Frontier Former Editor

March 17, 2009

Here’s another reason to major in history, or at least read it more than once every few years . . .

The Credit Mobilier scandal of 1872 – a good reason to hold big business’ s and elected government’s collective feet to the fire on a regular basis.

“Crédit Mobilier of America was formed by George Francis Train, the vice-president in charge of publicity for the Union Pacific Railroad. Crédit Mobilier of America was designed to limit the liability of stockholders and maximize profits from construction with the hefty fees being paid by federal subsidies. The company also gave cheap shares of stock to members of Congress who agreed to support additional funding  . . .

“It was claimed that the $72 million in contracts had been given to Crédit Mobilier for building a rail only worth $53 million. Union Pacific and other investors were left nearly bankrupt.”

Okay folks, and that was 57 years before the 1929 crash. Dubya, let’s go over the success of the “No Child Left Behind Act” again, shall we?

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October 2, 2007

Arrrrrff arrrrrff

Filed under: not-so-dark Dark One, pets, pirate, pirate dogs, pirates — Frontier Former Editor @ 12:01 am

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You don’t know how much this has cost me in dirty looks and surrendered bratwurst this week . . . .

September 20, 2007

The bounding main (or if you’re a tenor, the high C’s) . . .

Filed under: Ken Annakin must die, piracy, pirates — Frontier Former Editor @ 12:22 am

My pirate name is:

Iron Tom Flint

A pirate’s life isn’t easy; it takes a tough person. That’s okay with you, though, since you a tough person. Like the rock flint, you’re hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you’re easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!

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I boarded azahar’s galleon and commandeered this, arrrrrgghh!

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