Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..Now this is….Well, Barry do you and McSame want to explain this given your votes to fully fund…..

May 23, 2008

‘Lil’ George’s excellent adventure in Iraqi land?

We don’t know what we got.”

by tristero

Good morning! Are you sitting down?

In one case, according to documents displayed by Pentagon auditors at the hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a cash payment of $320.8 million in Iraqi money was authorized on the basis of a single signature and the words “Iraqi Salary Payment” on an invoice. In another, $11.1 million of taxpayer money was paid to IAP, an American contractor, on the basis of a voucher with no indication of what was delivered…

The disclosure that $1.8 billion in Iraqi assets was mishandled comes on top of an earlier finding by an independent federal oversight agency, the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, that United States occupation authorities early in the conflict could not account for the disbursement of $8.8 billion in Iraqi oil money and seized assets.

A billion here, a billion there…

And then check this out:

The mysterious payments, whose amounts had not been publicly disclosed, included $68.2 million to the United Kingdom, $45.3 million to Poland and $21.3 million to South Korea. Despite repeated requests, Pentagon auditors said they were unable to determine why the payments were made.

“It sounds like the coalition of the willing is the coalition of the paid — they’re willing to be paid,” said Mr. Waxman

And some more details:

In one instance, a United States Treasury check for $5,674,075.00 was written to pay a company called Al Kasid Specialized Vehicles Trading Company in Baghdad for items that a voucher does not even describe.

In another case, $6,268,320.07 went to the contractor Combat Support Associates with even less explanation. And a scrawl on another piece of paper says only that $8 million had been paid out as “Funds for the Benefit of the Iraqi People.”

But perhaps the masterpiece of elliptic paperwork is the document identified at the top as a “Public Voucher for Purchases and Services Other Than Personal.” It indicates that $320.8 million went for “Iraqi Salary Payment,” with no explanation of what the Iraqis were paid to do.

Whatever it was, the document suggests, each of those Iraqis was handsomely compensated. Under the “quantity” column is the number 1,000, presumably indicating the number of people who were to be paid — to the tune of $320,800 apiece — if the paperwork is to be trusted.

“…if the paperwork is to be trusted.” Now that’s funny. But the joke’s on us.

Tell ya what….
I ain’t laughing.

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Fascinating Politics We Havin’ Ain’t We….

May 23, 2008

My disgust rises day by day as Obama and his minions of ignorance advance shouting, ‘She cannot win!’ Makes a change from ‘Yes We Can!’. I suppose. And the McSame sideshow! ‘Old Geezer….’, ‘Lunatic…’, ‘Warmonger!’ and on and on as if the contest is gonna be with Ol’ Man McSame….

Get a grip folks. Who wins depends on who campaigns it’s that simple. Barry the Glass-Jawed One runs it’s McSame at least that’s what it looks like know. Sister Beezlebub now calling for the assassination of Barry, at least according to the Obamatons, is a winner. So it looks tonight….

But let’s look at something that the corporatist press would rather you did not. Know what I mean. Sometimes what is not discussed is of great significance to what is actually going on. Here’s the teaser paragraph:

From Brandeis Magazine, Spring 2008
By E.J. Graff, Senior Researcher, Gender & Justice Project, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

‘In 1999, on the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, feminist legal scholar Catherine MacKinnon published a provocative and now-famous essay asking, “Are women human?” If they are, she asked, why aren’t systematic violations of women’s lives—sex trafficking, bride burning, domestic violence, “selling” of child brides, mass wartime rapes—treated as violations of human rights?

The world is still waiting for these violations of women’s lives to be universally treated as human rights violations. Among the contributing factors: how women are portrayed (or not portrayed) in the news media. The news is supposed to deliver an accurate snapshot of our world, with all its important problems, issues, and players. If women are not revealed as part of our shared human reality, how can women’s problems be treated as such? And so I am adapting her title slightly, to ask: Do women count to the news media? Are women shown in full, as active and important parts of the world—or are we missing, misrepresented, or marginalized? In short, do women count?’

Click on thru and read the whole thing. And then ask youself, ‘Just what is going on in American society today and are are we actually headed for a more progressive society?

Or not…..


The Dead ’81 Germany

May 23, 2008

tekstone’s thought for the day

May 23, 2008

Earlier this morning, I received the following message from our old friend “tekstone.” In my opinion, some of his basic premises are a bit off base, but overall, I appreciate his opinion and respect his set of conclusions. I intend to expound on these issues in the very near future.

we already have bio-diesel cars that run on renewable biomass fuel – and have for a loooong time (see history of diesel engine)

and

we already have hybrid cars that allow the poor petroleum companies to be slowly weened off their $11billion profit per quarter habit. (don’t want to do anything too drastic now…)

so

why don’t we have bio-diesel hybrids dominating the roads? we would be free of foreign fossil-fuel dependence – making us safer – AND we would be cleaner and more efficient all at once!

the main reason we don’t have bio-diesel hybrids? one article puts it this way:

The only obstacle is profit. Making America a safer and more socially responsible country just isn’t cost-effective for two of America’s most important corporations. Or, even worse, making America safer isn’t even a concern.

this, my friends, is the thought for the day. feel free to forward to others. maybe if enough people realize how beholden we are to corporate profits at the direct expense of our national security and our potential survival as a species, we can set ourselves on a new course…

this is not about Democrat vs. Republican or what poor people are doing that the rich people don’t like or who is winning American Idol – so you won’t see this on the so-called news stations. but our dependence on foreign fossil fuel is the direct cause of the “terrorist” threats (real or perceived) and the “global climate crisis” – the two most serious issues facing us as a civilization that we have been “too busy” and too distracted to address.

yes, we are too busy arguing about whether gay people can marry or how we should keep Mexicans out of our country. but let the polar ice caps melt and keep giving billions of dollars to terrorist states for their oil.

we are a strange people aren’t we?