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So sad and heart wrenching. My thoughts a prayers are with these people. Watching the news last night, the reporter was getting choked up and having a hard time. Reports were that teachers were using their bodies as sheilds for these kids, one teacher that saved six this way was in critical condition last night they said they didnt think she would make it. Her, and other teachers are true heroes and I hope that if she doesnt make it she gets a heroe's funeral.
We need to help the Oklahoma victims with the full resources of the Federal Government. We should also share in the planning and funding of community underground shelters for those throughout Tornado Alley. I also would like a journalist to look into the Congressional record to call out those Oklahoma Republican Congress members who voted to withhold Federal money from the Hurricane Sandy victims because it was "more deficit spending". They, and their brethren from Texas were high and mighty about the righteousness of their fiscal cause some months ago. What are they saying now? The Texans weren't shy about asking for aid after the West Texas fertilizer plant explosion. What's the difference between these disaster appeals and Hurricane Sandy? Fund everyone who needs help.
The republican Oklahoma senators were very "fiscally conservative" when it came to helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy...let's see if they are just as "fiscally conservative" when it comes to Oklahoma...
why dont schools in Oklahoma have some type of tornado shelters? Tornadoes are unexpected?
So tired of the media's constant focus on the "children killed" versus the (seemingly less tragic) adults killed. What's the difference? Why not differentiate the counts of men and women, or ugly and good-looking victims? I know my first reaction to tragedies is not "were there any kids killed?"
As sad as the story is... and as bad as this was.. WHO made the first count of 51 and over 20 children... was this all MEDIA
Senators Coburn and Inhofe of OK did oppose both Sandy relief bills. The local Rep., Tom Cole, did vote for Sandy relief.
No doubt we will see alligator tears from these 2 Senators now that the shoe is on the other foot.
My hearts is heavy after spending some time this evening looking at the devastation in OKC. Imagine those kids going thru something like this and after surviving it they found out they lost parents. I can't even imagine what these kids are going thru. As a parent I pray that my kids bury me not me burying my kids. Please pray for these families and give to the Red Cross to help those that have lost what money cannot buy. http://www.streamingchurchesonline.com/
It points to 1) the inability for officials in Oklahoma to count. 2) why are there not better shelters in schools of all places in an area that was just wiped out by an EF5 tornado 14 years ago. I feel terrible for the people who suffered losses of loved ones in the name of small government and low taxes. Look at the residents of nearby Tushka who with the help of the federal government built a large storm shelter and when their entire town was leveled, everyone inside remained safe, at a cost of 140k, about 3/4 of which was paid by federal government. Please don't tell me you can't afford to have those in or near every school in tornado alley.
I have to admit, the discussion following this post is much less worse than I had envisioned. So thanks, I guess, to my fellow commenters. Pet theory time: nuclear annihilation by the Red Menace makes good television; mass murder carried out by terraces makes good television. Meeting one's end as a result of a weather event or a fire, not so much. Preparedness is not something that should be ridiculed, it should be encouraged. Being 'prepared' might or might not help you when confronted with a natural disaster. Hedge your bets accordingly.
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