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Sunday, September 09, 2007

God Opposes Surface Mining

That's what some fella wandering our wayward western counties wants us to believe anyway.

A note: I'm not an expert, but I'm unable at this time to verify through chapter and verse the assertion, but who am I?
Mining method a moral issue
By Allen Johnson, writing in the Charleston (WV) Gazette

For over two years I have been involved with a network organization, Christians for the Mountains, to engage Christians and their churches to take on the moral question of mountaintop removal. The massive scale of beheading coal-bearing mountains, obliterating headwater streams and building multibillion-gallon toxic slurry impoundments beg biblical and theological activity.

It is now clear the coal industry and their regulatory and political sidekicks care only about the dollar. An honest debate on the ethics and morality of mountaintop removal has not occurred.

OK, churches, let’s have it. Is “it right by God” to permanently destroy the mountains, valleys, forests, streams, rich diversity of animals and plants, and local culture to provide a few jobs, a tidy corporate profit and a cheap light bill?

We think not. “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains” is from the 24th Psalm that launched Christians for the Mountains two years ago at a gathering in Charleston. (link)
This is an interpretation, it seems to me, that would go well beyond the removal of a mountaintop and extend to every excavation, every home remodel, every subdivision construction project, every controlled burn, every sand box, ... even to the creation of all those bike paths and hiking trails that so many people around here are fond of.

If this man was serious about it, of course. A dubious presumption.

Surface mining. A moral issue.

Christ Almighty.

Spinning Like Crazy

What's up? Is some big-shot general coming to Washington to appear before a skeptical Democrat-led Congressional committee this week and provide the the members thereof with welcome - or unwelcome, depending on who you're rooting for - news about our progress in Iraq?

Must be. Why else would the New York Times be furiously pounding negative stories like this one all of a sudden?

At Street Level, Unmet Goals of Troop Buildup

Let's see. We can believe the guy in charge of the operation or we can believe a bunch of leftist clowns cloistered in an office cubicle in Manhattan who don't know the first thing about conducting a war and who have stated their vehement opposition to it from the beginning - and every day since.

Uhhh, let'sss seeee ....

Well, Gosh. I Change My Mind Then

I guess we are supposed to fall all over ourselves in awe and admiration now that the Hollywood and media elite have put on a show of support for Obama.

'It's unbelievable': Oprah/Obama star-studded spectacular event raises $3 million for campaign

I think "unbelievable" works in this instance, since these really smart and beautiful people know no more about that which Obama stands for than any of the rest of us but are willing to kneel before him in supplication just the same.


A Hillbilly Vasectomy

I know it's bigoted and mean-spirited, but I had to laugh:


After their 11th child, an Alabama couple decided that was enough, as they could not afford a larger bed.

So the husband went to his veterinarian and told him that he and his cousin didn't want to have any more children.

The vet told him that there was a procedure called a vasectomy that could fix the problem, but that it was expensive.

"A less costly alternative," said the doctor, "is to go home , get a cherry bomb (fireworks are legal in Alabama), light it, put it in a beer can, then hold the can up to your ear and count to 10."

The Alabamian said to the doctor, "I may not be the smartest tool in the shed, but I don't see how putting a cherry bomb in a beer can next to my ear is going to help me."

"Trust me," said the doctor.

So the man went home, lit a cherry bomb and put it in a beer can. He held the can up to his ear and began to count...






At this point he paused, placed the beer can between his legs, and resumed counting on his other hand.

This procedure also works in Mississippi and parts of Tennessee.

We should be able to laugh at ourselves occasionally.