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FROM NATIONAL JOURNAL: Why Every Member of Congress Gets a Monthly Porn Delivery

Thursday, April 17th, 2014


Congressional offices have a porn problem, but it’s not exactly what you think.

Since 1983, Larry Flynt has sent the monthly magazine he founded, Hustler, to each and every member of Congress.

The dirty mag comes in a plain manila envelope, fairly undetectable to the poor intern or staffer tasked with opening the mail. And every month, there it is: Hustler, featuring dozens of naked or scantly dressed women, vulgar comics, and articles, some satirical, on politics, society, and sex.

It’s not like members of Congress haven’t tried to stop the magazines from coming. They just can’t stop it legally.

Following the complaints from 264 congressional offices in 1984, the U.S. Postal Service asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to block the mailings. But that request failed when the court ruled two years later that the delivery of the magazine could not be stopped. The court wrote:

Receiving Hustler once each month would not unduly burden a Member of Congress. Members are not forced to read the magazine or other of the mail they receive in volume. We cannot imagine that Congressional offices all lack wastebaskets.

For Hustler, it was a First Amendment issue. This was Flynt’s right to petition the government, he argued, and the court agreed. Or as Flynt told The Hill in 2011, “Moses freed the Jews, Lincoln freed the slaves, and I just wanted to free all the neurotics.”

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The Real Surveillance Problem

Monday, September 30th, 2013

larry-flyntIt’s a damn shame we have to rely on dubious characters like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange to ignite a real debate about our Fourth Amendment right to privacy. The ones who should be raising the alarm are our elected representatives in Congress, not some ham-handed whistleblowers.

The problem is not that we have a high-tech spying apparatus. A wealthy powerful country needs an effective intelligence machine to keep its strategic edge and protect its citizens. The problem is that Congress has rammed through bad legislation like the USA PATRIOT Act and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that leaves the door wide open for intelligence agencies and corporate interests to do whatever they want without accountability. Such laws, compounded with a total lack of Congressional oversight, have removed the checks and balances we need to keep security measures in line with our Constitutional rights. If you allow that much room for abuse, don’t be surprised if somebody exploits it.

I would also argue that the problem goes back much further: to America’s misguided foreign policy. We spend most of our time and money propping up puppet regimes that will sooner or later topple or turn against us rather than building viable states with true democratic rights and practices.

The vicious cycle is obvious: As long as we have a foreign policy problem, we will have a security problem. And as long as that’s the case, government control freaks will go on building their total surveillance state. A few so-called whistleblowers won’t change that. Either we make Congress do its job or we get used to Big Brother watching and listening to us every second of our lives.

Larry Flynt


Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

(May 1, 2013 – Beverly Hills, CA) HUSTLER Founder and Publisher Larry Flynt has announced his endorsement of Republican candidate Mark Sanford for U.S. Congress. He has also sent a maximum contribution of $2,600 to the Sanford for Congress campaign and extended a personal invitation to Sanford to meet with him and shake his hand.

Sanford, who gained national prominence in 2009 as governor of South Carolina when he abruptly abandoned his duties for a secret rendezvous with his mistress, is currently running against Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District seat. The election will take place on May 7.

In a statement released today, Flynt calls Sanford “the sex pioneer of our time.” In Flynt’s eyes “no one has done more to expose the sexual hypocrisy of traditional values in America today. Sanford’s open embrace of his mistress in the name of love, breaking his sacred marriage vows, was an act of bravery that has drawn my support.” Chastising the Republican Party for not backing Sanford following his run-off victory, Flynt declared: “I am willing to step in and stand erect for Mark Sanford.”

Flynt further elaborated: “My endorsement has not been an easy decision for me. Even though Mark Sanford has emerged as the leader against sexual hypocrisy in American politics, he is a liar. He lied to his gubernatorial staff. He lied to his wife. He lied to his children. He lied to the people of South Carolina and to the press. Despite his journey down this Appalachian Trail of deceit, I support him not for his character, but for exposing the hypocrisy of traditional values. The liar has exposed the greater lie.” Flynt also commended Sanford’s supporters for “tossing aside lifelong convictions” and “teaching their children the invaluable lesson that traditional values are nothing more than a scam.”

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Top 50 Reasons To Take Back Congress

Thursday, January 4th, 2007

By Mark Johnson

Our elected representatives have let George W. Bush and his cronies steer our great country toward a new Dark Age. It is now absolutely imperative that the Republicans lose control of the House and Senate. Here’s why it’s time to give ’em the boot:

1. For voting in favor of an illegal war.

2. For supporting “preemptive” wars of aggression.

3. For allowing Bush to ignore the Constitution and break at least 750 laws.

4. For allowing Bush to seize unlimited executive power and make “unitary” decisions without Congressional approval.

5. For failing to censure and impeach a criminal President.

6. For allowing Bush to impede scientific progress to please his religious base.

7. For allowing the government to openly erode the separation of Church and State.

8. For wasting time and resources on agenda-causes, such as Terry Schiavo and gay marriage.

9. For giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy at the expense of state budgets, the middle class and the poor.

10. For refusing to raise the minimum wage.

11. For allowing Bush and the Defense Department to sell our domestic and military security to private and foreign contractors.

12. For allowing huge trade deficits (importing more from foreign countries than we export) that undermine the U.S. dollar.

13. For allowing U.S. manufacturing jobs to migrate to cheap-labor countries.

14. For opposing international attempts to curb global warming, such as the Kyoto Accord.

15. For allowing Bush to violate nuclear nonproliferation treaties.

16. For allowing Bush to roll back environmental protections.

17. For failing to fully investigate the 9/11 attacks.

18. For allowing Bush to steal two Presidential elections.

19. For confirming Attorney General and Supreme Court nominees with right-wing agendas.

20. For failing to hold top commanders accountable for torture and violations of international war-crimes laws.

21. For allowing Bush to stock key posts with cronies, yes-men and war criminals.

22. For not enacting universal health care.

23. For passing and later reauthorizing the oppressive USA PATRIOT Act, which erodes Constitutional rights (privacy, protection from undue search and seizure, due process of law).

24. For failing to act on illegal spying by the NSA.

25. For introducing legislation that threatens Internet privacy and legal adult entertainment.

26. For taking away individual citizens’ rights to file for bankruptcy.

27. For allowing the expansion of eminent domain rules to facilitate corporate land grabs of private property.

28. For allocating tens of billions of dollars to an unjust and bungled war effort.

29. For allowing the Bush Administration to turn a record surplus into a record deficit.

30. For not effectively responding to the human emergency in hurricane-devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

31. For allocating relief and rebuilding funds to corrupt and incompetent agencies and companies.

32. For not drawing up legislation to adequately prepare our country for natural disasters, pandemics and other catastrophes.

33. For allowing the deregulation of media and letting a handful of corporations seize control of our free press.

34. For passing energy-policy legislation aimed at pleasing Bush’s oil cronies at the expense of the American people.

35. For not enacting effective lobbying reform despite clear evidence of abuse and bribery.

36. For allowing members to enact self-serving redistricting schemes.

37. For failing to enact effective campaign-finance reform.

38. For failing to adequately fund our schools and for passing Bush’s useless No Child Left Behind Act.

39. For allowing oil companies to gouge the public and pump up gas prices.

40. For allowing war profiteers like Halliburton to gouge the military and the American taxpayer (according to government audits).

41. For failing to rein in Bush’s cronies who gave blank checks in the form of no-bid rebuilding contracts.

42. For failing to demand that the military equip our troops with adequate body armor and food.

43. For allowing an out-of-control President to push America toward nuclear war with Iran and North Korea.

44. For failing to adequately address the effects of illegal immigration on wages and the job market.

45. For threatening our national parks with corporate oil-drilling in Alaska and with the seizure of public land for military use.

46. For weakening federal benefit programs such as Medicare by giving drug companies undue clout over health-care plans and bulk-drug pricing.

47. For allowing corporations to erode safety regulations in mines and at other hazardous workplaces.

48. For curbing the power of watchdog agencies like the EPA and FDA in favor of corporate interests.

49. For allowing the American people to be poisoned by unsafe food, water and air.

50. For repeatedly kissing the ass of the worst U.S. President in history!

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