September 6, 2017

Trump’s EPA Strikes Back at AP Over ‘Yellow Journalism’ in Harvey Potential Contamination Coverage

BIZZYBLOG-ONLY UPDATE: OMG, Luke Darby at GQ actually believes that because a flooded Superfund site can be reached by boat makes it “accessible.”

Tell you what, Luke, YOU put on the wetsuit, dive right in, and tell us what’s going on.

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Based on their output during the past several days, the Associated Press’s overwhelmingly left-leaning reporters are acting as if they’re infuriated that the nation’s perception of governments’ and citizens’ responses to Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath has been predominantly positive — and perhaps even that AP photos taken during often courageous rescue efforts have fed that positive reaction. It could hardly be more obvious that its beat reporters are searching for a story angle which will make the Trump administration and the predominantly Republican and conservative politicians in Texas look bad.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (090617)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: The remarkable story behind the Harvey jet ski rescue

Filed under: Business Moves,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Houston:

Updated 1552 GMT (2352 HKT) August 31, 2017

J.C. and Karen Spencer call in their breakfast order to their local Houston Chick-fil-A every day.

On Monday morning, they had a slightly different request: Instead of the usual, they asked for a boat to rescue them from their flooded home.

It was by mere coincidence that the Spencers even got someone on the line. The restaurant was closed because of Hurricane Harvey.

The manager, Jeffrey Urban, just happened to be there checking on everything. The phone was ringing off the hook, but Urban wasn’t planning on taking any calls.
Then, he noticed the Spencers’ familiar number on the caller ID.

He answered, thinking J.C. Spencer was just calling in for his daily grilled burrito with extra eggs, not knowing the store was closed.

It was J.C., but he didn’t want breakfast. His house was gone, he said; he needed help.

“He was saying he was trying to reach out to people, and he couldn’t get any response from 911,” Urban told HLN on Thursday. “So he called Chick-fil-A to see if we could help him out. And it was such a blessing that, in that exact moment, I was there to answer the phone and get him help.”

Urban got the couple’s address and called up the restaurant owner and HR director Cindy Smith to see what could be done.

Smith’s husband had a boat. So he and a few neighbors headed out to the Spencers’ house with a boat and a jet ski in tow.

It is a deeply unenviable situation, to have to be rescued from a house, a neighborhood, a city underwater.

But the image of Karen Spencer sitting comfortably atop a jet ski is unforgettable — a little humor and a lot of kindness in the face of tragedy. …

Go here for the rest of the story.