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Dick Cheney is laughing all the way to the bank

Cheney has been reaning a deferred salary from Halliburton ever since taking office 4 years ago as vice president.

Halliburton Bills US Govt $27.5MM to ship $82K worth of stove fuel to Iraq

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/business/3085603

That's how you get rich, folks.

Screw the American taxpayer at every opportunity.
Permalink crumpet 
March 16th, 2005
1. The war was for finding WMDs.
2. Oh. We didn't find WMDs, but we took care of that saddam, who blew up the WTC on 911.
3. We won!

BTW, we will pay 2700 times the regular price for supplies for the troops. But we can't afford body armour for them.
Permalink whippet 
March 16th, 2005
Earning not "reaning".
Permalink crumpet 
March 16th, 2005
I would dearly love to know how much Cheney is getting when it's all said and done.

<sarcasm>
Oh, wait: Sarbonnes-Oxley probably doesn't require those kind of disclosures. Even if it did, I'm sure that the information would be classified in the interests of National Security.
</sarcasm>

Thanks much for the link, Crumpet. I have to admit though: I'm kinda flabbergasted that a Houston paper is reporting this. Or maybe whatever Texas oil barons were left out in the cold after 2001 are starting to get jealous??? {evil grin}
Permalink cubiclegrrl 
March 16th, 2005
Living in America is like living in a nightmare you can't wake up from.

Every day the drumbeat of bad events gets worse, yet the news stays cheerful and chipper. Meanwhile all we can do is stand by and watch helplessly as everything we believed in when we were young is dismantled before our eyes. Few can understand the hallucinatory levels of debt and fucked-uppedness the economy is now mired in, but the more you understand the more frightening it is.

Meanwhile civil liberties are falling away while the crowds are cheering. Our borders resemble Spongebob Squarepants and are being increasingly permeated by illegal aliens who are filthying up our communities and driving wages down. Good jobs with good pay are harder and harder to come by, and even if you have one it seems hard to imagine having a future that does not involve downsizing or outsourcing. Meanwhile increasingly if you have trouble or are failing "it's your fault for not working hard enough."

It would manageable if this was all the fault of the government or could be blamed on Bush, but really that's just the tip of the iceberg. The fact is our culture is rotten and corrupted on every level. People gobble pills and drugs just to keep their moving corpses upright as they navigate the bleak, unfolding hell that comprises their daily lives. Community has become a bad joke, and our once-beautiful landscapes are now strip-mall infernos of sizzling concrete and plastic. Everywhere looks like everywhere else. Competition is elevated to a religion, free time is seen as indulgence, and the dominant expression is a smarmy smirk and an unearned superior attitude. People seem to have two modes now: underhanded, dishonest theivery and craven whining. The whole rotten edifice is beyond imagining, and every day as you greet the dawn its there, getting worse and worse and worse.
Permalink Great Expectorations 
March 16th, 2005
Without fuel they were nothing. They built a house of straw. The thundering machines sputtered and stopped. Their leaders talked and talked and talked. But nothing could stem the avalanche. Their world crumbled. The cities exploded. A whirlwind of looting, a firestorm of fear. Men began to feed on men.

On the roads it was a white line nightmare. Only those mobile enough to scavenge, brutal enough to pillage would survive. The gangs took over the highways, ready to wage war for a tank of juice. And in this maelstrom of decay, ordinary men were battered and smashed.

Except for one man, with a Honda full of silver.
Permalink puppet 
March 16th, 2005
" Living in America is like living in a nightmare you can't wake up from."

You life sucks. Better end it now.
Permalink hoser 
March 16th, 2005
Wonder how long it will be before even the Canadians won't let us in anymore??? ;-) ;-)
Permalink cubiclegrrl 
March 16th, 2005
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Our borders resemble Spongebob Squarepants...
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Brilliant! That whole post was great. More please.
Permalink lumberjack 
March 16th, 2005
"Our borders resemble Spongebob Squarepants"

Incidentally, this is a good thing. It's when they start barricading it and putting up checkpoints that it's time to head for Canada before they finish The Wall. ;-)

Philo
Permalink Philo 
March 16th, 2005
>Except for one man, with a Honda full of silver.


Don't leave us hanging, dude!

Who is it?
Permalink rupert 
March 16th, 2005
"It's when they start barricading it and putting up checkpoints..."

Oh, now you're confusing me. I thought that happened long ago. I must have been mistaken about all those times waiting in line when I landed in America, when I had my photo and finger prints taken before being let into the country, and I must be imagining all the big barricades along the Mexican border here in San Diego...

As for the checkpoint across I-5 near San Clemente, well I must have been dreaming that... :-)
Permalink Ian Boys 
March 17th, 2005
Ian, the Canadian border is the other way.

Philo
Permalink Philo 
March 17th, 2005
The original comment spoke about borders in the plural; you might allow me a bit of artistic license. :-) But the checkpoint stopping all traffic on an interstate highway in California is actually within the borders of the USA, not even at a border.
Permalink Ian Boys 
March 17th, 2005
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Except for one man, with a Honda full of silver.
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Is this Mel Gibson and his grunting semi-feral boomerang wielding sidekick? Or just a scary coincidence?
Permalink lumberjack 
March 17th, 2005
> "The original comment spoke about borders in the plural; you might allow me a bit of artistic license. :-) But the checkpoint stopping all traffic on an interstate highway in California is actually within the borders of the USA, not even at a border."

Actually, these are starting to appear close to the border with Canada, also. There is at least one checkpoint on a major highway in Vermont, about 80 miles south of the Canadian border. It's supposedly to check for terrorists and weapons coming into the US from Canada, although the locals have nicknamed it something like the "whiteness checkpoint" (because if all the occupants of a car appear to be caucasian, then the car is waved through without being inspected).
Permalink anon 
March 17th, 2005
I live in San Diego too and you only have to worry about the checkpoint if you are driving in a van and you have more than one hispanic/mexican/latino person in the van.
Permalink Jared M. 
March 17th, 2005
Jared, yeah I know. ;-) But it's the more the constitutional implications of the fact that they can blockade an entire four lane highway and stop all traffic going through it on a routine basis.
Permalink Ian Boys 
March 17th, 2005

This topic was orginally posted to the off-topic forum of the
Joel on Software discussion board.

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