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President Obama calls strip club owner!

obamaphoneCheetah of Florida's Joe Rodriguez gets the call.

For the first time—well, ever—an adult nightclub owner received a phone call from a sitting President. In this case, it was President Obama who called the Cheetah clubs' Joe Rodriguez, who owns several Cheetah locations in Florida. Why on Earth would the President call an adult nightclub owner? Did he want preferential treatment in the VIP area?

Not quite. In fact, it was to bestow a Medal of Honor on Rodriguez's late Uncle, U.S. Army Pvt. Miguel Vera, who was among 24 men who served in conflicts spanning World War II to Vietnam. Their heroism was apparently overlooked, and they are now being retroactively awarded America’s highest award for valor. Rodriguez has been invited to the White House to accept the Medal of Honor on his uncle's behalf.

“It sounded just like him. I was in shock,” Rodriguez was quoted as saying to the Miami Herald, noting also that he loved his uncle "like a brother." Rodriguez described his uncle as a slight, shy private who knew what to do on the last day of his life as an automatic rifleman with Company F of the 2nd Infantry Division’s 38th Infantry Regiment.

Someone will recite the story at the White House on Tuesday, March 25th. As Rodriguez tells it, the private fell wounded and was being carried off the battlefield when he saw his fellow soldiers’ morale in jeopardy.

“My uncle got off the stretcher, rallied the troops and said, ‘We’ve got to go,’ ” Rodriguez said, quoting accounts of how Vera led a terrifying charge up the hill. “There was mayhem, hand-to-hand combat, bayonet fighting,” he added.

Automatic weapons and grenade fire, artillery and mortar barrages were of such intensity that his platoon fell back, according to an account issued by the Department of the Army on April 29, 1953. But not Vera. “He selflessly remained behind to cover the withdrawal and, maintaining a determined stand, poured crippling fire into enemy emplacements,” according to his Distinguished Service Cross citation. “During this action he lost his life.”

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Really Navy?

navy storyClubs: The Navy doesn't want your donations!

Nearly three months after the charity golf event took place—an event that included two unnamed Central Florida adult nightclubs—Navy Capt. John P. Heatherington was removed from his post as commanding officer of the Naval Ordnance Test Unit. Vice Adm. specifically for allowing adult businesses to be one of the charity event sponsors. Terry Benedict, director of Strategic Systems Programs, made the decision more than two weeks after the allegation of impropriety was brought to leadership in Washington.

Atlanta—the #1 strip club destination?

Vice MagazineVice's Joanna Fuertes-Knight concludes it is.

According to London-based journalist Joanna Fuertes-Knight, Atlanta is, indeed, the adult nightclub industry's hottest destination. Vice Magazine’s mini-documentary, ‘Atlanta: Strip City’, explores the city’s “growing dichotomy” as the ‘strip club capital’, following Fuertes-Knight on a first-person tour of some of the city’s hottest adult nightclubs and related venues and individuals. Feurtes-Knight interviews a host of players in the Atlanta strip club world, including superstar strippers, a buttock implant doctor and club management in three of the city’s most notorious clubs. Her conclusion? All those rumors have a glimpse of truth in them—and Atlanta really is the strip club capital of the world. 

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The culture of Kardashian claims its first victim.

butt injectionDeadly butt-enhancement injections on the rise.

Pebbelz Da Model has proven that no butt is safe from the big-booty trend that is sweeping the nation. The adult entertainer, age 40, was convicted of manslaughter after a silicone buttocks injection went terribly wrong. Karima Gordon, the 37-year-old victim of this derriere dolor, died from a silicone embolism in her lungs a week after falling prey to the lure of a bodacious backside.

Sapphires refuses Bieber entry.

justin-bieber-mug-shotTeen star can't Belieb it! (But we can)

Not even Bieber's dashing good looks could get him inside Sapphire. The imfamous teeny bopper has been making a splash in the adult nightclub scene lately—but not the kind that is aptly welcomed. Sapphire in New York finally took a stand against the under-ager and his habit of leaving behind a trail of negative press and titty-licking pictures. Justin Bieber was barred from entering the club, after “they decided he wasn’t worth the trouble.

Safety first:

Hjelmeland1Strip club bouncer justified in shooting.

Portland grand jury recognizes self-defense for what it is.

On January 11th, Thomas Elliot Hjelmeland was denied entry into Portland’s Mystic Gentleman’s Club on the basis that he was behaving belligerently and openly making racial slurs. He retaliated from this rejection by returning 30 minutes later wearing a Halloween mask and armed with a revolver. He then proceeded to open fire within the club, leaving one of the venue’s bouncers in critical condition and two others wounded. Before he could do any further damage, another bouncer, Jonathan Baer, shot the gunman after being left with no other choice. Although Hjelmeland later died from the wound and the incident is no doubt tragic, what bouncer Baer did was nonetheless heroic and this fact was recognized by the grand jury, who ruled that Baer did not commit a crime and his use of deadly force was justified due to the nature of the situation. 

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Strippers primed to get serious game.

2014 superbowlFootball players aren’t the only ones warming up for the Super Bowl.

With the biggest sporting event in history only days away, the Seahawks and Broncos are no doubt busy making last minute preparations for this highly-anticipated Super Bowl. But they aren’t the only ones armed with Icy Hot and ibuprofen—the city’s exotic dancers are predicting quite the turnout from the NFL fans that will flock New York during this time.

“It’s a really exciting time for us,” says Shaun Kevlin, manager of Vivid Cabaret, the newly opened home of the city’s tallest stripper pole standing at 25 feet. “It’s definitely going to be the biggest week of the year.”

Kevlin expects his club to be packed to maximum capacity, with all 90 dancers on his roster ready to play.

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Dates are set for the EDI's!

edinternationals3-1City of Angels & Home of Rock ‘N’ Roll to host two EXOTIC DANCER Invitational (EDI) Contests in Spring 2014

Spearmint Rhino’s Dames N’ Games club in Los Angeles will play host to the EDI-West Contest on April 10-12, while Christie’s Cabaret in Cleveland hosts the EDI-East Contest on May 29-31

Clearwater, FL: ED (Exotic Dancer) Publications, producers of the Annual Gentlemen’s Club EXPO, celebrates the “return of the showgirl” by introducing two national, invitation-only feature dance contests. The best of the best in the exotic showgirls arena are honored each year with the presentation of EXOTIC DANCER’s “Overall Entertainer of the Year” Award at the Annual ED’s Awards in Las Vegas during the Gentlemen’s Club EXPO. To enhance the prestige of this National Award and to insure that the most qualified applicants all have a shot at the title, ED Publications, producer of the EXPO, the Annual ED’s Awards and the bimonthly Club Bulletin magazine, has launched a new, national contest series in 2014 —the Annual EXOTIC DANCER Invitationals.

Jim St. John new VP with Spearmint Rhino.

jim st john expoIndustry vet takes key position with top industry club chain.

Spearmint Rhino Consulting Worldwide, Inc. has announced the hiring of industry veteran Jim St. John as Vice President of Acquisitions. Jim brings 40 years of successful experience in the adult entertainment and hospitality industry to his new position (as the former President of Deja Vu Consulting). In addition to his role with Spearmint Rhino, Jim will continue to serve the industry as President of the National Board of the Association of Club Executives.

The Passing of a True Gentleman

jerry 1Jerry Reid: The Passing of a True Gentleman

One of the most admired and respected club owners in the history of our business passed away this week. Jerry Reid of the Pure Gold Club Chain in the Carolinas succumbed after a lengthy illness.

Tot toys and tatas

 Admiral Theatrespread Christmas cheer in Chicago.

-Admiral Theatre plays Secret Santa this Christmas.

Admiral Theatre, a strip club in Albany Park, Chicago, is playing “Secret Santa” for children in need in the Albany area for the fourth year in a row this season. The “Lap Dance for the Needy” toy drive, which began on December 9th, offers the adult nightclub’s clientele a nude lap dance free of charge in exchange for an unused children’s toy. 

Scrooge this season?

Scrooge The FoxyLincoln Commissioners play Scrooge this season.Donald Arena forced to install windows—then paint over them—in The Foxy.

Despite the jolly holiday approaching, the Commissioners of Lincoln, Nebraska offered Donald Arena, owner of The Foxy located in downtown, a rather unsettling—and illogical—“gift”: A notice requiring him to install windows, and then paint over them so no one could see in, on his remodeled and expanded adult nightclub.Besides the obvious question of “why the f**ck would you install windows—which are meant to be looked through—to merely paint over them?” Arena had another question for the Commissioners: Why was he not informed of the downtown design standards required by the city before he was approved for the building permit and remodeling?Despite the extra $12,000 out of his pocket that the city so kindly bestowed upon him this season, all Commissioner Lynn Sunderman had to say was, "It is a horrible situation to be in, to find out he has to put in more money. It is a shame." Bah, humbug. 

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