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The Country of Puerto Rico: The woman warrior against Trump

Puerto Rico is still in post-apocalyptic mode almost 4 weeks after Hurricane Maria.

80% of the island still has no lights. More than 50% have no clean running water. And the Hospital Ship Comfort is still sitting mostly unoccupied because FEMA hasn’t coordinated the transport of patients from hospitals.

Meanwhile, the death toll is on the hundreds now. Can we call it a catastrophe yet?

I have no idea how Fox News is handling this crisis but I can guess that it is subtely or overtly trashing San Juan’s Mayor, Yulín Cruz. “She was warned, she was given an explanation, nevertheless, she persisted”. She’s being filtered out. You would think FEMA would want her expertise. After all, who would have a better handle on the infrastructure than the mayor and her office?

But this “recovery” has reached the level of a fiasco. The Jones Act is back in effect, probabky with the intent of the shipping industry to recommence the exploitative profit mining of the island’s residents.

The generators should have been installed to get the water treatment plants running. You can live without Vienna sausages for awhile but people can’t live without water for long. But while Florida had 18000 utility workers after Irma restoring the power system,

Puerto Rico, an island with 3,500,000 American citizens has a paltry 300. Power and water won’t be restored everywhere for months.

Now might be a good time for Puerto Rican’s to start producing their own power from solar, wind and wave action. It’s ridiculous that it is importing expensive fuel for electricity. More exploitative profit mining.

How would a Fox News viewer like to live under those conditions or are they incapable of understanding the feelings and suffering of other people? That would be consistent with the disgusting pussy grabbing nazi lover they admire.

Meanwhile, Yulín Cruz sleeps on a cot in the convention center. There’s likely nothing she can do to appeal to Trump’s better Nature because he doesn’t have one and anyway, she’s got ladyparts. She’s not model material. She went to Carnegie Mellon University here in Pittsburgh but we have seen that other women resent smart women in America. Why yes, it doesn’t make any sense. But many millennia of conditioning have made many American women servile “whip kissers”.

I can’t stand them.

But I love Yulín Cruz for not giving up. I love her persistence and defiance in spite of the warnings. She is holding San Juan together while Trump can’t even make a phone call without creating turmoil.

You know, she’s tireless, people respect her, she’s doing everything she can for them. She doesn’t back down. She’s got bigger balls than Trump does. (Ok, ovaries.). And she’s an American citizen born in the US over the age of 35. At least she knows how to run a city.

Would I vote for her? Yeah, I think I would. She’s more qualified to run than Ted Cruz who as a Canadian, had a lot of nerve running for President.

Run, Yulín, RUN!

Trump had one job and one little island. All he needed to do was kick FEMA’s ass. Before long, she’s going to wonder what she needed him for.

It’s Friday

I don’t know about you but I’m getting a bit burned out with the disgraceful character of the person who is called the president. To accord him any measure of respect would be to cheapen my own values and integrity and add to the general disorder in the universe.

I have no respect for Nazi sympathizers. It doesn’t matter what office he represents. I have to draw the line somewhere.

But I do need to destress. So I’m already looking forward to the weekend, more rock and fewer wonky podcasts.

Here’s my morning walk to work music today. Here’s to “sex, drugs and rock&roll”.

(2 out of 3 ain’t bad)