November 8th, 2013
03:58 AM ET

Super Typhoon Haiyan hits central Philippines

With 25 million people in its path, Super Typhoon Haiyan - one of the strongest storms recorded on the planet - smashed into the Philippines on Friday morning.

As the storm plowed across the cluster of islands in the heart of the country, casualties were reported, more than 100,000 people took shelter in evacuation centers and hundreds of flights were canceled.

The storm brought tremendously powerful winds roaring ashore as it made landfall in the province of Eastern Visayas, disrupting communications with a major city in its path.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    Exit H. James, enter Hmngwy.

    November 9, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    Just Juarez undrstnds th excuse or figure choice.

    November 9, 2013 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Hmmm the many faces of Eve. Oops lol that really should say the many faces of Jeff Roem! You must be one of those kind of guys that dont take responsibility for your own actions! Are you a deadbeat dad too?

    November 9, 2013 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Good morning@JI-F@Chrissy@Just Juarez.
    Happy veterans day weekend .
    My well wishes and respects for @bobcat & all our veterans who make us proud.

    November 9, 2013 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      Good day to you also saywhat and thank you. I feel especially honored this Veterans day as I have been asked to preside over the festivities at our local community center. It was a long, long time ago and something I really don't think about anymore so this honor has humbled ne immensely.

      November 9, 2013 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Thank you for your service, Rawr. I am honored to know you, even if only online. You have truly walked the walk.
      God Bless you, and all veterans who have given so much.
      I truly adore you.

      November 9, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      Thank you banasy. It is such a pleasure to me to have found so many friends here.

      November 9, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    now being blocked.

    November 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Let me get a jump here for Veterans Day

    Shooting the breeze down at the Veteran's hospital, a trio of old timers ran out of tales of their own heroic exploits and started bragging about their ancestors. "My great grandfather, at age 13," one declared proudly, "was a drummer boy at Shiloh."

    "Mine," boasted another, "went down with Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn."

    "I'm the only soldier in my family," confessed vet number three, "but if my great grandfather was living today he'd be the most famous man in the world."

    "What'd he do?" his friends wanted to know.

    "Nothing much. But he would be 165 years old."

    November 9, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat (in a hat)©

    By the time the sailor pulled into a little town every hotel room was taken. "You've got to have a room somewhere," he pleaded. "Or just a bed, I don't care where."

    "Well, I do have a double room with one occupant – an Air Force guy," admitted the manager, "and he might be glad to split the cost. But to tell you the truth, he snores so loudly that people in adjoining rooms have complained in the past. I'm not sure it'd be worth it to you."

    "No problem," the tired Navy man assured him. "I'll take it."

    The next morning, the sailor came down to breakfast bright-eyed and bushy tailed. "How'd you sleep?" asked the manager. "Never better." The manager was impressed. "No problem with the other guy snoring?" "Nope. I shut him up in no time," said the Navy guy.

    "How'd you manage that?" asked the manager.

    "He was already in bed, snoring away, when I came in the room," the sailor explained. "I went over, gave him a kiss on the cheek, and said, 'Goodnight beautiful,' ...and he sat up all night watching me."

    November 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dazzle ©

    Yikes the death troll from this super typhoon is now reported at 1,200. However on a more cheerful note, to my friend @bobcat, Happy Veterans Day to you and a thank you for your service. You will have the crowd howling at the Community Center.

    November 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      In my post it should read death toll not troll.

      November 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Oh, my. Freudian slip? He's never far.

      November 9, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      Thank you dazzle. I'm glad to see you here again. I've been working on my material with the guys at the emergency center and so far, for the biggest part anyway, the response has been positive. I'm still working on my commemoration speech. Trying to honor those who have fallen will be my most difficult task of the day.

      November 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A Drill Sergeant was chewing out a new recruit when he asked him:

    "Tell me stupid if one of your ears was shot off what would happen?"

    "Well sir, I couldn't hear."

    "What if both your ears were shot off?"

    "Well, I wouldn't be able to see."

    "That is dumb. Why did you say that?"

    "If both my ears were shot off, sir, My helmet would slide right down over my eyes!"

    November 9, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      @bobcat, I know you will be brilliant and emotion will be expected for those who were lost. You will be fine and I am loving the jokes. @banasy honestly the use of that word was a total typo, it wasn't even on my mind. @JIF I am glad you are back and I think my phone is right up there with yours.

      November 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat (in a hat)©

    One reason the Armed Services have trouble operating jointly is that they have very different meanings for the same terms;

    The Joint Chiefs once told the Navy to "secure a building," to which they responded by turning off the lights and locking the doors.

    The Joint Chiefs then instructed Army personnel to "secure the building," and they occupied the building so no one could enter.

    Upon receiving the exact same order, the Marines assaulted the building, captured it, and set up defences with suppressive fire and amphibious assault vehicals, established reconnaissance and communications channels, and prepared for close hand-to-hand combat if the situation arose.

    But the Air Force, on the other hand, acted most swiftly on the command, and took out a three-year lease with an option to buy.

    November 9, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©

    @dazzle, the 1,200 number stunned me.
    My phone tower is throwing a diva fit yet again.

    November 9, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ JIF
    Thank you my friend. Kristallnacht, that is a term I haven't heard in many years. The beginning of many years of terror against the Jewish people . So sad that it ever went that far.

    November 9, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      And, naturally, CNN blocked my response.

      November 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I'll try again. There are people who compare our POTUS to the person who was behind that event. And those people call themselves "Patriots".
      I disagree.

      November 9, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      Now I'm being blocked.

      November 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ¬©

      Kristallnacht, such a pretty word for the worst horror in mankind. Thank you for the reminder of the date.

      November 9, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Agreed @ banasy! Im gonna re~post something i posted awhile ago regarding that. Waving a flag and picking a nostaigic american name does NOT magically and instantly make an organization patriotic! Patriotism is defined by a true love of country and the sincere desire to help "create a more perfect union". Obviously, the various parties in our democracy have different ideas on how to make that happen, but they all believe in government and the rule of law...EXCEPT for the Tea Party! The hate the US government!

    November 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Hi, Chrissy. I was in a spirited conversation on another blog where one poster kept saying "the Tea Party is right" over and over; when I asked repeatedly what they were right about, he never did answer. Things that make you go "hmmmm".

      November 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      It also begs the question, if they hate the Fedgov so much, why do they try so hard to get elected to it, and what have they done since getting elected to it?

      November 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)¬©

      Totally agree chrissy, I put the flag waving right up there with bi ble thumping. You can always do the talking, but until your deeds start matching the rhetoric, it means nothing.

      November 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Oops meant to say "they" hate the US government.

    November 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. dazzle ©

    @banasy, like JIF my phone is being a diva. When I was walking the pup, I nearly threw it in the Atlantic. Back to square 1 with it.

    November 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Oh, my, dazzle and JIF. That totally stinks.
      I'm sorry!

      November 9, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
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