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