There has been chatter in Texas recently about how residents are supposed to know if there is an Ammonium Nitrate storage facility in their town. Well it turns out the State of Texas does have a website where residents can search by zip code to find out where the 100 or so storage facilities are located. For now at least.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released an article about the catastrophic explosion at the West, Texas fertilizer plant in April 2013 that killed 12 first responders along with 3 other residents, wounded 200 people, leveled dozens of homes and other structures including a school and pretty much wiped the town off the map. It is worth a read. NFPA Journal: In West’s Wake
It turns out that Texas is one of only two States in the USA that does not have a State fire code. The building was a wooden structure with no fire protection system sprinklers and 60 tons of fertilizer grade Ammonium Nitrate were stored inside. This was a bomb waiting to explode in the middle of a neighborhood.
When Rick Perry brags about Texas’ business friendly environment that shuns all those costly needless regulations, he should be reminded him of this story and all the lives that were ruined. And don’t let anyone ever get away with calling this totally preventable catastrophe an Act of God.
It was an Act of Greed.
Cracker Barrel said it pulled some Duck Dynasty merchandise from its stores over concerns it might offend guests, a move that infuriated thousands of customers and confused many others…
… Television stations in Atlanta and Virginia reported that employees were told to pull Duck Dynasty products from the shelves and slash prices on the remaining products.
So do the people who run Cracker Barrel really think Teabilly Phil is too extreme for their clientele? ha. I can’t wait for the wingnut outrage over this one.
Perhaps this is a normal occurrence that I just haven’t noticed yet, but I was surprised to see that on the home page for Google News in the Business section a story from The New American is being promoted. The New American is the magazine/website published by the John Birch Society, a radical right wing organization that pimps for conspiracy theorists and warns of the impending worldwide takeover by the Bildebergers. Wonderful to see this news site being promoted on Google News. The web edition of The New American is somewhat sanitized compared to the crap that comes in the print version, so maybe Google News is giving the Birchers a free pass because they don’t know better.
Here is the screenshot.
Oh and I’m not providing links to The New American. You can find that by searching the John Birch Society.
An eyewitness told ABC11 that a person brought a loaded semi-automatic pistol to a security check-in area around 1 p.m. Saturday. The gun owner reportedly removed the gun’s slide out magazine, but there was still a round in the gun’s chamber.
When a law enforcement officer went to secure the weapon with a zip tie through the trigger area and around the grip, the gun went off as the zip tie was pulled tight.
Two or three people were injured. Varying accounts said a person was shot in the hand, another in the arm and possibly a third.
Law enforcement officer gun safety FAIL.
How long until the conspiracies start popping up?
RIP to Earl Weaver who was a Hall of Fame manager for the Baltimore Orioles.
I grew up a Tigers fan and while I didn’t like the Orioles much, I loved it whenever Earl Weaver came out of the dugout to argue with an ump during a televised game. MOM HURRY UP! EARL WEAVER IS ARGUING WITH THE UMP!
Here is some raw footage of a typical argument between Weaver and the first base umpire during a Tigers-Orioles game in Baltimore. Classic.
During his program on Friday, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh lamented Friday that he would not be able to attend the presidential inauguration next week. He disclosed that he was, in fact, invited to the inauguration to sit with the wives of the House Republican members. Limbaugh said it would have been ‘cool’ to sit with Republican women, given his prominent role in the ‘war on women.’
I question that he was actually extended that invitation but who knows, there are so many goofballs in the GOP House, it’s not out of the question. It would be perfect to have him there. The cheerleading coach for the GOP House sitting with all the women folk.
This post and the stream of comments will warm your heart.
While the Tea Party/GOP messengers from God in Congress deliberate whether or not to fund disaster relief for the liberal victims of Hurricane Sandy in several Blue States, I thought it would provide some good perspective to go back a year or so and look at how Texas Governor Rick Perry responded to the devastating droughts in Texas in 2011. I wrote this post in September 2011.. Pathteacher: Rick Perry strategy: Cut the fire department budget, pray for rain, call FEMA.
Volunteer fire departments, which cover much of the state, have also faced a 75% state budget cut this year under Perry and the Republican-controlled Legislature.
Withering fields in Texas, the largest U.S. grower, led Governor Rick Perry, a Republican presidential candidate and the son of a cotton farmer, to ask supporters to pray for rain to end a ‘monster drought’ shrinking cattle herds and killing crops.
”..This call came a day after Perry reiterated his request for a Major Disaster Declaration from the federal government for response and recovery, as Texas is still battling more than 50 wildfires.