While the gas prices in Baghdad by the Bay have long been a bone of contention for Bay Area motorists (sample rant: "We've got all of these freakin' refineries right here and gas is more expensive here than anywhere else in the state!"), drivers in the Mark 1, Mod 0 Baghdad are fuming due to a government decree that private cars (commercial trucks and buses are excepted) can only drive every other day, depending on whether their license plates end in even or odd numbers. The Baghdad po-po are rather bemused by the whole situation, with one officer offering, "If it is the law I suppose we will try to enforce it, but how will I get to the office in the morning in order to do so?" Ah Dubya. Not much of a statesman, and apparently not a whole helluvan oilman, either.
Petrol rationing in a country awash with oil [Telegraph, UK]