Well, this clarifies everything...

  • New York Daily News: There is no one you are sexting now?
  • Anthony Weiner: You can quibble about beginnings, middles and ends but what we're talking about is over a year ago.
The Clintons, via Sidney Blumenthal, orchestrated a whisper campaign to portray a young intern, Monica Lewinsky, as a deluded stalker who was lying about her affair with the president. If that dress had never emerged, both Clintons would still be smearing her today. As for recklessness, Bill Clinton, knowing full well that he was already being sued for sexual harassment by elements on the far right, went right ahead and had sex with an intern working for him at the White House – destroying the promise of his second term, and giving the hypocritical, extremist Republicans the political gift of a lifetime. Talk about betrayal of his supporters and everyone who had ever worked for him, including his cabinet. The Weiner affair is a trivial non-event compared with the Clintons’ reckless, mutual self-destruction.

What do you think about government officials resigning because of personal issues like extramarital affairs? Personally, I don't understand why they should resign because their personal marital issues. It seems like we as a society are intruding into their lives trying to make them into something they aren't; perfect.

I believe with Petraeus the concern is not just that his drone was penetrating foreign territory so to speak (sorry, that’s terrible) but that his affair was discovered due to an FBI investigation over whether his personal computer had been “compromised.” It smells like a scandal and I suppose that’s why Petraeus resigned. He also seems like a traditional, conservative fellow and he probably recognized his indiscretion as a great moral failure.

In some instances, these affairs aren’t so personal. Eliot Spitzer, by paying an escort for sex, broke the law, and for a former Attorney General, that’s a serious error. Bill Clinton lied about virtually every aspect of his affairs and devoted considerable effort to besmirching the women who accused him of everything from casual sex to sexual assault. Other politicians, engaged in activities such as anonymous gay bathroom sex, might just be too embarrassed to remain a public figure.

I’m not sure how one judges whether an affair is truly “personal” or not or if that distinction even matters. Some of the stuff Newt Gingrich has done is foul and weird and I think it speaks volumes about his morality and personal conduct. But does it justify denying him the opportunity to seek elected office? Maybe not, but I think he deserves to be judged for his behavior by the voters.

Similarly, it annoys me when people completely gloss over John F. Kennedy’s behavior which went beyond affairs and included him trying to convince a woman to fellate his friends. How “progressive” or attuned to women’s rights can a man be if he engages in those kind of frat house antics? If you want to do that kind of stuff, go join a rock band. We should expect more from a President.

Having said all of this, if Eliot Spitzer ran for office again, I would probably vote for him and I don’t think Petraeus should forever be banished from government service just because of his affair (though there might be other good reasons to oppose him re-entering politics). I don’t expect politicians to be perfect but I do think such “personal” conduct should at least be considered by the voters.


Tim Geithner and New York Fed knew of Libor cheating in 2008

An unidentified employee of U.K. bank Barclays PLC told the New York Federal Reserve Bank more than four years ago that the bank was filing false reports on a key interest rate, according to documents released by the regional bank on Friday.

The documents show that a summary of this admission was quickly circulated throughout the U.S. government, including the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department, in 2008. The London rate for interbank lending, known as Libor, is now at the center of a sweeping industry-wide, cross-border investigation into the setting of interbank-lending rates.

The New York Fed released the documents in response to inquiries from members of Congress about the role of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, then the head of the New York Fed, and its questions about Libor.

Barclays continued reporting false Libor submissions until 2009, according to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Geithner and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke are expected to be asked about the Libor scandal in upcoming Senate testimony.

Timothy Geithner discussed Libor worries in 2008


Herman Cain: Art of the Possible

As Bill Clinton could tell us, in this current climate of nonstop ideological and partisan warfare, sex scandals are often less about what the truth is than which side you’re on. In the 1990s, more Americans wanted to be on Clinton’s side than Ken Starr’s, no matter the obvious truth that Clinton was lying about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. For a moment now, Cain’s been benefiting from the fact that many conservatives would rather be on his side than on the media’s side.

But it’s not clear just how deep that well of credulity runs.

Tell It Like It Is, Spike Lee

Tell It Like It Is, Spike Lee


Good Riddance, Joe Paterno

What happened, or more accurately did not happen, goes to the core of evil that major college sports programs in this country have become, equivalent to Mafia families in which the code of omerta rules and coaches and staff always close ranks around their own, even if it means letting someone who was first accused of inappropriate sexual conduct in 1998 continue to roam.


Prettay Prettay Good: Let's Admit It: Herman Cain is the Conservative Bill Clinton



One cannot express disgust for Herman Cain’s sexual “misconduct” or “inappropriateness” or whatever euphemism we’re using to describe his perversion, and then turn around and say Bill Clinton’s erotic escapades were no big deal.

If Cain is a sexist man-pig, then Clinton is certainly much…

The difference is that while Clinton was a man whore (there’s no reason to sugar coat that—he cheated on his wife IN the Oval Office with an intern), he engaged in consensual sex with a woman. Herman Cain is accused of sexually harassing (and assaulting) four different women… meaning there was no consent.

Cain’s offense (if it is true) is much worse.

Paula Jones brought a sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton. Sexual harassment is not consensual. Kathleen Willey alleged that Clinton sexually assaulted her in 1994. Sexual assault is not consensual.

4 women, not including Lewinsky, said they had affairs with Clinton. He slept with women and when the affairs came to light, he did everything in his power to make the women look ridiculous and ruin their lives. This makes us wonder: how many other women were too afraid to speak up?

We’re not just talking about a blowjob. Clinton abused women by, to put it bluntly, fucking them and then punishing them if they said anything. This is not something an ethical person does. 

(via stefamaybe)


Let’s Admit It: Herman Cain is the Conservative Bill Clinton

One cannot express disgust for Herman Cain’s sexual “misconduct” or “inappropriateness” or whatever euphemism we’re using to describe his perversion, and then turn around and say Bill Clinton’s erotic escapades were no big deal.

If Cain is a sexist man-pig, then Clinton is certainly much worse and therefore was unfit for office. I’ve never liked Bill Clinton so it doesn’t bother me to label him a sleazy, manipulative, pathological liar. But liberals can’t have it both ways. Either this stuff matters or it doesn’t.  


FBI Investigating Jon Corzine and MF Global 


Jon Corzine’s Scandal  - “Madoff All Over Again”

Andrew Ross Sorkin explains Corzine’s potentially illegal activity at MF Global. 


NYPD Detective: We Plant Drugs on Innocent People

from New York Daily News:

A former NYPD narcotics detective snared in a corruption scandal testified it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas.

The bombshell testimony from Stephen Anderson is the first public account of the twisted culture behind the false arrests in the Brooklyn South and Queens narc squads, which led to the arrests of eight cops and a massive shakeup.

Anderson, testifying under a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, was busted for planting cocaine, a practice known as “flaking,” on four men in a Queens bar in 2008…

"As a detective, you still have a number to reach while you are in the narcotics division," he said.

NYPD officials did not respond to a request for comment.

Anderson worked in the Queens and Brooklyn South narcotics squads and was called to the stand at Arbeeny’s bench trial to show the illegal conduct wasn’t limited to a single squad.

"Did you observe with some frequency this … practice which is taking someone who was seemingly not guilty of a crime and laying the drugs on them?" Justice Gustin Reichbach asked Anderson.

"Yes, multiple times," he replied.

The judge pressed Anderson on whether he ever gave a thought to the damage he was inflicting on the innocent.

"It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators," he said.

"It’s almost like you have no emotion with it, that they attach the bodies to it, they’re going to be out of jail tomorrow anyway; nothing is going to happen to them anyway."


The Crime, Squalor, and Vice of “News of the World”

from an article by Christopher Hitchens in Slate:

…for decades, in fact since well back into the mid-Victorian epoch, the News of the World was the winning formula for the depiction of crime and squalor and vice.

Hand it to Rupert Murdoch and his minions: They got hold of the solid old “News of the Screws” or “Nudes of the World” and made it into a paper where the question was not how low can poor human nature sink, but rather is there anything, however depraved, that a reporter cannot be induced to do?

When reporters speak so easily of the great influence exerted on politicians by Murdoch’s papers, what they really mean is by Murdoch’s readers. His only real knack lies in knowing what they want. And what they want are invasions of privacy—and plenty of them.

What strikes the eye about the material in the News of the World is its relentless nullity: when cruel things happen to unimportant people, or when sordid things happen to famous people. Prurience and voyeurism supply the only energy.