April 28th, 2007

Chris Keeley

I'm sad today," said one person close to Tobias. "The president loves him and Condi absolutely loves

accused Tobias of "tycoonitis," which he described as "people who come from the top of the corporate ladder who consider congressional suggestions, requests for information and participation in decision-making as intruding on their turf."

Palfrey has contended that her escort service provided clients with college-educated women who engaged in legal, sexual game-playing for $275 per 90-minute session in their homes or hotel rooms

I'm sad today," said one person close to Tobias. "The president loves him and Condi absolutely loves him."

Rice Deputy Quits After Query Over Escort Service
Randall Tobias Oversaw U.S. Foreign Aid Programs

By Glenn Kessler
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 28, 2007; A01

Randall L. Tobias, the deputy secretary of state responsible for U.S. foreign aid, abruptly resigned yesterday after he was asked about an upscale escort service allegedly involved in prostitution, U.S. government sources said.

Tobias resigned after ABC News contacted him with questions about the escort service, the sources said. ABC News released a statement last night saying Tobias acknowledged Thursday that he had used the service to provide massages, not sex.

Tobias has been Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's point man in an ambitious effort to overhaul how the U.S. government manages foreign aid, a key part of her "transformational diplomacy" agenda. Just two days ago, President Bush lauded Tobias for his work in the administration leading "America's monumental effort to confront and deal with the HIV/AIDS epidemic on the continent of Africa."

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the committee late Friday declared Wolfowitz had violated World Bank regulations in three areas: bre

the committee late Friday declared Wolfowitz had violated World Bank regulations in three areas: breach of contract, breach of ethics rules and undermining the reputation of the bank.

Wolfowitz Panel Finds Ethics Breach, Officials Say
World Bank Board Could Act on Monday

By Peter S. Goodman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, April 28, 2007; A01

NEW YORK, April 27 -- A World Bank committee investigating president Paul D. Wolfowitz has nearly completed a report that it plans to give the institution's governing board, concluding that he breached ethics rules when he engineered a pay raise for his girlfriend, three senior bank officials said Friday.

Friday evening, the committee was debating whether to explicitly recommend that Wolfowitz resign, according to the sources, who spoke on condition they not be named, citing an ongoing probe into leaks.

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Tobias told the network, he has been using a service with Central American women.

Apr 28 08:10 AM US/Eastern
By ANNE GEARAN
AP Diplomatic Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Randall Tobias, head of the Bush administration's foreign aid programs, abruptly resigned Friday after his name surfaced in an investigation into a high-priced call-girl ring, said two people in a position to know the circumstances of his departure.

It was Tobias' own decision to resign, according to one of the people, who said the issue came up only in the past day or so. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the investigation is still under way.

Tobias submitted his resignation a day after he was interviewed by ABC News for an upcoming program about an alleged prostitution service run by the so-called D.C. Madam.

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If I show fear or turn my back on them for even one second, they will kill me. It is in their genes

Circus workers sat around tiny kitchen tables, he said, slugging vodka and speaking darkly of the imperiled Soviet circus.

If I show fear or turn my back on them for even one second, they will kill me. It is in their genes


Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Leader of the Pride Revives What Some Call Circus Art

ALMATY, Kazakhstan

THE collapse of the Soviet Union was hard on Communists and clowns.

And acrobats, like Murad Aselbayev, not to speak of trapeze artists, tightrope walkers, lion tamers and other veterans of the famed Soviet circuses. They had been a fixture of Soviet life since the 1920s, when Lenin established the renowned Moscow Circus School and city planners built auditoriums to accommodate the traveling troupes that endlessly zigzagged through nine time zones to entertain the Soviet masses.

But with the end of Communism, the circus was endangered.

“It was 1991, and it was clear that the circus tradition was going to be badly affected,” said Mr. Aselbayev, who at the time was working with one of the leading Moscow circuses. Circus workers sat around tiny kitchen tables, he said, slugging vodka and speaking darkly of the imperiled Soviet circus.

Convinced that his days in the big tent were over, Mr. Aselbayev moved back to his native Kazakhstan, where he scratched out a living in athletic shows and local carnivals.

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But even though he was paid a $4 million advance to settle scores, Slam can’t turn on W. Maybe it’s

But even though he was paid a $4 million advance to settle scores, Slam can’t turn on W. Maybe it’s the Medal of Freedom. “In a way, President Bush and I are much alike,” he writes. “We sometimes say things from our gut, whether it’s his ‘bring ’em on’ or my ‘slam dunk.’ I think he gets that about me, just as I get that about him.” (He had me at “slam dunk.”)

More Like an Air Ball

WASHINGTON

Poor Slam Dunk.

Not since Madame Butterfly has anyone been so cruelly misunderstood and misused. Slam Dunk says that when he pantingly told the president that fetching information on Saddam’s W.M.D. would be a cinch, he did not mean let’s go to war.

No matter how eager Slam Dunk was to tell W. what he wanted to hear while polishing the president’s shoes, the intelligence they craved did not exist. “Let me say it again: C.I.A. found absolutely no linkage between Saddam and 9/11,” the ex-Head Spook writes in his new book, self-effacingly titled “At the Center of the Storm.” Besides, Junior and Darth had already decided to go to war to show the Arabs their moxie.

The president and vice president wanted Slam Dunk to help them dramatize the phony case. Everyone had to pitch in! That Saturday session in December 2002 in the Oval Office was “essentially a marketing meeting,” Slam Dunk writes, just for “sharpening the arguments.”

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A few nights after he resigned his post as secretary of state two years ago, Colin L. Powell answere

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/29/washington/29saudi.html?hp

A few nights after he resigned his post as secretary of state two years ago, Colin L. Powell answered a ring at his front door. Standing outside was Prince Bandar, then Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, with a 1995 Jaguar. Mr. Powell’s wife, Alma, had once mentioned that she missed the ’95 Jag that she and her husband had traded in a while back. Prince Bandar had filed that information away, and presented the Powells that night with an identical, 10-year-old model. The Powells kept the car — a gift that the State Department said was legal — but recently traded it away.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/29/washington/29saudi.html?hp
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Popular slang for this drug of course includes crystal, but more commonly tina -- a corruption of th

http://www.rotten.com/library/crime/drugs/

Popular slang for this drug of course includes crystal, but more commonly tina -- a corruption of the word sixteen, based on the concept of one sixteenth of an ounce. When you see Craigslist classified ads from people searching for a "party with Tina," you can rest assured they're willing to spend anywhere from three to five dollars.

Drugs!


Methamphetamine
Heroin
Cocaine
Sugar
Opium
Effects of Drugs
Marijuana
Absinthe
Self-Dentistry
Overdose Deaths
LSD Blotters

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