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When purple things are pulsating on your mind, I'm the one whose clock you want to clean. Aiding is Sparky, the Astral Plane Zen Pup Dog from his mountain stronghold on the Northernmost Island of the Happy Ninja Island chain, this blog will also act as a journal to my wacky antics at an entertainment company and the progress of my self published comic book, The Deposit Man which only appears when I damn well feel like it. Real Soon Now.

Saturday, October 29, 2005




Azumi (???) is a manga (Japanese comic) series created by Yu Koyama. It concerns the title character, a young woman brought up as part of a team of assassins, charged with killing three warlords that threaten Feudal Japan with an agenda of war and bloodshed.
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Azumi was adapted into a popular action film by Ryuhei Kitamura in 2003. A sequel, Azumi 2: Death or Love, directed by Shusuke Kaneko, followed in 2005.
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Discovered weeping next to the body of her dead mother by a samurai master and his entourage of young students, Azumi was raised from a youth (roughly around 7-8 years old) in the martial skills of samurai and shinobi sword fighting, and the art of assassination. Azumi and her fellow classmates, now at young adult age, are constantly being told about a "mission" they must accomplish, though they have no idea what this mission is.

Prior to setting out on their mission, their master orders his students to "pair up" with each others best friend and proceed to kill each other, thus out of 10 students only five will remain to proceed with the mission. Azumi and fellow classmates, with their master thus begin a journey to assasinate various warlords to prevent a civil war.
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Azumi 2: Death or Love

Immediately after the final events of Azumi, Azumi and her remaining friend are stalked by the men of a warlord she recently assasinated. Upon escaping forces they are out-numbered and "out-gunned" by, they join forces with a local resistance and a group of ragtag freedom fighters to kill the remaining warlord and bring peace to Japan.

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Am I making it too hard to leave a comment? - Sparks


So it's official, the nom de guerre of the PP Guru- Cary Coatney has been ousted from the ranks of Warner Bros. He was told by his union to turn in his badge and to deposit his severence checks in the bank.

So the PP Guru has had time to reflect on his misfortune ( all is not lost however, the PP Guru has managed to almost break the bank on the state of California's Employment Development Office and has secured a yearly claim of receiving a whopping $ 430 per week in unemployment benefits) and wanted to share with you dear readers of the happy moments he has spent over the past September and October in our little photo parade jamboree.

Here's a footprint leading up to the last of the good ol' days.

Early on in September, the PP Guru had the good fortune to attend a rare West Coast appearance of the Los Marillos Trio - which incidentally is the rallying cry of three fifths of the legendary British progressive band Marillion. Like other prog bands such as Asia and Yes who were recently experimenting in acoustic formats.
The PP Guru was elated to hear some songs performed live of which he had never heard before such as Go from and the Answering Machine from 1998's Radiation album. Despite having a US cult comeback with last years's release of Marbles, Marillion hadn't been touring very much since their 1997 This Strange Engine tour because of low record sales and insatible leaps to independent record labels who couldn't afford to pay touring expenses. The PP Guru got the full strings and electric piano outing at the Key Club in West Hollywood and the very next day they did a store signing at the Tower Records a few blocks down the street.

A thirty minute set consisted of four songs: 80 Days from This Strange Engine Don't Hurt Yourself (whoring for DVD sales of their last European concert tour) from Marbles, (which by all rights should be a staple hit played on every alternative rock station), Answering Machine from Radiation, Man of a Thousand Faces also from This Strange Engine and as a bonus encore per fan request: A Collection - a simple little obscure acoustic number that was a bonus track on Holidays In Eden.

Here are some pictures with comments.

Singer Steve Hogarth: (or if you prefer, H for short)

PP Guru Q: Did an image of Angelina Jolie sprout in your mind while writing the lyrics to Angelina off of Marbles?

A: No actually it was Margretina, a DJ on Cable radio. A Billboard in London of her made her up look like a call girl. So we had to change name for legal purposes.

Guitarist Steve Rothery:

PP Guru Q: Will you ever get around to do a follow up to Wishing Tree and that girl on the cover of Carnival of Souls looked very fetching. (Peter Trewavas pitches in: Oh yes, Hannah Stobart, definitely very fetching !)

A: Oh yeah, we would definitely like to get around to doing another one sometime in the near future. Hannah and I are currently writing material for the follow-up. And yes indeed Hannah is very fetching ( PP Guru: yeah, but the debut album was released around ten years ago - a lot can change to a woman's looks in ten years)

Bassist Pete Trewavas:

PP Guru Q: Just a compliment on your work on your side band Keno (available through Insideout Music). The guitar player John Mitchell (also of Arena) used to be a good friend and e-mail buddy. The PP Guru once hung out with him and Matt Goodluck when Arena was visiting out here for a Prog Rock festival. It's good to see him grow and mature into a fine musican We all went to Universal CityWalk after the gig.

A: Oh wow, you know Matt Goodluck?

PP Guru follow-up: The PP Guru just said he did, didn't he? Yes, Matt has retired from the music business and now works as a agriculture inspection for the city of Sidney, Australia. And he's already bought his first house. Goddamn lucky bugger barely into his thirties.

Group shot with PP Guru:

All: Yeah, we all miss Matt Goodluck.

Hey what the fuck is Cary Coatney doing there? It seems everywhere that the PP Guru finds himself holed up that unemployed loser is out with a squeejee and a pail of water offering to wash peoples' car windows on a freeway offramp somewhere in Van Nuys. And on top of that - bumming money off the state? What the fuck is that all about?
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So - as some may already know. The PP Guru got himself a new Alesis Qs6.2 synthesizer. Here it is on the first day out of the box:

On the first weekend of October - the PP Guru thought it would a joyous occasion to celebrate the release of Neil Gaiman's first hardcover novel in four years, The Ananzi Boys by attending a Q & A at the West Hollywood Book Fair that was moderated by none other than the Beat's Heidi MacDonald.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the Book Fair Pantheon of the Gods:

Anyone ever wonder what ever happened to that spider that first bit Peter Parker in that freaky lab experiment that gave him his spider powers? Well, it seems that spider is living the high life at his happy spun web retirement community at a bus stop at the corner of Hilgard and Sunset Blvd just adjacent to the UCLA campus where the PP Guru had stopped to make his transfer to another bus. (PP Guru sidenote: what the hell is it with these Rapid Buses running their own private tv network . They run nothing but wheel of fortune trivia and Time Life commericals for Dolly Parton CD collections. This is supposed to keep commuters entertained while in gridlock?) . Funny, the subject of spiders run rampant in the Neil's new book from which the PP Guru understands has landed on top the best seller's list. Hooray.

From a personal observation, the pinnacle of Heidi's interviewing skills really shone through. She had posed some very tough questions for Neil to answer and they both took it in stride getting through forty five minutes of workshopping and reminscenes of the early days. When asked about the Eternals project that Neil has slated in to work on for Marvel - (from which Neil says that the proceeds from this project will go and pay off those lawyers that he sicced on Todd MacFarlane for his breach of contract suit of not being paid for the work he did on Spawn and the Angela mini-series for Image comics), Neil says that it seemed to be the only thing that was tailor made for him to write with the exception of revitalizing Thor. Something about writing about Gods walking the earth and being idolized as pop stars has a certain universal appeal. Hmm, we wonder why Neil? In turn, Neil publicily made Heidi's face turn red when he brought out her inner comic book trivia geekery of fully knowing the only story whereas Superman has thad the uncanny ability to keep his spitcurl in place by the will control of his molecules and that Clark Kent was once able to hypnotize television audiences worldwide that he wasn't Superman through his nightly WGBS news anchorman broadcasts.

You gotta love that Heidi.

What would the world do if faced with the capitalisitic combustion of Heidi MacDonald if she were ever to open a account with Just imagine the range of possibilities if the world were rife with Heidi MacDonald fan club t-shirts, mousepads, coffee mugs, tote bags, personally monogrammed golf shoes, paper towel dispensers, and kitchen utensils. Why even Heidi could lead the charge in a massive corporate take-over in the George Forman grill industry and call it the Heidi MacDonald Grill - then the entire planet could be forced into a nutrious quest by a steady diet of Gouda grilled cheese sandwiches - spread on top over with Nutella. This could cause a epidemic that the world has never before seen. The PP Guru could actually be game for that.

Definitely, a cultural phenomenon that could go insanely out of control since the days when women would unsheath their frilly undergarments whenever Tom Jones would go into another rousting rendition of "What's New Pussycat" ... Whoa, whoa whoa, etc.
But if Heidi were to take the stage, all the men in the audience tossing up their neckties would all have to look like Clive Owen.
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The following week the PP Guru went to the Los Angeles Comic Book and Scifi convention to check and see how the CESD Talent Agency, under the auspices of the Red Cross was handling it's benefit to raise money for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort by holding a autograph and picture posing jamboree with many of Hollywood's finest voice actors (and some real life flesh and blood actors too). In attendance was Billy West (Ren & Stimpy), Kevin Michael Richardson (The Batman), Bill Farmer (Goofy) Alan Oppenheimer( the original Mighty Mouse and the voice of Skeltor on He-Man!), has been actors from G.I. Joe and the Transformers, Will Friedle (Batman Beyond), Janice Kawaye (Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi) Susan Silo (Xiaolin Showdown) and of course, Dan Castellaneta. Surely the PP Guru doesn't have to tell you what he does for a living. Other voice actors so numerous to mention were also on hand along with real breathing homo erectus walking actors such as the guy who walks with a limp and works in the morgue on CSI and along with Star Trek actors ( the PP Guru was sure that they were the ones who drew in the big bucks) that if you look closely you couldn't tell if it were Madame Tussaud's wax figures or if it were really Rene Auberjonis (who, as Odo on Deep Space Nine looked extremely waxy in the first place), Armin Shimmerman, or Tim Russ.

The PP Guru felt he had to contribute his few remaining bits of what was left over from his severence check for such a noble cause, and felt game to harangue some of the voice actors from the Teen Titans to sign a picture for him. Since there were only two in attenance (well, actually there were three, but the kid who plays the voice of Beast Boy had to book early) Greg Cipes ( Cyborg) and Scott Menville (Robin), the PP Guru thought he could get away with two autographs for the price of one. But the ploy didn't wash - so the PP Guru was forced to pick the better of the two.

So — who knew that the voice behind Robin was such a skinhead?

Well - as they say - parting is such sweet sorrow, especially if you're wondering aimlessly in a unemployed cloud. But it's a good thing that good people such as The PP Guru's cohort in blog crime, Sparky is here to take over the reins of this misfit blog for this immediate time of crisis and the PP Guru's neighbor, Rikki to help with encourgement and keeping the PP Guru spirit alive.

Nothing but roses, people. Send nothing but roses (perferably $ 150 worth) and your good wishes and covered letter resume to:



Can we hear some job offers from the studios for the hard working lad? Like soon? - Sparks

Friday, October 28, 2005

Sparky: Grimm news from Terry Gilliam

Director Terry Gilliam and Aya Ueto, dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, arrive at Roppongi Hills Sunday for the screening of "The Brothers Grimm" at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Gilliam said he was happy to see that Japan had grown up.

By Chris Betros

Terry Gilliam clowns around with Aya Ueto, dressed as Little Red Riding Hood.

TOKYO — This week, during his third visit to Japan and his first in 10 years, director Terry Gilliam stood beside 20-year-old celebrity Aya Ueto, dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, and remarked that he was pleased to see that Japan had at last grown up.

It's hard to tell what he meant, but then it is often hard to tell what Gilliam's movies mean, also. "The Brothers Grimm" is another bizarre effort from the man who gave us such absurdist humor as "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" and "Jabberwocky."

Combining elements of comedy, horror, science fiction, fantasy and suspense, Gilliam crafts a story about Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm (Matt Damon and Heath Ledger), two traveling conmen who make a career out of fleecing superstitious villagers. But when they are ordered to investigate a haunted forest where several girls have disappeared, their skills are put to the test by all sorts of adversaries, including wolves, walking trees and a sorceress (Monica Bellucci). The movie is a visual orgy with numerous references to Grimm fairytales such as "Hansel and Gretel" and "Little Red Riding Hood."

"I'm not sure what the Grimm brothers would think of this movie," admitted the 64-year-old director. "Luckily, they've been dead for 150 years. It's not supposed to be a biography, but a fantasy that puts them into their own fairytale world."

Gilliam recalls the Grimm fairytales being the first stories that were ever read to him as a child, although they are not his all-time favorite — that honor goes to Hans Christian Andersen's "The Emperor's New Clothes."

"I found the Grimm tales so extraordinary. They created the pattern through which I view life. I guess I've never really grown out of that pattern, and I thought now would be a good time to remind audiences how beautiful and terrifying their stories are."

Born in Minnesota, Gilliam was an animator and illustrator for a while (including a stint at Mad magazine). He emigrated to England in 1967 and has lived there ever since. The "Monty Python" series was his ticket to fame in the 1970s and he went on to direct such films as "Time Bandits" (1981), "Brazil" (1985), "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" (1988), "The Fisher King" (1991), "Twelve Monkeys" (1995) and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (1998).

Most audiences have a love-hate relationship with Gilliam's films, as do studio heads, which is one reason why he makes films so infrequently. Author JK Rowling, for example, reportedly wanted Gilliam to direct the first "Harry Potter" film, but Warner Bros resolutely refused, according to the grapevine. His last film, "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote," fell through a week after production started in 2000 due to sickness, accidents, weather disasters and NATO target practice (all of which were the subject of the documentary "Lost in La Mancha").

He seems more amenable to big studios these days. "After 'Don Quixote' collapsed, I worked on three or four projects and tried to get financing, but for various reasons, I was unsuccessful. When I got offered 'The Brothers Grimm,' I was just relieved to have a job again," he said. "It's much easier to make movies that the studios want to make rather than trying to develop your own projects."

Aya Ueto
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Aya Ueto (?? ? Ueto Aya, born September 14, 1985 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese actress, idol, and singer.


In 1997, Aya Ueto participated in the 7th All-Japan National Young Beauty contest, where she received a special award from the judges. Her discovery led to many TV commercial deals, which would eventually start her acting career.

In 1999, she formed the J-pop band Z-1 with Mami Nejiki, Mai Fujiya, and Manami Nishiwaki. They released five singles before breaking up, but Aya went on to start a solo career when she signed with Pony Canyon two years later. She released her first single, "Pureness," in 2002. Since then, she has released several more singles and three albums.

Meanwhile, Aya began her acting career in 2000 with a role in Namida wo Fuite. In 2001, she played a part in 3 Nen B Gumi Kinpachi Sensei, and her performance greatly boosted her popularity. She starred in several later dramas, including Koukou Kyoushi 2003, Hitonatsu no Papa e, and Aim for the Ace!. She also starred in Ryuhei Kitamura's blockbuster Azumi and in its sequel, Azumi 2: Death or Love.

She is often said to physically resemble Japanese star Momoe Yamaguchi. As of 2005, she remains ubiquitous in Japan, appearing constantly on magazines and in commercials.



  • Pureness (2002)
  • kizuna (2002)
  • Hello (2003)
  • Kanshou/MERMAID (2003)
  • Binetsu (2003)
  • Ai no tameni. (2004)
  • Kaze/Okuru kotoba (2004)
  • Afuresou na ai, daite/Namida wo fuite (2004)
  • Usotsuki (2004)
  • Yume no chikara (2005)
  • Kaze wo ukete (2005)


  • AYAUETO (2003)
  • MESSAGE (2004)
  • Re. (2004)
  • UETOAYAMIX (2005)



  • Namida wo Fuite (2000)
  • Yome wa mitsuboshi(2001)
  • 3 Nen B Gumi Kinpachi Sensei (2001)
  • Wataru seken wa oni bakari (2002)
  • My Little Chef (2002)
  • Koukou Kyoushi 2003 (2003)
  • Hitonatsu no Papa e (2003)
  • Satoukibi bakate no uta (2003)
  • Aim for the Ace! (2004)
  • Yoshitsune (2005)
  • Attack No.1 (2005)
  • Nada sousou~kono ai ni ikite~ (2005)


  • The Killers of Paraiso (1999) – as Hikari, leading character
  • Peter Pan 2: Neverland no himitsu (2002) – as Jane's voice actress
  • Azumi (2003) – as Azumi, leading character
  • Install (2004) – as Asako Nozawa, leading character
  • Azumi 2: Death or Love (2005) – as Azumi, leading character
  • Ashita Genki ni na~re! (2005) – as Kayoko's voice actress


  • Rogue Galaxy (2005) – Voice actress

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And that is your Friday beauty - and Terry has her. Suffer! - Sparks

Sparky: Guess Who's Gay!?
George Takei, Mr. Sulu of 'Star Trek' fame, comes out
Actor likens prejudice against gays to racial segregation

Actor George Takei, best known for his role as Mr. Hikaru Sulu in "Star Trek," came out as homosexual in the current issue of Frontiers, a biweekly Los Angeles magazine covering the gay and lesbian community.

Actor George Takai said, 'The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay.' (AP file photo)
Takei told The Associated Press on Thursday that his new onstage role as psychologist Martin Dysart in "Equus," helped inspire him to publicly discuss his sexuality. Takei described the character as a "very contained but turbulently frustrated man." The play opened Wednesday at the David Henry Hwang Theater in Los Angeles, the same day that Frontiers magazine featured a story on Takei's coming out.

The current social and political climate also motivated Takei's disclosure, he said.

"The world has changed from when I was a young teen feeling ashamed for being gay," he said. "The issue of gay marriage is now a political issue. That would have been unthinkable when I was young."

The 68-year-old actor said he considers himself as "having been out for quite some time." Takei and his partner, Brad Altman, have been together for 18 years.

Takei, a Japanese-American who lived in a U.S. internment camp from age 4 to 8, said he grew up feeling shameful about his ethnicity and sexuality. He likened prejudice against gays to racial segregation.

"It's against basic decency and what American values stand for," he said.

Takei began his acting career in 1959, appearing in "Ice House" with Richard Burton. He joined the "Star Trek" cast as Mr. Sulu, a character he played for three seasons on television and in six subsequent films. Takei has appeared in scores of movies and television shows. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986.

A community activist, Takei ran for the Los Angeles City Council in 1973. He serves on the advisory committee of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program and is chairman of East West Players, the theater company producing "Equus." The play closes Dec. 4.

Sparky knew; Friends had been invited to tea with this wonderfully kind man. But he would never out anyone. C|Net is making a little stink about it though ...

- Sparks
SPARKY: AHhhhh! One down! More to go!
Scooter is down!

I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Jr., Chief of Staff to U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, resigned Friday following indictment on five federal felony charges.

Mr. Libby is charged with obstruction of justice, two counts of perjury to a Grand Jury, and two counts of making false statements to the FBI in the Justice Department's investigation into the Plame leak. Mr. Libby's resignation was accepted by Vice President Cheney. President Bush also accepted Mr. Libby's resignation as Assistant to the President.

The indictment centers on Mr. Libby's grand jury testimony that he learned from media sources that Joseph Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, worked under cover for the CIA. The Justice Department says that Mr. Libby knew of Plame’s covert status from at least four government officials, including Vice President Cheney, in the month prior to his talks with the press, but that he sought to hide that knowledge from the investigation.

No charges were filed against White House advisor Karl Rove, but he remains under scrutiny in the on-going two year investigation led by Special Counselor Patrick Fitzgerald. The Seattle Post Intelligencer reported that late Friday, three people close to the investigation stated that the individual referred to in Fitzgerald's record as "Official A" was actually Karl Rove, the so called "senior official in the White House" who allegedly informed Libby on July 10 or 11 of 2003 that Plame was a CIA operative. The Washington Post is reporting that Rove's "fate" will be known soon.

All five charges stem from three conversations Mr. Libby had with reporters about Valerie Plame in 2003 between July 10 and 12:

  • On or about July 10, Libby spoke with Tim Russert of NBC. Mr. Libby testified that Mr. Russert asked him if he knew Mr. Wilson's wife worked at the CIA, and that Mr. Russert told him all reporters knew about Mr. Wilson's wife.
The indictment alleges that Mr. Russert did not ask Mr. Libby what he knew about Wilson's wife, nor did Mr. Russert tell him that all the reporters knew it. The indictment says that Libby knew through governmental sources that Mr. Wilson's wife worked for the CIA.
  • On or about July 12, Mr. Libby spoke with Matthew Cooper of TIME magazine. Mr. Libby testified he told Mr. Cooper that he heard from other reporters that Mr. Wilson's wife worked for the CIA, but he didn't know for sure whether or not she did.
The indictment alleges that Mr. Libby did not talk about other reporters, but simply confirmed for Mr. Cooper that Mr. Wilson's wife worked for the CIA.
  • Mr. Libby spoke with Judith Miller of The New York Times. Mr. Libby again testified that the conversation was about other reporters, and he told Ms. Miller he was unsure Mr. Wilson's wife worked at the CIA.
The indictment claims that Libby did not talk about other reporters, and did not advise Ms. Miller he was unsure about Mr. Wilson's wife.

In a nationally televised press conference announcing the indictment, Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald likened the alleged falsehoods of Mr. Libby's testimony to sand being thrown in the face of a baseball umpire. The obstruction of justice count alleges that Mr. Libby made false statements while testifying before the grand jury, and attempted to mislead and deceive the grand jury by doing so.

The two false statement charges relate to FBI interviews conducted in October and November 2003. There is one charge for the July 10, 2003 interview with Mr. Russert, and another for the July 12, 2003 interview with Cooper. One perjury charges alleges Mr. Libby lied to the grand jury about his conversation with Mr .Russert. The second alleges he was lying when he testified to the grand jury that he had told reporters "I hear from other reporters Wilson's wife works for the CIA."

If convicted on all counts, Mr. Libby faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1.25 million fine. In a written statement delivered by his lawyer, Mr. Libby said "today is a sad day for me and my family" but is confident that he will be "completely and totally exonerated."

Vice President Dick Cheney called Mr. Libby in a written statement one "of the most capable and talented individuals I have ever known" and stressed that he is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.

President George W. Bush called the investigation "serious" and said that Mr. Libby "worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people and sacrificed much in the service to this country."


In September 2003, CIA Director George Tenet requested a Justice Department probe of the possibility that high officials of the Bush administration leaked to journalists the secret CIA identity of Plame. In December 2003, Patrick J. Fitzgerald was appointed Special Counsel in charge of investigating the leak of the identity of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame. A grand jury was convened to hear testimony from reporters and members of the Bush administration. The federal indictment suggests that Libby lied about what he told reporters Tim Russert, Matt Cooper, and Judith Miller. “When citizens testify before grand juries they are required to tell the truth,” Mr. Fitzgerald said.

In February 2002, Joseph Wilson was asked to travel to Niger by the Central Intelligence Agency in order to investigate claims that Niger had sold yellowcake uranium to Iraq, a substance that - after a lengthy purification process - can be used to make a nuclear weapon.

On the 28th of January, 2003, President George Bush stated in his State of the Union address that, "The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." Much of the President's address was focused on building support for the War in Iraq, on the grounds that Iraq had been developing Weapons of Mass Destruction, and this statement was a key part of the rationale to justify going to war.

On July 6, 2003, Wilson wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times attacking the validity of Bush's assertation by describing how his experiences in Africa had led him to believe no such sale had taken place. He went on to accuse the Bush Administration of manipulating intelligence data in order to exaggerate the threat posed by Iraq. Ultimately, the White House was forced to retract the statement regarding Niger in the State of the Union address.

On July 14th 2003, journalist Robert Novak published a news article that disclosed the identity of Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. Novak attributed the information about Plame's identity to "senior administration officials." After Novak's article was published, other news reporters speculated that Plame's identity as a CIA operative was leaked by the Bush administration in an effort to punish Mr. Wilson for his public criticism of the administration. Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson are married, although Valerie had been using her maiden name "Plame" in her role as a covert operative rather than using her married name.

In June 2004, President George W. Bush was questioned about the leak by the Justice Department, but not in front of the Grand Jury. Bush first promised to fire anyone in his administration who leaked the CIA identity of Plame, then later qualified this as meaning that he would only act if it could be shown that a crime was committed.

With the Grand Jury scheduled to conclude its term in October 2005, reporter Judith Miller was jailed in July 2005 for refusing to reveal the source of the Plame leak. After 85 days in jail, Miller finally testified before the Grand Jury. Several reporters, including Miller and Matthew Cooper, identified Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove and Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis Libby as Bush administration sources who revealed Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA operative.

The indictment comes at the same time as allegations mount that Vice President Cheney and his chief of staff Libby withheld crucial documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee as it was investigating the intelligence failure in the run-up to the Iraq war in 2004. Rep. Jerrold Nadler has requested to expand Fitzgerald's investigation to clear up if the actions in the CIA leak were just a part in a larger scheme to deceive Congress into authorizing war, who was involved and whether their actions were criminal.

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Next! - Sparky

Thursday, October 27, 2005


Let's start with speculation - Report: Libby to be indicted Friday

Top GOP Traitor Karl Rove points at Lewis “Scooter” Libby reminding him to take the fall .RoveRage002
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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) -- Associates of Vice President Dick Cheney`s chief of staff, Lewis 'Scooter' Libby expect Libby will be indicted Friday, the New York Times reported.

Citing lawyers in the federal investigation of the leak of the name of a CIA agent, the newspaper said Libby was likely to be indicted on a charge of making false statements to a grand jury.

The Times said President Bush`s top political adviser and deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove, will not be charged Friday, but will remain under investigation. Citing people briefed officially about the case, the Times said special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald was likely to extend the term of the federal grand jury beyond its scheduled expiration on Friday.

Fitzgerald has reportedly been focusing on possible perjury charges against Rove.

Citing sources, CNN reported Friday that Fitzgerald summarized his case before the grand jury Wednesday and met with the U.S. District Court`s chief justice afterward.

Fitzgerald`s investigation into the leak of Valerie Plame`s name to reporters has gripped Washington and kept the White House tight-lipped and on edge.

Preparations for a Friday announcement were a closely held secret in Fitzgerald`s office, and the Times reported a flurry of behind-the-scenes discussions left open the possibility of last-minute surprises -- possibly even new disclosures in a case that has been the subject of much speculation for the past two years.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

What a difference a year makes
Guardian Unlimited, UK - 4 hours ago
The decision of Harriet Miers to withdraw her name from consideration for the US supreme court is an indication of how weakened and beleaguered the Bush ...
Is Bush a lame duck?
MSN Money - Oct 26, 2005
A host of problems is hampering the president's second term and his political capital is dwindling. President George W. Bush had ...
In the End, The Issue Is Iraq
NPR - Oct 26, 2005
“By referring to the 'war on terror' as he does, the president can still wrap the nation's troubled feelings about Iraq in its more certain response to the ...
MarketWatch: Rachel Koning: Plame charges could roil markets - Dollar sentiment at risk if White House aides indicted

“Speculation has mounted that formal charges could be announced Friday by special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, the final day of a grand jury session.
I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, walks out of the West Wing of the White House using crutches Thursday, Oct. 27, 2005, in Washington. Libby and Karl Rove, President Bush's deputy chief of staff, await their fate in the CIA leak probe, after a prosecutor spent three hours before a grand jury that has the power to hand up indictments that could rock the Bush administration.

Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby are the prime targets of Fitzgerald's investigation, press reports have said. Rove, a long-time political adviser to Bush, is deputy White House chief of staff. Libby is chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney.

Any charges could create "political paralysis" at the White House, said Brian Dolan, head of currency research at New Jersey-based trading firm Gain Capital.

Charges would be "detrimental to the dollar, a psychological blow," said Alex Beuzelin, senior market analyst with Ruesch International in Washington. They would distract Bush from important economic issues like high energy prices, patches of slower growth and deficit reduction, he said.

The dollar's year-to-date run may be in jeopardy should confidence in Bush's ability to steer the economy be shaken. ...”

Let's Assume Mister Wilson is not amused.

Robbie Conal strikes again!

The man who brought you the below:

and this:
now brings you this:

Robbie Conal is an American guerilla poster artist noted for his gnarled, grotesque depictions of U.S. political figures of note. He is noted for his use of snipes to distribute his poster art throughout a city overnight. A former hippie, he received his bachelor's degree in fine arts from San Francisco State University in 1968 and his MFA from Stanford University in 1978. He currently lives in the Los Angeles area, where he taught painting at the University of Southern California.

He was the subject of the 1992 documentary Post No Bills. He has also written two books, Art Attack: The Midnight Politics Of A Guerrilla Artist and Artburn, a collection of his work published in the alternative newspaper L.A. Weekly.

In 2004, Conal joined artists Shepard Fairey and Mear One to create a series of "anti-war, anti-Bush" posters for a street art campaign called "Be the Revolution" for the art collective Post Gen.

As you drive through the streets of Los Angeles, you may notice a few posters of George Bush drowning in a flood of skulls and other debris. These posters, titled “Patriot Inaction,” serve to remind the public of the Bush administration and its handling of hurricane Katrina victims. For more information about Robbie Conal's and his work, go to

That's it for now. Forget evil Aunt Harriet for now. Suspect she was a strawman for Bush anyhow. - Sparks

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


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Today let the festivities commence! vocalist and chief poomba lyricist of Yes turns 61 today. Jon is currently on a " Works in Progress" tour on the American East Coast where he is performing brand new material along with some of his earlier solo works including material he's written with Vangelis and Kitaro with gems going way back to his first 1976 solo album "Olias of Sunhillow". Of course there will be the traditional Yes sing along at camp songs like And You and I, Roundabout, and Owner of a Lonely Heart for the audience to allure themselves.
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Jon Anderson - 61. Jeez, that's a full two decades ahead of the PP Guru. But thanks Jon, for not including any West Coast for this tour. It's not like the PP Guru's paltry non-existent salary could afford it anyway. It really means a lot to the PP Guru.

Peyote buttermilk pancakes for all in the house.

Sending this directly from Hiberationville via the:

~ Coat

Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson (born October 25, 1944) is a British musician, the lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes.

He was born as John Roy Anderson in the town of Accrington, Lancashire, England, his parents being Albert and Kathleen Anderson. (He was later to drop the "h" from his first name.) He attended St. John's Infants School in Accrington, and made a tentative start to his musical career at an early age by playing the washboard in "Little John's Skiffle Group", which played songs by Lonnie Donegan among others.

Anderson left school at the age of fifteen, and went through a series of jobs including working as a farm hand, a lorry driver, and a milkman.

In 1962, Anderson joined The Warriors (also known as The Electric Warriors), where he and his brother Tony shared the role of lead vocalist. He quit this band in 1967, released two solo singles in 1968, and then briefly sang the bands The Gun and The Open Mind.

In the summer of 1968, Anderson joined a group called Mabel Greer's Toyshop, which also included bassist Chris Squire and guitarist Peter Banks. Anderson fronted this band, but ended up leaving again before the summer was over. Anderson, Squire, and Banks went on to form Yes, with drummer Bill Bruford and keyboardist Tony Kaye. Their debut album was released in 1969.

  • With Vangelis (Jon & Vangelis):
    • Short Stories (1980)
    • The Friends of Mr. Cairo (1981)
    • Private Collection (1983)Bold
    • The Best of Jon & Vangelis (1984)
    • Page of Life (1991)
    • Chronicles (1994)
    • Page Of Life (1998) - semi-legitimate different release unapproved of by Vangelis
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Monday, October 24, 2005

Sparky: Blablabla - I 've lost it ...

NYT: DAVID JOHNSTON, RICHARD W. STEVENSON and DOUGLAS JEHL: Cheney Told Aide of CIA Officer, Lawyers Report
I. Lewis Libby, chief of staff for Vice President Cheney.
I. Lewis Libby, chief of staff for Vice President Cheney.

“… Notes of the previously undisclosed conversation between Mr. Libby and Mr. Cheney on June 12, 2003, appear to differ from Mr. Libby’s testimony to a federal grand jury that he initially learned about the
The notes, taken by Mr. Libby during the conversation, for the first time place Mr. Cheney in the middle of an effort by the White House to learn about Ms. Wilson’s husband, Joseph C. Wilson IV, who was questioning the administration’s handling of intelligence about Iraq’s nuclear program to justify the war.

Lawyers said the notes show that Mr. Cheney knew that Ms. Wilson worked at the C.I.A. more than a month before her identity was made public and her undercover status was disclosed in a syndicated column by Robert D. Novak on July 14, 2003. …”

Husband Is Conspicuous in Leak Case
Washington Post, United States - 1 hour ago
By Dana Milbank and Walter Pincus. To his backers, Joseph C. Wilson IV is a brave whistle-blower wronged by the Bush administration. ...
Plame games
Salon - 7 hours ago
The GOP spin: Smear Wilson (again), belittle the charges. The Dems' spin: Bush and his enforcers lied us into war. By Michael Scherer. ...
Shame of naming
Channel 4 News, UK - 8 hours ago
George Bush's closest aides face charges of perjury and obstruction in thge naming of a CIA operative. Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald ...
CIA leak inquiry in final stretch
BBC News, UK - 16 hours ago
By Justin Webb. The long-running inquiry into the leaking by the White House of the name of a serving CIA officer is due to finish this week. ...
Cheney's cool customer now on the hot seat
Newsday, NY - 18 hours ago
WASHINGTON - I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby is known for his sarcastic, world-weary and at times dark sense of humor. He once quipped ...
CIA leak case probe expected to indict top US govt officials this ...
Forbes - 21 hours ago
NEW YORK (AFX) - The special prosecutor in the investigation into the leaking of information about CIA operative Valerie Plame, is 'widely expected' to issue ...
Jeralyn Merritt: A Kinder, Gentler Libby
Yahoo! News - Oct 23, 2005
The New York Times Sunday profiles Lewis "Scooter" Libby. While it's intended to be a humanizing piece, and it does accomplish that ...
Many players emerging in CIA leak drama
Seattle Post Intelligencer - Oct 23, 2005
By NANCY BENAC. WASHINGTON -- It began with a clumsy forgery, led the president to backtrack on his own State of the Union address ...
Leak case returns spotlight to rationale for Iraq war
International Herald Tribune, France - Oct 23, 2005
WASHINGTON The legal and political stakes are of the highest order, but the investigation into the disclosure of a covert CIA officer's identity is also just ...

Collective Bellaciao: MARTIN WALKER: Forged Niger Documents: Fitzgerald Launches International Investigation

“ ... This suggests the inquiry by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald into the leaking of the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame has now widened to ... ”

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The CIA leak inquiry that threatens senior White House aides has now widened to include the forgery of documents on African uranium that started the investigation, according to NAT0 intelligence sources.

This suggests the inquiry by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald into the leaking of the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame has now widened to embrace part of the broader question about the way the Iraq war was justified by the Bush administration.

Fitzgerald’s inquiry is expected to conclude this week and despite feverish speculation in Washington, there have been no leaks about his decision whether to issue indictments and against whom and on what charges.

Two facts are, however, now known and between them they do not bode well for the deputy chief of staff at the White House, Karl Rove, President George W Bush’s senior political aide, not for Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

The first is that Fitzgerald last year sought and obtained from the Justice Department permission to widen his investigation from the leak itself to the possibility of cover-ups, perjury and obstruction of justice by witnesses. This has renewed the old saying from the days of the Watergate scandal, that the cover-up can be more legally and politically dangerous than the crime.

The second is that NATO sources have confirmed to United Press International that Fitzgerald’s team of investigators has sought and obtained documentation on the forgeries from the Italian government.

Fitzgerald’s team has been given the full, and as yet unpublished report of the Italian parliamentary inquiry into the affair, which started when an Italian journalist obtained documents that appeared to show officials of the government of Niger helping to supply the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein with Yellowcake uranium. This claim, which made its way into President Bush’s State of the Union address in January, 2003, was based on falsified documents from Niger and was later withdrawn by the White House.

This opens the door to what has always been the most serious implication of the CIA leak case, that the Bush administration could face a brutally damaging and public inquiry into the case for war against Iraq being false or artificially exaggerated. This was the same charge that imperiled the government of Bush’s closest ally, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, after a BBC Radio program claimed Blair’s aides has "sexed up" the evidence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction.

There can be few more serious charges against a government than going to war on false pretences, or having deliberately inflated or suppressed the evidence that justified the war.

And since no WMD were found in Iraq after the 2003 war, despite the evidence from the U.N. inspections of the 1990s that demonstrated that Saddam Hussein had initiated both a nuclear and a biological weapons program, the strongest plank in the Bush administration’s case for war has crumbled beneath its feet.

The reply of both the Bush and Blair administrations was that they made their assertions about Iraq’s WMD in good faith, and that other intelligence agencies like the French and German were equally mistaken in their belief that Iraq retained chemical weapons, along with the ambition and some of technological basis to restart the nuclear and biological programs.

It is this central issue of good faith that the CIA leak affair brings into question. The initial claims Iraq was seeking raw uranium in the west African state of Niger aroused the interest of vice-president Cheney, who asked for more investigation. At a meeting of CIA and other officials, a CIA officer working under cover in the office that dealt with nuclear proliferation, Valerie Plame, suggested her husband, James Wilson, a former ambassador to several African states, enjoyed good contacts in Niger and could make a preliminary inquiry. He did so, and returned concluding that the claims were untrue. In July 2003, he wrote an article for The New York Times making his mission -- and his disbelief -- public.

But by then Elisabetta Burba, a journalist for the Italian magazine Panorama (owned by Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi) had been contacted by a "security consultant" named Rocco Martoni, offering to sell documents that "proved" Iraq was obtaining uranium in Niger for $10,000. Rather than pay the money, Burba’s editor passed photocopies of the documents to the U.S. Embassy, which forwarded them to Washington, where the forgery was later detected. Signatures were false, and the government ministers and officials who had signed them were no longer in office on the dates on which the documents were supposedly written.

Nonetheless, the forged documents appeared, on the face of it, to shore up the case for war, and to discredit Wilson. The origin of the forgeries is therefore of real importance, and any link between the forgeries and Bush administration aides would be highly damaging and almost certainly criminal.

The letterheads and official seals that appeared to authenticate the documents apparently came from a burglary at the Niger Embassy in Rome in 2001. At this point, the facts start dribbling away into conspiracy theories that involve membership of shadowy Masonic lodges, Iranian go-betweens, right-wing cabals inside Italian Intelligence and so on. It is not yet known how far Fitzgerald, in his two years of inquiries, has fished in these murky waters.

There is one line of inquiry with an American connection that Fitzgerald would have found it difficult to ignore. This is the claim that a mid-ranking Pentagon official, Larry Franklin, held talks with some Italian intelligence and defense officials in Rome in late 2001. Franklin has since been arrested on charges of passing classified information to staff of the pro-Israel lobby group, the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. Franklin has reportedly reached a plea bargain with his prosecutor, Paul McNulty, and it would be odd if McNulty and Fitzgerald had not conferred to see if their inquiries connected.

Where all this leads will not be clear until Fitzgerald breaks his silence, widely expected to occur this week when the term of his grand jury expires.

If Fitzgerald issues indictments, then the hounds that are currently baying across the blogosphere will leap into the mainstream media and whole affair, Iranian go-betweens and Rome burglaries included, will come into the mainstream of the mass media and network news where Mr. and Mrs. America can see it.

If Fitzgerald issues no indictments, the matter will not simply die away, in part because the press is now hotly engaged, after the new embarrassment of the Times over the imprisonment of the paper’s Judith Miller. There is also an uncomfortable sense that the press had given the Bush administration too easy a ride after 9/11. And the Bush team is now on the ropes and its internal discipline breaking down, making it an easier target.

Then there is a separate Senate Select Intelligence Committee inquiry under way, and while the Republican chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas seems to be dragging his feet, the ranking Democrat, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, is now under growing Democratic Party pressure to pursue this question of falsifying the case for war.

And last week, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, introduced a resolution to require the president and secretary of state to furnish to Congress documents relating to the so-called White House Iraq Group. Chief of staff Andrew Card formed the WHIG task force in August 2002 -- seven months before the invasion of Iraq, and Kucinich claims they were charged "with the mission of marketing a war in Iraq."

The group included: Rove, Libby, Condoleezza Rice, Karen Hughes, Mary Matalin and Stephen Hadley (now Bush’s national security adviser) and produced white papers that put into dramatic form the intelligence on Iraq’s supposed nuclear threat. WHIG launched its media blitz in September 2002, six months before the war. Rice memorably spoke of the prospect of "a mushroom cloud," and Card revealingly explained why he chose September, saying "From a marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August."

The marketing is over but the war goes on. The press is baying and the law closes in. The team of Bush loyalists in the White House is demoralized and braced for disaster.

I hope Patrick isn't related to Jennifer

Jennifer Fitzgerald

Jennifer Fitzgerald, born 1932, her full name Jennifer Ann Isobel Patteson-Knight Fitzgerald, is a U.S. diplomat who is alleged to have had an ongoing affair with President George H.W. Bush, starting at least when he was United States ambassador to China and continuing while he was Vice President and later President. She has never spoken on the record to confirm or deny the affair.

Fitzgerald's name headed a list of rumored Bush paramours widely circulated among the higher echelons of the Washington media throughout the 1980s, when she had a position in protocol at the State Department, but never reported. The Washington Post, however, did once famously refer to her as having served Bush "in a variety of positions" throughout his career.

Beginning of affair

Bush had supposedly had several discreet extramarital relationships during the 1960s, mainly within the context of his career as an oilman and later in Congress. He and Barbara maintained an understanding that she would tolerate them as long as he avoided humiliating the family.

Fitzgerald, a divorcée who first met Bush in 1974 when she left a White House position to become Bush's secretary after he was appointed U.S. ambassador to China, changed all that. While later accounts by the two suggest they spent a great deal of time together in that country, in actual fact Barbara Bush suddenly returned home shortly before Fitzgerald's arrival and remained for three months. The couple spent the holidays apart, greatly concerning Bush's mother Dorothy, who went to visit him during this time.

Friends of the couple have said there was visible strain in their marriage during this time. Years later, Barbara was still bitter when she complained to author Gail Sheehy that her husband hadn't even noticed that she had stopped coloring her hair.

She resented Fitzgerald because, it is said, she came to exert a great deal of influence over him, being called by some George Bush's "office wife." Those who have seen Bush with Fitzgerald say that while she bears a strong physical resemblance to a slightly younger Barbara Bush, she is far less domineering and builds up his ego far more than his wife does.

Later 1970s

When Bush left his ambassadorial post to become Director of Central Intelligence, she came along to Langley as his personal and confidential assistant. During this time, Barbara Bush has later said, she was suffering from depression so severe she contemplated suicide on several occasions. He frequently sought Fitzgerald's company as a result.

They apparently separated professional company the next year when, following the change of administration, Bush left the CIA post to return, temporarily, to the private sector. He was able to arrange for Fitzgerald to stay in public service, however, as a special assistant to Kingman Brewster, the former president of Yale University, then serving as U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. Coincidentally, one of the corporate boards Bush served on required that he frequently travel to London.

She would only last a year in that job, as she took frequent trips back to the U.S. to see Bush, to the detriment of her work.

1980 presidential campaign

Bush aide and longtime confidant James Baker is said to have threatened to resign from Bush's 1980 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination if Fitzgerald was in any way involved, due to the strong influence she had on him. Only after he became Ronald Reagan's running mate and won election was she able to return, this time as a member of his staff.

In that position she clashed with another close Bush staffer, future Republican National Committee president Rich Bond. This time he left, after Bush told him he would not make the same mistake twice.

Vice presidency

On March 18, 1981, it has been claimed, security men suddenly went up to Alexander Haig and William French Smith, then Attorney General, while they were having dinner at the Lion d'Or restaurant in Washington with friends and family. The pair departed hastily, then returned after 45 minutes laughing and shaking their heads.

Their companions asked what had happened, and they explained that Bush had gotten into a car accident while out with Fitzgerald and needed their help keeping the incident off the record.

Nancy Reagan, who disliked the Bushes, reportedly has told the story many times to many people.

Other anecdotes involving Bush and Fitzgerald, who settled in under the title "executive assistant" to the Vice President, became part of Washington gossip during the 1980s. It was said that Bush had been visiting Fitzgerald one night at her home near the Chinese embassy when the building she lived in caught fire. The Secret Service refused to even let city firefighters in the building until Bush's departure via a secluded rear exit could be assured.

In 1984, Bush went to Geneva for disarmament talks. While Fitzgerald accompanied him, they took separate hotel rooms. A lawyer from the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency went to Fitzgerald's room with some papers for her signature. Bush answered the door, and after the talks the two reportedly shared a cottage on Lake Geneva.

1988 presidential campaign

Bush reassigned Fitzgerald to be his chief lobbyist to Congress as he prepared to run to succeed Reagan, a move engineered by the rest of his staff, who resented her influence. Despite the transfer to Capitol Hill, that influence persisted.

After Bush won election, Fitzgerald was transferred to the State Department as deputy chief of protocol. Barbara Bush did not want her in the White House, and as James Baker, the new Secretary of State, was the only one who could counterbalance her, it was decided to put her where he could keep an eye on her.

Late in the campaign, rumors that reports about Bush and Fitzgerald being alone together in a hotel room for most of a night were about to hit the media caused the stock market to fall for a day.


In 1990, Fitzgerald, upon her return from an official trip to Argentina for the inauguration of President Carlos Menem, was found by the U.S. Customs Service to have underdeclared the value of a $1,100 fur-lined raincoat and failing to declare a $1,300 silver fox cape she had bought there. She was fined $648.

However, as the Washington Post later reported, the State Department disciplined her with a two-week unpaid suspension. This raised eyebrows because such abuse of diplomatic privilege typically costs the offenders their jobs. It was widely believed that Fitzgerald earned a comparative slap on the wrist only by virtue of her relationship with the president.

Also that year, Barbara wrote her bestselling Millie's Book, a lighthearted account of the family travels over the years from the perspective of the family dog. It contains an anecdote in which "Millie" recalls walking into a room and surprising Fitzgerald by carrying her pantyhose in her mouth, perhaps a reference to catching the two in the act. This is the only public statement or other acknowledgement she has made concerning Fitzgerald.

1992 presidential campaign

After Arkansas governor Bill Clinton clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, Republicans made much of disclosures about Clinton's affair with Gennifer Flowers and spread rumors of other Clinton affairs.

It was thus inevitable that the whispers about Fitzgerald would find their way into the media, and that summer they did. CNN's Mary Tillotson asked him the question directly.

"I'm not going to take any sleazy questions like that from CNN," he responded, visibly agitated (and not denying it). and later Marlin Fitzwater, his press secretary, told other White House reporters that Tillotson would never work there again. He reacted angrily to the question but did not deny it. The next day George W. Bush called her on his father's behalf and said, "The answer to the big 'A' question is N-O."

Spy magazine was the first to get the story in print with a long report in its July/August issue. A cover story by Joe Conason giving a thousand reasons not to re-elect Bush had as number one, "He cheats on his wife." It named Fitzgerald and singer Jane Morgan, wife of movie producer Jerry Weintraub, as present and past dalliances of the president and discussed other women reportedly on the list without using their names but much circumstantial evidence.

One of Conason's sources was Linda Tripp, whose concerns about presidential infidelity would come to haunt the next administration as well.

Bush was, according to one report, worried about the import of the article enough to warn his wife, but the story remained tactfully ignored by the major media.

Then, on August 11, the New York Post published a front-page story called "The Bush Affair," reporting on a footnote in The Power House by Susan B. Trento, a biography of Washington lobbyist and publicist Robert Gray. A footnote discussed Gray's involvement in Bush's efforts to keep the affair quiet and his presidential hopes alive. It mentioned that the late ambassador to Switzerland, Louis Fields, and his awareness of the 1984 lakeside cottage stay in that country. For the first time, a photograph of Fitzgerald ran next to a story about the affair.

It finally became a topic of national discussion. The next day, at a White House press conference, surrounded by his family and his 91-year-old mother, President Bush called the report "a lie."

Fitzgerald's mother, Frances Patteson-Knight, too, buttressed her daughter, who had reportedly had a nervous breakdown after the story was published. “Jennifer is completely tortured by this whole business,” she said. She doesn’t know what to do. She thinks it is all just horrible, horrible.” However, she added that Jennifer was "very hurt by his lack of support" and "(didn't think he'd) acted like a man here."

Bush continued his pattern of lashing out at any members of the media who dared ask him directly about his relationship with Fitzgerald. NBC's Stone Phillips also got upbraided for his "bad manners" by the president for asking about it in the Oval Office. The Washington Post headlined its story "BUSH ERUPTS!"

Conservatives and Republicans dismissed the allegations, contrasting its sourcing of a footnote referencing the recollections of a dead man with Flowers's taped phone conversations and on-the-record interview with the Star supermarket tabloid. Clinton himself denounced the story, saying he sympathized with Bush and didn't like such investigations no matter who was their subject.

After that, the major media dropped the story and have shown no interest ever since.


Whether the affair continued after Bush lost his re-election bid is not known.

However, it did play a tiny part in his son's administration. After winning the presidency himself in 2000, some of his conservative supporters called on him to reinstate Tripp to her previous position as a reward for what they believed to be her whistleblowing. This was not done, however, because the Bush family will never forgive her for leaking details about Fitzgerald to Conason.

Fitzgerald has never spoken to the media, as she has much to lose and little to gain by doing so. She lives a somewhat secluded life.

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- Sparks