December 17, 1999
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Worry
The days appear numbered for the military’s controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy . . . that is, as long as a Democrat wins the White House in 2000. Vice President Al Gore said this week that the policy, implemented in 1993 by President Clinton in a compromise that satisfied nobody, was an “unacceptable form of discrimination,” and that it should be revoked. Gore’s declaration comes on the heels of the court-martial conviction last week of Pvt. Calvin N. Glover, sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Pfc. Barry L. Winchell, who was rumored to be gay. That trial prompted similar responses from both President Clinton and First Candidate Hillary Clinton.
Of course, Democratic challenger Bill Bradley also thinks “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” should be abolished and he claims he was there first. “There are leaders and there are followers,” Gail Kaufman, a California campaign advisor for Bradley, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Bill Bradley, three months ago, said unequivocally he doesn’t believe the policy works and opposed it no ifs, ands or buts. It took Bill Bradley, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton all to state their positions before the vice president stated his.”
Say what you will about the gamers who fantasize about Tomb Raider’s pixelated vixen Lara Croft; at least the object of their lust is an adult. The same, apparently, can’t be said of one of Croft’s developers, 28-year-old Kenneth Lockley. Lockley, an executive with Core Design Ltd., the company that produces Tomb Raider, was arrested last week at the Regent’s Palace Hotel in London on charges that he asked an undercover police officer to find a 9-year-old girl for sex for a third party, who was never named. Lockley has been suspended from his job pending an investigation.
The incident coincides with conviction of 34-year-old former Infoseek executive Patrick Naughton, who was arrested in September on the Santa Monica Pier, where he allegedly intended to meet a 13-year-old girl he had chatted with for six months in the “dad&daughtersex” chatroom. The “girl” turned out to be undercover FBI agent Amber Braaten. Naughton was found guilty this week of possessing child pornography, but the jury in his case was unable to reach verdicts on charges that he crossed state lines for the purpose of having sex with a minor and arranged to have sex with the minor via the Internet.
Okay, people, we’re going to go over this one more time, and then you’re on your own: you cannot cure yourself of AIDS by drinking uninfected human blood, not even if a doctor prescribes it. Sadly, that information never quite made it to Pheach Phen, an HIV-positive Cambodian man who was arrested this week in the eastern province of Kompong Cham after killing a 5-year-old boy with a machete. According to the Khmer-language Koh Santepheap newspaper, the man confessed to killing at least four other people in a string of gruesome “vampire” attacks after a traditional healer urged him to suck human blood or die.
An estimated 200,000 people are infected with HIV in poverty-stricken Cambodia, where dubious local “cures” include having sex with virgins and drinking dogs’ blood.
Quote of the Week
“I learned about the incredible sweetness of men. I learned about the genuine awe they feel at the wondrous vulva.”
52-year-old Cosi Fabian, on the ten years she’s spent as a San Francisco prostitute, in the San Francisco Chronicle.
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