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(MSNBC)   City of Houston to Katrina refugees: Isn't it time you went home? Katrina refugees to hotels: Suck it. Hotels to Katrina refugees: Here's your pillow mint   (msnbc.msn.com ) divider line
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2006-02-07 10:35:37 AM  
Why use the asinine tag? Also, why pick on the City of Houston, which wasn't mentioned?
 
2006-02-07 10:35:38 AM  
My company has people working in NO right now. We're actually restoring one of the large hotels there. We have to stay at the hotel because there is an amazing shortage of room and board.

Employers down there are clamoring for labor right now. Plenty of jobs to be had, but there's not place for the people to sleep at night.

Isn't that ironic? Don't you think?
 
2006-02-07 10:51:32 AM  
CrotchBeard: Employers down there are clamoring for labor right now. Plenty of jobs to be had, but there's not place for the people to sleep at night.

Isn't that ironic? Don't you think?



Like rain on your wedding day...

// There is a lack of housing for people building housing??!?!
 
2006-02-07 10:54:03 AM  
CrotchBeard: Employers down there are clamoring for labor right now. Plenty of jobs to be had, but there's not place for the people to sleep at night.

My grandpa's condo in Metairie increased in value by over 33% in the 2 months after Katrina. If you have a place to live with electricity and a roof, you can bank down there.

/* he's not raising the rent on his 90 year old tenant because he's not nearly the coldhearted asshole that his grandson is */
 
2006-02-07 11:36:37 AM  
filth: Also, why pick on the City of Houston, which wasn't mentioned?

It was the first word of the article.
 
2006-02-07 11:47:31 AM  
Marilyn Fountain, a spokeswoman for the Star of Hope, a Houston homeless shelter, said the shelter anticipates an influx of people needing a place to stay.

No other mention of Houston, though.
 
2006-02-07 11:48:18 AM  
KyngNothing: Like rain on your wedding day...

I hate that song. As much as Alanis Morissette would like to believe that 10,000 spoons when you only need a knife is ironic, its just piss-poor planning.
 
2006-02-07 12:01:24 PM  
As long as some of the crack heads stay far away from New Orleans. It's finally kinda peacefull.
 
2006-02-07 12:01:30 PM  
Once you start feeding them, they won't go away...
 
2006-02-07 12:03:28 PM  
This is a Federal angency that has decided to not foot the bill any longer unless you qualify for an extension (which I admittedly don't know the requirements for). So it's not a state or city issue. Most likely Submitter is just another hater who saw the word Houston and instantly went into "Those damn Texans!" mode.
 
2006-02-07 12:03:33 PM  
I would think there'd be plenty of scrap wood to rebuild their hovels...
 
2006-02-07 12:03:40 PM  
FEMA's the one pulling the funding.
 
2006-02-07 12:03:53 PM  
i was offered a job down there.

but they said i'd have to live 60 miles away b/c there wasn't any place to live.

what a clusterfark.
 
2006-02-07 12:05:13 PM  
filth: Also, why pick on the City of Houston, which wasn't mentioned?

It was the first word of the article.


That's just the dateline. The headline implies that the Houston city government is involved in some way. I still don't understand the asinine tag. Is there some attempt at humor in the headline that I'm not getting? I'm all for making scandalous and unfounded accusations in Fark headlines in support of a joke, but I can't figure out what happened here.
 
2006-02-07 12:06:39 PM  
The Washington Post had a huge article about this on Sunday, about how the violent crime in general has shot up in Houston since the influx of 200,000 Katrina refugees. They went from averaging 5 calls holding to 30-40 calls holding at the 911 center in three months.
 
2006-02-07 12:07:28 PM  
From TFA: Even after all the delays, social service providers worry that a sudden rise in homelessness may still result.

Come on now, how many months have they had to find some kind of work and sock away a few paychecks? Did they think FEMA would pay for hotel roms indefinitely and they would just kick back in their rooms all day watching pay-per-view hotel porn?
 
2006-02-07 12:07:28 PM  
DIrkValentine

What town did they want you to live in?
 
2006-02-07 12:08:08 PM  
And then I was all like oh yeah? and they was like yeah and I was all lik o rly and they was like yah rly...and i was like what----- evvvvvvvvvvvvaaaaaaaaa
 
2006-02-07 12:09:43 PM  
How is this asinine again? If anything, blame FEMA or federal rules regarding temp housing. The hotels are hardly to blame. Should they all go out of business hosting people for free?
 
2006-02-07 12:10:53 PM  
nosheep.netBut you know... they are really better off because they had shiat to begin with.
 
2006-02-07 12:11:18 PM  
This is not just happening in Houston, it's going on all over the country; today is "D-Day". It's not like the government did not give these retards a chance to file for a FEMA trailer or other assistance. The Hurricane ended on August 29th, it's February 7th. Now I can understand for Katrina vicitms that live anywhere on the gulf coast or New Orleans having problems as there is a shorage of FEMA trailers and nowhere to live, but everyone else needs to get their ass thrown out.

Funny how the libs want to sue the government for the FEMA victims not filing for further assistance.

What you are going to see is a lot of seriously damaged hotels after today.

Lasty, I am a Katrina victim, lost everything in my home and am living in a trailer, and I am doing everything I can to get my shell of a house rebuilt.
 
2006-02-07 12:11:37 PM  
Come on now, how many months have they had to find some kind of work and sock away a few paychecks?

Why hire a NO refugee when you can get an illegal for much cheaper?
 
2006-02-07 12:12:23 PM  
CrotchBeard

www.farkimages.com
 
2006-02-07 12:13:06 PM  
Went there a couple weeks ago (I'm a refugee in Houston as well). I can't believe there's no streetlights on Claiborne and parts of St. Charles. I didn't get to go through most of N.O. which is probably much worse, but it's astonishing. Supposedly for a lot of the labor they're using Mexicans at the moment. I can't imagine the housing conditions they're living in.
 
2006-02-07 12:13:33 PM  
The FEMA party should've been over months ago.

I evac'd, found a place to live, got back to work, and never asked for another dime. I've spent my own earnings refurnishing my home, buying clothes, etc.

Let these folks be assimilated by whatever community they are in. New Orleans will grow naturally. Just like any city. More housing will be improved and built as it becomes feasible. People will move there, and they will need to have services. Jobs will be plentiful, until there is a equalization of employment to candidates.

Sucking on FEMA's tit this long is a crime. STFU & GBTW, wherever you might be. Don't count on going back to New Orleans, unless you have secured housing, employment, and services in the area you intend to live.

Chocolate City my ass. It will become what it becomes. Trying to predict that, or worse, to manipulate it, is short-sighted and dangerous.
 
2006-02-07 12:13:34 PM  
Suck it up Freaks!

People parking trailers in front of their houses was quite common after Ivan. People coped after Andrew as well. Any homelessness was because they were too LAZY to adapt, grew comfortable living off the Gov't teat, or had already pissed off their relatives to the point where they were no longer welcome.

Anyone who thinks 50,000 new people can't be assimilated in NO right NOW is sorely mistaken. These folks are quite happy with their food vouchers and maid service and will milk it to the last drop.

I'm pretty sure we went through this already with the Welfare Queens who were surprisingly able to clean up their acts once the cash faucets were closed.

Butch up and grow a pair.
 
cts
2006-02-07 12:14:24 PM  
filth: Also, why pick on the City of Houston, which wasn't mentioned?

InflatableJesus: It was the first word of the article.

filth: That's just the dateline.



Now you are being silly. How could Houston be the date?

//not really this dumb
 
2006-02-07 12:16:01 PM  
SuperCrackMonkey: The Washington Post had a huge article about this on Sunday, about how the violent crime in general has shot up in Houston since the influx of 200,000 Katrina refugees. They went from averaging 5 calls holding to 30-40 calls holding at the 911 center in three months.


Sad. A group of people who represent less than 1% of Houston's population have caused an 8-fold increase in crime.

Hard to sympathize with much of the scum from NO.
 
2006-02-07 12:16:25 PM  
The simplest solution is to liquify the displaced persons who haven't yet managed to get back on their feet, and feed the results to those working in NO.

There. Problem solved.
 
2006-02-07 12:16:26 PM  
Get 'em the hell out of Houston already. I'd like to feel safe walking to my car after work again.
 
2006-02-07 12:16:45 PM  
MooseBayou: I evac'd, found a place to live, got back to work, and never asked for another dime. I've spent my own earnings refurnishing my home, buying clothes, etc.

Hero

wookiemonster: Lasty, I am a Katrina victim, lost everything in my home and am living in a trailer, and I am doing everything I can to get my shell of a house rebuilt.

You too.
 
2006-02-07 12:17:03 PM  
Same problem out here. New Orleans rejects are whining because the free handouts are ending. The free handouts should have ended years ago. There are going to be a lot of homeless unemployed folks that have no idea how to function in society wandering around pretty soon.
 
2006-02-07 12:17:08 PM  
I live in New Orleans and I'm getting the hell out in 2 week! (yay!) If you need labor, there are hundreds of workers, mostly Latin Americans, every day at Lee's Circle on St. Charles. I'm planning on hiring some of 'em to help load my Uhaul.
 
2006-02-07 12:17:13 PM  
Houston will be happy to see them gone. A shame that we can't just call an air strike to finish what the storm started.
 
SSP
2006-02-07 12:18:13 PM  
2006-02-07 12:06:39 PM SuperCrackMonkey


The Washington Post had a huge article about this on Sunday, about how the violent crime in general has shot up in Houston since the influx of 200,000 Katrina refugees. They went from averaging 5 calls holding to 30-40 calls holding at the 911 center in three months.

Ha Ha Just wait until all these people are homeless, hungry, and desperate to check the crime statistics. I wouldn't be surprised if they burn down the cities of Houston and Dallas. Serves Texas right just for being the home state of their incompetent village idiot Bush....
 
2006-02-07 12:18:29 PM  
Holiday Inn! Lets get those people off the FEMA nipple and back on the subsidized housing nipple where they were before this mess started. Where's my check biatch!!
 
2006-02-07 12:19:09 PM  
Unsung_Hero:

The simplest solution is to liquify the displaced persons who haven't yet managed to get back on their feet, and feed the results to those working in NO.

even more simple - round them up, put them on busses and dump them at the feet of the mayor of new orleans. he ordered chocolate, he gets chocolate.
 
2006-02-07 12:19:18 PM  
Funny that we have to import Mexican laborers with I-20 visas because the NO attractive and successful African-Americans are too lazy to work.
 
2006-02-07 12:19:44 PM  
Newbaca

Not so much Mexican as Guatamalan and Honduran. Mexican, too.

Others

Houston shouldered the majority of responsibility for refugees. Like over 70%, I think. The town still hasn't been paid by FEMA, nor have many of the hotels that are housing the refugees.

FEMA drags its feet. And I believe it has hurt many hoteliers in the short-term, hopefully not for the long-term.
 
2006-02-07 12:20:43 PM  
Submitter is an idiot. There is nothing asinine about stopping handouts. The people should be happy that they got any handouts.
 
2006-02-07 12:22:04 PM  
Since everybody is pitching a fit, I'll out myself as the submitter. The asinine tag was chosen to reflect the attitudes of the people that think staying in governmentally subsidized housing (i.e. hotel accommodations) is their new way of life, and not a... I don't know, temporary situation that should be eschewed at their earliest convenience.

This in no way was meant to belittle the people of Houston, the great state of Texas, most Katrina victims, small furry animals, water in general, or General Franco. So take off your cowboy hats.

Some of you need to grow thicker skins, for Chrissakes.
 
2006-02-07 12:23:22 PM  
If you depend on the US government to do anything but fark things up, then you deserve what you get. These people should have immediately began looking for a job and/or alternate housing. However I have a strong suspicion that the ones who are getting the boot now didnt have jobs to begin with and simply want a free ride. This country is full of houses and jobs, you just have to go get them.
 
2006-02-07 12:23:37 PM  
The people should be happy that they got any handouts.
 
2006-02-07 12:23:38 PM  
It's not Houston or the hotels that have a problem here. FEMA is just going to stop paying. People can stay if they pay for the rooms. Really, I don't see a problem here.
 
2006-02-07 12:24:01 PM  
cr0w - I could not agree with you more..

Once these people are homeless, what do you think it will do to our crime then?

/Scary Thought
 
2006-02-07 12:24:58 PM  
You mean people that lived in a washed out ghetto are going to sit around and do nothing while waiting for the govt. check to arrive?

But you saw those glorious run down shanties and dilapidated shacks! Those people were the cream of the community! Chocolate city indeed!


/hate ghettos and their dwellers
 
2006-02-07 12:25:36 PM  
Wow. Poor people resort to crime! And now poor displaced people are resorting to crime! Amazing! And I thought it would be BMW-driving trust-fund babies who were doing this!

/this thread is getting pretty frightening
 
2006-02-07 12:25:37 PM  
Sorry to say, but the people here in Mississippi, you know, the place that the north east quarter of the hurricane hit (known by experts to be the worst part of the hurricane) have no sympathy for the people in New Orleans. Yeah it sucks, but lets hear about them living in tents (people are still living in tents here) and lets talk about insurance (if you were lucky enough to have it) only giving you $30,000 to rebuild your home, or insurance totally backing out of the deal because the surge came in and wiped your house out and you didn't have flood insurance because a surge is flood, not wind damage (uh, the water from the gulf was pushed in by the wind, it didn't come in because it was raining a lot. I would call that wind damage) or if you didn't have insurance FEMA only giving you $400 for everything you owned, or the 9,000 applications for trailers that have yet to be filled... We are so sick of hearing about New Orleans. We could care less at this point.
/ranting
//feels a little better
///okay, not really.
 
2006-02-07 12:25:42 PM  
2006-02-07 12:17:08 PM DoubleGGuy
I live in New Orleans and I'm getting the hell out in 2 week! (yay!)

Sorry to see you go; good luck wherever you're headed.
 
2006-02-07 12:27:25 PM  
George Bush hates Chocolate people.
 
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