Monthly Archives: August 2011

Halliburton, Cheney and the Bush administration in Iraq: 2003






Halliburton, Cheney and the Bush administration in Iraq: 2003   This history is intended as summary and a reminder for anyone who might wonder why connections between former Vice President Cheney’s Halliburton, Inc., and subsidiaries and the George W. Bush administration matter for Iraq. The key facts were not widely reported to the public, or with adequate focus and emphasis, when they would have been… Read More

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Anti bribery versus anti bribery reporting: Halliburton, KBR, and Bush-Cheney






Anti bribery versus anti bribery reporting: Halliburton, KBR, and Bush-Cheney Follow-up to previous post: Before and after the interview reviewed in last week’s post, former Halliburton contract employee David A. Smith continued to press for investigation on matters raised by the mis-sent company emails that he received by error. As previously written, the Bush administration ceased publication of the Department of State annual report titled… Read More

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Anti bribery, Halliburton, Murdoch anti investigation






Anti bribery? Read on:   The late years of the Clinton administration produced an anti-corruption inspection that could have been advantageous to United States interests, if the George W. Bush administration had not discontinued it when Colin Powell was replaced as Secretary of State by Condoleezza Rice. In 1999-2000, the U.S. State Department began publishing an annual report on international bribery. Titled Battling International Bribery,… Read More

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Earthquake in Cheverly, Maryland






Earthquake in Cheverly, Maryland August 23–About ten minutes or a quarter to 2:00 p.m., my whole house shook. So did my neighbors’. This was a real earthquake. My house is brick; everything shook from basement to roof; heavy things fell off the mantel and a bookcase. I am sitting in the room I use for a home office–like most of the rest of the house–and… Read More

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Apology from Texas, humor from the Yellow Dog Dems






Apology from Texas, humor from Yellow Dog Dems If I do laugh at any mortal thing, ’tis only that I may not weep . . .     A little humor helps. View video here: Dear America   From the Great State, or more specifically The Democratic Party of Texas (n.b. not the ‘Democrat Party.’ Yellow Dogs tend to know the difference between a noun… Read More

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Using Perry to winnow the GOP field?






If GOP strategists plan to use Rick Perry to thin the Republican field, they risk further disasters   It’s too early to be writing about the White House race for 2012, but here goes anyway–   The GOP field is shaping up, against all odds, to be interesting. Here’s the game: First, only one candidate, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.), stands out. Of all the possible… Read More

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It was never about the debt ceiling






It was never about the debt ceiling What a time for my domain to become live again, just when Congress leaves town after finalizing a rise in the ‘debt ceiling.’ There will be several parts to this post. First, to some of the more sweeping or superficial distortions and debt-ceiling politics:  On balance, I think the Democrats in Congress, the White House, and the public… Read More

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