Democratic Donor tied to Saddam/Oil for Food scandal

Spinsiwmming has a breakdown of links between Houston oilman Oscar Wyatt, Saddam Hussein, the U.N. Oild for Food Program scandal and… donations to Democratic political campaigns. The info’s still pretty fresh and only the surface is seen, but of $700,000 in political donations, over $500,000 are Democratic political donations from a guy who seems to have profitted to the tune of somewhere in the neighborhood of $22,000,000 from dealings with Saddam during the embargo.

The investigation is ongoing, so nothing solid or final from official channels, but it seems pregnant with possibilities…

Democratic Donor tied to Saddam/Oil for Food scandal

Spinsiwmming has a breakdown of links between Houston oilman Oscar Wyatt, Saddam Hussein, the U.N. Oild for Food Program scandal and… donations to Democratic political campaigns. The info’s still pretty fresh and only the surface is seen, but of $700,000 in political donations, over $500,000 are Democratic political donations from a guy who seems to have profitted to the tune of somewhere in the neighborhood of $22,000,000 from dealings with Saddam during the embargo.

The investigation is ongoing, so nothing solid or final from official channels, but it seems pregnant with possibilities…

Waffle House, USA

Shortly after 9/11, this was sKerry’s view…

“… I remember feeling a rage, a huge anger, and I remember turning to somebody and saying, ‘This is war.’ I said, ‘This is an act of war.”’

Now, ” ”We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they’re a nuisance… It isn’t threatening people’s lives every day, and fundamentally, it’s something that you continue to fight, but it’s not threatening the fabric of your life.”

That’s right, now sKerry equates Islamic jihadist “acts of war” as simply a nuisance, a matter strictly for law enforcement activity. On 9/11 the truth finally broke through to him and remained in his awareness for some time: it was an act of war. Now, “a nuisance”…

NOT someone to trust in prosecuting the war against Islamic jihadists, or someone with a worldview (well, with his egocentric personality discorder, would you expect a “worldview”?) that can combat Islamic jihadists, let alone the array of forces aligned against Western Civilization as a whole.

A “dangerous and naive” view, indeed (Thanks, GWB for the phrase—link to Friday’s debate transcript).

Note: the link above—”Now“— is to an October 10, 2004 article in the NYT and requires a relatively innocuous sign-up/registration to view. But do read the whole thing. It’s intended, as you can tell from the first paragraph, as campaign lit for the sKerry campaign, disguised as “news” but nevertheless manages to reveal sKerry’s “dangerous and naive” (as well as disingenuous and destructive) “worldview”…

Waffle House, USA

Shortly after 9/11, this was sKerry’s view…

“… I remember feeling a rage, a huge anger, and I remember turning to somebody and saying, ‘This is war.’ I said, ‘This is an act of war.”’

Now, ” ”We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they’re a nuisance… It isn’t threatening people’s lives every day, and fundamentally, it’s something that you continue to fight, but it’s not threatening the fabric of your life.”

That’s right, now sKerry equates Islamic jihadist “acts of war” as simply a nuisance, a matter strictly for law enforcement activity. On 9/11 the truth finally broke through to him and remained in his awareness for some time: it was an act of war. Now, “a nuisance”…

NOT someone to trust in prosecuting the war against Islamic jihadists, or someone with a worldview (well, with his egocentric personality discorder, would you expect a “worldview”?) that can combat Islamic jihadists, let alone the array of forces aligned against Western Civilization as a whole.

A “dangerous and naive” view, indeed (Thanks, GWB for the phrase—link to Friday’s debate transcript).

Note: the link above—”Now“— is to an October 10, 2004 article in the NYT and requires a relatively innocuous sign-up/registration to view. But do read the whole thing. It’s intended, as you can tell from the first paragraph, as campaign lit for the sKerry campaign, disguised as “news” but nevertheless manages to reveal sKerry’s “dangerous and naive” (as well as disingenuous and destructive) “worldview”…

LOTR/2004 Election: Meet at The Prancing Pony

OK, I’ve mentioned (below) casting Bush and sKerry as characters in LOTR, and although typecasting like this would seem to be simple, I did have to search a bit to cast one of the players…

Bush as Samwise Gamgee is a pretty solid fit in terms of character, although I doubt Sam ever earned his M.B.A. sKerry as Grimma Wormtongue is a lock: a minor character with undue negative influence on an entire people. Cheney was a little tougher, but only because he just doesn’t fit the physical description of Gandalf. He can be as warm as Gandalf, and as folksy, but if I had a Balrog coming up fast on my six, I’d be glad to hand off to Cheney as Gandalf.

The really tough one to cast, though, was Edwards… I mean, seriously, there was not one single character in the books I could come up with for a role for him, until… hmmm… Yep. It fits. Edwards as the inspiration for the name of the inn where the hobbits met Aragorn: The Prancing Pony.

LOTR/2004 Election: Meet at The Prancing Pony

OK, I’ve mentioned (below) casting Bush and sKerry as characters in LOTR, and although typecasting like this would seem to be simple, I did have to search a bit to cast one of the players…

Bush as Samwise Gamgee is a pretty solid fit in terms of character, although I doubt Sam ever earned his M.B.A. sKerry as Grimma Wormtongue is a lock: a minor character with undue negative influence on an entire people. Cheney was a little tougher, but only because he just doesn’t fit the physical description of Gandalf. He can be as warm as Gandalf, and as folksy, but if I had a Balrog coming up fast on my six, I’d be glad to hand off to Cheney as Gandalf.

The really tough one to cast, though, was Edwards… I mean, seriously, there was not one single character in the books I could come up with for a role for him, until… hmmm… Yep. It fits. Edwards as the inspiration for the name of the inn where the hobbits met Aragorn: The Prancing Pony.