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Rash of Arson Fires Continues, Spreads across Wider Area
LA Times ^ | 12/1/12 | Andrew Blankstein, David Zahniser and Joe Mozingo

Posted on 01/01/2012 12:44:28 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta

A rash of arson fires in the dark of night set Los Angeles on edge over New Year's Eve, and authorities deployed hundreds of extra firefighters, patrol cars, undercover officers and helicopters to stop the attacks.

On Saturday night, firefighters rushed to multiple fires, quickly extinguishing a vehicle fire in a Hollywood carport and responding to another in the massive parking structure at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

Extra firefighters were reporting to stations across Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Burbank and Glendale, while investigators set up a telephone hotline, interviewed witnesses and ran down tips.

Officials announced at least $35,000 in rewards for information leading to a conviction in the case.

Those blazes followed at least 38 other suspicious fires between Thursday night and Saturday morning, making it the worst wave of arson since the 1992 riots.

"Whoever is doing this is really messing with people's lives," said Los Angeles Fire Capt. Jamie Moore.

Most of the blazes were started on automobiles, but some spread to homes and apartments. The attacks ranged from the Westside to Hollywood and from the San Fernando Valley south to Lennox.

By Saturday night, the Los Angeles police and fire departments were leading a multi-agency campaign across the county.

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arson

1 posted on 01/01/2012 12:44:31 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
ACORN's list of things to gain experience with --

1) Flash mobs to rob stores in broad daylight -- CHECK!
2) "Leaderless" urban occupation movements in multiple cities -- CHECK!
3) Widespread disruptive arson attacks over a broad area -- CHECK!

4) Random killings of people in a designated area over a period of weeks -- IN PROGRESS

The last is pure speculation on my part, but the Left has got property theft, social disruption, and property damage down pat by now. The only thing I'm not seeing is "random" loss of life. I think we'll see that in 2012.

2 posted on 01/01/2012 12:54:46 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war. It's coming.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Would be racist to put out a profile of the arsonist.


3 posted on 01/01/2012 12:55:58 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
LA is purposing to economically ruin AZ. Happy New Year!

4 posted on 01/01/2012 12:57:09 PM PST by I see my hands (The old sod ne'er shall be forgot.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Sounds like the muzzie car fires in France. Maybe a coincidence.


5 posted on 01/01/2012 12:57:33 PM PST by duckman (Herman 2012 was Zero's worst night mare.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

My money is on Muslims. Just like in France a few years back. Mideast yobs protesting against the unfairness of the infidels.


6 posted on 01/01/2012 12:57:33 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I don’t have TV - what is the level of media coverage of the LA car arson situation, which has been going on for two or three days, now...

Compare and contrast with the hand-wringing coverage of recent car arson outbreaks in Paris and London??

Are we being lied to by omission???


7 posted on 01/01/2012 12:58:53 PM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Dallas59

In the 10 years we’ve been armed in Michigan, the Detroit fire sprees have become mostly a thing of the past.


8 posted on 01/01/2012 1:02:22 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Old Sarge

A few years back?? I think it’s an annual event.


9 posted on 01/01/2012 1:07:27 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Dallas59

“Would be racist to put out a profile of the arsonist.”

If you were to look at a colorful map, you would see the involved ares are predominately brown and white. Jumped from almost exclusively Latino city of Lennox OVER Rosa Parks and MLK Blvd, involved mixed but heavily Jewish Fairfax area and over to mixed but very Jewish and other white westside and San Fernando valley areas. I’m pretty sure of the geography, although haven’t really looked at demographic charts...maybe it’s changed recently, but I dunno...


10 posted on 01/01/2012 1:08:55 PM PST by jessduntno
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To: Dallas59

Detroit “Devil’s Night” movin to L.A. with a vengence.

Burn Baby Burn!!


11 posted on 01/01/2012 1:14:35 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

It seemed a bit quieter last night compared with Friday night in terms of helicopters overhead. I’m right in Hollyweird.


12 posted on 01/01/2012 1:15:04 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Old Sarge
"Just like in France a few years back. Mideast yobs protesting against the unfairness of the infidels."

(Only 25 people asked SC agency for free rides to get photo ID)

On the other hand, SEIU & ACORN are extremely well organized for the re-election of Obama and will do what ever it takes to upset the voting process if it helps them....arson maybe one of their................

13 posted on 01/01/2012 1:20:42 PM PST by yoe
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

a few years ago there were cars set on fire at auto dealerships in Southern California. It turned out that the culprits were environmentalist global warmer types.


14 posted on 01/01/2012 1:25:34 PM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: Dallas59

It;s early in the investigation, but...

“...police were broadcasting a description of a white male in his mid-30s with a receding hairline and a ponytail.”

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/01/authorities-struggle-to-end-series-of-la-arson-fires.html


15 posted on 01/01/2012 1:29:06 PM PST by JoeDetweiler
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To: JoeDetweiler

“...police were broadcasting a description of a white male in his mid-30s with a receding hairline and a ponytail.”

Was he driving a white Chevrolet van???


16 posted on 01/01/2012 1:32:24 PM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Old Sarge

Nobody seems to be pointing at E.L.F. (earth liberation front). They were always big on burning cars in California a few years ago.


17 posted on 01/01/2012 1:34:34 PM PST by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: Recon Dad

Very good point! I’d forgotten about our intrepid domestic terrorists as well.


18 posted on 01/01/2012 1:45:57 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Just think. This will encourage and “Justify” the TSA to set up on street corners. So maybe the socialist democrats are doing it. Kind of like operation gun runner.


19 posted on 01/01/2012 1:54:34 PM PST by Revel
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To: ClearCase_guy
"The only thing I'm not seeing is "random" loss of life. I think we'll see that in 2012."

Has already happened. Remember the "Beltway Snipers" in the Washington D.C. area?
You're correct.
I think we'll see this sort business again in the future.

20 posted on 01/01/2012 2:27:19 PM PST by StormEye
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To: Uncle Ike
"Are we being lied to by omission???" The Democrat/Liberal American media complex has made it standard operating procedure to suppress news and information that goes against the grain of their social/political engineering objectives.
21 posted on 01/01/2012 2:31:55 PM PST by StormEye
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
They made a couple of arrests mid-week. This is looking like it's choreographed.
22 posted on 01/01/2012 2:39:57 PM PST by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: JoeDetweiler
“...police were broadcasting a description of a white male in his mid-30s with a receding hairline and a ponytail

A tea partier, no doubt. Just recently, Sarah Palin said "Fire" Eric Holder. The connection's obvious.

Whoops. I hope I haven't given the media any ideas.

23 posted on 01/01/2012 3:09:41 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I wonder if this has anything to do with OWS and the Chicago thugs getting “things” going early so that 0bama can declare national emergency and halt the presidential elections?


24 posted on 01/01/2012 4:29:53 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Sounds like the libs are getting restless.


25 posted on 01/01/2012 4:36:29 PM PST by bikerman (you can take the man out of the jungle but can't take the jungle out of the man)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

One solution is called a “militia” — e.g. armed citizens. The police can’t be everywhere at once, but WE sure can.

Park 500 pickup trucks around the area, each carrying two armed citizens, and let them spend a few quiet hours ... just watching. Something will turn up.

By the way ... exactly HOW are these fires being started? Are they using Molotovs or explosives or are they just dousing the cars with gasoline and tossing a match? It might help if we knew what equipment they’re using.


26 posted on 01/01/2012 8:00:23 PM PST by DNME (A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright. - Robert Heinlein)
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