Gut Rumbles
 

September 22, 2005

it's a-coming

If I lived anywhere along the gulf coast of Texas, I'd get the hell out of there. Hurricane Rita may be one bitch of a storm. It's ironic that many refugees from Katrina are now in Houston, with that city staring right down the gun barrel for this one.

I think Houston will be okay. They'll get whipped by rain and wind, but 60 miles inland takes a lot out of a hurricane. It's usually NOT the wind that kills people. Floods do that. Just get your ass off the coast.

Besides, Texas seems to have its shit in one sock, unlike Louisiana.

Government officials eager to show they had learned their lessons from the sluggish response to Katrina sent in hundreds of buses to evacuate the poor, moved out hospital and nursing home patients, dispatched truckloads of water, ice and ready-made meals, and put rescue and medical teams on standby. An Army general in Texas was told to be ready to assume control of a military task force in Rita's wake.

I hope this isn't as bad as I imagine it could be. Some people have emailed me to ask about my daughter, and I say don't worry about her. She lives in Fort Worth. She'll be okay there.

I have a lot of friends in Texas. I wish them all the best of luck. But always remember--- you often make your own luck by using your head.


Comments

Man, you should see the traffic rolling into Austn on 290. Not a hotel room to be had. They are sending people to Amarillo. Yee-ikes.

Posted by: knine on September 22, 2005 09:01 AM

It's usually NOT the wind that kills people.

But Ivan, whose eye passed 100 miles away from here, spawned tornados that killed 4 in Panama City. When we saw the late tracks, we thought we'd be safe. One of those twisters passed right over my neighborhood before it touched down. Lost about half of our roof in relentless overnight winds.

Posted by: Larry on September 22, 2005 09:40 AM

Actually, most of the Katrina evacuees were shipped off to Arkansas because the shelters they were in were not hurricane proof.

And boy were they PISSED.

You should have seen the news clips.

Ungrateful bastiges.

Hub says the New Orleans evacuees brought their bad karma/bad ju ju to Houston and that's why we are getting this storm from hell.

Posted by: blondage on September 22, 2005 11:35 AM

I hope the sloop New Dawn is heading to Mexico right now, otherwise, he's likely to end up in Brenham, Texas....

He seems like the capable type.

Posted by: Robert on September 22, 2005 11:54 AM

RE: Having their shit in one sock.

They certainly do, and I think it's got something to do with which letter appears after these officials' names vs. those of LA. In Texas, the adults are in charge.

Posted by: Rick on September 22, 2005 01:35 PM

Whew!
I was supposed to be playing in Houston Friday and Saturday night. Pretty damn glad it cancelled. Jumped in the rent-a-buggy and booked for Mom's house in S. Carolina. Mom now doing impression of kitchen slave doing Chicken and dressing and about 30 other items. I'll be watching Armageddon on FOX instead of being in it.....damn bitch just took a small jog north. Nawlins might be in for it again! Damn!

Posted by: James Hooker, King Of The Road on September 22, 2005 01:59 PM

"Government officials eager to show they had learned their lessons "

Learned their lessons, MY ASS.

Lose Eyanna officials had a "plan" in place, followed and executed it perfectly .

The "plan" Lose Eyanna officicials had is still the only one they've ever had: Get Elected, Get Money. Stay Out of Jail. Get Re-elected. Rinse and repeat.

LIke they say : "Texas is a whole 'nother ball game." I hope.

Posted by: Gerry N. on September 22, 2005 02:02 PM

Texas politicians did what NOLA politicians did--issue evacuation orders--that hardly qualifies for any medals--and the FED has been in full CYA mode since NOLA, so again, no credit due. It's just that after Katrina put everyone on notice, folks listened to the weather reports more than to the politicians.

Being live, first hand, at one of the rest/gas/piss-and-shit wherever stops north of Houston, is to witness what must be a positively orgasmic dream scenario for sociologists, psychiatrists, and anyone who thinks government is worth a single turd of a decent shit. Of course, the ipso facto demise of posse comitatus, combined with the bend-over-and-take-it gvernmental concessions to the anti-gun goofballs, has redcoats once again in charge of supposedly free men.

Knowing that the line between civility and chaos is indeed thin, does little when that line is crossed. I am well-protected, but very wary, watching the very active results of the loss of states rights, total federal ineptitude (despite the contrary bilge spewing forth from FOX and NEWSMAX), and folks living off government handouts-slash-my tax dollars practically in my front yard.

In other words, the trash is not in the barrels.

Meanwhile, in a land far away, demonstrably proven to have never been a threat to this nation, our illustrious leaders are spending 1 Billion Bucks a day making the world safe for democracy.

And we cannot protect our own. BTW--my personal kudos to the paragons of free enterprise--the Exxon-Mobil Group which, in the midst of a $10 Billion quarterly (QUARTERLY) profit after all expenses, continues to reward its customers with ever-increasing gasoline prices.

NOW, if anyone wishes to speak to the issue of price-gouging . . . or the real definition of "fascism" . . .

Bonus Question: Which individual is the single biggest recipient of welfare from the government?

Posted by: jb on September 22, 2005 02:51 PM

Or, to paraphrase Ron White, it's not THAT the wind is blowing, it's WHAT the wind is blowing that can hurt or kill you.

Posted by: Tom on September 22, 2005 03:52 PM

I see JB is off his meds again.

Posted by: Gerry N. on September 22, 2005 04:53 PM

Wow. JB. Hmmm. Meds, indeed.

Anyway, we live in The Woodlands, just north of Houston. We've battened the hatches, taped, tarped, got our stuff ready. We're in no danger of flooding, but we're all trees. So, since we're still within the hurricane force circle plus tornado possibilities and power outages we're a tad concerned. Never been through anything like this.
The traffic gridlock just a few blocks over on I-45 is frightening. Supposedly gas is on the way for those who've run out, stalled, etc.
The thought of bazillions of cars caught on the freeway during the hurricane trek inland isn't pleasant.
Onward.

Posted by: Kim on September 22, 2005 05:08 PM

Kim, I'm in Spring and work in The Woodlands....

The trees are definitely going to be our big issue.

-b

Posted by: blondage on September 22, 2005 05:56 PM

Let's hope the rescue and recovery is filled with more leaders like Lt. Gen Honore, and less like the useless mayor and governer in the state next store.

Posted by: Mr. Thrope on September 22, 2005 06:22 PM

Blondage! Holy crap. If you feel like it at some time email me at bbking52@go.com.
I'll be around later.
We're grilling steaks and then going over to the neighbors to congregate before the deluge. Or whatever it may be.

Posted by: Kim on September 22, 2005 06:53 PM

Dang... looks like LA is going to get it again. Not that I'm complaining. I'm very glad I get to keep my house.

I wonder if we'll open the dome again for other refugees from THIS storm?

Keep safe all.

Posted by: Nancy on September 22, 2005 08:35 PM

Houston is 60 miles inland from one direction, but not very far inland if you consider that Galveston Bay goes almost right up to Houston.

Posted by: StinKerr on September 22, 2005 10:15 PM

Kim & Gerry

Since you silly asses are not "there/here" so to speak, you don't have a flipping clue, so shut your pie-holes, OR--continue to prove your ignorance.

I am "here." I don't need your stupid ruminations to tell me what is right before my eyes.

Apply for a position with FOX News . . . they specialize in "experts" who don't know shit from shinola.

:-)

Posted by: jb on September 23, 2005 12:09 AM

As usual

Critics are not critics, but snipes.

No facts, but they are damned sure correct.

Yeah . . . sure . . .

Posted by: jb on September 23, 2005 12:59 AM

jb. Just curious. Where exactly are you? I live in The Woodlands, which is directly in the path of several of the models of Rita. I also am directly west of those who are stranded on I-45.
We're also in the path of most of thestorm as it tracks north. Are you disabled mentally?

Posted by: Kim on September 23, 2005 01:38 AM

JB. They have buses coming for those who are unable to evacuate by themselves.
They have neighborhood volunteers offering to distribute water.
I'm sure some of those volunteers work for an actual CORPORATION! OMG.

The black helicopters will probably rescue those unable to understand your kool-aid-ridden rant.

You're a complete and total dolt. But, if you're flooding or in the midst of a hurricane I'll help you evacuate, because it's the right thing to do

Posted by: Kim on September 23, 2005 01:48 AM

So.JB. Where the hell are you? Drunk?Drugged up? Too much kool aid?
Good luck , bud.

Posted by: Kim on September 23, 2005 02:00 AM

Am as originally posted

And you keep proving yourselves assholes--you got neither drift of my posting, and you resort to your stupid goddamed accusations as a way to cover your stupidity.

Keep it up. You are about as brilliant as Houston's best, heading north. Nah, let me give you further credit--you are about as brilliant as the msm. And that is giving you credit!

Dipshits. LMAO

Posted by: jb on September 23, 2005 02:15 AM

JB is like Forrest Gump (and about as intelligent). He was in New Orleans when Katrina hit. Now he's in the path of Rita.

He's EVERYWHERE! HE'S EVERYWHERE! Seeing it all with his own eyes! He visits the White House and has been to Iraq several times! Take what he says as pure gospel.

I once thought the guy had a brain in his head, but I don't anymore.

Posted by: Acidman on September 23, 2005 06:22 AM

Rob--

The desperation of your illogic is showing.

Quit trying to prove me right and tend to you own logic.

Your groupies count on you to lead them not astray . . .

:-)

Posted by: jb on September 23, 2005 02:21 PM
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