The Brass Rail To Re-Open In June

brassraildoorway1Well, this is news – It appears that Pete Hafiz plans to keep his word with the Twin Cities GLBT community.  In today’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

The Rail will return

Longtime Hennepin Avenue gay bar the Brass Rail, which closed in late January when its then-owner fell months behind on rent payments, will reopen by Pride Weekend in June, according to the building’s owner. Peter Hafiz, who also owns the Gay 90s and Sneaky Pete’s, said the bar will stay gay. He plans to make a few cosmetic changes in the meantime: “It needs some new life pumped into it.”

…A little paint, some new carpet and a handful of good looking dancers with some capital cash behind it: Let the playtimes begin!

FruitFly 6Now the magic question is this: “Will he re-hire the bartenders who’ve been sitting in unemployement lines since it was closed?!”  Well, some didn’t get unemployement, but that’s another matter.  I think re-hiring the bartenders would be paramount in importance to setting things right.  Of course, I’m biased.  Being one of those unemployed bartenders has sucked big-time.

Rudy Giuliani’s campaign going down? Say it isn’t so!

RudyNow this can’t be good. His campaign staffers are waving their need for a paycheck while Rudy waits for that special “blow-out” election in Florida. Says the Mpls Strib:

About a dozen senior campaign staffers for Rudy Giuliani are forgoing their January paychecks, aides said Friday, a sign of possible money trouble for the Republican presidential candidate.

“We have enough money, but we could always use more money,” contended Mike DuHaime, Giuliani’s campaign manager and one of those who now is working for free. “We want to make sure we have enough to win.”

Doesn’t look good, huh? Check this out farther down the column:

The former New York mayor has yet to win a contest and is counting on a victory in delegate-rich Florida to prove his candidacy is viable heading into the multistate contests slated for Feb. 5, where he believes he can prevail in states like California and Illinois.

It’s a costly strategy because Florida and states that follow it are home to some of the most expensive media markets in the country. With so many states voting in such a narrow time period, candidates can do little else but rely on paid media to get their message out.

What do you want to bet that Rudy Giuliani has embezzled “all of that cash” and funneled it directly into his consulting company, Giuliani Partners? In six moths to a year from now, we’re going to have a headline reading:FruitFly

“Financial woes at Giuliani Partners: IRS expected to file indictments today”

…And it’ll be all about this money that came into the company right around this time and we’ll have forgotten all about his campaign staffers who’ve waved getting paid in order to see him elected President of the United States.