Today's Rocky Mountain News has a different kind of political story-- although in a year when otherwise unremarkable backbenchers of little accomplishment and no other claims to fame-- like David Vitter (R-LA), Ted Klaudt (R-SD) and Larry Craig (R-IN) and have become well known for their grotesque sexual peccadilloes... well, there is a little bit of life imitating art here. Denver's "sex and adult entertainment industries are expecting a boom in business when an estimated 35,000 visitors descend on the Mile High City for the presidential nominating bash."
More than six months before the convention comes to Denver, the offerings already online range from Claudia the "she-male porn star" to Erin the "adorable college cutie," whose $300- an-hour services are guaranteed to "leave you breathless."
Denver is, after all, home to Mike Jones, the beefy male prostitute who claimed to have bedded the Rev. Ted Haggard in his Capitol Hill apartment.
Jay Watson, who promises an unforgettable milk bath and lotion massage for $125 an hour, said he's expecting to be busy during the DNC Aug. 25-28.
"Because look at me," said Watson, a 25-year-old Aurora man with a Mohawk. "I'm cute. I'm sexy and I deliver it all."
Too bad for Watson and others like him that Denver didn't land the GOP convention instead, said Carol Leigh, a San Francisco prostitute "over 50" who has traveled to previous Democratic conventions in Los Angeles and Atlanta.
"It would be a lot better for the sex workers if it was the Republican convention," she said. "We get a lot more business. I don't know if they're just frustrated because of the family values agenda," she said.
When the Republican convention was held in New York in 2004, some sex workers offered limited-time discounts, according to New York Magazine, which ran a feature story titled "The Girls in Their Summer Hot Pants."
Officer Ana Aguirre, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles police, which hosted the DNC in 2000, said there's "definitely a spike" in prostitution during large events like political conventions.
In Denver, said police spokesman Sonny Jackson, "We're preparing to handle a variety of issues that may come up."
Even though they attract a lot of people, political conventions aren't the most profitable for the men and women in the world's oldest profession, Leigh said.
"Computer conventions can be lucrative," she said. "There's a lot of nerds that don't get out much."
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During a campaign stop in Boston this morning, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) elicited very little laughter from his audience with a series of awkward jokes about his age, southern accents, and lawyers. Watch it:
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My latest, the Vanderbilt bio, is now available in a Kindle edition from Amazon. I have not yet tried the Kindle E-Book Reader, which retails for $399, but I'm hearing good things from those who have.
My latest, the Vanderbilt bio, is now available in a Kindle edition from Amazon. I have not yet tried the Kindle E-Book Reader, which retails for $399, but I'm hearing good things from those who have. There are also a Kindle editions for The Lion's Pride and The Kennedys at War.
Democrats aren't the only ones geeked out by climate change science and policy. It appears Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC) could probably give Al Gore a run for his money when it comes to a simple, compelling explanation of the...
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Long time readers may remember that it's been about 4 years since I've made a fundraising request, though since then plenty of generous readers have hit the tip jar which has always been much appreciated.
I'm not poor. I'm not asking for charity. But this blogging thing takes an immense amount of time, and will take even more as the election season progresses. It's the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I do before I go to bed. Much of the time "blogging" isn't actually writing posts, it's reading the immense amount of email, reading an immense amount of news/other blogs/etc..., corresponding with various people, and various other activities which have become a necessary part of the "job." I wake up to 80 new emails, and if I leave the house for a couple of hours during the day (lunch, an errand or two) I'll come home to 200 more. It's become rather impossible to take a break because a break is simply deferring work.
Keeping this thing running, combined with other related obligations and activities, really is a 14 hour/day 7 day/week thing, and it makes it difficult to do anything else.
I prefer the advertising supported model to the extent that it works, but ad revenues, while not horrible, haven't been stupendous over the last few months either. Doing this blog is fun and rewarding in plenty of ways, but it isn't compatible with doing much else and I do have to keep my financial future in mind.
Anyway, if you're feeling generous consider hitting the paypal button below. If your personal finances are less than stellar, please don't and don't feel guilty about that. If you think this blog is a sucky one, consider throwing some change to a superior blogger instead.
I'll occasionally bug for cash over the next couple of weeks, culminating in my Celebrity Birthday Extravaganza, where such figures as Michael Chabon, Erica Jong, Lindsey Lohan, and Ron Silver will conduct a telethon on my behalf.*
This past Sunday, my wife and I were having a bite to eat at a local burger joint when the table next to us started talking about how Barack Obama was a Muslim.
This is a result of the sleaze campaigning tactic known as push-polling or robo-polling.
Anyone who stoops to this level doesn't deserve a seat in a democratic government. Which brings me to Hillary Clinton. The LA Times is reporting there is a Pro-Clinton push poll going around California.
Ed Coghlan was just starting to prepare his dinner in the northern San Fernando Valley the other night when the phone rang. The caller was very friendly. He identified himself as a pollster who wanted to ask registered independents like Coghlan a few questions about the presidential race and all the candidates for Super Tuesday's California primary.
Ed, who's a former news director for a local TV station, was curious. He said, "Sure, go ahead."
But a few minutes into the conversation Ed says he noticed a strange pattern developing to the questions. First of all, the "pollster" was only asking about four candidates, three Democrats -- Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards, who was still in the race at the time -- and one Republican -- John McCain.
Every question about the other candidates was negative. If Ed knew, for instance, that as a state senator Obama had voted "present" 43 times instead of taking a yes or no stand "for what he believed," would Ed be more or less likely to vote for him?
"That's when I caught on," said Coghlan. He realized then that he was being push-polled. That malicious political virus that is designed not to elicit answers but to spread positive information about one candidate and negative information about all others under the guise of an honest poll had arrived in Southern California within days of the important election.
This is sad to see... sowing the voters with lies and falsehoods. If you can't win an election on the facts, you must not have much of a campaign platform.