Reflections on May 15 in History

Sunday May 15, 2011 – May already half over

May 15, 1905 Las Vegas (modeled after Wall Street) is founded

May 15, 1911  In Standard Oil Co of new Jersey v. United States, the United States Supreme Court declared Standard Oil to be an “unreasonable” Monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up.

May 15, 1928 Mickey Mouse premiered in his first cartoon “Plane Crazy”

May 15, 1970 President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals.

May 15, 1997  The United States government acknowledges the existence of the “Secret War” in Laos and dedicates the Laos Memorial in honor ofHmong and other “Secret War” veterans.


Queen’s Comments

I wonder how many Wall Street corporations today would be considered “unreasonable” monopolies if the standards of the Sherman Antitrust Act were to be applied to their operations?  I’m guessing the answer is that there would be more than a few.


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During Nixon’s administration, many progressive actions were taken. However caution is advised before giving Nixon too much credit.  Among the environmental bills Nixon signed into law were the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act (which he first vetoed and later withheld funds for) and the Clean Air Act (this was not as strict as Democrats had proposed; Nixon refused to invite its sponsor, Muskie, to the signing, and he later lowered the act’s standards). Only after losing a court battle did the Nixon administration ban DDT. It also resisted its own environmental council’s recommendation to regulate phosphates in water (a sop to the soap industry).

The leadership in Washington, regardless the party in the White House, has a long history of conducting secret wars and aggressions against other nations–particularly when it comes to intervention in the politics of Latin America and overthrowing democratically elected leaders of South and Central American sovereign nations.  Such is to be expected from an Oligarchy.

In 2004, following several years of pressure from a coaltion of U.S. conservatives and liberal human rights activists,the U.S. government reversed a policy of denying immigration to Hmong who had fled Laos for refugee camps in Thailand in the 1990s. In a major victory for the Hmong, fifteen thousand Hmong were later recognised as refugees and afforded expedited U.S. immigration rights by the U.S. government.[

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