Like Gov. Rick Perry and anyone with even a smidgen of decency, Sen. Ted Cruz was appalled by the Sacramento Bee’s tasteless political cartoon about the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion.

Liberal leanings shouldn’t trump decency. But try telling that to the poor, beleaguered victims at the Sacramento Bee — you know, the ones who danced on the backs of the 14 people killed by the explosion to take a swipe at Perry over government regulations.

And don’t bother talking about decency and respect to Dallas Morning News political writer Wayne Slater. He doesn’t care that the Bee offended the grieving citizens of West to take a jab at the governor.


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

‘Gloating over dead bodies’: Calif. paper prints sickening cartoon about West, Texas, explosion

  • disqus_e2F2oUH6C7

    @SenTedCruz Maybe now Gov. Perry will think twice about bringing liberal CA. to Texas.

    • TocksNedlog

      He wants their businesses, not their policies.

      • PatriotGlory

        That’s their problem. In my travels, I’ve found that a lot of folks are sick of Texas trying to steal them and their businesses away from their homes and families, from the rank and file worker up to the big boss. I recently met with the head of a large regional bank that Rick Perry visited, and he offended by Perry’s attitude. (And he’s not a big government Obama liberal. He was a major fundraiser for Romney)

        • Mellow Melon

          So what? They should change their policies to be more competitive so that that kind of thing doesn’t happen more often. Can’t take the heat, don’t stay in the kitchen.

          • PatriotGlory

            The point is that not everyone wants to move to Texas, even to take advantage of the pro-business environment. Look at New York. On top of federal and state taxes, there’s a city income tax, and thats the capitol of global business. My concern is that Texas will become the Billy Mays of states selling all day long, but not taken seriously.

          • Mellow Melon

            Again – so what? Everybody knows that not everyone is gonna say yes to an offer. But there’s no harm in trying.

          • TexSizzle

            And we in Texas are grateful for every regressive who chooses not to move here.

        • ljw

          Have you seen the ads to start a business in NY? A place that is just as liberal as CA and unkind to business owners with a conscience. How can NY say they won’t tax new businesses? What political fibs/lies are they trying to get people to swallow. NY politics is dangerous, but then what blue state isn’t?

        • 1SkepticalChick

          “Texas trying to steal them and their businesses away from their homes and families, from the rank and file worker up to the big boss.”?
          Are you kidding? An invitation is not theft. Let them come or let them stay. It’s the decision of the business owners. If the States & cities want to keep businesses then they need to be business friendly, and the voters in those communities need to make sure their legislatures are insuring that instead of running businesses off with unproductive, overly restrictive, nonsense laws and taxes. Texas issues the invitation. Texas is not packing people up and moving them anywhere. It seems to me people are sick of being legislated into moving their businesses, homes, and families by the people they voted for. But no one is forcing them to come to Texas. In fact, if that is their attitude toward Texas they should stay where they are. If they have no opportunities where they are, if they’ve voted down every chance of opportunity where they are, if they’ve sat on their butts and allowed their legislatures to lead them into ruin, then please, stay there. And by all means, don’t raise hell with your Representatives, Senators, or anyone in local or State government to force them to stop the train wreck. Stay away, don’t bring that stupid to Texas. Ted Cruz is my Senator, and I approve his message.

        • TocksNedlog


      • mickeyco

        I really don’t think you can have one without the other. Business brings voters and everyone knows there’s nothing dumber than a CA voter- unless it’s an IL voter or a NY voter or…..

        • Guest

          Not all California voters are dumb, in fact their are a great many of intelligent voters in California ( I generalized on a similiar point the other day and was rightfully corrected). We on the right (Conservative, Republican, Constitutionalist, or Libertarian) need to stick together. The leftist in California (legal and illegal) just out number the sane people.

          • nc

            That’s right. We may be outnumbered, but we’re here.

        • ljw

          Only a CA voter who votes liberally. There are still some conservatives still trying to save their beloved state.

      • disqus_e2F2oUH6C7

        Gonna get both.

      • Hiraghm

        if CA was once moderately conservative, then the current liberal hellhole came from somewhere. Do they want the people who made CA what it is today in TX?

    • Guest

      think twice, why?

      • 1SkepticalChick

        Think again and keep them out.

    • ljw

      I got out when the getting was good, and I’m so glad I can be called a Texan. No regrets leaving the golden state that is now stained by ultra liberal thinking and bankruptcy. We need to keep CA in our prayers – there are those who are still there and cannot leave for circumstances no one knows except them.

    • Glenn R. Tankersley

      The businesses that are moving from California to Texas are doing so because they’ve been mugged by the Anarchic State of California.

  • AaronHarrisinAlaska

    Flood his in box. he and Slater.

    • ljw


      is a decision, not a feeling. We begin with God’s command, we go
      through a grieving process if necessary, and when the time is right, we
      make an act of forgiveness. It is as simple as saying, “I forgive.”

      — from Set Free

  • Beth Lott

    Do we even know what caused the explosion? Was it something a regulation could even address? Or are these poor folks just conveniently dead?

    • TugboatPhil

      You called it correctly. To the leftist vermin, dead bodies are to be used for the furtherance of their agenda.

      The only dead they honor are leftist dictators who have hundreds of thousands of dead bodies as a result of their tenure.

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      A different question: Are we to suppose all people braindead and unthinking unless they have government regulations to follow ? Wouldn’t it be in the company’s own interest to run a tight ship, given the kind of chemicals involved ?

      • dsmithcsep

        You would think so, however there is too much “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it mentality”, especially where profit is involved. This is an obvious intentional disregard for regulations, gross stupidity, or sheer greed. After all, with “low regulations” and regulation deliberately gutted by not allocating resources to enforce them, too many companies completely ignore anything that “costs them money”. Now look at this act of negligence cost them and community.

        I even understand that many residents are feeling sorry because the owner’s plant was destroyed. However, I do understand that he was attending the important bible study class when the disaster happened. Where are these people’s priorities.

        • Infinite_Indeterminism

          Thank you.

          For proving that you don’t give a sh*t about getting actual evidence before pronouncing someone guilty, sentenced, and damn near hanged…

          Even if media were to report diligently from this event from the get-go, there’s not a chance in hell that there is good enough evidence yet to prove anything – and you pronounce sentence, anyway.

          So, yes, thank you – for proving one thing only: Your intentional bias, actively disregarding normal investigative procedures and forensic science.

        • Mark81150

          As noted there is no proof any regulation wasn’t followed, or could have even prevented it..

          But you rush in to judge every company because Heaven forbid you actually think before grabbing the tar and feathers..

          because you have the same agenda of the Sac Bee, smear the state, the governor, and the plant manager.. well, just because..


          “However, I do understand that he was attending the important bible study
          class when the disaster happened. Where are these people’s priorities.”

          “when it happened”?

          are you that much an @ss?.. he was supposed to sit at the plant his entire life just IN CASE?.. that’s the singularly most ignorant thing said yet about West..

          I mean HOW DARE HE attend Bible services right before the plant blew.. He obviously didn’t use his telepathic super powers to know in advance about the tragedy… You however must have known… just like predicting a bus will smash a pedestrian somewhere, someday.. The Soviet Union, the most heavily regulated state on Earth, had it’s Baltic Sea Fleet munitions storage blow up in the 80’s, killing thousands, devastating an entire town.

          all those lovely precious rules and regs sure helped them, didn’t it?

          Your corporate and Christian bashing all in one lump sum, ignorant bigotry on steroids..

          and you never mentioned the dead.. happy you have a prop now? I mean the left had white Tea Parties convicted for Boston right before they found the muslim terrorists.. how that must have sucked for you.. They dropped that smear down the memory hole and rushed to claim you can’t judge a whole group for the actions of a few..

          but that didn’t stop you did it?

        • plumberskid

          I’d say that if he was attending a Bible study, he has priorities in order.

  • CatHerder

    The grave-dancing marathon continues unabated. Decency is apparently a thing of the past.

    • ljw

      no Jesus, no peace
      KNOW Jesus, know peace (which also leads to decency

      • yahneverknow

        I agree with the sentiment, even though I’m not a Christian.

        Problem is… many of the liberal sheeple don’t know the difference between ‘no’ and ‘know’, so they wouldn’t even understand this if they could get past the vampire-faced-with-crucifix-like reaction to the ‘Jesus’ mention.

        I’m waiting for ‘IDK’ to start being written ‘IDN’, frankly.

      • dsmithcsep

        I understand that the chemical plant owner was at bible study class when the explosion occurred. Obviously he had Jesus, but I doubt that he is at peace with his shirking his responsibility for the safety of his property or employees.

        • plumberskid

          Why do you assume that HE was the one who shirked his duties? Couldn’t it have just as easily been the second shift manager, or an employee who screwed up? Is he supposed to be there every minute of the day and hold the hand of each and every employee to make sure things get done correctly?

          • dsmithcsep

            The CEO, in this case, I assume the owner, is ultimately responsible for the way his business is run and for the safety and well being of his employees while they are at work.

            It is remotely possible, but not likely, that he was unaware of the fire at the plant. But in such a small town, I would expect him to go the plant immediately upon learning about a fire there. If he wasn’t aware of the extreme danger to the town, then he should not be in that business.

            As a Professional Engineer and an internationally recognized engineering consultant to industry all over the US and Europe with over 50 years of experience, all the preliminary information points to a disaster waiting to happen.

            However, the investigation will provide a fairly good indication of who was at fault and responsible.

            There will be a lot of “lessons learned”. Unfortunately, there are already known safe processses and procedures, developed from analysis of other fertilizer related disasters, and emergency procedures and plans in case of an emergency, including training and safety precautions for first-responders and prompt evacuation of nearby populace .

  • Kevin

    And Stewart’s follow up tweet where he attempts to justify his lack of respect by what he sees as Perry’s lack of responsibility… Which, even if true, doesn’t make him any less of an asshole.

  • TocksNedlog

    And Wayne Slater knows that the West explosion was the result of lax regulation HOW?

    Oh, that’s right — we’re just supposed to assume that this MUST be the reason. And, of course, we’re being told this by the same people that screamed “Don’t rush to judgment!” when it came to the Boston Marathon bombing.

    • Canadian in USA

      Standard liberal response to any disaster – MORE LAWS!

      • ReFlex76

        “Standard liberal response to any disaster – MORE LAWS!”

        – Well yeah, when the laws apply.

        • Stevon f. Nutt

          And that’s been proven how?

        • Mark81150

          Bullschit, it’s always your answer to everything, every time, till Hell freezes over..

          You know nothing until the actual federal report comes out, and have already convicted people for no other reason than being a liberal..

          you just gotta dance on some graves and preach da hate.

          Many OSA regs are absolutely retarded, We were supposed to follow the rules set by some government wonk who never set foot in our workplace?… reluctantly, sometimes, and ya know what, no work place accidents for you to demand even more pointless wonks to oversee.

          The accident which crippled me, wasn’t even covered by OSA reg’s.. but boy those workers comp government wonks sure do love to deny tests and procedures,.. no private insurance I’ve had has ever been that callously cruel.. so bad I’m suing them now.. and they’re settling. caught again, breaking the rules they themselves are supposed to follow.

          We have the experience to know, that government wonks aren’t actually always on our side, they have their own agenda. An agenda of padded budgets and expenses at the expense of actually injured workers, they have to justify monster salaries somehow.. right?

    • ReFlex76

      “And Wayne Slater knows that the West explosion was the result of lax regulation HOW?”

      – He has these things, they’re called eyes.

      “Oh, that’s right — we’re just supposed to assume that this MUST be the reason. ”

      – You know, over 200 tons of undisposed ammonium nitrate, and a lack of working fire sprinklers. The investigation should reveal a whole lot more.

      “And, of course, we’re being told this by the same people that screamed “Don’t rush to judgment!” when it came to the Boston Marathon bombing.”

      – Nice try changing the subject, this is still Rick Perry’s baby.

      • J. Cox

        Sorry,investigators already ruled out the amm nit in the rail car as the cause.,however…keep bleeping that lie

        You know the fire suppression system was broke how?Fed investigators have made no mention of that in their prelim findings.

        Rick Perry’s baby?Funny that the pant and the school were both built while a certain democrat woman governor was in charge…but oh yeah…forget then..cuz Republican 11!!!11

      • TocksNedlog

        “He has these things, they’re called eyes.”
        — And this newspaperman is an expert in this field, and has conducted a thorough scientific investigation at the scene, has he?

        “You know, over 200 tons of undisposed ammonium nitrate, and a lack of working fire sprinklers. The investigation should reveal a whole lot more.”
        — Call us when you have proof, sparky.

        “Nice try changing the subject, this is still Rick Perry’s baby”
        — It isn’t ‘changing the subject’ to point out hypocrisy.

      • Mark81150

        “- He has these things, they’re called eyes.”

        which of course are in complete control of every aspect of that plants operation, it’s compliance with fire regs and the nature and cause of the explosion that EVEN THE FEDS haven’t commented on yet.

        but duochebag Sca BeeMan has that extra special kinda xray vision..


        That was a profoundly delusional response. Something a child would say..

  • TocksNedlog

    QUESTION: If this tragedy had occurred in California — or ANY other ‘blue state’ — would he have drawn the same cartoon?

    • Glenn R. Tankersley

      Well, did they post a cartoon about the Boston Marathon?

      • TocksNedlog

        I posted a link to it in the other thread about the cartoon. It’s tone was … decidedly different.

    • cltcat

      There was just a big explosion at a plant in MI. Cue the Crickets!

  • Guest

    Question, why has the Sac Bee not run a cartoon showing Mohammad the madman blowing up a plane or building?
    Answer, because they are scared whinnyass little liberal #*ssies.

  • Tim Stelle

    I’d rather change the topic to a California cartoonist, too:

    “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

  • ljw

    The Sac Bee wouldn’t be printing cartoons about Muslim victims – would they now???

  • NY2DC

    Sorry to say it, but the type of shamnesty that John McCain supports is what ruined California. It used to be a fairly conservative, republican state. Then they opened the borders and now Cali is full of govt dependent deadbeats and nobody speaks English. That’s why people are turning their back on California and heading for the greener pastures of Texas. It’s not a coincidence that citizens, businesses, and professional basketball teams are leaving California at an alarming rate. It isn’t happening because of their conservative principles.

    • trixiewoobeans

      California WAS a more Conservative state, until all the Leftist nincompoops, counterculture nits and wannabe music, TV and movie “entertainers” from the lower 48 flooded in during the late 60’s and 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Couple that with illegal immigration. Many Californians fled after the first invasion in the 70’s. There have been other “forced migrations” out periodically since then, as a once beautiful State has been brought to its knees. Simplistic, yes, but that’s most of it in a nutshell.

      • Meshell

        And- many Californians have headed to CO and are now turning our beautiful state into lala land of liberal ideas, regulations and laws. Sheesh!

        • trixiewoobeans

          Absolutely. They soil their own nests, then spread out to soil others. Austin, Texas, is turning into a cesspool, too, and Portland, Oregon is now a write-off. They just don’t get it…they’re running from what they caused, then they go do it somewhere else!

        • Mark81150

          Like a virus killing the host and moving on…

          yes I said that..

          I’m sick of them twisting death that happens, by a psychotic teen, two muslim scumbags, and an industrial accident into blame on people who oppose them politically. How utterly Stalinest of them.

  • Rulz

    Shouldn’t, but they do.

    Progressives have to cling to something since they don’t have logic on their side.

  • Charles Roof

    So I guess that makes Jack Ohman the Westboro Church of political cartoonists. Their targets may be different — Westboro thinks homosexuals are the cause of all tragedy, Ohman thinks lack of government regulation is the cause of all tragedy — other than that, though, they seem the same. Both inflict harm on people at their most vulnerable — mourners — and time their pain infliction to coincide with events that remember the fallen, in this case a memorial service.

  • DavidKramer

    Never let a crisis got to waste……….just following the aspirations of other statists.

  • Brian H (wackobird)

    Does ANYONE know who Wayne Slater is?
    “It is so great to see @WayneSlater on @msnbc @maddow he is such an insightful and cool journalist, knowledgable and responsible. GUTS.”
    I mean besides @HollandTaylor? Why is NO ONE ripping holes in this vermins shorts? The grave dancing has really got to stop.

  • Bill Board

    Is Jack OFFman still working at the nut Sac Pee?

  • KhadijahMuhammad

    So, if somebody called Wayne’s daughter a slut, he’d just shrug his shoulders and say “Don’t bother me, I got work to do.”?

  • Infinite_Indeterminism

    Oh man
    Oh trashcan

  • DrSamHerman

    Wayne Slater is considered the Dan Rather of Texas media. He is a slimy liar with his constant “sources say….”, “there are whispers…” blah blah blah. He has no original material, is a diehard leftist who lies and whines and cries like a baby whenever anyone points out the obvious political bias in his work, and he has been proven wrong so many times that no one reads his crap. His work made the Dallas Morning News the kittly litter pan lining of choice in North Texas.

  • ReFlex76

    – So, Ted Cruz also won’t take responsibility for his state’s lax regulations and failure to enforce what few they have. I want to be surprised, really.

    • TexSizzle

      Where is your evidence? Bless your heart.

    • Secede

      You mean the FEDERAL REGULATIONs? The ones your Lord God Obama is responsible for ?????

  • Sarita Perl

    I use to subscribe to the Sac Bee…but when Rick Rodriquez (as editor) promptly resigned, the paper went way left…I now call the paper “The Sac DNC”.

    • hbnolikeee

      How about Sac O’Crap?


    I’m wondering…

    How do these libturds feel about Chernobyl? After all, they all have wet dreams about a country like the Soviet Union day in and day out.

  • thehappyhedgehog

    Perry and Cruz are deliberately confusing despisal of Perry and his let-business-have-everything-its-own-way policies with despisal of the victims of the West blast. It’s an old, old trick and very primitive: a politician gets attacked and he claims it’s an attack on his city, state, or country.

  • Stevon f. Nutt

    Cheap political gimmicks is all the left is good for!

  • Secede

    Libs never met a dead body they didn’t stand on to preach their hate

  • lcky9

    not to bitter about losing their jobs and residents to TX are they.. as I tell my kids LOOK AT THE SOURCE..

  • Sandpiper Charlie

    Canceled my Bee subscription first thing this morning. I’ve been a subscriber for more than 42 years, but this was way over the line. Publishing a political cartoon at the expense of 14 lost lives was breathtakingly tasteless and in poor judgment.

  • Man of Little Means

    It’s great when liberals can sit in their little hide away opine about something they have done no research on and call it facts. I wonder where Obama was when Benghazi was going down. Where was Obama during the Marathon bombing. He kept his schedule. So what you say is everybody that is conservative should be able to anticipate a disaster and throw their body on top of it while everyone who is liberal should be in hiding to protect themselves. When Bush was in front of a bunch of elementary students and didn’t freak out so as to cause an alarm you liberals bashed. When Obama went to bed after Benghazi the left praised him. yeah the left is pretty sick. When it comes to light that DR,s are killing live birth babies Obama goes out and tells planned parenthood their funding will not be cut and then has the gull to say God bless the planned parenthood and the left celebrates. I sear we have hell on earth and Obama is your leader

  • Doug Hershberger

    If Rick Perry is responsible for the plant explosion, then is Obama, or just the democrat mayor and governor responsible for the terrorism? The comic was tasteless, not funny, and offensive towards those that lost their lives.