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Cancel the Marathon
Forbes ^ | 11/2/12 | Greg McNeal

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.” We’re 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.” It’s an event that requires dozens of medical volunteers to tend to runners and hundreds of police to close roads and direct traffic.

Aren’t 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?

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: bloomberg; ny; nyc; nymarathon; sports

1 posted on 11/02/2012 5:38:39 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

“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!!!!!!


2 posted on 11/02/2012 5:41:05 AM PDT by mark3681
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To: jimbo123

The band continues to play after the Titanic has struck the iceberg and has begun to list....

Gotta keep up the morale, doncha see.


3 posted on 11/02/2012 5:41:09 AM PDT by alloysteel ("If you are going to follow the road less traveled, at least consult your GPS first.".)
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To: jimbo123
You heard of ‘running with the bulls’? This will be ‘running with New York's sewer rats’. The rat infestation is supposed to be real bad after the water recedes. Not to mention the other ‘rats in NYC.
4 posted on 11/02/2012 5:41:50 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: jimbo123
You heard of ‘running with the bulls’? This will be ‘running with New York's sewer rats’. The rat infestation is supposed to be real bad after the water recedes. Not to mention the other ‘rats in NYC.
5 posted on 11/02/2012 5:42:36 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: jimbo123

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


6 posted on 11/02/2012 5:42:59 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SERKIT

I have visions of the real people of Manhattan blocking the run. Is it Sunday? By Sunday those people will be very angry.


7 posted on 11/02/2012 5:44:36 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: jimbo123

Doesn’t the marathon require police security? Don’t the police already have enough on their plate in the aftermath of the hurricane?


8 posted on 11/02/2012 5:46:55 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: jimbo123
Napoleon is an idiot!
9 posted on 11/02/2012 5:48:52 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: jimbo123

If children are dumpster diving for food is it because their idiot parents are passed out on the floor on drugs?


10 posted on 11/02/2012 5:49:36 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: jimbo123

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.


11 posted on 11/02/2012 5:50:32 AM PDT by The Free Engineer
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To: Mercat
I have visions of the real people of Manhattan blocking the run. Is it Sunday? By Sunday those people will be very angry.

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.

12 posted on 11/02/2012 5:51:23 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: yldstrk
children are dumpster diving for food

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.

13 posted on 11/02/2012 5:54:38 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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To: jimbo123

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?


14 posted on 11/02/2012 5:55:41 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: Mercat
WHAT IF THEY GAVE A MARATHON AND NOBODY CAME

I think New Yorkers know what to do.

15 posted on 11/02/2012 5:57:09 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: jimbo123
The problem is Bloomberg already has the money from TV rights etc, spent.
16 posted on 11/02/2012 6:03:43 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: jimbo123

IMPEACH BLOOMBERG!!! DERELICTION OF DUTY!! People are STARVING and FREEZING.


17 posted on 11/02/2012 6:05:52 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: The Free Engineer

how can that happen without electricity


18 posted on 11/02/2012 6:05:53 AM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: jimbo123

The Mayor needs to be impeached.


19 posted on 11/02/2012 6:07:18 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: jimbo123

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.


20 posted on 11/02/2012 6:08:44 AM PDT by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: knarf

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?”


21 posted on 11/02/2012 6:12:34 AM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: jimbo123

Apparently resources have been diverted from victims to the marathon!!

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion...EW6PvT3pEgyk3J


22 posted on 11/02/2012 6:14:08 AM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: The Free Engineer

Cannot be done, no electric power, no work for even those folks.


23 posted on 11/02/2012 6:14:57 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: arasina

Yeah, bring us jugs of gas.


24 posted on 11/02/2012 6:15:41 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: jimbo123

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.


25 posted on 11/02/2012 6:17:31 AM PDT by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: jimbo123

Maybe the marathon participants will run to affected neighborhoods with free blankets, food supplies and flashlights? Problem solved, no?


26 posted on 11/02/2012 6:20:00 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: jimbo123

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).


27 posted on 11/02/2012 6:20:31 AM PDT by stonehouse01 (Equal rights for unborn women)
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To: jimbo123

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.


28 posted on 11/02/2012 6:30:58 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: jimbo123
LOL! Why should he care? I'm sure Bloomberg is warm, dry & cozy with plenty to eat and drink!

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!.

29 posted on 11/02/2012 6:31:02 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am a Person as Created by the Laws of Nature, not a person as created by the laws of Man)
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To: jimbo123

Perhaps the people of Staten Island should ask the Soda Pop Nazi just one important question before he starts his stupid marathon, man.

30 posted on 11/02/2012 6:35:32 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: jimbo123

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”?


31 posted on 11/02/2012 6:36:18 AM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: jimbo123
I hope no one shows up for it! It's idiotic!
32 posted on 11/02/2012 6:38:45 AM PDT by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: yldstrk

STOP IT.

I’d like to see YOU in a disaster situation just so I could have a good laugh and call you an idiot.


33 posted on 11/02/2012 6:38:52 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: PMAS

ahh the good ol’ Carter days.
Soon it’ll be odd/even plate numbers on alternate days who can get gas.


34 posted on 11/02/2012 6:43:29 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: jimbo123

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
ING
Tata Consultancy
The New York Times (already boycotted of course)
Asics
United Airlines
Timex
Nissan


35 posted on 11/02/2012 6:44:14 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: The Wizard

Midtown and upper Manhattan has electricity. Parts of lower Manhattan will have power Saturday night.


36 posted on 11/02/2012 6:46:52 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

Yup, any day now.

People are already waiting 4 or 5 hours for 3 to 5 gallons of gasoline.


37 posted on 11/02/2012 6:49:18 AM PDT by PMAS (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

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?


38 posted on 11/02/2012 6:50:04 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: jimbo123

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.


39 posted on 11/02/2012 6:59:24 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Hold My Beer and Watch This!)
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To: yldstrk

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.


40 posted on 11/02/2012 7:03:28 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: FES0844
Yeah, bring us jugs of gas.

;-)

41 posted on 11/02/2012 7:07:05 AM PDT by arasina (Communism is EVIL. So there.)
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To: 1_Rain_Drop

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.


42 posted on 11/02/2012 7:08:17 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: jimbo123
Let them have their damn Marathon.
If they can stage a Marathon in the midst of all this, then they also show there is absolutely no reason to postpone the election.
Bread and Circuses. Well, at least a Circus.

43 posted on 11/02/2012 7:10:28 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: jimbo123

(liberal) Insanity, thy name is Michael Bloomberg


44 posted on 11/02/2012 8:06:57 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: yldstrk

Forgive me, I wasn’t aware I was conversing with a saint.


45 posted on 11/02/2012 8:09:19 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: 1_Rain_Drop
I wasn’t aware I was conversing with a saint.

Just another Catholic.

46 posted on 11/02/2012 8:16:00 AM PDT by xone
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To: xone

figures


47 posted on 11/02/2012 8:29:09 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: jimbo123

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


48 posted on 11/02/2012 8:33:14 AM PDT by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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