Thursday, September 29, 2005

Red vs. Blue

Things I've noticed while watching media coverage of the recent

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
Louisiana: Residents wait for government to protect and evacuate them.

3. Texas: Local & state officials take responsibility for protecting
their citizens & property.
Louisiana: Local & state officials blame federal government for not
protecting their citizens & 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

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

11. Texas: Citizens evacuate with personal 3 day supply of food and
Louisiana: Citizens fail to evacuate with 3 day supply of food &water,
do without it for the next 4 days.

12. Texas: FEMA brings in tons of food & 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 & 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 so they move on to Delay.

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 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".

Sunday, September 25, 2005

What Is Your Ideal Job?

The Anti-Liberali: Your ideal job is a Dodgem Driver.

Whatever that means?????

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Robert's Holding His Own

Anyone watching the confirmation hearings?

Isnt it pathetic the way the Libs are attacking Roberts? When they were trying to get a Liberal Justice in there they made sure that the Justice didn't answer any questions specifically. Now they want Roberts to answer everything, heaven forbid he might not agree with them. I think Roberts is doing a great job!

What do you predict - will he get confirmed?

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Thoughts About Katrina

First of all, I just want to say that this is a horrible horrible tragedy... and I just hope that things get better soon for everyone involved.

I am having conflicting thoughts about all of this though... I personally believe that we need to help everyone - these people are AMERICANS and human beings and I would hope that there would be someone willing to help me if something tragic ever happened here in Fort Worth. I am volunteering at local shelters here... I want to help out and do what I can. However, there is only so much we can do. Geraldo said it best... "the great state of TEXAS is actually making this tragedy better - they have housed over 200,000 people there and let's be honest... these people are all on welfare and will likely stay there after this is over." This could possibly be a HUGE burden on our economy and job market in the future.

I don't want to turn anyone away but come on - there is only so much we can do here... what are all the BLUE states doing? It seems to me that the RED states are the only ones doing anything here - last time I checked the liberals only argument was that Conservatives only care about themselves while the liberals care about the poor and working class.... if this is the case, why is it that the Republicans are opening their homes and pocket books to help these people while the liberals are doing nothing but complaining that Bush is a racist and politicizing this tragedy? This doesn't make sense to me... then again - nothing liberals say makes sense.... it is ALL TALK. It always has been and it always will be. I just hope that this opens a lot of peoples eyes. Maybe the poor will for once understand that the liberals are full of CRAP!

I am proud of our Texas Government. We implemented a HUGE rescue plan in less then 24 hours to help the people of Louisiana. Texas was organized and ready to take on something like this in an instant, which is more then I can say for Louisiana or the New Orleans Mayor.

People want to blame Bush and the federal government for this, but what about the local governments? I will admit, there were problems with ALL 3 levels of government here - but everything starts at the local level. The mayor knew this was a possibility for a long time and should have been prepared for it. As of right now though, we should be focusing on helping the people that have survived this tragedy and save the politics for later!
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