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Exxon-Mobil CEO Suing His Own Company To Stop Fracking -- At Least In His Neighborhood



Whatever happened to "what's good for the goose is good for the gander?" For that answer you really shouldn't be asking ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson. His company is invading the US with natural gas fracking operations -- the more the merrier. So how is it that he's just became the highest-profile anti-fracking activist in the world? He's now party to a lawsuit to stop fracking -- at least in his own neighborhood.

The CEO who made $46 million in salary last year is concerned that the fracking operation that's taking place in his multi-million dollar housing neighborhood - he has 86 acres so it's a large neighborhood - will lower the value of his home. And why would fracking bother Tyrannosaurus Rex? Well, the noise, the pollution and the traffic to name a few.

According to Credo Action:

Even though he is the CEO of one of the largest fracking companies in the world, Tillerson is suing to block a fracking development near his Texas horse ranch because it would create a "noise nuisance and traffic hazards."

Didn't he care when this was happening in other people's backyards?  Evidently not.  So this is only a case of me, me, me.  He only cares when it affects him.

So it might be with some great surprise that T-Rex Tillerson has joined a massive anti-fracking lawsuit -- essentially suing his own company. To tell you what's at stake here, enjoy this clip from Chris Hayes and anti-fracking documentary filmmaker Josh Fox:

The outcome of this and many similar lawsuits might not stop fracking from taking place -- but when you've got a deep-pocketed CEO like Tillerson and his bevy of high priced lawyers biting the same hand that feeds him, you realize there may be some good to come out of this -- in a trickle down sense. Maybe for once, trickle down policy will actually work for the good of the masses, not just the rich.

Here's hoping Exxon-Mobil takes it in the gas hole. And no lubricant will be necessary -- they've already dipped their probes in oil. I don't mean to be crude -- yes, a pun.


Cartoons of the Day- Chris Christie A Bully? NO!



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Video- The Colbert Report: New Jersey Bridge Scandal- Damning Emails



Chris Christie, you got some 'splainin' to do!


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Chris Christie lied to us? Naaah. Via a New York Times email alert. Enjoy!

Emails Link Top Christie Aide to Bridge Lane Closures

A series of newly released emails shows that Gov. Chris Christie’s office was closely involved with the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September and that officials closed the lanes as retribution against the mayor whose town was gridlocked as a result.

Mr. Christie has insisted that his staff and his campaign had nothing to do with the lane closures, and said that they were done as part of a traffic study.

But the emails show that Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, gave a signal to the Port Authority to close the lanes about two weeks before they occurred.

Of course, he'll plead innocent and blame his staff. But we all know that this was orchestrated, and that there's no way he wasn't behind this or at least known what was going on. He may try to slither and slime his way out of a smoking gun moment, and he may even succeed, but on the Official Scale of Trustworthiness, he just sank to -1000.

For more on why nobody should ever support this phony baloney bully, see this post.

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Governor Christie's deputy chief of staff told one of his top Port Authority executives that it was "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" several weeks before controversial lane closures took place at the George Washington Bridge, according to sources.


Christie, Caught With Pants Down, Causes Huge Traffic Backup


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"You support me or I'll destroy your city." Well, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie probably didn't put it that way. He's not known for being that nice. It was probably something much rougher that the Governor said to Fort Lee's Democratic mayor, Mark Sokolich. It seems if you don't support Christie, he's got a tendency to extract personal revenge.

Here's the background, according to reports covered by HUFFPO:

The George Washington Bridge connecting Manhattan to Fort Lee, N.J., is the busiest in the country. So it was no small matter when in September, two of the three access lanes to the bridge were shut down, creating significant traffic problems on the New Jersey side.

The shutdown was ordered by a political appointee of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Christie's administration said the closure was justified due to a traffic study, while Democrats questioned whether it was political retribution against the mayor of Fort Lee, who weeks before had refused to endorse Christie's reelection.

Well, much to nobody's surprise, evidence now shows that this closure wasn't because of this traffic study. How do we know?

But on Monday, the top Port Authority official threw cold water on the Christie administration's claim, testifying at a state Assembly hearing that he didn't know about any traffic study.

I'm sure it was just a misunderstanding, then. If it wasn't a study, maybe it was the judgment of Christie's close and long time friend, David Wildstein who the NJ Governor brought into his administration as a top Port Authority official in 2010. It seems the two go back to high school days together. Nothing like appointing an old reliable friend to head a department, thus allowing you total control over what, when and how they do anything. What's that word I'm looking for? Oh, yeah, 'cronyism.'

You can't fault a guy for trying. Actually, yes you can. What Christie did was wrong. He not only got caught, but he tainted and took down his good high school buddy in the scandal. David Wildstein, resigned on Friday, reigniting questions about whether the traffic snarl created by the closure was all just political payback.

Is the smarmy Mr. Christie vindictive much?

The Wall Street Journal reported that the closure created a "horror story" of traffic jams in Fort Lee the next day -- the first day of school in the borough -- with cars backed up into local streets.

So if this is the kind of administration New Jersey has for themselves, fine. They voted for this mess and they'll have to live it out. Maybe they can get some of the New Jersey Housewives and their husbands to settle things back there. But the rest of America beware. Chris Christie is a vindictive, bombastic, rude, revengeful, bully. In the world of national politics, he's not the guy we want with his finger on a nuclear bomb, or even a bon-bon. Nothing and nobody's safe around his volatile leadership.


Red states have higher traffic death rates than blue states

FacebookTwitterRedditDiggStumbleUponTumblrLinkedInPinterestEmailShare, an online, nonprofit publication that does public interest journalism, has found that red state voters are more likely to die in a traffic accident than blue state voters, per the L.A. Times:

The safety experts interviewed by FairWarning could not provide a specific reason why traffic death rates in red states were worse than blue states.

Red states do tend to be rural with wide-open spaces. People could be driving more in those states because they have less traffic or people could be driving at faster speeds, which makes collisions more dangerous.

Another factor could be seat belts. Just 85% of the people in the South use seat belts, the lowest rate of any region of the nation, according to a study this year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Come on, red states, if you were really and truly "pro-life," it seems to moi that you'd go out of your way to preserve your own, your families', friends' and neighbors'. Besides, it's the law.


Tiger Woods BREAKING news: "No domestic violence..Mr. Woods at fault for careless driving.. No criminal charges"


By GottaLaff

Quick liveblog of police press conference in Tiger Woods incident:

Police find Tiger Woods at fault in "traffic accident".

There was "no domestic violence"... Mr. Woods was "at fault" for "careless driving", no criminal charges" will be brought.

His status in no way impacted the investigation. He basically gets a traffic ticket.

No subpoena for medical information will be sought.

The end.

Are we done now?

UPDATE, the Washington Post has more