In our thoughts and prayers…

Moore residents share their story of survival


Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school






Briarwood Elementary P.E. teacher Mike Murphy comforts Aiden Stuck, 7


Rebekah Stuck is reunited with son Aiden








Gov. Mary Fallin and local officials



112 Responses to “In our thoughts and prayers…”

  1. May 21, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Thanks for starting new post LP.

  2. 11 Betsy
    May 21, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Great pictures LP. So sad, so much destruction.

    • 12 theo67
      May 21, 2013 at 1:50 am

      True, but once again, we see the best of humanity coming to the fore.

      • 13 nathkatun7
        May 21, 2013 at 2:23 am

        “…once again, we see the best of humanity coming to the fore.”

        So, so true, Theo! Bless all the teachers who, once again, taught us what what caring and sacrifice is all about during crisis. Today, we also learned that the size of your bank account was totally insignificant when it came to defining who you are as a human being. What mattered, and made a difference, were people filled with the spirit of love and sacrifice for their fellow human beings, and especially the love and caring for the children.

      • May 21, 2013 at 3:02 am

        Yes, on twitter many tweets for people and pets and where they can go for the night.

      • 16 utaustinliberal
        May 21, 2013 at 7:05 am

        Absolutely true Theo.

  3. May 21, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Thank you LP!!!

    Bottom line …


    Yes WE MUST

  4. 20 sabreen60
    May 21, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles – You’ll Never Walk Alone.

  5. May 21, 2013 at 2:14 am

    time for some rest …

    #FORWARD Together

  6. May 21, 2013 at 2:26 am

    OK GN TOD…..Hopefully this gives some space until tomorrow’s R&S… My heart goes out to all those affected.

  7. 26 Jeff
    May 21, 2013 at 2:59 am

    worried that I might have tapeworm… How do I check for that?

    • May 21, 2013 at 3:03 am

      Are you loosing weight fast?

    • May 21, 2013 at 3:05 am

      I know you can see them if a pet has them. They are flats white-ish things.

      • 29 Jeff
        May 21, 2013 at 3:09 am

        no I just got food poisoning the other day and worry that I might have contracted tapeworm.

        • May 21, 2013 at 3:59 am

          If you start losing weight or see something go to vet, I mean doc. 😉

        • 31 globalcitizenlinda
          May 21, 2013 at 6:27 am

          very important to determine if your food poisoning is not because of E. Coli.

          I could be wrong but tapeworm is usually contacted from eating raw or undercooked food (mainly animal products).

          In any case, live tapeworms will be released as they are shed into the gut & “show up” when one releases # 2. Itching is one external signal

    • 33 globalcitizenlinda
      May 21, 2013 at 7:10 am

      heard her extensive interview with the BBC – she is one brilliant young lady!!!

      was also impressed by her ability to clearly communicate her concept and process she went through in order to get the idea into a workable situation.

      isn’t she just 14 years (could have heard wrong)?

  8. May 21, 2013 at 5:08 am

    • 35 susanne
      May 21, 2013 at 5:18 am

      well, let’s help the stupid puke out with a list of cuts, then:

      1. subsidies for petroleum and natural gas and other fossil fuel producers, refiners, distributers, and their networks.
      2. subsidies for big ag, including their chemical support system and it’s networks.
      3. defense contractors, especially gun makers that fund the nra.
      4. junkets, flights, trips, travel expenses, and staff expenses for senators and congress members who leave washington during session, or when legislation is pending, or when presidential appointments are pending.

      let’s see….i’m sure there are many more of these ‘offsets’ we can come up with…

      • May 21, 2013 at 5:55 am

        Thanks Susanne. We shouldn’t give tax breaks to NRA because they donate to candidates, or Crossroads GPS, etc. etc. Make Congress work full time is a good one. Or cut their pay. Even if it won’t go into effect until there is new Congress. Or tie their pay to progress on real problems.

    • 37 99ts
      May 21, 2013 at 7:46 am

      There are some horrible people in the US congress – gets difficult to decide who is the worst – this one is close to the top of the list.

      • 38 jackiegrumbacher
        May 21, 2013 at 7:53 am

        And yet, there’s little doubt, 99, that Coburn will be re-elected again and again in Oklahoma. If there’s no payback for their evil, they just keep doing it.

        • 39 99ts
          May 21, 2013 at 7:59 am

          Presumably most of them will never know what he says/does – and if help is slow in coming – we know who they will blame. My heart is weeping for these people – it will be months or years – if ever – that their lives return to what they were – yet they will still support those who will scream “they should have had insurance”. You cannot insure against losing your community – nor everything connected with your life – perhaps one day they will see that good government is very much needed

          In times like these – all we really have is each other – and when the other is Coburn – there is nothing.

        • 40 57andfemale
          May 21, 2013 at 8:39 am

          Coburn is retiring in 2016 but OK will elect someone just as awful.

      • May 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

        No kidding. How are you feeling today?

    • 45 anniebella
      May 21, 2013 at 9:09 am

      Here’s a great way to off set the tornado aid, fire their sorry asses, every last one of them.

  9. May 21, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Some have reasons not to donate to Red Cross or Salvation Army. One group I trust with my life is @Team Rubicon A group of Veterans still volunteering for their country.

  10. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    May 21, 2013 at 6:17 am

  11. 49 utaustinliberal
    May 21, 2013 at 7:07 am

  12. 50 utaustinliberal
    May 21, 2013 at 7:07 am

  13. 59 relellit
    May 21, 2013 at 7:52 am

    My heart goes out to the people of Oklahoma . The teachers who saved lives our heroes Thank you lovelyplains for this heartfelt thread.

    • 61 99ts
      May 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

      Don’t read the hill Jodie (and the comments are always worse than the articles) – you have to remember WHO is wanting PBO supporters to believe this.

      • 62 Jovie
        May 21, 2013 at 8:13 am

        But they have quotes from labor union presidents to back It up. Seems like they are worried their members will be kicked of their plans.
        That would make labor irrelevant.

        • 63 99ts
          May 21, 2013 at 8:30 am

          Be nice to hear ALL that the labor folks said – I browsed the article – and to me it is no doubt the employers – that want to make health care changes. The media is doing all they can to disrupt health care – and just to mention the health care rates in my world

          I have private hospital insurance (direct to insurance company – NOTHING to do with employment) – monthly pay for 2 adults + any number of children – $250 (single person half that amount) – covers ALL hospital charges – no excess. Government medical/public hospital (1.5% tax surcharge) – provides public hospital total charge & between 50-100% of doctors bills.

          Today I had day surgery at a private day care hospital – admin, nurses, theatre etc – hospital charge $1400 – my health fund paid 100%. Doctor, anesthetist charges – I have no idea – they billed directly to the government and the insurance people. My share of the cost was $0.00

          It is not impossible – it is insane that some are still fighting against health care for everyone. It seems some of those with affordable care/insurance in the US don’t want the rest to have similar.

        • 64 57andfemale
          May 21, 2013 at 8:38 am

          This is the same argument they have used since the beginning of negotiations on ACA. The issue is the really good insurance policies that unions have taken in lieu of wage increases, pension, etc. It’s a reasonable issue when it affects union workers and was one of the compromises that had to be made to get the bill through (because it will also mean that stockbrokers, etc. will be taxed on their Cadillac insurance plans). It was a difficult compromise that unions still hope to change if and when we ever get some sanity back in Congress.

          It’s not an abandonment of ACA but it is a compromise that is affecting working people.

  14. May 21, 2013 at 8:07 am

    With each tragedy, with each disaster, with each struggle that we must endure as individuals, as families, as a nation, we are able to endure and continue to have hope that we do not have to go through these struggles alone. There is always someone who is willing to help, to provide aid, to encourage and to rejoice with us in our recovery and our triumphs. Indeed, no man is an island.

    Again and again we see the compassion and selflessness of American people. People are willing to sacrifice for others because as the First Lady said (and I’m paraphrasing), how can we be completely satisfied in our good fortunes when others around us are struggling?

  15. 69 Jovie
    May 21, 2013 at 8:09 am

  16. 70 amk for obama
    May 21, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Who are these 1/3rd clowns ?

    • May 21, 2013 at 8:33 am

      It’s the “Nobody Matters But Me and Mine” group. These are the selfish UnAmericans who don’t care that others are struggling as long as they are okay.

    • 72 anniebella
      May 21, 2013 at 9:16 am

      Who are the 1/3? The ones cooking up the fake controversy, the GOP.

  17. May 21, 2013 at 8:23 am

    “Oklahoma’s Coburn stakes out controversial position on federal aid”
    By Steve Benen Tue May 21, 2013

    Ordinarily, so soon after a disaster of this magnitude, discussions about political agendas and ideologies are put on hold, which is why it came as a surprise when one of Oklahoma’s U.S. senators staked out a far-right position on federal disaster relief just five hours after the storm hit.

    The tornado damage near Oklahoma City is still being assessed and the death toll is expected to rise, but already Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., says he will insist that any federal disaster aid be paid for with cuts elsewhere.

    See here: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/05/21/18396506-oklahomas-coburn-stakes-out-controversial-position-on-federal-aid?lite

    • 74 99ts
      May 21, 2013 at 8:34 am

      They will help with disaster funding , as long as those who lost their homes and communities get no foodstamps, umemployment or similar assistance to survive. When did republicans lose their love of their fellow man?

      • May 21, 2013 at 8:49 am

        I often ask myself that 99ts. There are a number of republicans who seem to believe that they have been given the authority from on high to determine who is deserving and who is not. Sadly, their standard for who is deserving is not very benevolent.

        • 76 99ts
          May 21, 2013 at 9:40 am

          I’ve lived through floods – but never anything as devastating as what has happened recently in the US. These people need all the help in the world to simply stay sane – the desire to “not be there”, to “cut and run” or to simply “give up” is always at the front of one’s mind.

          People who talk about “Cutting funds” to help people through such disasters have no humanity whatsoever. I would like them to be crawling through the mud looking for loved ones – just to get a touch of what it must be like.

          • May 21, 2013 at 9:47 am

            “I would like them to be crawling through the mud looking for loved ones – just to get a touch of what it must be like.”

            That’s probably the only way they would empathize with what others are going through.

  18. May 21, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Apologies in advance. This big post is for the morning crew who may have missed last nights songs. If you went to bed early and woke up to the terrible news, these songs are for you.


    May they bring you come comfort during the day and afternoon. And if you are from Oklahoma and have internet access, give Coburn hell with both barrels!

  19. May 21, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I cannot wrap my head around the devastation in Moore – to not even have a home to go back to after such an event is unfathomable. I don’t know how our President keeps his sanity what with all of the times he has to guide us through these things. Thank God we put him back in the WH for four more years.

    • May 21, 2013 at 8:31 am

      Amen. sometimes I think we always have known we would need him for days like this-and the world too.

    • 83 jackiegrumbacher
      May 21, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Blondegirl, yes, Thank God we have a caring and compassionate president who unfortunately has to deal with a heartless Congress. I pray that the Democratic Senate overrides Coburn and his despicable GOP colleagues. Disasters take a gut-wrenching emotional and physical toll on anyone affected and fat cats sitting in Congress have no idea of what it means to suffer this kind of devastation. My husband and I worked for the Red Cross for many years and the disaster teams are trained to get immediate shelter set up so that people have something–even a cot–that they can call home. The only thing that gets people through is knowing they’re not alone. The shelters can become a kind of community where people help each other and also have a chance to eat, sleep and take showers. It’s a horrible way to live, but that’s what has to happen until massive federal aid steps in to rebuild homes or provide temporary trailers. There is no easy path out of this tragedy for Oklahoma. The survivors will rebuild their lives–slowly. For those who have lost family members, the mending may take a lifetime.

      • May 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm

        I ,too, hope Coburn and Inhofe’s suggestions are thrown out – and that their constituents finally see what jerks they have representing them. FEMA is right on the mark providing food, water and men and women who can take charge of governmental details. The Red Cross can get in there quickly and their expertise is so needed at times like this. I am also impressed with the regular citizens from around the country who are stepping up as well both physically and monetarily. That is what makes this country great.

  20. 85 amk for obama
    May 21, 2013 at 8:32 am

  21. 86 amk for obama
    May 21, 2013 at 8:33 am

  22. 87 57andfemale
    May 21, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Mayor of Moore on CNN just now.

    Reporter: “Did the school have a shelter?”
    Mayor: “No.
    Reporter: “Why not?
    Mayor: Cost. Most of the schools around here don’t have shelters because of the cost. the school that got hit in 1999 had one though.”

    good Christians, who take public money in order to serve their constituents. because ‘jobs’ will be created by giving tax breaks to corporations instead of building a tornado-safe infrastructure which would, actually, create jobs.


    • 88 carolyn
      May 21, 2013 at 9:06 am

      And education funding has steadily been cut since Frank Keating (R) was governor. All Mary Fallin wants to do is cut income taxes so there’s less money for state services. We had one progressive Republican governor, Henry Bellmon who started the state on a healthy track, but subsequent governors and now legislators have backtracked all that progress. Amazing and regressive.
      Our children went through the schools in what were the golden days of Henry Bellmon…..we were fortunate. The regression started before hatred of President Obama came on the scene, I am not sure how or why exactly.
      Our two senators are the bottom of the heap, as you all know. Our entire Congressional delegation is retrograde Republican now. Tom Cole is the most sensible and willing to work rep. He is the rep for the area hit by the tornado.

  23. 89 amk for obama
    May 21, 2013 at 8:36 am

  24. 91 Linda
    May 21, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Our President will make a statement…

    As he leaves the podium…..the Jackals will yell ” Mr. President what about ”


    • 92 anniebella
      May 21, 2013 at 9:21 am

      And the President will keep walking back to the Oval Office like the classy dignified man that he is.

    • 93 jackiegrumbacher
      May 21, 2013 at 9:28 am

      You can count on it, Linda. The jackals live in their own insulated world and are incapable of empathy.

  25. 94 amk for obama
    May 21, 2013 at 8:58 am

  26. 95 Linda
    May 21, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Tom Coburn : Separated at birth or love child ?

  27. May 21, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Now MSNBC is saying the coroner believe that the death toll is 24 because they might of count those deceased twice.

    • 97 carolyn
      May 21, 2013 at 9:08 am

      Not surprised. The coroner’s office and medical examiner’s office are also underfunded and understaffed. It will take time to get an accurate count. Sad.

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  29. 99 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2013 at 9:09 am

  30. 100 utaustinliberal
    May 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

  31. May 21, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Morning everyone, R&S soon

  32. 103 hopefruit2
    May 21, 2013 at 9:17 am

  33. 104 utaustinliberal
    May 21, 2013 at 9:18 am

  34. 107 utaustinliberal
    May 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

  35. 108 Ladyhawke
    May 21, 2013 at 9:29 am



    You’ve Got To See This Heartbreaking Video Of An Oklahoma Tornado Survivor Finding Her Dog In The Rubble Of Her Home


  36. 110 Dudette
    May 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

  37. May 21, 2013 at 9:59 am

    President Obama about to make a statement on the devastating tornadoes and severe weather that impacted Oklahoma

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