Monday, December 7, 2009

Tiger Woods wife moves out; golfer linked to porn star



Tiger Woods wife Elin Nordegren has reportedly moved out of their home and in with friends in the Windemere, Florida neighborhood they live in. Meanwhile Porn Star Holly Sampson is listed as the 8th woman to have had an alleged affair with the World's Greatest Golfer. This is a sad series of developments, as it appears Woods life as he and we knew it is crumbling before our collective eyes.




Holly Sampson

Radar Online.com lead with the story "Elin Nordegren moves out" that was confirmed by the Chicago Sun Times. There's no more new information on that report as of this writing or if she took their two children with her. That information needs to be included here.


Separated? 

Meanwhile, Porn Star Holly Sampson has not denied sleeping with Tiger Woods and Fox News claims that while Samspon is the 7th woman allegedly linked to Woods, there's an 8th, a 9th and a 10th woman as well.

Beyond the 8th woman, who's I can explain in a moment, I think it's irresponsible of Fox News to allege there's a 9th and 10th without evidence that is even a child of deductive reasoning. Let's recap how many women have been connected with Woods to date:

1. Rachel Uchitel - The National Enquirer-outed nighclub executive who denied sleeping with Woods but later admitted it after two other women stepped forward.
2. Jaimie Grubbs - The San Diego cocktail waitress who gave US Weekly her recording of Woods alleged voicemail to Grubbs that she remove her name from her phone because his Wife was going to call her.
3. Kalika Moquin - While linked to Woods by a source to Radar Online and other gossip pubs, Moquin has denied any relationship and not given any additional statements. She's the marketing manager at The Bank Nightclub at Bellagio in Las Vegas.
4. Jamie Jungers - The 26-year-old Las Vegas entertainer-for-hire model is the fourth woman who came forward on Saturday. She claimed she was going to tell her story to a British publication, but has yet to do so.
5. Mindy Lawton - Of all the women connected to Woods, 34-year-old Mindy Lawton is closest to his home in Orlando, and was said to have worked at a local restaurant called Perkins Diner. They carried on a 14-month affair (starting in 2006 and ending in 2007) which was said to have been documented by the National Enquirer, which never ran the story.

Lawton's proximity to Woods gave the World its closest look at the golfer's "off-course" lifestyle, consisting of meetups with friends and party girls in VIP areas of places like The Blue Martini in Orlando.   Lawton reportedly took their affair seriously, so it is no wonder that she's allowing her story to be told far and wide - she's pissed.



Mindy Lawton

6. Cori Rist - A source told the New York Post that the 31-year-old Upper East-Side dwelling Rist met Woods at a New York Nightclub called "Butter" then flew her to places where he had golfing engagements.
7. Holly Sampson - The first, and hopefully for Woods the last porn star to make this list, Holly Sampson was introduced to the British Daily Mail via another unnamed source. Sampson has made 85 movies from Lingerie or Bust to Diary of a Horny Housewife. Holly Sampson has not confirmed or denied that she slept with Woods as of this writing.
8. Name by Michael O'Quinn - Michael O'Quinn has said he also represents a woman who allegedly had an affair with Woods, but since O'Quinn has not come forward, that woman has to be "Number 8" because he has said he does not represent any one else.

Fox News claims there's a 9th woman and a 10th woman but has no media partner to confirm that assertion as of this writing. Unlike "Number 8" which can be linked to Michael O'Quinn, there's nothing, not even mention of an unnamed source to justify the introduction of a 9th or 10th woman.

I think Fox News is trying to advance and move the search pattern of this story to favor its own website, which is a terrible process to use in this or any news story.

Now, with all of these reports coming fast and furious, our attention should turn to Woods and his mental state. I have no idea, and the media does not seem concerned to know, how he's doing.

I've got to believe all of these affairs, some real and many questionable, may in some way be connected to the passing of his father Earl Woods, who was so central to Woods development as a man and a level-headed celebrity.

Finally, I wonder why Woods selected nightclub executives and waitresses as opposed to sports executives and lawyers or Stanford coeds?  Woods was at Stanford for just two academic years before his golf life took over and he turned pro in 1999.  Maybe he didn't get the full experience of a Cardinal education, complete with all of the amazingly talented female leaders that come from The Farm.  

I don't know.  I just don't know. 

Stay tuned.

Friday, November 27, 2009

OSCAR ALERT - Screen Credits and Music Entry Form Due December 1st for Academy Awards

OSCAR ALERT. You have until December 1 to get your Screen Credits and Music Entry Forms in to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) if your movie is to be considered for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. From the press release, AMPAS explains:

For a feature film to be considered for the 2009 Awards, the film’s distributor or producer must file an OSC form with the Academy by 5 p.m. PT on December 1. If a feature film is released in 2009 and the completed OSC form is not submitted by the deadline, the film will be ineligible for Academy Awards in any year.

OSC forms may be submitted online only, at http://aiwosc.oscars.org/aiwosc/. Information about submission and feature film eligibility can be obtained by contacting Credits Coordinator Howard Loberfeld at (310) 247-3000, ext. 113, or via e-mail at hloberfeld@oscars.org.

For an achievement to be considered in the Original Score or Original Song category, the principal music writer(s) for a feature film must submit an official music submission form by 5 p.m. PT on December 1.

To request music submission materials, contact Dave Hanson at (310) 247-3000, ext. 151, or via e-mail at dhanson@oscars.org.

While the credits submission deadline is December 1, feature films have until midnight, December 31, to open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days to be eligible for 2009 Oscar® consideration.

Entries in the foreign language, animated feature, documentary, and short film categories are subject to special rules and must meet other qualifying criteria. The entry deadlines in these categories have already passed.


The deadlines have been communicated before; it would be sad to learn that a great film missed being nominated because of paperwork issues. Hopefully those responsible will pay attention to this deadline notice.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Calvin Klein SF Union Square - Is store front racist?

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I received this email below from a viewer which explains the person's shock over the Calvin Klein SF Union Square store front display. I went over to make the video above and get your view on the display.

As I've stated in the video, it was not a good idea to approve a store front that is at best questionable. Everyone who's seen the video thus far has a reaction to it, from furled brows to frowns and raised eyebrows, the video does not make for a stoic reaction.



Why someone would do this is a question I will ask Calvin Klein's staffers in the days ahead. Indeed, the worker that talked to me through the glass admitted that she did not the racial overtones in the display until they were pointed out to her.

But for now, read the email below, then take my poll on this certainly controversial Calvin Klein store display.

The email:

Hey Zennie,

I'm kicking myself for not taking a picture (I don't usually use my phone for anything other than a phone, so it escaped me in a moment of anger), but I just got back from the San Francisco Shopping Center where I happened upon an appalling window display in the Calvin Klein store next to Bloomingdale's on the 3rd floor.

Imagine a window full of frolicking monkeys, swinging from tree branches in various playful poses, but instead of monkeys, there are mannequins wearing the latest Calvin fashions. And instead of swinging from tree branches, the mannequins are swinging from ropes finished in nooses at the ends. All of the mannequins are black. It doesn't sound like much, but I'll tell you, those nooses caught my eye in the first place, and it didn't take long to piece it all together.

Why am I sending this to you? Well, you've got a voice on several forums, and could make this very public and embarrassing for Calvin Klein. That anyone could get past the basic design stages of such a display without questioning its bad taste is unbelievable. That such displays are crafted by designers with an eye on every detail makes it even less excusable. That such displays are often dictated to stores by corporate headquarters and duplicated at all locations makes it a disgusting travesty.

If you happen by that store, or know someone in SF who could take some pics for you to post, you could shine a bright light on a very ugly message going out to the thousands of people who pass by that carefully composed collection of symbols. I was deeply offended, but rather than contact Calvin Klein so they can quietly change their windows, I figured I'd contact someone who can give it a bit more exposure.

Thanks for listening and keep up the good blogs,

Name withheld by Zennie
San Francisco

Poll

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Chevron Ecuador Judge Nunez focus of bribery allegation

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In a blockbuster development, Ecuador Judge Juan Nunez, the key legal figure in the Chevron Ecuador environmental damage case, is captured in a video shown here explaining that he plans to rule against the oil giant and for an award of $27 billion "more or less". The judge explains that the verdict will happen and that Chevron will be blocked from filing an appeal of his ruling. In that segment of the video, the Judge explains he's only there to talk about the verdict, not about "the other stuff" which refers to a $3 million payoff request. Later in the video its implied that Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa will benefit from the bribe amount.

On video today I talked to Chevron Media Relations representative Sean Comey about the video and Chevron's investigation.



In the video Judge Nunez, Aulo Gelio ServioTulio Avila ("Avila"), and Pablo Almeida and are talking with two gentleman, Wayne Hansen and Diego Borja who are environmental remediation contractors and in the Judge's chamber in Lago Agrio, Ecuador.  Hansen and Borja have pen-installed camcorders in their shirt pockets.  Diego Borja has worked for Chevron before, Hansen has not, according to Chevron.

Judge Nunez (on the left)

The idea of the meeting was for the Judge and his political associates to be paid by the environmental company for business that would come to them as a result of the Judge's planned verdict.  Here's what the Judge said from the video and the Amazonpost website:

Núñez:             “Any other questions for me as a judge?”
Hansen:           “Oh no, I, I know clearly how it is, you say, Chevron is the guilty party?”
Núñez:             “Yes Sir.”
Hansen:           “And the, the, the act (decision) is October or November of this year?”
Núñez:             “Yes Sir.”
Hansen:           “And it’s….?”
Núñez:             “No later than January.”
Hansen:           “January 2010. And the money is twenty-seven (billion dollars)?”
Núñez:             “It might be less, and it might be more.”


The Judge says "I have nothing to do with that other part" which is not explained in full but Garcia below fills in "the blanks" later, explaining that the Judge will be paid part of $3 million from the consulants.


 Patricio Garcia

The second part of the video has an operative Patricio Garcia (photo from the Amazonpost website) who's reportedly a member of Ecuador's ruling party talking about how the $3 million would be delivered and transfered. This is what was said by Garcia:


Borja: “OK. Of the three million … one million is for the judge?”


Garcia: “Yes.”


Borja: “One million for the presidency…?”


Garcia: “Yes.”


Borja: “And one million for the plaintiffs?”


Garcia: “Yes, that’s right.”


Borja: “But, Loco, for the plaintiffs, who gets the money? Fajardo?”


Garcia: “No. The thing is, we’re going to handle it here.”


Borja: “You mean Alianza PAIS would receive the payment here?”


Garcia: “Right.”


Here's the 30 minute version of the video (the full two hour version is here):



But there's more to this video than what's reported in the press thus far. The focus here is on President Rafael Correa, who's office is named by Patricio Garcia as a beneficiary of the planned bribe money as is "his sister" as stated in the video above. As of this writing Correa has not issued a statement, but his reputation has already come under attack.

The second part of the video was filmed at Alianza PAIS (which means "Proud and Sovereign Fatherland" according to the Wikepedia listing)  Offices June 22, 2009.   PAIS is a political movement led by President Correa.   Who Patricio Garcia is beyond his appearance in this video and his role in PAIS is still basically unknown as of this writing. 

Garcia says that the President's sister  Pierina will be helpful (presumably in making sure that the businessmen get their piece of the planned $27 billion pie) and will meet with "The Gringo" (that's Hansen).  I checked and "Prierina" is indeed  described here as "Pierina Correa, the president's sister and an Alianza País leader in Guayas province".  That confirms my assertion that Garcia is tied to the President and his family as he states in the video.


Shocking.  


Chevron wants Nunez taken off the case

The implication here is that as Chevron Media Relations representative Sean Corney said in my video above, Chevron wants Nunez taken off the environmental damage case.  But given that Chevron has informed the U.S. Department of Justice, the revalation could have deeper implications.  

It could cost the country its Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) status, which was just renewed in June of this year.  Whatever the case, this news sends a clear message that doing business in Ecuador is not the "clean" experience it should be. Until now, blogs have reported the problems of corruption in Ecuador and with respect to President Correa's involvement in the Chevron case, but now we have visible evidence to back those claims.

The news also forever destroys the claim made by Ecuador lawsuit legal advisor Steve Donziger and others who say that the lawsuit against Chevron has nothing to do with the Ecuadorian Government and is brought by citizens of the Amazon. But Correa has appeared with Donziger in public and has been interviewed about the case.

Right.  

One can see that the bribe money's not going anywhere near those groups of people Donziger claims to represent; the political party PAIS would get it and "handle it" as Garcia said in the video.  The question is, did Donziger or his associates in Ecuador and America know about this bribe plan?  Was he to be one of the plaitiffs that would get the bribe money? In the Amazon Defense Coalition statement today, he does not address the possibility that he may be involved, instead he said "As the facts come out it's going to backfire heavily on Chevron."



Amazon Defense Coalition defends Judge Nunez


Karen Hinton of the Amazon Defense Coalition told Reuters that the video shows Judge Nunez resisting the bribery matter. (This is Hinton's full statement.)  In point of fact, the video shows the judge saying that he's speaking in the role of Judge and "does not know about that other matter" which is a way of saying he does know but does not want it to be officially said that he does know.  It's called "plausible deniability ." 

Stay tuned.

Notes:

Full video transcripts:


Meeting 1 Transcript (228 KB)
Meeting 2 Transcript (195 KB)
Meeting 3 Transcript (218 KB)
Meeting 4 Transcript (217 KB)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Miley Cyrus' stripper pole dance at Teen Choice Awards

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When I learned that teen star and Twitter mogul Miley Cyrus had literally done a number on a stripper pole at the Teen Choice Awards Monday night, two thoughts entered my mind: first, who convinced the 16 year old to do it, second, does this mean a sex tape's in her future too. I say and write that because I learned she and her father Billy Ray Cyrus came up with the dance production idea. So if her dad's cool with his daughter dancing around that pole at her age, the sky's the limit, right?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Lou Dobbs home to "birthers" and white supremacists

http://www.zennie62.com - After years of ducking complaints about his occasionally offensive coverage, Lou Dobbs, host of CNN's Lou Dobbs show, may finally see either the end of his days of pretty much getting away with whatever crap he puts out, or the end of his show altogether.

Obama "Beer Summit" , Crowley Press Conference

http://zennie2005.blogspot.com/2009/0... - http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/a... - President Barack Obama held a "Beer Summit" today, as some have called it, with Harvard Professor Henry Lewis Gates, Jr., Cambridge Police Sergeant Officer James Crowley, and Vice President Joe Biden, bring an end to an unfortunate but necessary event in American Cultural history, and starting a new chapter in American race relations.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

John Edwards has a sex tape?

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Henry Louis Gates arrested for being "uppity black man"

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/a... - http://zennie2005.blogspot.com/2009/0... - It's all over the Internet: Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested by Cambridge police officer Sgt. James Crowley after trying to pry open the lock, which was already damaged, to his own Cambridge home with the help of his driver, who picked him up from a trip to China. President Obama, in a press conference on his health care initiative, chimes in by saying "the Cambridge Police acted stupidly." President Obama's totally right. Here's why. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Erin Andrews video peep show on CBS? Why?

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"Obama not American" believers: are they just racist?

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/a... - You know, I'm sick of racists. Just plain tired of em. You know who they are - or maybe they're you. People who are really upset that America elected a black man as president but since they feel they can't say so without the anonymity of the Internet, they craft other means of expressing their anger, like hanging on the to the crazy idea that President Obama's not an American citizen. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Chris Brown: do you accept his apology? A poll.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/a... - http://zennie2005.blogspot.com/2009/0... - Today, singer Chris Brown, who violently struck his girlfriend the lovely and talented Rihanna earlier this year, gave a video-based apology to his fans and the World on his website and YouTube.


To review the story, Brown was arrested in the early morning hours after he and Rihanna had an argument over a text message she found in his phone from one of Brown's lovers that Rihanna didn't know the existence of. What Brown did during the argument was horrifying, CNN.com reports: The incident began when Rihanna, who was riding in the sports car driven by Brown, found a text message on his cell phone from "a woman who Brown had a previous sexual relationship with," according to a sworn statement by Los Angeles Police Detective DeShon Andrews. "A verbal argument ensued," followed by the physical attack, the statement said. It went on to describe the assault in great detail, saying Brown punched Rihanna numerous times and put her in a headlock, restricting her breathing and causing her to start to lose consciousness. He threatened to beat her and kill her, according to the statement, and he bit her ear and her fingers. Eventually, "Robyn F. began screaming for help and Brown exited the vehicle and walked away," the statement said. "A resident in the neighborhood heard Robyn F.'s plea for help and called 911, causing a police response. An investigation was conducted and Robyn F. was issued a Domestic Violence Emergency Protective Order."


That's a terrible level of violence and so much so that I personally find it hard to believe the appology he gave, and you can see in my video above. In an effort to gauge public opinion in the wake of Chris Brown's video, I created this poll:


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The poll captures not just the "Yes, I believe him" or "No, I don't" choices, it has three others: Yes, but I believe he cares more about his career than Rihanna; Sort-of. I need to see more from him; and Chris doesn't need to apologize for anything.


The last choice is deliberately controversial. It came from an episode of Oprah I happened to see where she and Tyra Banks had what could be called a kind of "town-hall" studio meeting on the incident in March. There' a teenager said "I kind of think she deserved it. If a girl has enough nerves to hit a boy, she should get hit back." That (not mentioned in the Salon blog article for some reason) set both Oprah and Tyra into orbit, and me too. I could not believe what I was hearing, but she said it.


I wanted to capture that view with this poll, if possible. Of course, given the fact that I'm focusing on it here, that it's rather ugly, and a choice in the poll, means those who would normally pick that choice may avoid it here. Still, one never knows so here it is in the poll.


What do you think? Take the poll and let's see what you and the public thinks. My view is Chris made the video for himself; he never once mentions Rihanna in the video and since she was the focus of his anger, she should be the first person on his mind beyond his fans. That's telling and may also mean Brown really feels no remorse for what he did to her, but what he did to his career.


The sentence of "labor" was really stupid. Brown's a public figure and should have been made to be a spokesperson against domestic violence, not just taking some course in anger management. What the judge was thinking here, I don't know, but it was the wrong way to go.

Oakland's Green Building: 1100 Broadway

http://oaklandfocus.blogspot.com - Oakland's first tall green building is 1100 Broadway. It won the U.S. Green Building Council's "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" (LEED) award. Distributed by Tubemogul.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Stock Market Update - Earning Season Coming - Mike Swanson in Las Vegas(07/10/09)

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I'm [Mike Swanson] in Las Vegas at an investment conference and decided to post this video update on the market. We've dropped for each of the past three weeks, but a good chance of some sort of bounce around earnings season this week is likely. Earnings starts this Thursday with earnings from IBM and JP Morgan. For my free stock trading newsletter go to http://www.wallstreetwindow.com

Freedom Fest 2009 - Our Government No Longer Represents the Values of Freedom

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FREEDOM FEST 2009 - NO MSM?

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"Our Government No Longer Represents the Values of Freedom.." Adm Kokesh
"We know socialism does't work" Steve Forbes
"Our current leaders have very little in common with the peopl who founded this country. Their philosophy is rooted in socialism or Marxism..." Peter Schiff

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Burlesque Hall of Fame 2009

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Burlesque Hall of Fame 2009
Main Event - Miss Exotic World
July 6th, 2009
Orleans Casino - Las Vegas, NV

We offer performance reels with direct audio feeds from the mixer, assuring your song is heard clearly, along with crowd audio that picks up all the hoots n' hollers of the high energy audience. Check the Oona Productions channel for performance teasers from this year's Burlesque Hall of Fame.

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Jackson 5 LIVE in VEGAS - Life Of The Party/Forever Came Today

On YouTube from An7ie, http://ow.ly/gPSO
Rare and phenomenal footage of 1974 show from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas!
Highest entertainment quality, the video, however, is not hi def.

Vegas Welcomes a New King: The Lion King Las Vegas

On YouTube from jonleadbetter, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2JBCxCS34w
A preview of Vegas' new show The Lion King, with interviews from the Cast...Enjoy!!!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Michael Jackson passes | public opinion: "We Are The World"



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Michael Jackson's passing is still a shock to me. The very idea that someone I feel like I grew up with left us at the age of 50 is just not right at all. I first saw Michael perform when I was 10 years old at the old Chicago International Amphitheatre in 1972; the Campbell family, who babysat me, took me and I remember it like it was yesterday. The Jackson Five was then the must see event and Michael was the star.

Michael was like my brother. In a way for many African Americans he was just that, a sibling. I knew him as the guy who grew up in Gary, Indiana. We knew people who knew them in Chicago, so I felt close to him long ago. I think it's for that reason so many African Americans were on Michael's side during the years when it seems he was kind of flying the coup: changing his skin color from brown to near white; narrowing his nose, and basically seeming to channel his best friend the legendary singer Diana Ross. Then, of course, there were the claims that he "liked boys" which we figured wasn't the case, and was more a byproduct of the money and attention seeking people who surrounded him. Michael was a person with an arrested development: he never had a childhood so to escape the trappings of a constant adult life, he created a childhood for himself.

I think being an adult just literally killed Michael.

For me, Michael Jackson was the person who wanted to bring us all together, as shown in his "We Are The World" effort. That amazing production and song, created with a group of the World's best known music talents, with Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Steve Perry, Bob Dylan, the late Ray Charles, and a host of others and to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia, was just amazing. Amazing. I loved that song then; I still do today and I cry every time I hear it. (the lyrics and video are at the end of this post).


Talking with people About Michael's passing


The death of Michael Jackson is one of those events that will cause you to remember where you were when you learned of it. In my case I'd just emerged from a private movie screening at the Saul Zaentz Film Center in West Berkeley, CA. My Mom just happened to call with the news as I was walking to my car; I was stunned. Just stunned. So I took my Flip Video Camera and set out to talk to people about what happened to Michael. I had plenty of places to do this: the BART train station, the San Francisco Magazine "Best of The Bay" party, and all points in between.

What's amazing is the sheer number of people who were immediately informed via text messages and the reactions: shock, sadness, but not joy. No. No one expressed anything close to that at all, even given the part of his life where it seemed he was overwhelmed with "kid" issues. Nothing.

Dominic Phillips, the master of event planning in San Francisco, and who produced last night's "San Francisco Magazine Best of The Bay" party said "It's horrible. First and formost, anybody dying is horrible. There are so many family members that are just gonna be torn apart. But also Michael Jackson; on the one hand he was a very maverick person. But on the other hand he was part of my generation's life. He was like part of my experience, my growing up and I feel a little robbed that he's not there anymore. Like whether you thought his experience was your experience,that doesn't really come into it for me. I just sort of bonded with him in my youth and now he's gone."

Another woman I talked to on Howard Street in San Francisco said "I was just walking and three people got text messages (that he died)...just terrible. My friend Beth Schnitzer, who's the Director of Sponsorship Marketing at Pier 39 said "I can't believe it. Every time I listen to his music, it brings back a great memory from growing up somehow, some way. You know, it really hasn't hit me. He was too young; way too young." Jerusha, "The Last Single Girl In The World" said, as only she can, "We all have to go sometime and boy did he have a fabulous life before he went. He did it up and he did it up right. You know what they say, you only live once and that's all you need if you do it right!"

I talked to a lot of people, and if you see my video there are more than what's presented here, but all just variations on what was expressed. People loved Michael, warts and all. The "Best of The Bay" event turned into a kind of tribute to Michael, with his music playing continuously through the evening, and people danced, especially to "Thriller" which is a modern classic.

Sad day it was to have this happen. Michael, the world will miss you.

We Are The World - Lyrics and video:

Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, produced by Quincy Jones.



There comes a time
When we head a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can't go on
Pretending day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of
God's great big family
And the truth, you know love is all we need

[Chorus]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

Send them your heart
So they'll know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stone to bread
So we all must lend a helping hand

[Chorus]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

When you're down and out
There seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
There's no way we can fall
Well, well, well, well, let us realize
That a change will only come
When we stand together as one

[Chorus]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

Monday, May 4, 2009

New TV Show by Zennie62's On BART and Oscar Grant

On Saturday, May 2nd, my new television show starts. It's called "The Blog Report With Zennie62" and features the use of my video blogs in a weekly 30-minute format broadcast and co-produced by CoLoursTV in Denver. The start time is 3:30 PM Pacific Time, 6:30 PM Eastern Time and the show is replayed at 11:30 PM and 2:30 PM respecfully.

If you don't have a TV you can see the live stream at CoLoursTV.org. or Zennie62.com

The first show focused on selected events that occured after the shooting of Oscar Grant by BART Officer Johannes Mesherle on New Year's Day. It opens with my walk through a riot-ravaged downtown Oakland where I talked with many people about what happened, including a group of kids who were some of the rioters. Then we focus on the words of "DaveyD", America's foremost hiphop reporter and voice of the street, who shares his observations of how Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums handled the situation. And finally we hear from Dellums himself. This is not the last time I will visit this issue, but it's a good place to start the show.

The standard format is to present politics, news, sports, and tech in some combination for each show. Sometimes it's me talking about an issue; other times it's me talking to someone else, and with this show we will feature the work of other video-bloggers. It's a vloggers' playground.

The show will have a deliberate vlogger feel. Videos that you see on my channels at YouTube, Blip.tv, and other places make up the show. There's no studio; the camcorder is the star instrument. That means we can go anywhere at anytime and quickly make a video. It also means I can share what's happening in the news on the blogsphere in video form and show it on "The Blog Report". A lot of ground we can cover considering I never dreamed of having my own television show, but this whole road I've taken has been totally unplanned by me.

"The Blog Report" all started last year when I met Art Thomas who's the Executive Vice President with CoLoursTV at a media walk-through for the Democratic National Convention in Denver. He lived in Oakland before moving to Denver and so we had a lot to talk about. I was looking for a sponsor for our show at the time, so I sent a proposal to Thomas. That exchange turned into an idea for placing our videos on CoLoursTV and that became the concept called "The Blog Report With Zennie62".

Our first concern was how to get the videos up on television without a loss of at least the quality that is seen on Blip.tv and Viddler, which have the sharpest video uploads (that written, I love YouTube and the quality's really improved over time such that it's competitive with the two, but YouTube's best system is the website design and its "viral" nature as well as The YouTube Partner program.) I think we solved that problem and I understand the TV version looks even better than what you're going to see here.

I look forward to your feedback and questions. We're seeking sponsors and there are some organizations we simply want to establish strategic partnerships with, so please contact me. The possibilities for this are many and should serve as an example for a possble future for newspapers as well.

If you're a video-blogger located anywhere in the World and have material that's not longer than 4 minutes tops, notify me via email at zennie@sportsbusinesssims.com and we'll go from there. I prefer the video is already uploaded on some site, Brightcove, Blip.tv, YouTube, etc, so I can see it.

I wish to thank Art Thomas, Damon Purdy, and Tracy Winchester of CoLours TV, as well as Steve and Bernard who made me look good in the promo. I also wish to thank Google / YouTube for their support and encouragement and specifically Chad, Emily, and Hunter. A big loud shot-out to the iReport team at CNN: Lila, Henry, Rachel, David, Nicole Saldi, and the rest. And thanks to the team at CNN Special Projects, Errol and Jessica, and to Roland Martin and his staff at CNN for discovering me. Finally, thanks to the San Francisco Chronicle for seeing the value in how I do what I'm doing and providing a platform. To the National Football League and Commissioner Roger Goodell, Greg Aiello, and Frank Supovitz ("Mr. Super Bowl") And of course, thanks to my Mom and my relatives in Chicago and Tennessee.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Paul Krugman is WRONG about The Obama TARP Plan

Economist Paul Krugman has been attacking the Obama / Geitner Troubled Assets Relief Plan (TARP) as using taxpayer money to pay investors to take the assets off bank's hands. But he offers no alternative. Paul is wrong in that he wants the "bad assets" to remain on bank statements, but for what? To continue to freeze the credit market? His blog posts in the NY Times on this matter are intellectually sloppy at best. That -- for a Nobel Prize winner -- is terrible.

Krugman sets up straw person examples to prove the idea that the investor spends little of his or her own money -- but that is the idea. I do not know why he comes up with these half-baked statements at all. Perhaps he is just angry that Obama did not pick him to be economic advisor.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction at The Pearl May 18

Rumors were put to rest earlier this year when Nine Inch Nails front-man Trent Reznor posted on his website that NIN would tour in 2009 with the reunited Jane’s Addiction. The first wave of the North American Tour includes a stop in Las Vegas at the intimate Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Resort on Monday, May 18, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

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Forget the NCAA: LAPTOP Announces Netbook Madness

Starting today, the best college basketball teams in the country will compete in the largest annual illegal gambling and office-productivity killing event known as the NCAA Tournament. We at LAPTOP would be remiss to ignore it, but everyone’s doing a basketball bracket these days. Don’t the netbooks deserve to fight it out on the courts, too?

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Jesse Waits (Nightclub entrepreneur) shares success advice

Las Vegas International Hospitality Week 09 Las Vegas Red Carpet - Maria Ngo & Ray DuGray (hosts/producers of The STRIP VIEW Live! Success TV talk show) interview Jesse Waits (Nightclub entrepreneur) on the red carpet from center stage as part of International Hospitality Week inside the Las Vegas Convention Center.Visit www.VegasNet.tv

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Rod Stewart 2009 North American Summer Tour Hits MGM Aug 1

Rod Stewart returns to Las Vegas with a stop at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Aug. 1 as part of a limited-engagement tour this summer. The tour will provide fans with the perfect summer setting to enjoy hits from throughout Stewart’s extraordinary four-decade career. The concert is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

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Michael Jackson to Perform in U.S. After London Concerts

Michael Jackson is rumored to choose Las Vegas as a place to host his American 'This Is It' concerts in 2011.

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Michael Jackson to Perform in U.S. After London Concerts

Michael Jackson is rumored to choose Las Vegas as a place to host his American 'This Is It' concerts in 2011.

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LAX Nightclub Inside the Luxor Hotel - Video Review

Catering to a young, sophisticated audience, LAX Nightclub at Luxor Las Vegas is the destination of choice for club-goers, A-list celebrities and the social jet set.

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Top 5 Most Outraegous Cocktails in Las Vegas - Comptropolis

Drinks made with liquid gold, dry ice and diamond encrusted straws! A break down of the 5 most off the wall drinks served at casinos. Star Trek themed concoctions to the "Gotham Martini," learn what people will drink and what you'll never buy.

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Web site seeks donations to help O.J. Simpson appeal convic

A new Web site is seeking donations to help free O.J. Simpson, who it says was wrongly convicted of robbery and kidnapping.Creators of the site say the controversial former football star was railroaded by a "kangaroo court" in Las Vegas, Nevada, last year.

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Sin City St. Patrick's Events

A complete list of things to do in Las Vegas on St. Patrick's Day. Dick's Last Resort, Green Valley Ranch, Fremont Street Experience, The City of Henderson 43rd Annual “Sons of Erin” St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, J.C. Wooloughan Irish Pub in the JW Marriott Las Vegas , Mandalay Bay's J-Pop Lounge and Eyecandy Sound Lounge and Bar and more!

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14th Annual Conference Promises More ITIL Case Studies

At less than a month after the 13th Annual International IT Service Management Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas that drew nearly 2,000 attendees, Pink Elephant today announced plans for the next conference, returning to the Bellagio from February 21-24, 2010.

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Star Trek Movie: Where Are The Black Men?

There's a lack of Black men in the Star Trek trailers and director J.J. Abrams called and invited Tyler Perry to be in the movie to make up for the oversight

Monday, March 16, 2009

TV Show Preview: "The Blog Report With Zennie62"

On May 1st 2009 CoLoursTV will launch "The Blog Report With Zennie62" nationwide on DISH Network channel 9407 and selected Comcast, Fox, and Insight cable channels, and on YouTube, Blip.tv, and 13 other channels online.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rush Limbaugh Is Wrecking The GOP And I LOVE IT!

http://www.zennie62.com -- Rush Limbaugh's idiological rants are out of touch with an economic reality that will keep The Democrats in power for at least the next 10 years. The reason is the economy itself and the need for government investment.

Between 1960 and 1999 the U.S. Economy added 20 million new jobs every 10 years, but from 1999 to today, only about 4.7 million new jobs. What happened to the 15 million jobs? They went overseas to countries like India, France, and north to Canada. And with jobs goes wealth. It's a key reason America's now the 3 largest exporter whereas we were number one for years, until 2004. We're now behind Germany and China.

All of that wealth lost has resulted in wrecked credit over time. We have to have jobs to afford our mortgages and our population did not stop growing through this period. But what happened was that we started to lose jobs from the remaining stock of them. Remember, we have millions of people that aren't even being counted in our economy -- they don't exist for employment purposes. The "Joe The Plumbers" of today are the steel workers of yesterday. With a thriving growing manufaturing industry, we were able to employ Americans and jobs were plentiful. Not today.

With this weak World Credit system we need government spending to replace the private investment spending that's gone. Indeed, with fewer businesses there's less private investment spending -- goverment must catalyze the growth of business.

All of this calls for an activist government and that's something -- that need -- will keep The Democrats in power for years to come.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Eric Holder Is Right: Twittering About Race Causes Cancer!

Attorney General Eric Holder is right! Twittering about race causes cancer as toxins build. Best to have a diverse group of friends to talk to, and only a coward would be afraid to have friends of different backgrounds!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook's Benevolent Dictator

Mark Zuckerberg is Facebook's Benevolent Dictator who says the social network is 176 million or the sixth largest nation in the World. Electing to preserve member privacy was him being nice. Suppose he didn't do it?

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Josh Wolf Documentary Project: Sierra Choi Needs Your Help


John Wolf spent 226 days in jail to protect his videos and sources, and caused the creation of a new law protecting video-bloggers. Now Sierra Choi is directing and producing a documentary - the trailer is here as part of my video blog.

At the time in 2006, I met Josh when he worked for the television division at Peralta Community College. He was also in the middle of his battle with the Federal Government, but even then was still focused on his work, and didn't spend a lot of time fretting about what could happen.

Then Josh defied San Francisco U.S. District Judge William Alsup's order to turn over the videos Josh had taken from a anti-G8 anarchist protes heldt in San Francisco on July 8, 2005. Wolf feared that the U.S. Government in the form of the FBI simply wanted to identify the people who were protesting and not solve a crime they claim had been committed against a police officer. Wolf's videos did not contain any footage of a police officer being harmed.

Still, U.S. District Judge William Alsup order Wolf to be held in jail for civil contempt of court later in 2006. Then, after negotiations, he was released but still refused to give up any of his videos, offering instead to post them online and show them to the Judge himself. Initially the judge refused, and Wolf was ordered back to jail.

Eventually, and after 226 days, Wolf agreed to show the then unseen video clip online and was released from jail. He never gave a copy of the video to the goverment.

In the wake of his ordeal and new stronger "shield" law has been placed in California law to protect journalists of all kinds, from print to blogs. We have Josh to thank for this.

Now, video film producer Sierra Choi is working to raise $250,000 to create a documentary called "Quiet Uprising: The Story of Josh Wolf" and needs our help. You can contact Sierra through me by sending an email here: zennie@sportsbusinesssims.com

Please help as many need to know Josh's story so this will never happen again.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Elton John's Last Vegas Show April 22nd

More at Google News: “LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AFP) — Elton John is letting the sun go down on his long-running show at Las Vegas's Caesars Palace on April 22, the famous resort confirmed Wednesday.
Tickets for the British singer-songwriter's final 12 performances of "The Red Piano" -- a lavish 90-minute spectacle in which the 61-year-old legend croons his classics -- will go on sale on Thursday.
The April 22 show will be the 241st performance of "The Red Piano," which launched in 2004 with a three-year commitment that was stretched to five. It has been a consistent sell-out.”

Las Vegas High Rise Blog » Guess How Many Las Vegas Strip Luxury High Rise Condos Exist?

More at Las Vegas High Rise Blog: “With all of the recent media reports about Las Vegas real estate imploding, there’s no wonder most people think the Las Vegas Strip area has an ocean of luxury high rise residential condos for sale.  Just last week I read one comment on a Blog that stated for a fact that Miami’s luxury high rise residential condos for sale were in the same boat as Las Vegas.  So that would make Las Vegas have at least 22,000 luxury high rise condos for sale along the Strip?  Right?  Not so fast.

Let’s see exactly what the real numbers are.  Would you believe 1306 Las Vegas luxury residential condos along the Strip with 409 existing and the rest under construction?  This detailed video reports gives you the inside scoop on the real numbers and you will see just how far off the mark the media has gone regarding Strip condo statistics”

Friday, February 6, 2009

Hard Rock Hotel Expansion : 15-story tower topped off

More at Las Vegas Sun: “The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino celebrated another step in its $750 million expansion project Friday when construction workers hoisted the highest piece of the structure atop the South Tower.

The new 15-story tower will separate itself as the resort's all-suite tower, featuring 374 suites and eight “spa villas.” Crowning the tower will be seven penthouse suites. The South Tower will open in late 2009 as the final component of the resort's expansion project.

The standard suites in the South Tower will be about 700 square feet, featuring Bose sound systems, iPod docks, two 42-inch plasma TVs (one of which is in the bathroom) and 310-thread count sheets.”

Friday, January 30, 2009

North Las Vegas police seek man in pizza delivery homicide

More at Las Vegas Sun: “North Las Vegas Police Department detectives are asking for the public's help in finding "a person of interest" in the death of pizza deliveryman John Norris on Saturday night.

The suspect was seen in the area before the attack on Norris in the 5800 block of Rose Sage Street. He is described as a black man between 17 and 25 years old, 5-foot-10, heavy set and wearing a hooded sweatshirt at the time.

Pizza Hut and another local business are offering cash rewards up to $22,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case. This amount includes $2,000 from Crime Stoppers.”

Boulder City Mayor says city needs to tighten its belt - Las Vegas Sun

More at Las Vegas Sun: “Boulder City needs to focus on saving money this year so it can afford to stay safe and clean, Mayor Roger Tobler told a packed council chambers Thursday during his second State of the City address.

Tobler presented a four-pronged approach to preserving the city's needs and wants: cutting expenses, leasing land, reducing the debt and increasing residents' water and power bills.

For now, he said, money woes haven't changed the things that make Boulder City unique.

"Fortunately, financial difficulties and economic downturns do not change who we are as a community," Tobler said.”

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Lou Dobbs Is An Idiot On The Economy

When it comes to the Economy, Lou Dobbs is an idiot who does not get that we've lost 15 million jobs over the last 11 years or that 7 trillion in consumer debt is seeking payers and is not finding them because there's no jobs.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

MLK Day Wright Elementary School Ms. Lane 3rd Grade Class

Las Vegas Channel 13 News MLK Day William V. Wright Elementary School January 19, 2009. Ms. Lane's 3rd Grade

CES 2009, Las Vegas

YouTubes MimiSwanks reports: CES is the International Consumer Electronics Show, "Where Entertainment, Technology, and Business Converge". (Watch in high quality!) This year had a particularly GREEN theme, in other words, lots of renewable energy technologies. So, it was very exciting. The newest technology on the market was presented. Good times had by all at the Las Vegas Convention Center! Special Thanks to my interviewees! And a shout-out to the folks at Intel who let me use the DJ booth!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Las Vegas Sands: A big rise, a big fall - Las Vegas Sun

More at Las Vegas Sun: “Las Vegas Sands was once the envy of Wall Street. In fall 2007, with seemingly unlimited growth prospects in Macau, the most lucrative gambling market in the world, the company’s share price topped out at nearly $150.

Founder and Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson’s personal fortune rose with the company’s. On the strength of his stake in Las Vegas Sands, his net worth reached an estimated $28 billion, according to Forbes’ list of richest Americans in 2007.

Adelson, the combative son of a cabdriver, peaked at No. 3 on that list and had his eye on the top spot, held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

But then came the fall, a drop so fast and long that even in this era of suicidal reversals on Wall Street, Sands stands out.

The company’s market value plummeted more than 90 percent”

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

School zoning proposals prompt heated debate - Las Vegas Sun

More at Las Vegas Sun: “Hundreds of Henderson parents and a few high school students were at Foothill High School Monday night to voice opinions on the school district's attendance zoning proposals for elementary and high schools.

For more than a month, members of the Clark County School District Attendance Zone Advisory Commission have been looking at possibly changing school boundaries for Sue Morrow, C.T. Sewell and Robert Taylor elementary schools. Changes to the zoning boundaries for Coronado, Foothill, Green Valley, Liberty and Silverado high schools are also on the table.

The commission will decide at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday which proposals or combination of proposals will be accepted as recommendations. Those recommendations will be presented to the School Board Feb. 24 and March 3.”

35,000 CityCenter Job Applicants for 12,000 Jobs - Las Vegas Sun

More at Las Vegas Sun: “Shellshocked from months of fruitless searching, job seekers showed up Monday with scrubbed faces and sharp suits at a large building behind the Mirage.

As many as 700 people per day will enter the building to await a turn with CityCenter human resources staffers, who will hire a Las Vegas record of more than 12,000 people over the next several months.

CityCenter likely broke another record last week, receiving about 35,000 online applications in less than seven days.

There wasn’t any good or bad news on Monday. Staffers made sure the online applications were filled out properly and determined whether the candidates are seeking the most appropriate jobs. The positions will be filled in August.”

-- As I said to a friend, this is the shot in the arm Vegas needs: a building boom at the right time.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Group proposes new taxes to fix state budget - Las Vegas Sun

More at Las Vegas Sun: “A liberal group proposed a host of new and higher taxes in order to avoid steep budget cuts over this upcoming biennium.

The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada presented the plan Monday to raise, according to their figures, $1.259 billion a year. Officials with the organization said Nevada's tax structure places an unfair burden on the poor and middle class, and lets profitable businesses largely off the hook.

The plan would:

Eliminate most tax exemptions deducted by mining companies before they pay the net proceeds of minerals -- $141 million a year.
Institute a "business profits tax" of 5 percent on businesses with profits between $50,000 and $100,000. Businesses with profits over $100,000 a year would pay 7 percent -- $194 million a year.
Double the modified business tax, which is a tax businesses pay based on payroll -- $279 million a year.
Tax meals that the gaming industry comps to players. PLAN says this would generate $140 million a year. The Department of Taxation, though, has said that paying back taxes from 2002 owed to gaming companies under a recent Supreme Court ruling would cost the state a total of $60 million and local governments $40 million.
Increase the room tax by 3 percentage points in Clark and Washoe counties. PLAN says that would generate $125 million a year, but that was before the serious downturn in the tourism market. More recent estimates have put that number at $100 million a year.
Institute an "unearned income tax" of 3 percent on income over $200,000 per year. That includes money from capital gains, interest and dividends. That would bring in $380 million a year. It would also require a constitutional amendment, which would require approval from the voters twice, in 2010 and 2012 before it could be enacted in 2013.
Income tax. It would also require constitutional amendment, though PLAN does not lay out specific rates.
PLAN said Nevada's tax structure, which relies heavily on sales tax and gaming tax, has the poorest of the state paying a disproportionately higher percent of their incomes in taxes.”

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Driving past Palazzo Resort night of Grand Opening, 1-17-2008

Palazzo Resort Hotel Grand Opening Fireworks. Las Vegas, NV. 1-17-2008

Encore Resort Hotel and Casino has Grand Opening in Las Vegas 12-22-2008

Steve Wynn's Encore Resort Hotel and Casino opens on Las Vegas strip. 12-22-2008.

Touring Steve Wynn's Encore Resort Hotel on Opening Night in Las Vegas Pt. 1

Steve Wynn opens Encore Resort Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Porn industry feeling pain as expo hits Vegas - Las Vegas Sun

Porn industry feeling pain as expo hits Vegas - Las Vegas Sun: “The economic downturn has many companies looking for ways to survive, and those in the adult-entertainment industry are also finding it’s not always easy to shake a recession.

Amid tough times, the industry’s largest convention, the Adult Video Network’s Adult Entertainment Expo, hits Las Vegas today with steady fan attendance and a host of challenges on the exhibit floor.

AVN’s four-day expo is expected to lure adult stars, about 25,000 visitors and 250-plus exhibitors showcasing the latest in adult novelties, DVDs and technology.

But aside from economic problems, porn professionals are confronting changing times in the industry with a new presidential administration, the ongoing threat of Internet pirating and challenges of marketing not-so-essential adult products during a recession.

Adult Entertainment Expo spokesman Sean Devlin said despite the tough economic climate, the mood on the eve of the Vegas convention was mostly upbeat.”

Strip gaming win lowest in five years - Las Vegas Sun

More at the Sun: “CARSON CITY – Winnings at Strip casinos dropped to a five-year low in November as the resorts recorded their second straight month of double-digit declines.

The state Gaming Control Board reported today the gross win at the 41 Strip casinos was $437.6 million, off 16.2 percent from a year ago.

Board Spokesman Frank Streshley said this November was compared to a “soft” November in 2007, when the gross win, before expenses and taxes, fell 19.2 percent.”

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tropicana hires Thacker to run Las Vegas casino - San Jose Mercury News

More at San Jose Mercury News: “LAS VEGAS—Tropicana Entertainment LLC says it has hired Ron Thacker as president of its casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
The company said in a release on Tuesday that the former vice president of casino operations at Fontainebleau Resorts will oversee all property operations once regulators approve the hiring.
Tropicana says Thacker has more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He's held executive positions at the Flamingo Las Vegas, the former Casino Windsor in Ontario, Canada, and the Flamingo Hilton in Kansas City, Mo.
The Tropicana Las Vegas opened in 1957 on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. It has 1,800 rooms in two high-rise towers of 21 and 22 stories.”

Benjamin Acuna and Anabel Valenzuela - Las Vegas couple get hefty sentences

More at San Jose Mercury News: “HONOLULU—A Las Vegas couple convicted of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Hawaii and related money laundering offenses was sentenced in Honolulu to 32 years in prison.
U.S. Attorney Edward Kubo Jr. said Benjamin Acuna and Anabel Valenzuela were the leaders of a ring that shipped 2,000 pounds of meth from Nevada to Hawaii between 2002 and 2005.
U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway on Monday also ordered Acuna and Valenzuela to forfeit five Las Vegas properties, five bank accounts and the contents of a safety deposit box.
The jury that convicted the two in September ordered them to forfeit to the government $8 million, representing the ring's profits.”

New resorts in Las Vegas hiring for thousands of positions

More at AZ Republic: “Hospitality workers who are finding it hard to find a job or advancement opportunities in the Phoenix area might want to try Las Vegas.

A spate of mega resort hotels set to open there this year will create openings for tens of thousands of workers, and hotel operators are already looking outside the Las Vegas area to make hires.

The $9 billion CityCenter project in Las Vegas is targeting the metro Phoenix area to fill more than 12,000 jobs needed to staff the 18 million-square-foot development, set to open later this year.

The Valley has tens of thousands of trained hospitality industry employees, and many of them are looking for work due to the ailing economy.

"In this economy, people are going to have to go where the jobs are," said Patti Urias, an Arizona Department of Commerce spokeswoman.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Arizona shed 7,000 hospitality jobs from November 2007 to November 2008 as the worsening economy cut into tourism and business travel.”

CES 2009 Preview: Why Mobile WorkHorse is THE Blog for CES Coverage - CIO - Blogs and Discussion

More at CIO: “This Thursday, January 8 marks the start of the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), running in Las Vegas through Sunday, January 11. And while there will certainly be no shortage of blogs and news outlets covering the plethora of tech news that will emerge, there's only one destination for the kind of mobile specific, in-depth analysis you've come to expect from my CIO.com blog: The Mobile WorkHorse. Here's why.


As you may or may not know, CIO.com is an IDG-owned website, as are a variety of additional tech sites including the venerable PCWorld.com, the esteemed Computerworld.com and the uber-popular Macworld.com. As such, all of these publications, and more, share online content. Because these three tech powerhouses will also be at CES and they're news outlets first and foremost, ”

Monday, January 5, 2009

MGM Mirage City Center Job Application Process Open

I saw this at the Las Vegas Review Journal...

MGM Mirage opens CityCenter job application process

BY HOWARD STUTZ
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Construction at City Center is shown in this file photo taken from Planet Hollywood on Nov. 14. The nearly $10 billion project is scheduled to open late 2009.

MGM Mirage opened the job application process today for the more than 12,000 positions it needs to fill at the massive $9.1 billion CityCenter development.MGM Mirage opens CityCenter job application process

-- Nice to see that Las Vegas is still making large scale projects in this economy, but to be more accurate, it looks like this one got off the ground a long tme ago before the economy went south. Now, come the summer, Vegas will have new jobs filled at a time when other cities are hurting.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

$940,000 Luxury Condo On The Las Vegas Strip!

Ever wonder what a lux condo on the Las Vegas Strip looks like? This is what you get for $1 million...

2009 New Year's Eve Countdown On The Las Vegas Strip

Drunk Women in Las Vegas - What Happens In Vegas..

This video is a kind of hidden, sloppy camera shot of a group of people escorting a drunk women to her room, where there were more drunk women. Only in Las Vegas, now on video.

Runway Show by Marciano at the Fashionshow Mall in Las Vegas

Runway Show by Marciano at the Fashionshow Mall in Las Vegas is just a slice of life if you're in the fashion business in this town.

Are Las Vegas Waiters Really That Rude?

More at VEGAS HAPPENS HERE Think Las Vegas waiters are being rude? According to this blogger, they're just saving water!:

"Vegas waiters aren't being rude,
they're just saving water.
Remember, this is a desert.
Water is served by request only
at participating restaurants."

-- Thanks for the note!

"RateVegas "Best Las Vegas Blog" - Two Way Hard Three | Las Vegas Casino & Design Blog | from ratevegas.com

Two Way Hard Three | Las Vegas Casino & Design Blog | from ratevegas.com: “Tonight, on the live Web cast, I was very surprised to learn that this blog was a winner in the 2008 Trippies for 'Best Vegas Blog'.

The competition was very stiff - these are all names you know and you probably read all of them (you should). I've been lucky enough to meet a few and call them friends - they all publish on a regular basis and give a lot to their readers.

* Die is Cast
* The Movable Buffet
* Stiffs & Georges
* Vegas Happens Here
* Vegas Links
* Vegas Rex”

-- Enjoy it while it lasts, because there's a new sherriff in town, and you're reading it!

CHILD KILLED: Brother shot girl in the chest - ReviewJournal.com - News

More at Las Vegas ReviewJournal.com : “The gunshot that killed a 6-year-old Las Vegas girl Wednesday night was fired by her 7-year-old brother, who told police he found the gun in a bedroom closet and thought it was a BB gun.

The girl, who was identified by the Clark County coroner's office Friday as Jorden Jackson, died of a gunshot wound to the chest in what has been ruled an accident.”

Forecast: 1 in 10 Nevadans jobless - Las Vegas Sun

More at Las Vegas Sun: “Nevada’s unemployment rate may top 10 percent this year, UNLV economist Keith Schwer says, before any benefits of President-elect Barack Obama’s economic plan are felt here.

But once Nevada gets through 2009 — when unemployment will fluctuate between 9 percent and 10 percent, it can exhale and expect better days, says Schwer, director of UNLV’s Center for Business and Economic Research.

In November the state recorded a 24-year-high unemployment rate of 8 percent, up from 7.7 percent the previous month, according to the Labor Statistics Bureau. The national unemployment rate in November was 6.7 percent.

In October, state economists had forecast the unemployment rate at 8.2 percent at the start of the new year and peaking at 8.8 percent by the end of 2009.”

Official Encore Las Vegas TV Commercial With Steve Wynn- 2008

And this is the commercial with Wynn sitting at the top of his new hotel, Encore. Really. That's him.

Steve Wynn Is REALLY On Encore Las Vegas In TV Commercial Starring Steve Wynn

I have to admit I didn't believe that was Las Vegas Real Estate Developer Steve Wynn sitting atop his new hotel Encore, but one look at this video convinced me it was him. I first saw the video at the website of the Las Vegas Sun, which reports:

"The television commercial in which Wynn perches atop his new copper-colored hotel like it’s a billion-dollar lawn chair is no product of Hollywood trickery.

In the Encore ad, Wynn reprises the commercial he did for Wynn Las Vegas, in which he stood atop that hotel.

As proof Wynn was really there, the hotel prepared a behind-the-scenes video showing the preparations for the shoot on and above the 48-story hotel. Wynn rehearses his lines with director Brett Ratner (“Rush Hour,” “X-Men: The Last Stand”). The casino developer is shown walking up the building’s sloping rooftop and then seated at its pinnacle with his legs crossed and dangling 675 feet above the ground. A camera-carrying chopper hovers nearby.

“This should lay the question to rest,” the narrator says. “Yes, Steve really was on the building.”"

I've got to give it to Steve. That took guts -- I guess that's how he managed to stay on top of the Las Vegas Hotel game.

North wins in Gibbons’ naming of top officials - Las Vegas Sun

More at The Las Vegas Sun: “CARSON CITY — Lost in the debate over the legality of Gov. Jim Gibbons’ attempted appointment of the friend of a friend to head the state Tourism Commission is the governor’s penchant for another kind of favoritism.

Gibbons overwhelmingly favors Northern Nevadans in his appointments to top salaried administrative posts — including the controversial attempted appointment of Kirk Montero of Reno as tourism chief.

Few residents of Clark County, home to 70 percent of the state’s population, serve in the governor’s Cabinet or in senior staff positions.

His chief of staff, Josh Hicks; assistant chief of staff, Mendy Elliott; and chief counsel, Chris Nielsen, are from the Reno-Carson City area. Until November, Gibbons’ communications director was a Northern Nevadan, Ben Kieckhefer.”

-- Seems Illinois isn't the only state with a Governor problem.

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