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Sunday, November 20, 2005 

"Ethics, huh-yeah, what are they good for?...

Absolutely nothing! Good god, y'aaaaall!" - a melody that apparently plays in Presidente Bush's administration with frequency.

I just feel like going over some of the "inconsistencies", for lack of a better word, that never seem to get much press coverage in this country. It's been a rather boring day.

Let's see. One of Bush's first official actions was to unsign the Rome Statute in 2000. You know, the one that created a World Court? Yep, that same World Court which would've been responsible for putting Saddam on trial. Instead, the U.S. ends up turning him over to the Iraqi courts. I'm sure it was because of the stellar track record their system had in decades prior. WTF!

Here's a favorite. A bit more recent too. Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defense, used to sit on the board of a company called Gilead Sciences up until he was selected for "public" servitude. In fact he was Chairman of the Board for several years. What does Gilead Sciences do you ask? Why they make a vaccine, Tamiflu, for the Avian Flu. Isn't it strange that the Bird Flu is suddenly quite the celebrity? WTF!

Oh, oh! This one has given me a chuckle a few times over the years. There's a guy named Walden O'Dell (major Bush campaign contributor) who runs a company named Diebold Election Systems Inc. They manufacture all of our new-fangled automated voting machines. The ones that don't leave a messy paper trail and are supposedly 500x more secure than the infamous chadded punch cards. Well, it didn't take long for that to be proven wrong as there were several reports, especially in Georgia, of officials finding strange programs running on these machines during the last election. And then there's this quote from good ole Wally when he was adressing a group of Ohio Republicans saying that he's "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year". WTF!

Sure, there's more important ones but these have always gotten stuck in my craw and I felt like sharing.

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