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At Least 48 Dead in Hurricane

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:30 pm

So says the L.A. Times.

Hope all Patterico readers are staying safe.

14 Responses to “At Least 48 Dead in Hurricane”

  1. this is terrible so many people have no home to go back to just cause of a stupid storm

    happyfeet (502829)

  2. And many of them were felled by falling trees- of all things– probably the last thing they thought of happening– both figuratively- and literally. Even with so much warning, so tragic. And so costly on so many levels.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  3. Barak Obama doesn’t like white people.
    –Hip hop artist

    AZ Bob (1c9631)

  4. I walked around the upper west side for about two hours yesterday – I telecommute to CA so if I have power, I need to be working, which limits my daytime manueverability.

    It’s surreal; in the upper westside, except for the lack of subway service, some felled trees, and intermittently closed places (because employees can’t get to work without the subway), it’s almost as if nothing happened.

    And yet just a few miles from here …

    aphrael (ca5099)

  5. Foolishly, I was outside walking home from my neighbor’s house (on Long Island) on Monday night and it was terrifying! The trees were creaking and whipping around. Fortunately I got home safely, but I just got word a friend of mine from college was killed around that same time — by a falling tree. Tragic.

    Sparrow (611000)

  6. SPQR, i’m not seeing how that story tells of Democrat incompetence.

    aphrael (ca5099)

  7. aphrael, New York state has a Democrat governor, does it not? Andrew Cuomo (who I can’t think of w/o recalling Phil Hartman’s impression of his father during the ’92 campaign season).

    SPQR (768505)

  8. I’m not seeing how it indicates incompetence by the governor.

    Looks to me like it’s a bureaucratic organization running on autopilot until someone points out that their autopilot is idiotic. I no more expect the governor to know everything that’s in the national guard’s autopilot than i expect the ceo of my company to know everything in my department’s autopilot.

    aphrael (ca5099)

  9. FWIW, Mayor Bloomberg has expressly requested that the national guard *not* be involved in recovery efforts in the city, although he’s accepted help from the Army Corps of Engineers.

    aphrael (ca5099)

  10. aphrael, ah that’s right. The ol’ “fall of the sparrow” principle only applies to GOP administrations.

    I keep forgetting.

    SPQR (768505)

  11. National Guard Adjutant Generals (the state guard commander) are appointed by the Governors of the respective states.
    It is a political position.
    A competent NY ANGAG would have consulted immediately with the Governor, and redeployed his troops “to the sound of the guns”.
    Bloomerburg, or his Commish, doesn’t want to have the NG troops showing up the NYPD, and/or having to liason/consult with another chain-of-command.
    It is typical NYC arrogance.

    AD-Restore the Republic/Obama Sucks! (b8ab92)

  12. Ironically the main impact the storm had on me was indirect. I’ve been offline all week, not because I had no electricity, let alone anything worse, but because my computer crashed on Saturday night, and I haven’t yet been able to get it to a repair place, what with them being closed and me having no public transport to get around on. Tonight I borrowed a laptop from a friend until I can get mine repaired.

    So while I was holed up indoors during the storm, instead of being online the whole time I actually watched TV for the first time in months. I don’t know why I still pay for cable.

    Milhouse (15b6fd)

  13. It’s more than 48, and yet most of this can probably be characterized as freak accidents.

    Falling trees, and being caught in the water, sometimes in basements.

    The death toll in New York City went up because they just began yesterday to pay attention to Staten Island.

    Overall, the death toll is now in the 80s. yet nobody lost in the fire that destroyed 119 houses in Breezy Point including that of Congressman Bob Turner. Nobody lost in hospitals. One woman at home died when power was lost to her respirator.

    A very small number of houses destroyed, sometimes with people in them.

    Sammy Finkelman (d22d64)

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