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Subject: George W. Bush, Jr. - The Dark Side
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 21:52:38 -0700
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  Bush Jr.'s Skeleton Closet

  [Click on the allegation of your choice:]

       ·         His "young and irresponsible" behavior: sex, drugs and (gasp!) rock and roll?

·         Character: Spoiled rich kid living off his family's name and reputation

·         Thin-skinned: Tries to stifle his critics

·         What Did YOU do in the War, Daddy?

·         Made millions on insider business deals, for little work

  Deal #1. Personal Profits from Failing Oil Companies

Easy Money From Odd Sources
A Surprise Deal From Bahrain
Access to the President and National Security Adviser for his foreign business partner

Deal #2. Selling Oil Stocks Just Before Iraq Invaded: lucky guess or illegal insider trading?

Deal #3. A Big Slice of a Baseball Team

Hypocrisy: using government coercion to make his private fortune
Texas government corruption: State $$ for campaign funders & business cronies


"There ought to be limits to freedom.  We're aware of this site, and this guy is just a garbage man, that's all he is." -- George Jr., discussing a website that parodies him

[Bush Jr. hired a private detective to] “determine what his opponents or the press could find on him [and] isn't terribly thrilled [with the results.]

We're not talking about anything that would get him a spot on Jerry Springer, no handcuffs or dwarf orgies, but he was a handsome, rich playboy and lived that life." -- unnamed insider, quoted on MSNBC.

"It's not the governor's role to decide who goes to heaven. I believe that God decides who goes to heaven, not George W. Bush." -- George W. Bush, in the Houston Chronicle.

"I didn't---I swear I didn't---get into politics to feather my nest or feather my friends' nests." -- Bush Jr., in the Houston Chronicle

"I propose that every city have a telephone number 119---for dyslexics who have an emergency." -- George Junior

"I hope to show Hispanics that Republicans do have a heart, but I also want to send a message to people from around the country as to how to pick up the Hispanic vote" -- George Junior

"He told me his brother (Texas Gov. George W. Bush) said he could kick my butt, and I said I haven't met a Texan yet  that can shame me." -- Minnesota Governor, Navy Seal, and professional wrestler Jesse Ventura, quoting Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

"When George moved back to Midland [after college], he bummed an office, he bummed golf clubs, bummed shoes.  You were lucky if you saw him in a clean shirt." -- Tom Craddick, ranking Republican in the Texas House of Representatives and longtime friend of Bush's.

"It's hard to usher in the responsibility era if you behave irresponsibly."-- Junior, aiming at Clinton but backfiring.

"When it is all said and done, I will have made more money than I ever dreamed I would make." -- Bush, in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, describing his Texas Rangers business deal.

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His Character: The Prodigal Son:George W. Bush, Jr. is touted as the savior of the Republican Party by the national press, because he pulls votes from minority voters and has his dad's name and fundraising connections to run on.  But before we anoint him as the next president, let's look at what he's done with his life.  In a nutshell, Junior 1) grew up as a very rich child of powerful parents, 2) partied from high school until he was 40, 3) made millions off of sweet insider business deals from political allies of his dad, who happened to be the President, and 4) got elected governor of Texas mostly because of his name.

Bush Junior has done some good work as governor of Texas.  He has crossed the partisan divide, reached out to minorities, and tackled at least one tough, thankless issue (school financing; his plan was voted down in the legislature.)

But 4 years---even 4 good ones---is a pretty short resume for the leader of the free world.  No one doubts Bill Clinton's ability to handle punishment and come back for more.  But Bush Junior's stamina and attention span are very real concerns.  Furthermore, Bush's term as governor has also been markedly corrupt, although possibly in legal ways.  What we mean is, he has taken millions in campaign contributions from certain big businessmen---many of whom were in on the insider business deals that made him rich---and those same businessman have received billions in sweet deals from the Texas state government during Bush's term.

Specifics: Like Al Gore, Bush Jr. attended Eastern elitist schools, in this case Andover Prep, and Yale.  According to a Newsweek profile, he "went to Yale but seems to have majored in drinking at the Deke House."  He joined the secretive "Skull and Bones" club in 1968, as any good conspiracy buff can tell you.

His business career was marked by mediocrity or failure which nonetheless resulted in him getting lots of money from his father's political allies.  And his political career has been handed to him on a platter by his famous name, and by his dad's cronies.

Bill Kristol, conservative pundit and Dan Quayle's former chief of staff, says "The Bush network is the only genuine network in the Republican Party.  It is the establishment."  Junior and Jeb Bush (recently elected in Florida) are first brothers to be simultaneous governors since the Rockefellers.

To give you an idea of how rarefied his upbringing was, George Junior had an argument with his mom at one point about whether non-Christians could go to Heaven.  (Barbara Bush felt they could; George didn't.)  To settle the dispute, they phoned up Billy Graham on the spot.  (Billy sided with Junior, but warned him not to play God.)

Thin skinned: Bush tries to stifle his critics

One sign that Bush may not be ready for prime time is that he can't handle criticism, and tries to silence his critics using his power and money.  At the very least, this shows he doesn't understand big-league politics and may not be tough enough to handle more serious opponents, such as hostile foreign countries and terrorists.  At worst, it may be a sign of Nixon-like paranoia; that president's thin-skin started out with similar small potatos and grew to bring down his presidency amid enemies' lists, illegal break-ins of his opponent's offices, and forcing the IRS to audit his enemies.

Bush can't blame this on his staff, either; when asked about one critical web site, he told the press "There ought to be limits to freedom.  We're aware of this site, and this guy is just a garbage man, that's all he is."

As governor of Texas, for example, Bush Junior has sent the state police to arrest peaceful demonstrators outside the governor's mansion.  While previous governors allowed peaceful pickets on the public sidewalk outside the mansion, Bush has claimed that they are blocking public access, and had them arrested.  Not all protestors, either---just the ones he doesn't want the press to see.

Bush also can't stand criticism on the Internet.  His campaign quietly---and probably illegally---bought up over 200 anti-Bush domain names including "", "", and "" over a year ago.  If you type in any of these URLs, you end up at Bush's official web site.  His campaign refuses to say whether this means that they admit that he bites, blows and sucks.  (Could he be reaching out to the gay vote?)

If you wanted to set up one of those sites, breathe easy because many good names are still available.  The Bush camp somehow neglected to purchase "", "", or "", so $70 makes them yours.

Even worse, Bush and his high-priced lawyers have tried twice to shut down a web parodies the Bush campaign, in particular his "no comment" answers on drug use in his past.  You will recall that Bush has said it doesn't matter what he did "in his youth," because the question is "have you grown up" and "have you learned from your mistakes."  The parody site presents a new program called "Amnesty 2000", in which Bush "proposes" pardoning all drug convicts who have "grown up."

The Bush campaign filed one complaint about the site in April 1999, after which the parody site's owners changed it to look less like the real Bush site.  That wasn't good enough though, and Bush lawyers filed against the site again in May 1999.  So far, it remains in business.


Corruption in Texas Government: State $ to Big Contributors

Bush's administration has been marked by the large amounts of state controlled money flowing to men who have either contributed large amounts to Bush's campaign, or who have made Junior personally rich through sweet insider business deals, or both.

For example, the University of Texas' Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) invests $1.7 billion of state money.  Bush's cronies dominate this board, and in return investment funds controlled by these very cronies or their friends have received $457 million of that investment pool.  There may even be more, but this obscure group---created under Bush---cloaks its operations in a thick veil of secrecy.

UTIMCO's chairman, Tom Hicks, now owns the Texas Rangers; his purchase of the team made Governor Bush a very rich man.  Furthermore, Hicks and his brother gave $146,000 to the Bush campaign.  In return, $252 million of the invested money went to funds run by Hicks' business associates or friends, according to the Houston Chronicle.  Hicks even insisted that UTIMCO increase by $10 million an investment with a fund that he had an indirect financial interest in, but UTIMCO staff halted funding after they discovered the conflict.

In another example, Larry Paul Manley, Bush's director of the Department of Housing until he resigned in January 1999, is under police investigation for steering federal tax credits to cronies.  Texas' top auditor discovered in 1997 that 60% of department contracts went to Manley's former colleagues at local savings and loans, but refused to make the findings public until long after the criminal probes began.

Another key player in the Bush world is Richard Rainwater, the billionaire Texas investor who made Bush Jr.'s original involvement in the Texas Rangers deal possible.  That's the deal that made Jr. rich, of course.  Bush had several other personal investments in Rainwater-controlled companies.  But Rainwater has received much from Bush and the state of Texas' treasury, too.

For example, the state teacher retirement fund sold three offices getting a cheap slice of the Texas Rangers baseball team, which he recently sold for a huge profit (he paid $600,000, and sold for $14 million).

The general pattern here is just as important as the details. Bush did no work in his business career that can clearly be called "excellent" or even "solid."  The money he made is tangential to his efforts at best---the oil companies lost a great deal of money during his tenure, and the Rangers cut a lot of corners---which makes the cronyism that much more suspicious.

It's not just that one or two of Bush's deals look funky; every major business deal he has been involved with included wealthy supporters of his father, and many of those investors later received favorable treatment from either the federal government under Bush, Sr. or the current Texas administration of Junior.

Deal #1: The Oil Business: Rewarded for Losing Money

Like his dad, Junior struck out in Texas and founded an oil company, Arbusto Energy, Inc., with $20,000 of his own money. (Arbusto is the Spanish word for bush.)  The company foundered in the early 1980s when oil prices dropped (and his dad was Vice President.)

The 50 investors, who were "mainly friends of my uncle" in Junior's own words, put in $4.7 million and lost most of it.  Junior claims that investors "did pretty good," but Bush family friend Russell Reynolds told the Dallas Morning News: "The bottom line was there were problems, and it didn't work out very well.  I think we got maybe 20 cents on the dollar."

As Arbusto neared collapse, Spectrum 7 Energy Corporation bought it in September 1984.  Despite his poor track record, the owners made Bush, Jr. the president and gave him 13.6% of the parent company's stock.

Spectrum 7 was a small oil firm owned by two staunch Reagan/Bush Sr. supporters---William DeWitt and Mercer Reynolds.  These two were also owners of the Texas Rangers and allowed Bush Jr. to purchase a chunk of the team cheaply; he later sold it for over 24 times what he paid.

Within two years of purchasing Arbusto and making Bush Jr. president, Spectrum 7 was itself in trouble; it lost $400,000 in its last 6 months of operation.  That ended in 1986, when Harken Energy Corporation bought Spectrum 7's 180-well operation.

Junior got $227,000 worth of Harken stock, and a lot more.  He was named to the board of directors, made $80,000 to $100,000 a year well into the 1990s as a "consultant" to Harken, and was allowed to buy Harken stock at 40% below face value.

He also borrowed $180,375 from Harken at very low rates; the company's 1989 and 1990 SEC filings said it "forgave" $341,000 in loans to unspecified executives.

So what did Junior do for all this money?  It's hard to say exactly, but things happened for Harken after Junior came on board: it got a $25 million stock offering from an unusual bank with CIA ties, it won a surprise exclusive drilling contract with Bahrain, a small Mideast country, and an Arab member of its Board of Directors was invited to White House policy meetings with President George Bush and National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft.

Easy Money From Odd Sources

The firm's $25 million stock offering was underwritten by Stephens, Inc., an Arkansas bank whose head, Jackson Stephens, was on President Bush's "Team 100."  (That was a group of 249 rich persons who gave at least $100,000 each to his presidential campaign committee).  Stephens placed the offering with the London subsidiary of Union Bank of Switzerland, which (according to the Wall Street Journal) was not known as an investor in small American companies.

Union Bank did have other connections; it was a joint-venture partner with the notorious BCCI in a Geneva-based bank, and was involved in a scandal surrounding the Nugan Hand Bank, a CIA operation in Australia whose executives were advised by William Quasha, the father of Harken's chairman (Alan Quasha.)  Union Bank was also involved in scandals surrounding Panamanian money laundering by BCCI, and Ferdinand Marcos' movement of 325 tons of gold out of the Phillipines.

That wasn't the only financing connection Junior brought; after the company won its Bahrain deal (see next item), the billionaire Bass brothers of Texas offered to underwrite the drilling operation.  Robert Bass is also a member of Bush's Team 100, and he and his kin gave $226,000 to Bush Senior between 1988 and 1992.

The Bahrain Contract

In January 1990, Harken was chosen out of the blue by the small Mideast country Bahrain for an exclusive offshore oil drilling contract.  They beat out Amoco, an experienced and major international conglomerate, despite having no offshore oil drilling experience at all.  As of March 1995, the most recent report we could find, they had found no oil.

Junior has denied that he was involved in the deal, and even told the Wall Street Journal that he opposed it.  But a company insider told Mother Jones Magazine, "Like any member of the board, he was thrilled.  His attitude was 'Holy shit, what a great deal!'"

If he did oppose it, he wasn't much of a consultant. Charles Strain, an energy company analyst in Houston, told Mother Jones: "Harken is not hard to understand---it's easy.  The company has only one real asset---its Bahrain contract.  If that field turns out to be dry, Harken's stock is worth, at the most, 25 cents a share.  If they hit it big over there, the stock could be worth $30 to $40 dollars a share."  As of December 1998, Harken Energy Corp. (HEC on Amex) is trading at $2.69 a share.

Access to the President For Bush's Foreign Business Partner

The most troubling thing that happened to Harken after it bought George Bush Junior in, was that one of its Board of Directors members was suddenly admitted to the highest levels of United States foreign policy meetings.  These were not Clintonesque meet-and-greet fundraisers, but actual working policy meetings during a critical period.

After the Harken-Bahrain deal was signed, Talat Othman was added to a group of Arabs who met with George Bush and National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft three times in 1990---once just two days after Iraq invaded Kuwait.

Othman was the representative of Sheikh Abdullah Bakhsh, who purchased 10% of Harken stock and had several ties to the infamous BCCI bank.  Bakhsh was a co-investor in Saudi Arabia with alleged BCCI front man Ghaith Pharaon.  Bakhsh's banker, Khalid bin Mahfouz, was another BCCI figure and head of the largest bank in Saudi Arabia.  Sheikh Kalifah, the prime minister of Bahrain, was a BCCI shareholder and played the key role in selecting Harken for the oil contract.

This is the crowd that gained entry to the President and the National Security Adviser of the United States after George Junior made his deal with Harken.

Deal #2: Selling Oil Stock Just Before Iraq Invaded

George Bush, Junior sold 60% of his stock in Harken Oil in June, 1990 for $848,560.  That was brilliant timing; in August, Iraq invaded Kuwait and Harken's stock dropped 25%.  Soon after, a big quarterly loss caused it to drop further.

A secret State Deparment memo in May of that year had warned that Saddam was out of control, and listed options for responding to him, including an oil ban that might affect US oil prices.

We can't be sure that the President or an aide mentioned these developments to his son, or that Harken's representative who was admitted to meetings with the President picked up something and reported back to Junior.  But it is the simplest and most logical explanation.  The Bushes acknowledge that George Senior and his sons consult on political strategy and other matters constantly.

Furthermore, Harken's internal financial advisers at Smith Barney had issued a report in May warning of the company's deteriorating finances.  Harken owed more than $150 million to banks and other creditors at the time.  George Bush, Jr. was a member of the board and also of Harken's restructuring committee, which met in May and worked directly with the Smith Barney consultants.  He must have known of these warnings.

These are pretty clear-cut indications of illegal insider trading. The Securities and Exchange Commission, controlled at the time by President George Bush, investigated but chose not to press charges.

Junior also violated another SEC rule explicitly.  He was required to register his sale as an insider trade by July 10, 1990, but didn't until March 1991, after the Gulf War was over.  He was not punished or cited.

Deal #3: A Big Slice of the Texas Rangers for a Little Money (and a Big Profit)

The third unusually easy deal for George Bush Junior was his involvement in the Texas Rangers baseball team.  In a nutshell, he was offered a piece of this valuable franchise for only $600,000, by supporters of his dad who also bailed out his failing oil company.  He recently sold his stake for $14 million to a Texas millionaire with lots of businesses regulated by Bush Junior's administration.

When all it is all said and done, I will have made more money than I ever dreamed I would make," Bush told the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.

Bush was allowed to buy 1.8% of the team for $600,000 of borrowed money, and was even made one of the two general managers.  His qualifications for partial ownership? Several years working at failing oil companies, and his political connections through his father.  It's hard to be sure, but we're guessing that latter was probably more important.

Junior tripled his investment, like the other owners, with the help of massive government intervention and subsidies.  But his real wealth came from simply being given 10% of the team as a "bonus" for "putting together the investment team."

Even if he really had done that work, it's an absurd bonus ($12.2 million), but the fact is that he didn't add much.  Cincinatti financier William DeWitt brought Bush in, not vice versa, shortly after George Bush Sr. was elected president.  (DeWitt had also invested in Junior's oil companies.).  The only investor Bush actually brought in was Roland Betts, a Yale fraternity brother, and that wasn't good enough.

Under Junior's management, the deal was about to fall apart until baseball commissioner Peter Uebberoth brought in another investment group led by Fort Worth Billionaire Richard Rainwater and Dallas investor "Rusty" Rose.  Since the deal, both men have profited greatly from business with the Texas administration of George Bush, Jr.  Rose personally invested $3.2 million and became the other general manager of the team.  Under the team partnership agreement, Bush Junior couldn't take any "material actions" without Rose's prior approval.  There was also a method for removing Junior as a general partner, but no way to remove Rose.  Yet Rose's "bonus" for his role in setting up the deal was less than half of Junior's.

What kind of owners would approve such a big payoff to Bush?  In addition to Rose and Rainwater, men with business pending before Texas government, the owners included William DeWitt and Mercer Reynolds, major contributors to President Bush who had also purchased Junior's failing oil company through their Spectrum 7 Energy company.

If this deal doesn't smell bad enough already, consider Bush's blatant hypocrisy.  The main value of the team is its new stadium (ranked by Financial World as the most profitable in baseball) and 300 acres of vacant land the team owns between the stadium and 6 Flags of Texas, which is next door.

Putting Tax Money into Bush's Pocket

The hypocritical part is, the private owners of this very valuable land didn't want to sell.  Bush and his partners gave them only a lowball offer, and when it was rejected they arranged for a new government agency (the Arlington Sports Facility Development Authority, or ASFDA) to condemn it for them.

The agency foreclosed the land and paid the owners a very low price, later judged by a jury to be only 1/6th of its actual value.  The agency also floated bonds, guaranteed and repaid by taxpayers, to finance the purchase.  This amounted to a $135 million subsidy for Bush and partners, compared with the $80 million they paid for the franchise.  Since they recently sold the entire franchise for $250 million, it's easy to see whose money Bush and friends pocketed.

The next time Junior talks about tax cuts, remember this: Arlinton had to impose a new 1/2 cent sales tax just to pay for the subsidy Bush and his partners received.

To add insult to injury, Bush and his partners continue to stiff the taxpayers for $7.5 million they owe under the terms of the agreement.  It held that the team would pay all expenses over $135 million.  The original owners of just 13 of the acres sued the City of Arlington, saying that the ASFDA had not paid a fair price for the land.  The jury awarded them $7.5 million, but even though the project exceeded the $135 million limit, the partners have refused to pay . Given their huge taxpayer subsidy and $170 million profits, it seems absurdly selfish.

George Bush, Jr. has said in campaign speeches "I will do everything I can to defend the power of private property and private property rights when I am the governor of this state."  Apparently this deal was not covered by that statement, since he wasn't governor yet.

He claims that he "wasn't aware of the details" of the land condemnations, even though he was the team's managing general partner and has bragged about personally getting the stadium built.  But he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in October 1990 that "The idea of making a land play, absolutely, to plunk the field down in the middle of a big piece of land, that's kind of always been the strategy."

And the key to their land play was always the strong arm of government.  A memo from Arlington real estate broker Mike Reilly to Rangers President Tom Schieffer dated October 26, 1990---the day before Bush's comment about the land play---said "In this particular situation our first offer should be our final offer ... If this fails, we will probably have to initiate condemnation proceedings after the bond election passes."

On the first day of the 1993 campaign, Bush said "The best way to allocate resources in our society is through the marketplace.  Not through a governing elite."  Not through a private sports team buying in the President's son cheap, and then getting the government to hand them extremely valuable land.

Party Hearty: Sex, Drugs, & Rock 'N Roll?

For almost half his life, Junior was distinguished mainly by his hearty appetite for partying. A Newsweek profile by Evan Thomas, describing his college years, says he "seems to have majored in beer drinking at the Deke House."  After he formed his first company (which failed), Thomas writes, "By his own account, Bush spent a lot of time in bars, trying to sort out who he was.  He had a kind of ragged nervous energy in that period, and he could be a bully."

The Bush family spin is that the governor quit drinking cold turkey on his 40th birthday, straightened out by the love of a good woman (his wife, Laura.)  They even pull out their secret weapon, lovable Barbara Bush, with anecdotes about what a rascal little George Junior was.

But the explosive element here is not booze.  It's sex, drugs and hypocrisy.  Frankly, it doesn't bother us if candidates have partied, even a lot. Who wants a bunch of namby-pamby boy scouts running the country?  But George Bush Jr. makes a big point of traveling around the country and lecturing students on staying celibate, sober and drug free.  He does not permit the option of partying hard until you're 40 and then stopping.

No Handcuffs or Dwarf Orgies

Junior is so worried about his past that he hired a private detective to investigate himself.  (I guess he can't remember what he did at those parties, which tells you something right there.)

According to an unnamed insider quoted on MSNBC, Bush "isn't terribly thrilled" about what they found, though no one is spilling the details (yet).  "No handcuffs or dwarf orgies, but he was a handsome, rich playboy and lived that life," the insider said.

Sex: Bush volunteers to reporters that he has been faithful to his wife.  However, he was married at 31 and makes no claim of virginity before that point, even as he lectures the youth of today to remain celibate.  A Clinton aide who was in Bush's class at Yale has already warned him that "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."

Drugs: No one is speaking for the record, and there is no solid proof that we know of, but there are consistent rumors of Bush not only smoking pot but snorting cocaine during his partying heyday in the 1970s.  Bush does not deny any of this. When Newsweek asked "If you're asked specifically about marijuana or cocaine, what's the answer?" and Bush replied "I will say what I did as a youth is irrelevant to this campaign.  What is relevant is, have you grown up, and I have."

Rock and Roll: Bush keeps a picture of himself with two members of ZZ Top, but does not play the song Tube Steak Boogie during his celibacy lectures.  We have found no evidence to support the most explosive allegation so far; that Bush played air guitar to a Foghat record at a party in the late 1970s.  But he won't deny it, either.

When pressed on the hypocrisy issue, he speaks to hypocritical baby boomer parents everywhere: "If I were you, I wouldn't tell your kids that you smoked pot unless you want 'em to smoke pot.  I think it's important for leaders, and parents, not to send mixed signals. I don't want some kid saying, 'Well, Governor Bush tried it.'"

It's amazing enough that he openly defends hypocrisy, but his own signals are very mixed.  When allowed to imply that he is just another manly, hard-drinking rapscallion, Bush seizes the opportunity.  "When I was young and irresponsible, I was really young and irresponsible," he often says.  He even hints at pot smoking, as in the above quote, and why not? Everyone from his opponent, Al Gore, to Newt Gingrich has admitted smoking pot.

But Junior wants it both ways.  When the deadly rumor of cocaine use surfaces, he retreats to his high-minded rhetoric about not giving mixed messages.  If he thinks he can skate to the presidency without either his right-wing foes or embittered Clintonistas pushing his past into the limelight, then he really IS on drugs.


The Bush Watch (web site), an opinionated, well-researched and reasonably fair (though blatantly liberal) anti-Bush site.

"The Sons Also Rise", by Evan Thomas, Newsweek, November 16, 1998 p44-8

"Like Most, I'm Amazed" (Bush interview with Howard Fineman), Newsweek, November 16, 1998

"Another Bush Contemplates Run for Presidency", by Sue Anne Pressley (Washington Post news service), San Francisco Chronicle, May 12, 1997 pA5

"The Bush Brothers", by Howard Fineman, Newsweek, November 2, 1998 p30-33

Quote Sources

"Dwarf orgies": "George W. Bush, the dirt digger" by Jeannette Walls, MSNBC's The Scoop gossip column.

"Feather my nest": "Business associates profit during Bush's term as governor" by R. G. Ratcliffe, Houston Chronicle, August 16, 1998 pA1

Jesse Ventura: "Ventura a star pupil with media, colleagues at governor's school", by Bill Salisbury, Houston Chronicle, November 13, 1998

Gingrich: "Governor did not influence Gingrich decision, aide says", by Ken Herman, Austin American-Statesman, November 9, 1998

"Who goes to heaven": "Bush fields questions about faith upon return from trip to Israel" by Clay Robison, The Houston Chronicle, December 3, 1998

Dirty shirts: "Another Bush Contemplates Run for Presidency", by Sue Anne Pressley (Washington Post news service), San Francisco Chronicle, May 12, 1997

Responsibility era: "'I have to perform,' he says," by Kenneth Walsh, U. S. News and World Report, November 16, 1998

"More money than I ever dreamed": quoted in The Governor's Sweetheart Deal, by Robert Bryce, The Texas Observer, January 30, 1998

Thin Skin Sources

"Bush Criticizes Web Site as Malicious", by Wayne Slater, Dallas Morning News, May 22, 1999

"Governor Rips Web Site Parody", Associated Press, May 21, 1999

"Bush Campaign Tries to Limit Internet Attacks", by Alan Elsner, Reuters News Service (on Yahoo! web site), May 19, 1999

"4 protesters arrested at Governor 's Mansion" by R.G. RATCLIFFE, Houston Chronicle, April 20, 1999 Section A Page 13 Metfront. 3 STAR edition

"Activists to challenge policy against protest gatherings near the Governor's Mansion", by Jay Root, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 25, 1999

Insider Deal Sources

"Business associates profit during Bush's term as governor" by R. G. Ratcliffe, Houston Chronicle, August 16, 1998 pA1

"How Bush REALLY Made His Millions", by Jerry Politex, The Bush Watch Web Site, ongoing

"Who is David Edwards?", by Micah Morrison, The Wall Street Journal, March 1, 1995

"The Governor's Sweetheart Deal", by Robert Bryce, The Texas Observer, January 30, 1998

"Bush's Big Score", by Robert Bryce, The Dallas Observer, February 9, 1998

"Bush's Free Ride", by Stuart Eskenazi, Dallas Observer, October 29, 1998

"Good Connections: Family Ties helped fund oil venture that began Bush's business career", by Richard Oppel Jr. and George Kuemple, Dallas Morning News, November 16, 1998

"Whitewashing the Bush Boys", by Stephen Pizzo, Mother Jones, March-April 1994

"Family Value$", by Stephen Pizzo, Mother Jones, September-October 1992

"Diamond Brilliance: Bush mastered art of he deal in building his baseball fortune", by R. G. Ratcliffe, Houston Chronicle, August 16, 1998 pA19

"The Family that Preys Together", by Jack Colhoun, Covert Action Quarterly, #41, Summer 1992

"Downloading the Bush Files", by Michael King, Texas Observer, November 1998

Corruption Sources

"Business associates profit during Bush's term as governor" by R. G. Ratcliffe, Houston Chronicle, August 16, 1998 pA1

"Secrecy Cloaks $1.7 billion in UT Investments: Board puts money in funds run by trustees, friends of trustees", by R.G. Ratliffe, The Houston <I>Chronicle</I>, March 20, 1999

"How Bush REALLY Made His Millions", by Jerry Politex, The Bush Watch Web Site, ongoing

"Who is David Edwards?", by Micah Morrison, The Wall Street Journal, March 1, 1995

"The Governor's Sweetheart Deal", by Robert Bryce, The Texas Observer, January 30, 1998

"Bush's Big Score", by Robert Bryce, The Dallas  Observer, February 9, 1998

"Downloading the Bush Files", by Michael King, Texas Observer, November 1998

"Richard Rainwater: The invisible man behind one of the year's biggest deals", by John Morthland, Texas Monthly, September 1996

"Auditor Withheld Findings on State Housing Agency", by Craig Flournoy, Dallas Morning News, February 18, 1999

"Capitol Report: Housing Officials Under Fire", Austin American Statesman, February 3, 1999

Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N Roll Sources

"George W. Bush, the dirt digger" by Jeannette Walls, MSNBC's The Scop gossip column.

GOP insiders have privately confirmed to The Skeleton Closet that Bush hired the private detective, and that he was a very sexy and highly sexed bachelor.

"Bush, looking at D.C., sees a 'sullied process'", Austin American-Statesman, September 16, 1998  ##


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Subject: Hello!
Date: Sat, 31 May 1980 06:18:57 +0200
From: "Gustav Persson" <>
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Dear "black listed journalist"!

I didn't know much about the meeting between Bob and The Beatles before I read what you had written on /column2.html !

All I can say is; you are a legend, and true legend, I mean The Beatles' two greatest albums are the drug influenced Sgt. Pepper and Revolver, and I love the period when The Beatles were influenced by drugs, and I also love Bob's rock music, and it's just so amazing to realize that a lot of the music I adore wouldn't exist if it was not for you!!!! :-)  You are just as important as Woodie Guthrie to Bob Dylan and George Martin to The Beatles!  I just can't see why some people don't like you, I mean you have changed popular music, I love what you have done! :-)

It would be an honour if you replied to this letter, I would keep your email forever! :-)



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                                                          A BOO FOR COMP USA


Subject: Re: First Class / Four-Sep Publications - new site
Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 10:06:48 -0400
From: Michael Neff <
Organization: Web Del Sol

I hate comp USA.  What a friggin hassle.  It scares me.



Web Del Sol



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Subject: Haley's Comet: Saturday, May 22, 1999
Date: Sat, 22 May 1999 19:11:58 +0100
From: "Bryan Wilhite" <>
To: <>

Haley's Comet

news from the kinte space

Saturday, May 22, 1999


* the rasx context: Mance Lipscomb

* Access 2 Knowledge/ 99

* Mance Lipscomb

A new series called "the rasx context" is my personal journey through the ideas and creative talents of people all over my world.  I make no pretense of wanting to be an art or music critic.  The rasx context is just one human's view of another human's tangible creative expressions (art?).  The first subject in the rasx context is Texas "songster" Mance Lipscomb.  What does the song of a Texas sharecropper have to do with the Constitution of the United States?  What the hell does the English Rock band Bauhaus have to do with the blues?  Do old-school Death Rockers wear kilts?  It's all here in the rasx context:

* Access 2 Knowledge/ 99

Highwood Online, best known for its award-winning Web community, is presenting a global technology festival, a2K/99 (Access 2 Knowledge/ 99) May 28 and May 29 at The Brentwood Theatre on the Veteran Administration grounds in West Los Angeles.  The festival will include an interactive Town Hall meeting hosted by California Senator Barbara Boxer and the first GirlSite Vision Awards honoring organizations and individuals who have used technology to unite people.

For more information please see the following URL:


(c)1999 Songhay System

All rights reserved worldwide.


Number of Recipients: 794

This message is powered by Microsoft Access.


Haley's comet soars through the kinte space.

It's beyond the kente fabric of reality...

It's beyond all thang we dream about.


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                                               DOODIE ART

Subject: Check out Doodie - Power Art for the Millenium
Date: Wed, 26 May 1999 19:30:11 EDT

<A HREF="">Click here: Doodie - Power Art for the Millenium

</A>  This is the funniest most demented website i have ever seen, aside from the disney characters having sex enjoy it or not if the link doesn't work go to you will see hilarious cartoons all involving the color brown, maybe i have changed too many diapers in my time.  nay


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                                                           E FROM ALBIE'S KIN

Subject: wexler / baker, albie
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 16:32:13 -0700
From: "Spenser Thompson" <>
To: <>

Hello.  I am a relative of alleged thief Albie Baker as mentioned in the wexler article.  His brother in law, Bob Thompson, was Rosemary Clooney's bandleader, among other things.

Thanks for a great article. I'll pass it on to Albie's niece......  ##

Subject: Albie Baker family
Date: Thu, 10 Jun 1999 20:07:57 -0700
From: "Spenser Thompson" <>
To: <>

Is any of this of interest to You:

Thanks for the info on my great-uncle Albie Baker, the jewel thief and faux hipster.  i will be interviewing my mother on him and other family members.  Maybe something will be publishable eventually.  Also, my father is Rosemary Clooney's bandleader and Space Age pop musician Bob Thompson . Albie's brother was more talented.


wrote for Gerodius (sp.) press, and counted Miles, Bird, and Alan Eager and Al Cohn as his friends.  Anyway, I'll have to go through interviews with my mother as she will not write it!

Keep up the great work.

Spenser Thompson, MA  ##


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                                             READ RITA DOVE ON ROSA PARKS


Subject: FYI: Rita's essay on Rosa Parks for TIME
Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 06:29:17 -0400
From: "Fred Viebahn" <>

Click here to read Rita's essay for TIME:  ##


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                                                                 0088 REPORTS

Subject: * Why I Went Missing *
Date: Tue, 8 Jun 1999 14:49:40 -0400 (EDT)
From: "j. l. flatley" <>


Joseph Conrad



Top Risk Action Committee

  London * Prague * Kiev * Madrid * Dawson's Creek



JOE FLATLEY, aka Agent 88, has accepted an assignment into the deepest, darkest parts of New England.  As of Monday, June 15, he will be on location indefinitely, with the express purpose of smashing the sinister underworld machinations of PAGAN---the People Against Goodness and Normality.

It won't be easy.  His foes do not play fair.  But amassed with a keen wit, a vice-like intellectual grip and a stunning array of state of the art weaponry, Democracy will prevail.  It must.  For the fate of our children and our children's children.

If one must contact #88, it can be done at the following address until further notice.


36 Governor St, Apt. 4
Providence, RI
(401) 421-LAME

Keep fighting the good fight.  You are all heroes.  Except for Josh, my mortal enemy, whom I have vowed to destroy.

Joe Flatley  ##

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