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California Wildfires: Am injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere

California does not qualify for federal emergency funds in the aftermath of the devastating wildfires last month

Fueled by extreme heat and tinder-dry conditions, wildfires exploded across California in September, blazing through almost 1.9 million acres, destroying nearly 1,000 homes and killing at least three people. One wildfire, the Creek Fire, became the largest single blaze in California history and grew so fierce it spun up fire tornadoes with 125-mph winds.

But the Trump administration this week refused to grant an emergency declaration that would open up hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding for areas devastated in those fires, California state officials confirmed to The Washington Post early Friday.

It’s unclear why the request was denied, when similar declarations were granted earlier this year for other wildfires. President Trump has previously threatened to withhold emergency fire aidto California over disputed claims that the state isn’t doing enough to prevent wildfires.

It’s unclear? Really, Washington Post? You just can’t figure out why the Trump admin would withhold funds from California after their wildfires?

It’s pretty stupid to unjustly deny funds and distress the fifth largest economy in the world just because they aren’t your fans. California is an asset to the United States. But sure, go ahead. Take advantage of their industry, agriculture and productivity and watch them fancy themselves as another geographic Portugal.

How many days left until we get rid of him??

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Also, the budget deficit has reached over $3 trillion dollars. About half of that is due to Trump’s tax cuts that didn’t do much for working people.

And then there was Covid.

I’ve seen a lot of very reasonable speculation on the web that in the event that the Senate stays in Republican hands, there will be an incessant braying about the deficit and a push for extreme austerity measures.

Yep, I could see that. It’s part of the cycle. Republicans rob the treasury to reward their donors and Democrats have to clean up the mess.

Romney

It’s difficult to take Mitt Romney seriously when he writes this, which is absolutely true (except for the anti-fascism* part which was our official position as Americans until 2016):

And then affirmed that he’s going to vote for Amy Coney Barrett who left all of that chaos on the table by saying everything is negotiable in chambers with the other justices.

Well, with the other five justices.

That are from her party.

The rest of them don’t count.

Romney knows what the right thing to do is in order to prevent a violent post-election period. He just doesn’t want to do it.

Acting as if the ends justifies the means and ignoring all the trouble it may cause never, ever ends well.

*Antifa, the only “left wing” concept in Romney’s list, is not an organization. It has no leadership, organizational hierarchy, tax ID number, bank account or anything else that qualifies as an officially recognized group. The right is hiding under their beds over nothing. But the right should have considered more gun control measures because there’s nothing to prevent their perceived enemies from acquiring them now. I’m not an advocate of violence. But no one should be surprised if the right’s Fire is met with fire. Nope, I have no special or ordinary knowledge of such things. I’m just paying attention to human nature.

Why didn’t we see this Pete in the primaries??

I still wouldn’t have voted for him (McKinsey connections, too young) but it would have been awesome to get some useable zingers.

The LA Times has been following this breakout star:

So maybe it should not be surprising to discover that when Buttigieg swore to do whatever he could to ensure the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, that “whatever” turned out to include “speak softly and carry a sling blade.”

Last week, having served as stand-in for Vice President Mike Pence during Harris’ debate prep, Buttigieg must have seemed a natural choice for a predebate interview. Fox News’ Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier certainly thought so, asking Harris’ former rival a preloaded question about her public policy differences with Biden. Standing in front of Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, Buttigieg gave his now viral-famous answer:

“Well, there’s a classic parlor game of trying to find a little bit of daylight between running mates,” Buttigieg said. “And if people want to play that game, we could look into why an evangelical Christian like Mike Pence wants to be on a ticket with the president caught with a porn star, or how he feels about the immigration policy that he called ‘unconstitutional’ before he decided to team up with Donald Trump

Read the whole thing and see if you can find any Peteisms on Youtube. You won’t be disappointed.

Pete is deadly. Like Kellyanne level deadly. Maybe he’s been watching her appearances over the last 4 years.

He’s got a gift. I think it would be wasted in the Oval Office. He needs to give lessons.

Chris Christie spent 7 days in the ICU with Covid

Says you should wear a mask.