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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

As a Public Service

Senator Phil Puckett (D-38) (Bland, Buchanan, Russell, Tazewell, Wythe, and part of Washington County) has a new website up.  You can access it here at www.senatorpuckett.com.  There's nothing cutting-edge about it, but it does feature an on-line petition you might want to sign.  It's here at www.senatorpuckett.com/petition.  It simply reads:

"I understand that our Coal Industry [sic] is vital to our local economy. We must stand together as a community to ensure its progress and success. You can do your part by signing the petition below."

Perhaps with the recent ouster of longtime Democrat - and sometimes coal supporter - Rick Boucher in mind, Puckett wants everyone to know:
In Richmond, I have been a forceful advocate and protector of our region's coal industry and the thousands of jobs it provides to our people. I am fighting to ensure that our economic and energy future includes the thousands of Southwest Virginia coal jobs and the coal that powers nearly half the nation's electricity. The coal industry is the economic engine of our area. By supporting the coal industry we are supporting affordable electricity and are protecting our energy independence. I am strongly opposed to any proposed regulations and legislative efforts that are trying to eventually shut down our coal industry and in the process destroy jobs, dismantle the economy of Southwest Virginia, and devastate our way of life. I strongly support the coal industry of Southwest Virginia and the quality jobs it provides.
He doesn't mention Barack Obama by name, which is too bad. If the petition is a fund-raising effort, there's no better draw than the despised Obama here in Southwest Virginia. Still, Puckett is on our side in the fight against cap-and-trade.

If not on taxes and regulation.

For being there for the beleaguered coal industry, show him some love.

Why I Don't Tweet

We're in a communication age the likes of which humans even fifty years ago had no inkling of.  The computer, the satellite, and electronic messaging have linked the far corners of the Earth.   We are now treated to conversations taking place each day throughout the day and night - by the millions - that are occurring between individuals, groups, nations.  Bytes.  Kilobytes.  Megabytes.  Gigabytes.  Terabytes.

So I'm going to force myself to cram my thoughts into 140 typed characters for others to read and attempt to comprehend?  Why?

I was reminded how silly a notion this is with an exchange of "tweets" that Politico provides this morning - using 6,398 characters to convey the message - between Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Eric Cantor.
Schumer: "Tks w/ @SpeakerBoehner were going well- serious budget cuts discussed until Tea Party forced him 2 move goalposts TP is only obstacle 2 deal."

Cantor: "If @SenatorReid @ChuckSchumer force gov to partially shut down b/c they oppose sensible spending cuts, Americans will hold them accountable."
Say what?  What in God's name does "Tks w/ @SpeakerBoehner" even mean (much less the rest of the garbled message)?  "Thanks with Speaker Boehner"?  No.  It seems Schumer means to say "Things with Speaker Boehner ..."  But how does "things" become "Tks"?

And why am I supposed to try to decipher this silly gibberish?  What, Schumer couldn't find a news camera to bark toward?  That would be a first.

This makes my head hurt.

Want to communicate with me?  Give up the 19th century Morse Code and use any of the myriad tools that 20th and 21st century geniuses have provided us.

Bottom line: The root word of twitter is twit.

Enough said.


This is particularly tasty:

The "weiner" referred to is New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, one of those malodorous Democrats who feel that it is their calling in life to tell the rest of us how we are going to live ours.

Another do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do story involving a Democrat. I get so tired of these people ...

You Knew It Was Coming

I came into the room last night just in time to see a hatchet job being performed on the nuclear power industry here in the USA.  It was, naturally, being spewed by CBS News.  You can read about it here: SoCal nuclear plant's safety questioned.

The (deceptive) thrust:
The explosions at the Fukushima nuclear complex in Japan terrified people as far away as San Clemente, Calif., home to the San Onofre nuclear plant.

"Japan is an exact, perfect example of what can happen. We are less than two miles away, and we're scared." said resident Dagmar Foy.

The crisis unfolding in Japan has put a spotlight on nuclear safety in the United States. Yet at a Senate hearing Tuesday, a top federal regulator said it will have no effect on the re-licensing of the 104 nuclear plants in the United States.

CBS News correspondent Terry McCarthy reports the San Onofre plant has a history of problems that, some whistleblowers claim, were ignored for years.

The 28-year-old plant is just five miles from an earthquake fault. Like Fukushima, it has ...
""Japan is an exact, perfect example of what can happen." "Like Fukushima, it ...." Like Fukushima? A once-in-a-thousand-years earthquake and tsunami have ripped the San Onofre facility apart?

This is the sort of wild-eyed, leftist, environmentalist crap that I came to expect from CBS News long ago. That's why I quit watching. Long ago.

I immediately turned the TV station. To something far more fair and balanced.