Daily Archives: March 10, 2008

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer Implicated in Prostitution Scandal



Democratic New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has admitted involvement in a prostitution ring, He was reportedly caught on tape in a federal wiretap investigation concerning the Emperors Club VIP prostitution ring, making ‘escort’ arrangements.

The hardball-playing Governor Spitzer did not elaborate on the scandal, or talk about a potential resignation. He said in a news conference.

“I have acted in a way that violated my obligation to my family and that has violated my or anyone’s sense of  right and wrong….I apologize first and more importantly to my family, I apologize  to my public to whom I promised better. I am disappointed that I failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself.  I must now dedicate time  to regain the trust of my family,”

Quoting AP, the NYT has broken this story of the New York Governor involved in a prostitution ring.The Emperors Club VIP ring reportedly provided prostitutes to wealthy customers in the United States and Europe, with rates ranging up to $5000 per hour.

Spitzer is married with three children. As the Empire State’s two time Attorney General he built his reputation as a no-nonsense politician to fight corruption. That earned him Crusader of the Year title from Time Magazine.

He was tipped to be a potential Vice Presidential candidate in the 2008 elections, with a future shot at the Presidency. These plans will now be under question. He was seen as a crusader, taking on Wall Street conflicts and two criminal prosecution cases of prostitution rings.

Quoting the Times, Amy Westfeldt says:

The Times reported that a person with knowledge of the governor’s role believes the governor is identified as a client in court papers. Four people allegedly connected to a high-end prostitution ring called Emperors Club VIP were arrested last week.

The Web site of the Emperors Club VIP displays photographs of scantily clad women with their faces hidden, along with hourly rates depending on whether the prostitutes were rated with one diamond, the lowest ranking, or seven diamonds, the highest. The most highly ranked prostitutes cost $5,500 an hour, prosecutors said.

It is not clear from the press conference if he is stepping aside or not. We will be updating this breaking story as more details become available

*Image courtesy CNN


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History: a poem

posted by Soniah Kamal

‘History‘, a poem by Stephen Dunn seems to adroitly capture political Pakistan. No? And since March is women’s month, a nod to the King’s Ami Jaan whom many other mothers will say is irreproachable in her approach–good, respectable, decent lady, she knows she’s the King’s business and the rest are only pleasure, she knows when to take to her room in queenly style (unlike that unqueenly, baigareth daughter-in-law of her’s), and when to emerge to give a suggestion that makes life more palatable to royal taste though not better for the people and in particular, you can bet, for the women. I like that Dunn leaves the ‘one person’ who will try to overthrow the system genderless: a man, sure, but that person ‘not exactly brave, but too unhappy to be reasonable’, that person could just as likely be a woman. Not the Queen though.


It’s like this, the king marries

a commoner, and the populace cheers.She doesn’t even know how to curtsy,

but he loves her manners in bed.

Why doesn’t the king do what his father did,

the king’s mother wonders—

those peasant girls brought in

through that secret entrance, that’s how

a kingdom works best. But marriage!

The king’s mother won’t come out

of her room, and a strange democracy

radiates throughout the land,

which causes widespread dreaming,

a general hopefulness. This is,

of course, how people get hurt,

how history gets its ziggy shape.

The king locks his wife in the tower

because she’s begun to ride

her horse far into the woods.

How unqueenly to come back

to the castle like that,

so sweaty and flushed. The only answer,

his mother decides, is stricter rules—

no whispering in the corridors,

no gaiety in the fields.

The king announces his wife is very tired

and has decided to lie down,

and issues an edict that all things yours

are once again his.

This is the kind of law

history loves, which contains

its own demise. The villagers conspire

for years, waiting for the right time,

which never arrives. There’s only

that one person, not exactly brave,

but too unhappy to be reasonable,

who crosses the moat, scales the walls.

by Stephen Dunn.

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