What would you expect from a man who thinks soda pop and gay polar bears are more important than his city’s destruction?

I demand that all New Yorkers use only the teeny cups to bail out their basements!

Bloomberg diverts massive generator to fuel NYC Marathon activities

As hundreds of thousands of Big Apple residents suffer in homes left without power by Hurricane Sandy, two massive generators are being run 24/7 in Central Park — to juice a media tent for Sunday’s New York City Marathon.

And a third “backup” unit sits idle, in case one of the generators fails.

The man’s megalomania has driven him over the seawall. One more year!

UPDATE: I see that Bloomberg defends his decision by claiming no essential people will be diverted from recovery efforts. If NYC really has so many police, firemen and sanitation workers that it can afford to divert thousands of them to running a footrace while the largest cleanup effort in its history is going on, while entire sections of the city have burned down and there are thousands of people still homeless and cold, then I’d say New York City has far, far too many workers on its payroll.

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34 responses to “What would you expect from a man who thinks soda pop and gay polar bears are more important than his city’s destruction?

  1. Cos Cobber

    I guess he forgot about all those seniors living in high rises in lower manhattan and elsewhere in buildings w/o working elevators, heat, etc.

  2. dogwalker

    Another way to look at it is that the Marathon bring a lot of tourist dollars to the city and that helps the economy recover. People will condemn him for not cancelling it; people would have condemned him for cancelling it. There was no good answer on this one.

    • I think there is, Dog – cancel it. Every cop diverted to traffic management is one less cop to work on disaster relief, every road closed to accommodate runners is one less road for emergency and construction vehicles, every tourist in the city is one more person clogging the streets and getting in the way and 50,000 scrawny men and women dressed in their underwear and prancing through Staten Island is an insult to the people out there who are trying to rebuild their lives.
      But as you might guess, I’m not much of a runner – your opinion may differ.

  3. Walt

    Dude-
    Not canceling this is a disgrace. It isn’t a remotely close call. And it is taking place so that ballerina Bloomberg take center stage. While people are dying. Anyone who defends this is a frigging oblivious moron.
    Other than that I am fine with it.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  4. AJ

    Diverting cops to traffic management when looting is going on with basic law and order, and food and shelter needs not being met, all in the name of “forward”. It’s the same line of hogwash: the loss of money to business and charities, boo hoo-hoo. Well, that same money can come in for business at a rescheduled marathon. And if those charities are sincere they can give the money anyway, now or at rescheduling unless they’re just bullshitin’ as Obama would say. The common citizen, and that includes even people making a million a year, is a second class citizen whose needs are of concern only after the requirements of the glorification of empire are met.

  5. AJ

    Pay no attention to those people lying dead in the gutter: it’s a beautiful city, wouldn’t you agree?

  6. InOldGreenwich

    Heard that hotels are kicking out locals that are staying there as they have no power, water or sewage service to accomodate runners that have made reservations beforehand.

    • One hotel owner is refusing rooms to runners, even those with reservations, on the entirely reasonable premise that he’s not going to tell a neighbor made homeless by the storm that she can’t stay in a room because a runner has booked it.

  7. The Duke of Deception

    The Duke hopes that Staten Islanders chase these “atheletes” over the Verranzano seawall. Expect added police prescence just to make sure they don’t. This is the final proof needed that Bloomy is an elitist moron.

    Also expect renewed talk about Staten Island succession.

  8. dogwalker

    Would you all feel the same way if it were the Thanksgiving Day Parade in question?

    (FYI, I’m not a runner, I do not know anybody who is running or who has ever run the NYC Marathon.)

  9. Peg

    Here’s hoping that Bloomberg’s support for Obama and this amazingly tone-deaf and harmful decision sends a bunch of votes Romney’s way. Politicians like this think of the glitz and show – and not of the fabric and necessities of people’s lives.

    The bottom line in emergencies is that doing what you can to assist people should come first. Food, water, and other basics before Going for the Gold in your marathon…..

  10. Westchesterer

    Bloomberg is too arrogant to admit he made is mistake. He played the tough card while people are homeless, powerless, food and waterless. So the reasoning was that the city and Bloomberg will be viewed as victorious with a successful marathon. Except this isn’t a game and people don’t have time to run a marathon. This is blowing up in his face.

    • I certainly am not qualified to run a city with or without a crisis and Giuliani proved, superbly, that he is, so if he says Bloomberg did exactly the right thing in ordering the Marathon to proceed, I’ve got to defer to him. Still detest Bloomberg, though.
      Interesting part at the end, where Giuliani says he was told within 24 hours of the Benghazi attack that there was a huge scandal there and that it was being covered up. There’s a story there which might one day come out.

  11. Walt

    Dude –
    Dogwalker can’t possibly be as dumb as his posts. He can’t be, right? Please tell me he isn’t really that stupid.
    You don’t run a race, or have a parade when people are dying. No Easter Bunny, no Thanksgiving. No race. You focus on helping people, you useless turd.
    What about that is so hard for you to understand? You flaming douche bag.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  12. Walt

    Dude –
    The useless turd reference was to Dogwalker, not you. Although you qualify.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  13. Anonymous

    new york roadrunners and its politically powerful leadership in all likelihood are the ones who pushed for it.

    don’t blame bloomberg, blame the roadrunners club. they could have just as easily canceled it.

    but no, they make millions from it every year. god forbid that cash cow gets disrupted.

  14. John H.

    Bloomie lost some his marbles after his first two terms. He used to focus on important things such as crime, the economy and education.

  15. Anonymous

    bloomie has lost his way.

    the frightening question is, who’s going to step in and challenge?

    i bet it will be a welfare king/queen.

    • The Democrat contenders, and the city will elect a Democrat, all make Bloomberg look like a sensible, rational person, which he was, at least when it came to fiscal matters and before soda rotted his brain. The leading contender is a lesbian/activist/communist and she is no worse than those chasing her. NYC was blessed with two good mayors and crime dropped, tourism returned and property values soared. It’s going back to Dinkin’s days, and the exodus will resume.

  16. Anonymous

    I doubt Bloomberg has been to Staten Island where the devaastation is massived and many have died. He is an elitist and manges form that perspective. Diverting generators and cops is irresponsible.

  17. pulled up in OG

    Whiners win.

  18. Anonymous

    Speaking of whiners….does anyone else have a problem with Bloomberg’s whiney voice?

  19. Anonymous

    this just in…. New York City Marathon is Cancelled

    (AP) AP NewsAlert
    NEW YORK
    Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City Marathon is cancelled.

  20. Anonymous

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York City Marathon was canceled Friday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg after mounting criticism that it was wrong to hold the race while the region is still recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

    With people in storm-ravaged areas still shivering without electricity and the death toll in New York City at more than 40, many residents recoiled at the prospect of police officers being assigned to protect Sunday’s race.

    An estimated 40,000 runners from around the world had been expected to take part in the 26.2-mile event. The race had been scheduled to start in Staten Island, one of the hardest-hit areas by this week’s storm.

    A few hours after Bloomberg insisted the race would be held, he reversed himself when top city officials lined up against him.

    “We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it,” the mayor said in a statement. “We cannot allow a controversy over an athletic event — even one as meaningful as this — to distract attention away from all the critically important work that is being done to recover from the storm and get our city back on track.”

    The nationally televised race that winds through the city’s five boroughs and ends in Central Park has been held annually since 1970 — it was held in 2001, about two months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    The cancellation means there won’t be another NYC Marathon until next year.

    Bloomberg called the marathon an “integral part of New York City’s life for 40 years” and “an event tens of thousands of New Yorkers participate in and millions more watch.”

    He still insisted that holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort, but understood the level of friction.

    “It is clear it that it has become the source of controversy and division,” Bloomberg said. “The marathon has always brought our city together and inspired us with stories of courage and determination.”

    Mary Wittenberg, president of the organizing New York Road Runners, said it was the right move.

    “It’s clear today the best thing for New York and the best thing for the marathon for the future is unfortunately to move on, and this isn’t the year or the time to run it,” she said in a statement.

    “It’s crushing and it’s really difficult. It’s one of the toughest decisions we ever made, but we really believe it’s the right thing for New York,” she said.

    Read more: http://www.greenwichtime.com/sports/article/NYC-Marathon-is-canceled-following-storm-damage-4004310.php#ixzz2B6bDHC3X

  21. Westchesterer

    It blew up in his face. The only question is that how can he have been so naive to believe this was a good political stunt to pull? A less than shrewd person would have known it was politically disastrous.

  22. Anonymous

    Next thing you know, he’s gonna cancel his Obama endorsement….LMFAO

  23. Shoeless

    Doucheberg screwed up twice. Canceling at this late hour only fucks things up even more.had he cancelled it on Monday, runners would have had time to adjust flights, cxL hotels without penalty, etc. Now everyone is inconvenienced; no way to possibly destroy more goodwill than in his actions.

  24. Anonymous

    I do think the Marathon was a dangerous diversion of resources in this horrible time, but keep in mind that canceling the race cost charities nationwide 100 million dollars in fundraising. No decision of this magnitude is ever “simple.” There are always prs and cons.

  25. AJ

    I think you’re mistaken in thinking that Giuliani approved Bloomberg’s decision the hold the marathon. The only thing I can find about Giuliani and Bloomberg in regard to the marathon is the following Bloomberg quote: “…If you think back to 9/11, I think Rudy [Giuliani] made the right decision to run the marathon,” Bloomberg said of his predecessor after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “It pulled people together and we have to find some ways to express ourselves and show solidarity to each other.”…” Source: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/02/14880084-new-york-marathon-canceled-bloomberg-says?lite

    The 2001 (9/11) marathon was held almost two months after 9/11, not less than a week after the event, like this years marathon would have been. And 9/11 only affected a very small portion of the city without damaging any of the surrounding infrastructure or services. This storm has made a waste land — not bombed but beaten back to the stone age — of a vast area of all five buroughs, a huge area populated by millions who are now without the most basic life sustaining essentials.

    As to your opinion of Giuliani being a good mayor, well, compared to Dinkins — remember the Dinkins headboard affair: http://www.nytimes.com/1990/10/08/nyregion/bed-adds-to-dinkins-woes.html But Giuliani was an egomaniacal maniac with a heavy nanny state hand and widespread suspension of fourth amendment rights. He thought the Diallo shooting where a man reached for his wallet to identify himself to police and was shot down by four cops who unloaded their guns into him, a total of 41 shots, was not a violation of civil rights. And he explained with the most pathetic of excuses that you have to understand that since police officers are scared, that he didn’t have any problem with Diallo being murdered by the state.

    Add that to the non-stop tooting his own horn, the incesent non-stop self-proclaiming to be the hero of 9/11, and the arrogance of not bothering to campaign in New Hampshire and giving voters there the cold shoulder for expecting him to answer questions, the arrogance of thinking he could just show up in Florida for his coronation as Republican nominee; and you’ve got quite the asshole.

    Back in the September leading up to the 2008 primaries, it was an unchallanged assumtion that the 2008 race would be one of Hillary vs. Giuliani. I remember I had a hard time discerning which candidate would be the more dispicable, revoltingly disgusting choice.

  26. pulled up in OG

    Is Fauxnews blocked in Canuckistan?
    If not, scroll up.

  27. AJ

    Ah yes I see, pulled up. Well gee thanks, ’cause that doesn’t change my point one bit, in fact it reinforces it. And that point is that Giulinai is quite the asshole, he always was an asshole, and I guess he just proved it once again. With what is, no doubt, Bloomberg’s newly acquired love by New York voters, if he’d wanted to do Obama a favor, he should have endorsed Romney.