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I Won’t Contribute to Katrina

I just stopped at the grocery store to pick up a candy bar. They only had one line open, plus the do-it-yourself area where you have to play amateur cashier. I hate that do-it-yourself area, but the other line was too long so I used it.

After I managed to get the candy bar’s bar code to fit perfectly over the little laser and figured out how the machine worked so I could waste twice the time it would normally take me to buy a candy bar, an employee approached me and said, “Would you like to give a dollar for Hurricane Katrina?”

I said, “No.”

First off, I’m offended that the store employees are wandering around fundraising instead of helping customers, especially when it’s so obvious that the store conglomerate uses these do-it-yourself machines to cut down on the number of employees necessary to help customers so that the store conglomerate can turn a larger profit while having fewer of those pesky union workers to deal with.

But beyond that, I’m sick of footing the bill for George W. Bush and the rest of his so-called compassionate conservatives. It’s been well-documented over the past two days that there were all kinds of warnings about what could happen to New Orleans and that the levees designed to keep out the water were sinking or uncompleted.

What did Bush do? Nothing. Actually, worse than nothing. He was so busy fighting his cowboy war in Iraq (cheers to Hugo Chavez for the analogy) that he actually diverted money away from the projects that might have saved New Orleans because the war was so damn expensive! And now I should pony up to help out? Sorry, Charlie.

Let Bush open his wallet. I’m sure he’s still got a few nickels rolling around his pockets from flipping the Texas Rangers like a Miami condo.

You 60 million losers who voted for this loser open YOUR wallets. This president declared war on the poor long ago, and while some of us cared enough to vote for someone who gave a damn, you buried your heads in the sand, babbled about abortion and family values, and voted for the doofus.

And now you want to act all high and mighty and come asking me for a buck or two to help these poor people? Sorry, Charlie. Take an extra buck or two out of the fund you set aside to buy seventeen Support Our Troops magnets to stick all over your car to show how patriotic you are.

You want disaster relief? Impeach George W. Bush.

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  • Rhonda

    WOW!!! some of you here are pretty sad examples of human beings! right now it doesnt matter who’s to blame, it only matters that these human beings lives are distroyed and they need help. Any of you so quick to put blame on some one right now should be strung up and hung. If you are that cold and uncaring, why dont you move from these United States, move to another country that is more deserving of your hatred.
    even countries we do not have anything to do with are offering their help.
    just go back to that rock you crawled out from under will you? before someone who isnt normally disrespectful of life finds you. Being a firm beliver of what goes around comes around, I see all you fools crying for help someday, and no one will be there.

  • steve

    There is no reason why the state of Louisiana could have implimented an evacuation plan. Just look at the state of Flordia. Every year it seems, they get hit by a hurricane. every year they have the foresight to evacuate and make due. why couldnt the people of LA do the same? why is it that there is never any looting in florida? that was very opportunistic and should be frowned upon. shooting at helicopters or police will not earn my sympathy either

  • Anthony Grande

    “Bush was quick to invade Iraq for true reason, or proof of anything… other than Iraq has Oil.”

    Exactly how much oil have we took form Iraq??? Look at our gas prices.

    “BUSH DROPPED THE BALL!!! And is STILL fumbling with it.”

    No the ball went under the legs of Governor Blanco and Mayor Nagin, they just happen to be democrats, I am not blaming Democrats in general.

  • max

    Anthony,
    I can’t tell you exactly how much oil, but it’s every drop that has left Iraq. Why is gas so high…NO REASON AT ALL!!! Come on! Everyone on the Gulf Ghost lost their car, boat, trucks, yard equipment. They aren’t selling as much now and need to rape you for the profit. Man!! Republicans are too stupid to think. Now, the truth is out about Nagin. You can’t blame anyone but Bush, now. How do you explain him out of this one?

  • Commander Stevens

    UNHINGED!!

  • smb

    Im not donating to Katrina either. The looters can put the jewelry and big screens that they sole on ebay. this will cover me, as well as several thousand other americans hanging on the wire whether or not they should donate.

  • Kim

    I find it funny that all these people set in their nice dry comfortable house with power and running water and pass judgment on others. Have you ever lived through a natural disaster? Their are hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, and then their are man made disasters, look around you, how many people have died for what you are enjoying? How many people have died over the electricity that runs your computer? Which one of you has the balls to tell a 5 year old little girl that looses her mom and dad to a disaster that they diserved it and she deserves to be alone? Can you tell her that she should die from lack of food or the basic essentials? Since when does anothers action wave the basic human responsibilities of us to our fellow man? Is it any wonder that we create monsters that rape, steal, feel justified in blowing people up. They know that there are people out there that will justify those actions for them by blaming the government or a specific race. You are right it is the governments responsibility to respond to our need. But do we not have a responsibility to respond to our own needs as well.

    Look at your home, take a good look, if a disaster happens and you are homeless tell your children that just as you have no compassion or responsibility to society that society has no responsibility to them. Tell them that it is OK for them to be hungry and sick with no place to go because you should have moved before it happened. But wait, how will you answer them when they ask were you would have gone that is completely safe? No tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, lightning storms, snow storms, or even people that wish to hurt them?

    I can not sit and look at a person starving to death and eat my hot meal and tell them that they have no right to food because sitting in my warm dry house I can see that they should have left. Hind sight is 20/20! But I know all of you judgmental asses have never made a bad decision in your life. If the rest of us were so perfect there would be no problems in this world. Fact is this world is not perfect nor will it ever be so we have to do the best we can.

    How arrogant is it to think that you are the only person in the world that has the answers. I wonder if you were in charge would someone be judging you as an incompetent fool who knows nothing.

    There is ALOT with our government, taxes, and their spending that I do not agree with, but I am smart enough to know that I do not have all the answers and neither do they. We will have to work together to come up with the answers. The system is far from perfect but I can think of a Hell of alot of other systems that would be worse. I agree that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, but what has that got to do with people who work every day and pay the same taxes you do loosing everything they have to a hurricane? If you are so smart and say we knew it was coming why didnt you tell any one that this would be the biggest, worst hurricane in history? Why didnt you tell the gulf coast that they would feel the effect and have damage 150 miles from the center of the storm, since no other hurricane in history has produced these effects. Yes I live on the Gulf Coast and have seen many hurricanes. Maybe, the millions of people that are my neighbors should all pack up and move to the same neighbor hoods that these self center people live, because then we would all be safe. Would that make your life easier or would you then sit and bitch about the resources of your community being taxed and these people should go back to were they came from.

    As far as the looters, they should be shot. They are taking advantage of a tragedy and they have made a conscious decision about survival. They are not stealing food and water to survive. They probably are justifying their actions by saying that if people didnt want things stolen than they should have moved it out of the city, sound familiar. Maybe you should make sure your burglar alarm, burglar bars, fire alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, and your personal gaurds are prepared because I know that these are the type of reasonable precautions that someone so arrogant would take before they judged someone else. Someone so smart would make sure that they could never be judged in the same light that they judge others. I once heard it said that you need to sweep your own front porch before you start looking at others.

  • Jeffrey Crisp

    The President’s responsibility? The bottom line…suppose… I am the manager of a store in a chain and I designate responsiblity for an implemented program handed down to me from the corporate level. This program is not handled properly by the person I designate resulting in major loss to not only the company but the community as well. The community demands answers as to who was responsible. The question of responsibility has a chain to it….Major responsibility comes from the person designated to do the job at the store level and that person most likely should be fired….Then, as the manager of the store it should have been MY responsibility to check in from time to time and oversee that the program was operating as it should so I should be reprimanded at the very least for my inattention. The head (president) of the corporation thinks it has been handled properly by the manager (that’s me) under him and is unaware of it’s failure until after the fact so he has the job of seeing to it that it doesn’t happen again. HOWEVER…if that president of the corporation is monitoring the progress in some fashion HE SHOULD BE ALL OVER THE SITUATION WHEN IT BECOMES APPARENT THAT IT ISN’T BEING HANDLED….ESPECIALLY IF HE IS IN THE AREA CLOSEBY WHERE THE STORE IS LOCATED….so maybe the company needs a new president as well…huh? Jeffrey Crisp
    Asheville NC

  • Josh

    You self-important idiot. It’s thick-headed and hard-hearted enough of you not to give money to disaster relief because of some point you want to make about Bush, but then you have to go and write about it on your little blog as though you’ve actually done something bold rather than lazy and selfish. You’re not only failing to help people in need, but you’re giving ammo to conservatives. You should be ashamed to call yourself a liberal.

  • Gavin

    After the 9/11 donations scandal; I’m not suprised that there are people not wanting to donate. I also agree that Mr. Bush should dig into his own pocket, and the Federal Govt’ should ask the Rich to return the big tax cuts Bush gave them to donate.

  • tony

    Why should I give a dime? I pay my taxes and that should be enough. I donate every payday. Just like millions of Americans. It’s our leaders that are suppose to have plans and resorces set aside for this type of thing. And since the government is refusing help from other countries…then let them pay from their own pocket. Maybe we should be asking the oil companies to help. why won’t the republicans let the world help Americans in need???????

  • x

    FUCK Bush?

    Fuck the Shark and all the rest of you.

    That is all.

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    Here it is again: “Have you stopped beating your wife?”

  • george

    I think the question to ask is have you stopped beating something else? Hint: it’s very small and ineffective.

  • george

    Who’s in need?

    My family, not people I am not related to or know personally. If I were in trouble, I would not ask strangers for help. I would not ask my government for help. If I couldn’t take care of my own or provide for my own safety and security, then I would deserve to perish. That’s the first rule of nature. Survival of the fittest.

    That’s the way America USED to be. What happened to that America? That’s right, it was hijacked by pussies raised on the government’s tits and thinking our leaders are supposed to be our mommies and daddies.

  • joe

    Well george,
    We live in a modern world. Cities aren’t part of nature, so survival of the fittest does not apply here, and we are humans…not animals. It’s in OUR nature to help others in need. So, it seems that you are out of touch with reality. Are you mad that we help other countries when they are in need? This is ONLY the worst disaster that has ever hit our country. Many people will need help. If you don’t want to give…so what. There is no crime in not donating to charity.

  • george

    you are correct, joe, there is no crime to give to strangers. Just don’t expect me to give up anything that is mine or expect me to gladly accept the premise that my tax dollars are being given to people who don’t have the smarts to get out of the way of a hurricane. And btw, evertything is part of nature and we are animals, homo sapiens, the top of the food chain.

  • joe

    Yes George,
    You are correct. Nuclear power plants are part of nature.

  • george

    atoms are at the foundation of life in nature, or did you miss that day in science class? Harnessing their energy is part of the brilliance of mankind that I admire above most other things. What could you possibly have against nuclear power?

  • max

    Georgie worgie puddin n pie. Kissed the girls and made them cry!

    How about we dump all that natural nuclear waste in your back yard and see how natural you feel. To say that splitting an atom is part of nature just goes to show how far removed from reality you are. I guess your planet has nuclear storms and radioactive acid rains, where the solar winds blow across your atmosphere-less world.

    NICE!

  • joe

    nature

    A primitive state of existence, untouched and uninfluenced by civilization or artificiality: couldn’t tolerate city life anymore and went back to nature.

    The material world and its phenomena.

    The forces and processes that produce and control all the phenomena of the material world: the laws of nature.

    The world of living things and the outdoors: the beauties of nature.

    Theology. Humankind’s natural state as distinguished from the state of grace.

  • george

    The world of living things and the outdoors:

    hmmm, atomic particles aren’t living things? Tell that to my old science teacher!

    The forces and processes that produce and control all the phenomena of the material world: the laws of nature.

    Phenomena like splitting atomic particles and marvelling at the energy expelled via that process, for example.

    You tree huggers crack me up!

  • joe

    yes, atoms are part of nuture. Splitting them unnaturally is not…hence the word, “unnatural”

    unnatural…

    In violation of a natural law.

    Inconsistent with an individual pattern or custom.

    Deviating from a behavioral or social norm: an unnatural attachment.

    Contrived or constrained; artificial: smiled in an unnatural manner.

    In violation of natural feelings; inhuman.

  • http://www.scoopstories.typepad.com Scott Butki

    This thread sure devolved fast.

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    It was already devolved in the headline.

  • george

    if it were up to anti-technology luddites like joe, we’d still be riding horses, because refining crude oil into gasoline would be an unnatural process as well. We’d still be using candles to light the darkness and cooking raw meat over a fire.

    Joe is a nuke hating remnant of a past generation of hippie freaks who thankfully were laughed at and scorned by the common sense adults who knew a cheap and efficient energy source when they saw it. The only thing the Joes of the world know about nuclear energy is Three Mile Island and Hiroshima/Nagasaki. This the thinking of a child. There are a lot of children infesting this website. Anyone with a liberal view is a child, for example.

  • joedaddy

    George,
    I’m way ahead of you. Stop thinking like your grandfather. The way of war will soon be electro-magnetic pulses. One pulse will shut down everything, including your nuke plants. When that happens…America will be a 3-mile island. Last night, on Sept. 11, I heard that congress stated that “we never vowed not to use atomic weapons, and we never vowed not to strike first”. The world is in deep shit.

  • joe

    I forgot to ask..
    George,
    Why do you think that free energy devices are illegal in America? I’m all for technology… Good technology. Do you understand evaporation? (Not just water evaporation, but chemical evaporation)
    How about tidal currents? Wind and solar are very weak sources so we are allowed to have those. But, the technology is advancing in both of those areas. Technology in harnessing nature’s power is the only way.

  • george

    Stop thinking like your grandfather.

    My grandfather was a great and wise man. I only hope that I could utilize a fraction of his greatness and wisdom in my own lifetime. Unlike many of my generation, I choose not to be a sniveling ingrate that instantly rejects the thinking of past generations.

    The world is in deep shit.

    No kidding! So live life for today and stop worrying about things you can’t possibly control.

  • joe

    My grandfathers were also very great men. My goal is to utilize everything that they have taught me, and advance on that. I don’t think they would be very proud of me if my only goal was to accomplish a fraction of what they did. Perhaps we can start in New Orleans. That channel they have is capable of generating enough clean energy to power the new city. I would be happy to help in the design.

  • http://yourplace.newffl.net NOTALIB

    SO a hate mongerting leftwing does not want to help Americans. Is anyone at all surprised by this attitude. The left talks a good game about caring more than the right, but when it comes right down to it…….well this article is the real prof.

  • joe

    This blog proves nothing. The hate mongering Rightwing extremist’s liars have done nothing to help. This is just a place for everyone to express how unhappy they are with our current government…reps AND dems. Really, the hate is only between you two. I really believe that the democrats are so weak, they will let the republicans walk all over them. Example…The Brady Bill, and the ban on assault weapons. Both republican oriented bills…blamed on the democrats. The democrats would be wise to not sign ANY bill that the republicans come up with again.

    What does “mongerting” mean?

  • Kal

    Its a new low for the neo-low-libs.
    Let me try to explain something to you.
    You can help by digging way down deep and trying to find at least two functioning brain cells that can team up and attempt to grasp it.
    NOBODY, but NOBODY wants your tainted money that you have to go forth blowing a trumpet so all can see that you are pretending to give.
    The difference is…the so-called “red staters” dont need to announce to all that they are charitable and patriotic. They simply and quietly give what they can with no press coference or blog site to brag it up to all who will listen.
    This example of the dem/lib base is a new low even for liberals, if thats possible.

  • Jake

    How Dare you call yourself American? So our president is an incompetent jerk! If you were a Kerry supporter in the last election I’m ashamed that we have people like you in the Democratic Party. I didn’t vote for Bush but you seem to have alot in common with him.
    Try opening your mind a little Junior and you’ll see that it’s not the people affected by the hurrican that are responsible for your minor inconvience. They cannot be held responsible for you not being able to do a job that I’ve seen countless teenagers perform with relitive ease! “no offense to any teenagers reading this” Show a little compassion. It’s AMERICAN to help your fellow man, it’s AMERICAN to donate to the under privlaged, it’s AMERICAN to help a person to their feet after they’ve fallen, but it is NOT AMERICAN to kick a person when they are down! That’s AMERICA, love it or leave it. I for one must say that I am proud of my FELLOW AMERICANS because they have shown compassion in tragity, Heroics in the face of unsurmountable odds,and most of all LOVE in a world of hate. So please pull your head out of your rear and learn to be an AMERICAN if your going to continue to live here!

  • Jake

    P.S. FYI: All Democrats are not like this sorry excuse for a human. I am proud to call myself a democrat and I am proud to have donated a months worth of profit from my business to katrina efforts. I would appreciate it if people would not put all democrats in the same basket with the same label. Because if I were put in the same place with this sorry P.O.S. I’d have to perform brain surgery on the moron and that might get a little messy, and besides, you are just adding to a problem that WE AMERICANS have been working so hard to change. Prejudice!
    -Thankyou-

    Jake

  • http://www.ryanclarkholiday.com ryan

    Regardless of preparation the hurricane likely still would have killed.. If you don’t recall it was the worst fucking hurricane in 50 years

  • nena

    I live over 90 miles frome the mississippi gulf coast. I lost my home to katrina,no one thought it would get that bad 90 miles in. I had ins. they did not pay but 26,000.Fema has been a joke they said i have no damage, we are living with my mother. My childern, husban,and I are in one bedroom.You have no idea what we have been through and I pray you or anyone else never has to go through what we have and are still going through.We sat in gas lines for hours not knowing if they would even have gas when we made it to the pumps.We would wait for hours just for ice,start linging up at 2:00 in the morning just for ice.People were killing people over ice and gas.We had to be inside at dark it was so bad.It was like a third world country.We had no phone service cell or land line, no raido,or tv stations up no news paper nothing. Realestate has jumped so high we cant even afored to do anything right now.I know alot of people has helped out. God will truly bless you for it. That is the only reason you should give is to help another person, and who knows, it might be you in need next time.I pray its not.It dont sound like you have many friends.Your compassion is gone, that is sad.

  • Someone

    Yes, and those same warnings were *ignored* by many of those who could’ve at the very least walked out. The mayor screwed up mobilizing public transit, too. I’m not supporting Bush – he did appoint to the head of FEMA someone who was not qualified, but there were *far more* blunders in New Orleans before and during the incident than elsewhere.

    In any case, support of the levies is a *local* problem. The city didn’t pay to build up the levy some time back.

  • JAZZEE FROM New Orleans

    You know what………..Brent! I did get out. A hell of a lot of us GOT OUT. But we were not the entire city. And I couldnt take them all with me. So those who stayed, stayed not because they wanted too, they stayed because they felt as though they had no other choice. If you dont want to help a Katrina Victim then dont. Because we dont want nothing from anyone who isnt giving for the heart. No one that was born in this country can say that they know what is like to go thru a disaster like Hurricane Katrina. We were banned from our homes for months! Here it is over a year later and my city is still faced with the same dilemnas it was faced with just days after the breech. It was a horrible experience that affects me, my family, my friends, my neighborhood, my city, my state and this entire country. So the sooner you realize that what happened was not a result of natural forces but the inability of YOUR president (I never voted for him) to give our state the resources it needed. Resources that were available and should have been granted to us years ago (Source: off shore drilling for OIL in the Gulf in La. territory could have paid to fix our levees 5 times by now). So as for as I’m concerned you CAN and SHOULD Keep your dollar!!! Because we dont want or need any support from a sad hurt heart like you Brent!!! 0r anyone here who posted a negative comment about New Orleans Citizens………. where ever they are!!!!!!!!!!!

  • matt

    as much as i do not agree with this guys left winged views, i do agree with not contributing to katrina. those people were told how many times “hey, a hurricane is comeing, get the fuck out,” but no, they decided to stay, and that is their problem, not Bush’s. its pathetic to see what many people in this country have become, something happens, its never their fault, someone else must take responsibility for the horrible thingsthat happen. people say that Bush didn’t get the releif down there fast enough, well citizens of new orleans shooting at the godamn rescue helos doesn’t help either. something horrible happens, people must blame someone. and since Bush is not very popular in ths country today, he isat the recieving end of all that blame. the people of new oreans are not to blame for the hurrican, and niether is Bush (no one can control the weather). sure the response by FEMA could have been faster, and better, but the people of new orleans could have helped each other out as well. on the news, all u saw was looting, and people only looking out for them selves. yes there were a few brave people who would go around in boats, rescueing others, but they were few and far between. no matter how much money you pour into FEMA or who you put in charge of it, Katrina still would have been a disaster, the levees still would have broke, the city still would have been flooded, people still would have died. with a massive disaster like katrina, its still would have taken some time to put together a rescue, or anything to really help those people in that city. if you are going to blame anybody, blame the dickless mayor of that city, the mayor that just left his people, then came back later and began blaming others. the fact is that not everything goes as you want it to, no matter what you try to plan, or organize, bad things occur, disasters just happen (espeacilly weather related ones), and there is not always someone to blame. shit happens, all we can really do is pick up the pieces of what is left and move on. we can sit here all day and play the blame game, but katrina will still havehappened, those people will still be dead, and no matter who you think was responsible for this disaster will never be punished, because you cannot be prosicuted for what happens naturally in this world. i don’t understand why people want to blame someone because no one will bepunished for it. shit happens, people die, get over it

  • Ruvy in Jerusalem

    One of the most difficult things to do is to figure out to respond to a human tragedy when you know where to point the finger of blame – and it will do you no damned good.

    A similar tragedy occurred at the very same time as Hurricane Katrina did; to 10,000 Jewish residents living in Gaza and in northern Samaria. It was clear where the finger of blame was to be pointed – at the man who lies rotting like an unpicked vegetable in a hospital bed, the victim of a massive stroke. He is now paying for his sin.

    But the question remains, “why should we taxpayers pick up the trash created by an evil régime?” Opposed to this question was the real need of people whose lives have been ruined, whose homes have been ruined, and whose livelihoods have been ruined, all to satisfy the desire of a criminal to escape prosecution.

    How do you deal with this question?

    It is one of the bitterest questions a people can face.

    Eventually, the criminals of Oslo, the criminals who destroyed Gush Qatif, the criminals who have brought a terrible war upon this nation by withdrawing from Lebanon will pay for their sins against the nation. But until then? Who will help heal broken hearts, the broken hearts of people who could not understand the evil set against them?

    What a bitter question to ponder on a windy day in the mountains of Samaria…

  • Tammy

    I did not read all of the comments made here but I think that most of it is a bunch of bull shit. If you don’t live here then you do not know a damn thing about waht is going on here. The people that are still in New Orleans don’t all really need help. For the most part over half of them think that the rest of in the U.S. owe them something. I don’t feel that me or anyone else owes them anything. The ones who left New Orleans went to dozens of other cities but most of them came to northern Louisiana and took all the jobs from the people there. “Oh they don’t have anything, lets fire a bunch of the people who already live here and have roots here and give their job to these New Orleans people”. You know what, that is a bunch of bull shit!!!! If they really want help they need to help themselves and stop whining and bitching about not haveing anything and do something about it for themselves. Most of them have bad attitudes and blame their problems on everyone else. Sure there are those who still act like humans and have sucked it up and carried on but most of them want to be handed what they lost on a sliver platter. And do you people realize how many of those people who “lost everything” really didn’t have anything to begin with and are just looking for a free ride along with haveing their hands out for our money. The people who had insureance can rebuild and may need help in doing that but come on people. The folks of New Orleans are not stupid, they have been in a natural disater but they are working the rest of us for everything we have just because you are letting them. There are programs designed to help victims of such disasters and they should seek out the help of those organizations. I am so sick of all the bitching and belly aching that people do, if they would just stop all of that for 5 mins. then they would be able to do something for themselves for once and really apprechaite what they have, and stop looking to get everything handed to them. There are those of us that have worked to hard to see what they have go down the drain because our boss thinks that firing one of us and hireing someone from New orleans will get their sorry ass a better seat in heaven.

  • cloyde ledet

    u stupid u just saying those things to see what people is going to say about what u say about people in no la.