Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Who is Lucy Ramirez?

Bill Burkett, an ex-lieutenant colonel in the Texas Guard who provided CBS and USA TODAY with documents critical of President Bush's National Guard service, now tells USA TODAY that he is not the original source.

In interviews in recent days with USA TODAY, both in person and on the phone, Burkett said he had merely been a conduit for the records purported to be from the private files of Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, one of Bush's former Guard commanders, who died in 1984. Burkett admitted lying to USA TODAY about the source of the documents but said he did not fabricate the papers.

In earlier conversations with USA TODAY, Burkett had identified the source of the documents as George Conn, a former Texas National Guard colleague who works for the U.S. Army in Europe. Burkett now says he made up the story about Conn's involvement to divert attention from himself and the woman he now says provided him with the documents. He told USA TODAY that he also lied to CBS.

Burkett now maintains that the source of the papers was Lucy Ramirez, who he says phoned him from Houston in March to offer the documents. USA TODAY has been unable to locate Ramirez.

As might be expected, there are multiple phone listings (about 20 from internet directories) for Lucy Ramirez in Texas.

A Google search, as of 3:30am Central, turned up the following results:
search term: lucy + ramirez, hits: 447 (betcha that changes after today)
search term: lucy + ramirez + texas, hits: 58 (betcha that changes, too)
search term: lucy + ramirez + burkett, hits: 2 (different burkett)
search term: lucy + ramirez + killian, hits: 2 (different killian)

The USA TODAY article goes on to say:

Burkett said Ramirez told him she had seen him the previous month in an appearance on the MSNBC program Hardball, discussing the controversy over whether Bush fulfilled all his obligations for service in the Texas Air Guard during the early 1970s. "There is something I have that I want to make sure gets out," he quoted her as saying.

He said Ramirez claimed to possess Killian's "correspondence file," which would prove Burkett's allegations that Bush had problems as a Guard fighter pilot.

Burkett said he arranged to get the documents during a trip to Houston for a livestock show in March. But instead of being met at the show by Ramirez, he was approached by a man who asked for Burkett, handed him an envelope and quickly left, Burkett recounted.

You really need to read the entire article. It is very entertaining, especially the Burkett quotes. CBS's "unimpeachable" source is not only a Bush-hating nutjob, he's a typical liberal wuss.

To quote one of my all-time favorite movie characters: "It would appear that the strain was more than he could bear."

Be sure not to miss Captain Ed's commentary on this pathetic tale.

The question remains. Who is Lucy Ramirez? There's at least one who is connected with a Democrat U.S. Congressman from south Texas. Lucy, is that you?

If (big IF) there really is a Lucy, she will not be able to hide for long.

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