Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Great Minds Think Alike

Or, more likely, it was such a great line that nobody in their right mind would miss it.
Didn't See It Coming, Again - New York Times: "The State of the Union is a non-event. But Bob Woodruff and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, being blown up by a roadside bomb has forced the media to focus on what the Bushies try to hide — all the injured and maimed coming home from Iraq.

Mark Landler's Times piece noted that the ABC journalists came to the hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, 'on a military transport plane carrying 31 wounded soldiers — about a normal daily influx for this hospital.'

As Denise Grady wrote in The Times, the survival rate in Iraq is higher than in other wars, but the wounds are multiple and awful: 'combinations of damaged brains and spinal cords, vision and hearing loss, disfigured faces, burns, amputations, mangled limbs, and psychological ills like depression and post-traumatic stress.'

The Oilman in Chief lecturing us last night, after five oblivious years, about being drunk on oil, now that Halliburton and Exxon are swimming in profits — Exxon's revenues were bigger than the gross domestic product of either Saudi Arabia or Indonesia — was rich."
Profits larger than an oil producing nation. Wow, that really puts it into perspective, just in case I didn't feel bad enough about the $1073 per second earnings. And we thought JR was a greedy oilman.

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