The new French culture minister, Frédéric Mitterrand, is fighting to save his brief ministerial career after opposition politicians expressed disgust at his autobiography, in which he justified sex tourism and admitted "paying for boys".
Mr Mitterrand, 62, the nephew of the late president, François Mitterrand, was thrown on to the defensive after rival MPs homed in on memoirs in which he described his delight in visiting Asian brothels.
The revelations, in his 2005 best-seller La Mauvaise Vie (The Bad Life), were unearthed by far-right politicians angered by his outspoken defence of the film director Roman Polanski, who was arrested in Switzerland for extradition to Los Angeles to face charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
Socialists from the party created by Mr Mitterrand's uncle also voiced outrage and suggested that his three-month tenure as Culture minister should be brought to an abrupt end.
The furore is deeply embarrassing for Nicolas Sarkozy, who claimed to have struck a blow for "political openness" when he brought Mr Mitterrand, who is openly gay, into his centre-right government in June. The choice was reportedly influenced by the President's wife, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who has been trying to broaden the her husband's cultural horizons.
This was like what...6 months ago...he still hasn't resigned I think...
Getting that huge windfall of Aztec gold proved to be the worst thing that could have happened to the Spanish. And Hapsburg rule was harmful too. The two acted to crush the Renaissance in Spain and anywhere else the Spanish ruled. The Renaissance started in its purest form in Italy but after the Spanish conquered Italy the Renaissance was effectively banished, fleeing first to France, and then Germany and England. England thus became the beneficiary of the growing influence of the Hapsburgs and their proxies the Bourbons when all those intellectuals and their intellectual ideas fled there during the disastrous Guerre de Trente Ans which was in many ways ultimately a Hapsburg/Bourbon anti Renaissance war against the Medicis and the Valois.
To me, they both look at least 30… maybe even closer to 40. And yet, they were caught on video during the Stanley Cup Riot acting like punks half their age. Dan Ray participated in smashing up a Smart car. When a guy stood up against the destruction, Mr. Ray smashed the car again just to provoke the guy. The defender then confronted him, at which point Mr. Constancia threatened him with a skateboard.
They were acting like young skater punks, yet they appear to bbe approaching 40's doorstep. They are way too o ld for that crap. Their train left the station in freaking 1995. Looks like a certain couple have some growing up to do Typical douchebag bromance.
I swear to god I've heard the name Steve Constancia and seen his face numerous times around the gym. I just can't put a finger on it exactly. There's so many douchebags like these guys here in Vancouver. Forty year old skateboarders in a bromance.
So what has been government’s response to declining tax revenue at state levels? To continuously increase cigarette tax to a dollar a package every six months. As prices increase, sales go down faster than the additional tax revenue is collected. All states have sold tax anticipation revenue bonds, even though none of them have sufficient revenue from increased tobacco tax to service the bonds. Republicans are now solidly behind a smoke-free America which will impinge on the American people’s right to partake of tobacco. That is the new mindset. They won’t make it illegal, but eventually it will make tobacco a privilege of the wealthy.
What will happen to the $150 billion of tobacco tax anticipation bonds states have already sold? How will that debt be serviced? None of the states have the necessary cash flow to service these tobacco and alcohol tax revenue bonds (anticipation revenue notes) because most of the states, between federal and state tax hikes, are increasing the price of liquor $1 per every proof gallon every six months.
Tobacco and liquor will become the province of the wealthy. The hoi polloi sitting on top of those piles of smoldering rubble in Detroit, trying to scrounge aluminum gutters – no more tobacco for you. You’ll be getting the corn husks from your local paramilitary government association.