Category Archives: Rampant Cronyism/Corruption

Are cronies in charge? Are their friends getting richer? Are poor performers given awards and promotions in spite of their failures? Are leaders averse to admitting failure? Do leaders fine tune their responses to redefine what a failure is? Are potential problems denied initially and redefined as more detail comes to light? Are non-campaign funds being laundered into campaign coffers or private accounts of supporters of the war against the enemies? Are government ethics committees being restructured and the rules modified to protect the guilty? Are corporations making false claims about profit and destroying employee futures? When will the laws be changed to protect corporations from any law suits? When will the Executive branch become the only branch of government with power? When will Washington, D.C. become The Corporate Headquarters of the United States? How fare is too far?

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

“Can There Really Be Fascist People In A Democracy?”
Fascism in America

Since the 1971 Powell Memo, America has moved closer and closer to Fascism.

 

Bad Deeds for 5-29-2009

Republican Lawmaker With Ties to Tom DeLay Aim to Weaken Travis County DA’s Office – State Rep. Wayne Christian has proposed legislation aimed at weakening the Travis County district attorney’s office, which became the pariah of Republicans everywhere after it … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-22-2009

Cheney’s Speech Contained Misstatements – In a recent speech, Dick Cheney said that the techniques the Bush administration approved, including waterboarding — simulated drowning that’s considered a form of torture — forced nakedness and sleep deprivation, were “legal” and produced … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-21-2009

  Terrorists Plant Bombs in New York City: What Can We Learn? – Four men arrested for planting bombs at a New York synagogue and Jewish community center also wanted to use surface-to-air missiles to fire at U.S. military planes, … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-19-2009

Former Democratic Fund-Raiser Guilty of Campaign Fraud – A former Democratic fund-raiser who contributed to the presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has been convicted in federal court on four counts of campaign fraud — one for each … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-14-2009

  The Boy Scouts of America Have Moved On From Helping Little Old Ladies Cross the Street – The Explorers program, a coeducational affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America, is training thousands of young people in skills used to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-6-2009

Bush Officials Try to Alter Ethics Report – Former Bush administration officials are launching a behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign to urge Justice Department leaders to soften an ethics report criticizing lawyers who blessed harsh detainee interrogation tactics, according to two sources … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-5-2009

  Pete Olsen Using Taxpayer Money to Spread Lies I just received a glossy mailer from Congressman Pete Olsen marked ‘PUBLIC DOCUMENT” and “OFFICIAL BUSINESS.” Inside, it lists the following “Special Interest Spending” items (among others): $8 billion for High … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3-27-2009

Caught on Tape: Bribes, Public Corruption – In one brazen crime in Tennessee, cameras caught then-Hamilton County Sheriff William Horace “Billy” Long taking thousands in bribes and embracing corruption to the core. Upon taking a wad of cash from an … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3-20-2009

Election Officials Committed Voter Fraud According to Indictment Five Clay County, Kentucky officials, including the circuit court judge, the county clerk, and election officers were arrested Thursday after they were indicted on federal charges accusing them of using corrupt tactics … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-27-2009

Big Banks Try to Stop Help for Struggling Homeowners – Big banks, scrambling to prevent the government from forcing them to rewrite mortgages for struggling homeowners, are using their lobbying clout to press the Obama administration and Congress to scale … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-20-2009

John Cornyn Introduces Bill That Would Require Home Owners To Retain Internet Access Logs – Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points, … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-17-2009

Conservative Columnist Makes Stuff Up About Global Warming – Syndicated columnist George Will presents only one piece of evidence in his Sunday piece denying global warming — and he gets it wrong. Will writes: As global levels of sea ice … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-10-2009

Conservative Group Circulates “No Stimulus” Petition – A conservative group called “Americans For Prosperity” has started a petition against the stimulus package that became so popular, it crashed their website in recent days. (The site has since gone back up.) … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-9-2009

Stimulus Package Weakened – What do you call someone who eliminates hundreds of thousands of American jobs, deprives millions of adequate health care and nutrition, undermines schools, but offers a $15,000 bonus to affluent people who flip their houses? A … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2-4-2009

Income of 400 Richest Americans Doubled During Bush Era – The 21st century Gilded Age party really got going before the U.S. economy went bust. It was a party disproportionately enjoyed by high-income Americans, the 400 wealthiest of which actually … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1-29-2009

Peanut Plant Knew Product was Tainted with Salmonella; Took No Action – The maker of peanut butter linked to a nationwide outbreak of salmonella shipped tainted product it knew had tested positive for the bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1-28-2009

  FBI Saw Mortgage Fraud Early; Took No Action – The FBI was aware for years of “pervasive and growing” fraud in the mortgage industry that eventually contributed to America’s financial meltdown, but did not take definitive action to stop … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1-5-2009

Ann Coulter’s Latest Book Contains More Than a Dozen Lies – Conservative Ann Coulter lies on more than a dozen occasions in her new book, Guilty: Liberal “Victims” and Their Assault on America, according to Media Matters. Here are some … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12/10/2008

U.S. Car Makers Fail to Place a Single Car on the Top Ten Fuel Efficient Sedans List – Here are the top ten fuel-efficient sedans and their mileages (city/hwy): Toyota Prius — 48/45 Honda Civic Hybrid — 40/45 Nissan Altima … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12/9/2008

  Illinois Governor Caught on FBI Wiretap Trying to Sell Obama Senate Seat – Democratic Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was unexpectedly taken into federal custody Tuesday morning on corruption charges related to his appointment of President-elect Barack Obama’s replacement in … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-9-2008

Palin Billed State for Spending Thanksgiving at College Basketball Game, Husband’s Sled Race, and Numerous Nights Spent at Home – Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has billed taxpayers for 312 nights spent in her own home during her first 19 months … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-3-2008

Sarah Palin Confuses Our Troops With the Blues Brothers: ” Our national leaders are sending [U.S. soldiers] out on a task that is from God” – Speaking before the Pentecostal church, Palin painted the current war in Iraq as a … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-28-2008

Fox News Cuts Democratic Keynote After Two Minutes; Switches to Anti-Obama Coverage – In its August 26 coverage of the second night of the Democratic National Convention, Fox News aired just over two minutes of former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner’s … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-13-2008

  Sucker Fish Go to Aquarium to See Bottom-Feeder – Last night at the Aquarium Restaurant, Karl Rove was the guest of honor at a fundraiser for State Rep. John Davis (R-Clear Lake). (Who would pay to see Karl Rove … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7/31/2008

To Provoke War, Cheney Considered Proposal To Dress Up Navy Seals As Iranians And Shoot At Them – Seymour Hersh — a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist for The New Yorker — revealed that Bush administration officials held a meeting recently in … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-29-2008

  McCain (Who Thinks He is Best Qualified to be Commander-in-Chief) Doesn’t Know Who is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U. S. Military – McCain said this to George Stephanopoulos in his interview on Sunday … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-28-2008

Fear-Mongering Conservatives Make Up Stories About American Boys Held Captive in a Pakistani Madrassa – Since early July, Republican Congressman Michael McCaul of Texas has been misleading Americans about two young Pakistani-American boys who McCaul claimed were being “held in … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-24-2008

Anbar Sheik That McCain Said Was Protected by the Surge Was Assassinated Last Year – The major Sunni sheik who John McCain said was protected by the surge and subsequently helped lead the Anbar Awakening, was actually assassinated by an … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-22-2008

  Conservative Michael Savage Claims That Autism is Almost Always the Result of a Brat Who Hasn’t Been Told to Cut the Act Out (Updated With Petitions)   Live Audio: what Michael Savage Said about Autism   I pointed this … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-19-2008

Anti-Terror Money Sought for Luxury for Senior Officers and Civilian Leaders – The top Air Force leadership sought for three years to spend counter-terrorism money on “comfort capsules” for military planes to ease the travel of senior officers and civilian … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-14-2008

What’s Wrong With Offshore Drilling – The Bush administration’s latest plan to drive down skyrocketing oil prices by lifting the executive ban on domestic offshore drilling has revived an old question in American politics: is such drilling ecologically responsible? The … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-11-2008

Karl Rove’s Contempt for the Constitution and the Public’s Right to Know – Karl Rove defied the subpoena by the House Judiciary Committee to testify on his role in politicizing the Justice Department — and in using the Department to … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-8-2008

US Exports to Iran grew tenfold under Bush presidency – The value of U.S. exports to Iran grew more than tenfold during President Bush’s years in office even as he pressed for tougher international limits on trade and accused Iran … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-5-2008

  The US Occupation of Iraq is Causing More US Deaths in Afghanistan – The nation’s top military officer said yesterday that more U.S. troops are needed in Afghanistan to tamp down an increasingly violent insurgency, but that the Pentagon … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-1-2008

McCain Truth Squad Defender Was Swift Boat Vet Member – One of the members of John McCain’s new Truth Squad — which his campaign says was launched to respond to unfair attacks on his record of military service –- was … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-26-2008

Government Seizing Laptops and Cameras at Airports Without Cause – Returning from a brief vacation to Germany in February, Bill Hogan was selected for additional screening by customs officials at Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. Agents searched Hogan’s luggage … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-25-2008

U.S. Government Funding Arabic News Channel That Makes Payments to Bush Administration Officials and Airs Anti-American Viewpoints – Alhurra, the U.S. government-funded Arabic news channel, paid former Bush and Clinton administration officials, lobbyists and high-profile Washington journalists tens of thousands … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-24-2008

  President Bush Uses Executive Privilege To Block Subpoena Of EPA Documents – With a contempt of Congress vote looming by Rep. Henry Waxman’s (D-CA) House Oversight Committee, President Bush asserted executive privilege this morning to block the committee’s subpoenas … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-20-2008

FISA Bill Destroys the Fourth Amendment – Urgent Action Needed Now to Protect and Defend Our Constitution – Constitutional expert Jonathan Turley sees a “very frightening bill” in a “compromise,” just passed by the House, that would update the 1978 … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-19-2008

Rich Hunters Want Polar Bears for Trophies – Just days after polar bears gained new life-saving protections, the powerful Safari Club International sued the federal government. The reason? To once again allow wealthy U.S. hunters to kill struggling polar bears … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-18-2008

Medical Exams Reveal Abuse and Torture of Detainees – Former terrorist suspects detained by the United States were tortured, according to medical examinations detailed in a report released Wednesday by a human rights group. The Massachusetts-based Physicians for Human Rights … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-16-2008

Republicans Block Consideration of Medicare Bill – Republican senators blocked legislation Thursday that would trim payments to private health insurers serving people in Medicare and use the savings to raise reimbursement rates for doctors. The advocacy group AARP had lobbied … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-11-2008

McCain’s Tax Plan: Super Big Tax Cuts For the Super-Rich; Poor People Get $19 – According to the Tax Policy Center’s findings, under McCain tax proposal, the average taxpayer in every income group would see a lower tax bill, but … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-10-2008

Justice Department Gives Grant Money to Programs Having Political, Social or Religious Connections to the Bush White House – The Justice Department gave a $500,000 federal grant to the World Golf Foundation’s First Tee program, even though Justice Department staffers … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds Special: JOHN MCCAIN’S LOBBYIST FRIENDS

McCain’s Lobbyist Friends Anti-Western Political Parties… Campaign Manager Rick Davis’s Firm Represented Anti-Western Political Party in Ukraine. “A consultant to Sen. John McCain hired a public-relations firm last year to burnish the U.S. image of a Ukrainian political party backed … Continue reading

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