Monday, January 31, 2011

UMC To Close?

From the LVRJ: If University Medical Center can't get its financial act in order within three years, it is possible that the county hospital will close and the poor will receive vouchers from the county to receive medical care at other area hospitals, Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak said Monday.
That worst case scenario, Sisolak said, was projected by consultants when he asked recently what could happen if UMC isn't able to make "significant changes" and bring about the "cost reductions" they say are necessary to keep the county hospital solvent....

FTI Healthcare, the Tennessee-based consulting firm hired last year by the county to make recommendations on how best to run the hospital, forecasts that if current trends continue -- as the state runs a deficit of its own -- annual hospital operating deficits of more than $10 million per year will be realized, leading to an operating deficit of more than $100 million by fiscal year 2014.
"Without significant changes in governance structure, immediate process improvements and cost reductions, UMC will be forced to significantly reduce clinical scope or close within three years," a draft of the executive summary of the report says. "Limited funding of $65 million is available from Clark County to support the operating deficit and capital requirements of UMC." http://www.lvrj.com/news/ailing-hospital-may-be-forced-to-close-commissioner-says-114982729.html

It would be horrible if UMC closes, especially they are a Level 1 trauma center. Perhaps UMC could be like the Maryland Shock and Trauma Center, where they only treat trauma patients and the very critically ill.
However, it cannot be disputed that much of the problem are illegals coming to the hospital for free medical care and that costs UMC millions a year.
We need to get tough with illegals. If an illegal immigrant comes to the hospital, treat them so they are stable and then send them home to their country of origin to get further treatment. If they chose not to get medical care, then so be it. That's a choice they make, but they cannot expect Nevada taxpayers to pay for illegal immigrant care. There has to be consequences for their actions.

Well, This Explains A Lot

Nevada has the highest unemployment int he nation at about 14.5%. Now, it turns out that Nevada also has the highest percentage of illegal immigrant workers in the country at about 10%.
From The Las Vegas Sun: A report on illegal immigrants says Nevada has the largest share of illegal workers in the nation, a population that has grown despite record unemployment.
The Pew Hispanic Center's annual report published Tuesday shows roughly 10 percent of Nevada workers are illegal immigrants who are not authorized by the federal government to work. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jan/31/nv-illegal-immigration-nevada/

We also have the highest percentage of illegals of living in the State at 7.2%
Highest unemployment and highest percentage of illegals working. Coincidence? I doubt it.
It also makes Harry Reid look like a fool. Again.


Time for the old Alzheimer check, Harry.

Pawn Stars Review January 30, 2011

While most of the Country is getting hit by a large snowstorm, in Las Vegas today, it was 65. Time for a vacation? But it is going to get colder by the mid week. It is a busy time in Vegas because of the Super Bowl- Go Packers!!!! We have some great Super Bowl Parties in Las Vegas and we are going to one at a local Packer bar.
The first episode, the first guy brought in a an aircraft octant, a navigational aide used in old airliners and airplanes. Rick didn't know much about them so time for the expert, Mark from Clark County museums, including the one at McCarren Airport. Mark said it came from WWII and it was intact. Rick offered $200 and the countered with $300 and then Rick offered $250. That was the deal.
The next guy brought in Virtual Boy video games from Ninetendo, from about 1995. It was supposed to be a 3-D game set. It wasn't very successful because of the graphics.. The guy wanted $200, Corey offered $80 and that was the deal.
The next lady wanted to sell a doctor's buggy, something you might see on Little House On The Prairie.. The lady wanted $800 and Rick offered $500 and then $650. The lady really didn't want to sell- maybe she just wanted to be on TV? Rick then offered $700 and that was the deal.
The next had some movie memorabilia from Star Wars. They were life sized and were from a promotion from Pepsi. Jar Jar and Darth Maul were the characters. (I am the only person, probably who never has seen a Star Wars movie). The guy wanted $600 each. Rick offered $200 apiece and $300 a piece. There is no deal and Chumlee was disappointed.
The next guy came in a Stradivarius violin. The guy found it in a house he bought and it was in the back of a barn. The time frame was off, but time for an expert. Kevin, who is a violin maker. The guy went over the violin with a fine tooth comb. He thought the violin was a copy from the 1920's. It was worth about $500. Rick didn't want to do anything with it and there was no offer.
In the 2nd episode, the first guy brought in Army coat from the Spanish-America war from the 1890's. Time for an expert, Mark. Mark thought it may be from the Philippine Insurrection. Rick offered $200 and that was the deal.
The next guy brought in a book that was owned by Sir Isaac Newton. The book was written in Latin from 1546. Time for another expert, Gary from Academy Fine Books of Las Vegas. The book was a book on minerals. The guy said it was owned by Newton. The expert said the value would be about $20,000 retail. The guy wanted $15,000, the Old Man offered $5000 and then $6000. The selling price was $7000. They brought in another expert, Drew to check out the writing in the margins to see if it came from Newton. The writing was not Newton's, however because the writing was too small.
The next guy brought in a vintage cell phone- nothing with apps. It had to be carried in a big bag. It was about 25 years old. It was made by Capehart. Corey offered $5 and that was the deal.
The next guy had the guys come out to his house to see John Wayne collection. There were pictures, stamps, plates etc. The guy was hoping for $15000 but Rick didn't want it because the amount of things and it would be hard sell.
Have a good week and stay safe and where the snow is falling.

Democrats Targeting Rep. Joe Heck: HAHAHAHA

The Las Vegas Sun is reporting that the Democrats are going to target Rep. Joe Heck in the 2012 election.
From the Sun: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is launching a media blitz against Republican Rep. Joe Heck, the first major move in Democrats' effort to reclaim the House in 2012.
Heck is one of 19 Republicans being targeted nationwide. Many are freshman, and most come from Democratic-leaning districts that President Barack Obama won in 2008.
The ad blitz is part of the Democrats' "Drive to 25" campaign, an effort to win the 25 seats needed to regain the House majority from Republicans in 2012.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jan/31/dccc-targets-rep-joe-heck-campaign-regain-house/
The Democrats have a very good sense of humor.

Joe Heck is saying this:

How To Spot A Meth Lab

From a friend:
As a law enforcement officer I have been approached by several people lately wanting to know how to identify a Meth Lab.
Here is a picture of four Labs. I think it's pretty obvious which one is the Meth Lab. I hope this helps.
Let me know if I can be of any further service in this matter.
See Below..




h/t CJ

Obama/Reid/Pelosi/Titus/Berkley Care Unconstitutional

Well, the liberal Democrats got slapped upside the head again by a federal judge who ruled that the entire Obama,Pelosi/Reid/Berkley/Titus health care bill is unconstitutional.
From Reuters: U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled that the reform law's so-called individual mandate went too far in requiring that Americans start buying health insurance in 2014 or pay a penalty.
"Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void," he wrote, "This has been a difficult decision to reach and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications."
Referring to a key provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Vinson sided with governors and attorneys general from 26 U.S. states, almost all of whom are Republicans, in declaring the Obama healthcare reform unconstitutional.
"Regardless of how laudable its attempts may have been to accomplish these goals in passing the act, Congress must operate within the bounds established by the Constitution," Vinson, who was appointed to the bench by Republican President Ronald Reagan, ruled.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/31/us-usa-healthcare-ruling-idUSTRE70U6RY20110131?feedType=RSS&feedName=healthNews
This is a total slap down of Obama Care. Just about everybody who had half a brain said that the mandatory insurance would be found unconstitutional. What's scary is that the Democrats didn't know this would be unconstitutional care or didn't care. The most laughable comparison put forth on Capitol Hill was comparing Obama Care and mandating insurance for drivers of cars. Of course, those with a brain would realize that if you choose not to drive you don't have to buy auto insurance.
So, now it's on to the Supremes. My guess the vote will be 7-2 or 6-3 that the Obama/Reid/Pelosi/Berkley/Titus health care bill will be found unconstitutional.
Speaking Of Titus, I just wonder if anybody who takes her UNLV class will have the guts to laugh at Titus about this ruling and how stupid she was to vote for it.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Look Out 8 Year Olds, Some Nanny's Want To Put You In A Car Seat


Glenn Cook has a facinating cloumn about a bunch of nanny staters who want just about every child, until they turn 18 in a car seat.
From the article: The parking lot of my son's preschool, however, was anything but normal. More than a dozen people in orange and yellow vests had the entrance staked out and sealed off.
A stern-looking woman quickly stepped in front of my car as I tried to park, her palm raised at windshield level. I hit the brakes. Buford T. Justice didn't wear sunglasses that big.
Another woman approached, and a tap at the window followed. I was trapped.
"Sir, does your child attend this preschool?"
No, I'm cruising for hot, hurried mommies trying to get to work. Of course he goes to this preschool.
"We're conducting car seat inspections."
And you are?
"How old is your child?" she demanded. Still no identification.
Mrs. Barney Fife finally acknowledged she was with Safe Kids Clark County, the local affiliate of a nonprofit dedicated to preventing injuries to children. She looked through the window at my son, saw that he was sufficiently restrained (and concerned) and handed me a coupon for a free cup of yogurt.
That's pretty scary scenario and I would have handled the situation a lot worse than Mr. Cook. I probably would have started with who the hell are you and get the hell out of my way.
But the most scary part of the article: Preston said Safe Kids Clark County intends to lobby the Legislature to mandate safety seats until age 8 and 80 pounds. Preston added that, ideally, children should stay in booster seats until they are 4-foot-9 -- when they're generally 10 or 11 years old -- and should ride in the back seat until they're 13.
First, a ten year old in a car seat would invite the kid to ridicule from his friends and anybody else that would see him or her.
And what about little people, do they need to stay in a car seat until they are 18, when they turn adults?
These nanny's of Nevada are out of control. I am pretty sure that the legislators of Nevada along with the governor have better things to do than deal with a bunch nannies who think they know better than us. (of course you there will be at least 1 Democrat who will like this proposal)

Brian "The Coward" Greenspun's Bizzare Editorial

Brian "The Coward" Greenspun, the whacked out editor of the Las Vegas Sun, who refuses people to comment on his editorials and refuses to answer a simple question put forth by a humble blogger, writes a very strange editorial today in the Sun.
First, he starts talking about the uprising in Egypt: Mubarak’s Egypt should be one of the most enlightened countries in the world by now. It isn’t. And the people in the Arab streets, many tens of thousands are in the streets as I write, realize that they have been shortchanged when it comes to opportunities — for advancement, for education, for human rights....
I mention all of this because at the base of this unrest, at the core of the peoples’ insurrection against tyranny, at the heart of their unhappiness is education. Yes, the more people learn about the world, the more they understand how life can be and the more they contrast that with the life they have. Whether it is people naturally yearning.
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jan/30/good-education-key-change/
So, the people are in the streets of Cario, Suez, Alexandria Egypt because they lack education. Ok, I guess tyranny, a dictator who has been in power for 30 years, unemployment and inflation had little to do with the uprising? Hmm, ok. But Coward Greenspun isn't finished with his diatribe: It may seem a bit of a stretch because I don’t for a moment think anything like Egypt will ever happen in the United States, again, but there is a point to be made: The lack of a good education can lead otherwise decent people to do some very indecent things. And the failure of a population to educate itself will, inevitably, lead to conclusions based on fancy and not fact.
It is that second part that concerns me most about the current state of affairs in this country. If you don’t believe me, turn on the radio or cable television.
It is in this context that I want to contrast the leadership styles of two, self-professed education leaders: President Barack Obama and Gov. Brian Sandoval...

On the other hand is Gov. Sandoval. He mouths the right words when it comes to education. But when it comes to putting his money (read that, our money) where his mouth is, he falls short. For whatever reasons he chooses to profess, his failure to step up by investing in education is in marked contrast to his desire to be an education leader.
To illustrate the absurdity of his position, he has even suggested cutting teachers’ salaries by 5 percent!
I understand freezing salaries, bonuses and, for certain, longevity pay. That is reality. I also understand cutting salaries and overtime of highly paid workers for a time while the economy struggles to right itself. But it is impossible to lay claim to “education leader” when you are so quick to cut the salaries of teachers who are earning just a bit more than poverty-level salaries. It just doesn’t compute...

Nevadans have a choice to make as our Legislature prepares to convene. Educating our young people requires a leader who will walk the walk. That means making changes that are necessary but also investing money where it is required.
Everything else is just talk, and real leaders do so much more than talk.


So, I guess in the feeble mind of Brian Greenspun, if we lower salaries on teachers (something that should be done only as a very last resort) we will become a nation of the uneducated, like those in the Middle East.
Of Greenspun doesn't mention the fact there is fat in the CCSD budget and the Superintendent of CCSD just took $400,000 meant for empowerment schools to pay for his friends from Colorado.
I think Brian "The Coward" Greenspun needs to put down the crack pipe he uses before he writes his editorials and actually put some thought into what he says instead of blabbering like a drug addicted fool.

Watch Out For Higher Food Prices

As if we don't have problems with higher fuel and food prices, now, food prices are going to up even more. Commodity prices for wheat, sunflowers and other grains have gone up significantly.
From the Minot Daily News: North Dakota farmers faced some difficult conditions this past growing season, but even tougher luck in other parts of the world has allowed U.S. grain prices to steadily march upward over the past few months, with no one willing to guess when any sort of downward trend will begin....
On Wednesday, wheat sat at $9.56 per bushel, up 10 cents. It's not just wheat that's trending upward, however, it's pretty much everything. Severson said barley is also strong and corn is very strong. That's just the tip of the iceberg, as many other crops are also seeing good prices.
Severson noted sunflowers are typically in the $12 to $14 range per hundredweight, and stood at $24 on Wednesday. Canola is also typically in the $12 to $14 range, and stood at $23.98 Wednesday. Soybeans are normally in the $6 to $8 range, and were at $12.60, with new crop at $12.03.
"So yeah, everything is strong," Severson said. "There's no one particular grain that is way out ahead of the rest of them."
Wagner told a similar tale, noting pretty much everything is about one-third higher than it was in July.
(emphasis mine)
Great, grain prices are up by 1/3 since July. Great for farmers, bad for consumers, especially when you factor in the higher fuel prices,increased regulation, taxes, health care and everything else that companies have to spend to produce food.

Another Fake Reality Show

I've been watching Pit Boss this evening and it saddens me to find another "reality" show is not really a reality show, but a just of bunch of made "scenes" to make it look real.
Pit Boss follows 3 little people who operate a talent agency and pit bull rescue. The firms are legit but the Pit Boss series is fake.
I guess they join the likes of Operation Repo, Pawn Stars and Hardcore Pawn that make up scenes instead of being a reality show.
Just shameful.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ann Coulter BBQ's Obama

Ann Coulter, the acid tongue of the right, just rips President Obama's State of the Union speech.
From Ann: The national debt is $14 trillion, the Democrats won't stop spending, and President Nero gave us a long gaseous speech about his Stradivarius...
And if liberals didn't like Samuel Alito mouthing the words "not true," they should be really happy I wasn't in the House chamber Tuesday night. All I kept hearing was, "Ann pays more." That's all I ever hear when Democrats start in with all that "investing." ...
Obama compared "investing" in education to our sending a man to the moon after the Russians launched Sputnik. Say, who was the president who recently gutted spending on NASA? Oh yes, that was Obama....
Also, solar panels. Obama said the government was already "investing" in solar panels! That's a total relief. This must be how the president who brought us "Recovery Summer" is going to dig us out of the second Great Depression. But I do wonder why no private lender considered solar panels a wise investment, forcing solar panel manufacturers to turn to the government for loans, followed by endless tax credits just to break even...
Remember how massive government "investments" gave rise to the telephone, the light bulb, the automobile, the airplane, the personal computer ... OK, none of those. But massive government expenditures did give us Amtrak and the TSA!...
Obama said, "We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook." And then the government outlawed Edison's great invention, made the Wright brothers' air travel insufferable, filed anti-trust charges against Microsoft and made cars too expensive to drive by prohibiting oil exploration, and right now -- at this very minute -- is desperately trying to regulate the Internet....
I especially enjoyed his pitch for high-speed trains where you "don't have to receive pat-downs." At least until one of those Muslims who is "part of our American family" blows one up -- at which point they'll be staffed with armies of genital-fondling, unionized TSA agents on the public dime...
The big laugh line was when Nero said mockingly, "I heard rumors that a few of you still have concerns about the health care law." That's called "60 percent of the American public." It's not a joke, and it's not funny. Here's one: Hey, Obama! Guy walks into a bar in the Gaza Strip. The bartender says, "What'll you have?" But the guy is killed instantly when an Iranian-made CT-28 missile strikes the bar, also killing a woman and small child next door. Get it, Obama? HA HA!
Actually, I was glad to hear him say that "there isn't a person here" -- which presumably included Democrats -- who would live anyplace else. Then why are they always trying to turn us into Western Europe?
http://www.anncoulter.com/
The liberals don't stand a chance against Ann Coulter. No liberal is smart enough and no liberal is mean enough to handle Ann Coulter.

Sheriff Joe Keeps Busy

From Fox News: The office of an Arizona sheriff known for his efforts against illegal immigrants has arrested 83 people during a two-day crime sweep targeting illegal immigrants.
Of those arrested, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said Saturday that 68 were illegal immigrants. Those who were not illegal immigrants were arrested for crimes including drug possession and theft.
The sheriff's office seized 725 pounds (330 kilograms) of marijuana and some methamphetamine during the operation, which ended Friday. It was the office's 18th such sweep.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/01/29/immigration-sweep-nets-arrests-days/
We need more sheriffs like Sheriff Joe.

More Democratic Voter Fraud

On Friday, 2 Democrats were indicted for voter fraud in Troy, New york.
From the Troy Record: After being brought into a Rensselaer County courtroom in handcuffs, Councilman Michael LoPorto and Democratic Election Commissioner Edward McDonough pleaded not guilty Friday to a combined 116 felony counts alleging they falsified dozens of absentee votes.The men were released on their own recognizance after being arraigned on an indictment handed up Friday morning. It charges McDonough, 47, with 38 counts of second-degree forgery and 36 counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument; LoPorto, 58, faces 13 second-degree forgery counts and 29 counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument.The Democrats had been the targets of a grand jury investigation that began in early December. They turned themselves in at the Brunswick State Police barracks before they were brought before acting Supreme Court Justice George J. Pulver Jr., of Greene County, to answer to the charges, which can carry a maximum of 2-1/3 to 7 years in prison each and combine for as much as 20 years. http://www.troyrecord.com/articles/2011/01/29/news/doc4d42d697ed8ae903084000.txt?viewmode=default
Voter fraud and Democrats go hand in hand. When you look up voter fraud in the dictionary, they refer you to the Democrat Party.

Teacher Unions And UNLV Activists Complain About Budget Cuts

Today, there was a Democratic legislative townhall in Las Vegas and the usual suspects were there. CCSD and UNLV unions were there. (The CCSD teachers union put out information about the rally, err townhall on CCSD e-mail) State employees and other beneficiaries of government money. There also the usual number of students who are being used as props by their parents. And of course, UNLV students were there, students who don't want their tuition raised, even though they pay more in text books and beer.
But surprisingly, there were some people on the other side. People who supported the cuts and did not want their taxes raised.
From the Sun: It was easy to tell which side of the state budget debate people were on by reading their signs: “We support Sandoval,” one said. Another said: “Cuts hurt.”
While a packed house waited for its chance to speak to state legislators at a town hall meeting Saturday at the Grant Sawyer Building in downtown Las Vegas, about 100 people milled around outside the building, making their voices heard with signs and banners.
The plaza in front of the building was largely a staging area for the meeting inside, with different groups signing people in and organizers giving supporters their talking points for the meeting.
But not everyone went into the meeting; some came just to show their support for Gov. Brian Sandoval’s proposed budget, while others came to make their opposition known.
The two sides gathered close to one another and even intermingled, but remained calm and mostly quiet, with the brief exception of one man waving a large U.S. flag loudly telling a woman with a Nevada State College sign: “I’m not against education, I’m against raising taxes.” http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jan/29/proposed-cuts-leave-nevadans-both-sides-budget-deb/

Of course the Sun writers who covered the story don't say where the extra money should go. Maybe the speakers did, I don't know. But let's face it, most of these liberals who call for more taxes just want to raise taxes, especially on mines, for the hell of it and for pure jealousy- the gold mines make money and the liberals want that money.
You go on the news media web sites like the Sun and LVRJ and the liberals want to tax the mines but won't say where the money specifically should go.
The Sun runs editorials about cuts in education but don't say where in education the money should go.
Blogs like the Las Vegas Gleaner and the ditz over at Desert Beacon say raise more taxes but still don't say where the money should go.
So, the Nevada liberals that talk about education prove once again that talk is cheap and the liberals really don't know what they are talking about.

I'm watching TV Shows About Pit Bull Rescues But Then I See This

I've been watching "Pit Boss" which is a TV show about 3 little people, led by a guy named Shorty and they rescue pit bulls. They show how pit bulls are friendly dogs.
Then I go on the Las Vegas web site and see this: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jan/28/woman-suffers-potentially-life-threatening-injurie/ A 55-year-old woman was at Sunrise Hospital Friday evening with potentially life-threatening injuries after the family’s 80-pound pit bull attacked her and two other people, Metro Police said.
Police said they received reports of an animal attack about 5:45 p.m. in the 2400 block of Grannis Lane, near Sahara Avenue and Lamb Boulevard.
The dog bit the woman multiple times, causing serious injuries to her arm, hand, lower leg and foot, police said. The woman has lost fingers and will possibly lose a foot from bites that penetrated to the bone, police said.

I think I will play it safe and stay away from pit bulls, if at all possible.

Something You Don't See Every Day In Las Vegas


This afternoon, while we were the Henderson Fiesta, we saw an Amish or Old Order Mennonite man. He was there for a conference of some kind.

See, Las Vegas is for everyone.
And no, there was not a horse and buggy in the parking lot.

Unlike Democrats, George Bush Stays Classy

From AOL News: Republican candidates hoping for some high-profile help on the campaign trail next year shouldn't look to George W. Bush.The former president told C-SPAN he's done with politics and all its trappings."I don't want to go out and campaign for candidates," he told Brian Lamb in an interview airing this weekend. "I don't want to be viewed as a perpetual money-raiser."...
Bush said he doesn't think former presidents should resort to punditry, because they'll inevitably be asked to second-guess the decisions of the current Oval Office occupant."I think it's bad for the country, frankly, to have a former president criticize his successor," Bush said. "It's tough enough to be president as it is without a former president undermining the current president."
http://www.politicsdaily.com/2011/01/28/george-w-bush-im-done-with-politics/
Compare Bush to former President's Clinton and Carter. Bush stays classy while Clinton and Carter make fools of themselves by injecting themselves into politics, especially Carter who is the second worse president in history. (Obama is now the worst)
So, please stay classy George Bush and let Dick Cheney do the talking

Just Because Saturday Morning Video

"Because the Night" by the Patti Smith Group. Great Song.

Is The Red Bull Commercial Hurtful To Catholics?

Red Bull has been running a commercial which shows a priest listening to a confession of a young man. the guy says he was committing adultery. The priest suggested names of girls who may have been a victim of this thug and at the end of the commercial, the thug said he had 2 leads on loose women. Here is the commercial:



The first time I saw the commercial, I thought it was kind of funny. But then, after thinking about this for a little bit, I had some thoughts:
First, if this was an Inman and Muslim religion and this commercial was run, there would be all sorts of riots in the streets and a call for the murder of the CEO of Red Bull and the cartoonists. The Muslim religion would would be outraged and that is not a good thing as they have so many terrorists and suicide bombers ready to go and kill because of the commercial.
But, instead, Red Bull goes after Catholics and mocks the priest as dumb and incompetent. Short of showing the priest sexually abusing children, Red Bull stereotypes Catholic Priests.
The commercial doesn't accurately portray how a confession works nor does it portray the sacrament of confession (Reconciliation) in a positive light. It just shows that a incompetent priest unwittingly giving out information on loose women.
This is just another case where the artistic community and/or media portray insult Christians and in this case, Catholics.
Should Catholics be outraged. I think so. Unlike the Muslim religion, who would call for the deaths of the people that authorized this commercial, if this commercial was about Muslims instead of Catholics.
But I think Catholics should boycott Red Bull and it's products. It's easy for me to boycott to boycott Red Bull because I don't drink energy drinks. However, if you are Catholic, you may want to boycott Red Bull and drink another energy drink. There are plenty of energy drinks out there.
It's time for Christians to start rising up against companies that purposely insult Christianity and Catholicism. Boycott Red Bull.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Clark County Fire Department Union Shows How Corrupt They Were

Jon Ralston, despite all of his faults- racist and whore for Harry Reid, has been all over the Clark County Fire Department firefighters union has been screwing the taxpayers of Clark County.
From Ralston and the Las Vegas Sun: If ever there were a compelling argument to televise collective bargaining sessions between governments and public employee unions, Clark County’s extraordinary hearing with its firefighters and an arbitrator makes any “Law & Order” episode look tepid.
County attorney Mark Ricciardi’s shredding of fire union chief Ryan Beaman, exposing a series of convenient memory losses, obvious dissimulations and outright contradictions, would make Jack McCoy proud. Reading through the astonishing transcript, which resulted in that stunning defeat for Local 1908 before Arbitrator Norman Brand, leads to the inescapable conclusion that the fire union misled the public and unfairly maligned county officials.
The stories of horrendous sick leave abuse, which were generally isolated, have made headlines, as the union’s mewling that the county’s poor oversight led to the ability of some firefighters to make more than $200,000 a year. But that is a lesser story compared with what really happened here, as exposed by Ricciardi’s brilliant lawyering that left Beaman forced into admission after admission.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jan/28/county-lawyer-exposes-fire-unions-spin-arbitration/
Ralston via Clark County government has shown that some, not all, firefighters have been gaming concerning the sick leave policy and boosting the pay of firefighters.
Of course, the fighters union blame management for the sick leave policy, but the union is willing to throw some members under the bus if their members violated the sick leave policy.
Nice job, Jon Ralston for the reporting.

Poor Taste: Cartoon Network

Yesterday, I reported how Cox Cable channel 14, KTUD, had the audacity to show an episode of Family Guy in which they mocked the Challenger disaster. http://lasvegasbadger.blogspot.com/2011/01/bad-taste-and-timing-for-ktud.html
Well, tonight, the Cartoon Network showed the same show mocking the Challenger accident and the deaths of 7 astronauts.
Does the Cartoon Channel have no shame? Probably not.

$5000 Hamburger? No Thanks

From Robin Leach and the Las Vegas Sun: Celebrity Top Chef Hubert Keller has concocted a $5,000 burger at his new restaurant Fleur in Mandalay Bay. He’s sure hit the gastronomic jackpot with this delicacy. The foie gras and black truffle-topped Kobe burger is served on a brioche truffle bun and garnished with the star chef’s special sauce consisting of more high-priced truffles.
To accompany the bust-the-budget billionaire’s burger, guests receive a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1995 poured in high-priced stemware imported from Italy. After the magnificent meal, the team at Fleur ships the glasses to the guest’s home -- at no additional charge, of course.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jan/27/hubert-kellers-fleur-liquid-nitrogen-cocktails-and/
No, thanks, I'll take A Whopper, McHamburger or any other hamburger that costs under $4.00.

To The Bear Fans Out There

TMZ has a video of Bears Quarterback, Jay Cutler walking around Los Angles, sans limp, with his girl friend.
http://www.tmz.com/videos?autoplay=true&mediaKey=175c6892-0f52-472a-936e-d4edee7b6705&isShareURL=true
The night of the Packer-Bear game, Cutler was seen climbing the stairs at a steak house in Chicago.
My guess, Cutler is about the most unpopular person in Illinois now. Probably even more unpopular than the Grinch Who Stole Christmas or Charlie Sheen.

R.I.P Charlie Callas

Charlie Callas made me laugh when he appeared on T.V., especially when he was on the Tonight Show. Today, the great comedian passed away: From the LVRJ: Charlie Callas, a versatile comedian known for his pliable face and vocal effects, died Thursday in Las Vegas, where he lived his final years. He was 83.
Callas died at a hospice of natural causes, according to his son Mark.
Callas was a rubber-faced, wiry-framed comic whose rapid-fire delivery made him a frequent guest on variety and comedy shows, and an opening act for stars such as Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones.

http://www.lvrj.com/neon/comedian-charlie-callas-dies-in-las-vegas-114826439.html
I have a feeling actor Jim Carrey got some of his acting tips from Callas.

She Works Hard For Her Money

Dina Titus, the woman who never held a real job in her life, is at it again.
Titus, who is being paid $107,000+ for her role as a professor at UNLV has a very tough schedule at UNLV.
Titus is teaching a class, "Women in Politics" and she works Tuesday and Thursday from 10:45 until 1:30. This incudes her office hours and her lecture. That's it. One class.
http://liberalarts.unlv.edu/Political_Science/Syllabi/Spring%202011/401JTitus.pdf

https://my.unlv.nevada.edu/psp/lvporprd/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/COMMUNITY_ACCESS.SSS_BROWSE_CATLG.GBL

Dina Titus, still screwing taxpayers. And UNLV is bitching about budget cuts. Shamefull.


Dina Titus: Does not work hard for money

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Harry Reid: Social Security Has No Problems. Umm, No Harry

Harry Reid, (Embarrassment-Nevada) has constantly said that Social security is not in danger and there is no reason to fix it. Well, experts tend to differ.
From Yahoo News: Social Security will post nearly $600 billion in deficits over the next decade as the economy struggles to recover and millions of baby boomers stand at the brink of retirement, according to new congressional projections.
This year alone, Social Security is projected to collect $45 billion less in payroll taxes than it pays out in retirement, disability and
survivor benefits, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. That figure swells to $130 billion when a new one-year cut in payroll taxes is included, though Congress has promised to repay any lost revenue from the tax cut.
Last year,
Social Security posted its first deficit since the program was last overhauled in the 1980s. The CBO said at the time that Social Security would post surpluses for a few more years before permanently slipping into deficits in 2016.
But the new projections show nothing but red ink until the Social Security
trust funds are exhausted in 2037. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_social_security;_ylt=AsGh2XpOMuMsM4HuxNh6Xhms0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNpbzhuODYxBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTEwMTI3L3VzX3NvY2lhbF9zZWN1cml0eQRjY29kZQNtb3N0cG9wdWxhcgRjcG9zAzIEcG9zAzgEcHQDaG9tZV9jb2tlBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA3NvY2lhbHNlY3VyaQ

Only fools like Harry Reid and bloggers like the fool and idiot at Desert Bacon, err Beacon, believe nothing is wrong with the Social Security.
I don't know if there will be funds for me when I retire. I know my kids will not be getting Social Security when it comes time for them to retire in 50 years.
But if you listen to Harry Reid and the Desert Bacon, there is no problem with Social Security. I think Harry Reid and Bacon, err Beacon, is listening to this kind of music:

Ohio Mom Get's Jail Time For Sending Her Daughters To Good School District

An Ohio mother was sentenced to ten days for sending her daughters to a neighboring school district, which was much better than her home school district.
From ABC News: Kelley Williams-Bolar was convicted of lying about her residency to get her daughters into a better school district.
"It's overwhelming. I'm exhausted," she said. "I did this for them, so there it is. I did this for them."
Williams-Bolar decided four years ago to send her daughters to a highly ranked school in neighboring Copley-Fairlawn School District.
But it wasn't her Akron district of residence, so her children were ineligible to attend school there, even though her father lived within the district's boundaries. The school district accused Williams-Bolar of lying about her address, falsifying records and, when confronted, having her father file false court papers to get around the system.
Williams-Bolar said she did it to keep her children safe and that she lived part-time with her dad....

The district hired a private investigator, who shot video showing Williams-Bolar driving her children into the district.
The school officials asked her to pay $30,000 in back tuition.
Williams-Bolar refused and was indicted and convicted of falsifying her residency records.
She was sentenced last week to 10 days in county jail and put on three years of probation.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/ohio-mom-jailed-sending-kids-school-district/story?id=12763654&page=1
I am torn on this. First, obviously what Williams-Bolar did was illegal. She did not pay taxes in the community where she sent her children to school, so she was stealing services. Much in the same way a person steals cable TV.
She could have avoided the convictions if she paid the Copley-Fairlawn School district $30,000. But if she could afford $30,000, she probably could have lived in that school district.
So, yes, she is guilty but what really got her in trouble was to piss off the education community. Copley-Fairlawn could have handled this quietly and let the kids go to their schools under an arrangement like having Williams-Bolar volunteer in the schools, but I don't think this was offered.
Copley-Fairlawn also could have allowed the kids to go to school under some kind of scholarship, but that didn't happen.
And it did not cost Copley-Fairlawn $30,000 to educate the kids- it's not like the district had to hire a teacher for the kids, so it really didn't cost the district a penny to educate those kids, unless there were some supplies involved. Further, I am sure the district got some money from the State of Ohio for educating her kids, so the school district probably made some money off the kids.
This also could have been avoided if there was school choice in Ohio. If there were a law that allowed kids to attend any public school in the state, this would not even be an issue. But the educational bureaucracy doesn't want this, especially poor performing school districts.
But, in the end, Williams-Bolar broke the law and ended up stealing an education for her kids. She had to spend 10 days in jail for her kids. Education bureaucrats must be grinning from ear to ear.

Bad Taste And Timing For KTUD

On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster, killing 7 astronauts, KTUD, cable 14 in Las Vegas, decided to air a episode of Family Guy that mocks the disaster.
The scene shows Peter in a shuttle in his back yard. Apparently, he bought it somehow, which Peter tends to buy weird things. Lois says flying a shuttle is dangerous and Peter responds that no one gets hurt flying a shuttle.
Here is the quote: PETER GOES INTO SPACE Lois: Peter what the hell is that?Peter: It's a space shuttle Lois, I figured with unlimited free gas I can finally go into space.Lois:Why is it everytime I open this door you seem to be in some reduculous vehicle your've inexplicitly acquired?Peter: I got this at a NASA auction, they were going to scrap it because it's got some minor mechanical problems or something, instead they sold it to me . Very simple explanation.Lois:I don't want you trying to fly that thing youre not even a trained astronaut.Peter: Relax Lois nothing bad ever happens to space shuttles. Now stand back.{{{{{blast off}}}} Peter: he he he he he he he he he
http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081220145047AAeHEh5

Bad taste, KTUD, very bad taste.

Obama Care And Federal Regulation Cost More Jobs

From Jsonline: Abbott said Wednesday it is cutting 1,900 jobs as part of a restructuring of its pharmaceutical business brought on by economic conditions and the U.S. regulatory environment. A spokeswoman said that most of the cuts - about 1,000 jobs - will be in Lake County, and the other 900 planned layoffs are positions throughout the country...
The job cuts come "in response to changes in the health care industry, including U.S. health care reform and the challenging regulatory environment," Abbott said in a statement.
Abbott is grappling with the slow recovery of the global economy as well as regulatory changes, White said.
"Frankly, it's more difficult to get products approved," White said. "This is the environment we're operating in and so we have to continue to respond in ways that protect our shareholders and strengthen the long-term sustainability of our business."

http://www.jsonline.com/business/114766444.html
Abbot Laboratories is a large pharmaceutical company in Lake County IL and like many health care companies, they are facing tough times due to Obama Care and horrible regulations regarding their business. 1,900 people will lose their jobs thanks in large part to the Federal government. And I am sure these are 1,900 good paying jobs.
On a personal note, I have a very good friend working at Abbott and I hope her job is not in jeopardy.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

CCSD New Math?

The Clark County School District is saying there will be a $250,000,000 budget deficit because the governor's budget. But let's run the numbers. From the Las Vegas Sun:
The governor has proposed reducing the average statewide per student support from $5,192 this fiscal year to $4,918 in each of the next two fiscal years.
http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jan/26/school-officials-warn-jobs-cuts-larger-classes-und/
The difference between the two year is $274 per student.
There are about 306,000 students in CCSD.
This results in a funding loss of $83,844,000
The difference between $250 million and $83.844 million is $166,156,000.
Where is the rest of the money being lost?

Sharron Angle For President!!! Ummm, No Way

From The Des Moines Register: Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle of Nevada descended upon the movie premiere of a conservative Christian movie in Johnston tonight, and she wouldn’t say that she was running for president.
But she wouldn’t say that she wasn’t.
“I’ll just say I have lots of options for the future, and I’m investigating all my options,” Angle said before a couple hundred people sat down to watch the premiere of “The Genesis Code,” a $5 million film that aims to present a controversial view on religious freedom and on the balancing act between faith and science.
Angle, who nearly beat Senate Majority leader Harry Reid in last year’s highly contested Senate race, promoted the movie as “family values” entertainment.

http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2011/01/26/angle-comes-to-iowa-doesnt-rule-out-presidential-bid/
First, Sharron Angle does not know how to run a State level campaign, how is she going to run a national campaign?
I will say this, Angle could never be a GOP candidate, but maybe a third party Tea Party candidate? That is a strong possibility. The national GOP along with some state GOP members turned their back on Angle and went for Harry Reid. Pay back is a bitch and in case, the bitch may be Angle. (and no, I am not say Angle is the B word- just using an analogy)

Suicide By.... Bear???

From the LVRJ: A convicted killer who escaped from an Arizona prison planned to commit suicide-by-bear in the Montana wilderness, saying his brief freedom was overrated.
But Tracy Province had a change of heart and was arrested Aug. 9 about 60 miles from Yellowstone National Park.
"He had planned to go up in the mountains and shoot a gram of heroin and be bear food. He wanted to overdose and let the bears eat him," according to Mohave County Sheriff's Detective Larry Matthews. "He was making the drugs, and a voice told him 'no.' He called it divine intervention." http://www.lvrj.com/news/escaped-con-planned-suicide-by-bear-114692569.html

When I lived in Havre, Montana many years ago, we had a couple of Wisconsin people eaten by Grizzly bears and people did stupid things around bears in and around Glacier National Park.
One was photographing a Grizzly and the last picture the man took was a picture of a bear on it's hind legs, standing up and snarling. Then the man became Bear Chow.
Another incident in the papers was a story of a man, whereabouts unknown, when he was drunk, tried to lasso a Grizzly bear. The guy lived to tell about it, if he remembered it.
So, getting eaten by a Grizzly bear is not unheard of. It's a hell of a way to go, but if you are knocked out by drugs, you won't feel your limbs being ripped off your body.

And Democrats Wonder Why People Laugh At Them

Democrats are very strange. We all knew that, but I didn't realize how strange until I read this from Rassmussen Reports: Not surprisingly, there is a partisan difference. Two-out-of-three Democrats (67%) put Obama's speech first. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of Republicans and a plurality (45%) of voters not affiliated with either political party are more interested in the Super Bowl. In recent years, the State of the Union address has generally been delivered to a partisan audience, with those in the president’s party far more likely to watch than others.
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/january_2011/obama_ties_super_bowl_in_battle_for_voters_attention

The questions was what would you rather watch, Obama's State of the Union speech or the Super Bowl. 2/3 of Democrats chose Obama's speech over the Super Bowl.
Seriously, even if my Green Bay Packers weren't in the Super Bowl, I would rather watch the Super Bowl than any State of the Union speech.

Words cannot describe my disbelief that Democrats would rather listen to a speech from their leader than the Super Bowl.
And Democrats wonder why people make fun of them.

I May Have Missed It, But...

Maybe I missed it in the news commentary, but President Obama mention anything about the high gas prices and how it is hurting the poor? And to solve the problem, you need to produce more oil in the sea and on land in th eUnited States and this solution will create thousands if not hundreds of thousand more jobs? For some reason, all the media forgot to report on this.
And maybe I missed this as well: Did President Obama mention anything about rising food prices and how it is hurting the poor?
I am sure he he said something about this because otherwise, it shows he really doesn't give a crap about the poor in the United States. But I think we knew this already.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Another reason Why The Las Vegas Sun Is Not A Newspaper

Tonight, there was a speech in Washington D.C. by King Obama. But if your sole source of information is the Las Vegas Sun, you would think King Obama was the only speaker tonight.
No Paul Ryan giving the GOP rebuttal, no Michelle Bachman giving the real conservative response. Just King Obama.
But if you read the Sun, you will find out that the Nevada Delegation sat together, except for Harry Reid and John Ensign. Seriously, would anybody want to sit next to Reid or Ensign? The odor of corruption and lies would be horrible if anybody sat next to them.
Oh, and then there was another story about seating at the sermon by the King. Who really cares who sat where. (Maybe if a fist fight broke out between Barney Frank and Michelle Bachman, that would be interesting I would put my money on Michelle).
So, I guess the pathetic employees at the Sun are afraid of a little bit of disagreement. We already know that Brian Greenspun is afraid of a little old blogger named Lasvegasbadger.

Another Reason Taxes Can Be High


In the City of Deltona, FL., they want to buy a ladder truck with a 100 ft. ladder. It will ocst Deltona about $1,100,000 for the brand new truck.
The tallest building in Deltona is a story building, about 30-40 feet.

From Firehouse.com: Volusia County's largest city must decide whether to buy a million-dollar ladder truck for its fire department, but the tallest building in Deltona is only about three stories tall.
WFTV asked if the expense was really necessary.
Fire Chief Robert Staples spread out plans Monday for the next firefighting tool on his wish list: a 100-foot aerial platform ladder truck. It would cost just under $1.1 million, which is double what the city paid for a smaller aerial truck eight years ago.
"Money's tight and I think we can do a lot better than what they asked for. Plus, if you really look around, do we really need a super-duper ladder truck?" resident Nancy Schleicher questioned.
Residents point out that Deltona's biggest buildings are usually big box stores. The fire chief conceded there aren't a lot of high-rises, but said big buildings necessitate a big truck.
The real reason is that a brand new ladder truck is fun toy to play with and to show off to your neighbors.
This is a problem throughout the country, especially since 9-11. The fire department wants more money to spend on trucks and personnel, all in the name of being safe in an emergency. the fire department invokes 9-11 and terrorism and they get the money.
Well, it has to stop. It doesn't take a lot to put out a fire. Water is pretty much it. You need good pumpers and an occasional ladder truck if the fire is out of control to put out a fire along with firefighters. It's a really simple equation. You don't need the state of the art pumpers and ladder trucks to put out a fire. Just some good hose and hose jockeys.
So, if a community says it needs a really expensive fire truck, check it out- they probably don't need it.

Mayor Of City Of Las Vegas: Ho Hum

With Mayor Oscar Goodman retiring because of term limits, the race is on to become the next mayor of Las Vegas (for those who don't know, the City of Las Vegas is a lot smaller than Clark County. The City is basically north of Saraha- it has Fremont Street but not the Strip)
So far, several people have filed for the mayor's race. From the Las Vegas Sun:
Abdul Shabazz: Shabazz, 56, is a principal in Mobile Denture Lab. His website says he is a "professional dice hustler, turned denture maker."
Katherine Duncan: has been active in historic preservation in the West Las Vegas neighborhood and serves on the city's Historic Preservation Commission.
Marlene Rogoff: Rogoff ran for the Ward 6 city council seat in 2005. She was also a member of The Tule Springs Preservation Committee and served as its secretary.
On her website, she lists vodka as her favorite drink

Chris Giunchigliani: The LVRJ says she has has filed to run for mayor. She is a Clark County Commissioner and pretty much a whore for the the public unions. There hasn't been an public employee union she has not whored for by giving the workers whatever they wanted.
So far, and it has only been two days, the race for Mayor of Las Vegas is looking pretty bad right now. Hopefully, better candidates will come forward.

CCSD: Budget Shortfall $250,000,000

Sooo, CCSD is claiming a budget deficit of $250,000,000. Ok. how bad of a deficit would have it been if the District had not taken the $58,000,000 "stimulus" this Fall?
From the LVRJ: The Clark County School District anticipates a budget shortfall of $250 million next year based on information contained in Gov. Brian Sandoval's State of the State speech Monday night.
And the hand wringing continues: Because the district has made $385 million in reductions over the past several years, it has little in the way of savings or flexibility in its budget.
"There's no slack in the rope," Weiler said

http://www.lvrj.com/news/school-district-faces-250-million-shortfall-official-says-114612269.html
Bull crap. There is plenty of slack in the rope. How about more administrators than needed, non-teaching professional staff, school bus routes that only carry a handful or less students, the superintendent spending $400,000 on his cronies from Colorado- money that was meant for empowerment schools, a huge bureaucracy throughout CCSD and so much more.
When CCSD cuts out the fat from it's budget, then maybe we can take CCSD more seriously when they claim poverty.

I Love Old Barbershops

Not Fred's but darn close

It is tougher and tougher to find a true barbershop in the world. In Las Vegas, I go to Fred's Barbershop, which is located by Craig and Nellis, about 25 miles from where I live.
Fred's is true barbershop where you get your hair cut basically 1 way- short. You'll can bitch and moan and the barber will listen and the best part is that this is not a hair salon. It has the old fashioned barber chairs.
Of course, after you leave, you will smell like a cigarette from the smokers. and if Fred knows you, may even get a free beer that is hid in the soda machine.
I'm trying to get my 11 year old son to go to a barbershop and hopefully, when he goes out on his own, he will choose a true barber over a hair salon.
But as long as I am alive, it's always going to be a barber shop instead of a salon.

Will the Liberals Please Answer This Question:

The liberals in this state have been clamoring for more taxes. Let's raise the mining tax and the casino tax and the sales tax and maybe close some exemptions for the sales tax. i have challenged liberals on the Las Vegas Sun comment section and liberal blogs like the Gleaner and Beacon. Not one person has answered this question:
If you raise taxes, where specifically are you going to put the money? The liberals cannot answer this very simple question.
Liberals remind of this gentleman:

Monday, January 24, 2011

Pawn Stars Review:January 24, 2011

Another beautiful week in Las Vegas. highs in the 60's, no rain and mostly sunny days. On top of that, my Green Bay Packers are going to the Super Bowl and I am sure, in a few years, you will see a Super Bowl 45 Super Bowl ring at the pawn store.
On the first episode, the first guy came in with an antique pedal car, from the 1950s. It looked like a a car I used to have when I was a kid. The thing was in pretty bad shape. Rick offered $80 and then $100. And that was the selling point, which is a little lower than the seller wanted. They took the pedal car to Danny, a big car fixer upper. He was kind of surprised that it was a pedal car. (Just wondering why not Rick Dale- seems like this should have been Rick's speciality) Danny did a nice job for $400 and it was red with white flames. Rick thinks he can get $1000 to $1500, which I doubt.
The next person brought in a Titanic chess board. It was made of wood timbers from the Titanic. The guy wanted about $15,000 for the chess board. Rick came back and offered $5,000. There was no sale.
The next guy brought in a Superman 1978 record player. The guy wanted about $250 and Rick offered $100 and then $125 and that was the sale price.
The next guy brought in some poetry from Jimi Hendrix from the 1960s. Many people liked Hendrix, I never did, but then I'm an old fuddy duddy.
The guy had no paper work proving it was Hendrix's, so time for an expert. They brought in Drew, an autograph specialist. According to Drew, the poems were a fake for many reasons. It wasn't even close. No sale and the seller was not a happy camper.
The next guy brought in a can of pearls. Can Can Pearls. It's a brand name. They are fake pearls in a can, like a can of peas. Rick offered $10 just so he can open the can and find out what is inside. They opened it up and found they found a plastic bag full of fake pearls. And that was the deal.
in the 2nd episode. the first guy brought in a musktaoon, maybe from the 1700's. It wasn't in very good shape, so it's time for an expert, Sean. He said the gun came from around 1750. He didn't think the gun could be restored. Sean thought the gun cost around $100-$1500. the guy wanted $1250 and Rick offered $600. The guy wanted $750 and then the final price was $700.
The next woman brought a 1974 Lotus Eurpoa. It had 24,000 miles on it. It looked small and Rick barely fit int he drivers sit with his pink shoes. It ran very well and it looked very clean. the lady wanted $20,000 and Rick offered $12,500 and then $13,00o and that was the final sale price.
The next came in with papers from the Lindbergh kidnapping case in 1932. He had a lot of information like photo's, ransom notes and nails from the house the baby was kidnapped at. Time for the expert. Mark, from the Clark County Museum was brought in. He thought it was real and that it would be collectible. Rick offered $1000 and said it would be difficult to sell. And then the offer was $1500 and there was no sale.
The next guy brought in a Lasonic boom box from the 1970's. It was a huge radio/boom box. The guy wanted $250 and the price was $90.
Thus ends another evening of Pawn Stars. It was nice to see the Old Man in most of the shots. He had been AWOL in the previous episodes.

Did You Know That The GOP Has A Health Care Bill?

We all know the GOP and the majority of citizens of the United States hate Obama Care and want to repeal it. The GOP has been blasted, and sometimes rightfully so, that they had no health care plan of their own.
Because the majority of the Main Stream Media (MSM) won't report on it and it seems that many GOP bloggers have not reported on it, I don't blame the American public for not knowing about the GOP plan.
Here are some highlights:
Number one: let families and businesses buy health insurance across state lines.
Number two: allow individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do.
Number three: give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs.
Number four: end junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order not because they think it's good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.

http://www.gop.gov/solutions/healthcare
Not everything in Obama Care is bad, so perhaps we could combine the few good points of Obama Care and the GOP proposals and come up with a decent health care bill.

Is It Kill A Cop Week Or Month?

In 24 hours, two police officers have been killed in St. Petersburg, Florida and 9 others have been shot throughout the country. Two other officers were killed in Miami Flordia last week. Some cops are thinking it is an effort to kill or shoot cops.
From Fox News:
Authorities are worried a recent wave of police officer shootings may not be a coincidence.
In just 24 hours, at least 11 cops were shot around the country.
The most recent incident at a fugitive's house in St. Petersburg, Fla., left two officers dead and a U.S. marshal wounded Monday. Hours earlier, an Oregon officer was critically wounded after being shot multiple times during a traffic stop.
Monday's violence followed a bloody Sunday that left an officer in Indianapolis critically wounded during a traffic stop shooting, four officers in Indianapolis wounded after a gunman opened fire in a precinct and two more officers in Washington wounded in a shootout in a Walmart parking lot.
"It's not a fluke," Richard Roberts, a spokesman for the International Union of Police Associations,
told MSNBC.com. "There's a perception among officers in the field that there’s a war on cops going on." http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/01/24/authorities-fear-cops-targeted-officers-shot-hours/?test=latestnews
None of these shootings are connected in any way. But you have to face reality, cops, through perception are having a rough time.
In Las Vegas,, there have numerous police shootings. Most are legitimate, but once the word gets out that a police officer fires a gun, the anti-cops crowd were already condemning the cops. But then some cases in Vegas, especially Metro, there have been some questionable shootings, like the drug dealer on the northeast side who made a "furtive" movement and the case of Erik Scott in Summerlin.
Cops have also been demonized by people like Obama, when he made false accusations when cops arrested a grumpy old liberal professor in Massachusetts.
Then, you have the usual community "activists" who condemn the cops for everything they do in arresting people in minority neighborhoods but then bitch that cops aren't around when something bad happens.
Then you have bad economic conditions, especially in the inner cities of America where most of the shootings have taken place, people are desperate and willing to take some people out with them and go out in a shootout like the OK Corral. Further, when rappers and other inner city thugs/entertainers and television portray cops as bad, people lose respect for the cops.
Finally, it seems like cop killing and shooting is spreading north from Mexico, where police shooting and killings happen very frequently. Juarez, Mexico lost about 60 or more police officers last year alone and many more were killed throughout Mexico.
But whatever the reason, it seems like police officers are being targeted more often and they are being shot and injured and killed more often.
So, to the cops, be careful out there. More and more people are are gunning for you and you may be next, if you are not careful.

Bad Career Move

Rahm Emanuel, former head thug for the Obama administration thought he could bend a few rules and pay off a few judges and he then he could run for mayor of Chicago.
After the Bears were bounced out the playoffs yesterday, Chicago needed some good news and this is it. A court of appeals, in a 2-1 decision stated that Emanuel could not run for mayor because he did not live in Chicago for a year prior to the election. Of course, they may get Carol Mosley Braun, who like a bad pizza, keeps coming up.
From Fox News: An appeals court in Chicago ruled Monday that Rahm Emanuel doesn't meet the residency requirements to run for mayor of Chicago and ordered his name be pulled off the ballot. The three judge panel voted 2-1 against Emanuel.
In a major blow to Emanuel's campaign, Monday's ruling overturned a Cook County Circuit Court ruling that upheld a Chicago Board of Elections decision to let Emanuel run in the February 22nd election.
The court agreed with Emanuel's contention that he met Chicago's voter residency standard but added that wasn't enough to allow his run for mayor.

http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/01/24/court-boots-rahm-emanuel-chicago-mayoral-ballot
I guess that Emanuel forgot to pay off a couple of appeal court judges.

Brian Sandoval About To Give State Of The State Speech

Brian Sandoval is about to give the stat of the state speech which will be by 5 Las Vegas TV stations and a couple of radio stations.
Unless Sandoval grows horns during the speech, it's going to be a boring speech and talking about things we already know.
And the liberals are going to call him the devil and the GOP is going to try and anoint him a saint.
So, I'll be watching Campus P.D. and COPs and wait to see if Sandoval will grow any horns during the speech.
Same with Obama tomorrow.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Outstanding National Anthem



This was probably the best highlight of the Packer-Bear game, if you are a Bear fan.
Jim Cornelison is the singer and he got a standing ovation at our Packer Bar, the Rum Runner.

Packers Are Early Favorites In Super Bowl 45

The Packers are a 2 to 2 1/2 point favorites to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Super Bowl on February 6th.
The over/under is 45 1/2
I'll take the Packers and the over.

Jack LaLanne Juiced Out, Dies At 96

Jack LaLanne, master fitness guru and master advertiser died today at the age of 96. From the Chicago Tribune: Jack LaLanne, the fitness guru who inspired television viewers to trim down, eat well and pump iron for decades before diet and exercise became a national obsession, died Sunday. He was 96.LaLanne died of respiratory failure due to pneumonia Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay on California's central coast, his longtime agent Rick Hersh said.Lalanne ate healthy and exercised every day of his life up until the end, Hersh said.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/sns-ap-us-obit-jack-lalanne,0,3900243.story
A year ago, LaLanne said dying will hurt his image. Well, I doubt that. I remember him doing all sorts of wonderful types strength feats when he was younger. Swimming, pulling trucks and trains and airplanes.
R.I.P. Jack, I wish the younger generations will follow his lead.

LVRJ Hire Raging Racist Columnist

The Las Vegas Review apparently, with a new editor, has decided to turn to the left by hiring a very liberal and racist, Steve Sebelius.
From the LVRJ: Las Vegas CityLife Editor Steve Sebelius has been hired to write a political column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada's largest daily newspaper, Editor Mike Hengel announced today.
The new column will run on the opinion pages of the newspaper four days a week, including Sundays.
Sebelius will begin his new duties with the Review-Journal on Jan. 30. He will cover the 2011 Legislature, as well as local politics and policy and the activities of Nevada's congressional delegation. He also will continue to write the daily blog "Slash Politics," found at
www.slashpolitics.com.
Sebelius is the editor of the very left and racist Las Vegas City Life.
This is the face of the Las Vegas City Life:

Why the LVRJ would hire this clown, is beyond me.

Bear Fans Burn Cutler's Jersey for Good Reason


Sent to me by a Bears fan.

Green Bay Grills Bears: Super Bowl Bound


The Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears in a classic game, 21-14. it was a great game, if you are a Packer fan. if you are a bear fan, you probably wished the Bears defeated the Packers in the last week of the season.

We went to our favorite watering hole, the Rum Runner on Boulder Highway and it was a great atmosphere, wih Packer fans, many from Wisconsin, and an occassional Bear fan. (How they got in, I'll never know).

This was the game of the year. the Super Bowl will be anti-climatic compared to today's game. But we'll still be going down to the Rum runner for a great Super Bowl party- pot luck, cheap eats and drinks, but more on that later.


Two weeks off of Packer football will be tough, but the wait is worth it as I will be really able to enjoy my first Packer Super Bowl. I had to work the first two and was a little lad for the first two.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

3rd Biggest Liar Quitting

The third biggest liar in the United States, Jim Manley, Harry Reid's press secretary, is leaving his job and going on vacation. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011/jan/22/harry-reid-says-goodbye-communications-chief/
Press secretaries for politicians have to be some of the biggest liars around. They have to lie, spin and make their boss look good, which at times, seems impossible. Trial lawyers are pikers compared to press secretaries of politicians of both parties. In Harry Reid's case, a press secretary really has to work hard with all the lying that Harry does and to cover Harry's ugly butt when he says something stupid, which is about daily. Why people become press secretary's is beyond me, except for the money and "fame". I guess selling this is what job you get when you sell your soul to the devil.
Clearly, the biggest liars are President Obama and Nancy Pelosi's press secretaries in the United States, followed by Manley.
So, good luck to Jim Manley. I hope get some rest and get your soul back from the devil.

Harry Reid: Please Imitate Rip Van Winkle

Sen. Harry Reid, As Rip Van Winkle, And Other Democratic Leaders


In the day that it was announced that Nevada and a 14.5% unemployment rate, Sen. Harry Reid proves once again what an old fool he is and why he really doesn't care about Nevada's unemployed.From KTNV, Channel 13 News: Senator Reid says two things are critical to solving Nevada's economic problems: Tea Party members and Republicans have to back off the rhetoric and compromise, and Nevada's new governor has to back off his pledge not to raise taxes....
"I like (Governor Sandoval) very much. He's a fine man and I know he wants to do the right thing. But wanting to do the right thing and doing the right thing are two different points."
So, the Republicans have to compromise and go back on their campaign promises. Right, Harry. And the Democrats have to do what? Well, according to Harry, nothing.
Also, in the article: "This renewable energy is wonderful and it soon will be the second most important industry in Nevada," says Reid.
Green energy is not the answer in the immediate future. Green companies are leaving the country and going to places like China. Or the factories the companies are not being built, like in Henderson and other places in the Valley.
Clearly, Harry Reid does not have a clue on how to stimulate the economy and right now, most of the things he has tried has been a failure and made things worse.
So, please Sen. Reid, go back to Washington D.C., go to your home at the Ritz-Carlton and do a Rip Van Winkle imitation and sleep for 20 years. Nevada and the United States will be better off. And take some other Democratic leaders with you.

Rejected Super Bowl Commercial



Can't imagine why this ad was not accepted. If the guy had the money, about $3 million, to show the commercial, it would be priceless to see President Obama's face when it aired.

h/t Dullard Mush

Heidi Harris Needs To Chill Out

Heidi Harris of KDWN 720 morning radio has been on a roll about a CCSD employee who has been accused of having porn on his computer and supposedly have chats with an undercover agent posing as a teenage girl in Utah. http://lasvegasbadger.blogspot.com/2011/01/other-side-of-story-ccsd-employee.html
I honestly don't know if this story is true or not but I did have some questions in the case based on my experience as a teacher in CCSD and if the story the Utah cops gave is plausible.
Heidi Harris has been talking about the case for several days and she really gets worked up. She keeps saying that the employee involved has access to children and is a danger to children
Heidi, this employee DOES NOT have access to children in a school setting. The employee involved is an accountant who does not work in a school setting. I am not sure which building he works at, but it is not in a school.
So, Heidi Harris, chill out and report the facts before spreading false information and scaring parents who have children in CCSD.

Good Bye Keith Olbermann

Most of the free world probably doesn't know it, but Keith Olbermann and MSNBC parted ways and 2 the two viewers Olbermann had are probably disappointed.
I never watched Olbermann on MSNBC. Well, for that matter, I rarely ever watch MCNBC, except for some reality shows- the prison shows and a couple others. I know he is hated by many conservatives, but he did entertain me when he was at ESPN, so I don't have ill will against Olbermann.
So, I really know what Olbermann did except from what other people have said and blogged about. (thanks Jamie)
For me, it would be nice if Olbermann returned to ESPN or other sports show or channel. I really enjoyed his view and his entertainment on the ESPN shows. He is a talented sports entertainer but he probably won't be as accepted as he was when he was at ESPN because of his politics. Shoot, he probably could also be a stand up comedian or star in a comedy show. Hell, if Bob Uecker could do it, so could Olbermann.
So, I do wish Olbermann well. If he retires, have a nice retirement. If he goes back into sports, I'll watch him. If he goes back into political shows, then I am sure he will find his two viewers that will watch him.

New Domed Stadium For UNLV?

UNLV has let slip out that it wants to build a domed football around the UNLV campus, close to the Thomas and Mack Center.
From the LVRJ: A proposed new 40,000-seat domed football stadium at UNLV would sit between the Thomas & Mack Center on campus and Paradise Road, said James Dean Leavitt, chairman of the higher education system's Board of Regents.
If it is ever built, the stadium complex would include a hotel, campus housing, restaurants and retail space, he said. A portion of Swenson Street would be removed under the proposal, he said.
"It will eventually develop into a town square concept," Leavitt said.
Craig Cavileer, one of the developers behind the project, confirmed what Leavitt said. But Cavileer said he was not ready to release more details yet. He said he expected to hold a formal news briefing next week.
"We're really close," he said. http://www.lvrj.com/news/unlv-stadium-site-revealed-114412009.html

Apparently the guys pushing for the stadium are tone deaf or not very bright.
In a time when there is a huge budget deficit in the state budget and UNLV's budget is going to be slashed some more and they are going to ask for a $100,000,000+ domed stadium.
Maybe if UNLV wins more than 4 football games in a season, the proposal could be taken more seriously.
Further, it's not going to add very more events to Las Vegas. If a domed stadium is built, it will take events currently at UNLV - Sam Boyd Stadium or UNLV's arena, the Thomas and Mack - or it will take away business from the private business, like the casinos.
So, if UNLV wants to build a domed stadium, no state funds can be used. No student money can be used. It has to be 100% paid for by donations and it has to be self sustaining. If it is not, then the stadium cannot be built.

Please Don't Text and Walk Or Else:

h/t Real Debate Wisconsin http://realdebatewisconsin.blogspot.com/

Where To Watch The Packer-Bear Game In Las Vegas

In Las Vegas, you can watch any football game (not to mention, basketball, baseball, soccer, auto racing and probably badminton) at casino. That's nice if you want to be around people who are against your team.
In Vegas, there are many different football team bars and the Packers and the Bears have some of the biggest and best bars.
The LVRJ has a list of the different football team bars: http://www.lvrj.com/living/valley-bars-get-ready-for-kickoff-102247204.html
Here is a list of Packer Bars: Big Dog's Draft House, 4543 N. Rancho Drive (near Craig Road), 645-1404
Jackson's Bar and Grill, 6020 W. Flamingo Road (near Jones Boulevard), 362-2116
Rum Runner, 1801 E. Tropicana Ave. (near Spencer Street), 736-6366.
Our Favorite and where we will be tomorrow:
Rum Runner Boulder Highway, 6658 S. Boulder Highway (near Russell Road), 451-7357
Rum Runner Desert Inn, 3050 E. Desert Inn Road (near Pecos-McLeod), 732-7373
Timbers Bar & Grill, 6330 E. Lake Mead Blvd. (near Hollywood Boulevard), 459-4232

For The Chicago Bears: Aurelio's Is Pizza, 7660 W. Cheyenne Ave. (near Buffalo Drive), 367-4992.
Bootleg Benny's Gaming Bar & Eatery, 4705 S. Durango Drive (near Tropicana Avenue), 450-4705
Brando's Sports Bar, 3725 Blue Diamond Road, (near Valley View Boulevard), 896-6018.
Chicago's Cactus Club, 4061 N. Rancho Drive (near Alexander Road), 655-2582
La Piazza Restaurant and Bar, 1000 N. Main St. (near Washington Avenue), 382-6487.
Mulligan's Bar and Grill, 2312 E. Craig Road, North Las Vegas (near Losee Road), 399-1599.
MVP's Sports Lounge, 6120 W. Tropicana Ave. (near Jones Boulevard), 889-6877.
Shucks Tavern III, 7155 N. Durango Drive (near Elkhorn Road), 651-6227
Smoke Ranch Junction, 2425 N. Rainbow Blvd. (near Smoke Ranch Road), 656-1888.
Timbers Bar & Grill, 9180 W. Cheyenne Ave. (near Fort Apache Road), 562-0202.
Tommy Rocker's Southside Grill, 10050 S. Eastern Ave., Henderson (near St. Rose Parkway),

So, please go out and support your team at a local bar and grill. Just remember, please don't drink and drive.

Family Takes On Bank Of America And Wins- For Now

A family in Pahrump, NV. took on Bank of America and it's company that holds auction on foreclosed homes, by themselves, without lawyers and won a major court case in Nye County.
From the Pahrump Valley Times: A company that auctions off foreclosed homes for Bank of America is out of business in Nevada — at least for now.
Fifth Judicial District Judge Robert Lane signed an injunction order Thursday that effectively halts all non-judicial foreclosures statewide that are being performed by ReconTrust.
The order affects at least 100 homeowners in Nye County and more than 7,000 in Clark County who are currently facing trustee sales of their foreclosed homes.
The order states that ReconTrust is operating in Nye County and the rest of the state without a business license. A check of the company’s registration with the Secretary of State’s Office shows it to be expired...

Pahrump resident Suzanne North, whose Pro Se complaint in Lane’s courtroom sparked the injunction, says she is fighting to save her home after being “taken for a ride” by Bank of America. North’s home on Bronco Street is not just her residence, it is also her business — North runs a day care and pre-kindergarten program out of the house...
In June, Robert saw an article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal about a hotline for homeowners with Bank of America home loans. The Norths called and were able to set up a new path to a loan modification.
That’s when the couple says “lost paperwork” became the bank’s strategy for prolonging their agony and forcing them closer to arbitration.
When their mediation hearing did roll around several months after being rejected for a new modification — because of missing paperwork that had repeatedly been faxed from the bank’s branch office in Pahrump — the Norths watched as their Dec. 29 mediation ended abruptly because of a missing 2009 tax return. Instead of giving the couple 30 days to get the tax return, the lender chose to foreclose.

http://pvtimes.com/news/developing-local-judge-halts-recontrust-foreclosure-sales-statewide/
I'm torn on these kind of issues. On one hand, the family signed a contract and they are obligated to uphold their end of the contract by making payments.
But then Bank of America needs to follow the rules as well and that includes using a company that is licensed by the State and they need to stop losing paperwork.
But you have to give kudo's for the North family for acting as their own attorney and beating Bank of America and all of their high priced lawyers and they live to fight another day. But in the end, they will still have to pay for their house by paying their mortgage..

This Will Only Embolden Birthers

I've never really have been a birther- believing that President Obama was born elsewhere, like Kenya or Mars, but the case of Obama's birth certificate just gets stranger.
From Fox News: Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie will end his quest to prove President Obama was born in Hawaii because it's against state law to release private documents, his office said Friday.
State Attorney General David Louie told the governor he can't disclose an individual's birth documentation without a person's consent, Abercrombie spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said.
"There is nothing more that Gov. Abercrombie can do within the law to produce a document," said Dela Cruz. "Unfortunately, there are conspirators who will continue to question the citizenship of our president."
Abercrombie, who was a friend of
Obama's parents and knew him as a child, launched an effort last month to find a way to dispel conspiracy theories that the president was born elsewhere. The governor said at the time he was bothered by people who questioned Obama's birthplace for political reasons.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/01/21/hawaii-wont-release-obamas-birth-info/?test=latestnews
My sense is that Obama is just playing the birthers by refusing to allow anybody to to see his birth certificate.
But still, one has to wonder if the birthers do have a point when there are a lot of people covering Obama's butt on this matter.

Even Icicles Love The Packers

Headline from ABC News: Mystery Goo Turns Icicles Green and Yellow in Snyder, N.Y.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/splatterings-green-goo-fall-sky-snyder-ny/story?id=12649849

Friday, January 21, 2011

We Get Results!

For those who know me, I am not to kind to the Las Vegas Sun because of their liberal bias. Overall, when it comes to straight news, they do a very good job on their web site, better than any other media outlet in the Las Vegas Valley.
However, their political writers are just a bunch of journalistic hacks who completely lack journalism ethics when they write their stories. You cannot tell the difference in their "news" stories or a personal blog. They would insert their liberal opinions into a story whenever they felt like it. The "news" stories were more editorial than real news. It really showed when came to Sharron Angle-Harry Reid Senate race and the Rory Reid-Brian Sandoval governor's race. I would blog about the bias at the Sun and ripped them every chance I got. Annjeanette Damon, Delen Goldberg, David McGrath Schwartz and Karoun Demirjian were some of the worst offenders. Jon Ralston, when he would write a news story also violated journalistic ethics, but he is more of a columnist.
These "writers" violated the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics by: Distinguish between advocacy and news reporting. Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context. http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp
An example of liberal bias in a news article comes from Damon: Over the next two months Rove’s Crossroads GPS and its sister organization, American Crossroads, will pour money into key races and attempt to build a ground game — political speak for the grass-roots organizations that put bodies in voting booths.
Although Republicans welcome the assistance, the fact the groups are organizing here is in some ways a tacit admission that the state party is, in some regards, a failure.
The public perception of political parties is that they’re about the principles and agendas their candidates espouse. At the state and local level they’re something far more mundane — organizations that raise money and mobilize members to get candidates elected.
Few disagree that in this regard, Nevada Republicans are in bad shape, particularly compared with the state’s Democratic Party, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has spent six years building into a well-funded and efficient machine. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/sep/05/broken-republican-party-rove-runs-rescue/

I even wrote Brian Greenspun, editor at the Sun if he believed his writers followed the journalism ethics. For some reason, Greenspun didn't reply. Probably too embarrassed that a little old ugly blogger would dare call him out on questionable ethics of his employees.
However, things to have seemed to have changed over at the Sun. their political writers are actually writing news stories and not inserting their opinions into the stories. This seemed to have started around New Years. Their political stories actually carries facts and it leaves out the writer's opinions. I may disagree with story but the at least now, the stories seem to have been professionally written, not by a Sesame Street School of Journalism drop out, which was the case before.
How long with this ethical writing last? Probably until the 2012 election cycle starts later this year, so enjoy it while you can.