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  • American Red Cross Hires Attorneys To Hide Hurricane Sandy Expenditures

    06/27/2014 6:06:37 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 27 2014 | Alex Pfeiffer
    The American Red Cross has employed an expensive New York law firm in an attempt to hide information about how it spent Hurricane Sandy donations, ProPublica reports. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrote to the Red Cross last June requesting information regarding how the organization spent the money it received for Hurricane Sandy relief. ProPublica filed a public information request for the information given to the attorney general’s office, but Red Cross attorneys stepped in. Gabrielle Levin, of New York’s Gibson Dunn, appealed the request and wrote to the attorney general’s office to block the release of information. Levin...
  • Belmar's Sandy debris removal costs questioned by federal auditors

    05/05/2014 7:43:22 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 4 replies
    NJ.com (True Jersey) ^ | April 30, 2014 | Erin O'Neill
    Federal auditors are questioning more than $500,000 in Hurricane Sandy debris removal costs in Belmar, saying the town awarded two contracts that did not comply with federal rules and lacked paperwork to support other expenses. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General today released its findings about the hard-hit Monmouth County borough, marking the third time a federal audit of a Jersey Shore town’s debris removal work following the storm has been made public. The way two contractors charged for cleanup work accounted for more than half of the expenses flagged in Belmar’s audit. Federal auditors said Belmar...
  • NJ has distributed less than 25 percent of Sandy aid

    05/05/2014 7:00:35 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 7 replies
    NJ.com (True Jersey) ^ | May 4, 2014 | Erin O'Neill
    Though the federal government allocated more than $1.8 billion in Hurricane Sandy disaster relief aid for New Jersey more than a year ago, less that a quarter has been distributed to cash-strapped residents struggling to rebuild, according to a new state report. State officials, however, say they are making considerable progress with recovery programs, addressing concerns and making changes where needed to speed up the delivery of aid. But advocates claim a botched rollout of major housing recovery programs has taken its toll on distributing funding more quickly. More than $1.3 billion of federal aid is "in the pipeline or...
  • Gore Blames Global Warming For Hurricane Sandy, Philippines Typhoon

    04/26/2014 8:44:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Truth Revolt blog ^ | April 25, 2014 | Albert Merrick
    Former Vice President Al Gore blamed global warming for the devastating natural disasters in the Philippines and northeastern U.S. in a Politico interview published Friday. The extensive interview, in which Gore calls himself a "recovering politician" and declines to rule out a Presidential run in 2016, also focuses heavily on Gore's thoughts on efforts to combat climate change. Gore said he thinks the world is nearing a "tipping point" in which there would be "shared resolve" to decrease the use of fossil fuels worldwide. He also said that, if steps are taken now, some "catastrophic" events might be avoided. But...
  • After Sandy, feds mull plan for artificial islands off New jersey, New York

    03/29/2014 8:21:02 AM PDT · by don-o · 29 replies
    AP via Fox News ^ | March 29, 2014
    SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. – A string of artificial islands off the coast of New Jersey and New York could blunt the impact of storm surges that proved so deadly during Superstorm Sandy, according to a proposal vying for attention and funding as the region continues its recovery. It's a big proposal that would cost $10 billion to $12 billion. But it's also the kind of innovative idea that federal officials requested as they consider how best to protect the heavily populated region from future storms.
  • Boom: AP Confirms Hoboken's Share of Sandy Aid 'On Par' With Other Cities

    01/25/2014 2:32:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 25, 2014 | Guy Benson
    One week ago today, we covered in detail serious allegations from the Democratic Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey against Chris Christie's administration. Dawn Zimmer claimed that two high-ranking Christie officials -- including the Lieutenant Governor -- told her that aid for her city's recovery from the storm was contingent on her approval of a building development deal favored by the governor. I discussed several curious elements of this accusation at the time, noting the Mayor's unqualified praise of Christie several months after this alleged shakedown attempt took place, and citing a local reporter to whom Zimmer had floated a different...
  • Barbara Boxer sees carbon tax in the mix ('Sandy' will be catalyst for O's climate change action)

    01/22/2013 1:34:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/22/13 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Sen. Barbara Boxer said she had a one word answer for why President Obama promised to act on climate change in his second inaugural address: “Sandy.” Boxer called Hurricane Sandy a turning point in public opinion on global warming, and said Washington will act to curb CO2 emissions not via legislation but through the Environmental Protection Agency. “My view is they have no choice but to act,” Boxer said, referring to a Supreme Court ruling that affirmed that greenhouse gasses are pollutants under the Clean Air Act. “The EPA has huge authority here.” ... “There may be a way to...
  • Long waits for aid for [hurricane] Sandy victims in NY and NJ

    01/05/2014 6:43:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 29 replies
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | 24 December 2013 | David b. Caruso, Frank Eltman
    As a second New Year since Superstorm Sandy approaches, many coastal residents are still waiting for New York, New Jersey and New York City to distribute billions of federal dollars that were intended to go directly to people struggling to rebuild their homes. Only a fraction of that money has been spent, leaving storm victims at the mercy of a frustrating maze of bureaucracy. Depending on where they live, the checks could be anywhere from days to many more months away. Congress approved a roughly $60 billion Sandy aid bill last January, setting aside a large chunk of that money...
  • Hundreds of Storm Evacuees in Hotels Face Evictions

    09/25/2013 11:19:56 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 24, 2013 | MIREYA NAVARRO
    Almost a year after Hurricane Sandy, hundreds of displaced New Yorkers living in hotels face eviction. Many of them have or are applying for federal rental subsidies, but finding affordable apartments has proved daunting. A few of those still in hotels are homeowners whose houses have not yet been repaired. But saying there is no longer money for hotel stays, lawyers for the city went to court on Tuesday trying to evict the approximately 350 remaining evacuees by Oct. 1 and steer them into homeless shelters. The lawyers said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency would end reimbursements to the...
  • Chris Christie vs. Rand Paul and the Facts

    08/06/2013 2:36:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Fact Check ^ | 08/06/2013
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie conflated statistics when he claimed Sen. Rand Paul’s “pork-barrel spending” is the reason Kentucky receives more federal funds than New Jersey for every tax dollar it sends to Washington. The figures cited by Christie are affected very little by pork-barrel spending.Moreover, Senate Republicans have imposed a voluntary ban on earmarks — otherwise known as pork-barrel spending — since the Kentucky senator took office in 2011. So Paul hasn’t brought any of the traditional pork-barrel spending to Kentucky.Paul also added some confusion to the issue when he seemed to suggest that Kentucky’s ratio was the...
  • Energy Department: Global warming made Hurricane Sandy worse

    07/12/2013 10:34:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/12/13 | Jon Terbush
    The latest evidence that climate change is already causing massive damage Extreme weather patterns spawned by global warming are a serious threat to the nation's energy infrastructure, according to a new report from the Department of Energy, and their destructive effects are already being felt nationwide. "Increasing temperatures, decreasing water availability, more intense storm events, and sea level rise will each independently, and in some cases in combination, affect the ability of the United States to produce and transmit electricity from fossil, nuclear, and existing and emerging renewable energy sources," the report states. In the most striking example, the report...
  • Subsidizing Disaster

    06/14/2013 10:41:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall. com ^ | June 14, 2013 | Mona Charen
    The New York Times is pleased with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 438-page, $20 billion plan to protect New York from the effects of future hurricanes. It notes benignly that the cost is probably an underestimate but agrees with the mayor, "Whether you believe climate change is real or not is beside the point; the bottom line is we can't run the risk." Really? Imagine the argument: "Whether you believe zombies are real or not is beside the point. ... We can't run the risk." Clearly one's willingness to undertake these sorts of preparations depends completely on whether the perceived danger is...
  • Scandal or Storm: The Making of Obama’s Legacy

    06/03/2013 7:16:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 3, 2013 | Dan Holler
    Democrats are practically pleading with President Obama to sharpen his message. After successfully raising taxes on every working American at the beginning of the year, the progressive movement has suffered one debilitating blow after another. In March, many in the media laughed when Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) declared conservatives were winning. But the rallying cry of collective action that rang throughout Obama’s second inaugural address now seems like more empty rhetoric, not an emerging reality. Still buzzed from their victory over Mitt Romney, Team Obama held the misguided belief they could convince Americans (not collectivists to begin with) that they...
  • Obama Embraces Role As Consoler In Chief To Remain Above The Fray

    05/28/2013 1:34:34 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 28,2013 | Niall Stanage
    President Obama will gain one more day of respite from the controversies that have crowded in on his administration Tuesday, as he tours the New Jersey coast to inspect the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Obama visiting Jersey Shore today

    05/28/2013 6:38:17 AM PDT · by JimRed · 43 replies
    self | 05/28/2013 | self
    Obama will be visiting the Jersey Shore at Belmar today. Rt. 71 and all roads east of 71 will be closed to traffic after 11 AM. No actual time, route or destination has been announced.
  • Gov. Christie defends his role in publicly funded TV ads

    05/18/2013 12:26:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | May 17, 2013 at 5:21 PM | Jenna Portnoy
    Gov. Chris Christie today defended his starring role in publicly funded tourism ads that Democrats say gives him an unfair advantage in the race for governor. “I’m happy and proud to have me and my family in those ads and I hope that what they do is they bring people to the Jersey Shore,” the Republican governor said at a campaign event where he got the endorsement of Burlington Mayor Jim Fazzone, a Democrat. “There’s nothing political about the ads.” The Star-Ledger was first to report that Christie, First Lady Mary Pat and their four children will appear in six...
  • Chris Christie: On Hurricane Sandy, Obama has “kept every promise he’s made”

    04/29/2013 11:19:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/29/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    It's been six month since one of the most destructive natural since Hurricane Katrina hit the eastern seaboard, and while there's been a good deal of progress on cleanup and rebuilding, there are still thousands of displaced people and closed businesses waiting for the rebuilding phase to pick up the pace: Tens of thousands of people remain homeless. Housing, business, tourism and coastal protection all remain major issues with the summer vacation — and hurricane — seasons almost here again. …By many measures, the recovery from Sandy, which struck Oct. 29, has been slow. From Maryland to New Hampshire, the...
  • 6 months after Sandy, thousands homeless in NY, NJ

    04/28/2013 9:35:24 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 29 replies
    news.yahoo.com ^ | 4/47/13 | WAYNE PARRY/ap
    Six months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey shore and New York City and pounded coastal areas of New England, the region is dealing with a slow and frustrating, yet often hopeful, recovery. Tens of thousands of people remain homeless. Housing, business, tourism and coastal protection all remain major issues with the summer vacation — and hurricane — seasons almost here again.
  • In New Jersey, spared by Sandy but paying the price in taxes

    04/11/2013 9:50:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:56am EDT | Hilary Russ
    Philip Checchia’s home in Barnegat, New Jersey, escaped undamaged from Hurricane Sandy in October, but the 67-year-old is bracing for a different kind of storm damage—higher property taxes. New Jersey home owners already pay the highest taxes in the country, with the revenues going to fund schools, police, firefighters, roads, and building projects. When the value of taxable property drops in one area, the burden often shifts to others to make up the difference. At the epicenter of the problem is Ocean County, where Checchia lives, and where miles of long, fragile barrier islands bore the brunt of the storm's...
  • Peter King to Marco Rubio: ‘Stay home’ (Politico)

    04/05/2013 4:04:26 PM PDT · by SSDecontrol · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/5/13 9:17 AM EDT | Politico
    Three months after some of his fellow Republicans voted against aid for Hurricane Sandy victims, New York Rep. Peter King is still furious, saying “nobody gave a damn” that there were “people close to dying in my district” and again calling out Florida Sen. Marco Rubio by name... “Guys like Marco Rubio in Florida and all the money your people have gotten in Florida over the years from every hurricane that comes along and this guy has the nerve to vote against money from New York, and they come up here and try to raise money,” King said. “He can...
  • Sandy-hit Shore homeowners ask: "Where is the money?"

    04/02/2013 6:22:05 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 91 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 4/1/2013 | Amy S. Rosenberg
    Underwater doesn't even begin to get at the heart of Maurice Corkery's predicament. "This was my summer home," the Delaware County plant manager said of his little rancher on Third Street in Ocean City, N.J., flooded with its foundation cracked - totalled, really - by Sandy. "I was trying to think of a time line," he said. "It's been so long. I'm so screwed up. I haven't seen any money. Where is the money? All they do is talk about it." [snip] "It seems like people who are responsible and have paid for coverage are the losers," he said. "The...
  • Squatters, Looters Overrun Sandy-Ravaged Staten Island Communities

    03/28/2013 6:43:54 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 54 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 3/27/13
    Staten Island residents already suffering from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy say they are now seeing their neighborhoods infiltrated by squatters and looters. As CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported Wednesday, when darkness sets in on Wavecrest Street in New Dorp, people say squatters make their move – crashing empty homes wrecked by the hurricane.
  • Our Real Manmade Climate Crisis

    03/04/2013 9:32:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2013 | Paul Driessen
    In his first address as Secretary of State, John Kerry said we must safeguard “the most sacred trust” we owe to our children and grandchildren: “an environment not ravaged by rising seas, deadly superstorms, devastating droughts, and the other hallmarks of a dramatically changing climate.” Even the IPCC and British Meteorological Office now recognize that average global temperatures haven’t budged in almost 17 years. No evidence suggests that sea level rise, storms, droughts or other weather and climate events or trends display any statistically significant difference from what Earth and mankind have experienced over the last 100-plus years. So Mr....
  • Sandy buyout offer: 169 on Staten Island say ye$!

    02/26/2013 2:22:18 PM PST · by Revel · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/26/13 | KATE KOWSH in New York and BETH DEFALCO in Albany
    Gov. Cuomo said yesterday that 169 of 192 residents of Staten Island’s storm devastated Oakwood Beach have taken him up on his offer to buy out their Sandy-ravaged homes. The people who live in the battered neighborhood have been enticed by a deal that will pay them 100 percent of their damaged home’s prestorm market value — plus 5 percent if the homeowners stay on Staten Island, Cuomo said. The feds will pick up 75 percent of the tab. “Let’s build back smarter than before, and let’s do it right,” Cuomo said during a visit Monday to the College of...
  • Natural hazards: New York vs the sea (Beware! There's some of the usual agw agitprop.)

    02/15/2013 1:53:18 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Nature News ^ | 13 February 2013 | Jeff Tollefson
    In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, scientists and officials are trying to protect the largest US city from future floods. Joe Leader's heart sank as he descended into the South Ferry subway station at the southern tip of Manhattan in New York. It was 8 p.m. on 29 October, and Hurricane Sandy had just made landfall some 150 kilometres south in New Jersey. As chief maintenance officer for the New York city subway system, Leader was out on patrol. He had hoped that the South Ferry station would be a refuge from the storm. Instead, he was greeted by wailing...
  • Is Chris Christie Too Fat to Be President?

    02/06/2013 6:13:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    The Week ^ | February 6, 2013 | Marc Ambinder
    I think the answer is clear: no. I also think the question deserved to be asked. My own history with obesity is here, in all its gory glory. Fat stigma is an anathema to me, and I wish that we could ignore the issue entirely. We can't. And that means that the fat of Christie's will inevitably bleed over into the zone that perpetuates stigma and stereotypes. We have to find a way to judge Christie's weight in the context of what the job of being presidential entails, and then, at the same time rigorously segregate it from any other...
  • Christie launches attack on feds' flood insurance program (MSM buries the story)

    02/06/2013 4:53:23 PM PST · by dirtboy · 11 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer / Philly.com ^ | 2/5/13 (2/6/13 print edition) | Matt Katz
    Sandy-related salvo against the Obama administration, Gov. Christie slammed the National Flood Insurance Program today, saying that the pace of its payouts to victims of Sandy has "stunk." During a news conference in this small community on the Raritan Bay that was ravaged by Sandy, Christie said that 30 percent of flood insurance claims, which are paid by the federal government, have been resolved, compared to 85 percent of homeowners' insurance claims, which are paid directly by insurance companies. "I've been as patient as I'm going to be...and now I'm going to turn my special brand of love and affection...
  • The Unconventional Ted Cruz: He's doing precisely what he promised on the campaign trail.

    02/05/2013 6:37:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/05/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    Ted Cruz (R., Texas) has been a United States senator for only 34 days, but already he is making his mark on national politics. His conspicuous presence and aggressive tone have thrilled his conservative cheerleaders, while inducing fits of rage in liberal detractors and Joe Scarborough. In the past week alone, Cruz has tangled with veteran Democratic spin-master Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Meet the Press, sent a tongue-in-cheek letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, introduced legislation to fully repeal Obamacare, and recorded “no” votes on major items, including Hurricane Sandy relief, raising the debt ceiling, filibuster reform, and...
  • Congress passes $50.5B Superstorm Sandy aid bill

    01/28/2013 5:33:26 PM PST · by haffast · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1-28-2013 | ANDREW MIGA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Three months after Superstorm Sandy ravaged coastal areas in much of the Northeast, Congress on Monday sent a $50.5 billion emergency relief measure for storm victims to President Barack Obama for his signature. "I commend Congress for giving families and businesses the help they deserve, and I will sign this bill into law as soon as it hits my desk," Obama said in a statement late Monday. Despite opposition from conservatives concerned about adding billions of dollars more to the nation's debt, the Senate cleared the long-delayed bill, 62-36, after House Republicans had stripped it earlier this...
  • $50 billion Sandy relief bill somehow passes House with just 49 Republican votes

    01/16/2013 7:32:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/16/2013 | AllahPundit
    I remember some consternation in the media a few weeks ago after Boehner split the original $60 billion relief package into two smaller bills that this meant the GOP was going to gut part of it. Absurd. Did anyone seriously believe Boehner et al. would risk more bad press by stripping out the pork after Chris Christie threw a big tantrum about how evil his own party was for even delaying the initial vote?I hereby retract my skepticism that the GOP leadership collectively has no balls. Lawmakers in the House of Representatives approved measures Tuesday to send more than $50...
  • House panel blocks most GOP attempts to trim Sandy disaster-relief bill

    01/15/2013 6:47:37 AM PST · by BradtotheBone · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/14/13 10:08 PM ET | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Republican-led House Rules Committee late Monday approved a rule for a massive Hurricane Sandy relief package that shuts out most GOP proposals to pare back the size of the bill. The main bill provides $17 billion in relief, and an amendment made in order would add another $33.7 billion, for a total of $50.7 billion. Late last week, Republicans offered amendments that would trim the bill significantly, but few of those were made "in order" by the Rules Committee on Monday. For example, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) proposed amendments that would have slashed $22 billion from the total package,...
  • HMS Bounty sinking investigated

    01/13/2013 7:02:16 AM PST · by Dartman · 26 replies
    The Weather Network ^ | Jan 13, 2013 | Daniel Martins, staff writer
    January 13, 2013 — A formal hearing is planned as part of the investigation of the sinking of tall ship HMS Bounty, in which two lives were lost. The United States Coast Guard has announced a formal hearing into the sinking of the tall ship HMS Bounty. The nine-day hearing is scheduled to begin February 12 in Portsmouth, Virginia. "The investigation will examine the facts and circumstances relating relating to the sinking of the vessel and will develop conclusions and recommendations to improve the safety and operations of similar vessels," the coast guard says. Strong winds and rain from Hurricane...
  • VANITY: Can anyone name the countries that sent aid to the United States after Hurricane Sandy?

    01/12/2013 8:04:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    VANITY | 01/12/2013
    Can anyone name the countries that sent aid to the United States after Hurricane Sandy? I am asking this because I got an e-mail from a friend that I am trying to fact check. Here it is ... ____________________________________ As you know, America is always the first country to send aid to other countries when they are in trouble. It is highly appropriate that we Americans, must now send our "THANKS" to all those countries that reciprocated our help with their disasters, misgivings, social turmoil, & poverty when they returned to the USA monetary and physical help after Hurricane Sandy...
  • Conservatives Take Aim at Pork-laden $50 Billion Sandy Aid Bill

    01/12/2013 12:01:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Saturday, 12 Jan 2013 10:24 AM | (Newsmax Wires)
    Conservatives are taking aim at the pork-laden $50.7 billion Superstorm Sandy aid package that Northeastern governors and lawmakers hope to push through the House this coming week. Too much of the aid will go to recovery efforts for past disasters and other projects unrelated to the late-October storm, they say. The bill includes $150 million for what the Commerce Department described as fisheries disasters in places as far afield as Alaska and Mississippi, and $50 million in subsidies for replanting trees on private land damaged by wildfires. … The objections have led senior House Republicans to assemble a $17 billion...
  • Democrat Hurricanes Versus Republican Hurricanes

    01/08/2013 5:25:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 8, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Just a few days after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, the New York Times' Paul Krugman crowed triumphantly about the federal government's response to the disaster. "[A]fter Katrina the government seemed to have no idea what it was doing; this time it did. And that's no accident: the federal government's ability to respond effectively to disaster always collapses when antigovernment Republicans hold the White House, and always recovers when Democrats take it back." What a fairy tale. Mature adults understand that earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters are an unfortunate fact of life. They...
  • Reid: Sandy Was Much Worse Than Katrina, You Know

    01/07/2013 3:42:29 PM PST · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Guy Benson
    Whether he's publicly recapitulating the hallucinations of an imaginary friend, or wrongly assuring the public that various government programs are "fully funded," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tends to struggle with the truth.  The recent high-octane bout of partisan wrangling over whether to pass a porked-up Sandy relief bill is finally complete, and Reid is unhappy that Congress didn't spend more money.  To emphasize his frustration, he downplayed the severity of Hurricane Katrina's destruction in order to cast Sandy as far worse -- thus indicting those who opposed even one cent of unrelated "relief" spending as uncaring, heartless bastards:  ...
  • Harry Reid: Hurricane Katrina "Nothing In Comparison" To Sandy (video)

    01/06/2013 7:25:47 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 38 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 6, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticizes Congress for not hastily appropriating federal money for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey while praising a more prompt response to Hurricane Katrina. REID: It's too bad that it's taking so long. When we had that devastating [Hurricane] Katrina, we were there within days taking care of Mississippi, Alabama, and especially Louisiana -- within days. We are now past two months with people of New York and the people of New Orleans and that area, they were hurt but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New England....
  • Obama signs bill for Sandy flood insurance claims

    01/06/2013 11:22:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 6, 12:36 PM EST
    President Barack Obama has signed into law a $9.7 billion bill to pay flood insurance claims from Superstorm Sandy. … The House has yet to act on a larger, more comprehensive Sandy aid package. Republican leaders did not bring the bill to the floor before the last session of Congress adjourned. …
  • MONUMENTAL INTERVIEW: 'We Run This Country, Not You!'

    01/04/2013 4:10:15 PM PST · by Jayster · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/4/2013 | Fox News
    Hurricane Sandy victim Scott McGrath unloaded on President Obama and Washington elites in an interview with Neil Cavuto today on "Your World." Here are some great quotes from Scott McGrath. Full Transcript to follow McGrath: 'This country is in debt. We are so eager to help other countries that we forget our own people.' 'They have to change this and cut out the pork. We can't accept it if it's gonna put us in more debt down the road.' 'A quick fix is not gonna help us....in the long run I don't want to be paying more taxes down the...
  • The Forgotten Borough (Resisting Hurricane Sandy)

    01/04/2013 8:44:22 AM PST · by OddLane · 7 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | January 4, 2013 | Gerard Perry
    Living in this city your entire life gives one the opportunity to experience things you would not normally encounter in any other part of the country. Many of these experiences are deeply unpleasant and disturbing, including periodic attempts, with varying degrees of success, by terrorists to blow up large sections of it, along with its inhabitants. Putting aside the preternatural feeling that I’m living in a very bad Michael Bay film-as if there is any other kind-there aren’t many things that occur to or in New York that shake me out of the existential torpor which stems from spending most...
  • Chris Christie was Wrong, John Boehner Right On delaying Pork-filled superstorm Sandy bill

    01/03/2013 4:45:49 PM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    A pork-barrel feast of goodies for federal agencies to fix museum roofs in D.C. and aid fisheries in Alaska, cooked up in the middle of the night, is not the way to aid hurricane victims or run a government. As if the fallout from agreeing to a bad deal that raises the debt by $4 trillion and accepts a 41-1 ratio in tax hikes to spending cuts weren't enough, Speaker of the House John Boehner has New Jersey's Chris Christie on his case. "There's only one group to blame," the New Jersey governor said of the Sandy relief bill that...
  • Schmuck Republicans: Chris Christie and Peter King

    01/03/2013 8:33:23 AM PST · by EricTheRed_VocalMinority · 23 replies
    Vocal Minority ^ | 1/3/13 | EricTheRed
    Am I the only one who notices just how smoothly and effortlessly the Democrat Party plays the American people and establishment Republican leadership?Basic timeline:Last week of October: Hurricane Sandy visited destruction upon the East Coast, most severely New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.First week of November: With the presidential election just days away, Obama lands in New Jersey to get bear hugged by Gov'r Chris Christie in order to give off a semblance of "bi-partisanship," and to secure extra votes from stupid Americans who actually thinks Obama caaaares about them. (Indeed it worked: Exit polls showed many still-undecided voters ended up pulling...
  • The Political Superstorm that Devastated New York

    12/29/2012 9:25:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2012 | Paul Driessen
    “Superstorm” Sandy killed more than 100 people, destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, and left millions without food, water, electricity, sanitation or shelter for days or even weeks. Our thoughts and prayers remain focused on its victims, many of whom are still grieving as they struggle with the storm’s wintry aftermath and try to rebuild their lives. Unfortunately, too many politicians continue to use the storm to advance agendas, deflect blame for incompetence and mistakes, and obfuscate and magnify future risks from building and development projects that they have designed, promoted, permitted and profited from. Sandy was “unprecedented,” the...
  • Sandy Victims Still Stranded As “Red Tape” Hinders Help From FEMA

    12/26/2012 10:07:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 26, 2012 | Joe Schoffstall
    Nearly two months after homes in Staten Island, NY were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, residents say they’re still struggling with red tape as they try to get the government to help. … Victims are shuffled from one desk to another for registration, an identification check, and one-on-one interviews—then referred to something called a “Mitigation Desk,” a FEMA official at a local Disaster Recovery Center explained to MRCTV. …
  • Merry Christmas, Staten Island (Toy Drive for Hurricane Sandy Families)

    12/24/2012 8:01:04 AM PST · by OddLane · 4 replies
    American Rattlesnake ^ | December 24 | Gerard Perry
    Last December, as you may remember, I went to my old neighborhood of Dyker Heights to share some of the more ostentatious seasonal displays with our readers. This year I decided to stay on the island and visit a local hair salon which was holding a toy drive for families who’ve been impacted by Hurricane Sandy, whose devastation encroached into nearly every part of Richmond County. This was an extraordinary event for a number of reasons, not the least being its rapid turnaround. To have planned and successfully executed a fully-catered party with live entertainment-including a DJ and magician-which hosted...
  • Jersey City officials 'teed off' over gift-card giveaway for Sandy victims

    12/20/2012 8:05:47 PM PST · by SMGFan · 14 replies
    An effort by a Livingston billionaire to hand out free $100 gift cards to Jersey City residents affected by Hurricane Sandy turned into a fiasco last week after some residents who spent hours on line say they were later not able to obtain the gift cards. The effort led to long lines at some community groups last Monday night as people sought to register for the cards and long lines again two days later when residents showed up to pick them up, according to residents, community leaders and organizers of the charity effort. Two City Councilwoman blasted the effort at...
  • Sandy Hook and the Second Amendment

    12/18/2012 7:26:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2012 | Susan Brown
    With emotions running high in response to the heart wrenching events that took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School December 14, many of my liberal friends and family members believe now is the perfect time for gun control legislation. As heartbreaking as it is that 20 children in Connecticut will not have the chance to open Christmas presents, celebrate birthdays, go on a first date, drive a car, graduate, get married, and have kids, there are millions of kids out there who will. And they are the reason why the rest of us need to fight for the...
  • Vanity: 12.12.12 Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert

    12/12/2012 6:17:34 PM PST · by goodwithagun · 93 replies
    I'm curious about this 12.12.12 relief concert. Why do they need financial support from private citizens? New York and New Jersey voted for a candidate that promised big government is the solution to their problems. Has the government not provided for all their needs after the hurricane destruction?
  • HURRICANE SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT AIMS FOR 2 BILLION VIEWERS WORLDWIDE

    12/12/2012 5:28:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/12/2012
    The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, The Who, Roger Waters, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Kanye West and many other artists will perform at the benefit to the Robin Hood Relief Fund and victims of Hurricane Sandy. The broadcast will be accessible by an estimated 2 billion people worldwide, according to the concert's website http://www.121212concert.org. U.S. television viewers will have a difficult time missing the event. The broadcast will be carried on 34 channels, from AMC to VH1 Classic. Even pay channels HBO and Showtime 2 and the newsy Bloomberg will carry the...
  • Obama asks Congress for $60.4 billion in Sandy aid

    12/07/2012 7:53:40 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 7, 2012 8:58 PM ET | Andrew Taylor
    President Barack Obama asked Congress Friday for $60.4 billion in federal aid for New York, New Jersey and other states hit by Superstorm Sandy in late October. It’s a disaster whose cost is rivaled only by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the 2005 Hurricane that devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Obama’s request adds a huge new to-do item to a congressional agenda already packed with controversy on how to resolve the nation's budget woes and avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. “Our nation has an obligation to assist those who suffered losses and who lack adequate resources...