Stay Safe!

As Hurricane Sandy gets ready to make landfall, we want to offer our prayers to all of those in harm’s way, whoever you might be.

Seek higher ground, preferably out of the danger zone entirely, don’t be idiots and think you can “ride this one out” (there are no merit badges for terminal stupidity), hunker down and wait for it to pass.

We can, and will, deal with cleaning up the mess later, but that’s not going to be of much use to you or your loved ones if cleaning up the mess includes dragging your remains from the ruins.

Hopefully it won’t be as bad, it wouldn’t be the first time that the media went into mass hysteria over something that turned out to be nothing but a bit of heavy rain and high winds, but this is one of those very few cases where His Majesty actually agrees with our fear pr0n addicted media, although it’s almost certainly not for the same reasons as the ones they have.

If all of those of us who were alarmist turn out to have been a bunch of hysterical ninnies who made you leave home and hearth for no good reason, then you’ve certainly earned the right to laugh at us derisively from your shelters outside the danger zone. We have no problem with that and, by the way, enjoy the laugh.

We’ll take that any day over having to regret for the rest of our lives that we didn’t do enough to get you out of there if it turns out to be a worst case scenario.

Stay safe, be well, and may G-d protect you.

Thatisall.

48 comments

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    Just Another Random Nut, GLOR growls and barks:

    So far, so good here in Fort Meade, MD, Sire. High ground? Check. Out of range of trees (home and car)? Check. Water, batteries, ice, and nonperishable food? Check. Backup for the sump pump? Not perfect, but it’ll have to do. Full charge and new books on the Kindle? Check. Kitty food / litter / carriers if I have to evacuate (unlikely)? Check.

    One question for our legal eagles – my neighbors did not secure their kids’ bicycles and they’re left loose on the deck next door. If the bitch launches one of them into my house and damages it, can I hold them liable for the damage?

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    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    Ready in NH. At least the final remains of the Obama rally will be washed away. :em01:
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    watchyerlane growls and barks:

    Thank you, my Liege but we will be fine. I am at Ground Zero of this storm (Toms River NJ) and it isn’t that bad. We live right on the Barnegat Bay and we are going to ride it out. National Hurricane Center forecasts for less than 6 feet of storm surge and I need roughly 8 feet to get my living room wet. The wind I am watching but not too concerned about seeing how my tracking charts show it making landfall about 85 miles to our south (Cape May NJ).
    I have been joking that the track proves conclusively that Obama is using the Hurricane Guidance System to steer the hurricane into Pennsylvania so he can fly Air Force One in their to hand out free federal goodies to buy the election.
    I will post here throughout the day with ringside seat footage of what I have mockingly termed “DEATHSTORM 2012 – NO ONE SURVIVES”.
    I just hate that the media thrives on scaring people.

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    LC_Salgak growls and barks:

    Here in the Shenandoah Valley, it doesn’t look too bad. 2-6 inches of rain forecast, winds to 40 with gusts to 55, ramping up any time now, and we’re 30-40 miles EAST of the expected snowbelt. Everything’s charged, generator and two 5-gallon tanks of gas in the garage, waiting to set up outside when/if we lose power. Plenty of food. 40 gallons of drinking water..

    We’re good. (and considering we’re ~200 feet higher than the level of the shallow lake that divides our subdivision from the next one. . . . if WE get flooded out, we’re ALL in a world of hurt. . . . :em05: )

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    NR Pax growls and barks:

    Chiming in from the People’s Republic of MD as well. Bought a lot of water on Friday, pet food and crates are within easy access and we’re doing OK. Not going to try to be noble if an evac order is called; Just load the Forester, get to safety and deal with insurance later.

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    Just Another Random Nut, GLOR growls and barks:

    Also, can anyone confirm that the Romney / Ryan campaign has called off the campaign (including ads and fundraisers) in states hit by Sandy and are instead loading the buses with humanitarian supplies? If that’s true, how you view it depends on your level of cynicism.

    If you’re cynical, these are staunch blue states, and he’s got virtually no chance here, but a personal act of charity sticks in people’s minds. Smart campaign move. He might just sway a few people.

    If you aren’t, it’s the right thing to do – people over politics. This is the move of a genuinely good guy.

    Thoughts?

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    single stack growls and barks:

    Just Another Random Nut, GLOR @ #: 6

    I’ve seen reports this is indeed the case. Romney’s history of generosity and help to those in trouble shows that it’s fully consonant with his character and is not being done as a campaign ploy.

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    I feel so damn helpless. If I lived a few hundred miles inland from the east coast I’d be inviting Rotties to come stay a spell. Guys, if any of you folks back there need anything when this is said and done…we are here. My prayers and wishes the immense power of a planet is held in abeyance. Stay safe, you and yours. I am watching this closely…

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    Just Another Random Nut, GLOR growls and barks:

    And while you’re at it, raise a warm one for the Old Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They have not left their post since 1937, and this time is no different.

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    single stack growls and barks:

    watchyerlane @ #: 3

    I’ve lived in Florida and the along the northern Gulf of Mexico all my life. I’ve ridden out, and gotten out of the way of, several hurricanes. I’ve lost property and seen friends and family lose everything to them. A friend and his entire family died riding out Katrina.
    I worked on recovery operations after Katrina and saw devastation that was unimaginable before the storm. You are about to experience something similar.
    After looking at a map of New Jersey, I have to warn you that your decision to ride it out is extremely foolish. You are in the worst possible location if the storm makes landfall anywhere near its predicted location. The northeast quadrant (your location) is where the worst of the storm occurs. An 8 foot elevation with a 6 foot surge forecast is not safe. The waves on top of the surge are what turns buildings into debris. The onshore wind is going to funnel water right up Barnegat Bay. Expect flooding higher than the surge in the eye.

    IF IT’S NOT TOO LATE GET OUT NOW!

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    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    Well, my company is based in Baltimore. (Although I’m in NH) The boss just told everyone who came in to be out of there by 12pm at the latest and go home.

    I asked if that included me. There were many chuckles. (I work from home now)
    :em05:
    My Brother inLaw is at his company down the street and they’ve all be sent home. He has to shut down a few hundred servers and then I’m going to pick him up and take him home. (My sister is freaking out)
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    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    single stack @ #:

    IF IT’S NOT TOO LATE GET OUT NOW!

    I’m on high ground and my old tree came down in last years snow storm.

    I also just saw how Romney has at least one campaign bus being readied to render aid if needed
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    single stack growls and barks:

    angrywebmaster @ #: 12

    My warning is directed at watchyerlane. The map shows he’s in one of the worst possible places to be in this storm.
    Anyone in a place with an evacuation order or even just a recommendation should heed the warning.
    If you stay and try to ride it out rescue or evacuation will be impossible about the time you realize you fucked up.
    Here in Mississippi we learned the hard way to listen when we’re told to get out.

    Update: Landfall is expected at Atlantic City, NJ, which is already under water. Landfall will occur during high tide tonight which is forecast to be as much as 20% higher than normal due to the full moon. A surge of 6 – 11 feet is expected in Long Island Sound and New York harbor.

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    I don’t screw around with nature, toe to toe, she wins, I lose. Once destruction begins it escalates, weakened structures come down or are washed away, The power of the ocean is never to be underestimated. I learned that on board ship. Beware of airborne debris, a piece of sheetmetal can decapitate easily. Tree limbs break necks, or smash cars or people.
    I don’t screw around, stay inside, got everything I need for such a contengency and much more. I’ve been through some bad ass thunderstorms, both in the mid west and northern Australia….and I was awed by both. Please err on the side of caution.

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    Here’s an update.

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    FrankOK growls and barks:

    I’m left wondering how much easier (or harder) this storm will make the ongoing election fraud.

    :em08:
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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    FROM BLACKFIVE

    Having a back and forth with a former legendary Delta operator. Here is the gist of what he is implying:
    The news is breaking today but there is a small bit that is being overlooked. According to the statements from Fox News:

    The security officer had a laser on the target that was firing and repeatedly requested back-up support from a Specter gunship, which is commonly used by U.S. Special Operations forces to provide support to Special Operations teams on the ground involved in intense firefights. The fighting at the CIA annex went on for more than four hours — enough time for any planes based in Sigonella Air base, just 480 miles away, to arrive. Fox News has also learned that two separate Tier One Special operations forces were told to wait, among them Delta Force operators.

    Everyone is reporting this but they are missing a key point. From the retired Delta operator:

    Having spent a good bit of time nursing a GLD (ground Laser Designator) in several garden spots around the world, something from the report jumped out at me.

    One of the former SEALs was actively painting the target. That means that Specter WAS ON STATION! Probably an AC130U. A ground laser designator is not a briefing pointer laser. You do not “paint” a target until the weapons system/designator is synched; which means that the AC130 was on station.

    Only two places could have called off the attack at that point; the WH situation command (based on POTUS direction) or AFRICOM commander based on information directly from the target area.

    If the AC130 never left Sigonella (as Penetta says) that means that the Predator that was filming the whole thing was armed.

    If that SEAL was actively “painting” a target; something was on station to engage! And the decision to stand down goes directly to POTUS!

    This is far bigger than Watergate.

    The second worst feeling in the world has to be the platform crew being desperately asked for help, given a clear target and then having to stand down and watch your fellow Americans die.

    The worst has to be the team on the ground knowing that the President just left you to die.

    Update: Even with two Predators on station, one unarmed and filming and one armed, the call to stand down comes from the same sources. Earlier today, Bob Owens at PJ Media posts about the responsibility of the order to call off the mission as well as some good info about the AC130s on station.

    Update 2: From Adam Baldwin and many of you, here is an audio interview between Rush Limbaugh and a caller identifying as a retired SF Lieutenant Colonel and Special Operations planner for 15 years.

    From The Right Scoop:

    Update 3: Jeff Emanuel thinks that we might be jumping to conclusions and that Jennifer Griffin at FoxNews might have misreported a statement about active laser on a target. I highly respect Jeff and Jennifer. And either could be correct right now. Hopefully, we’ll get some clarification.

    Update 4: From quoted retired Delta operator, “Jeff is correct (about lasing without air asset) but the only reason you would do that is to determine a specific grid for indirect fire which the SEAL did not have available. You are in an active firefight against mortars and MGs; there is only one reason to cease returning fire and paint a target and it ain’t because you thought it was a good time to pull a PMCS on your fucking GLD.”

    Update 5: The only way I buy that the former SEAL was lasing the target without an active asset to synch to and destroy the target…maybe, just maybe, it was a last stand move. Maybe he did that to give the inbounds a target if he didn’t make it…

    Update 6 (updated twice): Another (very very trusted) source is saying that the AC130 Marine resources were in the middle of a rotation and that the new Marine resources weren’t ready yet so no help would come from Sigonella. So that confirms Panetta’s statement.

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    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    Just Another Random Nut, GLOR @ #:

    One question for our legal eagles – my neighbors did not secure their kids’ bicycles and they’re left loose on the deck next door. If the bitch launches one of them into my house and damages it, can I hold them liable for the damage?

    Maybe. Storms are generally considered “acts of god,” which would negate liability, but – it is a foreseeable risk, with high probability of damage, and minimal effort requiired to prevent it, so you can at least make a good case for liability for negligence.

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    LC HJ Caveman82952 growls and barks:

    Keep the bike…if you get both find a wheel, axles and make a trike out of it with a box.

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    readerjp growls and barks:

    I’m writing this as the winds and sheets of rain are pounding my windows on the 25th Floor, here in NYC – parts of which were already flooded and under mandatory evacuation orders. They’ve shut down the entire transit system and told everyone to go home. Except some city employees who had to go to work. Mayor Bloomberg was asked why they had to go to work and risk their lives, and he passed the buck by saying it was up to department heads to make the decision.

    I am truly hoping that the electricity won’t go, because I will be bored out of my skull – assuming I don’t have to climb down 25 floors.

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    LC Gregory growls and barks:

    I’m riding it out at Momma’s house – fortunately on top of a hill in Fairfax County just inside the (shudder) DC Beltway.

    I have certain rules in life. 2.) Don’t pick a fight with a guy from West Virginia. He WILL shoot you. 1.) Do NOT Mess with a damn Hurricane! These things are Nature’s Vacuum Cleaner, designed to wipe away traditional human settlements. Power has thus far stayed on. God Is Good.

    Rotties, thanks, as always, for the support. Caveman,

    I feel so damn helpless. If I lived a few hundred miles inland from the east coast I’d be inviting Rotties to come stay a spell. Guys, if any of you folks back there need anything when this is said and done…we are here. My prayers and wishes the immense power of a planet is held in abeyance. Stay safe, you and yours. I am watching this closely…

    We know how you feel, brother. Thanks for the prayers – got me in better hands than Allstate, that’s for damn sure. And while we’re okay here, I sure wouldn’t mind hanging with ya for a while. You share a couch, I’ll bring some good Scotch or Virginia Whiskey. ;-)

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    dcs2244 growls and barks:

    Fear and loathing in the Soviet Commonwealth of Massachusetts; His Excellency the Governor declared an “EMERGENCY”…we were on storm duty for the day. Nothing happened…but if it did, state agencies had special logging procedures to account for everything “Sandy” related. So we could get our “rightful” piece of the pending federal disaster aid. This way the feds will know how much to borrow from the chinese….

    :em01:

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    angrywebmaster growls and barks:

    I’m in New Hampshire and at least this storm is blowing away the few Obama signs left from this weekends annoyance. The power is on and I expect it to stay up. I’m right between two hospitals on the main line. I’ve never had the power go out for more than an hour.

    The house is shaking nicely though. I had enough of that with the quake a couple of weeks ago. :em07:
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    LC hilljohnny growls and barks:

    i wonder how massive power outages would affect the up coming election. if there are enough roads blocked by downed trees and powerlines would Obama have the excuse to put off the election until he could be sure of getting all of his people to the polls?

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    JakeTheSnake growls and barks:

    OT but I know you guys will love this:

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/10/obama-accepts-osama-bin-laden-donations

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    Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan growls and barks:

    Well we’re on generator power here in central PA, it’s getting pretty sporty out there. If it looks like this here…… my prayers go out to anyone on the coast.

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    single stack growls and barks:

    LC hilljohnny @ #: 24

    The President has no authority to cancel, postpone, or delay an election.
    That power is in Congress or the states.

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    LC hilljohnny growls and barks:

    single stack says:

    The President has no authority

    this hasn’t stopped him before.

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    single stack growls and barks:

    LC hilljohnny @ #: 28

    If he tried to delay the election do you think he’d get away with it? I don’t.

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    single stack growls and barks:

    Prayers for watchyerlane. From his post at 8 this morning (# 3) it’s obvious he has (now had) no experience with hurricanes and no idea what was about to hit him. Fortunately it’s not a very powerful hurricane, the wide area and media hype notwithstanding, but it’s still dangerous.

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    LC Grammar Czar, G.L.O.R. growls and barks:

    single stack says:

    If he tried to delay the election do you think he’d get away with it? I don’t.

    Since a good portion of the US is under siege by the ‘cane, couldn’t he just declare martial law? That supersedes the constitution.
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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    America voted in 2008 to prove that we are not racist, now we must vote in 2012 to prove we are not stupid.

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    single stack growls and barks:

    LC Grammar Czar, G.L.O.R. @ #: 31

    No.
    Posse Comitatus is in his way. The feds can’t come into a state without being invited by the governor. That’s why there was a delay in federal assistance in New Orleans after Katrina. Governor Blankstare didn’t authorize federal entry for several days after the storm. Here in Mississippi our governor got the disaster declaration and made the invite before the storm hit so we got immediate assistance.
    I don’t think any governors are going to let Obungles take over their states so he can delay an election.

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    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    Can people start smiting the reporters who use the word “unprecedented” in connection with the storm? Atlantic storms are totally unheard of, I know; but even allowing for that, a Cat I isn’t exactly a unique event, and 70 mph winds really aren’t even remotely impressive for a hurricane.

    Yes, it is damaging and hard on people in the area of impact, but if you have to get hit with a hurricane, a Cat I is as good as it gets.

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Fa Cube Itches says:

    Maybe. Storms are generally considered “acts of god,” which would negate liability, but – it is a foreseeable risk, with high probability of damage, and minimal effort requiired to prevent it, so you can at least make a good case for liability for negligence.

    Also, if it’s an “act of G-d” and you have home insurance, that will cover it. The liability issue will be for your insurance company and him to sort out. Either way, you’ll be blameless as you did nothing wrong.
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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    LC Gregory says:

    We know how you feel, brother. Thanks for the prayers – got me in better hands than Allstate, that’s for damn sure. And while we’re okay here, I sure wouldn’t mind hanging with ya for a while. You share a couch, I’ll bring some good Scotch or Virginia Whiskey. ;-)

    Goes for all of us, I know. We have a great support network here and we’ll do whatever we can. And if that’s not enough, you have tons of places all over the country where you and your loved ones can crash until insurance, gummint, who the fuck knows get their shit sorted out. :)
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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Fa Cube Itches says:

    Yes, it is damaging and hard on people in the area of impact, but if you have to get hit with a hurricane, a Cat I is as good as it gets.

    As has been said: Watching the North East prepare for a Tropical Storm is like watching us here in Texas prepare for three inches of snow. :)

    If you haven’t ever dealt with it, you’re going to be in for a big surprise. Florida wouldn’t even blink at the approach of a wet fart like Sandy, Texans hardly even shrug when a tornado warning is in the neighborhood and Californians don’t consider a quake below 5 anything but a cocktail shaker. When people who haven’t ever seen anything like that encounter it, shit happens.

    Personal experience: I don’t ever go driving when we have our annual quarter inch of snow in Texas. Not because I don’t know how to handle it, where I grew up anything less than three feet was a “dusting”, but because nobody ELSE does. And when we were hit with two quakes that barely registered on the Richter scale this year, something that no self-respecting Californian would even wake up as a result of, I freaked the fuck out because, fuck, the earth was MOVING. It’s not supposed to, right? And at the same time I’ll calmly tell my family to just get inside and cover up in the hallway bathroom if we have a tornado touching down and the sirens are going off.

    What you’re used to won’t kill ya. It’s the stuff you’re NOT used to.
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    NR Pax growls and barks:

    Good morning, all. High winds, bad rain and the worst the wife and I had to deal with was some water getting into one small area of the basement and my dog being dramatic about having to go out for a walk in this. I’m a hell of a lot luckier than most and grateful for it. Still taking today off after seeing that Maryland State Police have a request for all non-emergency responder type folks to stay off the roads.

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    LC_Salgak growls and barks:

    Update from the Shenandoah Valley. Nada. It’s wet, and the winds have dropped to normal. Worst power issue we had was a couple of less-than-a-second mini-brownouts.

    NYC, on the other hand, looks like it’s been hit by the Wrath of God. And maybe it has been. . .

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    Just Another Random Nut, GLOR growls and barks:

    LC_Salgak @ #39:

    Update from the Shenandoah Valley. Nada. It’s wet, and the winds have dropped to normal. Worst power issue we had was a couple of less-than-a-second mini-brownouts.

    Same here in Maryland. The south got the back side of the storm, and while the Maryland coast got fucked without lube (Ocean City and Atlantic City are completely without power), NYC and upper NJ definitely got the brunt of Sandy. Go out there and look at the pictures. Now that is an act of God.

    Thoughts and prayers are with all the first responders out there in NYC. Staff carrying NICU babies and ICU patients down 9 flights of stairs out of NYU hospital … my hat’s off fo them.

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    LibraryGryffon growls and barks:

    Well, I’m up here in Woodstock Vermont at a Conference. We had a few power blips last night, but nothing else so far as I’ve seen or heard. They’ve been nervous since Irene took out a lot of roads and buildings, including ones next to the Inn I’m staying at.

    Home on the other hand…..

    My husband hasn’t called me to say they’ve had to leave, but given that the car is under the neighbor’s tree, it’s not like they can easily pick up and head out. At least the tree missed the house. If we’d parked the car where it normally lives it would be fine too, but that’s where the willow has always thrown branches before in high winds. Right now all state highways are closed to non-emergency vehicles until further notice. I’ll be checking when my meeting ends at lunch to see if they’ve opened stuff up yet. It looks like the streets between the highway and my house are passable.

    My family in Groton and my parents in Ledyard have been without power since about 2pm yesterday. The parents are with CL&P, so who knows if CL&P has learned from their massive mistakes last year, and if towns in the east of the state will be out for a week this time. We’re with Groton Utilities, so I have hopes that we won’t be out long. Last year we were the last to come up, and it was only 36 hours.
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    LibraryGryffon growls and barks:

    They’ve lifted the travel ban in Connecticut, so I’ll be heading home after the meeting, which is ending earlier than scheduled, since one of our speakers couldn’t make it (*lots* of cancelled flights). The other speaker is having to deliver his talk by Skype.
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    LC SecondMouse growls and barks:

    LC Gladiator @ #17:

    I know it’s hard to imagine, but this gets even worse. The mooselimb extremists are known to use a cell-phone based night-vision technology that allows them to see the GLD laser, and thus pinpoint it’s source. This was obviously a well-known fact to Doherty and Woods, being former SEALs. The only way one of them would have taken the risk to paint a target was if they were certain that support would be immediately provided. It did not come, and it is very likely the mortar crew used the GLD signal to spot their position and kill them.

    If reading this does not make every American furious, it is time to move to France.

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    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    MSNBC Ridicules Romney for Collecting Food and Supplies for Sandy Victims

    This one is really hard to believe, even for the most biased so-called “news network” in the nation.

    MSNBC on Tuesday totally trashed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for collecting food and supplies at a storm rally event in Ohio to be sent to victims of Hurricane Sandy (video follows with transcript and commentary):

    After introducing his Obama-supporting guests Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Lehigh professor James Peterson, host Martin Bashir played a clip of the President speaking at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington Tuesday.

    When the clip concluded, Bashir said, “Mayor Reed, so the Red Cross knows what it’s doing. Did he, did you detect perhaps a subtle dig there on Mr. Romney who spent today going against the guidelines established by the Red Cross and holding a campaign rally in Ohio that was dressed up like a charity drive collecting food and other supplies when the Red Cross expressly asked people not to do that?”

    Imagine that. A presidential candidate who gives millions of dollars a year to charity does a storm relief event in Ohio, and an MSNBC anchor is disgusted by it because the Red Cross would prefer people donating cash.

    Yet according to the Washington Post:

    The stop was billed as a “storm relief” event, and attendees were asked to bring non-perishable foods and other items for those affected by the storm. Long white tables to one side of the cavernous James S. Trent Arena were piled high with flashlights, batteries, diapers, toothbrushes, mini-deodorants, fleece blankets, cereal, toilet paper and canned goods.

    Two large TV screens at the front of the venue bore the logo of the American Red Cross and the message: “Sandy: Support the Relief Effort. Text ’REDCROSS’ to 90999 to make a $10 donation.”

    So besides the food and supplies that Ohioans generously donated, two large television screens asked participants to send money to the Red Cross.

    But this didn’t make Bashir happy. Ditto his Obama-supporting guests.

    “I think that this is just another moment where you see the clear striking difference between a president who has a heart for the American people and someone who simply wants to be president of the United States,” said Mayor Reed.

    “Indeed,” replied Bashir who then asked for Peterson’s input.

    “I would agree,” echoed Peterson. “It’s compassion that shows through in times like these. It’s humanity that shows through in times like these, and it just seems clear that the President, in addition to stepping up and doing what he does as Commander-in-Chief, demonstrates compassion in these remarks and in his approach to this kind of serious disaster.”

    “All we’ve seen from Romney and from his surrogates is all kinds of politicizing and misdirection,” Peterson continued, “and I think the American people in this sort of disastrous moment can really see in bold relief the differences between President Obama and former Governor Romney.”

    So having a storm relief event with tables “piled high with flashlights, batteries, diapers, toothbrushes, mini-deodorants, fleece blankets, cereal, toilet paper and canned goods” along with two large television screens calling for donations to the Red Cross demonstrates a lack of compassion on MSNBC.

    Yet the network didn’t end there.

    About a half hour later, Bashir brought GQ’s Ana Marie Cox on to trash Romney’s event.

    “I found that sort of fake, relief rally, whatever it is, to be pretty offensive, and also wrong-headed,” said Cox. She actually called Romney “craven” for doing it.

    I’m not kidding.

    This was followed by MSNBC contributor Karen Finney saying, “As a former governor, I would think that he would know that what the Red Cross needs in times like this is money and blood.”

    Yes, that’s why there were two large television screens asking for people to donate to the Red Cross.

    I guess the geniuses at MSNBC so blinded by their desire to get Obama re-elected didn’t notice that, nor did they recognize that they were spitting on all the people in Ohio that turned out for this event to give of themselves to their fellow Americans in need.

    Shame on Bashir and all those involved in this despicable couple of segments.

    National tragedies like this are when we’re all supposed to come together as a nation.

    It’s apparent that’s not possible for these shills.

    *****Update: Karen Finney has asked that I supply the fuller transcript of her discussion with Bashir on this subject:

    ANA MARIE COX: I found that sort of fake relief rally, whatever it is, to be pretty offensive and also wrong-headed. You know, the Red Cross is put in this awkward position of saying, you know, “We don’t need canned goods, thank you very much, Mr. 1950s. You know, like we need money, we need people to donate blood.” And I think that sort of is Mitt Romney sort of writ small as it were, right? Like to not only do something so craven, but to do it in a way that’s not even helpful on a small scale.

    MARTIN BASHIR: So Ana Marie, was it purely a photo opportunity? Was it purely for the sake of having people walk past him, hand him cans, and be on television?

    COX: Well, it almost has to be seeing as how the thing he was doing was not something that the Red Cross actually needed. And so it almost has to be purely for politics purely as a photo-op. I mean, that’s his entire campaign, purely a photo-op really.

    BASHIR: Karen, you wanted to add something to that.

    KAREN FINNEY: Well, I was just going to say, you know, Martin, the thing is like when you have a platform or an opportunity to communicate a message particularly in a time like this, I think it’s incumbent on you to make sure that you’re communicating what is the most effective, helpful thing. And as a former governor, I would think that he would know that what the Red Cross needs in times like this is money and blood. Of course, it is human nature to want to help your fellow American that’s in trouble and to think “Oh, I’ll buy food or I’ll buy clothes.” But again, as we’ve been doing here on MSNBC and I hope other networks are doing, sort of helping, being a part of helping direct people to websites where they can donate or find out exactly what’s needed. I mean, that really should be the role. If they wanted to do something helpful, that would actually be the thing they could have been doing that would be helpful.

    Please recall what the Post reported concerning this matter: “Two large TV screens at the front of the venue bore the logo of the American Red Cross and the message: ‘Sandy: Support the Relief Effort. Text ’REDCROSS’ to 90999 to make a $10 donation.’”

    As such, Romney did exactly what Finney et al claimed he should have, but they still ridiculed him for it

    Beyond this, the Red Cross website has a section called “Smart Giving Tips for Disasters.” It does indeed address giving cash first, but doesn’t prohibit other kinds of donations.

    There a lot of ways to help in this situation, and if people were giving food, clothes, or supplies that they had taken from their homes to help in this situation, mocking it is disgraceful.

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/10/30/msnbc-trashes-romney-collecting-food-and-supplies-sandy-victims#ixzz2ApVUh4hc

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    single stack growls and barks:

    Do the idiots at MSLSD think the Red Cross is the only organization that provides disaster relief?
    After Katrina church groups and good samaritan groups did a helluva lot more than the Red Cross ever thought about doing.
    One of the jobs I did during the relief effort was helping to coordinate the delivery of relief supplies, and the Red Cross wasn’t involved in any of it. It was people doing what Romney is doing now that made the difference for a lot of people.
    It’s Cox, Bashir, and Finney that are being craven here.

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    LC_Salgak growls and barks:

    And, of course, the news coming out of Grasshopper Central isn’t good. . . .


    http://news.yahoo.com/tempers-flare-nj-city-where-thousands-stranded-171518266.html

    The payday quote. . .

    “Tempers flared Wednesday morning outside City Hall as some residents complained the city was slow to get food and other supplies out to the stranded.”

    I can even picture it, straight out of John Ringo’s “The Last Centurion“. . .

    “This bitch, though, was about a hundred pounds overweight. She was bitching up a storm, too. She had on some sort of ID hanging on a lanyard, didn’t see what it was. She was sure bitching, though. By God, where was the government! She’d been in her apartment for two days waiting for help and no help done come! Where the hell was the help! Nobody was helping us! We’s got nothing and nobody doan care!”

    And, as expected, the flip-side of this: the looting. . .


    https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/looters-target-coney-island-sandy-article-1.1195080

    “It was a mob of people. Fifty to a hundred. They were just running down the street grabbing anything that wasn’t nailed down,” he said.

    “They were literally walking out with shopping carts full of merchandise. They didn’
    t even look worried,” a Rite Aid employee who declined to give her name told The News.

    They looked like they were casually shopping,” she said. “They looked almost happy. I saw an elderly lady walking away with batteries and a bag of Kit Kats.”

    Preview of Next Wednesday, after Bath-House Barry loses ???

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    single stack growls and barks:

    Those of us with experience with hurricanes know that the storm is the easy part. The weeks after the storm is when things get tough and the character of the people and their local culture shows. To illustrate, compare and contrast New Orleans and the Mississippi gulf coast after Katrina.
    We’re about to witness the spectacle of millions of people who are utterly incapable of fending for themselves in a civilized manner without a fragile infrastructure that is now broken trying to survive. Even with the nationwide relief effort many will not be able to cope. The cracks are already showing and it’s only the 3rd day.
    Don’t be surprised if things get medieval in places.