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Popular Hotel Chain Closes Doors to Public for Sex Bash
CNSNews.com ^ | 3/28/02 | Michael L. Betsch

Posted on 03/28/2002 3:50:27 AM PST by kattracks

(CNSNews.com) - Howard Johnson is "a name that makes travelers feel at home," according to the hotel chain's website. And that sentiment appears to have struck a chord with the entire St. Louis, Mo., BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Sadism and Masochism) community, which plans to hold its sixth annual 'Beat Me in St. Louis' conference at the HoJo hotel at St. Louis' Lambert International Airport next month.

The "educational pansexual event" is sponsored by St. Louis Leather and Lace (StL3), a group "dedicated to the free expression of alternative lifestyles and forms of loving," according to its website. "Pansexual," the site explains, "means that everyone is welcome ... singles, couples, poly's (polygamists), hets (heterosexuals), bi's (bisexuals), gays, TV's (transvestites), TG's (trans-genders), CD's (cross dressers) and everyone else."

Membership in StL3, however, "is offered only to those individuals who have shown a genuine commitment to the BDSM lifestyle and who will contribute positively to the group."

What's in store for the weekend of April 26-28?

According to StL3's 'Beat Me in St. Louis' FAQ page, "We expect to have demos, seminars, and workshops covering caning, flogging, single-tail whips and other hands-on demos and seminars suited for people who are relatively new to the lifestyle as well as for those with a great deal of experience."

'Families get special attention at Howard Johnson'

Despite Howard Johnson's attempt to attract families, the hotel's 4,500 square foot conference center will be the site of "Dungeon Parties," featuring medieval torture devices.

Hemant Patel, the hotel manager who gave the go-ahead for the event, said "a group called 'St. Louis Bash'" has reserved all 171 of the hotel's rooms and facilities for the event. "There's not a single room available to the public," he said, deeming the facilities "strictly private" for the weekend.

"They have private functions, that's all we know," Patel said. "They say they're a private function. We usually try not to interfere with a private function."

HoJo's guests are a top concern, according to Liz Ryan Sax, a media relations manager for Howard Johnson's parent company, Cendant Corporation. But Sax said Cendant doesn't own any of the Howard Johnson locations, it just franchises them.

She explained that when individual HoJo locations enter into a franchise agreement, there are "standards and stipulations" set by Cendant to which the hotels must adhere.

However, Sax said, "The way that we see it is that as long as they [Howard Johnson St. Louis Airport] are adhering to their local government ... they're the best judge of how their town should conduct business."

She added that Cendant gauges its franchises' business conduct by their adherence to local, state and federal laws. And from her standpoint, "the rights of these organizations are protected under the Constitution," specifically, "Freedom of Expression."

At HoJo's, 'Kids Stay Free'

HoJo's 'Family Plan' allows children under 18 to stay free at all locations when staying in the same room as an adult, but Bill Johnson, president of the American Decency Association, isn't buying into the hotel chain's kid-friendly sales pitch.

"They put all this propaganda out about how children are their staple, their centerpiece, and it just does not ring true," Johnson said.

"It's phony to me," he added. "They're doing whatever they can to make a dollar with little concern for principle, for standards, for healthy sexuality, for guarding the hearts and the minds of people of all ages, obviously."

Johnson believes Cendant Corporation and the management at the Howard Johnson in St. Louis need to "have a reality check."

That "reality check," Bill Johnson said, involves mobilizing Christians and conservatives to call and e-mail Cendant and the hotel hosting the event.

"They must receive many, many calls and many, many communications, that if they don't stop this, they will pay a price for this in the future," Bill Johnson said. "I'm talking about financially; not only this one little local chain, but the whole chain, the whole branch of Howard Johnson's needs to be truly sensitized at such a time as this."

Bill Johnson said he has patronized the hotel chain in the past, but will not stay at any of the hotel's franchises until they make "a 180-degree turn on their position for this upcoming event." He is demanding "a declarative statement that this will never happen again and an apology."

According to Bill Johnson, the Cendant Corporation is "so hypocritical, on the one hand saying 'children' and on the other hand 'bondage' and 'sado-masochism'.

"If we don't rise to the challenge of this moment," Johnson said, "little by little, other corporations or other hotel chains or so on and so forth, they too, will become careless."

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1 posted on 03/28/2002 3:50:28 AM PST by kattracks
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To: one_particular_harbour
'Beat Me in St. Louis' conference

If nothing else, they get an 'A' for creativity.

2 posted on 03/28/2002 3:53:55 AM PST by riley1992
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To: kattracks
I don't know about any pan, but I hear Clinton used to do it in a sink. I guess he was sinksexual.

Deep thought for the day: What if there was an orgy and nobody came?

3 posted on 03/28/2002 3:55:50 AM PST by Wm Bach
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To: kattracks
"It's phony to me," he added. "They're doing whatever they can to make a dollar with little concern for principle, for standards, for healthy sexuality, for guarding the hearts and the minds of people of all ages, obviously."

Didn't they say that all 171 rooms of this place are booked with people choosing to attend the event?? So if I stay there with my Husband they will "guard my heart and mind" and make sure that the sexuality I express with my Husband is "healthy" in their opinion?

That "reality check," Bill Johnson said, involves mobilizing Christians and conservatives to call and e-mail Cendant and the hotel hosting the event.

well, this conservative Christian will have to pass.

just my humble opinion....flame at will.

4 posted on 03/28/2002 3:59:55 AM PST by sweet_diane
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To: riley1992
..."is offered only to those individuals who have shown a genuine commitment to the BDSM lifestyle and who will contribute positively to the group."

According to StL3's 'Beat Me in St. Louis' FAQ page, "We expect to have demos, seminars, and workshops covering caning, flogging, single-tail whips and other hands-on demos and seminars suited for people who are relatively new to the lifestyle as well as for those with a great deal of experience."

Yuck, they make it sound like some deviant version of a Tupperware Convention, with seminars, workshops and "hands-on" demonstrations.

6 posted on 03/28/2002 4:01:56 AM PST by wimpycat
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To: wimpycat;one_particular_harbour;riley1992
uncanny how i see the same faces wherever i go this AM...: )
7 posted on 03/28/2002 4:04:24 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: kattracks
"dedicated to the free expression of alternative lifestyles and forms of loving"

I guess they are trying to prove that 'love' really is a verb. I can't say any of this sounds much like love, however.
8 posted on 03/28/2002 4:07:16 AM PST by aardvark1
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To: xsmommy
uncanny how i see the same faces wherever i go this AM...: )

That's because we have our own little club, where membership "is offered only to those individuals who have shown a genuine commitment to morning humor and who will contribute positively to the group."

10 posted on 03/28/2002 4:07:33 AM PST by wimpycat
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To: one_particular_harbour
absolutely NO inferences can be drawn therefrom!
12 posted on 03/28/2002 4:11:51 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: wimpycat
i always get A's in the playing well with others category..
13 posted on 03/28/2002 4:12:29 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: one_particular_harbour
I'm quoting from the S&M guy in the article, so he/she/it is the one who's probably done a few employee evaluations.
15 posted on 03/28/2002 4:15:17 AM PST by wimpycat
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To: xsmommy
"Running with scissors" is probably an asset in this group.
16 posted on 03/28/2002 4:15:50 AM PST by wimpycat
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To: Wm Bach
ROFL @ "Deep thought for the day: "
17 posted on 03/28/2002 4:16:05 AM PST by SunnyUsa
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To: kattracks
"Despite Howard Johnson's attempt to attract families, the hotel's 4,500 square foot conference center will be the site of "Dungeon Parties," featuring medieval torture devices."

OMG this is too funny!!!

....I have a feeling this" Hemant Patel, the hotel manager who gave the go-ahead for the event" is in for some corporate torture!

20 posted on 03/28/2002 4:21:25 AM PST by SunnyUsa
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To: kattracks
HoJo's 'Family Plan' allows children under 18 to stay free at all locations when staying in the same room as an adult....

Hmmmmmmmmm.

21 posted on 03/28/2002 4:23:59 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: kattracks
Someone needs to splain "domestic abuse" to these people. It's against the law. Even if they WANT you to do it. Sane people do not allow themselves to be beaten with whips.
22 posted on 03/28/2002 4:25:47 AM PST by AppyPappy
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To: Wm Bach
What if there was an orgy and nobody came?

Considering human nature, that's highly unlikely.

23 posted on 03/28/2002 4:33:33 AM PST by Junior
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To: kattracks
I stay at HoJo depending on rates in the various towns I'm in. Guess I'll drop them from the list...it's the least I can do.

There's too many RedRoofs, Comforts, Motel6s, EconoLodges, etc. out there to let one idiot on the block get my money when they'll allow for this trashing of family values.

24 posted on 03/28/2002 4:39:42 AM PST by xzins
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To: sweet_diane
I guess we shall just have to be proud that we weren't invited to the sick orgy.
25 posted on 03/28/2002 4:47:58 AM PST by B4Ranch
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To: kattracks
but Bill Johnson, president of the American Decency Association, isn't buying into the hotel chain's kid-friendly sales pitch.

Of course not! Everybody knows that if you ain't a member of the "American Decency Association" you can't possibly be decent!

"They put all this propaganda out about how children are their staple, their centerpiece, and it just does not ring true," Johnson said.

I read the whole article,and I have yet to see where there would be any children attending this event. Or is this just a case of the nutcase right copying the nutcase left in whining,"It's for the chil-run!"?

"It's phony to me," he added. "They're doing whatever they can to make a dollar with little concern for principle, for standards, for healthy sexuality, for guarding the hearts and the minds of people of all ages, obviously."

WOW! I learn something every day. I had no idea at all it was the responsibility of a corporation to "guard the hearts and minds of people of all ages."! Whoodathunkit? Maybe Tom "Heinrich" Ridge can form a new religious police unit within his "Office of Reich Security" to police public morals? They can walk the streets with wooden clubs to beat anyone they see who isn't complying with the morality laws?

Oh,well. The important thing here is that Mr.Johnson can send out letters under the ADA letterhead to plead with people to send HIM a few dollars,"to guard the hearts and minds of all people". I can see it now,"Friends,this battle against Satan ain't cheap. He has these money-grubbing corporations on his side,as well as all those people out there who think they have a right to have sex any time they want. But if you will send me just $500,$250,or even $100,I will have the money I need to buy new leather so I can attend that event with my sheep and wif.........errrr,enter into the devils den to fight them on their own turf." Remember,if it protects just one child.......".

26 posted on 03/28/2002 4:53:36 AM PST by sneakypete
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To: kattracks
Ha! It's that d*mn 'Onion' again, huh? These things get me every time!!
27 posted on 03/28/2002 4:55:32 AM PST by Crowcreek
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To: sweet_diane
and make sure that the sexuality I express with my Husband is "healthy" in their opinion?

Well,if you won't let Mr.Johnson or one of his members watch,how will they know? If they don't know,you can't really expect them to approve,can you? After all,"it's for the chil-run!".

28 posted on 03/28/2002 4:56:30 AM PST by sneakypete
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To: one_particular_harbour
There was a "early bird" preregistration discount, too, I hear.....

Yeah,but the punishment is they WON'T beat you when you show up late.

29 posted on 03/28/2002 4:58:12 AM PST by sneakypete
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To: kattracks
I wonder if the Van Dam's will be there to blow off some steam.
30 posted on 03/28/2002 5:00:55 AM PST by biblewonk
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To: one_particular_harbour
It's BYO rubber sheets...........and who in hell would want to stay there AFTER that group clears out....
31 posted on 03/28/2002 5:03:44 AM PST by ken5050
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To: kattracks
Isn't this what happened to Rome? This country is going to hell in a hand basket. "Rise And Fall Of The Roman Empire".
32 posted on 03/28/2002 5:06:35 AM PST by Piquaboy
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To: one_particular_harbour
On a serious note, I don't want some pea-brained nitwit at some corporation guarding my heart and mind by his standards.

exactly... Just because today the topic is BDSMers doesn't mean that tomorrow it couldn't be something that you enjoy!

33 posted on 03/28/2002 5:09:10 AM PST by sweet_diane
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To: B4Ranch
I guess we shall just have to be proud that we weren't invited to the sick orgy.

How do you know I wasn't?? ::smile::

34 posted on 03/28/2002 5:11:24 AM PST by sweet_diane
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To: Wm Bach
“Deep thought for the day: What if there was an orgy and nobody came?”

Well I'm certainly big on depth, but all this deviancy is such a turn-off... Maybe sometime when they have something that's not quite so...flamboyant...

35 posted on 03/28/2002 5:11:43 AM PST by Savage Beast
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To: Wm Bach
Looks like "No Mo Blo Jo at Ho Jo."
36 posted on 03/28/2002 5:13:19 AM PST by Hilltop
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To: sweet_diane
Personally, I'm glad they booked the entire hotel so there are no innocent families staying there while this is going on. My worries are for the hotel staff...

I haven't been to a Howard Johnson's in forty years so it's difficult for me to get worked up over this, in terms of a boycott or anything.

Since so many places now have porn-per-view available through the hotel TVs, this just seems like a logical progression, much the same way that values-neutral sex ed to elementary students (read those SEICUS guidelines) leads by a natural progression to 4th-graders engaging in oral sex during studies. Why should I be shocked?

Wonder if Marv Albert will be attending this "conference"?

38 posted on 03/28/2002 5:14:16 AM PST by Tall_Texan
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To: wimpycat
Yuck, they make it sound like some deviant version of a Tupperware Convention


Note the 'cherries'. Coincidence? I think not.

39 posted on 03/28/2002 5:17:42 AM PST by riley1992
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To: kattracks
This is what you get in a value neutral society: sickness being promoted as a variant form of love.
40 posted on 03/28/2002 5:18:24 AM PST by joathome
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To: Wm Bach
“Deep thought for the day: What if there was an orgy and nobody came?”

Well I'm big on depth, but what kind of an orgy? I mean...all this deviancy is sort of a turn-off...medieval dungeons and all--I know it's just me. I might come sometime when they have something that's not quite so...flamboyant...

41 posted on 03/28/2002 5:26:13 AM PST by Savage Beast
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To: ken5050
....I read where most Hotels only wash their blankets once a month and there quilts (comforters or spreads) every six months!

....can you imagine after a convention? like this, what body fluids you could be exposed too?..........Yuk

42 posted on 03/28/2002 5:32:48 AM PST by GrandMoM
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To: joathome
The homosexual lifestyle, which is almost without exception promiscuous, is the quintessence of perversion. These are the people who the media has only too readily accepted into the mainstream. These are the people who in their annual parade in San Francisco perform acts that would get straights thrown into jail. The usual comment from doltish straights is, "what they do in their own bedroom is their own business." The problem is they don't confine their acts to the bedroom, as this article clearly demonstrates.
43 posted on 03/28/2002 5:32:58 AM PST by gaspar
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To: gaspar
I see a big difference between a parade on public streets and a closed conference room filled with only those who want to attend.
44 posted on 03/28/2002 5:43:32 AM PST by sweet_diane
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To: kattracks
I'd hate to be the housekeeping staff cleaning up after that group. Bring in the power washers and bleach.
46 posted on 03/28/2002 5:46:20 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: kattracks
For the next convention, I propose that they meet in the St. Louis Arch. Just think of the possibilities in those tiny elevators.
47 posted on 03/28/2002 5:49:51 AM PST by Young Rhino
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To: sweet_diane
I see a big difference between a parade on public streets and a closed conference room filled with only those who want to attend

I agree. Let them do what they want, as long as they don't bother me.

48 posted on 03/28/2002 5:50:41 AM PST by conserv13
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To: sweet_diane
If you think the event will be confined to a closed conference room you have lost touch with reality.
49 posted on 03/28/2002 5:52:02 AM PST by gaspar
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To: one_particular_harbour
Seems to be a lot of similarities as to what is happening here in the U.S. now and to what happend to Rome. Must to a lot of lead eating Dimolrats out there.
50 posted on 03/28/2002 5:54:42 AM PST by Piquaboy
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