Skip to comments.Cancel the Marathon
Posted on 11/02/2012 5:38:37 AM PDT by jimbo123
In an act of sheer idiocy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided that the New York City Marathon should still be held. His decision comes despite the fact that the city is still struggling to recover from Superstomr Sandy. Were talking about a city where children are dumpster diving for food, yet the Mayor thinks an event where out of town runners trot through storm damaged boroughs while being handed free energy bars and water is a good idea?
The marathon will kick off in Staten Island where bodies are still being pulled from the rubble. The marathon is still a go, despite the fact that Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro is pleading for help from the Red Cross and other volunteer organizations. Where are the volunteers? Well, they are descending on New York City for a race that has been described in ordinary times as a grueling feat of logistics. Its an event that requires dozens of medical volunteers to tend to runners and hundreds of police to close roads and direct traffic.
Arent medical volunteers and police the exact people we want focused on the victims of Sandy?
How can this sporting event possibly be the right thing for the people of New York?
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“How can this sporting event possibly be the right thing for the people of New York?”
Its not. Why should they change their ways now. When have they EVER done anything that was truly for the people of New York?
PARTY, PARTY, PARTY!!!!!!
The band continues to play after the Titanic has struck the iceberg and has begun to list....
Gotta keep up the morale, doncha see.
Nanny Bloomberg can’t....YET, ...he has to scam world travelers out of millions first, .It must be cancelled, but not just yet...sometime later today
I have visions of the real people of Manhattan blocking the run. Is it Sunday? By Sunday those people will be very angry.
Doesn’t the marathon require police security? Don’t the police already have enough on their plate in the aftermath of the hurricane?
If children are dumpster diving for food is it because their idiot parents are passed out on the floor on drugs?
This is making the mayor look really bad. I like that.
But on the other hand canceling the marathon would mean millions of dollars in canceled hotel rooms, taxi rides, people buying steaks and wine and cocktails ( and tips for wait staff and bartenders and cabbies), theater tickets, horse rides in Central Park, etc.
The people working in these businesses depend on this money coming in for their lives.
Just because some are suffering doesn’t mean others should not be allowed to not suffer.
It starts Sunday at 10 or 11 AM. Having done it once, it requires massive logistics as normally it gets about 40K participants. Big deal for the whole city, with that many visitors, for hotels, restaurants, even shows. The runners come from around the world. It should be cancelled.
Maybe they should strap backpacks on all the runners and fill them with Romney's canned goods.
They could either toss them out to cheering residents, or use the cans as self-defense weapons against rioting ghettoRATs.
Just what they need right now: an additional 40,000 people coming into the city who will require food, shelter, water, police protection, possible medical assistance, etc. How the hell can Bloomberg possibly think this is a good idea?
I think New Yorkers know what to do.
IMPEACH BLOOMBERG!!! DERELICTION OF DUTY!! People are STARVING and FREEZING.
how can that happen without electricity
The Mayor needs to be impeached.
Why not ask the marathon entrants to run around and help people? Use their energy in a positive and productive way. Give medals to those who perform the most charitable acts or something.
Comments in the NY Times article indicate many will not participate. As one writer says, “Who wants to run past a crowd of people booing and spitting on you?”
Apparently resources have been diverted from victims to the marathon!!
Cannot be done, no electric power, no work for even those folks.
Yeah, bring us jugs of gas.
This will not end well, things are getting ugly around NY - gas stations are now rationing gasoline - 3 or 5 gallons per person and the lines are 4 to 5 hours long, I passed a couple on the way to work this morning that were over 2 miles long.
Maybe the marathon participants will run to affected neighborhoods with free blankets, food supplies and flashlights? Problem solved, no?
A lot of the marathon runners are liberal-greenie- vegetarian-climate-change types who think large sodas will eventually kill you - in other words the kind of people that Bloomberg likes to fill the city and associate with. These people have more status and are more important to please than the needs of the ordinary NYers without electricity (my daughter being one of those without electricity).
I can understand the “keep your chin up” attitude. The British continued to go to theater during the bombing of London, but it doesn’t look like a good use of assets in this case.
For all their talk, didn't Bette Midler and a bunch of other celebrytards have a big Halloween shindig close by while everyone else was dealing with the disaster?
Heaven forbid they take all that swanky food to people who were ill-prepared for Sandy! They are nothing more than a bunch of Slacktavists....and just like their empty-suit president and bloody Bloomberg, the world revolves only around them!.
Perhaps the people of Staten Island should ask the Soda Pop Nazi just one important question before he starts his stupid marathon, man.
If you put tradition on hold for every “bad” event that happens, you end up with a bunch of hand wringers wanting to stop everything for events that over time diminish in significance so every little advocacy group can have its point made.
Sac up people, it’s GD New York, New Yorkers, and the damn New York Marathon. Even though they vote ‘Rat, or gutless Republican, more often than not, running it continues to facilitate the percieved pluck and mettle of OUR New Yorkers, a sprawling mass of noisy boisterous people we love to bitch about but are always thankful to have with us on our map...
20 years from now, do you want to hear about the “Storm that cancelled the Marathon” or “A little wind and rain wasn’t going to stop us from running it”?
I’d like to see YOU in a disaster situation just so I could have a good laugh and call you an idiot.
ahh the good ol’ Carter days.
Soon it’ll be odd/even plate numbers on alternate days who can get gas.
Mike Bloomberg is an evil man. The list of participants and finishers in this fiasco should serve as a blacklist for all decent people. Don’t talk to them, don’t hire them, boycott their businesses, etc.
Sponsors should be threatened with boycotts if the race goes on
The New York Times (already boycotted of course)
Midtown and upper Manhattan has electricity. Parts of lower Manhattan will have power Saturday night.
Yup, any day now.
People are already waiting 4 or 5 hours for 3 to 5 gallons of gasoline.
Listen here 1 raindrop. I am a parent and I would never allow my kids to dumpster dive. If there was any dumpster diving necessary it would be me doing it for them. What is your problem?
Why is the government putting on a athletic entertainment event, anyway?
If it’s a private event held with permission, and it doesn’t prevent recovery efforts, then let the private organizer decide.
You do not know what exactly is happening and to automatically label the parents as drug addicts is wrong.
How do you know the parents are drug addicts?
The children may be dumpster diving because maybe their parents are alongside of them, maybe the parents are on line waiting for gas, maybe the parents went searching for water, maybe the parents are disabled, maybe it’s easier to get children into a dumpster than an adult.
If you’ve ever lived on a farm, you’d know that when a disaster happens, EVERYONE goes to work children and adults.
Reports stating that children are dumpster diving may open someone’s heart (bloomberg) to maybe get someone with power off their butt and do something.
Anyway, those dumpster diving children are working for their food while yours would be waiting for it to be handed to them.
I challenge you to prove this is not just some appeal to emotionalism. I have worked with children and the ones who have to eat out of the garbage are the ones whose parents are neglectful. Besides I have been through hell and back and I live a sacrificial life devoted to my children. So take your emotionalism out the back door and calm down.
Big whoop, on a farm everybody works, but you don’t ask your kids to do things you wouldn’t do, and dumpster diving is one of them.
You are obviously overwrought and I have nothing further to say to you.
(liberal) Insanity, thy name is Michael Bloomberg
Forgive me, I wasn’t aware I was conversing with a saint.
Just another Catholic.
It’s a good idea for 2 reasons:
1 - a sense of normalcy is good for people in bad times, a reason to celebrate helps the brain
2 - It’ll put NYC on TV for 3 hours and recovery donations will flow in like crazy