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Accused deadbeat Dad Joe Walsh-fired Illinois Representative- declares war on small businesses and families over conceal carry laws. Calls on fellow pro-gun hysterics to boycott small businesses in towns crafting any gun legislation. Takes a big man to bully mom and pop businesses, especially in this economy. I guess old Joe secure in holding his small hard… gun in public is more important than these people. can’t imagine why he wasn’t re-elected? Tells audience to shop in wealthy Lake Forest instead. Sounds like tired old Joe is for sale, or just needs attention. Does anyone know if and how much the NRA or Illinois Rifle Association might be paying him to sell guns in Illinois? Not saying I have direct proof he’s gettin’ paid. Just asking an innocent question.

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Action Alert. Please help makethe difference right now.

No frackingSpeaker Madigan’s abrupt turn on Fracking yesterday opens the door to the Moratorium and investigative Task Force here in IL, HB3086 and SB1418 but we, the people, have to walk through that door! You never know how long that door will be open, nothing, ever, is a done deal in Springfield. They flip flop more than a live flounder on a beach.

Please call your IL Rep and Sen TODAY at 1-217-782-2000 and ask them to support the Moratorium on Fracking and an investigative Task Force, HB3086 and SB1418.

It is imperative that the rest of the IL Reps and Sens hear from you today, Call 1-217-782-2000.

Tell them that the Speaker has the right idea, a moratorium on fracking with an investigative task force to look at this dangerous technology is the way to keep Illinois SAFE.

Earthquakes, water contamination, cancer clusters, radioactive toxic waste water, the industry using every last drop of water in Southern and Central Illinois, there are many issues to investigate. Please tell your IL Rep and Sen that you want them to do their due diligence and listen to the science around fracking.

Please pass this email to your contacts.
Thank you,
The Illinois Coalition For A Moratorium On Fracking
http://www.dontfractureillinois.net

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Illinois Groups Praise Speaker Madigan for Supporting Fracking Moratorium

Springfield, IL — One day after nearly a hundred concerned citizens converged on Springfield to call for a moratorium on fracking, House Speaker Mike Madigan today announced his support for legislation to stop the dirty drilling technique in Illinois.
HB 3086 in the House (sponsored by Rep. Deb Mell) and SB 1418 (sponsored by Sen. Mattie Hunter) each call for a moratorium on fracking in Illinois, and are scheduled for committee hearings in Springfield tomorrow morning.

“In state after state, fracking has been a rolling environmental disaster – contaminating drinking water, making nearby residents sick, and turning rural landscapes into industrial zones,” said Bruce Ratain, state policy associate for Environment Illinois. ”We praise Speaker Madigan for looking carefully at the facts about fracking, and joining the growing call to keep it out of Illinois.”

Seeing the light?

Seeing the light?

Liz Patula, a member of SAFE (Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment), had the following response: “I said it yesterday in the Capitol and I will say it again today: New York’s Assembly just voted to extend its moratorium on fracking. Don’t the citizens of Illinois deserve the same protection?”

While in Springfield, activists also held a rally and press conference in the Capitol rotunda, and delivered materials or met with every legislator in the House and Senate.
“Today Speaker Madigan has shown the kind of wise leadership that we went to Springfield yesterday to see,” commented Dr. Lora Chamberlain, of The Illinois Coalition for a Moratorium on Fracking (ICMF). “ICMF, SAFE, Illinois People’s Action and Environment Illinois went yesterday, with over 100 Illinois citizens, to ask our Illinois lawmakers to do exactly what the Speaker did today. Keep Illinois SAFE by supporting a moratorium on fracking and slowing down fracking. We thank Sen. Hunter and Rep. Mell for their leadership, and applaud Speaker Madigan for listening to the concerned citizens of Illinois.”

The toll of fracking has been extensively documented by Environment Illinois’ sister organization in Pennsylvania, where gas drilling has run rampant. The groups’ report In the Shadow of the Marcellus Boom documents leaks, spills, well blowouts, and other pollution from gas drilling operations. Residents living on the frontlines of fracking have told their stories in Penn Environment’s Marcellus Shale Stories video.
Moreover, a study from the University of Colorado School of Public Health concludes that living within a half a mile of gas drilling operations is associated with a wide range of serious health risks.

Speaker Madigan’s announcement comes as other state legislatures are also moving to halt or restrict fracking. New York’s Assembly approved a fracking moratorium last week, and new anti-fracking measures have been introduced in other states this year as well.
“For Illinois’ water, air and land, the best protection against fracking is no fracking at all, and we are excited to have Speaker Madigan stand with us,” said Ratain. “Now it’s time for legislators to follow the leadership of Speaker Madigan, Sen. Hunter and Rep. Mell and pass legislation to keep Illinois free from fracking.”

Groups represented in the state wide lobbying effort include The Illinois Coalition For a Moratorium on Fracking (ICMF), S.A.F.E. (Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment, CAPOW! (Citizens Act to Protect Our Water), Stop the Frack Attack on Illinois, Rising Tide, RAN Chicago, IPA (Illinois People’s Action), the Gray Panthers, the Illinois Sierra Club and Environment Illinois.
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Environment Illinois is a statewide, citizen based environmental advocacy organization working toward a cleaner, greener, healthier future.

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Send a Happy Frackless Valentines Day to Illinois Gov. Quinn, Speaker Madigan, AG Lisa Madigan and Senate Pres Cullerton. Here’s How.

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Please send a Valentine to Illinois leaders and important Climate Crisis actions coming up this week, Here is what you can do…
This Valentines Day, Let’s love up the IL Leaders with a Frack Free Valentine!

Please cut and paste this Valentines Day note below about Fracking and send it to
Gov. Quinn, Speaker Madigan, AG Lisa Madigan and Senate Pres Cullerton .

Copy and paste to the Gov here:

http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/Pages/ContacttheGovernor.aspx

Cut, Paste and Change the name to Speaker Madigan and send here: jmiller@hds.ilga.gov

Cut, Paste and Change the name to Senate Pres. Cullerton and send here: mchirico@senatedem.ilga.gov

Cut, Paste and Change the name to AG Lisa Madigan and copy and paste here:
http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/email_ag.jsp

Dear Gov. Quinn,

We are counting on your love for all of Illinois to keep fracking from poisoning our water, destroying our farmland, sickening our neighbors, killing our cows, causing earthquakes and leaking methane enough to add greatly to the looming Climate Crisis. Do you love Illinois enough to make the right choice for all of Illinois,
not just the frackers?

We are the IL Coalition for a Moratorium on Fracking and we are asking you to think with your heart on this subject. Regulating fracking is essentially impossible. Where is the army of regulators who are going to go out and make sure that thousands of wells are not leaking and spilling, and thousands of trucks full of toxic, radioactive waste water are not illegally dumping? (In Ohio there is one enforcement staffer for every 2000 oil and gas wells and they can not keep up. In PA there are 37 inspectors to 64,939 active wells, regulatory oversight is so weak that 666 environmental health and safety violations were reported in 2011, http://projects.propublica.org/gas-drilling/states/OH .)

Please slow this fracking down, allow Illinoisans the opportunity to see that you are doing your due diligence in Springfield. We are supporting SB 1418, the Hydraulic Fracture Ban, but it is really a moratorium on fracking and a 2 year investigative Task Force. Show Illinois that you care enough to do your homework and listen to the science, rather than accept some back room deal with the industry, please support SB 1418.

P.lease remember that studies have shown that fracking will create far less jobs than the industry reports, and most of them will be temporary jobs. Only 1.7 jobs/well per the Food and Water Watch report, “Exposing the Oil and Gas Industry’s False Jobs Promise” http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/reports/exposing-the-oil-and-gas-industrys-false-jobs-promise/, and 1 of those jobs will probably be an out of state fracker, who comes into the state temporarily and leaves when the wells are fracked.

Also the AFL-CIO released a letter in May, 2012, expressing serious concerns for worker safety on the frack fields, you may read the full letter here: http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Fracking-Exposes-Workers-to-High-Levels-of-Silica-and-Other-Health-Hazards, here is an summary:

“Fracking Exposes Workers to High Levels of Silica and Other Health Hazards
Ja-Rei Wang
If you work in the hydraulic fracturing industry—better known as “fracking”—you may be exposed to high levels of crystalline silica, putting you at risk of developing silicosis, lung cancer and other debilitating diseases, according to a letter sent today from the AFL-CIO, Mine Workers (UMWA) and the United Steelworkers (USW) to the top federal safety agencies.

The letter highlights a recent two-year National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) assessment, which found that, among those exposed, 79 percent of samples for silica exceeded the NIOSH Recommended Exposure Limits.

Silica sand is a major component of the fracking process. The sand is mixed with large volumes of water and chemical additives and injected under high pressure by drilling into shale rock. Massive quantities of sand are used and workers are at risk of high levels of exposure during multiple points of the fracking process.

In addition to the health hazards, workers in the oil and gas extraction industries face high rates of fatal occupational injuries. Between 2003 and 2009, there were 27.5 deaths per 100,000 workers, a rate more than seven times higher than the fatality rate for all U.S. workers. ”

In addition the water usage of hydro-fracking is off the charts, in this drought prone state we must save our water for farming and not for fracking. The climate scientists tell us the drought will not ease up much in the future, we can not waste our most precious resource for a few temporary jobs.

One of the worst problems with fracking, which is not addressed adequately in any regulations, is that methane has been found to leak from up to 60% of the fracking wells over time, contributing greatly to global warming. How much methane leaks during the entire life cycle of unconventional gas has emerged as a key question in the fracking debate. Natural gas is mostly methane (CH4). And methane is a far more potent greenhouse gas than (CO2), which is released when any hydrocarbon, like natural gas, is burned — 25 times more potent over a century and 72 to 100 times more potent over a 20-year period.

Bill McKibben of http://www.350.org has said that, “We have to actually start leaving carbon in the ground. If we follow the business plans of the Oil and Natural Gas companies, then the planet tanks.” His “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math” article in Rolling Stone last year lays it all out for us, http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719

Fracking is a dangerous distraction to our green energy future. Surely building IL wind and solar power generation is a way to affect positive job growth, that is truly sustainable.
Our future generations in Illinois, who will not benefit from any of the short term gain from fracking, will certainly notice that Illinois lawmakers played fast and reckless with Illinois water, land and air, please keep them in mind as the fracking debate continues.

Please love all of Illinois by doing your due diligence and support SB 1418,
a Moratorium on Fracking with a Science-Based Investigative Task Force.

Your name, group , City and web address:
________________________________

Sent to you by the
IL Coalition For a Moratorium on Fracking
http://www.dontfractureillinois.net

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Illinois Senate Passes SB 282: SB 282 is simple legislation that provides transparency by requiring all publicly-traded corporations to disclose the amount of corporate income taxes they pay to the State of Illinois.

IIRON, Illinois People’s Action, SOUL,

Lakeview Action Coalition and Northside POWER

 For Immediate Release—November 28, 2012

 For more information, contact:                                            Erica Hade, 312.343.0322 (mobile)

                                                                                                Kristi Sanford, 773.456.4024 (mobile)

 Illinois Senate Passes SB 282

Bill Provides Information to Help Make Tax System Fair to Everyone

SPRINGFIELD, IL—Today, SB 282, the Illinois Corporate Disclosure and Responsibility Act passed the Illinois Senate.  The measure was sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton and Senators Heather Steans and Michael Noland.

“It’s high time we review corporate incentives and breaks to ensure that our policies encourage growth while maintaining fundamental fairness and accountability to taxpayers,” said Cullerton.  “This legislation can help to provide the legislature with a quantitative metric to evaluate our tax code and the need for business tax breaks and incentives.”

According to the Illinois Department of Revenue, two-thirds of corporations pay no Illinois corporate income tax at all.  Yet our current system hides the real impact of tax breaks and loopholes for big corporations and special interests—even from state legislators.  This is crucial information that the voters and public officials need to make informed tax policy decisions.

“Government should be as transparent as possible,” said Majority Leader Representative Barbara Flynn Currie.  “The better informed policy makers are the better public policy decisions they make.”  It is likely that the house will vote on SB 282 next week.

SB 282 is simple legislation that provides transparency by requiring all publicly-traded corporations to disclose the amount of corporate income taxes they pay to the State of Illinois.  The Secretary of State would disclose this information to the general public on the Internet a full two years after the fact. 

To have an equitable tax system where everyone pays their fair share, it is essential that corporations disclose this information.  If big corporations that can afford it don’t pay their fair share, that puts the burden on small business and families who can’t afford it.  With two-thirds of corporations paying no corporate income tax in Illinois, that tax contributes less than 10% of total state taxes and fees compared to personal income taxes and sales taxes that make up about 80% of the total, according to FY2012 projections by the Governor’s office (http://www.state.il.us/budget/2012%20Three%20Year%20Projection.pdf).

“It’s just not right that most corporations don’t pay any Illinois corporate income taxes, while ordinary people are playing by the rules and paying their share,” says Rev. Marilyn Pagán-Banks, IIRON President.  “Everyone should be playing by the same rules and paying their fair share.”


A note on this week’s show…

Someone left the backdoor open to the media’s little party, and 900poundgorilla with PermacultTV intends to get into that party and shake things up a bit…

Before this goes too far, let me first say that I am deeply indebted to a good friend, and host of Awakened America, Marshall Stern, on Chicago’s Progressive Talk radio, WCPT am820. He had faith enough to prop that back door open to the media party. The efforts I’m putting into the show are in no small part inspired by him.

On today’s show I interviewed Nick Crow(which is an awesome name if you are  a crime novelist), reporter for the Freeport, Illinois Journal Standard about the Sensata plant closing. to catch up the unfamiliar…because the Left has gone wild about the story and the Right has been conspiratorially silent…Romney’s company, Bain capital, has outsourced the entire factory to China. The loss of the factory will immediately put 170 people out of decent paying/benefit offering jobs. It will also carve $7.5 million annually from this town of 25,000. Sensata was a profitable company. The outsourced workers were not only replaced by Chinese workers making .99 cents and hour, but the Freeport workers were made to train their Chinese replacements.  There, you are caught up.

This story has become a circus, and there is a fair amount of cynicism, confirmed by Mr. Crow(really awesome name), by the outsourced Freeport workers that when the election is over the media attention will disappear as well. More over, there is this narrative being spun by Democrats that Romney will come down from on high with a royal edict to restore the company and the jobs. Maybe 6 months ago in some Republic Windows and Doors SEIU-type occupation and sit-in, but not now. Not with the extremism now characterizing the Right, which Romney panders to, if he isn’t actually beholden to it completely. The Freeport plant will be shuttered before the end of the year. Some workers are already gone. Half the machinery in the factory is in China.

After the show I took  several calls from friends listening in, most of whom were shocked  at how we came to the story. After watching a sudden avalanche of attention to the story in the media I was struck that the media was painting something of an illusion. Were we  cynical in our coverage of the story? Yes. Sometimes there are no happy endings. Sometimes the hero doesn’t make it from the caboose to the engine of the runaway train as always happens in the movies. Sometimes that train goes off the rails and into the canyon. This train is off the rails.

It is time for a shift in paradigms, which is not at all any easy accomplishment. It takes a culture to change a paradigm. For example, are we truly in a recession? Or have you been told by the media so comprehensively and exhaustively, that whether or not it is actually true, the paradigm convinces us of our new reality? It’s a damn near impossible question to tackle from within the paradigm. And who would believe you? 

It has become a paradigm in this culture. We hardly notice this sort of media narco-narrative that reinforces the idyllic illusion of a fully marketed and media constructed American Dream. It is full a means of control and sedation. We expect that Joe Worker will lose his job, get foreclosed on but get a puppy. This is the fiction  built into our culture by the corporate and status quo media, to such an extent that we begin to parrot that fiction as it becomes bedrock to the culture.

The truth is, nothing in this nation, no freedom, right or privilege was given, and none were given lightly. They came after terrible bloodshed and oppression, through great and ultimate sacrifice, beneath boot and truncheon or in prison. But some part of us believes that Mitt Romney, at the 11th hour will fall to his knees beneath a pillar of heavenly light (wearing his magic underwear), and succumb to true self-sacrificing humanity. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but I’m not seeing it here.

So what is the endgame? What is the lesson? The lesson is that we will have to fight these people, and we’ve done a piss-poor job of it up to now. If we’d done a better job, Romney and Bain executives would be in jail for pulling a Freeport on us. We rise up by the hundreds of thousands as part of the 99% only to quit after a few months and in the face of a few arrests or a corrupted and corporate-controlled media. The lesson of Freeport, and those 170 good souls is that it should never have been allowed to happen in a so-called god-fearing nation. But that ship has sailed, and with that the lesson remaining is whether we draw the line at Freeport and finally stand to fight, because the only thing that will prevent this from becoming more rampant than it already is through the force of our bodies and our votes standing together.

There is  a fight here, but it cannot be a call to arms, but rather a time to stand. I can get on the radio and play and agitate and play the spoiler to the media’s private little party, but I cannot make  a decision to act for anyone other than myself. The decision to stand for something, or stand against injustice comes from within. The question then becomes: will you stand?


An Open Letter to Mitt Romney: Defuse, Denounce, Divest

Dear Mister Romney,

You claim to be for the middle class, and asserted unequivocally in the first Presidential Debate against President Obama that you “have no idea” what he was talking about regarding the predatorily greedy practice by your company, Bain Capital, in carving up companies and outsourcing jobs overseas as  a means of reaping profits to the detriment of hardworking Americans. The case of Sensata workers in Freeport Illinois, their jobs and livelihoods outsourced to China, and the workers made to train their Chinese replacements shows that assertion to be either a complete fabrication,  a careless disregard for the American worker and the voter, or a stunning lack of oversight by a man touting his supreme business experience.

Here are the facts in the case of the later: Sensata Technologies was hit hard in the global downturn, but rebounded quickly to show a profit this year. In a misleading letter to Congressman Don Manzullo, the company, bought by Bain Capital, the company you maintain a controlling interest in, claimed two-thirds of the company’s revenue’s are overseas. 37% is in fact in this country, with 32% in Europe. The remaining 31% is in Asia. By those standards, there seems little reason to outsource an otherwise healthy and profitable company except out of pure profit, and with a willful disregard to the lives and families and well-being of those workers.

In a recent reply to Congressman Manzullo from Thomas Wroe, Jr. Chief Executive Officer Sensata Technologies, Wroe stated that “…out of 11,400 employees worldwide… We have approximately 9% of our people and 45% of our global payroll in the U.S… Closing the Freeport facility is the right strategy for our business in order to deliver value to our shareholders and to support our global customers.”

How perverse that this nation accepts the ascension of any candidate that would espouse and support such a cruel and inhuman system. In a proper society not  so thoroughly silenced and discouraged beneath the boot of rampant and corrupt economic pornography such  acts would be illegal and met harshly with the fullest weight of the law. But the very government and legal system that  should uphold and defend the constitution and justice has been so completely co-opted as to be easier trashed than reformed.

You. You have the power to change this. You can begin the transformation towards equal justice, and restoration of faith in law by drawing the moral and ethical line in Freeport. You have the power of stopping the very real destruction and upheaval of lives, and in preventing a blow to an entire community. That ultimate consideration should be the least the American people expect, no, demand from a man who desires the presidency. Any less, and any less consideration should mean immediate exclusion from that office, indeed any office imbued with intimate public trust.

Defuse! Denounce! Divest!

Defuse the time bomb your company Bain, whose policies you have championed to the detriment of conscience, has lit beneath the lives of 170 good and decent people, and beneath a community who will not bear this pain lightly. Defuse the time bomb which will deliver the crippling weight of debt, the loss of benefits, the collapse of dreams and the erasure of the work of whole lives.

Denounce this perversion of economics, and the misguided path of  a company so fully animated by the religion of money and the lust for more that it has abandoned all humanity. Denounce the policies that would rationalize and legitimize the abstract of economy over the reality of human pain and suffering. Choose the better path, and if you cannot see that better path then you must consider it a deficit in your own perspective.

Divest yourself from profiteering and the hundreds of thousands you will personally make from the unnecessary dismantling of a profitable company to the detriment of those 170 workers, their families and their community. Divest yourself from this selfish and self-serving immorality and pray to god, before this goes any further, and whole lives are upended and faith in this nation further eroded for the forgiveness of god and the good and decent people of this nation; both the 47% you referred to and the 99% they belong to. Only then can anyone of true heart and character begin to believe that you do indeed care for this nation and its people.

With ultimate resolve,

A deeply concerned American…


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