If excerpts from Lisa Baron’s upcoming book are anything to go on, it’s sure to be a scandalous read.
My Burning Bush, Baron’s memoir of her days as the spokeswoman for Ralph Reed — the former Christian Coalition leader and the man Time called “The Right Hand of God” — is being shopped around the New York publishing houses. And it promises to embarrass more than one figure in America’s conservative movement.
In one excerpt, Baron addresses the claims that Reed was behind a smear campaign against Sen. John McCain during the 2000 Republican primaries that implied the Arizona senator had had a love-child with a black woman.
“How would I know?” Baron writes, according to the New York Daily News. “”I was too busy giving [George W. Bush’s future press secretary] Ari Fleischer [oral sex] in a Greenville hotel room.”
Whether or not she was joking in that statement, Baron’s attitude towards Fleischer appears to be making the former Bush White House spokesman less than happy.
“He declined to be my Facebook friend about a year ago,” Baron told Politico.
But then, there are already plenty of things making Baron’s associates in the American conservative movement less than happy. Several years ago, her columns about sex for Atlanta’s Sunday Paper became the stuff of scandal.
“I was leading a double life — by day, a Christian crusader; by night, slinging the sexy details of my private life,” Politico quotes Baron. She describes herself as “a drinking, swearing, fornicating, socially moderate, fiscally conservative Jew” — an unlikely candidate for employment at the Christian Coalition, to say the least.
Reed was named in the criminal case surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was convicted of corruption charges after it emerged he had fabricated threats to the continued existence of Native Indian casinos, in order to charge them for lobbying on their behalf. Reed was alleged to have taken money from Abramoff to lobby against native casinos, and was said to have celebrated when the casinos handed over millions of dollars to Abramoff.
Baron has revealed very little about what her book has to say about the Abramoff scandal, if anything. For his part, Reed seems to be taking news of his former employee’s tell-all book in stride.
“I’m all for supporting aspiring authors,” he told the Daily News. “Lisa did a great job for me. I wish her the best.”
Televised impeachment hearings mattered during Watergate — but they may not today: John Dean associate
I started a continuing legal education program with John Dean in 2011. We have done over one-hundred-and-fifty programs across the nation since then.
Our first program was about obstruction of justice and how Dean, as Nixon’s White House Counsel, navigated the stormy waters when he turned on the president and became history’s most important whistleblower. Unlike the current whistleblower, Dean had been involved in the cover-up, but ultimately decided he had to end the criminal activity in the White House, with no assurance of anonymity and with the almost certain expectation that he was blowing himself up in the process.
If you’ve given your DNA to a DNA database, the police may now have access to it
In the past week, news has spread of a Florida judge’s decision to grant a warrant allowing police to search one of the world’s largest online DNA databases, for leads in a criminal case.
The warrant reportedly approved the search of open source genealogy database GEDMatch. An estimated 1.3 million users have uploaded their DNA data onto it, without knowing it would be accessible by law enforcement.
Here’s why politicians who BS are more dangerous than those who lie
Bullshit seems to be the new currency in politics. Around the world, a new breed of politicians is flourishing, for whom lying and bullshitting is part of their everyday routine. This is earning them both popular appeal and widespread revulsion. But what is bullshit and why is it so effective in our time?
Bullshitting is different from lying. The American philosopher Harry Frankfurt, who attempted to build a theory of bullshit, explains this clearly. He argues that whereas the liar cares about the truth – their aim is to prevent others from learning it – the bullshitter does not care about the difference between the truth and falsity of their assertions. They just pick ideas out, or make them up, to suit their purpose.