Gut Rumbles

September 16, 2005


Remember when all the loud-mouths were blaming the tsnuami deaths on the lack of an early warning system? I wrote back then about what I thought of the finger-pointers and "experts" after the fact.

Now, we've had something similar happen here. We DID have early warnings. People didn't heed them.

The survey also provides disquieting clues as to why so many residents remained in New Orleans to face Hurricane Katrina despite orders to evacuate. A third of those who stayed said they never heard the mandatory order to evacuate issued by the mayor the day before the storm hit. Somewhat fewer -- 28 percent -- said they heard the order but did not understand what they were to do. Thirty-six percent acknowledged they heard the order, understood it but did not leave. In hindsight, 56 percent said they could have evacuated, while 42 percent said it was impossible.

Bad decisions, bad luck or sheer stubbornness kept many in town. More than a third said the single biggest reason they did not leave was that they thought the storm would not be as bad as it was, or they decided too late to flee. One in 10 simply did not want to leave. Slightly fewer stayed behind to protect their homes from damage or theft. A handful said they did not want to leave pets.

There you go. 28% of the people didn't even UNDERSTAND the order (although I find the idea of NOT understanding "GET OUT" difficult to swallow). I am certain that Houston will enjoy having these fine citizens in their town forever.

The poll suggests that the story of these evacuees is not merely about how little they were left with -- it is also about how fragile their lives were even before the storm hit. Together, the findings suggest the long-term challenges posed by the evacuees to local and state governments already cutting back services to their neediest citizens.

According to the poll, six in 10 evacuees had family incomes of less than $20,000 last year. Half have children younger than 18. One in eight was unemployed when the storm hit. Seven in 10 said they have no insurance to cover their losses. Fully half have no health insurance. Four in 10 suffer from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or are physically disabled.

Texas must have a pretty good welfare system. You Texicans opened your hearts to these people. Now--- get ready to open your wallet.


Here's some controversy for you.

Posted by: gordon the magnificent on September 16, 2005 02:09 PM

"There you go. 28% of the people didn't even UNDERSTAND the order (although I find the idea of NOT understanding "GET OUT" difficult to swallow). "

I bet those 28% understand how to get to the mailbox and pick up that welfare check every first of the month!

Posted by: Michele on September 16, 2005 02:09 PM

Bingo, Rob. There's a huge difference between being a good neighbor and being an unwitting victim - Texas is going to find out, over time that it was the latter because the federal government is just going to laugh when they are asked for reimbursement.

Posted by: maggot on September 16, 2005 02:23 PM


N.O. is but a microcosm of what government is and does, fruitlessly as always. And yes, I have hopes that one day you will make the connection to Iraq and get over that illogical hump in your thinking. Not real soon, but you are slowly making progress.

All the dots are in front of your eyes . . . just locate your pencil, Bubba.


Posted by: jb on September 16, 2005 02:49 PM

I have asked you before but you never answered.
Are you rich? If so, since you had to start from "scratch" at age 41, how did you get rich so quick?
You look gay in that side picture of yours.
Are you a bisexual?
I'm looking for a strong butch man to powder my butt before I go night night. Interested? E-mail me!!

Posted by: Terry on September 16, 2005 03:53 PM

I'm hoping to ditch Houston within the next couple of years.

Posted by: girl on September 16, 2005 04:33 PM

Texas has a crappy welfare system on purpose.
The NO folks may love it here now but they will leave once the post Katrina money is gone.

Posted by: BB on September 16, 2005 04:52 PM

Uh, Rob, one can understand the order to GET OUT and still not know what SPECIFICALLY to do. As in, you know to get out, you want to get out, but you don't have a car, haven't been told where the evacuation centers are, don't know how much food and water to bring, whether you can bring your cat (sorry, Rob!) and so forth.

Posted by: Steve T. on September 16, 2005 08:26 PM

Back in Montana when I was young, we had regular air-raid sirens sounding a early warning signal, and we were supposed to go down into our basements to prepare for the nukes that were supposed to come our way. People built little shelters down there. Radios had testing of the emergency broadcasting network. Do I-PODS carry that feature?

Posted by: Bonita on September 16, 2005 08:30 PM

They will keep giving them money until the cows come home. Most of these people don't work, and don't want to work. The government has been taking care of this burden for many years and there is no stopping point. These people breed like rats and rabbits and within the next 50 years, who will be working to pay for all of the people? Almost every southern city, the blacks out number the white 3 to 2, this place is gonna be something in a few years. Not bowleggs, don't start getting redneck and anti blacks, even though you speak the truth, they all, the blacks, know it better than us, but they sit back and drink cheap liquor, smoke dope and play the lotto's and laugh at us whites for working and paying taxes.

Posted by: catfish on September 16, 2005 11:03 PM

I didn't write the last part, but now I know.

You lost it all and got it back by doing gay porn. Isn't that it ?
Gut Rumbles in "Southern boy sweat".
or "Steamy Southern Summer Swamp boys camp",
What else? Admit it, your a gay porn star.

Posted by: Terry on September 17, 2005 03:05 PM

Terry, you're an interesting new troll. You're a real asshole, but that's what I expect from trolls.

I made a fortune in 10 years by taking a big chance, investing a lot of money in real estate and stocks, and then getting out while the getting was good. I lot of that was blind luck, but the checks all cashed.

If I can do it, anybody can.

No... I don't make gay porn. And if you want me to "powder your ass," just come on by the Crackerbox and I'll do it for you. It'll be black powder with either bird-shot or rock salt mixed with it.

I'll apply it with a shotgun. Still interested? I am.

Posted by: Acidman on September 18, 2005 04:46 AM
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