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Saturday, August 21, 2004

George Bush's America
Heckle president bunny-pants, and you get fired.
A man who heckled President Bush at a political rally was fired from his job at an advertising and design company for offending a client who provided tickets to the event.

[snip]

"It's just bizarre that you disagree with them and it all turns evil," Hiller said.
Via the AP

We have come a long way from the days when guys wrote:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Bush is the president of the United States, not just the Republican party - he should act like he actually respects the people he supposedly represents.

The Republican party has become a party of Nazis and self-important fools who value loyalty to party over loyalty to the Constitution.

They sicken me.

Friday, August 20, 2004

I am better than Nostrodamus
I predicted the future yet again.

Months ago, I read this story about Simone Ledeen - and other assorted neocon progeny - who put in applications to work at the white house - but were offered plum jobs rebuilding iraq. These kids had no experience, mind you. But they did have one thing in common - they all put their resumes into the Heritage Foundation's resume pool. These kids were young Republicans. They were willing to play ball - and rebuild iraq. They were going to embark on a glorious adventure.

But first they had to get off at the right bus stop:
When the U.S. government went looking for people to help rebuild Iraq, they had responded to the call. They supported the war effort and President Bush. Many had strong Republican credentials. They were in their twenties or early thirties and had no foreign service experience. On that first day, Oct. 1, they knew so little about how things worked that they waited hours at the airport for a ride that was never coming. They finally discovered the shuttle bus out of the airport but got off at the wrong stop.


Simone Ledeen is the daughter of Michael Ledeen a columnist (if you could call that shit writing) for the National Review. She was a newly minted MBA - and as anyone can tell you, when you are doing a hostile takeover of another company or countey, you want as many Newly minted MBAs in command and control decisions as possible. I mean, who can tell you more about how the real world of business works than a kid who was fresh out of college? I mean, they had to cover rebuilding wartorn countries with collapsed economies and sectarian strife in Business 201, right? I think they covered that right after the lessons on auditing government contractors - but before corporate malfeasance training.

I don't want to pick on poor 'ol Simone, though. She might have a crazy daddy, but she had her heart in the right place. There were other wingnuts thrown in water way over their head - like Jay Hallen.
At Yale University, Jay Hallen majored in political science, rarely watched financial news stations and didn't follow the stock market.

All of which made the 24-year-old an unlikely pick for the difficult task of rebuilding Iraq's shuttered stock exchange. But Mr. Hallen, ...was given the job immediately after arriving in Baghdad in September.

You would think that the people running this show would want more experienced personell doing things like rebuilding a stock market - where the majority stockholder of every company is a criminal with nullified assets - in a war torn socialist country. One would think that the CPA would TRY to find an expert on finance- especially someone with experience in war-torn refinancing.

Maybe one of the people that helped change Poland or Germany from socialist cuntries to weastern capitalist countries. You woudl think that the CPA would try to get someone in the position that followed the stock market and knew a PE ratio from a Put order.

Think again. For the CPA, Iraq was a giant money pit - where billions of American tax dollars were going to be spent. The CAP wanted incompetant people - who were ideologically driven to support the administration - while Halliburton, Bechtel, Titan, and a hundred other contractors fleeced the system. They did not want people that knew how to spot theft or corruption. They wanted kids that would play ball - and would have the plausible excuse that they were too stupid to be culpable in any malfeasance.
"Mr. Hallen admits that he wound up in Iraq rather by accident. In 2002, he began pursuing a White House job..."
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few weeks later, Mr. Hallen got a phone call from a Pentagon personnel officer, who told him he had been given a job in the Coalition Provisional Authority and needed to be in Baghdad in less than a month. "Needless to say, I was in a mild state of shock," he says.

But the situation was more important than just corruption. These people had real jobs to do. Their jobs would have been difficult for seasoned porfessionals with years of experience. Instead, these kids were placed at the hub of a situation they did not understand without the resources or knowledge to fix the mess. As a result, the Iraqis that relied on the reconstruction to bring back some sense of normalcy - got shafted in the process.
Trader Hussain Kubba pointed recently to a wall-size chalkboard in his office showing stock prices from the day before the market closed. "The prices are a fraction of what those shares are worth today, but no one can take advantage of that until Mr. Hallen and the Americans stop dillydallying," he said.

Mr. Hallen says the delays were caused by the difficulties of getting the market's new computer and communications systems up and running. He insists that the market is now on course to reopen next month in temporary space in a Baghdad hotel before moving to its permanent home in a building that once housed a satellite office of the Iraqi intelligence service, a bank branch and the city's finest Indian restaurant.

After these guys started, they only had a little while before the cold hand of reality was going to set in. The CPA got some more experienced people into the show to help get the stagnant situation moving again, but the damage was already done.
At least $8.8 billion in Iraqi funds that was given to Iraqi ministries by the former U.S.-led authority there cannot be accounted for, according to a draft U.S. audit set for release soon.

The audit by the Coalition Provisional Authority's own Inspector General blasts the CPA for "not providing adequate stewardship" of at least $8.8 billion from the Development Fund for Iraq that was given to Iraqi ministries.

The audit was first reported on a Web site earlier this month by journalist and retired Col. David Hackworth. A U.S. official confirmed the contents of the leaked audit cited by Hackworth were accurate.

The development fund is made up of proceeds from Iraqi oil sales, frozen assets from foreign governments and surplus from the U.N. Oil for Food Program. Its handling has already come under fire in a U.N.-mandated audit released last month.

Among the draft audit's findings were that payrolls in Iraqi ministries under Coalition Provisional Authority control were padded with thousands of ghost employees.

In one example, the audit said the CPA paid for 74,000 guards even though the actual number could not be validated. In another, 8,206 guards were listed on a payroll but only 603 people doing the work could be counted.
(via Reuters)

That loss of money breaks down to $29.92 per person, $67.31 per taxpayer. this is your money - and it was wasted by the incompetant asshats that are in the White house.

They could have planned to the foreseeable aftermath of the invasion. They could have staffed the place with crews that knew what they were doing and had experience in rebuilding war-torn regions. instead, they relied on ideological clones that would not blow the whistle on theft, corruption, and dishonesty. They knew these kids would not be able to audit them - and they knew the companies that were running the show would have the money long gone before anyone came asking "What happened to all our cash?".

This is George Bush's America. Hope you like it, cause it is here to stay.





Wednesday, August 18, 2004

The Onion has a new rival...

you just can't make this shit up - via the NYT.

Just Keep It Peaceful, Protesters;
New York Is Offering Discounts

Wanna protest the RNC's raping of America in New York? Well, you are in luck. If you wear a cheesy pin proclaiming yourself to be a "peaceful protestor" ( I hate these Republican fucks. To them, all democrats must be anarchists bent on destroying Ma and Apple pie ) you can get discounts at the Museum of Sex and Applebee's. Quoth the good Mayor bloomberg:

"It's no fun to protest on an empty stomach,"


the Republican delegates get special discounts, too. but since Republicans are closeted homosexuals that fantasize about being slum lords, they get discount tickets to "Rent". Fun loving liberals get tdiscounts to "the Museum of Sex" and "Tony n' Tina's Wedding."

Christ. America is dead.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

I don't ever blog anymore

I guess I should. I should keep track of how I think and wfell while the country slips into the abyss. Maybe if I write for like - 1 hour every day. Limit it to and hour - I would be able to actually record my impressions of the moment.

But who will read this crap?

I don't know. I will, I suppose. I if this is anything, it is just a vanity thing. I get to pretend I am smart and know stuff when I am really little more than an ineffectual loser.

American Splendor started on a worse premise. Maybe I'll have a Cancer Year, soon.

But I digress. What is happening, you ask? Well, how should I explain. Maybe you could write me some questions, future Scott.

fScott: Okay, but I need answers. THe time transportolator is only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays - damn unions.

Scott: Yeah. SO what do you want to know.

fScott: Um, who you voting for?

Scott: Do you really have to ask?

fScott: Oh, yeah. Um - are you in good shape? Do you lift a lot of rcok? Climb fenses well and such?

Scott: huh?

fScott: Well, I didn't want to break this to you, but you are in deep shit.

Scott: What do you mean?

fScott: When George Bush wins by paperless ballots, he will demand the entire country be implanted with chips for identification. He will create a one world government. He will usher in the Apocolpse.

Scott: God! Why are you telling me this?

fScott: He will round up all the liberals and put you into security camps - where you will break rocks for gravel until you climb the fence and find a time machine.

Scott: Are you saying George Bush is the AntiChrist?

fScott: Yes, he is th... BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!... "Greetings American citizen. Please be calm while we search your body cavities and take blood. Alert! Liberal terrorist Detected"

BANG!

Scott: Scott? Scott?


Vote for Kerry. At least he isn't the AntiChrist.

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Saturday, June 26, 2004

Fuck you

Thursday, June 24, 2004

I said God Damn! God Damn! God Damn!
Moore�s Magic: 9/11 Electrifies

Sorry I havenot posted for a while. Rex Reed is a film critic of some minor note, but he pulls a page out of Paul Krugman's playbook for this review. Scathing is not the word for it - but I mean that in a good way.

Read it! I know no one will ever read this. Who really cares. The sun will explode and scour the earth in a few billion years anyway.


Friday, June 11, 2004

Defuse the winger Googlebomb
> - 2004 Democratic National Convention

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