Tommy CarcettiTommy Carcetti's Journal
...I still find it inexplicably sad seeing the catastrophic destruction following a hurricane, and the resulting loss of people's business and livelihood.
Here is some footage today from Fort Myers Beach which--without exaggeration--resembles the Ukrainian city of Mariupol following the recent Russian carpet bombing campaign of that town.
Around the 0:30 mark, you'll see a property where the only thing left standing is the foundation of a swimming pool.
Until yesterday, that was the Silver Sands Resort, a fully functioning and standing hotel:
And I'm sure over the years of its existence, there were many happy vacation memories for many people at places like Silver Sands, now completely destroyed over the course of a couple of hours.
Now, the silver lining I am assuming is that a community like Fort Myers Beach is that a lot of the residences are seasonal or vacation homes, and that hopefully most people who were living there at the time of Ian heeded evacuation orders well before the storm. Such was the case with Hurricane Michael and Mexico Beach near Panama City in 2018, which suffered similar near-total destruction but thankfully very little loss of life.
Of course, the greater discussion is whether building anything in these type of places so susceptible to nature's fury is anything but a fool's errand. And we'll have to have those discussions repeatedly in the future.
But for now, regardless of the greater implications, it's just very sad to see, and nothing more.
Trump mentally declassified the documents that the FBI planted on him, which were in fact Hillary Clintons emails.
Im sure several additional layers of bullshit will be added on over the coming weeks.
Said the sole DOJ employee charged with investigating all allegations regarding Donald Trump.
Facing an ever-increasing number of mounting legal woesfrom the investigation into the January 6th insurrection to the recent FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago property revealing top secret documents in his possessionformer President Donald Trump arrived in Puerto Rico today, demanding he be granted full and complete political asylum by authorities in that United States territory.
Because I have been treated so unfairly and so terribly by the laws of the United Statesfrom the Russia hoax to the Ukraine hoax to the January 6th hoax and now this document hoaxI hereby request that I immediately be given total asylum and protection here in the free and independent sovereign nation of Puerto Rico, Trump said while standing in front of the staircase leading to his chartered jet parked on the tarmac of San Juans Luis Munoz Marin International Airport. Also commonly referred to as Water Mexico.
Water Mexico, Trump reiterated. A lot of people like to call it that. Myself included. But lots of people do.
When asked why he specifically chose to flee to Puerto Rico as his destination for asylum, Trump claimed they pretty much owe it to me.
You may recall that when I was President, Puerto Rico was hit by a terrible, terrible storm, Trump explained. It was called Hurricane Katrina. And as the winds howled and the waters raged, at risk to my own life I personally came in to hand deliver critical supplies, saving the lives of hundredsif not thousandsof Puerto Ricites.
Trump appeared to be referring to 2017s Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm that devastated the island. As President, Trump did not visit until several weeks after the storm. During his trip, he harshly criticized local authorities for perceived disloyalty to him and participated in a widely-mocked photo opportunity where he threw rolls of paper towels at relief workers.
Nonetheless, at present date the former President appeared to maintain a gracious attitude towards his new island host, which has been a Commonwealth subject to U.S. laws since its annexation in 1898 following the Spanish-American War.
As a newly-minted Puerto Ricoer, I very much look forward to sampling some of the local cuisine, such as their famed Taco Bowl, Trump said. Which might not measure up to the Trump Tower Taco Bowls, but then again, very few do.
And also the Choco Taco, he quickly added.
Trump also said he was looking forward to engaging in some of Puerto Ricos native customs and traditions, of which he listed waterskiing and the hotel breakfast bar as specific examples.
Trump then launched into a narrative where he praised the democratic spirit of the island.
Remember that for years, Puerto Rico suffered under the oppressive regime of Fidel Castro, Trump said. Until one Cinco of Mayo, Puerto Ricovillians proclaimed in one loud voice Uno mas! and rose up and overthrew that brutal dictator. Its true. They even made a musical about it. Its called Evita.
The Former President said he felt optimistic he would be greeted warmly and with open arms in the U.S. territory.
I am confident that in virtually no time, I will join the ranks of Puerto Ricos most beloved native citizens, Trump proclaimed. Such as the great and legendary singer Bob Marley.
After his remarks at the airport, Trump asked locals where he should go to make his official request for asylum. He was promptly directed to the address of the local FBI field office in San Juan.
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