It’s Vegas folklore, a recurrent male fantasy and a porn clich� (not that I rent those kinds of videos, if the FBI is reading this). The repressed librarian — hair wrapped tight in a bun, hiding behind thick glasses and lost in a blouse buttoned to her chin — hits the bright lights of Las Vegas and goes wild. She loses the glasses, lets down her locks and unbuttons the blouse to her navel. What happens in Vegas, as the ads tout, stays in Vegas.

Except, of course, when it doesn’t — when what happens in Vegas winds up in a government database. Which explains how the librarian, Las Vegas and the legions of workers who cater to the librarian’s whims in Sin City (employees of hotels, restaurants, car rental agencies, casinos, travel agencies, etc.) got sucked into the debate over re-upping the Patriot Act — a debate that died down (for now), after President George W. Bush on March 9 signed legislation renewing the act.

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