All the commentators on the ground in Puerto Rico are digging up the most pathetic sob stories they can find, playing it for all it’s worth, and pointing the blame at the administration for the ‘failure’ to support the poor disenfranchised people of Puerto Rico, cause they’re not white… (gee, where have I heard ‘that’ line of BS before… Um… Lemme think… Oh yeah, Katrina)
There ARE real problems, no question. And it’s questionable if the island can be rebuilt in anything approaching a timely fashion, much less actually start the process, due to the lack of planning and current state of the infrastructure. But they are not of the administration’s doing.
Puerto Rico isn’t a few hundred miles drive to fix… It’s about 1300 miles from Jax to San Juan! That’s three hours flying time, or 100+ hours by ship. And it’s a protectorate that has SERIOUS problems before the first hurricane hit. $70B in debt, people leaving the island in droves, infrastructure marginal at best, ever since the military pulled out in 2004, and rampant corruption. There appears to have been no real plan by the governor or service entities to actually prepare, or plans for handling the situation, they knew was coming. It’s not like this is the first time a hurricane has hit there!
As of the earlier in the week, there were already 10,000 military boots on the ground, with helicopters and trucks being flown in by C-17s in a steady stream. As of yesterday, there were over 10,000 CONEX boxes sitting on the piers at San Juan, because there is no power, and no cleared road structure to actually move the goods to where they need to go, and no truck drivers to actually drive the trucks. The Army Corps of Engineers has been authorized to do what they can to get infrastructure back online, but even with all them working, it’s NOT an overnight fix…
But the administration isn’t responding fast enough…
They tried to find issues in the response to Houston, and didn’t; Florida, no luck there either. But now… Oh boy… Licking their chops, “We’re going to nail them on this one! We got them this time! Front page, lead story on every news cast! This… This is the screwup that will get the president impeached!”
Yeah, they really want to do that. Don’t remember which congresscritter said it, but this administration can’t be allowed to succeed. If it does, it makes all those career politicians look like the buffoons they really are!
In other news, it appears the NFL’s past weekend and Thursday games were down 11% and 13% respectively from last year, and the networks are purposely NOT showing the empty seats or any posters in the crowd.
One behind-the-scenes TV staffer at another stadium told Sporting News that camera operators were ordered to avoid crowd shots in case they showed fans counterprotesting the protests.
Full article HERE, at Sporting News.
NFL fans could be heard booing as hundreds of players protested during the national anthem over Week 3, but the spectators’ presence was conspicuously absent from television coverage.
Full article HERE, from the Daily Mail. It’s pretty bad when a foreign newspaper has more honest coverage than the MSM…
One other thing I find kinda humorous in all this, is that taking a knee is considered part of the oath of fealty to someone… So by taking a knee, effectively these players are swearing fealty to the United States. I wonder if they even realize that…