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Saturday, June 19, 2004
Viva Las Slackass
I'm in Vegas for a few days, so the blogging may slow down, impossible as that may seem.
In the interim, feel free to re-read any of the old blogs. They seem to remain timely, seeing as how nothing has changed in Iraq.
posted at 2:15 PM
Cheap Gas Realized At Long Last
Reading Newsday last weekend, I became aware that gasoline is now going for a nickel a gallon in Iraq. I assumed that the savings here at home are just around the corner, and was headed out the door to buy an Escalade, when I noticed that the price was only good in Iraq.
I was somewhat crestfallen by this revelation, but after all, Iraq is full of oil. If anyone should be able to get cheap gas, it's Iraqis. But I kept reading.
The gas that is being purchased for five cents a gallon is not refined from Iraqi oil, but it is imported from a number of Iraq's oil-rich neighbors. Still, that seemed like a ridiculously low price. How can you dig up, pump, refine and transport gasoline from a foreign country, and sell it for five cents a gallon? It didn't add up. I kept reading.
It turns out, that in addition to the 200 billion America has already spent on Iraqetnam, we are now subsidizing the sale of gasoline, at an additional cost of $1.50 per gallon. That's right. You are paying anywhere from two to three dollars a gallon here in the American Empire's home country, and you can tack on another buck and a half to that every time Farooq takes his family out for a drive.
I haven't determined exactly how Halliburton, and therefore, the President are profiting from this, but there can be little doubt some of that money is also finding it's way into the pockets of Neo-Fascists hellbent on turning this country into what is essentially a Christian Taliban.
File this under "I'm not making this up:"
If you are a person of any color, religious belief, ethnicity, whatever, making less than 100 grand a year, and you vote to retain this criminal administration, you are a goddamned fool.
posted at 1:15 PM
Tenet down, nine to go...
So, our esteemed CIA Director, George Tenet, has resigned. Interestingly, it wasn't for the many gross failures of the agency. It wasn't for the fact that even when the CIA had decent intel, the White House refused to listen to it. No, Mister Tenet's reason for resigning reached back to the great days of yore: Personal reasons.
"I'm being made a scapegoat for 9/11, WMD, and twenty other things. That doesn't bother me. But missing so many of my kids soccer games and piano recitals was really eating me up inside."
I feel badly for Tenet, to be honest. I don't really believe most of the crap that has landed on him is his fault. The President refuses to take responsibility for anything, and chickenhawks like Cheney, Wolfowitz, Feith, etc continue to be praised by Bush as some sort of Squad of Geniuses. These people haven't gotten one goddamned thing right in years.
I see a lot of talk about people demanding Rumsfeld's resignation, especially over the Iraq prison travesty. Personally, I hope Rummy stays on until the bitter end. Even though, like his deputies, he's miscalculated at every turn, I find him very engaging. He's quite funny, toys with the press, and generally pretty damn amusing. He's a bright guy, but then, so was Kissinger, and that guy is a bloody war criminal in every sense of the word. So, my hope for Rumsfeld is he's forced to play Kissinger to Bush's Nixon.
"Pray with me, Donny. These liberals and their investigations into our leak of CIA operatives, and Halliburton scandals. PRAY WITH ME!"
That would almost make the past four years of fiasco after fiasco worth it. And you can nearly hear Rummy telling the President to stand up and act like a man.
So, will there be more resignations? My guess is that there will be. The President will try and shed as much baggage as he can by November. He'll need to. Even though Kerry hasn't engaged the voters yet, the administration is so arrogant and sure of itself that it will make another half-dozen huge errors by then. The dominoes have begun to fall, and I'm not talking about the Axis of Evil...
posted at 2:42 PM
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