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Religious Right Worries Republicans Can't Handle Vegas Convention



Why are they worried?  Republicans will just lie about whatever happens there and, in their minds, then it won't have happened, right? Republicans: Lying is what they do.

A repost via from our friend Alan Colmes's Liberaland site:

Relgious Right Worries Repbulicans Can’t Handle Vegas Covention (via Liberaland)

Religious conservatives are urging the Republican Party to remove Las Vegas from its list of potential cities for their 2016 convention. “The GOP is supposedly interested in reaching out to conservatives and evangelicals. Maybe that’s just a front…

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GOP woos the Jews: The Awkward Moments


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Potential Republican 2016 presidential contenders went out of their way to woo the Jews yesterday, specifically billionaire Sheldon Adleson. The elitest of the elite (read: wealthiest) GOP donors showed up in Las Vegas at a Very Special Event. Members of the Republican Jewish Coalition were holding auditions, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush were strutting their cringe-worthy stuff in one way or another.

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Being one of many Jews who would never open my wallet for any of those possible candidates, I tend to find humor in situations like these. And this time I found it courtesy of an article in the Los Angeles Times that included some of the more awkward moments.

Let's begin with how Gov. "Heartbroken" tried to shake off his Bridgegate scandal and how determined he was to rescue his damaged career by kissing Adeleson's ass bank account:

For Christie, Saturday's tryout showed the potential for missteps when governors wade into foreign policy at this early stage. During an otherwise warmly received speech, Christie's mention of a helicopter flight over "occupied territories" — terminology used by Israel's critics — during his trip to Israel sent murmurs and whispers of surprise through the conservative audience.

Oops, "murmurs and whispers of surprise" couldn't have done much to salvage his image. So much for Gov. "Who Moi?" and his efforts to restore some of the credibility he never had.

Scott Walker's anemic overtures to Jews whom he couldn't believably relate to at all went this way:

The candidates' attempts to connect with the audience appeared awkward at times. Walker emphasized that he decorates his house during the holidays with Christmas lights as well as a menorah candle. He also noted that his son's name, Matthew, means "gift from god" in Hebrew.


You've heard of Christian Mingle? This "What Happens in Vegas Pays in Vegas Moment" was a little like Jewish Mingle. A speed dating version of courting a roomful of donors. John Kasich's version of flirtation was trying to ingratiate himself by flaunting his first-name basis palsy-walsitude with Sheldon:

Kasich, who had been sitting next to Adelson at the Saturday luncheon, addressed him by name repeatedly throughout his post-meal remarks, as if the conversation was one-on-one.

Allow me to address these opportunists by name: Chris, Scotty, John, Jeb, can we talk? Don't pretend you're BFF with obscenely wealthy Jews when you're not; don't try to impress Jews with embarrassing references to your trip to Israel; and pleaseohplease don't attempt to convince Jews that you, an Evangelical Christian, are "one of them" because your Christian kid's name happens to have a Hebrew origin or meaning.

Seriously, don't.

What next, asking Adelson if he's a Scorpio?

More here.


Vegas Revival Spectacular -- Pat Robertson -- Halloween On Ice


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Who's more bat-sh## crazy, the people who watch Pat Robertson or the people who support Pat Robertson? I've got to think this is a neck and neck race -- but to the bottom of human intelligence.

He's supported by followers. Are they all hearing impaired and just like to see lips flap in the wind? Are they part of a secret cabal of the insane and enjoy waiting with baited breath for the men in white coats to put him in a straight jacket and bring him to the asylum? Or are they really a group of extremely intellectual people who are punking the rest of us. Kind of a Colbert Report treatment but of society as a whole? If that's the case, they've done a great job.

Going with the punking choice, I've found, courtesy of The Daily Beast, this promo (highlights) for the upcoming Pat Robertson Las Vegas Revival Spectacular -- Halloween on Ice. The spectacular promises to make it's way into your heart with eight spooky re-enactment tales of evil like these -- all done on ice skates:


Judge Turns Back on Woman Victim's Attack -- Sends Her To Jail


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Shorthand - In family court, a cop sexually assaults a woman. When she complains to judge, the accused cop, Marshals Ron Fox along with James Kenyon arrest the victim in front of her two year old daughter for complaining to judge -- all caught on camera. Yup, that about sums it up.

Oh, and did I forget to mention that the female judge, just turned her back when all of this was going on... Ignoring the victims desperate pleas for help?

From Sign Of The Times Net:

According to internal court documents, as Contreras was leaving, family court marshal Ron Fox ordered her into a waiting room for an unexplained drug search.

Contreras said Fox touched her buttocks, breast, and ordered her to lift up her shirt. A later internal investigation by Clark County courts validated her claims. Contreras went back into the same courtroom and told hearing master Patricia Donninger that her requests to have a female marshal handle the search were ignored.

Hearing this, the presiding officer, Donninger just turned her back after ordering the officer to arrest her. This is justice?  I call it outrage! Watch and judge for yourself.

Now a postscript. The sex-offending officer, Ron Fox, was fired yet not charged with any crime. But to add to the kerfuffle, Fox is now suing the city for wrongful termination. Does it get more crazy than this?


If you like Lewis Black, Thom Hartmann, Mike Papantonio, and Las Vegas, but aren't thrilled with "tort reform", read this


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The Mass Torts Made Perfect Conference coming up. What the heck is that? you may be asking. Well you would be right to ask. Mike Papantonio, the superb progressive host of Ring of Fire and guest host for Ed Schultz's radio show, is holding a conference for plaintiff's lawyers in Vegas in April.

Are you yawning yet? You shouldn't be and here's why.

Great progressive lawyers will be there, and so will our own Cliff Schecter, plus Crooks and Liars' John Amato and one of our all time faves and progressive Alaskans' best weapon, Shannyn Moore.

And if you are a progressive lawyer, and you're reading this, it is the place to be, so go register and go.

Via Pap's piece at Mass Torts Made Perfect:

Like we have in the past, we are hosting the names you know in litigation, such as Howard Nations, Morris Dees and other legends, and the people you want to meet during the breaks and receptions. We have comedian Lewis Black performing this year, as well as mentalist Lior Suchard, who will amaze you. We also will be hosting talk radio star Thom Hartmann, syndicated columnist Karl Frisch and bestselling author Cliff Schecter. In the past we have been visited by Bill Clinton, Dan Rather, Bill Maher, Pete Rose, Bobby Kennedy, Jr., Terry Bradshaw, Al Sharpton, Jason Alexander, Harry Reid, Ted Koppel, Wanda Sykes, James Carville, Ed Schultz, Paul Begala and many other names you know, as well as other talents you may not. Yet.

If you’re interested in knowing what is really happening with GranuFlo, SSRIs, Pradaxa, Actos, Pelvic Mesh, DePuy, as well as Meningitis, Mirena, Fosamax Femur, Medtronic INFUSE, and many other important litigations, you can’t miss out hearing from the leaders in these areas – they come to MTMP to educate and share information – period. There are no defense attorneys at MTMP, so we are able to give real, concrete and substantive presentations that will help you win your case.

I’m also proud to be hosting the first MTMP Auction to benefit the American Association for Justice’s “Take Justice Back” media campaign. The AAJ is an incredibly important organization and they fight every day to protect your ability to practice your profession, from those who would undermine you and the people of this country with frivolous laws such as so-called “tort reform.” Supporting the AAJ is the right thing to do – I hope you will come out Thursday night, April 11 at the Wynn Hotel, and help us raise much-needed funding for this important effort.

Still yawning? I didn't think so.

H/T to Colleen Kirby


Republican Las Vegas woman arrested after trying to vote twice


Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller said that the FBI has arrested a Republican Las Vegas woman, charging that she tried to vote twice in the presidential election.

Roxanne Rubin first voted at an early voting place in Henderson and then, that same day, she tried to vote again at a polling site in Las Vegas. She denied that she'd already voted.

Via CBS Las Vegas:

Rubin was arrested around 4 p.m. at the Riviera hotel-casino, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. She was charged with one felony count of voting more than once in the same election.

It's the Republicans that have tried to suppress the vote in several Republican-run states, and from the reports I've seen, it's Republicans who have been caught committing voter fraud.

Voter I.D. fraud is nearly non-existent, and, of course, the GOP-generated Voter I.D. laws affect mostly Democratic voters.


Senator Harry Reid hospitalized after car crash in Las Vegas


UPDATE, good news. A tweet from @ryangrim: Harry Reid is fine, and so are people in his security detail. All is well.

Senator Harry Reid was hospitalized after a car crash, but the extent of his injuries are unclear at this time. The crash involved "multiple" cars that included four in Reid's caravan.

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Multiple cars were involved in the crash, including four cars in Senator Reid's caravan. Two other cars outside of the caravan were involved.

Thinking all good thoughts...