Thursday, 29 May 2008
For the past few days there has been a tremendous buzz about former Bush Press Secretary
Scott McLellan's as-yet-unreleased book, "What Happened". The main issues on
which Mr. McLellan attacks the Bush
adiministration (not always President Bush himself) are the valerie
plame "leak" and the leadup to the war in Iraq.
I have not commented on any of this so far, because I have seen
too many instances where an unreleased book which appears to attack Republican/conservative
targets is excerpted very differently than what the book actually means to
That said, however, this does not appear to be one of those instances.
Scott McLellan was (I assume that is past tense now) a valued member of the Bush
media team and he does not - at least so far - appear to be assuring us that
anything being reported about his book is taken out of context.
Here is an excerpt of an article from www.bloomberg.com that spells out the
problem McLellan presents for the Bush administration:
Aide McClellan Blames Bush, Rove in CIA Case (Update3)
By Holly Rosenkrantz and Ken
Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Former White House press
secretary Scott McClellan writes in a memoir
that he unintentionally misled the public about the leak of a CIA operative's
name because of misinformation given to him by President George W. Bush, political adviser
Karl Rove and other top officials.
A three-paragraph excerpt from the book released
today by the publisher doesn't give details of what the president told
McClellan. The case eventually led to the indictment and conviction of Lewis
``Scooter'' Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of
staff, on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice.
``I stood at the White House briefing room podium
in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and
publicly exonerated two of the senior most aides in the White House: Karl Rove
and Scooter Libby,'' McClellan, 39,
wrote. ``There was one problem. It was not true.''
McClellan wrote that he ``unknowingly passed along
false information. And five of the highest-ranking officials in the
administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice president,
the president's chief of staff, and the president himself.''
White House Response
White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said last night that
the president ``has not and would not ask anyone to pass on false information.''
She directed reporters to call McClellan, saying he believes the excerpts were
taken ``out of context.''
McClellan didn't return a phone call and an e-mail
McClellan doesn't suggest that Bush deliberately
lied to him about Libby's and Rove's involvement in the leak, said Peter Osnos, founder and
editor-in-chief of Public Affairs Books, which is publishing McClellan's memoir next year.
``He told him something that wasn't true, but the
president didn't know it wasn't true,'' Osnos said in a telephone interview.
``The president told him what he thought to be the case.''
In an interview with CNN in March, McClellan said
he had said what he ``believed to be true at the time'' and ``it was also what
the president believed to be true at the time, based on assurances that we were
He said he spoke directly with Rove and Libby.
Referring to press briefings he gave in 2003 denying Rove and Libby's
involvement, McClellan told CNN: ``Knowing what I know today, I would have never
said that back then.''
Given the history of how tell-all books like this are presented by media
- and the fact that one of Mr. McLellan's assertions doesn't make any
sense to me (Richard Armitage has admitted to and apologized for being the one
who leaked valerie plame's name), I am going to wait and see. But not for
long, I promise.
More on this in the near future.
Kwame Kilpatrick is the thoroughly corrupt, thoroughly discredited mayor of
The problem is that, while pretty much everyone on both sides of the political
aisle seem to know this, Mr. Kilpatrick either doesn't know it, or does but
The Detroit city council (filled with members of Kilpatrick's own Democratic
Party) has passed a resolution asking the governor to remove him from
office. That should tell you how bad things are.
But Mr. Kilpatrick, in a move worthy of Robert Mugabe
(another impossibly corrupt man who thinks he is above the
law, not to mention simple decency) has vetoed the resolution.
The Detroit Free Press has published an excellent editorial in today's edition about
Kilpatrick and his veto. Here it is:
Round and round they go, and where Detroit Mayor
Kwame Kilpatrick and the City Council will stop, no one knows.
Actually, one person does
have a leg up on deciding when the craziness -- which reached new lows Tuesday
with the mayor attempting to veto the council's resolution asking the governor
to remove him -- will end.
His name is Kwame Kilpatrick, and if he has any
regard for the city's operation, its image, reputation or future, he'll do the
right thing soon and leave. Get out of the way. Stop the antics and
maneuvering and blustering.
Kilpatrick's behavior Tuesday is all about
self-preservation and aggrandizement. What else could explain a move so
futile, so redolent of the fantastical ploys you'd be more likely to find in
an Alice-in-Wonderland type of story?
On what basis does the mayor really believe he
might veto an effort that attempts to remove him for misconduct? It's
absurdity gone wild.
Of course, Kilpatrick and his lawyers are aided
in their silliness by the city's charter, which doesn't make clear on what
basis the legislative branch may act to remove the executive, what process it
should follow, or what standard of proof it ought to use. If nothing else,
Kilpatrick's scandal reminds all Detroiters that the charter's many weaknesses
loom as a serious structural challenge for the city to address in the near
But first, Kilpatrick has got to go. The legal
maneuvering between him and the council has just begun, and already it's
better for laughs than it is for serious debate.
Kilpatrick can put an end to all of it by doing
the right thing, the thing nearly everyone knows he must do. Resign, and free
the city from this nightmarish feeling of having fallen through the rabbit
The impression I'm left with is that Kilpatrick will try
to finish out his term by trying whatever legal maneuverings and shenanigans he
can come up with, however ridiculous they are and however much they hurt
the city (if only he'd worked this hard to be a good mayor!) until his term
And, this being Detroit, I would not in any way be surprised if he ran for
re-election - and won!
Well, if he succeeds, he succeeds. But if he doesn't? There's always
Zimbabwe. His brand of make-it-up-as-you-go-along governance would fit
in just fine there.
HARVEY KORMAN R.I.P.
Sad news from the entertainment world.
Harvey Korman, the wonderful comedic actor best known for his work on the
Carol Burnett Show - and the guy who Tim Conway could break up just about at
will - died tonight in Los Angeles. He was 81 years old.
Mr. Korman suffered an abdominal aortic aneurysm months ago, which normally
kills people right then and there. Somehow he held on until today.
He spent 12 years with Carol Burnett and made countless people laugh
countless times. He also starred in several Mel Brooks films,
including Blazing Saddles (He was Hedley Lamarr) and The History of the
World, Part 1.
From all accounts, Harvey Korman was a classy, decent man. He certainly
was a talented one. He will be greatly missed.
May he rest in peace.
SHARON STONE'S USELESS APOLOGY
Several days ago I blogged about an especially moronic comment by the
one-time successful actress Sharon Stone in which she suggested, among other
things, that the earthquakes in China were the result of bad karma.
Here is Ms. Stone's entire quote:
"Well you know it was very interesting, because at
first I'm not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because
I don't think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. And, so, I have been
very concerned about how to think and what to do about that, because I don't
like that, and then I've been dis, y'know, concerned about, oh, how we
should deal with the olympics because they're not being nice to the Dalai Lama
who's a good friend of mine. And then all this earthquake and all
this stuff happened and I thought, is that karma, when you're not nice that
the bad things happen to you, and then I got a letter from the Tibetan
Foundation that they wanted to go and be helpful, and that made me
cry. And they asked me if I would write a quote about that and I
said that I would, that it was a big lesson to me, that sometimes you have
to learn to put your head down and be of service, even to people who aren't nice
to you, and that's a big lesson for me."
Do you hear a faint chorus of "tra la la la la" at
the end of her statement, the way I do? Just curious....
Anyway, China did not exactly react to Ms. Stone's wit and wisdom
with unbridled glee. And this resulted in one of the products she endorses
having to take quick, decisive action - as seen in this excerpt from an
Agence France Presse article:
Hollywood star Sharon Stone has
apologised for suggesting China's earthquake was bad "karma" for its handling of
Tibet, but Christian Dior on
Thursday dropped her from its local ads amid a public uproar.
The 50-year-old US actress offered to help with
relief efforts after
the May 12 quake that killed nearly 70,000 people, in an effort to smooth over
tensions sparked by her controversial comments at the Cannes Film Festival last
"My erroneous words and deeds angered and saddened
the Chinese people, and I sincerely apologise for this," she said in a statement
issued by Dior China and sent to AFP on Thursday.
"I'm willing to participate in any earthquake
relief activity and to do my utmost to help Chinese people affected by the
disaster," she added.
But Dior said Stone -- who promotes the French
luxury brand's anti-ageing skin-care line, among other products -- would no
longer appear in its ads in China.
"In light of the negative reaction that Sharon
Stone's inappropriate remarks have triggered, Dior China has decided to
immediately cancel and stop any advertisements, marketing campaigns and
commercial activities associated with Sharon Stone," it said.
Wow. How can you beat that for a sincere apology? I wonder if
she'll retract it now that she lost the endorsement gig.
Let me say that, despite my obvious sarcasm here, I do not hate or even
strongly dislike Sharon Stone. I've always found her demeanor on TV to be
smug and arrogant, but I don't know what kind of a person she is in real
On the other hand, it is nice to see a pampered movie star have to pay a
price for her ridiculous comments. I only wish it happened more often
with this crowd.
FROM THE "YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP" FILE
This latest installment of "you can't make this stuff up" comes to us from
the Rocky Mountain News:
A video that purportedly shows a living,
breathing space alien will be shown to the news media Friday in
Jeff Peckman, who is pushing a ballot initiative
to create an Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission in Denver to prepare the city
for close encounters of the alien kind, said the video is authentic and
convinced him that aliens exist.
"As impressive as it is, it's still one tiny
portion in the context of a vast amount of peripheral evidence," he said
Wednesday. "It's really the final visual confirmation of what you already know
to be true having seen all the other evidence."
When Peckman went before city officials this month
to discuss his proposed ET initiative, he promised to show the video.
Peckman said the general public will have to wait
to see it because it's being included in a documentary by Stan
"No one will be allowed to film the segment with
the extraterrestrial because there is an agreement in place limiting that kind
of exposure during negotiations for the documentary," he said.
But people won't have to wait too long to see it
"There is an open, public meeting in about a month
in Colorado Springs," Peckman said. "We'll hope to do one in Denver at some
point, and then in a few months, there will be the documentary that anybody can
have, and it'll have the footage."
An instructor at the Colorado Film School in
Denver scrutinized the video "very carefully" and determined it was authentic,
Peckman, 54, said the video was among the reasons
he was "compelled" to launch the proposed ballot initiative, which has generated
news as far as South Africa.
"It shows an extraterrestrial's head popping up
outside of a window at night, looking in the window, that's visible through an
infrared camera," he said. The alien is about 4 feet tall and can be seen
blinking, Peckman said earlier this month.
In a statement, Peckman said "other related
credible evidence" proving aliens exist will be shown at Friday's news
In 2003, Peckman authored an off-beat ballot
initiative that would have required the city to implement stress-reduction
techniques. The "Safety Through Peace" initiative failed, but garnered 32
percent of the vote.
.An "Extraterrestrial Affairs Commission"?
Who will head it? Jeff Peckman or Beldar Conehead? Maybe they can
combine the two; then it could be run by Jeffdar Peckerhead.
Like the title says, you can't make this stuff up.
IS GEORGE SOROS BEHIND THE MCLELLAN BOOK?
I acknowledge that, at first glance, the title of this blog seems pretty
But is it?
Look at what www.littlegreenfootballs.com has
uncovered, via information supplied by one of its readers:
The Soros-McClellan Connection
Wed, May 28, 2008 at 7:28:40 pm
The hat tip for this post goes to LGF reader John
Williams in Texas.
The company that published Scott McClellans new
Bush-bashing book is PublicAffairs Books, and their Editor at Large is a guy
named Peter Osnos: About The Century
The owner of PublicAffairs Books is a company
called Perseus Book Group. Heres their ownership tree: Perseus Books
The firm is owned by Perseus Funds Group (holding
company Perseus LLC), a capital management firm that grew from about $20 million
in 1995 to over $2 billion now. Big infusions of cash seemed to help it grow
exponentially, and it closed funds almost as fast as it opened them. The board
has tons of liberals from the Clinton and Carter Administrations, with far-left
credentials that almost put Osnos to shame. Their web site is here: PERSEUS - merchant bank and private equity fund
If you go to the New York Department of State web
site and enter Perseus in the Business
Organization search, you get
this on page 2 of the results:
UPDATE at 5/29/08 9:20:56
Heres the direct connection between Perseus Funds
Group and PublicAffairs Books: PERSEUS Portfolio - Perseus
Perseus Books is a leading publisher of
non-fiction books, publishing titles under seven distinctive imprints: Basic
Books, Da Capo Press, PublicAffairs, Running Press, Basic Civitas,
Counterpoint, and Westview Press.
Let me ask you a question: If this can be
uncovered by some guy who reads the little green footballs blog, and put out by
little green footballs this fast, how come mainstream media don't have a clue
Is it that the story line - a hit job on President Bush - is too good to
muddy with the fact that the publisher is a George Soros enterprise?
One of two things is true. Either mainstream media are clueless about
this obviously key piece of information, or they know about it and decided YOU
shouldn't have a clue.
Remember that as Scott McLellan makes the rounds.
MORE HATRED FROM BARACK OBAMA'S CHURCH
This blog entry is not directed toward people who believe what Barack Obama
said about his "spiritual mentor" jeremiah wright, whom he was thisclose to for
almost 20 years.
If you remember, first Mr. Obama said he never heard wright say anything
hateful (a blatant lie. wright preaches Black liberation theology, which
is as hateful as any klan meeting).
Then he said that he was never there to hear anything offensive that wright
said. (Another blatant lie. Again, wright's ministry is BASED on
hatred, and it is impossible that Obama didn't hear it there).
Then, in his Philadelphia "race speech" - the
one that Chris Mouthews is still drooling over - he changed his story
to, well, yes I did hear him say offensive things, and that's just awful, but I
would no more disown this offensive man than I would disown my
racist grandmother. (No one has ever been able to figure out why he took down
his grandmother that way. She's still alive, and I would have loved to hear their next
That, too, turned out to be a lie since just a couple of weeks later he
disowned wright. (I wonder how granny made out).
If you believed what Obama said, you are incapable of logic or reason so
don't bother reading any further.
Ok. Now that we've cleared out the fools and dupes, let me show you what Obama's
church was a party to just this past weekend.
One of the few White people who preach there is Father michael pfleger.
pfleger is, in my opinion, a lunatic left nutcake who sees just about everything
through a racial prism. To Barack Obama, however, he is a "moral compass"
(his words, folks, not mine).
Here is what Father pfleger had to say from that pulpit over Memorial Day
weekend, courtesy of www.michellemalkin.com. Watch it
by clicking below, or just read the transcript. See what you think
about Mr. Obama's "moral compass":
Hes baaaack: Obama supporter Rev. Michael
Pfleger flogs Hillarys white entitlement on the pulpit
Ive reported before on Obama supporter/spiritual
advisor/Jeremiah Wright chum/Farrakhan cheerleader Rev. Michael Pfleger and his
racial demagoguery (see March 29 and
Pfleger, who until recently was featured on
the Obama campaign website as a spiritual endorser, was back at Obamas Trinity
United Church this weekend mocking Hillary Clintons white entitlement. Its
one thing to ridicule Hillarys sense of political and ideological entitlement
as part of the Clinton dynasty. But the demagogic emphasis on her race from this
hate preacher on the pulpit is quite another thing. You really have to see his
performance to believe it.
Heres the video thats getting around. Ive
transcribed it below as well if you cant stomach the antics:
Pastor Otis Moss: He needs no introduction. Hes
a friend of Trinity, hes a brother beloved. Hes a preacher par excellence.
Hes a prophetic, powerful pulpiteer. He is our friend. He is our brother. He
is none other than Father Michael Pfleger. (Crowd on its feet, standing
ovation, loud applause). We welcome him once again
Pfleger: [Unintelligible] to address the one
who says, Well, dont hold me responsible (gesticulating) for what my
ancestors did. But you have enjoyed the benefits of what your ancestors did
and unless you are ready to give up the benefits (voice rising), throw away
your 401 fund, throw away your trust fund, throw away all the money you put
into the company you WALKED INTO BECAUSE YO DADDY AND YO GRANDDADDY AND YO
GREATGRANDDADDY(screaming at the top of his lungs)UNLESS YOURE WILLING TO
GIVE UP THE BENEFITS, THEN YOU MUST BE REPSONSIBLE FOR WHAT WAS DONE IN YOUR
GENERATION CUZ YOU ARE THE BENEFICIARY OF THIS INSURANCE POLICY! (Wild
gestures, wild applause).
We must be honest enough to expose white
entitlement and supremacy wherever it raises its head.
I said before I dont want this to be political
because, you know, Im very unpolitical (mocking tone, huge
When Hillary was crying (gesturing tears,
uproarious laughter from audience)and people said that was put onI really
dont believe it was put on.
I really believe that she just always thought
This is mine (laughter, hoots). Im Bills wife. Im WHITE. And this is
mine. And I jus gotta get up. And step into the plate. And then out of
nowhere came, Hey, Im Barack Obama. And she said: Oh, damn! WHERE DID YOU
COME FROM!?!?! (Crowd going nuts, Pfleger screaming). IM WHITE! IM ENTITLED!
THERES A BLACK MAN STEALING MY SHOW. (SOBS!) SHE WASNT THE ONLY ONE CRYING!
THERE WAS A WHOLE LOTTA WHITE PEOPLE CRYING!
Im sorry. I dont wanna get you in any mo
trouble. The livestreaming just went out again
There you have it. Barack Obama's new pastor and
Barack Obama's moral compass. Add them to his spiritual mentor jeremiah
Anyone who thinks this will not be a front-burner issue in the upcoming
campaign is nuts. And anyone who thinks this will not severely damage
Barack Obama's chances to win the presidency is even more nuts.
How much longer before we hear another "sincere" denunciation from Mr. Obama,
this time taking down michael pfleger? Maybe he can use his racist
grandmother as a prop again. Look at how well that worked last
UPDATE: I just made the mistake of tuning in Dan
Abrams' MSNBC show, "The Verdict". I got there just in time to hear him
sneeringly refer to attacks against Barack Obama's relationship with michael
pfleger as "right wing propaganda" and to then attack Fox News for paying too
much attention to jeremiah wright.
Barack Obama's "moral compass screams out a racist screed in Barack
Obama's church and Barack Obama's pastor praises him to the skies. But in the
happy horsemanure world of Dan Abrams, mentioning this is right wing
Some people call Abrams' network A Mess NBC. They have a