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Pat Oliphant for November 25, 2009

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    Motivemagus  about 10 years ago

    Ha! Good one, scott! I almost believed you there for a minute! But then I remembered how as chairman of the committee to select Bush’s VP he managed to select himself, and was the mastermind behind the neocon Iraq debacle, and gave business to the company he was CEO of (and still gets money from) whenever possible on a no-bid, high-fee contract basis – despite demonstrated incompetence…the most corrupt and dishonest VP in decades, and bleeep good at it!

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    deadheadzan Premium Member about 10 years ago

    Cheney sold the citizens of this country to Halliburton and all his other war profiteering buddies. Our tax dollars down the toilet and nothing for the citizens of the USA.

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    parkersinthehouse  about 10 years ago

    paddy ya’ darlin’

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    magnificent

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    Kylop  about 10 years ago

    Mr Oliphant, thank you very much.

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    dflynn1162  about 10 years ago

    As for Cheney, I’ve never seen a VP/President in our age who was so consistently wrong about so many matters of grave importance. He was wrong about almost everything he expressed a public opinion about … from WMD, to Energy policy, to International affairs. He was an unmitigated disaster.

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    tpenna  about 10 years ago

    Well done, Oliphant! Punk’s remark is the God’s honest truth.

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    Dtroutma Premium Member about 10 years ago

    Cheney is just Freddie Kruger with a 28 gauge shotgun. I don’t know what Cheney Scooter is talking about, but it sure isn’t the ex-vice-president. Wow! What a load!

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    HUMPHRIES  about 10 years ago

    hey dtroutma. senior warned about four mile diarrhea runs. Here you have it.

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    Charles Brobst Premium Member about 10 years ago

    What was ‘left’ in the 18th century, Republicanism for instance, became the ‘right’ in the 19th when Abolition was ‘left’ which became ‘right’ in the 20th when no one would imagine slavery not being outlawed as nukes and preemptive war was ‘right’. I’m sure in the 22nd century war would be a lunatic idea and allowing gay marriage will be an assumption of the Right. History always moves to the Left and the radical ideas of our children become the assumptions of their grandchildren.

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    Motivemagus  about 10 years ago

    September 2003 (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/26/politics/main575356.shtml), Cheney said: “I’ve severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interest. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven’t had, now, for over three years.” Cheney receives deferred compensation from Halliburton under an arrangement he made in 1998, and also retains stock options. The KBR subsidiary was the main government contractor working to restore Iraq’s oil industry in an open-ended contract that was awarded without competitive bidding. According to Cheney’s 2001 financial disclosure report, the vice president’s Halliburton benefits include three batches of stock options comprising 433,333 shares. He also has a 401(k) retirement account valued at between $1,001 and $15,000 dollars. His deferred compensation account was valued at between $500,000 and $1 million, and generated income of $50,000 to $100,000. In 2002, Cheney’s total assets were valued at between $19.1 million and $86.4 million. October 2005, Corpwatch: http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=12966 Vice President Dick Cheney’s Halliburton stock options have risen 3,281 percent in the last year. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) asserts that Cheney’s options – worth $241,498 a year ago – are now valued at more than $8 million. The former CEO of the oil and gas services juggernaut, Cheney has pledged to give proceeds to charity. Cheney continues to hold 433,333 Halliburton stock options. The company has been criticized by auditors for its handling of a no-bid contact in Iraq. Auditors found the firm marked up meal prices for troops and inflated gas prices in a deal with a Kuwaiti supplier. Cheney continues to received a deferred salary from the company. According to financial disclosure forms, he was paid $205,298 in 2001; $162,392 in 2002; $178,437 in 2003; and $194,852 in 2004.

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    RobSmithJr2  about 10 years ago

    Nobody asked Obama to get further involved with Afghanistan. He also has put it upon himself to have these little excursions in Pakistan. All of these he promised he would do during the campaign. The only war-like action he hasn’t done yet is send troops in Darfur. Nothing stops him from stopping all wars now, shutting down Gitmo and setting the prisoners free. He just hasn’t done anything except increase everything that Bush started. He’s also approved “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the PAtriot Act to continue. Obama is Bush3 and Axelrod is Bush’s Cheney.

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    CorosiveFrog Premium Member about 10 years ago

    Cheney must have been a rottweiler in a previous life.

    Sooky Rottweiler says; NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! THAT’S WHY I DON’T WANT TO REINCARN AS A HUMAN, NO MATTER WHAT.

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    Arghhgarrr Premium Member about 10 years ago

    Cheney has been wrong about just about everything, from the impact of taking water away from the Sacramento River, to the war in Iraq, the general effect torture has had on America’s reputation, etc. And he was also a lousy CEO at Hallitburton, basically bankrupting the company by buying another firm that was liable for an asbestos settlement. Only way he made it up to them was by starting an unnecessary war. The guy is a classical example of an idiot that keep getting promoted just to get rid of him.

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    d_legendary1  about 10 years ago

    The fact that someone is defending the Cheney empire speaks volumes about what type of person they are.

    Hey scoot how bout making a case for Ted Bundy.

    Or Tim McVeigh?

    Or Bernie Madoff?

    I’m sure you can think of something.

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    believecommonsense  about 10 years ago

    previous poster wrote: *Moreover, Halliburton typically wins bids *

    the poster is very confused and does not know that Halliburton’s contracts in Iraq were awarded on a “no bid, cost-plus” basis. They didn’t win anything but Cheney’s cronyism. They also fought Congress AND the GAO when attempts were made to oversee their “cost plus” bills U.S. taxpayers must pay.

    Iraq for Sale rent it on Netflex

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    Dtroutma Premium Member about 10 years ago

    Neo- my 157 friends listed on The Wall salute your courage, middle finger salute!

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    Darsan54 Premium Member about 10 years ago

    Hey scotfrietas get a job, get laid and maybe drunk too on some very nice Pinot Gris.

    You are spending way toooooooooooooooo much time yelling into the blogasphere.

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    pbarnrob  about 10 years ago

    Please do not feed the cuisine-challenged bridge substructure symbionts. Just flag them.

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    comYics  about 10 years ago

    Good Idea pbarnrob.

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    Jason Allen  about 10 years ago

    Not a real citizen… Born in the nation of Kenya years before Kenya existed as an independent nation… Blah blah blah. Birthers are some of the most deluded people in the nation. Even Ann Colter (!!!) said it’s a load of bull. Orly Taitz, the leader of the so-called birther movement was fined $20,000 last month for wasting a federal court’s time. Give it up already.

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    vhammon  about 10 years ago

    I recommend either Imperial Life in the Emerald City by Chandrasekaran or Fiasco by Ricks…both reports of the Iraqi invasion and occupation.

    The State Department spent over one year enrolling Iraqi Americans and other people who knew the culture and the situation on the ground, and came up with extensive and detailed plans for getting water, electricity, transportation, government, justice, health care, etc. up and running quickly.

    Bush II/Cheney, making decisions based on their ‘gut’ shelved all this work, put Paul Bremer in charge ( a man with zip experience in either managing that big an operation or in middle eastern culture), pulled all the hiring away from the State department and, working out of the Whitehouse, hired recent college grads recommended by right wing think tanks, to start from scratch developing a ‘new Iraq.’ Loyalty to the administration and party was the sole criteria for hiring; competence was not an issue. The results were catastrophic.

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    believecommonsense  about 10 years ago

    vhammon, I haven’t read either of the books you mentioned, but have read other accounts of post-Saddam Hussein. Bremer (who never should have been appointed to the post for the valid reasons you cite and others) did much to destroy Iraq’s relationship with U.S. in two weeks, undoing the good work of the U.N. and U.S. up to that time.

    He fired all Iraqi military personnel, from top to bottom, leaving thousands of angry Iraqi men all armed with assault weapons. His “de-Baathification” policy overnight removed all the knowledge people in govt. who could have participated and contributed to drafting Iraq constitution, setting up govt. functions, etc.

    Bremer also gave the orders that military personnel were not to interfere with the wholesale looting and destruction of libraries, government offices, etc.

    And I can confirm others have also reported that the Bush/Cheney administration turned over significant parts of Iraq government functions to the sons and daughters of campaign contributors who had no professional work experience of any kind.

    Bremer and his actions contributed mightily to the exodus of the pro-U.S. moderate, working class Iraqis at exactly the point in time they were most needed. Our stewardship of post-Saddam Hussein was tragic.

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    NoFearPup  about 10 years ago

    Really, Jase - then there is no reason we can’t see Obama’s longform OFFICIAL Hawaiian birth certificate? And while you’re at it, in the interest of daylight and full-disclosure, let’s see his school records.

    addenda: I’m not referring in any way to a Kenyan b.c. It’s sad that the Great Obama can’t produce a longform b.c. when his constituents request it.

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    Jason Allen  about 10 years ago

    It’s up to the accusers to prove guilt. That’s how it works. Show us the evidence he wasn’t born here. Where is any real evidence he wasn’t born here?

    The Kenyan birth certificate is a fake and not even a good one. The country’s name is wrong for the date it was allegedly issued. The city he was supposedly born in wasn’t even part of Kenya when he was said to be born in it. It was part of a country then known as Zanzibar (now Tanzania). The certificate itself was a slightly altered version of an Australian birth certificate for David Bomford in 1959.

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    tcolkett  about 10 years ago

    comYics: get help dude. REally. You are seriously ill!!!

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    Dtroutma Premium Member about 10 years ago

    Bremer was a rather gutless cipher, but only doing exactly what Cheney and Rumsfeld TOLD HIM TO DO!

    When you ignore EVERY piece of sound advice, and do EVERYTHING WRONG, well, perfect example of why we today need someone who will ask for the advice of real experts, then take the time to implement decisions based on those silly “facts”.

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    BugsyMaroon  about 10 years ago

    ”Please do not feed the cuisine-challenged bridge substructure symbionts. Just flag them.” - pbarnrob

    I’m wondering if you could help me out with some tech support. How does one go about getting hyperlinked text into a comment on gocomics? There doesn’t seem to be any help files available anywhere. Being a lousy typist I’ve stumbled upon the pseudocode for italics, bold-face, em dashes, and bulleted lists, (which I understand is basically how synthetic rubber or something was invented) [1], but this is beyond me.

    And it seems so primitive, nearly ten years into the new millenium, to be typing in raw urls, especially one like http://www.cartoonwavs.com/bugs-bunny-what-a-maroon-what-an-ingoranimus-ha-ha-ha.wav

    Sorta spoils the effect, gnome sane?

    Oh, and the PC PoPo asked me to pass this suggestion along to you. They said that “symbionts” could be cosidered judgemental (feeding on each other - implies predators, victims, violence, non-vegetarianism, very 20th century, etc.), and said you might want to consider using this completely meaningless phrase in the future (semantic vacuums, after all, being the Core Mandate of Political Correctness)

    “cuisine-challenged bridge-substructure-dwelling beauty-dishenhanced upon-attention-thriving genetic-experiments-of-nature”

    Since no-one will have the first clue what you’re talking about, how can anyone possibly get offended? And Peace and Love will be assured for All Eternity.

    Namaste to all my fellow entities here assembled.

    [1] “If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn’t be research, now would it?” - Albert Einstein

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    tcolkett  about 10 years ago

    excellent observation Richard!

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    charliekane  about 10 years ago

    Wonder if comYics has read the entirety of Twain’s writings regarding the Holy Land?

    BTW, a beaut, Oly!

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    nonsequitous  about 10 years ago

    As a left-hander myself, I have a tiny quibble with this illo

    Don’t be so sensitive. They just got the graphic flipped over.

    But what happened to the Oval Office? What window is that? Is Obama secretly redecorating?? Not telling anyone???

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    comYics  about 10 years ago

    Read some C.S. Lewis charliekane, inspiring stuff. Him and J.R.R. Tolken were real good buddies. Maybe you have a link.

    I have a link to the Naked Archeologist, http://www.historyinternational.com/nakedarchaeologist/?page=about its very refreshing bro. May God Bless.

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    fritzoid Premium Member about 10 years ago

    At one point, Australia was fused to South America, and marsupials were common on both continents. But then the two separated, and South America connected to North America instead. The marsupials in S.A. couldn’t compete with the carnivores (big cats and dogs, mostly) coming down from N.A., and the Virginia Opossum was the only one that survived (after moving north).

    I think that’s reasonably accurate.

    By the way, there are ‘possums in Australia as well, but they’re actually cute, which came as a shock to me. For one thing, their tails aren’t nasty, scaly, bald obscenities.

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    charliekane  about 10 years ago

    comYics:

    I enjoy Simcha Jacobovici presentations on the History channel. I’ve read some Tolkein (Rings trilogy) but not much Lewis (LW&W with my oldest grandson), though I know Lewis has profoundly affected many.

    I take Twain’s Holy Land vignettes as dripping with sarcasm, not against Christianity per se, but directed toward those who profit from the tours, relic sales, etc.

    I would not have chosen Twain’s writing to factually bolster Christian truth, if that is how the link was intended.

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    OmqR-2.0  about 10 years ago

    Bugsy Maroon asked:I’m wondering if you could help me out with some tech support. How does one go about getting hyperlinked text into a comment on gocomics? Try the following: Open left square bracket, caption text, close right square bracket, open left rounded bracket, insert url, close right rounded bracket.

    Other tips are here.

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