Thursday, September 15, 2005

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We're Making the World Safe for Coffee Drinkers!

Condi continues to astonish with her ability to sound as stupid as her boss:

From an interview on the Fox "News" Channel with Bill O'Reilly:

O’Reilly: The truth of the matter is our correspondents at Fox News can’t go out for a cup of coffee in Baghdad.

Rice: Bill, that’s tough. It’s tough. But what — would they have wanted to have gone out for a cup of coffee when Saddam Hussein was in power?


Wednesday, September 14, 2005

150 Dead in Iraq

12 Simultaneous Attacks

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber lured a crowd of Shi'ite day labourers to
his minivan and blew it up in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 114 people and
wounding more than 156 in Iraq's second deadliest bombing since the war
began.
The bomber drew the men to his vehicle with promises of work before
detonating the bomb, which contained up to 500 pounds (220 kg) of explosives, an
Interior Ministry source said.
"There's no political party here, there are no
police," Mohammed Jabbar railed at the blast site in the Shi'ite Muslim
Khadhimiya area. "This targeted civilians, innocents. Why women and children?"
he added, as bystanders shouted, "Why? Why?"
Another car bomber blew himself
up in northern Baghdad, killing 11 people lined up to refill gas canisters, as a
wave of bombings rocked the capital. Gunmen also dragged 17 people from their
homes and killed them in Taji, a northern suburb.
More than 150 people were
killed in all the attacks, which a police official said seemed to have been
carefully orchestrated.


12 simultaneous attacks. That must be some kind of terrorist world record, no?

And meanwhile, the Sunnis still don't accept the draft of the new Iraqi constitution.

A Very Tangled Web

The people who run the U.S. government are straight-up Mafia. No other way to put it. Check this out:

FEMA has quietly outsourced the task of handling the dead bodies comming out of Katrina to a subsidiary of a company called SCI.

SCI was credibly implicated in a scandal back in the 1990's involving the mishandling -- in some cases, desecration -- of bodies and gravesites in the state of Texas.

The governor of that state at the time: George W. Bush, to whom the company contributed $45,000 for his 1994 gubernatorial candidacy.

When a state investigator was fired, apparently for doing her job too well in investigating SCI's misdeeds, she faught back with a lawsuit. Bush, among others, was listed as a defendent.

One of Bush's homeboys given the task of trying to keep the investigation from getting too close to Bush himself was his campaign manager, Joe Allbaugh.

Joe Allbaugh was susequently appointed to head FEMA by "President" Bush, back in 2001, even though he was spectacularly unqualified for the job. He left in 2003 to become a lobbyist for Dick Cheney's old company Halliburton, where his job is to secure lucrative government contracts for the company.

Allbaugh was replaced by his uniquely unqualified former college roommate, Mike Brown. One of Brown's last acts was to oversee the negotiation with SCI.

Halliburton, by the way, has already secured a contract to do repair and construction work for U.S. Navy personnel who have been stationed in and around New Orleans to assist with Katrina relief. A Pentagon investigation of Halliburton's work in Iraq has revealed $1.5 billion worth of charges that are at best "questionable."

At the center of it all is Bush. On the periphery: lots of dead people, lots of lost money, lots of sleazy ish.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Condi Rice: Race Relations Expert

This article from CNN gives us so much to chew on, we can skip lunch today.

From the "Duh" school of political science:
NEW YORK (CNN) -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the people who were stranded in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina are evidence that race and poverty can still come together "in a very ugly way" in parts of the "Old South."

Are you talking about your boss and his ruling party?:

"The United States should want to do something about that," Rice said in an interview Monday with the editorial board of The New York Times.

In Condi Rice's mind, diversity=good race relations:

Rice, the highest ranking black official in the Bush administration, defended national race relations saying the United States "is about 100 percent ahead of anyplace else in the world in issues of race."

"And I say that absolutely, fundamentally," she said. "You go to any other meeting around the world and show me the kind of diversity that you see in America's Cabinet, in America's foreign service, in America's business community, in America's journalistic community.

"Show me that kind of diversity anyplace else in the world, and I'm prepared to be lectured about race."

Where the hell had you been up to now?:

Rice also said she believes the Hurricane Katrina disaster provides an opportunity for Americans to launch a comprehensive attack on poverty.

And in what will be a shock to Condi and most other whites, the latest CNN poll also shows that by a ratio of 60% to 12%, blacks are more likely than whites to feel that race played a role in the sluggish federal response to Katrina.

But Condi doesn't need to be lectured about race. She's a freakin' expert on the topic, right?

Monday, September 12, 2005

The Loyal Soldier Returns

In last week's interview with Barbara Walters, Colin Powell joined the chorus of apologists declaring that the sluggish federal response to Katrina was not based on the race of the victims.

Powell doesn't think race was a factor in the slow delivery of relief to the hurricane victims as some have suggested. "I don't think it's racism, I think it's economic," he told Walters.


"When you look at those who weren't able to get out, it should have been a blinding flash of the obvious to everybody that when you order a mandatory evacuation, you can't expect everybody to evacuate on their own. These are people who don't have credit cards; only one in 10 families at that economic level in New Orleans have a car. So it wasn't a racial thing — but poverty disproportionately affects African-Americans in this country. And it happened because they were poor," he said.

Look closely at what Powell does here (it's the same tactic that many of the apologists are using): rather than discuss the role the race of the victims played in the speed of the response after the hurricane hit, he speaks of the role that economics played in the ability of those victims to evacuate before it hit -- a completely separate issue. And anyway, in New Orleans, blackness and poverty are so linked that there is no meaningful difference in attributing the post-hurricane performance to race and attributing it to economics. The bottom line remains that the government didn't react with urgency because the victims were of the most-dispised and least politically valuable caste in the U.S.

Let Us Pray


Well, well, well. If it isn't "Showbiz" Bishop T.D. Jakes in an attempt to rescue Idiot Boy's ass with black folks.

Jakes may be big time, but no one less than Jesus Christ himself will undo the near universal rejection of Dim Son by black Americans.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Amen

From the Baltimore Sun:


WASHINGTON - The disastrous federal response to Katrina exposes a record of incompetence, misjudgment and ideological blinders that should lead to serious doubts that the Bush administration should be allowed to continue in office.When taxpayers have raised, borrowed and spent $40 billion to $50 billion a year for the past four years for homeland security but the officials at the Federal Emergency Management Agency cannot find their own hands in broad daylight for four days while New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast swelter, drown and die, it is time for them to go.

When rescue and medical squads are sitting in Manassas and elsewhere in northern Virginia and foreign assistance waits at airports because the government can't figure out how to insure the workers, how to use the assistance or which jurisdiction should be in charge, it is time for the administration to leave town.

When President Bush stays on vacation and attends social functions for two days in the face of disaster before finally understanding that people are starving, crying out and dying, it is time for him to go.