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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January 27, 2008

Tommy Boy

Filed under: Earth Day, get clear, Hollywood uber Alles, Risky Business, thetan, Tom Cruise, Uncategorized — Frontier Former Editor @ 8:24 pm

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Why not head this off with a comparison between Claus von Stauffenberg’s Wehrmacht personnel photo and Tom Cruise’s Scientology ID badge picture? (note: this graf and photo use protected by existing statutory and case law regarding satire, parody and general treatment of public figures)

Thanks to Raincoaster’s recent missive on constipation and Herr Cruise, I am reminded of the time that I and my significant other attended Earth Day festivities in front of the Capitol in, I believe, 1989.

We were sitting on the grass about 40 or 50 feet abreast of the podium, enjoying the sunshine and general spring miasma of a May day in the District of Columbia when somebody began haranguing the crowd.

I looked up and asked significant other; “Who’s the short guy?”

“That’s Tom Cruise,” significant other replied.

“Iceman shoulda had an accidental missile release,” I observed.

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