I have a life-long best friend who lives in Topanga, CA, a stone's throw from Malibu and the firestorm. Her house has been used as a base in these fires in the past, and I once woke up to hearing her being interviewed on NPR by Renee Montaigne. Last night she staffed an evacuation hotline for six hours. And I have a son in LA and many friends in Santa Monica. So CNN flickers on and off in my kitchen.
CNN has a little logo in the lower corner promoting a show they're running tonight called Planet in Peril -- a show about global warming and the destruction of -- everything. It's a nice juxtaposition.
But the topper is seeing the excremental Rep. Duncan Hunter, calling on President Bush -- a "forward-thinking sort of guy" -- to send in the National Guard. But wait, don't we hate the gummint and the taxes that support it? And isn't the scariest thing anyone can hear is "I'm from the government and I'm here to help?"
Oh, no sorry, seems that's only when the table's tilted the other way. Now that it's my house burning, bring in the feds. And where was that forward-thinking Bush guy when New Orleans was drowning?
Well, it's different. Fence-buildin', alien-deportin' president-wannabe Hunter tells us that the people of San Diego have "a lot of character." "We're used to having to sacrifice" he says. "We send the marines out from here to fight for freedom throughout the world."
Ah. Got it. Those poor black folks in Loosiana aren't used to sacrifice. And it's true, the military doesn't use the delta end of the river as the launch pad to Iraq, it uses its fertile fields of poverty for recruitment.
Sorry. The hypocrisy in all this when the shoe is on the other foot makes me see red. Flaming red.