Re: calico cats
- Subject: Re: calico cats
- From: Erwin Morton <e.morton@MINDSPRING.COM>
- Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2002 07:28:54 -0800
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Yes, it's on line:
January 30, 2002
A Blue Burka for Justice
By MAUREEN DOWD
had to call Attorney General John
Ashcroft recently to ask if he had
instructed his advance team to remove
naked lady statues and calico cats from his
vicinity because they were wicked.
I know it sounds loopy. But with these guys,
you never know.
Andrew Tobias, the financial writer and Democratic Party
written in his Web column in November that an Ashcroft advance
shown up at the American Embassy in The Hague to check out the
cats in residence, and got nervous. They were worried there
might be a
calico cat. No, they were told, no calicos. Visible relief.
Their boss, they
explained, believes calico cats are signs of the devil. (The
advance team also
spotted a naked woman in the courtyard and discussed its being
the visit, though that request was not ultimately made.)"
Mindy Tucker, then Mr. Ashcroft's press secretary, told me he
and said it was silly.
I laughed it off, too. Everybody knows that black cats, not
calico, are the
sign of the devil.
But then a few days later, a friend who had worked with Bobby
Justice and had attended the ceremony naming the building for
me that the Art Deco statue of Justice, 12 feet high, buxom and
under a toga, which had been in the Great Hall since the
built as a W.P.A. project, had been hidden behind a "blue-nosed
Again I called Ms. Tucker. She said the curtains concealing the
Spirit of Justice and her male counterpart, the Majesty of Law,
were just up
for that one event.
Now it turns out the prudish curtains are a permanent fixture of
era _ at $8,650, $1,375 more than the two statues cost.
On ABC.com, Beverley Lumpkin, ABC's Justice Department reporter,
revealed that Mr. Ashcroft had decided to throw the equivalent
of a blue
burka over the exultant "Minnie Lou," as the statue is fondly
seeing pictures of her breast hovering over his head as he
announced plans to
fight terrorism. His new spokeswoman, Barbara Comstock, said the
a shade she calls "TV blue," are more photogenic than the
statues and the
"yellow marbly color of the background." She said Lani Miller,
woman, had decided to expurgate art for aesthetic reasons, and
Ashcroft was not involved.
"He doesn't look at his press coverage a lot, himself," Ms.
"He spends his time dealing with threat assessments and more
But if he pays no mind to his press, why would he hide historic
"TV blue" curtains? Couldn't he just move his podium over a
Everyone here knows that cover-ups are what get you in trouble,
just keep doing it.
Dick Cheney has pulled a TV blue curtain over Enron and the rest
energy industry's blueprint for fashioning America's energy
His highfalutin rationale is that the White House must "preserve
of getting "unvarnished advice from any source." Translated,
advice" means a corporate wish list and "any source" is the
guys who gave us big campaign contributions.
Who'd have guessed privacy would be the watchword of this
Justice Louis Brandeis, in a dissenting opinion for a 1928
decision, defined privacy as "the right to be left alone," to be
secure in your
private life. Bush judges don't believe in that.
Mr. Cheney loftily argues that "privacy" means you can do things
behind the cloak of anonymity. But no one has ever said there
was a right to
remain private in the course of trying to influence federal
policy. That's one
reason lobbyists have to register and why there are strict ex
requiring disclosure of contacts with lobbyists at many federal
The vice president and president are really concerned about the
power. They want to do what they want to do, and be accountable
one. The stonewalling on the energy task force and the
Camp X-ray are two sides of the same coin.
The theme of Bush I is now the theme of Bush II: Trust us, even
if we won't
let you verify. We know we're right. We answer to no one.
I, for one, want some answers. Let's start with those calico
cats and Enron
Carol Holst wrote:
> gerald bracey wrote:
> > non-testing irresistable note of the day:
> > In the NYT, Maureen Dowd writes, apparently in all seriousness, that
> > John Ashworth thinks calico cats are signs of the devil.
> Well, since it came from you I'll venture to ask for the link to this.
> Is it online? Thanks, twisted humor is a good thing....
> See you at The Soapbox!
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