the Crazy Horse Too into a church, then tear it down
wrestler discourages Mob
buyers with his Nikon
Mob Museum wins support over Veteran's
and US Senator ignores injured skateboarders
LAS VEGAS - A federal
government official who requested anonymity
told INSIDE VEGAS that the difference between the Gold Club in Atlanta
and the Crazy Horse Too in Las Vegas is "The City of Atlanta wanted the
Gold Club torn down. The City of Las Vegas wants the Crazy Horse to
City fathers in Atlanta went one step further. Before the building was
razed in 2004, they allowed the shuttered topless bar to be converted
church according to the March 6, 2004 New
York Times story "Where
Strippers Held Sway, Now the Gospel Does."
What a fitting tribute to the Mob!
The Gold Club's owner, Steve
Kaplan, and more than a dozen
others were indicted on charges including racketeering, prostitution
and credit card fraud. Kaplan pleaded guilty and was
sentenced to 16 months. He also had to give up his club to the
In the Crazy Horse case, 16
persons including the club's
owner were indicted on charges including racketeering and credit card
fraud. All plea
bargained down to tax evasion, and three including the
club's owner Rick
Rizzolo ended up in Federal prison. The club was
also seized by the government.
But unlike the City of
the City of Las Vegas has no
appetite for seeing an infamous saloon permanently closed. This is "Sin
City" after all, and the Crazy Horse Too was a perfect fit with the new
Vegas image of "What happens here, stays here."
This is also a city
where our mayor has so far raised $15 million to convert a post
office into a museum
devoted to the legends of many of his former mob clients. Mayor
Oscar Goodman is successfully raising private and public funding for
his Mob Museum to be located next to City Hall.
It's not yet known whether Rizzolo has contributed to insure he'll be
included among the displays. In the late 1980s, Goodman got him off on
a gross misdemeanor after he beat a Crazy Horse patron almost to death
with a baseball
But last week, the LV City Council
silently turned down a request to
fund $800,000 for a city park devoted to honoring our fallen war
discussion about the proposed "Veterans Memorial Park" was quietly
this Wednesday's council agenda after Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese told
of local and state veteran's organizations, "We don't have the money."
Meanwhile, Goodman is forging ahead with raising over $45 million to
honor the scum of the earth, and give himself a permanent place in LV
Vegas is blessed with a former
(current?) Mob lawyer running the city, and our mostly brain dead
citizens love him according to popularity polls. Goodman
and his law partner Jay Brown once served as Rick Rizzolo's corporate
and Brown (a business
partner of US Senator Harry
along with their law partner David
Chesnoff represented other Crazy Horse employees, some who were
associated with the late Tony
"The ant" Spilotro (shown with Goodman in photo above). Spilotro is
have a prominent place in the museum near displays devoted to
other Goodman Law Firm clients including Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal
"The clown" Lombardo.
Goodman's future Mob Museum
In the new Las Vegas, honoring the
Mob takes preference over honoring our city's war heroes!
Goodman and his minion
Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian recently bent over backward to insure that
the Crazy Horse Too does not
meet the same fate as the Gold Club. But at the same time, Tarkanian
was turning her back on
the pleas of local veterans.
Goodman is behind the scenes at city hall telling his stooges on the
council to cooperate with Rizzolo's lawyers. Tarkanian, at the behest
of Rizzolo's Newport Beach, California cronies in December sponsored a
custom made ordinance to extend the time the Crazy Horse can remain
dark and maintain its non conforming adult use and subsequent higher
Instead of the bar having lost
its grandfathered zoning on
December 30 of last year, "Tarkanian's Law" now allows the shuttered
building to remain zoned for adult use for an additional six months
until June 30, 2008, hoping that given the extra time someone will step
forward to pay enough to cover the Rizzolo's $28 million dollar court
ordered obligation and negate the need to go after his hidden personal
On February 1, the Reno Gazette Journal featured
the story "Harry Reid speaks in support of NFL veterans."
The story described Nevada
Democrat Harry Reid (above left with glasses), the Senate Majority
the Senate floor in support of National Football league veterans
petitioning the league for disability support.
Nonetheless, the federal government is finding it impossible to sell
the carcass of the Crazy Horse to a legitimate buyer for the outrageous
amount they're asking. Only Mob straw men are interested in over paying
enough to bail Rick and Lisa Rizzolo out -- possibly with Rizzolo's own
Even with the Tarkanian's help, the Feds may not approve an eleventh
hour buyer to pay Rick and Lisa's debts in which case the court will
no other choice than to go after the couple's hidden assets.
But no one at city hall wants that to happen.
"This Sunday, families will gather in
living rooms across our country to watch Super Bowl XLII in Glendale,
Arizona." Reid said. "Those Sunday heroes will soak up the cheers of an
"But there are hundreds of former NFL
players who no longer hear the cheers. Instead, they suffer great pain
as the result of life-long injuries from their days on the field. Some
of them are stars and legends. Some are wealthy, some live comfortably.
But most others never hoisted a trophy or earned a spot in our
memories. Many were faceless figures behind helmets, lost to history
but for yellowed photographs and dusty highlight reels. They helped
build the league but never earned much from their on-the-field days."
The senator's words drew the ire of former professional athletes from
across the nation who "silently suffer the pain of injuries incurred to
cheers of an adoring nation," according to retired pro-wrestler Buffalo
Jim Barrier (above
right with beard).
"Me and my buddies (left to right: Psycho Sid, Bill Goldberg, Barrier, Rick Steiner - photo by Mike Christ)
Saturday night heroes. We got our heads bashed in while familes
gathered in living rooms cheering us
on. No matter our pain, we soaked up the cheers of an adoring nation
and fought on," stated Barrier.
"The wrestling business is just like football, but we don't have
padding, helmets, or play on grass. We play on concrete," said Barrier.
"But after the cheering stopped, many of us went home to suffer great
pain as the result of life-long injuries we don't like to complain
Barrier went on to say, "Some
of us are stars and legends. Some are wealthy, some live comfortably.
But others suffer in silence without the means to pay for acupuncture,
pain killers, and theraputic massage by licensed massage therapists. Where is Senator Reid when we also need a
little help paying our medical bills?"
We are the veterans of the WWE, WWF, BWE, NWA, and GLOW
(Georgous Ladies of Wrestling), leagues we helped build, but where is
Senator Reid when we have
to pay our medical bills?"
That same question is also being asked by professional hockey players,
drivers, jockies, snow boarders, rodeo stars, and skate boarders who
life-long injuries from their days on the field.
Professional skateborder Dave "Anti-gravity" Rosinkowski (below) lost
four of his
front teeth and suffered permanent testicular damage during a
nationally televised skateboarding championship.
"I fell on that hand rail in front of an adoring nation. I busted my
and got my teeth knocked out for those adoring S.O.B.'s sitting in
their living rooms, and I didn't let them
my pain. Now I can hardly take a pee or chew, and I may never
be able to have kids."
of my bros are stars and legends, but most skateborders never hoisted a trophy
or earned a spot in memories, but we get hurt too!"
Rosinkowski went on to tell INSIDE VEGAS, "I'm now a toothless figure
behind a helmut, lost to history for yellowed photographs and dusty
Where is Senator Reid to help find a way to pay my medical and dental
bills for the rest of my life?"
Rosinkowski ended by saying, "This is so F - - - ING UNFAIR!
Skateborders deserve the same respect as football players. This is
for Harry (displaying his bloody middle finger."
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