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Posted: 9/23/2005 10:52:09 PM EDT
These people are living proof that Darwin was right after all.

With all of the coverage of hurricane Katrina, these folks have zero excuse. They are merely wasting resources such as food, water, and air that could be better utilized on a farm somewhere in Iowa.


Tears, anger as many poor are stuck

09/23/2005

By DEBORAH HASTINGS / Associated Press

Wilma Skinner would like to scream at the officials of this city. If only they would pick up their phones.

"I done called for a shelter, I done called for help. There ain't none. No one answers," she said, standing in blistering heat outside a check-cashing store that had just run out of its main commodity. "Everyone just says, 'Get out, get out.' I've got no way of getting out. And now I've got no money."

With Hurricane Rita breathing down Houston's neck, those with cars were stuck in gridlock trying to get out. Those like Skinner — poor, and with a broken-down car — were simply stuck, and fuming at being abandoned, they say.

"All the banks are closed and I just got off work," said Thomas Visor, holding his sweaty paycheck as he, too, tried to get inside the store, where more than 100 people, all of them black or Hispanic, fretted in line. "This is crazy. How are you supposed to evacuate a hurricane if you don't have money? Answer me that?"

Some of those who did have money, and did try to get out, didn't get very far.

Judie Anderson of La Porte, Texas, covered just 45 miles in 12 hours. She had been on the road since 10 p.m. Wednesday, headed toward Oklahoma, which by Thursday was still very far away.

"This is the worst planning I've ever seen," she said. "They say, 'We've learned a lot from Hurricane Katrina.' Well, you couldn't prove it by me."

On Bellaire Boulevard in southwest Houston, a weeping woman and her young daughter stood on the sidewalk, surrounded by plastic bags full of clothes and blankets. "I'd like to go, but nobody come get me," the woman said in broken English. When asked her name, she looked frightened. "No se, no se," she said: Spanish for "I don't know."

Her daughter, who appeared to be about 9, whispered in English, "We're from Mexico."

Census figures show Harris County had 3.6 million people in 2004, of whom 14.7 percent lived below the poverty level while 8.7 percent of households lacked a vehicle, both percentages slightly higher than national figures. More than one-third spoke a language other than English at home.

For the poor and the disenfranchised, the mighty evacuation orders that preceded Rita were something they could only ignore.

Eddie McKinney, 64, who had no home, no teeth and a torn shirt, stood outside the EZ Pawn shop, drinking a beer under a sign that said, "No Loitering."

"We got no other choice but to stay here. We're homeless and we're broke," he said. "I thought about going to Dallas, but now it's too late. I got no way to get there."

Where will he stay?

"A nice white man gave me a motel room for three days. Just walked up and said, 'Here.' So my buddy and me will stick it out," he said, pointing to another homeless man. "We got a half-gallon of whiskey and a room."

In Deer Park, a working-class suburb of refineries south of Houston, Stacy and Troy Curtis, waited for help outside the police station. Less than three weeks ago, the couple left New Orleans after it was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

With no vehicle, and little money, they tried to get their lives together while staying at a hotel in Deer Park. Stacy Curtis, a nursing assistant in New Orleans, had a job interview scheduled for Thursday.

But most businesses had shut down because the neighborhood will likely flood if the hurricane hits Galveston Bay. The streets were empty Thursday afternoon.

"We're stuck here," Stacy Curtis said. "Got no other place to go."

An emergency official eventually sent a van to take the couple to a shelter at a recreation center.

Monica Holmes, who has debilitating lupus, sat in her car at a Houston gas station that had no gas. "We can't go nowhere," she said, tapping a fingernail against the dashboard fuel gauge. "Look here," she said. "I'm right on E."

Her husband, a security guard, had a paycheck, but no way to cash it.

"We were going to try to go to Nacogdoches" in east Texas, not far from the Louisiana border, she said. "But even if we could get on the road, we're not going to get out. These people that left yesterday, they're still on the beltway. They haven't even got out of Houston."

So she and her husband will hunker down in their Missouri City home, just to the south. "We'll be fine," she said. "You can't be scared of what God can do. I'm covered."

As always, there were those who chose to stay, no matter how dire the warnings.

John Benson, a 47-year-old surfer and lifelong Galveston resident, said he thinks his town "is going to take on a lot of water. But as far as the winds, I think here on the island, it will be a little bit less than they anticipated."

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued Wednesday for the area.

Benson said he planned to use his surfboard as transportation after the hurricane. "The main thing is you have a contingency plan," he said, and thumped his board. "You got buoyancy."

Skinner, accompanied by her 6-year-old grandson, Dageneral Bellard, would settle for a bus.

"They got them for the outlying areas, for the Gulf and Galveston, but they ain't made no preparations for us in the city, for the poor people here. There ain't no (evacuation) buses here. I got nowhere to go."

___

EDITOR'S NOTE — Associated Press writers Pam Easton in Galveston and Tim Whitmire in Deer Park contributed to this report.


Link Posted: 9/23/2005 10:53:23 PM EDT
got legs? fucking walk.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 10:54:49 PM EDT
Fuck them all. It's not like nobody had any advance notice, and it's sure hell not like we didn't just go through this 250 miles away.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 10:55:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cyrax777:
got legs? fucking walk.



"Oh, but I'm an old lady, and I'm tired, and I'm so heavy because I have a problem with my... is that a bucket of fried chicken in your car???"
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 10:55:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/23/2005 11:22:12 PM EDT by PeteCO]
I'm sick and tired of hearing the same old whining of these human pieces of excrement.

Fuck 'em
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 10:58:02 PM EDT

Judie Anderson of La Porte, Texas, covered just 45 miles in 12 hours. She had been on the road since 10 p.m. Wednesday, headed toward Oklahoma, which by Thursday was still very far away.

"This is the worst planning I've ever seen," she said. "They say, 'We've learned a lot from Hurricane Katrina.' Well, you couldn't prove it by me."



Maybe she shouldn't have waited until the nlast minute to leave? Kinda the pot calling the kettle black if you ask me.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 10:58:22 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 11:00:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/23/2005 11:05:56 PM EDT by ALPHAGHOST]
i wont help those who wont help themselves


thats what the govt gets for dealing out handouts to those who are able but not willing to do sh*t


is it just me or is there a lot of people (like that dumbas kanye west) who critizes the govt and (blame the white/caucasian people) for not helping......yet all i see on the news are govnt and white/caucasian folks helping and volunteering

WTF?
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 11:00:46 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 11:00:55 PM EDT

Eddie McKinney, 64, who had no home, no teeth and a torn shirt, stood outside the EZ Pawn shop, drinking a beer under a sign that said, "No Loitering."

"We got no other choice but to stay here. We're homeless and we're broke," he said. "I thought about going to Dallas, but now it's too late. I got no way to get there."

Where will he stay?

"A nice white man gave me a motel room for three days. Just walked up and said, 'Here.' So my buddy and me will stick it out," he said, pointing to another homeless man. "We got a half-gallon of whiskey and a room."



So....you're "homeless and broke" but don't seem to have any problem finding a drink...

There *are* people that simply don't have the means to travel the distances involved but are willing to try, they need the help.

The fucktard I quoted? Well, Darwin just needs to deal with them.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 11:03:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Airwolf:

Eddie McKinney, 64, who had no home, no teeth and a torn shirt, stood outside the EZ Pawn shop, drinking a beer under a sign that said, "No Loitering."

"We got no other choice but to stay here. We're homeless and we're broke," he said. "I thought about going to Dallas, but now it's too late. I got no way to get there."

Where will he stay?

"A nice white man gave me a motel room for three days. Just walked up and said, 'Here.' So my buddy and me will stick it out," he said, pointing to another homeless man. "We got a half-gallon of whiskey and a room."



So....you're "homeless and broke" but don't seem to have any problem finding a drink...

There *are* people that simply don't have the means to travel the distances involved but are willing to try, they need the help.

The fucktard I quoted? Well, Darwin just needs to deal with them
.



Well said.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 11:03:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 11:05:55 PM EDT
Nationwide you need to show some compassion,when deisel gets 12.00 a gal you might need some help yourself! You are talking GOD like in your judgments of others that are not as fortunate as you!!

Get off your high horse maybe even give someone a hand up!!!

Bob
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 11:09:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bobbyjack:
Nationwide you need to show some compassion,when deisel gets 12.00 a gal you might need some help yourself! You are talking GOD like in your judgments of others that are not as fortunate as you!!

Get off your high horse maybe even give someone a hand up!!!

Bob



I don't pay for fuel, it's my employer's truck and their fuel bill.

Give someone a hand up? Sure. If it will make a difference. If it will help someone get to a better place then they were yesterday.

These people? I've helped them as long as I've been working in the form of income stolen from me by Republican and Democrat run governments that was redistributed to those "less fortunate" than I.

If mainting basic food and water supplies and some modicum of responsiblity for my own hide puts me on a high horse, may I kindly suggest you don't walk too close behind it
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 11:20:33 PM EDT
hold on, thats bullshit and I'll tell you why they called me, the city did and told me to leave and if I couldn't they would get me out, they also called in spanish. It's also been on tv and the radio that they'll get you out in buses, they did that early too. I'm staying because I'm protecting my home from the looters from across the street in the low rent apts. I'm stocked up and armed to the teeth tho, and I don't even think the electricitywill go out for a long time, they've been going off and on.
Link Posted: 9/23/2005 11:46:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bobbyjack:
Nationwide you need to show some compassion,when deisel gets 12.00 a gal you might need some help yourself! You are talking GOD like in your judgments of others that are not as fortunate as you!!

Get off your high horse maybe even give someone a hand up!!!

Bob



There's a difference betwen giving someone a hand up because they need a little help and having an entire society relying on you, right down to their personal survival, due to nothing but laziness.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 12:04:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By nationwide:

Originally Posted By bobbyjack:
Nationwide you need to show some compassion,when deisel gets 12.00 a gal you might need some help yourself! You are talking GOD like in your judgments of others that are not as fortunate as you!!

Get off your high horse maybe even give someone a hand up!!!

Bob



I don't pay for fuel, it's my employer's truck and their fuel bill.

Give someone a hand up? Sure. If it will make a difference. If it will help someone get to a better place then they were yesterday.

These people? I've helped them as long as I've been working in the form of income stolen from me by Republican and Democrat run governments that was redistributed to those "less fortunate" than I.

If mainting basic food and water supplies and some modicum of responsiblity for my own hide puts me on a high horse, may I kindly suggest you don't walk too close behind it



Yes in short you pay taxes,we all do!!!

It's your attitude that makes it hard to decide whom to help!!!


Bob
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 12:08:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By vanilla_gorilla:

Originally Posted By bobbyjack:
Nationwide you need to show some compassion,when deisel gets 12.00 a gal you might need some help yourself! You are talking GOD like in your judgments of others that are not as fortunate as you!!

Get off your high horse maybe even give someone a hand up!!!

Bob



There's a difference betwen giving someone a hand up because they need a little help and having an entire society relying on you, right down to their personal survival, due to nothing but laziness.



And again I ask how would you know who needs help right now???

We have people that eat themselves into wheelchairs,and some who have not!!!

Are you going to decide whom needs the help at a glance?


Bob
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 12:26:28 AM EDT
Able bodied dumb asses are one thing, I feel for the old timers who do not have any immediate family, who move around on walkers, who can't get out. That being said, Houston did a heck of a lot better job for these folks by chartering a bunch of busses to help, as opposed to the cretin New Orleans Mayor Nagin, who defecates on the floor in front of his toilet because he hasn't figured out how to work the lid yet.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 12:33:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Defcon:
You guys need to just hold on!!!!

This is BS! I agree with what they are saying. I have been trying to evacuate Colorado so I don't get hurt by the hurricane and noone is helping me! Bullshit I say.... Now where's my check for this pain and suffering... you gubmint officials have done me wrong and now I want money!



But you're all the way up in colorado. I LIVE in Texas (700 miles away from the hurricane area but I still live in Texas) so I deserve it more than you. I should be able to get a government check no problem, right?
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 2:15:46 PM EDT

Skinner, accompanied by her 6-year-old grandson, Dageneral Bellard, would settle for a bus.









I wonder if he's got a little brother named Damajor.
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