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Old 10-01-09, 09:26 AM
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Not much substance here, but I thought this was a funny story:

Owner of Dallas topless club The Lodge stripped of entrepreneur award

Dawn Rizos had been named 'entrepreneur of the year' by Gingrich-led group

05:27 PM CDT on Wednesday, September 30, 2009
By GROMER JEFFERS JR. / The Dallas Morning News
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Dawn Rizos didn't need any formal recognition that The Lodge, one of the best-known gentlemen's clubs in Dallas, was a successful small business.

But when former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's conservative group named her an "Entrepreneur of the Year," she was thrilled by the opportunity to accept the award in Washington and speak about ways to help small businesses.

That all changed, however, when Gingrich realized that The Lodge was a topless bar, not some other business in Virginia. He rescinded Rizos' invitation to a private dinner and returned the $5,000 donation she made to his group, American Solutions for Winning the Future.

"It was disappointing," Rizos said. "We were looking forward to sharing our political views with Newt Gingrich."

Rizos said her views include less government intervention in small business, as well as in Americans' private lives.

Neither Gingrich nor representatives from his group could be reached for comment Wednesday.

In the invitation, the former House Speaker and conservative icon seemed excited to honor Rizos in a program planned for Oct. 7.

"This is a very private dinner and I look forward to presenting you with your award," he said. "Your support and willingness to take a leadership role is greatly appreciated."

That all changed yesterday, when Rizos said she was told her business was mistakenly thought to be a company with the same name, DCG, Inc.

"I'm not going to argue with them, if that's their story," said Rizo, who is owner and CEO of the club. "I think they should be a lot more careful and maybe Google the person they're going to give an award to before they make all of their plans."

Rizos said Gingrich's group refunded a $5,000 annual fee she had paid to join the group and offered to pay her plane fare and other lost expenses.

She said she didn't figure Gingrich had the wrong company because her business has been honored many times and she thought "his intentions were honorable."

"We're a great draw for the city of Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, and we don't have anything to be ashamed of," she said. "I thought they really wanted to give us an award."

This comes about a month after this:

Pink Visual President Honored by Newt Gingrich?

By Stephen Yagielowicz,
Fri, Sep 11 2009 11:00am PDT
VAN NUYS, Calif. In a truly unexpected move, the Washington, D.C.-based political-action committee American Solutions for Winning the Future(ASWF) named Allison Vivas, president of the adult entertainment studio Pink Visual, recipient of its Entrepreneur of the Year award for 2009 and then rescinded that award.

The organization, which is headed by noted conservative politician Newt Gingrich, notified Vivas of the honor via fax on Wednesday.

"I'm honored, and more than a little surprised, to receive this prestigious award," Vivas said. "It never occurred to me that Newt Gingrich, one of the principal architects of the conservative Contract With America in the 1990s, would be willing to brave criticism from the far right of his party in order to recognize good work done on the part of an adult entertainment professional."

According to the notice from ASWF, should Vivas attend a private dinner being held on Oct. 7 at the historic Capitol Hill Club in Washington, she will "dine privately with Newt," who will then take the occasion to present Vivas with her "well deserved award" and pose for a photo with her.

The notice from ASWF also informed Vivas that Gingrich is "looking forward to finally meeting you (Vivas) face to face and get your thoughts on Cap and Trade and Obama's Tax Policy."

In addition to a certificate recognizing her as Entrepreneur of the Year, ASWF stated that Gingrich would present Vivas with a replica of the "gavel that changed America," whether she attended the dinner or not.

Sadly, it was all too good to be true; as a follow up phone call to Vivas from a representative of American Solutions for Winning the Future informed her that there had been a mistake and that the fax was "inadvertently sent to her."

"We have notified Allison Vivas that the notice she received was sent by mistake," Dan Kotman, press secretary for American Solutions, told XBIZ. "We regret the error."

According to Vivas, she would have attended the event and taken the opportunity to inform Gingrich of some of the major challenges facing the adult entertainment industry in the current market, including obscenity prosecutions and content piracy.

"While we're disappointed to learn that this was apparently a mistake on the part of American Solutions for Winning the Future and/or the Business Defense Advisory Council, my sense is that the real mistake was not an 'inadvertant' fax, but a poorly targeted marketing campaign," Pink Visual Marketing Coordinator Q Boyer told XBIZ. "It may also have been a violation of laws against sending unsolicited faxes. It's possible that legal concern may have prompted the phone call as much as public relations damage control."

Which sexy, sexy adult entertainer will be the next for Newt Gingrich's PAC to give then rescind an award?
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The same mistake twice in a month? Hmmm
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Old 10-01-09, 10:09 AM
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At least the mistakes as they relate to the name got less egregious, not more. Lodge is a pretty vague term. At least it wasn't called Pearl of the Orient Asian Massage Palace or Mancave.
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Old 10-01-09, 10:31 AM
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I loved them so much...
You loved Who? The Girls of Madam Camae's Filipino Palace... You've been spending our rent money on Filipino hookers?
They're not hookers, they're massage therapists.
Yeah, she'll massage your c-ck for money.
There's a word for that, I think it's hooker.
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Old 10-02-09, 10:15 AM
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Which sexy, sexy adult entertainer will be the next for Newt Gingrich's PAC to give then rescind an award?
Belladonna for best girl-girl anal scene in "Fetish Fanatics 3," but they will later take the award back when they realize Vanity is, in fact, a she-male.
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I hear Newt's sister Candice does, too.
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