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Actress Jennifer Garner may only play a spy on ABC’s action-drama Alias, but that’s good enough for the CIA: she’s the face of their new recruitment campaign, kicked off by a short video posted to the agency’s web site this week:
Ms. Garner was excited to participate in the video after being asked by the Office of Public Affairs. The CIA’s Film Industry Liaison worked with the writers of “Alias” during the first season to educate them on fundamental tradecraft. Although the show “Alias” is fictional, the character Jennifer Garner plays embodies the integrity, patriotism and intelligence the CIA looks for in its officers.
Affleck educates Garner on politics
January 3, 2007
Former ALIAS star Jennifer Garner is getting a lesson in politics from her husband Ben Affleck. The PEARL HARBOR star has always been fascinated by current events and is helping his wife become more educated when it comes to world affairs. …
Garner was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Patricia Ann (née English), an English teacher from Oklahoma, and William John Garner, a chemical engineer who worked for Union Carbide in Texas. … When she was four years old, her father’s job with Union Carbide relocated her family to Princeton, West Virginia, then to Charleston, West Virginia, where Garner resided until her college years.
WILLIAM J. GARNER joined the Company in August 1996 as Vice President of Design and Development. Mr. Garner was the Director, Process Research and Development, of the Polyolefins Division of Union Carbide Corporation from September 1990 to August 1996. He held a number of management positions at Union Carbide from 1975, all associated with the development, design, commercialization and licensing of Union Carbide’s leading UNIPOL(R) polymers technology. During Mr. Garner’s tenure at Union Carbide, this technology was extended to over 110 reactors worldwide and 12 million tons of annual capacity. Mr. Garner holds a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh.
Racheal Seymour (The Young and The Restless)
United States of America (Press Release) June 9, 2008 — BEVERLY HILLS, June 9 – Racheal Seymour, former Screen Actors Guild Board member and Central Intelligence Agency analyst-turned-actress restarts preproduction on her film HEARTBURN and joins Guardian Angel Management before the 2008/9 TV season because she believes that “it’s highly unlikely current contract negotiations will end with an actor’s strike.” …
ABOUT HEARTBURN: A short action thriller film in which an undercover Department of Homeland Security agent endures “enhanced interrogation” in order to learn the truth at a marine base. After days of deprivation at the hands of a rogue soldier, the lethal operative carries out her mission, only to discover her true enemy may be within….Starring Racheal Seymour and Dennis Haysbert (www.heartburnthemovie.com)
… Known for her “touch chick” roles in film and television, Racheal has found her niche in Hollywood. The tom boy tough yet alluring hard body embraces the strong female, action roles. Taking on challenges traditionally thrown at men is nothing new to Racheal. She was one of the first females in Alaska to play High School football, lettering as a receiver. Racheal’s gridiron skills came in handy recently on a spec Under Armor football commercial. With black belts in Karate and Japanese Swordfighting, her continued study of the Israeli Krav Maga self defense system, and jujitsu groundfighting, Racheal often choreographs her own fight scenes. Never one to stop learning, Racheal continues to study acting, most recently at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. She also trains with some of the best SWAT, Navy SEAL, and special forces instructors in America, and is one of the first students outside of Japan to practice the nearly extinct martial art called Hojitusu –The Way of the Gun. She is a member of The Gunmetal Group, a company of professional SWAT, FBI and law enforcement advisors and trainers for film and television. Her vast tactical knowledge often comes in handy with roles such as FBI Tactical Team member in Vanished.
Racheal relied on her tactical skills while playing a covert Homeland Security agent in the short action/thriller film Heartburn (www.heartburnthemovie.com) also starring Dennis Haysbert (24, The Unit). Heartburn is the first film written and produced by Racheal under the banner of Seymour Productions, although she optioned another screenplay, a thriller called The Last Frontier. While immersed in the world of entertainment, Racheal doesn’t leave public policy far behind. She was elected to the Screen Actor’s Guild Board of Directors and was appointed to the Human Relations Commission for the city of Beverly Hills, her new residence. Recurring as a nurse on Lifetime Channel’s Strong Medicine and more recently as a prison guard on The Young and the Restless, Racheal loves portraying strong female role models with an edge. But then what else would one expect from a woman who was given an axe for her ninth birthday?
De Niro’s Go-To CIA Guy
It’s probably safe to say that Meet the Parents and The Good Shepherd only really have one other thing in common. His name is Milton Bearden.
By Daniel Robert Epstein
April 2, 2007
In the good old days of Communist Russia, one of the benefits of being a KGB agent was access to any and all movies on VHS. So when author and former CIA agent Milton Bearden first started working with Robert De Niro as a Technical Consultant in 1997 to research The Good Shepherd, a project to which the latter was originally only attached as an actor, he quickly realized that they had seen more De Niro movies than he had.
“At the beginning of this process, we would go into a room with these [KGB] guys and float around on their boats on the Moscow River or go to wonderful dinners and all that,” Bearden recalls during a recent interview with FilmStew. “But De Niro spent his whole time watching and listening to how these guys are.”
“Some of them are very thoughtful, because in the old Soviet Union you were either in the Party, in the army or in the KGB,” he adds. “That’s where a lot of the elites went so these are very smart guys. Going back and forth to Moscow and meeting with these guys allowed Bob to create a KGB character (played by Oleg Stefan). The Good Shepherd portrays that early era of the contest between America and the KGB perhaps better than anything I have ever seen out on film in America.”
Bearden first joined the CIA in the 1960’s, just as the inaugural James Bond series film Dr. No was arriving in theaters. He says that while the 007 films are great fun even though they have nothing to do with anything, most other English language spy movies are way off. Either because they don’t care about the reality of things as they were, or are driven by more of a personal political agenda.
“[John] le Carré’s early stuff, like the movie The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, was close,” Bearden suggests. “Kim, which is a [Rudyard] Kipling story, was actually a great spy story too. But I think De Niro is taking the opening salvo with The Good Shepherd and taking an audience where they’ve never been. Like how many war movies had you seen before you saw [Saving] Private Ryan?”
New this week on DVD, The Good Shepherd does not feature Audio Commentary by De Niro, who was compelled by screenwriter Eric Roth to finally come on board as not just an actor but also a director. When the pair took part in a preview screening Q&A last fall in Los Angeles, De Niro responded to the audience question ‘Were the CIA involved much with the movie?’ with the answer, ‘Involved? They funded it.’
The actor was joking, of course, but Bearden and Roth worked together over the years to ensure that Shepherd captured the CIA’s multiple layers from its very inception. Not quite the expertise that was required for Bearden’s other De Niro gig, namely providing the actor’s Meet the Parents character of Jack Byrnes with suitable spy detecting paraphernalia.
“Bob had a huge interest in making it work, finding something that would make it move from where it was in the original script,” Bearden recalls.
“[Director] Jay [Roach] called me when I was skiing in Colorado and he said, ‘We’re having trouble coming up with something in this house.’ I said, ‘What I think we ought to do is have a secret room where De Niro’s character has all his stuff.’”
“Roach said, ‘Well what would you have in there?’” he continues. “I said, ‘Well what we should have in there is some pictures and blah-blah-blah and CIA stuff and why not have an old polygraph?’ The rest is history because they ended up with that scene where De Niro polygraphs Ben Stiller in what was not only wildly humorous, but absolutely the perfect polygraph to ever be done in a movie.”
Bearden has three sons, no daughters. Perhaps that’s why he’s never personally felt the urge to vet one of his children’s suitors with a lie detector test. But he says Roach and De Niro perfectly captured the pattern of polygraph questioning, and that much like that scene turned out beyond anyone’s expectations in Meet the Parents, there similar surprises in The Good Shepherd.
“Things come out and add layers that you could never have anticipated,” Bearden suggests. “The chemistry between John Turturro and Matt Damon and how that developed into something, nobody could have anticipated. Or this terrific Russian actor [Oleg Stefan] playing Ulysses and how that developed as these guys grow on each other over a period of 20 years.”
It’s likely Bearden is watching more of that kind of thing take form on the set of his latest Hollywood consulting assignment, Charlie Wilson’s War. “What kind of a lucky guy I must be,” Bearden marvels. “I get to work with De Niro, [Matt] Damon, Angelina Jolie, William Hurt, John Turturro and all that. Now I’ve got Mike Nichols, [Tom] Hanks, Julia Roberts and [Philip Seymour] Hoffman. It’s going very well. It’s wonderful.”
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” … Last summer Langley even created its own Hollywood liaison position; the Agency declined requests for an interview, but sources say its outreach has focused on good-for-recruiting action flicks such as The Sum of All Fears rather than the morally ambiguous narratives created by alumni like Robert Baer, whose memoir was the basis for the Academy Award-winning Syriana. … What of the fact that some of the Islamist recipients ended up giving shelter to Al Qaeda? ‘Charlie Wilson’s War will put aside the notion that because we did that, we had 9/11,’ Bearden insists. (Perhaps—though the book ends with Charlie Wilson on his terrace the night of 9/11, watching the Pentagon burn.) … “
“Hanks was born in Concord, California. His father, Amos Mefford Hanks (born in Glenn County, California on March 4, 1924 – died in Alameda, California on January 31, 1992), was a distant relation of President Abraham Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks. …
“Hanks is a member of the National Space Society, serving on the Board of Governors [with Valkyrie Tom Cruise] of the nonprofit educational space advocacy organization founded by Dr. Wernher Von Braun … “
JULIA ROBERTS (and Kiefer Sutherland)
“Relationships: Roberts’s personal life has often been in the spotlight. She has had widely reported romantic relationships with numerous famous men, including Liam Neeson, Dylan McDermott, Kiefer Sutherland, Lyle Lovett, Matthew Perry, and Benjamin Bratt. … She met Sutherland in 1990, when he was her co-star in Flatliners; he left his wife and children to move in with Roberts. In August 1990, Roberts and Sutherland announced their engagement, with an elaborate studio-planned wedding scheduled for June 14, 1991. Roberts broke the engagement three days before the wedding when she discovered Sutherland had been meeting with a stripper named Amanda Rice. Roberts subsequently went to Ireland with Jason Patric, a friend of Sutherland’s. … “
Hollywood and the CIA: The Spook Stays in the Picture
By Laura Rozen
December 13, 2007
NEWS: Charlie Wilson’s War is only the latest in a string of movies brought to you by CIA insider Milt Bearden.
When the time comes to leave the CIA, what’s a spy to do? Two decades ago, Milt Bearden ran a covert war for the U.S. government, delivering Stinger missiles to the mujahideen battling the Soviets in Afghanistan. But when I met the tall, big-boned Texan for lunch last spring, he was fretting about Julia Roberts’ pregnancy and how it would affect a post-production shoot in an Afghan refugee camp re-created in the desert near Los Angeles.
Roberts stars in Charlie Wilson’s War, which hit theaters in December. An adaptation of George Crile’s book by the same name, with a screenplay by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and Tom Hanks in the title role, the film recounts how playboy congressman Charlie Wilson helped engineer the CIA war in Afghanistan. Bearden worked as a consultant on the film, in the process retracing much of his own career.
“Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains are ideal for replicating Afghanistan,” Bearden mused over lunch at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, just down the road from CIA headquarters. “But we had some freakishly high winds destroy the refugee camp we had beautifully laid out,” thus the reshoot in California. Director Mike Nichols picked his brain, he says, on everything from what a particular room, uniform, or ashtray should look like to how tribal Afghans would have washed their dead.
In the past, says one former Agency official, “Hollywood never cared about getting anything right” in its spy flicks. Now, Bearden and other ex-spooks are in demand among directors who, in the wake of 9/11, are once again obsessed with the CIA. Last summer Langley even created its own Hollywood liaison position; the Agency declined requests for an interview, but sources say its outreach has focused on good-for-recruiting action flicks such as The Sum of All Fears rather than the morally ambiguous narratives created by alumni like Robert Baer, whose memoir was the basis for the Academy Award-winning Syriana.
Bearden’s own career at the CIA spanned from the Kennedy era to the Clinton administration, culminating with a top post in the Soviet/Eastern Europe division of the Agency’s clandestine service; he also served as station chief in Pakistan and Germany.
“Here’s my job description from 1986 to 1989,” Bearden says. “Channel weapons and training to the Afghan resistance so they may kill enough troops from the Soviet army to force Moscow to withdraw.” Former CIA director Bill Casey gave him a billion dollars a year (with the Saudis kicking in half), he says, “and I bought the real deal: antiaircraft Stinger missiles. That was one of the luckiest jobs in my life. We started clobbering the Russians, just hammered them, until they declared they’re out of there.”
What of the fact that some of the Islamist recipients ended up giving shelter to Al Qaeda? “Charlie Wilson’s War will put aside the notion that because we did that, we had 9/11,” Bearden insists. (Perhaps—though the book ends with Charlie Wilson on his terrace the night of 9/11, watching the Pentagon burn.)
Bearden—who is on the advisory board of a group, Conflicts Forum, that encourages dialogue with Islamist political groups shunned by official Washington such as Hamas and Hezbollah—is less charitable about the Bush administration’s foreign policy, and especially its breezy declaration of a casus belli against Iran based on Tehran’s alleged support for insurgents.
“We changed the rules,” he fumes. “We are ready to attack Iran for doing what we did in Afghanistan.”
Hollywood discovered Bearden in 1997, when a top U.S. diplomat gave his name to Robert De Niro, who was working on what would become The Good Shepherd, a history of the CIA’s early years starring Matt Damon. Soon he and the director set off to the Moscow Film Festival, “and then we disappeared and hung out with the mob and KGB crowd for a while. I introduced him to generals and colonels, the old guys I had been locked with for so many years.” After that, De Niro tagged along when Bearden’s peripatetic schedule—besides moviemakers, he also consults for a law firm and 60 Minutes—took him to Pakistan. “We wandered around the North-West Frontier Province,” Bearden recalls, “crossed the bridge [to Afghanistan] I built years ago, hung out with a bunch of guys firing off machine guns and drinking tea.”
The result of all this research vérité was a somber film reminiscent of John le Carré’s George Smiley novels. “The movie itself has to be understood on a couple of layers,” Bearden says. “One layer is about the origins of the CIA. On another layer, it is about America Incorporated at the time: The guys who went to Yale—I went to Yale—were the sons of the guys who went to Yale who were the sons of guys who went to Yale, and they owned America.” The end of the movie, he notes, re-creates a period when John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen, was head of the CIA, and both of them had connections to the United Fruit Co.—the chief beneficiary of the CIA’s overthrow of the elected government of Guatemala. “They have cocktail parties in Georgetown, along with [the New York Times‘ James] Reston and [the New York Herald Tribune‘s Stewart] Alsop. And they all used to pop each other with wet towels in the locker room. America Incorporated created these benighted CIA people.”
If Shepherd recounted the CIA’s preppy origins, Charlie Wilson’s War is about what Bearden views as its golden age.
The story begins with Wilson cavorting in a Vegas hot tub and follows him through 9/11. Besides Hanks, the film features Roberts as a right-wing Texas heiress and, in a bit of creative casting, Philip Seymour Hoffman as the late Gust Avrakotos, an operative remembered by colleagues as a “macho Greek” überhawk. “Avrakotos, rest his soul, would turn in his grave if he imagined that the guy who played Truman Capote was playing him,” says Bearden.
Eric Roth, who wrote Shepherd (as well as Forrest Gump and Munich) and is now at work on an adaptation of Bearden’s Cold War memoir, The Main Enemy, makes no apologies for dramatic license in spy movies.
“Milt is very intelligent and he knows where all the bodies are buried,” says Roth. “But what is best for the sense of the piece may not always be factually accurate. We’re not making a documentary.”
Bearden’s own motivation, meanwhile, is driven more by a sense of historical mission. “When I came out of 30 years in the CIA,” he says, “I said, ‘That’s it. I’m done. I am going to write books and make movies.’ Why? If I don’t tell this story, it will be told by Oliver Stone.”
Series edited by Alex Constantine
Conservatives have created a two-tier system of accountability: one for progressives, the other for themselves and their claimed moral rectitude.
The sensationalist media inquest into Sen. Barack Obama’s associations has cheapened the national debate. It has also exposed the hypocrisy and double standard of the conservative media.
Fox News, which has championed this “guilt by association,” questions Obama’s fitness for office because of his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers, a distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. But if Fox News truly believed in guilt-by-association, the network would have severed ties with some of its pundits and consultants.
Mark Fuhrman — of O.J. Simpson infamy — is now one of its talking heads. Fuhrman, if you remember, was convicted of lying under oath during Simpson’s murder trial when he denied having used the word “nigger.” For right-wingers unburdened with racial sensitivity, Fuhrman’s easy use of the “n” word was probably not a big deal. And for Fox News, flouting the law is OK as long as the cause is right. O.J. Simpson was guilty, legalities be damned.
G. Gordon Liddy, sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the 1972 Watergate break-in (he served almost five), enjoys a post-prison celebrity status among conservatives. Liddy turns up on Fox News as a respected commentator, and has cultivated a fan base as a right-wing talk-radio jock.
While Fox’s pundits froth at the mouth condemning Ayers for his membership in the Weather Underground 40 years ago, Liddy, whose crimes created a constitutional crisis, is embraced and celebrated as a conservative hero.
How about Oliver North? His claim to fame was the Iran-Contra affair in the ’80s, when he illegally sold weapons to Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini and transferred the money to Nicaraguan Contras, in violation of U.S. law. He was charged with 16 felonies and convicted of three, which were later overturned because the prosecution had used testimony given under a grant of immunity. For his mockery of the Constitution, North became a right-wing folk hero, eventually landing a job at Fox News as an Iraq War correspondent. He was subsequently given his own television show, “War Stories.”
Former Bush adviser Karl Rove is now a paid commentator on Fox News. Though Rove has not been convicted of any crimes, he has had an uneasy relationship with ethics and the law: reportedly the mastermind of the political firing of nine U.S. attorneys; allegedly outing CIA operative Valerie Plame; spreading rumors in 2000 about Sen. John McCain having fathered a daughter with a black woman; and selling the Iraq War for political advantage. But to Fox News and its conservative base, Rove is a hero.
William Kristol is not a former convict, but as salesman-in-chief for the Iraq War he has committed crimes of conscience. Kristol has a permanent seat on Fox News Sunday. Despite his discredited claims about Saddam Hussein’s nuclear programs and his many attempts to link Hussein with al Qaeda, Kristol continues to be featured as an expert on the war.
Bill O’Reilly, the big daddy of Fox News, reached a settlement in November 2004 with a colleague who had reportedly recorded him attempting to have phone sex with her as he masturbated with a vibrator. This history contradicts the self-righteous protestations in his book Cultural Warriors and his screeds against “liberal” wrongdoers.
Newt Gingrich, Fox News’ most erudite and self-righteous pundit, has a checkered past that includes reportedly serving divorce papers to his cancer-stricken wife while she lay in her hospital bed. The former House Speaker also admitted to an affair with an aide while he was still married, even as he championed President Clinton’s impeachment. Most liberals believe these private matters should not disqualify people from public office. However, the pedantic moralists at Fox News cannot exempt themselves from the standards they apply to others. Their hypocrisy needs exposing.
Conservatives have created a two-tier system of accountability: one for progressives, the other for themselves. But their claimed moral rectitude belies an indulgent attitude toward questionable legal and ethical conduct. Mark Fuhrman, G. Gordon Liddy and Oliver North betrayed the rule of law that conservatives like to crow about.
Fox News and its right-wing functionaries threaten the fabric of our electoral system. The push back should start with denying them legitimacy. That means exposing their hypocritical invocation of the “rule of law,” challenging their simplistic “anything goes” standard of patriotism and denouncing their use of guilt-by-association.
“This is tough news. It’s not pleasant to hear,” said former Education Secretary William Bennett on ABC’s This Week Nov. 9. “But it’s very important, and it’s part of telling the truth.” The occasion for tough-but-needed truth telling: Bill Clinton’s first-ever presidential speech to an organized gay-rights group, the Human Rights Campaign. Clinton had conferred respectability–wrongly–on the gay quest for approval when in fact, said Bennett, he “should tell the truth on this one”: Homosexuality “takes 30 years off your life.” The average life expectancy for gay men, Bennett declared, was just 43.
Many a mother’s heart around the country must have sunk at that moment amid premonitions that she would outlive her son. A well-known public figure would think twice before delivering tidings that grim, right? And Bennett’s statistic was no slip. Only days later, in the Nov. 24 Weekly Standard, he repeated the assertion phrased for maximum emphasis:
“The best available research suggests that the average life span of male homosexuals is around 43 years of age. Forty-three.” (Italics his.)
Yes, it’s a sensational, arresting number, which may soon pass into general circulation. Already, for example, the National Review has repeated it unskeptically in an editorial. Where did the figure come from, and how plausible is it?
Bennett got the number from Paul Cameron, a researcher well known to followers of gay controversies. Cameron, a former assistant professor at the University of Nebraska who has consulted for such gay-rights opponents as former Rep. William Dannemeyer, R-Calif., heads a group called the Family Research Institute. Cameron resigned under fire from the American Psychological Association and was later formally terminated from membership following complaints about his research methods. He has had run-ins with other professional groups, including the Nebraska Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association.
According to Mark Pietrzyk’s exposé in the Oct. 3, 1994, New Republic, the state of Colorado initially hired Cameron as an expert witness to defend its statute restricting gay-rights ordinances, then elected not to use his testimony after it got a closer look. His life-span figures have circulated for years in religious-right circles, but Bennett’s comments appear to represent their first real breakout into wider public discussion.
Cameron’s method had the virtue of simplicity, at least. He and two co-authors read through back numbers of various urban gay community papers, mostly of the giveaway sort that are laden with bar ads and personals. They counted up obituaries and news stories about deaths, noted the ages of the deceased, computed the average, and published the resulting numbers as estimates of gay life expectancy.
What do vital-statistics buffs think of this technique? Nick Eberstadt at the American Enterprise Institute sums up the reactions of several of his fellow demographers: “The method as you describe it is just ridiculous.” But you don’t have to be a trained statistician to spot the fallacy at its heart, which is, to quote Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistician John Karon, that “you’re only getting the ages of those who die.” Gay men of the same generation destined to live to old age, even if more numerous, won’t turn up in the sample.
Other critics rattle off further objections. The deaths reported in these papers, mostly AIDS deaths, will tend to represent the community defined by such papers or directly known to their editors. It will include relatively more subjects who live in town and are overtly gay and relatively few who blend into the suburbs and seldom set foot in bars. It will overrepresent those whose passing strikes others as newsworthy and underrepresent those who end their days in retired obscurity in some sunny clime.
Bennett is a busy man, but even he has access to the back of an envelope. A moment’s thought might have suggested a few simple test calculations. Suppose he assumes–wildly pessimistically, given current incidence data–that half the gay male population is destined to catch the AIDS virus and die of it. The actual average age of AIDS patients at death has been about 40.
(Presumably protease inhibitors will extend average longevity, but that will only increase Bennett’s difficulty.) For the number 43 to be the true average death age for the entire population of gay males, HIV-negative gay men would, on average, have to keel into their graves at 46. Looked at another way, if even half the gay male population stays HIV-negative and lives to an average age of 75, an average overall life span of 43 implies that gay males with AIDS die at an implausibly early average age (11, actually).
Against this, Cameron and his supporters argue that, according to their survey of obits, even if they don’t have AIDS, homosexual males tend to die by their mid-40s (and lesbians by their late 40s). Some downright peculiar results followed from this inference. One is that–contrary to the opinion of virtually everyone else in the world–AIDS in fact hasn’t reduced gay males’ life expectancy by that much–a few years, at most. Moreover, the obits also recorded lots of violent and accidental deaths. From this Cameron and company concluded not that newsworthy deaths tend to get into newspapers, but that gays must experience shockingly high rates of violent death. With a perfectly straight face they report, for example, that lesbians are at least 300 times more likely to die in car crashes than females of similar ages in general.
Unfortunately there really is no satisfactory measure of actual life expectancy among gay men. However, Harry Rosenberg, the mortality-statistics chief at the National Center for Health Statistics, says he’s unaware of evidence that HIV-negative gays have a lower life expectancy than other males. Rosenberg also points to one reason to think the HIV-negative gay male may actually live longer on average than the straight male: Gays may have higher incomes and more education on average than straights–two factors powerfully correlated with longer life spans. (Bennett himself appears to share this view, terming gays, “as a group, wealthy and well educated.”)
Challenged by the Human Rights Campaign’s Elizabeth Birch in the letters column of the Dec. 8 Standard, Bennett, remarkably, dug in to defend the Cameron numbers, which he said coincided with the views of other authorities such as psychiatrist Jeffrey Satinover. Satinover’s 1996 book, Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth, does discuss gay life spans, but cites as its authority … Cameron’s study. In other words, Bennett is not adducing a second authority for his assertions but merely falling back on the first via its recycling by another writer.
Throughout the controversy, Bennett has made much of the cause of “truth” with a capital T. His Standard article, portentously titled “Clinton, Gays, and the Truth,” accused the Clintonites of scanting that important commodity. Bennett is right to the extent that there’s no excuse for telling falsehoods in the course of raising otherwise legitimate issues. He should mind his own lesson.
The actor father of Catherine Deneuve was a Nazi collaborator, according to a new unauthorised biography of the French actress.
Bernard Violet, a investigative writer, says in his book, that Maurice Dorléac, made 72 pro-Nazi radio appearances on the anti-Semitic Radio-Paris during the German occupation.
He also claims that Dorléac featured in several propaganda films, including one that praised the Milice, the political police of the Vichy regime.
Violet said that he found the damning evidence after spending months trawling through the French national archives.
Dorléac was found guilty after the war of “giving aid to Germany… and damaging the unity of the French nation”. He was banned from working as an actor for six months. He died in 1979.
Deneuve, 63, who was born in Nazi-occupied Paris in 1943, lobbied to prevent publication of the book, which went on sale in France this week.
The actress, who has often been described as the most beautiful woman in the world, is usually seen in her home country as a warm, if rather disorganised person, beneath an icy, controlled exterior.
But Violet claims that this image is a “legend” constructed by the actress herself.
“Catherine Deneuve, the woman, I find very disappointing. She is not an especially happy person, rather a sad one,” he says.
Catherine Deneuve, Beautiful In Form, But Urgly In …..?
The father of iconic French film star Catherine Deneuve was a low-level Nazi collaborator during World War II, according to a new, unauthorised biography.
Deneuve, who is 64 next week, emerges from the biography, which she tried to block, as a calculating and unhappy person, driven by money and an obsessive need for privacy.
The actress, who has been described on numerous occasions as the most beautiful woman in the world, is usually presented in France as a warm and rather scatty person, beneath an icy, controlled exterior.
But the author, Bernard Violet, a respected investigative biographer, claims that this image is a “legend” constructed by Deneuve herself.
Recent revelations that Deneuve had made public appearances for cash for a dubious Algerian businessman were not an isolated case, according to the book, Deneuve, L’Affranchie (Deneuve, the free woman). However, the book’s main revelation is on Deneuve’s father, Maurice Dorleac, who was also an actor.
During the war, according to records discovered by Violet, Dorleac made 72 appearances in radio plays for the pro-Nazi and virulently anti-Semitic radio station Radio-Paris.
He also appeared in propaganda films, including one which sang the praises of the Milice, the political police of the collaborationist Vichy regime. Dorleac was found guilty after the war of “giving aid to Germany … and damaging the unity of the French nation”. He was banned from working as an actor for six months.
The revelation is embarrassing to Deneuve, who has supported many left-wing and humanitarian causes. Violet says that this skeleton in the family cupboard may explain the “tangle of anguish” at the heart of Deneuve’s secretive personality.
The book reviews her many love affairs and her only formal marriage, to celebrated British photographer David Bailey in the 1960s. After a whirlwind romance, the book says, the couple found little to say to each other because Bailey never learned French and Deneuve was usually “too tired” to speak English.
The book suggests that Deneuve is not the scatty, impractical, money-detesting person sometimes presented in the French media. In 2005, she was forced to admit, after initial denials, that she had received large cash payments to attend private parties, and a football match, with Rafik Khalifa, an Algerian businessman who had a meteoric rise before being prosecuted for fraud.
Violet commented: “She has made some great films during a largely inconsistent career. Catherine Deneuve, the woman, I find very disappointing.
“She has spent her life insisting on her independence and her freedom and she has paid the price for it. I think that she is more respected than she is liked.”
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The Wikipedia version: “Eric Braeden (born Hans Jörg Gudegast on April 3, 1941) is an Emmy Award-winning German film and television actor, best known for his role as Victor Newman on the soap opera The Young and the Restless.
Eric Braeden was born in Bredenbek, Germany (near Kiel), where his father was once mayor, and emigrated to the USA in 1959. In the United States, Braeden attended The University of Montana in Missoula. While an American citizen, he also considers himself a loyal citizen of Germany, and holds dual citizenship. He has been awarded many German civic awards. …
Braeden has a wife, Dale Gudegast, and is regarded as a very good tennis player. Braeden and Dale were witnesses at the wedding for Bob Crane and Sigrid Valdis while on the set of Hogan’s Heroes. …
Nazis, Prison and Cadavers
“After World War II, his father, who had been a Nazi party member, was imprisoned by the British for a year (although there is no evidence he participated in any atrocities). When his father died in 1953, his mother turned to factory worker to support her four sons. At age 19, Braeden, then known by his birth name of Hans Gudegast, moved to the USA and resided with a cousin in Houston, where he found work dissecting cadavers for medical research. … “
The Censored & Sanitized TV Guide Version – Nazis Written Out of the Story, Eric Loves and Praises his Father, Childhood Abandonment, the Orphanage …
… Born Hans Jorg Gudegast in Bredenbek, Germany, where his father was once mayor (the star emigrated to the U.S. in 1959), Braeden lost his father at the young age of 12. As Y&R fans know, Victor was raised in an orphanage after being abandoned by his parents, who he later met in Genoa City. Both men changed their real names as well (Victor Newman was derived from three words: Victory, and New Man — remember when soaps used to name characters with some meaning?).
“My father was not in the [Second World War], but many people we knew were killed. That affected him greatly. When I was 12, he died suddenly of a heart attack. His sudden death destroyed my world. Not only were we plunged into poverty, but my sense of justice and injustice, fairness and unfairness — ideals that my father had instilled in me — were also destroyed. I was a very angry kid; I got into fights with other kids, threw tomatoes at the Allied tanks as they rolled into town, and I never understood why my father had left us. From that time on, I was on my own.”
TV’S BLACK KNIGHT
” … Like most people, I did discover Eric Braeden on daytime TV playing multi-millionaire industrialist Victor Newman on the long running CBS soap opera Young and the Restless. … Eric Braden’s career is so dipped in pop culture history that he is a television icon all his own. His list of screen credits on the imdb is one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen, and the people he has worked with is incredible. Quite frankly, Eric Braeden is a man with stories to tell. You see, long before he even stepped on a soap opera sound stage, Eric Braeden appeared on over 80 television and film productions playing the villain of the week. With his dark hair, intense stare, and cold and authoritive German accent, Eric Braeden menaced some of pop cultures biggest and most beloved icons of the 1960s and 1970s He was half ladies man, half demon and a whole lotta evil. Every generation needs it’s Edward G. Robinsons, Christopher Lees and Gary Oldmans and in the decade where adventure shows were king, Eric Braeden made an entire career out of playing spies, Nazis, crooks and villains. … “
” … He noted that one of Hitler’s deadliest weapons was his use of Article 48 of the German constitution to shut down newspaper editors who opposed his views so that he could blanket Germany in Nazi propaganda. ‘Never allow any network to spout simplistic solutions to complex problems,’ he said. ‘That is the essence of fascism and it allows people to not think. I think it rings a certain bell with what’s happening here [in the United States] today. Beware of people who talk too much about patriotism and offer simple solutions.’ … “
Nazi Germany, Braeden on the Holocaust
… Although no fan of soap operas, I immediately recognized Eric Braeden, the tall, dapper, mustachioed star of the Young and the Restless when I spotted him two weeks ago at a dinner gathering of American-Jewish leaders in Jerusalem.
Braeden was familiar to me not from his daytime TV serial, but from news coverage of his Ministry of Tourism-sponsored visit to Israel.
A day earlier, this newspaper had quoted him saying: “In such difficult times, it is important that people demonstrate solidarity, and that is the reason I am here: To tell you that our hearts are with you, and to tell people throughout the world not to fear visiting Israel. Everyone in the world must know that there are warm and welcoming people here, and that Israel is a most beautiful country. I feel safe here, and I hope the fact I am here will motivate others to visit.”
Three days later a suicide bomber blew up the No. 14 bus, killing eight people, just around the corner from his hotel. Braeden was unfazed, though, continuing his visit and adding onto his itinerary a stop at a local hospital to offer condolences to those wounded in the blast.
That fact alone makes Braeden an exception at a time when most celebrities – including many American-Jewish show business figures who have been outspoken about Israel in the past – are too fearful or concerned over political ramifications to pay a similar visit here.
But only after personally encountering the thoughtful, erudite actor at this dinner did I realize what a truly exceptional figure he cuts. Braeden was born in northern Germany in 1941, where his father was a Nazi party member and mayor of the town Bredenbek. Two decades later he moved to California and began to pursue a career as an actor.
“I was born Hans Juerg Gudegast, ” Braeden told me, “but Lew Wasserman, who headed Universal Studios, told me such a German name wouldn’t do in American movies. Eric was a name of other family members, and Braeden I took from Bredenbek.”
In addition to his acting career Braeden has dedicated himself to encouraging dialogue between Germans and Jews, both as a founder of the German-American Cultural Society and through such gestures as playing on the Los Angeles Maccabees squad that won the 1972 US soccer championship.
“Without down playing the terrible things that happened during the Nazi period,” Braeden told me, “we have to work harder to bring attention to the positive aspects of German-Jewish relations Ð the position in German society Jews enjoyed before the 1930s, and the past half-century during which Germany has been a thriving democracy.” …
it’s worth quoting a 1994 interview Braeden gave to a German magazine, during which he rails in general against the collective guilt for the Holocaust he feels has been unfairly placed on the German people as a whole, and expresses his personal frustration as a Hollywood actor who has had to battle against being stereotypically cast as an evil Nazi officer.
“But I want to be very specific about this, “Braeden adds. “My anger does not reach the point where I become revisionist, where I deny what happened. There are some here who do, to my dismay. By denying those things you only make it worse.”
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“ … ‘It’s really important at this stage … to be thinking about how to institutionalize courses of action that will enable future presidents to gain the information necessary to prevent attack,’ [Bush] said. This, presumably, would include the use of secret prisons, tough but legal interrogation techniques, a ban on lawsuits against interrogators, electronic eavesdropping, and monitoring of bank transfers, among other measures. … ” – Fred Barnes
The Weekly Standard‘s Fred Barnes has penned a side-splitter with his article outlining ten things he believes George W. Bush did right during his tenure as America’s criminal-in-chief.
Among them? Enhanced interrogation of suspected terrorists including the use of secret prisons, wireless eavesdropping, and waterboarding;
jettisoning U.S. law by spying without consent from federal judges; No Child Left Behind (apparently American public schools are now bastions of unbridled achievement as the result of this worthless legislation); pro-police state Justices Roberts and Alito; and last but not least, “the surge” (if military dictatorships absent the rule of law are your idea of “success,” I suppose).
Barnes would be better off explaining how he can apparently go to work high everyday and still keep a job. After all, he actually writes this of Bush: “His presidency was far more successful than not. And there’s an aspect of his decision-making that merits special recognition: his courage.”
I got nothin’.
That Barnes actually believes this tripe is the amazing thing. But there’s nothing especially “courageous” about unapologetically leading a nation down the path of totalitarianism; there’s nothing benevolent about presiding over a supposedly free country with an iron fist. In fact, Fred, it’s just plain evil.
Video: Fred Barnes: Bush Best President Since Lincoln
Early life and journalism career
The son of an Air Force officer, Barnes graduated from St. Stephens School in Alexandria in 1963. He spent two years in the U.S. Army and considered applying to West Point, but instead decided to attend the University of Virginia where he studied history. Barnes graduated from the University of Virginia and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
After spending several years as a journalist with The Charleston News and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina, he became a reporter for the Washington Star in 1979. Barnes covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Star before moving to the Baltimore Sun. He was the national political correspondent at the Baltimore Sun. For ten years from 1985 to 1995, he was senior editor and White House correspondent for The New Republic. He also wrote the “Presswatch” media column for the American Spectator. He was a panelist on the public affairs show The McLaughlin Group from 1988 to 1998, where he was often referred to by the show’s host as Freddy “the Beadle” Barnes.
In 1984, Barnes was chosen to be one of three panelists quizzing then-President Ronald Reagan and challenger Walter Mondale in the first nationally-televised debate of the 1984 presidential campaign.
Barnes has made cameo appearances in the Hollywood films Dave, Getting Away with Murder, Independence Day and My Own Private Idaho. He has thrown out the first pitch for a Boston Red Sox baseball game at Fenway Park.
Though having gone to separate high schools, Barnes was a friend of fellow Fox News personality Brit Hume in high school, and at The University of Virginia. Hume had gone to another elite private school, St. Albans.
Most recently, Barnes penned a biography of President George W. Bush, Rebel in Chief. … He has been called the “Last Bush Loyalist” for his continued loyalty to George W. Bush by Slate.com columnist Timothy Noah.
The World According to Barnes
Gay Advice for McCain
” … Conservative commentator Fred Barnes SUGGESTED this morning that John McCain emphatically campaign against gays in the military and same-sex marriage to enhance his bona fides with right-wingers and thereby improve his chances of winning the presidency. … “
Demonizing the Left
Barnes: “MoveOn.org — which hates the war, hates the military, hates America – endorsed Obama”
Summary: Weekly Standard executive editor Fred Barnes stated on Fox News’ The Beltway Boys that “MoveOn.org — which hates the war, hates the military, hates America — endorsed [Sen. Barack] Obama [D-IL].”
Barnes wants Phil Gramm as Car Czar
Mr. “Americans are whiners, their economic problems are in their heads” would not be my first choice
“Last night on Special Report with Brit Hume, the Fox All-Star Panel discussed the possibility that a deal on the auto bailout would include the creation of a temporary oversight position in the executive branch dubbed the ‘Car Czar.’ As Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) described it, the czar would be ‘charged with making sure the automakers retool.’ According to the Los Angeles Times, the position would be given ‘far more authority than a bankruptcy judge would ever have.’
“Noting that Obama will likely have to accept whomever Bush nominates, All-Star Panelist Fred Barnes called on President Bush to appoint right-wing darling Phil Gramm to the position:
BARNES: But the car czar, whether or not they will give the car czar that much power or not, I don’t know. I have a nominee: Phil Gramm!
HUME: One senses the Obama administration might not accept him.
BARNES: They have to.
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” … But what kind of religious mission motivates Van Susteren? St. Petersburg Times reporter Mary Jacoby discovered that Van Susteren belongs to Scientology … she has tried to keep a rather low profile on the Scientology angle … “
Joseph McCarthy and the Van Susteren Family
Photo: “United States Marine, Joseph R McCarthy is the best man at the wedding of his best friend, the future Judge Urban Van Susteren of Appleton. The two men became friends at Marquette law school. Van Susteren would later manage Joe McCarthy’s successful 1946 campaign against two term incumbent Robert LaFollette, jr. … “
Van Susteren & Mein Kampf
Mein Kampf was reportedly the only book McCarthy read: ” … According to McCarthy’s lifelong best friend, judge Urban Van Susteren (yes, Greta’s father!), McCarthy ‘never read books,’ with one exception: Hitler’s Mein Kampf, which he regarded as a handbook of political tactics. ‘Joe was fascinated by the strategy, that’s all,’ said Van Susteren. … “
And who gave McCarthy a copy of Mein Kampf? “ … McCarthy’s best friend, the man who loaned him a copy of Mein Kampf, was a fellow Wisconsin conservative, Urban Van Susteren. Progressives won’t be surprised that Greta Van Susteren, a Fox News mainstay and Urban’s daughter, grew up in a home with a cherished edition of Hitler’s famous template for fascist political organization and bigoted scapegoat. … ”
” … Her father, Urban Van Susteren, was a longtime friend of Joseph McCarthy, having studied law alongside him and serving as his campaign strategist in his successful 1946 U.S. Senate campaign to unseat three-term incumbent Robert LaFollette, Jr. During his Senate career, McCarthy lived in the Van Susterens’ Appleton home when he was not in Washington. … “
” … [Greta] Van Susteren was actively exposed to controversial politics at an early age. Before she was born and while she was a child, her father was actively involved in the election of Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy. Her father, Urban Van Susteren, a County Judge, was campaign manager for McCarthy’s messy 1946 campaign. The campaign won the seat for McCarthy and unseated the incumbent, Senator Robert M. Lafollette, Jr. Although Greta was clearly not around for the campaign, she was around when McCarthy stayed at the Van Susteren home, while he was away from Washington, visiting his constituents. … “
WHO KILLED JOE MCCARTHY? … GRETA VAN SUSTEREN’S FATHER
” … By the summer of 1956, Joe’s alcoholism had become so severe that he began to be hospitalized periodically for detoxification. Jean [his wife of three years — CY] told reporters in early September that he was in Bethesda Naval Hospital for treatment of a knee injury suffered on Guadalcanal while helping to repair a plane. […] Privately, Jean pled with friends to help her save Joe’s life. Later that month, Joe and Jean flew to Appleton for a visit. One evening, after a full day of drinking, Joe began to experience delirium tremens in front of his wife and friends, crying out that snakes were leaping at him. Jean, in great anguish, soon confided to Urban Van Susteren that Joe’s alcohol consumption had damaged his liver. Van Susteren telephoned the senator’s physician in Washington and learned that the liver condition was such that Joe would die in a short time unless he abstained from liquor completely. When Van Susteren confronted Joe about the matter the next morning, Joe flew into a rage. ‘Kiss my ass,’ he shouted. After a time, Van Susteren angrily shoved a bottle of whiskey in front of his old friend and told him to drink it and end things without further disgracing himself and his family. … “
Also see: Letters to Urban Van Susteren from Joe McCarthy
Greta’s Sister Lise Van Susteren and the CIA
” … Van Susteren obtained a medical doctorate in 1982 at the University of Paris and later interned at the Hospital St. Anne in Paris, France, at the American Hospital in the Paris suburb of Neuilly, and at Hospital Tokoin in Lome, Togo. She worked as a resident in psychiatry at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. (then a federal institution) (1983-1987). She was board certified in general psychiatry in 1989 and in forensic psychiatry in 1999 and worked as staff psychiatrist (1985-1991) at the Alexandria Mental Health Center in Alexandria, Virginia and at the Springfield Mental Health Center in Springfield, Virginia (1984-1989). Lise also worked as a consultant to the Central Intelligence Agency, conducting psychological assessments of world leaders. … “
“Lise’s husband is Jonathan Kempner, president and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, a trade association. She and Kempner have three daughters. Lise’s mother-in-law, Helen Covensky, was a Holocaust survivor.”
A Checkered Past
Professional Ambulance Chaser
” … [Greta’s] lawfirm got in trouble twice for active soliciting, commonly known as ‘ambulance chasing.’ The second time was after the ValuJet disaster. … “
Greta’s husband Coale vs. the Cult Awareness Network ((CAN)) from the St. Petersburg Times): “In 1993, the husband-and-wife legal team played a small role in Scientology’s campaign to take over the Cult Awareness Network, or CAN. Church-backed lawsuits bankrupted the organization, which helped people leave Scientology.
“Van Susteren and Coale represented an Ohio woman who sued a cult-deprograming organization called Wellspring, whose executive director also sat on the CAN board. But their real target was CAN, which at the time was Scientology’s public enemy No. 1.
“We wanted to get CAN in there, but we didn’t have the evidence,’ Coale said. ‘We thought they were behind it.’ … “
Caution: Exporting drugs, also shooting heroin, can be dangerous – don’t try any of the crimes described herein at home. (Obviously, you don’t want this man influencing your household in any way.) – AC
From: “Introduction to George Shultz, International Terrorist,” posted on November 4, 2007
By Alex Constantine
Nugan Hand’s Status in the World
… Alex Butterfield, recall, made headlines when he casually announced that the president had tape recorded conversations in the oval office. That was the end of Richard Nixon, who was badly kicked around .. and not one reporter stopped to ponder why a spook in the White House would crucify his boss with this devastating revelation.
Butterfield gave away the store at another key point in history when he spilled the dope beans to Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Kwitny, author of The Crimes of Patriots. When asked about Bernie Houghton and other principals at Australia’s Nugan Hand Bank, the CIA’s cash laundry, Butterfield gave him a few names that broke the bank, so to speak.
Kwitny was referred to General Heine Aderhold, who ran covert operations throughout Asia with John Singlaub, and was in a position to observe the actions of Maurice “Bernie” Houghton at Nugan Hand.
Houghton, it emerged, had been active in the opium trade in the Golden Triangle. Kwitny’s investigation led him to dig up a legal claim letter signed by Tom Rahill, an American worker in Dhahrain, Saudi Arabia.
According the this letter, “Mr. Houghton’s representatives would visit Aramco construction camps in Saudi Arabia shortly after each monthly payday. We investors would turn over Saudi royals to be converted at the prevailing dollar exchange rate, and receive a Nugan Hand dollar certificate. … The monies, we were told, were to be deposited in the Nugan Hand Hong Kong branch for investments in various ‘secured’ government bonds.”
But Aramco wasn’t the only company that turned Nugan Hand into a burgeoning financial center. “Other large U.S concerns are said by investors to have boosted Nugan Hand, and let salesmen hold meetings on company property. Among them were Bechtel, the giant international construction firm then guided by George Shultz and Caspar Weinberger, and University Industries, Inc. of San Diego.” (University Industries is still around, now known as JWP West. The corporate website reports that the company was founded “in the mid-1960s as a water supplier to Long Island and Queens, New York, JWP transformed itself through acquisition. By the start of the 1980s, JWP was the nation’s largest computer reseller and the biggest electrical and maintenance contractor. Essentially, clients use JWP to help increase productivity and decrease costs by upgrading their facilities through, for example, more efficient communication and computer systems. JWP designs, installs, and supports these technical systems.” For more, see: Pollack, Andrew, “JWP Gains Control of Businessland,” New York Times, August 6, 1991, and Steinberg, Jacques, “Water Utility of a Thousand Faces,” New York Times, November 2, 1991.. )
Employees of Aramco, Beck, Bechtel and University Industries (officials there actually confirmed Kwitny’s allegations, to his complete surprise, with the comment, “sounds like you’ve got quite a story there.”) were directed to Bernie Houghton, who talked them into investing in the bank at a promised return of 18%. Houghton only dealt in hard cash, and was seen leaving Bechtel with garbage bags stuffed full of paper money.
When the bank went bust, the employees lost their investments. The scheme made Enron’s stock manipulations look like a putting gteen. …
From: “Media Mafia (Part Five): The CIA/Mafia’s Rupert Murdoch, Jim Cownie, et al,” posted September 13, 2007
Edited by Alex Constantine
… Michael Jon Hand, the son of a civil servant, was born in the Bronx on 8th December, 1941. According to Jonathan Kwitny in his book The Crimes of Patriots: A True Tale of Dope, Dirty Money, and the CIA: “Hand passed every class he took, and was noted for exceptional character, courtesy, cooperation, and appearance. His IQ registered an also exceptional 131.”
In 1959 his mother died after falling or jumping from a third-floor window. Soon afterwards he attended a one-year course at the New York State Ranger School. This was followed by a year managing a sports school in Los Angeles.
In May 1963 Hand joined the US Army and started his training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During the Vietnam War he won the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC). According to the DSC citation he almost single-handedly held off a fourteen-hour Vietcong attack on the Special Forces compound at Dong Xaoi.
In 1966 he left the army to work “directly for the U.S, Government”. Friends of Michael Hand have suggested that he was employed on undercover missions for the Central Intelligence Agency in Vietnam and Laos. One reported that he “helped train the mountain people – Montagnards – and worked closely with the Air America crews that supplied them”. According to Jonathan Kwitny, Hand worked under William Colby during the Vietnam War.
Michael Hand moved to Australia in September, 1967. At first Hand went to work selling development lots along the Australian coast. The company, Ocean Shores Development, was run by lawyer Fred Miller, a senior executive for the shipping empire owned by Sir Peter Abeles, the longtime business partner, Rupert Murdoch. One of the largest investors in this scheme was the singer Pat Boone. The registered directors included Boone of Beverly Hills, California and Patricia Swan of Sydney, Australia. Swan was Frank Nugan’s secretary. … “
MICHAEL HAND JOINS THE CIA
[Rupert Murdoch’s CIA-Mafia business partners are the most probable suspects. Hand’s partner Frank Nugan was also murdered by Murdoch’s CIA-Mafia business partners. Many others have been murdered by Murdoch’s CIA-Mafia business partners. The murders by Murdoch’s CIA-Mafia business partners are often disguised as “suicides.”- AC]
” … In May 1963 Hand joined the US Army and started his training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. During the Vietnam War he won the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC). According to the DSC citation he almost single-handedly held off a fourteen-hour Vietcong attack on the Special Forces compound at Dong Xaoi. In 1966 he left the army to work “directly for the U.S, Government”. Friends of Michael Hand have suggested that he was employed on undercover missions for the CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY in Vietnam and Laos. … “
THE CIA’S HAND WORKED FOR PETER ABELES IN AUSTRALIA – ABELES, MURDOCH’S BUSINESS PARTNER, WAS A MAFIA KINGPIN:
” … Bob Hawk’s (Australian Prime Minister from 11th March, 1983 until 20th December, 1991) little mate SIR PETER ABELES was the US MAFIA representative in Australia for many years and is known to have attempted to bribe well known anti-corruption journalist Bob Bottom. Of course Bottom refused but it was well known that Abeles would tie someone up in court for years if they dared to print anything derogatory about him … “
RUPERT MURDOCH, NARCOTICS KINGPIN
” … Abeles and RUPERT MURDOCH (I seem to have heard that name before) just happened to own 55% of Australia’s second biggest domestic airline – ANSETT. Ansett in turn just happened to own a 20% share in another airline – AMERICA WEST Airline. One of their planes was caught in the US chock a block full of DRUGS in the US. The result was intertesting to say the least. … “
MORE ON MURDOCH, NUGAN HAND, THE CIA, DRUGS:
” … Twenty percent of the stock of AMERICA WEST was owned by ANSETT AIRLINES of Australia and 55% of ANSETT was held by Sir Peter Ables and Rupert Murdock. We know from Jonathan Kwitney’s book THE CRIMES OF PATRIOTS that Burny Houghton, perhaps the key figure in the founding of the CIA drug money laundering bank NUGAN)HAND in Australia, had coffee with Sir Peter Ables the night of his first day in Australia. … “
CIA’s Paul Helliwell meets Michael Hand and Frank Nugan
When Frank Nugan was found dead in Australia in 1980, it was accepted as a suicide and the sighs of relief could almost be heard in Langley, on the other side of the globe. But then William Colby’s business card was found in Nugan’s wallet, and Nugan’s partner, Michael Hand, had been a contract agent for the CIA in Vietnam. Australian authorities began tracking Nugan Hand Bank, which developed into the most fun story of Golden Triangle drugs, money-laundering, profiteering, corporate shell games, and financial fraud that has yet surfaced in the CIA’s unofficial history.
The most intriguing aspect of Nugan Hand Bank was the list of Yankees who were in on the scam. Theodore Shackley, Richard Secord, Thomas Clines, and Edwin Wilson played peripheral roles, while Gen. Edwin Black ran the Nugan Hand Hawaii office, Gen. Erle Cocke ran the Washington office, Gen. LeRoy Manor ran the Philippine office, Colby was their lawyer, former CIA deputy director Walter McDonald was a consultant, Adm. Earl Yates was president of Nugan Hand, and Robert Jantzen, a former CIA station chief in Thailand, got out of Nugan Hand when he smelled drugs. He needn’t have bothered; apart from Kwitny’s Wall Street Journal articles in 1982, Nugan Hand received little coverage and no official interest in the U.S.
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“Lou Costello’s father was from Italy. In Italy the name was spelled Cristillo. Lou Costello got Dean Martin into show business. Lou provided Dean Martin the money for his nose job before Dean made it big in show business. Lou’s daughter later married Dean’s son. Lou Perry and Costello both got Dean Martin into show business. Costello had great clout with MCA. Costello got disgusted with Dean Martin in 1945 when Dean ran up bills which he charged to Lou Costello. Later Dean ignored Lou at a Casino and also got Lou Costello ticked off. Dean’s first wife was Betty McDonald. Betty’s father was Bill McDonald. … Betty McDonald Martin became known for being a party-throwing alcoholic while neglecting her children.
“Carole Costello married Dean Martin’s oldest son.
“One of Lou Costello’s friends was Mickey Cohen. Frank Costello rubbed shoulders with the Rockefellers, with Lucky Lucianno, and other powerful underworld figures. Costello controlled NY Mayor William 0’ Dwyer. Frank Costello was also the owner of Alliance Distributors who are the sole American distributors for Whiteley Co. of Scotland. Scotch drinkers like the orange brown scotch of the famous King’s Ransom Scotch as well as the House of Lords Scotch. They may not realize that Costello was the sole distributor of these drinks which were imported through him from Scotland.
“Ray Ryan, a young Texas oil Tycoon, went into at least one petroleum-lease venture with Frank Costello and Frank Erickson. Ray Ryan was friends also with Dean Martin. Ray Ryan was the godfather for Ricci Martin. His Mount Kenya Safari Club had an elusive membership … “
” … A biography on Martin titled Dean Martin: King of the Road by Michael Freedland alleges he had links to the Mafia early in his career. Martin allegedly was given help with his singing career by mob bosses who owned saloons in Chicago, Illinois. In return, he later performed in shows hosted by these bosses when he was a star. The mob bosses were Tony Accardo and Sam Giancana. The author suggests Martin felt little sympathy for the Mafia and only did them small favors if it was not inconvenient for him. Reportedly, the FBI’s bugs once picked up a mafioso making plans to injure or even kill Martin because of a perceived lack of gratitude. Another book, The Animal in Hollywood by John L. Smith, depicted Dean Martin’s longtime friendship with Mafia mobsters Johnny Roselli and Anthony Fiato. The author suggests Anthony Fiato (a/k/a “the Animal”) did Dean Martin many favors, such as getting back money from two swindlers who had cheated Betty Martin, Dean’s ex-wife, out of thousands of dollars of her alimony. … “
” … I went to work for Dago Louie and Johnny Roselli became my good friend after I did him a solid. Dean Martin went to Johnny for a favor. His ex wife Betty, who was a lush, was cheated out of her alimony money by two swindlers. One of them was a hitman named Pat LaPrieda. Johnny gave the order to Dago Louie who gave the order to me. It’s that easy. When you are in the Mafia High Command, you press a button, and it gets done. I was the doer and I got the cash back. Dean was grateful to me and I had earned Johnny’s affection and respect.
Over the years, I got a button and bossed a crew in the Los Angeles Crime Family.
I even took over as the acting boss in Mobster Mike Rizzitelo’s crew, which was a faction of the Gambino Crime family operating in Los Angeles. My nickname was Tony “The Animal”. At least it sounded better than Tony ”The Molester”….
Dino’s Patron Tony Accardo (and Sam Giancana)
“Tony Accardo was born on April 28, 1906. His family migrated from Palermo, Sicily to the Little Sicily area of Chicago. He started as a common street burglar, involved mostly in petty larceny. He came to the attention of Vincenzo de Mora(also known as “Machine Gun” Jack Mcgurn). Accardo joined the Circus Gang, working his way up the ladder of minor league organized crime. He became a member of Capone’s Gang after he succesfully planned and executed the Hanlon Hellcat shootout. Tony became Capone’s bodygaurd. Accordo continued his upward climb under Capone, he gained stature and trust by everyone in the outfit. When Nitti took over, Tony was put in charge of the very prosperous gambling facit of the Outfit. Then after Nitti’s suicide and the Hollywood Extortion Case, Accordo became the boss. Under Accordo the Outift prospered. He enforced a city-wide street tax, which ordered that the Outfit get a percentage of any money made illegally. His greatest Move was to Vegas. Accordo made his move to Las Vagas in the form of the Stardust Casino. The Stardust catered to the blue collar gamblers, it was a gold mine for the Outfit. In 1957 Tony decided that he needed to retire and live his life stress free. Accardo decided to become the consiglieri and give control of the day-to-day operations to Sam Giancana. This arrangement worked for a few years until Giancana started to get too bold and loud for the position he held. Accordo dethroned Giancana thereby giving himself a more active role in the decision making ( which he didn’t like). Accordo continued to play an active role in all Outfit moves. He would never spend a day in jail and a attempt on his life was never made. That is the mark of a great Boss. Yet on May 22, 1992 Tony Accordo died of heart problems, and was buried just three blocks from where he grew up.”
Book Reveals Dean Martin’s Mob Links
A new biography of Dean Martin has revealed the late singer’s links to the mafia, through files collected by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Martin was given help with his early singing career by mob bosses who owned saloons in Chicago, according to Michael Freedland’s book Dean Martin: King Of The Road.
The singer, whose hits included That’s Amore and Volare, subsequently repaid them by performing on demand when he became a major star.
“Unlike other people, he knew to say ‘thankyou’ afterwards,” Freedland told BBC World Service’s The Music Biz programme.
“If Sam Giancana, the real godfather of Chicago, decided he wanted to put on a show – and this is borne out by FBI files that I saw – he would say, ‘get Dean Martin, I need him for 10 days.’ And he would go.
“But he could have got himself into very serious trouble.”
Many singers at the time were believed to have had connections to the mob.
Frank Sinatra, the most high-profile of the so-called “rat pack” of singing stars that also included Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, was long suspected of involvement – although he denied this up until his death in 1998.
But Freedland said that often, the FBI would turn up at Martin’s concerts to observe who was there – as there was a guarantee of tracking down many with links to the mob.
He quoted Martin as saying that at one performance at Atlantic City, “if somebody threw a bomb into the building on that day, organised crime would be wiped out in one moment.”
“That shows you – they were all there,” Freedland said. …
Dino’s Friend Frank Sinatra was a CIA Courier, According to the daughter of Sam Giancana:
” … Tina also claims that Sinatra acted as a courier for the Central Intelligence Agency. ‘Because he controlled his own air travel, the CIA would ask him – and many others with that capacity – to courier a body, a living person, you know, not a corpse, but a diplomat, or papers.’ Sinatra never revealed who or what he was transporting. Tina says: ‘We asked him; he didn’t say.’ … “
The Sinatra-Dean Team
” … The Freedom of Information and the Privacy acts allow the agent to use any number of security or privacy reasons to redact names and other information from the file. In the case of Sinatra, for example, his name is probably never redacted but the names of stool pigeons or FBI sources used to gather information about him are. Many of the Chairman of the Board’s Rat Pack friends received no such kid-glove treatment. Dean Martin, for example, is linked time and again to Sinatra misdoings. … “
” … Columbia contract star Dean Martin portrayed Matt Helm (based on the spy in Donald Hamilton’s novels) in four tongue-in-cheek films between 1966 and 1968: The Silencers (1966), Murderer’s Row (1966), The Ambushers (1967), and The Wrecking Crew (1968); none of the films’ titles had anything to do with their plots; Helm was a cheesecake model photographer-turned-American agent for ICE (Organization for Intelligence and Counter-Espionage) … “
ABBA’s Frida linked with Brown’s UK sex scandal
By Gleen Owen
The Daily Telegraph
December 17, 2007
ONE of the famed singers from Swedish supergoup ABBA was yesterday bizarrely dragged into the latest sex scandal dogging British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Government.
In the latest blow to Mr Brown’s authority, senior sources revealed Security Minister Admiral Sir Alan West, appointed personally by Mr Brown to lead the war on terror, had admitted to an extramarital affair. …
Conspiracy: How Abba Found Fame
Mamma mia! Eurovision voting scandal uncovered
13 April 2006
Magazine issue 2547
ABBA, the Swedish pop phenomenon of the 1970s and 1980s, found fame by winning the cheesy Eurovision Song Contest. Now, shockingly, it seems that the voting on this cherished European institution is subject to collusion that can skew the results.
Eurovision is an annual contest in which European countries elect a national song and award scores to others in the final. Some people suspect conspiracy in the voting. Greece and Cyprus, for example, always seem to favour each other. So Derek Gatherer, a computer programmer from Glasgow, UK, decided to investigate. He ran computer simulations to find the possible range of results if countries voted without bias between 1975 and 2005, and compared that to the real results.
Sure enough, conspiracy was afoot. In the early years, collusive partnerships between countries came and went. Since the mid-1990s when public telephone voting was introduced, however, a large “Balkan bloc” centred on Croatia has emerged to battle with a mighty “Viking empire” of Scandinavian and Baltic states. The copycat voting is now powerful enough to determine the contest’s outcome (Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, vol 9 (2), p 1).
Gatherer says he thinks the collusion has become part of the fun and says he doesn’t plan to warn the contest organisers: “I think they probably already know.”
His tip to win the contest in May? Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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“Rourke was born in Schenectady, New York to a family of Irish and French descent. His father, Philip Andre Rourke, Sr., an amateur body builder, left the family when Mickey was six years old. After his parents divorced, his mother, Ann, married a police officer with five sons and moved Rourke, his younger brother and their sister to southern Florida, where he attended Miami Beach Senior High School. … “
Mickey Rourke defends George W Bush over 9/11
Mickey Rourke has expressed sympathy with President George W Bush’s predicament in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, saying he does not know “how anyone could have handled” the situation.
14 Jan 2009
The Hollywood actor, who is enjoying a career resurgence with his new film, The Wrestler, for which he won a Golden Globe on Sunday, also said it was “too easy” to blame Mr Bush for a host of global issues including terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism.
Unlike many of his Hollywood peers, who are vocal supporters of President Elect Barack Obama, Rourke said he had not followed last year’s historic election battle between Mr Obama and John McCain.
Instead he spoke up for Mr Bush, who with just days of his presidency left, has the lowest approval rating since Richard Nixon resigned in 1974.
Rourke urged people to consider the pressures Mr Bush was under after the 2001 terror attacks and in the early days of the War on Terror.
“I don’t give a —- who’s in office, Bush or whoever, there is no simple solution to this problem… I’m not one of those who blames Bush for everything. This —- between Christians and Muslims goes back to the Crusades, doesn’t it.” He added: “It’s too easy to blame everything on one guy. These are unpredictable, dangerous times, and I don’t think that anyone really knows quite what to do.”
The actor also told the magazine he was surprised at Britain’s approach to fundamentalists and the freedom of speech in the UK.
“I was in London recently and I couldn’t believe all these hate-talking fanatics you have over here who are allowed to carry on doing their thing even when a bus full of women and children gets blown to pieces.”
Mickey Rourke thinks he is the only actor who should be allowed to talk politics
“Actors should shut up about politics, because they tend to be ill-informed finger-pointers who just cozy up to some flavor-of-the-month liberal, you know?”
Somehow the opinion of a wife beating drunk doesn’t mean all that much.
Rourke recently said “My grandmother always said: ‘God has a plan for all of us.’ I should have went along with his, not mine, my plan sucked.” I’ve heard it put more eloquently, but probably never so honestly. In fact, it’s Rourke’s commitment to his Catholic faith that keeps him from falling back into his reckless ways. Rourke said a few years back:
”I’ve talked to my priest a lot. I used to have to call him or the shrink when there was an explosion, because I was really good at not talking to anybody until there was an explosion. My priest is this cool Italian from New York. We go down to his basement and he opens the wine. We smoke a cigarette and I have my confession. He sends me upstairs to do my Hail Mary’s. I mean, I’m no Holy Joe, but I have a strong belief…If I wasn’t Catholic I would have blown my brains out.”
In fact, Mickey Rourke attempted suicide, but was saved by the intervention of his priest, Fr. Pete. …
Rourke: “If I wasn’t Catholic I would have blown my brains out.”
“Wild Orchid co-star Carré Otis was briefly a cause célèbre following the release of Wild Orchid due to rumors she and then-lover Rourke filmed an unsimulated sex scene. She married Rourke on June 26, 1992. In 1994 Rourke was arrested for spousal abuse. The charges were dropped after the couple reconciled. They gave their relationship another chance and also starred together in Exit in Red but their marriage ended in December 1998. In November 2007, Rourke was arrested again, this time on DUI charges in Miami Beach.”
Rourke and the IRA
“Rourke’s political views came under fire when he claimed to have donated part of his salary from the 1989 film Francesco to the Provisional Irish Republican Army. He later retracted the statement, although he has an IRA symbol tattoo.”
Rourke was warned off gang movie
Dec 12, 2004
NEW YORK’S Italian Mafia warned Mickey Rourke off making a movie about the city’s most notorious Irish crime gang.
The film was to have chronicled the adventures of the Westies, ruthless Irish-American mobsters famed for chopping up the bodies of their rivals in Manhattan’s West Side in the mid-Seventies.
But a Mafia trial in New York this week heard the movie was killed off in the 1980s on the orders of Mafia Don John Gotti. Michael ‘Mikey Scars’ DiLeonardo told the hearing Gotti was terrified the movie would “reflect badly” on his crime empire.
DiLeonardo, giving evidence at the trial of Gotti’s older brother Peter, 65, on conspiracy charges, claimed Mickey Rourke was taken to a restaurant on the Upper East side and made an offer he could not refuse.
“John asked Mickey if he wouldn’t mind not doing the movie and Mickey agreed,” DiLeonardo told jurors.
“I’m not sure what would have happened had he refused.”
” … He [tried] to cut off his own finger recently in an angry rage. … “
Mickey Rourke Cut Off His Own Finger Because He ‘Didn’t Want It’
July 10th, 2006 9:53am EDT Post a comment
“Mickey Rourke once had an unusual way of dealing with his anger – he cut off his finger. The actor was taken to the hospital and had to endure an eight-hour surgery to save his finger. …
The eccentric star says, “I cut my little finger off because I thought I didn’t want it. I was angry about something so I decided I didn’t need the end of the little finger on my left hand. I didn’t cut it off completely – it was still hanging on a tendon – and an English friend, Gary, carefully carried the end of it as we went to hospital to try to rectify the situation. It took the surgeon eight hours to sew it back on. I still can’t bend it properly.”
Remember how upset we were yesterday that Mickey Rourke told a paparazzo to “Tell that fagot who wrote all that shit in the paper I’d like to break his fucking legs”? Well, all’s forgiven now that he’s issued the standard publicist written apology:
“I want to sincerely apologize for the derogatory word I used. It was insensitive and inappropriate of me and I am deeply sorry that I may have offended anyone.”
According to E!’s Marc Malkin, who got the “exclusive statement” (Digression: Is it crazy to think that a public apology ought to be something made, you know, publicly?), this isn’t the first time Rourke’s been in trouble for using the word “fag”:
“Rourke found himself in similar trouble back in 2006 when he used the F-word to describe a drunken fan who he almost got into a fight with.
“Look, I’m not afraid to say the word f-g,” he said in an interview with New York’s Time Out magazine. “I’ve got plenty of gay friends. We toss the word around.”
Edited by Alex Constantine
We expect that, by now, Baldwin has packed, has his visa in his pocket and is headed for LAX …
Stephen Baldwin On Fox News: If Obama Wins, I’ll Leave The Country, /www.huffingtonpost.com: “What is freaky to me is the media and Hollywood is so convinced that Middle America and mainstream America cares what it thinks,” the actor tells Laura Ingraham …
How to Succeed in Hollywood Without Really Trying
Stephen’s brother Alec explains: “Stephen’s been fairly apolitical for a long, long time. Then he embraced a born-again Christian faith, which is very near and dear to him and very real for him. As a result of that, of course, certain operatives of the Republican Party came to him and said, `Why don’t you come on over and join our unit of spokespeople who are show business?’
“Alec, who starred in the 2003 film “The Cooler,” said he told Stephen: ‘When they are done with you, they are going to throw you in the wastebasket.’ … “
Wikipedia: … Stephen Baldwin is the brother of notable actors, Alec, Daniel and William, sometimes collectively known as the “Baldwin brothers.” …
In 2002, Baldwin participated in Celebrity Mole Hawaii, the first celebrity edition of The Mole. ABC broadcast the program in early 2003. Later that year he returned for Celebrity Mole Yucatan, which ABC aired in early 2004.
In September 2006, Baldwin released a book titled The Unusual Suspect, which details highlights from his personal life, career, days of drug abuse and ultimately his conversion to Christianity. In the same year he, Mario D’Ortenzio, and Bobby Brewer founded Breakthrough Ministries which was designed to utilize extreme sports as a ministry via arena tours which were referred to as AsSalt Tours and featured extreme sports celebrities with Christian Hosoi being the most notable. Breakthrough Ministries was disbanded in late 2008 and relaunched under the name Antioch Ministries with the stated purpose of existing “to facilitate the gifts and calling of Stephen Baldwin.”
In August 2007, Baldwin was back on television when CMT cast him in Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge, one of nine celebrities cast. In the first episode, Baldwin was injured in a bad fall from a wooden pontoon, breaking his shoulder blade and cracking a rib. Under doctor’s orders, he left the show in the second episode.
From January-March 2008, Baldwin appeared on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, Season 7, on NBC. Baldwin end-up being fifth, out of the 13 celebrity contestants.
Baldwin has teamed up with conservative Christian talk-radio host Kevin McCullough and put together a weekly radio show called, “Baldwin/McCullough Xtreme Radio,” airing on 21 stations across the country. …
On October 18, 2008, Republican vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin joked with lifelong Democrat Alec Baldwin during a Saturday Night Live skit that Stephen is her “favorite Baldwin brother.”
Baldwin became a born-again Christian shortly after the September 11 attacks. Since converting, he has sought to evangelize young people through projects such as The Breakthrough Ministry which involves skateboarding and extreme sports, Christian rock concerts, laser light shows and fireworks.
As a political conservative, he was an outspoken supporter of the McCain-Palin presidential ticket for 2008, after Mike Huckabee dropped out of the presidential race. On October 30, 2008, Baldwin made an appearance on the Ron and Fez Show where he gave subtle hints that he believed that Barack Obama may be the Antichrist after an epiphany he had during an intense period of prayer and meditation, but was told by the Holy Spirit that his revelation is not to be spoken of. Baldwin pledged he would leave America should Barack Obama win the Presidency. Stephen later claimed he was joking when he made the pledge, supposedly poking fun at an Alec Baldwin statement made in 2000 regarding Bush.
Stephen Baldwin Disses Obama, Promotes Christian Comic Book
January 19, 2009
“If you go to Barnes & Noble, and you go to their Christian section, whatever they have that’s comic books is just so vomitously lame,” says actor Stephen Baldwin as he describes the process that led him to develop “The Remnant,” his new comic book, which he describes as “like ’24’ with mythology.”
Over coffee Baldwin discusses the perils of Christian entertainment and how he hooked up with Boom! Studios to produce The Remnant, which follows CIA operative David Sacker through a tale of mystery and the paranormal. “There’s nothing in the Bible that says we can’t have stuff that’s legit and cool,” said Baldwin.
Moments earlier Baldwin was signing copies of his books just around the corner at Jim Hanley’s Universe, where he joked with fans and discussed (off the record) a potential BioDome sequel. Baldwin had initially conceived The Remnant as a television project, but is completely blown away by how well it works as a comic. He hopes the comic will serve as the blueprint if the Sacker story finds life in other media.
The Remnant’s press kit suggests that the Baldwin character is a CIA agent who is getting divorced and, while talking to his second-wife-to-be about her “bikini shopping,” is caught in an mysterious disaster, from which someone in a different-colored jacket will be rescued by a mysterious stranger.
“So many times when a book comes out in television or film, it’s when they get away from the book that all those millions of people who read the book say the movie sucked,” said Baldwin. “They should have left it like the book.” Baldwin adds that people are starving for good entertainment, declares that most television is awful and predicts that we’re not too far away from seeing the internet practically eliminate network TV as we know it today.
“In ten years, most people will be getting their television series entertainment on their computers,” said Baldwin. “And it’ll be guys, just like you and me, making TV shows with our stupid little web cameras.”
Baldwin is one of the more recognizable Christians and Republicans in Hollywood, and is often the go-to guy when it’s time to book a notable righty on a cable talk show. He is no fan of President-Elect Barack Obama, whom he feels has misled the country and tricked his way into office. “What freaks me out is, the guy just blatantly said whatever he had to to get in. Which is great. He’s a smart guy. He probably has good intentions,” said Baldwin, who added that he does believe the economy will improve under Obama and is excited about the historic, race barrier-shattering nature of his election.
“He’s playing politics,” said Baldwin, who was also upset with the allegedly astronomical costs of Obama’s inauguration celebration (“Give it to the homeless”) and does not believe that Obama and incoming First Lady Michelle are real Christians, as evidenced by their handling of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright scandal. “Be honest,” said Baldwin. “Don’t say I wasn’t there those days. Don’t say I didn’t know those things.” Baldwin said Obama should have explained that he agreed with Rev. Wright’s teaching of the Bible, but disagreed with the negative statements. “He didn’t do that. He covered his ass to win the election.”
If John McCain was anything, said Baldwin, he was honest, unlike Obama. “I’m not cool with the fact that this guy has sold the American people a promise,” said Baldwin. “I believe this guy has made America a promise, and he had his fingers crossed behind his back.” Still, Baldwin said he’s praying for Obama and his family, and wants him to be successful. “I just don’t believe that he means what he says.”
Another place where Baldwin is able to vent his presidential frustrations is his radio show, which he co-hosts with Kevin McCullogh. Baldwin talks about future topics for the show, such as the prevalence of pole dancing classes in exercise clubs with almost zero recognition that the pole came out of the strip club. “Nobody’s looking back at the origin of it,” said a laughing Baldwin, further describing his personal crusade to make Christian entertainment accessible and, dare he say it, cool.
“Nowhere in the Bible does it say I can’t do a fun, funny, entertaining talk show and be a Christian,” said Baldwin. “Christians have said that you can’t be edgy. Did you go to that movie that was rated PG-13? It’s way worse than our radio show.”
” … To some, redirection might be an appropriate metaphor for Anschutz’s entire enterprise, which they fear is all about bringing God and conservatism to Hollywood under a more secular and apolitical guise. … “
By Justin Clark, Nerve.com.
March 29, 2006
Consider the following scenario: It’s Saturday, and you feel like going to the movies. You see the latest installment of The Chronicles of Narnia advertised in your local Examiner newspaper, part of a chain whose name has been trademarked in more than seventy cities. You decide to go to your local theater — a Regal, Edwards, or United Artists. You sit through twenty minutes of advertising, followed by the film itself, which has been delivered from studio to theater by a fiber-optic line.
The underlying theme? Every stage of your moviegoing experience — from production to promotion to distribution to exhibition — was controlled by one man: sixty-six-year-old religious conservative Philip Anschutz.
Named Fortune’s “greediest executive” in 1999, the Denver resident is a generous supporter of anti-gay-rights legislation, intelligent design, the Bush administration and efforts to sanitize television. With a net worth of $5 billion, he is Forbes ‘ thirty-fourth richest American, two spots above Revlon’s Ronald Perelman. Anschutz heads a vast media empire whose assets include the Examiner chain, twenty percent of the country’s movie screens, and a sizeable stake in Qwest Communications, the scandal-ridden telecom giant he formerly directed. (Anschutz was accused of helping falsely inflate Qwest profit reports, then making millions by selling his own shares in the company — a claim he ultimately settled by paying millions to charity.)
Anschutz’s stake in Hollywood has been growing since 2000, when he began buying the bankrupt Regal, Edwards and United Artists chains and founded two film studios, Walden Media and Bristol Bay. In many areas of the country, the Regal Cinemas chain is the only option for seeing first-run films. Carole Handler, a prominent Los Angeles anti-trust attorney, says this gives Anschutz considerable leverage in his latest domain of conquest. “Anschutz is the person who went and bought the theaters out of bankruptcy,” she says. “Don’t think that passed unnoticed by the studios.”
Anschutz has gained considerable power in negotiating licensing agreements with the film studios, contracts which impact everything from where a movie is played, to how long it runs, how it’s marketed, which upcoming releases are given trailer time, and how revenue is split between the studio and the theater. It is a kind of power, says Handler, that harkens back to the early days of cinema, when studios, distributors, exhibitors and even movie star magazines were concentrated into the same relatively few hands.
There’s a twist, though: Anschutz’s politics. A heavy contributor to the Republican Party for decades, Anschutz helped fund Amendment 2, a ballot initiative to overturn a state law protecting gay rights, and helped stop another initiative promoting medical marijuana. More recently, he helped fund the Discovery Institute, a conservative Christian think tank that mounted a public relations campaign and financed “research” into intelligent design. He has also supported the Media Research Council, the group that generated nearly all the indecency complaints with the FCC in 2003.
Ironically, it was Hollywood that saved Anschutz. As a friend of his told Fortune, Anschutz “has a latent interest in doing something significant in American Christianity. He is working deliberately and diligently on it.”
Anschutz did not respond to my request for an interview, and he has given only a handful over the past few decades. This is not for lack of an opinion or a story to tell. A devout Presbyterian who grew up in Kansas, Anschutz is married with two daughters and a son. He inherited his father’s land investment and oil exploration business, but didn’t grow up wealthy; in fact, he gave up his plans to attend law school because the family business was failing.
Ironically, it was Hollywood that saved Anschutz. After discovering a major oil well in Wyoming, the well caught fire. Anschutz sought to hire Red Adair, the legendary oil well firefighter to put it out, but wasn’t able to pay Adair’s fee. Anschutz realized he could pay Adair — and make $100,000 on top of that — by selling the rights to the footage to Hollywood.
Having faced tough times before, Anschutz is probably not overly concerned about the fact that theater attendance was down six percent this year, even in an industry with thin profit margins. Earlier this month Regal reported a forty-three percent increase in fourth quarter profits, a windfall partly credited to another Anschutz venture, the holiday blockbuster and Christian allegory The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Narnia has grossed close to $300 million, a far cry from the first film Anschutz produced, 2002’s Joshua. A depiction of the Second Coming, Joshua pulled in less than $1.5 million for its studio, Epiphany Films, a specialty label of Anschutz’s proselytic-sounding Crusader Entertainment. While websites are usually maintained even for box office flops — 2003’s Gigli, for instance — Joshua‘s site has been taken down, and its URL redirects visitors to the studio’s new name, Bristol Bay.
To some, redirection might be an appropriate metaphor for Anschutz’s entire enterprise, which they fear is all about bringing God and conservatism to Hollywood under a more secular and apolitical guise. Or, as Joshua co-producer Bob Beltz told Christianity Today in 2002, “We wanted something that we thought would have more of a mainstream impact, that would expose unchurched people to the person of Christ in a way that they might walk out of the theater saying, ‘Is it possible that Jesus could really be that wonderful?'”
Some have speculated that Narnia might be what Anschutz’s friend meant by the “significant” contribution the media mogul wants to make: using his wealth to buy a place for evangelicals in Hollywood. The film’s distributor, Disney, initially wasn’t interested in Narnia. Gradually, Disney began to realize the Christian allegory’s potential appeal among evangelicals, who demonstrated their box-office clout with The Passion of the Christ.
Anschutz isn’t just blurring religious and secular lines with his film, but taking advantage of a softened divide between production and exhibition. In the early days of Hollywood, film studios dominated the exhibition business, obligating independent theater owners to accept bad films in exchange for the right to play good ones. In 1948, the federal government issued the Paramount Consent Decree, forcing the major studios to divest their theater holdings. Recent theater mergers, such as the consolidation of AMC and Loews (the number two and number three chains, respectively) must pass antitrust scrutiny. AMC/Loews, whose merger closed in January, was forced to sell off theaters in key markets such as Boston and San Francisco last year to avoid creating a monopoly.
“In the 1970s and 1980s, exhibition overbuilt [too many expensive theaters] in shopping centers. The centers declined in value while the rents did not,” says Handler. “Then in the 1990s most of the exhibition houses sought bankruptcy. Many emerged from bankruptcy under aegis not of common ownership but of common investment.”
Instead of buying United Artists, Edwards, and Regal Cinema outright, Anschutz avoided antitrust concerns by acquiring their debt, Handler explains. Regal already has a distribution monopoly in many areas of the country, and Anschutz’s power extends beyond Regal to joint ventures he has formed with his competitors. His partner, Oaktree Capital Management, is financing Sundance’s new art-house chain. Instead of selling off pieces of Regal Cinemas’ overbuilt empire, Anschutz launched The 2wenty, twenty minutes of pre-show advertising that launched with a free ad for the military, Enduring Freedom: The Opening Chapter. In 2004, Anschutz merged his pre-show advertising business with AMC’s and Cinemark’s. The result was National Cinemedia, a company that now runs its ads on more than half of the nation’s screens, and whose president is a former co-chairman of Regal Entertainment Group.
Some viewers have sued the theater chains that run the ads, alleging that delaying the start of movie trailers until twenty minutes past the posted show time constitutes false advertising. But the ads aren’t going away. Cinema advertising is an increasingly lucrative source of revenue, with sales up forty-eight percent in 2004. The theaters that haven’t succumbed to the trend Anschutz started are having trouble surviving, says Jason Thompson, director of Captive Motion Picture Audience of America, an organization that protests theater advertising.
Where advertising and programming were once left to theater managers, Anschutz now has centralized control of every Regal Theater through its proprietary Digital Content Network. Anschutz has also bought up television ad time and billboards for his “For a Better Life” campaign, which emphasizes values such as “faith” and “integrity,” sometimes promoting them with Disney characters such as Kermit the Frog and Shrek. While the campaign is not explicitly religious, it does offer unsolicited moral advice to movie patrons at Regal’s 6,000 screens. The ads were produced by Bonneville Communications, a Salt Lake City agency that produces ads for the Mormon Church.
In 2005, PG-rated films outperformed R-rated films in the theater for the first time in two decades. Conservatives have touted weak theater attendance as proof that the heartland isn’t interested in Hollywood’s licentiousness and liberal politics. The Dove Foundation, non-profit advocates of “wholesome family entertainment”, published a study showing that G-rated movies are eleven times more profitable than R-rated flicks. Indeed: as a co-producer and financial backer of Oscar contender Ray, Anschutz reportedly insisted on altering the details of subject Ray Charles’ life, downplaying his drug use and womanizing to obtain a PG-13 rating.
Although Hollywood didn’t heed the Dove Foundation’s advice in 2005 — the key Oscar nominations were all low-grossing films that are very political — studios have begun looking into releasing PG versions of their R-rated fare, an innovation made possible by the advent of digital cinema. The double release would allow theaters to play the cleaner version during more lucrative screening times earlier in the day, and the director’s cut later on.
What’s good for the theater lobby isn’t necessarily good for those of us who don’t want our entertainment censored. Yet there is no shortage of screenwriters willing to lend Hollywood’s product a cleaner sensibility. In December, the Atlantic Monthly reported on Christian screenwriting school Act One, whose faculty includes producers and writers from mainstream shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and That ’70s Show. In 2004, conservatives launched the Liberty Film Festival; last October the festival included a panel discussion titled, “Was Communism a Threat to Hollywood?”
Perhaps the more pressing question: is Hollywood ready to compensate exhibitors by eschewing edgy politics for movies with a built-in audience? A sequel — or, more accurately, prequel — to The Passion of the Christ is rumored. New Line Cinema is producing The Nativity, a film based on the life of Mary and Joseph, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown). The End of the Spear tells the story of five missionaries whose families forgive the South American tribe that killed them.
Fears of a boycott of one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated releases, The Da Vinci Code, has Sony Pictures mounting a public relations campaign among evangelicals and Catholics. Madea’s Family Reunion, which recently opened at the top of the box office, is a comedy about an African-American Christian fundamentalist family, whose evangelical producer Tyler Perry has, according to the L.A. Times, helped sell studio heads on the African-American Christian film market. Besides working on the Narnia franchise, Anschutz’s Walden Media is releasing Amazing Grace, a biopic of the Christian revivalist Wilbur Wilberforce.
Anschutz may well see himself as someone like Wilberforce, the wealthy merchant’s son whose embrace of evangelical Christianity led him to fight to abolish the British slave trade. Wilberforce, however, was open about his intentions. Anschutz may better resemble another openly conservative Presbyterian, one who acquired his own vertically integrated empire of newspapers, film studios, and television stations years before anyone realized he would turn those media outlets into his personal political mouthpiece. That man was Rupert Murdoch.
Justin Clark has written for L.A. Weekly, Psychology Today and Black Book.
Edited by Alex Constantine
Heather Locklear – Republican donor
” … Heather Locklear ‘walked drunkenly through a California supermarket’ before her arrest for driving under the influence. …. “
The Wit and Wisdom of Heather Locklear
“Flowers? I’ll tell you what I’ve learned about flowers. They’re sticky when they’re on your nipple!”
“Bedding is important. So are hair products.”
“Women who are in book clubs are really just there for the alcohol.”
“If you didn’t have parents, who would you blame?”
“I love being in my pajamas.”
“The less jewelry, the better the marriage.”
“There is no such thing as a closet that’s too big, no such thing as too many shoes.”
“You can’t keep changing men, so you settle for changing your lipstick.”
“Apparently, guitars are more valuable than shoes.”
“One man is not enough.”
“On ABC they don’t like you to have nipples. But every time we’d do a Spin City, they’d have to keep it very cold because there’s an audience and they have to keep the audience awake.”
Mouse & Maples
“Locklear was born in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Diane (née Tinsley), a production executive for Disney, and William Robert Locklear, an administrator at UCLA [Bill Locklear has served in a number high-level administrative positions at UCLA (Dean of the School of Engineering, Registrar, Director of the Office of Residential Life, etc.).]. … She is the youngest of four children and a cousin of Donald Trump’s second wife, Marla Maples. She is of Scottish and distant paternal Lumbee ancestry. … “
LUMBEE? – LOCKLEAR IS PART AMERICAN INDIAN:
“The 40,000+ members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina reside primarily in Robeson, Hoke, Cumberland and Scotland counties. The Lumbee Tribe is the largest tribe in North Carolina, the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River and the ninth largest in the nation. The Lumbee take their name from the Lumbee River which winds its way through Robeson County. Pembroke, North Carolina is the economic, cultural and political center of the tribe. … “
” … Locklear attended UCLA as a Psychology major and during her first year, met a casting director. He couldn’t help but notice her fresh-faced, all-American look and encouraged her to take a commercial acting class. By the end of that year, she had begun to do guest spots on television and decided to drop out of university to pursue acting fulltime. … “
“In March 2008, Locklear was involved in a controversy when a “9-1-1” call was made by a caller claiming to be her doctor who said that she was trying to commit suicide. The authorities arrived at Locklear’s home shortly afterwards. Locklear’s publicist has since downplayed the incident stating that Locklear had never requested any medical assistance and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department later stated that no further action was taken once they arrived at Locklear’s Westlake Village home as she appeared to be fine. They did, however, state that they still believed the call to be genuine. … “
Who Placed the 9/11 Call?
” … As the call wasn’t made from the “Melrose Place” star’s residence, it was firstly thought that the false alarm had been the joke of a prankster. However, it was later revealed afterwards that it was Locklear’s shrink who made the telephone call. Her psychiatrist reportedly spoke to her on the phone and the star sounded distraught. The shrink feared that the suicide could stem from an overdose with anti-depressive drugs she was taking. … “
Kidz: School Massacres Foreshadowed
Fwd: The Heathers Home Page … How Very!
Sat, 29 May 1999
Years ago I saw this movie Heathers; and you will note in the above subject page, that in th one girls locker was an old 7 year old magazine, November 1979….now, that was the month of Jonestown…..one of the most vicious mind control programs this country ever participated in.
Christian Slater…..in a cafeteria…..takes out a gun……school kids are murdered….and this dear little sweet Wynona Ryder, played the major role, along with Heather Locklear and of course the sicko, Christian Slater.
This movie was the plan soon to be materialized…..it was all there. The movie first, then the deeds…..drugs, guns, and throw in that horrible ignorant level of religion….Littleton is a sick community….these kids were playacting. …
Carol Lin, Heather’s college Roommate at UCLA, was the Anchor who Broke the News of the 9/11 WTC Assaults
Carol Lin anchor[ed] CNN Newsroom on Saturday and Sunday evenings on CNN. She is based in Atlanta. … Starting her career at CNN in 1998, Lin anchored CNN Early Edition, CNN Live at Daybreak and the former news-magazine program CNN NewsStand. Before joining CNN, Lin was with ABC News. Lin was one of the few journalists brought to the network by former CNN president Rick Kaplan after he left ABC News. Earlier, Lin was a weekend news anchor for KTTV in Los Angeles.
She covered the shootings at Columbine High School, the rebuilding of Kosovo, CNN’s Millennium night coverage from New York City’s Times Square (and did a chat with CNN.com users) and the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001.
However, Lin will be most remembered as the first anchor to break the news of the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. She broke into a commercial at 8:49 a.m. ET, 3 minutes after the first plane hit and said:
“Yeah. This just in. You are looking at obviously a very disturbing live shot there. That is the World Trade Center, and we have unconfirmed reports this morning that a plane has crashed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. CNN Center right now is just beginning to work on this story, obviously calling our sources and trying to figure out exactly what happened, but clearly something relatively devastating happening this morning there on the south end of the island of Manhattan. That is once again, a picture of one of the towers of the World Trade Center.”
Among other recognition, Lin was the first recipient of the National IMAGE Award by the Organization of Chinese Americans.
Lin earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCLA. Lin was a dorm mate with actress Heather Locklear at UCLA, mentioned by Locklear while a guest on Larry King Live in 1999.
The Day Heather Locklear Stood in For Newt Gingrich
Touch of Glamour for Politicians’ Fund-Raisers
By Mike Downey
October 16, 1998
I have heard of some clever ways to get people to go to a political fund-raiser, but this one takes the cake. Randy Hoffman is a Republican who is running for Congress against incumbent Rep. Brad Sherman, in a district that stretches all the way from Sherman Oaks to Thousand Oaks. …
With election day a few weeks away, Hoffman is happy to receive the support of any powerful figure who can sway the 24th District’s voters his way.
Therefore, he was naturally quite pleased to have House Speaker Newt Gingrich committed to a fund-raising rally Thursday morning. Let’s face it, Newt is a plum on any Republican’s plate.
At the last minute, however, Hoffman’s people got the word that Gingrich would have to cancel. He was too busy in Washington, running the right side of the country. Well, no Newt is bad news. Hoffman had to hurry. He needed to find somebody fast to fill in for Gingrich–and he did:
Having a political event at which Newt Gingrich is replaced by Heather Locklear is a little like having a Hollywood premiere at which Brad Pitt is replaced by Janet Reno. But that’s what happened. Evidently, the actress from “Melrose Place” is a neighbor of Hoffman’s …
She and her husband, rock musician Richie Sambora, have reportedly donated $1,000 to Hoffman’s campaign. …
Edited by Alex Constantine
She commands a huge “market share” of “thinking Americans” by crabbing constantly about “liberal elites” … and they only exist in her mind … The question is: Who vets these donut heads for public display? Ingraham’s corporate elite handlers, of course …
” … Elites (liberals) are never defined in [Ingraham’s] book, but they are called many names. … Ingraham writes that Elites are defined by a “general outlook”. They are cynical, arrogant, un-American, a minority, anti-democracy, hateful of Middle America, self-cultist, liberal, infallible-feeling, godless, Democrat, trial lawyers, god-haters, affirmative action loving, French loving, UN loving, Bill Moyers, PBS, spa-going, Manhattanite, NPR, diverse, left-wing, flag burning, subversive, anti-Israel, traitors, socialist, communist, fascist, aloof, pretentious, turgid, condescending, snobbish, vicious, sex-obsessed, atheist, anti-semitic, genocidal … liberal Elites perpetuate the false myth of oppressed minorities. … Their anti-Iraq War stance proves they are anti-American. Ingraham claims to not care what liberal Hollywood says, but then devotes thirty-six pages to a selection of their comments. … Most telling, the liberal Elite drive around in limousines with black windows, ‘live in palaces invisible from the road outside, and fly in private jets, while their managers and assistants tell them only what they want to hear.’ Odd, I thought rich people did that, and most rich people are notoriously conservative. … Ingraham’s stereotype of the Limousine Liberal runs into a series of contradictions: how can these limousine elitists also be communist subversives? … “
An Open Letter to Laura Ingraham
Peter N. Kirstein
” … I am struck by your use of the word ‘elites’ in such a random manner. Clearly, as you frequently assert, the left is not in power. The left is not a majority; the antiwar movement, while significant and growing, could not deter an immoral war of preemption and invasion in Iraq. Laura, the elites are the Republican-Democratic establishment. The elites are corporate America that profits from blood and imperialism: Halliburton, Bechtel and other corporate giants of American capitalism. The elite includes the media that has become increasingly concentrated and corporatized in the hands of the Murdochs, the Blacks (despite his problems), the GEs and Disneys. The media is basically a Voice of America propaganda machine aimed at Americans that avoids challenging the ethos of the nation in a systematic manner. The Washington Post, for example, was basically a press agent for the Pentagon in the run-up to war. The military is also part of this elite influence that has significantly blurred the lines between civilian rule and military subordination to that rule. … “
Excerpt: “Know Your Right-Wing Speakers: Laura Ingraham”
Laura Ingraham is nearly as well known for posing in a leopard print mini-skirt for a 1995 New York Times Magazine cover story on young right-wingers as she is for her seething hatred of “Elites” (aka liberals) and her grueling struggle against the oppressive liberal media. … Ingraham got her start in journalism at Dartmouth, where she was the first female editor of the ultra-conservative Dartmouth Review. Already tarnished by its reputation for bigoted, homophobic, and sexist reportage, Ingraham took the Review to new levels when she secretly taped meetings of the campus Gay Students Association, sent copies of the tapes to participants’ parents, and, as if that wasn’t enough, published the transcript and went on to publicly denounce the GSA as ‘cheerleaders for latent campus sodomites.'”
Ingraham worked briefly as a White House speechwriter for President Reagan before heading to law school at the University of Virginia. After graduation, she quickly rose to a job in uber-con heaven, clerking for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. As a member of the anti-feminist Independent Women’s Forum, Ingraham had assisted in the “Women for Judge Thomas” campaign that supported her future boss’s appointment to the Supreme Court and promoted attacks on Anita Hill’s testimony.
Apparently in search of a more visible professional field, and capitalizing on the new vogueishness of young rightists, Ingraham went to work simultaneously for both CBS as a commentator on the nightly news and for MSNBC as a regular pundit. …
Today Ingraham is best known for her nationally syndicated radio show broadcast on 325 stations across the country. Remarkably, she has garnered quite an audience, most likely made up of “true Americans,” who according to Ingraham are “white, southern, Christian, and Republican.” …
Ingraham’s Short Run at Fox
” … Ingraham began openly campaigning for another cable television show on her radio program. She finally got her wish in 2008, when Fox News Channel gave her a three-week trial run for new show entitled Just In. During the show, there was an off-camera fight with producers (which was caught on tape and posted to the Web by Harry Shearer), and the show ended its short run without being renewed. … “
“American Idiots” Love Laura
” … According to Talkers’ Magazine, The Laura Ingraham Show is tied for fifth among most-listened to talk shows, with an average 5.5 million weekly listeners. … “
Jon Stewart: “Psycho” Laura Ingraham Reprises Holocaust Homily
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The respected British actress, 63, who won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in “The Queen”, told the October issue of GQ men’s monthly that she took the drug until her late thirties.
She only quit after the notorious Barbie was caught in Bolivia in 1983, and believed to have been making money from the Class A drug.
The star, knighted in 2003, also talked about meeting Queen Elizabeth, and spoke further about her date rape experiences.
Mirren said she used to take “a bit of cocaine. I loved coke. I never did a lot, just a little bit at parties. But what ended it for me was when they caught Klaus Barbie, the Butcher of Lyon, in the early eighties. He was hiding in South America and living off the proceeds of being a cocaine baron.
“And I read that in the paper, and all the cards fell into place and I saw how my little sniff of cocaine at a party had an absolute direct route to this fucking horrible man in South America. And from that day I never touched cocaine again. Until that moment I had never grasped the full horrifying structure of what brings coke to our parties in Britain.” …
Edited by Alex Constantine
Yesterday (June 14th), on the Saturday edition of Election HQ with Julie Banderas and Greg Jarrett, Jarrett spoke with liberal Newsday columnist Ellis Henican about (surprise, surprise) drilling in ANWR and the need for further off shore drilling. (Comment: Fox does seem to have an agenda here because this seems to be the theme of the moment).
Jarrett made the perfunctory, “amusing” remarks about “who cares about caribous,” to which Henican responded that we shouldn’t have to ruin a pristine Arctic wilderness so people can drive Hummers. (Comment: Environmental issues aren’t important to the 6,000 year old earth, rapture ready crowd.) Jarrett then mentioned off shore drilling and said that the environmentalists killed off shore drilling in Florida and California. He then, with his characteristic, smarmy chortle said that the Chinese were drilling off of Cuba.
Comment: Wait a minute. Didn’t he read the memo, from Vice President Cheney, that said “It is our understanding that, although Cuba has leased out exploration blocks 60 miles off the coast of southern Florida, which is closer than American firms are allowed to operate in that area, no Chinese firm is drilling there,” Cheney’s statement follows a report, from Jorge Piñon, an energy expert at the University of Miami’s Center for Hemispheric Policy who told the Miami Herald that “China is not drilling in Cuba’s Gulf of Mexico waters, period.” The Herald added “China’s Sinopec oil company does have an agreement with the Cuban government to develop onshore resources west of Havana, Piñon said. The Chinese have done some seismic testing, he said, but no drilling. Western diplomats in Havana told McClatchy that to the best of their knowledge there is no Chinese drilling offshore.”
And regarding “environmentalists killing Florida and California off shore drilling” – Jarrett didn’t do his homework because if he did, he would have found out that a Republican controlled US Senate, in 2006, passed a law, which while permitting off shore drilling, limited off shore drilling to beyond 125 miles of the Florida coasts. Florida Republican Mel Martinez said that this measure “will protect our shoreline.” As far as California goes, Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said this: “I will continue working with the California Congressional Delegation to urge the defeat of any changes to the existing ban on offshore drilling. I will also work to get the federal government to buy out the existing federal leases. Our ocean, beaches, and coastline is critical to the entire state and every single Californian. I am unwilling to put our environment at risk for the sake of new energy exploration on California’s coast.” (Comment: He must be a “secret” “S-P”! )
Comment: Once again Fox fits it’s “facts” around the policy despite the fact that their “facts” are different, in this case, from their Republican gurus who have accepted fact based reality. Fox does know its demographics very well because they rely on the fact that their factually challenged audience will blindly believe the factually inaccurate gospel according to Roger Ailes. Once again the “wisdom of George Costanza” comes to mind – “it’s not a lie if you believe it.”
” … Gregg Jarrett (born April 1, 1955) … Prior to Fox News, Jarrett worked at MSNBC as an anchor and correspondent. While at MSNBC, he covered stories including the September 11th Attacks, Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election Controversy. …
Video: The Growing Anger In The Heartland – “A few months ago, I appeared on Fox News and was told by ‘anchor’ (hereby ‘cartoon character’) Greg Jarrett that ‘historians agree’ that the New Deal exacerbated the Great Depression. It was a statement so factually inaccurate that it approached insanity. Now, the cartoon character makes an even bigger ass out of himself in a debate with Virg Bernero, the mayor of Lansing, Michigan. I encourage you to watch it.
February 18, 2009
Lansing (MI.) Mayor Represents Well … TKOs Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett
If you mess with the bull … you get the horns. Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett, who is not exactly known for his objectivity (like many people on Fox News), was blasted by the mayor of Lansing (in my home state of Michigan). One day after a Connecticut mayor schooled another Fox News host, Jarrett caught a verbal beatdown of his own from Mayor Virg Bernero, who did his homework and was well prepared for the confrontation with Jarrett, who entered the interview with a Republican anti-union agenda (using the stereotypes that these auto workers are grossly overpaid and not taking into account the strong insurance they have for themselves and for their families). Mayor Bernero was having nothing to do with the conservative talking points being advanced by Jarrett and others at Fox News. The video is worth watching. First Steve Doocy was whipped and then one day later Jarrett hung in a little better, but still was knocked out. These two mayors have set the bar high for subsequent mayors who come along to battle with conservative Fox News.
A CIA HOAX
Mike Baker, Described As “Former CIA Agent,” Has Close Bush Administration Ties – “Fair and Balanced?” – I Don’t Think So!
January 26, 2009
On yesterday’s (January 25th) Sunday show with Julie Banderas and Greg Jarrett, a topic, now part of the Fox fear factor script was discussed – the question of whether President Obama’s new executive orders pertaining to torture and the closing of Gitmo and other secret prisons, will “keep us safe.” Fox is using all it has, in its arsenal of fear factor cards, to promote the meme that the orders will result in a deterioration of national security because torture can be a good thing. … Not surprisingly, Greg Jarrett interviewed a gentleman, described on the chyron as a “Former CIA agent, about the topic. It didn’t take long to realize that Mike Baker was there to reinforce the aforementioned propaganda. The use of the term “far left” was a dead giveaway. So I did a little googling and came up with some interesting information on an ex “spook” with a real agenda and some real partisan pals
If you google Mike Baker and Fox News, you’ll get more than a few hits. It seems he’s one of their go to guys for “security” issues. He also contributes to an opinion column for the Fox website (A recent Baker article has the non partisan title, “Leon Panetta, say it ain’t so”). Baker is head of a security company called Diligence LLC a company that had some nice contracts with the Bush Administration in “liberated” Iraq. It is partnered with New Bridge Strategies which paid Neil Bush to procure contracts for work in Iraq. Connected to New Bridge are right wingers Joe Albaugh, Mike Rogers, and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour.
During the interview, Baker justified torture in “select cases” – including waterboarding (which the US executed Japanese war criminals for – something that doesn’t seem to get mentioned on Fox News but which Jon Stewart has commented about). He said that “the far left” feels that anything beyond the Army Field Manual is torture and how silly is that because you couldn’t even break a teenager with sissy Army Field Manual techniques. (Hmm, how does Baker know that?). Showing a little partisanship (quelle surprise!), Jarrett said “I’m with you on that.” (Note: Obama has directed the CIA to use the Army Field Manual) …
OBAMA MUST BE BOLDER THAN FDR
By Jim Hightower – 2/7/09
” … Naysaying popinjays like the far-right-wing Heritage Foundation now claim that the New Deal was a failure. Fox News pundit Monica Crowley has said that the failure is proven by ‘all kinds of studies,’ and her Fox colleague Gregg Jarrett added, “I think historians pretty much agree on that.
“Uh…no, they don’t. Indeed, they pretty much agree that millions of families were saved back then by the New Deal’s public-works programs, and we still benefit today from the work that those people did. The chief shortcoming of FDR’s public spending was that he didn’t do enough of it. … “
SIROTA: I appeared on Fox News yesterday to discuss both the Blagojevich flap and the imminent economic recovery package from the Obama administration. You can watch the clip here. As you’ll see, on that latter issue, Fox News is starting its campaign to stop Obama’s big spending plan by stating – as assumed fact – that “historians pretty much agree” that Franklin Roosevelt prolonged the Great Depression, and that therefore, Obama shouldn’t try another New Deal.
When I say Fox News’ assertion about historians is patently false, they literally laugh at me as if I’ve said something so clearly untrue, something Americans supposedly assume is so obviously stupid, that it’s worthy of ridicule.
The Depression issue was brought up by conservative pundit Monica Crowley – not surprising since this is the conservative talking point du jour ever since the “center-right nation” meme started looking idiotic and ever since fringe-right-wing bloviator Amity Shlaes published her since-discredited book claiming FDR essentially created the Great Depression. Crowley supported her the “FDR ruined the country” meme with the very authoritative-sounding statement that “based on all kinds of studies and academic work done on the great depression” she knows that the New Deal’s “massive government intervention prolonged the Great Depression.”
Of course, she doesn’t offer up a single study or “academic work” as any kind of proof, and yet, when I say her assertion is absurd, Fox News anchor Greg Jarrett starts laughing at me – as if my assertion that FDR’s New Deal helped end the Great Depression is so fantastical as to prompt guffawing. Jarrett proceeds to state that historians “pretty much agree” that FDR prolonged the Great Depression, and resorts to insisting that he knows that’s true because “it’s in the books” – whatever the hell that means. Indeed, Fox wants us to believe that what was only very recently the deranged propaganda of a handful of conservative political pundits is now such a consensus opinion among historians that to say otherwise is to evoke laughter. …
Gregg Jarrett Fox News Bio
Gregg Jarrett joined FOX News Channel (FNC) as an anchor in November 2002. He currently serves as a substitute anchor for “FOX News Live.”
Most recently, Jarrett served as an anchor and correspondent for MSNBC, where he covered the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 and the 2000 Election from Tallahassee, Fla.
Prior to his stint there, Jarrett served as an anchor at Court TV for nine years. He covered an extensive number of trials, as well as their signature evening news and talk program, “Prime Time Justice.” From 1993-1997, Jarrett hosted Court TV’s nationally syndicated half-hour magazine show, “Inside America’s Courts.”
Jarrett began his television career as an anchor and producer at KCSM-TV (PBS) in San Francisco, Calif., and then went on to work as an anchor and reporter for WMDT-TV 9ABC) in Salisbury, Md., WKFT-TV (Independent) in Raleigh, N.C. and KSNW-TV (NBC) in Wichita, Kan.
Joseph P. Kennedy Presents, by Cari Beauchamp
The SF Chronicle/www.sfgate.com/February 15, 2009
You can’t beat the Kennedy dynasty when it comes to enduring fascination. The Bush clan might have pulled ahead of them by putting two presidents into the White House. But even during inauguration week, when you might have thought all eyes would be on the Obama family, up popped not one but two Kennedys (Edward and Caroline) to grab some of the spotlight.
And when it comes to progenitors, how can the worthy Sen. Prescott Bush compete with Joseph P. Kennedy: tycoon, bootlegger extraordinaire, ambassador to the Court of St. James’s and world-class philanderer? Now, along comes this immensely detailed and equally immensely enjoyable book to tell us that he was a player in the film business as well:
“This is the man who took Hollywood by storm, at one point running four companies simultaneously when no one before or since ran more than one. … He was the architect of the mergers that laid the groundwork for today’s Hollywood. While he might be surprised to find that United Artists, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Columbia are now all partially owned by the same multinational conglomerate, he was the one who designed that very blueprint. Kennedy was the first financier to simply buy a studio.”
So apparently he was not only the founding father of all those Kennedys, but also of Hollywood, almost as significant in shaping our culture as our politics!
Cari Beauchamp, who has written perceptively about the movie world for many publications and in her groundbreaking book Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood, has a way of writing about the goings-on in boardrooms that makes them easy to follow and fascinating: “[Kennedy] saw everything and everyone, from Gloria Swanson to Adolf Hitler, through a lens of dollars and cents.”
Of course, it helps when you have as colorful and dynamic a character as Joseph P. Kennedy at the center of things, crude and confident, wheeling and dealing – and making money hand over fist:
“When he first arrived in Hollywood in 1926,” writes Beauchamp, “no one knew Joe Kennedy as the man he would become; he wasn’t that man yet. He was already more than well off, always meticulously dressed and chauffeured in his Rolls-Royce, but he had yet to accumulate his fortune. His wealth was estimated at a little over a million dollars and he would increase that tenfold over the five years he was immersed in the film industry. When Kennedy left Hollywood, ‘he already had so much money that making the rest of it, which must have been many millions, was almost a routine affair.’ “
It is clear from Beauchamp’s account that Kennedy’s foray into films established his fortune and enabled him to move into higher circles of economic and political power and thus enable his dynastic ambitions.
Readers need not fear, however, that “Joseph P. Kennedy Presents” is all about boardrooms and money. Movies mean actresses, and Joe Kennedy – his wife and multitudinous children notwithstanding – acted like a greedy kid in a candy store. Beauchamp serves up with gusto many measures of gossipy history and historical gossip, and even if you’ve read widely on this topic before, you’ll still enjoy them here. And she doesn’t limit herself to her protagonist or his locust years: Her account of Marlene Dietrich’s White House romp with President Kennedy sizzles with a piquancy made all the more acute by his obvious need to compete with his father. And Jack had a lot to live up to: “With his father ‘you felt not just that you were the only one in the room that mattered,’ ” recalls Joan Fontaine, ” ‘but the only one in the world.’ ”
In the story of Joseph Kennedy’s creation, manipulation and ultimate destruction of Gloria Swanson’s career – and to some extent of her life as well – Beauchamp marshals all her skills to tell one hell of a story. Kennedy’s involvement with Swanson was white hot, his affair passionate, his attention to her career intense, for better or for worse. It is interesting that the cover of the book has a picture of him with her hapless French husband, the grandly named Marquis de la Falaise de la Coudraye, described pithily by Beauchamp as “the perfect aide-de-camp” for Swanson. When she discovered that he was involved with fellow movie queen Constance Bennett, her outrage was in no way mitigated by her own flagrant involvement with Kennedy:
“Farce or high drama, it must have been quite a scene with Gloria claiming outrage that her husband was sleeping with another woman when the man she was cuckolding him with was sitting opposite them. Henri could hardly call her on it with Rose [Kennedy’s wife] there as well, so he simply withdrew to another room while Joe went into action, calming Gloria.”
Kennedy had a knack for profiting at the expense of others, and this book provides plenty of chilling incidents that show how ruthless he could be in pursuit of his goals, handy with coercion, blackmail and sinister threats. By the time he’d finished with Swanson she was ruined, but she had learned a hard lesson: Ever after, “you should have seen that woman read a contract. She made sure she understood every single word.” So apparently, in addition to all his other roles, Joseph P. Kennedy was also a great teacher – in his own particular school of hard knocks.
Martin Rubin is a California biographer and critic. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edited by Alex Constantine
Birthplace: Tampa, FL
Father: Russell Smith (former NFL running back, b. 4-Aug-1944)
Mother: Carol Smith (model)
Amber’s Teen Years
” … Amber started working at age eleven (and at Hooters at age fifteen) in order to provide income after her father left and her mother started becoming debilitated by drugs. Mc Kibben’s mom taught her how to do coke when she was fifteen; she literally showed her how to physically make a line and snort it. If anyone can figure out some funny comments about forced child labor or gross parental negligence e-mail them to Tvgasm.com and maybe someone will read them before transferring them to their recycle bin. … “
Smith was cast in her first film role in Paul Mazursky’s Faithful, on a referral from Robert De Niro that stemmed from her Casino auditions. She also appeared in The Funeral, directed by Abel Ferrara, and Barbra Streisand’s The Mirror Has Two Faces. She played Susan Lefferts, a Rita Hayworth lookalike, in Curtis Hanson’s L.A. Confidential. Smith’s resemblance to Hayworth came into play again with a role in HBO’s cable telefilm The Rat Pack. She also had a role in American Beauty. Her biggest role to date has been as the star of the Cinemax t.v. series Sin City Diaries, which debuted in 2007. She played Angelica, a Las Vegas entertainment consultant who plans activities for casinos’ high-roller guests. Overall, she has played various roles in several 1990’s feature films and t.v. series. Since 2000, she has appeared primarily in films.
The Beer Queen
When Anheuser-Busch chose Amber Smith as the spokesperson for their new Michelob Ultra Amber lite beer, they were on a mission. Through posters, life-size standees and Point of purchase promotional materials; Amber image will be plastered across the nation. But it’s the 20 city “Meet Amber” tour that delivers on the campaign title!
A gifted high school student with a 155 I.Q, Amber was discovered at an International Modeling Convention. The 15 year old was and soon flew to Paris where she worked hard and often, and established a reputation for being passionate and expressive both on film and in print.
Amber’s “exotic” good looks drew the attention of top photographers such as the infamous Helmut Newton, but it was her chameleon-like quality that made her the cover girl of a wide range of magazines including Vogue, Elle, Esquire, Maxim and Playboy. Amber walked the runway for Chanel and represented Loreal Cosmetics and Wonderbra in their national advertising campaigns.
She then achieved the ultimate accolade for a fashion model: appearing in the coveted role of Sports Illustrated swimwear model. She has produced four award-winning Calendars, two nationally released posters and a modeling documentary DVD Amber Smith Raw (available in stores.) Amber has already completed two movie scripts, and has a started on a how-to book that will contain her own stories, detailed experiences and opinions on the modeling and entertainment world.
After ripping through the modeling world, she added acting to her resume. She has worked with such acclaimed directors as Curtis Hansen, Abel Ferrara, Paul Mazursky and Barbra Streisand and landed parts in two Academy award winning movies: L.A. Confidential and American Beauty – as well as a host of others. Her television credits include Just Shoot Me and Friends (as “Amber Smith, Supermodel”).
In 2005, E! Entertainment chose Amber for a Reality show pilot, titled “The Amber Smith Project,” which follows Amber’s efforts to open up a modeling agency in Miami Beach. She also filmed yet another pilot, “The Anchorwoman,” in which she will take over the life of a Broadcast Journalist. “The Anchorwoman” is currently in development at Fox Studios.
Amber will launch the 2006 Michelob Ultra Amber Lite beer “Meet Amber” campaign which was created entirely around her. All promotional materials will feature her image, name and signature. The “Meet Amber” national tour will launch the summer of 2006 through the end of the year.
A Beer Named Amber
Anheuser-Busch Introduces Michelob Ultra Amber
ST. LOUIS (Feb. 6, 2006) – Imagine a malty, toasted aroma cloaked in a beautifully rich, deep amber-toned lager boasting the perfect arrangement of balance and flavor. Now imagine the frothy, delicate body of this beer dancing over the taste buds only to tantalize the palate with a truly refreshing finale. Meet Michelob ULTRA Amber, an American-style light lager with a surprisingly deep amber color now available nationwide.
The marketing of Michelob ULTRA Amber is supported by a full line of point-of-sale and merchandising materials in addition to outdoor, radio, print and television advertising including a spot during this year’s Super Bowl. In addition, Amber Smith, international model and actress, has been signed to be the face of promotional materials for Michelob ULTRA Amber and will be making appearances throughout the country on the brand’s behalf in the coming months. Smith has graced the covers of countless high fashion lifestyle magazines and has walked the runways of the world’s most famed fashion designers. …
Measurements: 36D-24-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
Super Model Admits to Opiate Addiction
On the June 26, 2008 broadcast of Loveline, Dr. Drew Pinsky confirmed Smith’s participation in the VH1 television show Celebrity Rehab. On the October 23 episode, it was revealed that Smith was in fact being treated for an opiate addiction from various painkillers. She also appeared in the 2009 series Sober House, a Celebrity Rehab spin-off focusing on a sober living environment.
Amber Smith has appeared on the covers of the fashion magazines and women’s magazines Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire, among others, and was the cover girl for the March 1995 issue of Playboy. She has appeared in advertising for L’Oréal makeup, Buffalo Jeans, Camel cigarettes, Kahlua liqueur, Volkswagen automobiles, and Panama Jack, among others, and has walked the runway for such fashion designers as Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Seeing the “Light”
“Some say that the bottom you hit, how low you have to fall, is equivalent to how big your SuperEgo is… well, my bottom was so low that I must have had the biggest (super)ego in town! lol… I literally ended up in a place called The Hollywood Hotel on Yucca street. It was the scariest thing I have ever experienced. I actually am dealing with PTSD now from that period of time (April 2007 through July 2007 was the worst). I was in a hotel unable to stand more than 10 minutes at a time. My liver was so bad that I would pass out through the day. I don’t think I could live through that again. The good news is I found God in that little room. As they say, ‘There are no atheists in the trenches,’ and I needed a miracle to get out of there.. a miracle did happen and I actually had a white-light spiritual experience that changed my life on July 21st 2007 – but that is a whole different story!”
A Bush cousin finds his TV niche
By David Hiltbrand
Aug. 12, 2004
Billy Bush has done pretty well on Access Hollywood, NBC’s weeknight show-biz gloss, considering the show was forced to hire him.
“I’d never heard of him,” says Rob Silverstein, executive producer of Access.
“Jay Ireland, the head of the NBC TV stations, told me, ‘You’re going to use this guy,’ which I wasn’t too happy about. I didn’t think he could do the job, and for the first couple of months, I was convinced I was right.”
That was in 2001. Bush was brought on to cover events in New York for the California-produced show.
Tonight from Athens, as NBC prepares its Olympics barrage, Bush will assume the Access anchor chair, alongside Nancy O’Dell. He’ll also contribute features to NBC’s late-night Olympics coverage.
Earlier this week, Bush, already in Greece, was in an expansive mood as he discussed his rapid ascent. “I’m sitting in a cafe at the base of the Acropolis,” he says, the sound of cutlery and dishes scraping in the background. “From my table, I can see a small piece of the Parthenon.”
Ah, these are good times to be a Bush. Though he resents being asked about it, the TV personality is a silver-spoon cousin of the President.
“He’s almost twice my age,” he says testily, after repeatedly deflecting questions about his White House ties. “Our families live so far apart. There are 16 cousins. He is the second-oldest and I’m the youngest.”
The future show-biz gadfly, now 32, was born in Manhattan to Jonathan Bush, one of George Herbert Walker Bush’s younger brothers and a prominent Wall Street investment manager. After prepping at St. George’s School in Newport, R.I., Billy Bush found himself rudderless at Colby College in Maine.
“I was really screwed as far as figuring out what I would do with my life,” he says. “I chose my major with five minutes left [to declare].”
A stint on the campus radio station led to an on-air job at a tiny oldies station in New Hampshire. Through a friend of his father’s, he upgraded to a classic-rock outlet in Washington, D.C., though he wasn’t too familiar with the songs he was playing.
“I was definitely faking it,” he says. “I was a 22-year-old kid hosting an oldies show. But everybody loves a little Thin Lizzy.”
Eventually, he landed a weekly gig doing man-on-the-street reports for Today in New York, the local show that precedes Matt and Katie on WNBC-TV.
That’s where Jay Ireland spotted him. “We and all the other entertainment shows would fly people in to cover openings and other events in New York,” Ireland says. “I wanted someone to be there all the time for Access Hollywood.”
He discussed the possibility with Bush, and the young comer forced him to make a quick decision.
“Everyone likes to drag their feet. But CNN called me at the same time about joining Paula Zahn’s morning show,” Bush recalls. “I called Jay Ireland back and said, ‘CNN has offered me a job.’ He said, ‘Give me 48 hours.’ I knew that getting coffee on network television is better than anchoring on cable news.”
His initial appearances on Access didn’t go well. “I sucked so profusely,” he declares. “I was doing a knock-off of what I thought entertainment television should be.”
After a couple of months, Silverstein sat him down.
“Ron said, ‘You know the way we are when we’re hanging out in the office? That’s the way you need to be on the air,’ ” Bush says. ” ‘It’s not about long-form interviews. It’s about nuggets of fun and emotion.’ I caught that and started having moments with people.”
“From that point on, he became a different guy,” Silverstein says. “I’ve never seen anyone learn so much so quick. He became the dominant force on the red carpet.”
Bush’s segments, consistently silly and exuberant, became the highlights of Access. His banter with the stars suggested a rapport that other correspondents could never pull off. And his gung-ho stunts – voguing with Heidi Klum, jogging through Central Park with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs – were memorable.
“He brought a fun, almost impish attitude to the segments,” Ireland says. “The celebrity interview piece tends to be pretty standard, but he made it a blast. More importantly, the interviewees also had fun.”
Bush’s affability earned him a number of side projects, hosting beauty pageants such as Miss Universe and Miss USA, as well as a short-lived remake of the game show Let’s Make a Deal.
But his aggressive side earned him some knocks. Working the pre-Oscar show for ABC in February, he ran around the Kodak Theatre like a linebacker, knocking actors aside to get to the celebrities he coveted, pulling people out of their seats to be interviewed.
Watching backstage on a monitor, the evening’s host, Billy Crystal, observed, “This is the most annoying man in show business.” The remark was overheard by a number of reporters, and has become a tag that Bush has had a hard time shaking.
“Did I go over the top? Some people think so,” Bush says of his Oscar-night behavior. “But you have producers in your ear telling you who they want and not all of them are on the aisle,” he says. “I did jump across some people. And I was leaning in so far to interview Sandra Bullock, I almost had a lap dance with Alec Baldwin.”
Still, when Pat O’Brien defected to The Insider, the forthcoming companion show to Entertainment Tonight, after seven years as coanchor of Access, there was little question of who would replace him.
While Bush is in Greece for the next two weeks, his wife, Sydney, is moving into their new house in Los Angeles with the couple’s daughters, Josephine, 5, and Mary Bradley, 3. A third daughter, already named Lillie, is due in October.
Bush is clearly concerned about switching coasts. “That’s my biggest anxiety,” he admits. “I’m a New York kind of guy, and I’m nervous I might not fit in.”
But he’s not intimidated by his new role on Access. “Before, I was counted on to give the show an infusion of energy,” he says. “My new job requires me to do a little more blocking and tackling. I’ve got to change my game a little bit.”
But don’t expect him to turn into an anchor automaton. “I always go by the way I feel is natural,” he says. “And my way is very different from everyone else’s.”
By Daniel Tencer
November 4th, 2009
The CIA relied on intelligence based on torture in prisons in Uzbekistan, a place where widespread torture practices include raping suspects with broken bottles and boiling them alive, says a former British ambassador to the central Asian country.
Craig Murray, the rector of the University of Dundee in Scotland and until 2004 the UK’s ambassador to Uzbekistan, said the CIA not only relied on confessions gleaned through extreme torture, it sent terror war suspects to Uzbekistan as part of its extraordinary rendition program.
“I’m talking of people being raped with broken bottles,” he said at a lecture late last month that was re-broadcast by the Real News Network. “I’m talking of people having their children tortured in front of them until they sign a confession. I’m talking of people being boiled alive. And the intelligence from these torture sessions was being received by the CIA, and was being passed on.”
Human rights groups have long been raising the alarm about the legal system in Uzbekistan. In 2007, Human Rights Watch declared that torture is “endemic” to the country’s justice system.
Murray said he only realized after his stint as ambassador that the CIA was sending people to be tortured in Uzbekistan, country he describes as a “totalitarian” state that has never moved on from its communist era, when it was a part of the Soviet Union.
Suspects in Uzbekistan’s gulags “were being told to confess to membership in Al Qaeda. They were told to confess they’d been in training camps in Afghanistan. They were told to confess they had met Osama bin Laden in person. And the CIA intelligence constantly echoed these themes.”
“I was absolutely stunned — it changed my whole world view in an instant — to be told that London knew [the intelligence] coming from torture, that it was not illegal because our legal advisers had decided that under the United Nations convention against torture, it is not illegal to obtain or use intelligence gained from torture as long as we didn’t do the torture ourselves,” Murray said. …
Compilation by Alex Constantine & Friend
… Neighbors of Von Brunn said they had recently invited him over for a drink, and out of the blue, he said the Holocaust did not occur, the Post reported.
Todd Blodgett, a former White House aide to President Ronald Reagan who later became affiliated with extremist groups, said he spent a lot of time with Von Brunn in the 1990s and early 2000s.
“Von Brunn is obsessed with Jewish people,” Blodgett told the Post. “He had equal contempt for both Jews and blacks, but if he had to pick one group to wipe out, he’d always say it would be Jews.”
Von Brunn went so far as to say he fought on the wrong side of World War II, according to Blodgett.
“You’d get the impression that he was intelligent and a bit off,” said Blodgett, who worked as a paid FBI informant on white supremacist groups. … “
So pleased you asked:
Source – http://www.apfn.net/messageboard/04-30-05/discussion.cgi.52.html
Blodgett is the head of an advertising or PR agency in DC, called the TAD Agency.
Blodgett first emerges in the 1989 Washington Times expose of gay escorts being taken on midnight tours of the Reagan/Bush WH. These tours were organized by Craig Spence, an associate of Lawrence King of the Franklin credit union S&L looting/boy prostitution scandal. It is frequently claimed that Spence recorded his clients and used his lists/recordings for blackmail and political power purposes. He also claimed to be working for the CIA, although those claims could have been self-serving attempts to deflect prosecution.
At the time this story broke, one person publicly identified as caught up in the credit card lists was Todd Blodgett. He credit card was used to pay for prositutes, but he always maintained that he allowed a friend to use his card. At the time, Blodgett was a protege of Lee Atwater, carrying out negative research on Democrats. In the Reagan/Bush WH he was a staff editorial assistant, then moved on to be advisor to the Bush/Quale campaign as domestic policy advisor.
After leaving politics for the private sector, Blodgett played a peculiar role as a middle man in several transactions seemingly designed to protect the assets of far RW neo-Nazi companies and institutions that were insolvent. He purchased mailing lists from the Willis Carto’s Liberty Lobby for $85,000 (which were allegedly worth in the millions), delivering by his own testimony the last $25,000 in cash as 250 $100 bills.
The purpose was to get the lists out of Liberty Lobby ownership, because it was being forced into bankruptcy because of lawsuits by the “revisionist” Institute for Historical Review.
Blodgett similarly came to the rescue of skinhead/neo-nazi Resistance Records. Its owners faced judgments in Canada under that country’s hate speech law and in Michigan for back taxes. Blodgett and Carto purchased the record label. After a falling out with Carto, Blodgett brokered the sale of the record label to Turner Diaries author and National Alliance founder William Pierce. This took place in DC’s University Club. Blodgett was eventually ejected from membership of the Club once it was discovered he brokered this deal in their building. Washington Post 1/12/00.
Blodgett was a very busy young man running several businesses out of the Kennedy-Warren that landmark building. In addition to his mailing list business and Resistance Records (which the Kennedy-Warren politely asked him to take off premises), it is alleged by TBRNews and Cannonfire blog that Blodgett ran a call boy service.
by Helen Kennedy
New York Daily News
February 9, 2005
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.”
October 15, 2004: “ The last material I sent you, about a pending war, is causing pandemonium inside the Monkey Palace. They have been looking for the leaks for months now and we have the Secret Service, the FBI and Homeland Security all involved at one level or another. Phones are being watched, laptops searched physically, in some cases we have seen staff taking lie detector tests and over all of this, threats of arrest and imprisonment for violating National Security! I will have more for you tomorrow on the possibility/probability of military action against Iran but in the meantime, here is a juicy bit for you. For the present, no names but they will follow. Seems a former White House aide, (Reagan White House) was caught running a male prostitution service and got fired from the Monkey Palace, and later from the RNC for supplying muscular boy toys to some top Beltway gays. Well, after being fired, our bozo got together with a Muslim druggie and set up operations at the Kennedy-Warren, a landmark DC apartment/business complex. They ran a male escort service supplying young studs to older Beltway citizens. Among these citizens were: Federal judges, top political figures, mostly Republican, very senior military people and certainly members of Congress. The head of this service, that utilized credit cards for payment, supplied young men, mostly young servicemen, between 18 to 25 for sex. They kept very complete records, including names and address of the johns as well as credit card receipts. And later there was blackmail and now, I have learned from the inside, this joker has sold the lists to: Iranians( through his partner’s Arab connections) and a gay group in DC. Sold the lists twice and got twice the money. I have seen a partial list and it reads like the DC social register, believe me! This enterprising young man is very liable to end up at the bottom of the Potomac River just like ex-CIA chief Bill Colby who was terminated by his former employees because he just couldn’t keep his mouth shut about certain things. I won’t have old Bill’s problem because I am not a Princeton man and even you don’t know who I am. You had the intestinal fortitude to print the material about the planned Iranian attack and maybe you will do the same with this one. I know a number of people inside the Beltway read your site…and loathe you…and if they read this and are closet queens, the sale of dignity pants will soar in the next few weeks. My, my, such lovely names! The Washington Times did a front page story on this joker some time back, by the way, but no one dared to touch him because of what, and whom, he knew…and serviced…”
Todd Blodgett Advertising Director
3133 Connecticut Ave, Suite 32
Washington, District Of Columbia 20008-5147
(202) 319-9867 (FAX)
Claims to fame: Son of Iowa state Republican assemblymember Gary Blodgett; protégé of GOP dirty-trickster Lee Atwater; Bush/Quayle election committee domestic policy adviser; Council of Conservative Citizens …
Moral apex: Implicated in the Franklin Credit Union Child-Sex Ring Scandal (q.v.).
There they were, National Alliance leader Dr. William Pierce at a table along with two Skinheads and his host Todd Blodgett, a former Reagan White House staffer, GOP strategist and associate of national socialists, finalizing Pierce’s takeover of the most lucrative white supremacist enterprise in North America: Resistance Records. …
Pierce and Blodgett’s high-dollar dealing in the exclusive environs of Washington’s University Club was the culmination of what began more than six years earlier in a suburban Ontario bedroom with a young Skinhead’s dream of an Aryan rock ‘n’ roll empire. …
Padded by a wealthy Republican father, Todd Alan Blodgett has been a free-range hustler inside and out of the Washington Beltway since he served as a staffer in the Reagan White House.
The 39-year-old son of Republican State Rep. Gary Blodgett of Iowa, Todd Blodgett was a protégé of the late Lee Atwater, a key GOP campaign strategist of the time. Fresh from Drake University journalism school in 1983, Todd Blodgett went to work for since-retired Republican Sen. Roger Jepsen of Iowa.
Within a year, he was enjoying the run of the Reagan White House as a staff editorial assistant. Then it was on to the Bush/Quayle election committee as a domestic policy adviser.
But by 1995, Blodgett also had slipped into the anti-Semitic arms of Willis Carto. Splitting his time between GOP strategy and marketing Carto’s anti-Semitic tabloid The Spotlight, Blodgett was soon operating a number of Carto’s financial shells, including one that later held Resistance Records.
Late in 1998, Blodgett was a glad-handing fixture at the functions of various racist groups, including American Renaissance, a magazine run by white separatist Jared Taylor that focuses on alleged biological differences between races; the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white supremacist group with ties to many politicians that long has tried to portray itself as a mainstream conservative organization; and the neofascist British National Party.
By early spring 1999, having already reached out to Pierce, Blodgett was knocking back drinks with National Alliance middle managers, white supremacist Hammerskins [Hammerskin Nation] and assorted Klansmen.
Resistance Records LLC was incorporated in the District of Columbia on April 26, 1999. The names on the incorporation papers read William Luther Pierce and Todd A. Blodgett. The magazine initially was supposed to appear in June. The Resistance catalogue and inventory was supposed to be relocated from California to Washington that same month. …
During Pierce’s annual Labor Day weekend “leadership conference,” Blodgett delivered a brief report on the Resistance project. He was not well received. …
To cap off his weekend humiliation at the hands of Dr. Pierce, Blodgett managed to get himself punched out in a bar near Hillsboro by an irate West Virginian who took offense at his attentions toward a local young lady.
Mistrusted by veteran Skinheads, especially those in the militant Hammerskin Nation, Blodgett was flogged by white nationalists via the Internet and faxes. In a “Movement Warning” flyer from one of Todd’s former Skinhead gofers, Blodgett is described as “a parasite” and “a class ‘A’ horse’s ass.” The screed lambastes Blodgett and Jason Snow for allegedly bleeding the assets of Resistance for their personal gain.
But Blodgett appears oblivious to such attacks. He is now moving into the fresh green pastures of the Council of Conservative Citizens, where he and Aryan Nations crony Chris Temple expect to pull a few hundred thousand dollars out of CCC bosses Gordon Baum and Tom Dover in return for upgrading the Council’s publication and fundraising efforts. …
Money, Music and the Doctor
Southern Poverty Law Center
Former legislator lands Bush Administration post
September 7, 2001
A former state legislator has landed a Bush administration position with the Health Care Financing Administration. Gary Blodgett of Clear Lake started work last week as a federal administrative judge with the Medicare Provider Reimbursement Review Board. Blodgett sits on a board which a certified Medicare provider, such as a hospital, may appeal a final determination by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Blodgett says the hearings are conducted like a court proceeding. Blodgett was active in health care legislation both as a practicing orthodontist and as an assistant majority leader in the Iowa House.
Dr. Gary Blodgett (Federal Government/Administrative J), (Zip code: 50428) $375 to REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE on 09/23/05
The D.C. cops who busted me for possession of crack cocaine didn’t know my drug money was provided by America’s two leading Holocaust deniers: Dr. William L. Pierce and Willis Carto.Whites buy, sell, and use crack— while benefiting from white privilege.
But until I got clean in May of 2006, I frequently visited scores of D.C.’s scariest drug hoods while illegally armed.During those years, I’d join some fellow crackheads to sneak into a two-star hotel on 13th StreetNWto illicitly partake in the complimentary breakfasts provided to its guests.
But no staff members ever inquired if we were actual guests as we scarfed waffles, bacon and eggs, coffee, pastries, hash browns and orange juice —unlessa Black or Latinoaddict joined us. Without exception, this occurredeverytime our motley crew of conniving fraudsters included a non-white junkie.Did that not epitomize white privilege?
When busted by D.C.’s finest, I was the only Caucasian in the vehicle in which the transaction transpired.Seated up front were the drug-dealing driver and his girlfriend.After the unmarked police vehicle’s dual-color lights lit up, we stopped.Three white officers emerged, yelling, Get out!”As I exited, a white cop handcuffed me and sat me down on the curb. But the driver and his girlfriend were yanked from the vehicle and pushed to the pavement.
Moments later, two additional officers — onewhite, one Black — arrived.The five cops then surrounded my partners in crime, circling them like they were Bonnie and Clyde.A white officereffectuated an intimidating, karate-like stance, perhaps inspired by overdosing on Steven Seagal movies.Against five police officers, what kind of threat was this cooperative, unarmed, petite female, who was in her early 20s?The compliant, unarmed driver also posed no threat, or resistance.As we sat, cuffed, on the sidewalk, my Black cohorts were livid.
Their public defender was a dedicated, savvy professional.But he was overworked, lacked the resources of a $750-an-hour attorney in a white-shoe D.C. law firm, and underpaid.Once again, white privilege had worked, to my Caucasian advantage. As we were driven to the district police station at 1620 V St. NW, I felt relieved, recalling that, in my rush to meet my dealer, I’d neglected to stuff my loaded, .380 Walther PPK inside my boot. Being armed was standard procedure for me while venturing into the hoods, to cop fixes and get high. While I never shot anyone, being able to surprise would-be attackers with my loaded handgun obviated several intended assaults. Packing heat carried an automatic five years in prison, on federal firearms charges, alone.
What if I’d been armed while Black, and couldn’t afford a pricey legal defense? The D.C. Superior Court Judge was innately fair and compassionate, but firm. Mandatory minimum sentencing also kicked in, which adversely (and, disproportionately) affects nonwhites.
White privilege, again, had saved me. It was to my fortuitous — and, white — advantage that my lawyer introduced to the court my parents. My father, a retired Iowa orthodontist and lawmaker, was then an appointee of President George W. Bush; the value of the jewels and mink coat my mother wore that day exceeded a U.S. senator’s annual salary. But my Black fellow defendants were from welfare-supported, single-parent families. I received one year’s probation; the driver was sentenced to seven years in prison, and the young lady fared even worse.
Those who claim that white privilege is nonexistent should know that it benefited a white junkie, whose drug dollars were provided by money-laundering, tax-evading white supremacists.
By Tom McKay
Strache announced the meeting with Flynn on Facebook at the same time he announced his organization was allying with Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s party, United Russia.
Austrians recently voted to reject the Freedom Party’s presidential nominee Norbert Hofer by a 6.6% margin. But the Timesnoted the “Euroskeptic, anti-elite, anti-foreigner, anti-Islam and anti-globalization” party has enjoyed a recent resurgence in popularity after decades of careful rebranding designed to mask its roots as a refuge for ex-Nazis in the 1950s following the defeat of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.
The first leader of the Freedom Party was former SS officerAnton Reinthaller, and Strache’s direct predecessor wasthe late Joerg Haider, who called the Nazi camps where Jews weregassed to death “punishment facilities.”
“This is not just any opposition party,” former State Department official and Johns Hopkins University professor Daniel Serwer told the Huffington Post. “It is one with Nazi sympathies.”
The Freedom Party’s far-right ideology is not so far on the political spectrum from Flynn, who serves on the board of an anti-Islam group, praised racist Breitbart troll Milo Yiannopoulos’ bravery and spread untrue rumors about Democrat Hillary Clinton’s supposed involvement in covering up sexcrimes on Twitter. Nor is Flynn out of place in the future Trump administration, in which the chief strategist role will go to formerBreitbartchief executive Stephen Bannon— a man who openly flaunted the support of the white nationalist alt-right movement and whose selection was endorsed by the Ku Klux Klan and U.S. neo-Nazis.
White nationalists in the United States have celebrated Trump’s victory as their own, which isn’t surprising given the real estatemogul’s rise has been intertwined with a rise in hate crimes and deep-seated hostility among many of his supporters towards Muslims and people of color.At a recent conference in D.C., National Policy Institute director Richard B. Spencer led hundreds of assembled neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-semites in cheers of “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”
Flynn’s discussion with Strache thus is more than a little concerning, given the retired general will have futurePresident Donald Trump’s ears on every issue concerning the military, foreign policy and national security.
In his Facebook post, the Timeswrote, Strache offered to act as an intermediary to Putin’s Russia, which the CIA has accused of pro-Trump cyberattacks on Democrats during the election. He also added “the Freedom Party continues to gain international influence.”