Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Why No Safe Rooms In Moore Oklahoma School?
The recent tragedy and loss of life caused by the massive tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma leads me to ask why one of the schools did not have a tornado shelter or "safe rooms". Some have pointed to the cost, but these towns and cities could and should have started putting money away after the May 2nd, 1999 tornado.
(The paths of destruction of the May 2nd, 1999, tornado ((above left)) taken by tornadoes from the air over Moore and a view of the May 21st, 2013 path).
At the very least, if the city has able bodied men who own shovels, half the battle has been won. Digging a hole, pouring a foundation, erecting walls and roofing same are not costly, in retrospect, when you compare it to the pain of the injuries and lives lost by having nothing.
Perhaps there will be lessons learned from these devastating tornadoes and the heartaches that accompany them. My heart and prayers go out to the victims and families of this horrible disaster.
On a side note, reports are that some looting has already occurred in the stricken city of Moore. As far as I'm concerned, looters should be shot on sight.
The News As I See It: Anthony Weiner has announced that he is running for mayor of New York City. Aside from further proving he is a complete asshole by even contemplating the idea, it shows he has balls.....which I assume will be shown in his future tweets.
The $590 million Powerball jackpot over the weekend produced one winner. It was the biggest single jackpot since Tiger Woods' divorce. It turns out the winning ticket was apparently sold in a town called Zephyrhills, Florida. In a related story, Florida residents are getting an unusual volume of calls from their grandkids today.
Obama has had a rough couple of weeks with the big Benghazi scandal, the IRS scandal and the phone tapping scandal. Despite the scandals, 53 percent of Americans say they approve of the job he's doing. The other 47 percent are being audited.
The White House scandals are not going away any time soon. I’ll tell you how bad it’s looking for Obama. People in Kenya are now saying he’s 100 percent American.
Justin Bieber received multiple honors at the Billboard Music Awards. He won for best male artist. I can count three lies in the title of that award. Bieber actually said he's an artist.....in the same way the guy that makes my turkey sandwich at subway is an artist.
A Georgia college student was worried that his parents would be mad at him for flunking English. So he tried to fake his own kidnapping. The parents figured it out when the ransom note said, "We has your son."
Lamborghini is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Lamborghini is so freaked out by turning 50, it just bought itself a Lamborghini.
The heat wave is continuing. Today I was sweating like Obama at a news conference. There are warnings this could be a long, hot summer and they are telling everyone to cover up. You don't have to tell the Obama White House twice. They know all about covering up.
This Date In History: 1455; The first battle in the 30-year War of Roses took place at St. Albans. 1761; The first life insurance policy in the United States was issued in Philadelphia. 1849; Abraham Lincoln received patent number 6469 for his floating dry dock.
1927; An earthquake near Xining, China, measuring 8.3 claimed approximately 200,000 victims. 1947; Harry S. Truman's Doctrine brought aid to Greece and Turkey to combat the spread of Communism. 1972; Ceylon became Sri Lanka.
1972; Richard Nixon arrived in Moscow, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union. 1990; North Yemen and South Yemen merged to form the Republic of Yemen. 1992; Johnny Carson hosted the last episode of his Tonight Show. 2003; The UN Security Council approved a resolution lifting the economic sanctions against Iraq and supporting the U.S.-led administration in Iraq.
2011; At least 140 people are killed and hundreds more injured as a three-quarter-mile-wide tornado hits Joplin, Missouri. The tornado is among the deadliest in the nation's history, destroying nearly a third of the city and damaging about 2,000 buildings, including water treatment and sewage plants. 2012; Tokyo Skytree, which at 634 meters high is the tallest tower in the world, opened to the public.
Picture Of The Day: Pals.....
Printable Things I Never Told You: 1) Dating is good practice for parenting because you learn not to care when someone is crying in a restaurant. 2) When my girlfriend wants my opinion, she'll give it to me. 3) Finding out your ex got fat is like finding 20 bucks in your pocket. Not life changing, but definitely puts a smile on your face. 4) I try to avoid picking up turtles on the side of the road, just in case they're in the middle of a race. 5) I bought a thesaurus at the store today. I brought it home and found that all the pages were blank. I have no words to describe how angry I am......and that's five !
Today's Horoscope: Gemini - May 22nd: The post-office is going to be lucky for you this week as a mystery package arrives for you that, for once, is neither ticking nor covered in mysterious powder. Loving care is something that people write on shampoo bottles. What you need is to go out for a few drinks.
Birthdays: Richard Wagner, composer 1813, Mary Cassatt, painter 1844, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, British author, creator of Sherlock Holmes 1859, Sir Laurence Olivier, actor 1907, Betty Williams, peace activist 1943.
The AREA 51 Retirement Home Bar And Grill: A wife suspects her husband is cheating on her. One day, she dials her home and a strange woman answers. The woman says, "Who is this?" A woman answers, "This is the maid." The wife says, "We don't have a maid."
The woman says, "I was hired this morning by the man of the house." The woman says, "Well, this is his wife. Is he there?" The maid replied, "He is upstairs in the bedroom with someone who I figured was his wife."
The woman is fuming. She says to the maid, "Listen, would you like to make $50,000?" The maid says, "What will I have to do?" The woman tells her, "I want you to get my gun from the desk, and shoot the bastard and the witch he's with."
The maid puts the phone down and the woman hears footsteps and then gun shots. The maid comes back to the phone, "What do I do with the bodies?" The woman says, "Throw them in the swimming pool."
Puzzled, the maid answers, "There's no pool here." A long pause and the woman says, "Is this 555-4821?"
An elderly couple were driving across the country. The woman was driving when she got pulled over by the highway patrol. The officer said, "Ma'am did you know you were speeding?" The woman, hard of hearing, turns to her husband and asks, "What did he say?" The old man yells, "He says you were speeding!"
The patrolman says, "May I see your license?" The woman turns to her husband and asks again, "What did he say?" The old man yells, "He wants to see your license!" The woman gave the officer her license.
The patrolman says, "I see you are from Arkansas. I spent some time there once and went on a blind date with the ugliest woman I've ever seen." The woman turned to her husband and asked, "What did he say?" The old man yells, "He said he knows you!"
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: A woman had been away for two days visiting a sick friend in another city. When she returned, her little boy greeted her by saying, "Mommy, guess what! Yesterday I was playing in the closet in your bedroom and daddy came into the room with the lady next door. Then, they got undressed and got into your bed and then daddy got on top of her..."
Sonny's mother held up her hand and said, "Not another word. Wait till your father comes home and then I want you to tell him exactly what you've just told me."
The father came home. As he walked into the house, his wife said, "I'm leaving you. I'm packing now and I'm leaving you." The startled father said, But, why?" The wife said, "Go ahead, Sonny. Tell daddy just what you told me."
Sonny said, "Well. I was playing in your bedroom closet and daddy came upstairs with the lady next door. Then, they got undressed and got into bed and daddy got on top of her and then they did just what you did with Uncle John when daddy was away last summer."
When asked by a young patrol officer, "Do You know you were speeding?", an 83-year-old woman gave the young officer an ear to ear smile and stated, "Yes, but I had to get there before I forgot where I was going."
An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding. The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.
The trooper says, "Sir, have you been drinking?" The priest says, "Just water." The trooper says, "Then why do I smell wine?" The priest looks at the bottle and says, "Good Lord! He's done it again!"
That's it for today, my little mumble bees. Remember, a bargain is something you don't need at a price you can't resist. AREA 51 is my destination for happy hour.
That's it for now. More on Friday.
Stay Tuned !