Virginia’s Rivers Second Most Polluted in Nation

Virginia is second-worst in the nation for toxic chemicals dumped into its waterways, according to a report released this month.

The report, “Wasting Our Waterways: Industrial Toxic Pollution and the Unfulfilled Promise of the Clean Water Act,” claims 18 million pounds of toxic chemicals are released by industrial facilities into state rivers, lakes and streams annually.

Five Virginia rivers made the report’s list of 50 worst waterways in the nation, while other findings show that more than 377,000 pounds of toxic pollutants were dumped into the Shenandoah River, and 400,000 pounds were released into the Potomac River.

Now this calls for outrage. Oh Shenandoah, one of America’s most notable rivers in folk song can now shrivel your toes because it is so toxin. How have things gotten so bad?  It takes a minute to play.  O Shenandoah by the Statler Bros.

    (O Shenandoah-click here)

“Virginia’s waterways are a polluter’s paradise right now,” said Laura Anderson, field organizer with Environment Virginia. “There’s obviously something wrong if polluters are dumping 18 million pounds of toxic pollution into our waterways here in Virginia every year.”

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Jon Stewart gives Spike Lee a lesson in manners

After he admonishes Mitt Romney on international gaffes.



Once Jon Stewart gets hold of you, you know you have been taken to task.  He thinks McLean family is darling.  A tweet isn’t the best way to apologize to a 70 year old couple. 

What has Spike Lee done to atone for his social gaffe against this retired couple?

MD Clinic Landlord Gets Even: Voice of Choice

A clinic’s landlord turns the tables on anti-abortion protesters

Todd Stave is the landlord of a clinic in Germantown that provides abortions. Reproductive Health Services became the focus of antiabortion protesters when it was leased to LeRoy Carhart, one of the few doctors in the nation who acknowledges performing late-term abortions. 

Todd is no stranger to clinic protests.  His father owned the clinic and his sister managed it.  He has been around protests since he was 5 years old.  He doesn’t mind people protesting.  He feels it is their first amendment right to protest there. 

I’ve been a member of this fight since Roe v. Wade, since I was 5 years old,” he said. The office was firebombed when he was a kid, and protesters gathered outside the family home as he was growing up. So he’s no stranger to the harassment and bullying of doctors and their families.

It has become routine for protesters to distribute fliers and create Web sites that supply personal information about doctors and encourage others to badger them. Kansas doctor George Tiller was killed in 2009, and the farm of his protege, Carhart, was burned to the ground in 1991

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