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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mayor to the Clintons: Stay out of Logan, West Virginia

Logan, West Virginia, is in the heart of Southern West Virginia -- which means it runs on coal and political corruption. Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin is from Logan. His daddy was a crooked sheriff who went to prison for political corruption.


I write that to put in perspective the email Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti sent to Mike Browning of Democratic Senator Joe Manchin's office about President Clinton's planned visit to Logan on Sunday.

While we appreciate all that you and Senator Manchin's office have done for the City Of Logan over the years we must make the following statement:
Bill and Hillary Clinton are simply not welcome in our town.  Mrs. Clinton's anti-coal messages are the last thing our suffering town needs at this point.  The policies that have been championed by people like Mrs. Clinton have all but devastated our fair town, and honestly, enough is enough.  We wish them the best in their campaign, however we again state they are not welcome on our city properties.  We hope that you will respectfully consider NOT visiting our community.  Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, 304-687-4002.  I am writing this on behalf of the City Of Logan. 
Democrats have lost every single presidential election in West Virginia since Al Gore chose to run his anti-coal campaign in 2000.

It has been all downhill since then.

All three congressmen now are Republicans. In 2014, the state elected its first Republican U.S., senator in 56 years. the state Legislature flipped from Democrat to Republican for the first time in 82 years.

"We're going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business," Hillary Clinton said while campaigning in Ohio on March 13.

By the way, one of the proudest moments in West Virginia history was when JFK won the state's primary despite being Catholic.

Logan welcomed him.

Of course, he wasn't trying to kill coal.


  1. Oh, golly. Another local politician creating a stir. You know, Michigan has "Up North" which is pretty much north of US-10 (Clare to West Branch...more or less). Anyway, up at Higgins Lake where my family had the place, watching the news was always a lesson (TV 9&10 WWTV Traverse City WWUP TV Sault Ste. Marie )

    A lesson because that car crash in Lake County would headline just after the parade in Gaylord and then off to Roscommon for the DNR regional headquarters to give a report on bovine tuberculosis with the deer.

    I am not mocking them. This is the news there. There are not enough people - the entire Upper Peninsula and half the Lower Peninsula is one congressional district.

    So a local politician getting loud?

    "Run it."

    And God love it, I like places so calm that is all the news they got.

    - Mikey NTH

  2. "Democrats have lost every single presidential election since Al Gore chose to run his anti-coal campaign in 2000."

    I'm assuming you mean in WV or, as some wanted to call it, Vandalia, which is a lot prettier.

  3. Replies
    1. Banned from Logan, Hillary Clinton today diverted to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing's Facility at Fort Worth, where she is reported to have fallen into the $100 bill printing press.

      Sources close to Mrs Clinton say she is feeling sore, but she looks like a million bucks.

  4. Why not let Billy Blythe and his little woman visit Logan? And then just ignore them like the trash they are.

    Steve in Greensboro

    1. You aren't a politician trying to get your name out there as cheaply as possible, are you? You know B-list starlet rapidly sliding to E-list arranges for photographer to "catch" her entering nightclub without underwear. Lots of buzz created, nothing has actually happened, slide arrested at C- or D+.

      - Mikey NTH

      - Mikey NTH

    2. Mikey, you horrible person! That image you put in my brain of Hill w/o undies is HORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRIBLE.

  5. The Logan Mayor should also consider banning Donald Trump as well. Recently in his meeting with the NY Times editorial staff, Trump informed them that he will raise tariffs on Chinese imports by 45%. He obviously doesn't care that West Virginia exports 118 million tons of coal annually to China which would dry up when the Chinese simply match any incredibly stupid Trump-imposed tariff increases. Let it be known that China coal imports from Australia have risen from .6 billion tons in 1980 to 3.5 billion tons in 2010, so higher landed cost of US coal will not be tolerated.

    1. The mayor will do so if it will get enough buzz without endangering political office.

      It's Paper Moon politics.

      Golly, I so love these four years ever since I determined not to let myself get emotionally involved with the fate of politicians. Ann Althouse's "Cruel Neutrality" where you look at the wriggling little things like a high school science project is really much more liberating.

      And fun.

      When you start using those big pins, and those X-Acto knives....

      - Mikey NTH

    2. Tariffs are usually placed on higher order, or manufactured goods, or on commodities that compete with locally available ones. The Chinese would be increasing the cost of their own energy and thus manufacturing if they placed a tariff on coal. Better to find a new supplier. That would also require the establishment of a new supply chain. Sure, they could do it, but they'd be cutting their own throats.

    3. One more thing. We tend to think of tariffs as bad and free trade good, but we ought to think of things in terms of the amount of hindrance in getting goods to people and who reaps the benefit of that hindrance, whether it occurs at the border, or internally. In a recent discussion with a couple of civil engineers where the subject of a major highway was in play, one of them remarked that his job was done and he was going back to Spain (his company had been awarded the contract). The other remarked that work on the highway had stopped because the Spanish dude's company was not paying it's bills to subcontractors, which was indeed the case. The remarkable thing is that the American engineer then stated the reason behind the fact that the bills weren't being paid. The Spanish company had been building roads during the building bubble in Spain, which is now economically depressed, and had built those roads for practically nothing because of the lack of regulations in Spain. They looked at the American contract as a slam dunk, and ate it up. then they were presented with 20,000 pages of regulations. The idiot American then said that the regs were good "because they create jobs". Well they may create make-work jobs for bureaucrats, but we aren't getting our road. We have the worst of both worlds. Our money is going overseas for something we aren't benefiting from, and all because of internal tariffs in the form of regulatory lack of necessity and redundancy. We are looking at billions on losses and waste, both a result of free trade and internal obstructions to business. Both need to be fixed. We need to make it harder for foreign companies to displace american ones, and we need to diminish the internal tariffs that are making us more and more like pre-revolutionary France.
      In this case, any American company looking at that road bid realized the real costs of proceeding and put in realistic bids, but their bids were very high because THEY DIDN'T REALLY WANT THE JOB and the compliance hoops that came with it, which were mostly stupid stuff dealing with the environment and making it overly difficult to move utilities, and had nothing to do with bridge and overpass safety (these Spanish guys have been great on how this stuff is put together--keep in mind: they are used to complying with EU regs, imagine that, under Obama, ours have become worse.

  6. John Kennedy was not killing coal, but he was buying votes in Logan - cash on the barrelhead.

  7. Jazz Shaw, from Hot Air:

    "As for me, I prefer to win, or at least go down swinging. Surrendering the battle for the White House uncontested is the business of cowards and I want no part of it."

    John Paul Jones: "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way."

    The duck-and-cover Republican elite (Look out! He might call you a sexist!) are useless. You can't even use them in body-bags to make up the walls of a redoubt.

    I wonder what highly polished and varnished wood smells like when the Molotov cocktail is put to it.

    - Mikey NTH

  8. Remember this story from Logan County:

    4/21/2013 W.Va. student arrested, charged for wearing NRA shirt

    6/28/2013 Charge dismissed against student who refused to remove NRA shirt

    5/13/2015 Mom sues school board for teen’s arrest, suspension over NRA shirt

    1. Don did say Logan's been run by Dems for years.

    2. Logan is a Democratic stronghold. Mayor Eposito was a Republican. Nice little town. Big on basketball