Gayle in MD
05-16-2011, 10:36 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Stretch</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Trolled on the first reply.
Can we now discuss the topic? </div></div>
OK, ya throw is ass in jail and throw away the key. He commited a crime. The fact that you state he's a leftist and the crime was against a US "bubba" was your only point. In that regard you TROLLED it on the very first line, the Subject! So as far as i'm concerned you opened the door, so suck it up sunshine. St. </div></div>
Here we have a week when the "Family Values" "Church" on C-St. is being exposed for the real racket that it was, all along, and the RW teat suckers, slurping, slurping, slurping, up the KOOl Aid, looking too disgtract from the Republican Culture of Corruption, with this too ridiculous for words, attempt to bury the story of the week/
After showing up all of those high scores, for The Donald, obama ate his lunch, dinnter, and folloowing morning breakfast, so he's out, never was really in, anyway, and comer Pyle, he's out too, his heart, (Wallet) just wasn't in it, and
Trump, who made a total fool of himself, is chredding his corporate papers, as we speak, just in case someone holds his ass to some sort of accountability, and is back to struggling for some higher ratings! LMAO!
So what does the twisted, nitwit do, he tries to connect this French, egomaniac, sex abuser, to Liberals, LMAO! Going all the way back to the ninties, to distract from the on-going, shall we say, sexual difficulties, which have become the marker moments, for so many in the Republican Party, LMAO!
AND how about the toe tapper, LMAO!
While, no mention of the many philanderers, on the right, from Sanford, to Ensign, Colburn, Pickering, and their brilliant, "spiritual Advisor" LMAO, "Put you pants on, and go home!"
"wha wha wha, I can't, I love her, LMAO! Another, Republican, "Don't cry for me Argentina!".... Republican reality series, of deviates, Gay bashing closeted Gays, who attack their own like, along with obvious Federal crimes committed, and the usual Republican, supposed adult reaction to having totally F-ed up his life, and career, Ensign, has to cal
Da Da "Uh oh, Da Da, can you buy my way out of this one, too?"
Republicans are joke! Nothing is funnier than their "Family Values" BS, while, Colburn, is in deep ****, himself, big time Republican Senator, who was doing all of the negotiations, while lying for Ensign, lying under oath, about his own involvement, BTW, and all of them, soon to be indicted, for federal crimes.
This is yet another, of many, sex scandals, from the supposed "Family Values" Bull S**tt**S, who not only are sexually repressed, and screwed up, on every level, but they have the sheer gall, to bring up Clinton, who didn't even do it!!!!
Then, they follow up with thier usual chosen obvilion, to all of the Newt, Barr, Sanford, Ensign, Bush One, Boehner, Pawlenty, Grahamm, Craig, all the way back to Eisenhower, and his mistress, with their usual diversionary tactics.
Ah boys, wake up, there is a Federal Investigation going on, Ensign, and his negotiating pals, are in deep sh*T!
Let's just leave the Frenchmann, out of it. That's another country, nothing to do with the shame, and culture of corruption, of the C=St. "Church" of "Family Values" which turned out to be nothing but a bunch of immature, locker room boys, matching up sex stories, and trying to figure out a way to bribe and extort their way out of it!
BWA HA HA HA HA...spoon fed, huh? ROTFLMAO!
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What a pitiful, obvious, failed attempt, to divert the story of the week, nasty, dirty little Repiglican Liars and philanderers.
But, their God has forgiven them all, BWA HA HA HA...poor Newt, he just worked so hard, he had to assuage his exhaustion, with some strange! BWA HA HA HA!
Looks like none of the favored Repiglican candidates, wants to take a shot at dethroning President Obama, to me.
Trump? Barbour? Huckabee? All of thtem backing out, in a week!
BWA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!
Dream on, bubbas!
Gayle in MD
05-17-2011, 07:02 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Stretch</div><div class="ubbcode-body">WOW eh? Obama took out Bin Ladin, Trump, Barbour, and Hackabee in one fell swoop! Not bad. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif St. </div></div>
He was denied bail, by the judge. Regardless, this thread's title is offensive, misogynistic, and absurd. WTH does this incident, about which we have little to no documented information, at this point, have to do with Liberals, in this country???? NOTHING!
Yet the woman involved is being called the "sin" word, of the CCB, a Bubba, and the potential, possibly, rapist, has been labeled, a leftist. It is not only deceitful, but it's absurd on its face.
Some, are so ignorant, they don't even know that the word, "leftist" means different things, in different nations, and different time frames.
As I said, the trolls jump right on here with their attacks, with more vitriol and lies, and with vigor, when their whole Party, is showing itself up to be the idiots they've always been, the so called, "Conservative, Family Values, Patriots" now proven to be nothing but another Repiglican, philandering group of bad boys, who lived there, while pretending to be a church, in order to screw Washington D.C. out of RE taxes.
The never ending Repiglican culture of corruption, including dangerous RW groups, considered to be domestic terrorists, and these so called "Christians," chock full of adulterous "Christian Values" "Conservative?" a bunch of earmarrk KINGS, at the top of the party, who have a documented history, of spend, spend, spend, borrow, borrow, borrow, borrow, and grow the government, Like Gang Busters!
"Repiglicans" who bash and vote against Gays, while hiding their own homosexuality, in the closet, as they preach their hatred for big government, when the facts show, that their presidents, and Cogresses, have been the biggest government growers, borrowers and spenders, in history, LMAO!
Repubs, are bashing the president, over a rap poet, nad for assassinating the most dangerous, radical in the world, when, IIRC, ONLY a REPIGLICAN PRESIDENT, CROOK, ever assassinated students, on a college campus, for expressing their Freedom Of Speech!
They try to give Gingrich the credit, for Clinton's economic success, but conveniently forget, that before Gingrich left, 98, 99, IIRC, he spent our money like a Bi-Polar, NJ housewife, on CRACK!
BWA HA HA HA....more of the usual rewriting of the facts, and using their illogical, irrelevant, misplaced and misguided, political, Ladle Fed, RW hyperbole against Democratics and Liberals, while this French Idiot, has nothing, absolutely nothing, whatsoever, to do with anything remotely connected to American Liberals, or Democratics in our country.
Sort of reminds us of when The Newt, tried to blame Susan Smith's (a Southern RW Baptist, IIRC)dronwing of her own children, on Liberals!!!!
BWA HA HA HA!
Yep, and Gingrich is out there cutting his own throat for committing the ultimate sin, criticizing, another Republican, IOW, "Never speak ill of another Republican." The Reagan tenent, deny, deny, deny.....
"I never traded arms for hostages...." Yeh, right, Ronnie!
Only on this forum, could this idiotic BS flourish, and posts about spreading peace around the world, and religious understanding, and deradicalization among all organized religions, be framed as a Nazi lovers philosophy!
BWA HA HA HA!
Stunning ignorance, deceit, and hate, but that's par for the course on this Domestic Terrorist infused, Repiglican operated, RW Fringe controlled forum. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/crazy.gif
Gayle in MD
05-17-2011, 10:08 AM
And, Stretch, have you ever noticed how many scandalous stories, never even seem to make it in the MSM, even on so called, "Liberal Stations" which the right claims, are everywhere, although, they don't even exist, or are clearly RW???
Here's a good example:
<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Ever heard that Joe Scarborough resigned, right after a re-election, amid rumors of marital Infidelity with a staffer?
Nope, you didn't, and I'm a news hound, and never once heard the story, and further, soon after, one of his aides, a beautiful young twenty-eight year old HEALTHY woman, mysteriously died, and that's just the beginning of this sordid tale!!!! The body was found, early one morning, by a couple who had an appointment with Joe, that morning, only, Mysteriously, Joe didn't make it to that appointment, and soo put out false statements, about the young aide's health!</span> <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> <span style='font-size: 14pt'>
Anybody know why Republican Congressman, Joe Scarborough mysteriously resigned?
Everyone knows who Gary Condit is and we all know all about the tragic death of Chandra Levy. But who was Lori Klausutis? How did she die? ... Most Americans have no idea, thanks to a mass media run by right-wingers for right-wingers. ... Of course while the "liberal" media was going nuts over the Gary Condit and Chandra Levy mess all through the summer of 2001, they completely ignored the Klausutis affair.
Lori Klausutis was found dead in former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough's Fort Walton Beach office at about 8:10 a.m. on July 20, 2001 by Juanita and Andreas Bergmann, who claim they had an appointment that morning with Rep. Scarborough to facilitate Mr. Bergmann's application for a green card. Mr. Scarborough, however, was allegedly still in Washington, D.C. and flew home only later that day.
The day after Mrs. Klausutis was found, the police said there was no evidence of "foul play or trauma to her body." The following day, having performed his autopsy and while waiting for the results of blood tests, Dr. Michael Berkland, the medical examiner, told the press that there was "absolutely no evidence" that Lori was "a victim of 'foul play.'" By July 26, although Berkland had still not received the toxicology results, which he noted would likely play a key role in determining whether Ms. Klausutis had died of natural causes or accidentally, Berkland stated that he had "ruled out homicide." While he said he didn't think that suicide was a likely scenario either, he stated that he was also investigating it as a possibility.
Finally, on August 6, Berkland released the autopsy. Oddly, although the police had originally stated that there were no signs of trauma, Berkland acknowledged that Klausutis had sustained a "scratch and bruise" on her head which had been noted in the original death investigation. His explanation for having lied to the press was to "prevent undue speculation" about the cause of death.
Berkland determined that Lori, an avid runner who ran fivemiles a day, had a prolapsed mitral valve which caused a sudden cardiac arrhythmia -- an irregular heartbeat -- which in turn caused Lori to faint "in midstride," and hit her head on the desk. How Berkland came up with this theory is unknown since the medical report contains no description of the death scene, no diagram of the location of the body, or its posture or appearance as Berkland first observed it on the morning of July 20th..
Ms. Klausutis had allegedly suffered from previous health problems, but her family issued a statement contradicting this.
So how does a healthy, physically fit, 28-year-old woman suddenly "faint" of a previously undetected heart problem?
The story bears remarkable and ironic similarities to the Condit/Levy story. Both involve Congressmen, rumors of infidelity, and the fate of a younger female subordinate. The details are so similar as to remind one of two alternate universes. The difference between the two stories? First, in the Klausutis case as not in the Levy case, there is a real body, very dead. Second, the Klausutis case involves a Republican.
The story had a brief flutter in the Northwest Florida press, which ran a few very short stories on Lori's death. With the exception of the Northwest Florida Daily News, they were of the "Aw-what-a-shame/ nothing-to-see-here-move-along-now-folks" variety. But nationally, this mysterious death earned a mere one paragraph mention in The Washington Post's NATION IN BRIEF column:
"FORT WALTON BEACH, FL. - Lori Klausutis, a 28-year-old office worker for Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-Fl), was found dead in the congressman's district office. Police said preliminary findings from the medical examiner's office showed no foul play or any outward indication of suicide."
Unbelievably, that was it. The story was simply dropped. A young female employee of one of Florida's Congressmen had died unexpectedly in the Congressman's office. There were no witnesses to her death and the cause of death was not apparent. Klausutis' boss, Joe Scarborough had recently resigned from Congress prematurely and unexpectedly, amid rumors about his marital fidelity and soon after a divorce. He had also abruptly resigned as publisher of the Independent Florida Sun, claiming that resigning from Congress and as publisher was necessary to spend more time with his sons.
Lori Klausutis had a seemingly happy life. A devoted husband who listed on his online homepage "being married to Lori" as one of the honors he enjoyed, a new home in Niceville and a Catholic congregation where she was a cantor and in whose choir she sang, were some of the elements of the Good Life she enjoyed. Her husband, Dr. Timothy Klausutis, did research and development for the munitions group at nearby Eglin Air Force Base, where he presumably made a good livelihood. Although Lori hailed from the Atlanta, Georgia area where she had attended school, there were numerous family members in the area. According to her obituary in the Fort Walton Daily News, Lori had served as President and, later, Treasurer, for the Emerald Coast Young Republicans and as an aide to Congressman Scarborough, she was active during the Florida recounts. A former neighbor, Barbara Cromer, said "Every morning, I would see her run while I walked. We'd wave to each other as we passed. I loved Lori so much. She was wonderful. She was a kind, generous person, so sweet."
Scarborough's office released a statement several hours after Lori was discovered dead, on July 20. 2001.
"My staff and family are greatly saddened by the loss of Lori Klausutis. I know Lori will be missed by the thousands of citizens who regularly contact my office to seek assistance with a variety of problems. May God grant Lori's family the grace, comfort and hope that will get them through this difficult time."
There was a great deal of ambiguity over whether Lori had suffered past medical problems. Scarborough's press secretary, Miguel Serrano, made mention of health problems in Lori's past, but could not be more specific. In response, Fort Walton Beach Police Chief Steve Hogue is quoted as saying "That's part of our investigation, checking into her medical history." Associate Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Berkland said "She had a past medical history that was significant, but it remains to be seen whether that played a role in her death". Soon after a member of the immediate family rejected out of hand that Lori had any significant medical problems. She was, in fact, quite an athlete, having recently run an 8K with a very respectable time and she belonged to the Northwest Florida Track Club.
The results of the mandated autopsy, however, were deemed "inconclusive" by Dr. Berkland, who ordered more specific toxicology tests. These results were expected by the middle of the following week, around the first or second day of August. Dr. Berkland commented at the time "This turns over several puzzle pieces in the case of her death and reveals more of the picture".
Michael Berkland, it turns out, has a very interesting background himself. Recently relocated to Florida, it is a matter of public record that Dr. Berkland's medical license in the state of Missouri was revoked in 1998 as a result of Berkland reporting false information regarding brain tissue samples in a 1996 autopsy report. Berkland does not deny the charges.
It's also a matter of public record that he was suspended from his position as Medical Examiner in the State of Florida in July, 1999. Repeated requests to Dr. Stephen Nelson, Chairman of the Medical Examiners Commission, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, have failed to verify that Dr. Berkland's suspension was lifted and that his licensure and disciplinary record are clear at the present time. Dr. Nelson was appointed Chairman of the Commission by Governor Jeb Bush.
As for Lori Klausutis, rumors began to swirl as time passed with no resolution to the case, rumors that included whispers of suicide, some emanating from inside the Beltway. Family members, angered at what they considered unfair and exploitive coverage wrote the editor of the Northwest Florida Daily News, Ralph Routon, saying "For those who knew Lori, the thought of suicide, as your published reports suggested, is absolutely unthinkable. Suicide was contrary to her faith and being. She did not suffer from seizures, nor did she have a history of medical problems." Meanwhile, the final report has been issued that Lori died as a result of a blow to the head because an undiagnosed heart condition caused her to collapse and fall, hitting her head on the desk.
The initial reports from the Medical Examiner's office denied any trauma to the body that would indicate cause of death. But Berkland acknowledged on Monday, August 6th, that Lori had sustained a "scratch and a bruise" on her head and that his original denials were to prevent undue speculation about the cause of death. "The last thing we wanted was 40 questions about a head injury", he said.
And so, what we have here is the death of a healthy young woman who died of a blow to the head and a lie from the Medical Director's office about this blow which was quite obvious to the naked eye. They then had to go search for some reason why she might have "fallen" and hit her head. And they have found an "undiagnosed cardiac arrhythmia".
Smell like a cover up?
If Lori's death was just a simple accident, then why did Rep. Scarborough and his spokesman Miguel Serrano feel the need to go to two different local TV stations within three hours of her body's being found and invent a nonexistent history of chronic medical conditions for her -- in other words, why did they feel the need to lie about Lori's health?
Would you trust the word of a Medical Examiner who lost his license in two separate states, Missouri and Florida?
Would the police rule out foul play until they knew the cause of the wound, before an autopsy was conducted and toxicology tests performed, if Scarborough was an ordinary Joe?
A few months after Klausutis' death, responding to a question by Chris Matthews about what would happen to an aide left his employ and wrote about him, Scarborough blurted out "I think they'd be in danger."
Don Imus surprised Scarborough with a question from left field: "You said you had sex with that intern and then you had to kill her." Scarborough, laughing, replied, "Yeah, well what are you gonna do?"
I'll tell you what we're going to do. We are going to say that the disgraced Medical Examiner, Dr. Berkland, routinely imperiled criminal investigations and that means the death of Lori Klausutis was not appropriately investigated.
To be blunt, a blow to the head is responsible for the death of Lori Klausutis and that obviously means she was not alone when she received it. Lori Klausutis suffered a massive head injury that included a seven-and-one-quarter inch fracture across the top of her skull, an "egshell" fracture inside her skull above her right eye socket, a skalp contusion on the back of her head and a subdural hematoma on the left side of her brain that caused it to swell and herniate.
Resurrection Of A Scandal
So the most famous blogger in the world has been banned from MSNBC after Joe Scarborough pitched a fit about a passing comment on twitter nobody even paid attention to. It's hard to believe that anyone in politics or the media would be so incredibly stupid as to draw attention to the fact that he had a forgotten scandal in his past by forcing a public spectacle of it, but there you go. Of course, he is a Republican.
Those of you who don't know about Joe Scarborough's dead intern problem probably didn't start reading the internet regularly until after 2002. Certainly the mainstream press didn't cover it. You see at the time the entire village was hysterical over the disappearance of congressman Gary Condit's mistress, a woman who happened to work in his office and who seemed to remind everyone of Monica Lewinsky, which naturally made them come completely unglued. The media, with the help of the family, pretty much convicted Condit of murder in one of the most revolting displays of railroading ever seen in American politics. Even when the actual murderer was revealed years later, the worst of the perpetrators refused to back down.
Meanwhile, that same summer, star up-and-coming Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough, recently divorced under charges of infidelity, had unexpectedly decided to resign from office six months after being re-elected. Shortly thereafter an intern on his Florida staff was found dead -- in the office -- under mysterious circumstances with allegations of cover-ups by the local authorities and the quack medical examiner. And nobody in DC even raised an eyebrow. The story went largely unremarked upon and he soon found himself a lucrative perch as a highly paid celebrity gasbag.
Now I have to assume that Scarborough is either brain damaged or must want people to look at that story again because otherwise he would have let some innocuous, snarky tweet pass by. Now we all have no choice but to rehash the whole thing in order to explain why Markos has been banned from the network.
I'm guessing he's running for office again. After all, in today's GOP if you aren't picking up men in bathrooms, harassing pages by the dozen or hiking the Appalachian trail, you just aren't worth the teabag you're steeping in.
I'll be curious to see if any of the MSNBC hosts put up a fight. I doubt they will. There seems to be some kind of village Omerta when it comes to Joe Scarborough.
Fire Joe Scarborough
by Dahbud Mensch
On 2 April 2007 Joe Scarborough called for the firing of Rosie O'Donnell, because she expressed an opinion he did not like.
The most troubling aspect of Joe Scarborough calling for the firing of another TV personality is the fact he first showed Bill O'Reilly calling for the firing of Rosie, and then agreed with him.
We all remember lying Rooster Lollipoper Bill, don't we?
We're Waiting O'Reilly !
"Here's the bottom line on this for every American and everybody in the world, nobody knows for sure, all right? We don't know what he has. We think he has 8,500 liters of anthrax. But let's see. But there's a doubt on both sides. And I said on my program, if the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it's clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush Administration again, all right? But I'm giving my government the benefit of the doubt." - Bill O'Reilly on Good Morning America, March 18, 2003 -- Maybe Bill should read this:
Research Notes for the Anthrax Attack Challenged
Everybody has an opinion Joe and according to Free Speech, one is supposed to be able to express it. However, you have a TV show and all we have is the Internet, so the only thing to keep blood pressure down is to examine who you are Joe Scarborough and maybe later, some of the other characters over at MSNBC (General Electric and Microsoft Corporation).
This cartoon was inspired by the recently dismissed medical examiner Michael Berkland who preformed the autopsy on the dead aide found in Joe Scarborough's office. Berkland's replacement, Dr. Cumberland seems to have possibly over donated to Scarborough. Florida panhandle officials sure has its share of incompetence in doing autopsies and campaign donations. What a surprise! - Read article at All Hat No Cattle
Part I: Congressional Aide Found Dead in Congressman's Office
By Jennifer Van Bergen
t r u t h o u t | January 4, 2001
"Why has Lori Klausutis' Death Been Swept Under the Rug?"
Article no longer at http://www.truthout.org/docs_01/01.05B.Klausutis.1.htm copy below:
This article is the first in a series on t r u t h o u t which will present the known facts and raise some questions about this strange and tragic case.
Part I: Congressional Aide Found Dead in Congressman’s Office
By Jennifer Van Bergen
t r u t h o u t | January 4, 2001 – Remember the news back in July that Lori Klausutis, an aide to U.S. Representative Joe Scarborough (R-FL), was found dead in the congressman’s District Office in Fort Walton Beach, Florida?
If you don’t, that’s because the news came and went in the blink of an eye.
Wait. Did you get that? A congressman’s aide. Dead. In the congressman’s office. No witnesses.
And the media were all but silent.
While the Condit/Levy story ran rampant in the national press for weeks on end, the Scarborough/Klausutis story got barely nine lines in the Associated Press and only one line in The Washington Post.
Does it make you wonder?
Wait until you hear the rest of the story. It has all the elements of a good murder mystery.
* The congressman (an ardent and vocal supporter of G.W., by the way) resigns only six months after re-election, just prior to his aide’s death. The reason: amid rumors of marital infidelity, the recently-divorced husband wants to spend more time with his sons.
* A medical examiner who had his license revoked in another state. Why? He lost it falsifying autopsies.
* The medical examiner’s supervisor had contributed thousands of dollars to the congressman’s election campaign.
* Contradictory reports about whether there is a visible head injury or not.
* A medical conclusion that contains several inconsistencies. First, that Mrs. Klausutis, who was a marathon runner, died of a cardiac arryhthmia. Second, that although she had suffered a fractured skull and a “contracoup” bruise on the opposite side of the brain, the injury could not possibly have been caused by a physical assault.
* Then there’s the question of whether the office was locked and the lights were on. One report says the door was locked and the lights were off; another report says the door was unlocked and the lights were on.
* And if all this weren’t enough, there’s the scientist husband who does high level weapon design work for the Air Force.
These are only the more obvious elements of the case. And this is not newsworthy enough for the press?
To be fair, the local press, the Northwest Florida Daily News, thought it was newsworthy for a few weeks. They published several short but good pieces and made a public records request for the police and medical reports. However, after the paper published the autopsy findings — which concluded that Lori Klausutis fainted, fell and hit her head on the desk — which effectively closed the police investigation, the paper had little more to go on. Furthermore, some local citizens accused the paper of “sensationalizing” the story. So, the story died.
In fact, however, the news stayed alive on various message boards on the internet and two intrepid journalists did do some excellent research which was published online, but amazingly, no major paper or television network even mentioned the story. Why?
That question is perhaps unaswerable. But it should be raised, along with all the many other questions that arise in this case. This series intends to review the facts and raise these questions.
“Absolutely no evidence of foul play”
Mrs. Klausutis was found dead in Rep. Joe Scarborough’s Fort Walton Beach office at about 8:10 a.m. on July 20 by Juanita and Andreas Bergmann, who claim they had an appointment that morning with Rep. Scarborough to facilitate Mr. Bergmann’s application for a green card. Mr. Scarborough, however, was still in Washington, D.C. and flew home only later that day.
The day after Mrs. Klausutis was found, the police said there was no evidence of “foul play or trauma to her body.” The following day, having performed his autopsy and while waiting for the results of blood tests, Dr. Michael Berkland, the medical examiner, told the press that there was “absolutely no evidence” that Lori was “a victim of ‘foul play.’” By July 26, although Berkland had still not received the toxicology results, which he noted would likely play a key role in determining whether Ms. Klausutis had died of natural causes or accidentally, Berkland stated that he had “ruled out homicide.” While he said he didn’t think that suicide was a likely scenario either, he stated that he was also investigating it as a possibility.
Finally, on August 6, Berkland released the autopsy. Oddly, although the police had originally stated that there were no signs of trauma, Berkland acknowledged that Klausutis had sustained a “scratch and bruise” on her head which had been noted in the original death investigation. His explanation for having lied to the press was to “prevent undue speculation” about the cause of death.
Berkland determined that Lori, an avid runner who ran fivemiles a day, had a prolapsed mitral valve which caused a sudden cardiac arrhythmia — an irregular heartbeat — which in turn caused Lori to faint “in midstride,” and hit her head on the desk. How Berkland came up with this theory is unknown since the medical report contains no description of the death scene, no diagram of the location of the body, or its posture or appearance as Berkland first observed it on the morning of July 20th..
Early on in the investigation, there were rumors that Ms. Klausutis had suffered from previous health problems, but her family issued a statement contradicting this.
Thus, in the very first chapter of this story, several questions arise. How could a healthy, physically fit, 28-year-old woman suddenly “faint” of a previously undetected heart problem? How could the police, with no witnesses, and knowing from the outset that Ms. Klausustis had sustained a bruise to the head, determine that there was no evidence of an attack? If Rep. Scarborough had an appointment with the Bergmann’s, why was he still in Washington, D.C.? Or was he? Why did the police and medical examiner lie to the public about the existence of visible signs of head trauma? They lied to the public so easily. Could they have lied about other things, as well? Given their later reluctance to pursue the case or release any information whatsoever about it, this lie may indicate a less-than-honest handling of the case.
Part II: Lori Klausutis, Aide to U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL)
By Jennifer Van Bergen
Article no longer at http://www.truthout.org/docs_01/01.06B.Klausutis.2.htm copy below
PART II | t r u t h o u t Series on the Death of Lori Klausutis, Aide
to U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL)
By Jennifer Van Bergen
t r u t h o u t | January 4, 2001 - Republican U.S. Representative Joe Scarborough is called a "Regular Joe" by his constituents. He is young, handsome, smart and personable. Young people -- even those who disagree with him politically -- like him because he takes time for them and "doesn't talk down" to them. Young women in particular like him because "he's so good-looking." He's well-spoken and was an articulate spokesman for the Bush presidential campaign, rallying behind Bush during the election controversy and appearing on numerous television talk-shows. His recent big re-election win was to his fourth term in Congress.
But, after seven long years in Washington, Scarborough was beginning to feel he was not getting anywhere, not contributing anything, perhaps not being valued for his contributions. In November 1999, he wrote a column in t he Northwest Florida Daily News, complaining that "Washington is filled with very average, very uninspired people who are just glad to be off the farm and in a uniform for the big game." He didn't feel he was making enoug h difference to be away from his children and speculated that his attitude might change if Bush were elected. But after Bush's election, his vote didn't really seem to be needed anymore with a Republican majority in the H ouse.
In May of this year, amid at-the-time unconfirmed rumors of his intention to resign, Representative Joe said he had "talked with President Bush and his top staff about a presidential appointment, possibly unpaid, to some sort of position that would allow him to work out of Pensacola." He added that he would not leave Congress "unless the president asked me to."
It doesn't appear that Bush asked Joe to resign. Indeed, it appears that the Bush Administration didn't ask Joe to do anything. Perhaps feeling neglected by the Administration he had helped put into office, Joe toyed with offers of doing a political talk show or a taking a broadcast job. Finally, Joe decided to take his talents elsewhere. By the end of May, Joe had announced his decision to resign, only six months after his re-election. H e left office in September and took a position with the Pensacola law firm headed by Fred Levin. Although there was a run-off election for Scarborough's seat, the website for District 1 states that the congressional seat remains vacant. Although Joe had envisioned holding a presidential appointment at the same time as his law job, it seems that the law job would have to do. Joe had practiced for only four years before entering Congress an d the job with the Levin firm would allow him to be closer to home and his two sons from his former marriage.
Joe's marriage ended in 1999. The divorce papers list Joe as the petitioner, meaning he was the one who filed for the divorce, which was nonetheless uncontested by his wife, Melanie. Although Joe's county of residence is Escambia County, he filed in Walton County. He may have done this to avoid unwanted local publicity. According to the final judgment, the Marital Settlement Agreement was "executed voluntarily and after full disclosure." The judgment states that "the bonds of marriage ... are dissolved because the marriage is irretrievably broken." The divorce was finalized on April 5, 1999, only four days before Joe's thirty-sixth birthday.
Whatever the reasons for the divorce, according to a May 26, 2001 editorial in the Pensacola News Journal, Joe was "pursued by rumors over the cause of the divorce [and] a growing body of criticism that Scarborough's pers onal life didn't match the moralistic conservative stance he campaigned on."
"Little Miss Mary Sunshine"
It is not known what sort of relationship Joe had with his aides, Lori Klausutis or her direct superior, Lois Hoyt, who was the Office Manager and Constituent Services Coordinator. Scarborough's press secretary, Miguel Se rrano, said that Scarborough "knew all of his employees and would keep in touch" with them.
According to one of Lori's friends, Mary Potthast, Lori was "a very diligent person who cared a lot about her job, her schooling, but most of all, about her family." Her friends called her "Little Miss Mary Sunshine." Her husband, Timothy J. Klausutis wrote on his homepage that one of the honors he enjoyed was 'being married to Lori."
Everyone seems to have loved her. A former neighbor, Barbara Cromer, said, "I loved Lori so much. She was wonderful. She was a kind, generous person, so sweet." Paul Lux, the director of public relations for Emerald Coast Young Republicans, said she was "a joy to work with." He added, "She was always very upbeat and positive about everything. Even when things got argumentative, she always stayed on the upside of the argument and would nev er resort to getting dirty or cruel."
Lori seems to have been a paragon of good nature and kindness. Although there are no indications that Lori was anything other than a hard-working congressional aide to Joe Scarborough and a loyal wife to her husband, she seems to have possessed an abundance of attractive and enviable traits. She was young, pretty, energetic and fit. She ran several miles every day and participated in local marathons. She sang in the church choir and was s aid to have "the voice of an angel." She was active in the Republican party in a largely Republican community. She had helped out during the presidential election controversey and had just resigned as president of the Eme rald Coast Young Republicans in order to devote more time to her education.
There were lots of reasons for someone to be jealous of Lori. On top of her personal qualities were the facts that she was an aide to a locally prominent, recently divorced congressman and was married to a man who did hig hly sensitive weapon design for the Air Force. She had been involved in the 2000 election controversy in Escambia County, one of the counties where voting fraud was alleged. Even without political reasons for jealousy, Lo ri obviously enjoyed access to personal information few people did. If the rumors of Joe's dalliances with staffers (not to mention the rumor that he had gotten one of them pregnant) are true -- of which I have found no c onfirmation -- Lori would likely have been, if nothing more, at least the keeper of some secrets.
At the least, these circumstances seem to warrant further police investigation into the case.
Part III: Medical Evidence and Examiner Who Lost His License
By Jennifer Van Bergen
Article no longer at http://www.truthout.org/docs_01/01.07B.Klausutis.3.p.htm copy below
PART III | t r u t h o u t Series on the Death of Lori Klausutis, Aide to U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL)
This section draws heavily from the articles by Denis Wright and Chris George. See links at end of the article. I am particularly indebted to Chris and Dr. Bob George for their comments, knowledge, and assistance on this and other parts of this series.
Part III: The Medical Evidence and the Examiner Who Lost His License
By Jennifer Van Bergen
t r u t h o u t | January 6, 2001 - On July 20, Fort Walton Beach Police Chief Steve Hogue said that a preliminary investigation into Lori Klausutis' death had not turned up any evidence of foul play, trauma to her body or any outward indications of suicide. However, the autopsy issued by Associate Medical Examiner Michael Berkland on August 6 shows clear evidence of severe trauma to the head: a 7 1/2 inch long fracture stretching from the right temple across the top of the head, a contusion in the occipital region (at the base of the skull), a subdural hematoma -- a collection of blood on the surface of the brain under the skull -- on the left side opposite the fracture, and eggshell fractures under the brain above the eye socket.
Certainly this evidence, in itself, should have been sufficient to launch an all-out police investigation. But, despite these findings, Berkland concluded the death was accidental. This apparently caused the police to close the case.
In the autopsy, Berkland disclosed that Lori had an "undiagnosed cardiac arrhythmia." The papers described the condition as "floppy mitral valve disease, which is typically marked by abnormal heart rhythms." According to the Northwest Florida Daily News, the cardiac arrhythmia had "halted Klausutis' heart and stopped her breathing," and the "blow to the head contributed to the death because blood pooled at the point where the fracture occurred."
However, the autopsy states that the subdural hematoma (the blood pooling) was on the opposite side of the brain from the fracture.
Wright and George speculated that the heart valve condition was Mitral Valve Prolapse (MVP), although Berkland does not come out and state this in the autopsy. Berkland told the press that "to his knowledge, Klausutis never visited a doctor for irregular heart patterns and had no long-term medical problems aside from lingering injuries from an auto accident years ago." Indeed, Lori's family members apparently wrote the Northwest Florida Daily News, saying that Lori did not have a history of medical problems.
Why, then, did the ABC affiliate in Pensacola (WEAR, channel 3) publish on its website, within three hours of Klausutis' death (before her husband had even been notified) that "Scarborough's office says Klausutis had a history of health problems"? Anna Dobbins of WEAR stated that it was Joe Scarborough himself who called, saying that Lori had a complicated medical history, specifically surrounding "stroke and epilepsy." Dobbins added that about a week later, Scarborough's press secretary Miguel Serrano asked them to drop the "complicated health history" story, saying Joe had spoken in error. Lois Hoyt, Lori's supervisor, then apparently claimed that it was a "lie" that Scarborough had passed on details of Lori's health.
WCTX radio, 1280AM, also reported that Scarborough "staff members told WCTX that Klausutis was suffering with ill health for some time," and later told a researcher for Wright and George that they obtained this information from an earlier interview with Joe.
Later on, Serrano refused to confirm or deny whether he had even spoken to these newspersons.
Tiffany Bates, a Scarborough aide from Pensacola was the last person to speak to Lori alive. According to the press, Bates said that Lori told her she was not feeling well.
There were also rumors of epilepsy. It seems to have first been mentioned by Juanita Bergmann, the woman who found Lori's body. According to the Northwest Florida Daily News, Juanita, a former nurse, speculated that Lori had had a seizure. Mary Potthast, a friend of Lori's from the Emerald Coast Young Republicans, said she thought Lori might have mentioned having mild seizures during her youth, but called Lori "the picture of health." Lori's father-in-law, Norm Klausutis, according to Wright and George, "categorically denied that his daughter-in-law had ever had a seizure."
Berkland concluded that she had suffered a severe cardiac arrhythmia, or abnormal heart rhythm, which had stopped her heart, causing her to go unconscious and fall, hitting her head on the corner of the desk on her way down. He did not explain how he had ruled out an attack. He said, "We know for a fact she wasn't whacked in the head because of the nature of the injury." A few days later he told the press, "There is no doubt that the head injury is a result of a fall rather than a blow being delivered to the head by a moving object."
Neither of these statements is supported by the medical literature. Quite the contrary. George and Wright quote from a 1997 study of closed head injuries, "In physical terms, the difference between the head moving or being stationary on impact is solely in the frame of reference. There is no physical difference between the forces involved in a stationary head being hit or a moving head striking a fixed object."
Furthermore, neither the police report nor the autopsy contain a drawing of the room in which Lori was found, or of the position of her body relative to the furniture. According to Chris George, Juanita Bergmann, the woman who discovered Lori's body, told George that she found the body near a chair, not near the desk.
While two police officers apparently witnessed Lori's autopsy, this fact alone offers no support for Berkland's conclusions. Indeed, there seems to be no more support for a determination of accidental death than of homicide.
According to Wright and George, Berkland's conclusion that a contracoup injury -- the internal bruise on the opposite side of the brain from the fracture -- was "completely consistent with an unconscious person's fall and totally inconsistent with a physical assault," is contradicted by the medical literature.
Why did Berkland make such blatantly unsupported claims? Did he simply not know better? Or did he have other reasons?
Here was a woman found dead in the office of a popular United States congressman who seemed to be in the midst of falling from public grace -- or was he? there are rumors that he is now a talking head for Fox Television -- in a highly conservative Republican community which had strong ties to an Air Force base at which the victim's husband was involved in highly sensitive weapons design!
This is the sort of stuff worthy of billion dollar movie contracts. Yet the press ignored it.
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that Scarborough was known as a strong advocate for the military and served on the House Committee on Armed Services, and in particular on the Research and Development, and Military Construction Subcommittees.
The Medical Examiner
The final touch in this case which simply makes it cry out for further investigation is the fact that Associate Medical Examiner Michael Berkland had lost his license in Missouri in 1998 for "misrepresentation or unethical conduct and knowingly making a false statement in the autopsy reports." As a result, Berkland was suspended from practice in Florida.
In 1999, Berkland's supervisor, Dr. Gary Cumberland, the Acting District Medical Examiner, who, by the way, had donated heavily -- and perhaps beyond federal limits -- to Joe Scarborough's election campaigns, said that he "still has full confidence in Berkland and no plans to replace him," according to Beach Browser, a local paper. It seems that Berkland was reinstated with the issuance of a "letter of guidance" by the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine. George and Wright state that the Chairman of the Florida Medical Examiners Commission, Dr. Stephen Nelson, says that Berkland "serves at the pleasure of Dr. Gary Cumberland." But, Berkland should not have been serving at anyone's pleasure. According to George and Wright, Berkland was fired as contract medical examiner in Jackson County, Missouri in 1996 for falsely stating that he had sectioned several brain specimens. As of November 1997, nine criminal cases were at risk of being overturned as a result of Berkland's falsified autopsy reports. In at least two cases, a reversal of judgment has been sought. In February of 1998, an injunction was issued against Berkland to prohibit him from performing further autopsies or working as a medical examiner. In March 1999, his Missouri license was revoked with no application for reinstatement for a period of six years. Berkland appealed and lost in November 1999. In the meantime, Berkland had applied to practice in Florida, apparently without advising the Florida authorities that he had lost his license in another state.
Why was this man allowed to perform an autopsy on Lori Klausutis? Why is his autopsy given even the barest credibility?
A Disappearing Act
Lori Klausutis' death was tragic. But, if one were to follow the trail her friends and family left, it's as though she simply never existed. Immediately after Lori's death, one could find abundant information about her on the internet, according to Chris George. Now, one can find almost nothing. The same with respect to Lori's husband, Timothy J. Klausutis. His personal website is gone. Only information about public seminars he co-chaired or papers he published can be found. A former weapons designer with classified clearance states that ten years ago the information contained in these publications would have been classified. Most of it relates to target recognition technology. In any case, it is an odd epitaph. Her husband designs ways in which a target can be acquired and recognized and she has become both a target and a person whose image we can no longer bring into focus.
Lori Klausutis deserves better than this. Why would her family accept the autopsy findings of a discredited medical examiner? Why did the police? Why has the Emerald Coast Young Republicans removed all information about Lori, who was their immediate past president, from their website? Why has the Pensacola News Journal removed her name from their search mechanism? Why did Lori's obituary mention nearly everything about Lori's life, except where she had worked since 1999? Why did the Ft. Walton Beach community complain to the Northwest Florida Daily News about their hardly excessive and very fair coverage of Lori's death? Why did Joe Scarborough's office (and perhaps Joe himself) start rumors about Lori's health? (Since when do congressional offices keep medical records or release such information to the press?) Where was Lois Holt, Lori's supervisor, the night of Lori's death and the morning after? Finally, why did the medical examiner and police fail to search for evidence of an assailant? Skin cells, hair, fabric fibers? And why did the police close investigation on a case so obviously full of holes?
On July 19th, some time during the evening, Lori Klausutis died in Joe Scarborough's office of a severe trauma to the head. Because the medical examiner's conclusions are inconsistent with medical literature and because of the wounds Lori sustained -- a 7 1/4 inch long fracture starting above her right temple, a hematoma opposite the fracture, and a contusion at the back of her head -- there remains a serious question whether Lori could have been struck on the head, perhaps more than once, by someone wielding a blunt object, rather than sustaining her injuries while fainting. Should the investigation be reopened?
Denis Wright & Chris George "A Death in the Congressman's Office," American Politics Journal, Aug. 8, 2001.
Chris George & Denis Wright "Never Bound By the Truth," Online Journal, Sept. 20, 2001.
Denis Wright & Chris George "Unwrapped" "Part 1: A Strange Way to Die" Online Journal, Nov. 10, 2001.
Drawings of injuries to Lori's skull.
Picture of Lori with classmates.
Collection of links.
A Death in the Congressman's Office
Does Anybody in the Press Care About Lori Klausutis?
By Denis Wright and Chris George
August 8, 2001 (APJP)
Read article at American Politics Journal
Three Pivotal Questions
by the Editors
September 1, 2001 (APJP) -- Over at The American Prospect's message board thread concerning this very article, Phoenix Woman has asked a trolling Scarborough "defender" three pivotal questions. We'd love to know the answers ourselves:
1) If Lori's death was just a simple accident, then why did Rep. Scarborough and his spokesman Miguel Serrano feel the need to go to two different local TV stations within three hours of her body's being found and invent a nonexistent history of chronic medical conditions for her -- in other words, why did they feel the need to lie about Lori's health?
2) Would you trust without question the word of a Medical Examiner who lost his ME license in two separate states (Missouri and Florida) because he LIED about his autopsy work (for instance, saying he had autopsied some brains when he hadn't)?
3) Why should whoever wrote Ms. Klausutis's obituary feel it was appropriate to mention nearly everything about her life -- EXCEPT where she'd been working since 1999?
A recent check of the Young Republican's web site found no mention of Lori or her contributions, nor any tribute to her memory nor comments about her passing. In fact, you will find no mention of her at all. If you go to The Pensacola News Journal's online pages, one of the few papers that actually covered the story, and search the site for "Klausutis" you will come up empty, even though the same search will pull up numerous stories matching "Scarborough". It seems as though someone wants to erase all traces of Lori Klausutis from the record and bury the story with her.
It's an increasingly puzzling case. We are reminded of the famous Kitty Genovese case, in New York, in 1964, where a young woman pleaded for her life over the period of 30 minutes, while neighbors ignored her cries. The assailant returned three times to stab her. With Lori Klausutis, it seems possible that a corrupt North Florida establishment is determined to keep the lid on the case, even if that means silencing the news. And our esteemed news media, from the supposed mainstream liberal press stalwarts to the near delusional on air shouters of the channel that just reports so that you can decide, willingly turn the other way and ignore Lori Klausutis. But they continue to chatter endlessly in speculation over Chandra Levy. In so doing, they ignore the cries of truth, they deny their viewers access to the truth and they utterly, once and for all, betray our faith and trust in the media.
In October 2006, Joe Scarborough sent a cease and desist letter to have all references to himself and his dead aide, Lori Klausutis, removed from this [All Hat No Cattle] website. Click here for the PDF. Nothing was removed from this site:
Did Microsoft/NBC Joe Scarborough
Murder Lori Klausutis?
Don Imus asked you why you aren't in Congress. You said, that you had sex with the intern and then you had to kill her. Then you laughed and replied, "Yeah, well, what are you gonna do?" [broken link http://oldamericancentury.org/lori_klausutis.htm] copy below:
On Imus' Show, Joe Scarborough Laughed about Dead Staffer
From the Daily Dystopian blog: "Conservative MSNBC news host Joe Scarborough was a guest on MSNBC's Imus show last Thursday, May 29. In complementing Scarborough on his sense of humor, Imus said, 'Don't be afraid to be funny, because you are funny. I asked you why you aren't in Congress. You said that you had sex with the intern and then you had to kill her.' To which Scarborough laughed, 'Yeah, ha, ha ha, well, what are you gonna do?'" As the Political Amazon (politicalamazon.com) wrote us, Lori "Klausutis is the Scarborough intern who was found dead in Scarborough's Fort Walton Beach office on July 21, 2001. At the same time that cable news shows on Fox and MSNBC were hounding Democratic Rep. Gary Condit over the disappearance of Chandra Levy... Scarborough appears to have been granted a free pass... Regardless of whether Scarborough actually murdered Lori Klaustis, his casual joking about her death is inexcusable." Send complaints to email@example.com
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Now, we also learn, that The Arnold, was another Repiglican adulterous LIAR!
Not only had an affair, with a staffer, but had a hidden child, hidden from his wife, Maria, for a decade, who defended him all of the "Rumors" about his unwanted, sexual advances against the women who claimed them, during his campaign, but Maria, was obviously not for a moment, thinking that this REpiglicans, was just all the other philandering Pseudo-Christian, Repiglican LIARS!
The Party Of corruption, that calls Ryan, courageous, for coming up with a scheme, to steal even more from the Middle Class and the poor, to give even more to the multi billionaire CEO's.... the same CEO crooks who stole wealth from all of us, from the whole country!
I wonder how many more hidden, ouy of wedlock, Repiglican kids are out there, and how many more murder mysteries, which were practically totally banned of any reporting, and never really solved, yet they seem to never be reported to any normal degree, anywhere in the so called "Liberal Media"</span> /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/crazy.gif
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