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Plutocrats against middle-class prosperity on nimby parade

Plutocrats against middle-class prosperity on nimby parade

As soon as I heard the word fracking for the first time, I thought it was an onomatopoeia of Yoko Ono’s “singing.” Now comes confirmation (via WaPo):

Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon and Susan Sarandon spoke out against fracking Thursday during a tour of natural-gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania, warning about what they view as the danger to air, water and human health.

The celebrities boarded a tour bus in New York City and headed to rural Susquehanna County to see gas wells, compressor stations and other evidence of the Marcellus Shale drilling boom, and to visit with residents who say they have been negatively impacted by drilling….

Ono and her son formed a group called “Artists Against Fracking” to oppose drilling in New York state, where they own a farm and where drilling and hydraulic fracturing have been on hold for several years while officials there develop regulations for the industry. Local anti-drilling activists led Thursday’s tour in Pennsylvania, where thousands of wells have been drilled and fracked in recent years.

The “tour” comes months after the EPA, which under its previous administrator was no friend to fracking, investigated and concluded that the drinking water in northeastern Pennsylvania had not been contaminated by fracking and was safe.

For a 37-year-old man, doesn’t Sean Lennon spend an awful lot of time with his mother?

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A decent little article spoiled by a lib-style cheap shot in the last line. C’mon.

    I hesitate to tell a professional writer what to write, but my reaction was the same as Henry’s.

    Part of the issue is what the target audience is.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to gs. | January 18, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      I think it was late 2011 when an online compatriot told me that if I was supporting Gingrich for the 2012 GOP nomination, I might want to check out a blog called Legal Insurrection. I did and found a great blog that was clearly written and stuck to the facts, eschewing the hyperbole and lies of commission and omission found at so many other blog, and whose principle writer shared my political opinions at least 90-95% of the time. I’d call this a perfect fit and here I am over a year later.

      Now, this particular story on fracking and nimbyism isn’t a big story, nor is it presented as one, but I just felt the last line was a cheap shot, especially since I’m about 99.9% sure Mr. Engel as no idea how much time Sean Lennon spends with his mother. This makes the last line a cheap shot, not in keeping with what we are usually treated to here. We’ll leave aside that there is apparently a number that determines how much is too much time for a man to spend with his mother. If such a number exists, I apologize for my ignorance of it.

      It is my hope that Mr. Engel and the Perfesser accept that my minor expression of complaint is, in a way, a compliment, a way of saying that LI and Engel have each raised my expectations of excellence by dint of their provision of excellence in everything up to date.

    “C’mon?”

    That last line was an interesting observation, and very relevant to Sean Lennon’s state of mind — and his credibility, other than as a useful idiot to spout his manipulative, selfish and overbearing mother’s neurotic nonsense.

    Lemme give you another way of looking at it. Sean ain’t John.

    What comes around goes around. If the libturds don’t like cheap shots they shouldn’t dish them out.

    As for the comment, Oedipus schmedipus as long as you love your mother!

    I can’t see what was lib-style, which presumably means “cheap shot,” about the observation. What other 37-year-old is seen so often with his mother, who by the way owns the farm with him? (Do they live there, too?) And this particular 37-year-old is famous only for being a son. Well beyond the let-them-eat-cake NIMBY angle, there’s something absolutely creepy about the whole thing.

      You want a cheap shot? Here: “Artists Against Fracking” co-founded by…Yoko Ono. Ha ha ha ha ha…

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Joel Engel. | January 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Seen by whom? Who keeps track? Why? Personally and anecdotally, I haven’t heard either name – Sean or Yoko – for as long as I can recall (and am grateful for that).

      I’m just saying you don’t know how much time Sean spends with mommy, nor is there some rule on how much time is too much that I’ve ever heard about, but my main point is that it is so very easy to refute the Sean and Yoko Lennons of the world without resorting to “he’s a mama’s boy” schtick.
      It’s an ad hominem attack in that one may be a mama’s boy and still be correct. Since that tag line does nothing to further your point, it’s a cheap shot.

      Having said all that, I still love you, man. It’s all good.

        Henry Hawkins in reply to Henry Hawkins. | January 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm

        Oh, and “lol” on the “You want a cheap shot? Here: ‘Artists Against Fracking’ co-founded by…Yoko Ono. Ha ha ha ha ha…” comment.

    After reading his editorial in the NYT on fracking, it’s obvious he hasn’t learned any critical thinking skills after hanging out with mommy for the last 37 years.

Thank you, Mr. Engle, for the post.

Dear Progressive Apostles:

I don’t want to live in your Jean-Jacque Rousseau natural man world wearing a grass skirt living in a mud hut. I love my Judeo-Christian values and the prosperous society that it produced.

Go and practice what you preach, even though Marx, Lenin and Stalin taught you to say one thing, do another and to recruit useful idiots like you to decieve everyone on your way to absolute power. By ablsolute power I mean kill millions of innocents who lack the sophistication to agree with you.

Yoko, Sean, Susan: I am looking at you. Go live for a year without oil, electricity, modern pharmeceuticals, nylon, rayon, steel, iron, sheet rock, anything invented after 2000 B.C.E. (Before Christ for the rest of us) then report back on your elevated consciousness and startling insights. Go do that first and then maybe keep them secret after all.

Thanks again, Joel.

DM

Letting this important oil discovery technique be called ‘fracking’ was a huge mistake.

http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/whats-fracking-problem-may-be-its-name

Most libs I know have no idea what fracking is and simply make the really stupid association that the oil companies are “f_cking” the earth AND IT MUST BE STOPPED. It is that stupid.

The oil boys need to fight propaganda with a new name.

Environmental Water Injection to Generate Gas Yields. ECO-WIGGY — this soft green sounding name will confuse the Frack out of the greenheads.

And Oil should come up with a 100 green stories on this — it helps farmers improve soil etc. Reduces explosive trapepd gassses, etc.

Oh yeah, maybe mention that ECO-WIGGY will give the USA energy independence, dramatically improve our economny and end the need for many foreign wars — and leave extra money for artists and poets to flourish, not to mention generous social programs for all (i.e., JOBS). Yeah

And as to last last line, Sean Lennon seems to be a total loser. Yeesch

    george in reply to george. | January 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    *energy generating, not oil discovery

    TrooperJohnSmith in reply to george. | January 18, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Being oil-field trash myself, this has been called fracking since they used nitroglycerine ‘torpedoes’ in the oil fields of the late 19th century and early 20th. Ditto when they added the ‘hydraulic’ to it right after WWII.

    Not too many good ol’ boys were prone to say, ‘hydraulic fracturating and perforating’. For that matter, not a lot of ’em would use the word ‘wiggly’, unless it was used in conjunction with, and immediately following the word, ‘piggly’. You know, as in, “Les’ go by the Piggly Wiggly an’ git yore momma some stuff to make her cornbread. She’s got on a pot ‘a red beans, an’ she’s makin’ fried taters an’ boilin’ up a mess ‘a greens, too.”

    😆

At this point, no reasonable person could argue that there is an enormous world-wide cult that has become home to useful idiots of all genders, race, and socio-economic backgrounds.

The cult has its manipulators and profiteers (Al Gore, Barack Obama, half the Democrat Senate and the Democrats of the House, all of Hollywood, unions, teachers, educators), but most of all, it’s idiots, high and low.

Very similar to how the the useful idiots of this movement differ from differ from the lost people funding the lifestyle of the higher-ups in Scientology. Interestingly, many people in Hollywood are Scientologists. You might call them double useful idiots.

Considering these people — but also considering the GOP types who re-elected the fearless, Great Communicator as House Squeaker – I really wonder who is disturbed.

Let them either Fluke or frack themselves.

Sorry about that — let me try that again, because I think my observation is worth posting (in English, at least):

At this point, no reasonable person could argue that there is an enormous world-wide cult that has become home to useful idiots of all genders, race, and socio-economic backgrounds.

The cult has its manipulators and profiteers (Al Gore, Barack Obama, half the Democrat Senate and the Democrats of the House, all of Hollywood, unions, teachers, educators), but most of all, it is comprised of fools, from paupers to kings.

This secular, political movement and the sad foolishness of its willfully blind followers is eerily similar to those of the wanna-be parade of lost souls funding the lifestyle of the higher-ups in Scientology. Interestingly, many people in Hollywood are in fact Scientologists. (You might call them double useful idiots.)

Considering these people — but also considering the GOP types who re-elected the fearless, Great Communicator as House Squeaker – I wonder which group is more psychologically disturbed.

Ono and her son formed a group called “Artists Against Fracking” to oppose drilling in New York state, where they own a farm and where drilling and hydraulic fracturing have been on hold for several years while officials there develop regulations for the industry.

*****

Translation, “We’ve got ours and we’re gonna keep it. So we’re gonna pull up the upward mobility ladder so that no one else can raise themselves. But remember, we liberal and Democratic and we really, really care for the little people.”

FU,

“As soon as I heard the word fracking for the first time, I thought it was an onomatopoeia of Yoko Ono’s ‘singing.'”

Haha! Spot on, Scouser!

Remember when Meryl Streep testified before Congress on Alar, which turned mothers giving their children apples into the evil queen feeding Snow White the poison apple?

What was Ms. Streep’s expertise? She played a farmer’s wife in a movie.

What more do you need? Child-hating, poison-apple loving deniers!

I’m surprised the hysteria-mongers haven’t tied fracking to global warming yet. Keep making movies of people lighting the kitchen faucet water on fire, even though it’s been like that forever. A woman in Pennsylvania said in a video that it’s always been like that because of the methane. She said when her father drilled a well when she was a little girl … you could light the kitchen faucet water on fire. Safe to drink. She’s still alive and looks healthy.

Poor Sean. Looks like his father’s unbelievable talent is skipping a generation, but he inherited his mother’s common sense.

And Yoko. When John first met her while attending one of her exhibits in England. He climbed a ladder to peer through a magnifying glass at a tiny card with tiny writing on it. “Breathe” is what it said.

I hold my breath instinctively when I see this woman. She just smells rotten.

“For a 37-year-old man, doesn’t Sean Lennon spend an awful lot of time with his mother?”

His mother was the most shameless and successful groupie of all time.

Sean is just like his mom. The umbilical cord was never cut.

Julian, cast aside rather mercilessly when John got together with Yoko, actually accomplished some things in his life, without Mommy always by his side.

Fracking?

At first I thought it was a Battlestar Galactica joke.

Henry Hawkins | January 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Farack Hussein Obama?

Isn’t there some uninhabited island somewhere where all these people can go Gaughin and just leave the rest of us alone?

i’ll cut yoko a little bit of slack on this one. this anti-fracking thing is sean’s idea. mom is just supporting her idiot son.

TrooperJohnSmith | January 18, 2013 at 6:07 pm

The best way to stop all this anti-fracking and anti-fossil fuel bullsh!t is to embargo those states who are anti-energy production.

Let them get by with their “green technology” and “renewable resources”. So, when it’s 95 in the shade, we’ll see how your fan, powered by a lemon-juice and tin-foil battery, does keeping you cool. And when it’s -5 and snowing, we’ll see how remarkably not-at-all your solar-powered heater works.

Ultimate hypocrites.

Conservation is a way of life…

Environmentalism is a cult.

After reading this entire thread again, and considering the issue, I think we can sum it this way: Sean Lennon spends too much time with his mother, the Hillary Clinton of Rick ‘n Roll.

This one’s bigger than the title suggests, our artist friends are just a tiny part of the vast campaign against American energy independence.

Check out Phelim McAleer’s documentary http://fracknation.com/ to see the forces pitted against some farmers and the oil companies wanting to develop this resource. Arans, Russians, liberal ‘movie stars’ and now Yoko Ono and her son, what more could you want!

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