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A thuggish murder of Queen’s English

Christine O'Donnell is being audited on her campaign spending, as well she should. She made a devil's deal, sold the remaining fragments of her soul on a bet that she could become a Congress-critter. The Korporate Kampaign-fund Kartel fronted her undisclosed amounts of bread. But she didn't follow their rules. There's a quotation from Shakespeare, from the funeral of Falstaff "this huge hill of flesh, this breaker of horses backs, ... he was never, yet, a breaker of promises, he will give the devil his due." She's not given the devil his due. Devil says, look, all you have to do is occasionally chant "9-11!" or "Tax and Spend Liberals" and we'll do the rest, for lack-of-gods-sake don't try to write your own speeches or ad lib anything, because you're a moron." Did she listen? No, she did NOT listen. There's another quotation from a drill sergeant, "it's impossible for the ears and the mouth to work at the same time, you're either listening or running your head." Woman couldn't possibly shut the hell up long enough to listen. So, now she's being audited on her spending. And says it's Thug Tactics This from a woman who is paired up with a party that has as a big plank in its platform "English Only". As in using government power and other publicly owned resources to compel people to only speak English in public places, commerce, and in the wildest dreams of the Extremists who are pushing it, in private conversations in the home. (Because supposedly raising a child in a multilingual environment (even though people who actually study linguistics say otherwise) have difficulty learning the English language in school.) Now, English is my first language. I'm not an accomplished Linguist yet, that takes fluency in at least 5 languages. But I am adept in English. And I can positively say that the Tea Party, of whom Ms O'Donnell is a member, really don't speak English. They rail against Public Education for a reason, several more sinister reasons but the one I laugh about the most is because they don't want Public School elementary students outshining their own Hoam Skewel and Private Academy students. And they're not really good at speaking English. Or writing English. Before the squealing whines of "Elitism!" come cascading from the Far Right, I should point out that it's THEIR elitist notion that teaching and learning and speaking and writing Only One Language is somehow superior to being able to speak and read and write several. Because the English language, and the English RACE, are ever so superior to the Peasants who make up the rest of the world. Now, Thug, Thuggish, Thuggery, all stem from not an English word but an Urdu word, for a cult in India and Pakistan who sacrifice randomly selected people to their gods. Investigations into ones financial malfeasance (alleged) aren't "thug tactics". Let's see if, in the interest of education, we can provide Ms O'Donnell and her Demented Demonic Disciples with a few examples of Thug-like behavior, Strangling

Massey orphan, suddenly fatherless, says Coal equals Freedom

AFTER the Massey Company took her daddy's life with their Union-Busting activities, AFTER they got rich off her Daddy's work and her Daddy didn't... (edit: the comment following was sloppy editing on the part of the "news" service, she blurts out that Fascist Anti-Earth Propaganda about working in the coal mine being the key to economic recovery and compared her Daddy dying to "fighting for freedom." The rest of it is Gospel.) The Massey company, their only concern is that the mine is out of production for a while so they don't get Richer off the sweat and blood and toil and deaths of "their" workers. They continuously refused to provide safety upgrades, "Too expensive." Miners are cheaper than safety equipment. The Massey Energy Corporation is already angling to use this tragedy as propaganda for the Open-Pit, or Mountaintop Removal, or Strip-mine method. Saying they're only concerned about worker safety, of course. This one, for instance, is what used to be southern Deciduous forest, sprinkled with a few pines, see anything growing anywhere near there? The parts downstream from the mine, a Massey project, look nearly as bad, from the toxic runoff. The usually rich forest environment locally suddenly ends up looking like the mountains of the Desert Southwest. Worse, actually. Downstream, the fish are changing sex. Male small-mouth bass are being genetically/hormonally changed into female smallmouth bass. Massey also operates strip mines on land coerced from Indian Nations, like the Northern Cheyenne, and the Navajo and Hopi tribes... and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, one of our sacred mountains near Chattanooga Tennessee is scheduled to be eco-murdered by Massey. And after they get done killing the mountain they're going to give the toxic waste-dump to the State of Tennessee as a park and low-income housing sites. Aren't they wondrously generous? The state of Tennessee offices which decided to sell Property Which Is Not Theirs, say they can't find any heirs of the original owners, Excusez-Vous? There are tribal offices of the Eastern Band right down the street from them. If they can't find the Cherokee Nation they just ain't looking. They can't find their collective arse with both hands. So they gave... ooops "Leased" land to Massey. Now, if I leased a room and promised the landlord that I would trash it, and put poison all over it, the landlord would rightly be suspicious of my intentions. If I were to promise faithfully to clean it up afterward, even with a record (like Massey's) of destroying properties and never repairing them, and always with the prior promise to fix the damage, the landlord would have to be an utter fool to rent to me. Let's take another look at the CEO, shall we?

Treesit halts W. Va mountaintop removal

Mountain Justice activists Laura Steepleton and Nick Stocks continue to occupy trees adjacent Massey Energy's West Virginia coal mine, preventing further blasting of the Edwight mountaintop removal site. Assistants at the base of the trees were arrested for trespassing, but called back, expected to help the police communicate with the sitters. Earth First! spokesman Mike Roselle has been visited by State troopers, demanding he command the Coal River Valley treesitters to climb down. Check Climate Ground Zero for updates, where you can leave messages of encouragement. From Climate Ground Zero: This is the thirteenth in a series of non-violent direct actions and protests that have brought together Coal River Valley residents, NASA climate scientist James Hansen, students, underground miners, military veterans, concerned citizens and environmentalists from across the nation with the goal of ending mountaintop removal. This is the third protest in two weeks to focus attention on the WV Department of Environmental Protection and their embattled Secretary, Randy Huffman. It also follows days after the leak of DEP biologist Doug Wood’s memo on the scale of environmental degradation caused by mountaintop removal, directly contradicting Huffman’s statements at a senate hearing last June. UPDATE: DAY FIVE A flyover of the treesit and adjacent decapitated mount. Audio is radio interview of Massey Energy director explaining that land ownership means you can do whatever you want to it. Some screen grabs from the video.

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