Democrats lied, candidates died

The usual suspects: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, and Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Sander Levin issued a statement on Democrat trade policy rejecting a free trade agreement with our closest ally in Latin America, Colombia. According to them, it cannot be approved until “concrete evidence of sustained results on the ground in Colombia” regarding issues such as violence and corruption have been shown. This action was taken in July, and is now beginning to bear fruit.

Two candidates in Sunday’s regional elections in Colombia have been killed, bringing the total of candidates killed during the campaign to at least 21.

“There are still investigations underway, but we believe this is the Farc,”

Government officials say 21 candidates have been killed, although other sources put the toll higher at 29.

President Alvaro Uribe announced last week a $25,000 reward for any information leading to the arrests of those responsible for the murders of candidates.

Colombians will vote on Sunday to fill some 15,000 regional posts, including governors, mayors, regional assembly members and municipal officials. source

If Colombia’s hard left was upset before with Mr. Uribe, this has really stirred up the nest. Their only hope is help from Washington so they are returning to what worked before, this time recyling tired old charges that the president has links to paramilitary groups and insisting that the government has been protecting assassins who target union leaders.

Democrats seem only too happy to help. They can’t invoke the Leahy Law against civilians but blocking the FTA in the name of “human rights” is just as good. It satisfies the “sandalistas,” who still dream of a Cuban revolution for all of Latin America, and it makes the most important Democratic Party constituent, the AFL-CIO, happy by knocking off any threat of new international competition.

This may be good for shoring up the Democrat’s base but it is harmful to U.S. geopolitical interests in the Western Hemisphere and to an important U.S. ally and it will dash the hopes for a better life of millions of impoverished Colombians. Either the Democrats have very poor foreign policy judgment or they have sympathy for the devil.

The Democrats’ interventionism also damages the U.S. image in Colombia because it trivializes the will of the Colombian people. Mr. Uribe is immensely popular and the FTA, which he has made his own project, has worked its way through the democratic process. Who are the Democrats to say that the country is not worthy of the partnership? And as for support for the FARC, which Sen. John Kerry (D., Mass.) once claimed had “legitimate complaints,” Democrats might like to take note of the events surrounding the murder of the lawmakers and the public’s reaction. source

San Diego hopes for slowing winds

Yahoo News–(AP)
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“If the weather cooperates, maybe we can turn the tide.”

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SAN DIEGO – On the fourth day of a vicious firestorm, exhausted firefighters and weary residents looked forward Wednesday to a break — an expected slackening of the fierce wind that has fanned the state’s explosive wildland blazes.

Forecasters said the Santa Ana wind whipping across Southern California will begin to weaken late Wednesday afternoon, followed by cooling sea breezes. The 16 wind-fed wildfires have destroyed nearly 1,300 homes and forced a half-million people to flee.

The shift could allow for a greater aerial assault and help firefighters beat back the most destructive blazes, said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff during a tour of an evacuation center at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

“If the weather cooperates, maybe we can turn the tide,” he said.

Crews were anticipating an injection of additional firefighters and equipment from other states, mostly throughout the West. Frustration over the firefighting effort began to emerge Tuesday when a fire official said not enough had been done to protect homes.

Orange County Fire Chief Chip Prather told reporters that firefighters’ lives were threatened because too few crews were on the ground. He said a quick deployment of aircraft could have corralled a massive blaze near Irvine.

“It is an absolute fact: Had we had more air resources, we would have been able to control this fire,” he said.

The fires have burned 410,000 acres, or about 640 square miles, causing at least $100 million in damage. Twenty-one firefighters and at least 24 others have been injured. One person was killed by the flames, and the San Diego medical examiner’s officer listed four other deaths as connected to the blazes.

The state’s top firefighter said Prather misstated the availability of firefighters and equipment. Eight of the state’s nine water-dumping helicopters were in Southern California by Sunday, when the first fires began, along with 13 air tankers, said Ruben Grijalva, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Grijalva said the fires, spread by winds that at times topped 100 mph, would have overwhelmed most efforts to fight them.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger dismissed the criticism when questioned by an ABC News reporter, and praised the rapid deployment of fire crews and equipment across a region from north of Los Angeles to the Mexican border.

“Anyone that is complaining about the planes just wants to complain because there’s a bunch of nonsense,” he said. “The fact is that we could have all the planes in the world here — we have 90 aircraft here and six that we got especially from the federal government — and they can’t fly because of the wind situation.”

Thousands of people packed evacuation centers, where many had an agonizing wait to find out whether their homes had survived. At the Del Mar Fairgrounds in northern San Diego County, which was converted into a shelter, many stared at television sets blaring reports from the fire lines and damaged neighborhoods.

“We’re going crazy trying to get back into our apartment just to see what kind of damage we’ve got,” said Tim Harrington, who arrived at the racetrack with his wife, son and their two pet rats. “Then we’ll pick up the pieces from there.”

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at 10/24/2007 6:56:56 PM

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Comment posted by SwampWoman
at 10/24/2007 5:14:51 PM

Yep. Lots of folks want to piss and moan publicly without being sure of their facts, don’t they?

Comment posted by SwampWoman
at 10/24/2007 5:11:42 PM

Yikes, just saw that Indonesia had another bigass (7.1) earthquake and a tsunami warning has been issued.

Comment posted by SwampWoman
at 10/24/2007 5:08:47 PM

One third of the avocado trees were wiped out with additional acreage in danger. Now that’s gonna hurt because I’m lovin’ that guacamole.

Comment posted by Nuke
at 10/25/2007 3:54:30 PM

True ‘dat.
But, the problem down here wasn’t as much FEMA as it was the coordination of 1st and 2nd responders from the local and state level.

Comment posted by Melissa
at 10/25/2007 3:51:18 PM

So its pretty scary… They are now saying this is a larger emergency than Katrina. Only now FEMA showed up in time w/ food and supplies, and that didn’t happen here.

Its so insnae the way everthing is happening.

Comment posted by SwampWoman
at 10/26/2007 6:44:45 PM

FEMA was never intended to be the first responder. FEMA is not there to save somebody’s ass but to provide backup.

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