National Guard Soldiers arrive at Barrio Obrero in Santurce to distribute water and food among those affected by the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. AP Photo/Carlos Giusti

Why can’t Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, get any significant attention nor widespread help in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria that wiped it out six days ago?

Houston? Florida? They were the beneficiary of immediate and sustained assistance.

Puerto Rico? You’ll notice that the various appeals to text money to the Red Cross often mention only two keywords: Irma or Harvey, even though you can text “Maria” too.

Overnight, the president blamed Puerto Rico’s aging infrastructure for the problem.

“Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble,” the president tweeted.

That doesn’t explain the response.

There are no Navy ships heading to Puerto Rico. There’s no government waiver of rules preventing foreign ships’ transportation of cargo, even though waivers were granted for both Texas and Florida, the Associated Press says.

Officials figured flying supplies in to Puerto Rico would be faster, but there’s no fully functioning air traffic control system there.

How is that a CBS reporter yesterday had to be the one to tell Puerto Rico’s governor that a humanitarian crisis was unfolding at San Juan’s airport?

Phillip Carter, a senior fellow at Georgetown, writes on Slate that the there are no neighbors Puerto Rico can call on for help. The U.S. military could be providing military police and more troops, but they’re thinned out by other things.

Given all these commitments, and the military’s focus on overseas missions, it might take something huge—like a presidential call-up involving tens of thousands of reservists, or presidential adjustment to the Afghanistan deployment schedule—to create the military capacity that Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands need now. Such a call-up would require additional resources, too—something Congress would almost surely give. But the White House has signaled it would not even request that funding until sometime in October.

Such a presidential order should have come before the storm, or immediately afterward. Unfortunately, President Trump appears more concerned with helping his political allies, taunting professional athletes, and issuing new travel bans. Although his White House issued pro forma disaster declarations, and authorized some additional funding, its focus has clearly been elsewhere. In the absence of presidential leadership and orders, military commanders cannot (and should not) deploy additional forces or commit additional resources to help. Meanwhile, the situation on the ground remains dire, with hospitals and critical infrastructure running on their last days of generator power and supplies, waiting on the White House to send more support their way.

The governor told NPR this morning things are going to be “uncomfortable for a couple of days.”

The governor said Washington better respond soon or Puerto Ricans will head to the mainland.

“Don’t forget we’re U.S. citizens,” he told NPR.

Related: How to Help Puerto Rico and Other Islands After Hurricane Maria (NY Times)

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich answered questions during media day at the team’s practice facility, Monday in San Antonio. Eric Gay | AP

Gregg Popovich, the undisputed finest coach in the National Basketball Association, provided a response to the “just stick to sports” crowd in the wake of yesterday’s protests at football games.

Popovich, the coach of the San Antonio Spurs, provided exactly what has been missing in the nation over the last 72 hours — a calm and honest perspective about the problems facing the society in which he lives.

In a business in which people in authority take no risks, Popovich has always been an ill fit. He has made no secret of his disdain for the administration, but he says he’s bored with talking about the president, preferring to talk about voters instead.

“They wanted change; they felt ignored,” he said of voters who handed the president an Electoral College win. “They actually thought something would happen that would aid them, but at what price?” he said.

“Someone else that might have had a little more decency about how they approach other people and other groups might have served better, and that’s what I worry about in the country. You wonder if you live where you thought you lived.”

Popovich, who was participating in his team’s media day, cited the response from Richard Petty Racing team owner Richard Childress when asked what he would do if one of his employees protested.

“Get you a ride on a Greyhound bus when the national anthem is over,” Childress said. “I told them anyone who works for me should respect the country we live in. So many people have gave their lives for it. This is America.”

“Anybody that don’t stand up for the anthem oughta be out of the country. Period. What got ’em where they’re at? The United States,” Richard Petty added

“That blew me away,” Popovich said at his news conference today. “That’s where I live. I had no idea I lived in a country where people would actually say that sort of thing. I’m not totally naive but I think these people have been enabled by an example that we’ve been given.”

Our country is an embarrassment in the world. This is an individual who actually thought when people held arms during the games that they were doing it to honor the flag. That’s delusional. But it’s what we have to live with.

So you’ve got a choice. We can continue to bounce our heads off the wall with his conduct or we can decide that the institutions of our country are more important, that the people are more important, that the decent America that we all thought we had and want is more important and get down to business at the grassroots level and do what we have to do.

Race is the elephant in the room and we all understand that, but unless it is talked about, constantly, it’s not going to get better.

People get bored. ‘Oh is it that again.’ ‘They’re pulling the race card again.’ ‘Why do we have to talk about that again?’ Well, because it’s uncomfortable, and there has to be an uncomfortable element in the discourse for anything to change… People have to be made to feel uncomfortable, and especially white people because we’re comfortable.

We still have no clue what being born white means … It’s like you’re in the 50-meter mark of a 100-meter dash and you’ve got that kind of a lead, yes, because you were born white, you have advantages that are systemically, culturally, psychologically there.

And they have been built up and cemented for hundreds of years. But many people can’t look at it. It’s too difficult. It can’t be on their plate on a daily basis. People want to hold their position. People want the status quo. People don’t want to give that up. And until it’s given up, it’s not going to be fixed.

When a reporter moved Popovich off politics and back to the play of his team, it seemed trivial.

Because in the big scheme of things, sports is.

When Reb Beatty, who teaches financial accounting at a community college in Maryland, told his students he would allow them to use one 3×5 card for the first test of the semester, he wasn’t as precise as he should have been. Math is all about precision.

Student Elijah Bowen brought in a 3 x 5 foot poster board with notes and calculations.

Beatty said he looked through the syllabus he wrote and nowhere did he indicate inches in instructions.

“Appreciating the fact that (a) he had the intelligence to realize this shortcoming and (b) the audacity to actually put this together and bring it in, there was no reason to not allow him to use it,” he said.

The student reportedly “did well” on the test although privacy laws prevented Beatty from saying how well.