Indians Fire Entrapment, 6/11/08

The Accident Prevention Analysis Report of the burn-over of 4 firefights of Engine 71 on June 11, 2008 during the Indians Fire on Los Padres National Forest has been released. It is a lengthy report, and I cannot reproduce it here in its entirety, but you can read it here:

Click to access Indians_Fire_APA_2008.pdf

The story portion of the report is fascinating reading and includes maps, photos, and well as depictions. Anyone interested in how this came about, will find this interesting reading. Three of the 4 firefighters were burned. One remained in the hospital for a week. All were lucky.

Fiscal responsibility

I am trying to stay out of my political thoughts here on my blog, but with the budget impasse, my bank’s failure, and now the sub-prime fiasco, I just can’t seem to stay away from it. So, I post this from the Obama campaign, for those that are interested.

We are facing a financial crisis as profound as any we have faced since the Great Depression, but there’s something you can do to make your voice heard right now:

The Obama campaign is asking folks to support a responsible recovery plan that is fair to taxpayers and will fix our broken economic policies moving forward.

It’s actually a very simple plan:

* No Golden Parachutes — Taxpayer dollars should not be used to reward the irresponsible Wall Street executives who helmed this disaster.

* Main Street, Not Just Wall Street — Any bailout plan must include a payback strategy for taxpayers who are footing the bill and aid to innocent homeowners who are facing foreclosure.

* Bipartisan Oversight — The staggering amount of taxpayer money involved demands a bipartisan board to ensure accountability and oversight.

Join me and support these principles for economic recovery:
And some humor (I think) to combat the seriousness of the situation(s) we are facing:

Dear American: I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has had a crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation movement in the 1990s. This transactin is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to so that we may transfer your commission for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully,

Minister of Treasury Paulson

BTW, I clicked on the link in the above, and sent an email, including Obama’s 3 principles and a personal note. Just for grins.