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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Herald Courier Becomes a Blog

How else to explain the fact that, where once news was reported, opinion has now taken over.

Fine. The water's warm. Come on in. But don't call yourselves journalists any longer.

"In the news":

Conservationist Says Coal Plant Emissions Could Damage Smokies
By Debra McCown, Reporter, Bristol Herald Courier

Abingdon, Va. – The coal-fired power plant proposed for Wise County would exacerbate damage to air and water quality in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, environmental advocates said Tuesday.

“The air quality in the Smokies is already degraded considerably,” said Don Barger, senior regional director for the National Parks Conservation Association. “This would exacerbate the problem ... in a situation that is really overloaded and that we are trying to clean up.”

He said at least 90 species of plants have suffered ... [blah blah blah] (link)

What next? A report on the progress being made in Iraq from a San Francisco anti-war hippy? An account of the progress being made on finding a cancer drug from a trial lawyer?

On the front page, no less.

These people should be ashamed.

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* You'll note, in reading the article, that no mention is made about how the "reporter" came upon this expert on air pollution. One can surmise that the conservationist sought out the paper, not vice versa. That's even worse. These people need to defend this.

I Am Lovin' This!

Seems Mr. Save-The-Planet isn't actually saving anything at all. Including himself from embarrassment and humiliation. Here's the latest on Al Gore's do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do antics:
Energy Guzzled by Al Gore’s Home in Past Year Could Power 232 U.S. Homes for a Month
Gore’s personal electricity consumption up 10%, despite “energy-efficient” home renovations

Tennessee Center For Policy Research

Nashville - In the year since Al Gore took steps to make his home more energy-efficient, the former Vice President’s home energy use surged more than 10%, according to the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

“A man’s commitment to his beliefs is best measured by what he does behind the closed doors of his own home,” said Drew Johnson, President of the Tennessee Center for Policy Research. “Al Gore is a hypocrite and a fraud when it comes to his commitment to the environment, judging by his home energy consumption.”

In the past year, Gore’s home burned through 213,210 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, enough to power 232 average American households for a month.

“Actions speak louder than words, and Gore’s actions prove that he views climate change not as a serious problem, but as a money-making opportunity,” Johnson said. “Gore is exploiting the public’s concern about the environment to line his pockets and enhance his profile.” (link)
“Gore is exploiting the public’s concern about the environment to line his pockets and enhance his profile.” About that there can be no doubt.

When Can We Expect To See That Apology ...

... from the entire mainstream press corps for its perversion of the truth when it comes to the Haditha "massacre" story? Shall I continue to hold my breath?

The latest wrong - one of so many - set partially right:

Haditha charges dropped against top Marine officer

Los Angeles (Reuters) - A military judge on Tuesday dismissed the case against the highest-ranking U.S. Marine charged in the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha, whittling down the list of those who must still face justice for the 2005 incident to just the accused ringleader.

Military Judge Col. Steven Folsom dropped all charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani, who was accused of violating a lawful order and dereliction of duty, at a hearing at the Camp Pendleton Marine base in Southern California.

Folsom's decision means that, out of eight Marines originally charged in December 2006, six have won dismissals of their charges and one has been cleared at court martial. (link)

Actions maliciously misrepresented. Careers ruined. Reputations permanently besmirched. And why. Because the liberals in this country and their butt buddies in the press hate Bush that much and - to coin a phrase - "loathe the military" even more.

Shame on every last one of them.