Friday, September 16, 2005

The Aftermath Shopping



Now that the water has began to subside and rebuilding efforts have started, it’s time for the poor people of New Orleans to start with the long and hard process of re-accumulating the wealth and items that they lost during the hurricane. Luckily with the help of the Red Cross this is happening. Thos who did not get to loot, or were too late to steal anything of value, have another chance to go and get the things that will help them survive the next few months on someone else’s dime.

The Red Cross has issued debit cards, with up to $2000 on them, to help the people, that lost everything that the taxpayers provided for them, regain their precious items of stature. Stores as far away as Atlanta have bee seeing these cards used to buy the things that will really help them make it through these troubling times. Customer service clerks at Lenox Square Mall, in the affluent part of Atlanta, have seen these cards help put people’s life on the right track. Louis Vuitton hand bags seem to be the most popular item to purchase with the Red Cross debit cards. At $800 a pop, buyer’s remorse might be a problem in the future, but right now those bags are helping people get past the catastrophe of the hurricane.

Do not be worried though, none of the money on these cards will be used to buy things that won’t help the underprivileged get back on their feet. The cards have a limit of what you can buy. The survivors will not be able to purchase alcohol, tobacco products, or fire arms with them. They will have to come out of their own pocket for these items, or rely on the stockpile that was accumulated during the looting. God bless a country were people who haven’t worked a day in the last year can go and buy an $800 purse.

The real story here.
Some more about the story here.
Some breakfast at Basil's
(In the interest of being as non-racist as possible, I have removed any inadvertant refference to race, all burning crosses, and swastikas. I also hid the racial make up of looters. The yellow is not a reference to Asians.)

30 Comments:

At 6:13 AM, Blogger GunnNutt said...

The rules may exclude firearms, but can I still buy a shiny new $1000 scope? How 'bout a custom Louis Vuitton holster? I must accessorize!

 
At 8:02 AM, Blogger Peakah said...

you gotta love those spending the money in strip clubs! How do I get me one of these debit cards??

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger Karlo said...

Ah, so all them blackies down their are crooks. Wow. Very insightful. I'm glad I read this. Instead of supporting these lazy low wage workers, we should send Halliburton billions to go drink scotch in Kuwaiti hotels.

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

Don't donate the money, buy the stock. Do I have to explain everything?

 
At 10:03 AM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

...on another not. Karlo as a self described lefty, I find you racist remark that describes all poor people in NO as crooks despicable. Not in the news story or my story did I use any words describing the ethnicity of the people that perpetrated this fraud. I'm going to report you to the tolerance police.
The picture was just the first to show up in a search for looters.

 
At 10:15 AM, Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

"down THEIR?"

Wow. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger Karlo said...

You're going to attack my spelling now? A potatoe by any other name...

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

...especially cause I left the "e" off of note. Then again I'm a product of public education.

 
At 10:28 AM, Blogger Karlo said...

As for my "racist remarks," a person should be able to read between the lines. Since the majority of poor in New Orleans seem to be black, I would suggest that the fact just might be influencing people's perceptions. Compare the story of whats-her-face in Aruba. A single blonde white female gets killed outside the U.S. and the press goes on for weeks crying crocodile tears wanting the U.S. government to get involved and do all they can. Now we have thousands of homeless poor blacks and we're suddenly worried about the cost and excessive government involvement. Hell, they could probaby pay for all these cards you talk about by bringing the troops back from Iraq one-hour earlier than otherwise planned.

 
At 10:48 AM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

If they were poor the chances of them losing a home or a large amount of property should be low. If they were living in a home, furnished by the government, they didn't lose anything besides the property that was held within the home. (this is all speculation mind you). So I'll check the stats. Let's see %39 black and %69 white in LA. %19.6 individuals below poverty level. NO poverty level %10.5, seems to be below the state average. Let's check race placement. %88 of NO is white and only %7.6 black. You would figure that even if the blacks held a majority of the %10.5 poverty stricken that whites would still make up a large group of poverty stricken in NO, more poor white people than black people. So your statement "majority of poor in NO is black" might not hold water. But lets say it does. How does that make using a card on luxury items acceptable. They're misapropriating the charity that's being given to them. Shame on whoever they are regardless of race. Man this is turning into another post all together. Humor and satire is lost on some I guess.

 
At 11:49 AM, Blogger Insolublog said...

Is Karlo confusing the subject parties in his argument?

He talks about the press in the Aruba story, then it somehow morphs into our hand wringing over government involvement, which by the way, has been beyond historical benchmarks. If we compare apples to apples, is he suggesting the press hasn't been paying attention to the race issue?

Excuse me while I laugh.

BTW, The only people not begging for the end to the Holloway story, were the rubber necking Jerry Springer crowd. I wonder how the racial demographic breaks down there.

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger Uber said...

The comments are funnier than the post, thanks to karlo.

Sorry for coveting your lefty, Doc. Ok so he/she/it's a little too easy.

Still, better than nothing. *g*

 
At 3:35 PM, Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

You're wasting your time, Doc. Facts have no place in a liberal's argument.

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger Karlo said...

88% of New Orleans is white?! Where'd you pull that stat our from? Hell, you take one glance at the TV coverage and you realize it isn't true. Actually, it's about 2/3 black. (See http://neworleans.areaconnect.com/statistics.htm). And my guess (unless NO is an anomoly) is that this two-thirds of the population is over-represented among the poor. As for the Aruba story, it's been followed painstakingly by right-wing blogs while being ignored by most of those on the left. If we think about all this for minute, we just might be able to figure out why. 88%????! Facts!! Who are y'all kiddin'?

 
At 9:18 PM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

Pulled it off the US census Figures for st bernard parish

 
At 9:45 PM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

I'll crunch the numbers for you for the 3 parishes that seem to make up NO and affected most by the hurricane. 513471 white folks 435596 black folks. Far from being 2/3 and still far from answering my question "How does that make using a card (given as charity to help victims get on there feet) on luxury items acceptable?" Good luck Karlo with your victim syndrome and your racist attitude towards NO. We white people lives in lots of places.

 
At 9:46 PM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

I can't find anything on Aruba in my post I think you might have the wrong conversation.

 
At 6:45 AM, Anonymous B-Cack said...

Phat Tony,
The solution to this petty bickering is simple: Karlo is gay. Karlo is also a tree higging hippie ass pinko commie fag. ... Yeah I am pretty sure of that.

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Karlo said...

"I'll crunch the numbers for you for the 3 parishes that seem to make up NO and affected most by the hurricane. 513471 white folks 435596 black folks."

If this is the case, where'd you get 88% and 7% from?

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

st bernard parish read a comment or two

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

I see that you still haven't answered the question I posed to you though.

 
At 2:28 PM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

I must say I have to agree with b-cack on this one...

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger Karlo said...

Above, you plainly state that 88% of New Orleans is white. Perhaps I'm reading this entire site in the wrong context, and it's really meant to be a parody of a parody of a parody. Who knows? Maybe I'm paroding the parody of parody?

 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger SeanS said...

And yet he still dodges the question at hand...

Karlo! Hey, hey! "How does that make using a card (given as charity to help victims get on there feet) on luxury items acceptable" Pay attention!

 
At 5:27 PM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

Well I'm big enough to say that when I checked the map, It showed that NO was in St Bernard Parish, I used those Parish's figures. I researched some more and found that it resides across 3 parishes. I guess if you were looking for an argument in symantics you've found one. So what is the point you were trying to make?

 
At 6:37 PM, Blogger Insolublog said...

So, karlo has now changed the subject in his argument once again on Aruba. Now his finger of guilt points away from the press, to the conservative blogosphere. Yeah, there's where he can find a bias to fit his criticism. Maybe we won't notice. Let's see. Now he will wow them with statistics, criticism of Tony's statistics and lots of trailing emotional punctuation.

Screw the numbers. I discard the whole premise that any population statistic implies racism. I will only believe real tangible evidence of genuine harm, that this disaster was treated by white people in a way unlike any other, which make it racially unique. Over seven hundred people died in the Chicago heat wave of 1995, under Bill Clinton's watch. That disaster was the fault of people not heeding warnings and inept Chicago officials. It was not the responsibility of the federal government.

 
At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Diane said...

When I first saw the story about the $800 purses my immediate thought was that the debit cards had been traded for cash, and this still seems likely to me.

 
At 4:57 AM, Blogger PoP said...

WOW! I leave for the weekend and look what I missed. My son has a Lib On his site. I'm so Proud.

 
At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Steve the Pirate said...

Gaaaaaaaaaar, ye be a racist, whitey.

...wait a tick, I be white, too.

Gaaaaaaaaaaaar, we both be racists!

 
At 10:42 PM, Blogger Pebble said...

Gee I didn't even know how to spell the name of that purse, nor would I recognize one....

I'm just a poor white girl.

 

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