Saturday, February 12, 2005
Bush press pal quits over gay prostie link
-->WASHINGTON - A conservative ringer who was given a press pass to the White House and lobbed softball questions at President Bush quit yesterday after left-leaning Internet bloggers discovered possible ties to gay prostitution.
"The voice goes silent," Jeff Gannon wrote on his Web site. "In consideration of the welfare of me and my family, I have decided to return to private life."
Gannon began covering the White House two years ago for an obscure Republican Web site (Talon-News.com). He was known for his friendly questions, including asking Bush at last month's news conference how he could work with Democrats "who seem to have divorced themselves from reality."
Gannon was also given a classified CIA memo that named agent Valerie Plame, leading to his grilling by the grand jury investigating her outing.
He came under lefty scrutiny after revelations that the administration was paying conservative pundits to talk up Bush's proposals. By examining Internet records, online sleuths at DailyKos.com figured out that his real name was Jim Guckert and he owned various Web sites, including HotMilitaryStud.com, MilitaryEscorts.com and MilitaryEscortsM4M.com.
"The issue here is whether someone with connections to male prostitution was given unfettered access to the White House and copies of internal CIA documents. For a family values administration, that's pretty creepy," said John Aravosis, one of the bloggers chasing the story.
The White House didn't return a call asking how someone using an alias was given daily clearance to enter the White House.
On his TalonNews Web site, Gannon had written that liberals were out to get him because he's a white conservative man who owns a gun, drives a sport-utility vehicle and is a born-again Christian.
Yesterday, however, he abruptly quit, and all of the stories he wrote were erased from the Web site. A great many were on gay issues, including one detailing John Kerry's "pro-homosexual platform" that was headlined mockingly, "Kerry Could Become First Gay President."
This is really over the top. Fact is indeed stranger than fiction. Let's see. The guy is running prostitution sites, using an assumed name, possibly outing CIA agents, mocking gays because of his own conflicted personality, and impersonating a press corps member--in the White House. This really instills a lot of confidence in the new improved Homeland Security, doesn't it?
Friday, February 11, 2005
This year's biggest planned action? A kayaking and trekking expedition through the Arctic. And the goal is not to face off with Exxon folks on oil rigs or shield baby seals from club-brandishing hunters, but to document the magnificent yet melting ecosystem and beam images of it to the Greenpeace website and hopefully beyond.
Some say this represents a softening of tactics. Greenpeace USA Executive Director John Passacantando begs to differ.
He maintains that a peaceful presentation of compelling images from the threatened Arctic will be a powerful tool. "It's time to rebuild the base. First you have to help people see that which they love -- pristine nature, children -- then you can show them the destruction and they can get angry," he said. "But they need to love it first. The public needs to be inspired to understand why saving green earth and public health matters. We have to speak to their hearts with stories that are dramatic and stunning and beautiful."
In other words: Time to back off from battlefield tactics and try to win over the hearts and minds of those who've lost touch with the values of the movement.This thinking is right in line with arguments coming out of the "Death of Environmentalism" debate -- that environmental activists have fine-tuned the art of scaring the public (and, with prattle about parts per million, boring the public), but still have no grasp of how to inspire the public. It also reflects a growing realization among progressives that a litany of detailed policy prescriptions doesn't win as many votes as a simple, values-based storyline.
And then there's the fact that battlefield tactics have brought Greenpeace more trouble during the Bush administration than in previous years. In 2004, more Greenpeace activists faced felony charges than ever in the group's history, according to Passacantando. In fact, criminal charges were brought against the organization as a whole by John Ashcroft's Justice Department in response to a 2002 protest against mahogany shipments from Brazil -- an unprecedented government move to quash environmental direct action.
Passacantando doesn't believe that all the old Beltway strategies of environmental organizations should be thrown out, but, he says, "The current political moment calls for a shift in tactics. We appreciate that there are those in the D.C. trenches fighting the rollbacks, but we believe that ever since Bush has come into office there's less to be gained there than in efforts to rally the base. ... [W]hen you get into an era when the forces of government are aligned against you, then your efforts are best spent elsewhere."
I see a real role for Greenpeace in the collecting of facts on global warming and other environmental changes in the planet. It is not enough to hate Bush and his cronies and their planet-destroying policies. Most Americans have no idea how the rest of the world really feels about the US now, nor how it has changed since 2000. Smug, self-righteous and morally "superior", they rest in front of their stolen booty in their triple-mortgaged homes calmly judging the rest of the world and their neighbors with the new SUV.
But facts are facts. Attacking the Bush administration with scientific data is the way to go. After all, he needs the science and technology to bomb his enemies--Axis of Evil and beyond--back to the Stone Ages. Make him live more fully the contradiction of his anti-scientific regime that exists only on the back of scientists.
From my friend and hero Mary the self-healer comes this joke:
Wednesday, February 2 was Groundhog Day as well as the State of the Union Address. It is an ironic juxtaposition: one involves a meaningless ritual in which we look to a hideous little creature of marginal intelligence for prognostication. The other involves a groundhog.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Voter who was not allowed to vote in time selling the "historic" paper on eBay:
I voted by absentee ballot during the 2004 election in November. However, my ballot was considered invalid because of election official error in my county. My county sent me a new ballot to fill out which arrived at my residence on election day. The documents I have up for auction are the actual letters which I received from my "elected" officials in response to my inquiries.
This is the sad state of our democracy in America in the 21st century. These documents are reminders to all of us that Democracy is only as strong as the laws, technology, public servants, and money that are invested in it. I put it to you the bidder that not enough people realize the fragility of Democracy in our country. We are one step away from out-right dictatorship. Thanks for bidding!!
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
"He(Yoo) went on to suggest that President Bush’s victory in the 2004 election, along with the relatively mild challenge to Gonzales mounted by the Democrats in Congress, was "proof that the debate(on torture) is over." He said, "The issue is dying out. The public has had its referendum." "
The Salazar 6 who claim other reasons for supporting Alberto Gonzales, now have the issue of torture pushed back in their face by their "friends." Yoo himself admits the vote on the "torture" referendum included the Gonzales vote. And guess who supported the referendum?
Yes, guys the vote on Gonzales was about torture and you voted "aye".
Bush guts the EPA in the interest of "the budget". His is the largest government in the history of the planet, but he needs to trim anything that might lead to one of his rich buddies getting caught cheating the government, the nation, the planet, and/or the future. Nevermind all of these cuts combined pale in comparison to the frivolous waste of money, lives and time in Iraq. After all, an election there boosted his approval rating to 57%, in spite of the unabated attacks.
Bush could kill, barbeque and consume the family members of 50% of Americans, and they'd still approve of him. Zombified deer in the headlights who think they can spend their way out of any crisis--in spite of the obvious contradiction this provides--Americans will be changed from without.
Got news for you, guys. Elections do not equate with freedom. Being able to control your destiny does. As such, freedom does not exist in the USA today.