Tuesday, January 31, 2006

"Owe my soul to the company store." (16 Tons hit song- Tennesee Ernie Ford)

(19th century West Virginia coal mine company store.)





"...16 tons and what do you get?
another day older and deeper in debt...
St Peter don't you call me cause I can't go,
I owe my soul to the company store..."

What's fundamently wrong at the Fed is its failure to understand terms of credit nowadays are far more significant than interest rates. That's why the Fed's traditional interest rate "medicine" treatment plan for inflation no longer works.

Sharply rising mortgage interest rates hasn't curbed the housing price inflation because lenders adjusted by relentlessly easing credit terms. That's why home loans are now routinely advertised in terms of the monthly payment rather than the interest rate.

Most Americans live like 19th coal miners hopelessly endebted to a company store.

Should I win the White House I will sharply restrict unsound lending practices so that most Americans don't remain little more than wage slaves working themselves to death for today's "company stores"--credit card and mortgage lenders.

We must be rid of moral midget government. Next Wash Times advert

Today's New York Times reported Bernanke's nomination to replace Greenspan at the Fed sailed through the senate without anyone paying attention. That's total nonsense. The K Streeters running the government on behalf of the corporations, the money center banks, and heaven knows who else wanted a 24/7 funny money printer to pump up profits at the expense of ordinary Americans enjoying affordable housing, education, etc.

How's this for a presidential aspirant? The NY Times reported "Senator McCain...had no idea that the Bernanke hearings had come and gone."

The powers-that-be got away with this rabbit trick by distracting the public with the Alito hearing. Enough to the right of the line to satisfy the social conservatives, he's a reliable "company man" so big biz has nothing to worry about.

In November, 2005 I met Senate Banking Committee staff chiefs, Kathleen Casey (GOP) and Steve Harris (DEM) about my wish to testify against Bernanke's nomination. Response: A polite "No way, Jose". After the meeting, sent the below letter.

November 27, 2005
Ms. Kathleen Casey
Mr. Steven Harris
Senate Banking Committee
Via fax

Dear Ms. Casey & Mr. Harris:

The attached article from today’s New York Times underscores how vital it is to have full scale hearing on Bernanke’s nomination. The economic numbers economists like Bernanke rely upon simply don’t reflect the financial realities of everyday life for most people. Bad data in. Bad data out.

As I mentioned at our meeting, the underlying economic problem for the middle class is the collapse of the buying power of earnings not the cost of fuel when denominated in housing, or private higher education, dollars for the period of 1955 to the present is at historic lows.

Compare the buying power the $41,000 earner who can’t heat his home cited in the article with my situation after finishing my psychiatry residency in 1973. Earned $30,000 as a service chief at the Cornell affiliated hospital and about another $15,000 in private practice. On that I maintained an office in Great Neck, a 2 bedroom modern duplex apartment on West 78th Street just off Central Park West, and rented a summer cottage on the water in the Hamptons.

Also according to today’s NY Times , there were only 10,000 Manhattan residential real estate transactions last year. (Brozan--”So Few Properties, So Many Brokers”) Just like fraudsters a la the movie “Boiler Room” cheating unwary investors by pumping and dumping thinly traded pink sheet stocks, non-conforming mortgages end up having the same effect in the real estate market. Might be worth a look-see at the real estate investment activities of the folks at the Treasury Department and the FDIC who regulate mortgage lending standards for the national banks and the savings and loan. Been a mystery to me why they don’t act to stabilize the housing market particularly since most of them have children who’ll need homes.

Sincerely,

Monday, January 30, 2006

Quo vadis?


The death of feminist playwright Wendy Wasserman (The Heidi Chronicles) at age 55 marks passing of a key social and intellectual force of the Baby Boomer feminist movement. Her generation transformed feminism into a national and international social, political and economic force.

In my mid-60s I belong to what I call the "The Silent Generation"--born before WWII but too young to fight. Sandwiched between the heroic "Greatest Generation" and the postwar babyboomers we've remained invisible.

We are unique because we identify with the values of our parents' generation but came of age under the cultural influence of the Boomers who brought us the "The 60s", political feminism and the topsy- turvy transformation of conventional notions of sexual identity.

Was very disorienting for my generation. Raised to believe the ideals to strive for in adult life were responsibility, maintaining a marriage through "thick and thin", sobriety, hard work, sexual fidelity, and thrift. Still shocked by the Boomers' scorn for all that to this day.

When my generation is gone, there will be no one left with a living memory of an America when divorce was rare, working class folks like my parents enjoyed affordable housing costs, most children and adults had normal weights, and thrift, sexual fidelity, and avoiding serious gambling were virtues not vices.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Don't repeat the mistake we made with the Nazis with Hamas



We must not make same tragic error with Hamas as we did with the early Nazi regime.

So despicable was very easy to get the world community to condemn and ostracize Nazi Germany. We won the pr war but ended up with a world in flames and countless millions killed.

Like the Nazis, Hamas draws popular support not for its program of Jew hatred, but from the profound despair of ordinary people living hand to mouth.

Had the West applied balm instead of vinegar in dealing with Nazis we might have bought enough time for the natural forces of political change to work its magic. Same is true for Hamas. If it holds to a ceasefire, and curbs terror, a successful Hamas economic and social program will stabilize Palestinian society to the point Israel could negotiate a final settlement which would stick.

Very dangerous to look down upon and consider unworthy of help unhappy people with whom you have no natural connection, or empathy for.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Big pharma shares--unsafe at any speed!!!!


The FDA approved Pfizer's inhaled powdered insulin requiring a high pressure inhaler. Chronic exposure of lung tissue to any kind of dust is DANGEROUS.

Even in the clinical trials there were respiratory problems serious enough to warrant a recommendation for baseline pulmonary function testing before prescribing. As a physician for almost 40 years, better believe most doctors won't bother because patients and/or their insurance carriers will balk at the expense.

Release of this kind of drug is a prescription for a major public health disaster. Good chance 10-20 years from now given the magnitude of the diabetes epidemic inhaled insulin will become the new "asbestos" disaster with large numbers of patients turning up with crippling pulmonary fibrosis.

My recent experience successsfully objecting to the licensing of Intrinsa, the so-called female Viagra, on safety issues taught me to be very suspicious of big pharma drug applications. As an investor, I no longer hold big pharma stocks because I've lost confidence in their capacity to play it straight.

The larger issue is the health community, drug companies, and media are totally addicted to political correctness. The obesity driven diabetes epidemic could be easily reversed by facing facts. For example, reducing the financial pressures on families by curbing funny money mortgages would pop the housing price bubble. Lower mortgage payments mean moms and dads could choose to work fewer hours. Hence more time to prepare home cooked meals and supervise the children's snacking.

There are two sacred political cows nowadays--escalating housing price are good for the economy, and defining feminine virtue as working the most possible hours.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Governing for Hamas will be like having children


Campaigning and sex are the fun parts.

Providing efficient government services to keep constituents happy and childraising are a far different kettles of fish.

No matter how good a job they do blistering criticism is just a given.

That's why administations are voted out not in, and starting in adolescence children think they're smarter and more competent than their parents!

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hamas victory is a victory for Israel

We should help Hamas deliver significant economic and social welfare improvements to its core constituency, the Palestinian poor.

They voted for better lives not more war with Israel. The natural outcome of Hamas meeting the needs of its people would set the stage for serious final status negotiations.

With a final status agreement disarming the Palestinian street could be achieved with international community buying back weapons at above market prices in the same way Israeli greenhouse farmers were bought out to evacuate Gaza peacefully.

It would be totally irrational for the international community and Israel to refuse to deal with a Hamas unless it immediately recognised Israel and disarmed. Aid money should flow so long as Hamas doesn't launch attacks on Israel. There's simply no way Hamas could meet the economic aspirations of the Palestinians without cooperating with Israel.

In government Hamas will learn in a fraction of a nanosecond fulfilling campaign promises is tougher than making them.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

You make peace with your enemies

(Above-- Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah casting his vote at a Gaza refugee camp.)

The stars are moving into perfect political alignment to begin real peace talks to finally resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The key to making that happen is to draw Palestinian radical factions into the political process.

Hamas is clearly one of the linchpins to make a deal. Its core constituency is the Palestinian desperately poor and lower middle classes which have gotten next to nothing from the Fatah puppet government Washington, the international community and Israel backed. Fatah turned out to be little more than p.o. box for fat international aid checks which were then distributed to warlords, political hacks, and plugged in comercial interests.

Once in the Palestinian government, Hamas will learn in heartbeat to deliver material improvement to its voters demand it has no choice but to curb terror. 9-11 and subsequent terror attacks around the globe kyboshed an IRA-type arrangement in which Hamas could operate a political and military wing. Unless terror stops the big international dollars, Euros, pesos, rials and yen won't flow. Hamas' constituencies won't tolerate not getting their fair share.

Hamas' position it will negotiate with Israel through a 3rd party is an excellent idea. The path to a solution is a political divorce between Israel and the Palestinians. Like savvy divorcing couples nowadays use mediators, so should they. The best we can hope for is a very cold peace with the parties ultimately separated by a real security fence.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Socialism for property speculators and free enterprise for the poor and the middle class



Next week's Washington Times advert.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Why is this man smiling?

A rite of passage. Spent a few hours last night preparing the paperwork and shipping documents to transfer investments I managed to my youngest child when he turns 21 next week. Saddened, however, by the marked diminution in the buying power of his investments when denominated in housing price dollars since his birth in 1985. Worry for his and my grandchildrens generations' financial future is a major factor in my quest for the White House.

More than anything we need a real grownup in the Oval Office.

Modern medicine has radically transformed the lives of older people like me. We have a chance to be "30" again without the sturm and drang of starting careers and raising families. I've never been happier, or intellectually alive, as I am today.

Really a question of being smart about taking advantage of all medicine and dentistry has to offer. For example, getting the annual physical, the lab tests, and following the doctor's orders make all the different. About 18 months ago at an annual exam my blood sugar was slightly elevated but not yet at diabetic levels. Carry the gene for Type II because my late grandmother had it.

Unlikely would be trying for the White House were I contending with diabetes and its complications. Hence assiduously followed my doctor's advice. Lost weight, excercised and changed my dietary habits. Since the onset of adult diabetes is silent, I test my blood sugar every morning. Well within the normal range it closely tracks the caloric intake of the previous day. Made a number of minor adjustments to my regular diet to improve my sugar count. The other key thing I do is weigh myself daily on a real doctor's office balance scale.

Also smiling this morning with my blood sugar at 89 and weight at 200, perfectly normal for someone 6-4.

I want to eat steak until I croak. That means taking advantage of all modern dentistry has to offer. Not cheap but worth every penny. At my last cleaning a few weeks ago my general dentist found despite my very careful home dental hygeine program a few gum pockets worth a referral to the periodontist.

In short I'm like a vintage car. A great ride but requires regular trips to specialized auto repair shops! My Medicare card arived not a moment too soon.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Free markets work when everybody plays by the same rules.

A shabby Oakland detached home in a transitional neighborhood selling for just a shade under a million dollars.

I'm a Republican. I didn't vote for an administration whose idea of the "free market" is socialism for monied property speculators and free enterprise for poor and middle class Americans.

Things will sure be different if I make the White House in 2008.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Breathtaking emotional magic returns after 50 years

Front row left to right: Bob Levine, Jim Scheider, Mark Klein, Jimmy Gross, Dick Merbaum; Rear: L. Libenson, Don Robinson, J. Orange, Jeff Kaffee, Jerry Marks, Steve Danetz, Hugh Baum, Mike Richman, Kenny Lazar, Jeff Koenig, Arnie Fructer, Coach Frank Branca. Undefeated Traphagen won the 1956 Mt. Vernon, NY public junior high school championship for the first time!

Realized recently the emotional connection I've formed with my campaign team is identical with how I felt towards my childhood athletic teammates. Such feelings are truly unique. Indescribable emotional magic. How blessed am I to experience them again!

It's a clue to the psychology of what drives the core leadership of organized human action in every sphere.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Lone wolf terrorism

The UK government made a grave political error with national security implications by so stone walling legitimate demands for family law reform by Fathers-4-Justice the group disintegrated.

The precipitating event, an alleged plot to kidnap PM Blair's son, reflected the depth of rage and sorrow of membership deprived of meaningful relationships with their children, and often impoverished by unrealistically high child support orders.

http://uk.mediaframe.news.yahoo.com/launch?lid=wmv-100-s.21743728,wmv-56-

Such intergalactic political stupidity creates the perfect scenario for a deranged "lone wolf" terrorist with modest scientific training to explode a dirty bomb, or a biological weapon. Large areas of central London could be made unliveable for decades by contamination with gamma emitting radioactive particles, or anthrax spores.

The well spring for revolution is a smug, self-righteousness governing elite contemptuous of dissenters espousing politically incorrect thoughts.

The grimmest dictatorship is the dictatorship of the prevailing orthodoxy.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Getting on the national political radar scope


Attending as a delegate accompanied by my campaign team. Also purchased space in the vendor area to meet and greet the delegates.

(from www.krightsradio.com)

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Playing with fire

My new grandson!!!

The reported plot by UK fathers' rights extremists, who perceive themselves the hapless victims of an out of control family court system, to kidnap PM Blair's 5 year old son suggests our greatest terrorist risks are domestic. It is only a matter of time before a severely distraught non custodial parent financially ruined by divorce, and deprived of meaningful contact with his or her child, will take revenge on society by destroying a city with a homemade WMD. I addressed that risk in the below letter to a senate staffer involved in the appropriation process for America's intellectually and morally bankrupt family policy scheme.

February 20, 2005
Mr. Scott Fleming
Senate Committee on Health, Education & Pensions
Washington, D.C. (via fax)

Dear Mr. Fleming:

Congress must address as a BIPARTISAN matter imposing sharp funding cuts for the HHS Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) child support collection activities this year as the first step to quickly sunset this program. ACF’s child support regulations magnifies the inherent instability of most contemporary marriages which are predicated on little more than transient romantic feelings. ACF policy accelerates the divorce rate, alienates children from parents, and jeopardizes national security by undermining an effective, deployable army reserve and National Guard.

Federal family child support policy finances maladaptive behavior accelerating the divorce rate as did the welfare system destroyed the black family prior to its wholesale reform during the Clinton administration. Given our 50% divorce rate within a generation less than 20% of American children will be raised in two parent households. At that point the majority of the young adult population will consist of rootless, restless, angst ridden young souls susceptible for seduction by a totalitarian ideology in the way the Nazis captured the hearts and minds of Germany's demoralized WWI veterans.

Like casino gambling, for the states divorce has become a major revenue source! Federal financial incentives remove the moral and political incentive for the states taking the initiative to reduce divorce rates. For divorcing middle to upper middle class couples the federal government’s financial incentives paid to states to collect and enforce child support (Title 42, Chap 7, Subchapter 4, part D, sec. 666) encourages states to set payment levels so high as to encourage women to divorce. Women currently initiate almost three quarters of divorces. High child support levels are the divorce equivalents of corporate “golden parachutes”. The same regulations discourage poor men from undertaking marriage at all which helps explain why the unwed motherhood rate amongst low income women is so high. If the states funded child support collection from their tax dollars, voters would quickly insist on laws to discourage divorce, and family court reform to prevent children from becoming alienated from either parent.

Because 42 Sec 666 sub sec(a), para (9) part c (Bradley Amendment) bars courts from reducing child support arrearages, THOUSANDS OF RESERVISTS WILL RETURN HOME TO FACE FINANCIAL RUIN AND EVEN JAIL! THAT WOULD CONSTITUTE THE FINAL NAIL IN THE RECRUITING AND RETENTION COFFIN OF OUR ACTIVE RESERVES. . Very few reservists with child support obligations had the time before deployment to Iraq apply to state family courts for reductions on the grounds their military pay was insufficient to meet their current obligation. Once arrearages reach $5,000, they are subject to imprisonment, loss of driver's and professional licenses, and denied passports.

ACF’s extremely aggressive, punitive child collection enforcement methods have so demoralized many divorced fathers they suffer mental illness, attempt suicide, become violent with former spouses and children, or become TERRORISTS. The recent mass casualty Los Angeles train derailment was suicide terrorism by a estranged father motivated to seek revenge on the general public because a family court financially ruined and barred him from seeing his children. Only a matter of time before there’s a WMD attack leading to the destruction of an American city.

Almost every aspect of the budget, and the national economy, is negatively affected by the federal government’s perverse financial incentives promoting divorce. Shattered families produce heartbroken parents and children who are more likely to experience mental and physical health problems, and diminished incomes. More divorces mean more single parents competing for scarce housing which drives up prices and interest rates. That’s just the tip of iceberg of today’s astronomical divorce rates adverse effects on the economy, and derivatively on federal, state and local budgets.

Failure to reform federal family policy jeopardizes our national existence. Radical Islam’s relentless assault suggests an underlying strategy to capitalize upon the social, economic and political ramifications of collapse of the family to trigger a internal political collapse mirroring how our uncompromising Cold War military containment and anti-communist propaganda campaign policies led to the almost overnight political disintegration of the Soviet Union.
Please distribute this letter to the committee members and staff. I request an invitation to testify re the ACF budget request.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

WASHINGTON TIMES ADVERT FOR 1/21/06 ISSUE


A WINNING PLATFORM TO TAKE THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2008

The vast majority of 2008 American voters will want new policies to stabilize marriage, and to make middle class family more affordable. We desperately need a new political center because the leadership elites of the major parties behave as if they despise middle class family life, and care nothing for our children’s futures.

Improving marital stability

Marriage is usually life’s bumpiest road. Since children do better in all respects growing up in intact families, it’s critical to encourage couples to stay together by reducing the most common incentives for divorce--money, revenge, and getting custody of the children.

1. Equal Custody Act: For states to receive federal subsidies for family programs they must mandate a rebuttal presumption of joint physical custody in divorce.

2. Child Support Financial Responsibility Act: For states to receive federal subsidies for family programs those receiving child support must file periodic reports with supporting documentation showing how the money was used for the direct benefit of the child.

MAKING MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE

Because housing costs are usually the greatest financial burden families’ face, improved affordability will enable parents to work fewer hours. Marriages are more stable when partners spend more time with each other and with the children. We’d see dramatic decline in the obesity driven diabetes epidemic when moms and dads have more time to prepare home cooked meals for the family.

1. End non-conforming mortgages:
Funny money mortgages pump too much money into the housing market driving up prices to unreasonable levels. There is no excuse for the smallest detached homes in popular metro regions to usually cost over $500,000 . The solution simply requires the federal agencies which regulate lenders to require at least a 20% down payment and a loan maximum no greater than 4 times the borrower’s gross income.

2. Seal our borders to illegal aliens: Tens of millions of illegal aliens have to live somewhere. They’ve consumed what was once the affordable rental stock. eping illegal aliens out will restore reasonable wages for America’s blue collar workforce most of whom can’t earn enough to support a family when competing with people willing to work off the books for peanuts.

Monday, January 16, 2006

My campaign team




DRAFT TEXT OF MY NEXT WASHINGTON TIMES ADVERT


A WINNING PLATFORM TO TAKE THE
WHITE HOUSE IN 2008


The vast majority of 2008 American voters will want new policies to stabilize marriage, and to make middle class family more affordable. We desperately need a new political center because the leadership elites of the major parties behave as if they despise middle class family life, and care nothing for our children’s futures.

Improving marital stability

Marriage is usually life’s bumpiest road. Since children do better in all respects growing up in intact families, it’s critical to encourage couples to stay together by reducing the most common incentives for divorce--money, revenge, and getting custody of the children--with an

1. Equal Custody Act: For states to receive federal subsidies for family programs they must mandate a rebuttal presumption of joint physical custody in divorce.

2. Child Support Financial Responsibility Act: For states to receive federal subsidies for family programs those receiving child support must file periodic reports with supporting documentation showing how the money was used for the direct benefit of the child.

MAKING MIDDLE CLASS FAMILY LIFE MORE AFFORDABLE

Because housing costs are usually the greatest financial burden families’ face, improved affordability will enable parents to work fewer hours. Marriages are more stable when partners spend more time with each other and with the children. We’d see dramatic decline in the obesity driven diabetes epidemic when moms and dads have more time to prepare home cooked meals for the family.

1. End non-conforming mortgages:

Funny money mortgages pump too much money into the housing market driving up prices to unreasonable levels. There is no excuse for the smallest detached homes in popular metro regions to usually cost over $500,000 .

The solution simply requires the federal agencies which regulate lenders to require at least a 20% down payment and a loan maximum no greater than 4 times the borrower’s gross income.

2. Seal our borders to illegal aliens:

Tens of millions of illegal aliens have to live somewhere. They’ve consumed what was once the affordable rental stock.

Keeping illegal aliens out will restore reasonable wages for America’s blue collar workforce most of whom can’t earn enough to support a family when competing with people willing to work off the books for peanuts.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Before the Fat Lady sings

above photo--copywrite 2006 Mark Klein

65 in a few months recently realized the sixties turned out to be the most exciting, interesting, and fun decade of my life. Leavened by maturity and experience feels like the mystical wonder it was for me at 30 when the challenges of career and family were before me.

Successfully raised four children, had a medical career, and made my fortune now the challenge is to try for national leadership to offer America and the world my knowledge and experience sometimes learned the hard way.

If there was ever a time for America's seniors to enter public life, it's now when our families, the economy, and international relations are in disarray.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

What is Europe and America smoking?

Europe and America are calling for sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. Below my posting in today's Jerusalem Post on the subject.

UN SANCTIONS--MARK KLEIN,M.D. - USA 01/14/2006 04:01

What is the United States and Europe smoking?

Almost a certainty in the unlikely event additional sanctions occur, Iran will resign from the UN setting the stage for potential nuclear weapons power states to follow suit. The smart strategy is to lift all current trade sanctions and for Washington to restore full diplomatic relations with Iran. We faced the same situation when the Germans left the League of Nations in 1930s. Like today, western governments think winning the newscycle at home is more important than being realistic. Had the allies tried sunshine rather than a vinegar on the Hitler regime we might have bought enough time for the natural forces of political change to bring down the Nazis. Nations, like people, with nothing left to lose are very dangerous.

If I make the White House in 2008, there will be a really new foreign policy.

Obesity driven diabetes epidemic-2


Restaurant and takeout food regardless of the cost is usually overloaded with fats and carbohydrates.

Federal law should require nutritional information for each food item to be prominently displayed in all menus and advertising.

Opps, did I just hear the sound of food and media lobbyists calling government officials on the take to block my suggestion?

Friday, January 13, 2006

Obesity driven diabetes epidemic--1

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Recent Washington Times ads--NAFTA, Iraq, housing bubble, minimum wage scam, & Hillary Clinton





Tuesday, January 10, 2006

MEXICO IS EATING OUR LUNCH



(Next week's Washington Times advert.)

Sunday, January 08, 2006

The masculinization of the expression of female sexuality.


New York Times
January 8, 2006
The West Gets Wilder
By MIREYA NAVARRO

PICTURE a pleasure oasis in the Nevada desert, a collection of luxurious bungalows featuring bedrooms with fireplaces where sexual fantasies and desires are catered to. Starting at $250 an hour.

But at this house, Heidi's Stud Farm, the prostitutes will be hunky men and the patrons women.
Heidi Fleiss is planning the all-male brothel on 60 acres in Nevada, where prostitution is often legal, and there are more than two dozen brothels of the conventional sort. Lawyers for Ms. Fleiss, the ex-Hollywood madam who served time in prison in the late 1990's on federal charges related to a high-end call-girl business, plan to apply for a license this month. Ms. Fleiss said she expects to have her house of ill repute up and running later in the year.

"The times have changed so much, with women in control," Ms. Fleiss, 40, said in a telephone interview from Nevada on Thursday. "Women make more money. They are more powerful. And it's a lonely world. People are tired of Internet dating. It's easier to go to a place where you know you'll have your dream man."

Is that possible? Are American women really ready for what will be among the first brothels of its kind? Will they pay for sex as a no-fuss transaction?

Researchers and groups that study or work with prostitutes say that American women already do pay under certain circumstances. Women as well as men can be "sex tourists," for example. While on vacation in spots like Jamaica or the Dominican Republic, women pay for sex and the companionship of usually younger men. Back home, while male escorts overwhelmingly cater to gay clients, groups that study prostitution say there is a niche in the business for those who cater to women.

More often, however, women pay for sex outside of the established sex industry, in the more informal, grayer area of a relationship with somebody they trust: a personal trainer, say, a tennis coach or, yes, a pool boy.

"Women prefer referrals, somebody safe, more intimate contact," said the director of Hook, an advocacy and educational group for men in the sex industry, who goes by the name Hawk Kinkaid.

Women have become major consumers of pornographic films and Web sites in recent years, largely because of the privacy afforded by the Internet. But women are also openly displaying interest in all things sexual, from the groups that gather for sex toy parties in private homes to the ritual of celebrating birthdays, bachelorette parties and even divorces at male strip clubs.
Though some of these sexual outlets are just erotic entertainment, some women seek more.

"We get offered all the time, 'How much for this guy?' " said Dan Remington, an owner of "Hollywood Men," a show of male strippers in Hollywood. "We don't do that."

On a recent Saturday night more than 100 women screamed, hollered and gawked at a performance of "Hollywood Men," as well-toned guys peeled down to their G-strings. The crowd included both young and older women. Would they drive or fly to Heidi's Stud Farm in Crystal, Nev., near Pahrump, about 88 miles northwest of Las Vegas, to indulge their wild side in a brothel?

"I would do it just for the experience," said Mayra Barreras, 20, a customer service representative for a mortgage company who came to the club with three friends.
"Let's face it," said Bianca Nichole, 19, a college student majoring in computer science, "there's a lot of unhappy women out there. If I were in a bad relationship, and I felt I needed something, I would go too."

Gina Pinon, a college student who was celebrating her birthday at the strip club, said she did not believe she would ever pay for sex "because I could go out and get it for free." Then she added: "But some women would pay for it, women who are in unhappy situations or who are into fantasies. I'd say: 'Go for it. Have your fun.' If men can do it, women can do it too."

Some sex experts and psychologists said a brothel for women is overdue. Many more women would avail themselves of a professional if it were legal, some experts argue, for reasons not unlike those of the men who frequent prostitutes.
A regulated business that does criminal and medical screening of its workers would find a market in women, said Patti Britton, the president-elect of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists. The clients would be women who are adverse to hiring escorts or to seeking men in bars because of the risk of violence and disease. "The cultural expectation," Ms. Britton said, "is that any woman can have sex any time she wants it. All she has to do is show up in a public place. But many women are shy socially. And when it comes to sex, women feel more vulnerable and at risk than men."

But some researchers say it takes more than feeling safe for women to shop for sex. Amalia Cabezas, an assistant professor of women's studies at the University of California, Riverside, who has studied sex tourism in the Caribbean, said that female tourists interested in sex tend to shy away from straightforward cash-for-sex transactions.

INSTEAD, she said, they look for a holiday romance, for a companion who not only provides sex but affection, who will wine and dine them. If the woman is footing the bill and the man is a hustler, that fact is obscured by the ambiguous nature of their alliance.

"It doesn't normally come off as a commercial transaction," Ms. Cabezas said. "It's more about friendship and developing relationships, so there's multiple possibilities for these relationships. Women don't want to see themselves as prostitute-users."

Mr. Kinkaid said that a brothel for women would need to incorporate an element of seduction to draw customers. "Women wouldn't feel an immediate connection with the men they'll be hiring," he said. "They want someone who's charming and attentive. It would require significantly more time."

He added: "would it feel cheaper to you if you know 20 other women have hired him? Men, when they hire women, don't pretend to have emotional sensibility."

If some women seem ready for a male brothel, many others are not. Among those voicing opposition to Ms. Fleiss's plans is the Nevada Brothel Association, which represents about 26 bordellos for men and fears that the publicity the ex-Hollywood madam may give to the business would stir up controversy that could shut all the brothels down.
"We believe that in order for brothels to survive in Nevada, we've got to keep a low profile," said George Flint, a lobbyist for the group. "We don't believe Heidi is capable of being low key. The association is terrified of her."

The Rev. Keith Markley, the pastor of New Hope Fellowship in Pahrump, doesn't seem all that afraid of Ms. Fleiss. He said that he and other opponents of prostitution are adopting a wait-and-see attitude "instead of getting worked up" while the business is still just a gleam in Ms. Fleiss's eye.

Mr. Markley said he doubted that a brothel for women would attract much trade but added that he found it "equally objectionable" as a bordello for men.

"All these things are a bad idea, in a nutshell," he said. "It's bad for marriages and relationships. It's bad for husbands and wives and commitment."

Ms. Fleiss, who has struck a deal with HBO for a documentary about her venture, promises that her brothel will be like no other in opulence and in its treatment of workers and customers. She plans to start with 20 men and to offer clients services like an on-site beauty salon.
"Everybody who walks in will feel special and comfortable," she said. She called the project "challenging" - so far she is the only investor in the house she plans to build from scratch - but said she has received hundreds of e-mail messages from job applicants.

She has already lined up her first "stud," Lester James Brandt, 37, a Los Angeles actor and clothing designer who said he does not have anything on his résumé that would remotely qualify him for the job. During an interview over sushi in December, Mr. Brandt, who is 5 foot 10 and weighs 170 pounds, said he is intrigued by the idea of the brothel and hopes that the attention it is receiving will help him further his acting career, which has included roles in soap operas and television shows.

Though he has not hashed out his employment terms with Ms. Fleiss, who is telling job applicants that they would be able to keep all tips but must split the $250 hourly fee with the house, he said he expected to make good money.

He's a novice "when it comes to the sex trade," Mr. Brandt said. "I have no clue. What I have personal experience with is that when a woman needs love, understanding, attention and passion, she will look for it."

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Childhood obesity in rural New Mexico is shocking.

Went into a supermarket in a rural town south of Albuquerque today. Shocked by the number of very obese toddlers and young children. Their mothers were also very overweight.

Pretty clear the problem is the packaged food the moms were buying. For example, the mother with 3 obese children in front of me at the checkout bought frosted cookies, ice cream, high fat snacks, and t.v. diners. My guess she's a working mother without the time to cook proper meals for her family.

Came home tonight. A very successful trip. Recruited 4 real "warriors", three women and a man, for my campaign.

Means everything to me to be able to invest the last quarter of my life for the benefit of the America I love, and more particularly for my children's and grandchildren's generation. I am truly blessed to have the financial resources, time, motivation, and the personality skills to attract dedicated volunteers to support my efforts.

Breathtakingly exhilarating and scary at the same time that I believe to my core I'm the right person to lead America, and the world into 21st century. I cautioned my team about the emotional costs. The focus and energy required exacts a toll. More me it's sleep often punctuated by anxious dreams. I take comfort when I read the truly greatest national leaders of all time, like Lincoln, struggled daily with inner demons.

Never felt God's presence in my life more intensely as I do now.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Albuquerque journal--Friday

Very successful day recruiting new volunteer activists ready, willing and able to do serious work for my campaign. Like my current staff they are men and women so burned by the family court system they want to really change things. That can only happen by having a real friend in the White House.

They also identified with my overall policy agenda which addresses the inceasing unaffordability of middle class family life.

Last night took a long drive north on the freeway towards Santa Fe. Stopped at an Indian casino to look around. Somewhat grungy establishment filled with working and middle class people feeding theirmodest incomes into the slots, or playing blackjack. Always wonder when I see places like this how many families go without necessities because our moral midget state and federal government cares nothing for the welfare of families. The regulators are in the disease promotion business given habitual gambling is an incurable neurological disorder.

No wonder Abramoff was making tens of millions in lobbying fees promoting Indian gambling. Great business creating brain damaged customers who once incurably ill can't stop buying your product--a system guaranteed to create financial losses for customers!

We pray for Sharon's recovery and for peace

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Albuquerque journal

In Albuquerque, New Mexico for a campaign speech on Friday and an organizational meetings with volunteer activists who've come in from around the country. Had a long travel day. More tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

WASHINGTON TIMES ADVERT FOR 1/8/06 ISSUE


We must have new national leadership ready, willing and able to bring fresh thinking to old problems, reform the federal bureacracy, and stand up to the lobbyists. That can only be done by a true outsider who has no stake in the bankrupt policies of the past.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Time for a "Mr. Smith" at the White House.


Jack Abramoff who pled guilty today for bribery is a prime example of what's wrong with American government today. The needs of ordinary Americans are swept aside in favor of corrupt special interest lobbyists like Abramoff ready to slip money and gifts to legislators and well placed officials. In Abramoff's case the issue was the unhealthly expansion of Indian casino gambling.

I suspect similar misconduct is what's behind the housing price bubble which is clearly the creature of non conforming mortgages pumping too much "funny money" into the real estate market. My guess is real estate and banking interests have bribed federal officials with policy authority over credit standards to allow the widespread issuance of unsound mortgages.

This country desperately needs a "Mr. Smith" at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Monday, January 02, 2006

The minimum wage shell game.


All of a sudden politicians from both major parties are talking about raising the minimum wage. Our children don't need a raise in the minimum wage but rather the closing of our borders to illegal labor which depresses the wage structure for American blue collar workers.

Even if today's minimum wage rose a few dollars to about $7, that's not a liveable wage. That why more and more young people continue to live with their parents well into adulthood, and obviously are unable to afford to start families.

What's very sad about all this is illegal workers with construction skills often make better money than American kids working at Starbucks or McDonalds. Our children are frozen out of the more lucrative blue collar jobs because employers don't have to pay their share of the social security tax for illegal labor. Hence contractors don't take on our children to apprentice skilled trades.

I meet young Americans all the time, some even with college degrees, working at or slightly above the minimum wage.

For all the palaver from academia, the media and government about the "best interests of the child" I suspect we are a culture which doesn't like children. Were that not the case they'd be at the head of the opportunity line rather than at the end.

Sunday, January 01, 2006

All men are bastards knife set--on sale in the UK for 59 pounds plus tax

OY VEY IST MIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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