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Sunday, February 20, 2005

The wildest DC "gay prostitution story yet

I admit it. Any mainstream media journalist would decry the post I am about to write.

Why, then, would publish such a thing? Because a blog is not the New York Times; on the internet, we may discuss areas that cry out for further research, as opposed to recording research already completed. Speculation can prove useful, as long as it comes clearly labeled as such -- and as long as the user does not overdose.

The semi-mysterious TBRNews website has had a go at Gannongate which includes this noteworthy offering from a putative White House source-with-no-name:

Seems a former White House aide, (Reagan White House) was caught running a male prostitution service and got fired from the Monkey Palace, and later from the RNC for supplying muscular boy toys to some top Beltway gays. Well, after being fired, our bozo got together with a Muslim druggie and set up operations at the Kennedy-Warren, a landmark DC apartment/business complex. They ran a male escort service supplying young studs to older Beltway citizens. Among these citizens were: Federal judges, top political figures, mostly Republican, very senior military people and certainly members of Congress. The head of this service, that utilized credit cards for payment, supplied young men, mostly young servicemen, between 18 to 25 for sex. They kept very complete records, including names and address of the johns as well as credit card receipts. And later there was blackmail and now, I have learned from the inside, this joker has sold the lists to: Iranians( through his partner’s Arab connections) and a gay group in DC. Sold the lists twice and got twice the money. I have seen a partial list and it reads like the DC social register, believe me!
The TRBNews site implies, but does not state, that all of this somehow links up with the Gannon story.

I don't know who wrote these allegations, and I certainly cannot vouch for their veracity -- but I do know the name of the "former White House aide": Todd Blodgett.

Blodgett's name came up in the June 29, 1989 Washington Times story on the Reagan era gay prostitution ring servicing the powerful in DC:

One of the people involved was a White House press aide who briefed President Reagan daily on press matters.

When his name was found on credit card vouchers for what turned out to be service fees for male prostitutes, Todd Blodgett, 28, admitted his name had been used and that parties with naked male prostitutes had taken place in his apartment but, like Harry Dexter White, flatly denied that he had any guilty knowledge and had "no idea at all" how his name and signature had gotten onto the vouchers.
Readers should understand that I have no hard evidence disproving this denial.

A side-note: The Washington Post of July 24, 1990, identified the leader of the ring as one Henry W. Vinson, a mortician (!!) in West Virginia. When the DC call-boy operation became public, Vinson apparently attempted to fake his own death; his attorney was none other than Greta Van Susteren -- later of Fox News. The ring also involved Washington lobbyist Craig Spence, who was found "suicided" in a Boston hotel room after he announced plans to tell the media that the intelligence community used his "boys" for purposes of blackmail.

Interestingly, Todd Blodgett has -- like Bruce and (perhaps) Bobby Eberle -- devoted some effort to the business of "taking names" -- that is, compiling mailing lists. He now runs something called the TAB agency, a PR firm in DC. At the same time, he has functioned as a connecting point between the Republican right and the far, far, far right.

As in: Fascist.

This page, for example, details Blodgett's interactions with Willis Carto and the Liberty Lobby. Carto, longtime publisher of the anti-Semitic Spotlight, has been the leading promoter of Francis Parker Yockey's Imperium, the "bible" of post-war fascist theory; William Turner's classic Power on the Right describes a Carto lecture delivered in a hall bedecked with swastikas.

(The page I have cited may seem a tad confusing at first, since it stems from an acrimonious dispute between Carto and some of his former associates. Internecine fights often allow outsiders a peek behind the curtain.)

Blodgett is described as an "advertising wizard" who was a "trusted part of the Liberty Lobby team;" as a result of the split within that organization, he acquired the Liberty Lobby's mailing list. This emphasis on mailing lists is, as noted, redolent of the Eberles.

One would not think the connections could veer further right-ward. One would be wrong. In 1993, aparently at Carto's behest, Blodgett took control of Resistance Records, a flagrantly neo-Nazi music label. (A typical couplet from a song penned by the company's founder: "Kill all the niggers and gas all the Jews/Kill a gypsy and a coloured too.") The company was slated to collapse due to its failure to pay state sales tax -- and then Todd Blodgett came to the rescue.

By March, 1999, Blodgett had sold Resistance to William Pierce, leader of the openly Nazi National Alliance, for US$250,000.

Blodgett met with Pierce and two Nazi Skinheads at the very exclusive University Club, in Washington, to finalise the arrangements.

Pierce was jubilant. "As Resistance Records regains strength, that acquisition should add an increasing number of younger members in the 18 to 25 age range to our ranks", he wrote.

Blodgett was to continue as the operations manager of Resistance Records, which was now relocated to Washington. But in October 1999, Pierce, aggravated by delays in Blodgett's management, moved Resistance to National Alliance headquarters in West Virginia.
The fact that Blodgett was to manage the company strongly indicates that his ties to the neo-Nazi movement are ideological, not merely financial.

How did such an individual become a briefer to Ronald Reagan, a GOP strategist and a mover within "Poppy" Bush's election campaign? Perhaps we can find a hint of an answer in the published report of gay prostitution in Todd Blodgett's DC apartment and his known penchant for collecting names and addresses.

All of the above should be taken as prelude to the following allegations, published on this site and elsewhere. Once again, the unverified claims come from a self-proclaimed White House insider, who may well be the same fellow quoted above. I do not know if this fellow is a "Deep Throat" or a Janet Cooke; read his words and judge for yourself:

In my second-to-last communication I talked about a male ”escort service” [read gay brothel] operating in DC for the edification of the very senior Beltway people. I have, locked up in my office safe, copies of the credit card receipts with names, card numbers and signatures of: two Supreme Court and one Appellate Court judges {Have you heard about the two judges who tried each other?} eight Senators, five Congressmen, two former and one current White House aides, [the latter a very senior policy-maker] a number of very prominent DC lawyers, several senior members of the RNC, four general officers and one Admiral, three of whom are still on active duty [one in the Pentagon], five local newspapermen, eight ministers, high level employees of: State Department, Commerce Department, Justice Department, HEW Department, DC police department, NSA, DIA, and most especially, a number of pundits from Georgetown University and a nice collection of CIA people. The proprietor of this stud farm was one Todd Blodgett and there was a front-page story on one of his male whore establishments in the Washington Times. Blodgett was a Reagan White House aide, was fired from both the WH and later, the RNC, for aggressive homosexual behavior and then tossed out of the University Club in DC.

Information that has been kept very quiet at the highest levels would indicate that George W. Bush was heavily involved with gay groups while at Yale, had a significant affair with another man while at HBS, was a “very close friend” of a black drag queen and, according to three different inside sources, is no more a Pentecostal Christian than Saddam Hussein.

The sex material about our pure, God-intoxicated President, comes from one arrest report and several “counseling” reports now sequestered (by order of Karl Rove) at Yale (Bush’s records there have been sealed) There is the temptation to run with this but there at least has to be something factual here. The Republicans are trying to plant obvious lies on everyone in the hopes that others like the nutty Rather will take them up and make Bush look like a wonderful but persecuted man.
Of course, the material presented here may well itself have the covert purpose of fulfilling that very agenda. Even I tend to balk at the following:

According to one report, made long before Bush was Governor of Texas, he could not have any kind of sex with women unless at least half drunk and was a practicing advocate of physical abuse. He likes to beat people, according to this. But not be beaten in return. Some of this is not only difficult to believe but downright repulsive.
Although Bush doesn't strike me as a Top, some Dominants do seem surprisingly meek in the course of their "normal" lives.

On the other hand, the following data certainly carries a believable ring:

You can see small traces of these accusations if you talk with Bush for any length of time. He has succumbed entirely to the outrageous flattery his staff smears him with and he now really believes that he is always right and that anyone who dares to contradict him is guilty of treason! Or sedition! I have actually heard him say that and, of course, his nodding and sucking staff goes right along with him.
Have all these men been players in a hidden game that has continued for 17+ years?

Todd Blodgett was "an advisor to George Bush's election committee" (the reference here is to the elder Bush). At the same time (according to Kevin Phillips) Bush the younger coordinated the campaign's outreach to the Fundamentalist community, an effor in which Bruce Eberle also (reportedly) participated. (Bruce, keeper of the right-wing mailing lists, has also been linked to something called Grace ministries.) Bruce Eberle has denied a newspaper's report that Bobby is his brother, but has elsewhere refered to Bobby as a member of his "clan."

A fair amount of smoke, and we may yet find the fire. But I must remind readers that, so far, no hard evidence links Guckert with the astonishing stories surrounding Todd Blodgett.

Incidentally, I want to repeat one observation from our supposed "insider":

The Republicans are trying to plant obvious lies on everyone in the hopes that others like the nutty Rather will take them up and make Bush look like a wonderful but persecuted man.
In recent days, untraceable commentators to Kos and similar sites have circulated stories about Scott McClellan and Karl Rove. (I referenced, but did not necessarily endorse, the McClellan accusation in an earlier post.) For example, a Kos reader named "Thom" claimed that he had sex with Rove in 1970.

There were clever disinformation campaigns nipping at the edges of the "bulge" story and the vote fraud scandal. Don't be surprised if "Brad Menfil" (remember him?) offers his take on Gannon and related matters...
Comments:
joe, your stuff on this scandal has been superbly organized; thanks so much. and welcome back. you were greatly missed.

some (psychological, mostly) thoughts on your latest gannon posts:

one, the idea that the rove pr machinery was grooming gannon for a hannity slot seems too unlikely, given his questionable background. of course, there is the possibility that the hubris pipe these guys are smoking has completely conquered their rational capacities. that is in fact what i'm counting on to ultimately take them down. but still, this gannon thing is just too stupid a situation for rove to find himself in, at least by design. however, the possibility of blackmail is simply too intriguing. if there is any blackmail going on, it might be just as likely that gannon himself was the blackmailer, or at least had enjoyed the compromising company of rove and/or scottie or such, and simply 'requested' a 'boost'. seems harmless enough, at least on the 'local' level. for example, if scottie had succumbed to temptation, then perhaps he'd not think much of just giving jeff a press break, who will notice, and he is so cute after all. unfortunately, those decisions are bottomless pits, and you can't ever say no and you can't stop and ...well, here we are.

the whole blackmail notion is really quite compelling, though, and actually helps explain the contradictory position those in power generally take on homosexuality. if it's socially ok, blackmail has no power (i think you may have already pointed this out somewhere). the biggest question in all this, though, is just why would the moonie times ever turn on the republicans they so love and support. my take, for what it's worth, is that we must not ever forget just how ENORMOUS is the ego of the reverend moon, just how HUMONGOUS is his sense of self-importance. for whatever reasons, and apparently some of them are not entirely unfounded, the man believes he is more important than this government. keeping this in mind, it is therefore not at all surprising to consider that the rev may well be using these public 'outings' to punish the vulnerable administrations for not doing his bidding or to warn them to stay in line. the reagan era scandal vanished from the radar fairly quickly, as i recall; one has only to exercise minimal imagination to wonder just what transpired in the moon's favor for him to retract the danger.

a brief aside on this point: also consider how these maniacs dogged (pardon these unintended puns!) clinton, perhaps because they had no such blackmail control over him. makes their best shot at him all the more interesting for its sexual and explicit fury. add ironies liberally here (double entendre intended there!).

and another speculation with regard to rev. moon; in an earlier email (in the midst of your hiatus, so you likely had to trash it; not to worry), i spelled out to you my professional and personal opinion that most individuals who abuse power, and who are therefore sociopaths, likely also manifest sexual deviations, as well. hard to imagine a sociopath with a healthy sex life, eh? many comments have spilled onto the blogosphere during this titillating little tale referencing the preponderence of gay behavior among many segments of the populace, who nonetheless deny and decry it all. a clinical analysis would predict these cases would emerge in individuals who suffer extreme loss of empowerment, for whatever personal historical reasons, and in certain segments of the population where the power hierarchies (pecking orders) are quite steep, such as ethnic minorities (where they already start out low on the ladder) and high profile and competitive professions where celebrity status brings at least the delusion of power, along with groupies, boot-lickers, and the ability to get away discreetly with indiscretions. an interesting aspect to the blog commentary on these things is that the participants, at least those in power positions (double entendre also most intentional here, and expository) do not believe their sexual activities are gay (apparently they are relying on the same sort of definitional twist that clinton used to convince himself he was not having sex with that woman). jon stewart's astute reply to all this: so, if you're on top you're not gay?

(another aside: not that i - middle aged hetero female that i am - really know about these things in the current cultural sense, but to my mind, bush would most definitely be a top, especially according to my analysis just described. he clearly suffers tremendous empowerment issues, as in not feeling empowered (i mean, the poor guy has been such a failure, especially compared to his dad), and he also has exhibited rather telling inclination to punish at will and random, be it defenseless condemned inmates or defenseless civilians or traitorous journalists or even independent senators. the stories of his amazingly domineering and protective mother, who it seems modeled these unsavory punitive tendencies for him, flesh out a fairly full picture, and i'm sure there's tons more. whatever happened to that rumor i heard about cherry bombs in frogs?

back to reverend moon: all this being said, it would not surprise me one bit for the most powerful reverend moon to suffer/enjoy such inclinations himself. i mean, really; all that pompous and pretentious preening last year for the unwitting (?) but polite (??!) congressmen declaring himself king of the world!! if he does have such inclinations, he no doubt senses this in others, and likely uses it for his own purposes, via setting them up for blackmail. that was evidently how the star of the 80s scandal clawed his way to power (and what makes the fictional 'the librarian' such a fascinating read).

today's 'revelations'(or whatever) add some credence to my speculations. and readers, don't discount the sexual angle out of ...er, hand; sexual deviation in the form of abuse has been rampant in societies for all of history, at least in those that are suffering the empowerment issues of poverty and class division. the sex act allows anyone with empowerment issues the perfect opportunity to act out their needed power (ahem) positions. most often, the obviously vulnerable are the victims, women and children, especially if they are poor, etc. add to the mix the fact that these types are so controlling (e.g., hyper-military, hyper-laws, hyper-pseudoreligious, hyper-punishment), the ends always justify the means, and they tend to completely lack any capacity for empathy, ...well, it all hangs together as the authoritarian personality. chris cooper's marine character in 'american beauty' comes to mind.

in any case, i am simply stressing that we should not only not be surprised to find these activities within the bowels of such a deviant and abusive crew of sociopaths as we see in the bush tyranny, we should actually be surprised if we did NOT find it there.

as for berg, is it really necessary to suspect him as a spy when it is just as reasonable to keep him as an innocent bystander who likely discovered his business was being used for questionable purposes? i say that because there is so much strong suggestion that americans actually perpetrated his beheading, and because we now have that fascinating story emerging from the sfca area regarding the two businessmen who were killed and disappeared in iraq (in separate incidents) because they uncovered some shady dealings. i see no motive for his being a spy (so please share any such suggestions if you haven't already) but oodles of motive for scam operations to take him down if he was on to them, publicly sending a message. just my hunch, i admit, but a strong one.

thanks again for all you do, and so glad you're back.
 
a follow-up on my lengthy tome just posted:

to put an even more sinister and satanic spin on all this, be sure to visit www.rigorousintuition.blogspot.com
for today's post. and for several previous to that.

warning: these get very, er, out there. but, as he points out, we went down the rabbit hole a long time ago.

in the past couple of years, a dear friend of mine has shared with me his investigations into mind control and the sexual use of children for blackmail and spying. i found myself lecturing him on the credibility issues and how these things are just so beyond the beyond, etc. etc....

however, as per my previous post, i have been applying my clinical training and experience to the whole question and arrived at the analysis there. sex abuse is. sex abuse is rampant. sex abuse is a form of power play. sex abuse is consistent with various types of psychological disorders such as sociopathy (a term now out of use, but still conveys the type). sex abuse would likely be found in individuals and groups exhibiting social/behavioral disorders, abuses of power. interestingly, there is no such comprehensive disorder listed in the dsm-iv, though a few years ago they tried to list masochism without also listing sadism!

i agree with joe's well-stated and wisely worded caveats. we need to be very careful in these inquiries not to assume too much. but we also need to be careful not to dismiss certain possibilities simply because they don't seem plausible, especially when there is a way to understand these things as not only plausible, but highly likely.
 
a follow-up on my lengthy tome just posted:

to put an even more sinister and satanic spin on all this, be sure to visit www.rigorousintuition.blogspot.com
for today's post. and for several previous to that.

warning: these get very, er, out there. but, as he points out, we went down the rabbit hole a long time ago.

in the past couple of years, a dear friend of mine has shared with me his investigations into mind control and the sexual use of children for blackmail and spying. i found myself lecturing him on the credibility issues and how these things are just so beyond the beyond, etc. etc....

however, as per my previous post, i have been applying my clinical training and experience to the whole question and arrived at the analysis there. sex abuse is. sex abuse is rampant. sex abuse is a form of power play. sex abuse is consistent with various types of psychological disorders such as sociopathy (a term now out of use, but still conveys the type). sex abuse would likely be found in individuals and groups exhibiting social/behavioral disorders, abuses of power. interestingly, there is no such comprehensive disorder listed in the dsm-iv, though a few years ago they tried to list masochism without also listing sadism!

i agree with joe's well-stated and wisely worded caveats. we need to be very careful in these inquiries not to assume too much. but we also need to be careful not to dismiss certain possibilities simply because they don't seem plausible, especially when there is a way to understand these things as not only plausible, but highly likely.
 
Is this reminding anyone else of the "Playing-Fields of Eton?" --- That not-so-discreet, sometimes flaming arrogant aura of buggery in the Old-School British political aristocracy? Swots swotting, fags fagging...

And ever after, an inner circle maintained by a "secret understanding." Straights (and women) tolerated only where useful.

Is this what brought the Empire to its knees? (Or did the Empire start out on its knees?)

And what's this Condi "my husband" slip and the implications of a "secret marriage?" Is this part of that strange flavor of sick ritual that's surrounded this administration since 9-11?

Or does it just perpetuate the Old Order, a la Bush's alleged fathering of a child by a black woman? Jest a-provin' mah potency, Dad, fore Ah goes back to the boys...
 
I saw your comment about the letter from thom posted on Daily Kos, I was one of the posters of that letter and it did not get posted by thom on that site dk, I found it on Americablog site and just pasted it for others to see. I think others also posted that comment, but it did not come from DK site. So it wasn't a troll that posted, just wanted to let you know.
 
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Yeah ole Todd Blodgett still dishes his idiotic 'spin' at http://globegazette.com/

The sad thing is some actually believe his absurdities.
 
Todd has infiltrated The globe gazette and blabing his adgenda to innocent midwesterners
see http://globegazette.com/news/opinion/letters_to_the_editor/on-broccoli-and-insurance-editor-s-inbox/article_98d0b640-8c30-11e1-a4de-001a4bcf887a.html?mode=comments
 
To All Reader5s!
My name is John Rutt. I live in Des Moines, Iowa. I worked at Drake U. here in town for a total of 6 years, altogether, not in a row. I knew Todd Blodgett. He was a resident in Crawford Hall.
He is originally from Clearlake,Iowa. His father, then,
was a millionare dentist, who later became a Judge. Todd was always almost obseded w/ politics,
especially the Republican Nat'l Party. I remember when he was hired to be an administrative advisor in the Reagan White House!
A few years later, he was convicted of missapropreation of funds, and sentenced to prison.
When he was in Wash. D.C., he was
married for a while.
So! What do you think of all this?!
Most Cordiall yours,

John Rutt obl.osb

"There are three grand essentials in Life: something to do; someone to love;and something to hope for." --Joseph Addisson
 
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