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Posted on Mar 12, 2008
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Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange watch New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s televised apology on Monday.

By Robert Scheer

Tell me again: Why should we get all worked up over the revelation that the New York governor paid for sex? Will it bring back to life the eight U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq that same day in a war that makes no sense and has cost this nation trillions in future debt? Will it save those millions of homes that hardworking folks all over the country are losing because of financial industry shenanigans that Eliot Spitzer, as much as anyone, attempted to halt? Perhaps it provides some insight into why oil has risen to $108 a barrel, benefiting most of all the oil sheiks whom our taxpayer-supported military has kept in power?

Sure, the guy, by his own admission, is quite pathetic in all those small, squirrelly ways that have messed up the lives of other grand public figures before him, but why is an all-too-human sin, amply predicted in early Scripture, getting all this incredible media play as some sort of shocking event? The answer is that, while having precious little to do with serious corruption in public life, it does have a great deal to do with stoking flagging newspaper sales and television ratings.

The sad truth is that reporting on major corruption, say, the rationalizations of a president who has authorized torture, doesn’t cut it as a marketing bonanza. Just days before this grand exposé, the president vetoed a bill banning torture, and instead of being greeted with horrified disgust, the president’s deep denigration of this nation’s presumed ideals was met with a vast public yawn. Torture, unlike paid sex, doesn’t have legs as a news story.

Sex sells, and frankly it would seem far more exploitative for the news media to pimp this tale to the public than anything that VIP escort service did with the pitiable governor. His behavior was not really any more wretched than messing around with a young and vulnerable White House intern who didn’t even get paid for her efforts, yet Bill Clinton survived that one, whereas Spitzer was presumed dead on the arrival of this “news.” The New York Times, which editorially has supported the candidacy of Hillary Clinton, whose vast White House experience clearly did not include corralling her husband, now editorializes contemptuously about Spitzer’s betrayal of the public trust as well as about his exploitation of his “ashen-faced” wife, who, like Hillary, stood by her man.

The media consensus from the opening salvo was that Spitzer must resign and he will be thrown to the dogs, which is unfortunate because, like Clinton, he has done much valuable work in the public interest, and the outrage over this personal dereliction, tawdry in the extreme, is excessive. I certainly never wanted Clinton to resign, let alone be impeached, but why is Spitzer’s paying for sex more disgraceful than ripping it off? Yes, Spitzer allegedly broke a law that shouldn’t be on the books, and his resignation in disgrace is inevitable, but it bothers me that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney remain in office despite having violated enormously more serious laws.

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Frankly, I don’t care what any of these politicians do in their personal lives as long as the practice is consensual, and the thousands of dollars that exchanged hands in this case would provide a presumption that the lady in question was indeed a willing partner in this commercial transaction. True, Spitzer is an outrageous hypocrite for having prosecuted others caught in what should not be considered criminal behavior, but since when is hypocrisy on the part of a politician, particularly as to sex, so shocking?

I wouldn’t have written this column had I not read The Wall Street Journal’s Page 1 news story headlined “Wall Street Cheers as Its Nemesis Plunges Into Crisis.” The article begins with the crowing statement “It’s Schadenfreude time on Wall Street” and goes on to quote those whom Spitzer went after over what should be considered the criminal greed that has predominated on Wall Street. It was Spitzer, as much as anyone, who sounded the alarm on the subprime mortgage crisis, the obscene payouts to CEOs who defrauded their shareholders and the other financial scandals that have brought the U.S. economy to its knees.

The best rule of thumb these days is that ordinary Americans should be mightily depressed over any news that Wall Street hustlers cheer, for they have been exposed as a dangerous pack of scoundrels quite willing to rob decent, hardworking people of their homes. And of course no one on Wall Street ever paid for sex.

Related: CNBC personality Jim Cramer talks about Wall Street’s hatred of his friend Eliot Spitzer.

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“The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street.”


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By Carlos K, March 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment
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Let’s not take our focus from the Spitzer drama for a moment by looking at Bush and company and wasting thought process on that red-herring.  What’s happened here is a Republican Party hit job with perfect execution.  Anyone who believes that a $10,000 transaction was the catalyst that attracted attention to Spitzer is as naiive as they come.  Excuse me, but in what planet would a transaction of this type raise eyebrows at any bank???.  When was the last time that we’ve heard that the Justice Department, the FBI and the IRS were all working in zync on a transaction of this type.  Let’s wake up here, someone gave the order at Mr. Spitzer’s bank to monitor his account and the moment this fool stepped on a landmine they were ready and waiting for him.  Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that this is a Wall Street payback. Karl Rove might be out of the government, but he’s not out of the game, this has his fingerprints all over this mess.

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By Blackspeare, March 12, 2008 at 3:44 pm Link to this comment

Too bad CNN’s Wolf Blitzer wasn’t involved——-then we could be talking about a Spitzer-Blitzer three-way!!!

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By Blackspeare, March 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment

KY…

The Mann Act is unlikely to be applied since since it was enacted for drug smuggling and money laundering is unlikely since it was his own money that he had paid taxes on——remember his net worth is over $300 million.  He was just trying to hide the transaction from his family.  Being a John is a class B misdemeanor which is nothing and since he has resigned his office he has no doubt reached an agreement with the Feds not to prosecute.

All in all I wouldn’t worry about him——with over $300 million he’ll be just fine.  We’ll see him on the tube in a bit!

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By Blackspeare, March 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm Link to this comment

Liza…

Spitzer and his ilk suffer from a disease called “hubris.”  It’s generally found in politicians who are from wealth or who have accumulated wealth.  In modern times you can say it started with Ted Kennedy in Chappaquiddick Island though with Kennedy it was a single occurrence.  Spitzer, on the other hand, as a prosecutor of Wall Street biggies made powerful enemies.

It is likely his penchant for high-end hookers was known by those close to him.  It was just a matter of time for his enemies to lie in wait for the opportunity to strike and well they did!

I would have to believe that Spitzer was too smart to get caught the way he did via a wiretap——-something he used himself as a prosecutor to trap his prey.  He must have had access to information on local FBI operations and his sources must have been compromised before they could alert him.

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By truthreaderaz, March 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment
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The behaviour of Eliot Spitzer is not a private matter. That guy has built a career and a reputation
as morality and propriety ccrusader and now this.
What a hypocrite and a pretender. He took pride and
gloated about busting prostition rings and puting
“johns” and “Janes” in jail.
And to the people who are defending him, who will
stand for poor Mrs. Spitzer and his innocent daughters to be dragged and severely hurt and
humiliated in pupblic like that. Are marriage vows
do not mean anyting anymore.
He let down the average citizen who trusted him and looked up to him as Mr. honest and proper.
Besides this situation showed him a coceited unwise
character who is so full of himself that he thought
that he is untouchable.

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By Dark Star, March 12, 2008 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment
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What the hell does the gender of Spitzer’s children have to do with this? BTW, it’s “hubris.”

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By Liza, March 12, 2008 at 11:50 am Link to this comment

Thank you, Robert Scheer, for being the lone voice of reason.

Eliot Spitzer getting caught like this makes you wonder if he went to that place where politicians go when they think they are invincible.  And the humiliation he has brought upon himself and his family probably seems unforgivable right now from their perspective.

However, I am astonished by this overwhelming rush to condemn this man as though his entire career has been about nothing.  Even if you have never heard of him, there is enough information in Wikipedia to refute the notion that someone like him should be easily expendable.

No one has come to his defense.  No one has suggested that he fight back and pursue the “sin and redemption” course that politicians in similar circumstances have used to save their careers.

Why has everyone been so quick to agree that he has to go?  Who benefits from that?  Ot who gets the revenge?

Eliot Spitzer has done a great deal of good.  Why is he just being thrown away?

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By L. Gordon, March 12, 2008 at 11:40 am Link to this comment
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How easy it is to find fault with public figures. It’s easy to forgive our own “transgressions”, after all we’re only HUMAN. How like jackals people can be when they can bring down a public figure for doing the same as they have done or would if they got the chance. How sickening it is to see how some people seem to actually enjoy seeing another’s downfall. What goes around comes around: when these same folks need compassion, as Elliot and his wife do now, and these same folks get that treatment it’s “oh poor me, oh poor me…”

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By George Powell, March 12, 2008 at 11:39 am Link to this comment
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You are exactly correct in your evaluation of the Spitzer transgression. It is hypocritical of Spitzer, but the hypocrisy pales in comparison to that of the lawless occupant of the White House, a monstrous hypocrisy that has cost thousands of American lives and will in the end cost several trillion dollars. If the rabid extremists on the right were to enforce the same standards for Bush and Cheney as they loudly bleat about Spitzer, both Bush and Cheney should have resigned or at least be placed under citizens’ arrest.
Sex has had the power to cloud men’s minds for thousands of years. More shocking is the subversion of the Constitution by a president who puts himself above the law every day with his conduct.

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By Greg Bacon, March 12, 2008 at 10:54 am Link to this comment

“Spitzer probes BUSH, finds nothing wrong” is the HEAD line that would have ran, if Elliot had been able to carry out the rest of his UNDERCOVER investigation of GW.

Instead, all of that LONG and HARD work will come to naught, as Elliot retires to write books about his digging deep into BUSH for reasons of Gawd, Mom and Apple Pie.

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By Conservative Yankee, March 12, 2008 at 10:25 am Link to this comment
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“I wish Bill Clinton had said, “This is nobody’s business but my own, I am doing the job you elected me to do. I stand by my record.” He should have told the nation to back off.”

The Fat Bill got his Blow-job at the workplace on Company time. Had any autoworker, retail clerk, or librarian been caught doing this “On-the-clock” they would have been fired post haste, and rightfully so.

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By Debbie S., March 12, 2008 at 10:11 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Mr. Scheer for discussing the hypocrisy of the mainstream media.As a women I feel prostitution is very damaging.It usually does involve crimes and abuse done to women.It is very disheartening to see Mr.Spitzer take part in this.I feel prostitution should be decriminalized but I do not support the concept that it is consensual.Women are used.Either from abuse,oppression, drug addiction or poverty.Mr.Spitzer’s efforts at exposing corporate crime however is courageous and desperately needed.A very tragic situation that the mainstream media is choosing to exploit.Something their corporate benefactors want.

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By DennisB, March 12, 2008 at 10:00 am Link to this comment
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You ask why the American People seem not to care about what Bush does?

We do care, we just cannot change what he does.  He does not listen to the people and Congress won’t impeach the lying b*****d.

So short of armed insurrection, what do you propose we do?

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By Gabir, March 12, 2008 at 9:59 am Link to this comment

Once again the liberal SUPERHERO robert scheer sets the record straight on another political tragedy . Oh , yes , let us elect the village idiot , the town drunk , the pimp on the street corner , the serial killer , the rapist , the domestic abuser , the robber , etc. - because what they do in their private lives is solely their own business .
    Bill Clinton did terrible damage to this country with his “a lie is only a lie if it is discovered to be a lie ” . How much damage will Mr. Spitzer’s “private ” behavior wreak on the Democratic Party , both in New York , and nationally ?  In some ways Mr. Spitzer’s behavior , his betrayal of his wife and family , and his betrayal of the voters make Alberto Gonzalez seem a boyscout in comparison . The former Attorney General of New York State - the man(?) who prosecuted and sent to jail many people who were involved in the same “private” activity as Mr. Spitzer , should get a free pass ??????
      Whose $80,000.00 did Mr. Spitzer spend on these excursions ? I don’t care how or why this IRS and FBI investigation originated . The fact of the matter is that the former Top Lawyer of New York State and now elected Governor slept with WHORES , laundered the money paid for the WHORES , and is not worthy of his office . As long as prostitution and money laundering are punishable crimes , they are criminal activity , not private activity .
    My condolences go out to Mrs. Spitzer and the Spitzer children - and to all the people in New York and Nationally who admired this now exposed “John” and the hypocritical lifestyle that has been dragged out into the light . Mr.Scheer is no better for defending him , but then again , what else could we expect Mr. Scheer to do ?

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By GW=MCHammered, March 12, 2008 at 9:54 am Link to this comment
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The whole nation needs to get laid. Let’s outsource it to the French. All of it!

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7068549924820296015

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By KYJurisDoctor, March 12, 2008 at 9:41 am Link to this comment
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Absolutely stunning and shocking turn of events. And he still faces federal charges for violating the Mann Act and Money Laundering.

WOW.

I wish Spitzer and his family (especially his wife—look at her, she is absolutely DEVASTATED) WELL.

And I wish the new Governor God’s speed in his new role.


osi-speaks.blogspot.com/2008/03/its-official-governor-elliot-sexcapades.html#links

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By Stephen Smoliar, March 12, 2008 at 9:13 am Link to this comment

Your list is about to get another entry, cyrena!  The Pentagon is about to release a study of 600,000 Iraqi documents seized after the 2003 invasion, which concludes (surprise!) that there was no direct link between Saddam and ANY Al Qaeda operations (including, of course, 9/11).  Of course you have to go over to Al Jazeera English if you want to read about this stuff:

http://therehearsalstudio.blogspot.com/2008/03/no-surprise-but-still-worth-reporting.html

Spitzer has provided our own media propaganda machine with the perfect excuse to put a story like this on the back burner (or, more likely, in the circular file)!

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By DennisD, March 12, 2008 at 9:08 am Link to this comment
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Can’t wait for Spitzer’s new book - Public Offices, Private Orifices with an introduction by Bill Clinton.

Bob is absolutely right. The real issues and problems this country has continue to metastasize and the MSM is part of the problem. The truly destructive hypocrites that remain in office in D.C. have gotten a free pass from our “illustrious” fourth estate and the world has suffered because of it.

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By joey, March 12, 2008 at 8:16 am Link to this comment
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Do you still call a sting a sting if is run by the crooks and not the cops? Or is there any difference?

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By bc41, March 12, 2008 at 7:41 am Link to this comment

I wish Bill Clinton had said, “This is nobody’s business but my own, I am doing the job you elected me to do. I stand by my record.” He should have told the nation to back off.  Of all the other important issues mentioned, I wondering too, does anyone think that Bush is following the law on wiretapping as the debate continues on his special powers being restored?

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By G.Anderson, March 12, 2008 at 7:07 am Link to this comment

Obviously Mr. Spitzer should have realized that he made some enemies on Wal-Street. I’m sure that they are glad he got caught.

I doubt if they even care about what he did, but they can use it to get rid of him, and thats all they care about - getting rid of him.

Unfortunately, for all of us Wal-Street doesn’t realize that because of their foolishness, they have quite possibly doomed this country to a devastating economic collapse.

Conservatives have been shouting the mantra for years, that ending uneccesary government regulation of their business was a necessary condition of growth. Quite the contrary, driven by their greed and malfeasance they have put all our economic futures in doubt.

Did anyone ask why the Bush adminsistration left it up to Mr. Spitzer to do their job. Or is that question just to ridiculous to ask?

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By Douglas Chalmers, March 12, 2008 at 7:03 am Link to this comment

Sex is a crime?

Having sex with a woman is a crime?

Paying for ‘services’ is a crime?

“No one on Wall Street ever paid for sex….”

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By troublesum, March 12, 2008 at 6:43 am Link to this comment

Ever since Monica polished Bill’s whistle the NY Times has set itself up as the arbiter of sexual morality.  It’s kind of sickening.

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By Maani, March 12, 2008 at 6:25 am Link to this comment

I agree with Cyrena (oh no!...LOL) and Jan.  Yes, the hypocrisy is outrageous, and, at very least, Spitzer owes a sincere apology to all those that he helped jail for the same crime.  [N.B. While it is true that much prostitution DOES involve sex trafficking, abuse, etc., the kind of high-class call girl operation Spitzer took part in does not.]

However, not only do I agree with Scheer that this is really a minor (if tawdry) crime compared to all the good that Spitzer has done (would we be saying the same thing if this was Nader?...), but something stinks about this whole situation.  That is, while I am not suggesting that Spitzer is any less guilty for having engaged in what he obviously did, there are many troubling aspects of how and where this case actually originated, as well as some of the…curious ties to individuals who might have set this whole thing up as political payback.

For example, as I noted elsewhere, the Wall Street firm that bore one of the largest brunts of Spitzer’s crusade there was Goldman Sachs, which ended paying hundreds of millions in fines and at least a couple of employees when to jail.  The chairman of GS at that time was Henry Paulson, who is now Secretary of the Treasury - and, of course, Treasury has jurisdiction over the IRS, which is the agency that began this investigation in the first place.

There are other, more concrete, things that make the origins and motives of this case troubling, and they are coming out on various alternative websites and blogs.  Follow them closely, as I believe that many revelations are still to come.

In the meantime, I will be sad if Spitzer resigns - which he is probably going to do today - but I take comfort in the fact that David Patterson is not only a highly competent leader, but one of the most likeable people you could hope to meet (I have met him numerous times, both politically and socially).

Peace.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, March 12, 2008 at 5:37 am Link to this comment

I agree.  Bob said,

“Frankly, I don’t care what any of these politicians do in their personal lives as long as the practice is consensual, and the thousands of dollars that exchanged hands in this case would provide a presumption that the lady in question was indeed a willing partner in this commercial transaction.” 

To that, Bob, did you forget to add, “and not my daughter.”?

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By Conservative Yankee, March 12, 2008 at 5:29 am Link to this comment
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I personally don’t give a damn about Eliot’s sexual proclivities. He can have sex with (consenting) goats for all I care, I do care that this man who was a State’s attorney, and aware of how “john’s” were entrapped did nothing to hide the huge withdrawals from his CitiBank account. Now Citi is mandated by law to report “odd” movement of cash, and any withdrawals of over 10K to the government. Eliot knows this.

Did he think that he and Citigroup (whom he attempted to prosecute in the 80’s) were such close friends that they would give him a pass?

OR did he believe as Governor of New York he was above the law?

No, this story is not about “sex” per se, it is about stupidity huberous, and betrayal…. did anyone notice all Spitzer’s children are of the same gender as the person who serviced him at the Mayflower? 

Nice message Eliot!

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By turbopauljansen, March 12, 2008 at 5:27 am Link to this comment

Nathan is right. I am going to send an open letter to the citizens of New York to release each and every courtesan and john that this guy jailed. And then add up the numbers on all that jail time and apply them to the Governor. And then, after the Governor is jailed, to repeal the victimless crime statues of New York.

On the financial crimes and bogus wars: of course the MSM (Main Stream Media) wants to focus on sex scandals and not on financial crimes. The MSM is a PART of the financial criminal network that runs the country. The MSM wants to keep the Rubes in the Red-States focused on the sex, it’s a good tie in to lead them into watching the subliminal commericals that sells the Rubes (sheeple) products they don’t need or that will ACTUALLY hurt them. Like Obama, Hillary, McCain.

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By Purple Girl, March 12, 2008 at 4:33 am Link to this comment

This is an area that even Public Servants deserve Privacy (as Long as between consenting adults)
Prostitution is another area that should be regarded as a persons right over their own body.
Worse Prostitution occurs ON WALL STREET in the Halls of Congress- when they are Selling the Bodies (labor ) and futures of other People- Ususally refereed to as Indentured Slavery
Why is selling your body a far greater legal and moral Sin than Selling Your Soul?
Granted this ‘Holier than thou” attitude when it comes to our Public servants is nuaseating, but not surprising. It is in OUR best interest to lift all these bans on a citizens right to do what they wish with their own bodies (it is not our job to stand in judgement- legally or Morally). Don’t believe in Prostitution DON"T BUY ONE! Just as if you do not believe in Abortion DON’T HAVE ONE!
I am offended everytime I hear an /elcted or appointed official use th ephrase “Christian Nation” - what th ehell did our forefathers sail across the Ocean to free themselves of? Why have so many died since? I was born & raised Catholic (the biggest plague to have hit mankind), and now realize such religious interference into the workings of any nation is the ultimate betrayal to mankind and ‘Faith’. The Pope is not Ordained by a God , He was ordained by Men, same as the rest of the Snake Oil Dealers who’ve worked to oppress Us through the millenia, around the world. Let’s review the numbers of ways these “Organized Religions” (crime ‘Families’ ) have Screwed Us! Besides they hav eseized the power of Judgement away from their own deities- rather arrogante move on their part.What’s the line they all seem to ignore ‘Judge Not Lest thee Be Judged.’?
I’m sick of the intrusion of these pseudo ‘men of god’, as far as I’m concerned they have been working for the other side since they day the Succubus spawn them all ( Christian, Jewish, muslim) the first Great Horseman of the Human Apocalypse, the point , the originator, The ring leader, initiator to the rest (Gov’t , Industry and of course Mass Media- four horseman to the downfall of mankind into servitude)

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By Mark Anderson, March 12, 2008 at 3:58 am Link to this comment
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Please call our presence in Iraq what it is, an “occupation”!

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By Spike, March 12, 2008 at 3:31 am Link to this comment

Mr. Scheer,  You have overlooked the Putz Factor.
Where and with whom the putz’s of Clinton and Spitzer were deployed is of much more interest to 98% of the American Pubic than the deaths of children.

This same Putz Factor is what has allowed the Lice at the head of our government to destroy our entire country. It’s easy: ya show ‘em a little putz and ya bomb another country killing as many children as is possible(so many kids—so few bombs).

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By Jan, March 12, 2008 at 3:06 am Link to this comment

Some people have been going to great pains to explain how Spitzer’s crime was discovered rather indirectly and largely by accident. Some large money transfers drawing attention to this which led to that and so on and so forth. I DON’T BELIEVE IT. Are we supposed to believe that the big fish on Wall Street sat by and did nothing whilst this upstart was exposing and destroying them because of their illegal and immoral financial practices?

This is what I think could have happened. They were out to get him and how easy isn’t it to listen-in these days. If J. Edgar Hoover had files on anyone and everyone to use against them, surely these big Wall Street enemies of Spitzer or their political mates, were looking hard for anything they could get on him. So isn’t it likely he was bugged as their public enemy number One. Then of course they have to have a cover story as to how it was discovered to protect the real sources.

Or worse still. What sometimes happens is someone is employed to set up an important target. What better way than to use a sexy woman to derail a virile egotist. I would love to hear exactly HOW our hero met the high class call girl. This is not that ridiculous - it has happened lots before.

I remember one case where a man who was much sought after by Israel was lured to a certain place by a very attractive woman so that Israel’s secret service heavies - Mossat- could kidnap him and take him to Israel and to gaol. That man was Mordecai Vanunu the Israeli whistle blower who revealed proof to the world that Israel had a nuclear arsenal. There are other examples where sex has been used to help bring someone down although for many of us our mere human vulnerability is enough to help us fall for temptation.

The case of Scott Ritter also comes to mind. Ritter had the whole Neocon movement as his enemy. So at an important time in his anti war campaign Ritter was conveniently a victim of a sting operation. Then after the judge hearing his case had locked up the case from publication (and finally dismissed the case), it was used by George Bush’s mates to stop Ritter from going to Iraq to give counter evidence against the WMD lies for the impending invasion of Iraq. Here too we have a high profile outspoken warrior against the establishment and here too we had sex being used to derail the person from their objectives. There are many more - too many to go into here. So was Spitzer a victim of his own appetite or was he set up and/or bugged?

Remember that Marion Barry, mayor of Washington who they got on a Sting set up. They video taped him getting the cocaine for the sexy girl who he had the hots for after she had led him on. Do I need to go on? Surely you can think of your own examples?

This is no joke or a paranoid rave either. These things are done by the heavies to bring down their enemy. And Spitzer definitely WAS their enemy. Please consider the possibility of a sting and/or targetted bugging by Wall Street’s operatives.
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By weather, March 12, 2008 at 2:00 am Link to this comment
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We’re all suffering from ADD. While change is a constant the rate of change is a blur.

Distraction, deflection thrive on infotainment.
As unimportment as Spitzer/Wallstreeters is, we will drown in it as diesel fuel pivots $4.00 and a cost of goods reality goes unattended.

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By cyrena, March 12, 2008 at 1:37 am Link to this comment

Glad you wrote this piece Mr. Scheer.

I was pretty much dismaying over the same things…the Middle East is a powder keg and exploding all over the place, and Dick and George have broken every law on the books, including the ultimate top of the line prohibitions on Torture, Crimes Against Humanity, Crimes Against the Peace, Treason, (multiple counts of all of these crimes) and nobody much pays attention.

Then this moron gets caught doing the consensual naughty, and it’s one long continuous drumroll of moral outrage and judgment.

Yes, it’s his hypocrisy that personally pisses me off the most, but it’s like jaywalking compared to what the thugs have committed against us and the world on an hourly basis, for the past 7 years.

I didn’t know that Speitzer was involved in trying prevent and then assist in what led to the subprime crisis,or that he had lodged formal outrage about the obscene salaries of the CEO’s. (who generally are rewarded with extra bonus buyouts when they commit crimes and finally get busted for them.

But I also didn’t think that he’d committed any crime much greater than the hypocrisy either.

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By Nathan Seligman, March 11, 2008 at 10:28 pm Link to this comment
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Nothing that ANYONE does or says ANYWHERE will bring back the eight soldiers who lost their lives yesterday.  The reason we should get worked up about this is that Governor Spitzer has prosecuted and incarcerated people for doing the EXACT SAME THING he now is alleged to have been a willing participant in.  Clearly Mr. Spitzer believes the law should apply to everyone not named Eliot Spitzer.  It is also important to consider that many women who participate in prostitution are often victims themselves of abuse,drug addiction, and often times kidnapping.  Mr. Spitzer knowing all of this chose to participate in it anyway.  That is why this is important NOT because sex is involved.

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