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Obama dozed, people froze

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by basso, Feb 1, 2009.

  1. basso

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    Obama turns up the thermostat, meanwhile "FEMA has been a no-show."

    [rquoter]Life after ice storm dire, getting worse in spots

    By BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press Writer
    Fri Jan 30, 8:59 pm ET

    MARION, Ky. – In some parts of rural Kentucky, they're getting water the old-fashioned way — with pails from a creek. There's not room for one more sleeping bag on the shelter floor. The creative are flushing their toilets with melted snow.

    At least 42 people have died, including 11 in Kentucky, and conditions are worsening in many places days after an ice storm knocked out power to 1.3 million customers from the Plains to the East Coast. About a million people were still without electric Friday, and with no hope that the lights will come back on soon, small communities are frantically struggling to help their residents.

    One county put it bluntly: It can't.

    "We're asking people to pack a suitcase and head south and find a motel if they have the means, because we can't service everybody in our shelter," said Crittenden County Judge-Executive Fred Brown, who oversees about 9,000 people, many of whom are sleeping in the town's elementary school.
    Local officials were growing angry with what they said was a lack of help from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In Grayson County, about 80 miles southwest of Louisville, Emergency Management Director Randell Smith said the 25 National Guardsmen who have responded have no chain saws to clear fallen trees.

    "We've got people out in some areas we haven't even visited yet," Smith said. "We don't even know that they're alive."

    Smith said FEMA has been a no-show so far.

    "I'm not saying we can't handle it; we'll handle it," Smith said. "But it would have made life a lot easier" if FEMA had reached the county sooner, he said.
    FEMA spokeswoman Mary Hudak said some FEMA personnel already are in Kentucky working in the state's emergency operations center and that more will be arriving in coming days. Hudak said FEMA also has shipped to 50 to 100 generators to the state to supply electricity to facilities like hospitals, nursing homes, and water treatment plants.

    Hudak said travel is still dangerous in some areas and communications are limited.

    "We have plenty of folks ready to go, but there are some limitations with roads closed and icy conditions," she said.

    From Missouri to Ohio, thousands were bunked down in shelters, waiting for the power to return. Others are trying to tough out the power outage at home, using any means they can to get basics like drinking water, heat and food.

    Lori Clarke was stuck at home in the western Kentucky town of Marion with trees blocking the road out. She trudged more than half a mile through snow and ice carrying 5-gallon buckets to bring drinking water for her horses and dogs and to flush her toilet.

    "When you live out in the country, you just shift into survival mode," she said.
    Even for those who wanted to leave, it wasn't possible. The one gas station in Marion that was up and running was able to supply gasoline to emergency vehicles only until another delivery of gasoline arrived Friday. Only half of that gas was made available to the public, and there was a $10 limit.

    Linda Young, who is staying the town's shelter, said her car only had enough gas in it to get around Marion. Even if she had gas, there was nowhere to go — all of her relatives in other parts of Kentucky also were hit by the ice storm.

    "For right now, this is the best we can do, so this is where we're at," said Young, as she sat on a mattress with her 9-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter.

    By midafternoon water service had been restored to the city of Marion thanks to a generator, while efforts continued to restore service to the outlying county, Police Chief Ray O'Neal said. Residents were being told to boil the water before drinking it.

    Meanwhile, the death toll was rising: Since the storm began Monday, the weather is suspected in at least 11 deaths in Kentucky, nine more in Arkansas, six each in Texas and Missouri, three in Virginia, two each in Oklahoma, Indiana and West Virginia and one in Ohio, with most of them blamed on hypothermia, traffic accidents and carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.

    Among the latest deaths reported were those of a man in his 60s, a woman in her 50s and a woman in her 40s who were found in a southwestern Louisville home Friday. The younger woman was found in bed; the other two were found in the garage, along with a generator, police spokesman Phil Russell said.

    The fight to return power to Kentucky and other areas affected by the ice storm is difficult because of the sheer number of outages, but also because of the ice itself. Crews have joined the effort from around the country, but more than a half-million homes and businesses were still out in Kentucky on Friday, along with roughly 78,000 in Missouri and 284,000 in Arkansas. Thousands more were still in the dark in Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia.

    "As ice is melting, power lines and tree limbs are springing upward and hitting other power lines," said Rita Alexander, spokeswoman for Gibson Electric Membership Corp. in Tennessee. "It is just an unpleasant part of the process."
    While generators were able to bring some water pumping stations back to life Friday, thousands still didn't have access to running water, and thousands more were under boil advisories. Roughly 200,000 people across Kentucky still don't have water. In Hayti, Mo., alderwoman Lisa Green said a temporary generator was in use to run the water plant, and power was being moved around to pump wastewater through the sewage system, she said.
    That wasn't enough. "Our water plant is up and running, but people are inundating it," Green said. The community has received some bottled water, she said, but needs more.

    A precious few had enough supplies to tough it out alone. Stephen Cates said his home was being warmed by kerosene heaters and an electric furnace powered by a generator that he waited 4 1/2 hours in line to purchase in Evansville, Ind.

    He was flushing his toilet with melted snow, and could even watch TV.
    "I'm living just like I have electricity, just about, eating hot food," Cates said.[/rquoter]
     
  2. bigtexxx

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    Obama is shaping up to be quite the hypocrite.

    His response to Bush's Katrina response was "unconscionable ineptitude".

    Now he's not showing any leadership at all.
     
  3. basso

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    Obama hates white people.
     
  4. bigtexxx

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    What's bad is that these storm victims are people who got taken by surprise. On the other hand, everybody KNEW Katrina was coming and that they should have gotten out. Only the dufuses decided to stay in New Orleans and ride it out.
     
  5. durvasa

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    Everybody? Including FEMA?
     
  6. B-Bob

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    Ka-ching! Another hour goes by, another America-hating thread for basso.

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  7. basso

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    30k pulled from rooftops.
     
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    Of course, like your thread, that's an urban myth started by team bush to whitewash his ineptitude. But go on wit yer bad self.

    I just love basso threads these days....
     
  9. B-Bob

    B-Bob my celli weighs a ton
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    What distinguishes them from other days? :(
    The suck is strong with this one.
     
  10. BetterThanEver

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    It's more funny when he is posting multiple replies back and forth to himself with two ids. It's entertainment when a lunatic talks to himself and replies back.
     
  11. bigtexxx

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    I see you're deftly attempting to dodge the real issue here. B-Bob - do you feel that Barack is providing the appropriate leadership for the storms in Kentucky?

    Obama to Host Super Bowl Party as Kentucky residents die
     
  12. B-Bob

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    Well, I am expecting him to take his amazing electrical engineering skills, plus his eye-mediated heat ray, to Kentucky, at halftime, to fix everything. You'll see.

    In all honesty, I am hoping for a doleful fly over -- that's always inspiring. Or a presidential visit, with pictures of him walking around icy streets.

    And in the purest honesty, I am waiting to see how the updated FEMA performs, since that's the relevant aspect of all this to the federal government, if you couldn't learn that from my first points.
     
  13. FranchiseBlade

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    Yes, this is the exact same as Katrina.

    What a great comparison.
     
  14. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost clean your room bucko

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    I feel like going to the katrina threads and finding all the classic hypocritical garbage from the conservative posters deflecting blame from the president but its really wasted breath on the two numb skulls fellating each other's obama-hatred g-spots in this thread.

    Enjoy your bitter pity party, gentlemen!
     
  15. pgabriel

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    Why did you bold the part about people being without lights? Is that Obama's fault?
     
  16. DonnyMost

    DonnyMost clean your room bucko

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    The same reason BT changed the title of the article he posted.

    Both of these clowns aspire to be news room editors at Fox some day.

    Instead, their scope of influence is relegated to snarling, teeth gnashing, knuckle grinding, furious keyboard smashing posts here at our lovely BBS.

    Poor things.
     
  17. DaDakota

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    This thread = definition of a Basso/Texx circle jerk.

    DD
     
  18. Lil Pun

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    I'm going to respond to this simply because I'm currently going through this situation as others are in Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. FEMA has helped out quite a bit here and even your posted article states they are already in Kentucky and more are coming. Just 30 minutes from my house it looks like a bomb went off and the area is in a war zone. FEMA has provided supplies and funds for people needing them. You know what else? Arkansas did not wait for federal assistance, the national guard has been out and crews from southern Arkansas that were not affected by the storm were up here the next day.

    I have been without power since Tuesday and there are some that will be without power much longer. We have had several deaths in the area due to the weather as well. How you can blame Obama, FEMA, or the federal government at all is beyond me.
     
  19. Northside Storm

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    hahaaha

    it's just so easy when you post the Basso way.
     
  20. dumbartonbass

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    Please cite this thread the next time the Twins find a quote to use against somebody. Don't toss pebbles when you've left us with boulders.
     

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