49 thoughts on “Shut Up Puerto Rico, You Got A Trophy”

  1. let them eat mudcake?

    the hill reports some retorts:

    Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said citizens in Puerto Rico were in need of basic supplies, not a golf trophy.

    “Dear @realDonaldTrump: US citizens in Puerto Rico need water, food, oxygen tanks, medicine BUT NOT A GOLF TROPHY. You still don’t get it,” Lieu tweeted Sunday

    Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Pa.) similarly panned the move, asking if Puerto Ricans “feel better now” after the trophy dedication.

    “Hey Puerto Rico – you still don’t have electricity or drinkable water. But good news: Trump dedicated a golf trophy to you. Feel better now?,” Boyle tweeted.

    “I’m sure hurricane victims would rather have electricity, food, and water,” Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) also tweeted Sunday.

  2. I can’t wait for the oh so predictable response from the Second Amendment crowd. Can we all say it, we just need to make sure that more people carry guns.

  3. If nothing was done after Sandy Hook, ain’t nuthin’ ever going to get done. We are idiots. This is a fact.

    *******

    Proud to say my father never felt the need to pack heat, own an arsenal or kill defenseless animals. He was secure in his manhood. No guns needed. Thanks.

     

     

     

  4. Wonder how many people got the food, water and shelter they need in Puerto Rico while drumpf sat on his fat ass for the final round of the President’s Cup?  And wtf is scrotal neck Mnuchin doing criticizing th mayor of San Juan?  What other than being a flaming ass does he have to do with disaster relief?

  5. I blame trump and his incessant pulling of the thread of decency and intelligence on the fabric of the American way of life.   Twice this year, baby boomer men have had an effective shoot-out on the American humans and they are shooting fools.  No one has ever seen such crazy old humans, just retire and relax.  Instead, they are taking many lovely spirits with them to hell.

    Damn you putie!!

  6. OMG!  I am horrified at the news from Las Vegas.

    Pogo…  you got that right…  they’ll just say all the concert goers should have been armed…  maroons!

  7. abc: Las Vegas shooting: What we know about suspect Stephen Paddock

    Stephen Paddock, 64, is the man suspected of opening fire from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Sunday night, killing more than 50 people and injuring more than 200, police said today.
    Police responded to the scene Sunday night and breached the door to the suspect’s room on the 32nd floor. He is now dead. Officials said they did not believe there were any more shooters.
    The alleged gunman was believed to be a local resident, police said, and the motive was unclear.
    Police said “numerous firearms” were found in Paddock’s hotel room at Mandalay Bay.

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  8. daily express uk: Las Vegas shooting: Piers Morgan condemns lack of US gun law after ‘worst mass shooting’

    The Good Morning Britain presenter took to the social media site this morning to comment on the heartless attack, which has killed 50 people and left over 200 people injured. 

    Just hours after the shooting, Piers shared an image which included Nevada’s gun laws, which he captioned: “Nevada’s gun laws… or lack of them.”

    He then went on to add: “More people die from guns each week in America than in France since World War 2.”

     

     

  9. Agree, SJWNY, i’m just not up for following the predictable news cycles of a mass shooting, the failed calls for sane laws, the pretzel logic of the gun industry etc.

    At least something can be done about Puerto Rico if the pressure stays on.

  10. “At least something can be done about Puerto Rico if the pressure stays on.”

    craig, and if that “something” isn’t done right, many many times more than 50 will die in Puerto rico.

    this is not to diminish the loss and anguish of what happened in vegas nor to belittle or give up on pressuring for sensible gun safety laws to be passed for in this case what happens in vegas certainly won’t stay in vegas. there will be more.

  11. Meanwhile, putie gives the norks an internet lifeline.    Let the cyber wars begin, let the traditional military do its thing with the rockets and bombs in the final red glare.  The American identity hacked away on the internets and no one to protect us…regulations, health insurance and education gone for the majority of citizens under the trumpence junta.

    The generals can control trump on the ground, but in cyber space…he lets his freakish dementia flag fly.  They give him his cyber ego.  The white shadow president responds to the shooting seconds after his demented boss flings tweets.   This is going downhill fast and time to burn yet another candle on the Mueller altar.

  12. trump’s historic racial track record includes hatred of Puerto Ricans.  They lost him after West Side Story.  The only way he can relate to humans is via entertainment and real estate.  The tiny brained man, our commander-in-thief lets his inner racist bloom when confronted with forces larger than himself.   A more evolved and humble man would admit that leaving the Paris Accord was a huge mistake given the fact of Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria.  He would recognize the cyber wars and stop the abuse on average citizens.  Punish the ruskies for their cyber attacks rather than meeting them in the oval office with smiles and congrats on getting rid of comey.

  13. i’m just not up for following the predictable news cycles of a mass shooting, the failed calls for sane laws, the pretzel logic of the gun industry etc.

    Craig…  I’ll be thankful if you don’t write an article for the umpteenth time on gun laws.  By now I could quote everyone who posts here regularly opinions verbatim on that subject.

    IMO…  the mayor of San Juan is the epitome of leadership and class.

     

  14. yesterday’s story but a good one… hope more like this follow.

    business insider: Tesla is sending hundreds of battery packs to Puerto Rico in the wake of major hurricanes

    A plea for Tesla to send help to Puerto Rico was spelled out with the remnants of a house torn apart from Hurricane Irma — and the electric car marker is now sending aid.

    In addition to building electric cars, Tesla also sells an at-home battery pack, the Powerwall, that can capture energy generated by solar panels. Tesla is now shipping hundreds of Powerwalls to Puerto Rico as the island continues to suffer from power outages, Bloomberg first reported.

    Puerto Rico was already grappling with power outages after Hurricane Irma, a cateogry 5 storm, hit the island. At least 60,000 people were already without power when Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm, knocked out power for the entire island’s 3.5 million residents.

    Generators are currently helping power high-priority buildings like hospitals, but power likely won’t return to the entire island for another six months. Tesla’s Powerwall could help bridge the gap in some areas as Puerto Rico works to repairs its electrical grid.

    Tesla employees are on the ground in Puerto Rico to help install battery packs and repair solar panels, a Tesla spokesperson confirmed to Business Insider.

  15. Bloomberg: Trump’s Puerto Rico Feud May Cause Lasting Damage to the GOP

    On the verge of his scheduled visit to the hurricane-devastated U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, Donald Trump suggested islanders struggling without basic services were lazy, and that the mayor of its largest city was a poor leader and a politically-motivated “ingrate.” 

    As criticism poured in, the president may have done lasting damage to his efforts to show how much his administration cares about helping the battered island, and to the Republican brand among Latino voters. The racial undertones also risk stoking unease generated by Trump’s controversial stance on violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, just over a month ago.

    If Trump is sensitive to charges that he was luxuriating at one of his golf properties while the island’s 3.4 million residents suffered — many without electricity or drinkable water 11 days after the storm hit — he didn’t show it: he attended a professional golf tournament for several hours on Sunday after tweeting his criticism of local leaders.

    [….]

    Some saw Trump’s tweets and actions, especially his attack on San Juan’s mayor, as the latest instance of “punching down” at critics, political opponents, or others who’ve crossed him.

    “It’s got a lot of people scratching their heads, Republicans especially,” said Susan MacManus, political science professor at the University of South Florida. “Why pick a fight with a key demographic that is only going to grow in importance?”

    “The president, instead of tweeting against the mayor of San Juan, who’s watching her people die and just made a plea for help, ought to roll up his sleeves and get to work here,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

    Republicans were mostly muted on Trump’s response to the storm. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said on “Face the Nation” that on matters of race and ethnic division “his heart’s in the right place.”

    In contrast to the high level of engagement Trump showed during and after the storms that lashed Texas and Florida in recent weeks, including hunkering down for briefings at Camp David, Trump was at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for a second straight weekend.

    “I don’t know what world Trump is living in,” Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “Speaking from his fancy golf club, playing golf with his billionaire friends, attacking the mayor of San Juan, who is struggling to bring electricity to the island, food to the island, water to the island, gas to the island, that is just — it is unspeakable.”

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  16.  

    some days the “experts ” on TV are clueless.

    How did the gun man get the rifles up to his hotel room?

    You know like he had to sneak them up to the room. lol

    He probably had the bellhop help him load the rifles in their carrying cases along with the boxes of ammo onto the hotel cart and took them to his room. Of course the hotel is not going to let that information out.

    But hey, it’s America, nobody is going to ask questions.

     

    Jack

  17. “Craig…  I’ll be thankful if you don’t write an article for the umpteenth time on gun laws.  By now I could quote everyone who posts here regularly opinions verbatim on that subject.”
    Renee, unfortunately we’ve had too many opportunities to express our opinions on that subject.

    “IMO…  the mayor of San Juan is the epitome of leadership and class.”

    She absolutely is – completely unlike our “president”.

  18. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said on “Face the Nation” that on matters of race and ethnic division “his heart’s in the right place.”

    But what is Ryan’s definition of “right place”?

    Makes all the difference in the world.

    Jack

  19. 400 battery packs on an island of 3 million + people without power.

    Why does  the phrase “pissing on a forest fire” come to mind.

    With Puerto Rico we get to see the incompetence of the Trump administration in full bloom. Earlier examples just cost political reputations now it is life and death. Yet no matter who they bring in how they shuffle aids around the incompetence is staggering.

    All we can do is hold our heads down and pray we make it through the next 3 + years

    Jack

  20. Puerto Ricans get a Trophy

    People in Vegas get his “warmest condolences”

    NRA site going dark for the day

    Apparently you have to be black or Muslim for the Media to call you a terrorist for killing a crowd of people you don’t know.

  21. KC, in fairness, from what I understand from Wapo, SFB’s interest in the PR Trump golf resort (or whatever the hell it was) was just a branding and management thing after the course was already way upside down.  Attaching his name and managing the place certainly didn’t bring it back from the dead.

    Probably let’s you see what we can expect for the USofA under his leadership.

  22. Ok Pogo

    Let’s be fair

    PG got paid for his name and everyone else got left holding the bg

  23. I’ve reached my outrage limit for the day.  How about a throwback to yesterday.

    It took 30 years to bring Les Miserables to the screen.  Which Broadway musicals do you think should have a film made?

    Ragtime

    City of Angels

    A remake of Brigadoon, because they left out half the songs from the show

     

     

  24. For me, there is only one Les Miserables—the 1935 version with Charles Laughton, Frederic March, et alia.

  25. “Puerto Ricans get a Trophy.  People in Vegas get his “warmest condolences”

    Jamie, completely out of proportion don’t you think considering the devastation of a whole territory equal to a state and so far all the deaths unable to be counted yet and more injuries, disease and dysfunction to come.

    vegas was horrific and can be blamed on  an evil/unstable  man whereas for Puerto Rico, though initially wounded by mother nature, the horrors to come can be blamed on another evil and unstable man.

  26. If Mr Trump cancels Puerto Rico, he can spend three days in Vegas ~~~

    Many of the members of the Clark County police forces were former military who had served at Nellis AFB and had fallen in love with Southern Nevada. It sounds as if the military instinct of protecting their charges at all costs was intact. I was proud of our Security Police during my two tours at Nellis (when Vegas was a much smaller place.)

  27. NRA kills at least 58 more.

    SFB is so senile that he thinks the golf trophy is for his caddie.

    I am sorry about disappearing.  Lots going on in my life.  Actually, I used my life to help others.  I am an America Red Cross Disaster Services volunteer.  I spent the last two and one half weeks in Florida serving food to those without.  Water and ice to those who needed clean water.  Managing a shelter for those who are now homeless due to Irma.  And having a lot of fun doing it.  Red Cross dot Org, click the “Volunteer” button if you want to experience the most emotional job you will do and the most emotionally rewarding job you will do. No experience necessary!

  28. bbronc, any chance you’ll also have some “fun” in puerto rico ?  looks like they’ll be a long time recovering.

  29. Orlando sentinel:

    Accused Las Vegas gunman previously lived in Central Florida, brother says

    Eric Paddock, speaking outside his home in Waterford Lakes, said his brother was never violent. He never was in the military, had no history of mental illness and had no known ties to extremist groups.

    His brother owned guns, but he was unaware of him having any weapons of the size thought used in the mass shooting, Eric Paddock said

     

    “An asteroid just fell out of the sky,” he said. “We have absolutely no [idea] why in the world he would do something like this.”

    Eric Paddock said he helped his brother move to Las Vegas from Viera in Brevard County in 2015 to escape Florida’s humidity and because he likes playing video poker.

    [….]

    Paddock said the last time he communicated with his brother was when he texted about a power outage at their mother’s home in east Orange County after Hurricane Irma. Eric Paddock said his brother also talked to their 89-year-old mother a couple of weeks ago to check up on her after the hurricane and “everything was fine.” Stephen Paddock had bought her a walker recently.

    Outside his mother’s house in east Orange County, Eric Paddock said his mother didn’t want to talk to reporters. An Orange County deputy sheriff was parked there Monday afternoon.

    “Steve had nothing to do with political organizations, religious organizations,” Paddock said. “No white-supremacist organizations. Nothing as far as I know, and I’ve known him for 57 years. Something just incredibly wrong happened to my brother.”

    In an odd twist, Stephen and Eric Paddock’s father, a bank robber, was once on the FBI’s most-wanted list, Eric Paddock said.

    Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, who also went by Patrick Benjamin Paddock, was a former garbage-disposal salesman and serviceman, the Arizona Republic reported in 1960. He was arrested in Las Vegas that year and tried to run an FBI agent over with his car before he was captured.

    Paddock said the last time he communicated with his brother was when he texted about a power outage at their mother’s home in east Orange County after Hurricane Irma. Eric Paddock said his brother also talked to their 89-year-old mother a couple of weeks ago to check up on her after the hurricane and “everything was fine.” Stephen Paddock had bought her a walker recently.

    Outside his mother’s house in east Orange County, Eric Paddock said his mother didn’t want to talk to reporters. An Orange County deputy sheriff was parked there Monday afternoon.

    “Steve had nothing to do with political organizations, religious organizations,” Paddock said. “No white-supremacist organizations. Nothing as far as I know, and I’ve known him for 57 years. Something just incredibly wrong happened to my brother.”

    In an odd twist, Stephen and Eric Paddock’s father, a bank robber, was once on the FBI’s most-wanted list, Eric Paddock said.

    Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, who also went by Patrick Benjamin Paddock, was a former garbage-disposal salesman and serviceman, the Arizona Republic reported in 1960. He was arrested in Las Vegas that year and tried to run an FBI agent over with his car before he was captured.

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  30. if what his brother says is true about no history of violence/extreme behavior etc then they better do an autopsy to check for brain tumor or chemically caused psychotic malfunction such as schizophrenia to explain the shooting.

  31. ny  times via msn:

    The Russians who posed as Americans on Facebook last year tried on quite an array of disguises.

    There was “Defend the 2nd,” a Facebook page for gun-rights supporters, festooned with firearms and tough rhetoric. There was a rainbow-hued page for gay rights activists, “LGBT United.” There was even a Facebook group for animal lovers with memes of adorable puppies that spread across the site with the help of paid ads.

    Federal investigators and officials at Facebook now believe these groups and their pages were part of a highly coordinated disinformation campaign linked to the Internet Research Agency, a secretive company in St. Petersburg, Russia, known for spreading Kremlin-linked propaganda and fake news across the web. They were described to The New York Times by two people familiar with the social network and its ads who were not authorized to discuss them publicly.

    [….continues…]

  32. so the smoke alarm, not gun flashes, that led law enf’mt to shooter’s room according to wapo:

    It does not take long for the smoke from a fired round to fill a room, especially a small one without any ventilation.

     

    which leaves me to wonder why wasn’t there an alarm or some indication to hotel maintenance when the window was breached/opened enough to put a gun thru?   due to the heat there it would seem all windows in rooms without balconies would be sealed.

  33. BlueB…  we figured you were off doing your Red Cross stuff somewhere.  You are a very kind human being.  Glad to have you here again.

    Tom Petty….   crap….   R.I.P.

     

     

  34. patd, according to news reports they are sealed – no idea about alarms.  But I’ll bet they ain’t bulletproof, and the prick had automatic weapons.  At some point we’ll probably see crime scene photos and will get an idea how he shot from the room.

  35. It might be nice if the news would mention Puerto Rico today.  It seems to have sunk into the ocean in the wake of Las Vegas.

  36. I couldn’t watch Ken Burn’s Vietnam. Just didn’t want the sadness and the bitterness or to relive the sense of waste. So I watch the news instead and get hurricanes and slaughter in LasVegas. How stupid am I? Talk about waste and sadness.

    Better I think to read a good book and live in blissful ignorance.

    For God’s sake! What in the Hell is wrong with people?!?

     

  37. “Better I think to read a good book and live in blissful ignorance.”

    jace, yeah, something like “the brothers Karamazov”?  or maybe “the art of the deal” and “what happened”?

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