God hath wrought floods, earthquakes and tornadoes because she’s pissed

Angela Hunt Hill BridgeHave you wondered why earthquakes are occurring regularly in Dallas County, but they’re not happening in the city of Dallas?

Let me see if I can explain it in terms that people who watch The 700 Club or attend Prestonwood Baptist Church can understand.

God is pissed at all this anti-gay legislation and is sending a message.

So earthquakes have hit Irving, which recently passed an anti-Sharia Law ordinance; Farmers Branch, which has been trying for years to get rid of its Hispanic population by passing ordinances allowing landlords not to rent to them; and University Park, which is, well, just a red hole surrounded by a sea of Dallas blue.

But, please note, no earthquakes have hit the city of Dallas.

Oh, we feel them. I was home a few weeks ago when one of the bigger quakes hit Irving and it felt like a car crashed into my building. But I realized what it was and just said, “God must be pissed at Irving again.”

While the Texas Legislature spends its time debating a bill to stop state and county officials from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, God destroyed a town in the middle of right-wing East Texas, nearly wiping it off the map with a tornado.

How did the Legislature respond? Not even a short break in their serious anti-gay deliberations to send the town some aid.

Better than the response in early April to super-sized hail. After some severe hailstorms, the Senate passed a bill that would limit insurance claims for hail damage, limit the time to file a claim and increase penalties for inflating claims. After all, if your house is hit by hail, it’s your own damn fault.

And what’s with all the rain?

Here in Dallas, the rain has served as a reminder that it’s not a good idea to put a highway in a river. But the flood waters have mostly just stayed between the levees until they’re safely out of Dallas where they’ve flooded homes across our red counties to the south. Gee, sorry that’s happened Ellis and Navarro counties, but we tried to warn you. Go to church this Sunday and maybe your pastor will explain to you that God doesn’t like homophobia.

Unfortunately, more torrential rain is predicted for later in the week after the Love Your Neighbor Unless He’s Gay bill passes.

Why is all this happening?

Because God is pissed.

—  David Taffet

The earthquake report: We’ve been having them

Earthquake epicenters determined by USGS - NEIC, April 17, 2014 through January 23, 2015.

Earthquake epicenters determined by USGS — NEIC, April 17, 2014 through January 23, 2015.

I have yet to feel any of the earthquakes that have been rattling DFW — or at least, parts of DFW — lately. But I have seen a lot of my friends talking about them on Facebook. From what they have said, the tremors and aftershocks have been pretty frequent in recent weeks, and some of them have been at least a little scary.

And then today, I got an email from the office of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings letting me know that city officials from Dallas and Irving have reviewed the findings of a preliminary study on the quakes by Southern Methodist University. .

And here are the preliminary study’s big findings:

• The epicenters are confined to an area extending from Texas 114 to Walnut Hill Road, along the Trinity River (near the site of the old Texas Stadium in Irving, indicating a fault extending from Irving into West Dallas). The new earthquake locations extend the source area through parts of Irving and west Dallas.

• Most of the earthquakes appear to be under the Fort Worth Basin; however SMU says the location may be off by about half a mile and seismologists stress the need for additional research.

•  These earthquakes are shallow in nature, and seismologists could not conclude whether the quakes were natural or related to gas well drilling.

Don’t you feel much safer now? I know I do. But to be serious (and fair), they are really just getting started, and the possibility of a severe earthquake here in our area is a very serious — and frightening — thought.

Anyway, Mayor Rawlings said, “We value the time and resources the SMU team has invested in helping us understand the recent earthquakes. The working group will discuss these findings and let us know what the next steps should be.”

The press release noted that SMU has been working with the U.S. Geological Survey to pinpoint more accurate locations for the recent earthquake swarm.

The working group is comprised of the cities of Irving, Dallas, SMU, USGS and the Texas Railroad Commission. The group is scheduled to discuss the recent report on Friday, Feb. 13.

To read SMU’s preliminary earthquake report for yourself, go here. Read it and you will find some information such as the USGS began reporting noticeable earthquakes in this area in 2008, even though there no earthquake activity here at least as far back as 1970. The current string of quakes began last April, and the largest one to date has been magnitude 3.6. There have been 5 earthquakes over magnitude 3. o since last April, and 46 quakes reported.

And if you feel the earth start to move, as my wife says when she takes a corner too fast in the car, “Hold on to your girdle, Myrtle.”

—  Tammye Nash

3.5 magnitude earthquake hits and this time it’s personal


Lawn chairs were overturned in the most damaging Irving earthquake to date

An earthquake registering 3.5 magnitude hit Irving at about 3 p.m. today (Jan. 6).

This is the largest earthquake to hit Irving and the largest in the area since a 3.6 magnitude earthquake hit Azle in 2013.

In the Dallas Voice office, the earthquake was felt by people on one end of the office, but not by those in the center of the building.

Executive Editor Arnold Wayne Jones said, “It sounded like a bull came barreling through the office.”

Advertising Director Chad Mantooth said he felt the earth move under his feet. He felt the sky come tumbling down, while social media manager Stephen Mobley mostly just screamed like a little girl.

Others on staff said, “What the frack? The gays caused it.”

—  David Taffet

Anti-gay El Paso candidate says earthquake and tsunami in Japan were a curse from God

On Monday we told you how several anti-gay candidates are running for El Paso City Council in the wake of the ongoing battle over domestic partner benefits for municipal workers.

Well, one of those anti-gay candidates, Malcolm McGregor III, told ABC 7 he believes the tsunami and earthquake in Japan were a curse from God.

“Japan had built tsunami walls along their coasts but this tsunami was bigger than that. No matter what you say, they either weren’t blessed with protection or they were cursed with an earthquake,” McGregor said. “God did say, Christ did say that earthquakes would increase in the last days and that’s what we’re seeing.”

McGregor is part of the group El Pasoans for Traditional Family Values, which sponsored a successful ballot initiative to rescind DP benefits in November, after the benefits were approved by the City Council. McGregor is also a defendant in the pending federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the ballot initiative.

—  John Wright

Oil drilling and quakes in North Texas

Okay, so this isn’t an LGBT story at all. But I live in Fort Worth and they are drilling all over my neighborhood, so it is important to me.

Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas have released a report on a joint study they did saying that there is “a plausible connection” between drilling in the Barnett Shale for natural gas and a series of small earthquakes that rattled the Dallas-Fort Worth area from fall 2008 through last spring.

A second report is due out soon that will address quakes that happened in Cleburne, south of Fort Worth, during that same time period. There’s a lot of drilling going on there, too.

There were about a dozen earthquakes recorded in DFW, the largest reading a 3.3 on the Richter Scale. None caused any reported injuries or major damage. According to the study, there may have been as many as 11 more earthquakes too small for anyone to notice.

This story in the Houston Chronicle pointed out that since drilling in the area stopped, there have been no more earthquakes here.

Like I said, I know this isn’t really an “LGBT story.” But it sure could affect some LGBT people in this area (like me). And in light of the huge earthquakes that have devastated Haiti and Chile in recent weeks, I think it is something to take note of.angry racerправильная раскрутка сайта

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