Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Katrina: The fuzzy aftermath

--The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina continues as evacuees are being bussed all over the nation, with most of them being taken to Houston. Just in case they haven't already suffered enough.

--Though prices have reportedly leveled off, gasoline costs continue to hamper motorists in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Likewise, Hurricane Katrina continues to hamper Louisiana motorists in the wake of having destroyed their cars.

--FEMA. It's the new four-letter word!

--Britney Spears recently told USA Today that her pregnancy has been "mind-blowing." If that blows her mind, imagine when someone tells her what just hit near her hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana. I heard it blew too!

--Hip-hop artist Kanye West stunned viewers during a live hurricane-benefit broadcast when he claimed that George W. Bush "doesn't care about black people." The White House immediately condemned the statement, clarifying that Bush hates all poor people equally.

--The annual Southern Decadence parade marched through the French Quarter Sunday, drawing more than two dozen gay revelers. Sorry, Pat! God missed.

--Bob Denver, the actor best known for playing Gilligan, died Sept. 2 at the age of 70. Actually, he died at 55; but hey, the Minnow had been lost!

--In world news, a sleeping man in Russia emerged unscathed after being overrun by a train. He did, however, dream about eating a very long marshmallow.


Flamingo Jones said...

Your Kanye West bit is hilarious. That's so true, it's almost not funny.


rhonda said...

like i said in the last email, it didn't start as a race issue, but it's sure to finish as one.

The Goblin Slayer said...


Glad to hear that you lending a helping hand. It takes great character to wade through human catastrophe. That being said, most of the clips I'm seeing on the MSM show people helping these people as well as beginning the cleanup at the Superdome. The thing that I noted was that the evacuees were all sitting on their collective asses watching the volunteers do the work. Did you notice any of the evacuees actually helping or are they just sitting there smoking cigarettes?

Ian McGibboney said...

Goblin, I can't say I subject myself to too much "mainstream media" so I can't vouch for their coverage; that said, however, your observation sounds like a vicious stereotype. Everything I've seen from the evacuees involved them taking action. When they weren't, it was usually because they were too exhausted to do so.

In fact, here's how the deal is here and elsewhere: if you're from New Orleans, they generally aren't letting you help out. They're actually turning away evacuees who wish to help, saying that they need to rest for their psychological sakes. Would they have had to say this if people weren't trying to help fellow evacuees?

In any event, I'm willing to cut them a break if they want to rest. They've been through some unreal torture.

Flamingo Jones said...


You apparently missed seeing all the clips last week of the evacuees in the Superdome trying to sweep up, get garbage out of the way, etc. Do whatever they could to make it better.

That was an ugly, and very telling, comment that you made.

rhonda said...

it's worth noting that a lot of evacuees survived the storm and made it to the cajundome because so many of the strong did tend to the weak. even as i am not one to believe most of the garbage portrayed on television, there is an abundance of moving footage of young, more able-bodied folks pushing wheelchair-bound men and women through waist-length water. there are also plenty of instances in which complete strangers cared for children at the superdome and helped them to get there, not because they were family or even familiar, but because they were lone children and needed someone...finally, i remember being in a shelter for hurricane andrew when i was 11. that hurricane was SO MINOR compared with hurricane katrina, but even from the little i remember we were all encouraged to simply stay put and out of the way, old and young alike. ian, you obviously vouch for that...and goblin, you seem have unrealistic expectations of human endurance, both psychological and physical. had i just lost everything, it wouldn't even occur to me to grab a broom. sorry for the overly long post

The Goblin Slayer said...

I'm glad you cleared that up for me, Ian. Listen gang, I was just commenting on what I saw with my own eyes.

Ian McGibboney said...

In mine and Rhonda's cases, our eyes were a little closer. Just another reminder not to trust the profit-driven media.

rhonda said...

this is more a sidenote than anything, but i'd also like to clarify that i'm not even mildly comparing hurricane andrew to hurricane katrina. andrew was pitiful, it was absolutely cake compared to this monster. if i remember correctly, after andrew we were back in school within 2 days...and people were still awestruck.

Ian McGibboney said...

I lost power for about two hours during Andrew. It did tear off the roof of our camp, but even that got fixed within days. The thing I remember most about Andrew at home was that it blew a piece of a banner with the letters "NO" into my front yard. I stuck a Bush-Quayle pin underneath it and made a political statement.

rhonda said...

we lost power for about a day, but this is a given in the somewhat rural area that i live in. even now, i live in the kind of place that can flood a few inches after a hard rain, so i understand why my parents bothered to evacuate for andrew.