Does anyone feel like blogging today? I need to attend to other things, so I hope readers will take over.
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In addition to the poor economic conditions, safety in the mines was of great concern. West Virginia fell far behind other major coal-producing states in regulating mining conditions. Between 1890 and 1912, West Virginia had a higher mine death rate than any other state. West Virginia was the site of numerous deadly coal mining accidents, including the nation's worst coal disaster. On December 6, 1907, an explosion at a mine owned by the Fairmont Coal Company in Monongah, Marion County, killed 361. One historian has suggested that during World War I, a U.S. soldier had a better statistical chance of surviving in battle than did a West Virginian working in the coal mines.
And, earlier today Rush said there was a CSM article saying that currently coal mining is safer than driving. I can't find it, but perhaps someone could find statistics from this century, not last.
WASHINGTON â€” U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao issued the following statement on the Sago Mine announcement in Buckhannon, W.Va.:
The Mine Safety and Health Administration is launching a full investigation to determine the cause of this tragedy and will take the necessary steps to ensure that this never happens again.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan called Abramoff's confessed conduct "outrageous."
"He needs to be held to account, and he needs to be punished," McClellan said... Abramoff was among President Bush's Pioneers, who raised at least $100,000 for his re-election in 2004.
Taxes paid by the coal industry and by utility companies that make electricity using West Virginia coal account for two-thirds, or over 60% of business taxes paid in our state... Coal is responsible for more than $3.5 billion annually in the gross state product.
Any idea who the potential successors are
Sluggo, Jack Meoff gave zero $$ to dems.
Just ask the FEC.
I think a lot of them break the law. Of course I think a lot cops break the law. Go figure;-)
Dingy Harry Reid refuses to return $61,000 in contributions from DC fixer/convicted felon Jack Abramoff.
"He's done nothing wrong and sees no reason why he would need to donate it," said Tessa Hafen, spokesman for Reid, D-Nev.
But what about the "Culture of Corruption" Mr. Minority Leader?
And what about the "Appearance of Impropriety"?
Hillary Clinton's 2000 Senate campaign, has agreed to a $35,000 civil penalty with the Federal Election Commission. The penalty relates to $721,895 in underreported in-kind contributions from Peter Paul for an August 2000 gala prior to the Democratic convention.
Apparently some cultures are more corrupt than others...