Rand Paul hits Chris Christie for
criticizing NRA ad, grandstanding on Sandy relief bill
” I’m intrigued and oddly impressed at how obviously Paul’s maneuvering for 2016. First
the trip to Israel, then the bill to nullify any executive actions taken by Obama on guns, now this double-barreled shot at grassroots
conservatives’ new bete noire. One of the things about the elder Paul that some people loved and others found off-putting was that he never seemed terribly interested in ingratiating himself with
mainstream conservatives. If you’re a fan, maybe you took that as proof of principle, that he was above gladhanding political nonsense towards people foolish enough
not to embrace libertarianism
wholeheartedly. If you aren’t, you took it as evidence that he disdained the rank-and- file Republicans whose votes he’d need to win and wasn’t willing to bend towards some of their concerns. It’s an open question how similar Ron and Rand are on policy , but from a pure retail standpoint,
Rand seems way more willing to play to the wider GOP base. The clearest example to date was him endorsing Romney last year
while Ron predictably refused. But dumpingon a guy who’s irritated everyone to the right of “Morning Joe” lately is another small yet effective way to do it: “
” “I have a wreath on my hotel room window,” said Stout. “It stinks. You just can’t go home. I feel like I’m on a road trip in my own neighborhood. It’s not like I have a tree up with lights.”
“It’s very different from what we’re used to,” said Vinny Accetta, a Midland Beach, Staten Island resident. He, his wife, and twin 2 ½ year olds are living with in-laws. “We usually do Christmas Day at our house,” he said. But that is not possible as his home has been flooded out.
“We’re not doing what we usually do. We don’t have our own tree or decorations, we feel out of sorts,” Accetta said. “If it weren’t for the kids, we would not be celebrating.”
The upheaval is compounded by FEMA’s ineffective response. Those insured by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), administered by FEMA, cannot rebuild their lives until they hear from the government how much they will be receiving. “
FEMA to the rescue … what would we do without our government saviors ?
” Gerritsen Beach Sandy Relief is continuing to care for its own in the Brooklyn borough after some 10,000 of its residents’ homes were flooded by sewer and sea water. Their call for people to loan its residents motor homes continues after being denied trailers by FEMA.
The wish list posted on Amazon a week before Christmas for the residents lists not video games or toys but bleach, paper towels, gloves, hot chocolate, 2x4s, and canned food like Spam and Chef Boyardee. “
Mary Katharine Ham on Hurricane Sandy and FEMA’s Lame Performance
“ It took days for FEMA to hit the ground in hard-hit parts of NYC. More than a week after the storm, FEMA representatives were just getting on the ground and opening
temporary offices in New Jersey. When a nor’easter blew in, several of their offices shut down because of— wait for it— severe weather.
An army of FEMA volunteers is now housed in the USTS Kennedy near Staten Island, a 540-foot training ship .
They are well-meaning, no doubt, and yet the State Island FEMA office was one of those closed for inclement weather last
week, in one of the hardest hit parts of the city.
Citizen groups stepped in:
” Victims of an unforgiving one-two punch from superstorm Sandy and a nor’easter that both hit New York’s Staten Island say FEMA has forgotten them…
Punch-drunk residents’ ire is also aimed at the city — which is going door-to-door to order people out of their homes — at the American Red Cross, which some say has not done enough and at police and firefighters.One group of residents, calling themselves the “Brown Cross,” is patrolling the devastated streets,armed with walkie-talkies, and helping residents clear debris and pump water from their flooded homes.
“We’ve done more for our community than FEMA, the Red Cross and the National Guard combined … “
As usual , waiting for the authorities to rescue you is a sure-fire path to misery and even death .
” This aerial photo shows burned-out homes in the Breezy Point section of the Queens borough New York after a fire on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. The tiny beachfront neighborhood told to evacuate before Sandy hit New York burned down as it was inundated by floodwaters, transforming a quaint corner of the Rockaways into a smoke-filled debris field. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) “
“Aerial views shows the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the New Jersey coast taken during a search and rescue mission by 1-150 Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey Army National Guard on October 30, 2012. REUTERS/Mark C. Olsen/U.S. Air Force/Handout “
” Utility crews from several states East of the Mississippi River hit the road this week to volunteer their time and talents in Northeastern states hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. But crews from Alabama got the shock of their lives when other workers in a coastal New Jersey town told them they couldn’t lend a hand without a union card.
Derrick Moore, who works for Decatur Utilities in Decatur, Ala., told WAFF-TV in Huntsville that crews in Seaside Heights, N.J. turned him and his crewmates away, saying they couldn’t do any work there because they’re not union employees.”
” Hurricane Sandy rolled up the east coast and hit Block island hard, with pounding surf and strong hurricane force winds downing trees and destroying parts of Corn Neck Rd., Old Harbor and the State Beach House.
Tuesday, Oct. 30 3:15pm: Governor Lincoln Chafee, Lt. Gov Elizabeth Roberts, Department of Environmental Management director Janet Coit and US senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse have just left the island after touring to inspect storm damage.”