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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:21 PM
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Fmr Army Sec, Thomas White, on Faux/CalThomas, we're losing the war.
Just a heads up.

One year before, White warned his superiors about prison problems.

Says Rumsfeld's performance is mixed.

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rumguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:21 PM
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1. is white the enron guy?
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w13rd0 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:26 PM
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4. Yes, he's...
...the "enron" guy.
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 12:14 AM
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9. He was the EES guy at Enron!
In essence the epicenter of the mess at Enron and he never came clean. EES (Enron Energy Services) was the hub of the Ponzi scheme energy trading scam. He either knew about it and was complicit or he didn't know and was incompetent. Either way, he's a bum (well, I live in California...Come to think of it, this is the very subject that got me to DU in the first place!).

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Touted as a burgeoning profit center, Enron Energy Services reported a pretax operating profit of $103 million on revenues of $4.6 billion in 2000. But EES was a fraud, hemorrhaging money while covering up its losses with accounting maneuvers. Its profit in 2000, according to Enron vice president Sherron Watkins, was created by counting ersatz financial trading gains from one of the infamous off-budget Raptor partnerships. The recently released special investigation of Enron's board of directors concluded that those transactions violated accounting rules. White and EES chairman Lou Pai made millions, but the venture they ran was so mismanaged that in February 2001 Enron executives brought in another leadership team to clean up the mess.

Enron Energy Services was set up to compete with public utilities in selling energy to large enterprises like JC Penney, the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago and the US Army. Enron would sign long-term contracts to provide energy at a sharply reduced fixed price. It would then install energy-saving devices to lower its clients' energy needs and use its trading savvy to supply that energy at bargain prices.

From the beginning, though, Enron's follow-through was something of a joke. "They knew how to get a product out there, but they didn't know how to run a business," former EES employee Tony Dorazio told the New York Times. Glenn Dickson, an EES director laid off in December, charged that White and Pai "are definitely responsible for the fact that we sold huge contracts with little thought as to how we were going to manage the risk or deliver the service."

Perhaps Pai and White were more concerned about selling than fulfilling contracts because they were making their money on the front end, benefiting from Enron's aggressive accounting practices. When Enron signed a ten-year contract with a customer, it would project its revenues and profits over the ten years and book all of them as received in the first year of the sale. This "mark to market" accounting is a generally accepted accounting practice--but only when the revenues and costs can be reliably projected. EES had to predict future energy prices, the pace of energy deregulation in different states and the conservation savings of its customers over many years. It then paid its managers and sales personnel bonuses based on those projections. This was an irresistible invitation to what former EES employee Jeff Gray called "illusory earnings."
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:22 PM
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2. Said he looked into it because he was having trouble tracking money!
Like, knowing how much they were spending, where.
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thebigidea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:26 PM
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3. gee, I remember calling in to CSPAN and saying he had...
Edited on Sat May-15-04 11:26 PM by thebigidea
"the stench of death about him" and how he'd be fired soon...

good to see he's at least having some nice cold revenge on Rummy...

Cal Thomas sticks doggedly to the propaganda: good things in iraq, we need information, etc etc.
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:33 PM
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5. "Well, certainly the TOLERANCE of the abuse goes up the chain of comand."
I was intriqued by his reference to funds. Over a year ago, apparently, he was having trouble finding out where the dough they were burning was going and started looking. That led to the prisons, and his memo saying there was a problem.

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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 12:00 AM
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7. cal thomas - typical RW moron w/molester mustache, bad comb-over
and all.
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finecraft Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:47 PM
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6. MacDill Special Ops hid $20 million from Congress
Edited on Sat May-15-04 11:52 PM by finecraft
Military stashes covert millions
The Pentagon asks MacDill's Special Operations to tuck an extra $20-million into its budget until it's needed.
By PAUL DE LA GARZA, Tampa Bay Times Staff Writer
Published September 28, 2003

TAMPA - The U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base inflated budget proposals at the Pentagon's request last year to hide $20-million from Congress, according to documents obtained by the St. Petersburg Times.

Special Operations officials divided the money among six projects so the money would not attract attention. They also instructed their own budget analysts not to mention it during briefings with congressional aides, the documents show.

The plan, according to defense officials and documents obtained by the Times, called for Special Operations to pad its proposed budget by $20-million so the money could be used later by the Pentagon for some other purpose. The Pentagon initially wanted Special Operations to hide $40-million. The Special Operations Command, which oversees the nation's secret commando units, refused."

Had this article stashed on my hard drive. Looking to see if link is available. Will add if I find it.

Edited to add link: http://www.sptimes.com/2003/09/28/news_pf/Tampabay/Mili...

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markses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 12:01 AM
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8. Enron Energy Services
Formerly of Analyst Potemkin Village Fame:

"Like you're working...make it look like you're working!"

Scumbag.
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