Houston is not exactly accustomed to getting rave reviews in the national press, so city and county officials rode Katrina for all it was worth.
Houston opened its arms to evacuees, Houston showed its welcoming heart, Houston demonstrated what taking care of neighbors is all about, etc., etc., etc.
But, with another hurricane targeting New Orleans, the message from Houstonians -- at least those nuts who comment on the Houston Chronicle website -- is clear: Stay the fuck away, Louisianans.
Some comments triggered by an utterly run-of-the-mill update on Tropical Storm Gustav:
"I totally agree with you! Houston still hasn't recovered from the "element" that sought shelter here after Katrina. Now, don't get me wrong. Houston extended a helping hand and not EVERYONE from New Orleans was bad, but it does seem as though our crime rate went up after they came. I also agree with truth_hurts_bad as well, We did our part, let some other city be their suckers!"
"Great. The center of the cone aims pretty much at New Orleans. If it hits there again, we won't need just a fence along the Mexican border, we'll need one on I-10 east also."
"Sweet, more debit cards for my 15 kids!!!! I think I'll buy the 50 inch LCD this time instead of the 40 inch. Maybe I'll get one of those Bose surround systems as well."
"If Liberal Bill White extends another "helping hand" it should be promptly removed from his wrist with a dull machette."
"Where's my debit card? I ain't been to the strip club since my 8th kid was born dang it!"
And it goes on and on and on and on.......
-- Richard Connelly
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