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East Coast storms and Oklahoma storms: totally not the same thing

coburninhofeFederal assistance to Oklahoma? Duane notes that its two Senators (Inhofe and Coburn) aren’t too sure about that Federal funding stuff in theory. They didn’t want to step in after Sandy and they’re always trying to defund FEMA. But here’s what Inhofe had to say this morning on the teevee:

JANSING: You know there were a number of people along the East Coast who weren’t happy about your vote on Hurricane Sandy . . . you said the request for funding was a “slush fund.” . . .  is there money to help the people here in your home state rebuild?

INHOFE: Well, let’s look at that. That was totally different . . .

Yup. Totally different. I get that.

What Inhofe and Coburn don’t seem to grasp – well,  here, Duane says it best:

Yet despite the efforts of Inhofe and Coburn, the FEMA trucks will show up in Oklahoma throughout today and beyond. Those trucks are representatives of the American people, most of whom live far, far away from Moore.

Let me repeat that: Those trucks are representatives of the American people.

We can, however, take some comfort that both of the esteemed Senators, while not crazy about that food and rescue equipment part, did ask for prayers.

You may know that Duane lives in Joplin MO and two years ago a tornado devastated Joplin; 161 people died. His post a few days later is one I’ve never forgotten and it still touches me. Read it. That’s probably pretty close to what they’re feeling in Moore OK about now. It begins:

Sunday evening, before the onset of the cruel aftershocks that continue to pummel our devastated city with remorseless storms and rescue-impeding rains, my youngest son and I undertook a journey to a destination he—a high school student and baseball player—seemed desperate to see.

He wanted to go to his school.

Read the rest.

If Romney were prez, that damn rude water would have stayed where it belonged.

And FEMA? You know Willard says give that function back to the States, don’t you? Well, Colbert agrees with him. On the Report the other night, Stephen sez “Mitt’s got it exactly right! States with shattered infrastructure and devastated communications systems are the best equipped to handle their disaster.”

To my peeps in the Northeast, stay safe

(Thank Elvis, Romney is still all talk.)

CNN is gone, but Joplin is still there

Still there and still trying to cope. Duane at The Joplin Globe posted this today.

Here’s the way it works these days in Joplin:

In the morning, I teared up over an obituary in Thursday’s Joplin Globe.  It was an obituary of a tornado victim, a nine-year-old little boy who, like one of my own once-nine-year-old little boys, loved Pokemon and had “the dirt and scrapes” that come with being a nine-year-old little boy.

I later went to Target to pick up a few things. I ran into the father of a boy I coached ten years ago, a boy who now works at my favorite Joplin restaurant and has a wife and two kids. They lived in the apartments by Dillon’s Market on 20th Street.  Lost everything. No renter’s insurance because they had little left over to spend on such “luxuries.”  Remember, he works at a local restaurant.  Just getting started.

The father said he was grateful for FEMA, who is helping out his son.  FEMA, just one voice of the American people in this tragedy.  Yes, I said, I’m thankful for FEMA, too.

It turns out that the father of the boy I coached so long ago was also a coach these days.  He coached soccer for a Christian youth group.  He had just attended the funeral of a nine-year-old little boy he coached, a boy who played his last soccer game the Saturday before life changed in Joplin.  A little boy whose obituary I read in the Joplin Globe.

In the aisle, in the middle of the store, we shared some tears.  Said goodbye.