As West, Texas Counts Its Dead, Some See a Chance to Make a Profit

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The explosion Wednesday of a fertilizer plant in West leveled a large swath of the town and killed we're-still-not-quite-sure how many people. But as authorities continue to pick through the rubble, stories abound that help confirm one's faith in humanity. There are the volunteer firefighters who rushed toward the flames in the minutes before the blast, and those who came to the aid of the wounded in its aftermath. People flocked to donate blood and house refugees. The tight-knit community was pulled even closer together, as the smell of kolaches brought at least a hint of normalcy.

But disasters like this also bring out the darker side of human nature. There was an early, albeit isolated, report of looting. Westboro Baptist Church is promising for some reason to picket the funerals of explosion victims. Grand Prairie educators are fired over Facebook comments about white people, who will soon be "wiped from the earth."

Starting to come out of the woodwork now are the disaster profiteers, who inevitably descend on scenes of large-scale human tragedy. The charity scammers and shady contractors are on their way to West, if they're not there already. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott visited the town yesterday and warned of price gouging.

Of course, this is the digital age, which means that one doesn't have to physically be in West to make a quick buck. As of yesterday afternoon, The Domains, an Internet trade publication, reported that no fewer than 60 explosion-themed domain names had been registered.

It's impossible to say, of course, what the purchasers plan to do with their property. Perhaps they're simply squatting on, say, wacoplantvictim.com to make sure it doesn't fall into unscrupulous hands. And maybe wacorelieffund.com is really going to be a legitimate relief fund. But don't count on it.

And then there are the lawyers, who seem oblivious to the thought that now might not be the appropriate time to start trolling for potential clients. First out of the gate seems to be Dallas-based Baron & Budd, which promptly dedicated a webpage dedicated to drumming up business from victims of the West explosion.

"This horrible tragedy hits home for us," Russell Budd, the firm's founder and managing partner, is quoted as saying. "We are concerned about all the devastation this explosion has left in its wake, and we stand ready to help the people of West as they work to rebuild their lives."

So it begins.


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UnCoverUp_2
UnCoverUp_2

This horrible tragedy hits home for us," Russell Budd, [Baron & Budd, P.C. (B&B)] founder and managing partner, is quoted as saying. "We are concerned about all the devastation this explosion has left in its wake, and we stand ready to help the people of West as they work to rebuild their lives."

Before any victims hire the blood-sucking, 40% contingency-fee, parasite-attorneys at B&B, they should demand that B&B pitchman Budd disclose his firm's professional policies covering acts of negligence and/or fraud, and the history their insurers actually paying on past claims against B&B. These shysters have a long history of paying off judges for honest services frauds in rigging cases so that B&B can quickly extract their 40% contingency-fee from a lowball settlement deal they make with their insurance defense attorney cronies.

gopwankers
gopwankers

Just maybe, since the GOP in Texas limits the amount of liability a business has to payout, perhaps they'll throw in a voucher to Chick Fil A....

gopwankers
gopwankers

So a company causes a massive disaster and the pro-business party of personal responsibility is calling for the big brother "can't do anything right" government to foot the bill? Its hard to believe that Texans are so ignorant.

gopwankers
gopwankers

Cletus says==>Regulation, schmegulation. That's all for those commie pinkos who think the government has any business in business. In fact they should just focus on cutting taxes so we can enjoy our hard earned money. Let the market decide if we need regulations! It's a GOP Thang!!!

Manship Smith
Manship Smith

They should be in the middle of the explosion !!!!

Elizabeth Marshall
Elizabeth Marshall

I do not think they are aware of how many Texas own guns, and in that area they are used to shooting annoying varmints...

John Riccomi
John Riccomi

I want air time too. Can I start my own church and protest all that decent, thinking ADULTS hold sacred so I can get some free publicity for my bat-shit-crazy church too?

Jimmy Waddell
Jimmy Waddell

I see a whole bunch of bikers showing up and surrounding the place. Time to put these WBC, cult brainwashed dolts to rest. We will not tolerate their continued harassment of the American people.

Tim Harry
Tim Harry

they have been in Texas multiple times protesting. Church is a VERY loose term here. they are definitely a cult, and every one of them has a law degree. Where they make their money is by suing people who physically assault them in the process of their protesting, or suing police departments or municipalities for not letting them protest. whatever you do dont engage them, or if you do, make sure you cant be indentified for a lawsuit.

Christopher A. Jones
Christopher A. Jones

What! Why! Man I dont care what creed or constitution you go by. Everyone can agree on one thing. Westboro Sucks Bigtime

Shannon J. Whitley-Gardner
Shannon J. Whitley-Gardner

I say we all travel down to West, TX and throw day old kolaches at them. What sick SOB's. I think a long line of people forming a human shield with everyone wearing "Don't Mess With Texas" shirts is a great idea.

Nicolas Harris
Nicolas Harris

I am seriously surprised nobody has gone to the point of hurting that group

Michael Caughlan
Michael Caughlan

I think that they may be biting off more than they can chew if the come to West, Texas.

ShirleyPhelpsRoper
ShirleyPhelpsRoper

PS - get over yourselves with the threats! You think God would send his people to your streets for 22 years now - EVERY DAY - more than 50,000 pickets, and suddenly, the arm of God is short that he cannot deal with your violence?  Get over it!  It is for that very conduct that WRATH from GOD is pouring out on you!! Just stop that!

ShirleyPhelpsRoper
ShirleyPhelpsRoper

You say you don't understand why Westboro Baptist Church will picket the funerals of those that died when God sent the blast! God set some simple requirements before the face of his creation. He said: OBEY MY COMMANDMENTS! That means NO DIVORCE; NO REMARRIAGE (it equals Adultery the Lord Jesus Christ said at Luke 16:18) and NO SODOMY and for heaven's sake, NO SAME SEX MARRIAGE! You look God square in the face and do all those things and much worse!  THOU SHALT NOT KILL! This filthy nation started up two big wars and murder your neighbors by the thousands! Then you wonder why God sent the BLAST!!  God sent the shooter!! God sent the Whirlwind!! God sent the Drought!! God sent the Floods!! This nation is poised to make same sex marriage the law of the land! Foolish rebels, the very discussing of that matter, like it is open for discussion is what is destroying you!!  KEEP YOUR MOUTH off the name of God when you don't believe God and you proudly disobey Him!  Westboro will be on the ground to praise God for his perfect work in execution of judgment upon TX and Doomed USA! 

Your friends at Westboro Bapitst Church by Shirley Phelps-Roper

jimmydon67
jimmydon67

@bvckvs you are a ass,how does a small town of 2800 pay for a full time dept.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

@Ricky_Hollywood Looks like they at least took down the photo from the refinery explosion that they were trying to pass off as the fertilizer explosion.

EfranSongerfeld
EfranSongerfeld

@slpr3 

Shirley ( and I doubt your identity ) :

No offense, but if I am going to 'go to the trouble' of believing in a loving deity who wants us to follow a moral code, then I'm going to stick with the simple, straightforward teachings of Jesus Christ, Hillel, Gandhi and MLK.

I can not imagine how guidance like 'love your enemies' and 'turn the other cheek' fits into the sermons at your church, but I pray they find purchase.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

@slpr3 Are ya'll born batshit crazy or is it learned?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@slpr3 Actually, if you read the Whole Bible, you'll find contradiction layered upon contradiction within its pages.  Paul writes that, in a situation of divorce, it is better to not remarry, so already the Church was softening on divorce.  As for all your pontificating against the 'perverts', Jesus sat down and dined with thieves and prostitutes, extending his love, forgiveness and grace to them.  We, as christians, are charged to do the same, yet we often fall short of this charge.  WBC never fails to fall short in emulating Christ, making it a point of their pride (one of the 7 deadly sins, by the way), to go in the opposite direction as Christ's teaching.  Westboro Baptist Church is not a church, not even a cult.  WBC is a law firm that has itself as a client making money off of exploitation of the inherent weaknesses of organized religion and the US legal system.  Jesus would have thrown WBC out of the Temple.

StandUpToBullies
StandUpToBullies

@slpr3 If the USA is doomed...LEAVE and take your entire CULT with you .  You say to follow the Ten Commandments, but does that make your CULT immune from them?  I do believe there is ADULTERY in your family tree (a baby out of wedlock?)  Your entire group, by calling yourselves a "CHURCH" is a little bit hypocritical, don't you think?  The Baptist Church doesn't recognize you as a legitimate Church.  That's why you are referred to a CULT or a "Church" (quotes intended).  I LOVE the fact that you were banned from Margaret Thatcher's funeral because they wouldn't allow you in the country and all you guys did is whine about it.  GET OVER YOURSELVES.  No one wants you and your hate filled rants.  Your CULT bullies grieving families at the most inopportune time...when there is a death in their families.  If it weren't for the soldiers that give their live, you would not have the Freedom of Speech that your group abuses.  You take every tragedy and twist to your advantage and preach your own religion.  It is not up to your CULT to decide what is right and what is wrong.  Everyone has their own beliefs and a God that they believe in.  It is not for you to decide for them.  Your group is the perfect example of a CULT...a group of people following an individual (in this case, a disbarred lawyer), spewing his beliefs on people who don't want them. Have some compassion for the people in TX instead of HATE.  Let them grieve instead of being bullied!

moss.daniel5
moss.daniel5

@slpr3  Hmmmm and where was the Wrath of God on the people of New Zealand? They just passed same sex marriage...No Hellfire. No Brimstone. Just people in love getting married.


Anna_Merlan
Anna_Merlan

@slpr3 Did God send exclamation marks and terrible, terrible grammar? 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@StandUpToBullies @slpr3 Sadly, our soldiers aren't defending our speech.  All our wars are elective of late.  They should be international police actions, but we make a war out of it.  We never went to Italy and made war to attack the Mob, and they really were stealing from our economy and were a national threat.  Our actions overseas by our soldiers, who are essentially thrown in a jar, all alone and our childish politicians shake the jar and watch them fight the ants that come out to defend their own lands.  We could have chosen to work with these people, and with these gov'ts, but we clearly have another agenda.  There were no terrorists in Iraq, till we invaded and tilted the country toward the Shia and Iran.  We helped foment a terrorist insurrection in Iraq, as we are in Syria, as we decry terrorism.  You make a good argument generally, but our soldiers and more so, our politicians have blood and torture on their hands.  If Westboro were protesting that I would have to give them props.  Cause there certainly nothing Christian, and little evidence of the Golden Rule in our Foreign Policy.

Daniel
Daniel

@Anna_Merlan @slpr3  Exclamation marks and terrible, terrible grammar caused me to lose faith in God. I especially got disillusioned by those whom were hypocrites!!!!

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul   @UnCoverUp_2

par·a·site  /ˈparəˌsīt/  Noun:
- An organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host's expense.
derogatory. A person who habitually relies on or exploits others and gives nothing in return.

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Again the explosion did not happen after dark...just a simple google search will show that. Do you not have google? The fires coninued after dark and smoldered into the morning

whocareswhatithink
whocareswhatithink

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @Ricky_Hollywood HAHAHA you are cute. Smartass??? Have you seen any of the photos? Read anything?? Is a quick google search too much before you comment? I think your comment is of the smartass nature, not my pointing you in the right direction. If you dont have a job, Im sure Barron and Budd will be hiring soon, perhaps you should apply. Seems like you might fit in with the unethical trolls. Purr

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@pak152 Fool.  The explosion happened after dark.  The fire preceded it.  Now, apologize to your Myrnsie-Wyrnsie like a good little schmuck.

EfranSongerfeld
EfranSongerfeld

@ThePoster...

Thanks for notifying us all about a Gawd who doesn't give a shit about our lives, but holds us 'accountable' nonetheless. I must have missed the part about a loving deity.

choderus
choderus

@ScottsMerkin @Anna_Merlan @slpr3   It almost makes me wish I weren't an Atheist, because then I could look forward to kicking the shit out of all the westboro members in hell for eternity.

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