Big Media And Hurricane Irene

Update: Too bad so many spoke out so late about the hype of Half-a-cane Irene.

As noted in the comments by Basil99 the comments about Obama are hurricane force HERE. There is a good post on HotAir about Hurricane Politics (“This wasn’t about saving people from a rain storm.. it was about saving political careers from a crap storm of bad PR.”. Big Media deceived the public with terrorizing talk – for profit. Instead of discussing what was witnessed by reporters they embellished the lack of wind/rain with ‘but it’s gonna be reallllllllly bad whatever your lying eyes tell you’.

The article at HotAir notes what we have discussed for years about this being the Age of Fake. Everything is phony. Instead of leadership we get publicity stunts designed to fake real leadership. Toby Hamden does a good but belated job as well across the pond regarding the hurricane hype.

Americans have not been fooled by Obama’s boobery or Big Media’s attempt to salvage him. If Half-a-cane Irene was a fizzle of drizzle, Barack Obama is still a drip.

As you drink you Hurricane cocktails do not miss the story of Obama’s uncle (the one he wrote about in his book then dropped like a hot potato). Obama’s uncle got drunk, hit a cop car then asked to call the White House. Only in America kids, only in America.

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If there is one thing that Big Media distorts and exploits for its own benefit even more than politics, it’s – the weather.

As we have written for years now, Big Media distorts our politics for the benefit of what we have to call the Big Media Party.

Now that Tim Russert is interviewing Osama Bin Laden in a very special place reserved for them because of their deeds, let’s look at the Big Media coverage of Hurricane Irene.

Have you noticed that for all the “New York will be destroyed’ innuendo and fear mongering (aided and abetted by ass covering politicians who do not want to be accused of not learning the “lessons of Hurricane Katrina”) there has been close to zero, if not actually zero, mentions of the last “hurricane” that blasted New York City? That’s because after much the same hype as we witness today Hurricane Gloria was a dud. Gloria was anything but glorious. Hurricane Gloria is best described as D.O.A.

An article like this is difficult to write because we do not want to encourage idiots who literally do not know when to get out of the rain. But is Hurricane Irene and the terror inducing coverage by Big Media justified? Shouldn’t there be some discussion of the interests of Big Media in driving everyone to TV sets. You betcha.

Without doubt Hurricane Irene will destroy piers and knock boats about and, along with high tides and surges, cause destruction of many homes, businesses and infrastructure. But this certainly is not a “killer storm”, at least not yet. How many people have been killed by Hurricane Irene? The hurricane directly hit islands in the Caribbean but we have not heard of any deaths. Have you?

Of course low lying areas (such as the below sea level New Orleans during Katrina) will be hard hit. If you live in these areas watch out and take all necessary precautions. The D.C. swamp is low lying in more ways than one and might be extra hard hit.

Even if you are not in low lying areas but in the storm path or periphery you should take precautions (hint: it’s the power shortages that will bite). But that goes without having to say it, doesn’t it. In every home there should be (near the door) emergency supplies and evacuation plans. Fires can strike at any time and other disasters are always looming. Preparation is the best antidote to fear at those times.

How bad is Hurricane Irene? Some are beginning to speak up on the sensible side and asking the right questions about Hurricane Irene and the Big Media stroking of fear and panic in search of viewers:

This post by Dr. Simon Atkins is making the rounds thanks to a Drudge link, but after reading it and listening to Mark Levin’s interview with the author, it sounds like he’s perfectly in line with what we knew a few hours ago. In brief:

1. The early fears that this thing might hit NYC head on as a Category 3 or even a Category 4 and tear the city limb from limb have faded.

2. It’s still going to do lots of damage, but apparently massive flooding from storm surges is now the main threat. Gusts of wind should top out at “only” 60-70 mph by the time Irene hits here, but because the storm’s moving slowly, that gives it extra time to blow water from the ocean into the streets and subways.

3. While somewhat less of a threat now, the wind may still pose unique dangers to skyscrapers. I haven’t heard anyone speculate yet that office towers might topple over, but someone tweeted to me earlier that once you get above the 25th floor or so, the storm is one category higher than it is on the ground. Avoid tall buildings at all costs, and in the name of all that’s holy, don’t stand underneath them. Windows will shatter and glass will fall.”

The Simon Atkins article which so many read so avidly last night at DrudgeReport comports with what can be seen by anyone who believes their own eyes not what lying Big Media “reports” for it’s own profit interests:

“The hype over Hurricane Irene is overblown, predicts the CEO of Advanced Forecasting Corporation.

“North of Delaware, most hurricane force winds will very likely be gusts, not sustained winds.”

o The demise of Irene has already begun. There is no visible eye. The storm intensity is down to 99 mph. This would be a low-end category 2 or a strong category 1 storm, while 36 hours ago some predicted a catastrophic category 4 storm. Air Force Reserve aircraft have found that Irene’s eyewall has collapsed, and the central pressure has risen — rising pressure means a weakening storm.

o The reduction in storm intensity likely confirms that this storm is not going to be as monstrous as it has been publicly forecast to be.

o Yes, it will be windy. However, north of Delaware most hurricane force winds will very likely be gusts, not sustained winds.”

That is what we noticed when looking at “news reports” (hint: watch the TV but keep the sound off. The words and graphics produced are catnip to keep you watching and in awe. Look and read source materials – in this case satellite images are the best source). There was no “eye” of the storm. Also at times the great round rings of power that surround the eye of killer storms or even semi-strong storms are also missing. What one can see is that on one half the bands are strong but on the other side of the hurricane there are few if any bands at all.

[The Mark Levin interview with Simon Atkins can be listened to HERE.]

The conclusion by Atkins:

“o At Advanced Forecasting Corporation, we are concentrating on the surging waters which typically cause over 85% of the loss of life in hurricanes. We have modeled the following predictions:

1) There will be wind damage over eastern-most North Carolina as well as some storm surge flooding up the Pamlico Sound. Some houses in the Hamptons will be flooded and destroyed. Flooding might occur in New York’s Battery Park Subway station and on the FDR Drive since the city could get up to 8 inches of rain. There may be some New England neighborhoods submerged due to rivers overflowing.

2) With 90% confidence, we predict a total damage bill below $1 billion. Unless there is an unexpected secondary or tertiary event, this is not going to be a huge-loss storm.

o Our internal modeling uses genetic algorithms to emphasize the weaknesses of storms. Remember that storms are energy. Just like people, they all have their own personalities. From the get-go, Irene was not a power storm. Her goal was to become wide, not internally powerful. Personified further, the storm became too big too quickly and it cannot master its own strength.”



The Weather Underground (not Obama’s bomb making friends but a weather related site) agrees with Atkins and Big Pink on a lot of the big points:

“Satellite data and measurements from the Hurricane Hunters show that Irene continues to weaken. A 1:32 pm EDT center fix by an Air Force Reserve aircraft found that Irene’s eyewall is still gone, and the central pressure had risen to 951 mb from a low of 942 mb this morning. The winds measured in Irene near the surface support classifying it as a strong Category 1 hurricane or weak Category 2. Satellite imagery shows a distinctly lopsided appearance to Irene’s cloud pattern, with not much heavy thunderstorm activity on the southwest side. This is due to moderate southwesterly wind shear of 10 – 20 knots. This shear is disrupting Irene’s circulation and has cut off upper-level outflow along the south side of the hurricane. No eye is visible in satellite loops, but the storm’s size is certainly impressive. Long range radar out of Wilmington, North Carolina, shows that the outermost spiral bands from Irene have moved ashore over North Carolina. Winds at buoy 41004 100 miles offshore from Charleston, SC increased to 47 mph, gusting to 60 mph at 3 pm EDT, with significant wave heights of 25 feet. [snip]

With its eyewall collapsed and just 18 more hours over water before landfall, Irene does not have time to build a new eyewall and intensify. The storm is too large to weaken quickly, and the best forecast is that Irene will be a strong Category 1 hurricane at landfall in North Carolina on Saturday. Based on the latest wind analysis from NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division (Figure 2) and Irene’s continued weakening trend, I predict that the 80-mile section of North Carolina coast to the right of where Irene makes landfall will receive sustained hurricane-force winds of 75 – 85 mph on Saturday at landfall; the 80-mile section of coast to the left will receive 55 – 75 mph winds. High wind shear of 30 knots will begin ripping into Irene Sunday morning when it is near Southern New Jersey, and more rapid weakening will occur. By the time Irene arrives on Long Island Sunday afternoon, it will probably have top sustained winds in the 65 – 75 mph range. However, since Irene is such a huge storm–tropical storm force winds extend out up to 290 miles from the center–it has set a massive amount of the ocean’s surface in motion, which will cause a much larger storm surge than the winds would suggest. At 3:30 pm EDT this afternoon, a wind analysis from NOAA/HRD (Figure 2) indicated that the potential storm surge damage from Irene still rated a 5.0 on a scale of 0 to 6. This is equivalent to the storm surge a typical Category 4 hurricane would have. While this damage potential should steadily decline as Irene moves northwards and weakens, we can still expect a storm surge one full Saffir-Simpson Category higher than Irene’s winds when it impacts the coast. Since tides are at their highest levels of the month this weekend due to the new moon, storm surge flooding will be at a maximum during the high tidal cycles that will occur at 8 pm Saturday night and 8 am Sunday morning. Wherever Irene happens to be at those times, the storm surge damage potential will be maximized. I continue to give a 20% chance that a 3 – 4 foot storm surge high enough to over-top the Manhattan flood walls and swamp the New York City subway system will occur on Sunday. The latest 11 am probabilistic storm surge map from NHC shows a 20 – 30% chance of a storm surge in excess of 3 feet in New York Harbor (Figure 4.) Keep in mind that these maps are calculated for normal tide level, and this weekend’s high tides will be nearly 1 foot above normal.”

Hurricane Irene is wide and bringing lots of water and it is a shame it did not go into Texas which needs the water. Texas would likely pay the price of the wind damage in order to get all that rain water.

North Carolina, accustomed to hurricanes of all varieties is helping its northern neighbors by taking Irene’s punch and weakening it. Say “thank you North Carolina” D.C.’ers and New Yorkers and Pennsylvania (and did anyone notice that Mayor Nutter has not attempted to shut down Philadelphia like Bloomberg has to New York even though Philly will be hit harder than New York?).

Hey! Donald Trump is correct about ratings and Big Media:



No Big Pink article should be complete without noting Barack Obama and his interests. When Texas and other “red” states were suffering from fires or floods Barack Obama barely noticed until it was very late. But North Carolina? Barack Obama knows that without North Carolina he has zero shot of winning reelection and so North Carolina has been treated to immediate attention. It is deserved attention and we are not saying otherwise. But we are saying that if was a “red” state with problems Barack Obama would have extended his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard.

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We know our readers are sensible and will take sensible precautions and stay safe. The big danger will be power shortages so prepare. Remember what we told the Obama Hopium priests in 2008: “Hope is not a strategy.”

Our best wishes to our newly liberated friends at Martha’s Vineyard as well as those commemorating what happened 91 years ago.

As always, not just when Big Media pulls your chain and rings Pavlovian bells, stay safe and be well.

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Update: Via those nogoodniks at Crawdad, the latest “tweet” from Charles Krauthammer:

“Earthquake, hurricane, Obamacare. When does it stop? Seven more and I vote we let the Israelites go.”

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157 thoughts on “Big Media And Hurricane Irene

  1. Stay safe everybody, wherever you are. Those of you in the storm track let us know what is happening in your area (while the electricity lasts).

    Let a smile be your umbrella:

  2. Agreed, admn. this is approaching the hype of the century as I suspected yesterday. Having lived in NYC I can’t believe a$$hat Bloomberg took the idiotic step of closing subways, buses, LI RR, MetroNorth and all metro transit.

    There will be a disaster for the city but it will be economic from the loss of business, IMHO.

    Here is an amusing selection of posts at random blogs responding to the overblown media barking.

    Can you say: “Obama is pulling no punches to differentiate himself from Bush during Katrina”?
    Is the any doubt the hype is forced by the MSM to lay the groundwork for Mondays’ announcement of the wonderous leadership from the WH during this awful event which, by the way, wouldn’t have been so bad if everyone will just accept AGW and cough up more tax money?
    BobMbx on August 26, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    The amazing thing is Bush spent up to 5 days prior to Katrina working with all the government, state, and local agencies trying to get those tools in Louisiana to do what they should have done and he is accused of wanting to see blacks perish.

    Obama reads a teleprompter on Martha’s Vineyard and then leaves his vacation a few hours early and holes up in the White house right before the storm and he’ll be lauded as a savior.

    It appears Irene has weakened substantially over the last day or so. The MSM and state/local authorities seem to have “overhyped” this storm. They were acting accordingly to what all the forecast models were saying at the time. I believe the mistake was how early they jumped the shark. I believe it was necessary for the mid-atlantic but not for the northeast. The latter was wishcasting too far in advance, for sensational headlines and perhaps political agendas.
    dddave on August 27, 2011 at 8:33 AM

    This hype is not about the Hurricane it is about the media and Obama spin masters setting up things to eventually promote and praise Obama and his agenda.
    albill on August 27, 2011 at 7:05 AM

    With Øbama cutting his vaca’ short by a few hours to deal with the hurricane, the hurricane decided to weaken — going against the great one would be such a losing task. Meanwhile Øbama fulfills a campaign pledge to have the ocean level (surge) recede. What a hero!

  3. If you look at the satellite images this should be called a “half-a-cane”. Half of it is missing.

    http://pajamasmedia.com/weathernerd/2011/08/27/irene-makes-landfall/

    There is some indication on satellite and radar that Irene may actually be getting slightly better organized at this hour — the Outer Banks don’t provide much real land interaction, and the hurricane is still drawing plenty of moisture from the Atlantic, so that’s possible — but I’ll believe it when it’s verified. There have been a ton of false alarms over the last few days with this storm seemingly trying to get organized, so I’m not going to jump at every radar or satellite blip that suggests “tightening” or intensification. In any event, it’s hard to see Irene getting significantly stronger at this point. If she’s tightening, maybe she’ll hold together as a minimal hurricane through landfall in Long Island, instead of weakening to a strong tropical storm. That’s probably the realistic worst case at this point.

    Regardless, the general parameters of this situation seem quite clear, and basically unchanged since yesterday. Wind damage will occur, particularly with trees and branches, but the winds will not be catastrophic by any means. In terms of wind, this may feel to a lot of folks like a strong Nor’easter. Power outages will likely be widespread. Inland flooding will be a big, big deal — if there are deaths in this hurricane, aside from the odd Darwin Award-winning surfer or beachgoer, that’s where they’re likely to come from. The severity of the storm surge is the big open question; we’ll see. (Watch the tidal gauges.) Residents in low-lying areas in evacuation zones should continue to assume the (realistic) worst, and should already be out or rapidly getting the Hell out. Bottom line, Irene is a big storm to be taken seriously, and it will cause a stormy weekend and plenty of damage, but this is by no means the worst-case scenario for NYC and the northeast — and to the extent the media or government is pretending otherwise, they need to ramp down the hype, for the sake of avoiding complacency about the next storm. Fear of a calamity was fully justified 24-36 hours ago, but we can now be quite confident this won’t be a world-historical disaster… even while being equally confident that it is a force to be reckoned with, and one residents should not blow off. Surely there must be some way to communicate both of these concepts simultaneously.

  4. D@mn! I just BOUGHT a new keyboard!

    “This should be called a “half-a-cane”. Half of it is missing.”

    LMAO

    :laugh:

  5. Actally I turned it off this morning as got kind of tired of it. I felt those in the path needed to listen and watch, I did not.

    As to whether they are blowing this out of proportion, all you have to look at is how they chose the news. The more people killed the better. They will go to the scene of shooting, and if no one is killed they will immediatel find something else to cover. The worse it is, the better that the media likes it.

    So I guess the reason they like O is because he is such a disaster.

  6. First two claims of death by Irene:

    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/08/27/live-blog-irenes-heavy-rains-strong-winds-lash-n-c-coast/

    [Update 12:19 p.m.] A man feeding livestock in North Carolina was crushed by a tree limb Saturday morning amid Hurricane Irene’s high winds, an emergency official in Nash County told CNN. On Friday, a man in the state’s Onslow County died of a heart attack on Friday as he put plywood over his windows in preparation for the storm, a state emergency spokesman said.

  7. my guess is the worst things will be flooding and possible tornados…having gone thru Wilma in Florida and having to spend hours in closet because in that case they did not overhype, they said it would miss us, and it turned around in the middle of the night and trapped us in…these things go on forever…tornados can come out of seemingly nowhere…and for us, they did…limos flipped, etc.

    btw…I have also been thru the Northridge earthquake in 1994 when I lived in Santa Monica…both acts of nature are horrible…but if you survive the quake, it is over within seconds…the hurricanes literally go on for hours and hours and if you are in its path (and those winds start pounding) there really is no escaping it…no where to run…

    re: media and overhyping for O…what’s new? you have probably heard the joke about O and blaming the earthquake in DC because of an obscure fault under DC named Bush’s fault…

  8. For us it’s the power outages. Our electric cables are underground and are usually never the problem. It’s when some idiot kid hits a tree, the kind that doesn’t move, then we loose power. It was never the storm, but always the power that gets knocked out because of the storm.

    By the time the storm gets here, I’m hoping the tree services did their jobs a few weeks ago pruning branches near and overlapping the power lines.

    When we lived on the beach, storm surges were always a concern in a low-lying area. Flooding is the dregs for me- nothing covered by insurance. Tearing and ripping out everything the water touched. Mold… ewww.

    Living on a mountainside does have it’s advantages…

  9. Admin, you always nail it. Even the weather. The Weather Channel: such an hysterical bunch of dray-ma queens! 

  10. So O loses to a generic unnamed Rep candidate, but beats all of the candidates who have said they are running. I wonder who this un named Rep candidate is.

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    Dwight D. Eisenhower?

  11. Mrs. Smith…our power was out for 3 WEEKS when wilma hit…call it the typical inefficiency of those in power here…but, I kid you not, no power, phone, tv, internet, lights, etc for 3 weeks…at the mercy of a battery radio, little propane burner (basically for tea)…and candles…

  12. Don’t get me wrong. I have the utmost respect for mother nature and her power. But this over-the-top breathless reporting days before the event and then the inevitable “Oh never mind” makes me see red. Especially when it is so clearly designed to prop up the Bo-in-chief.

    Honestly, I think it is nauseating.

    (Not that I didn’t stock up on batteries and double check my flashlights but come on. It’s a Cat 1, not a Cat 4 or 5.)

    I agree precautions are in order for the sick and the elderly and evacuation in front of a storm is logical but the other stuff like shutting subways and the LIRR is just stupid.

    IMHO, of course.

    And if I am wrong I will be the first to admit it.

  13. S
    August 27th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Mrs. Smith…our power was out for 3 WEEKS when wilma hit…call it the typical inefficiency of those in power here…but, I kid you not, no power, phone, tv, internet, lights, etc for 3 weeks…at the mercy of a battery radio, little propane burner (basically for tea)…and candles…
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    S- Three weeks is almost…FOREVER! to be without power. Not having power for three weeks would be totally unacceptable here. Hurricane Bob cause the most damage here. Having 22 show horses stalled up in the barn and power off to the well pump for three days was enough.. TG there was a freshwater pond on the property that hadn’t dried up by the end of summer. The horses were in a fit.. banging on the buckets as if we had forgotten to water them. They figured it out real quick when let out to the back pasture heading directly to the pond…

    Ah, quiet now- carpenters are rained out and gone home..

  14. Especially when it is so clearly designed to prop up the Bo-in-chief.
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    Basil- at this point Obama is beyond propping up- People have gotten accustomed to his do nothing presidency. He doesn’t care about people’s problems. All he cares about is his next fund raising venue and his re-election.

    At this point neither hurricane nor earthquake can resurrect his dismal poll numbers. They have only one direction to go and that is further DOWN.

    Question: Has a president every polled a 16% approval rating?

  15. I live in NJ people are going nuts running around spending money they don’t have on generators and other storm crap that instead they should be going towards mortgages and putting food on the table for their families, a lot of people here are under water already, financially underwater, they are already drowning! hell have no fury like scorned NYer’s and hell don’t mess with the folks from NJ. They won’t forget this if it doesn’t materialize. Trust me I’m already pissed that I had to pick up all my kids crap out of the basement just in case..

  16. “Trust me I’m already pissed that I had to pick up all my kids crap out of the basement just in case..”

    ROTF.

    It is ridiculous, isn’t it? Although I must confess the warnings have resurrected my pledge to get a small generator only because I lost power several times last year during ice storms. Small ones go for around $500 and with the tropical birds living in my cottage I think it would bring peace of mind knowing they can be kept warm in case of a real emergency.

  17. BASIL99
    August 27th, 2011 at 2:28 pm
    Don’t get me wrong. I have the utmost respect for mother nature and her power. But this over-the-top breathless reporting days before the event and then the inevitable “Oh never mind” makes me see red. Especially when it is so clearly designed to prop up the Bo-in-chief.

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    I hear you BASIL99…that is what usually goes on here in FLA – pre-hurricane…they scare the hell out of you and it goes on for about a week nonstop on TV prior to the event…that is what made it exceptionally annoying when they told us not to worry about Wilma because it wasn’t really going to effect us…supposedly the Gulf Coast was going to get the brunt…

    …and then SURPRISE! in the middle of the night…we took basically a direct hit…I have to admit it was the most frightening thing I ever went thru…I kept waiting for the sliding doors to blow out and push across the room and blow out the front entrance…thankfully they ended up warped and just unable to open, but held…when it was all done and we all went outside…major damage…the bank at the top of street windows blown out, so you could just walk in…enormous trees over and smashed on to cars, on and on…we had tornados that went thru…and like I said, you are trapped…there is nothing you can do but ride it out and hope for the best…

    I have a great respect for those people that have survived when the have been caught in their homes and they are left under debris and all the walls and roofs are gone…it is a miracle when they survive…

  18. And, FWIW, I’m almost wishing for an early rain so I don’t have to go cover an end-of-summer fair in Albany County.

  19. S,

    So they are nearly always wrong. 👿 If they tell you NOT to worry, that’s when we should be concerned.

    “that is what made it exceptionally annoying when they told us not to worry about Wilma because it wasn’t really going to effect us”

    Honestly, if tomorrow isn’t a real soaker in NJ and NY people are going to be royally PO’d that they were forced to abandon precious vacation time because of there alarmists. The BO mantra of the sky is going to fall if the country didn’t pass TARP, didn’t pass healthcare, didn’t do this, didn’t do that seems to have become the adopted attitude by BM. We live in a National Enquirer world.

    Ironically, seems the NE is often more accurate than BM.

    Have I mentioned lately how much I despise the usurper-in-chief? And his bumbling enablers?

  20. O.M.G.!
    Way off topic but has anyone else seen the story about BO installing a pic in the WH with the word N**ger in it?

    WTF??????????????

    newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/the-ulsterman-report-president-obama-places-ngger-painting-in-white-house/

  21. This week it became known that Obama had placed in a hall just outside the Oval Office the highly controversial Norman Rockwell painting named “The Problem We All Live With” – a searing depiction of the 1960 integration controversy that swept the country at that time.

    That painting shows a then six-year old African American Ruby Bridges being escorted into a New Orleans elementary school by federal authorities despite strong opposition by white locals. The painting has the term “Nigger” as one of the primary focal points. It was his use of that term that has made the painting among the most controversial of Rockwell’s normally more historically serene depictions of Americana. The president’s use of this painting also coincides with a particularly aggressive attack by many leading Democrats against the Tea Party where the charges of racism against Tea Party members appears to be the most common tactic.

    The fact Barack Obama would utilize such an openly controversial painting just outside the Oval Office, in conjunction with this weekend’s Martin Luther King memorial speech, is yet further proof of an administration quite willing to even more further utilize the issue of race politics in the upcoming 2012 re-election campaign than was done in 2008.

    newsflavor.com/politics/us-politics/the-ulsterman-report-president-obama-places-ngger-painting-in-white-house/#ixzz1WGBAOzRH

  22. Climate Crock that should carry over to humans causing global warming.. When it’s the earthquakes shifting the tilt of the earth on it’s axis causing climate change.

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    Well, admitting there IS a climate change is the first step. Now for the next 11 steps….

  23. hould carry over to humans causing global warming.. When it’s the earthquakes shifting the tilt of the earth on it’s axis causing climate change.

    http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2011/08/27/noaas-phony-hurricane-coming-on-shore-with-33-mph-winds/

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    Are you claiming that goddard’s article claims “it’s the earthquakes shifting the tilt of the earth on it’s axis causing climate change”? Can’t find tilt or earthquake in it.

    If the earth’s axis had changed, I expect we’d have heard that tidbit of news.

  24. I thought it was Coumo who shut down the MTA, made it free and allowed pets to ride. Bloomies just relayed the message. Am I mistaken?
    Personally I felt the decision was premature but believe it would have been the right one had Irene sustained her fury. Philly is different — two lines, running north and south east to west- and the weekend working folk aren’t traveling as far as a dishwasher in Manhattan. Very differnt cities and it looks like Philly may be taking a bigger hit than NYC.
    But the thought of NYC being devestated is what I think captivates the audience. Tragic where ever it hits but the Big Apple that’s the stuff of blockbusters. Ratings wise.

  25. Out of curiosity do you think there would be any effect/response if every news channel/twitter feed/ was hit with this, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qgWH89qWks

    She sums it all up and impossible to ignore. Maybe inundating every reporter who was there then who made dismissive comments might be fun as well as advancing a little bit of Hillary in my Life,

  26. Texas was ignored during its wildfires:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110429/pl_nm/us_usa_texas_obama

    Texas Governor Rick Perry criticized the Obama administration on Thursday for not responding to a request for a disaster aid for the parched state, where wildfires have scorched nearly 2 million acres.

    “You have to ask, ‘Why are you taking care of Alabama and other states?’ I know our letter didn’t get lost in the mail,” Perry, a Republican and frequent critic of the federal government, said after addressing a Texas emergency management conference.

    President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency for Alabama, where storms — including a tornado that ravaged Tuscaloosa on Wednesday — killed nearly 200 people this week.

    The White House said Obama will visit the state on Friday.

    “There is a point in time where you say, ‘Hey, what’s going on here?’” Perry said.

    Perry had requested a federal declaration of emergency for Texas as the wildfires began to rage across the large state. The request has not been answered, although several federal agencies are supplying firefighters.

    “They watch TV, they know what’s going on here, they can recognize that there is going to be a request for assistance, a request for help,” Perry said.

    Two volunteer firefighters have died battling the Texas wildfires, which have destroyed more than 900 buildings.

    A federal major disaster declaration could reimburse Texas and local governments 75 percent of the cost of their response. Local departments and the Texas Forest Service have spent more than $60 million since September 1 responding to wildfires, state forest service spokeswoman Linda Moon said.

  27. I have been watching Fox today, waiting for the East Coast to blow off of planet Earth…still waiting for Chicken Little to be vindicated.

    Sort of like a person from CA seeming the results of the Wopper of an earthquake in NY….books on the floor, some crumbs of rubble on a few rugs, and some cracks in bricks on the national phallic symbol.

    The best thing that has happened so far is Christie telling the Jersey shore beach bums to get the Hell off the beach, and Mother Nature gave the plastic Calf another excuse as to why he hasn’t come up with a solution to save our economy, he was too busy saving the East coast.

  28. BO screws up another one.

    Just got back from covering an event that DIDN’T happen – even though it’s not raining there, yet, because of the blabberboob in chief and his bigmedia buttkissers.

    Another economic opportunity wasted thanks to the blabberboob. Event organizers said once BM started hyping the halfacane people were too scared to come out. They will try to reschedule.

    Meanwhile, money lost for vendors, performers and local charities.

  29. jtjames
    …. Trust me I’m already pissed that I had to pick up all my kids crap out of the basement just in case..

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    This might have been a big pain in the buns for you, but it sure was funny for many of us parents that have also sacrificed for our kids crap. 😉

  30. Basil99, it is a transfer of wealth from small businesses to Big Media companies. Everyone is supposed to sit in front of the TV and not go anywhere else. Big Media gets the profits from the big scare and small fairs and companies pay the bill.

  31. hehehehehehe.

    Meanwhile, New Yorker’s ignore Bloomie.

    Fegghedaboudit is the HL at Drudge.

    “Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered an unprecedented evacuation of 370,000 people from low-lying areas.

    But many appeared to defy the evacuation order. Only 1,400 people had checked into emergency shelters, and an unknown number chose instead to stay with family and friends outside the evacuation zone, Bloomberg said.

    Despite the persistent warnings and ominous skies, the neighborhood around Brooklyn’s Coney Island — within the danger zone — was calm. Parked cars lined the streets, and there was no sign of a mass exodus.”

  32. “Everyone is supposed to sit in front of the TV and not go anywhere else.”

    Yup. And await big Brother’s orders.

    Unfortunately, in bluest blue Albany County they probably wouldn’t see it that way. Across the county line, in Greene, however, it would be a different story.

    In fact, I doubt an event would have been cancelled there.

  33. admin
    Terror in Virginia as boys drop their pants during halfacane Irene:

    ——–
    That is one of the funniest news casts I have ever seen.

  34. shut down the MTA, made it free and allowed pets to ride.

    ======================

    http://gothamist.com/2011/08/27/mta_recap.php

    Shutting it down would be the last step, after having it free for people to use to evacuate (good idea about the pets!).

    Better safe than sorry. Imagine people on trains with the subways filling with water.

    The city will be disrupted by the storm anyway, so might as well test an evacuation plan in case of future need.

  35. Michael Mann, a Pennsylvania researcher who’s been a target of climate-change skeptics, was cleared of wrongdoing by U.S. investigators in the flap surrounding e-mails hacked from a U.K. university.

    Finding no “evidence of research misconduct,” the Arlington, Virginia-based National Science Foundation closed its inquiry into Mann, according to an Aug. 15 report from the inspector general for the U.S. agency. Pennsylvania State University, where Mann is a professor of meteorology, exonerated him in February of suppressing or falsifying data, deleting e- mails and misusing privileged information.

  36. Shadowfax,

    Agreed. I just watched it again and cracked up when the one guy in the red suit literally dropped his pants. The comparison between the oh-so-serious young newscaster so
    “worried” that the traffic hadn’t decreased and “biting his tongue” when referring to the fun worshippers as “people” is just too too funny.

    The newscasters tone of voice reminded me of that guy at the Florida rally way back when BO was first selected who was gushing so he could hardly catch his breath.

    Meanwhile, all 80+ residents at a senior residence in Atlantic City refuse evacuation and surfers by the dozens are taking to Rockaway beaches.

    I lived in NYC during blackouts, snowstorms so heavy people skiied down streets, heatwaves so horrible people would sleep on the roofs, and this moron Bloomberg decides to shut down mass transit?

    Just a hunch this assinine decision might put his butt on the line. He will become a punchline and hopefully the same will happen to BO before the 2012 vote.

  37. NOAA’s Phony “Hurricane” Coming On Shore With 33 MPH Winds
    Posted on August 27, 2011 by stevengoddard

    NOAA claims the winds are 85 MPH, but none of the Weather Underground stations in the area report higher than 33 MPH winds. By definition, this is not a hurricane – and is just barely a tropical storm.

  38. Sorry for being absent while you guys up on the East Coast are getting the “high winds”, here’s wishing you all safe harbor, but we all know…as admin says, this is all to get Obama out of hot water…

    Meanwhile I’ve been in the hospital since Tuesday night…I managed to twist my large intestine…once they got that fixed I had a colonscope and an egd…well it appears that I have an unusual area in my cecum that they’ve had to biopsy…I should know the results by Thursday afternoon….pls. pray for me that its nothing….Just as I’m getting my life straighten out would be a perfect time for it all to go to shit….happens quiet regularly in my life….

    I’m at home now and have been off since Tuesday night….I never experienced such pain…never..not even child birth can hold a candle to it.

  39. Honestly, this is just overkill.

    And if I am wrong I will wholeheartedly apologize for these postings but it just seems to me that the powers that be have been waiting for just such an event to try out some of their crowd control tactics.

    I hope – if I’m right and this is hysteria fanned too outrageous proportions – that the public will hold officials responsible for loss of income, inconvenience, and outright lying.
    Here are some snippets from a NY Post article about the lengths to which the government is going.

    And to top it all off, Bloomberg actually recommends hitch hiking as a way to get around.

    Jeezus! Morons like him and BO have no idea of how the real world works.

    “Transit workers began the arduous system halt — the first weather-related one in history — at noon. Bus and subway service might not get moving until well into Monday afternoon. The apocalyptic standstill leaves five million riders without a way around.

    Minutes into the shutdown, passengers rushed to snag seats on the last rides out of town and many unlucky commuters were left stranded. At the start of the day MTA workers shielded glass booths with plywood and aired booming warnings that the clock was ticking.

    By afternoon, underground stations were cordoned off in colorful tape.

    Mayor Bloomberg recommended hitchhiking or sharing a cab to escape the storm’s wrath. “You could hail a cop car,” he said.

    The city began transporting public housing residents living in “Zone A” areas to shelters since NYCHA stopped elevator service.

    Since this morning, police spread to stubborn residents to hightail it out of areas deemed dangerous.

    “They will be doing that all afternoon into the evening, but keep in mind, if you want to evacuate later on, you’re going to be on your own,” Bloomberg said at a Coney Island presser this morning.

    Staten Island residents, however, still have time to catch a ferry until 10 p.m. this evening – though it service could be stopped earlier if knots reach 40.

    Meanwhile, Con Edison is considered zapping power to lower Manhattan starting sometime tomorrow between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday – leaving lights out for three days

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/con_city_warns_of_power_cutoff_as_4mYxvuBCisJTm06rBaBnLJ#ixzz1WHDJe9M7

    uri

  40. I had forgotten about this.

    “Bloomberg weathered criticism after a Dec. 26 storm dumped nearly two feet of snow that seemed to catch officials by surprise. Subway trains, buses and ambulances got stuck in the snow, some for hours, and streets were impassable for days. Bloomberg ultimately called it an “inadequate and unacceptable” response.

    This time officials weren’t taking any chances. Transit officials said they can’t run once sustained winds reach 39 mph, and they need eight hours to move trains and equipment to safety.

    The subway system won’t reopen until at least Monday.”

  41. Thanks Basil 99, Having lived thru at Cat 4 on the coast…I know this is total media control over Obama’s ass saving…..

    Geez, the world is falling apart, yet we are being inundated with BS about a thunderstorm hitting the East Coast….

    It goes to show you the media does/will continue to support their “golden calf”….it’s enough to make a person puke!

  42. Confloyd,

    I haven’t lived through any hurricanes or “halfacanes” as admin refers to Irene but I have lived through almost 3 years of BO BS and my detector is primed.

    I am cracking up at Sheppie lecturing the audience about how “some” thought Irene was just a Cat 1 storm and wasn’t capable of genormous damage and then goes to a live feed of a reporter in Maryland and agrees that evidence is Irene may be weakening and we may dodge the bullet.

    It’s dodge the bullet time. ROTF!

    Fothermuckers all. And Bloomie is obviously trying to avoid comparisons with his total incompetency during the early 2011 NYC blizzard. And now Brother Deval is helping them circle the wagons and just announced the Boston Transit System will close as well – in solidarity, no doubt, with the drag-BO’s-butt out of the fire campaign.

    Like I said before, if I’m wrong I will own it but this smells like Horse poop to me. Now Sheppie trying to explain how Irene could be weakening although we are not predicting it – yet – but we can be hopeful.

    Va Gov. says there are 3 million without power but big deal – same thing has happened many times before.

    Now they’re talking about the 1821 hurricane in NYC.

  43. Prayers and fingers crossed for ya Confloyd. Doctors always check everything they can, so hopefully you will be back in good shape and happy as a lark again.

    I had to do a second test for a normal female checkup last week, I was a nervous wreck by the time I went back, all turned out well, but I understand the worry you feel. Take care of yourself.

  44. confloyd, remember even the worst of the outcome in today’s world they have made many breakthroughs. However, a better outcome would be preferred. Stay positive, and we will be thinking about and praying with you.

  45. halfacane Irene (priceless!)

    BASIL99
    August 27th, 2011 at 7:04 pm
    “Everyone is supposed to sit in front of the TV and not go anywhere else.”

    Yup. And await big Brother’s orders.

    *********************************************

    that’s right…haven’t you heard?

    http://news.yahoo.com/obama-takes-charge-hurricane-command-center-172139005.html

    Obama takes charge at hurricane command center

    US President Barack Obama warned the US east coast was in for a “long 72 hours” as he led his government’s response to Hurricane Irene at a disaster command center in Washington.

    Obama on Saturday chaired a meeting at the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) set up at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, which is marshaling federal and local hurricane-relief efforts.

    “This is going to be a tough slog getting through this thing,” Obama said during a video teleconference including senior federal officials and local government agencies in the east coast path of Irene.

    “It’s going to be a long 72 hours. Obviously a lot of families a

    snip…

    **************************************************************

    oh give me a break…go watch a basketball game…

    we all needed a good laugh!

  46. US President Barack Obama warned the US east coast was in for a “long 72 hours” as he led his government’s response to Hurricane Irene at a disaster command center in Washington.

    ======================

    WEll, of course. The golf courses will be closed.

  47. From Globalcomment.com re Argentina:
    In May 2001, 11.6% of the population was living in extreme poverty and 35.9% were under the poverty line. Ten years later, the figure for extreme poverty is at 4.4% of the population and those under the poverty line at 15.3%. Argentina renegotiated its debt and balanced their international trade. The country abandoned its dependency on financial institutions and global capital. A stream of left leaning (considered populist by some) governments followed, giving preponderance to internal development and investment schemes. International media still portrays Argentina as an unreliable country (“not serious” according to a fairly recent article at The New York Times). However, the country has avoided further liberalization of its markets and impositions from the IMF, which always come with demands of budget cuts from public services and social programs. Every IMF loan includes a set of mandatory “recommendations” that deplete benefits and welfare schemes for the working class and poor and demands of compliance with Free Trade principles that hurt local economies.

  48. admin: Don’t they look really really happy?
    ————–
    They’re not even pretending to care how they present themselves.

  49. holdthemaccountable
    August 28th, 2011 at 6:38 am

    admin: Don’t they look really really happy?
    ______________________

    On our worst days, we don’t look so disgusted-

    This is a different kind of disgusted. She despises him and he chokes on tolerating her. I’ll say it again- whatever it is at the root of “her” disgust is a serious problem.

    In a process of elimination, lessee:

    … can’t be the economy. Anything job related, not possible..

    … can’t be the harangue about the joblessness. n/a

    … can’t be the earthquake..or the halfcane she could not care less if any of the historical monuments were damaged.

    … can’t be she is worried about Nancy Reagan’s fall. Rubio scooping her up before she hit the floor.. nah- white woman..

    … little Sasha gained 2 lb on their vacation… nah- she’ll out grow it.

    … Angry at Secret Service for replacing her bicycle with a man’s version because they are sick of changing flat tires… hmmm.. now theres a thought.. getting warmer?

    … Not happy with the answer from hubby when she caught him on his cell phone speaking in a loud whisper: “see you soon, honey” She heard ‘honey’… he said, no, I said ‘funny’… president refused to turn over cell phone to her for number verification… ding, ding, ding…

    Ideas welcome, for possible reason or reasons for perpetual unattractive scowl.

  50. turndown: “If the earth’s axis had changed, I expect we’d have heard that tidbit of news.”
    ********

    Don’t count on it. The earth is wobbling all the time, what with rotation/obliquity/inclination/nutation. After the earthquake in Japan, the Earth’s axis shifted a few centimeters, which was mentioned briefly in the news but nobody got excited about it = not newsworthy.

    Few people come close to understanding this constant shifting of the axis or why it occurs, but I’ve never heard anyone claim it is caused by global warming. The reverse is possible, though.

    We also have magnetic poles – three of them, two in the north and one in the south – and the northern poles are currently going through major shifts measured in tens of kilometers per year. I have never heard anyone claim that the magnetic poles, their positions or their movements are caused by climatic effects; but here again, the opposite is possible and even probable.

  51. confloyd

    power off as I pressed send message to you.

    call me if you want to on my cell while still with power.

  52. admin: Thanx for the link to PumaPAC; the article is inspiring and prompted me to look up and watch “Iron Jaw Angels” on Youtube (I couldn’t access part 11/12). I was delighted with the portrayal of Alice Paul, who was from my home state of NJ and makes me proud to be a Quaker, a fact I hadn’t known about her.

  53. Mrs. Smith: Ideas welcome, for possible reason or reasons for perpetual unattractive scowl.
    ————
    First, I hope your power loss was simply momentary; mine is flickering so much that it’s amazing I’m still on the grid.
    Now to my comment re the status of the Obama’s: I swear you are channeling my email this morning. I’ve discovered an overlooked email from mid August. It is from a Republican friend who almost never sources his stuff, but it usually has some basis. Seems Obama was caught without his wedding band. When questioned, he said it is at the jewelers being fixed. (I’m thinking finally resizing it down so it does not flop so much?) The repubs are thinking this is because it’s Ramadan and jewelry is verboten amongst Muslims. And now your train of thought yields a third possibility. Tsk tsk.

  54. From “Foreign Policy Journal”
    ******

    Understanding Clinton’s Statement on Libya: ‘We own you’
    by Dr. Reza Pankhurst
    August 28, 2011

    As the battle for parts of Tripoli and swathes of Libya continues, the “international community” has released $1.5 billion of Libyan assets, much of which will basically be used by the National Transitional Council (NTC). It is already well known that NATO’s involvement in the Libyan conflict means that they are effectively dictating the terms of Libya’s future, and the release of these funds is a part of the same process whereby the United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton set out in a written statement Friday 26th August what is expected from the NTC:

    As funds are released, we look to the Transitional National Council to fulfill its international responsibilities and the commitments it has made to build a tolerant, unified democratic state—one that protects the universal human rights of all its citizens.

    Of course, these words are simply empty slogans, since the United States has never even tied the supply of extensive aid (such as their billions in military aid to Egypt) to any meaningful program of encouraging tolerance or what they term “universal human rights”, and their financial and political support of oppressive dictatorships whose torture chambers would be outsourced by the CIA for the interrogation of “terrorist” suspects undermines any such rhetoric that the World has heard many times from the State department previously. The fact that these assets are in effect actually owned by the Libyan people, and not aid of any form, makes it even more astonishing that the “international community” and the United States feel entitled to dictate their use.

    Cutting through the empty language which is common fare to be used in such circumstances by the US, a later section outlines some of the conditions expected:

    The TNC also has obligations to the international community. We will look to them to ensure that Libya fulfills its treaty responsibilities, that it ensures that its weapons stockpiles do not threaten its neighbors or fall into the wrong hands, and that it takes a firm stand against violent extremism.

    Given the extent of the American war machine to the point they are killing civilians by remote control, and the proliferation of Western arm deals with all manner of despots from Saudi to Israel, “violent extremism” is something that the US and its allies engenders rather than acts against. What is meant in this context, and within the framework of establishing a “tolerant, unified democratic state”, is one that will submit itself to Western financial and political interests, which today also entails ensuring that Israel remains safe, and any Islamic based polity is off the table.

    As for the will of the Libyan people, this will be expressed through the NTC, who appear to be poised to serve as representing the will of the “international community” rather than that of the people of the region, and given that the NTC will be relying upon the goodwill of NATO and others to put bread on its table, it is unlikely to act as an independent force truly representing the people. As has already been explained NATO involvement in the conflict and the next phase of rebuilding the country has put them in the position to effectively dictate the future.

    The far-fetched thought that NATO would leave the people to resolve their own path forward once the obstacle of Gaddafi was removed is now completely disproven. For all talk about “partnership” and “working together” in the words coming out of the State Department, Clinton is effectively explaining to the NTC and Libya – you need access to your own money, and we are the doorkeepers. In effect, we own you.

    This article was originally published by New Civilization. It has been republished here with permission from the author.
    Reza Pankhurst has a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Government department. He is a former political prisoner of the previous Mubarak regime in Egypt, having spent 4 years in jail between 2002 and 2006. He also contributes to the New Civilisation online magazine (www.newcivilisation.com). Read more articles by Dr. Reza Pankhurst.

  55. Powr off. returned momentarily..off again.
    very interesting about the wedding band though..

    will write more about axis shift occuring after chilian quake in 67.

  56. Bit of breeze here. That’s the Martha’s Vineyard way of saying big winds. We have dancing trees, flickering power, not much rain and brief flashes of sunshine. The yard littered with dead branches — Mother Nature’s pruning system.

  57. Obama’s ring. After a yahoo search, I am giving up. Found the same email on various sites, various craigslists. The question was on answers.yahoo but has been deleted from there. Someone said it was on snopes but hard to believe. Last one I’ll mention was this which lists the rumor as false:

    There have been unfounded rumors that President Obama is Muslim and he has repeatedly professed to being a Christian. The President was photographed during the 2011 Ramadan Season wearing both his watch and wedding band but this sort of criteria may not be the evidence needed to substantiate such a claim. During his 2008 campaign and throughout his term in office he has proclaimed to be a Christian and TruthOrFiction.Com has findings posted at this link. On June 4, 2009 when President Obama was in Cairo, Egypt he proclaimed his Christianity. In Muslim countries for a Muslim to do this it would be considered blasphemy and punishable by imprisonment or death. This eRumor began in 2010 when the President was observed in a press conference not wearing his wedding band. ABC News reported on September 10, 2010 that the President’s wedding ring was being repaired. This rumor has resurfaced during August 2011 when Muslims around the world celebrate Ramadan, a 30 day season of fasting and prayer that began Friday, the 20th of July and continues until Saturday, the 18th of August. On August 15, 2011 President Obama hit the campaign trail making his first stop Cannon Falls, Minnesota, The photo above was taken from video posted on YouTube the same day showing the President wearing both his watch and ring.

    One of the claims on this eRumor is that President Obama does not give Christmas or Birthday presents to his children, Malia and Sasha is actually true. In a July 25, 2008 article in England’s Telegraph Barack and Michelle Obama told reporters that “explained that they spend “hundreds” on birthday slumber parties and want to ‘teach some limits’. Santa Claus is still permitted to deliver seasonal gifts however.”
    Posted 8/15/11
    http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/o/obama-ring-watch-muslim.htm

    I knew of the Obama Christmas tradition back in 2008 and tried to get the word out, but as we all know too well, facts were not going to supercede the frenzy of his worshippers. Obama has learned how to swallow hard and say he is a Christian. Well to me Christian is as Christian does. If Goddam Amerika is Christian I’ll eat my hat.

  58. I doubt the self-serving opportunistic con man has any devotional path except that of political expediency… Whichever way the wind blows.

  59. jeswezey
    I was delighted with the portrayal of Alice Paul, who was from my home state of NJ and makes me proud to be a Quaker, a fact I hadn’t known about her.

    ——-
    Alice Paul is a real hero for all women, she was one of the main sufferagettes that made it possible for women to vote in the US. Puma PAC has a lot of information on her, here is a link I really like:

    Alice Paul:
    Feminist, Suffragist and Political Strategist

    Alice Paul was the architect of some of the most outstanding political achievements on behalf of women in the 20th century. Born on January 11, 1885 to Quaker parents in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Alice Paul dedicated her life to the single cause of securing equal rights for all women.

    Few individuals have had as much impact on American history as has Alice Paul. Her life symbolizes the long struggle for justice in the United States and around the world. Her vision was the ordinary notion that women and men should be equal partners in society.

    http://www.alicepaul.org/alicepaul.htm

  60. Jonathan Alter asked “What, specifically, has [Obama] done wrong on policy?”

    Talking about bad results doesn’t answer the question. Here are some bad things Obama DID (which impact the economy):

    Sent bailout money to the financial institutions instead of to the homeowners. Refused to sign a bill passed by Congress to get some of that money back by taxing the banks who received it.

    Pushed a ‘hc’ bill with no public option, which prohibits buying drugs from Canada and mandates buying insurance from big insurers, and makes US businesses afraid to expand hiring. Sold out to big Pharma and big insurers, instead of going after them.

    Went easy on BP, leaving US businesses absorbing the cost of a damaged Gulf.

    Approved mountaintop removal projects that damage downslope towns.

    Etc, etc.

    PS. He blocked the Clintons getting back in, who showed in the 90s that they could FIX the economy.

  61. HoldThemAccountable, the ring was lost in Mordor. 🙂

    Here’s a YouTube of bearded collie puppies for those who still have to face that monster killer cataclysm Half-a-cane Irene:

  62. Most of the damage was a result of Big Media profiteering and CYA politicians like Bloomberg. Half-a-cane Irene, the epilog:

    http://news.yahoo.com/irene-little-damage-seen-many-places-135226709.html

    From North Carolina to New Jersey, Hurricane Irene appeared to have fallen short of the doomsday predictions. But with rivers still rising, and roads impassable because of high water and fallen trees, it could be days before the full extent of the damage is known.

    More than 4.5 million homes and businesses along the East Coast lost power, and at least 11 deaths were blamed on the storm. But as day broke Sunday, surprisingly light damage was reported in many places, with little more than downed trees and power lines.

    “I think it’s a little strong to say we dodged a bullet. However, it certainly could have turned out worse for the Hampton Roads area” in Virginia, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Montefusco.

  63. http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/obama-s-enablers_591430.html?nopager=1

    It’s counterintuitive, but Obama has been hurt by the media’s leniency. Both his presidency and reelection prospects have suffered. He’s grown lazy and complacent. The media have encouraged him to believe his speeches are irresistible political catnip, though they aren’t. His overreliance on words hasn’t helped.

    The kind of media pressure that can cause a president to sharpen his game, act with urgency, or take bolder steps—that has never been applied to Obama. If it had, I suspect he’d be a more effective, disciplined, energetic, and popular president today. Ronald Reagan is a good role model in this regard. When the media attacked him over gaffes in the 1980 campaign, “Reagan responded like all competitive men by working to improve himself,” says Reagan historian Craig Shirley. “Experience taught him to be better and try harder.” He took this lesson into the White House.

    I don’t want to exaggerate the media’s baneful influence on Obama. It’s hardly the main reason for his decline. It’s a secondary reason, and it continues to have an impact.

    Absent pushing and prodding by the press, the Obama presidency has atrophied. His speeches are defensive and repetitive and filled with excuses. He passes the buck. With persistently high unemployment and a weak economy, Obama recently declared, in effect, “I have a plan. See you after my vacation.” The press doesn’t goad him to lead.

  64. I. Was. Right.

    :happydance:

    What an over-hyped hysterical halfacane.

    At this point MS should have lost all credibility and it should be clear to all it’s a pile of biased unadulterated sensationalistic horse poop.

    I drove around – saw flooding – (normal for the Catskill River and tributaries, 1 down tree and that’s it.
    We didn’t even get the projected 6-12 inches of rain – more like 2 at this point.

  65. England is laughing at us. Again. And with good reason.

    Perfect Storm of Hype: Politicians, the media and the Hurricane Irene apocalypse that never was
    By Toby Harnden World Last updated: August 28th, 2011

    For the television reporter, clad in his red cagoule emblazoned with the CNN logo, it was a dramatic on-air moment, broadcasting live from Long Island, New York during a hurricane that also threatened Manhattan.

    “We are in, right, now…the right eye wall, no doubt about that…there you see the surf,” he said breathlessly. “That tells a story right there.”

    Stumbling and apparently buffeted by ferocious gusts, he took shelter next to a building. “This is our protection from the wind,” he explained. “It’s been truly remarkable to watch the power of the ocean here.”

    The surf may have told a story but so too did the sight behind the reporter of people chatting and ambling along the sea front and just goofing around. There was a man in a t-shirt, a woman waving her arms and then walking backwards. Then someone on a bicycle glided past.

    Across the screen, the “Breaking News: Irene Batters Long Island” caption was replaced by stern advice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): “Stay inside, stay safe.”

    The images summed up Hurricane Irene – the media and the United States federal government trying to live up to their own doom-laden warnings and predictions while a sizeable number of ordinary Americans just carried on as normal and even made gentle fun of all the fuss.

    There was almost palpable disappointment among the TV big guns rolled out for the occasion when Irene was downgraded to a mere ‘tropical storm”. In New York city, CNN’s silver-haired Anderson Cooper, more usually seen in a tight t-shirt in a famine or war zone, was clad in what one wag dubbed “disaster casual”.

    He looked crestfallen fell briefly silent when a weatherwoman told him that the rain was not going to get any worse. “Wow, because this isn’t so bad,” he said. “It’s an annoying rain but it isn’t even a sideways rain.”

    Then came the press conferences from the politicians, with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey that his evacuation of the Jersey Shore was “a pre-emptive measure that I am confident saved lives” and there could still be damage worth “tens of billions” of dollars.

    Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security chief, declared that there was ” a ways to go with Irene” but “with the evacuations and other precautions taken we have dramatically decreased the risk to life”.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York seemed thoroughly delighted with himself, as if he personally had calmed the waters and stifled the winds.

    The truth is that the dire warning beforehand suited both politicians and journalists. Just as with the minor earthquake that shook the east coast last week causing no loss of life and virtually no damage, Irene became a huge story because it was where the media lived.
    For politicians, Irene was a chance to either make amends or appear in control. The White House sent out 25 Irene emails to the press on Saturday alone.

    There were photographs of President Barack Obama touring disaster centres and footage of him asking sombre, pertinent questions. With his poll ratings plummeting, Obama needed to project an aura of seriousness and command. He was all too aware that the political fortunes of his predecessor George W. Bush never recovered after the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005.

    The press mostly reported the message the White House had carefully crafted: “Obama takes charge” read the headline of one wire service story.

    At the state level, Irene was a chance for political redemption. Christie had been lambasted around the start of the year for taking a holiday during one of the worst snow storms in New Jersey history.

    Bloomberg, who ordered a mandatory evacuation of residents in low-lying areas during Irene that thousands ignored, had been widely criticised for inadequate clean-up plans during the same blizzards.

    There was some loss of life during Irene, though significantly less than during dozens of other weather events across the US this year.

    Preparation for the worst-case scenario makes sense and could have saved hundreds during Katrina. But the worst-case scenario was largely portrayed as inevitable. Some of the footage of television reporters putting themselves in the most extreme position possible just to get the best “stand-up” live shot was beyond parody.

    First prize went to Tucker Barnes, a reporter for Fox 5, who went live from Ocean City, Maryland amid a strange, brown foamy substance. He reported that it “didn’t taste great” and had a “sandy consistency”. Apparently, it was raw sewage:

    As Howard Kurtz notes, The media and politicians enjoy a symbiotic relationship during possible impending disasters. The resultant perfect storm of hype over Irene runs the risk of making Americans even more like to ignore warnings in the future.

    By lunchtime on Sunday, the sun was peeking through over New York. The TV anchors were expressing their relief at the good news that the east coast had “dodged a bullet” and Irene had not been the apocalypse they had predicted.

    Perhaps it would be a bit too much to hope that they and certain politicians felt a little sheepish too.

  66. Hurricane Politics
    Jazz Shaw
    ****************************************************
    We were beyond ready. Or perhaps it might be better described as having been ready to a ridiculous degree. While in no way seeking to diminish the importance of being prepared for natural disasters, we just witnessed a week long, fully televised, over analyzed, painfully punctual dog and pony show which will be, I’m afraid, the new normal in 21st century America. The biggest factor in creating the new politics of hurricanes was Katrina, a name mentioned so many times over the last few days that it nearly outnumbered Irene in references. But other events on a more localized scale, ranging from failed snow removal efforts following a blizzard to garbage pick-up strikes are informing the actions of state governors, mayors of large cities, police chiefs and emergency management bureaucrats.

    There were photo ops aplenty to be sure.

    The governors of pretty much every state on the east coast were trotted out repeatedly in front of the cameras. They dutifully provided excruciating details of every person they had called, every executive order they had written and every dollar of emergency relief funds which they had preemptively put in place. They scolded their more incautious citizens about the dangers of failing to evacuate, neglecting to have a go bag or a survival kit at the ready. For all the world they looked like school children, freshly returned from summer vacation, going to great lengths to explain plot lines and characters to make sure you believed they finished their summer reading assignments.

    And in the eyes of each of them you saw the combination of fear and determination. This wasn’t about saving people from a rain storm.. it was about saving political careers from a crap storm of bad PR. The underlying message in each of these endless appearances was clear. If this whole thing blows up into a huge turd that hits the fan, you’re not blaming it on me.
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    Katrina changed the country in many ways, but perhaps none so much as the way it changed our politics. Nobody was going to get caught on camera in a “Bush Moment” where he was staring out the window of Air Force One from 30,000 feet up, surveying the damage below. No mayor wants to be the next person to fail to clean up the city streets three days after a blizzard. It’s no longer enough to do your job. Far more important is making sure that everybody else knows you’re doing your job.

    Maybe this is a good thing. After all, we do want to ensure that we’re ready for disasters, and executives need to be on the ball. But will this also lead to vast expenditures of cash we don’t have every time the skies grow cloudy just to avoid a bad video clip running wild on You Tube? Such thinking, and the inevitable criticism which follows, was taking shape before the storm fully formed. Over at Fox, Iain Murray and David Bier are asking if we even need a national weather service?

  67. England is laughing at us. Again. And with good reason.

    Perfect Storm of Hype: Politicians, the media and the Hurricane Irene apocalypse that never was
    By Toby Harnden World Last updated: August 28th, 2011

    For the television reporter, clad in his red cagoule emblazoned with the CNN logo, it was a dramatic on-air moment, broadcasting live from Long Island, New York during a hurricane that also threatened Manhattan.

    “We are in, right, now…the right eye wall, no doubt about that…there you see the surf,” he said breathlessly. “That tells a story right there.”

    Stumbling and apparently buffeted by ferocious gusts, he took shelter next to a building. “This is our protection from the wind,” he explained. “It’s been truly remarkable to watch the power of the ocean here.”

    The surf may have told a story but so too did the sight behind the reporter of people chatting and ambling along the sea front and just goofing around. There was a man in a t-shirt, a woman waving her arms and then walking backwards. Then someone on a bicycle glided past.

    Across the screen, the “Breaking News: Irene Batters Long Island” caption was replaced by stern advice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): “Stay inside, stay safe.”

    The images summed up Hurricane Irene – the media and the United States federal government trying to live up to their own doom-laden warnings and predictions while a sizeable number of ordinary Americans just carried on as normal and even made gentle fun of all the fuss.

    There was almost palpable disappointment among the TV big guns rolled out for the occasion when Irene was downgraded to a mere ‘tropical storm”. In New York city, CNN’s silver-haired Anderson Cooper, more usually seen in a tight t-shirt in a famine or war zone, was clad in what one wag dubbed “disaster casual”.

    He looked crestfallen fell briefly silent when a weatherwoman told him that the rain was not going to get any worse. “Wow, because this isn’t so bad,” he said. “It’s an annoying rain but it isn’t even a sideways rain.”

    Then came the press conferences from the politicians, with Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey that his evacuation of the Jersey Shore was “a pre-emptive measure that I am confident saved lives” and there could still be damage worth “tens of billions” of dollars.

    Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security chief, declared that there was ” a ways to go with Irene” but “with the evacuations and other precautions taken we have dramatically decreased the risk to life”.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York seemed thoroughly delighted with himself, as if he personally had calmed the waters and stifled the winds.

    The truth is that the dire warning beforehand suited both politicians and journalists. Just as with the minor earthquake that shook the east coast last week causing no loss of life and virtually no damage, Irene became a huge story because it was where the media lived.
    For politicians, Irene was a chance to either make amends or appear in control. The White House sent out 25 Irene emails to the press on Saturday alone.

    There were photographs of President Barack Obama touring disaster centres and footage of him asking sombre, pertinent questions. With his poll ratings plummeting, Obama needed to project an aura of seriousness and command. He was all too aware that the political fortunes of his predecessor George W. Bush never recovered after the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005.

    The press mostly reported the message the White House had carefully crafted: “Obama takes charge” read the headline of one wire service story.

    At the state level, Irene was a chance for political redemption. Christie had been lambasted around the start of the year for taking a holiday during one of the worst snow storms in New Jersey history.

    Bloomberg, who ordered a mandatory evacuation of residents in low-lying areas during Irene that thousands ignored, had been widely criticised for inadequate clean-up plans during the same blizzards.

    There was some loss of life during Irene, though significantly less than during dozens of other weather events across the US this year.

    Preparation for the worst-case scenario makes sense and could have saved hundreds during Katrina. But the worst-case scenario was largely portrayed as inevitable. Some of the footage of television reporters putting themselves in the most extreme position possible just to get the best “stand-up” live shot was beyond parody.

    First prize went to Tucker Barnes, a reporter for Fox 5, who went live from Ocean City, Maryland amid a strange, brown foamy substance. He reported that it “didn’t taste great” and had a “sandy consistency”. Apparently, it was raw sewage:

    As Howard Kurtz notes, The media and politicians enjoy a symbiotic relationship during possible impending disasters. The resultant perfect storm of hype over Irene runs the risk of making Americans even more like to ignore warnings in the future.

    By lunchtime on Sunday, the sun was peeking through over New York. The TV anchors were expressing their relief at the good news that the east coast had “dodged a bullet” and Irene had not been the apocalypse they had predicted.

    Perhaps it would be a bit too much to hope that they and certain politicians felt a little sheepish too.

  68. I agree with larry Johnson.

    “BO …”can’t calm the storm, halt the rain or part the seas. He can only walk on water if it is frozen (you know, a hockey rink). But if you watch the coverage of the media today you would think he had destroyed an asteroid headed for a collision with earth.

    But a veritable army of politicians and pundits and media personalities lined up made dire predictions that never came true. Scare the shit out of people and send them running. What an appalling display of adults shitting themselves over a minor storm.

    God help us if a real crisis strikes. We will meltdown like the Wicked Witch of the West doused with a swimming pool of water.”

  69. Basil99, too bad Toby and the rest did not speak up when we did. If we had been wrong we would have had pink eggs all over our faces and many would have appropriately called us out and demanded we apologize and say we are wrong about Big Media. But we were right.

    Next time and always they should write what is obvious before, not after, the event. We knew a lot of people would not like to read what we wrote but as always we had to speak out with what we were actually witnessing not what we were being spoon fed into believing. Toby Hamden’s late analysis echoes our and he cites some good examples. But next time, speak up early.

  70. Update to the article:

    Update: Too bad so many spoke out so late about the hype of Half-a-cane Irene.

    As noted in the comments by Basil99 the comments about Obama are hurricane force HERE. There is a good post on HotAir about Hurricane Politics (“This wasn’t about saving people from a rain storm.. it was about saving political careers from a crap storm of bad PR.”. Big Media deceived the public with terrorizing talk – for profit. Instead of discussing what was witnessed by reporters they embellished the lack of wind/rain with ‘but it’s gonna be reallllllllly bad whatever your lying eyes tell you’.

    The article at HotAir notes what we have discussed for years about this being the Age of Fake. Everything is phony. Instead of leadership we get publicity stunts designed to fake real leadership. Toby Hamden does a good but belated job as well across the pond regarding the hurricane hype.

    Americans have not been fooled by Obama’s boobery or Big Media’s attempt to salvage him. If Half-a-cane Irene was a fizzle of drizzle, Barack Obama is still a drip.

    As you drink you Hurricane cocktails do not miss the story of Obama’s uncle (the one he wrote about in his book then dropped like a hot potato). Obama’s uncle got drunk, hit a cop car then asked to call the White House. Only in America kids, only in America.

  71. Don’t even tell me this was the plan all along.
    Keep us in the dark indefinatly?
    admin please read what obama said at VOA.com He said, this is not over!
    radio saying, may not have power until wkend. this is insane.
    Over a millon without power.
    please ck out related article at voa.com

  72. Mrs. Smith,
    I hope your power is back on….so why does Obama say “its not over yet”? Is he planning to add to everyone’s discomfort or what?

  73. Terrific link Basil99!!!!!
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    As for the 38% rating, the GOP could not have asked for a weaker incumbent to run against, but I still have grave concerns as to whether a Perry or Romney can win a national race(let alone get out of the GOP primaries which could give us a Bachman or Paul g-d forbid).

  74. Radio program on .. with Jessie lee Peterson, ripping Maxine Waters a new one. After she said T Party can go to hell.

    Vowed to run her out of office!

  75. This is shocking because it comes from Howard Kurtz:

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/08/28/hurricane-irene-hype-how-the-media-went-overboard.html

    A Hurricane of Hype

    Irene fell far short of the media’s dire warnings even before it was downgraded. Howard Kurtz on the scaremongering by television and local officials.

    It was raining in Manhattan on Sunday morning, and the dogged correspondents in their brightly colored windbreakers were getting wet.

    But the apocalypse that cable television had been trumpeting had failed to materialize. And at 9 a.m., you could almost hear the air come out of the media’s hot-air balloon of constant coverage when Hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm.

    Not everyone was willing to accept this turn of events. When the Weather Channel’s Brian Norcross told MSNBC that forecasters had been expecting the first hurricane to make landfall in New York City since 1893—“and it didn’t happen”—anchor Alex Witt was openly skeptical.

    “Really, Brian?” she asked. Hadn’t Irene technically still been a hurricane when it came ashore in New York an hour earlier? “Can’t we still go with that?”

    No, Norcross said.

    With not much to report on the island of Manhattan, the cable news channels switched to places like Long Beach, Long Island, where such correspondents as NBC’s Al Roker and CNN’s John King delivered their wind-whipped reports. “It looks pretty hurricane-ish to me,” Fox anchor Shep Smith said as reporter Jonathan Hunt, British and breathless, showed a hotel parking lot under a foot and a half of water.

    Long Beach, it should be noted, is a narrow barrier island three feet above sea level and prone to flooding

    Someone has to say it: cable news was utterly swept away by the notion that Irene would turn out to be Armageddon. National news organizations morphed into local eyewitness-news operations, going wall to wall for days with dire warnings about what would turn out to be a Category 1 hurricane, the lowest possible ranking. “Cable news is scaring the crap out of me, and I WORK in cable news,” Bloomberg correspondent Lizzie O’Leary tweeted.

    I say this with all due respect to the millions who were left without power, to those communities facing flooding problems, and of course to the families of the 11 people (at last count) who lost their lives in storm-related accidents.

    And I take nothing away from the journalists who worked around the clock, many braving the elements, to cover a hurricane that was sweeping its way from North Carolina to New England.

    But the tsunami of hype on this story was relentless, a Category 5 performance that was driven in large measure by ratings. Every producer knew that to abandon the coverage even briefly—say, to cover the continued fighting in Libya—was to risk driving viewers elsewhere. Websites, too, were running dramatic headlines even as it became apparent that the storm wasn’t as powerful as advertised.

    The fact that New York, home to the nation’s top news outlets, was directly in the storm’s path clearly fed this story-on-steroids. Does anyone seriously believe the hurricane would have drawn the same level of coverage if it had been bearing down on, say, Ft. Lauderdale?

    The symbiotic relationship between television and local officials played a huge role. Chris Christie, the New Jersey governor who was all over television on Sunday morning, had drawn saturation coverage with his blunt warnings to “get the hell off the beach.” New York’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, who ordered evacuations of low-lying areas, has been a constant presence. President Obama and FEMA officials made sure to generate their share of news as well.

    These officials have a responsibility to plan for worst-case scenarios, of course, but something more blatantly political is at work. Mayors and governors need to be seen as on top of the crisis, which means being visible on the tube. No one wants to be the next Ray Nagin or Heckuva Job Brownie, looking disorganized after Katrina. A badly handled snowstorm has contributed to more than one mayor’s defeat.

    The blizzard of press conferences, in turn, enable the networks to keep their “Breaking News” banners up and furnished a sense of drama for a story that otherwise consisted of reporters on streets where the hurricane was expected to strike and weather experts with their maps in climate-controlled studios.

    Given the localized nature of storm coverage, it was hardly surprising that cable news kept switching to feeds from local stations. “Live Rescue in New York,” said the CNN banner, picking up a WABC-TV report on an elderly man in Westchester County being helped from rising waters. But it was hardly rare—the kind of submersion we routinely see in flooded Mississippi River towns.

    Fox switched to a WNYW-TV report on rising water near a group of homes in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Smith joked that he didn’t want the local reporter to fall in the calf-high water, even though “it would make good television.” News alert from someone who grew up there: it’s a waterfront neighborhood with fishing boats on a large bay that feeds into the Atlantic. This stuff happens.

    As the storm weakened, a tone of reality crept into the live reports. After heading to Battery Park, on the low-lying southern tip of Manhattan, CNN’s Anderson Cooper said: “There has been some flooding—not a huge amount of flooding, and some of the water is already starting to recede … It’s actually not bad at all.”

    But there is always the prospect that something bad might happen soon. “Is Wall Street going to open tomorrow?” business correspondent Bob Pisani asked on MSNBC, the towers of the financial district behind him.

    Hurricanes are unpredictable, and it’s a great relief that the prophets of doom were wrong about Hurricane Irene. But don’t expect the cable networks to downgrade their coverage the next time a tropical storm gathers strength.

  76. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/nyregion/new-york-expects-lengthy-recovery-of-transit-system.html?_r=1&hp

    The less-than-severe impact that the storm had on the city led to some skepticism about whether the subways should have been pre-emptively closed, although Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Cuomo praised the transportation authority for its actions.

    Casilda Johnson, 41, a security guard who had just finished a 26-hour stretch of work at the Manhattan Municipal Building, was walking across the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday afternoon. She planned to meet a relative on the other side who was to drive her home to Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights.

    “It’s hard for us to get home,” she said, her MetroCard dangling from a lanyard around her neck.

    Speaking of the mayor, she said: “He went overboard this time. You can’t shut this big city down. You’ve got to think of the people who don’t have cars. How are we supposed to get to work, and get home?”

  77. National Woman’s Party, Picketing and Prison

    Although both Carrie Chapman Catt, NAWSA president, and Alice Paul shared the goal of universal suffrage, their political strategies could not have been more different or incompatible. Where NAWSA concentrated a majority of its effort upon state campaigns, Paul wanted to focus all energy and funding upon a national amendment. While NAWSA endorsed President Wilson and looked to members of the Democratic Party as allies, Alice Paul wanted to hold Wilson and his party responsible for women’s continued disenfranchisement (a tactic of British Suffragettes).
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    She would have been a big pinker!

  78. Alice Paul wanted to hold Wilson and his party responsible for women’s continued disenfranchisement (a tactic of British Suffragettes).
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    She would have been a big pinker!

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    I liked her at first hearing of her and now am proud that I did. What company we are privileged to keep here!

  79. FLASH: White House to nominate Alan Krueger to become chairman of White House council of economic advisers – official

    ….isnt this the guy who was United States Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for economic policy and then resigned last october to go back to university lecturing.

  80. Obama is officially jinxed. At first he did not want to be bothered with a big storm barreling up the east coast hype or no hype. He just wanted to play golf everyday and slack (even more!) off. I suspect the military told him he had to leave early because they weren’t going to fly in that weather even for him. So he comes back early and to take advantage decides to pull a few robotic photo ops and see where FEMA is located. Instead of being the great Irene leader he is laughed at. He cannot catch a break because he is all marketing and no substance.

    OT but I periodically look at the Daily KooKoo site to see what is being floated before it shows up in the Obama press. It has been getting ugly for a while but this weekend I think even the biggest devotees have bailed. They are talking third party or not voting. Some of the biggest bots from 2007-2008 are saying they were wrong, conned, and lied to. One even said the Democrats committed fraud and stole his money! Cognitive dissonance is a hard thing to overcome but it is happening. Social workers are saying how much the poor hate Obama because all he cares about are the elites. The defenders are overwhelmed and completely outclassed by the newly awakened. The NY attorney general is their new hero simply because he is trying to follow NY law. It is funny, sad, and disgusting all at once.

  81. Obama nominated the one person who wants super taxes imposed. This guy is high tax big govt.

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    So the GOP shoots down the nomination, Obama gets credit for trying and failing, Obama’s backers get what they wanted (no taxes). The usual Obama pattern.

  82. http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/obama-economy-jobless-polls/2011/08/28/id/408924?s=al&promo_code=CEEA-1

    O needs a fumble from Republican’s to win at this point. The say he will bloody up who ever is nominated. It would be unprecedented if he won from the current numbers. It sounds like it is the Reps election to lose.

    I cannot help but wonder what his money supporters think at this point. Even if he wins re-election, it seems doubtful he will have a majority any place. If so, the American people have placed themselves in a stagnant situation. Why would they prefer that to recovery?

  83. Why re-elect him, he would be an immediate lame duck from the get go, who practically will do nothing but lazy around, if you looked at what he’s done for the first, you’ll see, he’ll just go golfing.

    This is exactly why i argue parties should be made to do an automatic primary challenge every time.

  84. In England, you get challenged if you lose a confidence vote in Parliament. Then they have a 30 second election, and they already a a dynamic women leader. I am beginning to think we designed the wrong government. O would have been out of there in England.

  85. Does anyone know what the rules are for becoming a leader in England. Do you have to be native born? Of course with their growning muslim population, one has to wonder if there might be a muslim leader in their futre.

  86. Al Sharpton is going to host a show on Messnbc??? Is he going to do this for a reason….like getting the black population all riled up or what??? God help us now!

  87. Just how many of MSNBC’s 15 viewers do you think are black?

    The only people who watch MSNBC for news / political content are white guilt libs and kids with not enough to do.

  88. I cannot help but wonder what his money supporters think at this point. Even if he wins re-election, it seems doubtful he will have a majority any place. If so, the American people have placed themselves in a stagnant situation. Why would they prefer that to recovery?

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    The individual billionaires who gave him the most money, probably don’t care, as long as they individually aren’t taxed. Anyway, in a depression, servants are cheaper.

  89. Daily KooKoo site to see what is being floated before it shows up in the Obama press. It has been getting ugly for a while but this weekend I think even the biggest devotees have bailed. They are talking third party or not voting.

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    What was the last straw for them?

  90. NMF. In the UK, you must only be a certified legal british citizen, there is no restriction on birthplace but they can get rid of you easily, Prime ministers are appointed from the party directly on the majority of seat obtained in the house of commons election, you have majority, you have the PM job, but you can be sacked by the party and forced out easily under the UK system, Obama would have been drummed out long ago. The PM is the only person who can really call an election in the UK, the Queen can also but that would cause a real consitutional crapfest.

  91. Obama declares that job creation is his administration’s “urgent mission,” and as a result, he’ll have a “major speech” after Labor Day.

    ………………

    Blah di bloody Blah.

  92. Still without power. It’s been 28hr. Here is what they did. They rerouted power from outlying areas solely to metro areas.

    This has never been the case before. This was a dress rehersel for something else coming down the pike.

  93. jobs “Urgent Mission”. It should have been from day one, which you said you were ready for.

    lets face it if it has taken over 2 years to get jobs to urgent Mission, this economy is Toast.

  94. Obama’s promised “very specific plan” on job creation has now been downgraded to a “major speech.”

  95. Upon returning from his 9-day vacation, Obama said that job creation is “what I’m fighting for every single day.”

    …..amongst the slurpees, golf holes, ice shavings….etc…etc.

  96. Mrs. Smith,
    I also thought of that too, what better way to test out a strategy than to magnify a thunder storm into a cat 5 hurricane….

    We are always on the same wave length…LOL!

    Stay safe…hopefully its not 107 degrees like it is here in Texas…my yard looks like the yard of someone who lives in Saudi….

  97. Have you seen the new attack out of MSM on Rick Perry….

    Is Rick Perry Dumb?

    Seriously they are tacking on that, what is this kindergarten?

    Tomorrow in Politico: Is the four-term governor, millionaire real estate investor, and former C-130 pilot dumb?

    I mean, is this the level they want to play on.

  98. Absolutely right,confloyd. This is much more than an over hyped thunder storm. This rerouting is about control and why it’s taking so long because they used the storm for cover only the storm didn’t cooperate completely.

  99. Mrs. Smith,
    I think your right…something is up….They are covering this like its Katrina…for heaven’s sake….WHY??? Are they expecting something???

  100. Fiscal Dem thinks the deficit is $4 trillion…….oh only off by a lot.

    Democrat David Weprin (top photo), an assemblyman and former city councilman, said he is running because it is a “very exciting time fiscally, with the nation’s debt situation, with the debt ceiling, with the deficit.”

    He touted “a unique background and something to contribute, having a 20-year private-sector career in public finance as well as being the City Council chairman of the Finance Committee for eight years.”

    Soon after, the following exchange took place:

    Daily News: “Right now, how big is the debt?”

    Weprin: (Pause) “Trillions.”

    News: “But how many?”

    Weprin: (Deer in headlights look.) “I got caught up on this once before,” referring to his inability while running unsuccessfully for city controller in 2009 to state that office’s budget.

    News: “This is central to what is going on in Washington.”

    Weprin: “About 4 trillion.”

    News: “Four trillion is the debt?”

    Weprin: “Right.”

    Well, he was off only by a $10 trillion order of magnitude. As has been reported far, wide and ad nauseam, the U.S. is burdened by a debt of roughly $14 trillion.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2011/08/28/2011-08-28_dance_of_the_duds.html#ixzz1WRewSgFC

  101. I snatched this comment from ProudMilitaryMom @ Uppity’s:

    …in a bad mood today. DIL had a narrow miss apparently in her Afghanistan assignment. Lots of people- OUR people- got blown up and otherwise killed this weekend over there.
    News????
    Oh that’s right- 24/7 hurricane. What’s a few more war dead? Bad for teh jerk’s numbers.

  102. S
    August 29th, 2011 at 12:43 am

    ADMIN, please embed this…it is one of the funniest things on O I have seen…

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    😆
    That is a keeper, I had to post it on Facebook.

    Some of the funniest lines I have every heard…

    …you kind of blow
    …all the bread is stale and all we have to eat are Little Debbie’s

  103. Speaking of the Orange Cheeto gang, the only thing good that has happened is that they were drained of their savings in 2008 and are now broke or unemployed for 2012.

    They got what they paid for.

    Too bad, so sad.

    WE TOLD YOU SO!

  104. Another Johnnie come lately, but this one is funny, sad and disgusting all at once:

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20110829_CATEGORY_FEH__So__why_the_big_Irene_blowup_.html

    BY YESTERDAY morning, a new kind of tropical depression moved over Lower Manhattan – reporters who’d promised viewers that Irene would be the storm of the century, but found themselves standing in what looked and felt like a middling rainstorm.

    “Wow, because this isn’t so bad,” CNN’s Anderson Cooper was quoted telling a weather expert after learning that the peak of Irene’s mild fury had passed Manhattan. “It’s an annoying rain but it isn’t even a sideways rain.”

    If Cooper – as quoted by Toby Harnden, of Britain’s Daily Telegraph in a piece calling Irene “the perfect storm of hype” – seemed surprised at the lack of devastation at Battery Park, that was probably because he’d been watching too much CNN.

    As the cleanup from Irene’s whirlwind weekend visit continues today in Philadelphia and elsewhere on the Eastern Seaboard, the cyclone leaves behind a Category 5 controversy.

    Were the hot winds of nonstop media hype more powerful than the actual storm?

    You can certainly argue that Irene wasn’t overhyped, since the storm caused at least 18 deaths, widespread flooding and power outages for more than 1 million customers. You can also make the case that more people might have died were it not for the unusually expansive evacuation orders and the media coverage that they received.

    On the other hand, the nonstop TV hyping of worst-case scenarios even after more-responsible forecasters saw as early as Thursday that Irene would not be a major hurricane caused millions to expect something far, far worse – “the East Coast Katrina,” or maybe the water wall from The Ten Commandments – than what showed up.

    Longtime media writer Howard Kurtz, now with the Daily Beast, nailed the disparity when he said that although Irene did prove to be a Category 1 storm, causing significant disruption, it received Category 5 coverage into the weekend.

    Jason Samenow, chief meteorologist with the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang, which is receiving kudos for its accurate and restrained reporting, said last night that some cable anchors were still reporting that Irene could strike New Jersey and New York as a major hurricane long after his team determined that it clearly was weakening.

    “You want to raise awareness of the possible worst-case scenarios in order to take the storm seriously – but in order to do so some media outlets resort to hysteria and hype,” Samenow said. He added that such reporting can be spun as a public service even as fear and hype drive the ultimate real goal of any for-profit venture like the Weather Channel (owned by Philadelphia’s Comcast), which is higher ratings.

    “The gulf between informing people and exploiting this is very, very wide,” agreed Jeff Jarvis, director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at City University of New York and a well-known media critic.

    But there were lots of mixed motives here. Journalists wanted higher ratings and maybe a career-making story (remember, CNN’s Cooper got a prime-time gig for his wrenching Katrina coverage in 2005) – while politicians wanted to keep citizens safe but also boost their flagging poll numbers.

    After all, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg – who gave frequent news conferences and ordered suprisingly large evacuation zones – were both under the gun for lame responses to last winter’s major blizzard (Christie had decamped to Disney World, you may recall). President Obama, who addressed the nation from FEMA headquarters and again last night, seized a chance to display command in the week when his Gallup approval rating hit a record low of 38 percent.

    Of course, a cynic would say that their nonstop news conferences fed a media beast that was constantly searching for more of what Jarvis called “#stormporn” on his Twitter feed.

    But is there really a danger in hurricane hype? Some experts think so.

    Earlier this year, noted meteorologist James Spann argued that the ability of Doppler radar to pick up even relatively small tornadoes, and the zeal of TV news channels in reporting them, may have provoked a blase response to warnings of what proved to be a major twister killing 41 people in Alabama.

    Today, some experts are wondering whether Irene media overkill will lead to similar inaction the next time a storm barrels up the Atlantic – even if it really does prove to be a major hurricane.

    Jarvis said bluntly last night that his warning to many journalists is that “you’ve ruined your credibility. The next time when it is a Category 5 storm . . . it’s going to sound like this one.”

  105. We were exactly right to name Big Media and cya politicians as the ones more destructive than Half-a-cane Irene. Rush Limbaugh echoes us after the fact and is exactly right on this one:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/08/29/limbaugh-hurricane-hype-part-of-the-reelection-effort/

    “It was a rainstorm and there was a lot of flooding and there were deaths associated with it,” Limbaugh said. “But they hype — folks, I’ll tell you what this was, was a lesson.

    “If you pay any attention to this, they hype — the desire for chaos, I mean, literally — the media desire for chaos was a great learning tool. This is a great illustration of how all of the rest of the media in news, in sports, has templates and narratives and exaggerates beyond reality creating fear, so as to create interest. …

    “Folks, it’s a national embarrassment, the hype over this hurricane,” he said. “What we have with the media — I’m going to tell you something else — Obama comes off of vacation to lead his nation to the response of Hurricane Irene, to draw contrast with Bush and Katrina. [It’s] part of the re-election effort.”

  106. MoonOnPluto:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/davidcatanese/0811/Weprin_pulls_out_of_debate_blames_Irene.html?showall

    Democratic congressional candidate David Weprin has pulled out of a long-scheduled debate Monday night, just two weeks ahead of New York’s special House election.

    “Career politician David Weprin is in hiding. After demonstrating a stunning lack of knowledge about the size of the federal deficit — he was off by $10 trillion the last time he was asked — maybe he’s home studying up. But still, it was rude to cancel at this late notice,” said William O’Reilly, a spokesman for Republican Bob Turner.

    A spokeswoman for Weprin did not return an inquiry seeking an explanation, but a debate organizer confirms to PolitickerNY that the Democrat canceled and called the move “disgraceful.”

    The reason given: Because of the hurricane, campaign workers couldn’t make it to the office.

  107. “This was a dress rehearsal for something else coming down the pike.”

    I hate to say it but that’s what it seemed like to me, especially when Deval Patrick followed suit with Bloomie and shut down the Boston Transit System.

    Don’t get me wrong, in the area where I live there has been tremendous damage, all from flooding because of super saturated streams and creeks and a lot in areas where additional waters rush down from mountaintops.

    Not to mention the mountaintops themselves like Windham and Prattsville.

    I drove around (or tried to) and couldn’t get from here to there because of so many blocked off routes but I got pix of many areas. Southern Albany County was hit heavy but it lies near the Hudson, it was full tide and there was a new moon. None of the residents in a two town area have power. But the event was far from catastrophic and no where near deserving of the wall-to-wall non-stop BM blatherfest.

    Something else is up. IMHO.
    .

  108. admin
    August 29th, 2011 at 4:16 pm
    We were exactly right to name Big Media and cya politicians as the ones more destructive than Half-a-cane Irene. Rush Limbaugh echoes us after the fact and is exactly right on this one:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/08/29/limbaugh-hurricane-hype-part-of-the-reelection-effort/

    “It was a rainstorm and there was a lot of flooding and there were deaths associated with it,” Limbaugh said. “But they hype — folks, I’ll tell you what this was, was a lesson.

    “If you pay any attention to this, they hype — the desire for chaos, I mean, literally — the media desire for chaos was a great learning tool. This is a great illustration of how all of the rest of the media in news, in sports, has templates and narratives and exaggerates beyond reality creating fear, so as to create interest. …

    “Folks, it’s a national embarrassment, the hype over this hurricane,” he said. “What we have with the media — I’m going to tell you something else — Obama comes off of vacation to lead his nation to the response of Hurricane Irene, to draw contrast with Bush and Katrina. [It’s] part of the re-election effort.”
    __________________________________________

    If the Obamai are going to try to roll clips of his “leadership” showing up to save the NE from Irene, that’s going to be a laugh riot.

    That picture Yahoo had yesterday of Obama sitting in some sort of NOAA “hurricane command center” reminded me of the Dukakis in the tank clip. I notice they’ve pulled that picture from the story you link. Folks were captioning the pic “how do you make it spin faster?”, “what are these knobs for?”

  109. ROTF!

    BY YESTERDAY morning, a new kind of tropical depression moved over Lower Manhattan – reporters who’d promised viewers that Irene would be the storm of the century, but found themselves standing in what looked and felt like a middling rainstorm.

  110. Media is just a Tool; it’s the plan behind the
    hype we need to understand.

    NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE!

  111. If Obama couldn’t stand one more day in the Vineyard with MO, coming back to DC one day early…it better damn well be a huge Mother Nature event with the media. He went to the Command Post to look in charge of a……………rain storm.

    Wadda guy.

    Just a few days before, the media went bonkers because of a few books fell off someone’s shelf and a few crumbs landed on someone’s rug. EARTHQUAKE on the east coast.

    What next? The end of the world as we know it from the first snow fall of the winter?

  112. He wanted to leave Fri, she wa.ted to stay back until SAT aft. The pilot put his foot down and they left together Fri.

    hugs to the pilot! 🙂

  113. OSecretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Travel to Paris
    August 29, 2011
    tags: Foreign Policy, France, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Libya, news, Secretary of State, Travelby stacyx
    .Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Paris, France September 1 to participate in a senior-level meeting of the Contact Group on Libya. The Paris meeting will build on the productive Libya Contact Group meeting in Istanbul on August 25 and will provide the international community with an opportunity to further coordinate our financial and political support for the TNC. The days and weeks ahead will be critical for the Libyan people, and the United States and its partners will continue to move quickly and decisively to help the TNC and address the needs of the Libyan people. Libya’s transition to democracy is and should be Libyan-led, with close coordination and support between the TNC and its international partners. The United States stands with the Libyan people as they continue their journey toward genuine democracy.

    ur playboy and phoney baloney potus is busy eating and playing golf and having marital problems according to the latest blogs while Hillary is going back on the road again to Paris.
    Take a look.

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