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Monday, April 25, 2005

The Happy Mondays

A couple of things...

Benedict Says He Prayed Not to Be Elected

Hmm.
VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he had viewed the idea of being elected pope as a "guillotine," and he prayed to God during the recent conclave to be spared selection but "evidently this time He didn't listen to me."
Cool. The Pope prayed for something specific.

The nuns told us that we weren't supposed to pray for specific things - like the Steelers winning the Superbowl or a new bike or Colleen O'Connor. Instead, we were told to pray for strength and courage and world peace and junk like that.

But now that the Holy Father has set the precedent, I'm gonna follow his lead:
Dear God,

I'd like to sell another television project in the next few weeks, I'd like some tickets to the upcoming Pixies show at the Wiltern, and I'd like a woman who is foxy, smart, athletic, funny and relatively sane. And SINGLE. 27-37.

"Long walks on the beach" and "road trips" a plus but not important.

"I'M ON IT."

And...she doesn't even have to like The Replacements.

"WHOA. THAT'S NEW."

I'm trying to keep myself open to the prospect of meeting new people.

"DONE AND DONE, SON."

Thank you.
Now for the good stuff.

Rawstory has some crazy new info re: Jeff Gannon.

Quickly: Dude had MAJOR access to the White House, and definitely spent some, uh, EXTRA TIME in and around 1600 Pennsylavania Ave - before and after the press briefings he was, uh, covering for Talon News.

Dude even spent time in the White House when there WASN'T a press briefing.

"What was he doing?"

Maybe he was, uh, doing other things.

"Like?"

Wink-wink, nudge-nudge, eh, eh, eh?
In what is unlikely to stem the controversy surrounding disgraced White House correspondent James Guckert, the Secret Service has furnished logs of the writer’s access to the White House after requests by two Democratic congressmembers.

The documents, obtained by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) through a Freedom of Information Act request, reveal Guckert had remarkable access to the White House. Though he wrote under the name Jeff Gannon, the records show that he applied with his real name

Guckert made more than 200 appearances at the White House during his two-year tenure with the fledging conservative websites GOPUSA and Talon News, attending 155 of 196 White House press briefings.
Okay. Fine. Read this next bit VERY CAREFULLY.
Perhaps more notable than the frequency of his attendance, however, is several distinct anomalies about his visits.

Guckert made more than TWO DOZEN excursions to the White House when there were NO SCHEDULED BRIEFINGS. On many of these days, the Press Office held press gaggles aboard Air Force One—which raises questions about what Guckert was doing at the White House. On other days, the president held photo opportunities.

On at least fourteen occasions, Secret Service records show either the entry or exit time missing. Generally, the existing entry or exit times correlate with press conferences; on most of these days, the records show that Guckert checked in but was never processed out.
Once again, I'd like to CUE the Smurf themesong: "La la la la la la, la la la la la."
In March, 2003, Guckert left the White House twice on days he had never checked in with the Secret Service. Over the next 22 months, Guckert failed to check out with the Service on fourteen days. On several of these visits, Guckert either entered or exited by a different entry/exit point than his usual one. On one of these days, no briefing was held; on another, he checked in twice but failed to check out.
Then this:
Guckert sometimes stayed for an extended period of time before and after press conferences, particularly early in his tenure. This was especially common during his first few months, when he might be in the White House for as long as six hours.

A White House reporter dismissed this as insignificant, noting that sometimes reporters stay between events.

“You could probably find people who stayed there for nine hours,” the reporter said.
Sure. But could you describe any of those "people" as former male prostitutes?

"That is a good question."

You be it is.

Please visit Rawstory: They have a whole chart of, uh, Gannon's ENTRANCE and EXIT times.

Hubba hubba.

I'd love to read your comments.

More later...

Hey - did I really see a full page ad for LOGGINS & MESSINA in the NY Times this weekend?

1 Comments:

  • I caught an early moment on the tellie when Benedict was introduced to his millions of fans for the first time. The look on his face was one of fear and overwhelmed anxiety. "I'm the pope, oh no, I'm the pope. All I wanted was an easy office job and an excuse to avoid my sexuality, but here I am as the pope." I felt for him, but hoped he wouldn't channel his anxiety about the popedom into further oppressive and narrow church policy.

    By Blogger slowleak, at 11:45 AM  

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