November 2, 2017

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Just another creepy casino pic.

Open thread.

85 comments:

anti-de Sitter space said...

"Just another creepy casino pic."

Is there another kind of casino pic? Trying to come up w/ some them coulda been a makin' lemonade sorta task while in Sin Mecca.


madAsHell said...

I suppose there a psychology of color, or am I the only one that would expect to find those colors in a whore house.

Humperdink said...

Correction of the year by GQ: ""An earlier version of this article used a headline noting that Trump had publicly called for the death penalty in the New York attack, but not the Las Vegas shooting in particular. That discrepancy is probably related to the fact that the Las Vegas shooter is dead. We regret the error."

Quaestor said...

Are there no more actual craps tables with human-like croupiers waving sticks. Or is Althouse just attracted to the bright lights?

Quaestor said...

We regret the error.

Quaestor doubts their sincerity as they have done nothing to correct the error.

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

Lizzie Warren's just tossed Hillary! under the bus.

I'd say it was a small victory, but I can envision the usual suspects using this to keep beating the "invalid election" drum.

Jupiter said...

Heh. Donna Brazile says that Hillary stole the Democratic Party, with assistance from Debbie Wassermann Schultz. Too funny.

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/02/clinton-brazile-hacks-2016-215774

Humperdink said...

I trust Bobo Brazile has private security in place. She certainly will need it.

I Have Misplaced My Pants said...

I saw that one at the Palazzo and thought to myself that I hope Gene Wilder's family is getting a tidy check off that.

bgates said...

Lizzie Warren's just tossed Hillary! under the bus.
...
Donna Brazile says that Hillary stole the Democratic Party, with assistance from Debbie Wassermann Schultz.


I now have something in common with Madeline Albright:

We both think there's a special place in hell for Elizabeth Warren and Donna Brazile.

D said...

Like Churchill said: Never give up. Never never ever give up. Or maybe he said: Hope is a good thing. Maybe it is the only thing.

Whatever the hell he said, rest assured, somewhere out there, among the thousands of ringing slots and video poker stalls, there is a machine emblazoned with bob dylan decals, and maybe - just maybe - you will find it right beside some sort of weird archaic word definitions - based tic tac toe type video game.

Waiting for the right player to risk a few coins.....

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

Humperdink said... [hush]​[hide comment]
I trust Bobo Brazile has private security in place. She certainly will need it.

Come on, man! Even a Pro Wrestler doesn't deserve that!

Hagar said...

Someone also commented that the Clintons are dead meat, and Bernie Sanders and Liz Warren are now the leaders of the Democratic Party.

tcrosse said...

Are there no more actual craps tables with human-like croupiers waving sticks. Or is Althouse just attracted to the bright lights?

There are actual craps tables with actual stick-men, dealers, and box-men. They discourage photographs.

Humperdink said...

Well this is a first.

Alexander Ovechkin, known as Oven Chicken to the opposition, is a Russian hockey star who plays for the NHL's Washington Capitals. According to Sports Illustrated, Oven Chicken has started social media campaign to help re-elect Vladimir Putin, presumably from the US. I don't think the Vlad is going is going to need any help.

https://www.si.com/nhl/2017/11/02/alex-ovechkin-social-movement-vladimir-putin

eddie willers said...

I hope Gene Wilder's family is getting a tidy check off that.

I'm just glad it's not Johnny Depp.

tim in vermont said...

Brazille shows how preposterous it is to think that anybody could have been disgusted enough with the DNC to leak those emails. It had to have been a Russian hack because Putin was scared shitless of a US with a firm and clear eyed leader at the tiller jealously protecting our nation's interests!

D said...

Humperdink's GQ correction: thats great.
The best part: the use of the word "probably"
Just thrown in there. Might miss this, might mean that.
Someone has been taking notes.

Humperdink said...

"Come on, man! Even a Pro Wrestler doesn't deserve that!"

Wondering how many Pro *cough* Wrestling fans were out there.

I still remember Bruno Sammartino doing push-ups at a brisk pace - with a full size adult sitting on his back.

Jersey Fled said...

My favorite old school wrestler was Buddy "Nature Boy" Rogers. His mother lived next door to me when I was a little kid. She always bought those stupid imprinted Christmas cards from me every year. Her and my mom and aunt were about my only customers.

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

Humperdink said...

Wondering how many Pro *cough* Wrestling fans were out there.

I grew up in Crockett Promotions country. I remember Bobo, the Andersens, Wahoo Mc Daniel, Paul Jones, and Johnny Weaver very well.

surfed said...

Las Vegas is creepy. Except at night from a distance. Then it's beautiful. Like L.A. coming over the mountains at night and it's stretched out below you all lit up. The darkness and distance hide the creepiness.

Humperdink said...

And then there were the vertically challenged tag-team matches.

Kathryn51 said...

Looking forward to Friday's "exclusive" excerpt from Brazile's book.

There is apparently a strategy to these sorts of exposes. First up might be Politico or WaPo (or NYT). Next day, one of the others gets another chapter or at least new salacious details. And then the next day. I suppose Brazile is already scheduled to be on CNN this weekend (or Meet the Press or This Week) By the time the book is actually released (Nov. 7th), we know most of the shocking information.

This was the playbook for "Shattered" - and I still bought the book on my Kindle - wanted to keep it for future reference.

I admit - I'm kinda shocked at how the MSM is treating this in a way that crucifies Hillary. Couldn't happen to a more evil deserving woman.

Meanwhile, Podesta can't even go on TV to defend Hillary - he's got his own troubles.

Original Mike said...

"Las Vegas is creepy. Except at night from a distance. Then it's beautiful. Like L.A. coming over the mountains at night and it's stretched out below you all lit up."

I have the opposite impression of Las Vegas at night. I've never stayed in Vegas but I have had the experience of driving through it on the interstate at night when traveling from California home to Wisconsin. For many, many miles approaching it the glorious desert night sky becomes more and more washed out until you can't see a blessed thing. It's amazing how extensive its light dome is. It impressed me as the biggest, ugliest light polluter I had ever seen.

Big Mike said...

I’ve only enjoyed one city by night. If you’re landing at Reagan National after dark try to arrange to sit in s window seat on the left side of the cabin. Most flights come in down the Potomac and you have marvelous views of Georgetown, the White House, the Lincoln and Washington Monuments, the Mall and Capitol Building. It’s just gorgeous.

Of course if the plane lands from the south you don’t see any of this, just Northern Virginia, but more land from the north.

narciso said...

I was once in Vegas, in the spring, where I saw Ralph Nader of all people, in the concourse between the mandarin and luxor, this was probably when he was promoting his unneccesary tree murder.

The events in sin city reminded me of a pulpy modern collaboration between Jon land and an Italian entrepreneur a godfather update called the tyrant rises, loosely based on the. Life story of the second fellow, the title character is a proprietor of a gaudy casino called the seven sins, who is present when there is a terrorist attack, the roots of the attack and how it tracks with his rise to power is the plotm

narciso said...

You don't say:
https://www.weaselzippers.us/362776-vegas-sheriff-shooters-girlfriend-may-be-hiding-something/

Jon said...

You young whippersnappers didn't grow up in the 50s in the NYC area - I bet you don't remember Argentina Rocca (the good guy) or Killer Kowalski (the bad guy), do you?

Yancey Ward said...

Does Wilder voice come out of the machine and say, "You lose! Good day, sir!" when you don't win?

Ann Althouse said...

“Are there no more actual craps tables with human-like croupiers waving sticks. Or is Althouse just attracted to the bright lights?”

I just won’t point a camera at a person in a casino.

All the games that are run by humans also have machine games that are based on them.

Ann Althouse said...

Old wrestlers: I liked The Golden Terror.

wildswan said...

The Clintons are becoming timeless like a Norman Rockwell calendar breaking bad. There are revelations from Donna Brazile: "See, Hillary is crooked". But Hillary has been shown to be crooked before and then become the Presidential candidate and been held up as an example for little girls to emulate. I see the Dems are chasing her like greased pig at the county fair. I've seen this before. My money is on the pig with lipstick.

grackle said...

Buddy "Nature Boy" Rogers – here.

Bruno Sammartino can be viewed here.

Wahoo Mc Daniel – presto!

Last but not least – The Golden Terror, voila!

BudBrown said...

The Great Malenko

Amazing Quotes said...

very amazing post
Michael Yore
Famous Positive Quotes

Fritz said...

bgates said...

I now have something in common with Madeline Albright:

We both think there's a special place in hell for Elizabeth Warren and Donna Brazile.


One circle up from Hillary's?

Unknown said...

Las Vegas invented kitsch. Or, if not, embraced it fully.

-sw

Humperdink said...

Reginald "Crusher" Lisowski was a Milwaukee guy. 6'0" 260#.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crusher_(wrestler)

chickelit said...

“All the games that are run by humans also have machine games that are based on them.”

Stephen Paddock lacked the people skills necessary to play poker poker; he excelled at the video version. Also, normal guns weren’t good enough for him; he needed “machine guns.”

Tim Gilliland said...

I guess everyone has memories of wrestling from where they grew up. Here in the Midsouth every Saturday morning at 11 it was "Studio Wrestling" The local guys were Jerry Lawler (hometown hero) Tojo Yamamoto and the "Fablous Jackie Fargo" Yeah, that's how he pronounced it. We had guest stars come through, I remember the Iron Sheik, Killer Kowalski, Sargent Slaughter, and some others. I knew a guy who went to wrestling school briefly. He said the hardest skill he had to learn was how to pretend to hit someone and stomp his foot on the canvas at the same time.

rehajm said...

Tom Steyer looks so distressed in his commercial. I don't think he understands how satisfying that is for people.

Humperdink said...

Sammartino was born in Italy, moved to Pittsburgh in his early years and graduated from Schenley High School. An absolute legend in the 'Burgh. Back in the day, he owned the city.

AllenS said...

I delivered papers for the St Paul (MN) Pioneer Press (morning paper) and the St Paul Dispatch (the evening paper) during the early 1960s. The sports page for most of the year was one page, and if it wasn't for professional wresting, there wouldn't have been a sports page, the next page was the Crime Report, which was just about as long.

Matthew Sablan said...

For part of the charges against him, Manafort is using the Clinton defense. Practically no one is charged under the failure to disclose statute, he argues.

Well. If true, will we follow the Comey precedent?

tim in vermont said...

Maybe Hillary can send out Sid Blumenthal and let him earn his $10,000 a month from the Clinton Foundation 🤔... Oh, wait.

Greg said...

If this is true it proves Trump right about fake news. None of the big 3 nets even mentioned Donna Brazille last night according to..

https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2017/11/02/nets-refuse-acknowledge-revelation-dem-primary-was-rigged

Fabi said...

Very much so, rehajm. I've watched it several times online just to laugh at that goofy turd.

rehajm said...

Here's a fun one from the new tax proposal...

Hidden 46% tax bracket

Ralph L said...

Most flights come in down the Potomac and you have marvelous views of Georgetown, the White House, the Lincoln and Washington Monuments, the Mall and Capitol Building. It’s just gorgeous.

I've done this once in daylight. The pilot first banked sharply right to avoid Rosalyn and then sharply left for the view. My friends and I were nearly sick.

AReasonableMan said...

Right wing blogger Jenna Abrams, who has 70,000 followers, does not exist, was created by St. Petersburg troll farm

How much do we really know about Althouse?

tim in vermont said...

If the worst that Politico can come up with to bash Trump is that people making over 1,200,000 taxable are going 2 have to pay an extra 36K, yeesh.

tim in vermont said...

Is that the same troll farm that whipped up that protest against Trump at his home in Manhattan we all heard about?

Laslo Spatula said...

I'm glad it is the REAL Wonka and not Johnny Depp.

I am Laslo.

AllenS said...

How much do we really know about Althouse? -- Actually, quite a bit.

How much do we really know about ARM? -- Nothing, absolutely nothing.

rehajm said...

While the the typical image of a Russian troll may be a hastily put together Twitter account blaring out non-stop political messages, Abrams’ account went to great lengths to simulate a real, American person

This sounds like 'someone' we all know.

tim in vermont said...


“To those people, who hate the Confederate flag. Did you know that the flag and the war wasn’t about slavery, it was all about money,”


I heard that same line of crap from my liberal brother and a commie history prof. I wonder how many of her followers were liberals who would have invented her if she didn't exist.

AReasonableMan said...

AllenS said...
Nothing, absolutely nothing.


Nyet!

tim in vermont said...

We know that the 'reasonable' part is an ironic joke.

tim in vermont said...

Actually though, like the blind squirrel, he does find the occasional nut.

tim in vermont said...

The media's favorite outrageous right-wing troll was a fake! Can you guys believe it!

Jenna Abrams, the freewheeling American blogger who believed in a return to segregation and said that many of America’s problems stemmed from PC culture run amok, did not exist.
But Abrams got very real attention from almost any national news outlet you can think of, according to a Daily Beast analysis of her online footprint

tim in vermont said...

Next you are going to tell me that Charlottesville was organized by a guy who spported Hillary right up to the election and was an Occupy activist!

tim in vermont said...

Now we know why Hillary wasn't 50 points ahead! Russian troll farms!

Snark said...

"Right wing blogger Jenna Abrams, who has 70,000 followers, does not exist, was created by St. Petersburg troll farm"

That. Is absolutely amazing. And "Jenna"! The perfect Gen Y name for a fake out. I want to applaud as I scream in horror at the sophistication of this stuff.

tim in vermont said...

Yeah, that's such a sophisticated parody of people on the right that all of those liberal publications that wanted desperately to believe it were sucked in.

tim in vermont said...

Makes one wonder if all of the Confederate flag controversies were cooked up by provocateurs.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

AReasonableMan said...

Right wing blogger Jenna Abrams, who has 70,000 followers, does not exist, was created by St. Petersburg troll farm

Do we know if those 70,000 followers actually existed?

tim in vermont said...

Russia picking at a not fully healed wound, pouring salt on it. Damaging the peace we had made.

Michael K said...

"It impressed me as the biggest, ugliest light polluter I had ever seen."

Tucson is a "dark city" with few streetlights and, in my area, none but at large intersections.

It's intended to protect Kitt Peak Observatory.

However, once Jerry Brown's fossil fuel ban takes effect, California will be the first "dark state" outside of North Korea.

Humperdink said...

We do know ARM wants to disARM the citizenry. Visualize World Peace.

tim in vermont said...

We know lefty media types hung on her every tweet, whichi probably where most of her followers came from, their liberal readers.

Fabi said...

Seventy thousand followers in a country of 325 million people -- Impeach!

rehajm said...

Quick! Somebody show ARM a picture of a turtle...

tim in vermont said...

If you read about media outlets that got sucked in, you have the WaPo, New York Times, Daily News, and they manage to drag Fox into it because "local affiliates" having nothing editorially to do with Fox News.

Original Mike said...

Blogger Michael K said..."Tucson is a "dark city" with few streetlights and, in my area, none but at large intersections."

Do you know the naked eye Limiting Magnitude at your house?

Snark said...

The conspiracy minded will soon rule the earth, because nothing will be real. Amazing.

"Abrams, who at one point boasted nearly 70,000 Twitter followers, was featured in articles written by Bustle, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, several local Fox affiliates, InfoWars, BET, Yahoo Sports, Sky News, IJR, Breitbart, The Washington Post, Mashable, New York Daily News, Quartz, Dallas News, France24, HuffPost, The Daily Caller, The Telegraph, CNN, the BBC, Gizmodo, The Independent, The Daily Dot, The Observer, Business Insider, The National Post, Refinery29, The Times of India, BuzzFeed, The Daily Mail, The New York Times, and, of course, Russia Today and Sputnik."


tim in vermont said...

Almost all liberal painting her as a typical right-winger.

Assrat said...

Fascinating bit of deception there. Did any conservative commenters get fooled?

tim in vermont said...

Looks like only liberal outlets got fooled.

Snark said...

Why do you people have to be so mental? First, you can see several conservative publications and platforms in that list. Second, her material was meant to push liberal buttons - is it not expected that liberal push back would be the dominant response? Third, did (m)any conservative commenters disavow her? Suggest she was a fraud? Should we even care? No! Because the importance of all of this is how thoroughly Russia is winning this cyberwarfare against the United States specifically, and the west generally. THAT is the point, not your petty nattering about liberals, FFS. Some of you are Russian troll wet dreams. Stop volunteering to stand in front of the tanks in this war against you, and your country.

Assrat said...

>First, you can see several conservative publications and platforms in that list.

Lefties love to invent details that reinforce their biases, so I'll just point out that "mentioned" doesn't mean "qouted approvingly" or even "taken seriously."

Snark said...

Delusional.

Assrat said...

>Delusional.

And somehow, the delusional people are less gullible. Why is that?

tim in vermont said...

".
Why do you people have to be so mental? First, you can see several conservative publications and platforms in that list."

None mainstream. Infowars? Breitbart? On the lefty side you have mainstream flagships.

Yancey Ward said...

It is likely that the fake right-winger was created by a leftist/s. It is the sort of hoax that the left is becoming famous for in the last decade or so.