For What Reason Did the Gentlewoman from California Rise?

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Feb 182011

Planned Parenthood has long been banned from using federal monies for abortions. But they would have received $330 million through the end of September for preventative-health services, including federal funding for contraception and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. But in a vote of 240-185 (with 10 Democrats presumably burnishing their “conservative credentials”) the Congress took aways that funding.

Yesterday Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) took to the floor of House, and called out the bullshit coming from the Republican who spoke before her, went off about the bill and shocked the chamber with an angry recounting of her own abortion. She called them out for exercising a vendetta against Planned Parenthood while Americans go hungry and jobless.

But, oh that’s right, we’re a Christian nation, so we can’t provide preventive health services and cancer screenings for the poor and struggling women of this country. Jesus was, after all, a straight white male American protestant/catholic, and he hates everyone else.

Senate Kills Bill to Police Haliburton

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Jun 212006

I suppose it’s old news at this point that the Bush administration lied us into the Iraq war and that the cost of this mess will be fully realized by the next generation when Bush leaves office with the biggest budget deficit in U.S. history. And, while Democrats have been complaining for years about the GOP-led Congress abandoning its oversight of the executive branch’s wrongdoing, a vote that took place in the Senate last week shows how the Republican desire to ignore fraud and abuse extends right into killing legislation that would help stop defense contractors from ripping off the American people.

In an effort to stop companies like Halliburton and its subsidiaries from cheating our troops and stealing from Americans, Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), introduced S.AMDT.4230 and attached it to the Defense Authorization bill currently being debated in the Senate. The bill was intended to improve contracting “by eliminating fraud and abuse and improving competition in contracting and procurement.”

“I think when you are at war, when a massive quantity of money is being pushed out the door, that we ought to decide to get tough on those who would be engaged in war profiteering,” said Dorgan in fighting for his amendment last week. “I dare say that never in the history of this country has so much money been wasted so quickly. And, yes, there is fraud involved, there is abuse involved, and it is the case that there is a dramatic amount of taxpayers’ money that is now being wasted.”
Dorgan’s bill — cosponsored by 17 Democrats and called the Honest Leadership and Accountability in Contracting Act of 2006 — was tabled by a roll call vote of 55-43, effectively rejecting the amendment. Every single Senate Republican voted against the measure to make the contracting process honest and impose penalties on those who break the law.

And just what were the stern rules that the GOP didn?t think their buddies at Halliburton should have to live with? The text of the legislation spelled out that Bush and Cheney’s defense-contractor buddies would be in trouble if they did any of the following: Continue reading »

Haliburton Taking Good Care of Our Troops

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Sep 212005

Not only did Halliburton’s KBR subsidiary serve U.S. troops in Iraq spoiled food (sometimes a year past the expiration date), but also contaminated water from Iraq’s Euphrates River, containing "numerous pathogenic organisms" at nearly two times the normal contamination levels of untreated water. "[R]aw sewage is routinely dumped less than two miles from the water intake location." KBR water quality specialists reported their concerns, but were told by their superiors that their claims were "erroneous" and "corrective measures" had been taken, with no evidence anything had been done. Two whistleblowers resigned because of "unsafe water and pressure to cover it up" (one became sick from the drinking water) and another expects to  be terminated soon.

So now they’re being unleashed on the citizens of the Gulf Coast as well. Ya know, quite frankly, in words of our Vice President, to all of you that voted President Cheney and W into office, "Go fuck yourselves."