Thank you Russell for finally talking about the POS Don Blankenship. Served a year for his crime? This really glosses over the truth. He served a year for a relatively minor charge, when he and the entire board of directors of Massey should be serving extended sentences if not life sentences for willful, intentional criminally negligent homicide. While the trial was under way I found an in-depth investigative report prepared by the UMW that delineated all of the intentional mis-management by Massey that resulted in the Big Branch Mine disaster that should have been enough to put these people behind bars for a very long time. If you haven’t seen or read it, I will gladly forward it to you. I’ve noticed in the period between then (several years ago) and now that much information that is damaging to the owner class is increasingly hard to find on internet searches.
And some more background. First, I apologize for not having the specific details, and I will try to flesh this out, but here is an overview of another instance of criminality and conviction in a court of law of Don Blankenship. Right across the Ohio River (in Follansbee, WV) there is an industrial coke plant that Don and Massey had a contractual commitment to supply metallurgical coal to, to make coke. Don was approached by Chinese purchasers for that coal they were producing, offered him a higher price, and they shipped that coal to China, leaving the - US an West Virginia - coke plant high and dry. The plant had to shut down, and workers were furloughed. Don and Massey were tried, convicted, and fined for this action.
So much for his “America First” and “West Virginia First” absolute bullshit. The man is an absolute 100% certifiable fraud. We’ve all become (sadly) used to vile and disgusting political advertising, but if you haven’t seen Blankenship’s current crop of ads you have no idea what vile politicking really is. He pushes every hate button that his handlers can come up with. DC is already a shit show, but if this sub-human makes it to the halls of Congress it will mark a new low in American political life.