Terror alerts and small towns

I read the MSNBC article regarding the US Civil response to the events in London. The small town they use is called Markleeville, which is on the east slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. It is the county seat of Alpine county, which has a grand population in 2004 of 1,190 people and borders the county that I grew-up in.

I read the article with some insight into the region they were talking about. Imagine my surprise when I find out that folks in Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California (combined population: 10,735,438 in 2004 30% of CA’s total) were upset that tiny Alpine county got 20% more funding per person than their counties did. Here is what the article had to say:

“…Alpine County took some heat locally in 2003 and 2004 when newspapers in Los Angeles and Ventura County learned that the tiny, rural jurisdiction had received nearly 20 percent more money per capita for homeland security preparedness than California’s major cities.”

To the folks of Los Angeles and Ventura counties I have to say, DUH! Let’s see… If they get $1.20 for every $1.00 per person you get, they get a grand total $1,429 and you get a total of $10,735,438. I’m sure the actual amounts are higher for each, but you get the idea. In other words, you get 7,512 times as much money as they do, so quit-yer-bitchin!

How in the hell is Alpine county supposed to hunt down and find your sorry Lo-Cal asses when you get lost in the woods on vacation you dolts? Hope that you left a trail of sushi crumbs or something? Because that $1,429 you’re complaining about certainly isn’t going to pay them to find you. It also isn’t going to pay to put out those 50,000 acre fires you cause because you’re too stupid to put your cigarettes out properly or you think it’s a marvelous idea to light fireworks off in the woods when you visit.



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