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Sandy Refugees Complain of Prison-like Conditions at FEMA Tent Camps

OCEANPORT — As he lights up a Marlboro and takes a slow drag before exhaling, Brian Sotelo is a man who has finally reached his breaking point.

Anger drips from every word as he peers out at the tops of the white tents rising over the trees in the distance. The depth of despair in his eyes is difficult to fathom.

And he makes it clear he’s was not going down without a fight.

We stood and talked in the cool morning air a short distance up the road after security at the front gate threatened to have our cars removed outside the entrance to what Sotelo’s identification tag calls “Camp Freedom,” even though it more closely resembles a prison camp.

A Seaside Heights resident who was at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River with his wife and three kids a half-hour before the shelter opened as superstorm Sandy approached last week, Sotelo was part of a contingent shifted on Wednesday to this makeshift tent city in the parking lot across Oceanport Avenue from Monmouth Park.

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Looks like the tent city was

Looks like the tent city was only temporary prison accomodations. They are going to be moved to a real prison now.


Blessings )o(


I posted another article similar to that:


Yes. Let them all die.

I so agree with many posters below. This man has a phone and a car. He probably stole them both. This story about working hard every day since he left home at 16? That's just a euphemism for dealing drugs. The people in that car weren't his family, those were his prostitutes. Drug kingpins like him have cash, hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars but this guy can't spend for a night in a hotel room?

And most of these people probably voted for Obama. Actually, ALL of them did, EVERY SINGLE ONE. Stuff like this doesn't happen to conservatives ever. NEVER EVER, NOT EVEN ONCE ANYWHERE IN THIS LAND, you know why? Because we're smarter and better than they are. And because of this they deserve neither our assistance nor our sympathy, they ALL DESERVE TO DIE.

Fortunately because of our ideology and inherent righteousness and natural superiority we don't have to deal with such things. Go forth proudly through the human stench of this day with your head held high.

And I am so very proud to stand among ye. Those of ye, that is, that aren't moved to some bogus sympathy and motivation to help victims of natural disaster on our own soil. You guys should have just gone ahead and voted for Obama and you should be dead too.

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

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The "best" our government can do for us!

Of course, the food they provide should have ideal officially allowed salt & fat levels. . .

Well of course, because in an

Well of course, because in an emergency situation lack of salt and fat in your diet will actually kill you.

Blessings )o(

Coming soon

to a FEMA camp near you!

Picking on the guy because he has a phone?

Don't begrudge people simple things like that during a crisis. I'm sure he gets somewhat of a feeling of normalcy during a rough time out of that phone.

Would we have him without any way to document what's going on and contact with the outside world?

Anyway, this guy may wind up being a future Liberty lover. He's getting an education in socialistic/fascist government love as we speak. He'll remember the efficiency and warm feeling about FEMA for a long time to come, hopefully.

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"Sotelo scrolls through the

"Sotelo scrolls through the photos he took inside the facility as his wife, Renee, huddles for warmth inside a late-model Toyota Corolla stuffed with possessions"

iPhone, brand new car, but don't have $2000 in savings to pay rent for 3-4 months. Yes, I feel so sorry for them...

And as I pointed out, they're getting an education the hard way

I may be a mean intolerant bastard at times but I can still feel for the real loss of a person.

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It's easy to be a libertarian

when you have all your stuff and you are well. Don't knock the unfortunate. All things that happen to us are not by our own choice. We don't know where he got the phone, perhaps it was given to him. Maybe his family lived far away. Perhaps his neighbors and friends were in the same predicament. He was forced out of his home. Probably all the nearby hotels were occupied and neighbors had already lent their extra rooms to others. We don't know.

There is absolutely no excuse for our government to treat American citizens this way. FEMA has been given money for the express purpose of aiding the unfortunate. Expecting the government to take care of you is crazy, but that is no excuse for the gov to act like this.

Where is the outrage? Instead we sit and call them stupid from our cozy homes? What can we do to help prove that private charity is far superior to socialism? Dr. Paul always insisted on this.

This is what I don't get:

Sotelo scrolls through the photos he took inside the facility...they couldn’t charge their smart phones because there wasn’t enough power.

That's a way better phone than I own...mine doesn't even have a camera. That means some hefty monthly payments...wouldn't it be better to use that for a hotel room and get your family out of there?

Priorities seem skewed to me.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Put yourself in his place, Joe

That piece of technology may be the only place he can store and transmit photos, videos, and audios for his personal record and his public free-speech use. When he is told that power to recharge that phone isn't available, consider how many ways he is limited in it's uses.

Even though his monthly contract payments may have him with some service for a while, what are his options when he might not be able to afford that? Then all he will have is a high tech tool with no power to record or access files and no way to transmit them to others, much less talk to loved ones or find work.

It seems that your phone envy is skewing your compassion levels a bit, my friend.

Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass

Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch of people.

That's what they get for depending on government not to mention reelecting Obama.

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I have a stooooopid question

I have a stooooopid question I suppose :

why isn't the press allowed to enter and report, is this because of the refugees unwilling to speak about their conditions of "living" there ?

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My opinion

Who are this people? Don't they have family, friends or coworkers to rely on times like this? The people on that East Coast shiat hole are very dysfunctional, is a bad situation when someone is so pucked up that it has no family and friends to help them out in times like this and the community don't give a puck about them either, one must be pretty idiot, selfish and rude in order to achieve the accomplishment of being all alone when such a tragedy strikes.

What those people want? A $2000 a night Ritz suite for the next 5 years? Why don't they have a premium home insurance if they choose to live in a dangerous area? Saving account? Maybe was better to save some money instead leasing cars for the last 10 years, huh?

This Sandy storm showed one more time how dysfunctional, selfish, irresponsible and divided America is, is bad when people can't rely for help even from their families.
When you are all alone most likely you where a prick all your life and you deserve what life throws at you.

Welcome the East Coast where people are proud living in a jungle, where helping people mean buying a $2 magnetic ribbon to stick on a $40,000 car.

Where is there no danger?

Especially when you are confronted with a manufactured storm? How fast do you think an insurance company can fix the damage? Which world do you live in? Have you spent $2 to help these people? They are our neighbors, even if we live many miles away.

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so i choose to be alone

so i choose to be alone because i'm a prick?


these books aren't going to

these books aren't going to read themselves