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Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Kickbacks and Payouts
Condi Rice was on chevron's Board of Directors prior to her joining the Bush Cartel - er - administration.
Chevron, the second largest gas and oil company in the United States behind record-breaker MobilExxon, has admitted to violating the Iraq Food for Oil program in the 1990's. Under the table, they gave Saddam Hussein in excess of TWO BILLION DOLLARS in KICKBACKS so he could keep up the lifestyle he has grown so accustomed to.
Condi Rice, and the rest of the board at Chevron must have authorized these kickbacks. How else would they have gone through?
Don't worry Condi, you may still take the fifth. And, don't forget, our husband - er - President Bush will surely pardon you.
By the way, the "Liberal Media's" New York Times didn't bother to mention Rice's name until the 17th paragraph of this buried story.
"According to the Volcker report, surcharges on Iraqi oil exports were introduced in August 2000 by the Iraqi state oil company, the State Oil Marketing Organization. At the time, Condoleezza Rice, now secretary of state, was a member of Chevronís board and led its public policy committee, which oversaw areas of potential political concerns for the company."
-The New York Times, from Chevron Seen Settling Case on Iraq Oil by Claudio Gatti and Jad Mouawad
One of the first things the Bushies did when they came into office was to attack the United Nations, and specifically, the Iraq Food for oil Program, whose design was to allow Iraq to sell enough oil to feed her people. Turns out that it was Rice's company that had violated not only US law, but international law as well.
Add this to the "other fact" that Halliburton, under the leadership of Dick Cheney (who still receives one million dollars per year from his old employer), skirted the law which prohibited American companies from dealing with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. In order to achieve this purpose, Cheney's guys set up a desk in the Cayman Islands and had all of their phone calls routed to Halliburton's Houston Headquarters.
No wonder why Halliburton is moving to Dubai.
Now that James Brown is gone, maybe President Bush should call himself the new Godfather of Soul. Previously, the President has intimated that he looks into the souls of others. Some of you might remember this:
"I looked the man in the eye. I was able to get a sense of his soul,"
-President Bush regarding Russian Leader Vladimr Putin
Maybe he should have taken another look.
Now Bush, the Soul Man, is using his knowledge of the unseen to help those anguished in Kansas by the destruction of their town, Greensburg. Bush went in hopes to "touch somebody's soul by representing our country., as he put it.
"A lot of us have seen the pictures about what happened here and pictures don't do it justice. "There is a lot of destruction. Fortunately, a lot of folks had basements here in this part of the world and lived to see another day. Unfortunately, too many died,"
-President Bush, while standing in front of a roofless building
I guess President Bush is trying to catch that perfect picture which had made him into President Photo-op. It doesn't matter if he's standing in front of a roofless building, or flying over the remains of New Orleans or even if he's standing atop a pile of New York City rubble with his arm around a retired fireman as the remains of human beings killed in the 911 attacks possibly lay below that pile under his feet. Just as long as he can get that meaningful shot in the main-stream media which has no meaning at all, he has done his job.
Ever wonder what's in his soul?
Of course, before letting everyone know about how sorry he was that this has happened to the good people of Kansas, the president had to take his helicopter tour, a la Air Force One's low ride above the Crescent City, to make sure everyone knows how much he cares.
Why, this time GW didn't even go to a birthday party (as he did when Katrina struck, attending the birthday party of Arizona Senator John McCain) or back to his Crawford Ranch to finish his vacation before going to visit the carnage.
What a guy, eh?
"The response to this particular case was absolutely phenomenal,"
-FEMA Director R. David Paulison
Well... let's not get too carried away there, Davey. Evidently, the response was a little slower than one might have thought. As a matter of fact, as Tony Snow tells it, it took the Bush White House several reminders from Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius (DEMOCRAT) that the good people of her state needed HELP! When asked about the Governor's remarks ("I don't think there is any question if you are missing trucks, Humvees and helicopters that the response is going to be slower. The real victims here will be the residents of Greensburg, because the recovery will be at a slower pace.") concerning the lack of equipment needed to help out her constituents, because much of it, and her National Guard are in Iraq, Snow fired back at the Governor:
"If you don't request it, you're not going to get it,"
"As far as we know, the only thing the governor has requested are FM radios. There have been no requests to the National Guard for heavy equipment."
"We are eager to provide what Kansas needs. But again there are also - you also have to go through the process of making the request first."
As it turns out, this statement was... how would the Bushies say it... a mistruth. Governor Sebelius not only requested help right after the tornado hit Greensburg, but she has been nagging President Bush about getting replacement equipment back to her National Guard groups for over a year!
"What the Defense Department said then and continues to say is that states will get about 90 percent of what they had. Meanwhile, it doesn't get any better. I'm at a loss."
But maybe Snow could shed some more light on the subject from his follow-up press conference to explain his first press conference:
QUESTION: This morning you said the only thing the Kansas Governor requested was FM radios. Has she, in fact, requested more now?
TONY SNOW: I believe so. Let me take a quick look. I think there are a couple of other items that have been requested and supplied. Let's see, the state has requested a mobile command center, an urban search and rescue task force, a mobile office building, 40 two-way radios, and coordination calls between Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma, to determine if they need extra Black Hawks; Kansas has six, Texas and Oklahoma have offered to make available another five to six if necessary. So those are the things that the state has requested, that FEMA has provided.
MADMAN: That would be a "Yes", would it not?
These guys are in such a rush to blame anybody but themselves that they can't even wait to make sure their half-truths aren't full-lies!
Of course, the welfare of the good people of the United States is way down on the Bush list of things to do. I imagine it looks something like this:
1- Check pockets
2- Check souls
3- Make sure " base" of "haves and have mores" get even more
4- Take pictures (fake sincerity)
5- Eat pretzels
6- Check on American people
Okay, I left some stuff out, but you get the picture.
With Dick Cheney out of the country on a surprise visit to Iraq (he's probably just checking up on his new property: the entire nation of Iraq), the Photo-Op machine is in high gear. I wonder if Cheney's looking into should as well? Probably not, seeing how one surely must have a soul to look into other's souls.
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