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This Is The Re-Mux

April 3, 2008 Comments off

Thanks to a Twitter post from Sarah Lane I got hipped to a site called MuxTape, where you can upload your MP3’s and make a “mix tape” to share with your friends over the internets. It’s kind of like You Tube but for music, and it lets you create a play list so that you can set the song order.

I gotta tell you that I’m lovin the concept, being a DJ I have come across plenty of songs that I’ve wanted to share with others. Unfortunately other than having them buy the CD solely on my recommendation or illegally download the song (something that I would never endorse) I haven’t really found a good way do this… until now!

So I’ve taken the liberty of uploading a couple of songs that I’ve remixed or extended for play in the club. Most of them stem from the original being just way too damn short to get away with playing or from the “No Rap Rule” we have. So keep in mind that these songs were intended to be played in a strip club and have hot stripper chicks dancing to them while they play… hehehe

Admittedly I’m no professional when it comes to remixing a song, but I’m kinda proud of what I’ve been able to do so far, and inevitably whenever I play one in the club someone always asks about it. Always makes me feel good when something I did just to satisfy the curiosity of rather I could do it or not gets me a little praise from total strangers. I’m generally a shy person, but when you get me in the DJ booth I love to show off, and in a gentleman’s club if you can get the customers to shift their attention from the ½ naked woman on the stage to the 300 lbs Mexican guy in the DJ booth… you’ve gotta be doing something!

Anyway, without further a due… here’s my MuxTape and the play list:

http://th0r4z1n3.muxtape.com/

AFI – Prelude 12/21
Digital Underground – April Showers
Kid Rock & Metallica – American Bad Ass (Sad But True)
I.C.P. – Fire Rain


And as long as I’m giving out “Twitter Plugs” don’t forget to check out my tweets @ http://twitter.com/Th0r4z1n3

Ohio Senate Bill 16 / Issue 1 Pt. 2

October 4, 2007 3 comments

OK, so it’s no big secret that this whole “Senate Bill 16 / Issue 1” thing is defiantly pushing all of us to the limit. Even though we were semi-prepared for such a battle, it’s one thing to think that you’re ready, and another to actually be ready. We’ve spent years getting ready for this, but I don’t think that any of us realized the stamina that was going to be required to win such a fight.

I feel a bit like Rocky Balboa in the last round of his fight with Clubber Lang. Sometimes it feels like it’s taking everything I have just to stay on my feet; I’m punch drunk, stumbling around, just going through the motions, but just when you feel like throwing in the towel you find just a little bit more fight buried somewhere deep down inside of you that you didn’t think you had. So you keep moving, stick, jab, block and come back with a left blow that would send even the strongest man flat on his back.

The owner of my club was one of the original four founding members of B.A.C.E., and as such he’s been a driving force in making sure that we continue to pull our weight during all of this. Between my club and our sister club, the girls have raised, on their own, more than a lot of other club owners have contributed to this battle. That’s not counting the money that’s been donated by the club’s themselves and their owners too, but let me tell you; this shit ain’t easy!

I’m drained, I’m tired, and I’m not the only one that feels this way. I’ve lost some very dear friends and valued employees during this fight. My “House Mom”, my go to person who helps me keep the girls in line and keeps me informed of all the little secrets that nobody wants to tell the manager, finally couldn’t take it anymore and quit on me Sunday. I knew the pressure was getting to her, but honestly, there was nothing I could do. It’s a lot like watching a slow motion train wreck, you see what’s happening, you want to do something, you want to stop it, but you’re helpless to do so.

Is it worth it? I don’t know. I believe in what we are fighting for. It’s not just my livelihood, but the livelihood of 10,000 other adult entertainers, from dancers to D.J.s to mangers, bouncers, bartenders and their children who depend on their income to survive. Not to mention, the fact that such legislation would severely impact the first amendment rights of all Americans. Today the religious right wing has targeted me, but where does it stop? Who is going to put these self righteous ass holes in their places?

The eyes of the entire adult entertainment industry are on us right now, because if Ohio falls; so will the rest of the country, one state at a time. Indiana already has plans to impose similar legislation if the C.C.V. is successful here, along with several other states. Ohio is serving as a testing ground for the religious right wing, and will provide a blueprint for other groups to follow, I know because the C.C.V. has gone on record as saying such.

I’ve said before that I know that adult entertainment is not for everyone, but everyone should have the option to choose if it’s for them or not. The religious right wing only accounts for about 10% of the population, but they seem to have the power to dictate how the other 90% of the population can and cannot live their lives. For example:

We’ve all stayed in a hotel at one point or another in our lives, and rather or not you took advantage of them you know that they offer pay-per-view movies both of a secular and adult nature. But have you stayed in a hotel in Ohio lately? If so have you noticed something missing from your entertainment options? That’s right, Phil Burress and his small group of extremists, approached every major hotel chain in the state and threatened them with a state wide boycott and more bad press that they could buy their way out of, unless they removed all of the adult content from their pay per view menus. The only chain that did not cave to his demands was the Marriot.

This small special interest group was able to bully several multi-million dollar companies, and make them bend to their will with the threat of being demonized in the press. The Hilton family, a family with so much money that you would think that they print that shit in their basements, ran from these people. But I aim to tell you, if it takes a small group of clubs in Ohio to shut these ass holes up then I guess we’re just going to have to be them mother fuckers!

Got my fight back? It never left!

“I may be drained and running on “E”, but goddamn it I ain’t going out without a fight! and if I gotta go down; I’m going down guns a’ blazin’, at least I’ll have my self-respect! I will not fade silently into the night, and I will not be bullied by some self righteous ass hole who thinks he knows what’s best for me and the rest of the country! If these ass holes want to fuck with me, they’re gonna remember they fucked with me!”

The C.C.V. likes to tell people that adult entertainment promotes prostitution and drug use, but what they don’t tell you is that there have been numerous studies that prove otherwise and debunk their religiously bias misquotations. I offer to you an article written by Joseph C. Sommer of Columbus, someone obviously more educated on these matters than myself, as it appeared in several newspapers around the state:

 

Senate bill could raise crime rates

 

Supporters of Senate Bill 16, which places statewide restriction on adult businesses, repeatedly claimed that those businesses cause crime and other social problems. Little attention has been paid, however, to research disputing their position and indicating that their extreme anti-sex attitude is what actually harms society.

The claim that adult businesses cause crime and other problems has been debunked by a number of studies, including those performed by Daniel Linz, a professor in the law and society program at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

In published research, Linz and his colleagues examine the studies purporting to link negative secondary effects to adult businesses. They expose those studies as being seriously and often fatally flawed.

They also report that scientifically valid research shows no negative secondary effects of adult businesses and sometimes indicates positive effects on communities. Among the beneficial effects can be jobs and a stronger economy.

Other research indicates that rabid anti-sex attitudes, such as those displayed by the backers of S.B.16, contribute to crime.

Sex therapist and researcher Aileen Goodson says “fundamentalist theological thinking – which tends to promote body shame and sexual repression – is far more prevalent among sex offenders than among the general population.”

A leading expert on sexual violence, Dr. John Money of Johns Hopkins Medical School, reports that mot people who engage in sex crimes were raised with strict anti-sexual, repressive attitudes. He predicts that “current repressive attitudes toward sex will breed an ever widening epidemic of aberrant sexual behavior.”

The First International Conference on the Treatment of Sex Offenders, held in Minneapolis in 1989, included similar predictions. Key participants there agreed that Western societies with repressive sexual attitudes and traditional male-female roles are likely to have high rates of all forms of sex crimes.

If these experts are correct, S.B.16 could harm Ohio’s economy and contribute to higher crime rates. Their research should have been seriously considered in the debates about the bill.

I could go into all the “numbers crunching” and try to explain about lost tax revenue and unemployment and all that shit, but to be honest; those numbers don’t really mean anything to most people. If you want to know how much adult entertainment effects the economy of an area I’ll give you an example.

The mayor of Cleveland himself spoke out about this bill, calling Mr. Burrass and his cronies by name and telling them to pretty much mind their own business. If the city of Cincinnati doesn’t want adult entertainment and have decided such… then fine, but don’t try to tell him how to run his city.

The city of Cleveland makes quite a bit of money indirectly from gentleman’s clubs and such. A major source of revenue for the city is made from conventions, and the money that attendees spend while they are in town. And as we all know a major reason people attend conventions is for the fun and good times that are to be had while at a convention.

If you know anyone that has attended a convention recently, ask them about it. Nine times out of ten you’re going to hear a response that sounds very similar to this: “Mr. Fill in the Blank gave a rather good lecture about something or other and blah blah blah, but man afterwards we all went out to the bar got smashed and went to the titty bar! I had a great time; I can’t wait till next year….”

Ohio is already a state that has passed a smoking ban, making it illegal to smoke in any building that has employees, does not offer gambling, and now wants to do away with adult entertainment… that just screams tons of fun!

To put things into perspective, Detroit is just as easy to fly into as Cleveland is, and Detroit offers gambling, has no smoking ban whatsoever, and will not throw you in jail for shaking the hand of the bartender at the titty-bar… where are you going to have a better time? Hmm?

That’s right, the “six foot” stipulation in this legislation applies to everyone except the Janitor, and physical contact of any kind is punishable by jail time for both parties. Your waitress can’t serve you your drinks, the door person can’t accept your money, and God forbid if there were a physical altercation, because the bouncers can’t get within six feet of you either. So when that drunk ass hole, that we would have escorted out of the building hours ago, decides that you’re looking at him funny and tries to assault you, you have to fend for yourselves, because if we help you; we’re going to jail too.

Ladies don’t think that this law doesn’t effect you too. If we loose this fight, it’s not just the strip clubs that will be forced to close, but also the adult book stores, and if there are no adult book stores, then where are you guys going to by those “rubber wieners” you guys like so much. I’ve been in those stores and I know the fellas aren’t buying all of those things. If you haven’t been in an adult book store lately, there are more of those sex toys in there than there are nudie magazines, it‘s no secret who the big spenders are in those stores. Incidentally, Cincinnati is also a city where you are not able to buy/own a dildo… that’s food for thought, huh?

Ohio Senate Bill 16 / Issue 1

September 16, 2007 1 comment

I wrote this the other day to post on my club’s web site, but it’s kind of relevant to what’s going on in my life right now too. So I figured I’d share it with all of you.

Dear Friends of *Name Edited to Preserve Anonymity*,

With the elections coming up in November, I thought it might be a good time to inform everybody of what exactly is going on with Senate Bill 16, and again stress that if you enjoy your freedoms and want to continue to enjoy them, that you MUST VOTE.

As many of you may, or may not know, the religious right wing has taken it upon themselves to try and impose their beliefs on all of us in the fine state of Ohio. The “religious right wing”, more specifically the C.C.V. (Citizens for Community Values) out of Cincinnati, has tried to, and succeeded in, getting legislation passed that would effectively put an end to all adult entertainment throughout our entire state. Through what can only be described as “cunning” and “devious” tactics, they were able to sneak this bill through the house and senate, and have it placed on the Governors desk to be signed into law without letting you, the people of Ohio, have their say.

As an industry, we have seen such a storm brewing for quite some time and were not caught completely off guard by their actions. The club owners and employees have, for the most part been able to put their differences aside, and come together under and organization called B.A.C.E. (The Buckeye Association of Club Executives) to fight for your rights as Americans to enjoy adult, or any other type of entertainment, that you choose. For the past several months we have all been working exhaustively to raise enough money to fight this blatantly anti-American law, but what it ultimately boils down to is you… we CANNOT do this without YOU.

The first part of the battle has already been won, but the war is far from being over. We, as an industry, were able to get an injunction against this bill before it was signed into law. What this means is that we have effectively put a “hold” on this law, keeping it from going into effect. This “hold” is by no means permanent, it’s only a temporary injunction until you the people can have a chance to vote on it and voice your opinions.

In November, this issue WILL be on the ballot so that the people of Ohio can have a chance to voice their opinions. I cannot stress enough how important it is to vote this November 6th, and if you enjoy adult entertainment of simply believe that a person should have the right to choose rather or not he/she would want to partake of such entertainment, VOTE NO on ISSUE 1.

If you are not a registered voter, we have voter registration forms here at the club. It only takes a few seconds to register, all you have to do is ask, we will provide you with the forms, explain how to fill them out, and even turn them in for you. Your voter registration card will arrive in the mail within a few weeks after that.

As a whole, we have been able to raise the $400,000 a week that was required to get this injunction and be able to have the issue put on the ballot for you the people to vote on. But now that we have it on the ballot, we really have to step it up on the fund raising. From now until Election Day it’s going to cost roughly one million dollars per week to get the word out and inform the general public as to what exactly is at stake.

This bill will effectively put 10,000 people out of work and take approximately 250 million dollars per year in tax revenue from our already burdened state. But the most important thing to know is that this bill will take away even more of your freedoms. This legislation will take away your freedom to choose, and rather you enjoy adult entertainment or not, as an American your freedom is a very precious thing, and you should not be afraid to protect it. So remember the next time you in our club, or any club, when you support B.A.C.E., you support your freedom.

All proceeds from our t-shirt sales are donated to B.A.C.E. along with every dollar made during our “Dollar Dances”, and there is always that little glass box up at the front bar labeled B.A.C.E. that you can make donations in.

We have several industry wide fundraisers coming up and will keep you informed as more information is made available to us through B.A.C.E. . One of the most exciting events that are going to be taking place is an industry wide formal dinner, with speakers form all over the country and from all aspects of the business, from dancers, to publishing companies, to adult actresses and actors. This will be a chance for our patrons to meet and mingle with some of the most influential people in the adult entertainment industry. We will keep you posted on all of the details of that event as they become available.

As I wrap things up I would like to take a moment and speak to you all on a personal level. I know that adult entertainment is not for everybody, but everybody should have the option to choose rather it is for them or not. How would you feel if someone who had morals and beliefs different than yours were to take it upon themselves to force you to live and believe the way they do. Our troops battle everyday against such individuals in our nation’s “War on Terror”. Their tactics may be a little different than that of the C.C.V. but their motives are still the same: “Believe the way we believe, or we will MAKE YOU.”

I leave you with a quote from Phil Burress, President of the C.C.V. – “Right to read? It’s a bunch of hogwash. You don’t have the right to read anything you want!”

That simple quote should be enough to show you exactly how they regard your rights and freedoms.

Sincerely,
*Real Name Also Edited*

It’s finally over… Booooo….

August 19, 2007 1 comment

So it came and went; another anniversary party has passed, and believe it or not it all ended before I was ready to stop. My body hurts, I have no voice, and my ears are ringing like bells at a Mike Tyson fight, but it all went well. I’m too tired to go into all of the details right now, and after rocking a 10+ hour party I need some rest, but I’ll fill you in on all of the finer points and post some pics after I get some sleep.

Nervous Fucking Break Down

August 16, 2007 Comments off

Well, it’s that time of year again and our anniversary party is only a couple of days away. The stress is eating me up inside and I really don’t want another fiasco like last year’s; the only manager to date, not to have that year’s anniversary party do better than the previous year… FUUUUUCK! I don’t need this!

 

The year before that, I had maxed out my bonus’ by midnight, last year I struggled to hit my second bonus by the end of the night. Two weeks ago I was turning away girls because I had too many dancers, now I’m down to six… I DON’T NEED THIS STRESS!

 

Man life so much more simple when I was just the DJ, all I had to do was show up, rock the crowd, and make sure everybody had a good time… I’m good at that!

 

Last year was a fluke, it had to have been, I don’t know if I can deal with that look of disappointment from by boss again. I don’t know why his opinion of me is so important anyway… of coarse I do, he’s not just the best employer I’ve ever had, but he’s been one hell of a friend and mentor to me. He’s taught me so many things, not just about business, but politics and life in general. I value his opinion and his opinion of me. Who am I kidding? I value those pats on the back for doing a good job more than I do the financial rewards.

 

I can’t help but feel like I’ve forgotten something.

 

I’ve covered all of my bases right? I’ve taken care of the advertising, I’ve booked the live guests, we’ve practiced the topless boxing over and over again, I’ve got boxes of porn to give away, and enough t-shirts to clothe a fucking army…

 

Man why did I have to fire the head DJ last week!?!? I had the whole night planned out, down to the minute in three and a half minute intervals. Now I’ve got to break in a new DJ in just under a week and have him ready not just to be able to carry the weekend, but to be able to carry the busiest night of the year. It’s one thing to spin for a constant 30-40 people, but it’s a whole new story when you look up from the booth and see 100+ people and you’re expected to not just entertain them but to control them. I hope he don’t fold under the pressure… ARRGGGHHHHHHH! I DON’T NEED THIS SHIT, I DON’T NEED THIS PRESSURE!

 

At this point there ain’t much else I can do except close my eyes, dive head strong into it, and hope for the best. I guess we’ll find out this weekend… Here’s hoping for the best *cheers*