Sunday :: Sep 5, 2004

One For The Road, George?

by pessimist

"Bottle o' wine, fruit o' the vine
When you gonna let me get so-ber
Leave me alone, let me go home
Let me go home and start o-ver

A true alcoholic anthem if ever there was one, and I'll bet George knows all the verses to this (un)refrain. It was very popular back when he was supposed to be in the Air National Guard.

George Jr sent out of Texas by father as a 'drunken liability'

On Sunday the former lieutenant governor of Texas Ben Barnes will admit on the CBS primetime news programme 60 Minutes that he pulled strings to enroll George Bush in a unit of the Texas National Guard known as the 'Champagne Unit', because it had so many sons of prominent Texas politicians and businessmen. The US president, Mr Bush, was transferred to the Alabama National Guard during the Vietnam war because his drunken behaviour was a political liability to his father in Texas, the wife of one of his father's former confidants revealed yesterday.

Linda Allison told the political website that throughout the time Mr Bush was in Alabama she never saw him in uniform and had no idea he was supposed to be in the National Guard. Asked if she had ever seen him in uniform Mrs Allison said: "Good Lord, no. I had no idea the National Guard was involved in his life."

Mrs Allison is the wife of the late Jimmy Allison, a former political consultant and newspaper owner from Midland, Texas and one time confidant of the Bush family. Motivated by pride in her husband and pique at the manner in which the Bush family discarded him once they believed he was no longer useful, the interview is the first she has ever given.

Mrs Allison said that in 1972 her husband received a call from Mr Bush's father asking whether he could find a place for his son on a Senate campaign he was managing in Alabama. Mr Bush Sr was the US ambassador to the UN at the time and his son's drunken and occasionally loutish behaviour was becoming an embarrassment. "Georgie was raising a lot of hell in Houston, getting in trouble and embarrassing the family and they just really wanted to get him out of Houston."

Mr Allison agreed to take the errant Bush son as his deputy in a Senate campaign to elect the Alabama Republican Winton "Red" Blount. Once he had an official reason to be in Alabama, Mr Bush Jr transferred from the Texas National Guard to its Alabama counterpart, although beyond one dental examination there is no proof that he showed up for any service even though it was only a part-time posting. Mr Bush was subsequently given an honourable discharge.

Most involved in the Senate campaign recall Mr Bush Jr turning up late, boasting about how much alcohol he had drunk the night before and then going home early. "After about a month I asked Jimmy what was Georgie's job, because I could never figure it out," recalled Mrs Allison. "I never saw him do anything."

And we suspect we never will!

The Well-Oiled Bush Twins
Cheap and Boozed Up, Just Like Dad's Salad Days When Other Young People Were Dying in Wars

BUZZFLASH REPORT Sunday September 5, 2004 at 6:37:53 AM

BuzzFlash Editors Note: This New York Post 'Page Six' Item from Saturday, September 4, appears to have 'disappeared' from the archive of the last seven days. Amazing, Isnít It? (for real)

[I can attest - I tried to look for it - ed]

September 4, 2004 -- JENNA and Barbara Bush lived up to their hard-partying reputation while in New York supporting their pop, President Bush, during the Republican Convention, according to our spies around town. The twosome kicked off a week of fun last Saturday at Chelsea hot spot 17, where, we're told, they partied with a group of 20 guests till the early hours. "Jenna seemed more wild than Barbara," said a witness.

"They probably got through about three bottles of Level vodka, and they were given a tour of the club by management."

The conservative cuties' next big night was Wednesday at Sixth Avenue nightclub Avalon, where they were in the crowd smoking cigarettes and pumping their fists to Kid Rock, who was performing on stage. "They [and their entourage of about 25] drank $4,500 dollars worth of drinks - bottles and bottles of vodka," says a club insider. "Then, having been comped all the alcohol, they left a $48 tip. We thought 1 per cent was kind of outrageous, considering they are the president's daughters."

BuzzFlash Note: Cheap, spoiled and all boozed up. A well-oiled Bush doesn't fall far from the shrub!

Was that one of those Whoopie Goldberg jokes that the GOP was so upset about? Tsk, tsk. But George is a manly-man, not one of those sober girly-men! As competitive as manly-man George Wa$ted Bu$h is, he can't be seen outdoing his daughters - so he isn't.

Susan Estrich goes nuclear

Well, you can't say Bush and Rove didn't ask for it. Bush's return to drinking is apparently common knowledge in DC, though it seems unlikely anyone will talk on the record.

Lies move Democrats to dig up dirt

Will it be the three, or is it four or five, drunken driving arrests that Bush and Cheney, the two most powerful men in the world, managed to rack up? After Vietnam, nothing is ancient history, and Cheney is still drinking. What their records suggest is not only a serious problem with alcoholism, which Bush but not Cheney has acknowledged, but also an even more serious problem of judgment. What if Bush were to fall off the wagon? Then what? Has America really faced the fact that we have an alcoholic as our president?

Dumbya the Numb should consider himself very lucky that he isn't stuck in Pakistan - it might not be good for his health in more ways than one!

Pakistani home brew kills 31

MULTAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - A toxic batch of home-brewed alcohol has killed 31 people in several towns in central Pakistan, police and hospital officials say. Alcohol is officially banned for Muslims in Pakistan but those determined to drink can purchase locally made spirits or black-market imports.

Most of the deaths occurred in the city of Multan where unconscious patients were admitted to hospital early on Saturday, district police chief Hamid Mukhtar Gondal told Reuters. Doctor Imran Rafiq said on Sunday all 17 people brought to one Multan hospital in the past 24 hours had died within hours. "It was an extremely poisonous alcohol, which affected their lungs and kidneys," he said on Sunday.

Other deaths were reported from small towns and villages near Multan and police said they believed the moonshine came from a single source. Gondal said three suspects had been arrested, and more raids were planned.

But if Arbu$to had been in Pakistan, and had he sampled the local wares, and had he died like all of the rest of the moonshiners, would this be his fate in the hereafter?

Baghdad sewage plant offers example of problems in Iraqi reconstruction

A torrent of raw sewage from east Baghdad roars from a giant pipe into a tributary of the Tigris River, not far from a U.S. military base named "Camp Cuervo." With a rancid stench that saturates the area, the stuff has been pouring into Iraq's main waterway since the U.S. military action to oust Saddam Hussein last year. "People are now basically drinking raw sewage anywhere downstream from Baghdad, which is much of the population," said William Fellows, a senior program officer for UNICEF who also works with the United Nations Development Program. The public health dangers range from cholera to minor stomach problems, said Fellows, who is based in Amman, Jordan. "There is more diarrhea, there is more skin disease, there is more eye disease, there are more health problems."

It would only be poetic justice.

To Your Health, George.

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