The mayor, along with making a jurisdictional-territorial battle out of this, channeling Nero while "Rome" burned, instead of doing his job, violated Homeland Security Presidential Directives 5 through 8, first directed by "W" after 9/11, that define the coordination and implementation of all-hazards preparedness in the US, to respond to major disasters, and emergencies.
He also totally ignored all dictates of the NIMS 402 Incident Command System protocols for executives and senior officials that coordinate authorities in disasters like this.
There was a complete lack of a coordinated Incident Action Plan that the responder's leaders consider crucial, which led to a breakdown in communications at critical locations.
There was a total resistance to the ubiquitous "mutual aid" agreements which ALL municipal emergency responders have to lend assistance across jurisdictional boundaries.
After Action Report
page 11: 23June:
Colorado Springs EOC active by 12:30. (The fire already WAY out of control) So... at this point, the time he wasted the day before is haunting the responders and risking lives and property.
page 53: Communications.
No ISC 205 Form Plan. (How are they going talk to everyone?)
This was a crucial failure on 9/11 and the lessons should have been learned then. The cell phone technology totally let them down.
page 59, Item 2.6....
"I am working on task books right now!"
Page 70: Logistics.......issues.....
"could not meet the needs of their people working"
Page 75.... "not enough people"
This addresses the ideological portion of the failure: neocons and teabaggers cutting funding for public services because they want to pirate-tize every service we pay our taxes for.
Lipstick on a PIG.
This stupid cartoon is offensive to all sentient beings with opposing digits but also represents a total tabloid method of inciting reaction and division at the cost of violence and disenfranchisement to a large segment of society.
The use of the adapted Westboro Baptist Church slogan (godhatesfags.com) also shows the hypocritical religious fanatic element (taliban) in all this and the attempt by these cowards to find some ancient manuscript from proto-humans to excuse, defend, rationalize or immunize their pre-existing BIGOTRY.
Example: Chick Fil A, the editorial staff of this paper and Westboro Baptist cite Leviticus as their support for this offensive position BUT Chick Fil A offers bacon and sausage plates (pork) in violation of that very cave-man era document AND, in their clothing catalog, for those that insist on advertising their ignorance, they offer t-shirts made of "cotton-poly blend" in violation of the same neanderthal values, which require that the violators be stoned to death.
Is this really the level to which we have sunk in the 21st century to debate the constitutional protections for equal laws for ALL people?
We can't do any better than ignorant pre-humans 5,700 years ago?
Are you really going to defend people that want us to regress to those times?
First, congratulations on your recent award, Adrian.
Raising the fairs on the most vulnerable and NOT raising the advertising rates on the bus benches, busses and bus stops continues the hidden subsidy of the corporations who advertise there. Those faces on the bus benches are real estate agents who depend on developers and their "strong" developer mayor.
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