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  •  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms then? (1+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe

    What a ridiculous conglomeration of responsibilities that is.

    I suppose there's always Fatherland "Homeland Security."

    We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both - Louis D. Brandeis

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 01:46:19 PM PDT

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    •  Amen, and amen, and amen, and amen (2+ / 0-)

      ATF (also known as Amateur True F... among LEOs, who clean up their language for family hour to Amateur True Fools and Flyin' Big Idiots...) is NOT the horror Wayne LaPierre accused it of being.

      La Pierre, who is the dictionary definition of nutjob's nutjob, credited ATF with knowing wtf they were trying to do. Ruby Ridge proved him wrong ... and then we got Waco...

      The bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms should, IMO, be broken up posthaste (there were national calls for this in the wake of Waco but somehow it didn't happen).

      Alcohol and Tobacco and Firearms have extremely little in common, except their taxability.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:04:42 PM PDT

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    •  Homeland Security, most likely (4+ / 0-)
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      Of all the mish-mash patchwork of state and federal regulatory agencies involved, it looks like DHS might actually come closest to the needed oversight - sorta. Such plants are supposed to report to DHS if they have quantities of ammonium nitrate over a certain amount. Reports suggest this plant was well over that amount, and failed to self report. But even then - DHS' interest in the matter is not so much facility and worker safety. It's security of the material to prevent criminal or terrorist access.

      "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

      by Catte Nappe on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:19:49 PM PDT

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      •  and we know it was reported to DSHS, at the (0+ / 0-)

        state level.
        I dunno, a Freudian slip, maybe? Or maybe the owner thought the agencies would share the info among / between each other?

        LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:27:15 PM PDT

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        •  It's possible they didn't even know about it (2+ / 0-)
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          Since it's a matter of self reporting who would have advised them that they needed to do that? I'd think the best bet would be whoever sold them the ammonium nitrate in the first place. That would be interesting to know about, and presumably the investigators will get around to it. But suppose that were the case - maybe a letter along with one of the bills - how many good old boys are going to look at the gubmint gobbledygook and pitch in the circular file?

          "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

          by Catte Nappe on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:50:26 PM PDT

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          •  better question: how many won't? (0+ / 0-)

            guesstimate: very few indeed.

            LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

            by BlackSheep1 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 02:51:54 PM PDT

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