Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Chertoff, Johnson III, Selling out the U.S. in Iraq, Paul A. Brinkley, Horny Senator, House Hearings and Wal-Mart.

I don't know, but Chertoff looks like he's about two seconds away from making Bush his bitch.
With the resignation of Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, it would appear that we are headed another round of which sycophant's tongue can find the sweet spot.
It's looks like the winner is going to be Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. No doubt because of his stellar performance at Homeland Security. He has kept the terrorists entertained by spying on Americans while they run free, New Orleans has completely recovered under his leadership and he's stopped the flow of illegal aliens into this country. Lucky us.
Now what will "The Decider" do to replace Chertoff at DHS?
With deep pockets comes plenty of cronies to play whatever game you want. It seems that new crony Clay Johnson III, the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget, has been picked for the job. His qualifications? The usual.

He is one of Bush’s oldest friends, having attended both
prep school and college
with the President. Johnson served as Bush’s
gubernatorial chief of staff
in Texas before heading up the Bush-Cheney
transition team.

Asked about his relationship to Bush, Johnson told the New York Times
recently that “there’s
a lot of devotion to George Bush the person
.” Johnson, who “is probably
the only person to have spanked
” the president’s dog, Barney, “keeps
a George Bush doll on his desk

Hardly surprising from a man who lied this country into a war for no reason other than to make his friends and supporters even richer. Check out this RollingStone story of Republicans making a mint in Iraq.
Operation Iraqi Freedom, it turns out, was never a war against Saddam
­Hussein's Iraq. It was an invasion of the federal budget, and no occupying
force in history has ever been this efficient. George W. Bush's war in the
Mesopotamian desert was an experiment of sorts, a crude first take at his vision
of a fully privatized American government. In Iraq the lines between essential
government services and for-profit enterprises have been blurred to the point of
One more example of Bush's Iraq policy of moving government money to the private sector is Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Paul A. Brinkley. He's under investigation for, well being stupid really. Maybe that should be really stupid.

WASHINGTON -- A Bush political appointee and former Silicon Valley
executive who has faced opposition in his bid to bail out Iraq's struggling
factories is under investigation by the Defense Department on mismanagement

Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Paul A. Brinkley, who heads an economic
task force in Baghdad, is accused of mismanaging government money and engaging
in public drunkenness and sexual harassment, a Defense Department spokesman said last week.

The allegations stem from a 12-page memo filed this month by two former
members of the task force. The charges are being investigated by the Defense
Department's Office of the Inspector General.

Bob Love, director of operations for the task force, said he was shocked by
the allegations, saying they were related to "personnel issues." He said the
former task force members were dismissed before they filed their

Really stupid Republicans seem to be making the news a lot lately. Once again a pro-family, anti-gay, married Republican has been caught doing a little meat shopping, this time in a public restroom. And it's not some obscure local Republican, it's Idaho's Senator Larry E. Craig.

The undercover officer was monitoring the restroom on June 11. A few
minutes after noon, Craig entered and sat in the stall next to him. Craig began
tapping his right foot, touched his right foot to the left foot of the officer
and brushed his hand beneath the partition between them. He was then

While he was being interviewed about the incident, Craig gave police a
business card showing that he is a U.S. senator. "What do you think about that?"
Craig asked the officer, according to the report obtained by Roll Call.

What do you think about that? Graig has resigned as Senate co-chairman for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign. Video
He's also a board member of the National Rifle Association.
When it rains NRA Board Member perverts, it pours.

We posted a
commentary about the obscene, death-threatening rant of NRA Board member and troubled rock star Ted Nugent on Friday. After just a guitar lick of
time, word
comes that NRA Board Member and United States Senator Larry Craig (a Republican
from Idaho and NRA Board Member since 1983) pleaded guilty to
charges of
"lewd" behavior in a Twin Cities airport washroom.

And there's been plenty of rumors about past experience.

The House is going to hold hearings on a couple of Iraq reports. Will the hearings lead to any improvements? Probably not. There's enough Bush suck-up, Blue Dog Democrats in the House to make sure.
A completed 70-page report by the Government Accountability Office, to be delivered to Congress next Tuesday, paints a bleak picture of prospects for Iraqi political reconciliation, according to administration officials who have seen it. The second report, by an independent commission of military experts, is being drafted. But a scorecard on the Iraqi security forces released yesterday by an adviser to the group concluded that the Iraqis are years away from taking over significant
responsibility from U.S. combat forces.

And finally some good news. Here in rural Oklahoma Wal-Mart pretty much has a monopoly on getting your shopping business. The main reason is because Wal-Mart is here and nobody else is. With three dollar gasoline, you tend to go to the closest place. These little dollar stores are starting to pop up all over the place and that helps, a little.
Now we have a British company invading our shores and it's making Wal-Mart nervous. If it makes Wal-Mart nervous, as far as I'm concerned, it has to be a good thing.
Enjoy your Monday. College football starts in just a few days
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