Giuliani BLASTS Obama’s hurricane response as disgraceful

Where the hell are the generators and the bottled water?

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Rudy Giuliani, who knows a little something about disaster recovery and emergency response, says that if George W. Bush was doing what our campaigner-in-chief is doing while people don’t have water and generators nearly a week after the hurricane, the media would be impeaching him now. He says that FEMA wasn’t even prepared for this hurricane response and asks “didn’t we learn anything from Katrina?”


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RelatedMarathon canceled, but generators and supplies still sit unused in park

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…

Mayor Bloomberg met by angry crowds as aid fails to reach Sandy rocked Rockaways

Residents, firefighters and representatives agree that the Irish Riviera is being let down by New York City

Desperate Hurricane Sandy victims were held back by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s security detail as they pleaded with the New York leader for “some help”.

Bloomberg travelled to the Queen’s seaside area unannounced and was greeted by angry residents. One woman shouted from the crowd, “When are we gonna get some f–king help?”

The local news crew NY1 caught a man on camera shouting, “There’s old ladies in my building that don’t got nothing.”…

…The city is now sending 25,000 blankets to the Rockaways as the temperatures drop. It could be two weeks until their electricity is restored.

Bloomberg asked the residents, “Just have some patience…The people working there — the National Guard, the federal people — they’re all trying to do the right thing.”…

Occupy Movement Finds A Mission In Sandy’s Wake

The isolated Rockaways in Queens have faced some of the worst that Hurricane Sandy had to offer. Flooding has destroyed houses. The public housing projects that dominate the landscape have been left largely without power, and residents worry about the cold that’s setting in. Their desperation looks like that of Staten Island or coastal Brooklyn, but maybe worse; drive down Beach Channel Drive, from the more affluent parts of the island to those less so, and people are straggling down the street, carrying empty carts and bags. Everyone’s possessions are out on the street, cast out of ruined living rooms.

Occupy Wall Street, of all things, has reemerged as a vital presence in this grim scene. The Rockaways’ depressed main artery is dotted with bright spots: volunteer stations manned by Occupy volunteers, whose Occupy Sandy organization has filled the holes that government agencies and charity organizations have been unable to in some parts of New York City. Nearly every day since the aftermath of the storm began, Occupy Sandy has been at St. Gertrude’s Church and a few other spots in the area, delivering supplies in a van adorned with “99%” stickers, giving out food and clothing, and organizing canvassers to go to people’s houses and offer help…


Update: Presidenting is hard: Jay-Z Raps About ‘Hoes,’ Substitutes ‘Mitt’ for ‘B*tch’ at Obama Rally

The Obama camp is standing behind the president’s claim that Americans should vote for him out of “revenge” against GOP challenger Mitt Romney. So is it any surprise to hear Jay-Z, one of Obama’s biggest celebrity boosters, using the GOP candidate’s name in the place of an obscenity at an Obama campaign stop? Or that the Obama boosters in the crowd cheered the change?

Even With Jay-Z And Bruce Springsteen By His Side, Obama Ends Campaign In Half-Empty Stadium

Meanwhile, Mormon Volunteers Outperform Government in New England Sandy Aid

Many who are still without heat, water, and power following Hurricane Sandy, are looking to the federal government to provide the kind of organized and effective disaster relief that can restore their lives. Can private groups and citizens offer what is needed in this time of crisis?

In Milford, Connecticut, for example, where entire expanses of beach homes have been destroyed by the storm, one family member reports to us that FEMA and the Red Cross were nowhere to be seen. What she did see, however, were “dozens of people in yellow vests helping to gather up all the debris that residents were putting out in the road.” Our observer tells us that these individuals assisted homeowners in clean-up, helping to load town trucks to remove destroyed decks, furniture, siding, and other debris.

Recalling that she saw the same group of people “in yellow vests” helping out after Hurricane Irene last year, she later discovered that the helpers were Mormon Helping Hands volunteers…

Update 2: “I never thought I’d see Marines march down my block”

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