Sin City Vegas
By David J. Stewart
“Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.” —Proverb 30:20
Woe unto any nation that embraces wickedness. There is nothing more evil than shaking one's fist in God's face, boasting of sin. To nickname one of America's largest cities to SIN CITY in an attempt to draw sinners, so they can commit sins in secret, is blasphemy against God. The city's official Chamber of Commerce advertises with the slogan... “What HAPPENS in Vegas STAYS in Vegas!” But you had better fear God and consider that the Bible warns that “What HAPPENS in Vegas is RECORDED in Heaven!” Revelation 20:12, “...and the books were opened...”
In May of 2007 is was reported in the USA Today newspaper...
Sin City uncovered: Vegas strips down to embrace its naughty side
By Kitty Bean Yancey, USA TODAY
LAS VEGAS — Tourist couples entwine on front-row sofas at the climax of Cirque du Soleil's adults-only Zumanity show, watching two dozen cast members simulate an orgy on a revolving stage called "the Lazy Susan of Sex."
Among them is a middle-aged female audience member who has been pulled onstage into a horizontal clinch with a bare-chested hunk.
"This is Sin City…anything is OK," Zumanity drag diva Joey Arias, who plays the "Mistress of Seduction," says later. Audience high jinks he has witnessed include overly amorous duos and a woman who gleefully whipped off her top and slapped her chest against the hunk's during her spin onstage.
"What happens here, stays here," the famed Vegas tourist slogan says. And as Las Vegas ratchets up the raunch factor to an unprecedented level — $8 billion was dropped last year on adult entertainment such as strip clubs, the Sin City Chamber of Commerce estimates — does it ever!
Anyone who interacts with visitors in this adult fantasyland can offer eyewitness reports of tawdry behavior. Vegas racked up its best year ever in 2006 with 38.9 million visitors and 93.2% hotel occupancy, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority says.
More than ever, visitors engage in activities they'd never consider at home, from getting lap dances at strip joints, to picking up a stranger or calling up an escort, to visiting swingers' clubs.
"People come here to do the nasty. The sexy, the naughty — this is the most potent incarnation of Vegas so far," says former professional gambler Anthony Curtis, publisher of LasVegasAdvisor.com, citing an explosion of escort services, topless shows, massage parlors and "gentlemen's clubs" in a place that made its name on gambling and then tried a brief, not-so-successful stint as a family destination that ended about 2001.
In a place where alcohol is poured 24 hours a day and you can stroll the Strip with booze in hand, even celebrities let loose publicly. Think pop star Britney Spears having to be helped out of PURE nightclub at Caesars Palace after a party last New Year's Eve, Tennessee Titans star Adam "Pac-Man" Jones being suspended from the NFL in the wake of a February strip club brawl, HBO chairman Chris Albrecht getting arrested (and relinquishing his job) after an alcohol-fueled public altercation with his girlfriend last weekend.
Big names "come here and have three shots of tequila and think they're invisible for three days," says Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Norm Clarke, who is on the town most nights and is updating his tell-all book, Vegas Confidential.
The vice squad's busy
Wayne Bridge, CEO of the Sin City Chamber of Commerce — which encompasses adult entertainment businesses not affiliated with the more staid Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce — says an estimated third of convention-goers visit nearly three dozen strip clubs.
A growing number of companies organize customized tours of nightspots for people who — influenced by TV shows such as Entourage and Las Vegas— "want to party like rock stars," says Tomes, a 29-year-old Texan. He's sipping water at a bar in the Palms Casino Resort between text messages to get clients on the guest lists at velvet-rope clubs such as Tao, Tryst and Jet.
His company hires what he calls "arm charms" — attractive young women who accompany men on the town. "They're not prostitutes. They just make the client feel like the center of attention," he says.
"Guys do get obnoxiously drunk and say stupid things, because they think they're paying for these girls," Tomes says. But mostly they're content to be part of the carousing his company organizes, such as choice tables in a club's VIP area or a bachelor party in a hotel suite with a midget dressed as a cowboy riding on the backs of two strippers.
Hollywood lets its hair down
Girls just want to have Vegas-style fun, too.
When Jennifer Aniston and actor Vince Vaughn were an item, she hopped onstage at the popular Forty Deuce burlesque cabaret to do an impromptu dance for him, Clarke says. (The nice-girl actress didn't disrobe.) Other stars, including Eva Longoria and Denise Richards, have donned lacy lingerie and strutted their stuff with the Pussycat Dolls Vegas troupe, which does campy burlesque in a lounge at Caesars Palace. Jessica Simpson emceed a Dolls show last weekend.
At Olympic Garden, one of the clubs that offer male dancers, stripper Ramon Cortez says he can take home $1,000 in tips on a good night. Women come upstairs to watch the "Men of Olympus" dancers while their husbands huddle with topless cuties downstairs.
"I've had guys try to hit me" because they have second thoughts about their mates stuffing dollar bills into a man's G-string, says the buff, tattooed Cortez. "And some (customers), they try to grab everything."
On this night, there are no jealous males or pawing women. Just a married woman on a girls' weekend who had one too many and told Cortez she "had never been to a strip club before and it felt like cheating," he says. She threw up before making it to the restroom.
Other tourists aim to take sexy moves home. The 10-month-old Stripper 101 class, held in a theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, started twice a week and now is offered daily. On a recent evening, 14 cocktail-sipping women from their 20s to 50s whoop enthusiastically as veteran dancer Trixie Lovett, in hot pants and bra top, tells them any woman can be sexy with a confident attitude and teaches her fully clothed pupils how to give a lap dance and spin seductively on a stripper pole.
"Heinie up, arch your back, point your toes. I want to give you something to take back to your husbands," the 36-year-old blonde says.
Guests at the Palms needn't wait to show off stripper moves. It has a half-dozen suites with stripper poles.
Giving a tour of the $3,000- to $5,000-a-night "Erotic Suite" — outfitted with a revolving bed — Palms owner George Maloof shows off the trademarked "Show Shower." It's outfitted with a pole and glass wall that changes from opaque to clear at the touch of a button.
Guests also party in the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa with an infinity pool decorated with the Bunny logo. Hef was here in March with his three young girlfriends to celebrate his 81st birthday and visit the new Playboy Club atop the Palms. There, Bunny waitresses and dealers sometimes secure their snap-on puffball tails with safety pins to prevent souvenir-hunting stag partiers from snatching them.
Maloof frowns while showing off the Palm's Pink Suite, where the door to the bedroom is temporarily missing. Someone kicked it in, he speculates. Vegas visitors get rowdy, the soft-spoken 42-year-old allows, as some raucous guests hoot and holler in the hall.
"They'll come in on Friday, go all night, take a nap Saturday afternoon and do it again." The hotel's complimentary toiletries include drops to soothe bloodshot eyes.
The Palms is where Britney Spears stayed when she impulsively wed (and later shed) Jason Alexander in a Vegas chapel, and where Maloof pals such as Pamela Anderson, Jim Carrey and Leonardo DiCaprio unwind. Maloof will tell no tales, but does allow that Paris Hilton was his date at the Palms' 2001 opening.
"Las Vegas is all about adults having fun," Maloof says. Visitors "have their Vegas mind-set once they step off the plane."
Law enforcement personnel understand that mind-set, says officer Wright. But public drunkenness and other bad behavior are cause for arrest. More than 200 out-of-towners were arrested when rowdiness got out of hand during February's NBA All-Star Weekend.
"If we allowed people to run amok, then people would not want to come here," Wright says.
Some do nothing more sinful than overindulge at the famed buffets and expanding menu of upscale shops. But the glittery desert oasis built on the concept of lightening visitors' wallets and making them happy about it is embracing the lucrative "we're all adults here" concept more each year.
Pussycat dolls, topless tanning
Separate topless sunbathing pools are making a splash at Vegas resorts. The Mirage is trumpeting the new Bare pool and party lounge, where hotel guests and others pay a fee (typically $10 for women, $30 for men). Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay and Wynn Las Vegas also offer what's discreetly billed as "European-style" sunbathing.
Skin is very much in, says columnist Clarke, offering a nighttime tour of some favorite haunts.
At Caesars Palace, he and girlfriend Cara Roberts point out the new Pussycat Dolls mini-casino and lead the way into the packed Pussycat Dolls Lounge, where a Doll lolls in a giant replica of a Champagne glass while others squeal and do the cancan. At the adjacent PURE, where VIPs recline on white daybeds, a tour highlight is a narrow ledge for drinks where party girl Hilton likes to prance. The last stop is Forty Deuce, an intimate New-York-style club where the restrooms are labeled "Penis" and "Vagina."
It's 12:30 a.m., and the dimly lit circular room backed by a narrow stage is jammed with a young crowd dancing and smoking cigars.
The 64-year-old Clarke, jaunty in a gray pin-striped suit, electric-blue shirt and eye patch, checks e-mails that keep popping into his BlackBerry. Adam Sandler has just been sighted at Mandalay Bay. Warren Beatty and Annette Bening and family went backstage at Cirque du Soleil's O. All were well behaved.
The lights dim, as a dancer slinks onstage in vintage-burlesque gown and long gloves, which she teasingly removes to a jazz trio's sultry, insinuating beat. The crowd whoops as she ends up topless in a G-string, turning her back and doing what Clarke calls "the butt flutter."
A patron in her 20s with thong riding above the back of her pants waves a Champagne bottle, turns to a female friend and tipsily mimes giving a lap dance.
"She's going to outlast everyone," Clarke says, before preparing to call it a night. "She's hard-core."
The following morning, other hard-core visitors make their bleary-eyed way to the airport. There's a guy tipsily bragging about his exploits with a $1,200 escort, then calling his wife to say he loves her; giggling twentysomethings yakking about a bachelorlette party gone extremely wild.
"The notion is that it's all men coming here and hiding stuff from their wives," says Howard Lefkowitz, president of the Vegas.com website. "Women come here and do stuff, too, because they think, 'They're not going to find out about it in my hometown.' "
'Cause, you know. What happens in Vegas …
SOURCE: USA TODAY; May 5, 2007: Sin City Uncovered: Vegas Strips Down to Embrace its Naughty Side
God will not be mocked. The Bible warns...
Ecclesiastes 11:9, “Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.”
The Bible is very clear concerning God's judgment. The Bible warns: Go ahead, live it up; but judgment day is coming! Notice what Ecclesiastes says in Ecclesiastes 11:9... “for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.”
What Happens In Vegas … is RECORDED In Heaven!
Las Vegas is saturated with pawnshop after pawnshop where people have hocked their last possessions in an attempt to win it big in Vegas, but in reality people are stripped away of home and everything of value. Law Vegas is owned and operated by evil people. Behind the alluring neon-lights of Vegas strip is a degenerate culture of sleaze, con-artists and God-hating hardened sinners...
Las Vegas, Hell On Earth
A colleague once described Las Vegas as the incarnation of hell on earth. After spending a week amongst the flashing lights and brain busting bells of the slot machines I beg to differ - it's worse.
As well as ignoring the normal circadian rhythms of daily life - the Casinos run 24 hours a day - Las Vegas also has no respect for the emotional and financial limitations of its victims. Forget the glamorous image of high rollers in tuxedos and tiaras betting thousands with impunity at every spin of the roulette wheel.
Substitute bleary eyed hopefuls in wrinkled t-shirts and jeans playing the 25 cent slots. Hoping that the next spin of the electronic fruits and bars - mechanical rotors long since retired - will win them a desperately needed debt clearing jackpot or the shiny black 4WD rotating slowly above their heads.
Consider rows of pawn shops lining the north end of the strip, each one a testimony to the desperation of a gambler needing just a few more dollars for one last shot at the big win.
Except that this last shot will be the same as all the other last shots which has gradually stripped his home of every item of financial value. Ignore the emotional cost of losing precious gifts chosen and purchased with love before the playing cards and rolling dice took hold. The only object that lives close the gambler's heart now is the plastic gaming card replenished by the pawnbroker's limitless generosity.
Think only of yet another violent confrontation within one of the thousands of low cost housing developments surrounding the city which has helped to place Nevada high up in the American league table of domestic violence.*
With such misery in abundance I would have expected some display of social responsibility by the casinos. Instead I saw black suited employees wandering the glittering aisles checking that their army of electronic and human croupiers were extracting every last shirt button.
No friendly tap on the shoulder like a friendly bar tender telling a client he has had enough to drink. No gentle word in a frazzled ear suggesting those last few dollars might be better spent feeding and clothing a family. Just the relentless drive to make sure that every lost soul in this hell on earth gets their full share of purgatory.
Source: Silent Witness National Initiative - www.silentwitness.net/states/us_map.htm
The city's official Chamber of Commerce advertises with the slogan... “What HAPPENS in Vegas STAYS in Vegas!” But you had better fear God and consider that the Bible warns that “What HAPPENS in Vegas is RECORDED in Heaven!
Revelation 20:12-15, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
It seems that everyone has an opinion in these Last Days, but the only opinion that truly matters is God's. If you are a wise person then you will choose to be as narrowed-minded as the Bible. I have my own opinion, and it doesn't always agree with the Bible; but I choose to believe the Bible.
For example: I would never put someone into Hell forever. I am too loving a person to put even the worst sinner in Hell forever. I mean, wouldn't a trillion years burning in molten suffer be enough punishment for even the worst sinner? Can any crime be so bad that there is NO END to the punishment? If I lean upon my own human reasoning, I can't understand putting someone in Hell forever. Yet, I am not as righteous as God, and there's no way I can understand God's judgment. And I certainly don't have as much love as God. No human being loves as much as God. No human being hates sin as much as God. No human being loves righteousness as much as God. And no human being understands like God (Isaiah 55:8-9).
I choose to believe the Bible and trust the Lord as Proverb 3:5-7 says...
Proverb 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”
It is a very dangerous thing to lean upon one's own understanding...
Proverb 14:12, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
The Bible gives us an example in Matthew 7:21-23 of some religious people who leaned upon their own understanding instead of trusting upon the Lord...
Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
The group of religious people in Matthew 7:21-23 were very sincere, but they went to Hell. Sincerity is a deadly thing. You had better OBEY the Bible, the Word of God. The Bible plainly warns that God will judge mankind for every work. In fact, Jesus teaches in Matthew 12:36 that God will hold men accountable for every word spoken. We will be judged for even the words we speak. Nothing escapes the eyes of the Lord....
Proverb 15:3, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”
Notice that God sees the EVIL AND THE GOOD. God sees all of the wicked sins being committed in SIN CITY Las Vegas. God also sees the good that we do when no one is looking. Everything is being recorded in Heaven, written in books the Bible teaches. That is quite amazing to me. God does not use computers to track people, he uses good old-fashioned books. Revelation 20:12 tells us that the books will be opened and the dead will be JUDGED out of those books. Only a fool thinks that they're getting away with sin in Las Vegas. The police and city authorities may look the other way in Las Vegas, but God is not looking the other way. Proverb 15:3 teaches that the eyes of the Lord ARE IN EVERY PLACE.
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"Ye that love the LORD, hate evil..." —Psalm 97:10