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Contract Dispute Grounds Firefighting Planes
Human Events ^ | 09/07/2011 | Audrey Hudson

Posted on 09/07/2011 9:30:24 AM PDT by Mortrey

Nearly half of the federal government’s firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration...

(Excerpt) Read more at humanevents.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: firefightingplanes; fires; obama; obstruction; texas
Obstruction by Barry? More blood on it's hands?
1 posted on 09/07/2011 9:30:32 AM PDT by Mortrey
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To: Mortrey

As Texas and California burn,,,, Is there ANYTHING Obastard doesn’t screw up? Is there ever a point where we get to say it’s deliberate?


2 posted on 09/07/2011 9:36:18 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Mortrey

Not surprised. Just more of the War on Texas. This is not the first time that the Feds have grounded fire fighting aircraft.


3 posted on 09/07/2011 9:37:42 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Mortrey

He really, really HATES Texas and it shows!


4 posted on 09/07/2011 9:39:34 AM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: Mortrey

The fires in Texas are almost all on private land, not national forests. The state of Texas needs to immediately hire the planes. Screw Obama,,,


5 posted on 09/07/2011 9:40:16 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Mortrey

The company in question is nonunion which is the real story. As a plus for Zero, he gets to stiff Texas.


6 posted on 09/07/2011 9:42:04 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: Mortrey

This, BTW, is a good argument for deunionizing the government.


7 posted on 09/07/2011 9:42:50 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: Mortrey

This, BTW, is a good argument for deunionizing the government.


8 posted on 09/07/2011 9:43:00 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: Mortrey

This, BTW, is a good argument for deunionizing the government.


9 posted on 09/07/2011 9:43:00 AM PDT by texmexis best
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To: Mortrey

Sounds like the Governor of Texas needs to hire these tankers for the State. The forestry Service should have no say in the mater if the tankers will not be working on U.S. Forestry lands.


10 posted on 09/07/2011 9:44:09 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Mortrey
I think the title of the article is misleading. I read the entire article and it's very interesting.

Basically the feds just dumped this company's contract to use seven firefighting Orion planes and wouldn't even agree to discuss the reasons so things could be worked out. The disagreement was over long range maintenance and even though the planes passed this years inspection the feds said adios. It's absolutely insane.

I hope Rush sees this article.
11 posted on 09/07/2011 9:45:26 AM PDT by Shannon
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To: texmexis best
Actually, this is an orgasmic opportunity for Obama. He gets to emulate his hero Ray Nagin, the New Orleans Mayor who waited until almost too late to declare an evacuation emergency AND then left hundreds of school buses to get flooded and unable to haul folks out of danger.
12 posted on 09/07/2011 9:46:34 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Mortrey
Obama thinks, (he thinks?) that these are TREEmendous BUSH fires!

SNOT his business

13 posted on 09/07/2011 9:54:15 AM PDT by Young Werther (Julius Caesar said "Quae cum ita sunt. Since these things are so.".)
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To: Mortrey

Obama has mobilized The Democrat Snocone Squadron to fight these fires. Unfortunately, the Democrats haven’t figured out what ice is made from.


14 posted on 09/07/2011 9:57:54 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Shannon

Since you read the article, is there a union angle to Obamah shutting this company down?


15 posted on 09/07/2011 10:15:28 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Mortrey

Must be non-union.
Or, somebody else who is better connected is angling for the contract. Clinton travel office redux.
Either way it’s all about Ubama/Democrat corruption, make no mistake about it.


16 posted on 09/07/2011 10:15:59 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Mortrey

If this is true, Perry should blast this out to the country in the debate.


17 posted on 09/07/2011 10:28:57 AM PDT by barstoolblues (proud member of the sunzab itches club)
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To: Mortrey

If this is true, Perry should blast this out to the country in the debate.


18 posted on 09/07/2011 10:29:03 AM PDT by barstoolblues (proud member of the sunzab itches club)
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To: All

More info...
7/29/11
Forest Service cancels air tanker contract

*snip*
Gourley said the FAA in April expressed some concerns about the company’s flying certificates, which he equated to a driver’s license, so Aero Union voluntarily grounded its fleet while the issue was sorted out. Soon after, the aircraft received permission to fly for the rest of the wildfire season.

His aircraft were last inspected six weeks ago, he said.

“And midseason, it was ‘Oops, we changed our mind,’” he said. “We’re kind of sitting here befuddled when everything has been approved.”

Gourley said he believes the termination of his company’s contract is part of a larger effort by the Forest Service to own a fleet of aircraft rather than rely on private contractors.

“So what they’re doing is precipitating a crisis. They’ve trumped up this maintenance issue, which doesn’t exist, and decided to use that against us,” he said.
http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_18580461?nclick_check=1


19 posted on 09/07/2011 10:29:20 AM PDT by Irenic
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To: TexasCajun
Since you read the article, is there a union angle to Obamah shutting this company down?

No mention of unions in the article but judging by the comments below the article there may be a distinct non-union angle. Per the comments this company is non-union and not big DNC donors. Makes me think of think of the Gibson guitar company.

Perry should be screaming his head off about this. Maybe he is and I just haven't heard about it.
20 posted on 09/07/2011 10:38:23 AM PDT by Shannon
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To: Irenic

If this is a private company, with a fleet of planes used for fighting fires, then Texas or any other state could hire them.

What’s the problem with that??


21 posted on 09/07/2011 10:38:39 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

If this is a private company, with a fleet of planes used for fighting fires, then Texas or any other state could hire them.

What’s the problem with that??
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I think the Feds/Forest Service have taken over, I don’t think the Feds would let Texas? I don’t know but that’s my guess.

I read an article yesterday that said the Feds had come, taken over and kicked volunteers out. What type of volunteers I’m not sure...


22 posted on 09/07/2011 10:58:19 AM PDT by Irenic
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To: Irenic

you can’t possibly fight fires without good fedgoobermint credentials.


23 posted on 09/07/2011 11:32:15 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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To: Mortrey

California ready to help combat Texas fires (Have not officially received a request)

A state fire official told CalCoastNews today that California is ready to respond to a request from Texas authorities “should it come”

“Texas has come to us as well, and we have given them a rundown of our equipment,” a spokesman for Cal Fire said in Sacramento. “At this time, we have not officially received a request from them, but we have talked to them about what we can provide, knowing that we, too, are in the middle of fire season, and have been busy this last couple of weeks, especially.

“But if we do get a request, we’ll be happy to help.”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2774634/posts


24 posted on 09/07/2011 12:53:28 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: texmexis best

The animal in the White House acting to burn down the State of Texas is a tad more than the usual political “stiffing.”

In the tradition of Stalin, he’s killing social and political enemies.


25 posted on 09/07/2011 1:40:59 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Bigun
Nobama will hate the day he Messed With Texas.

The WON is notorious for backing down, look for a full reverse by the weekend.

26 posted on 09/07/2011 3:53:13 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" and ronpaul are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: Red_Devil 232

The FED Forest Service has commandeered control of firefighting in the Bastrop fire and is the same that is refusing trained Volunteer firemen with some chickenshit regulation. Look for them to refuse the tankers, at least until the WON catches shi’te and reverses AGAIN.

Would be kickass to see the Texas Rangers start arresting Feds for Messin With Texas!!


27 posted on 09/07/2011 3:59:41 PM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" and ronpaul are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: SaraJohnson

He’s killing off the Kulaks.


28 posted on 09/07/2011 5:39:55 PM PDT by texmexis best
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To: WOBBLY BOB

Before, during, and after Hurricane Ike, Sept 13, 2008, our local government officials did an EXCELLENT job. they kept us posted on what was going on, to leave or not. When to come back. What to expect. They were GREAT!

I heard people saying to the FEMA guys, GO HOME! FEMA guys have a clipboard and a pencil.

One man with a chainsaw is worth more than ten with a clipboard!


29 posted on 09/09/2011 2:49:33 PM PDT by buffyt (Abortion is the ultimate CHILD ABUSE!)
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