Use Your Computer to Tour Las VegasPosted: 25/03/2014 Filed under: Las Vegas | Tags: Blogs, Las Vegas, Las Vegas Map, Photography, Photos, Tour, Tour of Las Vegas, Travel, Vegas Streets, Virtual Tour of Las Vegas, Visiting Las Vegas from Your Computer, Writing Leave a comment
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Las Vegas Casino Baron, Jackie Gaughan, Dies at 93Posted: 15/03/2014 Filed under: Las Vegas | Tags: Blogs, Casinos, El Cortez, Gambling, History, Jackie Gaughan, People, Writing Leave a comment
LAS VEGAS (Vegas Valley)–Jackie Gaughan, a Las Vegas legend and pioneer and the owner of the El Cortez Hotel & Casino in Downtown Las Vegas has died, Wednesday, 12 March 2014, at the age of 93.
Gaughan used to own as much as 25% of the gaming action in the downtown corridor.
Gaughan loved to play poker among other things. I’ve played Texas Hold ‘em and Seven Card Stud with him plenty of times over the years in the El Cortez poker room, a small room with a handful of tables favored by locals, particularly the elderly. Poker at this casino room required a lot of patience and skill for many of the elderly players were rocks who only played their hand when they had something. The rest of the time they folded. You learned soon enough if Rocky was in, you’d better be out for he probably had the nuts. Generally, Gaughan would wander in and play a few hands before leaving again, only to return several times a day. He was a regular at the tables, but I don’t recall him ever staying very long. He was a friendly guy and liked by most and despised by a few. Unlike many of the casino barons in town, Jackie was personable and wasn’t afraid to blend in and play with his customers. He was the boss. He always wore a suit. He will be missed by those who loved the downtown action and Old Vegas.
One of the last times I played against Jackie I wound up leaving and not coming back again for a long time. I was angry. It was before he retired, so it was before 2008 if I recall correctly. I always loved the seat directly across from the dealer. It was getting more difficult for me to see the cards and hear the dealer from other positions. For me, that was the best seat. Well, I guess Jackie liked that seat too. For I had gotten up to go to the men’s room to water the horses and I left the table with a mountain of chips that had been in front of me built during a long winning streak. I came back to find my chips with the neat stacks destroyed and pushed aside to the seat next to the one I had been sitting in–to the right of where Jackie was now sitting.
“WTF?” I said to his body guards.
“Jackie likes that seat.” The man replied.
I wasn’t too kind in my answer. I was furious. The move was against all poker ethics. I cashed in my chips and left. I didn’t really care if a multimillionaire did own the casino and the poker room in it, you don’t shove someone out of their seat that is still in the game. It took me awhile to get over it, but I finally did. I forgave him. You see, I have respect for the elderly, even if the elderly don’t always do what they are suppose to do. I chose to remember the good times rather than the bad. I remember the times I beat Jackie in hand after hand and thought it was a big deal. It wasn’t really. But when you are the new kid in town sitting at the table with a legend your head swells a little bit. Well, okay, maybe a lot. Those were the times. Simple, but good. Well, maybe not always good, but memorable.
The El Cortez was only one of many of Jackie Gaughan’s holdings, but his personal apartment was on the upper floors where he had a baron’s view of the city he dominated along with Vegas greats for decades. Many called the El Cortez “a dump” and never appreciated the casino, before or after, Jackie’s retirement. But those of us who loves the “Old Vegas” the El Cortez was among our favorites. It was a place where you could go and get a full breakfast for only 99 cent. The El Cortez, 600 East Fremont Street between 6th and 7th Street is located on the upper part of Fremont Street just before you enter the Fremont Street Experience at Fremont & Las Vegas Blvd. It’s a couple of block walk from the Fremont Street Experience and many tourist and locals alike enjoyed visiting the aging casino. It is recommended that one does not venture beyond the El Cortez at night since that is a high-crime zone. The El Cortez is one of the original gambling halls left in a town where casinos nowadays often die long before their masters.
The El Cortez is one of the few survivors that the eyes of the souls from the past have seen and enjoyed when Vegas was young, like Jackie.
Local News Reports & Links to More Information About Jackie Gaughan and the El Cortez
The Las Vegas Review-Journal: Billboard Pays Tribute to Jackie Gaughan
Wikipedia: Jackie Gaughan
Wikipedia: Jackie Gaughan’s El Cortez
El Cortez the longest continuously-running hotel and casino in Vegas (The El Cortez Website)
El Cortez DuckDuckGo Search
Jackie Gaughan DuckDuckGo Search
Las Vegas Sun News Report, History and Slide Show
House of Blues is Blue this Morning in VegasPosted: 15/03/2014 Filed under: Las Vegas | Tags: Blogs, Casinos, Crime, Mandalay Bay, MGM Resort International, Prostitution, Travel, Writing Leave a comment
LAS VEGAS (Vegas Valley)–News made it out of Vegas about the Mandalay Bay Resort’s visit by Las Vegas Vice. What happens here might not always stay here. The truth is, Mandalay Bay, as well as every other casino in the Vegas Valley has its share of prostitutes and drug activity. What sets this truth apart from the norm is that employees of the House of Blues’ Fountain Room inside the Mandalay Bar Resort were allegedly involved in providing customers with vice. A sting operation by Metro Police Department detected the occurrence leading to the firing of at least 10 accused employees. For inside details refer to one of the trusted local news sources, The Las Vegas Review-Journal, which is covering the news coming out from one of MGM Resort International’s gaming locations. You can always find a link to the RJ in Vegas Valley “News Links” found in the navigation bar above, along with other local news publication to keep you current on up-to-the-minute reports as well as any breaking news that there may be.
Be sure to read the comments in the local news reports to get a feel of how area residents and tourist feel about the story.
The Vegas Valley will be covering this story and creating related stories concerning prostitution and illicit drug use in the Vegas Valley.
Albertsons Merges With America’s Second Largest Grocery ChainPosted: 09/03/2014 Filed under: Health & Foods | Tags: Albertsons, Blog, Blogging, Blogs, Business, Food, Las Vegas, NEWS, Safeway, Supermarkets, Writer, Writing Leave a comment
LAS VEGAS (Vegas Valley) — Albertsons announced this week it has confirmed merger agreements with Safeway, American’s second largest food marketing group. Albertsons website details the complete merger plan which insiders have told me will mean lower prices and many advantages such as company-owed dairies and other retailing advantages over competition.
Many Vegas Valley folks things Albertsons is too pricy, but the fact to the matter is if one uses the Albertsons fliers and shop only the products on sale they beat many of their competition including Walmart.
In a time when food prices are skyrocketing, the Albertsons-Safeway merger may be a blessing in disguise.
The inside story direct from Albertsons.
Brad Keselowski Wins at Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayPosted: 09/03/2014 Filed under: Las Vegas | Tags: Auto Racing, Blogs, Brad Keselowski, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Events, Kobalt 400, Las Vegas, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Motor Sports, People, Sport, Sports, Writing Leave a comment
LAS VEGAS (Vegas Valley.wordpress.com) — While Brad Keselowski won this afternoon’s Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Dale Earnhardt Jr. makes history.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran out of fuel during the final lap and is overtaken by Keselowski in the final quarter, but takes second place to land his spot in auto-racing history for his opening season with three consecutive top-two finishes. Motorcar stories are still unfolding as auto racing ends for the day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and crowds disperse into long-line traffic jams exiting North Las Vegas.
Thanks to Daylight Savings Time, we had an extra hour of sunshine and coupled with good weather here in Vegas for one of the Valley’s most popular events.
Earnhardt was one of three drivers who failed to make a final pit stop for fuel and that cost him in the final quarter lap, but he’s satisfied with his second-place win. Details can be found around the web on today’s multiple victories but the most popular places to look are none other than Brad Keselowski Wins in Vegas as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Runs Out of Fuel (FOXsports.com NASCAR) [Includes video] and Race Day Blog-Sunday-Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Neither Kurt or Kyle Busch had a good day at their home track. Unfortunately the Vegas Valley favorite home boys weren’t in the big money or even in the top ten, but then there are other racing days. The favorite sons will surely have their name in neon lights again.
Unofficial Kobalt Racing Results 09 March 2014:
1st-Car #2-Brad Keselowski
2nd-#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Daylight Savings Time Begins TodayPosted: 09/03/2014 Filed under: Las Vegas | Tags: Blogs, Daylight Savings Time, Downtown Las Vegas, Fabulous Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NEWS, Vegas Valley Leave a comment
LAS VEGAS (Vegas Valley.wordpress.com)–Day Light Savings Time begins today. Did you remember to set your clocks ahead? For some of us we don’t have to, the electronics does it for us, such as the clocks in our cell phones. Put we are still surrounded with old-school technology which takes effort to “spring ahead” those clocks and get us ready for more SUNSHINE!
It was fun watching the computer clock move from 1:59AM to 3:00AM in less than a keystroke. WARP Speed ahead.
As a reminder, it’s always a great idea to change those smoke detector batteries too, while resetting your clocks. Twice a year we do this during “spring ahead” and “fall back” time changes.
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Air force chief: Malaysia jet may have turned back KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) Mar. 9, 2014 4:54 AM ET
Our heart & prayers goes out to the families and loved ones of all 239 people aboard Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER flight MH370. It is tragic when any airliner is lost. It is even more tragic when an airliner vanishes without a trace leaving behind no factual explanation for its loss. We reserve conscious respect without speculation as we await actual discovery of evidence into the lost flight that went off the radar screen without warning. The mystery surrounding the fate of the passengers aboard flight MH370 is disturbing. Before commenting further, we will hold our thoughts, other than to say we are deeply sorrowed for the ones who lost someone on that flight bound for some unknown and unplanned destiny.
Why Malaysia Airlines jet might have disappeared Mar. 8, 2014 8:07 PM ET NEW YORK (AP)– The most dangerous parts of a flight are takeoff and landing. Rarely do incidents happen when a plane is cruising seven miles above the earth.
So the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet well into its flight Saturday morning over the South China Sea has led aviation experts to assume that whatever happened was quick and left the pilots no time to place a distress call.
It could take investigators months, if not years, to determine what happened to the Boeing 777 flying from Malaysia’s largest city of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing….
Related Resources & Information
Malaysia Airlines Plane, Flight MH370, Goes Missing (The World Post)
The Miracle of Flight 571 from JX Writings WordPress Blog
Duck Duck Go SEARCH: Malaysia Airlines MH370
Flight Radar 24 .com
On 1 June 1962, The Everly Brothers, under the Warner Brother’s label, released their song, Ebony Eyes. It was a story sang about an ebony-eyed love one lost in the dark skies during a tragic flight into an unknown destiny. Heartfelt, this song must reflect some idea of the chills that run through the human body when such fate is announced to the loved one waiting for their arrival. We pray, that somehow under the Heavens, these souls can find comfort and solitude for the agony they now endure while they and the world waits for the news of what happened to flight MH370.
Other News from Around the World, Around the Clock
How the War on Drugs Hurts Mexican Women (The World Post)
Skydiving Accident Near Fatal When 87-year-old Pilot’s Plane Becomes Entangled in Skydiver’s Parachute, Both Escape Serious Injuries or Death (Associate Press Photos with Spectacular Images Included.)
Pilot Killed in Fallon, Nevada Fighter-Jet Crash Is Identified (AP)
32-year-old pilot, Marine Captain, Reid Nannen, was flying out of Fallon, Nevada in a U.S. Marine F/A-18C fighter jet on loan to the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, according to the Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, when it crashed a week ago, Saturday, 01 March 2014. Nannen was on a training exercise in the western Nevada region when the jet fighter went down. Weather and location delayed search & rescue operations for the downed fighter and its pilot. Rescue workers encountered a snow storm in remote, mountainous terrain before reaching the crash site where Nannen perished. The Navy range training complex where Nannen’s fighter jet went down is east of the Fallon Naval Air Station. Fallon is located in Western Nevada.
NATIONS IN CRISIS: Ukraine, Russian & CrimeaPosted: 02/03/2014 Filed under: Commentary | Tags: "K.T." McFarland, Crimea, Invasion, NEWS, Opinion, Politics, Russia, Russian Navy Base, Sarah Palin, The Black Sea Fleet, Top Stories, Ukraine, Vegas Valley, World Leave a comment
IT SADDENS ME that the unrest in Ukraine continues. It is a delicate situation unfolding. Extremely delicate. Crimea is an important providence to Russia. It has a large military base there, the Black Sea Fleet.
The Majority of Ukrainians that live in Crimea call themselves, not Ukrainian, but Russian. They speak Russian and they desire Russia’s support. The majority want Russian troops to come in and protect them. Russia wants Crimea, it is too vital of an area for them to lose it. They won’t walk away from Crimea.
With the Crimea population’s majority pro-Russian there is only one logical thing to do if one considers the “democratic” process that political and media leaders have been advocating and that is to break off Crimea from Ukraine and hand it over to the Russians. The people of Crimea have spoken that they are Russians and that they want Russia, the Mother Country, to come save them. While that is the logical thing to do “Democratically” there is the dilemma, Ukraine, except for Crimea and areas that border Russia on the east that are mostly pro-Russia are anti-Russian.
If the escalation is not defused immediately civil war is inevitable. It is unlikely any nation on this planet will stop Russia from taking Crimea. The turmoil in Ukraine is an event of escalating sorrow. We all must pray for peace, and for comfort for all the souls that endure these turbulent times in Ukraine. A war with Russia spells only one thing, Russia would crush Ukraine. That would be tragic for all parties involved, and the world.
These are trying times for Ukraine, a nation that has a history of trying times and hardship that few nations have endured for such a prolonged history. While I support peace in the region, it is difficult for me to either choose sides or to vision peaceful results to a situation that has been stirring for decades and is inevitably about to come to the boiling point. The region will likely see an eruption that will likely spill blood in magnitude portions. The world will be absolutely helpless.
Failing to choose sides, does not mean I do not desire to see peaceful democratic solution to a tragic problem, it means I have zero confidence in today’s world leaders, at home and abroad, to lead toward peace. I wish I could. I wish I did.
The events unfolding in the Crimea region of Ukraine greatly disturbs me. The world stands behind and stood behind the Ukrainian people for their plea for democratic society and the right to self-governed and to be a sovereign nation. The fact that the people of Crimea desire Russia as their sovereign power and representative support constitutes the dilemma that will likely shed a dark period in the region as was seen in Georgia. Sarah Palin had warned of such escalation in the region years ago. The world ignored and rejected the notion. Now the souls of Ukraine will pay the price.
What we have is a problem that years ago should have been at the discussion table and has been rejected. Now we are faced with the ultimatums, simple and pure, peace or war, between Russia and Ukraine, peace or civil war between Ukrainians, Crimea separated from the body of Ukraine or Russia performing an unlikely precedent in its history, especially among former Soviet Union states and allowing Crimea–and its naval base and majority Russian people– to remain in the control of an anti-Russian Ukraine. Flipping a coin can only predict the outcome if both sides of the coin are either heads or tails. Regardless, the world, Ukraine, Russia and Crimea, all lose. The future could never be the same.
The world body needs to act at this very hour to enroll Ukraine into NATO or forever hold it’s peace.
The rest of us, especially Orthodox Christians, need to pray and pray relentlessly.
The tears we shed will forever flow in the river of agony and despair.
The gates of hell are wide open.
Will the iron fist and the hammer and sickle swing low and forceful again?
Sarah Palin’s 2008 Prediction Comes True. The world leadership, or lack thereof, gave Russian President Putin the green light to go into Crimea. It should have been expected. Russia simply has too much at stake to walk away. The instability in Ukraine threatened the Russian interest, now the entire mess will get ugly.
Harris Faulkner Interviews K.T.McFarland, About Palin’s 2008 Prediction
Kathleen Troia “K.T.” McFarland, is Fox News National Security Analyst and long-time White House national security expert. She was also an aide to numerous presidential administrations, high-level political posts and held top executive jobs for the United States during her long and distinguished career.
[This writing was first-drafted prior to the Russian recent invasion of Crimea, Ukraine. Putin’s army now controls the Crimea region.]
Ukrainian Catholic archbishop prays for CrimeaPosted: 02/03/2014 Filed under: World Leave a comment
Christians Pray During Ukrainian-Russian Crisis
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The head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church issued a statement Feb. 28 praying for the people of Crimea and appealing for the unity of Ukraine, as Russia has reportedly deployed troops in the peninsula.
“The entire family of the UGCC faithful pleads to the compassionate Lord for his protection and assistance to peacefully overcome the deteriorating situation in Crimea, and that the unity of our country might be preserved,” Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk of Kyiv-Halyc said.
Earlier that day, armed men in unmarked military uniforms took control of airports in Crimea, as well as the autonomous republic’s parliament building and state telecommunications and television centers. Flights from Crimean airports have been grounded.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that Russia has flown hundreds, or even thousands, of troops into Crimea.
Russia’s U.N. ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, said any of his country’s military movements in Crimea are “within the framework” of long-standing agreements between…
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E927: The Deadly AZODICARBONAMIDE Found in 500 FoodsPosted: 02/03/2014 Filed under: Health & Foods | Tags: ADA, Azodicarbonamide, Chemicals, Enviromental Working Group, EWG, Food, Food Manufacturers, Health, NEWS Leave a comment
AZODICARBONAMIDE aka ADA, as a food additive, is known as E927.
What you don’t know may kill you. Suspected of causing major health problems, azodicarbonamide (ADA), the chemical used in manufacturing yoga mats, has been found in 500 of our foods.
REPORT: A collective view of an international group of experts
More Evidence Stacked Against Processed Foods & Corrupt Food Manufacturers
Find the 500 food manufacturers and the processed foods containing azodicarbonamide listed in this link:
Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) Reveals 500 Foods ADA Has Been Found In
Whether ADA will kill you or cause serious health problems or not is a highly debatable subject, but the real question one would seem likely to ask is do you really want to consume foods with nonfood ingredients in them like this chemical, azodicarbonamide?
Significant Health Risks
Dr. David Samadi explains the dangers of ADA
Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com
FDA & Food Manufacturers Gamble with YOUR Health
They’ve got nothing to lose. You have everything to lose.
Self Search azodicarbonamide at DuckDuckGo.com
Is the Most Catastrophic Terror Attack in History About to Occur?Posted: 22/03/2014 | Author: Cliff Harrison | Filed under: Opinion | Tags: Aircraft, Blogs, Commentary, Flight MH370, Media, Missing Radioactive Material, Terrorism, Thoughts, Writing | Leave a comment
Boeing 777-200 (N7771) from Wikipedia Boeing 777
LAS VEGAS (Vegas Valley)–Two missing things may reappear with disastrous results: Flight MH370 and large amounts of stolen and missing radioactive material. No one has a clue where either are. I just gave you a clue where they possibly could be. I hope I am wrong and I pray the world never realizes the ultimate possibilities that are out there in the darkness of terrorism. But in today’s world I’m probably more right than wrong, unfortunately.
When flight MH370 went missing I had announced that I refused to speculate what happened to the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER passenger jet out of respect for the families who are yet experiencing traumatic suffering. For them there has been no repose. When Flight MH370 went dark from the midnight skies over the Indian Ocean, taking 239 passengers and crew members, the lives of their family and loved ones went dark too. However, during the past two weeks I listened to countless and endless news media coverage of the tragic event and can only shake my head in disgust with the American and the world news media.
The last time I expressed such shock was when I sat in my late stepfather’s home watching the evening news about the downed F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter by Serbian forces using a Soviet-made SA-3 Goa surface-to-air missile (SAM) on 27 March in the 1999 Serbia-Kosovo War. The news media reported the pilot was sending a distress signal that would help the efforts of NATO’s search and rescue mission recover the pilot. My stepfather and I looked at one another in shock and outrage that news media did in fact reveal the precise location of the shot-down pilot, telling the world where the signal was coming from. My stepfather, a 26-year front line combat veteran understood what happens when the enemy recovered American airmen and soldiers before the U.S. military (or NATO) did.
During the last two weeks every news channel under the sun has had a spectacle show about the vanishing of Flight MH370. 24 hours a day so-called experts sit and tell their fantasy wish what they believe happened to the aircraft that mysteriously disappeared. In one news segment reports claim the plane went 1500 miles East and another report it was said MH370 went the same distance West and then it went North and then it went South all on five hours of remaining fuel. The truth of the matter is, nobody knows where MH370 went and for two weeks nothing but hen-house gossip has filled the airwaves of every major newsroom.
The drama continues to unfold as one so-called (nutcase) expert after another reveals vivid detail of the aircraft’s functionality and its equipment along with radar and cell phone capabilities and disadvantages, the weaknesses and strength of various nation’s defense, radar, tracking and communications systems.
There’s a new player at the table, his name is Terrorism.
Missing Radioactive Material: 140 Cases Reported in 2013
Mexico: Stolen Cobalt-60 Radioactive Material Found, BUT…
DuckDuckGo Related Search
All but Lucifer has been accused of criminal and terrorist plots on MH370 from Pakistan to Taliban to the pilot and co-pilot to Iranians, North Koreans, Indians and all kinds of real possibilities, but all pure speculation.
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