Archive for September 9, 2010
Continuous Updates Below.
Per the tweet I got a few minutes ago, I’ve found out a bit more and yes, everyone who lives west of Broadway in the City of Boulder is being told to prepare to evacuate. Due to the high winds expected tonight (50 mph), officials are worried that embers from the Fourmile fire burn area could be carried to the area west of Broadway, within the city limits.
Shit. Shit. Shit.
Per the instructions, I just moved our car out onto the street, facing in the direction of the main evacuation route. I moved “important papers” to the front door area and I took some pictures of the improvements we’ve made to the house since the last batch I took — just in case I need to show them to the insurance company.
I moved the propane grill away from the house and out into the yard.
Now I’m wondering what I should “save.”
Heck. I’m not panicking (am I?). The people who ran for their lives on Monday didn’t have time to pack much of anything. Some even left pets behind. If we are blessed with a bit of time, why not think about what we want to put in the car?
Maybe I am panicking. I’m scared, that’s for sure.
UPDATED @9:26 p.m. ET
The high winds were supposed to start blasting through at about 3:00 p.m. (MDT).
They didn’t but they’re starting up now. Per the instructions above, we’re closing the windows on the west side of our house and turning all outside lights on.
The ringer on the phone is turned to high lest we get a reverse 911 call while we’re asleep (if we sleep).
Feels like the whole town is holding its breath.
UPDATED at 9:52 p.m.ET
I’m listening to the Boulder County Sheriff and Fire Live Scanner Audio Feed.
Something tells me this is the sanitized version.
UPDATE @11:19 p.m. ET
The wind is howling.
It’s the kind of wind that causes damage in the winter, when the leaves are off the trees, much less now, when the trees catch the wind and there’s a wildfire to the west.
Hoping to get some sleep or to lie down quietly for a while, if only to give the dogs a sense of peace and normalcy.
Just got this not-very-clear Tweet from the Boulder Daily Camera (Boulder’s local newspaper):
I live west of Broadway but about four miles south of where the fire is. Then again, we’re under a high wind warning for tonight. Could it be officials actually think the fire could spread this far?
Trying to find out more.
Fox “News” has announced it will not cover the burning of the Quran by that insane Florida pastor on 9/11 (provided he goes through with it).
Don’t be impressed folks. They’re acting like they’re taking the high road but they have as much to do with this craziness as anyone. Probably more. They’ve been stoking the Islamophobia for years, particularly since President Obama took office. What they’re essentially doing is turning away, wiping their hands, saying, “Mission Accomplished.”
This is fantastic news:
One of the three American hikers jailed in Iran for more than a year on spying allegations will be released Saturday, at the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, Iranian culture ministry authorities said Thursday.
Reporters were told by an official with the Ministry of Islamic Guidance and Culture to gather in a northern Tehran hotel on Saturday for a meeting. The hikers’ lawyer, Masoud Shafii, said it is widely expected that Sarah Shourd, the only woman among the three, will be released.
“They are not spies, they have been held for over a year without a trial and according to the law should all be released. I will be very happy if Sarah will be freed,” he said.
Shourd, 32, has alone in a cell and is said to have been ill and depressed. She is engaged to Shane Bauer, 28, who with the other member of their group, Joshua Fattal, 28, is in another cell.
Shane Bauer’s sister lives here in Boulder. There has been quite a bit of coverage about this saga in the local paper as a result and I have been following it closely because I feel for her; her understandable desperation is obvious in the interviews she gives.
Hopefully this will be the beginning of the end for the two who remain behind.
Man-o-man. The wingers really know how to pick ‘em: Hans Zeiger is a 25-year-old author and a Republican candidate for the Washington state legislature. Supporters of his opponent, Dawn Morrell, noticed recently that some of Zeiger’s articles — more than 50 of them — were being pulled from various websites. They claimed Zieger was trying to hide his “extremist views,” and that voters “deserve to know what a candidate’s views really are.”
Amen to that because Zeiger is a real piece of work. For example, he thinks the Girl Scouts is essentially a cult of “homosexuality,” intent on creating pro-abortion, feminists. This is what he wrote:
One might wonder why the Girl Scouts have been spared the painful attacks that have been launched upon the Boy Scouts by the Left in recent years. The reasons are simple: the Girl Scouts allow homosexuals and atheists to join their ranks and they have become a pro-abortion, feminist training corps. … If the Girl Scouts of America can’t get back to teaching real character, perhaps it will be time to look for our cookies elsewhere.
Wow. I wonder what Zeiger’s idea of “teaching real character” is. Actually, he might want to teach himself some “real character.” If he had “real character” he wouldn’t be afraid of people knowing what he thinks and knowing that he’s a paranoid hate-filled man who cares not for the facts, but for promoting his conservative agenda, no matter how many lies he has to tell in order to do so.
Senator Michael Bennet, the man who Colorado Governor Bill Ritter appointed to replace Ken Salazar after President Obama appointed Salazar Secretary of the Interior, is in the midst of his first campaign.
Though he won in the primary against Andrew Romanoff, many Democrats, including me, see Bennet as a bought and paid for corporate hack. (In fact, he is second only to Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) amongst Democrats who’ve received the most money from big oil.)
Earlier this week, Bennet added another notch to his conservative bedpost when he became the first Democratic candidate to voice opposition to President Obama’s proposed $50 billion infrastructure investment plan. That, despite the fact that Colorado, like the rest of the nation, is in desperate need of help in that area (the second item alone on the list below is enough to make you sick):
- 18% of Colorado’s bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.
- There are 352 high hazard dams in Colorado. A high hazard dam is defined as a dam whose failure would cause a loss of life and significant property damage.
- 9 of Colorado’s 1,935 dams are in need of rehabilitation to meet applicable state dam safety standards.
- 2% of high hazard dams in Colorado have no emergency action plan (EAP). An EAP is a predetermined plan of action to be taken including roles, responsibilities and procedures for surveillance, notification and evacuation to reduce the potential for loss of life and property damage in an area affected by a failure or mis-operation of a dam.
- Colorado’s drinking water infrastructure needs an investment of $5.32 billion over the next 20 years.
- Colorado ranked 34th in the quantity of hazardous waste produced and 33rd in the total number of hazardous waste producers.
- Colorado reported an unmet need of $440 million for its state public outdoor recreation facilities and parkland acquisition.
- 32% of Colorado’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- 31% of Colorado’s major urban highways are congested.
- Vehicle travel on Colorado’s highways increased by 79% from 1990 to 2007.
- Colorado has $2.13 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs.
- Colorado’s 2008 budget spent $66 million less on non-transportation infrastructure projects than state agenicies believed they needed.
So, despite the fact that Colorado could use the money (jobs would be created here too), Michael Bennet, the “Democratic” candidate for Senate, is acting more like a John Boehner than the “liberal” he pretends to be.
Bennet is the kind of “Democrat” we’ve got to send to the unemployment line.
It’s a good morning for me personally but it isn’t a good morning for the people affected and threatened by the Boulder wildfire. We’re under a high wind warning for this afternoon — with gusts up to 50 mph — so the news couldn’t be worse in terms of fighting that thing.