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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Now she's gone, and I don't worry

The hurricane has passed through New York and vicinity, and already the talking heads on the telly are talking about it in the past tense. The sun's back out at the Jersey Shore. But there's all sorts of flooding to deal with, a lot of property has been damaged, and a dozen or so people have lost their lives. It's a wicked mess, but it could have been worse.

Now they're interviewing Michael Chertoff, who when it came to disaster response proved to be a great lawyer. That's got to be the clown being brought out to end the show.

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ABC reported that Governor Christie said a New Jersey fire fighter has died during a rescue, but I see other sources saying he's still alive in an ICU.
Hopefully, the latter is true.

If Chertoff is Bozo himself, then who is the infamous "Heck of a job, Browine"?

MSNBC interviewed Ray Nagin to get his guidance on how to properly deal with a hurricane. Priceless.

A friend back east writes, "I had to evacuate my TV room -- couldn't take any more of Al Roker telling me how hard the rain was falling and wind was blowing from the boardwalk somewhere in the center of the storm at 2 o'clock this morning."

Thanks for the Roker laugh, Jack. Much deserved.

"'This is not over,' President Barack Obama said from the Rose Garden."


I'm all for being critical of the government for its response to any number of things, but just look at a picture of this storm taken from space. I mean you could see the curvature of the earth in those pictures. This storm was massive.
I don't fault anybody for "overreacting." Sometimes you prepare for the worst and get off easy.

Still far from over in New England:

"'It's going to take time to recover from a storm of this magnitude,' President Barack Obama told reporters. 'The effects are still being felt across much of the country, including in New England and states like Vermont where there's been an enormous amount of flooding. ... I'm going to make sure that FEMA (federal emergency management) and other agencies are doing everything in their power to help people on the ground.'"

"At least one of Vermont's historic covered bridges was washed away as Irene's rains sent rivers spilling over their banks, and 50,000 people were without power, officials said on Monday. Governor Peter Shumlin called the flooding catastrophic and several people had to be rescued."

Meanwhile, Ron Paul, on the campaign circuit in Gilford NH, insists:

"There's no magic about FEMA. They're a great contribution to deficit financing and quite frankly they don't have a penny in the bank. We should be coordinated but coordinated voluntarily with the states," Paul told NBC News. "A state can decide. We don't need somebody in Washington."

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