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Chef José Andrés usually spends most of his time running more than a dozen fancy restaurants in the Washington DC area, but he’s been busy lately with a much bigger undertaking: Getting hot food to as many people in Puerto Rico as he possibly can. The Washington Post has a very Nice Times profile of Andrés and his plan to feed people on the island as long as it takes them to get their own kitchens up and working again. While Donald Trump has been a big jerk about how ungrateful the people of Puerto Rico have been for Trump’s efforts at doing very little, chef Andrés has been joining forces with local restaurateurs to get cooking. It would be nice if FEMA were doing a better job, but when the federal government decided Puerto Rico was surrounded by too much water to help, Andrés and others have helped pick up some of the slack. Under a normal president, that wouldn’t be as necessary, but thank Demeter there are folks like Andrés and his nonprofit, World Central Kitchen.

Andrés has been in Puerto Rico since September 25, minus a few nights at home after he got dehydrated. His first move was to team up with San Juan chef José Enrique, who was already preparing food for residents, cooking up a local beef stew for as many as he could. Together, they were able to feed between a thousand and two thousand people daily at first, but then things got rolling and after a week they were serving up to “25,000 meals per day, now including sandwiches and paella.”

As of Tuesday, Andrés and a coalition of #ChefsForPuertoRico cooks across the island have managed to serve a million meals, which is nearly double the 540,000 meals served up by the Red Cross (though Red Cross has also been delivering relief supplies, about 534,000 shipments). The million meals served by World Central Kitchen make up a sizeable chunk of those distributed by FEMA — more than 14 million meals in total, plus 11 million liters of water across the island, which includes both FEMA supplies and meals donated by charities and other organizations. Unlike the heat-n-eat MREs delivered by FEMA, World Central Kitchen is serving up hot food made from fresh ingredients.

After partnering with chef Enrique, Andrés started expanding, first to facilities in San Juan’s sports coliseum, which now serves over 60,000 meals a day, then to another 14 restaurants and kitchens around the island, with 400 to 500 volunteers working daily to get food out to the people. Andrés and crew have also flown in food to supply a kitchen now serving meals on the island of Vieques, which was the first part of Puerto Rico hit by Hurricane Maria and which had been in awful shape at the end of September.

There had been some tension between FEMA and World Central Kitchen after an initial contract ended; FEMA offered a second contract to serve just 20,000 meals, but Andrés wanted to go bigger, with a contract for 120,000 meals. Government contracting rules would have required a contract that large to be put up for competitive bidding, and Andrés made a fuss in the media about bureaucratic inefficiency getting in the way of helping people. He’s now backed off from comments he’d made about FEMA treating him like a “puppet” for the sake of making it look like they were helping, but he’s still annoyed by the inflexibility of a bureaucracy during a crisis:

“You know me, nobody holds me back. But at the same time, you have to be strategic,” Andrés said. He understands that FEMA employees have to abide by the rules and the thresholds established by people higher up in the agency. But he would still like to see more flexibility from the agency, particular during times of crisis.

“Bureaucracy needs to give them the tools to move quick and fast to take care of people,” he said. “If bureaucracy doesn’t allow them to move quick and fast, it’s a problem.”

And FEMA is still looking at a new contract with WCK for the more modest amounts it can approve without competitive bidding. You might think a president who was paying attention would take some kind of action to allow more flexibility, huh?

The WaPo profile of Andrés had to go and close with the chef getting us all misty-eyed, with Andrés quoting Tom Joad: “Where there’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I will be there,” he said.

Andrés didn’t go on to pledge that he’d be around whenever a cop’s beatin’ up a guy, but with that one line, he has the Steinbeckian basics right: We’re all part of one big soul, and there’s nothing better than the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready.

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  • Bill D. Burger
    • ManchuCandidate

      Narcissist gotta narcissist.

      In actuality it is to the power of 10 in terms of fuckups.

  • memzilla Ω

    Dok, pls change hed from “Anders” to “Andrés.” (stupid autocorrect)

    • doktorzoom

      That woulda been someone else what edited the headline, no names mentioned to save Rebecca the embarrassment.

  • theblackdog

    Andres is also awesome because he flipped the orange one the bird and said “No I won’t open a restaurant at your hotel now because of what you said about Mexicans”

  • memzilla Ω

    I hear that FEMA’s response is inspiringa new Boriqua dance genre: paseo lento.

    • bubbuhh

      paso estúpido político lento de Triunfo

  • JMP

    While stories like this are nice, it’s both depressing and angering that this kind of volunteer work in necessary in Puerto Rico when the volunteers are doing work that it’s the government’s fucking job to be providing, but is refusing to do because Donald Trump is a genocidal madman who wants as many of the people as possible to die simply because they’re Latino.

  • JohnBull

    GOP logic: don’t give poor people money because it creates dependency. Give the money to the rich because it won’t create dependency.
    Tell me how the fuck that makes any sense.

    • jesterpunk

      Why do you hate the jerb creators?

    • Michael Smith

      Well, it makes more sense if you are one of the rich people and so are all of your campaign donors.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day.
      Teach a man to fish and you can charge him for a fishing license.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Build a man a fire, and he’ll stay warm for the night.
        Set that man on fire, and he’ll stay warm for the rest of his life.

        • Creepoman

          But, uh . . . I withdraw my objection.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Give a man a glass of water and he’ll want one later.
        Throw that man in the middle of the ocean and he’ll be satisfied….

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Only psych! You poisoned the water.

    • Shibusa

      The 1%ers are jonesing for a tax cut fix so I think the GOP has created a serious dependency issue.

      • Ducksworthy

        I was going to say they won’t be satisfied until the flow of taxes is reversed so it all goes straight into their pockets. But it mostly does now and they still resent the crumbs that go to other people.

  • ManchuCandidate

    A drop compared to what the Trump Admin should be supplying but won’t.

  • Oblios_Cap

    Andrés didn’t go on to pledge that he’d be around whenever a cop’s beatin’ up a guy

    Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries
    Where there’s a fight against the blood and hatred in the air
    Look for me, Mom, I’ll be there

  • Baconzgood

    OT. Time for a really long bike ride. 18-40 miles. No food and little water, just sleeping bag. To see if I can.

    • arglebargle

      You are taking bacon though, right?

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      My record to date is 83 miles. Though I did eat and hydrate along the way.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      We could enter a “Wonkette” team:

      https://ragbrai.com/

      • Baconzgood

        Honestly….Baconzmad and pretty much sprinted for…well a lot of miles.

        I did about 12-14MPH.

  • arglebargle

    “…there’s nothing better than the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready.”

    I was already willing to donate Dok, but that line sealed it for me. Well done.

  • Scooby

    My second favorite MRE was Paella.

    • Creepoman

      *don’t take the bait, don’t take the bait, don’t take the bait*

      So, what’s your favorite MRE?

      *d’oh!*

      • Scooby

        Haggis, of course.

  • canes_pugnaces
    • Oblios_Cap

      Even the frame is gaudier.

      • alpacapunchbowl

        The painting’s not even a good fake! Derp.

        • Shawn Renee Ernoehazy

          Looks like it was done a student of Bob Ross; and I enjoyed Bob Ross. When my son was an infant and toddler, he would watch his show without moving. My son is now quite artistic.

          • alpacapunchbowl

            I loved Bob Ross! I’m not much of a painter, but happy enthusiasm about something you love is beautiful.
            Back in college (mid to late 90s), some friends of mine moved into a house where the previous tenants had painted the entire attic a Bob Ross-style painting, and used dayglo paint so it looked even more badass under black light. They had also painted in non-dayglo paint down in the corner where the artist’s signature might be, so it really stuck out in the blacklight, “RIP Bob Ross”.
            I really miss college, you guys.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      The way you can tell is that on the fake the name ‘Renoir’ is crossed out and ‘Trump’ written in with a gold Sharpie.

      • Daniel

        It’s spelt “Re Trump Noir” because otherwise he loses interest before he gets to the end.

    • mailman27

      How much did that idiot pay for it, one wonders.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      I wish they had correctly identified the museum as the Art Institute, but yeah. He dumb.

    • Catstro

      The difference in the faces on the real painting vs the fake one remind me of this: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4918e8fc8bc4e64fe2fe98df0d39b03e038941d0b1c7b796bd3b7bbdd06844dd.jpg

      • H0mer0

        those are two totally different genres ; how does one confuse one for the other?

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      That’s not even close.

      • H0mer0

        that reminds me of those Slylock Fox puzzles (in which I have to suspend disbelief up to a point regarding foxes dressing up in human clothes, walking like a biped and forming cooperative relationships with murines.

  • Michael Smith

    That’s fantastic. Much better than the Republicans I’ve seen on Facebook sharing a video of a very, very dark Puerto Rican allegedly throwing relief supplies in a dumpster because he didn’t like the food.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      Did said very, very dark Puerto Rican look, you know, a bit RUSSIAN?

      • Michael Smith

        It looked suspiciously like a Russian sitting at a computer saying “Vat can ve do to make zee Puerto Ricans look unsympathetic to conservative Americans even after a hurricane? Ah, yes… darken zee skin tone.”

    • MynameisBlarney

      Vienna Sausages, Skittles and granola bars?

    • Shawn Renee Ernoehazy

      Really? I have two R’s that I once thought were friends, on FB and I have not seen that yet.

      • Michael Smith

        It’s some idiot I know who shared it. It might have been a Ben Shapiro post so you know it was probably a video of a black guy in Kansas City throwing something away.

  • Michael Smith

    When there’s a fight against the blood and hatred in the air?

    • Oblios_Cap

      The highway is alive tonight!

  • twaingirlie

    Headline name is wrong. Its Andres not Anders (and is correct in article)
    Arriba Jose!

    • doktorzoom

      Fixed! Those responsible for the error still own the blog :D

      • H0mer0

        you sure do!

  • Rocket Pony Ron

    Good on yer, Chef.

  • BadKitty904

    This is how REAL People help others in REAL Emergencies.

    Versus, say, photo ops…

  • MynameisBlarney

    Finally, some good news for Puerto Rico.

  • Spurning Beer

    Somebody ask Herman Cain how you say “delicious” in Puerto Rican.

    • Oblios_Cap

      None of this would have happened if they had only built more pyramids and stored their grain.

    • JohnBull

      Between his after-brunch nap and his pre-lunch nap.

      • H0mer0

        I thought that was Carson. Herman Cain was the gropemeister with the weird smoking man ad.

    • Creepoman

      Nueve! Nueve! Nueve!

      • mardam422

        Bappity boopy?

  • BosGrl

    OT, sort of: Cheeto with the PR gov saying everything went so smoothly in TX and FL, and we will NOT have those looting Puerto Ricans looting everything. And, yeah, we’ll help but you’re going to pay us back. Like Cheeto does when he has a loan. Bwahahahaha.

    • cmd resistor

      I saw a small video clip (no sound). Poor PR gov looked pretty uncomfortable. It was when Trump was asked the question of what grade he would give himself for his PR response, on a scale of 1-10. Of course he said 10.

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    But are they the best taco bowls?…

  • clairence

    A very small part of me thinks Trump’s whole ‘tear it all down’ approach to governing is intended to show the left how little government is needed and how citizens and aid organizations can do much of what we ask of the government.
    Like here, FEMA is screwing up but we’re hearing about all these regular people stepping up to fill the gap. Could it be that the ‘greatness’ he’s alluded to means people taking care of people?

    Well. If it was anyone other than this a-hole, I might think more on that possibility. He’s just incompetent. Can he once again fail into success?

    • This happened during Katrina, too. Except for the Coast Guard, which really did do a great job of search and rescue, it was private charities like Catholic Relief Services and Salvation Army that did the most good and had the greatest impact.

    • MynameisBlarney

      That is being overly generous in the assumption he is capable of thinking that far ahead.

  • kaydenpat

    Great guy. I need to go to one of his restaurants in DC to show some support.

  • Crystalclear12

    GOP point of view:
    See government isn’t need because private charities will provide.

    • 🛶🗣️ Mr Canoehead 🛶🗣️

      No, that’s step 2. Step 1 is to murder every government agency that provides support, so that private charities are forced to step in.

  • Lyly Sirivong

    This is impressive. Thank god for people like him.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    I’ll withhold judgement until Anthony Bourdain weighs in and lets me know why this is a great idea and a terrible one, and why Americans are the best and kind of suck.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      And that Hillary Clinton is somehow at fault.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    I’m not crying, you’re crying

  • HazooToo
    • Dumbasses. I don’t care which party they’re from.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef
    • puredog

      At least she acknowledges that this line of thinking is not au courant.

      • HazooToo

        It sure as fuck ain’t “old school” either. It’s misogyny, internalized, and that is all.

    • OutOfOrbit

      cheeze! donut act so suprized

    • Nockular cavity

      Ankle-baring hussies!

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Wow, first Donna Karan and Mayim Bayilik, now this.

    • NastyBossetti

      What a new and interesting idea! Why didn’t anyone tell us not to dress provocatively? Or drink “too much?” Or go out alone? Or speak to a man, lest he think that is an invitation?

    • Lyly Sirivong

      Bollocks. Women have been raped wearing fucking tracksuits.

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        Women in India get raped going to the bathroom. I don’t think they are known for their immodest dress :-(

      • miss_grundy

        They also get raped when they are wearing burqas. A burqa, which doesn’t let you see anything.

    • Vincent Ricola

      “I think we also need to start talking about the power that women have to control the situation. There’s law enforcement, you can refuse to cooperate with that kind of behavior. I think that, many times, men get away with this because they are allowed to get away with it by the women,” Johnson said.

      Uh. No.

      • dshwa

        “The power that women have to control the situation.”

        Oh hell no.

      • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

        I believe the technical term for that is blame-shifting, and it’s a known technique among abusers. Just saying.

      • HazooToo

        I wonder if she’s ever so much as read an article about a rape victim’s struggle? She’s clearly never spoken to one.

    • Suttree

      Fucking Texas.

      • Cat Cafe

        I remember being in high school, where girls fought mightily for the right to wear pants to school (“It’ll just distract the boys” “You won’t work as hard if you’re not neatly groomed”) and in college, where I made a point of wearing neat pants to usher at concerts and was reprimanded and badmouthed for wearing “dungarees” and would have been fired if I didn’t have other adults on my side, and in grad school, where professors told me to go home and have babies—and watching the next generation of girls take every bit of what we fought for (job access, legal abortion) for granted, call us crones, call us irrelevant, mock “feminism”–no matter how much we warned them how fragile our hard-won toehold was. And here we are. Hopefully this is just the last gasp of the pathetic, weak, threatened white male. I like to think we’ve come way too far to go all the way back.

        • Bad Scooter

          i am grateful to you for making my path easier. i truly hope we don’t go backward from here, but either way your fight for equality was not in vain because you gave the next generation the experience of equality. i’m optimistic that those of us that may take it for granted now will certainly wake up and fight to recover it should we lose ground.

          • Cat Cafe

            Aw, thank you, Bad Scooter. That means a lot. We’ve still come such a long way, and I think beyond a certain point they really can’t put the genie back in the bottle.

          • Bad Scooter

            Cat Cafe, here’s what I get to wear at work, thanks in part to your courageous pants-wearing audacity back in the day: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3cf28ffe2c296d46c81612a153cc116ee1566c7a5f4898b9a89c8b86fc782b1a.jpg

          • Cat Cafe

            You look great! Warms my heart! When I was growing up it was secretary, nurse, teacher, or stewardess! We fought for ALL the other jobs!

        • TakingAmes

          A male friend of mine in high school fought for the right to wear a skirt to school. So there’s that.

          • Cat Cafe

            Yes, absolutely, that too. Good for him.

        • Ms.Moon

          Thank you for fighting the good fight. Too many women take our rights for granted. I knew my great grandmother she was born in 1898, she could not vote for a long time. When she got the right to vote she did. She told her daughters, granddaughters, and great granddaughters, vote, every election, every time. When she could not walk she went to the polling center in her wheelchair.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Now, before y’all start jumping on the poor congresswoman here, just remember that women DO have some responsibility for men. After all, if we’d stop giving birth to males this wouldn’t be happening, so basically, it’s really all our fault.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        * SNERRRRKKKK *

      • TakingAmes

        Or at least, if we started teaching the ones we do give birth to not to rape or harass women.

    • dshwa

      Or, and I’m just spitballing here, but maybe we could teach boys and men that they shouldn’t rape women.

    • h4rr4r

      Is there a name for this?
      When a lady does the mansplanin?

      • NastyBossetti

        Internalized misogyny?

        • HazooToo

          THIS.

      • Ducksworthy

        Baptist.

        • TakingAmes

          BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

      • SeeTrain65

        I’d try to explain, but if I did it would be mansplaining, and a feeble attempt at it at that.

        So I’ll just shut up and listen.

    • Jennaratrix

      Ugh. I get this impulse, I do; we don’t like believing something so huge, so fundamental as our personal autonomy, is out of our control. Because if it’s our fault, we can change something and it won’t happen next time; or that’s what some people want to think. So I know that when some people say this, what they’re really doing is trying to wrest back some control of the situation.

      But it’s wrong. So, so wrong.

    • miss_grundy

      Sometimes people allow their religious beliefs to play with their heads too much. And what we forget, is that black churches preach a conservative message. I actually volunteered for Bamz’ last election campaign and a very nice black lady told me that there weren’t any black gay or lesbian people. I didn’t want to start a fight so I didn’t tell her that I had actually worked with black gay and lesbian librarians.

      • HazooToo

        I wouldn’t even know where to begin to respond to that.

    • Shibusa
      • Rocket Pony Ron

        I can see the outlines of their heads! The hussies!

    • Bad Scooter

      confession: i work in the construction industry and decided long ago never to wear shirts that show my cleavage at work. i do this because 1) i prefer that people to whom i’m talking look at my face 2) i don’t like the idea of my boobs being a topic of conversation when people talk about me.

      disclaimer: i didn’t impose the “no cleavage in construction” rule upon myself based upon the notion that it’s my responsibity to dress in a way that won’t make creepy guys want to harass and/or violate me.

      • HazooToo

        That’s fine, I usually don’t wear tops like that just because they never fit and aren’t comfortable and I have a ton of cool t-shirts. It just gnaws on my last nerve that this woman who was elected to represent the women of Texas is saying women bear any part of the responsibility for sexual harassment, because that’s how it was when she grew up/.

        • Bad Scooter

          i hear you, and i agree. just wanted to share my confession because i felt like a hypocrite telling the elder-ladies to STFU while IRL, i do make a conscious choice to dress modestly every day.

          • HazooToo

            FWIW, definitely not a hypocrite.

      • Bad Scooter
  • OutOfOrbit

    where is the empty hospital ship? did devils trapazoid ead’it?

    • eggs ackly-wright

      It’s there. They just haven’t figured out how helicopters work yet.

      • Rocket Pony Ron

        Helicopter goes up, helicopter goes down, you can’t explain it!

  • alpacapunchbowl

    I always liked this guy, but bless him (NOT bless his heart).
    Onion ninjas creepin’ out of that paella.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I really don’t have anything to say about this except thank you.

  • mardam422

    How does this guy get two plane loads of food into PR, and FEMA can’t get across a downed tree in the road?

  • Banrion

    So Equifax can expose the SSN’s and other personal data of pretty much every adult American citizen and nail down a $7M contract 6 days later. But a MONTH after a catastrophic hurricane, FEMA can’t manage to contract for essential FOOD?

    Welcome to Trumpmerica.

    • h4rr4r

      They did lose that contract, which is nice. Not that 7 million is anything to them.

    • Kooolest G

      hmmmm, maybe because José Andrés bailed on putting his restaurant in trump’s DC hotel because he didn’t want to be associated with a racist. I’m sure that had nothing to do with it though

    • miss_grundy

      Well, the FEMA employees were too busy getting their mani-pedis…

    • SeeTrain65

      Not during the last two GOP administrations.

  • Zippy W Pinhead
    • Aggle Wok

      She’s a caricature of what a cockroach thinks a human would act like.

      • miss_grundy

        Probably the way she likes being treated by a man. I know, as a woman, what a misogynistic thing for me to say but stupid, gullible women make me angry.

    • NastyBossetti

      Find someone who lies constantly, makes promises he doesn’t keep, talks about himself all the time, and whines whenever he doesn’t get his way? Hard pass.

    • bbayliss

      Ever been to South Dakota?
      It’s really all you need to know about her.

      • JustDon’tSayConfabulation

        ^this. went to HS and college there. Didn’t notice the racism until I moved away and come back. That and facespace – JFC the hate half of them had for Barry Bamz.

    • Jonny On Maui

      She must like getting shat on…

      • Arolpin

        I actually replied to her twitter with ‘Funny, I never thought you were a scat queen’. GMTA.

    • georgiaburning

      Is that an admiralty flag?

      • SDGeoff3

        Not anymore.

    • Bitter Scribe

      Honest to God, that ridiculous simpering smirk of his is one of the most offensive things about him IMO. Yes, you can find plenty of pictures of Hillary Clinton looking “shrill” or whatever, but this guy constantly is making that stupid face with that upside-down triangle on his chin.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      JFC, lady.

    • JustDon’tSayConfabulation
    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!
    • Mildred Broxon

      You mean a molester?

      • SeeTrain65

        I don’t know how he’s doing it, but he’s fondling that flag’s ass.

        • Old Man Yells at Cloud

          He’s had lots of practice on Isvespa.

    • SeeTrain65

      Tammy enjoys when old men rub their dicks on flags.

      There can be no other explanation.

  • GoutMachine

    More meals than the Red Cross? Just like an immigrant to take someone’s job.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Ya. That’s strikingly dumb-founding. More than the Red Cross. The big national American Red Cross…

      • TundraGrifter

        Has the American Red Cross gotten too big?

  • TundraGrifter

    Wasn’t Chef José Andrés involved in a lawsuit with Mr. Trump over a proposed restaurant in one of his hotels? Or one of the hotels with his name slapped on the front – sometimes it’s hard to tell them apart.

    • Carpe Vagenda

      He was. Andrés (who’s a recent citizen, from Spain originally) said that Trump breached their contract by making it impossible to get spanish food-loving patrons or hispanic staff by being a racist fuck.

      Trump settled.

      • Erala Contratista

        That is very tasty, indeed:-D

  • bbayliss

    I give the chef an A+ and a 10.

  • whitroth

    Don’t give me competitive bidding. They can sign off on a sole-source contract, based on WCK being there on the ground.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      ‘Competitive bidding’ = ‘a chance for our buddies to scam the contract’

      • whitroth

        Oh, or cheap bastards who bid something that wasn’t on *your* quote, and you don’t see that until it’s too late, and oh, no, they can’t use your bid, they have to put it out of a government bidding site….

        (Gee, you’d think that *just* happened to us at work….)

      • Rags

        = Trump steaks for everybody!

      • Sophie McMillan

        See Rachel Maddie last night about the company that got a $74 million contract to supply mobile homes in Houston. Their website is a Go Daddy page and the only way to contact them is via a phone number in FL

  • TundraGrifter

    And Gordon Ramsey is busy being on tv and yelling at children.

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    very nice one dok!

  • Bitter Scribe

    Four stars!

  • Carpe Vagenda

    This is one of the few things that’s made me feel good this miserable autumn.

  • TakingAmes

    I’m not crying at my desk. You’re crying at your desk.

  • Suse

    These chefs are heroes. Drumpf will eventually take credit and say he’s the guy who thought it up.

  • tegrat

    They could let six separate contracts. There’s always a work around, it just takes a little forward thinking.

    • Jeffery Campbell

      This is the government you refer to. Forward thinking is not really in the wheelhouse.

  • Moar Wordz

    This article made me tear up, God Bless Jose Andres ; he gets it, need to move fast , not be bogged down by endless bureaucracy when lives are on the line. Hey Trumpies -take a leaf from a Chef and get your heads out of your asses !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeffery Campbell

    This:

    “We’re all part of one big soul, and there’s nothing better than the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready.”

    caused me to burst into tears. I’ve been like this for two weeks and I don’t know why.

  • It’s just F*ing amazing how REAL AMERICANS have come together to help their fellow citizens in PR, despite the federal government’s best efforts.

    Heard a piece on the radio today that WIPR, San Juan’s major radio station, is back on the air because a crew from Alaska, of all places, flew down with crates of equipment to replace their transmitter.

    http://www.kcaw.org/2017/10/14/juneau-sitka-public-radio-stations-restore-broadcasting-puerto-rico/

    • phoenix00

      Also: Spirit Airlines pitching in with “CareLift”, and Google using aerial balloons to quickly restore cell service.

  • This is the part where I mention that contracting does indeed mean competitive bids. Except in crisis and emergency
    So this could very well be waived.

  • Delu

    Trump: “I scored 10 out of 10 in terms of handling the disaster in Puerto Rico.”

    Meanwhile others are actually handling the disaster in Puerto Rico even though it’s not even their JOB to!

    • SeeTrain65

      Trump: 10/10.

      Jose: 1,000,000/10.

  • Zyxomma

    Good on ya, Jose.

  • The Librarian

    I am really grateful to know that fellow citizens are taking up the mantle that our own government won’t lift. Having worked for the federal govt at one time, I can attest to the myriad of rules and paperwork (triplicate, please), but our illiterate overlord could work mojo if he cared to. Props to the World Kitchen for feeding all those suffering from the affects of Maria and Trump.

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