Did you ever read that little story about the kid walking down the beach throwing starfish in the water, when the old man says he can’t save all of them, so why bother? Well, that a parable for Day #2 in Irma’s impact zones. That parable also explains why this follow-up is reaching y’all well after midnight on Sept. 13th. [Hurricane relief work is a little like keeping a farmers schedule. As I understand it, the work schedule of a farmer extends the necessary shift until the job is done, which has entirely nothing to do with a clock…]I said
Comments: For those who are interested (I was) this is a firsthand report of what is actually happening on the ground in Florida. Not in Miami or Naples or Jacksonville, but pretty much the backwater (bad pun) areas where regular people live. Problems abound. Road rage is now gasoline rage with police guarding the gas stations. Power outages requiring the removal of large trees could take weeks or longer. Food is rotting in fridges, so IHop is jammed. This is the real world as one person sees it. I haven’t seen this kind of a report anywhere else.
This is also a call for people to be their best selves, to help their neighbors. By example:
•Problem #1) 84-year-old Phyllis, whose kids don’t call her any more, needs her medication chilled and wears a CPAP to sleep at night. •Problem #2) Jose family w/baby Francesca needs her formula cold etc. = No power two weeks. vSolution: move Mr. and Mrs Jose, w/ baby into my house to care for Ms. Phyllis who also needs power. One generator + two family problems solved = a neighborhood. (Snip) Please check in on your neighbors. Please reach out to friends and family in Texas (Harvey), and/or Florida (Irma). Just let them know they matter, and despite the yuck of all this mess – they are cherished. The most inconsequential of life’s ordinary scheduled tasks can seem like a daunting challenge when cast against the backdrop of these crises.
You don’t have to operate a chainsaw. Help someone to see just the next step forward. Pick up a prescription for someone. Make them a sandwich. Give a can of fuel to someone who has that annoying whir of a generator running. Wash someone’s car, or offer to do their laundry. Pay attention to the conversations around you. Try to do something you find of value.
OP, Sundance´s firsthand reports remind me of Lucianne´s reports from Ground Zero after 9/11. For the best first-hand, woman-on-the-street account of what it was like to live through 9/11 up-close and personal, Lucianne´s Short Cuts (now known as Must Reads) were the best reporting anywhere. She was always up before dawn, so the planes had not struck the towers when she posted on 9/11/01. Yet the first item that day is still chilling in retrospect: Troubled Skies: We begin the morning with one of our spy planes shot down over Iraq and Russian war planes buzzing our planes over the Pacific.
By Wednesday, the Short Cuts had changed.
I got through those first couple of weeks reading Lucianne´s Short Cuts before anything else. I wish they were still available in her archives.
I can tell you the eye went over my home about 2:15AM and ´outer wind bands´ are my least favorite words. A night from H-ll. The winds from 2-5 AM were terrifying. Had that hurricane gone from west to east or east to west, it would headed right at my house. Instead it went south to north and I had less damage and I am so thankful. Most of my neighbors had roof damage and knocked down fences. Yesterday I ventured out for about a mile and it was ugly with so many trees down. My power was back on about 11:30AM on Tues. Some still don´t have power. What I noticed before the storm was greed. Instead of people saying I won´t be going out for days, let´s share, people were filling up and filling gas cans. But my neighbor gets the AH award for 2017. He intentionally flooded my yard and all of the water flowed from his to mine even after asking him to put an elbow on his downspout. His "I took care of me, too bad for you" attitude will be rewarded. I have become a retention pond for his yard. The good news is we are still alive. God is good.
At a Friday rally in Alabama, President Donald Trump criticized football players who protest during the national anthem: Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b-tch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’ (Snip)Here are five reasons the NFL anthem protests are not going as well as the media would like to think. 1. Vague And Unclear Protest Goals One of the keys to a good protest is to have a clear goal. If the discussions on Sunday were any indication, nobody is entirely clear
A fast-moving column of Union troops marched along a narrow stretch of beach in coastal South Carolina in the twilight of July 18, 1863. In the vanguard of the federal force was the 600-strong 54th Massachusetts Infantry, the first black regiment raised in the North. (Snip)At some point during the advance, the sergeant who carried the national colors, John W. Wall, became separated from his charge. According to a report published soon after the assault in The New York Herald: “He fell into a deep ditch, and called upon his guard to help him out. They could not stop for
Mass fan walkouts at stadiums will prove more effective than boycotting NFL advertisers. Organize mass exits and I guarantee you’ll beat the flag flouters at their own mass-media game. This is not to say you shouldn’t continue to throw your slippers at the TV set and curse a blue streak when major league players thumb their noses at Old Glory. I do. I’m just saying we can also do something really useful. When you walk out after standing for “Oh say can you see … ,” the TV cameras will show you saying, louder and better, the opposite of what the flag back-handers are
President Trump has announced new visa, immigration and travel restrictions to replace the earlier expiring executive order. New Executive Order Here The new program is tailored to the unique security and vetting challenges of each nation. North Korea, Chad and Venezuela have been added to the list. Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia remain on the list with modifications based on national security review. Sudan has been removed from the list. *Section. 2. Suspension of Entry for Nationals of Countries of Identified Concern. The entry into the United States of nationals of the following countries is hereby suspended and limited, as follows,
A strange quiet has settled in at the White House. President Trump greeted Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation with a steady stream of diatribes, including some 40 bilious tweets. He challenged Mueller’s impartiality and called the investigation a “witch hunt.” But for nearly two months, Trump has restrained himself on the subject. His lawyers, meanwhile, have treated Mueller with customary deference.* (Snip) Which spurs three questions: 1) Will Trump one day try to oust Mueller? 2) If he does, will he get away with it? and 3) What consequences would that have for our political
Approximately 20 New England Patriots football players decided to showcase their hatred for America and took a knee during the National Anthem. The Foxborough Massachusetts crowd rained down a chorus of angry boos. Watch: (Video)As many people are observing, this expressed and visible hatred for the USA is not going to end with a good outcome for the NFL. The league and liberal idiots in charge can try and hide from this, and the media will do everything possible to avoid reality, but the backlash is only going to get much worse and the NFL has only itself to blame. The financial
AUSTIN, Texas — Sen. Ted Cruz on Sunday said he doesn’t support the latest Obamacare repeal plan, dealing a fresh blow to Republicans’ last-ditch effort to kill Barack Obama’s signature health care law. After seven years of promises to repeal Obamacare, Republicans have six days to pass legislation with a party-line vote. But with Cruz’s opposition, at least five Republicans in the 52-member caucus have signaled that they either won’t vote for or are leaning against supporting the Graham-Cassidy bill. The legislation, authored by Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, would block-grant federal health
With the announcement that John McCain will not be voting in favor of the Graham-Cassidy bill that would repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act, conservatives raced to Twitter and talk radio phone lines to express their outrage. “Woe is us! John McCain has ‘betrayed’ us again!” Conservatives shout these words into the ether and to those who are paid to listen to (and stir up) their rage. Sadly, conservatives did not take to Twitter or flood the congressional phone lines in support of Graham-Cassidy in the days leading up to McCain’s “betrayal.” It seems that in the policy
Who would have thought that Colin Kaepernick would actually do the nation a great service? He’s been a change agent alright, but not in the way he hoped. His well-documented inadequacies on the field got him benched by the San Francisco 49ers, which led him to pursue a career as a free agent. But it was Kaepernick’s political theatrics that made him toxic to many fans and thus to potential employers. Still, those of us who love America owe him a debt of gratitude. It took Colin Kaepernick to pop the sports bubble. We’ve all watched the bubble inflate for years. Palatial new
The media is already condemning POTUS Trump’s comments even as millions of Americans collectively thank the President for saying what has been on their minds for some time. The nation is tired of spoiled millionaire athletes thinking they can look down upon all those who share an unwavering love of country and support the brave men and women of all colors who fill the ranks of law enforcement. Donald Trump has now made the NFL the focus of the Obama-generated divide in America – a rift between those who respect the traditions of this nation and those who would see
High-ranking figures within the U.S. government were actively working against the Donald Trump campaign for POTUS. This effort took place over several months, including illegal surveillance of private citizens as well as widespread collusion with influential Establishment/Social Media figures. And now the Deep State is trying desperately to cover its tracks. Via The Washington Examiner: Showdown looms over Trump dossier; FBI misses third deadline to turn over subpoenaed documents (Snip)The reason for the delay is simple. The fabricated “Trump dossier” represents a direct link between the anti-Trump factions within the U.S. government, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and the then-Obama White House. Some very
If you read only the Associated Press, you would think that President Trump threw his supporters in Alabama overboard by backing incumbent Senator Luther Strange in the Republican primary. Of course, if you believed the Associated Press last week, you would think that President Trump threw his supporters under the bus by not building the wall.(Snip)First, Trump does not have to worry about Alabama. This is a win-win situation (unless of course, Democrat Doug Jones wins in the actual election on December 12; those are still eggs, not chickens). Trump´s name is not on the ballot. This is a Republican primary. Afterward,
Karl Rove, a former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, ripped into President Donald Trump on Sunday for wasting his platform and his time attacking NFL players protesting by kneeling during the national anthem. “The president has two very valuable assets: his time and his voice. This president wastes it when he engages with things like this,” Rove said Sunday during a Fox News panel discussion on Trump´s recent controversial attacks of NFL players who protest for civil rights by taking a knee during the national anthem. Rove added that the president often spends time he ought to be
Hillary Clinton said on MSNBC Saturday that women who support President Trump are “publicly disrespecting themselves.” (VideoTweet) “When I see women doing that, I think, ‘Why are they publicly disrespecting themselves? Why are they opening the door to have someone say that about them in their workplace, in a community setting? Do they not see the connection there?´” Clinton told MSNBC’s Joy Reid on AM Joy. Clinton commented about the Trump-supporting women after Reid asked her about pro-Trump women wearing shirts with profanities directed at Clinton. The former 2016 presidential candidate added that she thought it was “troubling” to hear about
N.F.L. players and owners, already on edge after critical statements made by President Trump at a rally on Friday night, woke up on game day to another series of tweets from the president, this time calling for football fans to boycott N.F.L. games unless the league fires or suspends players who refuse to stand for the national anthem. (Snip) Steelers Won’t Participate in Anthem The Pittsburgh Steelers team does not plan to emerge from the locker room in Chicago until after the national anthem. “We’re not going to play politics,” Tomlin told CBS. “We’re football players, we’re football coaches. We’re not participating
John McCain revealed his doctors gave him a ´very poor prognosis´ when he first found out about the rare and aggressive brain cancer that he continues to battle. The Arizona senator said his doctors told him at the time that his condition was ´very, very serious´. ´So I just said, "I understand." Now we´re going to do what we can, get the best doctors we can find and do the best we can. And at the same time, celebrate with gratitude a life well-lived,´ McCain said during an interview on 60 Minutes, that aired Sunday night. McCain underwent surgery in July
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The entire Pittsburgh Steelers team remained in the locker room during the national anthem, with the exception of one player: Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva, who plays offensive tackle for the Steelers. While the rest of his teammates remained in the locker room, Villanueva stood in the tunnel holding his helmet in his left hand and holding his right hand over his heart as the anthem played. WATCH: (Videos/Tweet) Villaneuva played in college at West Point Military Academy before going on to become an Army Ranger. He served three tours in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor.
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As more and more leaks about the ongoing “Russian collusion” witch hunt by Robert Mueller appear in print, it seems to me that if Russia had been trying to erode our faith in our institutions, the Deep State is accomplishing what Russia failed to do. The Obama claque’s efforts were initially intended to help Clinton when they thought she would win and no one would know about their crimes. Then they continued the unlawful spying to cover up their role in the worst case of misuse of federal power in our history, to effect the removal or emasculation of the President,
Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch had a harsh reaction to President Trump’s called for NFL owners to fire players who refuse to stand for the national anthem. “Comments like we heard last night from the president are inappropriate, offensive and divisive,” Mara and Tisch said in a statement Saturday. “We are proud of our players, the vast majority of whom use their NFL platform to make a positive difference in our society.” Trump initially addressed the issue during a campaign rally speech in Alabama for Senator Luther Strange, asserting that owners should fire “any son of a b—h”
In June 1979, the Bee Gees were on top of the world. Months before, their “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, featuring songs written and/or performed by the Australian trio, had won a Grammy for album of the year. The year before, it spent 24 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. And now the band was playing 60,000-seat arenas across America. Disco was king, and the Bee Gees — brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, clad in white suits and flashing gold chains — were its ambassadors. At the start of the tour, Maurice got hold of a T-shirt that made everyone
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated Sunday night that he did not want offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva to stand for the national anthem, instead of sitting it out with the rest of his teammates. Villanueva, a former Army Ranger who served three tours in Afghanistan, was the only Steelers player to stand for the anthem. While Villanueva stood in the tunnel, hand over his heart, the rest of the team remained in the locker room in protest of President Trump’s comments that players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired. Tomlin said in a post-game press conference