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(From TWD)


It was disgraceful and embarrassing when Mike Bloomberg decided that President Obama wasn't worth having to see the biggest damage the three islands of New York has ever witnessed, especially when Chris Christie of all people knew that he himself required the services of the most powerful person in the nation.

But the disrespectful decision has become probably fitting, because Obama should not have to be witness to a mayoral job so shameful, the Atlantic needs to hide itself in humiliation for ever placing Bloomberg on any of its magazine covers.

Because King Michael Bloomberg, mayor of the five boroughs that amalgamate to form New York City, has failed New York City again.

King Michael Bloomberg did not prepare for this severity of this storm, and his snarky, petty, contentious, easily annoyed, wealthy, powerful man schtick further shows how he is more of a true coward who doesn't walk to walk.

King Micahel Bloomberg didn't heed the warnings of last August's Hurricane Irene and never prepared at all for this storm until the very last minute.  Evacuated zones were issued late on the outskirts of lower Manhattan, Queens and, the various outskirts of Brooklyn. Even worse however were the fact that areas should have been evacuated zones were idiotically not labeled as such.

One of many families in the Gerritsen Beach section here in Brooklyn represented how awful the job King Micheal Bloomberg has done here. They were told that their area was safe from those in City Hall, only to see what they have now.

Do you see the anger and pain in that family's eyes, voices, and words? "Nobody cares about us." The narrative gets worse, it sounds like it's New Orleans after Katrina in August 2005 all over again.

The aftermath of inadequate, terrible preparation for this storm has people holding others at gunpoint at a gas station in Queens after the man holding the gun had the audacity to cut the long car lines resulting from this storm. You have long bus lines after bus lines created in many places, especially here in downtown Brooklyn, because of the old infrastructures of the subway systems in lower Manhattan finally causing the city havoc like it always potentially could have. The MTA could sure use money from the wealthy, but nope, tax cuts have to be made secure for them here to as well.

Going largely underreported is the looting transpiring in Suffolk and Nassau County in Long Island, stuff going down in Staten Island, and elsewhere in general.

Yet, you have King Michael Bloomberg still thinking it's such a good idea to have his and his fellow elite's million dollar marathon go right on with no problem, because God Bless the wealthy elites of this city if their precious marathon would not transpire. Hell, imagine how they would feel if Sandy came three weeks later and their precious Macy's Day Thanksgiving Parade was harmed? Full steam ahead with the floats and Matt Lauer overtalking for sure.

The marathon will "bring the city" together, says powerful New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary Wittenberg. Yes, it will bring the wonderful wealthy elite of Manhattan like Ms. Wittenberg together once more to celebrate how they want all four other boroughs to be operated and run only in their way.

The presidents of these boroughs not named Manhattan say that the marathon should not go on, yet King Mike Bloomberg says the money is too precious, the 47, 500 runners and the business it generates is just too much to resist. Like King Michael Bloomberg now suddenly cares about the working class vendors after he has never given one iota of a real thought about them before.

It really was a little alarming in the Saturday build up to the storm how the people on the outskirts were still casual with their lack of urgency or refusal to leave the danger zones. But you can understand why the treated the storm as not something that could cost them their lives (though inexcusable of course unless they wanted to lose their lives on purpose).

Besides the obvious reasons of New York's three islands/five boroughs never having a storm like this along with how minimal damage Irene did on the new York area (though Connecticut received a lot of damage), that cavalier nature of how New Yorkers viewed Sandy before Sandy came was going to happen.

But that's where a real leader and a real mayor for, not just the elite in Manhattan, portions of Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, but for the entire five boroughs and three islands that consist of the New York metropolitan area. And you have to be a leader not in times of adversity for cheap photo ops and lovely optics that are perfect for national political ambitions, but for all times.

A mayor to stand up to the deregulation of ConEdison under the Giuliani (and Pataki) administration that lead to a lack of rules resulting in what we have now, power all out over the area. It certainly is fitting that lower Manhattan, one of the most affluent areas in the world and certainly in this city, is still without power in its fourth day after the storm. A mayor to stand up to MTA raising the fares on middle class people instead of getting taxes from wealthy people who love going to Tony Award show or sit on the front seats of Madison Square Garden or Yankees Stadium without a true care for the middle class,

Instead, we have a mayor that loves Wall Street, adores charter schools, hates the teachers, and probably isn't all that warm with black and brown people since he cherishes his stop-and-frisk racist problem so much.

It sure was fitting that the communities and areas long considered unbearable, the (once and still for some) violent ghettos of the city in Bedford-Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Brownsville, Brooklyn, Jamaica, Queens, South Bronx, and many others were the safest places in the city for this storm.

It probably is fitting that Bloomberg just hates Obama so much on the insider (and carefully crafted an "endorsement" of him yesterday that called his tenure disappointing at the same time yesterday) denied Obama access to the area, something Giuliani gladly did for Bush of course for 9/11.

King Michael Bloomberg did not learn the lessons from the Snowmageddon on the day after Christmas here in 2010, and he did not heed the warnings of Hurricane Irene 14 months ago. It's only fitting that he and the elite of this city have been abased once again in the most dramatic and tragic of fashions out in Staten Island, parts of Long Island, Queens, Manhattan, and in Brooklyn.

And it's probably fitting that King Mike Bloomberg was too embarrassed to reveal to the President of the United States the awful job he did face-to-face, man-to-man. And how he still is embarrassed to think he has a realistic shot of being president in 2016 after the job he has done here.

It's more embarrassing than his attempts at speaking world class Spangelish.


(From The Whole Delivery, I hope you aren't in disgust as I am right now. Because frankly, I'm really am).

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  •  Tipping and reccing (11+ / 0-)

    because I want to hear more about this.

    I've heard a few rumblings that Bloomberg has done a shitty job with this storm.

    You'd think that, like Christie, he'd have learned from the criticism that he took over that last snowstorm. But apparently not, from the little that I've read.

    •  It's ugly, and the video and images down (2+ / 0-)
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      below say it all.

    •  Outer boroughs (13+ / 0-)

      are ALWAYS a problem when it comes to response. Snow being removed from Manhattan (and around Bloomberg's house FIRST) has always been an issue... the far-flung areas of Brooklyn and Queens wait for days to be plowed out.

      Given that the coastal areas of NYC (Breezy Point and the Rockaways in Queens and Gerritsen and Brighton Beaches in Brooklyn) are the furthest from Manhattan, it was not completely unexpected they would have a harder time recovering.

      I do recall vividly two things:
      1) The MTA was way too confident before the storm - on Thursday they said it was "unlikely" the subways would close - they closed wholesale for almost 3 days.
      2) Bloomberg specifically rejected FEMA aid; FEMA would have been staged in the coastal areas as that is obviously where the need would have been.

      Overall I think the wrong decision on the NYC marathon puts Bloomberg into the "handled it poorly" group - NJ governor Christie and NY governor Cuomo have done a much better job.

      Now I don't know but I been told/it's hard to run with the weight of gold
      Other hand I heard it said/it's just as hard with the weight of lead

      by ekthesy on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 09:42:14 AM PDT

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    •  The take on the endorsement (1+ / 0-)
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      seems fair, at least; it's not hard to find the mixed message there, although yesterday I only heard that the endorsement had happened at all.

      "Governor Romney doesn't have a five-point plan, he has a one-point plan. And that plan is to make sure that folks at the top play by a different set of rules." -- President Obama

      by tytalus on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 09:44:46 AM PDT

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  •  Folks, if you don't take anything (4+ / 0-)
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    away from this thread, just look at this video:


    •  Great video, but videos can't convey (1+ / 0-)
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      radical simplicity

      the real destruction.  Water leaves things looking clean - what you can't see is the flooded basements, the building without front stoops that have totaled first floors, the demolition and reconstruction work that has to be done, the difficulty as it gets colder, the ruined building systems: they look they are on a street that's OK.  They aren't.  They were all flooded.  Their desperation is real, their anger justified, their fears reasonable, and they're not getting the help they need.

  •  I'd like some details rather than a rant. (2+ / 0-)
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    merrywidow, BachFan

    Not that I don't believe you...but specifics would be important to get people to rally to your cause.

    From an outsider's viewpoint, it would seem the human losses were small compared to the potential.  Property damage and loss of power and power outages are part of the reality that can't be preppd for.  

    The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

    by Persiflage on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 09:43:09 AM PDT

    •  Just look at the video above, and (1+ / 0-)
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      you will get your story and how it's a rant with substance.

      Just watch the video above.

    •  And let me tell you about human loss (2+ / 0-)

      Right now, it's officially in the teens in Staten Island in terms of the death count.

      At the end however, the estimates could bump up to 200.

      And any life lost is well, pretty high already.

      Where are you based from?

      •  North Carolina (1+ / 0-)
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        and previously FL gulf coast.  Lived through about 8 hurricanes....and take them very seriously.

        The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

        by Persiflage on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 10:07:44 AM PDT

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      •  If you were on SI and did not leave, well (1+ / 0-)
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        I cannot say you were not warned, hell, I almost left the city and I live in the mayor's neighborhood, scary

        •  Say what...? (1+ / 0-)
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          ...and go where?  Unlike your privileged neighborhood, average working class people don't have second (or third) homes, vacation condos or even necessarily the funds to go elsewhere and/or get hotel rooms.

          Thoughtless bubble people.

          •  Yes - exactly (0+ / 0-)

            And go where??? And we are talking about many tens of thousands of people whose houses are damaged or destroyed.  I don't fault someone for not understanding yet - but go volunteer on the South Shore of Staten Island or The Rockaways today and you will see and you will understand.  It's every house, every block, for miles and miles in many neighborhoods.  Get some workgloves and bring heavy duty garbage bags; you can take the X3 express bus from the upper West Side.  If you can't do physical labor, buy lots of pampers and deliver them and help out at a food distribution center.

            Nobody understood what was going to happen.  And the response has not been - maybe can't be - enough.  So we all need to pitch in.


            Love to everyone.

    •  I don't call over 40 people in New York City alone (0+ / 0-)

      as small! That seems to me to be far worse than the 12 people who died in New Jersey. Considering what New York is like, and I lived there for years, that number is far too high.

      I've been following the news closely because I have a lot of friends and family in both New York and New Jersey.

  •  Cannot recommend this strongly enough (19+ / 0-)

    I've been watching the kudos pour in for Bloomberg this week -- Jon Stewart even offered a Daily Show Salute to Institutional Competence! -- and wondering what these people were seeing.

    48 hours before the storm, I watched Bloomberg arrogantly turn down Obama and Craig Fugate's offer of FEMA help. I watched him say that the city's hospitals had appropriate backup power, that the construction cranes in the city had been checked, and this:

    "Although we're expecting a large surge of water, it is not expected to be a tropical storm or hurricane-type surge. With this storm, we'll likely see a slow pileup of water rather than a sudden surge, which is what you would expect with a hurricane, and which we saw with Irene 14 months ago.

    "So it will be less dangerous."

    Meteorologists were screaming at Bloomberg to pay attention to this storm, incredulous that he was downplaying the storm surge that eventually took out so much of Staten Island, Coney Island, Rockaway, etc.

    Borough presidents of Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens have been begging him for more help. Yesterday people were lined up for four hours waiting for MREs and potable water, all of which could have been moving into place starting Saturday had he not spurned FEMA.

    And now this arrogant popinjay intends to hold a marathon on Sunday -- six days after the storm -- starting on the very island where they're still pulling bodies out of buildings? While hotels are kicking out refugees to make room for marathon runners and ING marathon sponsors? And volunteers who have come to restore energy to the region are being told to go home because they're not in a union?

    This is competence???

    Looking forward to the sight of runners throwing water cups in the streets, knowing that people that live in the buildings nearby still don't have potable water.

    Heckuva job, Bloomie.

  •  2 major issues I have w/Bloomberg over this (7+ / 0-)


    (I'm not in NY so I don't have the inns and outs of everything)

    1. Extremely poor response (panned by meterologists of all stripes) on Sunday to assume that because the system may  not be an official 'hurricane' it wouldn't be as bad.  Consequently, evacuations were ordered on Monday--but the danger should have been made much more clear on Sunday.  This may have cost some lives--but hard to know.

    My guess is it wasn't entirely his fault--there were some confusing messages from the major weather services--resulting in a hurricane warning NOT being issued for the Mid-Atlantic.  But he may have been falsely complacent b/c of Irene.

    2. This marathon decision is ludicrous.

  •  It was Governor Cuomo who ordered (23+ / 0-)

    the subway shut down, probably after calls from the MTA to do so.

    And it was only after the governor stepped in that Bloomberg started taking the storm seriously.

    But by then it was too late.

    I don't think the marathon should be run this weekend.  I go every year to cheer the late night runners, but this year I'm going to be helping in the clean-up effort.  No time right now to cheer for runners.  I'd rather help the survivors.

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 09:46:02 AM PDT

  •  actually the president of the borough of (5+ / 0-)

    Manhattan has also opposed the marathon.


  •  I wonder when Mr. Climate Change (5+ / 0-)

    last had the evacuation maps evaluated.  At the end of your video, the newsman asked why that area was Zone B -- right by the frigging water.

    The refusal of FEMA is just criminal because FEMA can't just set up without request.  The late evacuation alerts -- criminal.  I just looked at the evacuation map and The Rockaways might as well have a big bull's eye on the area.  I'm more familiar with Manhattan than any of the other buroughs.

    I was following the modelling for that storm and the other systems for over a week.  Around late Friday, the models started to converge -- NOAA and Dr. Jeff Masters warned for days that this would be a dangerous system in the extratropical state.  

    I'd love to see everyone who can get in traffic on the route to just park their cars and leave them to block the marathon.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 10:02:04 AM PDT

  •  Let them eat Nikes (8+ / 0-)

    From the New York Post:

    Sources told The Post precious city resources were also being diverted to prepare for the marathon, including more than a dozen NYPD flatbed trucks taken from disaster-relief work at sites including Breezy Point, Queens, where more than 100 homes burned to the ground.

    The trucks, normally used to carry metal barricades for parades and other events, had been transporting residents hard hit by the storm.

    But they’re all being recalled to get cleaned up so they can bring the barriers that will line the route of the marathon, a police source said.

  •  I don't disagree about lack of preparation (2+ / 0-)
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    But I do understand why he asked the president not to come. Given how hard it is to get around right now, the last thing we need is a presidential motorcade adding to the gridlock. It uses a lot of city resources to have the president visit, and Bloomberg probably felt that those resources were needed to deal with the aftermath of the storm. As much as I would have loved to have Obama visit any other time, I think it's for the best not to have the road closures, diversion of police resources, and other hickups that come with a presidential visit taxing the city right now.

  •  Can't stand Bloomberg (3+ / 0-)

    Or as some of us call him Bloomturd.  He has been a disgrace since he was first elected in 2001.  With him only the wealthy deserve his attention.  I remember the Dec 26, 2010 snowstorm, Bloomturd was in Bermuda sunning himself, while we were buried in snow, avenues were unpassable, with buses and even sanitation trucks stuck (not to mention the cars).  Bloomturd STOLE a 3rd term with the help of his lacky, Christine Quinn, and those poor members of the City Council who cried desperatly that they needed their jobs (even though they all knew they were limited to 2 terms of 4 years each and most of them had outside jobs).  

    Additionally, Governor Cuomo should have overridden Bloomberg and allowed President Obama into Staten Island and the other parts of the 5 boroughs severly affected by the storm.  After all, it wasn't Cory Booker, Marteniz or Laudenberg who called for Obama to come to NJ, it was Governor Christie.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 10:09:00 AM PDT

  •  We need an honest assessment asap (1+ / 0-)
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    of when things will get fixed up.

    I'm thinking no power for months in some places.  These folks need to be evacuated and the areas be put under the protection of the National Guard.

    "To recognize error, to cut losses, to alter course, is the most repugnant option in government." Historian Barbara Tuchman

    by Publius2008 on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 10:10:19 AM PDT

  •  NYC can't avoid promoting GREED w/marathon. (5+ / 0-)

    I hope the backlash mounts on the heartless thoughtlessness to go ahead with the marathon on Sunday.

    The only people who will directly benefit from the marathon are those who will PROFIT from it while the tragedy of Hurricane Sandy continues to take its toll on the area.

    Mayor Bloomberg = Gordon Gekko

    Bloomberg commits the city's resources and personnel to satisfy the city's need for GREED as its citizens suffer.

    The economic tryanny of Gordon Gekko is alive and well in NY's Mayor Bloomberg.

    Gordon Gekko: The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
    Mayor Bloomberg: "We have to have an economy. There are a lot of people who come here,"

    *Austerity is the opposite of Prosperity*

    by josmndsn on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 10:16:45 AM PDT

    •  $340 million dollars of greed (1+ / 0-)
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      The wealthy person's paradise.

      •  Is the marathon actually profitable for the city? (1+ / 0-)
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        I was just wondering because many things like that aren't after the costs are taken into account. I never gave the marathon much thought before, frankly. It was just one of those things that happens around you but doesn't affect you when you live in a city that big.

    •  But the city does need cash to rebuild and the (1+ / 0-)
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      marathon brings business so I just don't see the issue and I live here

      •  merrywidow: the issue is resource access and (2+ / 0-)
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        josmndsn, martini

        distribution.  That's really it.  Not sensitivity, not 'why are we running this when people are hungry'  Just resource access and distribution.  The start is on Staten Island.  Yards away from the hardest hit areas.  This DIRECTLY impacts recovery.  

        The marathon has already raised a couple mil in relief.  This is wonderful--but the race SHOULD NOT BE RUN there.  As I said elsewhere--if it were, perhaps, diverted that may be a different story.  But a starting point in Staten Island, and going through coastal sections of Brooklyn?  These are lives at stake.

  •  currently 41 deaths IN NYC ALONE. (2+ / 0-)
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    14 in New Jersey statewide--at current count.  Obviously this will change--but the evacuation protocols have a lot to do with this.  Sure, NYC is the primary population center but it doesnt' matter.  That's far too many losses for a storm with this kind of advance warning.

  •  I'm struggling with some things... (1+ / 0-)
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    I watch a video like that - and I can obviously feel total sympathy for the people who lost their homes (or who have severely damaged homes that are uninhabitable at the moment) needing food and shelter. Who wouldn't? But there are really pockets of areas where this is a major problem post-Sandy - and it feels like a major metropolitan area should have enough shelters to be able to handle those people until FEMA gets temporary housing situated.

    What I'm seeing a lot of in these TV reports are people on tv cameras, standing on dry streets in front of dry homes complaining about starving or freezing. Yes power and heat are gone, and your house might not smell the best, but you're not starving and/or freezing - you're very uncomfortable, but your situation isn't dire. If you have a standing house with no major flood damage beyond the basement, and you don't have food to last a few days (or if you are in the upper floors of a high rise and don't have food), you didn't do the basics to plan. I understand not everyone has the means to evacuate, but if you stay, you need to be prepared. And part of the reason I think shelters are getting overwhelmed is because people with no damage (beyond loss of power) didn't prepare, and are going there for food, taking resources away from the people who needed them.

    New Orleans had people on their rooftops waving for help, and an entire dome full of people not getting assistance for days.  Just not the same.

    I wish I didn't feel this way - it makes me feel like a bad liberal. But the most densely populated part of the country got clobbered, and relief efforts can't be everywhere in a few days. If nobody is trapped or having major health issues, and your biggest need is some generators, you might be like the person in the emergency room with a broken finger on the day when everyone else comes in gushing blood or with heart attacks. Yes your finger hurts, but you might have to be uncomfortable for a while.  

    •  I'm not saying it's worse than Katrina, (0+ / 0-)

      but some of these people's homes are gone, what in the world are you watching?

      Just because some of us are okay in Brooklyn, or you see Times Square running now decently, or barely have heard things nationally about Queens doesn't mean there's a lot of pain going on.

      Like, are you even from New York or in New York? If not, then you don't know the full story.

      •  Actually lived on LI a long time (0+ / 0-)

        I probably didn't articulate my point well enough, and didn't need to bring in the Katrina parallel.

        The people who's homes are gone or uninhabitable at the moment should be the top priority for assistance. The support system should be, and needs to be, in place to handle those people. I'm talking more about the disconnect I'm feeling with, for example, the Staten Island report yesterday. There was a 62-year old lady standing on rubble pulling out a picture of her mother's wedding - she should be priority one of the relief effort (and those in her neighborhood, and others like it). Shelter, food, clothes now - then FEMA support as soon as possible. If that system is breaking down, then it's a horrible situation. I certainly don't mean to say that those folks aren't deserving of every possible relief effort, and every possible sympathy from those not affected.  

        There was another lady on a dry street, pointing at a dry house which didn't seem to have any structural damage, "we're starving in there, we're freezing, we're going to die. Send help." It was harder to feel the same heart-tug. I feel sympathy, yes, but at the moment, some folks need to accept being a little uncomfortable while the attention goes to the more desperate (and definitely, my apologies to the woman if her situation was worse than the visuals seemed to indicate, although I'm sure she wouldn't care what some internet doofus thinks anyway).

        But it's easy to comment from outside the situation - I'd agree my comment was too callous.      


        •  No, I said are you there now? (0+ / 0-)

          Not about before, but are you there now?

          •  I'm on West Coast, so you're correct on that point (0+ / 0-)

            Was there for Irene last year, but didn't get hit hard.

            I should add that since I'm distant from the situation, I'm probably (ok, largely) viewing things from the lens of being concerned about relief effort failures/criticism changing the election narrative, so I'm tending to be more defensive of the job that the relief effort is trying to do. Which should obviously be secondary to the humanitarian issues - it's just tough to separate anything from the election narrative this close to the election.  

            •  You have to be fully here to (1+ / 0-)
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              understand the severity here, especially with local news being on all day with live coverage of how awful and unlike anything the three islands of the New York area has ever seen.

              •  Completely fair point... (0+ / 0-)

                In hindsight, this was the wrong thread to chime in with my points. Should have kept more abstract/macro issues like recovery priorities and election consequences in a thread was less personal and up close to the situation.

            •  Are you trying to say that you're playing politics (0+ / 0-)

              with people's suffering? You don't want to tell the truth because it might hurt your narrative somehow?

              Truthfully, I don't see how this hurts Democrats at all anyway. Personally, I like to start with the truth and the arrive at my politics accordingly. If you're lying for a cause you ought to think about whether or not that cause deserves your support.

              I'd say something stronger, but I don't need to have people jumping on me.

            •  sounds like they ran out of food (0+ / 0-)

              with no gas they can't drive to foodstore that are open.

    •  you realize whole neighborhoods in both NJ and NY (4+ / 0-)

      are wrecked?

      Just because people have dry close and might be somewhat better off socio-economically than people in New Orleans' lower 9th ward...  doesn't mean that their lives didn't just collapse in a period of hours.  

      Some have wrecked homes, some can't get anything to eat, etc.

      Bloomberg DOWNPLAYED this whole thing on Sunday.  He's the guy people listen to.  Evacuation was NOT considered a likely possibility AS OF SUNDAY.  Bloomberg bears a lot of responsibility.

  •  Mixed Bag (2+ / 0-)
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    But I find the city's late-coming efforts in Staten Island to be the biggest scandal so far. Parts of the island are completely washed away, with thousands probably homeless. Staten Islanders were standing around for two days wondering where the city was.

    This being said:

    Here in Jersey City we were more or less left to our own devices by a city administration that has little money to work with and certainly not the budget to plan and execute a response to an emergency of this scale. The best the city has been able to do is impose a dusk to dawn curfew, ask volunteers to come to city hall and hope for the best.

    Bloomberg has hundreds of millions of dollars at his disposal for rescue and cleanup -- and I think that New Yorkers were largely get their money's worth.

    I've been looking jealously across the Hudson at the city proper -- and what kind of resources they have available after something like this.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 10:31:52 AM PDT

  •  The city does need the revenue that the marathon (0+ / 0-)

    brings, especially now, so for that reason, the marathon is not an issue for this non-running New Yorker.

    But he has not responded well, I agree.

    •  It needs the revenue without the marathon (0+ / 0-)

      It doesn't need the marathon, because the money should come without it.

      That $340 million, even that is not significant enough.

      At least postpone the damn marathon, and this is coming from a person who loves and covers the marathon. We really don't need it.

    •  several problems with this (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      sluggahjells, tcdup, sofia

      1. Revenue will be drastically reduced anyway
      2. The city is largely frozen--it's having enough trouble without an event of 20-40,000 runners + tourists
      3. Any assumption that resources will not be diverted is either naive or a lie.  It's a citywide event.  There are ALREADY several stories of diverted resources...trucks, etc.
      4. There is another citywide event on Tuesday--an election
      5. There will be (targeted) revenue coming in anyway through donations, etc. etc.  

      It's not the sensitivity issues that gets me--it's the fact that people think the marathon is as important as getting the city back up and running.  Good thing practically all the newspapers and a lot of runners don't agree.

  •  You're right.. (0+ / 0-)

    ..sluggahjells.   I find disturbing the tendency of people, even here,  praising that jerk in light of his performance before and after this storm.

    Oh, and I live in Manhattan albiet in an area that largely was spared.

  •  In general, (0+ / 0-)

    NYC should welcome Bloomies departure after his third (?!) term. Repair the damage he's done, take a thorough look at all the laws he changed to benefit himself and his buddies, look at what he sold off of public spaces, parks and property to his corporate friends and get it back for the public, dismantle all the private spying he installed everywhere - just reclaim your city.

    The next mayor has his/her work cut out for them. Don't choose another 1%-er ..oh, and get those abusive cops in line or fire them.

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