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  • Lewinsky, 40, ends silence with article in Vanity Fair:
    Maintaining that her affair with Clinton was one between two consenting adults, Lewinsky writes that it was the public humiliation she suffered in the wake of the scandal that permanently altered the direction of her life: “Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position. [...] The Clinton administration, the special prosecutor’s minions, the political operatives on both sides of the aisle, and the media were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part because it was imbued with power.”
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  •  I thought Lewinsky acquitted herself OK (5+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp, sunbro, enhydra lutris, Gooserock, JBL55

    in the snippets released today. Certainly nothing in there that would further Rand Paul's obsession with making this an issue in Hillary's campaign.

    No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

    by Magster on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:23:17 PM PDT

    •  she did (3+ / 0-)
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      But here is the rub and the lesson. There is a draw between a young person a seemingly or actually power older person. And the younger person will believe it is consensual, but we are increasingly realizing that if there is a imbalance, for instance where on person is the boss, or in the case of Newt Gingrich his teacher, it is hard to say that it is consensual.

      This is not an issue with Lewinsky, and that she was able to overcome it is a credit to her. We must admit that this is an issue with Clinton, that he took advantage of his position and a young person.  I don't think it is up to any impeachment, even in the lying, as I don't know that constitutionally, which only mandates treason, bribery, and high crimes and misdemeanors. Having an affair while improper is not even a misdemeanor.

      Nevertheless we have to acknowledge that such behavior is not something that should be encouraged, or probably even always allowed to be shielded by 'consensual sex'.  For instance, when a military officer, who has taken additional oaths and is under tighter regulation, has sex with a subordinate, it is unclear that such behavior should be encouraged by merely reprimanding the behavior. We certainly no longer tolerate a relationship between a teacher and student, even if the student is not a minor. Some cases such do result in marriage that prevents jail time for the teacher, but the teacher usually loses certification.

      •  You responded to more than I said, (1+ / 0-)
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        but I don't disagree with you.

        Young people are impulsive and not selfless in their decisions. President Clinton took advantage of that.

        That said, Lewinsky was old enough to consent, did consent, and the consequences followed. It seems in the snippets released today that she acknowledges and bears that, and I'm glad that she didn't succumb to what her darker impulses were telling her to do in the aftermath of the affair.

        No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

        by Magster on Tue May 06, 2014 at 01:06:48 PM PDT

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      •  Lewinsky was egged on by Linda Tripp (5+ / 0-)

        Monica Lewinsky didn't realize that Linda Tripp, who egged her on into acting on her crush, was taping her phone conversations with Tripp, at Lucianne Goldberg's instigation.

        She had confessed to Tripp that she had a crush on Bill Clinton, but wasn't going to act on it -- until Tripp goaded her into it.  Then later, when she wanted to stop, Tripp talked her into continuing it, just so Tripp could tape a few more conversations:

        How to Become a Scandal, p. 122

        Visit for Minnesota news as it happens.

        by Phoenix Woman on Tue May 06, 2014 at 01:35:54 PM PDT

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    •  The comments on that site are horrendous. (0+ / 0-)

      This poor woman will never live down her public shame for doing something that is done millions of times every day in this country.  And it's not her fault.  It's the fault of the assholes who are still actively slut shaming her.  Assholes like those Vanity Fair commenters.

      I was glad to read that she's trying do do something for others who have been harried and shamed online.

      Economic Left/Right: -7.38
      Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -8.00
      Two steps to the right of Trotsky.

      by jvance on Tue May 06, 2014 at 04:37:28 PM PDT

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  •  I like Monica so far. (1+ / 0-)
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    Nothing so far seems to be grossly unfair in what she has said about the situation. Is that the consensus?

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:27:19 PM PDT

    •  She was duped by Linda Tripp (3+ / 0-)
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      She let Tripp goad her into acting on her desire to have an affair with Bill Clinton -- not realizing that Tripp was doing this just to get her on tape saying that she was having an affair with him.

      Now, Bill should not have been dumb enough to fall for Monica, though I can see why he did -- she at the time was a dead ringer for his mother in her late twenties (what, you thought Monica was this fourteen-year-old intern? No, she was a regular White House staffer, folks, not some underage kid in pigtails).  And Monica should not have been dumb enough to fall for Linda Tripp's badgering.

      But the affair would never have happened if Tripp hadn't orchestrated it and pushed Lewinsky into it.

      Visit for Minnesota news as it happens.

      by Phoenix Woman on Tue May 06, 2014 at 01:49:36 PM PDT

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  •  New Sarah McLachlan album drops today... (2+ / 0-)
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    Ain't no such things as halfway crooks.

    by here4tehbeer on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:29:27 PM PDT

  •  Lewinsky (4+ / 0-)
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    Sure, my boss took advantage of me, but I will always remain firm on this point: it was a consensual relationship. Any ‘abuse’ came in the aftermath, when I was made a scapegoat in order to protect his powerful position
    How was Lewinsky made a "scapegoat to protect [Clinton's] powerful position?"

    Clinton's "defenders" at the time "defended" him by saying two things: (1) It was consensual (which is the same thing that Lewinsky says here) and (2) The entire ordeal was a witch hunt based on what in any sane universe would be a private issue in a couple's marriage.

    I am also not connecting the dots between "her boss took advantage of her" and "it was a consensual relationship."  Does she claim that he promised to leave Hillary or something?

    Ugh... my fingers feel dirty even typing about this after all these years.  At leaset there's not really anything here Republicans can use... certainly not against Hillary.

    •  Leave it to Rush to go on today about (2+ / 0-)
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      how Monica Lewinsky "is “collateral damage in Hillary Clinton’s war on women”   Apparently it's even a banner on his web site.  I won't go there.

      I find the timing a bit curious.  I hate to say that as I feel extremely sorry for the woman and what she went through.  But a little red flag went off in my head.

      Read more:

      The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

      by AnnieR on Tue May 06, 2014 at 01:00:59 PM PDT

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    •  Bill Clinton dragged her into the mess by lying (0+ / 0-)

      about it.

      If he had admitted to it and apologized, that might have been the end of it.  But Clinton's finger wagging and lies to a grand jury (in the Paula Jones case, I believe) and getting Lewinski to lie for him were what brought the whole sordid mess out in public.  It wasn't Lewinski who took it from a private issue to a public scandal.

      •  Hilarious loss of memory (2+ / 0-)
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        I'm no Bill Clinton fan by a long shot but I believe Monica's "girl" talk with Linda Tripp was a bit of an issue here.

        " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

        by gchaucer2 on Tue May 06, 2014 at 02:17:58 PM PDT

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        •  Ahh yes.. someone snitched.. (0+ / 0-)

          If it weren't for Tripp, poor, misunderstood Bill Clinton wouldn't have been forced to lie.. yeah I get it.. his apologists are unbelievably loyal even to this day.

          He took advantage of a young intern, whether she was willing or not.  And what starry-eyed 22 yr old wouldn't be "willing"?  Any corporate executive would have been fired.  An Army general would have been canned.  Petraeus was forced to resign as CIA director after a secret sexual relationship with his biographer became public - she was a consenting adult much older than Lewinski.

          But, Bill gets a pass.  It's a "witch hunt".. it's Tripp's fault..

    •  Her parents thought he'd dump Hill for her (1+ / 0-)
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      So the Lewinsky clan is not exactly filled with clear thinkers.

      That being said, both she and Bill were victims of Linda Tripp, who goaded her into acting on her crush on Bill (see p. 122).

      Visit for Minnesota news as it happens.

      by Phoenix Woman on Tue May 06, 2014 at 01:55:51 PM PDT

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  •  LOL "no aborting baby Jesus on Christmas" (5+ / 0-)
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    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:30:03 PM PDT

  •  Coffee may be the livelihood of 4 million, (7+ / 0-)

    but it enables the livelihood of billions.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:31:10 PM PDT

  •  Yesterday, I heard what may be the (5+ / 0-)

    weirdest robocall ever. My mom's phone rang. Picked it up and a recorded female voice started speaking in Russian.

    Way paranoid 70s flashback time.

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:32:22 PM PDT

  •  Bitch! That's MY password! (2+ / 0-)
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    end of snark.

    "People should not be afraid of their government; governments should be afraid of their people." --V

    by MikeTheLiberal on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:35:38 PM PDT

  •  Hawaii passes same day voter registration (4+ / 0-)
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    LinSea, JBL55, wintergreen8694, aimeehs Hawaii Passes Same Day Registration

    May 2, 2014

    Earlier this week, both houses of the Hawaii legislature passed legislation that will create Same-Day Voter Registration, putting the Aloha State on track to become the 13th state in the nation where voters can register and vote in the same day.

    Good news.  There is no useful purpose in making it hard to register to vote.

    -7.75 -4.67

    "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

    There are no Christians in foxholes.

    by Odysseus on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:36:56 PM PDT

  •  Hindenburg discussion (2+ / 0-)
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    So why aren't airships more popular?  (Presumably with helium, not hydrogen.)

    1. I don't think they'd really compete with passenger airlines (most people will just consign themselves to a few hours of steerage conditions).  

    2. The real problem is access to helium (I don't see much taste for using hydrogen).  You can't make helium: it is the ultimate non-renewable resource.  (Well, perhaps you could distill it out of the atmosphere, since any helium application cycles it back, but that would be prohibitively expensive.)

    3. Airships are low altitude vehicles and are affected by weather.  This doesn't mean it's dangerous because weather forecasting is good enough, even over the ocean, that an airship would have no difficulty avoiding it.  However, that avoidance would mean a much higher incidence of delay.

    •  How are they different than cruise ships though? (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Ships carry more people for a given volume. (0+ / 0-)

        Another thing is that the Zeppelins were flown safely using hydrogen for years, but they couldn't buy helium from the US because of the Nazis. In fact, the Hindenberg was originally designed to use helium. And in a truly ironic twist, helium gas was found bubbling up in the salt water at the bottom of some abandoned mine shafts in Germany in the 1970's. I'd sure like to know what happened to that discovery.

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Tue May 06, 2014 at 05:25:48 PM PDT

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  •  If you care about how kids with food-related (2+ / 0-)
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    disabilities are treated in school, you might want to follow T.F. vs. Fox Chapel Area School District. The child in question, as I understand it, not only had to fight to get an IEP in place. T.F. also had two bad reactions and was isolated to a "nut-free table" in the cafeteria, a desk situated away from other children, which led to bullying and the parents pulling T.F. from the school.

    The Food Allergy Research and Education group, along with the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (a group of lawyers specializing in disabilities), filed an amicus brief for this family's appeal to the Third Circuit. The school filed truancy charges against the child in question in obvious retaliation.

    Something to keep an eye on.

  •  Coffee Rust = Ben Ghazi. (2+ / 0-)
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    How could anyone have missed that connection?

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Tue May 06, 2014 at 12:47:36 PM PDT

  •  The Hindenburg (5+ / 0-)

    sure beats flying on Southwest

  •  Paul von Hindenberg was also... (5+ / 0-)

    ...president of Germany from 1925-1934.  He was succeeded by a rather unpleasant fellow of some repute.


  •  Wow. Last night I wrote about Max Allan Collins (3+ / 0-)
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    work The Lusitania Murders, based on the sinking of that ship 99 years ago tomorrow and was just trying to decide what to read for next week.

    On the 77th anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster, some color photos of the interior: The two Hindenburg-class passenger carrying airships were named in honor of Paul von Hindenburg, a German general in World War I. They were the largest aircraft ever to fly and the last of their type ever built. More photos and drawings of the interior.
    Looks like it will have to be Max Allan Collins The Hindenburg Murders. I never realized how elaborate the accommodations were on board the airship.
  •  God isn’t a fan of the Big Bang Theory? (0+ / 0-)

    To each their own, I suppose.  I've seen the show and it's kind of funny.  

    If God does indeed express His television-viewing preferences on billboards, I wonder why it was so important for Him to let us know He disapproves of "BBT" while apparently letting "Lost" off the hook.

    Oh, well.  Just another magnum mysterium to ponder.

  •  . (0+ / 0-)
  •  Worst Thing About Lewinsky Affair (1+ / 0-)
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    It cost Al Gore the presidency, and foisted the Evil Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz Gang on the world.

    "The more firearms a man owns, the smaller his member"-- Abraham Lincoln

    by truthronin on Tue May 06, 2014 at 05:07:22 PM PDT

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