I watched the producer actually talk to the lady and tell her exactly how he wanted her to come off on film. I guess they thought that we were all uneducated.Melissa Whitman, a woman who lives down the street from where the cast of “Buckwild” was filmed. “Buckwild,” the newest “authentic comedic series” from MTV, premiered on Jan. 3. It details the lives of nine young adults who live in West Virginia. Umm … it might exaggerate some things.
» 41 percent of the vote in the WV Democratic primary: Keith Judd, who has been in prison on extortion charges for over a decade, found himself scoring an unlikely level of support against President Obama last night — in what was likely intended more as a statement against Obama rather than one in favor of a guy who has run in every presidential campaign since 1996. Judd’s expected to be released in 2013, so if he did beat Obama, he might be out of prison in time to take office.
» The mine blast killed 29 miners: One of the first things that became clear after last year’s deadly West Virginia mine blast was that the company in charge of the mine, Massey Energy, did a very poor job of following regulatory standards. This is their punishment. While the company will avoid getting prosecuted as a result of this settlement, individual Massey executives could face prosecution as part of the agreement. Does the punishment reflect the crime?
I don’t know how you could have assembled a worse record than the record they have assembled in the last few years. It does not appear the culture has changed at Massey. That is most unfortunate.Davitt McAteer, chair of the West Virginia Governor’s Independent Investigation Panel • Speaking on his examination and report about the deadly explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine, under the ownership of Massey Energy. The full report, available here, is pretty damning — the subtitle of the report is, simply, “a failure of basic coal mine safety practices.” Said Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia: “This report tragically reinforces that the disaster that took the lives of 29 men at Upper Big Branch last year was absolutely preventable. That will always be one of the most painful facts about this explosion.” source (via • follow)
Why are we doing all this when the most powerful person in these negotiations, our president, has failed to lead this debate or offer a serious proposal for spending and cuts that he would be willing to fight for?Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin • Calling out President Obama’s leadership on the floor of the Senate today. That this criticism came from freshman Senator Manchin shouldn’t come as a big surprise, as he’s a very conservative Democrat (you may remember him shooting the cap-and-trade bill with a rifle). With the looming departure of Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman in 2012, the West Virginia senator seems primed to hoist the title of “Democrat who most antagonizes his own party” going forward. source (via • follow)