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Hurricane Sandy

Heed the warnings. Be safe!!! Hurricane Sandy isn’t going to play nice.

From NYT:

Hurricane Sandy churned relentlessly through the Atlantic Ocean on Monday on the way to carving what forecasters agreed would be a devastating path on land that is expected to paralyze life for millions of people in more than a half-dozen states, with extensive evacuations, once-in-a-generation flooding, widespread power failures and mass transit disruptions.

The huge storm, which picked up speed over the water on Monday morning, was producing sustained winds of 90 miles per hour by 11 a.m., up from 75 m.p.h. on Sunday night. The center of Hurricane Sandy made its expected turn toward the New Jersey coast early on Monday. The National Hurricane Center said the center of the storm was now moving north-northwest at 28 m.p.h. At 2 p.m., the center said that the center of the storm was about 110 miles from Atlantic City, where the boardwalk had been damaged, and 175 miles from New York City.

Crane Collapsing in NY City because of Hurricane Sandy’s high winds.

Atlantic City is in trouble:

First responders in Atlantic County and Atlantic City have been ordered to return to shelter and cease operations, per the Atlantic County Office of Emergency Management.

The water level at Steel Pier has risen sharply, nearly two feet in the past 90 minutes, according to the National Data Buoy Center.
President Obama declared New Jersey a disaster area, hours before Hurricane Sandy is to make landfall in South Jersey, opening up Federal Emergency Management Agency aid to help reimburse the relief effort.

By |2012-10-29T22:08:01-04:00October 29th, 2012|Environment|Comments Off on Hurricane Sandy

What's Going On: Evening News Roundup

This evening’s news Roundup:

  • Hurricane Ike blew through Galveston and Houston early this morning. Most of Galveston is underwater. Power is out for four to five million people and restoring it might take weeks. Hurricane Ike originally headed up I-45 toward Dallas but then started to veer right toward Tyler, Texas. It has currently been downgraded to a tropical storm. President Bush has declared parts of Texas a disaster area.
  • The Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans football game originally scheduled for Sunday, tomorrow, has been rescheduled to a later date. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Houston at Reliant Stadium. I’ve heard some reports that Reliant Stadium suffered some damage. With flooding in some areas in Houston and massive power outages, I believe the NFL made the right decision.
  • The New Yorker has an exclusive interview with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. In the interview she admits that she spoke with state police commissioner about the problems that she was having with her ex-brother-in-law who is a state trooper. Trooper-gate seems to show the kind of vindictiveness that we’ve seen from the Bush administration with regard to the U.S. Attorney’s scandal.
  • Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post went to bat for Governor Palin. Many people in the media and most of the major blogs (even my little blog) chastised Governor Palin for not knowing what the “Bush doctrine” was during an ABC interview with Charlie Gibson. As a matter of fact, the Washington Post, in a separate article, argued that there are probably seven policies which could be labeled as the Bush doctrine.

    Let us remember that this was the first interview that Governor Sarah Palin has granted since she was plucked out of obscurity by Senator McCain. She needed to prove to the American people that she had knowledge beyond moose-burgers. She was very aggressive in this interview. She could’ve taken the offensive and stated, “the Bush doctrine as I understand it” and then state any of the seven possible answers. But, she didn’t. She didn’t come close. Krauthammer needs to go to bat for a conservative that has actually been aware of the Bush administration’s foreign policy over the last seven years.

  • When you’re running for a national office like the presidency and you have no new ideas, you need to find something else to talk about. Over the last two to three weeks, the McCain campaign has shown that they will manufacture controversy over trivial matters likw “lipstick on a pig” and they have targeted a favorite whipping boy of the right wing — the media. Fred Thompson was the first salvo in what I suspect will be a seven-week long campaign against the media and their coverage of the McCain campaign. Look for an official statement blasting the members of The View because they treated McCain “unfairly.” They actually didn’t, but I think that the McCain campaign will say they did. By the way, the women on The View, did an excellent job of trying to pin McCain down on some of the hypocrisy that he has shown us lately.
  • Yesterday, a bomb went off in New Delhi. Eighteen people were killed and as many as 61 others were wounded. This really wasn’t one bomb but a series of five bombs. We must remember that India, the world’s largest democracy, has a significant amount of social unrest.
  • A car bomb exploded north of Baghdad killing 31 people and wounding 60 others. Until everyone in Iraq buys into the idea of a Muslim-style “democracy” (is that an oxymoron?), we will continue to have reports of car bombs and suicide bombers.
  • A Sacramento State grad student is selling her virginity on eBay. selling virginityShe states that she needs money for grad school. I’ve been trying to think up some clever and witty commentary, but nothing comes to mind. As a matter of fact, I find it kind of sad that a seemingly intelligent young woman cannot find other ways to pay for grad school. Maybe she’s doing a masters thesis on the horniness of men? If so, she should get an A+!
By |2008-09-13T20:04:28-04:00September 13th, 2008|Countdown, Domestic Issues, Environment|Comments Off on What's Going On: Evening News Roundup
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