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Drugs in the White House?Allegations old and new

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 08/18/1998 @ 1:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled

Two years ago, Sen. Lauch Faircloth, R-N.C., said: “If any credible
evidence surfaces concerning drug use by President Clinton while he was
governor of Arkansas, it would be a national scandal.”

Check out the Web site “Ye Olde Green Dragon,” named for a Boston pub
that was a Revolutionary founding fathers’ hangout
() for the full
scuttlebutt on this somewhat underreported aspirant to membership in the
Clinton Scandal Club.

Longtime allegations regarding drug use by Clinton include statements
from at least two of Clinton’s women (OK, OK, alleged women), former
Miss Arkansas and Little Rock talk show host Sally Perdue and Gennifer
Flowers, and Roger Clinton, among others. According to a 1996 Investors
Business Daily editorial, the
Secret Service reported then that more than 40 White House staffers
brought in by Clinton had had such serious (and recent) drug problems
that they had to enter a special testing program for security reasons.
The Secret Service continues to testify about White House drug use at
this time.

As of August 12, you could hear Jack Christy on KIEV-Seattle radio’s
George Putnam show speaking on the subject of cocaine use in the White
House via the Green Dragon site front page. See also coverage of the
KIEV radio show.

Also not to be missed: photographs of cocaine smuggler and Democratic
contributor Jorge Cabrera with Al Gore and Hillary Clinton.

Whether the President is “soft on drugs” in terms of national policy
is a mere matter of ideological bickering — there are strong arguments
both for and against a hawkish drug policy — compared to the question
of whether drug users are currently running the White House and sitting
in the Oval Office. Even if one takes the most libertarian view possible
on drugs, subscribing to the proposition that it is no one’s business
but one’s own what one chooses to snort, smoke, or inject, these
allegations are still very bad news indeed.

Using drugs and fulfilling a position of national responsibility may
both be, in some sense, personal choices. But they are completely
incompatible personal choices. Either you can snort cocaine or you can
drive — whether you are in charge of a car, or a school bus, or a
train, or a family, or a country. You have neither the ability nor the
right to do both.

The Green Dragon site also offers substantive resource pages on –
among other topics — the Vince Foster coverup,
the Lewinsky scandal, and the notorious FBI “enemies” files list,
corrected version
(warning:
this URL contains a substantial amount of data).

The horse’s mouth

Where do the economic pundits — you know, all the talking heads and
interpreters who give you your market information — get their current
economic numbers? You have three guesses. …

If you’re stumped, drop in to the White House’s very own Economic
Statistics Briefing Room
, for
starters. This no-frills Web page provides point-and-click access to an
array of current federal economic indicators, with links to information
produced by several Federal agencies, maintained and updated by the
statistical units of the agencies themselves. And, if hard economics
secretly makes your eyes glaze over, you can pop over to the Social
Statistics Briefing Room
afterward
for similarly maintained
current federal data regarding crime, demographics, education, and
health.

You can also take a look at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s
site
, a driving force in monetary policy that
monitors various economic indicators affecting it.

Worldwide political phone book

The Address Directory for the Politicians of the World
has contact information — addresses,
phone/fax numbers, Web sites, and/or email addresses, as available –
for national leaders and provincial governors all over the world. If you
need to reach the president of Macedonia pronto, here’s where to find
out how.

Tongues galore

The Human-Languages Page, a
comprehensive catalog of language-related Internet resources, offers
links to online language lessons, translating dictionaries, native
literature, translation services, software, language schools and more.

The AltaVista Translation Services page will translate a piece of
plain text, or an entire Web site of your choice, into another language
– English into French, German, Portuguese, Italian, or Spanish, or
(conversely) any of those languages into English, are the currently
available options. Click on a link on the translated Web page, and the
new page will be translated also. Computer translation is never perfect,
of course, so beware of the moments of madness that will inevitably
ensue. (On the plus side, imagine the hours of wholesome fun you could
have, translating English expressions into other languages and then back
again just to see what you wind up with). But the site is remarkably
savvy about idioms. I tried to fool it by offering it the English
sentence, “I told him that was a very different kettle of fish.” It
returned a perfectly correct French response: “Je lui ai dit qu’était
une affaire très différente.” A bit less colorful than the original, but
not so darned bad for a computer.

On the lighter side

Check out this site regularly to see archived New
Yorker cartoons. I only wish they’d make more cartoons available at a
time: you’ll be in and out of the site in about ten minutes. If you’re
looking to waste some real time, I can NOT recommend wading through the
much-hyped Worst of the Web offerings (http://www.worstoftheweb.com/).
Worst of the Web will indeed provide you with many links to very, very
bad Web sites — but the trouble is, these sites are not funny-bad,
they’re bad-bad. I mean REALLY bad. A much better bet for
sustained amusement is The Useless Pages, which turns up a few major
gems, such as the massively erudite, splendidly clueless “Jane Austen’s
Grammar Violations”
page.


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