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Nothing New to Sandy

Westchester County, as well as the Northeast, is suffering from the hangover of Hurricane Sandy.

We hope that those whom are without power (and there are many!) will soon have the power turned back on.  In the meantime, this is when friends, and neighbors come together.  Volunteers, and civil servants are doing all they can to help speed along the recovery process.  The reality is that in some cases it may be weeks before power comes back to some homes.  Hopefully patience will be in abundance.

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An obvious statement: natural disasters are just that...natural. 

There is nothing new about devastating hurricanes.  They happen all the time. 

Did you know about the Long Island Express Hurricane of 1938?:

The hurricane was estimated to have killed between 682 and 800 people, damaged or destroyed over 57,000 homes, and caused property losses estimated at US$306 million ($4.7 Billion in 2012). Even as late as 1951,damaged trees and buildings were still seen in the affected areas.

Or have you heard of the "Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635"?:

It would likely have been a Category 4 or 5 hurricane further south in the Atlantic, and it was at least a strong Category 3 hurricane at landfall with 125 mph (201 km/h) sustained winds and a central pressure of 938 mbar (27.7 inHg) at the Long Island landfall and 939 mbar (27.7 inHg) at the mainland landfall. This would be the most intense known hurricane landfall north of North Carolina. Jarvinen noted that the GCH may have caused the highest storm surge along the east coast of the U.S. in recorded history: 20 feet (6.1 m) near the head of Narragansett Bay. He concluded that "this was probably the most intense hurricane in New England history."

An erosional scarp in the western Gulf of Maine may be a trace of the Great Colonial Hurricane.

In between there were two notables: Hurricane of 1821 and the Hurricane of 1893.

All told there have been at least 84 tropical storms/hurricanes to hit the New York area since the 17th century.  Who knows how many came to this area before we began to track hurricanes?

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Hurricane Sandy: Damage and Recovery

The Westchester YR's are hoping that all of you are safe and sound.  Our civil servants are working around the clock to get fallen trees off of the roads, restore power, and get Westchester back up and moving again.

Here is an update from CBS, New York:

For those north of New York City, life is still not normal since superstorm Sandy hit on Monday.

Utility crews in the Hudson Valley continue their efforts to restore electricity service to the tens of thousands of customers still without power in the aftermath of the storm.

Most of the outages in Mid-Hudson Valley are in Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties, where more than 100,000 customers remain without power Wednesday morning. Sullivan County in southeast New York has another 32,000 outages...

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Hurricane Sandy: BE SAFE!

Today is not the day to be a hero.  Stay home if you have no where urgent to be.  Ride out the storm in the safety of your own home, until the worst passes through. 

Here is more from the Mount Pleasant Daily Voice:

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All Hands on Deck for Joe Carvin!!

We need all hands on deck to help elect Joe Carvin to Congress!

This Saturday Joe Carvin’s campaign will be stationed in Ossining and Peekskill! Here are some of the specific areas where we need help:

We are asking all volunteers to meet at the Ossining Harvest Festival where the Republicans will have a booth set up and assignments ready to go!

All you need to do is show up ready to help paint Westchester red! Every hour helps!!!

To get involved  for this Saturday’s activities, contact volunteer coordinator Kelsey Dean at (914) 437-9556 or at deankr10@gmail.com

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Romney and Ryan at Red Rock, CO

These crowd sizes are massive!  And what a location.  Pretty impressive turn out in Colorado!

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Political Humor: Summing up the Debate

This is not my creation, and I stole it from Facebook...but this pretty much sums up the silliness taken away from the last three presidential debates:

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Foreign Policy Debate Briefing

Here is some of the best articles from around the web preparing you for tonight's final Presidential debate:

David Kirkpatrick, New York Times:

When people here talk about American politics, many look to the sky, where the buzz of surveillance drones has grown heavy since last month’s deadly assault on the United States mission in this city in eastern Libya.

“Give it a rest, Obama,” one resident posted in a Twitter message on Saturday morning, after a low-flying drone woke much of the city. “We want to get some sleep.”

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Comedian Governor Mitt Romney Brings Down the House!

In case you missed it, make sure to check out Governor Mitt Romney bring the audience to tears with laughter at the annual Al Smith Dinner:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCVX_iFJ_8k

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Today's Political Digestions

  • The seven day tracking poll data from Gallup among Likely Votes shows Gov. Romney with a seven point lead over President Obama!
  • According to the Washington Times, welfare spending has jumped by 32% over the last four years.
  • The Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports that President Obama really does have cash stored in the Cayman Islands.
  • CNBC reveals that President Obama actually has a larger pension than Gov. Romney.
  • Karl Rove argues that although Obama may have won the debate the other night, he is losing the argument.
  • USA Today has an indepth look at the fierce battle for votes in Nevada.
  • MarketWatch fears that our debt is drowning the American Dream.
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A Few Good Reads

As we get ready for tonight's second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney, here are some good reads from around the web:

H. Ross Perot, Des Moines Register:

Our country faces a momentous choice. The fact is the United States is on an unsustainable course. At stake is nothing less than our position in the world, our standard of living at home and our constitutional freedoms.

That is why I am endorsing Mitt Romney for president. We can’t afford four more years in which debt mushrooms out of control, our government grows and our military is weakened.

For the past four years, we have squandered one opportunity after the next to turn things around. The longer we delay acting, the steeper the price we will have to pay.

Let’s look at the country as it is now.

The American economy is stagnant. Economic growth is insufficient to create enough jobs for a country whose population is growing. The result is unemployment stuck over 8 percent for every single month of Barack Obama’s presidency. We have 23 million Americans who are looking for work and either can’t find a full-time job, can’t find a job at all, or who have given up looking. That is wrong. It’s not the way America ought to be.

At the same time, and not unrelated, is the extraordinary explosion of federal deficits and federal debt. In the last four years during Obama’s presidency, he’s added around $5 trillion to our national debt, more than any previous president. This was accomplished by successive federal budgets that each ran deficits exceeding $1 trillion a year. It is this massive deficit spending that threatens to undermine our future standard of living. To pay for our government’s massive debts, Washington’s profligacy, our children and grandchildren will be paying interest and principal on the nation’s debt for untold years into the future. That is wrong. It’s not the way America ought to be.

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review Online:

Barack Obama entered office with an approval rating of over 70 percent. John McCain’s campaign had been anemic and almost at times seemed as if it was designed to lose nobly to the nation’s first African-American presidential nominee.

One-percenter magnates welcomed Obama. If Steve Wynn, Donald Trump, and Mort Zuckerman now blast Obama, just four years ago they seemed to have found him a relief from George W. Bush. Christopher Buckley and the late Christopher Hitchens openly endorsed him. Republicans like Colin Powell, Scott McClellan, and Doug Kmiec all went public with their support. One got the impression from what David Frum, David Brooks, and Peggy Noonan wrote that with a wink and a nod they had welcomed his election. Never has a president entered office with so much goodwill from so many diverse quarters.

Rarely does a president enter office with a majority in both the House and the Senate. Not only did Obama do so, but his soaring ratings put enormous pressure on the Republican minorities to join the Democratic majorities. Liberals were talking about a new era of Democratic political dominance...

...Barack Obama chose to ram down the nation’s throat a polarizing, statist agenda, energized by the sort of hardball politics he had learned in Chicago. Rather than bring the races, classes, and genders together, he gave us an us-versus-them crusade against the “1 percenters” and the job creators who had not “paid their fair share,” accusations of a Republican “war on women,” and the worst racial polarization in modern memory. Statesmanship degenerated into chronic blame-gaming and “Bush did it,” as he piled up over $5 trillion in new debt.  Financial sobriety was abandoned in favor of creating new entitlement constituencies, and job creation was deemed far less important than nationalizing the health-care system.

And so here we are, three weeks before the election, with a squandered presidency and a president desperately seeking reelection not by defending his record, but by demonizing his predecessor, his opponent — and half of the country.

William McGurn, The Wall Street Journal

After President Reagan's listless performance in the first presidential debate of 1984 raised speculation that he was too old for the job, the Gipper took command in the second debate. Of his opponent Walter Mondale, Reagan famously said that he wouldn't try to score political points by exploiting his opponent's youth and inexperience.

Perhaps Barack Obama can likewise reassert himself in Tuesday evening's town hall in Long Island. But his problem is this: In Denver he didn't just lose a debate—he lost the carefully cultivated illusion of a larger-than-life figure who was Lincoln and FDR and Moses all wrapped in one.

Mostly this image was the making of his own immodesty, starting the night he clinched the 2008 Democratic nomination. Mr. Obama might have simply declared victory and congratulated Hillary Clinton on a valiant fight. Instead it became the backdrop for one of his more infamous egoisms. History, he said, would look back at his victory as the moment "the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."

This was no aberration. A man who interviewed for a job on the campaign was told by Mr. Obama: "I think that I'm a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I'll tell you right now that I'm gonna think I'm a better political director than my political director."

Everything about his campaign fed that idea. The Styrofoam Greek columns at the Democratic convention when he was nominated. The faux presidential seal with its own Latin motto. And before the campaign, the two books he authored about—himself...

...And then came this month's debate in Denver.

That night, the American people watched "the smartest guy in the room" struggle to put together a simple declarative sentence, and then ask the moderator to move onto another topic after Mitt Romney had given a strong statement about jobs and growth and tax revenues.

Some 67 million Americans were watching on TV. What they saw was the scene from the Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy's dog pulls back the curtain to reveal there is no wizard at all, just a man from the Midwest who pumped himself up into something far beyond his mortal self—and got the whole of Oz to believe it.

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