Gov. Spitzer Set-up? More to Eliot Mess Story?

Reprinted by requests

– Originally pubished – 11 Mar 08, The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose, Ca, by Binx101

Is Prostitution Prosecutor being Persecuted ?

“… he did knowingly transport and hire the hooker … “

Spitzer swearing inNot a full day has passed before the story seems to already have gotten thrown off (or perhaps ‘on’) the rails. We think that the countermeasures were predictable. There is an article at Raw Story that is more revealing, but not convincing. In brief, the story suggests that Scott Horton, NY Attorney and Harper’s contributor believes Gov. Spitzer was set up. We think Raw Story just wanted to scoop because they didn’t even use Horton’s first name in the article. Right there was a tip-off.

Secondly and maybe even more revealing, the article features a picture of Horton, not Spitzer. We think that this is more revealing about the purpose of the original article as a way to self promote Horton than to point to any definable plot against Spitzer. After all … he did knowingly transport and hire the hooker, no ? He did confess to having, at least, disappointed his family and State, no ? But to listen to Horton’s suggestion, he thinks Spitzer should be invoking the ‘Shaggy’ defense “It Wasn’t Me!” We think Horton’s premise is a self-aggrandizing attempt to throw his name in the political spotlight.

Sad But True

“… didn’t require the skill of Sherlock Holmes …”

As for the original report by Brian Ross at ABC, it was a good and the many other reportsHolmes have made it clear that Spitzer was the object of the investigation and that suspicious money transfers were the original object of the investigation. It is not difficult to understand, certainly for a crime fighting prosecutor, that criminal investigations are a continuous set of theories that lead professionals in various directions. It doesn’t matter whether its a U.S. Attorney or Daschell Hammett – everyone with a pulse over the age of 12 pretty much understands this global reality. This didn’t require the skill of Sherlock Holmes to uncover. Perhaps he and his wife have an understanding. No doubt they do now.

At the Speed of Might

“… paranoia would have served him as a better mistress.”

We think it highly likely that Spitzer has made an enormous cast of enemies in his rise to power. He has been noted for a fierce fighting style and he has been quoted by a list of Msters Bookdetractors – having made direct threats about prosecuting prominent evil-doers. We think paranoia would have served him as a better mistress. In an instant, the Eliot Spitzer has become a household name that will likely be the new “Hypocrite” for a time.

While Spitzer would have to prefer being defined by his successes, as he is portrayed in a highly flattering Eliot Ness-ish portrayal of an avuncular crime fighter in Brooke Masters’ book: Spoiling for a Fight – The Rise of Eliot Spitzer; we are loathe to think of the next books that will sum up the corporate rocking Governor Spitzer because he, essentially, cheated on his wife and hired very expensive hookers.

The Political Process Will Pay the Price

“… everyone’s vision will be obscured by the political food fight.”

Make no mistake about it, allegations will fly – novels will be written and a few fortunes made over Eliot Spitzer’s indiscretions and quite possibly, crimes. It’s the very fuel the that keeps the lights burning so that as we stare at the fire – Washington insiders are busy shredding the Constitution. He’s a Democrat and before long some bloated Right Wing hate monger is going to reveal that he once dated Hillary and before long the Left will respond and everyone’s vision will be obscured by the political food fight.

So Eliot Spitzer’s romp was more than just a whipped cream and a trip on Amtrak. This was a harpoon to Democratic Politics and a further leg-up to the neo-cons, who have hijacked the Republican Party and replaced it with politicians – the likes of highly offensive and disturbing Rep. Steven King of Iowa, or Rep. Jack Kingston of GA, two of the House’s most blatant graffiti artists, who will, most assuredly, tie this into Barack Obama’s middle name.

Obama vs. McCain, Hillary Supporters and the Right Wing Conspiracy

The Players

…his slow thinking style and weakened command of facts to the point that his own people explained that he (McCain) doesn’t speak for the campaign.

First and foremost, the presumptive Democratic nominee – Barack Obama.  Certainly, with the flourish of a well executed marketing campaign – Barack Obama came onto the National scene when he gave a very moving speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention.  He, and a few million supporters have agreed that he has what it takes to be President.  A very well run campaign, Obama presided over a national shrug as we watched the Democratic Dinosaur, Hillary Clinton, slay herself by exhibiting a profound lack of leadership skill and continually changing campaign message.

Clinton’s campaign was replete with cadre of K Street operatives and possibly the worst blend of political promoters since the “New Deal Party System” evolved into its current form.  These are the muck-rakers; the manure harvesters and throwers; the laconic liars that transformed forced a dangerous rebellion in the Democratic Party – instead of a transition that could have been a balm for their hubris and a ‘save’ for their egg covered faces.  Instead, they chose political suicide and irrelevance.

John McCain, the Senator, former POW and current presumptive Republican nominee is a myth.  A Frankenstein candidate that continues to evolve from a patch quilt ideals of the Neo-con body politique that doesn’t always operate smoothly or rationally – very much like the original Frankenstein.  The similarities are not limited to inexplicable facial expressions or terse spurts of distemper – but are highlighted further by his cavernous lack of knowledge and most obvious struggle discerning fact from fiction. His slow speaking style most clearly reveals his slow thinking style and weakened command of facts to the point that his own people explained that he (McCain) doesn’t speak for the campaign.

-We’ll wait while you finish shaking your head and re-reading the last sentence –

The Plot

Rumors of a Hillary coup at the convention have been widely circulated by Right Wing talk radio and has been all the buzz among a growing group of people that often speak from little boxes on television screens but are otherwise, unemployable.

Barack Obama is challenged to unite the country, or at least an operating majority in such a way that a synergistic team develops around the nation.  This team will investigate, debate and legislate in a manner to repair severe damage the United States has endured under the current coup figurehead, George Bush.  The task is daunting, since the Bush Administration placed operatives throughout the bowels of government; many who will likely be facing legal challenge as to the propriety of their engagement.  Other’s who will, no doubt, be facing legal challenge directly relating to the constitutionality of their deeds, although the current US Attorney General and Neo-con political operative, Mukasey, has thus far refused to act according to his oath by blocking Justice Department action against his ideological brethren.

McCain is challenged with the Molotov plan of political arson in order to hopefully seize power.  His objective, as evidenced by his tender yet obscure campaign dialogs with Sen Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is to continually criticize Barack Obama and the Obama campaign – even – when that criticism is in direct conflict with the truth.  Even – when the criticism is in conflict with common sense. Even – when the criticism is in direct conflict with Senator McCain’s own previous statements.  The underlying rationale is that McCain generally doesn’t make sense, and since he is continually in edification mode – the electorate should hardly notice.  Apparently he has made it difficult for the corporate media to keep straight faces when reporting on McCain events.  However, business units at most major networks have made very clear that it is very important for the news machinery to portray McCain as a viable candidate in order meet projected sales of ad time right up until election day. It seems sometimes that McCain is barely cooperating.  His competence is questionable and his grasp of gravity is unclear – so we’ll just call him Curly because of his penchant for being in pickles.

Meanwhile, Sen Clinton’s Campaign is doing the Bunny Hop from NYC to Denver in the gleeful March-for-a-Miracle.  While Senator Clinton has apparently distanced herself from previous comments that she would not place her name in nomination – the Obama campaign has agreed to the traditional practice – and Clinton now wishes to be recognized on the convention ballot in order to lose – officially, thereby indelibly placing her loss in the annuls of the Democratic Party and delivering her a plot in the graveyard of history.  Rumors of a Hillary coup at the convention have been widely circulated by Right Wing talk radio and has been all the buzz among a growing group of people that often speak from little boxes on television screens but are otherwise, unemployable.  Naturally, confusion and disclarity are the fundamental trademarks of our last character, and that’s why Hillary is our Larry.

The Sequel ??

A Spine - Rarely used by Congressional Democrats since 2006.

A Spine - Rarely used by Congressional Democrats since 2006.

Perhaps pretending there is Unity in order to get through the election process successfully, isn’t such a bad idea while working for a broader consensus of Americans.

As most Americans probably know, despite the fact that McCain campaign insinuated that Hawaii is un-American, Barack Obama will be returning soon from America’s 50th state after visiting family and friends and enjoying some time with family, close allies and 5,000 people from the press corps spying from perches in dunes and beach grass subsisting on plate lunches while they stalk the Senator … more debates will be in order.  Not the McCain kind whereby stupid people ask questions – but rather, the more traditional kind where one person asks stupid questions.

Meanwhile, on the periphery of sanity, groups such as Puma Pac and other Hillary Clinton for President groups persist – even though it is reported that they do not have the endorsement of Clinton.  They have also purportedly, misrepresented their funds raised by stating 6 million in support vs. the 50K they actually raised.  There are many, including me, that believe that while these are actually Democrats, this organization and others like it, designed to support Hillary Clinton, even though she has not acknowledged them, were in actuality created by Karl Rove operatives in fulfillment of a task to breed acrimony among Democrats and create controversy to distract voters.  This is further evidenced by vociferous leaders of groups stating withouth blinking that they will vote for John McCain if Obama is the Democratic nominee.

Considering the likelihood of a Democratic victory in November, it is Democrats currently in office that should expect a more demanding constituency in the coming election cycle.  While holding steady in order to deliver a Democratic victory, many constituents are dangerously unhappy with many sitting Democratic leaders and many are hopeful that by ending the neo-con coup of American National Government, the next target will be ending the dinosaur patronage coup of the Democratic Party.  Perhaps pretending there is Unity in order to get through the election process successfully, isn’t such a bad idea while working for a broader consensus of Americans.

Democrats Unite : Rachel Maddow’s Points to Ponder

Talking Heads Disagree with Rachel Maddow at MSNBC – We Don’t

“… at the very least, those stones may be very useful in a battle with the ideologues.”

Everyone saw the stats last night … everyone sees the talking heads drawing up battle plans for next barrage of info-tainment.  While the math is omnipresent, Maddow persisted that Clinton’s game is not over yet.  We think it’s wise to consider her position. There are 3 major points to consider:

  1. Clinton Campaign, significant personal debt to Clinton  – While 5 Million sounds like a drop in the bucket for Hillary – it truly isn’t.  Just start moving the decimal points to place that you feel comfortble with and tell us if you still don’t consider the amount worthy of protecting.  Any thoughts of this being inconsequential are simply ludicrous.  It is noteworthy that most Americans can’t conceive themselves earning that amount of money no less making decisions about that sum.  Nonetheless, its a real issue for Clinton for a number of reasons – not the least of which, is Hillary’s ability to raise money in NY for re-election to the Senate, should that door remain open.
  2. Dropping out to appease party powers is nice talk, but is it politically sound. There are still areas of the Country that haven’t voted yet – does the process now impose Super-delegates before the fact?? What would happen if Barack Obama lost to Hillary Clinton in remaining states – wouldn’t that be a tool for Republicans to further capitalize on divisions in the Democratic Party ??
  3. Should Clinton by forced to drop out further disenfranchising her supporters? We think deals have to be struck and politics at the precinct level needs to be considered. Hillary deciding and being forced by political rainmakers are to entirely different political constellations.  Campaign tactics aside, Hillary Clinton commands a significant political machine and while she has never been our preference, her significant position was crafted with many different stones, and at the very least, those stones may be very useful in a battle with the ideologues.

Battles Ahead with Sinister Forces – Complacency is Deadly

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“… into the darkness that the Bush Administration has tricked our Nation into believing is the “good life.”

Remember those ideologues that the Democratic Party is fighting are the ones that hijacked and transformed the Republican Party into a shameful ‘corporatism’ machine that would have impassioned Benito Mussolini to lie prostrate in majesty.  These are truly sinister forces that have gutted our Justice Department; infiltrated administrative departments that have been generally apolitical, into campaign adjuncts.  The State Department has been headed by a political appointee with no diplomatic experience, that further alienated the bulk of the professional diplomatic corps and forced them to chose sides or chose career change.

So while we’re tuning in our TV sets or talking up politics, keep in mind that this battle has just begun.  Let’s treat our embattled with respect and as quickly as we can – prove – that we have learned from history and put the party differences as secondary to our goal.  Secondary to our collective passion for “feel good.”  Secondary to any personal umbrage we may feel for any of the candidates.  We need to move forward with enough momentum to prevent any further backslide into the darkness that the Bush Administration has tricked our Nation into believing is the “good life.”

Maddow was Making a Plea for Propriety

Oringal Political Artwork Courtesy of Stephen Pitt.“… happy-meal of par-boiled platitudes …”

As we could see last night, Maddow was trying to explain the potential mindsets and considerations ahead for the Democratic contenders.  While no one on the set shared her perspective, we feel it was an important one.  We feel it was that of a critical thinker considering the options, alternatives and cause and effect of decisions from this point forward – without the benefit of a large screen display – but by using considerable vision and perception in understanding the sensitivities that motivate the political paradigm.

While she’s relative newcomer to the scene we think she offers a valuable distraction from the happy-meal of par-boiled platitudes and re-statement  that is delivered by the millionaire club of info-tainers (some former journalists.)  We’re very impressed.

(Original Political Artwork in this article are courtesy of Stephen Pitt – Light to Dark – Link Here)

Political Round-up : Lowdown on the High Points

– 3 May 2008, The Almost Daily Binx, San Jose,CA; by Binx101

The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“… he found the spotlight irresistible and commenced shooting at his feet …”

A group of supporters were still critical of Barack Obama for appearing on FOX News with Chris Wallace on Sunday.  However, it seems that Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the center of a controversy, has managed to steal the ultimate spot light and transform his life’s work into little more than potential recurring characters on future episodes of “South Park,” and possibly America’s newest icon for “insane”.

Reverend Wright, upon accepting Barbara Reynolds’ (a vociferous Clinton supporter) invitation to speak at the National Press Club performed what appeared to be ‘stand-up.’ While he may have thought this was an opportunity to clear his name … he found the spotlight irresistible and commenced shooting at his feet and dancing to avoid injury, thus providing the corporate media with another 60 minutes of material in which to document the Pastor committing professional suicide by becoming a statistic in the National register of  ‘WTF?’

Play It Again Sam …

“… Vieira felt compelled to offer each interrogative with a painful grimace …”

Michelle and Barack Obama also sat for an interview with Meredith Vieira on NBC’s today show.  While the Obamas’ performance was considerate and patient, it is the opinion of The Almost Daily Binx, that a Coffee Vending machine could have performed better than Vieira.   She articulated a script that didn’t account for the Obamas’ complete answers – thus rendering her follow up questions (which she didn’t have the professional chops to edit on the fly) sounding as though she wasn’t listening to the answers she had just been given.

As we understand that Nielsen Demographics insist that this was still well over the relevant IQ average of daytime television viewership – it would have been thoughtful to edit Vieira’s interview by eliminating the redundancy or completely less painful if they had just eliminated Vieira.  We’re still mystified as to why she felt compelled to offer each interrogative with a painful grimace.  Was she emoting the severity of her consternation with answering the same question over and over?

Hillary Chief Strategist at Casting Call

“… McAuliffe lost his mind … screaming thank you … to FOX News …”

Early voting in Indiana appears to be favoring Barack Obama over opponent Hillary McCain Clinton.  Obama is looking for victories in both Indiana and North Carolina in order to completely reverse the effects of McCain’s Clinton’s predicted win recently in Pennsylvania.  It was one day later that Terry McAuliffe lost his mind and began auditioning for FOX News as a paid analyst, presumably as soon as Clinton bows out of the race.  He was last seen screaming thank you to any cameras and microphones in range, to FOX News for their ‘fair and balanced’ coverage of McCain Clinton, Rush Limbaugh and the Republican’s hopeful for Democratic nominee.

The quid pro quo of the ramifications of  lying with dogs was never so apparent as has been the comfort with the McCain Clinton camp in making new allies in the Republican equivalent of the former Soviet Union’s News Agency / Propaganda Network.  Another small omen.

John McCain and Hillary McCain Clinton Sing a Duet

“… their lack of understanding the devastating ramifications of their proposals is merely a glimpse into the future …”

Both presumed Republican Presidential Candidate , and Democratic Nominee contender have again agreed to propose an essentially overt act of typical political distraction, by offering the Nation a small and limited suspension of the national gas surcharge.  This surcharge goes directly to the Department of Transportation super-fund which employs tens of thousands of Americans in pursuit of repairing Interstate routes and transportation infrastructure in all 50 United States.

We believe that that the ‘quick fix’ mentality of both McCain and McCain Clinton would inspire them to recommend a fix that would thrust untold numbers of Americans out of work in order to seem as though they were being assertive in larceny that they proclaim as energy policies.  The shallowness and the lack of depth in their recommendations and their lack of understanding the devastating ramifications of their proposals is merely a glimpse into the future, should either of these political porkers be successful in reaching Presidential office.

Randi Rhodes Suspended : Air America Eating Itself

Remember Lenny Bruce ??

 … a satirical political commentary …

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In a rare act of preemptive fetal position, Air America decided that it must suspend Randi Rhodes for comments she made at a private function, while on-stage, doing a monologue.  This self-inflicted response is indicative of a cowardice that can usually only be experienced in literature.

The flap developed as a result of Ms. Rhodes’ exercising her comedy / political chops at a sold-out fundraiser for Green 960 (960 AM), the San Francisco Air America affiliate.  The crowd was there specifically to hear Randi Rhodes, and she was promoted by the Clear Channel owned station, as a way to raise funds as well as a meet-and-greet for her listeners.

During her brief monologue, a satirical political commentary, not unlike a comedy act – she chose to drop the “F” bomb numerous times and describe Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro as ‘whores.’  Our agreement, notwithstanding, it was clearly a rebuke of the ‘Kitchen Sink’ tactics of the Clinton campaign and her comments were met with laughter, applause and howls at the San Francisco, Broadway Studio, the site of the evening function.

Air America :  Follow Your Pilot’s Instructions

“What a cowardly act !”

green.jpgSimply stated, Air America could have stayed out of it, and, if brought to task by Liebermann type Democrats – such as Clinton and Ferraro – they could have hung tough and preferred that the Team Clinton bring this into the spotlight by drawing attention to it.    Instead the Greens (owners Air America) decided to inform the Blues (Champions of firee speech) that they were seeing Red over Rhodes comment, to avoid publicity.

What a cowardly act !  Instead they assumed the fetal position that made the our Congress famous, with the requisite hand-wringing.  What an inappropriate and capitulating response to the boogeyman.  Progressive Radio – Lite just showed their Democratic New York Machine credentials and were showing the money changers that they wouldn’t stand for NY’s Hillary being beaten by the truth; even though Clinton has managed to “mis-speak” on numerous occasions.

We do though believe that Randi Rhodes’ comments were an afront to prostitutes.

Obama v. Hillary McCain? Democrat v. Republicrat? Patty Duke?

– 7 Mar 08, The Almost Daily Binx – San Jose, CA – by Binx101

“Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark”

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The continuous delays of releasing Tax returns not withstanding -this famous exclamation from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “is used to describe corruption or a situation in which something is wrong.” – Bartleby’s Quotes – Bartlelby.com

But perhaps tax returns aren’t the only issue. Perhaps the Hillary McCain alliance was built long ago as plan B. Here’s our brief overview:

Hillary and McCain announce plans to meet with Cindy Sheehan in Sep 08

Hillary: McCain better than Obama

February 3, Fox News allegedly innocently manipulates McCain and Hillary into speaking with each other

Bill Clinton from NYT Political Blog – The Caucus – Full 25 Jan 08 Article Here – “She and John McCain are very close,” he said. “They always laugh that if they wound up being the nominees of their party, it would be the most civilized election in American history and they’re afraid they’d put the voters to sleep because they like and respect each other.”

Hillary McCain – It’s The Patty Duke Show

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We were incredibly moved by the unity of John McCain and Hillary Clinton. Then it dawned on us – two of a kind ??

Meet Cathy, who’s lived most everywhere,
From Zanzibar to Barclay Square.
But Patty’s only seen the sights
A girl can see from Brooklyn Heights —
What a crazy pair!

But they’re cousins,
Identical cousins all the way.
One pair of matching bookends,
Different as night and day.

Where Cathy adores a minuet,
The Ballet Russes, and crepe suzette,
Our Patty loves to rock and roll,
A hot dog makes her lose control —
What a wild duet!

Still, they’re cousins,
Identical cousins and you’ll find,
They laugh alike, they walk alike,
At times they even talk alike —
You can lose your mind,
When cousins are two of a kind.
Download the them song at Todd Fuller’s SitcomsOnline

Our Sincere Apologies

We were unable cope with any Democrat aiding and abetting the Hillary Clinton campaign for reaching so far into the pandering bag after realizing that Obama was very attractive to swing voters. Additionally she has intimated that she has already been President, a close confidant during decision making times, and has been a steward of the people’s trust – therefore tested. Apparently, her sole commitment to deliver a health-care solution in the last decade was a total bust – done in the dark – and to NO avail … but we digress.

Our apology is for having some fun with an issue that is not at funny. That being said – we were unable to produce any written word that wasn’t apparently hate filled and offensive and further damage to the seriously wounded Democratic message. We decided instead, to chill … and have a brief chortle. We hope you did too.

State of the Union ??

One didn’t need a SOTU message in order to understand the State of the Union. The American dollar is dramatically less valuable then when the Bush Administration moved into the White House. Additionally, the price of gasoline per gallon is approximately 2.5 times what it was before Mr. Bush took up residence. And, while the trade deficit has deepened, our reliance on foreign debt has increased; our military is dangerously short of readiness guidelines and the world is less safe because of the American invasion of the Sovereign Nation of Iraq. The ramifications of the sub-prime mortgage free-for-all will not only effect those that will be statistics of the record foreclosures, but very likely cause harmful collateral damage to those that have adjusted their personal financial habits by taking advantage of equity financing of their inflated real estate value.

However, if one did chose to listen to the SOTU last evening, one heard of a robust economy with a recent weakening of the US dollar in the passive voice. Further strengthening ‘No Child Left Behind’ requests and other such fictional depictions of failed or mismanaged programs as part of the ‘see-we-care-about-people’ barrage of talking points. But the big Kahuna that drove the Republicans to their feet in convulsive applause was when the President urged Congress to make the temporary tax cuts permanent. Then, with smirk only a mother could love – President Bush delivered an insulting quip to those fortunate enough to have substantial personal income who have taken the position that they are willing to pay more taxes. That is, the insulting wise-crack about the IRS accepting both checks and money orders. Now that wouldn’t necessarily be a knee-slapper if it weren’t for the fact that Milton Friedman’s invisible hand of the market is going to be dope slapping the stuffing out of these orthodox supply-sided Luddites through the next 10 years of economic recovery – and – this President is highly likely to reign unchallenged for centuries as the World’s worst leader since Ferdinand Marcos and the most formidable divider since Euclid.

While political parties (essentially the big two) have their own ecosystem and cannibalistic dietery habits – the subset of neocon Princes that have performed feats of incredible mass hypnosis that would have inspired the awe of Franz Mesmer. But not only did they take our gold watch and dangle it in order to get us drowsy … they kept it. In fact based on the rules of corporate citizenry and the applied economics thereof; this Administration has overseen the magic acts that have actually converted currency from average American taxpayers and consumers to the wealth of a very few Corporatists. (Not to be confused with the Democratic elective of Capitalism).

We further heard General Petreaus’ name invoked once or twice – although for the last few months its been rumored that he’ll be rewarded with the top slot at NATO for doing so well at the Iraq magic show – this mention was about how we’re still working on that ‘surge’ thing.

Last but not least, we heard the President, with inimitable speaking style, threaten Congress, defy logic, and shirk any responsibility for presiding over the death of 4000 American soldiers and an estimated 250,000 – 600,000 Iraqi deaths. (The reason it is estimated is because the US does not and will not spend any time determining the true number and rejects all estimates.

On a brighter note – Halliburton posted record profits yesterday.

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