THE JUDEVINE MOUNTAIN EMAILITE: A CyberZine #9, 6 February 1999

DAVID’S NOTES:

>>> The Editor in Chief and The Entire JUDEVINE MOUNTAIN EMAILITE Staff made it to Brooklyn in a Uhaul truck worthy of Ma and Pa Kettle or the Beverly Hillbillies, the wheels out of balance, the front end disaligned, the suspension system so worn out that it seemed as if any minute the chassis and wheels would go east while the truck’s contents and the cab–with us in it–would go west.

But we got there, unloaded, and had a couple days to begin to get acquainted with the folks on the block–mostly Latino, Jamaican and Haitian.

The Editor made his usual walking trip, pilgrimage, to Chinatown and to the statue of Confucius in Confucius Square–a tiny triangle of cement created by the intersection of Division Street, The Bowery and Bayard Street–to read those sweet and sage words from THE ANALECTS chiseled into the base of the statue about the nature of the social contract and the public good, about how to be just and caring with your neighbors and how greed and the profit motive will destroy anything.

Strange and sobering words in this time of rapacity and petulance, bitterness and retribution.

We also spent one evening listening to the avant garde jazz group OTHER DIMENSIONS IN MUSIC at a newish spot on Norfolk Street just above Grand called Tonic. And it was a tonic too.

The emotional depth of the music, the creative earnestness of the musicians, the difficulty and struggle of all of their lives in order to be these kinds of musicians–all of it was a genuine inspiration and a heavy lesson in how important real and serious ART is to our lives, to a just society and to the public good.

This Editor who used to be–in some other life before the Impeachment hearings began–a poet and a playwright came home full ready to be done with this business and return to the life of an artist.

Dennis Hastert may think the arts are unimportant and useless but they are not. Subversive and dangerous they most certainly are, because they reveal–when they are deep and real–the possibilities for all those visions of love and justice and human cooperation written on the base of that statue of Confucius.

>>> We are getting close. The end is near. We will all have to prepare for withdrawal symptoms.

Our friend here in Vermont who wishes to remain anonymous says, “It seems all but over now … only a little more shouting from the Managers … and then the curtain. I don’t know what I’ll do–football season and impeachment season both coming to an end at once.”

>>> Our anonymous friend also sends some recommendations. “David Remnick has quite a nice and soft little piece on Monica in the NEW YORKER, The Talk of the Town, the issue with The Monica Lisa on the cover.”

>>> He also recommends, as does this Editor, an article in SALON for January 29th by Richard Goldstein called THE TRICKSTER PRESIDENT about how Clinton’s enemies have made him into a culture hero. This article, by the way, reiterates practically ALL the points THE JUDEVINE MOUNTAIN EMAILITE has been making over the past more than 5 weeks, so we congratulate ourselves. Thank you.

>>> And speaking of shouting, Lindsey Graham, this afternoon during his final attack revealed openly and candidly and finally the irrational, uncontrollable hatred of Bill Clinton which is at the bottom of this entire scandal.

Graham lost it, and in doing so he did his side irreparable damage.

>>> On the other hand, Nicole Seligman made mince-meat out of the Manager’s accusations this afternoon.

And Monica revealed herself to be a savvy, articulate young woman who obviously can take care of herself.

It occurs to us that the rampant sexism of the mostly southern white male Managers caused them to vastly misjudge Monica’s intelligence, wit and ability to stay cool under fire.

Better not to underestimate or condescend to your enemy until the battle’s over.

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From Rachel Axelrod, THE EMAILITE’S Chief Correspondent inside The Beltway, this What-Goes-Around-Comes-Around counterattack. Only the first, we fear, of many more to come. The future looks mean and dark.

DE LAY CRITICIZED FOR ’94 DEPOSITION

by Michelle Mittelstadt of The Associated Press

February 2, 1999.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aides to House Majority Whip Tom DeLay, assailing reports questioning the truthfulness of statements he made in a civil deposition, on Tuesday attributed the controversy to the congressman’s “political enemies.” DeLay himself remained tight-lipped about questions that have been raised in connection with a deposition he gave in 1994 in a lawsuit filed against him in Texas by a former business partner.

The Texas Republican is among President Clinton’s harshest critics in Congress and was the first high-ranking GOP leader to call for Clinton’s resignation. DeLay has been particularly critical of Clinton’s statements under oath about the Monica Lewinsky affair.

In the Texas legal proceeding, DeLay testified that he had not been an officer of Albo Pest Control Co. for two or three years. But three months after the deposition, DeLay listed himself on congressional financial disclosure forms as Albo’s chairman.

The story was first reported by THE NEW REPUBLIC. DeLay identified himself as chairman of the company on financial disclosure forms covering 1991,1992, 1993 and 1994. It was only in 1996, for disclosure forms covering the previous year, that he no longer listed himself as chairman. DeLay’s aides initially dismissed the allegations as politically motivated and said he would have no comment.

On Tuesday, DeLay’s communications director, Michael Scanlon, issued a statement saying: “We were approached by news organizations 72 hours ago and asked to respond to inquiries dating back over a decade. Our political enemies have been digging into Mr. DeLay’s past for years.”

DeLay’s deposition came in a lawsuit by ex-partner Robert Blankenship, who alleged that DeLay and another partner unjustly cut him out of the business. The lawsuit ended in a confidential settlement in 1995.

During the deposition, portions of which appeared in THE NEW REPUBLIC article, DeLay backtracked after being pressed by Blankenship’s attorney, Gerald DeNisco. The congressman said he was uncertain whether he had ever formally resigned as chairman.

DeNisco said he believed DeLay was attempting to limit his financial liability by denying he was still an officer of the company. “It would seem to me Mr. DeLay was attempting to position himself out of harm’s way,” DeNisco said in an interview with The Associated Press last week.

“Frankly, it’s my opinion he lied to me under oath,” DeNisco said.

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Finally, the feature essay for J.M.E. #9 is the editorial from THE HARDWICK GAZETTE for 27 January.

THE GAZETTE is a paid circulation, 110 year old weekly newspaper in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

Hardwick is located in the southwest corner of the Northeast Kingdom, a hard scrabble town with a reputation for being a tough place–there’ a bar on Main Street with a sign in the window that says “No Weapons.”

It is also, however, home to a food coop where everybody thinks it’s still 1969 and one of the most interesting, best run independent bookstores in New England. The Lamoille River snakes through the town and where it makes a bend near the one blinking light, The Village Restaurant leans precariously over the river below. Next to the Restaurant is a footbridge that crosses and sways above the river and next to it an old red clapboard building that house THE HARDWICK GAZETTE.

THE NATION’S BUSINESS: AN EDITORIAL

Ignore the newspapers, turn off the radio and television, go for a walk along a back road that winds past a snowy field, and maybe, just maybe, it’s possible to get away from the only game in town. The Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton is on center stage, but the nation’s business is being ignored.

White House nominees to the federal bench? There were about 80 this time last year, but don’t ask how many hearings were held in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, or how many nominees were confirmed or denied, or how many more judges are needed. Got to spend time dealing with presidential sex.

The F.B.I. reported last week that racial prejudice was the motivating force behind over half the 8,000 hate crimes reported in 1997. Concerned about race relations and the country’s commitment to improving the way people interact 31 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Don’t expect the U.S. Congress to show any leadership. Presidential sex is much more important.

The U.S. Supreme Court prohibits statistical sampling for the U.S. Census, instead ruling that people must be counted face-to-face. That sounds reasonable, but, you say, the Republicans and Democrats are fighting about this issue, too? Well, don’t expect an in-depth explanation of such a complicated issue. Got to get back to presidential sex.

The Social Security system is heading for the tank. Really? Ah, let the old folks and the aging Boomers worry about that some other time. Presidential sex is the order of the day.

The economy is booming, the unemployment rate keeps dropping and companies keep downsizing tens of thousands of people. Is something missing from that picture? Don’t ask. Got to get back to presidential sex.

Health costs keep rising, more people need health insurance coverage and Congress wants to give us a tax cut. Why isn’t the money used for health care coverage? Don’t ask. The siren song of presidential sex beckons.

More ethnic murders in Bosnia? Well, that’s been going on for, how many years? Have to get back to presidential sex.

U.S. war planes just bombed another city in Iraq and Iraq shot missiles at the U.S. planes? What’s a little war here and a little war there? Not to worry. Have to get back to presidential sex.

The Pope’s visit to Mexico and the United States? Give it a few lines of type and a few minutes in the newscast, but don’t give it the coverage of presidential sex.

An earthquake in Columbia? Give it a bit of coverage as over 1,000 people died, but don’t get teary-eyed and keep it at the top of the hour for more than a day or two. Got to get back to presidential sex.

Citizens who think the nation’s business is not about presidential sex and who would rather read, talk, and listen to debate about something other than presidential sex should call [their Senators and tell them] it is time to get back to work.

Ross Connelly, Editor [Trconnelly@aol.com]

THE HARDWICK GAZETTE

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COMING IN THE J.M.E. #10:

A Letter to the Editor: A Young Conservative Objects