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Monday, April 14, 2008

Kilgore Thrashes Anti-Coal Crowd

Future 9th District Congressman Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City) spoke to an assembled group from the Virginia Mining Association in Norton on Saturday, telling an enthusiastic crowd that the coal-fired power plant in Wise County is going to happen and that those opposed to it can kiss his ass need to get out of our way.

Or words to that effect:

Kilgore: 'We will prevail' on St. Paul power plant
By Stephen Igo, Kingsport Times-News

Norton — State Delegate Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, said opponents to a coal-fired power plant in St. Paul should prepare to be disappointed with improving economic conditions in Southwest Virginia.

“A lot of you, and me personally, have been attacked (including by) one of our local newspapers [gf: I wonder which one that could be ...]. When did coal become a four-letter word?” Kilgore said.

“I’m telling you, we will prevail on this power plant,” he told about 125 VMA members. He urged the industry to “continue to make your voice heard: in Richmond and Congress.

“Vocal minorities are out there trying to run this country,” Kilgore said. “You all must stay involved and speak your mind on this and other issues important to coal.” (link)
As Kilgore well knows, this issue goes way beyond coal. It even transcends any discussion about Southwest Virginia. The very future of the United States of America is at stake now that energy costs have soared and refinement and production capacity are reaching maximum output.

America needs power. Southwest Virginia sits on an abundance of it. We'll no longer be pushed around by muddlebrained outsiders who expect this area to remain in third-world status forever, so that they can come down here once a year and marvel at our wonderful trees and bushes, and return home and live the lives of profligate luxury. No longer.

The power plant is going in. Terry Kilgore and those who supported the plant from the outset are to be thanked.

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Carl Kilo has more on the story here.

How Did We Get Dragged Into This?

Barack Obama goes out of his way to offend half the nation and the Charleston (WV) Gazette blames it all on ... that vast right-wing conspiracy!

These people are goofy:
Presidential aspirant Barack Obama drew flak because he said some bitter manufacturing workers, watching their jobs vanish, "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them." But this was just a factual observation. It merely says that "god, guns and gays" remains a rallying force in right-wing politics. (link)
I doubt seriously that these beanbrains meant to use the term "factual observation," unless the editorialists have seen people clinging to guns, and religion, however that's done.

Beyond that, are these people saying that Barack Obama was trying to rally right-wingers when he made that fateful statement? In San Francisco? He did, after all, make the statement. It wasn't Newt Gingrich or Trent Lott.

Where do they get these notions?

Another One Bites The Dust

The debunking of global warming theories - one after another - seems to be gaining momentum. The latest:
Hurricane Expert Reassesses Link to Warming
By Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times

A fresh study by a leading hurricane researcher has raised new questions about how hurricane strength and frequency might, or might not, be influenced by global warming. Eric Berger of the Houston Chronicle nicely summarized the research on Friday.

The research is important because the lead author is Kerry Emanuel, the M.I.T. climate scientist who in the 1980’s foresaw a rise in hurricane intensity in a human-warmed world and in 2005, just a few weeks before Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans, asserted in a Nature paper that he had found statistical evidence linking rising hurricane energy and warming.

The new study, in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, is hardly definitive in its own right, essentially raising more questions than it resolves. But it definitely rolls back Dr. Emanuel’s sense of confidence about a recent role for global warming. (link)
The key quote from Dr. Emanuel: "The models are telling us something quite different from what nature seems to be telling us." That's exactly what global warming skeptics have been saying all along (to a disinterested scientific community) - that the models being used to predict warming temperatures and, in some cases, looming catastrophe, were flawed. Now scientists are coming around to the notion.

And none too soon. Congress and all three presidential candidates were poised to destroy our way of life chasing this bogeyman.

None too soon.

Hillary Gets It

I'm not sure she means it, but she voiced a sentiment yesterday that could easily have been written on this weblog:
Obama Reinforcing Stereotypes, Clinton Asserts
By Shailagh Murray and Perry Bacon Jr., Washington Post Staff Writers

Grantham, Pa., April 13 -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) asserted Sunday night that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), through his recent description of sentiments in small-town America, reinforced a stereotype of "out-of-touch" Democrats that doomed the party's past two presidential nominees.

"We had two very good men, and men of faith, run for president in 2000 and 2004. But large segments of the electorate concluded that they did not really understand or relate to or frankly respect their ways of life," Clinton said at Messiah College, referring to former vice president Al Gore and Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.). She repeated her view that Obama had been "elitist . . . and, frankly, patronizing." (link)
Of course, this is a lot like the pot calling the kettle black. But it is spot on. These Democrats - particularly this Obama character - come across like they haven't a clue as to who the American people are.

Coming out of the mouth of Hillary Clinton. I may need to reassess ...

No Profiling There

When I read this headline in the New York Times ...

A Mayor in the Obama Mold, but Backing Clinton

... I knew he had to be black.

The article is about Michael Nutter, mayor of Philadelphia.

He's black. As in "the Obama mold."

And I'll bet they never even saw the trap they set for themselves.