It’s 48 today!
Because Gov. Chris Christie never declared one* for last week’s blizzard, that makes the state ineligible for FEMA reimbursements that would cover 75% of cleanup costs.
Now, it wouldn’t surprise me to see the feds bend the rules — if Christie bends on the commuter tunnel. We’ll see.
*update — the Lt. Gov. declared one while she was in Mexico.
I saw Martin Mull and His Fabulous Furniture In Your Living Room at the old Bijou, back in ’74 or ’75, and this is one of the bits he did:
My turn to be harassed by the SEPTA Transit police. I snapped a photo of an incoming Broad St Subway train at City Hall when I was faced with a person asking me if I was “authorized to take photos”. I say person at this point because while well dressed, he wore no police uniform. I told him photography was allowed in SEPTA. He claimed it was not and claimed he was a police officer. “Let’s see a badge” I sez. We all got on the train where he produced a badge. Ok fine, he’s a cop. And he continues this tirade where I didn’t have authorization to take photos. Jersey Mike heard this and added that that wasn’t true.
I told the officer to call a cop on us if that’s the case. By then we reached Race-Vine station where we were ordered off the train and detained on the platform by the officer, who radio’d for other officers, who showed up, first 2 then 2 more until we had at least 4 and at most 6 cops with us on the platform.
We got frisked for weapons and long story short, I was given a citation for disorderly conduct and was told to sign it. I of course insisted on reading what I was signing and noticed in the narrative that I “had used profanity”. This was false and I called the officer on it and he told me “you don’t tell me what to write” and so I refused to sign it. I’m still issued the citation, have a court date, etc.
He told me “that will teach you how to treat an officer when he questions you”.
I said “no, I wouldn’t do one thing different; you weren’t wearing a uniform and I had to ask you to show ID that you were a cop.” We were free to leave so we did. What a pain in the ass. I didn’t need nor do I need “authorization” to take photos; this guy is just a bully.
Geeze, you’re lucky you weren’t Tazed.
Nope, no extreme weather anywhere, nothing going on, no climate change!
Floods that have inundated 22 Australian towns and forced more than 200,000 from their homes headed toward the northeast coast on New Year’s Day, forcing further evacuations and warnings of 30-ft flood waters.
Australia has endured its wettest spring on record, causing six river systems in tropical Queensland to flood, as soaring temperatures in the states of Victoria and South Australia sparked warnings of devastating bushfires.
The rain has flooded coal mines and hit farming hard, with many roads still impassable, and prompted warnings of the dangers of crocodiles and snakes in flooded homes
The inland sea that stretches across Queensland is dotted with the roofs of flooded homes, islands of dry ground crowded with stranded livestock and small boats ferrying people and emergency supplies.