Former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders calls for legalizing prostitution
in a forthcoming book. "We say that [hookers] are selling their bodies,
but how is that different from athletes? They're selling their bodies.
Models? They're selling their bodies. Actors? They're selling their
bodies," she writes in the foreword to Prostitution: On Whores,
Hustlers, and Johns, to be published on August 2 by Prometheus Books.
Her short contribution to the volume is occasionally illiterate ("we
train our girls to be a virgin"), but at least she honestly discusses
what she considers to be her legacy as a part of the Clinton
administration ("now it's alright to mention [masturbation] in polite
Propped Up, Knocked Down
Houston officials last October encouraged PaineWebber to fire Ed Blum,
architect of Proposition A, a failed ballot initiative to repeal racial
preferences in municipal contracting, according to charges made by Blum.
After working 17 years as a stockbroker for PaineWebber, the firm asked
him to leave because it charged that his outside political activities
were costing it money. PaineWebber denies that it acted on the advice of
Houston public employees. Blum has found employment with another firm.
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Designer Ralph Lauren has donated $13 million to the Smithsonian
Institution for the restoration of the original Star-Spangled Banner,
the flag that flew over Baltimore's Ft. McHenry during the British naval
bombardment in the War of 1812. The enormous flag, measuring 34-by-30
feet, currently hangs in the National Museum of American History. It
inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the national anthem. Kudos to Lauren
for his generosity--and for his patriotism.
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