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.