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November 1, 2012

Update, my parents are fine.

First the important stuff: If you would like to help the survivors of Fronkenstorm you can text the words “Red Cross” to 90999. Your phone bill will have a $10 charge added to it. You can also go to the Red Cross website and donate directly or find you local blood center and donate that way. These people need help. Please help them if you can.

Remember the post I wrote yesterday about integrity? This is what it looks like.

Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey has been hitting it out of the park. Full disclosure, I don’t like this guy that much. At least, I haven’t like the things he’s been saying about the president because he seemed to be plugged into the same right wing obstructionist lie machine as every other Republican who could shove their face in front of a television.

And then Fronkenstorm hit New Jersey and this man stepped up like a champion. In the process he hiked down Bullshit Mountain and slapped down any attempt to politicize this ongoing crisis. I think a lot of his political statements have been crap but I cannot find fault with his response to Sandy. Other people, apparently can find fault with it. Because, you know, in the face of wide spread devastation, they haven’t lost sight of what really matters.

It would be incredibly easy to sit aback and smug it up while contrasting the Democratic and Republican responses to national environmental disasters as well as the overall differences in regards to climate change. But that’s kind of a cheap shot. Also, it should be self-evident. And other people have already done it for me.

There are a couple of things I do want to point out, however. It’s time to stop fucking around on the subject of climate change and long past time to start addressing reality. The good thing is that there is something tangible that we can all do about this. We can educate ourselves and set about educating others. DO NOT accept climate anti-science bullshit. Learn to use the phrase “That is not factual. These are the facts,” and then drop some facts. It’s also time to stop pretending that Republican obstruction equates to President Obama failing to work with Republicans. Clearly, when Republicans drop their partisan idiocy, the president gets shit done.

Here’s the other thing:


This is compassionate assistance to people in need.





This is a pattern of using people’s needs to serve your own..






The Romney campaign bought a lot of those canned goods and non-perishable items themselves the night before this event. They then gave them to people in attendance so the people could give them to the candidate. All of this ended with a pile of goods that the Red Cross does not want.

From the Red Cross official FAQ

I would like to donate clothes, cars or other items to charity. Does American Red Cross accept in-kind donations? The American Red Cross does not accept or solicit small, individual donations of items for emergency relief purposes. Small items such as collections of food, used clothing, and shoes often must be cleaned, sorted, and repackaged which impedes the valuable resources of money, time, and personnel that are needed for other aspects of our relief operation. The Red Cross, in partnership with other agencies, suggests that the best use for those types of donations is to support needy agencies within donors’ local communities. The best way to help a disaster victim is through a financial donation to the American Red Cross. Financial contributions allow the Red Cross to purchase exactly what is needed for the disaster relief operation. Monetary donations also enable the Red Cross to purchase relief supplies close to the disaster site which avoids delays and transportation costs in getting basic necessities to disaster victims. Because the affected community has generally experienced significant economic loss, purchasing relief supplies in or close to the disaster site also helps to stimulate the weakened local economy.

So there’s that. Real help comes in the form of FEMA and the National Guard.

And protected by unions.

I’m done typing now. Scroll up. Click on a link or text the number. Help people.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. spiderlady permalink
    November 1, 2012 6:22 PM

    Awesome post! And I totally agree, I have to wait til tomorrow to donate but I am going to. We’ve been lucky enough to not need “big” help, when we’ve been helped when need so we’re big on passing on the karma.

    • November 1, 2012 6:37 PM

      My girlfriend and I can’t afford to give cash but we are going to give blood on Friday!

  2. November 1, 2012 7:29 PM

    Sometimes it’s so overwhelming, seeing so much devastation, so many people in need… In your own neighbourhood or city or region, it can just seem surreal. But it’s wonderful of you to remind people that there are “little” ways (not actually, of course, but seemingly in the face of something so big), local things, independent things you can do, that really can make a difference and be a big help. And not just now, but for the future, as something preventative.

    Being informed is half the battle.

  3. November 29, 2012 5:09 PM

    Reblogged this on drrowlandplace and commented:
    Although I wish to keep my political views to myself I am quite proud of Christie’s handling of the storm that took place in New Jersey and left many homeless. He put his political views to the side, embraced President Obama and attempted to make New Jersey a better place. Hat’s off to you Governor Christie.

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