Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Sympathy Waning

So I have been watching everyone encourage people to donate to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. I honestly was very proud at the speed that most of the bloggers did this. That was last week though, and now my sympathy for the victims is being replaced by something else, anger. When I hear on the news that people are refusing to evacuate, I realize that most of the people that are currently stranded in New Orleans are there because of their own stupidity. When I hear that people are shooting at the helicopters that are trying to rescue the stranded, I realize that some people should not be rescued. When I see people looting stores and taking electronics and not food, it makes me feel that my sympathy was misplaced to begin with.

I went through a couple of things over the weekend, sort of talk them through to myself. I came up with a few interesting points. I think there are only a few groups of people that were left in New Orleans when the hurricane hit. The evacuation order was given on Sunday, and that was plenty of time to, at least, walk to higher ground to keep from getting flooded in. So who was left in New Orleans to rescue? Here they are in bullet form:

• Emergency crews. These people are the only ones that have an excuse to be there stranded in New Orleans and require a rescue. They stayed because their job is to stay. God bless ‘em. (I’ll throw patients into this one, cause they didn’t have a choice)
• The stupid/poor people. I was at first going to make these in to two separate groups, but decided that stupid and poor usually go hand in hand. These people made a conscience decision to stay, despite the evacuation order by the mayor and governor. They either stayed because they thought that they could outlast the storm (stupid) or decided that they did not have the money to go anywhere else. Not having money is not an excuse to not move to higher ground. There are people still refusing to evacuate and that is just plain stupid. Also, anyone could have walked to higher ground and camped out in a hotel lobby and not have to spend a penny to do it. (That’s what I would have done.)
• The last group is the people who decided to stay and take advantage of everyone else leaving. This group is made up of the criminals and cons. They decided that if everyone else is leaving, they would stay and try to rob everyone else blind. I’m betting that if they run everyone’s I.D.s at the Super Dome they would find that %30 have warrants out for their arrest. (this number is pretty conservative)

I’m sick of hearing the blame game being presented on t.v. and radio. People’s decision making skills are the reason that there are still people stranded in New Orleans. I don’t want to see anymore looting in a city that has been devastated. I don’t want to hear about women being raped at the Super Dome. I don’t want to see footage of rescuers risking their lives to save people, just to be told to leave supplies and go away by the people that they are trying to save. I don’t want to hear people, in the news, try to blame the president for the aftermath of a natural disaster. This whole thing is making me sick and I’m about ready to say screw them all. The only people that I have sympathy for now is the people that left the city before the hurricane and have nothing to go back to, not the people that stayed and became more of a burden on society than they were before. Those are the ones that deserve my sympathy and donations.

A covered dish at Basil's Blog
Bill Whittle explained it alot better.


At 9:08 AM, Blogger Insolublog said...

I think you identified a root problem at the foot of your post. The media. They are the ones pushing the behavior of the stubborn fool and the criminal to the national camera.

The larger the population involved in a disaster, the larger the fringe component is. I would bet that if we saw the total statistical breakdown, the bad element would always be there in roughly the same proportions, and roughly the same position and timing.

I think many of the poor stupid people are that way because of our poor stupid liberal educational system. I know for a fact they don't teach civics, civic duty or civic responsibility in school anymore. These people get their education from the likes of Jerry Springer. Unfortunately, stupidity is not a capital crime.

The MSM feeds on all of these individual 'case studies'. They use them as camera fodder, for money and ratings. There is a much larger, much different picture here; It is just not profitable enough to show to us.

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

Normally I would agree that the media holds a bias and makes money showing the terror of the event, but I think all the people with an ounce of sanity and education were well beyond the flood waters. That leaves only the people without those qualities to film in New Orleans.

At 9:18 AM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

I'm with you , Doc.

2 out of 3 of your multimedia posts launch simultaneosly when I open you site.
Just thought I'd let you know.


At 9:53 AM, Blogger Insolublog said...


I think we are in agreement on the type of personalities still in the region.

The criminal looters should be shot. The media should be brushed aside.

As ignorant of the squalor, disease and devastation as they may be, many of those people down there, do not understand anything outside of a home they have lived in all their lives.

I believe the local government, which is now making excuses, did not take serious steps to enforce the evacuation. Now you have many individuals, who personally witnessed the destruction of their homes. They are mentally glued to a state of denial. They cannot see beyond the need to defend their American castle, at all cost. I can just barely imagine having all my life and property destroyed and displaced. These people need to be removed and shown that there is life after Katrina.

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

Jimmy, you are probably using firefox or something that has an auto start on it. I turned the autostart to false in the code so it is a setting with your browser.

Insolublog, not knowing when to let go and save yourself (especially over something that can be replaced) is a trait that ends your contribution in the gene pool

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Insolublog said...

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At 10:30 AM, Blogger Insolublog said...

Voltaire said:

'Common sense is not so common.'

If we removed everybody from the gene pool, who lacked simple logic, we would all be living in a world of $hit. There would be nobody, on the bottom, to clean it up. Even epsilon-minus semi-morons have a place.

At 10:59 AM, Anonymous Steve said...

Well said Doc!!

At 11:01 AM, Blogger Dr. Phat Tony said...

Maybe so but I think of them more of a renewable resource. For everyone moron that dies there are 3 more to take the place of that one. Barnem said "There is a sucker born every minute" I doubt we'll ever run out of idiots.

At 11:37 AM, Blogger Insolublog said...

Point taken, Doc. What I do not want to see, is a misguided national move back towards strengthening the welfare state. The media wants this to happen.

If the response cards are played right, there is an opportunity here to shape a strong argument against the welfare state, going forward.

If you want to reduce the manageable number of available idiots, stop the breeding process at the source.

At 1:57 PM, Blogger PoP said...

Very well said Son, We are in agreement. All the NASA employees dislocated by this. will be put to work here at MSFC. the test areas will be loaded. Those employees will work and continue to get paid. I pray others who wish to get their lives back together will find any job available. and at least show they are trying. the winers that won't do anything to help themselve should be left on their own

At 2:39 PM, Blogger banjodude said...

Yeah, I'd have fun with a stolen 60 in flat screen tv in 6 feet of water! Whoops, can't find a dry plug. Oh well. Stupid me!:) I mean really, what are they thinking?

At 3:09 PM, Anonymous B-Cack said...

Yeah, no shit, I get so mad every time I watch the news. Of course we all know that the President hates black people.... it is his fault the Hurricane hit... he probably had the CIA set of a nuke out in the ocean to get it all started. Yeah, let'g get fat ass Michael Moore to do a movie about that.... speaking of MM, couldn't we use him as a flotation device to rescue some people? How about Hanoi Jane Fonda? Is she donating money to help? Maybe she hates black people too?

At 7:35 PM, Blogger GunnNutt said...

I see you found the Whittler's post, and he does sum up the plight of the sheep pretty well. Some people will never accept responsibility for themselves, and certainly not when civic and political "leaders" tell them that they don't have to. Many of the displaced had nothing to lose and may actually make out better in their new lives. They may actually learn something about the vulnerability of total dependence on government. I'd much rather be a Sheepdog. Arf!

At 4:52 AM, Blogger Toni said...

You are getting at a posting made by Brian at Goldfalcon: http://www.goldfalcon.org//. It's the victim mentality which has been and is being promoted and taught by the MSM, Black organizations and the Neo-Socialist Democrat Party.


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