Women and Liberal hypocrisy.
International Women’s Day is a nice thing to celebrate especially if your man is a nation’s leader and especially a Liberal leader like Pierre Trudeau, Fidel Castro or Bill Clinton.
Unlike Pierre Trudeau a “good” Liberal, flamboyant gigolo who loved women and screwed them in bunches, sometimes two of them at a time, or Fidel Castro, another gigolo and Trudeau’s friend who routinely had females delivered for his pleasure, or Bill Clinton, the great White House “coach” for Monika Lewinsky and others, Donald Trump is a scumbag.
The “pussy grabber”, misogynist with filthy mouth, Donald Trump represents everything a liberal woman despises. And what about the others?
Yesterday Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau’s Facebook post sparked debate. Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau is taking heat from some Facebook users over her post calling for the celebration of men who encourage women, on the eve of International Women’s Day.
The post, showing Grégoire-Trudeau holding hands with her husband, reads: “This week, as we mark International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are, who treat girls & women with respect, and who aren’t afraid to speak up in front of others.”
She urged people to “take a picture holding hands with your male ally & share it on social media using the hashtag #TomorrowInHand. Together, we can create a movement that inspires more men to join the fight to build a better tomorrow with equal rights & opportunities for everyone . . . because #EqualityMatters.”
The post had about 11,000 reactions on Facebook with people using the “angry,” “love” or “like” buttons. While more than 10,000 people clicked “like” or “love,” people who left comments on her post weren’t too happy with her call for equality, questioning the celebration of men on International Women’s Day.
“364 days a year I am all up to holding hands with my favourite men and creating partnerships and alliances that will support equality,” said Facebook user Bibi Ebel.
“But today I don’t wan to celebrate men. I want to remember all women who protested against not being able to vote, talked about unequal pay, stood up to the society protecting our rights and freedoms.”
Others had similar arguments.
“Although your heart is in good place . . . we could make International Women’s Day one thing that we don’t make about men,” said Jennifer McDade. “Instead, let’s take a picture holding hands with a woman who has encouraged us to be who we truly are, who treat girls & women with respect, and who aren’t afraid to speak up in front of others? Just a thought.”
There were others who posted pictures with their “male allies” on social media.
“My eldest boy soon to be grown kind respectful man” posted emkingsley5 on Instagram.
“In honor of International Women’s Day tomorrow I post this picture of me and my male ally,” posted lily2toes on Instagram. “He is a great man who always supports, encourages and respects me.”
In a lighter vein, women asked on Facebook if they could borrow Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to post a picture with him.
Later in the evening, Gregorie-Trudeau responded to the debate generated by the post saying: Well, now we’re having a conversation! Thanks to everyone for your feedback and pics! Love it. Our goal is gender equality, and fighting for it is going to require men and women working together — raising our boys and girls to make a difference, hand-in-hand. This is about recognizing that we should be allies on this journey. I look forward to talking more about this tomorrow at events with Plan International Canada and Equal Voice. Stay tuned…
Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail
I met Pierre Trudeau only once. It was at a banquet in Toronto. He was well into his 70s and rather shrunken, but he hadn’t lost any of his charm. “Ah, Ms. Wente,” he said with exaggerated appreciation as he kissed my hand. It was all I could do to keep from asking for his room number.
A lot of women did. Women loved Mr. Trudeau and he loved them back. He was far more comfortable with them than men, especially if they were young, gorgeous, lively, artistic, left-wing and a bit flaky. I wasn’t any of those things. But, hey, a girl can dream.
John English’s terrific new biography of the former prime minister, Just Watch Me , is about as complete an account of Mr. Trudeau’s love life as we are likely to get. Alas, certain women spoke to him only off the record. And I still couldn’t figure out whether he really slept with Barbra Streisand.
“Did he really sleep with Barbra Streisand?” I asked Mr. English.
“The evidence is overwhelming that he did,” he said.
They also, I learned, shared a passion for art deco.
Other women were more than happy to blab. They include Liona Boyd (the blond-bombshell classical guitarist), Margot Kidder (Superman’s girlfriend), Gale Zoë Garnett (who wrote We’ll Sing in the Sunshine) and Kim Cattrall ( Sex and the City).
He often invited two girlfriends to the same event. Allan Gotlieb, his ambassador to Washington, complained about one dinner he hosted for Mr. Trudeau because he had three girlfriends there. At 24 Sussex, he carried on downstairs even though Margaret (from whom he was officially separated) was still in residence upstairs.
Mr. Trudeau’s attentiveness to women was central to his charm. He listened to them. He was funny and playful, and great with his kids.
He also projected the sense of a vulnerable little boy “who lives trapped under layers of defences,” according to Ms. Kidder. We’re suckers for that.
“He was so incredibly sexy,” said Ms. Cattrall, who ought to know. “He was very soft-spoken, incredibly smart, sensitive.”
He did yoga and meditation. He was also a control freak. He made all his women swear to total discretion, even as he flaunted his love life in public.
One night, after Ms. Boyd had performed at a reception at Rideau Hall, his then-separated wife, Margaret, remarked, “So you had a mistress play.”
“Not one, but two,” he shot back.
Once, Margaret came across a pile of photographs of women in his desk drawer. Ms. Streisand’s picture was on top. “Are you rating us?” she asked. “Maybe,” he said.
Personally, if I were Margaret, I would have cold-cocked the guy. As a husband, Pierre was critical, emotionally withholding and deeply old-fashioned. “Reason before passion” was his motto, but obviously he forgot it when he married her. They were doomed to make each other miserable. After they split up, he insisted on custody of the children and cut her off with scarcely a dime. He even gave her a black eye or two. (Eventually they came to an amicable joint-custody arrangement and learned to get along quite well.)
When Mr. Trudeau came to power in 1968, he was almost 50. But to his hordes of groupies, he embodied the spirit of the age – youthful, irreverent, adventurous and unstuffed. He was the first (and maybe last) PM who looked good in blue jeans. He was fortunate to conduct his love life in an era when the private lives of politicians were (by mutual consent) more off limits to the media than they are now. His affairs – to say nothing of Margaret’s shiners – would draw a lot more scrutiny today.
There was only one woman Mr. Trudeau failed to charm: Margaret Thatcher. She loathed him, especially when he launched his personal peace initiative under the influence of Ms. Kidder. By then, it was the early eighties and a vast number of Canadians, including me, had grown to loathe him, too.
But then one night he kissed me on the hand, and all was forgiven.
Fidel Castro’s Cuba full of his offspring after years of womanising by El Commandante.
By Philip Hart, Telegraph
Fidel Castro, Cuba’s long-standing dictator, has fathered at least 10 children by a string of women, according to a new book.
Fidel Castro is renowned in Cuba for his verbosity and longevity. But his long-suffering compatriots know little about another sphere where El Commandante has proved prolific – his private life.
Discussing his womanising ways is strictly taboo on the Caribbean communist outpost, even on an island where the gossip grapevine flourishes in the absence of a free press.
But a long-time Cuba-watcher has now revealed the scale of his philandering and the existence of at least 10 offspring. That is more than previously believed – but very possibly not the full tally.
When journalist Ann Louise Bardach asked Castro how many children he had during an interview with Vanity Fair in 1993, he smiled and answered “almost a tribe”.
During the research for Without Fidel, her new book chronicling the lives of Castro and his brother, Raul, to be published by Scribner, she discovered how true that observation was.
Castro, now 83, was a dashing young man whose good looks and rebel swagger clearly leant him a strong sexual allure during the years before and after the 1959 revolution. Indeed, media reports describe female fans swooning after he arrived triumphantly in Havana and during early trips to the US.
He had one child, Fidelito (Little Fidel), with his first wife Myrta Diaz-Balart in 1949 and five boys between 1962 and 1974 with Dalia Soto del Valle, a little-seen companion whom he is said to have secretly married in 1980. Remarkably, she was first shown on Cuban television in 2003 – “so forbidden” was Castro’s personal domain, Ms Bardach observes.
But there have been many more paramours and several other children along the way – most notably from the time when the 29-year-year old rebel leader celebrated his release from prison in 1955 for a failed uprising.
For three Castro offspring were born to three women during 1956. Most famously, there was Natalia Revuelta, an aristocratic beauty who became a fierce defender of his revolution – she bore him a daughter, Alina Fernandez.
Ms Bardach, an investigative journalist and a member of the Cuba Study Group at the Brookings Institution think-tank, had previously reported the existence of another illegitimate 1956 child, Panchita Pupo. She was not even known to his other offspring and her mother remains unidentified.
And in this book, she reveals the identity of the mother of Jorge Angel, the third Castro child of 1956 – Maria Laborde, an admirer who Castro met just after was he freed.
She also discloses another apparent addition to the brood – a son known as Ciro, the early 1960s product of another brief fling. He was previously unknown outside the family inner circle, but a close relative of Celia Sanchez, Castro’s closest confidante and yet another rumoured lover, revealed his existence to the author.
Ciro, named after a revolutionary martyr and whose mother’s name is still secret, is said to have “movie star looks”, with green eyes and dark complexion. He went into sports medicine after studying physical education at college, married a minor party official and lives in a Havana suburb where nobody knows his provenance.
And if claims made earlier this year by a Cuban intelligence defector that he sired another son in 1970 are true, that would take the count to 11 children by seven women – and counting.
Castro’s first name is derived from the Latin for “faithful”, but while he has remained true to his politics, the same cannot be said of the women in his life. His offspring have however largely adhered to their father’s instructions not to flaunt their privileged backgrounds and are rarely seen in public, His first son, Fidelito, has received the highest prominence. But when he mishandled the country’s nuclear power programme, his father ordered his dismissal. “He was fired for incompetence,” Castro said. “We don’t have a monarchy here.”
Many Cubans would, however, disagree with the last point – and with good reason. After the crippling intestinal disease of diverticulitis nearly killed him in 2006, Fidel’s brother Raul was anointed to replace him. The younger Castro was confirmed as president last year in a handover which appeared almost feudal.
Ms Bardach predicts that the most likely member of the family’s next generation to emerge as a future leader is Raul’s son, Alejandro, 43, a colonel and rising star in the powerful interior ministry The book also discloses the explosive inside story of how Raul Castro purged two close lieutenants of his older brother. Carlos Lage, the economics czar, and Felipe Perez Roque, the foreign minister, had both been considered possible future leaders, but were ousted after a year-long surveillance operation.
In classic old communist style, the two men were forced to write mea culpas for political sins which are still unclear. Raul, the veteran defence minister, has moved allies from the armed forces into virtually all areas of government and the economy – apparently inspired by the commercial success of the People’s Liberation Army in China.
And Ms Bardach reveals that Fidel Castro’s pride and obstinacy almost proved fatal when he rejected the recommended surgery in 2006 – a colostomy. Castro insisted on a much riskier operation as he did not want to suffer the perceived indignity of living with an attached bag.
The bolder procedure failed and Castro was nearly killed by a peritonitis infection as a result. After a life-saving colostomy was finally performed, Ms Bardach reports that Castro was distraught. “Fidel was crying,” a source present in the hospital told her. “He cried several times that day. He was devastated.”
From her contacts within the Cuban medical system, she also learns that Castro was fed intravenously for five months after the surgery and lost 45 pounds. A Spanish doctor brought in to treat him feared he was “starving to death” and gradually restored solid foods to a highly restrictive diet.
In his occasional photo shoots with visiting left-wing Latin American proteges, Castro has abandoned his old uniform of olive fatigues.
Instead, he opts for garish track suits because they hide the hated colostomy bag – emblematic of his transformation from hirsute heart-throb to frail octogenarian.
Glenn Kessler, The Washington Post 2015
A guide to the allegations of Bill Clinton’s womanizing.
On Twitter, Donald Trump, the GOP presidential front-runner, lashed out at Hillary Clinton, directly attacking her husband, the former president, for what Trump called “his terrible record of women abuse.”
Trump is obviously referring to the sexual allegations that have long swirled around Clinton, even before he became president. We’d earlier explored this question in 2014 when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wrongly claimed that a half dozen women had called Clinton a “sexual predator.” But for younger voters who may be wondering what the fuss is about, here again is a guide to the various claims made about Clinton’s sex life.
We will divide the stories into two parts: consensual liaisons admitted by the women in question and allegations of an unwanted sexual encounter.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump promised that “nobody respects women more than Donald Trump,” as he slammed former President Bill Clinton’s “situation.” Trump has been attacking the Clintons for the allegations of sexual misconduct in Bill Clinton’s past. (Reuters)
Gennifer Flowers — a model and actress whose claims of a long-term affair nearly wrecked Clinton’s first run for the presidency in 1992. (Clinton denied her claims at the time, but under oath in 1998 he acknowledged a sexual encounter with her.)
Monica Lewinsky — intern at the White House, whose affair with Clinton fueled impeachment charges. This was a consensual affair, in which Lewinsky was an eager participant; she was 22 when the affair started and Clinton was her boss.
Dolly Kyle Browning — A high school friend who said in a sworn declaration that she had had a 22-year off-and-on sexual relationship with Clinton.
Elizabeth Ward Gracen — a former Miss America who said she had a one-night stand with Clinton while he was governor — and she was married. She went public to specifically deny reports he had forced himself on her.
Myra Belle “Sally” Miller — the 1958 Miss Arkansas who said in 1992 that she had had an affair with Clinton in 1983. She claimed that she had been warned not to go public by a Democratic Party official: “They knew that I went jogging by myself and he couldn’t guarantee what would happen to my pretty little legs.”
Some might argue that because Lewinsky and Gracen had relations when Clinton was in a position of executive authority, Clinton engaged in sexual harassment. Certainly an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claim could have been filed, though these women did not take that opportunity.
Allegations of an unwanted sexual encounter
Paula Jones — A former Arkansas state employee who alleged that in 1991 Clinton, while governor, propositioned her and exposed himself. She later filed a sexual harassment suit, and it was during a deposition in that suit that Clinton initially denied having sexual relations with Lewinsky. Clinton was impeached by the House of Representatives over the matter, but acquitted in the Senate. Clinton in 1998 settled the suit for $850,000, with no apology or admission of guilt. All but $200,000 was directed to pay legal fees.
Juanita Broaddrick — The nursing home administrator emerged after the impeachment trial to allege that 21 years earlier Clinton had raped her. Through an attorney, Clinton denied the claim, and there were inconsistencies in her story. However, several of her friends backed her claim. No charges were ever brought. (Here’s a link to the Dateline NBC interview with her in 1999.)
Kathleen Willey — The former White House aide said Clinton groped her in his office in 1993, on the same day when her husband, facing embezzlement charges, died in an apparent suicide. (During a deposition in the Paula Jones matter, Willey initially said she had no recollection about whether Clinton kissed her and insisted he did not fondle her.) Clinton denied he assaulted her; an independent prosecutor concluded “there is insufficient evidence to prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that President Clinton’s testimony regarding Kathleen Willey was false.” that no court of law ever found Clinton guilty of the accusations.
Peter Baker, in “The Breach,” the definitive account of the impeachment saga, reported that House investigators later found in the files of the independent prosecutor that Jones’s lawyers had collected the names of 21 different women they suspected had had a sexual relationship with Clinton. Baker described the files as “wild allegations, sometimes based on nothing more than hearsay claims of third-party witnesses.” But there were some allegations (page 138) that suggested unwelcome advances:
“One woman was alleged to have been asked by Clinton to give him oral sex in a car while he was the state attorney general (a claim she denied). A former Arkansas state employee said that during a presentation, then-Governor Clinton walked behind her and rubbed his pelvis up against her repeatedly. A woman identified as a third cousin of Clinton’s supposedly told her drug counselor during treatment in Arkansas that she was abused by Clinton when she was baby-sitting at the Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock.”
Update: We were focused on stories that emerged during Clinton’s presidency. But many readers have also urged us to include a reference to Clinton’s post-presidential travels on aircraft owned by convicted pedophile Jeffery Epstein. Gawker reported that flight logs show that Clinton, among others, traveled through Africa in 2002 on a jet with “an actress in softcore porn movies whose name appears in Epstein’s address book under an entry for ‘massages.’” Chauntae Davies, the actress, declined to discuss why she was on the flight. Clinton has not commented.
Meanwhile in Canada
Christia Freeland, Trudeau’s minister of foreign affairs supporting war in Eastern Ukraine with majority of Russian population and women and girls killed in that war. Her father was a Nazi propagandist instrumental in murdering millions Jews, Russians, Poles, Ukrainians and Gypsies in Hitler’s occupied territories.
Freeland-Trudeau supported fascism in Ukraine.
Trudeau/Freeland sponsored (started by Obama) war in Ukraine and dead mothers, daughters and grandmothers.
Canadian armoured vehicle exported to Saudi Aarabia with Trudeau’s permission and women and girls killed in Yemen by Saudi Arabia.
Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill and Joe Biden – all Liberals.
Happy Women’s Day Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau!