Daily Archives: January 15, 2011

Cartoon(s) of the Week – Shouldn’t Congress Fight the NRA Instead of the President?

The Tucson tragedy brought attention once again to easily acquired assault weapons. Perhaps instead of wasting their time on repealing a health care plan which has majority support, the House could get into regulating weapons and restoring the regulations we used to have. The Cartoonists all seemed to catch on to this idea this week.


Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Knowing your market is the key to sales…

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Lee Judge in the Kansas City Star:

But the crazy guy couldn’t do it alone…

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Jim Morin in The Miami Herald:

…and the Constitution just about demands it…

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Joel Pett in the Lexington Herald Leader:

So the NRA is playing a game with us…

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David Horsey in the Hearst Newspapers:

…and the Supreme Court is backing them up…

– and -Don Wright in the Palm Beach Post:

So when someone shoots at you, why not shoot back!

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Kevin Siers in the Charlotte Observer:

You just go down to Wal-Mart and…..


The EPA’s West Virginia coal mining smackdown

Salon asked the author of BIG COAL, Jeff Goodall, why it is important that the government has move to close a mountaintop removal coal mine.Here is a exerpt… but you will likely want to read the whole article:

clipped from www.salon.com
On Thursday, the EPA sent shock waves through the environmental movement and the coal industry when it announced it was revoking the permit for a huge mountaintop removal mine in West Virginia. After two weeks in which House Republicans have made it clear that one of their top priorities is crippling the EPA, the agency’s decision seemed a forthright declaration that it will not back down.
Why is the EPA’s announcement that has revoked the permit for the Spruce No. 1 Mine in West Virginia a big deal?
Because it shows that the EPA is finally willing to do its job and enforce the laws on mountaintop removal mining. Ever since the Bush administration came in and gutted the EPA and changed some of the rules for mountaintop removal mining, the industry has gotten away with whatever it wants.
The revoking of this permit sends a very clear signal that the agency is now going to enforce the laws, and they are going to protect the water supplies of this region, and not just roll over for Big Coal.
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Those of us who live in West Virginia have worried for quite awhile over the polluting properties of mountaintop removal in Coal Mining, as well as “fracking” for gas and oil in shale rock. Both are happening in this state and both are poisoning its residents. This move by the EPA is both brave and valuable; brave because it knows the newly powerful Republicans would destroy the EPA if it could, valuable because it shows that the government can do its job and protect citizens from corporate induced danger.

It is a good first step, but this is ONLY a first step.

Shepherd University is doing one of my all-time favorite musicals…

…Candide is coming in February. For those of you in the Shepherd, WV, area who are not familiar with this, what I think is Leonard Bernstein‘s best show, here is Bernstein himself conducting the Overture shortly before he died. Just a taste to get you interested: