September 13, 2008

Yet Another Reason I Know I Picked the Correct Career

Or a different title, yet still appropriate: If I were the Governor...

... all those people who were told repeatedly to evacuate, but did not, all those people who heard about 'certain death' and to write their SS numbers on their body for ID, who did not heed the warnings, could call all they wanted, screaming for help to be rescued and...

... they would die.

I'd answer and say, "Oh, I'm so sorry. We have people to tend to that actually tried to help themselves. When we're finished, if we have time, and if it doesn't put any of my men and women in peril, then we'll come help. Good luck! *click*"

Frickin' pinheads.

Some people need the lesson of personal responsibility the hard way. I'd have no problems administering it.

AT ALL.

Oh and while I'm ranting, this is an addition to the original post, if my men and women did have to save their sorry asses, I'd send them a frickin' bill and I would be on their sorry asses for the rest of their lives to pay up.

We save your life because of your vast stupidity, you owe us... forever. My state would OWN YOU.

Pisses me off...

*Update* On a lighter note... KNine, who resides in Austin, is offering shelter to people who meet certain criteria. Heh.

Oh and I got a Txt from Momotrips and they are fine. She had to take one of her boys to the ER last night, right before all hell broke loose, as they thought he had appendicitis. He is fine. They are home, no damage, no power.

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Gives new meaning to "Being in the doghouse", no?

Posted by: K-Nine at September 13, 2008 10:32 AM

I pay so many taxes, state & federal, the gov't already owns me.

Posted by: JihadGene at September 13, 2008 10:37 AM

Got our own disaster out here. How the heck, in this day and age, are two trains running the same track? Poor folks.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at September 13, 2008 02:54 PM

Update: Metrolink engineer went through a red. He is dead, obviously. 24 gone now, and they expect more, since they are still digging through the mess.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at September 13, 2008 04:22 PM

Hey Bou!

Just got power back! Yay A/C! Big day - raking, bagging, stacking palm fronds and un-boarding windows.

For map reference, we live in Fort Bend County SW of Houston. Took a walk and a drive to assess damage around the neighborhood. Lost lots of trees in our master-planned community. My particular subdivision did pretty well - we are very wooded, but we have mostly only live oaks in the 20 year-old range and palms. In other subdivisions they have built around lots of native oaks that are 75 years-old or more. Lots of them split, uprooted, twisted or just cracked and fell over. Lots of branches and leaves everywhere. Amazingly little damage to homes. There are a few shingles here and there and we even got a minor leak that lasted a couple of hours - I think we need to fix a flashing around an attic vent. Backdoor neighbors across the green belt have roofers tarping their ridgeline (how did they get roofers so quickly?)

All-in-all we got off really easy, as did my sister, dad and niece. They lost a couple of smaller old oaks, but that's it. We were all really lucky because it could have been so much worse even this far inland.

I agree whole-heartedly with you Bou about the "idjits" along the coast that are now treading water begging for government help. If an official comes to your door and marks your body for identification before you're dead, perhaps you should leave your house to the elements and save your life. Some woman with a flimsy house right on the coastline bought she and her wheelchair-bound son life jackets to weather the storm, rather than catching a bus to safety. Are you kidding me? If they are still living, I'm sure they're complaining because the government is plucking them from the raging flood fast enough.

Bou for Governor!

Posted by: Momotrips at September 13, 2008 04:24 PM

TN- I saw that... I don't get it.

Posted by: Bou at September 13, 2008 07:49 PM

I saw several stories that pointed out that even after they told people you will probably die but they stayed anyway even and wree told once it starts don't call us we will not come and get you until after its over, thousands still called during the height of it wanting to get rescued.

I am sure the people answering the phones took a little pleasure in telling those people "tough shit" and "told you so".

Posted by: Quality Weenie at September 14, 2008 08:50 AM

In Phoenix when it rains (during our summer monsoon season and at other times of the year) we often have flooding at roads where they cross dry washes - often deceptively deep and fast moving water. There are always signs posted about not proceeding along certain streets when there is water on the road, especially during storms, and still there are morons who drive into the water and get themselves stranded or worse.

The government around here has taken to sending these people a bill when they have to be called out to rescue someone who ignored a posted warning.

I'm going to have to say that the people in Texas who defied the MANDATORY evacuation order should be charged for their rescues as well - otherwise why bother making mandatory orders in the first place? >.

Posted by: songstress7 at September 17, 2008 04:36 PM