Tuesday night, Texas news station KCBD News Channel 11 shared a weather alert from the US National Weather Service (Lubbock, TX) that warned of a haboob, or (more technical definitions aside) a violent dust/sandstorm, that was approaching the area.
The message was fairly standard, simply warning of high winds and near-zero visibility:
[box type=”shadow”]Haboob northwest of Lubbock as seen from the Science Spectrum. If you must drive west of Lubbock, plan for near-zero visibility in blowing dust and strong winds of 50+ mph.[/box]
Fairly standard, right?
Residents, of course became concerned with this news: the station used one of them Muslim words! Apparently, the station’s use of the correct term to describe what was happening was too much for some area residents, who preferred more scientific terms like “wall of dust,” or “dirt storm,” or “dust storm” because “this is not the Middle East” Goddamnit!
Author’s Note: Raymond Stapleton contacted me because he wants everyone to know he is not a racist, as people on the news site’s Facebook page have apparently developed the opinion that he is a racist. More correctly, he alleged that posting a screenshot of his actual words somehow constitutes libel. In the end, KCBD caved, referring to the haboob as a “dust storm” in a future post.
Why is it that right-wingers feel the need to melt down over every little thing? Whether it’s the race of a fictional character, or a television show having the audacity to ‘preach’ scientific fact without ‘teaching the controversy,’ the First Lady attempting to get kids to eat healthy, a couple of actors portraying a fictional gay couple in a truck commercial, or the imagined ‘race’ of the First Family’s F#$%ING DOGS, it seems that they are incapable of simply accepting that they do not control every single detail within our civilization.
See, Texas? This is why we can’t have nice things.
h/t: AATTPer Jennifer [LastName]!