In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, it seems to be pretty clear that residents of New York City and the surrounding areas could use all the help they can get.
However, a Davisburg man said some people in the area are more interested in "protecting their turf" than in distributing those supplies to the masses.
Mike James, an independent trucker, said he and three other truckers were told to haul a load of transformers to the city to replace equipment anticipated to be lost in the storm.
James, two men from Holly and a Flint man arrived in the city Tuesday night and slept in their trucks before attempting to deliver the 144 transformers to emergency workers.
When they arrived Wednesday, they were turned away by Con Edison employees because they were not union workers.
"These transformers here, I don't know how many lines they would power or how many homes they would power, but just the fact that they were supposed to be going to help people, and these union guys care more about protecting their turf -- I got a very sour taste in my mouth about New York City people," James said.
The transformers weren't the only help to be turned away.
"Utility crews came up from Alabama," James said.
"They called them scabs and sent them home. They said those people from Alabama were taking food out of their families' mouths."
Glenmore, it would not surprise me that independent truckers and utility workers were turned away in NYC when I think of the union behavior in Wisconsin; those people were thugs. I doubt the people who needed help would turn down the help.
New Yorkers - apparently you don't need any help. Your Con Ed Union workers said so
Posted by: Frank G ||
11/04/2012 9:39 Comments ||
JohnQC, it would not surprise me if the story was true; it would not surprise me if it was 'embellished'; it does not surprise me that the media did not confirm it. At this point I trust no one, I just distrust some more than others.
The Letter of Assent, which The Daily Caller obtained from the Florida Municipal Electric Association, demanded 11 separate financial commitments from municipal power companies and electrical cooperatives in the Sunshine State. The agreement, for any utility that decided to sign it, would have been in force from Oct. 29 to Nov. 29.
Barry Moline, the associations executive director, told TheDC that by Nov. 1 the union, based in the central Long Island town of Hauppauge, had relented and stopped insisting that nonunion crews pay dues and other union fees.
[Washington Examiner] President B.O.'s Energy Department is tapping the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, a component of Strategic Petroleum Reserve, to alleviate the diesel fuel shortage brought on by Hurricane Sandy hitting the northeastern part of the country.
"Today's announcement is part of the broader federal effort to respond to those impacted by Hurricane Sandy," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement on the decision to loan diesel fuel to the Defense Department, which is engaged in a variety of disaster response efforts pertaining to the hurricane.
DOD will pull 2 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel out of the reserve, "which will be distributed to state, local and federal responders in the New York/New Jersey area, will be used to provide additional supplies to ensure continued response and recovery efforts. This includes fuel for emergency equipment and buildings, including electrical generators, water pumps, GSA buildings, trucks and other vehicles," according to DOE.
As long as that fuel is delivered by Teamsters, it will be ok, of course. /sarcasm
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia ||
11/04/2012 0:17 Comments ||
I'm confused; tapping the Home Heating Oil Reserve will alleviate diesel fuel shortage? But heating oil won't run diesels and having ultra-low sulfur diesel for heating oil is incredibly wasteful. But I forgot - it's a gov't program, so of course it's wasteful.
I paid $3.14 at Fort Benning yesterday. (which is the local free-market average) The irony is, there's plenty of oil right now. With so many gas stations closed due to electrical shortages and people staying home from work and travel, demand has actually dropped.
Declining demand results in an oil surplus and lower prices. An infusion of oil (bought by the US Gov't at a premium) will only cock-up the market process. That oil, when purchased and replaced once again, will be bought at (yes) at a premium price.
Proving once again our Champ knows little of economics, but a great deal about media impacts on the simple minded.
The NYC people in the clobbered areas need: Food, water, shelter, medicines/medical help, police protection, adequate clothing as a survival basic. Next they need to get the power back on and things cleaned up. If Bloomberg or the Feds can't do that, then they ought to get the hell out of the way and let someone else do it.
"Chu said, "we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe."
That's easy. Just tax it to death.
Gas price in Germany: 1 gallon would amount to $7.75
Posted by: European Conservative ||
11/04/2012 9:55 Comments ||
There are various components to oil 'Reserves' - originally they were oil fields which had been discovered but not placed on production (Teapot Dome scandal involved such, IIRC), the 'Strategic Petrolum Reserve', which involved underground storage caverns into which oil purchased by the government is pumped, and this thing called Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, which I had not heard of. By its title one would be led to believe it held heating oil to be fed into the local market if there was a critical short-term shortage (or if a politician needed some votes), but apparently it must include millions of gallons of prime diesel fuel (which one would/should not use for home heating - though in a pinch we did use a can of kerosene to get through a frigid night.)
That's exactly what it is Glemore. A frankly I think the feds have jumped on the opportunity to dump it. Gas is taking over even the last hold outs in the NE.
It was indeed a strategic assets, but it's time has gone.
Nearly 500 former military admirals and generals are poised to endorse Mitt Romney, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
The group will post a full page ad in the Washington Times on Monday. The advertisement will have the headline, We, the undersigned, proudly support Governor Mitt Romney as our nations next President and Commander-in-Chief, followed by the names of the former military commanders.
The order was put out as long lines formed Saturday after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Defense Department was opening mobile fuel stations in New York City and on Long Island
The government says the public should stay away from free New York fuel stations until emergency responders get their gas.
National Guard Col. Richard Goldenberg said Saturday afternoon that people who were already at the distribution sites would not be turned away.
But he says the priority would be giving gas to law enforcement agents, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders. That included gas for their personal vehicles, if necessary, so they could get to work.
Long lines of vehicles and pedestrians formed after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the U.S. Department of Defense was opening the mobile fuel stations in New York City and on suburban Long Island.
The state Division of Military and Naval Affairs then asked the public to stay away until more fuel is released.
It would seem the military has a good track record of moving fuel into war zones and up into forward operating bases to fuel generators, etc. It's not like the first time we have done this sort of thing. Does bureaucracy forget what its learned after each crisis?
Someobne can tallmwhat i the hell is an whwta use i for a comunity organizer? Telling people what slogans to cahant? Nobody is going topay thema cent for it so what they do for aliving? (OK,one of them has got a wellpaid job but what what about the others?.
Also about _that_ commuisty organizer, amI the only one to find fishjy that he can spend twenty million dollars in a house? Neither the salry of a junior senator noir the one of the POTUS allos to make so much money.Where does it come from?
When gas rationing occured in the late 70's due to an oil embargo, the public was warned first responders would get priority if things got serious enough, however, it never was implemented. It was considered a last resort, rather than this decision.
Finishing him -- if you haven't seen it -- it's worth the look -- From Saturday night in Colorado -- Romney's closing speech --- it lets you know, "I started out voting against Obama.... now? I'm voting for Romney.
The only thing that surprises me about this one is that they were arrested.
Four men caught in a Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA) truck full of Romney/Ryan signs were issued summons for receiving stolen property early Friday morning in Perrysburg. Local police responded after residents reported seeing men stealing Romney signs in the middle of the night.
A Perrysburg Police incident report published by the Ohio Liberty Coalition listed four adult males: Corey Beaubien, Christopher Monaghan, Sean Bresler, and John Russell. The police report indicated the vehicle in question was registered to SMWIA Local 33 of Parma.
John Russell and Chris Monaghan are listed as Business Agents for the union's Toledo district on the SMWIA Local 33 website.
Additionally, Facebook accounts appearing to belong to Beaubien, Monaghan, and Russell identify the three as employees of SMWIA Local 33.
Monaghan, age 41, uses as his profile picture a ¡°Yes on 2¡å logo supporting the ballot issue from union front Voters First Ohio. He lists The Ed Show on MSNBC as his favorite TV show, and ¡°Likes¡± union front We Are Ohio as well as a page titled ¡°I will vote for Barack Obama in 2012.¡±
Russell, age 39, ¡°Likes¡± Obama for America ¨C Ohio.
Beaubien, age 37, ¡°Likes¡± Barack Obama, Obama for America ¨C Ohio, and Sherrod Brown.
The Sheet Metal Workers' Local 33 Toledo page on Facebook is awash in liberal talking points promoting Obama and attacking Romney. An October 27 status update pleading with members to help distribute campaign literature closed with, "We have 10 days left lets not wake up on Wednesday with our heads hung low because we lost. Remember right to work for less will be the death of us all"
It's interesting that immediately after 9/11 'revenge/retribution/retaliation' against the enemy who could not be named was a notion that even the nominally hawkish Republican administration abhorred.
'Infinite Justice' implied punishment, so it was substituted by 'Enduring Freedom.'
Yet when it comes to electoral politics the nominally dovish Obama talks freely about 'revenge' and 'punishing enemies.' Obama's 'enemy' isn't nameless either. The enemy is Romney and the Republicans.
Imagine the outcry if Romney had promised a policy of revenge and punishment for the Taliban and all Afghans who support them.
[Fox News] Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and the starting lineup of the Dallas Cowboys, including Quarterback Tony Romo, were names that ACORN workers attempted to register to vote during the 2008 presidential election.
The ensuing outrage sparked a voter registration fraud scandal that helped lead to the activist group's demise, and put new focus on the integrity of third-party voter registration efforts during Presidential elections.
Now, four years later, the name: John Adolf Hitler, was one of those turned in on a voter registration form collected by another group in Cincinnati, according to the Hamilton County Board of Elections.
"It's certainly not a joke. In Ohio, that kind of activity is a felony," says Alex Triantafilou, an Elections Board member who also serves as the Chairman of the county's Republican party.
"Any person who would engage in that kind of conduct with something as serious to our democracy as voting, is highly irresponsible and potentially criminal...We have someone doctoring registrations, and the next step would be a serious move toward fraudulent voting. We are worried about it."
The listing, "Adolf Hitler, John...666 Heltz...la," puts his supposed residence in Los Angeles. "And the house number of the beast is six hundred sixty and six..."
It was part of a batch of roughly 200 voter registrations that election officials say were flagged as possibly fraudulent, forged, or duplicated by the group that collected them, FieldWorks, a private Washington, D.C. based firm.
FieldWorks, says it works largely with Democratic candidates, causes and progressive organizations collecting signatures for voter registration or ballot initiatives across the country.
"We have a zero tolerance for fraud," FieldWorks co-owner Chris Galloway told Fox News, defending his firm.
"Not only is the employee committing fraud, but he is stealing from us."
The case echoes multiple voter registration fraud allegations against the now defunct community-organizing group ACORN, and FieldWorks says it has fired two workers in Cincinnati whom they suspect may have been forging cards.
Galloway told Fox News that it was his firm that first brought the registration of " Hitler" to the attention of election authorities.
"I like to think that we do a lot of good work," Galloway told us. "A lot of people have gotten a black eye. We've seen the stories out of Florida, on ACORN...we want to make these operations, which in the past have not been great, to focus on quality control."
He says the firm scrutinizes every voter registration form that it turned in to election boards, and even gives canvassers GPS cell phones to ensure that they "are not at their home forging applications."
ACORN workers had admitted they did just that.
Gathering signatures was too difficult, said one ACORN worker in Seattle, so he went home and filled out the forms while he "smoked marijuana."
There are also allegations of forged FieldWorks forms in Cleveland.
Elections officials in Cuyahoga County tell Fox News that they have referred three FieldWorks canvassers to the local prosecutor, after finding signatures that they believe are fraudulent on petitions to get an initiative on the ballot.
"We had problems with FieldWorks," charges Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Deputy Chairman Pat McDonald.
"We found multiple individuals where it looked like it was the same signature from the circulator who was circulating the petitions...we want to make sure there is no potential fraud in any entity of elections administration."
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