Our Ladies Torch Extinguished

The torch that our Lady Liberty has held high over New York went out last night when a transformer blew. Seven eastside tunnels, are flooded, along with some subways.

At sea, giant waves sunk Her Majesties Ship Bounty.

On shore, Republican Governor Christie ‘Big Victim’ got down on his knees on camera and kissed the Presidents ass because New Jersey is in ruins, its famous Boardwalk – gone with the wind. Tourist revenue – is wiped out! Christie now needs BIG GOVERMENT BUCKS! All those narcissistic Tax Evading Tea traitors are squealing like little pigs who just had their houses blown down. Obama is not the Big Bad Wolf, anymore, and is now Granny More Bucks.

I think Obama should do what Romney suggested, and turn FEMA over to the States and let them fend for themselves – especially the States controlled by Republicans. Look who the Big Victims are now! Let them pull themselves up by their bootstraps! Let them eat cake. Let them go bankrupt! Screw all Republican victims.

How interesting that I summoned the USS Constitution.

Jon Presco

Romney: How bipartisan was he really?
Romney spoke with FEMA officials.
NBCNews.com’s Tom Curry looks at whether Romney would cut FEMA funding. Romney said in a CNN debate during the GOP primary that localizing and even privatizing are generally the best ways to go. He said then: “Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.”
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Asked specifically about disaster relief in the wake of the Joplin, MO, tornado, Romney said: “We cannot afford to do those things without jeopardizing the future for our kids. It is simply immoral, in my view, for us to continue to rack up larger and larger debts and pass them on to our kids, knowing full well that we’ll all be dead and gone before it’s paid off.”
Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said: “Gov. Romney believes that states should be in charge of emergency management in responding to storms and other natural disasters in their jurisdictions. As the first responders, states are in the best position to aid affected individuals and communities, and to direct resources and assistance to where they are needed most. This includes help from the federal government and FEMA.”
“In his closing pitch to voters, Mitt Romney is leaning hard into the idea that he and Paul Ryan will work as bipartisan deal makers if they claim the White House,” Politico writes. “But the likelihood of Romney and Ryan locking arms with ‘good Democrats,’ as Romney put it this week, to solve the nation’s problems is dubious given the GOP nominee’s legislative priorities.” Romney’s first priority is repealing the health-care law, which would “hardly foster the bipartisan atmosphere that Romney has recently lauded. Repealing the law is a ‘red line’ for most Democrats, according to several lawmakers and party officials.” 
And: “Furthermore, Romney’s team would like Congress to pass a package of targeted reductions of already approved spending soon after the Republican is installed in the White House, according to sources familiar with his plans. But Democrats have been cool to the idea of additional spending cuts without revenue increases.”
NPR’s David Welna reported: “Romney clearly did not relish having to work with a Legislature that was 85 percent Democratic. He pushed hard during his first two years as governor to boost the number of Republicans on Beacon Hill. But that effort was a failure; Republicans ended up losing seats in the midterm elections. Romney gave up on party building. ‘From now on,’ he told The Boston Globe, ‘it’s me-me-me.’ … Boston University political historian Thomas Whalen says passing the state’s health care law pushed Romney well outside his comfort zone.”
More: “But apart from health care, Romney defined success not with big-picture legislative accomplishments but with confrontation. In a 2008 campaign ad, Romney actually bragged about taking on his Legislature: ‘I like vetoes; I vetoed hundreds of spending appropriations as governor,’ he said. Romney issued some 800 vetoes, and the Legislature overrode nearly all of them, sometimes unanimously.”
While he was trying to reassure conservatives in 2007, a Romney ad touted: In the most liberal state in the country, one Republican cut spending instead of raising taxes, enforced immigration laws, stood up for traditional marriage, and the sanctity of human life. Romney: “This isn’t the time for us to shrink from conservative principles. It’s a time for us to stand in strength, strong military, strong economy, strong families. In the toughest place, Mitt Romney’s done the toughest things.” 
Another: I know how to veto. I like vetoes. I vetoed hundreds of spending appropriations as governor, and frankly, I can’t wait to get my hands on Washington.
“Hurricane Sandy may be a safe distance from Wisconsin, but the Frankenstorm has upended Mitt Romney’s late push to claim the Badger State’s 10 electoral votes,” the Daily Beast writes. “The Republican presidential nominee was compelled to axe an event in suburban Milwaukee, a GOP stronghold, Monday evening as his team (like President Obama’s) apparently decided to stop politicking with flooding, power outages, and even deaths on the horizon.” 

CBS News) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spoke to “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which made landfall near Atlantic City, N.J. and wreaked havoc statewide.
“The state of New Jersey took it in the neck worse than any other state,” Christie said of the storm’s effects. “It’s going to take us a while to dig out from under it, but we will dig out from under it,” he added.
Christie called the level of cooperation between the local, state and federal governments “excellent” and praised President Obama’s involvement. “I was on the phone for the third time yesterday, last night, with the president of the United States. He called me at midnight last night as he was seeing reports,” he said before adding that President Obama accelerated the designation of New Jersey as a major disaster area “without the usual red tape.” 
“The cooperation has been great with FEMA here on the ground and the cooperation from the president of the United States has been outstanding. He deserves great credit,” Christie added.
Coastal flooding trapped residents and damaged homes and businesses in southern New Jersey and flooding and power loss impacted the entire state. The city of Newark, was left entirely without power according to Christie, who said the storm was much worse than Hurricane Irene in 2011. 
The governor hopes that winds will subside by Tuesday afternoon to allow him to assess the damage to the shore and northern part of the state by helicopter.
Christie also addressed the criticism he unleashed on Atlantic City mayor Lorenzo Langford on Monday, saying that he stood by his comments that the mayor jeopardized the lives of Atlantic City residents by sending mixed messages about evacuation.

CNN) — Three people washed off their crippled ship and engulfed by Atlantic waters roiled by Hurricane Sandy scrambled for help on Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said, but only one of them made it to safety.
When the HMS Bounty’s crew members realized their lives were in danger off the North Carolina coast in the dark morning hours, they made a short journey they hoped they’d never have to take — to two waiting life rafts.
But only 13 of the 16 people aboard got off the ship safely, initially, and only one of the three washed overboard made it into a raft, Coast Guard Vice Adm. Robert Parker told CNN. That left rescuers scrambling to find them in the frenzied ocean, Parker said.
One of them — the Bounty’s longtime captain, Robin Walbridge — remained missing as night approached Monday, said Lt. Mike Patterson, a Coast Guard spokesman. The body of the second, deckhand Claudine Christian, was found Monday evening, the Coast Guard announced.
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A replica of the HMS Bounty sank in the Atlantic Ocean in waters roiled by Hurricane Sandy on Monday, October 30, 2012. Of the 16 people onboard, three were washed overboard. One is confirmed dead, one was recovered safely and Robin Walbridge, the replica’s longtime captain, was still missing. The other 13 people onboard were recovered safely.
The 180-foot sailboat is seen submerged in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski.
The 180-foot sailboat is seen submerged in the Atlantic Ocean. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Kuklewski.

The ship was built for the 1962 film version of “Mutiny on the Bounty,” starring Marlon Brando, and appeared in the 2006 blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” It was once owned by America’s Cup winner and CNN founder Ted Turner, who acquired it in 1986 along with the rights to the MGM film library.
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The 180-foot, three-masted ship, a replica of the famous British vessel, foundered about 90 miles off North Carolina as Sandy’s fury churned the Atlantic into 18-foot seas, its owner, Bob Hansen, told CNN affilliate KUSA.
Hansen said Walbridge was attempting to head east, away from the hurricane, when the ship began taking on water.
“At that time it wasn’t considered an emergency, even though they had several feet of water inside the boat,” Hansen said. “She’s a very large ship, and that little bit of water really does not do anything to her. But somehow we lost power in our generator and in our main engines, and as a result, we could not pump any water out of the boat.”
As the waves continued to batter the ship, “it just got to the point where she couldn’t stay afloat anymore.”
CNN meteorologists say the water temperature varies greatly in that part of the ocean because of the gulf stream. So the water could be anywhere from 50 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit.
All of the crew members were wearing orange survival suits with strobe lights designed to keep them afloat, warm and easy to find.

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