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Friday, March 14, 2008

A Country Michelle Obama Can Be Proud Of

You would think that if if you had received a 160% raise a few years ago, you might have a more positive outlook on your country:

One of Obama's Earmarks Went to Hospital That Employs Michelle Obama

Dan Riehl notes, via Amanda Carpenter, that in the list of earmarks he requested, $1 Million was requested for the construction of a new hospital pavilion at the University Of Chicago. The request was put in in 2006.

You know who works for the University of Chicago Hospital?

Michelle Obama. She's vice president of community affairs.

As Byron noted, "In 2006, the Chicago Tribune reported that Mrs. Obama’s compensation at the University of Chicago Hospital, where she is a vice president for community affairs, jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office."

Looks like that raise was worth it.

Again, she saw in a 160% increase in her income after her husband became a US Senator (and just before he shipped off taxpayer money to her employer).

Or, could it be that the raise sickened Michelle (making her less proud of her country), recognizing that the name of the game is political pull and not actual talent, capabilities, merit, etc? And that she's now proud of her country because she knows that Barack's ascendancy will mean the end to such graft...

Somehow, I doubt it...

Another few more questions:
  1. Is this the type of Health Care Reform that Sen. Obama is promising?
  2. What is his opinion on someone in the hospital's Community Affairs department making such large sums?
  3. If he were the hospital administrato, would he have given someone in Community Affairs such a large raise?
  4. Did the Obama's consider the possible increased costs that would be passed on to the hospital's customers for such a salary increase?
  5. Are people with similar experience levels and in similar positions as Michelle compensated ina similar manner? (Or was this increase just another side of Chicago politics?)
I'll have to google to find if Obama has ever attacked the compensation of high priced doctors, administrators, or even pharmaceutical reps. Given his marxist tendencies, I'll assume that he's employed a bit of class warfare in his recent political history...



And the lack of serious questions about this issue from the press is disturbing. Given the Clinton's financial shenanigans and Bill's whoring of his tile of former-President, it'll be impossible for them to make this line of attack. As Instapundit points out, if this were a Republican, the press would be all over it.

Which reminds me of a clip I saw of Richard Stengel, managing editor of Time magazine. Richard is an inside-the-media- guy who you can rely on to provide the conventional wisdom on almost any topic.

Anyway, after Hillary's thrashing of Obama in Ohio and Texas, Stengel's comment was that "this changes the narrative" and that Obama would start getting more negative press (Rezko, Chicago politics, etc). He basically said that previously, the press was just happy to go along with the rhetoric and watch Obama take the nomination. Once that happened, then the press would start looking into Obama's history and do the real journalism required to vet the candidate. (Frankly, I don't believe in that, but let's go with it.)

My immediate reaction to this statement was disbelief. If I was a Democrat voter watching that, I would be infuriated that the press may be allowing me to pin my hopes and dreams on a guy who, underneath all of the rhetoric, may be a complete crook. The press doesn't seem to want to do their job with regard to the Obama's...

HotAir, the aforementioned Dan Riehl, and others are covering.

*** UPDATE 1 ***
TalkLeft is also covering the fact that Obama put in an earmark for General Dynamics, where his Illinois Campaign Finance Chair sits on the board of directors and has a sizable equity position in the company.

No mention of the related situation with his wife on TalkLeft yet - I'm sure they're not pissed about the corruption, just the fact that he pushed through an earmark for a weapons program instead of a Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution department at the University of Illinois.

*** UPDATE 2 ***
Brian provides this link to OpenSecrets, which shows that Barack's #1 contributor is - you guessed it - The University of Chicago at $156k. (BTW, it's also where his economic advisor, Austin Goolsbee, hails from. You may recall that he's the one who reassured the Canadiians that the anti-NAFTA talk was just rhetoric for the idiot voters.)

So, let's tally this up... Obama gets elected to the US Senate. His wife pockets an extra $195k each year (ummm, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 - that's 780 grand) and the University of Chicago also contributes $156k to Obama's presidential campaign. It would seem that he's on the hook to the university for just under $1 million, approximately the same amount of taxpayer money that he earmarked for the university.

Straight out of the taxpayer's pockets and into Obama's! Now that's called Audacity!TM

Si se puede!TM (Tener su dinero)

Dan Riehl has more.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Paul v Clinton

This is mostly old news, but it is the first time I have seen it. (Thanks to my buddie Carol back in Columbia, Mo.)

This involved the campaign finance mess H. Clinton got herself into back when she first ran for the Senate. It is one hell of a story! It's a bit long but more than worth watching. A prime example of how Clinton, Inc. operates.





Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Phone Ad Not Ethically Diverse - QED: HRC is KKK

Read this ridiculous article in the Paper of Record Stupidity:

Op-Ed Contributor
The Red Phone in Black and White
By ORLANDO PATTERSON

Cambridge, Mass.

ON first watching Hillary Clinton’s recent “It’s 3 a.m.” advertisement, I was left with an uneasy feeling that something was not quite right — something that went beyond my disappointment that she had decided to go negative. Repeated watching of the ad on YouTube increased my unease. I realized that I had only too often in my study of America’s racial history seen images much like these, and the sentiments to which they allude.

I am not referring to the fact that the ad is unoriginal; as several others have noted, it mimics a similar ad made for Walter Mondale in his 1984 campaign for the Democratic nomination. What bothers me is the difference between this and the Mondale ad. The Mondale ad directly and unequivocally played on the issue of experience. The danger was that the red telephone might be answered by someone who was “unsure, unsteady, untested.” Why do I believe this? Because the phone and Mr. Mondale are the only images in the ad. Fair game in the normal politics of fear.

Not so this Clinton ad. To be sure, it states that something is “happening in the world” — although it never says what this is — and that Mrs. Clinton is better able to handle such danger because of her experience with foreign leaders. But every ad-maker, like every social linguist, knows that words are often the least important aspect of a message and are easily muted by powerful images.

I have spent my life studying the pictures and symbols of racism and slavery, and when I saw the Clinton ad’s central image — innocent sleeping children and a mother in the middle of the night at risk of mortal danger — it brought to my mind scenes from the past. I couldn’t help but think of D. W. Griffith’s “Birth of a Nation,” the racist movie epic that helped revive the Ku Klux Klan, with its portrayal of black men lurking in the bushes around white society. The danger implicit in the phone ad — as I see it — is that the person answering the phone might be a black man, someone who could not be trusted to protect us from this threat.
I suppose that if one has "spent [their] life studying pictures and symbols of racism and slavery," they're likely to find symbols of racism and slavery in everything... I'd also suggest that they should also be considered insane and not employed by an institution of higher learning.

Can you imagine spending your life doing that? How pathetic and useless!
The ad could easily have removed its racist sub-message by including images of a black child, mother or father — or by stating that the danger was external terrorism. Instead, the child on whom the camera first focuses is blond. Two other sleeping children, presumably in another bed, are not blond, but they are dimly lighted, leaving them ambiguous. Still it is obvious that they are not black — both, in fact, seem vaguely Latino.

Ahhh... the first (and most important) child was blond you see? Obviously HRC is a crypto-Nazi, imparting her Ueber-mensch fantasies into her campaign ads.
Finally, Hillary Clinton appears, wearing a business suit at 3 a.m., answering the phone. The message: our loved ones are in grave danger and only Mrs. Clinton can save them. An Obama presidency would be dangerous — and not just because of his lack of experience. In my reading, the ad, in the insidious language of symbolism, says that Mr. Obama is himself the danger, the outsider within.

Did the message get through? Well, consider this: people who voted early went overwhelmingly for Mr. Obama; those who made up their minds during the three days after the ad was broadcast voted heavily for Mrs. Clinton.

[skipping ad hominem attacks against GOP]

It is significant that the Clinton campaign used its telephone ad in Texas, where a Fox poll conducted Feb. 26 to 28 showed that whites favored Mr. Obama over Mrs. Clinton 47 percent to 44 percent, and not in Ohio, where she held a comfortable 16-point lead among whites. Exit polls on March 4 showed the ad’s effect in Texas: a 12-point swing to 56 percent of white votes toward Mrs. Clinton. It is striking, too, that during the same weekend the ad was broadcast, Mrs. Clinton refused to state unambiguously that Mr. Obama is a Christian and has never been a Muslim.

It is possible that what I saw in the ad is different from what Mrs. Clinton and her operatives saw and intended. But as I watched it again and again I could not help but think of the sorry pass to which we may have come — that someone could be trading on the darkened memories of a twisted past that Mr. Obama has struggled to transcend.
It is possible? Why the @#$ are you writing this article then, you ignoramus?
Orlando Patterson is a professor of sociology at Harvard and the author of “The Ordeal of Integration: Progress and Resentment in America’s ‘Racial’ Crisis.”
As if we needed more evidence about how crazy those in the Ivory Tower are...

If even raising the question of a candidates ability to handle crises is a racist attack, only made more racist by not including an ethnically diverse set of actors, then this is going to be an utterly pointless presidential campaign.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

I Seem to Remember a Prediction I Made I Made about a "Housing Bubble"

I have held off mentioning this, but as I watch the dollar melting down, perhaps this is the time.

Somewhere in the archives from more than a year ago on this blog there is a post from me saying that housing prices were running out of control. At that time they were heading up, fast. Now the worm has turned.

Low interest rates driven by the geniuses at The Fed, made buckets of money available for home buying. And buy they did! And then they bought some more. "Flipping houses" became part of the language. Nothing was actually being produced. Money chased money. Prices bore less and less resemblance to value.

The response I got to that post can be boiled down to this: "A house is worth what someone is willing to pay for it."

Well, in our neighborhood house prices were approaching one million dollars for three bedroom ranches in 2006. Today those same houses are going for something under seven hundred thousand and are still sinking. The bottom is not yet in sight.

What do we say to all the folks who bought houses in 2005, 2006 and early 2007?

If someone bought a house for $900,000 and it is now worth $700,000 and he does not have $200,000 in cash on hand, there is a word for that person, bankrupt.

All this does not take into consideration the effect of all those ARMs out there.

Well, as Rush might have said, I told you so.

And what are we doing now? Cutting rates further. Now we may not fuel a bubble but only facilitate otherwise bankrupt people in hanging on.

And when the inevitable inflation comes, see the $109.bbl of oil, what then?

What a mess.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn


Addendum: The Original post from September 2005 (Thnx to St.W for finding it)

Stuffing Money Under the Mattress and Consequences Thereof

From Reuters:

"The national median home price rose to $220,000, up 15.8 percent from a year ago, the report showed. That was the largest annual increase in prices since July 1979."

I may be crazy, but with what is going on in the housing market, the incessant bidding war among buyers that is driving the price of housing to astronomical levels, looks to me like the behavior of folks expecting the next deluge and their house is their ark.

Is there anyone that thinks the intrinsic value of housing is actually rising at 700% the rate of inflation? Does that make sense to anyone? And if it does not make sense, just what is going on here and what are the likely consequences of this behavior?

I have a conservative bent (duh!), but my suspicion is that we may see something that makes the dotbomb look like a Sunday school picnic. This has been going on way too long. Something has to give.

What happens when a bank that is carrying on the books a property against which it has a mortgage for $500,000 and suddenly the property is worth say $400,000? Multiply that by thousands of such properties and loans. What are the bank examiners going to do when they look at the books? Does ANYONE remember the S&L crisis?

Our banking system is far more centralized then it used to be. The failure of one large bank in Chicago nearly brought the whole system down a number of years ago (the Feds bailed them out). What would happen if the behemoth in Charlotte failed? Or the big boys on Wall Street? I shudder at the thought. I have visions of Weimar Germany and wheel barrels full of money that is worth nothing.

Just a thought.

Have a peachy day and sleep well.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Oil at $109 and the Collapse of the Dollar

At the risk of ignoring such momentous stories as Spitzer and his nocturnal entertainments, crude just went over $109.

Faith in the dollar is rapidly vanishing.

Is anyone going to wake up and smell the coffee?

A number of major banks need to be recapitalized. Who is going to do it in this environment? Even our friends are getting ready to jump ship.

Nah, let's focus on Spitzer and the midgets running for president on the Democrat side.


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Time for Spitzer to Focus on His Private Life...

...and not his public office.

In Spitzer's press conference yesterday, he mentioned the need to deal with this private matter with his family. I would suggest to him that the best way for his family to heal and move on with their lives is for Eliot to focus entirely on his private life and eliminate any distractions from his public office.

(One side note - since when did a criminal investigation ever become a private matter?)

In this New York Times Op-Ed, the "paper of socialists record" seems to be disappointed in Spitzer and seems to offer advice on how he can "regain the public trust" after the revelation of this "private matter."

March 11, 2008
Editorial
Mr. Spitzer’s ‘Private Matter’

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer could not have been more wrong in his brief public appearance after the world learned that he was suspected of patronizing a prostitution ring. He did not just betray his family in a private matter. He betrayed the public, and it is hard to see how he will recover from this mess and go on to lead the reformist agenda on which he was elected to office.
Yes, it is... why don't you call for him to resign?
With his ashen-faced wife at his side, the governor apologized and said his behavior “violates my obligation to my family and violates my or any sense of right or wrong.” He was right about his violations, but he was, sadly, wrong when he asserted that politics is only about “big ideas” and not individuals. His short, arrogant statement simply was not enough, not from the Sheriff of Wall Street, not from the self-appointed Mr. Clean who went to Albany promising a new and better day.

It is likely that every aspect of Mr. Spitzer’s other life as Client 9 for the Emperor’s Club V.I.P. — as he has been identified by law enforcement officials — every text message and other secretive communication will be made public. Any politician would have a full-time job just dealing with such revelations. There have been elected officials, over the years, who have survived scandals of this sort. But for Mr. Spitzer, who runs a large and complex state, the burden is especially heavy to show that he has not lost the credibility to push for change, a sound budget and good government, as he promised so confidently a year ago.

I can feel it... you're going to instruct him to resign, right??
While few clients of prostitutes face criminal charges, law-enforcement affidavits raise at least the possibility of criminal charges based on transporting a woman across state lines for prostitution. Mr. Spitzer’s own record of prosecuting such cases gives him scant breathing room. As state attorney general, he prosecuted prostitution rings with enthusiasm — pointing out that they are often involved in human trafficking, drug trafficking and money laundering. In 2004 on Staten Island, Mr. Spitzer was vehement in his outrage over 16 people arrested in a high-end prostitution ring.BECAUSE OF THE HYPOCRISY!!!
A further tragedy here, beyond the personal one of the Spitzer family and the damage he has done to the reform cause, is that Mr. Spitzer’s targets are now relishing their tormentor’s torment. Those on Wall Street who fumed at having to make their world fairer for ordinary shareholders can now chortle with satisfaction in their private enclaves. For New York Republicans, who have blocked some of the most important reforms in Albany, it is hard to imagine the private glee — especially at a moment when they are fighting desperately to hold their majority in the State Senate.
No, this is not a tragedy... many on Wall Street were treated thuggishly and Spitzer used rumors about Wall Street execs "banging" their assistants to pressure them to step down. That Spitzer himself is involved in such depravity is not a tragedy - it's hilarious.
Sadly, this was not the first time that Mr. Spitzer has been caught up in his own arrogance. For all his promise as governor, Mr. Spitzer’s first year was unnecessarily rocky and full of the kinds of mistakes that come as much from hubris as from being new on the job. After succeeding with a few reforms, the governor’s ill-fated attempts to smear his Republican opponent lost him months of progress. Only recently had he seemed to be tempering his abrasive style.
Nevermind the arrogance and lack of prosecutorial restraint of Spitzer as Attorney General in New York.

One paragraph left... are you going to ask him to resign???
Mr. Spitzer did not seem to understand on Monday what he owed the public — a strong argument for why he should be trusted again. The longer he hesitates, it becomes a harder case to make.

Ummm, no... you leave open the possibility that he, after violating State and Federal law and demonstrating a profound lack of judgment regarding his position and the ramifications of such acts, can be trusted again.

WIMPS!!!
It's clear to me that Spitzer should step down... for those Leftists, I think Vitter should be out as well.

Prostitution is a crime and, as the Wall Street Journal points out today, Spitzer's use of high-priced hookers surely opened him up to possibility of blackmail and distortion of his public duties. A similar (and accurate) argument was made at the time regarding Clinton's escapades in the Oval Office. If you are trusting a hooker (and anyone who might learn of the illegal activity) with your entire private and public life, that shows how idiotic Spitzer is. Knowledge of the illegal activity could result in pressuring the Governor (or then-current AG) to target people for investigation, curry favor in state contracts, appointments, cash, corruption, etc, etc.



And the question is, who benefits from this revelation?

Kristen (spitzer's "escort"), who can now go to the bank with the juicy details. Heck, perhaps she could even end up writing a book and becoming a media darling.

And it's clear that the salacious details of Spitzer's activities will eventually come out. In today's culture, such details are impossible to hide. Numerous tabloids will be willing to pay top dollar for the acts which result in the downfall of one of the fast rising political stars in the country.

Brian pointed out that Larry Craig will likely benefit, although this surely brings his situation back to the forefront of the discussion. However, if the Left continues to call for Craig to step down, but defends Spitzer's violation of State & Federal law would only point out that the Left has a hangup with homosexual acts or their hypocrisy because Spitzer was one of the guys in a white hat.

Finally, I would have to say that Obama will see some improvement from the media frenzy about a sex-obsessed politician from Hillary's home state. It doesn't help that Spitzer endorsed Hillary (which has since been removed from her campaign website).

But you just know that some fence sitters in the Democratic party, reminded of the gauntlet they had to endure back in 1998 will decide that it's probably not a good idea to tempt fate with a First Husband who reminds them of the Ladies' Man.

Hillary could really use this opportunity for a Sistah Souljah moment, decrying the sex scandal that is rocking her state and the country. But, there's that guy still standing next to her....

HotAir is covering as well as a million other bloggers.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Monday, March 10, 2008

Spitzer & the 'Escorts'

It seems that Eliot Spitzer was able to bust up approximately 6 prostitutioon rings primarily through his "intimate" knowledge of them:

March 10, 2008
Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring
By DANNY HAKIM and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM

ALBANY - Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month, according to a person briefed on the federal investigation.

The wiretap recording, made during an investigation of a prostitution ring called Emperors Club VIP, captured a man identified as Client 9 on a telephone call confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington, where he had reserved a room. The person briefed on the case identified Mr. Spitzer as Client 9.

The governor learned that he had been implicated in the prostitution probe when a federal official contacted his staff last Friday, according to the person briefed on the case.

The governor informed his top aides Sunday night and this morning of his involvement. He canceled his public events today and scheduled an announcement for this afternoon after inquiries from the Times.

The governor’s aides appeared shaken, and one of them began to weep as they waited for him to make his statement at his Manhattan office. Mr. Spitzer was seen leaving his Fifth Avenue apartment just before 3 p.m. with his wife of 21 years, Silda, heading to the news conference.

The man described as Client 9 in court papers arranged to meet with a prostitute who was part of the ring, Emperors Club VIP, on the night of Feb. 13. Mr. Spitzer traveled to Washington that evening, according to a person told of his travel arrangements.

The affidavit says that Client 9 met with the woman in hotel room 871 but does not identify the hotel. Mr. Spitzer stayed at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on Feb. 13, according to a source who was told of his travel arrangements. Room 871 at the Mayflower Hotel that evening was registered under the another name.

Federal prosecutors rarely charge clients in prostitution cases, which are generally seen as state crimes. But the Mann Act, passed by Congress in 1910 to address prostitution, human trafficking and what was viewed at the time as immorality in general, makes it a crime to transport someone between states for the purpose of prostitution. The four defendants charged in the case unsealed last week were all charged with that crime, along with several others.

Mr. Spitzer had a difficult first year in office, rocked by a mix of scandal and legislative setbacks. In recent weeks, however, Mr. Spitzer seemed to have rebounded, with his Democratic party poised to perhaps gain control of the state Senate for the first time in four decades.

Mr. Spitzer gained national attention when he served as attorney general with his relentless pursuit of Wall Street wrongdoing. As attorney general, he also had prosecuted at least two prostitution rings as head of the state’s organized crime task force.

In one such case in 2004, Mr. Spitzer spoke with revulsion and anger after announcing the arrest of 16 people for operating a high-end prostitution ring out of Staten Island.

“”This was a sophisticated and lucrative operation with a multitiered management structure,” Mr. Spitzer said at the time. ”It was, however, nothing more than a prostitution ring.”

Spitzer added: "I should know - I'm a client."

Hmmmm... no doubt the Left will decry this as some sort of evidence of the Taliban-wing of the Republican Party taking down one of their rising stars. This DUer seems to indicate that she thinks that the NSA might be involved and, yes.... brings up our personal favorite, Jeff Gannon/Guckert:
debbierlus Donating Member (1000+ posts)

[Explitive Redacted]: The Bush White House had Jeff Gannon, The Gay Male Prostitute

And, Spitzer, one of our BEST advocates for justice has to resign for screwing a prostitute.

WHO THE HELL CARES????

I am furious. I am so sick of this shit. America needs to get over their fucking puritan crap, and the blatant hypocrisy.

I do NOT care about his personal life.

If all politicians sex lives were exposed, 3/4th would have to resign.

What a huge blow to NY & the nation...Spitzer is one of the BEST.

One final line to my rant: THE DEMS BETTER LEARN TO FIGHT TOOTH & NAIL - they should start with banning all this NSA surveillance BS, and stop aiding and abetting the Republican spy machine.

Ahh... it's hilarious now. What will we do after a Dem is in the White House?

I'd be interested to know if there was any inkling of this information from the Times prior to today's admission from the Governor. I mean, it's tough to be a holier-than-thou prosecutor while you're ringing up the escort service on your cell phone.

Surely someone knew about this before today. And they probably had more information than the stuff that was trotted out against McCain a few weeks back.

*** UPDATE ***
Ummm... it seems that the Times has updated the story linked above. Compare & contrast what I copied/pasted above with this story at the Times. It seems that the mention of Spitzer being a Democrat in the 3rd paragraph has been removed, although the "editor" apparently forgot to remove the reference to the Democratic Party in the 15th paragraph. Yes, there's additional information about the press conference, but why didn't they just post a new article?

I am going to copy/paste the contents of the story here as well, lest they decide to modify the article a third time!
March 10, 2008
Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring
By DANNY HAKIM and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM

ALBANY - Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been caught on a federal wiretap arranging to meet with a high-priced prostitute at a Washington hotel last month, according to a person briefed on the federal investigation.

An affidavit in the federal investigation into a prostitution ring said that a wiretap recording captured a man identified as Client 9 on a telephone call confirming plans to have a woman travel from New York to Washington, where he had reserved a hotel room. The person briefed on the case identified Mr. Spitzer as Client 9.

Mr. Spitzer today made a brief public appearance during which he apologized for his behavior, and described it as a “private matter.”

“I have acted in a way that violates my obligation to my family and violates my or any sense of right or wrong,” said Mr. Spitzer, who appeared with his wife Silda at his Manhattan office. “I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public to whom I promised better.”

“I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself. I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my family.”

Before speaking, Mr. Spitzer stood with his arm around his wife; the two nodded and then strode forward together to face more than 100 reporters. Both had glassy, tear-filled eyes, but they did not cry.

The governor spoke for perhaps a minute and did not address his political future.

He declined to take questions and promised to report back soon. As he went to leave, three reporters screamed out, "Are you resigning? Are you resigning?", and Mr. Spitzer charged out of the room, slamming the door.

The governor learned that he had been implicated in the prostitution inquiry when a federal official contacted his staff last Friday, according to the person briefed on the case.

The governor informed his top aides Sunday night and this morning of his involvement. He canceled his public events today and scheduled the announcement for this afternoon after inquiries from The Times.

The governor’s aides appeared shaken before he spoke, and one of them began to weep as they waited for him to make his statement at his Manhattan office.

The man described as Client 9 in court papers arranged to meet with a prostitute who was part of the ring, Emperors Club VIP, on the night of Feb. 13. Mr. Spitzer traveled to Washington that evening, according to a person told of his travel arrangements.

The affidavit says that Client 9 met with the woman in hotel room 871 but does not identify the hotel. Mr. Spitzer stayed at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington on Feb. 13, according to a source who was told of his travel arrangements. Room 871 at the Mayflower Hotel that evening was registered under another name.

Federal prosecutors rarely charge clients in prostitution cases, which are generally seen as state crimes. But the Mann Act, passed by Congress in 1910 to address prostitution, human trafficking and what was viewed at the time as immorality in general, makes it a crime to transport someone between states for the purpose of prostitution. The four defendants charged in the case unsealed last week were all charged with that crime, along with several others.

Mr. Spitzer had a difficult first year in office, rocked by a mix of scandal and legislative setbacks. In recent weeks, however, Mr. Spitzer seemed to have rebounded, with his Democratic party poised to perhaps gain control of the state Senate for the first time in four decades.

Mr. Spitzer gained national attention when he served as attorney general with his relentless pursuit of Wall Street wrongdoing. As attorney general, he also had prosecuted at least two prostitution rings as head of the state’s organized crime task force.

In one such case in 2004, Mr. Spitzer spoke with revulsion and anger after announcing the arrest of 16 people for operating a high-end prostitution ring out of Staten Island.

“This was a sophisticated and lucrative operation with a multitiered management structure,” Mr. Spitzer said at the time. “It was, however, nothing more than a prostitution ring.”

Albany for months has been roiled by bitter fighting and accusations of dirty tricks. The Albany County district attorney is set to issue in the coming days the results of his investigation into Mr. Spitzer’s first scandal, his aides’ involvement in an effort to tarnish Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, the state’s top Republican.

Is it just me or is it questionable for a journalist to change the text of an article without mentioning it somewhere in the article? I mean, we make updates here and we point them out to readers - and we're just a bunch of pajama-clad bloggers with approximately 100 hits a day.

Perhaps we could get more readers if we just keep changing the text of our existing entries.

Shouldn't the Times have had the original article and a second one related to the presser that Spitzer held?

Just curious...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler