Being a huge fan of the Comedy Central show South Park I am always amused when they blame Canada for everything. Knowing it’s a tongue in cheek parody of us folk to the north, I never take it seriously. Even if they do blame Canada in their minds I know that Trey Parker and Matt Stone realize that it's a joke. But in a “what the hell moment” I am wondering if John McCain thinks twice about what he blabbers on camera these days.
Honest John McCain now says that illegal immigrants are to blame for the wildfires that have ravaged and pillaged his state of Arizona.
"There is substantial evidence that some of these fires are caused by people who have crossed our border illegally," McCain, said at a press conference Saturday after touring the Wallow fire, which began on May 29 and has burned over 500,000 acres to date.
“They have set fires because they signal others, they have set fires to keep warm, and they have set fires in order to divert law enforcement agents and agencies from them,” McCain said.
I don’t know about you but if I am hiding from the border patrol the first thing I am not going to do is set a fire unless I might be a Native American 100 years ago. Honestly I believe that there is a bigger chance that Chief Bigfoot started it. The fire started on the border of New Mexico in a large National Forest far away from any population.
Illegals usually head towards Phoenix, 200 miles to the southwest and other cities. I do not honestly think an illegal would survive in the wooded area where it started. Or might they be lost?
Of course maybe we should believe you Mr. McCain as you once said that Americans walked freely in Baghdad. But you might be right; I hear it gets mighty chilly in Arizona at night.
Did they start the fire to create smoke signals to find out where the nearest Denny’s was? Maybe it was not created by man and it could have been started by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow.
Better still, be like some of us Canadians and blame the French Canadians for starting it. English speaking Canadians have been complaining about the French for decades for a multitude of reasons. I am positive that shouldering something else would not matter. For you see we blame them for forcing us English Canadians to learn a second language, just like Spanish in the United States.
"On Sunday, Tom Berglund, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman, told ABC News that there is no evidence that undocumented immigrants had caused the Wallow fire. "Absolutely not, at this level,” Berglund said.
"There's no evidence that I'm aware, no evidence that's been public, indicating such a thing. He explained further that it was most likely an escaped campfire and two persons of interest were questioned but there have been no arrests as of yet."
McCain should remember that the last major fire was started by a forest firefighter trying to stay employed. Last week a couple of Texans started huge fires while using old propane tanks for target practice. Let’s blame the correct individuals Mr. McCain when the proof is in the creme brulee.
John McCain is a decorated veteran of the United States and should be honoured but lately things that he has said have not made sense. I am here to remind him that if his statements comes back to bite him I'd just go ahead and blame Canada like South Park does. We can take it!
Images and text: Linda Seccaspina 2011
Soft ice cream sign in Almonte, Ontario. It has the best maple fudge ice cream in the world!
Ocularnervosa has been covering the fires on Open Salon. Let us hope they will be over soon.
Viewing this video by anyone who does not possess a sense of humour could be hazardous to your health. Side effects may include, but not limited to: Quebec nationalism, excessive consumption of beer and /or alcohol, covering yourself in blue and white Fleur De Lis, and a distinct French accent. View at your own discretion.
HAPPY ST. JEAN BAPTISTE ON JUNE 24TH.
I miss ma belle province!
BTW: Mr McCain just did a news conference baffled that others are baffled about his statements ..:)