Christo-Fascist or Radical Feminist? What difference is there when the Anti-Trans* hatred and Bigotry is Identical

I swear to Gaia I can’t tell the difference between the Phelps Klan and Galling Magus or what ever the person behind the troll name actually goes by.

My friend, trans-activist Kelli Anne Busey put up a piece regarding an interview  in Meta Magazine with Julie Bindel.

Kelli writes:

Some will say she was simply on her best behaviour during the interview adapting to the changing social norms and I could see a cauldron of anger swirling just below the surface of this woman. But that being said, I would say I am in agreement with Bindel on a number of topics.

We need to take a pluralistic view, accept that others disagree and find common ground.

RadFems monolithic view of men bad, woman good is ridiculous but somehow, just somehow we need to make peace with Radfems. Lord knows I have tried and failed, maybe someone else would be successful.

The only ones who will benefit directly from the Trans Radfem conflict are those who hate us and make no differentiation between cisgender and transsexuals, and believe it or not, some from within our own community who find satisfaction in the fanning the flame of the current conflagration.

Transsexual and transgender shouldn’t be expected to give in and compromise with the radical feminists any more than we should be expected to compromise with Focus on the Family.

Expecting that is like expecting African-American people to compromise with the KKK.

There is a piece by a Christo-Fascist from some sort of cult church that claims to represent Orthodox Anglicanism.  The translation of the term Orthodox Anglican is: “We’re the kill the gays church.  By the way, we broke from the real Anglican Church because they don’t believe in hating the queers.”


Is there any real difference between this hate filled pile of shit and the hate filled pile of shit one finds on Gender Trender or Pretendbians?

I’m Polish-American and I know the only compromise with Nazism grows out of the barrel of one gun or the other.

When people hate you so much they advocate killing you or making it impossible for you to live no compromise is possible, only capitulation or suicide.

I’m not into either.

Radical Feminists are not feminists, they are a hateful bunch of bigots just like the Orthodox Anglicans and Focus on the Family.  I actually find some of the shit they say to be even viler and more threatening than crap from Bryan Fischer or Porno Pete LaBabera.

I Really Should Put Some Effort into Studying Spanish

I’ve spent all but about a year of my adult life in either California or Texas, two places whose history is so intertwined with Mexican history and culture that I feel like a slacker for not at least taking a few community college classes.

It isn’t like the opportunity to learn isn’t there. The names of the cities, the cross over words, the spellings and pronunciations shared by languages with roots in Latin, a language I studied in High School.

Spanish speaking friends, who often had to study it themselves to connect with their roots.

Food and markets that I love.  The musica that seems as much a part of America as any other ethnic genre.

The Mexican American culture is part of the fabric of this country.

I received an e-mail that was in Spanish recently and realized I got the general drift of the message although not the specifics from the common root words and the words I’ve learned just from living in California and Texas.

From Spanish language movies with sub-titles.

Things like this make me feel like a slug and cause me to look for my slime trail.  If I had learned just one word a day for the time I’ve live in California or Texas I’d have a huge vocabulary and I’m sure the rules of grammar aren’t any harder than those of English even if things like table (mesa) are feminine and require a la instead of a los.  The same sort of thing applies in French and Italian.

I get really tired of the anti-Latino bigotry and the branding of Latino people as illegals who have to show their papers when many the families of Mexican-American people have been citizens of this country for more generations than this Polish-American woman’s family.

Radical Feminism is Racist and Classist as Well as Transphobic and Sex Hating

You don’t have to have read Karl Marx’s Das Kapital, not even the Cliff’s Notes version of it to see the fallacy of claiming all women are of the same class.

Or that all women are equally oppressed.

The same error in thinking that identity or any one trait makes all people with that trait part of a common group, is the error that causes the failure of  identity based politics.

A woman who grew up in the lower working class or poverty class is often more oppressed by her class than she is by glass ceilings and gender barriers.

A woman of color who grew up in that same lower working class or poverty class is oppressed by both racism and class.

It is completely impossible to measure an individual’s privilege or oppression using just one metric.

A Bill Cosby may have to deal with racism in his life but he has far more privilege and far less oppression than does a black male baby born in the ghetto to an unwed welfare mother, who fell out of the educational process at fifteen.  Yes racism impacts both their lives but money buys a fuck of a lot of privilege and has a way of lessening oppression.

Indeed being a person of color can be the most privileged and least oppressed thing one can be as long as that color is the color called money.

Yes there is sexism and sex based oppression but one would have to be a sophist or completely oblivious to class privilege to make the claim that Ann Romney or Phyllis Schlafly, who live the lives of those privileged with both money and clout are of the same class as the women of the lower working classes or poverty classes.

Yet this is exactly what one RadFem Twit tries to do: the fallacy of cis privilege, again

Now I know this is an old posting and perhaps this person has had a mea culpa moment when the fallacy of her logic might have dawned upon her, but this graphic was touted by the extremely privileged Cathy Brennan, who defends the Pay Day Loan Sharking Industry from regulations that would prevent it from ripping off people of the working poor and poverty classes. See:

Wow Gee…

Now one may make arguments that male privilege is a tricky thing and that TS to Female people have it or at least had it;  that TG  women had it and might by some sort of twisted logic keep it. But that alleged privilege is a tricky thing and is often dependent upon no one knowing a person is trans rather than cis-sex/gender.

I have a hard time seeing the obvious transkid, who is bullied from the cradle and has their education destroyed thus facing a lifetime of economic hardship as having much privilege, male or otherwise.

Discrimination and violent attacks upon obvious TS/TG people once they have come out tends to make the idea of TS/TG women having some sort of blanket male privilege seem questionable.

One of the problems from the 1970s was that two of the best know transsexuals did have privilege and transitioned from positions that were hard or impossible for women to attain in those days.  Actually more hard than impossible.  Yet both these people  still became “trannies” once they came out, even if they were able to continue in their professions, the most important thing about Jan Morris and Renee Richards became their being transsexual.

One could reasonably make the argument that simply being an out gay male damages male privilege, especially if one is seen as a feminine gay male.

Cis-gender/cis-sex privilege is one of those major perks that people refuse to recognize.  It’s sort of like white skin privilege, recognizing it in yourself takes you out of contention in the most victimized Olympics.

But I’ve read Marx and a number of other left wing thinkers and I’m not much of a believer in the politics of identity.

There is one element of privilege that no one wants to talk about because talking about it fucks with the proposition that someone, who went to elite private  schools and then to one of the Ivy League or other major Universities and is now a partner in a major law firm defending Wall Street Bankers, is somehow oppressed.

I propose there are more reliable metrics to measure privilege with than race, sex, sexuality or even the whole trans/cis metric.

Your net annual income, the schools you went to, the zip code you were raised in, and your parent’s net worth is a far more accurate means of determining where one is on the privilege/oppression scale than any of those other factors.

Here’s how it works:  If you went to private schools you don’t get to claim you are oppressed by those who went to underfunded public schools that are falling apart.

If you went to an Ivy League or other top notch University you don’t get to complain about how oppressed you are by the barista, who is working her way through school and will owe student loans for the rest of her life.

If you are a partner in a law firm that represents some of the scummiest elements of the financial industry, businesses that enrich the one percent, you don’t get to complain about how fucking oppressed you are by a transsexual or transgender person lobbying to pass laws that let them hold a job and be treated with the respect and dignity of not being forced to pee in a special rest room.

Now, you may call me a Commie for bring up the real metric of oppression/privilege here in America and in other countries but the fact is the rich are the oppressors and the poor are oppressed.


Wealthy women have more power than poor men.

The same is true for the other classifications based on physical traits.

Poor people are the oppressed, the rich are the oppressor.

Women are not a monolithic class.  Some women have far more power and privilege than other people in this country/world.

It is unbecoming for those people to whine about how the under classes are oppressing them by demanding equal rights and protections.

The Unfair Criminalization of Gay and Transgender Youth

From The Center for American Progress:

An Overview of the Experiences of LGBT Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

By Jerome Hunt, Aisha C. Moodie-Mills
June 29, 2012

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Gay, transgender, and gender nonconforming youth are significantly over-represented in the juvenile justice system—approximately 300,000 gay and transgender youth are arrested and/or detained each year, of which more than 60 percent are black or Latino. Though gay and transgender youth represent just 5 percent to 7 percent of the nation’s overall youth population, they compose 13 percent to 15 percent of those currently in the juvenile justice system.

These high rates of involvement in the juvenile justice system are a result of gay and transgender youth abandonment by their families and communities, and victimization in their schools—sad realities that place this group of young people at a heightened risk of entering the school-to-prison pipeline.

Despite the disproportionately high rates of gay and transgender youth entering the juvenile justice system, our nation’s schools, law enforcement officers, district attorneys, judges, and juvenile defenders are not equipped to manage the unique experiences and challenges that these young people face. As a consequence, the system often does more harm by unfairly criminalizing these youth—imposing harsh school sanctions, labeling them as sex offenders, or detaining them for minor offenses—in addition to subjecting them to discriminatory and harmful treatment that deprives them of their basic civil rights.

Angela Irvine of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency in conjunction with the Equity Project, which works to ensure gay and transgender youth in the juvenile justice system are treated with fairness and respect, have both generated groundbreaking research on the experiences of these youth in the system over the past few years. This issue brief offers a high-level summary of some of their findings, as well as others, to explain the disproportionate pipelining of gay and transgender youth into the juvenile justice system, the bias and discrimination they face once within the system, and the steps that the federal government and state and local juvenile courts can take to ensure that gay and transgender youth are treated with dignity and respect.

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Catholic Church has no room to attack same-sex parenting

From Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters:

By Alvin McEwen
July 9, 2012

Reposted with Permission

In spite of the myriad of problems with the Regenerus study on gay parenting (over 200 professors and therapists have complained about its errors), the National Organization for Marriage and members of the Catholic Church are busy pushing it to defame marriage equality and same-sex families:

The legalization of “gay marriage” in America, even on a civil level, is unjust to children and poses a threat to religious liberty, warned Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of Oakland, Calif.

“Marriage is the only institution we have that connects children to their mothers and fathers,” he said. “So really, the question is, do you support that institution?”

In a June interview with CNA, Bishop Cordileone, who leads the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, explained that Church teaching against the redefinition of marriage on a civil level as well as a sacramental level is a matter of justice.

“Marriage is about fundamental justice for children,” he said. “Children do best with a mother and a father.”

… Based on sound social science, this [New Family Structures] study complements common sense and “demonstrates what we’ve always known,” Bishop Cordileone said. “Children do best with a mother and a father.”

The bishop explained that this issue is of crucial importance because “we cannot have two different definitions of marriage simultaneously in the country.”

“Only one definition of marriage can stand,” he said. “This is not expanding the right of marriage. It’s changing the definition, or taking away something is essential to marriage – that it’s the union of a man and a woman for the purpose of the binding of the two and the procreation and education of the next generation of offspring.”

I know what you are thinking. Based upon the problems the Catholic Church has been having with pedophile priests, it is the height of hypocrisy for the bishop to attack same-sex families.

Recently, it was alleged that Cardinal Timothy Dolan (who has been very outspoken against marriage equality) paid suspected pedophile priests to leave the church while he was head of Diocese of Milwaukee.

And even more recent than that, Monsignor William Lynn was found guilty on one count of endangering the welfare of a child because he allegedly covered up a case of abuse.

With all due respect because I am not attempting to disrespect anyone of the Catholic faith, if we compared the two entities, just who has less credibility when it the harming of children:

An entity pushing a bad study while it’s not covering up the activities of priests exploiting children as sex objects


Same-sex couples, many who open their homes to children who need love and support:

Let me repeat that I am not trying to disrespect anyone’s faith, but I simply don’t think it’s right for the Catholic Church to accuse same-sex parents of harming children when it has many skeletons in its closet when it comes to pedophiles in the priesthood.

Bea Arthur LGBT Homeless Youth Residence Gains $3 Million In New York City Funding

From Huffington Post:

Lila Shapiro

For homeless youth and their advocates, the fight for resources can be fierce. New York City has about 4,000 homeless youths — many of whom are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender — yet its government funds just 259 shelter beds. Waiting lists for these beds, particularly at centers that cater to young LGBT homeless people, are growing.

But on Monday, the Ali Forney Center, an organization that provides housing for gay homeless youths in New York, announced some good news for those seeking a shelter bed. The New York City Council and the Manhattan borough president designated $3.3 million to help renovate a city-owned building and transform it into a new 18-bed shelter.

The space will be named after former “Golden Girls” star Bea Arthur. Before her death in 2009, Arthur served as an icon for many gay people and left the Ali Forney Center $300,000 in her will. That year was the height of the recession, when the facility had been in danger of eliminating beds because it had fallen behind on rent, the center’s executive director Carl Siciliano recalled on Monday. And Arthur’s gift to the center prevented that.

Since many young gay people are forced to leave home after coming out to their parents, what Arthur’s support symbolizes is almost as important as the money, Siciliano said. “It’s wonderful for our young people, who have been so rejected, to know that someone as important as Bea Arthur supports them.”

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Rick Perry vows to resist Obama’s ‘socialized’ healthcare reforms

From The Guardian UK:

Texas governor says Affordable Care Act is in contradiction to America’s ‘founding principles’ and would bankrupt his state

in Washington, Monday 9 July 2012

The Texas governor, Rick Perry, has told the Obama administration he will not implement key provisions of the healthcare reform law because they amount to socialism and threaten to bankrupt his state.

In a letter to the health secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, Perry said that Texas, the US state with the highest percentage of people without health insurance, will not expand Medicaid to cover more than 1 million additional poor people even though the federal government would pick up almost all the cost.

Perry also rejected establishing health insurance exchanges intended to reduce the cost of insuring people with chronic diseases and pre-existing conditions by spreading risk.

“I will not be party to socializing healthcare and bankrupting my state in direct contradiction to our constitution and our founding principles of limited government. I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the Obamacare power grab,” Perry wrote.

“Neither a ‘state’ exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under this program would result in better ‘patient protection’ or in more ‘affordable care’. They would only make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to healthcare.”

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Upper-Class Warfare in the Hamptons

From Mother Jones:

Helicopters from hell and a lead-smelting tycoon’s mega-mansion—just another day of millionaires versus billionaires in America’s toniest summer spot.

July/August 2012 Issue

With twin 2,520-horsepower engines and up to 19 seats, the Sikorsky S-92 is among the world’s most powerful civilian helicopters. “Helibuses” typically service offshore oil platforms and the like, but two years ago billionaire industrialist Ira Rennert acquired a posh version to shuttle himself between Manhattan and Long Island’s exclusive Hamptons, where he owns a 63-acre, 110,000-square-foot villa complex. One of the first to notice the giant bird was Frank Dalene, founder and CEO of a successful luxury homebuilding company, who lives on a ridge along Rennert’s flight path. Its whumping rotor was like “a lightning bolt striking nearby,” says Dalene, a fast-talking 58-year-old with a long nose and narrow-set eyes. He blames the vibrations for “literally damaging my home.”

Dalene and his neighbors near the East Hampton Airport might have abided Rennert’s choppers—he owns two—had they been an anomaly. But the situation has become intolerable over the past few years, Dalene says, thanks to a whirlybird craze among the investment bankers and hedge fund gurus who weekend in Sagaponack and Southampton. On Friday afternoons the tiny airport is a beehive. Come summer, some CEOs commute daily between their beach chalets and Manhattan’s East 34th Street Heliport. “They don’t give a crap about nobody,” Dalene gripes.

Last year, he founded the Quiet Skies Coalition, an anti-helicopter group that has become one of the most potent political forces in the Hamptons. Its wealthy members north of the Montauk Highway launched what Dalene describes as a “knock-down, drag-out battle” against “ultra-wealthy” helicopter owners who largely live on the south side, accusing them of shattering the island’s tranquillity, contributing to climate change, and poisoning the air with leaded fuel. “I am beginning to think Mr. Rennert is practicing class warfare,” Dalene wrote Rennert’s Manhattan secretary in an email that likened the noise assaults to “throwing their garbage on the other side of the tracks for us poor folks to live with.”

Over on the poor side of the tracks, Dalene owns side-by-side properties assessed at around $2.1 million. On one wall of the potato barn he’s converted into an office is a photo of him with Newt Gingrich. On another wall hangs a framed “Republican of the Year” award from the National Republican Congressional Committee. But having deemed local Republicans too pro-helicopter, Dalene says he intends to register as an independent. (Mitt Romney attended a trio of fundraisers in the Hamptons this weekend, including a $50,000-a-person event at the estate of David Koch.)

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Contraception controversy? What controversy?

From The Guardian UK:

Every day women are dying because they can’t access family planning. A London summit aims to change that, Monday 9 July 20

The 2012 London Olympic Games will mark the first time in history that women are competing in all 26 sports. Among the roster are women like Maziah Mahusin, the first female Olympian ever from Brunei, and Kenya’s Mary Keitany, the winner of the 2012 London Marathon. Their success demonstrates what is possible when women and young girls are given the opportunity to realise their talents and their dreams.

I find an interesting connection between the Olympics and another important international event taking place in London: the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning.

Co-hosted by the British government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the goal of the summit on 11 July is to stimulate political and financial investment, to provide 120 million women around the world with safe, voluntary contraceptive products, information and services. As Melinda Gates has rightly stated, it is time to lift the “controversial” veil off the word “contraception” and put the subject squarely where it belongs – at the centre of the global health, economic, environmental and human rights agenda. In doing so, we will give women in every country the opportunity to become the next world famous Olympian, or doctor, or teacher – wherever their dreams lie.

In my travels with PSI, a global health organisation on whose board I serve and that partners with both UKAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, I learned exactly the harrowing impact the “controversy” around contraception has had on women, couples and families. On a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a village outside Kinshasa, I spent a day with Therese, Victor and their six children. They talked about the path they charted together, as parents and partners. They weren’t aware of family planning, let alone their options. What they did know was the chronic, grave toll that ongoing unintended pregnancies took on Therese’s body, as well as on their ability to support their children economically.

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Why Attacks on Contraception Meet Success In Such A Pro-Contraception Culture

From RH Reality Check:

by Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check
July 8, 2012

Another month in the ramped-up war on women, and another unfortunately successful attack on women’s access to contraception. The story of the North Carolina legislature defunding Planned Parenthood is remarkable mainly for the doggedness of the anti-choice faction, from the fact that it had to be done with an override of the governor’s veto to the fact that it was done late at night before a holiday. Never let it be said that North Carolina conservatives don’t take keeping affordable birth control out of the hands of women very seriously.

Occasions like this tend to cause pro-choicers not just to be sad about the setback, but also to despair of every gaining any ground. We live in a society where 95 percent of Americans have sex without being married first, contraceptive use is functionally universal, mainstream media largely portrays sex as an ordinary life (which it is), and formerly marginalized sexual identities are becoming more socially acceptable by the minute. You would think in such an environment, the gap between how we actually live and the sexual lives conservatives demand of us — sexual lives that are practiced by a vanishingly small  minority, so small that very few of the conservatives pushing this image actually live it –would be enough to overcome their efforts at slashing reproductive health care access. Attempts to force people to embrace abstinence or face very serious consequences should, logically, be seen as just as ridiculous as attempts to force people to abstain from going outside when the weather is nice or going to the movies.

And yet, here we are, watching the legislature in yet another state, where, I guarantee it, the vast majority of citizens are pro-choice in their behavior, attacking access to contraception and getting away with it. In fact, the odds are high that most of the people voting to de-fund Planned Parenthood have rejected for themselves the abstinence course they’re trying to push on others by taking their birth control away. The disconnect is just stunning, if you really think about it.  Why can’t we win even when we’re winning?

Part of the problem is the perennial “glass houses” phenomenon. There’s a quirk in human nature that allows us to imagine that when we do behavior X, we have a very good reason for it, unlike everyone else who does behavior X. People who are supportive or even just indifferent towards these efforts to punish women’s sexual behavior often imagine that they’re not the ones who are being targeted by these efforts, that their sexual choices are so obviously above the line that no one could want to hurt them. It’s always those other women, right? Until it’s not, but by then it’s often too late.

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Plundering Appalachia – The Tragedy of Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining

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Humanitarian Disaster From Electricity Crisis Grows in Coalfields, As Coal Baron Entertains PGA Golf Tour, Rock Stars

From Huffington Post:

Jeff Biggers

As reports of revamped mountaintop removal operations and detonations continue to rock the electricity-bereft disaster areas in the West Virginia coalfields, ailing residents — entering their second week of a mounting humanitarian crisis — expressed disbelief and contempt for the inaction of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and multimillionaire coal baron Jim Justice. Both of these men have been accused of making sure the PGA golf tournament at the Greenbrier Resort lit up in joyfully air-conditioned clubhouses and parties.

“William Shakespeare once famously wrote ‘The show must go on,'” West Virginia broadcaster Bob Kincaid said. “Marie Antoinette said, in a piqué of cluelessness, ‘Let them eat cake.’ This week, we have seen both converge in a blisteringly hot West Virginia.”

With more than 137,000 West Virginians still without power after last Friday’s epic storm, according to news reports, Kincaid said the antiquated coal-fired grid defended by Gov. Tomblin had exposed the devastating stranglehold by Big Coal-bankrolled politicians who have kept the state from diversifying its energy sources and updating its out of date grid. An estimated 90 Appalachian Power distribution substations were toppled last week. Since then, residents have attempted to fend off brutal summer temperatures without electricity, along with shortages of food, water and gas.

“I was in Germany last month,” Kincaid said, who addressed European bankers on coal, mountaintop removal and financing. “Solar panels dotted the houses. Wind turbines soared. The power companies were begging people to use electricity. Back in West Virginia, we’ve been fed the great lie that solar and wind “don’t work now,” but this latest disaster should be the wake up call for dramatic change from the coal-fired grid.”

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Appalachia in Civil War Over Coal

From The New York Times:

By Jason Howard
Published: July 8, 2012

Berea, Ky.

ANYONE traveling on Interstate 77 just north of Charleston, W.Va., can’t miss the billboard perched high above the traffic, proclaiming “Obama’s No Jobs Zone,” a reference to increased regulations on the coal industry and mountaintop removal mining. Like countless other bits of pro-coal propaganda that have sprouted over the last few years across Appalachia, the sign is designed to inflame tensions — and by all counts, it’s working.

Appalachia is engaged in a civil war of sorts over coal, with miners and their families pitted against environmental activists. The central issue is mountaintop removal, a radical form of strip mining that has left over 2,000 miles of streams buried and over 500 mountains destroyed. According to several recent studies, people living near surface mining sites have a 50 percent greater risk of fatal cancer and a 42 percent greater risk of birth defects than the general population.

Despite the evidence, the coal industry and its allies in Washington have persuaded the majority of their constituents to ignore such environmental consequences, recasting mountaintop removal as an economic boon for the region, a powerful job creator in a time of national employment distress.

Of course, since mountaintop removal is heavily mechanized, the coal industry is the real job killer — and, until recently, miners would have been suspicious of any claim to the contrary. For decades the companies had fought the miners’ efforts to unionize, resulting in violent strikes.

After finally recognizing the union, King Coal opposed its demands for things like a living wage, health insurance, safety precautions and measures to curb the alarming rates of black lung disease. The strategy was simple: the companies would buy off individual communities and leaders, exchanging meager payouts for silence or even support against the more adamant activists.

The presence of the United Mine Workers of America helped stymie such tactics. But now, with a mere 25 percent of miners belonging to the union, the allegiance of miners has largely shifted to the coal companies. The old divide-and-conquer strategy is back. This time, it’s a matter of pitting workers against their erstwhile allies in Washington: increased environmental regulations — a hallmark of the Obama Environmental Protection Agency following eight years of lax guidelines and enforcement under President George W. Bush — are branded as a war on coal miners.

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