Clark Mountain Musings: December 2005

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Watch Abraham Lincoln read the Gettysburg Address
Real Video!

Trackbacked to Michelle Malkin
Okay... I put this together, so credit Brad Fisher, I took a recording from the 1913 50th Anniversary Reading and set it to a Lincoln animated GIF which I colorized some time ago. Anyway, gives you an idea.
Joke of the Day

Fun Things To Do In An Elevator:
1. Crack open your briefcase or purse, and while peering inside ask: "Got enough air in there?"
2. Grimace painfully while smacking your forehead and muttering: "Shut up, all of you just shut UP!"
3. Whistle the first seven notes of "It's a Small World" incessantly.
4. Sell Girl Scout cookies.
5. On a long ride, sway side to side at the natural frequency of the elevator.
6. Greet everyone getting on the elevator with a warm handshake and ask them to call you Admiral
7. When at least 8 people have boarded, moan from the back: "Oh, not now, motion sickness!"
8. Meow occasionally.
9. Wear a puppet on your hand and talk to other passengers "through" it.
10. Draw a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers that this is your "personal space."

Chaos in Gaza forces European observers to shelter at Israeli base

I find this telling, from this respect, we hear about a "cycle of violence", we hear about a "two party peace process", we hear about "Israeli crackdowns", we hear about how harsh Israel is from the Euro-weanies and their UN buddies and how Israel MUST bend over backwards to accomodate......

well guess where Europeans run to when the heat is turned up in Gaza? Read this sentence and find out...

"The unarmed European observers -- responsible for enforcing terms of the Israeli-Palestinian agreement that opened the border last month -- took refuge in a nearby Israeli military base, forcing the terminal to halt operations. "

Guess they weren't willing to hide in a Gaza police station, I wonder why.... when this happens

" Palestinian policemen went on a rampage over the killing of a colleague and seized the Gaza-Egypt border crossing for several hours yesterday, forcing European monitors to flee in the latest sign of growing mayhem in the coastal strip. "

Smith and Tigers go out
on top
God bless Brad Smith in his endeavors, he has given Missouri Tiger fans great memories and led the Tigers back from a 21 point deficit yesterday against South Carolina. He ran over, under, around and through South Carolina’s defense 21 times for 150 yards. He also hit 21 of 37 passes for 282 yards.
Just look at these numbers from his 4 year career with the Tigers.
■ 8,799 yards passing.
■ 4,289 yards rushing.
■ 13,088 yards total offense

Friday, December 30, 2005

Anti-Christian Jeans Are a Trend in Sweden

Cheap Monday jeans are a hot commodity among young Swedes thanks to their trendy tight fit and low price, even if a few buyers are turned off by the logo: a skull with a cross turned upside down on its forehead.

"It is an active statement against Christianity," Atldax told The Associated Press.

Here's what the Lutheran Church of Sweden says with a "shrug"...

"I don't think it's much to be horrified about," said Bo Larsson, director of the Church of Sweden's department of Education, Research and Culture.

Wonder why they've lost their culture?


What a suprise? Those refined Europeans.
WILLIAM Plummer BENTON (1828 - 1867)

Union brigadier general, led a regiment at Pea Ridge and Vicksburg.

His signature. General Benton is the namesake of the fort.

BENTON, WILLIAM PLUMMER was born at New Market, Maryland, on December 25, 1828. When he was eight years old his widowed mother moved the family to Richmond, Indiana. At the outbreak of the Mexican War in 1846, Benton enlisted as a private in a mounted infantry regiment and saw duty in several major battles, including the capture of Mexico City. Upon his return to Indiana, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1851. Benton was the Wayne County district attorney in 1852-54 and a judge of the common pleas court in 1856-58.

When Lincoln called for soldiers to serve in the Union Army, it was reported Benton was the first in his county to volunteer. He was first appointed captain and then colonel of the 8th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment, a three-month unit. The 8th saw duty in the (West) Virginia campaign during the summer of 1861 before being mustered out in August. The 8th was reorganized in September as a three-year unit and Benton was reappointed the regimental colonel. Benton and the 8th were sent west for duty in the Missouri interior and in March 1862 they fought in the battle at Pea Ridge, Arkansas.

Benton was promoted to brigadier general in April and commanded a division in the Army of Southeast Missouri until his transfer to the Army of the Tennessee in readiness for Ulysses Grant's Vicksburg, Mississippi, campaign. During that campaign, Benton was in command of a brigade at the battles of Port Gibson, Jackson, Champion Hill, Big Black River Bridge, and the siege of Vicksburg (all in Mississippi). Transferred to the Department of the Gulf, he served in both line and post positions.

In early 1865, he commanded a division in the Mobile, Alabama, operations and received a brevet major general's commission for his faithful and meritorious service during that campaign. After the War, Benton resumed his law practice in Richmond, Indiana. In 1866 he accepted a government position in New Orleans. On March 14, 1867, Benton died of yellow fever and was buried in Greenwood Cemetery in New Orleans.

The interior of the fort as it looks today.

Panorama of Fort Benton, you can see the fort in the upper right corner.

Fort Benton memorial plaque.
The Story of Fort Benton in Patterson, Missouri

Patterson, MO is south of Sam Baker State Park and is located 7 miles east of Piedmont.

Fort Benton is a Civil War Fort, built by Union troops on the hill behind the old school in Patterson, Missouri, between 1861-1863. The Fort measures about 150 feet square and is similar to Fort Davidson in Pilot Knob. The internal packed earth walls may have been 5 foot high using 2 inch thick vertical planks on the inside. Outer walls were of packed earth, about 5 feet high and 5 feet thick. Gunny sacks filled with earth topped the wall (or parapet).

Along the inner walls steps led up to platforms, where riflemen knelt to fire. The powder magazine, a wooden roofed dirt cellar, may have been Northeast of the center of the Fort.A Short History About Fort Benton - Though Wayne County was always pro-Confederate, the Union army established the first outpost and telegraph line between the Arkansas border and Pilot Knob in the strategic area in Wayne County known as 'Patterson Valley'.

They used a hill south of their headquarters as a lookout point. They could survey the valley in all directions. The soldiers named it 'Fort Hill'. In 1863, Federal Brigadier General William P. Benton oversaw completion of the fort at Patterson. Afterwards, it was named Fort Benton. The Union Headquarters at Patterson served as dispatch center for orders from Fort Davidson and Barnesville. Sometimes there were thousands of troops quartered in the parade grounds.

There were two battles at the fort; the first in April of 1863, the second in September of 1864.The First Raid - In his report, Confederate General Marmaduke said his command consisted of 5,000 men, 8 old pieces of field artillery and 2 light mountain pieces. Of the 5,000 men, only 3,800 were armed. Their arms consisted of shotguns and Enfield, Mississippi or squirrel rifles. Marmaduke planned to capture the regiment at Patterson and then strike Bloomfield. Four days before the battle, Federal General Davidson had telegraphed Federal Colonel Edwin Smart at Fort Benton to fall back to Pilot Knob if attacked in force.

So, when part of Marmaduke's command disobeyed instructions for a silent approach and used artillery, Smart, hearing the cannon, quickly loaded his wagons with weapons and equipment and escaped to Pilot Knob. Marmaduke took the fort, but later returned to Arkansas leaving the Union Army in control of Wayne County.The Second Raid - Confederate General Shelby in his report says: "I pushed on then rapidly for Patterson,...and on the morning of the 22nd., I surrounded and charged in upon the town. It's garrison, hearing of my advance, retreated hastily, but not before many were captured and killed, and some supplies were taken.

All the government part of Patterson was destroyed, together with its strong and ugly fort."The dead were buried in unmarked graves in the Northeast corner of the Patterson cemetery. The local story is that on the night of September 22nd., men in tattered gray uniforms, local citizens, and men in new blue uniforms met in the woods and traded news - most of it bad. The next day, men of both the blue and the gray rejoined their units and marched to their deaths in the holocaust at Pilot Knob.

(The prededing excerpts come from the pamphlet "Who Can Save Fort Benton", for the Fort Benton Project and sponsored by the Wayne County Historical Society.)
Let's go Geocache

We received a new GPS Unit (Garmin GPSMap 60) for Christmas and with it, we have entered into a new hobby which combines all of our loves into one loveable expedition... combining hiking with history with scenic areas with birdwatching with Geography and treasure finding (who didn't want to find a treasure as a kid and aren't we doing that every day of our life?). It essentially gives an added reason to go for a hike.

With it you have Geocaching

What is it? Definition from Wikipedia

"Geocaching is an outdoor sport that involves the use of a Global Positioning System ("GPS") receiver to find a "geocache" (or "cache") placed anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small, waterproof container containing a logbook and "treasure". Geocaching is a unique take on an earlier game called Letterboxing in that it uses two recent technologies, the GPS and theInternet. Participants are called geocachers. "

Go MIZZOU!! Beat South Carolina!!

Another Clark Mountain

This one is in California, the Mojave Desert


A Birder's guide to Clark Mountain (there, not here)


Thursday, December 29, 2005

Video of Tiemann Shut-Ins on the St Francis River. The Missouri Whitewater Kayaking championships can be enjoyed here March 16 and 17 2005, more info HERE
Recent editorial (from "The Week" Dec 31 2005) on Iran from National Review


Overhead of the MillSpring Gardens Conservation Area.

Tiemann Shut-Ins at MillSpring Gardens Conservation Area. This is Big Drop Rapids. A Beautiful Area and a nice hike, good place to look for a geocache as well, even if you don't find it.

Tiemann Shut-Ins on the St Francis River at MillSpring Gardens Conservation Area, Madison County MO.
Brad Smith will be a tough act to follow (no doubt)

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel knew what type of quarterback he had in Brad Smith when he recruited him out of Youngstown, Ohio. He just had no idea that the young player would adapt to the college game so quickly.

Smith holds 59 Mizzou, Big 12 and NCAA records, including the NCAA career rushing record for quarterbacks (4,139 yards). He is also the first quarterback to throw for 8,000 yards and rush for 4,000 yards in a career.

Coaches whom Smith has faced can all recall jaw-dropping moments when Smith made a play when no play seemed possible.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops remembers the first time he faced Smith, on Oct. 5, 2002. Oklahoma won the game 31-24 after a fake field goal, but not before Smith shocked the No. 3 Sooners with 26 carries for 213 yards and two touchdowns and 391 yards of total offense.

God bless Brad Smith

Kentucky town eyes flattening mountaintops

Pikeville, KY.

The towering mountains that frame this Appalachian town have been a hindrance to growth, forcing homes and businesses to crowd together side by side on precious little flat land. That could change under a plan by Pikeville leaders who recruited a coal company to flatten two mountaintops to make room for the town of about 6,300 to expand.

Appalachian towns like Pikeville that have exhausted all usable land have no choice but to look to the mountaintops, City Manager Donovan Blackburn said.

All in the name of "progress", destroying your mountains. If you've exhausted all usable land, then maybe you might want to "redevelop".


Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Guide tracks US reps' votes on Israel

From the Jerusalem Post

The Christian Coalition voter guide will now include votes for/against Israeli support. It is very important for people of faith to knowwhere our legislators stand on support for Israel," said Roberta Combs, President of the 'Christian Coalition of America' in a telephone interview Tuesday with The Jerusalem Post from her home in South Carolina. "Our heart is with Israel," she added.
The Federalist Patriot Founders' Quote Daily

"The happy State of Matrimony is, undoubtedly, the surest and most lasting Foundation of Comfort and Love; the Source of all that endearing Tenderness and Affection which arises from Relation and Affinity; the grand Point of Property; the Cause of all good Order in the World, and what alone preserves it from the utmost Confusion; and, to sum up all, the Appointment of infinite Wisdom for these great and good Purposes."

-- Benjamin Franklin (Rules and Maxims for Promoting MatrimonialHappiness, 8 October 1730)

Reference: Franklin: Collected Works, Lemay, ed. (152)

Clark Mountain in Summer stitched panorama photo

Lon Sanders Canyon in the Winter stitched panorama.

Small Igneous Glade on Clark Mountain stitched photo panorama.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Clark Mountain in Autumn Colors stitched panorama.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Islamists not Israelis persecuting Bethlehem's Christians

"All this talk about Israel driving Christians out and causing pain is nonsense," a Bethlehem Christian community leader told WND. "You want to know what is at play here, just come throughout the year and see the intimidation from the Muslims. They have burned down our stores, built mosques in front of our churches, stole our real estate and took away our rights. Women have been raped and abducted. So don't tell me about Israel. It's the Muslims."

A bit of Kerry humor

Iran and North Korea on their merry way...

Visit the planet Serpo.... and The Zeta Reticuli Exchange Program

Bet you didn't know... this about our government

"The gradual release of confidential documents pertaining to a top secret exchange program of twelve US military personnel to Serpo, a planet of Zeta Reticuli, between the years 1965-78"

NOW you do! EXPOSED. Call your Senators, congressmen, and READ this site.


And tell Jeff Bezos of who Wants to Colonize Space for this might be pertinent info.
The Tsunami, 1 year later

In our prayers, those who remain.


Saturday, December 24, 2005


Lion Cub and Domestic Cat
Book I'm currently reading

Mississippi in Africa: The Saga of the Slaves of Prospect Hill Plantation and Their Legacy in Liberia Today
New Strat game my wife's playing

It rawks... religion, diplomacy, culture, conquest... it's all here

Civilization IV

(only things I noticed were... Dan Quayle listed as the weakest leader position for you to "achieve", next to Herbert Hoover....) However, humorously they have a photo of AlGore shown next to the Internet when you discover it. : )
Birding in Missouri

Visit The Audubon Society of Missouri's webpage

Missouri Birds. org
From the President to You, a Christmas message

"More than 2,000 years ago...mankind received its Savior, and to those who had dwelled in darkness, the light of hope had come. Each Christmas, we celebrate that first coming anew, and we rejoice in the knowledge that the God who came to Earth that night in Bethlehem is with us still and will remain with us forever. Christmas is a season of hope and joy, a time to give thanks for the blessing of Christ's birth and for the blessings that surround us every day of the year....

The times we live in have brought many challenges to our country. And at such times, the story of Christmas brings special comfort and confidence. Christmas reminds us that we can trust in God's promise of peace on Earth and goodwill toward men. On a night more than 2,000 years ago, an angel of the Lord brought good tidings of great joy: the God of Heaven had come to Earth, and He would be with us always.

The Full Radio Address is HERE

—President George W. Bush
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."

—John 1:14
The Berkut (Golden Eagle) Falconers of Kazakhstan

More Photos and info
Family survives Missouri "tsunami"

Lisa Toops heard it first and shouted to her husband. She thought it was a tornado.The thunder reminded Jerry Toops of low-flying fighter jets.The roar was from the billion-gallon deluge blasting down Proffit Mountain from AmerenUE's hilltop reservoir.

The tidal wave obliterated their home before dawn Dec. 14, washing the Toopses and their three young children into the darkness and cold mud. Yet they all survived.

"I compare it to an eggshell, the way the house broke apart."

Madison County tries to counter spike in whooping cough cases

The Madison County Health Department is trying to reverse a big spike in reported cases of whooping cough.Thirty cases have been reported in the county since mid-October. Only eight were reported in 2003 and 2004 combined.


Madison county is directly north of Wayne County

Friday, December 23, 2005

The Federalist Patriot Founders' Quote Daily

"How many observe Christ's birth-day! How few, hisprecepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments."

-- Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richards Almanack, 1743)

Reference: Poor Richard: The Almanacks, for the Years, 1733-1758,Intro by Van Wyck Brooks (111)
Mark Levin fan blog

F Lee Levin
Teresa Heinz (Kerry) says Bush too soft on Iran and I agree with her?

what is the world coming to? I too think President Bush has been AWOL when it comes to the islamo-fascists of Iran. Absolutely weak, so good on Teresa Heinz for pointing out the obvious.

Wake up President Bush, Europe will do nothing about Iran, at least confront them rhetorically.

"The Bush administration - which so often answers challenges with confrontational language - took this occasion to whisper. With the exception of America's ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, who denounced the remarks as "pernicious and unacceptable," the Bush administration explained those comments as if they had been uttered by a crazy relative and then returned to its talking points on Iran's nuclear weapons program."

Human Events' 2005 Man of the Year---Mike Pence


"If the Republican majority in the Senate and House can somehow stave off a newly energized Democratic assault in the mid-term elections next November and preserve their governing status, they may well have Indiana congressman Mike Pence to thank.

It has been Pence and his roughly 100 colleagues in the House Republican Study Committee (RSC) who have almost single-handedly stopped the chronic GOP overspending of the past five years and forced the first full-fledged budget-cutting bill since 1997. "


More at Red State

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Stones indicate earlier Chinese Christian link?

One day in a spring, an elderly man walked alone on a stone road lined by young willows in Xuzhou in East China's Jiangsu Province. At the end of the road was a museum that few people have heard of.

As he wandered into the dimly-lit gallery, he was stunned by what he saw. Was he standing, he asked himself, in front of the famous Gates of Paradise in Florence?

Possibly from AD 25-220

Believers in Jesus in Iran face extreme persecution

"A few weeks ago in Iran, an Iranian convert to Christianity was kidnapped from his home in northeastern Iran and stabbed to death. The vigilantes who took him tossed his bleeding body in front of his home a few hours later, a stark warning against any who would follow his example."

Tori's murder came just days after Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called an open meeting with the nation's 30 provincial governors, and vowed to crack down on the burgeoning movement of house churches across Iran.

"I will stop Christianity in this country," Ahmadinejad reportedly said.

Writes Kenneth Timmerman in NRO

More about Mr. Ghorbandordi Tourani who was martyred for his belief

He wrote "Lord Jesus, please let me glorify your holy name in every moment of my life on this earth. I am willing to give my life that belongs to you, for the sake of you and your church."

The Voice of the Martyrs LINK

[Kofi Annan and] Eliminating Israel Politely

by Daniel Pipes

"There is a right way and a wrong way, strangely, to call for the elimination of Israel. The secretary-general of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, provided an example of both ways in recent weeks. When the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, stated on October 26 that "the regime occupying Jerusalem must be eliminated from the pages of history," Mr. Annan replied by expressing "dismay." Again on December 8, when Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be moved to Europe, Annan responded with "shock."
The sickness is pervasive, but God is greater than the world.

Autumn scene from this fall.
Ice Age footprints said found in Outback

Who wants a piece of the harpy?


Who's giving Gerhard Schroeder bunny ears??

I just discovered this...

Is it Bush or Chirac (who's immediately behind Schroeder)
Visit Abraham Lincoln-Gettysburg Address blog

Here's another cool blog for you to visit, in fact I endorse it (cuz it's my creation). All about Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address.

Open Birdline Monday IV

Special Focus Laniids (shrikes)


Tom J Cade The Wilson Bulletin October-December 1962

The Christmas of 1864

James Robbins

In the winter of 1864, an unexpected sense of optimism and good cheer settled on the northern states. The Civil War continued, but the news from the fronts was promising, and hope flourished that with spring the end would come and peace would return. New Yorkers in particular were in a festive frame of mind, of a like unseen since the before the war began. People skated in Central Park, and rode sleighs through the snowy fields. They stopped at shops for warm cider, confections, nuts and dried fruits. Florists, three dozen shops on Broadway alone, sold fragrant blooms that struck a cheerful note of defiance to the winter chill.

MORE... on NRO

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Spill damage is overwhelming

Huge granite boulders, tree trunks and slimy mud carried by a ferocious wall of water last week have partially clogged the east fork of the Black River and destroyed the landscape of Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.

The east fork of the Black River is now partially dammed by debris, creating a small lake that wasn't there before, he said.

From Post-Dispatch

Photo Gallery

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

View dozens of shots of the Dam destruction
I hope Johnson Shut-Ins Can be reclaimed. : (

Here's Beautiful Clark Mountain layered in snow.

Anatomy of a Dam Breach. Lesterville lies at the bottom of the map and is approximately 7.5 miles downstream of the flood entry point into the East Fork of the Black River

Trackbacked to RightWing Nation

Here's a 3-D Representation of the Upper Reservoir breach, showing the downslope and the closeness of the popular state park, Johnson Shut-Ins.

Overhead photo mosaic showing the Upper Reservoir on Proffit Mountain and a simulated flow down the nw slope channel towards Johnson Shut-Ins State Park.
USGS, UMR team assess damage at Taum Sauk

Monday, December 19, 2005 12:33 PM CST

Emitt C. Witt III, P.H.
Director, Mid-Continent Geographic Science Center

Lesterville, Mo. — The events of early Wednesday morning near
Lesterville were not nearly the scope of destruction resulting from
the past hurricane season; nevertheless, a tragedy and certainly one
of local significance.

On Dec. 14, sometime after 5 a.m., the upper reservoir at Taum Sauk
failed, allowing more than 1.5 billion gallons of water to careen
down a small drainage towards Johnson Shut-Ins State Park. The
mechanism for failure is under investigation, but what can be
determined from distant observation is that water spilled over the
sides of the impoundment possibly causing erosion of the outer
berms. This eventually weakened one segment of the structure to the
point of catastrophic failure.

A team of USGS and UMR scientists from the Natural Hazard Mitigation
Institute visited the site Dec. 15 to conduct a forensic analysis of
the failure and to map the affected area. While the power company
that owned the impoundment would not allow them access to the
location of the failure, the team was able to access the affected
area down gradient through Johnson Shut-Ins State Park. What the
team saw brought back memories of their recent work in New Orleans
and the Louisiana Peninsula.

The destruction at the site was incredible. All of the trees in the
path of the flowing water were stripped off the earth's surface.
What remained were large rocks and exposed bedrock surfaces. Where
the flowing water had reached fill material in the valley floor,
large scour holes were created. The large flowing debris piles
created by downed trees came to rest throughout the park and up
against the downstream side of the highway N bridge over the Black
River. The USGS stream gage located on that bridge was damaged by
the debris flow about the time the water moved through providing an
approximate time of when this event unfolded. While the Shut-Ins
Park received the most damage, private property located northwest of
the Park became a debris field for trees and a home destroyed by the
flowing water.

The team had limited access to the site, but were able to collect
data from the perimeter of the Park. These data will be used by
various agencies and the power company in the future. Images
collected can be viewed at

Animated View of the Taum Sauk Reservoir System
Courtesy of Brad Fisher

Taum Sauk Reservoir Overhead Photo
Daily Hebrew Reading from Hebrews for

Mekor Chayim (The Source of Life)

This is an absolutely tremendous site which teaches Hebrew to Gentiles like myself.
Missouri Young Republicans have a retooled site

visit it, and become involved (I need to....)


Light the Virtual Hannukah Menorah

From the The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
Dear Friend,

This year, we ask you to help us
light the “Menorah of Hope.”

Today, and each of the next seven days, we will send you an email with a menorah you can light for Hanukkah, the festival of lights. But each candle on this menorah will have another special role, representing an Israeli man, woman or child immigrant, elderly, poor or perhaps a terror victim. At this time of great celebration, please reach out and bring light into the lives of those who desperately need your help.

Support The Fellowship!
The Federalist Patriot Founders' Quote Daily

"No man in his senses can hesitate in choosing to be free, ratherthan a slave."

-- Alexander Hamilton

(A Full Vindication of the Measures of theCongress, &c., 15 December 1774)

Reference: The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, Syrett, ed., vol. 1(47)
Brian Williams from NBC News wins the Slam Uncle Sam Award given by the Media Research Center

Andrea Mitchell: "It is an iconic picture: American hostages, hands bound and blindfolded, being paraded outside the U.S. embassy in Tehran by their captors. But has one of those student radicals now become Iran’s newly elected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?...Tonight, U.S. intelligence officials say that they will continue to study this, but may never have definitive proof of what the role was of Iran’s new president, Brian."

Brian Williams: "Andrea, what would it all matter if proven true? Someone brought up today the first several U.S. Presidents were certainly revolutionaries and might have been called terrorists at the time by the British Crown, after all."

Mitchell: "Indeed, Brian."

— NBC Nightly News, June 30.
Ever wonder what your neighbors are selling on ebay?
Microsoft Virtual Earth viewer which allows you to input your zip and find that out.
Go HERE....
Hat tip to Great Map a very interesting website, daily display of some of the best of maps on the web
Inspectors shocked to find Missouri reservoir's breached wall composed of 'rubble,' not granite

Makes me confident of building permits/design, especially those in "remote" recreation areas, doesn't it you?

"Inspectors searching for the cause of a reservoir breach that sent a billion-gallon torrent of water streaming down the side of an Ozark mountain were dumbfounded by what they saw: the retaining wall wasn't built with granite.

Instead, the broken portion of the wall – 70 to 80 feet high and about two football fields wide – appeared to consist entirely of soil and smaller rock. For decades, it was assumed that granite was the main material keeping water in the reservoir.

"We were shocked," James Alexander, director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Dam and Reservoir Safety Program, said Thursday."
Taum Sauk fund-raisers set

From the Park Hills Daily Journal

At least three fund-raisers have been established to help victims of Wednesday's flooding in Reynold's County. Also, AmerenUE has established a claims center for those who need to report damages from the flood.Two accounts have been established and one fund-raiser will take place next week to benefit Johnson's Shut-Ins Superintendent Jerry Toop's family. Toop, his wife, and their three children were swept out of their beds Wednesday morning when the Taum Sauk dam failed and water from the reservoir slammed into their home and destroyed the building.

A fund has been established at the First State Community Bank of Ironton. Donations may be sent to the Jerry and Lisa Toops Benefit Fund, First State Bank of Ironton, P.O. Box 168, Ironton, Mo. 63650.

Also, a fund to help victims of the flood and rebuilding efforts in Reynolds County has been established at Sun Security Bank. A spokesman for the bank said a special post office box has been opened to take donations.

Make checks to Benefit for the Victims of the Taum Sauk, P.O. Box 231, Lesterville, 63654. Funds in the Sun Security Bank will go to the Toops family and could also be used to help other victims who lost property or suffered damages.

Monday, December 19, 2005

From the Viburnum, MO Yahoo Group site

Details about the flood (Upper Reservoir) by Johnny C. Jones

Wednesday morning Dr. Greenlee's nurse called from Potosi to askabout the roads. "There's been a break in the reservoir, and thewater's flooding into the Black. We just wanted to know if we couldget there from here."That was the first I heard about the breach in the Taum Saukreservoir above Johnson's Shut-Ins, and below Taum Sauk mountain.Thursday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlines blared, "A Wall ofWater."

"Desperate Search: Firefighters struggled through cold,flooded darkness to find a family of five." "More than a billiongallons of water rushed down Proffit Mountain."We were first concerned for the Toop family, washed from their bedsat the Park Ranger's home – Jerry and Lisa, with their children, 7-year-old Tanner, 3-year-old Tara, and baby Tavis, just 7 months.

Thepicture on the Channel 2 evening news (Fox) showed their house atJohnson's Shut-Ins completely obliterated. I wasn't the only one whopictured the nightmare it must have been, to be swooshed away from awarm home, not knowing what was happening, disoriented, cold, afraid.The Toops were carried away at least a quarter mile by the tsumaniof water. Lisa was found with Tavis and Tanner. Jerry was foundhanging in a tree, Tara beneath a cedar tree. One of the rescuers,firefighter Ryan Wadlow said, "We knew they were out theresomewhere. The good Lord was with them."Two truck drivers and the driver of a car climbed onto the roofs oftheir vehicles to escape the flood (as much as 20').

One of thetruck drivers directed rescuers towards Jerry Toop, according toChannel 2 News, who then told them about his wife and threechildren.The problem was caused by a pump that didn't shut off when itshould. Ameren UE used the 55-acre, 90 foot deep reservoir togenerate between 2% and 3% of its power. The dirt and gravel dam hada concrete liner, a big one. An additional rubbery liner was addedlast November, since it was leaking.Our friend Bill Blair told about one of the most frighteningexperiences of his life:

Landing on that reservoir's concrete linerin a helicopter. (No, he wasn't flying it).Several Lesterville residents had to be evacuated due to the break.To us, this is more than an interesting news story. Besides ourconcern for the Toop family, we have personal associations, bothwith the reservoir and the Shut-Ins.Chip and I hiked with our children to the reservoir from Johnson'sShut-Ins years ago. We were amazed at the size and at the hugeamount of concrete in the reservoir. The water looked so very deepand forbidding.

I told Chip, "If you ever fell in there, you couldnever get out!"We hiked up from the Shut-Ins just a few months ago, intending to gosee the reservoir again. But my poor sense of directions caused usto miss the split in the trail that went towards the reservoir. Welooked back and saw it from up the trail.We couldn't help thinking – what if this break had happened duringthe spring or summer, when the campground was full? When the Shut-Ins had cars waiting in line to be admitted, while dozens of peoplesplashed in the river and lay on the rocks?

When people were hikingthe trail?I can't count how many times we have hiked the trail up fromJohnson's Shut-Ins. We went there when Amy was toddling down thepath, not even two years old. We took our nieces and nephews whenthey came to visit, and they all loved it. I told my nieces, "It'slike Elephant Rocks with water! We celebrated our 32nd anniversaryby hiking there.There are people who say the Shut-Ins may not be recoverable.

If that is true, what a tragedy! Those rock and water formations havebeen part of our life! I told my nephews, "It's like natural waterslides." To my mind, the Shut-Ins are what water parks try tosimulate. And water parks can't touch the beauty of the bluffsacross the river, or the wild variety of the trail.I've written articles about the Shut-Ins, which I will pass along toyou.

Facts from St. Louis Post-Dispatch 12/15/05
The Real War on Christmas

a piece on NRO by Nina Shea of Freedom House

"Last Christmas in Iraq, St. John's Church near Mosul was attacked. Assyrian cultural expert Eden Naby described the scene: "The Mass begins. It is cold inside the stone church. Suddenly you hear automatic fire. The doors fly open. The Christian guards are shot, and in march armed Kurdish Peshmarga who shoot up the church, beat up the priest and drive the parishioners cowering home." In prior months, other churches in southern Iraq had been bombed by Islamic militants, some during worship services. Though the terror came from two different sources, in each case the purpose was the same — to intimidate and force out the ancient Chaldo Assyrian Christian community."
Failure of Taum Sauk Dam Causes Major Flooding

From the Wayne County Journal Banner

Black River reached flood stage Tuesday morning after the Upper Taum Sauk dam failed. According to authorities, there have been no reports of casualities.The upper Taum Sauk dam is part of a pumped-storage hydroelectric plant owned by AmerenUE. According to a press release from the company, the plant's 1.5-billion-gallon upper reservoir appears to have a rupture in the northwest corner, causing water to flow downward and resulting in the closing of Route N in Reynolds County.

The 300-acre lower reservoir is slightly higher than its normal level but is intact.According to the National Weather Service in St. Louis, the dam failure occured at about 5:30 a.m. Johnson Shut-ins was flooded. Officials reported that at least one home was washed away. A tractor-trailer was washed away off Highway N in Reynolds County. Several cars were swept off the road.It was predicted that Black River at Highway K near Annapolis would crest at 20 feet, 12 feet over flood stage. The rise never occurred.

At this point, it appears that there was no failure of equipment used to move water upward or any evidence of foul play, according to AmerenUE."We have implemented our emergency flooding plan and local authorities have been notified. A number of AmerenUE engineers and specialists are investigating the incident; clearly, public safety is our top concern," said plant superintendent Rick Cooper. "We have nothing yet to report on the extent of the damage or on any impact on nearby homes or the welfare of local residents."Built in 1963, AmerenUE's Taum Sauk is a "pumped-storage" hydroelectric plant.

It stores water from the Black River in the upper reservoir, built atop 1,590-foot-high Proffit Mountain and releases the water to generate electricity when power is needed. The water flows down a mile-long tunnel inside the mountain, turning turbine-generators to produce electricity. When power demand is low, the same turbines run in reverse to pump water back to the upper reservoir.People living along Funk Branch and near Highway K were evacuated in the Annapolis community.

People living along Black River north of Clearwater Lake were also advised to move to higher ground."In Annapolis, everything is OK," said Mayor Ernest Sutton. "The flooding was expected to along Black River and in low-lying places. Our city shouldn't have any problems.""We're expecting a minimal rise at Clearwater Lake," said David Johnston. "Our hydrology department is projecting that the lake will reach 500.3 feet. Two weeks ago, the rain we had caused a 12-foot rise in the lake level. We're in good shape and ready for the water. The lake level is at winter pool level of 494 feet."

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Don't be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may be able to determine what God's will is -- what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.

- Romans 12:2

Friday, December 16, 2005

How much water is 1.5 billion gallons?

We know that approximately 1.5 billion gallons of water spilled out of the Taum Sauk Upper Reservoir. Exactly how does that relate to us? 1.5 billion!

1) 1.5 billion US gallons = 200 520 834 cubic feet

2) The USGS measures streamflow at cubic feet/second.

3) USGS Gage at Cape Girardeau Missouri shows a rate of 84,100 cubic feet/second of water flowing in the Mississippi River by Cape at 1000 AM this morning.

4) At that rate 40 minutes of Mississippi River flow would cut down Profitt Mountain towards Johnson Shut-Ins State Park and the East Fork of the Black River. 40 minutes of Mississippi River flow all at once!

5) Or 1.5 billion gallons of water (at a rate of 8.33 pounds/gallon of water) would equal 12,495,000,000 pounds of water or 6,247,500 tons of water. Ouch! It is truly a miracle that the folks at Johnson Shut-Ins survived.

What the Upper Reservoir once appeared like. It's scandalous that it busted as easily as it did. Think of what might have happened if it were July 4, not December 13....

Missouri Governor Matt Blunt surveying the damage at Proffit Mountain.

Photo of the Upper Taum Sauk Reservoir as it exploded over the northwest portion of Proffit Mountain, 600 feet width of devestation.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

.. Flood Watch in effect through this evening...

The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a* Flood Watch for a portion of southeast Missouri... includingthe following areas... in southeast Missouri... Butler... Carterand Wayne MO.* Through this evening* the Upper Reservoir at the taum Sauk Power Plant failed... andflooding was reported on the Black River upstream in ReynoldsCounty Missouri.

It has been reported that the LowerReservoir... also upstream in Reynolds County Missouri... has beentopped but is still holding.* The release of water and flow downstream from the abridged levee issuch that it will cause a rise in Clearwater to near but notover critical levels. However even if both upstream reservoirsbroke... the maximum rise at Clearwater Lake would be about 6feet. If this resulted in any damage to the Clearwaterdam... then higher flood waters would affect points downstreamthe Black River from Clearwater.

The National Weather Service will continue to closely monitordownstream water levels and will upgrade to the appropriatewarning if any unanticipated breeches or higher than forecastwater levels occur.A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based oncurrent forecasts.You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible floodwarnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should beprepared to take action should flooding develop.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

More Taum Sauk Mountain info links

You see... Taum Sauk Mountain is the highest point in Missouri, 1772 feet above sea level.

Wikipedia LINK to the Mountain info

Wikipedia LINK to the Taum Sauk pumped storage plant

24K USGS Topo of Taum Sauk Reservoir
Taum Sauk Reservoir Breach

I'll have lots more about this. We at Clark Mountain Musings live in Piedmont which is about 25 miles downstream from the Taum Sauk Mountain plant along the Black River. Currently the Clearwater Lake Dam is fine as is the lower Taum Sauk Mountain Reservoir. If the lower reservoir breaks then 6 feet of water will be added to Clearwater.

Read more at the Gateway Pundit and MANY thanks for the link, great site.

Check out all of our posts regarding the breach HERE
More from Mark Steyn

this article is about Iran, and how that lovely Islamic regime wishes publicly to WIPE Israel off the map (Me thinks Elohim has something other to say about that....) and how LITTLE the world, specifically the US of A says about it. Hello President Bush????? Have you noticed the silence eminating from the White House regarding Iran? It perplexes me beyond belief. Having read a bit on Iran and their regime, I am suprised that our "war on terror" wouldn't at least include a bit of harsh, harsh rhetoric against Iran's regime. Anyway, read this article and weep and be thankful that God holds Israel in his hands, no matter what the world thinks. Praise be to the God of Israel.

But seriously folks, this clown is dangerous

December 11, 2005


Good news! On Thursday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, who recently called for Israel to be wiped off the map, moderated his position. In a spirit of statesmanlike compromise, he now wants Israel wiped off the map of the Middle East and wiped on to the map of Europe.

"Some European countries insist on saying that Hitler killed millions of innocent Jews in furnaces," Ahmadinejad told Iranian TV viewers. "Although we don't accept this claim, if we suppose it is true," he added sportingly, "if European countries claim that they have killed Jews in World War II, why don't they provide the Zionist regime with a piece of Europe? Germany and Austria can provide the regime with two or three provinces for this regime to establish itself, and the issue will be resolved. You offer part of Europe, and we will support it."

Big of you. It's the perfect solution to the "Middle East peace process": out of sight, out of mind. And given that Ahmadinejad's out of his mind, we're already halfway there.

So let's see: We have a Holocaust denier who wants to relocate an entire nation to another continent, and he happens to be head of the world's newest nuclear state. (They're not 100 percent fully-fledged operational, but happily for them they can drag out the pseudo-negotiations with the European Union until they are. And Washington certainly won't do anything, because after all if we're not 100 percent certain they've got WMD -- which we won't be until there's a big smoking crater live on CNN one afternoon -- it would be just another Bushitlerburton lie to get us into another war for oil, right?)

So how does the United States react? Well, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said that the comments of Ahmadinejad "further underscore our concerns about the regime."
Really? But wait, the world's superpower wasn't done yet. The State Department moved to a two-adjective alert and described Ahmadinejad's remarks as "appalling" and "reprehensible." "They certainly don't inspire hope among any of us in the international community that the government of Iran is prepared to engage as a responsible member of that community," said spokesman Adam Ereli.

You don't say. Ahmadinejad was speaking in the holy city of Mecca, head office of the "religion of peace," during a meeting of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. There were fiftysomething other heads of government in town. How many do you think took their Iranian colleague to task?

Well, what's new? But, that being so, it would be heartening if the rest of the world could muster a serious response to the guy. How one pines for a plain-spoken tell-it-like-it-is fellow like, say, former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali? As he memorably said of Iran, "It's a totalitarian regime." Oh, no, wait. He said that about the United States. On Iran, he's as impeccably circumspect and discreet as the State Department.

"Diplomatic" language is one of the last holdovers of the pre-democratic age. It belongs to a time when international relations were conducted exclusively between a handful of eminent representatives of European dynasties. Today it's all out in the open -- President Ahmaddasanatta proposed his not-quite-final solution for Israel on TV.

McLellan and Ereli likewise gave their response on TV. So the language of international relations is no longer merely the private code of diplomats but part of the public discourse -- and, if the government of the United States learns anything from the last four years, it surely ought to be that there's a price to be paid for not waging the war as effectively in the psychological arenas as in the military one. What does it mean when one party can talk repeatedly about the liquidation of an entire nation and the other party responds that this further "underscores our concerns," as if he'd been listening to an EU trade representative propose increasing some tariff by half a percent?

Well, it emboldens the bully. It gives him an advantage, like the punk who swears and sprawls over half the seats in the subway car while the other riders try not to catch his eye. The political thugs certainly understand the power of psychological intimidation. Look at Saddam Hussein in court, so confident in his sneering dismissal of judge and witnesses that he's generating big pro-Baathist demonstrations in Tikrit. I was struck by his complaint that the real terrorism was that he hadn't been given a change in underpants in three days. I hope that's true.

It requires enormous strength of will on the part of free societies to bring blustering cocksure thugs down to size, even after we've overthrown them and kicked them out of the presidential palace. In Iran, President Ahmaddamytree figures that half the world likes his Jew proposals and the rest isn't prepared to do more than offer a few objections phrased in the usual thin diplo-pabulum.

We assume, as Neville Chamberlain, Lord Halifax and other civilized men did 70 years ago, that these chaps may be a little excitable, but come on, old boy, they can't possibly mean it, can they? Wrong. They mean it but they can't quite do it yet. Like Hitler, when they can do it, they will -- or at the very least the weedy diplo-speak tells them they can force the world into big concessions on the fear that they can.

Look at the broader picture. The State Department's Ereli noted that President Ahmageddon's comments appear "to be a consistent pattern of rhetoric that is both hostile and out of touch with values that the rest of us in the international community live by."

Is that even true? That the Iranian president is "out of touch" with the "values" of the "international community?" The Hudson Institute's lively "Eye On The U.N." Web site had an interesting photograph of how the "international community" marked Nov. 29 -- the annual "International Day Of Solidarity With The Palestinian People." Kofi Annan and other bigwigs sat on a platform with a map flanked by the "Palestinian" and U.N. flags. The map showed Palestine but no Israel. The U.N., in other words, has done cartographically what Iran wants to do in more incendiary fashion: It's wiped Israel off the map.

There has always been a slightly post-modern quality to sovereignty in the transnational age: We pretend the Syrian foreign minister is no different from the New Zealand foreign minister, and in so doing we vastly inflate the status of the former at the expense of the latter. But with Ahmadinejad we're going way beyond that. If a genocidal fantasist is acceptable in polite society, we'll soon find ourselves dealing with a genocidal realist.

© Mark Steyn, 2005

Copyright © Mark Steyn, 2005

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Blessed be the name of the Lord.
Peace to you this Christmas and Hannukah season.
The Light never dies........the oil never ceases.......

Remember this spech after 9-11, That's Chuck Schumer of NY (D Major), the unity was nice wasn't it.

My Great-Great Grandpa Martin Fisher, 6 April 1851 to 22 December 1948. Born in Ste Genevieve, MO and died in St Joseph, MO.