Friday, October 23, 2009

What is it with Argentinean Firecrackers? Will Gabriela Pochinki Be Singing Behind Bars?

In 1974, Rep. Wilbur D. Mills (D-Ark.), Chairman of the Means and Ways Committee, was involved in the Tidal Basin scandal which splashed him out of Congress. Drunk and driving, he was found cut and bloodied as he tried to rescue a stripper —Fanne Foxe, billed as the “Argentine Firecracker.”— from the cold waters of the basin.

A few months ago, South Carolina Governor Mark Sandford, in front of live TV cameras, revealed his love affair with an Argentinean woman (“Maria”). The media frenzy that ensued wasn’t pretty. Emails followed:
"You have a particular grace and calm that I adore. You have a level of sophistication that so fitting with your beauty," Sanford wrote on July 10, according to the e-mails published on the newspaper's Web site. "I could digress and say that you have the ability to give magnificent gentle kisses, or that I love your tan lines or that I love the curve of your hips, the erotic beauty of you holding yourself (or two magnificent parts of yourself) in the faded glow of the night's light -- but hey, that would be going into sexual details."

Well, there’s no fool like an old fool—or a man in love.

Today the Big Apple newspapers are filled with Opera star Gabriela Pochinki’s display of violent behavior against the manager of “Nice Matin,” a restaurant next to the Lucerne Hotel, on the Upper West Side. The fiery singer is accused of shoving the manager with such force that the police had to be called. Issuing her summons for criminal trespass, she was released on her own recognizance and asked to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court.

Let’s hope she can settle this embarrassing incident and continues with her career. After all Gabriela Pochinki is a talented soprano who has much to offer.

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