Sunday, January 08, 2006

Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?

Anything happen while I was away?

Oh sure, there’s Iraq and Abramhoff and the NSA, but those are soooooo 2005. Besides, everyone and his blogger has weighed in on the big stories, so it’s up to us folks lower down in the food chain to pursue what seems to have drifted off the radar screens. So, ladies and gentlemen, let us recall Neil Bush.

First Brother, unlucky in business, but lucky in love.

Neil has been busy lately:

Over the past six months, Neil Bush, the son of former President George Herbert Walker Bush and Barbara Bush, and the younger brother of President George W. Bush, has been shepherded around several former Soviet republics by a man wanted for fraud by Russian authorities, and has showed up in the Philippines and Taiwan at the side of a self-styled messiah.

In September, Bush visited Latvia with Boris Berezovsky, described by the Washington Post as "a fugitive Russian tycoon who made millions in the violent scramble for control of Russian government assets after the fall of communism."

Berezovsky is a shareholder in Ignite!Learning, an educational software program founded by Neil. Berezovsky is apparently the key to Ignite!Learning gaining a foothold in the hot Latvian market. I’m sure he made the Latvian educators an offer they couldn’t refuse.

Neil has other Friends, too:

More recently, Bush showed up in the Philippines and Taiwan at the side of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the head of the controversial Unification Church. In the Philippines, Bush attended the inaugural convocation of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) in Manila, the Manila Bulletin reported.

And Neil’s Friends have Ideas:

Moon's tour has come up with a new way of promoting world peace, which he is calling the "World Peace King Bridge-Tunnel":
"For thousands of years, Satan used the Bering Strait to separate East and West, North and South, as well as North America and Russia geographically. I propose that a bridge be constructed over the Bering Strait, or a tunnel be dug under it, so that it will be able to connect the world super highway starting from the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa to Santiago in Chile, and from London to New York, making the world a single community."

And Neil’s Friends With Ideas have Connections:

Reverend Moon has been a longtime friend to the Bush family. After supporting George W. Bush's election in 2000 through his flagship publication, the Washington Times, the newspaper's foundation sponsored a prayer luncheon attended by some 1,700 religious, civic, and political leaders the day before Bush's inauguration.
In 1995, former President George H. W. Bush received $10,000 to speak at a Moon-sponsored Buenos Aires banquet that launched the Reverend's Latin American publication, "Tiempos del Mundo" (Times of the World). "A lot of my friends in South America don't know about the Washington Times but it is an independent voice," the former president said. "The editors of the Washington Times tell me that never once has the man with the vision interfered with the running of the paper, a paper that in my view brings sanity to Washington DC."

After the last few years I shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In fact, I shouldn’t be surprised that the whole plant is corrupt.

Makes me long for these days:


Blogger Pete said...

Mr Moon, we're down here! Hellloooo! When you going to build a tudge* to Australia? Or are we now being bypassed? Nor can I imagine too many Sarth Efrikens wanting to drive all the way to Chile - or vice versa. Hmm. How many tyres, how much petrol, where are all the Big Macs?

Dee, I think the apple's never actually separated from the tree. Long connecting fibres, I'd think.

*tudge = combination tunnel and bridge

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