Crony Corruption to the Rescue

Most-Prog state to legalize, regulate corporate protection racket
Looking to expand its operations, Nike has “active negotiations” with other states, warned Democrat Governor John Kitzhaber at a press conference this morning.

To keep the sportswear giant in Oregon, Kitzhaber has called a special one-day session of the Oregon legislature to discuss one big idea: creating a law that would allow the governor to handpick companies for which he will agree to freeze any increases in the state’s corporate tax structure for years at a time.
(Portland Mercury via cronychronicles.org)

Bolívar, U.S. Grant Expels Jews, Timişoara

On this day: December 17
General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky (1862)

The U.S. successfully launched the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile in Cape Canaveral (1957)

Protests continue in Timişoara with rioters breaking into the Romanian Communist Party's District Committee building and attempting to set it on fire (1989)

Republic of Lakotah asserts independence from the U.S. (2007)

b: William Safire (1929); d: Simón Bolívar (1830), Jack Anderson (2005), Kim Jong-il

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