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25 killed in West Virginia mine blast
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/04/06/west.virginia.mine.explosion/index.html?hpt=T1 ^ | April 6, 2010 | CNN Wire Staff

Posted on 04/06/2010 3:44:45 AM PDT by angelcindy

The death toll from the massive explosion at a sprawling coal mine in West Virginia rose to 25 early Tuesday, making it the deadliest U.S. mining disaster in 25 years. Crews halted their efforts to reach four miners still unaccounted for at the Upper Big Branch Mine following the blast Monday afternoon.

Concentrations of methane and carbon monoxide inside the mine made it a safety risk for crews to proceed, said Kevin Stricklin of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration at a 2 a.m. briefing to reporters. Officials planned to drill bore holes from the surface 1,200 feet into the mines to help ventilate it and to collect samples. However, they will first have to use bulldozers to clear a path to reach the part of the mine where they can drill.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: bigcoal; coal; deathtoll; energy; explosion; miners; mining; wva
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Prayers for all the families..
1 posted on 04/06/2010 3:44:45 AM PDT by angelcindy
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To: angelcindy

praying


2 posted on 04/06/2010 3:49:36 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: angelcindy

I also want to take this time to alert patriots that any funerals or memorial services for these miners may be protested by the vermin of Westboro.

Their website has listed a West Virginia itinerary in recent days. They use signs in WV that say something like “Thank God for dead miners.”

The Westboro Gang likes to go to conservative areas of the country to do their thing. You would think if “God Hates Fags” is their priority, they would be in San Francisco, West LA or South Miami.

But no they target conservatives areas to add “Thank God for dead soliders” or “Thank God for dead miners.” These scum have a hidden agenda.

But whatever, be alerted in advance to their very likely presence at funerals to come...


3 posted on 04/06/2010 3:54:27 AM PDT by Nextrush (Slocialist Republicans and Socialist Democrats must go)
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To: blueyon

This is so sad...


4 posted on 04/06/2010 3:54:32 AM PDT by angelcindy ("If you follow the crowd,you get no further than the crowd")
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To: Nextrush

There has to be a special place in Hell for the Westboro Church gang.


5 posted on 04/06/2010 4:03:49 AM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: caver

I am so sick of them calling their group a church.


6 posted on 04/06/2010 4:07:22 AM PDT by D1X1E
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To: Nextrush

They don’t go to San Francisco, West LA or South Miami because they are basically cowards.


7 posted on 04/06/2010 4:21:22 AM PDT by timeflies
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To: Nextrush
Their website has listed a West Virginia itinerary in recent days. They use signs in WV that say something like “Thank God for dead miners.”

Knowing something about the region and the coal mining folk there (coming from a SWVA coal mining family myself), I think I can safely predict that if Phelps and merry Westboro crew travel there and start up their bulls**t protests at the funerals, they won't be going home alive.

8 posted on 04/06/2010 4:41:08 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: angelcindy

How very sad. Such dangerous and difficult work too and their families all know it and live in fear everyday I’m sure, and then to have those fears realized.

RIP


9 posted on 04/06/2010 4:50:04 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Make it stop, please.)
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To: angelcindy

My Grandfathers were both WV coal miners. When I visit family in West Virginia I’m always reminded how strong a faith in God is down there.

This morning on an interview with WV Governor Manchin, he was asked if grief counselors would be brought in. The Gov. said we don’t have grief counselors in West Virginia, we have clergy.

That statement speaks volumes. I pray for these miners, their families, and everyone helping.


10 posted on 04/06/2010 5:06:26 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Home Depot should begin stocking up on pitchforks and torches.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

My parents are from WV, where this happened people just don’t sit back and watch things like the Westboro group antagonize good mining families without expressing their displeasure.

There are enough pick-axe handles and strong arms to swing them around this area to give even the WVSP reason to pause if they get worked up.


11 posted on 04/06/2010 5:12:12 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I bet the Westboro protesters don’t go. They are cowards and morons but I bet they know better than to show up and protest these funerals. Although a part of me would like to see them try and get taken down, literally, I wouldn’t want any of the families to get in trouble for it.


12 posted on 04/06/2010 5:19:10 AM PDT by Qwackertoo (Make it stop, please.)
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To: All

have there been anyone blaming this on Obama yet because they blamed Bush for the last one.


13 posted on 04/06/2010 5:27:34 AM PDT by newnhdad (The longest of journeys begins with one step.)
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To: Nextrush

I am a West Virginia native. If these people from Westboro show up and attempt to disrupt the funerals there might be fewer of them going home.


14 posted on 04/06/2010 5:32:06 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: Made In The USA
This morning on an interview with WV Governor Manchin, he was asked if grief counselors would be brought in. The Gov. said we don’t have grief counselors in West Virginia, we have clergy.
15 posted on 04/06/2010 5:40:27 AM PDT by MadelineZapeezda (Promoted by God to be a mother!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...................Thanks, Susan!)
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To: angelcindy

Terrible news. I expect Sean Penn and other celebs to offer help. NOT!


16 posted on 04/06/2010 5:49:38 AM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: angelcindy

I would suggest putting some focus on these bastards, which ran the mine:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massey_Energy

They have been guilty of everything from massive mine safety violations, to knowingly polluting drinking water. It’s a great example of a company that cares far more about profit than it does employee safety. Let’s give a good bashing where bashing is sorely due.


17 posted on 04/06/2010 6:09:13 AM PDT by panzergrenadier
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To: panzergrenadier

bttt


18 posted on 04/06/2010 6:11:15 AM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: Nextrush

What a miserable existence.

For once, I wish there was a media blackout on those evil, evil people.


19 posted on 04/06/2010 6:15:03 AM PDT by Zeppelin (Keep on FReepin' on...)
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To: angelcindy
Terrible event, but I bet Obama and company use it for political ends such as further curtailing of coal mining and usage in the US and promotion of solar and wind power.
20 posted on 04/06/2010 6:33:40 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Nextrush

They use to protest outside of funerals of people who died from AIDS- they may still do so. That is how they got their start though.


21 posted on 04/06/2010 6:34:29 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Made In The USA
The Gov. said we don’t have grief counselors in West Virginia, we have clergy.

In the midst of all this sad news, right here is a ray of hope. Thank you.

22 posted on 04/06/2010 6:44:41 AM PDT by FourPeas (God Bless America)
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To: Qwackertoo
They are cowards and morons but I bet they know better than to show up and protest these funerals.

What you have to understand is that WB isn't about religion. It's more of a family-run law firm, provoking others into suing or even attacking them so they can make their money in court.

Other than that my heartfelt prayers to the families and friends of the victims.
23 posted on 04/06/2010 6:44:57 AM PDT by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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To: panzergrenadier

I am waiting for the Dems any minute. They will exploit any tragedy they can.


24 posted on 04/06/2010 6:49:00 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: angelcindy

This is just horrible. Prayers for all the families & friends...


25 posted on 04/06/2010 7:07:10 AM PDT by dixiebelle
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To: panzergrenadier
I understand all mines are inspected by state mine safety compliance officers frequently, fined for infractions and given tight time tables for the correction of safety violations.And I have read that mines where violations are critical, or the company does not fulfill their agreement to correct violations have actually been shut down. Is this so, and if so why has this company been allowed to continue?
26 posted on 04/06/2010 7:14:36 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Nextrush

If they try that in WV, they will be met by a fierce group of seriously angry tough mountaineers. They will be confronted and likely injured- and they should be. Of all the advocacy miners need, they do not need “miners died because God is avenging the US’s tolerance of “fags” “ This group crosses every boundary of sanity and decency. This would be a very good lesson to them.


27 posted on 04/06/2010 7:14:52 AM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Nextrush

I know this area and these people extremely well. I’ve got two nephews that work in this exact mine. One was there, and made it out, the other had been temporarily assigned to another mine, so wasn’t there. These people are fiercely loyal to friends and family. WBC better think twice before showing up to this one.


28 posted on 04/06/2010 7:43:54 AM PDT by Dubya-M-Dees (Little HOPE... No CHANGE)
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To: angelcindy

Prayers up. This is about 50 miles from where we go a couple of times a year to help a small school in Martin KY. Beautiful country, no nonsense people.


29 posted on 04/06/2010 7:46:18 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Job 19:25 As for me, I know my Redeemer lives.)
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To: Made In The USA
My Grandfathers were both WV coal miners.

Mine too, along with my dad, 7 uncles, and 3 cousins. Coal mining runs deep in my WV family. We hurt with all these families, and pray for the peace of Christ, which passes all understanding, to guard their hearts and minds.

30 posted on 04/06/2010 7:58:17 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer ("It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." --Jefferson)
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To: angelcindy

Prayers!


31 posted on 04/06/2010 8:01:27 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: angelcindy

Where one can send contributions?


32 posted on 04/06/2010 8:04:28 AM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: angelcindy

***However, they will first have to use bulldozers to clear a path to reach the part of the mine where they can drill.***

I know this sounds bad but, they are not going to remove any of the sacred MOUNTAIN TOPS to get to them are they?

Prayers for the families at this horrible time.


33 posted on 04/06/2010 8:14:22 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Obama's vision for America...Green shoots and skittles, where pancakes grow on fritter trees.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I doubt you will notice much of a shift in mountain tops, FRiend.


34 posted on 04/06/2010 8:19:45 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March (Weakening McCain strengthens our borders, weakens guest worker aka amnesty)
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To: Nextrush

If Westboro goes in that area with their signs stating such things I will guess that a lot of a$$-kicking will be going on....


35 posted on 04/06/2010 8:25:46 AM PDT by Macgedos
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To: angelcindy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCRqAzCevsY


36 posted on 04/06/2010 8:30:01 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
I think I can safely predict that if Phelps and merry Westboro crew travel there and start up their bulls**t protests at the funerals, they won't be going home alive.

You are correct about that. There a great people down there, but you sure don't want to piss them off.

37 posted on 04/06/2010 8:31:07 AM PDT by Ditto
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To: Nextrush

I wish some biker gang would just beat the living shit out of those Westboro scumbags.


38 posted on 04/06/2010 8:34:51 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Entitlements will do to America what drugs eventually do to addicts)
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To: PghBaldy
I am waiting for the Dems any minute. They will exploit any tragedy they can.

And the greenies. They have stopped surface mining in WV and are looking to shut down the underground mines to reduce ... "GLOBAL WARMING."

Oh, that evil resource called coal.

39 posted on 04/06/2010 8:38:25 AM PDT by CedarDave (Obamacare, cap/trade, etc. - all have the same goal: Government control and power over individuals)
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To: MadelineZapeezda

Did he REALLY say that? I LOVE IT!!!!


40 posted on 04/06/2010 10:36:59 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Nextrush

If there is one place in the universe that would qualify as suicidal for the Westboro idiots to try their stunt, it would be the funeral of a West Virginia coal miner. Those are hard men doing a hard job, and they’re a brotherhood. Protesting at their funerals would not go well. At all.

}:-)4


41 posted on 04/06/2010 11:02:36 AM PDT by Moose4 (Wasting away again in Michaelnifongville.)
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To: Moose4

Not only would they be playing with fire, but should anything happen, no WV jury would ever convict.


42 posted on 04/06/2010 12:21:39 PM PDT by youturn (McConnell: "Tiger Woods and John Edwards had a better year than the stimulus did.")
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To: angelcindy

Prayers for all and hoping their plight is not forgotten.


45 posted on 04/06/2010 12:59:57 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: newnhdad
No, not that I have seen. But they are blaming the anti-union corporate owners of the mine, of course.
46 posted on 04/06/2010 1:00:58 PM PDT by CT-Freeper (Said the frequently disappointed but ever optimistic Mets fan.)
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To: Morgana

Such a tragedy!

Good to see you back Morgana. I have missed you around FR.


47 posted on 04/06/2010 1:06:31 PM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3 (Proverbs 18:2 A fool has no delight in understanding but in expressing his own heart.)
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To: angelcindy

I am afraid the left and Obama will use this as an opportunity to attack coal even more. We need it in this country, but that doesn’t matter to the left.


48 posted on 04/06/2010 1:09:14 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Morgana

What is a FDRQ?


50 posted on 04/06/2010 1:17:09 PM PDT by thethirddegree
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