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April 30, 2007


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I saw this when it crossed the wires and I sensed a rumbling from your part of the country. Even after all we've seen, I can STILL be amazed at how screwed up this has gotten.

Ah, once again, the "efficiency" of the private sector.

Geez...I'd like to give the Bush family a "contract" to perpetually keep the nine (or eight, now that limbo's been cancelled) circles of hell nice 'n tidy...

I would mind overpaying for contracts to Bush cronies a lot less if they did excellent work. But they don't. I guess that's why they need their crony connections.

Hey Scout, remember way back when I said We need to see the contract? Well that is EXACTLY why. I worked with some people and that is an old trick, you give the company that is making the request YOUR specs, that way only YOU can meet them.

It's an old trick. I'm curious if any money changed hands to make it happen.

Go, go GAO!

So WTF is going on with barnacles in the last photo a tht Fix The Pumps link? Barnacles means salt water means even more corrosion than usual. (I grew up in Florida, we spent a lot of time messing around in boats, it's really impressive how quickly things fall apart in the presence of salt spray.)

And yes, Rustoleum rusty metal primer would be a Good Thing, even now. A distant relative in Vermont also extols the goodness of Husqvarna chainsaw bar lube (think "wax, plus phosphoric acid to stabilize the rust"). In either case, don't drip it in the water.

One wonders if the Bush maladministration just hoped that nothing that they fucked up would come to light until 2008. Or maybe they just don't give a shit.

They don't give a shit. They're no different from your typical crime family.

I've got more about this story on my blog now.

Michael, this has nothing to do with the efficiency of the private sector. It's all about government bungling and collusion. The private sector didn't do all of this. The private-public sector argument is trite anymore, at best.

Great site!

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