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A Picture Worth $13 Billion?

November 16, 2012 by  

A Picture Worth $13 Billion?
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How do you know when government is broken and rife with incompetence? A good indicator could be when Federally managed workers with the Federal Emergency Management Agency are lining up for food handed out by an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, Occupy Sandy.

Last week, FEMA shut down its New York centers set up to respond the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy because of… bad weather. This left a disaster aid void that was filled by independent volunteer groups, including Occupy Sandy. Many residents in the region reported feeling abandoned by the Federal helpers sent to aid them.

Currently, a photo circulating the Internet makes a strong case for community-based disaster aid programs taking the place of the wildly expensive and bureaucratic Federal apparatus that is FEMA. The photo, verified by factions of the Occupy movement, shows FEMA workers being supplied with food and beverages served by the activists from the back of a U-Haul truck.

The photo, posted by a Twitter user going by the name TshirtToby, reportedly was snapped on the outskirts of New York City.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • GALT

    Gee……looks like the sun is shining…….but it is friday…….and Romney still lost…and
    the military coup failed…….and Oswald talked, maybe kinda sorta………and it is friday….
    and……

    • OneGuess

      What are you trying to say? ‘Having a stroke?

      • WIA Ben

        No,, Galt is just straining attempting to get he Head up his “COMO SE LLAMA” you his whacha ma call it/

  • http://personalliberty Marcie Campbell

    We are speaking about our federal government. Ask me if I am surprised.

  • jt

    Obama stopped giving a crap about the people in storm-damaged areas about four seconds after his final photo-op out there.

    Local papers in NJ have been reporting many people having trouble with obtaining FEMA services, or even contacting a FEMA representative. We can expect a deafening silence on that part of the story from the national media, in stark contrast to the overblown outrage after Katrina.

    • http://google David

      And FEMA will continue to receive their billions.

    • Bev

      Notice how Obama always has to say “I really mean it”, like somehow we would think he was lying. I wonder why that is? You’re absolutely right about him not giving a crap about anybody after the photo op. He most likely didn’t care about anybody before the photo op. Just something to do to make it ‘appear’ as if he cared.

      • http://michaelclick.wordpress.com michaelclick

        Any time someone says something like “I really mean it” you ought to know immediately that they are lying. The obvious example was Nixon’s “I am NOT a crook” statement.

    • Scott Todd

      And the ones that did get “help” from FEMA ended up in what several have described as concentration camps.

    • teaparty13

      They voted for him…wonder how many have second thoughts about doing so.

  • Right Brain Thinker

    Way to go! Earn your pay, Sam. Boost Bob’s hit count and ad revenue by stirring up the junk yard dogs with more twisted “reporting”. Let me help you do that by attempting to inject a little rationality—that always gets the JYDogs running out to the end of their chains. (And, as an aside, do you also write for Faux News?)

    Let’s see—-how do we get back on the path to truth and clear thinking? Follow this. A major disaster (Sandy) caused by global warming is followed one week later by an unprecedented and freakish storm (nor’easter) also caused by global warming. That causes FEMA to temporarily suspend operations because of the snow (as did many businesses) and that somehow creates a “disaster aid VOID”?

    Some volunteer group happens to have some food available on a “mobile aid center” (TRUCK) and FEMA “MANAGED” folks, probably residents of the area they were working in, need to eat too and therefore took advantage of that truck being in their area.

    Somebody takes a picture of that, which doesn’t need to be “verified” except to try to give the crapola you attach to it some gravitas. You are overreaching badly in your attempts to mislead if you think it “makes a strong case for community-based disaster aid programs taking the place of the wildly expensive and bureaucratic Federal apparatus that is FEMA” and that “government is broken and rife with incompetence”. Throwing in the “residents reported feeling abandoned” bit is also a nice touch—irrelevant but nice. All of your article is stuff that can be found on the ground in any barnyard. Except that the stuff in the barnyard is not offensive because it is “honest” and belongs there while your words ARE offensive because they are a blot on the ideas of honesty, objectivity, and rational discourse.

    I paid you a compliment a few days back on another thread, Sam. I take it back double. This bit of “reporting” shows that you are an intellectual whore—-just a hack for Bob and a propagandist in the style of Goebbels. Goebbels would be proud. Anyone with an ounce of rationality and honesty would be sickened by what you attempted to do here.—-I am.

    • http://boblivingstonpl.wordpress.com Bob Livingston

      Dear Right Brain Thinker,

      You write: “This bit of “reporting” shows that you are an intellectual whore—-just a hack for Bob and a propagandist in the style of Goebbels.” And you are in violation of the comment policy.

      You write: “Anyone with an ounce of rationality and honesty would be sickened by what you attempted to do here.—-I am.” And you are invited to disappear. I wouldn’t want us to cause you to be a burden on Obamacare.

      Best wishes,
      Bob

    • phideaux

      “Let’s see—-how do we get back on the path to truth and clear thinking?”

      RBT you wouldn’t know ‘the path to truth and clear thinking’ if it jumped up and bit you in the A$$.

    • RF

      Dear “NO” Brainer, Despite your lengthy tirade there’s not much in the way of facts. Why don’t you find a nice cozy left nut website to spew your incoherent liberal nonsense.

      • eddie47d

        Please tell us what the truth is RF? You make an attempt to know the answers and end up saying NOTHING! Typical hard wired Conservative.

    • WILDFIRE

      Let me also point out to your ignorance that FEMA is not a business, understandably business will close, But FEMA is a RESCUE service not a business.

      • Toy

        I want a service that will rescue us from FEMA!

    • OneGuess

      RBT, we can see that you have no lack of self esteem. It is overrated. Boring.

    • Charles A

      Right Brain Thinker says “…get back on the path to truth and clear thinking.” Then he goes on a twisted rant that never approaches that path. His only purpose is to confuse and deflect everyone’s attention from truth and clear thinking.

    • duane

      RBT you are retarded. Is this through a lack of common sense or lack of education or both. A picture is worth a thousand words this being the case here.

    • Bill

      Right Brain Thinker,
      If you do not like it here, Why don’t you go spread your lies elsewhere

      • eddie47d

        Point out exactly where the lie is from RBT? Whether you like it or not FEMA workers like the Red Cross workers have to eat. Its better to eat quickly with what is provided and then get back to work don’t you think? How did you pitch in at Hurricane Sandy Mr Bill and company? Don’t be bashful now!

    • Julie

      Hey, Brain-Dead … please tell me where you get your proof that it’s “global warming” that caused this. If you want people to be on the path to truth and clear thinking, then you really need to get YOUR head straight first! How dare you spout lies about “global warming created this” when you have ZERO proof. You are nothing more than a troll looking to start a fight (typical liberal – all bullying, no facts). Take yourself, your lies and move on down the road….might I suggest HuffPo?? They LOVE your kind!

  • Paul

    Dear Right Brainer,

    Thank you for your mindless rant. It will give me something to do for a while I try to find any coherent wisdom or thought process.

    Regardless the situation in the photo, you still managed to blast faux-facts left and rig….um left.

    You may go now.

    Paul

    • Charlie

      Right Brainer ,,.
      Some factual info in your comment,,,but,,, We would suggest you read The Bible and get help from King Jesus on connecting the RH with he LH side of your brain… Meanwhile…
      Praise King Jesus for Salvation and Healing… Acts 2:38…

      Charlie Freedom

    • eddie47d

      Was Jesus at your side Paul and Charlie when you helped out with the Hurricane relief or are you strictly a backseat driver?

  • http://www.facebook.com/roy.koch.33 Roy Koch

    Why the Fluke do the Obama Kenyan Kommie Lickers come Here??

    • OneGuess

      They have no lives.

  • WILDFIRE

    @Right Brain Thinker says:November 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

    “Let’s see—-how do we get back on the path to truth and clear thinking? Follow this. A major disaster (Sandy) caused by global warming is followed one week later by an unprecedented and freakish storm (nor’easter) also caused by global warming. That causes FEMA to temporarily suspend operations because of the snow (as did many businesses) and that somehow creates a “disaster aid VOID”?”

    Your radical liberal thinking is what is the problem with this Country, Your cowardly ways coupled with your ignorance are a disease to society. It is the likes of you why this Country is weak and incapable to care for itself because you breed weakness and incompetence.

    I spent over 18 yrs as a volunteer firefighter / Paramedic in the heart of the “Snow Belt” of Ohio were we often get “lake effect” snow storms where the Alberta clipper plays a huge factor. It is not uncommon to get what you defined as a “Freakish Storm” consisting of 16″ – 24″ of snow within hours coupled with high winds drifting snow 5′ – 10′ in areas along with wind chills as -30 to -50 F

    None of the 30 members of the Department ever received pay for our services, we spent our own money to serve the public, we offer our own time and risk our life to help others in their time of need when they are struck with a disaster as all firefighters and EMT and medics do though out the world.

    Anytime people are in distress by which either their lives are in danger, trapped or they are watching their entire life go up in flames or otherwise destroyed becomes a disaster for them. Let me make this clear to you, WE DO NOT TEMPORARILY SUSPEND DISASTER AID OPERATIONS because of snow when peoples life and family are in a crisis and are depending on us to help those who cannot help them self.

    When the call comes in at 3 a.m. (which is usually when fires occur in the middle of the night or early morning due to people turning their heat up and unattended room heaters getting knocked over or over heating while they sleep) in the morning that someone home is fully involved and people are trapped inside, we don’t look outside and say “Oh my, there is a lot of snow right now and the wind is gusting 30 -45 mph, I’ll stay indoors and respond to the house fire later after it burns itself out and call the coroners in the morning for the people trapped after the snowing subsides.”

    We do what it takes to get to those in need regardless to weather conditions, if the roads are impassible, we drop snow plows on our own personal vehicles to clear the way, we have used our own backhoes and bulldozers to remove snow and trees blocking the way. Some have even responded to the department on snow mobiles because they couldn’t get their vehicles to the department that weren’t equipped with plows and 4 wheel drive. There has been some instances when their vehicles become stuck and disabled and they abandoned their vehicle and walked to get to where the disaster is taking place.

    The point I’m making is, under no circumstance should snow ever be an excuse for purported “disaster aid” to suspend operations when peoples life are in danger, starving and in the cold elements without heat and shelter. We have the means and resources to deal with such common things as adverse weather conditions due to snow. The problem is (and it is quite sad to because it is a Government run organization) these FEMA twits are more like “weekend warriors” or “fair weather tourist” who are not willing to do what it takes to accomplish a goal at any cost or make sacrifices them self to help others. They have no sort of hard core in depth training and week after week classroom and mock disaster training in any and all sorts of weather conditions, yet they are charged with the responsibility of protecting and rescuing hundreds of helpless people by which what they have displayed since they have been formed that they can’t even protect or safe them self, much less anyone else.

    A typical government body claimed to be designed for a purpose but incapable to achieve it due to lack of incompetence on all levels, just like every other government run or implemented department or organization, one great big failure!

    • Charlie

      IF,,, you have done what your comment says to help people in needs ,,,We give you a BIG THANK YOU for all the people that did not have the brain power to thank you… Meanwhile…
      Praise King Jesus for Salvation and Healing… Acts 2:38 is salvation…

    • Julie

      WILDFIRE – please allow me to thank you for your service to your community!! We the People need more like you to help rebuild this Republic!!!

    • MattN

      Wildfire, you said “A typical government body claimed to be designed for a purpose but incapable to achieve it due to lack of incompetence on all levels, just like every other government run or implemented department or organization, one great big failure!”. I think you meant “due to incompetence” or “due to lack of competence”. Other than that — RIGHT ON!

  • Steve E

    Here’s some advice; If you are ever involved in some type of disaster like Sandy. Be prepared yourself beforehand and don’t count on FEMA to rescue you. Then you will never be disappointed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gbvieto George Vieto

      I know that firsthand being a victim of Hurricane Katrina. It was the Red Cross that got the meals to the people before F E M A did.

      • MattN

        And they arrived after the Salvation Army had been there for a while.

  • MichaelSee

    Why is everyone SO worked up over FEMA workers getting a free hot meal and a drink from what amounts to a mobile kitchen?You’d rather that these (often-time volunteer) workers pay for their own meals? I imagine that there might not even be food-service open in some of the worst-hit areas. If this service had been provided by the Red Cross most people would have applauded them. I don’t agree with the “Occupy” groups goals or methods but this just shows that they aren’t complely wrong-headed.

  • http://michaelclick.wordpress.com michaelclick

    Why is everyone dumping on FEMA? Don’t you understand that they are completely overwhelmed? If they have all the staff and supplies to address a major disaster like Katrina or Sandy under non-disaster conditions then they are branded as being a “bloated government beuracracy”. If they scale down to handle smaller emergencies like tornados or flooding then they don’t have everything that they need to fill all the requirements of emergencies that happen maybe once a century.

    I am given to understand that FEMA is trying to stock-up on freeze-died foods to feed something like 6 million people for six weeks or so if the New Madrid fault line slips – causing a major earthquake. Even that caused a certain amount of worry among the “prepper” community. The fear was something like “What do THEY know that we don’t?”. It’s another case of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”.

    By the way, if you don’t think that FEMA is doing enough, you can always be a volunteer worker. I’m sure that they would appreciate any help that you could give.

    • tdb3

      FEMA is so worthless just like anything the federal government creates!If people were smart in America then they would learn survival skills 101 ASAP and teach this in ALL schools in the nation.

    • eddie47d

      Typical Republican comment. They cut off funding to every government agency they can get their hands on and then complain they don’t do enough!. They do everything possible to make sure these agencies fail and then attack them when they can’t keep up! Oh what circular logic!

  • http://www.facebook.com/gbvieto George Vieto

    I remember what happened when it took FEMA a long time to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the media raising a stink that then P O T U S George W Bush by having babies in the arms of the reporters like Geraldo Rivera screaming at the camera send help and Kanye West calling Bush a racist. Where are the media when Obama is in charge? Oh hiding under their desks afraid of being called a racist. Give me a break. The charities did a better job getting the people help.

  • Alan in Beaverdale
    • tdb3

      You don’t ask your EMPLOYEE if you can SECEDE!

  • old hillbilly

    Sure enough, It’s the same sorry SOB’s cutting in line to get a free meal

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