The Santa Barbara Fire

The big fire down by Santa Barbara is at 4,000 plus acres. This morning the smoke showed up in the Antelope Valley. At sunrise we realized it wasn’t high thin clouds.

I had to fuel my pickup and stop at the exchange before heading home. When I left the exchange, I could smell the smoke. Jets taking off were disappearing in short order on climb out from the base.

On the way home, I broke out my Trusty Nikon and grabbed a few pictures at the California City Boulevard turnoff. I give you those pictures.

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Cal City Boulevard looking North
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The San Gabriel Mountains
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Another shot of the San Gabriel Mountains
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Looking West toward the Tehachapi along the utility service road parallel to the 58
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Another view of Cal City Boulevard

I also decided to include the link to the latest on the fire from KTLA 5 out of Los Angeles.

Brush Fire Burning in Santa Barbara County Grows to 4,000 Acres; 5 Percent Contained

Relative toCurrent Events

I shared this on Facebook when someone did the same on my page.
After the deadly shooting in Orlando, I thought it gives pause for thought.

“I stand behind you in line at the store with a smile on my face…and a gun under my shirt and you are none the wiser, yet you are safer for having me next to you. I won’t shoot you. My gun won’t pull it’s own trigger. It is securely holstered with the trigger covered. It can’t just go off. However, rest assured that if a lunatic walks into the grocery store and pulls out a rifle, I will draw my pistol and protect myself and my family and therefore protect you and your family. I may get shot before I can pull the trigger…but, I won’t die in a helpless blubbering heap on the floor begging for my life or my child’s life. No, if I die it will be in a pile of spent shell casings. I won’t be that victim. I choose not to be. As for you, I don’t ask you to carry a gun. If you are not comfortable, then please don’t. But I would like to keep my right to choose to not be a helpless victim. There is evil in the world and if evil has a gun, I want one.”

Some men just want to watch the world burn.

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I’ve read a lot of stupid commentary this morning, and apparently Christians and guns (the actual guns, not the people who wield them) are a bigger threat to our freedom than radical Islam. Radical ideology is a threat to liberty. I know we don’t want to think about it, because it’s scary, but throughout history radical ideology has been the cause of most death and destruction. I’m not going to list the standard, boilerplate equivocations because right here, right now the current threat is radical Islam. Radicalism has come in many flavors throughout the centuries, but the current nasty flavor is Islam. So what do we do?

We bury our dead. We mourn them. We pray for their families. We face facts and we act. I don’t know what that looks like practically, but there are smarter people out there who can envision those scenarios. Disarming the populace and burying…

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