Sam Levin of Denver's Westword caught up with former FEMA head Michael "Brownie" Brown, who currently infests the airwaves of that fine city, to see what Brownie thought of the federal response to Hurricane Sandy.
Brownie's criticism? It was too quick. Hmmm. Suspicious!
Brown expects that in the coming days, there will also be comparisons between Obama's quick response to Hurricane Sandy and his slower response to the attacks in Benghazi, which has become a challenging campaign issue for the president.
"One thing he's gonna be asked is, why did he jump on this so quickly and go back to D.C. so quickly when in...Benghazi, he went to Las Vegas?" Brown says. "Why was this so quick?... At some point, somebody's going to ask that question.... This is like the inverse of Benghazi."
No, Brownie. No one's going to ask that question. Except you.
Michael Brown, who bounced from a job as an incompetent FEMA chief to a job in Denver as Mainstream Media Radio Host Who is Well-Compensated for Railing Against Mainstream Media, used that mighty brainpan of his over the weekend and ferreted out Mainstream Media Bias when it came to Hurricane Isaac:
... which might have made a better point if CNN and Anderson Cooper weren't here, or if CNN hadn't done the story on power outages before Brownie raised the question, and followed it with another one today.
As for O'Brien, she had already been covering Isaac for more than a week. Here's O'Brien in Plaquemines Parish interviewing parish president Billy Nungesser two days before Encyclopedia Brownie tweeted his question:
Note to Brownie: When complaining that the Biased Mainstream Media is not reporting something, it's usually best not to illustrate that point by linking to a story in the Los Angeles Times that's actually reporting it.
In anticipation of Hurricane Isaac, the Louisiana SPCA (which serves as the city's animal shelter and animal control) moved 87 cats and 56 dogs to shelters in Texas, and 35 dogs (and one cat) were transported to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey.
The SPCA of Texas posted a photo gallery of Isaac-affected animals arriving at its shelter, and the national SPCA has kept a blog with updates about Gulf Coast pets (the Texas shelters reported dozens of adoptions following the arrival of the LA/SPCA animals).
The staff on-site at the Algiers shelter is caring for 100 animals, but the shelter is closed to the public until power is restored. LA/SPCA officials will announce when it can reopen — it currently only is responding to emergencies. If you see an animal-related emergency, call animal control at 504-368-5191 ext. 100 and leave a detailed message including name, address, contact information and details of the situation. A dispatcher is on duty manning calls. SPCA communications director Jennifer Albrecht says they're hoping to be up and running as early as next week, much like the rest of the city.
And a great hooting and hollering just went up from the streets of my little neighborhood in Mid-City, because THE POWER'S BACK UP, at least for now! (Thank you, Entergy!)
If you're not that fortunate, and you're looking to listen to tonight's New Orleans Saints game on the radio, the Saints just tweeted that it will be broadcast on Bayou 95.7 FM. Kickoff is at 6 pm NOLA time. Tell your friends!
While Isaac was a lingering tropical storm this morning, all was relatively quiet Uptown. People were running along the streetcar route, walking their dogs, stopping into pharmacies and grocery stores, and eating breakfast at several still-open restaurants.
But the hurricane prep was underway — the hanging coffee cup sign outside Oak Street Cafe came down, shutters were pulled down at Superior Seafood and Jazmine Cafe, and boards were going up in shop windows, many with spray-painted messages, a now-standard "last word" before the storm ahead.
With just a few more hours before New Orleans starts to feel the effects of Isaac, you'll find no shortage of tips to make it through the storm safely. Really, hurricanes are one of the few times where information overload is a good thing. Now that you've already heard from the City of New Orleans and know that you can keep track of the emergency announcements through Google, Verizon has issued a press release to remind consumers of a few tips to be able to keep in touch with loved ones during the storm.
The full list of tips are after the jump and, along with the common-sense tips like making sure to stock up on batteries and that you have all emergency phone numbers stored in your phone, there are some other less-remembered tips like storing a contact as ICE (In Case of Emergency) in your mobile device should, heaven forbid, something happen to you and authorities find your phone.
Again, though this may be the one millionth hurricane checklist you've seen today, seasoned hurricane veterans know to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Every year, a hurricane hits the United States and every year, we all play a game trying to predict which states will get hit the hardest. Now, while there's no predicting the future, technology has allowed us to at least react a little faster when news confirmation of a storm hitting somewhere arrives.
Isaac is no different. With the first major storm hitting U.S. shores this 2012 hurricane season, Google has prepared a Crisis Management map for people affected by Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac (screen grab of link shown above). By following this link, you'll be directed to a live Google map that has the storm's projected path, as well as hurricane advisory, warnings and evacuation instructions for every county in the storm's path.
Seeing as how if we spent every waking hour on the Weather Channel tracking a storm's every movement we wouldn't get any of the things done that we need to in order to, you know, get through the storm, this Google feature is a pretty useful tool in order to get the latest information available on the Web about Isaac and future storms.
h/t Vanessa Schneider, who you can Google
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