Which Is The Bigger Scandal

The handling of the UN’™s Oil for Food program or the Iraq CPA’™s handling of US and Iraqi funds?

Well you’™d think from all the blathering that’™s been done in minute detail that the Oil for Food program was a blackhole of corruption – now granted there was and has been waste and fraud – ( [...]

Commentary By: sukabi

The handling of the UN’™s Oil for Food program or the Iraq CPA’™s handling of US and Iraqi funds?

Well you’™d think from all the blathering that’™s been done in minute detail that the Oil for Food program was a blackhole of corruption – now granted there was and has been waste and fraud – ( most notably by US businesses/men ‘” but we don’™t talk about that in ‘œpolite company’ ), but it pales in comparison to and is but a tiny speck of the corruption, incompetence, fraud and out right theft that has occurred under the ‘œwatchful’ eye of our administration.

Ian Williams of the Deadline Pundit weighs in with his perspective:

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For a year every minute item about the Oil For Food Program has been bellowed breathlessly from the conservative media.

And suddenly, there is silence. Last month Kojo Annan, son of Kofi ,was awarded large damages against the Murdoch-owned London Sunday Times, which has to admit that its story connecting him to Oil For Food contracts had no substance. You did not see the story on Fox, MSNBC, or any of the usual cabal.

In December, the US charged two colonels who had worked for the ‘Coalition Provisional Authority’™ with accepting bribes of $200,000 a month for steering contracts to companies that were seemingly just shells. They worked with someone whom the Coalition Provisional Authority hired as comptroller with a budget of $82 million – despite a previous felony conviction for fraud.

It did not make the headlines. Senator Norm Coleman and Congressman Henry Hyde did not call for the resignation of the chief executive of the organization involved, one George W. Bush.

And no one mentioned that much of the money involved presumably came from the $10 billion surplus that the UN Oil For Food Fund had handed over to the Development Fund for Iraq, controlled by the CPA. During its blessedly short life span, the American dominated CPA spent nearly $20 billion of the $23.34 billion of Iraqi funds it had under its control for just over a year. It spent just $300 million of the US taxpayer funding pledges of $18.4 billion for Iraq’™s reconstruction.

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That’™s just a small taste of a very detailed article, the whole thing is worth reading as it details connections that the ‘œMSM’ has willfully failed to report on. Oh, a bit further on in the article is this little tidbit:

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Saturday, December 31st, 2005 by Richard Blair |

Abramoff Deal to Implicate Up to 20 Lawmakers?

That’™s the promise we’™re being given this New Year’™s Eve. We all know that Ney, Burns, Reed and DeLay are involved, and Ron Gunzberger is all but predicting those political careers are going down the drain. (GOP Rep. Dana Rohrbacher is defending Abramoff, but seems to be flying solo in that endeavor.) [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

That’™s the promise we’™re being given this New Year’™s Eve. We all know that Ney, Burns, Reed and DeLay are involved, and Ron Gunzberger is all but predicting those political careers are going down the drain. (GOP Rep. Dana Rohrbacher is defending Abramoff, but seems to be flying solo in that endeavor.)

The latest, however, seems to be the links between Abramoff, DeLay and the charity US Family Network. U.S. Family Network appears to be one of those faux grassroots organizations the Republicans (Tom DeLay in this case) are famous for, and the Post reports that it was entirely funded by corporate clients of Abramoff. There are pretty strong IRS laws regulating nonprofits and nonprofit status. I would be unsurprised if the IRS gets into this and decides to take on those who organized this faux charity.

Yes, it is going to be a very Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 31st, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.

ASZ Wins a Golden Thong

It’™s an award given by Life. . . or something like it. And they have recognized ASZ as the Best Group Blog. Other winners include Eschaton,Jesus’™ General, Crooks and Liars and Blondesense, so we’™re in pretty good company.

But a golden thong?

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

It’™s an award given by Life. . . or something like it. And they have recognized ASZ as the Best Group Blog. Other winners include Eschaton,Jesus’™ General, Crooks and Liars and Blondesense, so we’™re in pretty good company.

But a golden thong?

Saturday, December 31st, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Admin

It Must Be For Those Hi – Colonics

EEEEwwwww.

Commentary By: sukabi

EEEEwwwww.

Friday, December 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Humor

The Klan Joins the Radical Right Wing Christian Clerics

The Klan in Iowa is going to conduct an anti-gay protest next month.

A Charles City man who said he’™s a member of the Ku Klux Klan is trying to organize a rally next month to protest attempts to legalize same-sex marriages in Iowa.

Douglas Sadler, 41, said his efforts are prompted by lawsuits filed [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

The Klan in Iowa is going to conduct an anti-gay protest next month.

A Charles City man who said he’™s a member of the Ku Klux Klan is trying to organize a rally next month to protest attempts to legalize same-sex marriages in Iowa.


Douglas Sadler, 41, said his efforts are prompted by lawsuits filed earlier this month on behalf of six gay couples this month to alter the stateï–¿–½s marriage laws.

ï–¿–½Ã¯–¿–½We donï–¿–½t believe Godï–¿–½s law should be perverted any more than it already has been,ï–¿–½Ã¯–¿–½ said Sadler, a Charles City resident and father of four. ï–¿–½Ã¯–¿–½The further we go away from Godï–¿–½s law, the further we get away from God.ï–¿–½Ã¯–¿–½

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Group officials said they will argue that the state constitutionï–¿–½s equal protection and due process clauses make it unlawful for the state to bar same-sex couples from marrying. They plan to take the case to the Iowa Supreme Court if necessary.

Thatï–¿–½s exactly where Sadler plans to protest. He said his contingent from Cerro Gordo, Floyd and Mitchell counties will head to Des Moines sometime next month and spread their message.

ï–¿–½Ã¯–¿–½We donï–¿–½t believe they have the right to marry,ï–¿–½Ã¯–¿–½ Sadler said. ï–¿–½Ã¯–¿–½In fact, we donï–¿–½t think they have the right to exist.ï–¿–½Ã¯–¿–½

Oh, it is not a surprise at all that they are allies of Radical Right Wing Christian Clerics like Dobson and Wildmon, is it? But look for some strong counter protests, because most Iowans will not put up with that kind of hate.

Friday, December 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Civil Liberties

Designed For Failure

Via Harry Shearer at the Huffington Post comes this Times-Picayune article on the levee system surrounding New Orleans. While Harry is skewering the ‘œMSM’ for not following up or even reporting this story, it is a story that needs to be told and investigated thoroughly.

Corps never pursued design doubts

Higher-ups raised red flag, then dropped [...]

Commentary By: sukabi

Via Harry Shearer at the Huffington Post comes this Times-Picayune article on the levee system surrounding New Orleans. While Harry is skewering the ‘œMSM’ for not following up or even reporting this story, it is a story that needs to be told and investigated thoroughly.

Corps never pursued design doubts

Higher-ups raised red flag, then dropped it

The engineering mistakes that led to the canal levee failures that flooded most of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina were found and then dismissed in the Army Corps of Engineers’™ design review process in 1990, an investigative team reviewing the failures says.

Documents, obtained by The Times-Picayune and provided to forensic engineers studying the levee breaches, show project engineers made a critical mistake in assessing soil strengths on the 17th Avenue Canal project, said Robert Bea, a University of California-Berkeley professor who is a member of the National Science Foundation team.

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Friday, December 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |

Most Memorable Phrase of the Year

‘œBrownie, you’™re doing a heckuva job’

Yup, most memorable phrase by Bush according to Paul J. J. Payack of Global Language Monitor (there’™s more on their site, too)

Paul JJ Payack, president of Global Language Monitor, a nonprofit group that monitors language use, says Bush’™s statement in support of the then-director of the [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

‘œBrownie, you’™re doing a heckuva job’

Yup, most memorable phrase by Bush according to Paul J. J. Payack of Global Language Monitor (there’™s more on their site, too)

Paul JJ Payack, president of Global Language Monitor, a nonprofit group that monitors language use, says Bush’™s statement in support of the then-director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency may be remembered for years to come.

‘œThe ‘Brownie’™ quote leads our 2005 list of Bushisms ‘” memorable phrases or new words coined by the president,’ Payack said, adding that Bush may be the foremost White House creator of new words, citing such past efforts as ‘œmisunderestimate’ (to seriously underestimate) and ‘œembetter’ (to make emotionally better).

Friday, December 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.

Embattled Bush seeks new ideas to inspire the nation

Via The Telegraph

‘œThe administration has been seeking the advice of Right-wing legislators, think-tank analysts and businessmen.

White House insiders who have been briefing American reporters say that ideas were still being juggled.’

Wow, all that sturm und drang where one word would suffice:

RESIGN!

Commentary By: Gloria

Via The Telegraph

‘œThe administration has been seeking the advice of Right-wing legislators, think-tank analysts and businessmen.


White House insiders who have been briefing American reporters say that ideas were still being juggled.’

Wow, all that sturm und drang where one word would suffice:

RESIGN!

Friday, December 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.

18 Months and Kicking and Screaming…

‘¦to get an investigation into governmental responses to 9/11/01.

8 months and a (12 hour headstart) to get an investigation into who leaked the identity of an undercover agent.

1 week to start an investigation into who squealed on the President’™s illegal wiretapping.

Whose interests do you think George Bush is protecting? His administration’™s or America’™s?

Commentary By: sukabi

‘¦to get an investigation into governmental responses to 9/11/01.

8 months and a (12 hour headstart) to get an investigation into who leaked the identity of an undercover agent.

1 week to start an investigation into who squealed on the President’™s illegal wiretapping.

Whose interests do you think George Bush is protecting? His administration’™s or America’™s?

Friday, December 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |

Torture?

Kos is on top of it, and then there’™s Tom Tomorrow as well as a former Brit Ambassador. Were there pictures, then this would be the next Abu Ghraib.

We’™re one more big scandal away from toppling the Bushies. Is this the one?

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Kos is on top of it, and then there’™s Tom Tomorrow as well as a former Brit Ambassador. Were there pictures, then this would be the next Abu Ghraib.

We’™re one more big scandal away from toppling the Bushies. Is this the one?

Friday, December 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq