Charlie Rangel: The explosion today in Harlem is “our community’s 9/11″

posted at 2:01 pm on March 12, 2014 by Allahpundit

To paraphrase about a thousand different people on Twitter who heard this and shuddered: If you’re an American, especially an American from New York, “your” 9/11 was 9/11.

Still, a terrible tragedy. Two people are dead from the blast, more than a dozen are wounded, and many others are unaccounted for as I write this. Per the Times, the local power company got a report of a heavy gas odor near the building at 9:13 a.m. Crews were dispatched within two minutes, but not soon enough: The explosion occurred at around 9:30, before they got there. One resident said she smelled gas last night but that the smell gradually disappeared. Evidently it was building up somewhere in the building, waiting to catch a spark.


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Bmore

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Dope

He makes Maxine Waters, the scumhag, appear very intelligent.

Schadenfreude

While I have no love for Rangel …..

NOT …. EVEN …. CLOSE!!!!!!!!

There is nobody who does “dumber than a box of rocks” than Maxine.

BD57 on March 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

; )

Bmore on March 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

I’ll B.More you!!!

Lanceman on March 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Any black people who died on 9-11, I guess didn’t count by Charlie’s estimation.

thebrokenrattle on March 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Reminds me of the 9/11 NYC “Man on the street” interview. They buttonholed a Muslim. Asked him what he thought. He said, the people who flew those planes into the twin towers were crazy. “Yeah?”, the interviewer asked, hopefully. “Yeah!” the man said. “There could have been MUSLIMS in those buildings!”

/there were BLACKS in that gas explosion!

LashRambo on March 12, 2014 at 5:28 PM

How else is Charlie going to try and guilt white people into donating to some relief funds if he doesn’t equate this tragedy to something like 9/11? its’ hard to raise mucho money on a gas explosion.

katiejane on March 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Another dope

I’ll B.More you!!!

Lanceman on March 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM

It’s colder than FL in the dungeon.

Schadenfreude on March 12, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Residents smelled gas for weeks….but NOT ONE of them called in to report it. Figured someone would do it for them.
So really, this is not Harlem’s 9/11…it is their Katrina.

oceansidecon on March 12, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Dope
He makes Maxine Waters, the scumhag, appear very intelligent.
Schadenfreude
While I have no love for Rangel …..
NOT …. EVEN …. CLOSE!!!!!!!!

There is nobody who does “dumber than a box of rocks” than Maxine.
BD57 on March 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Sheila

Jackson

Lee

trapeze on March 12, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Obama is the Black Communities “9/11″.

portlandon on March 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Well put, indeed.

jimver on March 12, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Prayers for the injured and those who perished.

trapeze on March 12, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Yeah, she is one for the record book, but who was it that worried about Guam tipping over?

dogsoldier on March 12, 2014 at 6:48 PM

Why is the NTSB involved in the investigation?

Murphy9 on March 12, 2014 at 6:56 PM

20m
Authorities now say there are at least 3 deaths in New York City building collapse, explosion – @NY1, @NBCNewYork, @WSJNY
end of alert

Murphy9 on March 12, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Rangel is a jackass.

Somewhat OT, but I have some emergency service experience with these sort of things and more often than not the cause is fairly mundane. All flammable gases have an explosive range expressed as an LEL – lower explosive limit (too lean) and UEL – upper explosive limit (too rich). When the mixture gets between those ranges, it will ignite, explosively obviously. All it needs is an ignition source, which is usually some innocuous thing – a spark from a light switch flip or some electric appliance, or a pilot light on water heater or gas oven. Nothing astonishing or unusual. I’m not stating this as the cause of this event, but it would be one of the first place I would look to confirm or eliminate as cause.

battalion on March 12, 2014 at 7:33 PM

There is nobody who does “dumber than a box of rocks” than Maxine.
BD57 on March 12, 2014 at 4:50 PM

And very few as sexy.

mankai on March 12, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Can’t wait to see who…or what…his equivalent is for Bin Ladin…

Who is he going to blame for the attack?

TKPedersen42 on March 13, 2014 at 11:12 AM

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