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  • Thousands of Caribbean hurricane evacuees arrive at Port Everglades

    10/04/2017 6:40:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Miami Sun Sentinel ^ | October 3, 2017 | Arlene Satchell
    A mix of emotions filled the air at Port Everglades on Tuesday as hurricane refugees from the eastern Caribbean hugged loved ones, burst into tears of joy and flashed broad smiles after reaching a safe haven from the storm-devastated islands they once called home. Arriving aboard the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship that dropped anchor were 3,336 evacuees from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — weary but relieved — many with beloved pets in tow.
  • Get Out of the Way

    10/04/2017 7:04:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | October 4, 2017 | John Stossel
    The hurricane devastation is severe. What should the federal government do? Give us lots of money, say many. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, demanded $150 billion -- just for Texas. So far, Congress has agreed to $15 billion in hurricane relief. But more will come. Few Americans will object. The House vote for the first $7.9 billion was 419-3. But let's take a breath. Why is rebuilding the federal government's responsibility? Clearly, only the feds can send in the military and some other first responders. After Hurricane Irma, 13,000 National Guard soldiers from 22 states helped rescue and evacuate people....
  • CBS4 Exclusive: Business Owner Says Looters Victimize 32 Metro PCS Stores During Irma

    09/21/2017 7:37:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    CBS 4 Miami ^ | September 20, 2017 | Peter D'Oench
    The owner of a Metro PCS store says he has learned that 32 Metro PCS stores in South Florida were victimized by looters as Hurricane Irma was bearing down on the area. Sam Brejt tells CBS4’s Peter D’Oench in an exclusive interview that looters struck his store at 254 N.W. 36th St. sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 10th. Brejt says the criminals drove their truck through the front glass door, causing $10,000 worth of damage just to the door itself.
  • Hours After Hurricane Irma, Miami-Dade County Tickets Residents For Code Violations

    09/19/2017 5:42:52 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 75 replies
    Mere hours after Hurricane Irma, Miami-Dade County was ticketing residents for building code violations on their wrecked properties. Celso Perez was helping his neighbors remove some fallen trees blocking their street when a county code enforcer rolled up and issued him a safety notice for having a downed fence. "I laughed," Perez tells WSVN-TV. "I thought he was kidding. 'You are kidding right? We just had a hurricane six hours ago.'" It wasn't a joke. The official told Perez that the downed fence—which encloses a pool—was a safety hazard, and that if it wasn't fixed by the time he returned,...
  • Hurricane Irma: Pope Francis condemns climate change sceptics

    09/11/2017 6:36:31 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 63 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11th September 2017 | BBC News
    Pope Francis has warned history will judge world leaders who do not act as he blasted climate change sceptics in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. The pontiff said the recent storms meant the effects of climate change could be seen "with your own eyes". There have been four major Atlantic hurricanes in less than three weeks. But US Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt said it was an inappropriate time to discuss what role climate change may have played. Mr Pruitt - who has previously said he "would not agree" carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global...
  • Trump touches down in Florida after flying over hurricane-ravaged state: [tr]

    09/14/2017 11:06:36 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 4 replies
    U.K. Daily Mail ^ | 9/14/2017 | Geoff Earle
    (full article title: Trump touches down in Florida after flying over hurricane-ravaged state: President and Melania hand out sandwiches to victims before surveying Irma's aftermath as he praises recovery efforts) President Donald Trump flew to hurricane-devastated Florida to view recovery efforts, meet with residents who had their lives upended by the latest storm, and give a political plug to the state's GOP governor, Rick Scott. 'This is a state that I know very well as you understand,' the president said after meeting with Floridians in Naples. 'These are special, special people and we love 'em.' 'We love these people -...
  • Trump and Melania Pass Out Bananas in Florida

    09/14/2017 3:10:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Rush ^ | September 14, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Trump’s down in Florida, gets off the airplane and goes… (scoffs) Folks, you know what I just saw? They’re passing out bananas in the food tent. Trump and Melania and the team, they’re passing out bananas. You know what this gonna lead to? You know damn well what this is gonna lead to. I got a bad feeling. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: No, bananas are actually the perfect food for the weather conditions in Florida, for heat and humidity. For replenishing electrolytes and the things that are necessary to keep your body functioning, bananas are the perfect food. You may...
  • Why Does God Permit Natural Disasters?

    09/14/2017 11:26:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies ^ | September 14, 2017 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    Like many Americans during the past three weeks, I've been bombarded by news about the destructive power of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. The stories are of misery, death, and destruction. The misery, death, and destruction are acutely difficult to accept because they have been visited upon innocents. I say that knowledgeable of the ancient argument that our personal and collective sinfulness has merited our pain. Yet that raises this question: Does anyone really deserve personal ruination because of personal sin, particularly from a God whose Son said He came to call sinners and not the...
  • Meteorologist: Rush Is Right on Hurricanes

    09/13/2017 1:39:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Rush ^ | September 13, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Chuck in Portland. It’s great to have you, sir. How are you doing? CALLER: Hey, Rush. Glad to be on your show this morning. RUSH: Great to have you here. I appreciate your call. These people in Hollywood are absolutely bonkers. They’re nuts. They don’t know what they’re talking about. Even the ones in academia are giving half-truths about how these hurricanes really behave and hyping climate change because that’s where the universities make their money off this. Michael Mann is one of them, the way he talked about Harvey. But think of a hurricane, Rush — and you’ve...
  • Chainsaw-wielding nun clears debris from Irma

    09/13/2017 10:34:25 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | September 12, 2017 | Jason Kurtz
    (CNN)Across the state of Florida, and up into Georgia and South Carolina, images of first responders have become a welcome sight amid the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. But among the usual uniforms -- those of police, firefighters and paramedics -- a nun's habit stands out. And when said nun is wielding a chainsaw, well, that is something that can renew faith in even the most downtrodden. "There was a need, I had the means, so I wanted to help out," Sister Margaret Ann told Erin Burnett on Tuesday evening. A 30-year education veteran from Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School...
  • The Best-Kept Secret in Disaster Relief: Southern Baptists

    09/13/2017 10:13:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/13/2017 | John Ellis
    As Hurricane Irma leaves behind a trail of destruction and pain, the nation again turns its eyes to disaster relief. Just a few weeks ago, Hurricane Harvey brought out the best in many of us. Desiring to aid victims in Texas, celebrities traded on their popularity to encourage donations and volunteers. Average citizens opened up their wallets, gave of their time, and expended energy as they rushed to help fellow citizens. Local non-profits and large multi-national corporations alike demonstrated that compassion is a universal trait of humanity. No doubt, the response to Hurricane Irma will be just as compassionate and swift.As people and organizations rush to Florida to aid...
  • MSNBC's Brian Williams Encourages Viewers to Share Storm Photos, ‘Pretend’ They’re Their Own

    09/12/2017 6:55:28 PM PDT · by kevcol · 29 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 11, 2017 | Kristine Marsh
    While discussing a photo reporters in Tampa, Florida had taken of the intense winds, Williams instructed Florida viewers to not take similar photos of their own. Instead, he suggested they steal this photo, share it, and “pretend you shot it.” “We’ll look the other way,” he helpfully added.
  • CNN, MSNBC Bash Trump’s ‘Climate Deniers’ for Not Hyping Hurricane Connection

    09/12/2017 3:25:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | September 12, 2017 | Scott Whitlock
    The journalists on MSNBC and CNN on Tuesday continued to be annoyed that Donald Trump hasn’t connected Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to global warming. MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle offered a snide aside in a story on Pope Francis. She began,“ In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Pope Francis is criticizing climate change deniers.”  Going off script, Ruhle mocked the head of Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency: “You hear that, Scott Pruitt?” The co-anchor continued, “Speaking to reporters as he flew over devastated areas in the Caribbean, the Pope warned history will judge the world leaders who do not act.” Snide MSNBC Uses Pope...
  • Aircraft carrier is rushed to the hurricane-battered Keys

    09/12/2017 7:00:19 AM PDT · by shove_it · 59 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 12 Sep 2017 | JENNIFER KAY AND DOUG FERGUSON
    MIAMI Authorities sent an aircraft carrier and other Navy ships to help with search-and-rescue operations in Florida on Monday as a flyover of the hurricane-battered Keys yielded what the governor said were scenes of devastation. "I just hope everyone survived," Gov. Rick Scott said. He said boats were cast ashore, water, sewers and electricity were knocked out, and "I don't think I saw one trailer park where almost everything wasn't overturned." Authorities also struggled to clear the single highway connecting the string of islands to the mainland. ... He said the Navy dispatched the USS Iwo Jima, USS New York...
  • Hurricane Irma: 800 tractor trailers part of massive FEMA staging point in Alabama

    09/12/2017 5:48:31 AM PDT · by commish · 35 replies
    Al.Com ^ | Sep 8, 2017 | Leada Gore
    As many as 800 tractor trailers loaded with relief supplies are at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery waiting to be deployed to Florida and Georgia as the areas brace for Hurricane Irma. Col. Eric K. Shafa, Commander of the 42nd Air Base Wing at Maxwell, said the installation is serving as staging area for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Tractor trailers began rolling into Maxwell yesterday and will be deployed, if needed, after the storm. The trucks contain supplies such as water, food, generators and cots. "This is a significant hurricane and our hearts and prayers go out to...
  • Hurricane Irma leaves these residents stranded. And many are elderly Hispanics.

    09/12/2017 6:28:07 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | September 12, 2017 | SYDNEY PEREIRA
    Many asked in Spanish—was it discrimination because they were Latino? They didn’t know what to do or where to go. Civic Towers had visible damage on the sides of the building where the walls had fallen off. Trees blocked several roads nearby the buildings. Though the entrances were blocked with plywood, windows into residents' apartments were not shuttered.
  • The Eye of the Storm

    09/12/2017 3:50:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    American ^ | September 12, 2017 | David Prentice
    Ben Franklin is quoted as saying to the Constitutional Convention in June of 1787: “I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?” The storm in Texas was lethal and destructive in countless ways. The misery, death, and devastation was on display for a week. Nothing can be said to ease the pain of those who...
  • Violence Erupts on Desperate Caribbean Islands: ‘All the Food Is Gone’

    09/10/2017 10:14:03 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 137 replies
    NYT ^ | 9/10/17
    At dawn, people began to gather, quietly planning for survival after Hurricane Irma. They started with the grocery stores, scavenging what they needed for sustenance: water, crackers, fruit. But by nightfall on Thursday, what had been a search for food took a more menacing turn, as groups of looters, some of them armed, swooped in and took whatever of value was left: electronics, appliances and vehicles. “All the food is gone now,” Jacques Charbonnier, a 63-year-old resident of St. Martin, said in an interview on Sunday. “People are fighting in the streets for what is left.”
  • State Dept. Forces Stranded U.S. Citizens to Foot the Bill for Hurricane Rescue

    09/11/2017 2:59:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 11, 2017 | Adam Kredo
    The State Department requires that all U.S. citizens in need of rescue from hurricane-struck areas first sign a promissory note requiring them to pay back the U.S. government all costs associated with their rescue, such as airfare, according to a copy of that form obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Some U.S. citizens seeking evacuation from islands hit by Hurricane Irma expressed surprise when they were presented with the form, ensuring that all costs associated with the rescue all fully paid back to the U.S. government. "I promise to repay the U.S. government in U.S. dollars or the foreign currency...
  • Florida will be hotter than hell after Irma turns off AC

    09/11/2017 1:47:17 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 51 replies ^ | 09/11/2017 | Max Jaeger
    First the squalls, then the swelter. Nearly a million Miami-area residents lacking electricity and air conditioning are bracing for oppressively hot weather on the heels of Hurricane Irma. Almost three-quarters of Florida Power and Light’s 1.1 million customers in Miami-Dade County have no power, and officials are warning it could be weeks before electricity is restored, according to a Sun-Sentinel report. And temperatures are set to soar: Sweltering air and humidity are expected to broil Miami with a heat index as high as 108 degrees over the next four days, according to AccuWeather...