From the link above:

“[T]here are already lessons we can draw from this developing story. First, non-union states often have terrible working conditions that can lead to horrible accidents. They might rarely be this bad, but they kill. Second, a state with notoriously bad zoning and where capitalists are effectively allowed to do whatever they want is going to be a state where terrible things happen.”

We figured vile jackasses would politicize this disaster, but credit Loomis for being first out of the gate.

He and Nick Kristof would get along just fine.

Related:

University of Rhode Island professor’s retweet: Murder anyone who thinks teachers should be armed; Update: Police met with prof; Update: University issues statement

Sick retweet by disgraced Rhode Island prof Erik Loomis: ‘Hunt down Dick Morris like a pig’

Death threat retweeter Erik Loomis claims Rush Limbaugh incites violence, accuses Michelle Malkin of hypocrisy

Prof. Erik Loomis clarifies: ‘Those were historical dildos we talked about’

Professors decry ‘witch hunt,’ rally around Erik Loomis in name of ‘academic freedom’

Liberal journo Mike Elk sad about death threats to death threat connoisseur Erik Loomis

Rhode Island professor Erik Loomis deletes his Twitter account; Update: What is he hiding?

Flashback: Erik Loomis criticized Sarah Palin for ‘violent rhetoric’

Update:

  • https://twitter.com/tweetyuo Tangchung

    Wtf already politicizing the explosion..ticks me off

    • http://twitter.com/Vurtax Mike

      Leave it to liberals to use the deaths and tragedies of others to promote their cancerous agenda.

      • Bathing Suit Area

        Wanting to avoid letting people get blown up like this is now a “cancerous agenda”. Good one dude.

  • SAL

    Go to hell Loomis and leave my Texas alone.

    Prayers for West. Prayers for all.

    • Bob Richards

      I’ll put Texas’ employment figures up against Rhode Island’s any day. But I’m sure when you’re state is the size of a postage stamp you have to be a little more strict on zoning.

      • bluewaternavy

        RI still hasn’t learned the lessons of a disaster they had 75 years ago-the hurricane of ’38. They still build in places highly vulnerable to storm surges. The only place they didn’t rebuild at was Napatree. The professor forgets his own states history.

    • Timb116

      Except Erik Loomis. Amirite?

  • kate_middleton

    What a loser.

    Dems’ next step is going to be calling for fertilizer to be banned.

    • splashy79

      It’s already been heavily regulated after the Oklahoma City bombing.

    • zippetydodah

      Dems put out more fertilizer than any group ever. POOP-Crats

    • SpinMeNot

      This would be impossible .. with all the BS they spew, the only way that could be accomplished is if they would STFU …

      (sorry for the language, but Loomis is a good candidate for involuntary organ donation)

  • joethefatman

    Repugnant individual isn’t he.

  • https://twitter.com/Webnetcity webnetcity

    vile, disgusting hack

  • ACMEsalesrep

    What the hell is wrong with you people? Major explosion, people dead, and you’re defending the rules that make things like this possible? And the best you can come up with is name-calling?

    I’m willing to bet Loomis knows a lot more about workplace and public safety than any of you. Maybe you should stop getting your back up and take the time to listen to others.

    • epobirs

      Really? Are you at all familiar with Loomis’ history? He is the most loathsome form of ivory tower academic and would have have been unemployable at any reputable school in a sane world.

      • Becky Platt

        his supporters are oddly reminding me of the tv show “the following” right now. haha.

    • Philosoraptor

      Based on what? Why would you assume that a history professor is an expert on modern fertilizer plant safety, much less the specific conditions of the one that exploded 5 states over? Is this such a common thing, fertilizer plants blowing up in that roguish land we call Texas, that he can remotely diagnose the cause before we even have a casualty count? Give me a break. And before you make a note that he teaches History of American labor, I know you wouldn’t trust a professor of aviation history to know how to fly a plane you were riding in. And are liberals known for listening to people who disagree with them? Particularly the ones in academia? I’m not familiar with that concept. I’m more familiar with their long and distinguished history of censorship, propaganda, discrimination in hiring based on political views, etc.

    • DrSamHerman

      What the hell is wrong with you? The reports are preliminary and no conclusions have yet been reached by authorities. Do you think that Loomis is clairvoyant? In 40 years of practicing neurology and psychiatry, I have yet to meet anyone who is truly clairvoyant–just schizophrenic.

      • Garth Haycock

        Some day, I’ll introduce you to my neighbors, Mort and Claire Voyant. They’re nice people. :)

        • J. Cox

          Of the New Haven Voyants? 😀

          • Garth Haycock

            The Topeka Voyants. Disowned cousins.

          • J. Cox

            Next time I visit my brother/sister in law,I will have to stop by and get my palm read,or whatever they do.lol

          • Garth Haycock

            Mort’s the palm reader. Clair sells those rubber stoppers in toilet tanks.

          • Readhed

            LMAO!

        • DrSamHerman

          Really? I think I know Genghis and Sylvia Kahn down the street.

          • Garth Haycock

            I understand they get a bit cranky when the neighborhood kids walk on their lawn. Can you confirm?

          • DrSamHerman

            Absolutely. They act like Mongol warriors….they think their place is Xanadu.

    • Michelle

      “I’m willing to bet Loomis knows a lot more about workplace and public safety than any of you.” What’s your wager? And before you make it, I’ll give you a slight break and tell you I’ve worked in the oil industry. Now, what’s your bet, cowboy?

      • therantinggeek

        I’ll take that wager, but I’m betting your side, Michelle. :)

      • therantinggeek

        I’ll take that wager, but I’m betting your side, Michelle. :)

      • Bathing Suit Area

        Because the oil industry has such a spotless record on safety…

        • Michelle

          Your comment makes absolutely no sense in the context of the conversation.

          • Bathing Suit Area

            Guy claims safety knowledge credibility based on working in the oil industry. I point out oil industry is far from credible on the topic. What part don’t you get?

          • Michelle

            Probably the part where ACME made the arrogant claim that Prof. Loomis knows more about workplace safety than any of us, without even knowing any of us. I’m the “guy” who worked in the oil industry and yes, I do know about safety. But see, you make the assumption my involvement was at the drilling level? Silly kid. And what does some oil companies having incidents have to do with my experience? When is the last time you heard of a refinery or tanker blowing up in the US? Looks like my part of the industry has a pretty good record.

    • Garth Haycock

      He’s an academic type, which means that he lives in a theoretical world. He has absolutely no idea how the real world works.

    • J. Cox

      The rule of lightning strikes?Are you one of his zombies…err students?I bet he has never did a days labor in his life and has no clue about the working conditions inside a fert plant.Maybe you should stop getting whiny because you don’t know shit…pun intended…and quit listening to brainless hacks.

    • Squirrel!

      I doubt OSHA will be calling him. He’s politicizing, not necessarily displaying a knowledge of workplace & public safety. I will say maybe the zoning is an issue considering the residential areas that took a hit, but not being unionized is not a valid argument. Unions have seen their glory days, served their purpose & now are no longer relevant.

    • texas_suzie

      So that gives Loomis the right to guess what caused this explosion from 2000 miles away, before search and rescue has even ended? How do you or Loomis know anything about this facility? You both ASSume this explosion was because there was no union there to prevent it. How do you know there was no union there? Maybe this plant has a great safety record from OSHA. Maybe a disgruntled union organizer started the fire in the first place. WTH is wrong with you that you would try to turn this into a political issue?

  • ICOYAR

    Unions are nothing more than the mafia, demanding “protection money”.

  • Richard Klinnett

    A friend in Waco says it was a lightning strike. He felt it three miles away. Liberals are scum for politicizing this tragedy. GAWD!! I hate Liberals!!!

    • Miss Clairee

      Lightning must be outlawed RIGHT NOW! Hop to it Congress!

    • Miss Clairee

      Lightning must be outlawed RIGHT NOW! Hop to it Congress!

  • Richard Klinnett

    My theory is you’re a moron.

    • J. Cox

      I believe you are correct.He even got a few of his braindead students to troll here.Too bad they ended making themselves look like jackasses….oh wait..we already knew that.

  • Diane Stephan

    That guy looks like her rode the short bus to school.

    • Garth Haycock

      I’d say he missed that bus.

      • SpinMeNot

        Not the short bus, he’s riding in the front seat …

  • AlissaH

    Why don’t you come to Texas and say that! You will be leaving with your lips permanently attached to your backside!!!

  • waltermitty2012

    Where has Loomis been the past few days? Salon’s David Sirota is hoping for a white American behind the bombing in Boston. Based on his tweets, Loomis seems like an angry white guy to me and Boston is a short drive from Rhode Island.

  • Philosoraptor

    Noting that police had a Saudi guy in custody =/= throwing blame without a single shred of evidence, like this guy, or like Michael Moore did yesterday.

  • William J. Miller

    F-off “Prof.” Loomis.

    Respectfully yours,
    A Texan

  • traffic_robot

    I was just saying to myself, “You know, all of the problems of the world could be solved if we just had stronger zoning laws.”

    • Richard Klinnett

      Or fewer Liberals.

      • trixiewoobeans

        And less Professors and Lawyers.

        • Guest

          Or that I could blink my eyes and nod my head and put them in a bottle to put in the back of a very dark closet. Ha!

          • Richard Bell

            I AM a native Texan and you morons complaining about liberals and college professors should learn a little history, we have these types of explosions at a minimum of once a decade because we’re so “hands off” on our corporations. My guess is that you’d be a little less accepting of these business practices if your family member were killed by this type of malfeasance.

      • SpinMeNot

        Can we get zoning laws to establish liberal free zones?

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Maybe not all problems, but the very specific problem of people living right next to a facility full of highly explosive materials? Yeah, that’s pretty much the exact problem they’re there to fix.

  • http://www.missmalevolent.com/ Miss Malevolent

    Wow…I wish we could tar and feather the media at large.

    • J. Cox

      I’ll pluck the chickens if you get the tar.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        wear gloves.

      • 1SkepticalChick

        Hiding. They always go for the chickens feathers…

      • SpinMeNot

        We’ve got a coup, and feathers grow back …

  • http://twitter.com/murgatr0id GTJessop

    The guy has a point… Outrageous union contracts would have put that plant out of business YEARS ago, saving countless lives…

    • Native American Potato

      Maybe the professor has a point. It’s entirely possible that the plant refused to let a union even talk to their employees and a union thug caused the explosion as retribution.

      After all if the professor wants to throw wild ideas out there have to look at all wild ideas and not just the ones he likes.

      • http://twitter.com/vadalisk Aleksander

        Way to use a slippery slope argument.

      • arrow2010

        Marxists are well known industrial saboteurs.

    • Native American Potato

      Maybe the professor has a point. It’s entirely possible that the plant refused to let a union even talk to their employees and a union thug caused the explosion as retribution.

      After all if the professor wants to throw wild ideas out there have to look at all wild ideas and not just the ones he likes.

  • Mik

    I live 15 minutes from West. I practically WATCHED the fires from my backyard and could do NOTHING because they had the city on lockdown. West is my hometown. I am horrified at this idiot trying to turn it into politics. People are hurt. People are dead. People are suffering. Leave your politics out of it and report the truth – these people need monetary, blood, clothing, water donations, help rebuilding their city when the ammonia fumes go down, etc. NOT POLITICS.

    • etg

      Mikayla – Midlothian, Texas has West, Texas in our thoughts and prayers.

      • AWomaninTX

        Bryan/College Station as well. ((hugs))

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jasper-Jackson/100000126656834 Jasper Jackson

          as does Tallapoosa, Georgia! stay strong, Texans!

      • 1SkepticalChick

        Houston is praying Mikala!

    • Guest

      Bryan as well.
      ((hugs))

    • orleansbelle

      Also thoughts & prayers from south Arlington.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/YJ5G3N25JBSWDNFKBTXEVLR4NU Walt

      Prayers from Rozet, Wy too.

    • SpinMeNot

      And Gainesville …

  • J.N. Ashby

    Ah. Lack of overpaid incompetent people caused this. Got it.

  • Zefal

    Maybe he meant something along these lines –

    union official: It would be a shame if something were to happen to your fertilizer plant.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      With unions and the timing of “accidents”, you always have to wonder if contracts are due for renewal.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Was his name Gotti, Gambino, or Luchese? Jawamax 8<{D}

  • etg

    Bad on you Bob. And btw — you are a shit-face.

  • http://www.facebook.com/houston.york1 Houston York

    Don’t mess with Texas.’

  • Readhed

    Geez, inappropriate much? SMDH

  • Cinda Blue

    You are a bad person. God Bless Texas! God forgive you.

  • http://wetcasements.wordpress.com wetcasements

    He happens to be absolutely correct but don’t let logic get in the way of your hissy-fit.

    • Michelle

      They haven’t even finished locating all the victims, and yet Loomis has conducted a full investigation into what caused the explosion (from half a country away in Rhode Island) and has arrived at a factual conclusion? Faaaaaaaaaaaascinating!

    • Jack Deth

      Why do pompous liberal professors all look like low rent child molesters?

    • SpinMeNot

      Prove your statement that a lack of union workers contributed to the accident at the plant …

      Did they forget to come by and give you your Thorazine?

  • BadExampleMan

    I hear he’s calling for your pompons on a stick. The horror.

  • Ban_stupid_people

    These vile twatwaffles need to just go to hell…

  • Ban_stupid_people

    This gal from Temple, TX has the people of West, TX in her prayers.

  • Ban_stupid_people

    I feel for any person that is even associated with your dumb a**, much less any patient of yours, doc.

  • Robert S

    As a far middle-wing moderate, I would seek facts before drawing political judgment. It’s been a bad week. My thoughts are in Texas.

  • Keith Robertson

    Academic= (1/intelligence)

  • Emery Calame

    You sure you don’t want to blame the Tea Party, Angry White Men, Christians, the NRA, and Sarah Palin riding around on George W Bush’s shoulder chicken-fight style for the fertilizer plant explosion Doc? Dissent against Hope and change is practically terrorism right? Lean Forward?

    • Squirrel!

      LMAO!

    • SpinMeNot

      HEY! As a member of the Twitchy Veteran Community (TVC) I am insulted that you forgot to include us in that. We demand equal blame !

  • http://www.facebook.com/SaintMichaelangelo Michael Cruise

    This progressive liberal has the people of West, Texas in my thoughts and prayers. You are all my brothers and sisters, first and foremost.

    The politicizing of tragedies and hatefulness needs to stop and both sides of the aisle are guilty. Just stop.

    • therantinggeek

      +1

    • therantinggeek

      +1

    • SpinMeNot

      Shhh, if BHO hears you, he’s gonna start stomping his feet again. The left don’t politicize anything, the report the feelings of the people. Only those that oppose the liberal progressive agenda can politicize things — the gene that causes this behavior has been shown by a liberal progressive geneticist to be paired with the gene that cause racism …

      just sayin …

  • Bristel

    Is that why Texas has an expanding economy, yet liberal paradise California has people leaving in droves, and especially businesses?

  • Djackson

    Knee jerk statement without facts. What an irresponsible idiot. Pushing an agenga using innocent peoples deaths without any supporting information. Hmm can you say liberal facist.

  • Djackson

    Knee jerk statement without facts. What an irresponsible idiot. Pushing an agenga using innocent peoples deaths without any supporting information. Hmm can you say liberal facist.

  • bicentennialguy

    If only there was a union because we all know the purpose of a union is to keep factories from exploding. These people are severely mentally ill.

  • bicentennialguy

    If only there was a union because we all know the purpose of a union is to keep factories from exploding. These people are severely mentally ill.

  • Bemani Dog

    What a douche. Never let a good crisis go to waste, eh?

  • Bemani Dog

    What a douche. Never let a good crisis go to waste, eh?

  • CatHerder

    Classy, real classy. Now, don’t you have a bridge to protect from billy goats?

  • CatHerder

    Classy, real classy. Now, don’t you have a bridge to protect from billy goats?

  • Keys Man 70

    And we can blame the Boston bombing on overpaid lazy union cops that let the bomber get in a secure area?

  • Keys Man 70

    And we can blame the Boston bombing on overpaid lazy union cops that let the bomber get in a secure area?

  • TEXANONLY

    Erik you are on piece of …….

  • TEXANONLY

    Erik you are on piece of …….

  • Jimni27

    When you can find politics in something like this, you are devoid of any character or compassion whatsoever.

  • Herman LaClair

    This man shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a classroom.

    • zippetydodah

      The new Castradi

  • kayakingfatso

    Everytime I see this creep’s face, I think it’s Jared Loughner. He has a similar psycho-killer-keep-him-away-from-your-daughters look.

    • DeBaliviere

      I thought it was Dwight Schrute.

  • L R

    Obviously, this professor received the liberal call to action that Texas is fair game for anti-conservative propaganda. He is a sad and pathetic piece of human garbage.

    • Lgrable

      Hey, am I in the twilight zone or did Fox News dump everything yesterday?
      And I agree with your opinion on attitude toward anti-conservative propaganda.

  • http://twitter.com/TLuuutz Tracy Lutz

    We here in Texas dont need blame…we need prayer and support, Mr. Professor. Hope you understand but you’ve got enough issues to worry about in NY.

    • Timb116

      Yeah, why would you want to stop accidents in the future. The future dead and injured will thank you Tracy for your prayers and inaction

      • rivers

        Where do you get off climbing on your moral high horse to someone who is in the midst of this tragedy right now?
        Pontificaters who do nothing but wring their soft pink hands make me ill.

        • Timb116

          She’s so deep in the middle, she has time to post on Twitchy.

          Keep playing the victim, hon

          • rivers

            And you keep up the pious hand-wringing, pinky, tell me, do you see yourelf more as a Ghandi or a Che?

          • Timb116

            Ghandi, I suppose since I don’t like people who shoot other people.

      • texas_suzie

        Thanks Timb116, for showing us what a douche bag you are.

        • Timb116

          Damn me for trying to stop future tragedies!

          • 1SkepticalChick

            Yes. Except for the stopping future tragedies part.

          • texas_suzie

            And how does your douche bag comment stop future tragedies?

          • Timb116

            Same as your dickish one comforted anyone here. Poor guy, you seem upset

          • texas_suzie

            Not upset at all. I just think you are a douche bag for bullying someone over religious beliefs. Not worth being upset over, though. Sorry to disappoint.

          • SpinMeNot

            So you have a way to stop combustion from occurring in a plant full of volatile chemicals?

            Idiot.

          • Timb116

            Do you have a way to keep middle school and hospitals form being built near “plants full of combustible materials”?

            Here’s a hint: yes and it’s practiced all over the country.

            One wonder, when you’re not wasting time mis-interpreting comments on Twitchy, do you just stare blankly at the wall all day? Or do you have other hobbies? Arguing with Tweens about Twilight movies? Yelling at the TV when the commercials are too loud? Finishing in the middle of a reading comprehension test at the local GED study class?

            fess up, spinny, ’cause understanding rather simple syllogisms seems beyond you.

          • SpinMeNot

            Listen up monkey-boy, I’m older than you, smarter than you, much more experienced than you and been around the block often enough to know when coconut humper like you is simply trying to divert the conversation.

            I asked you how to stop combustion from occurring, not how to avoid the collateral damage that occurred, but you seem to have your head so far up your 5th point of contact that you can’t manage basic reading comprehension. So answer the question … do you have a means to stop combustion in a factory full of volatile chemicals once a fire has started. And don’t just say “yeah, put out the fire”. I realize thinking past your next circle jerk is hard, but please try.

            Go back to your cage junior — your handlers are not impressed and if you aren’t careful they are going to take your coconut away and then you’ll have nothing to hump but your right hand. you aren’t accomplishing anything here other trying to prove to yourself that you aren’t scared little useful idiot waiting for his Messiah Barack to wipe his ass and let you sniff the paper ..

            Junior, you got nothing on me. Get over your rear echelon coconut humping delusions of grandeur.

          • Timb116

            well, you old, half-wit codger, then perhaps you’d start out by actually reading what I said or were the words too big? I know you like moving the goalposts, but this is thread I posted my comments about zoning and the lack thereof and it’s the same thread where a bunch of Malikin-clones are complaining (redundant, I know) about a professor’s essay which blames the abundance of casualties and property damage on the lack of zoning and unions.

            No matter how often you’ve walked around your trailer and thought about how old you are, you don’t get to re-define the argument because you want to.

            Petulant old man

          • SpinMeNot

            I did read your statements. You defended Loomis and attempted to prove that Unions and Zoning would have prevented what happened. I find that hard to believe as nobody knows what caused it. With regard to zoning. I’m sorry that you don’t like it when people are allowed to make choices and then live or die by those choices. As of yet, we know of some 10 first responders killed. I’ve not seen anything about the others as of yet, but when this conversation started you and I and the rest of us knew nothing. So, your statements were not constructive, and you chose to defend the indefensible.

            We here in Texas prefer government stay out of our lives. And we don’t need your opinions here, telling us what we need to be doing. I have already changed the conversation in case you haven’t noticed.

            You are a real brave man on the internet. Let me know when you get into North Texas.. I will be happy to give you the chance to mouth off in person. I’ll guarantee you that somewhere between my PhD, 2 masters and a BSc, along with my Ranger tab … you aren’t more than an annoyance.

            I’m tired of piss-ant punks like you making veiled threats. I’m your new best friend junior. Every time you post, I’ll be there.

      • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

        Do you have any comprehension of how rare explosions like this are?
        Do you know how many happened in the US versus the rest of the world?
        Do you know how many of those locations were unionized versus nonunionized?
        Do you have any facts at all?

        Unions can have a positive purpose. Unions can do good.

        But unions are not magic. They cannot wave a wand and sprinkle rainbow glitter over things to prevent the shit that sometimes happens from sometimes happening.

        • Timb116

          Speaking of zoning and keeping residential areas away from hazards.
          Still, you should watch writing anything about unions here without writing the word “thug” right after it. Malkin cannot say “union” without thug following it.

          • SpinMeNot

            Probably for good reason … ask the Hot Dog man …

      • gekkobear

        So what caused the explosion?

        Sabotage? Accident? Faulty hardware? Human error? Issues with improper firefighter training? Storage issues due to insufficient or violated regulations? Something else entirely?

        Before we start claiming how to avoid this, we need to know what happened. Since you’re ready for that part, you must know exactly what happened.

        Please fill us in on all the details so we can reap the value of your wisdom.

        Amazing you have these details before the police do… perhaps you should let them know you’re fully aware of exactly what happened here. They’d really like to know.

        • Timb116

          What we can avoid is having neighborhoods and schools built around fertilizer plants.

  • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

    Trayvon, Aurora, Oregon, Sandy Hook, Boston, Texas.

    Maybe we should start a betting pool on when the left will blame the right.

    It gets earlier and earlier as these terrible tragedies continue.

    • therantinggeek

      The Left will *always* blame the Right for anything that goes wrong in this country, no matter how big or small the issue is. #mytwocentsworth

  • RememberSekhmet

    As I understand it from down 35 in Austin, investigators are still looking into the causes, and not ruling out sabotage. No union can stop sabotage. In fact, they have a history of *causing* sabotage

  • Guest

    @erikloomis pretty sure Texas needs your prayers not your judgement and blame because as we all know NY has enough problems of its own. Thanks!

    • Timb116

      He doesn’t live in New York

  • jcf

    This POS makes me embarrassed to be a URI grad.

  • Becky Platt

    West is governed by the County of McLennan. Counties in Texas are not granted power over zoning by the state, meaning no county in Texas has Zoning laws. it’s not a question of bad zoning. it’s a question of safety within high intensity manufacturing facilities. they should be strictly regulated and inspected to keep employees and surrounding homes/businesses as safe as can be.

    praying for everyone involved, this is truly tragic and people using it for political gain make me sick :(

    • http://twitter.com/yahneverknowCB yahneverknow

      I don’t believe they were a manufacturing plant. I think they were a distributing plant.

      *not completely sure

  • halflight

    First of all, zoning is a function of municipal ordinances. In Texas, as in other states, the state government has little input on zoning. So Loomis’ argument about Texas, zoning and an industrial explosion is a non sequitur.

    Second, we don’t know what Texas law says about the storage and use of anhydrous ammonia. It’s possible that the regulations are sufficient, but weren’t followed by the management and/or workers at the plant. Loomis jumps to the conclusion that faulty regulation caused the explosion. No matter what the regulations are, some unethical people will ignore them and risk injury to others.

    Third, unions aren’t in the business of promoting the safety of the public at large– they’re in the business of protecting union members. A union is not going to force an employer out of business because the employer threatens the safety of the surrounding neighborhood– and that’s where most of the casualties occurred.

    Loomis is just shooting off his mouth.

    • SpinMeNot

      It is also possible that this was not caused by any human errors at all. The plant in West has been there since the early 70s as I understand it without any incidents. I’ve heard tell there was lightning in the area last night … a lightning strike could have caused the entire thing.

  • Hajjster

    Is Loomis a Harkonnen?

  • disqus_FlD2VMR2RJ

    Three words sum up Erik Loomis is out of control: Rhode Island Professor.

    • zippetydodah

      I think a Rhode Island “RED” is more appropriate. ?As in Chicken ??

  • http://www.facebook.com/ebradley.pilgrim E Bradley Pilgrim

    Looming sense of doom for one?

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve.jungman Steve Jungman

    The little jack ass got his ten minutes of fame by being a total douche. The best thing we can do now is ignore him and let him go back to his pathetic little life.

  • moddly

    everything is politics with liberals…take inhaling & exhaling for example…

  • noeskimo

    You’ve heard of penis envy? Well this is the state version of it. Little-bitty state guy overwhelmed by his feelings of inadequacy when confronted by the majesty that is Texas.

  • Right Wired

    Yes, because Detroit and Gary are beautiful and amazing, crime-free utopias

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.lemire.10 Richard Lemire

    What? You mean he didn’t blame it on Bush? Loomis must be slipping. He’s an idiot anyway.

  • Matt Vaughn

    …said a worthless no-name socialist with zero credibility.

  • $24698634

    Maybe he didn’t think it was too smart to put an apartment building, a school and a nursing home so close. In retrospect, he’s right.

  • phxtiger2

    When a professor makes a comment this stupid, how does a university justify keeping the fool on staff? Look at some of the statements this “man” has made in the past. Unbelievable. By the way, I live in Pensacola, FL and the people of West, TX are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jasper-Jackson/100000126656834 Jasper Jackson

    this is the level of bias ignorance from the NE liberal. funny thing is, I think minorities – especially blacks – have a far better life in the rural south than the urban north.

  • Chris Knight

    He has something in common with fertilizer. Full of shit.

  • TexasThicket

    Twila Jeanenne Ramsey That is a major problem with some educational institutions; one so ill-informed and just plain ignorant is a professor. About all he accomplishes with such moronic statements is to have people look up some accidents such as the Boston Tunnel Collapse and see that being union isn’t synonymous with quality. As far as zoning???just leaves me speechless. The worst victims of Erik loomis are his poor students. They have my sympathy.

  • Commie Hammer

    Why was there a fertilizer plant less than 200 yds from a middle school, high school, nursing home, in a residential neighborhood?

    I don’t agree with the union aspect (insurance & loans are hard to get if you don’t run a safe workplace, union or non-union and especially for fertilizer plants). But there is no valid excuse on the zoning aspect. It’s pure criminal and civil negligence to allow this situation to exist.

    Which was there first the schools and nursing home or the fertilizer plant?

    BTW, I am a lifelong and proud Texas Conservative, so I’m not trolling. I’d like answers on this, it’s utterly inexcusable that this situation was allowed to exist, period.

    Google Map: West, TX – Jerry Mashek Dr & Spring St.
    Use the football field for perspective. This whole set up is criminal.

    • Dave S.

      Well said.

  • paula

    The left abort all the smart ones & were left with this. Prayers to all the murdered babies & Texas.

  • tops116

    Does that mean we can blame what happened in Boston on a surplus of unions? Yeah, didn’t think so.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.lemire.10 Richard Lemire

    Maybe someone should inform Mr Loomis, that that plant has been in operation since 1986 with only one complaint, of ammonia smell in that time. Unions are not necessary for safe operations when people have common sense and knowledge, which it is clear he does not have.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Are you seriously claiming that plant was safe? Are you forgetting the giant explosion?

  • Climbr880

    Yes, Professor, if only we had lots more unions, zoning regulation, and anti-capitalists doing what they want, West, Texas could be more like…Detroit.

  • Charles Wright

    Rhode Island has colleges?

  • http://twitter.com/1RandiStarr Randi Starr

    I swear this man looks like a pedophile.like the ones that would hang out on a playground…….I know not nice…………but he has a sinister smile…..