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Friday, May 27, 2011

Close calls

Along with the rest of the nation, we've been following the tornado and storm devastation in the Midwest with great concern. A friend's grandmother is still missing -- we are desperately hoping it's due to communications breakdown rather than anything more serious.

(To those affected, take heart. Rosie O'Donnell has proclaimed your troubles are all caused by global warming. Isn't that nice?)

I learned some of my loyal readers are right there in the midst of the chaos. I received the following email from Save the Canning Jars:

Hey Patrice,

Here in the heartland, breadbasket, tornado alley, we had a close call with... well, a tornado! Yesterday, a big honking tornado was on the ground for 60 miles before it lifted. Our meteorologists in Oklahoma are exceptional and interrupted regular programing to provide live coverage to viewers. We literally sat in front of our television and watched several tornadoes "being born" and maturing very quickly. This was covered mostly by brave photo-journalists in helicopters and storm chasers on the ground who were driving wildly, dodging debris, filming, and giving continual live reports. Talk about multi-tasking! This went on for hours!

The pre-tornado weather had been so strange. Dark, hazy, heavy moisture, soupy, ominous weather. The air/environment was just wrong! Anyone who has never seen a tornado would known something was seriously wrong with this weather. After the tornado passed, I could only thank God and spent the whole night dwelling on how blessed we were to have been spared. Even in the night, I woke up and told God that I saw how the newscast footage of the house north of town and how it had been wiped off the foundation and the cellar completely exposed. My house would have faired the same way...meaning we would have been sucked right out of our basement since it is not concrete overhead. That house and my house were built the same way. The cellar would hold up against a smaller tornado, but not what came through (EF 5?) Told God that He has once again spared my life and thanked Him for diverting the tornado. We are blessed!

Save the Canning Jars

PS: Oklahoma Pastry Cloth Cook also had to jump in her cellar as the tornado in her area damaged numerous houses. Can you imagine trying to be a meteorologist trying to cover multiple tornadoes across the state at one time? I think there were 6 in all.

Canning Jars, Oklahoma Pastry Cloth, and everyone else out there -- be safe! Please, folks, keep those in the Midwest in your prayers. They've been facing a lot.

I sure hope my friend's grandmother is all right...


  1. Fred Schillack, MIMay 27, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    Our prayers go out to all those whose lives were affected by the tornados. As to Ms(taken). O'Donnell, we can just add her comments to a long list of thoughtless noise she regularly makes. After all, "it is scientifically impossible for steel to melt, therefore 9/11 was an inside job" - of course I wonder if you just dig those girders out of the ground ready-made. Then there is her stand on gun control. No-one should have guns -- except her very heavily armed bodyguards who are protecting her children. (I guess our children don't count.)Enough venting. My wife and I love your blog/site. God bless you and your family.

  2. Thank you so much Patrice. Save the Canning Jars is right. It has been a really wierd year. A tornado came as close to her as one did to us. In fact, both tornadoes were caught on film. We were both very fortunate. Not so much for one young family in Piedmont - a story that has broken all of our hearts. The expectant mother is recovering in the hospital as is their 7 yr old, but the 15 month old died at the hospital from injuries and the three year old was found dead yesterday, carried across the lake from their home. The father's tears made the whole state cry. So everybody hug your loved ones and remember that all the rest is just stuff.

  3. Weather is being manipulated by HAARP. Most of the severe storms are man-made. Watch "dutchsinse" on youtube daily to see where signals are being sent up. Severe storms will begin 24-48 hours later.

  4. Dear Lord. What a mess.
    I'm so thankful y'all are OK, and My prayers are up for your friend's grandmother. I can barley imagine the anguish they must be in.
    I too have family in that region, and have seen with my own eyes the horrific damage of such events. My family had to go to their cellars, but, like you, got skipped over.

    We also have family in Tennessee, who have had two very close calls with tornado touch downs in recent weeks, as well as some really bead flooding issues.

    Thank you for letting us know, can-jars and cookie, and please let your friend know we're praying for their family and for Grandma's safe return.

    God bless and keep you all strong and safe.


  5. I am very concerned about global warming. But pointing out every strange nuance in the weather as proof (in either direction) makes Ms. O'Donnell look an idiot. It is like the people on the other side who were pointing out there was snow in Texas, but ignore the heat wave in Washington D.C.- even when they were based out of D.C.!

  6. "Told God that He has once again spared my life and thanked Him for diverting the tornado. - Save the Canning Jars"

    Sorry, but I just have to comment on this. In my humble opinion, it is the epitome of arrogance to think that God diverted a tornado for your personal well being. I guess he must not have cared about those precious little children in Piedmont. You were obviously more important. Yup - the Lord works in mysterious ways. Yeah, right!

  7. C'mon anon @ 10:43 am; put a name to that HAARP nonsense (even if it's fake!) or was that a tongue-in-cheek comment?

    HAARP has been blamed for everything from plantar warts to inexplicably overdrawn bank accounts. They have held numerous open houses that only convinces the nutjobs that they're really hiding something. We just can't reason with these folks.

    Steve Davis
    Anchorage, Alaska
    (and one-time HAARP 'visitor' technician)

  8. Steve, re definition:
    HAARP - (1) Misspelling of a large stringed instrument
    (2) Misspelling of the word describing a shrewish woman's nagging
    (3) Acronym for Humongous American Association of Retired Panhandlers - er - Persons.

    I see no reason to doubt why any of the above could have an affect on our weather patterns!! :-)

    BTW, in my earth science classes in the '70's, the great fear was Manmade Global Cooling and the Humongous American Association of Retired Persons was around then too!!

  9. @Sam. There have been (and still are) times when God spared individuals even when others were perishing. Crack open your Bible to the story of Daniel and David and many others. God doesn't even overlook the sparrow that falls from the sky. Every thing has a reason, whether or not we, as mere mortals, recognise the reasons.

    Delia of Brighton

  10. Save the Canning JarsMay 27, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Dear Sweet Sam,

    Piedmont is not my town. God bless the people of Piedmont.

    But I can speak about my town and address your comments. God diverted the tornado not just for (arrogant) me, but for our entire town of 17,000 people. The news media was reporting the tornado would hit the college at such and such time, this city park at such and such time, another part of town (interior) at such and such time.

    But just before coming into the town, the tornado changed directions and went onto government rural agriculture/research land and went down the west side of the city until it passed town, then it resumed its northeast course across the open country side. I am indeed thankful that 17,000 townsfolk were spared! God bless all involved.

  11. "Delia of Brighton" and "Save the Canning Jars":
    Out of respect for Patrice, I will not engage with you folks even though I'm sure you mean well.

    Suffice to say that we are on the opposite ends of the spectrum and I ask that you respect the realities of physical science when you look at what is happening in the world around you.

  12. First off, let me say I'm NOT a Rosie O'Donnell fan. BUT... something definitely is not right about 9/11, especially the jet that supposedly hit the Pentagon. I've seen the videos, as well as the destruction of the building. If a huge jet airliner struck, where was the damage from the wings and tail? The wings are over a hundred feet across and the tail is several stories high, yet there was only a large, round hole in the side of the building! O'Donnell may be a typical liberal hypocrite and as goofy as a bag of coconuts, but she definitely has a point about the jets that hit the Twin Towers as well as the Pentagon. I've wondered, why did that other large building go down, as well? It wasn't hit by jets or anything, yet that huge multi-floored building collapsed. Yes, exactly the way other buildings have been destroyed over the years, with planted explosives in key positions. I'm not saying Bush had anything to do with this. I certainly hope he didn't. But SOMETHING just isn't right about it, and I don't like the way even our conservative leaders are sweeping it under the rug! I'll get off my soap box, now. --Debbie

  13. Sam, I think that it might be well to point out that while one may "respect the realities of physical science" when one looks around one's world, according to scripture, one must respect even more the realities of the One who created the properties of physical science. In scripture, we are taught that God created and controls all things, including the physical science. The book of Job is very vocal on this point. Therefore, I hear the two women, to whom you seem to feel some condescension, simply acknowleging that there is more to the physical realm than a respect for the "created". I hear them exhibiting an even greater respect for the "Creator".

  14. @Sam. Out of respect for Patrice, I will not engage you further, although I'm sure you don't mean well.

    @Anon 8:25. Osama bin Laden took "credit" for the attacks on your Pentagon, the World Trade Center as well as the plane that crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Isn't that enough proof for you? Furthermore, if you have ever set a plastic spoon too near the burner of your stove or a tin (can) near a campfire, you will notice how extraordinarily hot the item becomes merely from the radiating heat. It is entirely feasible, therefore, that the other buildings in proximity to the World Trade Center towers could also be impacted by the fires.

    There are many things to be concerned about in this world today, but the myth (and outright lie) about global warming and the concerns that Rosie O'Donnell mention all too often are not some of them. They are distractions from the real issues we face. If you spend your time and energy watching the distractions instead of watching the George Soros' of the world, you will be caught by surprise when it all falls apart.


  15. Save the Canning JarsMay 27, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Time to interject a small bit of humor: The Oklahoman (newspaper)reported that a volunteer firefighter was away from his rural residence helping others, never thinking about his own place. Neighbors called to say his house was gone.

    He told the paper, "I had a deer head in the freezer I was keeping for a buddy. The freezer is still here, but the deer head is gone. Someone's going to be surprised when that turns up on their lawn."

  16. "We know we are the children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one." 1 John 5:19