September 28, 2017 6:00 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, September 28, 2017 Morning Reads – Thursday, September 28, 2017 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 18 Comments On this date in 1892, the first nighttime football game in the US took place under electric lights. The game was between the Mansfield State Normal School and the Wyoming Seminary. Peaches Feds side with student at Georgia school where Christian faith flyers were not permitted America’s most popular movie set is… Our graduation rates are up More coverage on the Spencer-Jones Confederate event Wednesday Purina coming to Georgia $$$ Georgia and the Death with Dignity Act Trump’s voter fraud panel agrees to pay $250 Jimmy Carter How to smuggle documents in pantyhose We can expect terroristic drones Progress in the opioid epidemic The unintended consequences of a forthcoming Senate bill You can get fired for political speech Sweet Tea Poor Megyn The Navy goes back to the basics This will be bad news for some people #cheaters Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 18 Comments Noway2016 The most envied, most admired man in America has died. Hugh Heffner! RIP! September 28, 2017 8:42 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The crisis in Puerto Rico is intensifying by the day. Infrastructure on the island is destroyed. Roads have been damaged. Towns and communities on the interior of the island are inaccessible. 80% of the island’s power lines were destroyed. Over 1 million people are without access to potable water. Almost all of the island is without power and generators are being rationed for high-priority hospitals. Only 11 of 69 hospitals even have power or generators. It will realistically take 4-6 months to restore power on the island. That’s 3.4 million people living for half a year on generators, half a year without air conditioning, half a year without running water. 1,360 of 1,600 cell towers have been destroyed, making it difficult, or in some cases, impossible for people on the island to communicate with family on the mainland or for rescue teams to coordinate disaster response. 80 percent of the crop value in Puerto Rico was destroyed. This is the greatest humanitarian crisis to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina. Yet, the President of the United States is picking fights with professional athletes to appease his ever-shrinking base of support and trying to give himself a massive tax cut. When he has mentioned Puerto Rico, he focuses on the “billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks” and their “massive debt” as if the saddest part about the hurricane is the fact J.P. Morgan won’t get repaid on time. If this were the response of Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, or any other President, the American people would be outraged and they’d be up in arms about why we’re letting 3.4 million Americans die without food, water, power, or medical care. They’d want to know why people are having to rely on Pitbull and Mark Cuban to run evacuation flights when we have the largest, most capable military in the world. The lack of effective response out of this White House is a moral travesty. September 28, 2017 8:59 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Are you saying the government is not doing everything possible to help or are you just bloviating your Trump dislike, per your usual? September 28, 2017 10:08 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I’m saying that the government response to date has been slow and ineffective as a result of this Administration dragging its feet on disaster response and that the White House isn’t doing everything it can to mobilize resources and aid in the recovery efforts. September 28, 2017 10:23 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Specifically what could they have done that they haven’t? Answer? Not a damn thing. And that is killing you libs! Sad! Although I was gen-u-inely impressed you didn’t put some references to race into your last two posts. Must be a recent personal record! September 28, 2017 10:29 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope He could have not waited until Tuesday to amend the disaster declaration. He could be pushing for a disaster relief package in Congress (the way he did with Harvey) to give FEMA and the island more funds for recovery efforts. He could be deploying more military resources for search and rescue operations. He could have lifted the Jones Act sooner. He could have used his yuge twitter following to actually alert people to the ongoing crisis, let folks outside PR know how they can help, or – at the very least – look like he actually gave a flying fart about 3.4 American citizens that just experienced a direct hit from a 50 mike wide Cat-4 Hurricane which was the strongest storm the island had seen in over 80 years. Quit being such a clown and show a shred of humanity. September 28, 2017 10:48 AM Benevolus I don’t know exactly what they did do, but the information hasn’t been exactly forthcoming so we are left to speculate. Did we send in army guys to clear the airstrips right away? Did we send Navy guys in there to repair the docks right away? We knew the storm was coming, did we stage and mobilize water and generators and medical supplies like we usually do? Why wasn’t that hospital ship there on like the 22nd? In other words, what is taking so damn long? September 28, 2017 11:00 AM Andrew C. Pope The response has been similar to Harvey and Irma, but given the unique challenges PR presents both in terrain and access, there should have been better planning, more advance movement of supplies/people, and more funding for relief/recovery sooner. Coast Guard and Army Corps. of Engineers are working on getting the ports back in operation. San Juan’s airport has reopened, but facilities are barely functioning (no electricity and radar systems were severely damaged, so the number of flights in and out are incredibly limited. The problem at this point is moving things around an island that has, effectively, no infrastructure. You can’t get ships into port. Even if you could, you don’t have truck drivers to take those items into the island or, in some cases, roads to access communities that need supplies. According to folks I’ve talked to, the generators that have been brought in post-storm are being utilized by government response centers and not actually getting out to hospitals and other places that need them. As a mentioned earlier, a number of hospitals don’t have generators at all. Some are now running out of fuel to power the generators they have. If there’s blame that I won’t parcel out to the dotard at the White House it’s this: we’ve been underfunding FEMA for years and it’s coming back to bite us in the behind. Lastly, I can’t help but think that if this happened in Louisiana, New York, or somewhere else on the U.S. mainland the response would have been faster, the news coverage would have been constant, and the outcry would be much louder. I saw a poll recently where over 50% of Americans didn’t know that Puerto Ricans are American citizens. Yet somehow, the dominant news story of the day is what Trump is saying about football players. September 28, 2017 11:36 AM Ellynn If something was actually killing libs, if would have already been posted on the GOPs twitter feed by now. Stop being pointlessly dramatic. The Administration, knowing that FEMA was already stretched to its limits, could have at least communicated what they were doing starting last week. They didn’t. Reports, both official and by news coverage – foreign and domestic – recorded the levels of damage and lack of power, diesel and communication towers starting last week Wednesday. When Harvey and Irma hit, pics of updated meetings came out daily over the weekend from Camp David and NJ while it was making landfall. Press reports of Cabinet level briefing by HHS, EPA, Small Business, D of ED, Energy, and USDA were out in less than a week. I’m sure the administration and the cabinet did all this too in the last 10 days (Kelly alone would have made it happen), but the admin didn’t talk about it. Why? Meanwhile, back at the “Trump is Pavlov, We are dogs” world of twitter, number. of Puerto Rico related tweets between this last Friday night and Monday morning by Trump – ZERO. Number of NFL Tweets 12. The coast Guard reopened the ort of San Juan on Saturday night for day time use – know how I know this, the Southeast regional command of USCG to us on it’s twitter account .The Military had Senate level meeting on USVI and Puerto Rico responds on Tuesday. The President said more about the Dallas Cowboys then Puerto Rico that day. I have posted on here more about the local shipping, NG and local Military activities related to Puerto Rico out of Savannah then the President has mentioned anything related to Puerto Rico this week. When he could have been talking about what our troops were actually doing he was deleting tweets on supporting Strange. He could have been talking about the actual activates of our troops in Puerto Rico yesterday. He started a Twitter war with Facebook. He needs to look at The US response to the earthquake in Haiti instead of whining about having the votes for health care if not for a hospitalized Senator (he doesn’t but that’s a mote point). For a man who thrives on image and optics that make him look good, he and his staff are failing this week on Puerto Rico. September 28, 2017 1:12 PM chefdavid Here is a good read on the situation. http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/09/26/damaged-ports-and-airfields-limiting-puerto-rico-aid-effort-dun.html September 28, 2017 11:37 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus That’s good. Thanks. September 28, 2017 12:23 PM Log in to Reply evergreentree Sigh. I do not know what is worse. The right wing attempts to smear Houston mayor Sylvester Turner for not evacuating the city – claiming that his doing so was a plot to politically embarrass Trump – and not apologizing when they turned out to be 100% wrong, or the left’s flailing attempts to turn the Puerto Rico tragedy into “Trump’s Katrina” … when discontent over the Iraq War and gas skyrocketing from $1.00 a gallon to nearly $5.00 a gallon actually had more to do with Bush’s drop in the polls after Katrina than the Katrina response itself. (Also Trump does not have a Michael Brown running FEMA to be an easy target.) But please see this. It explains why – among other things – the claims that the martialing the military to aid Puerto Rico would do more harm than good. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/09/puerto-rico-hurricane-maria-relief-trump-federal/541122/ Also, a mass evacuation of Puerto Rico is precisely what the Puerto Rican politicians don’t want, because – let’s face it – pretty much no one who leaves Puerto Rico right now is going to come back. It is going to take months merely to rebuild basic infrastructure and years to rebuild the economy so the people who leave would simply start new lives in Florida, New York and New Jersey. It would be the Hurricane Katrina exodus – where hundreds of thousands of the people who decamped to Houston, Atlanta and elsewhere wound up never leaving – but on a much larger scale. Incidentally, despite what you choose to believe, the president is not personally conducting the Puerto Rico response. FEMA is, and FEMA has not requested large scale military assistance. FEMA won’t request ANYTHING of beyond the basics until their assessments are done and they have some semblance of an infrastructure in place. Go back to hoping that Mueller finds some evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia or – since you are already in the misery game – hoping that the economy takes a severe downturn throwing millions of America out of work. (Yes, I do remember Republicans rooting for the economy to remain terrible under Obama, and claiming for as long as they possibly could that the economy hadn’t turned around when it obviously had, even down to making claims that the Department of Labor was falsifying unemployment reports. Great job stooping down to their level .. you should be so proud of yourselves.) But no one who isn’t already a Democrat partisan is going to claim that there is some speedy, efficient, effective way of performing disaster recovery on an island in the Atlantic when FEMA’s resources are already taxed by the hurricanes that we just had in Texas and Florida, but that Trump is choosing to maliciously withhold it because … well we already know why you think that so why bother spelling it out. September 28, 2017 12:15 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Meanwhile at the Capital building, this happened. https://www.axios.com/rep-scalise-receives-standing-ovation-upon-return-to-the-capitol-2490581078.html September 28, 2017 1:29 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn The rivalry starts… (watch the corny video) http://www.wtoc.com/story/36475762/stopthesizzle-the-bananas-formally-protest-the-new-macon-bacon September 28, 2017 1:56 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Tom Price: First it was five flights, “response to the hurricanes”. Then 17 more flights- from before the hurricanes. “Sec. P meeting with regular people”. And five more- 27 total (so far), at least two of which have no discernible purpose requiring a charter. Any other administration and he would be in deep trouble, Who knows with this circus act. September 28, 2017 4:25 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 B, you’re right. Price is gone. Inside of a week. Why people do the things they do when the do not have to is just baffling. September 28, 2017 4:42 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Throw Pruitt (private military charter costing $58,000) and moochin’ Mnuchin (use of a government plane so he and his wife could watch the eclipse on top of a pile of gold) out with him. September 28, 2017 4:53 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus I suspect that this is the type of thing that term-limit advocates think of. Too long in the government breed corruption. But (me not being a fan of term limits) would say that somebody like Tom Price either already was corrupt or just needed the proper authority to act on it. Somebody is going to be in that position, who do you think is more likely to take advantage of all the perks- someone who knows the limits (but chooses to exceed them anyway) or some rube who doesn’t even know? But actually, term limits wouldn’t even stop something like this anyway because these guys get appointed from some previous position anyway, which is why term limits will never work. September 28, 2017 5:29 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.