Pack of Wild Models Descends on T.O.’s CheeseburgerThe models were so starved they snatched food from Dallas Cowboy Terrell Owens, plus, some dude dares calls Andy Warhol a “gnome,” and Chloë Sevigny continues to be Chloë Sevigny, in today’s short but delicious gossip roundup.
Roger Stone to Hillary Clinton: ‘C U Next Tuesday!’If it took you two glances at the image to the left to realize what it’s meant to look like, you’ve already donated a few seconds of your time to the cause of right-wing attack dog Roger Stone. He’s the guy who is accused of making nasty phone calls to Eliot Spitzer’s dad (remember how we punctured his alibi?). He’s also been affiliated with dirty tricks for decades, from Nixon’s Committee to Reelect the President (yes, thatCREEP) to some maybe shady dealings with Roy Cohn and a couple of mobsters. Anyway, this time around, his efforts are pretty straightforward. The image you see here is the symbol for his new group, Citizens United Not Timid. CUNT, for short. Straightforward enough for you? “It’s a simple joke,” Roger Stone told The Weekly Standard. “It’s not War and Peace. The truth is, we sat around for hours trying to come up with words for BITCH and just couldn’t do it.” The sole purpose of Stone’s new group is to sell T-shirts with the above symbol from a Website. “The more people buy the T-shirts, the more people wear the T-shirts,” he says. “The more people wear the T-shirts, the more people are educated.” Hmm. And people complain that in this election, nobody’s talking enough about education.
Citizens United Not Timid [Official Site]
Making Political Trouble [Weekly Standard]
“Legendary” GOP Strategist Launches Hillary Namecalling Effort [TPM]
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All About NXIVM, the Cultlike Organization With Ties to AlbanyA couple of days ago, the Post broke the news that Roger Stone — a former state GOP functionary who resigned after allegedly threatening Eliot Spitzer’s family — was procuring money for Joe Bruno and pals from his other employer, a cultlike organization called NXIVM. Needless to say, we’ve been obsessed with the Albany-based NXIVM (pronounced, believe it or not, like “Nexium”) ever since. It’s basically like Scientology masquerading as a self-help seminar, run by a guy named Keith Raniere. Raniere claims to have the highest IQ on record and have been a judo champion by age 11; he also demands to be called Vanguard by his followers (someone should introduce him to Mystery!). He is, in short, your classic swindler (his previous enterprise, a pyramid scheme called Consumers’ Buyline, got kicked out of Arkansas in 1992) who’s discovered the resale value on Ayn Randian mumbo jumbo. NXIVM’s “executive success” program is designed to reel in alpha types who need someone to tell them that greed is good. Its big philosophy is that “human beings are born parasitic” (saying “I’m hungry” or complaining about pain, for instance, is parasitic behavior; the enlightened just take what they need). It also redefines “good” as “pro-survival” and “bad” as “destructive.” Students wear colored sashes and bow in the presence of the leader. You can see where this is headed.
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Spitzer’s Loudmouth Rhetoric: Not Loudmouth-y Enough?
It seems there’s more bad news for Eliot Spitzer, who’s steadfastly refusing to admit that righteous fury isn’t getting him the same dividends it used to. “No amount of hysterical rhetoric will prevent us from doing what is right,” Spitzer said last night at Fordham University, defending both his driver’s-licenses for-illegal-immigrants plan and a boost in state health insurance for children; sadly, his own penchant for hysterical rhetoric (like, let’s see, calling Bloomberg wrong five times in one sentence) appears to be tripping him up at every turn. Spitzer’s approval rating is down to an all-time low of 47 percent — that’s from 61 percent just eight months ago. Judging by the numbers only, one would think the state were in some sort of nightmarish free fall, but no — it all appears to be the fallout from the idiotic altercation with Joe Bruno. Seventy-eight percent of voters want the governor to testify under oath on the matter, and a majority wants the probe stepped up. But lo! In the midst of all this, a shady Bruno associate might’ve provided just the opening Spitzer needs to justify another over-the-top caricature of his enemies.