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  • Ablation treatment for AFib(Vanity)

    03/24/2012 8:01:49 PM PDT · 51 of 74
    USN40VET to calex59

    I had RF ablation surgery 12 years ago, to correct recurring episodes of tachycardia. My heart rate would take off to 200 bpm. I was awake during the procedure, with only very mild sedation. The scope probe was inserted in one side of my leg and the tool was inserted in the other.

    First, the cardio electrophysiologist triggered the tachycardia and mapped the electrical path of the short circuit. Next, he burned the short circuit connection with the RF probe, just like cutting a wire. I could feel my heart take off during the testing.

    There was no pain with this procedure. I don’t recall how long the surgery took. After it was over, I had no more tachycardia events.

    About 6 years after the surgery, I developed an occasional irregular heart beat. This was found while I was preparing to have rotator cuff surgery. This problem was deemed to be not serious, and I was cleared for anesthesia on this and a couple of other occasions since.

    I chose the RF ablation option instead of trying medicines, which might or might not have worked, to control the tachycarda. The doc said he could fix the problem, and he did. I would have the surgery again.

    Good luck with your condition and with the surgery if you decide to have it.


  • I just can't watch it (VANITY)

    07/18/2008 6:03:42 AM PDT · 35 of 52
    USN40VET to Past Your Eyes

    Someone forwarded this email to me. Apologizes if you have seen it:

    An email from Ireland to their brethren in the States...a point to ponder despite your political affiliation:

    We, in Ireland, can’t figure out why people are even bothering to hold an election in the United States.

    On one side, you had a pants-wearing lawyer, married to a lawyer who can’t keep his pants on, who just lost a long and heated primary against another lawyer who goes to the wrong church and who is married to yet another lawyer who doesn’t even like the country her husband wants to run.

    On the other side, you have a nice old war hero whose name starts with ‘Mc’, and who’s married to a good looking younger woman who owns a beer distributorship.

    What in the Lord’s name are you lads thinking over there in the colonies??

  • U.S. And Israeli Militaries Discuss Attack On Liberty

    07/05/2008 10:37:07 AM PDT · 30 of 46
    USN40VET to djf

    Actually, the Liberty survivors would be in in their very late 50’s to mid 60’s now, some possibly a few years older. There are many Liberty survivors still living, including one of my best friends.

  • U.S. And Israeli Militaries Discuss Attack On Liberty

    07/05/2008 10:20:23 AM PDT · 26 of 46
    USN40VET to spookie

    I agree with you. I am not sure what motivated the attack. I am pro Israel,and have always been puzzled by this.

    One of my best friends (CTR) was on the Liberty when it was attacked, and he was transferred to my duty station when it was over. He does not believe it was a mistake.

    USN40VET ex CTR

  • The Voters of Appalachia …

    07/04/2008 9:38:27 AM PDT · 43 of 44
    USN40VET to alicewonders


    It is approximately 50 miles or so from Ramage in Boone County WV to the KY border with WV at Williamson. It is Pike County KY when you cross the border. Jenkins KY is about 100 to 110 miles from Ramage WV, driving through Williamson and Pikeville KY. This is Hatfield and McCoy country!

    If you have ancestors from anywhere in the SW VA, E KY, or S WV area, I have access to a huge gen database which one of my cousins maintains; it probably has over 100K individuals listed. If you are interested, and you want to me to look up some surnames, I would be pleased to help. Alternately, I could arrange for you to get access to the database. More than likely, if your great grandmother lived in the Ramage area, there will be info available.

  • The Voters of Appalachia …

    07/04/2008 5:27:16 AM PDT · 40 of 44
    USN40VET to alicewonders

    Alicewonders: In case you are not familiar with Ramage,WV noted on the photo, Six Mile Creek discharges into the Spruce Fork of the Coal River at Ramage. My grandparents lived no more than 3 or 4 miles from Ramage, up Six Mile.

  • The Voters of Appalachia …

    07/03/2008 4:20:55 PM PDT · 28 of 44
    USN40VET to alicewonders

    I see the picture says Ramage WV. My maternal grandparents were from Six Mile (Hager).


  • Vanity (question about collins R390/URR

    01/12/2008 12:09:40 PM PST · 23 of 23
    USN40VET to Charlespg

    That is a Hammarlund HX500 ham radio transmitter, circa the 1960’s. It was a very nice transmitter,designed for single sideband voice and CW. Hammarlund was primarily known for their receivers. The Hammarlund SP600 military series receiver series was replaced by the R-390. When I was in the military, we still had one or two SP-600’s in use, in non critical applications. I also used to own a Hammarlund SP600.

    Old transmitters are even more prone to damage by powering up if you are not a tech. Even if they don’t have electrical problems, a transmitter that is in working condition must be adjusted properly and connected to the proper load (dummy resistor or antenna)or smoke will likely fly. A ham license is required to connect one to an antenna.

  • Vanity (question about collins R390/URR

    01/06/2008 4:40:11 PM PST · 20 of 23
    USN40VET to Charlespg

    These are nice receivers. I spent nearly 4 years behind a bank of at least 4 and sometimes 6 of them. If you are not technically inclined, I would not power the unit up to test it. Although it is not as old as the pre-WWII Hallicrafters I like to work on, it is always best to power up an old tube receiver slowly with a variac (variable voltage source)if it has not been energized for a long time. I have seen many old receivers with blown RF coils caused by a short circuit after someone powered them up to see if the radio would play.

  • NOAA Confirms Start of New Sunspot Cycle (disrupts civ&military comm, elec grids, GPS, cellphn)

    01/04/2008 6:20:51 PM PST · 12 of 40
    USN40VET to steveo

    DX for the deserving. Sounds good to me. Time to finish my tower at the new QTH and install the C31XR’s (to be stacked) that have been in boxes all summer.

    Force 12 rules!

  • Wide Skepticism Ahead of Assessment

    09/09/2007 1:46:56 PM PDT · 13 of 17
    USN40VET to chessplayer

    How many tens of thousands of these terrorist clowns have been killed in Iraq? Many. If we were not in Iraq, would there be no terrorists? No. They would be attacking us somewhere else, eventually here, but there would be thousands more of them to do so. It amazes me that rational people can’t see this. I guess the left is irrational.

    We are lucky the terrorists are just as irrational as the left. The smart thing for them to do is lay low in Iraq,so we will leave. Instead, they behave like hornets that have been provoked in the nest. They irrationally attack, making them easier to kill.

    Every terrorist we don’t kill in Iraq is one more we will have to kill somewhere else later, likely here.

  • Salt water as fuel? Erie man hopes so

    09/09/2007 12:12:14 PM PDT · 78 of 138
    USN40VET to go-dubya-04

    “Here’s the deal: I was an Economics major and not a brilliant chemist. From my understanding, RF waves are not the same as electricity. Correct me if I am wrong on that.
    You can say it is the same theory but RF waves and electricity are not the same. Please show me (since this is such common knowledge) where someone has previously used this method to the same effect. Rememeber - not electricity but RF”

    The issue is energy efficiency. Man-made radio frequency waves are generated by electricity. There are losses in the process of generating RF. In order for salt water process to be viable, the power output from the salt water device must exceed the total power used to generate the radio frequency, which includes some conversion losses. The coupling of the RF to the sea water will not be 100% efficient, so there will be some losses there as well.
    Energy out versus energy in is the test for viability.

    Perhaps he could do what Dr. Mahlon Loomis proposed in the late 1800’s, and harness atmospheric electricity as a free energy source. /s

  • Fred Thompson on C-SPAN (vanity)

    09/08/2007 3:45:17 PM PDT · 8 of 51
    USN40VET to Soliton

    I agree. Thompson came across very well at the Iowa gathering that was just televised on CSPAN.

  • Massive Wall Street Put Options Signal Upcoming Terror Attack

    09/08/2007 7:19:36 AM PDT · 21 of 58
    USN40VET to SW6906

    The call buyer is out the money he spent to purchase the option if he does nothing else.

    If this is not a hoax, it is likely the other side of a hedging strategy.

  • 40 years later, seized USS Pueblo is tourist draw in North Korea

    09/07/2007 8:08:57 PM PDT · 17 of 38
    USN40VET to doc1019

    “I’m sure the old WLR-1 faceplate is still in place”

    Probably a good collection of R-390’s as well.

  • How Poor Are America's Poor? Examining the "Plague" of Poverty in America

    09/02/2007 6:37:12 PM PDT · 66 of 98
    USN40VET to mamelukesabre

    What branch of engineering is your degree in? I am surprised you are having such difficulty finding suitable employment. If your degree is mechanical, civil, or electrical you should investigate the mining industry.

  • New Jersey Upholds DUI for a Man in Parked Vehicle

    09/02/2007 5:29:54 AM PDT · 54 of 226
    USN40VET to Daffynition

    A friend of mine was convicted of OWI after an officer found him sleeping in his car on a parking lot. He was not behind the wheel, but had the keys. This was in Louisiana.

    Thirty miles south, I had another friend who every weekend would frequent the same bar/club out in a camp/resort type of area. The Parish Sheriff Deputy would pull him over, and take him home. It got to the point where the Deputy would come and pick my friend up at the bar every weekend.

    I don’t condone the behavior of these two friends. I think both have now seen the error of their ways.

  • ‘Everybody May Not Make It Out’

    08/25/2007 4:25:50 PM PDT · 11 of 56
    USN40VET to metmom

    My son spent a week in this hospital two months before Katrina. My wife stayed with him. He was within 3 weeks of having major surgery here when Katrina hit.

    The conditions at this hospital after Katrina were, if anything, understated in this interview. I agree it is unconscionable that in the USA patients and staff in a hospital like this could be left so long in these conditions. Hospitals were not high enough on the priority list of those in authority to allocate resources. This is not second guessing, it is a factual statement. I never before have witnessed government incompetence on such a scale.

    IMHO, if anyone should have been indicted,it should not have been this poor doctor. I would trust her to be my physician any time.

  • Safety expert: Collapses at Utah mine can be traced to overall mining plan

    08/20/2007 10:48:26 AM PDT · 52 of 58
    USN40VET to wideminded

    How do you mine away a pillar if the roof is going to simultaneously collapse in the same location?

    When the pillars are extracted, temporary roof supports are installed to keep the roof in the immediate area above the miners and equipment from falling. The miners and equipment are also positioned to keep the caving roof more ore less in front of them, with supported top over them and behind them. Keep in mind they are retreating, or backing out of the section as the pillars are extracted.

    The temporary roof supports are withdrawn as the miners retreat, allowing the roof in front of them to cave.

    This is a simplified explanation. The entire process is methodical and accepted practice, but it is the most risky part of the mining process. A miner operator must have nerves of steel when pulling pillars; the folks behind him (helper, haulage operators, etc) have to have big ones as well. As the pillars are removed and before the roof caves, you can hear the weight of the overburden trying to compress the remaining part of the pillar, and the adjoining pillars. The roof makes loud popping and thumping noises, and the coal pillars start to pop and snap. You can see coal popping off of the pillars due to the pressure. It is quite unnerving until you get used to it. When the roof falls, it creates this huge burst of wind and noise. More than one newbie has had to go outside and change his clothes after experiencing pillar extraction for the first time.

  • Safety expert: Collapses at Utah mine can be traced to overall mining plan

    08/18/2007 8:48:36 AM PDT · 39 of 58
    USN40VET to yorkie
    For the most part, the media coverage of this event has been about as accurate as it could be, given the lack of knowledge about mining in the reporting corps. You saw what may have been a first, TV coverage underground in the midst of a mine rescue effort. MSHA leadership is going to take some serious flack over this risky behavior in the aftermath of this multiple disaster.

    I have been in the mining business over 34 years. After a disaster, you usually see the same group of “experts” and politicians on TV criticizing the operator, criticizing MSHA and calling for more regulations, without regard to the real facts of the particular situation. I listen to their positions, but filter their conclusions through the prism of my own experience. Rarely do I agree with the usual cadre of instant “experts” and always wait for the facts to come out, but in this case I find myself in general agreement with some of the critics regarding the mining plan.

    The map of the Crandall Mine is posted on the MSHA site. The mine was developed out to the boundary with main headings using the room and pillar technique. The pillars are blocks of coal that are left to support the roof and overburden. The rooms are formed when the coal is extracted. The rooms in these main headings were the main travelways, haulageways, and ventilation ways.

    Having reached the mining boundary, the Crandall Mine was pulling back, using a technique called “retreat mining”, or in the WV coal fields “pillaring”. During retreat mining, the roof support pillars are mined. The pillars can be removed because the main headings no longer need to be maintained. There is no need to get through them after all of the coal is mined. Another term for this technique is “robbing” pillars.

    This is a technique that is commonly used in the coal industry. As enough of the roof support pillar is mined, the roof collapses “inby” where the miners are actually working. You want the roof to collapse to relieve the stresses on the pillars that remain where you are actually working, and in the travelways between you and the outside of the mine. The pillars support the roof, or the overburden. The deeper below ground (vertically)the mine is, the greater the load (stresses) on the support pillars. If the roof does not cave (fall) after the support pillars are removed, the load these pillars were supporting is transferred onto the remaining pillars, increasing the load on them.

    In the eastern coal fields, where the cover is relatively shallow over the mine, the roof caving after pillar extraction generally is effective in controlling the load and stress on the remaining pillars, so it is generally safe to mine using this technique. The type of rock strata above the mine is also a factor.

    Out in Utah, the mines are much deeper, so the load is much greater on pillars. If there is a thick band of hard sandstone in the rock strata somewhere above the mine level, this tends to not fail when the rock below it might collapse after pillar extraction. Therefore, the load shedding on remaining pillars that usually accompanies roof caving during retreat mining is not as effective. You have two factors working against you during retreat mining in a situation like Crandall. First, you have high stresses in the support pillars due to the depth. Second, you have stresses building up in the remaining support pillars as pillars “inby” are removed. The bumps referenced at Crandall are caused by the mountain trying to find equilibrium. At some point when the stresses become high enough, something has to give. In some mines the floor cracks and heaves up. I have seen a room that was 5’ high on Friday be 3 or 4’ high on Monday. In some cases the stresses build up in the pillars. There is a lot of stored energy. Rock under pressure can explode, and it does’t take much to relieve the pressure. The shock wave from a mountain bump could do it if the stresses are high enough in the pillars. An earthquake could do it. A shock from blasting can do it. We call this sudden pressure release an outburst or rock burst. This appears to be what has happened at Crandall, on a scale that I have never seen. The mine roof did’t collapse, the walls and perhaps the floor have exploded inward and filled the mine main headings. This is what the rescue team was mining through when the second accident occurred.

    To add complexity with the above scenario, very large areas on each side of the main travelways where retreat mining was being conducted were mined out using the longwall technique. Longwall mining differs from room and pillar mining in that all of the coal is extracted in a longwall panel. The roof is designed to cave behind the longwall unit as the coal is extracted. No support pillars are left in place. To the extent that roof caving behind the longwall unit did not fully relieve the stresses in the roof immediately above, the remaining stresses would have been transferred out to the support pillars in the main headings, increasing the load on them.

    This third factor, longwalled areas immediately adjacent on both sides of the rooms where support pillars were being extracted, likely made a significant contribution to this disaster. It appears support was removed systematically transferring additional load to the remaining pillars, where they failed catastrophically due to the pressure.

    Is there anything illegal about this practice? No. In fact, MSHA had to approve the written mining plan, and did so about a month or so before the disaster. However, to me and to others I have talked to in the mining industry, this entire setup seemed risky.

    In the end it may turn out to be an earthquake which triggered the rockburst, but I think it is just as likely, perhaps more likely, the mountain shifting to equalize stresses created the shock wave that released the stored energy in the pillars.

  • Letter to algore by award-winning climate scientist

    04/07/2007 5:56:29 PM PDT · 59 of 78
    USN40VET to D-Chivas

    I have stopped watching the Weather Channel because of this fanatic.

  • Humans to blame for global warming

    04/07/2007 8:37:35 AM PDT · 94 of 125
    USN40VET to aruanan

    Great letter to Stephen Johnson, EPA Administrator.

    The problem I see is that the root cause of climate change being human activity is now accepted as a fact by a majority of people, due to the most successful propaganda campaign since the Third Reich. If people hear baseless theory presented as absolute truth often enough, they accept it as truth. I fear the train is too far down the track now to be stopped with anything short of a train wreck. I have stopped watching the Weather Channel because of the hype about climate change that is constantly spewed forth.

  • Whatever happened to name, rank and number?

    04/07/2007 7:34:25 AM PDT · 28 of 64
    USN40VET to Thermalseeker

    I agree with your analysis. Today we could be tracking everything floating, including a canoe. If something even looks like it is heading toward one of ours, it should immediately be confronted. We should have continuous protection available within minutes to protect these operations. It is a different kind of situation, but if we would have had protection for the USS Liberty in 1967 and the USS Pueblo in 1968, the outcomes might have been different.


    02/24/2007 5:28:56 PM PST · 6 of 35
    USN40VET to Flavius

    1.4 tons? My SUV weighs more than that.

  • Something kinda cool happened to me yesterday

    02/11/2007 6:20:13 AM PST · 69 of 76
    USN40VET to real saxophonist

    Both of my sons were in Desert Storm (Army). When it was over, they visited me in Lafayette LA. We went out on the town to celebrate. We paid for nothing all night. Folks just overwhelmed us with their gratitude and generosity. I will never forget that night. Youngest son made the Army a career, and just spent 465 days in Mosul and Baghdad. Same sort of thing still happens to him all the time. Airline gave him a seat in First Class when he came home on leave half way through the latest Iraq tour. It makes me proud when I see our military and veterans being shown appreciation for what they do and have done.

  • My Hero is Gone

    02/04/2007 9:24:27 AM PST · 66 of 214
    USN40VET to Heart of Georgia

    I lost my father in WV 20 years ago this month. It does not seem possible it was that long ago. Seems like yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.

  • Global Warming -- Not Worse Than We Thought, But Bad Enough

    02/03/2007 7:16:10 PM PST · 17 of 45
    USN40VET to kylaka

    The concept that man can affect world climate to a major degree I find to be very presumptious. We have accomplished much, including development of weapons which can destroy us or medicine which can prolong our lives, but all one has to do is sit through a major hurricane to realize how powerless we are to affect the weather.

  • Rumsfeld extends tours of 3,500 troops

    07/27/2006 8:04:43 PM PDT · 6 of 6
    USN40VET to

    I agree,this was handled poorly. My son had his bags packed to leave in 24 hours when he was told to bring in his men and announce they were being extended and moving south. When he called me today, he didn't know how long the extension was for. I think the news media found out more details than he was given by his superiors. They could have at least been told a week or two ago an extension was under consideration. This seems like poor management to me, a knee jerk reaction. Maybe it is a correct reaction to the situation in Baghdad, but it should have been better planned.

  • Hundreds in Ennis gather for GI's funeral procession [TEXAS]

    05/21/2006 8:33:05 PM PDT · 8 of 12
    USN40VET to Dubya

    My son is a 1sg in the 172nd Stycker at Mosul, and knew this young man. He was not Spec. Latimer's 1sg, but saw him every day. My son was deeply affected by this death, was very down over it. Spec. Latimer was a fine man according to my son. I pray for his family.

  • Morris: At last, Hillary looks stoppable

    04/11/2006 7:05:28 PM PDT · 59 of 93
    USN40VET to RichInOC

    Like Medusa, let her look in a mirror. She will see her reflection and turn to stone, shattering to pieces on the ground. What an enticing thought.

  • Code Red On Health Savings Accounts

    02/28/2006 8:12:29 AM PST · 71 of 136
    USN40VET to ModelBreaker

    I agree with you. Some of us with ongoing medical problems have no trouble predicting a base minimum level of annual medical spending. The tax break is good.

  • Historic Morse Code Station to Broadcast from Original Marconi Site

    02/25/2006 6:23:57 PM PST · 16 of 35
    USN40VET to Denver Ditdat

    Once upon a time, I used to listen to the marine traffic as a distraction from the radio work I was supposed to be doing. It was very interesting to look for the ships on the calling frequency trying to raise the big shore stations. HF radio is far less interesting now that these marine HF morse code transmissions have ceased.

  • Radio Daze: Collectors host fascinating auction of antique radios

    02/12/2006 6:27:27 PM PST · 22 of 46
    USN40VET to NCjim

    My first radio experience was with a big floor model Zenith at my aunt's house. After that, I was hooked (about age 11 or 12). Built a crystal radio, and the thing worked great. It has been a lifelong interest, although I don't have much time to indulge it these days.
    There is something about the really old radios. It is like, when I find one, that it deserves to live again.

    I have the following Hallicrafters radios in my collection: 2 SX-16, 2 SX-17, SX-18,SX-28, SX-32,S-41G, SX-99, SX-100. Not a big collection by some standards, but it is all I have room for now.

    I also have a small Vibroplex semi-automatic (bug) telegraph key collection, about 21 or so. Some I have history on, who owned them, where they were used, etc. I find these devices very interesting and enjoyable to disassemble and refurbish.

  • Radio Daze: Collectors host fascinating auction of antique radios

    02/12/2006 6:17:09 PM PST · 18 of 46
    USN40VET to 76834

    I would not want to be the one who has to get a Gates 1000W transmitter out of an attic! Even worse would be putting it up there.

  • Radio Daze: Collectors host fascinating auction of antique radios

    02/12/2006 5:52:14 PM PST · 7 of 46
    USN40VET to Denver Ditdat

    I would love to check out this auction. If I bought any more old radios, I would have to build a bigger house. I restore and collect old Hallicrafters receivers, WWII and earlier.

  • It all began, as usual, with the Greeks

    02/11/2006 5:02:21 PM PST · 16 of 22
    USN40VET to Marxbites

    Thanks for posting this interesting article.

  • U.N., EU to apologize to Islam for cartoons (Joint statement to condemn Danish paper)

    02/08/2006 6:24:03 PM PST · 52 of 86
    USN40VET to Recovering Ex-hippie
    I think Patsy's song "CRAZY" would be more appropriate for these folks. Was that Patsy or Brenda Lee who sang "I'm Sorry" ?
  • Mine workers locking out union

    02/05/2006 5:09:03 PM PST · 7 of 9
    USN40VET to Pittsburg Phil

    Even MSHA Inspectors are unionized. I have not seen this mentioned in the various discussions about MSHA effectiveness.

  • Gov Manchin Halts All State Mining After Deaths (W VA)

    02/01/2006 6:04:00 PM PST · 27 of 35
    USN40VET to Jack Wilson
    You hit the nail on the head. This is one major problem with mine safety now. There was a time when a big stick enforcement approach was necessary. When it was implemented, a big reduction in fatalities followed. The problem is, following the big initial improvement achieved by aggressive enforcement, mining is still having 50 to 100 fatalities per year. Regardless of what one reads in the media, enforcement remains vigorous at mines. Look at all the violations mine operators are cited with, yet still fatalities occur. Even if the inspectors ran the mines, it would not solve the problem. What is the solution? Pass more laws? Increase fines? This is all the politicians know how to do and it is pushed by the unions. It has not worked for the past 15 years, and it will not eliminate fatalities now. It is akin to expecting the State Police to eliminate fatalities on the highway. Vigorous presence of State Police on a highway might reduce fatalities. It won't eliminate them. Pass more road rules? Won't fix the problem. Actually, there are a few tweaks in the existing regulations that should be made. The basic infrastructure of some mines could be improved, such as how the sections are ventilated, and the fire resistance of the conveyor belt. A refuge area/extra oxygen is a good idea as well. Up to date communications technology should be adapted to mines, to the extent it can be made to work in the environment. The regulatory tweaks would be more like mandating best safety practices across the mining industry.
  • Gov Manchin Halts All State Mining After Deaths (W VA)

    02/01/2006 5:38:08 PM PST · 25 of 35
    USN40VET to Armedanddangerous

    Any WV Inspector or MSHA Inspector who accepts football tickets from a mine operator is treading a very thin line.
    I think they should at least be terminated. If the mine operator is receiving favors (tip offs on inspections/overlooked violations) the Inspector should be prosecuted. In my company, offering football tickets to an inspector would be a violation of the code of ethics, and the offending employee would be terminated.

    If this is a MSHA Inspector, I am sure the US Attorney would be interested in details.

  • Gov Manchin Halts All State Mining After Deaths (W VA)

    02/01/2006 5:29:46 PM PST · 24 of 35
    USN40VET to OldFriend

    Let me be clear. I think safety stand downs are a good thing. People must think about safety, all of the time.
    Stand downs refocus attention on safety.

    Please don't confuse my comment about a drop in fatalities over the last few years as callous to those that have occurred. To the contrary, one is too many. I have had best friends killed in mining accidents, and had close blood relatives made quadriplegics in roof falls.

  • Gov Manchin Halts All State Mining After Deaths (W VA)

    02/01/2006 4:34:20 PM PST · 19 of 35
    USN40VET to FreedomCalls

    One fatality is too many, but the drop over recent years was done along with a resurgence of coal mining.

    It is common for mining operations to take a safety stand down after a series of safety incidents. This appears to be happening on a statewide scale, with the support of the WV Coal Assn.

    I did not know the WV Gov had the authority to order a mandatory shutdown of all operations. I wonder if this is mandatory, or if it something the Coal Assn members volunteered to do?

  • A Principled Stand On Alito (The DLC opposes a filibuster)

    01/29/2006 4:03:49 PM PST · 86 of 103
    USN40VET to 6SJ7

    Although a dem state, Louisiana is far more conservative than Mass. It would have cost him here. No doubt it would be helpful in Mass.

    I like your handle. Sounds like an old radio vacuum tube number.

  • A Principled Stand On Alito (The DLC opposes a filibuster)

    01/29/2006 3:00:25 PM PST · 36 of 103
    USN40VET to AmericaUnited

    Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards once that was the only way he could lose an election (found with dead girl or live boy). He was wrong.

  • A Principled Stand On Alito (The DLC opposes a filibuster)

    01/29/2006 2:52:40 PM PST · 30 of 103
    USN40VET to chesley

    Well, I finally took a look over at DU.
    Really bunch of dim bulbs.

    I stopped reading when a poster said he wanted someone smarter than him to lead. He was referencing Kerry. Said he knew his vote for Kerry would be vindicated, talking about the filibuster threat.

    Chesley, was that you prodding them? LOL

  • Hagel: Bush Must Explain Spy Program More

    01/29/2006 2:29:17 PM PST · 53 of 81
    USN40VET to GeorgefromGeorgia

    I would say the effectiveness of the intercept
    program is already diminished because of the disclosure and the continuous media/opposition political noise.

    There is no doubt that hearings will result in operational details leaking out, further damaging the effort. President Bush does not want to go to the FISA court for an after the fact approval because he does not want to risk disclosure of methods/sources. He shouldn't have to in war time. The fewer people who know the operational details, the better.

  • Why Stryker Succeeded

    01/29/2006 10:48:18 AM PST · 45 of 47
    USN40VET to Cannoneer No. 4

    Thanks for the ping. My son in Mosul says the Stryker has acquitted itself very well.

  • Baker’s relief bill deserves try

    01/29/2006 10:31:43 AM PST · 104 of 220
    USN40VET to WatchOutForSnakes

    I don't live in a flood zone, but have carried flood insurance for years. Sure paid off in 2001 when we had a 100 year rain event. I got all my premiums back, 1000 fold.

    I don't have much sympathy for those who could afford flood insurance, but didn't carry it, in an area below sea level.

  • Saints in Armor

    01/28/2006 10:49:29 AM PST · 21 of 33
    USN40VET to SuziQ

    I also forwarded this article to my son, who is a Stryker Brigade 1st Sgt in Iraq.

    Apparently there is no such thing as treason in today's culture if something is said or done by a pol or the news media. Calling for the US military to desert comes close to treason in my book.

  • Miner in W.Va. Accident Emerges From Coma

    01/25/2006 4:26:54 PM PST · 8 of 12
    USN40VET to jecIIny

    Under the Mine Act, the workers can select a safety representative of their choosing. This is not the same as representation by a Union under a collective bargaining agreement, which requires a majority vote of the workers. I suspect ICG will lose on this argument before a fed judge.

    That said, with history as a guide, the Union will likely be just as interested in hanging the coal company management as they are in finding the root cause of the accident.

    If the investigation determines that lightning striking the surface caused a spark that ignited methane in a sealed area, the company will not be found responsible for the explosion. Federal and state regulations allow sealing mined out areas; it is an accepted practice. There are no regulations that govern the scenario of lightning doing this.

    We should let the investigation play out, before convicting the coal execs.