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The Shrub wants another $45+ billion to fund his little forays into the Middle East.  At the same time, $1.2 BILLION dollars that were supposed to go toward training the Iraqi police is unaccounted for. 

The lack of controls “created an environment vulnerable to waste and fraud,” the report said. — CNN

What the hell, let’s approve another shitload of money.  Heck, we’ve got it falling out of our asses and we don’t have homeless people, people without health insurance, people without jobs, a stock market that dropped almost 400 points in one day, funding for social services, or underfunded schools.  And even so, we could just cut some unimportant service like, oh, let’s say education.  Or we could just stop the whole social services concept and quit funding that altogether.  Folks down in New Orleans don’t need any federal money — they CHOSE to live there, right?  WAIT!  I’ve got it!  When the folks out in California who have lost their homes to the wildfires apply for federal aid, we could just tell them “Sorry, folks, the checkbook’s closed.  We’ve got a war to fund.”  I mean, this war is important, right?

Important enough to spend $650 BILLION (since March 2003).

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In an effort to keep those profits up for the airlines, the government is withholding information about airline safety because they’re concerned that folks will just stop flying if they knew just how unsafe it really is.

An unprecedented national survey of pilots by the U.S. government has found that safety problems like near collisions and runway interference occur far more frequently than previously recognized. But the government is withholding the information, fearful it would upset air travelers and hurt airline profits. — CNN

And, not only did NASA conduct the survey and withhold the information, but they were going to destroy the data as well.

Last week, NASA ordered the contractor that conducted the survey to purge all related data from its computers. Congress intervened Monday, saying it will launch a formal investigation and instruct NASA to keep all its data. Griffin said he already was ordering that all survey data be preserved.

A NASA employee, who apparently was close to the investigation, leaked the information (on condition of anonymity, of course) so that it would be released. 

That’s the American way, right?  Withhold information in order to protect profits?

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Former WWE wrestler Chris Benoit’s murder-suicide is once again under scrutiny by the courts as his family and his wife’s family fight over the “order of death” between his wife and son.  The wife’s family maintains that the boy had to be killed prior to his mother.  Of course, the order is important because it will determine who stands to inherit the wrestler’s money — millions of dollars.

Neither Benoit nor his wife left a will.

Isn’t it nice to know that when a family member is murdered, the money that’s left is what’s important.

The WWE has filed paperwork with the court saying that the organization won’t cooperate with the “wholesale fishing expedition” between the two families.  (WGCL TV, Atlanta)

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