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Mix hundreds of millions of dollars in petroleum reserves; rapacious oil barons and crooked politicians; under-the-table payoffs; murder, suicide, and blackmail; White House cronyism; and the excesses of the Jazz Age. The result: the granddaddy of all American political scandals, Teapot Dome.

In The Teapot Dome Scandal, acclaimed author Laton McCartney tells the amazing, complex, and at times ribald story of how Big Oil handpicked Warren G. Harding, an obscure Ohio senator, to serve as our twenty-third president. Harding and his so-called “oil cabinet” made it possible for the oilmen to secure vast oil reserves that had been set aside for use by the U.S. Navy. In exchange, the oilmen paid off senior government officials, bribed newspaper publishers, and covered the GOP campaign debt.

When news of the scandal finally emerged, the consequences were disastrous for the nation and for the principles in the plot to bilk the taxpayers: Harding’s administration was hamstrung; Americans’ confidence in their government plummeted; Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall was indicted, convicted, and incarcerated; and others implicated in the affair suffered similarly dire fates. Stonewalling by members of Harding’s circle kept a lid on the story–witnesses developed “faulty” memories or fled the country, and important documents went missing–but contemporary records newly made available to McCartney reveal a shocking, revelatory picture of just how far-reaching the affair was, how high the stakes, and how powerful the conspirators.

In giving us a gimlet-eyed but endlessly entertaining portrait of the men and women who made a tempest of Teapot Dome, Laton McCartney again displays his gift for faithfully rendering history with the narrative touch of an accomplished novelist.

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*Includes pictures *Includes quotes from participants and Congress *Includes footnotes, online resources and a bibliography for further reading “I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies in a fight. But my friends, my goddamned friends, they're the ones who keep me walking the floor at nights!” – President Warren Harding Americans in the 21st century cite the relatively recent Watergate Scandal, and to a lesser degree the Enron Oil Scandal, as prime examples of modern governmental corruption. It is a widely held perception that these incidents, particularly the one bringing about the first resignation of an American president, caused the public to lose trust in federal institutions and political figures. However, the prototype for the breakdown of governmental fidelity lies in the early 20th century, a time in which the recent territories of the United States struggled to evolve from a lawless, Wild West culture. The federal government viewed its western resources as both unlimited and outside the grasp of the government. The leading oil barons, born and raised in the 19th century, were accustomed to federally-blessed land-grabs and easily obtained mining and lumber interests, often doled out to the social and financial elite under the guise of exploration. Federal interference was minimal in contrast to later decades, and the government itself was eager to conquer the West through large-tract farming, river management, mineral and timber development, not to mention the procurement of oil for a growing society as coal gave way to new types of fuel. The early 20th century was a time of sudden growth for the young American automobile industry, and of a military beginning to extend its reach around the world. In what would become largely a jurisdictional dispute over Western natural resources, the unbridled oil industry of the new century collided with the United States military and the Department of the Interior, set against the dominance of a corruption-riddled presidential administration. For the first time in American history, in a test between entrepreneurism and government management, a high-ranking cabinet official was convicted of corruption and sent to prison in the aftermath, along with his co-conspirators. In the ensuing Congressional investigation that sought to root out the widespread graft, bribery, and usurpation of government property over the following decade, the two-year affair became commonly known as the Teapot Dome Scandal. Although three major oil fields were actually involved, including Elk Hills and Buena Vista in the San Joaquin Valley of California, the symbol of the incident became a rock formation north of Casper, Wyoming, shaped in what most observers would describe as a teapot. Beneath this formation lay an enormous reservoir of crude oil, and all of it the property of the United States Navy. On June 4, 1920, Congress at last declared that the Secretary of the Navy was to hold the power to “conserve, develop, use and operate,” at its discretion, a tract of approximately 70,000 acres in California. The Wyoming fields fell under the same dictate, and although Teapot was the smaller reserve in terms of acreage, it contained a great deal more oil than its Californian counterparts. Although never directly implicated in the row over Teapot Dome and its sister fields, the administration of Republican Warren G. Harding, elected in November of 1921, set the scandal in motion by transferring control of the Navy’s oil fields to the Department of Interior, at the Secretary of the Interior’s incessant urging. Albert Fall, the Secretary of the Interior at the time and a Harding appointee, was one of several poker-playing cronies in the president’s cabinet. Once his department gained control over the Navy’s oil fields, Fall subsequently took it upon himself to offer secret leases and contracts to independent oil companies.


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Open letter to Australian PM Tony Abbott: the MMR vaccine

The study was published in the journal Pediatrics. The MMR vaccine is mandated for children in Australia, as you know, Tony. The CDC study claimed there was no sign that the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine was dangerous. But Congressman Posey read a shocking statement from whistleblower Thompson (July 29) to the Congress, in which Thompson confesses to a lie. Thompson admits he and his colleagues cooked the data, in order to exonerate the vaccine, which otherwise would be seen to have a significant connection to autism. Here are Thompson’s own explosive words:. “…the [CDC] co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the [MMR vaccine] study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can. ” (William Thompson, CDC researcher). Do you get that, Tony. The co-authors of the study threw out vital data into a garbage can. In other words, Tony, if these CDC authors had published the truth in 2004, if they hadn’t cooked the books, if they hadn’t thrown away vital documents in the garbage, everybody would know the MMR vaccine has a connection to causing autism. Think about that one, Tony. Here are a few more words from CDC whistleblower Thompson. Congressman Posey read these as well, out in the open, to the Congress, on July 29:. “However, because I [Thompson] assumed it [destroying the documents] was illegal and would violate both FOIA and DOJ requests, I kept hard copies of all documents... I believe we intentionally withheld controversial findings from the final draft of the Pediatrics paper. So Thompson still has, in his possession, the truth about the MMR vaccine-autism connection. So does Congressman Posey. But again, Tony, you mandated the MMR for all children in Australia. How many children are you therefore endangering. And if the Australian people wake up, do you think they might throw you and your administration out of office. I don’t mean denial of knowledge about what I’m exposing in this article. I mean denial that CDC whistleblower or Congressman Posey are saying anything meaningful. That’s the usual PR strategy, isn’t it. Reduce the debate to a he-said he said standoff, and then side with the “experts” at the CDC, who will claim this is a “misunderstanding” and a tempest in a teapot. Their careers are at stake. But answer me this, Tony. When was the last time you heard of a group of government researchers doing “nothing of significance,” when they had to throw vital documents into a garbage can. Millions of children’s lives and health are at stake here, Tony. Shall I assume you’ll simply tap dance around this and dismiss it with a wave of your hand. Will you try to con the population of Australia. Will you even address the scandal and the danger. Or will you ignore it. If you ignore it, everything depends on the people of your country, how submissive and obedient they are. Suppose the mothers of Australia suddenly see the handwriting on the wall. Suppose they realize the future of their children depends on a roll of the dice with a vaccine that can create severe neurological damage. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. There’s a statement in the article which I found particularily powerful –. “If you ignore it, everything depends on the people of your country, how submissive and obedient they are. The psychopaths “in power” are vastly outnumbered. They require the physical actions of the people themselves. Those who believe in the illusion of false ‘authority’ bring tyranny to themselves. Will people continue to turn responsibility over to others – – even when their lives and the lives if their children are at stake. Source: Jon Rappoport's Blog

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  • Anoka County History: Revisiting the Tea Pot Dome scandal of 1923

    07/21/15 ,via ABC Newspapers

    The Teapot Dome Scandal engendered public outrage during the Harding administration of the early 1920s. On one hand, it was a relatively minor blip on the radar of history – a crooked government official caught with his hand in the cookie jar – but the 

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    08/03/15 ,via RealClearPolitics

    In other words, the Coolidge White House would feature neither racy love letters to mistresses nor the corrupt cronyism that resulted in the Harding administration's Teapot Dome scandal. Today, Coolidge's scrupulousness is rarely remarked-upon. We

  • Time Machine: The parking meter

    Magee was a newspaper editor in Albuquerque in the early 1920s when he helped uncover the Teapot Dome scandal, in which Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall, a former New Mexico senator, was convicted of renting government lands to oil companies 

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When I grow up, I want to be an honest lawyer so things like that can't happen. -- Richard Nixon as a boy (on the Teapot Dome scandal) 08/05/15, @gamesphobia
When I grow up, I want to be an honest lawyer so things like that can't happen. -- Richard Nixon, as a boy, on the Teapot Dome scandal 08/05/15, @ogobogocom
RT @EPWVLaw: Does anyone else see the irony that the subject of the Teapot Dome Scandal is business as usual now? @cspanwj 08/05/15, @jah08

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  • The Teapot Dome Scandal

    Random House. 2008. ISBN: 9781588367662,1588367665. 351 pages.

    Mix hundreds of millions of dollars in petroleum reserves; rapacious oil barons and crooked politicians; under-the-table payoffs; murder, suicide, and blackmail; White House cronyism; and the excesses of the Jazz Age. The result: the granddaddy of all American political scandals, Teapot Dome. In The Teapot Dome Scandal, acclaimed author Laton McCartney tells the amazing, complex, and at times ribald story of how Big Oil handpicked Warren G. Harding, an obscure Ohio senator, to serve as our twenty-third president. Harding and his so-called “oil cabinet” made it possible for the oilmen to secure vast oil reserves that had been set aside for use by the U.S. Navy. In exchange, the oilmen paid off senior government officials, bribed newspaper publishers, and covered the GOP campaign debt....

  • The Teapot Dome Scandal

    Capstone. 2007. ISBN: 0756533368,9780756533366. 96 pages.

    Chronicles the 1921 scandal in which Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall leased oil reserves without competitive bidding in exchange for sizeable sums of money.

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    08/04/15 ,via The Bitbag

    the formation of the Free Irish State and the Teapot Dome scandal that made an impact in their lives as well as to the British social hierarchy. The series made a premiere in United Kindgom on September of 2010 and in the United States in January of 2011.

  • Anoka County History: Revisiting the Tea Pot Dome scandal of 1923

    07/21/15 ,via ABC Newspapers

    The Teapot Dome Scandal engendered public outrage during the Harding administration of the early 1920s. On one hand, it was a relatively minor blip on the radar of history – a crooked government official caught with his hand in the cookie jar – but the ...

  • The Obama Presidency – A Cacophony of Corruption

    06/09/15 ,via Breitbart News

    Sounds like Solyndra? Conjure up the Harding administration and one thinks singly of the Teapot Dome Scandal, where politically privileged special interests received government largesse while other, more deserving applicants, were, quite simply ...

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The Teapot Dome scandal was a bribery incident that took place in the United States from 1921 to 1924, during the administration of President Warren G. Harding ...

Teapot Dome Scandal | United States history | Britannica.com

Teapot Dome Scandal, also called Oil Reserves Scandal or Elk Hills Scandal, Teapot Dome Scandal: cartoon The Granger Collection, New York in American history, scandal ...

The Teapot Dome Scandal | WyoHistory.org

Although the Teapot Dome Scandal of the 1920s was named for a Wyoming rock formation resembling a teapot, the wrongdoers were not from the state. During the ...

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Teapot Dome Gas Station-Zillah, WA
Teapot Dome Gas Station-Zillah, WA
This little gas station was built in 1922, a commentary on the Teapot Dome scandal involving President Harding and a federal petroleum reserve in Wyoming. Said to be the oldest gas station in use in the country (No longer in use), it survived partially because it was moved years ago, to be closer to the interstate. Neat!
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Teapot Service Station
Teapot Service Station
Zillah, Washington Located off Exit 54 of I 90. The interstate can be seen in the background. The teapot service station was costructed in 1927 by Jack Ainsworth of Zillah. It was brought about due to the "Teapot Dome" scandal in Wyoming that invovled oil well and the US Secretary of the Interior. The teapot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the City of Zillah currently plans to move the teapot downtown and restore it.
Photo by jimmywayne on Flickr
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