Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Wednesday Ramblings

Does anyone have problems posting comments? I have had a hard time posting comments at a lot of your blogs this morning EST. Just wondering...

Some Oversight Please?

Via Firedoglake
One of the good things about a Democratic takeover of Congress is California Congressman Henry Waxman, he will be the head of the House Government Reform Committee. He has a reputation for having an excellent research/investigative staff and I hope he will ask the questions that need to be asked. One among many is the issue of war profiteering. The process has begun.. sort of. It will not begin till the next Congress starts its inaugural session.

At the lowest level, Blackwater security guards were paid $600 a day. Blackwater added a 36 percent markup, plus overhead costs, and sent the bill to a Kuwaiti company that ordinarily runs hotels, according to the contract.

The California congressman said that Blackwater's services were not just pricey, but prohibited, because the Army never authorized Blackwater or any other Halliburton subcontractors to guard convoys or carry weapons. Houston-based Halliburton has been paid at least $16 billion to provide food, lodging and other support for troops in Iraq, and $2.4 billion to work on Iraqi oil infrastructure.

Waxman demanded "whether and how the Army intends to recover taxpayer funds paid to Halliburton and Blackwater for services prohibited under [Halliburton's] contract."

That company, Regency Hotel, tacked on costs and profit and sent an invoice to ESS. The food company added its costs and profit and sent its bill to Kellogg Brown & Root, a division of Halliburton, which added overhead and profit and presented the final bill to the Pentagon.
The idjit who rules Iran? They now have a conference denying the holocaust. WTF?

Holocaust deniers and skeptics from around the world gathered at a government-sponsored conference here today to discuss their theories about whether six million Jews were indeed killed by the Nazis during World War II and whether gas chambers existed.

Hate makes for some strange bedfellows.

Among those speaking today are David Duke, the American white-supremacist politician and former Ku Klux Klan leader, and Georges Thiel, a French writer who has been prosecuted in France over his denials of the Holocaust.

Mr. Duke’s remarks late this afternoon are expected to assert that no gas chambers or extermination camps were actually built during the war, on the ground that killing Jews that way would have been much too bothersome and expensive when the Nazis could have used much simpler methods, according to an advance summary of his speech published by the institute.

Oh and more idiocy...

Iran's president: Israel to be 'wiped out'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday told delegates at an international conference questioning the Holocaust that Israel's days are numbered. "Just as the Soviet Union was wiped out and today does not exist, so will the Zionist regime soon be wiped out," he said.

On a lighter note..

If You Are A Woman And Are Tired Of Being Asked Why You Are Still Single

Snappy comebacks from here

Some of them below..

3. What? And spoil my great sex life?

14. Because I think it would take all the spontaneity out of dating.

18. I wouldn't want my parents to drop dead from sheer happiness.

21. We really want to, but my lover's spouse just won't go for it.

25. (Bonus reply for Single Mothers) Because having a husband and a child would be redundant.

Bet You Did Not Know These Things About Rats..

From here

5 A rat can tread water for three days and survive being flushed down the toilet. (And it can return to the building via the same route.) There is approximately one rat per person in the United States.

7 A Hindu temple dedicated to the rat goddess Karni Mata in Deshnoke, India, houses more than 20,000 rats. Many people travel far to pay respect to the rats, which are believed to be reincarnations of Karni Mata and her clansmen.

8 Perhaps they're reincarnated teenagers: According to a study by Martin Schein, founder of the Animal Behavior Society, the favorite foods of city-dwelling brown rats include scrambled eggs, macaroni and cheese, and cooked corn.

9 Well, junk food isn't much better: Rats eat their own feces, purely for the nutritional value.

14 "Drats" has nothing to do with rats. It's a short form of "od rat," a euphemism for "God rot," which is used like "Goddamn."

20 Yeah, but seriously, who wants one? In 2006 it was revealed that a team of scientists at Tel Aviv University in Israel had created a brain chip out of rat neurons.


Asha said...

Good jokes about single life!:)

I saw that Rat Temple on TV.It's dark and doors closed,people go in there with food and take a peek and pray!!!! Only in India!Ignorance is bliss?!

Aditi said...

hah!! i could use some of those lines on single life.. specially the one about ppl dropping from shock..
i knew abt the rat temple.. wierd things u learn from watching the discovery and travel channel
I agree with you on that hate makes for strange bedfellows and results in such idiocy...

Shionge said...

I came to know about the Rat Temple when I watched the Amazing Race - they were freaking out.

Shionge said...

Yes Sanjay...having problem leaving comments too ;( Something is wrong, each time when I write I have to sign on to google account.

Sai said...

I love the jokes about single life.

About the rats...I had read about that as well. I had no idea that something like that existed.

Anonymous said...

yep i did hav problems posting comments. and damned google wont lemme make a new account as well...
i wonder wats the problem!
that info on rats was cool...and yeah nice snappy lines for the marriage thing...umm..already thinking of ppl who can make good use of these lines!
(log-in problems)
DRAT!!! lol!

Meno said...

I've been hearing a lot of complaints about comments today. I haven't had any problems, but i'm scared.

I heard about Iran hosting that no-holocaust conference. I just can't believe it, although i guess i really can. Sigh.

Nancy Willing said...

Well, junk food isn't much better: Rats eat their own feces, purely for the nutritional value.
seems unnatural to have anything left over of any use in one's stool, how wasteful says Mr. Rat!

Carrie said...

I wish I would have had those when I was single. It would have helped out.

I was having problems commenting on beta yesterday but today seems to be fine.

Sugarlips said...

Jokes were good about single life :)

Didn't know about the rat temple...I can't even look at the roaches & rats uffffff no :(

Stay Beautiful...!!

Anonymous said...

I cant comment in Beta blogs w.o. being Anonymous. It's bloody annoying cos I dun like to be a faceless commentor.

KKK? Do they even exist now? I mean who listens to em or put em in the news.

**3. What? And spoil my great sex life?

LOL good one.

Such interesting facts abt rats.

Ty Sanjay!


Intern said...

Love the rat-facts!!!
You provide good reads ...
thank you

deepsat said...

ha! i liked those jokes!!!


Ash said...

"We really want to, but my lover's spouse just won't go for it"

doesnt get better than this :-)