Month: October 2011

Coal industry pushing for bill – Poten & Partners

Oct. 29–PRINCETON — The West Virginia Coal Association is working shoulder to shoulder with FACES (the Federation for American Coal, Energy & Security) to encourage people in the coalfield region to ask their senators to either vote on H.R. 2018, the “Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011” or a companion piece of legislation that could come up for a vote in the U.S. Senate soon.

The house passed H.R. 2018, the “Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011” in July with solid bipartisan support, but the Senate is yet to address the issue. The bill includes protections for states that already have EPA-approved water quality standards and permitting authority under the Clean Water Act; sets reasonable time limits for agency comment periods and helps reduce pointless bureaucratic delays in the section 404B permitting process; and places limits on EPA’s ability to veto dredge and fill permits issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and gives states more flexibility to administer these permitting programs, according to the FACES press release.

“We’ve been running radio ads since July, encouraging people to contact their senators and ask them to take up the issue,” Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association said. “I know the environmentalists are putting out a lot of information about it being an attack on the Clean Water Act, but it’s really a states’ rights issue.”

Raney said H.R. 2018 “gives the authority back to the states where the original legislation intended it to be. It’s imperative that we get the senate to address this issue,” he said. “We’re working with U.S. Senator (Joe) Manchin (III, D-W.Va.) but it’s difficult to get something like this past (U.S.) Senator (Harry) Reid (D-Nev.).”

Raney said that the environmental community “has tried to emotionalize the issue, when it’s not an attempt to remove the Clean Water Act. It’s just an attempt to get states’ rights back into the bill,” he said.

via Coal industry pushing for bill – Poten & Partners.

New study finds small underground coal mines in US safer than large mines | –

Safety in the US mining industry has made significant progress over the decades. However, the early 2010 disaster in West Virginia was the worst since 1970 and will potentially have a significant impact on mine safety legislation, similar to the MINER Act of 2006, which was a response to the Sago Mine disaster and other mine fatalities in early 2006.

Generally, based on the historically elevated fatality rate, safety experts in the industry believe that the small mines have a relatively poor safety record as compared to the large mines; however, the results of a new study by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration indicate that the opposite is likely true.

via New study finds small underground coal mines in US safer than large mines | –

Wingless, Bloodsucking and Parasitic: Meet the Flea Party! – HUMAN EVENTS

So far, the only major accomplishment of the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters is that it has finally put an end to their previous initiative, “Occupy Our Mothers’ Basements.”

Oddly enough for such a respectable-looking group — a mixture of adolescents looking for a cause, public sector union members, drug dealers, criminals, teenage runaways, people who have been at every protest since the Berkeley Free Speech Movement, people 95 percent of whose hair is concentrated in their ponytails, Andrea Dworkin​ look-alikes and other average Democrats — they can’t even explain what they’re protesting.

The protesters either treat inquiries about their purpose as a trick question, or — worse — instantly rattle off a series of insane causes:

“No. 1, abolish capitalism;   No. 2, because 9/11 was an inside job;   No. 3, because Mumia is innocent …”

Curiously, the only point universally agreed upon by the protesters and their admirers in the Democratic Party and the mainstream media is that “Occupy Wall Street” should be compared to the tea party.

Yes, that would be the same tea party that has been denounced and slandered by the Democratic Party and the mainstream media for the lastthree years.

As a refresher: The Democratic National Committee called the tea partiers “angry mobs” and “rabid right-wing extremists.” ABC said they were a “mob.”  CNN accused them of “rabble rousing.”   Harry Reid called them “evil mongers.”   Nancy Pelosi​ said they were “un-American.”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper​ and every single host on MSNBC called the tea partiers a name that referred to an obscure gay sex act.

But apparently liberals couldn’t even convince themselves that tea partiers were an extremist group unworthy of emulation.

At least they’re embarrassed about what the OWS protesters really are: wingless, bloodsucking and parasitic. This is the flea party, not the tea party.

via Wingless, Bloodsucking and Parasitic: Meet the Flea Party! – HUMAN EVENTS.

This Is What a Mob Looks Like –

I am not the first to note the vast differences between the Wall Street protesters and the tea partiers. To name three: The tea partiers have jobs, showers and a point.

No one knows what the Wall Street protesters want — as is typical of mobs. They say they want Obama re-elected, but claim to hate “Wall Street.” You know, the same Wall Street that gave its largest campaign donation in history to Obama, who, in turn, bailed out the banks and made Goldman Sachs the fourth branch of government.

This would be like opposing fattening, processed foods, but cheering Michael Moore — which the protesters also did this week.

But to me, the most striking difference between the tea partiers and the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd — besides the smell of patchouli — is how liberal protesters must claim their every gathering is historic and heroic.

They chant: “The world is watching!” “This is how democracy looks!” “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!”

At the risk of acknowledging that I am, in fact, “watching,” this is most definitely not how democracy looks.

Sally Kohn, a self-identified “community organizer,” praised the Wall Street loiterers on CNN’s website, comparing the protest to the Boston Tea Party, which she claimed, “helped spark the American Revolution,” adding, “and yes, that protest ultimately turned very violent.”

First of all, the Boston Tea Party was nothing like tattooed, body–pierced, sunken-chested 19-year-olds getting in fights with the police for fun. Paul Revere’s nighttime raid was intended exclusively to protest a new British tea tax. (The Wall Street protesters would be more likely to fight for a new tax than against one.)

via This Is What a Mob Looks Like – HUMAN EVENTS.

5 Simple Steps to Getting Started With Mobile Marketing

Are you thinking about mobile marketing? Wondering how you can use mobile marketing to connect with customers?

The good news is that mobile marketing is not all that complex.

Here are five things you can do to get started in mobile marketing. Once you’ve mastered the steps below, you’ll see that mobile marketing is a great way to open up new revenue streams for your business.

Ready to get started?

#1: Set up your mobile website

This is actually easier than you might think. One option is to use the automated systems offered by many companies. They essentially take your existing website content and auto-format it for a mobile screen.

WordPress has some plugins that do a pretty good job of this and GoDaddy has an automated system that does it, too. But for the best user experience, I recommend you focus on one of the options outlined below.



Your mobile home page should have a clean and simple design. On the left is the standard 60 Second Marketer home page seen on a smart phone. On the right is the mobile version of the site.

Option number two is to use one of the many plug-and-play platforms offered online. These companies actually create a separate mobile website that is completely independent from your regular website.

Just Google “How to set up a mobile website” and you’ll find a number of companies doing this. There are some good organizations offering these plug-and-play systems, but there are also some real losers, so do your research before you choose a company to work with., and all seem to have good solid platforms to work from.

via 5 Simple Steps to Getting Started With Mobile Marketing | Social Media Examiner.

Marine’s widow eternally grateful for ring’s return – Houston Chronicle

Rachel was at her human resources job at a trucking company in April when she got a call from a man who said he was with the Marines. He needed to talk to her in person. She told him she didn’t want to hear what he had to say. He said he would be there in 45 minutes.

Rachel was shaking. She called her mom. They told each other it must some kind of elaborate anniversary stunt from Jeremy.

The arrival of four grim-looking Marines quashed that hope.

“The second they walked into my office, it was like a big somber blanket drifted over everybody, and I just knew,” Rachel said.

“You know when 4-year-olds throw tantrums and can’t stop crying and screaming and can’t compose? It was like that.”


Hammonds found the ring in the dirt that April morning in Afghanistan. He has no idea how long it took him. He lost all sense of time, he said.

His commander, Maj. Mark Wood, said the young man was completely exposed as he searched the field, presenting a perfect target for the Taliban who’d been shooting at the Marines that day.

“It’s not only amazing what he did to try to find it,” Wood said. “It’s even more amazing that (he) found it.”

It took a few days for the story to reach Rachel, who was stunned.

“I would never in a million years ask anybody to do something like that, but in the same breath I’m very, very thankful,” she said.

via Marine’s widow eternally grateful for ring’s return – Houston Chronicle.