Update: The New York City marathon has been canceled.
"I've hit my breaking point today."
These are the words of Glenn Beck during his radio show Friday morning as he took a look at all the moving parts of Hurricane Sandy's aftermath and the efforts being made on the East Coast to recover:
- A city-wide marathon with more than 40,000 expected participants is still moving forward for this Sunday.
- Offered help from non-unionized workers is being turned away, while some in other areas are saying disaster relief still hasn't shown up.
- New York City's major used the natural disaster to endorse Barack Obama as a president who will about global warming.
- Residents are dumpster diving for food; a gun was pulled at a gas station; and more than 3 million people are still without power.
In the first hour of the Glenn Beck Program, Beck lamented New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to spend his time writing a 1,000-word op-ed in support of Obama because he wants the "president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politics." Bloomberg also gave the New York City marathon the green light to move forward with all the coordination efforts needed for the Nov. 4 event, even though his city and neighboring areas are still struggling to put their lives back together.
As Beck points out, not far from the starting line of the marathon on Staten Island, an elderly couple was found dead.
"How about this one, right there are the starting line, police two days ago found the bodies of two boys ages two and four. These two children were swept out of their mother's arms," Beck said. "Two days ago. Where they're now setting up water tables and clocks and they'll have a starting gun."
A security guard stands by two power generators adjacent to the New York City Marathon facility in New York's Central Park. (Photo: AP/Richard Drew)
"Both Republicans and Democrats and anybody sane," Beck said. "This is not a partisan issue. This is an issue of common sense. And I'm so sick and tired of these politicians telling us who we are, telling us how to live. ...take your soda and shove it up your a**."
Watch Beck talk about the infrastructure involved with the marathon and how he believes supplies and help should not be allocated to such an event at this time in the city:
Here's more (Warning: Some strong language):
Bloomberg announced Wednesday that the marathon would move forward as scheduled, taking place less than a week after Hurricane Sandy made landfall. As the course map shows, the race will begin on Staten Island -- that means more than 40,000 runners, support staff and spectators will gather on the island -- which has the borough's president James Molinaro outraged. Staten Island Live reported Molinaro saying that he had assumed the marathon would be canceled.
"My God. What we have here is terrible, a disaster," Molinaro said. "If they want to race, let them race with themselves. This is no time for a parade. A marathon is a parade. Now is the time to put your shoulder to the wheel. If they want to prepare for something, let them prepare for the election, not a marathon."
Christopher Traina tries to salvage some personal items from the basement of his parent's home which was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy in Staten Island, New York. (Photo: AP/Seth Wenig)
Molinaro isn't the only one expressing discontent that during a vulnerable time for the city, the marathon is still being held. Legendary WFAN radio host Mike Francesa said (via Business Insider) on his show, "They're still going door to door in Staten Island trying to find out if there are dead bodies in the houses, and you're holding a marathon?" Francesa goes on to note that while some in New Jersey are desperate for water, marathon runners will take a sip on the course and then cast cups to the side of the road.
Watch Francesa's clip:
Beck held to a similar vein as well:
What do you say Mayor Bloomberg, what do you say you have those people grab the water from the tables that you're setting up and you have those runners, who are the best in all the world, run up 70 flights of stairs to the elderly people that live up at the top, who cannot take a elevator down, and may not have water. Has anybody checked on them?
What of the aid being brought into the city from the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and others? As Beck pointed out, only $11 million had been raised by the Red Cross for the effort so far. Molino said that people shouldn't even donate to the Red Cross, disgusted with the lack of response Staten Islanders have received. TheBlaze reported on Friday that Molino and residents felt these agencies were “nowhere to be found.”
Sheila and Dominic Traina hug in front of their home which was demolished during Superstorm Sandy in Staten Island. (Photo: AP/Seth Wenig)
Locals on the island are stepping in to help where they can. Like the owner of the Hilton Garden Inn Richard Nicotra who said he wouldn't turn out islanders displaced by the storm for marathoners coming into town even though they have pre-reserved rooms. Or the owner of a Chinese restaurant who was feeding people in Brooklyn, although the restaurant itself too didn't have power (read about how a health inspector came walking in, though).
Some of the efforts being made and groups coming in can't be disregarded though. Glenn Beck's charitable organization, Mercury One, sent a team to New York's Coney Island, for example. Although the organization's president Joe Kerry said in an article by TheBlaze covering the team's efforts that there was "hope" there, it was essentially "collapsing into chaos," according to the residents.
And there's chaos. As many areas still without power, ATMs aren't working. During a time where open stores are cash-only, those without money -- or those who are in areas without grocery stores open at all -- have been reduced to dumpster diving in the hopes of finding food. A man was arrested for allegedly pulling out a gun at a gas station in Queens when someone complained after he cut in line -- many of which are hours long.
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, residents line up in the early morning for gas on Manetto Hill Road in Plainview, New York. (Photo: Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
In this video, a woman on Coney Island said things had gotten so bad people are defecating in her apartment building hallway:
The "insanity" isn't isolated to New York, which was among the hardest hit by the storm Monday night into Tuesday morning. Fox News reported that utility workers in Connecticut are now under police protection after being harassed by some residents and even had eggs thrown at them. These actions came after Mayor Bill Finch accused United Illuminating workers of restoring power to wealthy suburbs while those in Bridgeport -- his constituents -- were "being shortchanged." The utility denied giving preference to these areas, but the Wall Street Journal noted of the 25,000 still without power Thursday, most seemed to be in the poorer neighborhoods. As of Friday, 3.6 million homes and businesses on the East Coast remain without power, which is down from 8.5 million, as a result of the storm.
Beck went on to point to the ravaged areas in New Jersey also getting their fair share of insanity as well. As he explained, utility workers coming into New Jersey to help were turned away because they were not part of the union:
TheBlaze reported that while some of these crews returned home, others were welcomed onto Long Island for support.
"Excuse me. There's some red tape you can cut Mr. President, but you won't. You won't because of your union cronies," Beck said.
Utility workers repair a stop light damaged by Hurricane Sandy on October 30, 2012 in Ocean City, New Jersey. (Photo: Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
Watch the report from WAFF-TV in Alabama for more:
Just within the last hour, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christi has explained that controversy, saying the crew was given "bad information" and even threatened to pull rank if such a thing was actually a policy.
What's to be done about all this, though? Beck reminds Americans of the opportunity for change.
"I'm telling you America, Tuesday is your last call. That's it."
"Let Sandy and Benghazi be a wake-up call. ...This is your last call America. You don't think it makes a difference? It does make a difference, it does. There is not difference between the way the president is handling Sandy as to how the president handled Benghazi. He went out and campaigned. ...He left Americans to die. He left Bloomberg to run the New York City marathon."
TheBlazeTV's S.E. Cupp also joined the growing chorus of people who are criticizing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his curious decision to continue with the annual New York City Marathon this weekend as the city remains a "disaster area" in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Bloomberg's decision is an irresponsible waste of resources when thousands of residents are still without power, food and water, Cupp said Friday on MSNBC's "The Cycle."There have been reports of New Yorkers dumpster diving for food and others defecating in apartment hallways -- a truly heartbreaking situation.
Cupp then went off on the mayor.
“With all due respect, Mr. Mayor, what the hell are you thinking? New York City is a disaster area. Thousands are homeless or displaced. Hundreds of thousands still without power in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. The subways aren’t fully functional. Our gas stations are out of gas," Cupp said.
She continued: “Heartbroken residents of the five boroughs do not want to watch out-of-towners jog through their neighborhood as they dig out of the wreckage. The marathon is scheduled to bring more than 47,000 runners to our city. That sounds like 47,000 volunteers to me."
"Do the right thing," Cupp added. "Postpone this race, Mayor Bloomberg."
The NYC mayor had made no indication that he plans on reversing his decision as of Friday afternoon.
Watch the segment via MSNBC below:
This story has been updated.