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  •  Chris Hayes had a West resident on last night (19+ / 0-)

    And when asked whether she was angry at the company, she basically said the townspeople felt 'bad' for the company, and they wanted to help it in any way they could. I can't tell if it's just small townspeople innocence; years of FOX/Limbaugh indoctrination about how wonderful those poor corporations are fighting against the evil government; or Stockholm Syndrome, but it's what the corps are counting on and working for.

    "We are not going to give up on destroying the health care system for the American people." - future President Paul Ryan.

    by Fordmandalay on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 07:53:06 AM PDT

    •  All of the above (10+ / 0-)
      I can't tell if it's just small townspeople innocence; years of FOX/Limbaugh indoctrination about how wonderful those poor corporations are fighting against the evil government; or Stockholm Syndrome,

      We view "The Handmaid's Tale" as cautionary. The GOP views it as an instruction book.

      by Vita Brevis on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:06:24 AM PDT

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    •  We the proles. n/t (2+ / 0-)
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      “... there is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist

      by leema on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:08:00 AM PDT

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    •  I saw that and wanted to cry.... (4+ / 0-)
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      .... then I wanted to scream. Sadly typical rural thinking (I know whereof I speak, btw) and a big part of the reason why we're having to fight for our very lives on so many fronts.

      Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

      by figbash on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:14:37 AM PDT

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    •  They know (6+ / 0-)

      the plant owner, and all the employees - it's not a big faceless company. The mayor is a volunteer firefighter. (I've been in a town where the mail isn't delivered, and everyone picks it up at the post office. West sounds like that kind of place.)

      (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

      by PJEvans on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:15:24 AM PDT

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      •  So? I don't get your point. They ran a sloppy (1+ / 0-)
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        dangerous business that resulted in the death and destruction of people, homes, institutions and schools.

        Why the fuck would anyone feel sorry for the owners?

        Physics is bulls**t. Don't let them fool you. Fire IS magic.
        (Facts brought to you by the Party of the Future - the GOP)

        by Pescadero Bill on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:27:09 AM PDT

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        •  Farming attitude and values (0+ / 0-)

          Things go wrong on a farm that aren't anyone's fault, so you just get stoic about things. They may figure that their neighbor with the fertilizer company just got wiped out by bad luck.

          Freedom isn't free. Patriots pay taxes.

          by Dogs are fuzzy on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 01:11:31 PM PDT

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    •  The family that owns the distributorship (4+ / 0-)
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      lives there, and people probably know them.
      It's small town, not Stockholm.

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      by skohayes on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:16:02 AM PDT

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    •  It isn't hard to understand... (5+ / 0-)

      the plant was literally the center of their town. In a small community like that, it just doesn't cross peoples' minds that the individuals involved would act callously and put them at risk. I mean, this was just a distributor, not a huge multinational. I highly doubt anyone in West thought that they were being exploited for profit in the past.

      It may be misguided, but understandable. I am sure some of it is cultural, but I'd think the culture is more "small town" than "texan" in identity.

      “Birds…scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth. They know the truth. Screaming bloody murder all over the world in our ears, but sadly we don’t speak bird.” Kurt Cobain

      by RadicalParrot on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 08:16:49 AM PDT

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      •  It seems we have two radical views of small (1+ / 0-)
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        town living.

        If this happened in my small town, that family -- and I don't care how deep their roots ran -- would be facing most people wanting to run them out. They'd be sued, and their family reputation tainted for the rest of history.

        There's often very good reason there were two sides of the tracks going through small towns.

        Physics is bulls**t. Don't let them fool you. Fire IS magic.
        (Facts brought to you by the Party of the Future - the GOP)

        by Pescadero Bill on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:34:42 AM PDT

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        •  Six of one, half a dozen of the other. (1+ / 0-)
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          I get what you're saying. There very well may be some from the "other side of the tracks" that feel that way, so this anecdote may not be a unanimous representation of the feelings of the town as a whole.

          “Birds…scream at the top of their lungs in horrified hellish rage every morning at daybreak to warn us all of the truth. They know the truth. Screaming bloody murder all over the world in our ears, but sadly we don’t speak bird.” Kurt Cobain

          by RadicalParrot on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 09:39:56 AM PDT

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    •  Hayes is doing a nighly report (0+ / 0-)

      every night this week on this topic.  

      I saw that interview with that woman last night.  She was giving a blow by blow description of the explosion including running to the nursing home to help drag patients out.  Then when asked what she thought about how the company was operated she got emotional and said she felt so bad for them, that she went to school with their kids, yada yada.  I don't recall her expressing anything for the dead, just sorrow for the owners.  

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