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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Tragic News Out of the Coalfields

Montcoal is just north and west of Beckley:
25 dead in W.Va. mine blast, worst since 1984
By Lawrence Messina, Associated Press Writer

Montcoal, W.Va. (AP) -- Rescue teams planned to search again for four workers missing in a coal mine where a massive explosion killed 25 in the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than two decades, though officials said Tuesday that the chances were slim that the miners survived.

The suspended rescue mission would resume after bore holes could be drilled to allow for toxic gases to be ventilated from Massey Energy Co.'s sprawling Upper Big Branch mine about 30 miles south of Charleston, state and federal safety officials said.

Though the cause of the blast was not known, the operation run by Massey subsidiary Performance Coal Co. has a history of violations for not properly ventilating highly combustible methane gas, safety officials said. [link]
Another sad day in another mining town.

Well, They Were THINKING The N-Word

What do you do when you know - you just know - that all those Tea Partiers out there are a bunch of redneck racists and they don't prove it for you?

You accuse them of being redneck racists and make up a story anyway.

Andrew Breitbart exposes the con:
After 14 months of committing 100% to health care reform, the day after the signing of the Health Care bill was to mark the Democratic Party’s new primary concern: destroy the uprising, annihilate by all means necessary, the Tea Party movement.

The first sign that a plan was in place was the ham-fisted, high-camp posturing of the most controversial members of the Democratic caucus walking through the peaceful but animated “Tea Party” demonstrators on Capitol Hill. There is no reason for these elected officials to walk above ground through the media circus amid their ideological foes. The natural route is the tunnels between the House office buildings and the Capitol. By crafting a highly symbolic walk of the Congressional Black Caucus through the majority white crowd, the Democratic Party was looking to provoke a negative reaction. They didn’t get it. So they made it up.

The proof that the N-word wasn’t said once, let alone 15 times, as Rep. Andre Carson claimed, is that soon thereafter — even though the press dutifully reported it as truth — Nancy Pelosi followed the alleged hate fest, which allegedly included someone spitting, by walking through the crowd with a gavel in hand and a shit-eating grin on her face.

That crowd was a sea of new-media equipment. Not only were tens of thousands people armed with handicams, BlackBerrys and iPods, so also was the mainstream media there, covering every inch of the event. Why did not one mainstream media outlet raise the specter that perhaps a video would exist to prove the events occurred? [link]
 Well, the story may have been a lie but we all know those Tea Partiers are a bunch of racists, right?  Isn't that what Frank Rich told us?  And the journalists at the New York Times?  And Chris Matthews?  And CBS News?  And NBC?  And CNN ...

It just must be true.

Who Needs a Gov't Propagandist ...

... when you have the Roanoke Times doing your bidding?

This is absolutely shameful in its disregard for the facts.

He Was Supposed To Lead Us To The Promised Land

But that was back when the American people believed the bullshit Obama was tossing their way.  Now ...

From "Good thing Obama says he disregards polls; He wouldn't like these" in the Los Angeles Times:
Now that Obama has signed his beloved healthcare legislation and despite his continued stumping for the measure, CBS News finds a) the stumping has been ineffective, b) most Americans don't like the bill (53%), c) many expect the quality of care to decrease while costs continue to increase and d) few see anything in it for them. Other than that, it's a huge public relations success. [link]
So what does it mean when the greatest orator of our time gives a speech and nobody listens?

Can you say discrepant?

adjective discrepant  dɪˈskrɛpənt
1. Not compatible with other facts 

As someone once said, a great salesman could sell Bibles in a whore house.  Obama can't sell his health care plan that gives free stuff to millions and reduces costs for everyone else.

What's wrong with this picture?

A Protest Movement I Can Support

This is actually kinda funny:

Well, they marched "without incident" only if you ignore the fact that the protest babes were "preceded and followed by several hundred boisterous and mostly male onlookers." With cameras.

Said the instigator of this protest march (sorry, no topless photos supplied):
Ty McDowell, who organized the march, said she was "enraged" by the turnout of men attracted to the demonstration. The purpose, she said, was for society to have the same reaction to a woman walking around topless as it does to men without shirts on.

However, McDowell said she plans to organize similar demonstrations in the future and said she would be more "aggressive" in discouraging oglers.
Similar demonstrations? Cool! Where? When? I'll bring the beer! You bring the snacks! We can all ogle together!

Consider me a radical feminist ...

Thank God Obama Can't Be Trusted ...

... to keep his word.

Otherwise I'd be worried that he'll keep to this commitment and see every man, woman, and child in America slaughtered:
Obama Limits When U.S. Would Use Nuclear Arms
By David E. Sanger and Peter Baker, New York Times

Washington — President Obama said Monday that he was revamping American nuclear strategy to substantially narrow the conditions under which the United States would use nuclear weapons. [link]
He's going to make us more defenseless.

Well, not really.  In the next sentence we learn that he's not serious about this momentous policy shift:

"But the president said in an interview that he was carving out an exception for 'outliers like Iran and North Korea' that have violated or renounced the main treaty to halt nuclear proliferation."

That means he's going limit the retaliatory use of our nuclear weapons - except in instances involving those foreign entities that actually threaten us and are committed to doing us grievous harm.  We'll not use them against, say, Bolivia.  Or Sri Lanka.

Okay then.

So what does all this mean in the end?  More hot air.  That's all.

Does This Seem Right To You?

The U.S. government goes into the car business

Then the U.S. government, because it has the power to do so, starts driving up costs for its chief competitor in that same business?

See "Toyota faces $16M fine, accused of hiding defect."

Will we all be driving Chevy Aveos before too long?

Can you say Trabant?

They Just Wouldn't Listen

How many times did I warn all those politicians in Washington that this would happen:
Short-term customers boosting health costs
By Kay Lazar, Boston Globe

Thousands of consumers are gaming Massachusetts’ 2006 health insurance law by buying insurance when they need to cover pricey medical care, such as fertility treatments and knee surgery, and then swiftly dropping coverage, a practice that insurance executives say is driving up costs for other people and small businesses.

In 2009 alone, 936 people signed up for coverage with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts for three months or less and ran up claims of more than $1,000 per month while in the plan. Their medical spending while insured was more than four times the average for consumers who buy coverage on their own and retain it in a normal fashion, according to data the state’s largest private insurer provided the Globe.

The typical monthly premium for these short-term members was $400, but their average claims exceeded $2,200 per month. The previous year, the company’s data show it had even more high-spending, short-term members. Over those two years, the figures suggest the price tag ran into the millions. [link]
One could hear nearly every politician in Washington in recent months - Democrat and Republican alike - saying we needed to do something about providing health insurance coverage for those Americans with "pre-existing conditions."  Well, it makes perfect sense that, if one can get (expensive) coverage when that happenstance presents itself, a person would want to save money and not buy insurance until then.  It's like being able to buy car insurance after one has wrecked the car.  And then dropping the coverage after the damage is paid for.  Hey, works for me!

How many of you fell for that?  "We need to cover pre-existing conditions!"  Fine.  But understand how that plays out.  If you thought insurance was expensive before, wait until millions of Americans drop their coverage and pick it up again only when they need to draw even more out of it.

There ain't enough money in the world ...