Tuesday, August 30, 2005

I'm Still Alive - A Non-Typical OYE Post

Terrible update here...

Hey everybody. I offered to give a 512 Mb iPod to the winner of the sign contest. I fear that I may not be able to keep the promise, although I will try. Both me and my fiance have recently become refugees because of Hurricane Katrina, and I seriously do not know when I will have a normal life again. This is what I posted on my website.
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Hurricane Katrina. It may very well be the perfect storm that New Orleaneans feared. I live in Uptown New Orleans -- this is my story.

*Friday* I worked all day and then went home. Didn't know about the storm -- I was just looking forward to Friday cocktails.

*Saturday* Awoke to a WTF realization that a gigantic storm was brewing in the Gulf. Began to worry. Went to bed with the thought that Linda and I were going to ride this out in our house.

*Sunday* I woke up at 6 am. Katrina's maximum sustained winds were about 160 mph. I immediately went upstairs and informed Linda that were are getting the hell out, and fast. We loaded up the Subaru station wagon with two cats, my laptop, and a couple of changes of clothes.

I drove for almost 15 hours straight before I landed somewhere in the south of Arkansas. We couldn't find a hotel to sleep in, and we definately could not sleep in our car -- our seats were practically vertical with no room for decline. We found a room in a Best Western, but the lady at the front desk saw my cat Babs and told me that I couldn't have the only room that she had left because we have cats. We drove for another hour and 1/2 before we finally went to sleep.

*Monday* We watched the destruction on the television like everybody else. We quickly grew tired of seeing reporters standing in front of secure hotels with their Gortex jackets blowing in the wind. We wanted to know what was going on with our house. Our lives. We couldn't get in touch with our friends who decide to ride out the storm.

*Tuesday* We decided to check out of our hotel in Wilmar, AR and go to an old friend's house in Dallas. We are officially refugees. We don't know if we have a house. We don't have any clothes. We don't have anything. We are sleeping tonight on a blow up mattress in my friend's office / music room.

We don't know when we will be able to go back home. We don't know if we have a home.

I will keep you posted.

70 Comments:

At 30 August, 2005 23:29, Blogger Gen. JC Christian, Patriot said...

I'm sorry to hear about your trouble. Is there anything we can do.

 
At 30 August, 2005 23:38, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

Nothing anybody can do, really. I just hope that I have something in New Orleans to go back to. The pictures on the television don't give me much hope. I never thought that I would be in a situation where I would be living in a car and a friend's house. I don't know if the reality of the situation has hit me yet.

 
At 30 August, 2005 23:41, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

I forgot to thank you for the offer. Thanks General.

 
At 31 August, 2005 00:25, Blogger burnplant said...

Good to hear you were able to get out alright, and here's hoping you have something to go back to...

 
At 31 August, 2005 00:27, Blogger Scott said...

I hope it all works out for you and that you have a home to return to.

I'm agnostic but I can still pray :).

 
At 31 August, 2005 00:48, Blogger Mazzy said...

Forget about the iPod -- get your life back together first, mate. Best of luck to you and yours.

 
At 31 August, 2005 02:13, Blogger dave said...

Forget about the iPod...

That's crazy talk!

Sell the fucking iPod! You need the cash...

 
At 31 August, 2005 09:26, Blogger Father Tyme said...

Vaughn,
Save the ipod. You can use it when you're sittin' waitin' for rescue. We'll be here when you're safe. Just don't tune into Toby or Lee mu-sick!
Ain't it a great thing that Al-Qaeda didn't attack and cause widespread damage on Dubya's watch again? Bet N.O. feels glad that he's spending all those bucks in Iraq where they're needed!
Bush-Cheney '04, remember?
Hang in there, guy!

 
At 31 August, 2005 11:45, Blogger larkohio said...

Praying that you will stay well, and all the good folks affected by this horrible storm.

 
At 31 August, 2005 12:42, Blogger Red Pubulis said...

That’s ok about the iPod as we will just chalk it up to another promise broken by a democrat.

As for not knowing and not preparing well don’t fret our Republican leadership will once again help those who cannot help themselves.

Lastly, please know as well that the Young Republicans of PA have set up donation links and corporate sponsors to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Once again republicans will make a positive difference in people’s lives.

 
At 31 August, 2005 13:18, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

"As for not knowing and not preparing well don’t fret our Republican leadership will once again help those who cannot help themselves."

As for you, you are a fucking jerk. I'm flying back to PA next week because my family lives there. I will gladly meet with you and commence to kick you ass you fucking piece of shit. Just send your information to me jerkoff. In case you are interested in what I look like here you go: http://www.liberalrevolt.com/images/01.jpg

 
At 31 August, 2005 13:23, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

redpubulis: I can't believe what a cowardly piece of shamless shit you are. You are a heartless, shameless, idiot. I wouldn't wish a tragedy like this on my worst enemy, but apparently you are too caught up in you partisan way of life to ever just be a fucking human being. Fuck off.

 
At 31 August, 2005 13:34, Blogger doe said...

Best of luck to you and your fiance, Vaughn. In your honor, I donated the cost of an iPod to the Red Cross.

red publis, you are beneath contempt.

 
At 31 August, 2005 13:45, Blogger Red Pubulis said...

Nice language. Can you make and argument without cursing?

Now lets dissect this further. You didn’t know a hurricane was coming your way. Hmmm I take it you have no TV? Radio? No newspapers? Hmmm next time you go on the web check out the http://www.weather.com/index.html that might help.

As for what you look like? Sorry I am straight.

Now remember, before you fly http://www.weather.com/index.html is worth looking into.

 
At 31 August, 2005 13:50, Blogger Red Pubulis said...

Lets dissect the second idiot who wrote to my response.

If I was heartless why am I leading an effort to gather goods, monetary donations, and corporate sponsors. Nice try but again factually incorrect my unintelligent friend.

You wouldn’t wish something like this on Saddam? The terrorist who caused 9/11? North Korean leadership? That’s why I guess you are not a Republican. Because you just don’t get it.

I would like to pontificate further but alas back to working on my partisan way of life.

 
At 31 August, 2005 13:52, Blogger Red Pubulis said...

And to the third yahoo.

If you want to honor the man buy him a radio for next time.

 
At 31 August, 2005 13:52, Blogger POS said...

Red Publis...the result of cheap tequila and roofies.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:00, Blogger Air Force Republican said...

Glad to hear you are ok. Hurricanes are no laughing matter. My heart goes out to all those affected. I have been working with the Red Cross and Salvation Army since day 1 trying to get volunteers, monetary donations and food drives started in my area. This disaster affects the whole nation, not just the South.

What I don't get is how you didn't know about the approaching hurricane. It's been on TV for over a week (CNN, Weather Channel, FoxNews, MSNBC, NBC, Fox, ABC, etc), in newspapers, on the radio and the Internet. It's been big news ever since it roared through the Carribbean. Surely you must have seen people boarding up their houses and the mass exodus out of New Orleans and the surrounding area.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:02, Blogger Air Force Republican said...

Vaughn - I wouldn't be telling people to go F themselves and then send them pictures of yourself.

That just sends the wrong message.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:08, Blogger doe said...

Apparently, reading comprehension isn't one of red's strong points. Is that why you're here and not "over there?" Show us what a good little republican you are by at least encouraging your young friends who can read to sign up.

And link THIS: http://www.military.com/Recruiting/Home/0,13387,,00.htm

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:09, Blogger ariadne said...

aaaaahhhh, the simple life of the internet troll. Now that's L-I-V-I-N! De facto reasoning, unearned arrogance, and all the other perks.

How nice to point out after the fact that there is a hurricane to someone who stayed through it. How compassionate! It must be swell to be so informed....all the way up in Pennsylvania.
Next time one of you has a black ice collision, I'll ask why you drove on it.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:17, Blogger Red Pubulis said...

Ahhh DOE my sorely misguided friend.

I am actually serving and have been recalled since late in 2002. My current rotation has me stateside. Would you like to now state that serving where I am now told to serve is not good enough either? ha-ha

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:24, Blogger Air Force Republican said...

Doe - what branch are you again? you never said.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:25, Blogger Red Pubulis said...

And to the second dullard:
Don’t give this lil boy credit. He didn’t stay in the hurricane because he wanted to. He nor his fiancé had the mental capacity to know their own surrounding. (Maybe that’s what the earlier comment was talking about when he meant reader comprehension LOL)

It is great to be informed. Even horses, cows, and chickens can sense bad weather coming. But this guy cannot? Come now. Only because he can get onto the Internet is why I would say he is slightly higher then monkeys. Hmmm now aren’t monkeys known for throwing fecal mater on each other?

And come now, who uses the word swell anymore? Here is a link for you. http://dictionary.reference.com/

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:26, Blogger dave said...

I am actually serving and have been recalled since late in 2002. My current rotation has me stateside.

Bullshit.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:27, Blogger dave said...

...why am I leading an effort to gather goods, monetary donations, and corporate sponsors.

Double bullshit.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:27, Blogger Air Force Republican said...

The sad thing about this site is that you condemn people like myself and Red Pubulis for being Republicans that are sending people off to fight for the freedom that you so-often take for granted. All the while missing the whole point.

If it were not for the military fighting to keep you free, you wouldn't have the free speech to write on here.


Freedom is NOT free. It's a shame that many people think it is.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:28, Blogger dave said...

... our Republican leadership will once again help those who cannot help themselves.

And that's the hat trick!

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:31, Blogger Air Force Republican said...

Dave - double whammy!

Red Pubulis is active military serving stateside.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:33, Blogger Red Pubulis said...

Listen……..

Dave wants to say something.

Hmmm cursing again so evidently nothing worthwhile to say.

Is there not one amongst this crowd that can debate or leave a message in proper English or at least without cursing?

Why would you say double BS? Do you have proof either I am not? No, why then cast false illusions to others?

Please tell us all how you know without a doubt I am not helping.

Listening……

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:39, Blogger Reba said...

Hey, Vaughn? Let me know if you guys need things like clothes, food, bad novels, good histories, notebooks to write hate mail to trolls, etc. I don't have much, but my friends and I are pretty good about helping a bud in need. I've already donated to relief efforts, but sometimes it's the little stuff that gets you through...

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:40, Blogger Air Force Republican said...

I think it's more a question of them not wanting to believe you are helping with the war or the relief effort. Democrats have a history of being confrontational.

One of the main reasons there are Republican majorities in the House, Senate and the Presidency is due to the fact that you know exactly where a Republican stands on an issue. The same CANNOT be said for a Democrat. Typically they tell you what you want to hear which is why Gov. Rendell will probably make a pass at the Presidency in '08.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:41, Blogger Red Pubulis said...

Dave,

Please provide the proof you have that I am not serving.

Please Dave you need to make an arguement much better then that.

Waiting....

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:41, Blogger Red Pubulis said...

Reba,

Honestly, thanks for helping.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:43, Blogger Air Force Republican said...

Always nice to hear someone is helping with the relief effort and contributing in a meaningful way.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:45, Blogger Reba said...

Well, red, picking on someone who just lost his home with all it's contents doesn't seem to be very helpful. I hate to point out that you came here and attacked a guy who was simply saying that he's just been through a traumatic experience. Why do you think contributing to relief efforts or your military service makes this instance of incredibly poor behavior somehow acceptable? Civility costs nothing, you know, and makes both you and the world around you better.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:50, Blogger Reba said...

My husband was a flyboy (lord, but I loved that flightsuit...) and even he'll tell you that part of being free is being able to say what you want when you want without having to "prove" that you earned the right. He doesn't think that fighting in Iraq has anything to do with the freedoms of those in the U.S., with the exception of how the Patriot Act curtailed said freedoms. It's not the first time, as anyone who has studied history will tell you. Military service does not always entail protecting the freedom of those at home. It is so much broader than that and should not be reduced to a slogan just to make a point.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:55, Blogger doe said...

Excellent, red! It's nice to see a young republican walk the talk. Now how about getting on the OYE bandwagon to encourage those young republicans who aren't as responsible as you to sign up or shut up? And how about that link?

air force republican - I'm not, nor have I ever been, in any branch of the armed forces. But then, I don't support the war, which doesn't mean, by the way, that I don't support the troops fighting in it.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:56, Blogger Red Pubulis said...

I am not picking on anyone my misguided friend. Just trying to understand his rational for not knowing a storm was coming for over a week.

I didn’t come here to attack anyone so please lil lady know the story because you are wrong. This blog invites all good Americans to stand up against all those who sign up for it. My perception is that I was invited.

What makes the world better is knowledge (weather channel for instance) and come now we must really look at this with my earlier comment about the cows and chickens.

As for his possessions well you just have to over come. I have lost a truck to flash flood and a year later lost most of my house in a storm. You just deal with it get over it.

Don’t play their lil game. Smarten up and stand up.

 
At 31 August, 2005 14:58, Blogger Air Force Republican said...

Excellent, red! It's nice to see a young republican walk the talk. Now how about getting on the OYE bandwagon to encourage those young republicans who aren't as responsible as you to sign up or shut up?


Guess you should be shutting up too then, Doe. I mean, let's not be hypocritical.

 
At 31 August, 2005 15:02, Blogger Red Pubulis said...

One you speaks out against the war daily is NOT for the troops. You need to learn what support is.

Support is giving hope and providing ideas and better methodologies to help the war effort.

Support is not at the keyboard to a group of people who are not educated on the facts or on military studies.

Now about your shutting up comment: Why would you discourage us from talking positive about the war and the positive changes our troops make all over the world everyday? Why would you not want others to speak well of myself and my brothers in arms? Why would you want yoru words of hate and discouragement to spread to the Middle East? To our enemy no less?

What you are doing is very careless

 
At 31 August, 2005 15:17, Blogger Reba said...

What branch are you in red publius?

 
At 31 August, 2005 15:21, Blogger doe said...

You miss the point, air force republican. I've never squawked for this war. I'm not, I repeat, not a chickenhawk.

What hate and discouragement, red? Talk positively about the war to your heart's content. Hopefully, young republican chickenhawks will heed your words and enlist!

 
At 31 August, 2005 15:31, Blogger MJB said...

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At 31 August, 2005 15:34, Blogger MJB said...

Red pub,
You self-important cock master. You write like you are the victim of some kind of smear campaign. Get this straight: YOU were the one who, unprovoked, chose to make light of (presumably) the worst thing that has ever happed to this guy and his fiance; YOU were the one who mocked and blamed the victim; YOU were the one who chose to take this opportunity for self-promotion. People got pissed and responded accordingly.
I am pissed. You can have your smug Tucker Carlson smile covering a reservior of superiority. We'll take the actual compassion on our side.
ps. democrats and liberals are also leading relief efforts and soliciting donations. And didn't your side call the REd Cross a liberal group during the campaign and during the tsunami? Fool.
Your words are so awful that I'm ok with the other guy's offer to kick your ass.

 
At 31 August, 2005 15:57, Blogger Air Force Republican said...

V-
I’m very relieved to hear that you left town. I was very concerned when you said that you were staying. Repeated attempts to contact you and everyone else I know in the area have been unsuccessful.
I feel so deeply for you and everyone else, its incomprehensible to see this situation unfolding and I cant comprehend how you must feel.

Wishing you the best,
Gus.


It's awful to mock someone who did nothing. But this guy STAYED in town when there was a MANDATORY evacuation. He had the OPTION of leaving, but CHOSE to stay.

That's just asking for trouble. It's no different then those people you see on the news who are on top of their houses after the flood waters rose. Then they dial 911 asking for help. I agree with the governor who said he wouldn't put other peoples' lives at risk b/c people made a bad choice. Why should rescue teams risk their lives to save people who chose to stay where they were?

Now I feel bad about what has happened and the people who have lost everything. I have friends who live in LA and MS. But at least they escaped with their lives. Material possessions can be replaced, lives are quite different. This guy chose to flirt with disaster. He's very lucky. Stupid, but lucky!


There's no reason to attack Red for stating his mind. God knows you people have been doing it throughout this whole post. Freedom of Speech is a right and I've never heard a Democrat say anything on the contrary.

 
At 31 August, 2005 16:18, Blogger Father Tyme said...

Air Force Republican; do you need the alter ego of "air force" in front? Does it make you that much more "American"?
So Democrats have a history of being confrontational, I mean other than this? Who confronted Kuwait? Who invaded Iraq? We can forget Granada and Panama, right?.
And yes, free speech means that all sides have a right to their views. I'm just surprised that with all this administration has done to silence dissent, you still believe that.

red pubulis (what ever that means);
'One you speaks out against the war daily is NOT for the troops. You need to learn what support is.' (about that English thing you commented on...)

I'm not surprised that you're talking the way you do for a service man. I had to give up drinking with VFW guys in the 70s because every one of them "won the war". I guess there were no cooks or motor pool jockeys, or supply sergeants stationed comfortably behind the lines, only fightin' men! But hey, some of us had to put our lives on the line so that some of you could cook for us!

Question to both of you; please tell me exactly how fighting a group of people in Iraq is keeping us free here and now? As far as taking freedom for granted, your comment about "freedom to write here" is a double-edged sword. We are guaranteed the right to free speech whether we have to fight for it or not. Isn't that what the young republicans stand for; to be able to criticize the left and not have to put themselves in harm's way? Or does that only apply to those who served?
As far as taking freedom for granted, I fail to see how my involvement as a second place finisher in the 1962-1975 Southeast Asia War games continued the freedoms of my friends back in the states.
Support for troops comes in many forms. The young republicans say it's just as supportive to hold bake sales to by armor for troops that were unsupported by their own government; they say it's supportive enough to stay home and promote their ideals rather than actually subject themselves to physical harm since "others may be more qualified" than they.
The only support I needed or wanted during my time was that of my men. The freedom you so eloquently cherish was the freedom I fought for to help keep my men alive against an "enemy" we had no business fighting in the first place; as history has born out.
So again, please explain to those of us who actually FOUGHT someone who wasn't a physical threat to the U.S. how it is that our troops in Iraq, fighting people who are not a physical threat to us, are keeping us free?
And incidentally, for your free speech...you're welcome!

Oh and red,
'Only because he can get onto the Internet is why I would say he is slightly higher then monkeys.'...the word usage of "then" in your sentence in incorrect and may suggest a lower than average intelligence...dictionary, remember? I won't even go into "Why would you want YORU words of hate and discouragement..."
Sure wish you were with us then, red. We could have used a good cook. I’ll bet you could whip up a mean soufflé! Would’ve been great all those hot, humid days after night recon!
Feel free to flame, as it'll only show your ignorance.

 
At 31 August, 2005 16:46, Blogger burnplant said...

Lastly, please know as well that the Young Republicans of PA have set up donation links and corporate sponsors to help those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Once again republicans will make a positive difference in people’s lives.

Hey, where the links at? There are none on the Young Republicans of PA website...none at all. None at the state party site either. Or the Montgomery County site which you probably trolled in from...

http://payrs.org/
http://www.pagop.org/

 
At 31 August, 2005 16:47, Blogger MJB said...

So he stayed. Many people make that choice during hurricanes. Maybe if the media had reported that this was bound to happen (and that the government knew it would happen) and stressed the seriousness of it, people wouldn't have been so cavalier about it. But most telling, you sided with red pub who chose to make a valid point (the same one you are making) but also chose to mock and demean a person in a hellish situation. Dems/Libs also understand that the choice he made wasn't the wisest choice, but we choose not to make him feel like shit for making a choice thousands make during hurricanes.

 
At 31 August, 2005 16:53, Blogger MJB said...

"There's no reason to attack Red for stating his mind." airforce republican
---------------------------------
Um, yes there is. He attacked first, and he attacked a person in distress purely for kicks. No one is challenging his free speach rights, we are calling him an asshole. Again, telling that you would defend the attacker when he feels attacked.
I used to feel this way when I was a republican. Then I grew up and realized that my opposition to good liberal causes and the satifaction I got from liberals' misfortune was just an uninformed simpleton contrarianism. Do you hate liberals that much that you would defend a fascist like red pub?

 
At 31 August, 2005 17:14, Blogger Reba said...

I am noticing that my question has not been answered. That's a shame. See, I'm supportive of the men and women who serve in our military, even when I don't like the reasons they get posted to places. I'm so supportive that I want them to make a living wage - you know, enough to pay rent on a decent place and eat well and care for their kids. I'm so supportive that I want to see that our soldiers are NEVER living under the poverty line. I want any service member who is sent to war to be fully covered by insurance and their families, too. I want the reservists to have supplemental pay to make up the difference between their civilian and their military pay scales. I want their jobs to be guaranteed, regardless of how small the company is. I want to make sure that their small businesses get support while they're away fighting. That's how much I support the troops. And I still think this war is a collosal mistake perpetrated by a complete incompetent and his greedy handlers. That doesn't make me liberal or democrat or anything but someone who understands history and has a pretty good idea of how this is going to play out for our soldiers. Indeed, how it is already playing out for my nephew with PTSD.

So, Red P, what branch of the service are you in and what do you think of the pay grades, promotion ladder, supply chain, etc.? Why don't you tell us how things work at your base so we can compare stories?

 
At 31 August, 2005 17:23, Blogger doe said...

Burnplant, maybe they're waiting for the official okay from their Glorious Leaders. Looks like they'll be waiting a while.

 
At 31 August, 2005 17:26, Blogger slim said...

Vaughn,

Best wishes to you and Linda and the cats. I lived in Carrollton during the 1995 flood and this looks so much worse. I am just heartbroken for everyone there, and for that beautiful, irreplaceable city. Do let us know if there's anything we can do beyond donating to the Red Cross.

Being a non-believer I can't pray for a miracle, but if anyone is listening...

 
At 31 August, 2005 17:39, Blogger slim said...

Why should rescue teams risk their lives to save people who chose to stay where they were?

Air Force Republican -

Believe it or not, some people are poor, and have no access to any transportation outside of the streetcar or a bus. (Just one quote from a Superdome refusee: "We don't have transportation, so this was our only choice, to come up here," said New Orleans resident Emily Richardson.)

New Orleans has one of the highest (if not the highest) poverty rates in the nation. You don't have a car, nor money to stay in a hotel - what the hell are you supposed to do? These aren't cranky white retirees in Ft. Myers too afraid of thieves to leave their precious condos. But even those cranky white retirees that do leave, and do have money for hotels, often find after driving for hours that there's no room at the inn, and have to sleep in their cars.

This blame the victim shit has got to stop.

 
At 31 August, 2005 17:40, Blogger slim said...

That should have been refugee, not refusee.

 
At 31 August, 2005 18:46, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

" What I don't get is how you didn't know about the approaching hurricane."

Who said I didn't know the goddamn storm was coming? I'm in Dallas -- evacuated. But, as with all storms that threaten the Gulf Coast, there's always a question as to whether it will actually hit. Evacuation is a slow and painful process, so people often wait. Where are you from that you know so much about life on the Gulf?

 
At 31 August, 2005 18:49, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

"As for what you look like? Sorry I am straight."

So am I jerkoff. I just wanted you to know who would be kicking your ass in.

 
At 31 August, 2005 18:51, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

"He nor his fiancé had the mental capacity to know their own surrounding."

You have no reading comprehension asswipe. I evacuated Einstein. Read the original post.

 
At 31 August, 2005 18:55, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

"It's awful to mock someone who did nothing. But this guy STAYED in town when there was a MANDATORY evacuation. He had the OPTION of leaving, but CHOSE to stay."

Where are you reading this shit Air Force? From Red? You two should get together and learn how to read.

 
At 31 August, 2005 18:57, Blogger Ms. Not Together said...

I can't believe the hateful things being said.

I'm glad you are safe.

 
At 31 August, 2005 19:04, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

"Believe it or not, some people are poor, and have no access to any transportation outside of the streetcar or a bus."

And this is precisely what these morons don't understand about our city. Almost everybody here is poor. Many people don't have cars. Literally hundreds of thousands of people live well below the poverty level. And these smug bastards sit around in their houses glued to the TV mocking people who are less fortunate than they are. Trust me, most of these folks would have left if they could have. And to clarify to these nitwits, I left well before the storm reached LA. But now, I have no job, maybe no house, no car, etc. I don't expect anybody to feel sorry for me, save it for the people who were unable -- for whatever reason -- to escape this tragedy.

 
At 31 August, 2005 19:08, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

"I lived in Carrollton during the 1995 flood and this looks so much worse."

Slim: I lived in Lakeview at the time. My car was taken away by a 5 foot wall of water. This is my second Honda to be taken by water. Damn water!

 
At 31 August, 2005 19:21, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

Perhaps both Red and Air Force were unaware that the storm hit Lousiana on Monday. As I said in my original post:

"*Sunday* I woke up at 6am ... I immediately informed Linda that we are getting the hell out."

They seem so well informed on everything:

From Air Force - "What I don't get is how you didn't know about the approaching hurricane. It's been on TV for over a week (CNN, Weather Channel, FoxNews, MSNBC, NBC, Fox, ABC, etc), in newspapers, on the radio and the Internet."

So, I have one question. How did you not know that the storm hit on Monday? It was on all of the above mentioned channels. You guys are both complete jerks.

 
At 31 August, 2005 21:12, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

Something else I forgot to mention. The mandatory evacuation order came late Saturday night. So, many people like me didn't know about it until early Sunday morning.

 
At 31 August, 2005 21:43, Blogger Father Tyme said...

vaughn,
Maybe we shouldn't pick on red. After all, he's all he can be. Evidently not that much and it shows. It's sad that he represents the armed forces. I sure as hell wouldn't go into a fight with him at my side. And I feel bad for anyone that might have to.
As for air force republican, he sounds more like one of those 90-day wonders we had to deal with. Surprisingly, they had a higher than normal casulty rate. Go figure!
They both should frequent the right-wing blogs where their views might impress some chickenhawks. Oh that's right. The vast majority of right-wing blogs DON'T allow comments so they have to come to the left. Must really piss them off.
By the way, you don't have to justify your actions to them or us for that fact. If they're ever in harm's way, maybe they'll remember this little diatribe.
I'm sure glad I wasn't in "an Army of One."

 
At 31 August, 2005 23:46, Blogger Jana C.H. said...

It seems odd to me that to find a person being called a jerk for NOT seeing something on television.
On TV, Sturgeon's Law works with a vengeance (99.999% of everything is crud). And TV news, which was never much more than a headline service, has long lost any pretensions to being actual news.
It's easy for someone who doesn't spend his life glued to the tube to miss a weather report, even a big important weather report. Some people have real lives, unconnected from media.

Jana C.H.
Seattle
There's no Pravda in Izvestia and no Izvestia in Pravda --Old USSR Joke

 
At 01 September, 2005 10:04, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

"It seems odd to me that to find a person being called a jerk for NOT seeing something on television."

Jana. In case you didn't get the flow of this, on Friday after work, I was not completely aware of Katrina. The reason is precisely because I don't spend my days glued to the tele. I work for a living, and after work, I work more. But Red and Air Force were berating me for not knowing the up to the minute details of hurricane Katrina from the time it left Africa. But, I became aware that it was a big deal on Saturday, and I evacuated New Orleans on early Sunday.

 
At 01 September, 2005 10:15, Blogger Air Force Republican said...

"It's awful to mock someone who did nothing. But this guy STAYED in town when there was a MANDATORY evacuation. He had the OPTION of leaving, but CHOSE to stay."

Where are you reading this shit Air Force? From Red? You two should get together and learn how to read.



It's straight off your blog site, Dick.

 
At 01 September, 2005 15:31, Blogger Sadie B. said...

Red, Airhead, don't you ever wonder why people hate Republicans? During the Great Depression there was a saying that a Republican was someone who couldn't enjoy a meal unless he knew someone somewhere was going hungry.

Thanks to folks like yourself, a whole new generation is learning there is some real truth to that stereotype.

 
At 01 September, 2005 21:58, Blogger Vaughn D. Taylor said...

"It's straight off your blog site, Dick."

Fuck you cocksucker. I never said anything about staying in New Orleans you ass fuck. Read it, if you ever learned to read, dick.

 

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