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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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

It pairs fantastically with his mom jeans. All he needs are some fabulous accessories and he’s set!

TXMomof3 on November 1, 2012 at 10:28 PM

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

What bloomy wants, bloomy gets.

wargamer6 on November 1, 2012 at 10:28 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

…the poor reporter… probably has “literally” been covering VP Joe Biden for three years!

KOOLAID2 on November 1, 2012 at 10:28 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

You do realize Bloomberg’s Food Police would have arrested them for being in possession of that much sodium?? Come on!

Raquel Pinkbullet on November 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

My relatives like to give me cans and bags of nuts for the Holidays, Macadamias, Pistacios, Pinions.

I considered telling them to ease up, as I was accumulating quite a stockpile, until I realized I could live for a month on the stuff.

I also live within walking distance of the biggest reservoir in Southern California.

Good luck there in uber-liberal, ultra-hip NYC.

MichaelGabriel on November 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

SANDY…….OBAMA’S KATRINA.

Meanwhile Mr. Benghazi…..

Speaking in Green Bay, Wisconsin this afternoon, President Obama reminded voters that if Mitt Romney was president, he would “rubberstamp the Tea Party’s agenda.”

Ruling out compromise by pledging to rubberstamp the Tea Party’s agenda as President — that’s definitely not change,” Obama said. “In fact, that’s exactly the attitude in Washington that needs to go.”

http://times247.com/articles/obama-tea-party-attitude-has-to-go#ixzz2B1pCsbED

PappyD61 on November 1, 2012 at 10:30 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

I’m waiting for Whoraldo and Cooper in tight black t-shirts, microphone in hand, wading through the rubble and crying on live TV, begging for help for their fellow Americans ….

burrata on November 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Well, I’m still kinda laughing at that tower. *ducks*

SailorMark on November 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Is there a force field keeping the Lower East side residents from walking to the Upper East Side?

batterup on November 1, 2012 at 10:31 PM

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

wolly4321 on November 1, 2012 at 10:20 PM

IT’s .88 at walmart and under a buck routinely at any grocery store. Buy in bulk people. Buy what you eat already, just buy more of it and eat the oldest stuff first to maintain a rotation and you’ll always have plenty of food on hand without resorting to the ridiculously expensive and barely edible like dehydrated eggs and MREs – which get thrown out after several years of not eating them. Buy what you eat, buy plenty 0f the shelf-stable stuff.
And on top of all of it, you save in convenience and fuel costs, not having to run to the store all the time for one of something. And you save a lot more money buying in bulk, buying on sale only. Canned goods under a buck a can? Buy 2-3 flats, instead of two cans. It’ll be on deep sale again before you run out, thereby yielding all sorts of savings.

rayra on November 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Dumpster Diving America…..the Progressives Dream come true.

Where people can’t survive without government help.

THIS is Obama’s fundamentally transformed America.

PappyD61 on November 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

INC on November 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Those dumb stupid rednecks/

Calloway ERV now in northeast for storm assistance

Toren said she was told 9,000 people spent Tuesday night in 171 Red Cross shelters in 13 states on the East Coast. In addition, the national office has appointed Keith Alvey, chief operating officer for the Kentuckiana Region that serves the western Kentucky area, as operations director in New York City.

“We are very proud to have a Kentucky resident lead the operation,” Toren said.

JPeterman on November 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

“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 don’t take a back seat to anyone in wanting to dump on Barry, but I right about now, I think there’s a piece of the puzzle hiding here that ought to be exposed for some criticism.

AP, you’re a New Yorker. Aren’t you just a little ticked that Governor 2016 is more concerned about climate change, sea walls and homeowner deductibles than he is about alleviating the need for people to dumpster dive for food in Manhattan or beg for food on Staten Island?

Heck we’ve had more than enough posts on the proper role of FEMA, Romney’s emphasis on rolling responsibilities back to states where they know the localities better than some remote federal agency, Christie taking an active role in the management of his state, and finally, remember back in 2005 the raking over the coals that Blanco got for not doing what was needed before during and after Katrina.

Sure, bust Obama’s chops for his sudden CIC role here a mere two months after going all Sleeping Beauty on Benghazi, but why is Governor 2016 getting a full free pass here?

Dusty on November 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

MichaelGabriel on November 1, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Do you need to freeze them? Pecans and Walnuts will get kind of rancid.

Cindy Munford on November 1, 2012 at 10:33 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

Yep, those four varieties got me through college and probably stained my innards orange.

slickwillie2001 on November 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Bish- yep.. get the hell outta the cities, or at the very least have a self contained well armed escape plan.

Btw, those svea123, optimus stoves will run on gasoline, too.

wolly4321 on November 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM

I guess this is what happens when most of your meals are take out and eating out. I especially love the cheapskates who didn’t buy flood insurance ( a few hundred buck a year!) because “we’re in zone B, we didn’t need it!” Listen, morons, when your address has the word “Beach” in it, spring for the flood insurance. They’re all Dems. Let ‘em suffer. They’re getting the type of govt’ help they voted for. They need gas, but they’re getting “advocates.”

teacherman on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Hey…Wait a minute…..da city was being attacked by giant polystyrene cups…… don’t ya realize why da gubRmint had to focus like a laser on that monster….. now that cup size has been limited to 16 oz…. they can focus like a combat the sugary glaze on your donuts.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

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

Firefly_76 on November 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Nope, Gumby told you that Obama swooped in, looked Presidential, and had Chris Christie kiss his a** for a few days, which changed the course of this election.

And Obama’s rising poll numbers back that up.

Sorry if that outrages you, but reality isn’t always fair.

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Peanut butter. It’s rich, filling, and packed with calories. You can spread it on just about anything, lasts quite a while, rarely goes bad to the point of being unsafe and doesn’t require refrigeration. Melt it and it will gel again, freeze it and it will soften, form it and it holds its shape. You can even get a liquified form that comes in a tube.

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Bomber jacket, check.
Khaki pants with sharp crease, check.
Walk on Jersey shore with fat Governor, what’s his name?, check.
Promise everyone that I’m here for them and will cut red tape for a while, check.
Cameras rolling, check.
Wave a friendly goodbye from Air Force One stairway, check.
Wheels up for Green Bay, check.
Cold beer and pizza, check.
Back on campaign trail, whew.

TXUS on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

burrata on November 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I could do without the tight black tshirts. I guess they think no one cares until they show them.

Cindy Munford on November 1, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Peanut butter. It’s rich, filling, and packed with calories. You can spread it on just about anything, lasts quite a while, rarely goes bad to the point of being unsafe and doesn’t require refrigeration. Melt it and it will gel again, freeze it and it will soften, form it and it holds its shape. You can even get a liquified form that comes in a tube.

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Peanut Butter – food of the gods.

gophergirl on November 1, 2012 at 10:35 PM

I heard today that a Chinese food restaurant was able to open. No clue how they cooked anything, but they were serving by candlelight, and the health inspector showed up with a flashlight to inspect the joint.

UnderstandingisPower on November 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

INC on November 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Those are some great folks…down here in Texas all the church folks coordinate for disaster relief..Catholics,Jewish,Baptist,Anglicans,Lutherans etc. had a network in place for Katrina victims coming in from LA. coordinated with the Governor’s office and local mayors throughout Texas hubbed in Houston & DFW.

It was sumthin’ else

workingclass artist on November 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Nah. That only happened in your sick little head.

wargamer6 on November 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Peanut Butter – food of the gods.

gophergirl on November 1, 2012 at 10:35 PM

The duct tape of food.

CW on November 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Just being cynical here as well…it wouldn’t surprise me if we later discover that the dumpster-divers were given a cash incentive to perform for the camera.

You should still have something of a standby for emergencies.

sharrukin on November 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I’m waiting for Whoraldo and Cooper in tight black t-shirts, microphone in hand, wading through the rubble and crying on live TV, begging for help for their fellow Americans ….

burrata on November 1, 2012 at 10:30 PM

When Geraldo was broadcasting from Southeast Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita, he was doing so standing in a few feet of water. The only thing was, it was in an underpass that floods from the slightest rain shower.

The man is a drama queen.

ShadowsPawn on November 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM

“As capitalism halts, we experience “an exceptional period of mutual support and common care.”

Ben Hur on November 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Do you need to freeze them? Pecans and Walnuts will get kind of rancid.

Cindy Munford on November 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM

They’re in the fridge. I also have enough now that I can rotate the stock.

MichaelGabriel on November 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM

And Obama’s rising poll numbers back that up.

Sorry if that outrages you, but reality isn’t always fair.

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Stroke me, stroke me..
It’s as easy as 1-2-3..

Electrongod on November 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM

But I thought Obama’s response to the hurricane was the singularly most heroic feat ever performed by a (nutless, mom’s jean wearing, scrawny, sorry ass excuse for a) human being in all of recorded history!

Do you now mean to tell me that it ain’t so?

natasha333 on November 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Sorry if that outrages you, but reality isn’t always fair.

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

I love reality.

Its a proven fact that Gumby is Greg from Ace of Spades, now permanently banned there. His ISP is in the Chicago Metro area. He is an admitted Obama campaign employee.

Guess you HotAir Mods enjoy his spam. Ace didn’t.

Dick Nixon on November 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Eat that reality, Gumby.

JPeterman on November 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM

wolly4321 on November 1, 2012 at 10:33 PM

I’ve got a burner that will accept anything short of cinder blocks for fuel, and my lake is a ready source of water that requires a bare minimum of treatment to be potable. I could drink it straight if I had to, especially in the winter when natural contaminants are few.

Big cities are abattoirs-in-waiting if the big one ever hits.

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Peanut Butter – food of the gods.

gophergirl on November 1, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Thank God for Peanut Butter & Marshmallow fluff sandwiches.

GhoulAid on November 1, 2012 at 10:39 PM

TXUS on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Excellent, TXUS. :)

thatsafactjack on November 1, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Peanut Butter – food of the gods.

gophergirl on November 1, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Ha! I don’t keep peanut butter in my house! I was rather fluffy at one point,(massive understatement) and peanut butter was my crack. Lost the weight and the PB & J.

TXMomof3 on November 1, 2012 at 10:40 PM

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Dumpster diving is Presidential.

CW on November 1, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Bomber jacket, check.
Khaki pants with sharp crease, check.
Walk on Jersey shore with fat Governor, what’s his name?, check.
Promise everyone that I’m here for them and will cut red tape for a while, check.
Cameras rolling, check.
Wave a friendly goodbye from Air Force One stairway, check.
Wheels up for Green Bay, check.
Cold beer and pizza, check.
Back on campaign trail, whew.

TXUS on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Back in Vegas tonight, check.

SailorMark on November 1, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Nah. That only happened in your sick little head.

wargamer6 on November 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Nope, it happened in the real world. Just look at the RCP average and you can see for yourself. And it’s just going to become more evident over the weekend. I look forward to your denying the facts.

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I heard today that a Chinese food restaurant was able to open. No clue how they cooked anything, but they were serving by candlelight, and the health inspector showed up with a flashlight to inspect the joint.

UnderstandingisPower on November 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Maybe they’re serving bureacrat. Be an excellent trap for all those officious assholes. And long pig works in a lot of asian recipes.

rayra on November 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Cindy Munford on November 1, 2012 at 10:35 PM

I have to see these 2 jokers in their tight black t-shirts and without make-up, on live TV, to classify any situation as being ” serious” .
;-)

burrata on November 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM

JPeterman on November 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM

So pokeme isn’t a concerned conservative who voted for Donald Reagan and owns one of those gun things that shoot shotgun bullets?

What a punch to the gut it is to know that, I feel betrayed.

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM

The important thing is to vote for Obama because he’ll cut down on the number of these disasters.

/Bloomberg

Paul-Cincy on November 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Question for Bloomberg : “Will he arrest any dumpster diving citizen if they are fortunate to find an unopened 20 oz Pepsi?” Suggestion for Bloomberg : Instead of making endorsements, how about delivering food to the millions that need it? Selfish egomaniac. As if he’d endorse anyone else.

Fuquay Steve on November 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Ha! I don’t keep peanut butter in my house! I was rather fluffy at one point,(massive understatement) and peanut butter was my crack. Lost the weight and the PB & J.

TXMomof3 on November 1, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I have to be very careful with it or I become “fluffy”.

gophergirl on November 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM

What facts? You keep humping that WaPo about indys, yet O’s losing them in EVERY SINGLE POLL.

Go home Greg.

wargamer6 on November 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Gumby why do you lie about so many things including your political preferences? Look in the mirror fool .PATHETIC.

CW on November 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Penny stoves…. can you find two empty beer cans in NYC?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPa2vpJXxso&feature=youtube_gdata_player

wolly4321 on November 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Nope, Gumby told you that Obama swooped in, looked Presidential, and had Chris Christie kiss his a** for a few days, which changed the course of this election.

And Obama’s rising poll numbers back that up.

Sorry if that outrages you, but reality isn’t always fair.

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

There he is with the blood of 80+ people from Sandy and the four from Benghazi.

How do you sleep at night you godless reprobate?

tom daschle concerned on November 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM

But isn’t Hussein doing a great job with FEMA assistance? Christie said so…

riddick on November 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM

And Obama’s rising poll numbers back that up.

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

It’s only day 3 of shortages in NY & NJ.

Wait until Monday, when it’s day 7. :)

MichaelGabriel on November 1, 2012 at 10:44 PM

tom daschle concerned on November 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM

He works for OFA.

wargamer6 on November 1, 2012 at 10:44 PM

What kind of rocket science is involved in rolling a few national Guard trucks loaded with MREs in there??

michaelo on November 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Question for Bloomberg : “Will he arrest any dumpster diving citizen if they are fortunate to find an unopened 20 oz Pepsi?” Suggestion for Bloomberg : Instead of making endorsements, how about delivering food to the millions that need it? Selfish egomaniac. As if he’d endorse anyone else.

Fuquay Steve on November 1, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Where is Giuliani when one needs him?

Bloomberg has undone so many great things Rudy was able to do.

riddick on November 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Notice GUMBY never EVER looks at the percentage of Dems in these polls…why is that?

Gumby is as dishonest as they come .

CW on November 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM

“Eat that reality, Gumby.

JPeterman on November 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM”

LOL, I never said I was an Obama campaign worker (and am not) and my IP is easily looked up and will show I’m in Wisconsin. I do love the fantasies that are being concoted, though.

I realize how depressing it must be to realize how close Romney was coming to winning and it disappears in a flash because of an act of mother nature.

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM

I am no fan of Obama. but this would be happening even if Mitt was president.

the damage was too massive to be solved quickly. until power is restored this will happen

gerrym51 on November 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM

It’s only day 3 of shortages in NY & NJ.

Wait until Monday, when it’s day 7. :)

MichaelGabriel on November 1, 2012 at 10:44 PM

And there is another storm brewing and will hit on Tuesday per Fox.

JPeterman on November 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Sure, whatever you say Greg.

wargamer6 on November 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Nothing wrong with fluffy girls, makes them grabbable.

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM

why doesn’t mooch offer up her backside to the hungry storm residents. could feed ‘em for months. AND THAT’S GOODNIGHT FOR ME BOYS N GHOULS!

GhoulAid on November 1, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Notice GUMBY never EVER looks at the percentage of Dems in these polls…why is that?

Gumby is as dishonest as they come .

CW on November 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM

But, but, but…

Hussein leads Romney by 4 in NV. In a poll with Dem+10 sample…

riddick on November 1, 2012 at 10:47 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

Could I ask how much it cost you to do that? I am considering something similar here; I’d like at least 1000 gallons so that if the water goes out, we’ve got some cushion.

AZfederalist on November 1, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Notice GUMBY never EVER looks at the percentage of Dems in these polls…why is that?

Gumby is as dishonest as they come .

CW on November 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Like the ABC/Wash Post tracking where the partisan split has gone from D+7 to D+4 and Obama has still been gaining, especially among Independents?

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Rocket stove made from cans. Dinner cooked with a few twigs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6ValmUnjz4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

wolly4321 on November 1, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Absolutely. I always have 2 giant jars in my disaster cabinet, along with tuna, soup, veggies, and some kind of canned food that is carby and won’t get eaten until a blizzard. I have pasta in my disaster cabinet, but if I don’t have power, PB is the go-to food of choice.

Actually, it is my go-to food of choice, blizzard or not. Extra crunchy Jif.

Philly on November 1, 2012 at 10:48 PM

because of an act of mother nature.

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Wait I thought it was because of Obama’s atomic bomb in the debates.

Say scumbag why are you such a liar? Do tell.

CW on November 1, 2012 at 10:48 PM

One more time, for those of you on drugs.

Historical “polling” data shows that absolutely no President, or Presidential Candidate, has ever received a post-Hurricane bounce.

It’s interesting to note that even though Hurricane Sandy happened several days ago, only one “poll” has come out re. how it was handled, and that one came from a “newspaper” that has already endorsed the incumbent. Shocking.

Where are the other “polls” showing how well Dear Leader has performed in this Crisis?

Del Dolemonte on November 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I love how you always pick 1 poll to hump. We’re talking about averages, you fool. 99.999999% of polls have O losing big with indys.

But please Greg, fluff up that wapo poll.

wargamer6 on November 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Adrian Gray ‏@adrian_gray
Most see Obama gain due to Sandy. I didn’t expect that (and I say this as someone displaced from his home due to the hurricane).

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Its a proven fact that Gumby is Greg from Ace of Spades, now permanently banned there. His ISP is in the Chicago Metro area. He is an admitted Obama campaign employee.

if you are an Obama employee-although it was good optics wednesday as this drags another couple of days-Obama by making himself the face of the recovery is now saddled with these images.

gumby is hot airs dumpster diver

gerrym51 on November 1, 2012 at 10:50 PM

The band Green Day can become relevant again by revising the video they made about Katrina when Dubya was POTUS, show airplanes dropping food and meds to storm victims rather than dropping bombs on defenseless Libyans.

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Peanut Butter – food of the gods.

gophergirl on November 1, 2012 at 10:35 PM

And, honey. Excluding infants, it’s the perfect energy packed food that lasts forever.

Fallon on November 1, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Like the ABC/Wash Post tracking where the partisan split has gone from D+7 to D+4 and Obama has still been gaining, especially among Independents?

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Notice POS that is THE FIRST TIME you have EVER commented on it. You’re dishonest. You and I both know it.

CW on November 1, 2012 at 10:50 PM

What kind of rocket science is involved in rolling a few national Guard trucks loaded with MREs in there??

michaelo on November 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Sorry, they’re going to be using military trucks as polling stations!

New Jersey to deploy military trucks to serve as polling places

JPeterman on November 1, 2012 at 10:50 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

It will be interesting to see how NYC handles this. NYkers are not known for their patience.

I have lived through several hurricanes most notable was Hugo in Charleston, SC. Like the young fool that I was I stayed in the city. Not only that…. I stayed right on the Battery in one of those old homes. It was an amazing experience.

The destruction was massive. The eye of the storm hit a few miles north of Chas. Getting out the next morning to view the city was something that left one speechless. Further north the destruction was awful. We were barred from visiting our properties on Sullivan’s and the Isle of Palms.

All we could do was go home and start cleaning up. It seemed endless. The heat made it all the more miserable.

The one thing that kept me going was the people. Everyone was civil, patient and committed to helping their neighbors.

We didn’t mind not having electricity. I cooked dinners of beans, rice and canned weenies on a bunsen burner served by candle light in the beautiful dining room. We were dirty and tired. My hair looked like plaster. We laughed and prepared for the next day. No running water, no nothing.

But we did it. It was hard and, at times, discouraging. I cried, but I never let anyone see me crying. Others did the same.

FEMA showed up at some point, and people were unaware of what they were supposed to do. We didn’t expect them to do much.

I guess that’s the difference. It wasn’t all that long ago that Hugo slapped the tar out of us, but we knew what we had to do, and we did it with civility and grace.

Cody1991 on November 1, 2012 at 10:50 PM

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

ZOMG OBAMA LANDSLIDE!!!

wargamer6 on November 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

I imagine the folks in the dumpsters might be really happy to see Mitt’s campaign bus full of food pull up about now. And to think just two days ago it the subject of much ridicule.

Cindy Munford on November 1, 2012 at 10:51 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

Not much good with no way to cook it…

cam2 on November 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Gumby Greg…makes sense. What a POS.

CW on November 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

And there is another storm brewing and will hit on Tuesday per Fox.

JPeterman on November 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Some areas in NJ reported today that power will not be restored until 10th or 11th. I think its not the lack of man power, but lack of ready to install equipment. My cousin, who lives in Fort Lee, 15 floors up with a great panoramic view of both Manhattan and NJ, said that the night of the storm it was like watching fire works with all the transformers exploding all across the land.

Transformers have to be manufactured to be installed.

riddick on November 1, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Trash pickers for Obama.

CW on November 1, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Waist deep water, that woman and anyone else wading through that contaminated water, are going to need blood and urine tests, cultured, because it’s more than likely they’re going to have serious blood, bladder and kidney infections. If they had any scrapes or cuts and the bacterial contaminated water touched the cuts, infection can get in that way.

I can’t help but feel Bloomberg wants a big crisis that he and Obama won’t let go to waste. This is truly frightening. The Red Cross not only hasn’t helped the people in the city, they aren’t helping people on Staten Island, or in any of the boroughs. Something hinky’s going on.

Ceolas on November 1, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Katrina was a much more powerful storm. But given the dense population and demographics of the area Sandy affected, I do think this could quickly become Obama’s Katrina.

galvestonian on November 1, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Do New Yorkers go to the store and only buy enough food for one or two days? I’ve got enough non perishable food in my pantry for two people to live on for at least 8 weeks. Hell, I always have an unopened 40lb bag of high quality dry dog food on hand for my dogs.

Wallythedog on November 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Canned veggies and sugared fruits are good things to store too. They will last forever and the liquid they are packed in is almost as nutritious as the veggies themselves. Take a single day for canning and you can stock enough chow for weeks, and if you can regularly you can rotate the stock and eat that which has been on the shelf for a while.

Bishop on November 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

gumbyandpokey on November 1, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Trying to use the devastation, pain and deaths related to this storm as some sort of political capital, showing no empathy for the suffering of others, and demonstrating no conscience about that lack of empathy, is a textbook example of a sociopath.

This is a new low, even for you..

thatsafactjack on November 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Svea 123.. $2.99. Been to the top of Everest many times.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwkY8fbDJtU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

wolly4321 on November 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

I can’t help but feel Bloomberg wants a big crisis that he and Obama won’t let go to waste. This is truly frightening. The Red Cross not only hasn’t helped the people in the city, they aren’t helping people on Staten Island, or in any of the boroughs. Something hinky’s going on.

Ceolas on November 1, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Liberals made it clear that helping out is bad. Didn’t they laugh at Romney when he collected food and stuff for hurricane victims?

riddick on November 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM

The Red Cross and Salvation Army were here for us immediately. In fact, the Red Cross was still coming through our neighborhood until last month on the weekends feeding people working on their homes. Couldn’t ask for better disaster response. FEMA and the SBA? Not so much. I am still getting calls that FEMA has to inspect my FEMA trailer. I officially signed it back to them in June. Someone mentioned earlier that people were stupid not to have flood insurance. The majority of people here in Minot didn’t have flood insurance. Why? The Corps of Engineers supposedly “fixed” the river back in ’69 and eliminated the flood risk. We had water to the roof line for three weeks. Now, of course, we all have flood insurance. It’s required for disaster SBA financing. Once they redo the flood zones, the cost of it could be astronomical.

TXMomof3 on November 1, 2012 at 10:56 PM

riddick on November 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM

MSNBC mocked him for organizing a food drive, wanting his money. As if people can eat dollar bills.

wargamer6 on November 1, 2012 at 10:56 PM

Liberals made it clear that helping out is bad. Didn’t they laugh at Romney when he collected food and stuff for hurricane victims?

riddick on November 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Yep the libs are about death, hunger,and destruction. Humans are getting their comeuppance.

CW on November 1, 2012 at 10:57 PM

This is a new low, even for you..

thatsafactjack on November 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Gumby/Greg exists to be low. No other reason…

joejm65 on November 1, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Do New Yorkers go to the store and only buy enough food for one or two days? I’ve got enough non perishable food in my pantry for two people to live on for at least 8 weeks. Hell, I always have an unopened 40lb bag of high quality dry dog food on hand for my dogs.

Wallythedog on November 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Have relatives who live in mid town, east side. All stores are open and operational there. Spoke with them last night, they were actually having dinner.

All the devastation we see on TV is in lower Manhattan, 30s and lower. Parts of Brooklyn have no power, true, but I have not heard of anyone starving there, my mother lives there and I would know.

riddick on November 1, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Umm, don’t get in the dumpster, get in the reporter’s van. Wherever it stops at the end of the day, there will be food.

Galtian on November 1, 2012 at 10:59 PM

“not much good with no way to cook it”

Find a crack addict with a lighter. Ignite wood. Place food over burning wood. It’s called cooking sans microwave. It can be done.

wolly4321 on November 1, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I heard today that a Chinese food restaurant was able to open. No clue how they cooked anything, but they were serving by candlelight, and the health inspector showed up with a flashlight to inspect the joint.

UnderstandingisPower on November 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

In a free country (or city), one with citizens possessing two brain cells to rub together, the customers of that restaurant would have all risen up and tossed that inspector out on his sorry backside. If he was lucky.

AZfederalist on November 1, 2012 at 11:01 PM

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