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jeff ford
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2003 - 08:50 pm:   

William Bennett, class A douche bag, is shown to be the hypocrite that he is. As only he deserves, he can now be the object of his own intolerance. See article below supplied by my friend, Sam. All you have to do with these holier than thou, sanctimonious a-holes is scratch the surface and you'll find a human being underneath. It never fails.
http://slate.msn.com/id/2082526/

Best,


Jeff
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Ellen
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2003 - 09:00 pm:   

As Kinsley says: Maybe this indeed proves there is a god ;-)
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jeff ford
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2003 - 09:05 pm:   

Ellen: At this point in my life, with these kind of guys, I know it's only a matter of time. Do you remember that essay Lucius wrote about Columbine at Event Horizon? He had some line in there likening Bennett to Aunt B. from Andy Griffith. I have to go back and dig it up, cause when I read it I literally fell out of my chair laughing.

Best,

Jeff
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - 07:05 am:   

"As Kinsley says: Maybe this indeed proves there is a god."

Yeah, but his name is Beelzebub. Bennett won't suffer that much. The Republicans have all the important marketing niches, and he'll wind up riding this out with some sort of self-righteousness, Jimmy Swaggart-style. Still, you gotta love it. In Vegas, they call hi-rollers like Bennett "whales" (I once wrote a movie treatment for a project called Saving the Whale about such a guy -- what I am waiting for is the other shoe to drop, the perks these guys get for losing their money so willingly -- hot and cold running hookers and the like. If that comes out about Mr. Virtue, now that would be sweet.
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Rick Bowes
Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - 08:57 am:   

"All you have to do with these holier than thou, sanctimonious a-holes is scratch the surface and you'll find a human being "

I think that finding the human being takes a little more than a surface scratch in someone like Bennett.

Gambling is kind of an untouchable vice in modern politics. Gambling tax money is 'free money' for a lot of governments. They don't have to pay anything to start the casinos and there is no immediate consequence when citizens go bankrupt.

Government only began to go after the tobacco interests after public health expenditures outstripped tax revenue. And when they discovered they could sue the tobacco companies - jubilation!
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Richard Parks
Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - 09:04 am:   

I have to agree that, barring further revelations (and sex would almost certainly have to be involved), Bennett will eventually proceed on his sanctimonious way, little the worse. It was very nice to see him revealed for the hypocrite he is, but the True Believers will continue to believe. That's what they do.
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S. Hamm
Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - 11:47 am:   

As I said to JF, the people who buy Mr. Bennett's books should be pleased to know they're getting maximum bang for their buck. How often do you get a chance to improve your morals while simultaneously helping to bankroll ever-more-lavish floor shows in Atlantic City?
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Rick Bowes
Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - 01:27 pm:   

The connection between gambling and
organized crime is a hell of a lot
better defined than the one between
pot smoking and international terrorism.
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jeff ford
Posted on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 - 07:16 am:   

Well, I fear you guys might be right about Bennett surviving this one. Hell, if Rick Santorum can survive his latest admission of pin headed ignorance, there's no hope of getting Bennett on something so flimsy as gambling.

Best,

Jeff
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Rick Bowes
Posted on Wednesday, May 07, 2003 - 07:47 am:   

When you're looking at the kind of electoral majority that the Republicans(and I) assume they're going to have in 2004, you can afford to cut a few corners on ethics and fringe voters.

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