Wednesday February 28th – Open Thread

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen †

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277 Responses to Wednesday February 28th – Open Thread

  1. WhistlingPast says:

    From a friend in Israel. The expression refers to gifts of food and candy given to family and friends to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim.
    Imagine these children’s suprise and joy when they see who is outside the window!

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  2. amwick says:

    *Whispers
    Reverend Graham is now resting in the Capitol Rotunda, on a black catafalque. I heard that it was the one that Abraham Lincoln was laid upon.
    *sighs
    Like a troubled family, this nation comes together for a funeral.

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    • Guyver1 says:

      Am, on March 2nd I intend to travel and spend the day at Temple Terrace, Florida.
      At the very spot where God answered the question of a young bible student named Billy Graham, who at that time was beset by doubt about becoming a preacher.
      His account of the moment made me smile. It matched what I experienced when my moment came, when I was finally ready. That is how I know he was not a fake.
      God reveals himself to people when they are ready, when they ask the right questions, not in a demanding way but in a humble, heartfelt way.
      And then the moment comes.
      The joy is indescribable. And it changes your life forever.
      He was a fellow traveler. And
      He is now home🙏😊.

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    • Guyver1 says:


      This is the spot.
      Beautiful, quiet, serene.
      I will be there, not to mourn, but to celebrate.
      A fellow traveler has arrived home 🤗👼❤.

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    • taylor davis says:

      friends and schoolmates of parkland fl shooter rallying for gun control to take blame off themselves for not reporting to parents police this crazy guy. they should all be charged with accesory to murder. they had it in there hands to prevent this and didnt and now trying to to shell off gun control to take blame off themselves.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        taylor davis……there are evil adults who are backing the protest. These kids would be termed “useful idiots” by their backers whether the kids know it or not.

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  3. mdcx says:

    I’ll be interested to hear what Sundance has to say about the whole theory that leaving it all up to I.G. Horowitz is a master plan now that Trump has called that decision disgraceful. I’m sure that even that comment will somehow be qualified as 11th dimension-time-travel-calculated-whatev-misdirection, however, for myself, I completely agree with Trump.

    There is some untold story to why Sessions has behaved as he has, and it is unlikely we will ever know it. Regardless, the crap-show that has been Mueller, as well as the complete lack of action on cleaning up all of the politicization, can be traced directly back to the appointment of that mealy-mouthed swamp rat.

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    • taylor davis says:

      students of parkland fl shooter that left 17 dead should have did everything in their power to let parents know about this kid. they could have prevented this by rallying to authorities about this crazy kid .. now out of guilt rallying against guns. god help us all.

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  4. Dora says:

    CATHOLIC JUDGE NOMINEE ON THE DEFENSIVE

    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the fate of a judicial nominee whose Catholicity has become an issue:

    Gordon Giampietro, a former federal prosecutor, has been nominated by President Trump for a seat on the federal district court in Milwaukee. He has come under fire for holding to Catholic teachings on marriage, the family, and sexuality.

    https://www.catholicleague.org/catholic-judge-nominee-on-the-defensive/

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  5. Lucille says:

    Grace & Truth His Presence Dwelling In Us

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  6. Lucille says:

    “We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the small (and yet really not so small!) gifts we receive daily. How can God entrust great things to those who will not gratefully receive the little things from God’s hand?” – Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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    • taylor davis says:

      parkland shooter schoolmates rallying against guns instead of admitting their responsibility for this tragedy by not ralling against this crazy kid that left 17 of their friends dead. we are not fooled.

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  7. Troublemaker10 says:

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    • He’s a young man who does not understand how work “works”. If you disagree with your boss’ policies, you quit and go elsewhere. You don’t try to rile up the other employees using internal email as an end run around your supervisors.

      It’s not Google that other employers fear, kid. It’s you. They think you aren’t trustworthy. You’ve become publicly identified as a “troublemaker”, not a team player. If he had only resigned quietly, he could have said “The company had a policy I couldn’t live with.” Other employers would have viewed him as a person of integrity. Now he will either have to wait until his name has been out of the news for awhile, or switch professions. It’s a hard lesson many of the entitled young have to learn.

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      • Lucille says:

        That’s an interesting take, Mikey. When an employer encourages its employees to comment on policy, gets all upset when someone comments in a productive and truthful manner, then listens to people who are not even employees rail against the commenter, and subsequently fires the vocal employee, what is that?

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        • He didn’t follow chain of command. He put out an unasked-for, inflammatory internal email. He didn’t go to his supervisor to comment, and didn’t comment in the diversity seminar he was so unhappy about having to attend. He tried to hijack an established process. What did his email say that got things all stirred up? He suggested women weren’t suited for tech work BECAUSE OF THEIR GENDER. He spent 10 pages explaining (among other false stereotypes) why women were BIOLOGICALLY UNSUITED, and wrote it during a long flight to China. He got the science flat wrong.

          Do you consider that productive, truthful input, Lucille, to champion sexist stereotypes using discredited theories? Did James Damore magically become qualified as an evolutionary biologist? Female employees at Google were royally pissed off. Work slowed. Goals weren’t met, while supervisors had to battle memos and counter-memos and water cooler discussions, and try and get things back on track. Damore caused chaos. No big corporation wants that. The right to express personal opinions does not supersede work goals, when one is at work. Save it for the bar after work, or, as I said before, go work for someone else. Instead, Damore threw a wrench in the gears.

          When the company fired him, he got all whiny and went to the NLRB. They found his memo discriminatory, which gives Google good cause for his firing. But before that case could complete, Damore withdrew his complaint and switched to suing the company. Now Google has to contend with other related lawsuits, from former employees who both supported and opposed Damore. He wrote an op-ed against Google for WSJ. He has since tried to blame his extraordinary poor judgment on being autistic. Just the kinds of actions that will get you a letter of recommendation from a former employer, huh?

          This guy made his own bed, and doesn’t want to lie in it. The tech industry considers him radioactive. He did it to himself.

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  8. “The Paintings of the Young Joseph Mallord William Turner” to Telemann, Concerto in D Major for 3 Trumpets – 4th Movement, Pesto. These paintings were done when Turner was between 12 and 20 years old (1787-1795). The self portraits show him at 15 and 16. Evident in this roughly chronological exposition is his academic and architectural training, with early traces of what will eventually become Turner’s style as pre-impressionist Painter of Light.

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  9. dbethd says:

    The True Story behind The Danish Girl – Gerda & Lili

    “The Danish Girl tells the story of the painter Einar Wegener, who had the world’s first gender-reassignment surgery and became Lili Elbe. But his wife Gerda had a fascinating life and career of her own.”

    (from the creator and narrator – seems YouTube is censoring his videos)

    “My dear Oddites, YOU are my channel – without you I would have given this up long ago. You have encouraged me, lifted my spirits against the haters – showed your support by writing to YouTube & donating on Patreon; I really feel that I have a loving community, and I see how much you support each other…it’s truly wonderful. I may not have the biggest channel on YouTube, but I have the channel with the best followers by far. Whatever happens in the future, I want you to know how grateful I am for that.

    (btw, I’ve just checked and YouTube has already de-monetised this video pending a review) If you like my offerings…please be sweet as to THUMB UP – leave some kind feedback, and if you’re new here and like what you’ve seen – please SUBSCRIBE (it’s absolutely free of charge!) ..to be notified of new uploads click the bell symbol!…and please SHARE my videos with family & friends who you think might enjoy such offerings. This will help me and help my channel to grow! I appreciate your support :)”

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  10. I think the President is “conditioning the battlefield” for the next engagement. Whatever he likes or wants, the Dems are against. He makes it appear he is trashing the AG and the Dems and Rinos come to the AG’s defense. So, hopefully, when AG Sessions lowers the boom, the Dems and Rinos will defend thr AG?

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  11. Lucille says:

    “The Bollywood Princess”
    Steyn on the Oakley Show – February 28, 2018

    “Mark made a rare Tuesday appearance on Toronto’s AM640 with his favorite current radio host in Canada, joining John Oakley live at the Global News studios to chew over Boy Trudeau’s flopperoo visit to India, the rumored return of Canadian hate-speech laws, the gun-grabbers’ post-Florida attacks on Dana Loesch and the NRA, and much more.”

    https://www.steynonline.com/8500/the-bollywood-princess

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  12. Lucille says:

    NEWSWEEK IN TROUBLE FOR NOT PAYING RENT, WATER BILL
    February 27, 2018 – Daniel Greenfield
    https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/269446/newsweek-trouble-not-paying-rent-water-bill-daniel-greenfield

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  13. duchess01 says:

    February 28, 2018

    How the Left became a LUNATIC MOB

    from The Health Ranger:

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    • taylor davis says:

      parents …teach your children to report nuts like the parkland shooter and to accept their part in 17 deaths that could have been averted and try to hide guilt by blaming guns

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  14. phoenixRising says:

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  15. Sepp says:

    Today Saint Onesimos, disciple of the Holy Apostle Paul, is commemorated on the traditional Orthodox Church Calendar (February 15th).

    Also, Saint Sigfrid of Sweden and his nephews, Saints Unaman, Sunaman, and Vinaman, missionaries for the Gospel in the early-mid 11th century, are commemorated.

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  16. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    Listening to Rush while doing chores in basement, he just brought up irony of democrat Oprah Winfrey “asking God” for guidance on running for political office. In the meantime, republican VP Mike Pence is constantly ridiculed more basically doing the same.

    Colossians 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

    Since we have a completed bible, we go there (in Paul’s epistles) to find the will of God and how we should walk:

    1Corinthians 11:1 Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
    1Timothy 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
    4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

    Rush closed by saying, “I hope she did not do it in a school”.

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  17. BigMamaTEA says:

    According to Politico Huddle (newsbrief)

    “President Donald Trump will meet with a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House today on school and community safety. Expected attendees include Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Cornyn and Murphy are “chief sponsors of a narrow Trump-backed bill designed to improve the existing background-check system for guns,” Elana and Lorraine Woellert report, while Feinstein is “chief author of legislation banning assault weapons and other control bills” and Manchin has “crafted a background-check expansion plan with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).”

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Just turned on Hannity radio….apparently this Trump meeting is being broadcast? I’m listening via radio right now.

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        DiFi has a sad…….(The CA Demonrat Party refused to back her at they’re State Convention on this last Sat.) You can hear it in her voice, during the meeting, except DiFi is lying to the POTUS about shootings dropping after “assault weapons” before it expired.

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  18. John Adams says:

    “…but DELIVER US FROM EVIL.” As often said faith without works is dead. Explains this dead world indeed. Anymore I feel I am just a caretaker for this cemetery.

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  19. simicharmed says:

    Democrats in trouble again! – “”At least a half dozen Democrats have quietly returned or redirected donations from a high-powered donor being investigated in the fatal drug overdose of a male escort—while bigger-name national party figures who also took his money remain uncharacteristically silent on the case.””

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/02/28/some-dems-disavow-mega-donor-amid-probe-male-escort-gemmel-moore-s-death.html

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  20. czarowniczy says:

    Coming soon to a place near you: another Chinese screwup!
    In an attempt to increase meat production and keep the population fed and happy the Chinese commercial farmers have been feeding antibiotics to their stock. One of these antibiotics is colistin which, while being an older antibiotic, is very powerful but fell out of favor here when as more powerful and safer newer drugs came along. Everything was going along swimmingly until 2011 when the Chinese discovered their pharmaceutical hunbandry had produced a gene that renders bugs immune to colistin, a fact made public in 2015. Since then researchers around the world have found the gene in bacteria they’ve collected.
    As more and more bad bugs become immune to the newer antibiotics some medics have been going back to colistin as it’s powerful though not as safe as those that replaced it – in many cases there just ain’t no alternative. Problem is the gene that makes bugs immune to colistin jumps to other bugs as easily as Hollyork celebs do beds. And yes, it’s rare but they’ve found it here.
    So foreign commercial food-farming strikes again, mass feedings of hormones and antibiotics to increase growth rates and give ‘protection’ to animals housed in unnaturally dense populations is moving forward in many foreign countries. China announced it would ban the ag use of colistin last April but if China’s past ‘bans’ hold true it will be available and in use for some time to come. Also interesting in China’s announcement was it didn’t say what antibiotics it would use to replace colistin.
    So while we wait for the gene that confers immunity to colistin to jump into bugs that are already immune to new newer super drugs….stay healthy.

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  21. BigMamaTEA says:

    This is interesting……J.E. Dryer writing for https://lidblog.com/fisa-judges-dossier-warrant/

    (Using the Shifty memo and a calendar…)

    “Who Were The FISA Judges Approving The Dossier Warrant?”

    …..” Who were those FISA Judges who approved the warrant using the “Trump Dossier?” Thanks to the Adam Schiff memo we can whittle down the choices.”

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  22. BigMamaTEA says:

    V.P. Pence had to break the tie…..CONFIRMED – Russell Vought of Va. to be Deputy Dir. Office Management & Budget

    Y – 50 N – 49

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  23. phoenixRising says:

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  24. Lucille says:

    Dick’s is turning its back on a fair amount of the market: Haley Barbour

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    • czarowniczy says:

      In a way it’s a smart business move. In anticipation of a Hillary win the business way overbuilt ARs. They are available at online AR dealers at fire sale prices, as are partts, some seem to be selling at cost.
      Some stores have bought at the higher wholesale prices, they put their orders in at a higher price and now they’re trying to sell to a pretty flooded market. As the AR has a pretty gloomy future they think it best to get out because what they have on hand when the hammer falls they have to eat. Best get out and grab some good publicity by making it look like you’re socially responsible and possibly avoid the backlash if liberal parent start to picket your stores for selling assault weapons.

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  25. BigMamaTEA says:

    If we have any PA Treepers……Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA- 2terms=12yrs) is up for re-election this year and needs to GO!

    Casey just gave a speech on Senate tee-vee, where he said “We have a mandatory duty (!) to do something!” in reference to guns. Nooooooo….you have a mandatory duty to understand the Constitution and the 2nd Amendment. If anyone should “do something” it is individual STATES, NOT the Fed. gov’t!

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Problem is he’s a Democrat and their Party mantra is that the Constitution is an outdated serving suggestion written by old, white men who were misogynists, plantation and slave owners who exploited the environment and native Americans. They didn’t brush after every meal either.
      They’ll figure out, given the opportunity, to get the Constitution declared an outdated historical item and have progressive doctrine declared the basis for law…if it feels good, do it. They should be declkared varmints and have a bounty put on them.

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  26. duchess01 says:

    February 28, 2018

    World famous psychiatrist says: more psychiatric drug treatment means more mass shootings will happen

    by Jon Rappoport, No More Fake News:

    https://www.sgtreport.com/articles/2018/2/28/world-famous-psychiatrist-says-more-psychiatric-drug-treatment-means-more-mass-shootings-will-happen

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    • czarowniczy says:

      If you think that psychiatry is going to step back from drug treatments…think again. Go to the ProPublica ‘Dollars for Docs’ site; https://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/
      Pharma has been paying dovs fot years to push their drugs. There used to be more direct payments, then they went to things like prepaid trips to conferences for docs and their dates where they’d get free travel, room and board and remuneration for rheir presenting…something. The Feds did go to making everything down to pens and desk calendars reportable but the docs and pharma found a small crack in the reporting system and got it shut down. Figures are still there, you can run your doc if you want, and if you dig around you may find NY ans CA docs who were hilighted for making over $1-million a year in pharma payouts to push their drugs – notably psychiatrists.
      It’s also safer for shrinks to drug their patients, the pharma companies build the costs of potential litigation into their drugs’ costs and absorb the liability. As long as the shrink follows pharma guidelines s/he is pretty safe from any personal liability, and insurance companies are more happier with dtrugs than extended one-on-one therapy so why not drug ’em till they drop?

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      • duchess01 says:

        I don’t think they will – Psychiatry is a pseudo-science – drugs don’t heal – they mask symptoms and create new ones – no fan of the psychotropic and psychosomatic drug culture –

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  27. BigMamaTEA says:

    On senate tee-vee…….now listening to the Arc-Bender-Booker (4th Demonrat in a row) almost over-praising the “students from the Florida shooting for leading the movement”

    {the more I listen since incident, compiled with research I’ll post later tonight about who’s all behind the “march” “the kids” are having……call me a cynic, but…….{spidey senses}

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  28. duchess01 says:

    AGENDA 21: THE AGENDA TO TRACK AND CONTROL YOUR EVERY MOVEMENT AND EVERY ASPECT OF YOUR LIFE.

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  29. BigMamaTEA says:

    TurtleHead showed on senate-tee-vee…..passed some resolutions (all by himself for the cameras) set tommorrow’s schedule, then adjourned, until 10:00am tomorrow.

    {sorry, badly needed bad-comedy relief!}

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    • Guy-Blanc Déploré says:

      *Looks around* …Well, I laughed! 😉

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      • BigMamaTEA says:

        Right after Senate tee-vee adjourned, the mumblings of TurtleHead I’d just listened to for the first time today. I said to myself “well Turtle just poked his head out” and wa-la!
        There a gif for everything. HA!

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  30. Lucille says:

    CHICAGO COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS SHAKING DOWN… OBAMA
    February 28, 2018 – Daniel Greenfield
    https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/269453/chicago-community-organizers-shaking-down-obama-daniel-greenfield

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  31. auscitizenmom says:

    lilbirdee12’s prayer:

    Our Heavenly Father, Your children come to you tonight to ask for healing and peace throughout our country so that we may return to being One Nation Under God. Guide us to be leaders in Your Kingdom, spreading Your Love and Salvation to all. Forgive us our sins and deliver us from evil.

    Lord, we ask for a blanket of protection over all our troops and law enforcement who serve to defend and protect us. Bless our representatives with the strength and wisdom they need to achieve the path You have chosen for us.

    Please place Your Guardian Angels of Protection around Donald Trump and Mike Pence and their families as they seek to lead America back to You.

    Grant us patience, Lord, as the evil ones try to anger us and cause us to fall.
    Spread blessings over Israel and Netanyahu.

    We humbly ask that You please comfort those who are grieving and in pain.
    Thank you Father, for Your Love and the gift of Life.

    In Jesus name, we pray. Amen.

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  32. Ad rem says:

    Dear Treepers,

    I’d really appreciate if y’all would take a minute and pay a visit to the Prayer Thread. There are some people there who are in desperate need of your prayers.

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  33. BigMamaTEA says:

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  36. nwtex says:

    This hurts!

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      No, no, no, nwtex! These are actually storm shelters (tornado) that have been also essentially made bullet-proof now too.

      I live in Oklahoma, home to the 1st MONSTER tornado ever in the US in 1999.

      Shall we call this “media enhanced” news? One of our own dang State Oklahoma City news channels (ABC affiliate) wrote this original story, and why not hype it too. (Tis the season – sarc)

      It got installed today, but I promise it was ordered last school year or earlier. The school either had to budget for it/fundraise/or pass a tax bond.

      Building safe rooms in schools has been the latest rage since the last big one went through here with significant damage to the Moore, OK (suburb of Oklahoma City) area, including a school where a bldg. wall fell on and killed some elementary school children.

      Unless you are building a new building, which the school out here by me when the 1999 tornado came through here at 6:30pm (no kids in school) it has been a concern on what to do. The tornado shelter people in this region (Plains) came up with an idea when they did studies and realized that in-room shelters when tested protected flying projectiles from penetrating at high wind levels (I’m talking poss. up to 200 mph here) that wow would that stop a bullet?

      There are shelter places all over this part of the country now selling, existing-room storm shelters that are anchored into your home/bldg. Somebody just decided to take that one step further, and start selling to schools obviously.

      And THAT’s the rest of the story.

      btw, thanks for the tip. I just sent that report here locally that wrote that story and her editor a BigMamaTEA nasty-o-gram for their misrepresentation, and trying to get into the Florida-fray.

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