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Posted - 4/20/2013 9:59:33 PM | show profile | flag this post
Yea, I know, not nearly as headline grabbing or terror inducting as Boston--but this story just plain stinks.
Of course my hearts go out t the victims and their families--and we still don't know how many that is.
When I saw the aerial map
Good Lord. What were you people thinking? "half the town was leveled including several schools and houses five blocks from the plant. But wait, there were houses five blocks from a fertilizer plant? There were actually houses across the street from this plant, and not just houses, but two of the town's three schools"
THEN we have the Republican Hypocrisy Parade. "Now that he needs disaster relief after the fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX, Gov. Rick Perry is full of praise for, and thanks to President Obama" "During his press conference on the situation in West, Perry said, “President Obama called from Air Force One as he was en route to Boston,” Perry said.
“We greatly appreciate his call, and his gracious offer of support, of course, and the quick turnaround of the emergency declaration that will be forthcoming, and his offer of prayers.” Now that Perry needs something, President Obama isn’t such a bad guy."
But the worst is TeaBagger Cruz. "After Calling Sandy Aid Wasteful, Ted Cruz Asks For All Available Resources for Texas"
I guess it's the cynic in me--But the guy didn't give a crap about NY,NJ,CN, 'cause they're just Dem Libs and propably deserved the hurricane.
BUT HEY!! We've got some poor Texas folks that got blown away from what sure appears to be company negligence--and we need Washington's help!!
Lemme guess. These guys are clueless about videotape too. I'm waiting for Cong Barton to apologize to the fertilizer company for those neighborhoods to get in the way of the companys explosions, like he apologized to BP for our shoreline to get in the way of their oil spill.
Posted - 4/21/2013 9:48:28 AM | show profile | flag this post
Careful there, Mpdodgson
That makes you sound like a partisan cynic. How can you question the motives of politicians? Aren't they all just caring individuals just trying to do the right thing?
Don't bother responding, I know what you will say. As always it is just a matter of perspective.
Posted - 4/21/2013 10:30:37 AM | show profile | flag this post
...is a reminder of how government oversight, whether it's local zoning, state state or national inspections, have a real place in this world. As I've maintained many times before here, SOME folks will do anything for money. Putting such a dangerous workplace so close to so many vulnerable people is an example of this (see URL at bottom).
Texas boasts one of the nation's lowest tax rates, and one of the ways they do that is by providing the fewest services.
It was odd to see the video of Rick Perry extolling Obama for his graciousness and quick response. Nearly every other time the word Obama's fallen out of his mouth, it's been associated with what an awful President he is. I wonder what this will do with his Tea Party perception.
Posted - 4/21/2013 4:59:53 PM | show profile | flag this post
The whole sad saga
has been reported on ad nauseum, and most of the time even the citizens invoved have short memories. No, blackedtape, it's not just a matter of perspective, it's a matter of what's on the record, what's right and what's wrong, and the hypocrisy flows from that.
Dozens of Repub Congressmen mugging for the camera at ribbon cuttings for Stimlus programs they howled against for the Congressional Record. Cruz calling "Sandy Relief" "pork"--But 'Where's MY money for Texas. Perry doing the same thing.
Jindal may be the best acrobat of all--after preaching the party line that Washington spends too much-he wanted to know why Washington was so slow in cleaning up the oil spill--which wasn't even our fault. Then we were back to that evil Obama Deficit. Then we were back to praising Obama for the swift response for hurricane aid. Don't these people have peeps to keep track of this??
Taxpayers were on the hook for billions after the BP Spill. Boehner said at the time that was only right. I'd remind you, in that case, BP agreed to plead guilty to 11 felony counts related to the deaths of the 11 workers and paid a $4B fine. Will the fertilizer plant plead guilty to felony death? I dunno. And of course, the larger question, if I've a got a few billion in my bank account, does that mean I can avoid the death penalty by paying a few billion??
And flying under the radar last month was several serveral oil spills. INSIDE the Continental US, which state and local authorities had to deal with, and the taxpayer is paying for. BUT, let's bulldozer the keystone pipelibe throuh--What could go wrong?? The whole situation stinks. (some links to what I said)
Posted - 4/21/2013 9:17:31 PM | show profile | flag this post
tell perry and cruz federal aid is forthcoming..
just as soon as every texas idiot who had any hand in allowing those homes, apartments and schools to be built that close to that plant is arrested and charged..
there is stupidity in the world..and it always seems that, in addition to everything else, stupidity in texas is often king-sized in nature..
classic example here..
Posted - 4/22/2013 11:04:19 AM | show profile | flag this post
Things're Bigger 'n Texas
Posted - 4/23/2013 10:05:37 AM | show profile | flag this post
...state oversight not a problem in West. Toward the bottom of this article is a very troubling fact, one which I have a hard time making right by any measure.
"Environmental groups are targeting several bills in the Republican-controlled Legislature that they say would further relax state oversight. Those proposals include one that would restrict the public's ability to research a company's environmental compliance history."
What purpose could this measure have but to make it more difficult for communities to determine whether they want to invite a company to their town or not? This would also make it more difficult for journalists to determine how compliant--or resistant--a company has been. This is the kind of nasty legislation which bends the rules towards big business and away from operating in the peoples' best interests. And how, in the light of an allegedly free press is this even Constitutional?
Posted - 4/23/2013 12:34:42 PM | show profile | flag this post
VTex.. you're right..
this makes no sense whatever..
what the hell are they thinking.. presuming they are at all?..
you're way closer to it than i am..
Posted - 4/23/2013 1:36:53 PM | show profile | flag this post
there are not a lot of donors to most state legislative races, and it's often harder to follow the money in state legislative races.
There's been a lot of growth in special interest giving to statehouse races in the past decade.
That sort of giving gets special interests this very kind of law.
Posted - 4/25/2013 6:20:27 PM | show profile | flag this post
Are all you people still here? Amazing ...
That's all I got.
Posted - 4/25/2013 7:54:21 PM | show profile | flag this post
btw.. does anyone know if the moral and mental cretins..
from westboro baptist "church" showed up to picket the services..
they'd apparently threatened to..
and a county sheriff (who looks like what you'd ask central casting for as a texas county sheriff) advised them firmly they'd be better off not even trying..
Posted - 4/26/2013 10:50:43 AM | show profile | flag this post
Don't know. I briefly checked out the local TX stations; if Westboro showed up, they didn't make that much of a stink. Thank God.
Also checked out Westboros website; they have a picket schedule, and West Texas isn't listed.
Posted - 4/26/2013 10:54:09 AM | show profile | flag this post
I wonder how satisfying
...being the web director for GODHATESFAGS.COM can be.
I mean, we all would like to do rewarding, soul satisfying work. I wonder how being the guy who brings GODHATESFAGS.COM to the entire world is.
Posted - 4/26/2013 12:33:33 PM | show profile | flag this post
Good point Tex, I didn't even think of that...
Can you imagine Thanksgiving Dinner for example?? Say, Rob, how's the bank? Just fine, thanks. And Audrey, how's the real estate biz goin for ya? Not too bad....thanks for asking...and hey Howard.. how's GODHATESFAGS.COM doing? Your parents must be so proud....and please pass the gravy...
Posted - 4/26/2013 12:36:11 PM | show profile | flag this post
mp..howard's folks probably would be pleased..
that's how they raised him to be..
there are a lot more of those people out there among us that anyone is comfortable acknowledging..