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“[The Spitzer] investigation increasingly looks like a political hit.” –Scott Horton

Posted by Charles II on March 24, 2008

Thanks to Avedon (via D-Day, via Scott Horton), we learn from Amy Driscoll at the Miami Herald:

Almost four months before Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in a sex scandal, a lawyer for Republican political operative Roger Stone sent a letter to the FBI alleging that Spitzer ”used the services of high-priced call girls” while in Florida.

The letter, dated Nov. 19, said Miami Beach resident Stone learned the information from ”a social contact in an adult-themed club.” It offered one potentially identifying detail: The man in question hadn’t taken off his calf-length black socks “during the sex act.”

Stone, known for shutting down the 2000 presidential election recount effort in Miami-Dade County, is a longtime Spitzer nemesis whose political experience ranges from the Nixon White House to Al Sharpton’s presidential campaign. His lawyer wrote the letter containing the call-girl allegations after FBI agents had asked to speak to Stone, though he says the FBI did not specify why he was contacted.

”Mr. Stone respectfully declines to meet with you at this time,” the letter states, before going on to offer ”certain information” about Spitzer.

As D-Day points out, the FBI then proceeds to behave as Stone’s Stepinfetchit, not even interviewing him to pin down his source of information, as minimal law enforcement procedure would require.

It must take a very strong stomach to work for Bush’s FBI. And a talent for swallowing.

Posted in Busheviks, Eliot Spitzer, FBI, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples | 13 Comments »

More Evidence That Ignorance Is Not Strength

Posted by MEC on March 24, 2008

Researchers at the University of Washington have concluded that

Students who receive comprehensive sex education are half as likely to become teen parents as those who get none or abstinence-only sex education…. What’s more, teens who had comprehensive education, which typically discusses condoms and birth-control methods as well as abstinence, were no more likely to engage in intercourse than peers who were taught just to say no to sex before marriage.

Which is pretty much the polar opposite of what the Busheviks and other theocrats claim when they promote abstinence-only “education”. Oops, wrong again.

Posted in education, theocrats | 1 Comment »

McCain Breaks Law. Media Pretends Not To Notice.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 24, 2008

Jane Hamsher has the details:

According to the latest Federal Election Commission report, John McCain has now spent $58.4 million dollars. McCain applied for public financing, and according to FEC chairman David Mason (in a letter to McCain), he can’t withdraw without permission of the FEC. So he is now legally in violation of campaign finance law.

However, you wouldn’t know this from reading the Wall Street Journal or certain AP writers.

Posted in 2008, GOP/Media Complex, John McCain, media, Media machine, mediawhores | 1 Comment »

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