Fracking Tempts the Amish Community


How do they prevent fracking from leaking into your soul?

It's likely that members of the Amish community have not seen either Gasland or Gasland Part II. But they do have the possibility of fracking coming to their neck of the woods, and their concerns are a bit different from those of environmentalists. The Associated Press reports:

In parts of Ohio and Pennsylvania where horse-drawn buggies clip-clop at the pace of a bygone era, Amish communities are debating a new temptation — the large cash royalties that can come with the boom in oil and gas drilling.

In some ways, Amish attitudes toward hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, are as different from the outside world as their clothes and traditions. Instead of worries about air and water pollution, they're focusing on people's souls.

"Amish are no different than anybody else. The power of big money can bring spiritual corruption," said Jerry Schlabach, an Amish resident of Berlin, Ohio. "If we can keep our values and adhere to biblical principle, then it can be a very positive thing," he said.

Reuben Troyer, who recently signed a drilling lease for his 140-acre farm just east of the market town of New Bedford, Ohio, said he feels comfortable with the process itself.

"I guess I feel they know what they're doing, and they'll take care of themselves," Troyer said.

Reason's Ron Bailey recently dispelled five lies about the fracking process. Adherence to Biblical principles was not addressed, though.

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  2. Well I missed the PM Links, but I wanted to post this for Sloopy:

    12 year old Ohio kid with cancer names his brain tumor ‘Michigan’—and beats it.

    1. But was the tumor a Browns fan?

    2. Roflmao. Awesome. I’d have been a little less harsh and named it Detroit, and it would have been much easier to beat, too.

  3. Amish resident of Berlin, Ohio

    Pronounced “Burr-lin”.

    I love going down to Amish country here. Amish buffets are particularly good. $10 for all you can eat meatloaf, fried chicken, corn pudding, etc., and it comes with the option of salad or ice cream.

    1. Woah, woah, woah – did the local health inspector inspect that food? Did the farm have its ‘no-non-pasturized milk’ certification?

      Its not safe to associate with these Amish types, the don’t have big government looking over their shoulder all the time. As a matter of fact, I hear they don’t even pay social security!

      1. Send in the SWAT teams.

    2. Corn pudding?

      1. Must be some German or Yankee concoction.

      2. It’s a delicious fat people food. Sample recipe. Despite what this idiot thinks, it’s obvious that you’re supposed to use whole milk, or better yet, cream.

        1. But you should use dried corn. If you’ve never had Copes Corn, you’ve never had great corn.

        2. Stop feeding the delicious fat people Warty!

        3. Corn pudding is fucking awesome, when done correctly.

    3. You’ll have to take my Shoo-fly pie and pickled eggs from my cold, dead, fat hands.

  4. Hey, when you can’t drink booze, a bit of methane in the water has its attractions.

    1. Are you joking? The Amish are as drunk as any other group.

      1. Didn’t know that.

  5. Yet another example sad example of religion holding back humanity.

    Wait what?

  6. OT:
    Teens confuse TV with reality, according to whinny idiots!
    …”a third of the episodes included content that “rose to the level of sexual exploitation” of females, according to the Parents Television Council report released Tuesday.”……..655361.php
    According to the headline, it’s a “study”. It’s nothing of the sort; it’s an opinion piece with numbers.

    1. It’s like the Barbie nonsense that comes up all the time. Apparently kids are just too stupid to know that dolls aren’t real. I mean, all of mine seem to have figured that out just fine on their own, but I guess all the other kids in the world are real morons.

    2. “At what point in time is it OK to laugh at sexual trafficking or rape?” council President Tim Winter said.

      How about when we’re talking about your daughter, Tim? Sound good?

      1. “At what point in time is it OK to laugh at sexual trafficking or rape?” council President Tim Winter said.

        Clown rape is still funny, right?

        1. Did you bring enough clown rape jokes to share with the class?

  7. For a moment there, I thought the headline read “Fragging Tempts the Amish Community.”

    1. It would, but playing the PnP version of ‘Call of Duty’ really isn’t all that fun.

  8. The more-leisure, more-cash problem has been rumbling through Amish communities for a while now. As it became harder and harder for young Amish people to afford farmland, more Amish families have turned to running small businesses. But once your livelihood is based on a “regular” job instead of running a farm, you find yourself with a lot more free time and more ready cash to spend. And even though the Amish are supposed to live simply and eschew conspicuous consumption, they do find ways of spending more money on bigger houses, vacation houses, fancier horses, and especially hunting equipment and hunting trips.

    1. This is true. The gun stores in Amish country are well-stocked with all sorts of fun goodies. You probably wouldn’t expect them to love AR-15s, but they do.

      1. The LORD may provide, but he provides better when you are well-armed.

        1. And well paid!

      2. “I would not harm thee for the world, Brother; but where thou standest, I am about to shoot.”

      3. Huh. So zippers are too modern, but not AR-15s…?

        1. PapayaSF| 7.9.13 @ 11:14PM |#
          “Huh. So zippers are too modern, but not AR-15s…?”

          Feynman ended up in an elevator with a couple of ‘observant’ (fundy) Jews. They asked him whether an electrical spark was “fire”, since is was Saturday (the sabbath).
          He got pissed, I don’t blame him; stuff your skydaddy crap up your butt.

          1. Now, now, let’s be tolerant of the religious beliefs of others.

    2. They show up here at my farm every year or so looking for horses. They visit many of the beleaguered standardbred owners looking for cheap labor. They seem to be doing pretty good this last dude was driving a brand new fully decked out f-250.

      1. The trucks are usually owned by the community.

        1. So this is the workaround sorta like the Muslim ‘not an interest paying loan’ bullshit?

      2. Where I live they have vehicles that are black with either 1 or 2 horsepower.

  9. God approves of fracking.

    For the Lord’s portion is His people;
    Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance.
    He found him in a desert land,
    And in the howling waste of a wilderness;
    He encircled him, He cared for him,
    He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
    Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
    That hovers over its young,
    He spread His wings and caught them,
    He carried them on His pinions.
    The Lord alone guided him,
    And there was no foreign god with him.
    He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
    And he ate the produce of the field;
    And He made him suck honey from the rock,
    And oil from the flinty rock,
    Curds of cows, and milk of the flock,
    With fat of lambs,
    And rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats,
    With the finest of the wheat?
    And of the blood of grapes you drank wine.

  10. OT: Reid is thinking about removing the filibuster again.

    That would be a great way to make sure no one can hold up a nomination to get answers on a drone program. Or illegal spying. Or send a message when the whitehouse makes recess appointments while the senate isn’t in recess.

    1. How about *requiring* the filibuster every time a bill comes to the floor?

      1. How about just, oh, requiring that lying asshole to do what he promised?

        “It seemed among the easiest of his transparency pledges and is entirely under his control, but President Obama is finagling his promise to post bills on the White House Web site for comment for five days before he signs them.
        Mr. Obama last week signed four bills, each just a day or two after Congress passed and sent it over to him.”
        Read more:…..z2YbmBZhTx

        We’ll ignore that sleazy hag Pelosi and the ‘pass it to find out how horrible it is’.

        1. Amen! I find that’s one of the easiest presentations of “transparency” for people to grasp, and it’s such a no-brainer that people find his total failure to act on that promise particularly grating.

          1. Shithead doesn’t.

  11. Anybody want to get a glimpse of pure evil? Ahem:

    Lately there has been an embarrassingly na?ve call from the Tea Party to require Congress to specify in each of its bills the Constitutional authority upon which the bill is grounded. Nothing could be easier: the first and last clauses of Article I, Section 8 gives Congress black-and-white authority to make any law it so desires. Nor was this authority lost on the Founders.

    “Limited government” advocates are fond of cherry-picking quotes from The Federalist Papers to lend their argument credibility, but an adverse collection of essays called the Anti-federalist Papers unsurprisingly never gets a glance. Here is a sample from New Yorker Robert Yates, a would-be founder who walked out of the Philadelphia convention in protest, written a month after the Constitution had been completed:

    1. “This government is to possess absolute and uncontrollable power, legislative, executive and judicial, with respect to every object to which it extends. ? The government then, so far as it extends, is a complete one. ? It has the authority to make laws which will affect the lives, the liberty, and the property of every man in the United States; nor can the constitution or the laws of any state, in any way prevent or impede the full and complete execution of every power given.”

      Yates, it must be emphasized, took pains to identify the “necessary and proper” clause as the root of the “absolute power” inherent in the Constitution well over a year before ratification.

      Haha, you dumb Teabaggers! The Federal government has absolute power over all of us! Boo yeah!

      1. This bitch is completely off her/his (?) fucking rocker.



      2. Yates thought that absolute power would be a bad thing, which is why he was arguing against the constitution. He thought it would give absolute power to the government and didn’t want that.

        The Federalists, meanwhile, went to great pains to explain why it wouldn’t give unlimited power to the government.

        Therefore, both the anti-federalists AND the Federalists were talking about the need to limit government power, the only question was whether they felt the Constitution provided proper limits.

        I don’t know what this moron’s point is.

        1. Yeah that was really stupid. The Anti-Federalists were (rightly) skeptical of the ability of the Constitution to limit the government, but that doesn’t mean the Constitution actually gave the feds unlimited power. The people who wrote it, and agreed to it, all agreed on that fact. If the Constitution was just intended to mean “Congress shall have the power to make any law necessary and proper to regulate commerce and provide for the general welfare” they would have just written that. Why all the debate over specific clauses and balancing power if they intended to give the feds the power to do whatever the hell they wanted?

        2. Forget it, Irish. It’s Alternetown.

      3. Hey! told me on that you attend UCI, I will be starting there this fall as a junior, you wouldn’t happen to be a part of YAL? I’m really considering joining. I’m also giddy that there are still sane and rational thinkers still left in this bankrupt state.

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