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Oklahoma Tornado Live Feed - "This Is About The Worst Damage I Have Ever Seen"

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The devastation from what is being described as a mile-wide tornado is horrifying according to local news. The live feed and raw footage of the aftermath suggests casualty rates will be significantly higher as the evening progresses...

Via CNN,

TULSA, Oklahoma - A huge tornado touched down on Monday near Oklahoma City, and the National Weather Service urged residents to immediately take cover as a massive storm system in the middle of the country threatened to pummel as many as 10 states.


"The tornado on the ground right now is huge and has hit through populated areas," Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said on CNN. She said it was too early to know the extent of the damage, but live television showed extensive destruction in the area.


Social media is using the hashtag #OKWX


Via @NickSleem24

Via @TimBuckleyWX


Via @alastormspotter



Raw footage of the aftermath (via The Globe And Mail)

and the Live Feed is here:


So is it time to petition Congress to finally ban tornadoes? If one goes according to the mortality of the 10 deadliest tornadoes, the answer is a resounding yes. Via AP, here is  a list of the 10 deadliest tornadoes in the United States since 1900:

  • 695 deaths. March 18, 1925, in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.
  • 216 deaths. April 5, 1936, in Tupelo, Miss.
  • 203 deaths. April 6, 1936, in Gainesville, Ga.
  • 181 deaths. April 9, 1947, in Woodward, Okla.
  • 158 deaths. May 22, 2011, in Joplin, Mo.
  • 143 deaths. April 24, 1908, in Amite, La., and Purvis, Miss.
  • 116 deaths. June 8, 1953, in Flint, Mich.
  • 114 deaths. May 11, 1953 in Waco, Texas.
  • 114 deaths. May 18, 1902 in Goliad, Texas.
  • 103 deaths. March 23, 1913, in Omaha, Neb.

Then again, few things are as short-term stimulative for the economy as violent outbursts of nature, so let's not be rash here...


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Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:11 | 3581923 vortmax
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This says it all:

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:10 | 3582013 TeamDepends
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just when he said the tornado

is now located at and moving at miles per hour

the television set went black

black as the sky black as death

black as all hell outside

black as the closet we groped into

falling all down with blankets and dresses

clutching each other our hearts pounding

loud as the pounding of the wind on the windows

gasping for breath holding our breath

like the wind outside roaring and pausing

then the great chunking of the short thunder

imprisoned in the small black animal

of a cloud rushing among the oak trees

went on east we heard it go we heard it talking

to the people in the eastern houses

and we sat still holding each other

still a long time in the black closet

slow to come back from the black

from the death in the teeth of the tornado


Norman H. Russell, "The Tornado"










Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:14 | 3581937 Sudden Debt
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America spends trillions on defending their homeland....

and wind is what tears it upside down....

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:26 | 3581979 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The most destructive wind is the hot air that emanates from inside of the I-495 beltway.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 22:14 | 3582753 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:38 | 3582021 edifice
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The terr'ist tornadoes hate us for our freedom.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 21:18 | 3582573 A Nanny Moose
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If freedom generates the hate, then what exactly remains to be hated?

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:37 | 3582023 LetThemEatRand
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"America spends trillions on defending their homeland....

and wind is what tears it upside down...."

The odds of being injured or killed by a tornado are probably almost infinitely higher than being injured or killed by a terrorist or by information "leaked" to the AP.  We all must give up our freedoms to protect against the latter, yet somehow people understand that the former is just one of those things we all risk being alive.  People are strange.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:15 | 3582185 Jack Burton
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Corporate America feasts on these so called defense dollars, when the American people need real help, the money and the manpower is occupying Muslim countries where the people want us the fuck out!

Now how much sense does that make? None. But the corporate pig men are feasting on our tax dollars and our printed funny money.

This is just the beginning. Nobody wants to admit it, but the extreme weather is already spiraling out of control. We know why. More heat in the atmosphere means more energy. Simple equation. Hang on to your hats. Sandy was a warm up, this tornado is a sign of things to come.

There is plenty of data to show the rise in extreme weather events, it is a small change now, but it can be measured, it will get worse. But we must not mention why or those Koch brothers will sick FOX news on us.

All in all, America is fast becoming a fucking joke. Many survivors are so fat they can hardly move without injuries. I see them on the news coverage. Massive humans. Their health costs will destroy America as fast as the extreme weather. Hard times a coming. You can book that!

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:26 | 3582222 Herd Redirectio...
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You might want to look into 'Weaponizing the weather'.  Its something the military has been interested in for some time.

Not saying this tornado was such a case, just saying that 'extreme weather' is a very convenient pretext for a nation that uses the weather as a weapon against an enemy (say, to cause a severe drought, flood, etc.)

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 22:04 | 3582728 Nikao7
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It's a "solar system" phenomenon. Via.......

Spirit Science and Metaphysics

The scientific proof that shows this is not just another ordinary time in history is when we look to the dramatic interplanetary climate change that has taken place within our solar system. Our solar system is undergoing MASSIVE changes. Mainstream publicly released studies by NASA show that earth changes are not unique to this planet alone, but in fact are occurring everywhere throughout the entire solar system within the last few decades:

- the sun has had more activity since 1940 than in the previous 1150 years, combined

- Mercury is having magnetic tornadoes and has had unexpected polar ice discovered, along with a surprisingly strong intrinsic magnetic field … for a supposedly “dead” planet

- Venus has had a 2500% increase in auroral brightness, and substantive global atmospheric changes in less than 30 years

- Mars is having “Global Warming,” huge storms, development of new clouds and disappearance of polar icecaps

- Jupiter has had an over 200% increase in brightness of surrounding plasma clouds

- Saturn has had a major decrease in equatorial jet stream velocities in only ~20 years, accompanied by surprising surge of X-rays from equator

- Uranus is experiencing “Really big, big changes” in brightness, increased global cloud activity

- Neptune has had a 40% increase in atmospheric brightness

- Pluto has 300% increase in atmospheric pressure and is heating up, even as Pluto recedes farther from the Sun

What is happening to the sun? Are we moving into a more energetic area within the galaxy that operates at a higher vibrational resonance? Why is the sun, earth and all other planets experiencing massive changes never seen before? We and the universe are evolving at an exponential rate.

What is interesting is that Jesus predicted this would happen in the Bible, and noted it as one of the signs of his second coming (whether this be literal, or metaphorically within each one of us): 

"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken." - Luke 21:25-26 10/25/world/saturn-gas-storm/ " Scientists don’t know yet how to explain what’s happening on Io.” "The plasma phenomena seen from Galileo (in Jupiter’s magnetic field in 1995) were, in general, not unexpected, but their strength exceeded expectations. The plasma was denser than expected in the torus and in the wake region. The wave amplitudes were greater than expected.”

I posted so many references because people were doubting the credibility of this information. It's actually a fascinating phenomenon.


Mon, 05/20/2013 - 22:16 | 3582765 DoChenRollingBearing
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Wrong!  It's all George Bush's fault!


Mon, 05/20/2013 - 22:36 | 3582816 Ident 7777 economy
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Crap; take a meteo course why don't ya ...

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 23:46 | 3582996 BringOnTheAsteroid
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Well, if jesus said it then that's as much proof as I'll need.

Just to put my mind at ease though can you confirm the following:

1. Were these the exact words, verbatim, that jesus said.

2. Have these words been subject to change over the intervening 2000 years since they were allegedly uttered.

3. If nothing happens in the next several billion years will these words still be pertinent when the sun exhausts all it's nuclear fuel and expands into a red giant engulfing the earth.

4. Do you think it reasonable to blindly accept anything written in any book that has been subject to thousands upon thousands of revisions and translations.

5. Do you envision some time in the future that human beings develope the level of education, maturity and self assuredness where they don't feel compelled to quote bronze age text and instead reference modern scientific studies, journals and research. 

6. Do you, yourself, ever envisage gaining this level of intellectual maturity.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 07:13 | 3583336 Nikao7
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I didn't paste all of that up there for the 2 sentences mentioning Jesus.  It was for the info concerning climate change in the solar system.  Get a life

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:35 | 3582256 James_Cole
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There is plenty of data to show the rise in extreme weather events, it is a small change now, but it can be measured, it will get worse. But we must not mention why or those Koch brothers will sick FOX news on us.

Actually the Koch brothers are all for this now - just don't mention alternative energies - geo-engineering they love. 

The conversation on climate change has suddenly moved from "is it happening and are humans responsible?" to "it's happening and humans are responsible but don't worry the same people who have been denying it the whole time now have the solution."

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 20:50 | 3582479 LetThemEatRand
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Along the same lines, I recall quite clearly that the same people who said there is no climate change and who accused the evil scientists of creating a grand lie to obtain grants, now say there is measurable climate change but it is caused by sun spots.  And the same people who believed these guys the first go around happily get behind them as they shift and pivot in the most obviously self-interested way.  You can't fix stupid or blind ideology.  It is -- by definition -- blind.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 21:18 | 3582571 Things that go bump
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We aren't the only planet with melting ice caps you know. Mars has a problem with that too. I am sure they are also blaming human activity.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 21:34 | 3582625 LetThemEatRand
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And when the Koch brothers change their tune again I'm sure you'll pick up the next explanation with ideological glee.

Sorry to confuse you with science, but read this:  "

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 22:28 | 3582799 A Nanny Moose
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Of course not. I would speculate that Mars will ultimately be revealed as having once been a lush green planet, until a global warming scare only climate fascists could love, resulted in control of its climate being handed over to the government czars. The outcome, of course is the Red Planet we have come to know and love. /snark -off

Beyond that, your argument is one of false dichotomy and poison well form of ad hom. If you are going to make such claims, you need to present some data. Not editorial. Not habitually incorrect models, Not pretty graphs showing 150-200 year timelines, "hockey sticks" from 320ppm to 380 ppm, and certainly not "scientists" whose paychecks are predicated on using the guns of Gubmint to coerce their paychecks from a frightened, thus more compliant population.



Mon, 05/20/2013 - 22:35 | 3582814 LetThemEatRand
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"Beyond that, your argument is one of false dichotomy and poison well form of ad hom. If you are going to make such claims, you need to present some data. Not editorial."  You do see the irony in your words as you offer no data at all and make blanket accusations that apparently all scientists will say anything for a grant, unlike my post which points to a scientific article?  Well done.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 22:50 | 3582866 James_Cole
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Man, don't argue idiotic deniers on climate change. 


On the topic though I do think a mainstream conversation will bubble up soon about how climate change science is 'finally' in consensus and .gov + corporate friends have come up with a great solution - geo-engineering. It's a fascist / corporate wet dream to be able to control the climate to some extent. 

And the mindless drones in denial over climate change now will be the first ones to take up the torches to fight it through geo-engineering with the end result certain to be widely devastating.

I'm sure they'll get on that whole 'protecting the most vulnerable' thing right away. 


Mon, 05/20/2013 - 23:01 | 3582894 LetThemEatRand
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"Man, don't argue idiotic deniers on climate change."

Yeah, brick wall comes to mind.  

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 23:06 | 3582903 James_Cole
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In Jerusalem a journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Wailing Wall to pray, twice a day, everyday, for a very long time.

"Sir, how long have you been coming to the Wall and praying?"

"For about 60 years"

"How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?"

"Like I'm talking to a fucking wall" 

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 02:44 | 3583184 John_Coltrane
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The ocean is the great repository of most excess solar heat, not the air which has 1000x less heat capacity than water.  Just compare the temperature changes in a desert (night vs day) to that  near a body of water (huge night day variation in a desert, very small changes near the ocean.   This is the advantage of actually understanding thermodynamics, the hydrologic (water) cycle and other scientific concepts coupled with the power of observation.  The hydrologic water cycle (clouds, rain, oceans) controls all the imporant heat transfer process, climate and weather in the lower troposphere.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:02 | 3582031 kchrisc
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We NEED wind control now! Take the wind from the hands of the untrained and unprofessional. Also limit the amount of wind per person to lessen the damage that any one person can do with it. If there had been "wind-control" in OKC there would have been less destruction and possibly no destruction. And the poor children of OKC: "Do it for the children!"

No one needs this much wind to only fly a kite or keep cool.

This is not an attempt to "confiscate" your wind, but to limit access to the wind to those best able to handle the wind and to keep the wind out of the hands of those deemed not of right mind to handle the wind.


Mon, 05/20/2013 - 21:59 | 3582713 Buck Johnson
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Because we don't spend nearly enough on our countries infrastructure.  If we did we would have better early warning systems and even new technology to  help break up tornados if they approach a community.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:14 | 3581940 Troll Magnet
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Man...Life is so fragile.  Time to take the kids to the park and create some memories.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:27 | 3581985 Cursive
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@Troll Magnet

Had a blast making homemade soap with my youngest yesterday.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:34 | 3582010 TrustWho
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you used your youngest's fat to make soap. Damn, times are getting tough!

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 22:27 | 3582795 freedogger
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Fight Club

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:38 | 3582026 Taint Boil
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Tornado hits elementary school …?!?!…. I just got a big punch in the gut and an ice pick in my heart .. please let them be OK, our children are the only innocent and pure asset we have.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 22:37 | 3582824 Ident 7777 economy
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TWO of them, actually; one was impacted worse than the other however ...

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:21 | 3582198 Jack Burton
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I have already created a huge supply of memories with my daughter. Fuck the rat race and the greed mongering. We spent time together on canoe trips in the wildernees, playing ball in the pasture, watching stupid movies together and poking fun at them, ignoring the bitchy woman of the house and laughing behind here back, many, many more. It is the only way to live a life worth having. I hope everybody puts their kids first they are why we live our lives, no?

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:21 | 3581966 thismarketisrigged
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my thoughts and prayers are with the people who were effected by this tornado in the okc area

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:21 | 3581967 otto skorzeny
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This will get a few minutes on the news- Hurricane Sandy we had to hear about for weeks.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:27 | 3581971 lolmao500
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A better pic...

And it wasn't just 1 mile wide... it was at it's biggest 2.25 miles wide... it was very big... Kids are trapped under the debris at the school.

A bank, daycare and a 711 were wiped out... man, woman and kid found dead in the 711.

BREAKING : they just found dead kids at the school... :(

More pics.

The daycare :

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:38 | 3582027 lolmao500
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Radio reports of people using social media asking for help to be dug out from rubble. @nbcnightlynews

COMANCHE, TX area should be in tornado shelter now

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:56 | 3582110 lolmao500
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Comparaison Google Map VS Post-tornado... WOW...

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:28 | 3582228 Herd Redirectio...
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That is one of the best uses for a smartphone I have ever heard...

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:24 | 3581972 YBNguy
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Krugman is just salvating about his Sunday column that will refelct on the devestation as a stimulus to the local economy.

Long tornados!

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:22 | 3583420 Proofreder
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Stupidity combined with a sick mind

is an awesome thing indeed -

one of the infinites of the universe.


Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:25 | 3581976 fuu
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Man that elementary school is a mess.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:34 | 3582009 TheFourthStooge-ing
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It's like a mile-wide belt sander touched down there.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:38 | 3582024 fuu
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70 3rd graders and teachers cowering in the hallway when the building shattered.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:25 | 3581978 Cursive
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Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:27 | 3581988 Gringo Viejo
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Again we learn that life is tenuous at best.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:28 | 3581994 Catullus
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And already HuffPo has the politicians reactions. Holy fuvk we need to stop worshipping these people. Not everything needs to go through them. Maybe Obama will fly over it and someone can get a picture of him looking down at the devastation. Then he'll land with his sleeves rolled up and some bullshit about rebuilding and some head knodding.

Were people allowed to go into their shelters with food or do only "prepper, conspiracy nutjobs" do that?

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:32 | 3582006 lolmao500
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Obama is calling for tornadoes control?

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:01 | 3582125 kchrisc
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Like I wrote in another post earlier today:

They are just the top thieves not "leaders."           hujel

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 07:43 | 3583380 PT
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I live on the other side of the world and I only know what's going on from what I'm reading here at the moment.  Sounds like O is gonna have to do alot of visiting and promising "to be there to help you rebuild".  How many cities affected so far?

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:34 | 3582012 Blues Traveler
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Brutal, sad and tragic... what nightmare for the kids, their parents and community.  

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:37 | 3582022 Meat Hammer
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Just think if it had hit a liberal-leaning area.  Oh, the horror!

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:40 | 3582033 uncle reggie
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You sir, are one sick puppy.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:43 | 3582051 Meat Hammer
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Not at all.  I feel for these people.  Making comments based on reality doesn't make me heartless.  I'm speaking from an MSM perspective.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:54 | 3582100 IridiumRebel
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Meat is a little crass , but his hearts in the right place. A little soon meaty, but I still live ya.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:57 | 3582115 Meat Hammer
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Yeah, a little soon....agreed.  I've just been a bit de-sensitized over the last few an emergency room doctor.  

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:59 | 3582118 IridiumRebel
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My wife is an emergency room RN. She can handle anything.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:02 | 3582129 Meat Hammer
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People like your wife amaze me.  I couldn't do it.  

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:33 | 3582251 Jack Burton
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My girl friend did ER for a couple years at a big London hospital. Nothing on earth can shock the woman. Except maybe my foul mouth which I picked up in the Navy.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:40 | 3582032 Meat Hammer
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I have to go to Tulsa occassionally for business.  They make fun of me for living in CA.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:41 | 3582038 Judge Crater
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Nature, the Ultimate Terrorist.


Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:02 | 3582128 Clycntct
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The Great Equalizer

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:43 | 3582049 IridiumRebel
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That thing must have been immense. Say a prayer for those people. One of my dearest friends live in Tulsa and we haven't heard from her. I know folks are fairly crass, but lets be somewhat sensitive. Fuck You Paul Krugman.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:45 | 3582062 ThunderingTurd
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Tulsa is fine

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:48 | 3582074 IridiumRebel
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Where'd it hit? Thx for the update. I'm up here in New Yawk Shitty.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:51 | 3582083 ThunderingTurd
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South OKC and Moore

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:53 | 3582093 IridiumRebel
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Wow. I grew up in Ks. I've seen some Nado damage, but damn that looks nasty. I'm glad you and yours are ok.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:44 | 3582056 ThunderingTurd
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Lived here my whole life. Family is ok and astonished at what these eyes see.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:51 | 3582078 cowdiddly
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I live East of Tulsa and I am standing in my yard like Lt. Dan asking the Heavens "IS that all you got?"

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 21:27 | 3582606 A Nanny Moose
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Never tempt fate, or mother nature.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:44 | 3582060 0b1knob
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When Hillary Clinton was first lady didn't the White House staff refer to her as the tornado?   Because she left nothing but  destruction in her wake.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:45 | 3582061 fuu
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Shit the hospital is broken pretty badly.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:46 | 3582066 Antifaschistische
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note to self...

....remind my rookie gold/silver hoarding friends (all 2 of them) that the attic is not a good place to hide you any part of the country.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:48 | 3582073 lesamourai
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HAARP, is that you?

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:04 | 3582137 duo
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1936 anfd 1953 were both hot summers.  '53 was like a mini Dust Bowl, and 1936 was the real thing.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:52 | 3582085 grunk
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Don't tell Obama.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:52 | 3582086 lolmao500
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I've read on some liberal forums : harry reid should block any help funding since those are republicans...

Just wow.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:53 | 3582092 ThunderingTurd
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We don't need help.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:56 | 3582107 lolmao500
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Yeah, but just the ideology behind this statement is sick.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:03 | 3582134 ThunderingTurd
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You are misunderstanding my statement. OKC bombing, May 3rd, and now this. We take care of our own and the there is nothing that Mr. Reid and his ilk can provide that we can't provide ourselves.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 21:17 | 3582565 LetThemEatRand
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Government tornado warnings programs -- funded by money stolen from you, or so you would say -- saved countless lives today.  And publicly funded police, firefighters, etc saved countless more.   But you don't need no stinkin' government because you have the benefit of the stinkin' government.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 22:40 | 3582832 SgtShaftoe
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Those are run by the county, i.e. the community, dickhead. Usually the community run Volunteer fire department. Fuck yourself.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 22:50 | 3582870 LetThemEatRand
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Do you care that you're wrong angry ideologue?  You guys get so pissed when the facts contradict your little theories.  The National Weather Service is the source of the warning that is then issued by a multi-million dollar publicly funded local system.  "The sirens sound once the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning."

And the Moore fire department is city funded and is not volunteer.  No go back to your angry fact-free hole and shut the fuck up.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 23:04 | 3582901 SgtShaftoe
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Well, you little douche who doesn't seem to understand how he raised the ire from a bullshit fuckhead remark- I know the NWS Intimately, and NOAA. Every community could get the same alert service from accuweather for 5 grand a year, far less than what is paid for NWS

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 23:14 | 3582913 LetThemEatRand
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And you are good at uparrowing yourself as well, or you have a secret fan who anxiously awaits your posts and then uparrows you in milliseconds.  And you completely avoid my facts that the entire system is publicly funded and that the emergency personnel are public employees, which now apparently doesn't matter to your central point which originally relied on a completely false premise that the system was not government funded and that emergency personnel are all volunteer.    After ignoring those objectively provable facts that reveal your original argument to be factually and objectively wrong, you change your argument completely and rely on your supposedly special insider knowledge that the entire National Weather Service could be replaced for 5 grand a year, for which you offer zero supporting facts.   Well played.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 23:31 | 3582957 LetThemEatRand
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I would also note from some brief research that Accuweather gets much of its data from the NWS.  So if the NWS went away, so would Accuweather.  Again, nicely played.  

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 00:54 | 3583077 teolawki
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You are fundamentally wrong in your assertion. You assume that the NWS that is the primary information provider for a community during severe weather. That simply isn't the case.

It's the local media outlets and especially the local meteorologists that perform that function. They literally provide second by second warnings and updates on life threatening weather.

I'm not disparaging the NWS. They have some very sharp people and do excellent work. However, they don't have the means to dissiminate the critical moment by moment warnings and information necessary for the public safety. To say otherwise is simply incorrect.

No doubt this will be much to your dismay, but I would like point out that these local media outlets are privately owned and their meteorologists privately employed.

You also might like to know that the NWS was not initially created as a public service. Rather it was instituted to serve a military role at it's inception.

I just thought you might like to know the facts.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 08:48 | 3583507 Proofreder
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There are two services here; the NWS and Weather Radio.

The radio arm had it's beginnings in Wisconsin as a means of gathering and disseminating near-real time weather conditions for farmers.  As aviation developed, the importance of terminal area forcast conditions became paramont and the service evolved into public, not military form.  The major reason for military involvement in the first place was to provide for a "disciplined" workforce.

You might read "Isaac's Storm" for a view of how NWS involvement with military and politics worked out for the folks in Galvaston.

One wonders how many schools and homes in OKC had Emergency Weather Radio sets functioning and turned on.  And the NOAA Storm Prediction Center gave adequate warning well in advance for those who knew where to look ...

A far better place to spend the bucks than on moar war.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 11:16 | 3584087 teolawki
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"A far better place to spend the bucks than on moar war."

I couldn't agree more.

Please don't get me wrong. As I stated above, I'm not disparaging the work that the NWS (or NOAA) does. As I said, there are some great people that work at these institutions and they do excellent work. And everyone has a valuable role to play when these extreme weather events occur.

I was simply trying to point out that once the initial alert has been received, people usually tune to a local station to get that moment by moment information that is so critical to taking appropriate precautions. And that part of the picture isn't a function of federal government.


Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:55 | 3582105 Meat Hammer
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Because liberals are Satan-incarnate.  They're dispicable fucking people and if a tornado had to rip through anywhere, San Francisco, Seattle, or Portland would work for me. 

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:25 | 3582213 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, sinkholes, and yet somehow Vichy DC remains unscathed.

The world would be such a better place if that city simply disappeared.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:31 | 3582247 Meat Hammer
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How did I possibly leave out DC?  Thanks for picking me up.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:25 | 3582216 Jack Burton
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Senseless much?

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:53 | 3582097 Irene
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Prayers alone won't be enough.  These people are our neighbors and need our help.  Call your local charity and ask what you can do to help.  


Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:53 | 3582316 Jena
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Giving blood isn't a bad idea.  The blood not needed in your area will be moved to that part of the country where it is most needed.

FWIW, for you guys -- it lowers your heart attack risk so there's that, too.  (Men tend to have higher iron stores which carries a greater caridac risk.)

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:55 | 3582099 thismarketisrigged
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out of all of mother natures fury, tornados are the mosrt fascinating yet most deadly.


its truly amazing, and incredibly scary at the same time, how  one of these in a span of 2-3 minutes can due as much destruction as a hurricane does in 24 hours.



that is why it is truly scary to live in these areas, because 1 tornado can wipe away everything you have, and unlike hurricanes, you are lucky to get 10 minutes notice before they hit.


mother nature is truly amazing. hopefully we can get something as strong to destroy the ponzi scheme that bernanke is running with his wall st buddies.


safe and speedy recovery okc

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:56 | 3582108 ThunderingTurd
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This twister was on the ground for 55 minutes.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:16 | 3582165 thismarketisrigged
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this tornado was on the ground for 30 minutes i believe, but i am talking in general.


there are so many tornados that hit and stay on ground for 5 minutes tops many times, yet it does destruction that a cat 3 hurricane would do in 24 hours.


also, even though it may have been on ground for a half plus, it only took 2-3 minutes prob to do all of that damage in each specific area. it was not on ground over same exact area for 2-3 minutes i believe, i think from the time it developed until it dissipated was a half hour.


either way, truly astonoshing the power of tornados

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:22 | 3582201 ThunderingTurd
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You are right. It was slow moving. At one point just traveling at 15 mph. We started watching at 2:42 and it roped out at 3:37. It started SW of Newcastle.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:54 | 3582101 XitSam
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Have tornados given up on attacking trailer parks?

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:26 | 3582221 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Have tornados given up on attacking trailer parks?

You mean since yesterday?

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:56 | 3582109 Bay of Pigs
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Only 4 confirmed deaths? You would think that hundreds of people might be dead from this.

Complete and utter devastation. 

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 20:56 | 3582504 LetThemEatRand
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Evil government funded warnings systems help people get to safety before they are killed.   But let's not talk about that because it will piss off the government is pure evil and never actually helps people ideologues.  I know ... let's let private corporations run the warnings systems and only those who pay for it will get advance notice.  

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 22:49 | 3582867 SgtShaftoe
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They are run by the local community you clueless fuck, usually volunteer fire dept. and volunteer ems, incidentally probably the best care you'll get anywhere. They actually give a shit.

Why don't you donate your organs to some people that actually have a soul. You're not using them for good.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 22:55 | 3582881 LetThemEatRand
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Do you care that you're wrong angry ideologue?  You guys get so pissed when the facts contradict your little theories.  The National Weather Service is the source of the warning that is then issued by a multi-million dollar publicly funded local system.  "The sirens sound once the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning."

And the Moore fire department is city funded and is not volunteer.  No go back to your angry fact-free hole and shut the fuck up.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:57 | 3582112 stacking12321
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additionally, the tornado was seen ripping through APMEX's headquarters in oklahoma city, bullion was seen flying up into the sky, headed in the general direction of new york city.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:08 | 3582116 besnook
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this is exactly why the entire nation needs to stand up to .gov and the banksters because the reality is nothing in life is guaranteed so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain to go down fighting while you are alive.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:58 | 3582117 Pancho Villa
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Due to the "Butterfly effect":

a single butterfly could cause hurricanes and tornados. Time to ban butterflies as weapons of mass destruction.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:35 | 3582258 Dr. Kenneth Noi...
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If butterflies are criminalized, only criminals will have butterflies.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 05:21 | 3583261 Disenchanted
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My scissors will defeat the evil flutterbies...bitchez.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:05 | 3582142 fuu
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National Guard activated per Governor on the channel 4 feed.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:04 | 3582143 InconvenientCou...
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I demand that none of my illegally extracted taxes be used to help anyone that does not agree with my beliefs. I have a long list, so packa lunch.

Dont' judge me... I didn't make the tornado. That's Gods job.


Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:07 | 3582151 Jack Burton
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Watching for the last hour I have seen varying degrees of damage, but one shot from the air showed a residencial area that must have been ground zero on it's path. The sod have been ripped from the ground only a path of brown dirt, zero trees and nothing but slabs where homes stood, the house debries were mostly gone, just clean slabs. If they were not undground, they were dead!

One guy who was in a backyard underground storm shelter said it took three men to hold the door down as the twister went buy.

It will take a week to even guess at the dead. I can't see how this doesn't prove a disaster of epic proportions.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:16 | 3582186 kchrisc
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I heard that the FBI (Federal Bureau of Invention) is on the case. The rest of the city will be on "voluntary" lock-down while the perps behind this tornado are searched for and apprehended.

They said that: "We are sure that a new group, the Tornadoes, are behind this tragic attack. No rights will be left un-overturned and no homes or boats will be left un-searched. We will get are our man, or at least the first dumb bastard that we can railroad and pin it on."


Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:24 | 3582210 Jugdish
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Who the fuck is hujel ? Sounds like some jewish kid who smokes joints.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:30 | 3582239 Jack Burton
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Government should go after Bitcoin harder. Fuck tornadoes, Bitcoin threatens national financial security. And I am sure some people use Bitcoin to buy their drugs. All the more reason to protect us. Please government I want to be safe, fucking come and protect me! I am helpless without you, Helpless as a baby. You fucking cunts! My thoughts are with the people torn up in this disaster. But most of governemnt is making war or attacking our freedoms.  Daft cunts! That is what I think of the government protection I am getting.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 05:24 | 3583262 Disenchanted
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I'm pretty sure that pressure cookers are responsible for this massive devastation. The innocent tornado is being used as cover.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:24 | 3582209 Jack Burton
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The size of the storm system spawning these tornadoes is huge. I live in Northern Minnesota, and using the national weather service radar site, I can watch the whole mid section of the nation covered by a spiraling storm center. The arms reach all the way up here over lake superior, storms and rain are rolling in off the lake as I type. The TV has gone out from blocked signal. The southern arm of this storm center is down over Oklahoma causing this tornado. Can't remember when I have seen such a huge system.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:34 | 3582252 FreeMktFisherMN
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where in northern MN are you at? I'm from Twin Cities and have a cabin about an hour south of Int'l Falls?

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 20:48 | 3582477 Jack Burton
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Two Harbors, on the North Shore. Born and raised, family moved here to work on the iron ore rail road in 1886, other half of family came from Sweden in 1905 to work on the coal docks. Been here all my life, except 6 years in the Navy and two year away at school. Cold, but beautiful.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 00:13 | 3583035 fuu
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Nice area. I used to live up past Toftee. Swam in the Temperance in the summer. Good times.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:36 | 3582255 fuu
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Several bouts of heavy rain and wind in Minneapolis today.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:53 | 3582313 FreeMktFisherMN
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Duluth is in arrowhead/NE MN. My cabin is in small town of Northome near Island Lake and Blackduck. I was just curious. 


Minnesota gets a few tornadoes per year, but nothing like this. 

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 20:01 | 3582336 fuu
Tue, 05/21/2013 - 00:01 | 3583018 FreeMktFisherMN
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considering I'm only 21, I only vaguely (but still do somewhat) remember that. MN does get some bad tornadoes. One in Brooklyn Park/N Mpls. I believe two years ago was pretty devastating. 


Burton, I like visiting the Arrowhead but it's colder than preferable and also lots of iron range unions up there. MN already gives one the whole array of weather aside from hurricanes, unless one lives on that Superior shore where it's always chilly. I'm from down by Chanhassen. People dont' realize that MN actually gets very hot, too.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 03:51 | 3583218 Jack Burton
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This year is typical. 47 degrees in Mid May. Howling cold wind off the lake. Really, few people not born here can stand this climate. It was worse when I was young. The lake no longer freezes over in winter, as a kid we used to hike out miles and miles onto the ice. One June 1st many years ago the ice still stood from Two Harbors all the way across to Wisconsin. The Ice Breakers used to have to bust up shipping channels. I haven't seen an Ice Breaker at work on the lake for 20 years now!

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 09:07 | 3583584 Proofreder
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The legend lives on, from the Chippewa on down

of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee

The Lake, it is said, never gives up her dead

When the skies of November turn gloomy.


Duluth - Frozen San Francisco of the North where Spring is just a weekend.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:25 | 3582214 electricgorilla
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I live out here and have some major hail damage to the vinyl siding of the house. We had gold ball to baseball size hail. After the storm and tornado's whole neighborhood was literally standing outside assessing the damage. One thing about America is, we always keep pushing on and moving forward. Regardless of the circumstances.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:31 | 3582248 MsCreant
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Some of you commenters mean well with the jokes, but I request that you make the choice to stop, please. 

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:35 | 3582257 Jack Burton
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Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:58 | 3582334 besnook
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you nay make a request and i may say fuck you. this is the fight club not huffnpuffers.


the good news is trailer parks have been spared this time.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 21:19 | 3582577 MsCreant
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Free speech includes the right to make a request. You have the right to say "fuck you." Don't know about your huffing habit, so I won't comment.

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Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:59 | 3582337 besnook
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krugman is readying his "i told you so" editorial on the economic merits of natural disaster.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:42 | 3582276 thismarketisrigged
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24 kids at least reported dead. tragic, and number will prob be greater unfortunately

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 20:02 | 3582335 Racer
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The Chair Satan called on his pals to:


  • Decrease the unemployment rate because he needs more dead people to cut the employment rate faster than he was doing with his statistics manipulation, at least this gets rid of the potential job seeker for good. And also creates more grave digger jobs at the same time. Two birds and all can't be bad
  • And getting more jobs for the car industry always a good idea, by a new pile up incentive.
  • Less children so he could cut the food stamps he had to pay out.

Yes, sick sarcasm but he is killing people already and ruining peoples lives, at least the tornado does it quickly instead of his slow death and impoverishment and I do feel for all of the poor involved and those who got killed don't get me wrong

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 20:08 | 3582371 Kinskian
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A survivor was interviewed earlier and kept going on about "the Lord" and how the Lord had protected him and his wife because they were praying for the Lord's protection.

Does it ever occur to these people that most of the dead were probably praying to the Lord for protection as well?

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 20:12 | 3582376 Racer
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Religion... opium... an' all..............

To misquote 

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 20:14 | 3582380 besnook
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yea, but they didn't go to church sunday, are in the process of committing some mortal sin or just finished committing some bad, bad thing or are muslim or jewish or buddhist or hindu or atheist.

despite it all, this is what gets them through the night and i am jealous that i am not able to distill my life into such a plain simple 200 proof mind bending spirit.

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 20:21 | 3582395 FreeMktFisherMN
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They are just giving thanks to God. God is infinitely powerful and the only thing we are to fear is the Lord. Not death, because Christ has defeated Satan.

God bless those children who perished and are now with their Heavenly Father for eternity. May the Lord be with their parents and families and friends and give them comfort to know that they are safe and secure in their loving Father's arms. Eternity is all that matters. 

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 20:34 | 3582435 Racer
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And what delusional school did you go to?

The ultimate trick on people. Started at least around the Book of the Dead that the Egyptian pharoahs (much more likely earlier) needed to get into the afterlife. If you didn't have one of these fancy scrolls and chants contained thereupon, oops sorry your heart was heavier than the feather. The original three card monti, dice trick, but this was the ultimate.... guaranteed to work ... but they couldn't come back for a refund!!! THE ultimate last laugh.

'Religion' has adapted to suit the culture so it is 'acceptable' to the masses in the new form


Mon, 05/20/2013 - 21:02 | 3582530 LetThemEatRand
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"Does it ever occur to these people that most of the dead were probably praying to the Lord for protection as well?"

But they had to die because of the gays. Last few hurricanes were caused by gays if I recall correctly.  

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 21:54 | 3582696 LetThemEatRand
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Yep, I did some research and hurricane Sandy was definitely caused by gays.  Says so right here:  "“Hurricane Sandy may flood Washington, DC on election day! It is like the hurricane is a huge bucket of vomit in America's face during the election,” McTernan wrote. “What a sign from the holy God of Israel that American politics is an abomination to Him. A pro-homosexual Mormon along with a pro-abortion/homosexual, Muslim Brotherhood promoter, Hard Left Fascist are running for president.'"

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 20:12 | 3582377 thesoothsayer
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IS Obama getting on a flight to Oklahoma yet?

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 20:12 | 3582378 thesoothsayer
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IS Obama getting on a flight to Oklahoma yet?

Mon, 05/20/2013 - 21:25 | 3582600 First There Is ...
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Scores of children are likely dead. This really fucking chaps my ass.....trillions spent on absolutely FUCK ALL (Iraq, Afghanistan, bailouts, etc.) and then we hear all this cheap talk about "shovel ready" and "stimulus", and yet when we have the opportunity to undertake something practical and stimulative at the same time, we don't. Imagine the amount of work building storm shelters for, at the very least, elementary and middle schools, in the Midwest and South could provide? Imagine the number of people put back to work updating these dilapidated schools? And why didn't we? Because this disgusting shithole disgrace of a country chooses instead to enrich bankers and corporate whores and wage wars based on Yellow Cake instead of safeguarding children. Sorry, I'm a father of two young girls and I'm super fucking pissed. I have no skin in this game but I'm fucking seething right now imagining these kids buried under the collapsed school.

Moore, OK was hit once before in 1999. Almost 14 years ago to the day and 41 people died. Here we are again....strike 2. Do you reckon someone will actually pull their fucking head out and do something to prevent this? Of course not...we've got wars of conquest and bankers asses to lick. I hate this country with every ounce of my being. It disgusts me and shames to be called a part of it. Children die and the pieces of shit WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN BURIED UNDER RUBBLE (Pelosi, Boehner, Reid, Biden and the rest of them) live on, wreaking havoc. If these parents - if we don't act, we have no one to blame but ourselves. I don't know what I would be doing right now if I learned that my 8-year-old had perished in an Oklahoma school that didn't have a storm shelter.

Tue, 05/21/2013 - 05:27 | 3583263 Disenchanted
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