Growing up in Pakistan, I remember reading science fiction as well as some science books about time travel and more interestingly about the possibility of parallel universes. Of course, even then I knew it was next to impossible to prove the existence of any such parallel universe. But I knew that if any place in the world could prove it, it would be America.
Little did I know how right I was and would see proof of it within my lifetime, in 2006, in America.
The only problem is that the concept of parallel universes does not get proven in the halls of Columbia University or MIT, or Stanford or some huge underground lab. Instead, the parallel universes are shown to exist from the White House, in Washington, DC, or maybe some undisclosed location where Dick Cheney sits and Ms. Darth Vader, Condoleeza Rice marches.
The whole world sees a planet and a world at great risk, but our President seems to see a world getting better every day from his Rose Garden colored glasses.
Iraq has become the local equivalent of a Black Hole, and President Bush sees it as a Shining Star. North Korea is positively radiating nuclear threats, our President sees a glowing need for dialog. Our pockets are on fire fueled by gas at $4.50 per GALLON today, but Dick Cheney and Bush will not shed light on the secret meetings this administration had with people from Enron and oil companies that are killing us.
In this parallel universe we are told that oil prices are going up around the world and our oil companies are merely passing along the costs to the consumers. Really? Then how did Exxon-Mobil make the largest annual corporate profit in history? They made $36 BILLION in PROFITS.
They just paid their leaving CEO a retirement package of $400 MILLION. That is the equivalent of almost $150,000 for every DAY he worked there.
Now, you all know how opposed I am to the Iraq war. And, I cannot stand those right-wing neo-cons and war-mongers who cheer on the war in Iraq but did not ever serve in the military. They found every excuse to get out of active service in war-time they could come up with. This includes our President and our Vice President as well as many of the biggest TV and radio journalists, supporting the war, and wanting us to keep our soldiers getting killed there. In the meantime, this is a parallel universe. They and their children did not serve this country but they say anyone against the war in Iraq is not a patriot and not supportive of our troops.
I was shocked, and ashamed, to learn that what President Bush’ oil company friends paid the Exxon CEO in RETIREMENT money PER DAY, $144,000, is about the amount that we pay the family of fallen soldiers. In other words, this CEO of a company that is shafting American consumers and trying to wipe out our economy makes in ONE DAY - what an American soldier’s family is given for that soldier giving his LIFE to this country.
Shame on those who want our soldiers to die… for Exxon and Haliburton to profit from soldiers’ blood. And Shame on us for not speaking up, for not defending the lives of our brave soldiers, who unquestioningly serve with honor and pay with their lives. They expect US to be the ones to speak out for them. They need US to be the ones to keep our power hungry, crooked, greedy, corrupt, incompetent and evil rulers from sending them to their deaths for personal profits.
We are failing. We are failing our soldiers. We are failing our nation. We are failing our constitution. We are failing our future and we are failing ourselves. Every day that we do not speak up, every day that we allow this administration, and its incompetent leaders to remain in power, unchecked, unquestioned, unchallenged, is an extra day our nation will suffer the consequences for decades to come. Our soldiers suffer today. Their families suffer today and forever. Our economy suffers and our children will suffer, from our continuing to walk around in our daily lives with our blinders on, assuming it is not our problem, it is not our issue, it is not something we have control over.
Mark my words, if you and I, WE, as a nation do not take action, do not even speak up, YOUR children, OUR children, will pay the price. They will be called to serve in wars that only serve to enrich some companies friendly with our Presidents and Vice Presidents. They will be called to their deaths to fight illegal wars. They will pay with their lives while you and I pay with our wallets.
And that will not be in some parallel universe that does not effect you. It will be here, now, around you, around us….. so, speak up, take action. If you can't impeach Bush then at least call your congressman, to defend this country from its own incompetent leaders.
You owe it to your country, you owe it to our soldiers, you owe it to your children, and you owe it to yourself.
You know I agree with 99.2345% of what you said BUT...... :-) First, and just a nit, I don't believe our soldier's familys' get anywhere near that much money...I'd be surprised if it was half...Second, as disgusting as that CEO's "benefits" are, I have to say, we all can be nothing but jealous...If any of us reading this could possibly be in a position to negotiate such a contract, I'm sure we would have done the same thing...I can't knock that...Take movie stars and athletes, if you took their actual working hours divided by their total yearly earnings, I bet they do even better...So knocking someone's payplan is not a good form of attack, in MY opinion...If we don't like how they earned it, we don't have to support his company...And like I feel about the President, I don't believe a CEO can get much done without convincing a whole lot of people around him it's a good idea, or if not good, profitable...I'd like to believe a company policy can be changed quicker by public concerns than a government policy, but the problem is finding the separation between them...We did it with church and state, next we need to separate corporations and state...But then church and state was easy, the church doesn't pay taxes!
I too agree with 99.2345% of what you said BUT.... :-) ... the fact of the matter is, this man did NOT get his bonus based on HIS ability or some free enterprise effort, like Apple or some other company. The ENERGY companies were CONSPIRING among themselves to raise prices, they were in BED with Cheney and Bush (and the minutes of their meetings, where ENERGY companies advised the Bush administration on ENERGY POLICY are still secret), so this man did not earn it. Even a hooker earns her money better when she screws a customer, a customer at least wants it and both don't want the government to know. Exxon and its CEO screw US with the knowledge and blessing of the whorish hawkish White House.
I still can't knock the man for working such a strong deal for himself, regardless of what the company did...Are you implying he got paid too much?...Couldn't we all get by on a lot less? LOL
The got by, by screwing us, in cahoots with his crooked cnsumer-shafting, government protected, cronies. A Mafia boss can give a great deal to himself, a casino boss can give a great deal to himself but if he is using dummy dice and robbing customers that is not something to respect him for but to hang him for. It is only a matter of time before modern day Robin Hoods come around and go after these white collar robbers.
Maximum death benefits under SGLI is $400,000.
Oh, great, that is SO much better.
The MAXIMUM the BRAVEST man KNOWINGLY DYING for our country can get is LESS than this fat slob made in TWO AND A HALF DAYS!
God bless our soldiers for not taking the next flight home from Iraq and shooting this fat b@stard and his cronies. Thanks, BB.
Who among us didn't help pay him?
Even worse, with my V12 engine :-$... I have tended to support my local gas station that is Exxon/Mobil. It's time to start riding a bike.
I may be breaking out the skates. I don't know how to ride a bicycle...
Just avoid being like our lame duck lame brain President... he can barely ride a bike (OR an untoppleable Segway scooter), and he is skating on thin ice. ;-)
I am sure of your total confidence at what went on in those meetings some years ago, and how nefarious their plan was....your paranoia astounds me for someone supposedly intelligent, experienced, and accomplished.
And then the gross insinuation that anyone wanted American soldiers to die, for the sole purposes of sending more money to the oil industries and Halliburton. If you are going to start riding a bike, you better removed the blinders first!
Oil IS an American interest. No doubt. Is it the sole reason we went into Iraq? NO, I don't think so. I think ridding the world of Saddam was justified and reason No. 1. If it was the only reason, it was reason enough. Are the oil industries making huge scores over here? I think not. There is no new massive drilling projects going on, and the profits from the sale of their oil is going to Iraq, and unfortunately, for those clever and insidious black-marketeering insurgents, it is partially funding their arms buys. The oil companies are paying more for the oil and not getting the break in price that you imply. The high cost of oil has as much to do with the fear-mongering speculators on Wall Street moreso than our making the decision to fight terrorism where it is borne and raised.
No, I don't own stock in any oil companies. I don't like their profiteering, and the bonuses paid (who could ever need that kind of money - it is obscene!) to the executive that you pointed out. I don't like the breaks they get for taking risks in drilling - yes, they have to do it to survive, but the American people should not be subsidizing them. How that links to Iraq and our war here and now I am trying to figure out. You think it has to do with meetings that were held in D.C. Perhaps the Tri-Lateral Commission was present too? I think you have to find something else to rant about as your paranoid conspiracy theories are just that....
Only a total idiot would read that I said "anyone wanted American soldiers to die for the SOLE purposes of" making money for Hailburton.
Only an idiot AND a Bush-butt-kisser would forget that we were LIED to about WMD. And, if democracy needs to be in the Middle East what better place to start than with Saudi Arabia where our faggot President kisses the Saudi King at Brokeback Ranch. Surprising that Bush did not get along with Yasir Arafat, as you mention in a separate post apparently from personal experience that Arafat also liked boys as Bush seems to love fat dark and not so handsome men to hold hands with and kiss.
Lastly, only an idiot or a person expecting OTHERS to be idiots would use the logic that oil companies are only passing along the higher costs to us consumers.. OK. so, oil cost them 100 bucks, they sold to us for 110 bucks making, say, 10 bucks in profit. So, how come ALL the OIL companies (a business BUSH has CLOSE family ties to) made RECORD, I will repeat for those blinded by the intelligence of Bush, R-E-C-O-R-D, profits? Because they are screwing us.
Even a woman editorial board member dumb bimbo from the Wall Street Journal came on the Daily Show and tried to pull that one but Jon Stewart kept hammering away at her on this question and all she could do was giggle because she felt so good to be on TV.
She and you must share a lot of the same infantile emotions.
Calling President Bush a faggot? My, exposing yourself further are you? Mr Diversity, Mr Came-to-America-to-realize-a-dream, Mr PC-Pleaser, reduced to calling the President names like that. I hope plenty of your readers see your posting and see what a hate-ravaged, small-minded, unconsciencable, anti-semitical, blind and lie-infested credentialed cretin you are. Post this one while I find Fox News or whomever has hosted you before and send them this one.
I thought FoxNews might be interested in your comments so I took the liberty of sending them this link and your comments.
Have a nice day.
Chase, nice comeback when you can't address the issue of OIL companies' RECORD profits. Blame Clinton for that one too, who you say (in another posting) gave the NO BID contract to Haliburton after this war started. I did not know Bush was still letting Clinton run the White House. Why? Is Bush too drunk to order contracts to be given to his and Cheney's friends?
AND, Wow, Chase, you work in intelligence? No wonder you can't find Bin Laden (probably hiding up Bush's butt) if you have to FIND Fox News. http://foxnews.com .
Go ahead, tell them, how dare they invite Imran on air when Imran dares actually call Bush an IDIOT. Oh My God! What is this world coming to? Is no Holy Bush sacred?
Also, Chase, do Let me know if you need help finding anything else. (Sorry, can't guide you about what else is hidden up Bush's butt, including Bin Laden, Haliburton's cash register, Exxon's profit savings account, etc.)
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