Saturday, July 09, 2005

The Progressive magazine prints a monthly column of short, wry news items under the heading "No Comment". Three of this month's items caught my eye:
A pair of scientists has named new species of slime mold beetles after George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld. The conservative entomologists say this is a tribute. "I'd be honored to have a slime mold beetle named after me," scientist Kelly Miller told The Salt Lake Tribune.

An army recruiter left an intimidating message on a potential enlistee's cell phone in an attempt to sign him up. He said it would be a violation of federal law if the prospect did not show up to a meeting, which is untrue. "You fail to appear, and we'll have a warrant," he said, according to KHOU-TV in Houston, which obtained the voice mail message.

Hard-core porn producer Mark Kulkis and porn star Mary Carey will attend a National Republican Congressional Committee event called the "President's Dinner and Salute to Freedom," reports The Washington Post. "I'm especially looking forward to meeting Karl Rove," said Carey. "Smart men like him are so sexy." In a press statement, Kulkis said, "Republicans bill themselves as pro-business. Well, you won't find a group of people more pro-business than pornographers."


At 4:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Will Their Children Produce Porn News?

(BEVERLY HILLS) -- X-rated video mogul Mark Kulkis, who escorted porn star Mary Carey to June's GOP dinner with President Bush, has found a new love interest: Washington powerdater and CNN producer Kathy Benz.

The two met during an interview while Kulkis, 40, president and CEO of Kick Ass Pictures, was in DC for the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual President's Dinner. He's honorary chairman of the NRCC's Business Advisory Council, a roundtable of millionaire entrepreneurs.

Benz denies she's cozying up to Kulkis to get a scoop for CNN about the private lunch he and Carey had with White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove. "Mark's a wonderful guy and I think this could be the real thing," she tells girlfriends.

Benz, 35, is known in Washington power circles for dating such figures as venture capitalist Jonathan Ledecky (now trying to buy the Washington Nationals), Univ. of Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, and spent time last August with Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin at his Hamptons home.

Her regular companions include Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.), John Sununu, Sr, venture capitalist Mark Ein, Chicago Cubs VP John McDonough and Democratic lawyer Julian Epstein. She was engaged to John Daggett, AOL millionaire.


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