Mayor Bungleberg caves – NYC Marathon called off

And there you have it:

NEW YORK – The New York City Marathon was canceled Friday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg after mounting criticism that this was not the time for a 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 New Yorkers recoiled at the prospect of police officers being assigned to protect a marathon on Sunday.

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.

“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.”

Mission accomplished.

QOTD: VP Biden “never been proud” to be Obama’s veep? (VIDEO)

LOLOL (via my co-blogger). Biden to a crowd of supporters in Beloit, WI:

“There’s never been a day in the last four years I’ve been proud to be his vice president, not one single day.”


The Hill provides a short write-up of Biden’s remarks, including a timely reminder of Paul Ryan’s jab at Biden on the issue of gaffes and ‘inartful comments’ at the VP debate:

It’s a mistake that adds to Biden’s reputation as a gaffe machine. During the 2012 vice presidential debate with Paul Ryan in October, Ryan teased Biden about his habit of making gaffes.

“I think the vice president very well knows that sometimes the words don’t come out of your mouth the right way,” Ryan said.

Biden shrugged off the jab.

“I always say what I mean,” Biden responded.



Definitive proof that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a freaking idiot (UPDATED)

There have been plenty of past examples, of course, but this one takes the cake:

—- Bloomberg Diverts Food, Generators from Devastated Staten Island to NYC Marathon:

Fresh off his “climate disruption”-driven endorsement of President Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has chosen to divert critical food supplies and power generators from desperate residents of Staten Island to Sunday’s New York City Marathon. Gothamist reports:

Greg Pollowitz on this disgrace:

The above link is an interactive map of those without power in NYC; the picture is a close up of eastern Staten Island where Sunday’s NYC marathon begins. It’s just vile that Mayor Bloomberg thinks the marathon should go on with this many New Yorkers still in harm’s way.

Indeed. It’s cold, wet, and people are without power, and/or are homeless, displaced, hungry, scared, neighborhoods are being looted, etc.  But let’s divert critical resources to the NYC Marathon!

If you’re looking for nominees for Clueless Wonder of the Year, Bloomberg should be at the top of your  list.  Shameless.

Update – 11:12 AM: Love this (via Jim Geraghty):  Marathon Runners Form Protest Group To Spurn Starting Line And Volunteer On Staten Island Instead.