Canada offers aid to Texas hurricane victims; state turns it down, asking for prayers instead

When I saw this headline from the website The Root, I thought it was a joke. (I thought the Root might have been a “satirical news” site, but it’s a black news site.) Click screenshot to see article:

Just to be sure, I checked on the web, and found this on the CBC:

And the report from the CBC:

Quebec is offering to help Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and is at the ready for when officials there say they need it, says Minister of International Relations Christine St-Pierre.

St-Pierre says she spoke with Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos Tuesday early afternoon, offering to send equipment and crews to help restore power and to provide blankets, beds, pillows and hygienic products.

Above all, St-Pierre said she called to voice Quebec’s concern for Texans caught up in the disaster.

“It was a conversation about how devastating the situation is and we want to express our support to the people of Texas,” she told CBC News.

Pablos declined the aid for now, instead asking for “prayers from the people of Quebec,” the minister said. “He was very touched by the fact we called him.”

I mean, Jebus. . . does Pablos think that blankets and soap are going to drop from the sky? And why on Earth would he think that prayers would help when apparently God sent the hurricane in the first place, and, if prayers worked, could have easily diverted it into the ocean. What does Pablos think God is like?

h/t: Snowy Owl

89 Comments

  1. Simon Hayward
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Is there a face palm emoji?

  2. Posted September 1, 2017 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    I love this cartoon that got the conservative media all riled up.

    • Craw
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      Some forms of bigotry are acceptable it seems.

      • barn owl
        Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:25 am | Permalink

        Yes, apparently so. Gotta love the ignorant characterization of Texans as white, Christian, secessionist, Confederate flag-wavers too. Not. One brief look at the news coverage out of Houston will prove that wrong.

        I grew up in Houston, and I still have family and friends there. None of us is conservative or particularly religious, and some of us aren’t white either.

        • Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:34 am | Permalink

          Oh please. What political cartoon anywhere any time doesn’t use caricature to make a point?

          • barn owl
            Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:37 am | Permalink

            Consider the response if some other types of caricatures had been used.

            • Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:48 am | Permalink

              Of course. But one name ought to make my point clear; Charlie Hebdo

              These are political cartoons. They are intended to provoke. I have seen many over the years that made my blood boil. That’s the point of this kind of commentary.

        • Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:55 am | Permalink

          The caricature here is not of the victims as the conservative media would have us believe. It is of the many Texas political representatives, duly elected by the good citizens of Texas. Political representatives like the aforementioned Secretary of State. Political representatives who voted against aid for Sandy’s victims. Representatives who constantly question the legitamy of the Federal government and threatened to secede during the Obama administration.

          • Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

            And who constantly deny climate science.

            • Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

              And who appeal to God whenever it pays.

            • infiniteimprobabilit
              Posted September 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

              Climate change is a myth. Trump said so when he pulled out of the Paris agreement.

              Though I notice he hasn’t said it over the last few days…

              cr

          • Craw
            Posted September 1, 2017 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

            We know it’s not victims, because it only shows victims. Interesting.

            • Posted September 1, 2017 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

              I guess you prefer cartoons with explications and footnotes.

            • Ken Kukec
              Posted September 2, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

              You’ve heard of reification and personification and anthropomorphism, no? The cartoon is sending up an attitude, an outlook, not particular people.

              What kind of “bigotry” do you think this constitutes, Peckerwood-o-phobia?

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted September 1, 2017 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

          If Texans would stop sending boobs like Louie Gohmert and Blake Farenthold (and stone-cold assholes like Ted Cruz) to congress, they’d be a lot less likely to get caricatured.

          • Ken Knisely
            Posted September 1, 2017 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

            Or Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who is one of the worst people in Congress. But she is a Black female Democrat, so apparently not on your radar

          • Craw
            Posted September 1, 2017 at 5:24 pm | Permalink

            Do I take it there are no boobs elected from your state?

            • Ken Kukec
              Posted September 1, 2017 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

              Sure there are (Ted Yoho and Ron DeSantis come to mind), but, unlike Mr. Farenthold, they know enough not to wear duckie pajamas when they pose for pictures with strippers:

              • Posted September 1, 2017 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

                PCC(E) should get himself those duckie pjs to get him through the long, cold Chicago winter without Honey.

              • infiniteimprobabilit
                Posted September 1, 2017 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

                Ah, that sort of boobs. I’d vote for them… 😉

                cr

        • jahigginbotham
          Posted September 1, 2017 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

          Probably not the right time to mention the Cajun Navy being shot at and having boats stolen?

        • frednotfaith2
          Posted September 14, 2017 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

          Much of my family is from Texas, including both my parents, and my youngest brother and my sister-in-law live in Houston — I was at their wedding just last May, and she is a very lovely and intelligent black woman, and neither of them are conservative. But that doesn’t change the fact that Texas is overrun with bible-thumping, anti-government, anti-science, white bigots, including many in the state government. I certainly didn’t see the cartoon as implying all or even a majority of Texans are like that but is making a point about the many Texans who are very much like that and are ignorant hypocrites who need to be shown up and ridiculed.

    • JonLynnHarvey
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

      Also of note:

  3. Ed Collins
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Americans are starting to scare me. I hope all the people of Huston get to hear about this.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      I agree. There are lots of mistakes being made in relation to this disaster through inexperience. This one is completely avoidable.

      It reminds me of the pettiness of Trump in refusing to even acknowledge, let alone thank, the help provided by Mexico. Once again Tillerson had to clean up after him.

  4. Randy schenck
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Lots of people clinging to their bibles down there. I am waiting to see if Houston does anything to reduce the flood potential down there. I suspect lots of people may move away from Houston if they can. Apparently nearly 80% of the pop. do not have any flood insurance.

    • darrelle
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:27 am | Permalink

      I’m no expert but from what I understand Houston is not all that much better off than New Orleans regarding how difficult and expensive it would be to make the area safe from flooding.

    • barn owl
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      Most people don’t live in what has been identified as flood plain, so flood insurance is not required. Also, many of the people affected by this disaster are renters, and live in apartments or mobile homes. Some struggle to pay their rents each month – they can’t even think about flood or renter’s insurance.

      What do you propose the people of Houston should do to “reduce flood potential,” beyond moving away so that the concrete can be removed and replaced with switchgrass coastal prairie? Thousands of people move to the Houston area every month, and the infrastructure can’t handle the runoff from heavy rains. Too many roads, parking lots, subdivisions, apartments and other buildings now, and nowhere for the water to drain or soak into the soil.

      • Randy schenck
        Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

        Just one of the problems over the years is the elimination of the wet lands which have been turned into suburbs of Houston. Once you destroy the wetlands you lose control of the water. You simply cannot build and pave over thousands of acres of flat land and then think you are not going to flood. If they want to attempt to live in that area without flooding, they must retain large open areas and create runoff to reservoirs, that type of thing. Ask the Dutch, they are the experts on this. I am not a water engineer but I am not stupid either. Living in Houston is what I call, not smart. Living in New Orleans is also not smart. Many of the people who were in New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina, moved to Houston. Not a great idea.

        • loren russell
          Posted September 1, 2017 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

          Specifically, there are two large flood control reservoirs upstream from Houston. These were constructed by Army Corps following WWII to prevent reoccurrence of downtown flooding [Houston was hit several times in the 1930s.]

          Topography dictates that these reservoirs are shallow and wide, so in most years most of the storage area is forest. And much of the storage area remained in private hands, attracting extensive suburban development. Of course there were no flood plain easements, this is Texas!

          Result in 2017 is that the reservoirs could not be filled to capacity without damaging the upstream McMansions. And so that much more preventable damage downstream..

          • Randy schenck
            Posted September 1, 2017 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

            Since 1930 the population of Huston Texas has increased by 2 million.

        • Ken Knisely
          Posted September 1, 2017 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

          Living in Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, etc is apparently so much smarter.

        • barn owl
          Posted September 1, 2017 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

          Many of the people who fled New Orleans after Katrina stayed in Houston because they found jobs and housing, and perhaps later, a sense of community developed. People move to Houston because there are jobs and inexpensive housing … it’s more about necessity and trying to make a living, than about being “not smart.”

          For those in the US, are y’all going to whine about the impending increased fuel prices for your cars, home heating, and flights all over the planet? Just wait.

          • Posted September 3, 2017 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

            ‘Not very smart’, said the person who’s never lived on the edge.

          • infiniteimprobabilit
            Posted September 3, 2017 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

            However you look at it, building houses in a flood-prone area is just an accident waiting to happen.

            Whether it’s due to a failure (or absence!) of land-use planning, or individual unwisdom, or corporate greed, there’s nothing smart about it. I absolutely agree with Randy there.

            Frequently, though, the victims aren’t the ones who caused the situation while those who profited most from it walk away with their bank accounts intact. If you’re on the bottom of the economic heap then you’re stuck with what you can afford and possible risks of natural disaster some undefined time in the future are a minor consideration and just something you have to wear and hope doesn’t happen.

            cr

      • HBB
        Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

        There is an opinion piece on CNN’s website entitled “Congress, time for tough love for Texas” that lays out the years of political dithering that took place over disaster preparedness in the affected area. One suggestion is tying Harvey flood relief to flood mitigation measures that would lessen the impact of the next one.

        • Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

          But but but….a flood mitigation fund was one of the reasons relief for hurricane Sandy was fought by Texas Republicans.

          So… no way they’d go for it for Houston, right? Just to be, you know, consistent?

          • Randy schenck
            Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

            Yes, and people should not have to bribe people to do things that would be good for them. But, we are talking about Texas, and just one other little lesson – Do you remember the very Large explosion in West, Texas a few years back. Just a small town north of Waco, Texas on I-35. Something like 15 people killed and many more injured. A large Anhydrous Ammonia plant exploded, right in the middle of town. The only change that came from that disaster was the state announcing that companies no longer need to tell the public what dangerous chemicals they are storing. So tell me….who does this??

        • Ken Knisely
          Posted September 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

          Name me one city ANYWHERE that would have not flooded after a storm of this magnitude ??? New York and New Jersey flooded after much less rain during Sandy

          • Randy schenck
            Posted September 1, 2017 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

            So what is your point? I have simply tried to point out some of the flaws, the reasons why it floods in Houston Texas and has done so many times. Look at the History of the place and look what it is built on. In fact, move there if you want – they could probably use the taxes.

            Of course any place could flood after receiving 4 feet of rain. I lived in Okinawa Japan for 5 years and experienced many Hurricanes as bad or worse than this one. And by the way, Houston did not really get hit by the Hurricane, it was mostly south of there with the winds. In Okinawa, they build for the Hurricanes, Typhoons actually, and we experienced almost no damage. We hardly lost electricity that I recall. I now live in Wichita, Kansas and they don’t plan on any Hurricanes here and do not build for them.

    • Ken Knisely
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

      Yes, the city the elected a LESBIAN mayor three times is oh so religious

      Everybody in Houston is a right wing Xian. Stereotype much ???

    • Diane G.
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

      FWIW, Houston is part of Blue-state Texas.

      https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/texas?mcubz=0

  5. Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    *facepalm*

    *headdesk*

    *an heroes*

  6. Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Nothing fails like prayer, Mr. Bone-headed Secretary of State.

  7. Craw
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    This isn’t as unusual or silly as it sounds. Logistics is hard. Depending on the assessment of the damage, the immediate plans, and legal issues extra crews might not be of much use right now. I recall after the Haiti earthquake aid agencies asking that people NOT send blankets or goods, and not come themselves, but just to send money. Logistics is hard.

    And any politician who wants to be re-elected always asks for prayers. If they took the aid they’d ask for the prayers on top.

    • Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

      I think that might have been closer to the truth right now.

    • Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

      I’ve read in multiple sources that in almost all cases the best thing individuals can do to aid disasters is to send money. Just money. No truckloads of bottled water. No freight cars of blankets. Money.

      Somehow it doesn’t feel right, though. People want to do something more tangible. That’s often why disaster relief efforts are only sometimes effective but always inefficient and wasteful.

    • Jeff Lewis
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

      Agreed. Here’s an article on HowStuffWorks about the worst things to donate during disaster relief, and blankets made the list. Granted, the article is more about donations from individuals, but it makes the point that some aid organizations already have blankets stockpiled in preparation for hurricane season.
      http://money.howstuffworks.com/10-worst-things-donate-after-disaster.htm

    • Jeff Lewis
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      One more link. Here’s an NPR article where it does specifically say that the best way to help is to simply donate money:
      http://www.npr.org/2017/08/29/546866561/responding-to-harvey-will-be-long-term-issue-plan-cash-donations-to-match

      • Posted September 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

        “Just give cash” does, however, make pretty plain that this is a role for government, not private charities and random individuals.

        I’m far more than happy to pay taxes for public infrastructure and services to prevent disasters, mitigate their scope, engage in rescue when the shit hits the fan anyway, and recover when the dust settles.

        There’s simply no way a private effort can come close to being anywhere near as effective as the government…and dollars given to such charities, especially when deducted from taxes, are needless diversions from the most effective means available for the effort.

        b&

        >

    • Diane G.
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      Agree on all counts.

  8. Historian
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Let’s face reality. The hurricane was nothing more than God punishing Houston for its immoral behavior. How do I know this? The good pastor Kevin Swanson has told me. How can any rational person deny the ineluctable wisdom of Pastor Kevin? Salon reports:

    ——————-
    “Jesus sends the message home, unless Americans repent, unless Houston repents, unless New Orleans repents, they will all likewise perish,” Swanson said on his Colorado-based radio show. “That is the message that the Lord Jesus Christ is sending home right now to America.”

    Swanson, a pastor in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, insisted that the storm, and storms such as Katrina and Sandy came from the hand of God because cities are generally liberal-leaning which means they vote for more government, more abortion and of course, “sexual perversion.”
    Swanson added that Houston has been “persecuting pastors and churches” and that the city once had “a very, very aggressively pro-homosexual mayor,” which is why God punished them with a record-breaking national disaster.

    “And repairing your houses in Houston after a hurricane is useless if you’re just going to go to hell. Repairing your houses after a hurricane if you’re going to hell is just not worth it,” he concluded.

    http://www.salon.com/2017/09/01/this-pastor-thinks-that-houston-deserved-hurricane-harvey-because-of-its-pro-homosexual-mayor/

    ——————

    This is from Wikipedia on Swanson: “He has speculated that the Devil purchased Disney in 1984 to make movies that will indoctrinate small children into sin.”

    But, do not despair. I’m sure Pastor Kevin will help you to repent and it is so easy. All you need to do is send a contribution to his ministry.

    • Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

      So the 1900 hurricane that devastated Galveston, TX, and killed over 8000 was to punish… what?

      • Andy Lowry
        Posted September 1, 2017 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

        Big hats!

    • Ken Knisely
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

      So we are simultaneously being punished for being Left Wing Sodomites, and Right Wing Trump lovers

    • desconhecido
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 7:40 pm | Permalink

      Of course, Kevin Swanson is an idiot. But, this sort of nonsense is not confined to the crackpot religious right. When Katrina was bearing down on the gulf coast, Democratic genius (and crackpot conspiracy theorist and anti-vaxer) Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. declared that god had created Katrina to punish Haley Barber. Then, Katrina changed course slightly and hammered NOLA, as we all know. Apparently, Kennedy’s god has poor aim.

      • Posted September 1, 2017 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

        The sky fairy is definitely not a sniper!

  9. Kevin
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    Texas is clearly filled with delinquent prayers. They should have prayed for there not be a hurricane in the first place.

    We should all be thankful the pernicious and genocidal God of the Bible does not set a supernova within a hundred parsecs of our solar system.

    Christian are so provincial it must be turning Feynman in his grave.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

      Hurricane Harvey proves the Devil is more powerful than God, so it’s to him Texans should be directing their worship.

      The proof of Satan’s superiority:
      1. It was at Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) that Harvey first made landfall.
      2. Joel Osteen’s hypocrisy was exposed.
      3. Harvey happened once the lesbian was NO LONGER mayor.
      4. All the really big hurricanes have the biggest effect on Bible Belt states with mostly conservative Republican Senators, Congressmen, and Governors.
      5. Most of those suffering in Hurricane Harvey are Christians.

      I could go on. Repent and follow Beelzebub!

      😀 😀 😀

  10. Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    There’s an old Jewish joke that’s frequently told in the form of a “shaggy dog” story. The abridged version is that a pious man is trapped on his rooftop in the middle of a flood. Multiple strangers offer rescue assistance, but the man rejects each, insisting that God will save him. The floodwaters rise and he drowns. In the next world, he meets God and accusingly demands why God didn’t do anything to save him. God replies by cataloguing all the strangers He sent to the rescue….

    If there’s one thing the rational and faithful should be able to agree upon is that those in need should be grateful for and welcoming of sincere and credible offers of assistance. Rationalists shouldn’t need any further persuasion, and the faithful themselves are constantly preaching about how mysterious are the ways of their gods.

    If Jesus can salvage America from its depths of moral depravity and decay using no less a figure than Mr. Pussy Grabber, what makes Mr. Pablos think that Jesus wouldn’t also soften the hearts of those socialist Canuckistanians to send critical aid to the blessed favored ones of pure hearts and unblemished skin?

    Cheers,

    b&

    • JonLynnHarvey
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

      P.Z. Myers has a nice take on that joke in his anthology “The Happy Atheist”. I cannot find it online.

      The original punchline is slightly muted and the joke continues: The atheist next door had the boat ride by offering help. The atheist got in the boat.

      Christianity has no consistent idea of what natural phenomena constitute acts of God, nor does it have any consistent way of resolving the two teachings that we stand it need of God’s help and that creation is good.

  11. busterggi
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    I’m just thrilled that the rest of the states won’t have to approve disaster aid funding for these folks – I mean, if god is taking care of it all then we don’t have to pay for it.

  12. Steve Pollard
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Gosh, these Texans must have been really serious sinners for the Lord to punish them like this. New Englanders (and of course Chicagoans) must be positively virtuous by comparison.

    And how are all these preachers going to respond when Hurricane Irma turns up in a week or so?

    • Ken Knisely
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

      Gawd doesn’t hafta punish Chicago. They are busy shooting each other dead.No help needed

  13. Dave137
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Give the faithful what they want, then. Deny all federal funding and send them prayers instead.

    I never knew whispering to oneself was so powerful.

  14. Shaokang
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    “Religion poisons everything.”
    – Christopher Hitchens

  15. claudia baker
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    I’m puzzled why Ken Ham didn’t offer his Ark to the people of Houston. They knew Harvey was coming. Why not make good use of the damn boat?

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

      I know that was a facetious comment but…

      would you trust yourself in that thing in a hurricane? I’d rather drown in the normal way…

      😉

      cr

    • Diane G.
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

      Ha ha!

  16. Taz
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    This is clearly a bullshit narrative and it’s disheartening to see some in the comments eating it up.

    • Harrison
      Posted September 2, 2017 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

      It’s a distressing lapse of skepticism, but good for illustrating the lesson that EVERYONE, no exceptions, is capable of letting bias substitute for thinking.

  17. Diana MacPherson
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    Odd the help turned down as I heard on the news that Texas was requesting certain items specifically from Canada. Maybe these were the items they didn’t need.

    Also, for those of you unfamiliar with Canadian dialect, “hydro” is “electric”.

    • Posted September 1, 2017 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

      So Quebec wasn’t really planning on having hydro plane races through the streets of Houston.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted September 1, 2017 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

        Haha. I hope not.

      • Diane G.
        Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

        Hey, lemonade out of lemons…

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

      ‘hydro’ – truly a Canuck jargon term. The juice probably does come from hydro power in Canuckistan, in Texas it’s more likely nuclear/oil/gas generated.

      Maybe Pablos heard the word ‘hydro’ and thought “^*%$, we don’t need *more* water!”

      cr

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted September 1, 2017 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

        NOpe not a talker all. May have originated that way but our power isn’t all from water.

  18. E.A. Blair
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    If d*g didn’t pay any attention to all the prayers asking for the storm not to hit, what makes the praying people think more prayer will do any good after the fact?

  19. Posted September 1, 2017 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Please take careful note of the words “for now” in the secretary’s original communication. Canadians offered “in-kind” help including hydroelectric expertise. It is very common to decline in-kind assistance, rather than money, immediately after a disaster. The people in charge don’t know what they’re going to do with such in-kind donations, so they put them off. Keep in mind that, when people suffer family disasters, their friends and neighbors often bring huge amounts of food over — and the family cannot consume it all. In a family setting, this is merely an annoyance. On a larger scale, it can become a serious logistical problem. The secretary asked those generous Canadians to offer prayers instead as a way of keeping them on the line for the offered help when it can actually be used. I would have done the same thing myself, in his position, even if I were an atheist.

    Darwin could have predicted exactly this reaction.

  20. desconhecido
    Posted September 1, 2017 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

    I live in Houston. We don’t need soap, pillows, bottled water, and electrical service crews. We’ve got people running all over the city offering small help — 500,000 free BBQ meals, Pizza Hut out in canoes delivering free pizza to people who are flooded but still “sheltering” in place, more clothing, blankets, and the like than can be distributed. Our electrical infrastructure is largely unscathed. Of course, other areas affected by the hurricane have other needs, including electrical service crews, but those needs are largely being met.

    In Houston, our grocery stores are mostly open and they are being restocked continuously — the major grocers are doing all they can to make sure we don’t run out of food and bottled water — beer and wine, too.

    Going forward, what Houston needs is an army of garbage trucks and someplace to put the debris and vast quantities of money to pay for the cleanup and rebuilding — and, we should hope, some intelligent leadership to try to make events like this less likely and less damaging when they inevitably recur, (but, this is Texas) and, vast quantities of people willing to come here and do the massive physical labor — cleanup and construction — necessary.

    So, yes, it’s wonderful that the people of Canada offered to help — everyone should celebrate their willingness to try to make a difference — but the actual assistance offered is not much more helpful than prayer.

    Of course, it’s great fun to mock the silly religionists, entertainment that I normally enjoy immensely, but this seems to me to be just an attempt to thank people for the offer and politely decline.

    • Diane G.
      Posted September 1, 2017 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the view from the inside. I agree with your conclusion.

    • Posted September 2, 2017 at 1:45 am | Permalink

      Yes, a polite way of saying that Texas can survive anything.

  21. Posted September 1, 2017 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  22. Posted September 2, 2017 at 1:42 am | Permalink

    “Canada offers aid to Texas hurricane victims; state turns it down, asking for prayers instead”

    Unfortunately for Texas, Canadians believe more in this world than in the spirit world.

    In Canada, The proportion of atheists is more similar to Europe than the US.

  23. Posted September 2, 2017 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    He, he, he … his god probably sent the aid from Canada, too! He he he.

    On Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 10:46 AM, Why Evolution Is True wrote:

    > whyevolutionistrue posted: “When I saw this headline from the website The > Root, I thought it was a joke. (I thought the Root might have been a > “satirical news” site, but it’s a black news site.) Click screenshot to see > article: Just to be sure, I checked on the web, and found” >

  24. Posted September 2, 2017 at 4:43 pm | Permalink

    How hard is it to say “Send cash donations instead of flowers”?

  25. jeffery
    Posted September 3, 2017 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    Gee- it’s sure too bad that nobody remembered to pray that the hurricane didn’t hit them in the FIRST place; why, they could have, “cast out” that puppy in an instant!


%d bloggers like this: