Oh, and for those keeping score, the parent company that owns this mine is the same parent company that was responsible for the "the worst environmental catastrophe in the history of the Eastern United States" when 300 million plus gallons of toxic sludge were poured into the waterways in Inez, Kentucky on Oct. 11, 2000. Luckily, the Bush administration made sure that no Marxist fascist commie America haters would hold Massey criminally negligent for the spill.
Update: The guy wrapped in the American flag in the video at the first link so he can tell the Tea Party audience that he's for the working man and against the commies in the Obama administration and what not, previously told employees to mine coal and not worrry about other tasks, a point that was raised in court by the widows of men killed in one of his mines.
Update II: I forgot that the flag wearing champion of the worker is also a fan of buying courts to save his company money.
He unintentionally set a new national legal precedent last year when the United States Supreme Court ruled that judges must disqualify themselves from cases involving people who spent unusually large sums to elect them.Good thing the Tea Party crowd has heroes like Blankenship looking out for their interests.
That case was brought after Mr. Blankenship spent about $3 million in 2004 to defeat an incumbent justice on the West Virginia Supreme Court. The beneficiary of Mr. Blankenship’s spending, Brent D. Benjamin, went on to become the court’s chief justice, and he twice joined the majority in 3-to-2 decisions throwing out a $50 million jury verdict against Massey Energy.
More questions about Mr. Blankenship’s ties to the court were raised in 2008, when another justice on the court lost his re-election bid after photographs surfaced showing him dining on the French Riviera and in Monaco with Mr. Blankenship at a time when cases involving Massey were pending before the court.