Moral Clarity
June 30, 2004 6:50 AM   Subscribe

The Moral Values Party With thousands of Republicans set to invade the city this summer, high-priced escorts and strippers are preparing for one grand old party. Agencies are flying in extra call girls from around the globe to meet the expected demand during the Aug. 30-Sept. 2 gathering at Madison Square Garden. "We have girls from London, Seattle, California, all coming in for that week," said a madam at a Manhattan escort service. "It's the week everyone wants to work." "It's going to be big," agreed one operator at a midtown escort service.

Now that's what I call moral clarity!!
posted by nofundy (64 comments total)
 
"It's going to be big," agreed one operator at a midtown escort service.

Possibly not in every case.
posted by the fire you left me at 6:52 AM on June 30, 2004


I suppose hypocrisy is always worth pointing out, but this isn't what we should be focussing our attention on.
posted by muckster at 7:00 AM on June 30, 2004


I don't get it... nofundy, are you in some way biased against the Republican party or something?
posted by jonson at 7:01 AM on June 30, 2004


With thousands of Republicans set to invade the city this summer, high-priced escorts and strippers are preparing for one grand old party.

Well, at least they're supporting small business.
posted by jonmc at 7:06 AM on June 30, 2004


jonson: I think it's more likely that, like me, he is biased against the Hypocrisy Party.

- legalise prostitution now!
posted by dash_slot- at 7:11 AM on June 30, 2004


Yeah, hate the Hypocrisy Party! Ummm. . . is there one that doesn't fit that description?

And I second dash_slot's recommendation to legalize prostitution. Not that I'd benefit, since my wife would kill me if I so much as looked twice at a hooker.
posted by CRS at 7:15 AM on June 30, 2004


Think Jimmy Swaggert in a New Orleans hotel room. . . .
posted by caddis at 7:16 AM on June 30, 2004


It's the same principle that's having pro-choice and/or moderate Repubs in the most visible speaking slots--Arnold, Rudy, Pataki, Laura, even Bloomberg, etc--instead of the real leaders of the party--DeLay, Lott, Frist, Hastert, Cheney.
posted by amberglow at 7:19 AM on June 30, 2004


I don't see the big deal. A lot of people who aren't actaully in the Republican party are going to be there because of the convention. Reporters, bus boys, bus drivers, television crews, pilots, etc. Plus not everyone who is republican is a fundy.
posted by Mitheral at 7:19 AM on June 30, 2004


"It's going to be big"

While this could be the punchline to many jokes related to this (rather old) story, I like to think that it's what nofundy said when asked to describe how much front-page space his FPP was going to take up.
posted by soyjoy at 7:21 AM on June 30, 2004


I'd rather not think about Jimmy Swaggart, or any other Republican or televangelist, regardless of their alleged gender, doing anything in a New Orleans hotel room with a hooker, thanks. Even playing Go Fish. With all their clothes on. Ew.

You know, of course hookers are going to be popular with the Republicans. Talk about the free-market paradigm in action. Trickle-down economics in its purest fuckin' form, baby.

Fuck 'em, all of 'em, and I mean that in the best possible New York way. Fuck 'em and pay 'em. They got children not being left behind that are, well, being left behind. Hope these hookers get more business than they can handle. And may someone get videotaped doing something against their public moral stance. (Someone keep an eye on Rob Lowe.)
posted by chicobangs at 7:23 AM on June 30, 2004


Such a cheap and simple-minded swipe. Why is this news, or of metafilter calibre? A NY Daily link and a zinger? Thanks nofundy.

Coming up next, some Democrats cheat on their taxes and beat their kids!
posted by loquax at 7:24 AM on June 30, 2004


Whoa, there's a Hypocrisy Party?? d00d, up until now I just assumed politicians of all political parties were hypocritical. I must be living in a dream world! Thanks for the insights on this issue, Metafilter. This post makes us all look like geniuses. LOLOLOL1111
posted by dhoyt at 7:25 AM on June 30, 2004


Whoa, there's a Hypocrisy Party??

Yes, Tonight at 7. Bring dip.
posted by jonmc at 7:29 AM on June 30, 2004


Whoa, there's a Hypocrisy Party??

"I'm making my own party! With blackjack! And hookers! In fact, forget the blackjack!"
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:35 AM on June 30, 2004


dhoyt - i don't disagree with you. I haven't singled out a particular party for the soubriquet of Hypocrisy Party. They're all hypocrites if they expound and legislate on subjects or 'issues' which infringe liberty, but then act as if those laws don't apply to them.

Well, you can either change the laws or behaviour. Which is most consistent with personal liberty, in your view?
posted by dash_slot- at 7:35 AM on June 30, 2004


I like to think that it's what nofundy said when asked to describe how much front-page space his FPP was going to take up.

Good one! :-)

Legalize prostitution now!!

A lot of people who aren't actaully in the Republican party are going to be there because of the convention. Reporters, bus boys, bus drivers, television crews, pilots, etc.

Yeah, that's the ticket! Busboys paying $1,000 for an hour of sex. That works! Uh huh.

All "christian" fundamentalists ought to know this truth about their "leadership." Don't you agree? An informed voter is accepted as vital to a healthy democracy.
posted by nofundy at 7:36 AM on June 30, 2004


[pic caption:] Dancers like this one expect to be very busy during the GOP's convention.

How "like this one" are the busy dancers going to be? Her posture is terrible. Perhaps she has no moral backbone. Is that what they mean?

(I won't even go into the fact that strippers and hookers are not the same group. But the Daily News never was terribly clear on that distinction.)
posted by chicobangs at 7:44 AM on June 30, 2004


That's like the week when the Baptist Convention is in Atlanta. Fulton and Dekalb counties sell more stripping licenses in the month leading up to it than any other month of the year.

... and don't even TRY to get an appointment at an oriental spa!
posted by mischief at 7:50 AM on June 30, 2004


Though I realize this equation may not be sufficiently simplistic or cartoonish enough for your tastes, nofundy, here it is:

All Republicans ? "Christian fundamentalists"

I always thought the Bush crowd had a monopoly on dopey "with-us-or-against-us" worldviews, but you certainly give them a run for their money every time you post.
posted by dhoyt at 7:50 AM on June 30, 2004


oops, forgot Ralph Reed above--now this is moral clarity, no? When Ralph Reed was the boyish director of the Christian Coalition, he made opposition to gambling a major plank in his "family values" agenda, calling gambling "a cancer on the American body politic" that was "stealing food from the mouths of children."
But now, a broad federal investigation into lobbying abuses connected to gambling on Indian reservations has unearthed evidence that Reed has been surreptitiously working for an Indian tribe with a large casino it sought to protect--and that Reed was paid with funds laundered through two firms to try to keep his lucrative involvement secret…
Reed is in charge of Bush's 2004 election campaign in the Southeast, including Florida. In 2000, he was paid almost $3.7 million for helping Bush.

posted by amberglow at 7:50 AM on June 30, 2004


It's long been regarded as a truism among sex workers that conservatives are kinkier than liberals.

There's probably a Foucault connection in there somewhere, but I don't feel like working for it this morning...
posted by lodurr at 7:52 AM on June 30, 2004


All Republicans ? "Christian fundamentalists"

OK, even assuming that the Christian fundies are completely excluded from the potential customers of these strippers and hookers (Hah), what would they think of the moral fibre of their chosen political party?
posted by Space Coyote at 7:57 AM on June 30, 2004


It's a trap!
posted by shoepal at 7:57 AM on June 30, 2004


The perversions of Michel Foucault - Roger Kimball
posted by hama7 at 7:58 AM on June 30, 2004


It's long been regarded as a truism among sex workers that conservatives are kinkier than liberals.

What about libertarians?

I'd ask about communists and Green Party people, but I think we all realize that they have no sex at all.
posted by jonmc at 7:59 AM on June 30, 2004


Well the Republican's aint alone here, plenty goes on at the DNC as well : For hookers, convention's time to lay low from the Boston Herald (06/20/2004).
posted by PenDevil at 8:02 AM on June 30, 2004


Oh, jon.

Greens have awesome sex. (You didn't know? I thought you were invited to that swingin' party down the line.) They just don't pay for it. And they certainly don't make these sweeping pronouncements about how morally this or that it is, so it doesn't make the front page like when righties get caught getting their freak on.

(Not paying for sex sometimes makes it better. Not always, but sometimes.)
posted by chicobangs at 8:03 AM on June 30, 2004


Only for the good of the party, comrade jonmc.
posted by mikeh at 8:04 AM on June 30, 2004


Greens have awesome sex.

Giving off spores like mold or splitting in half like an amoeba dosen't count, chico.
posted by jonmc at 8:05 AM on June 30, 2004


What about libertarians?

Well, I did use lower-case letters for a reason... But if you mean "L"ibertarians, I think they could safely be grouped with the commies and the greens.

Of course, I'm not saying that these folks don't have sex, or even that they don't use hookers or watch strippers. I'm just saying that I'm told they're not (usually) nearly as kinky about it. Of course, every now and then, you *do* get a Rob Lowe Dem, who prefers to play "casting couch" with two underage girls in a hotel room...

BTW, hama7, a snarky anti-hagiography on Foucault wasn't really the connection I was looking for. I was thinking more along the lines of the idea that hyper-sexualization is a byproduct of strict morality.... quite happy to have someone who knows more about Foucault expand and correct...
posted by lodurr at 8:09 AM on June 30, 2004


Thanks shoepal, but could you give some warning when a link's going to have sound? I mean, I love Ackbar, but my office doesn't :-(.

These call girls may be good for our nation. After all, I remain convinced we'd have far fewer problems if Cheney just got laid more regularly.
posted by Happydaz at 8:10 AM on June 30, 2004


Sorry this is a pretty lame FPP, provoking even lamer responses, such as, "d00d, LOLOLOL1111".

Man, isn't this hacker speak or text messaging "joke" deader than Reagan already?

At least soyjoy's response was clever.
posted by sic at 8:13 AM on June 30, 2004


...if Cheney just got laid more regularly.

Dude, do you think his heart could take it?

Oh, wait, I get it...
posted by lodurr at 8:14 AM on June 30, 2004


Giving off spores like mold or splitting in half like an amoeba dosen't count, chico.

Sounds like someone has more experience with the green sex than they're letting on...
posted by chicobangs at 8:17 AM on June 30, 2004


if buying women's bodies like they're ground meat doesn't get your rocks off, then you hate America
posted by matteo at 8:18 AM on June 30, 2004


I'd like to point out that this is the first convention since the proliferation of the camera phone. New Yorkers, you know what to do.
posted by 2sheets at 8:20 AM on June 30, 2004


Green party sex is egalitarian, Republican sex needs the power element of hiring a hooker. They just wouldn't enjoy doing it with each other as much.
posted by Space Coyote at 8:22 AM on June 30, 2004


And every Democrat is a commie dictator!
Makes as much sense as your bigoted tripe rantings, but then this is MetaLefty.
posted by HTuttle at 8:22 AM on June 30, 2004


what would they think of the moral fibre of their chosen political party?

If you're asking me to get inside the mind of a Christian fundamentalist you are seriously barking up the wrong tree ;) I can only imagine they look the other way when certain indiscretions take place, just as Kennedy's & Clinton's (two devoutly religious men) associates did.
posted by dhoyt at 8:29 AM on June 30, 2004


"L"ibertarians, I think they could safely be grouped with the commies and the greens.

Yes, they are EVIL as they what to see the government size shrink.

Unlike the Republicans.
posted by rough ashlar at 8:41 AM on June 30, 2004


hey, taking dictation from the Lord, playing a major role in the apocolypse, staying the course, these things are all hard work and righteous men are entitled to thier recreations. render unto the pimpdaddy that which is his due!
posted by quonsar at 8:46 AM on June 30, 2004


- legalise prostitution now!
Just go on a date with Dallas chic.
posted by thomcatspike at 8:50 AM on June 30, 2004


Man, isn't this hacker speak or text messaging "joke" deader than Reagan already?

I suppose that joke's got a few grey hairs, but the hackneyed "If ______, then you must hate America" zinger is sure looking tired, too.
posted by dhoyt at 8:52 AM on June 30, 2004


The perversions of Michel Foucault - Roger Kimball

Call me when someone finds that Paris Hilton/Hilton Kramer video. That's what I really want to see.
posted by octobersurprise at 8:59 AM on June 30, 2004


Hold on.
Paris Hilton and Kramer? Whoa.
posted by chicobangs at 9:05 AM on June 30, 2004


*does stumbling doubletake at the thought*
posted by soyjoy at 9:16 AM on June 30, 2004


There will be over 2,500 delegates at the convention. What's the tipping point for a charge of hypocricy against an entire political party? One delegate? 100? 1,000? Do you know how many are expected to patronize an escort? Do you know how many additional escorts are being brought in? And the delegates are only a small fraction of the convention influx -- the convention is expected to bring over 50,000 people to New York, including 15,000 members of the media. Do you know how much the expected increase in prostitution will be attributable to the GOP "leadership," and how much to people who are there for some other reason?

My point is that hypocricy is generally a solo sport, played by people on all sides. If a fundamental, moralizing Republican patronizes a prostitute, he's a hypocrite. That doesn't make the Republican party "The Hypocricy Party." For every one hypocrite you find, I'm fairly confident there will be 10 delegates with a stick up their ass who retreat to their hotel rooms to read the Gideon Bible every night, and would be horrified, just horrified! by the actions of their colleague.

(Oh, and legalize prostitution now! Well, not necessarily now, I mean, I'm sure I can wait a reasonable time. Let's say ... in the next six months? Is that do-able? OK, it's settled, then: Legalize prostitution in the next six months!)
posted by pardonyou? at 9:17 AM on June 30, 2004


It's funny how sex lives only matter when it's the people you don't like, innit?

More fucking for everyone, I say.
posted by darukaru at 9:35 AM on June 30, 2004


Just for the record, Foucault had a lot more to say than the distracting hoo-hah of "sexuality and power" that now serves as a smokescreen around his more legitimate thought. Many more objective students of philosophy feel that he kind of disappeared through the looking-glass toward the end of his career, as he became more and more obsessed with making what are really some pretty obvious, naive points. (Which folks like de Sade had already made much earlier.) It's just too bad, because it makes it so much easier for people like that Kimball guy to just get distracted by the silly stuff, and make absolutely no mention of how he did have an important impact.

To me--and many other people--Foucault's real contribution to modern thought was his early analysis of the "discourse"--the politics behind who gets to actually write the historical record of a time. His earlier academic period focused on what he called an "archeology of knowledge", where he used documents that weren't part of the "official" historical narrative, like tax rolls, personal letters and other items to show that in almost all historical periods, there is an important debate around core issues that eventually gets hidden by the winning side. We all know it's a cliche that "history gets written by the winners", but a lot of historical study until recently just kind of accepted that, and portrayed history as much more continuous, unified set of ideas than it really was. Foucault did a lot of concrete, document-based work to show exactly how that process took place, and exposed a lot of the vital, and interesting historical detail that had been lost to "History". He was a big part in the establishment of our modern, more complete approach to history.

Maybe the best example of that approach isn't even his own writing, but in the work of someone like Elaine Pagels (especially in her books like The Gnostic Gospels. She shows how the early Christian church was much more fragmented and divided than it's now depicted as being, and uses a close reading of original documents like the Nag Hammadi scrolls to explore that diversity, and how it was intentionally erased from the "official" record of the early church. (It's also visible in a very distilled form right now, in the struggle now over Fahrenheit 9/11, and whether the film can be advertised over TV, etc.)

It's in driving that perspective, and in hammering home to the larger academic community how much they were actually missing, that Foucault made a real, and enduring, contribution. The rest of the stuff is a legitimate criticism of him as a person, but it doesn't take away from the effect he did have.
posted by LairBob at 9:39 AM on June 30, 2004 [1 favorite]


(Again, not saying Foucault invented that approach--just that he was a big part of driving it home, and making it an essential part of modern historical analysis.)
posted by LairBob at 9:42 AM on June 30, 2004


It's nice to see that someone in New York will want the Republicans to come. New Yorkers sure as hell don't.
posted by clevershark at 9:48 AM on June 30, 2004


This is why I plan to vote Democrat: they got no balls
posted by Postroad at 9:59 AM on June 30, 2004


It's funny how sex lives only matter when it's the people you don't like, innit?

More f*cking for everyone, I say.
posted by darukaru at 9:35 AM PST on June 30


Especially Dick Cheney. Go f*ck yourself Dick!!

someone in New York will want the Republicans to come.

Isnt' that what a prostitute gets paid for? So s/he should want the customer to ...

What a fun thread!
posted by nofundy at 10:11 AM on June 30, 2004


MetaFilter: The Hypocrisy Party!
posted by geekyguy at 10:37 AM on June 30, 2004


These Republicans are treating objects like women!
posted by trondant at 12:54 PM on June 30, 2004


"It's nice to see that someone in New York will want the Republicans to come. New Yorkers sure as hell don't."

It might be a shock to some, especially on the left, but "New Yorkers" actually have differing opinions from each other. I know, it sort of rocks the whole "us vs. the evil greedy capitalists" thing but it's true anyway.

Oh, while we are at it... not all Republicans would be hypocritical to use a prostitute. hell, most of the Republicans I know aren't even religeously motivated in their political stance.

I say have at it boys - and if the use of prostitutes DOES drive some of the religeous wingnuts out of the GOP thats all the better.
posted by soulhuntre at 1:57 PM on June 30, 2004


It might be a shock to some, especially on the left, but "New Yorkers" actually have differing opinions from each other. I know, it sort of rocks the whole "us vs. the evil greedy capitalists" thing but it's true anyway.

Yankees fans give the Bronx cheer to Cheney..
posted by Space Coyote at 2:00 PM on June 30, 2004


Yankees fans give the Bronx cheer to Cheney

Those are Yankee fans Space Coyote, we're talking about the non-mentally-imapired here.
posted by jonmc at 4:53 PM on June 30, 2004


I think a good uniting gesture would be for Cheney to appear at Fenway and get booed there too. Then Sox fans and Yankees fans will realize they're not so different after all.
posted by Space Coyote at 12:06 AM on July 1, 2004


Yeh, but then the universe might implode, wot?
posted by lodurr at 2:16 AM on July 1, 2004


What a fun thread!

Yeah, if you like it so much you should probably thank the person who posted... waitaminit...!
posted by soyjoy at 6:55 AM on July 1, 2004


We have girls from London, Seattle, California...

Is Seattle particularly well-known for its escorts and strippers? Damn, I must've missed out on that in the 7 years I spent out there!
posted by psmealey at 7:52 AM on July 1, 2004


but the hackneyed "If ______, then you must hate America" zinger is sure looking tired, too.

I suggest you alert the RNC, then. it's all they talk about, incessantly
posted by matteo at 10:39 AM on July 1, 2004


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