Category Archives: deregulation

The Tea Party Is Breaking Bad

Remember the IRS “scandal”? At least one tea party “dark money” group seems to have gone past a line somewhere and become exactly the sort of criminal political organization that the IRS and other law enforcement agencies are supposed to … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Hurricane Creek

Black Warrior Riverkeeper Nelson Brooke and Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen filed a lawsuit yesterday against Black Warrior Minerals, which operates a coal mine on one of Alabama’s biggest watersheds: The two groups catalogued more than 1,200 New Source Performance Standards … Continue reading

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Stretching To Blame Government

It seems I am the only letter-writer my local newspaper has ever fact-checked. This is classic Alabama wingnut run rampant: First, I will confess I am not an oil driller, but I was trained as a physicist and have some … Continue reading

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The Bush Legacy

Why am I not surprised at this? LOS ANGELES — The federal agency responsible for ensuring that an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was operating safely before it exploded last month fell well short of its own policy … Continue reading

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The One They Didn’t Print

I got an email response to my letter this time. The editor asked me to trim the letter to under 300 words, which I did. That was a week ago. It still hasn’t run — even though there have been … Continue reading

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Things That Scare You

World stock markets tumbled today, with the Dow Jones dropping below 9,000 for the first time since 2003. Trillions of dollars in value have gone up in smoke. Americans on the cusp of retirement are canceling their golden years. We … Continue reading

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Did McCain Just Overreach?

The big story tonight is that the bailout deal is off for now, and maybe over for good, because Bush tried turning it into a bailout plan for McCain’s election chances. How in the world did Bush and McCain think … Continue reading

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The Bailout Needs a Bailout

The public and Congress are both turning against the bailout plan — and with reason. In fact, the reasons for opposing this bailout grow by the hour. We had thirty-two more reasons today: Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the … Continue reading

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