[PR1] Becket Adams takes issue with the media’s desire to quickly label Maria as “Trump’s Katrina.”
[PR2] Contrary to early reports, aid managed to move in relatively quickly after the storm. Given his fixation with NFL issues, one suspects this might have been despite President Trump rather than because of him.
[PR3] Getting aid to the general vicinity of the island doesn’t appear to be a problem, but getting it on the island and moved throughout the island is really tough.
[PR5] Tyler Cowen proclaims Puerto Rico’s American Dream as dead. I decided pretty early on that the end result of this will probably be statehood, and probably not optimally. It seems likely to the point that I think rebuilding should occur with it in mind. That said, I think Cowen’s argument that statehood would have economically saved it may take for granted a degree of integration that might not have occurred due to language issues.
[VI1] If we do bring Puerto Rico in as a state, I hope we can affix the Virgin Islands to it.
[VI2] Cruiselines are lending a hand.
[US2] There was a reason Los Angeles had no football teams. More than one person told me that the one former LA team that didn’t move back to LA is the only LA team that could have prospered. I am back to thinking they should have put a team in the Inland Empire.
[US3] My wife saw this on the Indian reservation. The local KFC would staff accordingly.
[US5] Rob Walker writes how the recent debate over the Confederate Flag might impact the Gadsden Flag.
[US6] Bank of America is pulling out of ruralia. (This is not a good thought, but the fact that they couldn’t find three more to close makes me twitch.
[US7] Something rotten in Kansas, and it’s not the Iraqi-American family.