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Around The Horn - What's Going On Around These Parts?...By Nelson Lardner
What's new, Pussycat? . . .
DR./EX-SENATOR BILL FRIST RETURNS TO PRINCETON: Hoo, boy.
MW's favorite politician, Frist returns to Old Nassau this fall. To quote last week's Princeton release on the subject:
"(Frist) will be appointed for the 2007-08 academic year as the Frederick H. Schultz Class of 1951 Professor of International Economic Policy, with the rank of lecturer of public and international affairs . . . (he) will teach a graduate course in the Woodrow Wilson School on health policy during the fall semester and an undergraduate course on a similar subject in the spring."
Frist makes this move after retiring from the U. S. Senate after serving two full terms, and gaining the Republican Majority Leader post in 2002 . . . though his overt presidential ambitions were met with broad yawns, and most of we MajorWager.com locals have a special place in our hearts for the dear fellow, after he railroaded the UIGEA through Congress in the dead of night as a rider attached to a port security bill that would have been a political poison-pill for virtually any legislator voting against.
All-around, '06 was anything but a vintage year for the ol' Frister, after failing to sustain his active medical license, essentially for not undergoing the continuing medical education needed, in a timely manner. To quote the AP story, from late last August:
" . . . Frist did not meet all the requirements needed to keep his medical license active - even though he gave paperwork to Tennessee officials indicating that he had, his office acknowledged . . . Tennessee requires its licensed physicians to complete 40 hours of continuing medical education every two years. Frist, a heart-lung surgeon who is considering a 2008 presidential run (Ed. Note: but . . . but . . . !) submitted a license renewal with the Tennessee Health Department stating he has fulfilled that requirement."
Whoops . . . though my understanding is that he's since straightened this out with the Tennessee State Board of Medical Examiners. Better late than never . . . I guess . . . but still, lying about it off the top of the deck is blatant bad form, eh, wot?
As an emeritus trustee of Princeton, Frist will fit right into the ol' college town, in our view. While the site of many beautiful homes, interesting shops, and the grave of former President Grover Cleveland, it's also the home of more eccentric busybodies than any other Ivy League settlement. MajorWager.com Jersey residents might just be fortunate enough to be able to audit a class or two, or run into Frist at the Blue Point Grill, Laheire's, or the Witherspoon Grill, thus gaining the opportunity to enlighten Frist with their thoughts regarding his words and deeds during his Senate career.
Frist's Terri Schaivo rantings were a national embarrassment. His UIGEA skullduggery was a shining example of giving the public (not to mention the nation's banks) precisely what they DON'T want.
BETCHA.COM: The new kid on the block . . . owned by something called the Internet Community & Entertainment Corp. - not publicly-traded. Originating out of the Pacific Northwest (by a Mr. Nicholas Jenkins, it appears), Betcha is the result of considerable time and energy dedicated to structuring a non-seeded person-to-person betting platform . . . perhaps even one capable of gaining its sea legs - while staying clear of the ire of the Department of Justice.
Those who play at Matchbook.com and other well-known venues already have the general idea . . . if you don't see a price you like, structure a proposition you're willing to live with, post up, and see if anyone else in cyberspace is willing to take you up on your proposal. Here, you must post up in order to attempt to make a market on your own . . . and the twist - once an event is completed, payments are to be made on the honor system, with subsequent thumbs up/thumbs down ratings attached to individual participants, in the eBay mode.
Wish 'em no ill, though the difficulties of a start-up in this field, especially given the smallish positions on offer, are forbidding - and never mind constantly looking over your shoulder at the Feds in a situation where U. S. citizens are expected to play through a stateside-based entity. But there's a measure of precedent on Betcha's side, in that what Betcha has done is offer a home for the old-time, man-to-man, handshake wager. There's plenty of judicial precedent riding in favor of unharassed man-to-man betting in the States - previous cases from close to a century ago gave the all-clear signal to golfers and contract-bridge players wagering among themselves, on their own prowess.
Heaven knows, the current administration has far bigger fish to fry (though that hasn't stopped the boys from sticking their noses into a number of tents most responsible observers had thought to be an unsuitable usage of valuable time and energy). Bon voyage, and godspeed . . . though the utter lack of assurances regarding actually being paid on a significant winning wager casts dark shadows over even this well-meant ship.
Knowing this rat will be teaching at Princeton next year makes me want to enroll there, just so I could give this guy just one , real hard, open handed slap to his face. ( do they allow near illiterates into Princeton?)
Funny how things work. He and his family have donated an enormous amount of money to Princeton, including $25 million for the Frist Campus Center. This insured that his sons Harrison and Bryan were admitted into the Ivy League school, even though their combined IQ is close to that of a fungo bat. And now he gets a teaching gig, how convenient.
Frist made his fortune by owning stock in Hospital Corporation Of America, a hospital chain founded by his daddy and his brother. This company has been investigated for years for fraudulent practices and has paid an incredible $1.7 BILLION in fines. His stock sales are so suspect, that the SEC (thats the security and exchange commision, not the southeastern confrence) is currently investigating the sale.
This is a typical story of a slimy human being, who like many slimeballs, oozed through Washington, leaving a trail of gook that soiled much of the citizenry.
The earth will be a much better place when Bill Frist is no longer an inhabitant.
Frist has admitted to going around to animal shelters and acting like he/his employees were going to adopt cats, only to "adopt" them and kill them and use them for his medical school.
A typical moralist right-winger, I wish the hell all the imbred sheep who vote for him believe in was true, so he could burn there eternally.
I wonder if he gets security/secret service when walking around campus? Would be beautiful to beat the shit out of him randomly, follow him around til you're in an isolated bulding/hall with nobody around, snap both his arms, and then run off...Sorry for the rant, an evil cocksucker like this gets my blood boiling...
"If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all"
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