In the column Was Bush’s great grandfather a Nazi? http://www.straightdope.com/columns/030214.html , Cecil not only sounds like a mindless dittohead but gets his facts wrong.
The questioner was right, and Cecil was wrong: The crimes concerned Bush’s great grandfather, George Herbert, and grandfather Prescott Bush, not “misdeeds by George W.'s father, George H.W., and his grandfather, Prescott Bush”. Cecil is a George off.
Cecil dismisses the rather serious crime of Trading With The Enemy while we were at war with Nazi Germany by evading with “Some of the most distinguished names in American business had investments or subsidiaries in prewar Germany” (empahsis mine) which in no way excuses the Bushes unpatriotic dealings.
Cecil apologizes for them, saying that Prescott only had one share of stock of one of the subsidiaries (without a cite) while sliding over the fact that he was a director of the corporation and was called “Hitler’s Angel” by the press at the time. An account here: http://www.lpdallas.org/features/draheim/dr991216.htm . And here: http://www.tarpley.net/bush2.htm . And for good measure, here: http://www.rememberjohn.com/Nazis.html .
Further, the Harriman connection is unexplored, but Prescott’s connection to the eugenics movement can be found here http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Exhibit/2412/eugenics/Bush.html , and Harriman’s founding of the Eugenics Records Office in London in 1910 can be found here http://www.eugenics-watch.com/roots/chap12.html .
One of the ways you can tell a dittohead (or worse, a freeper) is that every comment about the Bushes starts off with a dig at Clinton. In fact, the attempt to uncover the Bushes involvement with the Nazis and the bin Ladens isn’t even remotely like the massively financed hatemongering lies about Bill Clinton. The whole first paragraph should have been edited out. But that’s another column; lets stick to the facts about the Bush family.
I used to respect Cecil, but instead of aging into the grand master of truth seekers, he’s sunk to the level of spin control and rumormongering of Drudge and Rush. Sad.