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September 01, 2005

quote of the day

This is the GOOD side of human nature.

Watch what happens over the next week, as American aid organizations, religious groups, and willing individuals act. Americaís great wealth is matched by its generosity. America is responding decisively to Katrinaís tragedy.
Austin Bay

Yeah. A lot of people are giving WILLINGLY of their time and money to help other people who are in a bad way. They are NOT doing that by selling 50-cent bags of ice for $10.00 a bag.

Helping is noble. Gouging people in that situation is craven.


Comments

The same fuckers selling 50 cent bags of ice for $10 are probably the ones who are beginning to blame Bush for the hurricane. Cindy Shithead is already saying it's his fault for having"Bad environmental policy" and that the problem will be worse because "the national guard troops that should be there are in Iraq". Like she'd have a clue about either.

Pity she isn't one of the floating dead.

Posted by: og on September 1, 2005 01:15 PM

I agree with the evaluation of the fucktard Bruce. You know though, as horrible as it sounds, there is a way to help and also make a SMALL profit....mark the ice up enough to make a dollar or two....you'll be helping and also lining your greedy little pockets. Myself? Well, A-Man, I'm a preacher's kid, you know that, I'm sending all my kids outgrown clothes, I usually sell them on Ebay and make a nice profit. But, the church is helping, I want to help the innocent kids out, so, I will give them the clothes and sell on Ebay what my kids outgrow in the next month.

Posted by: Kellie on September 1, 2005 01:18 PM

Kellie, you sell your kids on ebay?

(sorry, i hadda do it. No offense)

Posted by: og on September 1, 2005 01:47 PM

I actually had a real dumbass professor today in psychology trying to defend the looters. She said if someone asked her a week ago if she would ever be a looter she would absolutely definitely deny being able to do that to someone. Today she said her answer would depend on the circumstances of her family needing to eat. Yeah, go steal someone else's koolaid because you need to be looking out for number one.
What a bitch

Posted by: Matt on September 1, 2005 02:18 PM

"Pity she isn't one of the floating dead. "

Sorry, OG, but I can't get behind that. Whether Cindy really believes the nonsense she spouts or if she's a tool of those who see her as a nice mouthpiece for their insane propaganda, she's still a human being, a mother who's lost her son.

I'd rather she wasn't getting the attention that she is, but I can't say that it's a pity that she's not one of the dead.

Posted by: Robin S. on September 1, 2005 02:34 PM

I dunno, Matt. You see a store you know is not opening. After being without food and drink for so long, it becomes less about looting and more about surviving.

If the choices were:

1) Pious and dying; or

2) Looting but surviving.

I'd be a looting fool until I found another means out of that hellhole.

Posted by: Sheila on September 1, 2005 02:36 PM

Sheila,
I don't think people are referring so much to those stealing food, drinks, clothing, medicine, etc to survive.

It's the jewelry, electronics, furniture, etc. Roving gangs are firing upon search and rescue professionals and volunteers as they interfere with their looting.

Fact is, this rampmant and lawless looting has resulted in curbing the search and rescue efforts and is costing lives.

If you people think that costing innocent lives so someone can loot a ghetto blaster from Circuit City, you have a wjacked fucking sense of priorities.

My personal feeling is those armed thugs and looters of non-essentials should be gunned down in the streets.

It's martial law for christ sakes. Don't you people get that?

Posted by: gordon the magnificent on September 1, 2005 02:42 PM

If you are coming out of a demolished store with food, diapers, and bottled water, you are making a rational response to extraordinary circumstances. If you are taking advantage of extraordinary circumstances to bust into an abandoned store and come out with a plasma TV for which you won't have power for a month, you are an enemy of civil society and should be shot. Not to protect property, to protect order.

Posted by: triticale on September 1, 2005 02:45 PM

you are an enemy of civil society and should be shot. Not to protect property, to protect order.


Bam. You hit the mark.

Posted by: gordon the magnificent on September 1, 2005 02:50 PM

but if what I'm seeing on TV right now is any indication as to how incompetent emergency services are in a crisis

I disagree. What they're accomplishing is incredible, despite the struggles you see.

The majority of people that stayed in NO had n fucking reason to be there. They CHOSE to stay and now they're paying the price. It's a horrific learning lesson for our Nation to treat hurricanes with more respect.

Our emergency services and FEMA have been stretched thin since last season's hurricanes. All I see is America coming together and people going to great great lengths to help those suffering.

If you want to point the finger, it's best placed on the individuals that so arrogantly challenging mother nature.

Posted by: gordon the magnificent on September 1, 2005 02:55 PM

Craven? I think it's low but I don't see how it's cowardly, A-man.
Also, how much of your assessment of Vampire Bruce is based on your knowledge of all his other transgressions? I'm not trying to inflame your piles, I just wonder.

Moreover, I have been thinking about the situation since I posted comments that can be seen as suppoirtive of VB. I guess the part of me that wants to believe in what's good could see someone doing the exact same thing, turning around and spending the proceeds on a bigger truck and loading it with even more ice for people in the beleagured areas. But I understand that such a view is ultra-uber Pollyannaish. VB might do that but he'd just charge the same $10 per bag and walk away laughing that he'd scored even bigger against the poor suckers.

Am I reading him right, Rob?

Posted by: BlogDog on September 1, 2005 03:01 PM

You can't polish a turd.

Posted by: gordon the magnificent on September 1, 2005 03:18 PM

all my kids outgrown clothes, I usually sell them on Ebay

Sorry, I thought it was easy to understand, I sell my kids' outgrown clothes on Ebay. Gee, guess I'll have to turn my degree back in.

Posted by: Kellie on September 1, 2005 03:26 PM

I'd take water and food for my family if it came to that - but I'd make sure that the store owner got reimbursed.

Posted by: Trish on September 1, 2005 04:21 PM

I'm with Tricicale. My husband keeps saying "what and where are these idiots think they are going with this stuff?"
(the electronics, clothes and crap like that)

Posted by: Maeve on September 1, 2005 04:28 PM

Kellie: I understood you, the sentence structure was a bit odd, is all. Just poking good natured fun.

Posted by: og on September 1, 2005 04:47 PM

I said earlier in a post that the one GOOD thing to come out of all of this is that it got Cindy Sheehan off my screen for a while. Now I realize that this catastrophe should also serve as a reminder to every US citizen that you simply can't depend on the government or it's agencies to take care of you in a crisis. I just thank god that this was 'only' a hurricane and not a nuclear war.

Agreed.

Posted by: gordon the magnificent on September 1, 2005 04:56 PM

I wonder how many more people can be saved if the looters had been helping, rather than carrying home expensive electronics and jewelry.

Posted by: tincanman on September 1, 2005 06:10 PM

All the looting has detracted from the Search and rescue.

Innocent lives lost are the consequence.

Posted by: gordon the magnificent on September 1, 2005 06:19 PM

And doesn't that just chew your sack?

You need a sniper up on the rooftops to shoot one of the looters in the leg. Let em lie there screaming to persuade the others to help.

People have even shot at the National Guard choppers coming to help. It's fucking insane.

Posted by: tincanman on September 1, 2005 09:24 PM


"I said earlier in a post that the one GOOD thing to come out of all of this is that it got Cindy Sheehan off my screen for a while. Now I realize that this catastrophe should also serve as a reminder to every US citizen that you simply can't depend on the government or it's agencies to take care of you in a crisis. I just thank god that this was 'only' a hurricane and not a nuclear war."

You mean AMERICANS can't depend on our own government in a crisis, but the Iraqi's can depend on EVERY ONE of our agencies to take care of their sorry asses while our good men and women die needlessly to help them every Gotdam day. Fuck the Iraqi's and their new Islamic theocracy. Why should OUR MILITARY be over there helping them set up what is gonna wind up being a worse threat to our national security than previously existed under Saddam? And next door in Iran they are building WMD's, yet that is supposedly no imminent threat? Gimme a freakin' break.

And Cindy Sheehan is a wonderful. grieving mother that lost her son in Iraq and doesn't need some halfwit, idiotic republican to make suggestions where she is headed from here. This war is OVER, but Bush doesn't kow it yet.

Posted by: XML on September 2, 2005 04:28 AM


"XML don't turn this into a Bush bashing thread. The point of my post was that disaster preparedness is something that each individual should plan for and take responsibility for themselves."

If you didn't want this to turn into a Bush bashing thread, then YOU should not have bashed Cindy Sheehan. And if individuals should plan for and take responsibility for themselves when it comes to disaster preparedness, then why do we even pay taxes for government agencies like FEMA to exist? And why do we pay taxes to support a worthless war and rebuilding effort in Iraq if we should be focusing on taking responsibility for our own disaster preparedness in this country?

Posted by: XML on September 4, 2005 02:16 AM
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