Maybe it was watching “The Big Short” here in Las Vegas, where the housing crash hit so hard and caused so much pain, which not only made the movie pertinent, but intensely personal.
An evening showing of the film last night in Downtown Summerlin drew nervous laughter, moments of spontaneous clapping, audible gasps, and above all else — visible anger from the packed audience riveted by a cinematic re-creation of the most grotesque national scandal of our lifetimes, the events leading up to the global financial crisis of 2008.
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.
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.
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.
While the American Revolution was being fought, the British government found it easier to hire and arm foreign mercenaries than to recruit and train its own soldiers.
Billionaire Sheldon Adelson apparently hasn’t studied that page from American history. He’s convinced that shoveling millions of dollars into what amounts to the rusty coal furnace known as the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling will somehow deliver that most elusive of political victories — a federal bill outlawing most forms of online gaming. That’s now seemingly a fool’s paradise after his forces were thoroughly demolished in Wednesday’s committee hearings before members of congress on Restoring America’s Wire Act, otherwise known as “RAWA.” READ MORE ABOUT THE GREAT BATTLE OF RAWA HERE