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Someone yelled to Trump during the trophy ceremony: "You don't give a shit about Puerto Rico!'"

Per pool:
"Members of the pool said they heard someone yell to Trump during the trophy ceremony:
'You don't give a shit about Puerto Rico!'"


55% don't have water and 95% don't have power. But here's this lovely trophy.



This is Nestor Miranda. He and his wife Rosa lost everything.
They've cleared a lot of the mud, but it's still everywhere.


Statement from SF 49ers: "We will use our platform...to speak up for those whose voice is not heard"


Philly Inquirer: Trump's Puerto Rico potshots make his racism morally impossible to ignore

Marta Sostre Vazquez reacts as she starts to wade into the San Lorenzo Morovis river with her family, after the bridge was swept away by Hurricane Maria, in Morovis, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. The family was returning to their home after visiting family on the other side.


It’s kind of a cliche to say that sometimes you can see a disaster coming from miles and miles away. ......

Trump’s international embarrassment of a presidency seemed to reach a new valley one weekend ago, when huge chunks of Puerto Rico were submerged and the full extent of its total loss of electricity and the absence of potable water, food, cash, and gasoline was becoming clear. The president flew on a Friday night to Alabama for a campaign rally for his preferred candidate in a GOP Senate runoff, where he made scant reference to the suffering of our fellow Americans but instead — in a state that had once defined state-sponsored racism with biting police dogs and fire hoses in Birmingham — went on a not-even-dog-whistle rant against black athletes who kneel during the national anthem as “sons of a bitch” protesters.

Then he flew back to his upscale golf club in New Jersey, where — as the Washington Post reported this weekend in a remarkable “tick-tock” recounting — he completely ignored the Puerto Rico crisis right at the moment it required high-level attention. It was telling that Trump did hold a cabinet meeting during those critical days in Bedminster, N.J. — not to talk about the thirsty, starving Americans on the Caribbean island, but on how to continue banning people from primarily Muslim countries from entering the United States. He tweeted up a storm, against black athletes from the NFL and the NBA, while ratcheting up the risk of a nuclear war in North Korea, and, incredibly, even dropped by a gathering of local BMW dealers, the kind of guys that The Donald feels comfortable around.

But Trump has also made it clear, during his White House stint, whom he is not comfortable with: Anyone who criticizes him who happens to be black, brown, or female — or some combination thereof. This is a presidency, after all, where officials called for the firing of a black woman, ESPN’s Jemele Hill, who dared to use her platform to criticize Trump, but didn’t seem too worked up when a late-night TV host such as Stephen Colbert who isn’t black or brown or female bashed the president in terms that even many Trump disparagers thought went too far.

So when San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz appeared on cable TV news — the only reality that matters in Trump World — after wading through sewage-laden floodwaters with her bullhorn looking for survivors, and stated what has become painfully obvious in recent days, that the federal response has been both inadequate and poorly managed and that more help was needed to “save us from dying,” the president’s response — condescending, bitter, narcissistic, and larded with racism — managed to be both outrageous and tragically inevitable



This is a State Dept. official who doesn't seem to realize that North Korea is already a nuclear power. USA problems go well beyond Trump



#DPRK will not obtain a nuclear capability. Whether through diplomacy or force is up to the regime @StateDept


It concerns me that in this case, Trump apparently defines "failed" as "didn't start a nuclear war"

Trump embarked from aircraft at 2:55, per pool, and got into motorcade. This tweet came at 3:01.

Being nice to Rocket Man hasn't worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won't fail.


How a heartbroken doomsday prepper who lost everything is now saving hurricane victims

Medford survivalist Joseph Badame with some of the many barrels of dried food and supplies he has accumulated over the years. (Al Amrhein | For NJ Advance Media)


The shelter he built and his accumulation of supplies — enough so that 100 people could live there — was Badame's life's work. The couple built the place, with its subterranean living area and lead-lined bomb shelter, along with outbuildings. For forty years, they filled them with everything they'd need, from coal furnaces and kerosene refrigerators to barrels of food and other supplies.

But he's losing it all now, after the bank foreclosed on his property.

"I'm losing this house," he said, looking at the building from his driveway Monday. It's a blow to a man who is still heartbroken from losing his wife. "This will never be a survival dwelling for Phyliss or I."

But, he admits, his passion for creating the perfect shelter has diminished since his wife's death, and there are few family members and friends left to worry about saving.

"I described myself as a spirit in search of a purpose," he said.

Remarkably, he found what he was looking for before the estate sale this past weekend, when he met Victoria Martinez-Barber, 30. She and her husband, Anthony Barber, were hired to provide food at the estate sale through Tony & Tori's Grill, the food truck they run.

Martinez-Barber told Badame that all the money from the food truck was going to help her family in Puerto Rico. They were alive, but homeless and hungry in Arecibo thanks to Hurricane Maria.

He donated $100. Then he showed her his food store room.

the rest:

RYAN: I don't know every single person's little, small problem or issue

RYAN: purpose of this is middle class tax cut
DICKERSON: guarantee?
RYAN: I don't know every single person's little, small problem or issue


For Geraldo Rivera:

On Sunday, Rivera seemed to take Trump’s side during an interview with the mayor.

“There are all people at all municipalities literally starving, dehydrating,” the mayor told Rivera. “We have had our hospital try to go back to speed but then the electricity goes off and we have to do all the bacteria testing, which takes three to four days.”

“But are people dying?” Rivera interrupted. “I’ve been traveling around, I don’t see people dying. I spoke to the doctors, they say they saw 53 patients and they had a person who was septic, but nobody dying.”

“Dying is a continuum,” Cruz was forced to explain. “If you don’t get fed for seven, eight days and you’re a child, you are dying. If you have 11 people — like we took out of a nursing home — severely dehydrated, you are dying.”


On Wednesday, the Puerto Rico government, maintained that the official number of deaths as a result of the catastrophe was 16. But the Center for Investigative Journalism (CPI, for its initials in Spanish) has confirmed that there are dozens of hurricane-related deaths and the number could rise to the hundreds.

The dead are at the hospital morgues, which are at capacity and in remote places where the government has yet to go. In many cases, families are unaware of the deaths. The government’s Demographic Registry is responsible for certifying deaths so bodies can be removed by funeral homes, many of which are not operating because of lack of resources. The agency began to certify some of the dead Monday, Health Secretary Rafael Rodríguez-Mercado confirmed in an interview.

Public Safety Secretary Héctor Pesquera told the CPI that the names of the dead because of the hurricane will not be revealed until relatives can be notified. The continuing lack of communication has kept many people from knowing the whereabouts of their families. Since the storm’s immediate aftermath, many people have gone daily to radio stations so the on-air personalities can announce the names of family members with whom they have been unable to communicate.


Top general tours Puerto Rico for 1st time after Maria: "This is the worst Ive ever seen."


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