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The last place I called home in the USA was Texas. I lived and worked there for 10 years. I lived in the Dallas area, but know the state well from doing proposals on the Super Conducting Super Collider, and the High Speed Rail Corridor, which ran from Dallas, to Houston, to Austin.


Well, we can all see the devastation that Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey has brought to the Houston area. It has pushed the Russian Conspiracy and Trump buffoonery right off the screen. But memory is fickle. How many of us know that Houston was trying to tear down Confederate Memorials and Texas Democrats Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee wanted Trump impeached.


Houston is 43.1% Hispanic and 23.5% Black. The Media likes to show white victims, but those needing help the most, are minorities.


But in spite of the demographic, the European Idiots, Charlie Hebdo, show Swastika's over Texas. And Liberal Morons say God was punishing Texas. There are even a few Die Hard Climatologists, who failed to predict the severity of this storm who try to link it to Global Warming, even though the cause is months of study away!


But what is the real heart of the matter. Rednecks from all over are swarming to Houston with their Bass boats, canoes, water skies, flat boats of all kinds. They bring their Monster Trucks and high vehicles of all kinds to help.


The Cajun Navy, a bunch of Duck and Gator hunters bring their Air Boats, swamp buggies, and Trucks. YOU KNOW HOW A RED NECK LOVES HIS TRUCK. The very people who Houston residents were trying to tear down a month ago, are using all their resources, at their own expense and time to help them!


So for now the tradition of Southern Hospitality and helping your neighbors is the order of the day, and color and ethnicity is forgotten.

Of course this leaves the Democrats with nothing to be AGAINST. Trump is handling this better than any of his predecessors, in spite of all the opposition to him personally.


Americans everywhere have put aside their differences, and soon long term help from Churches, and Volunteer groups, including Students will be getting stuck by nails and blisters on their hands.


But already, before the water recedes, Politicians are squabbling over helping their fellow Americans. Somebody just said that Tom Cruz voted against helping “Joisey” after their hurricane, and the Black stain is saying not enough was done quickly enough.


The lesson I take away from all this, is that the people are better than the leaders they choose


Phil Greenough Added Sep 3, 2017 - 5:49am
When roughly half the country applauds the storm because it happened in the red state of Texas, I wouldn’t be so quick to claim people are better than the leaders they choose.  As for the financial squabbling related to storms, I believe the Federal Government should do nothing towards the rebuilding effort and just the saving of lives effort.  The more money they give the more people will be inclined to rebuild in locations of the country that are likely to one day be destroyed by a hurricane.   
Ari Silverstein Added Sep 3, 2017 - 8:25am
It couldn’t be truer statement that the devastation in Texas has pushed all other news stories off to the side.  Meanwhile, one of those events that shouldn’t have been pushed off to the side is the North Korean missile launch over Japan.  I guess it’s only after one of those missiles lands on US soil packed with a nuclear device that American Citizens will make itself interested.  Problem is, then it will be too late. 
Rusty Smith Added Sep 3, 2017 - 11:04am
Phil Greenough Wow, "half the country applauds the storm because it happened in the red state of Texas"????
I don't know where you live, travel or work but I do travel more than a little and haven't heard anyone say anything like that, not from California to New York and not even from people who say they hate Trump.
I do admit that I regularly hear very vocal people from the blue states being so hostile to anything Trump that they eagerly embrace things like violence as a "legitimate" way for Trump haters to express their dissatisfaction with the last election results.
Before Trump was elected the news media regularly attacked Republicans any time they suspected they were guilty of not "playing fair" as their party used things lie Executive Powers to do things that were previously considered a little over the edge.  However today Democrats won't even condemn organized groups that go to public meetings for the sole purpose of preventing Republicans from being able to speak to the public.  
I think if the Democrat party had it's way they would make laws imprisoning anyone who spoke out against their mantra.
Ric Wells Added Sep 3, 2017 - 12:34pm
Rusty there was a posting I read that God sent the hurricane to Texas because it is a red state and didn't send it to California  because that is a blue state. Total insanity. Expat nice article except I feel there is actually no choice in leaders. The people are given the "Choice" between two parrots that represent the party politique for the most part. And yes one might argue that Trump is the exception but he ran under the Republican ticket and not as an Independent. He used the system effectively. 
wsucram15 Added Sep 3, 2017 - 1:08pm guy said something on twitter and I believe he got fired for it. One..and he was a university professor.
Famous people that are notoriously liberal..have donated millions. A couple of them 1m individually.
I do not believe it is the general feeling of the US and to say that is as despicable as the professor who tried to start a viral tweet.
EXPAT Added Sep 3, 2017 - 3:13pm
There was a subtle message in this article, that we Demonize each other as Americans, but when the chips are down, they come together.
To suggest that a government should not help it's people. when natural disaster strikes, is absurd. I have lived all over the country, and know of NO place free from disaster. If we can bail out Wall Street, certainly we can bail out your street.
EXPAT Added Sep 3, 2017 - 3:42pm
Anyone who applauds people suffering because they don't think, act, look like we think they should, not only doesn't understand, GOD, he doesn't understand what it means to be human!
When all you see are differences, there is no empathy.
When you can only find God in a book, there is no understanding.
Hate is fear, brought on by a lack of empathy and understanding
May your computer bring you joy, as life obviously does not.
The  man who is alone with his computer has nothing. The Electrical failure and subsequent Internet blackout and smart phone failures are probably why so many people came together.
Perhaps GOD IS sending a message!
George N Romey Added Sep 3, 2017 - 5:36pm
What ever happen to the teachings of Jesus?  Does anyone think Jesus would tell people in trouble to go pound sand?  Sadly this is now what comes from the Democrats.  I've met tons of people from Texas and I could count on one hand the number that might be WS.  For the record this idea that all white men hate men of color is another example of how the Deep State tries to divide us.  I've got news for you, African Americans are as pissed off at the economic state of this county as whites.  Maybe people should turn off CNN and MSNBC and actually go out and have conversations with other Americans.
Stephen Hunter Added Sep 3, 2017 - 9:48pm
Houston got hit because of geography. They sit beside a giant bathtub which is running at a hotter temperature than ever. Any areas adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico are at an increasing risk of a similar event happening. 
wsucram15 Added Sep 4, 2017 - 4:48am
But Expat..Honestly, I see no signs of compassion on here...this is an intellectual site, or it used to be any way.
I see a small group (and I mean tiny) that try to reason with everyone and discuss alternative views or work together to just be another glorified FB.
You speak about empathy and kindness and this is the Expat I knew....not the person you are now who sends hate emails.  You used to talk to people and work with them to educate.
Now you just lash out like everyone else and like you said its wrong.  "Hate is fear, brought on by a lack of empathy and understanding
May your computer bring you joy, as life obviously does not." 
That sounds like you..but you dont do that anymore because our opinions differ, you only attack.
You are doing the same things as people here and you are in Thailand.
EXPAT Added Sep 4, 2017 - 10:06am
I believe it was Tommy Lasorda who said " I used to share my problems with others, then I realized that 80% of the people didn't care, and 20% were glad I was having problems."
Well 80% on WB  have lost their freakin' mind and 20% want to harm me. Mostly because I present a contrast to what they believe is a no win situation.
I used to answer every comment, but realize now people don't want answers only agreement, and when I disagree they are angry, and when I agree it is forgotten. So I just publish facts and let them deal with it. I don't need enemy's.
Bill Kamps Added Sep 4, 2017 - 10:58am
The very people who Houston residents were trying to tear down a month ago, are using all their resources, at their own expense and time to help them!
I really didnt see any of this, residents trying to tear down others. Maybe you  did, but I live in Houston.  For the most part these redneck truck owners are the residents of Houston, and I dont see a lot of political strife here.

Trump hasnt done much here but visit a couple of times.  He said he donated a million, but you know Trump, maybe he did, maybe he didnt.   Perhaps you can read the article I wrote about how  the local government here has taken the lead to minimize the disaster.
Yes, there will always be those nutcases that blame the weather on just about anything.  I had a Grandma that use to blame the bad weather on the fact that we put  men into space, and that this disrupted some cosmic balance.  Hard to argue with reasoning like that.
Shelia Jackson Lee, God bless her (sarcasm intended), has the life time congressional district gerrymandered for her benefit.  She is so untypical of Houston, that she is a self caricature of the Left.  Any opportunity to promote herself, or dig her hand into the Federal trough will bring her out into the spot light.  The rest of the time she keeps a low profile , so the people here will forget she exists.
EXPAT Added Sep 4, 2017 - 11:10am"_blank">Houston Rally Will Call for Removal of Confederate Statue ...
Aug 18, 2017 ... The Houston chapter of Black Lives Matter is organizing a rally Saturday to call for the removal of The Spirit of the Confederacy statue and other ...
target="_blank">Armed protesters carrying Confederate flags defend Sam Houston ...
Jun 11, 2017 ... There have not been organized efforts to remove this statue, but protestors ... Sam Houston is viewed a Texas hero after he refused to swear ...
target="_blank">Historic Or Horrific: 178 Confederate Monuments Are Found In ...
Aug 17, 2017 ... Houston, TX - Metropolitan cities move toward removing monuments that many believe glorified the practice of slavery.
target="_blank">Don't remove Houston's Confederate statues. Put them in context ...
Aug 17, 2017 ... We see that tendency in the current conflicts over monuments, the Confederate memorials that dot the South, including here in Houston.
target="_blank">Texas group calls for removal of iconic Sam Houston statue from ...
Jun 1, 2017 ... The group believes if other Confederate memorials can be removed in other cities, why shouldn't Houston remove the Sam Houston statue?
Bill Kamps Added Sep 4, 2017 - 12:02pm
Expat, you would surprised to know how little the average Houstonian paid attention to those things.  Most didnt even know they were happening.  So yes there is a minority trying to stir up trouble, but they are being ignored by the population in general.  The BLM rally was a joke it was so small.  Barely a few hundred out of a population of 6.5M. 
By simply saying "Houston residents" you make it sound like a significant number of people were involved in this protest against the statues that exist here.  In fact that number is so small that they barely were noticed by the city in general.
Its a big city, you can find just about any point of view if you look.
George N Romey Added Sep 4, 2017 - 1:00pm
The extremes are over blown by the media. If you listen to CNN every older white most certainly is an avid racist. 
Bill Kamps Added Sep 4, 2017 - 1:25pm
Exactly George. 
The items Expat mentioned didnt even make the local news. 
Dr. Rupert Green Added Sep 4, 2017 - 2:05pm
@Expat. "
But what is the real heart of the matter. Rednecks from all over are swarming to Houston with their Bass boats, canoes, water skies, flat boats of all kinds. They bring their Monster Trucks and high vehicles of all kinds to help.
The Cajun Navy, a bunch of Duck and Gator hunters bring their Air Boats, swamp buggies, and Trucks. YOU KNOW HOW A RED NECK LOVES HIS TRUCK. The very people who Houston residents were trying to tear down a month ago, are using all their resources, at their own expense and time to help them!"
I applaud you for your piece because I saw it and said it in picture as well. I wrote a piece about it and Autumn cut it out based on the rule. Sometime there is a need to adhere to the letter and the spirit of the rules.
I hope you can see this
Dr. Rupert Green Added Sep 4, 2017 - 2:07pm
perhaps this.
EXPAT Added Sep 4, 2017 - 5:27pm
It is good to hear that the Average Houstonian is getting along better than the average Baltamoron, or Berkleyhead. I am on the other side of the world and read about how my country is going to hell.
Google has convinced all of us, that we no longer have to experience people, places and things. We can click, watch a video, read commentary, and then debate the issue, all from the comfort of home!
The most challenging issue we can experience in life, is getting to understand someone else. In most cases we can only interpret our understanding with our own experience.
Ric Wells Added Sep 4, 2017 - 5:31pm
All from the safety of home. In this way they can become fudge and jury with no repercussions. 
Ric Wells Added Sep 4, 2017 - 5:31pm
Supposed to be judge but fudge fits too.
EXPAT Added Sep 4, 2017 - 5:41pm
Mayor's Office Press Release

Houston Murder Rate Holds Steady

January 4, 2017 -- A preliminary count indicates Houston ended 2016 with 302 homicides.  This is just under the 303 murders recorded in 2015, but far lower than what had been predicted for Houston based on trends recorded earlier in 2016.
“We responded with an aggressive plan that involved an extra $2 million for overtime, the deployment of 175 officers from desk jobs to beat patrols, more park rangers and a new patrol division dedicated to the Central Business District,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.  “It is always hard to determine the specific reasons murders and other crimes increase. Some say it is something we really have no control over.  That may be true, but there are early indications the overtime and increased focus have helped, and for that, I am pleased.”
In June, the local murder rate was running five percent ahead of 2015.  By September, there had been another increase, and it looked as if Houston would end the year with 10 percent more murders than it had the year before.
The increased focus on the problem included strategy sessions with HPD’s command staff and weekly updates to the mayor.  Local hip hop artists, ministers, Houston Texans players and other community leaders also stepped up to help lower the temperature in Houston neighborhoods where tensions were running high.  City Council members dedicated portions of their district budgets toward police overtime and the City’s Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones provided additional funding for public safety needs.
“There is a still a lot of work to do on decreasing all violent crimes, but getting a handle on murders is a good start,” said Turner.  “I commend officers, commanders and support staff at HPD for this effort and hope we can work to maintain our goal of keeping our growing city as safe as we can.”
The murder count is considered unofficial at this time because HPD is waiting on the Harris County Medical Examiner to provide rulings on some deaths that occurred during the last week of the year.  The mayor noted that even if the final tally rises a little, Houston is still faring better than other cities like Chicago, which experienced 762 murders in 2016, the most in 19 years.
Bill H. Added Sep 4, 2017 - 7:07pm
Phil - What the fuck kind of statement is "When roughly half the country applauds the storm because it happened in the red state of Texas"
Do you really believe this?
Is this really your thought?
Did you read this on some ERW web site?
If you believe this, then you are more hopeless than any of the diehard "WB Rightist Club" members out here.
mark henry smith Added Sep 5, 2017 - 12:52pm
I don't think any rational person applauds the suffering of others based on the simple proverb, "There but for the sake of God go I." But there is so much hate out there that some people just want the objects of their hate to suffer.
Houston might be in the path of another storm. After scorching heat, the deaths of thousands of cattle, their bloated bodies rotting in the Texas sun. I heard today about the terrible stench that is starting to envelop the city.
If we really want to help all of our citizens, we need strict environmental laws on development. We need to change the way we transport and power and communities quickly. We need universal healthcare paid for out of tax dollars so citizens can leave a distressed area and not have to worry about being able to afford treatment. We need a strong and nimble federal government to be able to have the resources available to deal with the host of disasters coming from global warming, the rise in ocean temperatures, and sea levels. How did Thailand deal with the huge Tsunami?     
EXPAT Added Sep 5, 2017 - 3:07pm
Thailand deals with every disaster the same way. They cremated the dead, salvaged what they could salvage, and replanted their crops. They were grateful for any help the world gave them, and went on living.
mark henry smith Added Sep 6, 2017 - 11:40am
Okay, Expat, that's exactly my philosophy. Get on with it. Self-pity never made someone more self-reliant, nor did learned helplessness based on a welfare state that doesn't demand reciprocal interactions. We are born. We die. And in between the two we attempt to reason why this matters, why that matters, why we matter. My conclusion, we have to live for the future. Our present is merely a bridge to the future. And what the US has done in the world since Vietnam is an abomination, for the most part.
But, I learned something yesterday in reading. The energy companies all over the world are the main influencers of government policies all over the world and they have behaved reprehensibly, for the most part. If we can get them to change their attitudes about the planet, that it's all a big ball of money to be tapped into with little or no regard for the consequences, and their business model, which is to keep the world hungry for their petroleum products for as long as possible, the future has much more potential to be better than if we keep going along like this, installing military dictatorships to do the bidding of corporate interests at the peril of ordinary citizens.    
EXPAT Added Sep 6, 2017 - 2:45pm
Marko and Dannl.
America alone decided the fate of the world? I don't think so!
But that could be the future of the world.
Dr. Rupert Green Added Sep 7, 2017 - 1:44am
@EXPAT. 'The most challenging issue we can experience in life, is getting to understand someone else. In most cases we can only interpret our understanding with our own experience"
Excellent on above. However, food can be the facilitator that move your point from conceptualization to actualization.
I dont know who here has had some oxtail, curried goat, or stew peas and rice made with pig's tail, but such Jamaican food is good. Then some may find such food disgusting and opt for stewed possum, frog legs, or fried dogs.  The solution invite different people to dinner, prepare a feast or have each bring a dish, eat the shit out of the food, play nice, and visit the crapper later if warranted.  
Nasty Added Sep 8, 2017 - 3:03am
Mr. Yoder. Do you mean people haven't changed since 500 B.C. or that God has a plan for us that is evolving?
If you are talking about God the father 500 years before, than Christ means nothing to you.
I do not agree that this is the same world, or that people haven't changed, or that Christ made no difference!
I agree with EXPAT. America gets all the blame for a world that has gone mad!
Nasty Added Sep 9, 2017 - 11:37pm
y oder. That old Hebrew Allegory you quote was an argument between God and the Devil.
Well Jesus, the Son of God came to this earth to provide the promise that God so loved the world that he was sent to give us the message of love and hope. Too bad you missed it!
The Ketuvim of the Tanakh was included in the Bible as the book of Job, by the Roman Church to show the evolution of Christianity. The Old and New Testaments.
God changed! As God he is allowed to do that, from a vengeful God to a Loving God. It is his son and the new loving God that I follow. You and your hatred have no place in the modern world, which explains why you are so angry and out of place, that you choose a fraud, Sitting Bull, a showman, who is a "penny dredful" creation of fiction, as your Avatar.
The comprehension level of the contributors here is obvious, and the fool has made himself known. It gives off a y oder.