Most Of The Whores Are Only Taking Calls For Cash*

Absolutely no shame, no remorse, no public pangs of conscience…and none expected:

Karl Rove, deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush, spoke last week at Loyola Marymount University as part of a campuswide 1st Amendment Week. In his remarks, he reiterated his belief that government leaks can cause serious harm, and that newspapers should respect government secrecy…. 

"Secrecy and confidentiality are necessary for every government, especially when you’re at war."…

"I love how the last eight years, this White House, the Bush White House, was criticized for being tight-lipped. We didn’t leak."

I beg to differ.

And I’m guessing Valerie Plame Wilson and her family, the CIA and a whole host of assets around the world would as well.   Jackass.

*Apologies up front to Dire Straits.  (YouTube)  H/T to reader bill.

 
60 Responses to "Most Of The Whores Are Only Taking Calls For Cash*"
Smgumby | Tuesday February 10, 2009 05:40 am 1

It’s looking like they are really gonna get away with it. All of it.


RevBev | Tuesday February 10, 2009 05:41 am 2

What a way to wake up Christy!! Now, you are a very bright woman. What is your answer for why these JAs keep getting invites to opine? I think I would be sick in the same room with this fat sociopath.


Christy Hardin Smith | Tuesday February 10, 2009 05:42 am 3
In response to RevBev @ 2

Because they get publicity from it.


Elliott | Tuesday February 10, 2009 05:43 am 4

oo nice, we get to beat up and laugh on Rove AND listen to Dire Straits.
Thanks Christy.


moondancer | Tuesday February 10, 2009 05:44 am 5

I make Rove to be a guy who’ll dime out everyone he ever talked to, to avoid a day in jail. Tough talking coward, and self -serving prick. He ran to Fitzpatrick and made a weepy retraction of his obstruction and perjury, he will do the same on the Siegelman case. I like Fredo to get Turds stiletto in the neck.


RevBev | Tuesday February 10, 2009 05:45 am 6
In response to Christy Hardin Smith @ 3

I heard that they had been a protest march at the site of the W Library to be, including signs of the “war criminal”….Maybe there will be more of that kind of publicity; we can hope.


citizensue | Tuesday February 10, 2009 05:45 am 7

“I love how the last eight years, this White House, the Bush White House, was criticized for being tight-lipped. We didn’t leak.”

Wow, just wow. This stuff just fries my circuit boards.


Christy Hardin Smith | Tuesday February 10, 2009 05:46 am 8
In response to Elliott @ 4

I love Dire Straits.


Christy Hardin Smith | Tuesday February 10, 2009 05:47 am 9
In response to moondancer @ 5

Pretty much — he’s a save his ass however he needs to kinda guy. Lovely sort to have as a crony, isn’t he? Self-serving, press-seeking, fear-mongering, bribe or threaten you to get his way kinda turdblossom. Classy.


Leen | Tuesday February 10, 2009 05:50 am 10

Keep hoping, pushing, praying for the “frogmarch”

Rove is clearly a socio or psychopath


Christy Hardin Smith | Tuesday February 10, 2009 05:51 am 11
In response to citizensue @ 7

Yeah, I hear you. It was only through enormous willpower that I didn’t sit here cursing in front of my elderly father-in-law about this article this morning.

The fact that this asshat throws this shit out to bait himself into more publicity is galling enough. But I’ll be damned if he gets to pitch a bald-faced lie into the media gullet without a smackback.


RevBev | Tuesday February 10, 2009 05:56 am 12

And isn’t this the same White House that would fire anyone involved in the Plame leak? Liars…enough said.


citizensue | Tuesday February 10, 2009 05:59 am 13

Christy, I just get so angry that I absolutely loose my words and begin to blather utter nonsense, heavily laden with blue language of sailor quality. One of my friend’s favorites is “Who’s going to clean up this S*** F*** mess?!”


foothillsmike | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:00 am 14

If you have classified and declassified stamps in your desk drawer?


Christy Hardin Smith | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:01 am 15
In response to foothillsmike @ 14

Maybe it just got confusing for them with Cheney’s insta-declassification tools? (And I’m only halfway being snarky there — that would be confusing as hell for everyone. Which I think was a great deal of the point of him doing it.)


Diane | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:05 am 16

Waiting for the day Turd lies before Congress.


demi | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:05 am 17

Wow. You guys are cracking me up this morning.
Fry my circuit boards. Dime out everybody.
All y’all are on a roll, or is it role.
And, Christy. What a mood you’re in!
Me too, by the way. *g*


RevBev | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:05 am 18

Can you imagine W trying to keep that straight? Made myself laugh….


foothillsmike | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:06 am 19

Rove loves being the creator of reality. There are a lot of institutionalized people that love to create reality. People need to put the two together.


Christy Hardin Smith | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:07 am 20
In response to RevBev @ 18

No. This has been another edition of…


Rayne | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:07 am 21

Jeebus. If that graphic wasn’t so perfect, I’d have expected a Rove-shaped image of a sieve.

Should point out the absolute lack of concerned chatter about Karl Rove talking from and about White House business over a bloody Blackberry, too. Talk about leaking…

There are more than 10,000 articles hand-wringing about Obama’s use of a Blackberry and his eventual adoption of an NSA-secured communications device. And yet there are a few handfuls of articles about Karl Rove and his commercially available Blackberry, the same device he probably used to communicate with Susan Ralston and Jack Abramoff among others.

Karl Rove by definition is one massive leak factory.


Christy Hardin Smith | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:09 am 22
In response to Rayne @ 21

Yeah — the hubris is a bit galling, isn’t it?


RevBev | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:14 am 23

OT: Obama says “I inherited this mess.” Where should that be blown-up?


sadlyyes | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:18 am 24

i so hopoe heENDS like Lee Atwater,he has massive amounts of BLOOD and guts on his hands…king of Misery


klynn | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:18 am 25

My oldest has done searches for all the Universities that have extended invites to Bushco folks.

He scratches them off his college list as a form of boycott and has friends joining him in the process.


SouthernDragon | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:20 am 26
In response to RevBev @ 23

In Shrub’s face.


RevBev | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:20 am 27
In response to klynn @ 25

That is so good….exactly the way I feel about SMU, where my dad was an alum. I periodically send email to the Board. Who would want lying trash on one’s very lovely campus. Should truly be NIMBY. Good for your son.


sadlyyes | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:20 am 28
In response to foothillsmike @ 19

mental illness runs in his family,mother committed suicide,,like Hitler,this socipath has reisen to great power,from the sick POWER GREED mongers in this country,he serves at their feet


Christy Hardin Smith | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:22 am 29
In response to RevBev @ 27

FWIW, the speech occurred during First Amendment week. I loathe Rove, but he does have a right to lie his face off in public, just like I have a right to call him a skeezeball. *g* I may not like him or his policies, but I’m fairly certain the feeling is mutual…and he doesn’t get to shut me up, either.


RevBev | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:22 am 30
In response to SouthernDragon @ 26

SD, I thought you were out the door; thanks for stopping by. Now I am going to put one foot in front of the other…but, but I am so much happier here. Take care.


Splicer | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:22 am 31

Rove strikes me as someone who will keep flapping his gums until someone stops them because he’s saying too much. Where’s Al Neri and that boat of his?


Christy Hardin Smith | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:23 am 32
In response to sadlyyes @ 28

I don’t think we need to go any further down that road, frankly. I can’t stand Rove, but I also cannot imagine what it would be like to have to deal with a parental suicide, to be honest. And I’m not willing to give up my compassion, even for a heartless bastard like Rove. Ya know?


selise | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:24 am 33

morning all. i’m a little late with the hearing list today (got distracted reading the news this am, sorry!). but better late than never it’s up at oxdown now. a couple of big ones are scheduled for this afternoon: bernanke at house financial services and geithner at senate banking.


sadlyyes | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:24 am 34

i would love to see civil suits commence to take that smirk off his face,or mebbe a a pie or 2 with curdled cream


wigwam | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:25 am 35

President Obama at last night’s press conference:

My view is also that nobody’s above the law and, if there are clear instances of wrongdoing, that people should be prosecuted just like any ordinary citizen.

But that, generally speaking, I’m more interested in looking forward than I am in looking backwards.

Note the artful use of language:
– “if there are any …” not “we will investigate whether any …”
– “they should be prosecuted” not “Per my Article II responsibilities, we will prosecute them.”
– And then the inevitable “But …” even though he has promised nothing.

This man is too clever by half.


Christy Hardin Smith | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:25 am 36
In response to selise @ 33

Geithner also has a presser this morning around 11 am ET, if I remember correctly. I cannot make heads or tails out of what in the hell is going on because it’s so convoluted. Should have taken more econ classes, I suppose…


RevBev | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:27 am 37

Of course you are right…but institutions also have a right not to invite him. During VietNam there were lots of instances of invitations being withdrawn, etc. For me the parallel would be like David Duke; one does not have to provide a forum. I really cannot fathom sitting in a room where Rove or W was the speaker. It has also been interesting nto me also that Pappa Bush did not like Rove; so, predictably W held on. What a soap opera.


sadlyyes | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:28 am 38

I don’t think we need to go any further down that road, frankly. I can’t stand Rove, but I also cannot imagine what it would be like to have to deal with a parental suicide, to be honest. And I’m not willing to give up my compassion, even for a heartless bastard like Rove. Ya know?

im saying he is mentally insane,and has no buissiness being a president of the US closest advisor,…he has reeked havoc on this country far too,long.compassion for this cretin,only for his victims imo


SouthernDragon | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:28 am 39
In response to RevBev @ 30

Heh. That’s why I’m still here. Gotta be crazy to want to exchange this for work.


SouthernDragon | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:31 am 40

At the presser we’ll hear how Geithner is going to rescue the banks without any strings attached while explaining how many jobs this will save. Can you spell kabuki?


RevBev | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:31 am 41
In response to SouthernDragon @ 39

Now listening to final round of news…then…Namaste, right?


SouthernDragon | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:32 am 42
In response to SouthernDragon @ 39

And reality is a harsh master.

Colour me gone.


Christy Hardin Smith | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:33 am 43
In response to SouthernDragon @ 40

It’s all giving me a massive headache trying to parse between the kabuki. Truly.


selise | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:33 am 44

yep. on cspan.

don’t know if taking a few macro classes would have been all that much help frankly, i took a bit – but it was all mostly economics of production & technology kinds of stuff and decades ago any way. this really looks to me more like an argument about ideology and world view than economics. but what do i know?

it’s all on-the-job training, where the job is trying to be a responsible citizen. and it’s great to have so many smart and committed people here to help.


perris | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:36 am 45

In his remarks, he reiterated his belief that government leaks can cause serious harm, and that newspapers should respect government secrecy….

“Secrecy and confidentiality are necessary for every government, especially when you’re at war.”…

“The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure.” –Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823. ME 15:491


Christy Hardin Smith | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:36 am 46
In response to selise @ 44

It helps to be married to a spouse who has been obsessively studying these issues for years because it’s one of those hobby things for Mr. ReddHedd who is a “math boy.” But he’s got meetings today and I’m not going to get a chance to ask him about all of this until this evening — will have him walk me through what he thinks then.

In the meantime, everything I’m reading at this point anyway seems deliberately designed to obfuscate and confuse — more kabuki. At a time when clarity and defined purpose would be a much, much better choice, IMHO.


Christy Hardin Smith | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:38 am 47

btw, I’ve got some fresh post-y goodness up, if anyone wants a new read…


klynn | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:40 am 48
In response to RevBev @ 27

Thanks. And my son points out that no matter the “event” or “reason” for the invite, he can usually come with a list of equally or more qualified speakers on the topic.


sadlyyes | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:42 am 49

When the world went o war in the 30s and 40s of the last centuey 60,000,000 people diedof hunger disease,torture,murder mayhem,froze too death,and every other unimaginable horror,people like KKK ROVE,make this happen


perris | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:42 am 50

selise | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:56 am 51

In the meantime, everything I’m reading at this point anyway seems deliberately designed to obfuscate and confuse — more kabuki. At a time when clarity and defined purpose would be a much, much better choice, IMHO.

completely agree.

at some point i hope people learn that transparency is required for long term institutional trust.

btw, here’s some dean baker from sunday (h/t hugh):

Just so people are clear about what’s at stake right now: The banks are bankrupt. And we should probably say that about fifty thousand times. The banks are bankrupt. So, when people are talking about, when President Obama and others are talking about how we’re going to deal about their troubled assets, what they are really talking about is how can we keep them afloat when they are in fact bankrupt without making it really obvious that we’re giving them taxpayer dollars.

There was an article in the Washington Post today that was talking today about one of the problems with these plans to buy up the bad assets is that we might pay too much. That’s not the problem, that’s the point. They want to pay too much because if we paid the correct price, if we paid the market price, the banks would be bankrupt, they’d have to own up to that and they’d be out of business.

So, what they are trying to do is hand money to the banks and pretend it’s something other than handing money to the banks. And that’s why it’s so difficult, because the obvious thing to do is simply to take them over. Then you get all these people saying you want to nationalize the banks. I go no, I want the market to work, they’re bankrupt and a bankrupt company is taken over my a bankruptcy judge. Bankruptcy judges don’t work well in operating large banks, so what we would have to do is have the government step in and in effect run them, get their books back in order and sell them back to the private sector. So, that’s actually the market solution. They don’t want the market solution. They want the government welfare solution.


diablesseblu | Tuesday February 10, 2009 06:56 am 52

I do think much, if not most, of this is meant to confuse. So much of our financial system, and the world’s, is based on trust.

If people really knew the types of bets that were made and the possible exposures, I doubt they would have any faith left in any financial institution with ties to Wall Street.

Heard someone on Air America over the weekend say that the International Bank of Settlements thinks the worldwide exposure to CDS may be 1000 trillion dollars. The guest described the types of hedging that are the bases for these swaps….versions of gambling that would not be allowed in any casino anywhere in the world. Hell, the mob wouldn’t have taken those bets.

We’re not being told the full scope of this tsunami.


perris | Tuesday February 10, 2009 07:02 am 53

epu, chrisy, I left a great link for some jefferson fourth estate quotes you might want to save for future referance


perris | Tuesday February 10, 2009 07:03 am 54
In response to diablesseblu @ 52

which means our monetary system might collapse

what then?


ShotoJamf | Tuesday February 10, 2009 07:20 am 55

Yes, Rove does have the right to lie his ass off in public. He also has a right to lie his ass off in a sworn deposition or in testimony before congress.

Hey Turdblossum! Knock yourself out! And while you’re at it, you might want to decide if you’d like to be the husband or the wife.


ShotoJamf | Tuesday February 10, 2009 07:23 am 56
In response to Splicer @ 31

I’m thinking Rove needs to be invited as a guest of Michael Corleone at his compound in Tahoe. “Hey Turdblossum. How’s about Al takes you for a boat ride around the lake?”


Leen | Tuesday February 10, 2009 07:28 am 57
In response to ShotoJamf @ 55

AG Eric Holder during his nomination hearings “no one is above the law” He said this so many times I stopped counting.

We are watching, pushing and praying that this is true. So far not looking so good. Send out that Sergeant at Arms


ShotoJamf | Tuesday February 10, 2009 07:34 am 58
In response to Leen @ 57

Preferably, with the taser and pepper spray… I’m sorry, but watching Turdblossum roll around on the floor would be some very entertaining television…hell, I’d even spring for “pay-per-view” to see it.


Leen | Tuesday February 10, 2009 12:26 pm 59
In response to ShotoJamf @ 58

I want Valerie Plame/Wilson to decide the punishment for his crimes


Leen | Wednesday February 11, 2009 05:49 am 60

“We didn’t leak”

What was that Libby trial all about, how many times was Rove required to meet with Fitz? Jesus Mary and Joseph can’t Fitz or someone get this compulsive liar off our streets. This is just more abuse watching Plame get slapped or “kicked in the gut” by Karl’s filthy lies.

Jane Hamsher is right. Karl Rove and Limbaugh must be brothers.


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