[W/VIDEO] AQMD Chairman Compares Huntington Beach Fire Pit Smoke to "Carpet Bombing" Devastation of Vietnam War

Categories: Environment
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Burke: BARF...
South Coast Air Quality Management District chairman William Burke isn't an OC resident, but methinks he's already on the short list for this year's Scariest People issue. He probably would've ended up on the list anyway for his board's laughable move to try and ban the fire pits in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, but he sealed the deal this past Friday during a public hearing on the subject, when Burke stunningly compared the smoke emitted by said fire pits to the devastation wrought by carpet bombing during the Vietnam War.

Um, okay...

Burke's comments came after fellow board member Dennis Yates first brought up the subject. "I don't think there's a lot of people in this room who were in Vietnam," Burke replied, before noting that he served. Then, things got weird.

"The aerial view of Newport Beach fire rings looks like a carpet bombing then...I'm telling you," Burke said. "Now...that had gone from my mind maybe 20 to 30 years ago, but I looked at the aerial photograph and I thought, 'Oh my god, this is Vietnam revisited!'

The AQMD chair immediately tried to backtrack from his pendejo remarks, adding, "It's really not that bad because Vietnam was horrible." But when Huntington Beach Independent columnist Chris Epting told the board he found the comparison offensive, Burke got angry.

"I know what I saw, and that's the way I see it," he snapped. "Don't question me, don't question Yates' opinion or my opinion."

Man, where's Dennis Hopper when you need someone to portray a whacked-out Vietnam vet?

Thankfully, Epting shot video of Burke's stupidities. Pay attention in particular to Burke's doddering way of speaking: doesn't he sound like the impression Gilbert Gottfried makes on Howard Stern of an old Groucho Marx?


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16 comments
BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

For the love of Benji, I hate it when these guys trot out their veteran status as if to say 'I love my country more than you and therefor cannot be questioned or challenged!' Sorry, but your service in 'Nam or Iraq, the Somme or behind a desk as a REMF doesn't give you special insight into everything or make you an unmitigated expert on all you behold. I really hate guys that do that.

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

Epting's performance is outstanding (and props to Gustavo for reporting it.)  Burke looks to be such a blithering fool that just sitting on the same panel with him is probably enough to provide a contact high.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Dennis Hopper, like Bela Lugosi, is dead.

RonaldMexico
RonaldMexico

How in the fuck do these people ever get into any capacity of making decisions beyond changing their underwear? And this has nothing to do with liberal vs conservative, this is common sense of public use property.

jasongarneryoung
jasongarneryoung

Yet he ignores the nightly spewing of chemicals over the City of Anaheim by Disney?

Nat Richards
Nat Richards

I think it's time we think about abolishing the SCAQMD as they obviously have nothing usefull or vital to do with their time.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Libtards gonna libtard.

dale_c
dale_c

Is this guy snorting his Centrum Silver or something?

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@RonaldMexico No no no. They came for the smokers and I didn't complain because I'm not a smoker. They came for the hunters and i didn't complain because I'm not a hunter. They came for the off-roaders and i didn't complain because I'm an off-roader. They came for the frisbee throwers and I didn't complain because i don't throw frisbees. They came for the gun owners and i didn't complain because I don't own a gun. You either believe that people are free to do what they want as long as it doesn't hurt other PEOPLE (not stupid animals) or you don't. Now they're coming for your fires Mexico. Shouldn't even be an AQMD. Fire those idiots. 

robert_kavanaugh
robert_kavanaugh

Don't give them any ideas, I kind of like the fireworks.

mer_la_mer
mer_la_mer

@vegandawg23 wait so he's a veteran AND a liberal? OMG your brain must be exploding right about now lol

nowaybro
nowaybro

@vegandawg23 Libtards love bonfires on the beach....this guy is from Pluto, sort of like Sarah Palin is from Uranus.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@mer_la_mer @vegandawg23Green Power Foundation’s Man of the Year Award also. You're brain is already gone i'm afraid if you think they'd give a republican that award. Loony leftist is what he is. 

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@mer_la_mer @vegandawg23Environmental Justice program; Asthma and Outdoor Air Quality Consortium; Brain & Lung Tumor and Air Pollution Foundation are all things he started. Libtard nonsense. Know any conservatives who care about "Environmental Justice", doubt anyone with a brain even knows what that means. 

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@nowaybroHe has served two terms as the President of both the State of California Fish and Game Commission and the Wildlife Conservation Board. More libtard organizations. Conservatives don't care about Wildlife Conservation. This idiot probably is the one who started all the hunting and lead ammo bans. Now he wants to ban beach fires like libs want to ban smoking everywhere. 

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