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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The System Worked

Picture from ABC News Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab's charred underwear where he hid explosives.

The President’s unique understanding of muslim countries, coupled with his apparently unique understanding that “our future and our security is tied up with our ability to work with other countries in the world” will ultimately make Americans safer. I defy you to disprove that statement. It cannot be disproven.

It’s akin to the mythical “jobs saved” argument: “yeah, so unemployment exceeds 10 percent, but guess how many jobs would have been lost without the stimulus?”

You think this attempted bombing was bad, well guess how many terrorists acts were averted by our unique understanding of muslim nations? We changed their will with our understanding of muslim nations.

Then, they can trot out some economists to show that the President’s understanding of the world averted countless terrorists acts which would have otherwise taken place. If anyone questions them, the economists can dutifully apply the same mathematics used for the climate change models, and the media will acknowledge that the debate is settled.

Posted by An Objectivist on HotAir on December 29, 2009 at 8:32 PM


It is very clear that Obama does not know what to do when he isn’t constantly being told how smart he is. The lower his poll numbers have gone, the more disassociated from reality he seems to be getting. We joke about TOTUS being the real speaker but today’s attempt at undoing the damage of the lapses of his administration were just pathetic.

Posted by highhopes on HotAir on December 29, 2009 at 7:54 PM


He’s been told his entire life that he was special. Not just special but, like, ‘royally’ special. And people have bent rules, voided requirements, paid and appeased for him his entire life, such that, he exists today in some super-terrestial twilight, to borrow a phrase from a novelist.

Posted by Lourdes on HotAir on December 29, 2009 at 7:36 PM

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Bellagio Christmas

The Christmas display at the Bellagio Conservatory.

Ling in the conservatory at Bellagio taking in the Christmas display.

We asked a random tourist to snap a shot of us together.

Official Bellagio gift wrapping seal.

This picture made from live flowers and shubbrey.

Christmas Polar Bear patting my Ling on the head.

Wouldn't be complete without a toy train set.

Oops! This one is from Caesars Palace. I kept waiting for them to move and I was going to tip them a dollar, but they never did.

Peace Out.

Football Sunday at Lagasse Stadium

CJ got us a swanky suite at Lagasse's Stadium and Sportsbook at The Plazzo on Sunday to scream and yell and gamble on football like a rock star.

Pauly the Rock Star.

CJ, the man with connections.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

2009 WPBT Holiday Classic at Caesars Palace

The only poker I played this trip was the 2009 WPBT Holiday Classic at Caesars Palace this year. 86 bloggers from all over North America put their skills to the test.

For CJ's Luckbox Last Longer Challenge, I teamed with Iggy, and Rooster on Team "Bonus Code Iggy". As luck would have it, Iggy and I were seated next to each other at Table 44. Rooster got 86'd early so Iggy and I knew it would be an uphill battle to get into the Last Longer money. With blinds at 300/600 I raised to 1800 with pocket sixes, Iggy siting to my left pushed all his chips in and had me covered. I figured he must have a made hand so I laid it down. Iggy showed AK. I didn't want to flip for it at the point of the tourney anyway.

I built my stack back up and eventually got moved to F-Trains table. He was the clear chip leader and running the table. Raising almost every hand and taking the substantial blinds and antes. He raised to 5500 and I pushed all in for about 15K with AK. F-Train thought a while and folded, he said he had AQ. A few hands later he raised again, I pushed with AQ Crubs, this time he called and he had the AK. Two crubs on the flop another on the turn and yet another on the river for good measure. CK is right...crubs always ger there.

Iggy got knocked out in the thirties, eventually we were down to two tables, then one. I made the final table and in the money again. This is my fourth final table at a WPBT live event out of 5 events played. I finished 6th twice before at Aladdin and Imperial Palace, 2nd last year at The Venetian and now this year at Caesars Palace. 4 final tables out of 5 times, not bad. These are my people, hehe.

Final table play went a long time before anyone was knocked out. Eventually my 8-7 took out Elissa's short stacked QJ. A few rounds later I open shoved with KJ and got called by Joe Speakers 88 which held up and I was on the rail. Astin held on to beat Speaker and AlCantHang heads up to take the title and the golden hammer. Congratulations Astin...well played.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Shopping in Las Vegas

We spent the better part of the day Christmas Shopping at the various shopping malls and outlets around Las Vegas.

We took the Deuce south down the Strip to Las Vegas Premium Outlet Malls. Found many great deals, really cheap. Snapped a few pics on the way back.

Our favorite place to shop is The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Ling loves to shop for deals and we always find stuff here that you don't see at most traditional shopping centers.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Palazzo Las Vegas

Pretty easy flight, 3 hours to Houston and the another 3 hours to Vegas. We caught a cab to The Palazzo where we have 4 nights comped plus $25 food credit and $50 in match play chips from the casino.

The lobby had this three story warping lighted Christmas decoration thingy.

Christmas Polar Bears floating on the last remaining ice berg in Las Vegas due to Global Warming.

My Ling sitting next to a sea of cranberries.

We got to our room and we were impressed. Much like the Venetian, the room is divided into two parts, king sized bed and then a sitting room closer to the window.

The view from our suite at The Palazzo.

Even the spare toliet paper is especially nice at The Palazzo.

The waterfall between The Palazzo and The Venetian.