Circuses But No Bread

New York City’s “leaders” have allowed the New York City Marathon to continue in spite of the desperate condition of hurricane victims. Meaning that they have either the worst sense of priorities in the city’s history or are just blatantly insane.

I don’t know what the actual conditions are on the ground, but I do see the news stories of people without power, without food, without heat, and concerned about gangs of looters. Pulling away vital resources and first responders for the sake of hosting an event like this at a time like this is the kind of thing that only Caligula would have thought was good P.R. Somebody out there needs to get Ghaddafi’d.

Sure, they’re tough in New York and they like to prove it by not letting little things like crippling national disasters stand in the way of tradition, but this is ugly.

In other “Your Priorities Are Hopelessly Fucked” News: New Jersey utilities have allegedly been turning away non-union crews who came from other states to help bring basic services back online. The fear being, of course, that the Southerners would refuse to take breaks every 20 minutes and complete the repairs before a strike can be organized mid-cleanup to bargain for higher pension benefits.

It all reminds me of this scene. SOMEHOW, the job may get done despite the best efforts of misguided assholes. Madness, indeed.

UPDATE: It seems that the runners themselves are going to be playing the heroes, further illustrating how perverse New York Mayor Caligula is by comparison that it takes a bottom-up approach to do something right.

Runners will show up at the starting line, but will break off en masse at different points of the city to deliver supplies to places hardest hit and without power. This will mean departing from the race, to head to various buildings, running up and down stairs delivering water and canned goods, etc. Runners will show up to the marathon, as scheduled. Runners who want to help should post the words, “I’M HERE TO HELP!” somewhere on their bodies.

I don’t know if it’s going to be worth the police protection and diversion of other resources, but thank God for normal Americans, even if they keep voting deranged reptiles into office.

UPDATED UPDATE: The race is off. Bloomberg took a Big Gulp of humility and remembered that letting old people and children freeze to death adversely affects his favorability rating. H/T: Kimpost.

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  1. richtaylor365

    They could just call it a Steeplechase or a mud run. A buddy of mine trained for one of these last year, him and his wife, real athletes, those.

    the job may get done despite the best efforts of misguided assholes. Madness, indeed.

    In the most inefficient/costly way possible.

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  2. West Virginia Rebel

    Don’t forget that Bette Midler still got to throw a Halloween bash. The celebrities party on. Also there was that video of people dumpster diving for food, and starvation fears in Staten Island.

    It seems L.A. has nothing on New York when it comes to there being two cities-one for the likes of Bloomberg and the swells in lower Manhattan, and everyone else.

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  3. Thrill *

    It’s true of too many big cities, WVR. My city has a homicide rate among the poor, black community on par with Detroit and St Louis but nobody pays it any mind since it’s contained to their own neighborhoods. Now when the youths start rampaging in the ritzy shopping and entertainment districts, that changes quickly.

    The elites of all stripes just are not going to get it until what they hold dear is threatened.

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  4. Hal_10000

    Someone pointed out the generators they will use could provide power to about 500 homes on Staten Island. Seems a waste to me. Btu the update is really inspiring.

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  5. richtaylor365

    but thank God for normal Americans

    Along that same line, most of us were spared the carnage, the least we can do is support those organizations that will provide genuine help:

    http://www.redcross.org/

    It takes less then a minute to put some much need green on a credit card………………we take care of our own.

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  6. Shiftuser

    The turning away of volunteer utility workers is just another reason for me to despise unions and those public and private officials who cow-tow to the organized, outdated and corrupt union thuggery that permeates most of the blue states.

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  7. AlexInCT

    The just waited until all the runners arrived, many from the other side of the world….DOH.

    I bet that’s going to get sold a s a feature and not a failure, CM.

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  8. Mississippi Yankee

    Good. Human decency finally wins a round.

    Heh, Bloomberg finally did the right thing because of polls. Go figure.

    From the very beginning I don’t think ‘decency’ and right and wrong were issues here. It looked to me that Mayor Caligula (love that btw) just wanted to show the rest of the world that under his leadership NYC would be back to normal ASAP. On the other hand the “victims” weren’t done being “victims” yet. after all you can’t very well have a pity-party if everyone around you is trying to regain their composure.

    And why was Katrina. a category 2 hurricane that made landfall in Mississippi not New Orleans, not called A SUPERSTORM but category 1 Sandy was?

    In my opinion Bloomy had it right but the delicate flowers slapped him down.
    “Now where’s my federal bucks?” will be their battle cry

    Yanno…. One might think that a mayor who believed so deeply and completely in Global Warming would have prepared his city for its effects. Just a little?

    But now there are millions living “low carbon lifestyles” so I guess that’s enough.
    /e-claire/

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  9. Thrill *

    In my opinion Bloomy had it right but the delicate flowers slapped him down.

    It was bad optics, overall. During a disaster, you want to be able to show that you’re throwing everything you have into helping your people. Pulling cops away from the neighborhoods where they are needed to assist opened Bloomberg up to the same criticism Bush took about Louisiana National Guardsmen fighting in Iraq instead of helping their state. Whether it was fair or not, people did say it.

    Bloomberg wanted to be able to show that the city could take it and still cope but he’s too much in his own world to notice that people in the boroughs were freaking out and just did not need to see cops and generators being put to other uses besides helping save their asses.

    The event should have been cancelled before Sandy made landfall. The stern NWS warnings would have given him plenty of cover to that.

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  10. Thrill *

    As the Romans would say, these people are nuts. N-V-T-S. Nuts.

    In a two-page Oct. 29 contract, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local 1049 demanded union dues, pay hikes and benefit contributions from Florida electric utilities before its workers would be permitted to help reconnect power to Long Island communities. The demand came as Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the Northeastern United States, stranding tens of millions without electricity.

    How the public perception of unions has changed in the past century. They’re pissing away what little sympathy they had left.

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