Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Reponsibility And Irresponsibility: The California Fire Story

I see nothing wrong with tie-in promotions. It's always been a viable marketing tool, in the business world and always will be. Snacks as part of (or near) a beer display, during football season has worked wonders for snack companies all over. Here is a memo (via Drudge) reportedly sent to CNN employees from Joe Klein:

Joe Klein: Great job on the 8 o'clock special on Friday; great job on the fire coverage. We shouldn't irresponsibly link this to Global warming, but this is a nature story, so we should be able to use it to push to the Planet in Peril special tomorrow night.

I must say it surprises me that Klein is using some caution here. But be that as it may, he is. And he should be applauded for it.

Now, let's look at an article that contains a highly irresponsible statement by the Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Harry Reid:

“One reason why we have the fires in California is global warming,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters Tuesday, stressing the need to pass the Democrats’ comprehensive energy package.

Not only is this irresponsible, it ignores the real reason that fires are getting bigger and harder to control out west, these days. Here's where the real responsibility lies:

Whenever someone tries to suggest clearing underbrush out of these areas so as to reduce the amount of material that can burn, some crazy environmental group pitches a hissy fit, mainly due to the fact that some species of animal will be endangered. That's not the sad fact of it all, because that's just the nature of these radical elements.

The outrageous part of this whole thing is, the government actually listens to these bozos and in some areas they pass laws prohibiting residents from doing this on their own property. And every fire season, many people lose everything because of this poor judgment.


mustang said...

What you've said about the Senate Majority Leader is particularly true if an AP story that references an FBI report linking CA fires to possible Al Qaeda involvement can be verified. I came across this connection at Atlas Shrugs.

LASunsett said...


I saw that article, Drudge linked to it earlier today. It may be premature to assume this, or it may not. But the sad part of it is we have to constantly think of terrorism each and every time something explodes or is otherwise destroyed through some form of act.

One case is being called arson, so far. But who knows about the rest? I know it looks awfully suspicious, because these fires all popped up real fast.

Greg said...

Wow - I hadn't heard that story. But I'm sure that even if there was arson, it wasn't terrorism, because all know that the "war on terror" is only so-called. It's a mere bumper sticker. A fiction invented by the Bush junta to justify perpetual war. Because Islam is a religion of peace. Because the enemy is us.

[big sigh]