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Saturday, October 07, 2017

With the post-Hurricane Maria relief effort in Puerto Rico still a long way from complete, there are sobering statistics about conditions on the island. Less than 11 percent of people have electricity. Just 42 percent have working phones. Barely half have access to drinking water. And until this week, anyone visiting FEMA's page for the Maria recovery effort could have found that information. But then, as the

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The deletion of the statistics both fits with the Trump administration's pattern of treating Maria largely as a matter of so-called optics, the concern with how things look rather than how they are, and with its past tendency to remove public posting of data that cuts against its message in other realms.

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Nothing matters besides Dotard Blotus' fantasy of being loved. PR has been a disaster for the urine tinged Twitler in chief, and any negative info which casts reality on his pus seeping Administration must be made a state secret.

Let's hear it for him..."Him, him, Phehk him".

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-10-06 12:34 PM | Reply

The funny part is that, apparently, Donald Trump actually thinks that if he suppresses information on the FEMA web site we won't see it elsewhere and then, the funny part, that we will respect and even love him. He is a sickening character and I felt that way long before he ran for President, I honestly feel sorry for those who voted for him because I fear that they aren't capable of thought. They voted for a "character" they had seen on TV not for a real person with a record of political actions.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-06 12:43 PM | Reply

With Dotard of Orange it is all about how he looks. He fired Price not because he was wasting tax money, but because it looked bad on him.

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-06 02:30 PM | Reply

"This is what it looks like when your government cares more about ratings than results," writes Justin Roasario at The Daily Banter.

Not that he needed to, of course. It's obvious that in an administration obsessed with the illusion of competence (just the illusion, mind you, becuase actual competence is hard!), any information that casts them in a bad light is to be disappeared down the memory hole as rapidly as possible. 6 months from now, when power and water are fully restored (hopefully), Trump will go on television and tell the world that Puerto Rico barely suffered any hardship at all and anyone that says otherwise, including the Puerto Ricans themselves, is lying to you.

It's impossible to convey how dangerous this willingness to hide damaging facts from the public is. Republicans already wage a war on facts by removing references to sea level rise and climate change from government reports but the Trump administration is taking it to unprecedented new levels, literally deleting its own data that contradict its preferred messaging. This is not how a free and open democracy works. This is how a classic dictatorship operates.

And it will only get worse the longer they get away with it.

Puerto Rico is still a humanitarian crisis and Trump must be held accountable for his appallingly slow response. He's going to direct his lackeys to rewrite history and bury the truth both at the top of their lungs and as quietly as possible. We cannot let that happen. The suffering 3.5 million American citizens are going through because of Trump's racism and incompetence deserves to be seen and heard, not silenced and erased.


#4 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-10-07 07:46 AM | Reply

just the illusion, mind you, because actual competence is hard

Do they even have editors at the "Atlantic?"

Obviously not, and since that is the case, it is a slanted bash article.

#5 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-10-07 10:09 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Interesting, self corrected from "BECUASE"

#6 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-10-07 10:12 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"Do they even have editors at the "Atlantic?"

Compare the "Atlantic" to any publication from the right and compare the editing, but you can't because you only read the right wing publications.

Are the right wingers here now trying to pretend that the Cat. 5 hurricane that hit Puerto Rico, destroying almost everything, really wasn't a disaster? Clue geniuses, we have many channels that confirm the reality of the disaster which Trump seems to disregard. His opinions won't change the reality, your agreement with him won't either. It just makes both you and him look like liars who want to disregard tragedy because it was just those "brown people." Racist? I don't know. What other excuse can you provide? How can you honestly disregard the tragedy that has befallen the Puerto Rican people? When it was Texas it would have been insensitive to suggest that their tragedy was any less than it was, why is it ok to pretend that it is less than it is for Puerto Rico? BTW, they are just as much American citizens as you are.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-07 10:47 AM | Reply

It stands to reason that the effing moron doesn't want the world to see his epic incompetence.

#8 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2017-10-07 11:44 AM | Reply

"...just the illusion, mind you, becuase actual competence is hard..."

Do they even have editors at the "Atlantic?"
Obviously not, and since that is the case, it is a slanted bash article?
#5 | POSTED BY CRASSUS

Ok, GOATMAN, trying not to go ad hominem, here, but, and please tell us now, what other spelling or syntax errors will prevent you from reading, let alone understanding or learning, from an article?

Is it the same for all written pieces?

Where did you learn that a misspelled would make the entire piece invalid?

If a speaker mispronounces 'nuclear' do you turn off the news broadcast?

Where was this approach to critical analysis and thought taught you?

Was it in academic life, you know, Grade school, High school, Under Grad? Grad School?, Tech school, Trade School? Home school? Some school? No School? School of Hard Knocks, Observed on a bus? Cub Scouts? Social life, professional experience?

Do you walk out of 'Ye Auld Candle Shoppe' in disgust and go buy flashlights instead?

Do you avoid Dunkin Donuts?

C'mon, who you crappin, CRASSUS the GOATMAN?

You fear information that threatens your very odd world view. Period

#9 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-10-07 11:47 AM | Reply

Did anyone else notice Trump telling Puerto Ricans that they no longer needed flashlights? While over 90% of their island was still without electricity? The guy is disconnected from reality, he needs to be removed from office, probably in a straight jacket. He's a dangerous lunatic with the nuclear codes...what could go wrong????
Oh, and no, I don't forgive any of you for voting for him. Just in the debates you had enough information to understand his totally unfit for office but you voted for him anyway? Justify your vote. Racism? Sexism? Homophobia? Xenophobia? Which is your excuse?

#10 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-07 11:52 AM | Reply

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"If a speaker mispronounces 'nuclear' do you turn off the news broadcast?"

I think you meant to say "nukular." Sorry to correct you but that is the proper pronunciation according to one of our former presidents who is now an artist.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2017-10-07 11:56 AM | Reply

Nukyuller. Yup. That

#12 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-10-07 02:03 PM | Reply

All that paranoia about FEMA by people who elect a guy who actually does do unChristian things with FEMA.

#13 | Posted by Tor at 2017-10-07 11:03 PM | Reply

Do they even have editors at the "Atlantic?"
Obviously not, and since that is the case, it is a slanted bash article.

#5 | POSTED BY CRASSUS

Editors are supposed to make idiot non-partisan partisans happy? That's the meaning of "editing"?

Christ your posts are a waste of bandwidth. I seriously hope someone isn't paying you because you're Harry and Lloyd rolled into one.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2017-10-08 12:24 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Puerto Rico is still a humanitarian crisis and Trump must be held accountable for his appallingly slow response.

Florida is already taking steps to deal with the influx of people from Puerto Rico. Since they are American citizens, eligible to vote once registered, I find it difficult to imagine them voting for republicans. All democrats have to do is not muck it up.

#15 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2017-10-08 06:17 AM | Reply

Compare the "Atlantic" to any publication from the right and compare the editing, but you can't because you only read the right wing publications.

I rarely read any publications I know to be politically slanted to one side or the other, neither write truth, they just slant to partisanship.

The hurry to get this article out removed their ability to even do a basic spell check, something even here on this blog does.

#16 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-10-08 10:04 AM | Reply

Sorry forgot

#17 | Posted by Crassus at 2017-10-08 10:05 AM | Reply

The hurry to get this article out removed their ability to even do a basic spell check, something even here on this blog does.

#16 | Posted by Crassus

Pretty funny all by itself, considering...

Gotta say, though, it's interesting how quickly we're getting used to the frequent auto-correct errors we see every day because we're generally too lazy to proof read. Or as one of my online guys says, "I don't like to read or proofread emails, I only like writing them."

#18 | Posted by TedBaxter at 2017-10-08 11:06 AM | Reply

Why are you people worried? JeffJ told me FEMA has everything covered. This MUST be Fake News. We have the great PeeTUS in the world after all! He gave them paper towels! What more do they want?!

#19 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-10-09 10:33 AM | Reply

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