Thursday, April 24, 2003

From Mike Russell
Bush's Urgent & Confidential Business Proposal



202.456.1414 / 202.456.1111
FAX: 202.456.2461

Dear Sir / Madam,

I am GEORGE WALKER BUSH, son of the former president of the United
States of America George Herbert Walker Bush, and currently serving as
President of the United States of America. This letter might surprise
you because we have not met neither in person nor by correspondence. I
came to know of you in my search for a reliable and reputable person to
handle a very confidential business transaction, which involves the
transfer of a huge sum of money to an account requiring maximum confidence.

I am writing you in absolute confidence primarily to seek your
assistance in acquiring oil funds that are presently trapped in the
republic of Iraq. My partners and I solicit your assistance in
completing a transaction begun by my father, who has long been actively
engaged in the extraction of petroleum in the United States of America,
and bravely served his country as director of the United States Central
Intelligence Agency.

In the decade of the nineteen-eighties, my father, then vice-president
of the United States of America, sought to work with the good offices of
the President of the Republic of Iraq to regain lost oil revenue sources
in the neighboring Islamic republic of Iran. This unsuccessful venture
was soon followed by a falling-out with his Iraqi partner, who sought to
acquire additional oil revenue sources in the neighboring emirate of
Kuwait, a wholly-owned U.S.-British subsidiary.

My father re-secured the petroleum assets of Kuwait in 1991 at a cost of
sixty-one billion u.s. dollars ($61,000,000,000). Out of that cost,
thirty-six billion dollars ($36,000,000,000) were supplied by his
partners in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other persian gulf
monarchies, and sixteen billion dollars ($16,000,000,000) by German and
Japanese partners. But my father's former Iraqi business partner
remained in control of the republic of Iraq and its petroleum reserves.

My family is calling for your urgent assistance in funding the removal
of the President of the Republic of Iraq and acquiring the petroleum
assets of his country, as compensation for the costs of removing him
from power. Unfortunately, our partners from 1991 are not willing to
shoulder the burden of this new venture, which in its upcoming phase may
cost the sum of 100 billion to 200 billion dollars ($100,000,000,000 -
$200,000,000,000), both in the initial acquisition and in long-term

Without the funds from our 1991 partners, we would not be able to
acquire the oil revenue trapped within Iraq. That is why my family and
our colleagues are urgently seeking your gracious assistance. Our
distinguished colleagues in this business transaction include the
sitting vice-president of the United States of America, Richard Cheney,
who is an original partner in the Iraq venture and former head of the
Halliburton oil company, and Condoleeza Rice, whose professional
dedication to the venture was demonstrated in the naming of a Chevron
oil tanker after her.

I would beseech you to transfer a sum equaling ten to twenty-five
percent (10-25 %) of your yearly income to our account to aid in this
important venture. The internal revenue service of the United States of
America will function as our trusted intermediary. I propose that you
make this transfer before the fifteenth (15th) of the month of April.

I know that a transaction of this magnitude would make anyone
apprehensive and worried. But I am assuring you that all will be well at
the end of the day. A bold step taken shall not be regretted, I assure
you. Please do be informed that this business transaction is 100% legal.
If you do not wish to co-operate in this transaction, please contact our
intermediary representatives to further discuss the matter.

I pray that you understand our plight. My family and our colleagues will
be forever grateful. Please reply in strict confidence to the contact
numbers below.

Sincerely with warm regards,

George Walker Bush

Switchboard: 202.456.1414
Comments: 202.456.1111
Fax: 202.456.2461

(Source: This parody of the ubiquitous Nigerian scam letter was written
by Zoltan Grossman) [End.]

Ha ha, brilliant!

Icon of Our Lady of Kazan in Vatican confirmed as the original
Pope may return icon to Russian Orthodox in August, reports say

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- For 10 years the Vatican has been engaged in
on-again, off-again discussions with the Russian Orthodox Church to
arrange for the transfer of a Russian icon from Pope John Paul II's
apartment to Patriarch Alexei II of Moscow. Italian news agencies
reported April 14 that the pope would give the icon of Our Lady of
Kazan to a Russian Orthodox representative during a brief stopover
in Kazan, capital of the autonomous Russian republic of Tatarstan,
on a flight to Mongolia in August. The pope's desire to give the
icon to the Russians is well known, said Vatican spokesman Joaquin
Navarro-Valls in an April 14 statement. "The appropriate occasion
and the means of consignment will be evaluated at the opportune
time," he said. The 16th-century icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which
had been kept in an Orthodox church in Moscow for centuries,
disappeared in 1904. A group of U.S. Catholics bought an icon of Our
Lady of Kazan from an art dealer and gave it to the pope in 1993. A
Vatican official said April 15 that a mixed commission of Russian
and Vatican icon experts met at the Vatican to study the pope's icon
and determined that it was the original.

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