Folks this is the end result of an out of area talking head that listens too much to Glenn Beck pretending to be an expert on Hurricane Katrina and the botched federal response. Trust me when I say that educating that bunch of knot heads from upstate Mississippi is no easy task since they prefer to keep their own company (some folks call that inbreeding), remain ideologically pure and thus ignorant. Times Picayune columnist Jarvis DeBerry, like our own Editilla, is an upstate escapee that also wells knows the score since they happened to be around on August 29, 2005. DeBerry sets the record right in case ol’ Sid is interested in learning a few things:
This has been an exceptionally brutal week at for me as is normal for a private practice CPA in February. In my world Mardi Gras day is simply another workday and I’m lucky if I can make it to get some ashes the next day. As is often the case with some of the topics we cover on Slabbed our posts derive from what are seemingly unrelated subjects and indeed some of our best blogging IMHO has derived from such serendipitous events. So a late night glance at a recent WaPo story re-printed in the Nation and World section of the Sun Herald earlier this week which mentioned Ed Meese coupled with me researching a tip that Lewis Unglesby (of Slabbed butt call fame) was part of the legal team involved on the back end of the Sherry murders is the genesis of this post.
So what does Ed Meese have to do with Lewis Unglesby and conservative values? How about drug running for starters as we take a look back in time to the mid 1980s and examine the case of CIA operative Barry Seal, specifically his murder, which was pinned on the Columbian Drug cartels. The Washington Weekly told the story about a decade later in August 1997 and it is there we begin:
“The biggest drug smuggler in American History was a CIA Agent.”
That’s the mind-boggling conclusion of a 6-month investigation into the life and death of Barry Seal, a pivotal figure of the Iran/Contra ’80s. Seal’s C123 military cargo plane figured prominently in two of the biggest and least-understood events of the decade, the Sandinista ‘drug- sting’ operation, designed to be the ‘Gulf of Tonkin Incident’ in a US- Nicaragua war, and the downing, six months after Seal’s assassination, of his beloved Fat Lady cargo plane over Nicaragua, with Eugene Hasenfus onboard, precipitating what came to be known, mistakenly, as Iran/Contra.
The impending change of administrations means George Bush’s 2004 campaign manager’s usefulness running the AIA is done. His creditials are simple impeccable having worked for such stellar examples of the GOP capitalist model lobbying for Enron.
In the aftermath of the meltdown of the financial system of which AIG is the poster boy I find this blurb from the AIA website most ironic:
Unfortunately, some public policymakers wrongly believe that imposing heavy-handed pricing or other regulatory requirements will solve market problems arising from the increased costs of natural disasters; in truth, these “solutions” actually make market challenges worse.
Yeah guys, having Uncle Sam stick his head in the sand while traders at AIG help implode the financial system trading in unregulated markets works great eh?