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Donald Trump has headed to Texas so he can live out another of those Tweets from the past that persist in coming back to dog him:

But we’re not here to talk about that, or Melania’s flood-appropriate stiletto heels, either (Message: I’m Not Even Pretending I Care). No, we’re here to now praise excellent ordinary people who are just out there getting muddy and wet and helping, because that’s what you do, as that puddle-standing guy reminded us yesterday, while also reminding us what a president sounds like:

So let’s salute some folks who are just out there making the wet watery wasteland a little bit better for their neighbors. We honestly don’t care who any of the people in these stories voted for. We only care that they’re helping right now.

You Won’t BELIEVE This Furniture King’s Amazing Deals On Free Shelter!!

Jim McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture in Houston, has opened up his two furniture stores to house people seeking shelter from the storm. Again! After Katrina, he took in people who had fled New Orleans, and now he’s letting people from his own city park themselves on his couches, beds, and dinette sets as long as they need some temporary shelter. He told CNN’s Alysin Camerota he’s putting up 360 people in one store, and about 400 in the other, adding, “So we’ve got lots of people displaced from the horrible flooding and we’re thrilled to have them.”

He’s not worried that his inventory will be ruined by all the visitors — but if there are some scuffs and dents, that’s what the scuff and dent sales are for. He’s on the high ground — physically and morally — so inventory is the least of his worries right now:

“Some of them will stay two or three days, some will stay as long as a week until they get back on their feet but you know, these are great people,” he said. “They’re not hard on the inventory, they’re fine. We’ve got nothing but good things to say about all these people that have gone through these incredible tragedies.

“The other morning a young boy came up to me, he was about 7 years old, and he’s carrying, stumbled in here and he was crying and he said his parents, who obviously couldn’t speak English. he said, ‘can we stay here?’ Just breaks your heart.

“We’re thrilled to have these people here and life dealt them a bad hand, trying to help relieve some of the stress and anxiety on them right now and hope to get back to a life of normalcy in the future.”

Both of the stores have on-site restaurants, so he’s able to feed his guests, too. Pets are welcome, too, on-leash or in travel crates. McIngvale is happy just to be in a position to help:

We feed all the folks breakfast, lunch and dinner and try to take care of them like they’d be taken care of at a hotel. If we can make life easier as they try to get something back, we’ve done something right in our life.

In case you were wondering what an actual saint looks like, an actual saint looks like a guy who goes on Twitter dressed in a goofy mattress outfit, and will not be undersold.

A mensch in a goofy costume

Cajun Navy Brings Drowned Woman Back From The Dead, No Big

Wilma Ellis after her rescue; photo by Joshua Lincoln

Three BOAT HEROES with the volunteer “Cajun Navy” from Louisiana found 73-year-old Wilma Ellis floating facedown in Houston’s flood waters Monday morning. She wasn’t breathing, but that’s what your first-aid training is for:

Joshua Lincoln of Madisonville, Ricky Berrigan of Lacombe and Donnie Davenport of Pearl River were motoring their flatboat northeast of Houston when they came across 73-year-old Wilma Ellis, floating face down.

“I thought it was a trash bag,” Lincoln said. “She was wearing a black shirt.

“The lady must have been crossing in some current. She floated right to the boat. We jumped out and got her and gave her compressions right there in the water. We were holding her from behind.”

After about 15 chest compressions, Ellis began to cough and breathe on her own, Lincoln said.

Ms. Ellis was wearing a hospital bracelet at the time the men rescued her, but they weren’t initially able to find anyone she was related to. She was frightened and seemed disoriented; after the rescuers got her to a shelter and posted her picture on Facebook, a network of people asking around found Ellis’s grandson, Jerele, who made arrangements to pick her up. Another happy outcome, oh, and a bit of lifesaving. Mssrs. Lincoln, Berrigan, and Davenport were glad to find out the family had been reunited, then got back to work rescuing people — after urging people to donate what they can spare to help the flood victims. (Here’s that list of charities again!)

Let’s Hear It For Enemies Of The People

At the Philadelphia Inkwire (we’re assured this is local pronunciation), columnist Will Bunch is out to make you cry with a brief overview of any number of human beings who have been dehumanized in one media outlet or another — starting with journalists, who are so very dishonest that the president says they’re enemies of the people — who turn out to be very, very human, and have been doing their part to rescue people. For instance, Ed Lavandera, from lying, failing CNN, who enemied of the people and helped a woman, her two elderly parents, and their little dog into his boat. How big a media monster is Lavandera? When it was time to help the woman’s mom get out of the house, he asked his camera operator to shut off the camera, since the woman had Alzheimer’s and he didn’t want anything that might upset the family to go out on live TV.

Or maybe there’s local reporter Brandi Smith, whose station, KHOU, had to be evacuated when the studio flooded; she was doing a live remote, saw a tractor-trailer rig in water up to the cab’s window, and flagged down a sheriff’s truck with a boat on a trailer to help the driver. The deputies hadn’t yet heard anything about the stranded truck:

Was there a bad reporter? There was. He narced out “looters.” AT A GROCERY STORE. Let’s get back to good people of goodness instead.

For instance, there’s Gloria Quintanilla, 60, whom a New York Times reporter found walking down a flooded street after wading a mile through the flood to get to her $10-an-hour job at a hotel, where she works ironing and folding sheets:

“I worked at the hotel up there,” she said when a reporter approached. As she walked, she explained that she was an immigrant from El Salvador, here since 1982. She makes $10 an hour washing and ironing sheets and towels at the Doubletree.

She had started the journey from home more than an hour before.

“It was my day to work, and I’m a very responsible person,” she said, speaking in Spanish. “I had no idea it was going to be like this.”

We’d say she’s one of our best, and we hope she gets a few days off. With pay.

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  • DerrickWildcat

    Thank you Mr. Osteen for opening your heart, your arms and your church to those that need it now more than ever. You are an angel. Here, take my money. Take all of it. Take everything I own. I will live in the street for you. I will eat mud and drink the water thrown out by food vending carts.

    • theblackdog

      The only thing that would make me happy is if Osteen’s attendance numbers and revenues plunge to the floor. This fucker and his tax shelter is the perfect example of how not to be a Christian

      • GoutMachine

        I can’t comment on what would make me happy in this instance. Good thing comments aren’t allowed here.

      • therblig

        it won’t. he’ll confess some sin (pride, maybe?), ask for forgiveness, and the rubes will empty their wallets. probably has his spin team working on it right now. fucking fucker.

        • WIDTAP

          The fuck he will. Don’t you know that Osteen is another victim of the persecution of Christians? Jesus Christ himself has nothing on what this poor man has suffered at the hands of those libruls and lying media. Now send him all of your monies.

      • foiled again

        Hazel Motes was a better Christian than this vampire.

      • DerrickWildcat

        He’s the World’s Best Christian. Says so on his coffee mug.

        • Paul

          As Emily Litella used to say “Oh, that’s different. Never mind.”

    • Anna Rompage

      Of course it was a hard decision, see, his money is already tax free, so he’s ot able to write off any of his losses…

      See, I mean if you couldn’t write of your losses, surely you’d be just as ambivalent about helping out… That’s what the prosperity gospel is all about..

      Me, I did everything right, and look how rich god made me, those people, well their incurred the wrath of god, so they must be deserving of this…

      • theblackdog

        Ugh, prosperity gospel is the reason why I see people calling for taxing the churches, and they don’t like it when I point out that megachurches like Osteens will just hire lawyers and accountants to make sure they pay no tax while the corner church that’s been quietly operating a food bank for the last decade will get screwed budget-wise. Essentially they’ll just preserve the status quo for the rich ones.

    • doktorzoom

      Was going to include all the people who shamed Osteen into finally doing the right thing in here, but the list got a little long, since everyone was on it.

  • GoutMachine

    OK, who started peeling onions in the office?

    • Martini Ambassador 🍸

      Bastards are doing it here too. And I’m nowhere near the office.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Me. I’ma microwave some fish next.

  • memzilla Ω
    • Joe Beese
      • Beanz&Berryz

        What a dick…

      • TJ Barke

        Fucking schmuck.

      • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

        The storm was Trump’s warm up act to get people out their homes.

      • Creepoman

        Trump seems to have never learned that sometimes, it’s best shut the fuck up and listen. You, oh majestic douche-boy, have nothing of value to add or offer.

      • leemoder

        Rodney Dangerfield rose from the grave and immediately denounced his standard audience greeting…

    • MynameisBlarney

      That moment they’ve prayed so hard for, when dermpf would finally become a real preznit because he might say some magic words while tens of thousands of people are suffering never happened.
      Because he’s a fucking self-absorbed, simple-minded fucktard that is too goddamned incompetent to do anything except careen wildly from one FUBAR moment to the next.

      • foiled again

        Even his heart is crooked as a dog’s hind leg. He is irredeemable.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        I think you give him too much credit…

        • MynameisBlarney

          LOL
          If he hadn’t have been born rich…well, I doubt he’d have survived as long as he has.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            Good point.. ponder the Donald going through even a pretty good public school system with just a reasonable middle class starting point… wow… he’d have not done well…

          • foiled again

            A pretty good public school system would have wedgied and royal flushed his rotten ass into oblivion.

          • Beanz&Berryz

            Hmm. Maybe he could have learned to not be such a dick. A bit of normalizing socialization. It’s his parents’ fault… Affluenza…

          • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

            They did send him to military school after he was expelled (again). That and boarding school are the rich parents’ punishment of choice. Let someone else be the parent. We’re busy.

          • MynameisBlarney

            Assuming he would have survived the public school system, he’d probably be on the receiving end of a veritable plethora of face punches from people he pissed off.

          • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

            Swirlies, in the girl’s bathroom. I would have kicked his ass.

          • leemoder

            Not in my neighborhood.

      • IdRatherBeDancing

        Now, don’t sugarcoat it. Tell us how you really feel.

    • arglebargle

      Eat shit and bark at the moon you fucking asshole.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Lying to storm ravaged peoples. Sweet Jesus.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      “On a weekday afternoon when they could have chosen to stay at work!”

    • cmd resistor

      One of many things I saw today and had to check — “he didn’t really say that stupid thing, or did he?” You can’t even tell the jokes from the stuff that comes out of his mouth.

  • theblackdog

    *reads about Wilma Ellis*

    No, I’m not crying! YOU’RE CRYING!

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    Literally any one of those people, 2020.

  • Slamtundra

    I think Mattress Mack’s name is Jim McIngvale.

    • doktorzoom

      It is, and fixed!

      • SterWonk

        Looks like you still have a “Matthews” in there, Dok.

        • doktorzoom

          Tell you what, let’s just delete this day. I did not good anything today. But thanks, and also fixed!

          • SterWonk

            I’m right there with you, Dok. :-/

    • SterWonk

      I grew up in Houston in the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s, and visit my parents there regularly. “I-45 North, between Tidwell and Parker” and “694-5570” are indelibly etched in my brain.

  • foiled again

    Mattress Mack is A-OK by me. What a great guy.

    • Joe Beese

      And his name still ain’t Nathan Arizona!

      • foiled again

        “Aint that yer damn raison d’etre?”

    • Panika MCD

      he needs a church.

    • IdRatherBeDancing

      He gets the award for making me smile today.

  • The other side of the story of the honorable Jim Matthews is that after the flood water recedes, his sales go through the roof (no puns intended). You see GOP. Doing good can go hand in hand with running a successful business.

    • GoutMachine

      Doing good is good for business.

    • richardgrabman

      Of course. I worked for a startup software firm in Houston back in the late 90s, Mattess Mack being invited in to give a pep-talk to the sales people (and the rest of us forced to sit in). He’s upfront about doing well by doing good. One of his stories was about how he leveraged a promise of free delivery and installation into a marketing coup. The client for a wall-sized TV was living on the top floor of a three story walkup, and bed-ridden. So… he paid to have the roof lifted off with a crane, the TV installed, and the roof re-installed… in front of every TV news station in the area.

  • I’m guessing Tom Llamas was a tattling dicksnot that everyone in his elementary school hated. “Teacher! Bobby is drawing penises in the science book!!”

    • Carpe Vagenda

      He’s going to end up at Fox. Or Sinclair. You can sort of tell.

  • Joe Beese

    Adoring crowds surround the President. (The little man in the white hat in the back.)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/16992c2398e3536c3ad96e49e004dc7a0cf6b73f2f9c1af30d826b00b60a48ab.png

    • Anna Rompage

      Yep, a whole whopping couple hundred people turned out, a lot of them carrying anti trump signs as well…

    • A small glimpse into an alternate universe where justice prevails, and Lord Dampnut is naught but a carnival barker… STEP RIGHT UP, FOLKS!

      • Beanz&Berryz

        At a carnival lot after hours…

    • Creepoman

      And not a single one of the collected cops/snipers/firemen have anything better to do this afternoon.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        His first instinct (i.e. “Meh, I’ll go later, when I won’t cause a disruption”) was right, but Republicans — him included — have so fetishized the post-disaster visit that they’ve made staying out of the damned way of emergency services impossible.

    • Thurman Munster IV

      I thought you wrote “little man in a boat”, but that’s not right. He’s a cunt not a clit

    • foiled again

      Whose ass will get chewed for the sparse turnout?

      • Creepoman

        Probably Ponch, there in front. Or is that John?

    • Paul

      Fake news, obviously. Why do you hate America? He looks all “commander in chief” to me.

  • aureolaborealis

    At the Philadelphia Inkwire (we’re assured this is local pronunciation)

    *Fluff-Ya Inkwire

    • alpacapunchbowl

      I’m not familiar with that jawn.

      • MrTusks

        Lookit all that wooder!

    • Persistent Tennessee Rain

      go Iggles!

      • Msgr_MΩment

        Phucking Philthies!

    • NastyBossetti

      “Inky” is also an appropriate local usage for that paper.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Melon changed her shirt, too. I guess a black top doesn’t go with white sneakers.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
  • stumpknocker

    ya think any homeless will end up in any of trump’s properties? well he may pick up a buss load that will work for food.

  • Lord Jim

    Somehow, in light of this wonderful story overflowing with the milk of human kindness in the midst of the fetid swamp of the Trump administration, I am reminded of this song:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTJcchmKhPw

  • Toomush_Inferesistance
  • Joe Beese

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Texas… but there are still wealthy donors waiting for tax cuts.

    President Donald Trump will launch a major push for a sweeping tax overhaul with a speech Wednesday in Missouri aimed at convincing his base — and the rest of the nation — that he has a fresh vision for “unrigging” the American economy and isn’t just repackaging the trickle-down economics of past Republican presidents.

    It could be a tough sell for the president as he fights with saturation coverage of Hurricane Harvey and as Democrats prepare to frame Trump’s approach as a giveaway to corporate fat cats and the nation’s richest taxpayers.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/29/trump-tax-overhaul-populism-242134

    • Permit-holder Ron

      ‘I need you to stop this hurricane while I give my speech tomorrow.’

      • GoutMachine

        Now watch this drive.

    • Joe Beese
      • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

        Tuna futures are very, very good for him.

        • Nockular cavity

          That kitteh’s had a lot of tuna pasts as well, I believe.

      • NastyBossetti

        How did the cat get so fat?
        https://youtu.be/IZoIEHsOXoo

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        I believe that’s a corporeal fat cat…

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      “Hey folks, gotta get back to being a polarizing figure tomorrow. Good luck!”

    • Lord Jim

      he has a fresh vision for “unrigging” the American economy and isn’t
      just repackaging the trickle-down economics of past Republican
      presidents.

      That’s EXACTLY what it is. That’s all it’s ever been. The 99.9% can eat bootstraps and cake.

      • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

        “Yeah, this year, we put a ’12’ on the box.”

  • leemoder

    Toatally OT & I dunno if anyone has mentioned it downthread…but the Judge just shitcanned Caribou Barbie’s NYT lawsuit.

    So, yay!

    • Wild Cat

      Hitler v. Stalin.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Today in “Flaming Douchenozzle goes above and beyond to be extra douchey” News.

    http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/dont-ever-be-this-guy-1798543621

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      The first comment there is a glorious solar flare-hot take about “It’s a crime! They’re committing a crime! Shouldn’t the owner of the supermarket have the right to not have his property stolen!”
      And, rightly so, said commenter is being pulverized into a fine powder.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Agreed on all points.

      • I would think that all the food in the store would be considered ineligible to sell after the water damage. People going in and getting food are just helping the store owner with the cleanup and disposal.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          it’s all insured and unsellable. That commenter was just trolling with the world’s worst hot take

      • arglebargle

        There is this comment downthread, “Typical of a Llama to spit in the face of victims.”

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          Look out! There are llamas!

      • TJ Barke

        PROPERTY RIGHTS DON’T TRUMP HUMAN RIGHTS, GODDAMN RIGHT LIBERTARDIAN TRASH!

        • Permit-holder Ron

          They do if it’s THEIR property.

      • The pulverizing is a thing of beauty and gives me hope for this country.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    And Donny got a fire truck!

  • arglebargle

    Damn lazy immigrants.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Trump is using Air Force One to scout out a nice swath of land to condemn for a new golf course.

    • Permit-holder Ron

      ‘We can bulldoze all those houses to build up the land so it doesn’t flood, right?’

  • Bill D. Burger

    Today’s football MVP: Shoutout to JJ Watt. Great fundraising effort.

    https://twitter.com/JJWatt/status/902562078304727044

  • Panika MCD

    also too, if you’re going to let your babies grow up to be cowboys, let them be like these guys:
    https://www.facebook.com/100001386861557/videos/1545159278873619/

    mental health service dogs on duty at one of the Austin Red Cross shelters:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/89b532beb1d3444903fc0c52d1ab3297547252831c2be04c1d637732a8254fcf.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dca99aee16605186c65a7c80d13d1c09ac389a2fe08695a68c9d2bbcc31b36d5.jpg

    29 y/o screenwriter took control at a Rockport shelter when there was no one else stepping up. he has been relieved.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-harvey-shelter-hero-idUSKCN1B70UN

    dogses rescuers in action:
    https://www.facebook.com/jd.miles.14/videos/10212436795093240/
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7d8fcd4b93ced9ded38d87307dc7522e46f738bcf70a0e3e9598f1d3c97971b5.jpg

    obligatory shoutout to HEB:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a1810cf130b27147b312f7a8f9eec96c592b028b7e806812fdac4204c95126b2.jpg
    https://www.facebook.com/HEB/videos/10156044297487439/

    Ashton (one of my personal heroes for many reasons) was a refugee after Katrina and is now just, you know, hanging out at Costco buying stuff that’s needed and other BLMHOU activists are distributing the goods:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0d8f9800e015a72578eda704d7b3e3ec877958711efdadbc93ac87a594c91db4.jpg

    still loving this Katy utility worker repairing an electrical line in the rain on Sunday:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e86452fbf41c7f750acc47cbe9320ecb58c28002e2b20ff5a9e9c1564bf6bac8.jpg

    have some duck boats, love Austin:
    http://www.statesman.com/news/breaking-news/harvey-relief-austin-duck-adventures-amphibious-vehicles-helping-houston/aCKgMGROOoOCdWa2S7UsQO/

    will keep everyone posted.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Good people! Thanks for all the updates!

    • theblackdog

      That Katy utility worker is a braver soul than I am. Also Ashton is awesome and nice to see HEB is out there.

    • From the “29 year old screenwriter” story…

      “The wind seemed to produce waves in the ceiling and basketball goals shook…” <– was that written by Ted Cruz? :P

      • Panika MCD

        no. read the story again.

        • It was a nice story, I was just referencing the time that Ted Cruz called it a “Basketball Ring”

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Welp, so much for that trump empathy everyone was looking for.

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      Looking for Trump empathy is as fruitless as shark fishing in Saskatchewan.

    • foiled again

      Trumpathy. The opposite of empathy.

  • Thanks. I needed to know that there were still good people in the world and despite our political differences, we are still capable of empathy for each other.

    • Lord Jim

      Amen.

  • Bill D. Burger

    And Trump shows what he truly cares about. ___ as usual.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIbARh6VwAAUwt6.jpg

  • writersbloc

    Was really hoping to read about how much Houston’s own personal savior Joel Olsteen is going the extra mile to help out- just like a modern day Jesus.

    • Panika MCD

      he fucking finally opened the church. not that he’s there helping, but the pressure worked. thanks to everyone who helped do that.

      • GoutMachine

        And after lying about how it was flooded.

        • Panika MCD

          and getting caught.

          • jesterpunk

            Can we throw him into the fire ant water and see if he can swim or walk on water?

          • Panika MCD

            I would like to.

      • Major_Major_Major

        And on the 3rd day…

        • Panika MCD

          fifth day.

          • Major_Major_Major

            my bad, I was thinking he only needed 2 days to fill the prayer trucks up. Guess it took longer than expected.

          • Panika MCD

            the rain started on Friday.

          • Major_Major_Major

            I should be more cognizant of the timeline as I have friends and family in Houston, but I have really only been paying attention since Sunday.

      • Lord Jim

        Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy
        name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many
        wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matt 7:21-3

        • Permit-holder Ron

          ‘We don’t want to enter the kingdom of heaven, we just want to get out of the fucking rain!’

  • Msgr_MΩment
    • GoutMachine

      Dammit, now someone’s peeling two onions in the office! Must find this person.

      • MynameisBlarney

        They’re Onion Ninjas. You’ll never find them.

      • foiled again

        It’s the one hanging from my belt, which is the style at the time.

    • Permit-holder Ron

      If there is such a thing as polar opposites in this world, Fred Rogers is the polar opposite of Donald J Shitgibbon.

      • Vel Venturi

        I keep hoping he will come back like Gandalf the White.

        • Permit-holder Ron

          Funny, Gandalf wanted to come back as Fred Rogers.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • SadDemInTex

      He didn’t say that….please god….he didn’t say that. IMPEACH NOW!

    • Joe Beese

      Proudly made in China. Accept no substitute!

    • Noma put her hair in a ponytail like a commoner. No doubt she has a Vera Wang scrunchie.

    • therblig

      what a piece of shit.

    • Permit-holder Ron

      Once again, Donnie trumps our worst expectations and somehow finds a way to go LOWER.

    • foiled again

      President Milo Minderbinder.

      • Major_Major_Major

        Chocolate covered cotton for all, and EVERYONE gets a share.

        • foiled again

          Aw, man- Total Comment Synergy!

      • Vel Venturi

        Now, now, Milo was actually pretty canny. He might actually be a dealmaker. Also, delicious cotton.

    • P’jama Pahnts

      …aaaand he’s playing in trucks again. Trucks that could probably be out helping someone if it wasn’t for his showboating.

      • Major_Major_Major

        Not to nitpick, but 2Scoops heard that the floodwaters are impassable by car, and showboat is the only boat he can provide.

  • Kakkeltje

    How fire ants form giant rafts to survive Houston floods

    God: I have granted your prayer for unlimited fire ants.
    Person: ????
    G: I expect your gratitude and worship.
    P: Finances! I prayed for unlimited finances!
    G: Whatever…

    • arglebargle

      effin autocorrect strikes again.

    • theblackdog

      Isn’t unlimited finances what Joel Osteen was praying for? So this is his fault!

  • Bill D. Burger

    Where the Trumps, one and all, should be put until this disaster is under control.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/67HhViM1DcinS/giphy.gif

    • theblackdog

      Can we keep them there until 2021?

      • foiled again

        Sure, as long as it’s okay with the box.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    The helpers are doing what they can. Even if doing so costs them their lives.

    https://twitter.com/CNN/status/902616212818952192

    • Panika MCD

      oh man. Art’s overwhelmed by the looks of it.

      • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

        He looks like he hasn’t slept since Saturday. He probably hasn’t, unless you count keeling over from sheer exhaustion.

        • Panika MCD

          I don’t know if he has. he’d usually be crying at one of these. he doesn’t have anything left by the looks of it. haven’t seen any break in his social media updates.

        • Panika MCD

          definitely exhausted. posted this 3 hrs ago:

          To all our lawn force meant colleagues inbound, if you need information on staging and tasking from @houstonpolice call (832) ***-****.

          • 😕😕

          • Panika MCD

            if you pray, pray for the Chief.

    • Dammit that hurts.

  • Panika MCD

    if there are any Austin area Wonks that are fluent in Spanish, your help is needed. I suspect that they will be needing Chinese and Vietnamese interpreters as well at some point.

    APPEAL FROM THE AUSTIN SANCTUARY MOVEMENT:

    BILINGUAL INTERPRETERS NEEDED ASAP FOR HARVEY VICTIMS COMING TO AUSTIN–

    Friends

    Over the next 4 days, Austin will be welcoming thousands of displaced families from Houston.
    There are enough English speaking volunteers but the Red Cross does not have any bilingual volunteers.

    We are in desperate need of bilingual,Spanish/English speaking volunteers tomorrow morning.

    Please show up at the LBJ High School gym located at the back of campus by 9:00am tomorrow, Tuesday, August 29, or even later, if need be. LBJ High School is near the intersection of 183 and Manor Rd. The address for Google maps is: 7309 Lazy Creek Dr, Austin, TX 78724

    Look for me or text me at 512-736-8179.

    Sorry for the late notice but this just happened over the last 5 minutes.

    Thank you for your help.
    Ana Pomar
    Austin Sanctuary Movement

  • PixieThis

    Most days, the news can be too terrible to tolerate and I’m always grateful to Wonkette for bringing humor to this mixed up world. But it’s really stories like these that keep hope from being crushed completely.

    I’m not crying, you’re crying!

  • Zippy W Pinhead
    • cmd resistor

      Her press person put out a statement about how mean the press was to talk about her clothes.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        It’s not like the right ever talked about what Michelle was wearing…

        • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

          Those arms!!

          • Claire

            I can’t look at Michelle Obama’s arms without wanting to gnaw off my own out of sheer jealousy.

          • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

            I got abs from “baby curls” because I carried my daughter until she was 40 lbs. Now, I practice “puppy curls” with my 22-lb doge. I don’t want guns but I don’t want floppy “chicken wings”.

  • SadDemInTex
    • Everrett Fanuelli

      He definitely talked to his accountant first to see if he could deduct this somehow

      • P’jama Pahnts

        Definitely a business move. The optics were starting to get pretty bad. Look for him to overcorrect somehow.

        • Permit-holder Ron

          5% off tickets for his next tour?

      • WIDTAP

        Sort of. He had to get publicly supplied cots and aid, because God knows that church people can’t pay for these things these things out of their own pockets. Just ask Luke 10:25-37.

    • Bill D. Burger

      4 days late! Too little too late for that grifting, grinning Tealibangelical douchebag and his crone of a wife.

      • SadDemInTex

        Teaibangelical….I like it! Your creation?

        • Bill D. Burger

          Nope! Been around a while….I’m sure I purloined it long ago. ;)

          • SadDemInTex

            Gonna be my new favorite word.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      He’d have gotten to it earlier, but he had to ban Dr. Girlfriend of Rrrrrobotnik from his Twitter page for reposting Joel Dongsteen tweets at him first.

  • armed_bears

    That Furniture King guy… he is amazing.

    • therblig

      heard him on the radio this morning. truly amazing.

    • alpacapunchbowl

      I’m overdue to buy a new mattress, do you suppose he’d ship to Chicago after this is all over?

      • YetAnotherRebecca

        I was thinking the *exact* same thing earlier today when I read about the amazing work he is doing keeping his fellow citizens warm, dry and fed.

        Decades from now – when no decent person will utter 45’s name without immediately spitting on the ground afterwards – the grandchildren of the children Jim McIngvale helped shelter and save will be told bedtime stories about how it was selfless and generous people like HIM that are our true heroes that helped prove how great America can be.

        • alpacapunchbowl

          May he be our new Johnny Appleseed or Paul Bunyan. An icon of goodness for our times.

  • CO
    • Joe Beese

      “Where was Gondor when the Westfold fell? Where was Gondor when our enemies closed in around us!? Where was…”

      “Newman!”

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        less Gondor and moar Gondolas

        • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

          More Legolas! Rowwr! He’s like Trudeau with pointy ears.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        “Steiner!”

        • The Wanderer

          Der Angriff Steiner war BEFEHL!

          • Marykcortez

            Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family!!!
            On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
            >>>http://GoogleFinancialJobsCash440TopProductions/GetPay$97/Hour………..

    • Bill D. Burger
      • The Wanderer

        Both titillating and disturbing. I award thee an Internet!

      • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

        Save for later use. I am sure that it will be necessary!

    • CindyinEncinitas

      Not even a taco bowl to donate, Your Highness?

      • SDGeoff3

        Not so much as a bendy deep fried tortilla, my dear.

        • CindyinEncinitas

          That rat bastard.

      • NotDarkYet

        bootstrap…one single one. More is commie talk.

  • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

    It tweeted:

    HISTORIC rainfall in Houston, and all over Texas. Floods are unprecedented, and more rain coming. Spirit of the people is incredible.Thanks!

    He’s accepting thanks????111!!!1!

    • Resistance Fighter Astraea

      Does he think he created the rain??

      • Crystalclear12

        Well, the rain is unwanted and unneeded so it does sound like something he would create.

      • Permit-holder Ron

        Why not? He already thinks the sun shines out of his ass.

      • foiled again

        Any time rain is terrible, it is Trump’s creation.

  • Jamoche

    OK, so the pic of Trumpie in the boat was fake, but I wasn’t holding my breath waiting for the real pix, and Olberman delivers:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/857bdffec23375e10de4e99620b7b1fece7dd75e59a6536cc83076cf89a37e7b.png

    https://twitter.com/KeithOlbermann/status/902618300869468164

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Jeez, Keith, quit holding back, man, and for once tell us how you really feel (snicker).

      • Jamoche

        Keith is everyone’s rage translator.

        • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

          The new Luther.

    • Jamoche

      GDI, I hadn’t seen the whole thing or Donnie’s latest tweet. He tweeted about the fucken wall.

      • Permit-holder Ron

        As Mexicans race north to help with rescue and repair.
        Nice timing, asshole.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Dampnut’s 16 minute attention span for tragedy.

      https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029530574

    • La forza del resistino

      Well, it’s long enough to become his new necktie.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    “What a crowd! What a turnout!”

    http://www.witherspoonpath.com/2015-12-13/Roosevelt.png

    • Bill D. Burger

      “We have nothing to fear but…..Messicans, libs, blacks, joooooz’, gehzs, wimmenz’…..”

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      “They might have bombed our ships, but hey, we’re not perfect either. Make America New Deal Again. Thank you.”

    • foiled again

      And lo, in the waning days of August, a new meme was born unto him.

  • Skeptical_thinker
  • MynameisBlarney
  • Crystalclear12

    Those journalists so tricky!

  • Daredevil
    • La forza del resistino

      emancipation comes in all colors

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    “he was crying and he said his parents, who obviously couldn’t speak English. he said, ‘can we stay here?’ Just breaks your heart.”

    Dunno bout you guys but four years ago I would have acknowledged this to be sweet but now as a parent of a 4 YO this really hits home.

    • BrianW

      Mine aren’t 4 any more, but yeah.

  • Zippy W Pinhead
    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Dude, ya trying to give me nightmares? Ugh. Cool, I guess, but I could not look at it.

    • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

      So much, so wrong.

  • CO
    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      I hate to quibble with the great john Dingell, but there is nothing in the least natural about Donald J. Trump.

  • whitroth

    Corrected headline from the lamestream media: Texas dealing with Trumpolini, while Harvey looks on.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Beanz&Berryz

      That’s a great shot! (In a sad way…)

      • NastyBossetti

        It really is.

    • Portia McGonagal

      Oh didn’t realize this one was already posted!

      • SDGeoff3

        Can’t see it enough.

      • MynameisBlarney

        No worries!

  • Panika MCD

    OMG Y’ALL!

    as Ashton was finishing up at Costco about 15 min ago, 2 BLMHOU activists he knew met with him to help pay (his paypal card has a transaction limit) and distribute the items. THEN a guy he didn’t know who had seen his FBLive video walked up to them, confirmed Ashton’s identity and paid for the whole thing! a little over $1250. so now they’re distributing the items, turning around and heading back to make another store run!

  • harryr

    Add to the list of good enemies of the people – The British station ITN crew who arranged the rescue of a stranded family incuding an elderly man with health problems.

  • calliecallie
  • Portia McGonagal

    I love this one: Jet ski exit!

    BADASS #Texas Granny …. just love ya all so much #HurricaneHarvey#PleaseDonate #AmericanRedCross #Blood $$$ https://t.co/WOblRlyf7M— Nova Scotia (@nova0000scotia) August 29, 2017

    • SDGeoff3

      This is my country.

  • mardam422

    And not one of them made a big deal out of how large the crowd was.

  • SDGeoff3

    OK, who’s throwing chopped onions? Stop it.
    Yeah, the hero crap gets very old and tired and overused and trite.
    Call the people what they are. Kind, caring, selfless Patriots.

    • BrianW

      You know, you’re right. The RWNJs have co-opted the term “patriots” for too long. As the verse goes, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Lay down your life doesn’t necessarily mean die.

      • SDGeoff3

        That’s right. And another thing! What’s with the CNN Hero of the Moment, and our local stations doing the same damned thing?

    • Serai 1

      I’ve never liked the word “hero” for this kind of thing. (For anything, really.) The original heroes were mad berkserkers who’d kill anything in their paths while the insanity of bloodlust was on them. Not exactly someone to emulate, and only admirable if you think murder is an acceptable solution to anything.

      • WomanInThePersistence

        I would certainly be open to alternative words for people who are dropping everything to help others, and taking real risks to save other people.

        • Serai 1

          How about “helpers”? That’s what they actually are, after all.

  • Fartknocker

    Report from Brazoria County: A levee built in the 1920s failed. We’re about to arrive to assist in evacuations of Angleton and Sweeney. Our area command is reporting we’re going back to Austin on Thursday to help our own personnel staff the shelters for the evacuees. Plus, we’re about to reach our deployment time out. Several of our members have home damage or losses, especially in Bastrop and Smithville. FEMA is gearing up.

  • Panika MCD

    I’m hearing that the communities where Harvey made landfall are getting lost in the shuffle. Rockport, Palacios and Port Aransas have reported damage to 100% of their buildings. here’s a place to give towards those efforts. the images coming out of those areas are just devastating. hoping RedBird has info on how to help CC and Nueces Co.

    https://www.youcaring.com/rockportfultonandsurroundingareas-917508

    • cmd resistor

      I sort of thought if Trump actually wanted to tour some damage they’d send him to one of those places as floods don’t seem to be an issue. Of course he might have had to fake interact with people.

      • Panika MCD

        Corpus Christi did have a lot of damage.

        • cmd resistor

          Did he go out in it? Seemed like going to 2 briefings was the schedule for the day. I saw photos of him sitting in the emergency fire station with maps and stuff spread out on the table looking bored.

          • Panika MCD

            I don’t know. I could ask a journalist I know, but he might be busy…

    • Serai 1

      That tends to happen. I was living in Santa Cruz just two miles from the epicenter of the ’89 earthquake in California, and yet all the country heard about was San Francisco, San Francisco, San Francisco. They were over 60 miles away but we almost never got mentioned, despite our downtown being ruined and actual deaths occurring. The big places get the mentions even if they’re not the worst hit.

  • WIDTAP

    Fuck if Texas didn’t have enough on their hands with the flood and Trump in their State:

    https://twitter.com/Mike_Hixenbaugh/status/901912379470077952

    • PixieThis

      “I, for one, welcome our new ant overlords”

      • SDGeoff3

        At this point, it could only be an improvement.

    • SDGeoff3

      Looking suspiciously like a rack o’ribs all rubbed and ready for the grill.
      Floating in the garden.

    • Serai 1

      Thought a match tossed in the middle might create an interesting effect.

  • Panika MCD

    I can’t even:

    AmericanAirlines called Chief Acevedo to tell him his flight was cancelled. he was like, “can’t you see I’m a bit busy?”

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    …Melania’s flood-appropriate stiletto heels, either (Message: I’m Not Even Pretending I Care)

    After all the shit handed to Michelle and the girls over their clothes, any and all call outs on Melania dressed insensitively or inappropriately, or bragging about cost, is fair game.

    • puredog

      Unless, of course, you want to go high when they go low. I’d recommend it. Adding toxins to the conversation only makes it more toxic.

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        I hear you, but the lure of the schadenfreude is strong. I’ve settled in at I won’t participate, but I won’t condemn it.

  • snigsy

    Mel’s populist stilettos were a nice touch.

    • SDGeoff3

      I would have loved to see her traipse over the lawn in those things. Even my most talented drag queen friends wouldn’t pull that off.

      • snigsy

        I remember reading somewhere that high-heeled shoes emerged in Europe as a means for aristocrats to avoid getting their delicate feet dirtied by the shit etc awash in the streets. The peoples’ shit, if you will. So those stilettos scream, to me at least, “fuck you, little people.”

        • SDGeoff3

          Well, I will put on some severe platform shoes from the 70’s and show them how shit is to be kicked.

    • Serai 1

      Her rep actually has the nerve to WHINE about how the Twitterverse is mocking her so savagely.

      • snigsy

        “You people . . .”

    • Moar Wordz

      Looking at the pic of them, Melania without shoes is a good 5.5″ shorter than Trump. I say she doesn’t want to be dwarfed, and she’s too much part of the fashion world to ever go for shoes that don’t match her designer outfit, hurricane or not.
      Can you picture her walking five and half inches shorter behind Trump in flats like a geisha? I can’t.

  • Panika MCD
    • WIDTAP
    • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

      Happens in TX all the time, even without the storm.
      True story – my GF lived in Houston and we visited when I was 10 (1972). It was the first time I ever had respiratory problems. I don’t know if it was a chemical plant or a paper plant running at full bore, but it was horrific for me. The next year, when we were tasked with writing essays about pollution, I had first hand experience.

      • Panika MCD

        I know. but usually people can shelter in place easier when it happens.

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      I keep thinking of the Texas City disaster every time I hear about damages to the chemical plants on that part of the coast. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_City_disaster

    • Vel Venturi

      I’ve been worrying about the refineries. That could be a helluva disaster.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    We find our humanity in the oddest places. I’m crying like a common Boehner. And I fear that the Shitgibbon will go to Texas, screech a bit, fling some poo and then try to find a golf course.

    • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

      Ignore TRMP, et al. Remember the words of that Great American Philosopher Bill Murray, in Meatballs – “It just doesn’t matter.”
      We can prosper despite him, by hanging together.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TogGxzlfhM

      • resisting and persisting

        I forgot that Bill was kinda cute back in the day.

        • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

          Not wearing a jock in that clip either. RAWR.

  • puredog
    • mancityRed6

      this is the one I heard about on the radio this morning:
      http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/29/rescue-groups-helping-texas-animals-displaced-by-hurricane-harvey/
      “Planes left Lafayette, Louisiana, on Monday carrying 88 dogs and 20 cats bound for temporary care in San Diego. On Tuesday, 100 dogs will be transported from San Antonio to shelters in Oregon and Washington, and on Wednesday, another 100 dogs are scheduled to fly out of San Antonio to Morristown, New Jersey.”

      • Panika MCD

        thank goodness!

        • mancityRed6

          it was nice to hear they’re being rescued, but even better to hear that there’s a possibility that they’ll get back home after it’s all said and done.
          remember people, chip your pets!

          • Panika MCD

            a) we only have so much room at the shelters even with hundreds of people taking on fosters.

            b) Montgomery Co. (NW of Houston) is not fucking around. they will prosecute people for leaving their dogs tied up at a time like this:
            http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2286655-police-chief-threatens-dog-owners-who-leave-pets-chained-in-hurricane/

          • Panika MCD

            yep.

          • foiled again

            No. No.

          • Sophie McMillan

            Fuckers

          • WomanInThePersistence

            The unthinking cruelty of this is breathtaking.

          • I lost my house to a river back in 2009 and at the time I was a rescue, with 13 geriatric dogs, and 2 geriatric goats. Fortunately, I didn’t have to leave my land (the riverbank caved during flooding, taking the house), but I’d have moved heaven and earth to make sure my dogs were not left alone.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            That is because you are a decent person.

          • My dogs are a part of me, so it’s truly self-interest. 😊

          • WomanInThePersistence

            That is one of the very few good things to come out of Katrina. Thousands of people flat out refused to evacuate because the shelters wouldn’t allow them to bring their pets. It seems a bit different this time. Although, really WTF Red Cross shelter in Aldine Texas?

          • What happened – did they say no pets?

          • WomanInThePersistence

            Check out #16

            /photo/2017/08/pet-rescues-in-harveys-wake/538368/?utm_source=nextdraft&utm_medium=website

          • That would be you and I.

          • resisting and persisting

            I am a lifelong animal person and rescuer too. And if push came to shove, and I had no other choice, I would turn my animals loose. At least give them a chance. I’ve heard of horses left in stalls…just let ’em go, people.

          • Exactly! My horse vet volunteered during Katrina. She’s made of tough stuff, and what she saw and experienced still deeply haunts her.

          • mancityRed6

            b) good. I am not, in any way shape or form clicking that link.
            a) I completely understand. I guess I was just under the impression that they’d be gone forever. it’s nice to hear there’s a chance they’ll be reunited.

          • WomanInThePersistence

            b) people who do such things enrage me.

          • Panika MCD

            of you read the story, you’d understand why the police chief in question was not having any of it.

          • Vel Venturi

            Yes, I heard about a couple of instances of this and was incensed. I also heard that some people stopped to rescue some tied donkeys and horses, and have been informed they will be charged with theft of livestock? I am really hoping that’s a false story.

          • Panika MCD

            I’ll let you know. so far I have heard nothing. the last video I saw of someone saving livestock, the poster missed the part where the livestock were their own. even if such cases were to be filed, I suspect it would be well after the water goes down.

          • All my dogs have a chip on their shoulder.

    • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

      Thanks for that. I have a go-bag and so does my doge Bella. Just in case. Just because. Seeing this pictures helps my anxiety and depression, to know that other people feel the same.

    • Panika MCD

      that first photo is actually an Austin Pets Alive! volunteer who was helping rescue animals.

    • YetAnotherRebecca

      When I get home I’m giving all three of my cats a giant hug and never letting go. As scary as the experience is for the people who understand what’s going on around them, I can’t imagine how terrifying it must be for all the loving creatures who have been separated from their families and find themselves helpless and alone in that watery hell.

      • Up In Smoke O’hontas

        One of my kitters hides even when it rains. I just can’t imagine how frightening it must be for those sensitive little souls.
        *Hugging furballs right now*

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Thanks. And WTF Red Cross in Aldine?

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      I don’t have the intestinal fortitude to even read about lost/abandoned pets. Any links where I can throw ameros?

  • mardam422

    I hope that furniture guy becomes richer than he ever dreamed possible. He’s already richer than any of us will ever be. Not just monetarily, but in real life Christian with a capital C Kindness. But he deserves every last penny.

    • theCryptofishist

      I imagine that it builds up a lot of goodwill of people who will pay $50 extra for a sofa, or whatever, for a few years to come. Not to mention lifetime patronage from the people who stayed there. I also think that that was a secondary consideration, if at all.

      • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

        I like to keep things local. It’s part of being a good neighbor.

        • Zyxomma

          It is. I buy my office supplies from a local stationer I’ve used for decades (it changed hands, and I made the acquaintance of the “new” owner after the old one retired). Yes, I could save a little money at Staples, but it’s not worth it.

      • Lefty Wright

        Yeah, there are going to be millions of dollars in insurance checks for furniture destroyed in the floods. People will remember who helped Houston when it is time to replace things.

    • Mac is already richer than he ever dreamed possible. And he has always been a Local Hero for doing things like this.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      I approve of this message. It appears likely that he will continue to be a good character doing good because good is the right thing to do. I wish I lived close enough to buy stuff from him.

    • Rob Jarrett

      He’s a nice guy–did this in Katrina and I saw him give an inspirational speech to the local elementary school (work hard, study hard, and be nice and good things will happen).
      When we first moved to Houston in ’90 we were looking for a rocker chair; he came out to ask if there was anything he could do to sell us something and when we said he didn’t have what we were looking for, he laughed and wished us luck.

  • theCryptofishist

    at least 2 things for me to say here.
    I–There’s a book I like, A Paradise Built in Hell, which says a whole lot about how people help each other during and after a disaster. It’s by Rebecca Solnit, who somehow stealthed her way into my reality. I was moved and it changed my thinking about disasters.
    II–Anybody can get CPR training. It’s an afternoon or evening every couple of years. You can get first aid for a couple of nights a week for a month or two. Dog and children specific stuff, also, too. And around here we have training for disasters, NERT in San Francisco and CERT in Berkeley, and San Bruno, Neighborhood/Community Emergency Response Training. Because ordinary people are heroes.

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      For those not in SanFrancisco call your local fire department or American Red Cross for locations/times for CPR classes. Also, too, you don’t have to do mouth -to-mouth. Current guidelines are for chest compression only CPR for nonmedical bystanders.

    • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

      My county just announced CERT classes.

  • theCryptofishist

    Is it possible that the grit and determination of coming up from Central America makes that walk to work trivial?

  • Waiting for a familiar face….
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BYUwDM4DaIu/

  • Serai 1
  • OrdinaryJoe

    You’ll notice that among the civilian heroes out working selflessly with their personal watercraft to rescue folks you DO NOT SEE any Nazis with tikki torches.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Our Boys & Girls club is teaming up with us atheists (and everyone else who’s interested) to send a few semis of supplies down…(I bought feminine products and baby supplies, because who thought to grab tampons and an extra pacifier on the way to the boat?).
      Also sending a large check from Nonbelief Relief to orgs on the ground. Not intended to be a plug here, but if anyone wants their donations to go directly to action, without thoughts and prayers, then donations to those two groups are a good place to start. Also, our local Boys & Girls club is taking donations to stock school bathrooms with pads and tampons, because they are helpers everywhere.

      • Zyxomma

        I’m an atheist Jew, and every month our shul supports a different charity. In August, it was filling backpacks with school supplies (I bought a backpack covered with emojis and some glitter pens); in July we delivered swimsuits to kids who were learning to swim for the first time; in June it was menstrual pads and tampons. The link for Nonbelief Relief is http://ffrf.org and thanks for pointing us to it.

        • Up In Smoke O’hontas

          Two hands working accomplishes more than two hundred hands clasped in prayer…said someone worth quoting.

  • jowgajen

    None of that food people are “looting” is saleable you privileged motherfucker.

    • Skadi

      Didn’t we go through this already during Katrina? *sigh*

      • theCryptofishist

        We know if they are looters by the simply skin test…

  • Doug Langley

    Love the furniture store story! Just don’t say mattress to Mr Lambert.

  • altleftjohn
  • WomanInThePersistence

    This is very sweet, really.

    https://youtu.be/Va-S9lIGDOU

    • theCryptofishist

      It’s good he had the gloves, although that hawk wasn’t looking about to make any aggressive moves. Also, good shout out for rehab centers. Actually, there may be a wildlife rehab center near you, and they might be able to train you, or at least you could scrub cages for them. (“I have cages that need scrubbing at home, Lisa.”)

  • Vel Venturi

    Mattress Mack is a Houston fixture, a local ‘character’ (as we say in the South) who is known for his goofy commercials, his over the top stores, and his philanthropy. Good on him for opening his stores days before ‘Christian’ Joel Osteen opened his sports-arena-turned-megachurch. Another native Texas company that was on the ground quickly was HEB Grocers, who have a fleet of trucks and mobile kitchens and pharmacies that deploy to disasters. Good on them, too.

    And there are loads of just regular people coordinating rescues, donations and volunteering through social media. They’re marshaling trucks, boats, jetskis, you name it. I’m not often proud of my home state these days, but I certainly am at the moment.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      You should be.

    • resisting and persisting

      For me, the best part of the Mattress Mack story is that he’s letting people sleep on his merchandise. Mattresses, sofas, whatever…they are getting used. And this isn’t the first time he’s done it, he’s done this at least twice before, from what I reada. Good on him. And fuck Joel Osteen.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Our nation isn’t looking like such a national embarrassment this week. But it’s the Mattress Macks and Cajon Navy neighbors who deserve the thanks. Our infrastructure is on the verge of crumbling all over, and it takes a functioning, focused government to create those big, long term solutions. Denmark probably has some advice to that end.
      There are so many heros among us, so many helpers…let’s look to them for inspiration. IMHO.

      • Red Bird

        It certainly isn’t Donnie Dementia.

        • Up In Smoke O’hontas

          Anyone heard from that thing stuck on Ted Cruz’s lip? I imagine it’s sending thoughts and prayers…

      • theCryptofishist

        Yeah, Denmark might have some advice about Nazis, also, too.

        • Up In Smoke O’hontas

          Unfortunately, the US doesn’t take advice: Learning from furriners iz bad; We got this shit: Shut up with you’re “experience;” and “success,” and “linguistic norms;” and “traditional”Punctuati0n%”.

          • SigDeFlyinMonky

            Ask the Dutch about it… amphibious houses also too.

    • Red Bird

      Me too.

    • Johnatx

      Me too.

    • SeeTrain65

      Then you’ve got the mattress guy we have around here, spouting Tea Party nonsense.

      https://www.wrywingpolitics.com/tag/ron-trzcinski/

  • Serai 1

    Jesus Christ, I hope that report hasn’t doomed that poor woman to deportation.

    • Canned Covfefe

      I thought the same thing about furniture guys folks too.

      • Serai 1

        You’d think with things as they are, the fucking media would have more goddamned sense than to publicize that woman’s situation.

  • Keith Taylor

    I hope so too. I know I’m being overwhelmingly obvious, but boy, there is an example of an ace employee you’d be lucky to have working for you.
    Wait. Her name is Quintanilla and she’s from El Salvador?
    This is not congruent with just-pardoned Joe Arpaio’s world view.
    Something is wrong and it may be Arpaio.

  • Moar Wordz

    Matress Mack must be an angel

  • Red Bird

    So, we have blue skies and sun in northern Harris County. …. Houston area. Looks like the worst of the storm has passed us. Now for recovery.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Good. Rest now so you can be strong as needed… Words are meaningless in these moments…
      *hugs from Wisconsin*

    • WomanInThePersistence

      I didn’t realize you were there. *hugs*

  • bluicebank

    “Cajun Navy” needs to get some medals on their chests. And a song. I nominate Dr. John. Or Professor Longhair (RIP).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtV5cBQpINM

  • theCryptofishist

    I thought Katrina Cottages were a good idea…

  • pixeloid

    Unfortunately, it’s Texas, so the people with boats rescuing people also have to dodge gunfire. They’ve already had to replace several boats that were shot up. Seems some local idiots are either looters who want the boats, people angry that they aren’t being rescued quickly enough, or people who think the rescuers are looters. Welcome to Texas.

  • Zyxomma

    Look for the helpers? You’ve found them, Dok. I tweeted at MattressMack, he’s a great guy. Love this post.

  • pixeloid
    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      Versatile. Subtle. Classic. Whose grandchildren don’t appreciate refinement and class?

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    Maybe somebody can make 52-inch stilettos for Melania, so she can help get people rescued.

    • PubOption

      They would match her stilted English.

  • DuchessD’Orleans

    Got me a chair position in the Cajun Navy. Worked 30 hours in 3 days.

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  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    A lot of water.
    https://twitter.com/th3j35t3r/status/902717594443988992
    twitter.com/th3j35t3r/status/902717594443988992

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