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So I had a call from my grandson who goes to college three blocks from my house

He's in an art school where his major of theater design and production demands evening classes from 6 pm to 11pm frequently, and this coming week he is scheduled to be there Tuesday, on election night.

He says:
"I wrote an email to my crew supervisor and asked if I could please have that evening off to be with my grandmother on election night.
You are, I told her, an avid Democrat, and I said I just want to be with you and by your side".

"WOW" I said :"This is great, I'd love for you to come over, but your supervisor laughed at you, right"

"Oh no, I got the evening off after 7:30".

"That's too cool. I'm so glad I don't have to be by myself while I'll be so nervous."

"You won't be by yourself at all. So far I have 4 of my buds who are coming with me. It's a party."


Does anyone see anything wrong with that?.

We will, after all, have a huge country wide party, we Democrats will.
I can feel it in my bones.

James Carville with a bit of topical wisdom

from my son's face book page

New York Faces Long-Term Housing Concerns After the Storm

Source: The New York Times

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Sunday, November 4, 2012 -- 1:05 PM EST
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New York Faces Long-Term Housing Concerns After the Storm

With many residents left homeless after the devastation from last week’s storm, New York-area officials began focusing on Sunday on another weather-related factor that might make the problems even worse: colder weather that is moving into the region.
In New York, 30,000 to 40,000 people, mainly residents of public housing, will have to find new homes, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Sunday. Mr. Bloomberg compared it to the situation after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
“I don’t know that anybody has ever taken this number of people and found housing for them overnight,” the mayor said.
Many residents in New Jersey, on Long Island and in Connecticut face a similar problem.
“This is going to be a massive, massive housing problem,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.




Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/nyregion/freezing-temperatures-complicate-storm-recovery.html?emc=na

New York Faces Long-Term Housing Concerns After the Storm

Source: The New York Times

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Sunday, November 4, 2012 -- 1:05 PM EST
-----

New York Faces Long-Term Housing Concerns After the Storm

With many residents left homeless after the devastation from last week’s storm, New York-area officials began focusing on Sunday on another weather-related factor that might make the problems even worse: colder weather that is moving into the region.
In New York, 30,000 to 40,000 people, mainly residents of public housing, will have to find new homes, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Sunday. Mr. Bloomberg compared it to the situation after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
“I don’t know that anybody has ever taken this number of people and found housing for them overnight,” the mayor said.
Many residents in New Jersey, on Long Island and in Connecticut face a similar problem.
“This is going to be a massive, massive housing problem,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.
Read More:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/nyregion/freezing-temperatures-complicate-storm-recovery.html?emc=na


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/nyregion/freezing-temperatures-complicate-storm-recovery.html?emc=na

Want a good wholesome laugh? Listen to this quote of Bill Maher just now:

"Obama has gotten praise from the right and the left for his handling of the crisis of the storm. On Fox news Pat Buchanan reluctantly put forth: "You're doing a heck of a job, Brownie".


Now why didn't I think of saying that? It's so perfect.

Real Time/Bill Maher lineup for 10 pm HBO tonight - time to kick back - maybe

Margaret Hoover - Political Commentator

Rick Lazio R - Congress

James Balog - Renowned Photographer

Matthew Segal - Social Entrepreneur

and

Rob Reiner - Actor/Moviemaker/Meathead

U.S. Military to Truck Fuel to Region Hit by Hurricane Sandy

Source: New York Times

Breaking News Alert
The New York Times
Friday, November 2, 2012 -- 7:02 PM EDT
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U.S. Military to Truck Fuel to Region Hit by Hurricane Sandy

As long lines persisted at gas stations in the New York metropolitan area, federal authorities moved Friday to restore supplies, turning to the Defense Department to deliver 24 million gallons of extra fuel to the region and lifting restrictions on deliveries by foreign-flagged ships.

With the reopening of the New York port to tankers on Thursday, and the return of a critical Northeast fuel pipeline to full capacity on Friday, the biggest outstanding problems are the lack of power at hundreds of gas stations and continued panic buying by the public, industry officials said.
As of Friday, according to AAA, only about 40 percent to 50 percent of the gasoline stations in New York City and New Jersey were operating, and even fewer on Long Island, most of them out of service because of power failures.

In conjunction with Friday’s move, the Pentagon was authorized by the Department of Energy and the White House to tap the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve.



Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/03/business/military-to-deliver-fuel-to-storm-region.html?emc=na

Love at the Shore: The Governor and the President ---John Cassidy / The New Yorker

Love at the Shore: The Governor and the President

Posted by John Cassidy  The New Yorker


On the fourth day of their taboo-defying relationship, President Obama and Governor Christie made a trip to the Jersey Shore, home to Bruce Springsteen, Snooki, and numerous other Garden State legends. With the roads to the ocean blocked and most of the water routes destroyed, the unlikely duo had to rely on public transport. After flying up to Atlantic City on Air Force One, the President greeted the Governor on the tarmac. Then they both climbed aboard Marine One for an hour-long aerial tour of the damage that Sandy had wrought.
To be sure, they weren’t alone. The two Democratic senators from New Jersey, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, had come along for the ride, and so had Craig Fugate, the head of FEMA, which has suddenly been transformed into everybody’s favorite federal agency. But all eyes were on the two lovebirds, who had been making nice on the phone and on the television for the past three days. Would their chemistry survive an actual meeting? The answer was never in doubt. As they walked along, deep in conversation, they looked a bit like Laurel and Hardy. The Governor: animated, rotund, talking ten to the dozen. The President: calm, erect, listening politely—and no wonder.

Two months ago, the man beside him was one of the names on the short list to be Mitt Romney’s running mate—potentially a deadly rival. But ever since Sandy began bearing down on the Northeast, Christie had taken on a new role: as the one Republican in the country willing to say positive things about the President. And now, after Mayor Bloomberg had reportedly turned down a Presidential visit to New York, citing the trouble it would cause, the fat man had come through with an invitation for the President to tour some of the worst hit areas—with a White House press pool in tow, of course.
They flew north over Little Egg Inlet, then swooped low to survey the devastation to the settlements on the barrier islands that stretch from Beach Haven to Point Pleasant, which include Surf City, Ocean Beach, and Seaside Heights, home to the infamous reality show. Precisely what has happened in some of these beach communities is still unclear. But from the aerial footage it looks as if a vengeful giant has taken the oceanfront and moved it a couple hundred yards inland, burying any homes that stood in the way.

After Marine One returned to Atlantic City, the President and the Governor took a limo to Brigantine, about ten miles to the north, which was previously perhaps best known for its Scottish-style links. There they visited a makeshift shelter that was serving as a temporary home for a couple of hundred foolhardy souls who had defied the official evacuation order. In the immediate aftermath of the storm, Christie hadn’t spared these folks his wrath, telling them they’d just have to hunker down and wait for the emergency crews to reach them. But on this occasion, the Governor was all smiles and bonhomie.



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So I listened just now to Richard Wolff - on with Lawrence - and here is what he said

"If you are in a tight election
and then something happens that your opponent is getting 78 percent approval for his behavior a few days before the election
that is what can be called a political disaster."

My own fears of the election's outcome are subsiding a bit. In my heart I have been expecting an unexpected landslide, but I'm old enough to know that godawful things can happen on election night.
(My memory goes to 2000. My grandson was 8 and sitting in the kitchen cabinet corner at 2 am staring at the little TV we were huddled around. On the screen was Bush / Gore, equal numbers. He looked up, wide eyed and said: "And I thought this was going to be boring.")

After I heard Richard Wolff whom I admire a lot say that, and my spirits rose a bit, I got an email to donate again.
So I did.

Then I started to look at my TV again and saw Chris Christie and Obama together and remembered something about my own life.

Once, after a dreadful divorce I was slaving away in my basement, self- employed, for unbearable hours for unbearable lengths of time. I was carrying a load that was, for my life situation, unsustainable.
Then my brother showed up, and offered a ray of light of relief for a short while, and I absolutely lost it. The load was shared. The burden not just mine.
I collapsed in tears, where Chris Christie collapsed in relief that translated into brotherhood.

It's been a day where much of my mental energy has gone to think about those who suffer.
I can't fathom being in NYCity in the dark. But I do know renewal comes, is at hand, and I do know that as our country struggles through a disaster of this magnitude we are in hands that are calm, hold the reign, and have our collective best interest at heart.

I don't know if I've actually free- associated like this before, on this board.
But while I'm at it, let me share with you that I visualize the private sector in charge of this monumental effort in so many devastated areas, and I challenge you to imagine the depth of my gratitude there still is "big" government in my beloved US of A.

Chris Christie has a heart on

for our President.
It's written all over him as he stands beside him listening and nodding his head all the time as President Obama speaks from his heart to the country about what he has seen in New Jersey.

Who other than me thinks that one of two things cross Christie's mind:

a) thank GOD I have not voted yet, and can still pull the lever for this man

b) who can I detach to find my early vote and trash it
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