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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Dumbyandhokey.

CW on November 1, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Robert Mugabe looks around for someone to fistbump with.

BobMbx on November 1, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Allah, I could FedEx some sandwiches asap…just give the word!!! Seriously though, is this a glimpse into our post-apocalyptic future? What the landscape will look like by 2016 if KingZero somehow gets re-elected? :/

cynccook on November 1, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Isn’t this Freeganism very common in NYC ?

burrata on November 1, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I literally feel for those people. But could the reporter literally say “literally” one more time? I mean, like, I’m literally not hearing it enough. Literally.

Ugly on November 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I heard they are eating each other.

The Notorious G.O.P on November 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Yet MSNBC laughed at Mitt’s food/supply drive. I bet NY’ers would be more than happy to take what he collected.

gophergirl on November 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Bloomberg was busy banning large soft drinks and kissing Barry’s arse to bother with flood protection.

Slainte on November 1, 2012 at 9:57 PM

GIGO?

tom daschle concerned on November 1, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Oh please. Storm or no storm, a dumpster full of free stuff = dumpster divers, just about every where, but especially in a place like NYC.

Pork-Chop on November 1, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Are the zombies coming?

oldroy on November 1, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Maybe they will find an ObamaPhone with an extra minute and phone in a pizza..

Not funny…

But survival in an Obama world…

Electrongod on November 1, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Maybe Barry should go to Manhattan for a photo op….he would look good standing next to that dumpster.

Terrye on November 1, 2012 at 9:58 PM

IIRC, there was plenty of warning beforehand about Sandy .
Couldn’t these people stock up on water and canned food atleast ?

burrata on November 1, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Even without an emergency plan, how can people not make it a few days befoer this happens?

oldroy on November 1, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Five days warning for these idiots. Five days to buy a hundred bucks or so worth of Chef Boyardee. No sympathy whatsoever.

quikstrike98 on November 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Why didn’t people stock up on water, bread, tuna fish, peanut butter, canned soup, etc.

Alternatively, why didn’t Bloomberg have the above ready to be brought down in trucks, coordinated by Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse or some other knowledgeable emergency help group?

(Red Cross spends far too much of their money on salaries).

INC on November 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

I heard they are eating each other.

The Notorious G.O.P on November 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Where are Shep or Geraldo when we need them?

Ugly on November 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

IIRC, there was plenty of warning beforehand about Sandy .
Couldn’t these people stock up on water and canned food atleast ?

burrata on November 1, 2012 at 9:59 PM

I usually have enough food for a week minimum just for every day life.

gophergirl on November 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

The underutilization of Tim Tebow continues.

SoFlaCon on November 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Maybe Barry should go to Manhattan for a photo op….he would look good standing next to that dumpster.

Terrye on November 1, 2012 at 9:58 PM

On a dumpster with a bullhorn….speechifying off a teleprompter, wearing that designer bomber jacket !!

burrata on November 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

But wait … gumby told me Obama swooped in, looked presidential and fixed everything!?!?

Firefly_76 on November 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Even without an emergency plan, how can people not make it a few days befoer this happens?

oldroy on November 1, 2012 at 9:59 PM

THIS^^^

Don’t know about my hotair friends..

But I survived a winter without power…..2 weeks…

I relied on my upbringing..

Then again..

I was raised in Montana..

Electrongod on November 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

National Guard/curfews by tomorrow night?

JPeterman on November 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Five days warning for these idiots. Five days to buy a hundred bucks or so worth of Chef Boyardee. No sympathy whatsoever.

quikstrike98 on November 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Or $20 of rice and beans.

oldroy on November 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Forgive me, I forgot to ask, Allah, are you and your family ok?

Zorro on November 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM

I would help you out but all my food has salt and trans-fats and you’re not allowed to eat that in N.Y.

BDavis on November 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Obamas’ America:

OCCUPY DUMPSTERS.

MichaelGabriel on November 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

But wait … gumby told me Obama swooped in, looked presidential and fixed everything!?!?

Firefly_76 on November 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

No – one of these fools said everything went wrong because Obama wasn’t allowed to go to New York….

oldroy on November 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

But Obama looked super cool in his bomber jacket.

forest on November 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Warning to NYC dumpster divers ………..

Beware: Diving for anything larger than a 16 oz drink container is illegal and violators will be prosecuted to the fullest absurdity of Mayor Bloomberg.

fogw on November 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Gumballs thinks this is a win for Obama.

wargamer6 on November 1, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Obamas’ America:

OCCUPY DUMPSTERS.

MichaelGabriel on November 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I hear there are Rape tents being set up..

Just rumor though..

Electrongod on November 1, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Or $20 of rice and beans.

oldroy on November 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM

no way to cook = no rice. maybe some have camper stoves. best bet is cereal, canned soup and peanut butter…

Firefly_76 on November 1, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Yet MSNBC laughed at Mitt’s food/supply drive. I bet NY’ers would be more than happy to take what he collected.

gophergirl on November 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM

This is exactly what I was thinking. And remember when they were saying, hey, it’s the twenty first century, the Red Cross needs money, not cans., well, it’s come to this. Apparently the Staten Island officials are mad at the Red Cross and their crass incompetence and now they ask people not to donate to the Red Cross anymore. Heh, gimme some ole fashion Mittens’ truck full of food cans, look like those poor folks who are eating from the dumpsters might do with some cans right now.

jimver on November 1, 2012 at 10:04 PM

But Obama looked super cool in his bomber jacket.

forest on November 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Eye Candy for the 1 percenters that had their house filled with sand…

Electrongod on November 1, 2012 at 10:06 PM

George Bush Barack Obama hates black people.”

Yours Truly,
Kanye West

Roc on November 1, 2012 at 10:06 PM

But Obama looked super cool in his bomber jacket.

forest on November 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Ironic, ain’t it

Ugly on November 1, 2012 at 10:06 PM

I heard Bloomie was suspending the Big Gulp law until things got back to normal…/

d1carter on November 1, 2012 at 10:06 PM

2 months without “private and commercial trucks on the way” and there will be more death from starvation than the storm. You can’t eat a EBT card or pre-paid MasterCard from FEMA as some private truck has to bring the stuff in.

11 million or so to Red Cross all because the full destruction is in black out to protect not only Obama but down ticket Dems and their big government solutions. If they can hid the destruction of a storm just think what they could hid like a nuke plant meltdown. You have not heard anything of how the New York nuclear power plant fair that got hit and if they still have back-up power and if one need worry as that would hurt Obama.

tjexcite on November 1, 2012 at 10:07 PM

SWFFMCN – Shelter, Water, Food, Fire, Medicine, Communications, Navigation.

It only takes a couple hundred bucks to be prepared for a month or two for each person.

oldroy on November 1, 2012 at 10:07 PM

No – one of these fools said everything went wrong because Obama wasn’t allowed to go to New York….

oldroy on November 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Oh. That ‘splains everything ;-)

Firefly_76 on November 1, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Or $20 of rice and beans.

oldroy on November 1, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Well as for myself, I took advantage of my Mormon coworker and bought a bunch of canned dry bulk food, good for 30 years storage, from their Bishop’s Store. I probably have about a month’s worth of beans, rice, cracked wheat, quick oats, etc stored up. Only cost me a little over a hundred. And a Black Berkey water filter that will remove pathogens, heavy metals, and radiological contaminants, again for only about 150 bucks. Doesn’t take a lot of money to prepare yourself. Again. No sympathy at all.

quikstrike98 on November 1, 2012 at 10:07 PM

How is it possible that these people did not have a few days or so of food in their homes? At any given time, I have enough for us for several weeks.

This is exactly why conservatives say we need to be able to fend for ourselves. They knew this storm was coming and yet did nothing to prepare themselves depending instead on the government to do that.

This is what happens when you depend on the government.

Jvette on November 1, 2012 at 10:08 PM

But Obama looked super cool in his bomber jacket.

forest on November 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

That was Obamas’ Halloween costume for Bette Midlers’ swank Halloween bash.

MichaelGabriel on November 1, 2012 at 10:08 PM

“We have the worst tragedy that’s ever happened to Staten Island, and I would say New York City, since 9/11 – and we need help,” Molinaro told reporters before singling out the Red Cross for scathing criticism.
“I have not seen the American Red Cross at a shelter. I have not seen them down at the South Shore where people are buried in their own homes, have nothing to eat and nothing to drink,” Molinaro fumed. “Yesterday I toured the South Shore with the mayor. The neighbors down there that didn’t have electricity managed to put together pots of soup and they were distributed to the people down there whose homes were just destroyed — and the American Red Cross was nowhere to be found.”

jimver on November 1, 2012 at 10:08 PM

people dumpster diving for food while mooch is sitting somewhere on her fat ass shoving burgers, fries, and shakes into her UGLY FACE!

GhoulAid on November 1, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Gosh, think about Bush with his hurrican. Same thing, cept now that The One is in office and he is liberal, the media is not playing on the hour how horrid it is over there.

This makes ME (&)( SICK. The Bias I am so SICK OF IT! It is time for conservatives stop playing nice and hold these fools to the same dang standards that we are held to.

Sorry NYers, this is what you all voted for anyways so I have a hard time feeling sorry, but I do feel sorry. Of course that just makes me racist/

watertown on November 1, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Five days warning for these idiots. Five days to buy a hundred bucks or so worth of Chef Boyardee. No sympathy whatsoever.

quikstrike98 on November 1, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Preach. My husband was running around like mad last weekend, all “Six cases of water is NOT ENOUGH!! We need a week’s worth just in case!” To say nothing of all the canned food (including Chef Boyardee) we stocked up on.

We live in Northern Virginia, and all it did was rain hella long, but by God he wasn’t taking any chances.

mrsknightley on November 1, 2012 at 10:09 PM

three days and they are out of food? f’n pitiful.

A 25# bag of rice is under $20. That’s EIGHTEEN DAYS worth of calories for 1 person.

Likewise a 50# bag of flour, similar cost. and it’s FORTY DAYS worth of calories for 1 person.

So $40 gets you raw staples for one person for TWO MONTHS.

Some careful shopping for the other items needed to make the above varied, flavorful and nutritious can be done for well less than $150.

Hell a crapload of ramen costs next to nothing.

All of you, go buy some basic food supplies and learn how to utilize them.

rayra on November 1, 2012 at 10:10 PM

this is the beginning of a well written zombie movie plot.

portlandon on November 1, 2012 at 10:11 PM

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.

Allahpundit = Blogger of the year. Love how two sentences is all that is required to show the callousness of the President and his hunchback, Bloomberg.

Varchild on November 1, 2012 at 10:11 PM

But Obama looked super cool in his bomber jacket.

forest on November 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

That was Obamas’ Halloween costume for Bette Midlers’ swank Halloween bash.

MichaelGabriel on November 1, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Sooo Marie Antoinette of her…only changed to : let them eat from the dumpsters…Holywood types for you…

jimver on November 1, 2012 at 10:11 PM

While I agree that some of these people were woefully unprepared, there are some that are truly homeless. And the Campaigner in Chief finished his photo opp and away he went.

How this can possibly be good for Obama is beyond me. The lines for gasoline on the Jersey Turnpike are getting crazy and they are working their way from north and centrol to the south (which is in better shape).

VioletTiger on November 1, 2012 at 10:12 PM

I wonder if the mood will improve by the 6th………

SailorMark on November 1, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Hell a crapload of ramen costs next to nothing.

All of you, go buy some basic food supplies and learn how to utilize them.

rayra on November 1, 2012 at 10:10 PM

What my wife and I lived on in Montana during the Collage Years..

I am alive to tell the world..

It works..

Thinking for yourself…
That is..

Electrongod on November 1, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Having lived through more hurricanes than I care to remember, my heart goes out to all the people struck on the east coast. Whenever one strikes in a highly populated place — and there’s no other place as condensed as NYC and Jersey — it’s going to cause nightmares.

But the one’s I went through also had governors and mayors and county judges and such that cared more about addressing the problems in a business-like way, both before and after the events, than those who are focused on guns and salt and big-drink bans or on a hoax that they wished to blame for a hurricane to begin with.

If you have the former, condensed population, and lack the latter, decent managers, you can expect what we’re seeing now on our TVs to only get worse, and far worse.

God bless those folks, but I hope they remember what got them in this fix to begin with.

TXUS on November 1, 2012 at 10:14 PM

no way to cook = no rice. maybe some have camper stoves. best bet is cereal, canned soup and peanut butter…

Firefly_76 on November 1, 2012 at 10:04 PM

$40 will get you a single burner coleman stove that runs on 1 pound propane tanks at $2 a piece. Buy a four pack of tanks and it gets you through a week or more of cooking.

A 20 pound barbeque propane tank hooked up to a $40 or $50 camp stove will get you a moths worth of cook time.

Best food for survival – no need to cook? Crackers, PB and J for crackers, tuna for crackers. Cheap, cheap, cheap. Proteins, fats, carbs.

oldroy on November 1, 2012 at 10:14 PM

no way to cook = no rice. maybe some have camper stoves. best bet is cereal, canned soup and peanut butter…

Firefly_76 on November 1, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Retards. You’ve got a whole landscape full of debris and shattered timber. ‘no way to cook’? STARVE, you morons.

Rice and beans and flour and all teh seasonings you could want, and all the cooking you could use, all around them. 3 people could pull their heads out of their asses and feed a hundred, from what’s in that local landscape of wreckage.

rayra on November 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

The KY Southern Baptists are coming to help:

We will have 106 volunteers on the ground by Friday evening. Currently all units are in route with plans to set up today and tonight and begin feeding tomorrow to fulfill request of providing 60,000 meals a day in the Manhattan and Long Island areas of New York. assessors and chaplains will begin on Friday with home assessments for damage and chaplain ministry on Friday.

INC on November 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I’m Glenn Beck level nuts. Got enough to unplug for at least 6 months no problem. Svea 123, rocket stove. Hobo penny stoves, gallons of white gas and neat/methonal.

There is simply no excuse to be unprepared.

Enjoy eating garbage,, liberals, it’s coming..

wolly4321 on November 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

OK is going to NJ:

The Southern Baptist Convention has trained 5,000 Oklahoma volunteers who are ready for the call to help.

State Director Sam Porter plans to head to New Jersey later this week as soon as relief workers will be allowed into the most damage areas.

Teams from Oklahoma will serve 10 to 14 days in the region.

“We don’t receive any government help,” Porter said. “We are a faith-based group going in and saying, ‘Hey if we can make a difference in your life, that’s what we’re going to do no matter what it takes.’”

INC on November 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I have bottled water in my basement and freezers, we have 2 100 gal totes to catch rainwater, that fill up in a good storm, and an inflatable pool to catch more water, we have a supply of bleach to use as purifier, I have 3 freezers with food and ice, a pantry full of food, flashlights, candles, radio… and a whole house generator and a a gas cook stove, I’m trying to pick up extra first aid supplies to have on hand.. so I’d say I’m weak there.. but I could definitely go several days without power and be able to feed and water my family.

kringeesmom on November 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

But Obama looked super cool in his bomber jacket.

forest on November 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Ironic, ain’t it

Ugly on November 1, 2012 at 10:06 PM

You bet. Air raiding villages and bombing civilians again.

And he was bashing his opponents for bombing with insufficient presence on the ground when he said that. Double secret irony.

forest on November 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

INC on November 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Fantastic. Hope they make it over to Staten Island too.

gophergirl on November 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

How this can possibly be good for Obama is beyond me.

VioletTiger on November 1, 2012 at 10:12 PM

When you’re subservient to your master, you don’t ask questions. You do as told.

Ugly on November 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Yet MSNBC laughed at Mitt’s food/supply drive. I bet NY’ers would be more than happy to take what he collected.

gophergirl on November 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Just what I was thinking.

Yet, those people will still vote for Obama because this is NYC.

If this video was played during the Bush years, they would play this on an endless loop on MSNBC.

So, does Obama hate New Yorkers, Kanye?

goflyers on November 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

As someone who has recently lived the FEMA nightmare after the catastrophic flooding of Minot, ND, I know what these people are dealing with. Janet Napolitano showed up and promised the world. Obama didn’t show. Not enough electoral votes and it wasn’t election time when our flood hit in the summer of 2011.

TXMomof3 on November 1, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Which one will be patient zero for the zombie apocalypse?

Not that I’m hoping…you know…that such a thing would…you know…actually happen…

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Barry’s Laurel and Hardy show did not keep their stomachs full?

bayview on November 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

This should add an exclamation point to the Obama administration’s overall incompetence. It’s amateur hour over there.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Maybe the news reporters could give them some professional advice on dumpster diving?

Seriously, this should be a lesson in how fast things can go south when a disaster strikes. $50 worth of stuff can make a huge difference and it can all be stuff you would use anyway.

sharrukin on November 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

I’m glad I live in Texas…We have our share of natural disasters but stuff like this doesn’t happen down here.

Gov. Perry took a lot of heat when he shut the media out after IKE…but doing that allowed first responders to get to people,retrieve bodies and focus resources from all over the state to clear wreckage and deliver supplies. People were fed and sheltered.

We are still rebuilding on the coast.

I feel bad these east coasters have to go through this.

workingclass artist on November 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

If only Andrea Mitchell had collected some canned goods…

Ronnie on November 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Wind, flood, fire and snow have combined to displace thousands of residents in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and West Virginia. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are on their way to the hardest-hit areas in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, bringing help and hope in the midst of crisis….

SBDR volunteers serving from both affected and partnership responding state conventions include the Baptist General Convention of Virginia, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland-Delaware, Mississippi, New England, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania-South Jersey, South Carolina, Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia, Tennessee and West Virginia….

SBDR assets include 82,000 trained volunteers, including chaplains, and some 1,550 mobile units for feeding, chainsaw, mud-out, command, communication, childcare, shower, laundry, water purification, repair/rebuild and power generation. SBDR is one of the three largest mobilizers of trained disaster relief volunteers in the United States, along with the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

INC on November 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Looters dress like ConEdison to gain access to housing.

May they all spontaneously combust.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM

gophergirl on November 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

I would think they will.

INC on November 1, 2012 at 10:20 PM

A pound of pasta is $1 at the $1 store….

wolly4321 on November 1, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Seems to me this Bloomberg guy threatened to lock people up who tried to give sandwiches to homeless mopes a while back. Could this city ordinance be screwing the assistance process for the unfortunates here? Keeping out anything other than approved nutritional items? I haven’t seen much of anything happening.

DumboTheAvenger on November 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Looters dress like ConEdison to gain access to housing.

May they all spontaneously combust.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Oh, my.

jimver on November 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

I realize there are exceptions, but if I knew that storm was bearing down on me I’d have at least a week’s worth of food and water for all the people and pets in my house, then I’d hunker down until the power came back on.

Crazy thoughts, I realize.

Bob's Kid on November 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Water? Keep as much water on hand as you can.

Need more? Filter and treat.

At the very least keep a stack of coffee filters around, better than that check out a company called Sawyer – excellent 0.1 micron filter for $50. Other good filters available at cheaper than dirt.

Check out a thing called a Steripen, or get a bottle of unscented bleach and a pool test kit and learn how to use it. A bottle of bleach will treat many months of water.

But for gosh sakes, don’t wait until you need water to figure out how to filter and treat.

oldroy on November 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

According to historical Gallup Data, no incumbent President has ever received a huge bump in Job Approval after a hurricane.

The last time there was a storm like this so close to a major election was Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Pappy Bush did as well as could be expected in that storm, but the Democrat Media never reported it.

And he lost that election a few weeks later.

Del Dolemonte on November 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

So when will Shepard Smith make a tearful plea for Obama to save New Yorkers? He doesn’t even have to leave town.

Cindy Munford on November 1, 2012 at 10:22 PM

The KY Southern Baptists are coming to help:

The unsophisticated Bible-thumping bitter clingers are coming to help the uber-hipsters of the galaxy’s premiere metropolis? Well, isn’t that something.

What I would like to know is how many newly homeless and hungry people have been given a warm bed a food by such liberal stalwarts as Bill Maher and Diane Sawyer.

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 10:22 PM

But Hollywood stars are still having a good time in New York.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2226124/Hocus-Pocus-star-Bette-Midler-hosts-extravagant-French-themed-Halloween-party-New-York.html

Hey, but… if this reporter can get there.. he looks fed… why can’t supplies get there? Stuff like that makes no sense to me. It’s New York City. Lib Utopia. How much do they spend on social programs there? Can’t they get some food in?

I’m wondering… will Mayor Doomberg suspend the ban on 32 oz. Gulp drinks?

JellyToast on November 1, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Looters dress like ConEdison to gain access to housing.

May they all spontaneously combust.

Schadenfreude on November 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Oh my is right.

PatriotGal2257 on November 1, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Water? Keep as much water on hand as you can.

Need more? Filter and treat.

At the very least keep a stack of coffee filters around, better than that check out a company called Sawyer – excellent 0.1 micron filter for $50. Other good filters available at cheaper than dirt.

Check out a thing called a Steripen, or get a bottle of unscented bleach and a pool test kit and learn how to use it. A bottle of bleach will treat many months of water.

But for gosh sakes, don’t wait until you need water to figure out how to filter and treat.

oldroy on November 1, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Don’t forget the frontier straw, iodine tabs, and reservoirs to keep water in. They sell something called a waterbob at CTD. Essentially turns a bathtub into a potable water reservoir.

tom daschle concerned on November 1, 2012 at 10:23 PM

But Obama looked super cool in his bomber jacket.

forest on November 1, 2012 at 10:03 PM

I think the military played a prank on Bammie and gave him a woman’s jacket. That’s why it looks so goofy.

slickwillie2001 on November 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Did anyone see the segment Greta did with Samaritan’s Purse the other night? Those folks have got it together, they just have to be allowed in. Based on safety, not that anyone is trying to stop them from helping.

Cindy Munford on November 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Romney’s going to inheret a real mess. But, you know, I’ll bet he never says that.

SailorMark on November 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM

If only Romney had not collected canned goods and gotten more money instead, this would never have happened. /sarc

SAZMD on November 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I do recall the mainstream media was laughing at Romney because he was gathering and distributing food for people in the disaster. The media was laughing because they said Romney doesn’t understand that the people need money, not food. Ok, eat a dollar bill New Yorkers. Ok, then do they need dollars or canned food? Guess Romney smarter than the average libtard reporter.

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Just look at all the crime and escalating violence. I’m glad I don’t live in a big city because when the shiite hits the fan there will be hell to pay.

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Top Ramen dozen-pack at Walmart for $2.30. That’s 2400 calories and more than enough sweat to work hard at debris removal all day. All you need is a big pot of hot water. Season it with whatever you can scrounge up.
That’s a month’s worth of calories for one person for $70 + extras. Green onions, brown onions, spices, eggs, potted meats.
One big pot over a burner or scrapwood fire, boiled for 10-20mins to kill contaminating bacteria, put a bunch of stuff in and stir.

rayra on November 1, 2012 at 10:26 PM

I will be shocked if they hold the marathon, and if they do the city fathers better be prepared to explain why.

rob verdi on November 1, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Romney’s going to inheret a real mess. But, you know, I’ll bet he never says that.

SailorMark on November 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I think he and Ryan really want the challenge. They want to fix it for their kids, grandkids and for all of us.

gophergirl on November 1, 2012 at 10:27 PM

People laughed when I erected my own water tower in the back 40. Who’s laughing now?

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 10:28 PM

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