AP: Gov. Christie & “friend” Obama reunited in NJ to celebrate rebuilding efforts

I couldn’t help but notice this teaser headline from the Associated Press today:

“Obama back in New Jersey with friend Chris Christie to survey Hurricane Sandy recovery”

LOL. Most of you reading this might not find it so odd, considering the photos of Gov. Christie and President Obama not long after Hurricane Sandy hit the Atlantic Coast, and especially considering Christie’s gushing praise of the President not long after that for how he was “handling” the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I found it odd, however, because while you and I may view the way they looked together as equating to “friendship”, rarely do you see it described that way in the headline of a news article about two political allies – no matter whether or not their alliance is an unlikely one. Think about it – how often do you see articles with the headline “Obama and friend Hillary Clinton to visit the UK”, etc? It’s just naturally assumed that there is a “cordial working relationship” there, if not a warm personal one. Describing a political ally as a “friend” usually only happens when the article is about the friendship itself, rather than a political event. This article talked about their emerging so-called “bromance” but it didn’t suggest any deep connection there outside of the one that is political in nature (the one that happened as a result of Hurricane Sandy), a connection that is important for Gov. Christie to have as he is running for re-election this year in what I call a “burple” state – beyond purple, to the point it is almost entirely blue … but with a few shades of red in there.

I think the Associated Press put that headline in there as a not so subtle way of needling the conservatives who have slammed Christie for his treatment of Obama with kid gloves since Sandy devastated the shoreline of NJ and on inland last October. I could be wrong, but it’s just the vibe I get.

In any event, it’s good to see New Jersey coming back to life again. And, darn it, who can’t like the below picture of President Obama holding a stuffed “Chicago” bear that Gov. Christie won and gave to him while playing Touchdown Fever football toss on New Jersey’s Point Pleasant boardwalk earlier today (where the President, er, tanked)? “Bromance” indeed …

Pres. Obama and Gov. Christie

Photo via Jason Reed/Reuters


Why was the Senate’s #SandyAid bill larded up with unrelated pork?

Pork spending

And furthermore, why won’t the bleeping media focus more attention on this fact? I guess it’s more important for the Democrats and their colleagues in the MSM to note the ridiculous, self-serving “bipartisan outrage” over the fact that the House didn’t take up the bill yesterday “in a stunning reversal” as previously anticipated. And also “important” to (falsely) insinuate that thousands of New York and New Jersey residents will be stuck out in the cold as a result of their inaction.

Yeah, I know you’re shocked – SHOCKED – at how the MSM and ignorant, politically opportunistic politicos in both parties are spinning this, right? /sarc

NJ Gov. Chris Christie, who I am DONE with, has flipped out – as has Rep. Peter King (R-NY). Why not be upset at Senate Democrats who filled up their version of the Sandy aid bill with projects that had NOTHING to do with Sandy relief efforts? Why not take a chill pill when you consider that FEMA has enough money to cover relief efforts for at least another few weeks while the new US House considers the existing options on the table (and presumably will come up with one of their own)? Imagine that – actually TAKING TIME to craft, contemplate, and consider the options before you?!

Oh – regarding the specifics on the pork in the Senate bill? Gabriel Malor documented it extensively here. Make sure to read the whole thing. Then you’ll understand who to express the appropriate outrage to.

Mainstream media dereliction of duty when it comes to accurately informing the public has reached an all time high. Guess what I and others like me will spend a considerable amount of time doing this year? Combating their bull sh*t! #Enough

Definitive proof that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a freaking idiot (UPDATED)

There have been plenty of past examples, of course, but this one takes the cake:

—- Bloomberg Diverts Food, Generators from Devastated Staten Island to NYC Marathon:

Fresh off his “climate disruption”-driven endorsement of President Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has chosen to divert critical food supplies and power generators from desperate residents of Staten Island to Sunday’s New York City Marathon. Gothamist reports:

Greg Pollowitz on this disgrace:

The above link is an interactive map of those without power in NYC; the picture is a close up of eastern Staten Island where Sunday’s NYC marathon begins. It’s just vile that Mayor Bloomberg thinks the marathon should go on with this many New Yorkers still in harm’s way.

Indeed. It’s cold, wet, and people are without power, and/or are homeless, displaced, hungry, scared, neighborhoods are being looted, etc.  But let’s divert critical resources to the NYC Marathon!

If you’re looking for nominees for Clueless Wonder of the Year, Bloomberg should be at the top of your  list.  Shameless.

Update – 11:12 AM: Love this (via Jim Geraghty):  Marathon Runners Form Protest Group To Spurn Starting Line And Volunteer On Staten Island Instead.

The mindless, predictable politicization of Hurricane #Sandy

Well said, Wall Street Journal:

We know liberals are worried that President Obama might lose next week, but are they so panicky that they want to suggest even before the storm has passed that Mitt Romney and Republicans are against disaster relief? Apparently so. It’s an especially low-rent tactic, akin to blaming the tea party for Jared Lee Loughner’s shooting of Gabby Giffords. But it’s equally absurd to argue that a once-in-a-century storm means you can’t block-grant Medicaid.

The rap on Mr. Romney seems to be that he once said emergency management could be done well and perhaps better at the state level, and he also endorsed Paul Ryan’s House Republican budget.


As for Mr. Romney and FEMA, the liberals are excavating remarks from one of the early GOP debates. CNN’s John King asked if “the states should take on more” of a role in disaster relief as FEMA was running out of money.

Mr. Romney: “Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.

“Instead of thinking in the federal budget, what we should cut—we should ask ourselves the opposite question. What should we keep? We should take all of what we’re doing at the federal level and say, what are the things we’re doing that we don’t have to do? And those things we’ve got to stop doing, because we’re borrowing $1.6 trillion more this year than we’re taking in.”

This isn’t an argument for abolishing FEMA so much as it is for the traditional federalist view that the feds shouldn’t supplant state action. As it happens, the response to Hurricane Sandy has been a model of such a division of responsibility.

Citizens in the Northeast aren’t turning on their TVs, if they have electricity, to hear Mr. Obama opine about subway flooding. They’re tuning in to hear Governor Chris Christie talk about the damage to the Jersey shore, Mayor Mike Bloomberg tell them when bus service might resume in New York City, and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy say when the state’s highways might reopen.

Energetic governors and mayors are best equipped to handle disaster relief because they know their cities and neighborhoods far better than the feds ever will, and they know their citizens will hold them accountable. The feds can help with money and perhaps expertise.

And, as the editorial goes on to correctly note, liberals tend to think that to have “effective government” the government itself has to grow bigger. As we all know, the bigger government gets, the more ineffective, inefficient, bureaucratic, and – yes – autocratic it gets. This is NOT what we need when there are NO natural disasters occurring, much less when they DO happen! This doesn’t compute for most liberals, and for the ones who DO get it, that they still advocate for bigger government in spite of the obvious just shows you where their loyalties reside. Hint: It’s not with our Founding Fathers and the Constitution.

It’s also fascinating to think that liberals believe FEMA could be a well-oiled machine as long as the right President were around to “oversee it” – remember their outrage over FEMA in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina? Sure, they politicized the hell out of it to bash Bush as “out of touch” with mainstream Americans – in particular, black citizens – but even beyond that they seriously believed and still do that FEMA best operates when the President of the left’s choosing is in the WH. This is horribly, glaringly misguided. Time and time again state governments have shown – just as they are with Sandy – that they can handle crisis management much more effectively and efficiently than if left completely to the feds. If the Feds want to supply money, fine, but outside of little more than that, they should just stay out of the way. Liberals will never ever admit to this because if they did, then they’d have to acknowledge their complicity in covering up for the utter, disastrous, dangerous incompetency of then-Governor of Louisiana Kathleen Blanco and then-Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. If Nagin and Blanco had done their jobs, the left would never have had the chance to use the bungled FEMA response to blame Bush. Even more importantly than that, think about the lives that could have been saved.

As former Obama Chief of Staff and now Mayor of Chicago Rahmbo Emanuel once infamously declared, to liberals you “never want to let a serious crisis go to waste.” So, no surprises here that Democrats – along with their allies in the mainstream media and popular left wing sites – would rather beat Romney to death over a distorted quote about FEMA than to question the POTUS and his administration on the far more serious issue of Benghazi. They’re desperate to win next week, and they’ll use any approach – no matter how dishonest – to try and do so. Don’t let them get away with it.

Could next week’s election be postponed due to #Sandy?

That’s a question I’ve heard and read quite a bit in the aftermath of the widespread, massive devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. The answer is: Technically with Congressional approval it could happen, but it’s not likely:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Could superstorm Sandy postpone the presidential election?

The question has come up now because it could take days to fully restore power across the East Coast — and the election is just a week away.

Congress sets the date for the presidential election and could change it, but that’s unlikely. Congress would have to come back from recess and pass a law. Plus, it would wreak havoc on state and local elections scheduled for the same day.

It’s more likely that states will extend voting hours or relocate polling places that are damaged or without power.

Elections have been postponed in the past, but not at the presidential level. New York City rescheduled mayoral primaries scheduled for Sept. 11, 2001. And New Orleans pushed back municipal elections after Hurricane Katrina.

And just for the record: The President has ZERO authority to change an election date. Thank goodness.

Get more answers to your questions on the legal issues surrounding changing a Presidential election date here.

Also, please remember to keep all those impacted by Sandy in your thoughts and prayers. The death toll now stands at 48, hundreds if not thousands of homes have been lost or destroyed beyond repair, some towns were (and are still) under water due to this storm, and thousands are having to stay with friends or family or in shelters because they can’t get back to their home to assess if they have anything left. It’s an awful situation to be in – period – but especially right here as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approach.

Photo of Claudene Christian

10-16-12 photo of Claudene Christian kissing the HMS Bounty, which sank off the NC coast during Hurricane Sandy. Christian, a crew member, did not survive. Courtesy of the HMS Bounty FB page.

Hurricane #Sandy – Reader Check-In

Hoping to hear from readers who have been impacted or who are in the projected path of the massive Hurricane Sandy “superstorm.” Please let us know what’s happening in your area, what you’re seeing, etc.

Sandy has had a significant impact on North Caroilina, on the coast of course as well as in the mountain areas:

Elizabeth City, NC — The captain of a ship that sank this morning off the North Carolina coast remains missing along with a fellow crew member.

Fourteen people were rescued from the HMS Bounty when the 180-foot, three-mast tall ship took on water as Hurricane Sandy skirted the North Carolina coast.

The ship sunk, according to the Coast Guard at 8:45 a.m. Monday.

The Coast Guard continues to use a helicopter and an airplane to search for the two remaining crew members. They are the captain, 63-year-old Robin Walbridge, and crewmember Claudene Christian, who is 42 years old.

The Coast Guard says the first Jayhawk helicopter crew reached the life rafts around 6:30 a.m., which is about 90 minutes after the crew of the Bounty abandoned ship. Crews hoisted five people into the aircraft at that time. A second helicopter arrived and rescued nine people.


The Bounty was built for a 1962 film and has been featured in one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

The Bounty has been to Carteret County a couple times, back in the 2000s. According to its website, the Bounty “sails the country offering dockside tours in which one can learn about the history and details of sailing vessels from a lost and romanticized time in maritime history.”

Please keep the families of those rescued and those missing in your prayers tonight.

Here’s more on Sandy’s NC impact, via the Charlotte Observer:

Hurricane Sandy battered a 400-mile-wide swath of North Carolina on Monday, sending huge waves and tidal flooding ashore on the Outer Banks and causing accumulating snowfall in the western mountains.


A wide array of warnings and advisories are posted for the Tar Heel State, including a Wind Advisory for Charlotte and much of the Piedmont.

A High Wind Warning is posted in higher elevations to the northwest of Charlotte, including all or parts of Watauga, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and Rutherford counties. Forecasters warn gusts of 60 to 70 mph are possible Monday and early Tuesday in that area, and they say widespread power outages are likely.

And a Winter Storm Warning is in effect for the northwest mountains, where 8 inches or more of snow could fall by late Tuesday.

At midday Monday, Hurricane Sandy was growing stronger as it moved toward the coast. Its center was about 200 miles southeast of Atlantic City, N.J., and its top sustained winds had grown to 90 mph. Gusts were above 110 mph.

The storm’s growing strength could mean Sandy’s effects here in the Carolinas will be stronger than earlier thought.

As Sandy moves to the north, conditions slowly are improving on the Outer Banks.


Rain bands from Hurricane Sandy were falling as close as Greensboro and Raleigh late Monday morning.

That precipitation is expected to move south gradually during the day, and a few showers could reach Charlotte by evening and overnight.

Along the Outer Banks, the heavy rain and storm surge have closed parts of N.C. 12. The N.C. Department of Transportation says N.C. 12 is closed south of the Oregon Inlet Bridge, to Rodanthe. Overwash was being reported on sections of the road.

In addition, the DOT has stopped running its ferries to the Outer Banks. Manteo was reporting sustained winds of 30 mph and heavy rain at 7 a.m.

There are no other flooding reports, however.

“So far, we’ve been fortunate as we have not had reports of severe damage from Hurricane Sandy,” N.C. Emergency Management Director Doug Hoell said late Sunday. “But this is still a slow-moving, powerful storm that could impact North Carolina well into next week.”


Snow fell much of Monday morning in Boone, where the temperature hovered around 32 degrees and the ground had a white coating. A dispatcher with the sheriff’s offices in Avery and Watauga counties reported several secondary roads were ice and snow at times during the morning.

Winter Storm warnings are in effect until Wednesday morning. National Weather Service meteorologists expect 4 to 8 inches’ accumulation above 2,500 feet, with locally heavier snowfall. A couple inches will accumulate in Asheville, the Weather Service adds.

Adding to the problem will be strong northwest winds, blowing 25 to 35 mph sustained and gusting at times to 60 to 70 mph. Forecasters say they expect widespread power outages, with the winds predicted to knock down trees and power lines.

“It will be heavy, wet snow … a high-impact storm,” McAvoy said.

The area included in the High Wind Warning covers cities such as Morganton, Lenoir, Boone and Rutherfordton.

Be safe out there, everyone – in NC and all other areas impacted by what Accuweather has dubbed the “Frankenstorm.”

Western NC

Blizzard at Carver’s Gap at Roan Mountain in NC – via RomanticAsheville.com