Friday Evening Open Thread: Looking for LOLs


(Tom Toles via GoComics.com)
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Well, it made me LOL. As did this, via Mr. Pierce:

Strip clubs may not be the most politically correct venue for those attending the Republican National Convention, but that doesn’t mean Tampa’s well-known adult hot spots won’t be ready for the influx of visitors.

One place is bringing in a stripper who looks like former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. There are major renovations taking place. And some nude clubs have already been giving potential customers a taste of the talent online…

By the time the RNC begins in late August, Kleinhans hopes out-of-towners will have already formed attachments to his dancers from watching them online through the Club Cam System, which the 2001 Odyssey developed.

Thee Doll House, on North West Shore Boulevard, doesn’t have webcams but its dancers are also planning to cash in during the convention. Thee Doll House recently underwent a $1 million renovation and plans to bring in a Palin impersonator to entertain customers.

Neither club would predict how much money they would make during the convention but both expect business to more than quadruple.

Even with all the cameras turned on the area. In 2010, when the convention was awarded to Tampa, club owner Joe Redner said never mind that the GOP pitches itself as a party of family values.

“Washington, D.C., per capita, sells more bondage leather than any place else in the world,” Redner, who owns the Mons Venus, told the Tribune in 2010. “Those people are kinky.”

The Bay area has more than 40 strip clubs, and their already infamous reputation increased during the 2009 Super Bowl, when some clubs stayed open 24 hours and doubled or tripled the number of dancers….

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Who else has cheap LOLs (or heartwarming kitty / kid / foodpr0n) pics to share for the start of the weekend?

86 replies
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    jharp says:

    Ahhh, the Mons Venus. Some place.

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    Mark S. says:

    I guess we’ll know where to find Rich Lowry.

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    Mike in NC says:

    One place is bringing in a stripper who looks like former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

    They could’ve gotten the real deal for less money.

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    BruinKid says:

    So this picture from the Liberty Movement’s Facebook page has been making the rounds, getting over 2,600 shares since Wednesday, when it was first posted. Lots of Ron Paul fans have been sharing it SINCE the Aurora massacre. For those that don’t have Facebook, it reads:

    84,999,989 firearm owners killed no one yesterday.

    This is really a stupid argument. Reminds me of the comedian (Chris Rock?) who asked, “Why doesn’t the news cover all the planes that didn’t crash?”

    Since the Ron Paul fan I know who shared that is Muslim, and has been a very loud critic of Israel, I’ve been tempted to respond thusly: “And 176,499 Israeli soldiers (give or take) killed no Palestinian children yesterday either. So that must mean everything’s fine and dandy then, right?”

    But if I did, the energy released from his head exploding in anger at me might cause a 6-mile blast radius in Los Angeles. So I haven’t. But I’m tempted.

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    Ruckus says:

    @Mike in NC:
    Don’t know about the money side of the deal.

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    Roger Moore says:

    I hope those strip clubs are equipped with automated external defibrillators, because given the demographic that’s going to be there for the Republican national convention they’re likely to need them. I’m also guessing that the male strip clubs are where the real take is going to be.

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    Narcissus says:

    We should have a contest for the best GOPer craigslist m4m ad.

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    cathyx says:

    I’ll bet that Sarah Palin look-a-like stripper will make more money than any other stripper.

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    Mark S. says:

    @Mike in NC:

    That made me laugh out loud.

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    paradox says:

    Those people are kinky. [smiles]

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    Roger Moore says:

    @cathyx:

    I’ll bet that Sarah Palin look-a-like stripper will make more money than any other stripper.

    Not nearly as much as the Mitt Romney look-alike stripper.

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    Gus says:

    @Roger Moore: And neither one will make as much as the Ronald Reagan look-alike stripper.

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    Hal says:

    @BruinKid:

    Is he saying there was only one gun owner who killed someone in cold blood today?

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Gus:
    I think we’d better stop there, or there won’t be a big enough industrial sized bottle of brain bleach to clean up the mess.

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    @Narcissus:

    We should have a contest for the best GOPer craigslist m4m ad.

    You’re on. Remind me towards the end of August and I’ll put up a thread for it.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @jeffreyw:
    I can has cheezburger?

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    WaterGirl says:

    @jeffreyw: I haven’t had a hamburger since the whole “pink slime” thing came out, but that one might get me to come back to the table!

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    Gus says:

    @Roger Moore: Yeah, I regretted it immediately, but it had to be said.

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    El Cid says:

    On behalf of many, many people, I’d like to say “Ew”.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Do people really want a Sarah Palin stripper? Really?

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    JoyfulA says:

    I didn’t know Bain has an ownership stage in Dunkin’ Donuts, but the SEIU did, and staged a 200-person protest at one of the stores today: http://www.pennlive.com/midsta.....t_379.html

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    Raven says:

    More Maui?

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    Mark S. says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    It beats an Ann Coulter stripper.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Mark S.: It also puts the lotion in the basket or it gets the hose again. That doesn’t make it right.

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    robertdsc-PowerBook says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    Yes.

    I always liked looking at Sarah even though her politics are dispicable.

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    @jeffreyw:

    You are an evil genius.

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    El Cid says:

    @Mark S.: Allow me to now say “Ewwwwwww”.

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    BruinKid says:

    @Hal: I can never really tell from these Ron Paul fans. But he’s been ranting today about the “right to self-defense” and how he wants to be packing when the “government” comes for him, or when China comes for him.

    :-\

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    BruinKid says:

    @Mark S.: Ew. Speaking of, Coulter’s gone the full racist with her latest about how the loss of the “white majority” in California is what led to my state’s decline.

    As a proud Californian, let me say that given what we know about hypocrisy, this probably means that Ann Coulter regularly gets it on in hot man-on-Coulter action by her Mexican gardener/pool boy.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @robertdsc-PowerBook: Palin is not good looking enough for me to even attempt to look past her politics.

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    Gus says:

    @Raven: Oh, how I want a nice big chunk of that for sashimi. Beautiful fish.

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    jeffreyw says:

    @Sarah, Proud and Tall: Bwa-haw-haw [cough, gasp] haw, ha, ha… shit, too old to enjoy my infamy properly. And so it goes.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @BruinKid:

    Ew. Speaking of, Coulter’s gone the full racist with her latest about how the loss of the “white majority” in California is what led to my state’s decline.

    That’s funny. I thought Prop 13 passed when California still had a solid White majority.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Raven: What did that thing weigh?

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    mcd410x says:

    I love living here! (Not necessarily because of the strip clubs!).

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Raven:

    “Unloading my tuna.” Is that some kind of obscene code?

    Oh. Right.

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    Raven says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Well, 120.6 on the dock but we gutted it when we landed it and they estimated 10%. I’m looking at a replica and the sucker is nearly 6ft long.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Steeplejack: I hesitated to click for that very reason.

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    Raven says:

    @Steeplejack: You can tuna piano. . .

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    jeffreyw says:

    @Raven: Mmm… steam powered before it was punk.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Raven: So now you have a tuna mask replica?

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    jl says:

    @mcd410x:

    You volunteering to go under cover for the blog?

    Very discretely though. I noticed that. You show promise.

    SPaT, we have a volunteer.

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    “Strip Clubs And Hookers Await GOP Convention” is the American political equivalent of “Look At All The Condoms At The Olympics! Sexytime!”

    Both stories appear every four years marking events that give people the chance to fuck people who they wouldn’t normally get to fuck.

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    Svensker says:

    @Raven:

    Whoa!

    Fabulous photo. Fabulous — and amazing! — hair.

    ETA: The little girl with the dolls is also, too, faboo. Great stuff.

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    jl says:

    @Raven: You took those pics in HI? There’s a time machine there?

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    Raven says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: If the boss goes for it, my living room is not huge and it’s not going in hers!

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    Narcissus says:

    @Sarah, Proud and Tall: I’m making a mental note.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Raven:

    These are incredible pictures. Did you just get them from relatives or something?

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    Steeplejack says:

    @Raven:

    Some of those old-timey dolls creep me out. Uncanny valley.

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    B W Smith says:

    I lived in Tampa in the late 80’s and Redner’s name was a household word then. What a blast from the past, I didn’t know he was still alive!

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    jl says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    Yes. They are fascinating. Raven has to tell us about them now. They passed down through the family?

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    Raven says:

    @Svensker: My cousin gave me 360 high quality family photo scans from the southern Illinois clan. This is how Venus normally looked. Some stern folks they were.

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    Raven says:

    @gogol’s wife: I’ve had them for a while, I just thought Anne was looking for some distraction.

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    Citizen_X says:

    @BruinKid:

    Reminds me of the comedian (Chris Rock?) who asked, “Why doesn’t the news cover all the planes that didn’t crash?”

    I don’t know if he said that line, but I can guess he’d say, “What do you want, a cookie? You’re not supposed to kill people.”

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    Svensker says:

    @Raven:

    That’s a real treasure. Also much more interesting photos than most of that era. Although I have one of my grandmother and my dad and 2 brothers all — including granny — dressed up in wigs and operatic clothing, no idea why.

    On a technical note, I always wondered how women like Venus were able to tuck that much hair into small little buns. Where’d it all go? Such a mystery.

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    Raven says:

    @jl: Yea, I have a ton of stuff from my family and my wife’s from Virginia.

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    Svensker says:

    @Raven:

    In the green hat?

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    Raven says:

    This is George Chin, owner of the notorious House of Chin in Champaign. Note the ordinance!

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    Raven says:

    @Svensker: Yup, Arizona Feeds Hat.

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    Raven says:

    Killed this thread.

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    Narcissus says:

    What’s the House of Chin?

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    Raven says:

    @Narcissus: It was a restaurant that was counter culture HQ in Champaign-Urbana in the late 60’s-70’s. Place was really fun. George was a fucking wild man.

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    BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @BruinKid: The thing that lead to our state’s(CA) decline was something that happened when I was a BruinKid. We had a thing on the first ballot I ever cast called Prop. 13.

    Sincerely,
    BruinGeezer

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    Svensker says:

    @Raven:

    You are clearly a relative of Venus’s. And also of your very cute and hunky, salty dad. :)

    Thanks, enjoyed the show. I’m off to a good book.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Raven: ha ha ha I had never seen that.

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    Jeffro says:

    @Raven: Southern Illinois? Around Vienna or Harrisburg? My mom’s side of the family is from there!

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    e.a.f. says:

    should be lots of fun & money with all those “family values” types. I’d just love to have a camera to see which of the “family values” crowd goes to the strip bars & who will pay for sex with underage sex trade workers. gotta love those bible pounders.

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    @jl:

    Whacko!

    “Our reporter on the spot says that Newt Gingrich has just bought a bottle of Dom and private dance with the Ronald Reagan, while Mitt Romney has been ejected for pawing at the Michele Bachmann.”

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    @Raven:

    This is George Chin, owner of the notorious House of Chin in Champaign. Note the ordinance!

    That’s an extraordinary photo.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    @Raven: Thank you, Raven — I particularly enjoyed young Laura!

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    Joey Maloney says:

    @pseudonymous in nc: A quote I recall from an Olympic athlete, I believe on the US women’s swim team, about what happens when you get together several thousand young people in peak physical condition for two weeks, only a few days of which each spends in actual competition:

    “It’s not an orgy, but it is…socially vigorous.”

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    tz says:

    Umm a Mrs. Palin look alike, or the real person in fact, seriously IMHO is repulsive. I see a control/power freak wearing the mask of attractive femininity as its tool to gain and wield power. Unlike some guys,dominatrixes make my dick totally shrivel.

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