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4/13/2014

The GOP In Sin City

Filed under: General — Dana @ 2:12 pm

[guest post by Dana]

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As the GOP is currently considering holding its 2016 convention in Las Vegas, the religious right faction of the party is concerned about the party’s image being tarnished. After all, they don’t call it Sin City for nothin’.

What if the Christian delegates display an inability to exercise self-control when exposed to prostitution, strip clubs, and various other temptations? It could result in the MSM taking advantage of the opportunity to smear the party – including video manipulations, innuendo, and out-of-context reporting. However, shouldn’t we be far more concerned about our elected officials’ inability to exercise self control while in office, rather than John and Jane Delegate living it up for a few days? After all, Family Values!

Here are a few excerpts from social-conservative leaders’ letter to Republican Party Chairman Reince Preibus citing concerns about Las Vegas potentially hosting the 2016 GOP convention:

“In spite of ‘family-friendly’ outreach in the past decade, Las Vegas remains a metaphor for all things decadent. And looking at the yellow pages, one can see that it still delivers. With 64 pages of escort services and countless gambling casinos, it remains a trap waiting to ensnare.”

“At a time when the base needs to be motivated, this is no time to mute or offend them in any way. It may seem strange, silly even to some that conservatives would object to something that COULD be so innocuous. Surely there are shows and great restaurants and beautiful hotels. … What could possible go wrong? The answer is obvious, and wisdom dictates the chance not be taken.”

“There are several wonderful venues being considered. We are not advocating for any of them. But we urge you to reject Las Vegas and celebrate the vibrancy and strength of the Republican Party in a place not at odds with its values.”

The other concern is the possible appearance of the GOP cosying up to billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who donated nearly $100 million to GOP candidates and causes in 2012. After all, a suggested obeisance to one of the party’s biggest donors would be a dream come true for Harry Reid. Oh. Wait. Harry Reid and his side don’t care if it’s real, perceived, or flat out made up – they will smear no matter what.

From Red State,

It is embarrassing. A party that is trying to show it represents Main Street, not Wall Street, and the middle class, not the American aristocracy, should not put itself in a position where all the news stories suggest they want a convention in Vegas to placate a donor.

What a conundrum. How awful it would be if there was a perception that the GOP showed favor toward a big donor, or if some adult participants took Sin City literally. Because neither of these things has ever happened before, right?

If the GOP is so at odds over where to hold their convention, one doesn’t have much hope that they will be any less at odds over the more pressing issues that divide the party and have a direct impact on voters: budget, economy, jobs, massive debt, Obamacare, foreign policy, and government reform. And, if the GOP is so concerned with the optics of Las Vegas and the possible bad behavior of adults, they might be smart to first consider the optics of patronizing and infantilizing party members – especially in light of the more serious conflicts the party currently wrestles with.

“Ooh, Las Vegas, every time I hit your crystal city, I know you’re gonna make a wreck out of me.”

–Dana

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Excellent post. I would like to chime in with this apropos musical reference:

83 Responses to “The GOP In Sin City”

  1. whores like the company of other whores

    it’s a thing

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  2. It’s just not a wise idea to have the convention in Vegas.

    The Todd Akins and Richard Mourdochs within our party have enough difficulty managing their mouths in Missouri and Indiana, so we don’t need to risk playing with fire when they attempt to explain why they just participated in a group photo with the girls from the Moonlite Bunny Ranch—even if it was just a harmless photo taken in the lobby of the local Applebee’s.

    Elephant Stone (8a7f08)

  3. Sorry Reince, Sheboygan is not near the top of anybody’s list again this time around.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  4. Las Vegas “sin city”? Nah. That’s Hollywood. Las Vegas “What the Hell do you wanna go there for city”? You betcha. It’s a miserable clip joint, with everybody’s hand outstretched or in your pocket, taking your money and giving you nothing but the experience of the emptiest possible consumerism.

    Whatever.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. I think it would be refreshing for them to pander to the socons for a change.

    And if they have any sense they will realize it’s a good idea.

    They’ve not been winning any prizes for conservative thought or deed lately and they should be wary of believing the polls.

    Things might be worse than they know. Sure the Dems have got some heavy chains these days dragging them down but what exactly has the GOP done lately for conservatives/christians?

    There’s been a lot of talk on both sides of the spectrum and it’s not looking as good for the GOP as they think.

    jakee308 (f1b953)

  6. On the one hand, Adelson has been strongly pro Israel, and a forward seeking foreign policy, on the other side, he’s kind of a squish on amnesty and some other matters,

    then again, when they held the convention in Tampa, the media focused on the mob history, including Santos Trafficante, whereas if they held on in Chicago, they’d talk about meat packing, i’m sure,

    narciso (3fec35)

  7. That’s funny, Dana, that song came immediately to mind when I saw the title of this post. I’ve been binging on Emmylou and Gram Parsons music lately.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  8. I’ve always thought Washington DC is “Sin City.”
    After all, it’s where average Americans’ money is gambled away, and as our friend mister happyfeet likes to remind us every day, there’s lots of whores there.

    Unfortunately, the ‘happy endings’ for taxpayers are far and few between.

    Elephant Stone (8a7f08)

  9. these days the entire country is “sin city”…

    of course, what with Vegas being all flash and no substance, it’s the perfect metaphor for today’s GOP “leader5hit”. 8-)

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  10. Take it to Honolulu.

    mg (31009b)

  11. If y’all come out for the convention, look me up.

    Chuck Bartkowksi (ad54b9)

  12. Hmmmm. I seem to recall writings about how Conservative Christians stayed away from the polls in 2012 because they were unhappy the candidate was 1) not their style of conservative, or 2) a Mormon. Those writings offered the opinion that the number of voters who did not show up, did show up and vote as they did in past elections, it may have given the election a different result.

    I sincerely hope they are happy with their decision to do so and are enjoying this second term.

    There is no requirement that everyone who goes to LV is required to participate in what some might consider sinful. The underlying tenet of conservatism is leaving government out of people’s personal lives, and leaving room for independent initiative.

    Gramps, the original (2a1f50)

  13. Yeah, I pretty much don’t like Las Vegas either so I get the pushback by some. But holding the convention in Hairy’s back yard with swarms of happy and patriotic Republicans all around kind of sounds like it’s sending a message, too.

    elissa (807b11)

  14. Gramps – there are many analyses that show that meme to be unsupported by the actual vote. DRJ linked and quoted from them at length, previously, before ES was such a dlck to her.

    JD (5c1832)

  15. Dana, I have really been enjoying the imaginative graphics you’ve been choosing to use to introduce many of your posts.

    elissa (807b11)

  16. I always enjoyed Vegas.My wife and I have been fortunate to see some great shows.
    Rickles, Buddy Hackett, George Burns, Al Jarreau. Dennis Miller.
    And the boxing used to be top notch.

    mg (31009b)

  17. the Mandalay was where that crazy person threw the shoe at Hillary, otoh, I once spotted Ralph in the concourse between the three hotels.

    narciso (3fec35)

  18. elissa,

    Now that you mention it, it would be kind of funny to see a big party in Hairy Reed’s backyard.
    But I’m wary of the potential goldmine that Vegas offers the Steven Colberts of the media world to manufacture optics involving the Todd Akin/Richard Mourdoch Foot in Mouth Virus that is contagious among some of our well-intending yet not-so-media-savvy fellow conservatives.
    Also, the lamestream media will be salivating over anything mildly awkward, such as members of the Southern Baptist Convention handing out flyers in front of casinos, and so forth.

    Elephant Stone (8a7f08)

  19. I hate the place… except for the good buffets.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  20. True, E.S. But quite honestly won’t the media salivate and manufacture awkward optics whether the convention is in Bakersfield, or Peoria, or Vegas? Their investment in attempting to catch people in what they like to call “family values hypocrisy” (a meme which is their own invention in the first place and is defined by their version of what “family values” means) is well established.

    elissa (807b11)

  21. I think it would absolutely send a much needed message for the GOP to be playing in Harry Reid’s backyard. The bigger and stronger the presence, the better. Why shy away? It’s not as if the remaining contenders (Dallas, Denver, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Kansas City, Mo.) don’t have plenty of vices to choose from as well. If people are determined to “sin”, they’re going to find a way.

    Harry Reid believes prostitutes will be a problem to the GOPers:

    “I have been supportive of them on that,” Reid said about the push to bring the GOP convention to Las Vegas, “But that (prostitution) would be an issue.”

    When it was noted that prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas, Reid would only say, “It was asked if it would have an impact on the (GOP) convention coming here and I said, ‘yes.’”

    Reid insisted that Nevada’s system of legalized prostitution is part of Nevada’s bad image.

    “There are people who don’t come to the state of Nevada for a number of reasons, like our education system and the image that we have,” Reid said. “And one of the (bad) images we have had, gambling, has long since past as a negative. But prostitution hasn’t.”

    http://blogs.rgj.com/politics/2014/02/18/after-sisolak-says-no-harry-reid-says-nevada-democrats-have-another-candidate-for-governor-waiting-in-the-wings/

    Further, if the last GOP convention is any indicator, the GOP will continue to not have any issue when it comes to strip clubs, etc,


    According to the Association of Club Executives, which represents 4,000 strip clubs, when it comes to national political conventions, Republicans outspend Democrats three-to-one. The group says members of the so-called family values party — whose platform calls for vigorous enforcement of anti-pornography and obscenity laws — plunk down on average $150 per person compared to $50 for Democrats.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/27/tampa-strip-clubs-see-big_n_1833371.html

    So, perhaps it’s less about location and far more about one’s state of mind and heart.

    Dana (9a8f57)

  22. elissa @ 15,

    Thanks. I also hope the content of the posts following the graphics have proven to be as enjoyable, if not interesting.

    Dana (9a8f57)

  23. Yes, it had a nice Ocean’s Eleven vibe, note in that piece they took a shot at the Huntress, through the wretched hack they hired even though it was made clear by the powers that be, she wasn’t welcome,

    narciso (3fec35)

  24. =I also hope the content of the posts following the graphics have proven to be as enjoyable, if not interesting.==

    Well, duh! :)

    elissa (807b11)

  25. elissa,

    Oh, of course, you’re absolutely right—regardless of where the convention is held, the media will be looking to play a game of ‘gotcha!’
    I just can’t help but cringe when thinking about the potential minefield awaiting some of the delegates and party faithful who’ve never been to Vegas before.

    By the way, the eight cities competing to be the host city are Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Dallas, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

    Elephant Stone (8a7f08)

  26. I just can’t help but cringe when thinking about the potential minefield awaiting some of the delegates and party faithful who’ve never been to Vegas before.

    Would it be different if it were the Democrats considering a convention in Vegas?

    Michael Ejercito (906585)

  27. 21. Vegas was made for people of my age.

    I would just as soon part with the sanctimonius wing of the Whigs in any event. Adelson has earned his payday.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  28. At least Vegas has never been hit by a hurricane. In order to better emphasize the dangers of continuing to elect Democrats, though, perhaps it should be held in Detroit.

    Kevin M (b11279)

  29. elissa,

    I have discovered there is an anxious feeling of intense exposure that accompanies guest posting here. With that, it’s difficult to gauge if I’m doing an adequate job or not with readers. Heaven forbid, I drive any away. I liken this new experience to a simultaneously hilarious and tragic mid-life moment of, “I see London, I see France, I see Dana’s underpants!”. I’m sure with time, this will pass.

    Thanks for the support.

    Dana (9a8f57)

  30. ==Would it be different if it were the Democrats considering a convention in Vegas?==

    Heh, prolly not the “temptation” part, but they’d be immune from the “hypocrisy” part because everybody already knows Dems have no morals to uphold.

    elissa (807b11)

  31. Heh, prolly not the “temptation” part, but they’d be immune from the “hypocrisy” part because everybody already knows Dems have no morals to uphold.

    How did the Dem leadership allow that meme to spread?

    Michael Ejercito (906585)

  32. Michael Ejercito #26,

    Yes, absolutely it would be different for me if the Democrats held their convention in Vegas.
    Number one, I want the Democrats to embarrass themselves with hangovers, strippers, speedballs, and scandals.
    Although after witnessing the past five and a half years of this Obama Era, I would submit that merely being a Democrat is rather embarrassing unto itself.
    But seriously, the lamestream media would underreport any Democrat embarrassments, while we know they intend to hyper-sensationalize any Republican embarrassments.
    Secondly, the GOP has some well intending yet sanctimonious members who may not be able to pass up an opportunity to publicly (and awkwardly) scold some of the controversial aspects of the Vegas culture, and that could become a media distraction from the momentum that the convention is intended to generate for the nominee and his (or her) message.

    Elephant Stone (8a7f08)

  33. Dana- My observation is that you, along with Patterico and JD sort of nicely cover the political and cultural waterfront with your combination of posts. I am sure, depending on the day, that some readers find certain posts on this site more interesting or personally meaningful and challenging than others, but that’s the case on any blog no matter how many co-bloggers or guest posters there are who contribute.

    I’m so glad that Patterico gave you this opportunity, and that you snapped it up!

    elissa (807b11)

  34. Dana,

    You’re doing a really fine job. There’s no need to be self-conscious. Not only do you write well and incorporate attractive graphics, but the composition of your posts is easy on the eyes. You are good about breaking up the paragraphs with indentations and italics, particularly in clearly delineating your own words from those of the excerpts or quotations attributed to someone else.

    Elephant Stone (8a7f08)

  35. Number one, I want the Democrats to embarrass themselves with hangovers, strippers, speedballs, and scandals.

    This assumes Dems can be embarrassed. They wouldn’t be embarrassed by those actions. They would be righteously indignant that the right would be so judgey of them. And in typical fashion, the right would be cowed and apologize for judging them so harshly.

    Dana (9a8f57)

  36. It was a very good piece, that weighed the pros and cons, of the matter, when the party went to a generally blander town, like Minneapolis, the Dems found some reason to criticize, because the convention occurred at all, and of course they missed the attempted firebombings by anarchist brethren, they lied through their teeth, in the first fully operational test of the Journolist, when it came to the Huntress, making vice out of virtue,

    narciso (3fec35)

  37. Passive aggressive nonsense is cute, ES.

    JD (39c3a5)

  38. Dana – I agree whole-heartedly with your feelings.

    JD (39c3a5)

  39. “With that, it’s difficult to gauge if I’m doing an adequate job or not with readers.”

    Dana – Wut? Don’t give it a second thought. You’re doing great.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  40. The company I worked for in the ’70s thru the late ’90s would never host an industry conference in Las Vegas, though it was requested more than once. The opinion was that it sent the wrong message to shareowners, and I was and still am in total agreement. The Republicans should steer clear.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  41. 34. I agree with Stones, you write well, in complete thoughts and your presentation is pleasing to the eye.

    A fine contribution.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  42. In order to better emphasize the dangers of continuing to elect Democrats, though, perhaps it should be held in Detroit.

    Yea, since no other city in the US is as rabidly, monolithically liberal/Democrat than that notorious part of Michigan. However, another citadel of liberalism, or a section of America that’s squarely in Patterico’s own backyard, actually deserves even more of an honorable mention:

    /online.wsj.com, April 9, 2014: Which metro area in the U.S. has suffered a greater economic collapse over the last two decades than Detroit? Hint: It’s a common fundraising stop for President Obama. The answer, according to a new UCLA Anderson School of Management study, is Los Angeles.

    The researchers say Los Angeles has lost 3.1% of its employment base since 1990, more than Cleveland (-0.2%) and Detroit (-2.8%). Job growth over the same period has exceeded 50% in Phoenix, Orlando, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Houston and Dallas. Los Angeles “displays a tale of two cities in terms of job growth,” the study notes.

    “From 2005 to 2012, West L.A. had a payroll job growth of 3% while the rest of L.A. took a 5.1% hit in job loss.”

    Meantime, “the exodus of high-skill workers due to the contraction of the aerospace industry out of L.A.” has depressed the region’s labor talent. L.A.’s public schools have failed to fill this skills gap.

    The study says that flourishing metro areas like Houston and San Antonio with low-educated workforces make up for their skills deficit by being far more hospitable to business. San Antonio and Houston received an overall grade of A+ on the 2013 Thumbtack Small Business Friendliness Survey. Los Angeles County got a D. (Tax code D+; licensing D; regulation D; zoning D; ease of starting a business D+.) L.A.’s hostile business environment harms the poor and middle class far more than the affluent.

    The cancer of Detroit-ism (or Euro-sclerosis) is metastasizing, and now a major section of the West Coast has caught that disease.

    Lucky us.

    Mark (14c5d3)

  43. This assumes Dems can be embarrassed. They wouldn’t be embarrassed by those actions.

    And that’s being purely descriptive (and accurate), and not flippant whatsoever. The Democrats, after all, tout figureheads like Bill Clinton and Al Sharpton — much less the current horror that is Barack Obama — and is dominated by delegates who nonchalantly boo (or shout “no!”) when an effort is made to place the word “God” back into their organization’s platform.

    Mark (14c5d3)

  44. Everybody goes to Las Vegas now. That is a mainstream location.

    red (ac28a9)

  45. At the very least going to Vegas gives us another chance to bring up Benghazi.

    How many times has King Putt denounced the place? I’ve lost track.

    Steve57 (078ed2)

  46. I haven’t walked the streets of Las Vegas since 1973.

    AZ Bob (533fbc)

  47. It’s just not a wise idea to have the convention in Vegas.

    Agreed. The notion itself is ridiculous. What lackwit moron advanced this notion?

    Oh, right, some lackwit moron in the pocket of Sheldon Adelson?

    Well, then, what lackwit moron seconded the motion?

    Oh, right, another lackwit moron in the pocket of Sheldon Adelson.

    I guess the key question is, “how many lackwit morons in the GOP are in the pocket of Sheldon Adelson?”

    Smock Puppet, "Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses." (225d0d)

  48. I liken this new experience to a simultaneously hilarious and tragic mid-life moment of, “I see London, I see France, I see Dana’s underpants!”. I’m sure with time, this will pass.

    we need pics!

    redc1c4 (abd49e)

  49. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Cp0Tr1jmxE

    Best version of Ooh Las Vegas by the Cowboy Junkies.

    AZ Bob (533fbc)

  50. I don’t doubt your intentions.

    Steve57 (078ed2)

  51. Az Bob,

    The Cowboy Junkies are one of the most criminally underappreciated bands of all time.

    Elephant Stone (8a7f08)

  52. “I haven’t walked the streets of Las Vegas since 1973.”

    AZ Bob – They get kind of hot to crawl in the Summer. I admire your dedication.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  53. The estimable Steve Wynn comps daleyrocks everytime he goes to Vegas, so he doesn’t have to worry about hot pavement or cold buffet lines.

    Elephant Stone (8a7f08)

  54. Who is the Democratses’ rich old sugar-daddy in Las Vegas? I know they have one. Or did he die? Or something?

    nk (dbc370)

  55. ES – Pictures from some of those Vegas trips are one reason I can never run for public office.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  56. daleyrocks, that’s an understandable reason—but what are the others !?

    Elephant Stone (8a7f08)

  57. If the Sikorsky x2 can get everyone to shut up, I’m for it.

    Steve57 (078ed2)

  58. About the grapho=ics:

    If you pay attention, you notice there is:

    1) A slot machine of some sort.

    2) Four gambling chips for pacing bets.

    3) An olive in a martini.

    4) Two dice – and you see all 6 possible faces.

    5) Four cards – all the Ace of Spades??

    I think that’s atually possible in Las Vegas because multiple decks of cards are used sometimes. In what games?

    Sammy Finkelman (c33275)

  59. 42. This probably means that Los angeloes is losing population, whle Detroit has bottomed out, and the [process of decline has slowed down.

    Sammy Finkelman (c33275)

  60. ==Comment by Sammy Finkelman (c33275) — 4/14/2014 @ 2:41 am==

    Sammy,bless your heart. Did you think no one else but you noticed all the classic Vegas themes in that great mid-century style graphic? When I complimented Dana on its use did you assume I was talking about all the pretty colors?

    elissa (807b11)

  61. *the classic Vegas themes*

    Ohhh!

    I thought we were talking Vegahhhs.

    http://puntataco.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/mc-15.jpg

    Steve57 (078ed2)

  62. Yes you can paint an entire car in Rustoleum.

    Steve57 (078ed2)

  63. I love me some Vegas. From a Republican standpoint, it’s a great location. Cheap flights, cheap hotels, non-union service industry. Plenty o’hookers for the Mormon and Christian delegations.

    carlitos (e7c734)

  64. a hunka hunka
    fat Elvis on toilet seat
    viva las vegas

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  65. carlitos,

    To each his own, but I think Vegas is totally cheesy and painfully tacky, dude.

    ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET !!!1!!

    Elephant Stone (8a7f08)

  66. You might not have been to Vegas recently.

    CHEF WITH MICHELIN STAR!!!11!

    carlitos (e7c734)

  67. Vegas is the new foodie Capitol. And I love its decadence.

    JD (39c3a5)

  68. Agree JD, but only for 3 day junkets.

    mg (31009b)

  69. Comment by elissa (807b11) — 4/14/2014 @ 6:50 am

    Sammy,bless your heart. Did you think no one else but you noticed all the classic Vegas themes in that great mid-century style graphic? When I complimented Dana on its use did you assume I was talking about all the pretty colors?

    No. At first I thought you weresaying she had drawn them, and I hadn’t thought of hat, but then I realized you meant she hadd grabbed it off teh Internet somewhere, which is what I thought ion the first place.

    My problem was this – when do you see 4 Aces of Spades?

    The first four panels make sense, but that last one looks like an imposisbility – except that vaguely I think maybe that can happen.

    Sammy Finkelman (c33275)

  70. But I’d like to know. (If 4 Aces of Spades is something that a person could see somewhere in Las vegas, at least theoretically.)

    Sammy Finkelman (c33275)

  71. I can see where northern snowbirds might find Vegas appealing, but I see it as just plain tacky.
    Maybe the alcohol can change the prism through which you view it, but the food shouldn’t be able to.

    Elephant Stone (8a7f08)

  72. Words fail:

    http://weaselzippers.us/182808-harry-reid-on-bundy-ranch-standoff-its-not-over/

    yes, have it in Vegas, just to tick off the Searlight Strangler,

    narciso (3fec35)

  73. Vegas has many enjoyable activities. My wife and I enjoy
    Golf at the Desert Inn, Roll some dice, Check the scoreboard to see how my parlay is doing, go see a comedian in a grand room, Have a great Italian meal at Ristorante Italiano at the Riv. Caesar salad prepared table side by Angelo was the best. Bacon wrapped bread sticks. The old Vegas was full of character, don’t know much about disney vegas.

    mg (31009b)

  74. Well, I guess there is a lot of entertainment with singers, comedians, and such
    and grown people who know when to say “stop” might as well spend their money at a casino instead of a football game, I guess
    but sometimes people who have had issues with some things know it is best to not push the limits
    Jesus said that if something was likely to cause one to sin, just stay far away from it.
    Of course, if it does end up in Vegas, those who know it might be a problem can make sure they are in group company to keep them out of trouble.
    I know for a fact that some Christian musicians (solo acts) over the years would not travel alone, but had someone around to help them avoid temptation, and I’ve known people with a past history of alcoholism or drug addiction who know it is best to stay away, not flirt with danger.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  75. 4 Ace of spades it is not! Enlarge and see you will that it is A of spades, A of hearts, A of clubs, and A of diamonds in that order!

    Yoda (95893f)

  76. teh $.99 shrimp cocktails at the Four Queens… there’s a blast from the past. A friend and I took a week long fishing vacation to Utah, a round trip from SoCal to the Provo/Orem area driving my first new car purchase, a ’74 Fiat X1/9. While we were visiting my ex-surfer cousin who grew up on the same street as me in Anaheim and who by then had moved to Utah, said cousin regaled us with tales of the seriously twisted Las Vegas cops who liked nothing better than beating the sh*t out of visiting long hairs. So we were to be extra careful driving thru the LV area. We hit Las Vegas at about 7PM one blistering July evening, stopping to get one of those shrimp cocktails. We’d no sooner parked the little Fiat one block off the main drag and started walking, when 4 cop cars – sirens blaring – came screaming and sliding around the corner heading right for us. It took everything we had not to start running in the opposite direction and we just stood there frozen, mouths agape as they screamed on by us. We just about fell down laughing as we checked our jeans for brown matter, dusted ourselves off and did our best John Wayne saunter towards the Four Queens.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  77. Well, if anyone is driving through the So Cal desert to or from Vegas, be sure and stop in a little town (humorously) called Baker.
    It’s really hot out there.
    They have the world’s tallest thermometer, which stands a few stories high.
    Baker does have a nice little Mediterranean restaurant.

    Elephant Stone (8a7f08)

  78. 36.I guess Anthony Bourdain, who’s got a Foodie-Travel-Zeitgeist show “Parts Unknown” on CNN, has a ‘Las Vegas’ segment next Sunday evening. Careful they also have other unwatchable stuff too.

    I’ve recently caught shows on Myanmar, Libya and Denmark lately. The last featured the world’s top-rated restaurant, the Nomo, in Copenhagen. The menu featured symbiotic farms growing 130 crops together, ocean fare from the Baltic Sea, and multigenerational fungi, i.e., foodstuffs far removed from the original ‘fresh’ kill.

    Fascinating stuff if one is into eclecticism.

    gary gulrud (e2cef3)

  79. There is a simple business philosophy that applies here. If you go to Pittsburgh, it’s for work. I you go to Vegas, it’s for play.

    TheHat (58d08b)

  80. How is the X1/9, Coronello?

    You probably got back to me, but I forgot.

    Are you fixing it or writing it off?

    Steve57 (078ed2)

  81. I’ll be fixing it, Steve. Too much fun to let it just sit there, in the driveway!

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  82. Good to hear.

    For you.

    LAMMI-RALLI 2009

    Steve57 (078ed2)

  83. Sometimes I wish we knew how to have fun like the Finns know how to have fun.

    Plus a sauna would be nice.

    Steve57 (078ed2)


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