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01:09 PM on 09/11/2011
Nice to know that the best first responders are those who leave the politics to the politicians and pundits.
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freddsky
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12:56 PM on 09/11/2011
Some see a burnt out wasteland and the sweaty brows of fatigued warriors.
Texas Republicans see a proud ideology that will not budge.
Too messy to mess with.
12:31 PM on 09/11/2011
Those of you who advocate leaving Texas to burn or who blame Texas or Texans for the ills of the world will be pleased to learn that the Lost Pines are truly lost, the endangered species of toads inhabiting the forest may die out, and the aquifer and recharge zone that provide drinking water to the area are endangered.
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ohohyeah
06:23 PM on 09/11/2011
Who -- I think-- nobody advocated letting Texas burn.
10:19 PM on 09/11/2011
How about "Just let it burn. This is what they get for not Seceding!"? Or "Couldn't we just drop some strategic nukes on Texas to try and snuff out the fires? " Or "Couldn't happen to a better state."? There are more but this should give you some sense of it.
12:26 PM on 09/11/2011
God, aren't you listening to Rick Perry? Me neither.
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benjamingrant85
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12:18 PM on 09/11/2011
Hats off to these brave heroes. They make em a little bit tougher in Texas.
02:29 PM on 09/11/2011
Tougher than where?
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benjamingrant85
Personal accountability. Personal responsibility.
03:07 PM on 09/11/2011
Anywhere.
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jshop
Come together right now over them.
02:42 PM on 09/11/2011
Nothing to do with toughness. Or with Texas. Or did you skip over the part about firefighters from other states coming in to help? ("Hundreds of firefighters from Texas and nationwide have been sleeping and resting at Camp Swift, a National Guard post near the blaze...") This is about holding onto a job -- even a rotten one -- in a rotten economy.
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RudyHaugeneder
12:04 PM on 09/11/2011
The second La Nina in a row, only a few months after the first one had subsided, has likely never happened before. It is usually several years between La Nina events.
Climate Change? Yup.
As for the volunteer firefighters who have been working the fires for several consecutive months, how do they live? They are non-paid volunteers -- at least that's what I understand volunteering to mean. Hopefully they get some kind of stipend -- a very healthy stipend. But that is unlikely. Gov. Rick Perry doesn't like to pay people who risk their lives to protect his state. Only oil CEOs are, in his estimation, worthy of being given Texas cash.
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01:10 PM on 09/11/2011
"Likely"

Proof it hasn't or gtfo with your bullochit.
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koalaholik
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01:22 PM on 09/11/2011
Perry cut the budget for volunteer fire fighters from $30 million to $5 million this year and has already started bitching that he isn't getting any help from one of the military bases in Texas. Of course, the fact that the base is fighting fires on the base itself is irrelevant to Perry. Once again, the secessionist governor wants help from the Federal government he despises - except for its money.
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quintus
Mind precedes all mental states. ~Buddha
11:38 AM on 09/11/2011
You're getting a glimpse of Rick Perry's vision of America right now in his home state of Texas: regardless of the consequences, or the real need, get rid of government. This fire is being fought by poorly funded (if funded at all) volunteer Texas firefighters, some of whom have had to both get to this fire on their own dime and buy the necessary equipment.

Perry's decision to slash the budget of local firefighters by 23 million and refuse the help of private fire crews available right now in NM, AA, and CO because he doesn't want to spend the money should be more than enough to hold him fully accountable (and prosecutable) for the added devastation these decisions are causing the people of his state.

Why aren't we getting any blow back from the citizenry down there?
12:52 PM on 09/11/2011
FEMA has footed up to 75% of the cost to fight the Texas fires this year... 52 fund grants as of 9/7 (funds for every request Texas submitted), and two federal disaster declarations (July and Sept).
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quintus
Mind precedes all mental states. ~Buddha
02:43 PM on 09/11/2011
Thanks for that Buford. So, why isn't Perry screaming about the need to shrink the federal government in this instance?

Oh, only when it's convenient to do so. Otherwise, Perry wisely manages to keep that pie hole of his closed.
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01:07 PM on 09/11/2011
"Why aren't we getting any blow back from the citizenry down there?"

Good question, one that the HP story so prominently featured in order to gin up anti-Perry resentment failed to address.

My guess would be the same reason you haven't heard people in Joplin whining, crying and generally feeling out of sorts.
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quintus
Mind precedes all mental states. ~Buddha
02:40 PM on 09/11/2011
Really, HP's sole aim was to "gin up" anti-Perry resentment? That sounds a lot more like Fox News.

I don't think Joplin is comparable. Did their governor severely cut back on local emergency responders? But, what?, the people of Texas, despite being sold down the river by their governor, just stoically "suck it up" and happily shoulder the burden themselves?
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TC Mits
Cogito ergo democratia sum.
11:35 AM on 09/11/2011
True heros every one. In the face of major and destructive budget cuts, these men put the public first. Hats off to each and every one.
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tjconkster
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11:20 AM on 09/11/2011
I wonder what Texas Firefighters think of their Governor who cut their budgets by $23 million...no wonder he tells the citizens of Texas to pray...

Is Rick Perry's Budget Feeding Texas Wildfires? Local Fire Departments Suffer $23 Million in Cuts
In a summer of record drought and heat, did climate-change-denier Rick Perry's budget imperil public safety with millions in cuts to volunteer fire department coffers?
http://www.alternet.org/news/152324/is_rick_perry%27s_budget_feeding_texas_wildfires_local_fire_departments_suffer_%2423_million_in_cuts/
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11:49 AM on 09/11/2011
They are doing a great job..All budgets are cut for all things... It's the locals that matter in fighting this. They are not counting coins like u r for political reasons.
a near miss here... fabulous quick thinking that saved many many homes and a beautiful neighborhood.. This is what you never see... now get ur butt down here and help fight this fire.
http://montgomerycountypolicereporter.com/?p=32243
01:03 PM on 09/11/2011
Again, amidst all this discussion of what Texas firefighters are doing to fight these fires despite Perry's budget cuts, we need to remember that FEMA has funded at least 75% of the cost to fight the Texas fires this year. Every request Texas submitted for assistance was granted with the max available (52 grants as of 9/7), despite Perry publicly criticizing Obama for refusing to help Texans.
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Aquest
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10:55 AM on 09/11/2011
If you are a Texan firefighter, it seems like you would have your governors support to stay in the station and pray for rain. At least that way you would not be risking your life attempt to fight fires with worn out equipment.
12:48 PM on 09/11/2011
The Texan firefighters are very well equipped-you need to quit believing everything you read. But no matter what equipment they have, they're putting their lives at risk. That's their job. Seems to me some of you people need to pray yourselves-to not be such haters and not be so gullible as to believe everything a liberal media feeds you.
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Aquest
No one here is exactly what they appear.
02:45 PM on 09/11/2011
And you know this how? All the reports even from the liberal Fox News have stated that Perry has radically cut the budget for fighting fires. Firefighters themselves have been interviewed and explained they have old equipment, engines breaking down, hoses failing etc.

Fire fighters do put their lives at risk and precisely because of that they should have good, dependable equipment.

Maybe it is you that should listen to facts.
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ohohyeah
06:28 PM on 09/11/2011
Dang -- I hit favorite when I meant to reply. In the article they ask for charity yo get equipment. Read again.
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Enea
Reason above all else.
10:43 AM on 09/11/2011
But on a brighter note, Texas can turn to the f....gods and pray, because this country as a whole has suffered much due to Texas and continues to.
11:29 AM on 09/11/2011
Who knew Texas was so powerful? And using its powers for evil?
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Enea
Reason above all else.
02:05 PM on 09/11/2011
Crazy eh! wink!
11:50 AM on 09/11/2011
You know something hotshot? You're a perfect example of a complete low-life. Come down to Texas and tell us how you feel sport.
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Enea
Reason above all else.
02:06 PM on 09/11/2011
What in the world would I want to do in Texas? Nah thanks mate. I have one life, I would rather spend it among intelligent beings not purposeful idiots who stand against everything I am for.
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Danilo-11
This is your brain after playing football
10:12 AM on 09/11/2011
Great example of why "small government" is bad for everybody. The media should talk more about Rick Perry's defunding Texas firefighters.
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kcwookie
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10:06 AM on 09/11/2011
"It wears you down, but it's what we do", could explain why Texas is conservative. In voting conservative, it's done without thought, and just based on tradition and bias.
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azxff
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09:51 AM on 09/11/2011
Relief is but a short drive away...The type 1 and type 2 hot shot crews in NM, AZ, and CO,,,Are top notch crews whose seasons are winding down...They are private crews. The USFS, BLM, and the western states have always used the private crews. They cannot fight fires for free. That is why these volunteers and poorly funded Texas crews have worked to exhaustion. Because Perry refuses to call for help and find the money needed to get these guys some relief. It a shame and Texans should be ashamed of themselves for electing this guy to another term. They had a first class choice in Bill White this last time. A man who would have never cut public safety 70% in the first place, a man who would get these guy some help whatever it took...Shame on you Texas for foisting that incompetent fool on yourselves...Don't worry the country will send him back to you soon.
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kcwookie
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10:08 AM on 09/11/2011
You hit the point on the head, Texas, like conservative, want something for free that the rest of us pay for. Conservatives don't see a problem with the fire fighters paying, after all the state is giving them the opportunity to do what they love.
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Wanderland
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10:27 AM on 09/11/2011
Ironically, the Texas State Firefighters Association endorsed him.
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Frank David Nall
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11:07 AM on 09/11/2011
I bet they feel like idiots now.
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quintus
Mind precedes all mental states. ~Buddha
11:42 AM on 09/11/2011
Did he pull a Scott Walker on them? Why vote against your own self interests?
09:45 AM on 09/11/2011
We have to pray for our neighbor and hope these storms can answer a need in the lives of those under the providence of GOD, especially those lands in Texas, Vermont and the New England coastline. For it is written; "And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village." Luke 9:54
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Wanderland
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10:30 AM on 09/11/2011
They held prayer vigils to end the drought, and now the state is on fire.

There is a time for practicality, and it's overdue.
12:12 PM on 09/11/2011
So you're saying prayer set the state on fire? Are you sure it wasn't La Nina and possibly some arsonists?