The Kansas City Star has a good write-up on the woeful state of Missouri's adult industry as it struggles to adapt to new rules banning nudity and alcohol sales. For the most part, it's stuff we've heard before: Dancers are leaving for places they can make money (i.e., Kansas); business is bad.
But Sen. Matt Bartle, the man responsible for stomping on the First Amendment's throat, finally shared what he expected to happen to these businesses under the new law. He's either the most naive politician ever or the most full of shit.
never believed these businesses would shut down," Bartle, a termed-out Lee's Summit Republican told the Star. "I don't
doubt there's a way they can comply with the new law and remain in
business. But how they're doing that, I don't really know."
Well that makes sense doesn't it? Say I banned all alcohol sales across Missouri. Certainly I'd have no reason to suspect the bars and liquor stores would have trouble making money. Think of all the things they offer. Fellowship! Good music! Bouncers! Just because you destroy a company's product is no reason to assume their business model will suffer.
Christ on the cross, this fucking guy.
When I first wrote about Bartle's suspect attempts to cram this bill through the Missouri Legislature (see the feature, "Exit Boobies") Shady Lady club owner Joe Spinello told me that he and several other adult business owners tried to meet with Bartle several times when the bill was being drafted, and that he refused to speak to them. Here's a Spinello quote from that interview that seems to sum it all up: "Being politically motivated is one thing, but now I think he's just a vindictive son of a bitch."
Just for the record, Bartle hasn't returned calls from The Pitch for comment on this bill in the past. Should we bother trying again?