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(CNN)   Trump authorizes waiver to loosen shipping regulations for Puerto Rico   ( cnn.com) divider line
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2017-09-28 08:59:35 AM  
About f*cking time.
 
2017-09-28 08:59:53 AM  
About damned time.
 
2017-09-28 09:00:18 AM  
After several days of absolute douchery. Bad for american shippers, my ass.
 
2017-09-28 09:00:28 AM  
Just heard that on NPR. Christ what an asshole.
 
2017-09-28 09:00:46 AM  
I guess he just wanted them to see them begging on their knees, pleading for their lives.
 
2017-09-28 09:01:08 AM  
It's about Howdy Doody time.
 
2017-09-28 09:01:12 AM  
Flip Flopper


/good
 
2017-09-28 09:01:56 AM  
After about a week of pleading.
 
2017-09-28 09:02:51 AM  
Trump just found out there are white people living in Puerto Rico.

/About farking time, ass hole.
 
2017-09-28 09:02:56 AM  
[holds nose]
Good.
 
2017-09-28 09:04:22 AM  
Twitter shaming works.
 
2017-09-28 09:06:06 AM  
But they all have to use Trump Shipping Lines and hand out Trump Ice water, right?
 
2017-09-28 09:06:10 AM  
You think if this was truly about shipping protectionism he wouldn't granted the waiver to Texas and Florida.
But, like everything else, it's about screwing over brown people.
 
2017-09-28 09:06:40 AM  
No such thing as a principled stand in the trump administration.

It is painful to have to watch him figure out that there are reasons the rules change when disaster strikes.
 
2017-09-28 09:06:49 AM  
Why did it take the Governor of Puerto Rico take this long to advise the President to do this? Or did Trump not get to it because he was busy with the NFL not masturbating to the US Flag?
 
2017-09-28 09:07:49 AM  

loki see loki do: After several days of absolute douchery. Bad for american shippers, my ass.


Is it Trump's fault that Puerto Rico doesn't have a Trump brand hotel?  I mean, they didn't even bail out Trump's failing golf course, so what did they expect?  They're lucky they don't get the Qatar treatment.

What Puerto Rico SHOULD do is put a big "TRUMP" sign on the largest structure that remains standing, and make sure it's in all future TV shots.  That's the only way they will even have a prayer of recovery.
 
2017-09-28 09:08:28 AM  

Skail: About f*cking time.


Done in one.
 
2017-09-28 09:10:25 AM  

Skail: About f*cking time.


Archidude: About damned time.



We're done here.
 
2017-09-28 09:11:02 AM  
As much as the Jones Act may have slowed shipping, what I've heard over and over is FEMAs inability to move items from the docks to where they need to go. That the docks are filled with humanitarian goods, and not the road clearing equipment required to get things where they need to go. Piss poor planning sounds like it's the biggest problem, then again FEMA is probably stretched pretty thin after the previous two hurricanes.

Add to that the fact that Puerto Rico was already a hell hole of bad roads, poorly constructed housing, corruption and mismanagement at least on the scale of New Orleans, plus a mountain of debt. It's a farked up bleak situation, which isn't helped by a farked up dipshiat-in-chief.
 
2017-09-28 09:11:24 AM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: Skail: About f*cking time.

Archidude: About damned time.


We're done here.


We are now done in one.
 
2017-09-28 09:11:38 AM  

LegacyDL: Why did it take the Governor of Puerto Rico take this long to advise the President to do this? Or did Trump not get to it because he was busy with the NFL not masturbating to the US Flag?


Multiple officials have been requesting the waiver for days now .
 
2017-09-28 09:11:45 AM  
Didn't we already have an article on fark that explained why they didn't get the waiver initially?

The waiver lets non-US ships dock, but the docks were in such bad shape it wasn't the number of 'eligible' (i.e. US) ships that was the bottleneck, there were plenty of US based ships available, but not enough working docks.  The waiver wouldn't have increased the amount of aid, if I recall correctly.

Is this just a political point-score?
 
2017-09-28 09:12:15 AM  
This is Trump's Harvey.

/so fetch
 
2017-09-28 09:13:13 AM  

Catlenfell: You think if this was truly about shipping protectionism he wouldn't granted the waiver to Texas and Florida.
But, like everything else, it's about screwing over brown people.


I am trying so hard to find some OTHER reason why PR wouldn't get the exemption and I really can't.  In the face of disaster, there is no compelling reason NOT to open shipping to a farking island to get supplies in.  It's not like they can drive them by truck or train.
 
2017-09-28 09:13:19 AM  

lindseyp: Didn't we already have an article on fark that explained why they didn't get the waiver initially?

The waiver lets non-US ships dock, but the docks were in such bad shape it wasn't the number of 'eligible' (i.e. US) ships that was the bottleneck, there were plenty of US based ships available, but not enough working docks.  The waiver wouldn't have increased the amount of aid, if I recall correctly.

Is this just a political point-score?


The Trump administration needs all the points it can get right now.
 
2017-09-28 09:13:29 AM  
Too little too late.  He's still an asshole, and this doesn't make what he did better.  He wasted almost a solid week for no reason other than him being a racist and putting money before the lives of American citizens.
 
2017-09-28 09:13:51 AM  

NewportBarGuy: But they all have to use Trump Shipping Lines and hand out Trump Ice water, right?


Oh god, that would be something, wouldn't it?  Trump Water and he's only selling it for $1 a bottle.
 
2017-09-28 09:14:27 AM  

lindseyp: Didn't we already have an article on fark that explained why they didn't get the waiver initially?

The waiver lets non-US ships dock, but the docks were in such bad shape it wasn't the number of 'eligible' (i.e. US) ships that was the bottleneck, there were plenty of US based ships available, but not enough working docks.  The waiver wouldn't have increased the amount of aid, if I recall correctly.

Is this just a political point-score?


Yeah, those were the bullshiat talking points defending  Administration inaction.
 
2017-09-28 09:15:30 AM  
Ambivalence:

I am trying so hard to find some OTHER reason why PR wouldn't get the exemption and I really can't.  In the face of disaster, there is no compelling reason NOT to open shipping to a farking island to get supplies in.  It's not like they can drive them by truck or train.

Yes, yes, we know no one can drive there being an island and all.  Trump already covered that issue.
 
2017-09-28 09:16:22 AM  

Archidude: LegacyDL: Why did it take the Governor of Puerto Rico take this long to advise the President to do this? Or did Trump not get to it because he was busy with the NFL not masturbating to the US Flag?

Multiple officials have been requesting the waiver for days now .


But that goes against the new narrative, which is that everything that is going on in PR is entirely the fault of local officials, so (real) America bears no responsibility to aid it whatsoever, and any scraps they do deign to toss the way of their island should be met with naught but praise, genuflection, and would it really kill you to throw in a charming native dance?  But not those salicious ones, you heathens.
 
2017-09-28 09:16:22 AM  

lindseyp: The waiver wouldn't have increased the amount of aid, if I recall correctly.


Even if that's true, why wouldn't you just sign the waiver anyway?  It wouldn't have hurt, and it would have at least created the illusion that Trump gives a shiat.  There was no legitimate reason to wait this long at all.
 
2017-09-28 09:16:45 AM  

FnkyTwn: As much as the Jones Act may have slowed shipping, what I've heard over and over is FEMAs inability to move items from the docks to where they need to go. That the docks are filled with humanitarian goods, and not the road clearing equipment required to get things where they need to go. Piss poor planning sounds like it's the biggest problem, then again FEMA is probably stretched pretty thin after the previous two hurricanes.

Add to that the fact that Puerto Rico was already a hell hole of bad roads, poorly constructed housing, corruption and mismanagement at least on the scale of New Orleans, plus a mountain of debt. It's a farked up bleak situation, which isn't helped by a farked up dipshiat-in-chief.


The amount of money and aid FEMA has dispersed in PR (as of early yesterday) was somewhere in the range of 2.1 million dollars. That's almost a million dollars less than the cost to taxpayers each time Donald Trump goes to Mar-a-Largo to play a round of golf.
 
2017-09-28 09:16:46 AM  
Trump:. How's restricting aid to Costa Rica playing?
Aide: Well, people think you're a deranged, inhumane monster and lunatic.
Trump: *Blank stare*...
Aide: Poorly, sir.
Trump: What are my options?
Aide: Well, Sir, might I suggest not restricting aid to..."Costa Rica", Sir.
Trump: *Blank stare*
Aide:. I'll have someone do something for you that will bring those poll numbers up.
Trump: Send them copies of my electoral map.
 
2017-09-28 09:16:47 AM  
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2017-09-28 09:17:19 AM  

Ambivalence: Catlenfell: You think if this was truly about shipping protectionism he wouldn't granted the waiver to Texas and Florida.
But, like everything else, it's about screwing over brown people.

I am trying so hard to find some OTHER reason why PR wouldn't get the exemption and I really can't.  In the face of disaster, there is no compelling reason NOT to open shipping to a farking island to get supplies in.  It's not like they can drive them by truck or train.


Because Puerto Rico didn;t suck his golf course's dick hard enough. The man holds a grudge. Hell, that's the whole reason he's president, because  Obama humiliated him at the White House press party.
 
2017-09-28 09:17:35 AM  

Kurohone: Archidude: LegacyDL: Why did it take the Governor of Puerto Rico take this long to advise the President to do this? Or did Trump not get to it because he was busy with the NFL not masturbating to the US Flag?

Multiple officials have been requesting the waiver for days now .

But that goes against the new narrative, which is that everything that is going on in PR is entirely the fault of local officials, so (real) America bears no responsibility to aid it whatsoever, and any scraps they do deign to toss the way of their island should be met with naught but praise, genuflection, and would it really kill you to throw in a charming native dance?  But not those salicious ones, you heathens.


Katrina 2. No Electric Bugaloo.
 
2017-09-28 09:19:38 AM  
Broken watch, etc., etc.
 
2017-09-28 09:19:47 AM  
The news items in the political analyst world today is that Maria might cause a mass-exodus of Puerto Ricans to leave Puerto Rico and move to the mainland US. Anywhere from 100,000 to nearly a million of them might wind here and many of them are probably going to settle in the swing state of Florida. And they'll all hate Donald Trump and they'll all vote.
 
2017-09-28 09:20:50 AM  
Hey, does anyone know of a place to donate where the funds will be directly spent on Puerto Rico?

It's obvious that the Feds are going to continue to utterly half ass this.  Private individuals are going to have pick up the slack.
 
2017-09-28 09:21:22 AM  
Hey, let's give some credit, at least they did lift it, so, +1 for the Trump administration.

That leaves their score at -57,239, but, hey, you can't dig yourself out a hole in one day right.
 
2017-09-28 09:21:36 AM  

Skail: About f*cking time.


Done in one. NFL players should've gone to PR and knelt so he could focus on what's important.
 
2017-09-28 09:22:10 AM  
Side note: Puerto Rico needs to become a state already.  I think that's the only way the federal government will take them seriously and actually try to help them.
 
2017-09-28 09:23:13 AM  

lindseyp: Didn't we already have an article on fark that explained why they didn't get the waiver initially?

The waiver lets non-US ships dock, but the docks were in such bad shape it wasn't the number of 'eligible' (i.e. US) ships that was the bottleneck, there were plenty of US based ships available, but not enough working docks.  The waiver wouldn't have increased the amount of aid, if I recall correctly.

Is this just a political point-score?


Shhh, shhhh shh. Don't point the logistics nuances of the issue. Facts won't stop us from using this for our own narrative purposes.

TRUMP HATES BROWN PEOPLE! SEE!
 
2017-09-28 09:24:05 AM  

HMS_Blinkin: Side note: Puerto Rico needs to become a state already.  I think that's the only way the federal government will take them seriously and actually try to help them.


Up until the last election, they kept voting against becoming a state.  Even in the last election, there was such a low voter turnout that it's hard to take the referendum seriously.  Then... there is no way in hell the Senate will approve the addition of 2 new senators, who will most likely be Democrats.
 
2017-09-28 09:24:52 AM  
Trump though he could just bury 3,500,000 Americans. That's not the same 3,000,000 voters extra that Hillary got.

Trump the Unready and Slow.
Bye the way, where are the military engineers, the Corps of Engineers and the Sea Bees? Are we not really playing soldier anymore?
 
2017-09-28 09:25:07 AM  

lindseyp: The waiver lets non-US ships dock, but the docks were in such bad shape it wasn't the number of 'eligible' (i.e. US) ships that was the bottleneck, there were plenty of US based ships available, but not enough working docks.  The waiver wouldn't have increased the amount of aid, if I recall correctly.


The act was waived for Texas and Florida almost instantaneously.

It's a big ocean, you know.
 
2017-09-28 09:25:20 AM  

Archidude: Kurohone: Archidude: LegacyDL: Why did it take the Governor of Puerto Rico take this long to advise the President to do this? Or did Trump not get to it because he was busy with the NFL not masturbating to the US Flag?

Multiple officials have been requesting the waiver for days now .

But that goes against the new narrative, which is that everything that is going on in PR is entirely the fault of local officials, so (real) America bears no responsibility to aid it whatsoever, and any scraps they do deign to toss the way of their island should be met with naught but praise, genuflection, and would it really kill you to throw in a charming native dance?  But not those salicious ones, you heathens.

Katrina 2. No Electric Bugaloo.


It's probably not gonna be remembered as such, and that's not because the comparisons aren't warranted. But a shiatload of Americans basically see Puerto Rico as another country, and not even one of the 'cool' countries. Plus, it doesn't have anywhere as iconic as New Orleans that was wiped out.

Non-Puerto Rican Americans don't really give a shiat about Puerto Rico. The island needs to either go fully independently governed so it isn't at the mercy of a government it can't really influence, or become a state so it can have proper representation and protection. But because corporations are exploiting its status for profit (and farking over the citizens, of course), neither will happen until there's a massive shift in our government.
 
2017-09-28 09:27:47 AM  

Archidude: Hey, does anyone know of a place to donate where the funds will be directly spent on Puerto Rico?

It's obvious that the Feds are going to continue to utterly half ass this.  Private individuals are going to have pick up the slack.


http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

Run by the First Lady of Puerto Rico.
 
2017-09-28 09:28:26 AM  
You can always trust Trump to do the right thing after exhausting all other options.
 
2017-09-28 09:28:36 AM  

Ambivalence: Catlenfell: You think if this was truly about shipping protectionism he wouldn't granted the waiver to Texas and Florida.
But, like everything else, it's about screwing over brown people.

I am trying so hard to find some OTHER reason why PR wouldn't get the exemption and I really can't.  In the face of disaster, there is no compelling reason NOT to open shipping to a farking island to get supplies in.  It's not like they can drive them by truck or train.


Watch "Dunkirk". Ships that can't dock can't help.
 
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