November 2, 2012

"Angry residents pelted utility crews with eggs as they tried to restore power in Bridgeport, Conn...."

"... after the mayor claimed the local power company had 'shortchanged' the state's largest city as it tries to recover from superstorm Sandy."
I'm sick and tired of Bridgeport being shortchanged," [Mayor Bill] Finch said, noting that Bridgeport has the largest number of United Illuminating ratepayers and claimingg it should be treated better by the New Haven-based utility.

United Illuminating has denied giving priority to wealthy customers, while ignoring Bridgeport residents.
Class warfare. Ask the eggheads in New Haven about it.

39 comments:

chickelit said...

Don't they know eggs can survive without refrigeration? That's valuable food they're throwing away.

Oso Negro said...

All that early post-storm good feeling about your fellow citizen begins to disappear after the third day without power. There is a lot more ugliness to come.

Rocketeer said...

All that early post-storm good feeling about your fellow citizen begins to disappear after the third day without power. There is a lot more ugliness to come.

I'm not trying to be snarky here, or draw any conclusions based on geography or culture, but I honestly CANNOT remember ugliness like this in Kentucky in the aftermath of the 2009 January ice storm. Over 100,000 people were without power for well more than a week - some close to a month. It was bitterly cold. 35 died in the state. In fact, what I primarily recall is the neighborliness, helpfulness and good fellow-feeling.

Actually, give me a little more time to think this through. I think I might be on the verge of drawing conclusions based on geography and culture...

Mary Beth said...

People in New York are wondering why these people are wasting food. Or they would be if they had electricity and could watch/hear/read the news.

A few years ago we had two power outages that each lasted about a week and happened within a few months of each other. It never occurred to me to go throw things at the people who were working to restore power. The crews were working through the night, and the second time in cold, icy weather. I was just grateful that they were there.

Mary Beth said...

Rocketeer, what part of Kentucky? I'm in Louisville.

There seems to be several Kentuckians who frequent here.

Shouting Thomas said...

Scapegoating for every perceived failure has gotten out of control.

On Facebook, too. My Facebook correspondents on both sides are consumed with the desire to find the scapegoats (for whatever) and punish them.

Palladian said...

Bridgeport is a hellhole, even in the best of times. These people would be pelting firemen with eggs (or, more probably, rocks or bullets) if they came to put out a fire in their houses.

Oso Negro said...

Rocketeer said...
All that early post-storm good feeling about your fellow citizen begins to disappear after the third day without power. There is a lot more ugliness to come.

I'm not trying to be snarky here, or draw any conclusions based on geography or culture, but I honestly CANNOT remember ugliness like this in Kentucky in the aftermath of the 2009 January ice storm. Over 100,000 people were without power for well more than a week - some close to a month. It was bitterly cold. 35 died in the state. In fact, what I primarily recall is the neighborliness, helpfulness and good fellow-feeling.

Actually, give me a little more time to think this through. I think I might be on the verge of drawing conclusions based on geography and culture...



On the one hand you have Kentucky. On the other hand you have New York City.

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X said...

yes, that makes sense. attack the linemen because the power isn't on.

Cosmic Conservative said...

If Bush was still President, or if this happened on ANY Republican President's watch, the breathless 24x7 search for the hungry, homeless and powerless would have inundated our TV screens with unending human pathos. The Katrina comparisons would be rampant. Videos of hallways full of human excrement, hysterical crying women and children, angry men brandishing clubs or guns....

It's good to be a Democrat.

EMD said...

I can't believe there's so many Eagles fans in Bridgeport.

Rocketeer said...

Mary Beth,

What part of Louavull?

Cosmic Conservative said...

Eagles fans would have thrown dead batteries...

Rocketeer said...

BTW, I'm no longer in KY - I'm in MA...different worlds.

edutcher said...

Be interesting to see how CT goes next Tuesday.

Maguro said...

Generally, the first neighborhoods to get their electricity restored are the places where the line workers live. i'm guessing that not many live in Bridgeport.

furious_a said...

I keep thinking of the Gothamites who greeted Leona Hemlsley outside the courthouse after her tax fraud conviction.

Tough crowd...

Paul said...

If I was the workers I'd just go fix lines SOMEWHERE ELSE. The workers are just Joes doing their job.

Don't Tread 2012 said...

This marks the beginning of the end of civilization.

What next - democrats protesting abortion???

hawkeyedjb said...

Oh yeah, that'll get the power back on...

Freeze in the dark, jerks.

ricpic said...

Notice the lack of gingers among the pelters. This means something. Something of which all bien pensants dare not speak. Above all else one must not think THE UGLY!

holdfast said...

I had not idea Bridgeport was the largest city in CT - I'd always just assumed Hartford. Either way it's a dump, and its sounds like their mayor is a typical race-hustler.

holdfast said...

I guess this is why Gov. Malloy closed the highways on Tuesday.

EMD said...

Eagles fans would have thrown dead batteries...

Hell, they'll throw live batteries.

Mary Beth said...

Mary Beth,

What part of Louavull?


Near Middletown.

n.n said...

I believe this behavior is atypical for even the residents of a third-world nation.

Exploiting an emotional gradient in the midst of a natural disaster is very unbecoming.

Advantage: Republican

As for the residents.. Well, two different worlds. Americans are pioneers, entrepreneurs, and largely self-sufficient, and charitable.

Advantage: Republican

As for the mayor, while the Democrats profited from the Katrina narrative, both Blanco and Nagin were shunted from public view.

Good luck, Finch. You have the burden of proof. It's unfortunate that the president is a Democrat.

David said...

Nice move, Mayor.

Methadras said...

Wasting food this way at a time like this? Really? Madness.

pst314 said...

n.n "I believe this behavior is atypical for even the residents of a third-world nation."

Leave out the "even", maybe: Immigrants from the third world tend to react with shock and bewilderment when the see our urban underclass. Theodore Dalrymple mentioned a physician from a third world nation who eventually decided to return home, saying the poor people there were far better persons that the poor he encountered in England.

Icepick said...

I can't believe there's so many Eagles fans in Bridgeport.

Well played. Well played.

ken in sc said...

There must be some kind of asshole fungus in the Northeast. We don't have this in the South or the Midwest. I have lived in both places.

ken in sc said...

I once lived in Rantoul Ill. It was more than 100 miles South of Chicago, but we still got dead bodies dumped in our corn fields.

leslyn said...

Click your heels together and repeat three times: "ethics and social norms...."

Robert Cornell said...

As a person who has worked as a lineman, they work in the worst of conditions surrounded by people in the worst of temper. The deserve thanks and admiration for the risks they take to restore power to the ungrateful and impatient. Mother Nature always wins, no matter the infrastructure. They deserve better.

Now, on the other hand, how about New Jersey turning away non union linemen from Alabama and Georgia who came responding to requests for mutual aid....what? No union card? You can't help get the lights back on in Jersey.

William said...

In NYC, the outage is a matter of luck, and the outrage ia a matter of class. Some wealthy neighborhoods have been affected, and the poor do not live in penthouses. Rich or poor, it's no fun to live in a cold, dark apartment wondering whether it's worth a forty story climb to find out what's happening. This power outage has been exceptionally hard on elderly billionaires who live above the seventieth floor......By what process of logic or emotion does anyone come to the conclusion that throwing eggs at the linemen insures fast, reliable service. If linemen were disrespected in such a way in a wealthy neighborhood, there'd be hell to pay.

Unknown said...

If I were a lineman, after the first egg, I'd take the day off. After the second egg, I'd take the week off.

People who live in dark houses shouldn't throw... eggs?

HankSaltz said...

Oh Ann, you liberaltarian sweetie, this isn't class warfare. The folks on SI are solid working class people and there has been no violence there.* This is RACE war, not class war.

How long can you deny the war on white people, Ann? How long can you live in your bubble?


*One exception. MSM did show a blond prole being arrested for looting. They never fail. One white looter among hundreds of Negroes, and they are ready for his close up.

Jeff Hall said...

It's an ill wind that blows no good. We weren't expecting to see utility workers in my Connecticut neighborhood until next week, but today some UI contractors showed up unexpectedly and replaced some telephone poles and wiring. My theory is that they couldn't schedule police protection in Bridgeport, so they rerouted the crew to Silvermine so that they wouldn't waste the morning. We still don't have power, but at least there's been progress. Maybe if someone drove to Bridgeport and passed out free eggs?