go visit Crawford…

Posted on Wednesday 22 February 2006

I was going to take the day off today – lot’s of life things. But I do have something to say. This port authority deal with an Arab Country with financial ties to Al Qaeda isn’t something I know a lot about. But I know a couple of things. We, the poeple, don’t like it. Most of Congress doesn’t like it. He [Bush] didn’t even know about it. Yet he’s defending it and says he’ll veto trying to stop it. There are all kind of speculations why. What I have to say is simple. That we don’t want it matters. He works for us. Whatever his reasons, corrupt or alliance building – it doesn’t matter. What matters is that he doesn’t know that he’s working for us, not the other way around. I’m tired of having to think about arguing with George W. Bush in my head every day. He doesn’t know what President of the United States even means.

We used to complain that he took too many vacations. I take it back. As far as I’m concerned, we’re safer when he’s in Texas clearing brush and riding his bicycle than when he’s in Washington thinking badly… 

    February 23, 2006 | 12:10 AM

    I got really ticked when he started calling me a racist because I don’t like handing over ports to foreign countries. I didn’t know the ports already were under the control of a British company, I don’t like that either.

    They are US points of entry, and they should be under US control. We don’t have enough Coast Guard personnel, or Customs personnel to monitor everything, so we are dependent on the companies that manage the ports telling officials when something is going on there.

    I’m sick of this outsourcing.

    February 24, 2006 | 11:43 AM

    From an Australian newspaper:

    “The more people learn about the transaction that has been scrutinised and approved by my Government, the more they’ll be comforted that our ports will be secure,” Mr Bush said.

    When I lived in England, the Prime Minister would typically refer to the sitting administration in the first person singular. I thought it was quaint and could see that it bore some inherent relationship to the parliamentary system of government. Coming from the bumpkin’s mouth however, it is further diagnostic of two inescapable conclusions (and here is where the silver lining part comes in):

    1) he is still under the delusion that it is HIS government and not OURS
    2) the days of HIS government’s ability to ignore the rest of us or rather to count on the rest of us to shut the ___ up because HE knows best how to solve the problems and deal with the issues are drawing to a close…of this I have been sure for some time and am now very encouraged that they have taken up the instruments of their own emasculation. I’m betting cash money that the Rovian doctrine will not bounce this time…they can spin like dervishes…this is Dubya’s Haiphong Harbor.

    Dawn C.
    February 24, 2006 | 1:13 PM
    February 28, 2006 | 12:21 PM

    This seems odd to me.

    28 February, 2006
    Press Releases
    Media Coverage

    Dubai, 24 January 2006: – Global ports operator DP World today welcomed news that one of its senior executives, Dave Sanborn, has been nominated by US President George W. Bush to serve as Maritime Administrator a key transportation appointment reporting directly to Norman Mineta the Secretary of Transportation and Cabinet Member.

    The White House has issued a statement from Washington DC announcing the nomination. The confirmation process will begin in February.

    Mr Sanborn currently holds the position of Director of Operations for Europe and Latin America for the Dubai-based company

    Mohammed Sharaf, CEO, DP World said:
    “While we are sorry to lose such an experienced and capable executive, it is exactly those qualities that will make Dave an effective administrator for MarAd. We are proud of Dave’s selection and pleased that the Bush Administration found such a capable executive. We wish him all the best in his new role.”

    Ted Bilkey, Chief Operating Officer, DP World said:
    “Dave’s decades of experience in markets around the world, together with his passion for the industry and commitment to its development, will allow him to make a positive contribution to the work of the Maritime Administration. We wish him well for the future.”

    Mr Sanborn, a graduate of The United States Merchant Maritime Academy, joined DP World in 2005. He previously held senior roles with shipping lines CMA-CGM (Americas), APL Ltd and Sea-Land and has been based, besides the US, in Brazil, Europe, Hong Kong and Dubai during his career. He has also served in the US Naval Reserve.

    Mr Sanborn is due to take up his new role based in Washington DC later in 2006.

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