Gov. Chris Christie rips Boehner and the House majority


image: demnewswire

“There is only one group to blame for the continued suffering of these innocent victims: the House majority and their speaker, John Boehner. This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. Natural disasters happen in red states and blue states and states with Democratic governors and Republican governors. We respond to innocent victims of natural disasters, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. Or at least we did until last night. Last night, politics was placed before oaths to serve our citizens. For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch.

Last night, the House of Representatives failed that most basic test of public service, and they did so with callous indifference to the suffering of the people of my state. Sixty-six days and counting — shame on you. Shame on Congress. Despite my anger and disappointment, my hope is that the good people in Congress — and there are good people in Congress — will prevail upon their colleagues to finally, finally put aside the politics and help our people now.”

— Governor Chris Christie, reacting to Rep. John Boehner’s refusal to allow a vote on an aid package for victims of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday night.

TP Update: The New York Daily News reports that Boehner “yanked the bill to provide $60 billion in emergency aid to states ravaged by Hurricane Sandy to get back at a top lieutenant who defied him over the Fiscal Cliff fix.”

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I agree with Christie but I’m surprised that he’s surprised. It’s disappointing he’s disappointed. It makes you wonder why Republicans continue to elect Republicans. What else can be said?

From Tuesday night:

An important reminder from Charles Johnson: “Even for someone not known for mincing words, Christie’s remarks were unusually pointed and direct; he called the House’s failure to act on the Sandy legislation “a disgrace” and “disgusting,” and said Speaker Boehner had refused to take four phone calls from him last night. Christie also made it clear that he thinks the “fiscal cliff” debate was a manufactured fiasco, calling it a “fake” and sarcastically referring to it as an “epic battle.” Note that Christie is still very much a right winger in every way that counts, so as entertaining as this might be, don’t get too starry-eyed about him. For example, even on issues like global warming, which arguably contributed to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Christie toes the anti-science Republican line.”

BEST story of the day

Photo of police officer giving boots to barefoot man warms hearts online (Photo: Jennifer Foster via Facebook)

On a cold November night in Times Square, Officer Lawrence DePrimo was working a counterterrorism post when he encountered an older, barefooted homeless man. The officer disappeared for a moment, then returned with a new pair of boots, and knelt to help the man put them on.

Read the complete story.

Photos: Hurricane Sandy overnight


mildlyamused: Flooded subway station at 148th street/Lennox Terminal.


buzzfeedandrew: East Village flooding


buzzfeedandrew: Long line of ambulances outside the NYU Medical Center.Source @bananarams


queenofadodi: This is some Titanic shit. The MTA was smart to shut down the train lines ahead of time.


hatie123: Water rushing into the Battery Tunnel. via Reuters

Video: Water Rushing Into Battery Tunnel


NOTE: this report about the NYSE turned out to be FAKE — and by a Romney supporter. Yes, really! Read more…


coalspeaker: Here is a graphic from RSOE.. all of the nuclear plants in Hurricane Sandy’s path..

  • Green icons = nuclear power plant
  • Black icons = Main airports


Water pouring over hallowed ground of the World Trade Center.


buzzfeed: Gantry State Park in Long Island City.


dashboardemergencySUPERSTORM SANDY UPDATE: The majority of Manhattan is currently without power.


buzzfeed: Security camera footage from the Hoboken Path station.

thedaily.com: Weather forecasters said Hurricane Sandy was going to be ugly. And it was.

• Utilities are estimating that at least 5.2 million East Coasters are without power today. Nearly 2 million are in New York and New Jersey. More than 700,000 in the dark live in Manhattan.

• Storm damage is projected to be $10 billion to $20 billion, possibly making it one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.

• Airlines canceled more than 12,000 flights — 8,900 Sunday and 4,800 yesterday. Metropolitan New York shut down its three airports — two in Queens, the other in Newark, N.J. Aviation officials guaranteed that travel will be disrupted through the week.

Today, these workers would pay more tax on their incomes than Mitt Romney

Workers atop the Woolworth Building, New York, 1926 | Source: collective-history

Source: Cato Institute (warning: PDF)

Best photography blog of the day

I have literally spent hours today looking at the photographs on the tumblr Humans of New York / HONY. How did I not know about this blog before? It’s not just that the photos are gorgeous and wonderful, because they are. It’s also the photographer himself, Brandon, and what he brings to / gets out of the people he photographs, both visually and in his brief narratives. THIS is the post that hooked me.

Here’s some other examples of his work:


“Can we do a close-up shot?”
“I don’t know about that. Thirty years ago, maybe.” (x)


Seven words I love to hear: “Hold on, let me get my parrot.” (x)


This creature tried to sneak by me when I was photographing the marathon. Nice try creature. (x)


Susie The Dog—holding the whole neighborhood together.  (x)


I told him I wanted to take his photograph because he looked like a composer. In reality, it’s because I saw him slip a homeless man a $20 bill five minutes earlier. (x)


Unfortunately, a truce was called as soon as I walked up. So despite it’s realism, this is merely a reenactment of the vicious battle. (x)


There’s a Banksy-style mural in a vacant lot surrounded by a huge chain link fence. I asked several guys to climb through a hole in the fence with me, before finally finding someone with the balls to do it. (x)

Love. See for yourself…

Karen Klein gets the last laugh

A happy ending to a terrible ordeal.

The school bus monitor who was bullied by middle-school meanies is getting the last laugh, after online well-wishers donated more than $400,000 to send her on a dream vacation.

The 23-year school vet is considering a Disney cruise for the whole family.

Karen Klein, a 68-year-old widow, had some words yesterday for the parents of the middle-school meanies whose gibes reduced her to tears.

“I’m sorry that your sons acted the way they did,” she said on NBC’s “Today” show. “I’m sure they don’t act that way at home, but you never know what they’re going to do when they’re out of the house. They should’ve been taught to respect their elders no matter who it is.”

Source: thedaily.com

discoverynews:

UPDATE: Harassed Bus Monitor Goes Viral

By now, you have heard the story of bus monitor Karen Klein and how she was horribly bullied by a busload of kids on a trip in Greece, NY.

Reddit user Max Sidorov of Toronto started a fundraiser for Klein after he heard of her salary of $15,506.

The site has pulled in more than $300,000!!!! And it keeps climbing. News of Klein’s experience has gone viral.

According to CBSNews, “Police said Karen Klein does not want her young tormenters to face criminal charges, partly because of the storm of criticism leveled at the boys from the Rochester suburb of Greece after the video went viral.”

And according to CNN, the children heard in the video are receiving death threats from others.

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Death threats? Stop it people, they’re stupid middle-schoolers. They should feel guilty and embarrassed and should be shunned and berated by their families, friends, and school mates, yes. They should be punished by the school system, definitely.  But threatening kids with death is going too far.

“We remember. We rebuild. We come back stronger!”


President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama look down at the 9/11 Memorial while touring the One World Trade Center building. (Reuters / KEVIN LAMARQUE)


“We remember. We rebuild. We come back stronger!” On a visit to examine One World Trade Center Thursday, Obama signed one of the final steel beams that will be installed on the 1,776-foot skyscraper. (Getty Images / JEWEL SAMAD)

via: Buzzfeed

May Day protests: banks feel victimized, “like elk defending themselves from attacking wolves”

Just pathetic:

Organizers and protesters around the world will come together to commemorate International Workers Day tomorrow, and they are taking on familiar targets. Large protest actions are planned in more than 115 American cities, where activists will continue the anti-Wall Street message started by the 99 Percent Movement last fall. The action will again center in New York, where protesters have identified 99 targets in Manhattan, including large Wall Street banks like JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, and Bank of America.

[...] Though the New York-based banks offered no specifics on how they plan to deal with the protests, one security adviser made the laughable comparison that Wall Street banks — the same ones whose errors include triggering the financial crisis and wrongfully foreclosing on thousands of Americans — were innocent elk defending themselves against attacking wolves, Bloomberg reports.

[...] It’s no secret why the banks view the 99 Percent Movement so negatively — the movement took Wall Street’s excesses and abuses to the mainstream, refocusing the national discussion on rising income inequality, exploding student debt, and fraudulent banking practices.

Continue: Wall Street Banks Coordinate To Fight May Day Protests, Compare Themselves To Elk Hunted By Wolves

Right. These guys are victims.

Today, 1 World Trade Center becomes the largest building in New York

Today, 1 World Trade Center becomes the largest building in New York.

Photos from Gizmodo and Corcoran Group

NY TIMES: “This is the second time a skyscraper called 1 World Trade Center has edged over the Empire State Building. The first was on Oct. 19, 1970, when a section of steel framework elevated the north tower of the trade center to 1,254 feet, four feet above Empire State’s 1,250-foot benchmark.” [via]