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.


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.



Here in town, the skies grew dark, the thunder rolled, and the rain poured as a community organizer from Chi-town made his presence known.

Apparently, as he strode toward the teleprompter-crested platform, the clouds mysteriously parted, the sun shone brightly, etc. Chalk it to coincidence…

Update (9/18): Earlier that day, up in Elko, The Obamessiah tested his Alinskyian mind trick skills on the local populace:

“I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face,” he said.

“And if they tell you that, ‘Well, we’re not sure where he stands on guns.’ I want you to say, ‘He believes in the Second Amendment.’ If they tell you, ‘Well, he’s going to raise your taxes,’ you say, ‘No, he’s not, he’s going lower them.’ You are my ambassadors. You guys are the ones who can make the case.”

Yes, they will make the case…to vote for the other guy. Go ye forth and spread the teachings of The One, Obamanian Ambassadors!


BlogWorld, Day 1

I got off to a late start, but I didn’t miss a thing here.

While waiting for the next sessions I signed up for to begin, I walked around the exhibit floor and got to match faces with the weblogs. So far, I pressed the flesh with Glenn Reynolds, Roger L. Simon, Ed Driscoll, Dawn Olsen, La Shawn Barber, Jeralyn Merritt, Pam Johnson, and Markos Moulitsas (no, I didn’t get into a political argument with him, as he’s here for the sports blogging track — and he was very cordial).

Dawn encouraged me to consider contributing to Blogcritics Magazine, headed up by Eric Olsen. I’ve been following BC since its inception, and I might consider it. I’ll keep you, the reader, posted.

I was quite surprised to run into readers of the blog on the exhibit floor, including another local blogger who’s been following me for quite a while.

Update (4:00 pm): Right now, I’m sitting in on “Raising The Level Of Discourse In The Political Blogosphere”, featuring panelists Michael Medved, Merritt, Simon, Jim Hoff, and Ed Morrissey.

I might stick around for the pajama party tonight — albeit in street clothes though, as it’s a long drive back to Suburblin.