Well, guess what, folks? Recently, Georgie got out his pardonin' pen, and look what we have here:
PARDONEDInteresting, isn't it, that Bush is pardoning all of these people that just happen to be dealing in the very substances that Bush was so reluctant to talk about during the last two elections? (To be fair, I have no idea if he's been accused of using meth or ecstasy. Bush on ecstasy... shudder...) There's more to the list of pardons; liquor and guns make their merry appearances again, but I literally had to laugh when I saw the sheer number of people busted for cocaine and pot getting pardoned.
_ John Edward Casto, of Ripley, W.Va., convicted in 1990 of distribution of cocaine.
_ Jackie Ray Clayborn, of Deer, Ark., convicted in 1993 of manufacturing marijuana.
_ Debbie Sue Conklin, formerly known as Debbie Sue McAlevy, of Douglas, Wyo., convicted in 1990 of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.
_ John Fornaby, of Boynton Beach, Fla., convicted in 1991 of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
_ Paul Dwight Hawkins, of Lafayette, La., convicted in 1990 of conspiracy to import marijuana.
_ Roger Paul Ingram, of Round Rock, Texas, convicted in 1987 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute an analogue of a Schedule I controlled substance, Ecstasy.
_ Billy Joe LaForce, of San Antonio, convicted in 1991 of conspiracy to possess marijuana with intent to distribute.
_ Steven Wayne Whitlock, of Sarasota, Fla., convicted in 1990 of conspiracy to import marijuana.
_ Michael Dwayne Short, of Hyattsville, Md., convicted in 1992 of aiding and abetting the distribution of cocaine base.
I guess being one of Bush's old snorty bong buddies pays off, eh? Allegedly. *
One would think that, considering Bush's reluctance to talk about his past drug use, and considering the hysteria over pardons when Clinton left office, and considering Bush is spending millions on the "drug war" while pardoning drug dealers behind the scenes, and considering, well, could he be any more fucking obvious, one would think this might, you know, be news.
Ha, ha, ha! Oh, you starry-eyed dreamers! We can't waste our time on this... don't you know we're at war? Christmas is under fire, you fools! We must act!
Oh, and in case you were wondering:
_ William James Norman, of Tallahassee, Fla., convicted in 1970 of possession of an unregistered distillery, carrying on the business of a distiller without giving the required bond, possession and custody of a still without the required sign outside the premises, working at a distillery without the required sign outside the premises and unlawfully producing distilled spirits from mash and similar material.The moonshiner got pardoned, too. Land 'o goshen.
* Snark. I'm not saying these people actually sat there and gnawed on stale pizza crusts while trying to scrub the smell of bongwater out of their pants as Bush cut lines with Poppy's Amex.