Waldo Canyon fire update

There were clouds in the sky today and what appears to be rain near the mountains and the fire area.  The fire didn’t grow much last night which was good news.  Looking from the east side of Colorado Springs early today it seems much less intense. The smoke was only visible in a few areas. The fire is still at only 5% contained although things are going much better today.  Of course the winds could change it all again.

UPDATE: 347 residences destroyed. 10% containment.

UPDATE II: 25% containment, 2 dead.



Supreme Court lets OBAMACARE stand

What has the SCOTUS told us?  That it’s not their job to determine what kind of country we live in.  They seem to parse every court case to the point that no real outcome is ever attained.  No case is ever really solved.  But maybe that’s their purpose. They’ve pushed this fight back to the politicians.  We’ll get what we deserve.

In the mean time here’s a little Bill Whittle.

Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs City limits

The fire today took a strong turn for the worse.  With gusting winds hitting 65MPH the fires pushed into the front range and Colorado Springs City limits.  For that latest check out the following sites.







According to El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa over 32,000 people have been evacuated.

The photos hear are amazing.  http://www.krdo.com/news/-/417220/15282990/-/jw3x1j/-/index.html

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Photo from Robie Blair to KRDO

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Photo from the KRDO link.

Mandatory evacuation Map


It’s going to be a long couple of days here. 

Wildfires in Colorado

This is starting off as a very tough fire season with seven ongoing wildfires in Colorado.  It seems someone has been starting fires in the Woodland Park area of Colorado area over the last week.

The nearest fire to my location is the Waldo Canyon fire.  It’s located just northwest of Manitou Springs. 

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Some youtube video from yesterday.

Day 1
Day 1

The welfare world…

IMF piles pressure on Germany to help struggling eurozone banks directly

…The head of the International Monetary Fund has piled pressure on Germany by recommending a series of crisis-fighting measures that chancellor Angela Merkel has resisted…

…One of Lagarde’s recommendations for Europe was that eurozone leaders should consider issuing bonds or debt "in some form" backed by the governments of all member countries. Berlin opposes the idea because it would put German taxpayers on the hook for foreign debts and increase the country’s cost of borrowing…

I bet that whole European Union thing looked really good in the beginning.  The idea that a group of correct thinking European countries could build a coalition that could bring Europe to the center stage again was exciting. Little did Germany know they would be paying for the entire experiment.  But then there aren’t many people anywhere in the world today that actually want to work for a goal.  They all feel too special for that. Why the Germans agreed to working with the historically less than motivated is beyond me. 

Of course we here in the good old USA are only slightly better than Greece these days.  Too many people are continually wanting something for nothing. 

Afghanistan progress

NATO troops killed by Afghan security forces: Timeline of rogue attacks

Two NATO coalition troops were killed at a joint base in Zhari district in Kandahar on Thursday after two Afghan men, one of whom was apparently a soldier, turned their weapons against them.

Thursday’s shootings come less than a week after two NATO troops were shot and killed inside the Interior Ministry in Kabul. The Taliban took responsibility of the killings and said that the shooter was an insurgent infiltrator in the Afghans’ security forces. The incident prompted the top U.S. general in Afghanistan to recall all NATO personnel working in Afghan ministries in Kabul.

The shootings are the latest in a series of attacks by Afghan security forces — or militants disguised in their uniforms — against U.S. and other members of the coalition forces.

Last year, there were 566 coalition military fatalities in Afghanistan. This year, there have been more than 40 deaths so far.

Here are some of the major incidents since 2009 of attacks by Afghans wearing police or army uniforms against NATO forces.

Read the rest of the article for the timeline this year on Green on blue incidents.

Nothing to see here folks just move along….

Maybe not a socialist

https://i0.wp.com/www.jimpoz.com/quotes/speakers/sowell.jpgThomas Sowell is always a great read.  I’m currently working my way through is book, "Intellectuals and Society".   In the preface Sowell states, "Intellectuals and Society, seeks instead to explain ideological differences by differing underlying assumptions about the facts of life, the nature of human beings, and the nature and distribution of knowledge".  So far it’s been quite useful.

Below is a small excerpt form Dr. Sowell’s June 11th 2012, Washington Examiner opinion article.

Socialist or Fascist

It bothers me a little when conservatives call Barack Obama a "socialist." He certainly is an enemy of the free market, and wants politicians and bureaucrats to make the fundamental decisions about the economy. But that does not mean that he wants government ownership of the means of production, which has long been a standard definition of socialism.

What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector.

I recommend reading the entire article. 

I also recommend Thomas Sowell’s very large but easy to read “Basic Economics.