Urbin Report

Monday, February 02, 2009

Meanwhile, in Kentucky

Joshuapundit asks:

Imagine a disaster where at least a million Americans are without power in the dead of winter, 46 people have died and the president and FEMA are nowhere to be found.


We don't have to imagine. That is what is happening in Kentucky.
Utility crews renewed work in subfreezing temperatures Saturday in their effort to put the power back on for nearly a million customers left in the dark by an ice storm that crippled parts of several states this week.

Thousands of people in ice-caked Kentucky awoke in motels and shelters, asked to leave their homes by authorities who said emergency teams in some areas were too strapped to reach everyone in need of food, water and warmth.
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Local officials grew angrier at what they said was a lack of help from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In Kentucky's Grayson County, about 80 miles southwest of Louisville, Emergency Management Director Randell Smith said the 25 National Guardsmen who have responded have no chain saws to clear fallen trees. He said roads are littered with fallen trees and people shivering in bone-chilling cold are in need.

"We've got people out in some areas we haven't even visited yet," Smith said. "We don't even know that they're alive."


How is President Obama responding to this crisis? First by cranking up the heat in the Oval Office. Our Dear Leader's senior adviser, David Axelrod, describes it. "He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there." Step two to responding to American's dying in the cold is to throw expensive dinner parties.

Where is our "watchdog" media in this time of crisis?