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Bush asked a rhetorical question during his speech in Minnesota on Thursday.
I believe people have taken a step back, and asked, what's important in life? You know, the bottom line and this corporate America stuff, is that important? Or is serving your neighbor, loving your neighbor like you'd like to be loved yourself?Rhetorical or not, I can't resist a retort.
Dear Mr. Bush,
Synthesis. T C MITS puts it all together. But should we worry about Pasadena, California or Pasadena, Texas?
Based on a review of publicly released Securities and Exchange Commission filings, meeting minutes, memos and correspondence from that period, there is no evidence that Bush, or any of the other directors, raised objections or expressed concern about the Aloha deal.Last Saturday, I wrote that "Bush was a pioneer of corporate corruption, engaging in Raptor-style schemes long before they became fashionable." The experts quoted by the LA Times agree:
The Aloha sale was so similar to what Enron Corp. did to hide its losses that Harken could have served as a model for the now-disgraced company, one accounting expert said.Avedon Carol of Sideshow has predicted that if the Harken mess heats up for Bush, we should expect another terror alert. Stay tuned.
And now for Richard B. Cheney. The long-awaited Anderson promotional video (RealMedia) featuring then-Halliburton CEO Richard Cheney has been re-released by the BBC, embedded in this story.
One of the things I like that they do for us is in effect I get good advice, if you will, from their people, based upon how we're doing business and how we're operating, over and above just sort of the normal, by-the-books auditing arrangements.Ouch.
Judge: how do you plead to the charge of theft?
Thief: Well, back when I was taking other people's things, I thought it was perfectly OK to steal. But now that you've caught me, I realize that sometimes things aren't exactly black or white, when it comes to accounting procedures for other people's property. So I'll give back the stuff I stole, except for the things that I've already sold, and we'll call it even, OK?
Judge: I sentence you to a call on your better nature to create a new ethic of personal responsibility, so that you may regain the trust of the American people.
12:30 PM PDT
Now is the time for conservative defenders of Western Civilization like Lynn Cheney and Joe Lieberman to mount the barricades and defend against this assault on the very foundation of our culture, the English language. And besides, rich boys deserve to be protected from dreaded "social promotion" just as much as do poor kids, don't they?
No malfeance. The following explanation by Bush of how Harken's phony Aloha transaction differs from those of Enron is copied verbatim from the official White House Transcript of today's surprise news conference, so the whole thing is [sic].
No attempt to hide anything? The "accounting procedure" Bush talks about was exactly an attempt by Harken to hide losses from investors by cooking the books with the phony Aloha transaction, while Bush was on the company's Board of Directors and Audit Committee. True, Harken was ultimately caught by the Securities and Exchange Commission -- but Bush pretends that being caught and reversed, but not punished, is equivalent to being exonerated. Will he get away with this story? Stay tuned.
2:30 PM PDT
Q: The question I asked you before, the accounting, the sale itself of the subsidiary, did you favor that, were you involved?Savor the moment.
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