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Posted by on Jun 21, 2013 in Blog, General Poker, Las Vegas, Politics, World Series of Poker | 9 comments

The World Series of Poker According to Sheldon Adelson

 

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I wonder what Sheldon Adleson would do if — in some alternative universe — he was assigned to cover the World Series of Poker.

Imagine the billionaire casino mogul and crackpot conservative standing out on the tournament floor covering the poker action.  How would he report on what’s going on?  What would be write?

Based on his preposterous comments from in an utterly baffling appearance on Bloomberg TV earlier this week, Adelson is convinced that poker is a game of luck.  Not a game of skill.  A game of luck.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Adelson is a ruthless businessman who built a vast empire on gambling.  Yet, he apparently has no actual understanding of gambling, nor the differences between games of skill and luck.  Here’s what Adelson said on Bloomberg TV as reported in Business Insider (READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE):

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Blog, Politics | 5 comments

Time for the American Left to Throw in the Towel on the Obama Administration

 

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Maybe the time has finally come to throw in the towel on the Obama Administration.

Our vision for change now has cataracts.  Neutered and scandal-ridden, President Obama seems about one more Charlie Sheen meltdown away from lame duckness.

In fact, President Obama isn’t a lame duck.  He’s a dead duck.  Politically speaking.

This isn’t entirely the President’s fault.  The obstructionist traitors known as Republicans haven’t governed or lead so much as they’ve blockaded just about every major piece of legislation that has anything to do with challenging American oligarchy.  Republicans would rather see America fail and the country suffer than to see President Obama succeed.  At anything.

Moreover, President Obama has received little significant support or guidance from his own party allies, now mostly an ineffectual milquetoast group of Democratic leaders governing as “Republican-Lite.”  If there ever was a groundswell movement to steer the country towards a more progressive agenda, it’s now vanished — at least until half the working class is stocking shelves for slave wages at Wal-Mart while paying a quarter of their income in health insurance costs, which is eventually going to happen the way things are going.  Then just maybe, we’ll quit buying the lies of unfettered free-market capitalism and nonsense about living in “freedom.”

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Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in Blog, Las Vegas, Politics | 6 comments

Is Harry Reid the Worst Senate Majority Leader in History?

 

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Over the past year, I’ve written many times that U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) might be the worst Majority Leader in recent memory.

I respectfully wish to amend my previous statement.

Sen. Harry Reid is the worst Senate Majority Leader in American history. 

Period.  Exclamation point.  End of discussion.

It’s not even close.

He’s the Secretariat of ineptitude.  A disgrace to the office.  And this opinion isn’t exactly coming from a Republican, if you know what I mean.

No one in history comes anywhere close to the monumental incompetence exemplified for so long by the senior senator from Nevada.  Put it this way:  When you get punked repeatedly by Mitch McConnell — Reid’s blundering counterpart from Kentucky, certainly no bastion of intellect — something’s wrong.  It might be time to depart the chamber.

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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Blog, Essays, Politics | 6 comments

Next Time You Hear a Veteran Talk About the War….

 

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Next Time You Hear a Veteran Talk About the War….

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Listen.

That’s right.  Just listen.

Take a moment.  Pull up a seat.  And honor that man or woman with your attention.  It’s the least you can do.

They deserve it.

Next time that crazy uncle in your family brings up a conflict from many years ago that left scars, listen.  Next time your co-worker mentions that he served in Iraq or Afghanistan, listen.  Next time some guy at the bar talks about Vietnam or Desert Storm, listen.  And if you’re extraordinarily fortunate to meet one of the very few remaining World War II or Korean War veterans — keep completely silent.

Just listen.

You might not see the scars.  But as sure as you can hear their voices, trembling as they sometimes might to make it through the remembrance without breaking down, those scars are there.  Sometimes, they never heal.  The pain never goes away.

And for some reason, whatever reason, he thinks you are the one worthy of hearing his tale.

Consider yourself lucky.

Consider yourself blessed.

Just listen.

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Posted by on Apr 30, 2013 in Blog, Politics | 5 comments

Counterpoint 1 — To Dr. Arthur Reber’s Comments on Religion (Evolution)

 

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Writer’s Note:  What follows is my response to Dr. Arthur Reber’s comments posted at his website on Monday, April 29th.  To read Dr. Reber’s commentary in full, please click here:  “We Can’t Forget Evolution”

 

Dr. Arthur Reber is correct.  We can’t forget evolution.  And we won’t.

Yet for all the wit and persuasiveness of Reber’s argument which he terms “a different framework for viewing religion,” he leaps to what I surmize are erroneous conclusions, many of which leave me both unsatisfied and unconvinced.

In his essay, Reber cites compelling (his supporters might insist — irrefutable) evidence from the field of cultural anthropology which suggests all societies — from ancient to contemporary and those in between — have embraced one form of religion or another.  He insists by the shear volume of these numbers and the “universality” of religious belief, we “have to acknowledge the powerful role is plays in people’s lives.”

Let’s begin by taking several quotes (hopefully none out of context) from Reber’s thoughtful essay, which I believe warrant additional comment and clarification from quite a different perspective:

1.  “….horrible acts can be carried out without a God.  Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot slaughtered millions under secular banners.”

First. let’s begin with the easiest distortion to refute.  Frankly, I’m surprised Reber would allude to gross historical oversimplifications to support his hypothesis on the sometimes vital role religion plays in totalitarianism.  Many of the 20th Century’s most evil regimes would never have come to power nor thrived were it not for religion — aided by cooperation with religious authorities as well as the nationalistic and ideological fervor of citizens of faith.  Whether it be Mussolini’s outright creation of The Vatican (state) via the Lateran Treaty of 1929 or Hitler signing his infamous Concordat with the Catholic Church in 1937, two of Europe’s most detestable societies weren’t simply enabled by church passivity.  In fact, they were bolstered by those who believed in fighting a “Christian cause,” particularly in the struggle against Bolshevism.

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