RAHWAY — In Rahway, where frustration and misery are building, the Red Cross had expected to give out supplies to powerless residents until 3 this afternoon. They ran out long before that. By 2 p.m., residents had even taken the cardboard boxes the supplies — blankets, toilet paper, flashlights and other necessities — had arrived in while others lined up at a food truck for what was their first hot meal in the nearly two weeks since Hurricane Sandy devastated New Jersey. "It´s been hell," said Monique Patterson, a city resident. "I have three kids and we have no power
Comments: Not to worry - ´Bam will be gracing you with his presence soon.
The problem with the Sandy response is that the federal government is run by a bunch of racists, who are punishing the rich white New York and anew Jersey voters. Retribution for the racists that made New Orleans suffer under Bush´s response to Katrina.
The Red Cross always reminds us to send cash, because it is so much easier for them to do the purchasing locally.
Except....supplies are often not available for local purchase after a major storm. I bet some of those folks taking the donation calls could have been re-assigned to order some supplies to be shipped in. They set up a place to hand out 400 packages of supplies, when tens of thousands are in need? What are they thinking?
There was beaucoup warning butt gov´t needs all it´s efforts focused on YOU..your beverage size, salt intake, smoking, carbon footprint . The money is spent on narrowing our car lanes with badly sited bike lanes, mini parks, bike racks..yada yada.. The ambulancesand fire trucks are much slowed.. Dangerously ao .. And there were few gas stations BEFORE rationing ...What you need mundane supplies like water, food shelter ,gas ?Fugetaboutit... We have important chic issues.... For the record only the churchs are doing what must be done.. With MO photo ops...
Where is the New York/New Jersey National Guard? There should be more than enough Mess Trucks and Cooks available no matter what type of units they may have. Also water trucks, heavy equipment, ect.
There are some serious problems with the State and local response to this situation. The Red Cross hasn´t been sterling in this emergency but they are not the primary responder. The States and Local agency´s are.
I´ve had my fill of Professional do-gooders as opposed to true volunteers. They end up scoring a gig where they can feeeeeeel good about themselves, go to a lot of cocktail parties and do very little work. When their gig calls them to the plate in a crisis -- they fold, as they are not ready and not used to the heavy lifting required.
Some neighborhoods in New York are clearing up faster and better because the residents are taking personal action to remove themselves from the damage imposed upon them. Best wishes to them, they will be successful.
Other neighborhoods are still swimming in sea-water, mud, and decay because they are sitting around waiting for a handout. Best wishes to the weak among them, and for the otherwise able, we hope you rot. Cry and beg help from Nanny Bloomberg and the Obammunist.
If some Conservatives are Liberals who got mugged, I´m thinking there might be a few new conservatives grown out of this little life lesson.
I bet Obama was thinking about them and feeling their pain right up until he got into his motorcade and headed for the golf course yesterday...No time for photo ops now... Places to go...people and a country to destroy.. I hope all the vistims who voted for the destroyer are happy with their choice. No sympathy here...
In Seattle, the local ABC affiliate KOMO TV, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, has relief drives after a disaster. They ask people to come to the station´s parking lot where they can meet with the local newscasters who take the donations and they fill up two or three semi´s with food, water, blankets, clothing, cleaning supplies, even pet food. But not this time, all they´re doing now is asking people to donate to the Red Cross. Wonder why. s/off
I refuse to bad mouth these NY´rs or NJ´rs just because they may have voted dem. From what I´ve heard Staten Island is a bastion of rep voters anyway. Had this not happened so close to a bitterly fought election I don´t believe politics would even be raised as an issue. These Americans didn´t ´´betray´´ us!
Their states should be in there giving aid and assistance and blankets, food, shelter. That´s where the breakdown is. Gov Cuomo should be moving Nat. Guard in - I think Christie may have already. New York is the biggest city in the country - I find it absolutely horrifying that they have not yet gotten this under control. Nanny Bloomberg doesn´t want anyone ´´carrying a gun´´ besides the NYPD so he´s turned down the Nat.Guard. Incredible.
I also believe a large part of this is union labor. For all we know, they´re ´´teaching a lesson´´. They have set hours including time for breaks. And they don´t work in the dark or the rain/snow. Additionally, LIPA has told customers that they require an electrician to sign off on a house before power is restored. There aren´t enough electricians to get this done. But I´d bet a buck that non-union electricians aren´t being allowed to work.
So many of our fellow Americans have been so conditioned to ´´the gov´t´´ doing for them that they seem to be unable to do for themselves and each other. It almost feels like we´re turning into a nation of pets who sleep by the wood stove and wait for the food bowl to be filled. There are those of us who don´t have a clue how to do for ourselves...
Gee, where is chrissy christie and his BFF obama? I thought they had each other´s phone numbers and could call 24/7 if "anything" came up and obama could "help". Sorry, I cannot feel a great deal of sympathy for blue state voters, though I wouldn´t wish what is happening to them on my worst enemy. They´ll get through it and continue to vote for demonrats. That´s on them. I´ll bet a lot of them wish President Bush was around with HIS FEMA disaster crew! At least then, the "msm" would be calling attention to their plight. Day & Night, just like Katrina.
Red Cross? Why dump on the Red Cross or any other charitable org. Where in the hell is Obama? If Bush was still Prez. the msm would be dumping on him 24/7 for not doing more! Elect dems and this is what you get. You´re on your own. How was your golf date, Obama?
Blue state? These are Americans they may be the neighbors we don´t like but they are OUR neighbors. CCOB.ORG has a disaster relief on their website all are volunteers no paid executives. Also the Salvation Army does an excellent job in providing help. Differences divide us, don´t let this be one of them. God bless.
Preident Zero hugged a couple of wbite ladies in NJ, the fat bast*rd governor swooned over Zero, and about 15% of voters nationally said that Zero´s leadership in the storm caused them to vote for him. Hard to believe, but true.
And while they continue to suffer in New York our campaigner in chief busys himself with pick up basketball, free golf at our military golf courses with his buddies, watching loads of sports on his big screen and reading fawning articles in Newsweek.
#27, I am with you. These people are suffering and dying. They are my fellow Americans and I do not care who they voted for. Red Cross getting blasted cuz they are given free, prime time spots all over TV to brag on themselves constantly. So get the job done already. The RC is now a huge bureaucracy with too many Generals (making very nice paychecks) and too few soldiers ON THE GROUND!!!!! They get plenty of donations so get with it!!!! Salvation Army, Operation Blessing, Sam Purse and now churches like mine working directly with LOCAL pastors to mobilize people, money, supplies. We can ´t depend on govt to do this one.
27, 32, I appreciate the sentiment, but too late. These states sold out our country in the most important election in most of our collective lifetimes, and I am simply recommending they pray and bow down to the leader they adore like Christ. Ask him to deliver.
I am in California. Next time mudslides ruin the homes of liberal movie execs and "stars" that are stupid enough to build there, I am not going to lift a finger either. Their actor friends that threw Obama parties while Rome burned can reach out a hand. Maybe Beyonce and Sarah Jessica Parker can feed their starving flood ravaged friends some free birth control pills. And further, I won´t support asking our friends in say, Texas, for any funds or personnel help.
My fellow Californians--and New Yorkers and people in New Jersey, made their choices, and they can suck on them.
Blue state = no pity, and no donation from me. With my taxes due to increase soon here in California I must be more selective in donating to certain organizations. In the future my money will only go to veteran support groups.
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