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Esmay Lowers the Boom

I’m still not sure if i like this guy; seems an okay guy, yet some of his stances leave me askance… but dammit, this is a GOODIE:

The fact is that the naysayers claimed we weren’t really striving for liberation. We were. They claimed we’d install a new puppet dictator. We did not. They claimed that we wouldn’t really try to set up a democracy. We did. They claimed there would be no legitimate elections. The Iraqis had three national elections in a row, all certified as legitimate by international observers, not even counting the local elections that were held before that.

They claimed we’d do everything possible to get out of the country “before the next elections”–they claimed that before the 2004 elections and again before the 2006 elections. It didn’t happen. Now these same people in many cases are cheering for a Congress that’s trying to force us out of Iraq even though the war supporters consistently say “no, that would be morally and strategically wrong.”

Time after time the naysayers have proven themselves both morally and intellectually incoherent, and yet they never have the introspection to acknowledge this.

read it all: Dean’s World – Americaphobia: Final Thoughts

“Halliburton” Anyone?

Cold busted Dianne Feinstein resigns committee post

SEN. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum’s ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.

As MILCON leader, Feinstein relished the details of military construction, even micromanaging one project at the level of its sewer design. She regularly took junkets to military bases around the world to inspect construction projects, some of which were contracted to her husband’s companies, Perini Corp. and URS Corp.

Let’s be clear here: as opposed to Cheney and Halliburton, HER HUSBAND OWNED THE FUCKING JOINTS GETTING THE MONEY.

some guy over at St. Rusty of the “Bring the Jihad, Bitch!”:

This is genuine news. Political corruption on a scale as big as Duke Cunningham, and the mainstream press is worried about 8 US attorneys losing their jobs in a completely legal hard-ball political axing-session.

Someone wake me when this shows up in the press or any major media and the “Fifth Estate” starts tearing this story wide open.

I’ll even feed you pikers the lede:

“Senator deciding taxpayer funding directed it to hubby”

Nah, nuthin’ to see here. Move along, sheeple.

UPDATE: Captain Ed:

During the 2006 election, Feinstein’s party made a lot of hay out of non-competitve contracting by the government. Democrats railed especially about Halliburton, even though Halliburton won 95% of its contract dollars by full and open competition. Now we see that Feinstein herself had no problem with non-competitive practices, as long as it meant stuffing her own pockets with taxpayer money. Take a look at the percentages in the above. In 2005, CB Richard Ellis made $100 million in federal contracts, only half of which had been part of full and open competitive bidding.

When we talk about political corruption, this is exactly what we mean.

Danny Almonte Update

Danny makes last-pitch effort at pro dream

The 20-year-old Bronx lefty has joined the Southern Illinois Miners of the independent Frontier League.

“I feel good, strong and ready to go,” said Almonte, who will report to the team May 13. “I’ve been practicing every day with a personal trainer so I can prove to everybody I can be in the majors.”

I wish the kid all the luck in the world, but in my gut, I’m “slap my wallet on the table” positive he’s a bust. Hell, the only team that was willing to sign him is a brand new franchise in some backwater indie league who haven’t even finished building their ballpark.

That speaks volumes to me.

Almonte had planned last fall to enter New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs but backed out partly because he was “scared of school,” said head coach Ray Birmingham.

“If it makes him happy, hell, I’m happy for him,” said Birmingham. “I hope he does well, but Danny’s life seems to be a three-act play of bad advice.”

As noted in one of my earlier Almonte posts, Danny had a full, free ride to attend New Mexico Junior College. I blame his father for Danny bailing on NMJC, because his father never gave a shit about his kid’s education. Of course he was “scared of school”; he’s barely ever been there!

The kid had the tools, but no major league team was willing to sign him to a minor league deal? A hard throwing lefty was passed over by everybody?

He’s damaged goods; either his father (and his partners in crime) blew the kid’s arm out by making him play baseball year round, or made him not worth the hassle in the eyes of every MLB squad by demanding more money than any team was willing to cough up for a kid who they probably recognized was too emotionally screwed up–and mentally incapable–to ever translate that talent into a major league career.

I hope I’m wrong, but I’ll bet the house, Wife, and all my toys I’m right.

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