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  • Government has no comprehensive plan for housing Sandy victims

    11/06/2012 6:14:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | November 6, 2012 | GOPUSA Staff / AP
    (AP) - Government leaders are turning their attention to the next crisis unfolding in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy: finding housing for potentially tens of thousands of people left homeless. The Federal Emergency Management Agency said it has already dispensed close to $200 million in emergency housing assistance and has put 34,000 people in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area up in hotels and motels. But local, state and federal officials have yet to lay out a specific, comprehensive plan for finding them long-term places to live, even as cold weather sets in. And given the scarcity and...
  • An irrational anti-gun mentality

    11/06/2012 6:07:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 5, 2012 | Masthead Editorial
    When New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg refused Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's urgent plea to bring in the National Guard to help relief efforts and prevent looting following Hurricane Sandy, the mayor told reporters: "We don't need it. The NYPD is the only people we want on the street with guns." Bloomberg's reaction was irrational, given that thousands of National Guard troops had already rescued more than 3,000 people and 200 pets from floodwaters in neighboring New Jersey. But his was an all too typical knee-jerk reaction. The same anti-gun mentality was on display at the 4th Circuit Court of...
  • 'You have to vote for Dems,' NYC poll worker tells ... GOP Senate candidate

    11/06/2012 5:34:22 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Foxnews ^ | November 06, 2012
    New York Senate candidate Wendy Long said a poll worker "studied" her ballot and told her to check boxes for Democrats. (AP)********************************************************** Not even a Senate candidate is immune from strange goings on at the polling sites. Wendy Long, the Republican candidate for Senate in New York, said she went to cast her vote Tuesday morning and got the runaround from a poll worker. Voting in the very blue New York borough of Manhattan, where voters fill out paper ballots, slip them into a “privacy sleeve” and then insert them into a scanner, Long said she had hers ripped away...
  • Unprepared New Yorkers Battle Price Gouging

    11/06/2012 5:03:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | November 6, 2012 | Sam Rolley
    Being prepared for disaster is a way of life for many American preppers, but there are also many people throughout the Nation completely unprepared for the unthinkable. Those who are unprepared become easy targets for victimization. Since Superstorm Sandy struck New York, there have been hundreds of reports of price gouging in the area as frantic city-dwellers rush about in search of basic supplies. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Monday that he was in the process of investigating more than 400 possible cases of price gouging as prices on things like gasoline, food, bottled water, generators, batteries...
  • Astoria, New York HUGE Voter Turnout, Very Long Lines!

    11/06/2012 1:20:12 PM PST · by ezfindit · 63 replies
    OrthodoxNet ^ | 11/5/2012 | OrthodoxNet
    Heard from family members in Astoria, NY. They're seeing a HUGE turnout at the polls. Wait times of 45 minutes to 1.5 hrs or more in line. These are the biggest lines they've EVER seen when voting (over 30 year span)! This is the kind of passion and enthusiasm we've seen from Romney voters, not the Obama "fear and revenge" crew. It looks like New York may be in play after all. Keep praying America, keep praying!
  • Wall Street jumps as energy gains hint at Romney victory

    11/06/2012 12:19:26 PM PST · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Nov 6, 2012 3:02pm EST | By Caroline Valetkevitch
    Stocks climbed on Tuesday as some investors bet that Republican Mitt Romney could pull off a surprise victory in the presidential vote, citing gains in defense and energy shares. Gains were fairly broad-based, but among S&P 500 sectors, energy led the market along with materials and industrial shares, all sectors that rise with the economy. Defense shares like United Technologies shot higher, raising some market speculation that Romney,, who has called for increased military spending, could be moving ahead of Democratic President Barack Obama in the vote.
  • Western Queens (NY) Report:

    11/06/2012 7:50:48 AM PST · by Larry381 · 4 replies
    Voted at 9:45 am-Longest lines I've ever seen at this polling place (probably because I normally vote at 6-7am) Election district has large population of Hispanics but something new I've noticed this time-I'm seeing a large amount of Eastern European and Irish voters-all no doubt new citizens to this area. Eastern Euros are mostly Russian and Polish. I would guess about a quarter of voters are older white voters (mostly home-owners who for whatever reason have decided to stay here-and who, for the record seem to be largely Romney voters)
  • New York state asks Washington (DC) to cover all storm costs

    11/05/2012 10:40:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:37pm EDT | Edith Honan and Susan Cornwell
    New York state on Wednesday asked the U.S. federal government to pay all the costs of cleaning up and repairing damage from massive storm Sandy that tore through the Northeast this week and crippled New York City. Governor Andrew Cuomo said he is asking fellow Democrat, President Barack Obama, to pay 100 percent of the estimated $6 billion bill, at a time that state and local government budgets remain constrained by a weak economic recovery. … New York top finance official, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, said Washington should foot the bill, because of lingering financial pressures on state and local governments...
  • (Priorities) Hurricane-Relief Guardsmen Tossed Out of Armory - for Victoria's Secret Show

    11/05/2012 7:43:18 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 28 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 5, 2012 | TARA PALMERI and DAVID K. LI
    Hurricane-relief Guardsmen tossed out of armory - for Victoria's Secret show The Victoria’s Secret show must go on — even if it means kicking out hardworking men and women in uniform. Dozens of National Guardsmen, and Army and Air Force personnel who have been sleeping at Manhattan’s Lexington Armory in between hurricane-relief shifts are being booted — to make room for Victoria’s Secret models in anticipation of Wednesday’s runway show. About 300 uniformed personnel have been bunking down at the armory at various times since Sandy hit. But their numbers will be reduced to 60 by Wednesday for the event,...
  • (Heckuva job, Bloomy) Mayor Bloomberg’s Response to Sandy Leaves Many New Yorkers Out in the Cold

    11/05/2012 7:07:30 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 45 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | Nov 5, 2012 | Harry Siegel
    Mayor Bloomberg’s Response to Sandy Leaves Many New Yorkers Out in the Cold The mayor has brilliantly stage-managed his handling of the storm, but outside the city’s affluent precincts numerous angry residents feel abandoned by his administration as days have passed and help has remained distant, writes Harry Siegel. “Are you from OEM? Or FEMA?” “No, we’re from Brooklyn.” That was the exchange when, after nearly six hours, the volunteer group I spent Sunday with finally managed to deliver supplies— flashlights, blankets, winter jackets, baby supplies, and pet food—to Staten Islanders who’d been rocked by Hurricane Sandy. On television, New...
  • Elliott Carter dies; Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer was 103

    11/05/2012 4:46:58 PM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 5, 2012 | Anne Midgette
    Elliott Carter, the Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer who fused European and American modernist traditions in seminal but formidable works, and who lived to hear ovations for music that was once thought to be anything but listener-friendly, died Nov. 5 at his home in New York City. He was 103.
  • Superstorm Sandy's victims brace for new storm

    11/05/2012 4:20:21 PM PST · by Kartographer · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | 11/5/12
    A new storm was expected to hit the New York-New Jersey region that's still shivering and cleaning up after last week's Superstorm Sandy, bringing the threat of 55 mph gusts and more beach erosion, flooding and rain by Wednesday.SNIPThe storm is currently projected to eventually pass within 50 to 100 miles of the wounded New Jersey coastline on Wednesday. The storm is expected to bring winds of up to 55 mph, coastal flooding, up to 2 inches of rain along the shore, and several inches of snow to Pennsylvania and New York. One of the biggest fears was that the...
  • Cuomo Signs Order Allowing Hurricane Victims To Vote Anywhere

    11/05/2012 2:57:24 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 36 replies ^ | Nov 5 2012 | BY Ken Lovett
    With Election Day turmoil expected because of the ongoing problems caused by Superstorm Sandy, Gov. Cuomo has signed an executive order allowing displaced voters to cast ballots at any polling site. A person would go to a polling place, sign an affidavit and fill out a ballot anonymously, Cuomo said. The vote will count for the presidential race or the U.S. Senate race. But a person’s vote won’t count if they are voting at a site that is not their home state Senate or Assembly district. “It’s fair,” he said. “You can’t vote for a race that you’re not eligible...
  • New York man crushed by giant crucifix has leg amputated

    11/05/2012 12:29:30 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 5, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    A deeply religious New York man who believes a church's giant crucifix cured his wife of cancer had his own leg amputated after the same crucifix collapsed on top of him.
  • National Dance for Obama GOTV effort draws only 12 dancers in NYC

    11/05/2012 9:50:43 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 5 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 3, 2012 | William A. Jacobson
    Today was National Dance for Obama Day, in which flash mobs were organized as part of a get out the vote effort in numerous cities. The weekend before Election Day, we’re turning up the heat and encouraging people to get out and vote with flash mobs across the country. In Manhattan, the flash mob took place at Herald Square, 34th Street and 6th Avenue in the heart of Midtown far from the chaos elsewhere in the city. Nonetheless, only about 12 dancers showed up in this GOTV effort.
  • Four Years Later, Obama Euphoria at Cornell Fades

    11/05/2012 7:44:18 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 14 replies
    As the contentious and divisive 2012 presidential campaign draws to a close, Cornell students and professors say that this year’s election has not generated nearly the same level of excitement on campus as the one in 2008. During the 2008 campaign, Cornell’s campus was “abuzz,” said Prof. Theodore Lowi, government. “There was a lot of talk, a lot of chatter, among both faculty and students, on the issues,” he said. But this year, Lowi said, he has seen far less enthusiasm about the upcoming presidential election. “Walking around campus, I’ve seen no excitement, nothing energizing. I see it as a...
  • Marathon canceled, but generators and supplies still sit unused in park

    11/05/2012 7:00:21 AM PST · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | November 5, 2012 | Antonio Antenucci, Reuven Fenton, C.J. Sullivan and Aaron Feis
    What a run-around! The city left more than a dozen generators desperately needed by cold and hungry New Yorkers who lost their homes to Hurricane Sandy still stranded in Central Park yesterday. And that’s not all — stashed near the finish line of the canceled marathon were 20 heaters, tens of thousands of Mylar “space” blankets, jackets, 106 crates of apples and peanuts, at least 14 pallets of bottled water and 22 five-gallon jugs of water. This while people who lost their homes in the Rockaways, Coney Island and Staten Island were freezing and going hungry.
  • Misery for 2.5 million STILL without power after 6 days - lawlessness, fear take over New York

    11/04/2012 8:56:52 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 128 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Saturday, November 3, 2012 | Rachel Rickard Straus and Snejana Farberov
    o Residents claim they are the 'forgotten victims' of Sandy o Also say that lack of power and law enforcement means more looting and violent crime o Those in stricken areas stockpiling weapons like kitchen knives, machetes, and bats to protect themselves o Coney Island residents say they are forced to 'scavenge for food like animals' o Power unlikely to be returned to Brooklyn, Queen's and Staten Island until sometime next week Almost one week after superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast with its ferocious force, power was still out to some 2.5 million customers due to damages, down from...
  • Lack of power, gas rationing and bitter cold next up for Sandy storm victims

    11/04/2012 6:32:55 PM PST · by markomalley · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/4/12
    Shivering victims of Superstorm Sandy went to church Sunday to pray for deliverance as cold weather settling in across the New York metropolitan region -- and another powerful storm forecast for the middle of the week -- added to their misfortunes and deepened the gloom. With overnight temperatures sinking into the 30s and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses still without electricity, New York City officials handed out blankets and urged people to go to temporary warming shelters set up during the day at senior citizen centers. At the same time, government leaders began to grapple with a daunting,...
  • The professional 'cuddler' who makes $260 a day

    11/04/2012 5:53:12 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 47 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Sunday, November 4, 2012 | Louise Boyle
    Sweet dreams: Jackie came up with the idea which has become so popular she has had to hire a second professional Spooning peacefully in a double bed, this pair could be any normal couple on a Sunday morning. But revisit the scene an hour later and Jackie Samuel will be curled up in the arms of another man. The 29-year-old is a professional cuddler. She turned to snuggling with strangers to help pay for her studies and provide for her young son. She can make $260 a day and cuddles with up to 30 men a week - including pensioners...
  • Broad Channel Crossing Must Be Rebuilt, Leaving Rockaways Without A-Train for Months or Longer

    11/04/2012 3:03:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies
    NY Observer ^ | 11/03/12 | Matt Chaban
    The damage done. (MTA/Flickr) The Broad Channel A-train crossing is at right. (Bing Maps) The Rockaways have been one of the hardest hit areas of the city following Superstorm Sandy, with lives lost, houses destroyed, crime on the streets. It has also been a remarkably resilient place, with diehard New Yorkers beginning the daunting work of rebuilding. It will be a long time before the Rockaways returns to normal, though, and it turns out that goes for subway service to the area, too.At a press briefing Thursday night, MTA chief Joe Lhota said it would be some time before A-train...
  • Devastated Rockaways residents lash out at Bloomberg during unannounced visit

    11/04/2012 2:09:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New York Post ^ | November 4, 2012 | SALLY GOLDENBERG, DAVID SEIFMAN & PEDRO OLIVEIRA JR.
    Storm-ravaged and weary Rockaways residents cornered Mayor Bloomberg yesterday to angrily demand more aid for their devastated neighborhood. “When are we gonna get some help?” blasted one desperate woman, who had to be held back by the mayor’s security detail as Bloomberg stood by with a deer-in-the-headlights look. “When are we gonna get some bleeping help?” she demanded. “There’s old ladies in my building that don’t got nothing,” lashed out a man on video caught by a NY1 reporting crew. Bloomberg’s trip to the Rockaways wasn’t announced and wouldn’t have been caught on cameras if the news crew hadn’t happened...
  • Devastated Rockaways residents lash out at Bloomberg during unannounced visit

    11/04/2012 9:23:29 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 49 replies
    <p>Storm-ravaged and weary Rockaways residents cornered Mayor Bloomberg yesterday to angrily demand more aid for their devastated neighborhood.</p> <p>“When are we gonna get some help?” blasted one desperate woman, who had to be held back by the mayor’s security detail as Bloomberg stood by with a deer-in-the-headlights look.</p>
  • What you can do, for yourself, right now (part 2)(Video of mugging)

    11/04/2012 6:56:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    JPFO ^ | 31 October, 2012 | Kirby Ferris
    The disgusting, lynch mob mentality that has arisen from the Trayvon Martin shooting case places us several notches towards race riots this summer. To the balanced observer, Zimmerman really does appear to have likely shot Martin in self defense. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and Barack Hussein Obama started babbling before all the facts were in. These collectivist droids seldom retreat from any lie ... they simply magnify it further. If George Zimmerman is acquitted the fuse will light. Remember Rodney King? If you live in an urban environment, don't be stupid. Pay attention! -------------------------cut-------------------------- EXTRA - 10/31/12 watch the...
  • Our choice for America’s future: The Daily News endorses Mitt Romney for president

    11/03/2012 11:56:37 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 71 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | 11/3/2012 | New York Daily News
    America’s heart, soul, brains and muscle — the middle- and working-class people who make this nation great — have been beset for too long by sapping economic decline. So, too, New York breadwinners and families. ~snip~ Revival of the U.S. as a land of opportunity and upward mobility is the central challenge facing the next President. The question for Americans: Who is more likely to accomplish the mission — Barack Obama or Mitt Romney? Four years ago, the Daily News endorsed Obama, seeing a historic figure whose intelligence, political skills and empathy with common folk positioned him to build on...
  • 7:30 P.M. UPDATE: Newburgh cop, 3 others stabbed at party honoring homicide victim

    11/03/2012 10:54:14 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 3 replies
    Times Herald-Record Middletown, NY ^ | 11/3/12 | Michael Novinson
    CITY OF NEWBURGH — A Newburgh cop and three others were stabbed early Saturday at a party honoring a recent homicide victim. City police said the officer was stabbed multiple times around 2:35 a.m. at a Dry Dock nightclub event honoring Justin “J-Doc” Doctor, 23, who was killed Oct. 14. The officer was trying to arrest somebody involved in a fight. The cop received a stab wound to the neck, and was treated at St. Luke’s Hospital. The officer is now in stable condition at a trauma center, police said. Some 200 friends and relatives came out to 90 Broadway...
  • In New York’s Public Housing, Fear Creeps In With the Dark

    11/03/2012 7:29:44 PM PDT · by Errant · 65 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 2, 2012 | CARA BUCKLEY and MICHAEL WILSON
    It would be dark soon at the Coney Island Houses, the fourth night without power, elevators and water. Another night of trips up and down pitch-black staircases, lighted by shaky flashlights and candles. Another night of retreating from the dark.
  • Hurricane Sandy's darker side: Looting and other crime

    11/03/2012 6:47:42 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 66 replies
    CSM via Yahoo News ^ | 11/3/12 | By Amy Lieberman
    Mr. Cooper and a few friends stood talking on his house's porch. It was about 7:45 p.m. and they were the only people around. The ocean breeze was getting colder and stronger. He held his flashlight and looked out onto the street, which was still covered with sand. “There's no lights, there's no cameras, there's no alarms, there's no nothing. It's kind of scary, you know?” he said. His neighbor, Talentin Gutierez showed a reporter a borrowed generator, worth about $2,000. His was robbed the other day. Tonight, he will sleep in his car – wrecked from water damage –...
  • Stunner: Newsday (Long Island, NY) endorses Romney

    11/03/2012 6:08:36 PM PDT · by adingdangdoo · 75 replies
    Newsday ^ | 11/3/12, 7:10 pm | Newsday
    Another Obama-supporting newspaper jumps ship...
  • VANITY KFI640AM Lots of Bodies still floating Staten, Election Year thwarts coverage - Lisa Walter

    11/03/2012 4:21:41 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 14 replies
    LIsten to KFI AM 640 The Lisa Ann Walker Show. She has family on Staten Island. KFI will offer the pdcast after the show airs. She reports lots of bodeis still being found. The news is not being reported becuase of the election and the possibiklty of another storm.
  • Davisburg trucker turned away in NYC after hauling power transformers

    11/03/2012 1:53:07 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 132 replies
    the oakland press ^ | november 3, 2012 | dave phillips
    In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it seems to be pretty clear that residents of New York City and the surrounding areas could use all the help they can get. However, a Davisburg man said some people in the area are more interested in “protecting their turf” than in distributing those supplies to the masses. Mike James, an independent trucker, said he and three other truckers were told to haul a load of transformers to the city to replace equipment anticipated to be lost in the storm. James, two men from Holly and a Flint man arrived in the city...
  • 'It's like the Wild West'

    11/03/2012 1:00:10 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 44 replies
    As lights have begun flickering on in Lower Manhattan, residents of the Rockaways in Queens continued struggling without power, heat or food for a sixth day as their neighborhood slowly descended into chaos. With little police presence on the storm-ravaged streets, many residents of the peninsula have been forced to take their protection into their own hands, arming themselves with guns, baseball bats and even bows and arrows to ward off thugs seeking to loot their homes. It has been reported that crooks have been disguising themselves as Long Island Power Authority workers and coming by homes on the peninsula...
  • Forecasters concerned about nor'easter next week

    11/03/2012 12:41:34 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 17 replies
    NJ.Com ^ | November 3, 2012 | Stephen Stirling
    The National Weather Service is becoming increasingly concerned that a “tortuously slow” nor’easter could bring high winds, coastal flooding, heavy rains and inland snow to New Jersey by mid-week, which could seriously disrupt recovery efforts in the storm-battered Garden State. The storm isn’t expected to be anywhere near the intensity of Hurricane Sandy, but could pose a larger threat because New Jersey has been left extremely vulnerable due to the damage suffered during the storm. Winds could reach 50 miles per hour during this storm, the weather service said, stalling efforts to restore power and causing additional outages. Buildings compromised...
  • U.S. Military to Deliver Fuel to New York Region

    11/03/2012 11:43:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Time ^ | Nov. 02, 2012 | Terri Pous
    Amid tense reactions to long lines and closures at metropolitan New York gas stations, federal authorities decided to request that the Defense Department deliver 24 million gallons of extra fuel to the area and lift restrictions on deliveries from foreign ships, the New York Times reported. The fuel shortage has been one of the most pronounced consequences of Superstorm Sandy. The Defense Department will hire hundreds of trucks to deliver 12 million gallons each of gasoline and diesel fuel from commercial suppliers to staging areas in New Jersey. A delivery of that size would fill about 800,000 vehicles with 15-gallon...
  • There’s more: Georgia power crew turned away from Sandy-stricken New York for refusing to join union

    11/03/2012 10:48:58 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    the daily caller ^ | november 2, 2012 | David Martosko
    A business coordinator at a power company in western Georgia told The Daily Caller Friday afternoon that workers from his electric-utility employer were not permitted to help restore power to New York consumers because they would not join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). The revelation comes on the heels of similar stories TheDC has reported about power crews from Alabama and Florida who volunteered to fix downed power lines after Hurricane Sandy left millions in the Northeastern United States in the dark this week. “We’re not a large utility, so we were only able to send up two...
  • 49,000 New Yorkers stuck in Public Housing w/o water or power.

    11/02/2012 11:03:12 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 138 replies
    BI ^ | 11/2/2012 | Mandi Woodruff
    Residents of Manhattan's 19-building, 1,191-apartment Jacob Riis projects, have been without power and water since late Monday evening, and there's been no sign of help from local government. In all, city officials estimate some 49,000 public housing residents have been stranded by the storm, left without the resources to escape or find alternative lodging. When Getty photographer Mario Tama ventured inside, he found residents huddled in living rooms lit by solitary candles and gas stoves running constantly for heat. Here are a few images from Tama's visit on Thursday: The Jacob Riis project is located on farmost edge of the...
  • Bloomberg: The National Guard in Coney is a bad idea (because they are armed)

    11/03/2012 10:14:13 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 47 replies
    Mayor Bloomberg has snubbed Borough President Markowitz’s impassioned plea to bring the National Guard to Hurricane Sandy-scarred Brooklyn — arguing that approving the Beep’s request would be a waste of federal manpower and turn the borough into a police state. “We don’t need it,” Mayor Bloomberg said on Wednesday during a press update on the city’s ongoing Hurricane Sandy cleanup. “The NYPD is the only people we want on the street with guns.” Markowitz demanded the National Guard’s help just an hour before Bloomberg’s press conference, claiming that the NYPD and FDNY are “brave — but overwhelmed” by all the...
  • Obama Hit By Storm Backlash

    11/03/2012 10:16:09 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 80 replies ^ | November 3, 2012 | Dick Morris
    Natural disasters usually follow the same political trajectory: First the incumbent experiences a bounce as he tours the impacted area, shows his concern, and pledges help to his beleaguered constituents. But then reality sets in and the shortages, delays, mishaps, deaths, and devastation becomes apparent and people turn against the incumbent. George W. Bush had his Katrina. And now Barack Obama has his Sandy. Last week, Obama asserted a kind of ownership of the storm by touring New Jersey in the now infamous embrace of Republican stalwart Governor Chris Christie. Now that we are all appalled by the lack of...
  • Sandy's Lesson

    11/03/2012 4:10:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | November 3, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    Here's the big lesson from mega-storm Sandy: Mother Nature sneers at high tech, mocks modern convenience and couldn't care less about what kind of person you are. She will smack you if she wants to. As we have become addicted to machines, many of us have forgotten about nature. We must have gizmos. Sandy laughed and took them away. Power, gone. Internet, dark. Cellphones, not happening. Even your landline phone, not available, because "all circuits are busy." Suddenly, it's 1850 with one exception: battery-operated flashlights and radios. So what is the lesson here? Actually, there are a few. First: No...
  • NYS Board Of Elections: It’s Possible Voting May Be Permitted Beyond Tuesday

    11/03/2012 7:30:28 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 28 replies
    New York state law allows for an extra day of voting if turnout is drastically suppressed because of a natural disaster like Superstorm Sandy. That could potentially postpone state, congressional and even presidential election results beyond Tuesday’s Election Day. State Board of Elections spokesman John Conklin confirmed Friday that the law permits election commissioners to create a second day of voting if the turnout in any county is less than 25 percent of the total number of registered voters...
  • Department of Defense setting up free, emergency gas stations in NYC metro area

    11/03/2012 9:41:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 114 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/3/12 | AP
    Gov. Cuomo says the Department of Defense will set up emergency mobile fuel stations at five locations around the New York City metro area. Free gasoline will be distributed, with a 10-gallon per-person limit, Cuomo announced at a briefing today.
  • Jeb Bush believes Texas will be “blue” by 2016

    11/03/2012 9:14:19 AM PDT · by WilliamIII · 88 replies
    NBC Latino ^ | Oct 16 2012 | Patricia Diez
    A lot can change in just four years. For former Florida Governor Jeb Bush a four-year timetable is enough for a significant shift for the Republican party. He tells Joe Hagan of New York magazine: “It’s a math question. Four years from now, Texas is going to be a so-called blue state. Imagine Texas as a blue state, how hard it would be to carry the presidency or gain control of the Senate.” Hagan starts the article for New York magazine with this idea that Texas’ rapidly changing demographic will unfavorably affect the Republican party. He writes: “Sitting down across...
  • Democrats Tap Radical Islamists for Cash

    11/02/2012 10:11:54 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    Right Side News ^ | Nov. 2, 2012 | Steven Emerson and John Rossomando
    The Investigative Project on Terrorism has learned that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Democratic Party fundraiser with leaders of Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood front groups in May of this year. The invitation-only fundraiser was sponsored by Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; Andre Carson, D-Ind.; and Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and took place on the evening of May 16, 2012, at the W Hotel in Washington D.C. In attendance were about 20 members of a Syrian dissident group and 10 officials representing Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas front groups. Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)...
  • Queens residents arm themselves in the post-storm blackout from looters

    11/03/2012 7:08:10 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 114 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/2/12 | Clare Trapasso , Mark Morales AND Corky Siemaszko
    Ever since Sandy strafed the Queens peninsula and tore up the boardwalk, it’s become an often lawless place where cops are even scarcer than electrical power and food. Locals say they are arming themselves with guns, baseball bats, booby traps — even a bow and arrow — to defend against looters. Thugs have been masquerading as Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) workers, knocking on doors in the dead of night. But locals say the real workers have been nowhere in sight, causing at least one elected official — who fears a descent into anarchy if help doesn’t arrive soon —...
  • Power returns to lower Manhattan, but many waiting

    11/03/2012 6:29:36 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 66 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/3/12 | Emily Flitter and Michelle Nichols
    The power restoration came as gasoline supplies headed to coastal zones devastated by the record storm surge and to motorists whose patience has been tested by gasoline rationing during the painstaking effort to rebuild. With the U.S. presidential election just three days away, about 3 million homes and business remained without power in a region choked with storm debris and long gas lines reminiscent of the 1970s-era U.S. fuel shortage. Angry storm victims wondered when their lives would return to normal.
  • As cold snap looms, Sandy sets NY up for a new fuel crisis

    11/03/2012 5:53:58 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 12 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11/3/12 | Joshua Schneyer and Edward McAllister
    Northeast residents lucky enough to have a roof after Hurricane Sandy struck now face a new problem: a heating oil shortage and widespread power outages mean some homes may go cold as the weather turns wintry. A cold snap in the New York City area - with daily low temperatures set to drop into the upper 30s Fahrenheit (2-4 degrees Celsius) early next week - is raising concerns that residents of the storm-stricken areas of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut could be left without heat as they recover from one of the worst storms in U.S. history. Some New...
  • Union halting power repair crews is top Democratic donor

    11/03/2012 2:45:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/02/12 | Paul Bedard
    Union halting power repair crews is top Democratic donorPaul Bedard - Washington Secrets November 2, 2012 | 12:36 pm The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, cited in news reports for halting nonunion repair crews from helping to restore power in superstorm Sandy's New Jersey-New York path, is one of nation's top union donors to Democrats, a group President Obama last year praised in a visit to an IBEW training Center. The Center for Responsive Politics, a public political spending watchdog, said IBEW has the nation's fifth highest spending political action committee, doling out nearly $2.3 million, 97 percent of which...
  • Final stretch for Hayworth, Maloney

    11/02/2012 9:58:58 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 3 replies
    Times Herald-Record Middletown, NY ^ | 11/2/12 | Chris Mckenna
    It's down to the final days of a big-spending, combative race between Rep. Nan Hayworth and Democratic challenger Sean Patrick Maloney, each courting voters in a redrawn district by portraying themselves as moderate and bipartisan and their opponents as extreme or untrustworthy. Hayworth, a Westchester County Republican who unseated John Hall two years ago in another hard-fought race, has spent much of the campaign on the defensive, fending off Maloney's portrayal of her as a tea party extremist bent on replacing Medicare with a voucher program, cutting off aid to Planned Parenthood and lowering taxes for the wealthy. But her...
  • Shocking HuffPo Headline: 'Anger Grows In Outer NY Boroughs, NJ Over Sluggish Response To Sandy'

    11/02/2012 7:06:30 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 53 replies
    With just four days to go before the elections, and Obama's media doing everything within their power to ignore the subject of Benghazi, Libya, you would think they'd also be turning a blind eye to disaster relief problems in areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. That's why I was shocked to see this headline at the Huffington Post a few hours ago: "Anger Grows In Outer NY Boroughs, NJ Over Sluggish Response To Sandy." As you can see, the top of the Post's front page listed article after article of bad news from the region. Not what you would expect...
  • Storm is forcing NYC's Board of Elections to relocate 80 polling places, but not clear which ones

    11/02/2012 8:39:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | November 2, 2012 | by Tina Moore
    The city’s problem-plagued Board of Elections needs to relocate some 80 polling places because of Hurricane Sandy – but isn’t saying which ones. “We’ve asked for lists of where they think they’re going to have problems,” Mayor Bloomberg said Friday. “They’ve yet to come up with those lists.” With the presidential election coming Tuesday, the board needs to scramble for supplies such as tents and generators – and should ask the city for help, said City Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan).