Saturday, March 15, 2008

"Horton Hears A Who!" and more 

Not sure if these notions have been bandied about much yet, but Scott Horton from Harper's asks "A Few More Questions" about the Spitzer sex sting. (Actually, he was asking them earlier this week.)
However, there is a second tier of questions that needs to be examined with respect to the Spitzer case. They go to prosecutorial motivation and direction. Note that this prosecution was managed with staffers from the Public Integrity Section at the Department of Justice. This section is now at the center of a major scandal concerning politically directed prosecutions. During the Bush Administration, his Justice Department has opened 5.6 cases against Democrats for every one involving a Republican. Beyond this, a number of the cases seem to have been tied closely to election cycles.
Not to say that Spitzer wasn't indeed patronizing the Emperors Club VIP, but still...

Also, as Abote pointed out earlier, the Emperors Club's website has definitely been "disabled," but thanks to the wonders of the Internet Archive's "WayBackMachine" (maybe the coolest web research tool there is) you can delve back into a time, specifically late August 2007, when the Club's website was in full swing.

It's pretty weird: the welcome page only refers obliquely to its "dating services," but touts its "direct connection to internationally acclaimed artists" and "access to some of the most captivating, authentic contemporary art available" just as strongly.


Click around. There's plenty more to explore, at least until the Feds come looking for you.

(Meanwhile, did anyone know there was a schlocky 2002 movie starring Kevin Kline as a prep school teacher called "The Emperor's Club"? Tagline: "In everyone's life there's that one person who makes all the difference.")


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