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Lavonia, Georgia: No Strippers, No Water, No Integrity

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UPDATE: Elizabeth is also outraged and appalled.

Second UPDATE: Belfair Washington shuts down bikini coffee shop – “The county says the barely covered baristas were erotic entertainment, not allowed in Belfair.”  Stephanie Postier, a resident with her granny panties in an extremely tight knot, says, “You should have blacked out windows.  You should have an age limit to come through something like this.  This is adult entertainment and it is not for our town.”  Meanwhile, I think her top is cut a little too low, and she should be run out of town as well.

The Christian Right’s Ultra-Victorian masochistic obsession with stamping out sex and bare skin has reached new lows of self-denying asshattery in little Lavonia, Georgia.  Watching these morons cut off their noses to spite their scowling faces would be comical, were it not for the fact they seek to force the rest of us to join them in their retarded self-flagellism.

Via the Independent Mail, cometh the words of the Top Tard hisself, Mayor Ralph Owens:

“Several months ago, I proposed we take our reserve fund and pay off the bond fund for the water treatment plant upgrade, which would have resulted in a savings of over $1.2 million dollars in interest payments,” Owens began. “Since then, the city was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get rid of a very undesirable business in Lavonia. The transaction has now been finalized, and we can make history for our city. By purchasing the Cafe Risque property, the city can now rid itself of that terrible business and the awful (Interstate 85) billboard blight (of advertisements for the café).”

The town has been collectively wanking off for years at the thought of those naked bodies out by the interstate interchange.  The club owner, Jerry Sullivan, opened his doors in ’01, and the doors stayed open right up until this past week, two years after his death.

The Independent Mail gets in a few aspersions, cheap shots tossed at a guy who can’t defend himself because he’s dead, accusing Mr. Sullivan of deceiving the City about what sort of (legal either way) business he was intending to open.  I suppose we should just take the word of the reporter for that, beings that he seems to have gotten his information from an obviously objective city council member – that one over there – the one with the really big torch.

What is apparently the tale of city council member David Howell is passed off as fact, without any evidence whatever that the reporter bothered to look any further.  It’s unsurprising that such mindless parroting of authority passes for journalism in the Orwellian America of the Bible Belt, but still depressing.

The heirs of the club eventually decided to sell the club, but refused to sell to the town.  The town of course took the honest and honorable, good Christian high road:

“Then several months ago, we heard the owners were trying to sell it,” [city manager Gary] Fesperman said. “We knew they would never sell it to us, but a third party, who does not want to be identified, offered to buy it for us. Just before noon (Tuesday) we closed on the property, and the keys were turned over to us. They (former Cafe Risque owners) won’t find out until (today) who really bought it.”

The town’s first order of business upon surreptitiously gaining title to the establishment?  Round up the villagers and light the torches.  The Independent Mail even has pictures of this glorious moment in Lavonia History, so check them out!

The news resulted in cheers and a standing ovation from the crowd, who then followed the mayor out to the Cafe Risque site. There, all of the signage was removed from the building by a tractor, dragged to the center of the parking lot and burned in a large bonfire as more onlookers clapped and cheered.

Rumor has it that the library is next.

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23 Responses

  1. imrryr says:

    With just under 30% of the population of Lavonia living below the poverty line (according to the year 2000 census) it goes without saying that the money could’ve been better spent on just about anything else… I hear that crops and hair-shirts are pretty cheap.

  2. JanieBelle says:

    Yes, that million dollars could have gone to a lot of projects to ease the troubles of the citizens of Lavonia, imrryr.

    That they chose instead to go this route says much about the character and priorities of the leadership of that town.

    I find it disgusting, frankly.

  3. How are they going to pay off the water treatment plant now? Are the banks going to go after the town’s assets? People like that never cease to amaze me.

  4. JanieBelle says:

    Indeed, Kochanie at Figleaf’s Real Adult Sex asks poses a similar question, and has some interesting statistics on the town to add to the discussion.

  5. Carter Burger says:

    Wow, someone standing up for decency and morality. Who’d a thunk it? What does it matter to you people what the city of Lavonia does with it’s money. We live in a democracy, people. If a majority of the people who pay taxes in that town didn’t want the strip joint open, and used tax money to shut it down legally, what does it matter to you?

    A MAJORITY of the people wanted it done. The local government got rid of it. A government agency actually doing what the people wanted. Too bad the federal government agencies can’t do the same.

  6. JanieBelle says:

    Hello Carter,

    Typically, it is patently obvious that the principle of “The rights of the minority are not subject to the vote of the majority” is lost on you.

    Let me help you out a bit:

    This is not a Democracy, but a Republic. Perhaps you should learn the difference.

    You might also look into the phrase “Tyranny of the majority”.

  7. JanieBelle says:

    Further, I’d be interested to know from whence comes your authority to declare what is ‘decent’ or ‘moral’? What makes your opinion somehow binding on me? Why should I care what you think is decent and moral any more than Lenny’s Pizza Delivery Guy’s thoughts on the subject?

    And yet further, what is your evidence that a majority of people wanted the club closed? From all I gather, it was a decision undertaken by fiat of the mayor and council, without so much as asking the populace.

  8. Stephanie Z says:

    Yup. A cheering crowd just means that someone got the word out to the people who would cheer.

    I do wonder, however, how many people would be cheering if they’d been explicitly told that $500 of their individual tax payment (more if they have kids) was being used for this. $1M payment and a population of 2,000 makes the math on this one pretty simple. Sure, they’ll get some back if they manage to sell the building again, but $1M? In Lavonia, where the average house is worth about $100K? Not unless they get a sure-fire money maker in that spot. You know, like adult entertainment.

    Hmm, are we quite sure the family didn’t know what was going on?

  9. JanieBelle says:

    Think the family is laughing all the way to the bank?

    Somehow Steph, that would tickle me just a little bit.

  10. Scott H says:

    wow, a city council that works to favor the family instead of trying to destroy it… just think, we could save billions of dollars if we did things which stopped focusing on promoting those activities which destroy the family… good for the city council… what would happen if we promoted the strengthening of the family…? you know, the $112 billion we spend annually on divorce, food stamps for unwed mothers, medicaid for individuals who fall below the poverty level directly because of the fragmented and destroyed family, child welfare, housing assistance, justice system costs, low income programs…

    look… Turnabout is fair play in the Lavonia, Georgia, where leaders were duped into approving the construction of a strip club in 2001. Seven years ago, owner Jerry Sullivan approached the city council about building a family restaurant along the interstate. But after the official building inspection, Sullivan went to work ripping out booths, adding a bar, and covering the windows for what would become known as Cafe Risque — a topless eyesore in the heart of the city. Although the city sued Sullivan five times, the courts ruled that nude dancing was a form of “expression,” leaving Lavonia powerless to restore any standards of decency to the property. When the Cafe was sold this summer, its managers believed that it had gone to an entrepreneur that would keep the business intact. To their disgust, they learned that a third party had offered to buy the property and turn the keys over to the city. Last week, Mayor Ralph Owens confirmed that the city council had voted unanimously to purchase the $1 million Cafe by sacrificing part of the town’s cash reserve. At city hall, an elated standing room only crowd cheered and applauded, then followed Owens to the site of the bar and watched as workers tore the vulgar signs down. In Florida, citizens won the right to vote their values when a court ruled to leave policies on school vouchers and faith-based programs up to the state. Circuit Judge John Cooper stunned Florida’s powerful teachers’ unions yesterday when he sided with the democratic process and agreed to keep school choice on the November ballot. The initiative, which would revive a voucher program abolished by the state in 2006, was popular with parents and broadened the horizon for several students in failing public schools. In the same ruling, Cooper refused to bow to the ACLU’s demand that a faith-based amendment also be removed from the ballot. The judge ruled to keep the proposal, which would repeal language in the Florida Constitution that bans religious groups that provide valuable social services from receiving public funds. Attorneys for ADF argued that if discrimination was going to remain in the constitution, then voters should be the ones to decide. Thanks to Judge Cooper, both issues will be left to the state rather than wealthy interest groups whose only goal is to push their agenda on an unwilling public.

  11. JanieBelle says:

    Couple things, Scott:

    1. How exactly again does a strip club destroy families?

    2. I noticed similar accusations being tossed at the guy who can’t defend himself because he’s dead. Got something to back those claims up, or is it just easier to hurl accusations and rumors at a corpse?

    3. You’re not real clear on the fact that this country is a Republic, not a Democracy, are you?

    4. You should google “Establishment Clause”. That might clear up some of your confusion.

    5. “Standards of decency”… whose? Yours? Who gets to decide whose standards of decency should be codified? (See #3 and #4 above.)

  12. JanieBelle says:

    you know, the $112 billion we spend annually on divorce, food stamps for unwed mothers, medicaid for individuals who fall below the poverty level directly because of the fragmented and destroyed family, child welfare, housing assistance, justice system costs, low income programs…

    non-sequitur. Hope that helps.

  13. JanieBelle says:

    Y’know, I have to wonder about the families of the women put out of work by the mayor working “in favor of families”. Is he going to feed their kids? I mean, he’s all in favor of families, right? And this strip club, which was providing a means for these women to feed their families, was “destroying” them, right?

    So who’s going to feed the families, Scott? You? How much have you and the mayor donated to those families that were being “destroyed”? Have either of you, or the council, or any of the villagers with torches brought those now unemployed women groceries? Have you paid their rent or their electric bills? Given them so much as a ride to the unemployment office?

    No, I didn’t think so, Scott. Know why? Because you don’t give a fucking rat’s ass about families, Scott. Not you, not the mayor, not the council, not the fucking wild-eyed psycho villagers with pitchforks and torches, Scott.

  14. JanieBelle says:

    Via a video at CNN:

    The villagers of Belfair, Washington have taken up their pitchforks against a coffee stand with too much skin:

    “The county says the barely covered baristas were erotic entertainment, not allowed in Belfair.”

    Stephanie Postier, a resident with her granny panties in an extremely tight knot, says,

    “You should have blacked out windows. You should have an age limit to come through something like this. This is adult entertainment and it is not for our town.”

    She further compared the little coffee hut to “a drive through strip joint – not appropriate”.

    Meanwhile, I think her top is cut a little too low, and she should be run out of town as well.

    And again, this is a case of a few misanthropes imposing their neuroses on the rest of society.

    From the Kitsap Sun:

    Kathryn Porter, 24, a dental hygiene student from Puyallup, has worked at the stand for two months. Porter, wearing sweats after working the morning shift Wednesday, said customers’ response to the recently introduced Pastie Days (Tuesdays and Fridays) has been a nearly unanimous thumbs up.

    “Almost all of our customers love us, even our women customers,” Porter said. “I personally have not had anybody come up and say anything mean or negative to me.

    “I do it because its fun. I’m sure there are some people who would have a problem with that. Sex sells. I guess we’re trying to raise the bar, you could say.”

    Gone Wild baristas receive a clothing allowance to buy outfits that suit their shape, size and personality, Porter said. Wearing pasties is optional. Workers must be at least 18 years old, but otherwise the company is an equal opportunity employer.

    “We have different girls ranging from different body types,” said Porter, a petite and athletic-looking, blue-eyed blond. “You just have to be comfortable in the outfits.”

    Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson said his department has received no complaints about the business.

  15. imrryr says:

    And by Carter Burger’s logic segregation would still be perfectly legal and in practice in many places as long as the MAJORITY was in favor of it. You know, people gathered around and cheered when blacks were being lynched in the 50’s, but that didn’t mean it was o.k. as long as the MAJORITY was in favor of it. Of course, if our government were a Christian Theocracy I doubt that the trolls here would stand up for the people of say, Massachusetts for example, if it’s people wanted their state to allow gay marriage, abortions, or the right to criticize the government. Who would be “pushing their agenda on an unwilling public” then? These guys only push for state’s rights because they can benefit from it. If the state level didn’t work for them then it would be at the county level, and so on. Fortunately, the south lost the civil war and we live in a Republic where the rights of the minority are not trampled due to majority rule.

    I’m glad that we have folks on our side like Ed Brayton of The Panda’s Thumb, people who actually understand our constitution and will fight for it. Ed is much better writer than myself and he can also shoot down trolls with ease, but you’re doing a fine job on both counts Janie. 🙂

  16. imrryr says:

    Oh, and curse our promotion of those “activities which destroy the family”, it destroyed John McCain’s first marriage!

  17. JanieBelle says:

    *blush*

    Thank you imrryr.

    And yes, that is exactly the point I was trying to make about “Tyranny of the Majority” and the difference between a Republic and a Democracy.

  18. Rystefn says:

    This Scott fellow makes me want to vomit. Times like these, I wish I owned a strip club… Then I remember the laws around here really take half the fun out of the whole idea, anyway… So, on second thought, I think I’ll just throw a naked party instead.

  19. JanieBelle says:

    I presume sir, that I will be invited?

  20. Rystefn says:

    Most assuredly. Bring your friends. The more, the merrier.

  21. Imrryr says:

    Janie, I was randomly reading some news online when I stumbled across this:

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/08/14/captive.family/index.html?iref=werecommend

    I got halfway through this article when my eyes shot back up back to the top of the page, does the town’s name look familiar? Horrible doesn’t come close to describing it.

  22. JanieBelle says:

    Holy Crap!

    So while the town’s government was busily doing important stuff like making sure no one saw any naked boobies at lunch….

    Nice priorities, Lavonia.

  23. Rystefn says:

    Well, obviously this wouldn’t have happened if there wasn’t a strip club in the town. Clearly naked women are the cause of this man’s behavior.

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