Monday, September 26, 2005

Katrina and the Knaves

WARNING: If you're easily offended or have chosen to fashion your world to resemble Candyland, where there's no room for reality, then read no further. Otherwise...

Are you ready for some bullshit? I hope you remembered to take your blood pressure medication. Here goes... I can't say I didn't see this coming.

According to FOX 4 News, Houston, Texas police have been notified that some Hurricane Katrina evacuees have been using their FEMA-issued debit cards to buy lap dances and beer at strips clubs (namely Baby Dolls and Caligula 21).

The cards, meant to be used for food an necessities, have some evacuees abusing them by using their FEMA cards to purchase designer jeans, handbags and electronics.

And don't give me the "Some of these people have known poverty all their life and maybe this was the first opportunity they ever had, or may ever have to afford something like insert name of item here." To that I say "Horsecakes! Big steamy ones." These are the exact same people that are going to be complaining later that they have no money...or food for their place to live, or they're not being helped. So what, is taxpayer's money supposed to continue to support these kind of people? Where does it end? When is it "enough?" And yeah, I know: "One bad apple...blah blah blah ," but you know what? I'm not really surprised by this at all. I saw this coming a mile away. This is precisely the reason I thought these cards were an ill-conceived idea to begin with. What? Ill-conceived ideas during this administration? *gasp!*...SIGH

Blood pressure inducer #2: A local woman (Fort Worth, Texas) was robbed by the family of evacuees she allowed to live in her home.

The woman opened up her home, with the understanding that it would only be for a few weeks. While the woman stayed with friends, the 9 member family "allegedly" wiped her out, stealing her TV, dressers, washer & dryer, etc. Then they "allegedly" came BACK after she'd changed the locks and helped themselves to some more. You should have seen the place. What was once a cute little house, I'm sure, had garbage strewn all over the place and was a wreck. Grrrrr!

The news reporter for FOX 4 News contacted the family who are now staying in a motel, and naturally, they denied everything. The guy she talked showed the reporter what they we're supposed to expect to fuckin' SEE the shit that was stolen, in their motel room. Puhlease. That shit was pawned ASAP. I so don't buy that they didn't steal the shit. Sorry folks, but these people look like some rough trade to me. Besides, everything the guy was saying was basically regurgitating whatever the accusations were, back onto the woman who allowed them into her home to begin with.

The reporter said that the woman may press charges and naturally, the guy's response is something like "Well, we may press charges too." Uh huh. Right, sticky fingers. Whatever.

News story #3: Some low-life real estate/"land-developer" pricks are preying on the residents of New Orleans by offering to buy their property for pennies on the dollar. These pricks are taking advantage of the fact that the majority of the families that lost their homes are poor and/or middle class and are in need of quick cash, may not have had flood insurance or may simply not know how much their property is worth.

If the old adage "What goes around comes around" is true, then I hope these motherfuckers get theirs. Scumbags.


Blogger Mariana said...

Argh! And I can't say I didn't see the second story coming either. As generous and noble as it may be to give shelter to people who have been hit by a catastrophe situations like that one were bound to happen.

I don't know about you, but I don't think it's really fair to ask people to risk being robbed and/or attacked by strangers they have let into their homes out of the kindness of their hearts without giving them any guarantees that they'll be safe. Because no such guarantees can be given I for one would regretfully decline to volunteer for it.

Monday, September 26, 2005 1:30:00 AM  
Blogger Kirkkitsch said...

You know what I find most intriguing? The fact that the only person who bothered to comment on this post doesn't even live here in the US. Which tells me one of two things:

[1] People in the US are pussies when it comes to dealing with reality

[2] Monday was a slow day for comments.

;) Either way, I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

I couldn't agree with you more about encouraging people to let total strangers into their home. The concept is very sweet...if we still lived in the 50's. However, today it's a whole other ballgame, as they say. Case in point: I talked to multiple people, "good" people, "moral" people, who donated to the cause, but were afraid they'd get the one crackhead outta the bunch who would rip them off, should they let them seek shelter with them. I was relieved to see that I wasn't the only one who thought that way. I was feeling a little guilty, then I watched the news and it all just melted away.

Thursday, September 29, 2005 7:27:00 AM  

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