Archive for the ‘auction’ Category

What’s For Sale? Everything! What Is Virginity Going For?

January 22, 2009

Everything in America is for sale and if you don’t beieve it visit EBay.  But in this economy, even EBay is at a loss so more goodies are being offered for cash….

After reading a short news story about a woman auctioning her virginity, a news anchor in Washington DC said, “Sounds like a good person.”

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Is a woman’s virginity worth $3.8 million? That’s how much Natalie Dylan, a 22-year-old from San Diego, California, said she has been offered through an auction she announced in September.

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 Woman Auctions Her Virginity: “Sounds Like A Nice Person”
The London Telegraph's Web site is reporting that Natalie Dylan, a 22-year-old San Diego woman, said she got the idea for the auction after her sister was able to pay for her college educaion after prostituting herself for three weeks.

Natalie Dylan, a 22-year-old San Diego woman, said she got the idea for the auction after her sister was able to pay for her college education after prostituting herself for three weeks, according to the London Telegraph.

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Woman Auctions Her Virginity: “Sounds Like A Nice Person”

January 13, 2009

After reading a short news story about a woman auctioning her virginity, a news anchor in Washington DC said, “Sounds like a good person.”

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Student Natalie Dylan has put her virginity up for auction – and has been stunned by the number of bidders.

From NBC News:

A San Diego woman who is auctioning off her virginity said she has now received a bid of $3.7 million, according to a published report.

The London Telegraph's Web site is reporting that Natalie Dylan, a 22-year-old San Diego woman, said she got the idea for the auction after her sister was able to pay for her college educaion after prostituting herself for three weeks.

Natalie Dylan, a 22-year-old San Diego woman, said she got the idea for the auction after her sister was able to pay for her college education after prostituting herself for three weeks, according to the London Telegraph.

Dylan has a degree in women’s studies. She told the paper she hopes to pay for an advanced degree in family and marriage therapy with the proceeds from the auction.

She told the Telegraph that she doesn’t think she’s the only one who will be benefit from the auction.

“I think me and the person I do it with will both profit greatly from the deal,” Dylan told the paper.

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Blagojevich: Terrifying; Didn’t Just Fiddle While Rome Burned

December 13, 2008

Taking a page out of the playbook of the Roman emperor Nero, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has done so many bad things in such a short period of time that some of his worst actions are likely to be swept under the rug. Nero, as even the dimmest schoolchild will recall, is famous for fiddling while Rome burned to the ground — a flamboyantly insensitive gesture that has obscured the fact that he also kicked his pregnant wife to death, murdered his predecessor, masqueraded as a wild beast at gladiatorial events so that he could mutilate helpless captives bound to stakes and diverted himself on evening promenades by disguising himself as a street urchin, stabbing tipsy pedestrians to death and then chucking their bodies into the sewer. 

By Joe Queenan
Washington Post
Sunday, December 14, 2008; Page B01

It just so happens that Nero set fire to Rome not once, but several times, and did so as part of an impromptu urban-renewal project that served no purpose other than to line his own pockets. But because of the sheer impudence of setting the capital of the civilized world ablaze and then amusing himself on a musical instrument, Nero’s other crimes are less well remembered, if they are remembered at all.

Plaster bust of Nero, Pushkin Museum, Moscow.
The only “bust” of Blagojevich was made by police….

It would be a great tragedy if Blagojevich’s crass attempts — as described in juicy detail last week by prosecutors — to auction off President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat and shake down the Tribune Co. diverted the public’s attention from his other misdeeds. Politicians are always demanding some kind of payback for favors, and Blagojevich wouldn’t be the first pol to try to get journalists fired because he didn’t like the things they wrote about him. In Illinois, in New Jersey, in Louisiana, this kind of brazen scuzziness is par for the course. Society can deal with it.

What’s far more worrisome is Blagojevich’s bizarre confrontation with the Bank of America. The day before he was arrested on charges of massive corruption, Blagojevich visited a group of striking workers at a North Chicago firm called Republic Windows & Doors. After being laid off the week before, the employees had begun a sit-in, demanding benefits they were still owed by their employer, which said it could not meet their demands because the Bank of America had cut off its financing. At this point, Blagojevich informed bank officials that unless they restored the shuttered window-and-door company’s line of credit, the state of Illinois would suspend all further business with Bank of America. A few days later, the bank caved in and ponied up a $1.35 million loan.

The idea that the governor of a state as prosperous and important and sophisticated and upscale as Illinois would make this kind of threat is terrifying. Even more terrifying is that Bank of America saw no alternative but to give in. Yet even more terrifying is that nobody outside Chicago seems to have gotten terribly worked up about the situation, riveted as they are on the governor’s more theatrical transgressions. But peddling a Senate seat or using scare tactics to shake down a newspaper are nowhere near so serious a menace to society as letting the government arbitrarily intervene in financial transactions between banks and creditors. A crooked governor we can all handle. But a governor who capriciously decides which commercial enterprises a bank must finance and which it can ignore is a scary proposition indeed.

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le/2008/12/12/AR2008121203299.html