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Global Warming Hits the NFL

Posted by on Dec 20, 2015 in Blog, Essays | 1 comment




Global warming and man-made climate change is real.  

Just look at temperatures around the NFL for today’s games.  For the second straight week, not a single game will be played in freezing temperatures — despite cold-weather cities Minneapolis, Baltimore, Foxborough, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, and Pittsburgh all hosting games this Sunday.

Last weekend, the coldest temperature at any NFL stadium was in Green Bay.  That’s certainly no surprise.  What was a shock was the game time temperature — a bone-chilling 52 degrees.  Hardly the “Ice Bowl.”

Would someone please check the calendar?  Is it really December 20th?

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President Obama’s Efforts to “Destroy America” a Disastrous Failure

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 8 comments


US President Barack Obama sings with Santa during the finale fo the annual lighting of the National Christmas tree December 1, 2011 at The Ellipse in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)


President Obama has failed again.

Born in Kenya to radicalized parents, Barack Obama was cultivated as the perfect sleeper cell for Muslim extremism.  Sent clandestinely by hard-line Islamic conspirators to Hawaii, and then Chicago, his orders were to infiltrate the democratic system, fool the populace, get elected to high office, and implement policies that would ultimately destroy America.  Given the expectations, President Obama has been failure of historic proportions.

Since President Obama assumed office seven years ago in a rigged national election tainted by voter fraud — a global financial meltdown was averted, unemployment has been cut nearly in half, the stock market rocketed up 192 percent, 32 million Americans enjoyed health coverage for the first time, gas prices fell by 35 percent, inflation is non-existent, the U.S. automotive industry was saved, and Democrats appear to be all but assured of controlling the executive branch for at least another four-year term.  None of this was supposed to happen.  President Obama can’t seem to do anything right.

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What if Each Presidential Candidate Hosted a Home Poker Game?

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics | 2 comments




Many of you have seen the hideously kitsch portrait of poker playing presidents.

There are two versions — one with Republicans (above), the other with Democrats (at end of column).  I’ll assess them in bi-partisan fashion.  Both are atrocious.  They make the poker playing dogs look like The Last Supper.

The Republican poker game includes Abraham Lincoln hosting his pals — George Bush, Sr., Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Jr., Dwight D. Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford.  Some psychopath even painted Sarah Palin into the most current version.  If I had the opportunity to stake someone in that lineup, I’d bankroll Nixon in a Watergate minute.  My reasoning is simple:  He’d be willing to cheat to win.  That makes him an easy favorite in Republican Party politics.

The Democratic poker game is equally preposterous.  Thomas Jefferson is the table captain, joined by his chums — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Lyndon B. Johnson, Woodrow Wilson, and Harry Truman.  In this field, I’d make Johnson the clear favorite, that is, unless the game was played in Vietnam.  Jimmy Carter might as well be drawing dead.

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Why I’m Boycotting “Star Wars”

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Movie Reviews | 18 comments




It’s become impossible to ignore.

“Star Wars” comes out tomorrow.  Everywhere you look, it’s “Star Wars” this and “Star Wars” that.  The movie isn’t even out yet, and I’m already sick of fucking “Star Wars.”   I think most other people are sick of it, too.

So, let’s do something.  Let’s all band together and boycott “Star Wars.”  Let refuse to buy tickets to “Star Wars,” then the movie theaters will end up with a shitload of empty seats and lose a ton of money.  That will teach Hollywood a lesson that we need more foreign-language documentaries, instead of space ship movies.  What a statement that would make!  So, who’s with me on this?

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Who Are the New Secret Owners Behind the Curtain at the Las Vegas Review-Journal?

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, Politics | 3 comments




Who controls the past controls the future.  Who controls the present controls the past.

— George Orwell (“1984”)


An astonishing thing happened in Las Vegas, Nevada this past week.  The largest newspaper in the state, the Las Vegas Review-Journal was sold off — to someone.

Trouble is — no one knows who.

Not even the writers and editors on the news staff know who they’re working for, right now.  A number of reporters have even taken to Twitter the past few days, speculating publicly on the media mystery of the great unknown.

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Busting a Myth: How the 1919 “Black Sox” Gambling Scandal Actually Helped Baseball

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Sports Betting | 3 comments




A myth has been floating around for a very long time, and it’s time to put a stop to it.

For decades, major league baseball’s the so-called “Chicago Black Sox” scandal of 1919 has been cited by critics of legalized wagering as the ugly historical boogeyman.  Corruption is allegedly what happens when there’s gambling on sporting events, even though most evidence reveals this happens with far greater frequently when gambling is kept illegal and is forced underground.  Indeed, at a time when gambling was illegal just about everywhere in America, history does show several players on the 1919 Chicago White Sox conspired to lose a series of championship games because gamblers promised lucrative payoffs during an era when salaries were embarrassingly low and bribes were too tempting to pass up, at least for some.

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Pete Rose Didn’t Just Hurt Baseball, He Disgraced Sports Gambling

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Sports Betting | 0 comments




Major League Baseball made the correct decision.  Keep Pete Rose out.  Too bad gambling can’t do the same.



Yesterday, Commissioner Rob Manfred denied Pete Rose’s application for reinstatement to Major League Baseball.

Good.  The correct judgment was made.

Whether we agree with the letter and intent or not, baseball has rules.  Those rules are as strict as they are clear.  Rose not only violated those rules.  He obliterated them — both as a player and club manager.  Then, he lied thousands of times over the course of the next two decades to anyone and everyone gullible enough to listen to fairy tales about his past and present activities.  Finally, when cornered in a cesspool of lies and shown unmistakable physical evidence to the contrary, he lied again, and again.

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The Last Supper: “Buzio’s,” WSOP’s Favorite Restaurant Closes After 25 Years at Rio

Posted by on Dec 14, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, Personal, Restaurant Reviews | 5 comments



The last two customers on the final night, with Darcy and Sally at Buzio’s (Rio)


Our fondest memories are of people and places.

For many, Buzio’s at the Rio in Las Vegas was one of the fondest of places because it was full of so many good people.  It was more than just a casual restaurant.  Buzio’s was a cradle of friendship and bastion of happiness.  It was a boardroom of wheeling and dealing.  It was a place to gossip, to drown our sorrows, and to celebrate.  If the World Series of Poker, held at the Rio each summer since 2005 had an office, a break room, a social club, a watering hole, and a place of reprieve and relaxation — it was most certainly the public alcove in the form of a once-popular seafood restaurant along the so-called “bad beat hallway” leading back to the main casino.

Buzio’s served its final meal on Saturday night — December 12, 2015.  After 25 years, the restaurant closed its doors for the last time, in order to make way for a new eatery which will eventually open on the spot where where poker players clamored each night for dinner reservations, where strategy was furiously rehashed and debated, where millions in poker deals were made over shrimp cocktails, where disappointments were doused and gradually forgotten, where tournament survival was toasted, and where innumerable lasting friendships were founded.  Hostilities on hold, competitors who tried to outfox each other during the WSOP competing for their livelihoods often dined out together at Buzio’s.  Poker doesn’t have many places around like this anymore.  Sadly now, it has one less such place.

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