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  • Obama's strange sense of humor

    09/26/2011 7:58:46 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 9/26/11 | Ed Lasky
    Believe it or not, Barack Obama is cracking jokes about the horrific fires in Texas. I guesshe won't be using Bill Clinton's old line, "I feel your pain," when people complain about the terrible economy. How presidential, how empathetic: At a Silicon Valley fundraiser Sunday, the president took a jab at Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, saying that he's a "governor whose state is on fire, denying climate change." Aside from the fact that this is just a cheap political shot at the expense of Americans who are suffering, it is just not funny and weird.
  • Obama takes shots at Perry, GOP debates

    09/25/2011 8:04:45 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 44 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 25, 2011 | ERICA WERNER
    WOODSIDE, Calif. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is swiping at Texas Gov. Rick Perry, criticizing him as "a governor whose state is on fire, denying climate change." Obama also poked at the audience reactions at recent GOP presidential debates, singling out those who cheered at the prospect of someone dying because he didn't have health insurance - and those who booed a gay service member.
  • Contract Dispute Grounds Firefighting Planes

    09/07/2011 3:59:00 PM PDT · by NorwegianViking · 18 replies
    Human Events ^ | 09/07/11 | Audrey Hudson
    Nearly half of the federal government’s firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration in a contract dispute just weeks before wildfires swept through Texas killing a mother and her child, and destroying 100,000 acres. The massive blazes forced Texas Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry to abruptly call off a campaign appearance in South Carolina earlier this week to respond to the crisis, and may force him to cancel his first debate appearance Wednesday night. The U.S. Forest Service terminated the contract with Aero Union five weeks ago to operate seven...
  • Contract Dispute Grounds Firefighting Planes

    09/07/2011 4:57:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 33 replies
    Human Events ^ | September 7, 2011 | Audrey Hudson
    Nearly half of the federal government’s firefighting air tankers are siting idle at a California airport, grounded by the Obama administration in a contract dispute just weeks before wildfires swept through Texas killing a mother and her child, and destroying 100,000 acres. The massive blazes forced Texas Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry​ to abruptly call off a campaign appearance in South Carolina earlier this week to respond to the crisis, and may force him to cancel his first debate appearance Wednesday night. The U.S. Forest Service terminated the contract with Aero Union five weeks ago to operate...
  • Vanity: Is There A Texas Fire Thread?

    09/07/2011 9:50:49 AM PDT · by squarebarb · 17 replies
    squarebarb
    the Texas Dep't Of Natural Resources site is way behind, so are most news reports, the fires are outstripping news so I was hoping there would be a running thread somewhere, thanks.
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry Cut Fire Department Funding by 75%

    09/07/2011 8:16:21 AM PDT · by The Bronze Titan · 92 replies
    opposingviews.com | Sep 6, 2011 | Michael Allen
    According to KVUE-TV, the state of Texas, under Gov. Rick Perry, cut state funding for the volunteer fire departments that protect most of the state from wildfires. Firefighters have actually been dipping into their own pockets to fight fires. Volunteer departments that were already facing financial strain had their funding cut from $30 million to $7 million. There are 879 volunteer fire departments in Texas; 114 are paid fire departments, while 187 departments are a combination of volunteer and paid. At a press conference Monday, Perry promised to seek federal disaster relief and said that FEMA would be in the...
  • Fires raging throughout Central Texas

    09/04/2011 5:46:33 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 394 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | Sep 04 2011 | Staff
    UPDATE 7:30 P.M.: Mark Stanford, the fire chief for the Texas Forest Service , said subdivisions have been evacuated there but they have no estimate on what structures have been lost. People are being told to evacuate to the First Baptist Church in Smithville and Bastrop Middle School, Stanford said. In addition, State Highways 71 and 21 in Bastrop County have been closed, Stanford said. Update, 6:48 p.m.: Wildfires have consumed more than 6,000 acres in Bastrop County, and firefighters are still working to get the blazes under control. According to Bastrop Police Department Spokesman Michal Hubbard, hundreds of homes...
  • Fires rage through much of Texas; more than 1 million acres burned

    04/19/2011 9:40:10 PM PDT · by txroadkill · 20 replies
    The Statesman ^ | 4/19/2011 | Staff
    Several massive wildfires in North and West Texas continued to rage Tuesday, racing through parched fields and woods and adding to a sweeping acreage toll that has reached almost 1.2 million in less than two weeks. A wildfire spanning four counties west of Fort Worth near Possum Kingdom Lake has consumed nearly 150,000 acres, destroyed 150 homes and a church, and forced hundreds to flee since it began Friday, Texas Forest Service spokesman Marq Webb said. The fire, which nearly doubled in size in a day, is one of more than 20 active fires that the Forest Service is fighting...