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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Storm At Sea and Repealing The Jones Act

After visiting Senior Moments I thought I'd post this for Skywatch Friday.  I took this in Fort Lauderdale in October.  The storm eventually came ashore and was a real wowser.


And speaking of the sea, I just learned that there are tankers from other countries able and waiting to help out in the Gulf of Mexico, but are prevented from doing so by the The Jones Act -- a bill originally designed to protect US maritime interests. I'm acquainted with this antiquated piece of legislation, but only as it applies to cruise ships and their crews and ports of call. In our discussions The Jones Act --its purpose served long ago-- was not well thought of -- now it seems  more than an antiquated nuisance.  I was wondering if a law could be over-ridden by executive (presidential) order? I recently read that Bush 'waived' The Jones Act after Hurricane Katrina, but am not certain of this. Anyone??

12 comments:

Jay said...

Those clouds look like they're touching the sea.

jane said...

ugh! will there ever be some good news?... stunning shot my dear!

Purple Flowers said...

Kath -- the photo is stunning. I don't know about the Jones Act. Sorry! :(
In the meantime, have a happy weekend.

Seth M. Ward said...

Kathy:~/ You need to educate us lazy bums and explain to us what the Jones Act entails or atleast how it applies to this situation:P Please and thank you.

KathyA said...

Oy, Seth! Will do -- not right now, but will do!

Lena said...

I never knew about the Jones Act, so I can't help you out, either.

George said...

I believe that after Hurricane Katrina the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting on behalf of President Bush, waived the Jones Act to allow relief supplies to be brought into the areas devastated by the hurricane.
By the way, that's a great picture of the approaching storm.

Gin said...

Love the photo of the sea!!! Very interesting info about the Jones Act. Seems we have a lot of archaic laws still in effect. Maybe someone should appoint a committee to review and re-do some of this antiquated legislation! (This is why I love visiting your blog...I always learn something...Teachers rock!!)

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Love the picture!
I'm not familiar with the Jones Act, but it sounds like another of those laws made years ago that are no longer applicable today. If there are tankers out there that can help, they should be allowed to enter our waters.

esthermelvin said...

Years bring wisdom.......................................................

Happyone :-) said...

That is one cool looking sky!!!

Snappy Di said...

Nice ocean and cloud shot! It speaks as to the power of Mother Nature. Very nice!

Di