It took only about 24 hours for the two reactions I predicted to come true. When the devastating wild fires began in California, I said that soon the blame will be put on global warming and at President Bush. I was not proven wrong. Pity.
The first was the claim of global warming. I heard that standard catch all logic for the ills of the world used by a county public official in southern California only hours after the drama there began. Then Senator Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader told reporters it was global warming, too. Then when questioned about it mere seconds into the claim he denied he said it. Too bad it was caught on tape, huh Harry? And the topping to the cake came with the news blurb on Drudge's web site this afternoon that says CNN's network president, Jon Klein, told his employees to "push" their "Planet in Peril" special by linking global warming to the fires. But, not "irresponsibly" he told the reporters. Nice.
Any wonder why serious people don't listen to them anymore?
Senator Barbara Boxer, D-CA, was the first I officially heard to link the war in Iraq with the fires. She claimed if the National Guard wasn't busy in Iraq, then they could be there to help. Well, yeah, but another official, a responsible grown up, when questioned about that stated that they had plenty of guardsmen and equipment available and other states were helping out, too. Boxer was forced today, after actually going to the state and seeing the facts on the ground, to admit the governor had people and equipment in place and everything was being done that could be done. She is so blatantly ignorant that it boggles the mind that she is in any position of power at all.
Any wonder why Congress is in the tank with polling numbers?
The governor of California, a Republican, and the President worked together and got the job going, along with local mayors and the Red Cross. The grown ups. The Democrat politicians, however, did as they always do. They stood on the sidelines and pointed fingers and made false accusations, all for their own political agenda. Who's needs did that serve? Do you think those evacuating homes and struggling to pull their families and pets together appreciated that nonsense? We'll check the polls at a later date.
Right now is the time to get the people who can go back into their homes, back. It is time for the firefighters to receive all the help and support they can get. The state and federal aid is there and more is coming. This is further evidence that when local, state and federal levels work together the mission is accomplished. This isn't Katrina or Rita when the local and state levels wouldn't listen to reason or work with the federal officials. These people in California are actually competent.
And, as far as the global warming cult goes, the problems with the Santa Ana winds have been with California since the beginning of time. The forest management decisions, the public policy decisions made to manage public forests like the ones some many of these subdivisions now border, well, that's a good place to begin to look for future solutions. Controlled burns and clear cutting decisions must be re-evaluated.
Also in the standard reaction column: Did you know First Lady Laura Bush is in the middle east promoting education and medical research and programs for women concerning breast cancer. What? You haven't heard about that? Shocking.
In the Houston Chronicle yesterday there was one photo, no article, at the bottom of the last page of the first section of the paper showing Mrs. Bush and six women in Abu Dhabi. There was a little caption under the photo stating she was there as part of a 4 day trip around the middle east to raise breast cancer awareness. They didn't exactly break a sweat with the info there.
When Hillary Clinton boarded an aircraft? Front page news and story after story about her greatness. She did world tour after world tour with huge entourages, at taxpayer expense, to keep busy after the health care fiasco, yet nothing substantial was accomplished. Except fabulous travel, you know.
Some 'journalists' are on Mrs. Bush's trip. Greta van Sustern from Fox News will have a report on the trip when she comes back from it. One of the alphabet networks sent a woman and all she was quoted about was asking a local woman if she thought this was the U.S. butting into their health care business. The woman, however, didn't provide the answer I know the reporter was counting on. You know, because the world hates us. The local woman said it had nothing to do with the U.S., it was the First Lady encouraging and educating women who needed help. Either these reporters have no idea how stupid they look, pushing the agenda of the day, or they just don't care as long as the paycheck is in the bank account. Despicable either way.
Mrs. Bush has recently spoken out in support of the people of Burma and gotten the people of this country involved. She has made several trips to Afghanistan and the middle east countries in support of women there.
She didn't kiss the check of Sula Arafat either.