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More Bush Administration Arrogance

ALL THE NEWS THAT’S UNFIT TO PRINT, EPISODE 3

Hot off the presses…the latest edition of RFK Jr’s “Unearthed” column, for the week ending May 9, 2008.

Here Kennedy covers a vast array of subjects – everything from the Siegleman case to Cheney and Ashcroft’s refusal to testify about U.S. torture tactics; from the head of the EPA being fired for political purposes to depleted uranium being dumped in Idaho; from hundreds of dead ducks turning up in Canada to right-wing talk radio’s domination of the U.S. airwaves; from the oil crisis to American contractors quite literally making out like bandits in Iraq — all with one common thread, the central underlying theme which ties these stories together:

More unprecedented ARROGANCE from the Bush Administration!

In a mad dash to cover their tracks while scooping up all the spoils they can possibly grab before we kick them out of the White House next January, the Bushies seem to be wholly unconcerned with how things look or smell at this point. (A new poll shows that Bush is now the most unpopular president in history, but ask him if he cares.) Yes, they’re openly farting in our faces, and we’re supposed to love it.

Laughing all the way to the bank, these criminals now feel certain that they will never face prosecution or impeachment, so hey – why not take all they can get? After all, we’ve given them a pass, carte blanche’ and a blank check for the past seven years, turning a blind eye to their crimes against humanity. (And that’s not to mention those High Crimes and Misdemeanors.)

So put on your seat belts and gas masks, America. The ride is only going to get rougher and smellier as Bush’s clock runs out.

Did you ever feel like the proverbial frog in a pot of boiling water as the heat is slowly being turned up hotter and hotter? Well, you know what happens then, don’t you?

We must take a stand. We must stop them before they kill again (looks like you’re next, Iran). We must fight back. We must prosecute. We must stop taking “I don’t recall” for an answer. Because if we don’t, we could all wind up as dead as those Canadian ducks RFK Jr. writes about.

It may be too late to impeach (as our Democratic brethren continue to insist) now, but it’s never too late to try them for war crimes at the Hague.

Oh…and there’s no statute of limitations on murder, either.

UNEARTHED:

NEWS OF THE WEEK THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA FORGOT TO REPORT

by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan De Melle

The Huffington Post

EPA Official Ousted For Offending Dow Chemical

At the request of Dow Chemical, the Bush administration forced out one of its own hand-picked EPA regulators on May 1st because she naively attempted to do her job by enforcing the law against Dow. EPA officials told Mary Gade, the federal agency’s top Midwest regulator to step down from her post or be fired by June 1. Bush appointed Gade in 2006, but Gade ran afoul of the White House when she pressured Dow Chemical to clean up dioxin pollution extending 50 miles downstream from the company’s Michigan headquarters. Dow asked EPA headquarters to intervene. In response EPA chief Stephen Johnson’s top deputies repeatedly grilled Gade about the case. When she refused to lay off Dow, they stripped her of her authority and told her to quit or be fired. “There is no question this is about Dow,” Gade said. “I stand behind what I did and what my staff did. I’m proud of what we did.”

Gade was formerly a loyal George W. Bush supporter and adviser. In 2000, she praised then-governor and candidate Bush for his “fresh approach” and “strong leadership.” But her loyalty couldn’t shield her from an administration bent on insulating its chemical industry cronies from public health laws.
Bush’s Misleading Claims About the Arctic Refuge Denied by Federal Officials

President Bush last week repeated his claim that if only Congress had approved his 2002 plan to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge it “would likely mean lower gas prices” today. However, oil industry experts and Bush’s own Energy Department officials say that Bush is greatly exaggerating the theoretical impact that opening the refuge would’ve had on current gas prices. They explained that it takes over a decade to find and develop a new oil field. Furthermore, the oil available in ANWR — even under the most optimistic projections — could supply less than 2% of U.S. demand, an amount that would have a negligible impact on prices at the pump.
Green Construction Could Drastically Slash North American Energy Dependence

Employing existing and emerging green construction practices could cut North America’s deadly fossil fuel dependence faster and more cost-effectively than any other measure, according to a new study by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, a panel erected by the United States, Canada and Mexico. Green construction has immediate paybacks, including “reduced energy costs and water costs as well the indoor health environment and increased productivity of the inhabitants of those buildings,” according to John Westeinde, an advisor on the report. The report found that North America’s buildings release more than 2,200 megatons of CO2, or about 35 percent of the continent’s total. If the construction industry rapidly adopted current and emerging green technologies, that number could be cut by 1,700 megatons by 2030, the report found.
Hundreds of Ducks Die at Canadian Oil Sands Mine

Hundreds of ducks made a fatal landing recently in a tailings pond filled with a witch’s brew of oil and toxic sludge at a northern Alberta tar sands mine. Regulators are investigating why Syncrude Canada — the country’s largest tar sands producer — failed to deploy a system designed to scare off waterfowl. Alberta’s tar sands development has been heavily criticized for huge carbon dioxide emissions, destruction of the boreal forest, and the potential for tailing ponds to contaminate local rivers and waterways.

 
Feds Acknowledge Error On Attempts to Muzzle Siegelman

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegleman, who was falsely imprisoned by Alabama cronies of Karl Rove, and is now released on appeal, was recently placed on a “special offender” list to restrict his right to travel. Siegelman was notified by federal probation officers of the new restriction shortly after he traveled to Washington to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, and appeared on 60 Minutes, the Tavis Smiley Show, and Dan Abrams’ Verdict.

The federal “special offender” designation applies to “Individuals identified or associated with traditional or non-traditional organized crime such as the Mafia, outlaw motorcycle gangs, Asian gangs, prison gangs, etc., persons identified as potential terrorists, kidnappers, members of a supremacy group, major bookmakers, major drug or weapon traffickers, pornographers, sex offenders, armed bank robbers, offenders of high notoriety, or cases similar nature.”

“This basically means I can’t travel out of Birmingham or Montgomery without a lot of red tape, and long delays. For example to travel in some places requires at least 30 days advance approval,” Siegelman said.

But on May 2, federal court officials acknowledged that they erred in classifying Siegelman as a special offender.

“They made an honest mistake,” Redmond said, acknowledging that the restrictions were illegal. “They were giving him conditions for a special offender under probation. He’s not. He’s pretrial.”
Cheney refuses to cooperate with Congressional Torture Investigation, claiming Congress has no authority over vice-president

The lawyer for U.S. vice-president Dick Cheney said Cheney would refuse to allow David Addington, the vice president’s chief of staff, to testify about his involvement in the approval of interrogation tactics used at Guantanamo Bay. The privilege asserted by Cheney’s office recalls his attempt last year to evade rules for disclosing classified documents by claiming that the vice president’s office is a hybrid branch of government that is neither executive nor legislative.
Ashcroft and Yoo Refuse to Testify About Torture

In another imaginative legal claim with dubious constitutionality, two other witnesses sought by Congressman John Conyers, former U.S. attorney general John Ashcroft and former U.S. justice department lawyer John Yoo, claim that their involvement in civil lawsuits related to harsh torture allows them to avoid appearing before Congress. “I am aware of no basis for the remarkable claim that pending civil litigation somehow immunizes an individual from testifying before Congress,” Conyers wrote.
Karl Rove Resists Congressional Request to Testify on His Siegelman Mischief

“The House Judiciary Committee threatened last Thursday to subpoena former White House adviser Karl Rove if he does not agree by May 12 to testify about former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman’s corruption case.

“In a letter to Rove’s attorney, committee Democrats called it ‘completely unacceptable’ that the Republican political strategist has rejected the panel’s request for sworn testimony even as he discusses the matter publicly through the media and op-eds and magazine interviews with tame reporters at GQ, and appearances with the administration’s media poodles on Fox News.

On April 7, MSNBC anchor Dan Abrams reported that Rove’s attorney, Robert Luskin, said Rove would agree to testify if Congress issues a subpoena to him as part of an investigation into the Siegelman case.

Ten days later, committee members invited Rove to appear, citing among other things Rove’s interview with GQ magazine. In that interview, Rove hurled insults at CBS News for airing a 60 Minutes segment on the Siegelman case, called his chief accuser a “lunatic” — but didn’t specifically deny any of the accusations.

In an April 29 letter back to the committee, Luskin changed his position[PDF], arguing that Rove would only appear under the following conditions: “Mr. Rove is prepared to make himself available for an interview on this specific issue with Committee staff. Mr. Rove would speak candidly and truthfully about this matter, but the interview would not be transcribed nor would Mr. Rove be under oath.”

 
Hate-filled Right Wing Radio

Racial slurs abound these days on right wing radio, particularly among the right’s leading shock jocks Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Neal Boortz, Michael Savage and Lou Dobbs. During his May 5 appearance on FOX News, Rush Limbaugh referred to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D), who is Hispanic, as a “shoe shine guy.

A 2007 study of talk radio conducted by the Project for Excellence in Journalism found that in the second quarter of 2007, when right wing radio resorted to spreading fear and hatred in order to defeat immigration reform. Immigration was the #1 topic – representing 16% of all airtime on right wing radio – led by Limbaugh, Hannity, and Savage. Neal Boortz chipped in too, urging listeners to help defeat “this illegal alien amnesty bill” and “yank out the welcome mat.” Speaking of undocumented immigrants he said, “Give ’em all a little nuclear waste and let ’em take it on down there to Mexico. Tell ’em…it’ll heat tortillas.” Michael Savage encouraged his listeners to “burn a Mexican flag” and to “tell them to go back to where they came from.”

Bigotry and Hatred is Good Business

Propped up by the conservative bias among corporate media barons who control the airwaves, right-wing radio now claims 91 percent of U.S. radio airspace. Salon.com reported that “Talk like Savage’s, or Limbaugh’s or O’Reilly’s, has become routine, even systematic, and certainly a big business. According to the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, the top five radio station owners that control the 45 most powerful, 50,000-watt or more radio stations broadcast 310 hours of nationally syndicated right-wing talk. But they broadcast only a total of five hours of countervailing talk.” Meanwhile the public popularity of progressive talk is growing.
Thanks to Right-Wing Corporate Owners Right-Wing Hate Talk Dominates Airwaves

While progressive talk is making inroads on commercial stations, right-wing talk reigns supreme on America’s airwaves. Some key findings:

— In the spring of 2007, of the 257 news/talk stations owned by the top five commercial station owners, 91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming was conservative, and only 9 percent was progressive.

— Each weekday, 2,570 hours and 15 minutes of conservative talk are broadcast on these stations compared to 254 hours of progressive talk–10 times as much conservative talk as progressive talk.

— 76 percent of the news/talk programming in the top 10 radio markets is conservative, while 24 percent is progressive.
Bush Is the Least Popular President in History

A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll indicates that 71 percent of the American public disapprove of President Bush’s job performance, making him the most unpopular president in modern American history, even less popular than Richard Nixon just prior to his resignation.

“Bush’s approval rating, which stands at 28 percent in our new poll, remains better than the all-time lows set by Harry Truman and Richard Nixon [22 percent and 24 percent, respectively], but even those two presidents never got a disapproval rating in the 70s,” Keating Holland, CNN’s polling director said. “The previous all-time record in CNN or Gallup polling was set by Truman, 67 percent disapproval in January 1952.”

A January poll – conducted on the five-year anniversary of Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” moment on board the USS Abraham Lincoln – found the percentage of Americans who think the U.S. is making progress in Iraq stood at 50 percent. That number has since dropped to 39 percent.

 
Radioactive waste being shipped from Kuwait for Disposal in Idaho

6,700 tons of sand contaminated with depleted uranium and lead is currently being shipped by rail from Longview, Washington to a hazardous waste disposal site in Idaho. The radioactive sand – which was shipped from Camp Doha, a U.S. Army Base in Kuwait – was contaminated with uranium after military vehicles and munitions caught fire during the first Persian Gulf War in 1991. The contaminated sand is destined for burial at American Ecology’s dumping grounds in the Owyhee Desert 70 miles southeast of Boise. The Kuwaiti government wanted no part of the waste which it considered a danger to the Kuwaiti people. Kuwait’s Ministry of Defense contracted Texas-based MKM Engineers Inc. to package and transport the waste back to the United States. MKM then subcontracted with American Ecology to dispose the military waste at its Idaho facility.
Whistleblowers Say Private U.S. Contractors Looted, Stole and Ran a Prostitution Ring

In an investigative report largely ignored by the mainstream media, Mother Jones reports the shocking testimony of three whistleblowers who recently appeared before the Senate’s Democratic Policy Committee (DPC). The whistleblowers told the committee that U.S. private contractors routinely looted Iraqi palaces and ministries, stole military equipment, fenced supplies destined for U.S. troops, and even operated a prostitution ring that may have contributed to the death of fellow contractor.

Barry Halley, a former project manager for Worldwide Network Services, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that was working on subcontract for DynCorp, testified that his site manager in Iraq, who he said was employed by a “major defense contractor,” moonlighted as the leader of a prostitution ring serving American contractors in Iraq. The sex business sideline indirectly caused the death of a colleague. “A co-worker unrelated to the ring was killed when he was traveling in an unsecure car and shot performing a high-risk mission,” he told the committee. “I believe that my co-worker could have survived if he had been riding in an armored car. At the time, the armored car that he would otherwise have been riding in was being used by a manager to transport prostitutes from Kuwait to Baghdad.”

Frank Cassaday, a former contract employee of disgraced Cheney-connected firm KBR told the committee about an ice-stealing operation the company ran “cheating the troops out of ice at the same time that [the foreman in charge was] trading the ice for DVDs, CDs, food, and other items at the Iraqi shops across the street.”

Cassaday also detailed how he was jailed in his tent for two days by KBR security and later transferred to a laundry job because he had reported to KBR superiors that his colleagues were stealing equipment from the U.S. military, including refrigerators, artillery round detonators, two rocket launchers, and about 800 rounds of small arms ammunition.

Another KBR whistleblower, Linda Warren, testifying about her time in Baghdad in 2004, said she was shocked by the number of contractors involved in criminal activity. “KBR employees who were contracted to perform construction duties inside palaces and municipal buildings were looting,” she said. “Not only were they looting, but they had a system in place to get contraband out of the country so it could be sold on eBay. They stole artwork, rugs, crystal, and even melted down gold to make spurs for cowboy boots.” Like Cassaday, KBR superiors punished Warren for speaking up, taking her vehicle away, monitoring her movements, cutting off her access to phones and the Internet, and ultimately transferring her out of Baghdad.
Iraqi Interpreters Who Helped U.S. Are Being Tossed Under the Bus By Bush Administration

The Bush administration is ignoring the plight of Iraqi interpreters who have risked their lives to provide essential help to U.S. soldiers. Interpreters have been kidnapped, tortured and assassinated by insurgents punishing them for working with the U.S. The Bush administration promised them refugee status to bring them here to safety, but has not delivered, leaving them at lethal risk.
Rockefellers Call on Exxon Mobil to Spend More on Oil Alternatives

Descendants of company founder John D. Rockefeller want Exxon Mobil to spend more money on alternative fuels and bar the CEO from also serving as chairman. Sixteen Rockefeller family members are urging fellow shareholders to support four resolutions on the environment and corporate governance at the company’s May 28 annual meeting.
More Record Profits for Oil Barons

Astounding profits in the oil industry are becoming as routine as the anguished looks of motorists filling up their gas tanks, the AP reports.

ExxonMobil, Shell and BP netted almost $13 million an hour combined in the first quarter amid the steepest increase in oil prices since 2000.

Exxon’s revenue climbed 34 percent to $116.9 billion, but Exxon’s 17 percent profit increase lagged behind the gains of 25 percent and 63 percent by Shell and BP. Chevron put yet another exclamation point on the oil patch’s long run of prosperity Friday with a first-quarter profit of $5.17 billion. That was up 10 percent from net income of $4.72 billion last year.

It was the second-highest quarterly profit in the company’s 129-year history and marked the most money that it has ever made during the January-March period. That puts the No. 2 U.S. oil company on track for its fifth straight year of record earnings.

BP posted a 63 percent surge in first-quarter net profit to $7.6 billion, while Shell reported a 25 percent rise, to a record $9.08 billion. ConocoPhillips reported a 16 percent rise in net income to $4.14 billion. Like BP and Shell, the third biggest U.S. producer far outpaced industry expectations.

Republicans Block Federal Aid to Wind and Solar

Tom Friedman of the New York Times reports:

Few Americans know it, but for almost a year now, Congress has been bickering over whether and how to renew the investment tax credit to stimulate investment in solar energy and the production tax credit to encourage investment in wind energy. The bickering has been so poisonous that when Congress passed the 2007 energy bill last December, it failed to extend any stimulus for wind and solar energy production. Oil and gas kept all their credits, but those for wind and solar have been left to expire this December. I am not making this up. At a time when we should be throwing everything into clean power innovation, we are squabbling over pennies.

These credits are critical because they ensure that if oil prices slip back down again — which often happens — investments in wind and solar would still be profitable. That’s how you launch a new energy technology and help it achieve scale, so it can compete without subsidies.

The Democrats wanted the wind and solar credits to be paid for by taking away tax credits from the oil industry. President Bush said he would veto that. Neither side would back down, and Mr. Bush — showing not one iota of leadership — refused to get all the adults together in a room and work out a compromise. Stalemate. Meanwhile, Germany has a 20-year solar incentive program; Japan 12 years. Ours, at best, run two years.

“It’s a disaster,” says Michael Polsky, founder of Invenergy, one of the biggest wind-power developers in America. “Wind is a very capital-intensive industry, and financial institutions are not ready to take ‘Congressional risk.’ They say if you don’t get the [production tax credit] we will not lend you the money to buy more turbines and build projects.”

If the wind and solar credits expire, said Rhone Resch, the president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, the impact in just 2009 would be more than 100,000 jobs either lost or not created in these industries, and $20 billion worth of investments that won’t be made.

While all the presidential candidates were railing about lost manufacturing jobs in Ohio, no one noticed that America’s premier solar company, First Solar, from Toledo, Ohio, was opening its newest factory in the former East Germany — 540 high-paying engineering jobs — because Germany has created a booming solar market and America has not.

 

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NY Gov. Spitzer Caught in a Honey Trap

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Mel Brooks in blazing SaddlesEliot Spitzer's press conference today

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer at today’s embarassing press conference. Silda, Spitzer’s wife of 21 years, puts on a brave-but-unamused face and stands by his side. AP photo.

THE EMPEROR WEARS NO CLOTHES

With the bombshell news breaking late today that New York Governor Eliot Spitzer has been implicated in a prostitution ring, the Democratic politician will now forever be known as “Client 9,” one of the johns described in a recently unsealed FBI affidavit detailing the operation of the Emperors Club, an international call girl ring.

The FBI wiretap captured a man identified as Client 9 on a telephone call confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington on Feb. 13, where he had reserved a hotel room, according to an affidavit filed in federal court in Manhattan. The person briefed on the case and the law enforcement official identified Mr. Spitzer as Client 9.

Mr. Spitzer, a first term Democrat, today made a brief public appearance during which he apologized for his behavior, and described it as a “private matter.” He did not address his political future.

“I have acted in a way that violates my obligation to my family and violates my or any sense of right or wrong,” said Mr. Spitzer, who appeared with his wife Silda at his Manhattan office. “I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public to whom I promised better.”

“I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family.”

Before speaking, Mr. Spitzer stood with his arm around his wife; the two nodded and then strode forward together to face more than 100 reporters. Both had glassy, tear-filled eyes, but they did not cry.

As he went to leave, three reporters called out, “Are you resigning? Are you resigning?”, and Mr. Spitzer charged out of the room, slamming the door.

CLIENT 9 CALLS BUTTERFIELD 8

The man described as Client 9 in the affidavit arranged to meet with a call girl who was part of the ring, Emperors Club VIP. The tryst was scheduled, ironically enough, for the night before Valentine’s Day.

The affidavit says that Client 9 met with the woman in hotel room 871 but does not identify the hotel. Mr. Spitzer stayed at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on Feb. 13, according to a source who was told of his travel arrangements. Room 871 at the Mayflower Hotel that evening was registered under the name George Fox.

The law enforcement official said that several people running the prostitution ring knew Mr. Spitzer by the name of George Fox, though a few of the prostitutes came to realize he was the governor of New York.

Mr. Fox is a friend and donor to Mr. Spitzer. Asked in a telephone interview Monday whether he accompanied Mr. Spitzer to Washington on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14, Mr. Fox responded: “Why would you think that? I did not.”

Told that the Room 871 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel was registered in Mr. Fox’s name but with Mr. Spitzer’s Fifth Avenue address, Mr. Fox said, “That is the first I have heard of it. Until I speak to the governor further, I have no comment.”

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When asked by Gov. Spitzer to remind him “what she looks like,” Emperor’s Club VIP described his lady of the evening as being “American, about five-foot-five, 105 lbs., a petite, pretty brunette.” Is it just me, or is this story starting to sound like the classic Elizabeth Taylor film “Butterfield 8”?

THE GOVERNOR’S “ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE”

Upon reading the initial reports, you might be inclined to call Governor Spitzer an idiot for being so indiscreet in the first place. Or for using his friend’s name to make arrangements with an escort service without that friend’s apparent knowledge. You could call him a philanderer, since it appears he does regular business with the escort agency in question. You could call him a hypocrite for holding himself up as a crusader for law and order in public while engaging in illegal activity privately.

But there’s one thing you can’t call the man: a cheapskate.

Considering the upscale fees charged by the Emperor’s Club for the pleasure of their model/companion’s “company,” it is clear that the Governor has expensive tastes and prefers champagne to beer. And why not? He can certainly afford it as a rich New York lawyer with oodles of old family money to play with — assuming the funds for this illicit transaction came from his own personal bank account.

That being said, it will be interesting to follow the money trail as the investigation progresses. Then we may just find out how stupid this guy really is.

In he meantime, his defenders can always say he’s doing his part to “stimulate” the “sagging” economy with a “package” designed to help single mothers and beautiful young women in his state.

As described in the FBI document, Client 9 (a repeat customer with an account on file at the agency) apparently went to great lengths to arrange his Washington encounter, choosing to mail money in advance, instead of using a credit card. Client 9, whose conversations were recorded by an FBI wiretap, would not do “traditional wire transferring,” the affidavit quotes one Emperors Club employee remarking.

Documents reveal that Client 9 would be sending cash through the mail in an envelope with no return address, “just like before.” (Nevermind that every state attorney general’s office in the land sternly warns consumers to never send cash in the mail. Apparently, Spitzer forgot he was a former attorney general, but that tends to happen when one is thinking with the wrong head…) The “package,” as the money envelope is referred to in phone conversations and text messages, was delayed in arriving, causing some considerable discontent with the escort agency’s owners.

Representatives from Emperor’s Club had to contact Client 9 several times to ask if he’d sent the “package” yet, basically letting him know he didn’t have enough credit on his account to “cover” the scheduled appointment. Client 9 assured them that the money was en route, and that he would also pay all travel expenses for the young lady, identified by the name “Kristen.”

Only problem was, Client 9 didn’t follow through with the money he had repeatedly promised to the escort service until the day of the scheduled “date” – actually, the money for her services arrived just 30 minutes prior to her scheduled departure on an Amtrak train from New York to Washington – and even then, the amount apparently wasn’t quite correct. (Maybe “Fiscal Responsibility” is not the Governor’s strongest suit?)

This prompted more phone calls back and forth between the agency and Client 9, making arrangements for him to pay the remainder of the call girl’s fee in cash that night, plus a “deposit” towards future engagements with the agency “to avoid payment issues in the future” and “so that we don’t have to go through this again.”

From the recorded conversations, it’s clear that the Emperor’s Club already felt they had a problem client on their hands here. The agency was obviously concerned that “Mr. Fox” was not good for the fee, even if he was a frequent flier. And it is also readily apparent that he had previously been identified by the agency as a “difficult” client. In EscortSpeak, that generally means the client was either rough, abusive, asked for unsafe sex, or didn’t pay up.

Additionally, the affidavit notes that after her appointment with Client-9 ended, “Kristen” spoke with a Emperors Club booker, who said that she had been told that Client-9 “would ask you to do things that, like, you might not think were safe…”

“Kristen” responded by saying, essentially, that she was a professional and knew how to handle guys like that. But “Kristen” reported back to the agency that she “liked him,” didn’t think he was “difficult,” and overall she thought the date had gone “very well.”

She also told the agency booker that she had collected $4,300 in cash from Client 9, more than enough to settle his balance due plus a comfy deposit towards the next visit. (Uh, somehow I rather doubt there will be a “next time”…that’s money he’ll never see again.) 

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Mel Brooks as the Governor in “Blazing Saddles”

He rode a blazing saddle
He wore a shining star
His job to offer battle
To bad men near and far
He conquered fear and he conquered hate
He turned our night into day
He made his blazing saddle
A torch to light the way
When outlaws ruled the West
And fear filled the land
A cry went up for a man with guts
To take the West in hand
They needed a man who was brave and true
With justice for all as his aim
Then out of the sun rode a man with a gun
And Bart was his name
Yes Bart was his neme

“Blazing Saddles” theme song. Lyrics by Mel Brooks, vocal by Frankie Laine

HE RODE A BLAZING SADDLE

The real irony of this story, of course, is that Eliot Spitzer was propelled to fame in New York politics through his reputation as a crusading reformer, a “law and order” man who put criminals behind bars. Even before becoming Governor, he had let the bad guys know there was a new Sheriff in town — and they had better watch out.

As Attorney General of New York State, he had successfully prosecuted cases against (wait for it!)…prositution rings, strongly denouncing the world’s oldest profession in his public statements.

Spitzer, 48, served as New York’s attorney general for eight years before being elected governor in a landslide victory (he won 70% of the vote). Time magazine named him “Crusader of the Year” during his two terms as New York attorney general.

Tabloids labeled him “Eliot Ness,” after the hero in the crime drama “The Untouchables,” because of his reputation for rooting out corruption, busting white-collar criminals and tackling organized crime.

He also worked as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan and worked for three New York law firms after receiving his law degree from Harvard. The first-term Democratic governor had been considered a rising star among his party, perhaps even presidential material.

But all that began to change last year as one scandal and misstep after another seemed to befall him. Spitzer was accused of using the power of his office to investigate his political opponents (which is illegal as hell). Then came his disastrous plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, one bright idea which didn’t go over too well with the people of New York State – more than 85% opposed the proposal.

Since then, his approval ratings have plummeted – at one point down to only about 36% – and Spitzer has been hard-pressed to find a way to salvage his Governorship, his name, and now…his entire political career. Not to mention his marriage. His wife of 21 years and three teenage daughters will be faced with the embarassing ordeal of constant public scrutiny and media intrusion into their shattered private lives.

ELIOT MESS — THE FALLOUT

“To say this is a shock is an understatement,” said CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who went to law school with Spitzer.

The Republican Governors Association has called on Spitzer to resign to “allow the people of New York to pursue honest leadership.”

“The American people are tired of corrupt and hypocritical politicians. The governor of New York is just another in the long list of politicians that have failed their constituents,” Nick Ayers, RGA executive Director, said in a statement.

Spitzer’s office, the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg all declined to comment on Spitzer. So did presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who is a longtime friend and political ally of the New York Governor. Right now, Mum’s the word…but mark my word, it won’t be for long.

This story’s got more legs than an octopus, and it’s going to walk from New York to Washington. We may even get congressional hearings out of this mess. The aftershocks from this rattler will extend far beyond the boundaries of New York State.

Spitzer’s close proximity to New York Senator Hillary Clinton (whom he has endorsed in the presidential contest) has already caused her trouble during this campaign. His licenses-for-illegals proposal forced Clinton to answer some very delicate questions on immigration which cost her campaign dearly last fall. By extension, this flap damaged the Democratic party overall, but once Spitzer dropped the idea, everyone seemed willing to give him one more chance. And now he’s blown it big time.

Governor Spitzer is also a highly-prized Superdelegate, one who was likely expected to “deliver” some other Superdelegates to Clinton and help her secure the nomination. How that will play out between now and August is anybody’s guess, but if the Governor resigns from office, it will cost Spitzer his Superdelegate status.

Bobby Kennedy, Jr.

DO I HEAR A DOOR OPENING?

Another very interesting aspect of this story is how the fallout will effect Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s political plans. As readers of this blog already know, Bobby has endorsed Senator Clinton for President and makes no secret of the fact that he would love to reclaim his late father’s former Senate seat. Should Senator Clinton vacate that seat upon election to the presidency, the task of appointing her successor would fall to Governor Spitzer.

Up until now, that seemed a very distinct possibility, as Spitzer and Kennedy have always enjoyed a very friendly relationship. Although the two have probably shared a gentleman’s agreement not to run against each other for any public office, RFK Jr. did briefly consider running for Attorney General of New York once Spitzer announced he would run for Governor in 2005.

Kennedy decided against the idea of running for A.G., and later donated a small amount ($200) to Spitzer’s 2006 gubernatorial election campaign. They appeared together at a Clinton Library symposium last fall and Gov. Spitzer also proposed renaming the Triborough Bridge in New York “the RFK Bridge” just two months ago. (RFK Jr., his mother Ethel, and other members of the Robert Kennedy family were in attendance when the announcement was made during Gov. Spitzer’s State of the State address.)

At this point, with Senator Clinton running behind in the presidential race and Governor Spitzer now facing possible impeachment or recall, resignation, maybe even jail time over this sex scandal, Bobby may want to rethink what was seemingly a foolproof plan to be the next Junior Senator from New York State.

Maybe that Senate seat won’t be up for grabs anytime soon. If Hillary doesn’t win the nomination, I rather doubt she will accept a VP slot on Obama’s ticket. Nor do I envision her simply walking away from her hard-won Senate seat. Hillary can likely keep that seat for life, and if the voters of New York want her to stay put, why shouldn’t she?

Bobby is a practical political player. He’s also a realist. He can read the writing on the proverbial wall: “Win or lose, I hope and expect Hillary to remain in public life because she is extremely effective and because that is her passion,” Kennedy informed Page Six in January.

On the other hand, if Eliot Spitzer is impeached or resigns, there will be an election coming up for a Very Important Office — an office which one Robert F. Kennedy Jr. could certainly fill – and where he’d do great things for the people of New York State.

So, Bobby…ever considered running for Governor? (Yes, we know you have.)

Perhaps you should consider it again now.

MAR. 12 UPDATE: New York Governor Eliot Spitzer resigned today. Lt. Gov. David Patterson will be sworn in on Monday, Mar. 17th.

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