Saturday, October 31, 2009

What A Weekend For Vegas

This weekend, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) finals are in Las Vegas this weekend. http://www.blogger.com/post-create.g?blogID=4994405161429545698

Also, the NHRA drag racers are in town as well, at the Speedway. http://www.nhra.com/

Next weekend, is Aviation Nation, one of the biggest airshows in The U.S. I'll be going to that.
So, if you are a cowboy, into very fast cars or a wing nut, you will find something for you.
If you are into fancy cooking or partying on the Strip, well, I can't help you.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Federal Government (Harry And Obama) Kill More Jobs

From the Las Vegas Sun: The Bureau of Land Management signed an order today that withdraws almost 945,000 acres of sensitive public lands from new mining activity in Southern Nevada for 20 years... The reason being: The sensitive areas include cultural sites, such as petroglyphs and archaeological sites, and wildlife habitat that is crucial for survival of the Mojave Desert tortoise, the southwestern willow flycatcher bird, woundfin and Virgin River chub fish and other species in the Ash Springs area.
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/30/945000-acres-protected-mining-20-years/
So, almost a million acres are taken off from potential mining for some critters and archaeological sites? So, a state with 13% unemployment and it is going to get worse, so the bureaucrats in Washington, under the leadership of Obama and Reid decide to kill more jobs in Nevada. Way to go Harry and Obama, we love you in Nevada! Not!

What If A Major Incident Happened At A Courthouse And Not Reported- Did It Happen?

Yesterday, about 2:10 in the afternoon, we were driving by the Family Courthouse by Pecos and Bonanza when at least 10 police cars or more came roaring into the courthouse entrances. There was also 2 ambulances and a fire engine. Police officers were running in several directions. The police were rolling out the crime scene tape. On the Alarm office for the fire department said there was a cardiac arrest ongoing at that address. The paramedics were working on someone on the drivers side of an old green compact car, probably from the 1980's.
So, did something happen at the courthouse and if so, why hasn't anyone reported on it yet?

3 Cheers For Government Health Care At Work!!

From the LVRJ: "Health officials are urging the public to exercise patience and courtesy after a fight broke out when someone tried to cut in line Thursday at a Reno swine flu clinic. Washoe County Health District spokeswoman Judy Davis said she didn't have any details of the incident, but it involved people in high-risk groups waiting in line for a chance to get a swine flu shot.
So, people have to wait in line at a County run clinic, someone skips and a fight breaks out. Get used to it.
Finally, "Davis said that vaccines were available for 1,200 people Thursday and that from 200 to 300 people in line were unable to get one."
http://www.lvrj.com/news/fight-erupts-among-people-in-line-at-reno-flu-clinic-67506187.html
Now, we're into rationing. Well done, Washoe County Health District and here's looking to our future if Obama and the Democrats have their way.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

People Are Still Moving To Vegas?


Channel 8, KLAS, in Las Vegas has a story about the moving costs to and from Las Vegas and it talks about the different costs U-Haul charges.
To me, the most amazing thing about the story is this: "Applied Analysis says tracking how many people move away is difficult, but even now, some 4,000 to 5,000 people are moving here every month. During the boom, that number was 6,000 to 8,000." http://www.klas-tv.com/Global/story.asp?S=11411180
With an unemployment rate around 14%, why would anyone want to move here? Good weather, of course and the shows, Strip and parks, it is a nice place to retire. But 4000-5000 people a month? Please say it is not for the welfare benefits that illegals can receive.

Happy Nevada Day

Happy Nevada to the fine citizens of Nevada. I will take the day off from school and sleep in.
Nevada Day celebrates when Nevada joined the Union in 1864.
For more information: http://www.nevadaday.com/

Storm Chasers: My Experience


I am watching Storm Chasers on the Discovery Channel and it reminds me of one scariest moments in my life, when I actually had a small (if there is such a thing) tornado go over my head.
It was about 1998 and I was working for Airport Connections, an airport shuttle service. I was working on a Saturday or Sunday in the Spring. I was dispatched to O'Hare in the company's town car to pick up a passenger to bring back to Mequon.
I got the car from their headquarters on 3rd and got on the freeway at Layton (I-43). As I was heading south, I could see the sky getting dark. I just passed Rawson, I believe, when for some reason I turned to the left and I saw something I've never seen before. The sky and clouds were green. I just said it was cool and then said "oh crap" or something to that effect.
It started to hail, rain and then rain harder. I was right across the highway from a truck stop. The rain got so bad that I pulled over, the first time I have ever had pulled over for rain.
All of a sudden, the wind came and it blew hard. It was in a circular pattern and it blew very hard. I tried using the cell phone, but could not get through as I could not even get a dial tone. I tried to call my wife and then dispatch on the Nextrel, but nothing went through.
The car was rocking back and forth and I really was scared. The whole episode lasted about 3 minutes but it seemed like an hour and when I looked to the east, I could see the funnel.
I later heard on the news that several tractor-trailers were tipped over at the truck stop I was across from and there was a lot of damage. I am just glad I was in the Town Car as opposed to the company van. I went through about 5 more severe storms that night and the trip, which is usually about 4 hours round trip, was about 7 hours.
So, I would like to see a big tornado from afar because I have already seen one close up, too close up. And watching Storm Chasers helps me watch the tornadoes from a distance.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Top Chef Las Vegas


Watched Top Chef: Las Vegas tonight and it was nice to see a Milwaukee chef make it on the show. Paul Bartolotta who has a big restaurant at the Wynn and he was featured in the first challenge. They also pronounce his name differently in Vegas than in Milwaukee.

They also sent Michael home tonight. Kind of surprising, but they were cooking vegetarian food and it all looked terrible.

I'd rather a person who can cook steak well and a terrible vegetarian meal than cook a who can cook a vegetarian meal and not a steak or other cuts of meat.

Why I Can't Ever Live In Wisconsin Again

Today, when I woke up, it was about 47 degrees and a little windy. I was freezing my butt off. The high was about 63 and I was still cold. I even had the heater in the car working!!!
I have prided myself that I have never worn a jacket since I lived Las Vegas, a little over 3 years. This year may well the year I actually wear a jacket in the Valley. (When I go up to the mountains, it can get to below zero, so that doesn't count)
So, I admit, I am a wimp. When it comes to the weather.

Government and Obama Lies: Anybody Surprised?

From jsonline: "The government has overstated by thousands the number of jobs that it has created or saved with federal contracts under the president's $787 billion recovery program, according to an Associated Press review of data released in the program's first progress report.
The discrepancy raises questions about the reliability of a key benchmark that the administration uses to gauge the success of the stimulus. The errors could be magnified Friday when a much larger round of reports is released. It is expected to show hundreds of thousands of jobs repairing public housing, building schools, repaving highways and keeping teachers on local payrolls."

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/67102947.html
At least the AP is asking questions, but really, who is surprised the stimulus kind of sucked and was just a political payback to liberal special interest groups?

How Sad


From the Jsonline: "Ask him how he's doing these days and Willie Wood will tell you he feels pretty good. But the 1960s-era Green Bay Packers safety goes silent when asked why he has traveled from his assisted living facility in downtown Washington to a packed congressional hearing room on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. 
Wood, a Pro Football Hall of Famer who has dementia, is among a number of retired football players who have developed serious memory problems after leaving the NFL
."
As a boy growing up, I was a fan of Willie Wood and the rest of the Packers. It is sad to say that the Packers have lost a a lot of players to death (Ray Nitschke, Henry Jordan) and dementia (Willie Wood and who knows who else)
Now, Willie lives in an assisted living facility, probably for the rest of his life.
How sad that once a great human specimen has been lowered to this.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Is This Any Surprise?

From the New York Post: New Yorkers are fleeing the state and city in alarming numbers -- and costing a fortune in lost tax dollars, a new study shows.
More than 1.5 million state residents left for other parts of the United States from 2000 to 2008, according to the report from the Empire Center for New York State Policy. It was the biggest out-of-state migration in the country.
The vast majority of the migrants, 1.1 million, were former residents of New York City -- meaning one out of seven city taxpayers moved out.
"The Empire State is being drained of an invaluable resource -- people," the report said.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/tax_refugees_staging_escape_from_qb4pItQ71UXIc0i6cd3UpK
It goes on: "Why all the moving vans?
The center, part of the conservative
Manhattan Institute, blames the state's high cost of living and high taxes."
New York is a liberal state and has a very high tax rate, both in the state and in the city.
Liberals just don't understand that when you raise taxes, people leave. It is human nature to keep as much money as they can. People are going to live where taxes are lower and services are better. They are also going to live in an area where they are more comfortable- i.e. bigger lots, newer homes and less crime and hassles from the government.
New York should not be surprised and other higher taxed areas should take notice.

Go Visit A Very Good Haunted House


Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, where I teach, is putting on a haunted house this Saturday. The haunted house is being put on by the SOL.

I have been at this haunted house for the past 2 years and this is not your average haunted house. This is one of the best haunted houses in the valley. They have an area where it is not scary- face painting and a pumpkin patch for the young, young kids.

For the older kids and adults, they put on a spook house that is 2 floors high and 4 hallways long. And it is scary. The kids do a great job and you will have to wait in line, as turnout is large.

The best part is the cost is only $1 or a donation of a canned food product.
Desert Pines is located at 3800 E Harris, just down the street from Family Court, off of Pecos.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Stupid Suspension of The Year Followed By a Slapdown

From ESPN: ESPN broadcaster Bob Griese has been suspended one week for a remark he made about NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya....During ESPN's broadcast of the Minnesota-Ohio State game Saturday, a graphic was shown listing the top five drivers in NASCAR's points race. Fellow analyst Chris Spielman asked where was Montoya, who is Colombian.
Griese replied he was "out having a taco."

And he gets suspended for that?
However, Montoya had the best comeback: "Montoya is declining to comment on Griese's suspension. He brushed off the remark Sunday, and said he'd never heard of Griese."
That probably hurts more than the suspension.

Wisconsin Democrat State Politics: Funny As Hell

So, now it turns out that Barbara Lawton has taken herself out of the running for governor of Wisconsin, for "very personal reasons". The blogsphere is ripe with rumors about what is going on. It really doesn't matter what the personal reasons are, she is out.
Now, the Democrats have 0 as in nada as in zilch candidates running for governor. Hell, even Jay Bullock of http://folkbum.blogspot.com/ won't run. How sad.
While it is possible that someone, anyone will jump in the race. Maybe Tom Barrett will run reluctantly and be the sacrificial lamb, but the bottom line is there is no legitimate candidate running for governor on the Democrat side.
But why? Jim Doyle has run the State in the ground. The State Assembly and Senate is run by Democrats. The State is bleeding jobs and State government and their taxes and regulations are being blamed.
But this is a national problem for the Dem's. They are in severe danger of losing the governorship in Virginia and has a good chance of losing the governor's house in New Jersey. Here in Nevada, Harry Reid is losing to Mickey and Minnie Mouse for U.S. Senate.
It seems like in 2010, it is going to be a year of throw the bums out, GOP and Dem's included. Also, in Nevada, Gov. Gibbons, who I like, is going down faster than Oprah on a box of chocolates.
So, Wisconsin politicians, join the crowd of politicians who are running for cover by refusing to run or are going down in flames.

Restaurant Service 101: What To Do To Piss Off A Customer

Today, the family went out to celebrate Cathy's birthday. We decided to go to a Chinese restaurant and it really was the worst experience we have had since we have been in Vegas.
We went to the Asian Buffet- Little Dumplings restaurant in the 2500 block of W. Craig.
We had a coupon that stated that if you bought 2 buffets at the regular price, then a child 10 and under was free. Well since our son is 10, we thought that should be a no brainer, but no. When we got to the restaurant, their sign in the restaurant said under ten gets the discount. We argued for a bit. They argued that their signed overruled the coupon. I argued that words means things and they ought to honor their coupon. We were only arguing about a dollar or so, but it was principal of the thing.
So, I won and we got the discount. So, we got our drinks ordered and I went to the bathroom. When I got back, my daughter was soaking wet because the waiter spilled a glass of ice tea on her, accidentally, I think. The waiter never apologized.
The food was so-so and service to the table was poor at best.
When it was time for dessert, my daughter who is allergic to nuts, wanted some dessert, but the desserts were not marked. So, we asked the waiter if their were nuts in any of the desserts. Mistake!! It would have helped if the waiter understood English. It would have helped if anyone understood English. So my daughter had vanilla ice cream, which was a little disappointing.
When I was in the bathroom, one of the toilets had poop on it , there was gang graffiti in the stalls and soap was out of one of the dispensers.
So, in the end, I left a $2 tip- why I don't know.
They lost us as a future customer and I am sure we are not the only ones.

Government Health Care For You


Hundreds of people lined up in Milwaukee to get their Swine Flu immunization. http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/65781417.html
Think some of these people got sick by standing in the cold and rain?
Southern Nevada Health District runs out of the injectable immunization: http://www.lvrj.com/news/h1n1-vaccine-in-short-supply-65465617.html
The government cannot even handle a normal flu outbreak, and they want to run health care? Fools who believe this are just that- fools.
H/T Charlie Sykes

Happy Birthday To My Sweetheart

A Very Happy Birthday to my wife, Cathy today. May we celebrate many, many more birthdays together!!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Halloween Events In Las Vegas

From The Las Vegas Review-Journal comes their on-line edition of what to do during Halloween in Vegas. http://www.reviewjournal.com/media/interactive/halloween_events_09/
The Las Vegas Sun also has some information as well: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/20/guide-halloween-las-vegas/


I have walked the Strip the last 2 years and it was very boring. Hardly anyone was dressed in costume.
Now, Halloween was on weeknights, so I am sure that has something to do with it. With Halloween being on a Saturday, this may change.
The weather will be beautiful, about a high of 74 and a low in the mid-50's.


But just remember, don't drink too much or else:

Wal-Mart Health Insurance: The Real Facts

As some of you know, I work part time at Wal-Mart and I qualify for health insurance, if I want it. well, it is open enrollment time and so I decided to actually find out the costs of health insurance Wal-Mart provides.
Wal-Mart offers several plans, from low to high deductibles, with a couple of plans in between.
The plan with the lowest deductible- $500, the cost is $76 every 2 weeks for the individual and $234 every two weeks for the family.
The plan with the highest deductible, $2200, it costs $9 every two weeks for the individual and $27 for the family.
The Dental plan is $6.20 for the individual and $19.70 for the family.
Wal-Mart insurance is offered to about 95% of it's employees.
As you can plainly see, Wal-Mart, despite what the leftists and the Wal-Mart haters in this country, including President Obama say, Wal-Mart offers health insurance that anyone can afford.
So, if you ever a person saying that Wal-Mart doesn't offer affordable health insurance, tell them they are full of crap.
And BTW, I have several friends who have had to use the insurance and everyone says they are pleased with it.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Disgusting

From Jsonline: "An attack on an African-American student from Wauwatosa West High School appears to be racially motivated, Brookfield police said Thursday.
According to Capt. Jim Adlam:
Four male Wauwatosa West students - the African-American student and three white students - were running near the pavilion area of
Lamplighter Park about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Three white males in a black four-door vehicle swerved at the runners and at least one of the males yelled racial slurs. The vehicle stopped and a fight ensued, Adlam said.
While the 18-year-old African-American student was being attacked, one of his classmates, 17, intervened.
The 17-year-old was punched by one of the males from the vehicle and told police he was knocked out. He later received stitches at Froedtert Hospital for lacerations to his upper lip."

I hope they catch these thugs and lock them away for a long, long time.
While the 17 year old got the crap beat out of him, he is still a hero.
I ran cross country for Tosa East in the 70's and then, Oconomowoc.. Cross-country runners are a rare breed and they will defend their brethren. Again, I hope they catch these thugs.

Dina Titus: Will She Ever Have a Real Job? But Joe Heck Has A Real Job

Dina Titus (D-Suckup to Nancy Pelosi) has really never had a real job in her adult life. But yet she thinks she knows what the working person wants or needs. How can she possibly think that?
From Titus's own web site: "Dina Titus has dedicated her entire professional life to education and public service. She has taught American and Nevada government at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for 30 years. She represented the people of Senate District 7 in the Nevada Legislature since 1988, serving as the Democratic Minority Leader from 1993 – May 2008."
Call me cynical. But I don't trust anyone, and that includes conservatives or liberals, who never had a real job in their adult life.
Titus has been a professor at UNLV. I'm sorry, but professors aren't exactly in tune with the world. They barely work and just work on writing papers and hoped to be published and teach a couple classes a week..
But yet, unfortunately, she is my Representative in Congress. It would be nice if someone would challenge her who actually knows something about the real world.
Oh, wait, there is. Dr. Joe Heck is challenging her. He is a doctor, but not of the educational kind, but is a real medical doctor. He is an Army Reservist, which means he actually went through basic training for officers.
From Heck's web site: "Joe began his 25+ year career in public service as a volunteer firefighter and ambulance attendant in rural Pennsylvania. He volunteered as a Medical Team Manager with the Nevada Urban Search & Rescue Team - Task Force 1 and as a member of the LVMPD Search & Rescue team. He continues to serve as a tactical physician with the LVMPD SWAT team. Called to active duty in 1996 in support of Operation Joint Endeavor and 2003 in support of Operation Noble Eagle, Joe continues to serve in the United States Army Reserve having recently returned from a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He currently holds the rank of Colonel and commands a U.S. Army Hospital. In July 2006 he graduated from the prestigious U.S. Army War College, earning a Masters of Strategic Studies."
Wow, what a difference in character and jobs. A professor in a virtually useless subject area vs a doctor who serves in the military.
So tell me, who has the real world experience? I think the answer is quite clear and it ain't the professor.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Nevada: We're Number 2!!

According the Las Vegas Sun: "For the second consecutive month, Nevada placed second in the nation for its unemployment rate, trailing only Michigan.
The U.S. Department of Labor said today Nevada’s rate of 13.3 percent was second to Michigan’s 15.3 percent in September.
The state reported Tuesday there were 190,700 workers who were jobless in September. And the 13.3 percent is a record for the state." http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/21/nevadas-jobless-rate-second-nation-after-michigan/

So, apparently the stimulus is not working for Nevada. Harry Reid, when he is not causing job loss personally, apparently cannot do anything about the unemployment rate, even though he is one of the most powerful person in the country.
The fact is, is no one, whether is the Messiah Obama, Reid or any Republican can do anything about the job loss. The so-called stimulus was a give away to special interests, not job creation. Right now, other than tax breaks for hiring people, there is not much government can do. But they won't stop trying and screwing things up even more.
But hey, while millions of Americans are out of work and suffering, Obama can be partying up at all the different music he is bringing into the White House. http://www.azcentral.com/ent/celeb/articles/2009/10/14/20091014fiesta.html

Nevada supreme Court Gets It Wrong

From the LVRJ: "The Nevada Supreme Court has thrown out the death penalty conviction of a Las Vegas man who killed a cabdriver in 1990, ruling that the circumstances of the crime did not warrant capital punishment.
Justices in a 7-0 decision vacated the death penalty given Frederick Paine and ordered his case be remanded to District Court for a new penalty hearing consistent with the decision"

Well, what did this thug do?: In two previous penalty hearings, Paine, now 39, was sentenced to die for killing cabbie Kenneth Marcum during a Jan. 19, 1990, robbery. The cabdriver was shot in the head. He was robbed of $45.
Ok, but the justices, who never went to law school said this: Justices said there were no valid “aggravating circumstances” that gave rise to two past decisions to sentence Paine to die.
Under state law, prosecutors must show that aggravating factors, such as torture, existed in the crime to impose the death penalty.
In Paine’s case, a panel of judges and a jury ruled that the killing was “random and without purpose,” an aggravating factor that could be used to give him capital punishment.
But justices said that was an error.
“This is not a situation where Paine chose his victim 'without a specific purpose or objective,’" according to the decision. “The specific purpose was robbery.”

So, being robbed at gun point is not torture? I am sure the cabbie was pretty cool with this situation since he was not being "tortured". The justices apparently never heard of mental torture.
What a bunch of idiots. The Supreme Court, that is.

Great: Another Traffic Light We Don't Need

The City of Las Vegas, in their infinite wisdom, decided to put a stop light at the intersection of Harris and Pecos. This light is 1 block from the light on Pecos and about 1/2 mile from the light on Pecos and Washington.
The mental midgets who time or attempt to time or don't even try and time the traffic lights in the Valley now have to deal with another stop light that just is not needed. Another new light is on Owens and Walnut, which is just was not needed and a total waste of time and money.
So, now, we will be waiting at traffic lights when it is not necessary and the motorists will be wasting gasoline and time.
The traffic light on Harris is right across the street from Child Haven and family court. My guess is so stupid lawyer or judge complained about waiting 30 seconds to cross the street and now we have a stupid stop light, wasting thousands of taxpayer dollars and causing more of a traffic headache then necessary.
Government is the biggest waste of gasoline and oil there is. How many minutes do you spend waiting at a traffic light? Then you multiply that by a few million cars, each day.
We probably wouldn't need to depend on foreign oil if the government actually learned to time stoplights.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

This Is Just Not A Good Idea

A Carl's Jr. a fast food restaurant, similar to Hardees, was denied permission to build a restaurant next a pet cemetery.
"A controversial request to build a fast-food restaurant next to a pet cemetery has been withdrawn, but cemetery supporters remained wary because the property at issue could still be rezoned for commercial use."
http://www.lvrj.com/news/breaking_news/Proposal-withdrawn-for-Carls-Jr-next-to-pet-cemetery-65098377.html
Something tells me I would not want to order a burger from Carl's Jr. knowing it is next to a pet cemetery. Not that I would go there if there ever ran out of meat, but just the thought....

Voter Fraud? Democrats? Say It Can't Be So

From Fox News: "Thirty-eight forged or fraudulent ballots have been thrown out -- enough votes, an election official admits, to likely have tipped the city council and county elections in November to the Democrats. Candidates would have been able to run both on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines in two weeks, and that could have given the Democrats the general election.
A special prosecutor is investigating the case and criminal charges are possible. New York State Supreme Court Judge Michael Lynch ruled that there were "significant election law violations that have compromised the rights of numerous voters and the integrity of the election process"

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/10/20/tried-steal-election-ny-voter-fraud-case-heats/?test=latestnews
Even the Democrats pretty much admit this happened. And surprise, ACORN is involved!! What a shock.
What a shame that the election cannot be a redo.

Rehab: Party atthe Hard Rock + Operation Repo= WTF

Watching Rehab tonight, at the Las Vegas Hotel, the Hard Rock and the boys from operation Repo were on. The guys said they were they to take a break from shooting and were shooting a movie. A movie? WTF??
Also, there is a new season for Operation Repo starting in November.

Monday, October 19, 2009

More Federal Health Care Woes

From the Havre (MT) Daily News: A federal employee said that the closure of the diabetes prevention program at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation could set back work done by the program. “Temporarily closing the program halts current efforts and activities.,” Carol Strasheim, diabetes consultant with Indian Health Services in Billings, said in an e-mailed response to questions...The Fort Belknap government confirmed last week that its Diabetes Prevention Program was being terminated effective Friday. The federal funding for the program, through an Indian Health Service grant program, expired Sept. 30 and applications for the next grant cycle are not due until this week...
Ok, the federal government runs Indian Health services and I don't think there is any doubt that the IHS is the worst run health care system in the nation- private or government.
The diabetes program was funded by a grant and the grant ran out (call it rationing?) and the applications are not due until this week, the middle of October? Does that make sense.
Oh, and this: Strasheim said the protocol of Indian Health Service is that all questions must be submitted in writing. Her supervisor, Susan Fredericks, forwarded Strasheim’s response to questions from the Havre Daily News Friday afternoon. http://www.havredailynews.com/articles/2009/10/19/local_headlines/state.txt
Apparently the federal government is so secretive or stuck up- you choose, that they won't answer any questions unless the questions are in writing and you have to through layers of bureaucracy.
This is your federal government in action. And this is who you want to make "health care reforms"? Why doesn't the federal government get their act together first before they intrude in the health care debate.
BTW, the Senator for Montana is Max Baucus. No word from him, Wow, he really supports his constituents.

Las Vegas Blvd. North of Strip Named Scenic Byway: Huh?

From the Las Vegas Sun: A stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard that goes through downtown has been designated a National Scenic Byway, the city of Las Vegas announced today.
The primary qualifying factor was the large amount of neon signage along the boulevard from Washington to Sahara avenues, the city said. It was also recognized for its cultural, historic and nighttime scenic amenities... The city started pursuing the designation in 2000 and the stretch was designated a state scenic byway in 2001. To be considered a National Scenic Byway, a road must be designated a state scenic byway and must have adopted a Corridor Management Plan.
One of the city’s goals under its plan has been to restore and place up to 20 historic neon signs in the median and to protect the existing neon signs. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/19/las-vegas-blvd-north-strip-named-scenic-byway/

Ok, well, what's on Las Vegas Blvd: You have the Saraha Hotel, which is nice and you have Fremont St. You have a few wedding chapels. You also have a gift store or 2. And of course, for those who like the show, Pawn Stars, that is also on Las Vegas Blvd.
Now what else does it have? You have office buildings which are non-descript. Past Hwy 95, you have the homeless, which the City has taken steps to care of and a few stores and a cemetary and mortuary.
So, The City of Las Vegas is having financial difficulities, people are losing their jobs within the ciyt government and outside, foreclosures are on the rise and this is what the City worries about?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rat With Wings Plays For The Raiders


Al Davis must be proud of this rat with wings. Fit's the Raiders personality.

Update: A friend e-mailed me and said that least the pigeoon made the Raiders special teams. If it played for Detroit Lions, it would be the starting quarterback!!

Thank You Justin Timberlake

Kudos are in order for Justin Timerblake who sponsored and was very much involved in the PGA golf tournament this weekend here in Vegas.
Even though I don't care for his music, it shows he does care about Las Vegas and his charity, the Shriner's hospitals.
He came through when other potential sponsors did not.
Thanks Mr. Timberlake.

The Cleveland Show Review

As a big fan of the Family Guy, I was looking forward to seeing forward to seeing the "Cleveland Show" on Fox for the first time.
I was quite disappointed in the show. To me, it was rather boring and stereotypical. They made Cleveland too much like Cleveland on the Family Guy. Same mannerisms and tone of voice. Boring. And the Bear? What is up with that? A cheap imitation of Brian, from Family Guy, but the bear just isn't that funny.
I'll give it one more chance, so I hope it gets better, but something tells me, Cleveland will be moving back to Quohog in the new future.

More Harry Reid Propaganda From the Las Vegas Sun

The LasVegas Sun, the Las Vegas newspaper (?) who reguritate the far left's talking points and drink the far left's Kool Aide so much, they turn red from all the food coloring, put out another propaganda piece for Harry Reid, (Dumbass- NV).
"Nevada was once a conservative state, and that’s when the Daschle analogy would have made sense. But Cillizza glosses over the single most significant fact of Nevada’s recent political history: Obama’s crushing 12.5-percentage-point victory here last year.
Cillizza: “While Obama carried the state by 12 points in 2008, George W. Bush won it — albeit narrowly — in 2004 and, aside from Clark County (Las Vegas), the state is populated with conservative-minded voters who are more likely to disagree than agree with the direction that Obama (and Congressional Democrats) are taking the country.”
The key phrase here is “aside from Clark County.” Well, that’s 70 percent of the state’s population. And most of the state’s Democrats.
It’s like saying Utah is secular, aside from the Mormons."

Notice the last 2 sentences are part of a news article but it shows the writer's biases. But this is how the writers write for the Sun, which by the way, can't even distribute their own newspaper. They rely on the Las Vegas Review-Journal to do the hard work. Typical- liberals depending on conservatives to do the dirty work.
Anyways, yes, Obama won the State. If this is what the liberals hope for, go ahead. There was more hatred for John McCain than love for Obama. It should also be noted that Obama lost the Nevada Democrat caucus to Hillary Clinton, so the support of Obama was not that great in the primary.
If this political observe also noticed is that Nevada loves to throw the bums out. During the last election, many politicians were thrown out, mostly from the GOP. I suspect this will be the same for Democrats in the next election.
The Sun drolls on: So is Reid a shoo-in next year?
That’s what Markos Moulitsas thinks. Moulitsas is the proprietor of the big liberal blog Daily Kos, and though he’s obviously a partisan, he’s also known for his hard-boiled political analysis.
In a post titled “
Why Harry Reid will Survive. Easily,” he links to recent reporting by the Sun’s David McGrath Schwartz showing the Democrats’ registration edge and the Republicans’ lackluster effort so far — their monthly additions trail minor parties such as the hard-right
Independent American Party.
So, the writer of this article quotes Markos Moulitsas of the far left wing web site, The daily Kos. Oh, that's sweet and intellectually dishonest. I guess the equivalent is asking Rush Limbaugh the chances of Harry Reid winning in Nevada. It's irrelevant.
Registration in Nevada is for the primaries and caucuses. The Democrats had a great primary and so many people registered as Democrats. That doesn't mean that is how they voted the general election.
Reid also has the Left pissed at him. http://www.lasvegasgleaner.com/las_vegas_gleaner/
While I disagree with the Gleaner's positions, they are honest about the views of the Left. They don't pull punches, whether they post about the right or left, unlike the Sun and their writers.
Unless the economy improves in Nevada and the experts are saying that is not likely for at least another 2 years or longer, Reid has little chance. With Nevada's unemployment rate over 13% and probably will be over 10% for years, this is just a walking advertisement against Reid.
Reid has killed more jobs than he has brought in. He is proposing higher taxes through the health care reform bill, Cap and Trade and other bills.
He also has the problem that his son is going to be on the same ballot as Harry. Most voters do not like family dynasties.
Can Reid win? Sure. First, he will need all the help from ACORN and other community organizations and unions. The union can be a problem, as unions are losing workers and members left and right. Who are the people mostly being laid off in Nevada? Union workers. And ACORN is facing a criminal trial in the near future for registration fraud.
He will need Obama to stump for him on numerous occasions, but Obama is not that well liked in the state. His comment about not coming to Vegas to do business still hurts him and Obama is not that popular, except in the Black community. And remember, that Obama is less popular in the State than Hilary Clinton.
Finally: "For all his mastery of the backroom deals that keep the upper chamber humming, Reid’s public persona is, as the Sun described it once, “aggressively uncharismatic.”
That’s not likely to change."

Actually, I do like Harry Reid, the person. Yes, he suffers from foot in mouth disease, at times, but I think he generally a nice person, unlike our other senator, John Ensign, who is a boorish pig. I just don't like his politics and what he is doing to this country and Nevada.
So, Harry is in big trouble but as we see in this article, the Las Vegas Sun will do anything to get him re-elected. The Sun will be dishonest, quote people who are highly partisan and treat it as a legitimate news story.

Another Packer Sunday

Well, another Packer Sunday came and went. The Packers were less than impressive. While the Packers won, their red zone offense was pathetic. It seemed they were just happy with field goals, after the first quarter. (Ok, I have a conflict of interest: Every time the Packers score a touchdown, at the Rumrunner Bar on Boulder Hwy., you get a free drink, limit 1 per quarter. Packers didn't score a touchdown after the first quarter, so I actually had to buy a drink)
But I digress, the game was quite boring and the Lions really, really suck.
Locals should really go out and support your local bar and grill and those who come to Vegas to visit, please consider going to the local bars to watch the games. Sure, the Strip may have more TV's and a place to put your bets, but they are large and basically unfriendly and distracting. So, here is the web address of the local sports bars that support a particular team: http://www.reviewjournal.com/media/interactive/footballbars.html
Just remember, Las Vegas is on PST, which means the early games start at 10:00 AM, which is quite early.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Badgers Lose Again: Time To Fire Bielma?

The Wisconsin Badgers lost to the Iowa Hawkeyes today, 20-10. The Badgers had a 10-0 lead in the first half and then decided to run out the clock, apparently. They couldn't throw or run and the defense, while looked good at times, also gave up to many easy plays.
Bret Bielma started his career at Wisconsin by going 12-1, using mostly Barry Alverez's recruits. He then went 9-4 and last year, 7-6 and only 3- 5 in the Big Ten. There were great expectations at the beginning of last season and this season.
This year, the Badgers have been less than impressive. They barely beat Fresno St in overtime, barely beat Northern Illinois and had a horrible game against Wofford, which is a team that is barely better than a good Pop Warner team. In the 2 Big Ten games, they only looked average.
I don't expect the Badgers to be as good as in 2006 but I also expect the Badgers to be better than last year and I don't see that. It's possible that they will win only 1 or 2 more games this season.
In my humble opinion, if the Badgers don't improve over last year, Bielma has to go. The Badgers have show they are going to get better instead of being a mediocre college football team. The Badger fans were spoiled by Alverez and are used to winners and a good to great football team. We don't want mediocre teams.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Home Evasion Suspect Shot Dead

From the Las Vegas Sun: One person has been shot during a possible home invasion in the northwest Las Vegas Valley, Metro Police said Thursday night.
Few details are available, but the shooting occurred about 9:30 p.m. near Cheyenne Avenue and Buffalo Drive, police said. The homeowner may have been the shooter, police said.
Four people may have been breaking into a residence in the area, police said

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/15/one-person-shot-during-possible-home-invasion/
Las Vegas Channel 5 reports that the thug is dead.
If true, good bye and good riddance.

WIAA Makes Another Stupid Decision

The WIAA, from Wisconsin, made another stupid decision today. The Ashwaubenon School District canceled classes because of the flu- something I disagree with, but I digress- and it also had a boys soccer game scheduled with DePere in the first round of the State Soccer Tournament.
From the Green Bay Press Gazette: High school classes have been canceled today and Friday because of the high number of students sick, and WIAA rules state athletic events can’t be played on a day when school is canceled. More than 40 percent of the high school student body was out ill yesterday, according to district officials
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20091015/GPG0101/91015070/1978&located=WISINFO
The WIAA, in their infinite wisdom, forfeited the game to DePere and so DePere advances to the second round without even playing a game.
Let me ask you this: If there was a freak snowstorm during the state basketball tournament ands a team in the finals had to cancel school, would they make the basketball team forfeit their game? Of course not, especially if it involved a Milwaukee school. Just think of television revenue they would lose.
So, the WIAA is acting like the tyrants they always have been and another school and community is getting ripped off because of it.

JSONLINE Milwaukee Quiz- Very Interesting


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has quiz about Milwaukee: http://www.jsonline.com/entertainment/64450417.html

It's a great quiz and I am embarassed to say I only got 18 of 25 correct.

Good job, jsonline.

It's Official: Garth Coming To Vegas: Updated


Garth Brooks let it slip today that he is coming to the Encore for an extended stay. Details have not been released, like ticket prices, dates etc.

This is great news for the Strip, the whole Strip. While Garth will attract a lot of people to the Encore, people who attend a Garth concert may not be willing to pay the $150 and up hotel prices. So, the people will go to other properties on the Strip.

Celeine Dion brought in more than $400 million and I be willing to bet the Brook will top that mark
Update: From the Las Vegas Sun: Simplicity is the order of the day as Garth Brook and Steve Wynn have announced Brooks' new series of special performances at Wynn's Encore Theater. Speaking while seated side-by-side on stools on the theater stage with the 1,500-seat showroom nearly filled with media and fans, Wynn announced that Brooks would perform four weekend shows per week -- one show on Fridays, two on Saturdays and one on Sundays. Show times are 8 p.m.; the second show Saturdays will be 10:30 p.m. Prices for all seats will be $125, each assigned, but no "tiered" ticket pricing will be in place. Tickets go on sale at the Wynn Las Vegas box office at 8 a.m. Oct. 24 (call 702.770.7469). The first batch of shows will cover five weekends through the end of February. Specific dates are Dec. 11-13, Jan. 1-3, Jan. 22-24, Feb. 12-14 and Feb. 26-28.
This will be interesting. Brooks is used to huge audiences in arenas or stadiums and now he will be singing in a 1500 person auditorium, or about the size of a high school theater.
Heres a disappointment from the Sun: Those used to Brooks' eye-popping stage production will see a more organic sort of performance. Brooks will perform solo, with just guitar accompaniment. http://www.lasvegassun.com/blogs/kats-report/2009/oct/15/garth-brooks-deal-encore-five-years/
So, if you are expecting a big concert, forget about it. It will be just Brooks and you and a guitar. This not like the old Garth Brooks. He is not even going to bring in a band.

Hint To The CCFD Dispatch: Send The Ambulance To The Right Location

On Tuesday, we had a medical emergency at the Wal Mart I work at on Boulder Hwy and Nellis.
We called for the paramedics and the CCFD. The dispatch center sent the rescue squads to the wrong Wal Mart, the once close to Henderson.
Fortunately, the patient we had had seizures and since I have seen over 15,000 seizures in my lifetime, I was not concerned. However, if this was a cardiac arrest or trauma, then what?
So, to the dispatch center, even 1 error can be costly.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

NBA Ref's Locked Out. Who Cares?

The NBA referees are locked for the exhibition season and possibly the regular season. Who cares? They make WWE referees look like professionals. They couldn't figure out a travelling or 3 second violation if it bit them in the ass.
I think the NFL has the best Refs, followed closely by baseball and hockey. The NBA, on the other hand, give the stars a break, don't call charging or traveling fouls, and basically don't make calls at all.
Now, I know the NBA makes the decisions on what is to be called or not, but the ref's make the final call, so to speak.
So, I realize the ref's will be back, but hopefully not until next July.

Rory Reid Announces For Nevada Governor

Rory Reid announced today that he is running for governor. Yawn. He is the son of Harry Reid, D-Jackass.
Rory has no chance to become governor, unless, through a miracle, the GOP nominates Jim Gibbons, current Gov. of Nevada. He kinda of reminds me of the Gov in Blazing Saddles.
But hey, the more the merrier, even if the left wing nut, Rory Reid is running like a conservative.
Here's a tip for you, Rory; Change your last name to Shablonski.

Officer Milburn “Millie" Beitel Laid To Rest

Las Vegas Metro Police Officer, Milburn "Millie" Beitel was laid to rest today in Las Vegas.
http://www.lvrj.com/news/Funeral-for-fallen-officer-under-way-64237767.html
God bless my family when I am away,Leave the lights on I'll return from harms way,
Grant me courage and strength to protect others each day,So they live in peace without worry, fear or dismay,
Bless those who have fallen given their life for anotherMay their spirit live on from then and forever,
Return me home to my family at the end of each night,May I pass through the door before the morning's first light,
Shall I give my life for another before the dawn breaks today,God bless my family when I am away.
By
D. Adams
http://www.policepoems.com/APoliceOfficersPrayer2.htm
Rest in Peace, Officer Beitel

GMO Goes Bye-Bye

The GMO golf tournament is gone from Milwaukee. The PGA Tour's 42-year run in Milwaukee is over. The board of directors of Milwaukee Golf Charities Inc. voted Wednesday to dissolve the organization, which had run the Greater Milwaukee Open - later the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee - since 1968.
I have been to the Open several times and I grew up on the Brown Deer course and golfed it about 100 times, so this is disappointing to me. I understand economics- what is the price to sponsor a golf tournament and does it pay off?
All I can say, is there is a PGA golf tournament in Vegas this weekend and it is sponsored by Justin Timberlake. If Justin Timberlake can sponsor a tournament, why can't a celebrity sponsor the GMO? Or possibly some company in Milwaukee. Maybe this is a sign of the economic times in Wisconsin.
The GMO brings in a lot visitors to Milwaukee, starting with the golfers and the television personnel. It's too bad that this is happening. Too bad the governor or any other politician has not stepped in, as well.

Limbaugh Gets Sacked In Bid To Buy The Rams

Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from being a part owner of the St. Louis Rams football team.
Dave Checketts who is putting out the bid for the Rams said: "It has become clear that his involvement in our group has become a complication and a distraction to our intentions; endangering our bid to keep the team in St. Louis," Checketts said. "As such, we have decided to move forward without him and hope it will eventually lead us to a successful conclusion."
After this, I really hope Checketts bombs out on his bid. As I was listening to the radio, according to Mark Levin, Bloomberg News said that George Soros is also part of Checketts bid. Yeah right- Limbaugh is bad and Soros is good. What a joke. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601079&sid=asN0f.aMUzQY
Checketts, you are a poor excuse for a human being.
And I am not a Limbaugh fan.

You Just Knew This Wouldn't Work Out Well

From the Marshfield (WI) News Herald: "An 18-year-old Amish man who got behind the wheel of a car for the first time is charged in a crash that killed his friend". An 18-year-old Amish man who got behind the wheel of a car for the first time is charged in a crash that killed his friend". http://search.marshfieldnewsherald.com/sp?eId=100&gcId=6881132&rNum=3&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.marshfieldnewsherald.com%2Fapps%2Fpbcs.dll%2Farticle%3FAID%3D200991014061&siteIdType=2
First, when I lived in Wisconsin, I had several Amish friends and knew many Amish families. I love the Amish Culture.
But when you get an 18 year old Amish man who has never drove anything but horse drawn buggy and wagons and you get in a car with a presumed Amish person, based on his name,, it just is not a good idea.
If his passenger was indeed Amish, I know the family already has forgiven the Amish driver. And the father and Amish community are saying to the driver- "See what happens when you go into the English world!"

Monday, October 12, 2009

Something To Be Proud Of?

My very first teaching assignment was at Vincent High School in Milwaukee and I spent a year and half there.
So, today, I read this article from jsonline: "Milwaukee Vincent High School was locked down Monday afternoon after a series of fights broke out inside the building, police and school district officials said.
Eight students have been taken into custody, Milwaukee police Lt. Charles Berard said. No injuries have been reported, he said. " http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/64040602.html

While it has been a few years ago, when I taught there, but I am not surprised. They are more interested in athletics than academics. They bring in students from all over the district and that can cause problems. In addition, and I know most of the administration is not there now, but this is the first time I witnessed the worst of MPS. I witnessed a teacher hit a student in a wheelchair, who was severely mentally and physically disabled, because they were being too loud. And it was not a love tap, it was a slap against the child's face. I took the complaint up the chain of command, from the assistant principal, to the principal to the supervisor of MPS special education to the superintendent's office. It didn't get back to me until later that the the abuser was, in marriage, related to the principal.
Nothing ever happened and there was never even a true an investigation.
Then I got transferred out of the school the following school year.
So, I am not surprised at this revelation today.

Viqueens and Brett Favre Are 5-0

Oh, how tortured I am. The Viqueens and Brett Favre are 5-0. This is the first time in Favre's career that he is 5-0. The Packers are 2-2 and are essentially 3 games back of the Viqueens in the division. The Viqueens are looking very good while the Packers are questionable, at best. My best to Brett Favre because I am still a fan of his. My best to the Packers because, well, hmm, they are the Packers.

Reno Soldier Dies In Afghanistan

Gov. Jim Gibbons has ordered state flags at half for the death of Army Pfc. Kevin C. Thomson, of Reno.
From the LVRJ: "Army Pfc. Kevin C. Thomson was killed Oct. 3 in Kamdesh, Afghanistan, during a firefight against insurgents. He was one of eight soldiers killed.
Nevada National Guard spokeswoman April Conway said tentative arrangements have been made for a service Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Mortuary, then burial at 2:30p.m. at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.
Thomson, 22, joined the Army in April 2008."

RIP PFC Thomson. Thank you for serving the country.

Garth Brooks To Play The Wynn?

According to Fox 5 and other sources, Garth Brooks is going to sign with Wynn and perform his concerts. After his "retirement", Brooks has only played charity concerts.
This is a concert I would go to. Add that to the list of performers I want to see- Manilow, Penn and Teller and couple of magic shows.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Bawk Bawk Bawk- Al Gore Chickens Out During Questioning


Al Gore , true to his tradition, came to Madison, WI., to bring forth his hoax about global warming. Then Madison had near record low temperatures.
While during questioning, which is rare for Gore, when he couldn't answer a question, he had the microphone shut off.
I understand why Gore doesn't want to debate. He really isn't the brightest light bulb in a case of burnt out light bulbs. He was in Madison, a very liberal city in Wisconsin and he was in an audience of journalists. What a combination, or so Gore thought. But there was this 1 very rude (sarcasm) journalist and Gore showed just how smart he wasn't. And the video showed Mr. Gore just isn't that smart.
Beware to the next city that hosts Al Gore. They will be due for some very cold weather and a lowering of IQ for the city, compliments of Al Gore.

More Trouble For The Reids



The Father-Son duo of Harry and Rory Reid are in big trouble.


For Harry, he is losing big time to 2 candidates for the U.S. Senate:



In the governor's race, Rory is losing to everyone except Mickey Mouse- err, Jim Gibbons.


However, my choices for governor, Oscar Goodman, who hasn't declared and Brian Sandoval are running neck and neck.

If Oscar decides to join the race, we would have 2 fantastic choices for governor, a Democrat/independent and a Republican. I could support either candidate.

Marge Simpson: Playboy Centerfold


No, I don't think I'll rushing out to buy this issue.

Stupid Union Actions- Part 23,456

Rush Limbaugh has expressed interest in being a part owner of the St. Louis Rams football team. This is America and so, there shouldn't any problems with this unless he is criminal or gambles on football.
But the NFL Players executive director DeMaurice Smith says the following: "I've spoken to the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] and I understand that this ownership consideration is in the early stages. But sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of us reason to cheer, and when it transcends. Our sport does exactly that when it overcomes division and rejects discrimination and hatred." http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4551010
Apparently, smith doesn't understand irony. Smith didn't realize that he was now discriminating, being divisive and shows his hatred.
What a moron and a hater.

OK, Now Wal-Mart Has Crossed The Line

I went to our local Wal-Mart store this morning to get some supplies for my kid's science experiment. Now I know Wal-Mart is starting to set up Christmas trees and sell Christmas items- I understand that.
But do they have to play Christmas music over the loudspeakers on October 11 and when it will be about 83 degrees outside today?
I know, Bah Humbug.

Nevadan's Don't Support Health Care Reform: More Trouble For Harry Reid

From the LVRJ:
"A large majority of Nevadans believe health care reform -- which President Barack Obama has promised will not add one dime to the budget deficit -- will result in tax increases, according to a poll commissioned by the Review Journal.
The telephone poll of 500 registered voters found 77 percent of Nevadans, including two-thirds of voters from Obama's own Democratic Party, believe the estimated cost of almost $1 trillion over 10 years for a health care reform package will require tax increases."

http://www.lvrj.com/news/nevadans-see-tax-hikes-in-plan-63916877.html
Nevadan's, contrary to a certain stupid poll, are pretty smart. We generally don't believe in big government and the distrust of government is even bigger.
Showing how really stupid Democrats are: "But the difference between how Republicans and Democrats responded is huge -- 74 percent of Democrats back the Obama initiative while only 9 percent of Republicans approve" And what imitative is that? Obama has been a wuss when it comes to the health care debate. He says he wants it, but he has not put out a plan. So what is the Obama imitative? What specifics has he put forth in a bill?
Finally: "If U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., were to try to circumvent the filibuster rule and to get a health reform bill through the Senate with only 50 votes, only 32 percent of the state's voters would approve." If Harry did this, that would be the final nail in the coffin for Harry Reid. With unemployment projected to be around 14% or higher when election comes around and his actions on health care, Harry will be defeated by anybody the GOP throws up there. Hell, even Jim Gibbons would be able to beat Harry if this scenario works out, which I hope the scenario doesn't pan out.

DairylandGreyhound Park May Close

From JSONLINE: "Battered by declining attendance and wagering, Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha, which lost $3.4 million last year, is considering closing after this season, a racetrack executive said Saturday" http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/63934757.html
When I lived in Wisconsin, I enjoyed going to Dairyland. I even won some money there and probably am ahead there.
It is a neat experience to watch the greyhounds race. Even though I usually bet the minimum, it was fun to get the winning numbers and win $10 and frustrated after studying the book intenslely and find yourself losing to some stupid dog who didn't know his butt from a hole in the wall.
Hopefully, Dairyland will find a way to stay open.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Baby Has 22 Broken Bones From Abuse- Mom Gets Probation

From Wisconsin Rapids:" A 31-year-old Rudolph woman who authorities said failed to prevent her infant child from abuse that led to more than 20 bone fractures avoided incarceration Friday after pleading no contest to related charges....Hetze-Werner's husband, Joshua J. Werner, 25, who remains in the Wood County Jail, is accused of causing 22 fractures to the 2-month-old child....During Friday's hearing, Wood County Circuit Court Judge James Mason sentenced Hetze-Werner to two years of probation. Mason said he hopes she has learned from the experience that it is her responsibility to take care of and protect her child." http://www.wisconsinrapidstribune.com/article/20091010/WRT0101/910100631/1982
So, a mother allows her daughter to suffer tremendously because of physicaly abuse, gets only 2 years probation and the judge hopes she learns her lesson. How pathetic.
But it gets worse: "Brazeau said Hetze-Werner has been visiting her daughter, who is now 16 months old, twice a month and has regular contact with the baby's foster mother." If there ever was a case where parental rights should have been terminated, this is it. While the so called "mother" may have had mental issues that a court would have had a somewhat difficult issues to convict, she should have had her parental rights terminated immediately. Further, 2 years probation? How about enough probation to see her through her child bearing years.
This is a disgrace by the judge and DA of Wood County.

Metro Crash Update: Exclusive Information

Today, Metro released the name of the injured officer who was hurt in the police car rollover that happened on Wednesday. From the Las Vegas Sun: The injured officer, identified Friday as 25-year-old David W. Nesheiwat, joined the department in July 2006.
Nesheiwat is in serious but stable condition at University Medical Center, police said Friday evening. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/09/injured-officer-involved-crash-expected-recover/

New information about the crash: I have heard from a police officer who has contacts within Metro and they stated the skid marks are about 100 yards, or the length of a football field. I went by the crash scene and this account seems accurate, by the skid marks. This, to me indicates that they were going over the posted 45 MPH. As a traveller of Nellis Blvd on an almost nightly basis, the average speed is about 50MPH. To skid 100 yards, they had to have been going much faster than this. This has not been reported in any of of the local newspapers or TV reports.
Now, that doesn't mean the officers were doing anything wrong. Again, as a frequent traveller on Nellis at night, I have seen the saturation patrols and they will pull over someone at the drop of a hat. At times, you can go about every 5 blocks and you will see someone pulled over. It is quite possible that they were about to engage in a pursuit to pull someone over and they had begun to accelerate.
For the tribute to Officer Beitel, please see The Officer Down Memorial Page: http://odmp.org/officer/20078-police-officer-milburn-(millie)-beitel-iii
For funeral arrangements: "Funeral services for Beitel will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church, 1811 Pueblo Vista Drive, in Las Vegas, Metro announced. Interment will follow at Palm Mortuary and Memorial Park Green Valley, 7600 S. Eastern Ave.
The route for the procession from the church to the cemetery has not been determined, Metro said.
Visitation for Beitel will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Palm Mortuary, 1325 N. Main St. A prayer vigil will follow starting at 7 p.m. and lasting about 30 minutes
."(Again, from the Sun- good local reporting, terrible editorials))
There is a memorial at Nellis and Washington for Officer Beitel, next to Bucks Tavern. They do have a police officer stationed there 24 hours a day to thank those people who have dropped off flowers, cards etc.

New Experience on the Las Vegas Strip

From the Las Vegas Sun: "The Las Vegas Strip got a new skyline attraction Thursday.
Cloud Nine, the world’s largest helium-filled, land-tethered balloon, opened for business after an opening ceremony for VIPs and the news media. Taking flight across from
Mandalay Bay, the balloon can bring up to 30 guests nearly 500 feet above the Strip.
The balloon is seven stories wide and 11 stories tall and contains 210,000 cubic feet of helium. It’s tethered to the ground by a pulley system" http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/09/balloon-ride-offers-view-500-feet-above-strip/

OK, you won't see the tops of the tallest buildings on the strip, but it will be intresting, especially at night and the cost is reasonable.
Further: "Prices run from $22.50 to $27.50 for adults, depending on the time of day, and flights typically last 10 to 12 minutes. Cloud Nine also runs family packages and is planning to introduce locals, military and teacher discounts in the coming weeks."
As a person who is not excited about heights (which is why I drive instead of fly), I might try this ride. I have never been in a hot air balloon and that experience would be wortth the price.
It's also nice to see a new business on the Strip. But this part bothers me: "Michaels said with development plans, getting the county’s approval and building the balloon, the process to get Cloud Nine’s balloon off the ground took more than two years."
Two years to get a project from start to finish is a long time, especially when they already had the money. Hopefully, projects can get off the ground (groan) faster than 2 years and begin to hire people.

Global Warming May Hit Chicago

From NBC Chicago: "Start cursing the weather gods, Chicago.
Snow could be coming to town as early as this weekend. That’s right, snow. Flurries and flakes.
The forecast says that Saturday night rain will turn into the white stuff early Sunday morning.
If the snow sticks, it would be the earliest recorded measurable snowfall in Chicago. The record was set just three years ago when it snowed on Oct. 12."

Is Al Gore coming to Chicago?
Just another example of the hoax of global warming.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Hey, You Can Buy A house In Las Vegas For $7000

Detroit home prices have hit Las Vegas. You can buy a 3 bedroom house for $7000. http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1389-Lawry-Av_Las-Vegas_NV_89106_1107894717
Neighborhood isn't desirable, but hey, it's a house.
There are over 1500 listing of houses, town homes and those ugly timeshares under $50,000.
And who says living in Vegas is expensive?

Las Vegas Visitors Continue To Drop, Why?

According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, visitors to Las Vegas dropped about 100,000 from August of last year to August of this year. This represents a drop of about 3.7%. http://www.lvrj.com/news/breaking_news/Las-Vegas-visitor-numbers-down-again-63866192.html
First the good news: Still, over 3 million visited Las Vegas in 1 month. That's over 100,000 people a day who visit and about 1% of the population of the U.S. visiting Vegas each month.
Now the bad news, the number of visitors continue to drop and the question is why is the number dropping. Right now, the cost of a vacation in Las Vegas. You can stay in a hotel, eat and get drunk for less than $50 a day, if you find the right deals. You can find entertainment for next to nothing, unless you want to go to an expensive show. Where in America can you get such a good deal. I am pretty sure, no where.
Flying into Vegas is also pretty cheap, depending where you live.
So, why aren't people coming to Vegas as in the past? Well, Obama had his famous "don't go to Vegas" speech and that has hurt. There is no disputing that. Even Democrats Harry Reid and Oscar Goodman admitted that.
The unemployment rate has a lot to do with that as well. A lot of people are losing their job under the Obama administration. Those who have not lost a job may be afraid they be next, so they are aren't going anywhere.
Some people just want to stay at home.
So, what can Vegas do to change things around? Lowering Prices won't help- they are pretty much at the lowest end you will find. Increase gambling winnings? Maybe, but that won't attract too many people. Advertise more? Well, we have a lot of reality shows on the air now, so we get a lot of publicity. Better customer service? That always helps but some companies have a lot of improving to do.
So, what will increase the number of visitors?

Obama, The Messiah Wins Nobel Peace Award-Maybe a Las Vegas Connection?

Earlier this week, Las Vegas was given the distinct honor of being the 2nd dumbest city in the U.S. Apparently, many of the Nobel Peace Award voters must come from Las Vegas or Fresno CA. http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-10-04/americas-smartest-cities---from-first-to-worst/
President Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize today. He got it for giving the world hope and for praising nuclear disarmament.
This is a joke. Obama, besides killing the U.S. economy and socializing several businesses, he hasn't accomplished nothing. What has done about nuclear disarmament? Nothing besides make a pie in the sky speech about wishing there would be nuclear weapons. Hope? What hope has he given to the millions who have become unemployed under his watch?
Instead uniting this country, he has done many things to divide this country and his mistakes in the 9 months have been embarrassing.
The Nobel Peace Prize should go to people who accomplish something. Obama hasn't accomplished anything to deserve this sham of a prize.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Metro Crash Update: Officer Dies in Crash

From the Las Vegas Sun: :Authorities said Officer Milburn “Millie” Beitel, 30, died at about 1:30 a.m. today after surgery at University Medical Center.
A second officer, who is 25 years old and has been with Metro for more than three years, is in critical condition at UMC, police said. His name hasn't been released.
Metro's Accident Investigation Team remained at the scene this morning and the intersection of Washington Avenue and Nellis Boulevard was still closed to traffic during the mid-morning, but was later reopened."

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/07/metro-officers-taken-hospital-after-rollover-crash/
RIP Officer Beitel.

Hppy Birthday To My Daughter


Today, my daughter turns 12 years old.

Happy birthday to my baby girl and future guinea pig farmer.

Update: Metro Crash

Some local coverage: From the LVRJ: http://www.lvrj.com/news/breaking_news/Two-police-officers-at-hospital-after-car-crash-in-east-valley-63729047.html
Newest information- Officers are in very critical condition
Fox 5, who was the first TV news on the scene: http://www.fox5vegas.com/news/21234875/detail.html
I live in the the Northeast section of town and I teach, also, in the Northeast section of town, where these officers are presumed to be assigned. I may have run into these officers from time to time, so I pray for those officers involved.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Top Chef: Las Vegas

I have been watching Top Chef for the past several weeks, turned onto the show by my lovely wife, Cathy.
First, I could never eat their food. It looks terrible and not enough food to satisfy me, but I am not an uppity food critic. Give me McDonald's, Culvers or a good buffet any time.
Second, I am trying to figure out where the chef's are staying. It seems like only 2 areas in the valley. Summerlin, to the west or by Sunrise Mountain, in the east. Both areas are elevated enough that you can see the entire strip, depending on the location. If you ever visit, make a point to go to Summerlin, around the 215 and Summerlin Parkway and you will get a fantastic view.
On the East side, go to Hollywood Blvd, and between Lake Mead Blvd and Washington, you will find fantastic views of the valley. Go during an electrical storm and you will have an awesome view. If you want to really see the lights of Vegas, go to these locations. You will be amazed and it is free.
Anyways, by the process of elimination, I believe they are by Sunrise Mountain, on the east side.
Finally, the show is held at the M-Resort. We stayed at the M on our wedding night. If you want to go to a top class resort, the M is the one. Their buffet is the best in the Valley, even better than Wynn and the Belliago, and they have good bars and cafes. The staff is top notched and it is clean and fresh. The casino is nice and you can go get free soda from the soda fountain, so you don't have to wait for the cocktail waitress for a soft drink. They do run shuttles down to the strip, but get the times as you may be stranded if you miss the last shuttle, like a friend of mine did. There is no bus service to the M and a cab ride may be expensive, about $25 or so.
Their pool is a usual resort pool in Vegas. Shallow, small and closes around dusk. It may not even be open now.
We were there when the show was being taped, but we had no clue they were there.

Metro Turns in almost 1900 Possible Illegas to ICE- Good Job

From the LVRJ: The Metropolitan Police Department forwarded the names of nearly 2,000 inmates to federal officials during the first 10 months of a partnership that allows specially trained corrections officers to start deportation proceedings against immigration violators...
Police sent the names of 1,849 inmates who were determined to be in the country illegally to ICE for possible deportation.
Good for Metro. These people who were turned in, were in jail. these were not people who were working, who were living quietly in the community or even supporting their community. These people were arrested and charged with a crime.
Hopefully, the vast majority were deported and Las Vegas's streets are safer.

Update: Metro Crash

According to Channel 13 news video, it certainly appears that the injuries are critical. Both appeared to have breathing tube in.
Question: Since the officers were critically injured, why wasn't the rescue helicopter from Mercy Air brought in?

BREAKING NEWS: 2 Metro officers Injured in Car Crash

As I was driving home, I ran across a very serious crime scene. Apparently, 2 Metro Officers were involved in a vehicle rollover and then their cruiser caught on fire, trapping the officers.
I was at the scene about 15 minutes after it happened. While I could not see the cars, the amount of emergency vehicles at the scene tells me it was a very serious accident.
There were 2 City of Las Vegas heavy rescue trucks, a City of Las Vegas Engine and Ambulance, a Clark County Ambulance and engine and it seems at least 25 police cars. One heavy rescue truck came from Las Vegas Station 44, which is located a significant location from the accident scene- about 12 miles. Nellis has been blocked off from Lake Mead to Harris, a distance of at least 2 miles. Apparently, the officers were given a police escort to UMC, the local trauma hospital. No word on their conditions.
It also appears the police may have working on a case- going to a scene of a crime, chase, or what have you. I base this on the police helicopter circling close, but not over the scene and the number of police units roaring out of the area with lights and sirens going.
Our prayers go out to the officers involved.
H/T Fox News- Channel 5.
Updates when available
Update: Fox 5 reports the 2 officers are in very critical condition. The cops are also talking to a person of intrest.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Las Vegas Is A Dum City

From the Las Vegas Sun: That’s according to some number crunching by The Daily Beast Web site, which in its ranking of smarts for 55 metro areas put Las Vegas one notch away from being the dumbest city in America. The only place dumber, The Daily Beast said, is Fresno, Calif.
The online magazine kept its assessment of Las Vegas short: "A city that prides itself on sin performs predictably for each of our intellectual-based criteria
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To determine the criteria, the Daily Beast used these figures: For education, it at looked how many residents had bachelor’s and graduate degrees. For intellectual environment, the magazine looked at three components: data on the sales of nonfiction books; the ratio of higher education institutions to population; and the number of eligible voters who cast ballots in the presidential election. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/05/report-vegas-near-bottom-list-smartest-cities/
My former hometown, Milwaukee is ranked 15th.
Using the web site criteria, I can see where Las Vegas gets the ranking. We have only 1 major university (UNLV) and it isn't that great, unless you count basketball as a major.
Book reading in Vegas? Well, we don't read a lot of books, granted, unless you count the books on gambling and reading to try and get advantage at the casino. Yeah, that's a stereotype. But the reality is that we don't have a bookstore on every corner, but in the days of the Internet, who cares.
But to say we are dumb, is at best, stupid.
Many people in Vegas do have a degree, but in Vegas, you don't need a college degree to make money. Some casino card dealers make over $100,000. Firefighters can make well over $100,000 a year and you don't need a 4 year degree, all you need is to work a lot of overtime. Same with cops.
We are a tourist community and we make money money off the tourists who come from the smartest areas of the country. How many people come to Vegas from Raleigh-Durham in hopes to win a lot of money? At least a plane full or 2 a day. Who's smarter now?