In her utterly embarrassing and thoroughly discredited appearance on Mike Huckabee’s FOX News program earlier this week, former Sen. Blanche Lincoln made our task way too easy.
The former senator from Arkansas made so many inaccurate statements and committed such a multitude of factual blunders that conspiracy theorists might reasonably suspect she’s actually a plant working for the other side.
Yesterday, Sheldon Adelson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which owns and operates The Venetian Luxury Hotel Resort Casino in Las Vegas, appeared as the keynote speaker at the 2014 Global Gaming Expo, which is the world’s largest casino industry annual convention.
To put it kindly, Mr. Adelson’s 50-minute talk received what I would classify as a lukewarm response. Unlike the Sands Expo Center’s main ballroom which was filled to full standing-room only capacity the day before, when fellow casino mogul Steve Wynn spoke to a similar gathering, the allure of Mr. Adelson’s appearance filled only about two-thirds of the seats in the room, despite ideal placement as the prime time speaker on the show’s biggest afternoon (Wednesday). Some attendees boycotting? Mass disinterest? Perhaps those who didn’t bother to show up to see the man who rules his mighty kingdom in the flesh already realized what most of the rest of us didn’t — that Mr. Adelson is a selfish, rambling bore. Despite this, one might have expected this far-more controversial public figure and political lightning rod to draw a significantly bigger crowd, but that didn’t happen (see photo evidence at conclusion of this article).
Sheldon Adelson’s coffee boy is making a fool of himself again.
Somebody named Andrew Abboud, a Senior Vice-President of something or other for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, recently issued a dire warning that he and his hack army of paid mercenaries — and by this I mean burned out ex-politicians who will do anything for a buck — will soon be going state-by-state in a nationally-coordinated attempt to defeat initiatives to legalize online poker and gambling.
In other words, instead of letting the good citizens and properly elected officials in each state make decisions in their own self-interest, Abboud and his clones are determined to use Adelson’s bulging bankroll as a sledgehammer to sway the conversation and consequently, squash the rights of all individuals, including poker players.
Writer’s Note: This is the first in a new series called “Worst Person in the Universe.” It’s a bastard ripoff of Larry Flynt’s “Asshole of the Month” column which used to appear in Hustler, and Kieth Olbermann’s “Worst Person in the World” television segment on MSNBC. This month’s playmate is Republican Congressman Frank Wolf, of Virginia.
Frank Wolf is the worst person in the universe.
Rep. Wolf is a longtime Republican congressman from Virginia. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives way back in 1980, riding the cozy coattails of Ronald Reagan’s landslide victory. Since then, Rep. Wolf has been as faithful as a potted planet, deeply rooted to every corporate-funded, neoconservative, right-wing cause. Like a slice of cold stale pizza, he’s one of the final leftovers of the late Jerry Falwell’s “Moral Majority,” a witch-hunting political movement of Bible-thumpers who once professed to know what’s good for us all, and was dedicated to transforming America into a modern theocracy named “Jesusville.”
Today, Rep. Wolf represents one of the wealthiest congressional districts in the nation, which are the Northern Virginia counties on the western outskirts of Washington, D.C., out near Dulles Airport and the pastures of wonderland beyond. His constituents are far wealthier and more conservative than average, even by Virginia standards. Yet many of Wolf supporters earn their living and made their considerable fortunes from close connections to the federal government, conceding an obvious paradoxical hypocrisy to their core belief in “limited government.” Amend that to “limited government that benefits us.”
Normally, the rantings of a crazy buffoon wouldn’t be newsworthy. But in this case, the village idiot happens to be a rich man worth billions. He also runs a vast gambling empire. So, that gives him special perks and privileges. People listen to his rants and even write down what he has to say, no matter how illogical or inflammatory.
In case you missed the latest, Sheldon Adelson wants the United States to attack Iran. Wait, it gets worse. With a nuclear weapon!
He’s not joking.
Just what we need, another bloody and costly military conflict and the potential start of World War III, not to mention one of the most immoral crimes in the history of humanity. Have a nice day.