Morning Reads – Thursday, September 28, 2017

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

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

 

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Noway2016
Noway2016

The most envied, most admired man in America has died. Hugh Heffner! RIP!

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Are you saying the government is not doing everything possible to help or are you just bloviating your Trump dislike, per your usual?

Andrew C. Pope
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.

Noway2016
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!

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Benevolus
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?

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Ellynn
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… Read more »

chefdavid
chefdavid
Benevolus
Benevolus

That’s good. Thanks.

evergreentree
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… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn
Ellynn
Ellynn
Benevolus
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.

Noway2016
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.

Andrew C. Pope
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.

Benevolus
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… Read more »