Date: Monday, September 25, 2006
Leftists will call me a softy for not wanting to trash the White House but there are some fine
works of art in there that I rather like and we should remember the lesson of Baghdad and a
culture far older and more refined than the American one. So persuading gun happy high
school students to move to D.C. has its ups and downs. Like whatís more fun, taking out your
classmates or politicians?
Remember Joseph Wilson, the diplomat and ambassador who served both Republican and
Democratic presidents during a distinguished career? Coming out of retirement in 2002
Wilson was sent by the Bush administration to Niger to investigate the selling of yellow cake
to Iraq. Wilson had once served as the ambassador to the African country and Bush was keen
on linking Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi president, to weapons of mass destruction. Uranium is
made from yellow cake and there were documents circulating that allegedly incriminated
Saddam. However, Wilson didnít find any evidence and returned to the States.
In his 2003 state of the union address, Bush suggested that Saddam may have purchased
yellow cake from Niger as he prepared the American people for war. He was always pressing
the fear button. Wilson accused the administration of exaggeration. Then the documents
appeared in the press and were declared to be fake. Originally those documents were reported
by the London Sunday Times to have been fabricated by Israeli intelligence which made
sense but some months later Italian intelligence was fingered which didnít make any sense
unless you suppose the neocons thought the Israeli connection was a Jew too far.
Little did Wilson know that his report would be spun upside down. Now the liars were calling
him a liar. Dick Cheney was pissed off and the mean bastard had his revenge by leaking
illegal information to neocon journalist, Robert Novak, that Wilsonís wife, Valerie Plame,
was a CIA operative. That ruined her career too. Once you are exposed youíre out. Cheneyís
chief of staff, Lewis Libby took the fall and was charged with five counts of alleged felonious
misconduct, one count of obstruction of justice, and two counts of perjury. The case has
lingered in the courts but was scheduled to be heard in 20007. Odds are that this neocon will
get pardoned for crimes his boss committed. However, Cheney and Bush aid in charge of
dirty tricks, Karl Rove, may still face questioning before a congressional committee. Cheney
dateline: London, England
Whatís wrong with London? A banker collects a hundred million pound bonus for the year.
And, there are millions more for other bankers. How did they manage that? They ripped off
their customers. The Labour party has become so right wing you might as well call it Old
Tories. Following the American model established by the Bush government hasnít helped
much either. The prisons are full and now they want to jail journalists who spy on the
If you have 5-10 million pounds in a London bank you canít even make the Sunday Times
Rich List. Ordinary investors in insurance and pension funds donít see profits because fund
managers are hoarding all the cash. Trickle down doesnít work, never did when the profits
arenít shared and the last time that happened was two centuries ago. The parasites take it all,
the Thatcher legacy left no sense of community sharing.
Russian oil barons are in town too. At the Movida nightclub, jeroboams of Crystal
champagne are going for 4,500 pounds a pop. Loose change for the Ruskies.
Education? Its difficult to justify the American liberal view that the English have
made quantum strides in education and economic reform when they have adopted American
models. College tuition costs continued to rise and the rich continue to get richer at the
expense of the poor. Only in 1999 did the Labour party pass a minimum wage law and since
then they have been promoting faith based education and a policy of dumbing down. Really,
when you watch a BBC program on TV it is like listening to reality illiteracy. They are
presumably speaking English but you canít understand it. Some foreign lingo. Grammar when
it is understood sounds like me and them. As for news presenters, they are readers, not
journalists and their incredible dumbness is clearly audible. Program hosts too, dumber than
door nails. At least three of them, BBC personalities, were dumped before dumbing down.
Now they have been re-hired. Gloria had a weekly religious program and I recalled that she
had a racist streak in her. Bill mumbled on about nature like a creaky old gate and Jonathan
stammered arrogantly like Elmer Fudd. And while the BBC was complaining about being
underfunded, they gave Jonathan an 18 million pound pay packet.
The English kitchen used to be awful, probably still is except for desserts but now there are
fabulous and expensive foreign restaurants in the county. Rich bankers drive the prices up.
There is even a posh restaurant called Bank. How many fish will be left in the seas before the
Brits are back to eating beans on toast with an egg? Ask a cod. Meanwhile, a UNICEF table
of the worldís richest countries in the world placed Britain last as a place for children to grow
Did you know that Britain spies on more of its people than any other county in the world?
They have 4.2 million cameras on the streets and they must have several thousand photos of a
lone walking tourist looking around town for five days.
Now get me outa this country before I catch a rainy day cold