A Ricochet Challenge

 

I’m torn. On the one hand, I think we should all pause from our busy schedules to consider the most salacious and astonishing tabloid scandal in British history since the Profumo affair. We could surely use the comic relief.

On the other hand, the entire story violates our Code of Conduct.

I thus solicit your suggestions for appropriate, dignified, and family-friendly ways to discuss the matter of Lord Sewel. (Warning: The link is not safe for work. And do not open it in front of your children.)

The contest is open.

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  1. Ricochet Coolidge
    Ricochet
    @Manny

    Claire Berlinski, Ed.

    I’m torn. On the one hand, I think we should all pause from our busy schedules to consider the most salacious and astonishing tabloid scandal in British history since the Profumo affair. We could surely use the comic relief.

    On the other hand, the entire story violates our Code of Conduct.

    LOL, that’s a sneaky way to get us to read the story.  After you piqued our interest like that, who could refuse?  ;)  Going over to read it now.

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  2. Ricochet Member
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    @

    Tried to open the link here at my government computer…blocked. Guess I’ll go back to work.

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  3. Claire Berlinski, Ed. Editor
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.
    @Claire

    I just don’t know how to handle this one. It’s news, for sure, but how can we even discuss it?

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  4. Claire Berlinski, Ed. Editor
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.
    @Claire

    John Peabody:Tried to open the link here at my government computer…blocked. Guess I’ll go back to work.

    The severely Bowdlerized version is available on Wikipedia.

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  5. Majestyk Contributor
    Majestyk
    @Majestyk

    I’m sure they think the same thing about us, but… the Mother Country is weird.

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  6. user_233140 Inactive
    user_233140
    @JohnMurdoch

    Euphemism is your friend. What better resource (particularly in this case) than the language of the English during the Victorian Era?

    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=victorian%20euphemisms

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  7. Claire Berlinski, Ed. Editor
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.
    @Claire

    Majestyk:I’m sure they think the same thing about us, but… the Mother Country is weird.

    So weird. There is just no other country that gives rise to scandals like this.

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  8. Ryan M Member
    Ryan M
    @RyanM

    I remember being at a party one time in high school and snapping a picture of a friend smoking pot.  It was long enough ago that nobody had digital cameras (or phones of any kind), so it was just a disposable camera with real film.  He flipped out and launched into a tirade about cops and federal agents, etc… etc… and I didn’t argue with him but noted the paranoia was a bit high, considering the crime being committed and the relative importance of the person committing it.  Interestingly, this kid is now (I only know via my wife’s facebook account) flamingly left-wing and just as moronic as he ever was, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised with any of it.

    Needless to say, in one of those pictures, the prostitute is clearly holding a phone directly over his … weenis (as my 3 y/o says) … and snapping a picture.  Now, I know the purpose of this post was not to brainstorm various ways a person could avoid scandal while still committing the deed, but I’d like to think that a no-phone policy at the orgie is just simple common sense.

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  9. Ricochet Coolidge
    Ricochet
    @Manny

    Wow, what a story.  The thought of a 69 year old bald man stripping naked in public is pretty gross.  It’s my impression that when British politicians do something wild, they really go over the top, even though they might on the surface look extraordinarily respectful.  Inside of 75% of contemporary British men is a rock-and-roller, wild man waiting to break out.  Mick Jagger turned 72 yesterday; I think he’s be proud of this guy. :)

    What’s not to discuss?

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  10. iWc Coolidge
    iWc
    @iWe

    Easily summarized, really:

    Left-Wing Peer of the Realm is a dislikable bad-mouthing miserable human being.

    Is that really news?

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  11. Claire Berlinski, Ed. Editor
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.
    @Claire

    John Murdoch:Euphemism is your friend. What better resource (particularly in this case) than the language of the English during the Victorian Era?

    https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=victorian%20euphemisms

    “Blanket hornpipe” might do. “Convivial society,” perhaps. “Blow the grounsils?” I’m just not sure which one applies to the acts in which the Lord was filmed. The Victorian Era’s euphemisms seem lacking in descriptors for snorting cocaine off a convivial lady’s lady parts, however, while boasting of doing this at the taxpayers’ expense.

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  12. billy Inactive
    billy
    @billy

    Claire Berlinski, Ed.:I just don’t know how to handle this one. It’s news, for sure, but how can we even discuss it?

    It seems pretty straightforward to me. A politician offering his assessment of his colleagues to two of his constituents.

    Or a cocaine-fueled rant while naked to two high-priced prostitutes.

    Either way works.

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  13. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy Carter
    @JimmyCarter

    A proven successful defense:

    The bitch[es] set Me up!

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  14. iWc Coolidge
    iWc
    @iWe

    Let me get this straight:

    A LORD in the United Kingdom hires some hookers, takes cocaine with them, and hangs out talking politics?!

    There’s nowt so queer as folk.

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  15. 1967mustangman Inactive
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    @1967mustangman

    See this is why we need a Ricochet After Dark section.

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  16. Claire Berlinski, Ed. Editor
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.
    @Claire

    Ryan M: I’d like to think that a no-phone policy at the orgie is just simple common sense.

    Yes, especially if you’re responsible for enforcing standards in the Lords, and the recent author of this column:

    Scandals make good headlines. Preventive measures seldom do. It is not surprising that more column inches are devoted to scandals than to measures taken by the House to prevent wrongdoing by its Members. It has not been widely reported that the House of Lords has taken major steps in the past five years to protect its reputation and punish misconduct by its Members, although the improvements we have made were recognised recently in a Transparency International report in which the House of Lords came second out of all the UK parliaments and assemblies for transparency and integrity systems.

    In recent years, the House has strengthened the rules themselves (contained in the Code of Conduct). All Members now sign a declaration to obey the code and the seven principles of public life. They undertake always to put the public interest first. The requirement that Members must always act on their personal honour has been reinforced. An indication of willingness to breach the code is now itself a breach of the code, even if nothing more has been done. For this reason Members caught in sting operations by journalists have been found guilty of breaking the code even though nothing happened beyond a discussion about what they might do for future (bogus) employers.

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  17. drlorentz Member
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    @drlorentz

    Claire Berlinski, Ed.: I thus solicit your suggestions for appropriate, dignified, and family-friendly ways to discuss the matter of Lord Sewel.

    You mean, I can’t just say it’s yet another case of a pol caught with hookers and blow? The Profumo affair was far more interesting. As Flanders and Swann observed, “Nil combustibus profumo.”

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  18. Claire Berlinski, Ed. Editor
    Claire Berlinski, Ed.
    @Claire

    drlorentz:

    Claire Berlinski, Ed.: I thus solicit your suggestions for appropriate, dignified, and family-friendly ways to discuss the matter of Lord Sewel.

    You mean, I can’t just say it’s yet another case of a pol caught with hookers and blow? The Profumo affair was far more interesting. As Flanders and Swann observed, “Nil combustibus profumo.”

    Fair enough. The best since Stephen Milligan’s tragic demise.

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  19. Casey Inactive
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    @Casey

    Sewel, 69, said of Mr Cameron before shooting from the hip, 69: “He just shoots from the hip.”

    Later, after making one-off commitments he could not deliver on, he said of Cameron “He makes one-off commitments and cannot deliver.”

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  20. drlorentz Member
    drlorentz
    @drlorentz

    Claire Berlinski, Ed.:Fair enough. The best since Stephen Milligan’s tragic demise.

    I didn’t know about that one. Pretty good.

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  21. Whiskey Sam Inactive
    Whiskey Sam
    @WhiskeySam

    1967mustangman:See this is why we need a Ricochet After Dark section.

    Finally someone gets it!  Although, I usually call this kind of thing “Tuesday”.

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  22. Kay of MT Inactive
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    @KayofMT

    iWe:Easily summarized, really:

    Left-Wing Peer of the Realm is a dislikable bad-mouthing miserable human being.

    Is that really news?

    So  what’s new Claire? Or different from a great many of our own? Would love to know how Reid really got that black eye, then we had one that took his own selfies and posted to the internet. Politicians swill at the taxpayer’s hog teats, and think they are something special.

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  23. Casey Inactive
    Casey
    @Casey

    Whiskey Sam:

    1967mustangman:See this is why we need a Ricochet After Dark section.

    Finally someone gets it! Although, I usually call this kind of thing “Tuesday”.

    Sewel calls it Twos-day.

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  24. Matede Inactive
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    @MateDe

    Meanwhile, back at the House of Lords several members are cancelling their weekly appointments with a couple of coked up prostitutes.

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  25. user_44643 Inactive
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    @MikeLaRoche

    Alternate headline: “Tactless Lord found in Topless Rant”

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  26. MarciN Member
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    @MarciN

    I hope this type of scandal isn’t in store for the United States if Mrs. Clinton is elected. Mr. Clinton will get bored. Nothing to do all day but be gross.

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  27. jetstream Inactive
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    @jetstream

    Come on Claire, do we have to look at these particular pictures? Couldn’t you have linked to some good pictures and just relabeled them?

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  28. Capt. Aubrey Inactive
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    @CaptAubrey

    It’s really sad that this fellow and Donal Trump appear to be the only pols around who speak with genuine candor even if it is made up candor.

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  29. Casey Inactive
    Casey
    @Casey

    Mike LaRoche:Alternate headline: “Tactless Lord found in Topless Rant”

    Not to get all English major but pairing Lord with Lady would add an alliterative quality, don’t you think?

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  30. user_44643 Inactive
    user_44643
    @MikeLaRoche

    MarciN:I hope this type of scandal isn’t in store for the United States if Mrs. Clinton is elected. Mr. Clinton will get bored. Nothing to do all day but be gross.

    Brain bleach, please. ;-)

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