Disaster donations: Texas lags way behind Boston

Who told you that this would happen?

The West, Texas fertilizer factory explosion, which happened the same week as the Boston Marathon bombing, killed 14 people, injured up to 200 and destroyed more than 100 homes while the Boston incident resulted in 3 dead and 282 competitors and bystanders suffering injuries. 

Yet, the Boston incident has attracted over 26 times more charitable donations as the Texas disaster.


Because with their news coverage, the East Coast-based news media have led America’s Idiot Population to believe that Boston’s tragedy is way more devastating and important than the Texas tragedy. While Neil Diamond, President Obama and Anderson Pooper rushed to nationally-broadcast photo ops in Boston, the Texas victims got more of what they had always gotten…nothing but more fertilizer.

This is why I have made my recent comments about Boston and you can see that what I was saying was largely justified.

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21 Responses to Disaster donations: Texas lags way behind Boston

  1. Xavier J. April 26, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Hey Tom, I completely agree with you on this one. Fuck Boston. It’s amazing how the East Coast bias has been shown with these two events happening so close to each other and the media coverage that one is getting over the lack of any attention the other is.

    You see that tomorrow there’s going to be a lot of Raising your drink to Boston events all around L.A. tomorrow? https://www.facebook.com/LAdrinks2Boston
    Where’s the “Pour one for West, TX” events?

    Boston may have been shut down for one day, but it’s West, TX. that got half a town leveled and can’t just re-open their Dunkin’ Donut like Boston.

    I’m making the choice to not frequent any bar or restaurant that takes part of this cash grab to send our commerce to a bunch of people who view us as a bunch of nuts, fruits and flakes over here in California. I advise the other 101 students to avoid the joints who will be taking part of this shit as well.

    Take me out Old School, Tom.

    • Mike Jones April 26, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      What areee you?

  2. DJ Particle April 26, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Looks like (so far) we have one voter from Boston…. 😉

  3. Mike Jones April 26, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Tom said this days ago when there was no data available to back it up. The media is finally catching up by crunching the numbers.

  4. Pete April 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Boston death from angry people.

    West, Texas death from profit. Profit over public safety.

    • DJ Particle April 29, 2013 at 10:44 am #

      That could be why right there… The West, TX incident makes Big Corporate look bad, hence Big Corporate wants it swept under the rug?

  5. Vince April 26, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    I hope Texas recovers, Texas should of got more coverage than Boston, FUCK BOSTON!!! and FUCK YOU CNN!!!

  6. Phil April 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    I’ve noticed that since the Boston craziness has subsided the news media is NOW finally starting to mention the Texas disaster a little bit more. Well gee, thanks a lot, 2 weeks later!
    I’m sure we won’t be hearing it for much longer and of course they’ve already thrown in the NY angle to the Boston story, as in these suspects were “plotting” to blow up Times Square…please I could pull a better story outta my ass.
    Blow me the fuck up.

  7. Edward April 26, 2013 at 6:07 pm #

    So sick of Boston… I don’t think anyone actually cares about those fucks.

  8. Tom April 29, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    Tom, let’s talk real world facts for a minute. I just heard you tell Gustavo in the replay that you don’t believe you violated the FB terms of service with the post that was deleted. The fact is that you mocked the prayers for Boston and took it a crazy step further by saying one could argue it was “karma” what happened in Boston. The fact that you added that you don’t believe karma actually happens to people who behave badly is completely moot and irrelevant. It changes nothing of the basic statement. It is also irrelevant that you said or posted at some other time that you feel for the victims , just not the people of Boston. You did not put that sentiment as a caveat or disclaimer in the post in question , right next to the statement about karma. The post would have still been inappropriate but you would at least have a leg to stand on in regards to your claim that you didn’t violate the TOA agreement.. Your protests of innocence regarding the TOA might fly with Gustavo or listeners to your show who are incapable, either through low intelligence or substance abuse ,of the critical thinking skills necessary to see your protests of innocence as the self-serving sophistry and bullshit that they are, but they don’t fly with me.

    • Tom Leykis April 29, 2013 at 9:28 am #

      Your post is comical. Nowhere in there did you demonstrate that I violated Facebook’s Terms of Service. I HAVE every right to not believe in karma and to not “pray for Boston.” And to say so.

      Tell us all the specific term of Facebook service that I violated. And be specific, asshole. I want specifics based on the actual TOS, not your opinion.

      • Tom April 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

        “Comical”. No, actually my post was just common sense. The FB Terms of Service agreement cannot possibly be more than a general guide and it can’t be expected to detail every specific situation that could come up. Terms of Service agreements are in most cases just about requiring people to abide by common community standards of decency, unless the organization is anal or fanatical about censorship, something that no reasonable observer of how Facebook does business would ever claim. Claiming, or at least implying, in a post that Boston (and by reasonable inference , the bombing victims) got just what was coming to them on the 15th of April is not in compliance with our national common sense of decency, in this post 9/11 world. The fact that you don’t actually believe that (and by the way , I don’t think you believe the victims deserved what they got) is not FB’s problem. FB can’t read minds. You made a disastrously poor choice of word and phrase in your post and you need to abide by the consequences of that and quit whining about it.

        • Tom April 29, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

          “I have every right to not believe in karma”. Clever sophistry, Tom, but not really hard to see through. Your post was to the effect that a believer in karma would be justified in feeling that the bad behavior of Boston, and by reasonable inference, in the absence of clarification, the bombing victims as well, brought the bombings down onto themselves as their karma in life. FB RIGHTLY didn’t give a crap that you added your little afterthought about your PERSONAL nonbelief in karma ,The damage was already done. Quit trying to be a clever sophist and just take responsibility for a horribly worded post.

          • Tom April 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

            pretty much game, set and match, Tom.

          • Tom Leykis April 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

            “Horribly worded” = doesn’t agree with your opinion.

            Once again, you may have hated my opinion, but you still can’t prove that I violated Facebook’s Terms of Service. I had every right to say what I said. And I would say it again.

        • Tom Leykis April 29, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

          Again, no specific proof that I violated the Facebook Terms of Service. You don’t have shit.

          • Tom April 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

            “you don’t have shit.” I believe if this case somehow ever went to a court of law, which of course, it wouldn’t,Facebook would cite their Hate Speech clause on their Community Standards page in their TOS Agreement. Because FB is a private company , with much more leeway than a government agency, a judge would have no problem in throwing your case out of court after a thirty second reading to you of the Hate Speech clause. The clause starts with a general statement about not tolerating hate speech and then moves onto a more specific list itemizing race, national origin, etc. The judge would have no problem putting what you posted under the general nonspecific statement prohibiting hate speech. Again since FB is a private company hate speech can have pretty broad parameters. The fact that what you posted does not exactly correspond to a specific itemized group in the clause. would not pose a problem for the judge. He would take about 2 minutes to decide you were in violation of the clause and send you on your way, as the peanut gallery snickered. But again, it’s a private company so it would never even get to court.

          • Tom Leykis April 29, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

            You proved nothing here. Once again, “race, national origin, etc.” is a nonspecific response and I can tell you categorically that nothing in the FB TOS specifically mentions comments about a city. Nothing. I read the Terms of Service. And you clearly haven’t.

  9. Anne Irish April 29, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Tom, I agree with what Gary said the day the West incident happened. Although I agree that the TV media is East-Coast centric, comparing the West, TX incident to that of Boston is an apples-to-oranges comparison. The West incident was a non-controversial situation; an accident which no one ever thought was anything but…….no one certainly blamed terrorism.

    The Boston incident was never thought to be an accident……there was always good cause to believe that the Marathon had been specifically targeted……..

    Tom, I agree that the media neglects all but the East Coast, but you need to find a better example to illustrate your point, I think……

    • Tom Leykis April 29, 2013 at 11:33 am #

      Being killed by an explosion is equally tragic for the people being killed and injured no matter what the motive. And these people and their families have needs (including relatively equal media coverage) regardless of where the incidents take place or who is behind them.

    • Xavier J. April 29, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

      So now only tragedies that can be blamed on Terrorist should be thrown money to recover? Where exactly is all this money going that goes to Boston in shitty fundraisers? Those who got scraped or bruised in the explosion? We’re talking about a town that had blocks completely leveled. They’re going to need the money to rebuild far more than some Bostonian.

      As for the enemy in it all being an easy target. How about the fact that the plant never told federal agencies that it had 270 tons of highly volatile ammonium nitrate. They broke the law as federal law required any operation that holds more than a ton of fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate to report that to the department of homeland security.

      Hell, this one even has Homeland security involved. Should we list this as a terrorist act? It sure was a bigger WMD than some pressure cooker bought at your local Macy’s.

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