Why I still love (and hate) my redneck, intolerant, xenophobic part of the country:

It produces people like this: Joe Bageant

Although I sometimes feel like Red Green does about his manhood: “I’m a hillbilly, but I can change. I guess. If I have to.”

I’m not really a hillbilly, but it’s in me. I have lived here in WV as long as I’ve lived anywhere. I’m one of those mutts, Joe, so I hear ya. We’ve got lots of bad habits and not many good ones. But dammit, that’s who we are. (Unwarranted self-confidence, is that one of our character traits?)

How did I get here? I ask myself that quite a lot, actually. My hometown in the East was lacking something for me. I couldn’t see myself long in it. In high school, I never had a date that included conversation. Only drinking, dope, and/or sex. (Just kidding, kids). My girlfriends were good sensible girls, but most fit into the category whose senior ambition was “To marry Buddy and make him happy,” rather than my category, which was “To get the hell out of this town.” Ten years in Southern California nearly killed me with beauty, wealth and good weather, because the orange sellers made me want to cry or write protest songs. Now I am back in the home of my fathers and mothers, watching the last gasp of Appalachia as part of America. Do I fit better here than in the other places? Not really.

This blog is such a lonesome place.

Here’s some fresh air
New (to me):
Site: Feministing I especially enjoy the Target: Women videos.

Music: Rasputina Oh Perilous World
It makes me smile when I listen to it.

Author: Jared Diamond
Collapse
Guns, Germs and Steel (so many things are illuminated by these theories)
I suppose it’s Collapse that has a chapter on the corporate behavior of mining, coal & oil companies. He’s pretty far off the mark in regards to the coal companies.

Politics:
I would talk about Joe Manchin’s speech at the Democratic convention but I missed it. I’m happy about Biden as the VP pick, although as a Delaware native, I might be a little partial. HRC neatly flipped off the Dem. Clinton-haters by being so awesome (I know, I know, she’s still secretly an evil, power-ravenous bitch) on her two nights. I’m also glad I missed Jay Rockefeller’s speech. I just don’t like that man.

Oh and here’s a local guy I’m supporting: Kim Wolfe for Mayor This town is so ready for some new people and new ideas.

Today I Weep for My Country

I looked up this speech this morning. Senator Byrd has been hospitalized recently and I was thinking of him and wanted to re-read it, to see how his predictions held up.

As the presidential campaign moves into high gear, I have been watching history–specifically the history of our present war–revised as I hear people question those who supported the President, enthusiastically or reluctantly, in the Vote to Authorize the Use of US Armed Forces in Iraq.

Many did (something like 296 House members and 77 Senators), but Senator Robert Byrd did not, and his speech is a powerful one.

Instead of examining Congressional resolutions, we should look again to the source of the lies and misinformation about the Iraqi threat.

Yes, he’s right. Prosperity & peace are at stake, and we want some of both.

WASHINGTON — President Bush, rallying conservatives for a battle against Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, says “prosperity and peace” are at stake in the upcoming election for his successor.

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