Welcome to the 21st Century, What a Ride!

   

By
Deardra Shuler and Flash Lowe

February 2006

God works in wondrous ways.  No matter how Cheney and his ilk continue to lie, cheat, steal, manipulate, and now shoot their way through America, Congress and the laws of the land...God keeps allowing them to be exposed over and over.

Now the VP buckshoots someone in the face and tries to hide the unhideable for over 18 hours.  When does America impeach this lot of pirates?  It will be a first but it really should be a must, that the American people demand an impeachment of an entire administration. 

They won't do it merely because they have never done it, don't know how to do it and simply dont know who to replace these criminals with.  Seems that the American people have to take a long and hard look at who they are willing to allow to lead them.  And indeed, if America, has descended to the level of accepting even demons at the helm.  If indeed that is the case, than America is doomed.

This country went from being warned about 911, having the warnings ignored, searching for weapons of mass destruction, calling in inspectors, refusing to give the inspectors time to inspect, frightening Americans with Anthrax, promising to track down terrorists, scaring Americans with code oranges, yellows and reds, refusing to allow an investigation into 911; rushing to war; killing thousands of people who had nothing to do with 911; justifying this by claiming to locate terrorists not only in Afghanistan but in Iraq, outcome no weapons of mass destruction; rethoric changes from going after terrorists to protecting the Iraqi people; to setting up a democracy; Osama Bin Laden forgotten like Anthrax; Haliburton making billions; oil men in White House with oil prices scoring; trillions of American money going in support of this war; money that has not been tracked and literally stolen; American soliders being sent to battle without proper gear of armour in unprotected cars yet trillions still being spent...on what?; Patriot Act slipped through denying Americans of their rights....all set up as a scare tactic; Americans are told Patriot Act is in place as protection while their rights are being taken. 

One illegal thing being done after another by the president of the U.S., but neither Dem. or Rep. stops it; tapping phones, spying on Americans; one criminal deed after another but no one protesting and those that are made to look foolish; Katrina comes but no money to help the three Southern States devestated.  Why?  Money being spent on war so NO MONEY for Americans; Now, Katrina victims being cutoff funds yet monies still pumped into this war; People are suffering throughout America but no money for Americans - all being lifted from American coffers without any control over expenditures; now the VP picks up a gun and shoots someone in the face.  Accident, oh sure...but instead of treating it as such, the VP takes control of everything and how it will get out to the public. 

Now America has to bear the humiliation of a VP who goes quail hunting and shoots a man.  Would be extremely interesting to see what would have happened had that man died.

Who is running America?  I bet the world is laughing its head off at the lunacy that is going on under this Administration.  It would be a huge joke were these folks not so incredibly dangerous.

Prediction:  There will be secret mining in the arctic that will cause a shift in the poles.

And then there’s the Jack Abramoff thingy, the elephant in the room that no one sees. Silently, at break neck speeds, Republicans are dumping monies they received from Abramoff into charities while Republican spinmeisters are portraying the Abramoff scandal as a bi-partisan matter.

A former U.S. House counsel who specializes in representing public officials accused of wrongdoing, told Bloomberg News "When this is all over, this will be bigger than [any government scandal] in the last 50 years, both in the amount of people involved and the breadth to it." "It will include high-ranking members of Congress and executive branch officials."

The lobbyist Jack Abramoff asked for $9 million in 2003 from the president of a West African nation to arrange a meeting with President Bush and directed his fees to a Maryland company now under federal scrutiny. In a draft agreement with Gabon dated Aug. 7, 2003, Mr. Abramoff and his associates asked that $9 million in lobbying fees be paid through wire transfers. The agreement promised a "public relations effort related to promoting Gabon and securing a visit for President Bongo with the president of the United States."

The African leader, President Omar Bongo of Gabon, met with President Bush in the Oval Office on May 26, 2004, 10 months after Mr. Abramoff made the offer.

In the mist of the looming scandal eruption on Capital Hill, Abramoff’s slime trail leads to the deep south on a homicide scene in South Florida to a mob-style execution of casino fleet founder Gus Boulis.

Abramoff was in a partnership with Adam Kidan, in what Florida’s prosecutors say was a fraudulent purchase of Fort Lauderdale-based SunCruz casinos from Boulis. Gus Boulis became concern about the casino deal and filed suit, the next month he was shot to death after leaving his office in Fort Lauderdale. Another really intriguing tidbit is, Abramoff’s partner Kidan, is now identified by police as a close associate to ''Big Tony'' Moscatiello, a defendant in the Boulis murder trial.

Abramoff is unable to distance himself from the Boulis murder case because he and Kidan were indicted in South Florida last summer for allegedly faking documents showing they'd invested $23 million in the deal. Court records reveals that Kidan and Abramoff diverted $310,000 of the casino’s funds for a luxury skybox at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C., where Abramoff entertained politicians and GOP fat cats.

Another episode in the evolving Abramoff scandal involves David Safavian, one of the Bush administration's top federal procurement officials. He resigned shortly before being arrested for allegedly lying to officials and obstructing a Justice Department investigation in connection with his relationship with Abramoff.

John Nichols wrote in his 4 Jan 2006 article, Jack Abramoff and the Politics of 2006, ?There is no question that the potential for damage to GOP political prospects from the Abramoff scandal -- with its deliciously detailed evidence of bribery, influence peddling, pay-to-play politics and sweeping abuses of the public trust -- is great. Between 2001 and 2004, close to 220 members of Congress collected more than $1.7 million in political contributions from Abramoff and the lobbyist's associates and clients. More than 200 of those members still serve in the House, and the vast majority of them are Republicans.?

Republicans acknowledge they are nervous.

Abramoff diverted funds paid to him by Indian tribe clients that were supposed to be used on lobbying activities to personal projects like an Orthodox Jewish academy and an Israeli sniper school. Abramoff and his partner Michael Scanlon took in more than $66 million in fees from 2001 to 2004 from tribal clients.
The Congressional investigation into Abramoff ties to Indian tribes revealed e-mails that show that Abramoff pushed for intervention from deputy White House chief of staff Karl Rove on at least three occasions since 2001 to promote business opportunities.

Abramoff's links to the party go beyond lawmakers. He worked with Ralph Reed, a former director of the Republican-oriented Christian Coalition, now a candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Georgia, to kill an effort to bring legalized gambling to Alabama. With Reed’s help, Abramoff was able to block Angela Williams from being appointed head of the Interior Department's Office Insular Affairs.

Recently, Republican lawmakers urged President Bush to disclose who in the White House had met with lobbyist Jack Abramoff and what was discussed in those meetings. Is this a case of Misery loves company?

Stay Tuned!



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