September 26, 2011

Oh.No.You.Didn't. FOD v2

What a dipshit.
At an event in Woodside, Calif., Obama took a direct shot at one of his potential GOP opponents, Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Without mentioning him by name Obama mocked Perry as "a governor whose state is on fire, denying climate change."
Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan responded, "It's outrageous President Obama would use the burning of 1,500 homes, the worst fires in state history, as a political attack."
FUBHO.  I got news for you, the most recent fires struck right at the heart of your Texas base.  You just made fun of their homes, pets, memories and some lives being lost.  Douche.
And in the interest of the big picture truth, there were over 1,500 homes lost in the Bastrop fires, but the statewide totals are higher (and this report is from last week, we have had new fires since, which you can follow here):

Texas Fires 2011 Fact Sheet
(All figures are from Nov 15, 2010 to September 23, 2011, unless noted)
Days on Incident: 311
Personnel currently on incident: 1,346
States that have sent firefighters or other personnel:
49 plus District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Total fires in Texas since Nov. 15, 2010: 23,519
Total acres burned in Texas since Nov. 15, 2010: 3,795,280
(Exceeds previous record of 2,105,361 acres set in 2005-2006)
Fires in Texas in 2011: 21,480
Fires nationally in 2011: 59,048
Proportion of total national fires in 2011 that occurred in Texas: 36.3%
Acres burned in Texas in 2011: 3,795,280
Acres burned nationally in 2011: 7,679,998
Proportion of total national acres that burned in Texas: 49.4%
Ten-year U.S. national average acres burned: 6,325,548
The 4 largest wildfires in Texas history occurred in April 2011.
Texas counties where Texas Forest Service has fought wildfires: 192 of 254
Homes and structures saved:49,789
Homes saved: 34,756
Homes and structures lost:7,488
Homes lost: 2,742
Texas counties with burn bans: 248 of 254
(exceeds previous record of 221 set in 2006)

H/T to JammieWearingFool, where I saw the Blowie quote first.

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