Clinton: ‘Norms have changed for what you can do to somebody against their will’

 

While the events of the day have overtaken Bill Clinton’s latest view on the #Me Two Movement and the removal of Al Franken – supporting Franken in the full interview, this one tidbit below should not go without notice. The unhappy looking sidekick in the form of the real author of the so called Clinton novel, flails desperately at times to bail out his Kemosabe. The Lone Ranger rides again.

 

 

It’s probably time for Bill Clinton to stop doing interviews.

The former president has come under fire once again for comments he made during a recent sit-down — this time noting how “norms have changed in terms of what you can do to somebody against their will.”

Clinton made the controversial statement while speaking to PBS Newshour about the resignation of former Senator Al Franken last year following his sexual misconduct scandal.

“I assume you think that what happened with you was more serious than what happened with [Franken],” host Judy Woodruff asked Clinton. “He was driven from office, from the US Senate. So, norms have changed. Do you think that’s a good thing?”

“Well, in general, I think it’s a good thing, yes,” replied the former president.

“I think it’s a good thing that we should all have higher standards,” he said. “I think the norms have really changed in terms of, what you can do to somebody against their will, how much you can crowd their space, make them miserable at work.”

Clinton added, “You don’t have to physically assault somebody to make them, you know, uncomfortable at work or at home or in their other — just walking around. That, I think, is good.”

Read more at the New York Post

 

Yes, the Lone Ranger Rides Again!

 

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Al Franken cut from PBS honoring David Letterman, but Letterman’s scandal?

Right now, my internet is limited to the Library.. sorry folks for the lack of posting, but I have been at the ready. Let’s look at an oldie moldie post I did waaay back in 2009 just for the memory. First from Weasel Zippers that got my mind clicking……

Letterman had his own scandal in 2009.

Via NY Post:

Sen. Al Franken has been cut out of a TV special honoring comedian David Letterman following an accusation by a former model and Los Angeles radio news host that he kissed and groped her during a USO tour in 2006, according to a report.

The Minnesota Democrat filmed the PBS special “David Letterman: The Mark Twin Prize,” which was scheduled to air Monday, but the network edited him out, TV Line reported on Sunday.

​”​Senator Al Franken participated in the event, but will not appear substantially in the PBS program​. ​… PBS and WETA, the producing station, felt that the inclusion of Senator Franken in the broadcast at this time would distract from the show’s purpose as a celebration of American humor​,” PBS told TV Line.

Keep reading…

David Letterman – Add to Hollyweird

“Here’s a guy who is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, who has dealt with cops and wiretaps and undercover investigations virtually his entire life,” defense lawyer Gerald Shargel said of Halderman on CBS’ “Early Show,” one of the morning shows he hit.

“There was a $2 million check. In the history of extortion, I don’t think there’s been a single case where the alleged extortionist took a check in payment. It just doesn’t make any sense.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2009/10/05/2009-10-05_lawyer_for_lettermans_accused_blackmailer_joe_halderman_says_daves_not_telling_f.html#ixzz0WZ8F9xPM

“Late Show” host called the whole thing “a very bizarre experience.”david-letterman-married-regina-lasko-wedding

You could say the same thing about his “bizarre” performance before an adoring studio audience that didn’t seem to realize the seriousness of the situation.

The audience laughed and cheered as Letterman used his usual assortment of funny expressions and hand gestures while describing what he called a “blackmail” attempt by a man who has since been identified as Emmy-winning CBS news producer Joe Halderman. Letterman said the accused extortionist threatened to reveal in a book and a movie that the host had sex with women who worked for him.

At times, the laughter and cheers seemed as inappropriate as Letterman’s occasional creepy attempts to joke about a very serious situation. In one case, the audience laughter even led to a joke. You almost wondered if members of the audience hated themselves later for laughing but couldn’t help it.

When Letterman said he had to go before a New York City grand jury to tell “all of the creepy things I’ve done,” the audience laughed.

David Letterman had secret bedroom above Ed Sullivan Theater, sez ex-‘Late Show’ stafferAn ex-“Late Show” intern unmasked herself Saturday as one of David Letterman‘s former flings – and sources revealed the randy funnyman keeps a bachelor pad atop the Ed Sullivan Theater.”I was madly in love with him at the time,” said Holly Hester. “I would have married him. He was hilarious.”

The NYU alum, who it appears went on to become a top Hollywood producer, told TMZ.com that the relationship started in the early ’90s when Letterman called and asked her on a date to the movies.A year-long, secret romance ensued, she said, until the funnyman called it off because of their age difference.

Hollywood once more, displays its appalling lack of normal human conventional behavior- whether Norman Polanski, or David Letterman, its  Ego,Ego,Ego. One can only wonder where the audience came from. America, where is the outrage for this outrageous disrepectful behavaior.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/2009/10/04/2009-10-04_untitled__4dave04m.html#ixzz0T9XIVzNU

Al Franken the known pervert will no doubt survive the ethics investigation

 

The internet has been sketchy in my new digs, so this one is a late post… but… I would say, let’s trade us an Al Franken out of the Senate for a GOPer would be a fair trade. After all he stole his seat anyway with that trunk load of “missing votes” that put him over the top.

Leeann Tweeden published her account of what happened morning on the website of KABC Radio in Los Angeles, setting off a firestorm of criticism and calls for Franken to face a Senate ethics investigation. Franken joined the call Thursday afternoon.

By Leeann Tweeden

In December of 2006, I embarked on my ninth USO Tour to entertain our troops, my eighth to the Middle East since the 9/11 attacks. My father served in Vietnam and my then-boyfriend (and now husband, Chris) is a pilot in the Air Force, so bringing a ‘little piece of home’ to service members stationed far away from their families was both my passion and my privilege.

On the day of the show Franken and I were alone backstage going over our lines one last time. He said to me, “We need to rehearse the kiss.” I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax Al, this isn’t SNL…we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.’

He continued to insist, and I was beginning to get uncomfortable.

He repeated that actors really need to rehearse everything and that we must practice the kiss. I said ‘OK’ so he would stop badgering me. We did the line leading up to the kiss and then he came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth.

I immediately pushed him away with both of my hands against his chest and told him if he ever did that to me again I wouldn’t be so nice about it the next time.

I walked away. All I could think about was getting to a bathroom as fast as possible to rinse the taste of him out of my mouth.

I felt disgusted and violated.

Not long after, I performed the skit as written, carefully turning my head so he couldn’t kiss me on the lips.

No one saw what happened backstage. I didn’t tell the Sergeant Major of the Army, who was the sponsor of the tour. I didn’t tell our USO rep what happened.

At the time I didn’t want to cause trouble. We were in the middle of a war zone, it was the first show of our Holiday tour, I was a professional, and I could take care of myself. I told a few of the others on the tour what Franken had done and they knew how I felt about it.

I tried to let it go, but I was angry.

Other than our dialogue on stage, I never had a voluntary conversation with Al Franken again. I avoided him as much as possible and made sure I was never alone with him again for the rest of the tour.

 

Al Franken Beclowns Himself Over Gorsuch

One of these people tried to lecture the other on the Constitution. Guesses? A real brain teaser on a Saturday morning. Sorry folks…. the best I could do..

 

Durbin says, lets get rid of tax-payers student loan debt, while we are at it, control textbooks

One can only imagine what will be in those subsidized textbooks, can’t we? Better yet, we knew all along that when the government took over student loans, forgiveness was always the intent. But as usual, that which we warned about now sees the light of day. Get rid of these Commies this fall, as least as many as we can. Al Franken springs to life on this one. Elizabeth Warren to the rescue in this one as well. Is there nothing they will do to sell their soul for a few votes?

Durbin is working in coordination with Democrat Senators Elizabeth Warren and Jack Reed, who have also introduced student-focused legislation designed to turn out the youth vote in November. (Laugh line here.)

Illinois Review reports
In an attempt to gin up the youth vote for the November election, U.S. Senator Richard “Dick” Durbin has co-sponsored and written legislation that will allow students who declare bankruptcy to get rid of their taxpayer-financed student loan debt, and subsidize (again with tax money) textbook purchases.

At the moment, student debt, which is the result of ever-increasing tuition costs driven by government subsidized student loans, cannot be erased by filing bankruptcy. Durbin thinks this is wrong and argues that the government must step in and protect students from the debt they’ve accrued as a result of government loans. He’s calling his bill a student-loans “bill of rights.”

In addition, Durbin has introduced legislation called the Affordable College Textbook Act, which is co-sponsored by Minnesota Senator Al Franken (D). The bill would create a taxpayer-subsidized grant program for colleges and universities around the country to develop and expand the use of open-source textbooks. In other words, working taxpayers would now pay for the writing, updating, printing, and use of textbooks, which would then be free online for students.
Government created the problem of high tuition by subsidizing it : now Senate Durbin wants to stick the taxpayers with the bill. What’s really creepy is Dick Durbin will get into the text book writing business. Senator Durbin appears to believe in the central planning of Mikhail Suslov. –

was a Sovietstatesman during the Cold War. He served as Second Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1965, and as unofficial Chief Ideologue of the Party until his death in 1982. Suslov was responsible for party democracy and the separation of power within the Communist Party. His hardline attitude toward change made him one of the foremost anti-reformist Soviet leaders.

Born in rural Russia in 1902, Suslov became a member of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) in 1921 and studied economics for much of the 1920s. He left his job as a teacher in 1931 to pursue politics full-time, becoming one of the many Soviet politicians who took part in the mass repression begun by Joseph Stalin‘s regime. Suslov impressed the Soviet leadership to such an extent in the pre-Eastern Front Soviet Union that he was made First Secretary of Stavropol Krai administrative area. During the war, Suslov headed the local Stavropol guerilla movement. He became a member of the Organisational Bureau (Orgburo) of the Central Committee in 1946 and, four years later, was elected to the Presidium (Politburo) of the All-Union Communist Party.

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