East Coast storms and Oklahoma storms: totally not the same thing

coburninhofeFederal assistance to Oklahoma? Duane notes that its two Senators (Inhofe and Coburn) aren’t too sure about that Federal funding stuff in theory. They didn’t want to step in after Sandy and they’re always trying to defund FEMA. But here’s what Inhofe had to say this morning on the teevee:

JANSING: You know there were a number of people along the East Coast who weren’t happy about your vote on Hurricane Sandy . . . you said the request for funding was a “slush fund.” . . .  is there money to help the people here in your home state rebuild?

INHOFE: Well, let’s look at that. That was totally different . . .

Yup. Totally different. I get that.

What Inhofe and Coburn don’t seem to grasp – well,  here, Duane says it best:

Yet despite the efforts of Inhofe and Coburn, the FEMA trucks will show up in Oklahoma throughout today and beyond. Those trucks are representatives of the American people, most of whom live far, far away from Moore.

Let me repeat that: Those trucks are representatives of the American people.

We can, however, take some comfort that both of the esteemed Senators, while not crazy about that food and rescue equipment part, did ask for prayers.

You may know that Duane lives in Joplin MO and two years ago a tornado devastated Joplin; 161 people died. His post a few days later is one I’ve never forgotten and it still touches me. Read it. That’s probably pretty close to what they’re feeling in Moore OK about now. It begins:

Sunday evening, before the onset of the cruel aftershocks that continue to pummel our devastated city with remorseless storms and rescue-impeding rains, my youngest son and I undertook a journey to a destination he—a high school student and baseball player—seemed desperate to see.

He wanted to go to his school.

Read the rest.

17 responses to “East Coast storms and Oklahoma storms: totally not the same thing

  1. Totally different. sandy didn’t hit him. Sadly.

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  2. Disgusting hypocrites. Prayers and blessings to the people of Oklahoma.

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    • Hi Bill, welcome to WW! I do love that gravatar. And yes, despite what our friends are saying here below, all our hearts are with them.

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  3. I still have a hard time forgetting some of the comments Glenn Beck’s followers made on his website after Sandy. Gleeful comments about how they were happy that Sandy hit, because these were blue states which voted for Obama, and how they were hoping for even more damage. I blogged about it at the time, because it was just so disturbing.

    Personally, I hope that the people of Oklahoma get all the help and blessings they need. Because we are better than that.

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    • I live in the area hit by Sandy and I have no problem whatsoever with Beck’s people’s comment. Why shouldn’t they be happy that an area largely filled with America’s domestic enemies was hit by a disaster?

      I think you’ll find that many on the Left are equally happy that the American heartland got hit by a disaster and, similar to Moe, they’ll take great pains to extend their sarcasm and such as far as they can.

      eurobrat, do not mistake America of today for a nation. It stopped being that when the Left divorced themselves from all things pertaining to American culture, values, and identity. This is now disputed territory and we’re engaged in a semi-cold war to decide what America will be moving forward.

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      • They shouldn’t be happy because these are fellow human beings. Please tell me you don’t really think like this. My friends and family are liberal, and I have heard not a single person express happiness about what happened in Oklahoma.

        As far as the “America not a nation” — hey, whatever excuse you can use to justify your hatred of other people. My only fear is that one day this will be turned into an excuse for violence by people who think like you.

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        • What does sharing a species with someone have to do with it, eurobrat?

          And no, I can’t truthfully tell you that I don’t really think like this. I feel nothing but pleasure when my enemies and the enemies of my country are harmed, by my hand, the hands of others, or the hands of the Gods.

          As for America’s continuing nationhood:

          Are we of common, similar, or even compatible ethnicity? No, not any longer.

          Do we share common religion or, at least, agree on a framework for religion within our border? No, not since the Godless started attacking a form of public expression of religion.

          Do we even share a common language? No really anymore. “Press one for English?”

          Do we even share and Identity-awareness as a people? No! Look to the growing trend in “hyphenated ‘Americans'” and the ongoing tirades by the Blacks about the “Two Americas.”

          Do we share so much as a common set of goals and feelings of America’s place in the world? No, not since the Liberals divorced themselves from the body of the People.

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      • Always meant to ask you jonolan, when did this ‘split into two nations’ happen? Was it the Civil War that did it? Or was it something since then?

        The left is happy the heartland got hit? Seriously?

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        • The Civil War certainly set the framework for the division and all, or most, of the later internecine strife could have been avoided if the feds had just allowed the South to secede as was their implied right at that time. It was not, however, the proximate beginning of the dissolution of America as a nation in any meaning other than legalistic ones.

          That schism can be traced to the late ’50s when the Left began to trek from “loyal opposition” to domestic enemy. Since that time the Left has broadened its separation from America with sad consistency and I truly believe that it’s now past the point of repair or peaceful resolution.

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  4. INHOFE: Well, let’s look at that. That was totally different . . .

    Now wait….

    INHOFE: Well, let’s look at that. That was totally different. They were getting things, for instance, that was supposed to be in New Jersey. They had things in the Virgin Islands, they were fixing roads there. They were putting roofs on houses in Washington, D.C. Everybody was getting in and exploiting the tragedy that took place. That won’t happen in Oklahoma.

    Do you think that Sandy aid should have included things in the Virgin Islands? Do you think that money meant for Sandy should be sent to DC to roof houses?

    What’s more reprehensible? Using Sandy to add pork or to vote against that pork?

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    • Well said, pino. Despite the claims of the Left, OK is or, at least we can hope it will be, totally different from Sandy. They won’t easily manage to pad the aid with a bunch of crap that merely serves their agenda.

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    • Gentlemen (I include Alan and jonolan) – I’ll acknowledge one way that Sandy was different: it hit millions of people and destroyed personal and commercial properties and economic activities worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Another way to put that? NY is a tax donor state. Oklahoma? Nope, their a recipient state. What was the contribution to Federal coffers from NY, NJ and CT region? How about the contribution from the Oklahoma City area?

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      • My, my, my – How classist and financially elitist of you, Moe. And how convienently ignoring pino’s point that Sandy’s aid package was pork-loaded in the extreme and being used as a “stealth stimulus.”

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  5. With sequester it is hard to get pork through Congress. The talking heads all agreed that since nobody in their right mind would dare speak or vote against an aid bill after one of these mega disasters, they are too good an opportunity to let pass. Both parties have played this game.

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