Chemical plant security
To turn our attention to the kind of terrorism that could actually hurt people: The failure of "strong on terrorism" Republicans to do anything to protect chemical plants and facilities — some of the most vulnerable and dangerous targets for terrorists — is a scandal that has gotten nothing like the press it deserves. It would be difficult to find a case where Republican "strength" more cravenly crumbled before the demands of a (heavily contributing) industry. There’s no defense for it; nobody even tries to defend it. They just don’t talk about it.
An explosion at a chemical plant would be a human and ecological disaster that would dwarf 9/11. (It would even dwarf a whole dealer lot full of graffiti’d SUVs!) And it’s just a matter of time.
Anyway, the latest and greatest on this is Jonathan Chait’s latest column in the L.A. Times. Read it and weep.