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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:10 AM
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White House wants U.S. partner in ports deal (GUESS WHO?)
Posted on Sat, Mar. 04, 2006

White House wants U.S. partner in ports deal



BY THOMAS M. DEFRANK AND KENNETH R. BAZINETNEW YORK DAILY NEWSWASHINGTON - The White House is quietly pushing a Dubai company to "significantly restructure" and partner up with a U.S. outfit to keep the port deal from sinking, sources told the New York Daily News on Friday.

"It's in the hands of the company now.... They're going to have to significantly restructure," said a Republican source familiar with White House expectations.

A revamped deal to allow Dubai Ports World to take over six major U.S. ports would have to be something along the lines of the Marine One contract.
British- and Italian-owned AgustaWestland had to take on Maryland-based Lockheed Martin to win the contract to build the president's helicopter last year.

"A lot of people are talking about this, a subsidiary or a deal like that," a congressional source confirmed.

One snag to such a deal may be that sources say the U.S. company best equipped to partner with DP World is Halliburton, once led by Vice President Dick Cheney.

more...

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/duluthsuperior/news/nation...




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postulater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:12 AM
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1. Could that have been the agenda all along? n/t
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Sensitivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:04 PM
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34. Someone has been PAYING for the Ports Deal to be spun in a
way to benefit the rep. congress politically and put a boat-load of money
and control in the hands of the NeoCon F**ers who were pissed that the
original deal left them out.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:12 AM
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2. Gee golly, what a SHOCKING SURPRISE!
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WePurrsevere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:24 AM
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11. Yeah really. Pick me off of the floor and color me totally surprised....
NOT.

(but just once... I'd like to be surprised... pleasantly. ::sigh:: )
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morningglory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:19 PM
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24. Just shoot me in the head with a load of birdshot not, please!
Let's just get it over with.
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TaleWgnDg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:12 AM
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38. Indeed! Halliburton, how utterly S H O C K I N G . . . n/t
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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:13 AM
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3. I miss the days when I had never heard of Halliburton.
So when do we just become the United States of Halliburton and Carlysle?
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:14 AM
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4. This deal was done to make money for bush buddies ....
... End of story.

I had heard that if this deal went through that halliburton would get the contract on
port construction in the UAE ....... God, I am sick of these blood suckers.
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mia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:14 AM
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5. Just rename the country U.S.H
and be done with it.

All roads lead to Halliburton.
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notadmblnd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:16 AM
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6. This was predicted here over a week ago.
it's just all so pathetic.
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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:21 AM
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9. Yep. Many of us here figured that Halliburton would gain from
this deal in one way or another. The Bush regime doesn't even bother trying to pretend anymore that they have the best interests of America at heart (Heart? What am I saying?)
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tulsakatz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:52 AM
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21. true, it's all about money...
...it's just like watergate........follow the money!

It's sad that this deal has nothing to do with security and everything to do with corporate greed!!!!

Is it any wonder why no one believes any of these people anymore?
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:17 AM
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7. I predicted this on February 17. Look...
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Cobalt Violet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:20 AM
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8. Why don't we all just sign our paychecks over to Halliburton now?
That's where it's all going anyway. They are fast becoming the biggest Wealthfare Queen.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:22 AM
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10. And the shit continues to pile up!
They are just wide open about their corruption now!
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Daphne08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:24 AM
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12. WHAT? n/t
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adriennui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:27 AM
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14. why am i not surprised?
i'm sure there are other USA based companies that are capable of taking over port management.
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Daphne08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:35 AM
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16. Well, now that I've picked myself off the floor...
Every day I think, they cannot possibly do anything more obvious and more outrageous than they did yesterday.

I'm growing very weary of falling on the damn floor.



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Pachamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:10 PM
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28. Daphne - if we walked down the street together, they'd think we were
battered women from all the bruising from us falling on the floor and banging our heads against the wall because of the outrageous crap that this corrupt administration pulls everyday and gets away with...

I have outrage fatigue too...and just when you think you've seen the most outrageous act, they top it!

Uneffing believable....we are in a nightmare that just won't stop!

:banghead:
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:09 PM
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27. But you have to remember
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 05:10 PM by FreedomAngel82
one scene in F911 where Moore is showing these older ladies talking about Haliburton and one lady mentions how they get all the contracts because nobody else can bid on them. They're all done privatley. This is why it's always Haliburton. And in return Cheney is making a butt load of money.
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:25 AM
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13. Before I even clicked thru - so, why is THAT company the only
one?

Lets see - we've been told all along that this was a real estate lease transaction - so the only company capable of being a landlord in the US is Halliburton?

We've been told all week that the company wouldn't be involved with security. They don't actually load /unload the boats. In fact, to listen to some of the talking heads - DP gets paid to push paper around and keep track of cargo shipments. Hell, that's basic accounting stuff - but only Halliburton is qualified?

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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 07:56 AM
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43. Great point! n/t
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:35 AM
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15. We're not surprised - but average Joe will be, if the M$M gets the
info out there.

Lou Dobbs has been all over the ports deal, I doubt he could read the report from the teleprompter with a straight face. How stupid do they think we are?

So, what has been accomplished?

  • Total media meltdown of any other coverage (Plame emails 'found' by Cheney's office, NSA illegal wiretapping, Katrina failures hearings and reports) while this story was front and center.

  • House and Senate Repugs got to 'go against' the White House - propping up their chances for re-election

  • Cheney/Halliburton comes out on top in the Billion $$ category

  • Carlysle Group (BFEE) profits from the deal

  • Shrub looks good to his base again - in fact, the loyal cult will soon "know" the real story was the way Clenis and the liberal media set this whole thing up to make Shrub look bad.


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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:50 AM
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17. The bushbots over at freepturdland who have been conflicted by this...
...have been saying that they hope the deal will go to Halliburton. I can never stop shaking my head, when I read their insanity.
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Minnesota Libra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:23 AM
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18. It was a given - from day one - that........
.....Bush&Co would be the winners on this and the rest of us would get screwed. So now there is proof that Cheney has his hand in the cookie jar and is always pulling out money.
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Donailin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:25 AM
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19. And there it is.
Bush = Clusterfuck.
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DarleenMB Donating Member (189 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:36 AM
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20. Well I'm just stunned.
Stunned that it took this long for them to fess up.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:12 PM
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22. Oh, my God, Oh, my God, Oh, my God, Oh, my God, Oh, my God.
What is more to say but, Oh, my God.
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Pachamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:07 PM
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25. OMG! OMG! OMG! As I opened the post & saw the header, I said to myself
almost sarcastically, "Oh, it will have to be Halliburton" (thinking that there is no f*cking way that they could be that obvious and corrupt) and then when sure enough I saw the name.....I shouted:

:wow:

OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! (and couldn't stop shaking my head in my hands..)

My 5 year old said "What is it Mommy?" "What's wrong Mommy?"

I'm almost speechless....if this is allowed to even happen and there is no uproar and outrage, or people who haven't gotten it yet about how corrupt these people are, then I swear, I am going to SCREAM!

:banghead:
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Sensitivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:14 PM
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31. Halliburton Ripp-off Artists to IMPROVE security of #1 World Port Operator
I guess we asked for it -- global Port insecurity under Halliburton for
every other DP World port operation aroung the world will likely be the result as the Bush/Cheynee gang get their tentacles into the DP World operations.
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Julius Civitatus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:39 PM
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23. Surprise, surprise!!!
I f*cking knew it!

I knew it!

This Dubai port deal was a gimmick to get Halliburton in. It's what they did with Harriet Myers, the very same strategy: get in someone so bad and so unpopular, that people will protest, then take whatever unpopular alternative you present them (Alito, Halliburton), which in comparison may not be that horribly bad.

Bastards!

:banghead:
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:11 PM
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29. Exactly
I even thought about that when the news first came out. I can't remember if I posted but I do remember thinking about it in my thoughts and now here we go.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:08 PM
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26. Oh of course!
Now why didn't I think that Haliburton isn't far behind? It all makes sense now!
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druidity33 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:30 PM
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30. heh heh...
Does this mean Hallliburton will have to repay the 5.5 billion in cash that the UAE gave to the British firm (as well as the other interests)? Interesting too that they say Halliburton may be a "snag" to such a deall...



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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:23 PM
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32. Just as I predicted.
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Wordie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:05 PM
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33. I didn't even need to read your OP to know. Recommended, sadly. :(
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 08:06 PM by Wordie
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wisteria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:50 PM
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35. This is all so sad, when will this nightmare end! n/t
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:49 PM
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36. What a fucking surprise!
:grr:

Rat bastards. Complete rat bastards.

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arikara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:08 AM
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37. Its unanimous
everyone knew that it would of course have to be Halliburton. The corruption can't go on forever, they are soon bound to go the way of Enron and chimpy will be saying "Unca Dick? Who's he?"
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:27 AM
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39. I'm not surprised
I mean...look at the heckuva job they've been doing in Iraq and in NOLA.
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Sensitivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 09:38 AM
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46. Of course. Call the PNAC "Security" rule -- we are secure when U.S. Rules
Edited on Sun Mar-05-06 09:39 AM by Sensitivity
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 02:17 AM
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40. There's no shame in their game.
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 03:02 AM
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41. i could throw up
what a bunch of total :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke:

will somebody please stop these criminals????
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sellitman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 07:53 AM
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42. You have to admire these guys....
When you look up "Chutzpah" in the dictionary from here on out....there should be a picture of junior & Dick in it next to the definition. :puke:
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Mr_Spock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:16 AM
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44. Holy F-ing crap!! The United States of Halliburton!!!
Un-fing-believable!!!
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 09:19 AM
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45. I'm shocked!!
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 11:02 AM
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47. SAH-PRAHZ- SAH-PRAHZ! SAH-PRAHZ!
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Coastie for Truth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 12:50 PM
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48. Only until January 21, 2009
when we get a new Attorney General

<>


Elliott Spitzer - who will enforce the law



The Sherman Antitrust Act

Section 1. Trusts, etc., in restraint of trade illegal; penalty

Every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, is declared to be illegal. Every person who shall make any contract or engage in any combination or conspiracy hereby declared to be illegal shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $10,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $350,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding three years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.

Section 2. Monopolizing trade a felony; penalty

Every person who shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $10,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $350,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding three years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:18 PM
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49. ttt n/t
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 08:20 PM
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50. I called that when I found Halliburton and Dubai were partners
There was a magazine article about them

it was either Forbes or Fortune magazine Feb edition
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