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This woman wants to be....WHAT?

@ 08:02 PM (117 months, 22 days ago)
The Truth About Hillary?
A reader's guide to the salacious new book.
By Blake Wilson
Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2005, at 5:04 PM PT

How nasty is The Truth About Hillary, Edward Klein's new biography of the former first lady? Let's just say that Monica Lewinsky appears on Page 1, groping Bill Clinton's crotch at the rope line outside a cocktail reception for his 50th birthday. Klein, who used to edit the New York Times Magazine and now churns out books on the Kennedys, includes tawdry Hillary tidbits that he gathered in interviews with mostly anonymous sources ranging from Hillary's first boyfriend to high-ranking White House staffers. Clinton's spokesman, Philippe Reines, told Reuters, "This is a book full of blatant and vicious fabrications contrived by someone who writes trash for cash.'' Want to see what all the fuss is about? Here's Slate's handy guide to the muck that Klein raked in:

Bill and Hillary in the Boudoir
Pages 91-92: Dolly Kyle Browning, who says she was Bill Clinton's longtime mistress, tells Klein that Bill asked her to pray for Hillary to get pregnant. "He and Hillary never had much of a sexual relationship," she explains. "Also, Billy had a low sperm count, and he and Hillary were going to a fertility specialist in California. They had been trying for quite a while without any success."

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Pages 90-91: An unnamed source tells Klein that, after a night of heavy drinking at a Bermuda resort, Bill bragged, "I'm going back to my cottage to rape my wife." A source says he joined the Clintons for breakfast the next day. "When we get there," he tells Klein, "the place looks like World War III. There are pillows and busted-up furniture all over the place."

Page 91: Klein's source asserts that Bill learned Hillary was pregnant by reading the newspaper: "Hillary hasn't been feeling well recently," Bill told him. "She went to the doctor, and the doctor called a press conference, and lo and behold, I'm holding the Arkansas Gazette reading that my wife is pregnant." "Do you know what night that happened?" Bill continued, "It was in Bermuda ... And you were there!"

Bill in Other Women's Boudoirs
Page 70: Klein reports that Bill was already a veteran womanizer when he and Hillary met at Yale Law School. "Bill's pattern," one of his classmates tells Klein, "was seduction and betrayal. The latter seemed to come as naturally to him as the former. He would do anything as long as he got what he wanted from people."

Page 213: Klein alleges that Clinton recently had an affair with a divorced woman in her early 40s who lived in Chappaqua, N.Y. Klein says Clinton would spend the night at her house while the Secret Service sat parked in the driveway.

How Hillary Managed Bill's Women
Pages 98-99: Little Rock private investigator Ivan Duda tells Klein that Hillary called on him after Bill was defeated in his second governor's race. According to Duda, she said, "I want you to get rid of all these bitches he's seeing. ... I want you to give me the names and addresses and phone numbers, and we can get them under control."

Page 110: Klein writes that Hillary and her Deputy Chief of Staff Evelyn Lieberman allowed Bill to keep a number of mistresses on the White House staff. Klein repeats the characteristically sketchy claim of a "high-level White House staffer" who tells him that "the assumption among the women in the White House was that Bill took [one staffer] on political trips and that she stayed with him in his hotel room."

Hillary and Vince Foster
Page 22: Michael Galster, a former Arkansas prison contractor who had social connections to the Clintons, tells Klein that when he considered blowing the whistle on a crooked scheme that implicated Bill, Vince Foster came to intimidate him: "You know what your noncooperation means as far as the state's renewing your orthopedic contract, don't you, Mike?"

Page 21: According to Galster, "It was accepted as a fact that Hillary and Vince were sleeping with each other."

Hillary's First Love
Pages 49, 52: Jim Yrigoyen, Hillary's first boyfriend, tells Klein that when he crossed her, she gave him a bloody nose. Later, when he pelted her with some well-aimed throws in a snowball fight, she attacked him. "She got pretty angry, and came after me, punching and hitting me in the chest and face." The next day, she broke up with him. Jim became a high school guidance counselor.

Hillary as Carpetbagger
Page 168-169: A source "close to" Daniel Patrick Moynihan tells Klein that when Hillary met with the incumbent senator to discuss her bid for his seat, things went so badly that Moynihan left the room. During the meeting, the source says, Liz Moynihan told Hillary, "The reason you're not doing well in New York … is because Jews don't like you."

Page 175: Klein got his hands on a confidential fund-raising plan for Hillary's Senate campaign that was drafted in early 1999. She and her staff set out to raise $25 million in hard money and planned to raise more than two-thirds of the money from out of state.

Hillary and the Truth
Page 169: Klein's gossipy source also tells him that Liz Moynihan said Hillary is "duplicitous. ... She would say or do anything that would forward her ambitions. She can look you straight in the eye and lie, and sort of not know she's lying. Lying isn't a sufficient word; it's distortion—distorting the truth to fit the case."

Hillary as Cynical Careerist
Pages 221-222: Klein asserts that when a group of women came to ask Senator Hillary to support the Child Care Bill, she nixed the idea: "It's not going to fly," Hillary supposedly told them. "I'm not going to spend my political capital on something that's doomed before it starts." The leader of the group tells Klein, "I think Hillary's ambition simply got the better of her, and that she will do anything to get to the White House."

Pages 238-239: Hillary kept her own 2008 prospects in mind throughout the Kerry/Edwards campaign. "Think of that famous line of hers from the New Hampshire primary of 1992," an anonymous Democratic politico tells Klein. "She said she'd campaign 'until the last dog dies.' Well, the dogs were still alive and barking when she stopped campaigning for John Kerry."

Hillary as Lesbian?
Pages 62-63: A college classmate of Hillary's tells Klein: "The notion of a woman being a lesbian was fascinating to Hillary. ... But she was much more interested in lesbianism as a political statement than a sexual practice. ... Hillary talked about it a lot, read lesbian literature, and embraced it as a revolutionary concept."

Hillary's Appearance and Personal Hygiene
Page 220: An anonymous doctor "who had knowledge of such matters" tells Klein that Hillary has "been Botoxed to the hilt."

Pages 24-25: Hillary's friends tell Klein that she hates the way she looks. Klein writes: "As a young woman ... Hillary had felt so hopelessly unattractive that she did not bother to shave her legs and underarms, and deliberately dressed badly so that she would not have to compete with more attractive women in a contest she could not possibly win."

Page 84: Dolly Kyle Browning on Hillary when she arrived in Arkansas to help with the 1974 Congressional race: "You should have seen her! No, you should have smelled her."

Page 25: A physician "who had observed [Hillary] at close quarters" speculates that her lumpy legs and bad figure may be the result of chronic lymphedema, a circulatory-system disorder that might have been caused by an obstetrical infection he suspects she contracted after her pregnancy with Chelsea.

The Lewinsky Affair
Page 105: An anonymous White House official tells Klein that Hillary's office pulled strings to get Monica a job as a White House intern as a favor for major fund-raiser Walter Kaye. "Every summer, we would put five hundred kids in jobs as unpaid interns in the White House and other governmental agencies," the official said. "At least fifty of them came through big donors. It wasn't a big deal."

Pages 136-137: Hillary claimed in her memoir Living History that she first learned the truth about Bill and Monica the day that he admitted the affair to the grand jury. Klein asserts that she must have known earlier because she had commissioned Robert Shrum to write a speech for Bill that admitted the truth. (Klein says she then scrapped the speech.)

Page 106: Klein reports that Monica and Bill were able to begin their affair during the 1995 federal government shutdown because a short-staffed Hillary couldn't keep an eye on him. "During this time," a White House source tells Klein, "Bill Clinton was wandering around the White House unchecked. ... Normally, when Hillary's people were there, the President wasn't allowed to wander."

Blake Wilson is a Slate editorial assistant.

Hillary to be a.......Republican?

@ 12:17 PM (117 months, 22 days ago)
Now Hillary and Bill are Evangelical Christians...at least for 24 hours. Do they have to insert themselves into every national event for the next 3 years?
It would be FUNNY IF Hillary got saved and turned away from her sinful life and became a REPUBLICAN.
Whatever happened to the Democrat claim that this Country is being taken over by Christian Conservatives?  These two grifters have the gall.
They didn't steal Billy Graham's thunder - they tried to make a Photo-op using God's Time.


Those Unbelievable Clintons are at it again...this time taking advantage of a poor old man!

@ 02:44 PM (117 months, 23 days ago)
Monday, June 27, 2005 8:46 a.m. EDT
Graham-Clinton Lovefest Irks Evangelical Big

National Clergy Council president Rev. Rob Schenck walked out on Rev. Billy Graham during the second night of his Queens, New York crusade on Saturday, after Graham yielded the stage to Bill Clinton and suggested his wife Hillary should be president.

"I was stunned and appalled," Rev. Schenck told the Christian Wire Service, saying that he left Flushing Meadows Park while Graham was still complimenting the Clintons. "This was a deliberate, cunning, purely political move by the Clintons to divide the Evangelical vote and assure Hillary of a victory in '08," said Schenck, a minister with the Evangelical Church Alliance and a missionary to elected officials.

Rev. Schenck said he has considered Rev. Graham his role model for over 25 years, explaining that he had traveled from Washington, DC, to New York City this weekend to witness what may be the legendary preacher's last crusade.

But after he saw the Clintons exploit the aging Graham, he couldn't bear to stay and hear him preach, he told CWS.

After the two top Democrats managed to secure onstage seating, the ex-president praised Graham for his civil rights work during the 1950's, adding "I've loved him ever since. God bless you, friend."

Rev. Graham returned the compliment, calling Mr. and Mrs. Clinton "wonderful friends" and "a great couple." He then quipped that the former president should become an evangelist and allow "his wife to run the country."



@ 02:35 PM (117 months, 26 days ago)
Thursday, June 23, 2005 6:32 p.m. EDT
Clinton 9/11 Reaction Proves Rove Right

Democrats are livid over Karl Rove's complaint that liberals reacted to the 9/11 attacks by urging "understanding" for terrorists.

But that was exactly the advice offered by ex-President Clinton, delivered in an address to Georgetown University less than two months after the attacks. "First of all, terror, the killing of noncombatants for economic, political, or religious reasons has a very long history - as long as organized combat itself," Clinton lectured. "Those of us who come from various European lineages are not blameless."

Then the ex-president catalogued the terrorist abuses perpetrated by Europeans and Americans on Jews, Muslims and people of color.

"Indeed, in the first Crusade, when the Christian soldiers took Jerusalem, they first burned a synagogue with 300 Jews in it, and proceeded to kill every woman and child who was Muslim on the Temple mound," he noted.

"Here in the United States, we were founded as a nation that practiced slavery and slaves were, quite frequently, killed even though they were innocent."

The U.S. "looked the other way," Clinton charged, "when significant numbers of Native Americans were dispossessed and killed to get their land or their mineral rights or because they were thought of as less than fully human and we are still paying the price today."

By the time Mr. Clinton was done with his terrorism history lesson, it was clear America got what it deserved on 9/11.

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@ 01:40 PM (117 months, 26 days ago)

Ready for an Adventure?


If you are ready for the adventure of a lifetime, TRY THIS.


- Enter Mexico illegally. Never mind immigration quotas, visas, international law, or any of that nonsense.


- Once there, demand that the local government provide free medical care for you and your entire family.


- Demand bilingual nurses and doctors.


- Demand free bilingual local government forms, bulletins, etc.
Procreate abundantly.


- Deflect any criticism of this allegedly irresponsible reproductive behavior with,
"It is a cultural
U.S.A. thing. You would not understand, pal."


- Keep your American identity strong. Fly Old Glory from your rooftop,
or proudly display it in your front window or on your car bumper.


- Speak only English at home and in public and insist that your children do likewise.


- Demand classes on American culture in the Mexican school system.


- Demand a local Mexican driver license. This will afford other legal rights and will go far
to legitimize your unauthorized, illegal, presence in


- Drive around with no liability insurance and ignore local traffic laws.


- Insist that local Mexican law enforcement teach English to all its officers.


Good luck! You'll be demanding for the rest of time or soon dead.
Because it will never happen. It will not happen in
Mexico or any other country
in the world except right here in the
United States. Land of the naive!


Some Clintonisms

@ 12:40 PM (117 months, 27 days ago)
>Look at him... his wife works, and he doesn't. And, he gets a check from
>the government every month.
>Manufacturers announced today that they will be stocking America's  shelves
>this week with "Clinton Soup," in honor of one of the nations'  most
>distinguished men. It consists primarily of a weenie in hot water.
>Chrysler Corporation is adding a new car to its line to honor Bill  Clinton.
>The Dodge Drafter will be in production in Canada this year.
>When asked what he thought about foreign affairs, Clinton replied, "I  don't
>know, I never had one."
>American Indians nicknamed Bill Clinton "Walking Eagle" because he is so
>full of crap he can't fly.
>Clinton lacked only three things to become one of America's finest  leaders:
>integrity, vision, wisdom
>Clinton was doing the work of three men: Larry, Curly and Moe.


Mike Tyson - Pigeon Boy

@ 04:57 PM (117 months, 28 days ago)
PHOENIX - Construction of a purported pigeon coop in the back yard of boxer Mike Tyson's new Paradise Valley has been stopped by town officials over lack of a permit.

Tyson, who has said he owns 350 pigeons, recently bought a 7,788-square-foot house on the exclusive Mummy Mountain for $2.1 million.

Inspectors were dispatched to the house after a neighbor questioned the construction going on in Tyson's back yard.

Jack Niles, the town's code compliance officer, said Monday that a permit had not been obtained to build the accessory structure and the town issued an order to stop construction.

Tyson or his representative must file the necessary paperwork within the next two weeks to obtain a building permit before work can resume, said Hamid Arshadi, the town's building and zoning director.

Arshadi said the building's use must be stated in the application and if it will be a place for pigeons to roost, officials want to know how many birds will be kept and how they will be kept.

The town does not limit the number of birds a homeowner can have but birds must be contained on the property and cannot create a public nuisance for adjacent neighbors, Arshadi added.


More on Loch Nairn GC

@ 05:54 PM (117 months, 29 days ago)

I played the course for the second time yesterday.  Happily the conditions were terrific.  The grass cuts were fair.  This is a nice reasonably priced course.  One shortful is the lack of a men's room anywhere out on the course.  A plus is the ability to come home with a boatload of balls that people have lost and not bothered to locate.  I personally contributed 3 Noodles to the pond on number 17.

I am looking forward to my next trip to Loch Nairn.

Interesting Guantanamo Article

@ 05:48 PM (117 months, 29 days ago)
 On HUMINT & Guantanamo Bay...


The demands to shut down our Guantanamo lock-up for terrorists have nothing to do with human rights. They're about punishing America for our power and success.

From our ailing domestic left to overseas America haters, no one really cares about the fate of Mustapha the Murderer or Ahmed the Assassin. The lies told about Gitmo are meant to undercut U.S. foreign policy and embarrass America.

The Gitmo controversy is about many things, from jealousy of the United States and outrage that we refuse to fail, to residual anger that we won the Cold War and exploded the left's great fantasy of a dictatorship of the intellectuals. But the one thing the protests aren't about is human rights.

Except, of course, as a means to slam the United States.

Torture? Who and when? Koran abuse? I'd rather be a Koran in Gitmo than a Bible
in Saudi Arabia. Illegal detentions? Suggest a better way to handle hardcore terrorists. Maltreatment? Spare me. The food the prisoners receive is better than what I had to eat in the Army.

Another thing: Would it be more humane to incarcerate the declared enemies of civilization in northern Alaska, rather than on a Caribbean beach?

Has the Bush administration made mistakes regarding Guantanamo? You bet. The biggest one was attempting to placate the critics. By launching a new investigation every time a terrorist had a toothache, our government played into the hands of its enemies.

The truth is that the terrorists and their defenders have something in common. It's not courage, which is one quality violent fanatics don't lack. It's that neither can be appeased.

Any concession only increases their appetites. The Clinton administration's reluctance to respond to terrorist strikes encouraged al Qaeda. If the Bush administration
closed the Guantanamo facility, any alternative holding center would be attacked just as rabidly and dishonestly.

If we put our captives up at the Four Seasons, we'd be condemned because somebody smelled bacon at breakfast.

You can't negotiate with terrorists. And you cannot reason with ideologues - whether they're Islamist fanatics or pathetic old lefties fishing for a cause to give meaning to squandered lives. Terrorists, French and German neo-Stalinists, and our own democracy-hating intelligentsia aren't interested in facts. It's all about the comfort of belief.

Let's get this straight: Nothing we could do would appease those who feel a need for our country to fail. We must stop trying to satisfy them.

There's a military maxim that applies to all the nonsense about Gitmo: Don't let the entire battalion get bogged down by a sniper. By attempting to respond to the wild charges leveled by those who offer no solutions themselves - who have no interest in solutions - we've allowed anti-American basket cases from Harvard Yard to the German parliament to create an issue from nothing.

Oh, and thanks to the "mainstream" media for assuming that our country's always wrong.

There is a culture of torture in the world. Blessedly, America isn't part of it. When a few of our troops make mistakes, they're punished. Given the magnitude of our task and the unprecedented conditions we face, it's remarkable our errors have been so few.

What should enrage every decent citizen is that the real torturers - from Zimbabwe to China, from Syria to North Korea - get a pass from the political left. If terrorists behead defenseless captives on videotape, it's simply an expression of their culture. But if a handful of U.S. troops play an ugly round of Candid Camera, that's a new gulag.

As someone who takes human rights seriously, I'm appalled by the lack of sympathy the left feels toward the victims of any regime other than the Bush administration. Let's shout it to prisoners everywhere: If you're not harmed by an American, your suffering doesn't count.

The left's hypocrisy is immeasurable. The grandchildren of those who defended Stalin are mortified that Saddam Hussein will stand trial. By taking such irresponsible voices seriously, we grant our critics a strength they otherwise lack and simply help them keep their lies alive.

No matter what our country does, we will never please a global intelligentsia outraged that all their theories came to nothing. We can't satisfy al Qaeda, and we can't please those discontented souls who need to blame the United States for their personal inadequacies. It's time we stopped trying.

What should our nation's leaders say about Guantanamo and our treatment of captured terrorists? A lot less.

When comments are unavoidable, try this: "We're human. We make mistakes. We fix those mistakes. And we move on. Nothing will divert us from our mission of defeating terror and keeping our country safe."

Ralph Peters' next book, "New Glory, Expanding America's Global Supremacy," is due out in August.


That Tricky Bill Clinton

@ 01:38 PM (118 months, 3 days ago)
Clinton: "I think we're good friends. I like him very much. I've always liked him. When he was vice president, I was still a governor. We worked together on a number of things. He hosted the governors, in 1983...at Kennebunkport."

When they made an announcement about raising funds for Tsunami relief in Houston former First Lady Barbara Bush "announced" us. And she said she has started to call me son. I told the Republicans there, I said don't worry, every family has one, you know, the black sheep. I told them, this just shows you the lengths the Bushes would go to get another president in the family. I wish I could get them to adopt Hillary."



Howard ...Howie....Dean

@ 04:37 PM (118 months, 6 days ago)
It is hard to imagine that this man will actually serve out his term as DNC chairman.  Of course it was pleasant to see Dick "Junk Yard Dog" Cheney take a well deserved shot at Howie....but seriously....isn't the GOP way better off with Dean at the helm poised at any moment to make many more in what is already a series of stupid comments?  The only negative of Howie as chairman is that he will probably not be a candidate in 2008 and gum up further what promises to be a devisive campaign filled with excellent punditry and sarcasm material.

Michael Jackson ... who else

@ 04:30 PM (118 months, 6 days ago)

I was and I wasn't surprised by the not guilty across the board verdict.  These celebrity trials are different than the trials for average humans.  It is not surprising either that the jury might come up with a verdict different than what the public might have looked for based on the fact that the public heard what the news media said about the trial and the jury actually heard the evidence.  It is impossible from outside the courtroom to say whether the jury was right or wrong. 

Of course that Michael is one weird creepy dude.  I wonder if he has some sort of reverse Snow White mirror he looks into.  Where he goes from here is anybody's guess.  Who knows, maybe he has a political career ahead of him.

Saddam Hussein's attorneys have already file change of venue motions so that his trial will take place where Michael's did.

Buca di Beppo

@ 04:24 PM (118 months, 6 days ago)
This restaurant advertises family style southern Italian immigrant cuisine.  We went with a large party.  It is hard coming up with a consensus on what to order.  The server we had was long winded and slow although she seemed like a very nice young woman.  The food was basically not great although the family style portions were mucho grande as promised.  I personally did not care for the taste of the food, primarily due to the flavor of the tomato sauce.  It could be a personal thing.  Overall I am in no hurry to return.  There are plenty of other better places to go and so I will.


Guantanamo Bay and their pals at Amnesty Shamnesty International

@ 03:07 PM (118 months, 10 days ago)
Thursday, June 9, 2005 10:33 p.m. EDT
Amnesty Int'l Aided 9/11 Plotter

The human rights group Amnesty International - which accuses America of running a "gulag" at Guantanamo Bay - apparently aided in the escape of a key al-Qaida member who's suspected of helping plan the 9/11 attacks.

Just two months after the World Trade Center was destroyed, Amnesty issued one of its "URGENT ACTION" reports on behalf of Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, who was then being detained by Jordanian security forces in connection with a planning session for the 9/11 attacks. According to the Wall Street Journal, Amnesty complained that Shakir was being held in "incommunicado detention and is at risk of torture or ill-treatment." Saddam Hussein - the only Mideast leader to publicly praise the 9/11 attacks - also weighed in on Shakir's behalf.

"Pressure from Amnesty and Saddam Hussein worked," the Journal said. "Mr. Shakir was released and hasn't been seen since."

Shakir was present at a January 2000 al-Qaida summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where the 9/11 plot was reviewed. Two of the actual 9/11 hijackers were also at the same meeting.

When he was arrested in Qatar not long after the 9/11 attacks, Shakir had telephone numbers for the safe houses of the 1993 World Trade Center bombers.

But for the intervention of Amnesty International, Shakir might be in Guantanamo today - undergoing grilling by U.S. interrogators about al-Qaida's plans for the next 9/11.


Poor Bill Hemmer...what could CNN be thinking?

@ 06:50 PM (118 months, 11 days ago)
It's hard to believe that Soledad O'Brien is still going to have a job and Bill Hemmer isn't.  CNN must be brain addled.  The sensible approach would have been to replace Soledad with Carol Costello and keep Hemmer.  I know it would increase my morning viewing of CNN.  How do I apply for a bigwig job at CNN anyway?

Howard Dean Watch

@ 04:05 PM (118 months, 11 days ago)

On the GOP
"It's pretty much a white, Christian party.''
-- June 6 remarks to audience of journalists and minority leaders

On Republicans
"...a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives.''
-- June 2 speech in Washington, D.C., at Campaign for America's Future conference

On Tom DeLay, House GOP Leader
"I think Tom DeLay ought to go back to Houston where he can serve his jail sentence."
-- May speech to Massachusetts Democratic Convention


More from that well know moderate Hillary Clinton

@ 05:30 PM (118 months, 13 days ago)
June 6, 2005
Senator Clinton Assails Bush and G.O.P. at Campaign Fund-Raiser
Senator Hillary Clinton castigated President Bush and Washington Republicans today as mad with power and bent on marginalizing Democrats during a speech to 1,000 supporters at her first major re-election fund-raiser, which netted about $250,000.

Mrs. Clinton, who is running for a second term in 2006 and is widely described as a possible Democratic nominee for the presidency in 2008, said that her party is hamstrung because Republicans dissemble and smear without shame and the news media has lost its investigatory zeal for exposing misdeeds.

Left unchallenged, especially if Democrats fail to pick up seats in next year's Congressional elections, she said, Republican leaders could ram through extremist conservative judges, wreck Social Security and make unacceptable concessions to China, Saudi Arabia and other nations that are needed to finance the United States budget deficit.

"There has never been an administration, I don't believe in our history, more intent upon consolidating and abusing power to further their own agenda," Mrs. Clinton told the audience at a "Women for Hillary" gathering in Midtown Manhattan this morning.

"I know it's frustrating for many of you; it's frustrating for me: Why can't the Democrats do more to stop them?" she continued to growing applause and cheers. "I can tell you this: It's very hard to stop people who have no shame about what they're doing. It is very hard to tell people that they are making decisions that will undermine our checks and balances and constitutional system of government who don't care. It is very hard to stop people who have never been acquainted with the truth."

Mrs. Clinton described Republican leaders as messianic in their beliefs, willing to manipulate facts and even "destroy" the Senate to gain political advantage over the Democratic minority. She also labeled the House of Representatives as "a dictatorship of the Republican leadership," where individual members are all but required to vote in lock-step with the majority's agenda.

Referring to Congress' Republican leadership, she said, "Some honestly believe they are motivated by the truth, they are motivated by a higher calling, they are motivated by, I guess, a direct line to the heavens."

Then, leavening the moment a bit, she referred to reports from the Clinton White House that she would try to channel with a favorite First Lady of the past. "Now, I talk to Eleanor Roosevelt all the time, and she has never said there is any reason to only have one point of view," she said. "But apparently they have a different direct line."

While Mrs. Clinton has sought opportunities in recent months to stake claims to the political center, emphasizing nuances on abortion and immigration that may appeal to some Republicans and conservatives, her speech today was a starkly partisan rallying cry to her troops at a time when at least four New York Republicans are preparing to challenge her in 2006. She did, however, have some kind words for some past Republican presidents - Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush - but only to praise their stabs at bipartisanship and to slight the current President Bush's posture by comparison.

"We can't ever, ever give in to the Republican agenda," she declared. "It isn't good for New York and it isn't good for America."

Abetting the Republicans, she said in some of her sharpest language, is a Washington press corps that has become a pale imitation of the Watergate-era reporters who are being celebrated this month amid the identification of the anonymous Washington Post source, Deep Throat.

"The press is missing in action, with all due respect," she said. "Where are the investigative reporters today? Why aren't they asking the hard questions? It's shocking when you see how easily they fold in the media today. They don't stand their ground. If they're criticized by the White House, they just fall apart.

"I mean, c'mon, toughen up, guys, it's only our Constitution and country at stake," she said. "Let's get some spine."

Suggesting some lines of reporting, she asserted that the Bush administration could not account for $9 billion in Coalition Authority spending in Iraq, and that the Food and Drug Administration had allowed religious and political bias to interfere with science-driven decision-making on reproductive drugs.

Mrs. Clinton said she wanted to "move back toward a progressive agenda that will lift up people." The other side, she argued, was pressing retrograde steps like the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown, a California Supreme Court Justice, for a federal appeals court seat. Many Democrats plan to vote against Judge Brown if her nomination comes to the Senate floor as expected this week, taking issue with an array of her court decisions and past remarks, like her once describing President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal as "the triumph of our own socialist revolution."

"If you read about her, try not to get upset - I had to read about her and it kept me upset for months," Mrs. Clinton said of Judge Brown. "This is a woman who truly sees the world in 19th century terms. You know, during the Clinton administration, we used to talk about building a bridge to the 21st century. This administration wants to build a bridge to the 19th century.

"They want to undo and turn the clock back on the progress of the 20th century, whether it's the right to organize, whether it's the right to be able to have a choice when it comes to the most private and intimate decisions that a woman has to make, whether it is to protect the environment."

A particularly "excruciating test" for the nation's political future, Mrs. Clinton predicted, could come this summer in a showdown over a nominee to the United States Supreme Court, if one or more current members retire.

President Bush "wants to nominate someone, I believe, who will be a confrontational nominee so that he can provide support to his far-right extremist base," Mrs. Clinton said. "And we have to stand as firmly as possible against that."

On a brighter note, she said, Democrats appear to have all but "stopped" President Bush's "scheme" to overhaul Social Security. But she decried his fiscal policies, particularly Republican-backed tax cuts, saying they were ballooning the deficit and ceding "fiscal sovereignty" to countries like China, which are harder to influence when they become "your banker."


Oh that Hillary

@ 04:42 PM (118 months, 17 days ago)
Senator Hilary Clinton was invited to address a major gathering of the
American Indian Nation two weeks ago in upper New York  state. She spoke for almost
an hour on her future plans  for increasing every  Native American's present
standard of  living, should she one day become the first female  President. She
referred to her career as a  New York Senator, how she had signed "YES" for
every Indian issue that came to her desk for approval. Although the Senator was
vague on the details of her plan, she seemed most  enthusiastic about her
future ideas for helping her "red  sisters and brothers".

At  the conclusion of her  speech, the Tribes presented the Senator with a
plaque inscribed with her new Indian name - Walking Eagle.

The proud Senator then departed in her  motorcade, waving to the crowds.  A
news reporter later inquired to the group of  chiefs of how they come to select
the new name given to  the Senator.

They explained that  Walking Eagle is  the name given to a bird so full of
shit it can no longer  fly.


Alleged Deep Throat

@ 03:24 PM (118 months, 18 days ago)
You would think after all the suspense over the years about the identity of this bozo, the unveiling would be exciting stuff.  Instead, we kind a befuddled old man.  Woodward and Bernstein are continuing their weaseling pattern over the last thirty five years of vagueness, innuendo and no hard facts.  Where was this crew when Clinton was buzzsawing his way through interns and assorted other soon to be victimized women?  Surely the FBI had information about THAT.  Frankly this has all been a big letdown for me.  The same will probably be true when the real facts regarding the Kennedy assasination are released.  All the exciting speculation through the years will go up in smoke and be replaced by exceedingly dull facts.