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While 'Rome Burns' They Party, Buy Prostitutes of all types,
and Squander Their History as well as their National Wealth

This amazingly twisted and corrupted world of Bandar bin Sultan bin
Abdul Aziz and his despicable class of super-rich super-spoiled
Arabs is also the world from which the Osama Bin Ladens and Aimen
Zawahiris have arisen. It is the world from which Hezbollah and
Hamas and the suicide bombers have come forth. And it is the world
in which this despicable class has left its civilization and heritage
practically defenseless against the Neocon/Evangelical and
U.S./Israeli/European onslaught now at the ramparts.

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From the oil, energy, and petrodollar centers of Arabia they are probably the most despicable class of people in modern history.

Few will or can say this out loud; for those who try find their publications either undermined or bought-out and their personal situations endangered.

From Saudi Arabia to Dubai and Qatar and Kuwait they spend untold fortunes on prostitutes of all kinds -- from sex to business to government -- building unbelieveably tasteless snow mountains in the desert, ridiculously outlandish palaces in the sands, and lavish extravagansas that sometimes seem to compare with the worst Roman days of Caligula.

Now departed from the U.S. and 'back home' manuevering one way or another to line himself up for the throne of 'The Kingdom' of 'Saudi Arabia', Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz continually threw his multi-millions at takers far and wide during his 20+ year rein as U.S. Ambassador.

More than any other individual Bandar infiltrated, bribed, used, and undermined, nearly all of the Arab and Muslim civic and public organizations in Washington, terribly corrupting and compromising nearly all of them. What he did during his American rein is more responsible than anything else for how weak and discredited nearly all of these organizations are today when they are so deperately needed but instead are MIA (Missing in Action).

Here in Washington Bandar bought up many connected exclusive estates along the Potomac to built a gigantic 'residence', one with more bathrooms than many office buildings.

And now in Aspen the 'home' he built there is on sale as the most expensive ever in the U.S...and maybe anywhere!

Meanwhile the majority of the Arab and Muslim peoples from Iraq to Palestine to Chechnya to Egypt are literally starving and under vicious attack, in many cases from the very governments and multinational arms dealers/makers that Bandar and his kinfolk continually courted and financed.

This amazingly twisted and corrupted world of Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz and his despicable class of super-rich super-spoiled Arabs is also the world from which the Osama Bin Ladens and Aimen Zawahiris have arisen. It is the world from which Hezbollah and Hamas and the suicide bombers have come forth. And it is the world in which this despicable class has left its civilization and heritage practically defenseless against the combined forces of the Christian Evangelicas and the Jewish/Zionist Neocons. Many now feel, and understandably so, that there is a U.S./Israeli/European onslaught now at their ramparts.


For sale: Nation's most expensive home

Prince Bandar's Aspen compound on market for $135 million

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Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz's Aspen compound is on the market for $135 million, making it the most expensive home ever listed for sale in the United States. (Aspen Times file)Aspen Times

By Chad Abraham
July 12, 2006

For $135 million you, too, can live like a prince.

That is the asking price for the palatial Aspen compound of Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, a real estate financier confirmed Tuesday. It is the highest real estate price in U.S. history, and possibly in the world, experts said. The price tag trumps Donald Trump, who had the previous highest offering on the national market, $125 million for a beachfront home in Florida.

Bandar is the former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States. His 95-acre Starwood Ranch property includes a nearly 56,000-square-foot mansion, and several smaller homes and buildings.

The main home is larger than the White House, and includes 16 bathrooms, 15 bedrooms, stables, a tennis court, an indoor swimming pool, outdoor water features and a snowmelt driveway.

Real estate agent Joshua Saslove said his brokerage is handling the sale through the real estate arm of Christie's, the exclusive auction house. Saslove, who previously represented the buyers of Hollywood mogul Peter Guber's $46 million property, is the regional affiliate of Christie's.

He said Bandar regretfully reached his decision to sell the spread. However, the prince is spending too much time in Saudi Arabia, chairing his nation's new national security council, to enjoy his Aspen home.

"I have therefore concluded to allow some of the property to pass on into other hands," Bandar said in a statement he released through Saslove. The prince will retain ownership of some homes and property at the ranch.

Bandar, 57, became his country's ambassador in 1983 and resigned the post in 2005. He began developing his land on Starwood Drive in the 1980s, and the main mansion was finished in 1990. Starwood is a gated subdivision on a mesa across from Buttermilk, off McLain Flats Road, between Aspen and Woody Creek.

The decision to sell also means the town will lose one of its best-known philanthropists. While he will no longer live here part-time, Bandar said he intends to still visit Aspen "from time to time and enjoy its unique natural beauty and the generous welcome of the Aspen community."

The upper valley proved to be a welcome retreat during his 22 years of ambassadorship, he said, and he has always enjoyed his time here with friends, family, diplomats and other figures of renown.

"He has become very close to Aspen," said Saslove, a friend of Bandar's who has visited the home numerous times. "I'm sure he gave this [decision] considerable thought."

The prince donated to many local charities and causes, including Aspen Valley Hospital, the Aspen Youth Center, the Shining Stars Foundation, Wintersköl and the Aspen Education Foundation.

Unprecedented in Pitkin County

Bandar's main home needed special review from Pitkin County before its approval in the late 1980s, recalls Cindy Houben, community development director. The maximum number of bedrooms allowed at the time was five, she said. Bandar was "allowed to have a lot more."

"The commissioners were the ultimate authority on the special review," she said. "There were tons of hearings on it because it was just such an enormous home that was being proposed."

Saslove said it is a magnificent residence with many amenities, including ponds, trails and buildings for staff housing.

There are "a considerable number of people" in the world who can afford the asking price, he said. The sale will be offered through the Christie's network and private marketing in the future. No immediate advertising is planned.

"There has never been a sale of that size in this area, and to my knowledge it is the largest single-family residential listing in the United States," Saslove said. And "maybe" the world, he said.

It is definitely the nation's highest priced property, confirmed Nick Antonicello, director of sales at Unique Homes, a magazine that covers luxury real estate. But for how long is unclear.

Antonicello said there is speculation that the widow of TV mogul Aaron Spelling will put her 56,500-square-foot mansion in Los Angeles on the market for $150 million.

But that property is on only six acres, as is Trump's Florida property. Given the acreage at Starwood Ranch, Rich Wagar of Rich Wagar Associates said he was surprised Bandar's asking price isn't more.

Wager represents the sellers of a home on Central Park West in New York City that is about $5,500 a square foot. Wagar noted Bandar's mountain palace is on the market for $2,400 per square foot.

"I know it comes with a fair amount of land so [the price] is not too bad from that standpoint," he said. "The hard part is, how many people want to spend $135 million? How many people need 55,000 square feet?

"However, it only takes one."

Bob Starodoj, president and CEO of Mason & Morse Real Estate, predicted Bandar's land will be tough to sell.

"It's a very personalized, specialized property," he said. "I'm not sure what you do with that. My sense is the only guy who's gonna buy it is some guy who's in the same financial stratosphere as Bandar."

And the number of such people is apparently increasing. Wagar said the number of billionaires he speaks with now is "phenomenal compared to how many I used to come into contact with just 10 years ago."

Not a billionaire? Don't despair, Wagar said.

But "you're going to be $500 [million] net worth or above before" the Starwood Ranch is a consideration for you, he said.

Saslove said the premium end of the real estate sector remains active.

And "there is only one Aspen, Colorado," he said. "These people have a choice. With their wherewithal to spend their time in any place in the world, they choose Aspen."

Top-dollar digs

Price: $135 million
Where: Aspen
What that gets you: A home fit for a prince. Bandar's place comes with about 56,000 square feet, more than 30 rooms, indoor pool, trails, employee living quarters and stables on 94 acres.

Price: $125 million
Where: Palm Beach, Fla.
What that gets you: Donald Trump's property is on six acres with 475 feet of Atlantic Ocean beachfront. The home has a 4,100-square-foot conservatory, media room, library and three pools.

Price: $75 million
Where: Bridgehampton, N.Y.
What that gets you: A 25,000-square-foot estate that includes a U.S. Golf Association-rated golf course, 14 gardens, and a grass tennis court.

Price: $70 million
Where: New York City
What that gets you: An 11,000-square-foot penthouse with 360-degree views of Manhattan.

Price: $68 million
Where: Belvedere, Calif.
What that gets you: An estate that sits on 1.1 acres of land overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco and the Bay.

Source: Unique Homes

Paying the mortgage

Wondering if you can afford Prince Bandar's $135 million mansion? Here are some figures to help put it into perspective.

We'll start with 10 percent down, or $13.5 million. That drops the principal down to $121.5 million.

For a 30-year mortgage at an interest rate of, say, 5.75 percent, your monthly payments would only be $709,041.

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