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From the I Swear I Could Not Make This Up Department, I bring you this news item: Porn Industry Seeks Federal Bailout.

That's right, Larry Flynt and other members of the pornography industry are asking Congress for $5 billion US to help...well, here's what he says:

"With all this economic misery and people losing all that money, sex is the farthest thing from their mind. It's time for congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America. The only way they can do this is by supporting the adult industry and doing it quickly."

Well, several responses come to mind. First off, does anyone really want Congress to rejuvenate the sexual appetite of America? Of all the groups of people I might think to list as "go to" people for creative sexual expression, Congress is not near the top. Or the middle. Or, honestly, the bottom. (I could make a bad joke about certain members of Congress possibly being bottoms, themselves, but I will repress the urge.)

But, more to the point, why would the porn industry seriously think they need a bailout? Porno is a thriving business, and has never seen truly hard times. Even with the economic downturn, they're still making money hand over fist. It's one sector of the economy that I'm quite sure does not need additional stimulation. Larry Flynt is making out well enough without any additional money shot into his bank account, and I'm sure that his fellow producers' balance sheets are likewise firmly in the black.

Besides which, Ron Jeremy aside, the porno industry does not qualify as "too big to fail." A few producers may go down here and there, but on the whole, the market is an easy one to penetrate.
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