Polichicks: September 2007 Archives
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (stopchildhoodobesity.org) has produced an ad that parodies Sen. Larry Craig's (R-ID) arrest for soliciting sex from a cop in a public restroom. The ad takes place in a men's bathroom stall and involves a lot of foot tapping and reaching into neighboring stalls.
What the heck do Larry Craig's stall tactics have to do with childhood obesity? Watch and see.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey was on Capitol Hill yesterday. He requested a meeting with lawmakers to warn that the Army is stretched so thin by the Iraq war that it cannot effectively respond to another conflict. "The current demand for our forces exceeds the sustainable supply," he said. Representative John M. McHugh, a New York Republican, said Casey's blunt testimony was "just downright frightening."
Porn star Jenna Jameson told PR.com that she likes Hillary Clinton for president, even though Hillary's "pretty conservative for a Democrat."
A party will be held soon in Palo Alto, CA to raise $10,000 in campaign donations for Republican presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. According to the party invitation, the party theme is "$9.11 for Rudy," and party goers are asked to contribute $9.11 each "to show how many individual, everyday Americans support `America's Mayor.'"
We know what you're thinking: "This sounds like the tackiest, most self-serving and insensitive exploitation of those who lost their lives in the 911 terrorist attacks. No one, not even Rudy 'let's flaunt my mistress in front of the kids' Guiliani would be this insensitive, this stupid. Is this some kind of sick joke?!"
Nope. No joke. You can't make stuff like this up.
Given all the hoopla about Barry Manilow's catfight with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and all the excitement over Alicia Silverstone's nude PETA commercial, we might as well re-vist another catfight classic: Alicia Silverstone v. Elisabeth Hasselbeck. In this clip, Alicia Silverstone walks on The View stage (moments after the infamous Elisabeth v. Rosie fight) and totally disses Elisabeth. Seems a lot of Hollywood celebrities have issues with Elisabeth's conservative political views (though we think there has to be more to it than that... like maybe she's not-so-nice off camera or something like that).
Enjoy the clip. Meow.
From Politico's The Crypt:
Minnesota prosecutor responds to Larry Craig
Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) knew what he was doing when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from his arrest in a men's room sex sting, said the prosecuting attorney in papers filed Monday in Minnesota.
Craig's plea was "accurate, voluntary and intelligent," prosecutor Christopher Renz wrote in a motion opposing Craig's request to withdraw his guilty plea. "The real basis for the defendent's motion -- his displeasure with the outcome -- is not an appropriate basis for relief sought. The court should also deny the defendent's motion as untimely because it was sought only as a political reaction."
The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Minnesota.
Sunday's Washington Post profiled Hillary Clinton's mom, Dorothy Emma Howell Rodham. Hillary has said before that her mom is the inspiration behind her success: "...I owe it to my mother, who never got a chance to go to college, who had a very difficult childhood, but who gave me a belief that I could do whatever I set my mind." As for whether Hillary gets the "mom endorsement" for her presidential candidacy, Mrs. Rodham told a 2004 Oprah audience that if Hillary ran for president, "She would do great. I have to say that."
Photo at left of Dorothy Rodham by Rich Lipski of TWP (2000).
Great news! Kids just might not get the shaft in 2008. That's because Strong American Schools will spend an unprecedented $60 million over the next 18 months to speak up for them and their right to get a great education.
Strong American Schools in a nonpartisan public awareness and action campaign designed to give education supporting Americans a voice and encourage (okay, pressure) the 2008 presidential candidates to address education issues. Here's what they have to say for themselves:
We want a serious nationwide debate on education reform where every presidential candidate addresses three priorities that hold great promise for improving education:
- Agreeing on American education standards
- Providing effective teachers in every classroom
- Giving students more time and support for learning.
The campaign will not support or oppose any particular candidate for public office or any political party. Nor does it take positions on legislation.
Strong American Schools is a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, two of the largest philanthropic organizations in the world, have provided grant funding for Strong American Schools.
Roy Romer, the former governor of Colorado and most recently superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, is our chairman and lead spokesman. [Polichicks Editorial: We have a friend who has worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District for about 15 years, and she says that Romer was the best superintendent they ever had. So the kiddies are in good hands with him. See, we know people and we always get full scoop.]
Click the logo above for more info.
Wendy Cortez, Sen. David Vitter's (R-LA) paid friend with benefits, tells all about her sexual encounters with him (he likes it missionary) in a video put out by Hustler magazine. She says that Vitter told her (at the time of their relationship) that he came to her for sex because he knew he could trust her. He's probably re-thinking that about now.
Wendy also said that she was on drugs during the time period that she was sexually involved with Vitter. Well, duh. We've seen the guy. You'd have to be.
By the way, don't confuse this Wendy with Vitter's wife who is also named Wendy. (Creepy!) The man seems to have some kind of freaky Wendy fetish.
Politico reports that Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) will endorse Sen. Hillary Clinton for president on Monday. Bayh's endorsement is quite the feather in Clinton's cap, because as a moderate Democrat representing an overwhelmingly Republican state, he is expected to help Clinton win votes in Republican states. Bayh, who once hoped to win the Democratic nomination himself, serves with Clinton on the Armed Forces Committee and is a former chairman of the centrist Democratic Leadership Council.
Clinton has also been endorsed by a former rival for the Democratic nomination, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, and retired four star General Wesley Clark, who sought the Democratic nomination in 2004.
When asked by an editor at the gay publication The Advocate how she responds to the lesbian rumors about her, Hillary Clinton said, "People say a lot of things about me, so I don't pay any attention to it."
"It's not true, but it is something that I have no control over. People will say what they want to say."
Sean Kennedy, The Advocate editor who interviewed Clinton told the NY Daily News, "I 100% believe she's a straight, heterosexual woman."
Hillary Clinton: I'm Not A Lesbian [NY Daily News]
Alicia Silverstone, who is a vegan and best known for her role the film Clueless, filmed this PETA commercial totally in the buff. It will air only in Houston, TX. It's hot and steamy, so don't let any kiddies near your computer see it.
Tonight, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden,
chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will be featured
in an encore broadcast of The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS-TV.
The show originally aired on July 31, 2007, the publication date of
his book, Promises To Keep. Tune in or TiVO this interview with
To learn more about Sen. Biden, visit www.JoeBiden.com
Jessica Cutler, the infamous senate aide (to former Republican Senator Mike DeWine) who documented her sexual trysts with her colleagues in an online blog until she was outed by Wonkette, shared the latest goings on in her life in an interview with sexpert Susie Bright. Jessica talks about her life as a senate aide, Washingtonienne (her "fictional" book about a senate aide who has sex with colleagues for money), her bankruptcy and, of course, sex. Here's her take on what it's like to work for a conservative, Christian U.S. senator:
SB: You worked for some really famous so-called Christian conservatives. [Ed: Jessica worked for Senator Mike DeWine (R) - Ohio, who was defeated in the 2006 election.] And the way you describe D.C. political life, it's just as hypocritical and full of shit as everyone imagines it to be.
JC: Oh yeah. I mean, the platform the Senator I worked for had... he was a Christian conservative.
SB: And was he really? Do you think these people have a grain of sincerity?
JC: The way it is, each Senator is a figurehead. And you have the staffers doing the work. But you know, like... from hanging out with them and partying with them and stuff, like -- I wasn't the only girl in my office that had an abortion.
I went there not knowing anyone, you know? I'm not the daughter of any contributors and didn't know anyone who had anything to do with Capitol Hill. I just went in there for my interview. I would have worked for anybody, you know?
SB: You were a whore!
JC: Yes, I was! (Laughs) Ideologically, yes!
You can read the rest of Jessica's interview here.
In the latest issue of Time (September 24, 2007), 50 Cent reaffirms his support of Hillary.
Q: Are you endorsing a particular candidate in the '08 election?
A: No, but I like Hillary. I think she was already our president once. [Laughs.]
A University of Florida student was arrested by campus police after he angrily and repeatedly asked Sen. John Kerry questions about the war, the 2004 election and his involvement in Yale's Sculls and Bones Society. The student was asked several times to stop the questioning after his time was up. When approached by campus police, the student resisted arrest and police tasered him. While this was happening, Sen. Kerry could be heard saying "It's alright. I'll answer his question," "Let me answer it" and "it's a very important question." A video recording of the incident is below.
Tiny supporter at Fred Thompson's homecoming in Lawrenceville, TN
While we're on the subject of Fred Thompson, we just thought this picture was cute.
Fred Thompson with wife Jeri and their two kids
Fred Thompson and wife Jeri at a rally in South Carolina on Monday
Rick Beltram, the GOP Chairman in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, called Republican presidential candidate and former Law & Order TV actor Fred Thompson's wife, Jeri, a "trophy wife." Thompson is 25 years older than his wife, who also happens to be blonde and pretty. The couple has two children together, and Thompson has children and grandchildren from a previous marriage. Read the about "trophy wife" comments and controversy here.
The bathroom stall where Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) was arrested in an undercover sex sting is now a tourist attraction. Tourists frequently visit the stall and some even take pictures.
A mere 414 days until the election a new SurveyUSA poll finds newly announced Democrat Mark Warner crushing potential Republican rivals Tom Davis, Jim Gilmore and George Allen in the Virginia Senate race:
Warner (D) 62%
Davis (R) 27%
Warner (D) 60%
Gilmore (R) 32%
Warner (D) 56%
Allen (R) 37%
Singer Barry Manilow cancelled his scheduled appearance on The View Tuesday, because he doesn't like Elisabeth Hasselbeck , who is known for her conservative political views. He told CelebTV.com, "...I will no longer be on The View tomorrow as scheduled. I made a request that I be interviewed by Joy, Barbara or Whoopi, but not Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Unfortunately, the show was not willing to acommodate this simple request, and I bowed out. It's really too bad, because I have always been a big supporter of The View, but I cannot compromise my beliefs." He told TMZ.com, "I strongly disagree with her views. I think she is dangerous and offensive. I will not be on the same stage as her."
Is he for real? We like Barry, after all, he does write the songs that make us polichicks sing, but this is so
third grade first grade.
Watch the pettiness below. Meow.
As expected, former Virginia Governor Mark Warner (D) announced this morning that he is "so totally running for Senate." Okay, he didn't say that. What he really said was that he is going to "work like heck" to become Virginia's next U.S. Senator. If elected, Warner will replace Sen. John Warner (R), who recently announced that he will retire after seving five terms.
Jenna is "hitting the book-tour circuit, "Heard On the Hill reports. "Jenna kicks it off on Sept. 29 at Borders in Annapolis, Md., and she'll be in Washington a week later at Politics & Prose bookstore in Northwest D.C. to read excerpts from her book, which is targeted at middle-schoolers. Any extra security and crowd control measures beyond her Secret Service detail haven't been decided, but so far the bookstore has gotten more interest than expected and is still working out the details of whether the event at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 5 will be open to the public."
As the presidential candidates continue to seek non-traditional media outlets that will reach a female audience, Hillary Clinton advises young women to "dare to compete" on Cosmo Girl!'s website.
The 2008 election will be decided by us polichicks, as women make up 54% of the electorate! Be heard. Make a difference. Follow the election and vote!
Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner (D) is expected to send out an e-mail Thursday announcing his plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Sen. John Warner (no relation). John Warner announced last week that he plans to retire from the senate after serving five terms.
Mark Warner was a popular governor in Virginia and is credited with helping Gov. Tim Kaine (D) get elected as his successor (Kaine had served as Lt. Governor under Mark Warner). Mark Warner was expected to be a 2008 presidential candidate, but declined to run citing family reasons.
Roll out the red carpet! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Jon Stewart will host the 80th Academy Awards show, which will take place on February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
Jon Stewart is best known as the funny host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." He hosted the 78th Academy Awards show in 2006.
Wendy Chavez (real name Wendy Ellis) is a former prostitute who claims that she had a paid sexual relationship with Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) for 4 months. In response to Vitter's denial (he claims that he only had sex with prostitutes in Washington DC), she has produced the results of a lie detector test that indicate that she is telling the truth. She held a press conference with Hustler publisher Larry Flynt to discuss her relationship with Vitter and the test results. Read more and watch the press conference here.
Double standard? Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) committed a crime when he solicited an undercover cop for sex in a Minneapolis public restroom. Republicans immediately distanced themselves from him and called for his resignation. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) also committed a crime when he solicited and engaged in sexual activity with prostitutes in Washington DC and Louisiana on multiple occasions. Republicans have supported him and not called for his resignation. Are Republicans supporting Vitter and denouncing Craig because Vitter's misconduct involved heterosexual activity and Craig's misconduct involved homosexual activity? You decide.
An email from Barack Obama on the anniversary of September 11th:
Six years ago, on a bright and beautiful Tuesday morning, a new kind of enemy came to America's shores.
We will never forget the images of that terrible day -- the planes vanishing into buildings, the thick black clouds of smoke, and the haunting pictures of the missing.
On this anniversary, we pause to remember each and every victim of those attacks.
We celebrate the lives that were tragically cut short. We grieve with the families and friends who lost loved ones. We honor the service and sacrifice of the emergency responders who set an example to the whole world that in America we are our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper.
And we pause to honor the brave men and women of the United States military -- and their families -- who have borne such a heavy burden for the last six years.
We also remember how Americans were stirred to a common purpose. On the lines to donate blood or the candlelight vigils that stretched across our country, there was no red America and there was no blue America. We were united in our grief for our fellow citizens. We were united in our resolve to stand with one another and to stand up to terror. We were united as Americans.
Six years later, the threat to America has only grown. Al Qaeda has reconstituted a new safe-haven where it trains recruits and plots attacks. Al Qaeda's top two leaders, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, continue to disseminate their hate-filled propaganda and inspire legions of followers. Like-minded extremists have struck in scores of countries. The war in Iraq continues to fuel terror and extremism. A Taliban insurgency rages on in Afghanistan. In too many disconnected corners of the world, hate is casting a shadow over hope.
Our calling today remains the same as it was on 9/11. We must write a new chapter in American history. We must bring justice to the terrorists who killed on our shores. We must devise new strategies, develop new capabilities, and build new alliances to defeat the threats of the 21st century. We must extend hope to the hopeless corners of the world and reaffirm our core values to counter the hateful message of the extremists. And we must secure a more resilient homeland.
To write that new American story, we must recapture that sense of common purpose that we had on September 11, 2001.
America is bigger than the challenge that came to our shores. Let us honor the legacy of those we lost by coming together anew. Let us always mark this day by affirming that hope will triumph over fear, and that a new generation of Americans will seek a safer, freer, and more perfect union.
AP Photo/Ada County Sheriff's Dept/ABC
Turns out that Sen Craig's "character witnesses," his children Michael Craig and Shea Howell, have a few character issues themselves. Here's the rundown.
Sen. Craig was arrested in a public restroom for soliciting sex from a cop (he says it was a "misunderstanding"). Michael and Shea appeared on Good Morning America last week to clarify that "misunderstanding" on behalf of their father.
At the time of their appearance, there was an arrest warrant out for Shea because she failed to make a criminal court appearance. The initial charges against her were "unlawful entry" and "malicius destruction of property".
Not to be outdone, Michael has a history of battery and sexual abuse of women. In 2003, he pled guilty to a charge of battering his wife and a restraining order was placed against him. His wife sought shelter at St. Mark's Crisis Action Center in Boise, an intervention services center for families in crisis. In 1993, a Michael's girlfriend got a restraining order against him for battering her and breaking her nose. He pled guilty to the charge. In 1988, Michael was charged with the felony statutory rape of a 16 year old girl. The charges were later dropped.
With real life stories like this, who needs cable?
Sen. Craig wasn't the first "Tapping Tom" to tap dance for a tryst. Word of men having anonymous sex with other men in restrooms and other public places is the oldest of old news. The Austin-American Statesman published an article about a 1970s study of the practice.
Back in the 1960s, "naughty" behavior in public restrooms was called the "Tearoom Trade." A young graduate student from Washington University in St. Louis, Laud Humphreys, wanted to know what compelled men to have random, anonymous sexual encounters in public places. So he started hanging out in public restrooms to peep the behavior and find out. The result of his voyeurism and 100 interviews with men involved in the "tearoom trade" was his doctoral dissertion: "Trearoom Trade: Impersonal Sex in Personal Places."
Humphreys observed that "the men [interested in bathroom sex] would use silent signals - call and response foot-tapping and finger-pointing - to seek willing partners.... 54 percent of the men were married and living with their wives; 38 percent considered themselves neither bisexual nor homosexual. The men wanted a sexual release that was quick and would not endanger their standing with their family or society. Just 14 percent of the men identified themselves as living-in-the-open homosexuals."
The results of the study - that men engaging in homosexual sex in the bathrooms were heterosexual (or at least living as such) and not gay - were very controversial at the time. So controversial, that Humphreys lost his job over the study. Many people wanted to know why Humphreys, who was a married fether of two, was so interested watching other men get it on in the bathroom. Years later, the truth came out, and so did he. He's gay.
Here's an AP video about Oprah's Saturday fundraiser for Barack Obama. Stevie Wonder performed and Hollywood's biggest stars were in attendance.
Way too much information.
Michelle Obama, wife of presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, revealed in a recent interview with Glamour magazine that her husband is too "snore-y and stinky" to be in her bed and that she has morning chats about mentruation with her (adorable) little daughters. She has also snitched in the past that that her husband puts his smelly socks everywhere but in the laundry hamper.
Yes, we need more information about Sen. Obama so that we can make an informed decision in the voting booth, but do we really need to know all that? Just where he stands on the issues is enough info for us, thank you.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama introduced legislation yesterday that would require federal campaigns to disclose the identities of their "bundlers." Bundlers are people with extensive professional and social networks who raise lots of money (or "bundle" contributions) from their friends and professional colleagues for campaigns. Since an individual can only contribute a maximum of $4,600 to a federal campaign under federal law ($2,300 for the primary election and $2,300 for the general election), campaigns often rely heavily on bundlers for bigger (bundled) donations.
Hat Tip: Baltimore Sun
The Boise Guardian reports that Sen. Larry Craig's "character witness," his daughter Suzanne Shae Howell who spoke out for him on Good Morning America yesterday, has an outstanding arrest warrant for missing a court appearance. According to the Boise Guardian, her original offenses were unlawful entry and malicious injury to property.
If you've been under a rock (or, um, preoccupied in a bathroom stall) for the past few days, Craig is the U.S. Senator who was arrested in a public men's room for soliciting an undercover male cop for sex. Craig has not resigned, resigned, not resigned again and then resigned again in the past 5 days because of the controversy surrounding his frisky business.
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has added this new video to it's homepage. Entitled Moral Highground, the video reviews the recent Republican sex scandals. For you new polichicks, the DCCC is the organization responsible for raising money and developing strategies that will help get more Democrats elected to congress. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) does the same for Republican candidates running for congress.
So Sen. Craig is resigning afterall. For real this time. We think.
Read it here.
America's favorite Bill was on David Letterman last night. Here's a clip.
After months of press and blogger speculation, actress and Obama fan Halle Berry has confirmed that she and her model boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey are expecting: "Yes, I am three months pregnant! Gabriel and I are beyond excited, and I've waited a long time for this moment in life. Now the next seven months will be the longest of my life!"
This presidential election is expected to turn on how women vote, so the presidential candidates are employing non-traditional methods to reach us polichicks. Politico ran an article by Helena Andrews about how the presidential candidates are battling for appearances on morning TV shows to reach their primarily female audiences. Check it out here.
President Bill Clinton will be on Oprah today at 4 EST to share his new passion: giving.
In a Labor Day speech in Pittsburgh, Democratic Presidential Candidate John Edwards promised to make joining a union easier (by requiring only a signature on a membership card) and protect workers' right to strike (by outlawing the use of replacement workers during strikes).
Edwards' efforts to attract labor support have paid off. Prior to his speech on Monday, the United Steelworkers and United Mine Workers of America endorsed him. (The United Steelworkers has 850,000 members and, according to the Edwards campaign, is the largest private industrial union in the United States.) The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners has also endorsed Edwards.
Other Democratic candidates have also scored with unions. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the United Transportation Union have endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton. The International Association of Fire Fighters has endorsed Sen. Chris Dodd.
The most phenomenal of phenomenal women, Dr. Maya Angelou, poetically endorses Hillary Clinton here.
Hillary Clinton just scored an endorsement from rapper 50 Cent (ne Curtis James Jackson). "I'd like to see Hillary Clinton be president," MTV News reports 50 told Rap-Up Magazine. "It would be nice to see a woman be the actual president and ... this is a way for us to have Bill Clinton be president again, and he did a great job during his term."
50, who shares a birthday with George W. Bush, also revealed his opinion of the president. "[Bush] has less compassion than a regular human being," he said. Seems Fiddy also thinks G-Dub is a punk. "Me and George Bush are so different. ... I actually go to war, when I go to war. Bush just sends [people] to war."
Happy Labor Day!
The Wall Street Journal published an interesting article today about the history of affirmative action in labor unions. Read it here.
Presidential candidate Sen. John McCain sent out an email link to a video about his military service yesterday. The video, Courageous Service, even includes old film footage of McCain during his navy days and time as a prisoner of war. According to an earlier email sent out by the campaign, MCCain received the following honors during his military career: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross.
Watch Courageous Service here.
George Clooney is the hottest political commentator we know! Read his "analysis" of the Demoratic primary below.
From the Associated Press (as published in The Chicago Tribune):
Obama's Lika A Rockstar
Barack Obama has the aura of a rock star, says George Clooney, who also had some kind words for other Democratic presidential candidates.
"You've been in a room once in a while with a rock star. He walks into the world, and he takes your breath away. I'd love him to be president, quite honestly," the actor told reporters Friday at the Venice Film Festival, where his legal thriller "Michael Clayton" was premiering.
Clooney, who banked a check for Obama at a private $1.3 million fundraiser in
But with more than a year until the election, Clooney also said he liked Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards -- and pondered whether former Vice President Al Gore might vie for the presidency again.
"It could be interesting," he said.
The politics of war was in the air at
Clooney -- who said he made "Syriana" and "Good Night, and Good Luck," out of anger that he was labeled a traitor for questioning the decision to go to war -- told reporters he thinks change is coming.
He said he believes Americans are now in the process of fixing the mistakes of the last few years.
Fixing things, "that's what Americans have been really good at," he said.
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