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Biggest Stinker In Congress




CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The company that owns the facility that leaked 10,000 gallons of chemicals into the water supply of hundreds of thousands of West Virginians last month was a no-show at a congressional hearing on the spill Monday.

Freedom Industries, which owns the storage facility that leaked chemicals into the Elk River, did not have any representatives at a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held in the state capital Monday morning. The company's president, Gary Southern, had been invited to testify.

I think we all know what's wrong with Freedom Industries, they were left to their own devices and not properly regulated. They ignored common sense and even a single ounce of prevention thus allowing a massive chemical spill. This accident just happened to poison and sicken hundreds of thousands in West Virginia. This didn't go unnoticed by our Congress. Au contraire. Our Congress is "Johnny on the spot."

They invited  the company's president Gary Southern, the man who should have some answers to this ongoing crisis to come in for a chat. They didn't subpoena him. They didn't demand his presence to answer questions. They didn't invoke sworn testimony. They invited him for tea.

"He chose not to be here today to answer for what his company has done to the people of West Virginia. And I find that extremely telling," said Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.). "Freedom Industries' decision not to testify today compounds its gross misconduct, and is an absolute affront to every person impacted by its spill."

That's appalling. Did they really think he'd show up if he didn't have to? And how truthful would his answers have been if he wasn't sworn in before testifying?

So what is Congress really trying to do with this phony outrage? It's been a month since the toxic spill. If they wanted to really get down to the bottom of this, they'd have chosen to demand his presence and before a month had gone by. How many more people are going to be sickened by this ineffectively soft action by Congress?

It's a trick question. The real answer is all of us, not just those in West Virginia. We're paying the salaries of these jerks to hold meaningful investigations and they've let us down, again. So if you want their names, click HERE.

But get this -- who chairs this committee? Who's the man (yes, man because Republicans chair all committees in the House and they're all men) who should be most adamant about getting to the bottom of this West Virginia catastrophe? The chairman himself, Nick J. Rahall II (R-West Virginia). And all he could do is issue an invitation to appear? Does it sound like either the Chairman or the Republicans who are against the EPA all together or chemical storage regulations on any level really want to get to the bottom of this? That answer is a big, fat 'no'. They're too busy protecting the dirty coal industry.

Time to use common sense -- something Congress is woefully devoid of. Issue subpoenas and demand the appearance of the parties responsible for this mass poisoning. If this were a wounding of hundreds of thousands by gunfire, you would have seen an congressional subpoenas flying from Congress so fast it would make the NRA demand limits on clip/subpoena capacity. And it would be from something more than some low-ranking committee.

Killing people by poison is no less of a death than by by shooting. So it's time to take some action and demand some answers. Don't pussy-foot around with genteel party invites. Dirty coal and government support don't belong in the same cesspool.


Third Marlboro Man Icon Dies A Smoking Related Death



As a boy growing up and through my early adulthood, there were billboards galore that expounded the manliness of smoking. During later years, TV advertisements for cigarettes ultimately were banned, but the iconic images and slogans related to the smoking industry stayed with me. There was the Lucky Strike anagram on the bottom of each pack: LSMFT (Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco). And in trying to reach a female demographic, there was Virginia Slims campaign, "You've Come a Long Way, Baby."

When it came to cigarette slogans, the airwaves were filled with ads for Winston Cigarettes: "Winston tastes good like a cigarette should;" Camel Cigarettes:  "I'd walk a mile for a Camel;" or L&M: "Just what the doctor ordered."

But none of them were as iconic or enticing to men AND women as the lure of becoming or being or being made love to by the Marlboro Man. He was macho personified. Their commercials, their billboards, their slogan appealed to all: "Come to where the flavor is. Come to Marlboro country." It was the benchmark by which smoking itself was measured.

Over the years there have been a number of "cowboys" chosen to be the iconic face of this brand. During the 1970's it was Eric Lawson. He appeared in print and TV ads as “The Malboro Man.” In case you are too young or can't put his name to his face, here's one of his memorable commercials:

Eric Lawson, died yesterday from respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), at the age of 72. In case you weren't aware, that's a most common smoking related cause of death, often reported as lung cancer. You might say his passing from smoking, which his wife claims he did heavily until his death, was coincidental.

I call it ironic. Especially when you factor in that two other Marlboro Men, Wayne McLaren, who appeared in Marlboro print ads, died of lung cancer in 1992, and David McLean, who appeared in print and television spots, died of lung cancer in 1995.

Make no mistake about it. cigarettes kill. Yet to draw an analogy from the NRA who claim guns don't kill, people do, we might be able to make the same argument that cigarettes don't kill, people do. But that's wrong. And even if you buy that, doesn't it make you wonder why cigarettes are so heavily regulated while guns aren't?

Come on. It does make you think, doesn't it?


F-Word Beer: Cure For The New Years Hangover


Exit 6 Pub

C'mon, if you didn't have one too many on New Years Eve, chances are you had a bit to imbibe yesterday on New Years Day with the Rose Parade. Maybe you wanted to sober up with a stop at Starbucks and grab a fresh Frappacino. But, maybe in your slightly inebriated state you missed your destination by a block and instead stopped at  Exit 6 Pub and Brewery, in Cottleville, Missouri. Luckily for you, when you muttered the word Frappacino, the attendant poured you a fresh one from the tap. Yikes, it was beer and not coffee. You looked around and realized you were in an unfamiliar small independent bar and not the standard, uniform confines of the huge Starbucks chain. Gone was the Starbucks green circle with the queen mermaid in it (or whoever she is). No one asked if you wanted a Vente or Grande. They just brought you a glass -- not a paper cup. Damn, you were taken. You were fooled. It's as if you had just crossed over the line and found yourself in a modern day episode of the TWILIGHT ZONE.

Starbucks frappacino

Well, as silly as this sounds, check out the attached video. It seems everyone's favorite coffee shop, the Mega huge Starbucks, took umbridge and issued a cease and desist letter to the owners of Exit 6 Pub and Brewery. This single location bar's response to the demand letter is nothing short of hysterical -- snarkiness to the "nth" degree. The entire correspondence can be found here, courtesy of HuffPo. The back and forth between both Starbucks' lawyers and Exit 6 Pub's proprietor is priceless.

From now on, Frappacino Beer at Exit 6 Pub will be henceforth be known as 'F-word beer' to avoid any confusion. And so there's no hard feelings and in a show of good faith, Exit 6 Pub returned the entire $6 profit made from the mistake. Now if that teaser has you wanting to know more, check out the hysterical news coverage of this brew-haha (intentionally misspelled)  below: