Friday-Sunday, January 14-16, 2005
IRAQ, OIL AND THIEVERY
Here is a series of questions I have regarding Iraq and Halliburton's oil that happens to be sitting under the sand owned by the Iraqi people:
How much oil has been pumped out of the ground in Iraq since March 2003?
How much money has been accrued by KBR and its parent, Halliburton since 2003?
How much has it cost KBR and its parent, Halliburton to retrieve the oil out from under the ground in Iraq?
What is the difference between question 3 and question 2?
Where is that difference and how much of it belongs to the Iraqi people?
Where is that difference and how much of it belongs to the American people?
How much money has the shares of Halliburton stock belonging to former CEO and present Vice President Dick Cheney made since the March 2003?
What other former Halliburton employees work in the administration of George W. Bush?
How many other former Halliburton employees have been appointed by George W. Bush?
In Response to "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH" (Madman, January 12, 2005) Jack Kashinsky wrote:
The US military in the disaster area are smack in the middle of an area that is being hotly contested by the Indonesian government and the insurgents. Because of the propaganda, and things like the illegal invasion, there is a lot of suspicion and resentment in much of the population in this area. The government is trying to tamp down, a potential disaster in the area. Furthermore even in the midst of a disaster, how do you believe many of our citizens would feel seeing the world's only superpower from a Moslem country coming ashore fully armed?
I don't think you made a complete comparison in that the 17% figure, you provided, indicating that it was the same in the last two elections. You must also account for the fact that the overall number of people voting in the recent election was significantly higher than in 2000. With this adjustment the 2004 percentages would be higher.
Me and 62% of the people in this country thought that Bill Clinton did a good job, despite bashings from people like you and the Republicans. I don't like hypocritical people attacking others, while they know, what he had done was done by many other people, and presidents, including many of them. He simply stated that he hadn't had sex as they would define it; meaning he didn't consider oral sex as the real thing. It wasn't his fault if Monica messed up her dress...people in glass houses, or let him throw the first stone?
Additionally, here is what Linda C. Wade wrote:
Can we review?
1) They (Indonesia) have a LARGE Muslim population
2) They have "terrorists" operating within their borders (although mostly they are terrorizing them)
3) There have been scattered accusations that there are "terrorist training camps" on them their islands
4) They didn't join the "Coalition of the willing"...
5) And they aren't STUPID enough to believe that America's sole purpose in their country WILL BE HUMANITARIAN!
So chill OUT Jack. (I think I"M Jack, not Jack Kashinsky
Madman's response is:
I, personally, don't have a problem with the "no-guns" thing, but not being allowed to billow on land is a bit much. The troops helping should be allowed to set up tents while they are helping. I thought that I did mention that the 17% represented 3.4 million more youthful voters. That wasn't said tongue-in-cheek. The get out the youth vote, I think, did a great job.
By the way, I did, do and always will be a big fan of Bill Clinton, even with the Lewinsky thing. I didn't agree with everything he did (NAFTA), but I always felt he had the best interests of the country at heart. Maybe that makes me naive, but I don't care.
Novak and Hypocrisy
By Robert Scardapane
Last year Robert Novak had failed to fully disclose - until others in the press called him on it - that his son is the director of marketing for Regnery, the company that published "Unfit for Command," the Swift boat veterans' anti-Kerry screed that Mr. Novak flogged relentlessly on CNN and elsewhere throughout the campaign. Nor had he fully disclosed, as Mary Jacoby of Salon reported, that Regnery's owner also publishes his subscription newsletter ($297 a year). Nor has Mr. Novak fully disclosed why he has so far eluded any censure in the federal investigation of his outing of a C.I.A. operative, Valerie Plame, while two other reporters, Judith Miller of The Times and Matt Cooper of Time, are facing possible prison terms in the same case. In this context, Mr. Novak's "full disclosure" of his friendship with Mr. Williams is so anomalous that it raised many more questions than it answers.
How is Novak's ethically bankrupt behavior tolerated? Dan Rather has stepped down and now it is time for Novak to say goodbye.
NPR, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government have recently conducts a poll of Americans regarding Health Care and Health Insurance concerns. Although there were numerous conclusions, one sticks out like a sore thumb. That sore thumb is:
RICH AMERICANS HAVE NO PROBLEMS GETTING OR PAYING FOR HEALTH CARE
They needed a poll for that?
Other than the highest income group, only one in five Americans feel that the current Health Care system works well.
I'm surprised it's THAT high.
Other finding that aren’t surprising are:
Rich people (Bush's "core constituents") have fewer problems with the health care system than you or I (assuming you or I aren't rich. I are not.)
Rich people feel they get the medical attention they need more than you or I.
Almost two-thirds of us believe that we should roll back the tax cuts and help Medicare pay for prescription drugs. Only six percent said that Medicare shouldn't pay for prescription drugs. I bet they were the rich people.
Problems with the health care system have caused a significant amount of stress, significant lost time at work and some short or long term disability.
Worrying about health care is more of a concern than health care itself.
That same poll suggested that people overwhelmingly feel that the problem with the current health care system is the greed of the insurance companies, not the problem with lawsuits.
I guess President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush wasn't part of the sample group.
LEAVE IT ALONE
BY PAT THOMPSON
TO OUR SENATORS AND CONGRESSMEN:
PLEASE VOTE TO SAVE SOCIAL SECURITY. IT HAS BEEN A SAFETY NET FOR ALL FOR 70 YEARS. IF HANDS WERE KEPT OUT OF THE COOKIE JAR, AND THE FUNDS SEGREGATED, IT WOULD BE FISCALLY SOUND. PLEASE CONSIDER THE EFFECT OF LIFTING THE $90,000 CUT OFF IN PAYROLL DEDUCTIONS. IF PEOPLE WANT TO INVEST IN THE STOCK MARKET, THEY CAN VIA 401k PLANS, ETC. SOCIAL SECURITY IS AN INSURANCE PLAN, AND IT KEEPS WIDOWS AND ORPHANS AND DISABLED PEOPLE, AS WELL AS RETIREES OFF THE STREET. HOW COULD THE RICHEST NATION ON EARTH HAVE VAST NUMBERS OF PEOPLE HOMELESS AND STARVING?
The Eye of Newt
I read recently that Newt Gingrich is considering a run for the White house in 2008. As an interested party I have one thing to say:
Please let him get the GOP nomination. Please, Please, Please, Please, Please, Please, Please!
In order for municipalities to receive money from the "No Child Left Behind" initiative, schools need to give lists of upcoming graduates to military recruiters.
That will really make "No Child Left Behind" become "No Child Left At All."
A "General" Problem
General Luck is in Iraq attempting to determine what has, and is going wrong in Iraq. General Shinseki told his boss, the President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush that we will require many more troops than what was suggested by Donald Rumsfeld. General Jay Garner said that we should have elections within 90 days of the overthrow of Suddam Hussein and that we should keep the Iraqi military together as a police force after "major military operations" have ceased. Generals commanding the "Boots on the ground" in Iraq have asked for more of those "boots", while their calls have gone unanswered.
The problems we have in Iraq are obviously of the "General" variety. Too bad "Majors" aren't speaking out.
What's Fair is Fair
The GOP is still contesting the validity of Governor Christine Gregoire's election in Washington State. Their leaders are suggesting a whole, new election to be held immediately.
I'll tell you what. I'll support a new election for Governor of Washington State if they support a new, fair election for President of the United States in the State of Ohio, complete with paper ballots and the ability for a recount.
TODAY’S STUPID QUOTE
"Part of the mission is to train Iraqis so they can fight the terrorists. And the sooner the Iraqis are prepared — better prepared, better equipped to fight — the sooner our troops will start coming home,"
-President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush, January 16, 2005
So, does that means if we can't train the Iraqis to police themselves, then our troops will be in Iraq forever?
When do we realize that we can't train the Iraqi troops on Iraqi soil?
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