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Jess in NJ wrote:
NJ and the rest of the northeast just got hit with a nor'easter last night. So many people here were already without power, many more lost it again, people are living in shelters and this is going to be more than some people can bear. Just heard that FEMA closed their emergency centers in the tri-state area.
Here is a link to places that are accepting donations. Please pass it on. I don't know what the news is like in the rest of the country, but the situation is really overwhelming here and we are learning more about communities that were hard hit and need assistance getting back on their feet.
http://mobile.nj.com/advnj/pm_29221/contentde...
Honestly, the NE is getting minimal coverage and they downplayed the Noreaster.

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Honestly, the NE is getting minimal coverage and they downplayed the Noreaster.
I think its a matter of a combination of perception and bias. The Ticked Off column in my paper had someone complaining about all the coverage NY is getting. His perception is that a hurricane going to Florida does not get the same coverage.

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I know a guy who just moved here this year from New Orleans. His FB status this morning is "Hey Louisiana friends - remember when we had that snowstorm a week after Katrina? Me neither."
If someone from NO is comparing Sandy to Katrina, then I'm not going to contradict him.
Wow. That's saying something.

I'm flying to NJ this afternoon for a conference tomorrow. I've started the day not knowing if my flight was cancelled, getting over to the vet to drop off my dogs, dealing with them taking forever, stressing about the extra traffic (there's a major road closure that has effed us (everyone at work) in the ass every day since Tuesday), getting a SPEEDING TICKET, finally getting to work only to discover that McDonald's screwed up my coffee order.

Okay, I feel better.

I know all of this is small potatoes compared to what you're going through, Jess, and all the people up there. Luckily my parents got their power back last Sunday morning (after 6 nights without it) but there's a lot of chaos and I'm definitely blessed compared to many, many people. Just venting....

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Nov 8, 2012
 
Jess in NJ wrote:
NJ and the rest of the northeast just got hit with a nor'easter last night. So many people here were already without power, many more lost it again, people are living in shelters and this is going to be more than some people can bear. Just heard that FEMA closed their emergency centers in the tri-state area.
Here is a link to places that are accepting donations. Please pass it on. I don't know what the news is like in the rest of the country, but the situation is really overwhelming here and we are learning more about communities that were hard hit and need assistance getting back on their feet.
http://mobile.nj.com/advnj/pm_29221/contentde...
I'll be copy and pasting this into facebook in a second.

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The average person has 67 species (!) living in his belly button.

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Exactly, Wilma totaled broward county, I was without power for 14 days, but the news never left the state. The biggest mention was the tourists all talking about the blue tarps on the houses that they say when they flew in or out.
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<quoted text>I think its a matter of a combination of perception and bias. The Ticked Off column in my paper had someone complaining about all the coverage NY is getting. His perception is that a hurricane going to Florida does not get the same coverage.

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*typo. Sorry. chip LOST last night, pretty soundly, simply because he's a Republican, beaten by a bad democrat. People will vote party lines, along racial lines, gender lines, etc. It's just how people are when they don't think they have any other thing in common with candidates.
I was listening to NPR on the way home last night and they had a story about how important Barack Obama was to the black community and how they were on pins and needles during election night. Then they interviewed this black guy who went on to say he thinks there were a lot of racial overtones in the election and he thinks we still have a long way to go in terms of race relations.

I thought to myself, obviously, we have a long way to go when folks, whether they be black or white are voting for one guy over another simply because they share the same skin color. It's okay for black folks to rally around a candidate primarily because he's black, but if you you are white and you do that you are evil and a KKK member. I don't even think the guy or the reporter could see the hypocrisy of the whole story.

I personally think voting for someone because of the color of their skin betrays ones ignorance and bigotry, black or white.

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The TV said Obama is doing such a wonderful job dealing with Sandy. I do not believe people are still having problems.

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I was listening to NPR on the way home last night and they had a story about how important Barack Obama was to the black community and how they were on pins and needles during election night. Then they interviewed this black guy who went on to say he thinks there were a lot of racial overtones in the election and he thinks we still have a long way to go in terms of race relations.
I thought to myself, obviously, we have a long way to go when folks, whether they be black or white are voting for one guy over another simply because they share the same skin color. It's okay for black folks to rally around a candidate primarily because he's black, but if you you are white and you do that you are evil and a KKK member. I don't even think the guy or the reporter could see the hypocrisy of the whole story.
I personally think voting for someone because of the color of their skin betrays ones ignorance and bigotry, black or white.
says the person whose gender and race have controlled this country since its inception.

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IOW, I totally understand Minority #1 voting for Minority Guy #2 whom they feel represents them -- whether it's based on gender, race, or wahtever. Republican women supported HIllary Clinton's presidential aspirations--women who would not vote for Obama.

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I was listening to NPR on the way home last night and they had a story about how important Barack Obama was to the black community and how they were on pins and needles during election night. Then they interviewed this black guy who went on to say he thinks there were a lot of racial overtones in the election and he thinks we still have a long way to go in terms of race relations.
I thought to myself, obviously, we have a long way to go when folks, whether they be black or white are voting for one guy over another simply because they share the same skin color. It's okay for black folks to rally around a candidate primarily because he's black, but if you you are white and you do that you are evil and a KKK member. I don't even think the guy or the reporter could see the hypocrisy of the whole story.
I personally think voting for someone because of the color of their skin betrays ones ignorance and bigotry, black or white.
While I do agree with this...how many Mormons *didn't* vote for Romney? I'm guessing not many. Or how many white people would *never* vote for a black (biracial, whatever) man. I think, unfortunately, it's human nature to side with the one you most identify with, stupid, superficial reason or not. Not disagreeing, just saying it's not just a 'black thing'.

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While I do agree with this...how many Mormons *didn't* vote for Romney? I'm guessing not many. Or how many white people would *never* vote for a black (biracial, whatever) man. I think, unfortunately, it's human nature to side with the one you most identify with, stupid, superficial reason or not. Not disagreeing, just saying it's not just a 'black thing'.
Republican Catholics voted for Kennedy, our first (and only) Catholic president.

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says the person whose gender and race have controlled this country since its inception.
Excuse me if I don't get excited or take pride in knowing some dead people who had junk like mine and pigmented skin like mine ruled this country.

The entire notion that one would place primacy on shared physical attributes over individual accomplishments is indicative of an imbecile.

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Excuse me if I don't get excited or take pride in knowing some dead people who had junk like mine and pigmented skin like mine ruled this country.
The entire notion that one would place primacy on shared physical attributes over individual accomplishments is indicative of an imbecile.
I disagree. It's *human nature* and it takes a while to get past that stuff. AS in, many generations. Our country proves it.
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Exactly, Wilma totaled broward county, I was without power for 14 days, but the news never left the state. The biggest mention was the tourists all talking about the blue tarps on the houses that they say when they flew in or out.
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Without diminishiung the impact, FL gets a lot of hurricane hits and expects to be hit occasionally. Same with teh Gulf Coast.

New York/NJ does not
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I was listening to NPR on the way home last night and they had a story about how important Barack Obama was to the black community and how they were on pins and needles during election night. Then they interviewed this black guy who went on to say he thinks there were a lot of racial overtones in the election and he thinks we still have a long way to go in terms of race relations.
I thought to myself, obviously, we have a long way to go when folks, whether they be black or white are voting for one guy over another simply because they share the same skin color. It's okay for black folks to rally around a candidate primarily because he's black, but if you you are white and you do that you are evil and a KKK member. I don't even think the guy or the reporter could see the hypocrisy of the whole story.
I personally think voting for someone because of the color of their skin betrays ones ignorance and bigotry, black or white.
Every group likes to see one of its own make it to the top. Catholics were giddy when Al Smith ran and giddier when Kennedy won. The Irish too. It is not bigotry at that point, it is solidarity. I see a difference

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Seriously...political chat spot.

http://www.topix.com/forum/chicago/TSU102F2IP...

Just sayin'...yanno, if anyone's interested.

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While I do agree with this...how many Mormons *didn't* vote for Romney? I'm guessing not many. Or how many white people would *never* vote for a black (biracial, whatever) man. I think, unfortunately, it's human nature to side with the one you most identify with, stupid, superficial reason or not. Not disagreeing, just saying it's not just a 'black thing'.
Oh, I know very well its not just a black thing. I've seen some very disgusting thigns said about the President and I've seen folks take cheap shots at his race. That doesn't play well we me either. To me it just demonstrates ignorance. I'm certainly not giving white folks a pass.

I would like to see the day when we all move past race and can truly be color blind. That will never happen when racism by one group, even if they happen to be minorities, is tolerated and celebrated as a good thing.

I just found that story on NPR to be insulting and hypocritical on a fundamental level. Here is some guy glowing simply cause a guy who has his same color of skin was elected, while at the same time insisting that folks who would not vote for him because they have a different color of skin indicates that we have a long way to go on race relations. The people he complains of are no different than him!

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I disagree. It's *human nature* and it takes a while to get past that stuff. AS in, many generations. Our country proves it.
It's not human nature to be racist.

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