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« on: November 10, 2018, 05:51:37 pm »


…yet not so much as a peep about it from America's nasty clown president.

If it was Texas burning, Trump would be all over it like a robber's dog, dolling out money to Texans paid-for by Californians' federal taxes.

Just goes to PROVE that America has a “total arsehole” vindictive president.



This enhanced satellite image provided by NASA's Earth Observatory shows the wildfire in Paradise, California. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: NASA/Associated Press.
This enhanced satellite image provided by NASA's Earth Observatory shows the wildfire in Paradise, California. November 8, 2018.
 — Photograph: NASA/Associated Press.


Flames climb trees as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, California. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Noah Berger/Associated Press.
Flames climb trees as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise, California. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Noah Berger/Associated Press.

Flames ravage a van's interior. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Noah Berger/Associated Press.
Flames ravage a van's interior. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Noah Berger/Associated Press.

High winds whip embers around a firefighter. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Peter Dasilva/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/Shutterstock.
High winds whip embers around a firefighter. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Peter Dasilva/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/Shutterstock.

Flames consume a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Noah Berger/Associated Press.
Flames consume a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Noah Berger/Associated Press.

The Camp Fire rages through Paradise. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Noah Berger/Associated Press.
The Camp Fire rages through Paradise. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Noah Berger/Associated Press.

Vehicles and homes burn. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
Vehicles and homes burn. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.

Flames consume a car dealership. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Noah Berger/Associated Press.
Flames consume a car dealership. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Noah Berger/Associated Press.

A firefighter drags a hose as he battles the Camp Fire. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters.
A firefighter drags a hose as he battles the Camp Fire. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Stephen Lam/Reuters.

The Paradise Inn hotel burns. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
The Paradise Inn hotel burns. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.

Embers fly as wind and flames from the Camp Fire tear through Paradise. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
Embers fly as wind and flames from the Camp Fire tear through Paradise. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.

A Jack in the Box restaurant burns. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
A Jack in the Box restaurant burns. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.

Flames swallow a car. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
Flames swallow a car. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.

A store burns as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
A store burns as the Camp Fire tears through Paradise. November 8, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.

Embers blow in the wind as the Camp Fire engulfs a KFC restaurant in Paradise, California. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.
Embers blow in the wind as the Camp Fire engulfs a KFC restaurant in Paradise, California. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

A Cal Fire firefighter monitors a burning home as the Camp Fire moves through the area in Magalia. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.
A Cal Fire firefighter monitors a burning home as the Camp Fire moves through the area in Magalia. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.

Flames from the Camp Fire burn through the Paradise Pines neighborhood of Magalia. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Peter Dasilva/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/Shutterstock.
Flames from the Camp Fire burn through the Paradise Pines neighborhood of Magalia. November 9, 2018.
 — Photograph: Peter Dasilva/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/Shutterstock.


A fireman cuts into a garage door at a burning apartment complex in Paradise. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
A fireman cuts into a garage door at a burning apartment complex in Paradise. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.

The melted taillight and bumper of a car at a destroyed auto dealership in Paradise. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Peter Dasilva/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/Shutterstock.
The melted taillight and bumper of a car at a destroyed auto dealership in Paradise. November 9, 2018.
 — Photograph: Peter Dasilva/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/Shutterstock.


Firefighters try to keep flames from spreading from a burning home to a neighboring apartment complex as they battle the Camp Fire. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.
Firefighters try to keep flames from spreading from a burning home to a neighboring apartment complex as they battle the Camp Fire. November 9, 2018.
 — Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.


Businesses burn under a smoky sky in Paradise. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
Businesses burn under a smoky sky in Paradise. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Josh Edelson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.

A piece of art sits outside the burned remains of a home in Paradise. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press.
A piece of art sits outside the burned remains of a home in Paradise. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press.

Cars abandoned by fleeing residents of the Magalia and Paradise Pine areas line the Skyway road in Butte County. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Peter Dasilva/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/REX/Shutterstock.
Cars abandoned by fleeing residents of the Magalia and Paradise Pine areas line the Skyway road in Butte County. November 9, 2018.
 — Photograph: Peter Dasilva/European Pressphoto Agency/Agencia-EFE/REX/Shutterstock.


Officer Randy Law tends to a rescued horse as a wildfire burns in Paradise. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Noah Berger/Associated Press.
Officer Randy Law tends to a rescued horse as a wildfire burns in Paradise. November 9, 2018. — Photograph: Noah Berger/Associated Press.
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2018, 03:22:55 pm »


A moronic fucking clown blunders into California to see for himself the damage caused by the California wildfires of the past few days…


President Donald J. Trump waves as he arrives on Air Force One at Beale Air Force Base on Saturday to visit areas hit by the California wildfires. — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.
President Donald J. Trump waves as he arrives on Air Force One at Beale Air Force Base on Saturday to visit areas hit by the California wildfires.
 — Photograph: Evan Vucci/Associated Press.


(click on the photograph to read all about the stupid fuckwit's visit to California in the wake of the disastrous wildfires)
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2018, 04:56:48 pm »


from the print edition of the Los Angeles Times…

Trump visits fire-ravaged California

He puts political fights aside to see damage in person, but not all victims welcome him.

By BEN POSTON, ANGEL JENNINGS, DOUG SMITH, ALEJANDRA EYES-VELARDE and TERESA WATANABE | Sunday, November 08, 2018

President Donald J. Trump in his second visit to California since his election, walks through a Malibu neighborhood on Saturday to assess wildfire damage. — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.
President Donald J. Trump in his second visit to California since his election, walks through a Malibu neighborhood on Saturday to assess wildfire damage.
 — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.


A SOMBRE President Trump toured the devastation of California's deadly wildfires on Saturday, striking a chord of unity as he vowed to marshal the power of the federal government to help recovery efforts in a state he has long criticized.

Trump seemed shocked as he visited the charred landscapes of the Camp and Woolsey fires, which have killed more than 70 people and left 1,200 others unaccounted for, destroyed more than 12,700 structures and largely erased the picturesque town of Paradise in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

“Hopefully, this will be the last of these, because it was a really, really bad one,” Trump said. “People have to see this to really understand it. As big as they look on the tube, you don't see what’s going on until you come here.”

Trump was joined in his afternoon visit by Governor Jerry Brown and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom as they put aside political tensions to discuss how to join forces to help the state recover and prevent future wildfires.

The president vowed to help California “100%” and did not repeat controversial — and hotly contested — remarks he made last weekend that blamed the disasters on California's fire and forest management.

“I think everybody's seen the light,” he said. “We're all on the same page now. It's all going to work out well.”

Trump even had warm words for Brown, a political nemesis who has loudly criticized him on climate change, environmental regulations and immigration.

“I've known Jerry for a long time but I think we've gotten closer today than we've got over the last 20 years,” Trump said. “We both want to come to the right conclusion. And the right conclusion is we have to get these forest fires to stop.”

Brown, for his part, thanked Trump for putting a spotlight on the tragedies, and Newsom praised him for issuing major disaster and emergency declarations, which will provide federal funding to cover up to 75% of California's cost to remove debris, conduct emergency activities and provide transitional sheltering.

The Trump administration has also issued three grants to provide similar levels of funding to states to cover the costs of assistance to California.

On Saturday, authorities announced that eight more bodies had been found the day before in Butte County and that the number of people unaccounted for jumped from 631 to 1,276.

Authorities are continuing to comb through 911 calls, emails and other reports of missing people.

Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said, however, that the list of the missing is dynamic and may include people who were counted twice, whose names were misspelled or who may not know they are considered missing.

Trump also met on Saturday with survivors of the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks in a private meeting at Point Mugu Naval Base. A gunman opened fire at a local bar on November 7, killing 12 people before taking his own life.

Trump did not address his views on gun control, but he called the shooting a “horrible event in a great area.”

It was just his second trip as president to the nation's most populous state. He made his first visit in March to inspect border wall prototypes outside San Diego.

To survivors of the blazes, Trump's visit was welcomed, criticized, or largely ignored amid the urgent need to find shelter, arrange schooling, seek financial help and worry about pets left behind.


President Trump, second from left, is accompanied by first responders on Saturday as he tours parts of Malibu devastated by recent wildfires. He seemed shocked as he visited the charred landscapes of the Camp and Woolsey fires, which have killed more than 70 people. — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.
President Trump, second from left, is accompanied by first responders on Saturday as he tours parts of Malibu devastated by recent wildfires. He seemed shocked
as he visited the charred landscapes of the Camp and Woolsey fires, which have killed more than 70 people. — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.


At a disaster recovery center at the Chico Mall, hundreds of survivors of the conflagration that destroyed Paradise stood in line to replace documents and apply for federal aid.

Pam Kopping, 46, still gets the chills when she thinks about her escape: ash falling like rain, smoke so thick she could hardly see or breathe.

She and her two sons, ages 6 and 10, are fortunate to have a place to stay with an aunt in Chico, but they are scrambling to figure out whether the children's charter school will resume classes.

Those concerns weighed more heavily on her mind than Trump's visit.

“I'm so thankful to be here,” she said.

Another survivor, Pam Weaver, recalled the surreal scene on the day the Camp fire broke out: talking to her sister on the phone about last year's wildfires in Santa Rosa — then seeing embers flying everywhere outside her window.

She had to evacuate and later learned she had lost her home.

Weaver said the president's visit made her feel that her town is “not forgotten.”

“I think it's going to make the community feel like they're important,” she said.

But Sean Bandstra, 43, was one Trump supporter who was offended by the president's comments blaming California fires on mismanagement.

“That's the first thing he comes up with?” Bandstra said. “I could do without him.”

A similar scene played out in Malibu, where dozens of federal, state and local agencies set up tables inside a Los Angeles County courthouse to help residents with aid.

Carol Bretonne, 78, stood behind more than a dozen people to find help to rebuild her Malibu home.

It was the second time she'd lost everything. A 1978 blaze destroyed her house. A year later she started construction on a new one, which was charred by the Woolsey fire.

She worried about the high cost of debris removal, which her insurance doesn't cover. She was still grieving the loss of her neighborhood — and, a week later, her mother, who died of old age. The double tragedies left her unconcerned about Trump's visit.

“What is he going to do?” she asked. “He doesn't do anything.”


Trump put aside his political tensions with Governor Jerry Brown, right, and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, left, on his second trip to California since his election. “You don't see what's going on until you come here,” he said. — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.
Trump put aside his political tensions with Governor Jerry Brown, right, and Governor-elect Gavin Newsom, left, on his second trip to California since his election.
“You don't see what's going on until you come here,” he said. — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.


Carrie Armstrong, 57, of Topanga Canyon, spent six days holed up in her niece's Van Nuys apartment with her cat and dog. She returned, grateful to be alive, with her home still standing.

The worry has turned to anger as she thinks about Trump visiting her home state.

“He's only visiting because he got so much flak and negative feedback” from his tweet blaming the state for the disaster, she said.

“He's still the president,” she said. “He shouldn't speak so badly about people [in crisis]. He hates California.”

Steven Cordrey, 52, stood nearby. He lost his house in the 1994 Malibu fires but said this time was worse because he has not been able to get any information about his house.

“It's 2018!” he said, his voice shaking with emotion. “This is a travesty. We have not been allowed in [his neighborhood] for nine days. We're treated like criminals when I go to checkpoints to ask.”

He believes he spotted rubble where his home once stood when Caitlyn Jenner posted a video from her hilltop home that panned across the neighborhood.

“That's how all of us found out,” he said. “Nine homes. Nine neighbors. That's not OK that's how we found out there's no neighborhood and nobody's there.”

Despite the tremendous devastation in the Malibu hills, Cordrey said on Saturday that some things remained the same: surfers catching waves, trees tinged with fall colors swaying in the wind, and the sun reflecting off the rippling ocean.

“It's very surreal,” he said. “Because where we're at, there is nothing.”

In Topanga, people streamed in and out of the post office to pick up mail as they struggled to return to normalcy.

Ryan Victor, 47, was among the thousands of area residents forced to flee their homes when the fire began nine days ago.

First on his list: Pick up the pile of mail that had accumulated since he evacuated from his Topanga home.

As he went about his errands, he said that he had become numb to Trump's rhetoric, but that this was different.

“The idiotic things that come out of his mouth doesn't register much anymore,” he said. “But I'm outraged over the hypocrisy.”

He noted the president's accusatory tweet, followed by what now seems like a show of support and compassion by visiting.

“With him, as long as he signs the check” to help with the recovery “and doesn't withhold federal funds for forest management, that's all that matters,” Victor said. Everything else is just “a lot of noise.”


Nick Schuler, deputy chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, guides Trump through a Malibu neighborhood razed by the Woolsey fire. The president said he would help California “100%”. — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.
Nick Schuler, deputy chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, guides Trump through a Malibu neighborhood razed by the Woolsey fire.
The president said he would help California “100%”. — Photograph: Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.


Jesse Gordon, 49, said he opposes many of Trump's policies and thinks his visit could be positive, but it would take more than that to make a difference.

Trump could redeem himself through action by supporting and crafting policies that protect the coast, parks and addresses climate change, he said.

“It's not about pointing the finger,” he hopes Trump learns. “It's what can we do to keep us all safe in this planet that is changing so quickly and dangerously.”

Last week, Trump upset Californians after tweeting that forest mismanagement was to blame in large part for the fires.

“There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” he tweeted. “Billions of dollars are given each year, with so many lives lost, all because of gross mismanagement of the forests. Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

Representative Doug LaMalfa (Republican-Richvale), who was traveling with the president on Saturday, briefed reporters shortly before Air Force One landed in California about the significance of forest management, according to a White House pool report.

“The president wants to get something done on this,” LaMalfa said. “We need to be a lot more aggressive.”

LaMalfa dismissed criticism of the president's earlier tweet on forest management as having more to do with its timing and politics than the substance of the argument.

He said that forest management does not mean clear-cutting but rather thinning and creating buffers around populated areas.

“Without forest management, things can go wrong,” he said.

Trump continued to talk about forest management on Saturday.

“We've got to take care of the floors, you know, the floors of the forest. It's very important,” the president said.

He also alluded to Finland, saying that country focuses “on raking and cleaning. They don't have any problem, and when it is … I know everyone is looking at that.”

The reference to Finland puzzled some, because its ecosystem is so different from California's.

Trump, however, made it clear on Saturday that his embrace of California and its environmental values will only go so far.

Asked about whether his views on climate change had shifted, the president said no: “I have a strong opinion,” he said. “I want great climate.”

And the political polarization toward him is also not likely to change.

On the way to Point Dume, some utility workers held a sign on the side of the road that read: “Make America great again.”

Another cardboard sign read: “Not my President.”


__________________________________________________________________________

Los Angeles Times staff writers Nicole Santa Cruz in Paradise, California, and Noah Bierman in Washington contributed to this report.

• Ben Poston is a data journalist at the Los Angeles Times. A native of Springfield, Ohio, he worked on “Behind the Badge”, a series that detailed the flawed hiring practices by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He also published an investigation that found the Los Angeles Police Department routinely misclassified violent crime data. A three-time Livingston Award finalist, Poston has won several national awards, including a George Polk Award, a Gerald Loeb Award, a National Headliner Award and Sigma Delta Chi’s award for First Amendment reporting. Prior to working at the L.A. Times, he was the data editor at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

• Angel Jennings is a reporter for the metro section of the Los Angeles Times. She covers issues that affect residents in South Los Angeles. Since joining the L.A. Times in 2011, Angel has written for the Business section and covered education. She is a native of Washington, D.C., and graduated from the University of Nebraska.

• Senior writer Doug Smith scouts Los Angeles for the ragged edges where public policy meets real people, combining data analysis and gumshoe reporting to tell L.A. stories through his 45 years of experience covering the city for the Los Angeles Times. As past database editor from 2004 through 2015, he hunted down and analyzed data for news and investigative projects. Besides “Grading the Teachers”, he contributed to investigations of construction abuse in the community college system and the rising toll of prescription drug overdoses. Smith has been at the L.A. Times since 1970, covering local and state government, criminal justice, politics and education. He was the lead writer for Times' coverage of the infamous North Hollywood shootout, winner of a 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Between 2005 and 2008, Smith made five trips to Iraq on loan to our foreign desk.

• Alejandra Reyes-Velarde started as a Metpro reporter at the Los Angeles Times in 2017. She previously wrote for the San Francisco Business Times and covered local news and crime for the Sacramento Bee. She received her bachelor's degree in communication studies from UCLA, where she worked at the student-run Daily Bruin. Originally from Duarte, California, Reyes is a native Spanish speaker.

• Teresa Watanabe covers education for the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the L.A. Times in 1989, she has covered immigration, ethnic communities, religion, Pacific Rim business and served as Tokyo correspondent and bureau chief. She also covered Asia, national affairs and state government for the San Jose Mercury News and wrote editorials for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. A Seattle native, she graduated from USC in journalism and in East Asian Languages and Culture.

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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2018, 03:15:03 pm »


Trump is only now supplying federal aid to California because he has copped so much shit over his first ignoring the plight of Californians caught up in these fires, then making moronic statements blaming California for the fires, when most of them occured in federal forests under the control of the federal government.

America's “clown president” is a nasty piece of shit who doesn't even deserve to share the same air with the rest of the human race.
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A DC-10 aircraft drops retardant over the Woolsey fire in the Santa Monica Mountains in southern California. — Photograph: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times.
A DC-10 aircraft drops retardant over the Woolsey fire in the Santa Monica Mountains in southern California. — Photograph: Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times.
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