SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Anti-frackers stage “elf action” on Quinn’s lawn

Monday, Dec 23, 2013

* From a press release…

Monday morning four concerned community members dressed as elves visited Governor Quinn’s Chicago residence and set up a hydraulic fracturing rig with a large red bow attached on the front lawn. The “elves” said they were delivering a present from Santa who has been nervously watching the dangerous practice of hydraulic fracturing or fracking inch closer and closer to becoming reality in Illinois during the past year.

The elves said they were delivering the frack rig because people that live far away from where fracking is planned are the ones making the decision to bring the dangerous practice here. “We are delivering this rig today because if Governor Quinn and the other people that have opened up our state to fracking had to live next to fracking and had to obtain their water from a well I think they would not bring fracking to our state,” said Mike Durshmid of Rising Tide Chicago.

Except that southern Illinois legislators, who will be living near fracking, voted for the bill. I’d love to see those elves head down ‘yonder and put up a rig in Gary Forby’s front yard. Heh.

* I’ve been looking around today for a fresh, year-ending caption contest. This one could be fun. Here’s a photo of the “elf action”…

- Posted by Rich Miller        


52 Comments
  1. - Tequila Mockingbird - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 12:57 pm:

    I don’t care what Santa says, It’s too fracking cold to stand out here in this elf outfit!


  2. - Leatherneck - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 12:58 pm:

    A scene from the sequel to the 1993 Beverly Hillbillies movie, “The Beverly Hillbillies Save Christmas in Chicago.”


  3. - Michelle Flaherty - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 12:59 pm:

    See, fracking is already creating jobs.


  4. - Ghost - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:01 pm:

    Wait, i didnt get a chance to sign the card….


  5. - Spliff - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:05 pm:

    The pensioners of Illinois couldn’t afford coal so they said “get drilled” Pat!!!!!

    By the way I think Forby would find it funny if you put one of those in his front yard. Just better call first so he doesn’t shoot you.


  6. - Rich Miller - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:07 pm:

    “I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part!”


  7. - Rich Miller - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:11 pm:

    Dean Vernon Wormer: Greg, what is the worst fraternity on this campus?

    Greg Marmalard: Well that would be hard to say, sir. They’re each outstanding in their own way.

    Dean Vernon Wormer: Cut the crud, son. I’ve got their disciplinary files right here. Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the varsity swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode. And now they’ve set up an oil rig on the governor’s lawn!

    Greg Marmalard: You’re talking about the elves, sir.

    Dean Vernon Wormer: Of course I’m talking about the elves, you TWERP!


  8. - wordslinger - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:14 pm:

    I could write a number of captions to the photo involving “elf action,” “drilling,” and “fracking” — just not here.


  9. - Anonymous - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:16 pm:

    We’re looking for the Island of misfit LegislaToy’s.


  10. - train111 - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:24 pm:

    Quinn barely awake, rubbing his eyes and looking out the front window:

    “What the frack??”


  11. - Rich Miller - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:35 pm:

    “Yes, yes, this is Gov. Quinn. Yes, I did call to report a group of Santa’s elves in my front yard. Yes, I did claim the elves were erecting an unauthorized oil well. Hello? Are you there, 911? Hello? Sheesh, that’s the third fracking time!”


  12. - x ace - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:36 pm:

    ” Chicago Roughnecks sure look different than them down yonder in the Oilpatch”


  13. - Eve - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:37 pm:

    We thought about just sticking with the traditional coal in his stocking, but we’re against that too.


  14. - Spliff - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:38 pm:

    For my Springfield friends … “Yeah 911 this is Senator Tony Munoz … i want to complain about these fracking Elves … their making too much fracking noise … I already called the Director of the State Police to get rid of them so get your fracking cops down here to get rid of them!”


  15. - Steve - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:44 pm:

    “…set up a hydraulic fracturing rig…”

    I realize people dressing up like elves aren’t really trying to be taken seriously, but there’s no such thing as a hydraulic fracturing rig. Did they also bring a football bat?


  16. - train111 - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:47 pm:

    Because of a great downturn in cookie sales, Ernie and the other Keebler elves decide to moonlight as protesters on PJQ’s lawn


  17. - Ghost - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:50 pm:

    frack me? frack you!


  18. - Southern IL - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:51 pm:

    A lot of the comments that the anti-frackers made during the IDNR comment sessions in Chicago, Effingham, Carbondale, etc. were equally loony.

    These kind of stunts are par for the course, as far as these people are concerned. To suggest that locals in Southern Illinois would refuse the an attempt at a potential economic boost from fracking is simply incorrect.

    Maybe Dean Wormer will kick ‘em out of SIU.


  19. - Anonymous - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 1:59 pm:

    Quinn was going to turn the garden hose on the protestors until he realized that he would have to go to Confession on Saturday and admit to “elf-abuse”.


  20. - Observation - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:01 pm:

    Um, Mom? This is your littlest elf. I’ll be a little late for Christmas dinner and I’m guessing I’ll have to take a break from second semester. The cops said it would take a couple of months to get me processed out of Cook County.


  21. - Downstate Weed Chewing Hick - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:03 pm:

    “I just like to protest, protesting’s my favorite”


  22. - Simon - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:06 pm:

    Left Elf- Dang, it’s cold out here. Wish I had some heat, oh wait a minute…
    Right Elf- I’m never speaking to my mother again for making me do this.


  23. - The Mother of the 2 Girls - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:07 pm:

    I like sending our money to middle east countries because they seem to really like us.


  24. - Brass Doors - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:10 pm:

    The two southern Illinois fracking hearings had four hours of mostly locals speaking against fracking. All of three people spoke in favor. Southern Illinois legislators were representing their campaign donors on this one, not their constituents. Keep your head buried in that sand, Rich, but don’t be so sure people in Forby’s district don’t have something similar planned.


  25. - Michelle Flaherty - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:11 pm:

    Sheesh, first we have to camp out in front of the State Board of Elections, now its fracking in Quinn’s front yard, and who gets the golden horseshoe nominations? Oh, it’s most certainly not the guys and gals in the elf costumes.


  26. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:18 pm:

    “Man, they got the wrong color!”


  27. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:19 pm:

    “The gift receipt says… Um, that isn’t very Elf-like…”


  28. - Allen Skillicorn - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:21 pm:

    Would the anti’s rather we burn more coal? Polution sucks, but responsibly harvesting Nat gas is best solution for our energy needs.


  29. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:21 pm:

    “Tell the elves, I signed one pension reform bill, I could call Santa if they keep this up.”


  30. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:24 pm:

    Quinn, “Usually, I just get the coal wrapped in a purple tie. I have a lot of purple ties… just saying.”


  31. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:26 pm:

    “It said on the box ‘Fragile’, must be Eye-Talian. It’s a major award!”


  32. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:29 pm:

    “That must be for another Gov. Quinn. If it had a purple bow, then it would me for me.”


  33. - Six Degrees of Separation - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:30 pm:

    I’d love to have a functioning oil well in my yard, too. Is it too late for Christmas delivery?


  34. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:33 pm:

    “It’s an Elven message…. Luca Brazi fracks with the lobbyist.”


  35. - Springfield Wesite - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:34 pm:

    I think it is a creative way to call attention to a cause they believe in. It’s sad to see the anti-fracking folks continually raked across the coals (no holiday pun intended).


  36. - train111 - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:45 pm:

    Our parents went to Disneyeworld on environmentalists’ donations and all we got were these fracking elf suits


  37. - Tommydanger - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:54 pm:

    “On the 12th day of Christmas, Mike Madigan gave to me,

    12 Pis*ed off pensioners
    11 Lobbyists lurking
    10 Served subpoenas
    9 Facilities closing
    8 Same sex couples marrying
    7 Rauner homes on the housewalk
    6 Pics of Oscar
    5 Concealed carry permits(maybe)
    4 Votes on the Illinois Supreme COurt
    3 People signed up for Obamacare
    2 Crabby Elves
    and a fracking rig on my front lawn.”


  38. - countyline - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 2:55 pm:

    This has to be better than 8th grade Constitution class….


  39. - Curmudgeon - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 3:01 pm:

    “Brrr. I could go for some of Pajama Boy’s hot cocoa right about now.”


  40. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 3:06 pm:

    - Tommydanger -,

    Very well done.


  41. - zatoichi - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 3:23 pm:

    Minimum wage? I thought this fracking gig was $11.50 plus a cold weather bonus!


  42. - walkinfool - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 3:29 pm:

    “We won’t grow up. Not a fraction of an inch.”


  43. - A. Nonymous - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 3:30 pm:

    @ Skilicorn: “Polution (sic) sucks, but responsibly harvesting Nat gas is best solution for our energy needs”

    You know why these two elves have such a ticked off/bored with it all look on their faces?

    Because no matter how hard they’ve tried to warn people it’s just not sinking in. Your comment is a good case in point.

    While “responsibly harvesting” anything (including natural gas) sounds like a great idea the problem is there is NO way to “responsibly” harvest natural gas. Independent studies have shown that upwards of 5-7% of new wellbores in just Alberta, Can. leak methane directly into the atmosphere. By sheer tonnage that’s an order of magnitude greater than any ‘natural’ NG leakage (no pun intended).

    The stats are estimated to grow to 30-50% of older wellbores leaking.

    So, yeah, pollution sucks. Amazingly, wind turbines and solar panels don’t leak any methane or produce any pollution once installed. Go figure.


  44. - Tommydanger - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 3:30 pm:

    OW: Many thanks and a Merry Christmas to you!


  45. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 3:32 pm:

    And to you and yours, - Tommydanger -


  46. - Hamilton - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 3:38 pm:

    “We are delivering this rig today because if Governor Quinn and the other people that have opened up our state to fracking…”

    The biggest misconstrual of 2013 is the notion that the bill signed by Quinn “allows” fracking in southern IL. Fracking was always allowed in IL The bill signed by Quinn put further restrictions on the practice.

    This false notion has been proffered by Rich, fracktivist, and industry alike. Forgotten is that fracking was already legal before the signing of the bill, and the bill itself actually made it illegal until rules are adopted.


  47. - Former Titan - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 3:38 pm:

    Frack the lawns with rigs for Pat Quinn
    Fa la la la la, la la la la
    ‘Tis the season to be drillin’
    Fa la la la la, la la la la
    Don we now, our elfin’ apparel
    Fa la la, la la la, la la la
    To oppose the shafts, and protest full barrels
    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    See the Mighty ruler before us
    Fa la la la la, la la la la
    Praise and join the environmental chorus
    Fa la la la la, la la la la
    Yet also seek the buried treasure
    Fa la la, la la la, la la la
    Having it both ways – his greatest pleasure!
    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    Fast away our objection passes
    Fa la la la la, la la la la
    Our protest audience only Cap Fax masses
    Fa la la la la, la la la la
    What a stupid idea, these suits in this weather
    Fa la la, la la la, la la la
    Frack the rig, let’s get a drink together
    Fa la la la la, la la la la


  48. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 4:29 pm:

    - Former Titan -,

    Musical gold.

    “Caption?”

    “I want to be a Dentist, not a Fracking Elf”


  49. - RNUG - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 4:34 pm:

    “I wish this was a real well. At least then we could burn off some gas to keep warm!”


  50. - RNUG - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 4:34 pm:

    “too bad we didn’t put it on the other lawn and drill down to the stem tunnel”


  51. - RNUG - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 4:35 pm:

    “steam”


  52. - Rich Miller - Monday, Dec 23, 13 @ 4:42 pm:

    ===Keep your head buried in that sand, Rich, but don’t be so sure people in Forby’s district don’t have something similar planned.===

    If you subscribed, you’d know that I polled southern Illinoisans recently on this issue and they ain’t all with you.

    And silly little actions like today’s will not stop what is coming. Luddites always lose.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Social service groups lose court case, considering an appeal
* Question of the day
* From 200,000 down to 700, or maybe 86,000
* Rauner: We're just hearing things that some people are saying
* Get your priorities straight
* Today's number: $14 billion
* Careful what you wish for
* Caption contest!
* Kasper explains the non-disclosure
* *** UPDATED x5 *** Why is the media ignoring this lawsuit?
* Is tomorrow the big day?
* Remap group demands rehearing
* The holes in Quinn's plan
* Third party candidates removed from ballot
* Moody's likes the TRS move, but says it's still $1.5 billion short
* Unclear on the concept
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............
<


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

  
* Star VR for Gamers and IMAX, plus more: Acer at IFA
* Asus ZenPad 3S 10 hands on: a thin tablet for multimedia junkies
* UK availability of HP Elite x3 rises to next day delivery
* Secret ‘bursts into flames’ feature may be behind Samsung’s Note 7 delays
* Lenovo Yoga Book hands on: A fancy new keyboard for stylus fans
* AT&T to sell Samsung Gear S3 frontier with LTE [UPDATE]
* Asus ZenWatch 3 First Look: Circular style with extra buttons

* Bullpen falters as White Sox drop finale
* Collins highlights White Sox headed to Fall League
* White Sox, Twins to begin set in Minnesota
* Bullpen falters as White Sox drop finale
* Sale strong, but similar script vs. tough Tigers
* Collins highlights White Sox headed to Fall League
* Bullpen falters as White Sox drop finale

...............


Main Menu
Home
Illinois
YouTube
Pundit rankings
Obama
Subscriber Content
Durbin
Burris
Blagojevich Trial
Advertising
Updated Posts
Polls

Archives
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005

Syndication

RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0
WordPress

Loading


* Report: Illinois' unpaid bills could reach $14B.....
* Dunstan to ask county board members to freeze t.....
* Item on November ballot would ensure transporta.....
* CTU posts ‘What’s at stake’ primer on contract .....
* Report: Illinois' unpaid bills could reach $14B.....
* Bernard Schoenburg: Quinn wonders why that guy .....
* Report: Illinois’ unpaid bills could reach $14B.....
* Illinois’ pile of unpaid bills could hit record.....
* Baricevic airs first commercial in Congressiona.....
* Illinois elections board to notify 700 voters i.....


* Chicago's Venetian Night boat parade canceled
* Illinois high school pitchers could soon see pitch limits
* State, local police team up to stop holiday impaired driving
* Springfield welcoming Olympic swimmer Ryan Held to hometown
* Mayor who saw Washington through tornado seeks final term
* Report: Illinois' unpaid bills could reach $14B next year
* Judge dismisses Illinois social service providers' lawsuit
* Illinois officials to notify 700 voters of database hack
* FBI seeks public's help in Indiana girl's 2005 killing
* Wyoming Supreme Court won't hear appeal of $470K seizure

* Moody's issues warning about lack of state budget, sees bill backlog growing to $14B
* Moody's issues warning about lack of budget, sees bill backlog growing to $14B
* Cook County judge dismisses social service providers lawsuit
* Illinois officials to notify 700 voters of database hack
* Group asks Illinois high court for redistricting rehearing
* Moody's says lowering TRS investment rate is positive for the state
* Ex-Gov. Quinn unveils redistricting reform plan
* State lawmaker proposes cracking down on Pokemon Go sites
* Ex. Illinois Gov. Quinn unveils redistricting reform plan
* Data: Illinois prison population decreased since 2014

* McDonald's U.S. president to depart
* Hershey continues to resist acquisition as Mondelez abandons merger talks
* A new biz from the Cards Against Humanity creators
* Fifth Third taps JPMorgan vet as Chicago market president
* McDonald's win is only the beginning for Wendy Clark and Omnicom


* Police: 2 dead, 9 wounded in Wednesday shootings
* After betting on himself, Samardzija returns for Wrigley showdown
* Man shot in West Englewood
* 2 teen boys shot in Austin
* Trump: Immigration plan’s core is protecting U.S. — ‘no amnesty’
* ‘I want to see his face,’ mom says of daughter’s accused killer
* FBI back on the case in 2005 killing of Hammond teen
* Man shot in Rosemoor
* The mysterious story of Tommy La Stella, complete with no answers
* Dove opener: A few hints from sites around northeast Illinois


* The worst case for Republicans: Trump wins
* Tommy La Stella rejoins Cubs with same passion for teammates if not for game
* Jury convicts Joliet man in 2014 Aurora murder
* Decoding Duterte: The Philippine leader's confusing flip-flops
* Wednesday's recap: Cubs 6, Pirates 5
* Fact check: Trump's speech misstates reality of U.S. immigration policy
* Trump vows to remove millions living in country illegally: 'no amnesty'
* Sex offender charged in 1991 rape, murder that led to Dixmoor 5 case
* Surprising twist for Chicago-area acts on 'America's Got Talent'
* St. Sabina protest sends SOS on Chicago violence


The widget AQL4JYGHIY powered by Feed Informer does not exist.


* Moody's issues warning about lack of state budget, sees bill backlog growing to $14B
* Moody's issues warning about lack of budget, sees bill backlog growing to $14B
* Bernard Schoenburg: Quinn wonders why GOP chairman is saying mean things
* Cook County judge dismisses social service providers lawsuit
* Bernard Schoenburg: Quinn wonders why that guy is saying mean things
* George Will: A 'slush fund' by any other name
* Eugene Robinson: Clinton must learn from her mistakes
* Bill Edley: Take the long view when considering Clinton
* Illinois officials to notify 700 voters of database hack
* Group asks Illinois high court for redistricting rehearing


* Small caps summer season with crown
* Linemen tackle their differences
* Wednesday's highlights: Central volleyball loses thriller
* Tate: Groce extends reach nationally
* Central ready for big challenge
* Week 2 football storylines: Chargers, Tigers seek turnaround
* 2016 prep football stats after Week 1 games
* Daily Digest 9/1/16
* Judge dismisses Illinois social service providers' lawsuit
* United Methodist Children's Home receives $100K grant for renovations


* Football MVPs: Mettetal, George earn Week 1 honors
* Schaumburg Boomers shelled 7-1 by Beach Bums
* Girls swimming: Conant, Rolling Meadows win close MSL matchups
* Images: Chicago Cubs complete sweep with a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates
* Girls volleyball: Palatine tops Naperville North in three sets

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Rockford Airport Expanding Space For Cargo......
* Mayor Emanuel and Senator Durbin Announce ......

* Senate candidates outline ag platforms - A......

* “Ginning up union members with a threat of a teacher strike?” Nope. Here are the issues.
* Register To Vote Today At Crew
* Independent Maps ask Supreme Court to reconsider decision
* CAR dedicates memorial to Maner, the association’s first African-American president
* REALTORS®’ Working Group, Board sanctions update to association’s Housing Policy
* QCARA members brush up on their painting skills at Habitat for Humanity project
* Watch CAR tribute to real estate trailblazer, Marion Maner
* Military Intel confirms 30,000+ Muslim terrorists entered U.S. Via Mexico in 2015
* Woman sets fire to herself in Danny Davis' congressional office
* Bob Lyons. Our guy on the TRS board is stepping down. 


* Don’t Spend Labor Day Weekend in Jail
* 2016-17 Season Sees Record Episodic Television Filming in Illinois - New shows from Fox, NBC and Amazon bring total Illinois-filmed shows to eight
* Starved Rock State Park Parking Limited Due to High Water - Visitors Should Expect Delays, Temporary Closures Labor Day Weekend
* Statement on Redistricting Referendum
* Rauner Administration Takes Action to Help Illinoisans Find Lost Life Insurance Money




      Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller