Pennsylvania residents, take note: the Erie, PA Zoning Board has voted to proceed with a proposal to build a tire-burning plant. I trust you don't need to read the Erie County Medical Society's position statement on the plant to appreciate what a hazard that would be. Apparently the plant's progenitor, Erie Renewable Energy (!), considers the plant to be a "green" way of producing energy. What, the sun doesn't shine on Erie? The wind doesn't blow in Erie? As I've always said, if it smells like dung and looks like dung I don't need to put my damn nose in it. Hell, maybe burning dung would be better than burning tires. Anyway, the Erie City Council will vote tomorrow on whether to overturn the Zoning Board's decision. You may not be an Erie resident, but you may be someone who works there, lives anywhere nearby, or visits frequently -- or, hell, maybe you're just an American who gives a damn. So PennPIRG helps you oppose the plant. And, if you're in the neighborhood, KEEP will peaceably assemble outside Erie City Hall tomorrow at 8 am. Wear your Sunday best if you go. And keep the tire fires on King of the Hill.
Meanwhile, Michael Wolff wonders whether Rush Limbaugh's power is expanding or waning. Absent sourced audience figures, I'd guess it's about what it's been since around 1990. I don't think the actual audience figures matter as much as their devotion -- advertisers love a dependable audience, and Mr. Limbaugh's audience (like Mr. Hannity's, like Mr. Savage's) tunes in regularly. And this is the problem with all of the Big Media: they've figured out that if they can deliver a dependable audience, they can get dependable advertisers. At that point it doesn't really matter if they're particularly good at what they do (or particularly moral about what they do). Break that chain -- the one between advertisers and media that keeps consumers out -- and we'll have freedom. (In other news, radio's "endgame" is hardly "written," because a lot of poor people don't have the broadband internet access that would get them into the liberal blogosphere, because the music industry still hasn't abandoned the FM band (and their abandonment of the AM band midwifed talk radio as much as anything), and because (with any luck) we'll have a substantial expansion of low-power FM soon.)