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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 08:24 PM
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Gov. Rick Perry a no-show at Bastrop wildfire site.
Normally I wouldn't inflict this stuff on you folks here. It's bad enough having to deal with it on a daily basis in my life, don't ya know. However, since Perry has decided to shine a national spotlight on his actions, and since we're all political here, I think this is relevant GD discussion. You just may be able to use this to catch the asshat in a lie later on.

Perry a no-show in Bastrop

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - Gov. Rick Perry canceled a walk-through of destroyed Bastrop neighborhoods Saturday afternoon and then was a no-show a press conference where residents and media waited.

His press secretary, Allison Castle, was peppered with questions by media and residents. Castle said logistial issues and a late change in the location were factors in the governor's absence.

"I don't know what to think," said Frans Hendricks, a business owner who lost his home and chocolate business in the Bastrop fire.

The anger and confusion of residents overshadowed the good news that FEMA officials arrived and as of Saturday, the fire is 50% contained.

http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/texas/perry-a-no-show-in-b...



My guess on the actual reason, he probably had a hair appointment.
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rurallib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 08:33 PM
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1. Ought of curiosity - is smoke really bad in Austin?
I am curious what kind of effect it would have on the football game and the crowd.
Just looked at the temp down there and it is 90 - wow.
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rdking647 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 08:38 PM
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2. its not bad today at all.
it was bad earlier in the week. but its been much better since then.
i was in bastrop delivering emergency pet food supplies on wednesday. in the morning the smoke was horrendous. I actually needed my asthma inhaler and I never need it. It was like driving though fog. But by the afternoon id had cleared up. and hasnt been bad since.
If you look at the skyline from my house its a little hazy bu thats about it

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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 08:39 PM
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3. hey, he's a busy guy making gubmint 'inconsequential' in our lives
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 08:47 PM
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4. He might have to explain why he cut the fire fighting budget
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Lone_Star_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 09:12 PM
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6. Not in Texas. Dewhurst is next in line to be Governor here if all goes according to their plan.
Perry is old news here on a local, state, political level. The only reckoning may be on a national level. I don't know if Republicans care that much about that sort of thing though. They're an odd breed of people.
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GreatCaesarsGhost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 08:54 PM
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5. Galileo didn't always show up at press conferences either.
Edited on Sat Sep-10-11 09:24 PM by GreatCaesarsGhost
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K8-EEE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 09:29 PM
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7. Maybe the Catholic Church has him under house arrest!
bwaaaa hahahah!
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Politicalboi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 10:52 PM
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8. Since cutting the firemen budget
He probably thought they would all die, so who is he showing up for again? And are there any corn dogs there?
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-11 11:01 PM
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9. some bird dog probably knows what important assignment he was on...
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cutlassmama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 12:44 AM
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10. didn't want smoke to get in his hairdo
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txwhitedove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 01:03 AM
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11. He's an ass and will never be President. Meanwhile, yes the air quality is
Edited on Sun Sep-11-11 01:14 AM by txwhitedove
bad here in Houston due to fires. There are many other wildfires in Texas besides the Bastrop fire. Just north of Houston a tri-county fire has burned over 22,000 acres (Montgomery/Waller/Grimes). My boss's ex-husband lost his home Friday. My grandson's other grandmother was evacuated a week ago and is sheltering in College Station with friends, relatives and her 16-show dogs. Montgomery County issued face masks because the air is so bad. So, you'd think after this has gone on so long, Perry would show his concerned face somewhere here, right?

http://www.click2houston.com/news/29128410/detail.html

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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 12:08 PM
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12. From the Texas Secretary of State's office in last year's gubernatorial election
Edited on Sun Sep-11-11 12:09 PM by Gman
Bastrop County
Rick Perry REP 9,426 49.68%
Bill White DEM 8,587 45.25%


Bastrop County didn't go very heavily for Perry. that may well be why he doesn't give a rat's ass. They're vindictive like that.
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Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-11 12:20 PM
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13. According to a woman I spoke with yesterday
There may be residents of Bastrop that are not rich. Of course Perry doesn't care.

She lived there most of her life before moving to Seattle a few years ago. She cried when she told me their former house was gone, her son's house was gone, her sister lost her home in Katrina and moved to Bastrop - guess what? Her house is gone, too.

I can only hope there is a toasty corner of Hell for those who believe their own agendas are more important than those who desperately need a helping hand, and Mr. Agenda has something much more critical on his plate, like running for President.

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