If you’re not checking out the local blogs on reviewjournal.com, here’s a sample of what you’ve been missing:
Our whores are ugly …
From columnist John L. Smith:
That’s the hilarious consensus emerging from the reader reaction to Alan Maimon’s story in Sunday’s Review-Journal on Metro’s efforts to root out the Strip’s most prolific hookers.
Check out the story, but scroll down into the netherworld of the reader comments. It’s worth the price of admission.
I wonder if the convention authority will fire off a letter on this topic.
Perhaps a few million in federal "stimulus" dollars can be obtained to spend on Las Vegas prostitute makeovers.
Jobs are sure to be saved. Some might even be created.
For more, go to www.lvrj.com/blogs/smith/.
Live from New York, it’s … satire and truth
From publisher Sherman Frederick:
Most of the time, "Saturday Night Live" is absolutely tone deaf when it comes to putting its finger on juicy satire of the political right. But now and again they hit it out of the park.
Consider this skit featuring Dan Aykroyd poking fun at the Republican "think tank" assessing President Obama’s popularity and other current events. At one point, a heated argument takes place over who’s smarter, Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh. [You can find the complete skit at www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live]
I don’t care who you are, this is funny stuff. And, uncharacteristically for SNL writers, very true. Republicans as they exist today are in danger of the irrelevancy suggested in this SNL skit.
I suggest every Republican strategist view it and learn from it. Of particular note, I’d warn, is the crack about the GOP’s "big tent."
And, as a complete sidebar, I must say it was good to see Dan Aykroyd back on television. I wish he were on more.
For more, go to www.lvrj.com/blogs/sherm/.
In this economy, a job is a job
From columnist Jane Ann Morrison:
The job of a columnist is a plum, but what does a columnist do if the job situation looks shaky? The not-so-obvious choice for Michael Precker of the Dallas Morning News — run a topless club …
[In 2006] his newspaper was offering buyouts and he was looking for security and ended up sitting near the club’s owner at a charity dinner. As he was talking about the travails of his industry, she offered him a job in communications, but only if his wife approved.
While it wouldn’t be the first thing I’d consider, the Wall Street Journal story [www.online.wsj.com]
portrayed a columnist who certainly thought outside the box by leaving the Dallas Morning News to run The Lodge in Dallas.
Naturally there is a Las Vegas tie. Last year, The Lodge took honors as "Best Overall Club" at the Gentlemen’s Club Owners Expo, beating out the local Las Vegas talent by offering what the Journal called "upscale food in a plush setting replete with business center." The Journal being the Journal, it didn’t delve into what else made this club exceptional.
But Precker wasn’t so proud of his strip club job when he wrote a history of a New York synagogue. For that 2007 article he said he took a voluntary buyout from the paper and "now is a freelance writer in Dallas." He omitted any mention of his strip club duties.
For more, go to www.lvrj.com/blogs/morrison/.
From editor Thomas Mitchell:
Have Las Vegas’ wink-and-a-nod marketing chickens fled the roost?
When Goldman Sachs shifted a company meeting from Las Vegas to San Francisco, people began to read between the lines. It was not a cost-saving move because San Fran is arguably more expensive than even the new high-end Strip rooms and amenities. It was image.
When you are spending middle America’s money, they don’t want you carousing in a place that brags about what happens here stays here. Party hearty on your dime, but you’d best be prim and proper on mine.
In fact, that is precisely what President Barack Obama said in Elkhart, Ind., on Monday, "You can’t take a trip to Las Vegas or down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers’ dime."
For more, go to www.lvrj.com/blogs/mitchell.
A bankruptcy suit worthy of ‘War and Peace’
From the Gaming Wire:
An individual bondholder filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday against Station Casinos’ prepackaged bankruptcy, and referenced 19th century Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy. …
S. Blake Murchison claims Station is favoring institutional investors over individual bondholders in the Feb. 3 plan and "trying to avoid honoring the debt obligations they owe a large portion of their bondholders."
In the introduction of the lawsuit, Tolstoy, a known gambler in his youth and the author of "War and Peace," is quoted: "A gentleman is a man who will pay his gambling debts even when he knows he has been cheated."
Murchison claims Station and co-owner Colony Capital, "are not acting gentlemanly," in offering him a bond holding that "will likely be rendered worthless as the specter of Station Casinos’ insolvency approaches."
For more, go to www.lvrj.com/blogs/business.