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One of the strongest tornadoes ever recorded hit Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City. Almost 100 people are dead, and thousands are injured and homeless. The path was almost the same as a May 3, 1999 tornado, which had the highest winds (302 mph, 486 kph) ever measured on Earth.
Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) thinks Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is consistently wrong. The right knows Senator Whitehouse is wrong just this once, but upon closer inspection he’s just another victim of the Outrage Machine which lumbers on even in the absence of evidence or those pesky little facts.
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There may be something strange in the spring air. This is the week for disasters.
On April 19, 1993, seventy-six people died after a fifty-day siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. One hundred sixty-eight people died in a terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995. Four years later, on April 20, 1999, twelve students and a teacher were killed, and twenty-four others injured, in a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Colorado. Then, on April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico killed eleven workers, injured 17 others, and released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.
It may be that any week in history has as many terrible events. But four such horrifying catastrophes in less than twenty years, with anniversaries no more than a day apart, it’s enough to make any historian take notice. (more…)