Friday, August 01, 2008

Continuing the discussion.....

Big Sur is rolling on, embracing their new-found sense of community with song-fests and fundraisers........

Over here in Cachagua we are returning to daily life......and remembering that it is actually kind of fucking boring.

The Fire was fun.

Like War is fun.

Lots of testosterone flowing. Lots of toys. (Callie got a ride on one of the European helicopters coming back from Blue Rocks....and was still buzzing three hours later......)

Abandonment of rules and relationships in the face of......

Danger? Terror?

The top-down imposition of rules, regs, actions, etc. needs to be examined and analyzed.....and us locals who got bitch-slapped and mowed down by the Pros From Dover need to get organized.

This TopDown attitude is one we have been living with for eight years now......and, come to think of it.....possibly sixteen years, or twenty.....or all the way back to Jimmy Carter.

"You are a dumb fuck. You don't know. You do not have a grasp of the Big Picture. Back off, and let The Pros From Dover settle your shit."

I have to get up and take care of my clients in five hours.....so I am falling back on the last resort of the douche bag blogger......poaching posts.

Check these three posts out. Two of them are from Jesus' General.......my go-to guy when I am depressed....if calling Nature's Wild Rice and listening to their Minnesota answering machine does not do it for me........

Oh.....and if you are bored or manic enough to get to the middle of the first story.......

Duncan Fucking Hunter.....former Presidential Candidate......who called in the air-tanker credits.....recently graduated to Worst Person In The World on Keith Olbermann.

Why?

He used his position as a US Legislator to try to set up a "Humanitarian Relief Expedition" to Chad.

Chad is next to Darfur. There are crazy wars and politics going on here. Darfur rebels almost captured the capitol of Chad a few months back......The government of Chad is or is not supporting the Crimes Against Humanity charges against the guy running the Darfur genocide in The Hague.

Duncan Fucking Hunter is still trying to set up his Humanitarian Relief Expedition to Chad.

Here is how it works: Duncan Fucking Hunter flies to Chad.......with intense security, he goes out on the veldt and shoots a whole bunch of wildebeest. Locals then dress the meat from the wildebeest, and give it to the starving people.....of whatever faction happens to be providing security for Duncan Fucking Hunter.

This guy really thinks this is a humanitarian effort.

What a racist cock.

Does he think that the starving locals could not figure out how to kill wildebeest.....and they need a Congressman from California to help them out with his superior firepower?

At last check......a fully automatic 7.65mm assault rifle went for about forty dollars in Chad. It has an effective range of at least 500m.....which takes in a lot of wildebeest.....

Oh.....

AND THERE ARE NO WILDEBEEST IN CHAD!!!!!!!

The fact that more than forty percent of Americans are prepared to vote for a guy at least as actually stupid as Duncan Fucking Hunter leads me to scramble to get my Irish passport together.

Where is Darwin when you need him?

Anyway.....

Stolen Post #1 Fire related......Check the link for the full story. Worth your time.
Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times
A helicopter drops water on a ridge above Latigo Canyon in Malibu, where a fast-moving brush fire threatened homes in November.
The bulky aircraft are reassuring sights to those in harm's way, but their use can be a needless and expensive exercise to appease politicians. Fire officials call them 'CNN drops.'
By Julie Cart and Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers, Second of five parts
July 29, 2008
» Discuss Article (140 Comments)

The deadly 2003 Cedar fire was raging through San Diego County. Rep. Duncan Hunter, whose home in Alpine would burn to the ground, couldn't understand why military aircraft hadn't been called in to fight the blaze. He decided to do something about it.

Hunter phoned Ray Quintanar, regional aviation chief for the U.S. Forest Service, and demanded that giant C-130 cargo planes be mobilized to attack the fire with retardant.

Quintanar explained that winds were too high and visibility too poor for aircraft to operate. Forest Service air tankers had already been grounded. But, as both men recall the episode, Hunter would not be dissuaded. He told Quintanar to call "Mr. Myers" and rattled off a Washington, D.C., phone number.

"Who's he?" Quintanar asked.

"He's the one with all the stars on his chest standing next to Don Rumsfeld," Hunter replied, describing Gen. Richard B. Myers, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Times' five-part series explores the growth and cost of wildfires.
When Quintanar resisted, Hunter called Washington and pleaded his case directly with Myers. Over the next two days, six C-130 Hercules transports were dispatched to Southern California from bases in Wyoming, North Carolina and Colorado. The planes saw action once the weather improved, but in Quintanar's view they contributed little to controlling the fire.

Hunter says he has no regrets about his end run around the chain of command. "California was on fire, I got 'em the planes," he said in a recent interview. "That's my job."

To professional firefighters, though, it was a prime example of a "political air show," the high-profile use of expensive aircraft to appease elected officials.

Fire commanders say they are often pressured to order planes and helicopters into action on major fires even when the aircraft won't do any good. Such pressure has resulted in needless and costly air operations, experienced fire managers said in interviews.

The reason for the interference, they say, is that aerial drops of water and retardant make good television. They're a highly visible way for political leaders to show they're doing everything possible to quell a wildfire, even if it entails overriding the judgment of incident commanders on the ground.

Firefighters have developed their own vernacular for such spectacles. They call them "CNN drops."

"A lot of people do a lot of things for publicity and for politics that don't need to be done," said Jim Ziobro, fire aviation chief for the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Increased use of aircraft is helping to drive up the cost of fighting wildfires. The Forest Service spent $296 million on aerial firefighting last year, compared with $171 million in 2004. Aviation costs amount to about one-fifth of the agency's fire-suppression spending.

Nearly all of the nation's firefighting aircraft are owned and operated by private companies under contract with the government. The meter starts running when an incident commander calls aircraft to a fire. It continues whether a plane is in the air dropping retardant or sitting on a remote tarmac, waiting for visibility to improve.

It costs up to $14,000 a day to keep an air tanker on call and as much as $4,200 per hour to put it in the air. Heavy-duty helicopters, the workhorses of aerial firefighting, can cost $32,000 a day on standby, plus $6,300 per hour of flight time.

"When you deal with aviation on a wildland fire, you have a big bank in the sky that opens up and showers money," said Timothy Ingalsbee, a former Forest Service and National Park Service firefighter who has criticized federal firefighting and forest management practices.

Unrealistic expectations

Pressure to use aircraft has grown as wildfires have become larger and more dangerous, and as more subdivisions have sprung up in fire-prone canyons and woodlands. When a column of smoke appears in the distance, frightened homeowners want dramatic action, and an air tanker pouring red retardant on a blazing ridgeline is undeniably dramatic.

As a result, Americans have become conditioned to think officials aren't taking a fire seriously until they unleash a ferocious aerial attack.

"If there's a fire and there's not an air tanker circling in California, people go, 'Oh my God, we're defenseless,' when in fact we're probably not," said Scott Vail, a retired Forest Service incident commander.


#2 of Stolen Posts

This is a full-on Mike Kanalakis-style law-enforcement debacle.

The bummer is that the people that Kanalakis has been fucking with amount to no more than 5,000 votes......in a giant county.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Torturing the non-compliant

Last Saturday morning, patrolman from Ozark Police Department found 16 year old Mace Hutchinson lying below an I-65 overpass screaming in pain. It was the kind of scene a cop dreads, a kid, possibly injured, lying prone in the street--there was no telling what kind of violence he might wreak.

The officers reacted accoeding to theor training; they commanded the potential juvie perp to stand. He responded with an act that in today's America--an America in which we are locked in a life and death battle with the forces of Islamunistofacism--is tantamount to treason. You see, young Mace did not comply with an order given my an authority figure.

So the officers tased him.

He did not comply.

Then, they tased him again.

He did not comply.

So they tased him again, and again, and again.

After the nineteenth tasing, the officers concluded that there may be a reason for his non-compliance. Perhaps, he had cleverly removed his nervous system, or worse yet, he was an improvised explosive device disguised to look like a teenager. One suspects they may have argued about whether to beat him with their batons or blow him up, but in the end, they sent him to a hospital to be treated for the broken spine he received after his fall from the overpass.

Now, it's the defeatists and bleeding hearts who are screaming. They don't understand that in today's war-time America, an act of non-compliance is an act of treason. Summary judgement and torture are not only allowed, but required when one fails to obey a command.

Maybe we should tase the complainers.

Elsewhere: A summary judgement and execution.

A tip.....Do not click on the last thing if you don't want to become seriously pissed off.

Item #3

The Jamie Leigh Jones-Halliburton rape case was horrific, but what happened to PFC Lavena Johnson in Iraq in 2005 was many orders of magnitudes worse.

The parents of the young Missouri woman were told that she died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds, and her death was ruled a suicide. But her physician father became suspicious after looking at injuries to the body:

After two years of requesting documents, one set of papers provided by the Army included a xerox copy of a CD. Wondering why the xerox copy was in the documents, Dr. Johnson requested the CD itself. With help from his local Congressional representative, the US Army finally complied. When Dr. Johnson viewed the CD, he was shocked to see photographs taken by Army investigators of his daughter’s body as it lay where her body had been found, as well as other photographs of her disrobed body taken during the investigation.

The photographs revealed that Lavena, a small woman, barely 5 feet tall and weighing less than 100 pounds, had been struck in the face with a blunt instrument, perhaps a weapon stock. Her nose was broken and her teeth knocked backwards. One elbow was distended. The back of her clothes had debris on them indicating she had been dragged from one location to another. The photographs of her disrobed body showed bruises, scratch marks and teeth imprints on the upper part of her body. The right side of her back as well as her right hand had been burned apparently from a flammable liquid poured on her and then lighted. The photographs of her genital area revealed massive bruising and lacerations. A corrosive liquid had been poured into her genital area, probably to destroy DNA evidence of sexual assault.

Despite the bruises, scratches, teeth imprints and burns on her body, Lavena was found completely dressed in the burning tent. There was a blood trail from outside a contractor’s tent to inside the tent. She apparently had been dressed after the attack and her attacker placed her body into the tent and set it on fire.

The Electronic Village has been working hard to draw attention to this tragedy. Color of Change has now joined the battle and is asking people to contact Henry Waxman and ask him to conduct hearings as chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Amy Goodman had an interview with Lavena's parents you can listen to here. Just heartbreaking.

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I am sure there are some politicians more disgusting than Duncan Hunter, but names escape me at the moment.

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