Category Archives: Texana

UT in on volcano forecast

UT-Austin is teaming with Italian scientists in predicting the possible impending eruption of a supervolcano west of Naples in southern Italy.

“Scientists have found the first direct evidence of a so-called ‘hot zone’ feeding a supervolcano in southern Italy that experts say is nearing eruption conditions.”

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-09-scientists-potential-magma-source-italian.html#jCp

Via Drudge Report

USC 27, Texas 24

Heckuva game. Double overtime. Was a defensive game, obviously from the score, and Texas had a weaker offensive line and an erratic freshman QB.

Still, it was well worth the watching. Texas was a 16.5 point underdog and was supposed to be crushed. Not hardly. Only wish they’d won.

Teach Texas teachers not to rape

“For the ninth consecutive year, the number of Texas teachers accused of sexual misconduct with students skyrocketed, this time to an all-time high of 302. This reflects a 36 percent increase for the 2016-17 school year.”

Obviously, they’re not getting the message.

Via Breitbart

UPDATE:  The Daily issued a story about this about 24 hours after Breitbart, which they labeled an “exclusive.” As if.

JD’s challenge: Rising Brazos River

As of Monday, anyhow, his most recent post from his home in Brazoria:

“Just stopped in to feed Bosco, check up on stuff, and grab a couple of things. Brazos water is still maybe a block away, toward the river. Which river, by the by, is about five miles wide now. Fortunately for us, it’s five miles wide to the other side. We are (so far) on the high side.”

Five miles wide. Oops. Still a block away, but the sewage plant is underwater.

“Gotta go. No toilets in Brazoria. Sewage treatment plant is underwater, so no drainage is requested. I’m not going to violate that request, though I a[m] relatively positive I’m about the only household that cares if I make shit come up in other folks showers and tubs.”

Thoughtful of you. Good luck. Water’s got to go down sometime. May it be soon.

UPDATE:  He came home on the 6th to find all okay: “This is the second year we’ve had Brazos flooding come fairly close to our house. Think God is giving me a hint? I’m looking for some higher ground.”

Historic flooding

Not at the rancho, fortunately, as we are on the northwestern side of Austin at a higher elevation than most of the rest of the city. But more likely in the downtown area, along Shoal, Waller and Onion creeks, and definitely south and east of I-35: Bastrop, La Grange, Giddings, Kyle, Lockhart.

Because as of 1 a.m. Sunday they have had upwards of 17 inches of rain. With much more to come. Wave after wave. Through Thursday. Rain all day, every day. All because Harvey has stalled about 80 miles due south of Austin and is stationary and pulling Gulf moisture up and around Austin. In a counter-clockwise rotation. Like a fire hose. With no atmospheric event to stop it.

Houston likewise is being hit hard already. A town where 4 inches of rain causes flooding has, so far, had 15 inches and more. With more to come. This is as KVUE’s chief meteorologist Alberto Ramon says an historic event. A potentially catastrophic event as the Colorado and Guadalupe Rivers get out of their banks.

There’s been nothing like this in a hundred years or more.

Drudge Report: Hell Storm

These things usually look worst on the approach to the coast, when the weather liars and the bobbing heads sound, sound, sound the alarm. Although that’s pretty low country in the storm’s path. So not surprising Rock Port and Port Aransas are already ordering mandatory evacuation. How many will actually leave, however… Here at the rancho, we’ll just prepare for a lot of rain. And no power. Doesn’t take much to knock Austin’s power out—about which our liberal city council has done absolutely nothing. With too many downed trees, it could be quite a while before the electricity is restored.

Cowardly spirited away in the dark of night

Statues of Lee, Johnston, Reagan and Hogg were removed around midnight Sunday from the University of Texas campus. So the pathetic snowflakes wouldn’t melt with indignation.

General Robert E. Lee, of course, led the Army of Northern Virginia; Albert Sidney Johnston was a Texas general killed at Shiloh; Texan John Reagan was the Confederacy’s treasurer; and first native-born governor James Stephen Hogg’s only apparent “crime” seems to have been being the son of a Confederate general.

Via the Daily.