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Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas, Politics, What's Left | 18 comments

Dear Mexico: Please Accept Our Apology




Given our treatment of them, Mexicans should despise Americans.

Think about it.  Put aside your gun for a moment, set down that can of Coors, and press the mute button on Duck Dynasty for the next five minutes.  I promise, no one’s going to run away with your precious prides and joys.  Now, let’s talk about something really important — our neighbors.

We treat Mexicans like shit.  We treat them like shit over here.  We treat them like shit over there.  We treat them like shit when we trample all over Tijuana on weekends and then vomit in the streets.  We treat them like shit when we bargain with the shopkeeper relying on that giant cruise ship you’ve stepped from for a couple of hours, hoping he sells enough knick-knacks to feed his family this week.  We treat the poor working-class peasants like shit.  Even a former Mexican president gets treated like shit.

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Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Las Vegas | 11 comments

The $188,000-Dollar Bill (What Happened to Binion’s Horseshoe’s Famous Million-Dollar Collection?)




Who would dare spend $188,000 on something that’s worth only $10,000 at face value?

An anonymous bidder at a Florida auction house recently purchased one of the rarest novelties of United States currency that’s ever been minted.  Only about 300 of these so-called “bearer banknotes” are known to exist.  They are so rare that most people probably wouldn’t be able to identify the face on the bill.  Yet, there’s a good chance many of you reading this article have seen and even stood alongside one-hundred of these banknotes in pristine condition, unaware that collection represented about one-third of all such bills in the world.  You may gave even had your photo taken with this one, which was sold.  Although they do remain legal tender, the U.S. Treasury Department began pulling the banknotes from circulation in 1969.  What remains out there has been snapped up by collectors.  That’s what makes them so rare.

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Posted by on Jan 23, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 3 comments

Do “Black Oscars Matter?”




Twisting what’s become a current popular political slogan — do “Black Oscars Matter?”

I believe the answer is — yes.  The Academy Awards are widely perceived as one of society’s most important cultural benchmarks of racial equality, particularly on Black and White issues.  Along with its consortium in politics and sports  — including who occupies the Oval Office and Black starting quarterbacks in the National Football League (undeniably two major arenas where Blacks have broken down old barriers) — those we chose to recognize as icons in the entertainment industry may indicate some lingering collective biases.

Controversy erupted again last week when this year’s Academy Award nominations were announced.  For the second consecutive year, no Blacks were nominated in any of the so-called major categories.  Some Black activists and advocacy groups expressed outrage at what was perceived as not merely an oversight but an affront.  A few celebrities even pledged to boycott the Oscars.  Instead of discussing the most deserving nominees and celebrating artistic achievement in cinema, the movie industry’s alleged racial inequities have now taken center stage and captured much of the media’s attention.  Clearly, this is not what Hollywood had in mind for the entertainment industry’s premier showcase event.

Do the protesters have a point?  I believe the answer is — a little bit yes, but mostly no.

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Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, Rants and Raves, What's Left | 3 comments

Donald Trump’s Road to the White House




Never in a million years did I think I’d type the following words:  There’s a chance Donald Trump might become the next President of the United States.

As horrifying as that prospect still is to a majority of Americans, Trump now has a clear path to victory in the Republican primaries this spring, at the national convention held during the summer, and in the general election coming up next fall.  Yes, it could happen.

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Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 7 comments

“Thoughts and Prayers” Have Become Beneath Our Contempt




Yesterday, there was another mass shooting in America.

That was the 355th murderous tirade this year, a rate of more than one mass shooting per day.  More than 600 innocents have been killed by guns, and 1,620 seriously injured.  That’s in addition to the tens of thousands of gun accidents, domestic altercations, and countless other tragedies which have involved the misuse of firearms.

U.S.A!  U.S.A!  America, fuck yeah.

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