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Politico has no clue how Texas works or what Texans value

Politico has no clue how Texas works or what Texans value

Legitimizing criticism of coastal-centric political media — they have no idea how real America works

I live in Houston where we’ve just experienced the worst natural disaster in the city’s long history. Harvey caused inestimable damage and left thousands without shelter and earthly possession. There is not one person in the Greater Houston Area, in Rockport, Port Aransas, or surrounding counties that hasn’t been adversely affected by this storm.

Naturally, the national media, like Politico are using Harvey as an opportunity to malign everything great about the Lone Star State. Essentially legitimizing criticism of coastal-centric political media — they have no idea how real America works.

Monday, I blogged about the national media’s compulsion to politicize the tragedy of others, and ignorantly so. Being in the midst of disaster, watching friends and family evacuated, flooded, and stranded, the last thing anyone needs is mindless drivel from coastal elites who know nothing about the subjects they’re criticizing:

When our entire community is in the most literal sense, drowning, no one gives a damn about a political hot take. No one cares who could’ve done what differently, or who voted or didn’t vote for a garbage piece of legislation — we’re just hoping and praying we have a home tomorrow morning and for those who’ve lost, how to rebuild.

I’ve long rejected outrage culture and find it an unhealthy obsession propagated by social media. That said, watching outlets like Politico spew their ignorant trollishness all over widespread tragedy is infuriating in ways I’m not entirely sure how to articulate and haven’t experienced before now.

Twice now, Politico has published down right offensive material, first in the form of a cartoon, and second, in a speculative and baseless piece suggesting Texas’ ruggedness is a casualty of Harvey.

The Cartoon, which serves as proof that no one in coastal media pontificating on Harvey has set foot in Texas, let alone understands us (also relevant, Houston is as blue as blue can be):

And one of the dumber things I’ve read. Mind you, just before lunch Friday morning, parts of west Houston received evacuation orders, so this ordeal is far from over:

I won’t waste time ripping these to pieces, but I will offer this video as part of my thoughts on the matter:

And this:

And also this:

Everyone we know in town and even as far as a four-hour drive from here have been impacted by Harvey. I cannot stress enough how unusually devastating this event has been. 53 counties (in Texas alone) and more than 15 million (at low estimates) were in Harvey’s path.

Folks, like my in-laws, who have lived in their homes for more than 40 years and never came close to taking in water, flooded.

Entire neighborhoods and communities have been destroyed. And no one is looking for help from anyone other than their support groups or less affected neighbors willing to help. Instead, every one, even those who lost everything are asking how they can help others hurt worse.

There are lines outside of open grocery stores. I stopped by one of the only stores close to us that wasn’t flooded, baby in tow. No one would let me wait in line because I had the baby with me and those in line were asking one another how they fared, what they needed, and offering help. Strangers waiting in line to buy bread, most of them dealing with ruined homes and yet, they’re asking others how they can help.

Politico and other outlets can pretend Texas is something she’s not, but it won’t make her so.

Texans are bred with healthy doses of compassion, love, loyalty, and grit coursing through our veins. It’s not something we do. It’s who we are.

I’ve never been more hopeful for our future than I am now watching raw humanity’s good-heartedness shine through the very worst of circumstances.

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Texas, my Texas….

Hah. Should have looked for the lyrics first.

The third verse:

Texas, dear Texas! from tyrant grip now free,
Shines forth in splendor, your star of destiny!
Mother of heroes, we come your children true,
Proclaiming our allegiance, our faith, our love for you.

And all the craftsmen who were doing all the work of the sanctuary, each came every man from his work that he was doing. And they said Moshe: ‘The people bring much more than enough material for the work that God commanded.’ And Moshe gave an order, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying: ‘Let neither man nor woman make anything else to give to the sanctuary,’ and the people stopped bringing. And the material they had was enough for all the work to make it, and to spare.

Exodus 36:4-7

The left, for the most part, is comprised with the most narcissistic of people (rich and poor) who are the most fact-deficient of egotists, and/or the most angriest and infantile of people who decided its easier to jump off the social ladder and onto the malignant George Soro’s or the public dole’s.

Politico is right in there.

They have no idea about Christianity, either.

Tomorrow, my wife heads down to Houston as part of a Colorado Southern Baptist Disaster Relief team. They’ll be staying at and using the kitchen at one of the Second Baptist Church locations (not sure which one, yet). They’ll also be using one or two of their “mass feeding” trailers to provide something like 2-3K meals a day – free for the recipients. They plan to be down there for months, with teams rotating off and being replaced every 1-2 weeks.

Lots of other states (each state has its own organization) are sending SBDR teams as well, and those that are not able to put together entire teams are sending volunteers to join up with states that can. Note the word “volunteers.” And they all pay their own way. Donated funds are used to purchase food and equipment, not to pay people (unlike certain other organizations I know).

This is just one of the things that Christianity is all about. Don’t expect a Leftie to understand. And though the Baptists don’t advertise like the Red Cross, you can learn more and / or donate to the Colorado SBDR here ( ).

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to topcat69. | September 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Topcat have you seen all those MSM reports screeching about how the Europeans donate so much more to charities – such as those working in the 3rd world?

    Guess what!

    The Leftists won’t count any Christian organizations’ donations and works in that list.

    Talk about Cooking the Books!

      If they donate to their own church, total it up but put an asterisk next to it.

        You really don’t know much, do you? Many, if not most, churches support outreach and relief programs to provide food, supplies, and personnel to assist disaster victims. So what’s the point of your snarky-10-year-old-on-Mommy’s-computer comment about an asterisk?

          YellowSnake in reply to chessy. | September 3, 2017 at 12:07 am

          Most churches spend the bulk of their money on their edifices and staff. They spend most of their energy on trying to propagate their beliefs. They spend some of their money on quasi-political activities. A few of them build soup kitchens or run missions that offer assistance along with proselytizing.

          If you want to claim that they are primarily involved in charitable activities, you are grossly overstating how their funds are used. I have seen enough anecdotal evidence to know that what you claim is BS – self-serving BS. Ever heard the term ‘window dressing’?

          YellowSnake in reply to chessy. | September 3, 2017 at 12:22 am

          Churches of Scientology Respond to Hurricane Harvey Do you think they are doing good works in Houston or do you only belief the religion you ascribe to?

          Milhouse in reply to chessy. | September 3, 2017 at 3:03 am

          Scientology is not a religion at all. It’s a moneymaking scam that uses the name religion only to get out of paying tax and to take advantage of the constitutional protection.

      Topcat have you seen all those MSM reports screeching about how the Europeans donate so much more to charities

      Actually no. What those reports show is that European governments give more to foreign aid than the US government. They don’t count private donations at all.

Oh, and speaking of cartoons, F Charlie Hebdo. They deserved what happened to them. (That doesn’t make the murderers right, it just means God guided them to the right victims.)

    Actually, they just highlight one of the many differences between Christians and Muslims. Suffice it to say that Christians and Muslims do not behave in the same manner. I’ll leave it at that.

    4th armored div in reply to Milhouse. | September 1, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    you reallt are a dummy –
    you’re NO different then the muzzie hoard.
    you don’t like the cartoons, TOO BAD, that is what FREEDOM looks like.
    you want to persuade not kill and blame the victim for the crime.

      Freedom means they get to publish their opinion of Texans and I get to publish my opinion of them. If they think Texans are neo-nazis who deserve to drown, then I think they’re bigots who deserve to be gunned down.

    You freaked out last week when I suggested the antifa thug who sucker-punched a guy should get turned out in jail, but you think it’s OK for a cartoonist to get murdered because he offends someone?

      Milhouse in reply to Paul. | September 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Prison rape is never an appropriate subject for jokes. It is disgusting and inexcusable, and you saw the owner’s view that it is not acceptable on his blog.

      I judge the Hebdo cartoonists by their own standards. I celebrate their murder, because they celebrate the deaths of innocent Texans. The fact that they hate Islam doesn’t affect that one way or the other.

    YellowSnake in reply to Milhouse. | September 1, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I guess god guided them to the right victims in Waco, too. How about in Charleston, SC?

    God appreciates you telling the rest of us his judgment. Just hope, for your sake, that you are right.

    “Oh, and speaking of cartoons, F Charlie Hebdo.”

    Agree on that.

The storm’s most lasting legacy might be the end of the Lone Star State’s rugged individualism.

“Individualism” doesn’t mean you blow off assistance after a rare emergency. It means you don’t depend on somebody else propping you up every damn day.

    Milhouse in reply to tom swift. | September 1, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    It also means you don’t demand it as a right.

    Except if you’ve been taxed to the bone every time someone else has been in trouble, and suddenly when you’re in trouble they say hey, you’re the individualist, so we won’t help you. Fine. Refund every penny you’ve taken for relief of other people’s disasters, plus all the pork you tacked on, plus interest, and pledge never to demand anything of Texans again for other people’s disasters, and then you can keep your aid.

      YellowSnake in reply to Milhouse. | September 1, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      The Northeast and West Coast are net contributors to the Federal Government. So don’t cry to hard about being ‘taxed to the bone’. No one is listening.

“Politico has no clue how Texas works…”

Maybe they do and they realize Texas is a huge threat to the narrative. ALL of the “groups” who supposedly hate each other working as one team to help fellow human beings.

So the left does what the left knows how to do: Attack and Lie! We should expect anything different from them?

Coast Guard rescues 17
Texas National Guard rescues 1000

Really which government was most useful during this disaster? I really wish the “journalists” would move to their utopia (Venezuela) and leave the rest of us alone to live our lives.

Thanks for the update. Glad you’re safe

Yay Texas!!!

Politico only cares about clicks and for it’s own narrow minded clique. Did y’all know that setting aside more green space development would’ve mitigated flooding in Houston? Oh, of course no one mentioned green space after the disaster at Sandy Hook.

Recall the racist cartoons depicting Condoleezza Rice as an ignorant, barefoot Mammy? Danzinger? Was that the name of the artist?

They fight with brass knuckles and we play the victim after getting our teeth busted.

The GOPe has no idea how an opposition party works, so why rag on Politio for not understanding how Texas works?

…but we know the GOPe knows exactly what they are doing in screwing us and the nation.

Politico has no clue how Texas anything works…


God Bless Texas. Glad you and KC are OK.