BRANDOLAND: Talking to God...For You!

Monday, September 19, 2005

"Cindy Sheehan is a clown."

The next bit of info is from the Huffingtonpost:
"Karl Rove, President Bush's top political advisor and deputy White House chief of staff, spoke at businessman Teddy Forstmann's annual off the record gathering in ASPEN, Colorado this weekend. Here is what Rove had to say that the press wasn't allowed to report on.

On Katrina: The only mistake we made with Katrina was not overriding the local government...

On The Anti-War Movement: CINDY SHEEHAN IS A CLOWN. There is no real anti-war movement. No serious politician, with anything to do with anything, would show his face at an anti-war rally...

On Bush's Low Poll Numbers: We have not been good at explaining the success in Iraq. Polls go up and down and don't mean anything...

On Joe Wilson: Joe Wilson and I attend the same church but Joe goes to the wacky mass...

In attendance at the conference, among others were: Harvey Weinstein, Brad Grey, Michael Eisner, Les Moonves, Tom Freston, Tom Friedman, BOB NOVAK, Barry Diller, Martha Stewart, Margaret Carlson, Alan Greenspan, Andrea Mitchell, Norman Pearlstein and Walter Isaacson."
AND NOT YOU.

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Let's go back to that "success" in Iraq.

What has happened to Iraq's missing $1bn?

Did Karl mean that?
One billion dollars has been plundered from IRAQ'S DEFENCE MINISTRY in one of the largest thefts in history, The Independent can reveal, leaving the country's army to fight a savage insurgency with museum-piece weapons.
With...museum piece weapons?

Like...swords, spears and shields?!

WTF?
The money, intended to train and equip an Iraqi army capable of bringing security to a country shattered by the US-led invasion and prolonged rebellion, was instead siphoned abroad IN CASH and has disappeared.

"It is possibly one of the largest thefts in history," Ali Allawi, Iraq's Finance Minister, told The Independent.

"Huge amounts of money have disappeared. In return we got nothing but scraps of metal."

The carefully planned theft has so weakened the army that it cannot hold Baghdad against insurgent attack without American military support, Iraqi officials say, making it difficult for the US to withdraw its 135,000- strong army from Iraq, as Washington says it wishes to do.

Most of the money was supposedly spent buying arms from Poland and Pakistan. The contracts were peculiar in four ways.

According to Mr Allawi, they were awarded without bidding, and were signed with a Baghdad-based company, and not directly with the foreign supplier. The money was paid up front, and, surprisingly for Iraq, it was paid at great speed out of the ministry's account with the Central Bank.
Umm...

Remember the bits about contractors being paid IN CASH?

What bad movie is this?!
Many Iraqi soldiers and police have died because they were not properly equipped.

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The Iraqi Board of Supreme Audit says in a report to the Iraqi government that US-appointed Iraqi officials in the defence ministry allegedly presided over these dubious transactions.

Senior Iraqi officials now say they cannot understand how, if this is so, the disappearance of almost all the military procurement budget could have passed unnoticed by the US military in Baghdad and civilian advisers working in the defence ministry.
Okay.

"They cannot understand?"

Umm...

That's it, I'm stopping. Too far down the rabbit hole on this one.

Please re-read those last two paragraphs...and draw your own conclusions.

Then...CUT TO a FIVE STAR HOTEL somewhere in the world and imagine a giant pool surrounded by HIGH END CALL GIRLS, US BUSINESSMEN, AND IRAQI DEFENSE MINISTERS.

Capice?

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After Katrina, Republicans Back a Sea of Conservative Ideas

God...are they good.

ABC: A-always, B-be, C-closing.
Congressional Republicans, backed by the White House, say they are using relief measures for the hurricane-ravaged Gulf coast to achieve a broad range of conservative economic and social policies, both in the storm zone and beyond.

Some new measures are already taking shape.

In the past week, the Bush administration has suspended some union-friendly rules that require federal contractors pay prevailing wages, moved to ease tariffs on Canadian lumber, and allowed more foreign sugar imports to calm rising sugar prices.
Gonna put that in list-form for ya.

"To Do!"

1. Suspend "union-freindly" wage rules (read below)

2. Ease tariffs on Canadian lumber

3. Increase foreign sugar imports (Huh?!)
Just yesterday, it waived some affirmative-action rules for employers with federal contracts in the Gulf region.
4. Destroy stupid affirmative action rules.
Now, Republicans are working on legislation that would limit VICTIMS' RIGHT TO SUE, offer VOUCHERS for displaced school children, lift some ENVIRONMENT RESTRICTIONS on new refineries and create tax-advantaged ENTERPRISE ZONES to maximize PRIVATE-SECTOR participation in recovery and RECONSTRUCTION.
"Wish List"

1. Tort reform

2. School vouchers

3. Deregulation

4. Privatization

Haven't seen anything about banning "gays" from NoLa.

"We're working on it."

I'm sure.
Yesterday, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill that would offer sweeping protection against lawsuits to any person or organization that helps Katrina victims without compensation.

"The desire to bring conservative, free-market ideas to the Gulf Coast is WHITE HOT," says Rep. Mike Pence, the Indiana Republican who leads the Republican Study Group, an influential caucus of conservative House members.

"We want to turn the Gulf Coast into a magnet for free enterprise. The last thing we want is a FEDERAL CITY where New Orleans once was."
I'm sorry...say that again?

"The last thing we want is a federal city where New Orleans once was."

A what?

"A federal city."

A what?

"A federal city! What are you...some kind of commie?!"

Old motto --

New Orleans: Let the Good Times Roll

New motto --

New Orleans: Not a Federal City!
Many of the ideas under consideration have been pushed by the 40-member study group, which is circulating a list of "FREE-MARKET SOLUTIONS," including proposals to eliminate regulatory barriers to awarding federal funds to RELIGIOUS GROUPS housing hurricane victims --
Quick memo to the Church of Scientology: I need you people in NoLa.

NOW.

I'm dead serious. Get down there and start building "assist" centers and housing for Katrina victims.

Please. I'm begging you.

The White House is about to give away tons of $ to other "churches," and I'd like you guys to get in on the action.

I'm not kidding. Seriously. Let's see how they're gonna play this.

If the Bushies try to shut you out -- let us know.

ASAP.

Back to the article:
Waiving the estate tax for deaths in the storm-affected states; and making the entire region a "flat-tax free-enterprise zone."

Members of the group met in a closed session Tuesday night at the conservative HERITAGE FOUNDATION headquarters here to map strategy.
Ah, there they are: The Heritage Foundation.

Knew they were around here...somewhere.
Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R., Kan.) said that the plans under development "are all part of a philosophy of lowering costs for doing business."
Man.

Today's GOP: "Lowering costs for doing business...for you!"

Like LABOR COSTS.

Which brings me back to one of the first moves "Our Kid" made after the storm.

Back on September 11th.

Bush lifts wage rules for Katrina

"President signs executive order allowing contractors to pay below prevailing wage in affected areas."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush issued an executive order Thursday allowing federal contractors rebuilding in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to pay below the prevailing wage.

In a notice to Congress, Bush said the hurricane had caused "a national emergency" that permits him to take such action under the 1931 Davis-Bacon Act in ravaged areas of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The Davis-Bacon law requires federal contractors to pay workers at least the prevailing wages in the area where the work is conducted. It applies to federally funded construction projects such as highways and bridges.

Bush's executive order suspends the requirements of the Davis-Bacon law for designated areas hit by the storm.
STILL NO WORD ON AN EXECUTIVE ORDER LIMITING EXECUTIVE PAY AND/OR DISASTER PROFITEERING.

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"Know Your Rights!"

This is a public service announcement...with guitars!

Know your rights!

All 3 of them!

Number 1: You have the right not to be killed.

Murder is a CRIME (unless it was done by a policeman or an arist-o-crat).

Number 2: You have the right to food money...providing of course you don't mind a little humiliation!

Investigation!

And if you cross your fingers...rehabilitation.

Know your rights!

Number 3: You have the right to free speech...as long as you're not dumb enough to actually try it.

Know your rights!

These are your rights!

More later...

1 Comments:

  • Um, regarding the WSJ article on the 'sea' of conservative ideas inundating New Orleans....

    Note that they balanced the description of the free market absurdities with a description of the programs Democrats are proposing that 'suit their ideology'. These include:

    Creating a national emergency airlift program so that U.S. airlines can help evacuate Americans from areas before a natural disaster strike.
    Preserving victims' Medicaid health coverage.
    Providing $2,500 education grants to displaced students.
    Giving victims a 180-day extension on outstanding loan payments.

    I guess another phrase for 'Democrats' ideology' is 'rescuing and helping people in a crisis'.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:50 AM  

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