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(The Raw Story)   WV official tries to censor HS student's "Poetry out Loud" contest entry because the poem was about the Big Branch coal mine disaster. Same guy removed the site of the Battle of Blair Mountain from a historic register--so it could be strip mined   (rawstory.com) divider line 45
    More: Asinine, Battle of Blair Mountain, West Virginia, coal mining, West Virginia officials, Grace Pritt, Massey Energy, poems, National Register of Historic Places  
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2014-03-12 02:16:32 PM  
For the record, although the WV department that initially told her to read a different poem has backed off, but of course trotted out the "overzealous staffer" defense.  It is fortunate that Ms. Pritt decided to take a public sh*t on the officials in question instead of just bowing, although any kid that could come up with that poem doesn't seem like the type to take peoples' crap.
 
2014-03-12 02:47:39 PM  
Why do they hate the first amendment?
 
2014-03-12 03:20:46 PM  

ManateeGag: Why do they hate the first amendment?


This kind of first amendment isn't handed over in large checks, they actually don't know how to respond to it.
 
2014-03-12 03:21:56 PM  
...what rhymes with codswobble?
 
2014-03-12 03:22:07 PM  

Kristoph57: ManateeGag: Why do they hate the first amendment?

This kind of first amendment isn't handed over in large checks, they actually don't know how to respond to it.


It's also covered under a thick sheen of coal sludge at the moment.
 
2014-03-12 03:22:15 PM  
But won't somebody please consider the sensibilities of the coal companies and their bought-and-paid-for representatives?
 
2014-03-12 03:23:08 PM  
Republicans are the best
 
2014-03-12 03:24:42 PM  
Frowns on shenanigans:

imageshack.com
 
2014-03-12 03:25:40 PM  
Clean coal indeed.
 
2014-03-12 03:26:06 PM  
the poem was about the Big Branch coal mine disaster

Damn.  That explains what happened to Milton's epic poem, "Target Customer Data Lost".
 
2014-03-12 03:26:37 PM  
There is something very special about a guy that removes the site of place where the united states Army fired artillery and dropped bombs on striking coal miners from a historic registry so somebody could farking STRIP MINE the site.    Makes me almost want to believe in hell
 
2014-03-12 03:29:20 PM  
Was it not in the form of a dirty limerick?
 
2014-03-12 03:33:06 PM  
Welcome to West Virginia, where you are free to do as you please, as long as it does not offend the corporate overlords that own the state and provide the only source of revenue that props up the tattered excuse of the state's economy.

Glad to see the girl had the gumption to buck the 'company town' mentality that grips the state though. Shame she'll probably flee far far away once she's able.
 
2014-03-12 03:33:53 PM  

special20: ...what rhymes with codswobble?


Knob Gobble...
 
2014-03-12 03:34:39 PM  
I think this is very useful in this young lady's education because one of the first thing we should teach our kids is not to piss off old men with lots of money.
 
2014-03-12 03:37:02 PM  

Magorn: There is something very special about a guy that removes the site of place where the united states Army fired artillery and dropped bombs on striking coal miners from a historic registry so somebody could farking STRIP MINE the site.    Makes me almost want to believe in hell


Oh, so you've never actually been to West Virginia, then.
 
2014-03-12 03:37:10 PM  
Hell is Charleston.
It is dying, and taking down everyone with it.

I still cant believe Blair Mountain is going to be strip mined.


Magorn: There is something very special about a guy that removes the site of place where the united states Army fired artillery and dropped bombs on striking coal miners from a historic registry so somebody could farking STRIP MINE the site.    Makes me almost want to believe in hell

 
2014-03-12 03:37:27 PM  
Boss Hog?
 
2014-03-12 03:38:47 PM  
I am not a fan of Facebook, but I am glad it was available to her so she could make this widespread knowledge.

It was just simply a miscommunication   Yeah sure.  Sure it was.
 
2014-03-12 03:39:40 PM  
FTFA: "It was just simply a miscommunication, which sometimes occurs. [Walter] is new to the position, and I think that this has just kind of gotten blown out of proportion," Culture and History Director of Arts Renee Margocee explained on Tuesday.

LOL

Sure, a miscommunication.
 
2014-03-12 03:41:56 PM  
Ever notice how the people who get pigf*cking rich off of destroying things never put their 12 B/R homes anywhere near the place they just wiped their ass with?
 
2014-03-12 03:42:31 PM  
The people at Liberty Bell Crying Eagle Soaring Majestic Mountains Energy Company won't be too happy about this turn of events.
 
2014-03-12 03:42:58 PM  

Smelly Pirate Hooker: FTFA: "It was just simply a miscommunication, which sometimes occurs. [Walter] is new to the position, and I think that this has just kind of gotten blown out of proportion," Culture and History Director of Arts Renee Margocee explained on Tuesday.

LOL

Sure, a miscommunication.


In that someone communicated with the press, and now these misdeeds are withering in the sunlight.

// quelle surprise
 
2014-03-12 03:43:40 PM  

Evilnissan: Hell is Charleston.
It is dying, and taking down everyone with it.

I still cant believe Blair Mountain is going to be strip mined.


Magorn: There is something very special about a guy that removes the site of place where the united states Army fired artillery and dropped bombs on striking coal miners from a historic registry so somebody could farking STRIP MINE the site.    Makes me almost want to believe in hell


If the mountain is lucky, it'll be strip mined. At least then the land can be reclaimed in 30 years or so and it'll actually be a mountain though. But since this is the hillbilly hellscape that is West Virginia, 'strip mining' is probably code for 'mountaintop removal' which will destroy the mountain utterly. And how much you want to bet Massey Energy has their slimy fingers in the deal as well?
 
2014-03-12 03:46:58 PM  

Secret Troll Alt: since this is the hillbilly hellscape that is West Virginia, 'strip mining' is probably code for 'mountaintop removal' which will destroy the mountain utterly. And how much you want to bet Massey Energy has their slimy fingers in the deal as well?


Safe bet.

My family has a deep history in the coal industry.
In fact, we still own mountains full of it.
(Forget it, it isn't getting touched in anyone's lifetime)
those assholes at Massey are in cahoots with the devil.
I'm just glad we don't truck in coal anymore.
I was the last member of my family to work anywhere near that shiat.
 
2014-03-12 03:47:06 PM  

Secret Troll Alt: But since this is the hillbilly hellscape that is West Virginia, 'strip mining' is probably code for 'mountaintop removal' which will destroy the mountain utterly.


See, environazis don't understand that when all the mountaintops have been removed, WV will be as flat or flatter than Iowa or Nebraska, and can start growing corn or raising hogs on those lush, verdant plains stretching from Monogahela to the Ohio River.
 
2014-03-12 03:56:42 PM  

Evilnissan: Hell is Charleston.
It is dying, and taking down everyone with it.

I still cant believe Blair Mountain is going to be strip mined.


Magorn: There is something very special about a guy that removes the site of place where the united states Army fired artillery and dropped bombs on striking coal miners from a historic registry so somebody could farking STRIP MINE the site.    Makes me almost want to believe in hell


Every town south of Clarksburg is pretty much dead or dying. The only places in the state with a decent economy are the Morgantown area because of the WVU and the Eastern Panhandle, which is basically an exurb of DC at this point.
 
2014-03-12 04:06:56 PM  
Cartoonishly evil.
 
2014-03-12 04:08:33 PM  

Magorn: There is something very special about a guy that removes the site of place where the united states Army fired artillery and dropped bombs on striking coal miners from a historic registry so somebody could farking STRIP MINE the site.    Makes me almost want to believe in hell


just sayin
historically there is a reason that some unions are still rabid to this day
 
2014-03-12 04:11:51 PM  
How much does a slightly used soul go for nowadays anyway?
 
2014-03-12 04:17:53 PM  

Heraclitus: How much does a slightly used soul go for nowadays anyway?


About tree fiddy.
 
2014-03-12 04:19:12 PM  

ikanreed: Magorn: There is something very special about a guy that removes the site of place where the united states Army fired artillery and dropped bombs on striking coal miners from a historic registry so somebody could farking STRIP MINE the site.    Makes me almost want to believe in hell

Oh, so you've never actually been to West Virginia, then.

Secret Troll Alt: Evilnissan: Hell is Charleston.
It is dying, and taking down everyone with it.

I still cant believe Blair Mountain is going to be strip mined.


Magorn: There is something very special about a guy that removes the site of place where the united states Army fired artillery and dropped bombs on striking coal miners from a historic registry so somebody could farking STRIP MINE the site.    Makes me almost want to believe in hell

If the mountain is lucky, it'll be strip mined. At least then the land can be reclaimed in 30 years or so and it'll actually be a mountain though. But since this is the hillbilly hellscape that is West Virginia, 'strip mining' is probably code for 'mountaintop removal' which will destroy the mountain utterly. And how much you want to bet Massey Energy has their slimy fingers in the deal as well?


Every Fever dream of how corporations think and  act in the mind of the most rabid Occupy protester, pales in comparison to some of the things Massey Energy, and it's CEO Don Blankenship has ACTUALLY done.   Forget the Union-busting, the screwing with Miner safety equipment, the repeated violations of MSHA standards at their mines, or the fatal consequences of the same.

This Company ran a multi-million dollar Ad campaign,that appeared to come from a child welfare advocacy group suggesting a WV Supreme Court Justice  was soft  on child-rapists.  Why? So his opponent in the election, a fishing buddy of Blankenship's would get elected to that seat just in time to provide the swing vote in the appeal of a major lawsuit against Massey.

Massey also tried to purchase a majority in the WV legislature by pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into races where the TOTAL spending on both sides was typically less than $30K  (they  tried this in 2008 and backed all GOP candidates, so it didn't work out well for them)


 And then there are the cartoon super-villain level things they do, like refusing to shut down a massive coal slurry pond holding millions of gallons of slurry, that is directly uphill from an elementary school (even AFTER an identically designed pond failed and flooded a major river valley in KY)
 
2014-03-12 04:26:51 PM  
Unregulated big business, ladies and gentlemen.  It will get much worse.
 
2014-03-12 04:46:24 PM  
Magorn:
Every Fever dream of how corporations think and  act in the mind of the most rabid Occupy protester, pales in comparison to some of the things Massey Energy, and it's CEO Don Blankenship has ACTUALLY done.   Forget the Union-busting, the screwing with Miner safety equipment, the repeated violations of MSHA standards at their mines, or the fatal consequences of the same.
...


They're just acting out because they're over-regulated.  Cut the red tape, and it will be puppies and unicorns in no time.
 
2014-03-12 04:47:05 PM  

SigmaAlgebra: Evilnissan: Hell is Charleston.
It is dying, and taking down everyone with it.

I still cant believe Blair Mountain is going to be strip mined.


Magorn: There is something very special about a guy that removes the site of place where the united states Army fired artillery and dropped bombs on striking coal miners from a historic registry so somebody could farking STRIP MINE the site.    Makes me almost want to believe in hell

Every town south of Clarksburg is pretty much dead or dying. The only places in the state with a decent economy are the Morgantown area because of the WVU and the Eastern Panhandle, which is basically an exurb of DC at this point.


SE WV (Greenbrier County/Lewisburg/New River Gorge/etc) has a semblance of an economy thanks to eco and adventure tourism.  Wheeling isn't too bad, in that it hasn't crash landed yet.
 
2014-03-12 04:55:58 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: Frowns on shenanigans:

[imageshack.com image 235x241]


Nice Daria reference!

25.media.tumblr.com
/needs a red circle with a slash to put the point across!
 
2014-03-12 05:10:43 PM  

meat0918: Clean coal indeed.


Clean Coal Isn't.
 
2014-03-12 05:11:20 PM  
I love things like this.  If the girl had read the poem at the function, maybe a couple of hundred people who are only paying half-attention to her would hear it.  If there were coal-industry people in the audience, they would grumble for a second, then get on with their lives.  It would be pretty much forgotten by the next day.

But nooooooooo, we have to trample on people's rights in order to serve or corporate masters.  We have to make sure dissent and criticism is squashed.  We have to prove over and over that the government is run by a crew of sycophants and horses-asses who need to exercise power over the powerless.
 
2014-03-12 06:05:53 PM  
Evilnissan
I still cant believe Blair Mountain is going to be strip mined.

It hasn't been yet. You can't predict the future.


theorellior
See, environazis don't understand that when all the mountaintops have been removed, WV will be as flat or flatter than Iowa or Nebraska, and can start growing corn or raising hogs on those lush, verdant plains stretching from Monogahela to the Ohio River.

You joke, but this is actually an argument they make.


special20
About tree fiddy.

And that's when I realized it weren't no mountain. It were the gol dang loch ness monster. "Get out of that majestic horizon, loch ness monster", I says.


Magorn
And then there are the cartoon super-villain level things they do, like refusing to shut down a massive coal slurry pond holding millions of gallons of slurry, that is directly uphill from an elementary school (even AFTER an identically designed pond failed and flooded a major river valley in KY)

I believe I heard that that school has finally been moved as of last year.
Fun story: They had a school bus idling out front whenever school was in session.
 
2014-03-12 06:08:44 PM  
Poet says, "banning my poem! That's blasphemy!" Says the POET GOD of w. Virginie. Lo, how the mighty have falllen. Ker-plop.
 
2014-03-12 07:08:03 PM  
"Division of Culture and History"

Dammit, 1984 was not supposed to be a training manual.
 
2014-03-12 08:58:21 PM  
Where can one read the poem?
 
2014-03-12 09:35:15 PM  
It would have been good if they just hated poetry.
 
2014-03-13 02:23:49 PM  
I would say things have improved in WV in the last 100 years. At least now the coal companies aren't literally hiring an army of government thugs to drop bombs on their workers who merely asked to live in slightly less poverty.
 
2014-03-13 03:27:19 PM  

Magorn: There is something very special about a guy that removes the site of place where the united states Army fired artillery and dropped bombs on striking coal miners from a historic registry so somebody could farking STRIP MINE the site.    Makes me almost want to believe in hell


There are places I know of that still have the makeshift machine gunner's nests up in the mountains from the conflict.  It's amazing how many relics do remain en route to the actual blair mountain site.

Another site I know of because my father did thsome archaeological surveys for it.  It was an extremely large indian settlement type place with10 miles of stone walls, graves, wells tons of artifact etc left by the adena people...an absolute fantastic archaeological site....but it was obliterated for a strip mine.
http://www.stonestructures.org/html/mount-carbon.html

I lose miles of trout stream nearly every year.

Fark strip mines
 
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