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Tue, Jan. 10th, 2006, 10:25 am

Aging "lothario" [1] Peter Stringfellow has been granted a license to open a strip club up on Parnell St. Residents and business owners are absolutely delighted as you can imagine. Still, if this city needs anything, its another strip club (no lap dancing will be allowed, no more than 500 people will be allowed inside and it can't open before 6pm) spread out over the city to ensure maximum coverage by the demographic of drunken grabby blokes staggering home at 4am. Of course, Stringfellows is a "legitimate" operation so the indentured imported dancers from eastern europe will have to apply for a job like everyone else. Honest to god, do people really believe he woke up one morning and said "I would like to create a chain of strip clubs that adhere to the highest moral standards of strip clubs!"?

Now I say all this as an appreciator of be breast myself. You can keep your "But whats so great about them? they're just mounds of fat?" questions to yourself, they're just great alright? I just don't find the idea of paying large amounts of cash to see them quite so appealing, especially if I'm going to be seeing them while sitting next to some corpulent loser who just spent money he doesn't have to get a woman he doesn't know to give him a stiffie he can't use just so he can look like the big shot he isn't. Hell, just spend the cash subscribing to some websites and send your credit card statement to your friends if you want to see breasts while letting people know how much cash you waste on this.

Incidentally, a bouncer at a stringfellows has been cleared of manslaughter. A drunken customer groped a dancer, got kicked out and took a swing at the bouncer - a former heavyweight boxer and freaking ninja - who responded by punching him so hard the customer's jaw was shattered and his skull was fractured when it bounced off the pavement. Apparantly this was responding in self defence, make of that what you will, I was outraged until I found out the drunken customer was a marketing manager and somehow it didn't bother me any more.


Irish adoption of american political practices continues apace. Our own politicians have embraced your current administration's policy of not bothering to explain why they're doing what they're doing (before this revolutionary idea they had to make do with lame excuses) fully so now its time to move on to using classified information to politically assassinate your critics. Our minister for laws - for it would be hard to describe him as minister for justice without laughing - recently decided that he could get back at a reporter who as having a go at him over some issues by revealing that the guy had traveled abroad using a fake passport. This is the same minister who pushed through the "get the darkies out of here" referendum and the one who feels he doesn't have to follow the same rules as the rest of us when it comes to planning permission.

Mary O'Rourke, for the benefit of people reading this in other countries, is a senator - a position in this country which seems to involve absolutely nothing except trying to worm your way onto TV and get a "real" job in politics. She recently got the fianna fail party nomination to run for election in her consitiuency and in a moment of inspired brilliance decided that she should congratulate her team and thank them for working so hard to ensure her nomination by saying that they had "worked like blacks" to achieve it. Naturally she feels there is nothing wrong with this. My outrage pool has dried up by now so I'll leave it there.

[1] I used to think that was latin for "Wrinkly old tosspot of a letch who would die alone if not for his gigantic bank account" and it turned out I wasn't too far off the mark.

Tue, Jan. 10th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
bastun_ie

Um... apparently the new Stringfellows, according to the radio, will be using premises on Parnell St. which were formerly - a strip club. So, really, meh, and nice marketing job by Stringfellow, who's got loads of free publicity.

Tue, Jan. 10th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

I hadn't heard that, I wasn't even aware there was one in the area to be honest. I'd object more to stringfellows on the basis that I have more of a problem with establishments that seek to legitimise seedy crap like this.

Tue, Jan. 10th, 2006 12:40 pm (UTC)
psi

I'd rather Stringfellow's opened in Dublin than another grotty, sleazy place filled with skanky girls who are often in the country illegally.

It's much tamer than the lap-dancing clubs that exist here already. The girls dance on a stage and there is absolutely no touching or lap-dancing allowed.

Tue, Jan. 10th, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Given the option I'd rather neither got to open, the "dancers" and "customers" piss off and do something constructive with their time and the drunken grabtards go off and kill themselves.

Net result: better planet.

If our society wasn't such a complete bunch of irresponsible morons then I'd be thinking differently but sadly this is not the case.

Tue, Jan. 10th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
unblinkered

Of course Ms O'Rourke sees nothing wrong with this: her helpers accepted the compliment! However, it would appear noone asked the blacks their opinion.....but that might prove difficult, since they're all being booted out of the country for producing the offspring every economist says we need. Gah. You do a good rant, btw!

Tue, Jan. 10th, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

This week there would seem to be a lot to rant about.

I can see the moment in my head, she came *this* close to saying "n1ggers" (and I censor myself there only because I'm in work) and caught herself in time. Racist withered old cow.

Tue, Jan. 10th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
unblinkered

IMO, the whole Lenihan clan should be banned from Irish politics for life, but that probably applies to most political "dynasties" in this country. But then I've become jaded since I couldn't vote in the Citizenship Referendum...if all the "non-nationals" that have been in this country long enough to get Irish citizenship had done so, the outcome would no doubt have been somewhat different.

Tue, Jan. 10th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

Yeah, the vote would have passed by a slightly smaller margin :/

Tue, Jan. 10th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
trjh

I take it you didn't hear moment played back on radio, then. She certainly meant to say 'blacks', not 'niggers'. In fairness to her.

I take it you also didn't hear the interview with Pat Kenny where they both agreed that this was just political correctness gone awry, a compliment to both 'the blacks' and her staff, and that the saying came from coal miners, not slaves -- so it was all perfectly alright and no apology was asked for nor made.

I was pretty shocked at that outcome of the conversation. I don't much hold with the "it's an old Irish saying" excuse they were also using, nor the "oh, we don't want to become like those idiotically politically correct Americans".

As for Peter Stringfellow -- aren't you just glad he's draining money out of the grabbers, and keepin them from their normal pursuit of wandering up & down Temple Bar randomly hollering?

Tue, Jan. 10th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
evilrobotshane

I'd find it hard to think ill of a bouncer who does his best to put an attacker down in one - they've got a tough, dangerous job and a situation can escalate very quickly with them finding themselves drastically outgunned (and I mean that metaphorically, although of course there's always idiots carrying knives about too). The guy who decided to swing at him anted up right there, and got unlucky.

This opinion may be coloured by depleted patience for people who get violent because they can't handle their drink, but I do believe bouncers have a right to perform their jobs without being attacked. People violating that right are limiting their own.

Did I just become right-wing? Might be lack of sleep.

Tue, Jan. 10th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
mr_wombat

I'd put it to you that while you're correct on all points, the difference between a bouncer and say, a normal ninja on the street is that the bouncer is supposed to be able to deal with these things (ie, drunken businessmen) *without* smashing the bloke's jaw and fracturing his skull in the process.
I'm not entirely without sympathy for the bouncer though and the drunk brought it on himself without a doubt - I don't make a habbit of annoying massively muscled fighters.

You only veered onto right-wingedness if my theory is right wing that it should never have happened because the club shouldn't have existed, the marketing exce should have been doing something less scummmy with his life and the boxer should never have been a boxer at all because the sport shouldn't exist and the groped dancer should have been doing something that doesn't cause drunken morons to behave like testosterone fuelled apes.

Tue, Jan. 10th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
specky_ie

I replied...but in my usual way it got too long for a reply so I've popped my reply over here specky_ie where it can languish in it's own filth...oooo I love the word "filth".