Rick Perry slams ‘detestable’ cartoon mocking Texas deaths; Sac Bee plays the victim

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s office expressed disgust with the stomach-turning Sacramento Bee cartoon ” that used the tragic deaths of 14 Americans to take a tasteless swipe at the governor. As Twitchy reported on Friday, cartoonist Jack Ohman said he depicted Perry watching the deadly West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion next to a “Low Regs” flag to “make a point.”

The Bee published a letter from Perry that said, “I won’t stand for someone mocking the tragic deaths of my fellow Texans and our fellow Americans.” He continued:

Additionally, publishing this on the very day our state and nation paused to honor and mourn those who died only compounds the pain and suffering of the many Texans who lost family and friends in this disaster. The Bee owes the community of West, Texas an immediate apology for your detestable attempt at satire.

So, did Sacramento Bee editorial editor Stuart Leavenworth apologize?

Of course not.

That’s right, he doubled down on the message that Gov. Perry is responsible for the deadly West, Texas, explosion.

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.

Perhaps worse, he played the victim on behalf of the cartoonist.

Quit beating up on our delicate flower! He’s got tragedies to politicize and that’s damn near impossible when the fragile dear is swooning onto his fainting couch.

The West, Texas, explosion killed 14 people, many of them first responders, but a cartoonist is the victim.

As Perry wrote, detestable.

  • TocksNedlog

    I think we’re finding out exactly what kind of ‘sac’ this bee is.

  • shimauma

    hopefully this newspaper will go out of business soon.

    • Sarah

      Are we killing the messenger?

      • Joe W.


      • TocksNedlog

        Not to worry. There are plenty of other left-wing spew messengers around.

        • shimauma

          Pray then “Return quickly, Lord Jesus” and hopefully get this world straightened out once and for all.

      • shimauma

        I don’t think a two bit libturd news feed qualifies as a reliable messenger, especially since todays lame stream media is all about feeding lies to the uninformed voter for the sake of the socialist elite in DC.

      • Michelle

        If there is a message to be conveyed, do you really think using a cartoon is the best way to do it? There’s a better way to have that conversation than to make a cartoon (which is the same as making a joke) about a situation where 14 people died. I think the “message” is less of an issue than how it was delivered. In a decent world, people don’t make cartoons about the loss of 14 souls.

      • mickeyco

        Any chance we get.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        No, figuratively ‘killing the messenger’ would be a statist shut down of the free press and would explicitly forbidden by the Constitution. The free market will take care of the SacBee just as it took care of Current TV. By the way, what ‘message’ did the cartoonist have that was based in truth? You do realize that such plants are federally inspected, no?

      • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

        Well, it’s all about the free market.

    • California Rob

      i doubt it. the bee sells around 1 million papers a day. but hey, thanks for playing though.

      • 1SkepticalChick

        That’s just packing material for all those moving out of CA.

      • shimauma

        I’m pretty sure a gub’mint subsidy doesn’t count as an actual purchase, but hey thanks for playing though.

      • Michelle

        Actually, their circulation is only 192,199 a day. But don’t let verifiable facts get in the way of you pulling a figure out of your ass. Thanks for playing!


        • TexSizzle

          Maybe he’s counting individual sheets of paper.

      • mickeyco

        You’re only off by about 708K per day.

      • TocksNedlog

        Gee, overstating the real numbers by a factor of 5.
        Now, where have we seen libs doing that before?
        Hmmm . . .


  • TocksNedlog

    This serves as a prime example of the liberal belief that ultra-strict regulation, combined with police-state enforcement tactics will eliminate industrial accidents altogether. IOW, yet another moment of “Yes, we’re restricting your freedom, but it’s for your own good!” No acknowledgment of the fact that working with volatile materials remains dangerous no matter how many regulations are in place.

    • Sons Thunder

      Because we are unlikely to eliminate industrial accidents altogether, we should quit trying to prevent them at all? Working with volatile materials will remain dangerous so we should lessen regulations for those storing and working with them? What sort of police-state enforcement tactics do we currently have regarding hazmat handling and storage? How should we ease enforcement of current regulations?

      • Ed Sullivan

        My friends and family worked at an army ammunition plant. Tons of regulations but accidents did happen. We don’t know what happened to cause the explosion nor can we know if regulations would have prevented it. It may have been human error or an unfortunate series of events that could not have been foreseen. Speculations and accusation serve no purpose. Political cartoonist was an idiot and the editor doubled down on the idiocy.

        • Sons Thunder

          I agree with you. Speculations an accusation serve no purpose but, as I mentioned above, that hasn’t stopped @Twitchy Staff from posting pieces questioning and accusing others for the Boston bombings.

          I’m not defending the editorial cartoon or cartoonist. I am saying that, despite their crocodile tears, @Twitchy Staff has no moral authority to condemn the politicization of a tragedy.

          • Zanshi

            Yes, because all outrage at someone politicizing the deaths of people (which is the MO of the left) isn’t real…

          • DrSamHerman

            Oh puhleeze, sun of blunder, do explain to us the hypocrisy of the left condemning Republicans for showing images of 9/11 during the campaigns that followed in the immediate aftermath and that dolt Biden using the children of Newtown and the Boston victims to work for gun control. Tell us Biden was NOT exploiting those tragedies, will you? The SacBee cartoonist is hiding behind mommy’s apron and screaming “victimization”. How typical of the leftist press.

          • Sons Thunder

            I am not defending that particular hypocrisy. Why would I?
            Biden was exploiting those tragedies.
            I am left-leaning but I’m not a mindless defender of ‘my team.’ While at Twitchy (a site right-learning site), I typically am calling out right-wing hypocrisy which gets downvoted by the tribe.

            Who is the mommy the SacBee cartoonist is hiding behind? The editor? Also – I read the response and I am at a loss to find the editor or cartoonist acting a victim, much less using the word. @TwitchyStaff mischaracterized the response as ‘victimization.’

            Off-topic and on a personal level: I’ve noticed you frequently mention your credentials as a board-certified neurologist and psychiatrist.I’ve seen you make diagnoses of political figures. What do you make of a grown man that goes on message boards and employs schoolyard taunts as a debate tactic?

          • DrSamHerman

            You are a mindless defender of your team, sons. You said you come on the board to point out “right wing hypocrisy that gets voted down by the tribe”. That seems like painting yourself as some self-appointed arbiter on a board that will never agree with you. The cartoonist made an outrageous statement that more than likely hurt the victims of West, Texas and then whiines about his first amendment rights to do so. Nobody is talking about taking his first amendment rights, but they are asking him to take accountability of his own bad judgment. The SacBee is taking its refuge behind the first amendment and the implication that it has no responsibility to the victims of the West, Texas tragedy by moderating their usual leftist diatribe. Get the picture?

            The “off topic and personal” ad-hominem was rather funny because you exercised it so poorly. What do you think of a leftist troll who admits he comes on the board to exercise self-assumed powers of arbiter of what his completely slanted political agenda to be his opposition’s “hypocrisy”? Sounds like you not quite sure you are right in your assertions and covering for your own insecurities.

          • Sons Thunder

            Neither the editor nor the cartoonist cited the first amendment in their defense of the cartoon. Neither claimed to be a victim.

            Likewise, I didn’t claim to be an arbiter on this board, self-appointed or otherwise. It is true that I do question myself and am able to admit when I’m wrong but that isn’t an indicator of insecurity. You say I executed my personal ad hominem (that’s funny if you took Latin) poorly but don’t explain how you arrived at that judgment.

          • DrSamHerman

            Jack Ohman: “I provoke, you decide.” In other words, he takes advantage of his constitutional right to offend people and then deflects it by saying that many cities in Texas don’t have zoning laws. There is no proof zoning laws are to blame or that Texas inspection regulations were to blame. Just throw around accusations and get your “freedom of the press” excuse card out to cover for political diatribe masquerading as journalism. Sounds like he is hiding behind the first amendment to me. Equally, his editor Stuart Leavenworth pointed out “…Perry chooses to go after Jack Ohman…to try to distract…from Texas safety issues”. In summary, Leavehworth says the SacBee can san anything it wants and hurl accusations without any substantive proof simply to “create awareness”. It’s the same first amendment responsibility dodge used by countless newspapers in the past. Or haven’t you ever read some of the New York Times’ justifications for releasing top secret information on the same basis?

          • Sons Thunder

            Did you not understand that newspapers have separate editorial and journalism sections? Did you think the letters to the editor were just really short articles?

            You see – no one cited freedom of the press. You claimed they did but they absolutely did not. And now you claim that the editorial cartoon is a “political diatribe masquerading as journalism.” Now that you understand how newspapers work, do you realize how ridiculous your entire argument is?

          • DrSamHerman


            Stuart Leavenworth, in his capacity as editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee, defended Ohman’s cartoon in a Twitter post. Ohman made his “raising awareness” dodge in his blog. The cartoon was on the editorial page and is thus an editorial matter of record. Does that context just simply elude you, or are you asisnine enough to believe that trying to confuse the editorial cartoon with the editorial page editor defending the editorial cartoonist is somehow a matter of journalism and not a statement of the SacBee’s position?

            Your entire post was an exercise in mental onanism for you. Too bad the context, fact and intention of the cartoonist and editor don’t agree with your Political Science 101 misinterpretation. Now you know how that little context thing works out, blunderbuss.

          • Sons Thunder

            You are the one who claimed the cartoon as journalism. It would have been nice if you would have just been honest and admitted you were holding an editorial cartoon to the truth standards of the news section, that would have been great.

            I’m disappointed in you, “Doctor.” Had I made the error you made, I would have been embarrassed but I would have admitted I was wrong.

          • DrSamHerman

            Elaborate deflection from you, but it does not change the fact that Ohman made an offensive cartoon, then his editor defended him. They used the assumed authority of being journalists to make an accusation that the West incident was due to loose state regulation. They hid behind the journalism shield on an editorial piece. Both are first amendment contexts. All of this in spite of no shred of evidence for their assertions. Makes your compartmentalization of newspaper function superfluous.

            I had no expectations concerning you, blunder. Everything you said is boilerplate leftist jargon. My expectations were non-existent, and you sunk lower than zero.

          • Mark81150

            That’s just mindless..

            Twitchy rushed to Judge?


            The barrage of left wing tweets all blaming Christians and praying it wasn’t anyone but a right wing white man weren’t rushing to judgement?

            are you blind?

            just liberal?

            Twitchy staff posted an endless parade of left wing rushing to blame everyone who dissented from liberal dogma.. and you have the gall to say they rushed to judge?

            I wouldn’t speak of moral authority if I were you, the left has none, none at all.

          • Sons Thunder

            You used the terms ‘barrage’ and ‘endless parade’ to describe a handful of tweets. I don’t remember the ones praying it was a right-wing white man (I do remember a reference to the idiotic Sirota piece).

            Yes, I have the gall to say that Twitchy posted the picture of a missing kid and had a jubilant piece because the kid was wearing a Che t-shirt. Of course, the kid was not actually a suspect in the bombings.

      • TocksNedlog

        Well, other than the fact that I NEVER said that we should quit trying to prevent industrial accidents, NEVER said that we should lessen existing regulations, NEVER said that current enforcement tactics are police-state, and NEVER said that we should ease the enforcement of existing regulations — you’re exactly right; which is to say, you’re completely wrong.

        What I actually DO object to is the automatic assumption that the possible causes for this accident are limited to the following:
        A) The regulatory standards were set too low to insure safety;
        B) The regulatory standards were not followed;
        C) The state was lax in enforcing the standards;
        — OR —
        D) A+B, A+C, B+C, or All of the above.

        • Sons Thunder

          I know you weren’t making those points. I guess I could have been more direct and say your original post sounded like something you just made up.

          What ultra-strict regulations an police-state enforcement tactics do liberals want enacted. Where are liberals on record as saying that industrial accidents can be prevented altogether?

          • TocksNedlog

            I think I was speaking of the general idea, as expressed in the “if we can DO SOMETHING that will save just one life, it’s worth it,” gun control rhetoric, and how this cartoon seems to reflect a similar mindset.

      • That_Guy

        For the love of all that is holy can liberals stop with the argument that because logical people in a logical world point out that *more laws* will not help or would not necessarily help that this means that *no laws* should be enacted?
        What is wrong with you?
        14 people were killed in an industrial accident. This does not automatically mean that all of you big government types get to dance in the blood and cry for bigger government. The only way to prevent all accidents and all accidental injuries and all accidental deaths is to lock everyone up in individual padded cages and monitor them twenty-four hours a day. Is that what you liberals are trying to work up to?
        (and even then there would be the potential for industrial accidents while building the cages)

      • Mark81150

        Red herring argument.. he didn’t say NO regulations and you know it. But liberals will do that dance whenever it happens on the watch of a republican, but avert their little eyes when it happens in a blue state… Obviously then, it was the fault of those evil corporations.. this heads I win tails you loose liberal tactics only work on the dimwitted.

        The fact is fertilizer is explosive, and to not recognize that little fact is only showing an agenda of fear and smear.

        In the grain belt, grain dust in a heavy concentration occasionally blows a grain silo to Hell when there’s a spark.. how do you regulate that, ban grain?

        by your logic, any governor would be personally responsible if a guy slipped on an icy sidewalk…


        HE IS RESPONSIBLE… sob…

        Grow up, life can be unpredictable even if you follow every rule.

        • Sons Thunder

          I grew up on a farm. I live in Oklahoma but spend a lot of time working in Kansas. I know a bit about fertilizer and grain dust. Here’s a handy reference by the OK State extension service.

          You say…”by your logic, any governor would be personally responsible…” when I explicitly stated it was unlikely any one person was responsible for the accident.

          I don’t know about you but I would like to think the fertilizer facility in my hometown was well-regulated. Maybe I’m just being a terrible liberal but I think it has something to do with the fact that a ton of great people live there.

    • ljw

      I don’t miss CA politics at all. So glad/proud I can be a conservative, a Republican, and a follower of Christ in TX. CA. is clueless what it’s like to have a decent governor who is PRO-LIFE, running their state. I’m truly sorry for all the Christians who are having to be burdened with the detestable lies of CA politics. We’re praying for you and the once golden state.

    • ljw

      Where did my first post response go to?

  • mickeyco

    Just think: We used to have Dr. Seuss (He started as a political cartoonist.) Walt Kelly (Pogo) and Jeff McNelly. Now, we’ve got Ohman & Scott Stantis (Chicago Trib). And they wonder why so many of us miss the good ol’ days.

    • https://twitter.com/SmileyRoffle Smiley

      Don’t forget garbage like Ted “Kick ’em While They’re Dead” Rall.

      • mickeyco

        Sorry. I’ve never heard of him. Who’d he work for?

        • https://twitter.com/SmileyRoffle Smiley

          Zing! :)
          In all seriousness, this cartoon of Rall’s kicking Roger Ebert around during his death from cancer tells you all you need to know about him.
          As for where he’s worked, it’s the usual rags, I think currently the Los Angeles Times which can’t go out of business soon enough.

  • TocksNedlog

    I didn’t catch Jack Ohman’s cartoon from the day after the Boston Marathon bombing. Did it depict the Mayor of Boston saying “This city is literally exploding with excitement”?

    • TocksNedlog

      Oh wait, here it is:


      Not quite as ‘satirical’ as his Rick Perry cartoon, is it?

      • winoceros

        Funny, considering it’s Obama’s dismantling of security programs and failure to implement anything new that allowed this family to remain unmolested in the first place. “Low Regs” indeed.

      • arrow2010

        I feel like I’m living in Orwell’s 1984.

        • http://twitter.com/BrianPHovland Brian H (wackobird)

          You are….

        • TocksNedlog

          In Boston it was “mourn the dead and praise the heroes”; in Texas, where most of the dead ARE heroes, it’s “blame the governor”.

          • CatHerder

            Not in Texas, in CA.

      • 3seven77

        Did you notice that one of the commenters to that cartoon blamed Bush?

        • TocksNedlog

          Of course they did

      • George Washington Mclintock

        Interesting. First responders under fire in Boston, stirring heroism. First responders die saving lives in Texas, time to make up lies to bash Rick Perry. Liberals, they hate Texas an awful lot, it seems.

    • Sons Thunder

      Twitchy has 3 or 4 stories up right now about this cartoon and are condemning it as sickening and ghoulish. While Michelle Malkin’s employees are aghast at the editorial cartoon, they are in stitches making up fake book titles inre: the Boston bombing. Some titles include Little Dead Riding Hood and Where The Sidewalk Explodes. I’m somehow doubt Martin Richard’s parents find these titles as funny as @Twitchy Staff does.

      • 3seven77

        The tweets are in reference to the **bombers’ mother who claims her two little angels didn’t do anything and it’s all America’s fault.

        • Sons Thunder

          That doesn’t make them funny or tasteful.

          My main point is the hypocrisy on display. Twitchy is happy to politicize Boston and use it as a way to attack Obama and Napolatino. But a cartoon attacking Perry? That’s ‘sickening’ and ‘ghoulish.’

          • TocksNedlog

            In the Boston bombing case, we already have Secretary “The system worked” Napolitano’s factually untrue and contradictory testimony to go on.
            In the West, TX case, you’ve got nothin’.

          • https://twitter.com/SmileyRoffle Smiley

            Oh, give it up phony. The only hypocrisy here is from your own warbling.

          • passionateconservative

            Interesting. Your points make the “cartoonist” correct in his tasteless portrayal?

          • DrSamHerman

            We agree, tons of blunder, your hypocrisy IS on display.

          • Sons Thunder

            If I’m being a hypocrite, feel free to point it out. Otherwise, your point is that you can make a rhyme with my handle and “I know you are but what am I?”

          • DrSamHerman

            Being a little overly sensitive, are you? Let me point out your past posting history where you questioned me what social changes the gay marriage effort wanted. Before I even needed to bother with a response, three mainstream leftist columnists came out with pieces saying marriage was archaic, plural marriage should be legalized and gay marriage advocates really wanted to tear apart a society they feel is unjust. Didn’t see your response on that one, and they openly advocated drastic underlying cultural changes that you wanted described. You got them. Too bad you didn’t have any response.

            Anything else making you butthurt today?

          • Sons Thunder

            Well, a link to the comments in question would be handy. Obviously, you have been nursing some sort of grudge over it. Once I have the link to refresh my memory on the argument we were having, I guess I would also need links to the three articles you are referencing.

            What response was I supposed to have to an argument you admit you didn’t make?

            Who’s being sensitive? My butt feels fine!

          • DrSamHerman

            So on another post you talked about my past posts, but you are unable to look up your own? What’s with your sudden memory loss and inability to use Disqus to find your own posts? Nursing a grudge? Hardly!! Having fun watching your own question being answered and you failing to respond is more like it. I am also a bit curious as to your reading skills. Where is the argument that I admit I didn’t make?

            Don’t try the reverse psychology. You are hardly in a position to understand it or even use it properly.

          • Sons Thunder

            Fair point about looking up the article myself so I did so. I should have done it to begin with because, once I saw the comment section, I realized I had misunderstood something you wrote. It wasn’t an attempt at reverse psychology. It was an error I made. No wonder you were confused.

            You stated that the push is no longer for equality and tolerance for gays; the new agenda is “about eviscerating every societal convention that the LGBT finds offensive.”

            I replied in exasperation, what are these societal conventions that LGBT finds so offensive.

            The article was about gay marriage so I thought that was a given but one commenter left that. You added the concept of mother/father as parents.

            My response: Over 1/3 of kids are currently being raised in single parent families. Women can and do get pregnant with no plans for marriage. Also – I don’t know and LGBT people who are offended by heterosexual marriages or heterosexual couples raising children.

            Your examples don’t support your claim that gays are going to try and eviscerate the institutions they find offensive.

          • DrSamHerman

            If you look at the Newsbusters website, and if you bothered reading what I actually said, three mainstream columnists cited in other Newsbusters posts within two days indicated that the agenda is to drastically alter marriage as between a man and a woman by desiring to make polygamy legal and other contrivances which would seriously change the social fabric represented by marriage.

            The fact that 1/3rd of children (your citation) are being raised by single parent families, despite the decades of evidence that children do much better in a classic nuclear family, is abominable. Certainly explains a lot of social miscreancy we see.

            No one really cares that you make an absurd blanket statement, largely because such a large proportion of leftist commentators and activists have said the exact opposite.

            This debate thing just isn’t your forte, is it?

          • Sons Thunder

            Your claim that gays want to do away with straight marriage and heterosexual parents was absurd. Show me a prominent gay rights group calling for the abolition of straight marriages. You can’t because your argument is garbage.

            The single-parent family statistic is descriptive rather than prescriptive.

            As far as these other three articles about which you speak…I’m just not interested.

            I actually find you to be a poor debater and a poor sport when confronted with evidence refuting your argument. I would expect a psychiatrist to be able to admit error but I have yet to see you do so.

          • DrSamHerman

            Why should I care what you think? You have not indicated you are a psychiatrist, nor have you bothered to look at the other articles.

            I have no time for arrogant, childish nonsense who sounds like a patient committed for treatment. In other words, you.

      • TocksNedlog

        What a SHOCKA that you took those comments completely out of context in order to try to make your point.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

        One mocks the unrepentant mother who stands by her murderous sons and goes so far as to suggest that her darlings were framed by the government.

        The other simply uses deaths to make a senseless and groundless point.

        Therein lies the difference.

  • AaronHarrisinAlaska

    Flood that fuckers inbox.

  • CatHerder

    Some people just have to mock, no matter how hateful, hurtful, tasteless or out of place the mockery is. What happened to us? Is there nothing too tragic to make light of? Is there no more such thing as respect for the dead?

    • TocksNedlog

      “NEVER let a crisis go to waste,” Mayor Emanuel said.

  • Douche Pouch

    I guess the socialists at the Bee forgot about the Chevron refinery blast back in 1/30/13. they have no respect for the people who lost their lives.

    Here a little somethng for a Bay area paper.


    • https://twitter.com/reflex76 ReFlex76

      – Ummm, nobody died in that explosion. The worst injury was a worker whose hands were burned. What could have been a disaster was no more than a nuisance for most residents of the area.

      – Thanks for proving that point: California’s regulations kept people from dying; Texas’s lack of regulations got 14 people killed.

      • Douche Pouch

        Incorrect, an explosion is an explosion accidents happen, therefore the term accident. As soon as my house sells I’m out of California. High taxes, poor economy, too many free loaders, ridiculous gun laws, terrible traffic, terrible schools, even thought we have high taxes, the worst car registration fees, anti- business, the list goes on. The Liberals have run this beautiful state into the ground. San Bernardino, bankrupt, California City, bankrupt, Stockton, bankrupt who’s next. The problem with socialistic political policies is eventually the earners can not support the freeloaders or the earners move out, like myself. I’m sure I won’t be missed, wait a minute they will miss my state tax, gas tax, education tax, sales tax dollars So I will be missed by the same people who do not share my beliefs.

        Buy the way that Chevron explosion caused a major shut down of one of the areas’s biggest refinery sending gas prices way up.

  • Blaine

    Next time there’s a tradgey in California we can make fun of y’all. And for the record I am glad Obama went to the funeral he should like any president.

  • California Rob

    rick got rolled : )

    finally, someone put slick rick in his place. shame on you, rick!! SHAME ON YOU!!

    the blood of 14 innocent people are on your hands, thanks to lack of gov’t regulation. SHAME ON YOU for treating your people with little or no respect.

    • pinkelephant22


      What about these, dlpshlt?

      Long Beach CA – Plant explosion, March 2013
      Menlo CA – Plant explosion, Sept 2011

      I can also find many others in “blue” states

      • winoceros


        • http://twitter.com/BrianPHovland Brian H (wackobird)

          It was a drive-by.

          • Secede

            By the TEA Party….

      • nc

        San Bruno, CA – PG&E explosion, Sept 2010

    • A. DAILEY

      wow, lay off the obama koolaid dudette

    • AimToMisbehave

      What crystal ball are you using to determine the cause of the accident, when little to no details have been released anywhere else?

    • http://twitter.com/BrianPHovland Brian H (wackobird)

      Wow, somewhere an asylum is missing an idiot.

      • TocksNedlog

        No, he’s still inside California.

        • RedSoloCup


    • E. Scotty

      I am willing to bet the “14 innocent people” you so care about you were making fun of on the day of the explosion and calling them “redneck hillbillies” or some crap like that. I know people like you. People like you cherish the deaths of innocent people if you FEEL from the bottom of your ass they deserved it somehow. gtfo

    • 3seven77

      Before you accuse Rick Perry of treating his constituents with no respect I suggest you take a long hard look at California’s “contribution” to the political landscape. Brown, Feinstein, and Pelosi ain’t exactly shining examples of respect for their constituents or their countrymen.

      • RedSoloCup

        Ouch! I wonder what he thinks about his Dear Moonbeam pissing away tax dollars on his ill-fated “Bullet (Bullshi*t) Train”?

        Back to those names. All three should be “Occupying” San Quentin.

    • That_Guy

      14 people were killed in an industrial accident. This does not
      automatically mean that all of you big government types get to dance in
      the blood and cry for bigger government.

      OSHA handles plant safety and inspections. Rick Perry is not responsible for the failure of the federal program.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

      The plant was federally inspected you dolt.

    • RedSoloCup

      Spoken like a true Mexifornia Moron!

    • DrSamHerman

      So which are you, California Roll? The Nut or the Flake in the Granolafornia bowl? There is stupidity on your hands, because there is no official report back yet as to what caused the explosion. Your side isn’t running very well on speculation, as it posited that the Boston bombers had to be disgruntled white Christians, even though they were ethnic Chechen Islamists.

  • Blaine

    Also for the record I remember about a month ago or so the whole nation including Texas was praying for y’all when a crazy person was going around shooting police…… Just saying

  • RememberSekhmet

    They’re just trying to get the “preventable industrial accident” meme out there before they put the real cause on the back page in small print, once it is released. Sort of like the morons “sure” the Boston bombers were Tea Partiers until the photos came out.

  • Tugger – not quite dead yet

    The Sacremento Bee is owned by the McClatchy Company which is a large publicly traded publishing company. I personally will make sure that everyone I can influence will not do business with any of there properties. Instead of complaining on Twitter, hit them where it hurts. Maybe a bus trip for the friends and family members of the blast victims to the corporate headquarters to ask for an explanation of why this is acceptable.

  • 1SkepticalChick

    This plant falls under OSHA jurisdiction. That’s FEDERAL safety oversight. Why has OSHA not inspected the place since 1985? There is no business in Texas, or any other state, that is not required to meet OSHA guidelines, including self inspection. The owners and operators of this facility are responcible for this tragedy, and OSHA completly failed to do it’s job. I wil say the City of West could have used more common sense when permitting construction near the facility over the years. The Governor and the State have zero to do with it, except to protect and support the victims as a part of the community. Which they are not required to do, btw, it’s just the right thing to do, and it is being done. Texans will have it no other way, we have no need to legislate kindness, generosity, sympathy, or empathy for our neighbors. Even when those neighbors are in other towns, cities, or States. The day of the memorial service was not the time to do this cartoon, and the premise of the cartoon is beyond faulty, as well as inappropriate, and dispicable. Any other day day would have been equally disgusting, given it’s content.

  • $30423294

    The irony of course is that when California eventually goes bankrupt, the parasites of that state will drain working capital from the rest of the country — through a massive federal “bailout”.

    This debate should already be taking place. America, what do you think? When the time comes, should we bail out California or cede the territory back to Mexico?

    Now that the immoral Sac Bee has weighed in, and has pre-emptively given the finger to the greatest state in the Union, I say we have a real dilemma on our hands.

  • Guest

    Sacramento has too many problems to be dealing with (how many cities are bankrupt in Ca?) other then Gov.Perry or Texas. Perhaps Stuart Leavenworth(less) ought to concentrate on how the liberals and their policies are destroying a beautiful state like California.

  • https://twitter.com/Falcontrader Hudson Eldridge

    That plant was subject to same OSHA regs as any fert plant in the country, so blame the feds,,,,”>

  • E. Scotty

    Well how about the Sacramento Bee publish a cartoon depicting the Boston Bombing as a result of Obama’s failure to catch domestic terrorists? Wouldn’t that be fair?

  • http://www.facebook.com/1235760544 Paul J. Citro

    What do you expect from liberals.

    • RedSoloCup

      Especially the ones in Kalifornia, land of the Fruits and Nuts.

      • TexSizzle

        … and flakes. California is like a bowl of cereal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/100000220517250 Thomas Collins

    California is mocking another state????? The state of bankruptcy, sado-masochistic homosexuality, in short, the Granola State, the land of fruits, nuts and flakes.

    • Michelle

      No, California is not mocking another state. A cartoonist with a mid-rate newspaper is.

      • passionateconservative

        Hmph. Apologies to mid-rate newspapers.

      • http://www.facebook.com/100000220517250 Thomas Collins

        Jerry Brown has been right in there with his inane remarks.

        • Michelle

          And? What does that have to do with my comment to Thomas? That’s still not California mocking another state.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Stelle/1247862931 Tim Stelle

    No wonder Rick Perry would rather talk about a California cartoonist:

    “Texas’ environmental agency knew in 2006 that West Fertilizer Co. was handling 2,400 tons a year of potentially explosive ammonium nitrate in a warehouse near schools, houses and a nursing home, documents show.

    The notation in a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality permit form apparently raised no concerns, either internally or with other agencies, about explosion risks or the proper management of a chemical already notorious in Texas history for its deadly qualities when heated to extreme temperatures or exposed to shock”

    “It is increasingly clear that several Texas agencies — the TCEQ, the Department of State Health Services, the state chemist’s office and possibly others — also knew but did not discuss fire or explosive risks with the company or each other.”

    Dallas Morning News, April 23, 2003


    • passionateconservative

      It’s not about the accident. Maybe you just don’t get that. It’s about the total lack of class that the cartoonist showed in light of people having been torn apart by the explosion. Would you mock the work of the Boston Police after the bombing of the Marathon?

  • nc

    Why don’t libbies understand that when you pile on more and more and more regulations (which everyone agrees we need for safety and legal reasons) there comes a “tipping point” where you get so buried in them that maybe some important stuff will get missed?

    We all want and need “Safety First” but how are you going to achieve that if you have to follow a 500 page manual of regs?

    (I’m guessing about the size of the reg book, someone help me out who knows. Is it even bigger than that in some industries?)

  • Rightturn

    Is it possible that some tragedies are, in fact, policy-related

  • Marvin Nelson

    The cartoonist should be tied to a drum of fertilizer and lit up. See how he likes it; maybe someone would draw a vile cartoon about his demise. Idiot.

  • George Washington Mclintock

    Is there an ounce of proof that that bucking regulations are at fault? Or that specific safety regulations that were relaxed by Gov Perry’s order? None, so far. except in the heads of these whack jobs trying to explain away CA economic woes, ” Oh Texas is thriving and we are not. Could not be possibly be due to any merits of Texas, and Republicans, of course, pale in comparison our brilliance, so must be illegality at work” It’s a mental disorder, don’t forget that/

  • Jim

    Sac Bee: “Those dead people in Texas are hilarious, tee hee hee!”
    Gov. Perry: “That’s awful.”
    Sac Bee: “Stop beating up on me!”

  • DrSamHerman

    Yes, and we should just trust the federal government to regulate everything, just like they did at Hanford, the Post Office, IRS, etc.

    Nobody knows what happened in West, Texas yet, but the chicksh*t cartoonist hiding behind mommy’s apron is too good not to be mocked.

  • https://twitter.com/reflex76 ReFlex76

    – Certain people always complain about regulations, and what a pain the neck they are.

    – Then something like West. Texas happens, and you’re reminded why we have regulations.

    – Rick Perry is as free to shoot the messenger as Jack Ohman and the Sacramento Bee are to give him the finger.

    • Secede

      I see the paid DNC trolls are here.

      • $23025045

        no argument.. call him a troll or libtard.. got it.

        • gekkobear

          Argument against what? A liberal claiming he knows exactly why an explosion happened with no evidence, no details, and an ongoing investigation that hasn’t ruled out anything.

          What argument should someone make? There wasn’t an argument there; we don’t know what caused the explosion, that’s why the ATF is still investigating.

          Well except for liberals who really really NEED it to be lax regulations and nothing else… you guys know.

          Of course you also knew the Boston bombings were all about Tax Day… how did jumping the gun with no evidence work for you then?

          Maybe wait until the investigation has something to show… unless you’re saying you somehow know things the investigators don’t know… how would you know something like that?

  • RedSoloCup

    It’s Kalifornia. Can’t fix stupid!

  • $23025045

    You can be disgusted about this tragedy as much as you want.. Doesnt change the fact that lax regulations caused it. Blood is on your hands..

    • gekkobear

      Lax regulations caused it?

      Wow, the ATF is still investigating, they don’t have a cause, they’re still not even ruling out sabotage… but somehow you know differently.

      Can you show me your evidence that this was caused solely by lax regulations?

      And you should call the ATF, tell then you know exactly what happened and specific details on the explosion… they’re looking for someone with this information.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001610258392 Bill Johnson

    As a Texan, I feel that if the Sacramento Bee needs to pander themselves as such of a rag, they need to try to figure out how to “bail out” their bankrupt state.
    Bill Johnson. San Antonio & Port Aransas, Texas

  • http://ITSPEOPLE.com/ Tantalus XVI

    Explosion at Detroit plant. That is all.

  • thehappyhedgehog

    That Rick Perry declines to answer a political attack on him and his policies squarely, but instead tries to deflect it with an appeal to state pride, shows he isn’t as tough as he’s cracked up to be.

  • $23025045

    And after finding out that reports had been doctored, inspections had been missed or glossed over, local politicians sited schools and nursing homes in the blast zone, violations had been repeatedly found, public servants failed to do their jobs….

    Rick Perry goes after a cartoonist. —- THIS is why no one takes you reactionary teabaggers seriously. Youre reactionary outrage EVERYTIME you perceive a slight has become laughable.

  • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine

    Where is the cartoon regarding lax state regulations when it comes to Kermit Gosnell’s clinic?? Or is that just something the Bee sweeps under the rug since it doesn’t line up with their political hive mind?

  • Mark81150

    Ok then… When will the Sac Bee draw a cartoon about Obama going to bed without a care in the world, as two SEALS fought a hundred Al Qaeda to the death, while our ambassador was tortured to death, and another American died.. but Obama was missing his nappy time, had a glitzy fund raiser which was obviously MUCH more important… right YOU HACKS?

    You obviously diverted the public’s attention of a president who left Americans to die and didn’t lift a finger..

    But you’ll trash a Texas governor over a commercial accident and dance on the graves of fireman and paramedics like the gutless cowards you are..You have exactly ZERO proof of your accusation, but you didn’t let that little detail stop you, did you douche-bags?

    but like Obama you’re fine with a bald faced lie for political gain..

    rot in Hell

  • Mark81150

    Drag that scumbag editor and his ghoul “artist” out to West and let them explain how they were just “exposing” the evils of Governor Perry..

    or not, they might not like the reaction of the families after they danced on their loved ones graves just to smear Texas and a GOP Governor.. tarring and feathering come to mind..

    sorry, but liberals defending this are soulless ghouls.

    I guess the truth sucks for liberals, maybe why they can’t stop lying about most everything.

    • oconnellc

      Are you more interested into an investigation if Benghazi (4 dead) could have been avoided or an investigation to see if this explosion (14 dead, hundreds injured) could have been avoided?

  • gekkobear

    Last I checked the ATF was still investigating the explosion, sabotage had not been ruled out, and there were no details on what caused the explosion, or who is at fault.

    If the SacBee board has specific detailed proof, they should call the ATF. Why keep that information to yourself when you and only you know what happened?

    Of course, in a bombing like this, generally only one person knows what really happened without question… the person responsible. I can see why they might not want to make that claim.

    But since they are, why not take credit… or admit they’re placing blame without evidence.

    I’m not seeing a third option here.