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That’s the screen shot I just took of the Friends of Coal Web site, promoting Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s “rally for coal” tomorrow afternoon at the West Virginia State Capitol.

Thanks to filmmaker and alert Coal Tattoo reader Mari-Lynn Evans for pointing this out.

I checked in with Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association, and I’m guessing that by the time you click on it, that banner promoting the rally will be removed from their site.

I asked Bill if his group was encouraging its supporters to bring firearms to the rally tomorrow, and he said:

I think that’s a figure of speech. Everyone should be on their best behavior.

Maybe we’ll take a look at that and see if there’s a better choice of words. I don’t think there was any intention of malice, and there probably wasn’t that much thought put into it.

Updated: The phrase “Call to Arms” has now been changed to “Alert! Alert! Alert!” on the Friends of Coal Web site. Here’s  the updated version —


I spoke briefly with Jacqueline Proctor, spokeswoman for Acting Gov. Tomblin, and she told me that the “call to arms” was “an unfortunate use of words” but that the Friends of Coal site wasn’t the governor’s to control or comment about. Proctor said she did not know if the governor planned to speak to coal industry groups about the use of such rhetoric.