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    Drill, Baby, Drill!

    [QUOTE]Interior Dept. Officials Embroiled in Energy Ethics Scandal


    By Derek Kravitz and Mary Pat Flaherty
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Wednesday, September 10, 2008; 5:33 PM

    Government officials in charge of collecting billions of dollars worth of royalties from oil and gas companies accepted lavish gifts, steered contracts to favored firms and engaged in illicit sex with employees of the energy companies, federal investigators reported today.

    Investigators from the Interior Department's inspector general's office said more than a dozen employees, including the former director of the oil royalty program, accepted gifts including ski trips, sports tickets and golf outings. The report alleges that the former director, Gregory W. Smith, also arranged side deals that personally netted him more than $30,000. [/QUOTE]

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    $30,000 dollars?

    Talk about hitting the lottery.

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    a fish rots from the head...

    this is hardly surprising... culture of corruption continues on...

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    Wide-Ranging Ethics Scandal Emerges at Interior Dept.


    [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/11/washington/11royalty.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp&adxnnlx=1221094921-zpYIIk4ZqJ9mh4dvucfx6g"]NY TIMES[/URL]

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    [QUOTE]One of those who will not be prosecuted is Ms. Denett, the former associate director of minerals revenue management. The report alleges that she manipulated the contracting process to steer the deal to Mr. Mayberry, her friend and former special assistant.

    Six other companies submitted bids for the contract, spending more than $90,000 on their proposals. A Department of the Interior ethics official who later reviewed the sequence of events described the arrangement as one in which “the fix is in throughout — this is tainted from the beginning, that is totally improper,” the report said.

    Ms. Denett did not return a message left at her home on Wednesday with her husband, Paul Denett, who was the top procurement official in the White House Office of Management and Budget until he resigned this month. He declined to comment.

    But the report quotes Ms. Denett repeatedly telling investigators such things as “obviously I did it and it doesn’t look proper” and that in retrospect she had made a “very poor” decision. She also told them that “she had been preoccupied with a very stressful personal issue at the time,” which the report did not spell out.[/QUOTE]

    [QUOTE]On one occasion, the report said, the royalty-in-kind program allowed a Chevron representative who won a bid to purchase some of the government’s oil to pay taxpayers a lower amount than his winning offer because he said he had made a mistake in his calculations. A report from Mr. Devaney’s office earlier this year found that the program had frequently allowed companies that purchase the oil and gas to revise their bids downward after they won contracts. It documented 118 such occasions that cost taxpayers about $4.4 million in all.

    On another occasion, the new report said, one of the officials shared information about the confidential price a pipeline company was charging the government.

    The report said that the officials told investigators that the gifts and socializing did not affect how they treated the companies in their official duties. [/QUOTE]

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    [QUOTE=Press_Coverage;2743021]a fish rots from the head...

    this is hardly surprising... culture of corruption continues on...[/QUOTE]

    We're not talking about the Obama campaign or his Chicago days. Please try to stay on topic.

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    [QUOTE=Press_Coverage;2743021]a fish rots from the head...

    this is hardly surprising... culture of corruption continues on...[/QUOTE]

    Yup, but one thing is sure, the 'rats national health care program won't have to worry about any corruption...everyone will love that program sooooo much that no one would dare do anything untoward!:rolleyes:

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    [QUOTE=Press_Coverage;2743021]a fish rots from the head...

    this is hardly surprising... culture of corruption continues on...[/QUOTE]


    Sounds like the first group McCain and Palin will publicly crush in order to prove they're reformers:)

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    Palin thinks that the US can drill it's way to energy independence. Anyone agree with her?

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    [QUOTE=shakin318;2743315]We're not talking about the Obama campaign or his Chicago days. Please try to stay on topic.[/QUOTE]

    dumb...

    [QUOTE=asuusa;2743414]Yup, but one thing is sure, the 'rats national health care program won't have to worry about any corruption...everyone will love that program sooooo much that no one would dare do anything untoward!:rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

    dumber...

    ironic that Lloyd Christmas up there would be telling anyone to "stay on topic."

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    The "drill baby, drill" chanting during the RNC reminded me of the chanting at the end of Rosemary's Baby. Who would profit more from drilling, the American people, or the oil companies?

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    [QUOTE=Sharrow;2743494]The "drill baby, drill" chanting during the RNC reminded me of the chanting at the end of Rosemary's Baby. Who would profit more from drilling, the American people, or the oil companies?[/QUOTE]

    I found it disturbingly sexual. It sounded like a bunch of drunk frat kids on a Girls Gone Wild video.

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    [QUOTE=Sharrow;2743494]The "drill baby, drill" chanting during the RNC reminded me of the chanting at the end of Rosemary's Baby. Who would profit more from drilling, the American people, or the oil companies?[/QUOTE]

    I found it disturbingly sexual...like a bunch of drunk frat kids on a Girls Gone Wild video cheering on a sex act.

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    [QUOTE=JCnflies;2743423]Sounds like the first group McCain and Palin will publicly crush in order to prove they're reformers:)[/QUOTE]

    This is a fish in a barrel for Senator McCain.

    Lets see McCain come out and blast Chevron.

    Maybe he can stop taking their money and political advice.

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    [QUOTE=BushyTheBeaver;2743506]I found it disturbingly sexual...like a bunch of drunk frat kids on a Girls Gone Wild video cheering on a sex act.[/QUOTE]


    I guess 75% of Americans are drunk frat kids.

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