From the Coalfield Progress
- For the second consecutive year, The University of Virginia's College at Wise tops the list of liberal arts colleges whose students graduate with a low debt load. UVa-Wise ranked first among more than 200 national liberal arts colleges for graduating students with the least amount of debt..(Read All)
That is good news and it leads to this.
- The University of Virginia's College at Wise has broken its overall student enrollment record with 1,945 students registered for fall 2005, according to director of college relations Jane Meade-Dean.
That's 201 more students than registered for fall 2004.(Read All)
Good for Wise...Indeed
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
It is over....
And the preacher he started preaching
About our life and about out times
The sun was slowly sinking
As we laid his body down
And we sang three verses of Dixie
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
Walk In The Garden
And The Old Rugged Cross
Try A Little Tenderness
A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Turn! Turn! Turn!
For What It's Worth
And Long Black Veil
Sad Sad day for Kilo...
I am leaving to go carry my uncle to a grave high on a mountain top. It will be just a few miles from the place of his birth. Hennon carried me through many hard times in my life. It is a privilege to carry him his last mile.
Thank you for the comments. My mother thanks you too.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Hennon A. Rose Sr.
|Hennon A. Rose Sr. || |
|COEBURN – Hennon Andrew Rose Sr., 58, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005, at Norton Community Hospital in Norton.|
He was preceded in death by a son, Hennon Andrew Rose Jr.; parents, Arlin and Maxie Rose; a brother, Lee Rose; two sisters, Eunice Rose and Peggy Rose; and niece, Mitzi Rose.
Survivors include wife, Patrica Rose; one daughter, Debbie Kay Rose, Coeburn; sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Bill Fields, Wise; nephew, Carl (Kilo) Fields, Wise; and niece, Deennee Leonard, Bristol Virginia.
Visitation for Hennon Andrew Rose Sr. will be after 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 2005, at Estes Funeral Home Chapel, where funeral services will be held at 7 p.m., with Rev. Terry Rose and Rev. Danny Mullins officiating. Burial will be at Long Cemetery in Dante, Va., on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2005. The family will meet at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Tuesday and go in procession to the cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by Estes Funeral Home, Coeburn.
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If you missed it
If you missed this article from the American Spectator please check it out!
- That Old Feeling Again
By Patrick Hynes
Published 8/19/2005 12:08:39 AM
This one goes out to all my liberal friends out there.
Soon that old feeling, which by now has almost become a state of being, I suppose, will overcome you and once again you will recognize the absurdity behind the wailing and shrieking of your liberal cohorts. Though you will never admit it publicly, you will silently conclude that Cindy Sheehan, the grieving mom turned President-Bush-stalking-war-protester, is either a crackpot or a sideshow or perhaps both. Many of you have undoubtedly concluded this to yourselves already.
Mr. Hynes Sparks It Up..Read it all here.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
It has been a long week for me. I got home about 12am and got a call at 3:40am that my only uncle on my mom's side was not breathing and to meet them at the hospital. At 4:15 he was pronounced dead.
This is going to be a long day.....
I will ask for your prayers for my family. Out of 5 siblings, my mother is the only one left. The impact of losing her last sibling, is to say the least, tremendous.
Friday, August 19, 2005
Thursday, August 18, 2005
After posting this
I had a couple comments about the song Dark as a Dungeon. To me the best version is on this album. I have it on wax, but I will purchase the remastered CD
. There is a 30 sec sample on the link. The album is a must own if you like traditional music.
Poll: 40% of Mexicans want to move to U.S.
- More than 40 percent of Mexican adults say they would move to the U.S. if they could, and 1 in 5 say they would do so illegally if necessary, according to surveys released yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center.
- More than a third of Mexican college graduates say they would come to the U.S. if they could, and more than 1 in 8 would do so even if they had to enter the country illegally, according to the surveys, the first of their kind. Read all.
Yes immigration is an issue. Indeed.
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
No rest for me! 32 hours in 2 days...Ready for a shower ( the dust was bad today)..I heard this coming home tonight.
Come and listen you fellows, so young and so fine,
And seek not your fortune in the dark, dreary mines.
It will form as a habit and seep in your soul,
'Till the stream of your blood is as black as the coal.
It's dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew,
Where danger is double and pleasures are few,
Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines
It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mine.
It's a-many a man I have seen in my day,
Who lived just to labor his whole life away.
Like a fiend with his dope and a drunkard his wine,
A man will have lust for the lure of the mines.
I hope when I'm gone and the ages shall roll,
My body will blacken and turn into coal.
Then I'll look from the door of my heavenly home,
And pity the miner a-diggin' my bones..........ORIGINAL MERLE TRAVIS LYRICS.
Monday, August 15, 2005
Brian Patton has put together a SWVA blog aggregator. Thanks Brian!
Is Raising Kaine hurting the Kaine campaign? Part Two is up at CC. The comments are not as heated, and Lowell is absent as Behan lays down the law.
I think the lady of Cathouse Chat could use our prayers. A kind comment would be nice too.
Want the big story first? Try The Blog From On High. Jerry said he and John Behan posted about the same article. The difference was Jerry's post was up first:
- "Although his posting was far more insightful, mine was more timely. Behan didn't download his thoughts on the subject to his weblog until 8:12 am. I had already bitchslapped Tim Kaine by 6:39 am and had moved on to Business Week Online. Shoot, I'd already had four cups of coffee by 8:12 am and was thinking about lunch."
- "So. The lesson to be learned here? If you want the best analysis of a breaking story, wait until the sun is about to set and John will be there for you."(J.F.)
Heh! I have been told many times I do my best work at night........Indeed
A busy start to the week. 116 cars at Sapphire then another train at Progress. A 16 hour day and the promise of a big week to come.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Behan vs Lowell.....Behan wins by a knockout!
The comments are over 40 now. This has been very interesting. To see the leader of the Raising Kaine site come onto a conservative blog and show his butt is priceless. Am I surprised? Not in the least. I have questioned the Raising Kaine site many times as has Norman and John Behan. John's post "Raising Kaine is hurting the Kaine campaign, Part One" was a good one. It was not an attack on Lowell, but a question of: is in your face rudeness a good tactic to recruit voters to support your candidate? I say no it is not. I posted this and got a warm Lowell reply. Nothing to compare to the rant Lowell puts down over at Behan's. He blames many:
- " over at RaisingKaine, we’ve been attacked relentlessly for months now by your “conservative” (”right-wing” is a better adjective) compatriots in extremely hostile, non-substantive, non-productive, ad hominem ways."
Attacked? I have not seen an attack. I have seen Raising Kaine posts torn up by fellow bloggers. A comment by Jim Patterson says it all:
- Neither Lowell or Waldo are capable of civilly accepting criticism. Their first reaction to anything remotely negative is to scream “TROLL!” and threaten to ban the offender.
Simply put, they are both thin-skinned lefties of the most common sort — they love to dish it out, but can rarely, if ever, take it.
Heh. Waldo and I had a exchange before. I link to Waldo on my blogroll as he is a voice to be heard. Waldo said I attacked him- when in fact all I did was link to his post's and called him a jacko. For that Waldo thought I should stop blogging. I am sure many would agree with that Waldo!
This leaves me thinking about the much talked about bloggers summit. No, I will not attend and I plan to post why later on today or this week. I will stop this long post quoting Lowell Feld of Raising Kaine with a comment he left on John's blog:
- "I could give a shit if I’m “considered a serious blogger.”
Powerful statement from the man who is Raising Kaine....Indeed.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Update: Over 30 comments-including a classic exchange between Behan and Lowell. The comments are priceless!
It looks like John Behan has a good post up called "Raising Kaine is hurting the Kaine campaign, Part One."
Behan is playing hardball with this view of Raising Kaine. I posted way back that Raising Kaine was off base. There are 24 comments so far and they are good! (Even Lowell has commented). John also leaves us with this:
- " Anyway, I have another example of something that happened recently that must have made Kaine wish that Raising Kaine would just go away. I’ll have more on that as soon as I get time to write it." (J.B.)
Federal Energy Bill
George Allen was In SWVA and had this statement about the new energy bill.
- "We here are the Saudi Arabia of coal," Allen said. "For new electricity generation, we ought to be using clean coal and advanced nuclear." (Read All)
I don't know about the nuclear, but I will support clean coal. The new energy bill is coal friendly and we in coalfields will feel the effect. The The bill's subsidies include $6 billion to convert coal to electricity.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
It is painful to read
First they post this "Quotes of the Day on Kilgore’s Anti-Immigrant Comments."
Then this " Pres. Bush STRONGLY Supports Immigration - Legal and Illegal."
Now "George Allen and other Virginia Republicans on Immigration."
The RK crew is scrambling! Read the post's and decide who is anti-immigrant. The issue is should we screen them before they recieve day care funded by tax dollars. This is lost in the scramble. The crew at RK know everything but where their man Tim Kaine stands on this issue.
A response from Lowell
Kilo: If it's so painful to read RaisingKaine, why do you keep coming back?
As far as "scrambling" is concerned, it's actually the opposite. I'm on vacation this week, taking my sweet time researching the Republicans hypocritical, heartless pro-illegal immigration but anti-immigrant policies.
pro-illegal immigration but anti-immigrant." Well shall I use your posts to argue that?
For close to 30 years
Pike County KY has hosted Hillbilly Days. The event benefits the Shriner's Children's Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. The event was started by Howard "Dirty Ear" Stratton and " Shady" Grady Kinney, two Shriners with the Hillbilly Clan Outhouse No. 2 in Pikeville. The festival is attended by over 100,000 folks and continues to get bigger and better each year. I have attended many times and let me tell you it is a must for any Hillbilly! You can recieve your Hillbilly degree at the Pikeville college. The venders are great and the food is too. A schedule of events held in 2005 is here
. A map with vender locations is here
. The map will give you a view of how big this event is. I want to inform all my new friends over at Don Surbers
that they should make plans to attend in 2006! Hey 100,000 hillbillies cant be wrong! The event homepage is here
, and hundreds of pictures are here
. This is a good event for a good cause and I promise if you attend you will love it!
More on the Immigration issue
John Behan has a good post up at CC. He has many sources and the bottom line is the issue is a winner for Kilgore.
Addison has some questions about it too.
I posted yesterday that the left is trying to say Kilgore is anti-immigrant, when all he wants is a screening process to insure the legal status of those who use the centers.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
I have added a couple good blogs tonight.
Appalachian Gun Trash
" Fully armed Scots-Irish-Pictish hillbilly and proud of it"
The Red Queen Affair
"`Now, HERE, you see, it takes all the running YOU can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!'" Thus says the Red Queen to Alice in Through the Looking Glass. This is the truest description of my life possible. I view each day as a new adventure and am anxious to see where it will lead and what I can get into. I am on a long work furlow in W. PA but my heart is wandering the mountains in my backyard in N. Idaho but alas the coal is in PA and therefore so am I.
Check them out!
Jerry Kilgore expressed opposition to proposed taxpayer-funded day laborer centers. Lets look at what was said.
- “Legal immigration made this country what it is today,” Kilgore said. “We honor legal immigrants when we ensure that our laws are followed. I don’t think it is too much to ask that people obey the laws of our society before they take advantage of what our society has to offer. To reward illegal behavior is to encourage that behavior and it demeans those who have followed the rules to come to America legally.”
Jerry has a problem with the centers as do I because illegal immigrants will use them.
- Kilgore said that if guarantees could be installed at the centers to ensure that illegal immigrants were not provided with taxpayer supported assistance, he would support the proposals. To this point, however, screening immigrants based on legal status is not emerging in the plans.
The press and the Raising Kaine crew are on this story saying Kilgore is "anti immigrant."
Reading the Raising Kaine post I found they left out one word. ILLEGAL. Pretty important word to leave out. If you read Kilgores comments then read Lowell's post, you will see how far off base it is. About normal for them. Why not screen them?
Canned a few jars. Hot you ask? Indeed! Yes blogosphere, Kilo is great in the kitchen! Momma taught her boy well.
Made salsa this morning. The onions, tomatos, and peppers are all from the garden.
The Templar Pundit has a couple posts I found interesting. The first one is "The Five To Watch." His picks for 2008 are Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, George Allen, Rudy Giuliani, and John McCain.
Well I do like Allen-He was a good governor. Rudy is doomed as his name ends in a vowel. I asked before "Who is Mike Huckabee." The more I learn about him the more I like. The Templar Pundit offers this look at healthcare. Some highlights are:
- The health insurance problem should not be dealt with by implementing a watered down version of CanadaCare (or EuroCare) in the United States. Instead, it should be dealt with on a state-by-state basis with proposals such as the ones from Gov. Huckabee (R-AR) and Gov. Romney (R-MA) that provide health insurance to the small number who cannot afford it and are not covered by Medicaid.
Huckabee's system provides low cost health insurance for those who could not afford private health insurance but didn't qualify for Medicaid. The state's healthcare system is propped up in part by excise taxes.
The key point is "these proposals do not call for government interference with private hospitals and healthcare businesses."
Learn some more about Mike Huckabee here.
Huckabee could be one to watch! Indeed.
Monday, August 08, 2005
A short one...
This weekend was a short one. I had Saturday off but I worked a train last night and got home at 6am. I am just getting up and doing my daily reads.
Bearing Drift has a post on Peter Jennings that I liked. To quote a couple lines:
- "One of the greatest gifts my parents gave me was that we watched the news, we talked about the news and because of them, and I understood the news. In this light I saw the news anchors as some of my teachers."
Will Vehrs has The Pundit Watch up at Bacons Rebellion.
Is Brian upset? It seems so with this post.
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Redneck Hot Tub
Redneck Hot Tub! I dont like the look of that water...but the idea is cool!
Friday, August 05, 2005
I had posted that Raising Kaine was silent on the latest Rassmussen poll showing Kilgore Leading Kaine. They have posted about it with this weak piece. Scrolling down I found this "Bush burned in new poll."
Well Don Surber via ABP tears this poll apart. It seems the poll was weighted with 49% democrats and 39% GOP. Raising Kaine is struggling! Between Norman and Don it is a daily guess who will tear them apart!
Read all of Don Surber's Post.
The search is still on for the missing miner. It does not look good, but he could just be trapped. If you watch this Video
You will notice trucks still hauling coal from the mines. That is a first for me. Stillhouse Mining is owned by Black Mountain Resources, a division of Cumberland Resources. The coal must move! This is very sad, with a man trapped or dead and the mines is still moving coal. When the company was asked about this they replied " No Comment".....I have a comment for them...Greedy Bastards!
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Pray-Coal miner killed and searching for another
Kentucky coal mine roof collapse kills one; search on for another
CUMBERLAND, Ky. -- A roof collapse at a southeastern Kentucky coal mine killed one miner, and rescue crews were searching for another who was missing and could be trapped by a wall of fallen rocks, authorities said Thursday.Paris Charles, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing, said the body of one of the miners was recovered about 5:30 a.m."There is an ongoing operation to find the other missing miner," he said. "We are calling this a rescue operation." A section of mine roof 20 feet wide, 20 feet long and 11 feet high collapsed without warning around midnight, Charles said.
The two miners were part of a crew of about eight men who were working in the portion of the mine, performing what is called retreat mining in which coal pillars that support the roof are removed. Two rescue workers have been injured since the search began early Thursday.
A Letcher County man at the scene said the miner who has been confirmed dead is his brother.
"We are not blaming anybody," said Travis Wilder, who said his 24-year-old brother, Brandon Wilder, died in the collapse. "It was just an accident."
Brandon Wilder, of Letcher County is survived by a wife, Kimberly, and a two-year-old daughter, said another brother of Wilder's, Tyler Halcomb. The family was expecting a second child on Dec. 18."He loved his job. He loved supporting his family," Travis Wilder said.About 20 rescue workers were trying to find the other man Thursday afternoon.A rock fall injured mine inspector Daven Hoskins, who was working on the rescue, said Chuck Wolfe, spokesman for the Environmental Protection and Public Protection Cabinet. Hoskins was treated and released from a hospital. Another worker, Mark Sheldon, a scoop operator, was admitted to Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va., with a broken shoulder and broken ribs. He was hurt when rock fell on him during the search, Wolfe said.
Pulling pillars is very dangerous...but what about mining is safe? Pray for these families!
From Rasmussen Reports
August 4, 2005--The latest Rasmussen Reports survey in Virginia finds that Republican Jerry Kilgore still leads Democrat Tim Kaine by six percentage points in the Governor's race. That margin has held steady for three consecutive surveys.
The August survey finds Kilgore leading Kaine 45% to 39%. Five percent (5%) of voters say they will vote for some other candidate. (Read All)
I said the Mason Dixon poll was a fluke! The new poll is encouraging to say the least. The main point I see here is a trend. This was the tenth poll on the race. The margins are somewhat stable with Kilgore leading by 10 or less points. I would like the lead to be larger, but if the 5 points hold that will translate into a landslide on election day.
Mr. Behan was also skeptical of the Mason Dixon poll and now offers this post and advice.
Norman has this- Pay No Attention to That Poll!
Commonwealth Watch weighs in with this post.
Waldo Jaquith has a couple thoughts from the blue side.
Raising Kaine as of 4:47pm HAS NOTHING.
It seems before the Jerry Kilgore conference call had ended the Kaine crew had sent out emails slamming him. Norm has the story.
It seems the Kaine crew left out a few facts about the Warner Kaine history.
- Under Gov. George Allen, funding for higher education increased by 28.93%.
Under Gov. Jim Gilmore, funding for higher education increased 41.04%.
Please note that this was achieved without raising taxes (or "budget reform," whichever you prefer).
In the budgets since Tim Kaine became Lieutenant Governor, higher education funding has decreased 2.86%.
I will not comment as the numbers speak for themselves.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Kilgore releases Higher Education Plan
A few highlights
- Providing 100 scholarships to encourage Virginia students to seek engineering degrees at Virginia universities;
Ensuring that we meet the enrollment demand through 2012 by increasing access, encouraging innovation, and teaming up with private, independent institutions;
Establishing the Rural Education Access Program (REAP) to encourage four-year colleges and universities to develop academic partnerships with rural community colleges;
Developing more co-op opportunities for college and university students in science, mathematics and technology fields, giving them access to real-life, long-term work experiences; and
Building more opportunities for internships for Community College students through creation of the Employment Access for Scholars (EASE) program.
- Read the plan here.
This is a big issue to me and I hope to you too.
What is our official motto?
E Pluribus Unum - Out of many, one ? Wrong!
Appalachian Gun Trash has the story!
Raising Kaine twists the facts
Again Norman spanks the Kaine crew. It seems they are twisting the facts about referenda and initiatives. What are they scared of?
Find out as Norman spells it out!
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Ohio election results
- US HOUSE Ohio 2nd Dist
753 precincts of 753 reporting
|JEAN SCHMIDT (R)||57,974 ||52% |
|PAUL HACKETT (D)||54,401 ||48% |
This race was a much talked about event. It was a Democratic showpiece. The left is crying foul - recount......
More about it here.
The Templar Pundit has a great review here!!!
I had posted this about Tim Kaine and his visit to Wise after reading this by Brian.
To add a little to the story, Terry Kilgore was at RAM too! The Kingsport Times reports:
State Delegate Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, seeking re-election this year, wasn't just pressing flesh and kissing babies. He hadn't the time even if he had the inclination. Dressed in jeans, sneakers and a RAM T-shirt, Kilgore was there at the crack of dawn as a volunteer helping to register the hundreds pouring through the doors.
"It's just a humbling experience. All these volunteers are just so wonderful. I can't say enough about these folks here," he said. "I've been working in the registration booth and seeing all the people coming in for help with medical and dental, you become so thankful for what RAM is doing."
I said it was in bad taste for Kaine to show up. On the other hand Terry Kilgore worked. Kaine thought it was "awesome"-Kilgore used "humbling experience." Very different indeed. Thanks Terry!
Monday, August 01, 2005
Robert C. Byrd Carnival of the Hillbillies
The Carnival is up at Don Surbers Place.
Don is hosting and there are some good post's over there! Go check it out and tell um Kilo sent ya! Yeee Hawww!
The loadout at Leatherwood. Leatherwood has a deep history in coal. The James River Coal company, etc. Check out more pictures here
. While there I shared a few hours with a man named Ronnie. Ronnie was a real card to say the least. I asked him how long he had been mining. He said 23 years. "My father was a miner, and his father before him. He was at "Bloody Harlan
" "I remember as a young man the fight at Brookside and the women who stood up for their men." Ronnie went on to say " It is strange to me that people call us hillbillies-hicks. We are way ahead of most folk. There are no race or religion issues in the mines. We are all coal miners."
This last statement rang out clear to me. When you see a miner, the lines on his face, the coal dust embedded in his skin, you are seeing a true American! Most came from other countries in search of freedom and work. "I will work my life away in coal, and when I die they will lay me down with coal. You know being a hillbilly is not that bad."
I spent 16 hours in Leatherwood,Ky
on a train Fri and Sat. This beltline was a 1/2 mile long and had 8 stackers.
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