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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

I'll trade you a gas heater for a vote...

This picture from the Reuters photo wire is captioned with the claim that this chador-clad woman got a gas heater from Ahmad Chalabi's campaign HQ in Najaf today. I bet she's thinking, "Now if only the head of the Energy Council can manage to deliver some liquid gas so that we can light this gizmo...." Someone should break the news to her that Chalabi is the head of the government's Energy Council.

BTW: This, that is giving away gifts or cash in return for votes, is a violation of election law in case anyone is wondering...

UPDATE: "I Voted For Mithal Al-Alusi and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt" Yup, I voted this morning at the McLean, Virginia polling station. Come to think of it, I could have used a gas heater myself...or maybe a gas grill? How about fifty bucks in cash?


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This happens all over the world I remember a couple of years ago some local giving away portable air conditioning units in return for favorable votes in the upcoming elections. Depending on the office it can be worth an awful lot of money.

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