Skip to comments.Perry disgusted by newspaper cartoon depicting Texas plant explosion
Posted on 04/27/2013 8:11:03 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he's disgusted a California newspaper ran a cartoon that depicts him boasting about booming business in Texas, then shows an explosion, a week after a fertilizer plant explosion killed 14 people in a Texas town.
Perry said he wants an apology from the Sacramento Bee on behalf of the town.
The cartoon in Thursday's edition shows Perry crowing that "Business is Booming," flanked by signs saying "Low Tax!" and "'Low Regs!" It's a play on the Republican's often
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Yeah, the same guy who votes for the likes of Moonbeam, Kammala, Feinstein, Boxcar and others taking the formerly great State of California down the toilet
And his job is to be “provocative”? In other words, not about truth or opinion, but divisive and obnoxious, the best way in today’s MSM to sell its fishwrap.
Disgusting, childish idiots. No wonder California sucks now.
Business IS booming in Texas, despite industrial accidents. The fact that this explosion will NOT deter people and businesses from moving to Texas because Texas has LOW regulations! Besides, anyone who builds houses around fertilizer plants is stupid to the boot and does not deserve to blame others.
The MSM will give the cartoonist, the paper and the editor a pass on this obvious cartoon done with hatred and bad taste. If the cartoonist had been a Republican he/she would have been fired when the first Democrat whined about it.
What does he expect from the Land Of Fruits and Nutz....sympathy? satan owns land in Kaleftfornia.
Just dropped the Bee a note! Everyone should do it too! We don’t take it because we have an ample supply of toilet paper.
Jack Ohlman is a fine example.
The Sacramento Bee - must be some transplants from San Francisco ...
California liberals have absolutely no respect for human life. DemocRATS are truly THE PARTY OF DEATH. Their exploitation of the Newtown shooting is so hypocritical. They used the deaths of those children for their own political gain. To the liberal ‘RATS, the shooting in Newtown was just another opportunity for them to execute another one of their exploitation schemes. It’s so easy to understand now why the liberals were so happy and excited when that shooting occurred.
I’m waiting for his cartoon indicting Kermit Gosnell.
Kermit is against any abortion regulations and killed people.
It would be remarkable if the left would ever get the facts before politicizing a tragedy. No one knows if stronger law would have prevented this, As I understand at this point it is pretty clear the company was not following Texas and Federal laws regarding reporting chemicals.
So where is the blame for OBama for not enforcing Federal law? The same place Stuart Leavenworth's brain is at. Nowhere.
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... and judging from the comments there doesn’t seem to be a democrat who’s not a sociopath. F em all.
With them its politics uber alles.
I would say in general political cartooning has been in a dark age for decades.
I want to be one of them. Anyone looking for a good MEMS process engineer?
10 of the 14 people killed were first responders who rushed to the nighttime blaze.
Alleged gunman in Hadiya Pendleton slaying was on probation for weapons conviction
Gun prosecutions under Obama down more than 45 percent
enforce them thar laws and regulations!
The cartoonist is a hypocrite if he owns products made in china.
Someone needs to publish on on CA showing two families with Mexico on their backs holding a little baby with the words EBT, Welfare and citizen ticket on the blanket.
That would be far more true than that Texas cartoon.
Considering the failure of the systems in California to protect its citizens from the hazards of illegal alien criminals, they are in no place to shine a light on anyone.
Will the cartoonist create another about how great immigration is in Boston?
Maybe the “cartoonist”, Jack O-hole, would like to explain how lower regulations in the state of Texas was responsible for the plant explosion... especially since the investigation has uncovered no definitive cause. Leftard Kalifornicator scum...
This is a classic re-direction and demonization....TX, NV et. al., are taking job after job away from CA and the liberals there refuse to deal with the reality behind the cause: Progressive government.
Even when CA becomes re-patrioted with Mexico these idiots will be blaming big-business and conservatives for all their woes.
Has it been determined that this was in fact an accident? Or is it more coverup for Islamic terror?
Saving a copy of this cartoon down and posting it again the next time California has a disaster and asks Texas for help. How many of our firefighters rush to California every time they have a wildfire?
The local people did not build houses around a fertilizer plant - the grain company illegally stored fertilizer near those homes.
Blaming the townspeople - many of whom lost everything, including family members - is pretty repulsive, especially given the heroism and stoicism so many of them displayed.
If anyone deserves opprobrium it is the scum at that business who violated Texas law and put their neighbors in danger because they didn't want to act like responsible adults.
They are still looking for a cause but I would bet it was an accident. It was a very old factory dealing with some pretty highly volatile chemicals. There were very high winds and lightening in the area at the time. It started as a fire first which triggered the explosion. Also, it doesn’t make sense to be terrorism. It is almost in the middle of nowhere. Not very high profile. Not exactly the type of target a terrorist would look for. I doubt most would even know where West is. Heck, until this happened, I would bet half of the folks in Dallas didn’t even know where West was.
There are very few places in this country where you are safe from some sort of potential ‘accident’ and blaming either the people who live close or the factory for doing what they do is a futile exercise. The statistical probability of something happening is so low and events so rare it is not on people’s minds the worst case scenario like this. I would bet that every single one of us live within a mile or two of something that could do similar damage if the circumstances were right. You can’t predict it nor just assume people should move away from it.
People naturally move closer to their employment. As plants age, sometimes safety measures degrade. Accidents happen.
My girlfriend’s daughter just left her God hating, dope growing, jobless husband and arrived in the Sunshine state with her four children. U-haul tried to rip her so bad she wouldn’t have had enough left to buy the necessary fuel for the 3,000 mile trip. I found her a good deal from FL and she arrived safely, ...on a prayer and a wing. I’ve been trying to get them out of that environment for a couple years.
I had to work out there for a while...I’d never do it again!
Those commies out there don’t deserve any form of energy or water.
The are sinking in debt. They’ve driven off most industry and many of the actual taxpayers are leaving there in droves.
They can poke fun of TX all they want, but the bottom line is on the balance sheet...and they are in the RED and it’s going to be a whole lot worse for them before it gets better.
because Texas has LOW regulations!
For what it’s worth regarding regulations Texas isn’t the only one with regulations involved in this explosion.
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 werent 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.
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 EPAs 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.
“10 of the 14 people killed were first responders who rushed to the nighttime blaze.”
True, and this is the case with most extreme situations; when everybody is running away, first responders are running into danger. The nature of their job makes them vulnerable.
That being said, I do not see how your statement relates to my previous comment.
The Bee, my home town paper. Used to deliver them as a kid. They are about as left as you can get. Read the letters to the editor and you’ll get a view into the Bee and Sacramento’s idiots who think the gov has all the answers.
” DemocRATS are truly THE PARTY OF DEATH.”
“That was not a very intelligent comment on your part.
The local people did not build houses around a fertilizer plant - the grain company illegally stored fertilizer near those homes.”
I don’t think “West Fertilizer Company” would be illegally storing feritilizer.
“Blaming the townspeople - many of whom lost everything, including family members - is pretty repulsive, especially given the heroism and stoicism so many of them displayed.”
Personal responsibility — you take responsibility to your own safety! And lets not get libtard emotional arguments in the mix. We can talk like rational and logical people.
“If anyone deserves opprobrium it is the scum at that business who violated Texas law and put their neighbors in danger because they didn’t want to act like responsible adults.”
Bull. Anyone who builds or resides in residential complexes around a FERTILIZER plant are to blame. Personal responsibility and individual freedom should come to play here.
What is not mentioned, and may or may not be applicable, are the requirements of the plant insurance carrier. The insurance industry, particularly the highly protected risk (HPR) segment has well known and published standards for ammonium nitrate storage that often form the basis for code making organizations. This however, appears to be a change of hazard that requires reporting to the underwriter.
There are plenty of regulations as you illustrate but no regulation can guarantee that they are properly implemented, enforced and guarantee a 100% risk free environment. The principle of diminishing return also applies. California's pursuit of being 100% risk free, if that is what the seek, is both theoretically impossible and can be overwhelmingly expensive. They will get their risk-free state by driving every risk out, and that means all human activity.
The publisher of the Bee at the time was booed off campus of a local university for attacking the Bush administration for being "mean" to the suspected terrorists -- Bee employees responded blaming the parents of the students as being "uninformed" or just plain stupid.
It goes on and on..
for years and years Bee articles never mentioned Republicans / conservatives without tagging them "controversial," "divisive," or the like.
A long-time (Bee favorite and former) mayor embraced Red China while pushing to get the military bases (two AF and one Army) kicked out of town. She got her wish they are all gone.
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What regulation should they have, to ban houses around these plants... that regulation monger would probably say so. You’re right, stupid down to their boots.
Certainly looks like speculation at best that the two issues had anything to do with one another.
How everybody THINKS for themselves and ACCEPTS PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY rather than wanting to ban this and that and beg for government regulations. You live near the industrial area with fertilizer plants, you accept the risk. Life has risks, so mitigate it; don’t run to the government to protect you from your own decisions.
It’s unclear yet whether any legal violation happened. That’s why the cartoon was so gratuitous.
I’m betting on lawsuits that will bankrupt the company, if the normal kinds of consequences to such a thing follow. And there is such a thing as working together to mitigate risks, like developers wanting to build nearby making an agreement to pay the company to erect blast walls.
A good retort would be Obama talking about our “booming economy” with a side panel reading “boom” with a fiery sign that reads..”Boston Marathon”!
Some collaboration between the factory and the residential complexes might have made sense. Was the factory there first?
Of course they immediately apologized profusely.. yet..
"January 14, 2000 in News SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A newspaper photographer who returned safely from such flashpoints as Panama, Haiti and Somalia was in serious condition Tuesday after a savage beating suffered while taking pictures for a springtime feature." It took ages for the best and brightest Bee brains to report the racial aspect of this racist attack.
That fertilizer company is toast — but a new company will start, I am certain, to meet the demands. Cannot stop free market.
I just hope that residential buildings do not spring up around it. I also hope that big-government-so-called-conservatives do not advocate for “sensible regulations.”