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America's 'Unluckiest Woman' Just Lost Her Fifth Home to a Hurricane
Yahoo ^ | 9/7/12 | Mandi Woodruff

Posted on 09/07/2012 11:34:02 AM PDT by Haiku Guy

They say lightning never strikes the same place twice, but try telling that to Melanie Martinez.

Dubbed "America's unluckiest woman," the Louisiana native and school bus driver lost her fifth home last week to a hurricane.

This time, Martinez witnessed herself as Hurricane Isaac pummeled her Braithwaite, La. home while she and her family huddled in the attic.

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When the storm passed, they faced the all too-familiar wreckage. Martinez lost four other homes in the last 50 years Hurricanes Betsy (1965), Juan (1985), George (1998), and Katrina (2005).

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Supporters of the Martinez family have created a PayPal account for donations to help them rebuild.

(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: fema; nfip
To put it another way, your tax dollars have bought this woman five houses over the last forty-five years.

And now they are setting up a paypal account to cash-in on her "misfortune".

1 posted on 09/07/2012 11:34:08 AM PDT by Haiku Guy
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To: Haiku Guy

Why does she keep building her homes in the same place?

What’s the definition of insanity: you keep doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result?


2 posted on 09/07/2012 11:35:28 AM PDT by BlessedBeGod
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To: Haiku Guy

Paypal donations?

So... she didn’t have insurance and chose to live in an area prone to destructive hurricanes anyway?

I suggest she pack up and move inland.


3 posted on 09/07/2012 11:36:02 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
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To: BlessedBeGod

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.


4 posted on 09/07/2012 11:37:26 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: Haiku Guy
Martinez lost four other homes in the last 50 years Hurricanes Betsy (1965), Juan (1985), George (1998), and Katrina (2005).

America's 'Stupidest Woman' Built Five Homes in a Hurricane Zone!

5 posted on 09/07/2012 11:37:40 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (At the end of the day, you have to worship the god who can set you on fire.)
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To: Haiku Guy

I wouldn’t want to her neighbor. What a curse!


6 posted on 09/07/2012 11:39:58 AM PDT by albie
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To: SandyInSeattle

How about Seattle?...............


7 posted on 09/07/2012 11:40:40 AM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: Haiku Guy

She is not unlucky, she is stupid.


8 posted on 09/07/2012 11:42:57 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: BlessedBeGod
Why does she keep building her homes in the same place?

Why do WE keep building her homes in the same place?

FIFY

9 posted on 09/07/2012 11:46:20 AM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Haiku Guy

OK I will borrow from Sam Kinison’s “Desert” sketch (This is sand!!! Nothing grows in Sand!!!) to help this woman out:

YOU SEE THIS????
THIS IS WATER!!!!
WATER FLOODS WHEN YOU LIVE BELOW SEA LEVEL!!!!
YOU NEED TO MOVE!!


11 posted on 09/07/2012 11:46:39 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: albie

Heh.

Like the Japanese guy who was in Hiroshima on business on August 6th, 1945, survived that, then decided he’d better get his butt home.

To Nagasaki.

And he survived that, too.

True story.


13 posted on 09/07/2012 11:48:03 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Alex Murphy
America's 'Stupidest Woman' Built Five Homes in a Hurricane Zone!

Hey, she got somebody else to build her a new house every ten years, and you're calling her stupid? Her actions make perfect sense. We're the stupid ones.

14 posted on 09/07/2012 11:48:47 AM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: AnAmericanAbroad

Little did he know that HE was the one guy we were trying to get.

Drone strikes were a bit less precise waaaay back in 1945.


15 posted on 09/07/2012 11:51:12 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: Red Badger

If she moves to Seattle they would call it an Extratropical cyclone. I knew the Skokomish name for it but I can’t remember it well enough to spell it. Spelling errors are frowned upon here.


16 posted on 09/07/2012 11:53:08 AM PDT by ThomasThomas
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To: ThomasThomas

No spelling errors in your last post. Just fyi.


17 posted on 09/07/2012 11:57:42 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: SJSAMPLE

LOL!!

His name was Tsutomu Yamaguchi, and he only died a couple of years ago, in 2010 at the age of 93.

And the drones were not as elegant-looking as they are nowadays either. :)


18 posted on 09/07/2012 11:58:25 AM PDT by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: Haiku Guy

Time to move to Arizona

But then, her house would probably burn down.


19 posted on 09/07/2012 12:00:32 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Haiku Guy

Jebus woman, move to California!


20 posted on 09/07/2012 12:02:09 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1327 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: Haiku Guy

Where do you get the idea that tax dollars built any of her homes?


21 posted on 09/07/2012 12:03:04 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: BlessedBeGod; All

My product distributor is in Hammond, La., about 60 miles from N.O. I talked to one of them and she said she was about ready to get the hell out of there.


22 posted on 09/07/2012 12:03:11 PM PDT by manic4organic (We won. Get over it.)
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To: Haiku Guy

” - - - “I was born here,” she said. “It’s home, home, home.” - - - “

Great! Then live in a boat, Boat, BOAT!


23 posted on 09/07/2012 12:10:01 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: BlessedBeGod

Unlucky = do nothing to change your circumstances and remain in a bad situation.


24 posted on 09/07/2012 12:10:09 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Kirkwood

If she lives in a flood zone, and I suspect she does, she is eligible for the National Flood Insurance Program. This insurance is expensive if you never expect your house to flood, but cheap-cheap-cheap if you’re going to be cashing it in every ten years. No rational insurer would write such a policy, but Uncle Sam is only too willing, since he has access to your money to pay the claims.

The cross subsidization of the deeply cut-rate flood insurance amounts to the dollars buying these houses.

And that is not even counting on the “Money From Heaven” response you often see as Uncle Sugar rides to the rescue throwing money around after natural disasters.


25 posted on 09/07/2012 12:11:41 PM PDT by Haiku Guy ("The problem with Internet Quotes is that you never know if they are real" -- Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Haiku Guy

What happened to Melanie Martinez’s home is evidence of stupidity. You want to see someone who was “unlucky” with respect to his homes, read about Wilmer McLean.


26 posted on 09/07/2012 12:14:50 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Kirkwood
Where do you get the idea that tax dollars built any of her homes?

Because only 1 entity is stupid enough to insure homes in areas that are prone to flooding. Only 1 entity uses their "endless reserves" (ie. taxpayers) to finance a program that is fiscally irresponsible, fraught with fraud, makes no sense to anyone with an IQ above room temperature, and will not be supported by any private or publically traded insurance company.

http://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program

27 posted on 09/07/2012 12:15:37 PM PDT by Hodar (A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.- Burroughs)
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To: Red Badger
How about Seattle?...............

We have enough stupid people! She'd probably rebuild in the shadow of Mt. Rainier and get wiped out by a lahar.

28 posted on 09/07/2012 12:17:34 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
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To: BlessedBeGod
Why does she keep building her homes in the same place?

Maybe she'll move in next to you.

29 posted on 09/07/2012 12:17:50 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (CREDO QUIA ABSURDUM)
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To: Haiku Guy

To add insult to injury, A&E reality show Hideous Houses had selected her home for a $20,000 makeover just a few months before. Though she’s considering moving to a home on higher ground this time around, Martinez is still hesitant to leave Louisiana.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/melanie-martinez-lost-her-fifth-home-to-hurricane-isaac-2012-9?op=1#ixzz25oTBDsOy


30 posted on 09/07/2012 12:18:19 PM PDT by deport
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To: Haiku Guy

Dry out some Samsonite and MOVE!


31 posted on 09/07/2012 12:30:35 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: SandyInSeattle

I hear you could use the rain..........


32 posted on 09/07/2012 12:33:09 PM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: albie
Move her next door to Bomb Magnet
33 posted on 09/07/2012 12:35:35 PM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: SandyInSeattle

I would have bought a house boat after the second time.


34 posted on 09/07/2012 12:48:52 PM PDT by Average Al (The Democrat party is a free range zoo.)
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To: Haiku Guy
She needs to put up a monolithic dome
35 posted on 09/07/2012 12:51:35 PM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Haiku Guy
Every time I see a story like this I am reminded of this Neil Diamond song:

I Am The Lion”

There was a flood
And many poor men were killed
And that is why our house
Is built on the top of a hill

The plains are like a friend,
Why can't we live on them
And if a flood should come,
Why can't we run

36 posted on 09/07/2012 1:23:56 PM PDT by heylady (“Sometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.”( Deb))
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To: Red Badger
I hear you could use the rain..........

Yeah, we could. Very close to setting a record for consecutive days without rain.

37 posted on 09/07/2012 1:29:34 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
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To: SandyInSeattle

10?.........


38 posted on 09/07/2012 1:31:19 PM PDT by Red Badger (Anyone who thinks wisdom comes with age is either too young or too stupid to know the difference....)
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To: Red Badger

Ha ha...

The record is 51. To break the record we have to stay dry through Tuesday, but there’s rain in the forecast for that day.

Boo!


39 posted on 09/07/2012 1:41:20 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
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To: Haiku Guy
It would probably only take me getting cleaned out once, to convince me to stop building my home at or below sea level in a Hurricane strike zone.

I might give her a second chance ("Hey! Lightning NEVER strikes twice").

Five times, though? She's an idiot.

40 posted on 09/07/2012 1:44:16 PM PDT by wbill
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To: ThomasThomas
Spelling errors are frowned upon here.

Yes, they are. In fact, I'm on the FR Correct Spelling and Grammar Committee. I must admit to you, though, that some latitude is granted for Skokomish spelling errors. Truth is, we just don't know.

41 posted on 09/07/2012 3:55:47 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Without economic freedom, no other form of freedom can have material meaning.)
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