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Amid the daily grind of politics and scandals, we should all take a few moments to say a prayer for our fellow Americans who have had their lives disrupted by the devastating stroms that hit Texas last week, and Oklahoma this week.
from GretaWire and RealClear Politics:
I wonder what the thousands and thousands who right now are freezing cold and without power think about Chris Matthews’ comment below. I know what I think and I have power and heat in my house. What is wrong with him? It is one thing to have political enthusiasm and the “thrill going up his leg” (his famous quote)…but this? ”glad that we had this storm last week?”
“…I’m so glad we had that storm last week because I think the storm was one of those things. No, politically I should say. Not in terms of hurting people. The storm brought in possibilities for good politics….”
from New York Post Editorial:
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers huddle in the dark each night after the most devastating storm in city history — while two massive generators chug away in Central Park and a third sits idle waiting to power a media center during Sunday’s NYC Marathon.
Those generators could power 400 homes on Staten Island or the Rockaways or any storm-wracked neighborhood in the city certain to be suffering the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy on Sunday morning.
Shouldn’t they come first? Shouldn’t the race just be canceled?
But Mayor Mike’s trademark Manhattan myopia is back: While ravaged outer-borough New Yorkers shiver in the dark, he declares the race will go on.
(Can anyone say “Christmas Blizzard?”)
As The Post reports today, the industrial-strength generators have been set up to power a marathon tent.
Meanwhile, NYPD vehicles — and cops themselves — were diverted yesterday to race duty. More than a dozen flatbed trucks used to shuttle people and supplies to and from devastated areas were dispatched to help put up . . . spectatorbarriers.
Meanwhile, the notion that so much as a flashlight battery would be devoted to a sporting event is outrageous.
As for the generators, two 300kW models and a 200kW backup are plunked down near the old Tavern on the Green.
But Staten Island needs backing up, thank you very much. And Breezy Point. And so on.
Sure, the generators are privately owned. The Road Runners Club has rented them.
for the rest of the Editorial:
A wave a looters followed the Sandy storm surge in Coney Island, creating a double-whammy for business owners trying to pick up the obliterated pieces.
A lot of cars ended up underwater in areas flooded by Hurricane Sandy over the past two days. But for already troubled Fisker, things got worse: Approximately 16 Karmas in Port Newark, New Jersey were submerged, then caught fire.
A witness told Jalopnik the extended-range luxury hybrids were “first submerged in a storm surge and then caught fire, exploded.”
It’s unclear exactly what happened, but looking at the photos posted on Jalopnik, the cars were severely damaged.