Dear folks, I have spent a lot of time in San Diego and am pretty familiar not only with its economic and ethnic and political diversity, but with many of its residents, to whom I must now apologize for saying something so insensitive at a time of such urgency and horror. Look, I hate tragedy and destruction too. When I wrote that I didn't feel bad about the fires engulfing "the Hills" right now I was trying to make a point about how the presence of Heidi and Spencer and Britney and the Terminator and assorted other tabliverse regulars had inured me to the tragedy in much the way the presence of impoverished black people inured a lot of people to the tragedy of Katrina. In part, I blame watching The O'Reilly Factor last night.
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