off her "Taking It Back Tour" on Monday, in an interview published by New York Magazine. Among her complaints, she said CNN chief Jeff Zucker had asked her to limit the number of anti-Trump jokes at her most recent New Year’s Eve co-hosting gig for the cable news network. "Why are people still expecting me to apologize and grovel to a man that tweets like this?” Griffin asked Yashar Ali. "I'm a comedian; he's our f---ing president."

"President Trump just pardoned Joe Arpaio, who was essentially running a concentration camp in the Arizona desert ... He said there are some good Nazis, and he's kicking out young adults who were brought here as kids by their parents -- and I'm the one who has to continue to apologize?"

Three months earlier, not long after TMZ published the image of Griffin holding up a fake severed Donald Trump head, ISIS style, Griffin released a video saying, "I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction of these images ... I crossed the line ... I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people ... I get it."


Off With Her Head
Kathy Griffin lost jobs, money, and friends after releasing a provocative image of President Trump. But the comedian refuses to bend the knee.

By Yashar Ali
The Cut
August 27, 2017

Source here.

The article recounts what she has gone through this she featured image of Donald Trump back in June. The part in which I am interested is this ...

Griffin's best-known celebrity friendship, going back 17 years, is with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. But after TMZ published the photo, Cooper came under tremendous pressure to repudiate it.

Without reaching out to Griffin, he tweeted the same night: "For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate." Griffin acknowledges that Cooper was in an untenable position, but she feels that their long friendship afforded her a call or text message beforehand.

In the following days, Griffin says four of Cooper's CNN colleagues reached out repeatedly to Griffin to check on her and offer private support (I independently confirmed this). But Cooper didn’t contact Griffin until August 10, CNN confirmed to me.

On July 26, when asked about Griffin on Andy Cohen’s talk show, "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," Cooper claimed that Griffin was still a friend. “Yeah, we’re still friends, and look I said what I said about -- I didn’t think what she said was appropriate, but I wish her the best and I hope she bounces back,” he told Cohen.

The fact that Cooper was telling people publicly they were friends, while not checking in with her, hurt Griffin deeply. When he finally reached out to her in a series of text messages, she told him their friendship was over.


Good for her.

As for Anderson Cooper and CNN, let me just say that he and his network are -- in no small measure -- why we have this megalomaniacal, dangerously unqualified lunatic as "President."

And there is this by Christina Cauterucci of from yesterday (link embedded):

The CBS Board Member's Email to Kathy Griffin Sure Is Full of Some Outrageously Bad Advice

This is in reference to an email from American film producer and CBS Corp. Board of Directors member Arnold "Arnie" Kopelson to Griffin containing a obscenely over-the-top, groveling apology that he urged her to send to Trump. It's the kind of crap you'd write in Stalin's Russia in 1948 -- or to Dear Leader in North Korea today. (There was also a bit of this in the months after 9/11 involving Bush the Lesser.) Anyway, here is a copy of that email:

Excerpt / Conclusion:

It all points to one very unflattering truth about the entertainment industry. No surprise here: Despite the supes empowering storylines, nice platitudes about equality, and resistance-baiting tweets, money, not any notion of right and wrong, is the guiding light.

Griffin says she's gotten lots of sympathetic messages of support from fellow industry folks; none agreed to speak with Ali for his story. Surely none of them think Griffin was truly threatening an attack on Trump, and most probably feel that her subsequent career tailspin was undeserved, but none were willing to associate themselves with someone who'd angered a president every moral person believes is a stain on humanity.

Trump can bully his critics for their bad jokes all he wants, but his overblown attacks only gain power when everyone else agrees to play by his messed-up rules.

Why these "messed-up rules" exist is hit upon by the inestimable Charlie Pierce in this piece.

OK, that's all for now. Again, I'll try to get my Houston megaflooding entry posted in a day or two.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Late Night Corporeal and Ethereal Ruminations: The Mild Air and Watery Gates of This August

A fountain between the Watergate East and South buildings, Washington, D.C., 4:26PM August 27, 2017.

This is part of the series of terraced, flattened ellipsoidal, vintage 1960s Modernist fountains located in the open-air passageway between the Watergate East and the Watergate South buildings.

The pictures in this entry are (mostly) from my Sunday walkabout -- basically, I went down to the Watergate Complex and to the rooftop Top of the Gate bar in the Watergate Hotel and Office building before heading back to Logan Circle to stop at Trade and No. 9 before meeting Fred at Annie's.


An apparently-weekly bubble party at Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., 4:00PM August 27, 2017.


The situation in the Houston area remains dire with catastrophic flooding from now-Tropical Storm Harvey still ongoing as torrential rains continue for a third day and are likely to continue for at least one more day. There have been thousands of first responder rescues of people trapped in their homes. Tens of thousands are displaced. The death toll is at 10 likely will go higher.

Monday morning broke over an inundated Houston; AP photo by L.M. Otero.


So far, 14 to 15 trillion gallons of rainwater is estimated to have fallen on the Greater Houston area -- in amounts ranging from 24 to 36 to 48+ inches -- in the past several days and the entire region is a temporary shallow inland sea. Houston's final rainfall total could reach 50+ inches -- or about what the city gets in normal year. (This is more than double the Katrina rainfall total.)

Flooded street scene in Houston, Texas, August 28, 2017; photo by Joe Raedle, Getty Images.


I'll have more to say on this in a subsequent entry. It deserves another dedicated entry.

Terraced fountain between the Watergates East and South, Washington, D.C., 4:27PM August 27, 2017.

I suspected that a turquoise blue dye was added to the water, but I couldn't tell for sure.


I'm home tonight following a trip to the gym after work. It wasn't the best workout that I've had -- and I also was unable to do the full hour jog. I only got up to 3.4 miles, no where near the 6.34 miles I was doing at one point (plus 5 minute cool down that brought it to 6.67 miles). (I made it to 6.02 miles on Saturday.) However, I got in an hour of weightlifting.

As I recently mentioned, the pool is undergoing needed maintenance -- and is presently empty. It won't be back up until next Tuesday. It's kind of depressing when the pool is empty (you can see it from the main workout area).

Another view of the terraced fountains between the Watergate East and South, Washington, D.C., 4:29PM August 27, 2017.


As I wrote this, I was watching television, specifically, ME-TV. The network features an 11PM showing of The Carol Burnett Show. (I discovered it is shown at 11PM while in Cleveland last week. After this is Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, and Alfred Hitchcock, although at 1AM, I prefer Newhart on Antenna TV. I'm happy that I'm able to get both Me-TV and Antenna TV for free with my digital antenna.

View from the Top of the Gate rooftop bar toward the Watergate East including the terraced fountains and sunken shopping promenade, Washington, D.C., 4:39PM August 27, 2017.


Having said that, I should that my remote control kinda sucks -- I need a new one. The one I have wasn't designed to flip through strange digital partial channels, so to speak, so I can't press a number and have it "go" anywhere -- I can only flip manually between the two and they are separated by 17 or so individual channels (most of which don't come in).

Potomac downriver view from the Top of the Gate rooftop bar atop the Watergate Hotel and Office Building, Washington, D.C., 4:39PM August 27, 2017.


The Weather ...

Turning to the weather -- for the D.C. area, not what's happening in the Houston / Galveston area -- it is a delightfully un-August-like night with an easterly breeze (off the distant Atlantic Ocean) and cool temperatures under overcast skies. The air temp as of 11PM was 69F at KDCA with a 57F dew point. The high today didn't even reach 80F in D.C. -- 78F at KDCA.

Also at 11PM, KBWI was at 68F with 57F dew point following a daytime high of 77F; KIAD was 66F with a 56F dew point following a daytime high of 76F; and KDMH was 70F with a 57F dew point following an afternoon high of 77F.

Sterling (LWX) Forecast Office county warning area (CWA) advisories (with legend) updated 11:33PM EDT August 28, 2017.


The paucity of 90F days since the end of July has been quite startling this summer -- a such a welcome change of pace from how summers of recent years have played out.

So far, KDCA has had only 9 days of 90F or higher this August -- and the highest of those was 92F on the 22nd. In the case of KBWI, there has been just 4 days of 90F or higher this August -- with 92F the highest on the 18th and 22nd. By contrast, last year through the 28th, there had been 10 such days at KDCA in August -- including three of 100F or higher (101F was highest).

For the month, though, compared to the current (1981 - 2010 base period) 30-year average, KDCA is only averaging 0.2F below normal -- that is, just about average. KBWI is 1.2F below normal -- not that much.

[CORRECTED] For the whole warm season, KDCA has had 33 40 days of 90F or higher so far -- compared to a year-to-date average of 36 33 and a full-season average of 36. (Thus, even with the "mild" August, we're still above 90F days for the full season.)

NWS Newport/Morehead City (MHX) Forecast Office CWA advisories (with legend)
updated 11:45PM EDT Augusted 28, 2017.

Yes, I used the "firebrick" color that is the color for tropical storm warnings used on the NWS maps.


There is an area of disturbed weather centered just off Charleston, S.C., coast that might become Tropical Storm Irma. The system is moving to the northeast and is forecasted to scoot off the North Carolina Outer Banks as it gets picked up by a trough now over the Great Lakes that moves off the Eastern Seaboard. Whatever becomes of the system, it will quickly segue to a post-tropical / extratropical cyclone over the North Atlantic.

U.S. surface weather forecast issued 0428Z 8/29/2017 valid 18Z (2PM EDT) August 29, 2017.


The interaction of the potential tropical system and upper level trough is forecasted to bring an area of moderate-to-heavy rainfall along the Outer Banks and Virginia Capes to the lower Delmarva with rainfall of 1/2" to 1" possible in the D.C. and Baltimore Metro areas.

Of course, to me this sounds like a bust but we'll see.

Exiting the Top of the Gate rooftop bar atop the Watergate Hotel and Office Building, Washington, D.C., 5:24PM August 27, 2017.

I've said it before and I'll say it here: If the Watergate Complex weren't what it is and where it is, the structures would actually be sort of dumpy looking, especially with all the rooftop "stuff" on the buildings -- like something you'd see in a large Third World city.


Speaking of -gates, here is an update from the ever-metastasizing Trump-Russia Collusion-Gate scandal ...

Here is Jonathan Chait on the matter (link embedded): Felix Sater Is the Third Potential Channel of Trump Collusion With Russia

Sidewalk view, 900 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 5:32PM August 27, 2017.



There are three known channels for potential collaboration between the Trump campaign and the Russian influence operation on its behalf. The first, and best-known, is a meeting in Trump Tower between Russian agents and Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner. A second channel was an attempt by Republican operative Peter W. Smith to obtain Hillary Clinton's emails through Russian hackers. (Robert Mueller is investigating Michael Flynn's connection to this operation, The Wall Street Journal reported a few days ago.)

Now the New York Times reveals a third potential channel: Trump associate Felix Sater, who described his ambitions in emails to his friend (and Trump's lawyer) Michael Cohen, in emails: "Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process."

Row houses in the 1000 block of New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 5:35PM August 27, 2017.


Continued excerpt:

We don't yet know for certain what level of cooperation any of these three channels produced. Sater's channel is particularly intriguing. Whatever Sater did began much earlier than any other known case of collaboration -- he emailed Cohen about the scheme in November 2015, seven months before the Trump Tower meeting. Sater has deep financial connections to Trump and to Russia. Andrew Rice's profile is a good place to start understanding Sater -- a Russian-American gangster, a friend of Cohen since childhood, and an important Trump business partner who worked out of Trump Tower.

Foggy Bottom Historic District sign, New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 5:39PM August 27, 2017.

If the "o" were an "a" in Foggy, it would be Faggy Bottom.


Well, I think it's funny.


I guess that's about all for now.

Oh, yes, I should note this -- and my friend BK in NYC -- sent me this link: Officials Break Ground on Long-Awaited Purple Line Project; Construction Immediately Starts.

The Georgetown Branch / "Future" Capital Crescent Trail will be no more!

Proposed Purple Line route with stations through suburban Maryland.

There is supposed to be a stop along it called Long Branch. (Long Branch is the name of my hometown in New Jersey.)


The Purple Line is planned as a 16.2-mile light rail line scheduled for completion in 2022. It will run east-west route from Bethesda to New Carrollton with 21 stations -- 10 in Montgomery County and 11 in Prince George's County including 4 in College Park, 3 of which involves the UMCP campus.

The Purple Line has been in some form of planning since it was first proposed in 1989 -- including having died at least once.

Sunflowers growing at the corner of 16th and P Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 7:48PM August 27, 2017.

This is on the property of that Foundry United Methodist Church -- where ALL ARE WELCOME (and nobody goes except for the homeless encampment on the front steps).


OK, that really is all for now. My next planned entry will be later today (Tuesday) with an update on the situation in Houston.


Monday, August 28, 2017

An American City Inundated and Submerged: Dropping Multiple Feet of Rain, Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Harvey Unleashes Cataclysmic Flooding on the Greater Houston Area

Dawn breaks over Houston, Texas as catastrophic flooding rains from Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Harvey inundates the city;
Photo by twitter user Double Horn Photo, August 27, 2017.

The rains from former Hurricane Harvey -- now a stalled tropical storm -- have completely inundated the Houston / Galveston area in a disaster of almost biblical proportion. Multiple feet of rain have fallen on the Houston area with more to come.


Houston Police SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck carries Catherine Pham and her 13-month-old son Aiden after rescuing them from their home during Tropical Storm Harvey; Houston, Texas, August 27, 2017. 


Given the scale and scope of the catastrophe that has engulfed one of the biggest cities in the United States, apologies for not having posted an entry sooner. I just wanted to get something posted to mention what is happening to the Greater Houston, Texas area ...

It is nothing less than cataclysmic ...

New York Times online headline on the unfolding catastrophe in the Greater Houston area as a result of the flooding rains from former Hurricane Harvey, 12:43AM August 28, 2017.

Main story link here.


Here is the relevant parts of the Houston/Galveston NWS area forecast discussion earlier yesterday:

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston TX
1245 PM CDT Sun Aug 27 2017



The center of near-stationary TS Harvey is currently located near Goliad, TX and is forecast to slowly drift to the south and southeast over the next 24 hours. Rain bands will continue to periodically come ashore and produce IFR conditions. Basically the Houston area is a no-fly zone with Hobby and Intercontinental Airports being closed to non emergency traffic. TAFs basically communicate MVFR with periods of IFR cats within banding. Winds are from the southeast and south with occasional gusts to 30 knots inside rain bands. 44

An elderly couple and their little dog are evacuated from Houston's River Oaks neighborhood due to the flooding rains from former Hurricane Harvey, August 27, 2017.



PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 1055 AM CDT Sun Aug 27 2017/

Showers and embedded thunderstorms continue to stream across Southeast Texas this morning while rotating around slowly south southeastward moving Tropical Storm Harvey. If there is any good news, it might be that the rainfall rates in our county warning area are not as high as they were during the catastrophic events overnight. Even though these rains are lighter, some of them are falling on already devastated areas and are aggravating ongoing rescue efforts.

Naomi Coto carries her dog Simba in the flooded streets of Houston, Texas from Hurricane Harvey, August 27, 2017.



Flash Flood Emergencies and Flash Flood Warnings remain in effect, and we also continue to deal with rotating cells that are producing radar indicated tornado signatures. As for the forecast update, current thinking is that there should be a break in this morning's activity. Additional development is anticipated this evening and overnight by almost every model, and this batch of storms could be the next round of very heavy rainfall.

Sterling Broughton is evacuated from her home in Dickinson, Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, August 27, 2017.



If these storms move into or develop across already flooded areas, Harvey's epic catastrophic flood event will only get worse. With the slow movement of Harvey anticipated over the next several days, additional rainfall amounts of 15 to 25 inches are expected through Friday. Any rainfall amounts this high will lead to more catastrophic and life-threatening flooding. Unfortunately, this event is no where close from being over. 42


Torrential rains and resulting flooding, Houston, Texas from now-Tropical Storm Harvey, August 27, 2017.

Harvey has so far dropped 12 to 36 inches of rain on the Greater Houston area with potentially that much more to come.


HYDROLOGY... There have been record crests across numerous bayous across southern Harris County overnight. Due to the heavy rain, we are expecting record crests during the week ahead. 43

Civil Emergency Message transmitted by the Houston/Galveston National Weather Service (NWS), 6:10AM CDT August 27, 2017.


The good news, though, is that this is ALL ABOUT megalomaniacal lunatic Trump and the "loyalty" you show him -- and he continues to tweet what a fantastic job he is doing while a major American city is inundated in a catastrophic flood. And, yes, Virginia, global climate change (warming) is juicing these kinds of storms. And if you don't like that, well, then you're a fucking idiot.

Send a cash love gift to Franklin Graham.

Thanks, dad, for proudly voting for Trump -- and in fucking Florida, where it mattered. You done good -- having stopped "that bitch" Hillary and her lesbian emails.

Yeah, yeah, we know: Some bullshit gibberish about Benghazi you heard on Fox News or sent through some fucking email chain.


Some additional pictures ...

Two men try to navigate a flooded intersection in Houston during Hurricane Harvey, August 27, 2017.


A couple wades through flooded interstate 610 in Houston, Texas in the rains from now-Tropical Storm Harvey, August 27, 2017.


Here are some CWG entries (links embedded):

Catastrophic flooding in Houston's Meyerland area, August 27, 2017.


Some recent radar imagery ...

Houston/Galveston (HGX) NWS radar in standard base mode reflectivity looped between 2:41AM and 3:19AM CDT August 27, 2017.

This was during some of the worst rains in the wee hours of Sunday.


HGX NWS radar in standard composite mode looped 2:41AM - 3:19AM CDT August 27, 2017.


Houston/Galveston (HGX) NWS radar in standard base reflectivity looped 12:16PM - 12:53PM CDT August 27, 2017.


Twelve hours later, the radar looks about the same:

Houston/Galveston (HGX) NWS radar in standard base reflectivity looped 11:28PM August 27 - 12:01AM CDT August 28, 2017.


Radar-estimated 72-hour rainfall totals for the Texas Gulf Coast region through Sunday morning, August 27, 2017.


This disaster is no where near over. It may very well rival Hurricane Katrina in terms of the scale and scope of those affected, but hopefully -- even with the billowing clouds of obfuscating smoke, megalomaniacal bullshit, and obscene incompetence coming from Camp Runamuck, a.k.a., the Trump White House -- there are systems, structures, and protocols in place to get help to those who so urgently need it.

HGX county warning area (CWA) advisories, updated 12:29AM CDT August 28, 2017.


Lisa Reher and her young son wait to be evacuated from Rockport, Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, August 26, 2017.

Rockport was severely damaged -- basically, destroyed -- in the hurricane.


A scene of destruction in Rockport, Texas following Hurricane Harvey, August 26, 2017.


Hurricane Harvey as seen from the International Space Station, August 26, 2017.


Again, I'll have more to say about this in the coming days.