I find it funny that Texas government officials are falling all over themselves to let the residents of West, Texas know that they are large and in charge. I know that many in Texas and around the country believe with all of their hearts that the government is useless. The scariest thing is that old Ronald Reagan line, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
Well, now, the good folks of West need help. They need someone to check the air quality and make sure that it is safe. Who’s going to do that? They need low-interest long- and short-term loans so that they can rebuild. Who’s going to do that? The town will need grants to rebuild infrastructure. This is where the government needs to step up and do their jobs.
Now, I don’t know what caused the explosion in West, Texas. I do know that for the most part plants do not spontaneously combust. Ammonium nitrate is the compound that was made at the West plant. This product is made by a simple chemical reaction. The chemical reaction gives off an enormous amount of heat.
Texas should be very aware of the dangers of ammonium nitrate. A vessel carrying tons of the material exploded in the Texas City harbor in 1947. 581 people died. This disaster resulted in one of the first class action lawsuits.
I have been sent a link to this video on a number of occasions over the past couple months. It is my opinion that many Americans believe with all their hearts that we live in some sort of post-racial America. Nothing can be further from the truth. Please check out this video.
I believe stuff like this happens all the time. Then, when the “powers that be” are confronted, it is simply easier to pretend that racism doesn’t exist and that the intent of these racist actions simply isn’t real.
The Oakland parolee who took the lives of four Oakland police officers knew he was a wanted man and deliberately skipped out on a meeting as part of a feud he was having with his parole agent, his family said today.
Lovelle Mixon’s shocked family, gathering at an East Oakland home where the parolee had been living until recently, apologized to the officers’ families and to the public, and said they don’t understand what might have triggered his burst of violence.
“He’s not a monster,” said his sister, 24-year-old Enjoli Mixon, whose apartment on 74th Avenue was where Mixon was slain in a gun battle with police that left two Oakland SWAT officers dead. “I don’t want people to think he’s a monster. He’s just not. He’s just not.”
“We’re crushed that this happened,” said his grandmother, Mary Mixon. “Our hearts and prayers go out to the officers’ families….This shouldn’t have happened.” (more… )