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Taking a brief respite from the ongoing trial and conviction of Karl Thompson this morning, we'll take a brief look at the status of John Edwards with the cartoon by Seattle PI's David Horsey. If you are scratching your head and muttering something about, “Who the heck is HE?” I have to admit since Edwards has fallen off the front news pages in recent months, you are not alone.
Edward's sordid tale began four years ago when, in the midst of a Presidential election campaign, he had an affair and fathered a child with a hot-to-trot videographer, Rielle Hunter, thus setting the federal dogs hot on his trail and, as David Horsey's cartoon suggests, they haven't backed off over time. All this while his wife, Elizabeth, was dying of cancer. Talk about tasteless!
To keep his affair secret and Hunter quiet, Edwards arranged for one of his rich supporters, elderly heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, and his campaign finance chairman, Fred Baron, to pay Hunter close to $1 million in a series of secret payments over an extended period. The government claims this was a violation of campaign finance laws and prosecutors want to send Edwards to jail for up to five years, fine him $1.5 million and take away his license to practice law.
It doesn't make a bit of difference to me whether Edwards was a staunch Democrat (which he was) or another Republican with a loose zipper. He was a tasteless profligate, a womanizer and a fraud. If there are laws on the books against this kind of behavior, what is Newt Gingrich doing running for the Presidency? His wife #2 was dying in the hospital while he was wooing wife #3. Where is the difference here?
My thoughts are if the law is going to force any aspiring politicians to force them “zip it up”, the same law(s) should apply to them all.
This is my opinion, and you, of course, have a right to your own thoughts on this matter.
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington’s former secretary of corrections said Tuesday that he abruptly departed his job last week because of an extramarital affair with a subordinate.
In an interview with The Seattle Times, Eldon Vail said that he learned last week of a video that apparently showed him and the employee leaving a motel near Olympia. He said he heard rumors that the video may be made public, so he decided his only choice was to resign.
“This is no one’s fault but my own,” Vail, 59, told The Times. “It’s not the employee’s fault. It is not my wife’s fault.”
Bryan Fischer (pictured), who ran the Idaho Values Alliance from 2005 to 2009, appeared on Thursday morning's Today show, in a story titled, "The Politics of Personal Life." The story focused on how GOP presidential candidate and former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is explaining his two divorces, infidelity and three marriages to evangelicals, a substantial portion of Republican primary voters. Fischer appears early in the four-minute piece, speaking on behalf of the Mississippi-based American Family Association. Now a radio host for AFA, Fischer told NBC: "The problem with Mr. Gingrich is not once, but twice, he has violated that solemn and sacred oath. And that's why it's a show-stopper for me"/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.
Question: Would Newt Gingrich's 2 divorces influence how you vote in the 2012 presidential election?
Good morning, Netizens…
Everyone in the news media seems to have taken their shots at Tiger Woods lately, so it comes as no surprise that cartoonist David Horsey hauls off and takes a shot of his own. Why should that surprise anyone?
Unfortunately, the news stories of Woods’ infidelities with various women does not seem to be related in any way to his undeniable ability to play golf with incredible skill, but it does impact his billion dollar bottom line in other ways. Global consulting firm Accenture Ltd. became the first major sponsor to drop Woods. The move ends a six-year relationship during which Accenture credited its “Go on, be a Tiger” campaign with boosting its image significantly.
Everyone, it seemed, once wanted a piece of Tiger Woods, but as of last week, Woods announced on his web site that he was leaving golf, at least for awhile. When or if he will return hasn’t been discussed, but it does seem premature for the news media to continue to put stories of his infidelities on page one. It is not news anymore.
Good morning, Netizens…
The tabloids and various other news media have pounced on Tiger Woods like a panther hungry for fresh meat. Using such words as scandal, sin and confession, they attempt in various ways to portray marriage as an arcane institution that we should move beyond. Television shows have increasingly, over the last few years, promoted our acceptance of infidelity and made it headline news. Smut becomes news; news becomes smut or so it seems.
Woods’ adulterous affairs which have threatened his reputation if not his his opulent product endorsements, have rapidly become fodder for the laugh track on late-night television. Television networks appear to be denigrating the significance of loving relationships between husband and wife with unwashed humor, and be damned the consequences.
Mind you, I am not immediately opening that can of worms called what is marriage? Marriage, at least where I come from, is a monogamous relationship between a man and a woman. There are some who believe that the government should regulate or otherwise enter into the act of marriage, but I think not. They have enough trouble running the government. I probably will catch hell from Dr. John for saying so, but I also do not believe marriage is a relationship, monogamous or otherwise, between two men, two women or two aardvarks for that matter. Those are contracts; close but no cigar.
I understand that Elin Woods, Tiger’s spouse, has hit paydirt in wake of the scandal. Various media outlets have reported that Tiger Woods and Elin Woods’ prenuptial agreement has been amended in light of current “transgressions” becoming public. What’s does Mrs. Tiger Woods stand to gain? Rumor has it that Elin Woods has been offered a financial package worth $80 million for sticking around with Tiger Woods. She also gets an immediate $5 million payout.
That doesn’t sound like a marriage to me. That sounds like a heady financial arrangement with a marriage remotely attached.