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Friday, October 28, 2005

Bush World

(Please pass this blog on to one new person. Thanks.)

Bunch of stuff today.

"Down goes Libby! Down goes Libby!"

So -- here's a quick reminder re: Our Kid's thoughts on "official conduct":
January 20, 2001

MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

SUBJECT: Standards of Official Conduct

Everyone who enters into public service for the United States has a duty to the American people to MAINTAIN THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF INTEGRITY in Government.

I ask you to ensure that all personnel within your departments and agencies are familiar with, and faithfully observe, applicable ethics laws and regulations, including the following general principles from the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch:

(1) Public service is a PUBLIC TRUST, requiring employees to place loyalty to the Constitution, the laws, and ethical principles above private gain.

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(11) Employees shall disclose waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption to appropriate authorities.
"But only if it happened during the Clinton Administration. Don't worry: Line (11) does not apply to us."
(14) Employees shall endeavor to AVOID ANY ACTIONS CREATING THE APPEARANCE that they are violating applicable law or the ethical standards in applicable regulations.
"Except for Karl Rove."
Executive branch employees should also be fully aware that their post-employment activities with respect to lobbying and other forms of representation will be bound by the restrictions of 18 U.S.C. 207.
Rrriiiggghhhttt.
Please thank the personnel of your departments and agencies for their commitment to maintain the highest standards of integrity in Government as we serve the American people.

GEORGE W. BUSH
Got that?

Now that Libby's gone down, let's turn our attention back to the bigger picture.

There's an interesting development in "The Case of the Phony Nigerian Documents."

F.B.I. Is Still Seeking Source of Forged Uranium Reports

The documents that ultimately led to this entire mess:
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 - A two-year inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation has yet to uncover the origin of forged documents that formed a basis for sending an envoy on a fact-finding trip to Niger, a mission that eventually exploded into the C.I.A. leak inquiry, law enforcement and intelligence officials say.

A counterespionage official said Wednesday that the inquiry into the documents, which were intended to show that Iraq was seeking uranium for a nuclear weapons program, had yielded some intriguing but unproved theories.

One is the possibility that associates of AHMAD CHALABI, the former Iraqi exile who was a leading champion of the American campaign to topple Saddam Hussein, had a hand in the forgery.
Ah, yes: Ahmad Chalabi.

The "George Washington of Iraq" (and Neo-Con ally) keeps popping up in the strangest of places, doesn't he?
A second hypothesis, described by some officials as more likely, is that the documents were forged at Niger's embassy in Rome, in a MONEYMAKING SCHEME.
"And if you can get the thing printed on letterhead from the Nigerian embassy, I can get you an extra MIL."

"Done and done."
The official said the matter was being investigated as a counterintelligence case, not a criminal one.

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An Italian journalist handed the documents over to the United States government in October 2002, months after the Wilson mission to Africa, according to the review by the intelligence committee.

A month earlier, the deputy national security adviser at the time, STPEHEN J. HADLEY, met in Washington with the head of an Italian intelligence service, according to a report that was published this week in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

The White House has confirmed that the meeting took place, but a spokesman for Mr. Hadley described it as a courtesy call of 15 minutes or less.

"No one present at that meeting has any recollection of yellowcake being discussed or documents being provided," Frederick Jones, Mr. Hadley's spokesman, said Thursday, referring to a form of uranium.
Read the whole piece.

IN A RELATED MATTER...

Oct. 31, 2005: President Bush hosts ITALIAN PRIME MINISTER SILVIO BERLUSCONI at the White House for a meeting and lunch, Washington, DC.

Hey now!

Boy, do they have a lot to talk about!

Bet they're gonna pass out treats to the kiddies, too.

Wow.

In other news from Bush-world --

Exxon Mobil 3Q Profit Balloons to $9.92B

Still paying $2.91 (for the reg unl) at the MOBIL on Sunset & Fairfax.
IRVING, Texas - Exxon Mobil Corp. had a quarter for the record books.

The world's largest publicly traded oil company said Thursday high oil and natural-gas prices helped its third-quarter profit surge almost 75 PERCENT to $9.92 billion, THE LARGEST QUARTERLY PROFIT FOR A U.S. COMPANY EVER, and it was the first to ring up more than $100 billion in quarterly sales.
THE LARGEST QUARTERLY PROFIT FOR A U.S. COMPANY EVER, people.

Think they care about shenanigans in the White House?

The quagmire in Iraq?

Forged Nigerian documents?

Bears vs Lions on Sunday?

"Nope."

Survey says, "Ding!"

Oil Doesn't Want Focus on Big Profit

You're kidding?

From yesterday's WaPo:
Yesterday, British energy giant BP PLC reported a $6.53 BILLION third-quarter profit, up from $4.87 billion in the same period last year.

And tomorrow, analysts expect Exxon Mobil Corp. to show that it earned nearly $9 billion over the past three months -- the largest corporate quarterly profit ever.

Grumbling already has begun on Capitol Hill: Last month, one senator proposed a windfall-profit tax on oil conglomerates, and yesterday, House Republicans warned energy companies against price gouging.

TO DEFLECT THE DAMAGE, the energy industry is relying on an AD CAMPAIGN that was escalating even before hurricanes Katrina and Rita blitzed Gulf Coast petroleum refineries.

The print and television ads are designed to educate consumers and lawmakers with a "we're all in this together" tone.
Ha!

We are all in this together: We're still buying gas, and they're still f*ing us in the face.

Good times.

Can't wait for the feel good campaign: Bet it'll run like crazy during football.

More later...

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