THE BUSH SAGA: GEORGE THE YOUNGER by Randy Reynolds, 12-11-2018

(From ReynoldsWriter, 2006-2009)

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  CONSPIRACY OR COINCIDENCE?

I admit it:  I have a small Amygdala.  Mine is apparently smaller than average.

That’s the part of the brain that, according to research, is responsible for fear conditioning.  If you have a large Amygdala, you want a father figure to protect you, and you’re afraid of all sorts of things that people with small Amygdalas (such as mine) aren’t afraid of:  sounds in the dark, vaccinations, immigrants, black people you see in stores, Hillary Clinton, Armageddon, going to Hell, and weapons of mass destruction, just to name a few.

If you have a large Amygdala you are much more likely than me to believe in the tinfoil hat conspiracy theories that seep into the public consciousness through Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Alex Jones, certain politicians, Russian bots and the Facebook pages of your grandma, your crazy uncle and all their friends.

My Amygdala is so small, I can’t even work myself into a tizzy over all the people who died exactly when George W. Bush needed them to.  I’m not at all inclined to consider these deaths the result of a grand conspiracy.

LIFE EXPECTANCY COINCIDENTALLY SHORT FOR THOSE WHO KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT THE BUSHES

Once upon a time, as recently as when I was young, legend had it that America was the shining city on a hill, a beacon for the world. In the family of nations, according to this legend, we protected the little guys from the bullies. We fought for our principles, not for selfish gain. We didn't torture. We didn't start wars.

But that was once upon a time...before we found out our government was run by a business elite under the influence of whom our leaders used our armed forces and secret agencies to assassinate foreign leaders, overthrow governments, finance death squads and prop up dictators in all parts of the world.

Call it Imperialism, Corporate Fascism, or Good Business, we made the planet run with blood as we filled our banks with other countries' riches and filled our heads with the American myth.

Near the center of this power structure was a family known as Bush.

That one of them (Prescott) would exercise inordinate power over a president (Eisenhower) and two would serve as president themselves are accidents of history that could not have happened had not so many of their biographers, witnesses and enemies suffered untimely deaths.

For more on the deaths of the people who knew the most about the Bushes, google: Mark Lombardi, Danny Casolaro, Gary Webb, J.H. Hatfield, UBC, John Buchanan, Gary Caradori, Orlando Letelier, Steve Kangas, William S. Farish, James Forrestal, Don Aranow, Tommy Teagle, Michael Hand, Charles M. McKee, Matthew Gannon, Edmond Caffra, William Casey, William Colby, Olaf Palme, Salem bin Laden.


LIKE VICTIMS IN A SPY NOVEL


Officially, only five people were killed by the anthrax attacks that frightened the hell out of Congress and the media in late 2001. Unofficially the toll is much higher.

The hidden toll was the microbiologists--the germ warfare experts--who were eliminated like victims in a spy novel after it became known that the strain of anthrax sent to the offices of Democratic Senators Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy was developed by a Pentagon lab.

In the 5 month span between October 4, 2001 and March 25, 2002, ten biological warfare scientists were murdered. Ten others died in plane crashes. Five died from suicide or sudden disease.

These were world-class scientists--many of whom had worked on Pentagon contracts.

Between June 24, 2003 and February 8, 2005, 25 more microbiologists died--8 murdered, 1 in a plane crash, others in auto accidents, suicides or sudden disease.

The murder weapons varied: arsenic, a car explosion, gunshots, stabbings, hit-and-run vehicles and one scientist was locked into an airlock chamber in his lab.


THE 34-BILLION-DOLLAR SUICIDE


June, 2006. Chesapeake Bay.

Twenty-five miles from shore, the body of the man who knew too much about America's ill-spent billions in Iraq bobbed upon the waves. After eleven days in the water, bloated, sun-scorched, gorged upon by creatures of the bay attracted to the easy pickings dangling from the shotgun-shattered skull, one of the most powerful men in the world had been rendered unrecognizable.

Retrieving the gaseous corpse of this friend of the "neo-cons" should have been routine, but there was a complication: an anchor was firmly tied around his feet.

Police called it suicide.

The man was Philip Merrill, one of Dick Cheney's best friends and a leading financier of the "neo-cons" whose phony intelligence supported their 1990's-era agenda to go to war with Iraq as soon as they could find an empty suit to serve as president and concoct a "new Pearl Harbor" to rouse the public.

(Merrill had many ties to signers of the Project for a New American Century who made the case for war long before their "empty suit," George W. Bush, became President.)

In late 2002, after Congress authorized Bush to go to war if he wanted to, he appointed Merrill to chair the U.S. Export-Import Bank.  In that job, Merrill handed out some $34-billion dollars in Iraq between 2003-2005.

Those billions will never be fully accounted for, thanks in part to the "suicide" of Philip Merrill.

A CONVENIENT TIME TO DIE


Enron executive Cliff Baxter agreed to testify before Congress about Enron misdeeds in January, 2002, and was worried about the consequences. He told his friends he "needed to hire bodyguards." Days later he was found shot to death in his car...with "rat shot," which is untraceable to a particular gun. The Sugarland, Texas, Police Department called it a suicide, though they were at a loss to explain mysterious cuts on Baxter's hand, bits of glass in his clothes, and why officers took him out of the car then put him back in.

Other convenient deaths related to the Enron scandals included:

-- Ken Lay himself died (of heart disease) in July of 2006. His conviction was set aside and his family will get to keep his ill-gotten gains, some of which he obtained with the assistance of Governor and then President George W. Bush, Vice-President Cheney and other officials who removed regulatory obstacles and made it easier for Enron to defraud their employees, consumers, businesses, and even foreign nations.

-- Philip Merrill, the ex-Chairman of the Export-Import Bank, which had guaranteed $800,000,000 in illegal loans to Enron, shot himself in the head with a shotgun, tied an anchor around his feet and threw himself off his boat. Police called it suicide.

-- London banker Neil Coulbeck agreed to testify against three of his colleagues in an extradition case involving an Enron scheme. Before he could testify, his body was found in a London Park. The cause of death has been described several different ways--various stories said he slit his wrists, slit his own throat or hanged himself. Officials called it suicide.

Why is Enron important to the George W. Bush story?

Because Enron founder and CEO Ken Lay was George W. Bush's largest financial backer. Even so, the media glossed over the connections when the Enron scandals came to light.

Thank-you notes from Lay to Bush came to light in early 2002, showing that Bush had used his influence on behalf of Enron many times.

Eight times during the 2000 presidential campaign, Enron jets were provided to the George W. Bush campaign. Lay bragged to friends that Bush had given him veto power over several important administration appointments, and the record confirms his story:

-- Bush's Secretary of the Army Thomas White was an Enron executive and held $25 million of Enron Stock.

-- Bush's Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Harvey Pitt was the attorney for Enron's accounting firm, Arthur Andersen.

-- Bush's Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee Patrick Wood III was selected on Ken Lay's recommendation.

-- Bush's Attorney General John Ashcroft had previously received more than $57-thousand in campaign contributions from Enron's top executives.

-- Bush's National Economic Council Chairman, Lawrence B. Lindsay, was a consultant for Enron.

-- Vice-President Cheney met with Enron representatives an unknown number of times while devising his "national energy policy." The administration has fought to maintain the secrecy of the White House visitor logs during the period of the Enron visits.

-- Karl Rove held $100,000 of Enron stock.

As governor and as president, George W. Bush, like his father before him, smoothed the path around regulatory obstacles for Enron. But some highly convenient deaths, including several not mentioned here, have helped obscure the story.

"PERSON? PROBLEM. NO PERSON? NO PROBLEM." --Saddam Hussein


James Hatfield wrote Fortunate Son, a critical biography of George W. Bush. The press ignored Hatfield's unsavory revelations about Bush's life and focused on the skeletons in Hatfield's closet instead. The book was an instant bestseller in 2000, but the publisher, St. Martin's Press, succumbed to political pressure and recalled it. Soft Skull Press re-published it. Hatfield was found dead of a prescription drug overdose in an Arkansas motel room in July, 2001. Police called it a suicide.


The first thing Americans knew about a rape accusation against their president was the announcement of her death. Margie Schoedinger accused George W. Bush of rape in a lawsuit filed in December, 2002, in Missouri City, Texas. The story was uniformly ignored in the American press, though it was covered in London, Moscow and Missouri City. In September, 2003, Schoedinger was found shot to death and police called it suicide. The media that had ignored her accusations found her suicide worthy of mention. Ms. Schoedinger was almost universally portrayed as a kook, but not everyone agreed with that portrayal.

July 17, 2003--Dr. David Kelly was the British microbiologist who blew the whistle on fake intelligence about "mobile weapons labs" in Iraq. He leaked the truth about the nonexistent labs to the BBC and was found dead in a park with his wrists slashed.

June 5, 2005--Col. Ted Westhusing was investigating corruption among American security contractors in Iraq when his "suicide" occurred. It happened in a trailer in the Green Zone. The only people nearby were the contractors he was investigating and one of them handled the death weapon before investigators arrived.

August 6, 2005--Robin Cook was the British Labour Secretary who thought the reasons for the Iraq invasion were false. Cook spoke out publicly, resigned from the cabinet, and later died after suffering an alleged heart attack and a broken neck while hiking in the Scottish hills.

July 13, 2006-- The head of a Commerce Department Task Force on the Reconstruction of Iraq, William H. Lash III, was shot to death along with his 12-year-old autistic son in his Virginia home. Police were already outside the home at the time of the gunshots, (after a domestic disturbance call) but didn't enter the house for two more hours. The death seemed an obvious murder-suicide, but the timing aroused suspicions: it came soon after the "suicide" of Neil Coulbeck in London and the "suicide" of Philip Merrill in Chesapeake Bay. Lash was a consultant for a company tied to the Enron scheme that Coulbeck was scheduled to testify about. And, like Merrill, Lash knew a great deal about the disappearance of $34-billion in Iraq.

U.S. ARMY ETHICS ADVISOR EXECUTED IN IRAQ

The highest ranking U.S. officer to die in Iraq was Army Ethicist Ted Westhusing, a full colonel and West Point professor.

Dr. Westhusing volunteered for Iraq because he believed the war was a noble cause. He felt that he was born a warrior, according to his father, and that the war would teach him something about himself. And that the experience would enrich his teaching back at West Point after the war.

In Iraq, he became Director of Civilian Police Assistance Training, Counter-Terrorism, Special Ops. His job was training Iraqi police and working with the Army's civilian security contractors. When he received an anonymous letter accusing one of those security firms, USIS, of fraud, overbilling and murder of innocent civilians, he investigated and reported his findings to his commanding general.

And then in June, 2005, this devout Catholic with a wife and three small children at home, this Army Ethicist whose life was devoted to God, Honor and Country, entered--in the middle of a busy day, en route to a meeting--a small trailer in Baghdad, turned his gun upon himself and pulled the trigger.

Go figure.

The only people near the scene at the time were five employees of USIS. One of them handled the gun before investigators arrived.

There was a suicide note, not in Col. Westhusing's handwriting, but written in large, block letters.

In June, 2005, USIS was frantic to suppress any investigation that might result in bad publicity before their IPO (Initial Public Offering.) (One former employee said they were "psychotic" about it.) When Col. Westhusing died, that potential problem went away and the IPO was a huge success.

Another huge success was Col. Westhusing's commanding general at the time: General David Patreaus. After Col. Westhusing's death, General Patraeus was sent to Kansas. After being stashed away there, out of sight, out of mind, (commanding the Army War College,) he was resurrected and now (in 2007) commands all U.S. troops in Iraq.

Go figure.


DON’T TELL THE PRESIDENT THE BABYSITTER’S DEAD

On September 29, 2003, 62 year old Bertha Champagne's crushed body was found in the driveway of the president's brother, Marvin Bush. Champagne was the longtime babysitter for Marvin's teenaged son Walker and teenaged daughter Marshall.

You may have missed the story, although there was a press release 16 hours after it happened, and the Washington Post ran a page 5 story a week later. A few conspiracy theories showed up on the Internet -- stuff like "the baby-sitter who knew too much." But all the coverage until now has missed the point....

...Bertha's murder was a scientific anomaly that should have been reported in all the science journals and on the Discovery Channel--the first known case of gravity being temporarily suspended from a stationary object (the death car); and of a mechanical object, the car, developing a consciousness of guilt.

The story, pieced together from the police report and the press release:

·         Bertha Champagne exits the Marvin Bush home.
·         The car has been sitting in the driveway for hours, out of gear.
·         Before she gets to the car, it starts rolling toward her, of its own accord.
·         It crushes her against the guardhouse at the head of the driveway.
·         It backs up, straightens its front wheels, and exits the driveway.
·         It crosses the road and hides in the woods.

Surely it wasn't suicide.

That leaves only two other possibilities, both of which are deserving of scientific inquiry:

It was an accident based on a temporary suspension of the laws of gravity; or, the murderous car in Stephen King's Christine was real and is living in Fairfax County, Virginia.



APPOINTED BY GOD


From: Randy
To: God

re: Was Bush appointed by You?

You've probably been too busy lately to notice that You haven't been hearing from me. Nothing personal. It's just that I didn't want to interfere with Your busy schedule of answering prayers and talking to specific Americans. I hear that 2.8 million people in the Presidential Prayer Team pray to you on behalf of one George W. Bush every day. (For protecting his health, I also thank You, and 31% of America thanks You--the 31% who know who the Vice-President is.)

I guess things would have been easier on You if Jesus had set up an earthly kingdom or if America's Founding Fathers had written the Constitution the way You wanted it. (Did You feel dissed when they didn't even mention Your name in the entire document, nor in the Amendments--unless You count that little formality, In The Year Of Our Lord Seventeen Hundred Eighty Seven)?

The Founding Fathers should have, but didn't, recognize Sunday as a day of rest, and Christmas as a federal holiday. They should have, but didn't, put In God We Trust on our coins. The decidely un-Christian Lincoln did that in 1862. They should have put under God in the Pledge of Allegiance, but that didn't happen till 1954. The Founding Fathers didn't even have a Pledge of Allegiance. (Go figure.) It was 1935 before the image of Moses was carved in the Supreme Court chambers, and even then he was only one of 17 lawgivers--Mohammed, Confucius, Buddha and others. But things are moving faster toward the theocratizing of America and the re-writing of our history now that You have given us George W. Bush.

President Bush says You talk to him a lot and tell him what to do. Which just goes to show how much I know: here I was thinking the world was on its current course because corporate America needed the military muscle to advance their financial interests across globe, evangelicals needed political muscle to turn America into the theocracy that You wanted in the first place, and George W. Bush needed to prove his was larger than his father's. (If you know what I mean.)

I wish You'd talk to me sometime. Or send me a vision. Because I'd like to hear Your version of why You picked George W. Bush to head Your Kingdom on Earth instead of, say, John Belushi, who shared many of the same character traits at a certain point in time. I'm not saying that You shouldn't have saved Bush and let Belushi o.d. But if we're going to have an Animal House administration in the White House, why not pick the original?

I apologize for not showing up in church lately, but I'm not sure which one is Yours. The last time I went, I don't know if You were there or not. It was a fabulous church building with a lovely lobby and in that lobby on a golden easel was a life-size portrait of George W. Bush. Not You. Not Jesus. Not Uncle Sam. Not Pastor. It was   G e o r g e   W.   B u s h   flanked by an American flag and a Cross.

Some churches have the version where Washington and Lincoln have their hands on Bush's shoulders. I've seen church literature where the Cross was draped in an American flag--which leaves out a lot of other people but, hey, You had to make a choice and You chose us.

I hope You're not ticked off at me, but I just can't make myself go back to that church. You being who You are and all, I know You know how bad I felt when I saw Bush where Jesus ought to be.

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"George Bush was not elected by a majority of voters in the U.S. He was appointed by God." --General William Boykin

"God speaks through me." --George W. Bush, July, 2004

"I saw George Bush in church settings -- and he was a master. He was marvelously successful in talking their language..." --Wayne Slater, Dallas Morning News

"God would tell me, 'George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan'. And I did. And then God would tell me 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq'. And I did." --George W. Bush

"...the United States was called to bring God’s gift of liberty to every human being in the world.” --George W. Bush

"And now, again, I feel God's words coming to me..." --George W. Bush




BUSH'S UNCLE BUCKY MAKES A FEW BUCKS OFF THE WAR


A few months before George W. Bush became President, his Uncle Bucky Bush became a board member of defense contractor ESSI. The firm is now under investigation by the Pentagon for its performance on $158-million of no-bid contracts in Iraq. Uncle Bucky and the company are also being investigated by the SEC for allegedly backdating some stock options which Uncle Bucky cashed in last month for $450,000.

Because of his ESSI holdings alone, Uncle Bucky has made some $2.7 million in cash and stocks from the Iraq war. But ESSI isn't his only profit center related to the war: Uncle Bucky is also part owner of Lord Abbett and Company, which owns 8-million shares of Halliburton stock and 4.7 million dollars worth of Halliburton mutual funds.

This war has been extremely profitable for the Bushes--as have all the wars in the world since 1914. Uncle Bucky has close connections with three former CIA Directors, including his big brother, George H.W. Bush. (Click here to see Uncle Bucky's photo with fraternity mates Porter Goss and John Negroponte: http://www.infowars.com/articles/occult/uncle_bucky.htm )

UNCLE BUCKY'S FRIEND PORTER GOSS

Like George H.W. Bush, Porter Goss is a former CIA agent. He was head of the House Intelligence Committee for the first five years of the George W. Bush Administration, but refused to investigate the pre-war intelligence that the Bush Administration cherry-picked and mischaracterized in the run-up to the war. Goss opposed creation of the 9/11 Commission ... Bush 43 appointed Goss CIA Director and forced him to resign less than two years later for reasons not yet revealed.

UNCLE BUCKY'S FRIEND JOHN NEGROPONTE

George W. Bush appointed Uncle Bucky's other fraternity mate, John Negroponte as the first National Intelligence Director. Negroponte also filled the positions of Ambassador to Iraq and Ambassador to the United Nations. Negroponte helped run George H.W. Bush's rogue operations in the Iran-Contra affair in the 80's.... Bush 43 demoted Negroponte to Assistant Secretary of State after two years as Intelligence Czar.


NEIL BUSH ANSWERS THE PHONE FOR $1666.666 PER HOUR

Before war was even declared, before the first bomb fell on the first building in Baghdad, NEW BRIDGE STRATEGIES began selling access to officials who would hand out the rebuilding contracts.

NEW BRIDGE STRATEGIES was formed by Bush-Cheney 2000 Campaign Director Joe Allbaugh, who resigned as head of FEMA in March, 2003, (turning the job over to Michael "Heckuva Job, Brownie" Brown.)

NEW BRIDGE STRATEGIES operated out of the same office space as the lobbying firm of Barbour, Griffith and Rogers--whose principals included bigtime lobbyist and former Republican Chairman Haley Barbour and former Bush 41 White House Political Director Ed Rogers.

In 1991, both Barbour and Rogers had been hired by Saudi Sheikh Kamal Adham, a former Saudi intellegence chief who ran BCCI, the bank that the U.S. Senate called the largest criminal organization on earth. They were paid $600,000 to do "not much of anything" according to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee Report on BCCI--(the Kerrey Committee. )

NEW BRIDGE STRATEGIES hired the president's brother, Neil Bush, as a consultant for $60,000 per year. Neil, in his divorce deposition the following year, said his only duties were to answer the telephones at the New Bridge office two or three hours per month. (Assuming the maximum, three hours per month, Neil was working 36 hours per year for $1666.666 per hour.)
This was only one of his many connections to firms that profited from the Iraq War.
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MARVIN BUSH'S COMPANIES HELPED MAKE 9/11 POSSIBLE

The Bush family's global network of business ties can best be summed up with the old phrase "Now you see 'em, now you don't." They buy into, or are given directorships in, companies that own the companies that morph into other companies that change their names in order to minimize public scrutiny.

The Bush family gene pool is much diminished from the days when the current generation's great-grandfather provided 67% of all the ammunition used by all sides in World War I. Marvin, Neil and Jeb do little more (now that Jeb is no longer a governor) than sit on boards of directors, appointed because of their famous family name and their father's ability to call in favors (including large infusions of cash) when one of the boys begins to lose money.

Many of these favors come from the Middle East, where (in one way or another,) entire kingdoms owe their existence to George H.W. Bush, who saved the Kuwaitis and the Saudis from Saddam, saved Saddam from Iran and where his father Prescott Bush re-opened the oil fields after World War I, and his grandfather George Herbert Walker armed the Arabs for several generations.

It is little wonder, then, that the current president's younger brother Marvin was involved in so many of the Middle East-funded companies that could have been (but weren't) investigated after 9/11:

Marvin Bush and cousin Wirt D. Walker III, exported airplanes from their company, General Aviation, to the only civilian flight training center in the Middle East: National Civilian Aviation Training Organization in Giza, Egypt. Giza was the hometown of 9/11 lead hijacker Mohammed Atta.

Marvin was also on the board of Securacom (later known as Stratesec) and Wirt was Chairman of the Board. Securacom was a subsidiary of Kuwait-American, another company on whose board Marvin served while Wirt was Managing Director. The Saudis had a stake in Kuwait-American. The company's annual meeting took place in the Saudi government's suite at the Watergate in Washington, D.C.

Securacom, before being fired for incompetence, handled security at the World Trade Center. They were still on the job on a "completion contract" on 9/11.

Securacom handled security at Dulles Airport, where Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon took off. Securacom was in the unusual situation of also insuring an airline at that same airport: United.

Marvin was on the board of Houston Casualty Company, now known as HCC. Houston Casualty was the re-insurer of the companies that insured the World Trade Center.

Also in the Watergate, along with Kuwait-American, is Riggs Bank. Marvin's Uncle Jonathon Bush is on Riggs board of directors. Riggs is the bank that Bush best-friend Prince Bandar's wife used to funnel money to the two young men in San Diego with whom two of the 9/11 hijackers lived. One of the young men who lived with the hijackers and accepted money from Princess Haifa al Faisal was an FBI informant.

The President's father, former President George H.W. Bush was a highly-paid advisor of the Carlyle Group. He was meeting in Washington with other Carlyle investors on the morning of 9/11. Among those at his breakfast meeting was Osama bin Laden's brother.

Later that week, when all nonmilitary traffic in American airspace had been shut down, Salem bin Laden and other Saudis (two planeloads of them) were allowed to fly home to Saudi Arabia, home of 15 of the 19 hijackers. No one else was allowed to leave.

It helps if your business partners are the Bushes.

Marvin Bush was never called to testify about his role in the companies that insured and secured the World Trade Center, secured Dulles Airport and United Airlines, nor about the company that sent planes to the flight school in Mohammed Atta's home town in Egypt.

It helps if your brother is the president.

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“When you have a security contract, you know the inner workings of everything.” --Wayne Black, security consultant


THE ALBERTO GONZALES BOOK

To: Alberto
From: Randy

re: let's do a book

Hey, Fredo, if you decide to "resign" as Attorney General, why don't we do a book together! I'll do the typing. All you'll have to do is kick back with a six pack and reminisce. Your memory could be a gold mine, dude!

We could start with your nickname--how George W thought it was funny to name his top legal advisor after the Consiglieri in The Godfather: Fredo. Cute--in a frat-house kind of way. Scary in a Freudian sense.

People have already written about how you kept his drunk-driving record under wraps, which helped him get the presidential nomination, so no need to rehash that. But there's all that other stuff that you saw...

You can tell how 9/11 seemed like a gift to certain insiders. You know about the fabrication of the WMD story. You've got the scoop on the no-bid contracts. The no-oversight congress. The know-nothing media. The anti-science crusade.

It would be fascinating to get your inside view on how those around George W use his weaknesses to control him while letting him think he's "the decider."

Let's write about the lies, alibis, code words and double-talk on everything from the war to New Orleans to Plamegate to the U.S. Attorneys scandal.

We could do his temper, too. Not many people write about his temper; like how he tells his aides to "Go fuck yourselves!" when he stalks out of meetings.

You've seen the warning signs about his mental state, the vacant stares, the rants, the rambling, and you know about the anti-depressants.

Yep, you've had a seat at the table, Fredo. You've witnessed it all. So why don't I just stock the fridge with Corona. And as soon as you get fired--I mean, resign--just come on over and grab a long cool one and start talking. I'll do the writing.

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"This is not some manager at McDonald’s chewing out the help. This is the president of the United States, and it’s not a pleasant sight.” --anonymous Republican operative quoted by Doug Thompson 11/05

“....What scares me is if (Bush) lapses into one of those fogs during a public appearance.” --anonymous Republican operative quoted by Doug Thompson 11/05


THE HELPLESS EXPLODING FROGS OF MIDLAND COUNTY

Putting a firecracker up a frog's ass was not an easy thing to do, but little George Bush of Midland County, Texas was determined. "Watch this one!" he told his friends as he lit the firecracker, reared back and threw the frog as high as he could. The frog exploded and young George leapt into the air like the cheerleader he would become. "Wahooo!"

America knows about this because of those friends. Little George's friends (not his enemies) revealed this pastime to biographers, not realizing anyone would find it aberrant.

After heavy rains, when water built up in the dip behind the Bush house in Midland, Texas, in the 1950's and the early 60's, thousands of frogs came out and Little George and his best friends gathered for the manly sport of killing them with firecrackers (when available) or BB guns.

Studies show that childhood cruelty to animals is the mark of psychopaths. But Little George didn't stop with animals. He was the frat boy who scarred pledges with heated coat hangers. (Childish prank or true cruelty?) He became the governor who mocked Texas' first woman to be put to death by the state: "Oh, Governor, please don't kill me!" he said, imitating Karla Faye Tucker's voice. And then he was, somehow, President of the United States, walking around his office as he waited for the first bombs to hit Baghdad, saying, "Boy, this is going to be good!"

What kind of man is George W. Bush? "Not a very introspective man," says wife Laura. He doesn't spend a lot of time thinking about things. He just decides a matter and then sticks with his decision.

Little George is the most-arrested President in the history of the United States--and not just in the term of arrested development. He was arrested twice at Yale--(once for stealing a nativity scene.) He was arrested twice for drunken driving. Several biographers say he had an off-the-record cocaine arrest and was doing community service during one of his long absences from the Texas Air National Guard before switching to the Alabama Guard. But there is no paper trail. His sister-in-law, Neil's former wife, said he used cocaine. He admits to being an alcoholic.

We shouldn't have been so surprised when Little George authorized torture as a policy of the United States of America.

"Distrust everyone in whom the impulse to punish is powerful."-- Friedrich Nietzsche

BOY GEORGE'S WAR


When George W. Bush was a boy, he put firecrackers inside live frogs, lit the fuses and threw the frogs into the air. There must have been shock and awe--the frogs were shocked, the boys were awed--as frog guts rained down on the boy George and his friends.

In a Vanity Fair article during the 2000 campaign, Gail Sheehy described the way Bush competes...

...childhood friends recalled a little tyrant who needled and distracted opponents, mocked them, cheated, changed the rules, wanted do-overs.

Imagine such a boy in charge of a nation's diplomacy. And running a war.
The shock and awe are on a grander scale now--a billion dollars a day--and the guts he's scattering aren't frog guts any more.

But, Congress, beware: he's still the same boy. And you're his opponent now.

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"George runs his mouth constantly. He's making fun of your last shot, mocking you, needling you, goading you--he never shuts up." --Roland Betts, Yale classmate

"It fit his needs. He couldn't lose." --Doug Hannah, childhood friend

"If you were playing basketball and you were playing to 11 and he was down, you went to 15." --Doug Hannah

"In reality we all know who won, but George always wants to go further to see what happens. George would say 'Play that one over' or 'I wasn't quite ready.'" --former MGM chairman Bo Polk Jr., family friend.

"That boy is going to have optical rectosis--a shitty outlook on life." --Barbara Bush

THE FETUS IN THE JAR WAS NOT IN THE LIBRARY

Barbara Bush disputes an incident in her son's memoir. George W. Bush wrote that his mom put a miscarried fetus in a jar and showed it to him. On Larry King Live this week, the former first lady said, "I didn't put it in the jar" and it wasn't as if it was "in the library, on display."

She said that Paula the housekeeper put it in the jar and showed it to Little George.  

And we wonder why this boy grew up emotionally stunted....

THE MOST DEFIANT PRESIDENT


George W. Bush is the product of an absent father and a harsh, hypercritical mother. When he was seven, his four-year-old sister Robin died and there was no funeral. Leaving Little George behind, his parents went to Maine where they skipped a memorial service for their daughter and played golf.

Meanwhile, back in Texas, did Little George feel guilty? Unloved? Scared? Abandoned?

If he felt driven to prove himself worthy so that he wouldn't be made to disappear like Robin, it must have been extremely frustrating; for how could he be worthy of someone as accomplished as his father?

Big George and Barbara sent him to finishing school at Andover where pictures of Big George were on the wall of heroes. Little George did poorly.

They sent him to Yale where Big George had been a star first-baseman. Little George became a cheerleader.

Big George went to war. Little George avoided war. Big George flew bombing missions in the Pacific and won a medal. Little George joined the National Guard, didn't show up for drills and had his flying privileges revoked.

Big George had an oil company and spied for the CIA. Little George had an oil company and fell flat on his face. Big George ran for Congress and got elected twice. Little George ran for Congress and got humiliated.

Ahhh, but Big George wouldn't kow-tow to the Christian Right and they rejected him as "too moderate." Little George befriended them and learned to speak their code.

Big George refused to go to Baghdad. Little George went all the way.

Big George let Saddam Hussein live to fight another day. Little George watched the hanging of his father's old friend and associate on the Internet--all but the hanging part, he said, because somebody told him it was too gruesome, though Little George was not previously known for squeamishness. (As is often the case, he wants it both ways: he watched the hanging, but not the hanging.)

Big George had only one term as president. Little George won twice.

In a needless putdown, Little George told Bob Woodward that he never asks Big George for advice. "I call on a higher father," he said.

Dr. Justin Frank, M.D., author of Bush On The Couch, thinks Little George turns everyone who disagrees with him into a "concrete representation" of his father and then defies them.

Defiance is Little George's strongest personality trait.

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PATHOLOGICAL: GEORGE W. BUSH & HENRY LEE LUCAS

Texas Governor George W. Bush sent more inmates to their deaths (152) than any governor since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976. (A record since eclipsed by Rick Perry.)

Some of the 152 were convicted on the basis of a single eyewitness watching from a distance in the dark. Some had alibis. Some had lawyers who slept in court or showed up stoned. Sixty of their 152 lawyers have since been disbarred for incompetence.

In clemency appeals, Bush didn't sweat the details. All he wanted was a single written sentence about each case. His attorney Alberto Gonzales composed the only sentence the governor would see and submitted it on a page that contained a line on which the governor could check GRANTED or DENIED.

All but one of these clemency appeals were denied: all but that of Henry Lee Lucas.

Lucas was the sociopath who committed an unknown number of murders, was convicted of eleven, but confessed to hundreds of others.

Lucas sometimes made the Texas Rangers believe a confession...believe his recantation...and believe his confession again...all for the same crime. They knew better, but couldn't seem to help themselves. (Sociopaths are natural-born persuaders.)

This was but one of the personality traits Lucas shared with the man who spared his life, George W. Bush. Other similarities include:

As children, Henry Lee Lucas and George W. Bush both tortured small animals. 

As adults, Henry Lee and George W. both tortured others. (google: bush torture) 

Both became charming (they had the same smirk.)

Both were deceitful, strong-willed, substance-abusing men with long blank periods in their life stories. 

Both were deeply dissociative.

"Once I've done a crime, I just forget it. I go from crime to crime." --Henry Lee Lucas

"I don't sit around and psychoanalyze myself all the time." --George W. Bush

"...only the fool can permanently disregard the conditions of his own nature. In fact, this negligence is the best means of making him an instrument of evil." --Karl Jung

"They think I'm stupid, but before this is all over everyone will know who's really stupid." --Henry Lee Lucas

"They misunderestimate me." --George W. Bush

"You don't understand me... You are not capable of it." --Richard Ramirez, the 'Night Stalker'

"At some time I have start(ed) to hear funny voices, like a person calling me, but no one call me." --Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, the 'Railroad Killer'

"God would tell me, 'George, go and fight those terrorists in Afghanistan.' And I did, and then God would tell me, 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq' And I did..."--George W. Bush

"It's more of a shadow than anything else. You know it's a human being, but yet you can't accept it..."--Henry Lee Lucas

"Why should we hear about body bags and deaths? Oh, I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?" --Barbara Bush

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"I think it is nothing short of unbelievable that the governor of a major state running for president thought it was acceptable to mock a woman (Karla Faye Tucker) he decided to put to death." --Gary Bauer, Republican Presidential hopeful

"Had I known that the 40-page petition I filed would be boiled down to one slipshod sentence in Mr. Gonzales's memo, I would simply have filed a one-sentence petition." --Jim Marcus, attorney for a Texas death-row inmate


THE GEORGE-WHISPERERS

America was shocked and awed by the ignorance of George W. Bush during his first campaign for president. He couldn't name the leaders of several of the world's most dangerous countries--"that Kim guy in North Korea;"  and "that general in Pakistan, him."

He stunk up the debates with his ignorance. But the corporate press painted him as a likable guy--"someone you'd like to have a beer with." They let him off easy and he ended up in the White House.

As president, he was out of his depth. His staff shielded him from the press. He rode his bike. He cut underbrush with chain saws. (Pretty good photo ops for a former cheerleader, huh?) He showed up with a busted lip and a large bruise on his cheek claiming he had fainted while eating pretzels alone in the White House. (With all the substances he had consumed over the years, a pretzel almost did him in?) The story went unquestioned by all except the comedians.

When informed America was under attack on 9/11, he sat for seven more minutes reading a children's book, a deer caught in the headlights--although the Washington Post wrote that a glint of determination appeared on his cheek.

The media gave him a pass for those seven minutes; for leaving them behind when he scurried to Air Force One for the flight to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana; for hiding out overnight at Offutt Air Base in Nebraska while Cheney ran the country.

They gave him a pass for everything in those days and for a long time afterward. They lionized him for grabbing a bullhorn from a fireman in the ruins of the World Trade Center and yelling to the crowd, "I hear you!" (Which was about as eloquent as the former cheerleader ever got on his own.)

George W. Bush got his knowledge in bits and pieces, didn't like briefing papers (see "Al Qaeda Determined to Strike At U.S.") He got his information verbally in three minute increments. Five tops. He often shocked the presenters by asking no questions.

He dealt with new realities with the terror of a wild-eyed mustang backed into a corner.

The people who decided what he should think whispered in his ear that he was the decider. And he was so proud of it he blurted it out to the public and became a laughingstock.

But the things they let him decide--the need for "a new Pearl Harbor," an arms buildup, the oil conquest, world domination--were not laughing matters.

Henry Kissinger was one of the people who had George W's ear like a horse-whisperer training an unruly colt.

In 1975, while Kissinger was Secretary of State, he proposed (under the pseudonym Miles Ignotus) a plan to invade Iraq and seize their oil fields and "bring in Texans and Oklahomans to operate them." (The article was published in Harper's magazine.)

Bob Woodward revealed that Kissinger occasionally dropped in to see George W. in the White House, always urging him to "stay the course" in Iraq.

Kissinger (Bush's first choice to head the 9/11 Commission) held memberships in numerous organizations alongside members of Project For A New American Century. This group was on record as wanting a "new Pearl Harbor"--like "Miles Ignotus," they wanted to use that as an excuse to invade Iraq.

Members of the Project For A New American Century who came to work in the George W. Bush Administration included:

--Dick Cheney
--Donald Rumsfeld
--Scooter Libby (google: libby fall guy)
--Paul Wolfowitz (google: wolfowitz total war)
--Richard Perle (google: prince of darkness)
--Douglas Feith (google: dumbest fucking man on the planet)

Other members of Project For A New American Century included:

--Jeb Bush
--Dan Quayle (google: quayle bush eli lilly)
--Bill Kristol (google: kristol fanatic)
--Bill Bennett (google: bennett abort black babies)
--Frank Gaffney (google: frank gaffney nuts)

George W. Bush appointed all the above to his Defense Advisory Board, along with John Bolton, Zalmay Khalilzad and others. The Defense Advisory Board held a two-day meeting after the 9/11 attacks and came up with a war plan for Iraq. It was Kissinger's Miles Ignotus plan from 1975.

George W. told an interviewer that he rejected this advice. Perhaps he did. But he also accepted it: the facts show he executed it to a "T" seventeen months later.

War contracts worth $79 billion dollars were steered to members of the Defense Advisory Board in 2003-2004 alone. (Chairman Doug Feith said this was "ok" since they never discussed their business ties when having meetings to make defense recommendations.)

Many other members of Project For A New American Century were also members of the Defense Policy Board. Virtually the same group also operated as the American Enterprise Institute and the Center For Security Policy.

These were the people who must have secretly rejoiced when America was attacked on 9/11, for we finally had not just an enemy but one that was nowhere and everywhere all at once. (google: one percent doctrine) Perhaps that was what was going through George W's mind as he sat in that Florida classroom reading a children's book for seven minutes after being informed that "America has been attacked."

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“This is total war. We are fighting a variety of enemies. There are lots of them out there. All this talk about first we are going to do Afghanistan, then we will do Iraq... this is entirely the wrong way to go about it. If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war... our children will sing great songs about us years from now.” --Richard Perle, Chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board, member of Project For A New American Century

“The process of transformation (of the U.S.) is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event—like a new Pearl Harbor.” --Project For A New American Century, Statement of Principles

“Without some disaster or catastrophic event” the politicians would not have approved." --Christopher Maletz, Assistant Director, Project For A New American Century

"Two years ago a project set up by the men who now surround George W. Bush said what America needed was a new Pearl Harbor. Its published aims have, alarmingly, come true." --John Pilger, journalist

“This is a blueprint for U.S. world domination—a new world order of their making.” --Tam Dalyell, British Member of Parliament

“These are the thought processes of fantasist Americans who want to control the world." --Tam Dalyell, British Member of Parliament

“This is garbage from think-tanks stuffed with chicken-hawks, men who have never seen the horror of war but are in love with the idea of war." --Tam Dalyell, British Member of Parliament

"Military history is full of surprises, even if few are as dramatic or memorable as Pearl Harbor. Surprises happen so often, that it is surprising that we're still surprised by it." --Paul Wolfowitz 6/01 (3 months before 9/11)

"For bureaucratic reasons we settled on one issue, weapons of mass destruction, because it was the one reason everyone could agree on." --Paul Wolfowitz

"[There is] a phenomenon in intelligence work that people who are pursuing a certain hypothesis will see certain facts that others won't, and not see other facts that others will." --Paul Wolfowitz

"(Perle) was saying how Colin Powell was being a wuss because he was overly concerned with the lives of the troops, and I said, 'Look ..., he's supposed to think that way!' And Perle didn't agree with me on that. People like that worry me." --Tom Clancy, author

"One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief." --George W. Bush



A MADMAN WITH WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

"Today the world faces a single man armed with weapons of mass destruction, manifesting an aggressive, bullying attitude, who may well plunge the world into chaos and bloodshed if he miscalculates. This person, belligerent, arrogant, and sure of himself, truly is the most dangerous person on Earth. The problem is that his name is George W. Bush, and he is our president." --Jack M. Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Ammendment, Yale Law School

"His actions and his orders, especially about Iran, seem to be telling us that he will stop at nothing to prove his dominance. The elder Bush(es), Scrowcroft, Baker, and their friends, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gerson, and the neocons have made the monster and in the process endangered the country, the Constitution, and the world..." --Jane Smiley

"Almost as tragic as the attacks themselves, President Bush turned the nation and the world down a path of darkness, tragedy and more death. .... It's difficult to image now that the people of Iran -- an 'axis of evil' nation -- held massive candlelight vigils honoring our fallen citizens." --Bob Cesca

"We have a bona fide madman now, who thinks of himself in a grandiose way as single-handedly turning the tide of history." --Jane Smiley




THE ILLITERACY LEVEL OF OUR PRESIDENT ARE APPALLING

We've had uneducated Presidents--Andrew Jackson (often considered one of the "greats") said that anyone who spelled things the same way every time was showing a lack of imagination. Andrew Johnson never attended school--his wife taught him to read. Harry Truman didn't go to college--though he took some law courses after becoming a senator. Bush is the opposite of all the above: he has a formal education but can't, or won't read.

"I glance at the headlines...I rarely read the stories." — George W. Bush, Oct. 14, 2004, Fox News interview

 Childhood friends, Harvard and Yale classmates, staffers from his governorship and his Presidency, as well as several biographers say that he hates to read. He doesn't keep books in his office. He doesn't like to study reports. He wants his information delivered verbally.

"The best way to get the news is from objective sources. And the most objective sources I have are people on my staff who tell me what's happening in the world." — George W. Bush, Oct. 14, 2004, Fox News interview

"I get briefed by people who have probably read the news themselves." — George W. Bush, Oct. 14, 2004, Fox News interview

Although the President doesn't carry his own luggage, he conspicuously toted a biography of George Washington and several other weighty books to his helicopter en route to one of his many vacations in Crawford. He later told a visiting dignitary at the White House, "There's a picture of George Washington. I just read a book about him. He was our first President."

That seemed to be all he could remember from the biography he allegedly read.

Bush told 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley, "I'm reading a book on Washington landmarks." (Thank goodness for coffee-table books with lots of pictures!)

"[T]he illiteracy level of our children are appalling."— George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Jan. 23, 2004

"There's an old saying in Tennessee—I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can't get fooled again."— George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

"Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness." — George W. Bush, CNN online chat, August 30, 2000

"That woman who knew I had dyslexia-I never interviewed her." — George W. Bush, reacting to a Vanity Fair story

"It's in our country's interests to find those who would do harm to us and get them
out of harm's way." — George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005

"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." — George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

"There's no doubt in my mind that we should allow the world worst leaders to hold America hostage, to threaten our peace, to threaten our friends and allies with the world's worst weapons." — George W. Bush , South Bend, Ind., Sept. 5, 2002

"Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN's aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country."--George W. Bush, Sept. 6, 2004, Poplar Bluff, Mo.

"They want the federal government controlling Social Security like it's some kind of federal program." — George W. Bush, St. Charles, Missouri, November 2, 2000

"... free societies will be allies against these hateful few who have no conscience, who kill at the whim of a hat." — George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Sept. 17, 2004

"It's a time of sorrow and sadness when we lose a loss of life." — George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 21, 2004

"I am mindful not only of preserving executive powers for myself, but for predecessors as well." — George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., January 29, 2001

"Will the highways on the Internet become more few?"— George W. Bush, Concord, New Hampshire, January 29, 2000

"More and more of our imports come from overseas." — George W. Bush, Beaverton, Ore., Sep. 25, 2000

"I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question."— George W. Bush, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, October 4, 2000

"It was just inebriating what Midland was all about then." — George W. Bush, a 1994 interview, as quoted in First Son, by Bill Minutaglio

"I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family." — George W. Bush, Greater Nashua, New Hampshire, January 27, 2000

GOV. BUSH: " I talked to my little brother, Jeb—I haven't told this to many people. But he's the governor of—I shouldn't call him my little brother—my brother, Jeb, the great governor of Texas."

JIM LEHRER: "Florida."

GOV. BUSH: "Florida. The state of the Florida".—The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer, April 27, 2000

"They misunderestimated me."— George W. Bush, Bentonville, Ark., November 6, 2000

Finally, from the "many a true word was spoken in jest" department:

"If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator. — George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., December 18, 2000


A FITTING EPITAPH

3/26/04

To: George W.
From: Randy

If I were your speechwriter, I would never have written that skit you did for the Radio/TV News Correspondents dinner last night. Did you really think it was funny, looking under your desk and saying, "Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be here somewhere." ??

The tone-deaf correspondents yukked it up like it was the funniest thing they'd ever heard. Your other line was, "Nope, no weapons over there. Maybe under here." You looked under an end table and the network correspondents laughed some more.

That was the one time I wished I'd been your speechwriter because, had it had been up to me, I'd have changed the subject rather than let you offend the families of those who died for your lie.

(Between November 27, 2002 and March 18, 2003, some 500 inspectors from the U.N. and the I.A.E.A. conducted 900 inspections in Iraq. They found neither weapons of mass destruction nor programs for producing them. You declared war anyway and the United Nations withdrew the inspectors. Nobody except Fox News found any weapons of mass destruction. All anybody else could find was mass destruction. )

I'm glad you and the news correspondents thought the topic was funny because most folks thought it wasn't. As far as I'm concerned, it could be your epitaph:

"Those weapons of mass destruction have got to be here somewhere. Nope, no weapons under there. Maybe under here."

If your headstone's not big enough for those three punch lines, maybe "Still looking" would suffice.

"One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge -- even to ourselves -- that we've been so credulous." --Carl Sagan

"Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof — the smoking gun— that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud." --George W. Bush, Cincinnati, 10/7/02

"If we know Saddam Hussein has dangerous weapons today — and we do — does it make any sense for the world to wait to confront him as he grows even stronger and develops even more dangerous weapons?" --George W. Bush, Cincinnati, 10/7/02

"Saddam Hussein and his weapons are a direct threat to this country, to our people, and to all free people." --George W. Bush, 2/8/03, weekly radio address

"Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised." --George W. Bush, 3/6/03, press conference

"Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction." --George W. Bush, 3/17/03

"We found the weapons of mass destruction. We found biological laboratories . . . and we’ll find more weapons as time goes on. But for those who say we haven’t found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, we found them." --George W. Bush, 5/3/03, press conference

"For more than a decade, Saddam Hussein went to great lengths to hide his weapons from the world. And in the regime’s final days, documents and suspected weapons sites were looted and burned. Yet all who know the dictator’s history agree that he possessed chemical and biological weapons and that he used chemical weapons in the past." --George W. Bush, 5/3/03, interview on Polish TV

"I am confident that Saddam Hussein had a weapons of mass destruction program." --George W. Bush, 6/21/03, radio address


 WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD SEND 363 TONS OF CASH INTO A WAR ZONE?

Why did the U.S. send  planeloads (more than 363 tons) of hundred dollar bills to Iraq at a time when Paul Bremer had only spent 1/2 billion of the $21 billion in rebuilding funds that had been officially appropriated by Congress?

Simple: Congress passed a law requiring the Bush Administration to account for how the $21 billion was to be used.

Screw that! Accountability be damned!

Somehow (from the Federal Reserve and other sources) agencies of the U.S. Government came up with billions in cash--untold tons of hundred dollar bills shrink-wrapped, on pallets--and shipped it to Iraq in giant cargo planes. Bremer used the cash, instead of what Congress appropriated, to do whatever it was he did with rebuilding funds in a nation that didn't get rebuilt.

How much is 363 tons of $100 bills? $12 billion.
That's how much cash was flown into Iraq while L. Paul (Jerry) Bremer was head of the Coalition Provisional Authority (May, 2003-June, 2004).

Bremer says he paid Iraqi salaries and pensions with it, but didn't get receipts.

Between December, 2003, and June, 2004, Bremer kept a $600-million "slush fund." $200-million of the cash was kept in a spare room in one of Saddam's palaces. The soldier who had the key to that room says he kept it in his backpack ...and left his backpack on his desk each day when he went to lunch.

Republicans didn't care. The prevailing attitude was expressed by Representative turned lobbyist and now Senator Dan Burton (2-6-07): "We are in a war against terrorists, to have a blame meeting isn't...constructive."

Henry Waxman asked, "Who in their right mind would send 363 tons of cash into a war zone? But that's exactly what our government did."

Who in their right mind, indeed!

  

 

WOULD YOU LIKE SOME TERRORISM ON THAT PIZZA?

The FBI is getting good at pizza stings...

In August, 2004, with John Kerry leading in the polls, the FBI swooped in on pizza parlor owner Mohammed Hossain in Albany, New York, arresting him and Yassin Aref, the Imam at the mosque Hossain attended. The FBI had offered Hossain $60,000 to remodel his restaurant if he would deliver a fake shoulder launched rocket to some fake terrorists to use in a non-existent murder plot. (The case made great headlines, undoubtedly scaring up more soccer mom votes for Bush.)

Hossain was convicted of money-laundering and related charges this year and sentenced to 15 years in jail. Aref was convicted of knowing about it and also sentenced to 15 years. The judge said he could have sentenced them to 30, but cut it in half... because the plot was presented to them, they did not seek it out.

"I was just a pizza man. I did not know about terrorists and terrorism, and shooting and bombing."--Mohammed Hossain

"This case is the furthest the government has ever gone on a sting operation. They knew Mohammed Hossain was not committing crimes, and their object was to get him to commit a crime." --Kevin Luibrand, Mohammed Hossain's attorney

"An opportunity was provided to these individuals, there is no question it was a test - and these individuals failed these tests, dramatically." --Glenn Suddaby, U.S. Attorney, Northern New York
The arrest was good timing for President Bush--almost as if someone at the FBI was watching out for him.

Fast-forward to May, 2007...

George W. Bush's approval rating hit an all-time low in the polls.

Ergo--another pizza guy was arrested by the FBI. This one in New Jersey, where he was allegedly scouting out Fort Dix in preparation for an armed attack by six Albanians. (*Yes, pizza delivery boys are allowed on a heavily-guarded, high-security U.S. military training base.)

As for whether the FBI (like the Justice Department of which it is a part) is devoted to the political success of Bush, let the facts speak for themselves: When Bush is at his lowest, there's always a pizza sting to distract the media and scare your mama.


THE PRESIDENT NEEDS A TERRORISM ARREST

Anytime the media spotlight shows George W. Bush wriggling like a worm at the end of a hook over some scandal like the U.S. Attorney firings, it can only mean one thing: a "major" terrorism arrest is coming soon.

Therefore....

In the next few days, some poor schmoes will be arrested by the FBI and accused of plotting a terrorist attack.

They'll either have foreign-sounding names or be members of a storefront church or mosque in a poor neighborhood in a major city.

The victim or victims will have recently met a new friend, an FBI undercover agent, who had appeared out of nowhere, spouting anti-American sentiments and giving them money to expand their pizza joint or to buy new Nikes. Whatever he said, they agreed with once they realized this is what they had to do to keep the money flowing. He gave them FBI money to pass along to FBI imposters to do something bad, something cooked up entirely by the FBI tricksters, such as blow up the Pakistani ambassador, or a bridge, or a Pizza Hut. Whatever. It wasn't their idea. They went on a spending spree with some of the loot and could have cared less what the rest was used for.

The U.S. Attorney scandal will get less coverage, because the arrest of these unsuspecting schmucks on terrorism charges will become "Breaking News" on cable news channels, the lead story on network news, front page in all the papers. The Attorney General or the Secretary of Homeland Security --or as sometimes happens, both, in a joint appearance--will announce that a major threat has been averted. They'll accuse these suckers of being members of al Qaeda.

George W will make a speech and say that this is a good example of why we need to stay in Iraq--fight them there so they won't come here. (If you realize that we ARE still in Iraq, but these guys were already OVER HERE...well, that's only a problem if you can't believe two opposing thoughts at once.)

The poor slobs who get arrested are in for a tough couple of years. They may or may not get legal representation right away. Or be able to see their families. By the time some judge lets them go, their lives will be ruined. If they had anything to lose, they will have lost it.

The time for a new terrorism arrest is nigh. The U.S. Attorney scandal is getting worse. And there's still some coverage of the Walter Reed scandal, the Valerie Plame scandal, and things in Iraq aren't all that swell.

The President desperately needs a terrorism arrest.

If somebody shows up at my church and asks me what size basketball shoe I wear, or offers me money to open my own pizza joint, I'm going to be very, very cautious.

 

 

 

NO TERRORISM WAS IMMINENT, BUT THE ELECTION WAS!

 

There can't be a war on terror unless we uncover some plots.  So every few months, the President announces a new one. Or recycles an old one, as he did in the State of the Union

Muslim playboy and high-ranking Al Qaeda member Khalid Shaikh Mohammed does things on a grandiose scale. He buzzed an office building in the Phillipines with a helicopter to impress a woman he was trying to seduce. It was also in the Phillipines (in the 1990's,) that he hatched a plan to blow up 11 airliners over the Pacific and to crash another into the Library Tower in Los Angeles. He left the plans (and his many lovely ladies) and dropped out of sight when his Manila apartment caught fire. Phillipine police found his files and announced his plot to the world.

In 2003, Khalid was arrested in Islamabad. By the Pakistanis. Acting alone. THEY caught him. WE didn't. President Bush said this is proof that AMERICA is winning the war on "terrism." A. He said it last week in the State of the Union address. B. He said it last year (referring to the same 1990's-era plot) when he used it as proof that his warrantless wiretapping plan was working. C. Bush listed it twice in last week's speech.

Regarding the arrest of this one man, Keith Olbermann said, "You showed us the same baby twice and called it twins."

It's what always happens when Bush needs a lift in the polls.

In October of 2006, the U.S. claimed a share of the credit for breaking up a plot to blow up airliners with shampoo and conditioner. The U.S. announcement foiled a British investigation that might have led to other conspirators. All the Brits could do was move in and arrest the 24 "wannabes" they knew about. (And grumble off the record about the ones that got away.) The "wannabes" didn't have tickets or visas. No danger was imminent, but the November election was.

The arrests were hailed by the President as a great victory against "terrism."

There was another "victory" in June, 2006: a group of 8 hapless African-Americans from one of the poorest sections of Miami were befriended by an FBI informant posing as an Al-Qaeda operative who said he was planning to blow up the Sears Tower in Chicago. They humored him, encouraged him, whatever it took, as he bought them new shoes and other gifts they asked for. Then he had them arrested and the President announced yet another victory against "terrist."

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"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - FDR

 

 

THE COALITION OF THE WILLING



To: George W.
From: Randy

re: the Coalition of the Willing

Boy, as a gang leader, you are a disappointment! You wouldn't last a day as leader of the Cripps or the Bloods. Or the Mafia? Fugettaboutit! See... the leader of the gang doesn't go out and do all the thug work himself...but that's what you're doing in Iraq.

93% of the invaders? American. 99.5% of the dead invaders? American? 120% of the cost of the war? American. See what I mean? Americans are doing it all man. What's up with that?

You need to tell your Coalition of the Willing homeys that they can't be in the gang if they don't fight.

You can start with the Solomon Islands. They're in the Coalition but didn't send a single soldier. (Strike that! We own the Solomon Islands and they don't have soldiers.) But where's the troops from our other partners such as the mighty Micronesia, Iceland, Palau and Eritrea? If they're in our gang, they've got to fight when we fight.

In 2004, (a year after the invasion) the Coalition of the Willing included 47 countries and 20 of them were missing in action. 20 Coalition members without one troop in Iraq to watch our back.

And what about the ones you paid? You paid 'em protection money and then they didn't protect. Hungary joined the Coalition for $15 million and then sent no troops. Slovakia? They joined up for $4.5 million. But we got no reinforcements from Slovakia. Guinea? You were like the little boy giving a bully your milk money. $29 million. We got no troops in return. Chile? Chile never does anything for us, man. You sent them $2 million dollars and let them be in the Coalition, but they sent no troops.

Spain sent a medical ship and a good many troops and we paid them $1 billion. But Spain's transit system got blown to smithereens by homegrown terrorists--the equivalent of the Apaches blowing up Amtrack--and the Spaniards kicked out their president and brought their troops home. (But what do you expect in a country that doesn't have Fox News?)

George, from the outside, it looks like you've paid bribes to get countries and colonies to join the Coalition...but not in every single instance:

I don't think you paid Canada anything and, bless their hearts, they sent 30 troops. Other countries that joined the fight with troop levels ranging from 25 to 70 included: Tonga, Macedonia, Moldovia, Kazakhstan, Albania and New Zealand.

But it was mainly just us and the Brits, man. And now the Brits are leaving, too. (It was very clever of you, incidentally, to say the Brits beat the terrorists in Basra, so now it's safe for them to announce a timetable to bring their troops home. Great spin. Too bad the Pentagon listed Basra as the 5th most violent city in Iraq this month.)

I know the official list of Coalition members is down from 47 to 25 now, but some of those 25 STILL don't have troops on the ground. Do you think it's because their soldiers are ashamed to fight for a gang with a name as wimpy as the Coalition of the Willing?

It sounds like a bunch of little old ladies helping the homeless.

By George, you need to let them know we're not helping the homeless, we're creating them...

...and anybody that wants to join the fun needs to get off their ass and send some fighters!



COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATIVE?

2006

To: George W.
From: Randy

re: Vulture Funds

Congratulations on your humanitarian instincts. I'm referring to this year's State of the Union speech in which you announced a billion dollars in aid to African nations. That billion dollars will fight disease and hunger and will educate millions of children.

At first, I thought maybe you are a compassionate conservative after all!

Then, I found out this money will never get to Africa--it'll go to vulture funds instead. I didn't exactly know what a vulture fund was, so I did some research and discovered that it's a situation where the U.S. government announces debt relief for Africa and gives the money to a Republican donor in America. For keeps.

Since your IQ is at least as low as mine, I thought you might be interested in what I've learned so far:

"Vulture funds are companies which buy up the debt of poor nations cheaply when it is about to be written off, then sue for the full value of the debt plus interest." --UK Chancellor Gordon Brown

"The US taxpayers are putting up more than a billion dollars to write off the debts of the African nations, but what Bush isn't saying is that he is then allowing that money to be captured by his biggest donors, like Paul Singer..." --Greg Palast, BBC

"Paul Singer is the number one donor to George Bush and the Republican cause in New York City. In the run-up to the 2000 election, he gave them $300,000. In 2004, he gave them $1.2 million..." --Greg Palast, BBC

"Profiteering doesn't get any more cynical than this. Zambia has been planning to spend the money released from debt cancellation on much-needed nurses, teachers and infrastructure: this is what debt cancellation is intended for not to line the pockets of businessmen based in rich countries." --Caroline Pearce, Jubilee Debt Campaign

"Under US law, the President of the United States has the absolute power to stop any vulture fund from collecting money from a poor nation. It’s called the power of comity. The African nations are pleading with George Bush to stop his big donors from collecting." --Greg Palast, BBC


NO WONDER THEY FIRED THEIR OWN PROSECUTORS!

In 1994, Newt Gingrich's "contract with America" promised to "drain the swamp," meaning clean up the culture of corruption in Washington, D.C.

In 2000, George W. Bush said he would restore dignity and honor to the oval office and give us an administration that we could be proud of.

Here's how they've kept those promises:

Assistant Secretary of State/Ambassador Randall Tobias, the President's Global Aids Coordinator, resigned after being caught in a prostitution scandal. Tobias' job included preaching abstinence to Aids victims...and preventing Aids-ravaged African countries from spending any U.S. Foreign aid money to encourage the use of condoms.

Three of the highest officials in the Justice Department, Kyle Sampson, Monica Goodling and Mike Battle...resigned over a scandal involving the firings of U.S. attorneys who failed to bring bogus voter fraud charges against Democrats at election-time.

Iraq War architect and Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz was appointed President of the World Bank by President Bush...and was asked to resign by the European members after it was revealed that he gave several large pay increases to his girlfriend.

President Bush's top Domestic Policy Advisor Claude Allen had to resign after being caught shoplifting from Target.

President Bush's White House Procurement Officer, David Safavian went to jail in 2006.

Republican Congressman Duke Cunningham is in jail for admitting to more bribes than any Congressman in history.

Republican Congressman Robert Ney is in jail for taking bribes from Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff is in jail.

Susan Ralston, Abramoff's former secretary, became Karl Rove's executive assistant in the White House. In 2006, she resigned in disgrace, but has not been charged with anything.

House Majority Leader Tom Delay
 has been indicted, arrested and is facing trial, in a $19-million campaign-finance fraud and had to resign his seat in Congress.

Republican Congressman Mark Foley resigned in disgrace after his sexual interest in under-age pages was revealed.

Republican Congressman (and anti-gay crusader) Edward Schrock resigned because of sexual issues.

Republican Congressman William Janklow resigned after being convicted of manslaughter.

Retired Republican Senator Bill Frist under investigation for insider trading while he was Senate Majority Leader.

Republican Congressman (and former Majority Leader) Dennis Hastert under investigation for illegally blocking casino permits as a favor to clients of Jack Abramoff. (*Note: in 2015 he was indicted for lying to the FBI about withdrawing money from his bank account to pay off young boys he allegedly molested when he was a hgh school wrestling coach.)

Republican Congressman (now retired) Jim Kolbe under investigation for ethics violations involving unchaperoned camping trips with male pages.

Republican Senator (now defeated) Conrad Burns under investigation for keeping minimum wage and labor laws out of the U.S.-owned Marianna Islands as a favor to Jack Abramoff.

Republican Congressman Jerry Lewis under investigation in connection with the Abramoff scandal as well as a separate land deal that cost the taxpayers millions.

Republican Representative (now defeated) Curt Weldon under investigation for steering hundreds of millions of dollars in earmarks to companies that hired his daughter to lobby for them.

Republican Representative John Doolittle's house was raided by the FBI and Doolittle is being investigated because of payments Abramoff made to Mrs. Doolittle.

Vice-President Cheney's Chief-of-Staff Scooter Libby was convicted of lying to a Grand Jury to protect the Vice-President and/or Karl Rove from a felony indictment in the Valerie Plame case.

President Bush's FDA Director Lester Crawford resigned after two months on the job after failing to reveal his wife's huge pharmaceutical industry investments.
....
FEMA Director Mike Brown was blamed for FEMA's incompetent Hurricane Katrina response and resigned.

CIA Director George Tenet was blamed for faulty Iraq intelligence and resigned.

EPA Director Christine Todd Whitman was sued for lying about air safety in the World Trade Center cleanup and resigned.

Republicans who received the biggest contributions from Abramoff and Abramoff's special interests were defeated: Ralph Reed in Georgia, Conrad Burns in Montana and others.

Also under investigation: Adam Kidan, Neil Volz, Ed Buckham, John Doolittle, Grover Norquist, Tony Rudy, Steven Griles--one-time mighty names in Republican influence-peddling.

To put the brakes on some of these investigations and to reinforce the need to investigate some Democratic voter-petition workers, the White House and Justice Department began pressuring, and ultimately firing, federal prosecutors in 2005-06.

(Update 2010): House Minority Leader Tom DeLay, whose job was to enforce Bush’s will in Congress has also been sentenced to a jail term for money-laundering in a political corruption scheme.


Forty two Bush Administration appointees resigned under a cloud of controversy during Bush’s two terms. 9 of them were convicted, 8 were sentenced to jail, 7 actually served or are currently serving their sentences. One sentence was commuted by Bush, but his conviction was allowed to stand.
This is a record of criminality unmatched by any President other than Nixon.
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"Being wrong on the big things are policy disasters. Being wrong because you wanted sad little golf trips and free dinners and box seats is even worse--it shows the absence of even the basic honorable ambition to represent constituents in government." --Rachel Maddow, Huffington Post, 12-28-06

"...a party ideologically opposed to government, when handed control of the government, (will) inevitably find ways to pervert public resources for their own personal ends." *--Rachel Maddow, Huffington Post, 12-28-06
 

GEORGE AND VLADIMIR

There is a drama playing out in Kennebunkport, Maine, this week as tragic, in some ways, as anything Shakespeare ever wrote: President George W. Bush, the proud young ruler of America, has had to call on his father to help him handle Vladimir Putin.

Lo, how the mighty have fallen:

--Remember those first heady days of newfound love when young George looked into Vladimir's eyes at the ranch in Crawford, Texas, and said he had seen his soul and they were two of a kind?

--Remember when young George snidely said he never calls on his earthly father for advice?

The reason the media is not remembering these things this Fourth of July week is because young George threw them a bone: he chose this week to announce that he is commuting the jail  term of Scooter Libby.

That sent the media pack scrambling down a rabbit trail chasing the Scooter story instead of focusing on the old George Bush negotiating with Vladimir Putin in Kennebunkport.

Who said this White House isn't competent? When it comes to distracting the media, they're the best that ever was.