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This Week’s Rant

March 27, 2008 4 comments

The new rant is up for viewing

Back to some really boiling hot polemics. The whole Reverend Wright sound bite and how Barack had to deal with that just made me think…Is Wright really anti-American? Maybe he is really PRO-American but we aren’t smart enough to realize it because the conversations we’ve been having for the past 8 years have been on the intellectual of dirt, and that is speaking kindly. Bush has numbed our minds into a stasis mode. Wright and Obama are trying to get us moving. I hope it works…For the sake of the United States of America.

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More Motivation – A new quote to ponder

Check the latest and entry at Motivational. This is entitled, “The Challenges of Success” by Abdu’l-Baha.

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A New Rant with a Touch of Hope

The new The Weekly is a bit of a softer touch in this week of monsters, racists, and all that political spinning. Catch ya’ll later, and remember – One man can make a difference.

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Spitzer Spat onto the Seedy Streets

He’s gone. Former Governor Eliot Spitzer is out of the New York State politics business. The New York Times Online has the full round up as well as the lowdown on the Lieutenant Governor David Paterson.

Bottomline – Spitzer had to go. He made his name busting so-called wrong doers on Wall Street and in the rest of New York City. He preached morals, ethics, and higher than above average personal standards. He even broke up a prostitution ring or two. How could he possibly stay in office after being caught with a US$4300 an hour prostitute?

I’m glad he didn’t drag this out, and understands that if you live by the standards you set, you die by those same standards.

The truly sad thing is that he has two daughter who are of the age where they know very well what is going on. They are not little kids. And his wife, whether she had any clue or not, must be totally fuming with disappointment, humiliation, and anger. He has a very attractive family. Why risk the reputation, the family, and the future for a night with a prostitute? The psychology baffles me to the nth degree…

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The Funny Side of Spitz

You know this Eliot Spitzer thing has given the late night comics some good stuff. Check out the videos from the Huffington Post. A side note, Alan Dershowitz, who I wrote about in a previous post blogs for the Huffington Post. Just the whole full disclosure deal, whatever that means on the blogosphere. Oh, yeah, I sent that previous article to Mr. Dershowitz at his Harvard email address, as well as his personal website.

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Prostitution and Politics – Who’s Paying the Price?

It shouldn’t be a major surprise to anyone, unfortunately, when politicians get caught in sex scandals. I lived in DC for 5 years and in that short time I saw tons of ads for high-priced escort services. Their clientele aren’t the local school janitors. I remember a strip bar that was right around the corner from The White House. A few blocks away from the Congressional office buildings were strip clubs and all other kinds of prostitution type establishments – from high-end to low-end. So was I surprised when New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer got caught in a high-end prostitution ring? No.

I made a comment about this when someone commented on my New The Weekly Rant page. I was going to leave it alone, but as I was reading another article on the New York Times Online site some things struck me. This comment, at the end of the second page of the article, set me off,

Among those who know Mr. Spitzer…Alan M. Dershowitz, a law professor at Harvard for whom Mr. Spitzer was once a research assistant, said he felt bad “even knowing about it.”

“Men go to prostitutes — big deal, that’s not a story in most parts of the world,” Mr. Dershowitz said.

“I always thought he was somebody who would come down on crimes with real victims,” Mr. Dershowitz said. “Prostitutes aren’t victims — they’re getting paid a thousand dollars an hour, and the johns aren’t victims. What upset me the most was that they wiretapped thousands of e-mails and phone calls. In an age when terrorism needs to be stopped, they’re devoting these kinds of resources to a prostitution ring?”

What struck me you might ask? Three main things really. One, this LAW professor from Harvard seems to be dismissing that prostitution is ILLEGAL under the RULE OF LAW in most of the United States of America. If Spitzer was in Nevada not a major issue I guess, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. Regardless of news worthiness or not, Spitzer broke the LAW. Bad comment by the LAW teacher. And didn’t Spitzer bust up a high-end prostitution ring? A hypocrite on any basis. Is that who you want to be Governor of New York State?

Second thing that stood out in this comment, was the comment about prostitutes and victims. These high-end prostitutes are getting paid thousands of U.S. dollars to basically have some sex. The ring leaders are getting tons of cash for organizing it all. All of this money untaxed currency flowing through our economy, hopefully (food for thought). I would go out on a limb and say that most regular working people have to work longer and harder to get a helluva lot less. I can see his point about prostitutes not being victims. That said, what about prostitutes not getting paid thousands of dollars per hour to have sex with the Governor of New York State? I don’t know the numbers, but the amount of low-end prostitutes, the kind you see on the street corners, probably outnumber those that frequented Mr. Spitzer’s hotel rooms. What we are reading about are high-end, high-priced escort women. What about your basement-level hookers? Not every prostitute makes a grand an hour Mr. Dershowitz. What about them?

Third jump-out, far be it from me to defend the Bush Administration’s policies on wiretapping but I actually like outting public officials, thus another disagreement with the distinguished professor. They are working on the taxpayers’ dime. If they are screwing around, and possibly using taxpayer money to do so, I want to know about. The Clinton deal was much different, so let’s not even go there. Monica Lewinsky was not a high-priced prostitute. Her benefit was a free cigar and some interesting stories for the grandkids, if she has any. This involves a public official and prostitutes that charge minimum US$1,000 per hour. I hazard to guess, but I would say this guy was paying like US$3,000 per hour. And apparently he was regular customer. Where does a public official get that kind of cash money for frivolity and luxury? I don’t think he wrote a check, or put the night on his credit card. He has a wife and family to support, not to mention a state to manage. Where is that money coming from? I want to know these things because now I know what my tax dollars could be buying. Say bye bye to my vote.

The real end note to this story is, the argument for or against prostitution. I personally do not support prostitution. Don’t believe in it. That said, prostitution has been around for centuries. Men and women, boys and girls, same sex, opposite sex – it has all been on the table, so to speak. People of power, people of common stature – prostitution has been everywhere for a very long time. Many countries seem to allow it, but regulate it to maintain some kind of safe environment against sexually transmitted diseases, exploitation, etc. I don’t think it is really working because a by-product of prostitution is human trafficking for sex – slavery. Thousands of dollars per hour, or nothing, slavery is wrong. I think Professor Dershowitz and I can agree on that. This is very sensitive territory because arguments of morality and humanity play into the discussion. So when we talk about prostitution and victims we have to not only look at some historical context, but also look at what modern day society is doing in relation to it.

I’ll finish with this closing question to Mr. Dershowitz, “If someone in your family were a high-end prostitute and in the mix with a high-level official, would your position of how important this issue is change?”

From Philly to Pitt to the Dutch Country – What Up PA!!!!

So this is what it comes down to – Pennsylvania. Could this decide the Democratic nominee for President of the United States? Or could this just cause more division within the Democratic party? Major questions for a party that at one time looked untouchable in the run to November and the outting of one George W. Bush. Now, we have to wonder a bit because it seems that the battle between candidates is allowing the Republican nominee John McCain to solidify a general election campaign. The biggest thing McCain has to worry about is not being seen or heard because the Titans are battling in thunderous clashes that would make Zeus afraid. He has to keep up appearances otherwise all the good work he did will be lost. Out of sight, out of mind.

So anyway, Pennsylvania is the next crucial battleground. On April 22nd the people of the Keystone State will give their voices to the political process. It is my opinion that the people of Ohio and Texas told Barack – “Don’t play Hillary’s game. If you want to talk about change then be that change. Don’t stoop to her levels, otherwise this will happen – you will lose.” What will the people of Pennsylvania say? Will all those dried up mining towns speak up and demand more talk about the economy? Will the candidates enter into that discussion?

The one thing I know is this – We are witnessing history. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have redefined U.S. American political history. Regardless of the outcome in Pennsylvania, and then Indiana and North Carolina, and even Florida and Michigan, this has been a change nomination process. In the end, nothing can go backwards from this – Or at least lets hope so.