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Wed Mar 16, 2011 at 08:16 PM PDT

Remembering Jeff Gannon/Guckert

by Alex 2012

Imagine the ensuing maelstrom if a gay male prostitute with a slew of solicitous websites (among them, militaryescorts.com) featuring nude photos of himself pimping his services was found to be kicking around the Obama White House.

Jeff Gannon/Guckert became the most famous male hooker since Joe Buck when he made more than 200 appearances at the White House posing as a journalist with the conservative websites GOPUSA and Talon News, attending 155 White House press briefings. He possessed no previous journalism experience, and had previously been refused a congressional press pass.

If that weren't enough to raise eyebrows, Guckert made more than twenty-four visits to the White House when there were no scheduled briefings. On at least fourteen occasions, Secret Service records show that Guckert checked in but was never processed out.

Heaven help us should Gannon/Guckert show up at the Obama White House.

Rush would have a coronary. Seriously, he might not survive it. Oprah would do 'When male hookers go political'. Simon and Paula would do 'America's Next Gay Male Prostitute'. Whoopi would surely storm off the set.

Fox would have a heyday. O'Reilly would point that extraterrestrial finger shrieking 'You want chaos! You want to see gay sex in the streets!' Michelle Malkin would call for jihad against 'al-Gayda' while demanding to see the President's HIV test results (while somehow managing to shamelessly mention the high HIV rate amongst black women in DC). Glenn Beck inevitably would rant on about the Islamic/gay hooker conspiracy out to take over the world. Roger would green-light a three-hour special to air right after the Superbowl 'The Pervert in the White House'.

For the record, I do not mind if Scott McClellan or Karl Rove or W. himself (or some combination thereof) was having sex with Gannon/Guckert at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. For all I know, Marcos Moulitsas is rolling around with Jay Carney or Valerie Jarrett. It's not my business, and it's not news. Still, I cannot ignore what NY Times Columnist Maureen Dowd wrote: on February 7, 2005:

   I'm still mystified by this story. I was rejected for a White House press pass at the start of the Bush administration, but someone with an alias, a tax evasion problem and Internet pictures..is credentialed to cover a White House that won a second term by mining homophobia and preaching family values.

    In an era when security concerns are paramount, what kind of Secret Service background check did James Guckert get so he could saunter into the West Wing every day under an assumed name while he was doing full-frontal advertising for stud services for $1,200 a weekend? He used a driver's license that said James Guckert to get into the White House, then, once inside, switched to his alter ego, asking questions as Jeff Gannon.

It is a recurring theme with the right. It's not (just) the policy. It's the hypocrisy.

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I love England. The country that gave us Shakespeare and Coleridge, bangers and mash, Kajagoogoo and Wham! has a special place in my heart. Even today, England's contributions to American pop culture are immense; Gordon Ramsay has graced us his culinary skills and warned us of the perils of creating 'fucking dogshit' in the kitchen. Jo Frost, the Supernanny, has taught us how to raise our children without beating or drugging them, and Simon Cowell has given us William Hung and a few others that I cannot at this time recall.

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With all the attention that the President's public option has been receiving, voices of single payer advocates have for the most part been either silenced or lost in the pandemonium. Still, a few have managed to have their voices heard. Congressman Weiner has made the talk show rounds promoting single payer and more recently New York Senate candidate Jonathan Tasini.

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Sat May 09, 2009 at 10:29 AM PDT

MSNBC Say it Ain't So!

by Alex 2012

On Friday May 8, Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! conducted the first national broadcast interview with New York Times reporter David Barstow about his 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning expose of the Pentagon propaganda campaign to recruit more than seventy-five retired military officers to appear on TV outlets as military analysts ahead of and during the Iraq war. This week, the Pentagon inspector general’s office admitted its exoneration of the program was flawed and withdrew it.

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I like Russ Feingold. I like that he read the Patriot Act before supporting it. I like that he was an early supporter of marriage equality. I saw him speakat UCLA law school a few years back. He is personable and genuine.  

Senator Feingold recently sat down in Madison with Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and said that he is ‘not satisfied’ with President Obama’s plans to withdraw American troops from Iraq.

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A new poll has Democratic Congressional candidate Bennion Spencer within 9 points of Republican Jason Chaffetz in Utah's third district.

If the election were held today Jason Chaffetz would receive 39 percent, Bennion Spencer would receive 30 percent, with 31 percent of voters undecided.

The poll of 400 registered third district voters was conducted by Anthony Brown & Associates Sept. 22-24 and has a margin of error of 4.9 percent.

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This guy does not know when to quit.

First, he called global warming 'a farce.' Then, he calls for the imprisonment of undocumented aliens in tent-cities. Yesterday, in the first debate in Utah's 3rd district, Republican nominee Jason Chaffetz had this to say:

I used to be a Democrat, but then I learned to read and write.

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Congressman Honda issued a statement in response to Republican Jason Chaffetz' demand for an apology. The following statement was posted by Robert Gehrke of the Salt Lake Tribune yesterday.

   "The only apology that should be made is by Mr. Chaffetz to the American public for injecting extremism into a sensitive and serious debate on immigration. It is naive at best and disingenuous at worst for Mr. Chaffetz to claim that his proposal to imprison undocumented immigrants behind barbed wire would not incite resentment against ethnic minorities or lead to racial profiling. While Mr. Chaffetz's claims he does not single out any particular racial group, one needs only to follow the current national immigration debate to know that it is primarily targeted against people with brown skin,"

Honda said.

   He points to Chaffetz's web site, where he said the Republican candidate focuses primarily on people with brown skin, specifically citing only statistics about immigration from Latin America and disparaging the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

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Congressman Honda issues a statement in response to Republican Jason Chaffetz' demand for an apology. The following statement was posted by Robert Gehrke of the Salt Lake Tribune yesterday.

"The only apology that should be made is by Mr. Chaffetz to the American public for injecting extremism into a sensitive and serious debate on immigration. It is naive at best and disingenuous at worst for Mr. Chaffetz to claim that his proposal to imprison undocumented immigrants behind barbed wire would not incite resentment against ethnic minorities or lead to racial profiling."

"While Mr. Chaffetz's claims he does not single out any particular racial group, one needs only to follow the current national immigration debate to know that it is primarily targeted against people with brown skin," Honda said.

He points to Chaffetz's web site, where he said the Republican candidate focuses primarily on people with brown skin, specifically citing only statistics about immigration from Latin America and disparaging the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

"In our times, we need leaders who sensibly move our country and the public immigration debate beyond extremist positions that can foster racial fear and animosity," Honda said.

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Tue Aug 26, 2008 at 09:22 PM PDT

Lil' (legal) help here updated

by Alex 2012

Yesterday an email circulated about a barely legal fundraiser for GOP candidate Jason Chaffetz. The Salt Lake Tribune referenced Daily Kos in today's paper. Could be a first for Utah.

The liberal blog, Daily Kos, though, posted the e-mail and questioned the legality of the Chamber, a 501(c)(6), to host such a fund raiser.

More from the Congressional race in Utah's 3rd. The Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an open house for GOP candidate Jason Chaffetz, the genius who's called for 'tent cities' for illegal aliens. The SL Chamber is a 501(c)(6). Is it legal for them to host a candidate? Anybody? Below is a copy of the blast they sent out.

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Yesterday, Mitt 'I'd-like-to-double-Guantanamo' Romney officially endorsed Jason Chaffetz. Chaffets defeated Chris Cannon in Utah's 3rd district Republican primary on an anti-immigration platform. He advocates rounding up illegals and putting them in tent cities.

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Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 02:59 PM PDT

Letter From Mary Kim Titla

by Alex 2012

I'd like to share a letter I received from my friend Mary Kim Titla. Mary Kim is running strong for Congress in Arizona’s 1st congressional district. She would be the first Native American woman ever to serve in the U.S. Congress. She has a great message and will make a wonderful Congresswoman. Please help her if you can.

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