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Four N.C. Republicans vote against aid for Superstorm Sandy victims

UPDATED:Four N.C. Republicans in Congress voted against providing $9.7 billion in aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy, including two new freshmen.

The lawmakers who voted against: Virginia Foxx of Banner Elk, Mark Meadows of Hendersonville, George Holding of Raleigh and Richard Hudson of Charlotte.

The three GOPers didn't immediately explain their votes -- part of a group of 67 Republicans who voted against the aid requested by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican Party star. The vote: 354-67.

In today's paper, Holding describes his main priority is to limit spending. Meadows is already being attacked by Democrats as a card-carrying tea partier. And Foxx is known for her uber-conservative stances.


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Shezanne Cassim, the American jailed in the United Arab Emirates after posting a video parody, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison and a fine of 10,000 UAE dirhams (approximately $2,700).
The young American living in the UAE has been imprisoned since April, his family says, for posting what was intended to be a funny video on the Internet.
He was accused of defaming the UAE's image abroad, according to The National, the country's main English-language newspaper.
The video in question is a 19-minute short that pokes fun at a clique of Dubai teens who are influenced by hip-hop culture. In the 1990s, the label "Satwa G" was coined for a group of suburban teens who were known to talk tougher than they really were.
The video depicts a look at a "combat school" in the suburb of Satwa, where these "gangsters" are trained. The training includes how to throw sandals at targets, using clothing accessories as whips, and how to call on the phone for backup.Cassim's family says the 29-year-old has been charged with endangering national security.The charges were not read out in court. UAE officials would only say "Mr. Cassim was charged under the UAE's penal code. Anyone charged with a crime under the laws of the UAE is entitled to the fair trial protections contained in the UAE's constitution."
Cassim, from Woodbury, Minnesota, moved to Dubai in 2006 after graduating from college to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He and some friends made and posted the video online in 2012. He was arrested in April. He was interrogated and arrested in Dubai before being transferred to a maximum security prison in Abu Dhabi. His family says it was five months before he was notified of the charges against him.

What of the pork?

Some of the items included in the Senate bill had no business being attached, Obama said he would not sign pork laden bills but apparently that was not the truth either.

Included in the bill but not limited to ....

$58 million in subsidies for tree planting on private properties (McCain tried to get that removed, his proposal failed)

$150 million for fisheries disasters that could go to Alaska as well as Gulf Coast and New England states (Coburn tried to get that removed, that failed too)

$400 million into a community development program for regions suffering disasters, beyond areas struck by Sandy.

$5.3 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers that has no accompanying statement of priorities on how to spend the money

$11.7 billion to help repair New York City's subways

$20,000 to buy a new car for the Department of Justice's inspector general

$10.8 billion for the Federal Transportation Administration

$4 million for repairs at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida

$3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center

Cancellation of loans related to Hurricane Katrina.

This wasn't disaster aid but looting the treasury!

The Senate porked up this bill so much it was a joke. Boehner was right to delay vote, and I'm proud of these four GOP House members for voting NO!

Mark Meadows

Meadows is not from Hendersonville. He is from Highlands.


So the three GOPers didn't immediately explain their "nay" votes, eh? Not surprising. An explanation would require that they have enough wherewithall to make sure their stories jibed with their political puppeteers' talking points, and that takes time. Lots and lots of time.

sandy aid


Holding - What a great start - voting against Sandy aid!

Congratulations NC on voting this POS into office

Shame On These NC Reps

North Carolina regularly has been hit by hurricanes and been a recipient of federal disaster relief. This relief has been disproportionately paid by Northeastern states with their higher paying jobs. Nobody can predit where or when the next disaster will hit. These representatives are completely irresponsible for voting against relief this time.

Four no votes

Hi. Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-8) also voted against.

Let's hope North Carolina

Let's hope North Carolina never needs federal disaster aid again.

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