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From an anonymous observer:
Been sitting here with my ass in a wad, wanting to speak out about the bullshit going on in New Orleans.

For the people of New Orleans... First we would like to say, Sorry for your loss.

With that said, Let's go through a few hurricane rules: (Unlike an earthquake, we know it's coming)

#1. A manditory evacuation means just that... Get the hell out. Don't blame the
Government after they tell you to go. If they hadn't said anything, I can see
the arguement. They said get out... if you didn't, it's your fault, not theirs.
(We don't want to hear it, even if you don't have a car, you can get out.)

#2. If there is an emergency, stock up on water and non-perishables. If you
didn't do this, it's not the governments fault you're starving.

#2a. If you run out of food and water, find a store that has some. (Remember,
shoes, TV's, DVD's and CD's are not edible. Leave them alone.)

#2b. If the local store is too looted of food or water, leave your neighbor's tv
and stereo alone. (See # 2a) They worked hard to get their stuff. Just because
they were smart enough to leave during a manditory evacuation, doesn't give you
the right to take their stuff... it's theirs, not yours.

#3. If someone comes in to help you, don't shoot at them and then complain no
one is helping you. I'm not getting shot to help save some dumbass who didn't
leave when told to do so.

#4. If you are in your house that is completely under water, your belongings are
probably too far gone for anyone to want them. If someone does want them, Let
them have them and hopefully they'll die in the filth. Just leave! (For
goodness sakes, it's New Orleans, find a voodoo warrior and put a curse on
them)

#5. My tax money should not pay to rebuild a 2 million dollar house, a sports
stadium or a floating casino. Also, my tax money shouldn't go to rebuild a city
that is under sea level. You wouldn't build your house on quicksand would you?
You want to live below sea-level, do your country some good and join the Navy.

#6. Regardless what the Poverty Pimps Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton want you to
believe, The US Government didn't create the Hurricane as a way to erradicate
the black people of New Orleans; (Neither did Russia as a way to destroy
America). The US Government didn't cause global warming that caused the
hurricane (We've been coming out of an ice age for over a million years).

#7. The government isn't responsible for giving you anything. This is the land
of the free and the home of the brave, but you gotta work for what you want.
McDonalds and Walmart are always hiring, get a damn job and stop spooning off
the people who are actually working for a living.

President Kennedy said it best... "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask
what you can do for your country."

Thank you for allowing me to rant.





We Fall Down But We Get Up
 

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Hammer said:
And you believe 100% of what you posted?

Where do you live (state only is fine)?
Sounds harsh but it would have been a matter of fact dinner conversation with my or any one of our grandparents. You know the greatest generation? They were called that for a reason.
 

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I too agree with most of the points made here, but there are a few points that I do not agree with.

#1. A manditory evacuation means just that... Get the hell out. Don't blame the
Government after they tell you to go. If they hadn't said anything, I can see
the arguement. They said get out... if you didn't, it's your fault, not theirs.
(We don't want to hear it, even if you don't have a car, you can get out.)
If you do not have any mode of transportation in N.O. it is very hard to get out. Most of the exits to N.O. are bridges that cross either big lakes or swamps for many miles some being 23 miles. If you were elderly or had family with small children the trip would be close to impossible.

#5. My tax money should not pay to rebuild a 2 million dollar house, a sports
stadium or a floating casino. Also, my tax money shouldn't go to rebuild a city
that is under sea level. You wouldn't build your house on quicksand would you?
You want to live below sea-level, do your country some good and join the Navy.
N.O. was not built last year nor in the last 100 years, it has been built upon throughout our existence in America. The Mississippi runs through N.O. and is home to one of the largest inland ports in America today. The ports have to be staffed by workers and where are they supposed to live? Truth be known most of southern Louisiana is below sea level not just N.O.. With the Mississippi trying to change course and mankine trying to keep her in her banks has not helped the situation I agree, but what else do you do? Condem the whole southern half of Louisiana and claim it uninhabitable?
About tax dollars not being spent on a city that is under sea level. Means that it is prone to destruction, right.
So Deleware is free and clear from all natural disasters? Deleware is on the coast and is prone to Hurricanes as well as nor easters which are both deadly and costly. My point is that everybody has weather related disasters in the US and just saying that tax dollars should not go to one certian place in the US is wrong IMO.



I'm certianly do not condone the actions of the Looters and thugs in N.O. but certianly do not want to pass judgement on the whole city by the actions of some.
 

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malice said:

#2. If there is an emergency, stock up on water and non-perishables. If you
didn't do this, it's not the governments fault you're starving.

#2a. If you run out of food and water, find a store that has some. (Remember,
shoes, TV's, DVD's and CD's are not edible. Leave them alone.)
I agree with the majority of your post. However, after just going through a hurricane I feel compelled to comment on the quoted items.

No doubt that one should stock up on water and non-perishables. But do it way in advance, before you need them and before you are projected "in the cone". Hurricane Rita was forecast to hit Friday evening or Saturday morning... by the prior Tuesday, you could not find bottled water. I had to get water 100 miles north of Houston on my way back into town from Dallas.

By Thursday, many stores were boarding up and closing. It wasn't as simple as just locking the doors and getting out. After seeing the looting in N.O., most shopkeepers in Houston went to extrodinary lengths to board up and protect their shops from being looted. Therefore, stores were closed sooner and took longer to open back up after the storm. Lack of electricity is still forcing some stores to remain closed even though the bulk of the storm went east of here.

One of the things that this experience taught me was to prepare a disaster kit far in advance. We had most of what we needed but if the storm had hit us directly, we would have been hurting about now.

My wife's family are scattered throughout the Beaumont, Port Arthur and Orange area and I am seeing first hand how much of a toll it can take on storm victims.

I'll get off of my soap box now!
 

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Great post, Biz. :thumb:

When I lived in Florida, my wife and I would start putting our Hurricane kit together in the spring of each year.

By the time June 1 rolled around we were fully stocked and ready to rock. The only thing we'd have to get at the last minute would be gas for the cars.

These are the kind of things that most people who live in Hurricane Alley should already know. But it's amazing how few actually do.
 

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and you know, sadly, it takes first hand experience to change some people's views or perceptions....it all sounds easy and clean-cut when you've never been thru something as horrific as a Cat4 or 5 hurricane or any other natural disaster...but if you have, then you should be able to empathize with the folks in LA,MS,AL and parts of TX whose lives have been torn asunder as a result of Katrina and Rita....
 
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