The escape to freedom (and by that I mean electricity) is complete

After hailing a private car service and being rescued on the 21st floor of a 30 flight stairwell climb, I am safely in the confines of the satellite offices of CKC Capital. Electricity did not begin in Manhattan before 42nd street, so choose your local travel accordingly.

Special thanks to KC and Elizabeth for providing Red Cross services to your weary and world-worn blogger.

Will resume auxiliary blogging once we are fully operational.

UPDATE: We now have security camera footage of the rescue operation on the 21st floor:


  1. kyle
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 9:10 am | Permalink | Reply

    Good….I am going through withdrawls!!!

    • mchlgregg
      Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:05 am | Permalink | Reply

      glad I’m not the only one!!!

    • JR
      Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:25 am | Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, get your butt back to work! NO wussies! These polls won’t un-skew themselves! 😉

      • mchlgregg
        Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:34 am | Permalink

        Well done JR! needed a great laugh this morning!

  2. Porchlight
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 9:12 am | Permalink | Reply

    Glad you are safe. Last 24 hours for you seems to have been quite the ride….

  3. Posted October 30, 2012 at 9:25 am | Permalink | Reply

    good news!! thanks for all the good work. It´s a great site

  4. Sadie C
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 9:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    Stay safe….

  5. rcl_in_va
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    Glad to have to back.

  6. wholefoodsrepublican
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink | Reply

    glad to have you have you back on line, i too was going through withdrawals… hope all will find safety and comfort soon. best wishes

  7. Ranger375
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 9:33 am | Permalink | Reply

    We were wondering how you were. Glad you are safe – that is the main thing.

  8. Posted October 30, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink | Reply

    DEDICATION = KeithBacker

  9. Nobody Really
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 9:58 am | Permalink | Reply

    Glad you’re navigating your way through the storm. The $300M enterprise that is the leftist HuffPost is down because of the storm. Maybe they just need another $300M to fix the problem.

  10. Tony
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 9:59 am | Permalink | Reply

    Thankfully, we still have power up here in Parkchester in the Bronx.

  11. Tom
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink | Reply

    Working in the midst of a crisis. You must be a conservative. So glad you’re ok.

  12. Fred S
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink | Reply

    Keith, I live in NYC, out in Queens. Lost 3 large trees last night but am on a hill, so no flooding and we have power. I have never seen NYC in such distress. Can’t wait to have you back blogging.

  13. Dave
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink | Reply

    Chistie thanking Obama…NJ was already solidly Obama but like a rock in a pond there could be ripples… the thing is, any president would have done that. I have a feeling this will get mentioned by the media over and over…

    • Medicine Man
      Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink | Reply

      Sure, but not sure if undecideds break 2 to 1 because of what BO is doing right now? Or Indies? Nobody really knows, but this race wasn’t tied before this terrible disaster.

    • Tony
      Posted October 30, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink | Reply

      Remember the fat man wants to run for President in 4 years, so he wants Romney to lose. Remember his lame speech at the Republican Convention?

  14. John
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink | Reply

    Glad you are safe. I too am going through withdrawals.

  15. kindredsoul
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:15 am | Permalink | Reply

    NPR poll out. Romney leads Obama 48-47 (great) but trails Obama by 4 in battlegrounds. I tend to doubt it. Thoughts?

    • Medicine Man
      Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:26 am | Permalink | Reply

      D+4, Romney double digit lead among Indies, NM included in the Blattle ground states…

      • Fred S
        Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

        Battleground poll is D+9, not sure of the mix in NPR, but I doubt it could be that high and D+5 more than the national mix. Gallup does not even have the national at D+4. NPR would love nothing more than to see Romney defeated – they don’t want to lose their govt. subsidies.

    • Porchlight
      Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:39 am | Permalink | Reply

      National sample was D+4, 35/31/34, battleground state sample is D+9, 40/31/27. Notice they cannibalized the indies to give to the Dems. And even with that they still only get O to a 4-point lead.

      • John
        Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:42 am | Permalink

        The NPR definition of “Battleground” includes Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New Mexico which would seem to also tip the results in favor of Obama as all three states are generally considered more Obama friendly.

      • Porchlight
        Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:45 am | Permalink

        True, but I think Ras has PA and MI in his battleground state group – but not NM.

      • Dave
        Posted October 30, 2012 at 11:08 am | Permalink

        NM as a battleground state is new (to me anyway). Places I’ve seen have had that solidly in 0’s camp.

    • Dave
      Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:58 am | Permalink | Reply

      Since when does NPR weigh in with a poll? This is the first time I’ve seen their name associated with a poll. When was their last? Suddenly every one wants to commision a poll. NPR not only is federally funded but their viewership is heavily liberal leaning. That probably translates into a dem leaning poll. You’re probably better off asking Big Bird.

  16. Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:22 am | Permalink | Reply

    Gallup suspended nightly polling so there will probably be no daily update today

    • Medicine Man
      Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:30 am | Permalink | Reply

      Rassmussen was updated today with Romney still up 49/47 BUT he usually has detaited info for premium members by 9am and there is no update. I wonder if he had limited data for yesterday.

  17. allthingsgeography1
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink | Reply

    Glad you’re safe Keith. Actually had no idea until last night that you lived in that area. I was tracking the storm on my blog all evening and it was crazy to watch. Glad you can get back into the blogging business!

    • Medicine Man
      Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:44 am | Permalink | Reply

      Me neither, you have such a Midwest common sense to you.

  18. Posted October 30, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink | Reply

    Keith, I did not know how addicted I was to your web site until this disaster. Suddenly, the place I turned to for solid, reassuring information each day was silent! But, the amazing thing is that your work has attracted the support of many excellent bloggers who also give great insights and information in addition to your own — so that the work is somewhat carried on even in your momentary absence. You have created a wonderful site and attracted some wonderful “associates.”

    Now what do you do for an encore after November 6th? Time to fight the American-sovereignty undermining pro-UN treaties Obama will be trying to foist on America in the Lame Duck session?

    • Posted October 30, 2012 at 11:05 am | Permalink | Reply

      And, yes, Keith, I am most grateful that you are all right and safe today. Forgot to say that. Your dedication to this web site is deeply appreciated.

  19. Dave
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 11:29 am | Permalink | Reply

    “I have never seen NYC in such distress”

    Me neither. I can’t recall ever seeing these kind of weather events hitting the east coast and NYC. These are weather patterns predicted by the warming earth community. We can debate the ultimate cause of earth’s warming all we want but the facts are these are weather patterns unlike anything the east coast has seen in recent times. Perhaps it will take decades more of record heat in summer and violent weather patterns like these to move the public sentiment meter from do-nothing to do-something but until then it’s not unreasonable to expect to see more of the same as polar caps melt and the earth warms. I’m sure the irony would not be lost on the conservative community should these storms change the outcome of this election (which I doubt). A global-warming event helping to defeat an anti-global-warming candidate, how positively scandalous. So far these storms have occurred with impeccable timing and have only helped democrats. Either way mother nature seems to insist on weighing in on this election, and in favor of the dem candidate.

    • Evan3457
      Posted October 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

      1. New York has been overdue to be hit by a strong hurricane, maybe by decades.
      2. There is not enough long-term weather data for these regions to know if the preceding decades were unusually moderate, and this is a less moderate pattern is due.
      3. We can cut our carbon use to zero and go back to living in the 1850’s, and it won’t matter a damn. You know why? China and India will increase their carbon usage far beyond what we can cut.
      4. It’s kinda sick and twisted to use this catastrophe to win an election. But they’ll try real hard to do it anyway.

      • Tony
        Posted October 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

        Exactly. Geez, I have lived in NYC……it is an island for God’s sake. People are ridiculous.

  20. Di
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink | Reply

    Glad you’re safe, Keith! Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you affected by Sandy.

  21. Evan3457
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Glad to hear from you, Keith. Welcome back.

  22. M. White
    Posted October 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I was sitting here switching through channels and stopped on MSNBC for a few seconds. It was 12pm, Alex Wagners show with Martin Bashir and 3 other liberal guests and they were absolutely slamming Romney showing him in Ohio at a victory center where he was encouraging people to make donations and they had set up for people to bring blankets and so on for relief efforts. This group on MSNBC claimed he was campaigning which he wasn’t and they were saying so many lies about him it made me sick. Then they went to praise the President and this would put him in the lead to win a second term because he can be the president at this time of crisis. Isn’t that his job??? Where was he when Americans were being slaughtered in Benghazi, oh wait, they didn’t cover it so it never happened. All this politizing this storm while people are in harms way makes me sick. I haven’t seen much of that on Fox or CNN but leave it to MSNBC to worship the One. What happened to being fair. The truth is over the weekend Romney’s campaign used it buses and victory centers to start preparing for the storm, used their buses and volunteers to help evacuate people. NO, he isn’t the president yet and he can’t do what the sitting president can but he has proved himself worthy of the office. He sat aside campaigning before Obama did. You don’t hear news outlets pointing that out. If people only had a few channels to get their news a Republican would never get elected. I also will say that Gov. Christie went a little overboard in his praise for Obama yesterday and today. The president and the Fed. Govern. should be doing their job but Christie basically threw Romney out to sea. He was very rude to Romney and this goes to show just how quickly people forget what’s been done to our country over the 4 years. All Christie had to say was the Federal response was going fine and praise workers for doing their jobs. Wow, he changed over night. will not have much respect for him any longer. I know his state is facing a major disaster but to be so blatant in his praise for Obama when Obama should be doing his job was way overboard for Christie. It also gave ammunition for the left to play over and over again on TV which is exactly what MSNBC was doing. MSNBC actually said that Christie was switching sides and basically endorsing Obama and turning on Romney. I will say this, the media had been planning to make this week about Obama’s comeback but the storm stopped that for now but they will use this storm to make Obama way more that he really is. Won’t be surprised if the media and Obama’s campaign use this to win the election. They will use this to make people think Obama is bi-partisan and he deserves a second term for his handling of the storm although it’s the local and state govern.’s that have their work cut out for them. Obama can send money and FEMA but we all pay for those services. I would say in my humble opinion this will change the momentum of this election. By the weekend the media will have done their job turning this election for Obama. I don’t think Romney has a chance now. He basically has his hands tied since he can’t do anything because he’s not the President and the media will drive that home relentlessly. Be prepared for an Obama second term because the media will make sure it happens. Also, if Obama feels like he may lose, then they try to extend the election or do something to declare Marshall Law or whatever else they can come up with to win.

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