Fear and Loathing of Las Vegas, Continued

President Obama seems to be quite content to bet other people’s money on a game of Keynesian Craps, but he just couldn’t resist taking another swipe at the city that I (and of course, a multitude of those who campaigned and voted for him in droves) call home:

“When times are tough, you tighten your belts,” The Hill quoted Obama saying today at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire.” You don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.”

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he spoke to the White House following Obama’s comments.

“While the President is correct that people saving for college need to be fiscally responsible, the President needs to lay off Las Vegas and stop making it the poster child for where people shouldn’t be spending their money,” Reid said in a statement.

Other state and local politicians aren’t too happy with the Gambler-In-Chief’s snide remarks either.

This time, because of Harry Reid’s response (mainly in part that he’s dependent upon the President’s assistance in the re-election battle of his life), Obama issued a tepid explanation.

Maybe Obama should start making amends by tightening his own damn belt and spending more time thinking about the effect his careless words may have on the Nevada economy. Failure to do so may result in three congressional Democrats finding themselves in the unemployment lines with their fellow down-and-out Las Vegans after November.


Let’s Get Rid Of Harry

Our “esteemed” senior U.S. Senator Harry Reid used to fight against the Chicago-led mob that once ruled the Las Vegas Strip. Now, he has become one of them — and used his new-found Chicago influence to threaten the advertising director and the owners of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

R-J publisher Sherman Frederick comments:

On Wednesday, before he addressed a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Reid joined the chamber’s board members for a meet-‘n’-greet and a photo. One of the last in line was the Review-Journal’s director of advertising, Bob Brown, a hard-working Nevadan who toils every day on behalf of advertisers. He has nothing to do with news coverage or the opinion pages of the Review-Journal.

Yet, as Bob shook hands with our senior U.S. senator in what should have been nothing but a gracious business setting, Reid said: “I hope you go out of business.”

Later, in his public speech, Reid said he wanted to let everyone know that he wants the Review-Journal to continue selling advertising because the Las Vegas Sun is delivered inside the Review-Journal.

Such behavior cannot go unchallenged.

You could call Reid’s remark ugly and be right. It certainly was boorish. Asinine? That goes without saying.

But to fully capture the magnitude of Reid’s remark (and to stop him from doing the same thing to others) it must be called what it was — a full-on threat perpetrated by a bully who has forgotten that he was elected to office to protect Nevadans, not sound like he’s shaking them down. [emphasis added]

Enough is enough. It’s time to throw Harry Mason Reid out of office once and for all. This constituent will do his part, to the best of his physical and fiscal abilities make sure that event takes place come November 2010.

For all of his “accomplishments”, Nevada’s unemployment rate is at an all-time high of 13%. Nevadans from all walks of life are struggling to make ends meet, keep their roofs over their heads, and provide for their familes while Harry Two-Face plays his “hardscrabble, up-from-poverty, Nevada-proud” act to the voters, only to turn around and knife them in the back and sell out the best interest of the state to activist thugs who don’t give a damn about Nevada residents. I’m sick and tired of him and his ilk.

It’s high time that all Nevada voters throw that dirty, rotten slimeball in the trash can and haul him off to the waste dump of defeat. Anything less that will be unacceptable.


Sometimes, In Order to Move Ahead…

…One has to take A Bold Step Back.

A local resident outlines his ideas. An excerpt:

So much of the country has become addicted to the government teat. The federal government was not created to ‘take care’ of us. It was founded to protect us from outside harm, to regulate interstate commerce and a very few other tasks. But to serve their own interests, the people that have been getting elected year after year have been ‘feeding’ us…providing jobs, social programs — all with the objective to keep us voting for them.

Even a crack addict needs to recognize the problem before they can make a move to recover. WAKE UP AMERICA!!! We have a problem!



Shame on Las Vegas

Chuck Muth rightfully rings in the new year with last night’s observation:

Because some careless union worker accidentally set the roof of the Monte Carlo Hotel on fire a few months ago, some government genius(es) decided that the New Year’s Eve fireworks show – which has successfully been launched from the rooftops of Strip hotels for a half dozen years now – had to be launched instead from Strip parking lots this year.

I once prided myself on having a Strip view from the homestead for watching the fireworks. Now that’s gone down the drain due to bureaucratic nonsense.

Not once has a resort rooftop in Las Vegas ever went up in flames due to a fireworks show.


Reid’s Mealy Mea Culpa

In the morning paper:

No offense meant to patriotic tourists

To the editor:

Much has been made of my comments at the opening of the Capitol Visitors Center. Anyone who took the time to watch my statement or read it in full knows the point I was making: I’m always pleased when the Capitol is filled with citizens eager to learn about our country’s great history and the work we do in that historic building.

It is a symbol of freedom to people around the world. That’s one reason why Nevada Sen. John Ensign and I host a weekly breakfast in the Capitol itself for Nevadans visiting Washington.

It is no secret that Washington gets terribly hot and humid during the summer, the peak season for tourists. Before the opening of this center, visitors to the Capitol were forced to wait out in the heat (or the bitter cold during the winter) for long periods of time before going through security and entering the building. The days of freezing in the cold and sweating in Washington’s humidity while waiting to enter the Capitol are over.

Thanks to this wonderful new visitors center, security is stronger and visitors are more comfortable. The center offers a relaxed, temperature-controlled environment where visitors can learn more about the legislative branch and our nation’s history.

A trip to Washington is a special one for so many Nevadans, and they deserve a world-class facility like this one. I hope your readers will come and see it for themselves.




Next time, Senator Reid, heed the advice of your staff. If it weren’t for the odoriferous perspiration of hard-working Americans whose tax dollars paid for that visitors center, you would continue to have us stinkin’ tourists around to mask the foul stench of partisan politics that you pride yourself upon.

I’ll be in D.C. for a family reunion this coming June, and plan to make the weekly Nevada breakfast. I promise to bathe and wear deodorant beforehand.


Where He Kowtows

Las Vegas Sun publisher and Obama supporter Brian Greenspun calls for a “new” socialist economy:

In this global economy, most of our major competitors are sponsored, funded or otherwise encouraged by the governments in which these competitors reside. Cheaper money, more workable regulations and the political and moral suasion of the good offices of governments is a difficult combination for purely private American business interests to overcome. And, as a result, we often don’t.

Having the government, on behalf of the taxpayers, buy into our largest companies does a couple of good things. It provides instant liquidity and it gives the government a seat at the table so it knows much better and much faster the status of our economic engines. I didn’t say control of those companies, just a seat.

The problem with that idea is that once government buys “just a seat”, they will want to buy another seat, then another seat, etc. until they own all the seats.

Spare us the bullcrap, Brian. What you are blatantly advocating is nothing new.

Whether it may be “just a seat” or a full takeover, nationalizing banks and major industries is a rotten idea. But of course, it’s just peachy keen with you — as long as Big Daddy Government doesn’t buy “just a seat” at the table of the Greenspun Corporation.

In closing, why does the Las Vegas Sun harbor a far-left bias on every page?



Local ACORN Office Raided

It seems that the radical organization acronymous with an oak nut fell not too far from the tree:

State investigators, armed with a search warrant, sought evidence of voter fraud at the office of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN, a Nevada secretary of state’s office spokesman said today.

“This is part of an ongoing investigation by the multijurisdictional task force that we announced this past July,” Secretary of State Ross Miller said in a statement. “We said then that we would work aggressively to protect the process. We’re going to do everything possible to ensure that Nevada’s voter rolls are protected and to ensure that only those who are eligible can cast a ballot.”

There are allegations that some registration applications were completed with false information, and other applications attempted to register the same persoon multiple times, Miller said.

“We’ve been told that some of the allegedly erroneous applications even included the names of players from the Dallas Cowboys football team,” Miller said.

The far left are now complaining of alleged Republican dirty tricks, despite the fact that Nevada’s Secretary of State and Attorney General (who authorized the raid) are registered Democrats.


Simpson Guilty on All Counts (Updated)

O.J. Simpson and Clarence J. Stewart were found guilty of armed robbery and kidnapping charges.

Simpson and [Stewart] were both convicted on 12 counts, Friday in Las Vegas:

Conspiracy to Commit a Crime: 1 year in prison

Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping: 1 to 6 years in prison

Conspiracy to Commit Robbery: 1 to 6 years in prison

Burglary with a Deadly Weapon: 2 to 15 years in prison

First-degree Kidnapping with a Deadly Weapon: 15 years OR life in prison, both with parole eligibility after 5 years (plus 1 to 20 years with deadly weapon enhancement)

First-degree Kidnapping with a Deadly Weapon: 15 years OR life in prison, both with parole eligibility after 5 years (plus 1 to 20 years with deadly weapon enhancement)

Robbery with a Deadly Weapon: 2 to 15 years in prison (plus 1 to 15 years with deadly weapon enhancement)

Robbery with a Deadly Weapon: 2 to 15 years in prison (plus 1 to 15 years with deadly weapon enhancement)

Assault with a Deadly Weapon: 1 to 6 years in prison

Assault with a Deadly Weapon: 1 to 6 years in prison

Coercion with a Deadly Weapon: 1 to 6 years in prison (plus 1 to 6 years with deadly weapon enhancement)

Coercion with a Deadly Weapon: 1 to 6 years in prison (plus 1 to 6 years with deadly weapon enhancement)

Simpson may spend the rest of his life here in Nevada — as a permanent resident of the Ely State Prison, far, far away from Las Vegas.

Update: Both Simpson and Stewart have been remanded to custody without bail. Judge Jackie Glass is denying all defense motions to continue. Sentencing scheduled for December 5.

Sidebar: As the sentence was being read, the lights went out in the courtroom momentarily. Although the court stated that it was due to a scheduled timer, I think that it was a coincidental nod to the fact that after getting off twice, punishment awaited Mr. Simpson this time — on the 13th anniversary of his acquittal of the double murder trial in Los Angeles.

Update 2 (10/4): Updated article link.


Open Wide

Senate OKs $700 billion bailout

The Senate tonight approved a $700 billion rescue package for Wall Street aimed a preventing a credit crisis from plunging the nation into a recession.

Both of Nevada’s senators — Harry Reid, D, and John Ensign, R — voted for the bailout.

Both presidential candidates, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, returned to Washington for the historic vote on the broadest government intervention in financial markets in decades.

Senate leaders in both parties added $110 billion in tax breaks and other sweeteners aimed at picking up enough votes in the House to pass the bill a month before the election. The House rejected the bill on Monday but leaders will try again to pass it on Friday.

The government would use most of the money to take over bad mortgages from tottering financial companies and investors.

In short, the Senate cooked up a crap sandwich with sprinkles and a sprig of parsley — and sent it from their kitchen to the House Dining Room to see if the members will eat it, let alone like it.


Bailout Vote Fails

Following a GOP-bashing speech by Nancy Pelosi, House Republicans and Democrats said no to the “crap sandwich”.

Good for them.

While something desperately needs to be done to repair the economic breach, a $700 billion bailout bill loaded with pork and kickbacks isn’t the answer. To quote Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX),

“In my heart and in my mind, I believe that this plan is fraught with unintended consequences, would force generations of taxpayers to pick up the tab for Wall Street losses, and could permanently and fundamentally change the role of government in the American free enterprise system. Once the government socializes losses, it will soon socialize profits. If we lose our ability to fail, we will soon lose our ability to succeed. If we bail out risky behavior, we will soon see even riskier behavior.”

For Nevada, Reps. Shelley Berkley (D) and Dean Heller (R) voted no. Rep. Jon Porter (R) voted yes.

Kudos to Berkley (I live in her district) and Heller for rejecting such a pile of used food; as for Jon Porter, whatever happens to him on Election Day, happens.