The barn's roof, the siding and its innards are now strewn over acres of land. Melissa Weems, who is a neighbor, saw it all happen. "Just out of nowhere, I'm looking out the back door and I see my neighbor's barn lift up and just take off," said Weems. "It pretty much lifted in one piece and then I could see it being carried and I could see it just shatter. ... We have trains about a mile from here but this sounded like it was right on the street." "People may think I'm crazy but I think it was a tornado," said Weems.No, you're not crazy. You're perfectly correct. If the barn lifted, you had a tornado. Even so, the media refuses to use the word in the article or headline. ("Strong winds destroy barn.") The Weather Bureau's legalistic approach has lifted and shattered our minds. We can't use our own senses; must wait until the Official Secret Stürmpolizei have secured the scene and gathered enough evidence for a trial. We're fucked.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.