Monday ReadsPosted: October 19, 2015
We’re five days out from our state elections here in Louisiana and Diaper David Vitter with his proclivity for using prositutes is once again in the news. If there’s one thing I’ve learned since giving up on my Republican voting status 20 years ago, it’s that sex scandals, religous venom, and lies are what drives today’s Republicans. I’m going to start with the Vitter news and then move to a disgusting story about Trey Gowdy trying to frame former SOS Hillary Clinton for outing a CIA agent. It was pure sheninagans as usual for the S.C. Representative. Thank goodness that Rep. Elijah Cummings serves on the committee and tries to keep it honest! Clinton is scheduled to appear before the Benghazi Witch Hunt Committee this week and the Republicans are eager to tank her candidacy.
So, Louisiana Blogger American Zombie who is most infamous for being the first to expose former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s corruption has been on the hunt for Vitter liasons. His first installment includes a new interview with Wendy Cortez who was the source of a Hustler interview some time ago. This story has evolved over time but Jason Brad Berry says there’s more to come. While many are now finding the story flawed, I still think that more evidence is on the way. Vitter showed up on the DC Madams list. His phone log shows he actually called out for hookers while doing things on the Senate floor. He’s also been shy coming to debates and having living audiences during his run for governor this year.
A married pro-life Republican senator has denied getting his mistress pregnant and asking her to have an abortion.
Senator David Vitter, who is running to become Governor of Louisiana, was sleeping with prostitute Wendy Ellis for three years, she claims, until she fell pregnant in 2000.
Ellis told the American Zombie blog site that she informed the senator the baby was his, but he refused to believe it and asked her to abort the child.
The senator furiously denied the allegations today, with his campaign saying the claims had ‘zero legitimacy’.
So yes, this would be another example of a “pro-life” republican once again applying double standards on when abortions should be legal and available.
Here’s CenLamar–who has worked on stories with Jason–on why he thinks the story is unravelling. I should probably tell you here that I know both Jason and Lamar.
On Saturday, with only a week left before Louisiana voters head to the polls to decide who will become their next governor, Jason Brad Berry of The American Zombie published a bombshell interview with Wendy Ellis, a former prostitute who once sold her story about hooking up with U.S. Sen. David Vitter to Hustler Magazine. Her story has changed, though, dramatically. Today, Ellis says that her relationship with Vitter was much more intimate and much more involved than she previously claimed. But most notably, Ellis now claims she was once pregnant with Vitter’s child and that Vitter, then a Congressman, asked her to get an abortion, which she refused to do. Sen. Vitter’s dalliances with prostitutes are well-known and documented, and his 2007 scandal involving the D.C. Madam has become a flashpoint in the current campaign. But Ellis’s sordid and heartbreaking story unravels completely upon close inspection. Wendy Ellis, also known as Wendy Williams, Wendy Yow, and Wendy Cortez, once served a portion of a ten-year prison sentence for a crime of dishonesty, and she has a track record of making outrageous claims about Sen. Vitter, claims the Senator has repeatedly denied.
To be sure, Sen. Vitter’s past invite people like Wendy Ellis into his orbit, and Louisiana voters should think long and hard about the distractions he would generate if elected governor.
But two wrongs don’t make a right. David Vitter, for all of his faults, is not an irredeemably terrible person simply because he used to pay people to have sex with him. That doesn’t automatically disqualify him from earning a decent living for his family, but it probably should disqualify him from representing Louisiana in the U.S. Senate and living, rent-free, in the Governor’s Mansion.
So, meanwhile, Trey Gowdy is showing exactly how trifling trifling can be. However, this is likely illegal trifling and should bring in to question every piece of evidence the former prosecutor has ever introduced.
Trey Gowdy, the chair of the Select Committee on Benghazi, leveled a very serious charge against Hillary Clinton in an October 7 letter. Gowdy asserted that Hillary Clinton disclosed the name of CIA source in an email sent from her private server. Gowdy wrote that the information was “some of the most protected information in our intelligence community, the release of which could jeopardize not only national security but human lives.”
But late Saturday night, a CIA official informed the committee that the agency does not view that email, among 127 previously undisclosed messages sent by Blumenthal to Clinton that the panel plans to release this week, as having any portions that need to be redacted because they include classified information.
The CIA finding prompted Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel’s ranking Democrat, to demand that Gowdy publicly apologize for his “irresponsible” allegation. It was, he charged in a letter released Sunday morning, further evidence that the GOP-led committee is making false charges “in order to attack Secretary Clinton for political reasons.”
Gowdy quickly responded in his own lengthy email, conceding the CIA did not seek any redactions in the Blumenthal email but maintaining that it may still have included information “that ordinarily would be considered highly sensitive.”
Rep. Cummings has been doing a lion’s share of work trying to keep that Committee honest. His website has information on the bogus charge. Cummings has called on the Committee and Gowdy to apologize to SOS Clinton.
Smoking gun emails reveal Blair’s ‘deal in blood’ with George Bush over Iraq war was forged a YEAR before the invasion had even started
Leaked White House memo shows former Prime Minister’s support for war at summit with U.S. President in 2002
Bombshell document shows Blair preparing to act as spin doctor for Bush, who was told ‘the UK will follow our lead’
Publicly, Blair still claimed to be looking for diplomatic solution – in direct contrast to email revelations
New light was shed on Bush-Blair relations by material disclosed by Hillary Clinton at the order of the U.S. courts
That committe has literally turned into the Keystone Cops. In trying to show Hillary Clinton is a bad person, they outed their last president as a war criminal.
The damning memo, from Secretary of State Colin Powell to President George Bush, was written on March 28, 2002, a week before Bush’s famous summit with Blair at his Crawford ranch in Texas.
In it, Powell tells Bush that Blair ‘will be with us’ on military action. Powell assures the President: ‘The UK will follow our lead’.
The disclosure is certain to lead for calls for Sir John Chilcot to reopen his inquiry into the Iraq War if, as is believed, he has not seen the Powell memo.
A second explosive memo from the same cache also reveals how Bush used ‘spies’ in the Labour Party to help him to manipulate British public opinion in favour of the war.
The documents, obtained by The Mail on Sunday, are part of a batch of secret emails held on the private server of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton which U.S. courts have forced her to reveal.
Former Tory Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: ‘The memos prove in explicit terms what many of us have believed all along: Tony Blair effectively agreed to act as a frontman for American foreign policy in advance of any decision by the House of Commons or the British Cabinet.
‘He was happy to launder George Bush’s policy on Iraq and sub-contract British foreign policy to another country without having the remotest ability to have any real influence over it. And in return for what?
‘For George Bush pretending Blair was a player on the world stage to impress voters in the UK when the Americans didn’t even believe it themselves’.
Davis was backed by a senior diplomat with close knowledge of Blair-Bush relations who said: ‘This memo shows beyond doubt for the first time Blair was committed to the Iraq War before he even set foot in Crawford.
‘And it shows how the Americans planned to make Blair look an equal partner in the special relationship to bolster his position in the UK.’
Blair’s spokesman insisted last night that Powell’s memo was ‘consistent with what he was saying publicly at the time’.
The former Prime Minister has always hotly denied the claim that the two men signed a deal ‘in blood’ at Crawford to embark on the war, which started on March 20, 2003.
Lastly, we have Joe Biden’s Presidential Campaign Hope/Death Watch on the agenda. Another 48 hours to wait, folks!!!
Joe Biden could finally be ready to jump into the presidential race. And soon.
Fox News reported Monday morning that the vice president is running.
Yeah, well, I certainly believe Fox News.
Anyway, I’m convinced the world’s gone mad, what about you?
What’s on your reading and blogging list today?