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Texas governor demands apology over newspaper's plant blast cartoon
cnn ^ | April 27, 2013 | AnneClaire Stapleton and Lateef Mungin

Posted on 04/27/2013 5:37:46 AM PDT by JoeProBono

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is demanding an apology from a California newspaper that published a cartoon that seemed to link his push for less regulations to the recent fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14.

"The Sacramento Bee published a disgusting 'cartoon' mocking the deadly explosion in West. While I will always welcome healthy policy debate, I won't stand for someone mocking the tragic deaths of my fellow Texans and our fellow Americans. I have written the editor and asked that they apologize to the citizens of West," Perry wrote on his official Facebook page.

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To: JoeProBono
Utterly Reprehensible (that's disgraceful for those of you in Rio Linda).

To paraphrase our pResident: God Bless Texas!

21 posted on 04/27/2013 7:39:31 AM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Ride for the Brand. Joshua 24:15)
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To: JoeProBono

OMG that is tacky. California has really sunk to new low levels when they can even think of publishing something like that.


22 posted on 04/27/2013 7:43:06 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Don’t hold your breath on that one!El Rushbo has(for years)railed against The Sacramento Bee for it’s”slavishness”to THE LEFT!!I’m sure he will address this on monday.California is”crying the blues”because businesses are leaving in droves for”business-friendly”states like Texas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


23 posted on 04/27/2013 7:43:14 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: JoeProBono

California’s like a third world country. There’s uber elite sections of Californian spewing out liberal elites and vast networks of illegals and lower class types propping those elite liberals up. The middle class is dying in California... and they’re losing companies to other States. That’s where the anger’s coming from - it why the paper printed a jealousy-based type cartoon.


24 posted on 04/27/2013 7:49:55 AM PDT by GOPJ (The screed of so-called journalists: 'If it doesn't fit, you must omit.' - - freeper Vigilanteman)
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To: fella

Perry is trying to prove what government works, and what doesn’t. Only problem is liberals would rather burn their state down rather than emulate a conservative one. They really
don’t care.


25 posted on 04/27/2013 7:52:51 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: JoeProBono

I deal with industrial companies all the time here in Georgia. When it comes to getting building permits we are consistently told by local permit departments, especially when dealing with hazardous or compustable materials, that building and operations must comply with federal building codes. I’m sure the fertilizer plant was in complete compliacne with federal codes. Just because Texas has low regulations does not mean they can reduce regulations below federal requirements. The BallSac newspaper is a piece of crap.


26 posted on 04/27/2013 8:03:23 AM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: JoeProBono

This is an opportunity. Instead of demanding an apology the leftist haters won’t give, how about an “editorial cartoon contest” for Texans to create a cartoon as offensive to Californians as this cartoon was to Texans.

Offer, say, a $1,000 prize to each of the top 10 cartoons chosen that really offends Californians. $10,000 total. You can bet there would be a lot of takers, and the ‘purse’ is small enough that it could probably be raised from contributions.


27 posted on 04/27/2013 8:25:45 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: bboop

SacBee knows who and what side “their” bread is buttered on, sadly Kalifornicate’s butter is rapidly turning to cheap margarine.


28 posted on 04/27/2013 8:26:11 AM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

I’m sure the fertilizer plant was in complete compliacne with federal codes. Just because Texas has low regulations does not mean they can reduce regulations below federal requirements. The BallSac newspaper is a piece of crap.

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At some point in the future we may know if they met compliance standards. Info isn’t that easy to obtain from the public info about the explosion.

A few things will be explored as this analysis moves forward. From an article linked below:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/20/us-usa-explosion-regulation-idUSBRE93J09N20130420

snip:

Fertilizer plants and depots must report to the DHS when they hold 400 lb (180 kg) or more of the substance. Filings this year with the Texas Department of State Health Services, which weren’t shared with DHS, show the plant had 270 tons of it on hand last year.

A U.S. congressman and several safety experts called into question on Friday whether incomplete disclosure or regulatory gridlock may have contributed to the disaster.
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Apart from the DHS, the West Fertilizer site was subject to a hodgepodge of regulation by the EPA, OSHA, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Office of the Texas State Chemist.

But the material is exempt from some mainstays of U.S. chemicals safety programs. For instance, the EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) requires companies to submit plans describing their handling and storage of certain hazardous chemicals. Ammonium nitrate is not among the chemicals that must be reported.

In its RMP filings, West Fertilizer reported on its storage of anhydrous ammonia and said that it did not expect a fire or explosion to affect the facility, even in a worst-case scenario. And it had not installed safeguards such as blast walls around the plant.

A separate EPA program, known as Tier II, requires reporting of ammonium nitrate and other hazardous chemicals stored above certain quantities. Tier II reports are submitted to local fire departments and emergency planning and response groups to help them plan for and respond to chemical disasters. In Texas, the reports are collected by the Department of State Health Services. Over the last seven years, according to reports West Fertilizer filed, 2012 was the only time the company stored ammonium nitrate at the facility.

It reported having 270 tons on site.
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29 posted on 04/27/2013 8:29:05 AM PDT by deport
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To: JoeProBono
Good for him. Most Republicans would wimp out.
30 posted on 04/27/2013 8:32:50 AM PDT by McGruff (You are either with us or you are with the RINOs.)
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To: McGruff

Just because Perry flubbed a debate, which 99.9% of us would do likewise, by no means indicates he is not one of the best Governors Texas has had.


31 posted on 04/27/2013 8:44:25 AM PDT by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: JoeProBono

California mind set it’s expected.


32 posted on 04/27/2013 8:56:35 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Dudoight

Yep, Cali is regulated to the hilt - and what is stunning is how many lo fo’s really think bureaucratic regulators are about safety. HAH, they’re about control, period.


33 posted on 04/27/2013 8:57:43 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: X-spurt
Governor Perry is growing on me. Maybe I’ll come down to the Alamo if comes to that.
34 posted on 04/27/2013 9:22:08 AM PDT by McGruff (You are either with us or you are with the RINOs.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright
No, just to Cali liberals. You should want the Cali biz people fleeing the state....

Most biz people in California ARE liberals.

35 posted on 04/27/2013 9:49:16 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: BykrBayb
Which of those dead Americans do you consider Californians, and therefor not really Americans?

The ones who turned the state I grew up into the commie police state cesspool that it is now. But I am not aware of any Californians dying in the accident near West, TX.

36 posted on 04/28/2013 9:23:41 AM PDT by EricT. (Another Muslim terrorist. Who saw that coming?)
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To: EricT.
Read this again. While I will always welcome healthy policy debate, I won't stand for someone mocking the tragic deaths of my fellow Texans and our fellow Americans.

To which you replied that the people he called "fellow Americans," (the people who died) were not what you would call fellow Americans.

37 posted on 04/28/2013 12:06:35 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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