#46860 Feb 10, 2013
How the Bush Family Makes a Killing from George's Presidency:
Halliburton scored almost $1.2 billion in revenue from contracts related to Iraq in the third quarter of 2006, leading one analyst to comment: "Iraq was better than expected... Overall, there is nothing really to question or be skeptical about. I think the results are very good."
Very good indeed. An estimated 655,000 dead Iraqis, over 3,000 dead coalition troops, billions stolen from Iraq's coffers, a country battered by civil war - but Halliburton turned a profit, so the results are very good.
Very good certainly for Vice President Dick Cheney, who resigned from Halliburton in 2000 with a $33.7 million retirement package (not bad for roughly four years of work). In a stunning conflict of interest, Cheney still holds 50,000 stock options in the company. Why pursue diplomacy when you can rake in a personal fortune from war?
Yet Cheney isn't the only one who has benefited from the Bush administration's destructive policies. The Bush family has done quite nicely too. Just a few examples:
Bush's dad has strong connections to the Carlyle Group, a massive private equity investment firm whose Chairman Emeritus is Frank Carlucci, a former college roommate of Donald Rumsfeld's and former Defense Secretary under Ronald Reagan. Imagine the pull Carlucci has with today's White House...
But Carlucci has another secret weapon - Bush Sr. Amid conflict-of-interest allegations, the elder Bush resigned from the Carlyle Group in 2003, but reportedly remains on retainer, opening doors to lucrative profits in the Middle East and elsewhere. Bush Sr.'s specialty is Saudi Arabia; in fact, he was at a Carlyle investment conference with Osama bin Laden's estranged brother, Shafiq bin Laden, when the 9/11 attacks took place.
Carlyle specializes in military and security investments, and with Bush Jr. in office, the company's profits have soared; it received $677 million in contracts in 2002, then a whopping $2.1 billion in 2003. Carlyle's investors currently enjoy an equity capital pool of over 44 billion dollars.
In January 2006, Bush Sr. wrote China's Foreign Affairs Ministry that it would be "beneficial to the comprehensive development of Sino-US relations" if Beijing approved the sale of a Chinese bank to a consortium which included Carlyle. Bluntly put, Bush Sr. asked China to grant Carlyle a lucrative business deal or risk his son's wrath.
Damn that Obama giving away free cell phones!
It's breaking the bank!
#46862 Feb 10, 2013
Did you hear what Michelle Obama did to me?
I broke my back go get her husband elected in 2008.
I was repayed by being banned from the White House!
Michelle said she didn't want some fat black woman waddling around the White House.
Obviously Michelle hasn't looked in the mirror....she must go 190-200 pounds.
Look it up...what I just posted about Michelle blocking me is true.....
Michelle's weight is just a guess....but I'm probably not far off the mark
Since: Oct 12
West Mifflin, Pa
#46863 Feb 10, 2013
Oh my bobby6969, you and i have something great in common and that would be Boy George. I still get a tingle up my leg when I think of Boy George. I remember my first tingle, it was, omg the best tingle I ever had. Thanks to you I'm all sweaty and hot...want to meet at Danny's and play sandwich?
#46864 Feb 10, 2013
I served my country for 21 yr. I went to war with my friends in 2003. I could of stayed at home due to an injury. TED NUGENT is a F***ing coward.
#46865 Feb 11, 2013
He's just a treasonous prick who likes to blame others for his miserable life.
I think he gets paid to post on here all day long from some right-wing stink tank group.
Why the fck else would someone do this?
There's no other rational reason. Is there?
He's a loser extrodinaire.....
#46866 Feb 11, 2013
youtube.com/watch... Get over it,no corbet
#46867 Feb 11, 2013
I don't believe you. Democrats are cowards, that' s why you won' t many in the military. Liberals hate and make fun of the military, so if you are a veteran, you would see that and would not side with the party of cowards.
And what's with the obsession of Nugent not serving? Clinton never served, he was too busy molesting women, Obama never served, he was too busy hanging out with America haters. I could go on but you get my drift.
So stop pretending to be a veteran, that is an insult to those that ACTUALLY served!
#46868 Feb 11, 2013
try a list of politicians that served from a older list.
John Boehner, R-OH - did not serve.
Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani - did not serve.
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney - did not serve in the military but did serve the Mormon Church on a 30-month mission to France.
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey - avoided the draft, did not serve.
VP Cheney - several deferments , the last by marriage (in his own words, "had other priorities than military service")
Former Att'y Gen. John Ashcroft - did not serve ; received seven deferment to teach business ed at SW Missouri State
Jeb Bush, Florida Governor - did not serve.
Karl Rove - avoided the draft, did not serve
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich - avoided the draft, did not serve
Wayne LaPierre, CEO of the National Rifle Association - did not serve --" weaseled out by getting a family doctor to claim he had a nervous disorder".
and a favorite republican
Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay - avoided the draft, did not serve . "So many minority youths had volunteered ... that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself."
yep most republicans talk the talk.
only a scant few walked the walk.
speaking of talkers
Bill O'Reilly, did not serve
Rush Limbaugh, did not serve (4-F with a 'pilonidal cyst'
Sean Hannity, did not serve.
Antonin Scalia, did not serve
Michael Medved, did not serve
Charlie Daniels, did not serve
Ted Nugent, did not serve
Country Singer Toby Keith, did not serve.
Michael Savage (aka Michael Alan Weiner)- did not serve, too busy chasing herbs and botany degrees in Hawaii and Fiji
so guess you were drifting out of reality.
#46869 Feb 11, 2013
Did you serve dumbar? The Duke did!
#46870 Feb 11, 2013
"it is almost a false argument to say that we have a spending problem. We have a budget deficit problem."
See we have plenty of money we just don't tax people enough according to Nancy Pelosi.
#46871 Feb 11, 2013
sure about that?
"He told friends he'd enlist after he made just one or two more movies."
"He even made a half-hearted effort to sign up, sending in the paperwork to enlist in the naval photography unit commanded by a good friend, director John Ford.
But he didn't follow through. Nobody really knows why; Wayne didn't like to talk about it. "
(During the war he'd gotten into a few fights with servicemen who wondered why he wasn't in uniform.)
unless you mean the movie character "the Duke of New York"
Issac Hayes-- his bio does not say he served in the armed services.
at least with a quick search of his name.
#46872 Feb 11, 2013
"Depending on external circumstances, such an individual may become one of three varieties of chickenhawk:
If there is no draft, and the nation is at peace, the individual becomes a Common Chickenhawk;
If there is a draft, and the nation is at peace, the individual becomes a Chickenhawk First Class;
If the there is a draft, and the nation is at war, the individual becomes a Chickenhawk First Class with Distinguished Fleeing Cross."
Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent
"This twit pretends to be a tough guy, but in 1990 he confessed that to dodge the draft he crapped in his pants for a week before reporting for his physical. It's understandable why he's a coward. What's harder to understand is why the Army lets him entertain troops at Gitmo and Walter Reed"
Since: May 12
#46873 Feb 11, 2013
MASSIVE Dan the Man Derangement Syndrome going on this weekend.
The first symptom of DTMDS is the pathological and false belief that every poster you don't like is DTM.
These poor, sick bastards are obviously suffering.
We can only hope and pray that their terminal DTMDS brings them a swift and painless end. LOL!
#46874 Feb 11, 2013
LOL...They need universal health care!
Since: May 12
#46875 Feb 11, 2013
When you don't have enough income to cover your bills, what do you do? You look for more income.
The problem we have is that the GOP put two wars on the credit card, implemented a new Medicare prescription benefit on the credit card, cut government revenue, and then crashed the economy so that automatic spending on the social safety net increased.
It's too late to cry about spending too much - your guys already did that. Now's the time to talk about finding more income to pay for the bills you already racked up.
If it was your own household, you'd get a second job. How does the federal government pay its bills?- it raises more revenue.
How do you not understand this?
#46876 Feb 11, 2013
Jersey Duke you knucklehead!!
#46880 Feb 11, 2013
The list is way too long so I'll just make it simple
LIBERALS DID NOT AND DO NOT SERVE IN THE MILITARY? LIBERALS PREFER TO DEGRADE THOSE THAT HAVE AND ARE STILL SERVING?
End of discussion....
Since: May 12
#46881 Feb 11, 2013
Why would you say something so transparently false and so simple to disprove? Are you really this disconnected from reality?
Who served in the military?
Rick Noriega, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas -- joined the U.S. Army in 1979; currently Lt. Colonel in Texas Army National Guard, served in Afghanistan.(1)
Senator Jim Webb (D-VA)-- rifle platoon and company commander with the Fifth Marine Regiment in the An Hoa Basin west of Danang; was awarded the Navy Cross, the Silver Star Medal, two Bronze Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts.(1)
Representative Tim Walz, D-MN - Twenty-four years of service in the Army National Guard, retiring in 2005.
Representative Joe Sestak, D-PA - 31 years of service in the Navy, rising to the rank of Vice Admiral.
Representative Chris Carney, D-PA - Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve, Carney served multiple tours overseas and was activated for Operation Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle, and Southern Watch.
Representative Patrick Murphy, D-PA - extensive career in the U.S. Army from 1993-2004; earned Bronze Star and Presidential Unit Citation.
Representative Phil Hare, D-IL - Served in the United States Army Reserve for six years.
Representative Jack Murtha (D-PA)- distinguished 37-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts, retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a colonel in 1990.(1)
Former House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt - Missouri Air National Guard, 1965-71.(1, 2)
Representative David Bonior - Staff Sgt., United States Air Force 1968-72 (1, 2)
Former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle - 1st Lt., U.S. Air Force SAC 1969-72 (1, 2)
Former Vice President Al Gore - enlisted August 1969; sent to Vietnam January 1971 as an army journalist, assigned to the 20th Engineer Brigade headquartered at Bien Hoa, an airbase twenty miles northeast of Saigon. More facts about Gore's Service
Former Senator Bob Kerrey... Democrat... Lt. j.g., U.S. Navy 1966-69; Medal of Honor, Vietnam (1, 2)
Senator Daniel Inouye, US Army 1943-'47; Medal of Honor, World War Two (1, 2)
Senator John Kerry, Lt., U.S. Navy 1966-70; Silver Star, Bronze Star with Combat V, and three awards of the Purple Heart for his service in combat (1)
Representative Charles Rangel, Staff Sgt., U.S. Army 1948-52; Bronze Star, Korea (1, 2)
Former Senator Max Cleland, Captain, U.S. Army 1965-68; Silver Star & Bronze Star, Vietnam (1, 2)
Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT)- U.S. Army Reserve, 1968-1975.
Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA)- U.S. Army, 1951-1953.(1)
Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)- Lt., U.S. Navy, 1962-67; Naval Reserve, 1968-74.(1, 2)
Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)- U.S. Army Ranger, 1971-1979; Captain, Army Reserve 1979-91 (1)
Former Senator Fritz Hollings (D-SC)- served as a U.S. Army officer in World War II, receiving the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons.(1)
Representative Leonard Boswell (D-IA)- Lt. Col., U.S. Army 1956-76; two tours in Vietnam, two Distinguished Flying Crosses as a helicopter pilot, two Bronze Stars, and the Soldier's Medal.(1, 2)
Former Representative "Pete" Peterson, Air Force Captain, POW, Ambassador to Viet Nam, and recipient of the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit.(1, 2)
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-CA: Staff sergeant/platoon leader with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, U.S. Army; was wounded and received a Purple Heart.(1, 2)
Bill McBride, Democratic Candidate for Florida Governor - volunteered and served as a U.S. Marine in Vietnam; awarded Bronze Star with a combat "V." (1)
Since: May 12
#46883 Feb 11, 2013
Who served in the military?(continued..)
- Gray Davis, former California Governor, Army Captain in Vietnam; received Bronze Star.(1)
- Pete Stark, D-CA, served in the Air Force 1955-57
- Wesley Clark, Democratic Presidential Candidate - 38-year career of public service in the Army, culminating as Supreme Allied Commander of NATO.
- Chuck Robb, US Senator from Virginia, served in Vietnam
- Howell Heflin... Democrat... Silver Star
- George McGovern, famous liberal, awarded Silver Star & DFC, dozens of missions during WWII.
- Former President Bill Clinton - avoided the draft through student deferments; in the autumn of 1969, Clinton entered the draft but received a high number (311) and was never called to serve.(CNN article.) "...it was his doubts about the morality of the war and the Selective Service system that led him to abandon the ROTC idea and to subject himself to a draft lottery. Only the luck of the draw - a high lottery number - kept him out. " (Jeff Greenfield, ABC News, quoting Gov. Clinton.)
- Former President Jimmy Carter, most recent recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, seven years in the Navy. "Except for his fellow service-academy graduate Dwight Eisenhower, no President of the twentieth century spent more years in uniform than Carter." (New Yorker Magazine)
- Former Presidential Nominee Mike Dukakis - United States Army, 1955-'57 (1)
- Former Senator/Vice Presidential nominee Lloyd Bentsen - B-24 pilot in WWII 1942-'45, Squadron Commander; earned Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.(1)
- Former Vice President Walter Mondale, U.S. Army 1951-1953
- Former Senator John Glenn, D-OH (1974-1999)- Served in WWII and Korea; extensive military commendations include the Distinguished Flying Cross on six occasions, and the Air Medal with 18 Clusters.
- Congressman Tom Lantos, D-CA - Did not serve in the US military; did serve in the Hungarian anti-Nazi underground in WWII. Saved by Raoul Wallenberg, is the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress.
- Representative Bud Cramer (D-AL)- joined the Army as a tank officer in 1972; served at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and continued military service as a member of the Army Reserve from 1976 to 1978.
It takes a special kind of willful self-delusion to say something as completely idiotic as this:
Since: May 12
#46884 Feb 11, 2013
Back from the front lines, the veterans listed below ran for Congress in 2006.
Why were almost all the veterans coming home from Iraq running as Democrats?
- Lt. Col. Charles Brown - California 4th District - 26-year career in USAF; jet and helicopter pilot; awarded Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery in the Mayaguez incident.
- Eric Massa - New Yorks 29th District - 24 years service in the Navy; also served as aide to NATO Supreme Allied Commander, General Wesley Clark.
- Paul Hackett - U.S. Senate - Ohio
- David Harris - Texas 6th Congressional District
- David Ashe - Virginia's 2nd Congressional District
- Andrew Duck - Maryland 6th Congressional District
- Tim Dunn - North Carolina's 8th Congressional District
- Andrew Horne -- Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District.
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