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Privatize Profits/Socialize Losses

The saga of coal …more here.

…Thousands of acres of mountainous land in Kentucky alone have been disturbed by strip mining allowed by the permits that were before the judge. Both the state and the companies that issued bonds guaranteeing clean-up and reclamation of the dynamite-blasted landscapes had warned in court proceedings that there might not be enough money to do all the required work.

Former Blackjewel miners from Harlan County make their way into the Robert C. Byrd Federal Courthouse in Charleston, West Virginia, on Aug. 5, 2019 for the Blackjewel coal company bankruptcy court hearing.

With other U.S. coal-mining companies in similar financial straits and demand for coal plummeting, Blackjewel’s situation is a harbinger of the trouble ahead in coal country.

“Unfortunately, this is likely the start of a trend where bankrupt coal companies dump their coal mine cleanup obligations onto communities and taxpayers who simply don’t have the money to pick up the tab,” said Peter Morgan, a senior attorney at the Sierra Club, who was participating in the case. “This should be a wake-up call to state regulators across the country to immediately hold coal mining companies accountable and to put miners to work cleaning up coal mines before all the burden falls on taxpayers and underfunded surety bonds.


Turkey – Not a Good Neighbor


Define your Terms


I like Marbles

I just do. But I like the bullseye flint and the aggie style marbles made out of rock better than glassies. Ballbearings are cheaters.

Bullseye Flint Marble



German Armored Train, Panzerzug 3  …more here. Ok, and the Hanomag 251

Better to ride than walk.


FBI Waives Background Check Requirements

for those housing unaccompanied minors. What could be more woke than that? …more here

The Democrats have repeatedly argued that “universal background checks” are a way of ensuring only law-abiding Americans can purchase firearms. While spewing that (very false) rhetoric out of their mouth, the Biden administration is rolling back requirements for caregivers taking in unaccompanied minors.

The Biden administration is utilizing tent camps, convention centers, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Border Patrol facilities, as well as other large facilities to house the record number of unaccompanied minors that are flocking across the border. In order to quickly staff these facilities, the FBI is no longer requiring fingerprint background checks for those being employed at these facilities, the Associated Press reported. These types of background checks are used to determine whether or not a person has had allegations of child abuse or neglect lobbed against them.

“Staff and volunteers directly caring for children at new emergency sites don’t have to undergo FBI fingerprint checks, which use criminal databases not accessible to the public and can overcome someone changing their name or using a false identity,” the Associated Press reported.


Baltimore – what a city!

Woke Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby declared the “war on drug users” is over and her office will no longer prosecute low-level crimes like drug possession and prostitution.

The program has been in place for the last year and was designed to reduce the population in city jails during the pandemic. Yesterday, Mosby made the policy permanent.

“Today, America’s war on drug users is over in the city of Baltimore. We leave behind the era of tough-on-crime prosecution and zero tolerance policing and no longer default to the status quo to criminalize mostly people of color for addiction,” said Mosby in an official press release.

Mosby said her office will no longer prosecute drug and drug paraphernalia possession, prostitution, trespassing, minor traffic offense, open container violations, and urinating and defecating in public.

This is how you turn a sewer into a more profound sewer as Baltimore hopes to one day be as woke as Detroit is.

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  1. Not surprised at all by the actions of:


    The FBI.



    Sadly, not shocked at all.

    Now, German armored trains… Armored trains… Sounds like a fun time could be had by all doing model railroading and armored trains.

    1. I have a train, Beans. My father/grandfather gave it to me when I was one year old. It’s one of those Lionel trains that were popular in that era. I’m told reliably that they had fun playing with my train. The transformer is now – nearly shot, but the train is pristine. I used to break it out every Christmas and run it around the tree, built villages, etc. Now if it was an armored German train. I’d replace the transformer and would find a reason to break it out when the grandsons visited. You know I would.

      1. What’s wrong with the transformer? Does it just have a dirty, gritty feel when you turn the speed handle? Might just need to be cleaned and lubed, and possibly have the “brush” replaced.

        1. Could be all of those problems. I have never taken it apart. It’s in a sealed unit as I recall, but there may be a way to crack the case. It never got hard use.

          1. You do know you can buy new or rebuilt or new-old stock transformers still? Right?

            And some of those old Lionels or other O-gauge trains, even in not-so-great shape, are worth a pretty penny.

            Find your local train shop that does repairs, drag your engine and the transformer in, let them take a look at it, and get it up and running again. Be great for your grandkids to play when they come to the Mountain for Christmas.

            There’s some seriously neat war-train stuff available in the common gauges.

            Then again, there’s at least one neat war-train in 7.5″ rideable scale. Guy’s got a whole WWII setup with flatcars that have scale Shermans and Stuarts on them.

            Now… a rideable train at the Wolf Mine…

  2. I hope some people take the time to follow up on what the consequences will be in Baltimore. Similar to what happened in New York in the early 90′ when they started to act on behavior that scared people and reduced the quality of life. Crime dropped when police became efficient. In Portland, they got a quick lesson when they allowed peaceful protesters to be in charge of law and order.

    I guess the pendulum is swinging. Some people must learn the hard way.

    1. The rats own Baltimore now. I don’t know how much worse it can get. Seriously. I doubt that the police enforce laws against prostitution. Likely the whores kick back to the beat cop. My faith in Baltimore PD is somewhere around zero. Nothing would surprise me. This is just a reaffirmation of how bad it is, and the young people growing up there — how can they not be savages?

      1. I think it is predictable what will happen. It will get worse. Just like what they experienced in Portland and Minneapolis and the other Woke cities defunding the police.

        George Kelling and others have well described the mechanisms that work in a society. But the Woke people think they know better. Just like any other socialist have a strong faith in their own ability to govern and spend taxpayer’s money.

        Socialists do not believe in human nature but their own insight/politics and the system they create.

        I guess it is all consequences of the generation they are part of.

        The future of the US will be divided. You will have some conservative places prospering and the others.

          1. Strange how fast it happened. On the other hand maybe not so fast at all. Going back in time the middle class and average worker have experienced reduced income over time. The richest have become richer and the research professor George Borjas has conducted on immigration shows how the middle class in many ways takes the cost of it. The politicians seem to move away from the people and Trump was a reaction the establishment did not like at all. The woke generation now runs the country and the media. I guess it will be a stronger reaction in due time when all get worse.

            Maybe the US is heading the same way as Venezuela only following a different path.

    2. “to act on behavior that scared people and reduced the quality of life”

      Acting on such misbehavior is non possimus because of two words: disproportionate impact

      Speaking of disproportionate: Don’t you DARE notice any patterns about violent crime. Even more importantly, don’t you DARE notice any patterns about dubious financial activities. Noticing is Hate Think. Saying out loud what you’ve noticed is Hate Crime.

      Me, I haven’t noticed a thing. I am assiduously cultivating Baby Duck Mind wherein each and every sensory input is completely novel, totally lacks context, and therefore cannot be used to draw any conclusions. But the few things that I DO know are that government is our friend and wants to help us, and that the best people ever are those selflessly repairing the world, even if we’re too stupid and deplorable to appreciate their efforts.

      1. I suggest you become a member of the Democratic party and give a donation here If you do that early enough you probably will not become one of the ones being rallied up in the first round when the times come. Because it does not matter what you do know, you will also need evidence. Maybe a subscription on Washington Post and some receipts from buying books on Amazon will help. The title should be what makes the best impression.

        Good luck! and Stay Woke.

          1. From my perspective, Mike_C and all others reading and commenting on this Blog are progressive and Woke, and those who do not think that interpret the text and comments with a negative attitude. You can define yourself being Woke just as you can define your gender. When the
            orthodox Democrats come looking for the enemies they will find no one here, just friendly people doing good in the society, creating wealth for others, and serving the government and politicians well.

          2. I self identify as a woke black woman (at times). Does that mean that I can get that $125K per person that Oregon is handing out by way of reparations?

          3. Thank you, Bill and John both for the support. We truly do need to look out for each other – these strange days more than ever.

          4. Yes LL, do not be shy about it. Be proud and demand your right to self-identify. Anyone who does not see you as a black woman is obviously qualified for prison due to hate crime. It is a matter of respecting your inner feelings and your legal right to be what you feel. No one can take away your right as a human being to adapt to today’s society. Progressives of today are not limited by old biological science and prejudices.

          5. If people don’t acknowledge that I’m a black, female, Muslim, 25 years old, they’re guilty of every filthy crime – racist, sexist, Islamophobic, xenophobic, age baiting… Don’t forget the $125K that I have coming by way of reparations from Oregon.

          6. Please LL if you see the opportunity when meeting with the experts in Oregon feeling so guilty. Tell you to have an extra qualified black self-identifying transgender woman feeling as an Oregon native originally from Africa living in Norway. They will understand and not discriminate due to distance. When feeling you are present, you are there, right?

  3. Coal reclamation & clean up – Promises are only as good as the paper their written. Wind is actually worse…sell the assets to a new group (that were taxpayer subsidized), make your profit (free and clear), and the end of life clean-up clause in the contract becomes null and void (in attorney terms “renegotiated”…usually away). Locals get the shaft once again.

    Mosby – Another moronic person of power who will facilitate the willful destruction of a city., but she “feels’ better about herself in the process.

    Here’s another “expert” we are all supposed to take whatever she says as gospel (up there with Dr. Mengele Fauci), Ms. CDC herself, another nimrod with a doctorate:

    “I’m going to lose the script and I’m going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom,” [of a Covid surge] Walensky told a briefing with reporters. “Right now I’m scared.”

    Control. Because a year rule under these clowns isn’t enough for them.

    1. Keep your powder dry PaulM (I keep wanting to write CAMPERFIXER). We live in perilous time.

      1. Working on it. (Me too on the Camperfixer, but not being woke it’s important to use the white privilege birthright moniker…I’m on the list so figure they know where I live by now. Too bad I regraded the road, should have left it a little rough.)

        Baltimore…wasn’t that Pelosi’s family’s playground? Apples-Tree.

        1. Indeed, you could say that the Pelosi Family who made Baltimore the woke community that it now is.

          1. You don’t loose marbles if you pitch pennies. I don’t think that kids do that anymore either.

  4. Hey, that FBI waiver sure does streamline things!

    After all, if you’re going to import 3rd World children for the sex-slave racket, it’s the height of efficiency to just go straight to the end-users.

    And here I thought the Democrats were all about gridlock.

    1. We know from the now suppressed Epstein Chronicles, that the Democrats are quite ardent when it comes to the sexualized trafficking of minors. They cut the red tape when they need to.

  5. they have “weapons of war” guarding their fence, but we can’t have a watered down version. somebody should argue the equal protection clause….baltimore was a crapper 20 years ago. who will notice any difference now?

  6. WOW. Armored train? Yes please.

    I won’t comment on background checks, open borders or the destruction of our coal industry so that oligarchs can buy it up for pennies on the dollar.

    No, because that would be thoughtcrime.

  7. Apparently in Baltimore, after you cause a fender-bender in a parking lot, you can then break your victim’s passenger side window, climb in while spilling your beer, remove your pants, and poop on the seat.

    Baltimore confuses vices and crimes. Vices: drug and drug paraphernalia possession, prostitution, open container violations. Crimes: trespassing, minor traffic offense, urinating and defecating in public.

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