"386 square miles pales with the 2.5 million acres of land that have been burned and scorched beyond recognition," says West Texas Congressman Francisco Canseco (R-Fort Stockton).
And Former FEMA Director Michael Brown thinks that a "snub" like this reeks of politics as he believes Texas deserves a similar response from the federal government. "I think what's going on is we see the Chicago style politics. I'm amazed that he's put FEMA in this awkward position of not allowing federal assistance," says Brown.
According to the Obama Administration however federal assistance has been flowing to Texas by way of grant money, of which several counties are in the process of applying for. "We have already qualified for the federal mutual aid grant which will help local volunteer fire departments recover up to 75 percent of the funds that they utilized during the fire, so that was correct in that stand point," says County Judge David Nicklas of Palo Pinto County, an area ravaged by the wildfires. So far Texas has spent an estimated 70 million dollars combating the states wildfires.
So, why are we, at a time when the Federal Government is crying because it is going broke, spending all this money to help Mexico while saying no to Texas? You tell me, I can not figure it out.
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As long as we are getting riled at the feds, here is another story that gets the blood pressure up.
If you have a child in school, tell them to smile because they are about to be on calorie camera.
Health officials trying to reduce obesity and improve eating habits at five San Antonio elementary schools unveiled a $2 million research project that will photograph students' lunch trays before they sit down to eat and later take a snapshot of the leftovers.
A computer program then analyzes the photos to identify every piece of food on the plate -- right down to how many ounces are left in that lump of mashed potatoes -- and calculates the number of calories each student scarfed down.
Now common on, this is really getting ridiculous. Talk about a nanny state and big brother…. I wonder when they will be sending me a violation notice about that cheeseburger and fries I had last week –hell, I’ll probably get jail time for the chocolate shake… (yes, it was worth it).
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Queen Elizabeth is visiting Ireland today. She will be the first English Monarch to visit Ireland in 100 years. Many people are looking to the visit as a sign of the progress made in resolving the troubles that have plagued that beautiful little nation for so many years.
The Irish do not feel the same way about the British Monarchy as we, in America, do -and they have good reason not too. They had 700 years of a British rule that they never wanted. Welcoming the Queen now is a significant event and I hope it is seen and celebrated in that light. -That said, I am quite certain that more than one ulcer is being aggravated amongst the security people responsible for the Queens safety during this visit....
Live Long and Prosper….