Devastation in Oklahoma

 Posted by at 21:33  General
May 202013

Our thoughts are with our neighbors to the north tonight.

Two-mile-wide tornado kills at least 51

Moore, Oklahoma (CNN) — Rescue workers raced against time and the oncoming night Monday looking for survivors after a powerful tornado blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City, leveling homes and killing at least 51 people.

At least seven of the dead were children from Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, which lay directly in the path of the monster storm’s wall of wind…

The preliminary rating of damage created by the tornado is at least EF4 (winds 166 to 200 mph) — the second-most severe classification on a scale of zero to five — the National Weather Service said.

The tornado was estimated to be at least two miles wide at one point as it moved through Moore, KFOR reported.

Unfortunately it is that time of year and we are in “Tornado Alley.” We had a good taste of this in our neighborhood a few nights ago. Still, though, our thoughts are with the folks in Oklahoma tonight.

UPDATE: Fatality count has been downgraded to 24, including nine children. (Still too many.)

Commencement 2013

 Posted by at 10:21  Politics
May 202013

It’s the time of year that students begin graduating, most with knowledge and degrees that they will most likely never use. But, hey… they’re educated!

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama each delivered a commencement address this past weekend. The First Lady went to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Magnet High School for Health Sciences and Engineering in Nashville, Tennessee. The President went to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Here are their speeches…

If you’d prefer to read their remarks, you may do so here and here.

Congratulations to all you graduates out there.