> In addition to the other suggestions, I might even boot into single user
> mode since the bash.bashrc script is probably run by the root user login
> as well. IIRC, single user mode will bypass that.

of course...why didn't i think of that!

the reason my prescription didn't work is because even root's
environment is corrupted by the VERY faulty bash.bashrc.local

Rashid, if the above direction to insert s and single user boot
doesn't work, then try
-boot from a live CD (any live cd)
-mount the partition with /etc
-THEN rename (or simply delete, CAREFULLY) /etc/bash.bashrc.local
-shutdown, and try a normal boot...it should come up fixed and happy..