Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Porn moguls propose unique jobs program

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 10:10 PM

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Some news writes itself. Apparently the girls have gone mild, because Hustler empire and porn mogul Larry Flynt and topless co-ed video purveyor Joe Francis have issued a statement seeking a federal bailout. They concede that the industry is not losing money, but apparently that qualifies as hard times, too.  Not mentioned in the request is that Francis is fighting tax evasion charges (he claimed nearly $4 million in biz expenses to build his dream home in Punta Mita, Mexico; and then there's another interesting not-so-well itemized $10 million in "consulting" costs). Congress is definitely the right body to appeal to. In the last decade alone, many senators and congressman have experienced firsthand the pangs of sexual longing: John Edwards (affair), David Vitter (DC Madam list), Larry Craig (airport restroom misunderstanding), Mark Foley (too friendly with congressional pages), Gary Condit (too close to an intern?), Dan Sherwood (underachiever with just an affair), Bob  Packwood (multiple complaints of sexual harassment), Vito Fossella (DUI stop leads to admission of affair). But some industries do well in hard times, for example the liquor biz. At least Flynt and Francis want to spread the stimulus around. But another way to look a this might be as a publicity stunt in advance of this weekend's Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, where even the "Exhibitor" list is entertaining.

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