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CBS reporter Leslie Stahl (“60 Minutes“) expressed exasperation on the third season premiere of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” when Maher asked about the current scandal in the White House Press Office. I admit I had heard about it but not seeing much in the media, I assumed that this was just another story that was dead on arrival but the points raised by Stahl and Maher have given me pause to investigate further. So, here goes…

I won’t waste your time going into the background of this story. That can be done by reviewing the article “A Man Called Jeff” at AmericaBlog.com or another article at Salon.com. Bloggers of the world stand and be proud. Thanks to John at AmericaBlog, and several other blogs all over the country, the truth about this reporter from Talon News has come out. The fact that James Guckert used the pseudonym “Jeff Gannon” in his press reports does not bother me. Many authors, celebrities, etc. use them. The fact that he may have advertised on several web sites as a male escort for other males is not even an issue with me. If he chose to generate an income in that way, he is certainly entitled to do so. I hope that Mr. Guckert kept track of all his dates and reported that income on his tax returns in a timely manner. James Guckert/Jeff Gannon is not the issue. The Administration of George Walker Bush bears the responsibility. Looking at both sides of the issue, I’m left with more questions than answers.

ON THE RIGHT: Republicans in Congress and in grassroots America should be outraged by this breach of security. President Bush has done an excellent job of convincing most Americans that his Administration is on top of our national security. Is the White House exempt from any and all security breaches? How did Mr. Guckert-Gannon get a press pass? His legal name was on it, so the White House Press Office knew who he was. After a thorough background check, Mr. Guckert-Gannon must have been cleared — but by whom? The fact that Mr. Guckert-Gannon worked for GOPUSA before Talon News was spun off indicates that the White House must have recognized his credentials as a bona fide reporter. After all, GOPUSA is a conservative organization which blindly supports the Bush Administration.

There’s a scandal brewing, my Republican friends, and I submit that this has the potential of exploding into another Watergate. Had it occurred before 9/11 it may not have mattered as much. There’s a hole in the veil of security that surrounds the White House. Where are the outraged Republicans demanding thorough investigation? There is something extremely Nixonian going on here. If this was William Jefferson Clinton, there would be rabid calls for a special prosecutor. “I just don’t get it. How he got a press pass?… You have to be cleared through the Secret Service to get it… There’s something behind this story that has to come out,” commented Ms. Stahl, implying that there will be no investigation. That is an issue that Republicans within and outside the Beltway must address. And a note to the fundamentalists — don’t make this a gay issue.

ON THE LEFT: Sen. Joe Biden (D-Delaware) asked “how could that happen and nobody had any idea who he was.” He said that if Democrats were in charge there would be an investigation and implied that due to the Republican majority there will be none. Biden said that he cannot call for a hearing in that only chairmen of committees can call for a hearing. Respectfully I have to disagree. Here is an opportunity for Democrats in Congress to step up to the plate and make some points with the American people. Granted, under the procedures adopted by this Congress, Democrats have little or no power to do much of anything; however, that does not negate their political responsibility to follow through. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said last week that Democrats will work with new DNC Chair Howard Dean and they expect that Dean will take his directions from the same Congressional Democrats. Ms. Pelosi should be more concerned about building a spirit of bipartisanship and worry less about the everyday operations of the Democratic Party. This Congress has two years remaining and there is much work that needs to be done which cannot be deferred until after the mid-term elections.

Howard Dean, in his capacity as DNC Chairman, should be pounding his fists on a podium at a press conference demanding complete disclosure by the White House. There is ample evidence to show that Mr. Guckert-Gannon had access to someone in the White House. There is an appearance of impropriety at the highest levels, not specifically by President Bush, but by someone in the upper echelon of the Administration. What are the Democrats afraid of? In a political system such as ours, it is the duty of the opposition party to ask questions and hold the majority accountable. There is a system of checks and balances between the three branches of government. There is also a political system of checks and balances between the two most powerful political parties and the media. It is not treason to question the actions of government. It is not un-American to call for the accountability of our elected officials.

In the end, there are similarities between this embarrassment and the disclosure of Joe Wilson’s wife as a CIA operative. Americans should be demanding an investigation by calling their elected representatives at the local, state and Federal levels. We should be here on the Internet posting at blogs and news websites asking the media why they have not done more to determine what happened. Again, this is not about a male prostitute becoming a White House reporter. This is about an Administration prepared to take away fundamental rights of Americans in the name of “national security” while they can’t keep their own press room secure. President Bush welcomed an investigation of the Wilson affair just over a year ago and the American people still have no clue what happened. Mr. President, if your own Administration is incapable of insuring the security of the White House press office, how can your Administration be capable of insuring our security as a Nation?

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  • Adrian

    This is a very good piece. Very well put! I for one am outraged! A prostitute(male or female) in the WH is outrageous! My children have already started askin question…I don’t know what to say! I am a republican and this really has my blood boiling. I can’t understand why some of my fellow party members are trying to stick up for this man! They are sticking up for male prostitutes? What is going on here?

  • Elaine

    And what about the stained blue jockey shorts Gannon-Guckert is hiding? Are they Bush’s or Roves? Check out the photos at:
    http://www.bartcop.com/1498.htm So much for family values!

    Will the press run this picture 20,000,000 times
    like they ran Bill hugging Monica on the rope line?

  • http://cranialcavity.net/wordpress/index.php Marc

    “Republicans in Congress and in grassroots America should be outraged by this breach of security.”

    Sorry there was no breach, he got his “information” from a public source.

    “Howard Dean, in his capacity as DNC Chairman, should be pounding his fists on a podium at a press conference demanding complete disclosure by the White House.”

    Never happen, he’s too busy screaming “I hate all things the Republicans stand for.” Or some such nonsense, good way to build up a party that has lost 3 elections in a row and if they plan on Hillary in ’08 it will be 4 in a row.

    “In the end, there are similarities between this embarrassment and the disclosure of Joe Wilson’s wife as a CIA operative.”

    Sorry that crap don’t fly either, that meme was drempt up by the Kossacks

    The whole truth and nothing but the truth.

  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    The security lapse is the single biggest problem with this entire issue and should be questioned until it is explained.

    Nice roundup – ty

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    What security lapse? How much security checking do you think they do on the press? They wanted a couple of blogs represented in the press room so they asked TalonNews to send a reporter. Talon’s guy in DC was Jeff Gannon who happens to also be a male prostitute – which Talon certainly wasn’t aware of and which is not exactly the kind of thing the Bush security folks would be looking for either. They probably took one look at Gannon/Guckert’s military record and decided he was fine. How many Marine reservists are secret terrorists? And truthfully, the fact that he’s a male prostitute does NOT make him a security risk in any way as a member of the press corps.

    That said, Gannon/Guckert seems more than sufficiently creepy, but I don’t see who should be blamed for this incedent or what exactly they’re going to be blamed for. There just isn’t any scandal here – it’s just an amusing incedent.

    Dave

  • http://www.biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    Sorry there was no breach, he got his “information” from a public source.

    What information are we talking about? Gannon was a fully credentialed member of the press who had to have been cleared by the FBI and the Secret Service. There most certainly is a breach here.

    Never happen, he’s too busy screaming “I hate all things the Republicans stand for.” Or some such nonsense, good way to build up a party that has lost 3 elections in a row and if they plan on Hillary in ’08 it will be 4 in a row.

    I can’t disagree with you on that one. You’re absolutely right, he does hate all things Republican. But, let’s be fair. Republicans in positions of power equally hate Democrats. In 2000, Gore had the popular vote. In 2004, Bush won the popular vote by a small margin. The difference between the two parties is organization. If the Republicans applied their organizational abilities to the running of government, we would be a hell of a lot better off today.

    Rather than spewing hate toward each other, there has to be a point where reasonable voices on both sides of the aisle come together for the sake of the country. Extremism on either side of the aisle serves us no constructive purpose.

    Sorry that crap don’t fly either, that meme was drempt up by the Kossacks

    The whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    I respectfully disagree. The Wilson leak is a very serious matter. Indeed, I want to see the TRUTH, and the WHOLE TRUTH at that.

  • Eric Olsen

    super job on this SK, we have really had some exceptional people join of late!

    I somewhat disagree that the security angle is the most troubling for the reasons expressed by Dave and Marc – I find the pattern of press manipulation we have seen with these paid off shills fronting as honest observers, and foot-sucking toadies such as this Gannon turd, to be the more troubling aspect of the story.

    Politicians have always sought to manipulate the press, but the level of sophistication, concentration, and success at it achieved by the Bush administration is, I think, unprecedented. They really do have their own network, Fox News (which I actually enjoy in spite of myself some of the time), at their beck and call. This has very troubling ramifications.

  • http://www.biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    That said, Gannon/Guckert seems more than sufficiently creepy, but I don’t see who should be blamed for this incedent or what exactly they’re going to be blamed for. There just isn’t any scandal here – it’s just an amusing incedent.

    Maybe I am making a mountain out of a mole hill, Dave. But this incident leads to a bigger question for me. What exactly is the procedure by which the press get credentialed? Leslie Stahl says that White House Press go through a rigorous background check. If that is the case, then where is that background check on Gannon?

    Again, I have to ask – what would be the GOP reaction if this were a Clinton White House? I don’t think that it is difficult to figure out that there would be a witch hunt in Washington today. The American people are entitled to know that a thorough background check on Mr. Gannon was conducted as it is allegedly conducted for any member of the press. Seems to me there’s a lot of cowardice among the White House Press Corps these days and that, in my honest opinion, is another subject for an investigative piece.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    >>Maybe I am making a mountain out of a mole hill, Dave. < <

    More like making a mountain out of nothing at all.

    >>But this incident leads to a bigger question for me. What exactly is the procedure by which the press get credentialed? Leslie Stahl says that White House Press go through a rigorous background check. If that is the case, then where is that background check on Gannon?< <

    I've been involved in federal background checks when people I know have been getting checked for security clearance or jobs in Washington and it seems to mostly consist of checking their public background and interviewing people they know. I imagine the background checks for the press corps are far less rigorous than security clearance checks because they don't handle sensitive material or have all that much access. Plus they have to set the bar pretty low because some members of the press would never pass a security clearance. I mean really, how much do they need to know about a reporter? So long as he's not likely to shoot the president what more do they care about?

    >>Again, I have to ask – what would be the GOP reaction if this were a Clinton White House? < <

    I don't think it matters. This just isn't a matter of personal conduct or administration malfeasance. It's trivial - way down on the scale compared to the scandals of the Clinton White House. No administration personnel did anything wrong or benefitted from this incident in any way. You can't have a scandal unless someone did something wrong.

    >>I don’t think that it is difficult to figure out that there would be a witch hunt in Washington today. < <

    I think you're seriously deluded.

    >>The American people are entitled to know that a thorough background check on Mr. Gannon was conducted as it is allegedly conducted for any member of the press. <<

    I’m not sure it’s been alleged that any kind of serious background check is done on members of the press and whatever kind of background check they do is unlikely to have turned up much about the reporter’s personal life and even if it did, why would his sexual activities have disqualified him from being a reporter. How are they relevant or a danger?

    Dave

  • kuros

    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.

    – Albert Einstein

  • http://kabbalah4women.blogspot.com/ Josia

    Ha ha ha :)) You cracked me up kuros!! But seriously – first of all this is an extremely well written piece – love the punchline! – you should know that we’ve already been through this in Israel and there is still more to come – as time goes by you’re going to see a lot more screw-ups in high places – it’s just how should I put it? The universe’s way of showing us how little control we really have – and the people in high places in this world have the LEAST control of all – they are maneuvered according to our uncorrected desires. And by the way – guess where American law enforcement agencies and special forces, secret service etc. learn their top security tactics from? That’s right – Israel :) Interesting to note how anything that is not solved in Israel spreads to the rest of the world …

  • Moses

    Re: the “press credentials”: “Gannon” was turned down by the org that grants press credentials because the organization he worked for refused to provide information.

    He has been granted a DAILY press pass by the White House directly, for the past two years. Daily Press passes are usually only granted if a journalist is in town for only a day. This is how the WH got around Gannon’s lack of press credentials.

    I think there are many many issues here: important ones. I would like to point out, also, that prostitution is illegal, and doubly illegal in the case of homosexual military personnel.

    And as to the security breach– prostitution, esp. homosexual prostitution, and particulary involving military personnel pose serious security questions, even if he were a journalist, which he was not. He was a male prostitute, placed in the WH under phoney prestense that he was a journalist.

    I think also a number of issues converge– “prostitution” fits this White House, and what it has done to our country– the hypocrisy and the underlying wierd sexuality of the agenda and the ideology of the members of the Administration and their proponents; the prostitution of our media and “free press”: we used to pride ourselves on being the information society: now we are the Big Lie society, the Hype society; and the potential for blackmail and other transactions that serve as a basis of the way this WH operates: extortion and blackmail.

  • Eric Olsen

    interesting if facile symbolism

  • http://alecwest.com J. Alec West

    At first, this may not seem on-topic. But, bear with me.

    President Bush needs to provide additional funding to NASA right now, allowing it to pursue a manned landing on Mars. The demeanor of an entire generation may depend on it. Why?

    My Sociology instructor in college said that different generations define themselves by the major news events during their upbringing. Baby boomers, for the most part, were happy and upbeat. This is because the major news event of their day was the manned landing on the moon … an event that exuded great aspirations. Gen-Xers, however, tended to be melancholy. This is because the major news event of their day was that their President (Clinton) got a ‘hummer’ in the Oval Office … an event that exuded great embarassment.

    This Gannon/Guckert thing has the potential of being as harmful to our current generation’s mindset as the Clinton/Lewinsky encounter. And there’s only one way to avoid this dilemma. We must put a man on Mars ASAP. And some might suggest a ‘perfect’ astronaut for the job … Bush himself.

  • http://cranialcavity.net/wordpress/index.php Marc

    Silas Kain “What information are we talking about? Gannon was a fully credentialed member of the press who had to have been cleared by the FBI and the Secret Service. There most certainly is a breach here.”

    The security breach refered to was the alleged handing over if classified files to Gannon.

    It never happened as pointed out in my two links contained in my original comment.

    As far as the Wilson “outing” and the “leak”

    Wilsons wife was well known in DC circles as a CIA operative, how do you leak what is already known? When all is said and done the entire affair will be seen as nothing but political bluster.

  • http://www.biggesttent.blogspot.com/ Silas Kain

    Wilsons wife was well known in DC circles as a CIA operative, how do you leak what is already known? When all is said and done the entire affair will be seen as nothing but political bluster.

    Thanks for your input, Marc. But I have a question for anyone reading these comments — and that is the following:

    Were Bill Clinton President, or any other Democrat for that matter, would Republicans treat the Jeff Gannon matter differently and how would FOX NEWS handle the situation?

  • Michael

    The major news event for the baby boom generation would have been the assassination of JFK…..

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    >>And as to the security breach– prostitution, esp. homosexual prostitution, and particulary involving military personnel pose serious security questions, < <

    Color me skeptical. I don't see what possible security risks his sexual orientation or willingness to make some cash on the side for sex could possibly pose. The concern with homosexuality in security checks is for government workers who might be blackmailed because of it - as in the Porfumo affair. That's just not an issue with a journalist.

    >>even if he were a journalist, which he was not. He was a male prostitute, placed in the WH under phoney prestense that he was a journalist. <<

    Well, he did write articles and had been doing so for quite a while. He’s certainly as much a journalist as any other blogger who has a day job. I question whether his other activities are really relevant.

    Dave

  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    Dave, in a post-9/11 world, any security lapse this close to high security people is concerning.

    I’m willing to bet if his real name was Mohammed Bin Al’Shibh Al’Fitr we’d have a firestorm on our hands. I hope you appreciate the analogy.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    >>He has been granted a DAILY press pass by the White House directly, for the past two years. Daily Press passes are usually only granted if a journalist is in town for only a day. This is how the WH got around Gannon’s lack of press credentials. <<

    If there’s a scandal at all in this, it’s the fact that the White House went out of its way to get Gannon in there, presumably because he liked to ask sympathetic questions. That’s rather self-serving and doesn’t reflect well on the administration, but at the same time it’s a pretty petty issue.

    Dave

  • Boleslaw Schlabatinskyskya

    A male prostitute disgraces the military uniform by appearing in solicitation ads in various states of undress on the net. He does not report the income he receives as a prostitute and does not pay taxes upon the income. Most of his customers are senior miliary officers (see the reviews of his performance at Men4Men.com)visiting the pentagon from out of town. He does not pay his state income taxes. Also, back in his home state, while working as a high school gym teacher and wrestling coach, his part time job is hustling — he has ads in local gay magazines and then on the internet.

    None of these crimes and ethical violations are prosecuted. The man isn’t even admonished.

    He gets a job with a newly formed internet web site. He and the site are approved for the White House press corps, in just 4 days, even though the site is brand new and has no publications. He’s okayed as a reporter, even though he’s never written anything.

    As part of the White House press corps, using daily passes, he uses an alias. Use of the alias is accepted by the Press Secretary and the White House for nearly two years. What gets most any person working in any white collar occupation fired the same day it is discovered — using an alias — is tolerated for two years.

    The reporter is shown a confidential cia memo revealed to only 5 other people in the administration and then reveals the info inadvertantly. Nothing happens to him for giving up the name of our secret agent.

    As a reporter, he consistently asks gift questions that help the press secretary and the president to be seen in a good light and the opposition in a bad light. He is the “go to” guy when either becomes flustered.

    Yet, both the press secretary and the president profess not to know who he is. The president says so even though nine months before, he grabbed the fellow in a hug and rubbed the gentleman’s bald pate for “good luck”, so to speak. Even though that’s the type of affectionate gesture that most politicians remember having done for years after, our president claims he didn’t remember who Mr. Gannon (Guckert) was when the president called on him in a press conference, even though remembering that type of interaction is the president’s strongest emotional intelligence (and he is superior in that regard to most every politician of national stature since 1900 (yes, 1900) other than Bill Clinton).

    Is all this a huge scandal?

    Well, not by the Republican Party. They have an extremely flexible definition of right and wrong. After all, lying to the public and the world to send our soldiers to their deaths in Iraq is not perceived by them to have been inappropriate behavior. Ignoring 52 separate incident reports to the FAA in the Spring and Summer of 2001 that a violent highjacking mght occur is not construed to have been an error. So the possibility that Senior level administrators in the White House and the Republican party may have been blackmailed over gay sex, national security secrets revealed, communications regulations and protocol violated, income not reported and taxed, altogether may simply be standard operating procedure for W’s administration.

    They are Nietzschean Supermen and the rules that apply to you and me and the Democratic Party are not applicable to W and his administration. Both W and his party assert they are acting in good faith to serve the American public. After all, W knows in his heart he has been called by God to serve. He has a mandate to help us all.

    God preserve us from his help. All told, though, isn’t Gucky a wonderful mandate?

    The source of information for most of the essay is:
    http://americablog.blogspot.com/200…alled-jeff.html

    I liked a liberal reply on The Conservative Voice forum:
    “The case against Gannon boiled down to being too pro-Republican.”

    Nonsense. The case against Gannon/Guckert boiled down to:

    * misrepresenting his employer (Talon News) as a news organization;
    * misrepresenting himself as a journalist;
    * getting access to classified CIA documents and outing a CIA field agent (Valerie Plame), putting her life in danger;
    * setting up several gay prostitution websites, and then lying about them on CNN and trying to claim that he set the sites up for someone else;
    * offering his ‘services’ at $200/hour or $1200/weekend on these same websites – ie, being a male hooker;
    * being cleared by Secret Service to have privileged access to the President of the United States of America, in spite of all the above warning signs.

    “The standard of the liberal thought police is evidently that someone’s private life should be protected?except when the accused is a conservative”

    Also nonsense. This wasn’t Gannon’s private life; he was apparently a professional hooker. As as for private – you are conveniently forgetting several key points. No one took clandestine photos of him; he provided the photos HIMSELF and posted them all over the internet for the ENTIRE WORLD to see. And this isn’t about being gay; we don’t even know if Gannon/Guckert is gay in the first place. He could be a straight man selling himself to gay men for income. So this isn’t about Gannon/Guckert’s private life. No, my pathetic misguided friend, this is about hypocrisy, lying, and getting caught

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Hey Bole – who cares? It’s still trivial. But by all means keep trying to blow it up into some sort of meaningful scandal – I know you’re starved for something to hang on the administration.

    What it comes down to is this – no one gives a rats ass who the reporters are at these press conferences – not us, not the administration, not the secret service. If they don’t have criminal records and can fake up some sort of resume they get in. It’s a free-for-all. No one researches their websites, or reads their prior work, or cares if they write under a pseudonym. I admit it’s a chaotic mess, but I certainly understand why it’s done this way.

    I bet if they decided to do some actual research on the rest of the reporters they’d find all sorts of unsavory things in their past. Another good example of why ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is a good policy.

    As for Guckert’s illegal activities with sex and money, that’s an entirely different issue and he should face appropriate punishment from the military, the IRS and whoever else cares. But remember, it’s prostitution, which really shouldn’t be a crime in the first place, which everyone one in Washington knows even if they’d never admit it to their constituents.

    BTW, no one has mentioned Barney Frank yet in all of this – remember when his boyfriend was running a gay prostitution service out of Congressman Frank’s apartment. Guess how much people cared? Guess who’s still in office?

    No one in Washington wants a lot of probing into their sexlife and consequently no one wants to probe too much into anyone else’s either.

    Dave

  • http://www.kolehardfacts.blogspot.com Mike Kole

    I think concern about the security clearances of the press is an extremely valid point to raise in light of an Administration that has made security the place to hang its’ hat.

    It did occur to me that it was strange that this item hasn’t gotten more mainstream press attention. I could almost buy the complaints of “if this was happening in the Clinton Administration, it would be all over the press” if the object of the scandal wasn’t a writer.

    For now, I’ll leave alone whether or not he is a ‘real journalist’. That it is a matter of debate leads me to believe that there is some hesitancy on the part of the press to aggressively pursue this item. After all:

    1. Most journalists have it as their first instinct to protect their own.
    2. No journalist wants to urge the White House to hyper-scrutinize the press and their credentials. That would mean opening themselves up to that scrutiny.
    3. Most journalists have it as their second instinct to destroy one of their own once it is beyond a shadow of a doubt that the scandal-object journalist is ‘guilty’, and the other journalists are innocent. Such destruction isolates one tainted journalist and saves the rest from any super-scrutiny.

  • Nathaniel Winn

    Is the complaint only that he was a reporter with a big sleazy streak, and that the sleaziness was ignored because he was a simpering toad?

    Or am I hearing a suggestion that he was a sleaze and was known to be one, and they prentended he was a reporter because they wanted male hooker around?

    Which possibility strikes you worse could depend on your point of view, but I’d say these are two very different complaints.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Nathaniel, the actuall complaint appears to be that he was a reporter with questionable credentials who also happens to have a completely irrelevant sleazy streak. There’s no suggestion anyone wanted a male hooker around.

    And as I’ve said before, this is a perfect story for John Stewart, because it’s amusing. But it’s not really news because there’s just not that much to it. Some editorialists may feed off of it for a few days, but there just isn’t enough here for a sustained scandal.

    Dave

  • Boleslaw Schlabatinskyskya

    Inspired by W: Evil Gucky

    In Guckert’s CBC interview, he was asked what he was up to before coming to Talon News. He said he was “pursuing entrepreneurial activities in the private sector.”

    http://www.male4malescorts.com/reviews/bulldogdc.html

    This is not a “whore with a heart of gold”. This is an evil man without a conscience, though he professes to be a good Christian. He embodies Evil, and just like W, is totally unaware that he is Evil, since his motives of supporting Right wing Republicans are so pure.

    When he got paid, Gucky probably claimed he was a church. That’s what a lot of trashy super right wing guys do. And this man is trash. Actually, this man’s behavior really makes all of us appreciate the fine moral standards maintained by those who are brought up in trailer parks in the rural South and housing projects in the urban North.

    When folks paid him, he wouldn’t need to report those “charitable contributions” he collected. And the fellows who gave him contributions really didn’t want to be bothered to track those receipts for “charity”.

    I’m sure Gucky’s a burglar, too. I’ve never heard of a prostitute who won’t commit burglary. Come on now, after he’s done the deed with a John, don’t you think he might decide to take along any loose knick-knacks lying around as a “souvenir”?. When he took a shower afterwards, in the John’s home, do you think he kept his hands off the medicine cabinet? If he saw a prescription bottle of oxycontin worth $500, would he say to himself, “Oh, no, my client will complain to the police,” or did he say, “Eureka. I’m getting paid double if I just pocket that prescription bottle”?

    Considering the bad habits whores fall into of lifting stuff away when they’ve been visiting “customers” at home, I think there’s a strong possibility that Gucky has also lifted some stuff from the White House. If the DC police were to search his apartment, they’d undoubtedly find an ashtray or sterling silver teaspoon or a fancy Presidential pen that he did not receive as a gift, but that he stole from the White House or from one of his johns.

    In addition, Gucky has not been adverse to committing white-collar crimes. Bedrock corporation — the last line of the Flintstones’ theme song is “Bedrock, bedrock and we’ll have a gay all time” — that he set up to clear checks has acted as a factor, financer, and a collection agent. Asserting false claims against families of the recently deceased and offering to improve the credit of economically marginal people, for a fee, are some of the “work” Bedrock performs.

    Though it’s not as entertaining as gay sex, asserting false claims against bereaved widows evinces how Gucky and his supporters cross the line from sociopath to psychopath, from being an antisocial, non-violent criminal, to being criminal, even violently so, without conscience. We are not just fighting hypocrisy here, but EVIL: evil that is inspired by the moral direction of George W. Bush and Karl Rove.

    The Right claims the moral high-ground while relying upon EVIL criminals to accomplish its objectives. It’s not just a gay prostitute who was close to the president, but a grifter, part of a whole group of far-right grifters, stealing directly from the poor and destitute to enrich themselves. Getting cash from a general because you gave him a good ride in bed is one thing, getting cash from a young soldier’s family, after he has died young, by asserting totally false claims against his widow is another.

    Guckert reassures himself that no matter how criminal or foul his behavior, he is a good Christian and God will love and forgive him, even as God has forgiven our president. Gucky undoubtedly sees as his role models for good Christian behavior George W. Bush and Karl Rove. George W. Bush and Karl Rove, or their appointed subordinates blinded themselves to the presumed criminal behavior of Gucky. They saw fit to view him as a good Christian and gave him daily passes to the White House, because he always did his best to show W’s presidency n a good light.

    By cover of night, when Gucky left gay bars in the company of his employer for the evening, he would surely recall the life affirming example of W. When he would kick at bums sleeping in the street, for the sheer pleasure of watching them wiggle in pain, he would do so only hard enough to cause injuries, not death, just like W’s procedures for administering torture. In doing so, he imitates President Bush who supports the right of infants to be born, but not the right to stay alive: thousands of children are to go to bed hungry, without health care, because of reduced funding for food stamps and medicaid.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Wow, Bole, hard to tell if you’re a homophobe, a raving Christian who hates prostitution, or just a lefty with a hard on for anyone who likes Bush. But any way you interpret your last post, you’re definitely over the edge of rational perspective for the Guckert story.

    Dave

  • exlrrp

    Great piece!
    This is further example of how the BUsh Administration manages the media so well: They blow it off and the media just folds up and the story goes no further. One might certainly believe this is a tried and true tactic for shutting off the conversation, it works so well and they do it so often.
    The Bush Administration does this on every unpleasant aspect as witness the latest revelations on Bush’s marijuana history.
    They neither confirm or deny, call it “old news”confident that the media will pursue the topic no further. Their confidence is well founded, they’ve been able to shut down every negative Bush story almost instantly.
    This was pulled off so well in the CBS/Killian memo debacle. They managed to have the papers considered false without ANY official agency ever investigating them, same as in this instance. You’d think Republicans would be crawling all over themselves to have these allegedly forged papers investigated by the FBI and the USAF–if false, they are forged federal documents that libel the President. One the other hand, if theyre true They show dereliction of duty and corruption, among other things.
    How they managed to avoid scrutiny of Bush’s disgraceful record ( the ONLY president supended from flying AND driving!) was to stonewall it, the same as they do here–its a super tactic with a compliant press!
    It’s intersting that Guckert-Gannon is also connected with that case and this is very illuminating to understanding how Bush controls the media so well.

    Consider this

    Guckert-Gannon was perhaps where the the CBS/Killian story fell apart.
    Bush Control Of The Media: Its all about planting doubts and muddying waters from side people–the Bush Administration stays aloof and refuses comment
    It worked SO well in the CBS Killian thing: did amynody but me ever notice that neither Bush OR his people have ever denied they were real?? Bush HAS to know if they are real or not, they are his suspension orders–an event which DID take place. Bush has evaded all direct questions about this as he has evaded all direct questions of his marijuana experience.
    Guskert Gannon was inserted as part of a long range scheme (Rove?) to discredit the mainstram media’s credinility and to raise the myth of the bloggers as “Factcheckers To The Media”
    The internet is much easier to influence than the mainstream media, which is beholden to sockholders, Board of Dorectors. etc, All you have to do is put out a bunch of bloggers saying your lines in an authoritative.
    The CBS Killian debacle was a one-two knockout punch in the BUsh Administration’s control strategy on the media: it both savaged CBS and the rest of the mainstram media AND raised conservative bloggers to a level of crediblity. The result of this has been to move much of the national conversation to an area where the Bush Administration has more control. The mainstream media has been effectively sidelined.
    genius!! Karl, if youre reading this, youve pulled it off!! You got John Kery’s Silver Star condemned as dishonorable while George Bush’s flight suspension was made out to be honorable. You beat a Silver Star winner with 3 Purple Hearts with the only Presidential candidate ever suspended from both flying AND driving. That took some helluva media tactics, you are the master.
    This is how they control the media, and the media just roll over and lick their hands
    One might almost consider it a conspiracy–certainly has that effect, but why blame on conspiracy that which can be adequately explained by obtuseness and cowardice?

  • exlrrp

    “Howard Dean, in his capacity as DNC Chairman, should be pounding his fists on a podium at a press conference demanding complete disclosure by the White House.”

    Howard Dean should demand a full federal investigation of the CBS Killian papers and so should every other American that wants to know the truth! THIS is the coming scandal!Start by asking Bush himself directlY: Are these your suspension orders or not?? the whole American media forgot to ask this on simple question–and so we never got a direct answer from the one man everybody in the world agrees should know what happened–it happened to HIM! He knows right now if they are real or not–he was THERE when this occurred! He can’t keep hiding from this ALL the time, can he?
    They are federal documents, NOT private documents as the Bush Administration wants you to believe and as such the federal government is required to maintain their integrity,
    Demand a full federal investigation of these papers which allegedly libel the president if they are false–or prove his his military service disgraceful and criminal if they are real
    Wake up Amarica and especially Democrats and liberals!! they really put one over on you!

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Have you been living on Mars? They’re fraudulent. It’s been proven by multiple investigations. It’s obvious to anyone with half a brain. There’s nothing left to investigate.

    Dave

  • http://www.biggesttent.blogspot.com Silas Kain

    The major news event for the baby boom generation would have been the assassination of JFK…..

    Having been a child of the 60’s who was very in tune with the news events of the day (I will explain why in a future piece), I would have to say that Kennedy’s assasination was the tip of the iceberg. To me the largest story for the baby boom generation would be the Civil Rights struggle and Lyndon’s vision of a Great Society.

    Kennedy’s death brought the nation together for a weekend at the end of November, 1963. By 1964 the civil rights battle was front and center. The deaths of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King coupled with the disaster that was Viet Nam certainly had a major effect on the psyche of baby boomers.