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.


Reid Gets Rolled

Instead of getting his way, he blinked and got a taste of the Chicago Way.

Senate Democrats beat a hasty retreat Wednesday from their rejection of Roland Burris as President-elect Barack Obama’s successor, yielding to pressure from Obama himself and from senators irked that the standoff was draining attention and putting them in a bad light. Burris said with a smile he expected to join them “very shortly.”

Though there was no agreement yet to swear Burris in, he posed for photos at the Capitol with Senate leaders, then joined them for a 45-minute meeting followed by supportive words that bordered on gushing. The events came one day after Burris had left the Capitol in the pouring rain in a scripted rejection.

Obama had spoken to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday on the need to find a quick solution to defuse the dispute, according to Democratic officials. Reid was told by Obama that if Burris had the legal standing to be seated – despite controversy surrounding his appointment by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich – it should be done “sooner rather than later,” said an Obama transition aide, speaking on condition of anonymity because the conversation was private.

Burris will be appointed to the vacant senate seat. The best thing for Republicans to do now is to find and prepare a strong, clean candidate to unseat him in the 2010 election.

Bonus: Commentary from Don Surber


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.


Reid: Taxpayers Smell

After spending $621 million of our tax dollars on renovating the Capitol Visitors Center, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had this to say:

“My staff tells me not to say this, but I’m going to say it anyway,” said Reid in his remarks. “In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it’s true.”

Frankly, I think it’s the bullplop from Dingy Harry and his far-left colleagues that’s stinking up the Capitol.

What a crass, arrogant idiot. He should’ve heeded the advice from his staff. Lets’s hope the rest of Nevada has the common sense to send him home in ’10 to smell up Searchlight again.


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.


They Blew It

Harry Reid (whom I’m ashamed to have as my senior senator) and Nancy Pelosi are neither excused nor absolved from the current hubris they both promised to avoid and correct two years ago when took majority rule in Congress. Andrew Cline opines:

The Democratic leadership in Congress took the golden opportunity it was given in 2006 and pissed it away on petty partisanship — just like the Republicans who preceded them did. […]

On all of the major issues of the past two years, the Democrats chose to play political gotcha instead of actually govern. The public, it turns out, seems to have seen through the charade. It’s kind of hard to convince Americans that you feel their pain when, for example, you are doing everything in your power to keep gas prices high through the election. By being Democrats first and public representatives second, Democrats have lost the enormous advantage in goodwill the Republicans handed them on a silver platter two years ago.

I can’t speak for Pelosi’s constituency in San Francisco, but this is one Nevadan who can’t wait until 2010 to send Dingy Harry back home to Searchlight for good.


And Now for Something Completely Different…

Harry Reid loses his temper and gets snippy with the press.

According to two Senate Democratic aides, Reid and other Democratic leaders were particularly stung by an article Thursday in The New York Times. It followed on several other reports that have highlighted Democrats’ attempts to fend off defections from their ranks to GOP-sponsored amendments, measures that would permit new drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf and in the West for oil shale.

Democrats have been hard-pressed not to join such measures with oil and gas prices at record levels.

Reid has offered Republicans only two amendments to his anti-speculation bill. He required one amendment to be a GOP alternative to his speculation bill — the other was to be a recently-introduced GOP energy bill that included OCS-drilling and oil shale measures.

On Thursday, Reid told reporters he offered Republicans “separate amendments” as well on oil shale drilling and on OCS drilling, although a review of floor proceedings this week shows no such specific offer.

Senate GOP Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., told reporters in a separate off-camera briefing that Reid is “incorrect. If he actually said that, there’s a misunderstanding.”

Kyl said it was “very clear” to him that only two amendments would be permitted for Republicans, which is leading to a complete breakdown of floor action on the Reid bill.

Kyl pointed to a speech this morning by the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, who echoed Reid’s position that two amendments would be offered to Republicans on this energy debate.

Reporters tried to pin Reid down Thursday on the amendment issue.

In the exchange, Reid told one reporter she should “watch the [Senate] floor more often. … You might learn something.”

Another reporter explained she had watched the Senate proceedings and said it was not clear he was … offereing separate amendments, to which Reid asked the reporter if she “spoke English.”

“Turn up your Miracle Ear,” Reid added.

Reid spokesman Jim Manley later told the reporter his boss’s comments were a show of “frustration,” not desperation.

Keep drilling him ’til he caves in to the will of the people, pachyderms.


Harry Reid Makes Me Sick

No, you damned, dirty environmentalist idolator! It’s YOU that’s making this country sick.

Your partner in crime Nancy Pelosi is making families and independent truckers sick.

Your masters representing the Watermelon Brigade is making our economy sick.

Spare us the global warming bull. It’s SOCIALISM that’s ruining our country AND ruining our world.

We’ve got to stop voting for you and your ilk — which will be a giant step in healing our economy and healing our land.

Nevadans, do your duty in 2010 and send Harry “Krishna” Reid back to his commune in Searchlight, NV for good!

(link via Jim Rose)


Why Harry Reid Burns Me Up, Part II

“Play my game or else,” more or less.

If he thinks he’s hurting GWB with such petty threats, he’s sorely mistaken.

That SOB needs to go. To quote a comment from the article link:

Reid is like the streaker caught on film – exposed. He still, even today, wants only to lose the war because “it is Bush’s war.â€� He can no longer claim the Administration’s strategy has failed, or that withdrawal will reduce violence or reduce the number of jihadists, or that he supports the troops – because it is obvious he just wants to lose, period. He is exposed, naked, and it isn’t pretty.