July 10th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., speaks in this 2005 file photo in New Orleans. Vitter apologized Monday ni

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., speaks in this 2005 file photo in New Orleans. Vitter apologized Monday night for "a very serious sin in my past" after his telephone number appeared among those associated with an escort service operated by the so-called "D.C. Madam." 

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., speaks in this 2005 file photo in New Orleans. Vitter apologized Monday night for

This was a very serious sin in my past for which I am, of course, completely responsible," Vitter, 46, said in a statement, which his spokesman, Joel DiGrado, confirmed to the Associated Press.

"Several years ago, I asked for and received forgiveness from God and my wife in confession and marriage counseling," Vitter continued. "Out of respect for my family, I will keep my discussion of the matter there -- with God and them. But I certainly offer my deep and sincere apologies to all I have disappointed and let down in any way."

Neither Palfrey nor her attorney, Montgomery Blair Sibley, could be reached for comment last night. Sibley told the Associated Press that his client posted the phone records of her escort service on the Internet yesterday, four days after a federal judge lifted a restraining order preventing their publication. The records were included in a series of files on a Web site devoted to Palfrey's legal defense fund.

"I'm stunned that someone would be apologizing for this already," Sibley said.

Vitter is in his first Senate term after serving six years in the House. During his Senate campaign, Vitter was accused by a member of the Louisiana Republican State Central Committee of carrying on a lengthy affair with a prostitute in New Orleans's French Quarter

Chris Keeley

Wolf Blitzer War and Medical propaganda criminal

Wolf Blitzer War and Medical propaganda criminal

Michael Moore rebuts CNN on Sicko, calls for apology

Last week night, Michael Moore appeared on Wolf Blitzer's CNN show, The Situation Room, to talk about his stirring new movie, Sicko. Blitzer opened the segment with a taped "debunking" that purported to show that Moore "fudged the facts" in the movie. Moore has posted a point-by-point rebuttal to the debunking, showing that CNN was just shilling for the HMOs (a significant advertiser to the network). He's calling on fans of the movie to write to CNN and demand an apology.
DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN: "(Moore says) the United States slipped to number 37 in the world's health care systems. It's true. ... Moore brings a group of patients, including 9/11 workers, to Cuba and marvels at their free treatment and quality of care. But hold on - that WHO list puts Cuba's health care system even lower than the United States, coming in at #39."

THE TRUTH:

* "But hold on?" 'SiCKO' clearly shows the WHO list, with the United States at number #37, and Cuba at #39. Right up on the screen in big five-foot letters. It's even in the trailer! CNN should have its reporter see his eye doctor. The movie isn't hiding from this fact. Just the opposite.

* The fact that the healthcare system in an impoverished nation crippled by our decades-old blockade (including medical supplies and drugs) ranks so closely to ours is more an indictment of the American system than the Cuban system.

* Although Cuba ranks lower overall than the United States, it still has a lower infant mortality rate and longer life span.

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See also:
BlueCross's internal talking points memo for Sicko
MoveOn needs help handing out action-fliers at Sicko screenings
Sicko inspires grassroots action in Dallas cinema
Moore's "Sicko" leaks onto P2P
Google to HMOs: pay us and we'll defuse "Sicko"
More on Google vs Sicko

Chris Keeley

Mark Ronson’s new album, “Version,” has its American release today.

Mark Ronson’s new album, “Version,” has its American release today. 



Hey, Mr. D.J., Follow Those Rock Star Dreams

On Sunday afternoon at McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Mark Ronson did his usual thing: he brought his laptop and some records and D.J.ed a party.

But he was nervous. “I don’t know if I’m a big draw around these parts,” he said from the V.I.P. area before the show, surveying the 1980s-fashion-loving hipsters. “My crowd doesn’t wear the funny-colored sunglasses.”

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Chris Keeley

On set with Allen and Johansson

On set with Allen and Johansson

On set with Allen and Johansson
Director Woody Allen, right, gives instruction to Scarlett Johansson on the first day of filming a new movie in Barcelona, Spain, on July 9. The movie, starring Scarlett Johansson, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem, is not yet titled.
Chris Keeley

Report: Gonzales Knew of FBI Violations

Report: Gonzales Knew of FBI Violations
The Washington Post is reporting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales assured Congress the FBI respected privacy rights despite receiving reports that violations had in fact occurred. Gonzales’ comments came in April 2005 as he sought Congressional renewal of broad law enforcement powers under the Patriot Act. At the time, he told Congress: “There has not been one verified case of civil liberties abuse.” But internal FBI documents show Gonzales received at least half a dozen reports contradicting that claim in the three months before. The violations included unauthorized surveillance and illegal property search.

Bush Blocks Testimony, Doc Release in Attorney Probe
President Bush has invoked executive privilege to block the testimony of two former aides and deny Congress key documents in its probe into the firing of nine US attorneys. Monday morning was the deadline for the White House to explain its refusal to comply. In a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, White House Counsel Fred Fielding said former Karl Rove aide Sara Taylor and former White House counsel Harriet Miers were covered under Bush’s executive privilege.

Chris Keeley

Compulsive Viewing: The Films of Guy Bourdin

 Compulsive Viewing: The Films of Guy Bourdin

http://www.showstudio.com/projects/guy/guy_movies.html

Compulsive Viewing: The Films of Guy Bourdin. "...Guy Bourdin was a groundbreaking image-maker who had a profoundly influential impact on fashion photography. His fashion editorial and advertising was published principally in French Vogue from the mid-1950s through to the late 1980s, where it had its greatest impact in the decade of the 1970s."