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‘The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Has Been Turned Off’: An 11 Mile Stretch Of The Mississippi River Has Been Closed Due To Drought In God Damn America

August 23, 2012

When things got real bad in Russia in the aftermath of that nation’s collapse due to socialism, that was what the Russians were saying: “The light at the end of the tunnel has been shut off.”

Well, things aren’t going well in the God damn America of Barack Obama.

Which, you ought to know, I pretty much predicted the very day Obama won the election.

This drought that has been going on and on for the last three years (kind of like Obama) has been like a curse right out of the Bible:

(CNN) — Marjorye Heeney knew something was wrong when she saw a bulging cloud of black dust darken the sky.

Drought-like conditions dried this Kern River bed last year near Bakersfield, California.

Drought-like conditions dried this Kern River bed last year near Bakersfield, California.

She then heard an eerie, train-like whistle as fierce winds rattled her front door and windows. When she looked outside, hordes of grasshoppers and crows swarmed over her father’s barren farm. After the storm broke, her father walked outside and muttered curses as he scanned the horizon for rain clouds.

“I can remember my dad just watching the sky so closely,” Heeney says. “A sprinkle would excite him so much.”

That’s how Heeney, now 83, describes growing up on an Oklahoma farm during the Dust Bowl storms in the 1930s. For much of that decade, “black blizzards” — formed by a prolonged drought and poor farming techniques — ravaged much of the nation.

Now a new generation of Americans is again anxiously looking to the sky. Drought has returned to the United States, and some warn that more tough days are ahead.

The value of water is starting to become apparent in America. Over the past three years a drought has affected large swaths of the country, and conflicts over water usage may become commonplace in the future, climatologists say.

I have been calling this country “God Damn America” since the ugly night of November 4, 2008.  And that is exactly what it has been under Obama.

Well, God Damn America just got truly historic:

Drought Forces An 11 Mile Section Of The Mississippi River To Be Closed
Sam Ro|Aug. 20, 2012, 6:29 PM

The devastating U.S. drought has been causing water levels to fall in the Mississippi River.

The AP’s Adrian Sainz reports:

Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage Monday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

New Orleans-based Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets said the stretch of river near Greenville, Miss., has been closed intermittently since Aug. 11, when a vessel ran aground.

Tippets said it is not immediately clear when the river will re-open.

The Mississippi River is a crucial trade route for coal and agricultural goods. Low water levels had already been disrupting trade flows due to bottlenecking along the river.

When was the last time the Mississippi River closed???  The Mississippi is the mightiest river in America and one of the great rivers in the world.  And now it’s literally drying up.