the teapot dome and the reagan savings and loan crisis

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GIVING CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE, Pres­i­dent Rea­gan’s Sav­ings & Loan ‘crisis’ was ar­guably the greatest heist in the his­tory of this nation—and it was done in broad day­light. (Yes, yes. It’s an overused idiom; I chose it be­cause I can never ever think of day­light as being “broad.”) Martin Mayer of the Brook­ings In­sti­tute, per­haps the top-ranked think-tank in the US, wrote:

“The theft from the tax­payer by the com­mu­nity that fat­tened on the growth of the sav­ings and loan (S&L) in­dustry in the 1980s is the worst public scandal in Amer­ican his­tory. READ MORE

house speaker boehners boner werent no boner atall

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YESTERDAY, HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER said these words: “We should not be judged on how many new laws we create. We ought to be judged on how many laws we re­peal. We’ve got more laws than the ad­min­is­tra­tion could ever en­force.” (July 21, 2013), And he is being raked over the coals all over the place by those/we fur­sh­lug­giner li­brulls. READ MORE

helen thomas vs kennedy johnson nixon ford carter reagan bush bush clinton and obama

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WHO WAS THE DEAN of the White House press corps? “What made Helen the dean of the White House press corps was not just the length of her tenure, but her fierce be­lief that our democ­racy works best when we ask tough ques­tions and hold our leaders to ac­count,” said an in­cred­ibly (obliv­ious? in de­nial?) ironic Pres­i­dent Obama on Sat­urday. READ MORE

can liberals be cheerleaders for conservatives with guns yes we can can!

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IF YOU LIKE WEIRD NEWS ARTICLES that allow you to infer a hel­luva lot more than the ar­ticle ac­tu­ally says, to­day’s Seattle Times (July 20, 2013) did not dis­ap­point! This is the bizarre head­line: “Sorry, hunters: Shooting down drones is not OK with FAA.”  Does that re­ally need saying, let alone make the news? It is ac­com­pa­nied by an equally bizarre sub-title: “People who fire guns at drones are en­dan­gering the public as well as prop­erty and could be pros­e­cuted and fined, the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion warned Friday.” READ MORE

looks like we will be needing more snowdens

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FROM TODAY’S SEATTLE TIMES (July 19, 2013) and a piece ti­tled “U.S. Of­fi­cials says NSA taking steps to stop leaks” (page A2): an AP ar­ticle ac­knowl­edges that “The in­for­ma­tion re­vealed [by Ed­ward Snowden] that the agency was gath­ering mil­lions of US phone records and in­ter­cepting some US In­ternet traffic.” Which, if you care about gov­ern­ment transparency—an ab­surd ex­pec­ta­tion to many—then it looks like we will be needing more Snow­dens. READ MORE

a neal defines rant post

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A SUGGESTION MADE TO ME by one of the few early readers of this blog (a friend, natch) that I ex­plain ex­actly what a “rant” is. That was brought on by my having two cat­e­gories on this web­site with that word in their title: “Neal’s Rants (Re­ally Po­lit­ical” and “Neal’s Rants (Not-So-Political).” In nei­ther do I rant in the manner to which we Amer­i­cans have be­come due to the ubiq­uity to rightwingnut talk­show radio. READ MORE

the origin of neals rants

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NIGH ON TEN YEARS AGO, I had a job in Seattle: I was a tele­mar­keter for the 5th Av­enue The­atre. It was one of two main venues for Broadway-style mu­si­cals, a genre that had left me less than moved my en­tire life. My job en­tailed calling ba­si­cally anyone who had pur­chased a ticket to at least one show with a credit card and tried to sell them a season sub­scrip­tion (there were six shows per season). READ MORE