Thursday, March 13, 2008

Yet Another Reason For Outrage Over Spitzer

Post below lifted from Riehl World. See the original for links

So, I'm thinking, how could a guy frequenting high end call girls allegedly for years lead the prosecution of the very same type of service as recently as 2004? It turns out it wasn't the same at all. From the New York Times circa 2004:
In most instances, customers paid $250 for sex, sometimes using credit cards. The transactions, officials said, were processed through merchant accounts held by escort services or limousine companies, and in one instance a company that hired musical bands for weddings.

Two-hundred and fifty bucks couldn't get you a drink with one of Spitzer's gals - the least expensive of which appears to have been somewhere around a grand an hour. So much for Democrats looking after the middle class. You might say in Spitzer's case, he had no regard for the working stiff at all.


Brookes News Update

Can supply-side economics save the US economy?: The current economic situation in the US is the result of the bad economics that is taught at universities. Until economists develop a greater understanding of the nature and role of money the boom-bust cycle will continue. In the meant time Democrats will move forward with their destructive tax and regulatory policies. The same sort of policies that destroyed the Argentinean economy under Juan Peron whose policies bear a striking similarity to Obama's
Bad economics caused our current account problems: The current account deficit, rising prices and our deteriorating foreign debt situation has caused the Reserve to raise the cash rate from 7 per cent to 7.25 per cent. Bank assets are a useful guide to monetary policy. These fell by 36.25 per cent from May 2007 to January 2008. These figures suggest that the RBA means business
Carbon taxes versus living standards: The Centre for Independent Studies recently published a monograph promoting a carbon. Missing from the monograph was any reference to the detrimental impact the tax would have on Australia's capital structure and the process of capital accumulation. It must always be stressed that living standards depend on capital accumulation. Any policy that strikes at this process strikes a blow against living standards
Manhattan Conference on Global Warming indicates that "No Regrets" is the best policy: The world should follow a No Regrets Policy which yields dividends no matter what the future climate holds. We should abandon all policies that assume either warming or cooling, because there is no clear evidence on what the future holds
Global Warming Conference in New York was a great reassurance - "We are not alone": Foolish restrictions and delays to the construction of coal power plants have already brought blackouts and power interruptions in South Africa and California. Should the current cold spell continue, there will be an even bigger crisis in food and electricity supply. And yet a carbon tax is still being proposed for Australia. We are specially in danger from Garnaut's insane proposal for a 90 per cent cut in carbon emissions
Obama and Rezko: Obama is heading for trouble now that his pal 'Tony' Rezko is going on trial. This is not a mere case of kickbacks. Obama will have to explain his links rich Iraqi's who worked to keep Saddam in power. Then there are his links to unrepentant terrorists who tried to murder American. And we must not forget Obama's the serpentine trail of dollars from unsavoury donors who detest the US
Ethanol and the importance of corn?: The green fanatics who want to tax energy production are same ones who bamboozled some countries into diverting agricultural resources into the production of ethanol. The result has been rocketing food prices and warnings of impending famine



A thought from a reader: "My wife is a former director of a hospital. She came up with an interesting diagnosis about Spitzer's conduct. It is possible he has lost his inibitions because of brain disease. One possibility is a brain tumor another is Pick's disease. Pick's disease affect the frontal lobe in the brain, the area thart keeps you well behaved. She knows of a fellow who squandered a large fortune on prostitutes before he died of Pick's. I'm not justifying Spitzer's behavior but maybe he needs his brain scanned"

Spitzer had to pay heaps for sex: "With pressure mounting on New York Governor Eliot Spitzer to resign over a call-girl scandal, investigators said he was clearly a repeat customer who spent tens of thousands of dollars with the high-priced prostitution service over an extended period of time. Yesterday, when the scandal broke, prosecutors said in court papers that Spitzer, who was known by the call-girl service as "Client Nine", had been caught on a wiretap spending $US4300 with the Emperors Club VIP call-girl service, with some of the money going toward a night with a prostitute named Kristen, and the rest as credit toward future trysts. The papers also suggested that Spitzer had done this before. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a law enforcement official said that Spitzer, in fact, had spent tens of thousands of dollars with the Emperors Club. Another official said the amount could be as high as $US80,000 ($A86,000), but it was not clear over what period of time that was spent."

Spitzer acted in character: "Many in the media refer to Eliot Spitzer as some moral hero who fell from grace. Spitzer was never a moral hero. He was an unscrupulous prosecutor who threw his power around to ruin people, even when he didn't have any case with which to convict them of anything. Because he was using his overbearing power against businesses, the anti-business left idolized him, just as they idolized Ralph Nader before him as some sort of secular saint because he attacked General Motors. What Eliot Spitzer did was not out of character. It was completely in character for someone with the hubris that comes with the ability to misuse his power to make or break innocent people."

More British bungling: "A disciplinary inquiry was under way last night after a report found that thousands of convicted offenders had not been listed on the Police National Computer because of a catalogue of court errors, while hundreds of other suspects had escaped trial. Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, announced that an investigation would take place into the "lamentable" failings at Leeds Magistrates' Court, possibly leading to criminal charges against court staff involved. Up to 555 defendants who had their warrants to appear in court withdrawn may now be recalled over the 1,709 charges that they faced. Most were for motoring or other minor matters, but 115 were for serious offences that should be recorded on the Police National Computer." [If a bureaucracy cannot even keep records, what the hell is it good for?]

McCain gets it right: "Republican presidential candidate John McCain criticized his Democratic rivals on Tuesday for pledging to renegotiate a hemispheric trade treaty that Democrats blame for U.S. manufacturing job losses. At a town-hall meeting in St. Louis, the Arizona senator also called for the Democratic-controlled U.S. Congress to approve a free-trade treaty with Colombia that is being stymied on Capitol Hill. "On trade, I'm a free trader," McCain told employees at Savvis Internet company, a session dominated by questions about the ailing U.S. economy. In recent weeks, both Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have increased their criticism of the North American Free Trade Agreement linking the U.S. economy with those of Canada and Mexico. They pledged to pull the United States out of the NAFTA agreement if Mexico and Canada did not agree to renegotiate it. "I do not believe in isolationism and protectionism," McCain said. "We've got to stop this protectionist NAFTA-bashing."


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Steve Burri said...

Oh, Spitzer had regard for the working stiff all right-- his own!

Anonymous said...

This is her public presence:

The girl who is in the news, in my State of NY.

Very different from the Isle of Man which is Manhattan, Hillary be damned.

Isn't this FUN though? A cosmic echo of Clintonship?

I keep trying to tell you that New York is the nucleus of the world, not in a condescending sense, but in some Boston Tea Party sense.

Did I not predict such nastiness, that GOVERNMENT is *known* to be corrupt. That we in the USA are NOT going to submit to "fascism" except as individual people, sick and tired of LEFT OR RIGHT posturing.

Prison Colonialism is your claim to fame. But notice that besides Mexico or Canada, we in the USA actually think about Australia more so than Africa, or even (!) South America.

Why? Because the pen is mighty, and we are *not* being seriously criticized by England or India or China. Just psychopathic killers in Arabia, who, thanks for your advise, but we can deal with with smart bombs (and lately smart bullets).


Reagan. Thatcher. Drug War. Global Poverty money, literally flushed down the toilet (or do you English colonies call it a Lue?)

Obama suggests, like Bill Buckley, that we back off from the Drug War (costs 3X as much as the Space Station a year).

Damned biography of Buckley is 1000X pages. Got it though. Snob.

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