Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Jeb Bush Goes All Stalin-y

Not wanting his brother to have all the Stalinist fun, Jeb Bush is now setting up his own "ministry of information" and secret police force.

Or at least he's created his own little Armstrong Williams in the form of Mike Vasilinda, a TV reporter whose reports aired on CNN and Florida NBC stations. While Vasilinda was supposedly "reporting" the "news," he was also receiving $100,000 from Jeb Bush's office, the office of the secretary of state, and several other government entities and agencies.

Which would be fine, if he wasn't reporting on those very people. I'm guessing his reports were, though, rather favorable.

Aside from paying for news, Jeb Bush also asked state agents to kidnap Terri Schiavo in violation of a judge's order, or so says the Miami Herald. Sadly, if you click on that link you have to go through a lengthy registration process. Barring that, here's the money quote:

Hours after a judge ordered that Terri Schiavo was not to be removed from her hospice, a team of state agents was ''en route'' to seize her and have her feeding tube reinserted -- but the agents stopped short when local police told them they intended to enforce the judge's order, The Herald has learned.

Agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told police in Pinellas Park, the small town where Schiavo lies at Hospice House Woodside, on Thursday that they were on the way to take her to a hospital to resume her feeding.

For a brief period, local police, who have officers at the hospice to keep protesters out, prepared for what sources called ``a showdown.''

In the end, the squad from the FDLE and the Department of Children & Families backed down, apparently concerned about confronting local police outside the hospice.

''We told them that unless they had the judge with them when they came, they were not going to get in,'' said a source with the local police.

''The FDLE called to say they were en route to the scene,'' said an official with the city police who requested anonymity. ``When the sheriff's department and our department told them they could not enforce their order, they backed off.''

Wow! With his own news-whore and his own stormtroopers, Jeb Bush has become Florida's first Politburo leader! Way to go, comrade!

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