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Stereotyping Appalachians Feeds Only the Coal Industry.
Nobody likes mountaintop removal.
 link to www.yesmagazine.org

Trump won the vote in Appalachia because people are tired of being looked down upon. Considering the work of powerful industry interests, a century's worth of negative stereotyping, and culturally insensitive protests against coal -- a source of people's pride, heritage, and income -- it's not difficult to understand how.

Putting Appalachians down has often been a means of lifting others up.

My family has lived in Appalachia for nine generations, and we have worked hard all our lives without asking for a great deal. We were never drawn to extravagance, nor did we need to keep up with the Joneses. Simplicity and family were the means to much of our happiness. As long as we had a decent home, food, and the time to watch our children grow up with a good moral compass, we were fulfilled. "It's not your needs that get you into trouble—it's your wants," my grandfather would often say.

But this lack of complication has been the subject of ridicule by many outside our communities. Among a national and now international audience, Appalachia has been viewed as a degenerate region without sophistication. The dehumanization of its people has allowed for the exploitation of its vast energy and timber reserves, and putting Appalachians down has often been a means of lifting others up: "I may not be rich, but at least I'm not a hillbilly." These forces have made maintaining our dignity a constant struggle.

"play mee-ee Sum Mtn Music" aka prior reading material for blues & co. 16.Apr.2017 22:49


Dangerous Idiots: How The Liberal Media Elite Failed Working-Class Americans

Trump supporters are not the caricatures journalists depict - and native Kansan Sarah Smarsh sets out to correct what newsrooms get wrong

Sarah Smarsh

Thursday 13 October 2016 07.00 EDT
Last modified on Thursday 13 October 2016 20.30 EDT

Last March, my 71-year-old grandmother, Betty, waited in line for three hours to caucus for Bernie Sanders. The wait to be able to cast her first-ever vote in a primary election was punishing, but nothing could have deterred her. Betty - a white woman who left school after ninth grade, had her first child at age 16 and spent much of her life in severe poverty - wanted to vote.

So she waited with busted knees that once stood on factory lines. She waited with smoking-induced emphysema and the false teeth she's had since her late 20s - both markers of our class. She waited with a womb that in the 1960s, before Roe v Wade, she paid a stranger to thrust a wire hanger inside after she discovered she was pregnant by a man she'd fled after he broke her jaw.

Betty worked for many years as a probation officer for the state judicial system in Wichita, Kansas, keeping tabs on men who had murdered and raped. As a result, it's hard to faze her, but she has pronounced Republican candidate Donald Trump a sociopath "whose mouth overloads his ass".

No one loathes Trump - who suggested women should be punished for having abortions, who said hateful things about groups of people she has loved and worked alongside since childhood, whose pomp and indecency offends her modest, midwestern sensibility - more than she.

Yet, it is white working-class people like Betty who have become a particular fixation among the chattering class during this election: what is this angry beast, and why does it support Trump?


Democrat Party: Alliance of Wealthy Whites + Low Income Ethnic Minorities

The larger conclusion from the data is that the Trump campaign — both through the support Trump generates among working-class whites and the opposition he generates among better educated, more affluent voters — has accelerated the ongoing transformation of the Democratic Party. Once a class-based coalition, the party has become an alliance between upscale well-educated whites and, importantly, ethnic and racial minorities, many of them low income.


How The Democrats Lost Touch On Trade
Party elites just got blindsided by their own working-class voters. Can they let go of their cherished globalist beliefs?


Donald Trump Is Moving To The White House, And Liberals Put Him There


The Progressive Movement Is A PR Front For Rich Democrats


Why The Trump Protests, Like The Wisconsin Uprising, Will Fail

November 14, 2016

The massive, continuing protests against President Trump, #NotMyPresident, are not a movement and will only benefit Trump. They are an emotional tactic devoid of strategy, and one that has made Trump stronger and stronger since it was first unleashed during the Republican primaries at the beginning of 2016. 'Trump is a racist narcissist pig, unfit to exist, much less govern,' or so the meme goes. But despite losing the popular vote he mat slammed Hillary and the Democrat Party. The GOP scaredy cats who were fleeing him en masse he actually rescued and rose them to control both houses of Congress.

As of this writing the Trump protests have not abated, and now this smells of serious failure, the type of total and complete butt kicking that Republicans gave to the so-called Wisconsin Uprising. Almost six years after those massive protests against Governor Scott Walker over his disemboweling of the union movement in Wisconsin, after years of big protests with tens of thousands in the streets and a recall election attempt, the GOP is stronger than ever in the Badger State, with hegemonic control of the government in Uprising Central, Madison.

Perhaps you missed this news, because the progressive Democrat pundits, The Nation and Mother Jones crowd, are absolutely skilled at ballyhoo and PR for the Blue Revolution, but completely unable to admit failure and analyze why the progressive Left keeps getting its heads handed to them on a plate.


TPP and NAFTA: Trump Is Speaking Against, Will Cancel TPP


Robert Kuttner — 'Hard To Believe, But Trump Could Win' and post-Occupy America
"Identity politics are at odds with class politics."


Fantasies Of Impeachment and Protest: Continued Misreadings of Donald Trump

First Of Course Entertainment - Then!!! 17.Apr.2017 15:32


The one who really loves you - Mary Wells

Simple Score Voting -- Democracy Was Always Sabotaged

Protest the FAKE elections!!!

Commenter "_" Is CIA 17.Apr.2017 15:48


Thee takes up so much space. Enough already.

("Thee" and "them" is the subjective/objective non-sexual gender of speech.)

anyone-anything blues doesn't like / wants to ignore = 'CIA'. 17.Apr.2017 17:57



Mountain Justice Is A Real Movement 17.Apr.2017 18:05


What do you care? You just hog space for trivial bullshit.

"hog space for trivial bullshit" — Simple Score Voting? 17.Apr.2017 23:39


now THAT is some 'trivial bullshit'.

( and naahhh.... blues doesn't "hog space" for SSV either...... )

Strategic Hedge Simple Score Voting Is Also Real 18.Apr.2017 05:35


I believe in real things. If we had that, we would not have Trump. Some things in life are in fact serious.

"we would not have Trump" — 18.Apr.2017 15:28


you mean Hillary would be U.S. president, 2017?

No We Would Not Have Hillary Either 18.Apr.2017 17:51


Maybe we would have Jesse Ventura. The whole point of strategic hedge simple score voting is to abolish the two-party "system" by disrupting the spoiler effect.

ah 18.Apr.2017 22:23


yeah, no. I'm not picking up what you're putting down.

Yes of course I'm in favor of demolish-abolishing the (so called) '2 party' system, giving strength to independents etc.

but the way I see the 2016 campaign, Trump _was_ its in-effect "Jesse Ventura", and has pretty much demolished the 2-party system up to November 2016 anyway.

Remember :

1) the GOP, major GOP backers and U.S. corporate mass media donated and spent $$$ millions to prevent him becoming the nominee

2) Trump spent millions of his own money on his campaign, and even in the latter stages up to Nov. 8th he publicly spoke of uncertainty of winning despite huge effort of his own and the gigantic push against him by establishment politics and mass media

3) Trump bashed and excoriated not only major GOP presidential candidates but GOP/RNC leadership, throughout his campaign

4) Trump has a strong 'libertarian' / independent-'Republican' streak and obviously does not toe the globalist GOP line on for example NAFTA and multinational corporate trade agreements

Now sure, we are only in the opening months of the actual DT administration, it remains to be seen what his first full year of policy initiatives and edicts will yield. And he has also seemingly reneged on his late-campaign (only appeared as a consistent slogan in campaign speeches after October 2016) "drain the swamp" rhetoric, having hired many corporate and GOP/DNC elitists for key administration posts.

but the fact remains that Donald Trump was by far the 'upsetter' of the 2016 presidential campaign, and particularly after his nomination for GOP candidate the race turned into one of the most unexpected and unique in U.S. political history.

He's no Jesse Ventura, but in terms of running against (and defeating) the understudy of Henry Kissinger, globalists and former-Treasury-secretary Hank Paulson's choice: HRC, he is — in that regard anyway — far closer to having been the "people's choice" this election year.

Well "_" you Are Totally Ignorant 19.Apr.2017 04:05


You have not the slightest idea of what you think you are talking about.

What do you know about "neoreactionary political theory"? Nothing, obviously.

Even the neoreactionary Trump is lightyears ahead of you.

You know nothing about the election methods conspiracy (which goes back to Thomas Jefferson -- traitor). But you would not know about all the slave-screwing either.

This is 2017. Get with it.

"neoreactionary political theory" / "neoreactionary Trump" — Lol. 19.Apr.2017 18:13


Yeah no.

Nobody cares what Trump's own 'ideology' (hint: Trump doesn't have one) is.

You sound like the HillaryClintonistas, who put forth that cartoon frogs are coded Nazi symbols.
"Be afraid - Nazi frogs!!!1111!!!!11"

the sky is falling...

i.e. 4chan does not steer the direction of U.S. imperial policy, despite a lot of people on that website being purported big fans of Trump, Bannon et al.
(although as everyone including corporate mass media now openly admits, 4chan and their meme-Army did in fact have a quantifiable impact on Trump's grassroots support among younger-aged demographics in the 2016 election cycle, and the outcome of the U.S. presidential election itself.)

You need to get out from the basement and from behind the monitor-keyboard.

also blues, a heads up:
you're not smarter than us. In fact your adherence to SSS (even in the wake of November 2016's results) is but one proof of your dim bulb.

+ I'm _way_ the ***k smarter than you are, blues.

Neoreactionary Is What Comes After Neocon 19.Apr.2017 21:58


But you wouldn't know about that.

You are just a spacetaker. No have no vision and no message. You have nothing real to offer.


An Angry Book About An Exploited Appalachia 19.Apr.2017 22:49


Herald-Leader.com -- December 17, 2012
Chapter 2: The making of an angry book about an exploited Appalachia
 link to www.kentucky.com

In 1963, Harry Caudill of Whitesburg published Night Comes to the Cumberlands: A Biography of a Depressed Area, which shined a ­spotlight on the plundering of the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. The book forever changed Appalachia. On the eve of the book's 50th anniversary, the Lexington Herald-Leader examines the man behind the book.

Harry Caudill was born to write the book on Appalachia.

His roots were deep in Letcher County. His grandfather's grandfather James Caudill helped settle it in 1792. Generations later, Cro Carr Caudill, his father, had an arm ripped off at a coal tipple. Disabled, Cro entered politics for a living, holding county office and exposing young Harry to the deal-making and storytelling of the courthouse.

"My generation grew up in the 1930s," Caudill was to recall. "It was an activist time, the New Deal years. And many of us got the idea that government could make a difference, that society didn't have to rot itself to death."

Caudill served in World War II as an Army infantryman. He was awarded the Purple Heart after shell fragments in Italy so badly mangled his left foot that he suffered for the rest of his life. He had to wear special orthopedic shoes to walk.

Returning home to "dear old Letcherous County" from the University of Kentucky law school in 1948, Caudill opened a one-man law practice to represent poor people. They arrived without appointments, filling his small waiting room, many with bodies or lands broken by mining.

Caudill rejected the lucrative career path of becoming a general counsel for coal companies, writer Wendell Berry observed in an essay last year.

"He thus from the start made himself exceptional: a bright young Kentuckian who brought his professional education home, to become not an exploiter of the land and people but their advocate and defender," Berry wrote for The Progressive.

"You are just a spacetaker" / "You have nothing real to offer." - LMAO 22.Apr.2017 10:30


I _was_ going to play "NICE" but you have gone too far "blues"

re: "NAZI frogs"

enough of your SHILL posts. Is simple _score_ voting going to change the way I format my posts? Only time will tell!

Until then, only the CIA will know.

Except links, citations, and more _rambling_ from me. Maybe garth is behind all of this?! Its SHILLS all the way down.