God bless the Cajun Navy.

I hadn’t heard of this group until yesterday, but I see that some of our neighbors from Louisiana are busy helping my neighbors to the South in Houston.  May God bless them.

Here is some video from:  Louisiana’s ‘Cajun Navy’ rooted in its beginnings during Katrina

http://abc13.com/video/embed/?pid=2349584

See also: Members of Cajun Navy resuscitate Houston resident found floating lifeless

And here is some footage of the boat traffic in Houston, with airboats, jon boats, Jet Ski’s and flats boats along with more general use boats.  Clearly a large number of local private citizens are helping as well.

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44 Responses to God bless the Cajun Navy.

  1. Will S. says:

    Reblogged this on Will S.' Sunny Side Blog.

  2. Gunner Q says:

    That’s how it’s done. No top-heavy FEMA or ARC posing for the cameras, just ordinary Americans solving the problem.

    I’d wish Texas well except that as a resident of quake-prone California, I’m a bit envious you can see your disasters coming on radar from a week away.

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  4. feministhater says:

    God Bless them indeed. I hear Houston is pretty screwed, more rain still to come, they’re going to need all the help they can get. Hope all turns out well and they save as many lives as they can.

  5. Gunner Q says:

    For any guys interested, there’s a national program called CERT, Community Emergency Response Team, that’s worth looking into. I’m not generally a fan of gov’t programs but this is a good intro to disaster preparation & response, especially if you live in an urban area.

  6. Oscar says:

    Slaves and subjects wait for permission. Free men take initiative.

  7. Scott says:

    Some of our friends down south have pitched in as well. We have friends whose horses stalls are under several feet of water.

  8. stickdude90 says:

    Are females adequately represented in the Cajun Navy’s ranks? Because we all know that’s what really matters…

  9. Scott says:

    Stickdude90-

    Silly question. Don’t you know that if even one woman is photographed driving a boat through Houston it invalidates any trend in the other direction, no matter how overwhelming?

  10. Anonymous Reader says:

    FEMA chased the floating volunteers away from New Orleans after Katrina, making things worse. Good to see that did not happen this time around.

  11. Dalrock says:

    @Stickdude90

    Are females adequately represented in the Cajun Navy’s ranks? Because we all know that’s what really matters…

    That and the shirts. We need to know if any of the Cajun Navy were wearing offensive shirts.

    @Anon Reader

    FEMA chased the floating volunteers away from New Orleans after Katrina, making things worse. Good to see that did not happen this time around.

    I was surprised yesterday when they said on the news that local officials were asking civilians to help. Normally local officials are pretty jealous about that sort of thing. But given the number of people who own the very kind of boats needed, it was a very good idea. A sort of redneck* Dunkirk. If you watch the ABC video in the OP at the 1:08 mark you can see the specialized motor on the jon boat the men brought. It is designed for operating in shallow water strewn with debris. There are a lot more duck hunters, etc. with boats like that than the government has.

    *With full respect.

  12. Heidi_storage says:

    Well done. I hope these brave men stay safe.

  13. Jack Russell says:

    I heard of this today. Mostly white “Nazis” helping Texans of all races. The Governer of Texas told the Houston city council to issue an evacuation order on Wednesday or at least an advisory. They brushed him off and considered this ridiculous, even though it is issued for tropical storms. The Governor in hindsight should have overruled them. Federal help cannot be sent unless called in by the Governor. The corporate media will somehow blame Trump, white men, and Christians. This is the first hurricane to hit the US in over ten years. How long before Algore crawls out of the swamp and blame it on carbon dioxide. This is a modern day Dunkirk. I live in BC, but will donate to the SallyAnne as I know over 90%(independent reasearch firm) reaches who it is intended for. I don’t belong to them, but trust them more than other groups as far a charity is concerned.

  14. Gunner Q says:

    Redneck isn’t a respectful term? When SHTF, you don’t want a professional bureaucrat to rescue you. You want a redneck holding a beer.

    Gonna be a lot of Cajuns not having to buy their own beer for a couple months.

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  17. Dalrock, you might be interested to learn that the flat-bottomed landing boats used on D-Day were designed by a New Orleans businessman, who knew exactly what kind of boat you’re talking about:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Higgins

  18. Atticus says:

    Dalrock,
    I really think it’s time for an end to all this “Cajun Navy” toxic masculinity. Who do these guys think they are, and who are you to glorify it? /s

  19. Dalrock says:

    @Gunner Q

    Redneck isn’t a respectful term? When SHTF, you don’t want a professional bureaucrat to rescue you. You want a redneck holding a beer.

    I intended it as such. As one of the replies to the tweet I included in the OP put it:

    Like I always say: everyone loves a redneck when they need help moving, their car’s broke down on the side of the road, or they need a boat

  20. BillyS says:

    All that white privilege on display…. /sarc

    Good for them!

  21. PocketSpock says:

    @Stickdude90

    If the story gains any traction in the mainstream media they won’t be men, they’ll be ‘rescuers’ – completely desexed. As the situation improves and gets safer women will go into the Cajun Navy. The story will get picked up and turned into a ‘Brave Women of the Cajun Navy’ story.

  22. Rum says:

    I live in Houston. As usual, the media gets a lot wrong.
    First of all, “Houston” is about ~ 7 million souls spread over about 1000 square miles. The Highways leading out are barely less flood prone than the area itself. Ordering “evacuation” would have been madness and would have been ignored. Back in 2005, that was tried with Hurricane Rita. 100s of people died in the process from various kinds of Government inflicted deprivations. And that was when the weather never really turned bad. You have not heard about that, I am sure, but we know the stories in detail.
    90% of people here are dry, have power/AC and internet, and are sipping a Chardonnay. Please do not tell us we would be better off stuck in a 200 mile long traffic jam, without resupply of gas or medicine, or anything, while headed towards spending a few weeks in an open field near Dallas. As I said, the nominal pop of Houston maybe ~2.5 million, but the meaningful number for the at risk area is FAR higher. And we are used to this.
    In Texas, in general, an ethos of self help is deeply ingrained. That is because, back in the old days, other help was never going to arrive at all. The place is just too expanded and sparsely populated. Texas is quite a bit larger than any country in Europe except Russia.

  23. feministhater says:

    Sure, they need those men when SHTF but once they’ve served their purpose, it’s back to being a forgotten piece of rubble. Same stuff happens during all times of general panic, war or starvation. Then suddenly they respect men. Funny that.

  24. Gunner Q says:

    “In Berkeley: Antifa burning shit down”

    Worse, the paper reported 900 locals volunteered to get up early, take their dogs to the park and not pick up after them so the protesters would have to walk in shit all day. You know you’re dealing with liberals when they fill their local park with sewage to make people they don’t like go away. Passive aggression meets “no disgust reflex”.

    This counterprotest was thwarted by swift action from the police.
    http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Dog-poop-protest-for-SF-right-wing-rally-is-11961403.php

    If I thought Texas wouldn’t be California in 10 years then I’d move and buy that commuter hovercraft I’ve always wanted. Neither place seems boring.

  25. Luke says:

    I thought that there were reports of local dindus SHOOTING at Cajun Navy would-be rescuers?
    Methinks that would either immediately motivate the rescuers to either only pick up whites, or to just say FI and head home.

  26. I showed the images of the Cajun Navy to a couple of my female coworkers. They scoffed at them and said something to the tune of…. “well, I suppose this gives them something better to do than hold tiki torches or wearing white sheets.”

  27. Luke says:

    Here is the article on local idiots SHOOTING at rescuers:

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/houston-weather/hurricaneharvey/article/harvey-cajun-navy-attacked-houston-photos-12101820.php

    “…Bridgers, who coordinates thousands of volunteers from his home in Denham Springs, La., heard of one group nearly having a rescue boat stolen and another group that was shot at when it didn’t respond to a group of stranded people.

    Bridgers believes the desperate situation in Houston, where more than 114,000 people are without power and more than 2,000 people have been rescued due to flooding, has triggered this behavior.
    “It wasn’t a surprise because we had some of the same things happen in the past. you got a very limited number of people out there who would do something like that,” Bridgers told Chron.com.”

  28. feeriker says:

    I showed the images of the Cajun Navy to a couple of my female coworkers. They scoffed at them and said something to the tune of…. “well, I suppose this gives them something better to do than hold tiki torches or wearing white sheets.”

    Not that you probably didn’t already know this about them, but look at the bright side: they’ve just marked themselves as “to be left inside to burn and suffocate to death in the event of a workplace inferno.”

    After all, they couldn’t stand the thought of being rescued by misogynist rednecks, now could they?

  29. Luke says:

    Feeriker, this picture shows aptly how those women view themselves — and what happens when they get put in charge:

    [IMG]https://i.pinimg.com/736x/e3/01/d8/e301d886e3864f067f4874572141407d–women-drivers-funny-bumper-stickers.jpg[/IMG]

  30. Rollory says:

    @Rum

    “Texas is quite a bit larger than any country in Europe except Russia.”

    I know everything’s bigger in Texas but this is total nonsense. Texas is 40% the land area of France, for example. What is true is that the population density is far lower.

  31. Rollory says:

    Ignore my earlier comment; Rum, my apologies. I got fouled up by sq mile / sq kilometer comparisons.

  32. l jess says:

    Now, to coordinate the drone patrols with the cajun navy and watch things really move.

  33. Opus says:

    I had always understood that the area of France was about the same as that of Texas. I trust the Dalrock’s are safe from the flooding.

  34. Dalrock says:

    @Opus

    I had always understood that the area of France was about the same as that of Texas.

    I was taught the same thing regarding the relative size of Texas and France, but I haven’t done any research to confirm it.

    I trust the Dalrock’s are safe from the flooding.

    Yes, we are. Thanks for your concern. We are in Dallas/Fort Worth, and while we’ve had some rain the past week or so it is from an entirely different storm system.

  35. Ann K says:

    Houston is the size of Delaware with three times the population of Manhattan.

  36. Tim J Penner says:

    feministhater says:
    August 28, 2017 at 6:31 pm
    Sure, they need those men when SHTF but once they’ve served their purpose, it’s back to being a forgotten piece of rubble. Same stuff happens during all times of general panic, war or starvation. Then suddenly they respect men. Funny that.

    This reminds me of Ecclesiastes 9 (KJV):
    13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:
    14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:
    15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

  37. Spike says:

    God bless them indeed. The same white “Nazis” who built the civilizations they live in, brick by brick, nail by nail, are also the ones to come to the rescue of that same civilization when the forces beyond its control strike – as they have with Harvey.
    Meanwhile, just where are the Left, feminists and their rainbow coalition of useful idiots?

  38. Spike says:

    Regarding the term, “Redneck” Dalrock:
    I was reminded of a time I spent as a student in Australia’s outback. The farmer I worked for had a huge holding, and he successfully made a living out of it. This was after he he bought out all of his various relatives, cleared vast spaces of land, dug out dams, seen off strikes and weathered drought and flood. Not only that, he had put investments into oil, gas and other mining shares, so that when his children were of age, they would not have to go through what he had.
    As a Left-liberal student, as most students are, I asked him whether it bothered him that he was considered a ”Redneck”. He looked at me directly and quite deliberately said, “Son, you live out here a while, and then see how red your neck gets”.
    It got me thinking that perhaps he had a point.

  39. drew says:

    “Cajun Navy”

    I first saw this phrase show up in Aug 2016, relative to the flooding in Livingston Parish, Louisianna. See the pics & comments that someone posted on imgur here…
    http://imgur.com/a/7wrcK
    The comments about the Cajun Navy is about 2/3rds of the way down. They refer to grassroots efforts like that springing into action during Katrina, but I am not sure when the phrase was coined.

  40. ARL says:

    @ Rollory
    No, you’re wrong. Texas is 268,597 sq mi, and France (the largest European country besides Russia) is 248,573 sq mi.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=european+countries+by+land+area
    https://www.google.com/search?q=texas+land+area

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