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On schedule… 30 July 2010

Posted by marisacat in California / Pacific Coast, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter.

A fast moving wildfire burns above Elizabeth Lake Road in Leona Valley near Palmdale, Calif. on Thursday, July 29, 2010. Mandatory evacuations were issued for the community of Leona Valley on Thursday evening, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Matt Levesque said. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)

Photo Gallery at Insider Business:   Breathtaking Photos of California Burning – 2010


We are following our seasons:  fire, rain, mudslide, landslide, selective drought (even when we have rain they declare drought as the water is endlessly diverted)… and here we are, in Fire Season.

Just one of three large fires

PALMDALE — A huge wildfire burning in the high desert wilderness north of Los Angeles has jumped the California Aqueduct and is making a run at a subdivision of homes.

Winds apparently carried embers across the wide concrete channel this afternoon and flames rapidly spread to backyard fences.

Helicopters have been dipping buckets into the aqueduct to make rapid water drops. No homes appear to have been damaged. Numerous fire engines are in the area.

The fire has burned more than 12 square miles since erupting Thursday afternoon.

From yesterday, before it jumped the Aqueduct:

On Thursday, the fire stopped at the California Aqueduct, which runs along foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The concrete channel acted as a natural firebreak, fire Inspector Matt Levesque said.

“That fire burned right up to the homes (but there is) no more fuel for it to burn,” he said.


Southern California’s big wildfires are usually associated with the fierce Santa Ana winds that blow withering dry air from the interior toward the coast. Winds this week have been blowing inland from out of the southwest as California experiences an unusually cool July with persistent coastal clouds and record lows.

It’s been cold, but also painfully dry, and that is in San Francisco, with a return of our normal fog this summer. Not the past two weeks, however, just cold and very very dry.




1. catnip - 30 July 2010


Just posted this brrreaking noise in the last thread.

lol…some poor dkos schmuck titled their diary, “Anthony Weiner for President” because he smacked down the Repubs in the house over the issue of health care for 9/11 workers. The Obama Cheerleading Brigade went ballistic because they (of course) thought the diarist meant Weiner should challenge Obamalama The Greatest One Evah!! in 2012.

Pie was flung, 1,000+ comments piled up, and the diarist changed the title to, “Anthony Weiner for moderately influential place in government.”

Little clammyc wrote a can’t we all just get along? diary, as usual. More pie is flinging as we speak. Run, duck and cover!

This weekly pie fight brought to you by Orville Redenbacher’s new “Crazed Democrats in Heat” flavour. Sure to be a bestseller.

catnip - 30 July 2010
marisacat - 30 July 2010

The Obama Cheerleading Brigade went ballistic because they (of course) thought the diarist meant Weiner should challenge Obamalama The Greatest One Evah!! in 2012.

did s/he get out with her life????

catnip - 30 July 2010

I haven’t caught up on the comments yet. The torches are still burning and the pitchforks are too pointy.

(Maybe JiffyPop should have sponsored that circus instead. Just place the handy foil pouch on the tine of a pitchfork, place it over a torch and voila! – a handy and tasty snack.)

2. catnip - 30 July 2010

Hot, hot weather here and possible severe thunderstorms tonite. Funnel clouds NW of Calgary. I’m going to have to kick Mother Nature’s butt if she goes after my garden again. (Okay, not really, but tough talk is in order after that last ordeal. Queue mild finger-wagging.)

marisacat - 30 July 2010

is there any thing to do to protect the plantings? I suppose almost anything you would do short of a cold frame of some sort would crush the tender growth, all on its own.

catnip - 30 July 2010

No. I can move my pots of flowers on the decks but the garden is on its’ own. So far it looks like it might stay north west of Calgary where they’ve had golf-ball sized hail in one of the campgrounds and the surrounding area. I’m SE.

3. marisacat - 30 July 2010

Thanks to lambert at corrente:

African-American lawmakers are irate that the Obama administration has promised Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) $1.5 billion in farm aid while claiming it can’t pay a landmark legal settlement with black farmers. …

At the same time, the administration has told black farmers it lacks the funds to pay a $1.2 billion agreement they reached with the Department of Agriculture in 1999 to settle the Pigford* class-action lawsuit. …

snip from The Hill.

Madman in the Marketplace - 30 July 2010

priorities, people, priorities … he is, after all, “post racial”.

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 July 2010

speaking of fires, Russia is burning up. Entire towns have gone up in flames. Oh, and temps are over 100 degrees F.

5. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 July 2010

Anti-Defamation League joins bigots in opposing Manhattan mosque

NOTHING generates hypocrisy like religion.

marisacat - 30 July 2010

HA! Cannot be religion… the muslims say it is a cultural center.

What a laugh…

ts - 31 July 2010

Is there going to be an official space that Muslims have to keep around ground zero? Like putting up signs saying “No Muslims beyond this point?”. Is three blocks enough? Four?

marisacat - 31 July 2010

well frankly I’d suggst Religion Row.

Let them all, the various and sundry religions and pretentious lecturers, congregate together. Signs of blood running in the streets is good news.

6. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 July 2010
7. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 July 2010

Why every AG in the country should be suing the credit-rating agencies

Right now, the credit reporting agencies are permitted to collect and evaluate sensitive private information about anyone and everyone. (Although, again, “evaluate” may be too elevated a term for the crude reductionist number-crunching of their secret “scoring” formulas.) Almost no information about you and your money and how it is spent is off-limits to them. They are further permitted to sell this information to anyone to whom they wish to sell it, repackaging and marketing your private financial information for sale to insurance companies, your boss or your prospective employer.

They’ve also created an entirely new industry based on selling your private financial information back to you. This is where the idiot in the pirate hat comes in. Freecreditreport.com is actually Experian — one of the three credit-reporting and credit-scoring agencies — and their supposedly “free” credit report was free only to those signing up for Experian’s $14.95-a-month credit-monitoring service.

That credit-monitoring service, Experian says, will help you to improve your credit score and will protect you from identity theft. The catchy ads for this free $180-a-year “service” illustrated the ever-expanding scope that Experian, Equifax and Transunion imagine for the use of their credit-scoring — just look at the various misfortunes inflicted on their slacker-troubador protagonist. He was denied an auto loan due to bad credit, which falls within the reasonable scope of Experian’s business. But he was also unable to acquire a cell-phone, was forced to take a series of demeaning jobs and wound up unhappily married. The implication from these ads seemed to be that it is reasonable and acceptable for utilities, prospective employers and even prospective spouses to hire Experian to run credit-checks on just about anyone for just about any reason.

Both of Experian’s claims about the benefits of credit-monitoring are vastly overstated. Since their monthly reports still don’t reveal the calculations that go into their magical credit-scoring formula, such reports will at best only help you to make a slightly more educated guess as to what might improve your score. It’s highly unlikely that this information would improve your credit standing more than, say, using that $14.95 a month to pay down your debt instead of sending it to Experian.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 30 July 2010
9. catnip - 30 July 2010

Looks like the worst of the storm has passed – just heavy rain here that’s now ended.

And now, the sports…

ts - 30 July 2010

Has the stampede rolled by yet?

catnip - 30 July 2010

Oh yeah. Cowboy overload in the city. I stayed away.

10. ms_xeno - 30 July 2010

re: lucid in the last thread.

lucid: I’ll forgive you MSOC if you’ll forgive me Pandalandaramagongdingdong

Oh, and I’ll throw in some ice cream. Flavor of your choice.

Have we got a deal?

11. marisacat - 31 July 2010

oh man… I am just hearing that there is a Nissan electric car scheduled to hit when the Chevy Volt does.

the Nissan Leaf is 20k after tax credits…. the Volt, which is constantly referred to as 41K, is actually………. 33K after tax credits.


Not that I actually care… as it happens. 🙄

12. marisacat - 31 July 2010

10 terms is enough…. so go. I hope it is not as dragged out as Rangel, as wht is more boring than a rigged (as in, not the whole story told) ethics trial in the House.

Bye Maxine.

WASHINGTON — Representative Maxine Waters, Democrat of California, will face charges of misusing her office and is expected to contest the claims in a House trial, the second powerful House Democrat to opt for such a public airing in recent days, Congressional officials said Friday.

A House ethics subcommittee has charged Ms. Waters, 71, a 10-term congresswoman, in a case involving communications that she had with the top executive of a bank that her husband owned stock in while it was applying for a federal bailout in 2008, two House officials said.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 31 July 2010

why am I supposed to care that Chelsea is getting married?

MSNBC this morning is like a fucking rich girl’s sorority, all the debs giggling over the popular girl’s wedding to the richest boy on campus.

Spare me.

marisacat - 31 July 2010

Michael Wolff had a nicely snide dismisssal of the whole thing at Newser… Called Bill the hick from Ark… and Hill the Methodist hick. Dished on Rhinebeck too… 🙄

I think the Clintons have made this a couple of weeks of non stop press releases, all begging for privacy. … 😆

His “seigneur” walk thru Rhinebeck ysterday was gag worthy.

14. marisacat - 31 July 2010

Fwiw… which is the negative end of the dial…

–“Meet the Press”: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen; Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan and Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA); roundtable with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and Time’s Mark Halperin

–“This Week”: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; Secretary of Defense Robert Gates; roundtable with ABC’s George Will, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile and author/journalist Ahmed Rashid

–“Face the Nation”: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen; roundtable with Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass and Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund President Thomas Saenz

–“Fox News Sunday”: Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK); Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH); roundtable with the Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, the Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly, former State Department official Liz Cheney and NPR’s Juan Williams

–CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI); Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC; roundtable with the Washington Post’s Dan Balz and the New York Times’ Peter Baker

C-SPAN: “Newsmakers” (10am ET / 6pm ET Sunday): Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), questioned by USA Today’s Kathy Kiely and Tribune Newspapers’ Lisa Mascaro … “The Communicators” (6:30pm ET Saturday): American Cable Association President & CEO Matthew Polka, questioned by the Wall Street Journal’s Amy Schatz … “Q&A” (8pm ET & 11pm ET Sunday): Author W. Joseph Campbell (“Getting it Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism”).

15. marisacat - 31 July 2010



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