Sunday, May 1, 2011

Quote Of The Week

"You've got elderly people out there who can't get out there and do it,"..."They need a hand."

Kathleen Hensley, volunteer


This is a tale of two storms. Read the article at the above link about people volunteering in the south to help recover from the tornados.

Now flash back almost 6 years to hurricane Katrina.

This is a study on how people face natural disasters depending on how they were raised.

We have the people of the southern states that were hit with the recent tornados. They apparently were taught how to be self sufficient and given a sense of responsibility when they were raised.

On the other hand we have the people of New Orleans who were raised at the government teat and have a sense of entitlement. "Where's the government to take care of us?" the people and their leaders cried.


Mustang said...


Most people can get out of the way of a hurricane. Few can get avoid a tornado, especially those that hit in the dark. Your contrast of two storms is an interesting read —which all of your posts are, by the way— but even more telling is how two groups of people reacted to the same storm. The citizens of New Orleans, nurtured at the government’s breast for all of their lives, demanded the government save them. No place in the USA spiraled into anarchy faster than New Orleans. Conditions in the football stadium where horrendous and it didn’t take long for those already sitting on the edge of lawlessness to murder, rape, and intimidate those weaker than themselves.

A few miles away in Biloxi things were the exact opposite: same destruction, but people working together to put their community back together. My friend recently visited Biloxi, and he tells me you might never know that Katrina was ever there, while in New Orleans, it could have happened just yesterday in some areas. I guess those folk in New Orleans are still waiting for the handout. I shall never forget the woman who angrily refused temporary shelter (a mobile home) because it wasn’t new.

Z said...

Don't forget, also, the Midwest flooding shortly after Katrina...a nightmare of water and little or no FEMA and no cries of victimhood...just people rolling their sleeves up and working hard.
That's interesting about Biloxi vs New Orleans, Mustang....

This is fascinating, this difference of two storms......
It should be a primer on how self-reliance is the best antidote to trouble but it'll be viewed as rightwing hate for not getting gov't involved to take the load off the people by the far left. Wait for it. "How can they SURVIVE without GOVERNMENT?" Geeez

Alligator said...

In 1993 and again in 1995, we had record floods on the Missouri and Mississippi River in my neck of the woods. People pulled together to rescue others, sandbag levees and rebuild after the floodwaters receded. The federal government had some role, but no one in our area expected them to "take care of everything." It was an utter impossibility. Most "government action" originated at the state or local level, involving the national guard, fire, rescue and police services - agencies and people who personally knew the areas affected.

Even then there were not enough "government personnel" to do all the job. An important job of those emergency services was helping organize and coordinate all the "civilians" who volunteered in droves to help. People volunteered their time, labor, trucks, boats, heavy equipment. Most of us didn't have any potable drinking water for 3-5 months. Busch brewing company (not the feds) provided canned and bottled drinking water to hundreds of communities, free of charge for the duration.

Look at how the Japanese responded to their recent disaster. Very orderly, no riots, not much in the way of looting. That is not part of their culture. Imagine if the same thing happened in some of major urban areas (aside from New Orleans)where there is major dependency on federal government - like Los Angeles or San Francisco. And it does go back to how people are raised and if they are taught to have a sense of personal responsibility and self sufficiency.

Chuck said...

Mustang, agreed. I was thinking of Mississippi when I was writing this. A lesser person would make this about race but this is untrue also. There are plenty of blacks in Mississippi and the rest of the south where the tornadoes have been this year. It is a mindset that knows no racial or socio-economic definition.

Z, look at the snowstorms of last winter. The perfect example - the earthquake in Japan. The country was devastated and the people just dug in and patiently worked to right things.

Chuck said...

Alligator, you were posting while I was. Good points on the flooding of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. We get snowstorms here in Michigan every year that strand people. You just dig out.

MK said...

Did you hear the news, they finally got that sonofabitch osama. Hats off to those soldiers, they have all our thanks. I'm celebrating today.

Alligator said...

Just heard that MK. Many thanks to the CIA and the troops that hunted him down.

cube said...

You rarely hear the truth about Katrina anymore. The narrative has been set with the help of the press more than willing to revise events according to their agenda.

One memory I have is video of several people on a roof with a sign (or maybe it was an umbrella) that read "F.U. 5-0." FU is self-explanatory. 5-0 is black slang for police. I have searched for this image in countless Katrina retrospectives and have not been able to find it. It has been scrubbed from the official record. Shades of Orwell's 1984.