Heard on the Hill: Porn Industry to Congress — Thanks!

Posted July 3, 2008 at 4:38pm

When Congress passed economic stimulus legislation earlier this year, little did Members realize that the economy wasn’t the only thing about to be stimulated. The online porn industry is benefiting from those tax rebate checks now landing in mailboxes around the country, one market-research firm claims.

[IMGCAP(1)]AIMRCo, or the Adult Internet Market Research Company, put out a press release last week saying that porn Web sites are experiencing a 20 to 30 percent “upswing” (their word, not ours) in business since those checks began arriving.

“Getting more people to buy porn was probably the last thing [President] Bush had on his mind when he came up with his ‘stimulus package,’ but we’ll take it,” says Jillian Fox, spokeswoman for LSGmodels.com, one of the Web sites surveyed.

Stuff Hill People Miss. Staffers looking for pre-recess and recess distractions have been bemoaning the lack of posts over at Stuff Hill People Like, the snarky blog poking fun at the foibles of Hill aides. After a good run since the blog’s debut in March, the posts, which mock the stereotypes of beer-guzzling, name-dropping Hill types, inexplicably stopped in late April. But rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated, the site’s authors — who are anonymous former and current Hill staffers — tell HOH.

“We’ll be back this summer,” one of the scribes tells us. “Now that we have interns to do our work for us.”

Perhaps just in time for the doldrums of the August recess.

Game On. An online poster is trying to stoke a rivalry between two neighboring Senate office buildings.

During the Congressional recess last week, HOH found herself browsing through the “missed connections” section on Craigslist (solely out of curiosity, of course) and came across this little gem, “Dirksen Building Hotties.”

“Was visiting last week and could not believe the sheer number of attractive women working in this building. I no longer wonder why senators stray with staffers given how beautiful these ladies are and their attire, short tight skirts and low cut blouses. Amazingly beautiful women and so many of them. Makes me wonder about the Russell Building.”

A Dirksen vs. Russell rivalry we can believe. But Senators straying with staffers? Why, we’ve never heard of such a thing.

Conspiracy Theorist on Line Two. To be or not to be? The chicken or the egg? We’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that some of life’s biggest mysteries will never be solved. Others, though, are still pressing for answers.

During a media conference call held by the Teamsters union Wednesday to discuss Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) trip to Colombia, Teamsters President Jim Hoffa fielded some out-of-left-field questions from a reporter chasing a bigger story: where Hoffa’s father is buried.

While most reporters’ questions focused on trade policy, one caller surprised listeners by pressing Hoffa on where Jimmy Hoffa Sr. — who disappeared in 1975 and whose body has never been found, despite numerous attempts to locate it — is reposing.

A listener tells HOH that Hoffa deflected the question without missing a beat, calmly and apologetically informing the caller that he simply didn’t know where his father was.

Still, the reporter pressed on, insisting, “I think you do know … we need to know” before Hoffa again demurred and the conference call moderator quickly moved on to the next question.

But Can She Bocce? Résumés, interviews, letters of recommendation — those are the stuff of most job applications. But would-be candidates for a position in the office of Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla.) have another requirement: an essay on “how bocce has changed your life.” That’s bocce, as in the bowling precursor most often played by old Italian men in picturesque village squares.

In a job posting circulated by Brown-Waite’s office, applicants seeking the position of legislative correspondent are required to send in an essay of no less than 300 words but no more than 450 words on how the game has affected them. Other qualifications are more predictable, like “a working knowledge of Congress, a knack for research, and well developed critical thinking.”

HOH has a sneaking suspicion that Brown-Waite’s staff might be interested in recruiting for the office’s crack bocce team, the Victoria’s New York Style Night Club team, which is named in honor of a bar in the Congresswoman’s district.

The team shows off its bocce skills in a league that plays in Garfield Park in Southeast, near the House office buildings.

Running on Fumes. Looks like the high price of gas is hitting close to home. Republican Duane Sand, who is challenging Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.), ran out of fuel while piloting his Cessna plane, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Sand walked away from a plane crash in a cornfield in his home state last month, and the candidate speculated afterward that an icy carburetor was to blame.

But the NTSB found the plane had less than 32 ounces of fuel in its tank, according to a report in the Fargo Forum.

Perhaps hoping to preempt any “campaign-runs-out-of-gas” metaphors, Sand released a statement saying he had checked the fuel tanks before the trip and noting that he is not a mechanic or technician, so any causes he had previously suggested for the crash were just speculation.

Not idle speculation, we hope, because that’s just a waste of gas.

Jay Heflin of CongressNow contributed to this report.

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