Light and Dark 26 October 2007Posted by marisacat in California / Pacific Coast.
Driving down Highway 18 evacuating Lake Arrowhead. (Submitted to YourScene – LA Times – by s_stockley)
I noticed New American Media a few months ago… we still have, on KQED our local PBS station, a pretty liberal, open local news roundup on Friday nights… Occasionally a reporter from NAM will be on.
They hve this report at their site, about the non white and hidden face of the ‘fire this time’:
Invisible Fire Victims in the Canyons
Enlace, News Report, Hiram Soto, Translated by Elena Shore, Posted: Oct 25, 2007
CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. — They were kicked out of the canyon, literally, laying their suitcases full of clothing and other items on the side of a tomato field. This was their evacuation. They stayed there for hours while they tried to figure out a plan B.
These farm workers and Mixtec peasants who have lived in the open air in the McGonigle Canyon for years are among the most destitute residents affected by the forest fires. But while some left the area, many remain in the canyons, either because they do not want to or can’t leave.
“We’ve been telling them that they are in an evacuation zone but they don’t want to move because they have all their stuff in the hills and because they’re afraid of the police and the people,” said Juan Ramon, an activist with the Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations.
Many of these immigrants have been targets of harassment and frequent protests by groups like the Minutemen, and have been evicted by the police several times. [snip]
There is some outreach but it is easy to see, the situation is more than ordinarily difficult… and close to dire.
The Santiago Fire rages above Foothill Ranch. (Submitted to YourScene / LAT By jwlchr)
The flip side….
[A]IG’s Wildfire Protection Unit, part of its Private Client Group, is offered only to homeowners in California’s most affluent ZIP Codes — including Malibu, Beverly Hills, Newport Beach and Menlo Park — and a dozen Colorado resort communities. It covers about 2,000 policyholders, who pay premiums of at least $10,000 a year and own homes with a value of at least $1 million.
Carrier and his 15 crew mates sprayed retardant on and around more than 160 homes in Malibu, Lake Arrowhead and the hardest-hit areas of Orange and San Diego counties this week. They claim to have saved a dozen homes.
Jim Moore of Malibu, for one, was grateful for their services.
“Just picture it,” said Moore, whose house was sprayed by Firebreak early Monday. “Here you are in that raging wildfire. Smoke everywhere. Flames everywhere. Plumes of smoke coming up over the hills. Here’s a couple guys showing up in what looks like a firetruck who are experts trained in fighting wildfire and they’re there specifically to protect your home. . . . It was really, really comforting.” [snip]
An eerie cloud of smoke above a pocket of clean air. Sierra exit on I-15 (Submitted to YourScene / LAT by kathy)
From the previous thread, as it came up late, pulling some comments forward… A congressional House bill that has passed and is moving on to the senate…
when I saw this over at PFF, I thought it was a joke.
Legislating against radical idealogy – with references to homegrown violence as diversion (that is my take, they already spy on anti war Quakers… and sic the FBI/Homeland Securitat on librarians).
It’s not. Put forward by Jane Harmon, pro war, pro Israel… and 14 co sponsors.
Don’t miss the Bloooooooooooo Dogs… and the shits (Dan Lundgren is a fucking nutter). It passed the House, now goes to the Senate.
Rep. Christopher Carney [D-PA]
Del. Donna Christensen [D-VI]
Rep. Yvette Clarke [D-NY]
Rep. Charles Dent [R-PA]
Rep. Norman Dicks [D-WA]
Rep. Al Green [D-TX]
Rep. James Langevin [D-RI]
Rep. Zoe Lofgren [D-CA]
Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY]
Rep. Daniel Lungren [R-CA]
Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D-CO]
Rep. Ted Poe [R-TX]
Rep. Dave Reichert [R-WA]
Rep. Bennie Thompson [D-MS]
Oct 25, 10:56 PM —
Text of HR 1955 as it was referred to the Senate, via thomas.loc.gov
BooHooHooMan opened up the text and posted this comment:
That Bill passed 404 – 6.
After reading that Bill, its hard to know where to begin
I’m going to throw in a few bits here on this
ONE:It shows clearly the bipartisan interest in a police state:
(c) Composition of Commission- The Commission shall be composed of 10 members appointed for the life of the Commission, of whom–`(1) one member shall be appointed by the President from among officers or employees of the executive branch and private citizens of the United States;
`(2) one member shall be appointed by the Secretary;
`(3) one member shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate;
`(4) one member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;
`(5) one member shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;
`(6) one member shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives;
`(7) one member shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives;
`(8) one member shall be appointed by the ranking minority member of the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives;
`(9) one member shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate; and
`(10) one member shall be appointed by the ranking minority member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate.
`(d) Chair and Vice Chair- The Commission shall elect a Chair and a Vice Chair from among its members.[snip}
Reading the markup language is a trip:
The Bold below ironically was in the first draft.
Cops and Contractors all getting paid in the Jane Harmon Zionist Stasi Jackboot Center. `
(e) Qualifications- Individuals shall be selected`(1) for law enforcement activities, except for appointment`(2) to the Commission solely on the basis of their professional qualifications, achievements, public stature, experience, and expertise in relevant fields, including, but not limited to, behavioral science, constitutional law, corrections, counterterrorism, cultural anthropology, education, information technology, intelligence, juvenile justice, local law enforcement, organized crime, Islam and`(3) to construct buildings or other world religions, sociology,`(4) to acquire land; or`(5) for any State or terrorism.
Oct 26, 1:27 AM —
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Oh yes... the vote:
10/23/2007 Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 404 - 6 (Roll no. 993).
---- NAYS 6 ---
---- NOT VOTING 22 ---
Johnson, E. B.
I feel just great .. don't you? Plus they have the CBC and the Hispanic Caucus in lock down. Or lock-jaw.
UPDATE 3:09 am
Anotehr post from BHHM, pulled from previous thread:
Further on HR 1955
Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007
Point Two: A Setup for rampant contractor abuse delving into political opponents of the bipartisan PTB leadership that controls the thing.
(i) Powers of Commission- The powers of the Commission shall be as follows:`(1) IN GENERAL-
`(A) HEARINGS AND EVIDENCE- The Commission or, on the authority of the Commission, any subcommittee or member thereof, may, for the purpose of carrying out this section, hold hearings and sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, receive such evidence, and administer such oaths as the Commission considers advisable to carry out its duties.
`(B) CONTRACTING- The Commission may, to such extent and in such amounts as are provided in appropriation Acts, enter into contracts to enable the Commission to discharge its duties under this section.
`(2) INFORMATION FROM FEDERAL AGENCIES-
`(A) IN GENERAL- The Commission may request directly from any executive department, bureau, agency, board, commission, office, independent establishment, or instrumentality of the Government, information, suggestions, estimates, and statistics for the purposes of this section. The head of each such department, bureau, agency, board, commission, office, independent establishment, or instrumentality shall, to the extent practicable and authorized by law, furnish such information, suggestions, estimates, and statistics directly to the Commission, upon request made by the Chair of the Commission, by the chair of any subcommittee created by a majority of the Commission, or by any member designated by a majority of the Commission.
`(B) RECEIPT, HANDLING, STORAGE, AND DISSEMINATION- The Committee and its staff shall receive, handle, store, and disseminate information in a manner consistent with the operative statutes, regulations, and Executive orders that govern the handling, storage, and dissemination of such information at the department, bureau, agency, board, commission, office, independent establishment, or instrumentality that responds to the request. [ SURE political and ideological counter intelligence will be handlead appropriatly!@&%!! . Not even taking the bait to argue over the missing language dealing with the outcome that it won’t. ]
`(j) Assistance From Federal Agencies-
`(1) GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION- The Administrator of General Services shall provide to the Commission on a reimbursable basis administrative support and other services for the performance of the Commission’s functions.
`(2) OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES- In addition to the assistance required under paragraph (1), departments and agencies of the United States may provide to the Commission such services, funds, facilities, and staff as they may determine advisable and as may be authorized by law.
`(k) Postal Services- The Commission may use the United States mails in the same manner and under the same conditions as departments and agencies of the United States.
`(l) Nonapplicability of Federal Advisory Committee Act- The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Commission.
Oct 26, 2:50 AM —
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