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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Meanwhile

Phenomenal editorial from Molly Ivin's re: Terry Schiavo here.

Excerpt:
That the main player in this fiasco is Majority Leader Tom DeLay -- who is in the midst of yet another scandal himself -- is enough to make anyone throw up. This is a man whose sense of morality is so deformed that upon being chastised three times by the House Ethics Committee, his response was to change the rules and stack the committee.

What a despicable display of pure political pandering. What an insult to everyone who has faced this decision without ever considering asking 535 strangers in Washington, D.C., what to do.

How can anyone want to cede that authority to a bunch of politicians?

I am indebted to the blogger called Digby for the following points: Those who passed this bill are the same politicians who want to outlaw medical malpractice suits like the one that provided the care for Terry Schiavo for many years while she was in "a persistent vegetative state." They are the same politicians who have just finished changing bankruptcy law so that it is now much harder for families hit by tragedies like this one to get out from under the staggering medical bills. How dare they talk about morality?

How can a bunch of blowhard television pundits with no medical training whatsoever conclude anything about Terry Schiavo's condition from watching a few seconds of edited videotape? Where on earth do they get the nerve to make any pronouncements about her condition?

Who are these professional anti-abortion activists who think they have the right to make decisions about someone else's life? Those who think letting someone who is critically brain dead die is the same as Auschwitz are incapable of making moral distinctions.
Meanwhile, while CNN & Fox were bugging out over Terry, check out this headline:

Iraq Halts Contract Payments to Raytheon, Maersk, Official Says

Uh, oh.
March 22 (Bloomberg) -- Iraq's interim government is refusing to make payments on some contracts with foreign companies including Raytheon Co. and A.P. Moeller-Maersk A/S because they overcharged or failed to deliver everything they promised, an official said.
You're kidding.
"It's a problem all ministries are dealing with because of the lack of paperwork provided by the U.S.-led administration on contracts they signed before handing over power in June,'' Iraq's deputy transport minister, Atta Nabil Hussain Auni Atta, said in a telephone interview from Amman, Jordan, on March 21.
CUT TO:

INT. FAT CAT'S OFFICE - DAY

A corporate FAT CAT throws a giant file to his desk and slaps his male ASSISTANT. He knocks back a glass of scotch and...

FAT CAT - Who the fuck do these people think they are?! Get me the White House!
Atta, 63 and a 30-year veteran at the ministry, said Raytheon hasn't delivered an air-traffic control system to Baghdad airport, and the government is withholding a $19 million payment. James Fetig, a spokesman for the Waltham, Massachusetts- based defense contractor, declined to comment on the matter.
Wait. Atta is a 30 YEAR VETERAN WITH THE MINISTRY?

That means he worked for....Saddam?

"What are you saying?"

I don't know.
The Coalition Provisional Authority, led by U.S. Ambassador Paul Bremer, awarded billions of dollars of contracts to foreign companies including Halliburton Co. during the 14 months it administered Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein's regime.

"Excessive Profits'"

Transparency International, a Berlin-based organization with offices in 80 countries, said in its annual report March 16 that foreign contractors in Iraq had been `"wasteful'' and some had made `"excessive profits.'' Individual employees of U.S. contractors had been accused of taking kickbacks from companies seeking subcontracts, the anti-corruption lobby group said, without giving details.

U.S. President George W. Bush's administration has pledged more than $20 billion to help rehabilitate industries in Iraq, including oil. Japan, Kuwait and other countries collectively pledged as much as $18.5 billion in October 2003 to help rebuild the nation.
That $20 Billion used to be yours.

"You can git some of it back if you marry into the Bush Family. Jenna, I guess, would be my first choice. Maybe...marry the daughter of the Halliburton CEO. Or Bechtel. Somethin' like that. these are good times for those people."

Yep.

More later...

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