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Let me tell you a little story about a man named SHH! SHH! Even before you start, that was a pre-emptive "shh!" Just know that I have a whole bag of "shh!" with your name on it.

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Attention all authors, comedians, local yokels: thought you'd inject a little Bernie Madoff humor into your routines? Think again! At least if you're making an appearance at a certain Manhattan social club (or performing a couple of sets at the Laugh Factory, where the owners got hosed big time). The Ponz. Master's name has apparently been BANNED at the Harmonie Club. Page Six reports that Laurence Leamer, set to speak on March 5 at the Jewish club house about his book, "Madness Under the Royal Palms: Love and Death in Palm Beach," was told the keep he who shall not be named in the lock box (with the HC's manager taking the extra precaution of strapping wires to the author's nipples that would send an electric current should he try to sneak anything in).
"I was informed that a number of members at the Harmonie has lost money with Madoff and it was a very sore point," Leamer, whose talk has since been canceled, told P6. "I was willing to go along with it, even though it's kind of censorship." Uh, fuck hell yeah it is! Also? The completely wrong way to go about this. You don't see Madoff victim Kevin Bacon going into denial over the whole thing, do you? No, because Footloose knows that there's catharsis in talking/dancing it out. And also that we must never forget. We start embargoing the name Bernie Madoff and next thing you know Ahmadinejad is saying it never happened.


Now You Listen Here: Tim Geithner's Bags Are Packed

Earlier today, it was reported that Timothy P. Geithner has informed people that he "plans to leave the administration by the end of January, even if President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans haven’t reached an agreement to raise the debt ceiling." Will this actually happen? Those unfamiliar with the Treasury Secretary's attempts to leave his post in the past will say yes. He's leaving, ship-shape. Those who've watched TPG try and fail to bust out of Washington for the last nineteen months, however, know better. More than likely, he's not going anywhere and it's not because deep down inside he doesn't actually want to go home but because his bosses won't let him. Witness, if you will, a small sampling of examples in which his requests have been denied, either directly (via someone laughing in his face) or indirectly (by giving those who've applied to replace him the wrong directions to their interview):