– posted by thehim
It happened about 15 or 16 years ago, as I remember, but the surprising governmental action was so unbelievable that it lives on in my memory — the more so because I have been shocked by the fact that the news media virtually ignored it and the religious camp has never made an issue of it.
Search engines on standby.
Perhaps you don’t remember it either — or never heard of it in the first place because it elicited a wall of silence everywhere in America.
I find it interesting that the man who invented the “wall of sound” was unable to master the “wall of silence” after he shot that chick in his house.
Back to the other crazyperson:
If you believe you’ve heard and seen everything, listen to this: Did you ever think you’d see the day when the federal government would go into the brothel business and insist it was all legal and proper?
Well, there’s no federal law against prostitution - that’s left up to the states – so, I’m sure the story Lou’s about to tell will not shock me in any way.
Well, it happened, as I said, about 15 or 16 years ago.
It happened in 1990 and is described here (at the end of that article).
And where else should it have happened than in the gambling capital of America, the state of Nevada, where prostitution, gambling, sex on demand, and everything else imaginable appears to be legal and protected by the state.
I can think of something that’s still not legal there.
Of course, we shouldn’t be surprised about anything that happens in Nevada, properly designated as the nation’s cesspool.
And the role of The Church Lady will be played by… Lou Guzzo.
And, in fact, we shouldn’t be surprised by anything the feds do these days either — including taking over the protection and operation of houses of ill repute, as happened in the early 1990s.
Which is true, although the takeover occurred because the owner of the Mustang Ranch owed $75,000 in back taxes. The government briefly kept the brothel running (it was legal) before selling it at auction.
Considering the nature of houses of prostitution and the principal activity that goes on inside them, we shouldn’t be surprised, since the government has been doing it to taxpayers across the land for years — and, for goodness’ sake, we have been paying for it, too, and seldom complaining.
We’ve been paying government to have sex with it? I’m not really sure Lou does know what’s going on inside those places.
But, let’s go back to the incident that was barely reported back then.
There’s still only a brief mention on the Mustang Ranch Wikipedia page. It’s a massive coverup!
How did the ladies of the night like the novel idea of working for the federal government?
How did it compare to working for the career criminal who ran it both before and after?
After all, haven’t French prostitutes been doing it for centuries?
Well, at that time, the ladies were talking earnestly about boycotting the bordello taken over by the feds.
Um, not quite. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, they “panicked and fled“.
The reason? They didn’t want to work for a stipulated government salary, preferring their usual “contractual” arrangements and negotiated fees. Honest!
Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.
They didn’t want to be controlled by unions either, as if working for pimps isn’t, in fact, the very same thing, or worse.
Exactly. I remember when my union leader at Boeing came up to my cubicle once and I didn’t have the $20 monthly dues. He just ripped the head off my stuffed Dilbert.
However, they soon forgot their boycott plan.
These girls weren’t too bright.
I’m not making all this up!
Just most of it.
It was barely in the news 15 or 16 years ago, and then it disappeared from the reportorial landscape.
Probably when the Feds sold it at auction to an associate of the crook who previously owned it.
Sometimes I wonder: Was I the only one who read it and who was taken aback by the fact that our federal government had worked its way into the brothel business?
By “worked its way,” he means took possession of a business run by a tax cheat.
As a lifelong newsman, I am awestruck by the fact that the feds’ action in Nevada went unnoticed across the country and that the news media never made it a Page 1 occurrence.
It’s a shame Lou would never set foot in the state of Nevada or he could’ve investigated this mess.
At the time it happened, I delivered a hard-hitting commentary on television, but nothing came of it, despite my efforts.
Holy shit, is there any way to get a hold of that tape? I will gladly pay $100 to anyone who puts that up on YouTube for me.
While I’m at it, permit me to unload more rancor on the subject.
Unload away, my friend.
In this day of raging sexually transmitted diseases, I think every brothel in America, beginning with those in Nevada, should be closed down and boarded up, with stiff penalties for anyone daring to reopen them.
Yeah, that’ll really cut down on the sexually transmitted diseases to have the prostitutes working on the streets again.
I had to reserve one reluctant note of sympathy back in the early ‘90s — this one for a Reno prostitute named Beth, who said of the feds’ takeover: “I want to go back to the Mustang Ranch, but I’m not going to work for the government!”
Hey, a girl’s gotta have principles.
Atta girl, Beth; now go find some honest work.
Lou, that was 17 years ago. I really hope she’s not there any more.