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See? Helpers. They really are most of us

At a time when it seems like America is full of awful people who’d happily welcome a return to a nice state of civil war, when the president is a fatuous idiot who has no idea what he’s doing, and when really pretty much everyone is terrible, let’s take a moment to remember that most of us have some heroism inside us, and a lot of us can be pretty damned impressive when we’re called on to help others. Let’s have some appreciation for all the neighbors helping neighbors in Texas, because that’s just what you do.

The “Cajun Navy,” a loose-knit group of Louisiana volunteers who organized to help out after Katrina in 2005, has headed to Houston with their boats and trailers, where they’re using social media to help supplement the official rescue response. On a Hurricane Harvey Facebook page, Cajun Navy member Gary Davis of Youngsville, Louisiana, said they were on the way, and asked for as much detail as possible to ensure quick help:

People began asking for help, and they got it, too:

Katie Heaslip Pechon, of Madisonville, Louisiana, told NOLA.com Sunday that she and over 100 other Cajun Navy volunteers were working in Houston:

She said volunteers from Bayou Gauche and New Orleans are “headed out” to Texas “right now” to provide aid to residents in need. She stressed that people with boats are coming “out of the woodwork” to lend a hand. The Cajun Navy is also paired up with southeastern Louisiana storm spotters, she added.

Lots of boat heroes all over the area; this rescue was photographed by LA Times photojournalist Robert Gauthier:

LA Times reporter Matt Pearce has the details, which involves rescuers rescuing some guys who went to rescue others:

At the water’s edge, a Houston Police Department high-water rescue boat hauled out a trio of men in their underwear: Alex Domingues, 41, Mitchell Calderon, 19, and Emanuel Calderon, 20, all of them grinning. They had stripped down to their skivvies to swim to the rescue of an elderly man and woman, who by now were also in the boat.

“We seen the lady in her walker trying to walk on the other side of the water,” Emanuel Calderon said. “We took off our clothes — less weight.”

The man they helped rescue was Frank Andrews, 74, who has difficulty walking after four back operations in recent years. One of the Houston officers asked Andrews if there was anyone the authorities could call to notify that he was OK.

“I got nobody to help me, bottom line,” Andrews replied, sitting in a walker that converts to a chair. “It’s just the way it is. I don’t have a wife or a girlfriend.”

Andrews had tried to wait out the storm in his home, but it flooded, and he had no flood insurance: “shame on me,” he said. “It’s a quagmire, man.” While he was waiting at the side of a flooded freeway for help, the three young men swam over to help him, wrapping a sheet of plastic over his shoulders to keep him dry while waiting for a boat to come.

Then there was Daniel Gross, a 15-year-old kid who was helping his dad use a kayak to rescue neighbors who’d been flooded out. At one point, he got separated from his dad and the kayak, and waited on top of a flooded car until a police boat picked him up. Once reunited with his father, he headed right back out to keep helping people.

Or give a listen to this brief NPR story about a hero with no boat, Mashon Hunt, a 17-year-old from Rockport, Texas, who was one of several people who found the doors of a local elementary school open, and with her mom, pitched in to help provide for some 250 locals who made their way to the school:

You really can’t go far on Twitter without finding more evidence that people are, as the little girl said in her diary in 1944, really good at heart:

Were there some people who took the opportunity to be A Idiot? Of course — at least on Twitter, though not, apparently, on the ground or the water in Houston. Some entrepreneurial-success blogger from Godknowswhere dicksplained why red states are better at human decency than stinky leftists:

And A Idiot had Thoughts about how we don’t need Big Government, just neighbors in boats:

Yes, there were jerks. You’ll be delighted to know that while their sentiments got a few “likes,” they mostly elicited replies saying, in essence, either help or shut your piehole. Yr Wonkette doesn’t care who the Boat Heroes voted for — and we know for a fact a lot of them are #MAGA TRUMPs — we’re just glad they were there to help. And that the emergency services and FEMA will be there to help with stuff volunteers can’t do by themselves. It’s this social contract thing that we’re very big on. We really are all just a storm or an earthquake or, on a smaller scale, a car wreck or a job loss from disaster. And we help each other, even the people we yell at online sometimes. (OK, maybe we wouldn’t piss on Sebastian Gorka if he were on fire, but then again, we might.)

If you’re in a mood to help, we have a ton of links in our earlier Texas article. If you’re in an area affected by Hurricane Harvey and you know of someone needing help, the Cajun Navy is urging people to download the Zello Walkie Talkie app (Android link / iPhone link) and type “texas search and rescue” to find the nearest helpers. They really are everywhere.

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[NOLA.com / LAT / ABC13.com / NPR]

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  • Elvis Causticfellow

    Some people are OK.

    • (((fka_donnie_d)))

      And some are OK cable

    • schmannity

      Don’t over generalize!

    • arglebargle

      Someone has to be. Oklahoma sure ain’t pulling it’s weight.

  • Nounverb911
    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      eh, they might land as nearby as they can and take him for a helicopter ride…frankly it would be less of a pain on Houston if they did.

      • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

        Not really, since they would have to close off all airspace while Marine One or whatever is in flight. So that means suspending any air rescues or searches.

        • Permit-holder Ron

          Not that he’d know or care about that, as long as he gets his TV time.

        • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

          ah I hadn’t thought of that.

          • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

            Yeah, it’s bad enough during a routine Presidential visit (a few years back we had an incident where a private plane accidentally strayed into restricted airspace while W was here, which required fighter jets to be scrambled for intercept). During a disaster, with all sorts of air traffic, it’s a nightmare.

        • Paul

          Wow. I’m shocked, shocked I tell you. It’s almost as if Trump hasn’t thought this thing all the way through. Who knew?

    • schmannity

      Maybe a nice picture looking out the window of AF1 instead.

    • La forza del resistino

      Hurry Donald, Play-Doh reserves are running short

      • Major_Major_Major

        Time to tap into the strategic play-doh reserves, I guess.

    • laineypc

      The need for fed emergency response/money may, just may, prevent his shutting down the govt for the wall.

    • OneYieldRegular

      Maybe he can parachute himself in there.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      He’ll land at a military airport- which will be yet another diversion of resources.

    • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

      Yeah, but I hear Hobby Airport has a new seaplane base, so they’re not safe from Trump, just yet…

  • Permit-holder Ron

    Can a pony wish that people could think and act like this all the time?
    Nonetheless, it’s still heartening to see. And it’s why Canada pokes fun at Americans – because we know you can be these people.

    • laineypc

      We just need a steady stream of devastating disasters to help us all get along.

      • Permit-holder Ron

        You have Trump, what more do you NEED?

      • doktorzoom

        “She would have been a good woman,” The Misfit said, “if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.”

        — Flannery O’Connor

    • Three Finger Salute

      …and it’s why the Americans who are like the Cajun Navy pretend they’re Canadian when traveling overseas. Europeans are wise to it now and simply ignore the fact that most Canadians don’t say “y’all.” Then again, “Cajun” is a sort of borked pronunciation of “Acadian,” so at least there is some connection there.

  • ManchuCandidate

    Folks would pee on Gorka if he wasn’t on fire… But I digress….

    These folks are a lot better than Ted Cruz who his probably wondering if anyone forgot he voted against helping Hurricane victims in 2012… (they didn’t)

  • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

    I’m sure B Mac would be surprised to see the local FD, police, county sheriff, coast guard, FEMA, and Coast Guard.

    And thanks to all our neighbors in LA that helped out.

  • Vincent Ricola

    The south should be begging their state representatives to replace the statues of the racist traitors to our country with statues of real southern heroes like Red T Raccoon and Gary Davis.

  • Jenny

    Plenty of people in Texas helping with their own boats too. But uhhh Louisiana isn’t exactly out of the woods here. Won’t they need the cajun navy?

  • Elvis Causticfellow

    Were there some people who took the opportunity to be A Idiot? Of course — at least on Twitter, though not, apparently, on the ground or the water in Houston.

    Give him time, he’s aiming for Tuesday.

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    Here are a few more Twitter assholes you are welcome to smack the hell down:
    https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/901881053715030018
    https://twitter.com/IvankaTrump/status/901135922556801024

    (And another not strictly hurricane-related, but with an asshole requiring a good verbal beatdown, if your blood is sufficiently angered-up)

    https://twitter.com/mitchellvii/status/901924132530642944

    • Edith Prickly
      • cmd resistor

        So this is one of the new “try them and vote” flavors for this year?

    • Nockular cavity

      Who did Antifa run over and shoot at, again?

      • jesterpunk

        They hurt Nazis feelings so its worse.

    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      yeahhhhh, the KKK doesn’t have a 150 history of lynches, shootings, corruption, and hate.

      Fuckers.

    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      wait? Katrina was under Democrat rule? Oh, he means locally. What a dumbass.

  • eastcoastlib

    Is Louisiana not a Red State? Good to know.

    See, I have a very hard time working up much sympathy for Texas. I know, I’m becoming just like them.

  • P’jama Pahnts

    Cajun Navy. Sounds like the soup-of-the-day at the local coffee shop.

    • OneYieldRegular

      If it isn’t, it will be from now on.

      • Three Finger Salute

        Soup Anti-Nazis.

        “Oh, you’re a member of the Trumpen SS? NO CAJUN NAVY FOR YOU!”

  • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

    I hate to kill the good feels – and there’s some wonderful stories of generosity out there – but alleged christians not behaving like christians:

    Celebrity pastor Joel Osteen is drawing intense criticism online for keeping his megachurch closed during Hurricane Harvey and instead offering social media promises of prayers.

    The “prosperity gospel” minister preaches at a 16,800-seat arena at Lakewood Church near downtown Houston, which has suffered severe flooding after the hurricane made landfall and then parked over the city.

    Osteen offered prayers in a Saturday afternoon tweet, but his critics asked for more.

    • Manders

      How about some cash, Prosperity Guy?

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Osteen is precisely the sort of creature Jesus would have driven from the Temple.

    • writersbloc

      I’ve watched this guy for Lawls a couple times and the thing that always struck me was how much he blinks when he talks- it’s constant. Isn’t that a classic tell when someone is lying.

      • jesterpunk

        It could be a sign of mental illness.

        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC493217/

        Neurological examination and electroencephalograms and electro-oculograms, recorded by telemetry, from unmedicated patients with acute and chronic schizophrenia demonstrate a number of abnormalities of extraocular movement including staring, abnormal blink rate, absent glabellar reflex, and increase in horizontal eye movements. As potential clues to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia, these disturbances are analysed in relation to anatomical substrate and dopamine modulation of ocular movement, rapid eye movement sleep, and the neurological disorders in which similar disturbances of ocular movement occur.

        • Three Finger Salute

          I’m actually bookmarking that link not because of the odious Osteen but because I’m always keen to find out new clues as to why my family is so fucked up.

          People like this, however, aren’t helping.

      • Serai 1

        Sure – so long as it’s not related to anything else. “Tells” are worthless because they’re not always the same, and any “tell” can be attributed to many causes other than lying. They’re really just a crutch for people who don’t want to admit they’re just guessing.

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      I’ve often heard the argument that churches should not be taxed because the provide the much-needed social services that a government would need to provide, and thus tax for. Yeah, here’s a great example of how that is exactly untrue.

      • Serai 1

        Disasters like this are a great opportunity for the federal government to pull tax-exempt status from these shitty money-grifting temples. Didn’t help out? Too bad – NOW YOU HAVE TO PAY.

      • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

        yup.

    • Vel Venturi

      Osteen is the worst, and gods know he has the resources to help a lot of people, but I think his megachurch/Summit was inaccessible (from what I have seen on social media). But yeah, hell, Mattress Mac opened his stores, lots of other businesses and churches were helping. Osteen is a slick con man who preaches the odious prosperity gospel, and I doubt he will deign to do much, since it would mean less cash for him.

      • Vel Venturi

        Well, I am ashamed to say I was fooled by these people, and gave them the benefit of the doubt. They were lying and the building is accessible. Public shaming forced him to open it as a shelter. I hope this will open his flock’s eyes to what he really is–a slick sleaze.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Christ-on-a-cracker car salesman sez wut?

    • Permit-holder Ron

      Funny, shouldn’t he have been casting his bread upon the waters? After all, he’d be getting it back after a while so there’s no loss.

    • Paul

      He seems nice.

    • CeeQ

      Oh heavens. Joel didn’t think people would ACTUALLY expect him to ACT like an actual Christian! Those are just words he says so people would hand over money to him! Oh dear.

  • wobbly

    Awesome story at NOLA. com-Cajun Navy revives woman they found floating face down on a street in Houston.

  • Darrell Imaginarian

    Now watch the Feds turn on a gushing firehose of money and splooge all over Texas. Not saying they need it but…. I bet they take it.

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    I’m all for increased military spending if it means buying more flat bottomed boats for our National and State Guards. Clearly, they are needed in this century.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Some entrepreneurial-success blogger from Godknowswhere dicksplained why red states are better at human decency than stinky leftists

    Guess again, asshole.

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      States hit by natural disasters should get the relief they need when they need it. This tit for tat political posturing is bullshit.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    And A Idiot had Thoughts about how we don’t need Big Government, just neighbors in boats:

    These are the same idiots who think charity can do everything health care does.
    Do a few hundred volunteers and boats make a dent? Absolutely. But, they won’t solve it completely.

    • Edith Prickly

      Yes. Housing the people who will be homeless and repairing the all the damaged homes and infrastructure will need more than a few DIY barn raisings.

      • Querolous

        President Carter can only pound so many nails in a day.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Also, they are something of an organized volunteer force, which is great. Just hitching the ol boat to the trailer and heading down there if you don’t have skills and aren’t familiar with conditions could make you another person who needs to be rescued.

    • OneYieldRegular

      If only someone had tried to warn us that hurricanes would become stronger faster and cause greater damage as the planet heated up.

  • capnkrunch

    (OK, maybe we wouldn’t piss on Sebastian Gorka if he were on fire, but then again, we might.)

    Maybe if he wasn’t on fire…

    • Villago Delenda Est

      I think I’d cross the street to piss on him even if he wasn’t on fire.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      I would stop to take a selfie.

      • OutOfOrbit

        yo-duh best, baby

    • Joe Beese

      Necessary questions:

      1) Do I really have to go? Like I had a big Coke an hour ago?
      2) How high are the flames? Would I have to grit my teeth against the heat to get within arc distance?
      3) Would he enjoy it? (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
      4) Are there Russian hookers whose livelihoods I’d be interfering with?

      Context is everything.

      • Bobathonic

        5) Is there a spot on him that’s not aflame? That’s where I’m peeing.

    • jesterpunk

      I wouldn’t piss on him if he was on fire, I don’t want to take the chance of winding up on a sex offender registry for it.

      • Arolpin

        Much safer to just put out the fire with a pitchfork. Probably should have a metal or fiberglass handle, so it doesn’t burn.

        • jesterpunk

          That sounds a lot better and a lot more helpful too.Thanks for the tips.

    • Ricky Gay

      I would want to stock up on asparagus first.

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    God, I’m usually on the hunt for positive stories to support positive stories, but with this hurricane, I’m falling very short.
    https://twitter.com/JohnJHarwood/status/902212521976897537

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      “But it’s different!”
      “How?”
      “This time it’s my political ass on the line!”

    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      which, if they voted against it, it would be – but he was the one doing political sniping during Sandy.

      I think now is the PERFECT time to tell cruz, we’ll vote, but don’t be a dick like last time in the future, k?

      • calliecallie

        Would that work, I wonder?

        • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

          i doubt it. Apparently Cruz was asked about his sandy vote and said he didn’t regret it, “no why would I?”

          Seriously.

          They’ll stomp their feet and the money will (rightly) be appropriated and he’ll be an asshole about it when it comes time for NC or somebody to get a few Ameros.

    • Elvis Causticfellow

      This is how you become the most-liked member of the Senate.

    • Edith Prickly

      Here’s a thought, Ted – stop being such an asshole and people won’t have to keep pointing it out to you.

    • HorseChestnut

      I thought they didn’t run to Big Daddy Government?

    • Joe Beese

      Petty political sniping on Capitol Hill! Why I never!

    • cmd resistor

      This from the guy who defines “sniping.”

    • Serai 1

      Okay, fucker, we’ll give you your money – IF YOU RESIGN FROM CONGRESS.

    • Three Finger Salute

      If Ted was an MP in Alberta, he’d have begged for aid to Fort Mac, then voted no on helping flood victims in Québec. Canada flushes their fascists, but they don’t vanish — they end up in the basement below.

    • Kip TW

      My NY ‘colleague’ does indeed remember Cruz’s asshole inhumanity. That doesn’t mean he’s voting against help for Texas. Like me, he’s a liberal, and doesn’t put a test of political correctness on humanitarian aid.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    I’m just glad to see vindication for Mr Rogers, at least:

    http://4101-presscdn-0-61.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Rogers.jpg

    • Toledo Window Box

      And when we got the Mr. Rogers version of a President, Jimmy Carter, they made mincemeat out of him.

      • jesterpunk
        • Three Finger Salute
          • jesterpunk

            I love that video, he actually got more money then he was asking for too.

          • Three Finger Salute

            And now, sadly, it’s all gone to Koch.

            PBS today = Plutocrat Bull Shit

          • Kip TW

            This is one of the most gripping episodes on television for me, with Fred Rogers sitting down with nothing but decency, facing a gang of GOP ax-wielders intent on killing public television, and seeing him talk quietly and slowly as they are won over.

            That’s my hero.

        • Serai 1

          You could hardly get more comprehensive proof of their fucking villainy than THAT.

  • Beowoof14

    As Mr. Rogers used to say when things looked really bad, “look for the helpers”, there they are and it’s good to see them out there when faith in many Americans was at a low with Trump’s election.

  • HorseChestnut

    Can we load all the entrepreneurial-success bloggers into a rocket and shoot it into the sun? Please?

  • Mr. Blobfish

    I hate Twitter.

  • Joe Beese

    O/T:

    “I could run for mayor, I could run for legislator, I could run for Senate,” Arpaio said Monday. One particular race, however, is likely to gain significant attention: the GOP primary next year facing Flake, R-Ariz., a forceful Trump critic.

    “I’m sure getting a lot of people around the state asking me” to challenge Flake, said Arpaio, who served 24 years as sheriff before losing reelection in 2016. “All I’m saying is the door is open and we’ll see what happens. I’ve got support. I know what support I have.”

    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/joe-arpaio-may-challenge-jeff-flake-for-arizona-senate-seat/article/2632732

    • jowgajen

      If he wants to blow a lot of nazi money doing that, that’s fine by me.

  • Joe Beese
  • TJ Barke

    Those supporters of your president are nazis, so fuck yourself.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    I like it when social media isn’t 100% shitty.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Still 99 44/100%.

      But at least, not 100%.

      • Oblios_Cap

        Like Dove soap.

      • Serai 1

        Not even close to 99%. The problem is the assholes are 99% LOUDER.

        • Three Finger Salute

          Not sure what the bot-to-person ratio is though.

          • Serai 1

            Doesn’t matter. The point is that, just as in any situation, we HEAR about the assholes so much that it seems there are hardly any decent people around, when in fact the decent people usually outnumber the assholes 10-1. We just don’t know it because they’re not screaming shit at the top of their lungs, so they’re not considered interesting enough for the media to pay attention to. So we hear all about the shitheads on Twitter because awful and evil is more interesting than nice and decent, so they get all the attention.

            Except in moments like this, when people start to realize that not everyone is an asshole. But then we forget pretty quickly because the decent people go back to being quietly decent, and the cycle starts again. Rinse, lather, repeat. Humans just find shitheadedness more fascinating than decency.

  • OneYieldRegular

    Is it just me, or do Donald Trump’s tweets about Harvey seem to be congratulating everyone on achieving HISTORIC rainfall?

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Empathy is not his strong point, or any point.

    • Sophia

      I personally think he’s been congratulating the storm so he can show how tough he is of weather

    • P’jama Pahnts

      Finally he gets something bigger than Obama’s

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        We’ll see. Obama had Sandy.

    • Oblios_Cap

      I liked the twatter where he was handling the rain and flooding. He just goes “full stupid”.

    • Panika MCD

      it’s not just you.

  • TJ Barke

    FYI Swan, antifa is primarily comprised of anarchists, and a great deal of them worked and volunteered aid during and after Katrina. Because mutual fucking aid.

    • Occupy groups provided a lot of assistance post-Sandy. Funny how the expertise learned in powering the Zuccoti Park camp translated into powering areas hit by the storm.

  • MrTusks

    Private citizens save us again! Seems like a good reason to disband FEMA and the Coast Guard, right Republicans?

    Fuck it, the Red Cross too. I know they aren’t government but nothing matters anymore.

  • Picabo

    Update on Harvey the Hurricane hawk.
    Harvey the Hurricane Hawk was picked up on Saturday afternoon from a taxi cab driver who rescued him. He is being cared for by TWRC Wildlife Center’s Rehabilitation Coordinator who is also a State and Federally Permitted raptor rehabilitator!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVe5ynGQRMk

    • Permit-holder Ron

      ‘Let me out! I was getting some amazing speed out there!’

  • Vel Venturi

    Houston is a pretty blue-trending city, actually, so these idiots are really talking out of their asses, as usual.

  • Oblios_Cap

    OK, maybe we wouldn’t piss on Sebastian Gorka if he were on fire, but then again, we might

    I wouldn’t piss on him. I’d put out the fire with salt water.

    • SirFartzAlot

      I would piss on him but try very hard to avoid the burning parts.

    • Panika MCD

      I might be tempted to put out a fire with his body, but I don’t see that happening.

  • Serai 1

    Has anyone seen any pictures of people being rescued who aren’t white? ‘Cause I haven’t seen any yet.

    • Panika MCD

      yes, several of the people Dok mentioned are Hispanic. and Ashton Woods of BLMHOU is posting to get people help in his area which is mostly African American. (I love Ashton so much!)

    • wobbly

      Photos on the Houston Chronicle show Hispanics, Asians, and South Asians being rescued, and two African Americans with a raft looking for people to help. NOLA.com has a story about the Cajun Navy pulling an African-American lady from the water and reviving her.

    • Panika MCD

      I should also mention that Houston has large Vietnamese and Chinese populations. there are over 400 languages spoken in the city.

  • La forza del resistino

    Mexico says we won’t pay to build good walls but good will is something we do.
    Mexican Gov’t Offers Texas Assistance ‘As Good Neighbors Should Always Do’
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mexican-government-offers-texas-assistance-after-harvey

    • gallbladder

      I hope that chafes Drumpf’s fat fucking ass down to his coccyx.

      • Serai 1

        I don’t. He’s liable to kill something really important just to say FUCK YOU to Mexico.

    • Permit-holder Ron

      I don’t wanna know how Twitler spins this, if he even acknowledges it at all.

      • gallbladder

        I suspect that the deflection might involve additional pardons and/or ICBMs.

      • cmd resistor

        Somehow it will be about him. LIke, they did it because they “like” him.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Like a good neighbor, our NAFTA partners are there!

      (For now, at least.)

    • Huh, it looks like Mexico DOES send its best people.

      #MAGA: Mexico Assists GOP Antagonizes

    • eyelashviper

      The Shithead in Chief might send ICE to stop them..

  • Panika MCD

    more nice times:

    Chief Acevedo (who I miss having as my police chief) has been tweeting up a storm (mostly to tell people how to get help) shared that on Saturday night 15 HPD officers and neighbors created a human chain across a bayou to save a family.

    hundreds of people (yours truly included) in Austin picked up foster animals on Friday and Saturday to make room at our shelters for evacuated pets–not forgetting to drop off donations on the way in. most of us did so after our friends on the coast decided not to take us up on our housing offers.

    HEB has sent their disaster relief fleet. yes, the largest grocery chain in the state has one of those and also finds time to donate all unmarketable, but edible food; and fund its own liberal education 501(c)(4). heck, the proceeds of my dog food from them goes to local shelters.

    ADS has sent 20 shower vehicles to provide showers to evacuees and first responders.

    and expo centers around the state have opened to shelter livestock.

    • Paul

      Major props to all and especially to you personally. What sort of critter did you rescue?

      • Panika MCD

        this Jazzy lady. she’s been at APA! for a while because she’s had 5 surgeries for a prolapsed colon, but no relapse for 3 months! Alien Brother is in love with her right down to the bat ears and special farts. we’ll see if we can get her used to cats and if Bo’s trainer has any ideas for introducing the two, but APA has multiple weekly events at a PetCo within walking diatance of me.

        https://www.austinpetsalive.org/adopt/available-dog-details/?ID=46179

        • Paul

          D’awwww. No wonder Alien Brother is smitten.

          Good for all of you.

          • Panika MCD

            I wish I could keep her. she and Calliope Jane have been playing their brains out, but this lady really deserves a yard.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Keep up the good work Panika. Both as a rescuer and roving reporter.

    • eyelashviper

      thank you for your really fine reporting, and for your helping out so much!

  • chortlingdingo

    Taking a break for a few days. I think the worst is over for me, but my tolerance for snark is at an all time low. No sense in biting y’all’s heads off just because I’m stressed. Stay safe, fellow Texans.

    • Panika MCD

      I thought Dok did a good job. hope you’re well. if you’re un Austin, come help me walk these dogs and have a drink!

      • chortlingdingo

        I don’t want him to get the wrong idea, so I’ll pop back in for a sec! It wasn’t Dok, just a combination of things. Too bad I’m not in Austin, or I’d take you up on that!

        • Panika MCD

          maybe another time! we could do a regional drunky thing.

        • Panika MCD

          okay, make sure you file any insurance claims and keep hard copies NOW. HB1774 goes into effect on 9/1 and it was incredibly illadvised.

  • TJ Barke

    These people just can’t stop seeing government as some sort of hostile foreign entity.

    • Three Finger Salute

      The Gospel of St. Reagan. Government is the temple of Soviet Satan.

      • Rags

        A gospel fulfilled by the present occupant of the WH

  • SisterArtemis

    Not ashamed to admit I start crying every time I see ordinary folks help out in emergencies, so I’ve been pretty choked up all morning as people post stuff here and on facebook. Pretty impressive, and I’m guessing that most, if not all of the MAGA folks are putting differences aside right now, and just getting the work done.

    • YetAnotherRebecca

      Me too. While I was scrolling through Twitter this morning I came across the same tweet that began this article and immediately teared up. I’m a cynical pessimist practically all of the time, but seeing the way these selfless people just picked up everything to head to Texas to rescue their most vulnerable fellow citizens just eats through my heart’s hard shell like alien xenomorph blood through the flooring of the Nostromo.

    • Sophie McMillan

      the one that got to me was the photo of Otis the dog strolling along with a red bag in his mouth. I just read that he has been reunited with his family but the tears were there as i hugged my two furry critters

  • chascates

    We got 10.5″ of rain here at the farm (Austin got about the same) but just 30 or so miles east and south they got twice that amount. The sun just now broke through and it has quit raining.
    And my internet is back on!!!

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      Glad to hear you made it through all right.

    • Panika MCD

      how are your trees? I’ve seen so many down.

      • chascates

        We just lost a few limbs but nothing else. We spent most of Thursday and Friday covering up and securing things. We lost 6 ducks to a combination of temperature change and shock. The remainder of the ducks (about 275 egg layers and 400 meat ducks) are all OK and having the time of their lives, running around finding goodies to eat in the moist soil.

        • Panika MCD

          good. sorry about the duck loss, but glad the majority survived!

        • Panika MCD

          also: make sure you file any insurance claims NOW and keep hard copies. HB1774 did pass and goes into effect on 9/1 and the president of SBOT is reminding people all claims made before then will be unaffected by the law–which shouldn’t have passed in the first place.

          • Sophie McMillan

            wonder how many will not know this. so many will be dealing with devastation and emotional pain and will not think about filing. How does the new law affect them

          • Panika MCD

            HEB’s disaster relief trailers can help people with this and have been notified by SBOT to ask people about this. it’s every other post in my FacePlant feed right now.

          • Zyxomma

            Panika, I’m copy-pasting this to my FB page; I have many TX friends. Hope you don’t mind. I just hope their internet access is on by Thursday.

          • Panika MCD

            try finding one of the articles, the letter from the president of SBOT or take the fact sheet from Eddie Rodriguez’s page (he’s a state rep) so that they get complete info!

          • Zyxomma

            TY. Done.

  • SineDie

    Twitter is Trump’s collaborator. How disgusting that people in TX got their messages, not from the WH and the POTUS,
    but from “Real Donald Trump.”

  • SineDie

    This crazy-making country. No matter how angry I get at where we are, something comes along that reminds me why I love the place.

  • goonemeritus

    We amateur nautical enthusiasts are easy to dismiss most days as just as likely to drunkenly fall out of our boats while trying to standup and pee. But when things get a little damp we are good friends to have.

    • Panika MCD

      and when the waters recede, your great for a party before clean up begins!

  • Trilobyte

    I’m in the middle of this, but thankfully my home near downtown Houston, though surrounded by flooded bayous, is still high & dry. Also thankful for all the persons coming from near and far to rescue those in dire need. It’s a time for common concern for humanity and politics has no place. But, when the water recedes and the Cajun Navy, and all the other hundreds and hundreds of heroes have trailered their boats away there is going to be a continuing human disaster, all the people with ruined homes, lost work, no place to go. And these problems are going to affect the poorest disproportionately. That’s when the politics and the ramifications of political choices are going to come roaring back. But by then the Great Eye of the media will have turned away…

    • Panika MCD

      there will be emergency interim hearings at the TX lege and I will likely be the one covering them for work. any time you see me, I’m more than happy to give you an update! glad your area is safe.

    • Pierre_de_Fermat

      Was looking at the scenes of devastation in New Orleans after Katrina and this will definitely be so in TX for some years to come.

    • Whollyholeyholy

      I’m glad you are safe. Houston is my home even though I haven’t lived there in more than a dozen years, and although there’s much to gripe about there (geography and weather), there’s also an amazing amount of culture and awesome people. I’ve cried for a lot of people today. And yelled at some about political finger pointing while people are still in touch and go situations. But, yes, the choices will come roaring back…

  • armed_bears
    • armed_bears

      This is not my orgasm face.

      • Jeffery Campbell

        I’m hoping that isn’t anyone’s orgasm face.

    • Augustus

      “Go ahead, just finish right on my face… if you have faith, what you give today will be returned to you tenfold. Yep, right on my face, mmhmh”

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Invisible plastic sex doll.

    • eyelashviper

      The eclipse, now this, please take me Baby Jebus.

    • SadDemInTex

      Someone make a very naughty gif…like ejaculate spurting on his face.

    • JustDon’tSayDignity

      Help poors from the middle of the city? Oh my stars and garters!

    • SeeTrain65

      “Please don’t make the government ask me to help!”

  • Panika MCD

    all 12 thousand TX National and State Guard have been activated.

    • Red Bird

      Are you working with Governor Wheels?

      • Panika MCD

        nope, but he is a client of my reporting service. I just know a lot of people.

  • Cat Cafe for the Resignation

    So one of the biggest ways this gives me hope is it shows that most people, most Americans, are actually good at heart, as little Annie said. Which means they are acting from pure disinformation, from ignorance, from being endlessly lied to and being too uneducated or too isolated to discover the truth. We CAN reach them. We should spend as much time as we can trying to make sure people hear the truth, and as much time as we can trying to clean up the army of bots and trolls and desinformatsiya on the internet (force Twitter to have some accountability). Our marches actually will help. We have to keep up the fight for truth and decency. Maybe the way they see this in front of their own eyes–Mexico coming to help; Mexicans and even undocumented immigrants saving lives — will begin to make a difference. Let’s hope.

    • Augustus

      I think you’re right, though there will always be that portion of unreachable people that you have to give up on (truly evil people, acting willfully).

      There is and has been a tremendously effective campaign of mis- and disinformation, that has ramped up 100x since the Obama era, that makes it legitimately challenging for a lot of people to know what the truth actually is.

      The world is very complicated, more so now than ever. Increasingly, though, information is being transmitted in watered-down and highly edited form, and littered with infotainment and advertising to the point where the actual news becomes impossible to discern. Throw in “both-sides-do-it-“ism on the cable shows, and it’s easy to see how people are misled.

      Almost irrespective of what Trump’s henchmen do, I believe the media is the biggest roadblock we have to meaningful democratically-induced progressive change in this country. That and fucking gerrymandering.

      • Cat Cafe for the Resignation

        Beautifully put. I completely agree.

      • SadDemInTex

        Yep

  • Panika MCD

    for those asking why they didn’t evac Houston:

    during Hurricane Rita, Houston had 113 deaths. 107 of those deaths were because of the evacuation. there have been 5 so far this time and it’s a much worse storm. it is easier to save people from houses than from cars.

    • Augustus

      which is due to bad regional land use and development planning and the fact that you can’t build highways wide enough to carry the people that need to use them

      the automobile did more harm for America than good

      • Panika MCD

        I’ve held off on mentioning this because it is a disaster, but Houston is not zoned at all–though most TX munis are so the other affected areas aren’t quite as fucked. however, Houston has done well with transpo planning, but there are 6 million people in the metro area.

        • Red Bird

          Are you saying zoning would have helped?

          • Panika MCD

            yes.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Not so much the automobile as Nixon’s suburbanization strategy.

      • SadDemInTex

        That picture they keep showing of that highway in Houston….if you look at the dry version it is literally a concrete gully. On either side of the highway is what look likes a dam at least 12 feet high…maybe more. Thank god the Dallas City Council finally ditched the plan to put a highway in the Trinity river gully next to downtown. It would have looked exactly like that and have flooded in every fucking rain storm (but the developer would have made billions).

        • Yellerduck

          I used to live very close to that gully. The first overpass on the northbound side is Hazard street. I always thought that was appropriate. Trucks hit it very frequently, and yes, it does fill up like a bathtub underneath.

    • SadDemInTex

      Keep posting that Panika…people need to understand that the Houston mayor made the right call.

      • Panika MCD

        I love Sly Turner right down to the abacus he had a plaque saying “Sometimes all you need is an extra $1 billion.” (he used to be Vice Chair of House Appropriations, Longoria is his successor) that he gave to Zerwas (the committee’s new chair) at the beginning of the year. as a state rep he used to pull that thing out on the floor when they did franchise tax exemptions.

      • Panika MCD

        do you have any damage at your place?

        • SadDemInTex

          I’m in Dallas. But I know a lot of people in Houston.

    • Red Bird

      Thanks for saying this. The mayor of Houston is being dragged for his decision.

      • Panika MCD

        Sly Turner was a stellar state rep and he’s been a great mayor–even before Harvey.

    • Dinz6315

      Haven’t these people ever seen or been to Houston? It’s spread out over a huge area, and I don’t know how that would have ever worked.
      But they have to diss the guy for something, I guess…

  • Saxo the Grammarian
  • Panika MCD

    WaPo has a list of fake news stories:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2017/08/28/no-the-shark-picture-isnt-real-a-running-list-of-harveys-viral-hoaxes/?utm_term=.86f6a91101af

    the photo from Ft. Bend was sent because there were reports of alligators seeking higher ground and they attached a photo they had on file. I suspect the same is true of the photo the Cajun Navy sent–they just didn’t stop to take a photo, but used one they already had.

    • eyelashviper

      There was a live report yesterday afternoon, with video footage, of these rows of trucks pulling boats outside of Houston, and then the location where they put the boats into the water and took off to rescue people.

    • doktorzoom

      Yup — Cajun Navy going to Houston is real, even if pic is from 2016 mobilization for Louisiana flooding.

      • Panika MCD

        and the photo of the alligator is real and from Ft Bend, but not from recently. the sheriff shared it as an example because the alligators are, in fact, seeking higher ground.

  • If any Cajun Navy sailors are Liberals, I know how they feel…

    You only went to Texas because Texans couldn’t handle the job themselves.

    Texans don’t want you there. I think most of them would rather drown in pigshit than admit they got in trouble and a Liberal had to save them.

    You don’t want to be there. These people are stupid and you can’t fix that (although duct tape does muffle the sound a bit)…

    Salute!
    https://media.giphy.com/media/3osxYrgM8gi9CDjcPu/giphy.gif

    • Carpe Vagenda

      Or maybe they’re liberals because they don’t think that human beings have to be perfect to deserve help? It’s part of the whole welfare state thing.

    • Panika MCD

      Houston is a blue city and even the red areas that are affected don’t deserve you painting the whole state with one brush. nearly 30 million people call TX home. Houston is the most diverse city in the country where you can hear over 400 languages spoken. they have large Hispanic, African American, Chinese and Vietnamese populations. remember when those red bloggers are jerks, you don’t need to match it by being a jerk yourself.

  • Jeffery Campbell

    This is what truly makes America great.

  • jesterpunk

    It is great that so many people are helping so please don’t take this wrong, but do these people have any actual rescue training or are they just people with boats who want to help? If they don’t have any actual training what will prevent them from causing more problems if something goes wrong?

    • CindyinEncinitas

      I think they’re providing a valuable service and 99.9% of them know how to keep from becoming part of the problem. You can’t be a compleat Idiot and own a boat for very long.

      • jesterpunk

        Dont get me wrong I do think they are helping and its great that people are stepping up to help in whatever way they can. Its just that there is a difference between fishing and pulling a struggling person into a boat.

        • kareemachan

          So… why are you dissing them?

          • jesterpunk

            I am not, I was asking if they had any training. There have been disasters in the past where people came in to help and wound up making things worse and diverting attention from other areas.

          • Red Bird

            I’m in Houston right now. They’re helping to supplement the search and rescue. It’s a good thing.

          • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

            i think it was a fair question to ask. I thought of it when I first read they were on the way.

          • jesterpunk

            See Panika’s answer above, the coast guard is vetting and managing everything.

          • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

            i did see that.

      • Smibo

        I’m an experienced boater (and former paramedic) with a boat that could carry 5-6 people besides myself. After Katrina, I was ready to haul it up to NOLA, and tried to organize a Dunkirk-like flotilla of like-minded boaters in my SW Florida area to go up there and get some peeps off the rooftops. When I called FEMA though, I was told in no uncertain terms NOT to come, that I would be turned away and not allowed access, that I would only make the problems worse. I didn’t go.

        What has changed?

        • CindyinEncinitas

          Dude, my brother-in-law was with USAR Task Force CA-6 and they were ordered to NOLA, then somebody changed their minds and the whole team parked their trucks and sat in hotels out of state FOR DAYS. Who gave the order for a trained, federally funded USAR team with fire trucks and swift water gear and every other fucking thing you could possibly need to NOT render assistance? Are you worried they would GET IN THE WAY? My blood still boils when I think about it.

          • Smibo

            I guess it was Brownie, doing a heckuva job.

      • Sakonyachen

        Boats are kind of a Darwin thing. If you don’t enjoy thinking before you act, you can end up owning a boat for the rest of your life, which will not be very long. Water and speed do not mix. Especially when there is no way of knowing what’s underwater like some people I knew(knew is a loose term) who were good natured but not so bright.

        • CindyinEncinitas

          I grew up with a family getaway at the Colorado River and had boats my whole life. When I was young, the river was pretty lawless and I saw all sorts of crazy shit. But my dad, being a firefighter, was keen to develop his daughters’ ability to determine when and when not to get in someone else’s boat.

    • eyelashviper

      They are boat owners, and many helped out after Katrina, so they probably know what they are doing. They should be commended for stopping whatever they were doing and rushing to help out. As the storm tilts east, their own homes could be in peril.
      After Hurricane Andrew in Florida, thousands of citizens took time to help out to cut trees blocking streets, to help with traffic as all lights were gone, to bring ice and water to people who could not get out. It was a real army of good folks who helped in a major disaster there.

      • jesterpunk

        I am not criticizing them, but there is a difference between fishing and rescuing someone. Especially when you pull them into the boat and try and keep it from tipping over.

        • eyelashviper

          I think that anyone who has spent any amount of time on the water, and knows how to manage a boat would understand the basic principles involved, including how to get someone into a boat from the water.

          • CindyinEncinitas

            Haven’t we all pulled a skier into the boat who has fallen a few times and lost their strength?

    • Panika MCD

      USCG is vetting and coordinating the civilian assistance and thousands of people around the state got trained by the Red Cross on Friday. many people who were trained for previous flooding events also headed that way.

      • jesterpunk

        Thank you Panika, I missed that in the stories about the groups coming in and helping.

        • Panika MCD

          Chief Acevedo put out a message for everyone offering that kind of help to contact USCG and how.

    • LucindathePook

      Dunkirk

  • Carpe Vagenda

    If you plan to donate to the Red Cross anyway, Amazon will double your donation.

    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/902149434150182913

    • Sophie McMillan

      so, i am not sure about donating to rRed Cross. Everything I have read implies that very little of the donation gets to the people who actually need it. Am I wrong??

      • Carpe Vagenda

        In the case of Haiti, that turned out to be the case, but I believe with the whole country watching this is safe.

      • doktorzoom

        We had a big ol’ debunk of that in Shitferbrains (comments, not main article); it’s an undeserved reputation. Charity Navigator gives ARC 3 stars; some complaints about ARC’s work in Haiti seem a bit off, like 1/4 of their fundraising going to running/administering the effort… which is going to cost a hell of a lot in a place that was dysfunctional to start with and then wrecked by a hurricane.

      • Jennaratrix

        Very wrong. 90 cents out of every dollar goes straight to people. I’m really not going to go into my whole spiel again; I wrote a bunch on this yesterday, you can check my comment history if you want to see more details.

      • katkelly57

        Oh Sophie, do not, I repeat…do not give the RC one penny of your hard earned cash.
        Crooks and thieves they are….check out Charity Navigator before giving to any charity.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    “We seen the lady in her walker trying to walk on the other side of the water,” Emanuel Calderon said. “We took off our clothes — less weight.”

    If Texans were godly enough to walk on the water, they wouldn’t be in this mess.
    /s

  • Carpe Vagenda

    but hey, you know who’s not a hero at all?

    https://twitter.com/coopah/status/902237913588654080

    • SadDemInTex

      You are fucking kidding me? Fuck him with votes….hard.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        A man whose non-profit organization has bought him multiple private jets for his personal use.

    • jesterpunk

      Take away his tax exemption now.

      • Panika MCD

        make it retroactive.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      Doesn’t want mud on the carpets, which are probably hideously expensive. Hoping the fact that he’s an asshole goes viral. Then again, 99% of this sleazebag’s followers are probably Trumpanzees, and the fact that Il Douche is an asshole makes no difference to them.

    • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

      Well, it’s not like he’s a real christian. Isn’t he one of those openly grifty “prosperity” huxsters.

      • Carpe Vagenda

        Yep. Watered down Calvinism for people who can’t be bothered with virtue.

        • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

          I really don’t understand this “Christian Lite” stuff. I mean I’m not a Christian, but at least I’ve read the bible in entirety (and my reading comprehension level is very good). I know there are many contradictions but leaving out the Jesus said love… part makes no sense since it is really all of the NT message.

  • Sally Mushrush

    I am here in about the middle of Houston. I can hear and see rescue activity around me for the last 2 days. I can’t really help except by staying put. Please don’t put more pressure on an already over -loaded system.

    • eyelashviper

      Stay safe, hope you have adequate shelter and food and water..

    • SadDemInTex

      Stay safe!

    • Panika MCD

      this truly sucks, but if you have any damage, you need to take photos, file with your insurance company and keep hard copies NOW. stupid HB1774 will make storm damage claims filed on or after 9/1 harder. president of SBOT is trying to make sure as many of these get done before then as possible.

  • kareemachan

    We just bought an inflatable boat. If it wasn’t for the fact that we livein WA state, we’d be helping even as I type. As this is the case, we’ll be helping in other ways.

    Too bad drumpster can’t feel the same way.

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Why do I have a feeling that some of the Cajun navy voted for Hillary, and/or Bernie? I heard Brent Farenthold on CNN earlier saying “see, we just have neighbors helping neighbors.” See, libtards? The government is absolutely not necessary. I’m assuming that church groups will clean up the petrochemical disaster that’s sure to follow. Good thing Trump appointed Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.

  • Red Bird

    I hope this doesn’t become political.

    • CindyinEncinitas

      No shit. This is not the time. This can be a shining moment for us as a country. We can show each other how heinous Lord Dampnut is for trying to divide us. Nature is driving home the point that we need each other. So very desperately.

    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      already has – the Federalist had a piece today…i just skimmed the opening paragraph. They’re saying hte media is using this as an excuse to bash trump or some such drivel.

      • Red Bird

        We have the option to ignore them.

        • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

          just sayin’ – thinking it wouldn’t get political was never going to happenn.

        • Shibusa

          The new wingnut narrative seems to be that the Governor of Louisiana was responsible for the mess Katrina created. (That or Obama.) But Drumpf is to be praised for his hard work saving the day in TX.

          • Red Bird

            And yet I’ve heard his name only once this morning during the storm updates. Actually one channel switched away from the Governor while he talked about something Trump told him on the phone. It was funny. Governor Wheels was able to say “I got a call from the president. ..” and they immediately switched over to a short of someone on a boat.

      • Carpe Vagenda
      • Sakonyachen

        I’m trying to remember any mention of Trump in any reports I’ve heard or read. There was an article about how he pardoned Arpaio at the same time the storm hit to minimize the damage. That was Trump hiding behind the storm with his politicized use of the pardon, not the media politicizing a disaster.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    And – of course – our Dipshit-in-Chief will try to claim credit for the effort.

  • chicken thief

    Word is that Jared and Ivanka are tired of DC. Maybe they’ll take a break and lend a hand in TX?

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      Now THAT’S snark!

    • Shibusa

      She can tweet out instructions on how to champagne popsicles.

      • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

        Plug her line of outdoor gear.

      • Jennaratrix

        Advise flood victims to slip into her “luxe” velvet heels.

  • Mike Wallace

    CNN reporting people in TX shooting at CajunNavy when boats are too full to carry everyone at once because Texas.

    • Sophie McMillan

      fucking people . that’s all I have.

    • Panika MCD

      I’ve not seen anything on this from people on the ground.

      • Mike Wallace

        They were quoting guys from Cajun Navy so I don’t know.

        • Panika MCD

          I’m saying that I’ve seen nothing from anyone on the ground. could be true, but it could also be reporters jumping the gun–no pun intended.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie
    • Jamoche

      FFS, Obama first came to national attention for pointing out the ways Bush was fucking up the Katrina response.

    • Sakonyachen

      In Sybil Jordan’s defense, I don’t think that is evidence of being the dumbest person on Twitter. Honorable mention maybe.

  • The Librarian

    Who left the goddamn onions out, Spawn or FOS (Friends of Spawn)? I’m gonna kick some mumble mumble curse word……right after I hug them all. When the big one hits I’ll need them to save my sorry old butt. Most of all, I love them.

  • Carpe Vagenda
    • Panika MCD

      I love Sly! and Art!

  • Jeff Mc Donald

    How did Trump arrange this? It’s got to have been his idea….right?

  • Panika MCD

    2 octanegerians and their 4 great-grandchildren drowned in their van last night when they ignored recs to shelter in place.

  • Panika MCD

    back to nice times: all unaffected restaurateurs in Houston are using the current lull while Harvey is briefly back over the gulf to deliver hot meals to first responders and shelters.

  • SadDemInTex

    When I saw this I had a memory of seeing a small boat go down the street during a flood of the Bay Area when I was a tiny child. (I was looking out the window of our house…well, someone’s house that was on a hillock above the flood). It turns out to be this one. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/84bf6ca6ca559138e97c1c79f2b3c7b6b504147350e30e2e0dc13d3c0123acfc.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c6c2392c6bb3c0185fd75b93ab1fcd3fc2967fcd78a6931baeb40c6461f801c0.jpg

  • Way2GoSassy

    For all you folks who have never been to Texas let me say this…while Texas has more than it’s share of idiots in politics what you are seeing happening in Texas now is how regular Texans are all the time. when a disaster strikes they don’t wait for help from the government they get off their collective asses and get to work saving themselves and their neighbors. Politics,race and religion make no difference at all.

    • Zyxomma

      And it’s not just TX. I was on high ground (Allison Hill) in Harrisburg PA in 1972 when Hurricane Agnes trashed central PA. I’m from NYC, and was here for the 1977 and 2003 blackouts (in 1965, the full moon blackout, I was with my family in NJ), 9/11 (I live downtown, but not that far downtown), and Sandy. People help people when there’s trouble, as long as they’re able. Texans, Louisianans, New Yorkers, Nepalis, all of us are in this together, and pull together in times of trouble.

      • Way2GoSassy

        So true….I guess I was reacting to a lot of negative shit being said about my home state. While I agree completely about the criticism of Texas politicians!

    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      I agree with most of that – but noted below, New Yorkers came out to help for 9/11, Louisiana for Katrina, etc etc etc.

      • Way2GoSassy

        I agree, but Texas is my home state and she makes me proud!

        • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

          it’s my home state – but EVERY people come out to help their neighbors in times of need…not just us.

          • Way2GoSassy

            You don’t need to start a damn argument about it how many fucking ways do I have to say I AGREE for you to get it!

  • Carpe Vagenda
    • Pisto75666

      I saw that Tweet on Twitter. Had to read it more than once just to make sure I was reading what I thought I was

      There are no depths to which this fuckstick won’t sink.

  • Jennaratrix

    The Cajun Navy; I like the cut of your jib.

  • Zyxomma

    One thing that has me kinda horrified is that many people who left New Orleans after Katrina moved to Houston and never returned home. They must be experiencing PTSD.

    • Panika MCD

      they are. but there are many using what they learned during Katrina to help.

  • Johnny Appleseed

    Fuck Texas. No funding for their rain. Sorry, we’re broke. Remember. And remember the Texas Senators holding up Sandy funding, for over a month, so they could grift and add pork to the funding Bill while 113 Americans died??? Fuck them!

    • Carpe Vagenda

      That’s a very Ted Cruz way of looking at it. Happily that’s not the country we live in just yet.

    • Panika MCD

      thanks for condemning nearly 30 million people. no doubt about it: our senators were wrong then and many of us said that at the time while donating to relief efforts and sending personnel. do you really want to be equally bad?

      • Johnny Appleseed

        I hardly condemned them. They can’t help it if they keep voting in pathetic losers all the time. They made sure to grift during Sandy while 113 Americans died. Their pockets we’re very well lined.

        • just_jim

          You do realize that Houston voted for Hillary in 2016, and very likely voted against both waste-of-oxygen Senators

          • Johnny Appleseed

            No, I hadn’t realized that. Good to know.

  • Juan de Fuca

    Well done to the Cajun Navy and it’s time like these that politics should be put on the back burner and we all come together because at the end of the day, we’re all human beings. If I was sleeping on the roof of my van with my family all night because my house was in habitable, the last thing I’d be worried about is whether or not somebody coming to rescue me was a Trump voter and the opposite is also true.

    And for the dipshit’s who want to make this political, many of the companies donating to the people of Houston right now come from those leftist states you folks complain about so much. Google, Apple, my own company that is sending a flatbed truck worth of donations from leftists like me to Houston. San Diego is even sending in volunteer medical teams to assist, if you can believe that.

    http://fox5sandiego.com/2017/08/26/local-red-cross-volunteers-help-harvey-victims/

    • WomanInThePersistence

      I can believe that. Thanks for this.

    • Panika MCD

      spanks for helping both lefties and righties in Houston. (it’s more leftie than not.)

  • ThatDale

    This made me cry. Might have been the multiple cocktails before dinner, but damn humans can be awesome.

    • psychobroad

      I was trying to tell my husband about it and ended up bawling like a baby.

  • unionthuggery

    These are good people. If I were close enough, I’d be out with the yakkers.

  • Kip TW

    I’m glad there are heroes. I’m glad my cousin’s house didn’t get worse than an inch of water.

    I lived in Houston for a while. It seemed like people drove with a sort of fait accompli attitude: “I’ve merged into your lane. You can slow down a little, or we can both die. Whatever!” One had to be fairly aggressive just to get along.

    From time to time, this snarling mass of driving humanity would get a surprise when some major traffic light would go out suddenly. This is when the miracle would occur: everyone would drive courteously, taking turns to get through the intersection smoothly. It’s as if a veneer of animal me-first rage had been peeled away, revealing decent people acting like good citizens. It was a sobering thought later on, when everything was back to normal, that these yahoos all had that down inside them somewhere.

    • TEX Dept. of Space Tacos

      nicely put.

    • Johnatx

      This is true. Lived there 32 years. There is some unspoken societal contract as to what to do at a dead traffic light.

  • David Roosa

    When I grow up I wanna join the Cajun navy, an be a hero

  • psychobroad

    My eyes are doing that damned “running water” thing again…

  • covfefesumgame0005

    and of course this just had to happen..Texas after all y’all

    Good Samaritan Group Member During Hurricane Rescue: ‘We’ve Been Shot At’

    https://www.mediaite.com/online/good-samaritan-group-member-were-being-shot-at-during-hurricane-rescue-effort/

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    Don’t ask who these folks voted for. They are busy.
    And Google “The Parable of the Drowning Man.”

  • buzz

    So it’s been a very long day and then I read this and damned I realized I’d forgotten to dust this week (or ever). But suddenly my eyes were very blurry. Perhaps I should see a doctor or better still donate to a good cause. Goddess love these people that have little and still choose to help. And dearest Joel Osteen, karma is a nasty, nasty bitch, she will find you.

  • Moar Wordz

    Eyes filling with tears. Beautiful. God Bless.

  • Blender_415

    Nature: “Suck on this, Texas!”
    People: “Hold my beer…”

  • quantum mechanic

    Please don’t forget about that little shack outside La Grange. They got a lot of nice girls there. You know what I’m talkin about.
    http://www.weatherstreet.com/ridge/La-Grange-TX-78945-radar.htm

  • phoenix00

    I’d piss on Sebastian Gorka. Not enough to put out the fire, but enough to make him feel hot AND bothered.

    And thank you Cajun Navy.

    • BreakingDeadMen

      I would be afraid that he would enjoy the pissing.

  • rocktonsam

    Right on you guys. Our country has always been great. Thanks!

  • Scott1960

    I’d piss on Gorka even if he wasn’t on fire.

  • Sakonyachen

    “(OK, maybe we wouldn’t piss on Sebastian Gorka if he were on fire, but then again, we might.)”

    I would piss on him either way.

  • Chuck

    I tried to join the Cajun Navy but I have bone spurs or was that Drumpf ?

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