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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fire In The Belly

Bristol Herald Courier Managing Editor J. Todd Foster is in high dudgeon this morning. It seems someone has incurred his wrath. Someone who accused him of lying. Someone from an organization I'd never heard of (more on that in a second).

Here's J. Todd:

Newspaper editors and reporters get used to reader abuse, but if you want to incur my wrath, knowingly lie by accusing me of a journalistic death-penalty ethics violation – all because my politics don’t mirror yours. I consider it an attack on my family and an attempt to take food and shelter from my 4- and 6-year-old boys. That the violator himself would be the father of two boys makes the following incident even more disgusting.

The penalty for plagiarism in my profession typically is a lifetime ban from the business. So I consider what a reader did last week to be beyond the bounds of fair play.

He went on our Web site, TriCities.com, and in the reader response section alleged that I ripped off ... [link]

Mmm. Mmm. Mmm. I think someone is wanting to hurt someone.

A bit of advice, J. Todd: This might make you feel better but it'll not shut your accuser up. In fact, it will embolden him. Watch out. The attacks escalate from here.

Makes for fun reading though. Keep us posted. Photos would be nice too.

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Here's the facebook page for the National Association for the Advancement of Appalachian People. Looks harmless to me. I'll have to search to find the offending website entries to which J. Todd refers. I'll keep you posted.

I'm Out Of Touch

How did I miss this? Former (?) Southwest Virginia blogger and Dickenson County Democratic operative Brian Patton is now the Russell County Commonwealth's Attorney?

Seems so.

From his website, we learn:
Sworn In as Commonwealth’s Attorney

After being well represented for over a decade by the former Commonwealth’s Attorney, Mike Bush, Russell County has a new top prosecutor. Mike Bush was recently tapped by the Virginia General Assembly to serve as Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge.

On Thursday, April 2, 2009, Brian K. Patton was sworn in as Russell County’s new Commonwealth’s Attorney and will serve in that role until a Special Election is held on Tuesday, November 3, 2009.

Brian has worked under Mike Bush in the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office since July, 2007. Prior to that, Brian was engaged in the private practice of law. [link]

Here's hoping Brian does Russell County proud.

Even if he is a Democrat.

Boucher Gets Spanked

Bitch slapped would be more appropriate.

And this from his biggest fan - the Roanoke Times:
Boucher's gift to coal-fired plants*
editorial

Rep. Rick Boucher worked a provision into a climate change bill to help finance commercial deployment of carbon capture and storage technology.

Boucher's proposal would create a multibillion-dollar fund that would finance an independent corporation's efforts to oversee the development and deployment of large-scale carbon capture and storage technologies.

The fee to generate this money would be nominal, about 50 cents a month for the average electricity customer.

Boucher believes that the widespread commercial application of the technology will be necessary to make significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining necessary energy generation levels.

Perhaps. But there are significant roadblocks. For one, the techniques used to separate carbon dioxide emissions are energy intensive. That means that much of the electricity generated by coal-fired plants will be diverted to that process, making the plants far less efficient -- and more expensive to operate.

A U.S. Department of Energy study found the added costs could double the retail price of electricity.

The storage process could also create the potential for man-made disasters.

Literally hundreds of millions of tons of carbon dioxide -- a lethal gas when concentrated -- would need to be diverted and stored. Researchers are looking at ways of storing it underground or underwater.

Leaks could be catastrophic, as proven by the natural eruption of a cloud of CO2 from a volcanic lake in Camaroon in 1986 that suffocated 1,700 people.

Beyond that, however, there's another question that needs to be asked about Boucher's proposal in the large context of this climate change legislation ... [link]
I'll stop there. There is indeed another question that needs to be asked. But the Times fails to ask it, so I will:

If carbon dioxide is a life-sustaining compound essential for the very existence of all organic life on the globe, and it has been determined that the planet could use a whole lot more of it, why are we trying to stifle its production at all? Why not free up our power plants to generate all of this wonderful compound that they can?

Oh, and another question:

Who came up with the boneheaded idea that carbon could be captured and sequestered anyway?

And another:

Is there enough money on the planet to pay for this silly idea?

And one last thing. As much as I enjoyed this article, the Times did get one thing wrong when the author wrote this:

"There's no good reason to play favorites with coal and many good reasons to question whether carbon capture and storage will ever be affordable and safe enough for widespread use."

Actually there is an excellent reason for Rick Boucher to "play favorites with coal." That's what his constituents pay him to do.

I'd suggest he start doing it.

Grow a spine, Rick. Fight these enemies of our way of life. The people of Dickenson, Wise, Tazewell, Lee, and Scott Counties demand it.

Or continue to grovel and continue to accept it as being "inevitable" that Southwest Virginia be completely destroyed.

* The header implies that coal-fired power plant ownership has something to gain from Boucher's efforts. Even if his work proved successful - which is as remote as our congressman growing a spine - the results would be a wash for the utility companies.

Wiping The Lipstick Off Obama's Pig

Does anyone seriously doubt the purpose of Obama's (and our local congressman's) attempt to "halt global warming"? Is there anyone out there foolish enough to believe that it has anything to do with climate?

If so, I've got some swampland ...
Climate bill called 'energy tax'
By the Associated Press

Republicans on Saturday slammed a Democratic bill before the House that seeks to address climate change, arguing that it amounts to an energy tax on consumers.

In the Republican Party's weekly radio and Internet address, Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana said Congress should instead open the way for more domestic oil and natural-gas production and ease regulatory barriers for building new nuclear-power plants.

"During these difficult times, the American people don't want a national energy tax out of Washington, D.C.," said Mr. Pence, the third-ranking House Republican.

Mr. Pence reiterated what Republican lawmakers have been saying for weeks: that the climate bill being considered in the House capping releases of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases would lead to much higher energy costs and accomplish little to counter global warming if other nations do not act as well.

The bill's supporters counter that the increased costs can be minimized. [link]
Is there anyone out there who believes "the costs can be minimized" with the government involved?

If so, I've got some swampland ...

We're Turning These Guys Loose?

As you know, Obama has had a Gitmo detainee brought into the U.S. for trial. And you may know, too, that Obama's spokesman didn't have an answer when asked if the detainee - "Ahmed Ghailani, a Tanzanian accused in two American Embassy bombings" - would be turned loose on the streets of New York if he's found not guilty.

Get used to the idea. The alternative to warehousing dangerous terrorists is setting them free to wreak more havoc around the planet.

The latest outrage (in "Europeans balk at taking Guantanamo inmates for unwilling U.S."):
In Washington, the Justice Department said Friday that three more Guantanamo detainees had been transferred.

The detainees were sent back to Saudi Arabia, their home country, where officials will review their cases before sending them to a rehabilitation program. One of them was identified as Ahmed Zuhair, a relatively high profile detainee who, has been protesting his detention since 2005 through a hunger strike and has been force-fed liquid nutrients.

During a hearing in Guantanamo in October 2004, Zuhair was accused of involvement in the 1995 killing in Bosnia-Herzegovina of William Jefferson, a U.S. official with the United Nations. At the tribunal, U.S. officials said Jefferson's watch was found on Zuhair.

Zuhair also was convicted in absentia by a Bosnian court in a 1997 car bombing in the town of Mostar. He also allegedly told another detainee he was involved in the bombing of the U.S. destroyer Cole in 2000, according to evidence presented at a Guantanamo proceeding. [link]
This worm (allegedly) murdered 18 Americans and is on his way to "rehabilitation." Which means he'll be back out killing more Americans soon. Said one Dick Cheney a few years ago:

"Given the nature of the conflict that we're involved in, there would need to be some kind of facility that would allow you to detain people who are enemy combatants, in effect, who if you put them back on the street will do their level best to return back to the battlefield and complete their mission of trying to kill Americans."

Putting them back on the streets. Obama is doing just that.

May God help us.