We still mourn the victims of the Oklahoma tornado and I think the fact that the death toll was revised down is wonderful news. But as Seth Binau from the National Weather Service told us yesterday, weather is unpredictable, so we need to be vigilant. Meteorologist Mike Davis says we'll see storms and showers today, some of which could be strong to severe... looks like it's more of a wind and hail threat than tornados. This afternoon is crunch time, so keep it on with Corby and make sure you have an emergency plan just in case.
See the latest radar snap right here.
photo courtesy of Ben Little via flickr
Prayers to the victims in Oklahoma... I cannot imagine what parents must have been and are still going through. A massive tornado ripped right into an elementary school and affected another in the town of Moore. The pictures of mothers and fathers frantically running and searching makes my heart ache. I've never been through a tornado, but did see aftermath once. Back in 1997, a tornado went right over my house... luckily neither my wife nor I happened to be home. I know it was a tornado because a guy who happened to be driving by when it came through stopped back by to see how we were doing. The twisting of the trees... the lost roofing... the clean up was eye opening, but it doesn't come close to what Oklahoma saw yesterday. As with any story like this, there are stories of heroism... like the one of a mom who stayed right on top of her son to insure he survived. Now that the storm has passed, we know the main tornado was up to a mile wide and it stayed on the ground long enough to kill over 50 and injure scores of others.
I will say that I am ashamed of of one legislator... Rhonde Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse. While parents are learning that their children are dead, while family members are sifting through rubble to find some momento of their life before the storm, while EMS and Fire and Police are responding to aide the injured and offer comfort, this jackass is on the Senate floor to rail against global warming. You might expect that our nation's leaders might be talking about assistance and mobilizing forces to help, but no. This giant a-hole is wasting everyone on the planet's time talking about global warming. I imagine if he was around in 1975, he would have done the same speech on global cooling.
Oh yeah... the IRS scandal apparently was known by everyone in the administration excpet the president. Reminds me of when Bill Clinton said he didn't inhale. He apparently can buy it, hold it, roll it, light it and even draw it into his mouth, but it didn't pass into his lungs. I'm sure the IRS info stopped just short as well...
No bazinga here... a big bang on the moon. Apparently a meteor impacted the lunar surface with such force that the flash was visible here.
I'm not sure I can adequately describe how I feel this morning. I feel shame for my federal government... I mean Benghazi, IRS, AP phone records all hitting full blown scandal levels and all it is in DC is CYA. New e-mail releases are out today and show the State Department's move in message, so that one's not going away any time soon. The 'acting' head of the IRS (How conveneint that they play that up now) has been relieved of duties and the president is expressing outrage. And as far as the Associated Press phone records scandal goes, Attorney General Eric Holder is sidestepping accuations. Doesn't it seem we have no real leaders right now?
I see it where I live everyday... when it's time for a decision, no one steps up. Really a bunch of passive aggressive BS and then most people just roll over and throw up their hands. Eventhough a person has the title, when someone within their purview makes a mistake or commits an infraction on purpose, the 'leader' feigns ignorance or claims the action was of a rogue employee. Whatever happened to stepping up and accepting blame? I mena we're all human and that means mistakes are inherant in our DNA. I doubt there's ever been a country in history that's so willing to forgive and foget... take for instance the re-election of Mark Sanford in the Carolinas... take for instance that Anthony Weiner is expected to run for mayor of NYC... I could go on and on, but this country is clearly willing to forgive past transgressions. Given that, why do politicians play the game of redirect and deny? I imagine citizens would be much more likely to trust our 'leaders' if they came clean when they made mistakes and promised to do better in the future. I know the federal government is a huge operation, but doesn't the president have czars that run parts of it? Keep tabs on them and they keep tabs on their staff and it should run smoother than it is right now.
The problems start when people do things they know aren't right and then go into spin mode.... I hate spin mode.
So... our sports director Matt McCoy (who says he's not a burn your bra kind of guy) is heading to DC this Friday to march for awareness for international adoption. Certainly, adoption is an issue near and dear to central Ohio what with Dave Thomas making it one of his lifelong awareness issues. Well, the situation in this country is that it's nearly or downright impossible to adopt a child form another country. Matt is joining efforts with Craig Juntunen, who was on the show yesterday morning. He produced a documentary called "Stuck" which details the situation. His tour is hitting 72 cities in 60 days and came through Columbus a few weeks back. If you'd like to join the fight, you can sign the petition... and if you'd like to read a little about the kinds of kids and adults this issue affects, read right here.
Safe travels Matt...
photo courtesy of some schlub on the web
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