fleet owner of a tanker companies = the new evil doers
February 3, 2004 9:14 AM   Subscribe

"fleet owners of a tanker companies" = the new evil doers?
what kind of questions do yesterday's discovery of ricin in the capitol, and the january 9th article ask about our "war on terror"? [ initial link via TPM ]
posted by specialk420 (28 comments total)
and what ever happened to the anthrax investigation? - if i remember right a number of people died in that "attack"?
posted by specialk420 at 9:37 AM on February 3, 2004

Maybe it's a lone crazed terrorist. And Iraq might have had Ricin !

Beyond that, maybe it's time for the Bush Administration to make a new push for amendments to the Patriot Act.

And that whole issue - of whether or not the Bush Administration distorted pre-war intelligence information on Iraq's possible possession of WMD's - was spinning rather out of control now, wasn't it.

A little pinch of Ricin......it's like magical faery-dust to Washington's political climate - sprinkle a bit here, a bit there, and Lo ! Everything changes, everything is possible.

Just in time, too.

The lapdogs of the mass media, out on their daily walk by the Bush Administration, might just have blundered into the festering fact of North Korea's WMD program - which the White House has so far successfully kept out of their eager little attention-deficit challenged brains by tossing them a steady stream of tasty doggy snacks.

When these mutts are fattened up enough, they are rendered down at the glue factory and reformed into much fancier kibble-foods to be marketed by the Judith Miller "Low-Carb" Patriotic Press Diet Journalism Company, and sold at supermarkets everywhere.

It's the finest kibble money can buy, and it comes with the New York Times' gold seal of approval.
posted by troutfishing at 9:50 AM on February 3, 2004

A government official said the incident bore the hallmarks of a domestic criminal action -- not a terror attack.

ah, now i understand the difference! um ...
posted by mrgrimm at 10:20 AM on February 3, 2004

They're probably withholding the "fleet owners of a tanker companies" bit to make sure people don't jump the gun on anything.

Chances are that, unless the person who did this is completely insane, they wouldn't describe themselves at all, but just threw that line in there to throw people off.
posted by destro at 10:24 AM on February 3, 2004

The lapdogs of the mass media

trout - an absolutely excellent "the connection" in which one to the premier pre-war "lap dogs" or "sock puppets" - judith miller attempts to cover her ass.

posted by specialk420 at 10:25 AM on February 3, 2004

All fleet owners of tanker companies should immediately be banned from possessing postage stamps. Or erm something like that.
posted by carter at 10:37 AM on February 3, 2004

Although commonly referred to as a "bean," castor is not a legume.... Castor is considered by most authorities to be native to tropical Africa, and may have originated in Abyssinia. See also Ricinus communis L.

Treacherous, lying, sonofabitch communis' plants from Ay-rabia, sneakin in disguised like beans, tryin to kill our Republican leadership and slanderin god-fearin trucker-owners. CNN oughta pre-empt the Democratic primaries so's we can keep abreast of this situation.
posted by stonerose at 10:54 AM on February 3, 2004

I think it was the sales numbers for the duct tape and plastic sheeting industry slipping rather than Bush's poll digits. 3M has an off quarter, somebody gets thraxed!
posted by Pollomacho at 11:16 AM on February 3, 2004

White, right wing good old boys ain't terrorists! Geez, you gotta be dark skinned and Islamic folks! And swarthy doesn't hurt! :-)

For more on ricin and other terrorist weapons produced by a terrorist sponsoring nation state try reading this.

Ahh, yes, a whole 'nother country indeed. Home of more WMD than Iraq.
posted by nofundy at 11:21 AM on February 3, 2004

Geez, you gotta be dark skinned and Islamic folks!

You mean like John Allen Muhammad? Wait, no, that wasn't terrorist either, since the administration says we haven't had any terrorist attacks since 9/11.
posted by jpoulos at 11:26 AM on February 3, 2004

instanpundit goes after the scraggly guy in the spider hole.
posted by specialk420 at 11:54 AM on February 3, 2004

[slight derail] more info on Thomas Butler.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:15 PM on February 3, 2004

Slight derail? From what? You call this a thread? Looks more like a depot for everyone's unused links and sarcastic comments and conspiracy theories.
posted by Witty at 12:20 PM on February 3, 2004

Wow, we should really rely on terrorists identifying themselves by job title in the future. 'cause we all know they wouldn't lie about that sort of thing!
posted by clevershark at 12:42 PM on February 3, 2004

Witty spoor all over my monitor!
Go to the toilet next time!
Got nothing to contribute?
Don't like the conversation or the tone?
Just fling some monkey poop!

Orcinus covers this issue with Dave's usual excellent style.
posted by nofundy at 1:11 PM on February 3, 2004

It is plausible that someone would be angry enough and dim enough to do something like this, make their demand and sign their job position to it. Seriously. I've known people that deranged, and I think it's pretty obvious if you stop and think about it for a minute.

On the other hand, I trust Sen. Frist et al as far as I can throw them.
posted by moonbiter at 1:14 PM on February 3, 2004

yow that butler guy is spooooky lookin!
posted by specialk420 at 1:18 PM on February 3, 2004

I don't know 'bout any conspiracy theories. But I do think Karl Rove's media distractions are losing some of their elan. I mean, shock and awe was cool. And the State of the Union during the Iowa primary was kind of sneaky. But this is sort of boring. It's not like Karl to get upstaged by Janet Jackson's udder. I wonder if he has anything a bit more telegenic planned before the ground zero groundbreaking at the GOP convention?

that Alcan brand tinfoil moment was for you, Witty, 'cause you were nice the other day ;-)
posted by stonerose at 1:29 PM on February 3, 2004

Breaking news....

Suspicious package search going on NOW at the Madison Building of the Library of Congress, on the other side of Capitol Hill from Frist's office. Several entrances closed, keeping people out of the hallways.
posted by MrMoonPie at 2:05 PM on February 3, 2004

Looks like the postal service is really doing a smash-up job of finding these suspicious packages.

If it had been coke instead of ricin those responsible would already be behind bars. It would be fun if this country actually paid attention to terrorism instead of drugs. Oh well, one can always dream.
posted by clevershark at 2:13 PM on February 3, 2004

its time to make posession of castor beans a crime.
posted by Fupped Duck at 2:22 PM on February 3, 2004

And now, nothing. 30 minutes ago, the halls were full of police, telling everyone to stay in their offices. Now, nothing. No all clear announcement, nothing. Makes me feel real secure, I tell ya.
posted by MrMoonPie at 2:34 PM on February 3, 2004

"trout - an absolutely excellent "the connection" in which one to the premier pre-war "lap dogs" or "sock puppets" - judith miller attempts to cover her ass." - specialk420 - Thanks, I heard that show live. It was on my mind when I wrote that comment.

"this is sort of boring. It's not like Karl to get upstaged by Janet Jackson's udder." - there might just be something to this which, perhaps as the high water mark of Rove's political reign, could prove to have been punctuated by Janet Jackson's rogue breast flapping wild and free , resonantly, in a populist patriotic exultation which offered us a spontaneous erotic refutation of Rovian elite class rule.

Rove's political arc arrested by an errant wild tit ? That would be, somehow, quite apt. The very sight of a nipple, I suspect, makes him turn white and tremble with rage and secret fear.
posted by troutfishing at 8:44 PM on February 3, 2004


Rove turning white.

The guy's about as 'white male in power' as you can get... Though Ashcroft might have one or two things to show him.
posted by kaibutsu at 10:31 PM on February 3, 2004

kaibutsu - yeah, you're right ( or left ? ) - I should have phrased that "....turn from white to red, to tremble with rage and secret fear."

My bad.
posted by troutfishing at 10:56 PM on February 3, 2004

Someone on a radio talk show connected the story in this thread with the story of the ricin, on the idea that the closing of Frist's office makes it harder to investigate the dirty tricks. An interesting angle.
posted by Goofyy at 11:57 PM on February 3, 2004

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