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Fear of violence grows in mountaintop mining fight (enviro-goons vs. coal miners)
AP via Yahoo! ^ | December 19, 2009 | VICKI SMITH

Posted on 12/20/2009 4:51:08 PM PST by AAABEST

It was the slap heard 'round the coalfields: Cordelia Ruth Tucker, wearing the fluorescent-striped shirt of a miner, strode past West Virginia state troopers and into a stream of marchers protesting mountaintop removal mining to deliver an audible smack.

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There have been nearly 100 arrests in 20 protests, most involving trespassing. Led by a new group called Climate Ground Zero, the activists have chained themselves to giant dump trucks, scaled 80-foot trees to stop blasting and paddled into a 9 million-gallon sludge pond. They've blocked roads, hung banners and staged sit-ins.

Virginia-based Massey Energy claims a single 3 1/2-hour occupation at Progress Coal Co. in Twilight cost the company $300,000.

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Massey equates anti-coal with anti-American. Pittsburgh-based Consol Energy blames the planned layoffs of 482 miners on a lawsuit by the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.

Activist Chuck Nelson, a former underground miner from Glen Daniel, said the longer surface miners face uncertainty, the more the danger grows: The federal government must act soon, one way or the other.

And if the EPA comes down on the environmentalists' side?

"Well," Nelson said, "there's a possibility it might not be safe to live in the Coal River Valley."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: coal; cwii; envirogoons; miners; watermelons; westvirginia; wva
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Enviro-goons are destroyers of wealth, jobs and entire communities. They'll destroy your way of life without a second thought. I know because I've seen it first-hand.

Not that I condone it, but I'd be dishonest if I were to say that I'd be the least bit upset if some of them wound up taking dirt nap for what they're doing to these miners.

1 posted on 12/20/2009 4:51:09 PM PST by AAABEST
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To: AAABEST

“Not that I condone it, but I’d be dishonest if I were to say that I’d be the least bit upset if some of them wound up taking dirt nap for what they’re doing to these miners.”

I’m curious why you wouldn’t “condone it”?


2 posted on 12/20/2009 4:53:34 PM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: AAABEST

482 miners is a small army.


3 posted on 12/20/2009 4:53:45 PM PST by pray4liberty (Luke 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.)
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To: AAABEST

Coal mining is no way to live but whats the alternative for these people? The Gov dole?


4 posted on 12/20/2009 4:53:47 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: AAABEST

These enviros should read a good history of the region,
miners don’t mess around.


5 posted on 12/20/2009 4:53:58 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: AAABEST
I'd be the least bit upset if some of them wound up taking dirt nap for what they're doing to these miners.

Maybe its time to start sending a message to the enviro wacos everywhere...........

6 posted on 12/20/2009 4:54:28 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (I want a hoochie-mama for Christmas, only a hoochie-mama will do............)
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To: AAABEST

Maybe they would feel better about it if illegals from Mexico did the mining?


7 posted on 12/20/2009 4:56:08 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: AAABEST

Dear miners...shoot ‘em.

I no longer have patience with liberals. They are not subject to slimy “laws”...those are for idiot conservatives.

Enough. Can up, slice ‘em, hang ‘em...anything but let these idiots vote.

Seriously, it’s war now...


8 posted on 12/20/2009 4:56:41 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: AAABEST

I spent a large part of my childhood exploring these old mines.

Things are way safer today.


9 posted on 12/20/2009 4:57:42 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Maybe its time to start sending a message to the enviro wacos everywhere...........

Walter Reuther style.....

10 posted on 12/20/2009 4:58:55 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (I want a hoochie-mama for Christmas, only a hoochie-mama will do............)
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To: snoringbear
I’m curious why you wouldn’t “condone it”?

Did you misunderstand the post, or are you suggesting that murder is acceptable?

11 posted on 12/20/2009 5:00:55 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: AAABEST

That Climate Ground Zero has been going on since 2007. There’s a web site.

I also found a Ruckus.org manual for ‘non-violent’ agitation.

http://www.ruckus.org/section.php?id=17

Is this all Soros funded?


12 posted on 12/20/2009 5:01:51 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah."Our middle regiment, Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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To: Da Coyote

“I no longer have patience with liberals.”

They’re not liberals. They’re communist revolutionary scu&bags.

IMHO


13 posted on 12/20/2009 5:02:42 PM PST by ripley
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To: Hot Tabasco
I'd be surprised if a few don't disappear..

Don't want to mess with miners..

14 posted on 12/20/2009 5:03:42 PM PST by maddog55 (Socialism is communism with fewer re-education camps)
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To: AAABEST

Coming from a family of coal miners, I safely predict that the coal miners will beat the tar out of the enviro-weenies, if not worse.


15 posted on 12/20/2009 5:04:11 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: tet68

bttt


16 posted on 12/20/2009 5:04:19 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: AAABEST

what I could never understand I why other people don’t chain those who have chained themselves to vehicles, trees, fences, etc., to remove the option of unchaining themselves?


17 posted on 12/20/2009 5:07:43 PM PST by j.argese
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To: Hot Tabasco

and congressmen for the same reasons !!


18 posted on 12/20/2009 5:08:59 PM PST by Senormechanico
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To: AAABEST

United Mine Workers of America.. “Hails Historic Obama Victory” Nov 5 2008

UMWA, under the bus.

Elections, consequences


19 posted on 12/20/2009 5:10:05 PM PST by Cold Heart
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Sooner or later someones going to die. These things get pushed and pushed and someone always does. I wonder what the reaction will be in the mining community after it happens.


20 posted on 12/20/2009 5:13:02 PM PST by MontaniSemperLiberi
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To: mylife

“Coal mining is no way to live”

Sez who?

All who support reduction of coal mining should be condemned to having all their coal generated power uses made illegal.

No electricity for heating should cure the problem this weekend.

;-)

Yes, I AM advocating letting the GangGreen commies freeze to death in the dark.


21 posted on 12/20/2009 5:15:13 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: pray4liberty

I bet you a few of them were some of those at the 9/12 march on DC.

It looks like this will be in everyone’s future.


22 posted on 12/20/2009 5:16:36 PM PST by jafojeffsurf (Return to the Constitution.)
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To: AAABEST

One day Americans will get it—the left is out to destroy you.

They want you poor, miserable and dependent. It’s just that simple.

One day you will realize this and begin to fight back.

But not until many, many of you suffer a good long while, it would seem.


23 posted on 12/20/2009 5:18:06 PM PST by Boucheau
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To: AAABEST
I had relatives in the West Virginia mountains who were coalminers back in the day when they really had nothing, Hard workers that would give you their last piece of bread. I would love for these enviro wackos to get a taste of mountain justice. Depriving these hard working, decent people their livelihood is inhumane, and depriving Americans of energy is despicable.

I hope they tar and feather them and take them out on rails, Ah-h-h .... the good ol' days.

24 posted on 12/20/2009 5:20:10 PM PST by gramho12 (Sarah smile..)
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To: GladesGuru

“Yes, I AM advocating letting the GangGreen commies freeze to death in the dark.”

We should be so lucky.


25 posted on 12/20/2009 5:20:49 PM PST by Boucheau
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To: AAABEST

Here’s the slap:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dP27PKnCG0

Listen to the pinkos applaud when Massey is handcuffed. “Yea! An unemployed working woman is going to jail! Hoorah!” PUKE!

BTW, used to be I would hasten to add that I don’t endorse behavior like that of Massey. I no longer hasten. I no longer even add.


26 posted on 12/20/2009 5:21:49 PM PST by Stultis (Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia; Democrats always opposed waterboarding as torture)
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To: 70times7

Those that would find allies in the legal system to oppress you, rob you of your wealth, your freedom to contract and associate and of your means to sustain yourself and live in your community-—? Well, many things are evil. Some less so than others.


27 posted on 12/20/2009 5:22:39 PM PST by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
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To: AAABEST

Green blood must be the price for killing jobs at the alter of Gaea


28 posted on 12/20/2009 5:24:57 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Lukenbach Texas is barely there)
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To: AAABEST

“...for what they’re doing to these miners.”

If you are reading this, you are on their list. This type of thing is certainly not reserved for miners alone.

Every American will have his/her turn with the left.

They’re just getting started.

I hope Americans wake up before it’s too late to keep them at bay, to save our freedom.


29 posted on 12/20/2009 5:25:07 PM PST by Boucheau
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To: mylife

It is no longer your grandaddies coal operation.

The greenies should be taken out by whatever means is needed.


30 posted on 12/20/2009 5:27:20 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Lukenbach Texas is barely there)
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To: Skywalk
Those that would find allies in the legal system to oppress you, rob you of your wealth, your freedom to contract and associate and of your means to sustain yourself and live in your community-—?

That is not a complete sentence. Please try again.

31 posted on 12/20/2009 5:27:58 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: AAABEST

I got $20 on the coal miners.


32 posted on 12/20/2009 5:28:20 PM PST by AFreeBird (Going Rogue in 2012)
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To: snoringbear

Ditto. The Bible once said if you take a way a man’s ability to earn a living, it is no different from murdering him. Since ancient time, history has recorded that humans will react violently if you plan to take away their means to earn a living.
Miners for most part come from the tradition of the Appalachian Mountain Men. They know thievery or injustice when it is done to them, and they will take the law into their own hands.
Finally the environmentalists claim that their movement is from within West Virginia made up of people from the towns of WV. Well if they are, they should be aware of the miners’ culture and history, and what will happen. Most West Virginians I know do not believe in screwing with the miners nor farmers, because they are trying to make a living. Many are only two generations separated from miner and farmer generation within their own families.


33 posted on 12/20/2009 5:29:12 PM PST by Fee (Peace, prosperity, jobs and common sense)
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To: mylife
Coal mining is no way to live ...

And from what personal experience do you speak?

34 posted on 12/20/2009 5:31:23 PM PST by kitchen (One battle rifle for each person, and a spare for each pair.)
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To: AAABEST

I live in the Ohio Valley and would concur with what the man said that it won’t be safe to be there soon. The greens should be very afraid for their safety because if they suceed and things are shut down few will survive to make it home. People in these parts do not take kindly to being told what to do and even less kindly to facing their family starving!


35 posted on 12/20/2009 5:32:47 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: AFreeBird

Nah, the miners are good Democrats first, and freedom lovers second. I’ll put $20 on the followers of Gore!


36 posted on 12/20/2009 5:39:01 PM PST by o2bfree (This president is giving me a headache!)
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To: mylife

coal mining is a GREAT way to live. I love it,as many do. We help keep this country great,but of course everyone doesn’t like so-called dirty jobs,mining,milling,timber cutting,oil drilling,but this is actually all real life consists of,everything else depends on these things


37 posted on 12/20/2009 5:40:01 PM PST by coalman (survived carter ,disco and clinton,just holding on till 2012)
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To: chris_bdba

Everyone knows about the Hatfield - Mccoy fued. That was in West Virginia. Imagine that kind of dedication focused on outsiders and it becomes quite a wonder that nothing has happened yet.


38 posted on 12/20/2009 5:43:39 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: mylife
Coal mining is no way to live but whats the alternative for these people?

According to the West Virginia Coal Association:

"The average annual wage of a coal miner exceeds $60,000, far higher than the national median household income of $36,622, as reported in the Hendryx-Ahern report."

I'd say not a bad way to live!

39 posted on 12/20/2009 5:47:48 PM PST by sonofagun (Some think my cynicism grows with age. I like to think of it as wisdom!)
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To: Boucheau
Every American will have his/her turn with the left.

Amen FRiend, I shall not post further.....

40 posted on 12/20/2009 5:48:13 PM PST by Las Vegas Ron (Harry Reid - Pimp of the US Senate)
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To: Stultis
Judy Bonds is lucky that is all she got. And did you see the hippy looking guy standing there after the slap? These enviro-weenies are really going to get hurt when coal miners' livelihoods are on the line and they can't put food on the table because of liberal regulations shutting down the mines.


41 posted on 12/20/2009 5:48:47 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: o2bfree

Yea I know the miners are good ol union guys, but let me get this straight: Coal miners are going to cut their own throats, go green, and put their entire familes futures in peril to back Algore?

I’ll still take the miners over the Gorebots.


42 posted on 12/20/2009 5:50:25 PM PST by AFreeBird (Going Rogue in 2012)
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To: sonofagun
"The average annual wage of a coal miner exceeds $60,000, far higher than the national median household income of $36,622, as reported in the Hendryx-Ahern report."

This is BS! An average coal miner makes about $40,000 per year after 15-20 years experience. When my dad retired back the 1990s, he earned about $36,000 during his last year of work, and that was after about 35 years in the mines and on strip jobs running a D9 dozer on the high walls.

43 posted on 12/20/2009 5:52:54 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I imagine that they could put them in some places that, in few millions years, see the nuts turned into coal. Tar works of course. :)


44 posted on 12/20/2009 5:52:56 PM PST by AFreeBird (Going Rogue in 2012)
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To: AAABEST
i doubt the Molly McGuire's would put up with their crap...
45 posted on 12/20/2009 5:54:49 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: o2bfree
Nah, the miners are good Democrats first, and freedom lovers second. I’ll put $20 on the followers of Gore!

You don't know what the hell you're talking about...

46 posted on 12/20/2009 5:54:49 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: 70times7
are you suggesting that murder is acceptable?

Self defense is not murder.

Environmentalists are genocidal maniacs.

47 posted on 12/20/2009 5:57:28 PM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: mylife

A lot of what people do is “no way to live.” But that’s by the sissy standards of the New World Order. A lot of what it takes to sustain live is brutish and nasty. But food must be killed and processed and sewers maintained and toilets cleaned and vomit cleaned up and wounds cleaned and sweat and danger handling large heavy equipment and people die doing their jobs. Disney et al. have created a santized view of the world. Kids now don’t know working 16 hours a day to get a crop in and falling down on a cot to get up and do it again. None of these people in the DC swamp get it. Life is hard. Because of the cheap energy we (THE USA!) set a new high ground and a moment in time when most of the population was entirely unaware of the difficulties of getting the stuff they used daily. Well if we let them get away with their stupid legislation we’ll all learn soon enough just how tenuous is human life on this planet. And a coal miner’s job won’t look so bad.


48 posted on 12/20/2009 5:59:16 PM PST by Bhoy
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
You don't know what the hell you're talking about...

Then explain Byrd and Rockefeller.

49 posted on 12/20/2009 6:00:24 PM PST by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: AAABEST

These envirolibs don’t even qualify as people. They don’t even deserve to be treated like animals.

They are a disease.


50 posted on 12/20/2009 6:03:57 PM PST by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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