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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Labor Day: Brought to You by Massey Energy and Verizon Wireless

What’s the most burning issue on your mind right now? If you’re like millions of everyday Americans, you too are just boiling with fury over those environmental extremists and that moonbat “clean energy” legislation that’s threatening America.

If a mining company needs to remove mountaintops in the process of meeting America’s energy needs, then By God those F#$%!&# treehuggers can just get the fuck out of the way. Tens of thousands of Americans feel so strongly about this — on Labor Day they’re going to pull themselves away from their family gatherings and barbecues, and they’re gonna go out there and demonstrate against those environmental wackos.

This public fury has been generated at the grassroots level, and these protests will be completely spontaneous. Well, almost.

They’re getting a little help from Massey Energy, Verizon Wireless and a rightwing anti-science front group calling itself the Science and Public Policy Institute.

This demonstration is called the Friends of America Rally. The purpose of course is to express the general public’s alarm and anger at the pending Waxman-Markey clean energy legislation. Speakers will include Sean Hannity and Ted Nugent.

I know Ted Nugent is somewhere to the right of Genghis Khan, but the one time I ever heard him speak, he was funny and likeable. It was a Politically Incorrect episode that also included Gloria Allred. I was sure those two would be punching each other out before the end of the episode, but they were both friendly and jovial, even while blurting out exactly what they thought (like everyone did on that show).

Verizon likes to pretend they’re a “green” company, but one of their vice presidents is on the board of directors of the ultra-rightwing National Association of Manufacturers.

If you'd like to tell Verizon to get out of bed with the Far Right douchebags of this country, you can do so here.

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Blogger Snave said...

Thanks for the Verizon link. Our family cell phone service is through Verizon Wireless... sigh... I will be contacting them.

September 3, 2009 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: So many companies are pretending they're "green" but underneath their image makeover it's the same old same old.

September 3, 2009 at 1:31 PM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

I too have Verizon as there is no other for landlines here. But my cell service is different; however the companies still have the same moral fiber.

I am sick of the puke green of the corporate world as they try to fool us once again.

September 3, 2009 at 1:38 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

"Science and Public Policy Institute" or SAPPI. Which fits.

Re: getting Verizon out of bed with far-right douchebags. Sorry to say, you might as well try to get Kent Conrad and Max Baucus to give big-money health care interests a full refund.

September 3, 2009 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Demeur said...

Tom you better hope they don't find coal in the Olympics because you know all the equipment they need is sitting over there in Idaho.

I wanted to drop Verizon when I found out they let Bush spy on us no questions asked but I don't have an alternative. Can't get Quest here.

September 3, 2009 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Enemy: Puke green, good name for those phony "green" corporations.

SW: Sounds like a lot of happy cohabiting going on -- Baucus and Conrad with the HMOs, and Verizon with their wingnut supporters. I guess it's just par for the course.

Demeur: That's a nice thought. Fortunately, tourism is too important to the local economies in this area. If the coal-mining regions of West Virginia and Kentucky had more tourism, the coal industry might not have as much clout. The scenery is beautiful in that area but I don't think they get many tourists.

September 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Bee said...

Verizon is about as green as my big toe, and I ain't the jolly-fucking-green-giant.

Tom, I have to say it, you always give'em hell sooooo good :)

September 3, 2009 at 5:05 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

I tell Verizon not to get in bed with right wing douche bags by not using their service.
I'd rather just keep my dial-up and feed the monsters over at AT&T. Because they're so much better ~snark~

September 3, 2009 at 6:43 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Great info, Tom.

September 3, 2009 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Bee: That's not very green, assuming you don't have gangrene or anything :)

Lew: We use a local ISP which provides good service. I keep dreading the day they get bought out by ATT or Verizon.

J: Thanks.

September 3, 2009 at 11:17 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Excuse me, it's my Reagan-given right to burn pans of oil in my backyard or throw batteries and old computers in the sewer.

September 4, 2009 at 7:11 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Randal: Damn right. And let's take out a few forests and mountaintops while we're at it.

September 4, 2009 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Demeur said...

Pssst! Ssssh there's diamonds in the olympics. :) :0

September 4, 2009 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Demeur: Yeehaw! Get them damn mountaintops out of the way!

September 4, 2009 at 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I go back to the first Earth day. If you research environmental history (we used to call it ecology) you will see the same concerns fighting reforms every step of the way. They said there was nothing wrong with smog, no damage in dumping in places like love canal, nothing wrong with lead in gasoline. Ronald Reagan made his famous speech about trees making more carbon dioxide then all the humans combined.

Fast forward to now, and they are saying the same thing - there is no global warming etc.

If they can't get you, with their brand of science they'll get you economically. "We can be cleaner - but we will charge you oh so much more to be so" Yes it is cheaper to dump all your waste in the river but do you want to live on that river?


September 4, 2009 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

they really want this planet to be a spinning dead rock soon dont they

September 4, 2009 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: You're right, they really are spewing the same talking points today as they were in 1970 when Earth Day started. I guess if there are enough dunces out there who keep believing the same drivel, why should they bother to change their soundbites?

Distributorcap: A spinning dead rock? Sure, they don't care. By then the Rapture will have already occurred and all good Christians will have been whisked up to Heaven.

September 4, 2009 at 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Carlos said...

I'm off to the Verizon link, since they're my cell carrier. Bastards...

September 5, 2009 at 3:46 AM  
Blogger Ricardo said...

Ted is a very funny and likable guy and I enjoy hearing him in interviews even though we are polar opposites.

I am not shocked that a big company is involved in all of this but of all the telecoms, I would have fingered AT&T. they just seem more like a company who would pull this nonsense.

September 5, 2009 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Carlos: Good luck. Sometimes those huge telecom companies are the only game in town.

Ricardo: I've read a few interviews with Ted Nugent. He comes up with all these outbursts that are way to the right and totally politically incorrect, and yet they're hilarious.

I've always thought his music was pretty generic. He's a fast guitar player but so are millions of other people.

AT&T does seem to be the most notorious of the 800-pound telecom gorillas.

September 6, 2009 at 2:14 PM  

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