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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Vermont Gets Noticed...Again

Freyne_fleurs “Maybe President Bush doesn't like Birkenstocks, or antiquing, or socialists,” writes Joe Curl, the chief White House correspondent for the conservative Washington Times. “It could simply be that the health-conscious president just doesn't dig Ben & Jerry's high-fat ice cream.”

Sure, Joe. With the Bush Administration crumbling in disgrace, denial and dementia, it's time to get the focus outside of Washington, eh?

“Whatever the reason, Mr. Bush has not visited the state of Vermont. He has been to 49 other states and stopped off in more than 60 countries, including Albania, Uganda, Qatar — even Mongolia — but still no trip to Vermont.”

I know, you thought this was old news, right? But the Bush-friendly daily founded and funded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, father of the Unification Church, put it on its story list Tuesday, the day after Karl Rove's resignation went public in the conservative Wall Street Journal.

Yours truly had a voice-message on our machine when we got home from Seven Days Tuesday evening. I confess, I'm not a regular Washington Times reader, but I returned the call.

Unlike the president's first-ever visit to Rhode Island in June — when he made an appearance at the Naval War College in Newport that both of the state's U.S. senators skipped — Democratic Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, a vocal administration critic, yesterday made a solemn pledge to be a hospitable host.

"The whole delegation would be there — all three of us. How many other states can you get every single member of the delegation out there?" the senator said with a laugh yesterday.

Sens Mr. Leahy said there are no hard feelings about the profanity Vice President Dick Cheney spewed at him on the Senate floor in 2004, and offered a simple reason why Mr. Bush has not dropped by: "I think he's saving the best for last."

Curl also discussed the matter with Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders:

"If the president came, we'd get the largest facility we possibly could, I would be delighted to moderate it, and he would be treated with the respect as is becoming the president of the United States," he said.

And Curl did get former Bush mouthpiece Ari Fleischer in the piece. Always liked Ari, didn't you?

"Vermont is the opposite of George W. Bush: It's granola, it's crunchy, it's liberal, and it's socialist," said former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, who attended Middlebury College in Vermont and still vacations there.

And Mr. Fleischer knows firsthand what the president faces: When he went back to his alma mater — a school of about 2,000 students — to receive an award, "about 1,000 protesters showed up." No place is safe in the state, Mr. Fleischer said: "Even the tallest mountain peak, they'll backpack their way up there to protest the president."

But Ol' Joe didn't return our call-back. Bummer!

Read the whole article here.

What do you think?  Will our president visit our state before he leaves office?

As Ari put it, "He sure saved a doozy for last."


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Wonder if Curl has been mass married by the Reverand? The Washington Times, good for what Ales.. if you've run out of Toilet paper.


As for the decider's trip to RI I can tell you, that was an out an out joke. The navel war college, what a laugh! talk about a friendly audience. Why not just have it at Electric Boat while you're at it?

Ye Ol' Vermonter

Hey, let's just consider ourselves lucky that Bush has stayed away. Why would we want him to visit? As the most incompetent President of all time, Bush would bring nothing of value to Vermont. Let him stay on vacation in Crawford, Maine or anywhere. We are all safer when he is on vacation!

Robb Kidd

If G.W. came here I think the state would shut down. Let him come and I would love to see him with McScissorhands. Maybe the Gov has told him not to come until UVM basketball season so they can have a conversation about what is relevant to the people of VT, wasn't that what Douglass said he talked with GW when he stayed in the Lincoln Bedroom.


I Shrub comes to VT I will GLADLY give up a vacation day to protest him.


I would love it if Vermont remains the only state Bush has never set foot in. Why would we want him here?

Believe It

Moon's Washington Times, now there's a peace of work for you. The paper claims to independent of Moon's plans to create a right wing theocratic world. Hah. Moon personally brags about using it to "influence America along with [his] other activities." The latest estimate from a 20 year veteran of the paper is that Moon spent 3 billion dollars on his quite successful propaganda effort. Not too many Americans know that Moon has been easily the biggest funder, molder and promoter of the extreme form of conservatism we see here today. Fewer know or seem to care that the bottomless well of Moon's overseas cash to fund his manipulation of our nation originates, at least in part, from swindling hundreds of millions of dollars from the Japanese, targeting widows. This isn't just selling flowers and overpriced pagodas, one lady was awarded 2.4 million USD just last year. The association fighting for the people of Japan says the damages to the citizens of Japan runs well into the billions.

Did you know that same well of Moon cash has given over three million dollars to Bush family interests just since 43 took office?

James Whelan, the staunchly conservative and highly recruited first editor of the Washington Times who later said he had "blood on his hands" for helping Moon's organization gain credibility, put it this way in 1991 panel discussion on Moon's media. The panel included two other former editors of Moon's media and can be viewed here.

quoting Whelan:

"They (the Moon organization) are subverting our political system. They're doing it through front organizations--most of them disguised--and through their funding of independent organizations--through the placement of volunteers in the inner sanctums of hard-pressed organizations. In every instance--in every instance--those who attend their conferences, those who accept their money or their volunteers, delude themselves that there is no loss of virtue because the Moonies have not proselytized. That misses the central, crucial point: the Moonies are a political movement in religious clothing. Moon seeks power, not the salvation of souls. To achieve that, he needs religious fanatics as his palace guard and shock troops. But more importantly, he needs secular conscripts--seduced by money, free trips, free services, seemingly endless bounty and booty--in order to give him respectability and, with it, that image of influence which translates as power."


I heard Sakura on Church St. is one of these front organizations for the moonies.


The Moonies where one of my clients on my paper route when I was in High school. All Business no small talk. Spooky.

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