OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

As Rick Perry calls for a second session to try and 'protect the sanctity of life' he is also is also still going around trying to poach jobs from other states due to the low tax and regulation rates in his state. In the aftermath West, TX explosion which leveled schools and apartment buildings, one can not help but notice that none of these special sessions are intended to deal with these lax-regulation issues or ways to help the West victims. Especially considering how stories like these continue to emerge:

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

Athens is a quiet East Texas community where the town square is still active and a place where residents enjoy the simple life.

Outside of an old building that some say needs to be torn down, there's a different type of activity. Several times a week, a chemical truck pulls up in front and unloads something into the building.

Nothing illegal is going on. In fact, what's inside is typically harmless.

We watched a truck driver unload 25 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer

The driver said he's been delivering to the building for 15 years.

This is just one of 129 such buildings storing ammonium nitrate across the state. Surely proper safeguards are in place here, and the whole West thing was just a fluke right?
One reason residents may not have known a hazardous chemical was being stored inside is because the building's owner, East Texas Ag Supply, failed to notify state health officials until after the ammonium nitrate explosion in West.

But that's not the only concern.

The roof and interior of the Athens building is mostly wood, just like in West. National Fire Protection Association guidelines urge caution when storing ammonium nitrate in wooden bins.

Just one more blockquote to reflect the general intelligence of some of the people in charge here in my home state:
When News 8 started asking questions last month, Athens Fire Chief John McQueary said he was aware of what was in the building and that the building was safe.

He later told the local newspaper "...that ammonium nitrate is not going to go off; we're going to be able to put that out."

The chief provided News 8 with only one fire inspection record from last November. No hazards were noted, only the need for extinguishers and a "no smoking" sign

.
Extended (Optional)

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.