Monday Reads

htBC8It’s a beautiful fall day here in New Orleans!

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.

vintage-halloween-pinup-anne-nagelHere’s Jason’s story and interview.

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.”

He should’ve checked with the CIA first.

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.”

vintage-halloween-pinup-clara-bowRep. 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.

Meawhile, sweet irony rules in that the committee did out Dubya Bush and Tony Blair as war criminals somewhat inadvertantly.

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!!!820351813905ea85ae8c5d7df1737a34

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?


26 Comments on “Monday Reads”

  1. Pat Johnson says:

    I want to reach out and smack Joe Biden right in the face!

    This would be after I reached out and smacked Trey Gowdy upside his pointed head for lying so blatantly about Hillary Clinton.

    I don’t much care if I get branded a “domestic terrorist”. These people make me sick.

    • dakinikat says:

      They’re awful aren’t they? Not an ounce of remorse!

    • Fannie says:

      Girl, you and me both. I’d take my shoe off and throw it up against Gowdy’s head. He has never faced any opposition to any election, because he is in a heavy republican district. I mean the first year in office, this prick voted to down grade our US Credit rating, and it happened. For the first time in our Country, this prick was part of our Credit rating being down grated.

      Not only that, the following year he got award from the Club Growth (yup, economic) award. He’s the one who introduced the bill that would make it legal to sue the president. Want more?

      He wants to repeal the EPA, and Roe vs Wade, and Obamacare. He belongs to the church of ME, ME, ME.

      He wants his party to shut up, well I tell you, I’d like to shut his pie hole up.

    • joanelle says:

      Pat, I’d be happy to join you in the slapping. I believe, he really doesn’t want to run again, but doesn’t have the chutzpah to say, “no, leave me alone guys.”
      They just don’t want a girl playing in their game, even if ahe is on their team.

      • Beata says:

        I don’t believe Joe Biden really wants to run again either. I don’t think he is in the “place” where he feels he can handle a grueling campaign. But there seem to be a group of people around him, some of whom were close friends of Beau Biden, who want Joe to run.

        I think Joe is genuinely torn by feelings of grief and wanting to honor Beau’s memory, along with his own long-held dream of being President. What is so terrible about that? And I believe Beau did tell his father that he should run, that he wanted his father to go on with his life’s dream after his passing. It was not a “deathbed plea”. According to Maureen Dowd, when it became known that Beau would not survive, Beau asked Joe to sit down at a table with him and talk about Joe’s future. Hunter Biden was there as well. There is a good possibility other family or friends were at or around the table, too. They are a political family. Having his father run for President wasn’t “Beau’s dying wish”. That is not the context in which the discussion took place. Beau was at a table, talking to his father, when he was still quite capable of doing so. He was not breathing his last breath.

        When people know they are dying, they often ask their loved ones to not be consumed with grief but to go on to fulfill something important. They want their loved ones to be happy after they are gone. I know dying people who have asked their spouses to travel to places that they, as a couple, had hoped to someday visit or to promise to remarry. My own mother asked me to do something she believed would make me happy ( I haven’t done it and feel some guilt about that ).

        What I have written above may not be in keeping with the general consensus here but it is what I see happening with Joe Biden. Have at me, if you want to. I can take it.

        • janicen says:

          Nothing to have at you for, Beata. That’s the most reasonable, logical, and believable assessment of the situation I have read. After I saw Biden on Colbert I knew he would never run. He’s emotionally shattered after the death of Beau. I didn’t think it was an act or a play for sympathy. His emotions were raw and completely understandable. In his place, I could not continue to be veep. I could not carry on. He is heroic for carrying on as veep but I don’t believe he’s going to run for president. I think you’re right, he doesn’t want to let people down.

        • janicen says:

          And maybe, just maybe these “leaks” are attempts by Republicans to draw Clinton into going after Biden and making her look vicious and calculating.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Michael Tomasky: Biden 2016: A Bad Idea Gets Worse

    Gossip started flying over the weekend that Joe Biden is about to say something. On Monday, CNBC tweeted: “Joe Biden to announce whether he is running for president in 2016 or not in the next 48 hours, sources tell @NBCNews.”

    So there we are. The big moment is nigh. Generally speaking, insiders think he’s getting in. The folks in Clintonland certainly seem to think he’s getting in.

    I don’t, however, know a single person I’m aware of who wants Biden to get in. And I’ve been asking. Journalists, activist types, policy wonks, political operatives—among them, the consensus is that he let all this dangle a little too long and that he doesn’t really bring anything to the table that isn’t already on offer from the existing candidates.

  3. janicen says:

    I love how the release and review of the emails is coming back and biting the Rethugs in the ass!

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Joe Biden may have taken veiled shots at Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

    Biden says car thief and arsonist Darrell Issa is his “friend,” and he doesn’t consider Republicans to be enemies. Actually, though, when Hillary said it, she was saying Republicans treated her as an enemy.

    • NW Luna says:

      Uncle Joe continues to show why getting into the race is a Very Bad Idea.

    • bostonboomer says:


      And while speaking about renewable energy policies several minutes later, Biden also made a quick aside about his lack of animosity towards Wall Street. It implicitly drew a clear contrast between himself and Sanders, who has skyrocketed in polls amid his constant populist critique of the financial industry.

      “By the way, I’m not one of the guys, you know, ‘Let’s go after the rich and the powerful and they’re the problem.’ They’re not a problem, but everybody has to do their part, man,” Biden said.

      Yeah, man.

  5. Fannie says:

    I’d like to smack the hell out of Mo Brooks! He’s the one out saying he’s going to impeach Hillary Clinton. He’s the guy that rode in on the Tea Party Wave that Trey Gowdy came in on.. He’s out saying democrats are at war with white people. This guy is bat shit crazy, straight out of Alabama.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    A federal judge blocked Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s plan to defund Planned Parenthood

  7. janicen says:

    One down…Webb is dropping out of the race.