Archive for May 13, 2012
Branstad falling short on jobs
With about 40% of his first administration gone, he has fulfilled about 5% of his promises on jobs. Well, at least he is beating Scott Walker’s Wisconsin. We can now look forward to months of Branstad crying about the Democratic senate, but not a word about his reckless cutting of state jobs.
Congratulations Thurness, Baker and Streit
One more congratulations to the three justices who received the highly prestigious Prfile in Courage Award from Caroline Kennedy last Monday. With President Obama’s backing of gay marriage Wednesday it was a brighter week than most for gay Iowans.
And so, Obama has finally finished evolving on same-sex marriage. And about time! I, for one, never understood the point of saying you were “evolving” when many of the voters you were pandering to don’t even believe in evolution.
Shutting down the Government?
I keep hearing rumors that the Republicans are talking of shutting down the government again. My guess is that if they do it would be yet one more major bad decision in a 2 year period of continuing bad decisions. Boehner may not be the worst Speaker ever, but I can’t even think of anyone else in the running for that title.
Romney’s bullying and teen suicides.
Not too difficult to connect the dots from Romney the bully who assaulted another young man to Romney the governor who abolished the state commission tasked with helping LGBT youth at risk of suicide to Romney the candidate who heads back in time to deny gays and lesbians equal rights under the law. We are now beginning to understand the Romney character more and it is sadly G. W. Bush on steroids.
Also makes you understand why he has no problem in crushing unions, firing people, destroying businesses and why he has such disdain for those not like him, especially the poor and women.
One more on Romney
I know little of the Mormon Church. My dealings with Mormons have led me to believe that those I have met are honest, good people. Therefore it amazes me that the most visible Mormon ever lies constantly and now is exposed as bully. Yet no one from his church has spoken up and asked that he quit tarnishing the reputation of the LDS Church. I know I will be a little more cautious when dealing with those who let me know they are Mormon.
Hottest 12 rolling months on record.
May 2011 to April 2012 has officially become the hottest 12 rolling month period ever in recorded temperature history ever. The current level of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere is 396.18 ppm, well over the 350 ppm that is the upper limit for safety. At what point will our government start reacting to this huge crisis?
12th person granted immunity in Scott Walker investigation
MILWAUKEE (May 9th) — A secret Milwaukee County investigation that has already led to criminal charges against five people close to Gov. Scott Walker took a step forward Wednesday when a judge granted immunity to a 12th witness.
David Halbrooks, a former Milwaukee municipal judge and private attorney, requested and received immunity in the so-called John Doe investigation, according to online court records.
Unlikely that charges will be brought against Walker before the June 5th recall election, but I would hope that voters consider the possibility of Walker governing from jail.
If you are Christian, should you act Christian?
Keaton Fuller, graduating senior at Clinton’s Prince of Peace High School received a $40,000 Matthew Sheperd scholarship for college. The diocese of Davenport stopped Mr. Fuller from receiving his scholarship in the public graduation ceremony.
The way the Catholic Church has acted recently one almost wonders if their next act will be to revive the Crusades?
I have been curious since reading of Standard’s break up to find out what did happen. Surely the company did not just go away just as the Rockefellers did not go broke. Well in the early ’80s I heard something about a merger that was putting pieces of Standard Oil back together and it hit me – maybe what happened was only on paper?
So what do you know about Standard and its breakup?
1) What year did Standard Oil first come into existence?
2) How much of the United States business in oil did Standard control when it was sued by the federal government?
3) Which law was enacted to attack monopolies like Standard?
a) The Volstead Act
b) The Robinson-Patman Act
c) The Sherman Antitrust Act
d) The Clayton Antitrust Act
4) Who was president when Standard Oil was sued and ordered broken into separate companies?
b) T. Roosevelt
5) How many companies was Standard ordered to be broken into?
6) The breakup was based on what clause in the law?
a) vertical monopoly
b) restraint of trade
c) horizontal monopoly
d) too big to fail
7) Which of these current companies is the largest legacy of Standard Oil?
8) A criticism of the break up being ordered by the government was
a) Standard was punished for its success
b) Standard was a superior competitor
c) Standard created low prices for the consumer
d) All of the above were criticisms
9) Which of these is not in some part a legacy of Standard Oil?
10) This company considered to be a cosmetics company was founded as part of the original Standard Oil?
b) Estee Lauder
Answers? Don’t you want to wash some oil off first?
1) b) 1870
2) d) Numbers aren’t exact, but close to 90% in years prior to the actual lawsuit
3) c) The Sherman Antitrust Act (this Sherman was brother to Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman)
4) c) Taft – work started under Roosevelt, but the actual suit and breakup was under Taft
5) a) 34
6) b) “restraint of trade”
7) a) ExxonMobil
8) d) all of the above. Have you heard anything like this recently?
9) a) Shell
10) d) Cheseboro-Ponds. Its signature product, Vaseline, was a byproduct of Standard’s processing
I tried to find evidence of interlocking directorates among the baby Standards but could not find any. Such is supposedly illegal but thought to exist.