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Listen carefully to David Frostâ€™s interview with Benazir Bhutto for his show, Frost Over The World, on the English language version of Al Jazeera Conducted on November 2, 2007, just under two months before her assassination, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan can be heard saying "...the man who murdered Osama Bin Laden." Did she misspeak? Or is Osama Bin Laden really dead? You decide:
Special thanks to Sirius Satellite radio host Mike Malloy (Channel 146) for uncovering this interview.
RAWSTORY.COM REPORTER LARISA ALEXANDROVNA
BLOGS ABOUT THE KILLING OF BHUTTO:
December 27, 2007
Our ally in the so called "War on Terror" product line - Pakistan's military dictatorship - has claimed another casualty:
"Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack after a rally in the city of Rawalpindi on Thursday, her party said.
'She has been martyred,' said party official Rehman Malik."
Police at the scene said about 15 people had been killed. A Reuters witness said he saw about eight bodies on a road as well as a mutilated human head.
An Interior Ministry spokesman said initial reports suggested it was a suicide bombing and more than 10 people had been killed.
A suicide bomber killed nearly 150 people in an attack on Bhutto on Oct.
18 as she paraded through the southern city of Karachi after returning home from eight years in self-imposed exile.
Larry Flynt is the Subject of a Vanity Fair Exposé
By Bruce David HUSTLER Editorial Director
The Vanity Fair piece by Bruce Handy, published exclusively on the web, could have been kinder, but who cares? Not us.
Handy was at the offices of HUSTLER magazine talking to anyone who would give him the time of day, including myself and Mark Johnson, head of our research department. Foremost on his mind: "What's your next big scoop? Who are you gonna out next?" After all, we had just exposed Senator David Vitter as a hypocrite and liar, and our investigations were ongoing.
Despite constant reassurances that he could be trusted to keep our secrets, we remained mum. He seemed dumbfounded. And very unhappy. Maybe that's why he decided to paint Larry Flynt and HUSTLER's editors as cartoons with no credible standing. Then again, maybe not. Tracking down corrupt, hypocritical politicians often seems like stepping into a Looney Toons adventure.
Still, we think Handy could have done a better job checking his facts.
Point 1: Handy writes:â€ˆ"...only three post-Vitter numbers [from the D.C. Madam's phone list] could be linked with instantly recognizable names. One of those was the ABC newsman Sam Donaldson. As HUSTLER eventually learned, to its disappointment, Donaldson's cousinâ€”whose new cell phone number was similar to [D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane] Palfrey'sâ€”had apparently left him a message and accidently gave Palfrey's number."
Sure, we had Donaldson's number. And it's true that the D.C. Madamâ€”as relayed to us by our Washington investigator, Dan Moldeaâ€”offered a cover story for Donaldson. But we greeted it with skepticism. We chose not to pursue the Donaldson investigation because he was not a politician and did not qualify as a sexual hypocrite, not because of the dubious story we heard from Moldea.
Point 2: According to Handy, Moldea "is at pains to make the distinction that when he works for Flynt, he is working for Larry Flynt Publications and not HUSTLER Magazine." Ouch! Guess Dan is unhappy about the way we parted company. Let's just say we had a difference of opinion on certain matters. However, it boggles the mind for him to say he was not working for HUSTLER. All communication between this organization and Dan went through either myself or Mark Johnson, both of us exclusively working as HUSTLER employees. It was Mark and I who brought these communications to Flynt. Dan's contact with the HUSTLER publisher was extremely limited, even when it came to the issuing of checks. He knows full well that he was working for the magazine.
Point 3: "The magazine hit another dead end with Larry Craig. Moldea says Flynt called him last February to look into rumors that Craig...was gay. â€˜It was a hunch,' Moldea says." Wellll, noooo. We made Craig Asshole of the Month in our April issue (which went on sale in February) citing him as a sexual hypocrite and closet homosexual. From February until June (when Craig was busted in a Minneapolis airport men's room, we had Moldea's agents supposedly tracking Craig to no avail. This is a sore point between Moldea and the HUSTLER crew.
Point 4: Finally, there's this from Handy: "When Trent Lott announced his resignation from the Senate in late November, HUSTLER got two dozen calls from reporters and bloggers assuming, wrongly, that Flynt had a hand in it." Wrongly? How does Handy know that? Did Moldea tell him? If so, how would Moldea know? Our ongoing investigations into sexually hypocritical politicians is multipronged and Moldea was not part of the Trent Lott team.
It's possible that the world will never learn what HUSTLER had on Lott since we ended the investigation with his resignation. No sense paying for information when the target had taken himself off the field.
In closing, I'd like to address Handy's characterization of me: I do not look like "a more dyspeptic Dan Hedaya." I see myself as a somewhat older and more dyspeptic George Clooney. Of course, I could be wrong about that.
For those of us who don't want a few big companies deciding what we see, hear, and read in the news, it's a bad day.
The Bush-appointed FCC voted yesterday to loosen media ownership rules so media titans like Rupert Murdoch can swallow up more local news outlets.¹ They did this despite a huge public outcryâ€”when the FCC asked for public comments, 99% opposed media consolidation!²
The last thing our democracy needs is fewer independent media voices and more news outlets like FOX. Congress has the power to reverse this rule change, and a bipartisan group of 26 Senators already announced they'll try.³ We need the rest of the Senate to know we're paying attention and we want action.
Can you sign this petition asking Congress to reverse the FCC's media consolidation decisionâ€”and forward this email to a couple friends who would care about this issue?
When we deliver thousands of petition signatures to Congress, we'll give Senators who are on our side something that they can use to convince their colleagues this issue is important and the public is paying attention.
For over 30 years, the rules prevented corporations from owning a newspaper and TV station in the same city. One goal was to increase the quality of journalism, which happens when news outlets compete. Another goal was to ensure diversity of voicesâ€”preventing FOX owner Rupert Murdoch from gobbling up lots of news outlets in the same place and controlling the political dialogue.
Murdoch already said that's exactly what he'll do.4 If yesterday's rule change by the Bush FCC is allowed to stand, that paves the way for more and more local news outlets to spread the same type of right-wing misinformation that we currently get from FOXâ€”and consumers will have fewer and fewer alternatives.
The Bush FCC tried this once before, in 2003. Millions of Americans stood together and got that decision overturned.5 We can do it again now.
Thanks for all you do.
MoveOn.org Civic Action
Wednesday, December 19th, 2007
Wexler: "The charges are too serious to ignore. There is credible evidence that the Vice President abused the power of his office, and not only brought us into an unneccesary war but violated the civil liberties and privacy of American citizens. It is the constitutional duty of Congress to hold impeachment hearings."
FROM THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE:
Edwards cuts sharper edge in Iowa trail speeches By Tim Jones | Tribune national correspondent December 16, 2007
IOWA CITY - The Chevy truck song -- John Mellencamp's "Our Country"
-- blared from overhead speakers as the once and former Democratic beacon of sunshine and hope prepared to drop some red meat on the carpeted floor of the normally placid Iowa City Public Library.
"The few, the powerful, the well-financed, they now control the government," John Edwards told a tight crowd of about 350 last week.
"They've taken over your democracy. And it affects everything that happens in this country."
"Everything," he emphasized.
During an 18-minute span, the former North Carolina senator took aim and fired freely at insurance, oil and drug companies and failed chief executives rewarded with golden parachutes. He described the Republican field as "George Bush on steroids" and said his Democratic competitors are talkers, not fighters.
In what has often been portrayed as a two-Democrat battle -- between Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Clinton of New York -- the populist Edwards is making an eight-day blitz across the frozen fields of Iowa, a sort of red-meat express to convince the middle class that he is the one who will wrest the country from the clutches of "corporate power and greed."
In the December 6, 2007 speech about his Mormon religion as it relates to being president, Mitt Romney made a series of very disturbing statements. "Freedom requires religion," he said, "just as religion requires freedom...Freedom and religion endure together or perish alone." No, sir! Freedom does not require religion. Religion is, in fact, often a form of tyranny. Romney went on to say: "Our greatness would not long endure without judges who respect the foundation of faith upon which our constitution rests. I will take care to separate the affairs of government from any religion, but I will not separate us from the God who gave us liberty." Does that mean that judges who are atheists or, God forbid, Muslim, are not fit to serve? And that the constitution is not the source of our freedom? Thatâ€™s exactly what Romney says a short while later: "Americans acknowledge that liberty is a gift from God, not an indulgence of government."
Comparing Romneyâ€™s muddled, ignorant and theocratic ramblings to the thoughtful, lucid speech given by John F. Kennedy when he was running for president forces us to ask the following question: How stupid have we become as a nation? See for yourself if you donâ€™t think Romney is a giant, leaking asshole when compared to the last person who had to grapple with the issue of his religion as it relates to the highest office in the land.
CONCENTRATION CAMPS IN AMERICA
Investigative reporter Bryan Sacks has obtained information that Halliburton is building a system of secret 'detention centers' in the U.S. According to the story, during the winter of 2006, Kellogg Brown & Root, then a subsidiary of the defense contractor Halliburton, secured a $385-million contract through the Department of Homeland Security to build "temporary immigration detention centers" in the event of an "emergency influx of immigrants." Given the Bush regimeâ€™s record of secrecy and repression, the alarming fact that it is building mass holding centers is a matter of urgent concern. Is the federal government getting ready to round up its political opponents?
BUSH'S SECRET PLANS
Ronald Reaganâ€™s assistant secretary of the treasury Paul Craig Roberts warns in HUSTLER that recent Presidential directives and executive orders permit Bush to elevate himself to dictator simply by declaring a "catastrophic emergency." The May 9, 2007 National Security Presidential Directive claims "enduring Constitutional government" as one of its purposes. However, the directive gives the President power over all government and business activities until he declares the emergency to be over.
WILL BUSH CANCEL THE 2008 ELECTION?
Harvey Wasserman & Bob Fitrakis expect the list of vote-theft maneuvers to escalate yet again. "We are already witnessing a coordinated nationwide drive to destroy voter registration organizations and to disenfranchise millions of minority, poor, and young voters." Overall, the GOP will have at its command even more weapons of election theft in 2008 than it did in Ohio 2004, which jumped exponentially from Florida 2000.
Full articles available in HUSTLER Magazine's February Issue, on sale December 11th.
FLYNT CHOSE NOT TO EXPOSE SAM DONALDSON
November 27, 2007
In response to a story by online news source Big Head DC that a phone number belonging to ABC newsman Sam Donaldson appears in the phone records of former D.C. Madam Deborah Jeane Palfrey, Larry Flynt confirms that his researchers discovered the number months ago but chose not to reveal it.
"We did not release the information because Donaldson did not meet our criteria for being a hypocrite," Flynt said. "Donaldson is not a politician and does not make the kind of daily decisions that affect our lives."
After researchers at HUSTLER headquarters found the number in July 2007, they informed D.C. investigator Dan Moldea, who confirmed the information with Palfrey. Larry Flynt informed ABC so they would be prepared if the story came out elsewhere. Flynt assured the network that he had no plans to release the information.
HUSTLER researchers have also found other numbers belonging to media figures, but have chosen not to reveal the information. Flynt has repeatedly stated that his aim is not to publish scandals for their own sake but rather to expose hypocrisy and challenge those who try to impose moral values on others.
TRENT LOTT RESIGNS
November 26, 2007
Rent Boy on Sex With Outgoing Republican Senator Trent Lott: No Comment
"Once upon a time," writes Big Head DC, "there was a twentysomething boy-next-door type with reddish blond hair and a brillantly white smile."
This boy-next-door is male escort Benjamin Nicholas, whose blog 15 Minutes helped him make some connections in business and politics.
One of these connections is rumored to be Senator Trent Lott, Republican Minority Whip and former Senate Majority Leader, rumored to have planned a resignation by the end of this year to avoid being scandalized by Hustler publisher Larry Flynt. Flynt had, back in June, offered cash rewards for substantiated accounts of sexual liaisons with elected officials.
HUSTLER Magazine has received numerous inquiries regarding the involvement of Larry Flynt and HUSTLER in the resignation of Trent Lott. Senator Lott has been the target of an ongoing HUSTLER investigation for some time now, due to confidential information that we have received.
NO MORE DIRTY TRICKS:
Help us stop sneaky signature gatherers
Watch the YouTube. Tell your friends, family and neighbors.
November 26, 2007
As you know, it's against the law to obscure or misrepresent petitions. As part of our netroots and grassroots-driven campaign to defeat the right-wing dirty trick to steal the White House, we're documenting the tactics of "California Counts" -- the cabal of dirty tricksters behind this power grab.
Secretary Bowen's office told the Daily Nexus, the UCSB newspaper, that they will open an investigation into the "California Counts" campaign if enough people come forward with information exposing misleading signature-gathering tactics:
Hustler editors have informed the Writers Guild of America that top priority will be given to article suggestions sent in by striking members. Hustlerâ€™s writers guidelines can be found at the WGA website.
WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY?
November 14, 2007
Coming to a Theater Near You
Morgan Spurlock, the producer of Super Size Me, presents a new documentary, What Would Jesus Buy? featuring the anti-corporate evangelist known as Reverend Billy.
Two former high-ranking policy experts from the Bush administration say the U.S. has been gearing up for a war with Iran for years, despite claiming otherwise. It'll be Iraq all over again.
In the years after 9/11, Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann worked at the highest levels of the Bush administration as Middle East policy experts for the National Security Council. Mann conducted secret negotiations with Iran. Leverett traveled with Colin Powell and advised Condoleez