Wednesday, November 10, 2004

The eagle has landed.

Did you hear that the US attorney general John Ashcroft has resigned from the Bush administration? See here

Oh well. There goes one of the more colourful characters to say the least. Ashcroft is famous for the following things:

From 1963 to 1969 he received seven military deferments.

He ran for re-election in 2000 against then-Governor Mel Carnahan, who promptly died in an airplane crash about two weeks before the election. Due to Missouri state election laws, Carnahan's name could not be removed from the ballot, and his wife, Jean Carnaha, announced that she would serve in her husband's place should he be elected. Carnahan won the election, and it was widely reported that John Ashcroft was "defeated by a dead man"

Ashcroft is noted for having taken offence at the partially nude statues of Liberty and Justice in a meeting room where he held press conferences. He ordered the statues covered with multi-thousand-dollar curtains. Wicked, justice is blind and is a nudist.

Whilst he is regarded as on of the top tuff guys in the war on drugs, that war doesnt seem to reach his own house. In 1992, while Ashcroft was Governor of Missouri, his nephews Alex and Adam Ashcroft and Alex's housemate Kevin Sheeley were arrested and charged with production and possession of marijuana. A raid uncovered 60 marijuana plants, with lighting, irrigation, and security systems, in a basement crawlspace. While the production of more than 50 plants usually results in a federal charge and mandatory jail time, 25-year-old Alex Ashcroft was prosecuted on a state charge and received 3 years of probation and 100 hours of community service. Kevin Sheeley was not convicted, and his record was sealed; Adam Ashcroft, who did not live in the house, was never prosecuted. Though Alex Ashcroft tested positive for marijuana in his first probation-mandated drug test, no further actions were taken against him. The parents of Alex and Adam have denied that the young men received a lenient treatment as a result of their connection to the governor. Link

Speaking at a Justice Department prayer meeting: "The law is not about forgiveness. It is oftentimes about vengeance, oftentimes about revenge."

News that the ambassador to the Netherlands had calico cats upset Ashcroft's advance team, who knew their boss considered the animals 'instruments of the Devil'

Ashcroft likes to have reading matter reduced, in the words of one former staffer, to a "paragraph of background and a paragraph of talking points." Receiving a 12-page report,
Ashcroft said, "Do I get extra credit for reading all this?"

Ashcroft used black prisoners at servants at the Missouri governor's mansion.
During one dinner there, Ashcroft said, 'Women in the workforce have become so prevalent that a man's role has been reduced to a sperm donor.'

Interviewing a candidate for head of Missouri's social services, Governor Ashcroft asked, "Mr. Offer, let me start by asking you if have the same sexual preference as most men?"

He has supported ten additional amendments to the Constitution including one to make it easier to amend

He received the most negative votes ever cast by the Senate in opposition to his nomination as attorney general.

In his memoirs, Ashcroft regularly compares himself to Christ, describing his campaign victories as 'resurrections' and his defeats as 'crucifixions..'

John Ashcroft famously testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that his critics "only aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve"

(All from the aptly named Ashcroft sucks website)

And who could forget that sign-a-long song he penned, “Let the eagle soar.”
"Let the eagle soar,
Like she's never soared before.
From rocky coast to golden shore,
Let the mighty eagle soar.
Soar with healing in her wings,
As the land beneath her sings:
'Only god, no other kings.
'This country's far too young to die.
We've still got a lot of climbing to do,
And we can make it if we try.
Built by toils and struggles
God has led us through."

Ashcroft’s biggest *achievement* was the promotion of the Patriot Act, that being the single biggest role back of civil liberties imaginable. But hey, if your not a terrorist - you have got nothing to be afraid of… see here

Go here for an interesting look at his some of his churches teachings.

Ashcroft is rabidly anti-gay, see here.

The attorney general of the United States said, "Islam is a religion in which God requires you to send your son to die for him. Christianity is a faith in which God sends his son to die for you."

However these are my most favourite quotes:

"We are a nation called to defend freedom - a tradition that is not a grant of any government or document, but is an endowment from God"

"Unique among the nations, America recognized the source of our character as being godly and eternal, not being civic and temporal. And because we have understood that our source is eternal, America has been different. We have no king but Jesus."
This is the type of person running the most powerful country in the whole wide world. Wicked.


  • Excellent site, well written young man. I particularly liked the bit on whisky, and can recommend the writings of P.J.O'Rourke and Ernest Hemingway. Like you, P.J. was a socialist in his twenties, but soon realised that age old axiom that "every man should be a socialist in his twenties, and a capitalist in his thirties".
    Wicked bio on Ashcroft.
    I look forward to more.

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  • Thank you for the kind comments.

    I would say that yes people should be socialist when they are young. Then if they are truely self-interested conservative when they are of working age. Then socalist again when the right wing governments try to cut the retirement benefit when they finally retire.

    I might just stay socialist for as long as possible.

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