FEMA to States: Confess Global Warming or Lose Funds

States are being bribed or blackmailed to confess global warming. This news comes to us, not from the Onion or from some conspiratorial right-wing newsletter. It comes from Philly.com: “ Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster-preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard-mitigation plans that address climate change. This may put several Republican governors who maintain that the Earth isn’t warming due to human activities, or prefer to take no action, Read more […]

What’s This FEMA Video Trying to Tell Us?

FEMA is a government agency that has extraordinary authority. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, initially created by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 and implemented by two Executive Orders on April 1, 1979. FEMA is considered to be the most powerful institute in the United States, it has more power than the President of the USA or the Congress. It has the power to turn the United States into a police Read more […]

US Gov’t Stockpiling Weapons, Ammo, And…Requesting 15,000 Russian Troops?

This is news that should cause every American, even those who consider themselves apolitical, to cock their heads to the side like a bunch of confused terriers and say, “Holy…,” “What the…,” or some variation thereof. It begins with what is known in Russia as the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Affairs for Civil Defense, Emergencies, and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, or, as it’s known internationally, the Emergency Control Ministry (EMERCOM). It was created in 1994 Read more […]

Obama’s FEMA Success Story: STILL No Power

Here we are, in the dead chill of one of the coldest and windiest winters in recent memory, more than three full months after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey and New York, and there are still people living in those states without power. I learned of this from a report by New York’s local Fox News affiliate: “For months Donna Graziano has been traveling from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, to Staten Island every day to provide a tent with heaters and food to folks in New Dorp Beach who are Read more […]

Senate: Balancing Spending Is Myopic

As we all have been told, we are facing a “fiscal cliff.” This is a mis-named event. The fiscal cliff, when it hits, will not be preventable. In fact, what is now being called “the fiscal cliff” is actually the most fiscally responsible possibility ahead of us. Everything being discussed in Congress is a promise of a worse fiscal cliff ahead. So, realizing we need to reduce the debt, and thus end the deficit by balancing the budget, you would think that some Senators might have gotten Read more […]

Long Island Fiscal Cliff and Hurricane Sandy

Thanks to the havoc caused by Hurricane Sandy, Long Island may be closer to the precipice of the fiscal cliff then many people realize. In March 1995, FEMA came up with the following maximum amounts of coverage for flood insurance: $250,000.00 for residential property structures and $100,000.00 for contents. $500,000.00 for nonresidential structures and $500,000.00 for contents In September 1995, the average price for homes in Suffolk, Nassau and Queens was $155,000.00 (according to Read more […]

Forget About the Elections, What Does Hurricane Sandy Reveal About Us?

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great Read more […]

Do FEMA-Lovers Want the Feds to Make Local Rebuilding Decisions?

AP reports that NJ residents have to make some tough choices about parts of their historic shoreline. This story caught my eye because I’d been hearing radio reports ad nauseum about how Mitt Romney was planning on doing away with FEMA, reports that were all false.  The story of rebuilding NJ directly addresses the issue of whether or not FEMA is an unambiguously good idea:  “In its tear of destruction, the megastorm Sandy left parts of New Jersey’s beloved shore in tatters, sweeping away Read more […]

Big Storms and Big Government

Taking the opportunity yesterday to jockey for head of the line privileges for federal disaster relief money, The New York Times ran an editorial entitled “A Big Storm Requires Big Government.” In the piece, the Times editors made the case that “disaster coordination is one of the most vital functions of ‘big government.’” Further, the Times boldly claimed that “many [Republicans] don’t like the idea of free aid for poor people, or they think people should pay for their bad decisions, Read more […]