Illinois Poll Shows Strong Opposition to Fracking

Nearly half of Illinois voters oppose fracking, according to a new poll by the Simon Institute. The statewide poll reveals 48.6% oppose fracking while only 31.8% believe it should be encouraged, even if there are economic benefits. Opponents outnumber supporters an all regions of the state, including downstate where fracking is promoted as a jobs…

Keith Olbermann: Still Crazy After All These Years

Yes – that crazy, liberal, Progressive, left-leaning Keith Olbermann is still at it.  He's still doing crazy, liberal, Progressive, left-leaning stuff.  Standing up for a minority group in America?  Yes that's crazy, liberal, Progressive, and left-leaning.  And yes – I still love the guy for it. What's he up to this time?  Nothing that doesn't…

Tikrit artillery barrages augmented with U.S. air strikes

The southwest section of Tikrit is a burning ruin. After a week of artillery the residences have been leveled and bombs left by the ISIS and allied Sunni fighters have been detonated. The area reportedly looks like Stalingrad during World War II. Estimates from Al Sahra/COB Speicher put the shell count between 8,000 and 12,000…

My Planet Fitness post provokes a “rebuttal” from extremist right-wing “Christian” hypocrites

Originally posted at Eclectablog. My Eclectablog post yesterday (“Anti-trans* woman uses Michigan’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to sue Planet Fitness for terminating her membership“) which I cross-posted here at Daily Kos, provoked a response from the so-called “Christians” at RenewAmerica.com today. The piece is written by Ellis Washington, a founding board member of Salt and…

America's Fracking Mayor: Rahm Emanuel

When Rahm Emanuel became mayor, the city of Chicago was making lists of top green cities in America. During the election he pledged support to a community movement aimed at closing the polluting Fisk & Crawford coal plants. But after taking office, Emanuel significantly increased Chicago's use of fossil fuels by negotiating an energy aggregation…