ALBANY, N.Y. — More than three decades before Superstorm Sandy, a state law and a series of legislative reports began warning New York politicians to prepare for a storm of historic proportions, spelling out scenarios eerily similar to what actually happened: a towering storm surge; overwhelming flooding; swamped subway lines; widespread power outages. The Rockaway peninsula was deemed among the "most at risk." But most of the warnings and a requirement in a 1978 law to create a regularly updated plan for the restoration of "vital services" after a storm went mostly unheeded, either because of tight budgets
Comments: It´s ok, because Uncle Santa will pay for it.
Cuomo is being less than honest when he says no storm like Sandy ever occurred. Shocking I know. Look up the 1938 Hurricane. There are many people alive who witnessed it. There was 12 feet of water in downtown Providence. Beach houses on Long Island and along the Rhode Island coast were swept away. Lower Manhattan was flooded. 600 people were killed. In that instance the blame was on a lack of warning system. Fine. But now we have good warning systems and people do not heed. Our modern Dems wish to blame global warming to let themselves off the hook. Big surprise.
All of the real property should have insurance. Why does the Government need to pay for anything. Shouldn´t the towns and counties also have insurance. And when they rebuild, what will they do differently so the same thing doesn´t happen 50 years from now. Will the building codes change? Will the homes be built on stilts? Will emergency power be placed in strategic areas such as gas stations? We´re going about this entirely wrong.
Were not all of those living in low-lying areas close to the sea not required to have flood insurance and those with mortgages an insurance policy for loss? Why is it the taxpayers have to pay for their reconstruction? Is it because they vote for the democrats?
The State Department’s under secretary for management, Patrick F. Kennedy (no relation to the former congressman from Rhode Island), would not be the first official in Foggy Bottom one would accuse of being an Obama-administration stooge. He’s not a political appointee or a longtime Obama backer; he has worked in diplomatic and government positions his entire adult life.(Snip) From the moment lawmakers began questioning the subpar security around the Benghazi compound on September 11, 2012, Kennedy stood out as a key figure in the security decisions.
There will be girls. There will be beer. There will be cornhole. And someone will be dressed in the creepiest Uncle Sam costume you’ve ever seen. Welcome to the strange new front in the war over Obamacare. As the Republican dream of repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law in Congress crumbles, the fight over the law’s future shifts from Washington to college campuses, where the new challenge for Obamacare proponents lies in convincing young people to sign up for coverage mandated by the law. The period to enroll in health insurance exchanges established under the 2010 law begins Oct. 1, which will
Republican divisions over the party´s strategy in budget battles exploded into the public sphere Wednesday evening. In feelings that have been brewing privately for some time, House Republicans let their anger out at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). And they accused him of surrendering on the plan to defund the Affordable Care Act (AKA: Obamacare). Earlier Wednesday, Cruz made a statement that applauded House Republicans for proposing a spending bill that strips funding for Obamacare, a crusade that Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) have led over the past few months. But Cruz also conceded that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid "has the votes"
Earlier this week SI´s Peter King reported that some NFL teams have deemed Johnny Manziel "undraftable" because of off-field concerns involving his drinking and partying. But when you take away the non-football issues, NFL people are starting to come around on Johnny Football as a player. Scouts and commentators who were skeptical on Manziel last year now think he can make it in the pros. The consensus on Manziel is that his instincts are so good that his weaknesses don´t matter as much. He is calm and elusive against the pass rush, he´s as fast as Colin Kaepernick, and he
N ewt Gingrich has been out of electoral politics since ending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. But that could all change very soon — if one political action committee gets its way, at least. Draft Newt PAC says Gingrich, the former speaker of the House who now co-hosts CNN´s Crossfire, is an ideal candidate to take on Sen. Mark Warner (D) next year because he has the political bona fides to unite traditional Republicans and Tea Partiers alike. "With his history of support for far-reaching government reforms and fiscal sanity — for actually balancing the budget — Newt Gingrich
WASHINGTON — Maria Guadalupe Crespo recalls the hardship she endured while illegally crossing into the United States from Mexico 12 years ago. Her group of about 20 people spent days evading Border Patrol agents in the southern Arizona desert. Hungry and dehydrated, by the time they reached their safe house the food that was waiting for them had spoiled and their one jug of water was nearly empty. As Congress prepares to resume debate on a possible overhaul of immigration laws, Crespo was among seven undocumented immigrants who chained themselves to the gates outside the White House on Wednesday to protest deportations
After his bizarre and widely panned decision to go forward with it just hours after the Navy Yard shooting on Monday, President Obama gave yet another speech about how much the economy has ostensibly recovered since the financial crisis five years ago. His administration has been “pushing back against the trends that have been battering the middle class for decades,” he insisted, citing the supposedly healing housing market, the “saved” auto industry, limited job creation, and increased renewable energy generation as evidence that his policies are working, but was mindful that “as any middle-class family will tell you, or anybody
WASHINGTON — On the most deadly day here since Sept. 11, 2001, with the capital reeling over the sadly familiar scene of a mass shooting by a madman, the chief executive stepped to the microphones and captured the heartbreak. It wasn’t the chief executive of the nation. It was Dr. Janis Orlowski, the chief operating officer of MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where three of those injured were being treated. (Snip)Top Democrats who used to consider Obama one cool cat now muse that he’s “one weird cat,” as one big shot put it.
A resolution on Syria could be delayed after serious disagreements between Russia and the West were laid bare during a UN Security Council meeting. The five permanent members of the council met Tuesday night to discuss the draft of a UN resolution prepared by the United States, Britain, and France, Interfax reported Wednesday. The Western governments proposed an amendment to the text that would hold Bashar Assad´s regime responsible for use of chemical weapons, specifically citing Chapter 7 of the UN Charter. This alteration would permit military intervention if Syria fails to put its chemical weapons under international control. Russian representatives resisted the
To understand the Syrian mess, think of President Obama as the classic Jeff Bridges character in the 1998 Coen Brothers film “The Big Lebowski.” Just like the loveable Jeff Lebowski — the White-Russian-drinking dude dragged in to solve a confusing crime — Obama stumbles along into hopeful solutions to complex problems. And just like The Dude, he’d rather be bowling. Obama alone, we’re told, grasps the real world’s overwhelming complexity. As The Dude explains in the movie, “This is a very complicated case . . . You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. And, uh, a lotta strands
Lyons, Colorado -- More people were told to evacuate their homes in northeastern Colorado on Tuesday as residents of the flood-stricken towns north of Denver returned to battered neighborhoods, with some of them finding no house to call home. The small town of Crook, about 150 miles northeast of Denver, ordered residents on the north side of town to clear out as water in a canal rose to "historic" levels, the Logan County Emergency Management Office reported. Residents on the south side of town had already been ordered out of their homes as firefighters monitored the rising South Platte River, the
As video game players have gotten older, as antiheroes have become routine across the culture, as sex and violence have permeated prestige television, the controversies that once surrounded the Grand Theft Auto games have begun to seem like sepia-toned oddities from another age. Sure, the new installment, to be released on Tuesday, contains plenty that might offend those who enjoy taking offense, and it is still disturbing to see parents giving these games to preteenage children. Among the interactive pastimes Grand Theft Auto offers — alongside pursuits like yoga, sky diving, tennis, scuba and golf — are bong hits and
Washington -- The White House defended President Barack Obama from criticism that he was tone deaf in his reaction to the mass shootings at Washington Navy Yard. For a second straight day, White House press secretary Jay Carney faced questions about a Monday afternoon event that occurred as the situation at the Navy Yard was still unfolding. Obama touched on the tragedy before forcefully criticizing conservative Republicans who are threatening to shut down the government. "I understand that some Republicans are trying to make something of this," Carney said
Their 12-year affair made Gennifer Flowers one of the most high profile mistresses in America. Now, two decades after they split amid scandal, the former news reporter from Little Rock, Arkansas wants to ‘sit down and talk’ with Bill Clinton. In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Gennifer has spoken of her deep regret at turning down Clinton’s pleas to talk some eight years ago and revealed her belief that they would still be together today, were it not the birth of Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea. She said: ‘We have some unresolved issues that it would be nice to sit down and talk about
The 2008 Republican presidential nominee, criticised Mr Putin and his associates for rigging elections, imprisoning and murdering opponents, fostering corruption and "destroying" Russia´s reputation on the world stage. "I am not anti-Russian," Mr McCain wrote in the piece, which his office said was sent to both the Communist Party´s Pravda newspaper as well as to online media outlet Pravda.ru. The latter was expected to publish it today, his staff said. "I am pro-Russian, more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today." Mr McCain last week made no secret of his intention to write an op-ed piece for Russian media
In 2010, Republicans took the House of Representatives by gaining 63 seats. They also picked up six U.S. senators and 675 state legislators, giving them control of more legislative chambers than any time since 1928. The GOP also won 25 of 40 gubernatorial races in 2009 and 2010. These epic gains happened primarily because independents voted Republican. In 2010, 56% of independents voted for GOP congressional candidates, up from 43% in 2008 and 39% in 2006. Today, independents look more like Republicans than Democrats, especially when it comes to health care. In a new Crossroads GPS health-care policy survey conducted in 10
JOSE DIAZ-BALART, TELEMUNDO: The Affordable Care Act takes effect next month, The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Americans oppose it, believing it will produce damaging results. Fifty-two percent believe the law will raise their health care costs. Is everybody wrong? PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Yes, they are.### OBAMA: The problem we have is that over the last four years billions of dollars have been spent misinforming people about what this law is about. All of the horror stories that were talked about have not come true. It is going to be a good deal
I don’t know who is more shocked about this, me or Huma Abedin, but it turns out that a former top Clinton Foundation official is also … a senior Muslim Brotherhood official who has just been arrested for – you’ll never guess – inciting violence in Egypt. Not to worry, I’m sure it was only moderate violence. The Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo reports on Gehad [as in Jihad] el-Haddad: A senior Muslim Brotherhood official who, until recently, had been employed by the William J. Clinton Foundation was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence. Gehad el-Haddad served as one
In one of the most fascinating foreign policy interviews of all time, Fox News aired an unedited, lengthy and exclusive interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Wednesday. The in-depth interview focused on diplomacy, chemical weapons, the death toll from the two-year-old war, the rebels’ goals, future governing and the region’s stability. Assad appeared calm, comfortable and yet delusional, talking in almost perfect English, as he consistently labeled the rebels as “terrorists,” claiming that 80 - 90% of the opposition fighting against his military was comprised of Al Qaeda supporters and other jihadists. In talking about the origins of the conflict, Assad failed to
It´s hard not to admire how Senator Ted Cruz spent his summer. Months of touring the country and TV appearances telling conservatives that he wanted an (unwinnable) fight with the White House on Obamacare, getting the fight, and now sitting ringside cheering half-heartedly as the House throws punches. Cruz, a freshman from Texas, wasn´t the first guy to suggest that the party use a budget fight as leverage to rollback the Affordable Care Act, the president´s signature legislation. That idea dates back to 2011, as Chris Hayes noted on All In Wednesday night. In his segment, Hayes probably gave Cruz more
Raising the debt ceiling doesn´t increase the nation´s debt, Pres. Obama declared in a speech today. In a speech at the Business Roundtable headquarters in Washington, D.C., Obama dismissed concerns about raising the debt ceiling by noting that it´d been done so many times in the past: "Now, this debt ceiling -- I just want to remind people in case you haven´t been keeping up -- raising the debt ceiling, which has been done over a hundred times, does not increase our debt; it does not somehow promote profligacy.
For those of us foolish enough to live in a crime-gripped city that summarily denies our constitutional right to protect ourselves, this week´s massacre at the Washington Navy Yard pretty well sums up our insane, defenseless existence.Our Capitol Hill neighborhood drowned in the screams of sirens as police cars, vans, trucks and armored vehicles streaked through the narrow streets at deadly speeds. The skies filled with the constant whopping of countless helicopters.
On Tuesday night, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wrote the following open letter asking customers to no longer bring firearms into the stores, even in states where they are legally permissible to carry. He notes that this is not a "ban" on guns, but rather a request. In the letter, Schultz expresses frustration with pro-gun activists who have held "Starbucks Appreciation Day" events at the company´s location, ostensibly to laud the coffee shop´s policy on open-carry. Schultz does not want these events held at Starbucks any longer. With the letter, he risks incurring the anger of a large segment of the population.
The liberal media is so obsessed with linking the Navy Yard shooter with the AR-15 rifle that it is making up false tales of Aaron Alexis trying to obtain one. The New York Times attempts to give the impression that a so-called assault-weapon law stopped Alexis from buying a rifle in Virginia, but that is not true. The Times has a story Tuesday on its homepage with the headline “State Law Stopped Gunman From Buying Rifle, Officials Say.” The first line says: “The gunman who killed 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday test fired an AR-15 assault