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January 11, 2004

Wall of death. Kevin Phillips, in American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush (quoted in Jonathan Yardley’s review in the Washington Post):
ad.jpg All in all, if presidential family connections were theme parks, Bush World would be a sight to behold. Mideast banks tied to the CIA would crowd alongside Florida S&Ls that once laundered money for the Nicaraguan contras. Dozens of oil wells would run eternally without finding oil, thanks to periodic cash deposits by old men wearing Reagan-Bush buttons and smoking twenty-dollar cigars. Visitors to “Prescott Bush’s Tokyo” could try to make an investment deal without falling into the clutches of the yakuza or Japanese mob.
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Cryptic Ned ::: (view all by) ::: January 11, 2004, 11:56 PM:

if presidential family connections were theme parks

Worst comparison ever.

Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: January 12, 2004, 06:44 AM:

Could be interesting in William Gibson-style cyberspace display. Especially with realtime updating of money-flows, connexions formed to other groups, etc ...

julia ::: (view all by) ::: January 12, 2004, 08:54 AM:

they'd go broke buying sagebrush.

Paul ::: (view all by) ::: January 12, 2004, 11:03 AM:

Fine review. Yardley only once strays into the Forest of Wild Hyperbole: "Bill Clinton, who corrupted the presidency almost beyond imagination ..."

Yardley's written a book on Fred Exley. Surely, he can't be that unimaginative?

Jon H ::: (view all by) ::: January 12, 2004, 11:58 AM:

What about the Neil Bush Tunnel of Love, where strange Thai women just come right up and have their way with you?

Stefan Jones ::: (view all by) ::: January 12, 2004, 12:20 PM:

I once stayed in a Denver hotel across from Neil Bush's Fun House (Silverado Savings & Loan).

Kathryn Cramer ::: (view all by) ::: January 12, 2004, 07:13 PM:

Sounds good. I just ordered a copy.

Jonathan Vos Post ::: (view all by) ::: January 17, 2004, 02:42 PM:

Search for Dick Cheney's "Undisclosed Location!"

Carry a green suitcase of cash and a bearded monster from "Saddam's Spiderhole!"

Ride the $100 Billion "Space Mountain" designed by science advisor Karl Rove!

Fun for the whole family. And, before entering, make sure that your family fits our official heterosexual monogamist definition, or we'll book tours through your bedroom!