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April 29, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Back on April 19, while reacting to the strange violence of that week, I wrote:

If there’s a lesson to be learned from this week, it’s that if there’s an emergency, rely on the burly, decisive ones around you and not those chattering about themselves in the peanut gallery, trying to score political points off it all. The first will give their life for you without hesitation. The second will watch you die and then turn your corpse into a political pinata, also without hesitation.

Then a few days later, on April 25, the Sacramento Bee published this cartoon.

Gov. Perry is outraged and has demanded an apology. The Bee has doubled down. There won’t be an apology.

Jack Ohman’s cartoon of April 25 made a strong statement about Gov. Rick Perry’s disregard for worker safety, and his attempts to market Texas as a place where industries can thrive with few regulations. It is unfortunate that Gov. Perry, and some on the blogosphere, have attempted to interpret the cartoon as being disrespectful of the victims of this tragedy. As Ohman has made clear on his blog, he has complete empathy for the victims and people living by the plant. What he finds offensive is a governor who would gamble with the lives of families by not pushing for the strongest safety regulations. Perry’s letter is an attempt to distract people from that message.

As of yet, there is no cause known for the fire that led to the explosion. The investigation is ongoing. The best that can be said of the Bee is that it is extremely premature in judging that any policy, local, state or federal, had anything at all to do with the accident. Yet the Bee, ostensibly an outlet of journalism and keeping watch on government as a member of the fourth estate, leaps immediately to conclude that more government regulation is the answer, and Gov. Perry is personally at fault. Why the Bee doesn’t similarly find Democrats at fault for, say, the murder rates in cities they govern or the fiscal calamities facing the blue states is a question the paper’s readers should demand that it answer. The Bee should also answer why it has published just three stories about the Gosnell trial, which is clearly linked to longstanding government policies at the state and federal level, and none of its stories highlight those links at all. One story notes the lack of inspections at Gosnell’s clinic, but does not connect that blind eye to the politics of abortion. Another of the Bee’s stories presented the defense case in its headline.

The only word I regret writing in that predictive April 19 post is “pinata.” “Puppet” would have been more accurate. Leftists like Jack Ohman and his employers at the Bee claim “empathy” with the victims, but that’s a lie. They’re happy to have victims to exploit, and eager to exploit them. They are are making puppets of the dead in West in making claims on behalf of the victims that they may not have made in life. The living matter far less to these leftists than the dead. The living can, at least, speak up for themselves.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Did Governor Perry kick OSHA out of the state ?
How many different agencies are investigating the explosion ?
Any conclusions made by them yet ?
How many confusions have the progressives churned out over this ?
What is the U.S. DOJ doing ? Is it worth paying their wages ?

Validate your 2nd Amendment Rights . Carry .
51 weeks ago
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Just a quick clarification since I cannot find an edit button... My comments were not directed at this paper who brought this cartoon to our attention. It was meant for the fool from Califiornia. Sorry if my comments and their direction was misunderstood.
51 weeks ago
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Once again the sound of ignorance is deafening.. Stating that the explosion in Texas was a directresult of poor health and safety laws and such is pure lies and represent completely irres[ponsible reporting. If you would like proof, then go to CSB.gov. This is the website for the US Chemical Safety Board. The peupose of thise organization is to research chemical accidents in an effort to determine why they happen. These accidents are neither all that rare nor are they located in states like Texas. Investigations of accidents hae included those in New York, Missouri, West Virginia, Virginia, Mass., etc. So stop with the hateful ignorance and pray for the poor souls that suffereed in this blast. But as you do so, place the fault where fault lies, the complicated nature of chemistry.

Yet again ignorance over responsible reporting. Know nothing about guns, then make all sorts of damning statements about them. Know nothing about chemistry, do the same. Seems like the left is making this their SOP. Disgusting!
51 weeks ago
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Yes. Low taxes and low regs do equal a financial boom. Thanks Sacramento Bee for advertising that there is a way out of recession that isn't Obama's way.
51 weeks ago
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Texas shouldn't be immune to criticism or afraid of it. All they have to do is show how their safety record compares nationally and let the numbers speak for themselves. I have no idea what the number is. Texans are smart I'm sure it is fine.

Then they should point out the bankruptcies of CA cities and Oakland residents having to arms themselves due to lack of police protection.

Don't be so sensitive.
51 weeks ago
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Rex, part of the sensitivity is 10 of the 14 people who died in West were first responders who were trying to deal with the fire. The other sensitivity is we don't know what happened to cause a fire to become a massive explosion that could be heard 60 miles away. Ammonium nitrate mixed with diesel fuel is a very potent explosive, but ammonium nitrate fertilizer by itself is just the strong oxidant. We don't know if the plant was doing something dangerous in violation of some existing safety regulation or if we have a unforeseen problem requiring new regulations and safety procedures.
51 weeks ago
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If I were the governor of Texas, aka Saudi Arabia with Stetsons, I'd also be eager to change the subject by blaming a cartoonist. After all, there really isn't excuse for allowing umpteen tons of explosive fertilizer to be stored near schools, hospitals, and residences.

51 weeks ago
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Please don’t waste your time and energy on the likes of Jim Harrishmuck a.k.a. Jim Hitlerson. He has venomous opinions on every topic, even ones he knows nothing about. He is simply too ignorant to understand how ignorant he is. However, he thinks he knows everything about everything and thinks he has the solution to all of the world’s problems. The guy is what Thomas Sowell might call a self-anointed messiah. He believes that civilized and successful people and countries are intrinsically evil and he has a vicious hatred of Jews and of Israel. His posts are often incoherent ramblings. He evades questions, he tells outright lies and he throws tantrums. Please don’t waste your time and energy on this immature, malignant, narcissistic, attention-starved, anti-Semitic demagogue.
51 weeks ago
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Let me see if I understand you correctly; because the fertilizer plant was there before the houses, nursing home and school, you think the plant should have been required to move its entire business just because someone built next to them? Upteen tons? And at 200 lbs. an acre to fertilized for sprigging, just how much fertilizer do you think it should have been storing for use in spring planting season? 20 pounds?

Wouldn't it be better to just let people think you are uninformed than to prove it?
51 weeks ago
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Zane1, you're wasting your time responding to Harrishmuck. He's a cancerous tumor. If people ignore him, he'll shrivel up like a radiated carcinoma.
51 weeks ago
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The food you eat is a result of fertilizer, ingrate. You have no idea of the process. You do not know why things are done the way they are. You just think it can magically happens without risk. Typical Liberal thinking. You want the benefits of modern conveniences, but you think it can magically happen without risk or pollution or even industrial ugliness.

Let me show you how ignorant your statement was. Do you have a gas station near you? Probably several, right? Right in the middle of busy thoroughfares, right? Do you have any idea how explosive those can be? But you think nothing of it. You count on the safety features. Well, same for the fertilizer plant.

We do not know why the plant exploded, yet, but you rush to judgment. You assume there was some unnecessary risk, perhaps some lack of regulation. What if it were sabotage, a deliberate act? Or maybe, it was just some other criminal activity? We do not know, but you sure enough offer your ignorant opinion.

Next time you eat a meal, give thanks to God, and give thanks for all those people in flyover country who grow it for you, and who maybe endure the necessary risk of some fertilizer exploding, so that you might eat.
51 weeks ago
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Marc Malone: Check out Harrishmuck's blog. Much of it is incoherent and self-contradictory. Then you'll get an idea of who you're wasting your time on.
51 weeks ago
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And yet where do you keep the contents of your skull?
51 weeks ago
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Mr. Preston,

PLEASE use the word Statist, and not the word "leftist".

Left/Right is really meaningless. Statist is more clear and tells you all about the world-view of the person you've described.
51 weeks ago
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It was probably Rick Perry's fault when the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) gas pipeline ruptured and exploded south of San Francisco a couple of years ago, too. Or was that Governor Rerun-Moonbeam's fault?

In either case, the Bee didn't have any political points to score back then...
51 weeks ago
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Toledo Blade ran with that uncomic a couple of days ago. I'll see if they apologize
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