An amusing article regarding a recent Seattle City Council vote (the vote took place after this article was written; the stricter rules were passed 5-4) to toughen rules by which "Gentlemen's Clubs" are allowed to operate. What's amusing is not the topic itself, but rather the writer's apparent surprise that this would even be an issue in this "bastion of tolerance and liberalism". I've lived in a number of places in the USA, and have spent a considerable amount of time in many others. The Pacific Northwest (at least the Seattle and surrounding areas part) is just about as prude a place as they come, at least among the major population centers, IMHO.
I think there's a falicy that the sex trade is somehow synonomous with lefties; nothing could be further from the truth. One only has to look at some of the more conservative cities, like Anchorage, where there's a strip club in every neighborhood. As a matter of fact I think the lefties are about as prude as they come (myself excepting)!
As well, it should be pointed out that the sex industry is a nearly $20 billion operation, far more than all the major league sports combined. Does that sound like something the progressives could pull off?
UPDATE: Cartoonist David Horsey's take.