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Tornado Airbags and Sequestration
Commentary on the News
Thursday, May 23, 2013
J.L. Robb

In 1951 when I was 4 years old, I fell out of the car.  No wise-cracks please.  My friends think that’s what’s wrong with me!

It’s strange that I can remember it like it was yesterday and shows once again what a wonderful organ the brain really is.  Once a memory; always a memory.  Recalling is a different matter.  Sometimes we just can’t find the file.  I have a hard time now just remembering why I went to the kitchen.

The first seat belts were lap belts with no shoulder harness.  Though Federal mandate required the lap belts to be installed in all automobiles in 1968, the law requiring their use didn’t happen until 1984.  That was 33 years too late for me.

Even though the post-1968 cars had seat (lap) belts, we never used them.  No one did it seemed.  Once the law was passed that required the use of seat belts in 1984, my parents decided no way was the government going to make them wear seat belts, too much intrusion; and they didn’t.  Many rebelled, but eventually most succumbed to the intrusion; and now almost everyone wears seat belts, almost by reflex.  The first thing our kids do when they get in the car is fasten the seat belt.  Many lives have been saved as a result.

In 1988 the remedy for the unworn seat belts was offered as standard equipment by Chrysler, the air bag.  The air bags were gas inflated, and some injuries were suffered as a result of the explosive force of the inflating bag.  However, the lives saved and the decrease in traumatic injuries has been significant.  Most now, like the seat belt laws, accept the air bag technology.  Why would one not, unless of course you are one of those driving down the highway when the air bag suddenly goes off.

But should the government actually force us, the citizens, to protect ourselves?  Who picks up the cost of the seat belts and air bags?

I’m not sure how many people would have to die or be seriously injured before we would voluntarily pay for the high cost of air bags, were it not mandated.  As to the cost, it’s simply added to the price of the car or truck; so in essence we have been forced to spend our own money to protect ourselves from accidents.  The mandate doesn’t really cost the tax payer, other than the buyer of the car.  Additionally, by passing new laws there will be new fines for added cash flow through the government money-machine.

Unfortunately for the 26+ folk killed by tornadoes this week in Oklahoma, the federalOklahoma Tornado rescue government doesn’t seem to think that schools in Tornado Alley need an air bag of any kind.  This week, 7 children in Moore, Oklahoma were killed during the F5 tornado that leveled their elementary school as well as one other.  Moore, Oklahoma isn’t new to tornados, and the schools have tornado drills routinely.  Another F5 hit the town in 1999, and in 2003 they were hit again.  All three occurred in May.

The municipality doesn’t “have the money” to put in the shelters at older schools apparently, though new schools are built with shelters.  It seems to me that the investment in shelters for our school age children who we hope get to grow up, go to college and then help their communities, should be a good investment. The 7 children who died were the probable victims of having no tornado shelter in which to seek safety.  It’s the Tornado Belt people!  Wake up!

If the federal government has to make this happen, it should be no problem.  It seems we the people have plenty of $$$ to spare.  After all, take the case of U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan.

While shouting Allahu Akbar (God is great in Arabic), home-grown Muslim terrorist Major Nidal Hasan killed 13 soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas and wounded 32 more.  There were multiple opportunities to catch Major Hasan, but the Obama Administration’s security machine failed to act.  This is very similar to President Clintons’ failure to act on Osama bin Laden in 1996 when he had the opportunity.  As a result, President Bush inherited the 9/11 tragedy.

Since terrorist Hasan slaughtered the 13 innocent soldiers, he has been paid $ 278,000.00 by you… and me.  Now think about that.  The U.S. government money-machine can’t afford to fund tornado shelters for school systems in the Tornado Belt but can afford to keep a terrorist on the federal payroll who was caught in the act of murdering fellow soldiers.  Couldn’t we fire him?

No.  We can’t.

According to the Army rule book (Military Code of Justice), unless and until Hasan is found guilty he will continue to receive his salary.

Picture this: A FedEx employee walks into headquarters and shoots 45 employees, killing 13.  Do we really think FedEx would still have the employee on their payroll 4 years later?  One of the many reasons the government is broke, except for the money-printing machines.

Moore Oklahoma tornadoGod talked about climate change in the Bible, even before Al Gore.  When global warming became a buzz word, the predictions were for stronger storms; but God had already made the prediction.  As the climate continues to gradually warm, as it has been for about 10,000 years except for brief spells like the Little Ice Age, storms should become stronger and possibly more prevalent.

“Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hailstorm that has ever fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded till now.” (Exodus 9:18 NIV)

“Throughout Egypt hail struck everything in the fields—both people and animals; it beat down everything growing in the fields and stripped every tree.” (Exodus 9:25 NIV)

“As they fled before Israel on the road down from Beth Horon to Azekah, the Lord hurled large hailstones down on them, and more of them died from the hail than were killed by the swords of the Israelites.” (Joshua 10:11 NIV)

From 2000-2010 there were only three EF5 tornadoes in the United States.  Then in 2011 there were six, in just a single year.

In Chemistry 101, one of the first things one learns is, if you want a chemical reaction to happen quickly, just add heat.  Heat makes the atoms move faster, which makes the molecules move faster, which of course makes the winds move faster.

As communities in Tornado Alley continue to grow, it is only normal that more will be exposed to the stronger tornadoes of the future.  Strong tornadoes and preparedness is the message of the  day.

Like voluntary air bags for cars, voluntary tornado shelters are not working for the schools, at least the older schools, in Oklahoma and probably most other tornado-prone areas.  If the government feels it must mandate, here’re some ideas:

  1. Take Major Hasan off the payroll of the federal government.
  2. Stop tax-funded abortions, and charge an abortion tax.  The argument to this is, “Well, they won’t be able to afford it.” Simple, take the $ 150 tennis shoes back, return the xBox and stop drinking/smoking.
  3. Stop funding the arts.  If an artist is good enough, like a plumber or accountant, the business will come automatically.
  4. Mandate a salary and expense account reduction for all members of Congress, the Senate and the President.

If the feds can’t find the money to protect the kids in the government schools, just go print some more since that’s become an addiction.  Can we at least provide the kids with helmets?

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