Up for Debate: Canceling a tradition

Monday, November 5, 2012 at 1:52am

How do you feel about the decision Friday to cancel this weekend's New York City Marathon? Was it the right decision or the wrong one? If the marathon had been held should it have been used to highlight the devastation from Sandy and solicit donations or should it have just been held as usual?

Filed under: City Voices
Tagged: Up for Debate

136 Comments on this post:

By: slacker on 11/5/12 at 8:55

It coulda happened..

By: slacker on 11/5/12 at 8:58

I'm almost positive.. but I can't swear to it..

By: Captain Nemo on 11/5/12 at 8:58

Depends on what what I have to depend on, slacker.

By: Loner on 11/5/12 at 9:00

Ronco is offering all kinds of holiday deals...clearing excess inventory from their warehouses.

More Ronco stuff is coming in from those Chinese prison factories that Mitt was so enthused about....Out with the old, in with the new.....FIFO....First In First Out...If Bishop Romney gets in, those Dogma Removal Tools will be hot sellers this Christmas....a useful item that no home should be without.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/5/12 at 9:01

Well that makes me feel better, slacker.

By: parnell3rd on 11/5/12 at 9:29

Check out the Washington Times: 500 retired General's and Admiral's of the USA Armed Forces have taken out an ad supporting Mitt Romney for President.
Says alot about the current Commander in Cheif.

By: yogiman on 11/5/12 at 9:29

Tell me, Loner,

You are constantly condemning Romney, but if you was in prison, would you want to be active and make a few bucks so you could buy your cigarettes, or would just want to sit on your "behind" all of the hours you are awake? I never knew one man in the federal prison where I worked that didn't make an effort to get a job. And they had to have a good character to get one.

Can't you imagine how it would affect you mentally if you just sat on your bed. They were allowed to go outside just a couple of times a day to "loosen up".

By: yogiman on 11/5/12 at 9:32

The count has gone up, parnell3rd. It was only 444 when I show the count.

Did it show Barry's backers had increased more than the 5 I saw?

By: Loner on 11/5/12 at 9:32

I am playing this BINGO card too:


A poster on that board alerted me to these two other related links:



Using homophobia as a wedge issue, a movement of black pastors has targeted Obama, because he has expressed his personal tolerance of the concept of same-sex marriage.

This obscure group might suppress the black vote for Obama in enough swing states to cause trouble. Couple this with the fact that the Israel lobby is not happy with BHO...those two factors could tip the balance?

By: parnell3rd on 11/5/12 at 9:35

And there is a video that the lamestream is not going to show us of Obama's rally in Cincintti were a man is hancuffed and draged out of the auditorium for interupting the President's speach. All while Obam's supporters yell drag his ass out!
What happened to "Tolerance" of the demoNcratic party?

By: parnell3rd on 11/5/12 at 9:37

Yea Yogi the add ran this morning with 500 for Romney. Did not see any adds for Oblunder!

By: yogiman on 11/5/12 at 9:38


Do you imagine Barry instigated the same sex marriage issue because he is a homosexual himself thinking it would get him all of their votes? And I'm sure it did.

By: bfra on 11/5/12 at 9:44

yogi is always interested in anything anal or homosexual, is that telling?

By: Loner on 11/5/12 at 9:45

By: parnell3rd on 11/5/12 at 9:29

Check out the Washington Times: 500 retired General's and Admiral's of the USA Armed Forces have taken out an ad supporting Mitt Romney for President.
Says alot about the current Commander in Cheif.

This says much about his detractors....how many of the 500 are black, how many are white? Just for starters...and how many are dyed-in-the-wool Republicans?

This tells me, if this is legit, that our nation's military leaders are confident that a Vietnam War Draft-Dodger is fit to be Commander-In-Chief of US armed forces....Incredible.

These same 500 generals and high level officers have NOT, to my knowledge, forgiven those who went to Canada, to escape the draft...they have NOT forgiven Jane Fonda....and those people are NOT running for the POTUS job.....they remain unforgiven...but these 500 jokers have forgiven Bishop Romney...it's absolutely disgusting.

By: Loner on 11/5/12 at 9:52

The headline for the list of Romney-supporting Generals and Admirals should read:

Top Brass Support Vietnam War Draft-Dodger for Commander-in-Chief

Sub-headline: Jane Fonda Remains Unforgiven.

By: Loner on 11/5/12 at 10:03

Here's a link to the disgusting 500 list:


By: gdiafante on 11/5/12 at 10:03

First, retired means they're just plain old citizens...so you found 500 that exercised their free will and picked someone. Good job. I bet if I tried (or cared) I could find 500 other ordinary ex-military that would endorse someone else. What does it mean? Not much, it really has no bearing on the election, unless those 500 live in Ohio.

Now, second, proof-read your damn posts.

Third, you must be Reynolds Consumer Products, Inc.'s biggest customer.

By: slacker on 11/5/12 at 10:04

Loner, I personally think Jane Fonda should have been shot as a traitor.
95% of the young men who served in Vietnam were drafted, they didn't volunteer.
When they returned they were harassed & spit upon. Fonda going to Vietnam, and posing for pictures.. probably got additional GI's killed.
Screw Jane Fonda!

By: Loner on 11/5/12 at 10:07

I'm just pointing to the double standard for Vietnam War draft-dodgers...those who stay out of politics remain unforgiven....if one runs for POTUS and has enough money behind him, then forgiveness can be purchased.

By: Loner on 11/5/12 at 10:10

Jane was young, impressionable and gullible...she was exploited....everybody was exploited in that war. I forgive her....that's why they call me "Loner".

By: yogiman on 11/5/12 at 10:11

Forget it, bfra. I too particular for you to qualify.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/5/12 at 10:14

Reasoning with trolls is a waste of time.

By: bfra on 11/5/12 at 10:16

Nemo - Specially ill bred, vile, filthy mouthed trolls.

By: bfra on 11/5/12 at 10:17

Loner - Saw the list, it didn't show what party with names.

By: gdiafante on 11/5/12 at 10:20

Well, slack, if you would have shot Fonda as a traitor, what were you going to do when Reagen sent arms to Iran for hostages...frag him?

By: dargent7 on 11/5/12 at 10:20

To steal Loner's line: Good Morning Nashville, from San Jose'.
CXL'ing was the ONLY right move. Staten Island still w/o power...and they want to run a game?
CA is now 3 hours earier than Nashville, TN.
All have a good day.

By: Loner on 11/5/12 at 10:22

From my other BINGO card, directly to Nashville:

10:28 AM EST
NYLoner here's your results from US jews living and voting in Israel

"The Presidential election results are in. Well, at least the votes from Americans in Israel. Not one to keep readers in suspense, I’ll reveal the most important numbers up front: Gov. Mitt Romney received 85%–85%!–of the vote; President Obama managed only 14.3%. This, according to exit polling just released by iVoteIsrael, the non-partisan group promoting and facilitating voting by U.S. citizens currently in Israel."


By: Captain Nemo on 11/5/12 at 10:25

Good to hear from you,Paul.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/5/12 at 10:30

I think you meant to say three hours later than Nashville.

By: Loner on 11/5/12 at 10:32

Go ahead and USURP the opening line, Darge...I ripped it of, sort of, from "Good Morning, Vietnam"....I stole it fair & square...you can too.

I invited Desert Diva from the WaPo link I mentioned to come and join this posting community....I gotta run soon...if the Diva shows...be cordial and civil...the Diva is smart....or so it appears.

By: Loner on 11/5/12 at 10:35

Paul found the way...to Santa Fe....to find...some peace of mind....lalalala lala lalala....(I hate that tune!)

By: yogiman on 11/5/12 at 10:37


If Romney is disgusting to you because he didn't VOLUNTEER, could you please tell me why it doesn't matter to you that your man Barry didn't volunteer. But to take it on down the road, you further condemn Romney because his sons didn't volunteer.

Am I to presume you only condemn those who aren't in "your party" but you can accept Obama's refusal because he's part of your party? I've got news for you, Loner, Barry Soetoro aka Barack Obama is a Democrat in name only.

A little secret, Loner, to you and your fellow posters on this site. You are proving your ignorance by accepting someone as your president when you don't even know his name and he refuses to give it to you.

I suggest you all look at that article I posted earlier showing where he came from and why he doesn't want it to be seen. Anyone with the slightest bit of common sense would question his eligibility but y'all don't seem to be qualified. And I guarantee you won't like it when he comes out full blast if the Senate allows him to usurp that office again.

Can you explain why he advertised Kenya as his birth place for 16 years until he entered the race in 2007?

By: Loner on 11/5/12 at 10:40

Here's the full URL for the report on the Romney landslide in Israel:


Very fascinating article...check it out....Diva posted the link on the WaPO.

By: yogiman on 11/5/12 at 10:50


Could it be Barry didn't volunteer because was an Indonesian citizen and felt his Kenyan birth might be exposed?

By: gdiafante on 11/5/12 at 10:52


By: Loner on 11/5/12 at 10:56


By: pswindle on 11/5/12 at 10:58

I think I know where the Mayor is coming from. The money is needed but the care of the people is another matter. So, I guess he made he right decision. Maybe, it can be resheduled

By: bfra on 11/5/12 at 10:58


By: brrrrk on 11/5/12 at 11:51

Just curious, has anyone paid any attention to the "New Normal" ad that the Romney campaign has out? And in particular the part about our economic competitiveness in the world?

The 6 countries ahead of us in that list in the ad are Switzerland, Singapore, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany. Each of these countries (not sure about Singapore) have Democratic Socialist governments (or something very similar).... they also have higher taxes, spend much more on social, public, and educational programs, have national health care plans, spend more on public transportation and alternative forms of energy, are heavily unionized, and are protective of their domestic industries.... everything that the GOP rails against. And yet, all these countries (according to the Romney ad) are more economically competitive than we are...... makes you think, huh?

By: gdiafante on 11/5/12 at 12:12

I don't pay attention to any of the ads.

By: bfra on 11/5/12 at 12:17

brrrrk - It all goes to, Romney will say or do anything ti get elected. If it doesn't go over big, it doesn't matter because he can change it tomorrow for something that will suit better. Flip-flop

By: brrrrk on 11/5/12 at 12:26

I've come to the conclusion that each candidate should have to present an official position paper; something that will be mandated to be printed on every form of public media; something that they will constantly have to answer for during the entire campaign.... and if they refuse, they can't run.... PERIOD! I'm convinced that if that was required of every candidate before every election, even before anything like debates, this would go along way in eliminating all the position changing that we're currently seeing. And if a candidate does change their position.... than they must publicly justify the position change.

By: yogiman on 11/5/12 at 12:35

I agree, brrrrk.

And the proof of eligibility should be the first paper required. If they don't have that, they wouldn't need any other papers.

Maybe congress will come up with that idea if Barry ever gives that office back.

By: bfra on 11/5/12 at 12:40


By: bfra on 11/5/12 at 12:41

brrrrk - That would really throw Romney for a loop, he has flip flopped on every stance he has taken so far.

By: slacker on 11/5/12 at 12:50

I have my Ronco Political Ad blocker, up and running.
Next up.. the Ronco Auto Insurance Ad blocker.
Screw Flo & the Gecko, and the Allstate guy.

By: bfra on 11/5/12 at 12:54

slacker - Now I like the little gecko, especially when he meets the road runner or does the Texas two step. But screw those 2 guys playing the guitars.

By: Captain Nemo on 11/5/12 at 12:55

I like Flo. :-X

By: slacker on 11/5/12 at 1:00

brrrrk, those Nordic countries you mentioned, are small, have a well educated pop, and have the U.S. military protecting them, free of charge. A Demo-Socialist govt. might work for a while under those conditions.
But you know.. Germany can't help themselves, they'll have to invade France again.
Oops.. forgot Canada.. ''aye''.

By: yogiman on 11/5/12 at 1:16

You're a great comedian, bfra. You constantly accuse me of vulgarity, but you make your comment on "those 2 guys playing the guitars". is that an honorable comment because you made it?