I love a good news day
Loads of goodies from Todayâ€™s Papers.
Itâ€™s been two days. It must be time for a new story about Halliburton! Halliburton has admitted (holy fuck?!) to the Pentagon that two employees took kickbacks worth up to $6 million for awarding a lucrative contract to a Kuwaiti company. This scandal is not related to another Halliburton scandal that involves a Kuwaiti company that doubled the price of fuel it sold to the U.S. government. However, the Kuwaiti company, KBR, is the same in both scandals. Why do I feel like Iâ€™m playing connect-the-dots, and thereâ€™s only one dot? Iâ€™m just going to shake my head and slowly walk away from this subject before my head explodes. But, Iâ€™ll leave you with this, according to todayâ€™s WSJ: KBRâ€™s services which include repairing Iraqi oil fields and supplying U.S. troops with everything from laundry to food to housing has â€œso far cost nearly $6 billion, well over twice what has gone to all of the other 40 U.S. contractors in Iraq.â€
Not too far from the subject of crooked, oil-driven assjackals, thereâ€™s ex-Halliburton Chairman and your Presâ€“ er, Vice-President, Dick Cheney. God, I wish this guy would talk to the press more often. According to Slate, yesterday on NPR, Cheney, â€œreiterated his belief
- that weapons of mass destruction will be found in Iraq,
- that there was a definite link between al-Qaida and the former Iraqi regime, and
- that â€˜we haven’t had confirmation one way or anotherâ€™ about Iraq’s involvement in 9/11.â€
What he also said, but didnâ€™t make onto the air due to NPRâ€™s time budget was that
- heâ€™s mastered a new plan with the Dept. of Homeland Security. They are currently working on a new, more efficient solution that will end airport security woes by installing crack teams of phrenologists to positively identify terrorists; and
- such humors as brain fever and the scurvy are not caused by evil gnomes or toads, but can in fact be cured with leeches, an exorcism, and a cutting of the hair.
I guess the pre-New Hampshire Dem debate was a bit of a sleeper last night. I wouldnâ€™t know, because it wasn’t fucking televised on primetime television. And people wonder why we have a problem getting voters to the polls. Even PBS didnâ€™t give it a nod. By the way, am I the only person who finds it strange that every major network that shows commercials aired the State of the Union commercial-free, but the non-commercial, government-endorsed Public Broadcasting System skipped it entirely?!
And my favorite little chunk from today’s Slate:
â€œThe U.S. did not capture Osama Bin Laden yesterday, according to a â€˜U.S. officialâ€™ who issued a terse denial in a Reuters wire piece. â€˜It’s not true,â€™ the official said. Enough people apparently believed the al-Qaida leader was in custody to cause a spike in the value of the dollar for a few hours. Of course, [Today’s Papers] imagines the official had to deny knowledge: That story’s not supposed to be leaked until late October.â€