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Sunday, August 26, 2007

These Guys Crack Me Up

Did you know that when a mountaintop in Southwest Virginia is scraped so as to be able to retrieve the coal beneath (and keep lots of our neighbors employed), that land, once the precious mineral is harvested, will never be able to support the growth of trees again? No birds will ever sing. No brook will ever babble.

So says some dude who writes for a trendy East Coast magazine (Rolling Stone; you'll not find it on your local 7-Eleven newsstand there in Grundy).

This is kind of silly when you think about it:

What It Costs Us
By Jeff Goodell, writing in the Washington Post

Digging up hard-to-get coal will ... devastate Appalachia, where huge mountaintop-removal mines have already buried 700 miles of streams and 400,000 acres of forests. (Mountaintop-removal is a particularly destructive form of mining in which entire mountains are blasted apart to expose the coal seams inside; the rubble is typically dumped in nearby valleys.)

Instead of strengthening oversight of this type of mining, the Bush administration proposed last week to loosen regulations and allow it to expand. One recent study estimated that if this practice continues, within 40 years the region disemboweled by mining will be approximately the size of Rhode Island. (link)

You need to understand, people out east like to read shit like this, even though it is completely detached from reality.

400,000 acres of forest gone forever!

Natural mountain streams (you folks over in Swords Creek know them as the gullies that cause all the flood damage when a heavy rain falls but are otherwise bone-dry) are altered forever.

Life as we know it comes to an end.

Life as we know it comes to an end. We can only hope ...


Special note to the author: Tell you what, pal, we'll reclaim our forests and streams a heck of a lot faster than you're repairing that hole in the ground in downtown Manhattan.

Photos courtesy of the Mineral Information Institute
I encourage you folks out east to click on the images to enlarge them

A Good Argument For Having No Laws Whatsoever

Driver fees infringe on happy living

New Orleans Coming To a Grim Understanding

Which part of MUCH OF NEW ORLEANS SITS BELOW SEA LEVEL do these people not understand? People like Douglas Brinkley ...
Reckless Abandonment
By Douglas Brinkley, The Washington Post

Two full years after the hurricane, the Big Easy is barely limping along, unable to make truly meaningful reconstruction progress. The most important issues concerning the city's long-term survival are still up in the air. Why is no Herculean clean-up effort underway? Why hasn't President Bush named a high-profile czar such as Colin Powell or James Baker to oversee the ongoing disaster? Where is the U.S. government's participation in the rebuilding?

And why are volunteers practically the only ones working to reconstruct homes in communities that may never again have sewage service, garbage collection or electricity? (link)
Doug. If the former residents and business owners in New Orleans wanted to rebuild, they would have done so, or they would have at least begun the process by now. They haven't. They won't. They've moved on to other areas of the country that are less prone to disaster.

If you're wanting some kind of memorial erected to celebrate what once was - or a mausoleum to house the shattered trust of the people of the Crescent City - there are plenty of federal funds laying around for that purpose.

But New Orleans is never going to rise again. The people know it.

After all, there but for a fragile flood wall ...

It's As Simple As That

Rudy on the differences between Democrats and Republicans (well, some Republicans anyway):
Giuliani sees ruin under Democrats
The Associated Press

Manchester, N.H. (AP) — A Democratic president would raise taxes and ravage the economy, Republican presidential hopeful Rudolph W. Giuliani said yesterday.

"The Democrats believe in government when they have a choice. Republicans believe in people when we have a choice. ... The Republican Party is the party of the people. The Democratic Party is the party of the government," Mr. Giuliani said at a town hall meeting. (
American politics at its most basic level.

Why We're Awash In Lawbreakers

Ever wonder how it is that we ended up with 12 million illegal aliens in our midst?


Just ask the guy who's supposed to be preventing them from entering the country:
Border Patrol chief rejects mission against aliens, drugs
By Sara A. Carter, The Washington Times

"I've said it before and I'll say it again," Carlos X. Carrillo, Border Patrol chief of Laredo, Texas, told guests at a town-hall meeting Thursday. "The Border Patrol's job is not to stop illegal immigrants. The Border Patrol's job is not to stop narcotics. ... The Border Patrol's mission is not to stop criminals.

"The Border Patrol's mission is to stop terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the country." (link)
T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, responded to this idiocy with: ""It is shocking that such a high-ranking official would make a statement that is so completely at odds with the law and the Border Patrol's mission. It is equally disturbing that no one at a higher level has taken any steps to reassure employees and the public that the Border Patrol will continue to intercept all illicit traffic that it encounters."

We're doomed ....

No Better Reason To Oppose Hillary

Hollywood adores her.

'If We Pull Out Now ...'

From one who has been there, and who has sacrificed greatly:

"It's no time to quit."

Has Ben Lost It?

Ben, a word of advice. I've met you. You're short. Be careful what you ask for. It may end up being a good ass-kickin'. Come to think of it, you deserve one.

For everyone else, check out this threat - posted by Grumpy Gustav - made by the man-boy who thinks of himself as being Virginia's number 1 blogger. And as a badass:

Baby Benny makes a threat… LOL you crack me up

Tsk. Tsk.

* I notice the taglines Grumpy used at the bottom of this post: "Democrat, Homeless, left, idiots, humor." Seems about right.