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  • The Best Places in America to Be in The Event of a Collapse

    05/31/2016 7:54:33 AM PDT · by C. Nelson · 64 replies
    Ask a Prepper ^ | April 2016 | Mrs Davis
    First, you want to pick a place that allows you to maintain a normal, mainstream life before life as we know it comes crashing down. A lot of us are of the mindset that something catastrophic is inevitable. I am becoming increasingly convinced that this is a sooner rather than a later probability, however it could conceivably still be years away. So in the meantime, you want to have reasonably convenient access to things like employment, education, cultural and extracurricular activities for your kids, modern medical facilities, shopping, and all the trappings of modern life. ... Another consideration is proximity...
  • How Donald Trump dominated Appalachia, in 1 startling map

    05/11/2016 10:22:04 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 72 replies
    As if the election results weren't enough proof that Donald Trump absolutely dominated Appalachia, this map offers a pretty good picture of just how widespread the presumptive GOP nominee's support is in the region:
  • ABC Show Trashes Angry 'White Men' and 'Filthy Country People'

    05/06/2016 7:43:11 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 5/6/16 | Alexa Moutevelis Coombs
    If you ever want to know what liberal Hollywood really thinks, just watch a Shonda Rhimes show. In about every other episode she has characters going off on thinly veiled, self-righteous liberal monologues. Tonight, ABC’s Scandal had two separate characters rant about "white men" and "country people." For those who aren’t unfamiliar with Scandal, GOP presidential primary candidate Hollis Doyle (Gregg Henry) is a character intended to spoof Donald Trump. The similarities in this particular show are endless: The opposing campaigns despair that “no matter what he does America loves him,” an ex-wife claims he raped her, he’s asked to...
  • Tracking Appalachia's Swing From Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump Country

    05/04/2016 9:58:11 AM PDT · by Milhous · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 4, 2016, 11:57 AM ET | MERIDITH MCGRAW
    During his victory speech Tuesday night after the Indiana primary, Donald Trump emphasized a region that could be ground zero for support: Appalachia. “The miners in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, Ohio and all over, they’re going to start to work again,” Trump said. “We are not going to be like Hillary Clinton,” he said, taking aim at her ill-timed remarks last more for which she ultimately apologized. Once upon a time in coal country -- states stretching along the Appalachian Mountains and the Marcellus Shale, a formation rich in underground resources like natural gas and coal -- the Clinton...
  • A new divide in American death (death rates are growing for rural white women)

    04/11/2016 7:09:40 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 50 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Apr 10, 2016 | Joel Achenbach, Dan Keating
    White women have been dying prematurely at higher rates since the turn of this century, passing away in their 30s, 40s and 50s in a slow-motion crisis driven by decaying health in small-town America, according to an analysis of national health and mortality statistics by The Washington Post. Among African Americans, Hispanics and even the oldest white Americans, death rates have continued to fall. But for white women in what should be the prime of their lives, death rates have spiked upward. In one of the hardest-hit groups — rural white women in their late 40s — the death rate...
  • State of Jefferson supporters plan bill seeking independence from California

    01/06/2016 8:28:59 PM PST · by Mariner · 32 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 6th, 2016 | By Alexei Koseff
    Now tallying 21 counties among their ranks, supporters of the movement to carve an independent “State of Jefferson” out of Northern California plan to introduce a bill this session seeking sovereignty. Organizers on Wednesday turned in declarations for 15 counties, including Sutter, Placer, Nevada and El Dorado, asking the state to grant them permission to separate. Six others petitions – which were either passed by the county boards of supervisors or reflect signature-gathering drives – have already been filed. Jefferson proponents contend that their rural areas lack adequate representation in state government, which has led to over-regulation and environmental policies...
  • It’s not red state vs blue state. It’s city vs country

    04/11/2015 12:31:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/11/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    As a resident of the upstate portion of New York (not the Big Apple) I have written frequently about the depressing, negative effects which liberal tax and spend policies combined with strangling regulatory burdens have had on the state, as well as the economic death spiral which has followed. Many of the complaints I hear from residents of the more rural, upstate region center on the unbalanced power held by New York City and the complete disconnect between the government and the more conservative, rural communities to the north and west. But even as a person studying and experiencing...
  • Canadian Prime Minister, “Guns Important To Safety, And Slow Police Response”

    03/17/2015 10:13:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies ^ | 3/15/2015 | Tim
    When asked about new firearms legislation at an event in Saskatoon, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said there are too many restrictions on gun ownership, which he added is important for the livelihoods of rural people, recreation and personal safety according to CTV. “My wife’s from a rural area and obviously gun ownership wasn’t just for the farm, but was for a certain level of security when you’re a ways away from immediate police assistance,” he said during a question-and-answer session with the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.
  • Alabama, Where Same-Sex Marriage Remains Deeply Unpopular

    02/09/2015 4:36:47 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 9, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    Public opinion surveys show that a majority of adults — and a growing one — now supports same-sex marriage. But the rapid change in public opinion may obscure another fact: Large areas of the country remain overwhelmingly opposed to same-sex marriage, with little sign of change. Alabama is one of those places, and the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court this weekend encouraged probate judges there to defy a federal court order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The emerging national majority in favor of same-sex marriage is built on high levels of support in well-educated metropolitan areas,...
  • Raise the Flag High: Queer Farming in Rural America (USDA helping, of course)

    01/26/2015 4:20:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Modern Farmer ^ | January 22, 2015 | Lori Rotenberk
    In a black and white photo snapped in the early 1940s, a young, central Ohio farm girl beams from beneath a straw hat. Around her neck is a small scarf; she wears a pair of overalls. The photo arrived with a simple but joyfully blunt note from the subject, now a 77-year-old farmer in rural Ohio: “Here’s me, butch Gael!”Only age 9 when it was taken, she already had a faint understanding that she was a lesbian. Aware of her differences, Gael buried a lack of love for frills in acceptable rural tomboyishness. For more than a decade she hid...
  • Kilmer calls for swift renewal of Secure Rural Schools program ( WA and across the West )

    12/26/2014 4:35:35 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    kbkw ^ | December 19, 2014
    Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA) called on Congressional leaders to reauthorize a program that provides key support to rural communities. Representatives Kilmer, Chris Stewart (R-UT), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) led a letter urging the swift renewal of Secure Rural Schools (SRS) to help counties with national forests. Since national forest land cannot be taxed by counties or states, for more than 100 years the Forest Service has shared revenues from timber harvests on federal lands with the nearby communities. In the letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi the members pointed out that SRS...
  • Driveway and Property Gates (Vanity)

    12/23/2014 4:25:39 PM PST · by roofgoat · 32 replies
    Anyone have one? Can you get a decent, reliable one without spending a fortune? Likes/Dislikes? Sliding or Opening? I may need one for our property, 1) To keep dogs out of our property. 2) To keep out free range goats and chickens in our property and an occasional dog (we have 3) that may get stupid and get out of the house without a leash. Don't need anything hardcore or fancy. Not trying to keep out bad guys. Also, how did you handle UPS/FedEx/US Mail Box deliveries?
  • Bloomberg: Colorado Gun Recall Towns So Rural, They Don’t Have Roads

    In what may come as a surprise to residents of Colorado Springs and Pueblo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t think those cities have roads. Bloomberg told Rolling Stone that he was “sorry” about the recalls of two state senators last year over the Democratic state legislature’s gun-control. “Colorado Springs is the second largest city in Colorado, Mr. Mayor,” said Herpin. “and not only do we have plenty of roads, but we are also home to the United States Air Force Academy, the U.S. Olympic Training Center and Committee Headquarters (which moved here from New York City), major...
  • City vs. Country: How Where We Live Deepens the Nation's Political Divide

    03/20/2014 9:30:16 PM PDT · by Theoria · 30 replies
    WSJ ^ | 20 Mar 2014 | Laura Meckler and Dante Chinni
    Differences Between Rural and Urban America Are Underappreciated Factor in Political Split EL DORADO SPRINGS, Mo.—The owner of the nicest restaurant in town doesn't serve alcohol, worried that his pastor would be disappointed if he did. Public schools try to avoid scheduling events on Wednesday evenings, when churches hold Bible study. And Democrats here are a rare and lonely breed. Older, nearly 100% white and overwhelmingly Republican, El Dorado Springs is typical of what is now small-town America. Coffee costs 90 cents at the diner, with free refills. Two hours north and a world away in Kansas City, Starbucks charges...
  • PA: Former Police Officer Ordered to Stand Trial for Murder of Gun Shop Owner

    02/24/2014 11:32:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Entrance to Frank's Gun Shop by Ashley Hardway In this highly unusual case, the action was all caught on video.  The gun shop owner, Frank Petro, knew the former officer, Jack O. Edmundson.  Family members said that Edmundson had been extorting Petro by impersonating a state lottery officer.  The scam was that Edmundson claimed that Petro's winnings were fraudulent, and that he would jail Petro unless Petro paid him the winnings.   Petro, as a highly regulated gun shop owner was particularly vulnerable.  Even an accusation might have resulted in the BATFE pulling his license and livelihood.   When Petro's...
  • The White Ghetto

    01/12/2014 9:34:36 AM PST · by Jack Black · 116 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | Jan 9, 20 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Owsley County, Ky. – There are lots of diversions in the Big White Ghetto, the vast moribund matrix of Wonder Bread–hued Appalachian towns and villages stretching from northern Mississippi to southern New York, a slowly dissipating nebula of poverty and misery with its heart in eastern Kentucky, the last redoubt of the Scots-Irish working class that picked up where African slave labor left off, mining and cropping and sawing the raw materials for a modern American economy that would soon run out of profitable uses for the class of people who 500 years ago would have been known, without any...
  • Rural Retreat, VA, Train 42, December 24, 1957 (Christmas Eve Vanity)

    12/24/2013 7:31:53 PM PST · by Rodamala · 19 replies ^ | 12/27/1954 | O. Winston Link / Corky Zider
    Train 42, 'The Pelican', headed by N&W 4-8-4 Class J 603 arrives at Rural Retreat, VA eastbound from New Orleans to Washington shortly before 10pm Dec. 27th, 1957, and thunders off into the night. The Norfolk & Western Railway's own Class J was perhaps the finest of all express steam engines, and 603 is heard here in its last days of main line service with a consist of 17 cars. The photograph is of Train 17 'The Birmingham Special' westbound arriving later that same night at 11:37pm, being waved through by Agent J.L. Akers. The photograph and sound recording were...
  • Redneck, Inc: The Duck Dynasty Story, How a backwoods clan of bearded, gun-happy Louisiana duck...

    10/21/2013 10:58:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 41 replies
    Men's Journal ^ | Oct 2013 | ERIK HEDEGAARD
    How a backwoods clan of bearded, gun-happy Louisiana duck hunters became America's favorite TV family. Way out Jonesboro Road in West Monroe, Louisiana, past all the Baptist churches, past the Jack Fluck realty signs, past the Guns & Gifts store, past the dog playing dead in the middle of the road, you will find Phil Robertson in the ramshackle house where he's lived with his wife, Miss Kay, for the past 37 years – a born-again, God-loving, God-fearing bayou couple if ever there was one – and maybe his gap-toothed brother, Si, too, and his boys, Willie, Jase, and Jep....
  • The Real Republican Adversary? Population Density

    09/04/2013 5:19:18 AM PDT · by M. Dodge Thomas · 26 replies
    Dave Troy Blog ^ | November 19th, 2012 | Dave Troy
    Curious about the correlation between population density and voting behavior, I began with analyzing the election results from the least and most dense counties and county equivalents. 98% of the 50 most dense counties voted Obama. 98% of the 50 least dense counties voted for Romney... At about 800 people per square mile, people switch from voting primarily Republican to voting primarily Democratic. Put another way, below 800 people per square mile, there is a 66% chance that you voted Republican. Above 800 people per square mile, there is a 66% chance that you voted Democrat. A 66% preference is...
  • 'Tornado clearly targets conservatives': Daily Show creator faces backlash over insensitive tweet

    05/21/2013 5:43:45 AM PDT · by Fullclip · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May, 21, 2013 | Mail Online
    She thought she was making a topical political joke, but a co-creator of ‘The Daily Show’ managed to enrage many of her followers after tweeting joke about the Oklahoma tornado’s political motivations. ‘This tornado is in Oklahoma so clearly it has been ordered to only target conservatives,’ wrote comedian Lizz Winstead, in a tweet, around 3:30 Monday afternoon. The tweet was an apparent attempt at using the occasion of the May 20 twister to comment on the scandal currently plaguing the IRS and Obama administration. Winstead, co-creator and former head writer for ‘The Daily Show,’ promptly received a stream of...
  • Georgia Town Passes Law Requiring Residents To Own Guns

    04/02/2013 4:31:08 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 65 replies ^ | April 2,2013 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - A small Georgia town on Monday passed a law requiring the head of each household to own a gun as a way to keep crime down.
  • The county(Mississippi) where no one's gay

    03/31/2013 12:37:16 PM PDT · by WKB · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 3-25-13 | John D. Sutter, CNN
    Franklin County, Mississippi (CNN) -- Statistically speaking, Franklin County should be straighter than John Wayne eating Chick-fil-A. The middle-of-nowhere rectangle in southwest Mississippi -- known for its pine forests, hog hunting and an infamous hate crime -- is home to exactly zero same-sex couples, according to an analysis of census data. In other words: It's a place where gays don't exist. At least not on paper.
  • Outgoing EPA chief regrets lack of dialogue with rural America

    02/04/2013 5:10:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/4/13 | Zack Colman
    Departing Departing Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson said she wished she had communicated better during her tenure with rural regions that felt victimized by the agency’s pollution rules. “If I were starting again, I would from day one make a much stronger effort to do personal outreach in rural America," Jackson said in a wide-ranging interview with Reuters published Monday. Clashes with rural GOP lawmakers characterized much of Jackson’s time in Obama administration, but Jackson has lamented what she says are inaccurate claims about the scope of EPA’s agenda.
  • Bill Clinton on Rural Culture: 'All They’ve Got Is Their Hunting and Their Fishing'

    01/20/2013 5:12:26 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 84 replies
    Bill Clinton on Rural Culture: 'All They’ve Got Is Their Hunting and Their Fishing' By Tom Blumer Created 01/20/2013 - 3:50pm It's hardly news to those who have followed Bill Clinton for the past two decades, and it's probably even more of the same-old, same-old for those who had to endure having him as governor during the 1980s in Arkansas. Nonetheless, something Mr. Clinton said in a speech at "a joint meeting of the Obama National Finance Committee and a group of business leaders," which was captured without even being deemed possibly offensive by Byron Tau at the Politico, should...
  • Red State, Blue City: How the Urban-Rural Divide is Splitting America

    12/01/2012 9:14:27 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 70 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 30, 2012 | Josh Kron
    The new political divide is a stark division between cities and what remains of the countryside. Not just some cities and some rural areas, either -- virtually every major city (100,000-plus population) in the United States of America has a different outlook from the less populous areas that are closest to it. The difference is no longer about where people live, it's about how people live: in spread-out, open, low-density privacy -- or amid rough-and-tumble, in-your-face population density and diverse communities that enforce a lower-common denominator of tolerance among inhabitants. The only major cities that voted Republican in the 2012...
  • The most anti-Obama place in the U.S.

    11/15/2012 7:12:30 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 77 replies
    CNN ^ | November 15, 2012
    CNN's Gary Tuchman heads to King County, Texas, where President Obama won only five votes. Video at link.
  • ‘Coal mine’ stalls small Virginia airport runway’s takeoff (Obama's War on Coal = War on Airport)

    10/18/2012 10:39:46 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 17, 2012 | Debra McCown
    Officials from two Southwestern Virginia counties say a project vital to the area’s economic development has been held up for years because of a dispute with federal regulators over what is an airport and what is a coal mine. Local leaders say the three-year battle with the U.S. Office of Surface Mining over plans to extend the runway at Grundy Municipal Airport has cost taxpayers in this poverty-stricken corner of Appalachia millions of dollars in lost opportunities, and a list of regulatory hurdles remains before construction can even begin. “We were attempting to permit this project as an airport project,...
  • Romney struggles to get 'hillbilly' vote

    10/01/2012 12:23:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Australian ^ | October 1, 2012 | Nico Hines
    DEAD possums litter the roads of the southern United States and whenever Bernie Smith encounters another fallen marsupial he pulls over and hurls the corpse into the back of his truck. One man's detritus is another man's feast: cooked slowly with potato, carrot and celery, the meat becomes tender in a rich and spicy stew known as burgoo. Mr Smith, 67, was showing off this traditional technique at the annual Road Kill Cook-Off festival in Marlinton, West Virginia, an isolated town nestled in the Appalachian mountains. Thousands were on hand this weekend to compare his casserole with barbecue squirrel, bear...
  • Poll Shows Rural Battlegrounds Backing Romney

    09/24/2012 1:32:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Capitol Public Radio ^ | September 24, 2012 | Howard Berkes
    Rural voters who helped elect President Obama four years ago are now keeping his challenger competitive in key states. A new survey shows they favor Republican Mitt Romney by 14 points, and support for Obama is eroding. Listen Now: (AUDIO AT LINK) Monday, September 24, 2012 The nation's smallest and most remote places are providing Mitt Romney's biggest margins in battleground states as the 2012 presidential race enters its final weeks. In fact, rural counties are keeping Romney competitive in the states that are now up for grabs. That's what a new bipartisan survey indicates. The poll also finds that...
  • Rural jobless rate rises to 8.4%

    09/06/2012 10:13:58 AM PDT · by GOPinCa · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 6, 2012
    The jobless rate for rural counties rose to 8.4 percent in July 2012--lower than the 9.1 percent rate recorded a year ago, but continuing a trend that began in April of this year. Agricultural regions have suffered an unusually dry summer, in addition to economic problems shared in common with urban and suburban regions. The news comes ahead of tomorrow's release of August employment data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Analysts are already predicting a slight rise in the unemployment rate, from 8.3 to 8.4 percent--though media outlets are already describing that rise as "steady" rather than an increase.
  • FCC opens $300M fund to boost rural broadband access

    05/02/2012 4:28:55 PM PDT · by bigbob · 9 replies
    Fierce Telecom ^ | 4-27-12 | Sean Buckley
    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week unveiled a $300 million fund to extend broadband to as many as 400,000 previously unserved homes, businesses and anchor institutions. Created by the regulator last October, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the Connect America Fund (CAF) was a "once-in-a-generation reform of the Universal Service Fund" that will connect all Americans with broadband Internet by the end of the decade.
  • Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town

    04/27/2012 5:00:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 62 replies ^ | April 27, 2012 | Mike Adams
    One afternoon I stopped by the bank to make a few deposits. I was in a rush and needed to get in and out as soon as possible. I had places to go and things I had to do. I picked the worst possible time of day and the worst day of the week to do my banking. But I had been out of town and needed to catch up on errands before the weekend began. There was only one teller working and the line was about fifteen people deep. After waiting patiently, I got close to the front of...
  • Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores (nanny state cont'd)

    04/25/2012 5:51:20 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 115 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/25/12 | Patrick Richardson
    A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district members of Congress. But now it’s attracting barbs from farm kids themselves. The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land. Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”
  • China's urban population exceeds rural for first time ever

    01/17/2012 7:08:00 AM PST · by GAB-1955 · 3 replies
    Daily Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 01/17/2012 | Peter Simpson
    China's urban population now exceeds the number of rural dwellers for first time in its history, the country's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Tuesday.
  • A True slice of Americana - Popcorn Sutton

    12/22/2011 4:06:25 PM PST · by bksanders · 21 replies
    The World Wild Web ^ | Jan 13, 2011 | WildlifeSeriaLKiller
    Join Popcorn Sutton and J.B. as they do what they do best, one last time. This film is unavailable ANYWHERE as it was Mr Sutton's to distribute personally and I felt that it was worth sharing. Film maker NEAL HUTCHESON- 2009 Emmy Award winner- created this outstanding work of art. I own no copyrights to this film. Credit goes to the film maker, Neal Hutcheson, and Popcorn Sutton. R.I.P Mr. Sutton.- You are missed. - WildlifeSeriaLKiller
  • O'Malley signs executive order on Md. growth plan (Fascist scum mini-obamao alert)

    12/20/2011 5:32:34 AM PST · by SuperLuminal · 23 replies · 1+ views
    WTOP ^ | 12/20/11 | By BRIAN WITTE Associated Press
    (Excerpt) Glendening, who has long been a smart growth advocate, said the tension has resulted from the traditional reliance on local decision making and concepts of private property."That worked fine for several hundred years," Glendening, who was governor from 1995 to 2003, said.
  • Heavy Metal Is Back: The Best Cities For Industrial Manufacturing

    12/18/2011 7:03:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies ^ | 12/15/2011 | Joel Kotkin
    For a generation American manufacturing has been widely seen as a “declining sport.” Yet its demise has been largely overplayed. Despite the many jobs this sector has lost in the past generation, manufacturing remains remarkably resilient, with a global market share similar to that of the 1970s. More recently, the U.S. industrial base has been on a powerful upswing, with employment climbing steadily since 2009. Boosted by productivity gains and higher costs in competitors, including China, U.S. manufacturing exports have grown at their fastest rate since the late 1980s. In 2011 American manufacturing continued to expand, while Germany, Japan and...
  • Sisters survive deadly attack at Utah cabin

    12/15/2011 4:23:13 PM PST · by KyGeezer · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 10, 2011 | Gail Zimmerman and Stephen McCain
    OAKLEY, Utah -- When the Tiede family headed off to spend a snowy Christmas at their remote family cabin, they had no idea what the trip would bring. Two sisters who survive a harrowing home invasion share the terrifying story in their first extended television interview. Linae Tiede: My family owns a beautiful cabin in Oakley, Utah. The sound of the river, the horses that are down in the pasture, the birds -- it's absolutely heaven on earth to me. My mom had given it a name: "Tiede's Tranquility," because of the serenity and peace. Trish Tiede: The cabin was...
  • Elderly Humptulips couple attacked with crossbow, hatchet

    11/10/2011 6:58:13 PM PST · by gettinolder · 25 replies
    King 5 TV ^ | November 7, 2011 | DREW MIKKELSEN
    HUMPTULIPS, Wash. - When heading north on Highway 101, the first house you come to in Humptulips is the Aldrich's place. The manicured yard is a trademark of the family that's been here for decades. "Just nice, older people," said Karen Willis. Neighbors are just sick about what happened to Ralph and June Aldrich. Prosecutors say 31-year-old John Chase was walking down the highway when he saw Ralph Aldrich, 88, in his back yard. Detectives say Chase shot and killed Aldrich with a crossbow and then went inside the home and repeatedly hit 83-year-old June Aldrich with a hatchet.
  • Obama sets sights on rural America to talk jobs

    08/13/2011 8:12:25 AM PDT · by Justaham · 56 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 8-13-11 | Ken Thomas
    President Barack Obama is headed to the Midwest after a summer of discontent over a debt showdown with Republicans and the downgrade in the nation's credit rating. Obama's bus tour begins Monday. It's his first as president and will take him to prairie communities in Minnesota and through Iowa and Illinois. There are stops in the farmland and rural towns that launched his first White House bid. Obama won a clean sweep in 2008 of Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. But Obama's standing in these states, like elsewhere, has grown precarious as the economy has slumped.
  • Common Sense Firearms Policing Is Out There. Somewhere(AL)

    07/31/2011 8:24:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 31 July, 2011 | Frank Williams
    My parents live in the middle of ten acres of woods in a small community in central Alabama [not shown]. Since they moved there, houses have sprung up all around them as people who want to “live in the country” have migrated there from nearby cities. A few years back a developer put a “manufactured housing developemnt” (a.k.a., a trailer park) in a field across the road from them. Enter my brother and his collection of firearms . . . For years he’s been target shooting whenever he’s visited the ‘rents. There’s a natural berm on the backside of the...
  • Rural US disappearing? Population share hits low

    07/27/2011 8:23:08 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, July 27, 2011 9:22 PM EDT | Hope Yen
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rural America now accounts for just 16 percent of the nation's population, the lowest ever. The latest 2010 census numbers hint at an emerging America where, by midcentury, city boundaries become indistinct and rural areas grow ever less relevant. Many communities could shrink to virtual ghost towns as they shutter businesses and close down schools, demographers say. More metro areas are booming into sprawling megalopolises. Barring fresh investment that could bring jobs, however, large swaths of the Great Plains and Appalachia, along with parts of Arkansas, Mississippi and north Texas, could face significant population declines. These places...
  • White House Council Takes Aim on Rural America (While Weiner was all the news)

    07/21/2011 3:47:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Right Side News ^ | July 3, 2011 | Henry Lamb
    Where, exactly, does the U.S. Constitution authorize the federal government to create "sustainable communities" in order to: "... expand access to the capital necessary for economic growth, promote innovation, improve access to health care and education, and expand outdoor recreational activities on public lands." Clearly, the Constitution provides no such authority, and the Tenth Amendment prohibits the federal government from engaging in activity not explicitly enumerated and authorized in the Constitution. This fact meant nothing to Bill Clinton, who created the President's Council on Sustainable Development by executive order. Nor does this fact have meaning to Barack Hussein Obama. On...
  • Executive Order - Establishment of the White House Rural Council (#13575)

    07/12/2011 11:23:00 AM PDT · by SatinDoll · 47 replies
    The White House ^ | June 9, 2011 | Barack H. Obama
    The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release June 09, 2011 Executive Order - Establishment of the White House Rural Council By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America and in order to enhance Federal engagement with rural communities, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. Sixteen percent of the American population lives in rural counties. Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential to winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead. These communities supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard...
  • A REALLY neat Web Site...

    06/18/2011 9:51:37 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 8 replies
    6/18/2011 | US Navy Vet
    Ran across this Web Site:
  • Agenda 21 and Obama’s Rural Council?

    06/15/2011 2:47:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 75 replies
    CFP ^ | 6/15/11 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    On June 9, 2011, an Executive Order established the White House Rural Council with 25 executive branch departments including Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, National Drug Control, Environmental Quality, Labor, Commerce, Interior, EPA, Housing, Health, Education to name just a few. The order covers 16% of the American population who lives in rural counties because they “supply our food, fiber, and energy, safeguard our natural resources, and are essential in the development of science and innovation.” “Strong, sustainable rural communities are essential in winning the future and ensuring American competitiveness in the years ahead.” What kind of future are we supposed...
  • Tips on Community Gardens, Rural, and Small Towns

    01/19/2011 8:00:42 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 2 replies
    Yahoo/AC ^ | Jan. 18th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Community gardens are gardens that more than one family plants, weeds and harvests together. They were called Victory or war gardens in the past because they were planted when the country was at war and helped provide AdChoices food for Americans. Rising grocery prices,recalls and health and environmental concerns have brought them back. Does a community garden fit rural and small towns? Like a gardeners glove!
  • American Redneck Society formed to advocate for rural Americans

    12/16/2010 8:36:51 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 12/16/10 | David Sherfinski
    You might be a redneck if…you create a dues-paying society and a scholarship fund? And that's what a Virginia man did last week, launching the “American Redneck Society.” “I really felt that American Rednecks are an under-served, but large population that could benefit from a formal membership organization structure,” said American Redneck Society Executive Director Rob Clayton.
  • Refugees find the American dream down on the farm

    08/25/2010 8:45:47 PM PDT · by thecodont · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | August 26, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
    A dingy floral print peels from the walls, and sheets of plastic are taped over some of the windows. But for Harka Rai, the sagging trailer home he bought in rural Oregon is his piece of the American dream. Rai, who is married with a 4-year-old son and another child on the way, was just a boy when new citizenship laws forced his ethnic Nepalese family out of Bhutan. For 18 years, they waited in a refugee camp in Nepal, hoping to return home. "We built a bamboo house," he said. "The dust comes inside. The rain comes inside. And...
  • Roads to Ruin: Towns Rip Up the Pavement(America returning to the stone age?)

    07/20/2010 8:34:11 AM PDT · by mick · 43 replies · 2+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/17/2010 | Lauren Etter
    Paved roads, historical emblems of American achievement, are being torn up across rural America and replaced with gravel or other rough surfaces as counties struggle with tight budgets and dwindling state and federal revenue. State money for local roads was cut in many places amid budget shortfalls.