Giuliani: Where the hell are the generators?

posted at 11:21 am on November 5, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The initial response to Hurricane Sandy appeared adequate, at the very least.  All levels of government seemed engaged, first responders had the resources needed, and confidence was high that we could quickly address the immediate human needs and then shift quickly to rebuilding.  Those hopes have vanished in a fumbled response at the local and federal levels.  On the local level, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bizarre idea to keep the New York City Marathon in place while people on Staten Island can’t get water, power or heat has undermined confidence in his approach to the crisis — as Bloomberg himself discovered when attempting to meet and greet some of the locals (via NRO’s Eliana Johnson):

Storm-ravaged and weary Rockaways residents cornered Mayor Bloomberg yesterday to angrily demand more aid for their devastated neighborhood.

“When are we gonna get some help?” blasted one desperate woman, who had to be held back by the mayor’s security detail as Bloomberg stood by with a deer-in-the-headlights look.

“When are we gonna get some f–king help?” she demanded.

“There’s old ladies in my building that don’t got nothing,” lashed out a man on video caught by a NY1 reporting crew.

Bloomberg’s trip to the Rockaways wasn’t announced and wouldn’t have been caught on cameras if the news crew hadn’t happened to run across him. Back in City Hall, he expressed sympathy with the residents’ plight.

Bloomberg’s predecessor doesn’t have much sympathy for him — or for Barack Obama, either.  Rudy Giuliani angrily castigated both for their inadequate response to the disaster.  Where are the generators, Giuliani wondered — and the water?

At a Sunday gathering of Mitt Romney partisans in West Palm Beach, Florida, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani delivered a blistering attack on President Barack Obama for what he said was a “disgraceful” response to Hurricane Sandy.

“Maybe the first day or two of the storm, the president did a good job,” Giuliani said. “The last three or four days? It’s disgraceful.”

The Brooklyn-born firebrand excoriated the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for neglecting to bring bottled water to the Northeastern U.S. during the days before the superstorm hit.

“It’s disgraceful what he’s done. It’s disgraceful what his FEMA has done,” Giuliani said. “There are people in New York City who don’t have bottles of water like this. See this little bottle of water? They don’t have it in New York. You know why? Because Barack Obama’s FEMA didn’t think to pre-position it.”

“What — they didn’t learn anything from Katrina?”

Breitbart has more on the water situation, and it’s as bad as Giuliani says.  While FEMA administrator Craig Fugate told NBC that “We already had the water that was initially staged and based upon the demand that was there that the state had,” documents — and photos — paint a very different picture:

But contrary to Fugate’s claims, there simply was no “water that was initially staged” by FEMA. When the storm hit, all the FEMA bottled water was in its Georgia or Maryland warehouses. The request for proposal sent out hurriedly on Friday, November 2 for an additional 2.3 million gallons of bottled water, for delivery to Long Island on Monday, November 5, was not a pre-negotiated, pre-bid contract “turned on” that day according to a FEMA master plan. Instead, it was an example of FEMA scrambling after the fact to meet the needs of victims that it should have planned for weeks earlier.

In addition, Fugate’s claim that “once we go into response we have pre-negotiated, pre-bid contracts that are in effect, and we turn those contracts on and go to our vendors and say we want the water delivered at this rate to these locations,” is not supported by the facts surrounding the request for proposal that was made on Friday, November 2 upon which the Breitbart report referenced by NBC’s Klein was based.

Indeed, that request for proposal, which can be seen here, was an open bid available to any vendors interested in bidding. All of the vendors for the request for proposal, FEMA contracting officer Annette Wright told Breitbart News on Friday, “are currently being evaluated.” Presumably, the vendor was selected some time over the weekend so they could fulfill the delivery requirement of Monday.

The language of the request for proposal clearly stated that it was neither “pre-negotiated” nor “pre-bid.” In fact, it was a hurriedly put together “open bid[."]

Giuliani told the West Palm Beach crowd that if this occurred while George Bush was President after the lessons of Hurricane Katrina, Congress would be impeaching him by now, and the media crucifixion would be well under way.  It’s difficult to argue with that assessment.


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Bark could gain about a million votes were he to fly over New Jersey in a C-47 while wearing his bomber jacket, dropping candy to the children in a reenactment of the Berlin Airlift. Bishop on November 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM

All jacket, no bomber.

Akzed on November 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I Have been trying to draw attention to THIS since late Saturday night:

The Army Corps of Engineers maintains a registry of pre-awarded contracts (as part of their Advanced Contracting Initiative) for resources that are ready to move in to a disaster in real time. Their Commodities Planning and Response Teams, staged all over the country, are the mechanism by which those resources ~ specifically FRESH WATER and ICE in the first stages of the disaster ~ are implemented and delivered to the disaster site. This is ALL, by mission statement, REQUESTED and CO-ORDINATED BY FEMA after a Presidential Disaster Declaration. In a miserable display of incompetency, FEMA and this administration have failed to activate those very lifesaving assets, while scrabbling for “contracts” the USACE ALREADY has in place, READY TO GO. They merely put have 2 of these teams “on alert”.

As of November 4th’s DOD Press release, there is STILL NO Army Corps of Engineer ANYTHING.

Bush would have been CRUCIFIED last Wednesday.

tree hugging sister on November 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

It’s even worse because FEMA is part of DHS. DHS supposedly controls FEMA. FEMA reports to Janet Incompetano!

freedomfirst on November 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Ha. Didn’t know that and I bet half of DHS doesn’t either.

My brother in law works for the government and said no one knows how the components of DHS hang together, who is really in charge, and what the actual demarcations are between the departments.

Bush basically created a bureaucratic monster.

CorporatePiggy on November 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM


Our Blessed Virgin stands watch after St. Francis Church in Far Rockaway, Queens was completely devastated by Hurricane Sandy and the fires.

It’s 47 degrees right now and the sun is out, but it’s going down to 29 degrees tonight. I got my power and heat back last night, but through the week at least we had a gas stove, fireplace and hot water. These people barely even have shelter. Those generators from Central Park have not even been deployed yet.

What the hell is going on? My friends up in Boston say they aren’t even reporting on the conditions down here!

Naturally Curly on November 5, 2012 at 12:06 PM

The stuttering clusterfark is in WI now repeating the same old Bin Laden is dead crap. Why can’t for once, someone on our side be a plant and yell out, “so are 4 Americans that you let die in Benghazi.”

TxAnn56 on November 5, 2012 at 12:04 PM

That, and, “Show me the body.”

Liam on November 5, 2012 at 12:07 PM

You of course do realize that Staten Island and the Rockaways – both devastated by this storm and both of which took heavy, heavy losses during 9/11 are Republican/conservative Democratic voters

unaffiliated on November 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM

?

Are we talking about the same place?

HotAirian on November 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM

There’s no reason on Earth that the federal government should be distributing water. Contract it out to a company like WalMart on a yearly basis.

slickwillie2001 on November 5, 2012 at 12:12 PM

The Bloomberg has answered all your questions in perfectly beneficial progressive speak. Thus you do not have to get your generators, you just need to shut the F^ck up and act like you already have them.

If Bloomberg were a conservative, he would have skipped the talk and you would have had generators a long time ago, right before you started wondering where they were…

astonerii on November 5, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Faux is SO into the Punk. I hate Brit Hume. Even semi-retired he still directs/edits the news on Fox.

0bama just claimed to have created 5.6 million jobs in the last four years…. (I knew that the Federal Government had expanded a lot, but not that much.)

Also, he Killed Bin Ladin!

Republicans killed the economy, but he restored it and made it better than ever!

Schadenfreude on November 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Faux is SO into the Punk. I hate Brit Hume. Even semi-retired he still directs/edits the news on Fox.

0bama just claimed to have created 5.6 million jobs in the last four years…. (I knew that the Federal Government had expanded a lot, but not that much.)

Also, he Killed Bin Ladin!

Republicans killed the economy, but he restored it and made it better than ever!

Schadenfreude on November 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Is he saying all this on Fox?

jimver on November 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM

My brother in law works for the government and said no one knows how the components of DHS hang together, who is really in charge, and what the actual demarcations are between the departments.

Bush basically created a bureaucratic monster

All conservatives knew that at the time. Bush should have stood his ground on DHS, it was just papering over the real problems. But Bush being Bush, he gave in on it to get the PATRIOT Act passed.

Socratease on November 5, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Q: “When are we gonna get some f–king help?”

A: When you provide proof that you voted for obama and a straight lib ticket (again).

Pork-Chop on November 5, 2012 at 12:26 PM

If he wins the election or not Romney should be leading this.

tomas on November 5, 2012 at 12:27 PM

It’s even worse because FEMA is part of DHS. DHS supposedly controls FEMA. FEMA reports to Janet Incompetano!

freedomfirst on November 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Ha. Didn’t know that and I bet half of DHS doesn’t either.

My brother in law works for the government and said no one knows how the components of DHS hang together, who is really in charge, and what the actual demarcations are between the departments.

Bush basically created a bureaucratic monster.

CorporatePiggy on November 5, 2012 at 12:05 PM

And the TSA fits in there too.

Dasher on November 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM

unaffiliated on November 5, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Regardless of whether they are conservative or liberal, the bottom line is they should not count on government to help them. We’ve had Hurricanes Isabel, Irene, and Sandy come through here–Isabel was the worst, and we were without power for a couple of weeks. We had water and food because we’d stored them, and we’d filled a couple of bathtubs so we’d have water for things besides drinking. The weather was hot and we were not terribly comfortable, but we got by.

I recognize that many of these people do not know what to do in a hurricane, and that many have lost their homes. I am sure they feel trapped and frantic. They truly have my sympathy–no amount of bottled water or food storage will help if your house is smashed to smithereens with all your supplies in it. But none of that changes the fact that these people are looking to government, and are discovering that government excuses are not going to get them fed or warm. I am convinced that big government weakens communities, and community is exactly what these people need right now.

DrMagnolias on November 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Faux is SO into the Punk. I hate Brit Hume. Even semi-retired he still directs/edits the news on Fox.

0bama just claimed to have created 5.6 million jobs in the last four years…. (I knew that the Federal Government had expanded a lot, but not that much.)

Also, he Killed Bin Ladin!

Republicans killed the economy, but he restored it and made it better than ever!

Schadenfreude on November 5, 2012 at 12:16 PM

It’s almost like there’s an agreement in the old media to avoid talking about NET job growth: Obama -75X Growth in Food Stamps vs Jobs

slickwillie2001 on November 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

The Obama machine is big (and it’s shameful how the media have treated Obama with regard to Libya and Sandy/Staten Island in comparison with how they treated Bush with regard to Iraq and Katrina/New Orleans) – but this machine is going to be blown up tomorrow.

Turdmasters to Hades!

Schadenfreude on November 5, 2012 at 12:31 PM

If he wins the election or not Romney should be leading this.

tomas on November 5, 2012 at 12:27 PM

That’s a damned insightful observation.

If he weren’t running for president, this is just the kind of fiasco one would call on Mitt Romney to fix.

Droopy on November 5, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Katrina and Sandy are good examples of what wussies we have become, and how many helpless people rely on the federal government to wipe their butts. It also shows how vulnerable we are to terrorist attacks on our infrastructure. A few dirty bombs in the large cities would cause so much chaos and looting, that we would be paralyzed and many lives would be lost because it is evident the people can’t take care of themselves and their savior, the fed. gov’t. is so laden with lazy,public sector union members and corrupt,incompetent beaureaucratic do nothings, that we are not much better than a third world country in handling disasters.

Barack Obama and liberal politicians are not our problem and are not the demise of the country. It’s the useful idiots and who elect them that will finally destroy America.

they lie on November 5, 2012 at 11:32 AM

This ^1000.

I temper your cogent and repeat-worthy thoughts with the sobering news that the gummint doesn’t WANT us to take care of ourselves.

Not only are they preventing people from preparing by making sure we have ready access to food stamps and the like, they are actually treating those who prepare as terrorists.

Sad.

rah1420 on November 5, 2012 at 12:34 PM

At the race track where the race was canceled. Duh. What do you think, these people are competent or something?

UnderstandingisPower on November 5, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Bark could gain about a million votes were he to fly over New Jersey in a C-47 while wearing his bomber jacket, dropping candy to the children in a reenactment of the Berlin Airlift.

Bishop on November 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM

..that’s Col Gail “Uncle Wiggly Wings” Halvorsen — former CAP pilot and Berlin Airlift pilot who gained fame by dropping candy to the kids of Berlin while on final to Tempelhof out of a C-54. Appreciate the historical reference, Bishop, but it would be a huge mistake to conflate Col Halvorsen’s generosity and spirit to the self-aggrandizing P.O.S. in the White House.

Also, Col Halvorsen’s LDS, too. Interesting to note the spirit of giving and sacrifice abundant in that discipline.

The War Planner on November 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM

If he weren’t running for president, this is just the kind of fiasco one would call on Mitt Romney to fix.

Droopy on November 5, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Maybe he’ll step up on Nov 7, and show the Ex-Pres how it’s done???

JimK on November 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Perhaps if Janet Napolitano didn’t make hiring decisions based on the sexual orientation of her employees (like Suzanne Barr) instead of on their qualifications to handle vitally important jobs we’d have competent people in charge.

Buy Danish on November 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM

They are all liberals up there. Elections have consequences but liberals never learn. I sympathize with the victims of the storm up there, but they voted for incompetence, and they got it in spades.

ultracon on November 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Is he saying all this on Fox?

jimver on November 5, 2012 at 12:20 PM

They are playing what he’s saying, as if they are for the Punk.

Schadenfreude on November 5, 2012 at 12:53 PM

They are all liberals up there. Elections have consequences but liberals never learn. I sympathize with the victims of the storm up there, but they voted for incompetence, and they got it in spades.

ultracon on November 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Not all liberals, but they’ve been driving conservatives out. Between the media bias, and the way the unions rig the elections its near impossible to get any message contrary to the liberal mindset.

It would be nice if the new Romney admin launches a massive investigation into the disaster in NYC.

Iblis on November 5, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Bloomberg’s idea was to use 3 industrial strength generators to power the Media Center (!) in Central Park for the marathon, to station water trucks along the marathon route for the runners needs only and to have truck loads of pasta ready for their pre-run dinner on Saturday. And, get this, to close down the Verrazano bridge, which is one of the few ways onto the island, in order to have 10′s of thousands of runners from all over the world race by people who have no heat, no food, no water and who’s houses were damaged and destroyed by flooding.

What an idea.

And get this, when sanity finally prevailed and the marathon was cancelled, those generators from then media center were shipped to a parking lot in New Jersey and left there un-used.

And by the way, all this was to be overseen by thousand’s of police on every corner along the route (while looting was going on in Far Rockaway, Queens).

Boy, what a genius.

Fred 2 on November 5, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Face it, Napoleon’s Mini Me, is more worried about when & where, his next on camera appearance is, then getting anything else done! This has always been his #1 priority and always will be. Generators take a back seat to his appearance in front of a Camera & Microphone.
Addendum on the fight against the Obama Enemy media: http://paratisiusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/an-open-letter-to-those-who-should-know.html?spref=tw

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 5, 2012 at 1:15 PM

?

Are we talking about the same place?

HotAirian on November 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM

didn’t see anything specific on the Rockaway’s or whether they were progressive or Reagan Democrats. Also didn’t see anything on Staten Island… they supported McCain in 2008 and have always had Republican’s in key positions.

DrMagnolias on November 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Very true that dependence on government doesn’t help anyone but the politicians and their friends. Maybe the folks should have gone somewhere else, maybe they should have expected 20 foot waves, maybe, maybe, maybe. That didn’t happen.. so do we wish the worst for them or when the worst is over help them to see that the government is not going to be there for them. You went through a tragedy in warm weather ..last year I was without heat and water for 5 days after an ice storm. But in both of our cases we at least had our homes and I, at least, could get out of my house and neighborhood when I needed.

unaffiliated on November 5, 2012 at 1:16 PM

After all the fuss for so long over Katrina, we see that Bush handled Katrina far better than Obama has.

FEMA is an ungainly mess. It never works great at the best of times. Before someone accuses a president of botching an emergency, they need to compare to previous presidents and see how well they handled it.

As I would have expected, Obama did’t manage FEMA as well as Bush did. Under Bush, pallettes of water and other supplies were prepositioned in the best places they could predict before Katrina ever came ashore.

There Goes The Neighborhood on November 5, 2012 at 1:28 PM

People in New Jersey are driving 100 miles and more over to Pennsylvania to buy water and gas. They are fed up waiting for FEMA to do anything. It’s pathetic.

rockmom on November 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Exactly the kind of logistics the National Guard could have helped with. If they were allowed to help.

There Goes The Neighborhood on November 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM

As an ex New Yorker, my heart bleeds for those people that have suffered and continue to. And Rudy is right…if this was anyone other than Obama, the media would have been all over it like a dog with a bone……….instead we are lucky to see they are covering it at all. I am so disgusted by MSM.

Thanks for keeping the spotlight on it Ed.

CoffeeLover on November 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM

<a href="Fifth Column Treasonous Media Mendacious Malfeasance in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.“>I hear ya man.

SWalker on November 5, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Well, HELL, they don’t need no stinkin’ water, right?

Isn’t that what Andrea Mitchell said on MSNBC when she MOCKED Romney for loading some on a truck at a relief stop?

Didn’t she say it was ludicrous to stock up on “stuff” like that; that the red Cross says only give money, not goods?

She should be forced to live a week without water in a cold room.

Opposite Day on November 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM

?

Are we talking about the same place?

HotAirian on November 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM

didn’t see anything specific on the Rockaway’s or whether they were progressive or Reagan Democrats.
DrMagnolias on November 5, 2012 at 12:30 PM

There are a few places on LI with the name “Rockaway” in them. Folks from there would know better than I, but I believe Far Rockaway might be somewhat Republican. I think the Rockaway being talked about here is on the southwest part of LI and if I’m not mistaken there’s a lot of low income/publlic housing in the area – so prob not a GOP stronghold.

whatcat on November 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

unaffiliated on November 5, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I considered us very fortunate, and I am grateful we were not in the cold (there was plenty of worry about older folks in the heat). I also can’t even imagine the sense of isolation they feel–a perfect example of why they need strong community ties. And here (link) is a perfect example of the difference between government and Americans–it isn’t government that makes America great, it is people who make America great.

DrMagnolias on November 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

You can’t very well hook generators up to electrify a neighborhood. Time is better spent correcting the problem. Generators are ok for individual homes, but the owners need to do that on their own.

Dasher on November 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Real leaders show what they are made of during a crisis. Fake, media hyped and protected “leaders” fold: Bloomberg, Obama (Benghazi)

joey24007 on November 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

I hear ya man.

SWalker on November 5, 2012 at 1:37 PM

When bad things happen to good links..

whatcat on November 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Perhaps if Janet Napolitano didn’t make hiring decisions based on the sexual orientation of her employees (like Suzanne Barr) instead of on their qualifications to handle vitally important jobs we’d have competent people in charge.

Buy Danish on November 5, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Duhversity before competence!

slickwillie2001 on November 5, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Is Shepherd Smith and Geraldo (Jerry) Rivera planting themselves
in the middle of this disaster screaming at the television
cameras, “Where is the water, where is the water!?!” And then,
will Fox replay it all day and night long for days (at least it
seemed days when they did this during Katrina).

Amjean on November 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM

People in New Jersey are driving 100 miles and more over to Pennsylvania to buy water and gas. They are fed up waiting for FEMA to do anything. It’s pathetic.

rockmom on November 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Exactly the kind of logistics the National Guard could have helped with. If they were allowed to help.

There Goes The Neighborhood on November 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM

But…but they have guns.

The best help comes from your self, your family, your neighbors, not the government. For many the best plan is to get out of town, it could take a long time for this recovery in the worst hit areas.

Dasher on November 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM

You can’t very well hook generators up to electrify a neighborhood. Time is better spent correcting the problem. Generators are ok for individual homes, but the owners need to do that on their own.

Dasher on November 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

And good luck using your generators without any gas!

Amjean on November 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Well, HELL, they don’t need no stinkin’ water, right?

Isn’t that what Andrea Mitchell said on MSNBC when she MOCKED Romney for loading some on a truck at a relief stop?

Didn’t she say it was ludicrous to stock up on “stuff” like that; that the red Cross says only give money, not goods?

She should be forced to live a week without water in a cold room.

Opposite Day on November 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Perhaps it is time for Sarah Palin to take Andrea out fishing again!
Andrea Mitchell with fish guts splattered on her face was a sight to behold….that and the turkeys being slaughtered behind Palin
while she gave an interview one time. I laughed so hard.

Amjean on November 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Sorry, pal, only union generators allowed. None of those Home Depot donated ones for you.

Limerick on November 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

The generators are still sitting in Central Park. Guess Nanny B couldn’t persuade the unions to move them.

This says it all to me: there was food available in lower Manhattan, on the sidewalk level, but nobody bothered to consider that the elderly and others were all stuck many floors up, afraid to go down, because they couldn’t walk back up 20 floors!

PattyJ on November 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Well, HELL, they don’t need no stinkin’ water, right?

Isn’t that what Andrea Mitchell said on MSNBC when she MOCKED Romney for loading some on a truck at a relief stop?

Didn’t she say it was ludicrous to stock up on “stuff” like that; that the red Cross says only give money, not goods?

She should be forced to live a week without water in a cold room.

Opposite Day on November 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Or sleep with a corpse.

slickwillie2001 on November 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Generators, supplies sit unused after New York City marathon canceled –

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/05/generators-supplies-sit-unused-after-new-york-city-marathon-canceled/#ixzz2BNSA0lV9

Pork-Chop on November 5, 2012 at 2:15 PM

You can’t very well hook generators up to electrify a neighborhood. Time is better spent correcting the problem. Generators are ok for individual homes, but the owners need to do that on their own.

Dasher on November 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Each of the generators slated for the marathon media tent – and later parked in NJ – is capable of providing power to 400 homes.
The military has even larger ones that are mobile.

Not everyone can afford a generator – or store the fuel for one.

This is the sort of thing that the National Guard is made for; and there is no reason not to utilize them.

Solaratov on November 5, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I am hearing that National Guard is moved from it’s armory so that a Victoria’s Secret show can take place Wednesday.
Will be powered by generator.
Priorities.
Think its in NYPost.

Jabberwock on November 5, 2012 at 11:33 AM

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/military_helpers_stripped_mLCcBppGJPy9IMwjH2ZgCN

Priorities!!

Solaratov on November 5, 2012 at 2:29 PM

The biggest problem with the U.S. is her lazy citizenry.

(more to the point; lazy Christians)

It began incrementally, shortly after the great WWII.

listens2glenn on November 5, 2012 at 11:39 AM

WTF? “Lazy Christians”

Stupid thing to say.

Solaratov on November 5, 2012 at 2:34 PM

You can’t very well hook generators up to electrify a neighborhood. Time is better spent correcting the problem. Generators are ok for individual homes, but the owners need to do that on their own.

Dasher on November 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Each of the generators slated for the marathon media tent – and later parked in NJ – is capable of providing power to 400 homes.
The military has even larger ones that are mobile.

Not everyone can afford a generator – or store the fuel for one.

This is the sort of thing that the National Guard is made for; and there is no reason not to utilize them.

Solaratov on November 5, 2012 at 2:18 PM

The problem is you can’t plug them into anything handy. So you need to do some special wiring to jury-rig them. That labor is better spent restoring the normal power.

Dasher on November 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

You’ve got to wonder what happened to the $Billion dollar food order that FEMA got……………

One of the nation’s largest suppliers of dehydrated food has cut loose 99% of their dealers and distributors. And it’s not because of the poor economy. It’s because this particular industry leader can no longer supply their regular distribution channels. Why not? Because they’re using every bit of manufacturing capacity they have to fulfill massive new government contracts. Look, the government has always been a customer of the industry to some extent. But according to our sources, this latest development doesn’t represent simply a change of vendor on the government’s part. It’s a whole new magnitude of business.

And that’s not all.

Apparently, even though they’ve cut off their regular consumer markets, the industry leader I’ve just mentioned still can’t produce enough survival food to meet the government’s vast requirements. How do we know? Earlier this month, FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) put out a Request for Proposal, or RFP, for even more dehydrated food. The RFP called for a 10-day supply of meals – for 14 million people. That’s 420 million meals. Typically, FEMA maintains a stockpile of about 6 million meals. Why the sudden need to increase the stockpile by 420 million more? (And that’s in addition to whatever our aforementioned industry leader is supplying.) It almost seems like they’re trying to stock a modern day “Noah’s Ark,” doesn’t it?

Continue reading on Examiner.com: Terror threats rising as FEMA orders $1 Billion in dehydrated food – National Finance Examiner | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/finance-examiner-in-national/terror-threats-rising-as-fema-orders-1-billion-dehydrated-food#ixzz1G3E1jED6

Solaratov on November 5, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I’m sorry if this has already been pointed out, I haven’t read the comments but how in the world do you have a bottled water shortage in an area that was getting reading to put on a historical world class marathon? And the N.Y. Post had an article saying that the generators that were going to be used for the marathon are still sitting in Central Park. Seriously, what the firetruck!!!!

Cindy Munford on November 5, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Dasher on November 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Yes but they could be hooked up to schools or churches or other buildings that would allow people someplace to get out of the elements.

Cindy Munford on November 5, 2012 at 2:54 PM

The imagery of the Mayor insisting that the Marathon must go on (before he bowed to reality) piles ontop of the apparent lack of response. People, I think, can be patient if they believe that help is flowing in — they can even accept that others may be hurting worse than them, so the help initially goes there first — but it would be hard to be patient when the response and attitudes on display seems particularly deficient.

This may be a case where Mayor Bloomberg thought that “I will reassure the public that everything is under control so the Marathon will go on” ala Guliani on and after 9/11. What he didn’t think to consider is that however horrible 9/11 was, it was a very localized but intense disaster while Hurricane Sandy was a more widespread disaster that will take longer to pick up the pieces and make things right again. One might think that Bloomberg was “fighting” the last disaster, in his response not coping with the actual, current disaster which was quite different.

Russ808 on November 5, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Bloomberg’s predecessor doesn’t have much sympathy for him — or for Barack Obama, either. Rudy Giuliani angrily castigated both for their inadequate response to the disaster. Where are the generators, Giuliani wondered — and the water?

Why doesn’t Bloomberg simply kiss Obama’s ass and stroke his nether regions gently like Fat Assed Chris Christie did?

New Jersey’s happy – just ask the Fatboi.

HondaV65 on November 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Obama hates white people!

profitsbeard on November 5, 2012 at 3:02 PM

I wonder if any of the governor’s sought advice from any of the Gulf States who go through this all the time?

I’m thinking MAYBE the Stay-Puft Marshmellow Governor in N.J. did – Cuomo in NY? Not so much.

HondaV65 on November 5, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I truly hate the media. Compare the coverage of Benghazi to Abu Ghraib, these people have no souls.

Cindy Munford on November 5, 2012 at 3:08 PM

The thing is, Rudy could do more from the back of the Romney campaign bus than Bloomberg in NYC, because Bloomberg LACKS REALISM.

Fleuries on November 5, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Perhaps it is time for Sarah Palin to take Andrea out fishing again!
Andrea Mitchell with fish guts splattered on her face was a sight to behold….that and the turkeys being slaughtered behind Palin
while she gave an interview one time. I laughed so hard.

Amjean on November 5, 2012 at 1:55 PM

I remember the turkey interview. Just loved the pearl clutching afterwards about OHMYGOD turkeys were getting killed back there.

Yes, dears, they just magically appear at the grocery store in plastic from the grocery fairy.

Liberals and reality. Gotta love it.

We cannot forget what the media did to us. We cannot forget or forgive them foisting this idiot Obama on us.

kim roy on November 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

So… not much has improved at FEMA from when Bush had to deal with Katrina?

Only Katrina was a much worse storm, in a worse area from a photo-op POV, with a less competent governor, an infinity less engaged mayor, and a media that blamed every flooded street on the president instead of tingling all over at his image.

And I won’t even mention that the race-baiters were making sh*t up about W blowing the levies and such (oops… too late).

RalphyBoy on November 5, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Giuliani needs to be our next Attorney General. Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Fort Hood, will be thoroughly investigated with him at the helm.

Daemonocracy on November 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Bark could gain about a million votes were he to fly over New Jersey in a C-47 on a skittle-pooping unicorn while wearing his bomber jacket, dropping candy to the children in a reenactment of the Berlin Airlift.

Bishop on November 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM

fify *hides under desk in fear*

Laura in Maryland on November 5, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Well, HELL, they don’t need no stinkin’ water, right?

Isn’t that what Andrea Mitchell said on MSNBC when she MOCKED Romney for loading some on a truck at a relief stop?

Didn’t she say it was ludicrous to stock up on “stuff” like that; that the red Cross says only give money, not goods?

She should be forced to live a week without water in a cold room.

Opposite Day on November 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Or sleep with a corpse.

slickwillie2001 on November 5, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Doesn’t her husband already do that every night?

Laura in Maryland on November 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Righteous Guliani!

Give Em’ Hell Rudy!

workingclass artist on November 5, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Down here in Louisiana after Hurricane Betsy (1965) one of the local business had a few large generators in their yard.

Expecting a long time before power to be restored they gathered peoples’ freezers and refrigerators and lined them up in the yard. Each of the units were marked with masking tape. Saved a LOT of food that way.

They even had cookouts for the community almost daily. People pitched in.

prkw on November 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Well, HELL, they don’t need no stinkin’ water, right?

Isn’t that what Andrea Mitchell said on MSNBC when she MOCKED Romney for loading some on a truck at a relief stop?

Didn’t she say it was ludicrous to stock up on “stuff” like that; that the red Cross says only give money, not goods?

She should be forced to live a week without water in a cold room.

Opposite Day on November 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM

…yep! …what an old nasty _itch!

KOOLAID2 on November 5, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I truly hate the media. Compare the coverage of Benghazi to Abu Ghraib, these people have no souls.

Cindy Munford on November 5, 2012 at 3:08 PM

…January 2013…out with the ‘old’ media…and in with the ‘new’…and someone needs to make that happen!

KOOLAID2 on November 5, 2012 at 6:22 PM

The problem is you can’t plug them into anything handy. So you need to do some special wiring to jury-rig them. That labor is better spent restoring the normal power.

Dasher on November 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

The military uses their large generators all the time without “jury-rigging” them. There are procedures for doing this.
The guard’s generators should be used while people wait for the union power company workers to get the main power back up.

Solaratov on November 5, 2012 at 7:03 PM

lol Bloomberg is making the mayor of N.O look like a genius

unseen on November 5, 2012 at 7:58 PM

KOOLAID2 on November 5, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Did the R’s tell you about their plans to open their own media channel?

I think the Candy lady who helped O shaft Mitt in the debate did it.

IlikedAUH2O on November 6, 2012 at 12:53 AM

I hope when this election is done, that Rudy and Mitt will head into NYC with some charitable organizations and show them how it’s done.
I suspect a lot of people who usually help others are digging themselves out in the NYC environs. And you know Big Nanny gov’t, they don’t want you to think the charitable organizations are any good, they want only government to do it.

Fleuries on November 6, 2012 at 8:22 AM

I am late to this discussion … sorry.
I am here on Long Island. Many of you have seen the gas lines. Adding to our gas crisis here is the lack of ethanol to blend with gasoline. There was gasoline here but not enough ethanol. The gas retailers association requested a lift on the ethanol requirement. Unlike other hurricanes we need heat. We had a low of 30 last night. Many Long Islanders are still depending on generators for power … power which can turn on furnaces. No politician took the leadership role to fix this situation. Didn’t Obama, Cuomo etc speechify about how they were cutting through red tape. Empty promises like our gas tanks and generators.

peterargus on November 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM

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