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CNN reporter to poop-cruise passenger: This was a little bit like Katrina, wasn’t it?
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Posted on 02/15/2013 8:24:21 AM PST by chessplayer

Skip to 3:35 for your media moment du jour and for the pitch-perfect reply from a guy who’s somehow managed to retain his sense of perspective better than CNN despite having spent the past three days floating around on a giant toilet. If you think conditions onboard weren’t that bad, read Lileks’s thoughtful piece this morning at the Bleat. Scorching heat, power outage, no showers, few working toilets for 3,000 people, and oh that stench: It was awfully unpleasant generally and 10 times as unpleasant for the crew, which had to cope with all that while tending to passengers for whatever pittance the cruise line pays them.The cabins got so hot without A/C that people had to drag their mattresses into the hallways and sleep there. But it was over after a few days. No one died. They even got free booze! And yet cable news was treating this last night, in the words of one person on Twitter, like it was the POWs coming home from Vietnam. I spent an hour watching Erin Burnett and Martin Savidge jockeying for position amid a gigantic media scrum so that they could ask departing passengers important questions like “Would you ever take another cruise?” and “Are you glad to be back?” (Spoiler alert: They were glad to be back.) The high point, I think, was when respected financial reporter Burnett assured the viewers at home that she could indeed “smell it” from their position on the dock. But then, that’s been a recurring theme of CNN’s coverage: Over on their website’s video page, where they post the most highlight-worthy stuff, they’ve got more than one clip up illustrating why the term “poop deck” took on special meaning on this trip. Their inexplicably intense interest in this unfortunate, occasionally snicker-worthy, but otherwise mundane “story” extended online yesterday morning to carrying a live feed of the boat being tugged to shore. That’s all it was, a long shot of a gigantic ship inching its way towards the coast, for minutes on end. Watch Stewart in the second clip below for thoughts on that; it did indeed reach the point late last night, during saturation coverage of the big disembarking, where you began to wish they’d get back to talking about Marco Rubio taking a sip of water.


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Ok, it's a newsworthy story and I'm glad I wasn't one of the passengers. But comparing this to Hurricane Katrina? And asking them if they're glad to be back? Wow.
1 posted on 02/15/2013 8:24:26 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

now you know why they work for CNN


2 posted on 02/15/2013 8:25:16 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: chessplayer

Briefly newsworthy? Yes. But I find it difficult to feel real sorry for people on a cruise when I’m worry about being able to buy groceries.


3 posted on 02/15/2013 8:28:49 AM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: chessplayer

In a sane and just world, they’d ask if it was like Benghazi.


4 posted on 02/15/2013 8:28:51 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: chessplayer

No, it was like Waco.


5 posted on 02/15/2013 8:31:33 AM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: chessplayer

Like Katrina? As in, Bush’s fault? Yep.


6 posted on 02/15/2013 8:32:49 AM PST by ryan71
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To: chessplayer

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7 posted on 02/15/2013 8:40:48 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (*Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: chessplayer

These passengers were treated to what it’s like to live in ghettos of New Deli India. They should have to pay more for an education like that.


8 posted on 02/15/2013 8:41:33 AM PST by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: chessplayer

When they say something like that, I wish some wit would say something like, “Oh no, it wasn’t like Katrina AT ALL. But it was EXACTLY like THE GO-GOs REUNION TOUR!”


9 posted on 02/15/2013 8:45:12 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: chessplayer

Translation:


10 posted on 02/15/2013 8:47:53 AM PST by Iron Munro (I miss America, don't you?)
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To: chessplayer

You can hear the undertones of this event somehow being portrayed as some kind of perverse revenge against rich white people who can afford to take luxury cruises.


11 posted on 02/15/2013 8:47:53 AM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: Dixie Yooper

3000 Dell Tech Support reps


12 posted on 02/15/2013 8:51:16 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder
I've never heard anything good about Carnival. Everyone I know who's been on their ships had nothing but complaints.
13 posted on 02/15/2013 8:53:12 AM PST by darkangel82
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To: chessplayer

“CNN reporter to poop-cruise passenger: This was a little bit like Katrina, wasn’t it?”

No, it was more like a democrat sponsored demonstration, protest or other “happening”.


14 posted on 02/15/2013 8:56:35 AM PST by Iron Munro (I miss America, don't you?)
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To: chessplayer
But comparing this to Hurricane Katrina?

Naturally the scumbag Democrat newsrooms are going to trot out Katrina, because that was Bush's storm, rather than an Ubama storm like Sandy when they want to draw a comparison.

15 posted on 02/15/2013 8:58:36 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: chessplayer

Can’t people “go” over the side? Isn’t that what they used to do back in the day?


16 posted on 02/15/2013 8:58:36 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: chessplayer
Surely a "coincidence," but when the poopy cruise was out at sea, Mercola ran this article: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/02/14/normal-stool.aspx
17 posted on 02/15/2013 8:59:40 AM PST by mlizzy (If people spent an hour a week in Eucharistic adoration, abortion would be ended. --Mother Teresa)
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To: chessplayer

Well they need to get 5 years of government paid housing and 300 dollar EBT to spend on booze and strippers STAT


18 posted on 02/15/2013 9:01:50 AM PST by Kozak (The Republic is dead. I do not owe what we have any loyalty, wealth or sympathy.)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Immediately after Katrina, I remember when FEMA reserved/commandeered a cruise ship to be used as emergency housing for displaced New Orleanians and they refused to live on it, claiming that it was beneath their dignity or civil rights or something.

The CNN reporterettes would not have that factoid in their memory bank because after all: everything is George Bush’s fault.


19 posted on 02/15/2013 9:02:39 AM PST by maica (Welcome to post-rational America.)
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To: chessplayer

Why no, it wasn’t like Katrina. It was more like a combination between a Democrat convention and Occupy Wall Street.


20 posted on 02/15/2013 9:04:38 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: chessplayer

Those people haven’t showered in days, haven’t even been able to wash their hands after going to the bathroom (in bags), so it amazed me that some of them immediately made a show for the cameras and talked to the media. I think my first impulse would have been to find a vat of bleach and jump into it.....I wouldn’t be planting my greasy self in front of a camera.


21 posted on 02/15/2013 9:11:49 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon

They couldn’t resist their few minutes of fame.


22 posted on 02/15/2013 9:18:56 AM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

With a whole ocean of Salt water there was no reason why hands could not be washed! You can’t drink it but you can use it for other things! Nothing like being on a stranded ship of fools!
Be sure to take your own bucket next time!


23 posted on 02/15/2013 9:27:53 AM PST by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Enterprise
It was more like a combination between a Democrat convention and Occupy Wall Street.

Except that the participants were way more civilized . . .

24 posted on 02/15/2013 9:27:53 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: chessplayer

They’ll probably be interviewed by Oprah, Katie Couric, etc. soon.


25 posted on 02/15/2013 9:28:38 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: Conserev1

You’d need a 100 foot rope!


26 posted on 02/15/2013 9:34:30 AM PST by BillM (.)
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To: chessplayer

I saw a clip about the cruise ship on the local newschannel. One passenger had taken a sheet and gotten hundreds to sign it, like a cast. One wag wrote in verse:

“Roses are Red,
Violets are Blue,
Use a red bag
When you #2.”

—Because that’s what they had to do.


27 posted on 02/15/2013 9:37:32 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: chessplayer

All of those passengers are fully qualified OWS protesters now. They know what it’s like to live in their own filth under makeshift tarps.


28 posted on 02/15/2013 9:38:46 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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All of those passengers are fully qualified OWS protesters now.

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Yeah, but I have not heard of any rapes, murders, or drug use....


29 posted on 02/15/2013 9:54:12 AM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: Bigg Red
Yeah, but I have not heard of any rapes, murders, or drug use....

Those come with operational assignment.

30 posted on 02/15/2013 10:01:33 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: chessplayer

We shopped for and even priced cruises for a family vacation for this spring, but we decided to put our money into chrome-molybdenum steel, brass, and lead instead. You can get a surprising amount of precious metals for the price of a cruise.


31 posted on 02/15/2013 10:08:14 AM PST by Pollster1
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To: chessplayer
Comparing it to Katrina is dog-whistling that it was somehow racist.
32 posted on 02/15/2013 10:18:06 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: chessplayer

Q: Where’s the poop deck on a Carnival cruise liner?

A: Any of them.


33 posted on 02/15/2013 10:18:10 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: chessplayer

Put a toilet seat on a bucket. When you’re done, flush it by dumping bucket contents overboard.


34 posted on 02/15/2013 10:28:39 AM PST by Age of Reason
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To: chessplayer

It seems to me that everyone is missing the ‘big question’ in this episode.

Why didn’t Carnival Cruise Lines foot the bill to have rescue vessels get people off of the ship instead of letting them languish on the vessel for more than three days?

Can anyone say, “Cheapskates”?


35 posted on 02/15/2013 10:34:43 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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No guaranteed safe way to evacuate, especially when so many passengers are involved.

Likely some would be injured or even killed, and lawsuits would result.

36 posted on 02/15/2013 10:39:31 AM PST by Age of Reason
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To: Vigilanteman

And even with all the odor, they still smelled better than Democrats and Occupiers.


37 posted on 02/15/2013 10:43:21 AM PST by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
Why didn’t Carnival Cruise Lines foot the bill to have rescue vessels get people off of the ship instead of letting them languish on the vessel for more than three days?

I was talking about this with my wife last night at dinner. My theory is that the decision Carnival made--to have the ship towed back to the US, was based purely on financial reasons.

Rather than tow the ship to Progreso, Mexico, they chose to tow to Mobile. This is purely speculative, but had they gone to the Mexican port, the logistical nightmare of trying to ferry 3000 guests and 1000 crew members would've been impossible to bear. Bus transport would've been difficult; air travel would be the only realistic way to get people back to their point of origin. How many chartered flights would it take to get people back to the States? What do you do with people who would undoubtedly have to wait in Mexico for their flights?

Thinking about the associated costs--the hotels, the meals, incidentals, transfers...costs would've been astronomical. Not to mention you have this huge ship stuck in a port not suited for repairs.

So I believe Carnival took the lesser of two evils, thinking that refunding tickets, and offering some other small benefits would somehow be less expensive. There will undoubtedly be lawsuits, so we shall see whether they made the right decision.

38 posted on 02/15/2013 11:00:56 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
Why didn’t Carnival Cruise Lines foot the bill to have rescue vessels get people off of the ship instead of letting them languish on the vessel for more than three days? Also, to answer that question, a transfer at sea can be a dangerous thing. Those large ships are not designed for such transfers, certainly not for large volumes of people. Considering the elderly, and small children/babies that are sometimes on cruises, I agree with the previous poster that said injuries and lawsuits would no doubt occur.
39 posted on 02/15/2013 11:03:55 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: darkangel82
I've never heard anything good about Carnival. Everyone I know who's been on their ships had nothing but complaints.

Carnival isn't a bad line. They are simply a very clear example of the maxim "you get what you pay for". Carnival is generally quite a bit cheaper than the other major cruise lines. This is because, for a similar-sized ship, they will cram in another few hundred passengers. Most often, these are families, since those with 3-4 kids can't really afford to go on any other cruise line. (The Disney line is often twice as much per person as Carnival.)

What you get is a TON of kids running around, fewer crew and attendants per guest, longer lines, etc. This leads to complaints, and lower ratings than other cruise lines. However, if you signed up, it was likely for the lower fares. Caveat Emptor!

(Personally, I prefer Holland America. Generally an older crowd, so quieter, less competition for the jet skis and other cooler port excursions, shorter lines with the lower passenger-to-crew ratios, and often slightly better food and more mature or conservative entertainment... and about 500-800 fewer kids per boat. That's good enough for me. YMMV.)

40 posted on 02/15/2013 11:27:11 AM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: darkangel82

I’ve only done Royal Carribean cruises (Explorer, Navigator, and Freedom), and they were fantastic. The wife and I really want to do the Oasis, but now we have kids and the cost rises exponentially, unfortunately.


41 posted on 02/15/2013 11:28:27 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: BillM

Tie the bed sheets together! They’re are lower decks! lol!


42 posted on 02/15/2013 4:06:37 PM PST by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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