Saturday, November 03, 2012

Quick Hits: Volume LXI (Superstorm Sandy edition)

-It seems a public relations nightmare was averted out east.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and organizers of New York City Marathon cancelled the race Friday amid growing concerns that holding the event would divert resources from cleanup efforts in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

Hmmm. A mayor who feels it's his duty to implement a ban on baby formula in hospitals as well as prevent citizens from consuming 32 oz. sugary soft drinks was ready to impede said citizenry from performing basic functions like water consumption and bowel movements. Color me shocked.

Mr. Bloomberg had said as recently as early Friday afternoon that the marathon, scheduled to start Sunday morning, would go on and serve as a demonstration that the city was recovering from the storm and moving forward.

But other elected officials from around the city said holding it so soon after a major storm would be an insult to hard-hit residents still cleaning up and worried that it would get in the way of recovering from a storm that killed at least 41 people in New York City alone.

In light of the catastrophe wrought by "Sandy", Bloomberg endorsed the reelection of President Barack Obama because he has "taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption." Too bad for Bloomberg that the aforementioned elected officials couldn't prevent him from enacting this self-inflicted wound as well.


- By now, many have referred to the President's comments of leaving "no one behind" after the superstorm devastated the east coast. He also went on to convey the following in his address at the American Red Cross:


"We make sure we respond as a Nation and remind ourselves that whenever an American is in need, all of us stand together to make sure that we're providing the help that's necessary."

Glen Doherty, Sean Smith, Ambassador Chris Stevens and Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods were not available for comment.


-It's not too hard to figure out that the Democrats have rarely met a tax or regulation they didn't like. With that in mind, does anyone else see the irony in the following statement made by President Obama in regards to providing aid to those affected by "Sandy?"

"We are not going to tolerate red tape, we are not going to tolerate bureaucracy."
Sounds to me as if the President is making an unwitting admission that the Federal government is indeed a monstrosity, a drumbeat we conservatives have been sounding for....uh....ever.

It's a shame it takes continual catastrophic events to learn these hard lessons of more not necessarily being better. With Superstorm Sandy, we seemed to have learned little from the hardships endured in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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