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October 13, 2007


Mr Fixit

Here's one for the blue badgers:

“Once I ran my branch alone.
I barely ever saw my home.

Now I have ten contractors.
And I can disappear for hours.

They do all my work for me.
I don't know what really they do,
But they've got a one smart crew.

I just sign off on their stuff,
And hit the gym to get real buff.
Left, right, blue, green, left, right...”


I have heard that certain female blue badgers are thinking of filing an EEO complaint against Hayden's PT authorization. In a nutshell, the complaint is that female employees need twice as much time than males to put their makeup on and make themselves presentable for the office after a sweaty PT session. As a precedent, they are citing CIA facility design rules that dictate that female restroom facilities be twice that of males to accomodate their needs. I am 100 percent behind this effort, and will keep my eyes open.


"Some day when my years are through,
I'll sign with Abraxas, too.
Then I'll stay planted on my buns,
And bill my boss while he's on a run."


"747 rollin' down the strip,
OIGer gonna take a little trip.
We don't care about truth or lies,
We're just here to Mirandize."

Joshua Foust

Boy it must be nice to only work 40 hour weeks (37 now?) on the government's clock. Of course, most of the green badgers work far longer each week. I wonder who really does get the sweeter deal, sometimes.

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  • A tip of the hat to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock who inspired the name of this blog with his path-breaking 2005 article, "The Spy Who Billed Me."

    Shorrock has a dedicated web page on outsourcing in intel. It links to many of his articles which are must-reads for anyone interested in the privatization of intelligence.