Thunder Road

From the middle of April when the Meteorologist in the different Local stations begin to talk about the need to be prepared for severe weather. Personally, I stay with News9 with David Payne and his staff of meteorologist and Storm trackers. They are a committed group of people that work hard to keep the viewing audience informed. Val and Amy Castor are some of the bravest trackers out their and they have experience that makes them a vital part of the weather team. His new Truck is a custom rig that is basically a moving weather station with all the different equipment and computers. While it is an asset, he (Val) has a unique voice that. When he see’s a rotation in the clouds his adrenalin kicks in and it cause his vocal pitch to go higher and when he see’s one on the ground he is at a pitch of extreme Alarm. By that I mean, in my opinion, he is excited yet very concerned to get the word out and help save lives. I want to give the owners of KWTV 9, The Griffin family, a huge thank you. They have put together a great team in both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. They have provided their team with the State-of-the-Art equipment and has given the chief Meteorologists’ the go ahead to go wall to wall with the coverage. It is important to them to help keep the people safe. I have recently seen some memes on social media depicting David Payne Pointing to the Storm trackers video that is projected on the Green wall the he stands in front of saying “Look right here, a  tornado on the ground” and behind him in a photo-shopped add-in of a Women with thick gasses bending over as if to be trying to see what he is pointing at. It is supposed to be humor and a satire of how David gets excited when they get a shot of a tornado. Yes, in Oklahoma it is funny to watch and listen to them as they are covering storms, But I would rather watch their so called “humorous” antics then to be caught unaware of a dangerous situation. You come to realize that it is Dead Serious reporting and they are trying to keep us safe and prepared. They do not go Wall-To-Wall unless it is a serious threat. Yesterday, May 25th,2019, they were on air almost all day with chaser traveling all over the state, he had been warning us for a few days that the system of storms approaching us were a threat to produce Large Hail, Damaging winds and the possibility of tornadoes. Unfortunately, at 10:28 PM El Reno was hit with a Tornado that damaged several mobile homes and destroyed a small Motel. It was only on the ground for a few minutes and only for approximately 2.5 miles, but at least 2 people lost their lives and 16 or more people were injured. That same system then dropped another Tornado in Oklahoma City which went through The UPTOWN and Paseo districts cause damage. The Paseo District is hosting “The Paseo Arts Festival” and one of the restaurants had a Patio full of Patrons enjoying the festival, the management was watching the continuous coverage and a manager informed all the patrons to move inside and guided them to the basement of the establishment. That saved lives and prevented injuries. It caused minimal damage and the festival will go on. At the time of my creating this post those are the numbers. Garth Brooks had a hit Song “Thunder Road” I thank him for the title. Oklahoma has been called “Tornado Alley” and we are just leaving the month where we have the most Tornado’s, but the danger doesn’t end on May 31st.  With the weather system that is in place and all the factors are taking into consideration (i.e. Movement of the Jet stream, Moisture coming up from the Gulf) we will more than likely continue to have more severe weather.  That same pattern happens every year some years worse than others. The weather this year has been resupplying the state with copious amounts of precipitation, so much so that we are having flooding all over the state. This “Memorial Day “weekend, we are thankful for those that have died in service of our country, in the defense of our freedom. We must also pray for those that suffered a loss yesterday from the weather. We continue to Pray for those that are involved in the search and rescue efforts on going in El Reno. I hope that all that take the time to read this will continue to pray for all of us. God Bless Oklahoma, and God Bless America!

Welcome To Spring

April Showers bring May Flowers… This is the rhyme we learned in grade school. Yes it is that time of year. Here in Oklahoma we love to see the spring except for the Pollen, Severe Weather, Hail Tornadoes… Wait, this is a positive post! Nature sometimes brings us a surprise in the weather patterns. This year we watched several systems come in lined up one after the other bringing artic air and freezing temperatures and a very cold winter. The positive take from this is we had a very hard freeze that will helped in the reduction of insects and pest. It also will help with the weeds. When March roared in with a snow storm, again weather systems lined up this time a mix of winter weather and rain. We had a very wet March. Was this bad? In Oklahoma, No. We really needed the moisture. We are heading into April and as I type this post we have a line of heavy thunderstorms heading into the state. Some may have severe weather with strong winds, Hail and maybe tornadoes. Still not a bad thing as western Oklahoma is going to receive much needed moisture. I have learned over the years that I will not put out my tender plants until Easter has past as in Oklahoma at least we have one last freeze around easter. It goes along with what the famous Oklahoma Humorist Will Rogers said. “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma just wait a minute, It will change.” Thank you Will Rogers, a truer statement could not have been made.

The Mid-term Elections are Over

Good Morning America!

The Public has voted and the results are what they are. Now it is time to get to work. As one who exercised their right to vote, I can now say to those elected.”Remember what your duty is as an elected Public Servant

Your are the peoples voice that elected you. You Must Decide if your are going to represent all of them or just the party that elected you.

When the House of Representatives elects the new Speaker, I urge them to do so with that in mind. Lead by example!

If you are in it to seek revenge for 2016 you should resign.

If you are in the house to make America stronger, Safer, and a better place to live, work with the others to do so in a civil and honorable manner.

You have the right to disagree as do I. But find enough common ground to work for the country not your self or a particular party.Yes that goes to Democrats, Republicans and Independents.

You have a duty to the country so let’s be clear , all legislation should be “Read thoroughly before it is voted on“!

Backroom politics, and shutting out the debate is not how an Honorable Representation is done.

To those of you that have been newly elected to Congress for the First time, Congratulations!

Remember what you ran on and promised to all those that you represent.

It’s now time to heal the divide, and that can only be down through civility, and respect for others.

Stop the hate speech and decisiveness. Stop the squandering of our Tax dollars on on obstructive search and destroy tactics.

I have a phrase that sometimes is misconstrued as condescending and arrogant, but in reality it is about as truthful  as it gets.

“If you don’t like the past and feel rejected, GET OVER IT! Move on, get passed the hate and descension. The world will not come to a screeching halt because you lost.

Learn from it and try to see what is more important.

Many that read this may be offended by that, but as I say, they too will get over it, eventually.

I wish the entire country a great day and better life.

 

Grooming the “Leaders” of our Future

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Today is the 5th of April 2013. Just another day in the life of the average american teenager. School has commenced, so what is so special about this day? Today is the JROTC Flight vs. Flight competition. One might ask “Why is that so special”? The JROTC is the beginning of training for tomorrows’ leaders. The cadets learn many lessons that will benefit them later in life. They develop leadership skills, a sense of honor and pride in America. It helps to bolster their self-esteem, give them a purpose and awards them when they exceed expectations. It also teaches them military protocol and discipline. Some cadets go on to join one of the branches of the armed forces, some cadets do not. One of the best things I can see is how it helps to teach them life lessons that they would not learn easily outside of school. My son has found purpose and direction. He has also become more focused and determined to excel. While he has excelled others may not have. It is up to the individual to step up and excel. It also teaches Teamwork. The cadets drill daily learning to work as a unit. They perform color guard ceremonies for different functions for both school and community. The are required to perform community service and this unit has exceeded their goal each year. At some military functions they are selected to present a “Saber Team”. The cadets work very hard to be precise and represent both their school, the Branch of service that they are associated with and their country. JROTC also addresses the growing issue with lack of physical fitness in the teenage population of today with its’ PT program. All cadets must pass the PFT (Presidential Fitness Test). The cadets also form teams to participate in the PT competitions at drill meets. AFJROTC has three core values, Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do. This combined with the sense of purpose, focus and discipline helps to develop the Patriotism, Pride and Poise in our leaders of  the future. 

Happy New Year America

The stroke of midnight came and went. 2013 snuck in the side door and the country is told that the leaders have come to some sort of agreement to “AVOID” the “FISCAL CLIFF”.  My first thought is “How much is this going to cost me and the rest of the middle class?” I suppose we will have to wait for them to pass it before we can read what is in it. Do you ever get tired of all this nonsense?  Forget labels for a while, no republican, democrat, or independent. Consider everyone equal for a few moments, there is no “Rich, Poor, Middle class, Upper class, or Lower class, just people! Americans (What a concept), Yes we are all Americans looking for the opportunity to live the American Dream. Now define what the “American Dream” is. That is where the vision starts to become blurred. I know what it means to me, but what does it mean to you? Is it the same for the person that has been elected to lead this Country or State or City? That is where Politics enters, and labels start being applied. The game is to try to get one set of people to believe that another group is against them and trying to take everything away from them. What would happen if we as Americans (yes it is a label to) simply refused to play the class against class game? What if we made sure that those people that we entrusted to “represent us” in government understood that they work for all of us! Some may have gone to a prestigious college but that does not mean they are any better than anyone else in America is. Speaking of labels, here is a label that most politicians and bureaucrats try to avoid, deny, or distance themselves from it. A very old label has been around for centuries. Politicians put us all into classes; we are either in the Lower class (Poor), the Middle class (Backbone of the economy), and the Upper class (Rich). Which class do politicians put themselves? Depending upon the definition being used at the time they will all try to claim that they are the middle class and understand the needs of the middle class. In reality, they truly believe they are in a separate class not mentioned. Before I go further, I will state that not everyone in politics plays this game so you understand that I am not using the broad brush a politician would use to label an entire segment of society. The Politicians that are in this class are easy to spot and very easy to detect based on their set of rules by which they play. This segment is the “Elite class”, or as it has known throughout the centuries the “Ruling Class”. Pretty Harsh terms, yet look at the results of legislation that exempts them from laws and rules that the rest of us have to follow. Take away those exemptions and their special benefits and I wonder if we would always be peering over the edge of that “Fiscal Cliff”. I have something to say to every elected official that feels that respect comes with the title. Respect is earned. The office you hold is not permanent. Every Politician is one election away from being unemployed. To all Americans I say, “May you have a Safe and Prosperous 2013”.