Harvey Weinstein Is Despicable. What About Bob?

Parody of the What About Bob? movie poster, feat. the Weinstein brothers and four of Harvey’s alleged victims: actresses Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rose McGowan, and Asia Argento (clockwise from left).

After nearly three decades of successfully squashing sexual abuse allegations, Hollywood titan Harvey Weinstein is finally facing the music. When actress Ashley Judd came forward in the New York Times last week along with several former Weinstein staffers, the cone of silence surrounding the movie mogul broke. An explosive report by Ronan Farrow at The New Yorker followed days later with multiple allegations of rape and an audio recording of Weinstein admitting to sexual assault. Actresses including Asia Argento, Rosanna Arquette, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Mira Sorvino joined the chorus of accusers speaking out publicly.

Weinstein’s fall from grace has been swift in the aftermath: he was fired from the company he founded and left by his wife, and is now under police investigation in London and New York.

But absent amidst the fury engulfing Weinstein is condemnation of his brother, Bob, who is also a co-founder of The Weinstein Company.

According to Harvey Weinstein’s former attorney, David Boies, the board of The Weinstein Company knew of at least three or four settlements with victims back when Harvey’s contract was up for renewal in 2015. Two company officials told the Times that there were eight settlements with victims over the years. And many within the company and across the entertainment industry have admitted that Weinstein’s behavior was an open secret. Kathy DeClesis, a former assistant to Bob Weinstein in the early 1990s, told the Times, “It wasn’t a secret to the inner circle.”

DeClesis was Bob’s assistant NEARLY 30 YEARS AGO. So if Harvey Weinstein is despicable and worthy of condemnation, what about Bob? What about the board of The Weinstein Company? What about all the other folks who were complicit in Harvey’s alleged crimes?

Harvey Weinstein did not act alone.


Will You Vote For TPP in the Lame-Duck Session? Democrats Answer

At the DNC, we asked Democrats if they will vote for the Transpacific Partnership in the lame-duck session, featuring Chuck Schumer, Debbie Stabenow, Brad Sherman, and many others.

I Got 99 Problems with Hillary, But Hot Sauce Ain’t 1

Hillary Hot Sauce

The 2016 primary fight has veered into stupid territory once again. Nothing Hillary Clinton does can not be without controversy it seems. On a Monday morning radio show with one of the biggest hip-hop and R&B stations serving New York, Clinton was asked by one of the hosts, “What’s something that you always carry with you?”

Hillary replied, “Hot sauce. Yeah. Yeah.” (You can view that interaction here, around 25:00.)

Upon hearing this, another of the hosts joked that Clinton was “getting in formation,” a reference to the recent single by Beyoncé in which she sings, “I got hot sauce in my bag, swag.” The same host, again jokingly, warned that people would say she was pandering to black people, to which Clinton replied, “Is it working?”

And indeed, these particular comments in the interview have been widely panned as pandering to the African-American community.

Cue Donald Trump, who jumped into the fray this morning on Fox, calling Clinton “phony” and “pandering.” That’s pretty rich from a guy who spoke to evangelicals at Liberty University quoting a Bible passage he misattributed, and who stood up in front of AIPAC and said, “I love Israel” — one of his many professed loves to varying audiences.

Politicians frequently pander, especially to the local cuisine of the constituents in question. Think corn dogs in Iowa or cheesesteaks in Philly. Never mind the fact that Hillary Clinton has a long documented love for hot sauce.

This is really a non-issue. I know this is hard this election cycle, but let’s try to keep our criticisms of Hillary Clinton valid. Talk about her close relationship to Wall Street, her vote for the war in Iraq, her promotion of fracking abroad, the potential conflicts of interest with the Clinton Foundation during her time as Secretary of State. There’s a lot of tasty meat there. We don’t need the sauce.


GOP Prez Candidate Regrets Repealing Glass Steagall


At the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention in Myrtle Beach, I asked GOP presidential candidate and former Senator Rick Santorum whether he would break up the banks and reinstate Glass Steagall, the Depression-era law that created a firewall between commercial and investment banking. The idea was to shield traditional banking assets from risky, speculative trading activities.

Glass Steagall was partially repealed under the Clinton administration in 1999, with the passage of the Graham-Leach-Bliley Act, a supporter of which was then-Senator Santorum. The repeal allowed for already big banks to become Too-Big-to-Fail behemoths, and thus has been widely cited as a cause of the 2008 financial crisis.

Although Santorum regrets his GLBA vote, he would nonetheless repeal Dodd Frank.

Sun., Jan. 17, 2016.

Ted Cruz: Natural Born Canadian

With just seven days until the Iowa caucus, this morning Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump tweeted that Ted Cruz should either settle claims of his eligibility for office or get out of the race. What was initially dismissed as trolling by both Cruz and the media has turned into a legitimate question for many voters. And some legal scholars agree.

Suits challenging Cruz’s eligibility have already been filed in Texas and Utah, but others are sure to follow. Progressive firebrand Congressman Alan Grayson is pledging to file, and Trump himself is mulling it over.

Against the odds, Ted Cruz is uniting both the right and left — uniting them against a common target. Who said Ted Cruz is divisive?

Graphic below is a Lady Libertine original.   

Natural Born Canadian

Tea Party Congressman Wants to Roll Back Clean Air and Water Acts

This piece was originally published in The Huffington Post.

At the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention on Sunday, Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC 3) told me he wants to roll back the Clean Air and Water Acts and shrink the EPA. Meanwhile an enormous methane gas leak is poisoning the air in Southern California, and a state of emergency has been declared over the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Plus there are a couple of other agencies Rep. Duncan would like to eliminate entirely…