WH Petition Demands Obama Cancel Hawaii Vacation

A new petition gaining ground on the White House website calls on President Obama to cancel his estimated $4 million vacation and devote the money instead to helping victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The petition, which was created just two days ago, had 872 signatures as of 8:45 am ET this morning and is potentially be on its way to garnering the 25,000 signatures in 30 days required to elicit a response from the White House.

According to the news site delmarvanow.com, the petition was filed by John Phoebus, the organizer of a volunteer hurricane recovery group in Somerset County, Maryland. Phoebus was angered that the storm-ravaged county was denied direct funding from FEMA.

The petition states that for about the cost to the government of sending Obama on an expected three-week Hawaii vacation, Somerset could be rebuilt.

The petition reads:

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Hurricane Sandy Victim Upset After Being Played By Obama

Sandy-Ravaged New Jersey Families Face $6,933 Tax Hike in Fiscal Cliff Stalemate

Families in Hurricane Sandy-ravaged New Jersey will face the highest tax increase as a percentage of their income – 6.82% or about $6,933 more in taxes — if Congress does not reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff tax issues during the lame-duck session, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation.

In its study of how the fiscal cliff would affect typical families in each state, the Tax Foundation reports that if the numerous tax provisions that are due to expire on Dec. 31 are not changed, a four-person family in New Jersey with a median income of $101,682 will see its taxes go up at a rate 6.82 percent of its income, which translates into about $6,933.

The tax issues in question are the expiration of the Bush tax rates, which also include the elimination of the 10 percent tax bracket and the reduced deduction for married filers; ending the 2 percent cut to employee-side Social Security taxes; and the Alternative Minimum Tax.

Maryland was ranked second by the Tax Foundation because a four-person family there, with a median income of $106,707, would see its taxes go up 6.74 percent as a percentage of income, or about $7,194.

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Obama Takes Credit For Letting New Yorkers Starve And Suffer

President Obama, touring parts of New York City slammed by Hurricane Sandy, was chided by a girl for ignoring the disaster.

As the president waded through a supply center, a girl who was waiting for goods told a reporter, “We need help–he should of been here a long time ago,” according to the White House pool report.

Obama has received little criticism for the federal government’s handling of the disaster which is still crippling areas of New York where many families remain homeless or without power.

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It Begins… Sandy Survivors Report Crapping in Hallways – Rape In Stairwell

HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE RUSH LIMBAUGH, BRIAN WILLIAMS FEUD?

Conservatives and the mainstream media have a complicated relationship, to put it lightly. However, the schism between the two got personal this week when NBC’s Brian Williams and conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh went at each other over their differing opinions.

Williams first called out Limbaugh for saying New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie acted as a “Greek column” for President Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. During the closing monologue of his Thursday night NBC broadcast, the anchor said: “After all this loss you might be curious as to why Rush Limbaugh went after Gov. Christie today. It was because he was getting along so well with the president, working together, saying nice things about Barack Obama.”

“Just when we think the storm wiped away everything, we learned politics survived,” he added.

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Obama’s Big Government Fails New York

Update: The New York City marathon has been canceled.

“I’ve hit my breaking point today.”

These are the words of Glenn Beck during his radio show Friday morning as he took a look at all the moving parts of Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath and the efforts being made on the East Coast to recover:

A city-wide marathon with more than 40,000 expected participants is still moving forward for this Sunday.
Offered help from non-unionized workers is being turned away, while some in other areas are saying disaster relief still hasn’t shown up.
New York City’s major used the natural disaster to endorse Barack Obama as a president who will about global warming.
Residents are dumpster diving for food; a gun was pulled at a gas station; and more than 3 million people are still without power.
In the first hour of the Glenn Beck Program, Beck lamented New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to spend his time writing a 1,000-word op-ed in support of Obama because he wants the “president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics.” Bloomberg also gave the New York City marathon the green light to move forward with all the coordination efforts needed for the Nov. 4 event, even though his city and neighboring areas are still struggling to put their lives back together.

As Beck points out, not far from the starting line of the marathon on Staten Island, an elderly couple was found dead.

“How about this one, right there are the starting line, police two days ago found the bodies of two boys ages two and four. These two children were swept out of their mother’s arms,” Beck said. “Two days ago. Where they’re now setting up water tables and clocks and they’ll have a starting gun.”

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Bloomberg Diverts Food, Generators from Devastated Staten Island to NYC Marathon

Fresh off his “climate disruption”-driven endorsement of President Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has chosen to divert critical food supplies and power generators from desperate residents of Staten Island to Sunday’s New York City Marathon. Gothamist reports:

[T]hose urging the city to halt the run believe that the thousands of Marathon volunteers could direct their efforts towards post-Sandy relief and cleanup, “and they also argue that the event will divert thousands of police from important hurricane-related duties.” But despite petitions circulating, work started up again yesterday on the Marathon route.

A tipster, who wishes to remain anonymous, told us there were lots of workers in and out of the park today, who had “started before the storm and then came back starting yesterday.” Trailers are lined up from around 71st to 66th Streets on Central Park West, a food truck was set up today, and “generators have been sitting there at least a week.” The tents that were taken down prior to the storm have also been set back up, and there is a stage set up near 73rd Street.

Considering all the volunteer help and NYPD attention that’s already being diverted to the Marathon, the added sight of generators and food being channeled to the event is probably going to strike some New Yorkers as a little misplaced—we’re thinking of the ones who are currently lined up waiting for the National Guard to ration out MREs and bottles of water.

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New Jersey Turns Away Non-union Relief Crews

How desperate is hurricane-ravaged New Jersey? Not desperate enough to suspend a union monopoly that keeps the state in the bottom ten states for economic competitiveness (and #48 for business friendliness). Relief crews from Alabama who were specifically called to New Jersey found themselves diverted to Long Island, NY after they arrived because they use non-union labor. Alabama is a right-to-work state.

WAFF-TV of Hunstville, AL reports:

Crews from Huntsville, as well as Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity headed up there this week, but Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees….

Understandably, Moore said they’re frustrated being told “thanks, but no thanks.”

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Obama on Hurricane: ‘We Leave Nobody Behind’

Today, during a non-campaign campaign stop at the Red Cross, President Obama told the nation something his administration obviously didn’t believe during the seven-hour attack on our consulate in Benghazi (and a nearby annex) on the night of September 11, 2012: That when an “American is in need… we leave nobody behind”:

This is a tough time for a lot of people; millions of folks all across the Eastern Seaboard, but America’s tougher. And we’re tougher because we pull together, we leave nobody behind, we make sure we respond as a nation and remind ourselves that whenever an American is in need, all of stand together to make sure we’re providing the help that’s necessary

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