Wednesday, October 12, 2005
I used to work at a very high end chocolate shoppe in olde Bostone Towne, and my friend/ coworker at the time and I would always privately ridicule the middle-aged scarf-wearers who waltzed around the place in crazy-eyed ecstasy, going on and on about how sinful it all was, how absolutely sinful. Oh, what trouble we were getting them in with these rich, delicious, sinful, yummy treats!
If they knew the scorn.
But now, as I read all I can about Plamegate, I find myself reacting in much the same way those lonely chocloate lovers did, just gasping and leaning and singing, starry-eyed and gorged on the prospects of deliciousness to come.
Today, I found this tremendous transcript from last night's Hardball through Fire Dog Lake, and it is a doozy. While the perfect storm bears down on Castle Bush, it's becoming clear just how messy the whole PLame affair is making everything. Gone from the White House halls are Karl Rove and Dick Cheney, the usual BMOC's. Could this explain why a lost and lonely babe-in-the-woods President Bush chose Harriet Miers as the next Supreme Court Justice? I had never considered this possibility, and yet...
WOLFF: ...something‘s happening. I mean, he‘s—it‘s an altogether different M.O. than [Cheney]‘s had for the past—for the past five years.
He‘s—is he hiding? Is he sick? Is he up to something, some other Cheney-like thing? One can only speculate.
MATTHEWS: Has the president already made the—has he already, as they say in the stock market, discounted the calamity to come? Has he already discounted the probability that, at best, the rosy scenario, if you will, is that the top aides that have been mentioned in all the press leaks about this in the leak case are going to get shot with a very vicious kind of indictment or some kind of public report that humiliates them publicly and politically, and, therefore, he‘s relying more on Andrew Card and Dan Bartlett than the vice president‘s office or the chief political man?
FINEMAN: Well, that‘s my sense of it, Chris.
And I think, if you look—if you roll back the videotape of the days leading up to Katrina, if you look at the Harriet Miers nomination, Karl Rove is conspicuous by his absence.
MATTHEWS: As is the vice president.
FINEMAN: As is the vice president. So, I think that whole wing, so to speak, is one that Bush has been flying without for the last couple weeks.
How awesome is THAT? Though I have read that Rove was out selling Miers hardcore, so this may not be an exact explanation, but isn't it so sinful to imagine a White House bus whose wheels have come completely off? A White House in chaos? A White House in which George W. Bush, absent his usual tutors, is making his own decisions? Ha, ha, ha! Delicious!
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Over at Free Republic, they like to get all sarcastic about Halliburton and how it's the devil, in godless, anti-corporate commie-liberal eyes. While I don't think the corporation is evil, it does typify the kind of heartless greed, cronyism and interconnectedness of the military, the US power structure, government and corporations. The Military Industrial Complex. And furthermore, it points to Republican hypocrisy which, by this point, has become almost satirical.
Remember that they went after Hillary Clinton for turning around a relatively small profit in some real estate.
Then look at this.
An analysis released by a Democratic senator found that Vice President Dick Cheney's Halliburton stock options have risen 3,281 percent in the last year, RAW STORY can reveal.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) asserts that Cheney's options -- worth $241,498 a year ago -- are now valued at more than $8 million. The former CEO of the oil and gas services juggernaut, Cheney has pledged to give proceeds to charity.
“Halliburton has already raked in more than $10 billion from the Bush-Cheney Administration for work in Iraq, and they were awarded some of the first Katrina contracts," Lautenberg said in a statement. "It is unseemly for the Vice President to continue to benefit from this company at the same time his Administration funnels billions of dollars to it. The Vice President should sever his financial ties to Halliburton once and for all.”
These are the new Robber Barons. The Warbucks. The bastard sonsabitches we had to work so hard to put down or rein in. Cheney is the Vice fucking President. And he's making money off of war. So what if they're options, and even if he's promised to donate proceeds to charity, it's wrong. And there is no middle man here, no indirect conspiratorial tangential evidence. It's a fucking paycheck. Coming directly from the company his government is paying to set up and clean up a war he is almost directly responsible for waging.
Didn't we learn our lessons with JP Morgan et al?
And is there outrage? Concern, even? No. In fact, it's considered impolite for the press to mention this, to suggest -- in even the most gentle, furtive tones -- that there might could just maybe be a small issue of propriety here.
Except that BushCo is has been getting a new orifice torn into it as of late, what with Plame, Abramoff, DeLay, Frist, Katrina and Harriet. Maybe the tenor has shifted so that this issue can be discussed. In public. With proper accusations properly accused.
Yes, profit comes first in this country. That's difficult to dispute or change. But at what price? Are we really ready to accept that our Vice President can make millions of dollars on the very war he's waging?
Monday, October 10, 2005
As the wheels start to come loose on BushCo and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, we're seeing more and more signs that the floodgates are about to bust, too. So that's two great metaphors for you to consider.
As for Jack Abramoff, there could be trouble around a little mob hit a few years back.
When three men were charged last month with killing [casino owner Gus Boulis] in 2001, the most familiar name on the indictments belonged to 67-year-old Anthony (Big Tony) Moscatiello, an associate of New York's Gambino crime family.
But even more well known is the figure with whom Mr. Boulis, at the time of his death, was locked in a bitter business dispute over the sale of his fleet of floating casinos.
Casino Jack, as Mr. Abramoff is known, has for months been under investigation by a federal grand jury and the Senate's Indian affairs committee after receiving at least $66-million from six Indian tribes to lobby for their casino interests; the tribes later said the fees were excessive.
But more recently, his difficulties multiplied.
In August, he and his former business partner, disbarred New York lawyer and fellow Republican fundraiser Adam Kidan, 41, were charged with fraud and conspiracy over their September, 2000, purchase of Mr. Boulis's 11 SunCruz gambling boats for $147-million.
Those charges accuse Mr. Abramoff and Mr. Kidan of faking a wire transfer that made it appear that they had put up $23-million of their own money in the SunCruz sale. Based on that transfer, two banks agreed to lend the pair $60-million, the charges allege.
And, this article deliciously goes on, Kidan wrote out two checks for $145,000 and $95,000 to two of the men now charged with the murder. For cartering services and security. Hmm. His defense: If he had ordered the hit, he certainly wouldn't have written checks to pay for it. Ha. Ha, ha.
I love it, I love it, I love it. Abramoff has spread his stank all over Washington, so when he goes down, others follow. Oh, delicious.