Left-wing comedian and author Lizz Winstead - one of the co-creators of "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" - took some heat yesterday for tweeting jokes about the tornado in Oklahoma. She said, quote, "This tornado is in Oklahoma, so clearly it has been ordered to only target conservatives." She also joked that the tornado bumped her from MSNBC, and asked, quote, "How long has Obama known about this Tornado?" Only after her followers started turning on her did Lizz issue an apology, quote, "Made a political joke, Twas before devastation revealed. In hindsight, had I understood, I would have refrained. Beyond sorry. #LetMeHaveIt." Meanwhile, conservative pundit Erick Erickson Tweeted that he wonders "when President Obama will find out about Oklahoma." He's been getting a lot of hate, too, but he's not apologizing.
I hate reading about these "political jokes" - this is not a political matter - party lines are irrelevant in this case. Let's come together and support those who are hurting and need our love, prayers and help during this time.
As we all know now...yesterday afternoon, at 2:56 P.M. Central, a tornado touched down in Moore, Oklahoma - a city just south of Oklahoma City. And it was NOT a normal tornado.This tornado was TWO MILES wide, and its winds were up to 200 miles-per-hour. It destroyed every building in its path . . . including an elementary school with children inside. When I came in this morning around 5 a.m. I was reading reports that at least 51 people were dead...including 20 children. Right now as of 10 a.m. the medical examiner's office is reporting some victims were counted twice and the death toll now stands at 24 people dead, including seven children. That number could still climb but at least for now it's an improvement. 101 people have been pulled from the rubble - about 120 people are in the hospital. We don't have an official count, but at least dozens of buildings and homes were destroyed. The local NBC station called it, quote, "the biggest, most destructive tornado in history." They probably meant in the history of the state because other tornados have been more powerful and caused more deaths but that's still extremely significant.
My heart goes out to those grieving, those left homeless, and those who face a long rebuilding process. I can't imagine the pain. I've been brought to tears several times throughout the morning just looking at the horrific images of loss and destruction. Please keep those from Moore, Oklahoma in your prayers - not just today - but for days, months and even years to come as many of those residents' lives will never be the same.
If you would like to donate -- The American Red Cross is asking for monetary donations -- Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross or go to http://t.co/DxtSZQEBtw to help the victims of Oklahoma.
Up close video of the tornado -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XMF22_MEMJU
The cicadas are coming. You know, those bugs about an inch long that live underground and appear in the summer and sometimes come up to the surface in large numbers. This summer, they're coming up in the biggest swarm since 1996. So what did the cicadas miss in the 17 years they were, literally, living under a rock? Well, here you go...
1. O.J. SIMPSON guilty. The cicadas were around when O.J. was acquitted in 1995 . . . but missed his arrest and sentencing for armed robbery.
2. Google. In 1996, Google was just beginning as a project by two guys from Stanford.
3. Social media. The Internet was just starting to gain some ground in 1996. But everything from YouTube to Facebook is brand new.
4. The rise and fall of Tiger Woods. Tiger was just debuting in 1996. He became the biggest athlete in the world - then his life crumbled - and is now finally starting to win again.
5. Reality TV. In 1996, the only reality option was "The Real World". Now that's a dinosaur compared to the hundreds of other reality options.
Here's another female factoid of the day -- and it's good news, ladies! Women live longer than men. It's true now, it was true hundreds of years ago, and at least for me, personally - it's true with my grandparents. Here's why...scientists in Japan found that men's bodies produce fewer T-cells and B-cells than women as they get older. T-cells protect us from infections, and B-cells produce antibodies. And it suggests that the female body is designed to last a little longer than the male body. The male body just starts breaking down sooner and becomes more prone to diseases than the female body. In the U.S., the current life expectancy for a man is 75.35 years. For a woman it's 80.51 years.
Bottom line -- women live longer than men because their immune systems don't age as quickly.
Here's your fun female fact for the day. According to a new survey, four out of five women admit that they've lied to their boyfriend or husband. And as you might expect, the lies usually have something to do with the woman's past relationships. More than HALF of all women...52%...have lied to their boyfriend about how many partners they've had. 38% of women lie about why they broke up with the last guy they dated.Two thirds of women said they lie even though they know it might end up causing more arguments in the long run. The main reason is that they think it will make their boyfriend like them MORE. More than HALF of women said they'd be upset if they found out their partner lied to them and only 8% said they'd forgive him.
For more girl talk, check out: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/relationships/would-you-lie-about-number-of-past-relationships-292305.html
There's a lot of things I know about Minnesota. I grew up there - it's home. But even I haven't heard of Dorset, Minnesota. It's a TINY town in central Minnesota with only 22 residents. But this is going to get them on the map. The new mayor of Dorset is a FOUR-YEAR-OLD. His name is Robert "Bobbie" Tufts, and obviously he's the youngest mayor in the country. Dorset doesn't hold elections for mayor - they just put everyone's name in a hat and pick out the mayor for the year. And this year, Bobbie won. It's not entirely clear what his job duties are as mayor...we're guessing it's just a few public appearances and nothing else. Yes, this little tot mayor is random and very young...but it could be worse...Retha Pierce could be your mayor (oh, poor Atlantic Beach). I think this little guy has more common sense than she does...just sayin'.