Tuesday, October 23, 2007

250,000 Flee California Wildfires


California wildfires destroy more than 600 homes, and more than 100 businesses. Hundreds of other homes and businesses threatened.

As if earthquakes aren't bad enough. Californians have to deal with the threat of wildfires, particularly during the Fall fire season.

It seems as though wildfires are getting worse, and in many ways they are, due to drought. But it has just as much to do with people building habitats in areas where they did not exist in such high concentrations 20 or 30 years ago, particularly near forests.

As beautiful as California may be, I am not sure I would want to live there and have to deal with the Natural disaster risks. Although other parts of the Country also have risks.... like in Missouri (Tornado, Floods, & even the low risk of Earthquakes). But if given the choice, I would rather stick with the Midwest.

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Anonymous said...

California Wildfires "Reconnecting Families and Individuals"

For Immediate Release:

Southern California USA

Monday, October 22, 2007

California County Wildfires "Reconnecting Families and Individuals"

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rikyrah said...

AI,

I'm with you.

California's a nice place to visit, but no, I'm not going to live there.

A radio talk show host brought up another point last night -

They DO NOT have enough firefighters, so guess who they are using?

CONVICTS.

No, you did not read wrong.

CONVICTS.

Do I need to remind you that this is but another casualty of the Iraq War?

Because, if they weren't over in Iraq,

OUR NATIONAL GUARD WOULD BE HELPING THEM.

The Angry Independent said...

Now the evacuation is up to 1 million people.

And regarding the Convicts... it's actually not unusual for prisoners to be used for these purposes. I believe they actually have a program set up for it... so it wasn't a last minute rush idea that someone came up with off the top of their head.

The prisoners who are in these programs tend to be lower risk...but they are convicts nonetheless.

It is true that there is a shortage of people. A lot of the States national guard resources were tied up on that Mexican border assignment. They had to call those troops back to help with the fires.

But the time wasted trying to get resources repositioned... means that the fires may have had more time to spread than normal. But who knows if this could have made a difference. The high winds seem to be overtaking firefighting efforts....and probably would have spread the fire no matter what.

Constructive Feedback said...

[quote]
Do I need to remind you that this is but another casualty of the Iraq War?[/quote]

Hummmmm

California has 36 MILLION people.

There are a few thousand National Guardsmen.

There are MORE convicts.

QUESTION RIKYRAH - how many FREE MEN (who are NOT convicts and not National Guardsmen) DO YOU ASK TO PICK UP THE SLACK so that lives and property are saved?

Maybe the actual CASUALTY of the Iraq War are the people HIDING BEHIND IT rather than getting off of their OWN BUTTS and doing something?