2 States, 22 Observations

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  1. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    2 States, 22 Observations


    Things I have noticed while watching media coverage of the recent
    hurricanes.

    1. Texas: Productive industrious state run by Republicans.

    Louisiana: Government dependent welfare state run by Democrats.

    2. Texas: Residents take responsibility to protect and evacuate
    themselves.

    Louisiana: Residents wait for government to protect and evacuate them.


    3. Texas: Local and state officials take responsibility for
    protecting their citizens and property.

    Louisiana: Local and state officials blame federal government for not
    protecting their citizens and property.

    4. Texas: Command and control remains in place to preserve order.


    Louisiana: Command and control collapses allowing lawlessness.

    5. Texas: Law enforcement officers remain on duty to protect
    city.

    Louisiana: Law enforcement officers desert their posts to protect
    themselves.

    6. Texas: Local police watch for looting.

    Louisiana: Local police participate in looting.

    7. Texas: Law and order remains in control, 8 looters tried it, 8
    looters arrested.

    Louisiana: Anarchy and lawlessness breaks out, looters take over city, no
    arrests, criminals with guns have to be shot by federal troops.

    8. Texas: Considerable damage caused by hurricane.

    Louisiana: Considerable damage caused by looters.

    9. Texas: Flood barriers hold preventing cities from flooding.

    Louisiana: Flood barriers fail due to lack of maintenance allowing city to
    flood.

    10. Texas: Orderly evacuation away from threatened areas, few
    remain.

    Louisiana: 25,000 fail to evacuate, are relocated to another flooded area.

    11. Texas: Citizens evacuate with personal 3-day supply of food
    and water.

    Louisiana: Citizens fail to evacuate with 3-day supply of food and water, do
    without it for the next 4 days.


    12. Texas: FEMA brings in tons of food and water for evacuees. State
    officials provide accessible distribution points.

    Louisiana: FEMA brings in tons of food and water for evacuees. State
    officials prevent citizens from reaching distribution points and vice versa.


    13. Texas: Media can't find poor blacks in need of assistance,
    looking for something else to blame on Bush.

    Louisiana: Media focuses on poor blacks in need of assistance, blames Bush.

    14. Texas: Coastal cities suffer some infrastructure damage,
    Mayors tell residents to stay away until ready for repopulation, no
    interference from federal officials.

    Louisiana: New Orleans is destroyed, Mayor asks residents to return home as
    another hurricane approaches, has to be overruled by federal officials.

    15. Texas: 24 killed in bus accident on highway during evacuation,
    no storm related deaths.

    Louisiana: Over 400 killed by storm, flooding and crime.

    16. Texas: Jailed prisoners are relocated to other detention
    facilities outside the storm area.

    Louisiana: Jailed prisoners are set free to prey on city shops, residents,
    and homes.

    17. Texas: Local and state officials work with FEMA and Red Cross in
    recovery operations.

    Louisiana: Local and state officials obstruct FEMA and Red Cross from aiding
    in recovery operations.

    18. Texas: Local and state officials demonstrate leadership in
    managing disaster areas.

    Louisiana: Local and state officials fail to demonstrate leadership, require
    federal government to manage disaster areas.

    19. Texas: Fuel deliveries can't keep up with demand, some run out
    of gas on highway, need help from fuel tankers before storm arrives.

    Louisiana: Motorists wait till storm hits and electrical power fails. Cars
    run out of gas at gas stations that can't pump gas. Gas in underground tanks
    mixes with flood waters.

    20. Texas: Mayors move citizens out of danger.

    Louisiana: Mayor moves himself and family to Dallas.

    21. Texas: Mayors continue public service announcements and
    updates on television with Governor's backing and support.

    Louisiana: Mayor cusses, governor cries, senator threatens president with
    violence on television, none of them have a clue what went wrong or who's
    responsible.

    22. Texas: Republican Senator says "when you call 911, the phone
    doesn't ring in Washington, it rings here at the local responders".

    Louisiana: Democratic Senator says FEMA was slow in responding
    to 911 calls from Louisiana citizens.



    What if state and local elected officials were forced to depend on
    themselves and their own resources instead of calling for help from the
    federal government? Texas cities would be back up and running in a few days.
    Louisiana cities would still be under water next month. Republicans call for
    action, Democrats call for help. What party will you be voting for in the
    next election.
     
  2. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Them Texans are something! I ordered stuff from Texas Knife Supplies the Thursday before Rita hit, then found out the employees had all evacuated. I wondered how long it would be before I got my stuff! Well these people were back at work Monday, sent my stuff Priority Mail (even though I didn't pay for that) so that I got it Wednesday. So I got my stuff in less than a week from a evacuated city (Houston). Amazing.

    Also don't forget the idiot mayor of NO talking about 10,000 possible deaths - one of the most irresponsible things I have ever heard said. Later he blamed it on reporters and said he got it from them, so 1) he's lying or 2) admitting he wasn't smart enough to come up with his own claim. Either way that guy is a piece of work.
     
  3. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    At last report there is 1,000 dead in New Orleans. I am sure that many of these lives could have been saved if not for Mr. Nagin. He should resign immediately, and he also needs to immediately get his ass out of my state.
     
  4. magnus392

    magnus392 Field Marshall Mags Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I do love Texas. It is like no other:) b::
     
  5. Valkman

    Valkman Knifemaker Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Yep, seems to me those 200 busses left to flood would have gotten many more than that out.

    I feel sorry for the places that took thousands of these refugees, becuase now they're going to be stuck with them.
     
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