Posts Tagged ‘Halliburton’

The Private Sector

Perhaps one of the most loathsome disasters left to us by Dick Cheney (and there are a lot of them) is the elevation of the criminally incompetent Halliburton he once led to the cash-soaked tippy-top of the Military Industrial Complex.   Flush with no-bid contracts even before the bonanza of the Iraq War Cheney so coveted, [...]

Shoo, Blimp. I’ve Got a Sammy

Well, it turns out that sun and fun with the Koch brothers in Rancho Mirage more closely resembled life in Baghdad’s Green Zone, but thank heaven, the plutocrats were ready. The Kochs, you see, have an awful lot of money, more than $40 billion between them, and consider that amount (with a lot left over [...]

Daddy Warbuck’s Little Girl

I used to think time was on my side with ol’ Dick Cheney; that that ticker of his couldn’t possibly continue to propel his fetid corpus onto Meet the Press and whatnot, to croak dire threats of the danger of everyone not doing exactly whatever he said, for much longer.  That he was always later [...]

At Least They Asked

“The concern is that WikiLeaks as an organization should not be made more credible by having credible news organizations facilitate what they’re doing.” –Col. Dave Lapan, Pentagon spokesman (with a straight face…) The Pentagon, which devours about half of the US budget Defending our Freedom, has “asked” the news media if it would refrain from [...]

Mud People

As the BP disaster continues to unfold I’m struck again by the emergence, probably odd to most people, of the universal but bizarrely general term, “mud,”  blithely used to describe the many and various goops of the industrial world as though people have any concept of what the hell that means.  No one bothers to [...]

Randian Success Stories

(h/t RMP’s Daily News Blast) To anyone with a passing acquaintance with the bankrupt Tribune Company that came from reading its newspapers, it would seem counterintuitive that the charlatans responsible for the current crummy simulacra of those once-respectable, if not great, papers that now land with barely a sound on long-suffering porches from coast to [...]

Murphy’s Law

I was pretty young when first I heard about Murphy’s Law, but a lifetime of experience has shown me that it is as inescapable as, say, gravity, and the only way one can ever manage complex tasks is to always plan for the worst case scenario; it’s one’s only hope that it might not occur. [...]

After You, Who?

Lord, but have we been hearing a whole lot about “freedom” lately, and how “government” is its enemy. This message which would have been considered by our lately revered but strategically unremembered founders to be something of a slap in the face, but in today’s climate of unabashed corporate ownership of both our “free” press [...]

Answers to Your Solutions

UPDATED BELOW: A few years ago, I noticed that actually selling something that could be quantified, like a shoe or a car wash, had become hopelessly anachronistic in the “new” economy; we were told to pay good money for something far less tangible, “solutions.”   To what, pray tell?  Everything, as it turned out. Any [...]

When all else fails…

Not since he was angling for deferment number five has Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz turned out to be so handy, and like any canny, legally compromised parent would, he has sent her forth, this time in ambulatory form, to get Papa out of some trouble, once again.  Since she can talk now, she was fully [...]