Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Wildfire Hell

By now we have all watched the horrible scenes as California burns. Anyone who lives in that area please know that I am thinking of you and hoping like hell that you are spared the flames. Whether the homes are gazillion dollar mansions, or tiny hovels, they are home to someone and the loss has to be heartbreaking.

About ten years ago a wildfire broke out just a couple of miles from my home. We watched on TV as homes burned to the ground without a firefighter in sight. News helicopters showed house after house going down in flames. We weren’t close enough to be afraid but we were close enough to be alarmed at the helplessness of the firefighters. See, at that time there were no city water lines here and everyone got their water via a pump. When the electric goes off, pumps do not work.

After what seemed forever they brought in a firefighting plane that brought gallons and gallons of water from the river and dumped that water on the flames. That plane was the salvation of many of the homeowners in that area.

Thank goodness most everyone has city water lines today, but that day when they needed them most, they didn’t.

To bring this post to an end, here’s a comment by Glenn Beck yesterday.
"I think there is a handful of people who hate America. Unfortunately for them, a lot of them are losing their homes in a forest fire today."

(quote source)


Blogger fallenmonk said...

I read that quote from Beck last night. I cannot for the life of me understand why CNN keeps him on the air. No one watches his show according to the ratings and he is obviously a waste of oxygen and air space.

October 23, 2007 4:27 AM  
Blogger Fran said...

My blogfriend Commander Other blogged about this hateful spew, which you can check out if you wish. WTF is wrong with Beck?

It is so sad.

I lived in So Cal for 2 years and there were not any horrific fires at that time. The first "fire" season I lived there had been after the El Nino winter and there had been more rain than in many years, so the dryness was not as bad. The second year, it wasn't as bad either, near where I lived.

However, a couple of years later I was visiting my former neighbors and we watched fires burn across the valley, in the hills. It was far enough away, but freakish and you know that people lost lives and homes.

In the fall of 2003 it was so bad that I spent a day at Newark airport and then bailed because no planes were going to LA... the smoke was too bad for them to fly through.

I recall the fire years in FL. I was there a lot on business that year. The acrid stench of fire permeated the nostrils and made the eyes sting in the Tampa area.

Reading your words made me think of how awful it all must be.

Yet Glen Beck finds time to spew his hate. Nice.

And they want Pete Stark to apologize?

October 23, 2007 5:09 AM  
Blogger andante said...

When you come right down to it, not a one of us is safe from disaster.

Except, of course, cretins like Glenn Beck who live in a fantasy world of their own twisted minds.

October 23, 2007 5:32 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

What an odious fuck. There's a handful of people who hate Glenn Beck. Unfortunately for us, he still has a home and television show.

And I just can't shake the feeling that no forward-thinking plan to deal with the these now-annual monster fires will be created anytime soon.

October 23, 2007 5:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn, I have to give the Wingnuts credit.

I was thinking, after I read the headline this morning that several hundred thousand Californians are fleeing their homes, "I wonder when a Wingnut is going to say they deserve it because of Hollywood's immorality or some other bullshit?"

Didn't take them long.

October 23, 2007 5:45 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I had to read the quote ten times to make sure I was understanding it, because I don't know Glenn Beck.

I do not want to know Glenn Beck.


I want to know Glenn Beck just long enough to wedge flaming matchsticks between every last one of his stinking toenails.

October 23, 2007 5:52 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

Mother Nature's dealing with Southern California's transgressions...Karma will deal with Beck's.

October 23, 2007 6:12 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

I pray that not much life and limb are lost in the fires, Things can be replaced!
Fire really scares me and I have never really been around it, and don't want to be!

October 23, 2007 6:16 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

The REALLY ironic thing about his attitude is that San Diego is an enclave of the very rich, and, being over 2 hours' drive from Hollywood, very few are in the movie business. These are wealthy republicans, yet Glenn Beck is acting like they're dirty hippies.

October 23, 2007 7:09 AM  
Blogger FreakyNick said...

I watched Glenn Beck once. His arrogance, hatred, and evilness makes me want to vomit.

October 23, 2007 7:26 AM  
Blogger Sherry Pasquarello said...

he is evil with a goofy grin.

that is a very dangerous combo.

he doesn't look like a sterotypical hatemonger. that makes him able to sneak his messages across.

October 23, 2007 7:29 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

i lived through the 2003 fires, as a matter of fact, they played a huge part in my decision to move back to arizona. my friends in california say this is the worst they've ever seen.

i've issued blanket invitations for anyone who wants to fly or drive away from it.

October 23, 2007 7:32 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

The absurdity of Beck's comment should be the rationale for his termination at CNN. What a stupid and inhumane thing to say. Schmuck.

October 23, 2007 7:40 AM  
Blogger Mary Ellen said...

This is scary on so many levels. My heart breaks for all of them. My fear is, what if something like this happens in Georgia, where they have almost no water left? It may not be a forest fire, but it can start in one home and on a windy day, go to home after home. I know...my mind is running amok on this, I just know how much it must hurt to see your home with all it's memories burn down to the ground.

October 23, 2007 7:40 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Very scary, all these fires. And then of course Beck's idiocy, because yeah--the forest is coming after them for hating America! Fecking morons.

October 23, 2007 7:52 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

In 2003, when the Cedar Fire happened, I was living in San Diego... Ocean Beach to be exact.
I was about 15 miles from Scripps Ranch but could smell the smoke as if I was standing right next to it. My design studio/print shop was in Poway... I was notified that the fire was creeping towards the building, and my thought was that I would probably see my business in flames on the evening news. Fortunately, the fire was stopped at the opposite street curb. It was *that* close.
I managed to take some pictures of the day the fire was closing in on us in the Sorrento Valley area, as well as pictures of the day after when it was raining soot. The memories of the anxiety that the fire caused are still fairly vivid.
My brother called me this morning and asked if I was watching the news. He also asked if my old house is near the fire. It's not. It's across the street from the ocean, so I think it's pretty safe for now. I told him, "It's weird, I'm glad I'm not living there now, but I wish I was there."
All my friends are there. All of them.

October 23, 2007 7:54 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

It didn't surprise me, given his appetite for hateful words. I don't imagine that he's the only (completely ignorant) person who feels like that. He is just the one on t.v. Many americans have an anti-west coast bias. The ones that haven't already moved here from other states, I mean.

October 23, 2007 7:58 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

p.s. can't we just send in the national guard to assist? oh yeah, they've all been sent to fight the war on tera. too bad.

October 23, 2007 8:25 AM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

i wonder what beck would say if his house was burning or some other wingnut friend of his

my friend Judy lost her house, her dogs and all her things when her house in Maryland was destroyed by fire a few years back. fortunately her and her daughters escaped uninjured. it was horrible and the emotional toll it took on that family was enormous. right or left -- no one deserves to have to go through this.

on that note =--- i usually dont wish bad on people -- in this case i make an exception. i hope beck's house suffers the same fate...

October 23, 2007 10:10 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

That loathsome Beck will probably get away with saying this as well, and nothing will be done about it. I lost a very dear friend in a house fire, and it's a horrible feeling. I feel heartsick for those people in California who are losing their homes and a lifetime of cherished possessions. Let's just hope Beck's karma gets him.

October 23, 2007 10:17 AM  
Blogger Gledwood said...

Who is Beck?

Anyway yeah I hope they sort it out soon too

October 23, 2007 10:37 AM  
Blogger Dave The Angry Rhode Islander said...

Why does Beck have a platform to spout his shit? CNN is no fucking better than Fox or any other mind-twisting form of propaganda.

I hope that Glenn Beck loses his home in a fire. That would be karma!

October 23, 2007 10:42 AM  
Blogger Blue said...

Hey Pop--Thanks for the toughts--we woke up this a.m. and watched Mt. San Miguel burn from our front porch--it's about 2 miles away. Decided to pack up and get everybody to safety. The call to evacuate came shortly after we left, so I'm glad we got a head start. We're hunkered down at a friend's place with our little menagerie. Stella's keeping a stiff upper lip. =)

Please keep the people of San Diego in your thoughts...so far we have about 300,000 displaced people, and nothing is contained yet.

October 23, 2007 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in San Diego, and I'll say this: I've heard a lot of people here complain about the money being spent to rebuild New Orleans. In the last couple of years, I've heard a lot of San Diegans say "We shouldn't have to pay extra for people who keep rebuilding in a disaster zone." Many of the communities burning here now have burned before. I don't mean to be cruel, but when I heard those comments, post-Katrina, I remember thinking, "Beware...karma's a bitch." I hope that, in the future, when disaster strikes other places around the nation, San Diegans will govern their tongues and remember this week.

October 23, 2007 11:27 AM  
Blogger In_Flight said...

No kidding. Its sad though. And its even sader that a DUMB FUCK like Glenn Beck still has a job.

October 23, 2007 1:19 PM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

How do that many people even begin to rebuild? I keep reading of the 2003 fire and the 1993 fire and do not recall ever seeing one of this proportion. How will they manage?

October 23, 2007 2:38 PM  
Blogger mad said...

I'm sure Glenn Beck has absolute proof to back up his quote. I mean, would he say it on TV otherwise? (I think it was the same source that was used on the WMD in Iraq.)

October 23, 2007 3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't want to see the demon that haunts Beck. It must be truly hideous.

October 23, 2007 4:55 PM  
Blogger BBC said...

I don't know who Beck is, and it doesn't matter. The spooky thing to me is what a friend pointed out to me this afternoon.

Many of those folks that get burned out will collect their insurance and then move here to this beautiful place.

I'm not keen on them doing that, but I can't stop it.

Nature is assume, she can kick butt to get back the land she needs to create life on this planet.

If I was you I wouldn't worry about the fires in CA. I would worry about what she is going to do to you next.

Give nature the space on the beaches and land where she needs to create life or she will kick your butts.

Just saying.

October 23, 2007 7:23 PM  
Blogger Forty Paws said...

I read his entire comment and thought, "WTF?" Just a bunch of rambling nonsense. And this guy actually gets paid to ramble, and has an audience that listens to him? Geez.

October 23, 2007 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only reason that I know Mr.Beck is perhaps that when I first laid my baby blues on him, I thought; Hey, here's a cool dude talking! Then I focused on what he was saying and I yelled; Hey, there's a guy who missed the bed count at the local mental institution! However, this is neither here nor there, for the guy is doing a great service without obviously knowing it by just talking his nonsense and perhaps scaring off enough people from the extreme right-wing message. Thanks Mr. Beck just being you!

October 23, 2007 8:38 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

Beck's a fat little toad. I said he was a jackass on another blog...so take your pick. I'm closest to the Magic Mountain and Ventura fires...but still okayso far. The wind is better at this time. Thanks for your concern POP. If it turns ugly here, I have my Lulah (Jack Russel Terrier) to drag me to safety.

October 24, 2007 1:09 AM  
Blogger Sparky Duck said...

How is Glenn Beck still employed exactly?

October 24, 2007 7:16 AM  

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