By Manifesto Joe
Gov. Rick "El Pendejo" Perry has already done plenty in his 63 years on this planet to make Texas, and Texans, look foolish. His absent-minded, tongue-tied participation in the 2012 GOP presidential race was embarrassing enough.
Now he's demanding an apology from the Sacramento Bee for a Jack Ohman political cartoon. Ohman's cartoon was something like this: In one panel, Perry is shown standing at a podium, next to signs proclaiming low regulations and low taxes, saying something like, "Business in Texas is booming." The next panel, on the right, depicts the deadly April 17 explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
Ohman's cartoon indulges in dark humor, but he raises a very pertinent point. These people had a fertilizer plant, which housed ingredients similar to the ones used by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, very close to a school and a nursing home. It's actually quite fortunate that more than 14 people weren't killed.
Not only was state oversight of the plant probably insufficient -- the fact of where it was is a crime. Such a plant should never have been located in such a place. In addition to the deaths, up to 200 people were hurt, and about 100 homes were destroyed.
Perry has said that more state oversight or regulation wouldn't have prevented the explosion. Perhaps not -- but why was such a plant even there, to begin with?
Governor, please retire and leave state government to someone who actually has a brain, and perhaps even a dark sense of humor. Sometimes it's better to laugh than to cry -- I think lots of people have done plenty of crying in West, thank you.
Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.