March 11, 2008

Spitzerpalooza, Day Two

Operation Sanctimonious Butthead's best line so far:

Right off the top, though, you've got to wonder, for example, about a business where the posted price for the service runs up to $5,500 an hour. Who's monitoring this industry? Are there no competition laws, no regulators pushing for a "say on pay" rule against prostitutes, no attorneys general making sure prices are fair and equitable? No justice anti-trust probe? Is disclosure adequate?

But that gets us too far ahead of the story. As a high-level subject for economic study, it would be interesting to know how $5,500 an hour compares with, say, the going rate for a top takeover specialist at a Wall Street law firm. Or, on a comparative value basis, why is such a service worth less than the $6,000 one of Mr. Spitzer's corporate trophies, Tyco CEO Dennis Koslowski, paid for a shower curtain? Maybe it depended on who he was showering with.

Driver 8, Client 9, Michael Stipe with long hair:

Apropos of nothing, youtube edition: REM playing Gardening at Night, same show from spring of 1984:

Posted by Steve-O at March 11, 2008 09:20 AM | TrackBack

"A whore should be judged by the same criteria as other professionals offering services for pay -- such as dentists, lawyers, hairdressers, physicians, plumbers, etc. Is she professionally competent? Does she give good measure? Is she honest with her clients?

It is possible that the percentage of honest and competent whores is higher than that of plumbers and much higher than that of lawyers. And enormously higher than that of professors."
-- Robert A. Heinlein

Posted by: mojo at March 11, 2008 12:58 PM

Oh, I don't disagree with that comment at all.

Posted by: Steve-O at March 11, 2008 01:42 PM

One thing's for sure, the girls are not getting the $5,500. The majority of that is going to the management of the house of assignation.

And isn't it ironic that if the Governor had supported local industry by hiring a local working girl, instead of phoning to have one flown out from New York, he might not be currently in trouble?

Yes, stupidity and venality is its own downfall - and very amusingly, too ;-)

Posted by: Fuinseoig at March 11, 2008 03:21 PM