Video: Loathsome nanny-state mayor going to give you “something to cheer about” whether you like it or not; Update: Marathon finally canceled

posted at 5:23 pm on November 2, 2012 by Allahpundit

He seems to be one of maybe three people in New York who think this is a good idea, but he can get away with that because he’s term-limited and therefore enjoys all sorts of extra “flexibility.” Something to remember when you’re in the booth on Tuesday. At least he’s consistent, though: When it comes to knowing what’s in your best interest, he’s a better authority than you are.

[P]eople aren’t good at describing what is in their own interest … What leaders should do is make decisions as to what they think is in the public interest based on the best advice that they can get, and then try and build a constituency and bring it along.

How many members are there in his “let’s have a marathon while people are freezing on Staten Island” constituency? Not even his pal Christine Quinn, the city council president, is with him. One of his basic problems here, I think, is that the marathon is just way too boutique an event to use as some sort of rallying point for the city. Thousands of people participate, I know, but beyond those who are running, no one cares. If we were talking about a Yankees World Series game instead of a marathon, that’d be a closer call. If you want to use sports as catharsis, make sure you pick one that the wider population is invested in.

Walter Russell Mead spies the demise of Bloombergmania, just a day after he tried to juice his national profile by endorsing Obama:

Michael Bloomberg must have hoped that Sandy would be his own 9/11. A population in shock turned to the mayor in their hour of need. He dominated the airwaves; he issued decrees. He seized the occasion to speak out on the big issues: climate change, endorsing a president. He worked to project an air of authority and calm: the Marathon would go on.

It must have looked for a while as if he had done a Rudy and resuscitated a tired mayoralty, relaunching a national career. Perhaps a cabinet appointment in a second Obama administration, perhaps another shot at an independent presidential campaign.

It is looking less that way by the hour. As the true dimensions of the damage in New York gradually appear, as the death toll mounts and as chaos at the gas stations and devastation in Staten Island undercut the narrative that the city has responded effectively to the challenge, Mayor Bloomberg looks more like the hapless officials of New Orleans than Rudy Giuliani or Chris Christie.

Fair points, but even if the recovery after the storm had been smoother, without gas stations turning into mini-Thunderdomes and people without power resorting to copping a squat in their hallways, Bloomberg wasn’t going anywhere nationally. His legacy has already been defined by small things. Giuliani will be remembered chiefly for the aftermath of 9/11, and Mayor No Labels will be remembered for Big Gulps and smoking bans. I don’t underestimate what a billion dollars could do by way of image enhancement, but if Rudy, a vastly more charismatic politician, couldn’t parlay his legacy into something bigger, then I wouldn’t bet on Bloomberg doing so either.

Just as I’m writing this, a rumor’s spreading on Twitter:

Stand by for updates. Exit quotation: “If they take one first responder from Staten Island to cover this marathon, I will scream.”

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Update: Looks like I got this post in just under the wire. Bloomberg held out as long as he could but ultimately that constituency he built only included one person:

The lights just came back on in the east Village for 67,000 people. Presumably he didn’t want media outrage over the marathon cannibalizing the good news about power returning and the subways coming back online. Poof: Bye-bye, marathon.


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For whomever was saying hurricane veterans always hightail it out for the next one, some may, but most don’t. You gotta go if you’re in a flood zone and/or close to the water or in a trailer; otherwise you might go if you are flexible with your job and can take a week+ off; but most don’t go. When it looks like it could be greater than Cat1 we just board up and ride it out. Much less wasted time and money. We have a hefty power inverter to save our food, while we “rough it” without A/C. We have a week or two of water and supplies, and almost never have to rush to get anything right before the storm, and never needed more than 5 days. I wouldn’t do it any other way if flooding is not a danger. We’ve gone through 5 hurricanes, up to borderline Cat4.

Afterwards, it’s a good time to be neighborly, like after a blizzard up north.

Of course, if you’re not prepared, get the heck out of there.

G. Charles on November 2, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Err…post that in English please??

BigWyo on November 2, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Esperanto knows no language barriers. Now.. group hug.

kenny on November 2, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Libertarian. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM

that political philosophy call for very small goverment(and taxes) and believes in free markets and private owned services to replace government provided services, among other things.

nathor on November 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Common ground.
Bloomy should be toast !!!

pambi on November 2, 2012 at 7:04 PM

ok, fine! out with the small soda tyrant!

nathor on November 2, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Trouble with those anorexic marathon runners is if needing more energy, they are capable of eating their own, or biting their own skinny shanks.

kenny on November 2, 2012 at 7:23 PM

nathor on November 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Self Reliance in there anywhere?

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Libertarian. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I just googled it and all I got was a picture of Ron Paul.

derft on November 2, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I just googled it and all I got was a picture of Ron Paul.

derft on November 2, 2012 at 7:24 PM

OK – I’m out – first mention of the little alien and I’m out till Monday.

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Bloomberg tried to be Rudy Giuliani, but ended up as Ray Nagin.

merlich on November 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

“Character counts”, “the cream rises to the top”, and other quotable quotes come to mind. Poor progs…they want to do the “right thing” so they can look good, but when push comes to shove, they just don’t know how. In times of crisis they can’t summon up an ounce of compassion among them because it wasn’t in them to begin with.

mom29js on November 2, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Guliani was tough…but he pulled his people together.

Leadership

workingclass artist on November 2, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Was there any truth to the rumor that by Sunday, the slowest runners were likely to be eaten by hungry New Yorkers?

Freddy on November 2, 2012 at 7:29 PM

On top of everything else, we’ve put up with a hubristic beantown carpetbagger who for 12 years says stuff like lahhhf instead of laff. Ship this ass out already.

Western_Civ on November 2, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Saw a guy on the tube saying they are pumping water out of the battery tunnel for the marathon while we pull bodies from the water here.
Bloomberg is a troll.

faol on November 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Self Reliance in there anywhere?

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 7:24 PM

you are free to try and be self reliant, I think you are confusing libertarianism with survivalism. the objective is not to be able to do by yourself everything, but being free to choose who is going ( from the free market)to give you certain services that now are now provided by government if you so want to contract them.

nathor on November 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

*************** Alert **********************

Video: Romney and Ryan rally in Ohio

LIVE FEED

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on November 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

canopfor on November 2, 2012 at 7:33 PM

@CBSNewYork tweeted:
CBSNewYork
After cancellation, marathon runners are urged to donate their hotel rooms to those displaced by #sandy: http://t.co/IlXShtDl

54 mins ago from twitter.com by editor

canopfor on November 2, 2012 at 7:34 PM

@nytlizrobbins tweeted:
nytlizrobbins
Mary Wittenberg, NYC marathon director: there became an animosity towards runners, and really an unhealthy dynamic.

1 hour ago from twitter.com by editor

canopfor on November 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

@eyewitnessnyc tweeted:
eyewitnessnyc
#BREAKINGNEWS 2012 ING NYC Marathon runners are guaranteed a spot in the 2013 race OR in the NYC Half Marathon

1 hour ago from twitter.com by partner

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on November 2, 2012 at 7:35 PM

LOATHSOME is being so kind.

ctmom on November 2, 2012 at 7:40 PM

A real leader, like Giuliani would have had generators in place minimum one day ago. The two or three sitting idle for the marathon narcissists could have been dropped on Staten Island or Long Island within an hour by the National Guard. The National Guard have warehouses with generators. Liberals are fools who suck the populace dry and offer nothing but phony visions of Life.

kenny on November 2, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Afterwards, it’s a good time to be neighborly, like after a blizzard up north.

G. Charles on November 2, 2012 at 7:19 PM

mi snowblower es tu snowblower

OTTO on November 2, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Update: Looks like I got this post in just under the wire. Bloomberg held out as long as he could but ultimately that constituency he built only included one person:

NYC Mayor’s Office @NYCMayorsOffice We have decided to cancel the NYC marathon. The New York Road Runners will have additional information in days ahead for participants.
2 Nov 12

The lights just came back on in the east Village for 67,000 people. Presumably he didn’t want media outrage over the marathon cannibalizing the good news about power returning and the subways coming back online. Poof: Bye-bye, marathon.

Power to the people!

davidk on November 2, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Guliani was tough…but he pulled his people together.

Leadership

workingclass artist on November 2, 2012 at 7:28 PM

…Guliana needs to go to New York…take that misfit over his knee… and spank that little midget moron in front of the news media!

KOOLAID2 on November 2, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Over on the NYRR facebook account it was really getting ugly with the disgusting comments. People threatening to trip or hurt runners, some comments implied death, I saw at least a couple saying the bridges should be blocked off and runners should be forced to help with the repairs in Staten Island.

The race should have been postponed earlier but… holy cow at how vicious a lot of people became towards the runners.

Ukiah on November 2, 2012 at 7:52 PM

that political philosophy call for very small goverment(and taxes) and believes in free markets and private owned services to replace government provided services, among other things.

nathor on November 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Sounds like you are describing Conservativism.

davidk on November 2, 2012 at 7:55 PM

This is my first disaster, I have a natural gas powered generator so have had uninterrupted heat & hot water and turned my house into a cellphone charging station HAPPILY. Obama did NOTHING to help the situation, I repeat NOTHING. we need GAS, probably the only thing he could help us with in NJ . BLOOMBURG IS A F-ING IDIOT,,,There is no way the marathon should have gone on, if I HAD any cable service I presume I would see the media is covering this like they covered Benghazi. My own SISTER who lives in SOUTH JERSEY asked if my kids were in school. ARE YOU F-ING KIDDING ME? WE CAN’T EVEN DRIVE ON OUR STREETS!

ctmom on November 2, 2012 at 7:57 PM

The race should have been postponed earlier but… holy cow at how vicious a lot of people became towards the runners.

Ukiah on November 2, 2012 at 7:52 PM

They are still digging corpses out of the ruins so the warmth and consideration for a public relations stunt may be in short supply.

sharrukin on November 2, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Video: Romney and Ryan rally in Ohio

LIVE FEED

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on November 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

canopfor on November 2, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Awesome rally! Thanks for the link.

Night Owl on November 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM

You just got to love the power that nanny-state mayor has. No race committee or race officials to say cancelled. Just a decree from on high and it and the millions of dollars that will change hands comes down to one person or the we in the mayor office can control the fate of millions. Both in the race and Stanton Island.

tjexcite on November 2, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Anyway, who named this storm “Sandy”? Given the forecasted and actual path of the storm (through the coast and beaches), isn’t the name a somewhat perverse choice?

Sherman1864 on November 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Allahpundit,

Three words:

Move — move now.

hillbillyjim on November 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Bloomberg is all that is wrong with illiberals in one tidy little package: a mediocrity who calls off a marathon too late to make sense to both New Yorkers and the runners.

Half measures get people hurt.

Sherman1864 on November 2, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Cancelling a race is clearly racist.

Flange on November 2, 2012 at 8:15 PM

The vehemence of the headline says “Hot Air Still Pissed Off About Bloomberg Endorsement of Obama”.

Constantine on November 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

I cannot flippin’ believe the inhumanity and absolute obliviousness of these liberal bubble babies.

All I can think about is cold child after cold child, right now, as we sit here on our working computers, mothers and fathers and grandmothers going without food so the children can eat…how scared they are and how traumatized they must be.

And this ever-lovin’ fool and his oblivious PR “communications” bureaucrats actually put words in after the tweet about the cancellation that did NOT include anything about the need, the victims, an apology, a sense of urgency…..no. What millions of people now see in this tweet is he was more worried about the sheer panic and fear of the marathon runners and what options their futures might hold. Well thank God they might get rescheduled!! Whoopeeee!

The response of that contractor that was providing the support services for the marathon red with anger that people didn’t understand (!) that these services were paid for privately! Are you kidding me? You’re choosing now to protect your gig? You have an insurance company pal. Use it. Show some frickin’ sensitivity. These words should never, ever come out of your mouth.

And Bloomberg. My God what a fargin’ bastage. From his news conference The Day After:

Most of the MTA bus lines I’m happy to say were operating this morning and thanks to the generosity of the MTA, they are free for the day, so thank you, MTA. Next time somebody wants to criticize them, maybe you might have a smile on your face and say, well, I liked it when you gave us a free ride.

The numbers are something like 50-odd people on the Atlantic Coast, 30 people roughly here in New York City. And we may find a few more bodies, and everybody here’s heart goes out to the families of those New Yorkers who were lost in the storm, and to those who have lost their homes.

The FDNY’s search and recovery operations, incidentally, are continuing in some of the areas hit hardest by the storm – particularly in the Rockaways where they are going house to house to see if there aren’t more people in need, and hopefully they will not discover any more tragedies.

“I think that the best thing we can do for those that we lost is to make sure that we do everything we can to next time we have a big storm do an even better job of protecting people, giving them more warning. Maybe people will find different ways to communicate with them. Any loss of life is tragic – sadly nature is dangerous and these things occur, but we’re going to do everything we can do prevent tragedies in the future, and I think the best we can do for those who did die is to make sure the city recovers and comes out of this and builds a better life for those that the deceased left behind. That’s the best thing we can do, and in many senses it’s the only thing we can do.

Did this icehole go to the Obama Benghazi School of “Hey Let’s Just Keep Our Lingering Memories and Move Forward With What I Want”?

Pal, when these people do get their electricity back, and their interwebs back, and discover the things you said, you are going to regret that you have no heart, no empathy, no foresight, and look like a functionary instead of a father. What a tool you are, Bloomberg. How can you ever look those children, no wait, I want to say it so you understand, those future voters in the eyes again after you casually toss around the death of their neighbors like counting cattle futures?

Maybe you should get back to your bean-counting, Bloomberg, you gutless, soulless twerp, and get someone from the church to front your info. This is what happens when you turn cities into secular, sterile, utopias. Oh, and the deceased didn’t leave people behind. He says it like they did it by choice, or on purpose!

Ppppttttwww.

winoceros on November 2, 2012 at 8:22 PM

canopfor on November 2, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Awesome rally! Thanks for the link.

Night Owl on November 2, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Night Owl:Anytime—:0

canopfor on November 2, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Constantine on November 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Dude.

Nobody wants Bloomberg’s endorsement. It’s only appropriate that a Utopian idiot be inextricably linked with another Utopian idiot, neither of whom give a rip about real people’s feelings and urgent plights, if you catch my meaning. Can’t you just put yourself in these people’s shoes for just a few minutes?

winoceros on November 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Can’t you just put yourself in these people’s shoes for just a few minutes?

winoceros on November 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM

If Constantine could genuinely consider life from someone else’s perspective he wouldn’t be a leftist would he?

sharrukin on November 2, 2012 at 8:42 PM

I just googled it and all I got was a picture of Ron Paul.

derft on November 2, 2012 at 7:24 PM

OK – I’m out – first mention of the little alien and I’m out till Monday.

oldroy on November 2, 2012 at 7:25 PM

That’s just sad.

slickwillie2001 on November 2, 2012 at 8:43 PM

LOLOLOL!!!!

How frickin’ smart did the NYC honchos have to be to cancel the marathon?

Sounds like they must have hired Einstein to do the calculations.

cane_loader on November 2, 2012 at 8:43 PM

The vehemence of the headline says “Hot Air Still Pissed Off About Bloomberg Endorsement of Obama”.

Constantine on November 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

An endorsement from Bloomberg would hurt Romney with his conservative base, silly. S, we were actually relieved that he didn’t.

jimver on November 2, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Only a moron of epic proportions would have considered holding the Marathon for more than a second. I mean, you have tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands in danger of death from exposure, and you’re actually considering the Marathon? What kind of moron is he?

We should have a mechanism to remove morons from the Republican Party. Just vote them out. He has the right of free association, but so do we right?

Snake307 on November 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM

because he’s term-limited

very funny

sibobr on November 2, 2012 at 8:54 PM

cane_loader on November 2, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Probably did a quick phone poll. Heard things were bad in Staten Island but no one would pick up the phone for the survey so it took a while to figure out.

remove morons from the Republican Party
Snake307 on November 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM

He excised himself. He turned “Independent” a couple years back.

winoceros on November 2, 2012 at 8:57 PM

You have no idea. This isn’t supposed to happen here. There are mothers with newborns with no heat who can’t leave their homes cause their driveways are blocked with downed trees covered in wires, who knows if they are live, there IS ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT! We have no Cell service, no Internet! And our President comes, hugs our hapless gov and leave to go, let me guess FUNDRAISE ?

ctmom on November 2, 2012 at 8:58 PM

ctmom on November 2, 2012 at 8:58 PM

We are praying for you, hard, here in Minnesota.

winoceros on November 2, 2012 at 9:02 PM

The vehemence of the headline says “Hot Air Still Pissed Off About Bloomberg Endorsement of Obama”.

Constantine

Proving once again that liberalism truly is the philosophy of the stupid.

xblade on November 2, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Anyway, who named this storm “Sandy”? Given the forecasted and actual path of the storm (through the coast and beaches), isn’t the name a somewhat perverse choice?

Sherman1864 on November 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Storm names are chosen long before the hurricane season starts. They are chosen in order with each letter of the alphabet getting a name, and any storm over a certain wind-speed getting the next name. Some of them “make” and become hurricanes. Others fade into oblivion never to be heard from again.

Thus, “Andrew” in 1992 was the first hurricane of that season.

Once a name is used for a named storm, it is retired.

Sandy just happened to be the “S” name chosen for this many storms for 2012.

UnderstandingisPower on November 2, 2012 at 9:06 PM

So “Napoleon the Soda Nazi” met his Waterloo over a foot race? No wonder he hates the words super size.

bluesdoc70 on November 2, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Marathoners’ revenge:

http://gothamist.com/2012/11/02/defiant_marathon_participants_vow_t.php

Well. I guess we have been put in our place.

davidk on November 2, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Storm names are chosen long before the hurricane season starts. They are chosen in order with each letter of the alphabet getting a name, and any storm over a certain wind-speed getting the next name. Some of them “make” and become hurricanes. Others fade into oblivion never to be heard from again.

Thus, “Andrew” in 1992 was the first hurricane of that season.

Once a name is used for a named storm, it is retired.

Sandy just happened to be the “S” name chosen for this many storms for 2012.

UnderstandingisPower on November 2, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Dude! I now feel, so much more, Powerful.

davidk on November 2, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I feel for the misery that the people of new york are going thru, however,they have the govt they,the majority, voted for. The ones who were sane if there are very many in nyc that voted for politicos in contact with reality, but were defeated, Those people really have my sympathy. Hopefully, they are able to take care of themselves and will survive this and there nanny and will teach self-reliance into there kids and will come out stronger for it…………………

Exgunman on November 2, 2012 at 9:43 PM

so much concern for a swing state/

nathor on November 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I am beginning to suspect you are a sociopath.

NotCoach on November 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

He’s a leftist. Of course he’s a sociopath.

Solaratov on November 2, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Adrian Gray ‏@adrian_gray
OHIO: A big day showed up for Obama in my bellwether counties. Dems now 5.8% off 2008…when they won by 4.6%. All signs to dead heat.
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Adrian Gray ‏@adrian_gray
IOWA: D’s still lead with 63k ballots in the can, 3k over my hurdle of 60k. Romney needs big Election Day or to win Indies. Both possible.
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Adrian Gray ‏@adrian_gray
ABC/WaPo: 11% of early votes pre-sandy. 5% post-sandy. It’s a noisy datapoint, but could be bump for incumbent. 72% still to vote though.

gumbyandpokey on November 2, 2012 at 9:47 PM

winoceros on November 2, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Thank you. I must say we feel forgotten. I am hoping that the devastation simply isn’t being reported. After all if the F-ING mayor thinks it is ok to run a freaking marathon when dead bodies are still being pulled from the rubble… I have no words.

ctmom on November 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM

of course it is! this is HA! HA will now highlight all the stories that make the rescue look bad so obama and his storm stricken endorsers\newlovers look bad as well.
while a valiant effort, its really to short time to create a narrative to influence the election.
but go on!

nathor on November 2, 2012 at 6:07 PM

You drink a lot, don’t you?

Solaratov on November 2, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Thank you. I must say we feel forgotten. I am hoping that the devastation simply isn’t being reported. After all if the F-ING mayor thinks it is ok to run a freaking marathon when dead bodies are still being pulled from the rubble… I have no words.

ctmom on November 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Hang in there. I felt this in Katrina and Rita. It is what it is. A lot of lessons are being learned right now. This is Mother Nature. She’s always strongger than Uncle Sam. Hang on and be safe….. it will get better

cane_loader on November 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

“Character counts”, “the cream rises to the top”, and other quotable quotes come to mind. with.

mom29js on November 2, 2012 at 6:21 PM

“Sometimes cream floats to the top. Far more often though it’s dead wood, bloated corpses, and an oily sheen.”

Solaratov on November 2, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Missing Bush yet?

Sparky5253 on November 2, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Michael Bloomberg must have hoped that Sandy would be his own 9/11. A population in shock turned to the mayor in their hour of need. He dominated the airwaves; he issued decrees. He seized the occasion to speak out on the big issues: climate change, endorsing a president. He worked to project an air of authority and calm: the Marathon would go on.

It must have looked for a while as if he had done a Rudy and resuscitated a tired mayoralty, relaunching a national career. Perhaps a cabinet appointment in a second Obama administration, perhaps another shot at an independent presidential campaign.

excerpt: Walter Russell Mead

.
He’s a legend in his own time MIND.

listens2glenn on November 2, 2012 at 10:19 PM

ctmom, my prayers go out to you. I donated to the Red Cross today and my employer matched my donation. I’m sorry you have to go through this – disasters and the resulting loss of infrastructure are not pleasant. I hope things turn around there quickly and you can live a normal life again. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.

Philly on November 2, 2012 at 10:34 PM

“Sometimes cream floats to the top. Far more often though it’s dead wood, bloated corpses, and an oily sheen.”

Solaratov on November 2, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Man, I sure got a lot of brothers and sisters on this site. If we ever have a family reunion it will be awesome.

arnold ziffel on November 2, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I would really prefer not to be dependent of someones else good will. either i would contract relief from some insurance company( the real libertarian way), or I really prefer to see some politician accountable to lose their job if they did not aided me when in distress as they supposed to.

idiocrat

Capitalist Hog on November 2, 2012 at 10:40 PM

gumbyandpokey on November 2, 2012 at 9:47 PM……………..

Benghazi, LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nobody cares about Benghazi.

gumbyandpokey on November 2, 2012 at 1:14 AM

[Actual quote from the filth calling itself gumby]

FOAD!! You’re trash, pokebutt.

Solaratov on November 2, 2012 at 10:41 PM

wow. 110 dead in 10 states. I wonder if any of them are swing states.
/@BroncoMomma

ted c on November 2, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Missing Bush yet?

Sparky5253 on November 2, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Miss Giuliani yet?

NYC was such a great place 10 years ago.

riddick on November 2, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Thank you. I must say we feel forgotten. I am hoping that the devastation simply isn’t being reported. After all if the F-ING mayor thinks it is ok to run a freaking marathon when dead bodies are still being pulled from the rubble… I have no words.

ctmom on November 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Hang in there. I felt this in Katrina and Rita. It is what it is. A lot of lessons are being learned right now. This is Mother Nature. She’s always strongger than Uncle Sam. Hang on and be safe….. it will get better

cane_loader on November 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Was on the phone with my mother today (Brighton Beach), as well as with some of my family in NYC, Bloomberg not only sucks, but sucks with a capital S. On all counts.

Giuliani is greatly missed.

riddick on November 2, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Sad really.

The midget is currently dining on blinis with caviar and sipping Cristal whilst there are lots of his peons (who voted for him) sitting in shelters at best. The rest are dumpster diving.

Way to go NYC voters.

Be assured, your mayor is still living the high life.

CorporatePiggy on November 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

The vehemence of the headline says “Hot Air Still Pissed Off About Bloomberg Endorsement of Obama”.

Constantine on November 2, 2012 at 8:18 PM

A Bloomberg endorsment is only very slightly better than a Jerry Sandusky endorsment

Wallythedog on November 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Anyway, who named this storm “Sandy”? Given the forecasted and actual path of the storm (through the coast and beaches), isn’t the name a somewhat perverse choice?

Sherman1864 on November 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM
Storm names are chosen long before the hurricane season starts. They are chosen in order with each letter of the alphabet getting a name, and any storm over a certain wind-speed getting the next name. Some of them “make” and become hurricanes. Others fade into oblivion never to be heard from again.

Thus, “Andrew” in 1992 was the first hurricane of that season.

Once a name is used for a named storm, it is retired.

Sandy just happened to be the “S” name chosen for this many storms for 2012.

UnderstandingisPower on November 2, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Actually, if the storm causes MAJOR damage like Sandy, Katrina, Andrew, the name is removed from future lists and never to be used again as a hurricane, typhoon, Willy Willy or whatever storm it is in your part of the world…

Khun Joe on November 3, 2012 at 1:23 AM

In Katrina, FEMA had prepositioned plenty of supplies, food, water, generators, and even mobile homes for temporary housing nearby. The state and local governments screwed it all up.

In Sandy, FEMA did little in the way of prep, and in NYC at least, the local government is only concerned with Manhattan.

The time is short, but there could be a backlash at the ballot box.

Adjoran on November 3, 2012 at 5:08 AM

All Republican surrogates, over 100 well-known names now fanning out in the battleground states, should mention that it isn’t appropriate for the President to go shaking his booty with Jay-Z in Vegas while children are starving in New York.

Adjoran on November 3, 2012 at 5:10 AM

Obama didn’t hesitae to imply that the Bush administration didn’t help the people of New Orleans during Hurricane Sandy because they were black.So why isn’t Obama helping the white folks on Long Island?

redware on November 3, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Why doesn’t the utility company bury the damn power lines. If you drive through Jersey or NY, it looks like something from Hitchcock’s movie ‘the Birds’. I live in the middle of nowhere MT and our lines are buried. We almost never have power or tel outages. Bloomie looks a tad short in that photo, no wonder he nixed super sized drinks, look at the optics of that.

Kissmygrits on November 3, 2012 at 8:25 AM

Nathor, this one’s for you: My take.

kingsjester on November 3, 2012 at 8:36 AM

Dang! Now those people in Staten Island can’t go all Donner Party on the passing runners!

Food on the hoof! Food on the hoof!”

profitsbeard on November 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Not sure what’s worse: Bloomberg’s initial marathon decision that “the show must go on” or his insistence touting his Spanish speaking “skillz” at the end of every press conference.

BTW, what’s the deal with the sign language interpreter? Didn’t that go by way of the do-do decades ago after Closed Captioned TV was invented? Moreover, why does she dominate half the TV screen?

Sharp_Right_Turn on November 3, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Presumably he didn’t want media outrage over the marathon cannibalizing the good news about power returning and the subways coming back online. Poof: Bye-bye, marathon.

Recognizing that people come from all over the world for this marathon and the economic impact of cancelling, I realize that this wasn’t an easy call. Yet, when you have people who haven’t had water or electricty for days, things like water stations and generators for the media tent rightfully become touchstones of outrage. Where I do fault Bloomberg is waiting so long to make the right call.

Happy Nomad on November 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Just returned to the world after being trapped for 5 days without heat, light or water in an elevator-frozen, lightless, heatless, waterless NYC high rise. But had a battery radio where I could listen to OIM (Our Idiot Mayor) telling us what a great job he was doing and blaming global warming for the catastrophe,

But OIM still had time for a long op-ed piece embracing Obama for president the rationale for his decision defies all logic. OIM admits that man-created global warming MAY OR MAY NOT EXIST yet he’s voting for Obama because he has SPECIFIC ANSWERS for global warming. Conclusion-BLOOMBERG SUPPORTS OBAMA BECAUSE HE HAS SPECIFIC ANSWERS TO A PROBLEM WHICH MAY NOT EXIST!Wow!!!!

MaiDee on November 3, 2012 at 1:51 PM

As bad as Bloomberg is, he is a superhero compared to that moron Christie who all but handed Obama the election by heaping praise on The Won-therefore securing NJ (but don’t be so sure-look out for the double cross) quick and sure disaster relief,

1 First Christie got into a fight with Atlantic City’s mayor because the mayor refused to evacuate-perhaps this was the ONLY correct decision the mayor ever made. Everybody who knows Atlantic City realizes that it is crime-ridden and lawful inhabitants are continually in danger of being broken into WHILE THEY’RE STILL THERE-let alone evacuating their apartments.
2 His lovey-dovey schmooze with Obama not only boosted The Won’s presidential aspirations-but led to suspicion that the wives of these two better check what they do together after hours.
3 Anyone familiar with New Jersey marvels at how closely these cretinous bums resemble human beings. Thus when a bunch of Alabama rescue workers were chased away by a bunch of knuckle-scraping union goons “Get the eff ouuta here you effing scabs”, CHRISTIE DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

MaiDee on November 3, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Bloomberg may have had the power to start the marathon but nothing on earth was going to let it finish. The plan was to use 3 industrial size generators to power the media center, a fleet of water trucks to keep the runners supplied and truck load after truck load of pasta to get them ready to run. And they were scheduled to run through areas without heat or food or water where people just lost their homes and were about to starve or freeze. The angry crowds in station island would have blocked the streets and beaten the runners senseless, if they were very, very lucky, that is.

Fred 2 on November 3, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Bloomberg is an inspiration. He’s proof that you don’t need even half a brain to become a billionaire.

curved space on November 4, 2012 at 12:01 PM

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