• U.S. Agents Reprimanded for Overly Didactic Symbolism in Colombia

    Don't you hate it when you're watching a movie and then something that could have been this really nice subtly poignant moment of allegory is blown to shit because the director decides that you're not smart enough to figure it out on your own and pushes the symbolism to the point where it's impossible not to realize that you're witnessing "art" or some shit like that. I get it, Antononi, he's mourning his lost youth. I'm not an idiot.

    What's even more annoying is when it happens in real life

    The sixth Summit of the Americas that concluded yesterday in the Caribbean city of Cartagena was supposed to focus on trade in the Western Hemisphere. Instead, 11 U.S. Secret Service agents became the center of attention after they were sent home for allegations of misconduct involving a prostitute…

    The incident came to light when a Cartagena prostitute refused to leave the hotel room occupied by a Secret Service agent until she was paid, said U.S. Representative Peter King, who heads the House Homeland Security Committee.

    The 11 agents, part of an advance security team that arrived before Obama, had brought women to their hotel blocks away from where the president stayed this weekend, said King. All have since been placed on administrative leave.

    Okay, so, U.S. agents go down to South America for a trade summit and end up hiring a hooker and then refusing to pay her for her services afterward. Really, U.S. Secret Service? That was the best bit of dénouement you could come up with?

    President Obama said that there's currently an investigation going on into the agents' actions, which he expects to be "thorough" and "rigorous." Good! Because this is simply unacceptable! Hopefully, these agents won't just be let off with the customary slap on the wrist and will face some actual punishment for behavior. Like maybe some firings.

    And definitely some drama writing refresher courses.

    Tags: Colombia, Prostitution, Secret Service, Sex


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