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  • Feds will probe post-Sandy TV ads that starred Christie, lawmaker says

    01/13/2014 1:39:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 13, 2014 | Erin McClam
    Adding a headache for Gov. Chris Christie, a federal agency will investigate whether New Jersey improperly spent Hurricane Sandy relief money on an ad campaign that featured the governor while he was running for re-election, a lawmaker said Monday. The Department of Housing and Urban Development will audit $25 million in federal money that the state spent to promote tourism and the Jersey Shore, said Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey. Pallone is a Democrat, Christie a Republican. …
  • FEMA: Welfare Masquerading as Disaster Relief

    11/16/2012 12:39:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Reason ^ | 11/16/2012 | Shikha Dalmia
    Hurricane Sandy hadn't even touched down when liberals started blowing kisses to FEMA, or Federal Emergency Management Agency, the federal disaster relief agency. A New York Times editorial declared that the impending storm proved that the country needs FEMA-style "Big Government" solutions more than ever. Salon, New Republic and other liberal outfits heartily agreed. Why do liberals love FEMA so much? Certainly not for its glorious track record. Rather, FEMA has been a great vehicle for expanding the welfare state. FEMA's tragic missteps after Katrina earned it well-deserved disgrace. The Times blames those on the Bush administration, whose anti-government philosophy...
  • NC Baptists respond to need for help after Hurricane Sandy

    11/02/2012 4:04:33 PM PDT · by RegulatorCountry · 21 replies
    The North Carolina Baptist Men ^ | November 1, 2012 | NCBM Communications
    About 75 North Carolina Baptist Men (NCBM) volunteers are now on site assisting with response efforts after Hurricane Sandy. All three NCBM feeding units are serving in the New Jersey/New York area. The three large feeding units have a combined capacity of 80,000 meals per day. Recovery, administration and chaplaincy volunteers are also on site. The Command Unit, along with large shower units, laundry units, generator units and recovery units, are on the ground and ministering. Recovery teams are already working in some areas and others will be organized as reports come back from assessment teams. With the recovery phase...
  • House rejects funding measure that would have provided Texas with wildfire aid

    09/22/2011 3:09:33 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 2 replies
    blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2011/ ^ | 21 Sept 2011 | KYLE GLAZIER and ALEXANDRA JAFFE
    Two Texas Republicans joined the Democratic contingent tonight in shooting down a government spending measure in the House that would have funded the government through mid-November. The bill also included $3.6 billion in federal emergency aid for ravaged areas around the U.S., including the 52 Texas counties President Obama declared as disaster areas recently. The measure was an interim solution that would have taken effect Sept. 30 after the current funding bill, which was passed in April, expires. At issue was the additional billions in emergency funding, which Sen. Harry Reid attached to the Senate version of the bill before...
  • Earthquakes and other Human Disasters

    01/19/2010 11:17:18 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 3 replies · 506+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 17 January 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I have been to Haiti, once. It was in 1972. I remember it vividly. The sad thing is that Haiti has not changed materially since then. As a result of that continuing history of human failure, people are dying in the tens of thousands from easily avoidable consequences of the earthquake that centered on Port au Prince last week. Haiti’s successful revolution to gain its freedom from being a colony of France, was only a few years after our own Revolution against England. But since then, Haiti has had a constant series of governments composed of thieves, torturers, murderers. When...
  • Warnings of chaos in Haiti as Port-au-Prince struggles with disaster

    01/15/2010 3:53:20 PM PST · by myknowledge · 18 replies · 739+ views
    Times Online ^ | January 15, 2010 | Catherine Philp, James Bone and Jacqui Goddard
    United Nations peacekeepers warned today that Haiti’s capital could quickly descend into rioting if three million hungry, thirsty and traumatised quake survivors were forced to go longer without emergency aid. The warning came as aid agencies battled to deliver tonnes of aid to Haiti’s capital in spite of blocked roads, a clogged airport and shattered ports. Looters have emptied food shops and scuffles broken out among survivors fighting over scarce water as the wait for help drags on. Brazil’s Defence Minister, Nelson Jobim, warned that the Brazilian-led peacekeeping force could struggle to cope if desperation spilled into violence. “We are...
  • Obama promises all-out relief effort in Haiti (Fast acting)

    01/13/2010 4:02:07 PM PST · by GauchoUSA · 55 replies · 1,581+ views
    AP ^ | 01/13/10 | MATTHEW LEE and JULIE PACE
    U.S. officials are laying out a massive military response to the Haiti earthquake, saying that ships, helicopters, transport planes and a 2,000-member Marine unit are either on the way or likely to begin moving soon. Gen. Douglas Fraser, head of U.S. Southern Command, said Wednesday that one of the U.S. Navy's large amphibious ships will likely head to Haiti with a Marine expeditionary unit aboard. Fraser said other U.S. military forces are on alert, including a brigade, which includes about 3,500 troops. Fraser said during a news conference with other U.S. officials that the Pentagon is "seriously looking at" sending...
  • Salvation Army Mobilizing Personnel, Resources to Aid with Haiti Relief

    01/13/2010 9:16:54 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 21 replies · 700+ views
    Salvation Army ^ | January 13, 2010
    Salvation Army Mobilizing Personnel, Resources to Aid with Haiti Relief Army school, clinic damaged; staff on-site organizing emergency response Alexandria, VA (January 13, 2010) - The Salvation Army is mobilizing resources and personnel to assist with the international relief effort in Haiti following a severe earthquake Tuesday that damaged much of the country's infrastructure, housing and commercial buildings.The Salvation Army has had a presence in Haiti since 1950 and currently operates schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children's homes and church-related activities spread across two major facilities in Port au Prince, close to the epicenter of the earthquake and...
  • Flooding Disaster Assistance Available for Disabled Vets (Washington State)

    01/20/2009 2:22:44 PM PST · by Stoat · 7 replies · 570+ views
    Flooding Disaster Assistance Available for Disabled VetsSnohomish CountyRelease Date and Time: 01-20-2009 01:55:00 PM       As a result of recent flooding in Western Washington and record snowfall in Eastern Washington, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is extending applications for grants under our nationally recognized Disaster Relief program.   The DAV Disaster Relief grants may be issued for the purpose of providing; food, clothing, and temporary shelter or to obtain relief from injury, illness or personal loss resulting from natural/national disasters that are not covered by insurance or other disaster relief agencies.    To be eligible for a...
  • Guardsmen Find Parallels in Ukraine’s Disaster Relief Efforts

    11/18/2008 3:34:22 PM PST · by SandRat · 137+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 2nd Lt. Will Martin, USA
    SACRAMENTO, Nov. 18, 2008 – For California National Guardsmen, the annual fire season has rendered moot the question of whether natural disasters will strike the state. No longer do they ask “if,” but only “when” and “where.” Maj. Gen. Vasyl Kvashuk, director of the Ukrainian army's civil protection department, addresses key leaders at the California National Guard’s joint force headquarters in Sacramento, Calif., Nov. 12, 2008. Kvashuk led a Ukrainian team that was in California to participate in Vigilant Guard '09, the National Guard's weeklong disaster-response exercise. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Dave Loeffler  (Click photo for screen-resolution...
  • PCA Relief Effort: The Cyclone in Myanmar (Proddie Caucus)

    05/16/2008 9:03:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies · 356+ views
    MTW ^ | May 2008
    All, Mission To The World, the PCA's international ministry, has issued an appeal for funds to aid in the relief of Myanmar cyclone victims. I know that most of us have heard stories about countries and large relief agencies having their hands tied, but God will provide a way for His church to break through manmade barriers. _________________________________________________________________ Horrifying and harrowing stories are emerging in the aftermath of the catastrophic tropical cyclone that devastated much of already poverty-striken Myanmar. Reuters News is reporting as many as one million people left homeless. No one really knows how high the death toll...
  • Incredible Vision at Wal-Mart

    03/29/2008 6:44:19 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 64 replies · 2,445+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 28 March 2008 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I’m grateful to an article in the National Post on Friday, 28 March, by Colby Cost for bringing this item to my attention. It is about Wal-Mart, but has nothing to do with the legendary business model of that company. Or, does it? As the article recites, shortly before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on 29 August 2005, Lee Scott, CEO of Wal-Mart, send a memorandum to all the regional and store managers in the region about to be hit. His message said: “A lot of you are going to have to make decisions above your level. Make the best...
  • China races to deliver power, food before snowfalls(another one coming)

    02/09/2008 6:17:37 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 77+ views
    China races to deliver power, food before snowfalls (Xinhua)Updated: 2008-02-09 10:31 BEIJING - Chinese people are enjoying the week-long holiday ushering in an auspicious Year of the Mouse, as the government races to repair electricity grids and deliver food, blankets and other supplies to areas hit by the worst snowstorms in more than 50 years.Weather forecasters say new downfalls are to hit the south next week. Electricians inspect power transformers in Guiyang, Southwest China's Guizhou Province, during the Lunar New Year holiday on February 8, 2008. China raced to repair electricity grids and deliver food, blankets to areas hit by the worst snowstorms in 50 years as new downfalls are forecast to...
  • LCMS(Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod)World Relief gives $50,000 for fire response

    10/27/2007 12:18:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 321+ views
    The Reporter ^ | October 26, 2007
    At this writing, the fires were still raging in southern California, but already LCMS World Relief and Human Care had sent $50,000 to the Synod's Pacific Southwest District to help those who have been evacuated from -- or lost -- their homes in the disaster. The emergency grant was sent Oct. 24 to the district office in Irvine, Calif., north of San Diego, Escondido, and other cities threatened by more than a dozen wildfires. The money will be distributed among LCMS congregations that have been providing shelter and spiritual care to scores of displaced people. In cooperation with the city...
  • God vs. War

    09/30/2005 4:40:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 371+ views
    NRO ^ | September 30, 2005 | Rich Lowry
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version September 30, 2005, 8:04 a.m. God vs. War Don't militarize disaster relief. Nobody looked good during the Katrina response, except the U.S. military. In keeping with Washington’s habit of always fixing yesterday’s problem in ways that might cause trouble tomorrow, the military’s star performance in Katrina means that it might get the lead role in any significant natural disaster in the future. Democrats have long clamored for more “first responders.” Well, now they are about to get 1.4 million of them. President Bush has said that the lesson from Katrina...
  • 2 States - 22 Observations

    09/28/2005 8:30:44 AM PDT · by bassmaner · 19 replies · 2,044+ views
    email | 09/28/2005 | unknown
    Things I have noticed while watching media coverage of the recent hurricanes. 1. Texas: Productive industrious state run by Republicans. Louisiana: Government dependent welfare state run by Democrats. 2. Texas: Residents take responsibility to protect and evacuate themselves. Louisiana: Residents wait for government to protect and evacuate them. 3. Texas: Local and state officials take responsibility for protecting their citizens and property. Louisiana: Local and state officials blame federal government for not protecting their citizens and property. 4. Texas: Command and control remains in place to preserve order. Louisiana: Command and control collapses allowing lawlessness. 5. Texas: Law enforcement officers...
  • Laura Bush to appear on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

    09/26/2005 7:49:19 PM PDT · by Seattle Conservative · 29 replies · 2,914+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | 09-26-05 | By Faye Fiore
    Facing criticism that he appeared disengaged from the disaster wrought by Hurricane Katrina, President Bush has been looking for opportunities to show his concern. But the White House will take the effort a step further Tuesday, venturing into untested waters by putting the nation's first lady on reality television. Laura Bush will travel to storm-damaged Biloxi, Miss., to film a spot on the feel-good, wish-granting hit "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Mrs. Bush sought to be on the program because she shares the "same principles" that the producers hold, her press secretary said. It's not clear exactly what Mrs. Bush will...
  • Disaster Relief With Peace Moonbeam

    09/26/2005 8:57:35 AM PDT · by digitaldisaster77 · 15 replies · 576+ views
    The Moonbeam Chronicles online ^ | Sept. 10, 2005 | Peace Moonbeam
    September 10, 2005 Berkeley, California The hurricane disaster was just awful and I felt like I had to help. I spent last Friday packing a box with emergency goods for the Red Cross. I included some packs of raspberry kelp tea, a pair of sandals, some rice cakes, a macramé hanging candleholder, some incense, and a couple of Grateful Dead albums. Knowing I was helping someone start a new life made my spirits soar! On television I saw storm victims being transported to a local gymnasium and I felt moved to open my home to one of these poor people....
  • Quick turnaround: Texas Guard provides back-to-back hurricane assistance

    09/22/2005 5:00:15 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 1 replies · 350+ views
    149th FW Public Affairs via email | 22 September 2005 | TSgt Gregory Ripps
    LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (Sept. 22, 2005) -- Texas Air National Guard personnel returning home from Hurricane Katrina duty had just enough time to catch up on sleep before receiving the order to repack their bags. Now they are preparing to deal with the aftermath of another hurricane – Rita – this time on the Texas coast. Members of the 149th Fighter Wing, based on Lackland, will be part of a package of 400 personnel and equipment, named Task Force Seguin, which is part of the 1,750-member Joint Task Force Texas, formed after Gov. Rick Perry directed Texas Military...
  • 149th Fighter Wing units return from Katrina duty

    09/15/2005 8:49:45 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 1 replies · 345+ views
    149th Fighter Wing Public Affairs via email | 15 September 2005 | TSgt Greg Ripps
    149th Fighter Wing security forces return from Louisiana LACKLAND AFB, Texas (Sept. 15, 2005) – Forty-seven security forces personnel from the 149th Fighter Wing returned Sept. 13 from Louisiana after providing security and evacuation assistance to New Orleans residents during the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The group arrived at Kelly Field via C-130 aircraft and was taken to the 149th Fighter Wing for health assessments before leaving for home and much-needed showers and sleep. The security team left from San Antonio Aug. 31, commanded by Lt. Col. Scott Elliott of the 204th Security Forces Squadron, and included Air Guard...
  • The post-Katrina presidency

    09/15/2005 4:19:17 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 15 replies · 548+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2005 | TODAY'S EDITORIAL
    In remarks Tuesday on Hurricane Katrina, President Bush spoke of "serious problems in our response capability" and questioned whether the United States can handle another major storm or a terrorist attack. "To the extent that the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility," the president asserted. Well said: These are steps along the higher road and are to be applauded. But the country needs Mr. Bush to follow up with real policy changes in order to ensure recovery. It needs more than first responders, too: The president must reassess the full gamut of our vulnerabilities, from...
  • The post-Katrina presidency

    09/15/2005 4:19:16 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 6 replies · 266+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 15, 2005 | TODAY'S EDITORIAL
    In remarks Tuesday on Hurricane Katrina, President Bush spoke of "serious problems in our response capability" and questioned whether the United States can handle another major storm or a terrorist attack. "To the extent that the federal government didn't fully do its job right, I take responsibility," the president asserted. Well said: These are steps along the higher road and are to be applauded. But the country needs Mr. Bush to follow up with real policy changes in order to ensure recovery. It needs more than first responders, too: The president must reassess the full gamut of our vulnerabilities, from...
  • FReeper Greets New Orleans evacuees as they deplane....(vanity)

    09/11/2005 6:43:46 AM PDT · by bert · 27 replies · 575+ views
    Right Bert ^ | 09/11/05 | Bert
    Friday 09/09/05 10:00 pm In my capacity as a Red Cross Disaster volunteer I was present as 72 people arrived at the Ti Cities Airport directly from New Orleans. Most left their homes yesterday and flew directly from New Orleans to Tennessee. They were the people who were located in their houses and told to “leave now”. They arrived on a charter 737. The plane carried air marshals, 72 people, 6 dogs and one iguana. Overall, the people were in good shape, good spirits and extremely thankful and appreciative for the help they were receiving. The dogs were also in...
  • FEMA Director's Credentials in Question

    09/09/2005 7:41:04 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 37 replies · 761+ views
    WZZM ( Grand Rapids) ^ | 9 Sept 2005 | Staff
    Washington - The criticism of FEMA Director Michael Brown continues. Now his credentials are facing new questions. Time Magazine reports his official bio and online legal profile have discrepancies. Brown's bio on the FEMA Web site said he oversaw emergency services in Edmond, Oklahoma. But a spokeswoman for the city tells Time that Brown's position was "more like an intern." A FEMA official says Brown did start as an intern, but became an assistant city manager and had a distinguished record. The magazine also reports Brown's profile on the Web site FindLaw-dot-com lists him as an "outstanding Political Science Professor"...
  • Volunteers witness the power of Mother Nature (RED CROSS EFFORTS THWARTED)

    09/08/2005 1:09:53 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies · 840+ views
    Doylestown Patriot, PA ^ | September 8, 2005 | Lorraine Sciuto-Ballasy
    Although the official death toll throughout Louisiana is under 100, New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin said the figure is likely to reach more than 10,000 people. When American Red Cross volunteers Keller Taylor of Richboro and Ed Sherman of Levittown, both retirees, arrived on the scene early last week their efforts were initially thwarted. Reports of the government halting Red Cross delivery of much-needed supplies, like water and medicine, because they were not allowed access to those most in need, have not yet been addressed by the White House. Some sources say the prohibition was a safety precaution. The...
  • Rush Limbaugh in Broadway Katrina Benefit (Tues. Oct. 18th)

    09/04/2005 11:05:03 PM PDT · by ajolympian2004 · 33 replies · 1,935+ views
    News Max ^ | Friday September 2nd, 2005
    America's most listened to talk radio host Rush Limbaugh will hit Broadway next month with a one man show to fund relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. "Rush on Broadway" will open for a one-day-only performance on Tuesday Oct. 18 at the New Amsterdam Theater on 42nd Street. The show will feature a special introduction by ABC Radio host Sean Hannity. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 10am. Plans for Limbaugh's Broadway debut were apparently finalized late Thursday - the top talker made no mention of the production during his regular midday broadcast. However WABC -...
  • Call for Churches To Adopt Ten Families -- Victims of Hurricane Katrina

    09/04/2005 12:04:15 AM PDT · by GretchenM · 15 replies · 943+ views
    Dr. Franklin Graham and Dr. Ed Smith ^ | September 4, 2005 | Dr. Ed Smith
    Dr. FRANKLIN GRAHAM’S CALL FOR CHURCHES TO ADOPT TEN KATRINA VICTIMS FAMILIES From: tpoffice@kyol.net [TPM = Theophostic Prayer Ministry] Subject: A Special Message from TPM founder Dr. Ed Smith Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 ... No matter the "reason" for this event [Hurricane Katrina], I believe God expects His people to make themselves available to be used of Him so that He might be glorified in and through it. ... I encourage Churches to consider revamping your ministry structure to reach out to these dislocated families. I heard Dr. Franklin Graham on television make an appeal to the denominational and...
  • Homeland Security won't let Red Cross deliver food

    09/03/2005 9:53:17 AM PDT · by SauronOfMordor · 59 replies · 2,177+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Saturday, September 03, 2005 | Ann Rodgers,
    As the National Guard delivered food to the New Orleans convention center yesterday, American Red Cross officials said that federal emergency management authorities would not allow them to do the same. Other relief agencies say the area is so damaged and dangerous that they doubted they could conduct mass feeding there now. "The Homeland Security Department has requested and continues to request that the American Red Cross not come back into New Orleans," said Renita Hosler, spokeswoman for the Red Cross. "Right now access is controlled by the National Guard and local authorities. We have been at the table every...
  • 10 ways you can help disaster victims

    09/02/2005 12:52:08 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 27 replies · 1,364+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 09-02-2005 | WorldNetDaily.com
    NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans' mayor issued an urgent plea for relief of his flooded city on Thursday as gunshots and looting hampered the evacuation of desperate crowds trying to escape Hurricane Katrina's destruction. "This is a desperate SOS," Mayor Ray Nagin said in a statement read by CNN. Some of the thousands of hungry, thirsty storm survivors outside the city's convention center chanted similar pleas. Here are some key ways to help the struggling victims of one of the worst natural disasters in American history: AMERICAN RED CROSS: All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by...
  • Australian's struggle in New Orleans - (No decision yet to aid "richest country in the world")

    09/01/2005 1:29:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies · 1,109+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | September 1, 2005 | Jano Gibson
    .......AAP reports: No Australian citizens appear to have been killed or injured in Hurricane Katrina, Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer said today. "We've been surprised by how few calls we've had to our consular operations branch in DFAT, the Foreign Affairs Department, because we thought there may be more Australians affected in New Orleans than turned out to be the case," Mr Downer told ABC Radio. "We know of a small number of Australians who have been there. We have no reports though of Australian injuries or deaths. We'll just have to keep waiting to see." Mr Downer said...
  • Big relief effort meets Katrina

    08/30/2005 10:15:25 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 139 replies · 15,361+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 30, 2005 | Kris Axtman
    <p>Early deployment of rescue teams and aid may prove key to the response.</p> <p>HOUSTON - Even before hurricane Katrina made landfall Monday, a massive relief brigade - one that officials hoped would be an equal match for a huge Category 4 storm - was being deployed to help residents along Louisiana's low-lying coast.</p>
  • AS HURRICANE KATRINA ROCKS GULF, CATHOLIC CHARITIES PREPARES FOR MASSIVE RELIEF EFFORT

    08/30/2005 8:49:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 64 replies · 1,518+ views
    EWTNews.com ^ | 08-29-05 | EWTN
      AS HURRICANE KATRINA ROCKS GULF, CATHOLIC CHARITIES PREPARES FOR MASSIVE RELIEF EFFORT New Orleans, Aug. 29, 2005 (CNA) - As Hurricane Katrina makes landfall, and as New Orleans and the U.S. gulf coast brace for what some meteorologists have called a “worst case scenario”, Catholic Charities USA has already begun collecting donations for the massive relief efforts which are sure to follow.Spokesperson Shelly Borysiewicz, reported that the group is “collecting financial donations to help communities recover from the damage brought on by Hurricane Katrina. Donations will be used to fund local Catholic Charities agencies’ emergency and long-term disaster...
  • Tsunami Tyranny (long, Pro US Military, Anti-Gov Charity)

    02/13/2005 11:31:40 AM PST · by traviskicks · 8 replies · 495+ views
    Tsunami Tyranny On February 2nd, 2005 US President George W. Bush said in his State Of the Union Address: The only force powerful enough to stop the rise of tyranny and terror, and replace hatred with hope, is the force of human freedom. (1) The attack on freedom in our world has reaffirmed our confidence in freedom's power to change the world. We are all part of a great venture: To extend the promise of freedom in our country, to renew the values that sustain our liberty, and to spread the peace that freedom brings. (2) How can we define...
  • U.S. Aircraft Carrier Leaves Tsunami Zone

    02/03/2005 1:12:25 PM PST · by 68skylark · 35 replies · 776+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 3, 2005 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    ABOARD THE USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (AP) -- The U.S. aircraft carrier that led a massive tsunami relief operation steamed away from the disaster zone Thursday after a mission that helped repair America's bruised image in the world's most heavily populated Muslim nation. The USS Abraham Lincoln, with a crew of 5,300, formed the core of the largest foreign military deployment in the area and the most extensive U.S. operation in Southeast Asia since the Vietnam War. Helicopters from the ship flew hundreds of missions to deliver food, water and other aid along the devastated western coast of the Indonesian island...
  • USS Essex Hits The Million Mark

    02/02/2005 8:20:07 PM PST · by Viking8 · 14 replies · 629+ views
    USS Essex Hits The Million Mark for Operation Unified Assistance By Chief Journalist Christina Johnson Navy News Service January 27, 2005 ABOARD USS ESSEX,, At Sea - Since arriving on station off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, USS Essex (LHD 2) has delivered more than 1 million pounds of humanitarian aid to tsunami survivors in the northern areas of the island. = This outstanding accomplishment was completed in eight days from Jan. 18 through Jan. 25. The Navy's only forward-deployed amphibious assault ship was able to move the enormous amount of supplies with the help of various helicopters and landing...
  • US Navy officer attacks 'travelling circus of aid workers' ..

    01/29/2005 6:10:22 PM PST · by 1066AD · 55 replies · 2,643+ views
    Daily Telegraph (UK) Online ^ | 1/30/2005 | Philip Sherwell and Inigo Gilmore
    US Navy officer attacks 'travelling circus of aid workers' for impeding the tsunami relief effort in Indonesia By Philip Sherwell in Washington and Inigo Gilmore in Banda Aceh (Filed: 30/01/2005) A US Navy officer serving on the Abraham Lincoln, the aircraft carrier at the heart of the Indonesia tsunami relief effort, has attacked United Nations officials, aid workers and the media for impeding flights to help the survivors. Criticising their behaviour and demands, the officer declared: "My warship has been transformed into a floating hotel for a bunch of trifling do-gooders." The relief effort has been a 'frustrating and needlessly...
  • No Relief in Sight for the Lincoln

    01/21/2005 4:25:40 AM PST · by billorites · 15 replies · 1,865+ views
    Soldiers for The Truth ^ | January 20, 2005 | "Ed Stanton"
    It has been three weeks since my ship, the USS Abraham Lincoln, arrived off the Sumatran coast to aid the hundreds of thousands of victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami that ravaged their coastline. I’d like to say that this has been a rewarding experience for us, but it has not: Instead, it has been a frustrating and needlessly dangerous exercise made even more difficult by the Indonesian government and a traveling circus of so-called aid workers who have invaded our spaces. What really irritated me was a scene I witnessed in the Lincoln’s wardroom a few days ago. I...
  • Keep an Eye on the Tsunami Funds

    01/27/2005 2:46:02 PM PST · by Marguerite · 36 replies · 684+ views
    Frontpagemag ^ | January 27, 2005 | Mark L. Solberg and Brigitte Gabriel
    From those wonderful folks who brought you the Iraqi oil-for-food corruption scandal, we have United Nations-coordinated Tsunami disaster relief. And what a relief that will be. Shortly after the tsunami struck, two things happened. First, the United States went into action. Hundreds of thousands of tsunami survivors were -- and are still -- threatened by disease, thirst and starvation. President Bush directed all branches of the US military to deliver on-scene, as soon as possible, all available assets capable of providing assistance and relief. When it comes to providing immediate, tangible aid -- emergency medical treatment and water purification facilities...
  • Indonesian anti-graft activist charged with stealing relief aid

    01/27/2005 6:21:54 AM PST · by flitton · 8 replies · 235+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | 27/01/05 | unattributed
    JAKARTA - A leading Indonesian anti-corruption activist has been detained by police in tsunami-ravaged Aceh province for allegedly stealing trucks of relief material meant for disaster survivors, police said on Thursday. Farid Faqih, director of the Government Watch independent watchdog, has been charged with hiding aid supplies in a warehouse, the director for special crimes, Suharto, told Elshinta radio. Reports said Faqih was working as a partner to the UN agency World Food Program and had unhindered access to tonnes of aid supplies at the airbase in the provincial capital Banda Aceh. Faqih was arrested Wednesday by airforce officers after...
  • No Relief in Sight for the Lincoln

    01/22/2005 8:45:24 PM PST · by StoneGiant · 39 replies · 5,262+ views
    Defense Watch ^ | 1/20/2005 | Ed Stanton
    DefenseWatch "The Voice of the Grunt" 01-20-2005 Guest Column: No Relief in Sight for the Lincoln By Ed Stanton  It has been three weeks since my ship, the USS Abraham Lincoln, arrived off the Sumatran coast to aid the hundreds of thousands of victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami that ravaged their coastline. I’d like to say that this has been a rewarding experience for us, but it has not: Instead, it has been a frustrating and needlessly dangerous exercise made even more difficult by the Indonesian government and a traveling circus of so-called aid workers who have invaded our spaces. What really irritated...
  • Aid Groups Worry About U.S. Tsunami Effort(DON'T LEAVE YET!)

    01/21/2005 4:01:17 PM PST · by Pikamax · 5 replies · 391+ views
    AP ^ | 01/21/05 | LELY T. DJUHARI
    Aid Groups Worry About U.S. Tsunami Effort Email this Story Jan 21, 9:11 AM (ET) By LELY T. DJUHARI BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) - Aid groups warned on Friday it might be too soon for the U.S. military to scale back its emergency operations for Asia's tsunami victims, while an informal cease-fire between Indonesian troops and rebels appeared to have collapsed, threatening to derail relief efforts. Following a U.S. announcement on Thursday that American forces would begin immediately transferring responsibility for relief operations to the "appropriate host nations and international organizations," some aid groups expressed concern that the move came...
  • No Relief in Sight for the Lincoln

    01/21/2005 4:53:18 AM PST · by gura · 31 replies · 1,452+ views
    Soldiers For The Truth ^ | 1/20/2005 | Ed Stanton
    Guest Column: No Relief in Sight for the Lincoln By Ed Stanton It has been three weeks since my ship, the USS Abraham Lincoln, arrived off the Sumatran coast to aid the hundreds of thousands of victims of the Dec. 26 tsunami that ravaged their coastline. I’d like to say that this has been a rewarding experience for us, but it has not: Instead, it has been a frustrating and needlessly dangerous exercise made even more difficult by the Indonesian government and a traveling circus of so-called aid workers who have invaded our spaces. What really irritated me was a...
  • Wake Up, Nimrods! Our Servicemen Being Dissed By Tsunami Relief Workers

    01/21/2005 2:30:28 PM PST · by lowbridge · 33 replies · 1,426+ views
    -snip- My warship had been transformed into a floating hotel for a bunch of trifling do-gooders overnight. As I went through the breakfast line, I overheard one of the U.N. strap-hangers, a longhaired guy with a beard, make a sarcastic comment to one of our food servers. He said something along the lines of “Nice china, really makes me feel special,” in reference to the fact that we were eating off of paper plates that day. It was all I could do to keep from jerking him off his feet and choking him, because I knew that the reason we...
  • 9.0 on ungrateful scale-Thanks for the help, but now get out,Indonesian veep tells U.S. soldiers

    01/13/2005 4:09:46 AM PST · by kattracks · 168 replies · 20,525+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 1/13/05 | CORKY SIEMASZKO
    The Indonesian government yesterday showed its appreciation to U.S. soldiers who have been risking their lives helping tsunami victims by ordering them to get out of the country by the end of March. "Three months are enough," Vice President Jusuf Kalla told the official Antara news agency. "In fact, the sooner [they leave] the better." Kalla's government also forced the Abraham Lincoln, from which Navy pilots have flown dozens of food supply missions to the hard-hit Aceh Province, to steam out of Indonesian waters because they refused to let U.S. pilots fly training missions in their air space. The...
  • Indonesia denies U.S. pilots use of airspace; carrier leaves

    01/12/2005 11:19:43 PM PST · by kattracks · 233 replies · 6,879+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 1/13/05 | Denis D. Gray, AP
    ABOARD THE USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN — The aircraft carrier leading the U.S. military's tsunami relief effort steamed out of Indonesian waters yesterday after the country declined to let the ship's fighter pilots use its airspace for training missions — part of a broad effort by Indonesia to reassert control over its territory.     The USS Abraham Lincoln's diversion, which was not expected to affect aid flights, came as the White House asked the Indonesian government to explain why it appears to be demanding that the U.S. military and other foreign troops providing disaster relief leave the country by the end...
  • US marines undertake "gut-wrenching" clean up in Sri Lanka

    01/11/2005 2:08:59 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 30 replies · 1,352+ views
    AFP ^ | Tue Jan 11, 3:19 AM ET | AFP
    GINTOTA, Sri Lanka (AFP) - Despite their training and combat experience, the US marines working in tsunami-hit Sri Lanka admit that picking through the shattered remains of peoples' lives has been a heart-rending exercise. A few dozen of around 400 marines stationed in or off the southern city of Galle pick up brick after broken brick, the pieces left behind after the Asian tsunami ravaged the seaside village of Gintota. Like survivors right across the three-quarters of Sri Lanka's coastal belt obliterated by the December 26 tsunami, they use their hands -- some gloved in black leather or khaki wool,...
  • S.J. nurse headed for tsunami zone

    01/09/2005 5:37:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 193+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Sun, Jan. 09, 2005 | Glennda Chui
    Jeanie Schmidt, a trauma nurse who works at Kaiser hospitals in Santa Clara and Oakland, considers herself one of the lucky ones: She was headed to the tsunami disaster zone Saturday with a group of 25 doctors and nurses from a relief organization. But many other medical workers have been frustrated in their desire to offer hands-on help. The logistics of getting there are daunting, and relief groups are swamped with experienced volunteers. ``There are so many of us who want to get there and help,'' Schmidt said Friday, as she scrambled to buy medical supplies, hiking boots, a water...
  • Tsunami 'Core Group' of Relief Nations Disbanded

    01/06/2005 5:44:18 AM PST · by flitton · 86 replies · 1,184+ views
    reuters ^ | 06/01/04 | Arshad Mohammed
    JAKARTA (Reuters) - An effort by the United States, Japan, India and Australia to coordinate tsunami relief will be disbanded and folded into broader U.N.-led operations, Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Thursday. The group's creation was announced by President Bush just eight days ago as he tried to dispel criticism that the initial U.S. response to the catastrophe was slow. Some analysts saw it as an effort to appear engaged. But U.S. officials said the group, later expanded to include Canada and the Netherlands, had already served its purpose by jump-starting aid efforts to devastated regions following the...
  • UN seeks immediate tsunami cash

    01/06/2005 2:44:04 AM PST · by flitton · 18 replies · 605+ views
    bbc ^ | 06/01/05 | unattributed
    UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has urged international donors to convert pledges of aid for the tsunami victims into $1bn cash for immediate use. At the Indonesia aid conference, Mr Annan said there was "a race against time" to prevent another sharp rise in the death toll, now over 140,000. Global pledges exceed $3bn but promises have not always come good in the past. The EU is the latest international body to offer increased aid, pledging 100m euros ($132m) to the immediate effort. Secretary of State Colin Powell said the group - which includes India, Australia and Japan - had...
  • Agencies say money is the answer (money - not food - is needed...)

    01/03/2005 11:23:21 PM PST · by traumer · 7 replies · 472+ views
    BBC ^ | 3 January, 2005
    Aid agencies have said it is money - and not food, clothing, bedding or medicines - that the victims of the Asian tsunami need. They have also been inundated with offers of help from would-be volunteers, many of them qualified tradespeople who want to work on rebuilding shattered communities. Most have had to be turned down, although Oxfam has said it wants 10,000 people to help in its charity stores. And BT is preparing to fly out seven telecommunications engineers to help restore phone services on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Basic goods As pledges from the UK public reached...