so, hurricane irene was no big deal?

Billy Stinson is comforted by Lisa Morrissette while he sits next to a pile of debris that was once his cottage in Nags Head, North Carolina.

The President’s opponents – on the right and left – should tell that to the loved ones of these people who died as a result of Hurricane Irene:

Connecticut: Shane Seaver (46), Charlotte Levine (89).

Delaware: Christopher Valentine (25), Jean Baptista (25).

Florida: Frederick Fernandez (55), James Palmer (55).

Maryland: Anne Bell (85).

Massachusetts: An as yet unnamed public works employee in Southbridge was electrocuted by a downed power line.

New Jersey: Michael Kenwood, Celena Sylvestri (20), Ronald Dawkins (47), Scott Palecek (39), Jorge Hernandez (25). There were two more fatalities but the victims have not yet been named.

New York: Rozalia Gluck (82), Sharon Stein (68), Joseph Rocco (68), Jose Sierra (68), Mikita Fox (23), Danine Swamp. There were two more fatalities but the victims have not yet been named.

North Carolina: Ricky Webb (63), Katherine Morales Cruz (15), Tim Avery (50), Jose Manuel Farabia Corona (21), Sabrina Anne Jones (26), Melton Robinson Jr.

Pennsylvania: Michael Scerarko (44), Patricia O’Neill (64). There were three more fatalities but the victims have not yet been named.

Vermont: Michael Garofano Sr, Michael Garofano Jr (25, missing). There were two more fatalities but the victims have not yet been named.

Virginia: Zahir Robinson (11), James Blackwell (67), William P. Washington (57). There was one more fatality but the victim has not yet been named.

And more are missing or in critical condition in hospital.

And this isn’t counting the damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure.

Yep, no big deal.

Details here at MSNBC

28 Responses to “so, hurricane irene was no big deal?”

  1. 1 MTmarilyn
    August 30, 2011 at 11:34 am

    When I hear the pundits say it over hyped I want them to go to the communities and talk to the people. My cousin in CT is still without electricity. My friends in Vermont are stranded. Towns are isolated. And now they are talking about the cost of it all. What is wrong with our media. They have no heart.

    • 2 jacquelineoboomer
      August 30, 2011 at 11:38 am

      MTmarilyn – You may have answered your own question (they have no heart), sad to say.

    • August 30, 2011 at 11:47 am

      The funny thing about that is the facts show otherwise. Nate Silver did some checking and found that Irene actually received LESS coverage than Katrina or Floyd. You can find out more here:


      Also, while my town made it without losing power, and with my house getting a few inches of water in the basement (but it’s gone now thanks to the sump pump), there are still nearby roads and homes that are completely flooded–under 5 to 6 feet of water, at least. My heart breaks for the people of Vermont; it’s going to be a tough time rebuilding.

    • August 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      Marilyn they have no heart or soul. The media is a vacuous vessel. I cannot imagine being one of them.

      It is good to know that your cousin is safe and your friends are safe. Now we have to deal with the repuglican thugs who wants entitlement programs cut in order to pay for this disaster.

  2. 5 jacquelineoboomer
    August 30, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Regarding the President’s comments about Dr. King (in the Tom Joyner interview) …

    PBO: “When you think about how this is a man who didn’t have a title, didn’t have a rank in the military, but just led a nation in rediscovering its ideals and its values”

    … he reminded me of the poem, One Solitary Life. I do not wish to push religion on a liberal blog through posting this poem, out of respect for everyone, although I know Dr. King wouldn’t have minded it, but I think the President’s choice of words was extremely thought-provoking. And I cannot wait for the dedication speech. Here’s the poem, for those who haven’t seen it in a while:

    One Solitary Life

    He was born in an obscure village, the son of a peasant woman.
    He grew up in another village, where he worked in a carpenter’s shop until he was thirty. Then for three years he became a wandering preacher.

    He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didn’t go to college. He never visited a big city. He never travelled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He did none of those things one usually associates with greatness.

    He had no credentials but himself.

    He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to his enemies and went through a mockery of a trial. He was executed by the state. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

    Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind’s progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that One Solitary Life.

  3. 9 Me4obama
    August 30, 2011 at 11:37 am

    It makes me sad that even the so called Progressives like David Shuster made those snarky remarks that Irene was over hyped. As long as PBO was seen by many Americans that he was a strong leader throughout the storm the Media will down play this and carry the Republican talking points. Good morning TOD family.

    • 10 Obama Grandmama
      August 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      I Tivo the MSNBC political shows then fastforward through them in the evening stopping where I am interested in seeing what is said. I am not sure which show it was last night but a Michael S. was substituting on it and gave an ending little speech about Hurrican Irene and had Ed Rendell on agreeing with him earlier that there was too much hype and preparation involved and now people will view any warning like the kid who cried wolf too many times and people will not leave in future evacuations. You’d expect the Right would make up some sort of controversy and not give PBO and FEMA any credit but seriously Ed Rendell and Michael Smercomish?

      • 11 edp4bho
        August 30, 2011 at 2:01 pm

        I’m in Delaware County, suburbs of Philly, and one of my co-workers and fellow county resident, said she thought they over-hyped it. One of our local radio talk show hosts went on and on yesterday about how they over-played the scenery. I think sometimes people can’t express what they actually mean about over-hyped. Our local stations showed the Philly mayor and other officials informing, properly, the citizens affected, yet the tv stations themselves kept playing the same scenes repeatedly, and the reporting remained over the airwaves the entire 2 days, with nothing else being reported. After awhile, one does become bored, but I figured, just turn the station and check back in for updates. To say it was over-played is very irresponsible in my book. The NOAA has to cover all scenarios and relay that info to all governmental officials. I am with the group that says, people are pissed that the Obama administration was marvelous in its execution of assistance and coverage. I asked my co-worker if she was disappointed (jokingly) that it wasn’t more tragic.

        • August 30, 2011 at 11:25 pm

          So if there was over-hyping wasn’t it more the work of the stations who kept playing the same scenes over and over? IMO this comes back to #media fail. They don’t know how to report and what to report, and their judgement is lacking in so many ways. They have a heavy hand in all they do, whether it’s telling lies or hyping an unworthy candidate or criticizing when investigating is what is required, or providing details on a natural disaster.

          ‘I asked my co-worker if she was disappointed (jokingly) that it wasn’t more tragic.’

          What was her answer?

  4. August 30, 2011 at 11:38 am


  5. 14 isonprize
    August 30, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Overhyped. It’s Tuesday morning, and there are families in Philadelphia (which wasn’t hit ‘that bad’) who are STILL WITHOUT ELECTRICITY. The point of getting people ready for a major storm is so that they can survive it.

    It’s a good thing that there weren’t more tragedies than those listed above. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE WHISTLEHEADS??

  6. 15 Sheila R.
    August 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks for posting this information, Chipsticks. So sad. I know a woman who lives about 50 miles north of New York City and whose house suffered severe damage. Also, someone’s 85-year-old mother fell down a flight of stairs in the dark and broke her neck. I am not certain that the mother will survive her injuries.

    • 16 sam uk obama supporter
      August 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      Oh Sheila, my heart goes out to that poor woman and her family, they are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. August 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Chips, This is a very beautiful piece. Bringing reality to something that is hard to imagine. dr

    • August 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      Hiya Dorothy, when you read all those names and then hear people dismiss Irene as ‘hyped’ …. oh boy. Hope you’re doing well Dorothy 😉

      • August 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm

        Weather is a little rough for me today. Polls, everyone wanting, wanting and wanting from the President, but I will get beyond it. Of course it is people like you that allow for us to stay hopeful and move forward. MSM has too much time on its hands.

        Hope you are well. Truly, Hugs, dr

  8. 20 CTGirl
    August 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    No big deal! In my neck of the woods no power=no water and that is a very big deal,

  9. August 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Has anyone heard from/about Fred?

  10. 23 JoJothecat
    August 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Yeah, I could not believe my ears when those heartless fouls said the hurricane was over hyped. Maybe for the folks not in the path of the hurricane. I watched some of the coverage ( I am in California) and it was hard for me to understand the magnitude until they started showing the damage. The MSM treated it like it was “fun” game to stand in the wind, surf, and raw sewage. I was so glad that Mayors were telling people to stay in side, leave if you can, etc., THEY were taking it seriously. This hurricane will go down as a very destructive one and I hope the last one like this for the rest of year. Just think, we are just in the middle or tail end of hurricane season. I will last until what? the end of October?

    • 24 Olivia
      August 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      November 31st is the official last day of Hurricane Season. Unfortunately, T.S. Katia had already formed in the Atlantic. It is still too early to tell what kind of impact it will have on the US, but living in Miami, you can be sure we keep a very close eye on these things. We know all too well what the people affected by Irene are going through…

  11. 25 Dakota
    August 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    It’s absolutely sickening the depths that they will go to. Maya Angelou says that when I person shows you who they are, believe them. I am positive that the American people are believing all these fools are the PIGS that they are showing themselves to be.

    President Obama has shown us who he is and I believe him.

  12. 26 blondegrrl
    August 30, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    They are so unwilling to give the President any kudos that they are willing to risk denigrating and denying that horrendous events are still affecting a large part of the population in the path of the hurricane. Parts of NYC might have been spared but for heaven’s sake, that’s not the only place the hurricane came ashore!

  13. 27 utaustinliberal
    August 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    My heart goes out to the family members who lost a loved one in the hurricane. May they find peace, warmth, and comfort.

  14. 28 57andFemale
    August 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    My best friend’s neighbor in PA, in the Poconos, pushed his son out of the way of an uprooted tree and was killed. He saved his son’s life. My friend had a great deal of damage to their trees which miraculously fell away from their house, and the one that landed on their car fell in such a way as to not damage the car too badly. They are watching their creek creep up to their house and are still without power.

    And they consider themselves lucky. It was a bad storm, if not ‘good’ enough to make a movie out of. Jackasses in the media, all of them.

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