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(WSAZ West Virginia)   More than half the Mine Safety and Health Administration's inspectors are on 'vacation'. This should end well   (wsaz.com) divider line 62
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2013-10-02 06:55:57 PM
And most of the EPA and the USDA and the NIH (sorry kiddies, no clinical cancer trials for you). Oh, and all those parks that are closed to the public? They're still open to drilling.

If anyone ever had any doubts that the GOP did all this on purpose they should be dispelled by now.
 
2013-10-02 07:16:58 PM
Sources say that there's no deal resulting from the WH meeting today.

If you're surprised then you should probably unplug from social media for awhile. It's going to be bumpy ride for you.
 
2013-10-02 07:19:23 PM
Remember that story about that coal billionaire who stumped hard for Romney because he'd been smacked down for safety violations (and thereby killing workers IIRC) so much under Obama, then fired half his employees the day after the election with a spectacularly butthurt letter blaming Obama for everything?

Yeah, bet that guy's pretty happy about now.

/gotta go, no time to try and google his name
 
2013-10-02 07:20:13 PM

fusillade762: And most of the EPA and the USDA and the NIH


Also FDA and NSF, so the chemotherapy drug that my wife is working on, and currently submitting paperwork to the FDA, cannot be approved until this is taken care of.  Also no new grants for professors so fewer grad student to work at universities.
 
2013-10-02 07:21:34 PM
I see what you did there subby.

/shafts
 
2013-10-02 07:22:29 PM

fusillade762: If anyone ever had any doubts that the GOP did all this on purpose they should be dispelled by now.


Defunding nonessential government programs was the first phase. Crossing the debt ceiling will force cuts to essential and mandatory spending in order to cover the spread on interest payments. The tea party is getting everything they could have ever dreamed of, with more on the way. All they had to do was take the right hostage and be willing to kill it, and they're giddy at the prospect.

Welcome to the end, folks. Democracy ends not with a bang, but being smothered to death by procedure in the House.
 
2013-10-02 07:22:32 PM
And the GOP couldn't care less. As long as they can "stick it to Obama" that is all that matters to them.
 
2013-10-02 07:25:16 PM
Someone on Twitter suggested that Obama was intentionally trying to crash the stock market by indicating that we'd encounter similar issues with the debt ceiling vote October 17th.

Ffs.
 
2013-10-02 07:26:01 PM

satanorsanta: fusillade762: And most of the EPA and the USDA and the NIH

Also FDA and NSF, so the chemotherapy drug that my wife is working on, and currently submitting paperwork to the FDA, cannot be approved until this is taken care of.  Also no new grants for professors so fewer grad student to work at universities.


I never thought I would utter the words "Thank god I am on a TA".

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: fusillade762: If anyone ever had any doubts that the GOP did all this on purpose they should be dispelled by now.

Defunding nonessential government programs was the first phase. Crossing the debt ceiling will force cuts to essential and mandatory spending in order to cover the spread on interest payments. The tea party is getting everything they could have ever dreamed of, with more on the way. All they had to do was take the right hostage and be willing to kill it, and they're giddy at the prospect.

Welcome to the end, folks. Democracy ends not with a bang, but being smothered to death by procedure in the House.


President Obama has options with the debt ceiling, though. And what are the GOP going to do? Impeach him? In the middle of a government shutdown?

Oooohh yeah, that's gonna go over well.
 
2013-10-02 07:27:49 PM
Run an underground mine.  Still expect to get an inspection in this quarter.

You guys have to remember, 95% of the inspections they have to do each quarter are on small time sand pits and quarries.  They'll still get in inspections at any place dangerous and will come out for a hazard complaint.

More annoyed that ATF is at reduced staff.  Our legal department was talking with them about a paperwork change.
 
2013-10-02 07:32:00 PM
How about no thread whining about a specific issue can be greenlit unless there is an explicit refusal of the House to fund the respective department that deals with that issue? Can we play that game?
 
2013-10-02 07:33:06 PM

USP .45: How about no thread whining about a specific issue can be greenlit unless there is an explicit refusal of the House to fund the respective department that deals with that issue? Can we play that game?


I got to ask.  Do you TRY to get such a whiny little whiner, or do you find it comes naturally to you?
 
2013-10-02 07:35:23 PM

Satanic_Hamster: USP .45: How about no thread whining about a specific issue can be greenlit unless there is an explicit refusal of the House to fund the respective department that deals with that issue? Can we play that game?

I got to ask.  Do you TRY to get such a whiny little whiner, or do you find it comes naturally to you?


The premise of my post is anti-whine. I'm sorry you're flabbergasted by its genius, which has now been biochemically converted into butthurt.
 
2013-10-02 07:35:38 PM
Don't worry, the free market will regulate itself.
 
2013-10-02 07:50:43 PM

fusillade762: And most of the EPA and the USDA and the NIH (sorry kiddies, no clinical cancer trials for you). Oh, and all those parks that are closed to the public? They're still open to drilling.

If anyone ever had any doubts that the GOP did all this on purpose they should be dispelled by now.


When this is all over, can we get a body count for the shutdown?
 
2013-10-02 07:56:05 PM
Aren't most miners in Kentucky?
Didn't they elect a turtle for the US Senator?
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They knew the risk, I say let 'em crash!
 
2013-10-02 08:17:07 PM
So mine workers who most likely voted for these teabaggers are now put in physical danger because of them.  LOL
 
2013-10-02 08:18:22 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com
excellent!
 
2013-10-02 08:28:49 PM

Dahnkster: Aren't most miners in Kentucky?
Didn't they elect a turtle for the US Senator?
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They knew the risk, I say let 'em crash!


Here's the funnier thing;
Half the MSHA inspections in my district are right right Republicans, a few of which advocate closing MSHA down or being crazy enough to claim that MSHA would be stronger and be able to protect miners better if Romney had one.  They actually go around telling people they believe that REPUBLICANS would strengthen the role of MSHA.
 
2013-10-02 08:32:06 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Dahnkster: Aren't most miners in Kentucky?
Didn't they elect a turtle for the US Senator?
[i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]
They knew the risk, I say let 'em crash!

Here's the funnier thing;
Half the MSHA inspections in my district are right right Republicans, a few of which advocate closing MSHA down or being crazy enough to claim that MSHA would be stronger and be able to protect miners better if Romney had one.   They actually go around telling people they believe that REPUBLICANS would strengthen the role of MSHA.


You guys must get only the most primo meth around there.
 
2013-10-02 08:35:29 PM
Can we stick Boehner and McConnell deep down in the mine that has the worst safety record?
 
2013-10-02 08:40:27 PM

Bonzo_1116: You guys must get only the most primo meth around there.


It's more a sad indication on how retarded team/sport politics has gotten to some peoples brains.

They're Republicans, they know that in their hearts, they have to vote Republican no matter what.  But these tend to be also pretty good guys, many of them are passionate about the role of MSHA in protecting the miner.   So that gets merged in their minds; they want MSHA to do good, they love Republican party, hence, Republican party is the ultimate in promoting MSHA.  Even when their f'ing candidates are saying they'll eliminate MSHA/OSHA if elected.
 
2013-10-02 08:44:19 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Bonzo_1116: You guys must get only the most primo meth around there.

It's more a sad indication on how retarded team/sport politics has gotten to some peoples brains.

They're Republicans, they know that in their hearts, they have to vote Republican no matter what.  But these tend to be also pretty good guys, many of them are passionate about the role of MSHA in protecting the miner.   So that gets merged in their minds; they want MSHA to do good, they love Republican party, hence, Republican party is the ultimate in promoting MSHA.  Even when their f'ing candidates are saying they'll eliminate MSHA/OSHA if elected.


So they've mastered the doublethink.  Impressive, that's so much harder to learn than simple doublespeak.
 
2013-10-02 08:47:33 PM
I'm sure the unions will come down to make sure that the mines their workers toil in are safe and then they'll check on the non-union mines because they care about all laborers.
 
2013-10-02 08:49:16 PM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Defunding nonessential government programs was the first phase. Crossing the debt ceiling will force cuts to essential and mandatory spending in order to cover the spread on interest payments. The tea party is getting everything they could have ever dreamed of, with more on the way. All they had to do was take the right hostage and be willing to kill it, and they're giddy at the prospect.

Welcome to the end, folks. Democracy ends not with a bang, but being smothered to death by procedure in the House.


I highly doubt Obama is going to cave. This will end like the 95/96 shutdown where the GOP ends up getting squat and looking like turds and Clinton got reelected. Apparently the Teabaggers failed history so they are doomed to repeat it.
 
2013-10-02 08:53:23 PM

Bonzo_1116: Satanic_Hamster: Dahnkster: Aren't most miners in Kentucky?
Didn't they elect a turtle for the US Senator?
[i1.ytimg.com image 480x360]
They knew the risk, I say let 'em crash!

Here's the funnier thing;
Half the MSHA inspections in my district are right right Republicans, a few of which advocate closing MSHA down or being crazy enough to claim that MSHA would be stronger and be able to protect miners better if Romney had one.   They actually go around telling people they believe that REPUBLICANS would strengthen the role of MSHA.

You guys must get only the most primo meth around there.


Why do you think teeth are so few & far between in Appalachia?
 
2013-10-02 08:54:04 PM
Truly terrifying. How will you effeminate heterosexual men get to sleep tonight.
 
2013-10-02 08:54:17 PM

USP .45: How about no thread whining about a specific issue can be greenlit unless there is an explicit refusal of the House to fund the respective department that deals with that issue? Can we play that game?


Yeah, let's discuss only the person I tried to run over rather than the thousands I actually did! That's not silly at all.
 
2013-10-02 08:56:14 PM

tzzhc4: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Defunding nonessential government programs was the first phase. Crossing the debt ceiling will force cuts to essential and mandatory spending in order to cover the spread on interest payments. The tea party is getting everything they could have ever dreamed of, with more on the way. All they had to do was take the right hostage and be willing to kill it, and they're giddy at the prospect.

Welcome to the end, folks. Democracy ends not with a bang, but being smothered to death by procedure in the House.

I highly doubt Obama is going to cave. This will end like the 95/96 shutdown where the GOP ends up getting squat and looking like turds and Clinton got reelected. Apparently the Teabaggers failed history so they are doomed to repeat it.


Clinton already had two terms, genius. Jeez.
 
2013-10-02 08:57:12 PM

Gyrfalcon: Why do you think teeth are so few & far between in Appalachia?


In Texas.
 
2013-10-02 09:05:53 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Gyrfalcon: Why do you think teeth are so few & far between in Appalachia?

In Texas.


So are they home-cookin' or importing Mexico's finest?  Only the very best for your congressional delegation!
 
2013-10-02 09:07:27 PM

Bonzo_1116: So are they home-cookin' or importing Mexico's finest?  Only the very best for your congressional delegation!


I think it's a result of too much time on the roads for them.  They travel most of the week, likely only listening to AM radio or Rush while driving and then Fox News in the hotel rooms.
 
2013-10-02 09:07:57 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Gyrfalcon: Why do you think teeth are so few & far between in Appalachia?

In Texas.


You have mines in Texas? Don't they need mountains for that first?
 
2013-10-02 09:10:12 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Bonzo_1116: So are they home-cookin' or importing Mexico's finest?  Only the very best for your congressional delegation!

I think it's a result of too much time on the roads for them.  They travel most of the week, likely only listening to AM radio or Rush while driving and then Fox News in the hotel rooms.


How can they stand it?  Even Norteño oompah-pah ballads are better than talk radio.
 
2013-10-02 09:10:56 PM

tzzhc4: I highly doubt Obama is going to cave. This will end like the 95/96 shutdown where the GOP ends up getting squat and looking like turds and Clinton got reelected. Apparently the Teabaggers failed history so they are doomed to repeat it.


That's my point. Obama isn't going to cave, and Republicans are going to crash the debt ceiling. In the span of a day, they have defunded all non-essential parts of the executive branch that handle corporate regulation, consumer protection, and other public good agencies. In a couple weeks they will be able to force the government to slash other mandatory spending like Medicare entitlements to pay the balance left over on the debt when we legally can't borrow anymore. What we're witnessing in the span of a month is a literal application of "starve the beast."

The Republican party has no interest in passing any budget or debt ceiling increase ever. Not passing one is giving them everything they have ever wanted in government. Why would they stop? They love every second of it.
 
2013-10-02 09:22:49 PM

Gyrfalcon: You have mines in Texas? Don't they need mountains for that first?


i0.kym-cdn.com

THAT'S NOW HOW MINES WORK.
 
2013-10-02 09:24:08 PM
An old friend, who has been active in politics for more than thirty years, told me yesterday that he was giving up. "I can't stomach what's going on in Washington any more," he said. "The hell with all of them. I have better things to do with my life." My friend is falling exactly into the trap that the extreme right wants all of us to fall into -- such disgust and cynicism that we all give up on politics. Then they're free to take over everything.

Make no mistake: Ted Cruz and his Tea Party followers, and the Koch brothers and their other financial patrons, are relishing this shutdown. They're delighted that 95% of the Environmental Protection Agency is down, so polluters can do whatever they want; that 80% of the Labor Department is down, so unscrupulous employers can trample on their employees; that much of the Securities and Exchange Commission is down, so corporations can have a field day. And they'd like nothing more than a default on the nation's debt in two weeks, because the resulting financial chaos will cause even more of us to become angry and cynical. That's the point: They feed off of anger and cynicism.

Our response should be the opposite: We will not give in to bullies or intimidation, and nor will we give in to cynicism about what our government needs to be and who it needs to serve. We will remain engaged and active, and push every member of Congress as well as the President to remain steadfast.

- Robert Reich
 
2013-10-02 09:24:09 PM
Fortunately, there are plenty of Passeriformes to go around. Seeing as he's from the coal belt, maybe the Honorable Sen. McConnell would be so kind as to volunteer?

/wait, I said Passeriformes, not Testudienes...
 
2013-10-02 09:36:03 PM
The highest frequency whine locally is that Obama doesn't care about WV miners and their families.

The same miners and families that voted 55 of 55 counties for Romney. In the primary, an incarcerated felon garnered more votes than Obama.

What exactly does he owe these miners? They cast their lot with Murray Energy and Mitt Romney. They should call THEM and seek relief. It looks like the EPA isn't listening and moving forward with tougher standards.


Friends of Coal is a doublespeak term for Friends of Coal Operators. Miners not included.
 
2013-10-02 09:39:40 PM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: What we're witnessing in the span of a month is a literal application of "starve the beast."

The Republican party has no interest in passing any budget or debt ceiling increase ever. Not passing one is giving them everything they have ever wanted in government. Why would they stop? They love every second of it.


Ayup.
 
2013-10-02 10:00:55 PM
That should still be enough to regulate Murray Energy, which is really the company we need to keep our eyes on...
 
2013-10-02 10:14:07 PM

Mikey1969: That should still be enough to regulate Murray Energy, which is really the company we need to keep our eyes on...


And Consolidated Coal...
 
2013-10-02 10:27:28 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Mikey1969: That should still be enough to regulate Murray Energy, which is really the company we need to keep our eyes on...

And Consolidated Coal...


Why do job creators hate America so much?
 
2013-10-02 10:31:38 PM

dookdookdook: Remember that story about that coal billionaire who stumped hard for Romney because he'd been smacked down for safety violations (and thereby killing workers IIRC) so much under Obama, then fired half his employees the day after the election with a spectacularly butthurt letter blaming Obama for everything?

Yeah, bet that guy's pretty happy about now.

/gotta go, no time to try and google his name


Company is Murray Energy, and his most recent catastrophe was the Crandall Canyon Mine collapse in '06.
 
2013-10-02 10:31:49 PM

Mikey1969: Satanic_Hamster: Mikey1969: That should still be enough to regulate Murray Energy, which is really the company we need to keep our eyes on...

And Consolidated Coal...

Why do job creators hate America so much?


Oh, they like America just fine. It's Americans they're not overly concerned about.
 
2013-10-02 10:32:24 PM

Bontesla: Sources say that there's no deal resulting from the WH meeting today.

If you're surprised then you should probably unplug from social media for awhile. It's going to be bumpy ride for you.


Surprised? Not so much. Sad and disappointed? Definitely.
 
2013-10-02 10:37:40 PM

Mikey1969: dookdookdook: Remember that story about that coal billionaire who stumped hard for Romney because he'd been smacked down for safety violations (and thereby killing workers IIRC) so much under Obama, then fired half his employees the day after the election with a spectacularly butthurt letter blaming Obama for everything?

Yeah, bet that guy's pretty happy about now.

/gotta go, no time to try and google his name

Company is Murray Energy, and his most recent catastrophe was the Crandall Canyon Mine collapse in '06.


Yeah, it's one thing to have a few deaths, it's another to have MSHA inspectors die while investigating the first deaths.
 
2013-10-02 10:54:13 PM

Satanic_Hamster: Mikey1969: dookdookdook: Remember that story about that coal billionaire who stumped hard for Romney because he'd been smacked down for safety violations (and thereby killing workers IIRC) so much under Obama, then fired half his employees the day after the election with a spectacularly butthurt letter blaming Obama for everything?

Yeah, bet that guy's pretty happy about now.

/gotta go, no time to try and google his name

Company is Murray Energy, and his most recent catastrophe was the Crandall Canyon Mine collapse in '06.

Yeah, it's one thing to have a few deaths, it's another to have MSHA inspectors die while investigating the first deaths.


The worst part? Coal as a fuel is rapidly heading towards obsolescence. There is no way we're going to use what we already have, and there is no need to resort to the unsafe bullshiat like they did in that mine, except greed.

God, it's disappointing that after this many centuries of civilization, people in power still don't give a shiat about the value of human life.
 
2013-10-02 10:58:32 PM

Mikey1969: The worst part? Coal as a fuel is rapidly heading towards obsolescence. There is no way we're going to use what we already have, and there is no need to resort to the unsafe bullshiat like they did in that mine, except greed.

God, it's disappointing that after this many centuries of civilization, people in power still don't give a shiat about the value of human life.


Not always just greed; incompetence plays a big role as well.  Coal is dropping but it will be decades before it's obsolete, especially if there's a big backlash against fracking.
 
2013-10-03 12:08:16 AM

Satanic_Hamster: Mikey1969: The worst part? Coal as a fuel is rapidly heading towards obsolescence. There is no way we're going to use what we already have, and there is no need to resort to the unsafe bullshiat like they did in that mine, except greed.

God, it's disappointing that after this many centuries of civilization, people in power still don't give a shiat about the value of human life.

Not always just greed; incompetence plays a big role as well.  Coal is dropping but it will be decades before it's obsolete, especially if there's a big backlash against fracking.


Yeah, but greed allows the incompetence to flourish, often even rewards it, as long as profits continue to rise...

And I think coal could be a thing of the past tomorrow if people would quit squabbling, playing political games, allowing ignorance to run their lives and(Once again) let greed play into things. We have a ton of alternatives, and really could make it with a balanced approach. Solar where it works, wind turbines where they work best, tidal power plants, geothermal, hydroelectric and nuclear. If all the games went away, and we put a smart system in place, allowing each method to focus on its strengths, there would be no need to burn coal, and we'd only need oil for cars.

Of course, this requires cooperation and trust, and neither of those is found in the people who make decisions that affect the rest of us. The current BS that's been the rule of the land since early day Obama got elected us a good example of that...
 
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