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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

It's Gonna be the Best Surge Ever!

Is the glass half empty, or half full? Maybe it depends on whom you ask that question. Compare and contrast these two items...

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 175 people were killed when three suicide bombers driving fuel tankers attacked residential compounds home to the ancient minority Yazidi sect in northern Iraq on Tuesday, an Iraqi army captain said.

Captain Mohammad al-Jaad said at least another 200 people were wounded in the bombings in the Kahtaniya, al-Jazeera and Tal Uzair areas near the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar, close to the Syrian border.

The mayor of Sinjar, Dakheel Qassim Hasoun, gave the same casualty figures and said U.S. aircraft were helping to ferry the wounded to hospitals. reuters, via Think Progress

Halliburton Second-Quarter Profits Soar!

Halliburton Second-Quarter Profit Soars on KBR Gain
July 23 (Bloomberg) -- Halliburton Co., the world's second- largest oilfield contractor, said second-quarter net income more than doubled on a gain from selling its government services and construction subsidiary, KBR Inc.

Profit climbed to $1.53 billion, or $1.62 a share, from $591 million, or 55 cents, a year earlier, the Houston-based company said today in a statement. Excluding the $933 million gain on the KBR sale and a $49 million gain on the sale of an investment, the company earned 60 cents a share, up from 47 cents in the 2006 quarter. Revenue rose 20 percent to $3.74 billion.

Halliburton's growth in overseas business helped push earnings past expectations, said Dan Pickering, an analyst at Pickering Energy Partners in Houston. The company was expected to earn 56 cents excluding the gains, the average of 21 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.



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At Wed Aug 15, 04:49:00 PM, Anonymous mwb said...

It's just a coincidence that the VP's former company gained such wealth through no bid contracts with the administration.

I mean, it's not like any companies have ever made profits off US war spending, I'm sure they were just doing their patriotic duty and expected a loss of their troubles.

I also belief that Donald Rumsfeld is secretly the Princess of the Pony People...

At Wed Aug 15, 07:25:00 PM, Blogger BAC said...

This should be on the front page of the New York Times ... damn them, MSM.


At Wed Aug 15, 08:00:00 PM, Blogger FranIAm said...

That Halliburton chart may just have something to do with the teensy weensy change of mind that the old Dickster had between 1994 and say, now.

If you are so inclined, you know where I blog, see for yourself!

At Wed Aug 15, 09:15:00 PM, Blogger Johnny Yen said...

This is looking more and more like Yugoslavia every day.

At Thu Aug 16, 07:59:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

MWB: "Princess of the Pony People!" I love that! I have got to find a picture of a pony and stick Rumsfeld's evil head on it.

BAC: Sadly, a lot of things should be on the front page of the New York Times that never get there. Now, Rupert Murdoch wants to buy the New York Times! We are so screwed, mediawise.

FranIAm: I think by this, you meant that. Right? Poor old Dick. When there is a personal financial interest at stake, a man is apt to change his mind.

Johnny Yen: Yes, indeed it is. I wish it was at least becoming like a country with a cool dictator, like Latveria.

At Thu Aug 16, 08:14:00 AM, Blogger FranIAm said...

Oh Dr. Z - you can read my thoughts now. I feel a little nervous. And more than a little excited.

At Thu Aug 16, 02:36:00 PM, Blogger Liberality said...

the graphs speak for themselves.

At Fri Aug 17, 07:14:00 AM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

FranIAm Steady on. I think that as far as Dick Cheny is concerned, we are definately of one mind.

Liberality Yep.


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