All I want for Christmas is...

Why?

There is really not a reason that I can grip on.  Pay what you owe.

This Daily News story is not a story about prostitution. Okay, this is a story about prostitution, but not the reasons that you think.  I am pro-choice.  If a woman (or a man) wants to sell a commodity (their body) to a buyer (john, or trick) at an agreed upon price, that is just capitalism.  I know that people will use the child sex slave scandals as a reason to disagree with prostitution, but incorrect usage is not a reason to deny…in theory consenting males and females should be able to enter into an agreement.

Sex is one of the biggest weapons anyone can utilize.  How many of you have done something to get into the sheets?  How many of us have done something like faked interest in something as an entry to starting a relationship?  Yes, some relationships, that are strong, are built on an initial lie.  Even for the people of ChristianMingle.com, who just happen to bombard the ESPN airwaves with their commercials.

Really, pay what you owe…

CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA – The Daily News published the first photos of the Colombian call girl whose encounter with a cheapskate Secret Service agent set off the agency’s worst sex scandal.

Dania Suarez, the 24-year-old single mom of a 9-year-old son, has gone into hiding as the scandal mushrooms, according to neighbors.

A friend stopped by late Wednesday to pick up her dog, a pug named Valentino, they said.

Suarez, originally from the island of San Andres, is a quiet tenant who rents a small apartment in a hacienda-style home for about $600 a month, neighbors said.

They often saw her go out late and come home at dawn, dangling her high heels in her hand.

ASSETS...Good enough to spank...

“She never told us what she did for a living but it was obvious,” said Maria Quintero, 31, who lives on the first floor of the three story white building.

“She was home all day and left late at night looking very nice,” Quintero said.

So, they knew what she did, but it was not a problem for them.  All seemingly agreed that she was a good mother, which must be hard, if you are having a kid at fifteen.

“I asked her if she worked, she said no. I asked her if her boyfriend helped her, she said no. Then it hit me.”

Another neighbor, Maria Estela Cubides, 45, said Suarez seemed to have a glamorous life out on the town, but kept to herself at home.

“She always left late at night. She traveled a lot, to fancy destinations,” Cubides said. “She never brought guys home. She kept to herself. I’m surprised she did all that noise to get her money. She’s not that kind of person.”

Another neighbor, Dona Betty, said Suarez told people she was a dancer.

“She showed up early in the morning, with her heels on her hands,” she said. “We suspected, but she keeps to herself. She is a good mother.”

Here is where the problem lies.  Prostitution is legal in Columbia, it is a business transaction.  PAY WHAT YOU OWE!

Prostitution is legal in Colombia, and escorts, hookers and streetwalkers crowd the streets of the tourist districts.

Suarez has said she was a “high class” escort who made $800 – 1.4 million pesos – a night to dress well and provide sparkling company as well as have sex.

The average Colombian household earns $287 a month.

Eleven Secret Service agents and nine military servicemen are under investigation for hiring 20 or 21 hookers in Cartagena last week when they were supposed to be preparing for President Obama’s April 13 arrival at a regional summit.

Suarez was one of the girls brought back to the posh Hotel Caribe to party with the G-men on the night of April 11.
According to the story Suarez has told friends and the press, the still-unnamed agent kicked her out of his room the next morning with only $28 in cab fare.

She caused a ruckus in the hallway, demanding her full payment, while the agent remained locked in the locked hotel room and wouldn’t come out.

Dude, just pay her.  Just pay her and we never hear about this, you get to keep your job and you don’t hurt the president. She did her part, met her terms in the contract.  Being too drunk is not an excuse.  This is also the reason to get the money first, because of fools like this.

Soon Cartagena cops got involved and while the payment dispute was ultimately settled by a whip-round among some of the other Secret Service agents, word reached the US Embassy.The men were ordered home, put on leave and stripped of their security clearances.

Three Secret Service agents, including two supervisors, were ousted Wednesday.

CBS News named two of the three Thursday: Greg Stokes, a supervisor who handled the bomb sniffing dogs, was fired. He is fighting to keep his job, exercising his option to appeal the firing.

Supervisor David Chaney, who was allowed to retire, was a second generation Secret Service agent: his dad, George Chaney, protected President Johnson.

More were on the verge of being canned.“Several more people will be pushed out either today or tomorrow,” Rep. Peter King (D-NY) said Thursday.

Two secret service agents have been given polygraphs and more are expected, two sources said.

ABC News reported that the men had booked a party space at the hotel expecting a bash for about 30 people.

“That allegation is coming from the media, but it is being checked out,” King said.

White House officials have said the president’s security was not compromised but investigators are looking into whether the agents left sensitive papers in their rooms where the hookers could have had access to them.

In addition, people on scene said the unnamed agent was still roaring drunk the next morning, when he got into the dispute with Suarez, and that could have affected his job performance.

It really is simple. You got to sample the goods...

Just because the people bootleg, that doesn’t mean that you can steal right out in the open…

I was in a store recently and I saw someone totally steal something.  Now, I am down with the Stop Snitching campaign and I didn’t report this petty theft that I saw.  When I saw it happening, the first thing that ran through my mind was the guy who got killed for staling toothpaste.  I ran the numbers and thought that this was small enough that the harm to society was not outweighed by my pledge not to snitch and my desire not to get involved.  This person got away scot-free. The same may not be true for Florida Governor Charlie Crist.

Talking Heads singer sues Fla. governor for $1M
May 25, 2010, 3:29 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is being sued for $1 million for using a Talking Heads song in a campaign ad without the band’s permission.

The band’s ex-lead singer David Byrne sued the governor Monday in Tampa for using “Road to Nowhere” in an online attack ad against Marco Rubio. He’s the likely Republican nominee in the race for Florida’s open U.S. Senate seat. Crist is running as an independent.

Here is the song, preformed live at the Greek Theater on campus at UC Berkeley.

Crist’s campaign spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Byrne said in a statement his fans might not respect him as much if he lets his songs be used in ads.

Sen. John McCain was sued for using Jackson Browne‘s song “Running on Empty” during his presidential campaign. The lawsuit was settled and included a pledge by the GOP not to use any musicians’ work without permission.

This is clearly a case of when will they learn.  If you stole the music, the crime will be right out on front street for all to see.

So you be the judge

April 15, 2010

Some Douche-bag named Michael Goodwin from the Post writes a story about how he thinks Obama intentionally created the Nuclear Security Summit to resemble the Crescent Moon and star to show his support for Muslims and of course Fox News runs with the story. Fox News ends with “We will let you be the judge” while clearly displaying their real conclusions at the bottom of the screen which read “Summit design looks like Islamic Crescent Moon”.

Turkish Flag. One of our strongest Allies.

Jon Stewart takes it from there…

“Yeah, you be the judge. We’re just letting you know about some bullshit thing we saw, saying this is a coded message to the Muslim world. We’re just curious citizens, wondering if we put that logo up with four Muslim flags, whether you’ll have a visceral reaction that our president is perhaps Muslim, while clearly stating our conclusion on our lower-third graphic.”

“…We are just doing the math, giving you the answer then asking you to check our work”

Great line

But you gotta watch the entire video. here

The full Fox News segment is here.  I warn you it’s a different type of comedy. More sad disgrace for journalism than anything else.

Turns out the inspiration  behind the NSS logo was really the Bohr Model for the H Atom.


Everyone had a bracket...if you don't you are un-American

This is my favorite time of year.  When I was less responsible, I would call in sick, or take the day off.  I had planned to do that today, but the events of a meeting yesterday and the recognition that I am happy to be employed meant that I came in today.  But, since I love the tournament so much, I am only going to work a half day, and take off at 11:30 to watch games.

So much money is going to change hands because of this.  I love the excuse,  “A little money makes the games more interesting…” I use this to justify the money that I send to my bookie, online betting account.  I can’t wait to get to the games and enjoy the madness…

Heck, even our president has a bracket.  I better do better than him, or he spent too much time filling out the bracket.  Although I bet that he has all the bracketologists working and giving him input.

A little too safe, but he is the president. It doesn't look good to gamble

KKK needs to work...selling papers is about all they are qualified for.

You wonder what is going though people’s minds when they do some shit like this?  You can’t stop people from thinking racist thoughts, but I am glad that they are stupid enough to express them and write them down for all the world to see.  Also, this is another message to remember that e-mail is almost forever.  You lose track of the message as soon as you press send.

Some people are willing to show their racism out in the open, which makes it easier to avoid them, or at least know that they are racist.

CNN: You have to ask? Really?

But, the racists have taken it too far.  They went after the first lady.  It’s over.  The election has been decided.  Try again in 2012, but for now, let the man try to run the country. Walt Baker, I think that they just called your number in the unemployment line…

Walt Baker was fired Monday afternoon by both the Tennessee Hospitality Association and the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association — and will split with longtime business partner Phil Martin — days after he created a political firestorm by forwarding an e-mail that compared first lady Michelle Obama to a chimpanzee.

Both groups’ executive committees were unanimous in their decisions to terminate their contracts with Baker and Mercatus Communications, the marketing and communications firm he launched with Martin in May 1995. Baker had served as the CEO of the associations, managing them and championing industry interests such as the recently approved Music City Center convention hall.

Executive committee members said Baker’s behavior misrepresented the nature of hospitality and the associations’ desire to promote diversity.

“It’s upsetting both personally and professionally,” Tom Negri, general manager of the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, said. “One wonders why such e-mails even exist, and they shouldn’t. The e-mail is abhorrent, and there’s no better explanation for it.”

Partner leaving Mercatus

Martin said Mercatus landed a contract with what was then called the Tennessee Hotel and Motel Association more than 12 years ago. After eight years of helping the association plan its strategies and craft its message, Mercatus was hired to fill the CEO position in 2005.

“He has in essence thrown away a 30-year career in this business, and he has effectively killed this business,” Martin said. “I’ll be leaving Mercatus. … Effectively, there is no confidence or trust left in that entity, and I understand why.”

Martin said he is working on a transition plan for the clients he has outstanding obligations to. Baker handled hospitality related contracts for the firm while Martin worked with businesses in other industries.

Apology

Baker apologized over the weekend for the e-mail, which he said he previously received and forwarded to a small number of people as “political humor.”

“I am saddened that anyone misinterpreted the sentiments behind the e-mail,” Baker wrote in a Saturday morning e-mail to Metro Council members. “I deeply apologize to anyone who is offended by this action. I hope that those who know me realize that the message was not intended to be malicious or hurtful in any way and can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”

The damage was done, however, and both Mayor Karl Dean and Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau President Butch Spyridon issued statements later that day denouncing Baker’s actions. Spyridon also announced that the bureau would be terminating its contract with Mercatus.

The Tennessee Hospitality Association lost a combined $93,526 in 2008 and 2007, according the group’s 2008 Form 990 tax return. According to the return, the association spent $173,862 on salaries, other compensation and employee benefits in 2008. The return also states that the association spent $88,910 on management fees to non-employees. Board members would not reveal the exact value of the associations’ contract with Baker. When Mercatus was first hired in 2005, officials valued the contract at about $75,000 and said it was an open-ended arrangement that the executive committee could end at any time if it was unhappy.

Greater Nashville Hospitality Association President Pete Weien said the associations’ other employees were not affected by today’s decision and will continue working. He said the groups will soon reconvene to form a selection committee and begin searching for Baker’s replacement.

Attempts to contact Baker today were unsuccessful.


You can reach Brandon Gee at bgee@bizjournals.com or 615-846-4258.

Someone shows up that gives you hope. Three years ago it was Barack Obama. Yesterday it was Anthony Weiner. My favorite congressman from Brooklyn/Queens NY. Maybe you remember Weiner from his ripping of Maria Bartiromo 6 months ago when she had no clue what Medicare was. Well here is my boy Wiener ripping the entire Republican Party. Calling the Republican Party “a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry”.

The Republican Party is “a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry,” Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) charged on the House floor. When Republican Rep. Dan Lungren (Calif.) objected to the accusation and took the extraordinary step of asking that Weiner’s “words be taken down,” Weiner pushed back.

“You really don’t want to go here, Mr. Lungren,” Weiner said. Asking that words be taken down is a move on the House floor that is rarely made and carries great weight.

Weiner, after a pause, asked to have his words withdrawn and said he’d substitute new ones. “Make no mistake about it. Every single Republican I have ever met in my entire life is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the insurance industry,” Weiner clarified.

Somehow, that failed to satisfy Lungren, who asked that those too be taken down. After a long pause, before the chair ruled, Lungren withdrew his request.

The House was debating a bill to repeal the insurance industry’s exemption from antitrust laws, which passed overwhelmingly. Nineteen Republicans opposed it, including House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio). Lungren supported it.

My favorite is “You really don’t want to go here, Mr. Lungren”. That is Dan Lungren, Republican from Sacramento CA. Don’t mess with my boy Weiner from Brooklyn he’s connected. Really connected. Connected with the people. The same people you are supposed to represent.


I hate to pay taxes too, but this take the cake!

Damn, that looks like 9/11

Austin Plane Crash May Have Been Suicidal Attack on IRS

Pilot Who Flew into Austin Building Complex Identified as Andrew Stack

By SARAH NETTER, PIERRE THOMAS and JASON RYAN

Feb. 18, 2010—

A single engine plane smashed into the side of an Austin office buildling today and authorities are investigating reports that the pilot may have burned down his house down and then steered the plane into the building in a suicidal attack on the IRS, sources told ABC News.

The pilot was identified as Andrew Stack. The IRS has offices in the building complex that was struck.

Eyewitnesses who saw the plane slam into the building said the pilot appeared to be in control of the plane in the moments before the crash. Read the rest of this entry »

I just learned that one of the most influential authors that I have ever read has just passed away.  His name is Howard Zinn.

A young Howard. Maybe at Spelman?

When I read material from Howard Zinn I could feel his passion for what he was writing about. He wrote the real history. The History you never find in books in H.S. and rarely find in college. Every chapter would strike a nerve inside of me of mixed emotions. Could be anger, rage, pride, disgust or just about anything “made of sterner stuff”.

The point was that Howard told the stories that no one else told. He resurfaced events in history that had been washed aside by boring antidotes of “great” men of war and conquest. Events that told the real story. Events that gave you a common man’s perspective of events that preceded or followed the so-called “landmark events” you studied about in class. Sure Washington crossed the Delaware. But who was on the boat with him? And why? And why didn’t this fellow that fought in the Revolutionary War get the money he was promised? Or Howard’s telling of Slave Revolts and how they were the most feared and frequent events of a Southerner’s life. Or of the Strike breakers in Colorado that made me swear off a certain beer forever.

I remember Howard telling the story of his reluctance and regret for dropping bombs (yep, Howard was a War hero) over Germany as a young pilot during WWII. And how those events shaped his life, writings, and politics.

Simply put Howard told the truth through a common persons eyes that no one else knew to tell or wanted to tell.

In fact, Howard Zinn is probably the biggest reason I didn’t pursue a career in politics. It just didn’t seem as honorable as it once had in my life after reading a common person’s history of this country. I had no room for a politician’s compromise. Values were reshaped and Nobility replaced by a proud people’s heart and a worker’s sweat.

Good-bye Howard. I will miss you. America will miss you.

Here is something I found, recently published in the Feb 1st edition of the Nation, on Pres. Obama and his report card for year uno. It might be the last thing written by Howard Zinn about our new President.

Howard Zinn

Historian

I’ ve been searching hard for a highlight. The only thing that comes close is some of Obama’s rhetoric; I don’t see any kind of a highlight in his actions and policies.

As far as disappointments, I wasn’t terribly disappointed because I didn’t expect that much. I expected him to be a traditional Democratic president. On foreign policy, that’s hardly any different from a Republican–as nationalist, expansionist, imperial and warlike. So in that sense, there’s no expectation and no disappointment. On domestic policy, traditionally Democratic presidents are more reformist, closer to the labor movement, more willing to pass legislation on behalf of ordinary people–and that’s been true of Obama. But Democratic reforms have also been limited, cautious. Obama’s no exception. On healthcare, for example, he starts out with a compromise, and when you start out with a compromise, you end with a compromise of a compromise, which is where we are now.

I thought that in the area of constitutional rights he would be better than he has been. That’s the greatest disappointment, because Obama went to Harvard Law School and is presumably dedicated to constitutional rights. But he becomes president, and he’s not making any significant step away from Bush policies. Sure, he keeps talking about closing Guantánamo, but he still treats the prisoners there as “suspected terrorists.” They have not been tried and have not been found guilty. So when Obama proposes taking people out of Guantánamo and putting them into other prisons, he’s not advancing the cause of constitutional rights very far. And then he’s gone into court arguing for preventive detention, and he’s continued the policy of sending suspects to countries where they very well may be tortured.

I think people are dazzled by Obama’s rhetoric, and that people ought to begin to understand that Obama is going to be a mediocre president–which means, in our time, a dangerous president–unless there is some national movement to push him in a better direction.

When I read this… just “Pause and Perspective”.

At least you have the time to pose....

Maybe if he had listened to his wife, he might be holding down the most important job in the country right now.  I gotta give it up for Cindy. She is not a woman who took the loss as a sign that her voice was not valued.  Now, Cindy is standing up in the fight in CA against Prop. 8, the vote that took away the ability for Californians to have total choice to decide who they want to have as their partner.  John McCain was forced to clarify that he is a discriminator and he thinks that marriage is ONLY between a man and a woman.

The tape is on the wrong person's mouth. Why can't we use this for her husband? A worthwile fight...good for her being on the correct side. This is what a bigot DOESN'T look like...In the photo, is it me, or is she shooting MILF vibes...?

Cindy and Meghan McCain, posed for photos endorsing pro-gay marriage forces in California.Mrs McCain appears with silver duct tape across her mouth and “NOH8” written on one cheek. The photo was posted on Wednesday on the NOH8 campaign’s website.

The homosexual rights group opposes Proposition 8 – the ballot measure passed by Californian voters in 2008 which bans same-sex marriage.

Cindy McCain contacted NOH8 and offered to pose for the photo endorsement, the website said.

John McCain’s office said in a statement that the Arizona senator an 2008 Republican presidential candidate respects the views of members of his family but remains opposed to gay marriage.

“Sen McCain believes the sanctity of marriage is only defined as between one man and one woman,” the statement said.

The senator backed an Arizona ballot measure passed by voters in 2008 that defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

NOH8 praised Cindy McCain’s willingness to publicly endorse a cause that is unpopular within the Republican party.

“The McCains are one of the most well-known Republican families in recent history, and for Mrs McCain to have reached out to us to offer her support truly means a lot,” said a statement on the group’s website.

Meghan McCain said on Twitter: “I couldn’t be more proud of my mother for posing for the NOH8 campaign. I think more Republicans need to start taking a stand for equality.”

Hey, at least you are holding the book in the right direction....I bet you secretly (or hopefully openly) like women...but this shouldn't take away from the message that marriage is between two stupid people who think that they love each other enough to take half their shit...regardless of their gender. It two guys want to marry, and fight over possessions, then let them fight!

This is what a large chest looks like...Thanks Meghan!

Clearly a place you don't want to be....

I feel as though things close to me are under attack.

I spent yesterday morning in the hospital with my girlfriend, because she had to have her gall bladder removed.  She has been in pain for some time, so I should be happy that they are finally dealing with the problem and trying to provide her with some relief.  I really didn’t feel that way.  You look around in the waiting room and all you see is desperation and the feeling of being out of control.

don't forget the steering wheel has a fancy cover on it too!

It feels like going back in time when you were dependent on someone else for things. (For some of you, you still are…get a job and get out of your mothers attic or garage…)  That is the feeling of helplessness.  I know the doctors are talented, but I like to drive and this is one situation where you have to sit back and let someone else take the keys and it is not a good feeling.

Right now, people in my community are being felled by illness.  Just yesterday, the debate coach at Northwestern had a cardiac arrest issue and is in the ICU with a grim prognosis.  This is on top of the coach for Wake Forest passing, and I had just spent time with him on the forth of July and he seemed in good health and spirits, like I am used to seeing him.

If anything, take this time to value the people around you since time is not promised.  Let me take the time to shout out my parents and say that I am a horrible son, but love you guys lots.  Also, to friends that may read this, I appreciate you tremendously, even if we don’t talk a lot.  I care about you and hope that the holiday spirit is good.  In 2009, we have lost too much, from friends to entertainers like MJ, Brittney Murphy, and Patrick Swayze.  Let’s hope for a better 2010