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After reading the Esquire profile of Newt Gingrich, it is difficult to think that he could be even more unpleasant than he appeared in that.

Unfortunately, it seems that he can.

Along with others, Newt is taking centre stage on 11th of September with Geert Wilders, a man even Glenn Beck once described as a fascist.

for all the horrible details, follow me.................

For anyone who still hasn't read the Esquire article........

Mariannne Gingrich speaks out

And he did the same thing to her eighteen years later, with Callista Bisek, the young congressional aide who became his third wife. "I know. I asked him. He'd already asked her to marry him before he asked me for a divorce. Before he even asked."

Back in the 1990s, she told a reporter she could end her husband's career with a single interview. She held her tongue all through the affair and the divorce and even through the annulment Gingrich requested from the Catholic Church two years later, trying to erase their shared past. Now she sits quietly for a moment, ignoring her eggs, trying to decide how far she wants to go.

"He believes that what he says in public and how he lives don't have to be connected," she says. "If you believe that, then yeah, you can run for president."

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Now Gingrich, who fancies himself front runner for the Republican Nomination has doubled down and let his ambition lead him into murky waters indeed.

Gingrich, Bolton, Breitbart Team Up With Far-Right Muslim-Basher Geert Wilders For 9/11 Rally

The confirmed list of speakers includes former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, Andrew Breitbart, and, notably, the far-right Dutch Parliamentarian Geert Wilders. "Islam is not a religion, it’s an ideology," Wilders told the Guardian in 2009, "the ideology of a retarded culture."

In the past, Wilders’ extremism has been condemned by conservatives such as Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, and even Glenn Beck, who called Wilders "fascist." It’s a clear sign of how far the Republicans have shifted to the right and embraced Islamophobia as a political tool that movement figures like Gingrich, Bolton, and Breitbart now have no problem sharing a stage with Wilders.

From the horrendous SIOA website (linked only for verification)

Hosting the rally are Geller, the popular blogger and columnist who publishes the acclaimed blog; and SIOA associate director Robert Spencer, the bestselling author and director of Geller is the author (with Spencer) of The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America (foreword by Ambassador John Bolton), published by Simon & Schuster.

The confirmed list of speakers includes 9/11 family members; former U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton; former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; the Dutch Parliamentarian and freedom fighter Geert Wilders; Gary Berntsen, a candidate for the U.S. Senate from New York; Jordan Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice, which has filed suit to stop the Ground Zero mega-mosque; Ginny Thomas, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's wife; Michael Grimm, a candidate for Congress from New York's 13th district and a 9/11 first responder; and journalist Andrew Breitbart.

My boldings. What a bloody shower!

By the way, this talk of 911 families against the Cordoba building is blatantly exaggerated.

The September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, a group founded and steered by families of September 11 victims, has issued a strong opinion in support of the Islamic Center.

She doesn’t. She claims to speak for some of the families though an organization called 9/11 Families for a Safe and Strong America, but from the group’s own website I can’t tell if anyone beside Burlingame, let alone other 9/11 survivors, belongs to this organization. Whatever her following, she has been the ringleader of a group of people opposed to any sort of memorial on the Ground Zero site that doesn’t reflect their extremist right-wing political beliefs and their vengeful, hateful views. She is, in short, a nasty piece of work.

Some previous Daily Kos diarists have done sterling work on exposing the SOIA.

Daisy Cutter

Devon Moore

Mets 102

A very small taste of Geert Wilders, more than enough.

All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing."
Edmund Burke


Thanks you all for the rec/tips. Much appreciated. Have to go walk some dogs now to earn my supper. Will check in later to read any more comments,

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