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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I Chuckle

From a friendly commenter yesterday:
And thus, this blog dies with a whimper.

It used to be interesting to come over here. There were independent perspectives shared about southwest Virginia issues and national items that impacted SW Va.
"This blog" being me, of course.

I haven't a clue what that "independent perspectives" thingie means.  But when was I ever anything other than a radical, flamethrowing, right-of-Attila-King-of-the-Huns conservative?

Nothing's changed here, dude.

Nor will it.

As much as you hope and pray otherwise.

Obama Is Pleased. More Miners Unemployed.

The world is crashing down:
Alpha closing 8 mines, cutting 1,200 jobs in all
By Vicki Smith, Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) — Coal producer Alpha Natural Resources said Tuesday it was cutting production by 16 million tons and eliminating 1,200 jobs companywide, laying off 400 workers immediately by closing mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The mine shutdowns start Tuesday, while the rest of the layoffs will be completed by the end of the first quarter after Alpha fulfills current sales obligations, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Crutchfield said. In all, the layoffs amount to nearly a tenth of Alpha's 13,000-person workforce.

Alpha said it was closing four mines in West Virginia, three in Virginia and one in Pennsylvania. They are a mix of deep and surface mines, and all are non-union operations.

Support positions will also be cut proportionally as Alpha reduces its operating regions from four to two, Crutchfield said, and two executives will retire Nov. 1.

Crutchfield said the shutdowns and layoffs are a necessary part of ensuring Alpha survives in what has become a difficult U.S. market, where coal companies face a dual challenge: Power plants are shifting to cheap, abundant natural gas, while companies like his face "a regulatory environment that's aggressively aimed at constraining the use of coal."

The affected West Virginia operations are the Alloy deep mine near Powellton, the Alloy surface mine near Boomer, the Premium highwall mine near Gilbert and the White Flame Surface Mine near Wharncliffe. The Virginia mines are Guest Mountain deep mines No. 8 and No. 9 near Norton, and the Twin Star Surface Mine near Hurley. In Pennsylvania, Alpha will close its Dora deep mine in Jefferson County. [link] [emphasis mine]
The good people of Wise County and Buchanan County did nothing to deserve this. They simply got caught up in Obama's war on coal - and circumstances beyond their control.

Lest you forget, Obama is pleased. He thinks he's saving the environment. One coal mining family at a time.

Message To Southwest Virginians

From Virginia GOP chairman Pat Mullins:
"We can't say we weren't warned. Candidates Obama and Biden made it plain in 2008 that they were no fans of the coal industry. Obama told us in no uncertain terms that he wanted America to move away from coal, and that his plan was to make coal unaffordable as a choice for utility companies. Biden said he didn't want to see any new coal plants built in the United States.

Four years later, the Environmental Protection Agency has followed through on those words, and now Southwest Virginia will pay the price - 3 mines closed here, five more in West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Some 1,200 jobs gone. Meanwhile, Tim Kaine defends the regulations that are sending Virginia miners to the unemployment line.

Meanwhile, President Obama continues to sit on his hands as another 207,000 Virginia jobs are on the chopping block in the sequester. Whether it's mines in Southwest Virginia, contractors in Northern Virginia, or shipyard workers in Hampton Roads, there's no part of this Commonwealth where jobs are safe from President Obama's failed leadership and destructive policies.

We need a President who will help us balance the budget responsibly, without gutting our national defense. We need a President who understands that coal is an energy and economic resource, not an environmental danger to be stamped out. We need a U.S. Senator who will fight for the coal industry, not try to regulate it to death.

We need a team that will lead. And that's why Virginians are going to vote for Mitt Romney and George Allen in November.
The damage is being done. Let's put a stop to it.

When you go into the voting booth - when you go into the voting booth - remember who has done the damage. And vote them out.

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George Allen's Message To Southwest Virginians

What's happening to this region should not be happening:
I’m saddened to hear of three more coal mines closing in Virginia because I know how much these jobs mean to families and all the hard-working people in Southwest Virginia. These closures will harm jobs for all the contractors and suppliers of the mine operations. This will have a detrimental effect on railroad jobs and all Virginians may have to ultimately pay higher electricity bills. Unfortunately, these mine closures are only the latest examples of how Washington’s regulatory assault on coal is turning Virginia’s coalfield communities into ghost towns. The political appointees of the unelected, unaccountable EPA are effectively banning coal through excessive, overreaching regulations that are forcing coal mines to shut down. My opponent’s advice on energy regulations is ‘don’t try to weaken’ them, while he has championed a Cap-and-Trade energy tax scheme that would further eliminate coal jobs and cause electricity prices to skyrocket. As a friend of coal, I am committed to standing up for the hard-working people of Southwest Virginia and ending Washington’s assault on coal that is hurting Virginia jobs, families and communities.
We can stop Obama from destroying Southwest Virginia.

Vote. November 6.

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The Lives Obama Is Wrecking

In case you Democrats aren't aware of it, there are human beings' families being destroyed by policies enacted in Washington.  Policies being foisted upon an innocent populace by your leadership.  To "save the planet."

Such a happy planet it is becoming.  Gaze upon the misery your kind have wrought:
West Virginia miners: ‘We want to not be forgotten’
By Andrea Billups, The Washington Times

Charleston, W.Va. — Bobby Brock is keeping the promise he made to his family never to work in a coal mine. Many of his kinfolk have eked out a dangerous but steady living a mile underground in the darkness and chill, and Mr. Brock, who lost his uncle in the 2010 Upper Big Branch mine disaster, proudly defends their honor.

“Every time you flip a light switch, thank a miner,” he says.

Mr. Brock, 48, who lives in Beckley, W.Va., in the heart of the state’s southern coalfields, is like many others here — angry at what he sees as a government in Washington determined to take away not only his livelihood but erode, with regulations and greed, a hardscrabble culture that has held families and mountain communities together for decades.

“Miners spend every day 6 inches from hell, and they do it for the love of their family and making a better way for them. Ain’t that part of the American dream? Not if Obama has anything to do with it,” Mr. Brock argues. “I do not respect him or his party for what they are doing to this state.”

Others who monitor policy and state politics are reluctant to lay all the industry’s woes at the feet of the president, although it is clear President Obama’s energy policies have not helped him with Mountain State voters. Increasing environmental regulations and the call for “clean coal” — a part of the Democratic platform at this month’s party convention in Charlotte, N.C. — have made this unfriendly electoral territory for Mr. Obama.

Mr. Obama’s coal conundrum isn’t limited to West Virginia — Ohio and Virginia, two states Mr. Obama won in 2008 and would dearly like to hold this year, also have major coal-producing regions and similar complaints about the administration’s regulatory and energy policies regarding coal. [link]
Lost in all this is the reason for Obama to be waging war on the coal families of Southwest Virginia. He thinks he's making ours a better world.

And he'll keep thinking that until every miner in America is out of work and every family member starves to death.

"We want to not be forgotten." Don't worry about that, pal. He won't forget you. You and your family are still in his crosshairs.

Don't Mess With Jesus

Chalk one up for our side:

In an apparent case of red, white and blue revenge, a Pakistani protester died yesterday after inhaling smoke from a burning American flag during an anti-US rally.

One down, a few million to go.

So The Washington Post ...

... goes to a Democrat rally and takes a poll.

The result?

Post Poll: Obama up 8 points over Romney in Virginia

Well, the Post didn't actually conduct the poll at a Democrat rally.  But it might as well have.

Here's all you need to know about the subterfuge hidden in the bowels of its dishonest construct (click on the image to enlarge it):


Is the sample skewed or what?

In order to come up with the result it sought, the Washington Post had to poll 25% more Democrats than Republicans in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

A state that looked like this in terms of Congressional representation after the last election (source):


A state that is trending redder and redder as time goes by.

One-third of Virginia is Democratic?  In their dreams.

It's Time

Lives have been lost.  Not at her hands.  But as a direct result of her incompetence, lack of foresight, and neglect.

I Have The Solution

This seems like a simple problem to solve:

A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying his weight could lead to a “torturous and lingering death.”

He's condemned, so you know, because he murdered an innocent female hotel clerk who had done nothing to him.

The murderer is now too overweight to execute?  So get his weight down.  Cut off his arms and legs.  And then fry his ass.

It's Important To Remember This Day

The day our ambassador in Libya was murdered the press in this country was lockstep in its denunciation of ...

... Mitt Romney.

Now that the news is leaking out - despite the efforts of the Obama administration to keep it from public view - that the violence that has swept the Middle East - and beyond - has little to do with some goofy movie, and far more to do with Obama, the press and the White House are in lockstep in its denunciation of ...

... Mitt Romney.

Why?

This is why:
Free speech takes a licking in the Middle East and at home
By Wesley Pruden

President Obama and his men (and particularly his women) are having a tough time standing upright in the fierce wind blowing from the east. The troops are leaderless and the leader is rudderless. Their strategy, unique in American history, is making a wish for the barbarians to be nice.

The news from Libya gets darker, and the worst of the bad news for the president is that if everybody at the White House is “on message,” it’s because everyone gets to make up his (or her) own message for nobody to believe.

Mrs. Clinton paid tribute, sort of, to the First Amendment, which represents the principle on which America was founded, but she couldn’t resist the temptation to add a demeaning footnote. “There are, of course, different views around the world about the outer limits of free speech and free expression, but there should be no debate about the simple proposition that violence in response to speech is not acceptable.”

The footnote was not unnecessary, since the First Amendment does not guarantee happy speech, intelligent speech or even responsible speech. It guarantees free speech. But others in the government eagerly repeated the semiapology over the first hours after the rioting exploded.

This could have been a teaching moment about why Americans revere a Constitution that, in the words of the Weekly Standard, “was not written on behalf of poets and philosophers and film producers but to enshrine the rights of all citizens.” Instead, the White House tried to keep the focus on the video, to distract attention from its incompetence. [link]
The alternative to the media's attacks on Romney is a serious look at example after example of Obama's incompetence.

Thus the media jihad.

It's shameful. Yet ever so predictable.

So, when this country finally collapses under the weight of Obama's ineptitude, who is the press going to blame?

Mitt Romney.  Of course.

I wonder if George W. Bush is smiling.

Four More Years Of This

Governing?

Nah:

Letterman Tells Obama 'You Haven't Seen Me Naked,' Prez Responds 'We're Gonna Keep it That Way'

Such fun we here in what's left of the USA are having.

While Obama Was Yucking It Up With Letterman ...

... attacks on America expand:
Beijing demonstrators damage US ambassador's car
By Didi Tang, Associated Press

Beijing (AP) — The U.S. State Department says about 50 protesters in Beijing surrounded the car of the U.S. ambassador to China, causing minor damage to the vehicle.

Ambassador Gary Locke was unhurt, but diplomats have expressed concerns to the Chinese Foreign Ministry over Tuesday's incident. They were among thousands of Chinese involved in a boisterous anti-Japan demonstration that spilled over to the nearby U.S. Embassy.

People across China have engaged in days of angry protests over Japan's decision to purchase islands China claims. The U.S., a close ally of Japan, has also been the target of Chinese anger.

The incident comes amid heightened vigilance for American diplomats following violent attacks on U.S. embassies in Libya, Yemen and Egypt. Embassy officials have asked the Chinese government to protect American facilities and personnel. [link]
Why did these demonstrators in China attack our ambassador? Was it over that anti-Muslim movie?

When is "the most loved man on the planet" going to step up and do something? When is he going to stop being the rock star and start being President?

While Obama Was Yucking It Up With Letterman ...

... we learned that our President has made history.

His record on unemployment is worse than the last eleven Presidents ...

... combined.

A Message For Our Veterans

From a concerned citizen:
More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before. Thirty have died in August. The commander in chief is AWOL. Not a peep, although he ordered the White House flag flown at half mast for the Sikhs that were killed. 

There is a deep disgust, a fury, growing in the ranks of the military against the indifferent incompetence of this president. It has taken on a dangerous tone. No one knows what to do about him, but the anger runs deep as the deaths continue with no strategic end in sight to the idiocy of this war. 

Obama has had 4 years to end this futile insanity, during which time he has vacationed, golfed, campaigned, and generally ignored the plight of our men and women in uniform. 

But, there is now a movement afoot in the armed services to launch a massive get out the vote drive against this president. Not just current active duty types, but the National Guard, Reserves, the retired, and all other prior service members. This is no small special interest group, but many millions of veterans who can have an enormous impact on the outcome of the November election if they all respond. 

The million military retirees in Florida alone could mean an overwhelming victory in that state if they all show up at the polls. It might not keep another one hundred U.S. troops from dying between now and November, but a turn out to vote by the military against this heart breaking lack of leadership can make a powerful statement that hastens a change to the indifference of this shallow little man who just lets our soldiers die.
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Why We Should Welcome The Vicious Media Attacks

They always end up working in our favor.

You know how the press has been trashing Mitt Romney - round-the-clock - over his having caused the deaths of those four Americans in Libya (or something)?

President Obama’s small bounce in the polls following the Democratic National Convention has all but vanished in Tuesday’s Gallup daily tracking poll.

And ...

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 47% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns 45% of the vote. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and three percent (3%) are undecided.

You'll note that these polls were conducted after all the attacks on Romney.

The more they go ape-shit, the better Romney does.

And now that he's being viciously criticized for having told the American people the truth about the moochers in this country who pay no taxes and are glad for it?  Now that they're savaging him because he's saying what everyone knows to be true about the Palestinians?

I see a landslide coming.

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My favorite (sub)headline of the day?

Uh-oh, Romney's lost the election again.

Excellent.

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My favorite quote comes from Michael Walsh:
Mitt Romney found himself in an unexpected place last night — in the public eye. He ought to make the most of it.

Milk-Carton Mitt’s surprise turn upon the stage — did you know he was running for president? — came courtesy of the currently unemployed James Earl Carter IV, son of James Earl Carter III and grandson of the ineffable James Earl Carter, Jr., and a big fan of Barack Hussein Obama II, who found and relayed a surreptitiously recorded video in which Romney sounded remarkably like . . . a real conservative.

He ought to own it.
He ought to shout it from the rooftop.