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21 February 2006



tupified was exactly what I was when I heard the story on ABC Nightly News last night. Aparently the contract for taking over the ports in the United States was awarded to... are you ready for this? Dubai Ports World, a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates. This includes loading, unloading AND security.

We're talking Baltimore, Miami, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia here. Talk about putting the fox in charge of the hen house. Can I remind someone that 2 of the 9/11 crackpots came from the UAE...

Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina said on Fox News Sunday that the administration approval was "unbelievably tone deaf politically." New York Gov. George Pataki and Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich are up in arms... Both governors indicated they may try to cancel lease arrangements at ports in their states because of the DP World takeover.

I also heard through the grapevine that up for consideration next is the Al "we'll clean your clocks and military bases" Quiada, Quaidi, Quadia, Quidi, Qaida, oh, however, the hell you spell it.

In the uneasy climate after the Sept 11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration decision to allow the transaction is threatening to develop a major political headache for the White House.

A headache?? No shit!

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Born this day in 1931, Larry Hagman, TV actor, (I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas) And in the death notices we find in 1991, Dame Margot Fonteyn, ballerina, dies of cancer at 71.
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