Dicky's Doodles &Scribbles

Cartoons,editorials and comment about current events and more.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

LBJ and GW

LBJ and GW have more in common than claiming to be from Texas. (LBJ really was.)
Both came into office because of national tragedy. LBJ because of the assasination of JFK and G.W. because of a stolen national election.
LBJ and G.W. both presided over immoral and unpopular wars. LBJ didn't start his though.
And LBJ declared war on poverty. G.W. declared war on the poverty stricken.


Sunday, October 28, 2007

Bush And Putin At Odds Over Missile Shield

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Condoleeza Rice, Dick Cheney, G.W. Bush Foreign Policy Is A Disaster

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Can't Keep All The Water Upstream!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Food Contractors In Iraq Involved In Investigation

Taxpayers Get Taken In Another Iraq Ripoff:
Food Distributors Under Investigation

Yet another scandal concerning private contractors in Iraq is being uncovered. This time concerning the companies that have multi billion dollar contracts to provide food to our service personnel.
Two huge corporate conglomerates, Conagra Foods and Sara Lee are involved in an investigation of possible fraud and corruption.
Conagra Foods said it is not the target of a federal investigation into possible fraud and corruption in supplying the U.S. military in Iraq. Both companies deny wrongdoing and are preliminarily being called as witnesses.
Conagra,the maker of Healthy Choice frozen dinners, Hebrew National hot dogs and Peter Pan peanut butter, said it received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Defense in January connected to its dealings with Public Warehousing Co, the Army's primary food supplier.
Sara Lee Corp. is another of the companies involved.
The investigation is being made to find out if these food companies have been charging excessive prices for their food and services.
The Army's primary food contractor in the combat theater is a Kuwaiti firm, Public Warehousing Co.
The investigation is looking into reports that Public Warehousing has appropriated refunds it received from these and other suppliers. Public Warehousing bought vast amounts of meat, vegetables and bakery items from the food companies, and delivered them to U.S. troops.
Criminal fraud in the amount of hundreds of millions of dollars is suspected.
Public Warehousing receives more than $1 billion annually to feed troops in Iraq and Kuwait.
The Pentagon’s methods of hiring and paying contractors is also being looked at in the investigation.
This purchasing is done from an established "prime vendor," in this case Public Warehousing.
The vendor is paid on a cost plus basis. That is, the vendor’s cost plus an approved profit margin. It doesn’t take a genius to see what’s wrong with this system. It is in the interests of the vendor to overcharge and to cut corners thus vastly increasing their paid amount and their profits. All this at the expense of our soldiers and sailors in the combat theater and the taxpayers!
It is a violation of Federal law for government contractors to obtain money through false or fraudulent pretenses.
Other aspects of the investigation concern the selection of these ‘prime vendors.’
Some companies seem to enjoy ‘cozy’ relations within the administration or the Pentagon. Others, such as Tyson Foods have been shut out of the process all together.
Could this be because Laura Tyson was a well known supporter of Bill Clinton? Surprised? You shouldn’t be!
Unfortunately this is possibly just the latest chapter in an ages old practice which was once called “war profiteering.” Examples abound throughout history.
For example during the U.S. Civil war the uniforms for the Union soldiers were provided by a big time contractor. The material of these uniforms was so inferior the name has lived on to this day. The material was called “shoddy.”
The civil war had its scandal concerning food as well. Soldiers on both sides were fed a hard, often stale cracker like substance called “hard tack.” Often this food was so old and so hard it had to boiled to soften it up to be palatable. It was also common to find it infested with maggots, weevils and other insects.
Some things never change.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Chocolate! I have To Have It!!

A recent AP article by Seth Borenstein reports that bacteria living in one’s intestines may be responsible for chocolate cravings!
“… people who crave daily chocolate show signs of having different colonies of bacteria than people who are immune to chocolate's allure.
“The researchers examined the byproducts of metabolism in their blood and urine and found that a dozen substances were significantly different between the two groups. For example, the amino acid glycine was higher in chocolate lovers, while taurine (an active ingredient in energy drinks) was higher in people
who didn't eat chocolate. Also chocolate lovers had lower levels of the bad cholesterol, LDL,” wrote Borenstein.
I am one of those chocoholics. Sometimes I lose control and have to have my chocolate fix! It is often overwhelming. If this study holds up it will show it is the bacteria which craves the chocolate and not me! It’s not my fault!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Time For A New Statue Of Liberty?

In light of today's renewed xenophobia and racist politics perhaps it is time for a new Statue of Liberty. Many no longer seem to believe in the old ideal expressed on the inscription.
On this new statue we should place these words.

Keep your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send them back, the homeless, tempest-tost.
I don’t want them without a green card!
I will build a wall and slam the golden door!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Oops! Sorry!

Civilian deaths in Iraq have been estimated as high as a half a million by some. Even President Bush admits the toll is over 300 thousand! These deaths don't resonate much here. You think we will win some hearts and minds there?

Monday, October 08, 2007

Clarence Thomas Lynches Anita Hill In New Book!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

"We Don't Torture!" ... President Bush


Thursday, October 04, 2007

Toll Roads Gaining Traction With Texas Politicians...Not Public!

Lately there have been more and more stories in Texas media outlets about the coming of toll roads on a large scale in Texas. They cite, correctly, the failing condition of roadways in the state.
Local and state politians and their allies in the media have an idea. Their answer? Toll Roads to pay for road improvement and new roadways. The politicos always find the solution by digging deeper into the pockets of the taxpayers and in this case to visitors to the state as well.
The public is not yet convinced.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Bush Says S CHIP Program Is 'Socialized' Medicine!

Much to the chagrin of many fellow Republicans and sure to inflame Democrats President Bush vetoed the SCHIP program which helps insure low income and middle class kids can have health insurance. President Bush seems to think middle class families can afford $500 to $600 per month for health insurance, no problem! He has no clue about how poor and middle class folks live.
Bush says the government should not run health care. That has nothing to do with this bill.
The HMO's and insurance companies do a hell of a job running it don't they?!

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

No Newts Is Good Newts!

Newt Gingrich, the disgraced former GOP Speaker of the House and partisan firebrand has announced he will not run for President in 2008. In his statement he said that running his phony political front organization is more important than running for President. Good. The last thing this country needs is a President Newt!