BLSays: Other than THAT, Robert Kraft … PLUS +

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    BobLee
    February25/ 2019

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    Other than THAT, Robert Kraft… PLUS +

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    I vowed I would not post another column until The World went JUST ONE DAY without proving that Charlie Darwin had his evolution theory completely backwards… and his heirs issued a blanket apology to monkeys. Reparations to monkeys for 160 years of implied insults is, thus far, not being discussed. … But I quickly realized I was painting myself into a corner. So, I disavowed…

    Lets do a Potpourri column. Tilt the topical cornucopia and see what pours out.

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    Robert Kraft did WHAT…

    Have you and your spouse and/or social / professional acquainti come up with a reasonable WHY would a billionaire with six Super Bowl rings frequent a strip mall massage parlour (wink, wink)?… assuming that Robert Kraft did indeed do so?

    If the preliminary news reports ARE indeed true … and Lord knows we don’t just assume THAT any more… do we Mr Smollett?

    I don’t feel sorry for Robert Kraft. I am an Actions Have Consequences kinda guy. This action’s consequences are pretty disastrous to 77-years of notable achievements.

    Two or three more SB wins will not erase this incident from Robert Kraft’s public obituary. Whether it should or not is another debate. It’s 2019 and all media is Tabloid Media now and there is certainly no shortage of Supermarket Headline Fodder.

    I know NOTHING about “massage parlours” (wink, wink) or paying for sexual acts or “human trafficking”… or being a billionaire owner of the most successful sports team of the Millennium.

    Palm Beach is a Money Is No Object Enclave where the price of pleasure / perversion is never a concern… but “Reputations” ARE.

    Is under-inflating footballs and spying on opponent’ practices a “gateway” to frequenting strip mall massage parlours?  Who knew?

    Is it a “I’m bulletproof… I’ll never get caught” thing?  Is it a “high risk” that “WHAT IF I did get caught” thing? I suppose Bill Clinton would know…

    Prior to last week’s BREAKING NEWS, a lot of people hated Robert Kraft for the usual reasons “a lot of people” hate anyone who is very successful… especially in sports. The more successful, the more hatred is ginned up apparently.

    I’ve never understood that; but I don’t understand Gravity … Electricity … or Oprah’s popularity either. Being “a friend of President Trump” is, of course, an added incentive to hate Kraft for some folks.Bezos

    Jeff “Mr. Amazon” Bezos, who is NOT a “friend of President Trump” at all… has also had a recent sexually-related incident. What I don’t know about “massage parlours” (wink, wink) pales beside what I don’t “get” about taking “dick pics”.

    I have conducted an unscientific poll of about a dozen acquainti and, thus far, I’ve found NO ONE who “gets it” either. I have NOT polled Prince Albert, JudgeBob or The Bob Kennel on this one.

    Lets move on from such YUCKY STUFF…

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    Chattanooga and The Hundred Years’ War…

    I’ve been on a heavy “listen to books” regimen of late. It really helps me disassociate from the reality that The World as I have known it is vanishing faster than (insert something that vanishes really fast).

    I’ve found a great crime series set in Chattanooga TN. How many of those can there be? The Harry Starke series by Blair Howard should appeal to those who enjoy Stuart Woods’ Stone Barrington or even Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch. Especially the former.HarryStarke

    The PR blurb for “Harry Starke” compares him to Lee Childs’ Jack Reacher??? Harry Starke is as close to Jack Reacher as Harry Potter is to Reacher. Why does every author publicist have to use the Reacher comparison? Harry is a wealthy Private Investigator who gets every gruesome crime that takes place in Chattanooga. There are at least twelve so far…

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    I’m also into historical fiction with a series by Bernard Cornwell involving an English archer during The Hundred Years’ War between England and France. You may recall a great series about Robin Hood I read last year. This one is similar. I’ve never known much about those centuries. Apparently people did not get along any better THEN than they do NOW… Surprise!

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    Zion… Zion… Zion ???

    Yes, I saw “the Zion Shoe Thing”. I never miss a game where Spike Lee might be, do you? If I was advising Zion, I would advise “shutting down”, leaving Duke and moving back to Spartanburg. Hire a rehab staff and a personal trainer and negotiate a shoe deal.  Regardless he will not be at Duke long enough to know how to spell it you spot him the “-uke”.

    I can’t recall even two of Duke’s One & Dones from the past 6-7 years. Not that that should matter to anyone except me.

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    Baseball Stuff …

    I don’t miss not hearing what Manny Machado had for breakfast. Now that Manny is a Padre, his every action is no longer an OMG! The OMGs are now totally “Bryce Harper just sneezed and it sounded like “Philadelphia” or maybe “San Francisco”.

    I am sooo over MLB’s Free Agent Crap. I realize MLB pundits have 24/7 to fill with something. I’m just tired of the Free Agent somethings.

    The $$$$ amounts don’t bother me. MLB is a multi-billion $$$ business and the best players on Earth should benefit from that. The MLB rules on free agency / arbitration etc need tweaking. I hope level heads can work that out over the next few years. I’m not optimistic that will happen.

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    • UNCBlue Reply
      8 months ago

      I have never gotten Oprah! Even tried to watch and found her unwatchable. My guess is same sentiments and forces as ones that got Obama elected.

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        On the several occasions I did watch out of curiosity… her studio audience seemed 50-50 B/W with most in the 30-40 age demos. Her HeyDay preceded BHO but was surely propelled by a sense of reparational-guilt by TV execs.

    • Doug Reply
      8 months ago

      Although it doesn’t rise to the level of Robert Kraft’s faux pas. I tried to Brunswick Stew at The Players Retreat today. It comes close to a crime against humanity for even ordering it. Lesson learned. Next time stick to Pete’s Burger.

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        Ladyfingers’ Catering on Whitaker Mill Rd makes a very good B-Stew. Old Time BBQ on W. Hillsborough is good. Big Ed’s MIGHT offer B-Stew… can’t recall.

    • Doug Reply
      8 months ago

      Thanks to CNR for reconfirming my belief that some (not all) NBA teams like the Golden State Warriors epitomize team play. The passing game is incredible. Despite many issues and some players seeking attention for non-basketball matters the skills in the NBA game is vastly superior to NCAA ball and the gap is growing.
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      In football the NCAA game is influencing the NFL. The situation is reversed with some NBA game influencing the college game but archaic rules are in the way. A player like Kevin Durant is basically a 7′ point guard as is every other player on that team. Coach K has evolved his game with the Olympic experience. An added benefit for me is at the two minute mark the pro game takes 4-5 minutes in real time vs the 15-20 minutes with college coaches showing how clever they are. Coach has heard my end of game rants plus the flopping charges, and nonsensical replay system in the college game before. NCAA rules are completely ruining game flow.
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      I too was impressed by Wildatheart’s testimony and applaud his candor..

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        Wildatheart has been a loyal BLSays enjoyer for 10+ years. His sincerity (and Wolfpack Loyalty) is impeccable.

    • CNR Reply
      8 months ago

      Enthusiastically agree with your assessment regarding Zion.

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        Aaahhhh Coach. You’re just sayin’ that to be nice! 🙂

    • Tim Moretz Reply
      8 months ago

      Oh I absolutely know Roy recruited all the top recruits. Zion had UNC in his final 3. But the fact that UNC has still been as successful as it has has to be a credit to Roy. I do understand you don’t have a lotta luv for him but hard to argue his success without the top one-and-Dones.

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        I’ve never questioned Roy’s HoF coaching credentials. I just think he became “full of himself” a few years ago and – like Dick Vitale – morphed into an “Ol Roy” caricature.

    • Tim Moretz Reply
      8 months ago

      Wow. Some of you guys can get really deep on this stuff. I’ll keep it simple. I’ll never know the mindset of a “sports” billionaire. I would imagine it’s different from a “business” billionaire. Lots more testosterone in the air. But a 77 yr old sports billionaire, I’m guessing, may have a mindset of “couldn’t give a shxx” and will do as he pleases. When one is 77 yrs old and have a $1B+ by all means have a good time while you can. A vast number of 77 yr olds can’t get out their front door. But then one bad decision gives you a black eye that will heal shortly. If Kraft was still in business in retail or service where morality was important this would matter. The NFL? How long has it been since morals mattered? He owns the most successful franchise in NFL history. No NE can “gives a shxx” if Kraft pays for a BJ ANYWHERE. If he were involved in the trafficking itself……BFD! But he’s not….supposedly.
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      As for Roy, I was thinking the same about his recruiting thru TGU. For me it’s always been frustrating to watch the lack of athleticism early in the season but then they learn how to overcome that as the season progresses. May very well be a testament to Roy’s coaching.

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        I’m sure Roy seriously recruited every One/Done that K signed over the past 7-8 years but TGU scared them off. That he ended up having to “make do” with “stick arounds” has paid dividends whether intended or not.
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        Another factoid with Kraft… after his wife of 40 years died 3-4 years ago, he picked up a 39 y/o model / girlfriend. VERY COMMON scenario in Palm Beach. That is her in the picture at top of column. She has had a child during their relationship but the baby was not Kraft’s. Their “understanding” likely allows him his dalliances at “the spa”. What/If The NFL does is TBD… TrumpHaters will DEMAND a public beheading of course… because…

    • CNR Reply
      8 months ago

      Babs, you are correct on all counts.
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      Doug, you are a hoot. My first thoughts regarding the shoe explosion was the poor little thing who put the inspection ok as well as the stitcher and gluer are in some really really deep trouble. The Mekong swim seems likely. Or perhaps an agent of another shoe producer secreted a counterfeit into Zion’s locker.
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      Several acquaintances called me last week to tell me to watch the UNC-Duke game to watch Mr. Williamson. That I did. I watched other games of his after the mishap. Golly Gee! Gulp! Holy Toledo! WOW! They get bigger, faster, more tools. Is there a limit?
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      My son is a season ticket holder for the Oakland Warriors. He has been calling me to watch the Warriors as he said they pass and are unselfish. I finally watched when he called while at the game. Third quarter was amazing basketball. Perhaps, the DDDDD is finally out. The diagonal passing was amazing as was the jump shooting from Emeryville. I’m sold. Durant was playing point guard and hitting beautiful wide open jump shots after eight or nine beautiful quick passes. They are a beautiful unselfish team to watch.

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        Zion’s Exploding Shoe was such an unbelievable coincidence of time / place. A national audience tuned in specifically to see him and he goes out at :30 seconds in such a “Never Seen THAT Before” fashion. BHO and Spike on-hand too…
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        Coach, your thoughts on whether Zion should “shut down” or risk aggravating the injury… ???

    • CNR Reply
      8 months ago

      Words of Wisdom from Wildatheart: We never seem to pay attention to a problem until an epidemic addiction ensues. Opioid abuse is now the addiction de jour.
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      Wildatheart is correct. Pornographic offshoots are the root elephants secretly entering the homes of the faithful. Wildatheart, you are to be commended for your knocking the evil one out of your home. Also, for your choice of a magnificent mate. Your comment brought smiles and joy in this home, as well as enthusiastic approval from a weeping Jesus. Thank you.
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      Every representative from below has presented the presence within their congregants of the addiction.
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      Ecumenism has a robust history in our community of ethnics comprising peoples from all parts of the world. Every faith, including Judaism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Hinduism, and Islam share a common ground in semi-annual week-long services hosted by one of the originating congregations many years ago. We also meet once a week for breakfast at a local Episcopal Church for prayer and fellowship.
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      Why Mr. Kraft? Why? Why? Why? Perhaps because the devil is a crafty one with many helpers in his army. Is Mr. Kraft a better man than David, the Psalmist?

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        I am the ONLY SmartAleck Website to have a full-time Lay Theologian-on-staff. A notable benefit BLSays readers do appreciate!
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        While a Cultural Civil War rampages and escalates across this country, the assorted “vices”that have plagued humankind since Eden remain as universally non-partisan as ever. Prince Albert and I discussed this very subject over lunch yesterday.

    • Doug Reply
      8 months ago

      I’m sure Lyman or someone was able to alert certain pillars of the community of the impending sting. An expose of a gay lover caught shimmying up the exterior to the penthouse at the O’Neil would be a even better “Bonfire of the Vanities” style read. Somewhere Tom Wolfe is shouting, oh hell yeah, a real CF!

      BTW, thanks for the potpourri column. I’m in Raleighwood with mama-mel in the middle of a 10 day grandkid babysitting marathon (parents are romping in some Central American rainforest) and needed something to jolt me back to unreal everyday fodder. Interesting fact. Did you know that a 15 month old toddler has more energy and more active than a world-class Olympic athlete?

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        That there likely were indeed “Pillars” in Eunice’s parking lot is quite likely… as there would be in all communities. I do doubt that Kinston in The 60s offered the broad range of “professional sex services” as Palm Beach in 2019. But what do I know… ?

    • Doug Reply
      8 months ago

      Nothing screams going incognito like a portly silver haired billionaire showing up at a generic strip mall massage parlor or at Eunice’s Court in a chauffeur driven blue Bentley and parking amongst the 12 year old Honda Civics and mini-vans for a 15 minute rub-and-tug. THAT is the strangest part of the saga for me.

      Zion. Maybe CNR can recall a player with similar physical skills in college but I can’t, at least in the last 30 years. Wes Unseld, Bill Russell, might compare in an earlier era. I hope the 8 year old kid that made “the shoe” isn’t floating face down somewhere in the Mekong River.

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        I’m pretty sure I am THE ONLY other human on Earth to “get” all of those deliciously obtuse references.
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        When Sheriff Clay Broadway’s SWAT team raided Eunice’s Cadillac Motel in the early 60s, did they run license plate checks on the parking lot BEFORE they began kicking in doors ?? Did they give Lyman Grant a 10-minute warning?
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        The Asian Orchid Spa has a “per minute” rate ?? Is that customary in such establishments?
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        Bill Guthridge recruited some 8′ tall English guy – Neal Fingleton… I think he ended up playing Chewbacca at a theme park somewhere ???

    • Babs.Derm Reply
      8 months ago

      Visiting a massage parlor is one thing, involvement with human trafficking is another. We will see! You are right, people hate Kraft because he’s successful, just like they hate Tom Brady (more jealousy there than anything else). Kraft and Brady being pals with our President doesn’t help the hate scale.

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        I was surprised the HEADLINE for the Kraft story was not…
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        TRUMP CONFIDANT LINKED TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING RING…MAYBE RUN BY RUSSIAN MOB … OMG!!!

    • Former96Heel Reply
      8 months ago

      There is either an Asian Spa or Asian nail place in every strip center in America. I have no idea which ones a respectable person wouldn’t go into, but I do know when my wife treats herself to a massage, it’s not a place with neon lights in the window.
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      What I do figure is, there is a WHOLE lot of tax evasion going on in all these places. Human trafficking, illegal employment, all cash business, and so on. But I bet you their rents get paid every month. The minute they start missing those rent payments, any of them get closed. Until then, carry on, let’s look the other way.
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      It’s kind of sad that the majority of us, who would never condone any of this behavior, live with it right down the street.

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        My working knowledge of Massage Parlours (wink wink) and Nail Salons is sketchy at best. Apparently ONLY Asians, specifically Viet Namese, are employed in the mani / pedi business these days. Nail Technicians are to Viet Nam what MLB baseball players are to The Dominican Republic… THE #1 occupation of choice.

    • Wiladtheart Reply
      8 months ago

      Well first I bet he was driving a rental and second those places are not in areas like North Hills and Cameron Village where people are going to know someone famous if they are walking around – especially if they park within 20 feet of the door. You have to remember there is a whole world out there which you know nothing of, but unfortunately at one time I did.

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        I’m not totally naive… but I confess to not knowing the finer points of “that world”. I have noted for many years that XXXX Book/Video stores ALWAYS have several cars parked outside 24/7 and NEVER go out of business. Raleigh has several that have been in business for the 32 years we have lived here. Certainly a Depression-proof bizness.

    • Wildatheart Reply
      8 months ago

      Well those massage parlors are populated by women brought over from China and other places (the reason for the human trafficking sting) so no, they would have no clue who he was. It is happening right now in Raleigh and Cary, just no one talks about it. I am hoping like with me it will be a turning point in his life. Solomon tried it all and then he wrote Ecclesiastes. Robert Craft just won the Super Bowl and yet it was not enough.

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        I didn’t mean the Spa girls recognizing him. I mean PB citizens walking / driving by as he drove in / out of the strip mall… As in “Hey, look there’s Patriots owner Robert Kraft going into Orchids Day Spa… lets take a cellphone pic…”.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      8 months ago

      Let’s see if I read the news accounts correctly. The Jupiter PD had the strip mall “Day Spa” under external video surveillance since 2012? Said Day Spa had indentured sex workers that lived on site and Ma Jong was a stern Madam…
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      But, to make sure that the workers did not ask for help from the customers, the Day Spa has its OWN video surveillance setup. The JPD knew, via facial recognition and/or license plates the NAMES of several prominent individuals that frequently came by and stayed for 30 minutes. Seems like these Sr. Citizens no longer had porn star “bounce back(up?)” ability…so it were OVER.
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      Finally, when the JPD raided the Day Spa and got into THEIR video archives, matching up the high profile clients with their “unauthorized videos”, did NOT need the Blacklist Special FBI team’s expertise. Obviously Bob Kraft and the Ex Wall Street banking COO and the President of the FL Boys and Girl’s Club had compared notes, while at “The Club” and knew where to go and WHO to ask for…..for that “special treatment”. If Blacklist gets renewed, then Ma Jong will be #69 and Ressler and Cooper will have to raid the videos to get the ones destroyed that Liz or Red says MUST NOT BE OUTED.
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      As for Juicy S’Mores or Jussie Smollett (is that LAY?), that puppy may be able to act, but he sure can’t lie or plan a hoax crime worth a diddle. When the Bro’ CPD Commissioner calls you out as being a wart on the butt of the Chicago Black Community, your dark meat goose is cooked.
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      Rahm had JUST come up with a plan to extract $25 Gazillion from DC to “fight Trump HATE Crimes”. After all, this IS MAGA country….but surprisingly only12.5% of the voters in 2016 voted for the Orange Skinned Honky (Spike Lee’s name for him…since Trump convincingly deprived him of HIS Oscar with all his Hollywood connections). Next thing you know, the NRA will be running ANTI CONFISCATION ads in Chicago if they pass the N.Y. State Red Flag law that Ms. Pelosi hailed today…
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      As to ZION….Mikey has him on, metaphorically speaking, the Rogaine treatment. Samson done lost all his locks and can’t hurt folks no more. Is there any truth in the rumor that Tony Bennett and ORW cleaned out the VooDoo Doll maker’s inventories of ZION dolls and bought all the needles at the local JoAnn’s? Flip a coin and you’ll be more likely to guess whether Zion suits up for Duke….one more time

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        I kept expecting you to some how work Smurfette Folt into Kraft’s massage parlour … 🙂

    • Wildatheart Reply
      8 months ago

      For some reason the “reply” button did not work for me. I am sure Kraft thought what he did would be way more anonymous than the options you mentioned. Who expects a sting operation at a strip mall massage parlor?

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        Yeah… the Reply button is busted… To fix it would mean too many other changes.
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        You’re probably right. NOT a good decision in hindsight… Another issue with Kraft… He is NOT an anonymous PB billionaire. I’m sure he is well-recognized around town… more so than just another trustfund baby or hedge fund guy.

    • ENC1 Reply
      8 months ago

      The worst part of this for Zion was not being able to play in the Duke vs Unc game. You think Nike will not try very hard to get him to sign a shoe contract with them? IMO if 100% healthy he will play again. All this talk about shutting him down is the main reason if you are 18 you can work in or for the NBA and NFL if they hire you. Time for colleges to shut down the free football and basketball farm teams.

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        It may turn out that Ol’ Roy NOT being able to recruit 5-stars during TGU was a blessing. Roy committed to “stick arounds” and it has paid off… whether he intended it to or not.

    • Wildatheart Reply
      8 months ago

      So you may not post this and that is fine. I understand completely what Robert Craft did and why. Up until 18 years ago I had a sexual addiction, while being a good husband (it was totally secret) and church member. It is an insidious thing which started innocently enough (or so everyone thinks) by finding my dad’s Playboy magazines in under the shirts in his drawer as a 12 year old.
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      As most addictions it escalated to the point of frequenting massage parlors (THOSE kind of parlors were in Greensboro back in the day) among other things. It was a “God thing” that I was not aware of ALL of the offerings, but I was aware of enough. But I understand “the pull” even for someone who has the greatest marriage ever, which I did and still do. It was another “God thing” that led me to confess EVERYTHING to my wife and to the path of healing.
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      Thank God the internet was not as pervasive back then. Sexual/porn addiction is stronger than cocaine and way more common that people will admit. There is freedom but it does not come from “accountability partners” or just saying no, but from understanding what led to the addiction to begin with. It transcends wealth or social status. So yeah, when I saw the news story I completely understood.
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      Now I know we need to have lunch.

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        I appreciate the universal nature of “the vice” and the popularity of The World’s Oldest Profession et al. I think what astounds most folks w/ Kraft is why he risked so much doing “it” the way he did. Palm Beach has a bountiful supply of the finest “call girls” / “escorts” – etc in America. Kraft could have easily used luxury hotels… a special condo etc etc rather than a seedy strip mall massage parlour. Was “the risk of getting caught” the real Turn On ???
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        That so many other PB High Society Notables were also IDed indicates what goes on “Beneath The Royal Palms”. That is the title of a Tell All expose of Palm Beach from a few years ago. No doubt ALL manner of sexual perversion goes on behind those high walled security gates… but “a strip mall massage parlour” ???

    • unctarheel1984 Reply
      8 months ago

      Zion who?

      • BobLee Reply
        8 months ago

        I can’t name any of the Duke One/Dones … but I wonder if any of them can spell “Krzyzewski”. Wonder how many CamCrazies can spell “Krzyzewski”? Can Obama spell “Krzyzewski”?

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