Thursday, September 13, 2007


Francis Gary Powers and Norman Hsu

At first glance you wouldn't think that the most famous U-2 pilot and the Ponzi scheming, twice failing to appear Clinton 'bundler' had anything in common. Ah, but you would be wrong. The late Mr. Powers, who, by the way, grew up near my little hometown of Norton, VA, got a whopping big extra pay check (like $10,000, but that was a lot in the 50s) to take the sodium cyanide pill and avoid live capture. Powers didn't take his (nor was he able to engage the circuits which would destroy the secret stuff onboard) and when his spy plane was shot down by a lucky SAM shot, he was paraded before the news cameras and we had to exchange a big catch, KGB Colonel Vilyam Genrikhovich Fisher, to get him back. It was the first time I remember the US Government was caught lying to us. Not his, or our, finest hour.

Likewise, the creepy little bagmen for the Clinton's getting around the campaign finance laws have an understanding, I believe, that they won't be taken 'alive.' They usually escape to another country which won't extradite or just refuse to say a word, but Hsu at least went through the motions of suicide. Or at least that's what it looks like to me. He failed and was captured. What tales will he tell? Doesn't matter, it seems; the world seems less than shocked or interested that the Democrats broke campaign finance laws. Are we really so jaded that we expect them to cheat?


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