Today was a busy day in politics, despite it being a Saturday. Barack Obama pulled off a six to four victory in Wyoming (with one county pending as of this moment, but it will not significantly alter the outcome). Clinton's camp may call it a boutique state that sips lattes, but she can personally kiss my ass over that one, when shes done slobbering over McCain first of course. On the other side of the country, much to the fear of Republicans, Bill Foster might just win a victory in northern Illinois, a seat held by none other than ex-Speaker and all around Mr. Dennis "Nastiness" Hastert. Now both victories are great in my eyes, but the best news of the day came from Southern California.
SAN DIEGO—Military security contractor Blackwater Worldwide has pulled its plans to build a training facility in a remote area about 45 miles east of San Diego.
Company project manager Brian Bonfiglio said in a letter submitted Friday to the San Diego County planning department that the site near the small community of Potrero no longer meets Blackwater's business needs.
"After examining the capacity of our existing facilities and our business development goals, we have decided not to pursue plans for a training campus in Potrero," Bonfiglio wrote.
The company had planned to convert a former chicken ranch into a camp that would host weeklong training courses for law enforcement and military personnel. The initial proposal for Blackwater West included 11 firing ranges, a driving track and a helipad in a valley tucked into rocky desert mountains.[...]The company had said the Potrero camp would be an ideal complement to its headquarters in Moyock, and a satellite training center in Mount Carroll, Ill., about 150 miles west of Chicago. The site is a short drive from San Diego and its array of military bases and federal law-enforcement field offices—including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol.
So it went from ideal to unfeasible just like that eh? Nothing to do with the large outcry in Potrero that led to a 180 degree switch in the town's leadership? Sure buddy. I'll believe that right after I come to realize that you run a reputable operation over there in Iraq.
Congratulations to the people of Potrero that put in the hard work and effort to repulse these mercenaries from setting up shop in their town.