Hemingway’s 54 Cats Safely Rode Out Hurricane Irma on Key West

Hemingway House has 18 inch thick limestone walls and it’s 16 feet above sea level. It wasn’t going to be blown down.

US Magazine

The Florida Keys’ most famous felines are safe after Hurricane Irma battered the sunshine state as a Category 4 storm. The 54 six-toed cats — most of whom are descendants of a polydactyl cat owned by the late Ernest Hemingway — live at the late writer’s home in Key West, Florida, which was turned into a museum after his death in 1961.

According to The New York Times, as the life-threatening hurricane approached the Keys, state officials ordered a full evacuation of the area, but Jacque Sands, the general manager of the museum, refused to leave — claiming responsibility for the home and for her furry friends.

“The cats are also accustomed to our voices and our care,” David Gonzales, the museum’s curator told MSNBC on Sunday, September 10. “We’re comfortable with them; they’re comfortable with us. We love them. They love us. We all hung out last night together.”

And while the storm knocked out the museum’s electricity and internet, all of the six-toed felines survived the storm.

“The cats seemed to be more aware sooner of the storm coming in, and in fact when we started to round up the cats to take them inside, some of them actually ran inside, knowing it was time to take shelter,” Gonzales explained. “Sometimes I think they’re smarter than the human beings.”

According to NPR, Hurricane Irma was the longest-lasting and most powerful hurricane or typhoon on record. It claimed three lives in Florida, one in Georgia, and at least 36 in the Caribbean to-date.

I hope the museum people stocked up on cat food or that enough sea creatures are available to be eaten after the storm. I’ve heard that cats like fish!

Anarchy in the Streets After Hurricane Irma Frees Prisoners and Sparks Mass Looting

As usual when things go awry and there are large numbers of blacks around, things have degenerated into chaos in the Caribbean and parts of Florida.

And again as usual, the white man is called upon to fix what’s broke.

If you call yourself a race realist, then be proud. You knew exactly what the situation would be like after Hurricane Irma. If you’re a liberal, go back to reading the garbage at the Huffington Post.

metro.co.uk

People say they are scared for their lives after looting broke out in several countries after Hurricane Irma spread.

Power has gone down for 7.2million homes and businesses in Florida meaning that there has been looting in the US as well as on Caribbean islands.

One man in the British Virgin Islands has resorted to carrying a knife around with him to protect himself as the situation teeters on the edge of losing control.

Between 100 and 120 inmates were said to have escape a prison on the Virgin Islands after the building was partially destroyed by Irma.

Meanwhile in the US police have taken to shaming looters they captured, taking a picture of them as they sit in a cell.

Miami Police Department posted a Facebook image of nine people zip-tied in jail with the caption: ‘Thinking about looting? Ask these guys how that turned out #stayindoors.’

Footage from St Martin (above) shows large-scale looting on the streets with people freely walking through town centres taking items.

More than two dozen have been arrested for looting across Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

Countless people were caught running from a Foot Locker carrying as many pairs of sneakers as they could.

Some were filmed arriving in the parking lot and getting out of their cars with huge plastic bags.

It comes after the mayor of Tampa locked down the city with a curfew and promised to be aggressive with looters.

Bob Buckhorn said on Sunday night: ‘There is nothing worse than taking advantage of your fellow citizens at a time like this. We will not tolerate in any way, shape or form anybody we catch engaged in criminal behaviour, particularly in the areas that have been hardest-hit by this hurricane.

‘If you are out on the street as of 6pm, we are going to challenge you and find out what you’re doing out there. It’s very important that everyone stay inside until we give the all-clear.’

People caught outside after 6pm could be arrested and face misdemeanour charges.

Widespread looting and violence against stranded hotel guests has also reportedly swept an island left crippled by Hurricane Irma.

Looters started raiding hotels and shops in St Maarten after the Category 5 storm battered the island on Wednesday.

Those remaining in the Dutch territory said the situation was like a ‘civil war’ as looters armed with guns and knives descended on vulnerable locations.

Dutch soldiers were deployed on Friday to help authorities on the island, who were struggling as communications were hit badly by the storm.

Yesterday, Prime Minister William Marlin said the island remains under curfew and that the looting has ‘subsided’.

Marlin said about 1,600 tourists who were on the island have been evacuated and efforts are being made to move 1,200 more.

On Friday, Massimiliano Napoliello, the manager of a bar in Maho Beach, made a desperate appeal to help families, children and babies get off the island.

He wrote on Facebook: ‘The situation in SXM is a HELL! NO WATER NO FOOD NO ELECTRICITY NO COMMUNICATION!

‘They are completely isolated and there are CRIMINALS carrying GUNS AND KNIVES SHOOTING and looting all over!

‘NOTHING IS WORKING, THERE ARE NO RULES, THERE IS NO LAW AND NO PROTECTION RIGHT NOW!’

Local media reported how a group of men overpowered security and staff at Simpson Bay Resort before heading to rooms to take jewellery and money.

‘They even punched and kicked another tourist for trying to stop them from looting. Thank god for marines and police who came and got the situation under control,’ a tourist told The Daily Herald.

Military personnel arrested five men and the area was cleared by police and coastguard officials.

Many islanders took to social media to urge people to stay inside.

This local made her plea on Facebook: ‘People stay at your homes we are under 24 hr curfew .

‘The army and police are enforcing the law to the full extent. Be warned persons caught committing crimes will feel the full brunt of the law!’

Among the opportunists taking advantage of the worrying situation, are reports of kind locals doing their best to help out.

Workers at Ranchos bar in Simpson Bay, near to the hotel looters targeted, had a cookout on Friday and gave food to people in need.

Robin Pieters shared a video of the Good Samaritans on Facebook saying their actions were ‘beyond compassion’.

Local media reported that instead of the meat going bad, the bar wanted to help feed hungry islanders and encouraged other businesses to do the same.

The Prime Minister said many nations and people have offered help to St Maarten, but weather conditions will determine how this can be coordinated.

Authorities are still trying to determine the extent of damage to the island, but he said 28 police officers lost homes during Hurricanes Irma and Jose.

St. Martin’s Blacks Complain About White Privilege in Rescue Efforts

Don’t worry about the blacks. They’re looting.

And when they’re not looting, they’re complaining.

Excerpt from Associated Press

MARIGOT, St. Martin (AP) — In the chaotic days after Hurricane Irma smashed St. Martin, the storm also exposed simmering racial tensions on the island’s French territory, with some black and mixed-race residents complaining that white tourists were given priority during the evacuation.

It was the type of anger that has long plagued France’s far-flung former colonies – especially its Caribbean territories, where most of the population identifies as black and is poorer than the white minority.

Johana Soudiagom was disturbed to find herself among a tiny handful of non-whites evacuated by boat to nearby Guadeloupe after Irma devastated the island.

“It’s selective. Excuse me, but we saw only mainlanders,” she told Guadeloupe 1ere television, visibly shaken. “That’s a way of saying, ‘I’m sorry, only whites. There are only whites on the boat.'”

It’s common practice for tourists to be evacuated first from disaster zones for practical reasons, as they are staying in hotels and not in their homes and tend to have fewer resources such as food and vehicles. The French prime minister insisted Monday that the only people being prioritized were the most vulnerable.

Government spokesman Christophe Castaner said he understood islanders’ frustration with the government response but blamed part of the controversy on their “emotional shock, an impact that’s extremely hard psychologically.”

Soudiagom and other witnesses told Guadeloupe 1ere that the boat they took Friday carried tourists, including Americans, to safety but left many St. Martin residents behind, including needy mothers and children.

On Monday, France’s Representative Council of Black Associations asked the government for a parliamentary inquiry, citing concerns that those who were evacuated were not “necessarily the most in distress.”

“In my eyes, Irma is for the French Antilles what Hurricane Katrina was for Louisiana in the U.S. – an exposer of racial and social inequalities,” the group’s spokesman, Louis-Georges Tin, told The Associated Press.

The terror of facing down a Category 5 hurricane has combined with a long-held sense of isolation among local residents of St. Martin, some 6,700 kilometers (4,200 miles) from the French mainland and popular with European tourists.

“The natural catastrophe occurred in a place that’s very vulnerable socially, where there is a population of many different skin colors and a history of slavery,” said Michel Giraud, a French researcher who writes on race. “Of course there will be a perception of racism.”

The island of St. Martin – divided in the 17th century into the French territory of Saint-Martin and the Dutch territory of Sint Maarten – measures just 87 square kilometers (34 square miles). Its 80,000 residents are a vibrant ethnic mix descended mainly from Africa, Europe and Asia. The two sides of the island share a creole language that draws heavily on English vocabulary.

The French part of St. Martin is similar to other French holdings in the Caribbean in that its white minority is generally wealthier than its black majority. Because France bans the collection of data on race, there are no statistics to show how much wealthier.

It began as a colony whose economy was fueled by African slaves. But after slavery was abolished in 1848, Tin said, “there were no reparations for the slaves, only for the slave owners,” so the former slaves won freedom but remained destitute. “The economy is now based on tourism but it is still poor. The wages are significantly lower than the mainland France.”

The government is not the only one being accused of racial bias in the wake of the storm. Giraud said French television reports on the devastation focused disproportionately on white people.

“When I saw the pictures, I was shocked,” Giraud said. “In the coverage I saw, the victims were mostly white tourists, or white French mainlanders. But the poorest are always the first victims.”

French president Emmanuel Macron is flying to the islands on Tuesday. Lots of luck at that town meeting, Mr. President.

Florida Offering Five Finger Discounts in Wake of Hurricane Irma

EVERYTHING’S FREE TODAY.

This post jumbles together several stories and photos of looting arrests. No matter.

We’re just here to thank our darker friends for their interest in sneakers, TVs, and other consumer goods (liquor), which we’re certain they plan to donate to a worthwhile charity.

Thanks, neighbors.

Miami Herald

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.
Police in Florida have arrested nine people who were caught on TV cameras looting sneakers and other goods from a sporting goods store and a pawn shop during Hurricane Irma.

Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Rick Maglione said the group was arrested Sunday as the storm roared across South Florida. Maglione called the idea of stealing sneakers during a hurricane “a fairly bad life choice.”

Local TV images showed the alleged looters running in and out of a store through a broken window carrying boxes of sneakers.

It wasn’t immediately clear what charges those arrested would face. Their identities also were not immediately released.

Meanwhile, in Tampa:

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced a curfew and a stern warning against looters Sunday morning.

Hurricane Irma was forecast to hit Tampa and other highly populated areas of the Florida west cost as a Category 3 storm.

“We are taking this curfew very seriously,” Buckorn said. It begins at 6:00 pm Sunday local time.

“The curfew will remain in place until we determine there is no risk of [lost] life from downed power lines,” Buckhorn said.

He also said, “Be cognizant once you get back into your neighborhood, of who belongs there and who doesn’t.”

“If you see somebody in your neighborhood who doesn’t live there or doesn’t belong there, call the Tampa Police Department,” Buckhorn added. “We’ll take care of the rest. This is when we are Tampa strong.”

“We have all of our officers on the streets now,” Buckhorn said of the Tampa Police. Officers had been doing 12 hours shifts. Late Sunday morning, it was all officers on duty.

Buckhorn said at some point when the winds get too high, officers will be instructed to come off the streets and take shelter. The officers will re-emerge when it’s safe.

White Tourists in St. Maartens Under Siege by Blacks with “guns and machetes”

DUTCH SOLDIERS HAVE BEEN CALLED IN TO RESTORE ORDER.

I’ll bet the mainstream media reports on black criminality in the wake of Hurricane Irma will prove to be spotty.

Excerpt from the Daily Mail

Worrying reports of erupting violence have emerged from St Maarten, the southern half of the Caribbean Island it shares with St Martin, in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Several people who are stranded on the island say looters have begun raiding hotel rooms and homes to profit from the natural disaster.

One woman claimed they attacked US and British tourists who became stranded when say some who have spoken to relatives on the island.
Troops were called in on Friday to offset the problem.

Massimiliano Napoliello, the manager of a bar in Maho Beach, issued a desperate plea for help on Facebook.

‘The situation in SXM is a HELL! NO WATER NO FOOD NO ELECTRICITY NO COMMUNICATION!!

‘They are completely isolated and there are CRIMINALS carrying GUNS AND KNIVES SHOOTING and looting all over!! NOTHING IS WORKING, THERE ARE NO RULES, THERE IS NO LAW AND NO PROTECTION RIGHT NOW!!’ he said.

At the Simpson Bay Resort and Marina, looters went in to unoccupied rooms to steal TVs, one staff member said on Twitter.

‘A small minority of sxm-er’s were looting our unoccupied rooms until the Dutch military arrived. Not essentials – taking TV’s,’ he said.

The same man said a bank was robbed the next day.

Laura Conroy’s family were stranded on the island and are now awaiting rescue from US military planes.

They are taking American citizens to the more developed Puerto Rico.

She said that through the intermittent contact she has had with her sister, she learned that looting was a problem. ‘Many US citizens are being attacked and robbed,’ she told DailyMail.com.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte warned the situation was already ‘serious’ and made worse by communication problems after 185mph Irma laid waste to infrastructure.

Witnesses on the Dutch side of the island say people are roaming the streets armed with ‘revolvers and machetes’ while Rutte said most people are surviving without power and running water.

Extra troops and police are arriving on the southern part of the island, which is shared between France and the Netherlands, and part of their job is to help keep order, officials said.

Martin Lucas lives and works on the paradise isle of St Martin. But yesterday the piano player described how law and order was breaking down as desperate islanders were trying to survive.

He said locals armed with machetes were smashing into shops and apartments to find food and water.

Martin, from St Columb, Cornwall, said: ‘I’m okay but I’ve had better days. I haven’t been able to eat properly, drink properly, wash for four days now. The whole island has now power, water, toilet facilities.

‘We’ve now got a breakdown in law and order. People with machetes breaking into shops and apartments taking what they need. It is a very violent and dangerous place.’

Hurricane Irma: Caretaker Staying in Key West for Sake of “Hemingway Cats”

ONE OF THE SIX AND SEVEN TOED HEMINGWAY CATS.

What a dream job for a cat lady–taking care of the so-called Hemingway cats in Key West, Florida. The 72 year old cat lady isn’t leaving, but she and the cats will be OK.

Excerpt from the September 6 Washington Post

KEY WEST, Fla. — Jacqui Sands stands near the wrought-iron gate that leads into the courtyard of the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, the latest weather updates and computer models still showing that Hurricane Irma is barreling toward the Conch Republic. As the historic site’s general manager, Sands is tasked with securing the legendary author’s 19th-century estate as well as ensuring the safety of the 55 cats that roam the lush ground here, many of them with six and seven toes on one paw.

“If I didn’t have to, I wouldn’t stay,” Sands said. “My kids told me to get the hell out. But I have an obligation to take care of the building and the cats.”

The petite 72-year-old won’t be alone in her house- and cat-sitting duties; she’ll be joined by nine employees, four of whom she has sent off to retrieve storm shutters and plywood from a nearby storage facility to board up windows and doors. “They couldn’t leave because either they don’t have a car or couldn’t find a flight out of here,” she said. “I think we are going to be fine.”

The limestone French Colonial house, built in 1851, has withstood many tropical storms through the past two centuries, Sands said, noting that it sits about 16 feet above sea level, one of the highest points on this island at the end of the Florida Keys.

Hurricane Irma — which could bring 20-foot storm surges and 185-mile-per-hour winds to Florida in coming days — is going to test Sands’s resolve, should it make landfall in or near Key West, which had largely emptied out by Wednesday morning. The only signs of life on Duval Street, the town’s famous main drag, consisted of shop owners putting up shutters and plywood to protect their storefronts and a handful of tourists seeking a place for breakfast. At the Key West Port, the cruise ships had long departed for safer docks and the inlet was devoid of pleasure craft. Only four small vessels remained in the marina, including a 50-foot boat that ferries residents and hotel guests to and from Sunset Key, a private 27-acre resort located in waters nearby.

The latest from Mercury News confirms the staff decision to ride out the storm on Key West.

UPDATE: At around 1 p.m. PST, Dave Gonzales, executive director of the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West, confirmed to CNN that he and nine other employees were staying through the fierce winds and rain expected with Hurricane Irma, saying the legendary author’s 1851 house, with its 18-inch-thick limestone walls is “the strongest fortress in all the Florida Keys.”

General manager Sands is tasked with securing the property and ensuring the safety of the 55 cats that freely roam there. Many of the cats are believed to be descendants of the author’s cat, referred to as either Snow White or Snowball, and have the distinctive six and seven toes on one paw.

Florida Man Has His “Gestapo” Moment of the Day

DON’T PICK UP THE POWER LINES, KIDDIES.

One of the universal failings of the American writer is the tendency to insert “Nazi” references into every piece that involves a tyrannical action by the State. How about giving Mao and Stalin equal time for a change.

Other than the Nazi references, this libertarian piece by Tom di Lorenzo is very revealing of the bad side of the American cop.

Lew Rockwell

It was a beautiful morning here on the east coast of South Florida, especially since the hurricane shifted west, and we are no longer even in “the cone of uncertainty.” We’re still supposed to have 50-75 mph winds tonight, but no “hurricane of the century.”

The state and local governments here are in full Gestapo mode, going on television to constantly bark out orders: Leave now! Don’t buy too much gas! Be nice to your neighbors! Curfew!! Get off the streets! Don’t pick up any fallen power lines! Stay away from the snakes and alligators! No liquor sales! Shut down your business — now!

Thinking that I was living in America and not Nazi Germany, I set out for a walk on the beach around 9 AM since I expected to be cooped up for a day or two. I couldn’t get to the beach, however, since the police had blocked the bridge over the intracoastal waterway, which is about a quarter mile from the beach. You could get to the beach by showing the constables the proper papers proving that you lived in a house at the beach, but no one else could.

So I walked elsewhere, and at the end of my walk I noticed that the Sunnoco station in my neighborhood was still open (all other stores are closed and hurricane shuttered). So I went inside to buy a bottle of water and, before I could pay, a local cop barged in and yells at the owner over the heads of the customers in line: “Shut down now! Curfew!” This was before noon and there is a curfew, but not until 3 PM. So all the customers who were making their last minute beer-and-chips/hurricane-party purchases had to leave and the proprietor had to shut everything down and lock the doors while the cop remained there to supervise.

Most people in my town are at home or have left, so walking around, it seems that there is a police car prowling every block. Talk about easy overtime pay.

American politicians barking the same orders over and over and over reveals their petty, do-gooder, despotic nature. It is disgusting how many times the same crap has been repeated over and over the last few days by mayors and police chiefs, as well as the governor of Florida.

We are not children, most of us. The dummies too stupid to not pick up downed power lines and pet alligators deserve what they get.

DO NOT PET THE ALLIGATORS, DUMMIES.