Thursday, February 17, 2005

Off topic

I read a couple of progressive political blogs, primarily the Flytrap. Not because I’m a lefty (more of a centrist slash libertarian, really); I read because I strongly dislike and lack trust in the current administration. I’ve followed links a couple of times and found other interesting progressive blogs…All Spin Zone, Rude Pundit (rude is an understatement, but it’s some funny stuff). Lately, I’ve been reading AmericaBlog & Daily Kos and they have been investigating a potentially huge story. It’s just starting to get picked up by the mainstream media, and other outlets like the Daily Show (last night’s was awesome, I highly recommend watching the replay tonight). Whether you’re a lefty or a righty, I really encourage you to read what the folks at AmericaBlog have uncovered. Fair warning that some of the material is explicit, but they’ve covered the relevant “parts” so it’s semi- work safe.

The highlights: a pseudo-journalist, known for regurgitating White House press releases and lobbing softball questions slash editorials to the press secretary and president, has been circumventing the usual FBI procedures for getting press room access, and all evidence is confirming that this guy has been using a fake name, is/was an active gay male escort/prostitute, also owes $20K in back taxes and has an outstanding judgment against him. He’s also somehow involved in the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame. This has blackmail, payola/propaganda, and national security implications, not to mention the hypocrisy of the party of family values and federal marriage amendments appearing to be in cahoots with a gay male prostitute. Something very fishy is going on here and it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Nobody seems to want to touch it at this point (Repubs, Dems, or the media), maybe because this guy has dirt on everyone. Talk about the ultimate black book. Heidi Fleiss who?

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