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So Donald Trump finally read some words that were written for him about the people who’ve lost everything in Houston, and now we can look forward to him complaining that nobody’s given him credit for his RECORD-BREAKING levels of empathy. Screw him, we’re ready for some more BOAT HEROES, not all of whom are necessarily using boats, and not all of whom are in Houston.

Chain Of Cools

For instance, we have this bunch of people who spontaneously came together to form a human chain and pull an elderly gent from his half-submerged truck, which was in danger of being swept away:

We keep watching this, and the thing we love about it? The enthusiastic passing of a life jacket down the chain, which arrives at the end after they’ve got the guy out of his truck and a strong guy is carrying him back to the freeway. They ended up not needing it, but that’s not the point: Somebody had a life jacket on hand, and they sent it down the line, to help.

Also, a verbatim comment from Yr Editrix in the Wonkette Sekrit Chatcave: “And they carry him out of the water and they are all beefy big latino kids and I am not crying shut up fuck you.” We wouldn’t dare try to say it better.

The BBC has another angle, but darned if we can get it to embed, so go look and come back.

Jump In And Help

In Beaumont on Sunday, Nataly Avala and her friend Kristan Wade saw a car drive into a flooded underpass and begin floating into deeper water … where it started sinking. Ms. Savala kept recording as Ms. Wade went to go help the driver out of the car:

Everyone’s OK — and then a longer cut of the video shows another damn pickup driving into the water and getting stuck. That driver got out on his own.

Those Nice Young Men On Their Jet Skis

And then of course there’s the Jet-Ski rescue, straight out the door of the home of Karen and J.C. Spencer, which went viral AF all over the Twitters:

The Spencers were fine for the first few days of the storm, but then the water started rising into their home Monday. J.C. called up the Chick-fil-A restaurant where he and Karen are regulars, and asked for help:

“We had to get out of there so I called Chick-fil-A, now that sounds kind of funny,” J.C. Spencer said in an interview on [“Good Morning America”] Wednesday. “I ordered two grilled chicken burritos with extra egg and a boat. And can you believe that one of the managers of Chick-fil-A, she sent her husband to pick us up and we are so grateful.”

The couple said they were in the process of figuring out which of their most-prized possessions could fit onto the small rescue boat when the Jet Ski riders showed up and offered to take the couple to higher ground.

Sure, we want to cluck and say “it’s only stuff,” but we understand. And you take the baby pictures, of course. Easy call. Anyway, the Spencers are OK and they wish they’d gotten the names of the young men so they could thank them.

Canoe Doctor Is On The Ball

Brianna Terrazas (Jacob’s sister), Yesenia Terrazas (Jacob’s mom), Jacob Terrazas & Dr. Stephen Kimmel

In Webster, part of the Houston Metro area, pediatric surgeon Stephen Kimmel had to get to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center Saturday to perform emergency surgery on 16-year-old Jacob Terrazas, who could have suffered permanent injury from testicular torsion if the operation were delayed too long. He tried driving in his own car, but the roads were flooded, then volunteer firefighters arrived to help him get to the hospital: first by canoe to a pickup truck belonging to one of the firefighters, then by truck until the roads were impassable, then by canoe again, until the firefighters saw people stranded atop their cars, needing rescue. Dr. Kimmel hopped out and walked the last mile to the hospital through waist-high water.

Jacob and his family had a heck of a time getting to the hospital for his operation, too: They were unable to reach it because I-45 was flooded, but the Webster Fire Department was able to get Jacob, his mother, and his sister to the medical center, where Jacob was prepped for surgery. When Dr. Kimmel arrived, he was drenched, and Jacob and his mom were a little unsure who the bedraggled soaking bearded guy was, as Jacob told CNN:

“It was kind of weird because I got there and I didn’t know who was the doctor because I thought he was just like some, I don’t know, just some dude,” he said. “That’s what my mom thought, too. And once he told me I was like ‘oh, OK.'”

Jacob’s out of pain and out of the hospital, and Dr. Kimmel’s own home flooded later that day; his family was picked up by a Coast Guard boat and they’re all dry in a hotel now.

So that’s something to keep in mind if your commute seems slow, maybe.

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  • Bill D. Burger
    • Oblios_Cap

      He lies like a rug. Just like the orange shitgibbon.

    • I’m not so sure that Lawful Evil is an upgrade over Chaotic Evil.

      • Jamoche

        It’s not. Chaotic will give you a break sometimes just for the lulz. Lawful? Forget it.

      • MrTusks

        Lawful Good: Elizabeth Warren
        Neutral Good: Kamala Harris
        Chaotic Good: Bernie Sanders
        Lawful Neutral: James Comey
        True Neutral: Robert Meuller
        Chaotic Neutral: Rex Tillerson
        Lawful Evil: Mike Pence
        Neutral Evil: Paul Ryan
        Chaotic Evil: Donald Trump

  • DerrickWildcat

    Where do water go?

  • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

    Just saw a clip of Pence and Mother arriving in Tx. They forgot to wear their hats. Sad.

    • Bill D. Burger

      “But just look at my face. I can pretend to give a shit so much better than that fool I’m going to replace soon does.”

      https://img.wonkette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/pencegiggle.png

      • Michael R

        From the vaults :

        Pence Pleads With Congress to Not Fund Hurricane Katrina Relief

        https://m.dailykos.com/stories/1694378

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          I sincerely hope the media sticks that straight up his ass. And not with votes.

      • Oblios_Cap

        It’s a good thing that wood floats.

        • Msgr_MΩment

          Are you suggesting that he’s a witch?

          • Oblios_Cap

            or a duck.

      • sosuume

        That look after you’ve farted and realized it wasn’t just a fart.

        • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

          …while in a crowded slow-moving elevator.

          Full of hot womenz.

  • calliecallie

    Can we have a daily dose of boat heroes, please? This was awesome. Especially Rebecca not crying shut up fuck you. I am not crying shut up fuck you now too.

  • Vincent Ricola

    Holy shit I fell in instant love with the Jet Ski husband who saved grandma. That Chick-fil-A manager is one lucky lady.

  • Baconzgood

    Today I don’t completely hate Texas.

    • Panika MCD

      you never completely hate TX, I’m here.

      • Baconzgood

        All right then. I promise I’ll only mostly hate Texas

        • Panika MCD

          we’re fabulous…our voting laws aren’t.

          • Baconzgood

            I’ve been in Texas several times. San Antonio is cool and so is Austin and Lubbock. Other areas….meh…not so much.

          • Panika MCD

            you like Lubbock more than other areas?

          • Paul Dietzel

            All I know ’bout Lubbock is that Buddy Holly was born there and if that’s all, then that’s good enough.

          • Panika MCD

            it’s got a church on every corner.

            but it’s also the home of Texas Tech which has the only PhD in wind power engineering in the country and the world’s second largest Vietnam Cultural Museum.

  • TJ Barke

    People cooperating for mutual aid? ANARCHY!

    • Oblios_Cap

      Jesus frowns on that sort of thing. At least that’s what Joel Osteen told me.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      I see no money changing hands. How is this possible?!1!

  • Michael R
    • Bill D. Burger

      “Dude! You realize you’re in the parking lot of a shopping mall, right?”

  • Oblios_Cap

    Testicular torsion sounds like a real buzz kill.

    • Joe Beese

      My huevos retracted just reading it.

  • rocktonsam

    man, those jet ski dudes…
    its good to remember how great our country has always been.
    When you guys are in Madison, stop in at the Harmony Bar, I’M BUYING!!!

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson
    • jodyleek

      And, I would add to Mr. Rogers’ quote:
      “When you get older and you see people
      in need of help, BE one of the helpers.”

  • Anderson Cooper is LIVE ON TV helping big handsome Coast Guards rescue people and their little dogs, too.

    Hopefully later we’ll get LIVE FOOTAGE of Anderson noting the Coast Guard looks tense and needs a massage.

    • Vincent Ricola

      Those little pug dogs tho.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      “Tonight on AC 360 After Dark…”

    • CeeQ

      Hey uh, so you coast guarding around NYC any time soon??

  • Baconzgood

    Jet Ski Husband kicks ass. Look at that hat, look at that awesome smile, look how he’s giving a “thumbs up” while saving Mee-Maw.

    And you know, HE OWNS A FUCKING JET SKI!

    Baconz would totally invite Jet Ski Husband to his B-B-Q to drink beer.

  • Bill D. Burger

    No everyone’s impressed with the Trumalooza’ response:

    [ Tags: Hurricane Harvey | russel honore | harvey | relief | effort | amateur hour
    Katrina Commander Slams Harvey Response as ‘Amateur Hour’
    Thursday: 8/31/2017

    Joint Task Force Katrina Commander Russel Honore on Wednesday blasted Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts as nothing more than “amateur hour” and called for a stronger military presence because of the scope of the devastation.

    “The American people have put too much confidence in us,” Honore, a retired Army lieutenant general, told Erin Burnett on CNN. “We have been too successful overseas to come out in amateur hour and incrementally deploy the force here.”

    “You have to come in big and you’ve got to be there right at the edge of the storm so you can come in as soon as possible and go in and rescue people.

    “We don’t have 100 helicopters here as of last night.”
    “This is pitiful. The people are responding. They’re doing the best they can.”]

    http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/russel-honore-harvey-relief-effort/2017/08/30/id/810791/

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      The military is needed to guard those minerals in Afghanistan, silly.

      • Bill D. Burger

        And taunt lil’ Kim.

    • Heckuva job, Frownie.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg

    Just out of curousity: What percentage of Americans can swim?

    • DerrickWildcat

      I can swim pretty good. I can jump off the high board at Wood’s Pool.

    • My fact-free guess is at least 60%.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Apparrantly it’s only 50%

    • jesterpunk
      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Reason I thought about this is that I feel that many people could get to safety if they knew how to swim. Damn 50% is a really low number.

        • jesterpunk

          There are a lot of poorer areas with where for people to learn to swim around.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            Yeah and these are mostly in the south right?

          • jesterpunk

            Not just the south, there are a lot of places in the north without any pools in poorer areas too.

          • Jamoche

            Yeah, because a lot of public pools were shut down rather than be integrated. As so many things were.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            So glad to live in this socialist hellhole where swimming is on the curriculum.

    • SomeBigRedDog

      I can dog paddle.

    • OutOfOrbit

      “Blacks are afraid of water.”
      — any Republican you ask.

      • Msgr_MΩment

        “Mexicans swim/commute daily to Texas.” — Ibid

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Damn, We are now teaching every refugee and also many eastern European worker to learn how to swim becasue they all think it looks so easy so they think they can do too. What they don’t know is that we learn to swim from a very young age. My son is 4 and now swims for his diploma but he has been made familiar with water since the age of one in a program called “teddybear swimming” where they learn how to float for a short while and lose any inhibitions they might have for water.

    • William

      All mammals can swim. They have to be taught to drown.

      • Robbertjan Brandenburg

        Umm wut?

        • William

          With very few exceptions (Giraffes seem to be one), mammals can instinctively swim. https://youtu.be/P3JCqYEEd2A

          • Good_Gawd_Yall

            My grandson who is also a William and is one year old, swims every day. I had his father in swimming lessons by three months, and they’re both fish! Just love the water.

          • Robbertjan Brandenburg

            ah ok.

  • Joe Beese

    I posted this earlier this morning, but it’s worth repeating here.

    https://twitter.com/MichaelBerrySho/status/902882716802265096

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Looks to me like we really need to spend $50 billion on a border wall, que no?

    • Bill D. Burger

      Well look how easily that illegal immigrant Harvey got in!

    • Panika MCD

      there have been reports of Mexicans sneaking across the border to offer donations and then returning home.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      For our Caribbean border.

  • La forza del resistino

    The Cajun navy accepts transgendered volunteers, Donald. Bone spurs or not.

  • Panika MCD

    the homes of Fmr. Houston Mayor Bill White (the guy that was all, “sure we can take some Katrina refugees, NOLA. how about 200,000?” back in 2005) and State Rep. Armando Walle (D – family was rescued by boat heroes) have been demolished.

    I’m on my way to help out at the APA! animal overflow shelter because they took on another 1,000 dogs and lord knows how many cats. anyone who wants to donate some dog crates can do so through Amazon.

    and I have confirmed that this photo is a Harvey rescue. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e3ae95e99f5cc22c250df65a988544ee812db4d984c766d1dcd33cf01f6ae3cb.jpg

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Doggo pool party!

      • Panika MCD

        with a MONKEY!

        • Johnatx

          Jesus! That is a black cap capuchin. At first glance, I thought it was a poodle with an unfortunate trim.

    • jesterpunk

      How did they get all of those dogs in the pool and not have them all fight each other? They are all well behaved.

      • Panika MCD

        canned clams?

    • Beanz&Berryz

      Thanks for the good you do…

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Bless your heart. No, really!

    • DerrickWildcat

      Save cats!

      • Panika MCD

        cats are being saved. saw a ton of them this afternoon.

    • CeeQ

      There’s no party like a dogs and random monkey party! Woot woot!

      • TakingAmes

        Who keeps a monkey? DId they learn nothing from “Friends?”

        • CeeQ

          Hahahahaha

  • btwbfdimho

    I just saw lines of 20 cars trying to get gas at 2 stations in Fort Worth TX. Haven’t seen something like that since the 1970s!
    Oh nostalgia. ..are the 80s coming back also? No, please…

    • SweetDeeKat

      Gas stations were running out of gas by 10:30 this morning all over north Texas. No word on when regular operations resume.

    • Ω cynmac’s reclaiming her time

      We have plenty of supply here, yet they are raising the prices.

  • Jenny

    Dammit. Red cross why are you taking so looooong???

    I can literally get paid time to go help but not if I don’t have the right paperwork. So I sit and wait for paperwork. Argh!!!!

  • Ricky Gay

    I cannot snark to this!

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      That’s okay. I’m here now.

  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

    Save the Chesterfield. Won’t someone think of the sofas!

    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      Who the fuck thought that naming a sofa after a cigarette was a good idea?

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        I may be wrong but I always figured “chesterfield” was a wink and a nod toward the idea of a cigarette after sex, as in, “Well, we can’t call them ‘AfterSexxx’ so let’s name them after the place you might be lying after, you know, sexxx.” (Of course this supposes that the cigarettes came along after the sofa.)

      • Paul Dietzel

        The sofa was named after the Earl of Chesterfield in the 1700’s; the smokes came along quite a bit later, early 20th century. In the 1940s and 1950s Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, and Arthur Godfrey were among Chesterfield cigarette’s official spokesmen. Don’t know if the sofa had any official spokespeople save the late Earl.

  • Panika MCD

    oh, and Gov. Wheels has accepted Mexico’s help.

    maybe Tsarina Tic Tacs can do that also too…right after he tweets out places to donate to to his 37 million tweeters fans.

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      I didn’t know the 35 million Russian Twitter bots could donate …

    • Beanz&Berryz

      I bet any site he might reference would work its way to djt.com…

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    “I’m glad they done what they done, but I still say Build The Wall!”

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    In Webster, part of the Houston Metro area, pediatric surgeon Stephen Kimmel had to get to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center Saturday to perform emergency surgery on 16-year-old Jacob Terrazas, who could have suffered permanent injury from testicular torsion if the operation were delayed too long.

    Now there’s a chap with his priorities in order.

  • William
  • OutOfOrbit

    Q: How many of the rescuers are Republican?
    A: LOL!

    • Jenny

      Probably a lot actually cuz Texas.

    • OrG

      As long as you don’t tell them it’s SOCIALISM, they’re actually pretty cool with socialism.

      • NastyBossetti

        I have an idea. What if we start calling socialism “Americanism” instead? Then everyone will love it and want to do it all over the country!

    • Aren’t they too busy whining about cartoons to do that?

  • Msgr_MΩment
    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Get some twine…

    • Serai 1

      …what?

      • Msgr_MΩment

        If these guys were only driving waterproof Beetles, they’d be dry.

        They’d be floating in the Gulf of Mexico by now, but they’d be dry.

        • Serai 1

          I didn’t know there was such a thing as a waterproof Beetle.

    • osceola

      Back in the ’70s National Lampoon did a parody of that ad with a floating VW and the caption “If Ted Kennedy drove a Volkwagen he’d be president now.”

      • Zyxomma

        I remember that. I also remember being driven in a VW bug with such a big hole in the floor that I could see the road. That one wouldn’t have floated.

        • Erala Contratista

          Huh! We had a dump truck you could see the road beneath your feet. Disconcerting…

          • Zyxomma

            It is.

  • Panika MCD

    AND… Houston ISD is giving all students 3 meals a day for the 2017-2018 school year.

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Good on ’em.

  • Mavenmaven
    • Serai 1

      Life’s been good to him… so far.

      • h4rr4r

        Well he does have a accountants to pay for it all.

        • William

          That’s not the Rocky Mountain way.

      • Eileen Besse

        ISWYDT….

    • … Motherfucker just ain’t right.

    • jesterpunk

      Has he paid his child support yet?

    • HorseChestnut

      Christ, that’s stupid even for him. That is some nuclear stupid.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      I love the comments. I wonder if he has any followers who aren’t there just to dunk on him?

  • Bill D. Burger

    Texas Republicans: “Bbbbbbbbuutt…..that wuz’ different.”

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIkgCImVYAA8hB5.jpg

  • Bill D. Burger

    Because priorities….and Republicans:

    [GOP eyeing nearly $1 billion cut to Harvey disaster funds to help finance Trump’s border wall
    House Republicans are looking at cutting almost $1 billion from disaster accounts to help finance the president’s border wall
    The $876 million cut would cover roughly half the cost of Trump’s down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall
    About $2.3 billion would remain in disaster coffers
    Published 22 Hours Ago | Updated 14 Hours Ago]

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/30/gop-eyeing-1-billion-disaster-funds-cut-to-help-wall.html

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      They’ve got to be kidding, right? This whole wall covfefe will appeal only to the 35% (roughly) of Repuke voters who were dropped on their heads. The rest of the r crowd and all of the D’s and I’s will howl in protest, and vote for anything up to and including a dead yellow dog in a ditch to get these buttheads out of congress. But as a wise man once said, “please proceed,” assholes.

    • Ms.Moon

      Texas voted for Trump, not necessarily the Houston area but it’s altogether a red state that’s what they voted for they should not be upset.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • BeachBum

      I love the tie.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • CountryClubJihadi

      LOL. I am going to have to upset a Facebook “friend” who is literally crying over people being mean to Joel. This should push her over the edge. Thanks!

    • CeeQ

      Bahahahahahaha

      You hear that Joel Osteen? That’s God telling you to fuck right off.

  • Bill D. Burger
    • Anna Rompage

      Something tells me Malenia did not order the FLOTUS hat on her own, and was likely pressured (read forced) into wearing it…

      • Paul

        But but but……..who would do such a thing?

      • Serai 1

        Nope. She tried to sue that one guy (what was his name?) because his public statements about her would impede her being able to monetize her status as FLOTUS. So I’d say she very deliberately put it on to get herself some of that sweet grift. She’d been PLANNING on it.

      • Lefty Wright

        At least she took the right hat. The first model said FLOATUS.

  • Bill D. Burger
  • Bill D. Burger
  • Bill D. Burger
    • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

      Heh. My selective dyslexia read that as: “We are waiting for Joel Osteen to pull his little member.”

    • Bitter Scribe

      Isn’t that Jimmy Swaggart confessing that he boinked Jessica Hahn?

  • Bill D. Burger

    “I sent Harvey to Houston because of what charlatans like Osteen have done to Christianity’s message. Don’t make Me do it again.” ___ God

    It was on the interweb. It’s true.

    Shhhh…..he’s preying.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/198af242cc4300b6f3f7d229a072c129c910d6ec523b7cae92fb5d522462f2fe.jpg

    • CeeQ

      You gotta admit this hopefully showed Osteen’s true colours to those followers of his who are colour blind. I really really hope it did.

      • NotDarkYet

        Not damn likely. He already went on an all channels “explanation” tour as to why he didn’t open his … whatever that damn building is called (not a church). The true believers will eat it up and ask for more (and give more $$$$).

        • CeeQ

          Then they deserve to be fleeced

    • Meanwhile, Texas’ mosques have opened their doors to all who need shelter:

      M J Khan, president of The Islamic Society of Greater Houston, told the Mic news website: “This
      is an obligation, a religious obligation to help others. When you give
      you don’t give only to your own family… You give to anybody who needs
      help. We have mosques all over the greater Houston area,” Mr Khan said. “If
      you have no place to go, go to your neighborhood mosque.”

      http://uk.news.yahoo.com/texas-muslims-turning-mosques-shelters-122852887.html

  • Bill D. Burger

    Arr’ you with that ‘fake news CNN’?”

    https://twitter.com/JoshuaChavers/status/902896758459654144

    • Serai 1

      Can’t wait for Twitler to start whining about this being FAKE.

      • CeeQ

        Don’t read the comments on the twitter feed. trump idiots already saying it is fake cuz the news guy had shorts when he first ran over and then jeans in the later shot. As if a wardrobe change somehow negates everything else that happened. Fucking hell these people.

        • Serai 1

          They grasp at any straw, no matter how ridiculous and juvenile.

          • CeeQ

            He does change pants. But again, don’t see how the ONLY explanation MUST be that the whole thing is faked. Even though CNN has no reason to fake any rescue. The down side from being found out more than outweighs any positive press. But again, I’m thinking logically and that’s anathema to Trumpers.

          • Serai 1

            Well, it’s not surprising he changed his pants if he was intent on getting into that water. I’d have wanted hip waders, myself. No way I’d step in while wearing SHORTS if I could grab a pair of jeans.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      “It’s okay that you missed the live shot to save that guy’s life” is now my favorite newsspeak of the decade.

    • SweetDeeKat

      Watching this is making me a better person. Sniffling a bit, too.

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    I’m not crying either shut up fuck you.

    I’m sobbing.

  • eyelashviper

    The video of Ms. Wade (ironic name), going into the deep water, and working to get the woman out and back on dry land showed what courage she had, even risking her own life as the car moved around and began sinking.
    Good people, risking everything to save others.

    • grindstone

      I love her priorities, too. “Put your purse on my head so your stuff don’t get wet.” Ms Wade is awesome!

      • Jeffery Campbell

        That’s a southern woman for you. Priorities damn it! I am just bawling!

  • La forza del resistino

    The Pence’s land in TX in matching mom jeans. Mike offers to donate blood to any hetero in need, but the staff declines saying they don’t have the equipment to get it warmed to body temperature.

    • CeeQ

      I’m giving him a tiny pass today since he *actually* dug in and helped physically not just faff around with his fat arse and stupid hat yelling idiot words into a megaphone by a fire truck.

  • Bitter Scribe

    I ordered two grilled chicken burritos with extra egg and a boat.

    I have to try that the next time I order food.

    • grindstone

      My third favorite part of this post, right after the human chain and Ms. Aptly Named Wade.

  • Daniel Hooper

    Yeesh; and here I was bitching this morning about almost plowing into a garbage truck that didn’t signal. In my defense, it was a New Jersey driver; that’s basically a natural disaster in vehicle form.

    • Jennaratrix

      I went home to Massachusetts for my HS reunion a few years ago and rented a car at Logan; I went out to get it, and it had New Jersey plates. I wanted to go back in and beg them to give me another car; I knew that I was facing three days of being cut off and flipped off constantly. In the end I just sucked it up. I wasn’t wrong.

      • Serai 1

        I would have stuck a big sign in the back window saying IT’S A RENTAL.

        • Jennaratrix

          Ha! I wish I had. I just figured it was karma.

      • Paul

        Holly is living with me in Mass. now. She doesn’t have Jersey plates but they are from Pa.. She is constantly amazed at how aggressive the drivers are here. I explained they all think she’s a tourist and she’d be better off registering the car here. Seems as Mass. insurance rates are at least double those in Pa., so no.

        Poor woman is far too nice and a very safe driver. Unfortunately, she’s doomed among us Massholes.

        • Jennaratrix

          What was even funnier was when I lived in Virginia, and drove my car back home to see my dad on the Cape. I got to the first of two rotaries I was going to use, and people were doing INSANE things to get around me, and I couldn’t figure out why. I mean, Massholes will cut you off for no reason, but these were people behind me who were cutting over into traffic to get in front of me for no reason I could see. And then I remembered I had Virginia plates on my car, and all the locals thought I was going to freeze and not know what to do at the rotary. I surprised more than one of them when I drove right in when I had the right of way and yielded appropriately when I didn’t.

          • Paul

            “Yeilded appropriately”???!!!! WTF. How long you been gone? What do those words mean, and where did you learn them?

          • Jennaratrix

            18 years. All I meant was I didn’t stop at the entrance to the rotary in a panic like everyone from out of state does, and allowed those entering to merge. Like you’re supposed to.

          • Paul

            Hell no. What you’re supposed to do is barrel in there at top speed while staring straight ahead so everybody thinks “look at that crazy bastard, he’s not even looking if anybody’s coming” while slyly watching everything out of the corner of your eye, as they get out of your way.

          • Jennaratrix

            There you go, Wonketeers: Exhibit A in why the rest of the country thinks Massholes are terrible drivers. 😉

          • Paul

            Did I say too much? Giving away secrets and all that shit?

            Actually we’re really nice here in western Mass. It’s those crazy cosmopolitans in Bahstin ya’ gotta beware of.

          • Jennaratrix

            I grew up in Stow; we were pretty nice, too. And I had to leave a lot of my attitude behind when I moved to the Kansas City area; my sarcasm game was too strong.

          • Paul

            Understandable. What’s “routine shit” here is “heinous effrontery” outside the commonwealth. Please behave yourself.

      • MrTusks

        That was just because you were in Massachusetts.

        • Jennaratrix

          Oh, true; but it was at least double what it would normally be due to the NJ plates.

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    The woman who went in after the older woman in the car had the exact “relieved-pissed off” emotions of a parent whose child just walked through the door after sneaking out at night.

  • Lefty Wright

    While I do applaud the courage of these people risking their lives to save people, I have to question the intelligence of people that put themselves in such danger. If you cannot see pavement, do not drive into it. When you see three foot tall Jersey barriers that divide traffic lanes vanish underwater, it is too deep to drive through! You are not only risking your life, you are risking the lives of anyone trying to rescue you.

    In my neck of the woods, after flooding from a hurricane about 20 years ago, someone tried driving over a bridge that looked like it had only a few inches of water on it. But the ground on the other side had washed out completely. She survived. But another instance where it looked like just a foot of water covered a roadway elevated about 5 feet above wetlands, a pick up truck got swept off the road into deeper water and the driver and his young daughter drowned. Those big tires that look so cool acted just like floats, lifting the truck up off the pavement enough to wash it away.

  • CountryClubJihadi

    Grateful to those who really did buy a boat and their heroic efforts for people and their pets.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9884b82084cdd60014059cc518fab90ef032638a3ed5c9fd6a78f95ef899c7de.jpg

  • Bitter Scribe

    The bit about the surgeon made me think of my cousin in Houston. I talked with her Sunday. She’s OK and hadn’t had any water in her expensive house. They live in a nice high neighborhood with great drainage planned out by the homeowners association (local government won’t do it because that’s communism). The reason they can afford that place is because her husband, a doctor, got rich setting up dialysis clinics. I wonder if his clinics are having trouble with the flood–didn’t think to ask.

  • SisterArtemis

    Fuck buying stock in popcorn companies, I think nose-blowing eye-wiping tissue sales are gonna soar through the roof.

    Thanks for the nice-time helpy-people stuff, Wonkette. In times of trouble, look for the helpers.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Mother Mike and Mrs. Pence are on the ground in Texas, and Donny won’t be pleased. The ‘fake news’ is all a twitter (pun intended) over Mikey ahuggin’, shedding crocodile tears and embracing everyone. It makes Donny seen, well, just distant and uncaring since he didn’t shake a single hand or even touch a victim of Harvey’s wrath.

    Pence, on the other hand, is putting on quite a show. The grief he feigns to feel over his fellow Americans’ suffering is epic. He’s good at it, unlike his Dear Leader.

    Careful not to upstage The Great Yam, Mikey…..you could be in for a Twitter lashing and a cold shoulder.

    • Permit-holder Ron

      Mikey should start watching the news. It’ll be the only way he finds out that Donnie’s ‘you’re fired!’ him.

    • NotDarkYet

      Once you can fake sincerity, you’ve got it made!

      But mother was wearing a sleeveless top, and Pence hugged a woman NOT his wife. tsk tsk …

    • Lambsendbeds

      *crosses fingers*

  • Permit-holder Ron

    Surgery by portage.
    Is there anything canoes CAN’T do?

  • I bet you guys never thought the phrase “Let them eat cake bread” would be used for Nice Time didn’t you?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/trapped-mexican-bakers-make-pan-dulce-bread-hurricane-harvey-victims-houston-texas-el-bolillo-a7921106.html?amp

  • Jamoche

    More boat heroes: https://consumerist.com/2017/08/31/pizza-hut-workers-use-kayaks-to-deliver-food-to-hurricane-harvey-victims/#more-10287928

    The manager of a Houston-area Pizza Hut says she acted after one of her shift managers told her there were people in a certain neighborhood who were hungry and running low on food.

    “When I heard there were families in need, I knew we needed to act fast,” she told Click2Houston. “I called my husband and asked him to gather up kayaks and meet me at the restaurant.”

    They then packed 120 pizzas into kayaks, and workers set out to deliver them.

  • Jonny On Maui

    Watched the Harvey coverage on BBC yesterday. It’s worth a gander…

  • Persistent Tennessee Rain

    “Trapped Mexican Bakery Staff Bake Hundreds Of Loaves For Harvey Flood Victims”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mexican-bakery-hurricane-harvey-pan-dulce_us_59a7b7c3e4b0a8d1457320d9

    Fuck your goddamned wall, Donnie Douchebag

    • Zyxomma

      That was incredible. Fighting with the onion ninjas now; they won.

      • Persistent Tennessee Rain

        I lost the battle with the onion ninjas days ago.

    • NotDarkYet

      Oh, but DD has “pledged” 1 mil of his own money to a charity yet to be determined; Ms. lazy eyes asked WH reporters for tips on what charity is “good” during the press briefing this afternoon.

      Yeah.

      If any charity ever sees any DD money, I’ll eat cat food for a week. And not even the good stuff. The dry stuff.

      • Lambsendbeds

        Kibble for everyone !

        • NotDarkYet

          Meow mix!

  • By tne way, if you want a preview of the type of analysis i’ll be doing in 2027, just look at this 2015 post about Katrina 10th year anniversary where I give dewey-eyed remembrance* to the response to the disaster. Something that Trump and company should surely keep in mind.

    http://twoplustwoequals7.blogspot.com/2015/08/fuck-off-special-katrina-anniversary.html

    *Telling Bush cronys where the can stick their “Heckuva job” platitudes counts as “dewey-eyed remembrance” right?

  • Zyxomma

    Thanks, Dok, I needed a little life-affirming stuff right now. Thanks again.

  • whitroth

    Folks, just one thing: if you’re ever in a situation to do a life-saving chain, do NOT hold each other’s hands. grab wrists. That’s *much* stronger.

    AND DON’T FUCKING EVER DRIVE INTO WATER THAT’S FLOWING OVER THE ROADWAY!!!!!

  • bookish

    Extra happy nice times when folks get rescued by other good folks.

    • Parakeetist

      Yes.

  • george lastrapes

    An American Dunkirk. Makes me proud.

  • Mintie

    Excuse me for a moment, my allergies are acting up . . .

  • CeeQ

    Ok fine I’m crying. People risking their lives to save someone, a doctor literally walking a mile for their patient, jet ski heros, CANOES. If this doesn’t make you tear up or tug at your heart strings then I’m afraid that you have no heart.

    God bless the helpers.

  • TootsStansbury

    Thank you Doc. Thank you helpers. You help people more than you can ever know, thanks to the curse/blessing that is the internet and instant notification; you help people far beyond the immediate situation at hand, and that’s just a happy accident!

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Why are you wasting my time with all these people I don’t know. I demand that you photoshop Donald Trump into each and every one of these rescue scenes so I’l be able to sleep tonight.

    • You know the lying fake media photoshopped him OUT of the photos to deny him credit for rescuing all those people, right?

  • cosmiccowgirl

    I like how the human chain falls apart almost immediately. But it was a good idea!

  • Because grandma being driven out of her front door on a jet ski is just cool.

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