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Dave Matthews Rips Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

With mountaintop removal, it's gone to this whole different level of this sort of aggressive, ambitious destruction of the landscape that they know it's wrong. Massey knows it's wrong, they know they're polluting the water, they know they're polluting the air, they know they're polluting the people that are working there, destroying the landscape so they're doing it as fast as possible. And it just needs to be stopped, because it's sort of unforgivable behavior...[West Virginia]'s like no other place on the planet. We allow greed to have the loudest voice far too's all about profit...

So true, thanks to Dave Matthews for saying this!  I'd just add that mountaintop removal coal mining is a highly capital-intensive process that is greatly destructive of one more thing: jobs.  Which is why anyone who lives in Coal Country should strongly oppose mountaintop removal coal mining -- because it ruins their communities AND steals their jobs, all to deliver huge profits to a big corporation, often headquartered in another state.

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Jeff Clark: Robert Hurt “proved to be just what I thought he was going...

Tea Party candidate Jeff Clark rips into Robert Hurt for being a typical politician and for refusing to let Clark into the debates with Tom Perriello. According to Clark, Hurt is "just what I thought he was going to be." Another great quote by Clark:  "Robert Hurt is no Virgil Goode, and Robert Hurt is not going to be able to stay one-on-one with Tom Perriello." And, "The only thing [Hurt's] supporters have is fear...they have to instill fear into everyone in order to get them to overlook the sad record and the despicable conduct of Senator Hurt."  And finally: "If Senator Hurt doesn't want to participate in the debates, I'm sure I will fill in adequately for the conservative message...but I would welcome [him] to sit in the audience, he may learn a thing or two about conservatism." Hahahaha.

Star Trek: Tik Tok

I haven't been doing the YouTube music video thing recently, but this is hilarious and extremely well done. Now, if someone could do one of these starring Virginia political figures...on second thought, oh forget it!

Cooch’s Political Director Calls Shannon a “Sore Loser,” Shannon Responds

Leave it to Ken Kook-inelli to quickly take things down to the 3rd grade level. In this case, Cooch responds to a "pretty serious charge" about a possible "pay to play" scandal by having his political director call Steve Shannon a "sore loser." NLS makes a few good points about all this, the second of which ("what kind of Attorney General would even consider giving a comment from his political director to serious allegations of misconduct in office?") I particularly agree with. Meanwhile, Steve Shannon emailed me with his response:

"You know someone's in trouble when they're attacking the messenger, not the message."

Sadly, that's the Kook-inelli way. And, sadly, it often works. Let's hope Cooch doesn't get away with it this time, and that there's a serious investigation of Cooch's potentially serious allegations of misconduct committed while in office.

P.S. Where's Bob McDonnell on this matter? Cat got his tongue, or is he all talked out defending the corrupt "Jew counter" heading up his government "reform" commission?

Perriello and Stimulus Save Monogram Snack Foods

Thank you, Tom Perriello and the Democratic Party. And just remember, if it were up to Robert Hurt, Monogram Snack Foods - instead of having its shelf life extended - would be getting "eaten for lunch." Get it?  Ha.

Bill Bolling Hands Out Stimulus Money While Bob McDonnell Attacks It

You gotta love these guys' brazen hypocrisy.  On the one hand, we have Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling handing out $800,000 in funding - and bragging about it - "provided through the State Energy Program of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009."  On the other hand, we have Governor Bob McDonnell bashing federal spending ("I have significant concerns obviously about the size of the federal deficit at $13 trillion...").  

Never let it be said that consistency, facts, or logic ever interfered with these Republicans' anti-government rhetoric.

Remind Me Again Why We Should Change Arlington’s Form of Government

This sounds truly awful, doesn't it?
About Arlington: Fabulous schools, great home values, and an attractive unemployment rate (only 4.8 percent, as compared to the national average of 9.9 percent) can all be found in this dynamic setting just a stone's throw from the nation's capital. Arlington's public schools offer a low pupil/teacher ratio, and the city ranks second highest among the 100 we surveyed in high school graduation rates. Other factors that helped Arlington top the list: the lowest crime rate and very few registered sex offenders.
As I said, it's awful. Horrible. Atrocious. You name it. Who would want to live in a place like this, now ranked by that notoriously radical, socialistic (heh) Parenting Magazine as "the best place in the country to raise families in its annual survey." Yeah, let's definitely change our entire system of government, what a brilliant idea!  Not.

Tea Party Candidate “disappointed” in Hurt’s “refusal to engage in debate with us”

I think it's fair to say that 5th CD Republican Party congressional nominee Robert Hurt is not exactly getting rave reviews for his decision to flip flop on debating the tea party candidate in the race, Jeffrey Clark. To read what Clark has to say, click here. For now, an excerpt will do:
I was disappointed to hear of Senator Hurt's change of position or the mix up that occurred concerning his opinion on the issue of the upcoming debates. I understand he believes that unless you have the money and backing you have no legitimate claim to be included in the political process because you risk being nothing more than a distraction in the important debate of how the two political parties intend to best govern us in the future.

On this matter, I respectfully must disagree with Mr. Hurt. Although it is true I am not independently wealthy and am nothing more than a common citizen that does not have the backing of the political parties...

Anyway, you get the idea -- Jeffrey Clark is not happy with Robert Hurt. Not that this is surprising, given Clark's need to appear in debates to have any chance at all of winning this election.  Still, the fact is that Hurt did seem to flip flop on this one, apparently once his boss Chris LaCivita knocked some sense into him, and Clark's not pleased.

Meanwhile, the Roanoke Times weighs in, writing that "Hurt, state senator who spent six years in the House of Delegates, should have nothing to fear."  Except that Hurt clearly does have something to fear, namely that Clark might take votes away from him and tip the election to Tom Perriello. It makes sense from a purely political point of view. The problem for Hurt is that this is about as anti-political a year as you'll ever see.  Does Hurt really want to be acting like a typical,  calculating, conniving politician in the year of the Tea Partiers?  Something tells me, in the end, that Jeffrey Clark will end up in these debates -- whether Hurt's puppet master, Chris LaCivita, likes it or not!

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