January 18, 1991
The battle has been joined in the struggle to restore the legitimate government of Kuwait and stop appeasement of the new Hitler. The battle against the recession, that is, the Iraqi forces, went well in its first hours, with no people being killed, only Arabs. As stocks and F15’s soared, victory was quickly declared by McDonnell-Douglas. President Bush, the commander-in-chief of the Coalition forces, which incidentally include some US troops, addressed the nation and declared that Kuwait will once again be free, that is to say, its oil will be cheap.
Demonstrations against the Rescue of Kuwait continue in San Francisco and throughout the world. The crowds have brandished 60s-style placards and sported long hair and outlandish clothing. Police worked overtime to extricate a number of priests, housewives and other sensibly-attired Middle Americans who appear to have wandered into the demonstrations by accident.
There are counter-demonstrators too. At Columbia University, a student from “Students for a Free Kuwait” explained patiently to a network reporter that the 25 pro-Desert Storm demonstrators rather than the 2,000 antiwar activists represented the majority of students because “patriotic students are studying.”
Public reaction to the President’s Meddle East policy has been favorable. Eighty-one percent approve of the President’s handling of the war, although 60% said they would turn against the operation if it affected them personally.
January 24, 1991
Terror rained down on Israel this week after a series of kind and gentle surgical sorties against the Butcher Shop in Baghdad. The Pentagon has announced that it will withhold body counts in order to avoid getting bogged down in controversy. Polls show 82% of Americans think controversy during wartime is a bad thing. A Savannah, Georgia psychologist adds that watching too much war coverage on TV is emotionally unhealthy and advised people who are anxious about the war to “turn off the news.” He added that they should also stay out of the streets and avoid writing letters to the press and politicians.
The media will not be allowed to cover the arrival in the United States of human remains pouches from the war front, according to a spokesman at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, since people who are not reported to have died should not be reported to have been buried, and since such collateral damage has in the past caused controversy, that is, lower ratings, that is electoral shifts, that is, the end of a war.
President Bush, visibly angered by Iraq’s treatment of kind and gentle American fighter pilots, declared that the whole world is sickened by Saddam’s war crimes, with the possible exception of that part of the world that is sickened by ours. As the war moves towards the phase of ground war, in which actual people with pronounceable names might become casualized, Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin Powell assured the press that America had “brought all the tools in the tool box to the party,” just as we had brought party favors and a cake when relations with Iran were in need of repairs.
The Iraqis have apparently become very skilled at concealing their military hardware, disguising common buildings and even rocks as strategic military targets. As a result, the US has destroyed a number of cardboard tanks and avoided bombing runways that had painted bomb craters on them. An army spokesman said the Iraqi tactic of using $29 worth of camouflage fabric to cover a rock and lure in a $1 million missile was “inscrutable and probably a war crime.”
In the Soviet Union, a new form of apartheid has arisen based on whether an individual possesses rubles or dollars. Those with dollars are called “white people,” an apparent reference to a recent report on the average net worth of white households in the United States—$43,000, as opposed to black households at $4,000 and Hispanics at $5,500. Some civil rights leaders have charged that not much has changed in recent decades, but other analysts counter that the US social order is stable.
The DuPont company has announced the introduction of a line of refrigerants that do not attack the ozone, thus saving the world. A spokesman said the development could have come years earlier but the company was too busy with the cold war to worry about refrigeration. That according to a high company official who declined to state what he was high on.
March 15, 1991
Army officials have revealed that the biggest battle of the Gulf re-election campaign came after the cease-fire was declared. As American forces prepared to wax some of Iraq’s Apache helicopters, one soldier was recorded as saying “Say ‘hello’ to Allah,” demonstrating the acceptance of diverse cultures so integral to the New World Order.
In Great Britain, the so-called Birmingham Six, who were alleged to have perpetrated a series of pub bombings in that city, have been released after sixteen years in prison, proving once again that the system works.
President Bush is moving to curtail the extensive appeal process in death penalty cases. Opponents of the change argue that death row inmates often had incompetent counsel due to underprivileged backgrounds, but supporters counter that if their lives are underprivileged, they won’t be losing that much.
Secretary of State Baker has told Israel that West Bank settlement is the main obstacle to a peace settlement. Israel claims it is the other way around.
Doctors report they have traced President Bush’s heart problems to Graves’ Disease, which tends to act up if the patient over-exerts himself—for example, by digging more than 100,000 graves.
April 4, 1991
The moderately extreme beating by Los Angeles police officers of motorist and convicted bank robber Rodney King, who danced, smirked and held his buttocks prior to his arrest, has prompted Chief Daryl Gates to issue a warning to officers not to use extreme force on civilians unless they have used the taser gun on the camcorder operator first.
US District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp, President Bush’s nominee for the US Court of Appeals, says that the mauling of several young black men by police dogs may provide a negative reinforcement. “If their only remembrance of the crime was the pain of being bitten,” he said, “they may never steal again.” And one can only hope that if Rodney King’s only remembrance of being stopped is eleven broken bones in his head, he may never hold his buttocks and smirk in front of police again.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has asked the government for permission to borrow an additional $70 billion, but FDIC Chair. L. William Seidman denies the move presages a coming bank collapse. Seidman noted that while it is highly unusual to use a credit line as equity for securing loans, the new funds would be fully collateralized and would not attrit the taxpayer except in the case of a possible though highly speculative full-scale S&L-configured debacle. Or, in lay terms: trust us.
April 18, 1991
Iran has made overtures to Iraq to cooperate in the postwar Gulf. President Bush noted in response that the New World Order is based on cooperation of former enemies with the United States, not with each other. The President said “No one will work harder for a stable peace in the region than we will,” and promised to make sure of it.
The task of reconstructing the Kuwaiti oil fields will fall to San Francisco’s Bechtel Corporation, which has accepted the $100 billion job with a heavy heart. Bechtel has a history of patriotic endeavor in Kuwait going back 40 years, or 10 years longer than the history of Kuwait.
The Kuwaiti rumor pipeline is flowing with stories of assassination attempts on pro-democracy forces. But a spokesman for His Legitimacy the Emir said the situation is under control, adding that he will bring in experts on democracy from El Salvador to consult.
Education Governor Pete Wilson has announced cuts of $2 billion from the schools’ budget, commenting, “Education isn’t free—Kuwait is.” The Governor said the debts of beleaguered school districts could not be forgiven because the year’s forgiveness quotient has already been fulfilled in Egypt and Poland. The quick finish to the Gulf War could free up resources to address domestic problems, but the Governor has declined to say whether he will use the tanks against student protesters.
The United States says that Japan is dragging its feet in assuming responsibility for defense of its own air space and sea lanes, but the Japanese say they fully intend to fulfill their obligations as soon as they find out who they are defending themselves against.
June 7, 1991
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has announced that unemployment remains unchanged at 3.3%. Taking into account the figures on unemployment for black youth, the actual unemployment for most Americans is about 1.1%. The figures are not adjusted for seasonal variation, but unemployment is always in season, so Season’s Greetings!
The Emir of Kuwait is facing widespread public disillusionment with his government and has asked the United States to keep troops in his country as long as Saddam Hussein remains in power in Iraq—that is, as long as widespread public disillusionment remains in Kuwait. The Emir has promised to consider granting the vote to women in order to re-illusion the populace.
The US Supreme Court has instructed family planning clinics not to talk about abortion to their clients if the clinics receive government funds. The decision does not specify whether they must post signs stating “We do not talk about abortion—it does not exist.” The majority said in its decision that the nation must have free speech, but the government cannot pay for it—it must be free. Critics contend that poor women may now not be able to afford free speech, but the decision does not muzzle poor women—only their doctors.
The House Armed Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Ron Dellums, has killed funding for Star Wars Jr., also known as Brilliant Pebbles. The project was the personal pet rock of Vice President Quayle.
Former Iranian President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr is in the US to promote his new book, a spy thriller in which a Conservative American President arranges with an Iranian terrorist regime to keep 52 hostages out of the clutches of a dangerous madman, outgoing US President Jimmy Malaise. The story is described by reviewers as a sleeper that refuses to die. On being informed that the noted fiction writer had been granted a US visa, President Bush’s heart skipped a beat. Vice President Quayle reassured the nation, telling reporters “I am not in charge.”
A new poll reveals that 96% of the American people are euphoric over the Defense of Freedom in the Gulf, while only 44% are euphoric over the successful demonstrations of America’s ability to dictate events and punish small misbehaving nations while maintaining control over vital strategic resources. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 52 percentage points, to allow for those respondents who are euphoric about US world domination but are not yet prepared to say so publicly.
Numerous rioters in Washington DC have been found to be illegally alienated El Salvadoreans who had hoped for a better life in the United States. But research shows they are treated just as well as previous minorities.
The Oregon Citizens Alliance has launched a campaign to amend Oregon’s constitution to outlaw bestiality, sadomasochism, sex with children and corpses, and—excuse the language—homosexuality. The group is operating as the “No Special Rights Committee,” a new subgroup of the No Rights Committee. Executive Director Lon Mabon denied the amendment is intended as a witch-hunt, saying he will press for a separate amendment against lesbianism. The bill would also mandate penalties for public schoolteachers who wear lavender ribbons instead of yellow ones.
And speaking of witchcraft, the Trailblazers’ Buck Williams’ practice of double-teaming has been hailed by basketball pundit Lon Mabon as the most effective way to stop Magic.
July 20, 1991
A noted neurologist has confirmed that the program “Entertainment Tonight” caused a viewer to suffer epileptic seizures. The woman experienced an upset feeling in the pit of her stomach, a sense of pressure in her head, and mental confusion. The case is unusual in that most “E.T.” viewers suffer the same symptoms but do not notice them. An epilepsy expert at the University of Pennsylvania came to the defense of the show, saying it is “probably the quality of the voice that caused the seizures, rather than what she’s actually saying.”
In other medical news, scientists are looking at a new treatment for heart disease that uses the saliva of vampire bats and the juices of bloodsucking leeches, but the team warns that the treatment could lead to shortages in the field of corporate law.
The United States is holding out against other industrial powers on global warming and endangered rain forests. The US is the largest producer of carbon dioxide, the chief cause of global warming, and US officials say they cannot be expected to shoulder the responsibility of solving the problem while they are occupied with creating it.
Former CIA Central America Task Force Chief Allan Fiers now says he was lying when he testified under oath to the Senate Iran-Contra panel. If what he now says is now true, other Iran-Contra witnesses could have been lying as well, or even better. That could mean the hearings were actually a cover-up, the 1980 election was stolen, the Contras illegally financed, and arms traded for hostages. But a poll released this week shows that sixty-two percent of Americans are tired of the scandal, and forty-eight percent are more interested in bread and butter issues, except when there is a new Hitler to be dealt with.
In the continuing CIA Chief Gates-gate affair, Robert Gates maintains he didn’t know about illegal Contra funding because he was not at the center of intelligence, but if he were appointed Director of Central Intelligence, he would know more of what is going on. President Bush has confirmed that Gates is a man of honor, and says he should be confirmed as CIA Director in spite of that.
Representative Lee Hamilton has called for a congressional investigation of the Reagan campaign’s alleged 1980 attempt to save 52 hostages in Iran from falling into the hands of Jimmy Carter.
HUD Secretary Jack Kemp has denied his proposal to build low-income housing on formerly protected wetlands is Machiavellian, saying it is a positive step to get environmental extremists to stop fighting developers and start fighting the homeless problem. President Bush has hailed the new guidelines as the most enlightened housing policy this side of the West Bank.
A sort of “Gulf War Syndrome” has surfaced in some soldiers, with one private calling for an end to celebrations because “We killed sheep-herders who wanted to give up.” But other vets disagreed, saying they lost good friends in the war. As always, two sides to every question.
The recession is over, according to the experts who had originally announced the first signs of the recession last week. Polls show 46% of Americans believe the recession is still on, but this minority’s judgment may be clouded by their temporary and cyclical cash flow impairment.
Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas is opposed to affirmative action and says he will fight his nomination. Judge Thomas avoided taking civil rights courses in law school, since he would learn all about that field later as Chairman of the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. Thomas brings to the high court 15 months experience as an appellate court judge. His status as a non-traditional nominee makes him well-qualified to fill the non-quota seat.
IBM and Apple have announced a joint venture to produce the next generation of personal computers, which will be faster and more up-to-date. The MacPC will incorporate a new version of spell-check, called PC-check, that will catch pre-multicultural word usage and criticize the user in front of the whole class.
The televangelist battle continues, with Jimmy Swaggart accusing Marvin Gorman of having told a woman he was counseling she must have sex with him or he would expose her as a lesbian. Gorman counters that since the woman had sex with him, she could not have been a lesbian; the woman is launching a counter-suit against Swaggart for ruining her reputation in the lesbian community. We’ll keep you posted.
August 7, 1991
The Democrats have decided to launch a political investigation of the Republicans for their role in preventing Jimmy Carter and the Ayatollah Khomeini from stealing the 1980 election. Republican Robert Michel of Illinois says “people back home don’t give two hoots about what happened 10 years ago.” Constitutional scholars agree the statute of limitations on election theft thwarting is nine years.
A team of U.C. Berkeley researchers has issued a report claiming that the best social solution to homelessness is volleyball. Meanwhile, Berkeley City Manager Michael Brown has lamented the disturbances at People’s Park, criticizing “a group of people who think they can use violence to force their will on the community.” Brown has not said whether he will fire all the police involved.
In the Bank of Credit and Commerce International scandal, Attorney General Richard Thornburgh says he will issue federal damage control indictments shortly. Thornburgh says there is no information indicating any wrongdoing by the CIA in the case, adding “trust me.” President Bush explained to a group of schoolchildren that the government had done nothing wrong, saying that using a bank that launders drug money in order to track drug dealers is no different from using drug dealers to launder arms money.
The Senate has endorsed the President’s request for Star Wars funds to stop small non-white nations from attacking the United States with their one missile in retaliation against the New World Order. Critics have said the US is more vulnerable to a terrorist carrying a nuclear bomb in a suitcase, but 16 experts say it will soon be possible to target that suitcase from outer space.
August 16, 1991
California Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi has announced insurance roll-backs that will refund $100 per car to every policyholder. The insurance industry has sprung to the defense of its customers, saying they will be hurt by the rules.
In Kansas, a group of average Americans has defended the right of poor and minority women to have babies. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, “Operation Rescue” says it will save 1,000 babies in California in the coming weeks. Every baby will be cherished, said Randall Terry, including the gay babies, who will have the chance to be saved twice.
The attorney for Pee Wee Herman has asked the judge to dismiss his client’s indecent exposure case, saying the evidence won’t stand up in court. Children across the nation want to know why Pee Wee can play children’s parts on TV but can’t play with his own parts in a dark theater. Parents are advised to tell their kids that intelligent people don’t do that sort of thing in Florida.
Minorities, saying they are victimized by such environmental hazards as lead poisoning and factory pollution, are clamoring for a voice in environmental policy, but President Bush says he will veto the clamor, since linkage is unconstitutional. The President said he was aware that green issues had been addressed primarily by white organizations, but said he had always been against colorization, and that he had learned from the classics that lead is the great equalizer. He noted that in America even the Vice President has a toxic household.
Our culture desk notes that American culture is big in Moscow, now that the Soviets are free to express themselves. Said Nikolai A. Buyanov, who affects the Elvis Presley look, “I’m trying to dress like him because he thought for himself.”
The gulf between rich and poor in the US is widening, says the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, with the top one percent doubling their after-tax income during the 1980s while the poor saw their income fall more than 10 percent. Unfortunately, little can be done about it, since class struggle is now officially out of style.
Illegal immigrants now include white people, if you count the Irish. Many Irish workers have joined the “under” “class” of undocumented workers. One Boston construction worker says he is “forced to take the crummiest jobs at the lowest wages. I don’t think I can go on like this too much longer,” said the man. A black woman standing nearby smiled sympathetically and assured him it would be over in three or four generations.
Consumer groups are insisting on mandatory seat belts for children on buses and planes in the wake of yet another fatal bus accident. But the schools cannot afford belts on their buses due to budget constraints caused by the educational system’s status as a big government imposition instead of a freely competing enterprise, and the airlines insist they cannot require children to be secured, since children are after all not carry-on luggage.
August 27, 1991
The coup flew this week after Mikhail Gorbachev caught the coup flu, then gave it to some visitors who took it back to the Gang of Eight. Gorbachev had been very tired—too tired to call a press conference; in fact, too tired to call. Gorbachev was told by his visitors that he would be sick for a long time,
but he responded that it was they who made him sick, that it was in fact they who were illin’.
The coup, which was undertaken to continue the reforms Gorbachev was too ill to carry out himself, was derailed by its own lack of finesse. Coup-watchers say the plotters lacked the support of an outside superpower that had helped General Pinochet assure the continued health of Chile’s society—that is to say, its investment climate. Lacking such support, it would have been advisable to transfer blame for Gorbachev’s illness to a virus, acting alone, and to cover any connections between the virus and the plotters. This advice from a highly-placed bum interviewed at his home on a grassy knoll in Dallas.
On his return to Moscow, Gorbachev found a society transformed, if not a country disappearing from the map. The power being gathered by Boris Yeltsin and the rapid dissolution of the Union made some wonder what American officials had whispered in Yeltsin’s liquor-lubricated ears during his visit to the United States. But any suggestion that the Americans may have had a hand in recent Soviet developments was discounted by unnamed officials at an unnamed, much-misunderstood government agency some-where in Virginia.
The various Republics proceeded to declare independence in quick succession, confident in their new-found freedom. From Estonia to Kazakhstan, people are anxious to join the free world. Scoffing at suggestions that they will become like Mexico, a pool of cheap labor enriching distant bankers, they hope to become like the United States, with the constitutional right to three cars per family and lots of appliances made by Mexicans. “We learned about freedom from Radio Free Europe,” said a group of smiling Russians waving a McDonald’s flag.
President Bush cautioned that although history is indeed ended, we still need nuclear weapons to stop Khadafy from attacking our Ukrainian friends, and that a national health care system will have to wait until we are sure Boris Yeltsin is not going to fall ill.
September 1, 1991
The Republic of Azerbaijan has declared its independence from the Soviet Union, but the new state will not ban the Communist Party. This shows that their goal is not really democracy, said a spokesman for the International Monetary Fund. Russia, on the other hand, is moving forward toward full freedom for its people, granting permission for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, the American people’s voice of democracy, to broadcast in Moscow. Russians will now have direct and legal access to objective information about the superiority of free enterprise.
A crowd in the Ukraine watched with glee as workers dismantled a statue of Lenin and replaced it with a statue of Milton Friedman.
Throughout the republics, people are celebrating the end of their status as a Soviet colony and the beginning of their new life as a Russian colony. Farmers are celebrating the end of the tyranny of collective farming, having finally won the right to sell their land to Western banks.
The White House has expressed concern about disputes over borders and relative powers among the Soviet republics, but a spokesman said progress is being made: they’re fighting each other instead of us. The Soviet Republics are not alone in their up-heavals—in Yugoslavia, historic antagonisms are in free play as the old state breaks down. As the civil war there heats up, US officials are being asked whether the West will intervene to stop the bloodshed. In response, a State Department spokesman denied that Yugoslavia has any oil.
The Miss California USA pageant has been attacked by femino-Stalinists who claim the contest is a meat rack. “Our contestants aren’t airheads,” replied the pageant director, “but we’re working on it.”
The EPA has been ordered to deregulate wetlands. President Bush says existing protections deny landowners their private property rights, especially the right to flood other people’s lands by drying up their own. Ecologists immediately complained, saying that wetlands are an essential part of the environment and that the plan is like proposing to trade one of your lungs because you’d rather have two hearts. Vice President Quayle responded that in America, you have that choice.
Three California utilities plan to build a major solar power plant in the Mojave Desert, hoping to prove that the sun is a cost-effective source of power when trapped by hundreds of large mirrors and sold to customers who don’t have their own sun.
Researchers say homosexuals have a cluster of brain cells that is a different size from the same cluster in straight males. Senator Jesse Helms is working on a bill that would outlaw different size cell clusters among public school teachers and artists with NEA grants.
Arista Records will give refunds to Milli Vanilli fans, or ex-fans: one dollar to those who bought their lip-synched single, $2 for tape or album, $3 for CD, and $2.50 for a concert ticket stub. The Disgruntled Fans Union is jubilant, but industry executives worry that the settlement, approved by a circuit court judge, could set a bad precedent. Some execs fear fans could demand that performers appear without swirling lights and with instruments before offering their records for sale.
One extremist group has already demanded an end to advertising, false or otherwise, of all popular music products. A spokesman for the Committee Opposed to Monolithic Mega-Industry Excess, or COMMIE, appeared at a press conference in a seedy loud noise club, where he was asked by a well-dressed and objective reporter, “If you don’t like our system, why don’t you go to Iraq?” Supporters of the radical group responded to the incisive question with a volley of safety pins and spit. The police later closed the club, calling it a mental health hazard.
September 11, 1991
The Republic of Tadzhikistan has declared its independence from the Soviet Union, but has been informed that there is no Soviet Union, so they must remain dependent.
The Salomon Brothers trading firm has issued a defense of its highly unusual practices, saying they had strict rules about who could approve illegal activity.
Former CIA Covert Operations Chief Clair George has been indicted on charges of lying to Congress and obstructing investigations into the Iran-Contra affair. George told reporters, “I was just doing my job.”
The federal judge presiding at the Noriega trial has ruled that records of a 1983 meeting between Noriega and then Vice President Bush are inadmissible as evidence. The judge said the trial is about Noriega’s drug trafficking, not Bush’s.
President Bush has proposed a compromise on loans to Israel for settling Jewish refugees from Russia who hope to rescue the West Bank desert from Palestinian dupes of Saddam Hussein. The President has proposed to delay the loans, then give them more. The move has been hailed as an historic step in the Mideast quagmire, guaranteeing the needs of both Israel and the Congress. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir has said that Jews were justified in using terrorism to win statehood, but that Palestinians are not. The Palestinians, he explained, are fighting for a land that is not theirs. The Jews, on the other hand, had been fighting for a land that would become theirs.
In the continuing Politically Correct assault on traditional values, leftists are trying to rewrite school textbooks to say that Columbus didn’t discover America, but rather, invaded it. The National Council of Social Studies has countered that saying Columbus didn’t discover America is like saying there’s no Santa Claus.
September 24, 1991
The Parliament of Tadzhikistan has declared a state of emergency and forced the President to resign, in moves aimed at shoring up Communist rule in the southernmost former Soviet republic. The State Department says Tadzhikistan has been the center of Communist aggression ever since the CIA unraveled its spelling. As the hard-liners’ troops guarded the University of State Terrorism and occupied their upper chamber, the House of Drug Lords, the White House warned that any discussion of changes in the mandate of the CIA would have to wait until the Tadzhik parlio-junta stops threatening our Uzbek friends.
President Bush has informed the United Nations that Zionism is not racism, but rather a bold new type of land reform. The President singled out Cuba as a holdout against the tide of democracy, but exempted China, which is big. New World President George Bush has declared himself “plenty fed up” with unruly child Saddam Hussein and has launched Operation Determined Resolve or ODR. The President once again demonstrated his ability to quickly change the terms of political discourse, according to reports published coincidentally in major media throughout the nation.
National Hero Oliver North has been totally exonerated of all charges in the Arms for Ayatollahs-Cash for Contras-Sting Caper Crisis Affair. This leaves only Robert Gates and the BCCI to be persecuted for their patriotism, along with Manuel Noriega, who turned Panama into a centralized drug operation before the US stepped in to restore free competition.
Deputy CIA Director Robert Gates said at his confirmation hearing that he wanted to speak about the misjudgements he made and the lessons he learned from Iran-Contra, but he could not recall them. He also said he had done a lot of soul-searching, but had not yet found it.
Prosecutor Michael Sullivan has derided Manuel Noriega as a “small man in a general’s uniform.” The defense is expected to mount a case portraying President Bush as a “thin man in a business suit,” but that evidence is expected to be ruled inadmissible. The two sides agree Noriega accepted payments to overlook drug trafficking; the only dispute is about which traffickers he was supposed to overlook: the Medellin Cartel or the Contra-CIA Enterprise. One possible solution would be to overlook both overlooks, but as long as the strongman claims to have the thin man by the balls, no compromise is likely.
September 27, 1991
The warring parties in El Salvador have signed a preliminary agreement agreeing in principle to continue to talk about what they may be able to agree to talk about. But both sides have much to learn before democracy is possible. The right must continue its progress from being a party with ties to death squads, and the left must renounce its association with Cuba and stop killing innocent, unarmed American soldiers in violation of their freedom to associate with parties with ties to death squads. The two sides are still far apart. Both want to better the lives of their people, but the left wants to redistribute land to the peasants while the right wants to redistribute investment return to foreign investors.
The United States has a special responsibility in this struggle, having occasionally supported the somewhat brutal army there in the past, that is, until yesterday. But the US now encourages democratic instincts in Latin America, and former dictators and assassins from Chile to El Salvador are now facing trial. The government of Costa Rica has even appealed for the extradition of American citizen John Hull, charged with gun and drug-running in that country, but they do not appear prepared to invade the United States to capture him.
October 3, 1991
President Bush has ordered the unilateral destruction of a host of nuclear weapons, something that would have been unthinkable during the years when only the fringe disarmament movement was calling for it. Such a move would have been highly dangerous then, with the Soviet threat so thoroughly documented at the time by Robert Gates.
Liberals were quick to criticize the President’s continued support of the B-2 bomber and Star Wars. Radicals and church figures have also weighed in, saying the real threat to National Security is the poverty suffered by 34 million Americans. But a White House aide says new design improvements will soon make it possible for Star Wars to target not just poor countries, but individual poor Americans as well. And Defense Secretary Dick Cheney says Brazil could shoot a nuclear missile at Key West by the end of the century. Critics say Brazil has scrapped its nuclear weapons program, but Cheney maintains that could change if there is a coup in Brazil, which could be arranged.
A new poll reveals the Soviet people believe that anyone who makes a profit is probably doing something illegal. Analysts for the Times-Mirror Company, which conducted the poll, concluded that the people there are not yet prepared for capitalism.
In Michigan, a deep breathing exercise to relieve stress has been shelved by school authorities after opponents charged that deep breathing could promote devil worship. Scientific studies so far are mixed.
With continuing bank scandals, crumbling schools, skyrocketing deficits, increased homelessness and persistent economic instability, President Bush’s popularity is at an all-time high. In a poll just released, however, 41% of respondents said they will probably take a dimmer view of President Bush two years after he leaves the White House, with 30% of these saying they hope to benefit from the hindsight of post-Bush era press reports, while another 40% said they plan to change their views based on new opinion polls they will be reading, and the remaining 30% say that while the press tends to reveal more Presidential malfeasances after the fact, they feel the President is doing a good job, as President Reagan will continue to have been doing for a few more years. One twentieth of one percent responded extemporaneously, saying “Of course they’re lying—it’s their job!”
October 6, 1991
Confirmation hearings for Judge Clarence Thomas have drawn to a close. Thomas won over Senators with his forthright refusal to discuss his opinions, which he maintained are not relevant to his work as a judge. Thomas claims affirmative action has often put people into jobs they are unqualified for, but he showed his flexibility by accepting the President’s nomination.
A White House source says it is unlikely the United States will send troops to rescue Haiti from its army, because it is an internal affair— that is, no medical school.
Mutinous soldiers in the African nation of Zaire have precipitated a crisis likely to end with the removal from power of President Mobutu Sese Seko, who for 26 years has ruled his nation in an aloof, distant manner. General Mobutu came to power in a coup that the CIA was aware of, replacing the new nation’s first Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba, who turned out to be a Communist and shortly thereafter died from that. Mobutu is credited with legalizing opposition parties during the first quarter-century of his tenure.
The White House has promised to eventually make available $10 billion to tackle the problem of homelessness among Russian Jewish émigrés. While the program has been faulted for perhaps creating a new class of homeless persons in the West Bank, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzak Shamir says that the United States had relocated Indians from their land to settle European refugees, and without doing so the US could never have become a world power capable of helping small nations relocate their Indians.
October 8, 1991
The former personal assistant to Clarence Thomas has charged the Supreme Court nominee with sexual harassment. Anita Hill says Thomas pressured her to date him and talked with her about pornographic films. Thomas has denied the allegations, saying that as chief enforcement officer for job discrimination he had only been doing his job.
November 1, 1991
The Middle East peace conference is underway, but all parties are thus far sticking to their guns. “Palestinians” continue to maintain that they are, and Israel refuses to discuss its sovereignty over Jerusalem, though the rest of the world challenges it. Said one right-wing party activist, “It’s not we who are crazy. It’s the rest of the world.” The rest of the world did not return press calls.
The death toll in the Northern India earthquake has risen to 1,600. Five of the dead were Westerners, and the rest were not.
President Bush has attacked Congress over its treatment of Clarence Thomas, calling it a “privileged class” and adding “we don’t need two.” He said the “piranha tactics of smearing the individual and ignoring the issue serve no public purpose,” since Thomas had already taken care of that. Although in this case no FBI reports were leaked, the committee having leaked Anita Hill’s testimony to itself, the President said henceforth FBI reports will be provided only to selected members of Congress, and that in the future all members of Congress will be selected by the FBI, instead of by PACs.
Two former federal regulators have accused a Reagan administration official of ordering a cover-up of the S&L scandal until after the 1988 election. A Reagan spokesman denied there had been a November Surprise, calling the accusations “political.” But President Bush has been careful to distance himself from the affair. Asked about the actions of former White House official Edward Rogers Jr., who went from the White House to a position as adviser to a major Saudi figure in the BCCI scandal, Bush declined to know anything about Rogers’ activities but said he is a free citizen and added that his concern was that the White House be beyond “any perception of impropriety” so that Rogers could get on with the impropriety.
Tens of thousands of African-Americans have registered to vote in Louisiana, having finally found someone they can get excited about voting against.
A New York Times/CBS News poll shows 60 percent of Americans feel “things have pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track,” while 67 percent approve of President Bush’s handling of his job. The poll shows that either the 60 percent feel it is good to be off the track, or they feel things would be worse if Bush were impeached.
The Honorable Elliot Abrams has pleaded guilty to two counts of withholding information from Congress in the Iran-Contra affair. Critics of the process say Abrams misled the Congress in good faith and thus should not be treated as if he had lied. Abrams, known for his confident style, told the court remorsefully, “I am proud to have given 12 years serving the US government and of the contrabution I made in those years.
The movement to limit Congressional terms is a grass-roots fight against government bureaucracy and corruption, according to two leading backers, brothers David and Charles Koch, listed by Fortune Magazine as among the 20 richest men in the world. The Koch brothers had no comment on whether the next step would be term limits for the Fortune 500.
Jerry Brown continues his drive for the Presidency in his 1964 Plymouth. On the stump, Brown tends to speak in Zen riddles, saying, for example, “We must put patriotism before profits. We the people must rise up and take back our democracy.” But polls show 62% of Americans prefer sitting, think democracy is fine where it is, and don’t think of themselves as We.
An Indiana teenager who bludgeoned his foster parents to death had just come from a Bible study class. State authorities deny the Book contains hidden Satanic messages.
December 29, 1991
Tonight’s top story: the people of Cuba are growing restless under the yoke of Fidel Castro’s increasingly isolated regime, according to a study issued by a group of scholars in the White House press office. We’ll keep you posted on that story as the details are made up.
Former racist David Duke, now a concerned white citizen, continues his run for the Presidency with attacks on the party of Jesse Jackson and Ron Brown. He has established his non-Nazi credentials by attacking Hitler’s allies, the Japanese, in their native tongue, broken English.
The AIDEX arms exhibition of peace-keeping hardware has ended in Canberra, Australia. The gathering was marred by violent anti-arms protesters who came for kicks and were obliged by police. Some had their arms broken but spares were near at hand.
The Federal Government’s chief nuclear waste disposer is trying to sell the waste to Indian tribes. Noting Native Americans’ reverence for the land, David LeRoy said the next best thing to leaving uranium in the ground was putting part of it back. The Feds wish to make up for shabby treatment of Indians in the past by sharing, much as Chiefs, Seminoles, Illini and Braves have shared their names and fighting prowess with other Americans.
The last American hostages have been released in Lebanon. That leaves only two German hostages and an unknown number of Palestinians who are being held in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and various countries around the world.
The latest Pan Am crash has resulted in many casualties. Ten thousand people have lost their jobs. It’s the final segment in a 12-chapter story, following Chapter 11, which was filed in January 1991.
President Bush says that Libya is responsible for state terrorism, and that he will seek to extradite Libya to stand trial. Libya has offered to arbitrate the dispute in the World Court, but President Bush feels it would be better handled at a higher level. A poll conducted after the announcement showed 53% of Americans are receptive to the use of recycled enemies, while 38% feel re-runs are boring.
January 8, 1992
The high-level government mission to the Far East continues, with top automobile industry executives visiting Japan. (President Bush is also in the group.) Bush aides deny Japanese charges that his presence makes the trade mission into a campaign road show, saying that if that were the case he wouldn’t have brought along Secretary of Commerce Robert Mosbacher, and the trip would have been coordinated instead by campaign manager-designate Robert Mosbacher.
Iran has been buying billions of dollars of arms from the Soviet Union, according to a non-planted article not designed to shift attention gradually to the next line on the Enemies List.
The 15-year old Kuwaiti girl who testified before Congress in 1990 about Iraqi atrocities has been revealed to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States. Her testimony was later called into question by Amnesty International, and Harper’s Magazine has alleged Congress and the nation may have been duped into going to war. But Hill and Knowlton, the public relations firm that arranged the girl’s appearance, said her identity had to be protected to protect her family, if not 100,000 other families. The firm denied any involvement in the Gulf of Tonkin incident, but said they were very proud of the Remember the Maine campaign.
Rep. Les Aspin wants the Pentagon restructured, saying that in the wake of the Soviet Union’s demise there must be changes in the Pentagon’s size, shape and missions. Army brass are not expected to respond favorably to being called Square officials.
A woman in Queens is the first person to have 150 TV channels to choose from. The couch potato au gratin commented, “It’s better than the video store. I don’t know what to watch!” An official of Quantum Cable exulted, “The system works!” The White House added that the development is a beacon to the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe.
President Bush has legally avoided paying taxes by maintaining a residence in a Texas hotel suite that he keeps for sentimental reasons. This would appear to be the trickle down version of No New Taxes, starting at the top with No Taxes, Nu?
A Chicago pulp fiber corporation and a Taiwanese timber firm plan to log two million acres of rain forest in Nicaragua and Honduras in return for building a pulp mill on site and employing more than a thousand Hondurans. “We’re not going to destroy your country,” advised a company representative, “We’re going to help you do it yourself.”
Congress has passed a landmark rights bill for the alternately-abled. Transit operators, among many others, must now provide expensive additional services, but Congress appropriated no funds for the changes, so the companies must either raise fares or cut schedules. This could cause a backlash, with citizens demanding internment of the transit-challenged in small remote villages near Nevada, if not work camps; but sources say such extreme measures are not likely in America because Congress would refuse to fund them.
A forensic anthropologist from Texas, working to identify remains left by free-lance government consultant casualizers in Guatemala, says that if some of the serial killers in the United States had come to Guatemala, they would have been generals by now. Left cult groups dedicated to giving Guatemala a bum rap have seized on the comment, saying US aid is the cause of serial killings, but a White House aide said the aid is used to maintain leverage, pursue quiet diplomacy, and prevent the coalescence of voodoo drug traffickers with Shining Path-inspired pre-Christian village terrorists and Willie Horton.
Some Desert Storm veterans are already homeless, according to complainers. California Governor Pete Wilson has moved quickly, signing a bill to provide for a new memorial to the veterans, and blocking another law that would have embarrassed the veterans by allowing taxpayers to check a box on their returns designating money for homeless veterans services.
March 1, 1992
As Campaign ’92 bores on, President Bush has seized the High Moderate Ground, or had it thrust upon him, by challenger Pat Buchanan, who has seized the mantle of Reagan heir by declaring that he is not anti-gay and that AIDS is nature’s retribution for violating the laws of nature. A spokesman clarified that the Bible says a man should not lay down with another Haitian. Buchanan has taken on the main issues plaguing Americans, such as blasphemous art. A poll of Buchanan supporters showed 68% believe gays should not be attacked, only gay art, while 36% said gay artists would look fashionable in brightly colored triangles.
Fifteen people were arrested in San Francisco as President Bush told an audience that Democrats have moved from being soft on defense to being soft on the poor. Democrats want to throw people “out of work and onto welfare,” he charged, instead of out of work and out of the country. The President also took time to greet local leaders of agencies cited in the White House’s “1,000 Points of Light” program, thanking one AIDS prevention volunteer for helping to keep Big Government off the backs of AIDS patients.
The Supreme Court has ruled that beatings of prisoners may constitute cruel and unusual punishment even if they do not result in serious injury. In a dissenting opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas said the protection of prisoners was an unwarranted expansion of the cruel and unusual clause, since the beatings may be cruel but are hardly unusual.
Controversy continues to swirl over the President’s use of the sleep aid Halcion, which he takes to relieve stress after a hard day of fighting drugs. The pill has several side effects but White House aides say the use of Halcion has not led to hallucinations for Bush, who sees himself as the Education President, the Health Care President, and the Kinder and Gentler President. On rare occasions the drug also leads to violence, but not in the case of the Liberator of Kuwait.
The latest voter poll shows persistent disapproval of President Bush, along with continued skepticism that the Democrats could do any better. As a result, voters are faced with two choices: vote for one of the two candidates, or vote for the other one.
The President continues to defend his budget proposal. The healthcare section promises to make coverage more affordable while maintaining individual choice not to afford it. Critics charge that apparent tax cuts are only a temporary, political measure, but the Budget Office promises they will become a permanent feature of the deficit. The President also called for continued funding for Star Wars, to protect the US from Libya, Cuba, North Korea and other nations ending in “uh.”
April 1, 1992
Perceived Democratic winner Bill Clinton is a good fund-raiser and therefore people give him money. But the nomination is not yet in the bank. He still faces a test in the New York primary, which costs $1 million, and if he makes it to the nomination he must come up with $100 million, the total ticket price of the Presidency. One candidate has that much lying around the house: People’s Billionaire H. Ross Perot. “The guys in Washington work for us,” says Perot, “but we own this country. Or at least I do.” There are other aspiring independent candidates but they have failed to catch fire because no one knows about them, so they will not be named here.
Bill Clinton smoked pot twice years ago, says the candidate. While he is technically still eligible for the Presidency, his statement that he didn’t enjoy it is expected to cost him votes in the hippie sector, and the fact that he didn’t inhale before not enjoying it may lose him the Mensa vote as well.
Sanctions may be necessary after all, as the extradition of the terrorists charged with responsibility for the deaths of innocent people has hit an unexpected snag: Union Carbide has turned down the request by an Indian court.
Boulder resident Kim Walker walked into a 7-11 to pick up some icing for her boyfriend’s cake and walked out with a lottery ticket worth $27 million. Lottery officials called off a study on whether money can buy happiness when Ms. Walker said she was already happy.
April 24, 1992
Pre-empting the efforts of the Sender() Luminoso, the government of Peru has overthrown itself.
The Conservative Party of Britain has pulled off an upset victory over Labour. Critics charge that the Conservatives tampered with the vote by engineering a stock decline as a warning against voting for Labour; but in fact, the stock decline was in reaction to the prospect of a Labour victory.
General Manuel Noriega has been convicted of dealing drugs. Noriega had turned Panama into a drug-trading free-for-all until the US stepped in to restore order in the market. The current government can now get on with the business of democracy, that is, drugs. The defense attorney, Frank Rubino, said the verdict showed foreign leaders they must kneel once a day facing Washington and give praise to George Bush. The President immediately decried the comment as a slur on Islam and promised to rescue Rubino’s homeland from terrorist Islam-slurrers.
A picture of a pretty young female Israeli soldier leading a handsome white horse has appeared in American newspapers, demonstrating the media’s commitment to fill the public demand for subtle symbolism. PC professors have charged such pictures are designed to bias the public in favor of the Israeli military, but highly-placed government-friendly journalists say you could just as easily charge bias in favor of horses.
Bill Clinton has come in third in a two-man race in Vermont. Of all the Democrats running this year, Clinton has received the warmest support rating: Luke. He has been criticized for draft dodging and golfing in segregated clubs by Vice President Quayle.
President Bush meanwhile has come forward as the candidate of change, campaigning to replace the present administration with the one that will succeed it. “We will change America as we have changed the world,” he said, promising to start by bombing Berkeley back into the American age. Bush is also pushing for welfare reform, encouraging the chronically indigent to get off the dole and get out there with the rest of the working populace and cross picket lines with the best of them.
A new wrinkle in the Caterpillar strike: one young woman is considering applying for a job at CAT even though her father is out on strike from the plant. Not so new, say experts. Children are, after all, the original replacement workers.
President Bush is under pressure to normalize relations with Vietnam, but is also receiving pressure from veterans groups against normalization until some 750 Americans missing in action are accounted for. There is also some pressure against normalization from veterans groups in Vietnam; they oppose any change in relations until some one million missing Vietnamese are accounted for. But White House business adviser Heinz Prechter said “We cannot watch from the tailgate as other nations get their fair share of Vietnam—that is, of trade with Vietnam.” The adviser explained that the Vietnamese don’t want to be dominated by the Chinese or the Japanese, so it’s natural for them to look to the United States.
May 12, 1992
Election ’92: As President Bush and Bill Clinton bore down on their party’s nominations, the high vote getter for the season, placing just ahead of “undecided,” remains the Old Elvis.
A new report says 42% of young black men in Washington DC are in the criminal justice system. Some say that figure is too high, while others do not.
In the aftermath of the King riots of ’92, President Bush has called for a climate of tolerance, saying we must end the intolerance of police brutality. He also expressed concern about excessive police violence, saying any police violence that shows up on videotape is excessive. The President stressed the importance of getting to the root of the problem: welfare programs of the sixties.
The trial of the four officers had been moved to Simi Valley, a neutral venue that is home to many Los Angeles police officers as well as many non-police officers—that is, retired ones. The jury pool there had little in common with the people of South Central Los Angeles, which helped them to maintain their objectivity, a cause that was further aided by the removal from the jury pool of all those who said they found the video of the alleged beating outrageous.
And of course Jesse Jackson has weighed in, saying society spends more money to put people in jail than to put people in jobs. Others argue that’s simply not true, especially in the case of police.
The ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee has been indicted for racketeering and accepting bribes. Pennsylvania Congressman Joseph McDade says he has done nothing wrong and has given the money back.
In a new abortion case in Ireland, a woman is attempting to go to Britain for an abortion, against the wishes of her ex-lover. Judges say the situation is clearly extreme, but they are willing to let the woman plead her case. One Irish writer has made a modest proposal: let the baby come to term and emigrate immediately upon birth.
The President of Nickelodeon has taken out a full page advertisement in the New York Times asking “What can we tell our children that will help them make sense of the tragedy in Los Angeles?” Answer: Tell them you bought a $16,000 ad to show them that you care.
June 5, 1992
Republicans have lashed out at Democrats for playing politics by investigating the Bush administration’s mild treatment of Saddam Hussein, that is, selling him weapons, prior to the Gulf War. Republicans say the Democrats are trying to “criminalize” flawed decisions. We’re not criminals, said one source, we’re just stupid. For his part, the President said he has no problem with calls for a special prosecutor to investigate, saying it would be a waste of the taxpayers’ money.
The US policy of returning refugees to Haiti is legal, say authorities, because the fleeing Haitians are economic refugees, not political ones. In Port-au-Prince, nighttime shootings by groups of soldiers have become common, and frequent shootings by soldiers in groups are generally considered economical. President Bush has reiterated his feeling that returned Haitians are not persecuted, bolstering his reputation as the Feeling President.
Total property damage from the Los Angeles riots has been estimated at $785 million. That’s 24 times what the Pentagon spends in an entire hour.
President Bush says the economy is on the rebound. The President told an audience at a $1,000-a-basket picnic in New York state, “Ask yourself, are you better off today than other people?”
June 21, 1992
Riding Ross Perot’s considerable coattails, a number of wealthy businessmen are running for Congress using their own money. “Clearly it is the vogue this year,” says one consultant, “to be an independent businessman who is an outsider running for office.” If not buying it.
A new poll shows General Norman Schwarzkopf is as popular as Ross Perot. Experts say the poll means that people are willing to ignore constitutional safeguards to elect a strong leader, that they are desperate enough to look at such a candidate through rose-colored glasses, that they want simple answers, and that this is America in 1992. If not Germany in 1932.
At the Earth Summit, world leaders gave President Bush a warm reception—globally warm. He succeeded in elevating the focus of the meeting from the Greenhouse Effect to the White House Effect.
On his way to Rio, Mr. Bush stopped in Panama, where he noted the triumph of democracy there. Panamanians now have the freedom to riot against their liberator. The President’s reception was rather poor in the sullen neighborhoods—that is, rather sullen in the poor neighborhoods, where some held signs condemning the alleged levelling of the El Chorillo district. Marlin Fitzwater summed up the tour eloquently: “It’s been a very good visit, with the exception of the tear gas.”
In a speech later in the day, President Bush said “To the tiny, tiny handful who are protesting, I say they ought to go up to San Francisco and see what a real protest is like.” He promised an increase in foreign aid to send San Francisco protest consultants to help rebuild Panama’s fragile protest industry. San Francisco, he noted, has a lot of protesters, although they are at heart a tiny, tiny handful. And only in San Francisco.
Vice President Quayle has taken the occasion of a spelling bee to prove that he is not a member of the cultural elit.