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Storm Hits Kentucky, FEMA Absent, Media Silent

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:13 am - February 2, 2009.
Filed under: Katrina Disaster,Media Bias

Days after a major storm hits, the death toll remains unknown, relief has still not reached areas impacted by the disaster. People are running short of food, some homes uninhabitable.  Many people are complaining about the slow response “from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.” The president hasn’t visited the region.

Sound like Katrina in 2005.  Well, it’s Kentucky this week.  Oh, and another thing the Bluegrass state disaster has is in common with Hurricane Katrina: the state hit hardest had a Democratic governor at the time of the catastrophe.

And yet, where’s the media giving us minute-by-minute coverage of how bad things are and how much wanting the federal response?

Recall, four years ago, how up in arms they were when then-President Bush didn’t react forcefully enough to the tsunami that lashed south Asia? Well, while this disaster is not nearly as catastrophic, according to the White House, all that President Obama has done is to sign statements declaring the state a disaster area.

No public statement of support (at least not as I write this). Shouldn’t the media be outraged? Shouldn’t we be outraged at his indifference?

Oh yea, he’s a Democrat and is, by definition, compassionate. It’s just Republicans who are heartless.

(H/t Instapundit.)

UPDATE:  The Anchoress asks “why isn’t the president down there, hugging people? Why was he schmoozing congress with steak dinners* while people were suffering?” Read the whole thing.

Instapundit reader C.J. Burch observes, “What Katrina taught the media was that they could hurt Bush by lying. What 2008 taught them was that they could help Obama by not reporting at all. What will 2009 teach them? I shudder to think.”

UPDATE FROM Bruce (GayPatriot): Where is the outrage from Kanye West and Spike Lee?  What does Barack Obama have against poor white people in Kentucky?!?!

UP-UPDATE FROM Dan: Bruce, have you noted that none of our critics in the comments section have taken issue with my basic point about the Administration’s lackluster response to the disaster and the MSM’s silence?

UP-UP-UPDATE from Bruce (GP): Dan….. and this surprises you, how?   The basic strategy that liberals use in public discourse is to avoid the original question, then lie and then make up new facts and then revise history.  Our critics do it well.

UP-UP-UP-UPDATE from Dan Steve Gill asks, “where is President Obama?

While millions are struggling were struggling with the dangerous and deadly icy conditions President Obama had the thermostat in the Oval Office cranked up like a “hothouse” growing orchids. On Thursday — while millions in Tennessee and Kentucky did not have access to shelter or food — Obama hosted a cocktail party at the White House and served up fancy martinis and an appetizer menu that featured mouthwatering wagyu steak costing $100 a pound.

He also wonders where’s the outrage?

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64 Comments

  1. According to the Courrier Journal toay it wil be 44 degrees in KY!

    That stimulus package just might contain some infrastructure $ to modernize the power grid across the USA so everything doesn’t fall apart when a few snowflakes falls. Maybe if bush hadn’t wasted bazillions of dollars on a occupation of a sovereign nation we’d have been able to help modernize America instead of rebuilding Iraq.

    Comment by Timothy — February 2, 2009 @ 6:29 am - February 2, 2009

  2. Timothy,

    Why is it the job of people in my state and other states to pay for modernizing your state? Have you, by any chance, ever read the constitution?

    Comment by American Elephant — February 2, 2009 @ 7:00 am - February 2, 2009

  3. The media has two primary agenda items:

    1. Support Barack Obama.

    2. Promote the myth of Global Warming.

    Reporting that an ice storm in Kentucky is being ignored by a President who sets his thermostat at 80 degrees so he can dine on his $100-a-pound Wegyu steaks in Hawaiian-style comfort does nothing to promote either agenda.

    Comment by V the K — February 2, 2009 @ 7:34 am - February 2, 2009

  4. The media has two primary agenda items:

    1. Support Barack Obama.

    2. Promote the myth of Global Warming.

    Reporting that an ice storm in Kentucky is being ignored by a President who sets his thermostat at 80 degrees so he can dine on his $100-a-pound Wegyu steaks in comfort does not fit the template.

    Comment by V the K — February 2, 2009 @ 7:34 am - February 2, 2009

  5. Whew!

    That stimulus package just might contain some infrastructure $ to modernize the power grid across the USA so everything doesn’t fall apart when a few snowflakes falls.

    1. Might contain money to modernize the privately owned, highly regulated, profit controlled power grid? Sounds like a failure of government to me. Why didn’t Barney and Chris regulate the power grid fix a long time ago? 2) I missed the few snowflakes part of this. I heard there was a bit of ice involved. Has the MSM been lying?

    Maybe if bush hadn’t wasted bazillions of dollars on a occupation of a sovereign nation we’d have been able to help modernize America instead of rebuilding Iraq.

    Maybe all the Democrats could have kept BushHitlerMonkey’s hands off the money and not have voted for the war. All they had to do was ignore all the Clinton Presidency information and advice.

    Comment by heliotrope — February 2, 2009 @ 9:27 am - February 2, 2009

  6. Obama hates white people.

    Comment by Robert — February 2, 2009 @ 9:56 am - February 2, 2009

  7. “What Katrina taught the media was that they could hurt Bush by lying. What 2008 taught them was that they could help Obama by not reporting at all. What will 2009 teach them? I shudder to think.”

    I think the MSM knew long before Katrina that lies about Bush were rarely challenged (and not reporting challenges allowed the lies to stick), and knew long before 2008 that not reporting negative information about Democrats was rarely challenged (and not reporting challenges allowed the negative information to drop off the public radar), but that statement does suggest what’s been obvious to us all along: The MSM is nothing more than an unregulated extension of the Democratic party.

    Comment by DoorHold — February 2, 2009 @ 10:24 am - February 2, 2009

  8. “What will 2009 teach them?”

    Certainly not how to sell papers. They might not be around much longer to learn anything.

    Comment by Mitchell Blatt — February 2, 2009 @ 10:46 am - February 2, 2009

  9. Funny Timmy I don’t recall the media and liberal trools blaming Katrina on Clinton and the lack of infastructure upgrades in the 90′s. Again the double standard by the idiots in the media is appalling. There are hundreds of thousands still suffering horribly in KY and my President was having a Super Bowl party in the peoples White House. Could he please just fly over at least in air force one, to show some support and sympathy for the down and out? His lack of concern is breathtaking.

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — February 2, 2009 @ 10:53 am - February 2, 2009

  10. “The federal government needs to be a strong, swift, effective partner with state governments in dealing with disasters.” Barack Hussein Obama, 2008

    Comment by V the K — February 2, 2009 @ 11:26 am - February 2, 2009

  11. You people need give Obama a break. He did have a super bowl party to plan and host after all. That’s way more pressing than say, dealing with freezing citizens or tax-dodging appointment faux pas.

    Comment by Patriot Goddess — February 2, 2009 @ 11:50 am - February 2, 2009

  12. This is the change we hope for?
    An arrogant autocratic president who behaves like Queen Antoinette? Let him eat beef in his shirt sleeves in the hot oval office while in Kentucky the poor people freeze to death.

    Comment by Leah — February 2, 2009 @ 11:52 am - February 2, 2009

  13. Read:

    http://www.economist.com/world/unitedstates/displaystory.cfm?STORY_ID=12599247

    Comment by bob — February 2, 2009 @ 12:05 pm - February 2, 2009

  14. bob, what does that article have to do with the the post to which you attach it? Is it that you refuse to address the points of a blog which so fascinates you? Or need rely upon other writers with a bias against conservatives to make your points for you, as if the mere fact that they have a position at a British magazine gives their ideas added merit.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — February 2, 2009 @ 12:14 pm - February 2, 2009

  15. What, and tarnish the dear one´s public image. Heaven forbid!

    It warms my heart to know that Obama has a rock star´s following. But most rock singers had one hit and then faded away only to be resuscited by PBS fund raising specials. He, too, will fade and will be brought for ex-presidents reunions. Then maybe the MSM might get around to reporting the news and tragedies like Kentucky will be front page news no matter which party is in power.

    Comment by Roberto — February 2, 2009 @ 12:24 pm - February 2, 2009

  16. GPW, maybe boob needs to start his own blog because, you know, the internet really needs more deranged left-wing hateblogs.

    Comment by V the K — February 2, 2009 @ 12:30 pm - February 2, 2009

  17. i posted the article on this post b/c it was the most recent, and i wanted the highest number of viewers to click the link.

    and the economist is no liberal magazine. on economic matters, then tend to be right of center.

    how about responding to the content of the article instead of just attacking the source. oh wait, that would require actual thought.

    [Um, bob, this is our blog which you choose to read and to which you choose to comment. So, shouldn't we be asking you why you don't respond to the post instead of just linking an article attacking conservatives? Oh, wait that would require actually reading our posts and taking seriously our ideas. --Dan]

    Comment by bob — February 2, 2009 @ 1:16 pm - February 2, 2009

  18. I really don’t get the premise of this article. Am I correct, Obama is just as bad as Bush because no aid is coming to Kentucky? So they both are equally incompetent at disasters? Or is this schadenfreude? I really did not know ( im in New York) about the problems in this state, and without negating how serious it is, Katrina was a large scale disaster. As a cop in New York, present in 911, I still think the National and State governments are under prepared and under budget ” disaster aid. But I don’t think either Bush or Obama are ruthless un caring souls.

    [don, the point of this is not that Obama is uncaring, but that the media has been silent--as the title indicates. --Dan]

    Comment by don — February 2, 2009 @ 1:34 pm - February 2, 2009

  19. [...] Yeah, the press needs to be called on it. Over and over, they need to be called on it. [...]

    Pingback by More Ice storm & More | The Anchoress — February 2, 2009 @ 2:11 pm - February 2, 2009

  20. #17 Most all of us don’t either.

    It’s that President Obama attacked President Bush on Whitehouse.gov about the Katrina response, but gets a free pass for dithering longer.

    Comment by The Livewire — February 2, 2009 @ 2:21 pm - February 2, 2009

  21. the economist is definitely not liberal. that said, the article is totally irrelevant to this post.

    Comment by Chad — February 2, 2009 @ 2:24 pm - February 2, 2009

  22. yes i know the article is irrelevant to this post.

    Comment by bob — February 2, 2009 @ 3:07 pm - February 2, 2009

  23. Chad, I would disagree about the economist’s leanings. It once described itself as centrist, but that claim can be made no longer. It has drifted significantly to the left during W’s tenure in the White House.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — February 2, 2009 @ 3:34 pm - February 2, 2009

  24. the economist has been consistently libertarian in its economic ideology: fiscal responsibility, free trade, etc. they’ve also never embraced social conservatism for the same reason. i think if anyone moved left in the past eight years, it was bush.

    Comment by Chad — February 2, 2009 @ 3:58 pm - February 2, 2009

  25. I first saw this story on Youtube. Yes youtube. Nothing on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC or anything. It’s not just that these channels are biased, but they are ineffective as well. They have left behind the news for entertainment.

    Comment by Thor — February 2, 2009 @ 4:13 pm - February 2, 2009

  26. Chad and bob, the Economist, as several conservative bloggers have demonstrated has drifted gradually to the left over the past few years, becoming quite vociferously anti-Bush, even the article linked reeks of an anti-conservative bias without much attention to actual details of the GOP’s actual failings these past few years.

    Had I posted on the leftward inclination of the Economist, I would take the time to track down those posts, but I did not post on that. I posted on the Obama Administration’s lackluster response to the natural disaster affecting the Bluegrass State and the MSM’s silence on that inadequate response.

    I contrasted that to the coverage of Katrina where the MSM covered the story by exaggerating the scope of the disaster, downplaying the federal response, focusing on its failures and all but ignoring the incompetent local and state response, as if we weren’t a federal system.

    I guess bob’s attempt to divert the discussion to an Economist article indicates his unwillingness to defend the Administration and his tacit acknowledgment of media bias.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — February 2, 2009 @ 4:14 pm - February 2, 2009

  27. maybe they’ve become anti-bush because almost everyone in the world who isn’t biased in favor of bush realizes that bush was a terrible president. i believe the economist endorsed bush in 2000, btw.

    as i said, i posted the link here as a continuation of previous conversations. i posted it here instead of in some of the older posts b/c i figured it would be seen by more ppl being at the top of the page since time has passed since the old conversations.

    also, i hardly think the ice storm of which you speak is in any way comparable to hurricane katrina, one of the most destructive and devastating storms we’ve seen in this country.

    let me level with you, GPW. as a country, we need loyal opposition to president obama. we need people holding his feet to the fire, particularly those from the other side. however, i don’t think your blog is really helping your cause or the cause of our country. you come off as someone who, in a paranoid frenzy, spends all his free time scouring conservative blogs and other unreliable news sources for anything and everything with which to criticize the president. unfortunately, this negates some of your credibility. it’s almost like crying wolf. if you keep making a huge fuss over minor things, or even things that are a complete distortion of the truth, you then make your case a lot less persuasive when you do actually have a valid point to make.

    here’s an idea: keep blogging, keep talking about what are your ideals, your beliefs, etc. but try to approach situations from a more objective standpoint. putting aside some of the crazies on these boards who may disagree, i think you will find that your communications are more effective this way.

    Comment by bob — February 2, 2009 @ 4:41 pm - February 2, 2009

  28. You all need to remember- The One is maxin and relaxin in his hothouse heat eating 100 dollar steaks because he deserves to be paid back for all the horrible oppression he has had to bear for being born a black man. Like that visited on him by the stuggling, sacrificing, loving white grandmonther that raised him. The racist bitch!

    That is the same reason that that Katrina was so much more important. The folks in Kentucky stole everything they have from the backs of the black man and so deserve to suffer.

    Of course, this was a long, long time ago and American’s of African descent suffer now from the “soft” slavery of years of the liberals enforced welfare dependency. But still…. Black=victim. White=oppressor. Any other version is….RACIST!

    You don’t think he listened to this crap in Jeremiah Wright’s church for 20 years without absorbing SOME of it do ya? After all, he did say Wright was his “friend” and “spiritual advisor.”

    Comment by 23eagle — February 2, 2009 @ 4:52 pm - February 2, 2009

  29. since you insist that we actually respond to your claim of media bias and obama inaction, i went ahead and did a quick google search. 30 seconds later, i found this:

    http://7thspace.com/headlines/303073/fema_strong_partnerships_speed_fema_response_to_kentuckys_winter_storm.html

    Comment by bob — February 2, 2009 @ 4:59 pm - February 2, 2009

  30. [...] And the media is silent. [...]

    Pingback by Lime Shurbet » Blog Archive » Obama hates white people — February 2, 2009 @ 5:23 pm - February 2, 2009

  31. According to the Courrier Journal toay it wil be 44 degrees in KY!

    Now, now, Timothy, let’s be honest here: it may be 44 degrees during the day but at night it is supposed to be down to the low 20s. Are you saying that either temp is just peachy-keen for the elderly and the young with no other source of heat? What ahppened to caring for the children? Remember: DO IT FOR THE SAKE OF THE CHILDREN!!! and all that jazz?

    That stimulus package just might contain some infrastructure $ to modernize the power grid across the USA so everything doesn’t fall apart when a few snowflakes falls.

    “Might”? Does it or doesn’t it? What’s with this “might” business? Just how much money is supposedly set aside for modernizing the grid and what exactly does this entail? How much funding are condoms and smoking-cessation programs taking away from what we both would agree are more essential areas for spending? If we’re going to borrow-and-spend can’t we do just a wee bit of prioritizing, or is the so-called stimulus bill just the vehicle for every liberal wizbang free-for-all program they can shove down the taxpayers’ throats?

    Comment by John — February 2, 2009 @ 5:54 pm - February 2, 2009

  32. I live in a state that was hit hard by a major ice storm in early December 2007. President Bush did declare most of the affected counties to be disaster areas but, to my knowledge, issued no words of support to those of us who were without power from eight days to two weeks. And neither President Bush nor Vice President Cheney visited us. Our utility companies were pretty much on their own restoring power.

    However, FEMA came in after the storm and told cities and counties how to account for damages and clean-up costs. Our community, which operates our electric utility, was reimbursed in full for the cost of restoring power and cleaning up fallen tree limbs, etc. FEMA was so detailed that reimbursements included use of chain saws and other equipment, gasoline for generators, and the time volunteers spent operating a community shelter.

    Comment by Lee — February 2, 2009 @ 6:00 pm - February 2, 2009

  33. Littleletterbob proclaims:

    everyone in the world who isn’t biased in favor of bush realizes that bush was a terrible president.

    Holy buckets! Batman. A poll has been taken of everyone in the world and the results are in. Those biased in favor of Bush are idiots and the pure, clear minded, informed, unbiased bob’s have examined the Bush presidency in detail and found it terrible. What wretched news.

    For a while there, I thought littleletterpeople bob might have something to say. You go, bob, you have your finger on the pulse of everyone in the world and you are so, so very competent in supporting your totally pure and unbiased correct and righteous point of view. Meanwhile, my septic tank needs cleaning. Are you available for the job?

    Comment by heliotrope — February 2, 2009 @ 6:01 pm - February 2, 2009

  34. Heliotrope, what the cult of no capitalization is too glassy eyed to realize is that both the owners of this blog and most of the conservative commenters have been very critical of Bush on the issues where he’s been wrong… spending, immigration, Harriet Miers, inconsistency in applying the Bush doctrine and elsewhere.

    Maybe the littleletterpeople can’t recognize Bush criticism unless it’s obscene, poorly spelled diatribes filled with wild accusations of “torture” and turning the USA into a police state.

    Meanwhile, none of the littleletter people have peeped even a word of criticism about their Dear Leader, even as he runs up two trillion dollar deficits, appoints tax cheats to his cabinet, or even when he embraces the policies they thought were beyond evil when Bush was using them.

    Comment by V the K — February 2, 2009 @ 6:29 pm - February 2, 2009

  35. Regarding boob’s article:

    And he won voters with a household income of more than $200,000—many of whom will get thumped by his tax increases—by six points.

    Which is smarter, to vote for the guy who’s gonna screw your ass to the wall or admit that you did?

    As to the rest:

    Maybe if bush hadn’t wasted bazillions of dollars on a occupation of a sovereign nation we’d have been able to help modernize America instead of rebuilding Iraq.

    Maybe if Bush hadn’t “wasted bazillions of dollars”, we might not have an America to modernize. Better yet, we might be living in the United Caliphate of America in which point mondernization would be moot.

    since you insist that we actually respond to your claim of media bias and obama inaction, i went ahead and did a quick google search. 30 seconds later, i found this:

    Now can you explain why liberals weren’t as inquisitive in the past? Why did the take the word of the liberal media as fact?

    What’s with this “might” business?

    You’re supposed to be hoping with one hand over your heart and the other down the front of your trousers.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 2, 2009 @ 6:30 pm - February 2, 2009

  36. heliotrope,

    one needs not conduct a world opinion poll to know what the world thinks of mr. bush. one needs only to open his ears.

    Comment by bob — February 2, 2009 @ 7:03 pm - February 2, 2009

  37. “Which is smarter, to vote for the guy who’s gonna screw your ass to the wall or admit that you did?”

    what you fail to understand is that rich liberals aren’t as selfish as rich conservatives. did you ever think that perhaps they are looking out for what they believe is best for the country, not only caring about what is best for their bank account?

    Comment by bob — February 2, 2009 @ 7:07 pm - February 2, 2009

  38. “Now can you explain why liberals weren’t as inquisitive in the past? Why did the take the word of the liberal media as fact?”

    i have no idea what you’re trying to say here.

    Comment by bob — February 2, 2009 @ 7:08 pm - February 2, 2009

  39. 27: Well, that’s all just too twisted for color tv….

    Comment by Kevin — February 2, 2009 @ 7:43 pm - February 2, 2009

  40. Obama is an idiot for not at the very least making a statement before now. I’m sure that is not harsh enough condemnation to appease some of the piranhas on here but that’s life. As far as the MSM ignoring what is or is not going on in Kentucky, you’re just wrong. My local paper, still owned by Tribune (MSM right?), ran two stories on 1/29, 1 on 1/30 about how bad conditions are, 2 on 1/31, 1 on 2/1 and two today. One of which talks about how FEMA has not responded in some areas but has done well in others. I see information from CNN, MSNBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, Time and the Washington Post. They pretty well qualify as MSM correct? It is true that there don’t seem to be any calling Obama on his silence and they should be.

    What is to be gained by trivializing Katrina and the complete nonsense in that lame attempt at sarcasm about racism. All y’all are showing by this is how totally petty you plan on being for the next 4 to 8 years. I imagine there are a few therapists that have spare times since at least a few Bush haters have calmed down, it would be a good idea for some of you to make appts. because you need some serious help.

    Comment by a different Dave — February 2, 2009 @ 8:24 pm - February 2, 2009

  41. a different Dave, we’re not trivializing Katrina, not in the least, but contrasting how the media went overboard in faulting Bush (as if there were no inept local response in New Orleans) and covering this 24/7.

    When I have checked my MSM portals, they don’t lead with the story as they did with Katrina. When I first posted this, I saw very little on any MSM sites.

    Appreciate your chiding Obama on this.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — February 2, 2009 @ 8:47 pm - February 2, 2009

  42. I suspect the media is skipping the ice storm (as they mostly skipped the flooding in Iowa some time back) because there are too few images to support the POV that we’re all a bunch of helpless children in need of a gubmint mommy to kiss it and make it better.

    I’ve been through a couple of ice storms (no power for days, cold and dark) but as miserable as it was, there was no looting and mayhem. My neighbors and I did the best we can and helped out where possible. Nothing to see here.

    #1: pork money for the power grid? Riiiight. What about the immense amount of friction imposed by the envirokooks whenever a power line is proposed. San Diego P&L is trying to build a line to carry electricity from “green” generating facilities (in the middle of nowhere) to SoCal and the enviros are fighting it tooth and nail.

    Comment by SoCalRobert — February 2, 2009 @ 8:48 pm - February 2, 2009

  43. Ah Dave, we are being “petty” eh? Thanks for all the faux concern about the millions of Americans suffering. Some just wondering where their President is and why he doesn’t care. The MSM coverage we want to see, is helicopters hovering over the devastation, the msm chasing the President and his aides screaming out questions about the lack of attention to the needy, the interviews with the emotional victims,

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — February 2, 2009 @ 8:51 pm - February 2, 2009

  44. All y’all are showing by this is how totally petty you plan on being for the next 4 to 8 years.

    So, if I understand you correctly this kind of behavior is perfectly acceptable when it comes from liberals but just “petty” when conservatives return it in kind? Hmm…

    Obama I can deal with as a somewhat new player, but you’d better believe that I’m going to enjoy pointing the rank hypocrisy, blatant bullshittery, etc. of the Left every single chance I get. They’ve earned nothing less. And you know what? That’s all this will be from conservatives. Guess what you won’t see? The “speaking truth to power” BS from the nutjobs you ally yourselves with in the streets and the press.

    Comment by John — February 2, 2009 @ 8:51 pm - February 2, 2009

  45. what you fail to understand is that rich liberals aren’t as selfish as rich conservatives.

    What? Like Geithner? Daschle? Maybe you mean the Clintons or the Obamas? The problem with your ASSertion is that it’s factually untrue:

    http://tinyurl.com/d4xgq9

    did you ever think that perhaps they are looking out for what they believe is best for the country, not only caring about what is best for their bank account?

    Not in the slightest. Given the failure after failure after failure of EVERY attempt liberals make to pretend that they give a shit about anybody other than themselves, I have no reason to think that they might.

    And I’ll tell you one damn thing, gutting the military isn’t very charitable to those “poor & uneducated” soldiers liberals love to revile.

    i have no idea what you’re trying to say here.

    Indeed. Not surprised that you don’t get it.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 2, 2009 @ 8:53 pm - February 2, 2009

  46. One more thing: has Anderson Cooper headed to Kentucky? Have any networks dispatched their top reporters here as they did to New Orleans?

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — February 2, 2009 @ 8:53 pm - February 2, 2009

  47. bob said: what you fail to understand is that rich liberals aren’t as selfish as rich conservatives.

    Actually, you’re quite wrong about that. Studies show that conservatives give more to charity than liberals do. Maybe it’s because they don’t expect the government to wastefully do it for them.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/03/conservatives_more_liberal_giv.html

    Comment by Brendan In Philly — February 2, 2009 @ 8:55 pm - February 2, 2009

  48. #39

    It’s called illustrating liberal absurdity by being absurd.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 2, 2009 @ 8:57 pm - February 2, 2009

  49. Brendan:

    The single biggest predictor of someone’s altruism, Willett says, is religion. It increasingly correlates with conservative political affiliations because, as Brooks’ book says, “the percentage of self-described Democrats who say they have ‘no religion’ has more than quadrupled since the early 1970s.” America is largely divided between religious givers and secular nongivers, and the former are disproportionately conservative. One demonstration that religion is a strong determinant of charitable behavior is that the least charitable cohort is a relatively small one — secular conservatives.

    Well, there it is.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 2, 2009 @ 9:01 pm - February 2, 2009

  50. There are always exceptions, though. I’m an atheist, but consider myself pretty generous (when my poverty allows it, of course). Then again, I’d say a good chunk of secular conservatives take a Randian approach to charity.

    Comment by Brendan In Philly — February 2, 2009 @ 9:21 pm - February 2, 2009

  51. It’s comical how liberals just assume things. Of course liberal Democrats are more giving because they ‘care ” more about the downtrodden.
    WRONG. Another study that says conservative Republicans give more than leftists Democrats. Dems are just plain frauds. They talk a good game but man, they don’t give, they don’t pay taxes. It seems they are a bunch of loud mouthed “do as I say, not as I do” creeps. Kinda like ALGORE, J F Kerry, Ted Kennedy, you get the idea.
    http://oregonactivist.blogspot.com/2008/05/republican-donate-more-to-charity-than.html

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — February 2, 2009 @ 10:49 pm - February 2, 2009

  52. Of course liberal Democrats are more giving because they ‘care ” more about the downtrodden.

    Note to Boob: It’s not charity when you steal it from others.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 2, 2009 @ 11:27 pm - February 2, 2009

  53. Obama in office a few days + Kentucky = Obama’s fault.
    Bush in office for months + 9/11 = Clinton’s fault.
    You guys are absolute jokes. And not all that funny.
    Why don’t you link some relief agencies while you’re discussing Kentucky? Thousand points of light and all….lmao.

    Comment by jimmy — February 3, 2009 @ 3:02 am - February 3, 2009

  54. Um, Jimmy, why don’t you actually address the point of the post? We never said it was Obama’s fault. We are faulting his reaction. And the hypocrisy of the media in not calling him to account.

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — February 3, 2009 @ 3:39 am - February 3, 2009

  55. Obama in office a few days + Kentucky = Obama’s fault.
    Bush in office for months + 9/11 = Clinton’s fault.
    You guys are absolute jokes.

    Clearly Chairman Obama can’t control the weather, much to many liberal’s chagrin. Nice to now you at least know that. Nothing can be done to stop it. Make sure you tell Algore.

    HOWEVER, lord BJ had ample opportunity to put the kibosh on bin Laden and al-Qaida if he had wanted to. Problem was that he didn’t want to because he was screwing interns while sucking the cocks of garbage that would rather see 9/11 happen than to hurt the feelings of “those brown people”.

    Sorry. Bush received a very vague PDB. BJ received requests to apprehend and/or kill bin Laden. Now, tell me again which one didn’t give a shit???

    While your at it, please explain to me how stealing documents and poking Chris Wallace does a damn thing to protect the country.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — February 3, 2009 @ 5:21 am - February 3, 2009

  56. Anderson was in his warm and dry studio last night. Maybe he hates poor white people in Kentucky like President Obama must.

    Comment by Bruce (GayPatriot) — February 3, 2009 @ 10:14 am - February 3, 2009

  57. My goodness, the leftwingnuts certainly are cranky. They spent eight years educating the nation on how to blame Bush for everything and getting the “nattering nabobs of negativism” to howl incessantly and now they cry and whimper when the students demonstrate what they have learned.

    My car acquired a huge repair bill yesterday. This is a depression worse than the days of Noah and the flood and Big Oil has kept me from owning a perpetual motion machine that enhances the environment and creates excess energy when I drive it and feeds the poor and cures cancer. I can only wait by the mailbox for the government check and look to government for solutions to all of life’s big problems and petty annoyances. Hey, look! There is a piece of litter by my mailbox. I will have to go call 911 and have someone come by and pick it up.

    If they don’t come soon, I will call Obama and he will Organize them into action. Hoo-ray for Hollywood, we have finally got the nation we deserve.

    Comment by heliotrope — February 3, 2009 @ 10:29 am - February 3, 2009

  58. Hollywood´s limosine liberals drive down to the inner city once a year to dish out turkey platters at the to the homeless on Thanksgiving Day and in that they feel that they have done their charitable duty for the year.

    Comment by Roberto — February 3, 2009 @ 10:55 am - February 3, 2009

  59. In the winter of either 94 or 96 (can’t remember which), the midwest and east were hit with subzero temperatures and ice storms. In local papers and on local newscasts, stories about people freezing to death were covered. But not in the national papers or networks. No, there were house fires in California, fires that didn’t kill a single human being, but since they were big celebrity houses in California, the fires got all the press.

    Comment by rightwingprof — February 3, 2009 @ 12:04 pm - February 3, 2009

  60. #57 – I think it was a pop singer who castigated the Libtard Elites by reminding them that “charity is a coat you wear only twice a year.”

    Scribes, Pharisees and Hypocrites = the DNC

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 3, 2009 @ 5:59 pm - February 3, 2009

  61. [...] Storm Hits Kentucky, FEMA Absent, Media Silent [...]

    Pingback by GayPatriot » President, News Anchors Absent from Kentucky Disaster — February 3, 2009 @ 8:56 pm - February 3, 2009

  62. what you fail to understand is that rich liberals aren’t as selfish as rich conservatives.

    Which is why the Obama Party seems stuffed to the gills with rich liberals who skip out on their taxes.

    If bob were consistent, he would be blasting these selfish pigs. But once again, bob isn’t consistent; he’s merely an Obama shill who will do and support whatever the Obama Party tells him.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — February 3, 2009 @ 10:47 pm - February 3, 2009

  63. Joe Biden said an increase in the tax rate for the top tier would be patriotic. Maybe Geithner, Daschle and Killefer were just waiting for an opportunity to be patriotic.

    Comment by Roberto — February 4, 2009 @ 2:00 pm - February 4, 2009

  64. Roberto, it was also Hillary who said (I mean SHRIEKED) that dissent was patriotic too. So just call me Sam Adams.

    And pour one for me too. Patriotism is hard work.

    Regards,
    Peter H.

    Comment by Peter Hughes — February 4, 2009 @ 2:24 pm - February 4, 2009

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