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Friday, August 11, 2006
VOL. V Issue 8F
Rain Comes to Holabird On Time
Mary Hinkle snapped a few choice digital photos of the fire and rain in the Holabird area last night. There was not too much damage done at the Ponderosa. Just a few tree branches broken and bent here and there.
Things were a little worse than that at the Single Arrow. Ron LaFortune packed all of his bare essentials and prepared to evacuate the premises when Darrel and Harold Hinkle came over with the fire fighting rigs. The winds were pushing 80 MPH and all looked lost as the fire was heading for Ron's house. Just when things were looking hopeless, the rain came. According to Harold, the rain put the fire out about 150 feet away from the house.
Our photos are in reverse chonological order. The bottom photo shows the rain cloud hanging over E.E. Hinkle's house. The middle photo shows the fire and smoke from the Ponderosa's point of view. The top photo shows the damage caused by the fire. One can see Ron's house in the distance. It looks farther than 150 feet to us! But what do we know?
The surrounding towns have damage too. Several media outlets have reported the damage to Harrold's school building. They say some 40 windows were broken due to hail and strong winds. In Highmore, a tree in front of the Catholic's Church caught fire on the top. There were reports that the old O'Brien Dairy Barn burned to the ground as well. Lynette Goehring reported that The Mehlings told her they got 3 inches of rain in Wessington.
The Lord was really with us all last night! As bad as things were for some, it could have been worse. Nobody was killed or injured. Also the Ponderosa even got a .65 of an inch of rain out of the deal.
Cade Hinkle Heads Home
After almost a week at the Ponderosa, Cade "wildman" Hinkle, was more than ready to go home to see his parents. He has been just as ready every night this week. Last nights wind, rain, and fire did not help the situation at all. The fact is that Cade had to go home because he had to go to his barber in Pierre for a haircut. After that, he's somebody else trouble.
Flight Delay For Dee
Kasssidee Kennedy was all set to leave for Europe tomorrow when word came that she may have to delay her flight to London for a spell. In the event that does happen, our Publisher is hoping to get on the bus and see if he can visit her during at least some of the days of her delay.
Kassidee is doing mission work in Prague, Czech Republic for a second term. She is not doing any fundraising, but all of us here at the Holabird Advocate suppose she won't turn down a donation no matter how big or small.
Al Gore isn't quite as green as he's led the world to believe
by Peter Schweizer
Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution
Author of " Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy"
Al Gore has spoken: The world must embrace a "carbon-neutral lifestyle." To do otherwise, he says, will result in a cataclysmic catastrophe. "Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb," warns the website for his film, An Inconvenient Truth. "We have just 10 years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tailspin."
Graciously, Gore tells consumers how to change their lives to curb their carbon-gobbling ways: Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs, use a clothesline, drive a hybrid, use renewable energy, dramatically cut back on consumption. Better still, responsible global citizens can follow Gore's example, because, as he readily points out in his speeches, he lives a "carbon-neutral lifestyle." But if Al Gore is the world's role model for ecology, the planet is doomed.
For someone who says the sky is falling, he does very little. He says he recycles and drives a hybrid. And he claims he uses renewable energy credits to offset the pollution he produces when using a private jet to promote his film. (In reality, Paramount Classics, the film's distributor, pays this.)
Public records reveal that as Gore lectures Americans on excessive consumption, he and his wife Tipper live in two properties: a 10,000-square-foot, 20-room, eight-bathroom home in Nashville, and a 4,000-square-foot home in Arlington, Va. (He also has a third home in Carthage, Tenn.) For someone rallying the planet to pursue a path of extreme personal sacrifice, Gore requires little from himself.
Then there is the troubling matter of his energy use. In the Washington, D.C., area, utility companies offer wind energy as an alternative to traditional energy. In Nashville, similar programs exist. Utility customers must simply pay a few extra pennies per kilowatt hour, and they can continue living their carbon-neutral lifestyles knowing that they are supporting wind energy. Plenty of businesses and institutions have signed up. Even the Bush administration is using green energy for some federal office buildings, as are thousands of area residents.
But according to public records, there is no evidence that Gore has signed up to use green energy in either of his large residences. When contacted Wednesday, Gore's office confirmed as much but said the Gores were looking into making the switch at both homes. Talk about inconvenient truths.
Gore has held these apocalyptic views about the environment for some time. So why, then, didn't Gore dump his family's large stock holdings in Occidental (Oxy) Petroleum? As executor of his family's trust, over the years Gore has controlled hundreds of thousands of dollars in Oxy stock. Oxy has been mired in controversy over oil drilling in ecologically sensitive areas.
Living carbon-neutral apparently doesn't mean living oil-stock free. Nor does it necessarily mean giving up a mining royalty either.
Humanity might be "sitting on a ticking time bomb," but Gore's home in Carthage is sitting on a zinc mine. Gore receives $20,000 a year in royalties from Pasminco Zinc, which operates a zinc concession on his property. Tennessee has cited the company for adding large quantities of barium, iron and zinc to the nearby Caney Fork River.
The issue here is not simply Gore's hypocrisy; it's a question of credibility. If he genuinely believes the apocalyptic vision he has put forth and calls for radical changes in the way other people live, why hasn't he made any radical change in his life? Giving up the zinc mine or one of his homes is not asking much, given that he wants the rest of us to radically change our lives.
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