Video: Hungry New Yorkers dumpster-diving for food as power to lower Manhattan remains off

posted at 9:51 pm on November 1, 2012 by Allahpundit

You’ve seen it already on Drudge but I feel obliged to post, just to keep today’s running theme of Obama’s omnicompetence going. I won’t bother delving into how the media would handle this if a Republican were in office; you can tell that story as well as I can. Instead, let me give you Walter Russell Mead on the genius of the nanny state:

Admittedly, getting public support and finding the money for flood protection would be hard, but it is exactly that kind of hard job that governments are supposed to do. Leadership is getting the important things done, not looking busy on secondary tasks while the real needs of the city go quietly unmet.

The problem with nanny state governance isn’t just that it’s intrusive. It isn’t just that it stifles business with over-regulation, and it isn’t just that it empowers busybodies and costs money. It’s that it distracts government from the really big jobs that it ought to be doing.

Mayor Bloomberg has done an admirable job under great pressure as the city reels from Sandy’s attack. But an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure. The city needed flood protection for its subways and electricity grid—and it didn’t get it. If the Mayor had spent less time and less of his political capital focusing on minutiae, this storm could have played out very differently.

Yeah, how is it that a guy who’s willing to let climate-change policy determine his vote for president chose to leave the country’s most populous city underprepared for weather disasters? Whether global warming contributed to Sandy or not, an AGW true believer in a position of power should have had special concerns about flooding and protecting infrastructure. To preach it and not act is as silly as a guy running for reelection on his terrorist ass-kicking credentials refusing to consult his counterterror team during a terrorist attack. But then, this is the myth of Bloomberg the visionary manager. The days-long power outage in Queens that I endured six years ago also happened on his watch; he could have used that as a catalyst to make upgrading the city’s old power grid his cause celebre, but he’s much more of a guns-and-Big-Gulps sort of “visionary” than a guy concerned with keeping the lights on and the trains running. Hence Mead’s point.

Go read Breitbart’s Twitter round-up of the state of play right now in New York and New Jersey when it comes to finding gas. There’s actually plenty of it nearby; there’s just no way to get it flowing again until the lights come back on.

Update: Via Gothamist, here’s how things looked downtown as of yesterday morning. If people are eating out of garbage bins today, I’m guessing that the situation hasn’t improved much:

6) I did not witness a single Red Cross Truck or FEMA Vehicle or in lower Manhattan. Recall the assistance these agencies provided after 9/11 – this is NOT HAPPENING. There are bound to be hundreds of elderly people, rich and poor, who live on the upper floors of buildings with elevators that are now disabled. IF POWER IS NOT RESTORED, THIS WILL MOVE FROM BEING AN ECONOMIC DISASTER TO A HUMANITARIAN DISASTER…

8) The substation responsible for the outage is a huge facility. It spans an entire avenue from Avenue C to D and a length of street from 13th to 14th. If crews have to inspect every coil and wire, it might be MORE THAN THREE DAYS UNTIL POWER IS RESTORED. Additionally, the site did not appear staffed with many Con Ed workers. As a note, the 2003 blackout lasted 15 hours.

9) The water from the storm surge was invariably contaminated – floating garbage, wood pieces from the dock, and possibly sewage. One Nuyorican woman who lived on Avenue C near 12th street noted the water level peaked above her waist. She was still visibly shaken this afternoon. She also recalled a huge noise at 8 pm when the substation failed. The sky, in her words, turned from black to green

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Excuse me, but when Mitt gathered food at his rallies… didnt’ the left mock him?

Now Staten Island is begging for food. Maybe Mitt should drop it from parachutes.

Never mind… drop it in Ohio.

petunia on November 2, 2012 at 12:42 AM

New Yorkers voted for Obama and Bloomberg. “Elections have consequences”!

GarandFan on November 2, 2012 at 12:41 AM

NYers CHANGED law to allow Bloomberg an extra term. Masochists, most of them…

riddick on November 2, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Barack Obama doesn’t care about black people… Oh wait. He doesn’t care about a damn thing other than how he gets his a$$ elected again.

Hummer53 on November 2, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Barack Obama doesn’t care about black people… Oh wait. He doesn’t care about a damn thing other than how he gets his a$$ elected again.

Hummer53 on November 2, 2012 at 12:44 AM

Kobe beef and lobsters by the bushel for dinner every night do that to people…

riddick on November 2, 2012 at 12:45 AM

Long Island power authority suspects a 2-3 week wait for power restoration.

ConEd says nov 11 for vast majority of NYC customers.

Here comes social unrest my friends.

blatantblue

That’s not good. If true, things could get ugly.

xblade on November 2, 2012 at 12:49 AM

That’s not good. If true, things could get ugly.

xblade on November 2, 2012 at 12:49 AM

When I return to queens in a few days, I’m bringing 50 shells and my mossberg 500 with me.

Not paranoid, but you never know.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/post/new-noreaster-may-hit-east-coast-next-week/2012/11/01/8927312c-2453-11e2-ac85-e669876c6a24_blog.html

Take that into account.

Possible storm coming soon, continued power outages, no fuel, food supplies run down, etc.

Gets ugly. Looters. I live only a few blocks from a shady part of town. If I must I will cap fools

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 12:52 AM

I don’t know if this is funny or sad. Remember when bush hated black people because fema didn’t respond quickly enough from a cat3 hurricane? Who’s gonna call obama a racist? This was only a cat1.

speekr on November 2, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Wally, I would amend that list only becuase of the weight vs flexablity.
BlaxPac on November 2, 2012 at 12:10 AM

I’m not too worried, I’ve got everything on the list except the cheap high proof vodka. I live in a small town and also own a fair sized family farm (422 acres) and all that entails just 12 miles outside of town. On paper I’m a multi millionare, but in reality I live on about 60 grand a year.

Wallythedog on November 2, 2012 at 12:56 AM

I watched CBS News wanting to hear if they said anything about Benghazi (no) but they did have info on apartment dwellers, all stuck in those high towers because the elevators are out. One elderly couple said that they don’t want to leave because they know they have to climb 20 flights back up.

So their super was going out and getting food from relief orgs, which seemed to be in good supply. But this is going to get bad, soon, without help.

What the heck is Bloomberg doing? He’s going ahead with a marathon which starts in Staten Island! People are still trapped there!

Also, some non-union trucks were turned back from Jersey. Hope that’s not happening in NYC.

PattyJ on November 2, 2012 at 12:35 AM

Can’t they get those old folks to shelters?

Remember the heat wave that hit Paris in 2003…Temps got up to 104 in old buildings with little or no air conditioning…and 15,000 people died (most were elderly)

workingclass artist on November 2, 2012 at 1:06 AM

How ironic. Just when gumby was thinking this was the October surprise, it turns out to be Obama’s Katrina.

tkyang99 on November 2, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Gets ugly. Looters. I live only a few blocks from a shady part of town. If I must I will cap fools

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Looting reported today in Coney Island, but after living on Brighton Beach in close proximity to Coney and having to deal with Coney’s residents that is par for the course, no surprise there. Looting will only happen in certain areas, both Queens and Brooklyn were very safe back in the ’78 blackout. VERY SAFE. Upper West side? Not so…

But then again, maybe they need to personally meet each other, after all, they are all in it together, right?

riddick on November 2, 2012 at 1:20 AM

But then again, maybe they need to personally meet each other, after all, they are all in it together, right?

riddick on November 2, 2012 at 1:20 AM

It’ll go down in Long Island, too.

As a former life long resident of LI, there are plenty of shi’ite hole areas that produce some stellar civilians

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Excuse me, but when Mitt gathered food at his rallies… didnt’ the left mock him?

Now Staten Island is begging for food. Maybe Mitt should drop it from parachutes.

Never mind… drop it in Ohio.

petunia on November 2, 2012 at 12:42 AM

Why yes, yes they did!

“The Red Cross doesn’t need food. They need money! Everybody knows that! Stupid heartless Republican!!!111″

Now, New Yorkers are eating out of dumpsters.

Watch Romney show up with a convoy of trucks filled with canned food and start personally handing it out. Liberals will be screaming about how ‘evil’ he is for campaigning in the middle of a disaster zone.

bitsy on November 2, 2012 at 1:33 AM

It’ll go down in Long Island, too.

As a former life long resident of LI, there are plenty of shi’ite hole areas that produce some stellar civilians

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Certainly some in Queens and Brooklyn as well, I was just pointing out that both are safe for the most part. Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, Coney are all bad even during “peace” time, not many venture there and in days past taxi drivers refused to take fares there under the risk of losing their license. Jamaica in Queens is about it. Once you get to Howard Beach line and West of that you are safe.

riddick on November 2, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Why would the idiot give Hussein a bump just a few days before election is more than questionable when even liberals Bloomberg and Cuomo declined.

riddick on November 2, 2012 at 12:39 AM

He needed to insure that he wasn’t sucking hind tit when it came to relief aid. At the same time he immunized himself from a lot of potential criticism by publicly reaching out to Obama and the feds. Not to mention he tied Obama up in New Jersey, keeping him out of Philadelphia. Now Obama is off to Wisconsin for some last minute panic campaigning, before the end of the world as Democrats know it.

claudius on November 2, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Tomorrow is going to be a FUGLY news day for bronco bomma…video of even longer gasoline lines, food lines, more dumpster diving video and then the continued drip drip drip of the Benghazi coverup FINALLY hits the alphabet media…not what they wanted on the day their fake unemployment numbers come out…
hopenchange…disappearing before out very eyes…
4 more days…

Strike Hornet on November 2, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Bronco must go.

Kenosha Kid on November 2, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Dumpster diving is the “green energy” equivalent of hunting and gathering.

So…what’s the big deal, New Yorkers?

trapeze on November 2, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Keep getting in expensive wars, letting the greens set the economic agenda and messing with entitlements and these people could start giving many of us lessons.

IlikedAUH2O on November 2, 2012 at 2:08 AM

I guess I just spent too much time in the Army, but it seems completely unnatural to me that people would go without being armed, and having basic survival gear that they can carry with them.

claudius on November 2, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Dumpsters shall now be known as Obama Snack Wagons.

Barack’s in Vegas eating like a king.

New Yorkers are in alleys eating like rats.

profitsbeard on November 2, 2012 at 2:18 AM

I’m not too worried, I’ve got everything on the list except the cheap high proof vodka. I live in a small town and also own a fair sized family farm (422 acres) and all that entails just 12 miles outside of town. On paper I’m a multi millionare, but in reality I live on about 60 grand a year.

Wallythedog on November 2, 2012 at 12:56 AM

You’re a lucky man, sir…mostly I amended the list for those that live in the bigger 1st and 2nd tier cities: anywhere where people depend on a municipality for water, electricity, etc should take a serious look at that and be prepared.

A city or borough like NYC I would prep a “safe house” with no less than 60 days worth of food and 100 gallons of water, along with the means to collect rainwater and distill and filter it. I would also include lights (Sterno & battery), and about 500 rounds of assorted ammo. The primary goal is to hunker down initially, then move out as soon as possible to a secured zone or area.

The further you get away into the suburban areas, I would double the number for food & TRIPLE the number for ammo. At that point your survival is way more in your hands than that and you’ll more than likely be foraging for yourself until order (if any) is restored.

In a way, you’re lucky: with the right amount of planning and with very little in start up you can have a fixed secured location and could ride out most major issues on your lonesome. If you have the gumption, I’d suggest getting a single stage reload press, a few xtra cans of powder & surplus brass cases in all of your guns calibers & as many “junk” brass cases as you can afford to have…they can come in handy for a smart fellow :wink:

Most important? Print out a few “How To DIY” texts on to make a generator, distill spirits (for cars & lanterns), etc. Those alone are worth their weight in gold especially in a age where people are reading more on e-Devices than actual paper products.

BlaxPac on November 2, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Want to see abusive use of power? Wait till Mitt gets in office and the President has use of AirForce One until January 20th. I can hear the screaming now.

mixplix on November 2, 2012 at 4:23 AM

You’ve seen it already on Drudge but I feel obliged to post, just to keep today’s running theme of Obama’s omnicompetence going.

If the Mayor had spent less time and less of his political capital focusing on minutiae, this storm could have played out very differently.

Sure, Obama and Bloomberg are incompetent political hacks. However, this stuff, to me, is merely a symptom of packing millions into a few square miles who are supported by the tenuous modern systems of support. James Burke warned us about how these things go down in his first episode of Connections back in the late ’70s as he examined the goings on of the Great Blackout of ’65.

Until people on the individual, family and community levels plan and prepare in advance for such things, these stories will play out again and again into the future.

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 2, 2012 at 5:11 AM

Can the right wing blogs reach out to each other and start formulating a list of charities to donate food, clothing, cash and time to?

The response of the American people after Katrina was to open our wallets, our homes, our reserves to the people displaced by the storm. Now where is that response?

I’ve already donated to food trucks being sent to NYC, but there are entire swaths of the Jersey shore that need help.

It is obvious the federal government isn’t prepared and that cash strapped State and local governments are unable to respond well if at all. That leaves you, me, our friends and the better known blogs to pick up the slack and get the relief formulated and going.

Each of us can only do so much.

Working together we can help our fellow Americans through this time of trouble.

ajacksonian on November 2, 2012 at 5:56 AM

Lower Manhattan must have the highest percentage of urban hipsters who sneer and snark at flood and tornado devastation when it happens in fly-over country. Will this experience make them more empathetic to heartlanders who supply their food next time? Nope.

curved space on November 2, 2012 at 6:34 AM

blatantblue on November 2, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Blue you be freaking careful during this.

hawkdriver on November 2, 2012 at 6:41 AM

In Florida, before a stiorm, people go a little crazy buying everythimg in site and preparing for no electricity for a week, buying gas, propane, charcoal, ice, whatever

Most people have most of it prepped ahead of time, so craziness is limited to about 15% of the population.

After a storm, the despareate are usually the same 15% who didnt or couldnt prepare. after a week, that desperate level rises to about 25%.

The population up North is not prepared for this. anyone get a gallon of water per person per day for 7 days? what about ice and propane/charcoal for food prep? cash because ATMs dont work? food that doesnt need refridgeration?

New Yorkers and New Jersians? Desperate? That crying infant wont be ignored for long…

Floriduh Jim on November 2, 2012 at 6:57 AM

Gas lines, long-term power outages, dumpster diving, and more. Romney has no shot at NY and NJ. But the picture of Obama in Vegas (again) while this is going on can’t be good for him.

BuckeyeSam on November 2, 2012 at 7:05 AM

Just heard a report on Fox this morning and if true i hope you people in New Jersey just freeze your A** off .The report said hundreds of utility workers from around the country who came to New Jersey to help them get there power back on line were turned away because they were none union.

logman1 on November 2, 2012 at 7:11 AM

So much for “cutting through the red tape.”

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/11/non-union-alabama-utility-workers-denied-entry-into-new-jersey-told-to-stand-down-video/

Looks like the people in Benghazi and New York now have company in people who want to help being told to stand down. This is pathetic!

UnderstandingisPower on November 2, 2012 at 7:27 AM

By all means, let’s keep showering the savages in the pisslamic shit holes with billions. I have said for years, the lefty, libby, commie control freaks won’t be happy until we are a third world country. Are they dancing in the streets yet?

sablegsd on November 2, 2012 at 7:30 AM

Rudy was on Hannity last night and said he had to fight the enviro-wackos tooth and nail to get any kind of work done on the power grid. The dumpster divers didn’t prepare for a bad situation because they thought they could depend on govt to take care of them after the storm. Did their nanny waive the restriction on larger than 16oz slushees yet? How ’bout salt shakers or super size happy meals? I thought the prezzy wanted govt to get out of the way.

Kissmygrits on November 2, 2012 at 7:33 AM

Floriduh Jim on November 2, 2012 at 6:57 AM

When the Hurricane Seasons started hitting NC again around the time of H. Floyd, Tarheels started wising up. Most folks I know do just like you say at the outside hint of a storm hitting the South Eastern Coast. Most of the people I know have an emergency generator of some type and quite a few have automatic panels that kick on permanent generators that run full zones or the entire house. I just delivered on to our build site that’ll run the entire hawkdriver farm.

I have only ever been in one situation where I felt helpless and it really was an eye opener about how vulnerable you become. When the Tornados hit Huntsville, AL I was staying in a corporate apartment my firm arranged for us. When the electricity went out, it was all so sudden I didn’t have the time or storage resources for anything. My truck didn’t have enough gas and there was none to be had. After two days of being without power, the apartment got a van sized generator to run the apartments, but there were people going without food and the sirens going up and down University Blvd constantly gave it quite the surreal feeling. My wife had already been scheduled to fly in to help me move back to NC so we just got lucky that I had to pick her up at the airport. I had enough gas to pick her up and get back to the apartments. We didn’t have a plan after that. But a State Police Trooper at the airport told us he expected Decatur to get electricity that morning. I went straight to there from the airport and he was right. But cars and trucks were already lining up to every gas station. We got in an early line, topped off and by the time we were pulling out and heading back to the apartments to pack up and leave, the scene was getting unruly at most of those stations. They had police at every one directing traffic and keeping the peace. Driving out of town and AL, the region was like a war zone until we got past the Guntersville Lake area.

It is awful feeling like you’re not in control of your situation.

hawkdriver on November 2, 2012 at 7:36 AM

Zombie apocalypse.
Better watch out Bloomberg will tax the food or regulate the dumpster dine size.

I have sympathy for the poor children of these imbeciles.

It’s beginning to look like good old fashion Boy Scout conservative planning is better for survival than liberal live for today-isms, and big government hand outs pan handling. Can’t wait to see how Obamacare works out!

The moral of the story is to plan for the worst and to take all threats seriously … Iran anyone?

kregg on November 2, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Will the marathon runners be eating out of the dumpsters?

Wade on November 2, 2012 at 8:09 AM

But, hey, AT LEAST OBAMA GOT HIS PHOTO-OP !

I believe Sandy’s middle name might be KATRINA !

stenwin77 on November 2, 2012 at 8:18 AM

Bronco must go.

Kenosha Kid on November 2, 2012 at 2:03 AM

LOL !!!!!

stenwin77 on November 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Utilities from all over the country are sending people,gear and equipment.

Lowes and Home Depot are sending inventory from all over the country.

workingclass artist on November 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

I just heard on the radio that utility repairmen from some southern state were told to get out of NJ because they weren’t union. They are leaving NJ and going to NYC. I wonder what will happen there.

Night Owl on November 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM

A dozen cans of tuna, two big jars of peanut butter, and two big boxes of saltines don’t take much space. All of it can fit in a rolly-shopper-cart in one trip to the store.

oldroy on November 1, 2012 at 11:15 PM

When the abode is gone, what do you do, genius? When people live paycheck to paycheck normally, and millions do, what do they buy these meager supplies with? There are many people in desperate situations and do desperate things jut to get by one more day.

Wade on November 2, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Utilities from all over the country are sending people,gear and equipment.

Lowes and Home Depot are sending inventory from all over the country.

workingclass artist on November 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

What happens to these supplies if the divers are non-union?

Wade on November 2, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Well, according to AQ it’s just divine punishment anyway.

The Shabaab al-Mujahideen Movement remarked that Hurricane Sandy, which devastated many areas in the Caribbean and East Coast and mid-Atlantic of the United States, was a disaster imposed by God for rejecting Islam. In a series of eleven postings on its English Twitter account on October 31, 2012, the Shabaab’s Press Office urged non-Muslims in the US to “reject their falsehood” and embrace Islam in order to find safety. It wrote, for example: “The path of destruction carved by hurricane Sandy in the US is just a tiny fragment of the punishment warranted by their heinous atrocities… Destroying everything by the command of Allah, these punishing winds serve as a just recompense for their disbelief and crimes against Islam… It is the answer to the prayers of the oppressed Muslims accross the globe and a response to the silent whispers of the Muslim prisoners…”
The postings by the Shabaab’s Press Office about the hurricane and its impact comes amidst jihadists celebrating the destruction to the US and New York City in particular, and finding it to be God’s punishment for what they perceive as a war on Islam.

SoonerMarine on November 2, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Got a quick round of links together… some food and clothing is getting in, but nothing like what was seen after Katrina. And this hit a much wider area, and a few places down coast as it came in all the way from NC, VA and DE up to the main parts of PA, NJ, NY, CT, RI and MA.

Where are the newsies to report on the looting, the homeless, those going hungry?

Oh, wait, there’s an ELECTION GOING ON!

Can’t have bad optics during President Lightbringer’s Campaign, now, can you?

ajacksonian on November 2, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Had this storm hit a swing state, Obama would have Michelle out there making peanut butter sandwiches around the clock while his daughters manned a free lemonade stand.

But NY and NJ are gonna vote for him anyway…so…yeah… see ya… wouldn’t want to be ya. Wonder if the beer is chilled yet on Air Force One?

Sugar Land on November 2, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I’ve noticed on many sites, people looking for a place to make donations to directly help the hard hit South shore of Staten Island, so I called the local parish in Tottenville, Our Lady Help of Christians. They have been collecting and distributing clothing and food and also taking money for ones who had deaths and lost homes. They do not have Paypal, but if you go to http://olhcparish.blogspot.com/ and scroll down on right, there is ParishPay, for making church contributions. Look under zip code 10307 and they will be listed; you can make a 1 time donation. This is their FB page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Our-Lady-Help-of-Christians-School/43602545966?ref=ts&fref=ts#!/pages/Our-Lady-Help-of-Christians/42815181653

Madisonian on November 2, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Madisonian on November 2, 2012 at 9:24 AM

My thanks and posted.

Put some cash to the Beckites last night, they already delivered 3 semi’s worth to the Brooklyn area.

ajacksonian on November 2, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Gumby, I told you that Bush was looking good on the day of Katrina and a day or two after landfall. It is ALWAYS the 3-day Rule that goes into effect. If the government or the people do not have control of the situation at that point after a disaster, Lord of the Flies is usually the next stage.

Obama just must not like white people./*

* I added the sarc tag. Black comedians and Prog idiots like Janeane Garofalo meant it about Bush. Hey! I think Garofalo lives downtown. Let me get a teeny, tiny tissue.

Resist We Much on November 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I guess I just spent too much time in the Army, but it seems completely unnatural to me that people would go without being armed, and having basic survival gear that they can carry with them.

claudius on November 2, 2012 at 2:11 AM

It’s a lot harder for us civvies to just carry that stuff anywhere we go. If absolutely nothing else, because people with backpacks who aren’t obviously students get The Eye from security after 9/11. Not to mention that you can hardly throw a rock without hitting a business where there’s one of those [CENSORED] “no firearms except for cops” signs…

Also, our gear isn’t government-sponsored, and a decent firearm and ammunition costs a !@$^ing fortune. So it’s “buy, beg, borrow, or salvage” for literally everything in our survival kits.

Keeping arms and survival gear at your residence, now that’s a whole different ballgame.

MelonCollie on November 2, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Can someone tell me what the carbon footprint of the marathon is? It has to be huge if you factor in people driving and flying to the event, all the bottled water, etc.

UnderstandingisPower on November 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM

what did obama’s visit really accomplish? besides making gov Christie the dems favorite rino? Nothing. This is going be katrina like here.

joepub on November 2, 2012 at 10:34 AM

I don’t know where the writer gets his facts but the 114th street con ed plant generates steam NOT electricity. Steam is provided to housing projects hospitals the empire st bldg act. They use it for heat, elevators, etc. Electricity is generated at other plants on the east river.

xkaydet65 on November 2, 2012 at 10:58 AM

I’m horrified by the judgmental comments here. How about we leave such to the HuffPo crowd and figure out how to go around bureaucracy and help the people in need. BTW most really wiped out here in NYC are middle and working class homeowners who live on the shore of Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Pssst… guess where the 30% of non-Democrat NYC votes come from. We are also the type to dig deep for others.

Madisonian on November 2, 2012 at 12:12 PM

When regulations require food to be thrown out the government claims its for you own good; knowing this, the food should have been open to the public but the regulators would have been on top of the stores with fines and court orders. Makes me wonder the intelligence of the government.

mixplix on November 2, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Doesn’t New York City have a law or regulation against trans-fats?

I recall, probably imperfectly, a story from many months ago about charities that were not allowed to serve donated fried food because it had been cooked in Crisco or something. Couldn’t feed the hungry something for a meal that might hurt them years later — though that would possibly be true if they kept eating it for years instead of on a one-off or short-term basis.

What an attitude — better to be hungry [or starving] now than eating something that may cause a health problem years down the road.

Russ808 on November 2, 2012 at 2:16 PM

The underutilization of Tim Tebow continues.

SoFlaCon on November 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Thread winner, in the category of black humor during a disaster.

cane_loader on November 2, 2012 at 5:02 PM

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