Friday, October 21, 2005

Texas vs. Louisianna on hurricane behaviour

Tammy Bruce has a theory on TX/LA looting. I grant you that it is not an original theory, but she found an interesting picture to illustrate it (below). As a child I often saw signs in small businesses in rural areas reading "This establishment guarded 3 nights a week by a 12 guage shotgun... you guess which 3".

I also got the following in an email from a friend that I thought was worth posting and emailing to everyone I know it TX.

2 States, 22 Observations

Things noticed while watching media coverage of the recent hurricanes.

1a. Texas: Productive industrious state run by Republicans.
1b. Louisiana: Government dependent welfare state run by Democrats.

2a. Texas: Residents take responsibility to protect and evacuate themselves.
2b. Louisiana: Residents wait for government to protect and evacuate them.

3a. Texas: Local and state officials take responsibility for protecting their citizens and property.
3b. Louisiana: Local and state officials blame federal government for not protecting their citizens and property.

4a. Texas: Command and control remains in place to preserve order.
4b. Louisiana: Command and control collapses allowing lawlessness.

5a. Texas: Law enforcement officers remain on duty to protect city.
5b. Louisiana: Law enforcement officers desert their posts to protect themselves.

6a. Texas: Local police watch for looting.
6b. Louisiana: Local police participate in looting.

7a. Texas: Law and order remains in control, 8 looters tried it, 8 looters arrested.
7b. Louisiana: Anarchy and lawlessness breaks out, looters take over city, no arrests, criminals with guns have to be shot by federal troops.

8a. Texas: Considerable damage caused by hurricane.
8b. Louisiana: Considerable damage caused by looters.

9a. Texas: Flood barriers hold preventing cities from flooding.
9b. Louisiana: Flood barriers fail due to lack of maintenance allowing city to flood.

10a. Texas: Orderly evacuation away from threatened areas, few remain.
10b. Louisiana: 25,000 fail to evacuate, are relocated to another flooded area.

11a. Texas: Citizens evacuate with personal 3 day supply of food and water.
11b. Louisiana: Citizens fail to evacuate with 3 day supply of food and water, do without it for the next 4 days.

12a. Texas: FEMA brings in tons of food and water for evacuees. State officials provide accessible distribution points.
12b. Louisiana: FEMA brings in tons of food and water for evacuees. State officials prevent citizens from reaching distribution points and vice versa.

13a. Texas: Media cannot find poor blacks in need of assistance, looking for something else to blame on Bush.
13b. Louisiana: Media focuses on poor blacks in need of assistance, blames Bush.

14a. Texas: Coastal cities suffer some infrastructure damage, Mayors tell residents to stay away until ready for repopulation, no interference from federal officials.
14b. Louisiana: New Orleans is destroyed, Mayor asks residents to return home as another hurr icane approaches, has to be overruled by federal officials.

15a. Texas: 24 killed in bus accident on highway during evacuation, no storm related deaths.
15b. Louisiana: Over 400 killed by storm, flooding and crime.

16a. Texas: Jailed prisoners are relocated to other detention facilities outside the storm area.
16b. Louisiana: Jailed prisoners are set free to prey on city shops, residents, and homes.

17a. Texas: Local and state officials work with FEMA and Red Cross in recovery operations.
17b. Louisiana: Local and state officials obstruct FEMA and Red Cross from aiding in recovery operations.

18a. Texas: Local and state officials demonstrate leadership in managing disaster areas.
18b. Louisiana: Local and state officials fail to demonstrate leadership, require federal government to manage disaster areas.

19a. Texas: Fuel deliveries can't keep up with demand, some run out of gas on highway, need help from fuel tankers before storm arrives.
19b. Louisiana: Motorists wait till storm hits and electrical power fails. Cars run out of gas at gas stations that cannot pump gas. Gas in underground tanks mixes with flood waters.

20a. Texas: Mayors move citizens out of danger.
20b. Louisiana: Mayor moves himself and family to Dallas.

21a. Texas: Mayors continue public service announcements and updates on television with Governor's backing and support.
21b. Louisiana: Mayor cusses, governor cries, senator threatens president with violence on television, none of them have a clue what went wrong or who is responsible.

22a. Texas: Republican Senator says "when you call 911, the phone doesn't ring in Washington, it rings here at the local responders".
22b. Louisiana: Democratic Senator says FEMA was slow in responding to 911 calls from Louisiana citizens.


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