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lakeway11
Sep 29th, 2005, 06:58 PM
:lol:

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

Texas: Media can’t find poor blacks in need of assistance, looking for something else to blame on 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. Louisiana: Over 400 killed by storm, flooding and crime.

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



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

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

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?

SelesFan70
Sep 29th, 2005, 08:11 PM
Sadly, you won't change many minds and you probably got some bad reps.

PaulieM
Sep 29th, 2005, 08:16 PM
:rolleyes: wow that was stupid, i can't believe i actually wasted time reading it :(

lakeway11
Sep 29th, 2005, 08:19 PM
Sadly, you won't change many minds and you probably got some bad reps.

why--no sense of humor on this board anymore? :eek:

if anyone knows me I despise the way Republicans have taken this country at least at the Federal level but large differences (better) are still see at many local levels imo

lakeway11
Sep 29th, 2005, 08:27 PM
6. Texas: Local police watch for looting.

Louisiana: Local police participate in looting.

this was absolutely true and was a disgrace but anyone stopped by Louisiana police on Interstate 10 knows how corrupt these buffoons can be

SelesFan70
Sep 29th, 2005, 08:41 PM
why--no sense of humor on this board anymore? :eek:

if anyone knows me I despise the way Republicans have taken this country at least at the Federal level but large differences (better) are still see at many local levels imo

This board has ZERO sense of humor overall. :shrug:

lakeway11
Sep 29th, 2005, 08:46 PM
This board has ZERO sense of humor overall. :shrug:

i miss the good 'ol days and all the arguing over Martina Hingis vs. everyone

*JR*
Sep 29th, 2005, 09:23 PM
Orderly evacuation? RU fucking kidding? It took Rick Perry's team so long to order "contra-flow" traffic (using both sides of the interstate highways for traffic leaving Houston; those few who needed to enter could have used other roads) that cars were stranded in virtual parking lots for many hours (leading to that bus' brakes eventually catching fire and setting off those nursing home patients' oxygen tanks, blowing up the bus).

Perry is so incompetent that Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison is giving up a safe US Senate seat next year to challenge his renomination, an almost unheard of situation in the entire US, within the party with control of the Senate. (She's been running for a few months already). Plus, New Orleans is below sea level and surrounded by water, Houston is neither, fool! :rolleyes:

Footnote: after Katrina blindsided FEMA, they were on their toes for Rita.

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Sep 29th, 2005, 09:52 PM
This board has ZERO sense of humor overall. :shrug:
Texas had the benefit of watching what a disaster Katrina caused, so everyone was freaked out.

Furthermore, after the megastorms of Hugo and Andrew in the late 80's/early 90's people routinely evacuated at high rates, then people felt like the forecasters were crying wolf too much, the news folks didn't focus on it as much, and so you had an overall lax attitude.

After all, MS and AL got hit pretty hard too and they are rock solid red states.

Scotso
Sep 29th, 2005, 09:53 PM
We have humor, but there is nothing funny about this.