RE: Local political structure, you guys are right...my bad. As someone who does not have kids and travels a lot (and has for years) I have a limited connection to wherever I live. Usually, my political involvement is at a state level or above, working for RKBA. I do get involved locally on gun issues, but seldom for other things. Living in Boulder County — 50 square miles surrounded by reality, as the poster says — has its pluses and minuses. It is a spectacular place to live with outdoor recreation second to none; it is also a major fruit and nut enclave. The cell tower issue grated because it is a matter of life or death...the town is at the head of 17 miles of twisting mountain road through a canyon. Make a mistake driving, or have a heart attack at a bad time behind the wheel, and you have a choice of a rock wall or a drop into a fast-running mountain stream. If your accident happens in the middle of the canyon, especially at night, you have a 7 mile walk to be able to call for help. Happens every year.
I once popped the accelerator linkage on an old Land Cruiser of mine at Mile 8 one the way home on a cold, cold night. Of course, I had extra clothing layers, hiking boots and a SureFire, so I mostly got a unplanned hike up the hill. I was almost hit twice at narrow points where there was no place to get off the road...gotta love target fixation!
Anyhow, speaking of EMP, Rastus, I jst finished reading ONE SECOND AFTER by William Forstchen, a TEOTWAWKI book postulating an EMP strike against the United States and based on substantial military research on the subject. As stated in the afterword, a terrifying report on U.S. vulnerability to an EMP strike had the bad luck to be released on September 11, 2001 and was effectively lost in the subsequent coverage of the terrorist events...or am I now required to say man-made catastrophes? Anyhow, an EMP strike is an efficient and devastatingly effective way to use limited nukes...you don't have to have precision targeting or super-deluxe missile delivery systems...just enough to lob the nukes high enough over the central U.S. to get a maximum pulse effect.
It's a very well written, scary and ultimately profoundly depressing book, focusing on one small town in North Carolina (sort of like the late, lamented television series, Jericho, in that way). If you're having trouble staying awake all night, ONE SECOND LATER will solve that problem...