Friday, July 28, 2006


Remember the drug jet? Remember the DC-9 loaded up with 5.5 tons of coke, which was discovered by Mexican authorities? Remember when we learned that it was owned by Skyway, a scam company designed to bilk investors, a company run by the (allegedly) spooked-up Kovar family?

Daniel Hopsicker has tied this drug smuggling scandal directly to the immediate circle of George W. Bush:
The company which owned the seized "Cocaine One" DC9, SkyWay Aircraft of St. Petersburg FL, leased a 70,000 square foot “repair” facility at DFW Airport in Dallas for more than $20,000 a a building owned by a man called “George W. Bush’s biggest supporter” and “the power behind the throne” during Bush’s first Presidential campaign.

SkyWay, a company with no products, and thus nothing needing "repair," nonetheless announced in July 2003 “their newly established Part 145 repair station” in a building owned by LIT Industrial Texas Limited Partnership, a venture of Texas real estate giant Trammel Crow, the flagship corporation in the far-flung empire of billionaire speculator Richard Rainwater.

Ranked among the 100 wealthiest Americans, Rainwater backed George W. Bush in four separate business ventures, including the Texas Rangers baseball team from which Bush, who had been drilling “dry holes” until then, profited handsomely. In a heated 1994 Governor’s race, Texas Democratic Governor Ann Richards charged Rainwater “owned" her Republican opponent Bush.
There's more; follow the link. What the hell do we have to do to force the mainstream media to pay attention?

UPDATE: I haven't any time to write now, but a little Googling on Rainwater will demonstrate that this guy's financial links to GWB are profound. And he has strong links to the Cheneys, as well...


Anonymous said...

How do we get MSM to pay attention?

Ummm...let's see. Here's an idea: Illegally wiretap their phones and intercept their email. Compile a long list of high crimes, misdemeanors, and gay trysts, then BLACKMAIL the little weasels.
They'd be bought and paid for in no time at all.

Oh, but wait ...

Kim in PA

Anonymous said...

Billy : How come we don't got no drug lords like other countries, Daddy?

Daddy : Only people from third world countries are terrorists and drug lords Billy. Not shut the ^$%$&! you little commie!

dqueue said...

Interesting that Rainwater's name comes up in other news. The American Prospect writes about the HCA buyout; there's a mention of Rainwater's relation to HCA.

Maggie Mahar writes, "As for HCA, the plot thickened in 1994 when HCA merged with Columbia Healthcare, a chain created by Fort Worth financier Richard Rainwater and Rick Scott, a Dallas lawyer. Under the terms of the union, Scott became CEO of Columbia/HCA Healthcare, while Tommy Frist, Jr., stayed on as chairman."

So, he's tied to the shrub (executive) and good ol' kitten killer Frist (legislative); any ties to the judicial branch? Roberts? Alito?

Herein we have a player?

Anonymous said...

sofla said:

In the 2000 campaign, prior to his having GW Bush on his show, 'da screamah/da spittah!' and 'Tweety' Chris Matthews had a show with Texan Jim Hightower, and maybe Ronnie Dugger or another fellow liberal Texan who knew a few things about GW.

Matthews asked them for topics to ask GW about, and Hightower's response was 'ask about Richard Rainwater.'

Matthews, of course, did no such thing, fawning all over the GOP candidate when he was on the next day.

DrewL said...

Here's an interesting article about Richard Rainwater from Fortune Magazine that ran last December. This guy is all about profiting from a crisis. And what better way to spawn crises than to get your hands into geo-political affairs. Could this be the tip of the proverbial iceberg (oh, and he talks about icebergs, too)?

Hmmmmm. Definite food for thought.

Anonymous said...

Following up on what drewl said, here's an excerpt from BusinessWeek, Nov. 30, 1998 in reference to Rainwater's decision to "go long" on oil investments:

"Rainwater maintains that rising global demand will push oil prices up to somewhere between $20 and $40 a barrel in two to five years. With crude hovering at $13, Rainwater reckons OPEC has miscalculated by failing to adjust to weak Asian demand. But he says that's a temporary development and he has sunk 20% of his fortune into the sector. ''It takes an enormous amount of self-confidence to stick to your guns when everybody around you is saying it'll never work. But that has been the key for Richard,'' says Moore. ''Nobody can talk him into or out of something once he has made a decision.''

Hmmmm, indeed.

Kim in PA