The FBI’s House Calls The FBI’s House Calls
Emil Guillermo, Special to SF Gate Tuesday, December 18, 2001
If you want to know how strange it’s getting in America, talk to Barry Reingold.
Reingold is a 60-year-old retired phone-company worker from the Bay Area who’s old enough to withdraw from his IRA without penalty.
His parents are Jewish. But Reingold prefers to be known as your basic, average American.
This is scary stuff folks.
Dec. 10 Cox News Service column by Tom Teepen: “Most Americans are perfectly capable of hanging tough against terrorism while debating the means. Too bad John Ashcroft isn’t one of them.”
Philadelphia Daily News editorial, Dec. 10: “In these troubled times, we have to be prepared to give up our freedom to bring knitting needles on an airplane, but law enforcement may not see records because it might make some gun nut in Wyoming nervous.”
Dec. 10 San Francisco Chronicle editorial: “It’s puzzling…that an attorney general who feels such a sense of urgency to round up 1,200 people-in sometimes legally dubious circumstances-seems so uncurious about how they may have been arming themselves.”
Dec. 11 Newsday column by Marie Cocco: “He deprives hundreds of detainees of their liberty. But he will not deprive them of their guns…He pursues them for working at shopping-mall kiosks, but not for the possibility they hold a weapons cache.”
It’s not just editorialists and columnists who are upset. For instance, Los Gatos, Calif., police chief Larry Todd, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police firearms committee, told the New York Times, “This is absurd and unconscionable. The decision has no rational basis in public safety.”
Lawmakers are upset, too. “You’re looking for new tools in every direction,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) told Ashcroft when he appeared before the Senate on Dec. 7 to answer questions abou
It’s the Enronomy, Stupid, by Walt Starr – Democratic Underground George W. Bush believes he can coin new words for the English language, so I thought I’d give my first shot at this practice with enronomy. Look at the beauty in the word. Enron is a perfect analogy for the current economic conditions in this nation. Previously number seven on the Forbes 500 list, and now bankrupt – compare it to the Clinton economy being taken over by Bush and run into the ground.
The entire idea of the enronomy runs deeper than any analogy, however. The complicity of the Bush administration in the happenings of Enron had detrimental effects on the enronomy (there’s that word again). Sixty billion dollars just disappearing from the enronomy must have a detrimental effect, and let’s face facts, there is no way that members of this administration didn’t know what was going on.
Salon.com News | Bush signs anti-drug measure Bush signs anti-drug measure
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President Bush said Friday that drug users aid terrorists who get their money from global trafficking in narcotics. “If you quit drugs, you join the fight against terrorism,” he said.
I knew this would be coming along. Military tribunals for pot smokers can’t be far behind.
Condit Dares Foes to Bring Up Levy Condit Dares Foes to Bring Up Levy
Politics: The scandal over the missing intern was a media fabrication, the congressman says.
By MARK Z. BARABAK, Times Political Writer
Rep. Gary Condit, facing an uphill bid for reelection, dared his opponents Monday to make an issue of his relationship with Chandra Levy.
He said that the scandal surrounding the missing intern was a media fabrication and that he would not let “the pundits and the talking heads” chase him from the race.
The guy’s got cajones the size of grapefruits.