Frontier Former Editor

April 29, 2007

I was wondering when we’d finally have a Profumo affair . . .

Filed under: dumbasses, not-so-free government stuff, public relations, scumbags, Sex lies and 6 o'clock news — Frontier Former Editor @ 1:29 pm

given how this administration has been screwing the rest of the country (here)

Prostitution scandal has Washington in new ‘shock and awe’

Apr 28 04:17 PM US/Eastern AFP

The demise of a call-girl ring and pending trial of an alleged madam claiming thousands of clients has the US capital riveted by the chance powerful men may now be caught with their trousers down, with a senior state department official apparently first to fall. Deborah Jeane Palfrey, 50, dubbed the DC Madam in local media, has been arraigned in federal court on charges of operating a Washington prostitution service for 13 years until her retirement in 2006.Palfrey has denied she ran a prostitution ring. Her company, Pamela Martin and Associates, was simply a “high-end adult fantasy firm which offered legal sexual and erotic services across the spectrum of adult sexual behavior and did so without incident during its 13 year tenure,” she said.

Palfrey contends her escort service provided university educated women to engage in legal game-playing of a sexual nature at 275 dollars an hour for a 90 minute session, the Washington Post reported.

But Palfrey has also hinted that she has a record of the phone numbers of thousands of more than 10,000 customers that could embarrass more the a few of the US capital’s high-fliers.

Friday, the US State Department announced that Randall Tobias, the embattled head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), was resigning for unspecified personal reasons.

However ABC News, which said Palfrey has provided it with a record of the numbers of calls to her private cell phone, reported that Tobias stepped down after they spoke to him about his allegedly contacting her number.

Tobias since 2003 also was President George W. Bush’s first global AIDS coordinator, a job which drew criticism for his emphasis on faithfulness to partners and abstinence over condom use in trying to prevent the spread of the AIDS virus.

Before entering government he was chairman, president and chief executive of the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, and also, from 1997-2000, chairman of the board of trustees at Duke University.

His now-reported links to a firm accused of prostitution have raised more than a few eyebrows.

Palfrey’s California home and other assets were seized by US tax authorities in October, and Palfrey has been trying to raise funds for her defense through an appeal on her website.

Her lawyer, Montgomery Blair Sibley, told Fox television last month: “The statistical certainty (is) that there are a fair number of high-profile people who used this service across the government and private sector in the metropolitan DC area.”

And the Post reported Saturday that local jitters appear to be multiplying. It said Sibley claimed that “he has been contacted in the past few days has been contacted by five lawyers asking whether their clients’ phone numbers are on Palfrey’s list of 10,000 to 15,000 customers from 2002 to 2006.”

That may have something to do with the fact that Palfrey already has named her first name, as it were, on her website, where she has posted a court document from April 12 in which she alleges formal US naval commander Harlan Ullman was a “regular customer” whom she needs to subpoena.

With James Wade, Ullman developed the military doctrine of “shock and awe” used by US government in its invasion of Iraq. According to one definition, it is shorthand for rapid dominance based on the use of “overwhelming decisive force,” “dominant maneuvers,” and “spectacular displays of power” to subdue the other side.

Earlier this month Ullman told CNN that “The allegations do not dignify a response,” and referred any other questions to his lawyer.

April 18, 2007

I stand corrected . . . .

Filed under: crime, mad bombers, schools — Frontier Former Editor @ 1:56 pm

Raincoaster brought this to my attention.

April 17, 2007

What fun we have in the southwestern part of the commonwealth

Filed under: crime, guns, old college days, Virginia Tech — Frontier Former Editor @ 2:39 am

In case you haven’t heard today, Virginia took back a record from the likes of the Columbine killers and Charles Whitman – we now are the worst mass killing on a school campus in American history.

 While several things are still understandably fuzzy, one interesting point is – at the admission of administrators – why didn’t Virginia Tech campus officials institute an existing e-mail and cell phone warning system when two dead bodies were found in an on-campus dorm and no shooter had yet been identified?

 I just finished having this argument with a family member who pointed out that one had to be at the scene to understand the thought processes of those on the scene.  To a point, that’s true. But there’s always the point that a university had two dead people on campus and no way of knowing whether or not the perp was still on campus or what his/her intentions were beyond that.

 There’s no telling if that course of action would have prevented further loss of life – assuming that the same person committed all the murders – but it sure would have added another variable to the equation for the killer or killers.

 Assuming that two dead people in a campus dorm was a domestic issue? I’m sorry, but that’s asinine under any circumstances.

April 16, 2007

Not-so-dark Dark One update

Filed under: dogs, domestic livestock, food, not-so-dark Dark One, Uncategorized — Frontier Former Editor @ 12:48 am

The not-so-dark Dark One slumbersThe pup is growing nicely – if you’re partial to pet livestock. She’s at about 15 pounds now after bumming a fair-sized slice of beef roast from me this evening. Looks like she’ll be getting her own steak at barbecue time . . . .

April 13, 2007

Whether you’re a believer, agnostic or athiest, how can you argue against this?

Filed under: be all you can be, humanism, Not-so satanic verses, philosophy, Vonnegut — Frontier Former Editor @ 1:20 pm

Kurt Vonnegut,  09-22-03, via Rain

 “Do you know what a Humanist is? I am honorary president of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that functionless capacity. We Humanists try to behave well without any expectation of rewards or punishments in an afterlife. We serve as best we can the only abstraction with which we have any real familiarity, which is our community.”

On people with big mouths . . . .

Filed under: Satanic verses, scumbags — Frontier Former Editor @ 3:06 am

I’ve refrained from saying much about the Imus dustup until now for the same reason that any sane person would avoid stepping between two vampires fighting over a used Band-Aid.

 But now that Big Don is looking for work and that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are basking in their victory, please allow me to make a few observations.

 First, if Martin Luther King Jr. and W.E.B. DuBois rose from the grave today, I suspect that they’d roll up a newspaper and smack Jackson and Sharpton across their noses for being cheap rabble rousers and manipulating this whole debate to depict themselves as leaders of public opinion. In the end, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson fundamentally are no different from Father Charles Coughlin  of seven decades ago or Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson.

 Second, Imus has either bored me to tears the few times I’ve bothered to listen to him or just underwhelmed me with whatever he’s been trying to pass off as talent, savoir faire and a finger on the pulse of the nation. In this case, he’s simply lived down to my expectations. With all this talk about how he’s raised money for charities, perhaps he ought to think about how he should have maintained his effectiveness in that role.

 Third, everyone is right on one point – when can one call someone a ho’? If it’s not good for Imus, why in hell is it good for anyone else?

Fourth, corporate America – and, I’ll be willing to wager, John Q. Public – has merely behaved in the same time-honored, gutlessly incremental manner it always has when faced with a choice between profit and public outrage. In that aspect, Imus can be compared fairly accurately with the string that was the downfall of the Dalkon Shield.

Fifth, Rosie O’Donnell – despite her general attempt through her career since VH-1 to make noise to be noticed – managed to stumble across one good point: part of the firestorm was simply an opportunity to wield force on the part of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. This aspect was not a ‘black thing,’ as Sharpton and Jackson would have had many of us believe as they trolled the news and morning show circuit.

And sixth – and probably most significantly – one of the Rutgers players observed that Imus’s ‘nappy headed ho’s’ were also somebody’s daughters.

I think everyone needs to sit down and watch ‘Blazing Saddles’ so everyone’s sensibilities can be offended.

April 9, 2007

Blood on a nail, indeed . . .

Filed under: blood, Brian Ferry, music — Frontier Former Editor @ 4:38 am

When I become a pasty-faced, slack-jawed, middle-aged man – wait, I already am – I could only hope to look half as tragically hip as this:

Surfacing for a bit . . .

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frontier Former Editor @ 12:18 am

The Java and HTML have been excruciating, as have the pup’s teething, and a family member’s preparations for back surgery in just over a week. I’ve been spending several days trying to catch up in the coursework department, and I’m not trying to ignore you. I may make brief appearances in your local blog’s comments sections as I take little breathers from the joys of coding, but I doubt I’ll be making any grand splashes here for a few days.

Have fun and, Messrs. Cheney, Gonzales et al – please DON’T EVER STOP THAT NUMBNUTS FROM STICKING A LIVE ELECTRICAL PLUG INTO ANYTHING FLAMMABLE OR EXPLOSIVE!!!!!!! (thank you Rain)

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